Created By: bulmabriefs144 on December 9, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on July 12, 2013

Fox Rain

Empathic Environment as a passive superpower

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Mi-Ho: If it rained on clear day like this, I would have to cry. The reason they call rain on a clear day "fox rain" is because it's raining when I cry.

A person Raised By Muggles thinks it's merely coincidence that "whenever it rains they cry." When actually, they've got it backwards.

The character can generate not just a personal raincloud when they get depressed, but a town-wide, region-wide, or nationwide rain. Either they are seldom unhappy or just never make the connection.

Of course rain isn't the only manifestation, and this makes it very easy to read their feelings. For example: happy (sunny), sadness/upset (rain), acting happy (cloudy), hiding something (fog), angry (thunder), afraid/lonely (snow), bored (bland weather).

Like Fertile Feet, it's usually a strong sign that there's something different about them. Of course, believing they are normal, are completely unaware of the fact that those two are connected, or reverse they association between raining and crying. Likely candidates are a Friend to All Living Things, a God in Human Form, a Nature Spirit, or an Angel Unaware, all of which either were never outright told of their origins, adopted by humans and allowed to believe they were one, or somehow forgot.

Compare and contrast Fisher King, which is basically about the ruler dramatically influencing their land, including weather.

A subtrope of Power of the Storm, but where control is unconscious and emotional. Also possibly a subtrope of Divine Parentage, as it is one of the tell-tale signs (along with Fertile Feet) of otherworldliness before more active powers surface.


Examples:

Film
  • Men in Black II has a race of good aliens, one of which was left to grow up on Earth. K asks her if it rains when she cries. She's about to say this happens to everyone, but then he points out it always rains when she cries.

Literature
  • At the beginning of Circle of Magic, before being convinced she has weather magic and being taught how to use it, Trisana Chandler has this. Her resentment and annoyance at her situation causes a tree to be spontaneously struck by lightning early on in the story and her backstory is full of similar incidents.
  • In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Arthur meets Rob McKinna, who unbeknownst to himself is a rain god. Wherever he is it's always raining, which ticks him off no end.

Live Action TV
  • In Korean series My Girlfriend Is A Nine Tailed Fox, Mi-Ho has this ability on account of her being a supernatural creature, as a nine-tailed fox. This is a likely Trope Namer, since she explains the very thing just prior to being left stranded on a boat and crying her eyes out, triggering a massive sunshower. It's also the name of a song for the show.
  • An episode of The X-Files revolved around a guy whose mood controlled the weather in a certain radius around him. At the climax of the episode, he almost causes a nationwide disaster due to his anxiety of asking a woman he likes out. Ultimately, however, the two of them end up Happily Married, ensuring constant paradisaical weather around their home.
  • An episode of My Parents Are Aliens has Brian zap himself and ends up gaining the power the change the weather in the house depending on how he feels. If he's happy, the temperature goes up. If he's unhappy it goes down.

Video Games
  • Mallow in Super Mario RPG was raised by frogs, and not only does not ever seem to connect the fact that his emotions cause the weather, but doesn't seem to realize that he looks nothing like a frog.

Webcomics
  • The Cyantian Chronicles: Before it was confirmed that he had weather powers, it rained whenever Vin felt particularly sad. When he heard his mother was dead it poured for days, so badly that the Centralis discs had to be rearranged to prevent soil erosion.

Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • December 9, 2012
    Generality
    This would be a subtrope of Power Of The Storm, where the power is unconscious and emotional. I would recommend a title that reflects this, like Emotional Weather Control.
  • December 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Title should be Always Rains When They Cry?
  • December 9, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Added the part. Emotional Weather Control sounds too clunky. Keep Always Cries When It Rains , or we need something more interesting. How about Mood Weather? Sort of mood-ring + weather control = Mood Weather. Plus it rolls off the tongue better than Emotional Weather Control.
  • December 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    "Always Cries When It Rains" implies the cause is the rain and the effect is the crying. This draft describes the opposite.
  • December 9, 2012
    StarSword
    Film:
    • Briefly featured in the third X-Men movie when Dr. Xavier rolls out onto a balcony to see Storm there, with thunderclouds gathering in the sky. He determines that she's worried about something after reminding her that the weather forecast was for clear skies.
  • December 9, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    @rodneyAnonymous, it was purposely backwards. Because the people who have this condition often/always make the more logical association that they get sad whenever it rains, rather than that they got sad, and just before they actually cried, it started raining.
  • December 9, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    This is academic, the name is now completely different anyway, but that would disguise the meaning a lot :) Would have to read the description to understand. (Which isn't awful, but still...) Something like "Doesn't Realize It Always Rains When They Cry" actually communicates that message instead of hiding it (way too long though).
  • December 9, 2012
    troacctid
    Mood Weather doesn't work either cuz it sounds like it means the same thing as Empathic Environment. Compare Mood Lighting and you see the trouble.
  • December 15, 2012
    triassicranger
    An episode of My Parents Are Aliens has Brian zap himself and ends up gaining the power the change the weather in the house depending on how he feels. If he's happy, the temperature goes up. If he's unhappy it goes down.
  • December 15, 2012
    Makoyi
    At the beginning of Circle Of Magic, before being convinced she has weather magic and being taught how to use it, Trisana Chandler has this. Her resentment and annoyance at her situation causes a tree to be spontaneously struck by lightning early on in the story and her backstory is full of similar incidents.
  • December 16, 2012
    Koveras
    • An episode of The X Files revolved around a guy whose mood controlled the weather in a certain radius around him. At the climax of the episode, he almost causes a nationwide disaster due to his anxiety of asking a woman he likes out. Ultimately, however, the two of them end up Happily Married, ensuring constant paradisaical weather around their home.
  • December 28, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Urgh... still needs a better name then. What about Weather Affinity? An affinity is a connection, which sort of works with the description. That or something like Moist Eyes to go with Fertile Feet.
  • December 28, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • The Cyantian Chronicles: Before it was confirmed that he had weather powers, it rained whenever Vin felt particularly sad. When he heard his mother was dead it poured for days, so badly that the Centralis discs had to be rearranged to prevent soil erosion.
  • December 29, 2012
    CompletelyDifferent
    Follow up point to the Circle Of Magic example;

    • Another Tamora Peirce example; in "The Woman Who Rides Like a Man" one of the outcast Bazhir children Alanna takes on for shaman training has the "rains when she cries" problem. Alanna tells her its a good thing she had at least some subconcious control over her power, or she probably would have destroyed her village in an angry fit.
  • December 29, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In So Long And Thanks For All The Fish Arthur meets Rob McKinna, who unbeknownst to himself is a rain god. Wherever he is it's always raining, which ticks him off no end.
  • January 7, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    Eventually, I'm gonna need AC sections.
  • July 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Reeeeeeeally needs a better name. This is utterly non-indicative.
  • July 11, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    C'mon people, think up better names. I've given at least four, and my inspiration is tapped.
  • July 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
  • July 12, 2013
    Arivne
    Alphabetized the examples media sections and separated them so they aren't jammed together, changed earth -> Earth in the Men In Black II example.
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