Playing With / Personal Raincloud

Basic Trope: A particularly sad character is seen with a raincloud over his/her/their head.
  • Straight: Bob is feeling blue and a dark rain cloud appears over his head.
  • Exaggerated: The rain cloud is sending a downpour of rain on Bob's head and striking him with lightning even when he's indoors.
  • Downplayed: There is a cloud, but it isn't raining.
  • Justified: Bob has the power to control the weather depending on his mood and the personal raincloud comes with the package.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob gets his own personal sunbeam when he's happy.
    • Or he gets the sunbeam when he is unhappy.
    • Or, when Bob is sad, it rains everywhere... except on him.
    • Bob gets the rain cloud when he's happy.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob starts to feel sad and a cloud forms over his head, but the cloud is only a thought bubble.
    • Or it looks like it started raining on Bob when he got sad, only for it to turn out it's actually raining all over the town.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then Bob stops thinking, the thought bubble is removed, and Bob's personal raincloud is revealed.
    • Or it then turns out that the rain all over the town is just a really big Personal Raincloud.
  • Parodied: Bob is always sad and always has a raincloud follow him, so he is always carrying an umbrella.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's sadness causes a cloud to appear over his head, but then he cheers up, but the cloud doesn't go away. This makes him sad again, and then the cloud goes away. Bob begins to wonder what the cloud was supposed to signify to begin with.
  • Averted:
    • Bob is sad, but no clouds show up.
    • Bob doesn't get sad.
  • Enforced: "We need a visual symbol to let the viewers now how severe Bob's sadness is."
  • Lampshaded: "Your raincloud is darker than usual. Is everything okay?"
  • Invoked: Bob's cloud is a Gypsy Curse that he got after complaining (unnecessarily) too much about his "terrible" life.
  • Exploited: Bob needs water, so forces himself to think depressing thoughts to make his raincloud appear.
  • Defied:
    • Bob resolves to be happy all the time.
    • Alice, who can control the weather, prevents it from raining on sad people.
  • Discussed: "If Bob's raincloud is obstructing your view of the movie, just ask him to move."
  • Conversed: "Does nobody in that cartoon think it's strange that all those sad people have clouds over their heads?"
  • Implied: Bob is seen with the raincloud and a neutral expression. He never expresses much emotion, happy or sad, so it is unknown why he has the cloud.
  • Deconstructed: The raincloud is a bother on all of Bob's friends, always getting their floors wet and causing them to slip, and always striking them with lightning. His friends have had enough and kick Bob out of their lives. Bob becomes lonely which only adds to his sadness, which leads to depression. He dies out on the street cold and alone.
  • Reconstructed: Bob becomes slightly sad which causes a small cloud to materialize over his head, although it's nothing serious. But the cloud messes with his perception, causing him to miss some of the positive things that happen in his life, which causes him to become even sadder, which causes the cloud to become bigger and darker. As the cloud grows, it starts causing problems, which only adds to Bob's other problems, causing Bob to become depressed and causing the cloud to become bigger and more fierce. Bob's friends sees the cloud and tries to help Bob through his depression. Through therapy, supplemental medication, and the support of his friends, Bob manages to keep the cloud under control, although it never goes away completely.
  • Played for Drama: Bob has the raincloud during a serious Tear Jerker scene.

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