->''In India, 'cold weather' is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.''
-->--'''MarkTwain'''

In most media, either ItsAlwaysSpring whenever it isn't [[TheseTropesWereFrozenToday Arctic Winter]], or else there will be FourSeasons -- regardless of the climate the work is set in.

The "standard" seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn (a.k.a. Fall)) may be employed as a device. Or a close-up on falling leaves, snow, flowers, etc. will be used as a seasonal {{Motif}}, to establish what time of the year it is; Compare BladeOfGrassCut. Or you can tie the plot to the seasons as if they were ElementalPowers of some sort.

Alternatively, this will often be a SeasonalMontage, actively flipping between the seasons to show the [[TimePassesMontage passage of time]] in a story. Examples can be divided into the categories:

# SeasonalMotif: Stock seasonal setting employed as a device to establish [[EmpathicEnvironment mood]], etc.
# Seasonal Montage: Flipping between the seasons to show the passage of [[TimePassesMontage time]] in a story.
# BizarreSeasons: Regular seasons other than the standard four season climate. These are less common in fiction.

The opposite of where ItsAlwaysSpring.

Compare TemporalThemeNaming, DreamingOfAWhiteChristmas, FirstSnow, HeatWave, IndianSummer, {{Kigo}}.
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!!Examples of Use as a {{Motif}}:

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* ''SpringSummerFallWinterAndSpring''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Go figure]]...
** The movie cycles through the seasons in the same order as the title. The seasons cover not one year, but several, each devoted to a different time in a boy's life: boyhood, teenage years, young adulthood, adulthood, and old age. With each division, the young monk learns new life lessons, often the hard way, until he eventually finds peace in the simple life his master originally laid out for him.
* ''RequiemForADream'' uses the seasons summer, fall, and winter to represent the three act structure of the movie, as well as a parallel for the destruction that drugs are doing to the lives of the characters.

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* The ''{{Dragonlance}} Chronicles'' trilogy of novels are titled with a seasonal motif: In ''Dragons of Autumn Twilight'' the protagonists [[YouAllMeetInAnInn reunite]] and become aware of the growing evil in the land and the BigBad, Takhisis, but also a glimmer of hope that she can be defeated. In ''Dragons of Winter Night'' the [[BreakingTheFellowship heroes are separated]], and [[HeroicSacrifice not all escape unscathed]]. Finally, in ''Dragons of Spring Dawning'', the heroes [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether reunite]] and restore the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil.
** ''[[SequelGap Dragons of Summer Flame]]'' saw Weis and Hickman [[{{Gotterdammerung}} cap off their contributions to the setting]] years later, both in and out of 'verse.
* The StevenKing novella collection Literature/DifferentSeasons has each of its four stories based around a single season (though not necessarily in one year).

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* Folk rock band Music/{{Sodagreen}}'s Vivaldi Project is a musical project of four albums, each based on one of the four seasons. ''Daylight of Spring'' is set in Taidung, Taiwan, and contains bright folk songs. ''Summer/Fever'' is set in London, England, and contains Britrock-inspired melodies. ''Autumn: Stories'' is set in Beijing, China, and features ballads and traditional Chinese instrumentation. The Winter album will be set in Berlin... and it hasn't been released yet.

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* Most comic strips that aren't set in a specific part of the world take place in this environment. At the very least, it will usually be winter all winter long, even if the other seasons tend to blur together.

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* The courts of ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' by White Wolf would count as a motif. Spring is defined by desire, healing, and getting back into something approaching normal life (themes of regrowth); Summer is defined by wrath, strength, and martial prowess (high heat and scorching sun); Autumn is defined by fear and exploration of the occult (lengthening night); and Winter is defined by sorrow and secrecy (long nights and cold).

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames (Seasons)''.
* The Click Clock Wood level of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' is split into four versions of the same area based on the season, complete with puzzles that start in spring and continue through all the seasons.
* ''MouseHunt'' has a Seasonal Garden where each season lasts about 50 hours before switching to a new one. Winter is snowy/icy; Spring is rainy; Summer is hot and green; Fall is dry and a bit spooky. Each has its own set of mice.
* ''VideoGame/ReflecBeat colette'' has four different seasonal phases depending on the current real-world season, each with its own set of new songs and unlock systems.
* Starting with ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the four seasons rotate each month, meaning they all last around 30 days apiece. The Pokemon Deerling and Sawsbuck were also shown to have different Forms in different Seasons, and some routes and cities even have different routes/paths/items depending on Season.
* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 2'' and ''3''. In both games, each of the four seasons is present within one particular area, rather than all seasons appearing in a cyclic fashion through all areas. In the second game, [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Valley of Repose]] is set in winter, [[LostWoods Awakening Wood]] is set in spring, [[PalmtreePanic Perplexing Pool]] is set in summer, and [[BleakLevel Wistful Wild]] is set in autumn. The third game has it like this: Tropical Wilds (summer), Garden of Hope (spring), Distant Tundra (winter) and Twilight River (autumn).
* Used to excellent effect in ''{{VideoGame/Proteus}}''; the seasons cycle gradually as you play and each one brings different visuals and sounds, resulting in much candy for your [[{{SceneryPorn}} eyes]] and [[{{SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic}} ears]].
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games always have cycling seasons, which usually determine which crops you can grow, what you find in the wild, and what events can be triggered.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' themes its four protagonists after the seasons. Ruby, being Spring, is idealistic and surrounded by flurries of rose petals, Weiss is stern and wears a snowflake emblem, etc.

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* One episode of ''SamuraiJack'' was called "The Four Seasons of Death", and consisted of four vignettes, each set in one of the four seasons where Jack faces a threat related to the season's characteristics. In fall, a MadScientist collects special leaves to concoct a poison to put into the water of a nearby well. In winter, a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy mountain-dwelling warrior race]] forges a powerful sword and gives it to their greatest champion to guard their territory. In summer, Jack is accosted in the desert by spirits of the wind-whipped sands. In spring, a nature sprite attempts to seduce Jack into staying with her forever.
* Each TV season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' takes place during a different climate season that reflects the ElementalNation that's featured: the cast travels to the Northern Water Tribe in winter (season 1), goes through the Earth Kingdom in spring (season 2), and infiltrates the Fire Nation in summer (season 3).

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!!Examples of use as a [[TimePassesMontage Montage]]:

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* There was a shot of the courtyard outside Thomas More's prison cell like this in the original ''AManForAllSeasons''. Go figure.
* Played straight in the film ''NottingHill''. Hugh Grant's character walks left to right, and goes through Fall, Winter and Spring to the tune of "Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone)."
* There's one in ''TheTimeMachine'' (1960), to indicate how fast the Time Traveler is going through time. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydfw7DOtQxY here]].
* The third ''Film/HarryPotter'' movie showed time passing and seasons changing using a shot of the Whomping Willow with the clichéd effects of the season in question affecting it.
* Parodied (of course) in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
-->'''Narrator:''' A year passed. Winter changed into spring, spring changed into summer, summer changed back into winter, and winter gave spring and summer a miss and went straight on into autumn.

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* In ''TokimekiMemorial Drama Series Vol.3: Tabidachi no Uta'', this is done at the beginning of the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEr7Fsm_zMU#t=0m47s Nijiiro no Sotsugyoushiki]]" storyline, to show the passing of time between the events depicted in the 1st Drama Series game, ''Nijiiro no Seishun'', and this ''Tabidachi no Uta'' storyline (which acts as the true conclusion of ''Nijiiro no Seishun''). The only element that doesn't change throughout the seasons' montage is [[WorldTree the venerable Legendary Tree]].
* Mega Man has just defeated Dr. Wily for [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 the second time]]; it's time to go home. And so the player is treated to a seasons montage, with Rock's colors and the environmental conditions both matching one of his previously-acquired weapons. First, Mega turns red and gold (Atomic Fire) while leaves fall (Leaf Shield). Next, he turns white and gray (Bubble Lead) while snowflakes drift down (Metal Blade). Spring brings the blossoming of cherry trees, with petals falling (Quick Boomerang), so he turns pink (Quick Boomerang again). Finally, summer brings rain (buster shots) which turns him blue-on-white (Air Shooter).

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* Type 2: [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Doctor Horrible]] being beaten up by Captain Hammer shows the seasons passing.

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* In ''PennyAndAggie'', when Sara tells Penny her enmity with Aggie is nothing more than thinly disguised FoeYay, Penny stands stunned, in the same spot, as day turns into night and winter into spring.

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* Appears in ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' to indicate her travel -- she runs in place while spring, summer, fall and winter imagery appears behind her.
* The TimePassesMontage variation was subverted in ''{{Rugrats}}''. After it occurs, Drew says to Stu, "Crazy weather this week, huh?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'': "Seventeen years passed [[UnreliableNarrator sleepily]] in the Shire..." ([[{{Blipvert}} all of them flash by in rapid succession]])
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