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Romantic Rain

In fiction, love and rain just go together and lovers soaked in rain is a good old romantic classic.

Rain seems to go along with pivotal moments in characters' lives. It's implied that if you can ignore bad weather and brave the elements, then your big moment is even more real and intense and genuine. If you want to be deserving of your love, you don't care if it's raining, you will rush out into the rain to be with her or him, express what's on your mind and have The Big Damn Kiss. This trope often occurs when the couple gets officially together, finally confessing their love, or if their relationship with bucketloads of Unresolved Sexual Tension becomes resolved with a passionate kiss. This variation is very close to Redemption in the Rain and naturally, Love Confession or similar tropes from Romance Arc might accompany it.

Somewhat tamed variant is Happy Rain when lovers stroll outside and it starts raining. It's not cold and our lovers happen to love the rain — they have one another and it's a good opportunity to get closer, so never mind a few drops of water. Could be combined with sharing an Umbrella of Togetherness.

Being outside in the rain often leads to Sexy Soaked Shirt. In Bollywood films, Wet Sari Scene is considered especially romantic if it's caused by rain.

Compare Caught in the Rain when it's pouring and soon-to-be-lovers must seek shelter and get out of the wet clothes. They might kiss or make love after one or both of the participants have just escaped a rainstorm.

The trope is so common that there often occurs a modernized version: lovers splashed with sprinklers or a hose. It could be Invoked to play romantic and set the mood. If it's accidental, it could be Parodied or Played for Laughs.

See also Snow Means Love. Underwater Kiss is related to the variant when the couple kiss.

Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • There's a TV commercial for a jewelry company that starts off with a young couple running into a gazebo to get out of the rain, and while inside, they share their first kiss (which leads to their wedding kiss, their baby kiss, etc.).

    Film (Animated) 
  • The two principal characters from Turner Feature's Cats Don't Dance have an evening rain fall upon them separately, but the romantic connection nonetheless applies. The rain falls on protagonist Danny as part of his Humiliation Conga, having failed miserably at getting his friends an audition with a studio mogul. Meanwhile, his Distaff Counterpart Sawyer sings a torch song outside a diner, which describes how Hollywood made her a Broken Bird, while newcomer Danny reawakened the songstress/dancer at Sawyer's core. As the rain stops, she learns that Danny waits at the bus stop, and hurries to meet him.
  • Rain falls steadily on the outskirts of Ohmtown, where the protagonists of Nelvana Studios' Rock and Rule are getting "snuggly" in the back seat of a convertible. Their fun is interrupted when henchman Zip tears off the soft top to hand Angel an invite from legendary musician Mok.

    Film (Live-action) 
  • In the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (2005), the first proposal (Mr Darcy's Anguished Declaration of Love) takes place outside in the Rosings Park during a rainfall unlike in the novel where it happened in the Hunsford Parsonage. Lizzy refuses him and it's full of passionate love/hate tension.
  • The Heiress from 1949. Catherine runs out into the rain as Morris is leaving and he rushes to meet her so they are both dripping wet when they kiss a few moments later.
  • In Breakfast at Tiffany's (movie version, 1961), the final kiss between Paul and Holly takes place in a torrential downpour.
  • The titular song in Singin' in the Rain comes when a lovestruck Don (Gene Kelly) goes skipping through a heavy rain after parting from Kathy (Debbie Reynolds). The two lovebirds start a new life with their First Kiss at the doorstep while it’s raining.
  • Spider-Man: Near the end of the movie, there is the famous upside-down kiss between Mary Jane and Peter Parker as Spiderman in the rain.
  • In Pleasantville, when David has a date with a beautiful cheerleader Margaret in the evening, it starts raining for the first time ever in Pleasantville. It's also Redemption in the Rain because David does "Shawshank shot", embracing rain and laughing happily as water pours on his face. They run into a gazebo where other teens watch the rainfall, completely enchanted.
  • Charlie Chaplin film The Immigrant ends with Charlie and his girl kissing outside in the pouring rain, and then entering the "Marriage Licenses" office.
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral ends with the lovers finally getting together in the pouring rain.
    Charles: There I was, standing there in the church, and for the first time in my whole life I realized I totally and utterly loved one person. And it wasn't the person next to me in the veil. It's the person standing opposite me now... in the rain.
    Carrie: Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed.
  • Cinema Paradiso: While at Cinema Paradiso, a sudden thunderstorm blows through as Salvatore is lying on the ground; suddenly, his loved one surprises him by lying on top of him for a kiss, much to his surprise. As people run for cover, and the movies still play, Salvatore and his girl enjoy a nice make-out session.
  • The Quiet Man: When Sean Thornton and Mary Kate Danaher finally (mutually) decide to accelerate the socially prescribed and glacially slow courtship routine in turn-of-the-century Ireland, they seize their chance to be alone together and escape from their matchmaker-cum-chaperon Michaeleen Og Flynn on a tandem bicycle. They are overtaken by a torrential downpour and take refuge in the ruins of an old stone church, where both of them get soaked and have their first dramatic kiss (whereupon it immediately thunders, a metaphorical indication of "you shouldn't be doing that").
  • In Streets of Fire, after Tom Cody tells off Ellen, she chases him back outside in the pouring rain, and a few moments later kissing ensues.
  • In So Close, Lynn and her love interest are out on their date when the rain begins, and they're mugged. Lynn is forced to reveal that she's a highly skilled assassin, and her lover shows he accepts her by running into a convenience store and microwaving water bottles to keep her warm.
  • In Nine And A Half Weeks, the lead couple is making love in a back alley in the rain.
  • LA Story. At the end of the movie, the magical freeway sign controls the weather to prevent Sara from returning to London. Sara takes a taxi to the home of her Love Interest Harris Telemacher, and they embrace and kiss in a rainstorm.
  • Gil of Midnight in Paris says that he loves when it rains in Paris and that it makes the city even more beautiful. At the end of the movie, he meets again a Parisian girl Gabrielle who thinks so too. They agree to stroll together at night in gentle rain.
  • Cast Away has bittersweet romantic Last Kiss in the rain. After Chuck's rescued from an uninhabited island and returns home, he learns that the love of his life Kelly married somebody else. He leaves, but she runs after him and smooches him in the rain.
  • One of the most iconic scenes in Turkish Delight (1973) is a romantic scene set during rain. Eric and Olga are sitting on the side of the street drinking wine, while heavy rain pours down on them. See the image on top of this article.
  • In Match Point, Chris and Nola first have sex in a wheat field during a storm.

    Live-action TV 
  • In Wives and Daughters, the official couple's fate is resolved when it's raining. It's very intense because they can't come close to each other because there's infection of scarlet fever in his estate. They can just talk as they stand apart and the water pours on their faces and drenches their clothes.
  • In adaptation of Northanger Abbey (ITV's 2007 TV movie), during Catherine's visit to the Abbey, Catherine and Henry go horse riding to see Henry's parsonage. When they reach it, it's about to start raining. Catherine suggests they race back to the Abbey. It's quite a muddy ride and at the Abbey, Henry cleans and caresses Catherine's face.
  • Community:
    • Abed comments that lovers soaked in rain is pretty much a cliché. However, he knows that knowledge of pop-culture is what connected him and a certain girl. When he wants to make it up to her for not calling her, he asks somebody to pour water on him from a watering can while he talks to her. The girl loves it and thinks it's the most romantic thing ever.
    • In the episode "Asian Population Studies", such a scene looks like it's addressing unresolved issues with Jeff and Annie, as he runs through a rainstorm and stands streaming wet at a doorway:
      Jeff: Don't say anything until you hear what I have to say. I've known you for almost two years now and I've never taken you as seriously as I should have. You are the strangest, coolest, most genuine person I've ever met. And the thing that scares me about you is how good you make me wish I was. Help me, Rich. Help me become like you. I mean, I am so amazing, but I'm not perfect. You are. Give me that power, so I can abuse it.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted has been in love with Robin for the whole season 1. In the S1 finale, he's convinced he has to make it rain to keep Robin in New York (otherwise she will go on a company trip and might get together with her colleague). Amazingly, it starts raining heavily and Ted heads to Robin's. Ted is soaking wet and convinces Robin to go outside as well, though he comes to her door first and they start kissing violently.
    • Parodied in the plot in which two couples acted with dynamics of boyfriend and girlfriend. Barney & Robin and Lily & Marshall did couple-y stuff, eating brunches, having dinners for four and playing charades. They were jealous of other couples who might replace them, they split up and finally declared that they belonged together and were each other's one true couple for companionship — the promise of course took place in the rain.
    • Ted meets the mother when it's raining. He's wet because he doesn't have an umbrella and she encourages him to share hers.
    • In a flashback from season 9, Robin and Barney get rained upon after she tells him about her inability to have children and he spontaneously hugs her.
      Barney: Yep. The rain makes it weird...
  • Castle: In "Always", part of an epiphany that Kate Beckett undergoes after a series of life-crises over the course of the episode involves her brooding alone in the middle of a torrential downpour at night. She goes to Castle, and they finally upgrade their relationship from Will They or Won't They? to They Do.
  • On Friends, when Ross and Rachel first get together in season 2, they have an argument in an empty coffee house and Rachel throws Ross out. It's raining and he keeps watching her through the window. She unlocks the door, they look at each other, fall into each other's arms and start kissing. The rain pouring down is seen in the background through the open door.
  • In 3rd Rock from the Sun, Sally and her would-be policeman boyfriend go for what he really hopes will be a romantic walk in the rain. She just finds it boring, tedious, wet and uncomfortable, and gets annoyed with him.
  • Nodded to in episode "The 6th Grade Lock In" of Bad Teacher when Meredith and Joel kiss while the overhead sprinklers are on after she gives him a passionate "kiss in the rain" speech.
  • Almost invoked in the season 13 episode of Degrassi entitled Thunderstruck. Tristan is moodily standing outside in the middle of a thunderstorm and Miles goes out to call him back inside. After a suitably emotional talk, helped by Tristan's penchant for dramatic dialogue, they are forced to duck to avoid a piece of flying debris. Tristan comments that if they were in a romantic comedy, that would be the moment when they kissed. This trope is subverted as they share a kiss later in the episode once they are back inside.

    Music/Music Video 
  • Invoked in the music video for Passion Pit's "Carried Away." The video showcases two lovers who are constantly fighting, but the man keeps redeeming himself by invoking many romance movie cliches. At one point, he stands at her door in what seems to be a downpour... except that the water is coming from a hose and it's perfectly clear out.

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    Web Video 
  • Spoofed by Lizzie in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries when viewers expected Darcy to show up. Lizzie starts her video with reminding that she left Darcy a voicemail, but she hadn't heard from him, days passed, and then suddenly her doorbell rang and would we guess who showed up on her doorstep in the rain? It turns out it was her best friend Charlotte who came to cheer her up, rain or no rain. Charlotte sninely remarks it drizzled at best.
  • Invoked by Kissing in the Rain, in which actors reenact cinema's most famous examples of this trope, all while growing feelings for each other.
  • "A Trailer For Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever": In Movie Title, Wealthy, Successful Protagonist and Lead Female have a scene in a car while it's raining heavily outside, and Lead Female delivers her Anguished Declaration of Love. It's simultaneously Gray Rain of Depression because their Second Act Breakup is still on.
    Lead Female: PASSIONATE PLEA!... whisper of repetition...

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Romantic Plot TumorLove TropesRomantic Spoonfeeding
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