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Grave Clouds
"Edward Morgan Blake. Born 1924. Forty-five years as a comedian, died 1985, buried in the rain."
Rorschach in Watchmen

In fictional depictions of graveyards, burial grounds or areas that serve a similar function, the weather is almost always bleak and grey at the least, pitch-black and raining at the worst.

Even if it's a sunny day, somehow, magically, the sunlight will seem shaky and bleak, washed out and faded. This is the weather of choice for a quietly dramatic funeral.

1000% more likely if this particular graveyard is a haven for The Undead.

A subtrope of Empathic Environment. See also It Always Rains at Funerals and Gray Rain of Depression. See also Always Night, where spooky and general horror themed areas (and the odd Haunted House in a perfectly normal street) will be in permanent night with thunder and lightning optional. When the weather is actively hostile to our heroes, see Cue the Rain.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • A subversion: In Fullmetal Alchemist, at Maes Hughes' funeral, Roy Mustang asserts that it's going to rain, even though there's not a cloud in the sky.
    Riza Hawkeye: I don't think so, sir...
    Roy Mustang: Yes it is. (a tear rolls down his cheek)
  • The graveyard of Thriller Bark in One Piece is surrounded by dark sky and fog. Though this is justified by the Thriller Bark deliberately sailing through an area of Ominous Fog.
  • In Fruits Basket, going to visit Hanajima, the members of the Yuki fan club convince themselves that she lives in a spooky house with gravestones in the yard and Grave Clouds.
    • Averted when Tohru and co. go to visit her mother's grave - the weather is bright and sunny.
  • In Full Moon o Sagashite when Mitsuki visits Eichi's grave it's snowing. The snow is especially touching because she lies down in the snow hoping to die in the cold so she can join him.

Comic Books
  • As mentioned in the page quote, the Comedian in Watchmen is buried in a rainy day. The opening shot of the comic's second chapter shows a statue in the graveyard dripping with water, making it look as if it were crying.

Film

Literature
  • Stephen King's Pet Sematary.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld: During a scene in Guards! Guards!, when the Night Watch men buried one of their own, the copper Herbert Gaskin, one of the rapidly shrinking number of policemen in Ankh-Morpork, in the Cemetery of Small Gods, it was a grey, rainy day, with the raindrops drumming on the coffin as it was lowered into the sodden ground. Of course, that was the old Watch, full of washed-out losers... before the coming of Carrot Ironfoundersson. When we see the Cemetery of Small Gods in later novels, it's a peaceful (if somewhat overgrown) place full of blooming lilac where not many people come to visit.
    • Of course, the graveyards in Überwald are almost certainly shrounded in eternal twilight, full of mist and fog clinging to lopsided tombstones and black leafless branches of dead trees, with the lonely cries of ravens echoeing across the landscape. Because Überwald ("the Old Country") suffers from enjoys every minute of Empathic Environment.
  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 novel Storm of Iron, Castellan Vauban is buried on a cloudy day. Leonid explicitly thinks that sun would have been inappropriate.
  • In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 novel Deus Encarmine, Rafel and the other Blood Angels searching for enemies in a graveyard do so under a gray sky.

Live-Action TV
  • An unusual example (kind of) is from the first-season Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode with the Nightmares. As Sunnydale sinks deeper into the waking nightmares of all its inhabitants, the heroes suddenly notice that the graveyard has been moved to opposite the school and is swathed in perpetual night.
  • Subverted (quote fittingly) in Dead Like Me. The times we're actually shown a graveyard, it's always a sunny and nice, peaceful place. Because funerals are really not among the worst things that happen on that series. Once you get to the bit with the graveyard and coffins, the worst has already happened to someone.
  • Averted in Pushing Daisies in that the double-funeral of Ned's mother and Chuck's father is as vibrant and colorful as the rest of the show, with nary a cloud in the sky.
    • Played straight in the end of "Oh Oh Oh... It's Magic", though.
  • Averted in the "heart transplant" episode of Eerie Indiana, where the graveyard was sunny and comforting but apparently stalked by the Grim Reaper.
  • At the funeral at the end of Firefly episode "The Message", it snows. Very appropriate mood, as it was the day the actors had heard the show was canceled.
  • Done a lot in The X-Files, though this is more likely due to the fact that the first five seasons were filmed in Vancouver, which tends to be a bit dark and dreary anyway.
    • During Mulder's funeral, however, in season eight, there are clouds and snow on the ground.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • Banjo-Kazooie's Mad Monster Mansion and its related section in Grunty's Lair are perpetually encased by a dark, cloudy night.
  • The Movies actually has a specific, cloudy backdrop called "Cemetary".
  • Subverted in Metal Gear Solid 3. The graveyard just looks like a normal graveyard and is sunny in contrast to the sadness of the scene.
  • While the first quarter or so of the Aetha in Primal focus around a bleaky windy rainy graveyard, it's somewhat justified because the entire world is like this.
  • Strangely averted in Mitsumete Knight, a game which thrives on Empathic Environment : the graveyard is located on a beautiful greenery cliff, and when visiting it it's always sunny, with a cloudless blue sky. It was maybe done like this for symbolism as this is where the Asian will fight Salishuan the Spy of the Eight Generals of Valpha-Valaharian, aka Raizze Haimer, in a Raizze Run, meaning there's still hope to save the girl from the death she's throwing herself into - and that's the case if you have a 5-Heart Love Gauge with her and beat her in duel.
  • In Dark Souls, it's at least overcast almost everywhere.
  • Dont Look Back begins with the protagonist standing next to a grave in the rain.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money, the Sierra Madre Villa is covered in toxic red clouds that mutated the town's hazmat workers into Ghost People. The Divide in Lonesome Road is torn by sandstorms thanks to a meteorological experiment by Big MT's mad scientists; this coupled with the nuclear disaster triggered by the Courier turned the NCR and Legion troops in the area into the Marked Men.
Web Comics
  • In Wooden Rose, after the funeral.
  • In Dream Keepers Prelude, Namah's mood.
  • In Homestuck, each of the lands of the B2 session, with the exception of LOPAN, have some variation of this. LOCAH, in lacking any colors or visible atmospheric features other than the other planets, Skaia, and its own strange balloons, produces this effect in conjunction with its numerous eponymous Crypts. LOMAX's sky is mostly similar, its blackness only interrupted by wisps of violet-glowing Xenon that rises out of its two massive canyons. LOTAK, though, combines the dark clouds traditional to this trope with massive, violent lightning storms and toxic air. All of these make sense, considering they're in a void session that serves as a massive graveyard for the game that could have been.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons. Springfield's cemetery is always dark and cloudy. In one episode, the city actually moved the entire cemetery next door to the Simpson residence. The weather around the house immediately changed from normal to gloomy.


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