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->''"Summer rains--you can never- ''[interrupted by rain]'' ...predict them."''
-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Double D]]''', just before a flash storm occurs.

When it rains in media, it often never seems to restrict itself to a light sprinkling or a drizzle. On the contrary, if it rains at all, it rains in buckets. This trope is when AStormIsComing, and when it gets here, it ''immediately'' opens up with a torrential downpour (sometimes prefaced with DramaticThunder). It never starts with a light rainfall that grows into a larger storm. When it rains, it pours.

The reason for this, of course, is that heavy rain is easier to pick up on camera than the usual light sprinkling seen in nature, thus directors and producers will choose to intentionally drench their performers for dramatic effect. Most such scenes are created using a sprinkler frame suspended over the scene, operated by a worker with a hose. In such cases the wide shots tend to have weather that looks very clement; in close-up, cue the downpour, with lots of shots of the performer's soaking wet hair and clothing.

If a light rain has to be used, it's usually represented as slow moving sparse white lines.

TruthInTelevision for some regions; the western U.S. is especially known for violent cloudbursts. In deserts, if it rains at all, you had best ''run'' for high ground, because the soils tend to have a hydrophobic crust which promotes flash flooding.

See also CyberPunkWithAChanceOfRain, CueTheRain and ThunderEqualsDownpour.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', it generally only rains when a major plot point comes to the surface, like Marv realizing some crucial facts about Goldie and her reason for coming to him, or Dwight and the Girls of Old Town finding out that the abusive scumbag they just killed is not only a cop, but is a decorated hero.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}:'' Probably because a light rain just doesn't fit the gritty, depressing feel of the story.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* If rain in RealLife was as intense as in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comics, the world would be flooded very quickly.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' seem to have a huge amounts of rain falling from the sky.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' may have a song about April showers, but the rain itself is a huge thunderstorm.
* ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' has a shot of a few drops falling, followed immediately by one with the rainstorm at full force.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In the silent film ''Film/{{Sunrise}}'', as the Man and Wife sail home across the lake, the weather goes from calm to violent thunderstorm almost instantly.
* Played with to multiple ends in ''Film/JurassicPark'', on account of a hurricane being responsible for the weather. The rain was so hard, that they couldn't use their Animatronic T-Rex, and chose to re-do the very last scene, just to give the poor "little" guy some use.
* ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'': Although avoiding some of these tropes as the storm builds up gradually, as the superstorm intensifies it plays this trope straight as it unleashes an endless torrential downpour flooding portions of New York City, and according to one of the characters the downpour lasts about 3 days. The rain eventually [[SnowedIn turns into snow and buries much of the northern continents]].
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the two times it rains, it rains in buckets.
** The rainstorm in ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' resembles the "raining code" iconic to the series [[RuleOfSymbolism as a way of showing]] the instability of the Matrix itself.
* In the first American-produced ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'', every time it rains, it rains like this.
* The ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films feature heavy rain at Bree and Helm's Deep, and a blizzard in the pass of Caradhras. Otherwise, there is no precipitation. The blizzard at least was magically conjured, and the storm at Helm's Deep may have been as well.
* The last time it rained as hard as it does in ''Film/TheCrow'', Noah built himself a boat.
-->Can't rain all the time~!
** Indeed, in 2014 the Biblical story of Noah became an epic movie that would have gladdened the heart of Cecil B. deMille.
* Visually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' when it suddenly comes bucketing down on cue during a sad moment. Truman moves a few steps and... it is perfectly dry. Then the streams of heavy rain literally moves over to pour on him.
* ''Film/ForrestGump:'' In a letter to Jenny, Forrest goes on at length about the Vietnamese monsoon season. All during Tom Hanks' narration, we see the titular character coming very close to drowning in the torrential downpour.
* In ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', the rain went from zero to sixty in seconds.
* The first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' movie goes from grey clouds to upside-down soaked kissing in about five minutes.
* ''Film/SevenSamurai'' and [[AuthorAppeal quite a few other]] [[Creator/AkiraKurosawa Kurosawa]] films.
** In ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'', the characters being CaughtInTheRain is a plot point.
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'' had a sudden downpour set in.
* ''Film/HardRain'' was made of this trope, as the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin name suggests]].
* In ''Film/TheBlot'' a torrential rain comes pretty much out of nowhere as Phil is walking out of the library. This is a plot point as Phil is sweet on Amelia the librarian, and gets a chance to give her a ride home.
* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': The only rainstorm in the movie is a massive downpour, though it wasn't natural.

* The tale of Noah and the great flood in ''Literature/TheBible'', caused by nonstop rain for forty days and nights.
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', the drought [[HappyRain breaks]] with a torrential downpour, causing flash floods.
* In ''LightNovel/GiftFromThePrincessWhoBroughtSleep'', when Hanne's carriage pulls away from the check station it's assaulted with a downpour so violent it sounds like ''hail.''
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Hogwarts has a pretty solid weather pattern. The narrative will show the transition from the last days of summer to autumn with rain lashing at the high windows, flooding the greenhouses, dark purple clouds, rain so thick you can't tell red from yellow, and one person complaining that he "hasn't been properly dry since August" due to rigorous Quidditch training in the aforementioned rain. Very rarely is a light drizzle ever noted.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A 1989 ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' Thanksgiving episode used this to set up a series of gags where Cliff has to go back and forth (in said downpour) to pick up items for the holiday dinner.
* In ''Series/ThePacific'', the rain goes on and on as a continuous downpour, giving one main character a [[SoapOperaDisease severe illness]] and prompting the [[GrizzledVeteran Staff Sgt]]. to take off his clothes and shower in it while loudly reciting the Marine rules of cleanliness. It abruptly stops.
** This is TruthInTelevision, as many of the Pacific Islands have climates that have massive downpours. (Some islands, like Hilo of Hawaii, gets as much as 126 Inches/3200 Millimeters of rain a year.)
* Averted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. There are scenes shot of light rain in a few episodes.
* Mostly played straight in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', which is set in infamously rainy Seattle. The thing is, while Seattle experiences more days with some kind of precipitation than most American cities east of the Rocky Mountains, it averages less total precipitation than most of those same cities - as said precipitation mostly occurs as light drizzle. Downpours and thunderstorms in particular are quite rare. Nevertheless, when the series depicts rain for plot or ambiance purposes, it's shown to rain heavily, with thunder and lightning for good measure.
* Albert Hammond's rather ironically-named ''It Never Rains In Southern California''. Of course, as any Los Angeleno would tell you, for most of the year it doesn't. But when it ''does''... you really need all those storm gullies and debris crater fields.
* Led Zeppelin ''When The Levée Breaks''
-->''If it keeps on rainin', the levée's gonna break...''

[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]
* It seems that just about every civilization on Earth has a tale relating to a great flood caused by a deluge of rain. The Baylonians had ''two'' tales of great floods, in fact.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has a lot of these--in fact, in this game and in ''Majora's Mask'', you gain the ability to make this happen ''on cue'' with the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Song of Storms]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''--the "Downpour" brush technique, in which it always rains hard enough for someone to take a shower in the resulting deluge. Very satisfying to use on one of the game's {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s, who claims she wouldn't believe even if a god could make it rain ''right on her''...
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': There are certain areas in the game where it always rains, and it rains like this. Aside from these areas, there is no rain in the game.
** There is even a legendary Pokemon, Kyogre, with the special ability ''Drizzle''. That ability is a misnomer: it makes freaking ''floods'' happen. This gets kicked up another notch with Primal Kyogre's Primordial Sea ability, which causes it to rain so fiercely that [[PowerNullifier Fire attacks fizzle out altogether]].
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': It rains basically the entire game. It even tells you how many inches fall. Like you couldn't guess from the title.
* Generally, it always rains heavily in ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' games.
* Averted in the opening scenes of ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', with misty drizzle and light rain. On the other hand, it pours for the [[BattleInTheRain final battle]], although that's more a case of EmpathicEnvironment.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}'', on the second day.
* ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'' series: when it rains against your will, it's always a thunderstorm. When you use a rain miracle, the heavy rain is still there, but without lightning. It isn't until ''Patapon 3'' when the light rain is present and even then the light rain is more like a few big drops falling slowly.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has the aptly titled "Hard Rain" level, where the weather rapidly devolves from a light sprinkle to torrential... torrents. Justified in that it's a freakin' hurricane.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Uru}}'', mostly because luring clouds of fireflies out of the garden without them getting wet is part of the challenge. Hence, rain showers are brief and fairly light.
* The blue rain in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' is always heavy.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has a few locales where the rain is never gentle.
** The town of Zozo in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' may as well have been built under a waterfall.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' it's always raining heavily in and around Burmecia. Initially this seems to be for dramatic effect, but you'll find it's still raining like crazy there long after the plot has forgotten it.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', if it's the rainy season in the Giza Plains, the place will always be stormy, gloomy and flooded.
* In ''VideoGame/TheFloorIsJelly'', the gelatinous ground even jiggles about as heavy downpour pounds onto it.
* The Eder Kemo age found in ''VideoGame/UruAgesBeyondMyst'' has frequent, intense rainstorms. In fact, the sky is covered in a perpetual, windy overcast.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}''. Sometimes a drizzle is just a drizzle.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* At the end of ''WebAnimation/TheBackwaterGospel'', when the town [[spoiler:engages in a BattleInTheRain]], it turns into a vicious thunderstorm. Somewhat justified though, in that it does take place in a desert setting.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible: '' The one time it is shown to rain, it is a downpour.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman: '' The only time that it rains is right after Dick Grayson's parents' funeral ([[ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals which actually summons another trope too]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has an entire episode spent inside ''because it is raining''. Not even Mojo Jojo wants to cause mayhem if it means going out into the rain.
* WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Clay quoted this in an episode where the Cyclops drooled on his hat big time.

[[folder:Truth In Television]]
* There are many places in real life where it's liable to rain like this (anywhere in the Southeastern U.S. or the center of South America for instance). Cue DramaticThunder and you'd better rush to the nearest porch or building. And, if it's in the tropics, stay there overnight. On the other hand, the UsefulNotes/PacificNorthwest and UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} are known primarily as places where it rains, but it's usually just [[GrayRainOfDepression a steady drizzle]]. However, both have been noted to seeing several days straight of nothing but a heavy downpour.