Created By: johnnye on July 10, 2012 Last Edited By: johnnye on September 29, 2012

Raining Cats And Dogs

Animals falling from the sky.

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Animals fall from the sky, whether by magical means, a freak weather event, by catapult, or simply due to Rule of Funny.

Sometimes imagined 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).
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • July 10, 2012
    Moved/copied some overly-literal examples from Drop The Cow

    • Earthworm Jim begins with launching a cow into the air and ends with it landing on the Princess in the finale.
    • Probably as a direct reference to the Jim Henson quote below, The Muppet Show Comic Book's version of the Mahna Mahna sketch ends with Mahna getting hit by penguins flung from a catapult. Scooter observes "We never did figure out how to end that bit."
    • In Dog Soldiers a cow hits the ground just as one of the characters is warming up a joke, in order to take the edge off a (spooky and rather gruesome) story told by another character. What was the cow running from so hard that it ran straight off a cliff and landed in a campfire? Werewolves, as it turns out.
    • On The X Files, freak weather led a cow to crash into Agent Mulder's motel room, taunting shippers with the prospect of There Is Only One Bed.
  • July 10, 2012
    Also on The X Files, an earlier episode , "Die Hand die verletzt' had the frog thing.
  • July 10, 2012
    In one quest in Oblivion, you help Sheogorath the Madgod with an elaborate prank by fulfilling stages of a prophecy, in order to convince some villagers that the world is about to end. At the end of the quest, Sheogorath summons a rain of burning dogs, the final sign that the prophecy is coming true.
  • July 10, 2012
    In Monty Python And The Holy Grail the Knights of the Round Table use a Trojan Bunny to try to enter a castle, but forge to get inside it before it is wheeled in. Then the castle residents catapult it back at them.
  • July 11, 2012
    • The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Curse of Clyde Langer part 1" has a scene of raining fish.
    • Red Dwarf episode "Confidence and Paranoia" has a scene where it starts raining fish on the ship thanks to Lister having a "solid hallucination".
  • July 11, 2012
  • July 11, 2012
    A whale falls out of the sky in one of the Hitchhikers books when the Infinite Improbability Drive turns a missile into one in mid flight. (it turns another one into a bowl of petunias).
  • July 11, 2012
    Summer Knight starts off with a rain of frogs, due to an imbalance between the Faerie Courts.
  • September 18, 2012
    The Phineas And Ferb episode "Excaliferb" has the two boys' (in the story) Middle-Age adventures by noticing that the rain is fishy by it raining fish.
  • September 18, 2012
    In an episode of The Critic after Jay sings "Nothing's gonna stop me now!" in quick succession an anvil, piano, and whale fall on his head from out of nowhere.
  • September 18, 2012
    I think "Literally Raining Cats And Dogs" gets it do the point, as "Raining Cats And Dogs" is a metophor for heavy rain.
  • September 29, 2012
    ^ I don't think it's necessary to spell it out like that, heavy rain would be too People Sit On Chairs to be a trope.