Follow TV Tropes

Following

Happy Rain

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/00000197_3303.jpg
It's the only time she can be normal.

"We love rain! We love rain! Splash, splash, splash! Fun, fun, fun! Rain, rain, rain!"
Advertisement:

By conventional wisdom, rain is associated with bad emotions and the sun is associated with good emotions. And yet there are many situations, in Real Life as well as in fiction, where people are happy to be rained upon.

Perhaps there was a drought, perhaps it was too hot and the rain provides cool relief, or perhaps the protagonist just enjoys singin' in the rain.

Sometimes a form of Empathic Environment. Subtropes include Redemption in the Rain, Romantic Rain, and Spoofing in the Rain. Contrast Cue the Rain, Rain, Rain, Go Away, Personal Raincloud, Gray Rain of Depression, and It Always Rains at Funerals. In Fisher King situations, may indicate the defeat of the Big Bad. Inverse of Cue the Sun.

Not to Be Confused with the idol group of the same name in Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live.


Advertisement:

Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Advertising 
  • A television ad for a financial services/loan company, many years ago (Citibank, maybe?):
    Wife: Listen to that.
    Husband: So? It's raining.
    Wife: Yeah. That's our rain, on our roof.
  • A 7-Up commercial a good while back had the tag line "I wanna play in the rain" with the scene of people having fun while it's raining and imbibing in the product.
  • One version of the corn pops advertisements involved a kid being an adult's caddy for golf. He was told to leave before he could eat his cereal and got angry about it, only for the weather to turn bad. As the kid was being rained upon, and realized he could now go and eat the cereal, he just sighs, "Yes!"

    Anime & Manga 
  • A Channel: Kitou-sensei's sentimental Imagine Spot of the Four-Girl Ensemble protagonists running through the rain without umbrellas is mercilessly subverted by authentic view of the girls desperately scampering through the downpour in a foul mood.
  • Wolf's Rain might be a subversion — everybody would be happy that it's raining for the first time in decades if it weren't for the fact that... they all die before it starts. But it does mark the start of the world's rebirth, so it's happy in that sense.
  • Yotsuba&!: Yotsuba and the rain. She can find happiness in anything. Nothing in this world can get her down. Nothing.
  • At the end of the Alabasta arc of One Piece, after the conspiracy is foiled, it starts raining after their artificial drought is brought to an end.
  • During the Johto arc of the Pokémon anime, after Ash and co. help fix a drought.
  • Done in the Azumanga Daioh manga with Osaka, who seems to be HAPPY about going to school the day there is a typhoon.
    Osaka: Whoooo!! Ain't it tough!
  • Kiznaiver has one in episode 7, after Maki finally reads the last chapter of the manga, realizing Ruru would rather be forgotten than have her memory hurt Maki. Maki drops her umbrella while all the Kiznaivers are at the beach, and has an internal monologue letting go of her grief.
  • The ending of an episode of Kimba the White Lion has the animals cheering during a rainstorm that ended a drought.
  • Gintama features an episode in which has Kagura gets an umbrella and discovers the joy of playing in the rain. Complete with her going through exactly the same motions of playing in the rain, as though she doesn't notice that it's currently more of a hurricane than simple rain.
  • The Garden of Words. The protagonists enjoy rainy days because it gives them an excuse to meet under a gazebo at the park (this being how they first met).
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: At the end of episode 6, Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna watch the rain together, Kanna in particular mentioning that she loves the rain.note 
  • The conclusion of volume 6 of Battle Angel Alita has Alita and Figure Four struggling to cross a desert, having been stranded after fighting off the Barjack bandits. With their water supplies exhausted and Alita's soft machine body overheating, they seem to be doomed, only for them to be saved by a miraculous rain... that also contains fish!

    Comic Books 
  • The end of Asterix and the Magic Carpet where Cacofonix's singing starts to make it rain, which is joy for the Indians because they have gone for 1001 hours without it — which means they no longer have to bathe in mud.
  • Lanfeust parodies at one point a TV commercial for shower gel: on an island populated by beautiful nubile women, the coming of the rain is an occasion for everyone to strip naked and take an outdoor shower.
  • Happens on two occasion in Lucky Luke
    • In The Wagon Train, when the caravan of California-bound settlers was running out of water after crossing a desert.
    • And in Barbed Wire on the Prairie, when a showdown between ranchers and farmers had turned to the latter's advantage because of a drought (the rain came just after an agreement to share water was reached).
  • Ayo in Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker wants to experience this for herself in the Waking World.
  • An iconic Storm cover shows her laughing in the rain.
  • In the V for Vendetta comic book, the rain storm that saves him from burning into a small pile of ash and the rain that Evey stands out in the middle of. Made it into the movie, too.
    "God is in the rain."
Advertisement:

    Comic Strips 
  • Subverted in a bound Footrot Flats collection. The front cover shows Wal, the Dog and Cooch walking through a parched landscape and looking excitedly at a mass of clearly long-awaited rain clouds. The back cover shows the same trio trudging grumpily through the ensuing downpour.

    Fan Works 
  • In With Strings Attached, when the four and the Hunter broke the curse hanging over the Plains of Death, it rained there for the first time in three years. John loved it.
  • The first part of the Touhou Project fanfic Though the Wind Cries ends with a mighty torrential rainfall that finality ended the worst drought that Suwako's followers had ever experienced leading to a lot of cheers and Tears of Joy.
  • In RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse, Raindrops — who is stable, slightly dull, and constantly suppressing her rage — is absolutely happy during the rain. So much so in fact that one of her friends thought she had been replaced by a doppelganger.

    Films — Animation 
  • At the end of The Lion King (1994) after Simba defeats Scar, the rains return and put out the fire engulfing Pride Rock. The final scene depicts Simba warmly reuniting with his family and friends, and taking the throne at last.

    Films — Live-action 
  • Singin' in the Rain, very likely a Trope Codifier for movies. The rain itself expresses the release of all weariness and the beginning of a new ‘Don’ in peace with fresh ideas. You don't have to take our word for it, just look!
  • Dune (1984): When Muad'Dib makes the rain fall at last, the Fremen rejoice. This is... a bit awkward in the book. Rain on Arrakis would drown the sandworms, filling the soil with a deadly poison and destroying the only source of Spice in the universe, thereby also preventing space travel. Probably not the effect the filmmakers were going for... The scene compresses quite a bit from the books about Leto II terraforming the north pole of Dune, where the capital city was located, presumably involving magically created thunderstorms, and this issue was discussed when the sandworms started dying, but only in the book.
  • Ikiru Heavy rain and snow are of no concern to the dying protagonist, who has achieved his goal, is playing and singing in a swing and can't be happier.
  • Shara: In the middle of a summertime street festival, a sudden downpour drenches everyone, but it's actually welcome as a symbol of the release of pent-up energies.
  • Betelnut Beauty: The heroine walks into a summer downpour and lets out a long, liberating scream.
  • Lagaan: Takes place during a crippling drought.
    • Subverted. The villagers see dark clouds on the horizon and already are singing and dancing Bollywood style to celebrate. Then a short, excited pause. Then the clouds pass without raining. Aw, crap.
    • In the climax it does rain, and everyone gets excited again.
  • Happens in Pleasantville, when David (Tobey Maguire) is joyous at the rain that comes to their TV town. The weather has always been sunny. Other teens from Pleasantville love the rain as well.
  • The big celebration during of the the (false) endings of Baz Luhrmann's Australia. The kiss in the rain between The Drover and Lady Sarah. It's on some promotional material.
  • In the movie Blindness, when it rains for the first time all of the characters rejoice and party.
  • When Andy Dufresne finally gets out of the prison in The Shawshank Redemption, it's raining. It's even shown on the promotional poster. Of course, he had more reason than most to be happy with a heavy rainstorm, since he'd just literally "waded through a river of shit".
  • Everyone celebrates at the end of the film adaptation of Holes when it starts raining. This was the first rain the former lakebed had received in 100 years.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End when Calypso is freed a massive thunderstorm appears. Realizing what is causing it, Davy Jones treats the first drops of rain on his face like a lover's caress which it literally is.
  • Gil from Midnight in Paris just loves when it rains in Paris. However, his fiancée Inez does not agree and rain irritates her. At the end of the movie, Gil meets a Frenchwoman Gabrielle who thinks Paris is the most beautiful in the rain.
  • Inherent Vice has a scene where, seeking shelter from the rain in a cramped alcove, Doc and his girlfriend engage in a sopping make-out session.
  • 3:10 to Yuma (1957): After successfully boarding the titular train, it begins raining, ending a long drought that's left Dan's ranch on the verge of bankruptcy. He watches his wife from the train, getting rained on.
  • In one scene of The Last Jedi, Rey can be seen having fun with the rain as it pours off the Millennium Falcon. Makes sense since she grew up on a desert planet.
  • The Wild Child: When it starts raining during one of Itard's walks with Victor, Victor scampers about a field, squealing with delight.
  • Jimmie from Jimmie (2008) loves water in all its forms. He's first introduced eagerly staring out the window at the rain, then happily walking around outside. When he becomes overwhelmed in the gym, he runs outside during a rainstorm for a Shower of Angst.

    Literature 
  • The climax of the Discworld novel The Last Continent, when Rincewind the Wizzard more or less accidentally brings rain to the country of Fourecks for the first time. The aboriginal people were particularly happy, as they finally got to use their word for "the smell of rain."
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story The Hour of the Dragon, the death of the king and his sons from The Plague is immediately succeeded by a terrible storm — but the next morning dawns clear and bright, with the end of the plague. This is interpreted as a sign from the gods of wonderful wonderfulness. (They're wrong.)
  • The second Red Dwarf novel finds Lister back on Earth that has been turned over entirely to garbage. The planet attempts to kill him, first with acid rain and then with oily rain with lightning. Lister suffers a Heroic BSoD before striking a deal with the planet. When this occurs, it starts to rain normally and Lister starts to atone for humanity's mistakes.
  • At the end of the Warrior Cats novel, The Fourth Apprentice, everyone is happy that the rain has finally came and the drought has ended.
  • In A Brother's Price, Jerin is out in what is at first a Gray Rain of Depression, considering killing himself. When Ren comes and shares the news that his worst fears haven't come to pass, it becomes this.
  • In the first Myst novel, The Book of Atrus, this is the case for a rainstorm in the Cleft, which is situated in the middle of a desert. Atrus's grandmother is ecstatic to see the cloud approaching, but he is more timid, at first, because he's never seen rain before.
  • "La Pioggia nel Pineto" (trans. the rain in the pinewood) is a famous poem by Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, in which he and his girlfriend are surprised by summer rain while in the woods and take this as an occasion to feel one with the surrounding nature.
  • GK Chesterton's "The Last Hero" is a poem about a Byronic Hero with the ability to enjoy *anything* - starting with a horrible storm...
    The heavens are bowed about my head, shouting like seraph wars,
    With rains that might put out the sun and clean the sky of stars,
    Rains like the fall of ruined seas from secret worlds above,
    The roaring of the rains of God none but the lonely love.
    Feast in my hall, O foemen, and eat and drink and drain,
    You never loved the sun in heaven as I have loved the rain.
  • In the Dinosaur Vs book "Dinosaur vs. the Potty", Dinosaur happily plays in rain puddles.
  • In Ramona The Pest, Ramona plays in the rain on her way to kindergarten, thinking that she has elephant feet, only to find it not as fun as she hoped when she gets drenched.
  • Naomi from Harmonic Feedback loves dancing in the rain. Drea doesn't enjoy being rained on, but she does enjoy the scent of rain. She wishes it came in bottles.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family: The title family enjoys the rain very much.
  • A variant in Babylon 5: As he's trying to get some sleep before a big battle, Sheridan tells Delenn that he loves the sound of the rain and that it always helps him sleep. He mentions one time in particular when he was stressed out before his entrance exams to the academy and couldn't get to sleep. Delenn guesses that it started to rain, but Sheridan says no: his father went outside and started spraying the roof with a hose in order to help Sheridan sleep. After the end story, the sound of rain suddenly fills the barracks (in a spaceship in hyperspace), something Delenn tells Sheridan not to question.
  • Lost has John Locke sitting in the rain and grinning (though it's mostly only happy for him).
  • In the Supernatural episode "Changing Channels," the end of the episode has the Trickster, who has been revealed as the archangel Gabriel, trapped in a circle of holy fire in an abandoned warehouse. Dean sets off the sprinkler system in the warehouse, and Gabriel looks up to see a torrent of artificial rain pouring down to extinguish the holy fire. The moment is played up for rather more drama than it really warrants.
  • An episode of Quantum Leap, where Sam leaped in the body of a rainmaker in a place suffering a terrible drought, had this.
  • Zigzagged in The Munsters. Grandpa Munster likes the rain, noting that he was disappointed that the rain stopped at a party, however, the hosts of said party seem to dislike, if not outright hate, the rain.
  • James May has one of these moments during the Top Gear Vietnam special, even cheerfully singing a The Beach Boys song... until his motorcycle runs out of gas. It doesn't hurt that his close friend Jeremy Clarkson is hating motorcycling and everything about it.
    Clarkson: Name an upside to this, May! Name one upside.
    May: Well, you're not hot any more, are you?
  • How I Met Your Mother at the end of the first season. Ted is determined to make it rain so Robin won't go on a camping trip with a coworker who wants to have sex with her. He does a ridiculous Rain Dance and amazingly, it starts raining despite the odds. He goes to her apartment, and they get together.
  • The X-Files, "Rain King": In one scene, farmers from a very dry farm hired a guy who claimed to be able to change weather. His rain routine works and the family is overwhelmed with joy, screaming with delight and hugging themselves.
  • The Thorn Birds. After several weeks of battling a drought and forest fires, the Clearys Cry Laughing when it finally starts to rain.
  • In a Thanksgiving Episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Colorado Springs is struck by a drought so severe that many of the townspeople consider leaving. By the episode's end, as everyone has come together to celebrate the holiday, it finally begins to rain, leading to everyone cheering and dancing.
  • In the Lifetime Movie of the Week "I Am Elizabeth Smart", Smart and Wanda Barzee have been abandoned at a campsite by Brian David Mitchell (he'd been arrested after venturing into town to steal) and are on the verge of dying from starvation when it finally begins to rain.

    Music 
"Isn't This a lovely Day" is from the perspective of someone whose lover was about to leave, but had to stay because of a sudden rainstorm.
  • Rain by DDT.
  • The protagonist of Rupert Holmes's hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" (and his would-be mistress/wife) enjoy the aforementioned beverage and getting caught in the rain.
  • "Let it Rain", by Eric Clapton.
  • "Rain In The Summertime" by the Alarm.
  • Zig-zagged in "Rain" by The Beatles (found on Past Masters). The narrator sings that all the people run and panic in the rain, while he nonchalantly claims that he doesn't mind rain, and says the weather's fine and relaxing.
  • Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan.
  • Taylor Swift likes this trope a lot.
    • "Fearless" has this line:
    With you, I'd dance in a storm in my best dress, fearless.
    • "The Way I Loved You" mentions kissing in the rain.
    • "Sparks Fly" has her meeting her boyfriend in the pouring rain.
    • The video for "Delicate" ends with Taylor joyfully dancing in the middle of a storm, before rushing off to meet the person she's singing to. The last shot of the video is Taylor entering a bar, completely soaked, everyone staring at her — before she sees whoever she's looking for and smiles.
    • At a 2011 concert, she actually gave a full concert in the rain. Here. It happened again in 2018.
    • The music video for "ME!" ends with Taylor's character and her husband (played by Brendon Urie) dancing together in a rainbow rainstorm, before walking off together underneath an Umbrella of Togetherness.
  • Eddie Rabbitt's "I Love a Rainy Night"
  • Garbage's "Only Happy When It Rains". The speaker of the story is only happy when weather is gloomy and things are complicated. It's a upbeat, catchy song about liking being depressed (both as Self-Deprecation and to parody the angsty rock of the 90s).
  • This is part of the water section in Lindsey Stirling's "Elements". To make the rain show up on camera, the rain is actually two people with hoses and sprinkler nozzles, backlit to highlight the drops. It's also more reliable than real weather.
  • Played with on Clint Black's "Like the Rain": "I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you..."
  • No More Kings song "umbrella" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFM1VPQ8fak) is about the singer enjoying the rain wile every one else is trying to get inside.
  • Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain."

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street: Zigzagged. Some characters like the rain, while others (including Telly, Elmo, and Zoe) dislike it. Stinky likes the rain, but that's because he's a plant, and Oscar likes it, but that's 'cause it's considered sad. Then there's the Rainy Day song, about someone who likes the importance of the rain but can't play in it, while another song has Bob, David and Olivia appreciating the rain but then suddenly disliking being out in it. There's another song in which Bob and Oscar like the rain: Bob because it's good for the plants and Oscar because everyone hates it. Gordon once did a speech on how rain gets a bad rap but is important, and one episode focused on Baby Natasha's fear of the rain that ends in everyone happily dancing in the rain.

    Radio 
  • Earthsearch II. When the protagonists finally find Earth, it's a Ghost Planet with the few thousand survivors of the human race struggling amidst a famine that's lasted for centuries. They use the Challenger's terraforming technology to break the drought, leading to this trope.

    Theatre 
  • The film and play The Rainmaker is about a con man who charges $200 for his services during a drought. Of course at the end of the film it does rain, the guy gets $200 for doing nothing, and everyone lives happily ever after.
  • 110 in the Shade, the musical adaptation of The Rainmaker, builds an awesome Crowd Song ("Rain Song") out of this.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted: Hegra, a Yozi resembling a vast living storm, causes thunder louder than anything in Malfeas. This is one of the very few things that reliably keeps Adorjan the Silent Wind away. As Adorjan kills everything she touches and is the most feared thing in Malfeas, demons are very fond of Hegra, and her passage is marked by crowds of demons pouring from their homes, lairs and hiding places and dancing joyously in the rain. Besides that, Hegra literally rains emotions and dreams in liquid state, and can literally rain down happiness — or depression, or whatever else.

    Video Games 
  • Eternal Sonata: Polka (it's a little hard to tell about Frederic) is happy about the rain they encounter. Unsurprisingly, as her main product, floral powder, depends heavily upon the right amounts of rain to grow the flowers that go into it.
  • A musical example: the Rainy Area music from Kirbys Return To Dreamland is among the cheerier ones in the soundtrack.
  • Katamari Damacy's June just loves the rain, so much that she always goes out whenever it rains... or is it that it rains whenever she goes out? Well, in any case, she always enjoys it.
  • The SNES game Robotrek had this as a minor sidequest. When the rain dances and attempted sacrifice from the island villagers did nothing, the protagonist just needed to return and use a magic umbrella to bring rain to the island.
  • The rain-making Song of Storms in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has purifying properties, and is able to cleanse curses. Hearing it serves as the spiritual closer for one vengeful spirit, allowing him to forgive his brother and putting his soul to rest so he can be at peace.
  • In Mother 3, a major forest fire is put out by the rain.
  • Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire: According to the Pokédex, Kyogre saved people who were suffering from droughts with its torrential downpours.
  • At the end of Ever Oasis, rain finally falls on the desert. Unfortunately, this is because Esna sacrifices herself to become a cloud.
  • In Harvest Moon and other FarmLifeSims, a rainy day is a restful day, when you can explore, socialize, and generally do things other than water your crops.

    Web Comics 
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, Zimmy (as shown above) always waits anxiously for it to rain because it temporarily clears up her eyes, and apparently blocks her incontinent reality-warping powers as well. When it does rain, she dances around in it. When it seems like it'll rain and it doesn't... let's just say you wouldn't want to be standing near her. It also has to be natural rain — the rain produced by one of the Court's experiments doesn't have the same effect.
  • In Endstone, Kyri remembers dancing in the rain with her people that her father brought by rocking the Rainstone.
  • In Sinfest, Seymour, having come prepared, takes rain as an occasion to sing.
  • In The Order of the Stick O-Chul has always found the sound of rain helps him to sleep. This apparently applies even without shelter.
  • In a Pebble and Wren strip, Pebble uses himself as an umbrella to protect Wren from the rain and doesn't mind because he "likes the wet".
  • In The Rock Cocks, a storm rolls in just as Suria, Steg and Dakota decide to celebrate The Rock Cocks playing on the radio. Suria simply sheds her clothes and insists on keeping the party going. Page 312 is then devoted to a longer-than-usual sequence of the shy and self-conscious Dakota getting over his self-doubt, stripping to his underwear and messing around with Steg and Suria in the rain.

    Western Animation 
  • Hey Arnold!: At the end of the heatwave episode, it rains, returning everyone to sanity. In a subversion, the rain just keeps coming, and everyone has grown tired of it long before the storm has passed.
  • Martha Speaks: Zigzagged. Helen, Truman, Milo and the dogs don't like being outside in the rain but do sometimes like being rained on if it was very hot. However, even then, Martha doesn't like the thunder (because she's scared of it.) T.D., however, is not hindered by the rain, and an old man that Skits meets in "Skits Under the Weather" likes it, because it reminds him of sailing.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "The Magic Coins", Baby Lickety Split accidentally makes a wish on one of the coins to make it stop raining and thus causes a drought, which ends up putting the Sea Ponies in danger because they need to be in water to live and the lakes and rivers are drying up and creates a massive wildfire. Thus, the ponies and their human friends are happy when it finally rains again, ending the drought and putting out the flames, and there's even a song about wanting to have some rain again.
  • The Heckle and Jeckle cartoon "The Rainmakers" (1951) has the magpies impulsively wishing it would stop raining forever after a ruined picnic. When the consequences (horrible heat and drought) kick in, they set out to undo the wish — and when they succeed they're given a big honorary parade in the pouring rain.
  • A Little Princess: The end of "I Want to Play in the Rain" has everybody fooling about happily in the rain.

    Real Life 
  • Hot and humid summer days when the thunderstorm finally gets here and it cools off. Unless the storm has more lightning than rain and sparks a forest fire.
  • If you live in a desert or steppe, you don't take humidity for granted and love rainy weather, as long as it doesn't cause flash floods.
  • The years of drought in Northern California were ended on October 31, 2014. Conveniently enough, the SF Giants won the World Series, and everyone was already partying in the streets.
  • While many people may not like being outside when it's raining, there seems to be an almost universal pleasure in listening to the rain drop hitting your roof while you're snuggling in your soft, warm bed.
  • Similarly, while kids being bummed out at the rain keeping them from playing outside is common in both media and reality to be practically cliche, it's also not uncommon to hear of younger children taking joy in the rain, running around in their bright raincoats and giddily stomping their feet or even jumping to see the water splash around them.
  • Inverted with rainfall regarding the Atacama Desert in Chile, which is so notable for its hyperaridity, that some parts haven't seen rain in centuries. So when the rain actually came in 2015 and 2017, it ended up spelling disaster for studies, and killing microbes previously used to waterless conditions.
  • On a bigger scale, countries that rely heavily on hydroelectric power generation like Brazil and Paraguay have good reason to enjoy rain, even severe storms: it fills the dams' reservoirs.

 
Feedback

Video Example(s):

Top

Singin' in the Rain

A famous example, Don Lockwood is happy that he now knows how to make his movie work. He sings and does a tap dance in the rain.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (4 votes)

Example of:

Main / HappyRain

Media sources:

Main / HappyRain

Report