Seen It a Million Times
Weather in TV Land is wierd. It strikes with no warning or buildup, and can stop just as fast. The most common example is a loud thunderclap, followed instantly by a drenching downpour. No wind, no sprinkling rain, nothing beforehand to warn our unsuspecting characters that they need to get indoors.
Often combined with When It Rains, It Pours
- The Little Mermaid: In the scene where Ariel first sees Eric, the crows nest shouts out, "Hurricane a-comin'!" And not three seconds later, pouring rain, howling winds, and lighting bolts sweep over the boat. Sure, hurricanes move fast, but someone should fire that look out.
- Tarzan: When Jane is stuck in the treetops with Tarzan
Jane: I'm in a tree with a man who talks to monkeys!
*After getting stuck between two branches*
Jane: It can't get any worse, can it?
*Thunder, instant downpour*
Jane: Obviously, it can.
- Played for Laughs in Young Frankenstein.
Frankenstein: What a filthy job.
Eyegore: Could be worse.
Eyegore: Could be raining.
- This happened in Forrest Gump, in the fishing boat scene. There was a thunderclap in the transition to the hurricane.
- The Great Race.
Max: Red sky.
Professor Fate: What?
Max: Red sky. Gonna be a storm.
Professor Fate: What are you babbling about?
Max: Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.
Professor Fate: Why, you simple-headed gherkin, do you know the chances of a storm in this part of the world at this time of the year?
Max: No, what?
Professor Fate: Hundred to one!
[Thunderclap; it begins to pour rain]
- When Emperor Kuzco is left alone in the forest in The Emperor's New Groove, this happens.
- Averted in Bambi. After the first thunderclap, it takes a while for the rain to come down, and then it starts with a light shower that slowly builds up to a downpour.
- In the film The Frisco Kid, Rabbi Avram tells a skeptical Native American chief that the Abrahamic God can do anything.
Chief Gray Cloud: Then why can't he make rain?
Avram: Because he doesn't make rain. He gives us strength when we're suffering. He gives us compassion when all that we feel is hatred. He gives us courage when we're searching around blindly like little mice in the darkness. But he does not. Make. Rain!
[Thunderclap, followed by a downpour]
Avram: Of course...sometimes, just like that, he'll change his mind.
- In The Two Towers, at Helm's Deep, just before the battle is engaged, the two armies face each other... and you hear thunder, there are a couple of raindrops on armor, then the downpour begins. The look on Theoden's face is priceless.
- Used for dramatic effect in Enchanted, when Giselle comes to the Real World for the first time. After being completely lost and having her tiara stolen by a homeless guy, she stands helplessly in the middle of the street, hears thunder, and gets poured on from above.
- Truth in Television, to an extent. Lightning, which causes and immediately precedes thunder, clears the air of electrical charges, allowing rain to fall faster.