Created By: XFllo on June 29, 2014 Last Edited By: XFllo on August 3, 2014
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Romantic Rain

It\'s raining and lovers get soaked -- it\'s ever so romantic

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This trope was suggested at TRS of Wet Sari Scene (now Sexy Soaked Shirt).
In fiction, love and rain just go together and lovers soaked in rain is a good old romantic classic.

Rain seems to go along with pivotal moments in characters' lives. It's implied that if you can ignore bad weather and brave the elements, then your big moment is even more real and intense and genuine. If you want to be deserving of your love, you don't care if it's raining, you will rush out into the rain to be with her or him, express what's on your mind and have The Big Damn Kiss. This trope often occurs when the couple gets officially together, finally confessing their love, or if their relationship with bucketloads of Unresolved Sexual Tension becomes resolved with a passionate kiss. This variation is very close to Redemption in the Rain and naturally, Love Confession or similar tropes from Romance Arc might accompany it.

Somewhat tamed variant is Happy Rain when lovers stroll outside and it starts raining. It's not cold and our lovers happen to love the rain — they have one another and it's a good opportunity to get closer, so never mind a few drops of water. Could be combined with sharing an Umbrella of Togetherness.

Being outside in the rain often leads to Sexy Soaked Shirt. In Bollywood films, Wet Sari Scene is considered especially romantic if it's caused by rain.

Compare Caught in the Rain when it's pouring and soon-to-be-lovers must seek shelter and get out of the wet clothes. They might kiss or make love after one or both of the participants have just escaped a rainstorm.

The trope is so common that there often occurs a modernized version: lovers splashed with sprinklers or a hose. It could be Invoked to play romantic and set the mood. If it's accidental, it could be Parodied or Played for Laughs.

See also Snow Means Love. Underwater Kiss is related to the variant when the couple kiss.

Examples:

Advertising
  • There's a TV commercial for a jewelry company that starts off with a young couple running into a gazebo to get out of the rain, and while inside, they share their first kiss (which leads to their wedding kiss, their baby kiss, etc.).

Film Animated
  • The two principal characters from Turner Feature's Cats Don't Dance have an evening rain fall upon them separately, but the romantic connection nonetheless applies. The rain falls on protagonist Danny as part of his Humiliation Conga, having failed miserably at getting his friends an audition with a studio mogul. Meanwhile, his Distaff Counterpart Sawyer sings a torch song outside a diner, which describes how Hollywood made her a Broken Bird, while newcomer Danny reawakened the songstress/dancer at Sawyer's core. As the rain stops, she learns that Danny waits at the bus stop, and hurries to meet him.
  • Rain falls steadily on the outskirts of Ohmtown, where the protagonists of Nelvana Studios' Rock & Rule are getting "snuggly" in the back seat of a convertible. Their fun is interrupted when henchman Zip tears off the soft top to hand Angel an invite from legendary musician Mok.

Film - Live-action
  • In the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (2005), the first proposal (Mr Darcy's Anguished Declaration of Love) takes place outside in the Rosings Park during a rainfall unlike in the novel where it happened in the Hunsford Parsonage. Lizzy refuses him and it's full of passionate love/hate tension.
  • The Heiress from 1949. Catherine runs out into the rain as Morris is leaving and he rushes to meet her so they are both dripping wet when they kiss a few moments later.
  • In Breakfast at Tiffany's (movie version, 1961), the final kiss between Paul and Holly takes place in a torrential downpour.
  • The titular song in Singin' in the Rain comes when a lovestruck Don (Gene Kelly) goes skipping through a heavy rain after parting from Kathy (Debbie Reynolds). The two lovebirds start a new life with their First Kiss at the doorstep while it’s raining.
  • Spider-Man: Near the end of the movie, there is the famous upside-down kiss between Mary Jane and Peter Parker as Spiderman in the rain.
  • In Pleasantville, when David has a date with a beautiful cheerleader Margaret in the evening, it starts raining for the first time ever in Pleasantville. It's also Redemption in the Rain because David does "Shawshank shot", embracing rain and laughing happily as water pours on his face. They run into a gazebo where other teens watch the rainfall, completely enchanted.
  • Charlie Chaplin film The Immigrant ends with Charlie and his girl kissing outside in the pouring rain, and then entering the "Marriage Licenses" office.
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral ends with the lovers finally getting together in the pouring rain.
    Charles: There I was, standing there in the church, and for the first time in my whole life I realized I totally and utterly loved one person. And it wasn't the person next to me in the veil. It's the person standing opposite me now... in the rain.
    Carrie: Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed.
  • Cinema Paradiso: While at Cinema Paradiso, a sudden thunderstorm blows through as Salvatore is lying on the ground; suddenly, his loved one surprises him by lying on top of him for a kiss, much to his surprise. As people run for cover, and the movies still play, Salvatore and his girl enjoy a nice make-out session.
  • The Quiet Man: When Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher finally (mutually) decide to accelerate the socially prescribed and glacially slow courtship routine in turn-of-the-century Ireland, they seize their chance to be alone together and escape from their matchmaker-cum-chaperon Michaeleen Og Flynn on a tandem bicycle. They are overtaken by a torrential downpour and take refuge in the ruins of an old stone church, where both of them get soaked and have their first dramatic kiss (whereupon it immediately thunders, a metaphorical indication of "you shouldn't be doing that").
  • In Streets of Fire, after Tom Cody tells off Ellen, she chases him back outside in the pouring rain, and a few moments later kissing ensues.
  • In So Close, Lynn and her love interest are out on their date when the rain begins, and they're mugged. Lynn is forced to reveal that she's a highly skilled assassin, and her lover shows he accepts her by running into a convenience store and microwaving water bottles to keep her warm.
  • In Nine And A Half Weeks, the lead couple is making love in a back alley in the rain.
  • L.A. Story. At the end of the movie, the magical freeway sign controls the weather to prevent Sara from returning to London. Sara takes a taxi to the home of her Love Interest Harris Telemacher, and they embrace and kiss in a rainstorm.
  • Gil of Midnight in Paris says that he loves when it rains in Paris and that it makes the city even more beautiful. At the end of the movie, he meets again a Parisian girl Gabrielle who thinks so too. They agree to stroll together at night in gentle rain.
  • Cast Away has bittersweet romantic Last Kiss in the rain. After Chuck's rescued from an uninhabited island and returns home, he learns that the love of his life Kelly married somebody else. He leaves, but she runs after him and smooches him in the rain.

Live-action TV
  • In Wives and Daughters, the official couple's fate is resolved when it's raining. It's very intense because they can't come close to each other because there's infection of scarlet fever in his estate. They can just talk as they stand apart and the water pours on their faces and drenches their clothes.
  • In adaptation of Northanger Abbey (ITV's 2007 TV movie), during Catherine's visit to the Abbey, Catherine and Henry go horse riding to see Henry's parsonage. When they reach it, it's about to start raining. Catherine suggests they race back to the Abbey. It's quite a muddy ride and at the Abbey, Henry cleans and caresses Catherine's face.
  • Abed in Community comments that lovers soaked in rain is pretty much a cliché. However, he knows that knowledge of pop-culture is what connected him and a certain girl. When he wants to make it up to her for not calling her, he asks somebody to pour water on him from a watering can while he talks to her. The girl loves it and thinks it's the most romantic thing ever.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted has been in love with Robin for the whole season 1. In the S1 finale, he's convinced he has to make it rain to keep Robin in New York (otherwise she will go on a company trip and might get together with her colleague). Amazingly, it starts raining heavily and Ted heads to Robin's. Ted is soaking wet and convinces Robin to go outside as well, though he comes to her door first and they start kissing violently.
    • Parodied in the plot in which two couples acted with dynamics of boyfriend and girlfriend. Barney & Robin and Lily & Marshall did couple-y stuff, eating brunches, having dinners for four and playing charades. They were jealous of other couples who might replace them, they split up and finally declared that they belonged together and were each other's one true couple for companionship — the promise of course took place in the rain.
    • Ted meets the mother when it's raining. He's wet because he doesn't have an umbrella and she encourages him to share hers.
  • Castle: In "Always", part of an epiphany that Kate Beckett undergoes after a series of life-crises over the course of the episode involves her brooding alone in the middle of a torrential downpour at night. She goes to Castle, and they finally upgrade their relationship from Will They or Won't They? to They Do.
  • On Friends, when Ross and Rachel first get together in season 2, they have an argument in an empty coffee house and Rachel throws Ross out. It's raining and he keeps watching her through the window. She unlocks the door, they look at each other, fall into each other's arms and start kissing. The rain pouring down is seen in the background through the open door.
  • In 3rd Rock from the Sun, Sally and her would-be policeman boyfriend go for what he really hopes will be a romantic walk in the rain. She just finds it boring, tedious, wet and uncomfortable, and gets annoyed with him.
  • Nodded to in episode "The 6th Grade Lock In" of Bad Teacher when Meredith and Joel kiss while the overhead sprinklers are on after she gives him a passionate "kiss in the rain" speech.

Music/Music Video
  • Invoked in the music video for Passion Pit's "Carried Away." The video showcases two lovers who are constantly fighting, but the man keeps redeeming himself by invoking many romance movie cliches. At one point, he stands at her door in what seems to be a downpour... except that the water is coming from a hose and it's perfectly clear out.

Webcomics

Web Video
  • Spoofed by Lizzie in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries when viewers expected Darcy to show up. Lizzie starts her video with reminding that she left Darcy a voicemail, but she hadn't heard from him, days passed, and then suddenly her doorbell rang and would we guess who showed up on her doorstep in the rain? It turns out it was her best friend Charlotte who came to cheer her up, rain or no rain. Charlotte sninely remarks it drizzled at best.
  • Invoked by Kissing in the Rain, in which actors reenact cinema's most famous examples of this trope, all while growing feelings for each other.
  • "A Trailer For Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever": In Movie Title, Wealthy, Successful Protagonist and Lead Female have a scene in a car while it's raining heavily outside, and Lead Female delivers her Anguished Declaration of Love. It's simultaneously Gray Rain of Depression because their Second-Act Breakup is still on.
    Lead Female: PASSIONATE PLEA!... whisper of repetition...


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Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • Film
    • Cinema Paradiso. While at Cinema Paradiso, a sudden thunderstorm blows through as Salvatore is lying on the ground; suddenly, his loved one surprises him by lying on top of him for a kiss, much to his surprise. As people run for cover, and the movies still play, Salvatore and his girl enjoy a nice make-out session.

    There's also a TV commercial for a jewelry company (I can't remember which one, maybe Kay) that starts off with a young couple running into a gazebo to get out of the rain, and while inside, they share their first kiss (which leads to their wedding kiss, their baby kiss, et al).
  • June 29, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    You know, we already have a YKTTW called Kiss In The Rain. Comes awfully close to this one...
  • June 30, 2014
    XFllo
    ^ Thanks for the link as I wasn't aware of that draft. I agree that they are close. There are several possibilities:

    • 1. Merge them and launch only one page.
    • 2. If there are enough distinctions, we could have both as separate sister tropes.
    • 3. Internal Subtrope.

    I think this draft is more general. Not all examples have kisses. For example, somebody mentioned Pride and Prejudice (2005) on Kiss in the Rain, however, there is no kiss in that scene. Just an intense Love Confession. The same with Wives and Daughters. Similarly, a scene on Friends happens when it's raining romantically in the background, but they are not outside in the rain.

    Now I lean to both pages: both Kiss In The Rain and Romantic Rain but let's see what others think. :-)
  • June 30, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 30, 2014
    robbulldog
    Film
    • In Streets Of Fire, after Tom Cody tells off Ellen, she chases him back outside in the pouring rain, and a few moments later kissing ensues.
  • June 30, 2014
    Larkmarn
    • In So Close, Lynn and her love interest are out on their date when the rain begins, and they're mugged. Lynn is forced to reveal that she's a highly skilled assassin, and her lover shows he accepts her by running into a convenience store and microwaving water bottles to keep her warm.
    • Invoked in the music video for Passion Pit's "Carried Away." The video showcases two lovers who are constantly fighting, but the man keeps redeeming himself by invoking many romance movie cliches. At one point, he stands at her door in what seems to be a downpour... except that the water is coming from a hose and it's perfectly clear out.
  • June 30, 2014
    mongol
    • Four Weddings And A Funeral ends with the lovers finally getting together in the pouring rain.
      Charles: There I was, standing there in the church, and for the first time in my whole life I realized I totally and utterly loved one person. And it wasn't the person next to me in the veil. It's the person standing opposite me now... in the rain.
      Carrie: Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed.
  • July 1, 2014
    lexicon
    "Kiss In The Rain" is the same as Caught In The Rain. This is different because here they like the rain and don't feel caught at all. Launch this and discard "Kiss In The Rain."
  • July 2, 2014
    AgProv
    In Third Rock From The Sun, Sally and her would-be policeman boyfriend go for what he really hopes will be a romantic walk in the rain. She just finds it boring, tedious, wet and uncomfortable, and gets annoyed with him.
  • July 2, 2014
    FerrousFaucet
    This happened in The Notebook but it's been so long since I've seen the film that I don't remember all the details.
  • July 11, 2014
    XFllo
    @Faucet: Unfortunately I haven't seen The Notebook myself — hopefully somebody will add the example eventually with proper context. :-)
  • July 11, 2014
    XFllo
    '!Examples and notes collected on Kiss in the Rain
    (excluding those that have been already listed here)

    Film
    • The Heiress from 1949. Catherine runs out into the rain as Morris is leaving and he rushes to meet her so they are both dripping wet when they kiss a few moments later.
    • In Breakfast At Tiffanys (movie version, 1961), the final kiss between Paul and Holly takes place in a torrential downpour.
    • LA Story. At the end of the movie, the magical freeway sign controls the weather to prevent Sara from returning to London. Sara takes a taxi to the home of her Love Interest Harris Telemacher, and they embrace and kiss in a rainstorm.
    • In Streets Of Fire, after Cody throws the reward back in Billy Fish's face and storms out, Ellen follows him out into the rain, and a few moments later, they kiss.

    Live Action TV
    • Nodded to in "The 6th Grade Lock In" of Bad Teacher when Meredith and Joel kiss while the overhead sprinklers are on after she gives him a typical "kiss in the rain" speech.

    Web Video
    • Invoked by Kissing in the Rain, in which actors reenact cinema's most famous examples of this trope, all while growing feelings for each other.

    Zero Context Examples - elaboration needed:

    Draft description:

    Edit: Added to this draft now.

  • July 11, 2014
    lexicon
    What is 'a typical "kiss in the rain" speech?'
  • July 11, 2014
    XFllo
    I suppose passionate Love Confession or Anguished Declaration Of Love or anything related to Romance Arc.

    If it bothers you, you can always edit it. :-) This Is A Wiki.
  • July 11, 2014
    mongol
    I agree that Kiss In The Rain should be discarded and the examples listed there should be listed under this trope—which I think is definitely a trope.
  • July 12, 2014
    eroock
    Film:
  • July 14, 2014
    aradia22
    Yes, I'd say the typical speech can be a love confession (P&P) or it can be anything related to the romance arc as with the Community parody. Rain is not just romantic but it seems to go along with pivotal moments. There seems to be a suggestion that if you can ignore the elements, then that moment is even more real and intense and genuine. I don't care if it's raining, I will rush out into the rain to be with you and state my speech or kiss you. That's what I typically associate with those moments.
  • July 17, 2014
    XFllo
    ^ Oh, I like that. I'll incorporate your comment in the draft description. :-)
  • July 17, 2014
    DAN004
    Comparw Happy Rain
  • July 17, 2014
    XFllo
    Thanks, DAN, but Happy Rain has already been listed in the description. :-)
  • July 21, 2014
    gallium
    Live-Action Film

    • Charlie Chaplin film The Immigrant ends with Charlie and his girl kissing outside in the pouring rain, and then entering the "Marriage Licenses" office.
  • July 21, 2014
    XFllo
    Thank you all for your examples. They're added.
  • July 24, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation or Film Animated
    • The two principal characters from Turner Feature's Cats Dont Dance have an evening rain fall upon them separately, but the romantic connection nonetheless applies. The rain falls on protagonist Danny as part of his Humiliation Conga, having failed miserably at getting his friends an audition with a studio mogul. Meanwhile, his Distaff Counterpart Sawyer sings a torch song outside a diner, which describes how Hollywood made her a Broken Bird, while newcomer Danny reawakened the songstress/dancer at Sawyer's core. As the rain stops, she learns that Danny waits at the bus stop, and hurries to meet him.
  • July 24, 2014
    MiinU
    • Question: does it count if it's lawn sprinklers, or an indoor sprinkler system instead?

    I'm asking, 'cuz I've seen that variation too.
  • July 25, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ That'd be Invoked Trope
  • July 25, 2014
    MiinU
    I meant, as in, what if the sprinklers went off accidentally? Or, if they just happened to go off at that moment? Rather than someone activating them deliberately.
  • July 25, 2014
    XFllo
    I think lovers splashed with sprinklers count. As DAN said, it may be invoked if it's set up. If it's accidental, it could be a parody or Played For Laughs but there might sprinkler examples that might be played fairly straight.

    I think it would be a good idea to add sprinklers to the description.

    Also, should I add examples from draft Kiss in the Rain? DAN also suggested Internal Subtrope to separate the kissing variant. Any more input?
  • July 25, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ go right ahead
  • July 25, 2014
    MiinU
    Sprinkler example

    Webcomics

  • July 28, 2014
    XFllo
    With four hats, we are nearing a launch. :-)

    I rewrote the description a bit and added possible indexes. Any feedback on that?

    We still need to address the question whether kiss in the rain should be separated as Internal Subtrope. I'd lean towards yes if it were not for the fact that I really don't like soft split pages with multiple lists.
  • July 28, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ maybe we need voting. I personally don't need an Internal Subtrope tho.
  • July 28, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • Rain falls steadily on the outskirts of Ohmtown, where the protagonists of Nelvana Studios' Rock And Rule are getting "snuggly" in the back seat of a convertible. Their fun is interrupted when henchman Zip tears off the soft top to hand Angel an invite from legendary musician Mok.
  • July 29, 2014
    gallium
    An internal subtrope for Kiss In The Rain doesn't strike me as necessary or useful. Romantic Rain is quite good enough. Launch.
  • July 29, 2014
    gallium
    Ah, just noticed a ZCE, can give context

    Film

    • The titular song in Singin In The Rain comes when a lovestruck Gene Kelly goes skipping through a heavy rain after parting from Debbie Reynolds.
  • July 29, 2014
    XFllo
    Hmm, it seems internal subtrope won't be necessary. I think though that Kiss In The Rain could be a redirect. Redirects Are Free.
  • July 29, 2014
    lexicon
    We don't need "Kiss In The Rain" when we have Caught In The Rain and this.
  • July 29, 2014
    XFllo
    @lexicon: But they differ. This trope is "rain is a romantic setting and lovers often kiss in the rain" while Caught in the Rain is more about "rain is a dramatic plot device and soon to be lovers seek (often inadequate) shelter". They may overlap, but I think they differ.

    I personally think it would make searching for this trope easier.

    If more people think it would be hurting, then of course it won't be added.
  • July 29, 2014
    lexicon
    Of course this (Romantic Rain) and Caught In The Rain differ. I thought you were talking about whether to go ahead with "Kiss In The Rain."
  • July 29, 2014
    XFllo
    No no no, I just thought that this trope - Romantic Rain would have an alternative link as Kiss In The Rain, which would automatically lead readers to Romantic Rain page.
  • July 30, 2014
    gallium
    ^A redirect? Sure, why not.
  • July 31, 2014
    XFllo
    OK, I'll probably lauch it this weekend.
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