Created By: sgamer82 on July 3, 2010 Last Edited By: YamiNoIzanagi on July 3, 2010

Rainy Day Trope

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(Sigh) The City of Townsville... and it's raining. No one on the street, because it's raining. No government today because it's raining. Not even any crime, because it's raining. Run little guy. Run and hide, because it's raining. And definitely no crime fighting today, because it's raining.
The Powerpuff Girls Narrator,' "The Powerpuff Girls Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever"

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.

Nothing spoils plans for a day out like that day out being overcast and pouring down rain.

Often a form of Breather Episode, a common situation for series such as sitcoms, slice of lifers, and cartoons featuring children as its main cast. A rainy day forces them to remain indoors when they would much rather be outside. Forces them to find alternative entertainment. Depending on the severity of the storm, the power may go out and force them to find non-electronic forms of alternative entertainment.

This can also be used more seriously for character development if, for instance, two characters are stuck in whatever shelter is handy at the time the storm hits. Can also cause a bit of Cabin Fever in some characters.

In Japanese-made media, rainstorms are frequently substituted with typhoons.

This trope is, in essence, when the plot for an episode is derived from bad weather either causing the characters to be unable to go outside or having to find some place to get shelter.


Anime & Manga
  • Kanamemo featured an episode in which all the girls were stuck indoors due to a typhoon.
  • Not surprisingly, Windy Tales, being about girls who could control wind, also had an episode featuring a typhoon.

  • The Cat in the Hat
    The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.

Live-Action TV
  • Married... with Children had an episode in which the Bundys and the D'Arcys were stuck in the basement during a tornado.

Video Games
  • Persona 3 has a week in the game calendar in which a typhoon hits the city. The necessity of finding something to do, however, is removed by the protagonist becoming sick during the entire week.
    • When it rains in Persona 4, all social links, save for The Hermit and the nighttime Social Links, are unavailable. It's most likely done to force the player to go to the available dungeon and rescue the trapped victim.

Western Animation
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" was all about the girls having to entertain themselves when the weather prevented any crime fighting.
  • An episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender had taking shelter from rain as the backdrop for the telling of Aang's and Zuko's backstories.
  • Happens several times on Arthur.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • June 27, 2010
    The Cat In The Hat. "The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day."
  • June 27, 2010
    Happens several times on Arthur.
  • June 28, 2010
    Why is it called "Rainy Day Trope" and not just "Rainy Day"?
  • June 29, 2010
    Related: Caught In The Rain

    A raging storm hits in the final chapter of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic, so the kids play a number of games to pass the time.
  • June 29, 2010
    In Persona 4, the Social links open for advancement are affected by the weather, so on days when it pours, there's often not much to do other than go to the local restaurant and attempt the Rainy Day Beef Bowl Challenge.
  • June 29, 2010
    I'd thought just "Rainy Day" wouldn't be enough. But now to look at it, just RD by itself may be just fine. That or possibly Rainy Day Activity.
  • June 29, 2010
    "Trope" in a title is generally frowned upon unless it's an index.

    • a series (or two, or three) where Charlie Brown stays out on the mound at the baseball diamond in the rain because he thinks it's going to clear up.
    • a series where Linus and Lucy think that Linus may have some kind of special powers because when he's out in the rain and sings "Rain Rain Go Away" it does.
  • June 30, 2010
    • In one level of Gears of War 2, Marcus and Dom must stay in shelter or be torn to shreds when a rainstorm turns to deadly "razor-hail". A similar mechanic is in effect in one of the multiplayer levels, where the rain picking up signals players to seek shelter before it gets worse.
  • June 30, 2010
  • June 30, 2010
    How about I just go with the song title: Rain Rain Go Away
  • July 3, 2010
    ^I like it.
  • July 3, 2010
    An episode of The Weekenders had Tino's "Ultimate Weekend" ruined, partially because it was raining.
  • July 3, 2010
    Music example: Breaking Benjamin has a song patterned after the rhyme, called simply Rain:

    Rain, rain, go away,
    Come again another day,
    All the world is waiting for the sun.
  • July 3, 2010
    <sigh>...Launching Does Not Work That Way.