Umbrella of Togetherness
aka: Together Umbrella

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"Now that it's raining more than ever,
Know that we'll still have each other.
You can stand under my umbrella.
You can stand under my umbrella."
Rihanna, "Umbrella"

Back in the day, it was not seen as kosher for a young woman to be seen in public with a man who was not a family member. One exception was during a rainy day, when a man could offer to share his umbrella with a young maiden in the street if she hadn't one herself.

It is a romantic image in media all over the world—but it doesn't quite have the iconic "oomph" to Westerners that it does in Japan. The Japanese equivalent of the "Alice [arrow through heart] Bob" love graffiti is drawing the pair's names standing under an umbrella.

Compare Parasol of Prettiness, Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date. See also Romantic Rain.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Alice Academy:
    • In the ending credits, Hotaru and Mikan share an umbrella implying Romantic Two-Girl Friendship.
    • In the manga, Mikan's parents have the umbrella scene in the Special Abilities room. Cue everybody from Special Abilities and some not getting their names added to the umbrella, with Mikan (unknowingly) writing herself as the child of her actual parents.
  • A romantic scene with an umbrella happens off-screen between Yukari and Kouichi in Another. Not that it matters a lot, since said umbrella ends up giving Yukari an Impromptu Tracheotomy few moments afterwards.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Greece and Japan share an umbrella, implying the image of lovers.
    • Japan's partner Italy uses the umbrella symbol in a poster, drawing himself and Germany underneath it without really understanding what it means.
  • Bleach:
  • Invoked in Campione!, when Erica snaps her umbrella in half while it was raining so that she has a chance to share an umbrella with her special someone.
  • Candy Boy:
    • It has a whole episode devoted to Kanade setting up sharing an umbrella for her and Yukino.
    • Yuki is really excited with the idea of sharing an umbrella with Kanade. It's both hilarious and heartwarming.
  • Plot point in A Certain Scientific Railgun. Mii indicates her love by drawing an umbrella with Kuro's name, but he crosses it out.
  • Played with in Code Geass for Lelouch and Shirley's First Kiss. While going to meet her, he sees her standing in the rain and tries to hold the umbrella over her, but a combination of the shocking thing she tells him plus his surprise when she embraces him causes him to drop the umbrella, so they end up kissing in the rain.
  • In Doraemon, socially inept Nobita and his love interest Shizuka share an umbrella once. There is also a gadget that invoke this trope; when a guest enter under the umbrella he become very affectionate to the user.
  • Non-romantic (or is it?) example: Durarara!! has a flashback with Berserker Shizuo Heiwajima standing in the rain by the jail after being set up for a crime, feeling and looking completely alone. Off screen, we hear a voice calling his name. It's a very close friend he lost contact with, who then holds his umbrella up over Shizuo's head as they walk off together. This is the anime version of Tom Tanaka's defining character moment, as he's been there for Shizuo ever since.
  • In 5 Centimeters per Second, the umbrella symbol shows up on a chalkboard with Akari and Takaki's names under it. When they see it, Akari looks embarassed while Takaki hastily erases it, implying that some other kids had drawn it.
  • Fruits Basket:
    • In the anime, we have a scene where Yuki offers his umbrella to Tohru on the way home from school, much to Kyo's dismay.
    • In the manga, Tohru offers her umbrella to Kyo, since (as the Cat) he's utterly miserable in the rain. He gets flustered and angry, and turns her down.
  • In The Garden of Words, a high school student is walking through a park in the rain when he comes across an older woman sheltering under a gazebo. As it's the start of the rainy season, this happens regularly over the next few months. By the time summer happens, they keep hoping for rain so they'll have an excuse to keep meeting each other.
  • In The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Makoto, Chiaki, and Kōsuke are all sharing a red umbrella in a flashback. Chiaki loves Makoto, Makoto loves Chiaki, and Kōsuke probably knows that Chiaki loves Mokoto but isn't interested in her himself. (although she doesn't realize it until it's too late.)
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Haruhi walks Kyon home with the school umbrella. They insist a little too much that they aren't a couple.
  • When Hayate of Hayate the Combat Butler is kicked out of the Sanzenin mansion for three days, he's left sitting in the falling snow. Hinagiku finds him and shields him with her umbrella while they talk and she even invites him to warm up at her place.
  • In Hidamari Sketch, Yoshinoya-sensei is stuck due to rain, and the principal — who seems old enough to be her grandfather — offers to share an umbrella, since they're going to the same place. Yoshinoya gets extremely flustered when Kuwahara-sensei encounters them and comments on it.
  • In the "Hunterpedia" chibi segments of Hunterx Hunter, there is an Ai Ai Gasa with Gon and Killua's names under it drawn on the whiteboard behind them.
  • Done once in a Inuyasha episode. Miroku's hat had broken and he was left in the rain. Kagome gave Sango her spare umbrella and Sango shared the umbrella with Miroku.
  • This becomes the subject of one of Kaguya and Shirogane's many Battle of Wits in Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai. Both of them have umbrellas, both of them want to share, but neither of them wants to be the one to offer since they view that as a "loss". So they both pretend to not have one and try to prove that the other does.
  • The third episode of Kotoura-san opens with the graffiti version on a chalkboard after Manabe very forcefully and decisively declared that he liked Kotoura at the climax of the second episode. He sees it the next day when the two walk into class, and he gets upset... because his classmates forgot to put hearts all over it. His unabashed pride in being openly shipped with the object of his affection had all of the other boys in the class bowing to him with respect.
  • Kyouka from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is probably one of the few people to pull off the Umbrella of Togetherness indoors. That's how much she wants to share a romantic moment.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Hayate and Vita share an umbrella under the sun in the supplementary manga. And just to further drive up the Les Yay of the moment, Hayate gently caresses the blushing Vita while they talk about how it would be wonderful if they could be together always.
    • Nanoha and Yuuno walk home together in the snow under an umbrella at the end of A's... and it was the last thing Yuuno would ever do before he was Demoted to Extra.
  • Maria-sama ga Miteru has the episode "Holding a Parasol". It ends with a picture of Yumi and Sachiko sharing an umbrella under the sun.
  • Invoked by Tohru in episode 6 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid when she puts away her own umbrella so she can share with Kobayashi.
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun:
    • Sakura thought she would share an umbrella with her crush in chapter 17 (animated as the first half of episode 9), but Nozaki is Oblivious to Love, and his attempts to replicate romantic moments as a manga reference just end up with both of them getting wet.
    • Local Bifauxnen Kashima flirts with the girls this way in the same chapter—and ends up completely surrounded by a 360 degree shell of umbrellas.
  • In the 10th ending credits to Naruto Shippudden (the beach ending), we see at the end that Sakura and Sasuke's names are written under the umbrella symbol... only to be washed away by a passing wave.
  • Episode 2 of Ojisan And Marshmallow has Hige-san waiting under a store awning before trying to head in to work. Wakabayashi-san sees him and joins him for some quality time; eventually she decides he won't make a move, reveals she had an umbrella all along, and they walk off together. Both the waiting together and umbrella-sharing are part of an attempted Relationship Upgrade.
  • The intro of Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo ends with almost but not quite showing Ureshiko (grown-up Magical Girl and Yamato Nadeshiko) and Kagura under one umbrella. Ureshiko grows farther away from her husband, and closer to Kagura.
  • Takahata's Only Yesterday when Teako decides to stay at the farm instead of going back to city, followed by ghost-like (yet charming) visions of herself and her classmates. She meets with Toshio, and as they walk side by side, the children construct a wooden 'together umbrella' and follow them with it to assure the audience that the two will get together and have a happy future.
  • Paranoia Agent: Drawing of lovers' umbrella symbol is briefly glimpsed in Ikari's dream world, drawn on a door in a school.
  • In the seventh episode of Pokémon, "The School of Hard Knocks", in the corner of Kaito's picture of Giselle, their names are written under the umbrella in kanji. 4Kids edited out the easter egg, obviously, because anything remotely Japanese or romantic is evil.
  • Played with in The Prince of Tennis, where Kunimitsu Tezuka and Shuusuke Fuji share a red umbrella under the snow. They're both guys, but the flashback is seen in the middle of two episodes dedicated to their relationship and chock-full of Ho Yay-tastic Ship Tease.
  • Ranma ˝:
    • It has a magical umbrella which makes any two people who share it fall in love. (Is any item in that series not magical?).
    • A "chapter title" illustration from the manga shows Ryoga and Akari standing happily under Ryoga's umbrella in a deliberate use of the trope.
    • One chapter title one had female-Ranma cheerfully whacking Ryouga to the ground with it.
    • The "carving one's names on a tree, under an umbrella-shaped symbol" version is used several times, especially by Kuno (to Ranma's annoyance, especially when the tree took it seriously,) but Genma and Nodoka did this too when they were dating.
    • The song "November Rain" from one of the albums is about a rather sad, subverted version of this trope. The entire reason why Ranma is singing the song is because he's heartbroken over his fiancée, Akane, ditching him under the umbrella they were sharing with each other. Since him hurting her feelings was what caused her to leave, he laments throughout the song over how he just can't seem to be tender with her.
      Ranma: Even rain that's about to freeze from cold is warmer than my heart. November rain, until my tears vanish, don't stop.
  • Keiko, a previously flat member of Nanami's Girl Posse in the Black Rose Story Arc of Revolutionary Girl Utena, more or less becomes the Monster of the Week after Nanami catches Keiko under an umbrella with Touga and reacts by throwing Keiko out of the group. Turns out that Keiko does have a crush on Touga, but Nanami's simply a Clingy Jealous Girl with a Big Brother Attraction. And Mikage uses it against everyone, pushing the lonely and troubled Keiko into becoming a Black Rose duelist.
  • In Sachiare!, Sachiko and Tomoharu's height difference makes it difficult for both to keep dry under one umbrella... so he picks her up and carries her. It's adorable.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In The '90s anime Usagi and Mamoru share an umbrella at least once. Usagi once unduly flips out over Mamoru offering an older lady his umbrella out of kindness at one point.
    • This trope is used early in the original manga, except the umbrella both foreshadowed the two of them becoming a couple and saved them from a nasty fall.
    • In episode 29 of The '90s anime, Motoki offers an umbrella to Makoto, resulting in her developing a severe crush on him.
    • Makoto and Shinozaki also were under his umbrella in her backstory, right after her first love rejected her Love Confession and ran away from her in shame afterwards. It's so platonic, that Makoto herself dispells Usagi's squeals about them being in love when asked: she says that their friendship is actually more serious than any love she could have with a boyfriend.
  • In one episode of Samurai Champloo, Jin's Girl of the Week ends up sharing her umbrella with him when he gets stuck in a heavy downpour without one. And it is implied that he'll come back for her when her mandatory time on the island has ended, so there's hope for the "togetherness" part.
  • In episode 2 of Samurai Flamenco, Masayoshi sees Goto walking in the rain. He gets out of the Taxi to join him, and they share Goto's umbrella. Neither of them make a big deal out of the romantic implications at the time, but the scene foreshadows their developing relationship and Masayoshi's proposal.
  • In Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Anri fantasizes about sharing an umbrella with stoic, aloof girl Tsukasa. (Anri has feelings for her, Schoolgirl Lesbians style.)
  • School Rumble:
    • Used to ship Harima and Eri. Harima offered to walk Eri home after her father left her in the rain.
    • Someone drew an umbrella sketch with Eri's and Harima's names under it after the sports fest. Unfortunately for Harima...
    • Harima got a flash of inspiration for a manga and used Eri's umbrella to scratch it on the ground (it was a dud) trashing it in the process and he was forced to walk her home.
    • Tenma tried to invoke this trope between herself and emotionless Kurasuma in the first manga volume, offering him to share an umbrella.
  • Tsuda and Shino from Seitokai Yakuindomo walk home this way once. They're aware that they look like a couple doing that, and so is the school Camera Fiend not far behind them.
  • In a bonus chapter of Vampire Knight, teenage Juuri Kuran walks home from a human school in the rain even though Haruka showed up at her school with an umbrella. They both end up getting drenched since he shuts his umbrella when it is obvious she is too irritated with him for hiding all the umbrellas in their mansion earlier that day by storming ahead of Haruka in a huff. When Juuri asks why he did such a childish thing after ranting at him for several minutes, he simply replies, "I wanted to share an umbrella with you."
  • In a Tokyo Ghoul omake, Miza is caught while drawing one with Naki's name. She tries to deny it, but Shousei pledges his full support for her intentions towards his boss.
  • Wedding Peach: The love angels think Yanagiba has a girlfriend because of this trope. Later when they try to stage it themselves, Yousuke comes (with an umbrella) to pick him up instead.
  • ×××HOLiC has a situation where Watanuki doesn't want to walk under one with Doumeki (whom he's an Unknown Rival of) because they're both guys and he has this trope in mind. This is just one of many moments between them. (It is a CLAMP manga after all...)
  • In Yumekui Merry, there is such an umbrella drawn on the wall of the old playground, with Yumeji and Isana names.

    Arts 
  • Painting Little Red Umbrella (The Lovers) by Josef Manes, a Czech artist from 19th century. The lovers take it a bit too far as they are lying on the ground, which would not be considered kosher. It's a hot summer and the sky looks as if there was a storm coming.
  • French etching called "Le Parapluie Officieux" No 40, from the Le Bon Genre series published in the 1820s, show two lovers sheltering under an umbrella in the rain. Through the umbrella you can see a chaperone.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics has quite a few examples. It eventually reached the point where Archie and Jughead invented a special umbrella, resembling two standard models attached to the same handle, in case a normal umbrella would prove too small to keep both partners dry.

    Comic Strips 
  • FoxTrot features a strip were Denise is muttering and cursing until it starts to rain, to which she squeals with delight. Peter comments on their newfound closeness; "Wow, good thing you brought this umbrella."

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney's The Rescuers has a scene where Miss Bianca and Bernard share an umbrella.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Three Times: A boy and a girl stand under the same umbrella under the rain, and they tenderly join hands.
  • Easter Parade has the song "A Fella with an Umbrella," as Johnny falls in love with Hannah while they walk in the rain under the umbrella from a fruit cart, completing the film's Love Dodecahedron.
  • In Pleasantville, when David and Margaret have a date, it starts raining for the first time in Pleasantville (being the ideliazed 50's sitcom, it was always sunny there). Later David gives Margaret a red umbrella which he found among theatre props — she doesn't know what it is at first, but she loves it. They later share a kiss, hiding under the umbrella and enjoying Happy Rain.
  • At the end of The Art of War (2000) the protagonists walk off arm in arm after faking their deaths and moving to a small French village. The romance of the scene is subverted when an unknown man is shown taking their photograph.

    Literature 
  • Little Women: Jo and Professor Bhaer have their Relationship Upgrade and First Kiss under his umbrella during a muddy downpour.
  • Anne Shirley is offered shelter under a handsome stranger's umbrella in Anne of the Island, although the romance doesn't last.
  • A platonic Umbrella of Togetherness (according to most is conjured by Tris for her and Sandry in the Circle of Magic series.
  • You can actually hear Captain Wentworth's heart break in Persuasion when he offers to walk Anne home in the rain with his umbrella, and the for-once-oblivious heroine innocently says she already has an escort, which is her distant cousin Mr Elliot, her father's heir. What's worse, the ladies in Captain Wentworth's company immediately start gossiping about Anne and Mr Elliot as a soon-to-be-engaged couple.
  • Agnes Grey: Rosalie Murray thinks she has Mr. Weston wrapped around her finger as securely as every man in town, but Agnes is the one who he walks to the carriage with his umbrella. Awww...
  • Leave it to Psmith uses an amusing variation as a Meet Cute. Psmith dashes out of the Drones Club with an umbrella for Eve and later refuses to let her return it. It takes her a while to figure out that it wasn't his umbrella to begin with; he stole it for her.
  • In Daisy Miller, after Winterbourne returns to the Pincio to look for Daisy, the sight of Daisy and Giovanelli cuddling under her parasol makes him turn right around.
  • In the German novel Gottes Bodenpersonal: Eine unwahrscheinliche Liebesgeschichte (God's ground crew, an unlikely lovestory), the Christian preacher against the evils of prostitution offers to share his umbrella with a hooker. The offer is platonic. The ensuing relationship is not. The hooker asks whether that wouldn't hurt his reputation, which he counters with an As the Good Book Says....

    Live-Action TV 
  • "Heroes" featured one of Isaac's precognitive paintings (used above) featuring Simone and Peter apparently embracing under an umbrella, which Isaac took to be a sign of their relationship. He's right.
  • The X-Files frequently made use of this trope. Comically so, on occasion—Mulder (David Duchovny) has quite a bit of height on Scully (Gillian Anderson), usualy causing this sort of scene. Definite Ship Tease.
  • Used straight-up for courtship in an episode of The Commish. A police officer is advised to take his Girl of the Week to the park. When we see them there it's raining, only it's not a problem as they're both having a picnic under a pair of joined umbrellas.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In a platonic love version, Giles walks Willow to the taxi (so she can catch the plane back to the US) under his umbrella.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, The Mother's yellow umbrella is an arc symbol signifying the love of Ted's life. Narrator — older Ted — made it clear that it had played a major role in their first encouter ("you know the short version [of how I met your mother], the one with the yellow umbrella"), and even before because the umbrella had got lost. Ted meets Tracy the Mother at the train station when it's raining. He comes to talk to her and she encourages him to cover under her umbrella with her. It's an example of Meet Cute when they playfully argue over whose umbrella it really is.
  • In the 2009 BBC miniseries Emma, Mr Weston shares his umbrella with Miss Taylor (future Mrs Weston) when it starts raining after the Sunday mass. In the novel, he met Emma and Miss Taylor when they were walking and he gallantly borrowed two umbrellas for them from Farmer Mitchell's because it was drizzling.
  • Person of Interest. In "Provenance", our heroes have to go to a black tie event. John Reese having rejected any umbrella that doesn't double as a weapon, Harold Finch holds his own umbrella over him while walking from their taxi in the rain. It happens again while they're visiting the cinema in "Proteus". It's like the producers are trying to tell us something.
  • Used as a nice metaphor in the kdrama The Entertainer. When the main character, Suk-Ho, briefly sees a therapist to work through guilt issues, he's asked by the therapist to draw himself. He sketches a dark, monochrome drawing of himself standing stoically in pouring rain. The female lead later finds the drawing crumpled up in a drawer and, moved to offer Suk-Ho emotional protection, draws in a gaily colored bright green umbrella. Suk-Ho in turn finds the drawing some time afterward and is heartened by Geu-Rin's gesture of support. Eventually the trope becomes literal when Geu-Rin gives Suk-Ho an actual green umbrella, which he cherishes. When they finally start to come together as a couple, there's a moment when Gue-Rin is about to step out into a downpour—only for Suk-Ho to appear, the green umbrella shielding them both from the rain.

    Music 
  • In "Bus Stop" by The Hollies, the main characters continue to share an umbrella even on sunny days, leading others to stare "as if we were both quite insane".
    "Bus stop, wet day, she's there I say
    Please share my umbrella
    Bus stop, bus go, she stays love grows
    Under my umbrella"
  • Rihanna's single "Umbrella" (quoted above) makes obvious use of this image.
    "You can stand under my umbrella, my umbrella, -ella, -ella..."
  • The song "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police plays with this trope; the singer has a crush on a girl he knows, but Cannot Spit It Out. As he says in the song, "It's a big enough umbrella / But its always me that ends up getting wet!" (He gives his umbrella to the girl, instead of sharing it.)
  • French chanson singer Georges Brassens had a song called "Un p'tit coin d'parapluie" ("a little piece of umbrella") about a boy who shares his umbrella with a girl, and whose chorus went: "A little piece of umbrella/For a piece of heaven/She sure looked like an angel".
  • The Hebrew song "Two of Us Together Under One Umbrella" ("Shneinu Yahad Tahat Mitria Ahat") by Naomi Shemer. The refrain, roughly translated:
    "Two of us together under one umbrella
    We're both skipping from one puddle to the next
    a Raining City has just this to say to us
    Life's a pretty thing, living life is great!"\\

    Theater 
  • In The Musical based on Little Women, it doesn't happen quite so as in the book. Bhaer finds Jo at Amy's wedding, on a day riddled with 'sun showers'. He proposes to her with the analogy of sharing a 'small umbrella in the rain'.

    Video Games 
  • Rival Schools: United By Fate features this moment in Kyoko's ending as her to-be fiancee Hideo offers her an umbrella.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, look close at the blackboard in the classroom — there's one of those Japanese umbrella diagrams. While the names are considerably lo-res, and thus almost unreadable, but if you get close to it a dialogue box will pop up with the text "Karane + Caw...".
  • In the Dating Sim Always Remember Me, the protagonist shares an umbrella with the Shrinking Violet love interest that offers to walk her home when she's caught in the rain.
  • In the Japanese version of Super Mario Kart the title screen has a Love Umbrella with Mario's and Peach's names under it.
  • In ''Bravely Second, Yew and Magnolia share an amusing scene when Magnolia offers to share her umbrella with Yew, unaware of the implications while he blushes. Edea whispers the meaning to Magnolia, who then tries to pull Yew in more tightly.

    Visual Novels 
  • Katawa Shoujo: Hisao and Rin share an umbrella together in her route, fitting with the games Animesque tone.
  • In Little Busters!, Riki and Kurugaya share an umbrella together while on their first date. At first, both of them try to play it cool and let their own shoulders get wet so the other is fully covered, but they soon realise it's silly and just walk together happily.
  • In True Love Junai Monogatari, at some point the Player Character will find himself umbrella-less in a suddenly rainy day. Two girls will make offers to walk him home under her umbrella: the first is his Patient Childhood Love Interest Mikae and the other is Good Bad Girl Mayumi. The PC can only choose one of them, though, risking to lose love points with one girl while increasing them with the other.
  • Seizh of Under the Moon is closely associated with rain, and sharing umbrellas comes up multiple times in his routes.
  • During the Momoyo Route of Majikoi, Yamato takes Momoyo out for a date in a bid to win her love. When it starts to rain, you have the option of buying one or two umbrellas. If you chose one, this trope ensues.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The Gaang was given an umbrella from a man that was told by a Fortune Teller that it will rain. Since Sokka is caught up in Arbitrary Skepticism, Katara and Aang are the only ones using it come rainfall.
    • Zuko and Mai share a huge beach umbrella on the beach — one gets the impression they were going for the "emos hate sunlight" image.
  • Hey Arnold! played this trope as a love as first sight kind of thing between Arnold and Helga as the first time she saw him, and ever felt that anyone ever saw her, was when the rain stopped falling on her and she noticed Arnold holding an umbrella over her head.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: In "Stoneheart," the second part of the Origins 2-parter, we learn that this is how Marinette falls in love with Adrien. After he'd failed to make a good first impression on her, he offers her his umbrella when she's caught without one in the rain. Unfortunately for Marinette, however, he's already in love with her superhero identity.

    Real Life 
  • In Japan couples often share an umbrella because it gives them an excuse to get close to each other without making a scene in public.
  • In a traditional Japanese wedding, a red umbrella is held over the couple.

Alternative Title(s): Together Umbrella

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