-> ''All morning, before the tornado, it had rained. The day was dark and gloomy. The air was heavy. There was no wind. Then the drizzle increased. The heavens seemed to open, pouring down a flood. The day grew blacků''
-->-- '''Article from the ''St. Louis Post-Dispatch'' describing the morning of March 18, 1925'''

Significant character [[KilledOffForReal deaths]] tend to take place outdoors on a partly cloudy day. The dying character will look up at [[CueTheSun the sun]] just as it starts to be obscured by a cloud, optionally [[GraspTheSun reaching out for it with one hand]], and will die as the sun {{Anvilicious}}ly disappears into the clouds. Hell, [[EmpathicEnvironment it might even start raining at that very moment]].

A related variant schedules the death at a [[CueTheSun conveniently timed sunrise or sunset]]. Death at sunrise stresses the benefits of a HeroicSacrifice; death at sunset is generally BecauseDestinySaysSo, and will be [[AlasPoorVillain sad even if they deserve it]].

Symbolic subtrope of EmpathicEnvironment and HesDeadJim. If it rains into the DiesWideOpen eyes, not so symbolic HesDeadJim.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary''
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''
* ''Anime/MaiOtome'', when [[spoiler:Erstin]] dies.
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''
* ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'', more than once.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' uses the rising sun variant to [[TearJerker great dramatic effect]] near the end of the series [[spoiler: During Master Asia's death, more exactly. In fact, Master Asia's last words refer to how beautiful sunrise is to him. ]].
* Upon the appearance of dark stormclouds due to the appearance of Bakura's evil side, the Spanish GagDub of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' featured the line: "Poor weather conditions?!"
* An interesting use of the idea is in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. At [[spoiler:Hughes]]'s funeral, Roy says the line, "It's raining." We are then shown a clear blue sky (indicating that he is, of course, crying).
** There's also the fact that he said it was raining because he felt useless (rain prevents his flame alchemy from working) because he was unable to do anything about [[spoiler:Hughes]]'s death.
* Variant in ''Anime/DetonatorOrgun'', as the titular Detonator dies in the first few minutes of the show, it reaches out towards the sun... while in space.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. It's been sunny the whole series, then it rains the entire episode after [[spoiler:Kamina]] dies.
* Similarly, the first rain seen in the ''whole'' of ''Anime/WolfsRain'' falls during the final episode, finally justifying the title, [[spoiler:just after Cheza has died and her body has dissolved into seeds, and Kiba is dying. The rain causes the seeds to germinate into lunar flowers, which somehow regenerate the world's ecology. Or something.]]
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' both averts this. Of the three major character deaths in the series, [[spoiler:Julia dies during a downpour, and Spike and Vicious die under a cloudless blue sky.]] The weather conditions of the latter death is even emphasized by the final ending theme, "Blue."
* A variation of this occurs in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}''. The beautifully rendered sky with its bright sun and fluffy clouds already plays a big part in the series as a whole, but it really reaches its prime during [[spoiler:Misuzu]]'s final moments.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' [[spoiler: Legato is killed at sunset as part of his XanatosGambit: no matter what Vash did at that point, kill Legato or let his own friends die, he would suffer immense emotional anguish. ]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' manga [[spoiler: during his final moments, Alucard comments on the beautiful sunrise and how his defeats in the past were always marked by the rising sun. He then [[GoOutWithASmile smiles at Integra and bids her farewell]] as he disappears forever]]
** [[spoiler:Yeah try again, more like for 30 years.]]
* In the ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' anime, [[spoiler:Chrono and Rosette]] die as the sun sets. [[spoiler:Just in case you don't get the symbolism, they show Rosette's watch ticking away her final moments as well.]]
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'': The "death at sunset" variant was the entire ''modus operandum'' of the assassin "Twilight" Suzuka--to the point that Gene merely had to delay her from killing Fred until the sun had already set for her to declare her attempt "a failure" and force her to wait another 24 hours.
* In ''LightNovel/YokuWakaruGendaiMahou,'' [[spoiler:Misa gets stabbed with ''three'' swords.]] Cue rain.
* The two siblings in the final parts of the third ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' movie, Fade to Black.
* Variation in ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' - when [[spoiler:Gungulgash]] tells Tanabe he has cancer, the last shot of the episode is Earth passing in front of the sun.
* [[JustifiedTrope More than symbolic]] in ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'': the robot Epsilon is solar powered, so the disappearance of the sun in the middle of a fight signals a shift in his opponent's favour.
** [[spoiler:Gesicht himself]] is murdered in the rain.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': As Gohan faces down the Androids in the Alternate Future, it begins to storm.
-->'''Android 18''': "This...thunderstorm will be the perfect backdrop for your demise."

* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': [[spoiler:Harry Osborn]] dies during a sunrise at the end. Appropriate, as he had just made a HeroicSacrifice.
* Kadaj's death in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''.
* Deliberately inverted in ''Film/GosfordPark''. The weather is rainy and miserable up until the murder, and then brilliantly sunny afterwards.
* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', Roy's sunrise death breaks through the rain clouds and the AlwaysNight of the rest of the film.
* One of the classic examples of the dying while looking at the sunset subtrope can be found in ''Film/PatGarrettAndBillyTheKid''. Sheriff Baker somewhat reluctantly accompanies Pat Garrett to raid a bandit's safehouse in an attempt to learn where Billy is holed up, and gets wounded multiple times in the ensuing gunfight. [[TheDyingWalk He walks away from the fight]] to sit beside a small stream and wordlessly look out at the sunset while Music/BobDylan's ''Knocking on Heaven's Door'' (which was written specifically for that scene) plays in the background. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFxwq33rVAs The scene has been called an elegy for the Western genre as a whole]].
* Played with at the end of ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', with Marty seemingly stranded forever in 1955 during a thunderstorm.
* ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. The Starkiller Base is draining a nearby sun for power, and when finished will be ready to fire. This is taking place during Han Solo's confrontation with [[spoiler: his son Kylo Ren]], who has turned to the Dark Side. When the ambient light turns dark red indicating the sun is nearly drained, it's obvious that something bad is about to happen.

* ''Literature/DraculaTheUndead'' lampshades this, where [[spoiler: The clouds part and the sun comes out when Dracula is killed. Dracula can control weather, so of course his power over it would stop when he died.]]
* A rather large subversion: In the first novel of the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novel trilogy ''The Last Mythal'', ''Forsaken House'', the prologue begins with an elf hero, acting commander only by rank succession, walking out to challenge the fiend commanding the opposing forces, a fight that leads to his death. The book points out that unlike the ballads told of this story, the fight ''was not'' at sunset, and rains did not follow the hero's death: instead, it was a miserable, hot, muggy cloudless day in late summer, at two in the afternoon.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': [[spoiler:Voldemort dies as the sun rises.]]
* Brandon Sanderson's ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn The Final Empire]]'' [[spoiler:The Lord Ruler is defeated and killed as the sun rises]].
* Shows up in ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise''. In the Common Long and Short Cons section, Hodgman assumes a lot of things that are quite beyond the con artist's control, like the sun going behind a cloud at a dramatic moment.
* PlayedWith in Creator/GKChesterton's poem The Last Hero. It starts with a storm, and it is being used to foreshadow the hero's death, but he doesn't respond to it with depression, he responds to it with [[HotBlooded holy joy]] - [[BookEnds the same way]] he [[TheLastDance responds to his death]].
* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. General Woundwort leads an expedition with the aim of killing the rabbits who've humiliated him and returning the escapees from his warren by force. In an effort to avert bloodshed, Hazel goes alone to meet him. He points out that rabbits have enough enemies without fighting each other, and if they work together a lot of Efrafa's problems (such as overcrowding and rebellion) will be solved.
-->At that moment, in the sunset on Watership Down, there was offered to General Woundwort the opportunity to show whether he really was the leader of genius and vision which he believed himself to be, or whether he was no more than a tyrant with the courage and cunning of a pirate. For one beat of his pulse the lame rabbit's idea shone clearly before him. He grasped it and realized what it meant. The next, he had pushed it away from him. The sun dipped into the cloud bank and now he could see clearly the track along the ridge, leading to the beech hangar and the bloodshed for which he had prepared with so much energy and care.
-->"I haven't time to sit here talking nonsense," said Woundwort.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The end of the fifth season of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Averted when Buffy's mother died. Not only was the weather sunny and clear, but one scene featured sounds of children playing outside just to drive home the fact that the death of a loved one does not result in a sudden warping and darkening of nearby reality.
* [[spoiler:Darla]]'s death in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'', "Into the Fire": Londo is outside on Centauri Prime celebrating ridding the world of the [[spoiler: Shadows']] influence - and thereby saving it from the [[spoiler: Vorlons' [[EarthShatteringKaboom world-destroying]] rampage]] - when the obligatory giant shadow comes out of nowhere. Granted, it's a [[spoiler: Vorlon planet-killer]], not a cloud, but the effect is similar.
* The ''Series/{{Psych}}'' episode "Cloudy... With a Chance of Murder". The cloud in question becomes a plot point - "Clouds don't kill people; people kill people!"

* [[Literature/TheBible Jesus' Passion]]. It was the middle of the (implicitly cloudless) day at the time. The sky darkened ''anyway'', which has often been attributed to ''{{God}}'' [[BeyondTheImpossible flinching]].

* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' - "It will be rain tonight". Banquo's last words before he is set upon by his murderers. Whether it then actually rains varies from production to production.
** "Then let it come down!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/PeasantsQuest''. When the player kills the Kerrek, the sun is obscured by clouds and it begins to rain, and the narrator comments "You're feeling pretty good, though, so the artless symbolism doesn't bug you."
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', [[spoiler:Farah dies]] in a level called "The Setting Sun."
* In ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'', in the unlikely shot that Japan is beaten back to their island by China, the event signifying the peace-treaty and subsequent communist revolt in Japan is called "The Setting Sun". This is partly this trope, but also partly to pun on Japans native name "the Land of the Rising Sun". There are several events dealing with sunrise too.
* Zack's death in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fits this perfectly.
* The sun shines through clouds throughout the entire "The Sacrifice" campaign. (''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'') You walk towards the sun at several points in the campaign (obscuring your view) and even the poster has the sun shining directly behind Bill.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', a looming solar eclipse (it happens at the speed of plot, but still) leads up to your confrontation with Yami. When you finally meet him, the sun goes completely dark and things get worse. By the way, you are playing as the Shinto sun goddess, Amaterasu.
* A variation happens in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''; it's mostly sunny when the battle starts, but it soon darkens and starts raining heavily [[spoiler:(literally as heavy as the entire ocean, to be precise)]]. The battle ends with the death of [[spoiler:Ganondorf (who doesn't get better this time around), the King of Hyrule, and Hyrule itself]].
* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has this in the last mission as Reach is being glassed and looking like {{Mordor}}, complete with rain while you're [[HoldTheLine Holding the Line]] for Captain Keyes to land to retrieve the Package.
* Happens all the time in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. As you strike down Dracula, either the sun rises, or a window conveniently breaks to let in a beam of sunlight, thus vaporizing his remains.
** In fact, the convenient dramatic timing of sunrise happens all the time in vampire media (primarily movies); it could be a trope all its own.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Similar to the title quote, on December 7, 1941, most of the men at Pearl Harbour who died that day were just getting up, looking forward to a relaxing Sunday in paradise.
* On October 2, 1968, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tlatelolco_massacre a massacre happened in Mexico]]. In the middle of the shooting, it started to rain.