[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right: Gavin, Rudy, Rain and Maria.]]

::''"A story for boys, girls, and everyone in-between..."''

A slice-of-life {{Dramedy}} webcomic created by [[http://jocelyncd.deviantart.com/?rnrd=12694 JocelynSamara]]. If you're looking for the {{Sony}} PlayStation3 video game also called ''rain'', see [[VideoGame/{{rain}} here]].

In public, [[CharacterTitle Rain]] appears to be your average teenage girl. She enjoys shopping and dressing pretty and whatnot, but the fact is that she’s hardly average. Some would debate she’s even a girl! In truth, Rain is a male-to-female {{transsexual}}.

The irony is in that growing up, she appeared to be a completely average little boy. No one would have ever guessed that the poor child was [[TroubledChild dealing with something like this inside]]. Those days were rough on her. Having to “pretend” to be a boy throughout her childhood was painful for her and led to many days where seemingly nothing went wrong ended in tears.

At age 13, circumstance lands Rain in the custody of her [[ParentalSubstitute Aunt Fara]], [[SecretKeeper whom she finally revealed her secret to]]. Rather than see Rain suffer, her aunt decided to allow her to dress like a girl around the house if it would make her feel better. And it did… for a while, anyway. As time went by, Fara noticed Rain had become [[FriendlessBackground a bit of an antisocial hermit for the sake of being able to dress up more frequently]]. Already shy to begin with, this probably wasn’t a step in the right direction.

Fara came up with an interesting (but ballsy) plan to remedy this, but keep Rain happy. It took a long time and a lot of work, but she saved up enough money to move the two of them to a new town where nobody would know them. They acquired a fully female wardrobe for Rain, and she was [[NewTransferStudent enrolled in a high school]] AS a girl. It would be potentially dangerous for Rain if she were ever caught, but her nature made her seek perfection in her presentation before going out into the world… [[EnforcedMethodActing Well, her voice could use some work anyway]]...

Rain updates are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It can be read [[http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=90588 here]], or [[http://comicfury.com/comicprofile.php?url=rain here]], or on Jocelyn's [[http://littlelynn84.deviantart.com/ DeviantART gallery]].

Has a character page [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/Rain here]].
!!'''This webcomic contains examples of:'''
* {{Animesque}}: Has all the different anime tropes and references, but is not drawn by a Japanese person.
* AscendedFanon
** After a friend of the author thinks up the name [=Jerky McJerkface=] for Gavin, the author decided to [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1091539/friends/ make it canon]].
** [[spoiler: Page 191 is titled [="RuIn"=], after the fandom's most popular contraction for shipping Rain and Rudy. Notably, the page depicts an romantic embrace between the aforementioned characters.]]
* {{Asexual}}: Heather claims to be this, but [[AnythingThatMoves when she gets drunk...]]
** Also Brother Arthur, [[WordOfGay according to]] WordOfGod.
** [[spoiler: Chanel, though she is also romantically attracted to females.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Brother Arthur has a [=FtM=] brother. He wants to help out Rain and Rudy because of the issues he caused his brother when they were younger.]]
* AttractiveBentGender: Rain is very popular with the guys
* BiTheWay: Fara and Ky(lie).
* BlackSheep: Rain's elder brother Aiken seems to be [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1137407/kellen/ viewed]] as this.
* BlandNameProduct: Video game systems and games (and possibly other things) in Rain's world tend to be lawyer-friendly versions of their real life counterparts. For instance, the [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem "Super Nintendo" entertainment system]] instead becomes the "Super Funtendo" entertainment system, and the game ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' becomes [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1251478/the-weirdest-things/ "Fighter Frogs".]] [[NintendoHard And it's just as hard as ever.]]
--> ''Six years ago.''
--> '''Gavin:''' Wow! We got all the way to level 12 together!
--> '''Ryan:''' I wonder how many there are.
--> ''Present day.''
--> '''Gavin:''' Wow! We just got piss-pounded on the first level!
--> '''Rain:''' ''Out of how many again?''
** And as of the end of Chapter 10, we have [[MarioKart Fabio Cart]]. You know what, let's just start a list of all future Bland Name Products.
*** [=GeekStation 3=]
*** Z-Box 180
** There's also [[http://littlelynn84.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4i7hia fake anime names]], like "Kill Book", "Dragoncube A", and "Hardsteel Physicist".
** As a lampshade of the entire concept, [[http://jocelyncd.deviantart.com/art/Rain-Delay-11-325373227 one Rain Delay]] has Rain reciting an OverlyLongList of all the video games she has. Rudy at the end asks, "Did you just make some of those up?"
* BlindingBangs: Brett's eyes are completely covered by his hair, to match his apparently cool disposition.
* BonusMaterial: Jocelyn is interspersing bonus omake strips between her regular chapters under the title [[PunnyName "Rain Delay".]]
* ButtMonkey: Gavin.
* CastFullOfGay: Most of the core cast is homosexual, bisexual, or transgender, with the notable exception of Gavin.
* CharacterTitle
* CheekyMouth: A lot of the time...
* ColorFailure: Rain's [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1073316/its-a-small-world-after-all/ reaction]] to Gavin asking her if she happened to be familiar with his childhood friend, [[SecretIdentity Ryan Flaherty.]]
** Maria gets in on the action [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1114467/pass/ here]].
** The entire Halloween party loses its color [[spoiler: when [[http://littlelynn84.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p163-164-Spectators-274995342]] Rudy, in a drunken stupor, kisses Rain]].
* ComingOutStory: Rain's coming out as a woman is detailed within a bonus chapter of the "Rain: Volume 1" physical collection.
* CornerOfWoe: Not in a corner, but on page 336, Maria mopes by Puddle for one whole panel after blundering.
* CureYourGays: According to Rudy's [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1127039/slight-overreaction/ flashback]], this was the reasoning his parents used for sending him and Maria to a catholic school after Rudy came out to them. Considering how they reacted, it's no wonder Maria has kept silent about her own sexual preferences.
** Additionally, in chapter 7, it is revealed that everyone thinks Rudy's homosexuality has been cured, after [[spoiler: he kisses Rain]].
* DeathGlare: Maria is a master at it. She could teach [[{{Terminator}} T-800 robots]] a thing or two about [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1095306/reputation/ how to do it.]]
** Rain busts one out at Rudy. It's super effective!
* DudeShesALesbian: Rudy says this exact line to Gavin when he was hitting on Maria in [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1129629/not-so-secret/ this strip]].
* FacelessMasses: The [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1426557/chapter-8-confrontation/ cover]] of Chapter 8.
* FictionalMedia: ''"Black Wings, Kaminari"'', ''"Halloween Princess Pandora"'', and ''"Mad Giga-Kaizer X"'' are all fictional manga and anime that Rain and her friends have collected.
* {{Flashback}}: There is one in the prologue, and another when Rudy is explaining why Maria is in the closet.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The prologue, for one. The appearance of Aiken is also foreshadowed by Fara's conversation with Kellen. Also, some of the Halloween costumes are hinted at before they are revealed.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Melancholic - Rain
** Phlegmatic - Gavin
** Choleric - Maria
** Sanguine - Rudy
*** Other notable regulars would be...
*** Fara - Phlegmatic/Sanguine
*** Kylie - Leukine
*** Chanel - Melancholic/Phlegmatic
* {{Gaydar}}: [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1184187/shipper/ Rain doesn't seem to know what one is...]]
** This gets played for laughs later. When Rain first meets Ky, face to face, neither of them can tell the other is a {{Transsexual}}.
* TheGenericGuy: Rand M. Guy (AKA Randy) is the least characterized of the ensemble cast, and as of yet the only recurring character who has had no dialogue. He appeared in chapters 1 (where he gets stared down by Maria) and 6 (where Rain and Gavin both [[SpitTake spit their drinks on him]]). His normalness is lampshaded not only by his name, but from WordOfGod and BonusMaterial. (No one cares that he is [[BiTheWay bisexual]]).
* GenderReveal: In-universe, with Rain coming clean about her secret to the core cast at the end of Chapter One. Also much later with [[spoiler: Rain's brother Aiken. [[UnsettlingGenderReveal It does not go well]].]]
* GilliganCut: [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1078625/thought-process/ The page]] after Rudy crashes into Rain, and sees Rain's "junk" under her skirt:
-->'''Rain''' (thinking): And even if he did, he probably wouldn't even believe what he saw, right? Yeah, I'm sure he wouldn't tell anyone...
-->'''Rudy''' (to Maria and Gavin): Hey, guys! You'll never guess what I saw!
* HalloweenEpisode: Basically all of Chapter 6.
* HandBehindHead: Seems a favored trope of the author as it's ''everywhere''.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: How Rudy eventually becomes attracted to Rain, despite being predominantly homosexual otherwise. Some of the comic's characters however, have expressed skepticism as to whether or not their romantic relationship will survive Rain's plan to fully transition one day.
** [[spoiler: It doesn't... but not from any loss of Rudy's feelings for Rain. Rather, Rain comes to the realization that it was she, in truth, who did not have truly romantic feelings towards him. She had been flattered by the attention he paid her, and accepted the dating because she enjoyed his company, and, in her mindset, dating boys was something that "normal girls" did. But she simply lacks any true romantic attraction towards males, and had simply not fully realized it. Whether this means she is a lesbian is still unknown (though it seems to be implied due to other recent story events), but the two have parted the relationship amicably and remain friends.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: Aunt Fara's improvised [[WeaponOfChoice weapon of choice]]? ''[[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1106514/doctors-note/ Student artwork.]]''
* IronicNickName: Rain is actually not that fond of rainy days at all.
* {{Keet}}: Rudy is one, being small, loud, colorful, hyper...
* KissingUnderTheInfluence:
-->'''Rain:''' I wish I could say I was surprised to see my aunt getting drunk and making out with a stranger...
** At the end of Chapter 6, [[spoiler: a drunk and cross-dressing Rudy kisses Rain, complicating their relationship.]]
* LampshadeHanging: [[http://littlelynn84.deviantart.com/art/RAIN-p-35-Girls-197615815 In Girls]], one of the characters, Holly, gave this jewel. Note that she prolably stepped outside to wait until her ears stopped ringing:
-->'''Holly''': Umm... Where's our teacher during all of this?
* LoveDodecahedron: Too many twists to list here.
* MamaBear: Aunt Fara. Full stop. (In spite of not being anyone's actual biological parent.) ''Anyone'' who threatens the welfare of her loved ones is met with varying levels of violence, ranging from a stern lecture to assault via student homework. [[spoiler: This even extends to protecting her family from other family, as Rain's elder brother Aiken [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1682766/just-like-him/ learns the hard way...]]]]
* NewTransferStudent: The story kicks off with Rain's first day after transferring to a new school.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Implied to be [[AvertedTrope averted]] [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1098260/awkward/ here.]] Rain is very prepared.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Rain's gym outfit has a rather [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1114467/pass/ distracting effect]] on Maria. Preceded by a [[LuminescentBlush Luminescent Blush]] and comboed with [[ColorFailure Color Failure]].
* ObliviousToLove: Rain, to [[spoiler: Maria and Gavin's crushes on her.]]
* OccidentalOtaku: Rain is fond of {{manga}}, and Gavin is into {{anime}}.
* OldFlameFizzle: When Rain and Gavin hang out again, they feel it's not the same as when they were kids, and Gavin thought Rain was Ryan. [[spoiler: Somewhat subverted, as Rain and Gavin still remain friends, and Gavin has a crush on Rain.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: Rain's "girl voice" is represented by slanted text. This especially stands out when she slips into her male voice.
* ParentalSubstitute: Rain's snarky aunt Fara took Rain in when Rain was 13, after "circumstances" separated Rain from her parents.
** In chapter 6, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Rain's mother, Liriel, is deceased after suffering from a fatal illness. Later, in chapter 13, we learn that Rain's father, Marcus, apparently abandoned his family and disappeared after his wife became ill. His current status and whereabouts are unknown.]]
* PetHomosexual: Inverted with Gavin who is straight and cisgendered in a CastFullOfGay.
* SchoolGirlLesbian: Maria.
* SinisterMinister: Father Quenton, the school principal, is established as this in his ''[[EstablishingCharacterMoment opening panel.]]'' (Ok, he is probably the lower-grade "high-school" version of evil incarnate, but he probably still qualifies.) Also established to have a [[BaldOfEvil Bald Of Evil]].
* StupidSexyFlanders: Rain in a gym uniform invokes this reaction from [[SchoolGirlLesbian Maria]]...and a good section of the audience.
** May not count, actually, considering Rain ''is'' of Maria's preferred gender...
** Gavin gets images of this nature quite often when he's around Rain.
* SweatDrop: Both Rain and Rudy displays one [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1078625/thought-process/ the script after their collison.]]
** Also, Gavin when the [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1219078/gavin-the-stud/ lie that he told about Fara's drunken violence]] finally [[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1691317/insufferable/ catches up with him]].
* {{Transsexual}}: Should be pretty obvious by now. While Rain is an mtf transsexual, the character of [[spoiler:Ky(or Kylie)]] also falls under this category, as he is genderfluid.
** As does [[spoiler:Aiken's ex-fiancee Jessie]] evidently.
* {{Understatement}}: There is a brief {{Flashback}} that shows Rudy coming out, with his dad calling the operator for a young priest and an old priest, and his mom crying badly. The page title? ''Slight'' Overeaction.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal:
** Gavin is rather shocked that cute girl Rain is biologically boy, his childhood friend Ryan. He gets over it eventually.
** [[spoiler: Aiken]] is very angry when he finds out [[spoiler: his fiancée Jessica]] is Transsexual, and breaks up [[spoiler: engagement]]. It doesn't help that she told him only because she knew she wouldn't be able to hide the truth any more. He calms down, but doesn't seem to really get over it. And then he finds out about Rain.
* UnwantedHarem: It seems that every kid in the school with a compatible sexual orientation gets a crush on Rain. The attention is very much unwanted, for fear that someone will find out her secret.
** Mercilessly lampshaded by Maria, who points out to a new transfer student that all female transfers end up being doggedly pursued by the male members of the student body.
---> '''Maria: Welcome to St. Horndog... I mean Hallvard.'''
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:[[http://rainlgbt.smackjeeves.com/comics/1493267/have-a-wonderful-day/ Take a guess.]]]]