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->'''Pintel:''' Have you noticed, on top of everything, that it's raining?\\
'''Ragetti:''' [[GenreSavvy That's a bad sign!]]
-->-- ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''

Two opponents, either individuals or armies, face off against each other, ready to throw down at a moment's notice, with [[PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath clouds lowering overhead]]. Just as the fight is about to start, it begins to rain on the combatants, as if the tension in the air has wrung the moisture out of it.

Interestingly, [[RuleOfCool hardly anyone in these fights ever slips because of the rain]].

A subtrope of EmpathicEnvironment. Sometimes combined with DramaticThunder. Often, obviously, [[{{foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] by AStormIsComing. At the end, SandInMyEyes may be expressed by blaming the wetness on their faces as rainfall. Characters often DiesWideOpen, so the rain can fall into their open eyes and confirm HesDeadJim. (Though, this is more common in animation, because trying it in live-action would become {{Narm}} rather quickly due to the "dead" characters [[{{Corpsing}} reflexively closing their eyes]].)
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' by a lengthy shot of rain drops smashing into the city pavement before Asuka lines up her sniper's shot on Arael.
* The second fight between Mugen and Sara in episode 21 of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. Given the animation and detail, viewing is a must.
* Both the aptly-named "Memories in the Rain" arcs in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. The first being where Ichigo fights the Grand Fisher to try to avenge his mother, the second being a flashback of Rukia's. [[spoiler:Though it didn't technically start raining until after she killed Kaien, but hey.]]
** Also done again in the Bount arc.
*** The Gotei 13 Invasion Arc has Kenpachi vs. Kenpachi in the rain.
** The "Everything but the Rain" arc [[spoiler:revealed that the proto-arrancar "White" created by Aizen only comes out when it rains. That's why its battle with Isshin (and Isshin's first meeting with Masaki) was in the rain.]]
* Fate's battle against the last six [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seeds]] in the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', not surprising since she summoned a thunderstorm to activate all of them at the same time. When Nanoha joins in to help her, the rain had stopped.
* Surprisingly enough, very few fights take place in the rain in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Of course, those few times are against Pantyhose Taro, which [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever quickly turn very, very bad]] for [[WaifFu Ranma]].
* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' TV special the History of Trunks, Future Gohan's final showdown with androids #17 and #18 takes place in the rain.
* Played straight in ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' when [[spoiler:Athrun deserts and Shinn destroys his GOUF.]] Complete with DramaticThunder.
* When, in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', England and America go through UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, their biggest encounter happens in the rain. A fight itself doesn't ensue, though, since England can't bring himself to harm the rebellious America and [[TwistedKneeCollapse collapses]] [[TearJerker in tears]].
* Spike and Vincent's final battle in ''Anime/CowboyBebop: The Movie'' took place in the rain. That's no coincidence -- it takes a lot to arrange rain on Mars, and it means that Vincent has already lost the war whether he beats Spike or not: the rain is wiping Vincent's nanoplague out of the atmosphere.
* The battle against Wilhelm and his [[BlobMonster Slime Trio]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
* Seems to happen a lot in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres''.
* The notorious sword fight between Tamahome and Hotohori from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' falls under this trope. A ray of moonlight cuts right through the clouds once it ends.
** The third gang fight in the series starts out with a cloudy sky, then gets rainy when Tamahome becomes ''really'' pissed.
* The last fight between Cure Peach and Eas in ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', when [[BadAss Norman]] finds and has a battle with his son, [[TheRunaway Ruby]]. The rain actually does affect the battle, as Zuzu (Ruby's Marshtomp) uses mud for his attacks and is strengthened as well. The battle (sort of) ended as a draw as both father and son nearly end up killed in it.
* Happens several times in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Both [[ShockAndAwe Hei's]] and [[AnIcePerson November 11's]] abilities are more useful when it's wet, and it's justified when April is there, since she has the ability to make it rain.
* In ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', Starscream (with the Star Saber) battles Optimus Prime in a rainshower; the events of the battle precipitate his [[HeelFaceTurn defection]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a quick battle between Scar and the Elric brothers in the rain right after [[spoiler:Shou Tucker and his daughter were killed by Scar himself.]] Sadly, Ed didn't have any chance of winning. Thank goodness Roy and everyone else made it on time.
* The final showdown in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' takes place in the rain-drenched Ruhenheim.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', there is Gray's battle against Juvia (who it rains around at all times before she gets beaten), and then there's just about half the battles between the heroes and the members of Grimoire Heart during the Tenrou Island arc (incidentally, the first rain-soaked battle in this arc featured Juvia, who may have even caused the rain).
* This allows Seaman to use his powers against Kuwabara and friends in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
* In a {{Flashback}} scene in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' during the DOMA Arc, Mai met and dueled Valon (and lost) during a rainstorm, driving the point home that she had crossed the DespairEventHorizon at that point and was willing to believe anything she told him.
* In ''GingaNagareboshiGin'', Gin and his owner Daisuke fight against a bear who gives Gin his signature battle scars on his head. The rain stops once John and Hidetoshi arrive to check up on them.
* ''Anime/GreenVsRed'' brings the Red Jacket and Green Jacket together in the rain. However, the battle itself is called off due to incoming helicopter missiles.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* TheMightyThor ''summons'' rain during Comicbook/TheAvengers' first bout with the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} in ''{{JLA-Avengers}}''.
* Dwight takes on a team of former IRA mercenaries during a rainy night in ''SinCity''.
* Happens at least twice in Creator/JMichaelStraczynski 's run on ''[[TheMightyThor Thor]]''. The battle between Iron Man and Thor (''Thor Vol 3, #3'') in the ruins of New Orleans takes place in the rain, as does the Asgardians attack on Doom's castle in the ''Latverian Prometheus'' story arc.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The final few days of the ''[[Fanfic/EnemyOfMyEnemy Battle/Siege of Crassus]]''. Particularly poignant in that it's the first rain in a decade.
* ''Fanfic/FinishingTheFight'' gives us this OneOfUs comment: "Yeah, all we need is a torrential downpour and the trope is complete." True enough...
** The tactical advantages of the rain are also discussed. Namely, that it will slow the Drow's approach.
* Near the end of [[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509 Yognapped]], Lewis and his [[spoiler: three]] remaining friends face down [[BigBad Sben]] on the deck of a stolen airship. Minecraftia is, coincidentally, experiencing a raging thunderstorm that provides the scene with rain.
* ''Princess'': Julien, while running away from the zoo, [[TemptingFate makes a comment about how things couldn't be worse]] and it promptly starts raining. It's still raining when he battles the Rat King - he does, in fact, slip in a puddle at the beginning.
* In the 20th chapter of ''[[{{FanFic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles}} Ace Combat: The Equestrian War]]'', Rainbow Dash fights [[spoiler: Gilda]] during a rainstorm.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': The [[FinalBattle Battle of the Everfree]] begins while a massive storm created by [[BigBad Titan]] is raging overhead; it hits partway through the battle. The job of Rainbow Dash and the other pegasi during all this is to move the storm away, and they end up fighting Titan's {{Airborne Mook}}s amongst the storm clouds. Meanwhile, a similar fight is occurring between Titan himself and Luna [[spoiler: and Celestia]] in the eye of the storm.
** After the storm is pushed away, it settles over Canterlot, which just so happens to be where Twilight and Titan end up having their final duel.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': The battle between [[SuperpoweredEvilSide the Queen]] and Hero for control of [[VillainProtagonist Jade's]] [[MentalWorld mindscape]] is fought in the middle of a massive storm (representing how Jade is being [[DrivenToMadness tortured to the brink of insanity]] in the real world).
* In ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'', this is the climax of "Cold Steel."
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The fight between the Beast and Gaston at the end of the [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney version]] of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* Disney's ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' has the final battle in a rainstorm, to the point where Basil and Ratigan can hardly be seen clearly.
* The fight between the Pridelanders and Outsiders in ''Disney/TheLionKing 2''.
* Subverted in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'': Cloud and Sephiroth are having their massive stare down before their epic battle on a particularly sunny afternoon. What does Sephiroth do? Summons heavy thunderstorm clouds that envelope the sky to signify that it's time to fight.
** And still no rain. In fact, it doesn't rain until after he's beaten, and it's because he was holding back Great Gospel.
* The TyrannosaurusRex/Stegosaurus battle from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''.
* The battle between Shifu and Tai Lung near the end of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. However, when Po finally arrives to confront the evil snow leopard, the rain stops and the ensuing battle between Po and Tai Lung instead takes place in sunlight.
* In keeping with the series' attitude of fulfilling as many tropes as possible, the (very) short film ''ScottPilgrim vs the Animation'' from Creator/AdultSwim has the main battle take 8 place in sudden rainfall.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', [[spoiler:the blowout of the mounting tension between Leo and Raph and the subsequent no-holds-barred fight between the two brothers takes place in the rain. It aptly echoes the sadness of the scene -- that in the end, in spite of everything, this fight has become necessary.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The SignatureScene of ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUndertheSea'' was a battle with a giant squid during a storm. This was actually the result of a bit of [[SerendipityWritesThePlot serendipity]]- the original version under clear skies at sunset looked ''[[SpecialEffectsFailure terrible]]'', with the wires for the squid puppet being plain to see, ruining the illusion. {{Creator/Walt Disney}} suggested they shoot it in a simulated rainstorm to hide the wires, and the rest is history.
* The final battle between the Greasers and the Socs took place in the rain at the climax of ''Film/TheOutsiders''.
* The Executioner fight in ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', though the fight took place in a shower room.
* The final battle in Akira Kurosawa's ''Film/SevenSamurai'' is arguably the TropeMaker for film.
** And, unlike many examples, there is a great deal of slipping and sliding about because of it.
* The Battle of Shrewsbury in OrsonWelles' ''Film/ChimesAtMidnight''.
* A variation of this is seen in two films by Kihachi Okamoto, ''Samurai Assassin'' and ''Film/TheSwordOfDoom'', both of which feature important battle scenes that take place [[SnowMeansDeath during snowstorms]].
* The fight between Zatoichi and his EvilCounterpart in Takeshi Kitano's version of ''Zatoichi''.
* The Battle of Agincourt in Kenneth Branagh's version of Shakespeare's ''HenryV''.
** Which, to be fair, actually was fought in the rain.
** And, unlike most of the battles here, the rain turns the battlefield into a muddy slaughterhouse -- again, this is historically accurate.
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' wrapped up with one of these, though 'silent slaughter in the rain' may be a bit more appropriate.
* The fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett in ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIIAttackOfTheClones''.
* The Battle of Helm's Deep in the [[FilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers''. Interestingly, it begins pouring at the ''start'' of the battle, but it doesn't last long.
** But the brief upward eyeroll of the Rider directly behind Théoden as the rain starts is priceless.
* The final showdown between Neo and Agent Smith at the climax of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''. (Of course, that was because Smith made it rain. Smith loves the rain.) By the way, very few people know that this is an homage to the [[KoreanMovies South Korean Movie]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nowhere_to_Hide_(1999_film) 'Nowhere to Hide'(1999)]]'s finale, where the cop and the murderer fights in the rain.
** It took several months to perfect the right type of raindrop for the scene.
** Rain or falling water shown inside the Matrix has always been a representation of the MatrixRainingCode. In this case, it's also showing that the Matrix's programming is going to hell in a handbasket faster than usual because of Smith's meddling.
* The final battle in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' takes place at sea, not just in the rain, but during a maelstrom! For a one-on-one battle in the rain, see Jack Sparrow vs. Davy Jones. Justified, since they just released the goddess of the sea, and asked for her blessing in the fight. Since she has reasons to be pissed at the human pirates and Davy Jones, she goes hard neutral.
* The fight between Nameless and Sky in ZhangYimou's ''Film/{{Hero}}''.
* The famous T. Rex car attack in ''Film/JurassicPark''. The two sequels mimic this with similar scenes.
* Happened in the 1999 Hong Kong film, ''Film/AManCalledHero'', with an extra bonus of using the [[MakingASplash rain itself as offense.]] (You can watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCmYRSMtX4U here.]] It starts at 1:43.)
* The fight between Leonardo and Raphael in the fourth ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie.
* The final battle with the Wendol happens in the rain at the end of ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior''. One character comments that "at least we won't have to worry about fire this time", referring to the previous time the Wendol attacked the village with torches in hand.
* Several movies featuring Rutger Hauer, among them:
** ''Film/BladeRunner'' (lots and lots of rain) which also ends with a RedemptionInTheRain.
** ''Film/BlindFury''
** ''Film/{{Wedlock}}''
** ''Blood of Heroes'' a.k.a. ''Salute of the Jugger''
** ''Film/FleshAndBlood'' (rain AND a bath tub)
** ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' (rain and frozen lake)
** ''SplitSecond'' (frequent rain plus global warming flooding)
** And even if there isn't actual rain, there will be a waterfall, or a lake, swimming pool or large bath tub into which the two protagonists fall while fighting. No matter what it is, Rutger Hauer's character will end up soaking wet and looking BadAss.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'':
** ''[[Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla Godzilla 1985]]'' has the title character fight a bunch of army tanks in the rain.
** The 2002 ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' also opens with an army fight in the rain.
** The scene in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' where Godzilla and the flying MUTO first fight in San Francisco takes place in the rain.
* The cheesiest battle in an already cheesy movie in ''Film/DOADeadOrAlive'' was done by two bikini-clad fighters, on a beach, in the rain. Fanservice much?
* The movie ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A Dungeon Siege Tale'' had the final battle take place in the rain. Though the good guys won the last battle, the army that they fight then is far larger and though they manage to hold the Krug off for a brief time, they eventually start getting overwhelmed.
* Korean action movie ''Film/VolcanoHigh'' climaxes with [[ArrogantKungFuGuy two telekinetic martial artists]] fighting in the rain, in an interesting aversion,[[spoiler:despite the main character's abilities being most effective manipulating water he doesn't try to use the rain to strike his opponent]]
* The final battle in the film ''Film/{{Mongol}}'', where Temujin defeats his blood brother Jamukha to finally unite the tribes of Mongolia.
* ''UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'' between Sonia and Viktor, as well as Lucian and a bunch of [[WhatMeasureIsAMook Vampire Soldiers]].
* Played realistically in ''Film/HamburgerHill'' the American Airborne soldiers try to fight there way up the hill in one of the last battles while it's pouring rain, a lot of them are slipping and falling from fatigue and the slippery mud making them perfect targets for the NVA also a quarter of the M-16's are jamming...it's a all around clusterfuck.
* The climactic battle between Riggs and the PsychoForHire [[TheDragon dragon]], in the first ''LethalWeapon'' movie.
** A busted fire hydrant actually. Still counts if only for RuleOfCool.
** Also the final fight with Wah Sing Ku in the fourth movie, combined with DramaticThunder.
* Used in ''Film/{{Wimbledon}}'' when Peter is playing against Jake Hammond. [[RuleOfCool It actually looks pretty cool, too.]]
* The entire premise of ''Film/HardRain'', a1998 film that stars Morgan Freeman as a villain. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It rains the entire movie in a flooded town, where one man is on the run from people trying to kill him for 3 million dollars he hid somewhere in the flooded city, after his partner is killed when Morgan Freeman's character attempts to rob his armored truck.
* The final battle between Steed and Sir August in ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' took place in a torrential downpour, because it occured in the underground lair where Sir August had his weather control machine, which was set on "storm" at the time.
* The 2003 German film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_of_Bern Das Wunder von Bern]]'' (''The Miracle of Berne'') tells the story of the West German team that won the TheWorldCup in 1954. The win against the greatly favoured Hungarians (at that point it had been four years since their last defeat) would probably not have happened if not for the heavy rain on the day of the final (and the newly developed screw-in spikes on the German team's boots).
* It rains when Swamp Thing fights the leech mutant for the second time in ''Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing''.
* The entire battle sequence in ''Film/{{Passchendaele}}''.
** Again, a fair example, as Passchendaele was very muddy and very wet.
* In ''Film/TheWarriorsWay'', the final showdown between Yang and the Saddest Flute takes in a rainstorm that literally blows up out of nowhere (in the middle of the desert).
* A fight during the long climax of ''Film/HotFuzz'' takes place under the arc of a sprinkler in order to simulate the trope.
* The Lady's showdown with Eugene Dred in ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' takes place during a downpour, with the Lady and Eugene charging at each other, guns blazing.
* The final battle of the ''Film/JackReacher'' movie with TomCruise had the fight take place in the midst of the rain. The rain stops after Reacher kills the BigBad.
* In ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'', the final battle takes place in the rain.
* During the battle of Hong Kong in ''Film/PacificRim''.
** The opening fight against [[{{Kaiju}} Knifehead]] also takes place during a storm.
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai''. Nathan Algren vs Ujio the Kendo Sensei turns out like this early in the film but it's only played for drama and to showcase Algren's [[HeroicSpirit will to keep fighting]]. [[{{Irony}} Ironic]] considering the final battle is fought while it's bright and sunny with only a few clouds in the sky.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Sanguinius'', when Rafen is cornered in the factory by Sachiel's honour guard, it starts to rain. Then, during [[CombatByChampion the single combat between Rafen and Arkio]], rain starts, shortly after Rafen drew FirstBlood; when Sachiel [[HeelRealization realizes from the blood that they are tainted]], Inquisitor Stele murders him and uses it to start a general battle.
* In MichaelCrichton's ''{{Congo}}'', the killer gorillas attack the expedition's campsite during a rainstorm.
* The only memorable part of the RogerZelazny collaboration novel ''The Mask of Loki''(?) is a do-over of the Battle of Hattin. The Army of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, having trapped itself in a waterless valley, is surrounded by Saladin's much more numerous army. The Saracens close in and overheated, dehydrated Crusaders start to drop as they did in reality. Then, by manipulation of some sort (Science? Magic?), it clouds up and starts to rain. Revitalized,the Frankish army wins the day, or at least survives -- as it did not in reality.
* ''[[JackReacher Echo Burning]]'' by Lee Child has Jack Reacher stalking his opponent in a desert shootout in the middle of a rainfall so intense, [[spoiler: it takes him nearly fifteen minutes to realize his opponent isn't hiding, one of Reacher's stray bullets hit them.]]
* At the end of the first book in the ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' series, the battle with the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Ak'Zahar]] takes place in the rain.
* The breakout from Efrafa in ''WatershipDown''. The sudden downpour provides a usesful distraction at a crucial moment, though General Woundwort's more disciplined rabbits are able to cope better with the storm.
* The eponymous Strange in ''JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' has been known to summon storms for momentous battles, either to provide a distinct strategic advantage to the British army, or so that he can surround Wellington with a halo of light at the moment of victory (or both).
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' ExpandedUniverse novel ''Bluestar's Prophecy'', the battle between [=ThunderClan=] and [=WindClan=] takes place in the rain.
** Also, in the climax of ''[[WarriorCatsTheOriginalSeries Into The Wild]]'', the final battle takes place in the midst of a massive storm.
** And the final showdown between Firestar and Tigerstar arrives just as a storm arrives. Once [[spoiler:Firestar finally kills Tigerstar's ghost before he dies]], the rain arrives.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', there's an implied epic showdown between Cato and Thresh that happens over two days of rain. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome The reader doesn't get to see it]] because Katniss is busy smooching Peeta in a cave.
* Many of the normal issues are averted in ''The Winter King'' by Bernard Cornwell, in the rainy duel between Arthur and [[spoiler: Owain]]. Arthur doesn't wear his normal scale armour, since it rusts in the rain, and goes barefoot rather than booted, thinking this will give him a better grip in the mud. The slipperiness of the flooring is critical in the outcome of the duel, too.
* The climax of the third ''[[KnightAndRogueSeries Knight and Rogue]]'' book takes place during a rainstorm. It kind of had to, considering the villains only work during storms, but that doesn't make the sword fight any less cool.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wedge's Gambit]]'' had a Dogfight in the Rain. Rogue Squadron made use of Coruscant's justifiably extreme weather patterns to bring down a section of the inner layer of the planetary deflector shield with an enormous thunderstorm. Then Corran Horn flew a fighter into the thunderstorm (and was followed by [[SuicidalOverconfidence TIE fighters]]) to [[AttackItsWeakPoint blow up the power supply]] [[AirstrikeImpossible of the shield's outer layer]].
* The entire second half of the zombie noir ''Literature/UndeadOnArrival'' takes place in a rainstorm, which includes a number of fights (mostly against zombies) in the rain.
* The final battle in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', since [[spoiler: the Parshendi Voidbringers are summoning an Everstorm, while at the same time the Stormfoather has sent a highstorm.]]
* In Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TurnCoat'' has the big battle in the rain. Of particular note, Native American Wizard, and one of the oldest and strongest of all wizards, Joseph Listens-to-Winds fights an epic battle against [[spoiler:a {{Skinwalker}}]].
* In the book ''Literature/{{The Narrows}}'', of the Harry Bosch detective series by Michael Connelly, the climactic face-off between Harry and [[spoiler:a FBI official turned serial killer The Poet]] takes place not only in the harsh, gray driving rain, but in a mad rushing flood torrenting through a drainage culvert. (Called The Narrows by local LA persons.)
* In the book ''Literature/{{The Postman}}'', the conclusion of the epic mano a mano battle between [[spoiler:the two last augments on earth]] is illuminated by a flash of lightning. (Because it was storming!)
* ''Literature/FancyApartments'' has the climax battle [[RooftopConfrontation on the roof]] and during a storm. [[JustifiedTrope This was because]] the villian [[InvokedTrope wanted the ambiance]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The fight at the end of the first episode of the reboot of ''Series/TheBionicWoman''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' manages to pull this off indoors in the episode "Innocence" after an explosion triggers automatic sprinkler systems right before the climactic battle.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]: In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Five by Five", a fight that looks like it's going to be a Battle in the Rain quickly turns into RedemptionInTheRain.
** Of course, according to an episode commentary, the rain just happened while the scene was being filmed. Early scripts called for rain-making equipment, but these did not fit into the budget. God smiles upon Joss Whedon!
** Their [[BolivianArmyEnding final battle]], which we don't really see, looks like it's about to be in the rain.
* Ethan and Jack's fight in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues".
** Not to mention the final battle between Jack and [[spoiler:the Man in Black/Smoke Monster/Fake Locke]] in the series finale.
* The final battle between Clark and Zod in ''{{Smallville}}'''s 9th season finale, "Salvation".
* [[Series/{{NCIS}} Tony]] spends the entire episode "Swan Song" predicting an imminent monsoon. It finally arrives as [[spoiler: Mike Fields]] faces off against [[spoiler: the Port-to-Port killer. [[PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath And loses.]]]]
* In the 5th season ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' episode, "Duende".
** The Waterloo flashback in "Band of Brothers" ends up in the snow, because it snowed during filming and there was no money in the budget for re-filming and probably no getting rainmaking equipment either.
* Fourze in [[SuperMode Cosmic States]] vs Aquarius Zodiarts in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''.
* Happens during the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''.
* ''{{CSI NY}}'', of all series, also managed an inside version of this similar to the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' one above. In 'Snow Day', the sprinklers get hit during the battle between Mac and Stella and the drug lords inside the crime lab, and part of the fight takes place with everyone soaking wet and provides some rather decent {{Fanservice}} in the process.
* In the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', one MonsterOfTheWeek is a weather-controlling chimera named Goatan. Halfway through the fight, he conjures up a snowstorm, which persists through the rest of the battle, until he's defeated by the Megazord.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Nick Gage vs "Sick" Nick Mondo, one on one in a no rope barbed wire match for the Wrestling/{{CZW}} Iroman Championship, in the rain!
* ''IWA Judgment Day IV'' happened in a Carolina Puerto Rico open ballpark in front 10,000+fans who held their ground despite being rained on. Tigresa's opponent, April Hunter, happened to be wearing a white shirt. El Illegal Chicano and Homicide went to the now muddy dugout. Then former match was then taken up to eleven with Miguel Perez, Slash Venom, Victor the Bodyguard and Chett Jablonski brawling all around the park. There [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} was a four way X match]] won by blitz and that wasn't enough of a platform for storm based puns La Artilleria Pesada were there too.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The final mission of ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''.
* Extreme overkill example: The final battle in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' takes place while ''the entire ocean'' is raining down around you.
** The battle against Argorok, in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. You're fighting a dragon on top of a city in the sky, using double-clawshots to go even higher. It's all taking place in a raging thunderstorm. And it's ''[[CrowningMomentofAwesome awesome]]''. It also occasionally rains in Hyrule Field, and is likely to rain at least once when you fight [[KingMook King Bublin]].
** Ditto for Bicolyte, Tentalus, and the final battle in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]''. Except in the latter case, [[spoiler:the storm gets ''[[LightningCanDoAnything weaponized]]'']].
* The first Dante vs. Vergil fight in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3''.
* The fight against Hollow Vergil in the Vergil's Downfall DLC for ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry'' definitely qualifies.
* Inversion: Snake and Olga in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' begin their gunfight almost immediately after a lull in the ongoing downpour. When the fight is done, it starts raining again.
* The final battle with Volgin in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' is overshadowed by an approaching storm. Ironically, the PsychoElectro Volgin is zapped by a stray bolt of lightning, immolating him. The reappearance of a spectral character, The Sorrow, implies that he was responsible for the meteorological intervention.
* The first ''SonicAdventure'' game opens with Sonic clashing with Chaos in front of rain-slicked City Hall. It's the only time such weather effects appear in the Sonic franchise.
* The opening fight between Ryu and Sagat in ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'', which [[RecursiveCanon became an actual stage]] in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2''.
* ''StreetsOfRage 2'' had the first boss fight take place in a back alley during a rainstorm.
* The majority of the Virmire mission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is almost a subversion; it takes place in a lightly misting rain that's hard to see if you aren't looking closely, and once the climactic second half of the mission begins, it ''stops'' raining.
** In ''Mass Effect 3'''s multiplayer, the "[[GeoEffects hazard]]" versions of Firebase White and Firebase Dagger take place in the middle of a blizzard and sandstorm, respectively, which cuts visibility on these normally sniper-friendly maps down dramatically. Firebase Ghost Hazard takes place in a rainstorm... of ''[[HollywoodAcid acidic rain]]'', which strips players' shields.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', the closing battle of Disc 1 is against [[LadyOfWar Beatrix]] in Burmecia, the City of Eternal Rain. Made more ominous as, [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose upon defeat]], Beatrix will use a special technique to [[HopeSpot utterly demolish Zidane and his friends]], so [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Brahne]], BigBad [[DudeLooksLikeALady Kuja]], and Beatrix leave them for dead on the flooded marble halls of the central palace.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2'', the boss of the fifth world ([[LostWoods Gloomy Gulch]]) is a rematch with [[NotQuiteDead a ghostly Krow]] in a rainstorm.
* The boss of Storm Hill in Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat. On the way there, Donkey Kong can summon lightning bolts by {{thunder clap}}ping when the ninja monkeys raise their swords in the air.
* The final battle of ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' has Wander facing down the final colossus atop a sea-side plateau in the midst of a torential thunder storm while the most hauntingly solem music on the soundtrack plays away in the background.
* Variation: in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[GenreShift fighting game]] ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', each fighters are associated with a certain weather condition and generally gain advantage in that condition. Weather change randomly, but you can force a weather to begin or end through certain methods. Marisa [[MeaningfulName Kirisame]] is associated with drizzly rain.
* ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVSSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]'' had, as one of the possible final stages, a fight on the rooftop of Osaka Castle in the midst of a heavy rainstorm, complete with DramaticThunder.
* Part of the battlefield in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Prime 3: Corruption'' against Gandrayda is covered in rain. However, this counts more as an obstacle, as it's ACID RAIN which hurts you but not the boss (because she and the pirates are equipped with the Hazard Shield).
* In ''Metroid Prime'', the entire Tallon Overworld is always covered in rain, resulting in many mini-battles in the rain in addition to the rain during the Ridley fight at the Artifact Temple.
* The secret ending to ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' features Riku and Roxas fighting Heartless/each other in the rain. Because the scene was so epic, it was remade in full for ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and was playable in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2''.
* This happens in the opening in ''[[BackyardSports Backyard Football]]''.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' at the Battle of Ostagar, which is no real surprise seeing how much it was inspired by the aforementioned [[Film/LordOfTheRings Battle of Helm's Deep]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' has its final battle in the middle of a thunderstorm.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has a campaign called Hard Rain, in which the Survivors must fight their way through what isn't so much a rainstorm as a full blown flood. Every so often, the storm intensifies so it's almost impossible to see and even communicating via mike is difficult. ''The thunder and lightning summons hordes of zombies.''
** The Passing, meanwhile, puts you on a nighttime city with a rather strong rain. This rain, however, varies from game to game; from a light rain, to a Hard Rain-styled monsoon.
* Any ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' battle can technically become this if the move Rain Dance is used. This also means that Kyogre is pretty much physically incapable of averting this trope, since its Drizzle ability automatically makes it rain when it comes into play. Dream Politoed invoke this trope involuntarily as well for the same reason.
** A few routes in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' and ''Videogame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' (Platinum included)always have rain present as well. Also seen in parts of Unova.
** Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald also have a plot-relevant one, the Kyogre/Groudon battle near the climax.
** The pokemon Sliggoo will only evolve into Goodra if it levels up to 50 or higher while fighting in naturally-occurring rain.
* ''FatalFury'': Tung Fu Rue's stage has a nice gimmick to it in that the battle background starts out clear, then gradually changes to a storm as you advance in rounds.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' as Lee fights [[spoiler: Andy St. John]] outside in the falling rain.
* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. In one quest, you have to influence the outcome of a war between the hippies and the frat boys. If you [[GuideDangit manipulate the battle correctly,]] you can force a confrontation between The Man, the Frat boy's leader, and Mr. Wisniewski, leader of the hippies. In the dialogue that follows, The Man [[GenreSavvy remarks that the weather isn't quite right for a final stand-off,]] and Wisniewski will have a Hippie Shaman summon a rain storm.
* The FinalBattle between Starkiller and Darth Vader in ''TheForceUnleashed II''.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', in one of the "dungeons"; in fact it is the only time you will see a difference in the weather. There is a chase on top of Saint Peter's Cathedral, where Ezio has to chase and eventually kill a papal cardinal, and this is all while it's raining.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'' starts out like this on [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight a dark and stormy night]] as Guybrush tries to finish the ingredients for the Cursed Cutlass of Kaflu in order to destroy [=LeChuck=], [[spoiler:but due to the botched up moves and the last-minute substitutions, it ends with Guybrush [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ending up turning LeChuck into a human and getting infected along with all the others by an outbreak of the voodoo pox]].]]
* The final case of ''VideoGame/LANoire''.
* Fighting a [[WakeUpCallBoss Kushala Daora]] in the jungle in "VideoGame/MonsterHunter" will always yield a battle in the rain.
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''? Pretty much every battle in the whole bloody game. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well...]]
* ''EternalSonata'' has a sequence in Agogo Forest where it's raining and all encounters take place in the rain. Particularly notable, though, for the HopelessBossFight against Fugue in which he decimates Frederic and Polka each with one hit (two at most) then continues on his way.
* Thanks to the (mostly) dynamic weather, any outdoor boss battle can become this in ''[[VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Xenoblade Chronicles]]''.
** No matter how clear the weather is before you warp there, it'll ''always'' be raining when you get to [[spoiler: Prison Island, presumably for the purpose of increasing the drama of the events (Battles included) that unfold there]].
** If it's not already raining when the battle starts, the Sani Telethia usually ends up calling a rainstorm as one of its first moves so it can [[AIRoulette (potentially)]] unleash water based ether attacks later. On the other hand, the opposite tends to occur if it's already raining.
* In ''TheKingOfFighters XI'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OumwH11bmHs it's raining when]] [[spoiler: Oswald and Shen engage in a post-SNKBoss battle (manipulated by Ash)]] ''and'' when [[spoiler: Orochi Iori beats both Kyo ''and'' Shingo, only to be ambushed by Ash and have his powers stolen.]]
** And in ''KOF: KYO'', it also rains when [[spoiler:Orochi Iori beats Kyo around a month before KOF 97, while the New Face Team and Chizuru (the latter, through her MagicMirror) watch over them.]]
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' just prior to the final battle it starts raining on Char, even though it's a barren volcanic planet where rain shouldn't be possible.
* Two boss fights in VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance are like this; One with Monsoon and one with Sundowner.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the Chapter 10 battle takes place in the rain following [[spoiler:the (apparent) HeroicSuicide of Chrom's older sister Emmeryn]], complete with sorrowful background music and tremendous dramatic splashes of water when anyone lands an attack.
** Battles in the rain are actually a staple game mechanic in FireEmblem: i.e., in [[FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]] it rains intermitently during either Lyndis and her group's confrontation against her EvilUncle Lundgren, or Hector and Eliwood's battle against Erik from Laus. They're invariably met [[ThatOneLevel with groans of disgust by the fans]], as rain ''heavily'' limits the units's movements.
* The high chaos version of the mission The Light at the End in {{Dishonored}} takes place during a heavy rainstorm. The low chaos version is just a clear day
* Much of Toad Man's stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' takes place in the rain. The stage boss himself, Toad Man, even uses rain as a weapon!
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'', the battle with the Looking Glass Knight takes place in the middle of a lightning storm that's been brewing since you entered the castle, which the boss uses to his advantage by attacking you with lightning, something being wet reduces your resistance to (which is already pretty lower for most armors).
* The final battle against the Prototype Robot [[spoiler: [[TragicMonster which has the brain of either Fergus or Wyatt]]]] and [[spoiler: [[BigBad Deathshead]]]] in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder''.
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* In ''Webcomic/AmericanBeauty'' (no, not [[Film/AmericanBeauty that one]]), rashly boasting of surviving being thrown into a pit while it stars to rain lead to [[http://www.ambarb.com/?p=196 the realization that it has dinosaurs.]]
* It rains during the first battle in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''. As usual for this comic, it increases dramatic tension but has no effect on the plot.
* The Fava flashback in ''{{Juathuur}}''.
* Hilariously lampshaded in a strip of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip where [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0199.html Miko is introduced to the party]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': The Zoe vs. Oasis vs. Kusari fight at the end of "Fire And Rain". Approriately enough, it's easily the most serious fight scene in the series with nary a joke to be seen.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' this happens when [[spoiler: the Baron's forces attack Mechanicsburg]]. It seems to be for dramatic effect only, as it doesn't seem to even affect the characters' hair and clothing.
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringer]] Leviathan has large-scale [[MakingASplash water telekinesis]]. Unsurprisingly, it's raining when Leviathan attacks [[spoiler:Brockton Bay]].
** In a later chapter, the Undersiders and Ambassadors attack the Teeth while it's raining.
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* Parodied in ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. There's no real way to accurately describe it, but think Battle of Helm's Deep.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Southern Raiders", the moments during Katara's confrontation against her mother's killer. Though being a waterbender, she uses the rain as a weapon. But not until after stopping the rain falling around them first.
* In ''KimPossible'', the final fight scene in ''[[TheMovie So the Drama]]'' is one of these.
** "Job Unfair" has one of these between Kim and Shego too, but with snow and lightning instead of rain. But in this case, it's justified by the fact that they're fighting on top of a weather machine.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', it conveniently starts to rain during a faceoff between Anakin Skywalker and Asajj Ventress. Cue a dramatic pause where they both stand still while raindrops hit their lightsabers and turn into wisps of steam. (This foreshadows the end of the faceoff, where [[spoiler:Anakin gives into rage again, channeling the Dark Side of the Force and using Ventress' dropped Sith lightsaber to savagely tear into her, shoving her off the building they're on with the final blow.)]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', the season one episode ''Trespass'' occurs on an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice-planet]] during a heavy snowstorm. The episode climaxes in a pitched battle when, against all odds, a peace agreement is reached, which is symbolically sealed when Senator Chuchi of Pantora plunges a spear into the ground between the two battle lines. The storm breaks the ''exact second'' that she does so.
** In the Season 5 episode "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much" it started to rain during Ahsoka's escape from the Republic army HQ. The timing is even more jarring than it would be usually, because Corruscant is a weather-controlled planet.
* The 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' series. Leonardo is pursued by Foot Ninja whilst on a training run through the city. As soon as the circumstances start getting worse, it starts raining. The trope reaches boiling point here, where at the same time he encounters Shredder's Elite Guard, he discovers [[BigBad The Shredder]] himself is NotQuiteDead as was previously thought (with ''lightning'' starting to crack amongst the rain). He is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown badly beaten]] and almost killed soon after.
* The final battle in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 1, with Adamaï and Yugo versus Nox, happens under the rain at Mt. Zinit. It is used to great visual effect when Nox stops time, the raindrops first hanging... and then, rising upward when he reverses time.
* "Haunted", an episode in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had Robin seperated from the group while they were fighting and fought [[BigBad Slade]] in the rain. Particularly interesting in that [[spoiler: Slade was actually a hallucination. The animation hinted at this by Robin having a RainAura while Slade doesn't, [[LightningReveal Slade disappearing]] [[InvertedTrope every time lightning struck]], and Slade beating up Robin badly with the latter not landing a single blow.]]
* ''TheSecretSaturdays'': As seen in "The Return of Tsun 'Kalu", the showdown between Doc and Tsun 'Kalu that cost Doc his eye took place atop the Saturdays' CoolAirship during a downpour.
* ''SymbionicTitan'' has this in the episode that reveals how they got to Earth. Lance and his [[spoiler: evil]] commander have a SwordFight in a platform, in the rain. Lance wins.
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* Obviously, it has rained during fights and battles at many times in history. Unlike in fiction, however, it ''has'' affected the participants, especially because rain can screw up equipment, turn the landscape to mud and generally annoy people. Parts of the Somme and the Passchendaele campaign in the First World War are among the best known, most horrific examples.
** The great tragedy of Passchendaele was not the muddy parts; it was that the middle part of this months-long slugfest was fought on ''dry'' ground and [[HopeSpot the British were well on their way to winning]] when the sky opened up and the horrors restarted. Popular culture focuses on what a ghastly thing it was for the British infantryman, but even one account from the other side describes the German experience in terms of "martyrdom".
* SuperBowl XLI between the Colts and the Bears.
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