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->''They walked the whole day over meadows, fields, and stony places; and when it rained the little sister said, "Heaven and our hearts are weeping together."''
-->--'''Creator/TheBrothersGrimm''', ''Literature/BrotherAndSister''

Commonly used trope to indicate that one is sad, disappointed, or just plain depressed. The rain is often used to exaggerate their mood depending on how sad they are, or if their character is always like that, then this means that they're expressing true sadness for the first time. May be [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated]] to the point that the bad weather is restricted to a single PersonalRaincloud following the character around.

The juxtaposition of rain and depression is also made frequently in FilmNoir and similar settings, [[CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain including Cyberpunk]]. After all, slogging about in the rain and mud, or being forced to stay indoors, will depress you pretty quickly.

Contrast DramaticThunder and AStormIsComing, which indicate danger -- or if emotions, anger. This rain is seldom accompanied by wind, either, and will not produce LightningReveal. The opposite purpose to HappyRain; also contrast RaysFromHeaven for a complete inverse. Related to ShowerOfAngst and GraveClouds.

SuperTrope of PersonalRaincloud, ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals, and CueTheRain.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''{{Manga/Gintama}}'' episode 211, it's raining when [[spoiler: when Gintoki finds Otose stabs and gets thrashed by Jirocho.]]
* This begins right after Manga/{{Naruto}} and Sasuke's confrontation in episode 134, as Sasuke stares down at his unconscious rival, and continues as he [[FaceHeelTurn stumbles off to Orochimaru]] while Kakashi starts hauling Naruto home.
** Most of the time it rains when something bad happens to the Uchiha. It rained for Itachi back when [[spoiler: we thought he was the BigBad]] and during his and Sasuke's fight.
** It also rained when the Third Hokage died and when [[spoiler: Asuma died]]. There'a also a perpetual GrayRainOfDepression over the Hidden Rain Village; one of the characters even compares it to the country constantly crying.
* In ''{{Pretear}}'', Sasame is shown wandering around depressed in a rainstorm after [[spoiler:his AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to Takako]].
* The final dramatic climax of the ''FruitsBasket'' anime occurs in the rain, after the rest of it is sunny.
* Occurs in ''{{Gankutsuou}}''. Most often in the later half of the series. Albert even walks home in the rain in a depressed manner at one point.
* This happens in the 25th episode of ''Manga/DeathNote'', which has an unusually poetic kick to it overall. At a moment of high drama, it instantly becomes DramaticThunder.
* In episode 194 of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', rain begins to fall when Usagi [[spoiler: collapses in tears because she can no longer bear the strain of wondering why her LoveInterest in America hasn't written back to her at all. (Unbeknownst to her, [[BusCrash he's dead]].]]
* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', Tenma sinks to his knees to curse and bemoan the cruel fate that made him the savior of a murderer in the middle of a rainstorm. It's very sad, but the water getting on his pants is like the clothing equivalent of TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Tokyo-3 is rainy and dark during the battle with Arael, wherein [[MindRape Asuka's mind is invaded and the trauma of her childhood relived]]. She herself is bathed in bright light, however.
* In ''{{Robotech}}'', one of the episodes is called ''(A) Rainy Night'', and is just that, a rather restrained, remarkably mature (in the proper sense of the word) conversation takes place between two of the major female characters about their love lives past and present, while a soaking rain comes down outside. One of the women is involved in a very dysfunctional relationship with a mecha officer, and the other tells her the story of how she met and got together with a by-then-deceased pilot. No explosions, no gunfire, not much comic relief, the ''entire episode'' is conversation and memories of a deceased character.
* Played straight in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' after Guts awakens four days after the Eclipse and has a huge FreakOut after [[DespairEventHorizon fully realizing]] what had occurred.
* CodeGeass: The entire colour palette is overlaid with grey after Shirley [[spoiler:meets Lelouch having missed her date with him because she had to identify her father's body. Whose death Lelouch was responsible for. And things just get worse from there.]]
* Vol 2 of ''Manga/GirlFriends'' ends with Mari walking out of [[GenkiGirl Akko's]] house and into the rain after [[spoiler:[[SchoolgirlLesbians she finally reveals to her best friend that she was in love with her]] and gives her a ForcedKiss on the lips]], causing them to be estranged from each other for several days. The rain seems to continue until the two of them meet again and try to reconcile their friendship once more.
* In ''MarginalPrince'', Joshua sings four times in the course of the series. Twice the songs are about his feelings and despair and of course it rains in torrents during these montages.
* It's raining in the Tokyo of ''YoureUnderArrest'' when [[spoiler: Ken Nakajima becomes the victim of the "rogue officers" that cause accidents deliberately, and breaks his leg. He's seen laying down on the rain-wet pavement and grabbing his injured leg, much to the horror of his friends.]]
* It also rains during several early episodes of ''OniisamaE'', while are also those were Nanako is most bullied and harassed due to being accepted into the the Sorority. Also, it's under a heavy and cold rain that [[spoiler: Rei waits for ''five hours'' for Fukiko, not knowing that it's one of Fukiko's cruel mind-games. It causes her to [[SickEpisode fall extremely sick]].]]
* MegumiHayashibara's ''Manga/RanmaOnehalf'' ImageSong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emMpM6lN4Bc "November Rain"]] is about Ranma having a fight with Akane and then having to go back home alone under the rain.
* In chapter 352 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Asuna is wandering around Mahora [[spoiler:in 2135, looking for anything that she can recognize from her time. [[TearJerker When she comes across Eva's now ruined cottage, the weather goes from nice to downpour in two panels, with Asuna's head bowed]].]]
* In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV: The Ties That Bind'' OVA, it beings to rain when [[spoiler: Ryu ''barely'' controls his SuperPoweredEvilSide known as "Evil Ryu" thanks to Sakura's CoolDownHug, and falls into an HeroicBSOD.]]
* In ''SakamichiNoApollon'' when Kaoru finds out his father has only come to gather his stuff and won't have time for a proper visit. Kaoru thinks about the things he wants to his father about but won't get the time to, like him making new friends and wanting to know more about his MissingMom.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Kubo generally uses rain to show when a character or group of characters (sometimes even all of Soul Society) have fallen into despair. The overriding symbolism of this belongs to Ichigo, where even his EmpathicWeapon hates the rain because of the despair it represents inside Ichigo's soul. [[spoiler:The origin of Ichigo's inner hollow lies with the proto-Arrancar White who only ever appeared when it rained and who merged with Ichigo's shinigami powers when passed down to him after hollowfying his Quincy mother. The reason why rain in Ichigo's inner world symbolises despair is because the inner hollow (as his real shinigami power) feeds on it to eliminate the source of that despair.]]
** Second only to Ichigo, is Ryuuken. Flashbacks reveal a teenage Ryuuken was under enormous pressure to save the Quincy future. When Aizen's Hollowfication experiments bring Isshin and Masaki together, Ryuuken's life is destroyed in the process. [[spoiler: As Masaki's [[ArrangedMarriage designated]] future husband, Ryuuken's responsible for Masaki's wellbeing, but allows her to break the rules to save Isshin's life, leading to her Hollowfication. Forced to give her to the Shinigami to save her, his ability to protect the Quincy future in ruins, Ryuuken tries to [[HeroicBSOD walk away]] from the Quincies forever, [[YouAreNotAlone stopped]] only by his [[MarryForLove future wife]] Kanae, [[TheLostLenore whose fate]] it is to die with Masaki [[PlotTriggeringDeath six years]] before the main storyline. Ryuuken's been [[DespairEventHorizon living in the rain]] ever since.]]
* Used in the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution America's Cleaning of the Storage]] episode of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' during the flashback to the war.
* This is used in a scene in the ''Manga/KotouraSan'' anime's DownerBeginning, which is already DeliberatelyMonochrome. At the said scene, Haruka got past her DespairEventHorizon for a ''second time'', which made her to [[BrokenBird believe cynically]] that her {{telepathy}} dooms every living thing she cares about.
* In ''Manga/Saki'', in a preview sequence at the end of the first season, this is present in a scene that seems to imply that [[spoiler:a rift will eventually form between Saki and Nodoka; their backs are to each other, and one of the gifts they got for each other has been dropped in a puddle]].
* Happens in [[BetrayalKnowsMyName Uraboku]] when [[spoiler: Shuusei goes missing]]. Hotsuma, who [[HoYay treasures him]] [[WorthLivingFor above all else]], doesn't handle this very well and falls to his knees, in the rain, [[SayMyName calling for him]].
* In one of the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movies, it was raining heavily when Future Trunks turned super saiyan for the fist time after finding the dead body of his BigBrotherMentor.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Justified in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' where the Dreaming reflects Dream's emotions. After [[spoiler:Thessaly]] dumps him we see him simply standing and moping in continuous rain. Mervyn complains about this causing people to have dreams of existential angst and everyone in the Dreaming to get wet, while Lucien remarks that after Nada, the entire Dreaming was razed and stayed a wasteland for hundreds of years. In an interesting twist, the landscape does not change [[spoiler:after he is forced to kill Orpheus]] although he is obviously upset and grieving.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's ''Literature/BrotherAndSister'', it rains while they flee their WickedStepmother. Sister comments on the EmpatheticEnvironment entailed.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BladeRunner''. Only at the end is there clear skies, and even then, it's still drizzling.
* After Shang's fall in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' II.
* The CityWithNoName in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' "enjoys" constant rain. WordOfGod says it's an [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggeration]] of this trope.
* While this is also a fact of life for TheOtherRainforest, ''Film/TheGoonies'' notably has this early on when Mr. Perkins arrives with paperwork regarding the imminent demolition of the kids' neighborhood.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound 2''. "Why does it always rain when things go wrong?"
* So many JohnCusack movies. So many.
* This happens at the end of the 2010 film ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist'' [[spoiler:when Alice is told that magic isn't real]].
* A frequent motif of Creator/AkiraKurosawa. When his protagonists are at their lowest point, you can be sure rain will follow. Totally reversed in ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'' ;the protagonist is so happy to have achieved his final goal that not even heavy rain nor snow can stop him from rejoicing in a swing.
* Parodied in ''HotShots Part Deux'' with the flashback to when Ramata leaves Topper. She sends him a card to break up with him. When it sinks in, it starts to rain but entirely localised to where Topper is standing.
* In ''TheKingsSpeech'', after an argument, Lionel tried to see Albert to apologize. At the time, Albert's brother was planning to abdicate his sovereignty to Albert, so he was told that the Duke was "too busy" and shown to the door, where it was pouring rain outside.
* Used literally in ''Film/MenInBlack 2'', as the Light of Zartha leaves Earth.
* It was either parodied or used very cheesily in ''AlphaAndOmega''. When it looks like [[spoiler:Kate has been trampled to death by cariboo,]] everyone is very sad and the sky turns gray and there's thunder, [[spoiler: then Kate wakes up]], and instantly the sky turns blue again without a cloud in the sky.
* In a sad scene from the film ''Film/ErnestGoesToCamp'', Ernest lampshades the appearance of a rainstorm with a song called "Gee I'm Glad It's Raining".
* In ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'', this happens when Cal's attempt to reconcile with his estranged wife falls to pieces. He even lampshaded it by saying that [[GenreSavvy it is such a cliche]].
* In ''Film/TheHustler'', Eddie Felson takes Sarah out to dinner, then tells her that he will be leaving town for a little while. Fearing that he's dumping her, Sarah bolts out of the restaurant and runs straight into a downpour.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', Hell has this. All the time. And the houses don't keep it out.
* This shows up in ''Literature/TempestANovel'', when Jackson gets stuck in the past, it starts to rain. Justified in that [[spoiler: time travel apparently causes rainy weather.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheKilling'' is a show based on this trope. Every scene so far in the series has either been overcast, raining, or night. Granted, its set in [[TruthInTelevision Washington]], but still...
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the titular character [[spoiler: jumps from the roof of St. Bart's hospital, apparently committing suicide]], and as his best friend John tries to get to him the sky goes from partly cloudy to dark and rainy in a matter of minutes.
** From the same episode: as John is describing the event to his therapist, and later when he's [[spoiler:sitting alone in 221B, probably soon after the funeral]], it's again raining heavily.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** After Ross and Rachel break up in "TOW the List".
** Lampooned in "TOW Eddie Moves In" with Chandler and Joey.
* Happens in the first season finale of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' when Lily calls-off her engagement to Marshall to follow her dreams. They eventually got better in the following season.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The final scene of "Journey's End".
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[[folder:Music]]
* This is a common trope in country music to show that the singer is depressed or there is turmoil:
** David Nail's "Let it Rain" involves the singer cheating on his wife and being thrown out into the rain (apparently inspired by the last scene of the movie "The Last Kiss").
** Gary Allan's "Songs About Rain" is told from the point of view of an ex-boyfriend on his love's wedding day to someone else--and as he's driving around being depressed, all the radio will play are "songs about rain."
** The Eli Young Band's "When it Rains", about a bad break-up.
** Music/GarthBrooks' "The Thunder Rolls", about a wife discovering her husband's affair (or, according to the video, DomesticAbuse)
** Blackhawk's "I Can Sure Smell the Rain", about an impending break-up.
** Steve Holy's "Come on Rain", in which a distraught boyfriend begs the rain to delay flights at the airport so he can stop his girlfriend from leaving.
** SHEDaisy's "I Wish I Were the Rain"
** Jason Michael Carroll's "Let it Rain"
** Music/RebaMcEntire's "Rain Fallin'"
** Music/RascalFlatts' "What Hurts the Most"; the singer mentions that the rain on the roof "don't bother me" but it fits with the mood of the song.
* Music/CaroleKing's song "Crying in the Rain" (also covered by Music/{{Aha}}) is about a person who's still not over a bad break-up and hopes it'll rain soon so they can cry underneath it and not let others know about their heartbreak.
* Certainly at least ''invoked'' by "Cold Kentucky Rain".
* "Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell" by ZZTop knowingly uses the country metaphor, being from Texas, although it's a blues song. However, it doubles in that the desert is cold after rain falls, what with all the wet sand and all.
* Albert Hammond's "It Never Rains (In Southern California) ... it pours.
* Music/MichaelJackson's "Stranger in Moscow" about loneliness and sadness has the opening line "I was wandering in the rain", the music video features Jackson in the pouring rain.
* NewRadicals "I Don't Wanna Die Anymore" features "A life of rain" and "It's gonna rain" The song is about depression after the failure of a relationship. It is not completely evident if the 'two months of fun, two years of pain' in the song refers to a two month relationship breaking up and two years of depression, or about a relationship that was fun for two months and abusive for two years, though the former is far more likely. The narrator wants the girl back because otherwise he's going to kill himself.

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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* The stormy weather during the FinalBattle in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' easily turned into this as a result of [[spoiler:Rex going into an AngstComa following Amanda's death]].
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[[folder:Tabletop [=RPG=]s]]
* The art for the country of Eisen in ''[[SeventhSea 7th Sea]]'' player's handbook has this. Justified, because Eisen is based on post-UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar Germany, which was a grim and depressing place.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': After the final mission.
* The main plot of ''HeavyRain''. It starts raining after the TimeSkip and then the sun never comes out again for the entire rest of the game except in some of the happier endings.
* This is one of the biggest and most effective visual elements in ''TheSaboteur'', as Nazi-oppressed areas become monochrome and storm-covered until they are liberated.
* ''RedDeadRedemption'' - [[spoiler: After Jack buries Abigale.]]
* All the friggin' time in ''MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne''.
* Kaori Yae, the BrokenBird of ''[[TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]'', has such a scene in the early stages of your relationship with her, if you meet her at the school's gates after school in rainy days.
* In FinalFantasy ''Crisis Core'''s ending, in which [[spoiler: Zack dies before Cloud's eyes.]]
* In ''FinalFantasyVIII'', Squall gets one of these during a flashback.
* In KatawaShoujo, it rains during [[spoiler: Rin Tezuka's second]] Bad Ending, when [[spoiler: she tells Hisao "ButNowIMustGo" and breaks up with him to take an art scholarship in Tokyo.]]
* Happens twice in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'': when the Boss has to MercyKill [[spoiler:Carlos]] after he is abducted and tortured and again at [[spoiler:Aisha]]'s funeral.
* The battle after [[spoiler: Emmeryn's HeroicSuicide]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', takes place in a heavy rainstorm.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* UrbanFantasy web series ''BrokenSaints'' uses this in Chapter 14, Act 2, as one of our heroes, Kamimura, walks alone through a very depressing and disturbing section of downtown Coast City--reflecting his own display of sorrow at what he sees around him.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''EverydayHeroes'', when Jane is released from prison, she walks away from her family (and her old life as a villain) through a cold February rain, alone.
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' when Galatea is at her absolute lowest emotional point since her birth a month earlier, [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080830.html it starts raining.]] She panics because she has never seen rain before.
* ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' uses this trope to the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nHGsa69oSs even the fanvids are starting to insert rain]].
* Webcomic/EvilDiva's [[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=925 visit]] to [[{{Satan}} the Big Guy]].
* {{Strays}} [[http://www.straysonline.com/comic/108.htm The target gets away]]. Meanwhile, the TagalongKid has all his money and belongings in an inn he's just been thrown out of. Naturally it starts to rain.
* ImpureBlood [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter004/ib021.html She has to go buy clothes in the rain. She, as her bodyguard, has to follow her.]]
* {{Roza}} is robbed, told she has to bring back ThePhoenix to get her thing back, and given a companion that may kill her to ensure she does it. [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2008-04-07 Naturally it rains.]]
* In ''OurLittleAdventure'',
** [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0072.html it rains only when Pauline is standing watch and thinking miserable thoughts.]]
** [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0248.html When Julie's brother left home.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-01.html plodding through the forest on the quest]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', it starts to rain as Fievel curls up alone in Orphan Alley and cries. And given what's going on, [[TearJerker we do too]].
** Bluth's earlier film ''BanjoTheWoodpileCat'' has a strikingly similar scene.
* Disney is fond of using this trope when characters die or seem dead. Such examples include:
** [[spoiler: Kerckak's death]] in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''.
** Beast's DisneyDeath in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** [[spoiler: Ray's death]] in ''ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
** When Trusty is hit by the dog-catcher's wagon in ''LadyAndTheTramp''.
** Baloo's supposed death in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** The scene where the dwarves surround [[Disney/SnowWhite Snow White's bed]] and cry. She didn't die, per se, but still...
** "Of course, everyone [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh forgot]] [[TheWoobie about]] [[TheEeyore Me]]. Nobody remembers the rain cloud over me when everybody forgot my birthday. Figures."
* It rains as Littlefoot of ''TheLandBeforeTime'' finds his mother after her fight with the Sharptooth. It starts to rain harder as she dies.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' S4 episode 24 it starts raining after [[spoiler: The Wizards of the Black Circle escape after having used the gift of life on a dead flower, taking away the Winx's only chance to save Nabu who had sacrificed himself to save the Earth fairies.]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' it rains as Gadget sadly wanders through alleys and stares at her reflection in the puddles, after [[TenMinuteRetirement "quitting"]] the Rescue Rangers.
* In ''XmenEvolution'''s episode 25, ''Mindbender'', Jean Grey is {{mind rape}}d [[BadDreams in her sleep]] by [[spoiler: Mesmero]] right before [[spoiler: he kidnaps and brainwashes her]]. Said MindRape sequence starts with her dreaming that she's trapped in a CircusOfFear and under the rain.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' movie, the rain starts to kick in a few scenes after Leonard kicks Human!Scott out, when both know that they'll never see each other again. The rain stops once (Towards the end of a musical number, no less) they decide in a DistantDuet that [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming no matter what the circumstances, they need to be together again]].
* ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this in several episodes, including "Magical Mystery Cure" when Twilight laments the switching of her friend's cutie marks, "Rarity Takes Manehattan" when Rarity thinks her friends have abandoned her, and "Testing, Testing, 1-2-3" when Rainbow despairs of passing the Wonderbolts history test.
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