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Caught in the Rain
The hero and heroine, usually a Will They or Won't They?
couple, are outdoors when rain or other inclement weather kicks up. They are taking shelter in the same house, cave, or car, and one thing leads to another
A subtrope of Snowed-In
, closely related to Umbrella of Togetherness
. See also Snow Means Love
, Happy Rain
Contrast Cue the Rain
, when the weather is a way for things to go From Bad to Worse
Compare Rain, Rain, Go Away
for a more general application of the trope. See also Ten Minutes in the Closet
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Anime & Manga
- In Tenchi Muyo!, Tenchi and Ayeka take cover in a shed. An awkward moment for Ayeka, as she has a sprained ankle and treated Tenchi rudely because she believes him to be the lover of the woman who killed her brother ( back then, she still didn't know he's still alive and is Tenchi's grandfather; Tenchi is very gentlemanly towards her, and then she starts treating him better. Nothing happens between them except conversation, but afterword Ayeka joins his Unwanted Harem.
- A major Ship Tease moment happened in Ouran High School Host Club when Hikaru runs off to look for Haruhi during a storm. The situation didn't play out quite as you may have expected, "thanks" to Haruhi's severe Fear of Thunder.
- Quite a pivotal point of Hachibe and Tenmaku's relationship in Ai Kora happens because of this.
- Happens in Elfen Lied when Kohta and Yuka are looking for Nyu and it suddenly starts raining. By the time they find shelter at a nearby shrine, they're both drenched, so they huddle together for warmth. Yuka admits her feelings for him, kisses him unexpectedly, and tells him that she doesn't want to be separated from him again. Kohta wipes her tears away and returns the kiss. The rain stops just as suddenly as it started, and when Kohta comments on it, Yuka realizes what she did, panics a little, and falls off of Kohta's lap. Cue Panty Shot, Accidental Pervert, and Megaton Punch.
- The manga takes their encounter a few steps further...
- Jinroh The Wolf Brigade. Fuse and Kei kiss while hiding from their pursuers on a rain-drenched rooftop playground.
- In another possible Ship Tease, Kyon and Haruhi are trapped in a cave after falling down from a cliff in an episode in Suzumiya Haruhi. The Ship Tease however does not come from getting stuck in the rain, but because of the hand holding and worried expression on Haruhi's face beforehand. Notably, this entire scene was only in the anime as most of the story needed to be re-written due to the...strong presence of alcohol in the original novels.
- Ai once ran into the rain to comfort Mew in one chapter of Psychic Academy. This was necessary due to Mew's crippling fear of rain, which made her have a panic attack when she was caught out in it.
- Another one of the cave of convenience scenarios comes with Guts and Casca from Berserk. After they fall off a cliff together during a battle, Guts and an unconscious Casca wash up on shore and take shelter in a nearby cave, where Intimate Healing comes into play. They don't dive right into a romantic relationship, but the time they spent together does allow for Casca, who didn't take well to Guts, to warm up to him and they both learn that they weren't very different people.
- Actually invoked by Momo in To Love RU:Darkness. She fakes a rainstorm for Rito and Kotegawa to get caught in. It sorta works.
- Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Tylor and Empress Azalyn are caught in the rain in a virtual-reality simulation. Cue Falling in Love Montage as they run for shelter.
- Pretty much the point of The Garden Of Words. A high school student is walking through a park in the rain when he comes across an older woman sheltering under a gazebo. As it's the start of the rainy season, this happens regularly over the next few months. By the time summer happens, they keep hoping for rain so they'll have an excuse to keep meeting each other.
- The Notebook.
- Tess and Frederick from ''Tess of the Storm Country are forced to take shelter from the rain in her shack—but she is upre, so she rejects his kiss. Fred's sister Teola is less pure, so when she and Fred's friend Dan take shelter in another cabin, he knocks her up.
- The Alfred Hitchcock film I Confess, in a flashback.
- This happens in First Knight which gives Guinevere and Lancelot a moment to play in the rain water and just talk.
- Happens to Brad and Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Subverted in that, after they find shelter, they end up having sex with Dr. Frank N Furter rather than with each other.
- This trope is skewered for uncomfortable laughs in Without A Paddle - the three main (male) characters are stranded in the rain in just their underwear and have to huddle together for warmth. They do, but only after agreeing that they never speak of the incident again.
- In the last scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's Fred and Holly find themselves caught in the rain, finding her cat. It's in the rain when they're drenched they admit their love for each other with a long kiss.
- This is how Jane and Kevin first hook up in 27 Dresses.
- Something New The pivotal moment between Brian and Kenya's relationship occurs when they are on a hike and it begins to rain, causing them to seek shelter beneath a tree. This brings on the obligatory kiss
- In The Quiet Man Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher are caught in Irish ruins by a storm, and have their first close hug.
- The Dark Knight Rises. Miranda Tate finds Bruce Wayne trapped outside his mansion in the rain, trying to get in (his butler has left him and he's never needed keys before). They get in through a side entrance and end up sleeping together not long after.
- Subverted in Lolita (1997). After an argument with her sexually-abusive stepfather Humbert, Dolores flees into the rain. Humbert chases after her, eventually finding Dolores in a drugstore. She appears to reconcile with him, even inviting him back home and into her bed, but it's just meant as a distraction as she's actually planning to escape.
- In The Wolverine, Logan and Mariko return to the house in Nagasaki after a sudden rainshower and change from their wet clothes into traditional Japanese wear. Mariko notes that Logan is wearing his wrong and goes to adjust it; it's no surprise what happens next.
- Deliberately engineered by Sergius in Foolish Wives, who is a sleazy con artist. He takes wealthy Helen off on a walk through the country while knowing in advance that A Storm Is Coming.
- In The Aeneid, Aeneas and Dido are out hunting and take shelter from the rain in the same cave. The rain was part of Juno's successful plan to hook them up. Makes this one Older Than Feudalism.
- Played for Drama in Twenty Years Later, when the king is Caught in the Rain with the fiancée of Athos' son. Romance ensues (note that at this point the king is already cheating on his wife with his sister-in-law, and never understands why both women are acting more acerbic than usual later on).
- Snow Falling On Cedars has Hatsue and Ishmael, as teenagers, taking shelter from the rain in a fallen tree.
- At the end of Little Women, when Jo shares an umbrella with Mr. Baer, a proposal soon follows.
- Evidently Jane Austen liked to use rain as a plot device:
- In Sense and Sensibility, Willoughby carries Marianne home after she twists her ankle while running home because of the rain, thus sparking their romance.
- Invoked by Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice when she sends Jane on her visit to the Bingleys on horseback so the pending rain later that day will force her to spend the night. The plan Goes Horribly Right when a cold forces her to stay several days.
- Rain forces Fanny to seek shelter one day at the parsonage in Mansfield Park, sparking her closer friendship with Mary Crawford... going by a loose definition of "friendship."
- Referenced in The Crow Road by Iain Banks, when the protagonist denies he is in bed with his aunt "because we’d gone hill walking together and been caught out in a snow storm an eventually found shelter in some exceptionally well-appointed bothy that just so happened to have only one bed and we had got in together to keep warm". As he says, they were fucking, but she's not really his aunt.
- Occurs in Kij Johnson's 'The Fox Woman' with Kaya no Yoshifuji and his brother-in-law. They end up seeking shelter at a hot spring, and...ah...get to know each other during something of a Hot Springs Episode. Water is apparently an aphrodisiac.
- Happens to Lena and Ethan several times in The Caster Chronicles. Justified because Lena has power over the rain and fire.
Live Action TV
- Happens in A Woman Of Substance with the heroine and the cad who is after her sheltering a cave after being caught in the rain on a picnic (although it's not love, merely lust). It's certainly in the TV mini-series. I don't know about novel.
- Likewise in the BBC adaptation of A Horseman Riding By. In that case they took shelter in a barn.
- Buffy and Angel. But we all know what happened to Angel afterwards.
- Spoofed on The Golden Girls:
Blanche: I do love the rain so. It reminds me of my first kiss...
Dorothy: Ah, your first kiss was in the rain?
- A variant in Mash, involving artillery fire, occurs between Hawkeye and Houlihan.
- Mary Margaret and David have to take shelter together in Once Upon a Time.
- The Hollies' song "Bus Stop".
- "Golf Girl" by Caravan has a rain of golf balls with this effect.
- "Walk Between Raindrops" by Donald Fagen.
- "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police: "Wet bus stop/she's waiting/his car is warm and dry."
- A comic musical inversion: Mister Murray, "Down Came the Rain", in which the rain not only interrupts the singer's romantic interludes but also causes his crooning voice to turn into a hideous whine.
- "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" references this, with the iconic lyrics of a man seeing a personal ad specifying a love of Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
- "Geronimo" by The Divine Comedy ("With an arm around her waist/He leads her to a place he knows/Soaked through, but happy, they squelch up to the landing/The room before them makes a welcome sight")
- "Laughter in the Rain" by Neil Sedaka.
- The danish children's song "Mariehønen Evigglad" is about a female ladybug, who gets caught in the rain, and moves in with a snail.
- Sting's "Heavy Clouds, No Rain" forlornly hopes this will come to pass after the girl he is after says she will "save her love for a rainy day".
- "Rain on the Roof" by The Lovin' Spoonful.
- In The Moon Is Blue, Don takes Patty over to his apartment for a drink, with the plan being to then go out for dinner. However, a downpour starts, and Patty doesn't have a raincoat, so she decides to make a home-cooked meal instead. He still has to go out and buy groceries, and she still manages to get her dress stained due to David mishandling a ketchup bottle.
- Katawa Shoujo plays with this in Rin's route. It's raining, and there is a sweet moment of bonding, in more way than one, but they are not outside until well after the rain has stopped.
- One episode of The Simpsons has this. Marge and Homer (who were experiencing some marriage troubles, feeling their relationship lost it's "spark" ) have to go to an outlet mall hours away to get a new motor for their fridge. It starts to rain and the car gets stuck in the mud. There's a barn nearby and they trudge through the mud to get there. They lie down in the hay, and one thing leads to another...