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Personal Raincloud

A cartoon and comic trope. A character having a bad day, or particularly depressed, will have his own small dark cloud following him, often raining and occasionally hitting him with lightning.

The more depressed he is, the more it will be just rain; lightning, particularly a lot of it, often indicates an angry mood.

Compare to Fisher King for this trope on a much grander scale.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Tenchi Muyo GXP has one of these following unlucky protagonist Seina as part of his Establishing Character Moment.
  • In Urusei Yatsura, its actually sentient, and having a bit of a tiff with its spouse —a sentient, one-legged umbrella (a fairly common obake named "karakasa.")
    • Later, a character named Tsukuyo appears who is cursed with a personal rain cloud following her.
  • Juvia of Fairy Tail has an entire rainstorm following her. Until her Heel-Face Turn.

    Comicbooks 
  • Calamity James in The Beano.
  • Gloomy Glad in Cheeky Weekly (1977-1980)
  • The luckless title character of Crushed: The Doomed Kitty Adventures (from the creators of Supermegatopia) is sometimes depicted as being followed by a small "cloud of doom".
  • During the Ninja High School: Hawaii arc. A character named Thor had one hanging around him for a good amount though not because he was depressed. But rather he was a demi-god (yet doesn't know it yet) and can't control his powers properly. Oddly this works to his advantage as he manages to get a job watering a garden.
  • In the Spirou et Fantasio comic entitled "Spirou ŕ New-York", the leader of the Cosa Nostra (Don Vito "Lucky" Cortizone) is constantly followed around by a stormcloud, because of his unnatural bad luck. Said cloud is shaped like a skull no less.
  • In The Sandman, Thor gets one to represent his hangover, which makes sense seeing as he's a storm-god.
  • Storm's weather-control powers subconsciously alter the climate near her according to her mood.

    Eastern European Animation 
  • In the Soviet series of cartoon shorts Cossacks (Казаки), the second episode has the titular characters go to various countries to play their national soccer teams. The last game is in England, where there is a rain cloud that only covers the stadium, playing up the stereotype that it always rains in London.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In With Strings Attached, John acquires one after he gains the Kansael. The cloud changes with his mood; the stormier it is, the angrier he is.
  • In Earth and Sky, Applejack gets one when she's brooding after an argument with Soarin.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Italian comedy/satire movies Fantozzi features the titular character, an office clerk so unlucky that he almost always has a raincloud following him when going on vacation! This has become known as "nuvoletta dell'impiegato" ("clerk's cloud" in Italian). Notably, the one time he is lost at sea and lacking water, the raincloud appears and rains... two meters away from the boat.
    • Fantozzi's cloud is really affectionate to him: when Fantossi died, his Clerk Cloud took care of raining on his funeral service, providing suitable atmosphere.
    • All clerks have a personal raincloud. Thus the annual soccer game between married and unmarried clerks goes on only until the clouds arrive and flood the field.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux
  • The Truman Show: When the storm comes in, the sprinklers over Truman accidentally turn on first and follow Truman around before the rest turn on.
  • Men In Black II
    Agent K: When you get sad it always seems to rain.
    Laura: Lots of people get sad when it rains!
    Agent K: It rains because you're sad.
  • The title character in Date With An Angel waxes wrathful and inflicts some on the antagonists.

    Literature 
  • Inevitable Discworld example: Played with in Interesting Times. Rincewind (thanks to a quantum weather butterfly) gets a personal raincloud. Later on, this is upgraded to a personal snowstorm (right in the middle of an actual rain storm). Both cases sort of turn out to his advantage, though; the snow helps Cohen and the Horde find him, and the rain leads to him discovering the real Red Army.
  • Justified in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where a character has rain always follow him, but in this case, it's explained that it's because he's a rain god and doesn't know it, so the rain wants to follow him.
    • Eventually, he takes his records of the constant rain wherever he goes to some scientists who confirm it, but are baffled as to the cause. The man is able to retire on the income he receives being paid by resorts and vacation spots to not visit them.
  • Used uncomically twice in the Deverry series; once on the opposing and once on their own army.
  • Discussed in the Warrior Cats series:
    Leafpool (to Jaypaw): You drift around the camp like a little dark cloud looking for someone to rain on.
  • Nightside's constantly depressed bartender Alex Morrisey is described as "being born under a cloud, which surprised the midwife."

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Scrubs in which the four main characters were depressed, a raincloud appeared over their table in the cafeteria.
  • Conversed in Just Shoot Me!, "Nina's Birthday":
    Maya: Finch, the copier's not working.
    Dennis: Maybe the dark cloud over your head shorted it out.
  • Used as a throw-away gag in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, where one of the titular character's aunts mentions she's been feeling under the weather in a grouchy tone of voice...with a rain-and-thunder cloud over her head.
  • Happens to Justin in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place after he upsets mother nature. She thinks he got off lightly as she could have given him his own personal earthquake.
  • Even on the nicest days, there's a literal dark cloud hovering over the Bundy house on Married... with Children.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Smith and Jones", Tish sees the hospital Martha works at has its own personal raincloud and references the trope. It turns out to be a side-effect of Judoon teleportation.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Dilbert used this once or twice in the form of the "cloud of doom".
  • Garfield once featured this weather report: "It's warm and sunny, except for a single house in the suburbs."'
    • Inverted in an early strip when Garfield mocks Odie asking who could possibly love a grinning idiot like him. Then it starts raining everywhere except on Odie.
      Garfield: You stay out of this!
    • In one strip, Jon reads that 'a cat sneezing is sign of rain'. Garfield sneezes, and a personal raincloud opens over Jon.
  • Possible Ur Example: Joe Btfsplk from the newspaper strip Lil Abner.
  • This often happened to Wellington in the British newspaper strip The Perishers, at least in the 1960s. On one occasion he pretended to be depressed and then stood in his rhubarb patch so the cloud would water it (as well as him).
  • One strip of Pearls Before Swine featured Rat standing under his Personal Raincloud; Pig enters, and Rat explains, "Ever have one of those days?" Next day's strip, and Rat is still under the raincloud. Pig looks at him, then stands under the cloud with him, saying, "What are friends for?"
  • Pigpen in Peanuts has a personal dust cloud.
    • If I remember rightly, unlucky Charlie Brown has rain fall just for him in one strip.
  • In Mutts, Sourpuss complains one day about the clouds not having decided to rain or not. He gets one. Lasts for several days — once he asks about the flowers and it shifts off, for one panel.
  • Katie in Adam@Home gets one in anger rather than depression.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The "homebrewed" Falling Anvil discipline for Dungeons and Dragons version 3.5 allows you to do a short-lived instance of this to your enemy to hit them with a lightning bolt. Several versions of this exist, ranging from the 2nd level maneuver "Unlucky Raincloud" and going up to the 7th level "Accursed Thunderhead".
    • There is another spell called Gloomcloud that gives a target a cloud over their head that only they can see, which makes them depressed and unable to do much of anything for a few minutes.

    Videogames 
  • Sad characters in Animal Crossing have these.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has a personal raincloud familiar. The KOL Wiki also says this:
    "The concept of a "personal raincloud" that follows someone around probably dates from the "world's worst jinx" character Joe Btfspl in the Al Capp comic strip Lil Abner. Personal dust clouds or rainclouds have appeared with numerous other characters since then, including Pig-Pen in the Peanuts comic strip and the animated Schleprock in The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (also a terrible jinx). Rain and rainclouds follow the character Rob McKenna in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams wherever he goes. A localized rain-and-thundercloud also floats above the rolling home of The Addams Family in their original Hanna-Barbera animated series."
  • One of the power-ups in Mario Kart Wii.
  • This is one of the bad presents in ToeJam & Earl. Open one up and a little raincloud follows you for a while, occasionally zapping you with lightning bolts and draining your health.
  • We then have Brutal Legend and the Drowning Doom Bride, whose personal raincloud can slow people down and hit people with lightning bolts should the Bride be harmed. The effects stack with multiple Brides out on the field.
  • There's one of these in the original Wario Land. Okay, it's avoidable, and seems to be more the cloud trying to strike Wario with lightning for some malicious reason, but otherwise fits the trope.
  • Magically generating one of these is actually key to defeating the Final Boss of King's Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder!.
  • Super Mario RPG has a variant with Mallow, who's power over the weather causes it to rain when he cries.
  • Not represented visually, but the Pokémon Kyogre summons rain wherever it appears. This can cause some very significant changes in the game.
  • The short adventure game Ulitsa Dimitrova gives a personal snowfall before the player character dies.
  • In the Worms games where it's present, worms targeted with the weapon "Marked for Death" will have one of these on them.
  • One of the Emoticons in Ragnarok Online generates one of those.
  • Referenced during a conversation with Kaidan in Mass Effect.
    Shepard: Talk to me, Kaidan. You've got a little black raincloud sitting over your head.
    Kaidan: I'll try to keep the deck dry, ma'am.
  • One of the top-end powers in the Storm Summoning set in City of Heroes lets you create one of these at will, although it will stay where you put it instead of following you.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Addams Family have a permanent storm cloud over their house, at least in the cartoons.
  • An episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog has Eustace affected by this due to a curse placed on him till he learned to show kindness. The more selfish he was, the worse it got.
  • Darkwing Duck features this on a few occasions, especially when Morgana hits him with a curse.
  • Ord from Dragon Tales sometimes has one of these to appear over his head.
  • Happens to The Pink Panther in the 1978 cartoon "Sprinkle Me Pink". In the end, a visit to a therapist allows the panther to will the cloud away-just in time for an actual thunderstorm to come rolling in.
  • Subverted somewhat in Pocoyo, where it turns out that the cloud just wants to be friends.
  • Rugrats used this once. When the kids were all drawing "home movies" about themselves, Chuckie depicted himself and his father like this. (Keep in mind, Chuckie is only two.)
  • On Sushi Pack, Sir Darkly, the personification of sadness and gloom, usually shows up with a storm cloud that rains misery on others.
  • In Teen Titans, Raven's personal rain cloud floods the kitchen!
    • Starfire had one too for a short while.
  • The Classic Disney Short Casey Bats Again, (a sequel to Casey at the Bat) Casey has a cloud raining on him after striking out, which then parts after receiving news that he's about to be a father. But when his child (whom Casey hoped to groom as his ball-playing heir) turns out to be a girl, the cloud returns. When a second pregnancy yields girl triplets, three clouds appear over his house.
  • Frequently used on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as clouds of various sizes are routinely created, destroyed, and activated by pegasi. Inverted in "The Ticket Master" when the Pegasus Rainbow Dash tries to get on Twilight Sparkle's good side by making a hole in a looming rain cloud so that it rains on everyone except her.
    • Played straight in the season two premiere when Twilight loses hope and becomes her own Evil Counterpart. Of course, it's also played with due to the chaos, making it a cotton candy cloud that's raining chocolate milk... which Discord then takes and eats.
    • In 'The Mysterious Mare Do Well', Rainbow Dash is seeing lying on her own personal raincloud when she's complaining about not being seen as a hero.
    • Invoked by Rainbow Dash in Ponyville Confidential, who pushes a cloud over the Cutie Mark Crusaders and makes it rain on them as revenge for their embarrassing gossip column, whether or not the revenge was justified.
    • Apple Bloom gets a personal storm cloud in "Call of the Cutie" when she's depressed over (seemingly) being the only pony in her class who doesn't have her Cutie Mark yet. Rainbow Dash is kind enough to remove it for her.
  • Would have happened to Kiina in the sequel of BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn, as a result of her less-than-perfect control over her Elemental Powers. Would have, if the movie hadn't been scrapped.
  • In the Tex Avery cartoon "Big Heel-Watha", the tribal leader is Chief Rain-In-The-Face, who has a tiny storm cloud over his face (his theme music, of course, is "Singin' In The Rain").
  • In The Miniavengers, Marion's super power is to create these by crying.
  • Hilariously parodied in the Hungarian animation series Hungarikum where national hero Kossuth is constantly having one of these above his head since his birth. There's an entire episode devoted to breaking the curse. Why is it a parody? Because there's a Hungarian folk song with a passage about rain falling onto Kossuth's hat. After Edward Teller's unsuccessful attempt at changing the climate of his hat via nuclear detonation (not only it failed to dissipate the cloud, it caused acid rain), the God of the Hungarians finally solves the case by invoking the next passage from the folk song that he'll receive blessings equal to the amount of rain falling onto his hat. And behold: from them on the raincloud followed his hat instead of him. Yes, this series is known for the massive amount of Crazy Awesome and Refuge in Audacity when it comes to parodising Hungarian national symbols.
  • Played differently in Total Drama Island. In the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, Geoff admits to being afraid of hail. So Chris has a remote-controlled hail cloud follow him around and pelt him.
    Lindsay: Look, that cloud is following him. Awww, it's like his own baby cloud. I want one, too! Here, cloudy-cloud!
  • One scene in Fantastic Planet has the protagonist being chased by a personal rain cloud. It was being controlled by his Draag owner, and even zapped him in the face with lightning.
  • In addition to black cats following him, having his head through a broken mirror, and being under a ladder stuck to his shell, this happens to Filbert of Rocko's Modern Life when bad luck and misfortune infests his pathetic soul for all eternity.
  • In the 2010 Pound Puppies series, a puppy who thinks he's bad luck has one of these. (It's later revealed to have been engineered by some con artist cats.)
  • In Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Grumpy Bear will sometimes use his belly badge to generate one of these when he's particularly grumpy or sad.
  • After feeling sorry for Eugene for having such a crappy birthday party, Arnold tries to make it up for him by holding several parties, but all of them go wrong in some way. When he finally sets one up in the backyard of the boarding house, the whole place gets rained on by its own Personal Raincloud.
  • An episode of Camp Lazlo has an odd inverted version. Lazlo is so happy-go-lucky and cheerful that when the camp is drenched with rain, he has his own personal ray of sunshine.
  • Ringo has his own rain cloud in The Beatles cartoon "Good Day Sunshine." A small rain cloud even fills his glass.

    Other 
  • A variant occurs in this performance of "Autumn Leaves" where leaves fall on Victor Borge's piano, no matter where he and the stage hands move it.


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