Playing With / Cue the Rain

Basic Trope: Right after everything else goes wrong, it starts raining, too.
  • Straight: Alice is running late. Then she gets a flat tire. Then, while she's trying to jack up the car to change it, it begins to rain.
  • Exaggerated: ...and then hail. And then thunder.
  • Downplayed: It begins to rain, but her car is stopped under a bridge, so it's not raining on her.
  • Justified: She was hurrying to get home before it started raining when she had the flat.
  • Inverted: Cue the Sun.
  • Subverted: The clouds roll in while Alice is changing the tire, but the rain doesn't start until after she's finished.
  • Double Subverted: ...however, when Alice gets back in the car, it won't start. And when she gets out to open the hood, the floodgates open.
  • Parodied: When she was driving along the road, the sky was completely clear. Right after the flat, when she says, "How could this get worse?", the clouds swoop in with an audible whoosh.
  • Zig Zagged:
    Alice: And right then, it suddenly started raining cats and dogs.
    Bob: But you're not wet.
    Alice: No, I mean literal cats and dogs. I had to spend ten minutes chivvying them away with the tire iron before I could drive off.
  • Averted: It stays sunny.
  • Enforced: It started raining during the filming of the scene and the cast and crew just rolled with it.
  • Lampshaded: "Of course it would start raining now — this is just too perfect!"
  • Invoked: Carol's plot required that Alice be upset, so she arranged her series of mishaps on a day when rain was forecast.
  • Exploited: Daniel's plot required that it remain sunny, so Carol set up Alice to take one for the team.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "So, do you think it's going to start raining now, or do they want to pile a few more disasters on Alice first?"
  • Implied: The scene opens as Alice returns to the apartment, wet, muddy, battered, and exhausted.
    Bob: Hey, you're home late.
    Alice: Don't. Even. Start.

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