Animals fall from the sky, whether by magical means, a freak weather event, by catapult, or simply due to Rule of Funny
by a Literal-Minded
person who hears someone using the trope-naming phrase to describe bad weather.
Not necessary for Drop the Cow
, though as the name implies it's a very popular way of doing it. Unlike It's Raining Men
, the animals usually aren't doing this as a means of aerial insertion into combat.
- The Bible: One of the Ten Plagues of Egypt was a rain of frogs.
- Magnolia echoes the biblical scene with a paradoxical rain of frogs at the climax of the film.
- Truth in Television: Rains of fish have been known to happen when they're swept from the water by a tornado.
- Sieges both real and fictional have seen animals thrown by catapult (often rotting ones, both to spread disease and to avoid giving the starving enemy free food).