Webcomic / Rain
From left to right: Gavin, Rudy, Rain and Maria.
- "A story for boys, girls, and everyone in-between…"
A slice-of-life Dramedy
webcomic created by JocelynSamara
. If you're looking for the Sony PlayStation 3
video game also called rain
, see here
In public, Rain
appears to be your average teenage girl. She enjoys shopping and dressing pretty and whatnot, but the fact is that she’s hardly average. In truth, Rain is a male-to-female transsexual
At age 13, circumstance lands Rain in the custody of her Aunt Fara
, whom she finally revealed her secret to
. Rather than see Rain suffer, her aunt decided to allow her to dress like a girl around the house if it would make her feel better. And it did… for a while, anyway. As time went by, Fara noticed Rain had become a bit of an antisocial hermit for the sake of being able to dress up more frequently
. Already shy to begin with, this probably wasn’t a step in the right direction.
Fara came up with an interesting (but ballsy) plan to remedy this, but keep Rain happy. It took a long time and a lot of work, but she saved up enough money to move the two of them to a new town where nobody would know them. They acquired a fully female wardrobe for Rain, and she was enrolled in a high school as
a girl. It would be potentially dangerous for Rain if she were ever caught, but her nature made her seek perfection in her presentation before going out into the world… Well, her voice could use some work anyway…
Rain updates are on weekdays. It can be read here
, or here
, or on Jocelyn's DeviantART gallery
Has a character page here
This webcomic contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Several. Emily's mother leaves her alone for months at a time and has made Emily feel unwanted her whole life. Rain's father is heavily implied to have been physically and emotionally abusive, and abandoned his 12 year old child one day without a word. Maria and Rudy's parents are cold towards them in general for being gay, but their father officially crosses this line when he begins doing research on camps for "curing" homosexuality and trying to Isolate them from their friends after Maria comes out and Rudy breaks up with Rain.
- Animesque: Has all the different anime tropes and references, but is not drawn by a Japanese person.
- And Then I Said: Maria ends some jokes this way.
- Art Evolution: Jocelyn has come a long way since starting the story, as this piece showing the cover pages of chapters 1 and 27 show. The characters are more expressive, their character designs change subtly throughout the series, the lines are much cleaner, and the anatomy is much much better.
- Asexual: Heather claims to be this, but when she gets drunk…
- Also Brother Arthur, according to Word of God.
- Chanel, though she is also romantically attracted to females, and in a relationship with Maria.
- The Atoner: Brother Arthur has a FtM brother. He wants to help out Rain and Rudy because of the issues he caused his brother when they were younger. Aiken seems to also be on his way to this.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Rain is very popular with the guys
- Bi the Way: Fara and Ky(lie). Averted with Emily, who only shares this with close friends, and even then is not entirely comfortable talking about it.
- BilingualBonus/StealthPun: One thing Rain really likes is Thunder, the translation of her favorite Manga character’s name Kaminari (雷)
- Black Sheep: Rain's elder brother Aiken seems to be viewed as this.
- Bland-Name Product: Video game systems and games (and possibly other things) in Rain's world tend to be lawyer-friendly versions of their real life counterparts. For instance, the "Super Nintendo" entertainment system instead becomes the "Super Funtendo" entertainment system, and the game Battletoads becomes "Fighter Frogs". And it's just as hard as ever.
Six years ago.
Gavin: Wow! We got all the way to level 12 together!
Ryan: I wonder how many there are.
Gavin: Wow! We just got piss-pounded on the first level!
Rain: Out of how many again?
- Blinding Bangs: Brett's eyes are completely covered by his hair, to match his apparently cool disposition.
- Bonus Material: Jocelyn is interspersing bonus omake strips between her regular chapters under the title "Rain Delay".
- Butt Monkey: Gavin.
- Cast Full of Gay: Most of the core cast is homosexual, bisexual, or transgender, with the notable exception of Gavin.
- Character Title
- Cheeky Mouth: A lot of the time…
- Childhood Friend: Rain (Ryan back in the day) and Gavin started off as friends from elementary school. As of a recent chapter, Allison, the girl they both had a crush on as boys, has come into the picture.
- Color Failure: Rain's reaction to Gavin asking her if she happened to be familiar with his childhood friend, Ryan Flaherty.
- Maria gets in on the action here.
- The entire Halloween party loses its color when  Rudy, in a drunken stupor, kisses Rain.
- Rain gets another one when she finds out  Vincent used to be a Vivian
- Her friends do this when  Emily reveals about what happened during hers and Rain's weekend.
- Coming-Out Story: Rain's coming out as a woman is detailed within a bonus chapter of the "Rain: Volume 1" physical collection.
- Corner of Woe: Not in a corner, but on page 336, Maria mopes by Puddle for one whole panel after blundering.
- Crash-Into Hello: Rain and Rudy. The consequences get glossed over in the retelling.
- Crazy-Prepared: Rain has spare pads and tampons ready. You never know when another girl may need one.
- Cure Your Gays: According to Rudy's flashback, this was the reasoning his parents used for sending him and Maria to a catholic school after Rudy came out to them. Considering how they reacted, it's no wonder Maria has kept silent about her own sexual preferences.
- Death Glare: Maria is a master at it. She could teach T-800 robots a thing or two about how to do it.
- Rain busts one out at Rudy. It's super effective!
- Department of Redundancy Department: : “Cute people are cute.” Repeated in an author’s comment later.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Chanel loves Maria, and Emily is Rain’s favorite person.
- Dream Sequence: Chapter 25 is about Rain dreaming about being Kaminari.
- Dude, She's a Lesbian: The Trope Namer. Rudy says this exact line to Gavin when he was hitting on Maria in this strip.
- Faceless Masses: The cover of Chapter 8.
- Fag Hag: During their break-up Rudy asks Rain if she will be his fag hag. Rudy is mostly making a brave face. The break-up hits him much harder than Rain.
- Fictional Media: "Black Wings, Kaminari", "Halloween Princess Pandora", and "Mad Giga-Kaizer X" are all fictional manga and anime that Rain and her friends have collected.
- Flashback: There is one in the prologue, and another when Rudy is explaining why Maria is in the closet.
- Foreshadowing: The prologue, for one. The appearance of Aiken is also foreshadowed by Fara's conversation with Kellen. Also, some of the Halloween costumes are hinted at before they are revealed.
- Maria's comments here and here make a lot more sense when you learn that Emily is pansexual and used to date Maria.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Other notable regulars would be…
- Gaydar: Rain doesn't seem to know what one is…
- A play on this is made in the comic when Rain and Maria are talking about gaydars at a book store in the mall and Maria calls the transgender equivalent of a gaydar a transceiver.
- The Generic Guy: Rand M. Guy (AKA Randy) is the least characterized of the ensemble cast, and as of yet the only recurring character who has had no dialogue. He appeared in chapters 1 (where he gets stared down by Maria) and 6 (where Rain and Gavin both spit their drinks on him). His normalness is lampshaded not only by his name, but from Word of God and Bonus Material. (No one cares that he is bisexual).
- Gender Reveal: In-universe, with Rain coming clean about her secret to the core cast at the end of Chapter One. Also much later with Rain's brother Aiken. It does not go well.
- It goes much better with Emily, but she had suspected it for awhile due to a few of the hints Rain accidentally dropped.
- Gilligan Cut: The page after Rudy crashes into Rain, and sees Rain's "junk" under her skirt:
Rain (thinking): And even if he did, he probably wouldn't even believe what he saw, right? Yeah, I'm sure he wouldn't tell anyone…
Rudy (to Maria and Gavin): Hey, guys! You'll never guess what I saw!
- Green-Eyed Monster: Heather's initial attitude towards Ky's genderfluidity is actually this. Heather was born with CAIS which led to her resenting Ky for sometimes not wanting the female body that she'll never have.
- Halloween Episode: Basically all of Chapter 6.
- Hand Behind Head: Seems a favored trope of the author as it's everywhere.
- If It's You, It's Okay: How Rudy eventually becomes attracted to Rain, despite being predominantly homosexual otherwise. Some of the comic's characters however, have expressed skepticism as to whether or not their romantic relationship will survive Rain's plan to fully transition one day.
- It doesn't… but not from any loss of Rudy's feelings for Rain. Rather, Rain comes to the realization that it was she, in truth, who did not have truly romantic feelings towards him. She had been flattered by the attention he paid her, and accepted the dating because she enjoyed his company, and, in her mindset, dating boys was something that "normal girls" did. But she simply lacks any true romantic attraction towards males, and had simply not fully realized it. Whether this means she is a lesbian is still unknown (though it seems to be implied due to other recent story events), but the two have parted the relationship amicably and remain friends.
- Improvised Weapon: Aunt Fara's improvised weapon of choice? Student artwork.
- Ironic Nick Name: Rain is actually not that fond of rainy days at all.
- Keet: Rudy is one, being small, loud, colorful, hyper…
- Kissing Under the Influence:
Rain: I wish I could say I was surprised to see my aunt getting drunk and making out with a stranger…
- At the end of Chapter 6, a drunk and cross-dressing Rudy kisses Rain, complicating their relationship.
- Lampshade Hanging: In Girls, one of the characters, Holly, gave this jewel. Note that she prolably stepped outside to wait until her ears stopped ringing:
Holly: Umm… Where's our teacher during all of this?
- Love Dodecahedron: Too many twists to list here. With a a Love Chart: “Look at this mess!”
- Mama Bear: Aunt Fara. Full stop. (In spite of not being anyone's actual biological parent.) Anyone who threatens the welfare of her loved ones is met with varying levels of violence, ranging from a stern lecture to assault via student homework. This even extends to protecting her family from other family, as Rain's elder brother Aiken learns the hard way…
- Meaningful Name: St. Hallvard (the patron saint of the school) was a martyr who died protecting a slave woman from further abuse.
- New Transfer Student: The story kicks off with Rain's first day after transferring to a new school.
- Chapter 15 is about the “January Girls”, usually female transfer students coming in after Christmas break
- No Periods, Period: Implied to be averted here. Rain is very prepared.
- Nosebleed: Rain's gym outfit has a rather distracting effect on Maria. Preceded by a Luminescent Blush and comboed with Color Failure.
- Oblivious to Love: Rain, to Maria and Gavin's crushes on her.
- Occidental Otaku: Rain is fond of manga, and Gavin is into anime.
- Old Flame Fizzle: When Rain and Gavin hang out again, they feel it's not the same as when they were kids, and Gavin thought Rain was Ryan. Somewhat subverted, as Rain and Gavin still remain friends, and Gavin has a crush on Rain.
- Painting the Medium: Rain's "girl voice" is represented by slanted text. This especially stands out when she slips into her male voice.
- Parental Substitute: Rain's snarky aunt Fara took Rain in when Rain was 13, after "circumstances" separated Rain from her parents.
- In chapter 6, it is revealed that Rain's mother, Liriel, is deceased after suffering from a fatal illness. Later, in chapter 13, we learn that Rain's father, Marcus, apparently abandoned his family and disappeared after his wife became ill. His current status and whereabouts are unknown.
- A comment in chapter 26 by Aunt Fara implies that the previously unspecified illness that claimed Rain's mother was, in fact, cancer.
- Pet Homosexual: Inverted with Gavin who is straight and cisgendered in a Cast Full of Gay.
- Punny Name: The full name of Randy, who’s just a minor supporting character, is Rand M. Guy.
- Relationship Upgrade: Maria and Chanel get one in Chapter 13.
- Rain and Emily get one at the end of Chapter 28.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: After hearing some gossip from around school and reflecting on the subject of Rain's short hair, Drew ends up asking Ky if Rain is a boy. Except a genderfluid one like him/her, who just happens to always be in girl mode. Seems he's never even heard of transgenderism.
- Running Gag: Fara always gets Jessica's name wrong.
- School Girl Lesbian: Maria.
- Shipper on Deck: Shipping gets discussed, but they don’t really do anything about it. And Emirain/Rainily seems to come along without help anyway.
- Shy Finger-Twiddling: Rain does this when even more nervous than usual. So does Chanel.
- Sinister Minister: Father Quenton, the school principal, is established as this in his opening panel. (Ok, he is probably the lower-grade "high-school" version of evil incarnate, but he probably still qualifies.) Also established to have a Bald of Evil.
- Spit Take: From time to time.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Rain in a gym uniform invokes this reaction from Maria… and a good section of the audience.
- May not count, actually, considering Rain is of Maria's preferred gender…
- Gavin gets images of this nature quite often when he's around Rain.
- Sweat Drop: Both Rain and Rudy displays one the script after their collison.
- That Came Out Wrong: Rudy says this word for word verbatim when he offers to clear out dust from Rain's video game.
: Want me to blow on it? I won't choke.
: Wait… that came out wrong. I—I mean, in context! Blow on… uh… in
the cart of course.
- The Beard: Gavin for Maria, called her smokescreen.
- Transsexual: Should be pretty obvious by now. While Rain is an MtF transsexual, the character of Ky(or Kylie) also falls under this category, as he is genderfluid.
- As does Aiken's ex-fiancee Jessie evidently.
- Vincent who used to be a Vivian
- Anastacia, and her father accepts that she is Transsexual
- Traumatic Haircut: Kellen does this to Rain while she is sleeping.
- Understatement: There is a brief Flashback that shows Rudy coming out, with his dad calling the operator for a young priest and an old priest, and his mom crying badly. The page title? Slight Overeaction.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal:
- Gavin is rather shocked that cute girl Rain is biologically boy, his childhood friend Ryan. He gets over it eventually.
- Aiken is very angry when he finds out his fiancée Jessica is Transsexual, and breaks up the engagement. It doesn't help that she told him only because she knew she wouldn't be able to hide the truth any more. He calms down, but doesn't seem to really get over it. And then he finds out about Rain.
- Unwanted Harem: It seems that every kid in the school with a compatible sexual orientation gets a crush on Rain. The attention is very much unwanted, for fear that someone will find out her secret.
- Visual Pun: When Rain's brother (who doesn't know she's a transsexual) is coming to stay for a week, Rain suggests that she could just hide in the hall closet instead of facing him.
- Wham Episode: The Penultimate comic of Chapter 6 where Rudy kisses Rain while drunk.
- Have A Wonderful Day. Maria comes out of the closet in front of a crowded hallway.
- Chapter 11 through 13. Which deals with Alkien coming to visit after finding out his fiance is trans, only to find out that Rain is trans to, and the aftermath.
- Rain wakes up from a Dream Sequence to find that Kellen cut off her hair in her sleep. Especially jarring since the Dream Sequence was mostly lighthearted up to this point.
- Shortly afterwards, Heather reveals that she suffers from CAIS (though she doesn't use the term).
- Wham Line: Take a guess.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Rain of all people gives one to Kellen for cutting her hair and not accepting her transgenderism no matter what to the point of disowning her completely.
- And it's shortly followed up by one from Alkien to the same person, for the same subject, pointing out that 1. rather than talk to Rain like she promised earlier, she just tore the rift between them wide open, 2. regardless of existing issues, cutting off Rain's hair is both assault and an outright betrayal of trust, and 3. it's all on Kellen whether or not she can salvage her relationship with Rain and Alkien is staying out of whatever else occurs between them.