->''Come again another day,''
->''All the Tropers want to play.''

Nothing spoils plans for a day out like that day out being overcast and pouring down rain.

Often a form of BreatherEpisode, a common situation for series such as sitcoms, slice-of-life shows, and cartoons featuring children as its main cast. A rainy day forces the cast to remain indoors when they would much rather be outside. It forces them to find alternative entertainment. Depending on the severity of the storm, the electricity may go out and force them to find non-electronic forms of entertainment.

This can also be used more seriously for character development if, for instance, [[LockedInARoom two characters are stuck]] in whatever shelter is handy at the time the storm hits. Can also cause a bit of CabinFever in some characters.

In media made in Japan, rainstorms are frequently substituted with typhoons.

This trope is, in essence, when the plot for an episode is derived from bad weather either causing the characters to be unable to go outside or having to find some place to get shelter. If there is AnAesop about the untapped forms of entertainment available that don't require electricity or outdoor sports, the most popular activity is reading -- in which case, {{Portal Book}}s may appear.

SnowedIn is the more extreme variation of this trope.

When the weather is an active menace, see HostileWeather, which may turn the setting into a ClosedCircle.

See CaughtInTheRain and its related tropes for [[RomanceEnsues one form this sort of situation]] can take. Compare and contrast CueTheRain. See also ColdSnap, for the snow equivalent.

Not to be confused with ItWasADarkAndStormyNight.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''{{Manga/Kanamemo}}'' featured an episode in which all the girls were stuck indoors due to a typhoon.
* Not surprisingly, ''Anime/WindyTales'', being about girls who could control wind, also had an episode featuring a typhoon.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Someday in the Rain.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has a few chapters that take place on rainy days. It's occasionally made a major plot point, since Keronians thrive in humid weather.
* Happened twice in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'', one episode had the Searchers take refugee in a structure where Holly recounts her past and what lead her to start her quest in the first place. Another had them end up taking shelter in an abandoned factory and end up accidentally activating a Melkaba.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Issue #66 of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' (DC run) is titled "Rain, Rain, Go Away." It deals with a troubled sea monster who makes Townsville do a rain dance through a catchy pop tune which produces so much rain it floods the city.

[[folder: Fan Work]]
* This occurs on [[spoiler: Stan's, Peridot's, and Ford's part]] in Chapter Forty-One of ''Fanfic/ATriangleintheStars''. While the rain is in fact [[HostileWeather very nasty]], they decide to pull out and wait on the cusp, defaulting to playing a game of Poker until it lets up.

[[folder: Literature]]

* ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' - so they sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.
* A raging storm hits in the final chapter of ''Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic'', so the kids play a number of games to pass the time.
* ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': Rainy days force the Pevensie siblings to explore TheProfessor's BigFancyHouse and, in doing so, find the CoolGate of a wardrobe to the MagicalLand of Narnia.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', the children have to work out that they can explore the house while it rains.
* In ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'', the heroine's parents forbid her to go out in rain, so she has to explore the house, and thus finds the secret door.
* Drives the plot in the ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' book "Are You Ready to Play Outside?"
* In ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Death]]'', an extended rainstorm gives way to three days of dense fog. Aside from visits to and from neighbour Emma Harris, Lori and Bill remain at the cottage, postponing an expedition to a location in a photograph Lori's mother left her.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had an episode in which the Bundys and the D'Arcys were stuck in the basement during a tornado.
* This was the plot of an episode of ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'', despite the fact that Pee-Wee spends most of the show indoors.
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' has episodes (including one by the same name) and songs. "It's Raining, It's Pouring" manifests as a failed attempt to cheer up the kids.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BreakingBenjamin has a song patterned after the rhyme, called simply ''Rain'':
-->''Rain, rain, go away,''
-->''Come again another day,''
-->''All the world is waiting for the sun.''
* [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] sang this at the end of the PissTakeRap-laden "Down In It".
* According to Music/JohnLennon, Music/TheBeatles' song "Rain" (available on ''Music/PastMasters'') is a mockery of this mindset and general excessive griping about weather.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''{{ComicStrip/Peanuts}}'':
** A series (or two, or three) where Charlie Brown stays out on the mound at the baseball diamond in the rain because he thinks it's going to clear up.
** A series where Linus and Lucy think that Linus may have some kind of special powers because when he's out in the rain and sings "Rain Rain Go Away", it '''does'''.
** Another series anticipates a solar eclipse - Linus awaits it with a homemade viewer (two sheets of cardboard with a pinhole in one sheet). On the day it happens, it's pouring down rain. Lucy goes out to Linus, standing forlornly looking up holding two sheets of wilted cardboard, and says "So how's the eclipse?"
** In another strip, Lucy is playing outside when it begins to rain. She recites "Rain, Rain, Go Away" a couple of times, only for it to rain even harder each time she says it. Finally she shouts, "'''YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!'''"
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' had a story arc where the family goes camping and it starts raining once they get to the camp site. Despite Calvin's and mom's complaints, Dad decides to tough it out - for an entire ''week'' - but eventually he has enough and decides to pack it up. And in that very moment, the rain finally stops. Cue FacePalm and [[NarrativeProfanityFilter copious off-screen swearing]].


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''{{VideoGame/Persona 3}}'' has a week in the game calendar in which a typhoon hits the city. The necessity of finding something to do, however, is removed by the hero becoming sick during the entire week.
** When it rains in ''{{VideoGame/Persona 4}}'', all social links, save for The Hermit and the nighttime Social Links, are unavailable. It's most likely done to force the player to go to the available dungeon and rescue the trapped victim. Otherwise, there's often not much to do other than go to the local restaurant and attempt the Rainy Day Beef Bowl Challenge.
* In one level of ''[[VideoGame/GearsOfWar Gears of War 2]]'', Marcus and Dom must stay in shelter or be torn to shreds when a rainstorm turns to deadly "razor-hail". A similar mechanic is in effect in one of the multiplayer levels, where the rain picking up signals players to seek shelter before it gets worse.
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' has a section where the electrical storm will disintegrate anyone exposed to the sky.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "The Powerpuff Girls' Best Rainy Day Adventure Ever" was all about the girls having to entertain themselves when the weather prevented any crime fighting.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBerenstainBears'': The episode "Bears For All Seasons" has the Bear family dealing with different weather. Mama Bear, who was tolerant about all other types of weather, calls the rain "miserable".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' had taking shelter from rain as the backdrop for the telling of Aang's and Zuko's backstories.
** More like Aang was taking shelter from a hurricane in a cave, while Zuko was determined to head straight into it to capture Aang.
* Happens several times on ''{{WesternAnimation/Arthur}}''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' had Tino's "Ultimate Weekend" ruined, partially because it was raining.
* The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon "Donald's Off Day", in which Don's golfing outing is rained out. In fact, every time the rain stops, it starts again the moment Donald steps out the door. He spends the day inside, while his nephews play pranks on him.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', where the fearless Finn and Jake are accosted not by water, but by a rain of daggers. When they attempt to use their imaginations to pass the time, it turns out that Jake's is almost deadlier than the rain!
** The episode "Bad Jubies" is about Finn, Jake, BMO and Lumpy Space Princess building a shelter for a huge superstorm. Rather than helping build it, however, Jake just sits there, claiming that he has something big planned. When the storm arrives and they go inside the shelter, Jake reveals that [[spoiler:he was memorizing the sounds of nature to pass the time until the storm subsides. In fact, Jake's sounds [[MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast calm down the storm and saves them all]].]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E8LookBeforeYouSleep Look Before You Sleep]]" has Applejack and Rarity seeking refuge in Twilight Sparkle's home during a rainstorm, and Twilight takes the opportunity to throw a slumber party.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' features a series of shorts about what to do during a rainy day.
* In "WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'s Comic Collaboration", Doug and Skeeter decide to write a comicbook instead of reading all the same old ones again. The weatherman who said it was going to be sunny is the villain. The two eventually argue about how to proceed with Doug noting the GodModeSue powers of Silver Skeeter and Skeeter disliking the idea of having the heroes go to the library.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "Rainy Days" had the kids having to spend recess indoors due to a week-long rainstorm and the onslaught of cabin fever that happens during it which threatens to make them mind-numbing drones that Mrs. Finster will be able to control easily.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' - Stimpy and Ren's cousin Sven stare gloomily out the window at a storm...then perk up and find a board game (and completely trash the house and Ren's prized possessions as well).
* WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle have a picnic in the rain in "The Rainmakers." When Jeckle wishes upon a wishbone that it stops raining forever, he gets his wish. But now the drought becomes universally unbearable, so the boys have to find a way to make it rain again.