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

->"''And rain falls / Angry on the tin roof...''"
-->-- '''Edwin [=McCain=]''', "I'll be"

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; in the desert, if it rains at all, you had best ''run'' for high ground, 'cause there is serious danger of flash flooding.

See also CyberPunkWithAChanceOfRain, CueTheRain.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* 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.
* Perhaps half-partial aversion and half-JustifiedTrope, ''Film/JurassicPark'' had a rain scene (a hurricane approaching, actually) that started out, and eventually ended. 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.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the two times it rains, it rains in buckets.
* 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/SpiderMan'' 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.
* ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' may have a song about April showers, but the rain itself is a huge thunderstorm.
* ''Film/HardRain'' was made of this trope, as the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin name suggests]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', the drought [[HappyRain breaks]] with a torrential downpour, causing flash floods.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A 1989 ''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 ''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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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...''
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[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]
* Just about every human civilization has a Flood myth. It appears to be universal. Then again, most human civilizations evolved on coasts (high tides, typhoons and tsunamis) or in river valleys (river floods, events in the mountains coming downstream in accordance with gravity). And human civilization only took off as the Ice Age receded (lots of glaciers melting and sea-levels rising). The idea of the rain beginning and just not stopping is best known in the West via the Noah myth in the Bible. Even that was a take on the earlier Babylonian flood-myth and may have in turn influenced Greek mythology (which has not one but ''two'' Great Floods).
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics ]]
* If rain in Real Life was as intense as in ''{{Peanuts}}'' comics, the world would be flooded very quickly.
* ''{{Mutts}}'' seem to have a huge amounts of rain falling from the sky.
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[[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''.
* {{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''. It does not make a drizzle. It makes freaking ''floods'' happen.
* ''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 ''[[{{Myst}} 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 ''{{Minecraft}}'' is always heavy.
* 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/TheFloorIsJelly'', the gelatinous ground even jiggles about as heavy downpour pounds onto it.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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]]).
* ''PowerpuffGirls'' 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.
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[[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. 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, [[TheOtherRainforest The Pacific Northwest]] and UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} are known primarily as places where it rains, but it's usually just [[GrayRainOfDepression a steady drizzle]].
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