->"''Edward Morgan Blake. Born 1924. Forty-five years as a comedian, died 1985, buried in the rain.''"
-->-- '''Rorschach''' in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''

In fictional depictions of graveyards, burial grounds or areas that serve a similar function, the weather is almost always bleak and grey at the least, [[ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals pitch-black and raining]] at the worst.

Even if it's a sunny day, somehow, magically, the sunlight will seem shaky and bleak, washed out and faded. This is the weather of choice for a quietly dramatic [[MeaningfulFuneral funeral.]]

1000% more likely if this particular graveyard is a haven for TheUndead.

A subtrope of EmpathicEnvironment. See also ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals and GrayRainOfDepression. See also AlwaysNight, where spooky and general horror themed areas (and the odd HauntedHouse in a perfectly normal street) will be in permanent night [[ItWasADarkAndStormyNight with thunder and lightning optional]]. When the weather is actively hostile to our heroes, see CueTheRain.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* A subversion: In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', at [[spoiler:Maes Hughes']] funeral, Roy Mustang asserts that it's going to rain, even though there's not a cloud in the sky.
--->'''Riza Hawkeye''': I don't think so, sir...\\
'''Roy Mustang''': [[SandInMyEyes Yes it is.]] (a tear rolls down his cheek)
* The graveyard of Thriller Bark in ''OnePiece'' is surrounded by dark sky and fog. Though this is justified by the Thriller Bark deliberately sailing through an area of OminousFog.
* In ''FruitsBasket'', going to visit Hanajima, the members of the Yuki fan club convince themselves that she lives in a spooky house with gravestones in the yard and GraveClouds.
** Averted when Tohru and co. go to visit her mother's grave - the weather is bright and sunny.
* In ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' when Mitsuki visits [[spoiler:Eichi]]'s grave it's snowing. The snow is especially touching because she [[spoiler:lies down in the snow hoping to die in the cold so she can join him.]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* As mentioned in the page quote, the Comedian in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is buried in a rainy day. The opening shot of the comic's second chapter shows a statue in the graveyard dripping with water, making it look as if it were crying.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows,'' it's snowing as Harry and Hermione return to Godric's Hollow to look at Lily and James' grave.
* Parodied in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', while Dr. Frankenstein and Igor are digging up a body. After a [[TemptingFate most unfortunate]] comment by Igor ("Could be worse...Could be raining"), [[CueTheRain it starts to rain]].
* Subverted in the cult classic ''Film/HaroldAndMaude''. They put the [[TheFunInFuneral "fun" in "funeral"]].
* The graveyard scene in ''Film/DragMeToHell'', in which it stormed enough to make every grave a drowning hazard.
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/StephenKing's ''Pet Sematary''.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}}: During a scene in ''Guards! Guards!'', when the Night Watch men buried one of their own, the copper Herbert Gaskin, one of the rapidly shrinking number of policemen in Ankh-Morpork, in the Cemetery of Small Gods, it was a grey, rainy day, with the raindrops drumming on the coffin as it was lowered into the sodden ground. Of course, that was the old Watch, full of washed-out losers... before the coming of Carrot Ironfoundersson. When we see the Cemetery of Small Gods in later novels, it's a peaceful (if somewhat overgrown) place full of blooming lilac where not many people come to visit.
** Of course, the graveyards in Überwald are almost certainly shrounded in eternal twilight, full of mist and fog clinging to lopsided tombstones and black leafless branches of dead trees, with the lonely cries of ravens echoeing across the landscape. Because Überwald ("the Old Country") [[strike:suffers from]] enjoys every minute of EmpathicEnvironment.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Storm of Iron'', [[spoiler:Castellan Vauban]] is buried on a cloudy day. [[spoiler:Leonid]] explicitly thinks that sun would have been inappropriate.
* In JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', Rafel and the other Blood Angels searching for enemies in a graveyard do so under a gray sky.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* An unusual example (kind of) is from the first-season ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode with the Nightmares. As Sunnydale sinks deeper into the waking nightmares of all its inhabitants, the heroes suddenly notice that the graveyard has been moved to opposite the school and is swathed in perpetual night.
* Subverted (quote fittingly) in ''DeadLikeMe''. The times we're actually shown a graveyard, it's always a sunny and nice, peaceful place. Because ''funerals'' are really not among the worst things that happen on that series. Once you get to the bit with the graveyard and coffins, the worst has ''already'' happened to someone.
* Averted in ''PushingDaisies'' in that the double-funeral of Ned's mother and Chuck's father is as vibrant and colorful as the rest of the show, with nary a cloud in the sky.
** Played straight in the end of "Oh Oh Oh... It's Magic", though.
* Averted in the "heart transplant" episode of ''EerieIndiana'', where the graveyard was sunny and comforting [[spoiler:but apparently stalked by the GrimReaper]].
* At the funeral at the end of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "The Message", it snows. Very appropriate mood, as it was the day the actors had heard the show was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork canceled]].
* Done a lot in ''Series/TheXFiles'', though this is more likely due to the fact that the first five seasons were filmed in Vancouver, which tends to be a bit dark and dreary anyway.
** During Mulder's funeral, however, in season eight, there are clouds and snow on the ground.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' examples:
** Module I6, ''Ravenloft''. EvilOverlord Strahd's castle is under a cloud (literally) and after the {{Player Character}}s get inside, it starts to rain.
** Module I10, ''[[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=dnd/dx20020121x9 Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill]]''. As the villains get closer to victory, the weather gets worse and worse, culminating in a thunderstorm.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

%%* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
* ''{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'''s [[BigBoosHaunt Mad Monster Mansion]] and its related section in [[HubLevel Grunty's Lair]] are perpetually encased by a dark, cloudy night.
* ''TheMovies'' actually has a specific, cloudy backdrop called "Cemetary".
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3''. The graveyard just looks like a normal graveyard and is sunny in contrast to the sadness of the scene.
* While the first quarter or so of the Aetha in ''{{Primal}}'' focus around a bleaky windy rainy graveyard, it's somewhat justified because the ''entire world'' is like this.
* Strangely averted in ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', a game which ''thrives'' on EmpathicEnvironment : the graveyard is located on a beautiful greenery cliff, and when visiting it it's always sunny, with a cloudless blue sky. It was maybe done like this [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic for symbolism]] as [[spoiler: this is where the Asian will fight Salishuan the Spy of the Eight Generals of Valpha-Valaharian, aka Raizze Haimer, in a Raizze Run, meaning there's still hope to save the girl from the death she's throwing herself into - [[ThePowerOfLove and that's the case if you have a 5-Heart Love Gauge with her]] [[DefeatMeansFriendship and beat her in duel]]]].
* In ''DarkSouls'', it's at least overcast almost everywhere.
* ''VideoGame/DontLookBack'' begins with the protagonist standing next to a grave in the rain.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Dead Money'', the Sierra Madre Villa is covered in toxic red clouds that mutated the town's hazmat workers into Ghost People. The Divide in ''Lonesome Road'' is torn by sandstorms thanks to a meteorological experiment by Big MT's mad scientists; this coupled with the nuclear disaster triggered by the Courier turned the NCR and Legion troops in the area into the Marked Men.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''WoodenRose'', [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter5/106.html after the funeral]].
* In ''DreamKeepers Prelude'', [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=192 Namah's mood]].
* In ''{{Homestuck}}'', each of the lands of the B2 session, with the exception of LOPAN, have some variation of this. LOCAH, in lacking any colors or visible atmospheric features other than the other planets, Skaia, and its own strange balloons, produces this effect in conjunction with its numerous eponymous Crypts. LOMAX's sky is mostly similar, its blackness only interrupted by wisps of violet-glowing Xenon that rises out of its two massive canyons. LOTAK, though, combines the dark clouds traditional to this trope with [[HostileWeather massive, violent lightning storms]] and [[PollutedWasteland toxic air]]. All of these make sense, considering they're in a void session that serves as a massive graveyard for the game that could have been.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TheSimpsons''. Springfield's cemetery is always dark and cloudy. In one episode, the city actually moved the entire cemetery next door to the Simpson residence. The weather around the house ''immediately'' changed from normal to gloomy.

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