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->''"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."''
-->-- Opening line of ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''[[note]]Keep in mind that this refers to the grey static of older analogue televisions, not the [[TechnologyMarchesOn solid blue or black of digital ones]].[[/note]]

Ever noticed how the weather is always lousy in CyberPunk settings? When it's not pouring down, the sky is overcast with dark, [[PollutedWasteland pollution-laden clouds]] that barely let any sunlight through.

Inherited from the similarly crappy weather of the FilmNoir genre.

Often overlaps with IndustrialGhetto. Compare CityNoir, GrayRainOfDepression and PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' and ''Innocence'', though in keeping with the show's status as LighterAndSofter, the weather is nicer in ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]]''. There are still more than a few episodes with rain, such as the fourth episode of the first season, where it's actually a minor plot point (a murder is covered up as a traffic accident caused by a rainstorm).
* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' is set in a future where the weather is so bad even ordinary people carry gas masks with them for fear of pollution.
* There's always some clouds or weird shadows in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
* In ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', the world is always cloudy. It's a plot point [[spoiler: because the Proxies were designed to die in the presence of sunlight]].
* ''Manga/SilentMobius'', which was heavily influenced by ''Film/BladeRunner'', is set in a Tokyo with near constant rain.
* This trope is what drives the plot of ''Animation/SkyBlue''.
* In ''Anime/{{Kiba}}'', there's [[AnachronismStew one place populated entirely by cyborgs]] where it's always raining.
* Though not strictly cyberpunk, ''[[Anime/{{K}} K: Missing Kings]]'' evokes the genre by using this look in the opening sequence to introduce the tech-tinged new antagonists, JUNGLE.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Elephantmen}}'', it rains very frequently in 2250's Los Angeles. British-born creator Richard Starkings says this is becaus "all Englishmen in L.A. miss the rain -- or at least ''I'' do."

* ''Film/BladeRunner'' is probably responsible for [[TropeMaker starting the trend]] in films. The endless rain was a reference to FilmNoir. It also helped disguise the fact that he was just shooting on the backlot -- all those scenes set at night with lots of rain and smoke are a great disguise. In this [[http://archive.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/15-10/ff_bladerunner?currentPage=all 2005 interview with Wired Magazine]], Creator/RidleyScott stated that the rain in part was present to hide the wires on the Spinners. Quote: "Because you can't make a spinner fly without a crank. That's why it was raining in the shot, because the rain would help to hide the cables."
* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', the weather is initially always nice inside the matrix, but outside the Matrix, the sun is permanently blocked by a planet-covering cloud of nanites. Once [[spoiler:Smith takes over]], the trope applies directly to the world inside the Matrix.
* Spielberg's ''Film/MinorityReport'' features some sunny vistas, but there's also quite a few overcast skies, as well as precog-predicted rain.
* ''Film/{{Immortal}}'' is a French cyberpunk film taking place in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. The skies are perpetually and dismally overcast, except in Central Park, which mysteriously has the weather conditions of Antarctica.
* One doesn't see any sunshine in ''Film/{{Avalon}}'', but that might be a side-effect of making everything DeliberatelyMonochrome.
* [[ShapedLikeItself It's always dark in]] ''Film/DarkCity''. Again, justified [[spoiler: by the eponymous city being controlled by aliens who can't stand strong light]].
* Alan Rudolph's ''Film/TroubleInMind'' is a noirish tale set in an indeterminate retro-future filmed in Seattle, appropriately named "Rain City" here.
* Cyberspace in ''Film/TronLegacy'' is clouded over pretty much all the time, although it never actually rains.
** Although there is the one scene when [[spoiler:Gem meets Sam in the street]] and she is wearing a raincoat and carrying an umbrella.
* The Earth in Creator/JamesCameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' is seen to look like this in new scenes added at the beginning of the Collector's Edition Extended Cut.
* The climate on the planet in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' is inhospitable. It's [[AlwaysNight always dark]] and rainy.
* Parodied and subverted in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''. The [=DeLorean=] lands in a back alley, gearing up for a dark, cyberpunk setting...and then the skies clear.
* The protagonist of Italian film ''Hands Of Steel'' (also known as ''Vendetta dal futuro'', ''Fists of Steel'', ''Paco the Death Machine'', in Quebec as ''L'enfonceur'') is a cyborg sent to kill a scientist, who is trying to stop acid rains. Not far from the beginning his car gets [[HollywoodAcid burned]] by such rain.
* ''Film/SplitSecond'': ([[TheNineties Then-]]) future London, and so bad that a good chunk of it has long since flooded. You never even see the sun up until the final credits.

* ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' by Creator/WilliamGibson. The original line was meant to invoke the gray static seen when an analog channel goes off air. Unfortunately, [[TechnologyMarchesOn in modern digital broadcast systems]], a dead channel shows up as solid bright blue.
** Ironically, the opening phrase still works, provided one interprets it as proof that urban techno-fetishist Case is so thoroughly-alienated from nature that the ''only'' thing he can think of to compare a gorgeous blue sky to is a damn television screen. (Or it would be, if there weren't an explicit reference to a "poisoned silver sky.")
** Lampshaded by Creator/NeilGaiman in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', by using the same phrase to describe a ''clear'' sky.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/TheLatheOfHeaven'' is set in Portland, Oregon, whose normally cool, rainy Northwestern climate has become ''warm'' and rainy, thanks to GlobalWarming. In a 1971 book, for the record; we've seen this coming for a ''long'' time.
* Creator/BruceSterling's ''Heavy Weather'' (1994) turns this trope UpToEleven, as climate change has increased the violence and unpredictability of global weather patterns to such an extent that "Tornado Alley" in the Great Plains has been rendered nearly uninhabitable.
* ''Literature/HaltingState'': Justified, of course, as the story takes place in [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather Scotland.]]
* In George Johansson's novel ''Datorernas död'' ("Death of the Computers"), pollution and climate change has rendered the skies almost permanently overcast.
* Although it isn't cyberpunk (despite an army of cyborgs and more people being cyborgized daily), Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Armageddon Inheritance]]'' plays this straight. Earth is being sieged by AbsoluteXenophobe aliens, who [[ColonyDrop bombard it with asteroids]], the only starship went searching for help and disappeared, missiles and energy are running low... Asteroids that break through defenses usually hit oceans, filling air with water and salt and increasing albedo. Most scenes set on Earth during the siege have icy rain as a backdrop.
** The happy ending inverts this. The rains have washed all pollution from the air and the sky is cleaner than it's been for centuries.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the miniseries ''Cold Lazarus'' it was thick smog. Like, closer to brown smoke. People wondered aloud what it must have been like when the air was clear enough to go for walks outside.
* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': It's always dark, gloomy, and often raining in the cyberpunkish New York City of 2070.
* Scenes in ''Series/DarkAngel'', when they do take place during the day, are always cloudy and overcast. Though this could just be because the show takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}.
* ''Series/AlteredCarbon'': The grimy megacities that the lower classes live in are usually seen with overcast weather or pouring rain.

* Music/MindInABox's albums - [[SequelSong set within a cyberpunk continuity]] - all take place at night, when Black is engaging in operations for [[BigBrotherIsWatching The Agency]]. The cover art for ''Memories'' depicts Black standing before a pitch-black city, and the final song in the album, "5ynchr0ni7e" begins with White musing on the city.
-->''The night is black like never before. From the roof of the Agency, the entire sprawling city looks like a dark maelstrom that constantly changes form...''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The original default campaign setting for ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' was Seattle. Not only was it cloudier and rainier than most of the U.S., but the weather often included acid rain.
* Same for ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'', where the weather often includes acid rain. Or worse.
* On the Planet/City of Mort in ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries'', it rains for approximately 364 days per year. Which is perhaps fortunate, given that even Mister Slayer himself doesn't want to see what happens to the when it stops raining and all of the serial killers, hired mercenaries, gun-wielding gangsters, drug-fuelled war veterans, crazed mutants and even his own Operatives get hot and bothered.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The first arc of ''VideoGame/BinaryDomain'' takes place at night, during heavy rain.
* It is AlwaysNight in ''VideoGame/DeusEx''. Or sunset. This is a game mechanics thing -- ''Deus Ex's'' sneaking system requires shadows. It fits perfectly into the game's theme.
** In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', it's ''almost'' always night, overcast or raining. There's plenty of light in Jensen's apartment, though, so it can stream through the windows just like in ''Film/BladeRunner''. In Hengsha, it's actually a perfectly sunny day, but the [[UrbanSegregation Upper City]] high above and the tall buildings block most of the light.
** The weather in Detroit isn't rainy but there is the occasional [[AStormIsComing thunder and lightning]].
* The 1997 ''VideoGame/BladeRunner'' video game, being set in the same city and the same time as [[Film/BladeRunner the film]], is a clear-cut example.
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series ''loves'' its acid rain, featuring the stuff on two different incarnations of Zebes as well as the SpacePirates' home planet (where it'll kill you in seconds unless you've obtained a hazard shield).
** The cyberpunk-inspired Sanctuary Fortress in the second ''VideoGame/{{Metroid Prime|2Echoes}}'' game subverts this: the "rain" is actually ''lines of energy'' that ''flow upwards''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Planetarian}}'' features a continuous downpour of acid rain.
* It's always night in ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}'' -- which is a big homage-off of ''Film/BladeRunner''. Granted, it's because the titular Snatcher's fake skin suffers horribly in direct sunlight.
* ''VideoGame/{{DreamWeb}}'': Permanent drizzle with occasional showers and lightnings. The protagonist [[StoicWoobie doesn't seem to mind]]. In-game weather report:
-->As the rainy season continues there will be increased humidity and constant rainfall, although mostly restricted to a light drizzle. Constant cloud cover is expected and temperatures will reach a moderate 20 degrees.
-->Due to the rain and cloud cover there will be a serious increase of trapped pollution in the air and it is recommended that masks are worn at all times for those in pollution risk category A. The risk should clear in 2 or 3 weeks.
-->'''Today's Outlook'''
-->Generally poor, uncomfortable humidity, low levels of sunlight and poor visibility.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': It doesn't rain in Midgar because of the plate over the lower city(ies), but it is dark, gloomy, and polluted, to the point where even the ground and sky turn black around the city on the world map.
* There's a peripheral reference to this trope in a level of the original ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament''. Outside the windows of the fight compound there is constant rain, and the map description mentions the suicide-inducingly dreary weather as the reason this scientific outpost was converted into a deathmatch arena.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Dystopia}}''. No official maps take place on sunny days. They're all either at night or on overcast days, but this is used uniquely in the tutorial. As you're exploring the [[ElaborateUndergroundBase abandoned underground complex]], your supervisor notes that the artificial day/night cycle is stuck at sunset permanently.
* One of the urban missions of the original ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' game (which is set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture) is on the streets of Chicago; as the whole level is essentially an homage to''Film/BladeRunner'', it comes complete with heavy, constant rain.
* This is a feature of the Junkyard in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''. Unlike most examples however, it's actually part of the plot.
* In ''VideoGame/GeminiRue'', it's always raining on the planet Barracus. This might have something to do with atmospheric conditioning to keep the air breathable for humans.
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'': averted. The weather is sunny throughout most of the game except for two nighttime levels.
* Played straight in the beginning mission of ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst'', taking place at night during a rainstorm. The City having a distinct cyberpunk appearance with neon signage all over the place really sets the atmosphere.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', where a button on a set in Holostar Studios triggers rain on a cyberpunk city set. Press it again and it starts snowing.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart7'' has a cyberpunk track [[NewNeoCity "Neo Bowser City,"]] where it's always raining.
* New Lumos in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' is a cyberpunk, neon-lit city which is perpetually watered by heavy rain.
* Defied in ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'', where the public [[WeatherControlMachine is able to control the weather via popular vote]], but when Red checks a terminal that contains a weather ballot, rain is specifically left off of it (the Transistor laments that they can't make it rain to cover their tracks.) [[spoiler: Near the end of the game, Red gets admin privileges for the same terminal, and is able to make it snow instead.]]
* ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters'': Zoë complains that it always rains in Europolis, to the point where Zoë jokingly explains to the locals what the Sun is.
* ''VideoGame/SatelliteReign'' uses this along with many other cyberpunk tropes.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the {{science fiction visual novel|s}} ''VisualNovel/BionicHeart'', it is always dark, cloudy or rainy. The horrible weather is explained by global warming destroying Earth's climate and turning it into a SingleBiomePlanet.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Planetarian}}'', the rain that has been pouring endlessly for the last thirty years [[spoiler:is a result of the nuclear fallout brought about by the great war that almost wiped out all of humanity.]]

* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', Venus is depicted this way. WordOfGod say this was a ShoutOut to Creator/RayBradbury and others who depicted Venus in this manner until [[ScienceMarchesOn new information came to light]], although it does fit rather well with Venus being portrayed as TheCityNarrows[=/=]ViceCity of the solar system.
* Paradise City is overcast with rain 29 days out of 30 in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Riff getting a clear view of the sky becomes a plot point.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/{{Fenspace}}: The inhabitants of [[http://www.fenspace.net/index.php5?title=Genaros Genaros]], a cyberpunk-themed space station, went through the trouble of building it with tinted windows that let in only 25% of incoming light, installing sprinklers in its central axis and using holograms to make its "sky" look like [[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} a television tuned to a dead channel]] specifically to invoke this trope.
--> '''S Malaclypse Fnord, author of [[FictionalDocument The Rough Guide to Fenspace]]''': "If I were to envision a cyberpunk theme park, I couldn't do any better than Genaros. It's dark, dingy, damp, bright, shiny, full of promise and threat. What I don't understand what I may never understand is how people can stand to live there all the time."

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The rain shows up dramatically for the final battle in ''WesternAnimation/PoetAndersonTheDreamWalker'', though it's hinted at early on with cloudy weather and drops on car doors.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, home to many tech companies (prominently giants Amazon, Nintendo of America, and Microsoft, but also many smaller companies), is known for its gray weather.
** Slightly meta example: the developers for ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'', a cyberpunk computer game based on a cyberpunk tabletop game that are both set in Seattle (renowned for its rainy weather), are situated just outside of Seattle.
** This stands true for western Oregon and Northern California as well, hence the names "Silicon Forest" and "Silicon Valley," respectively. Pretty much anywhere on the west facing side of the Cascade mountains can be put under this trope with little trouble.
* UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}}, the MegaCity ''par excellence'' of China ([[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ad/Shanghaiviewpic1.jpg/800px-Shanghaiviewpic1.jpg see here]]), gets almost twice as much rain yearly as London does, despite England having a reputation for dismal weather.
* Some U.K cities, with their highest concentration of surveillance/security cameras in the world can be though of having some cyberpunk elements. And the U.K has a reputation for overcast, wet weather. Particularly "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_London_Tech_City Silicon Roundabout]]" (where many upstart tech companies, non-profit organisations and UK branches of multinational businesses are based) in UsefulNotes/{{London}}.
* UsefulNotes/HongKong, often described as a city straight out of a cyberpunk novel, used to (and still occasionly does) have air quality issues that result in copious amounts of smog. In addition, it does have a monsoon season.
* Of course, in any discussion of this trope, you can't forget [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld the Cyberpunk Japanese Neo-Empire]], the financial, cultural, and political heart of any classic cyberpunk world -- and a nation that's even rainier than the UK. UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} averages 60 inches of rain per year (for comparison's sake, America's wettest city, Mobile, Alabama, averages 66.3 inches annually), and many cities receive frequent [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2012/09/02/guerrilla-rainstorm-caught-on-camera-from-tokyo-skytree/ "guerrilla rainstorms"]] due to both the climate and the urban heat island effect.
* Though not as noticeable or famous as the other East Asian cities in the list, UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} could be considered as one, thanks to it's reputation as the tech-savvy capital of UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}}, heavy neon lights, and a monsoon season, which results in a [[http://65.media.tumblr.com/92d9cef7a8c3bf91aa137900fb549b8a/tumblr_o6k1faCmKt1ql3r9do1_540.jpg pretty amazing scenery]].
* Scandinavia and Finland. Extremely tech-savvy countries, which are located at the occlusion zone of the Northern Atlantic low pressures. The presence of the Scandian mountains and the ensuing Föhn wind certainly doesn't make the climate drier or sunnier.