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Mental sunblock personified.

"Look at Bambang's face. From the usual funny face, to that terrifying one, Prim. As if there's a dark cloud above his head. You know, if the lightning ever strikes, we're doomed."
Alan, Mimpi Metropolitan, Episode 37

A cartoon and comic trope. A character having a bad day, or who is particularly depressed, will have their own small dark cloud following them, often raining and occasionally hitting them with lightning.

The more depressed they are, the more it will be just rain; lightning, particularly a lot of it, often indicates an angry mood.

Compare to The Stormbringer and Fisher King for this trope on a much grander scale. If the cloud has a mind of its own it may be a Cumulonemesis.


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  • A TV commercial for Zoloft antidepressant stars a cute little blob who wobbles around under a personal raincloud that represents depression. Once the narrator begins to rattle off side effects, the cloud lightens and breaks up.
  • A McDonald's commercial has a little girl with a raincloud over her head, which Ronald McDonald takes and turns into the sun.
  • One soap commercial has a man being followed around by rain that represents how the freshness from showering with it will follow you throughout the day. Unfortunately for him, he finds that "this could actually be a really serious problem," as the Jingle points out. The water soaks everything and everyone around him, including the restaurant table during a date.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Juvia of Fairy Tail has an entire rainstorm following her. Until her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Tenchi Muyo! GXP has one of these following unlucky protagonist Seina as part of his Establishing Character Moment.
  • Urusei Yatsura has such a raincloud. It's actually sentient, and having a bit of a tiff with its spouse—a sentient karakasa. Naturally, the person the cloud goes after is Ataru.
    • Later, a character named Tsukuyo appears who is cursed with a personal rain cloud following her.
  • Midnight Horror School: Borocca's wonder is that whenever he cries, a cloud appears and it rains. Unfortunately, this can be very dangerous as he can cause floods if indoors.

    Asian Animation 
  • Flower Fairy: In Season 1 episode 31, the teacher at An'an's class announces that whoever fails that day's exam gets to spend the summer looking for a tutor. An'an is still frozen in shock by this long after she leaves school and has a raincloud hovering over her head by that point.
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 8 episode 14, Big M. gets a personal raincloud twice - once when he's informed by Little M. that he's somehow not qualified to be a loser, and again when he's snubbed out of a potential new job as a sweeper.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Happy, Happy, Bang! Bang! episode 26, Wolffy checks on his son Wilie to see how his goat catching is doing. A snowcloud briefly appears over a disappointed Wolffy when he sees Wilie playing with the goats rather than trying to capture them.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Amalgam Universe, the Daily Bugle(which was far more tabloid-like than in the Marvel Universe) tried to insinuate that an illicit relationship was happening between Spider-Boy (Spider-Man + Superboy) and Amazon (Wonder Woman + Storm). A thunderstorm formed over the Bugle building for a straight month.
  • Calamity James in The Beano. The cloud is sometimes portrayed as having a personality of its own, and acting to keep James unlucky (for instance by frying a tray of white heather with lightning).
  • The luckless title character of Crushed: The Doomed Kitty Adventures (from the creators of Supermegatopia) is sometimes depicted as being followed by a small "cloud of doom".
  • During the Ninja High School: Hawaii arc. A character named Thor had one hanging around him for a good amount though not because he was depressed. But rather he was a demi-god (yet doesn't know it yet) and can't control his powers properly. Oddly this works to his advantage as he manages to get a job watering a garden.
  • In The Sandman (1989), Thor gets a stormy head-cloud to represent his hangover, which makes sense seeing as he's a storm-god.
  • In the Spirou and Fantasio comic entitled "Spirou à New-York", the leader of the Cosa Nostra (Don Vito "Lucky" Cortizone) is constantly followed around by a stormcloud, because of his unnatural bad luck. Said cloud is shaped like a skull no less.
  • X-Men: Storm's weather-control powers subconsciously alter the climate near her according to her mood.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert used this once or twice in the form of the "cloud of doom".
  • Garfield once featured this weather report: "It's warm and sunny, except for a single house in the suburbs."'
  • Possible Ur-Example and shown above: Joe Btfsplk from the newspaper strip Li'l Abner.
  • This often happened to Wellington in the British newspaper strip The Perishers, at least in the 1960s. On one occasion he pretended to be depressed and then stood in his rhubarb patch so the cloud would water it (as well as him).
  • One strip of Pearls Before Swine featured Rat standing under his Personal Raincloud; Pig enters, and Rat explains, "Ever have one of those days?" Next day's strip, and Rat is still under the raincloud. Pig looks at him, then stands under the cloud with him, saying, "What are friends for?"
  • Pigpen in Peanuts has a personal dust cloud. Even when he manages to clean up, it doesn't take long to reform.
    • Unlucky Charlie Brown has rain fall just for him in one strip.
  • In Mutts, Sourpuss complains one day about the clouds not having decided to rain or not. He gets one. Lasts for several days — once he asks about the flowers and it shifts off, for one panel.
  • Katie in Adam@home gets one in anger rather than depression.

    Eastern European Animation 
  • In the Soviet series of cartoon shorts Cossacks (Казаки), the second episode has the titular characters go to various countries to play their national soccer teams. The last game is in England, where there is a rain cloud that only covers the stadium, playing up the stereotype that it always rains in London.

  • In With Strings Attached, John acquires one after he gains the Kansael. The cloud changes with his mood; the stormier it is, the angrier he is.
  • In Earth and Sky, Applejack gets one when she's brooding after an argument with Soarin.
  • The Triptych Continuum plays this absolutely straight in A Good Trot, Spoiled: at the start of the story, Celestia and Luna are so mutually depressed as to have their emotional state manifest through their magic, creating storm clouds in the Solar throne room.
  • Prometheus Unbound mentions that Lucrezia Fisher made Gilderoy Lockhart get rained on for forty days and nights after he cheated on her.
  • In Harry Potter, I will never make her cry again Hagrid's pet thunderbird makes one appear over Snape and Dumbledore. Snape's doesn't disappear until he says he's sorry.
  • Conditionally has a spell which makes ones that can create enough rain to drown the recipient.
  • In Escaping Harry gives Draco one that lasts the entire day after being picked on.
  • In Storming Love Theo creates one that reacts to Harry's emotions as "incentive" for him and Daphne to get back together.
  • In Deductive Thought Snape's negative emotions create one. When he cheers up a bit, it vanishes.
  • In An Abnormal Godfather Harry's pet rainbow serpent creates a small one over Ron.
  • In Harry Potter the Warlord Prince Harry attends a Quidditch match between the Australian All Blacks and Manu Samoa. Before the game the All Blacks do a war chant which causes one to form over their opponents.
  • In Harry the weapon Snape invented a spell which creates one that rains tadpoles.

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, villainess Yzma and her lackey Kronk get struck by lightning from one of these clouds and fall into a chasm. Their recovery is as quick as it is inexplicable.
  • One scene in Fantastic Planet has the protagonist being chased by a personal rain cloud. It was being controlled by his Draag owner, and even zapped him in the face with lightning.
  • Pepa Madrigal from Encanto can control the weather with her moods. This manifests in a miniature rain cloud hovering around her when she's in a bad mood. When Pepa gets really upset it produces strong winds, hail, or snow as well.
  • In a benevolent version, Olaf the Snowman from Frozen (2013) is provided with a little storm cloud that constantly snows on him, so he can survive in the summer.
  • At the climax of Inside Out, after escaping the memory dump Joy tries to find Sadness so she can apologize and get the both of them back to Headquarters. She finds Sadness in Imagination Land, riding around on a rain cloud and feeling miserable and useless.
  • In Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, Eeyore is shown with one of these when at his Gloomy Spot, lamenting that everyone has forgotten his birthday.
    • In a story of My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Eeyore actually contacts the Super Sleuths because he wants his dark cloud back. He had had a happy moment and it had gone away.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The title character in Date with an Angel waxes wrathful and inflicts some on the antagonists.
  • Italian comedy/satire movies Fantozzi features the titular character, an office clerk so unlucky that he almost always has a raincloud following him when going on vacation! This has become known as "nuvoletta dell'impiegato" ("clerk's cloud" in Italian). Notably, the one time he is lost at sea and lacking water, the raincloud appears and rains... two meters away from the boat.
    • Fantozzi's cloud is really affectionate to him: when Fantossi died, his Clerk Cloud took care of raining on his funeral service, providing suitable atmosphere.
    • All clerks have a personal raincloud. Thus the annual soccer game between married and unmarried clerks goes on only until the clouds arrive and flood the field, with the narrator mentioning two people had drowned the previous year.
  • High School High: When Mr. Clark is fired after the students all fail the exams and is booed away, the rain in the scene turns out to be coming from a personal raincloud accompanying Mr. Clark.
  • Men in Black II
    Agent K: When you get sad it always seems to rain.
    Laura: Lots of people get sad when it rains!
    Agent K: It rains because you're sad.
  • The Truman Show: When the storm comes in, the sprinklers over Truman accidentally turn on first and follow Truman around before the rest turn on.

  • "The Devotee to Whom Allah Gave a Cloud for Service and the Devout King" from the Arabian Nights. An unusual example as the cloud is a reward, a permanent water supply to the devotee in return for his piety.
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath. In Seeker's Mask, Jame finds herself not only being rained upon while everything else is dry, but it's raining frogs as well. When she yells at the sky to quit it, the rain then changes to a circle around her. Shortly after she encounters a rain god of her acquaintance that looks like a giant frog, so apparently this was all a result of the rain god tracking her down.
  • Used uncomically twice in the Deverry series; once on the opposing and once on their own army.
  • Inevitable Discworld example: Played with in Interesting Times. Rincewind (thanks to a quantum weather butterfly) gets a personal raincloud. Later on, this is upgraded to a personal snowstorm (right in the middle of an actual rain storm). Both cases sort of turn out to his advantage, though; the snow helps Cohen and the Horde find him, and the rain leads to him discovering the real Red Army.
  • Justified in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Bob McKenna has recorded a log showing that it rains everywhere, all the time. This is because, unknown to himself, he's a rain god and the clouds are honoring him by raining, wanting to be wherever he is.
    • Eventually, he takes these records to some scientists who confirm it, but are baffled as to the cause. The man is able to retire on the income he receives being paid by resorts and vacation spots to not visit them.
  • I Am Jazz: Jazz once draws a drawing of herself with a raincloud over her to illustrate her dysphoria.
  • Nightside's constantly depressed bartender Alex Morrisey is described as "being born under a cloud, which surprised the midwife."
  • Discussed in the Warrior Cats series:
    Leafpool (to Jaypaw): You drift around the camp like a little dark cloud looking for someone to rain on.
  • Whateley Universe: As said in The Gates of the Garden, Elyzia Grimes might have made one with her magic, to put herself out, when she was set on fire:
    Elyzia Grimes seemed to appear out of nowhere at the Outcast table at dinner. She looked battered and singed, her hair was frazzled and frayed and the umbrella she carried looked like it had seen much better days. Her expression matched the stormcloud that was following her and raining tiny drops on her head, likely having put out whatever fire she had caught herself in.
    • Downpour, a teenaged girl with weather-control powers but suffering from severe depression, manifests this almost constantly.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "Smith and Jones", Tish sees the hospital Martha works at has its own personal raincloud and references the trope. It turns out to be a side-effect of Judoon teleportation.
  • In "The Sprites Save Grotto's Grove" from Johnny and the Sprites, one of the ways that the Sprites use their magic to try to get Yolanda to leave and not build a hotel in their home, Johnny's backyard, is that Ginger summons one of these to rain on her.
    Johnny: Uh, yeah. I should have warned you about the strange weather around here. Sudden sunshowers.
  • Conversed in Just Shoot Me!, "Nina's Birthday":
    Maya: Finch, the copier's not working.
    Dennis: Maybe the dark cloud over your head shorted it out.
  • Even on the nicest days, there's a literal dark cloud hovering over the Bundy house on Married... with Children.
  • Nowhere Boys: Ellen has her own in the second season when she is stressed. It returns in the film.
  • Used as a throw-away gag in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, where one of the titular character's aunts mentions she's been feeling under the weather in a grouchy tone of voice...with a rain-and-thunder cloud over her head.
  • In an episode of Scrubs in which the four main characters were depressed, a raincloud appeared over their table in the cafeteria.
  • Happens to Justin in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place after he upsets mother nature. She thinks he got off lightly as she could have given him his own personal earthquake.
  • Cutthroat Kitchen:
    • Invoked by Alton for a sabotage in "Camp Cutthroat" — the sabotaged chef is followed everywhere by a small localized rain storm (i.e. a Bob carrying a hose with a sprinkler attachment).
    • This was brought back with a vengeance in the Piña Colada challenge.
  • This is a common oddity within the world of Odd Squad.
    • Inverted in the Cold Open of "The Trouble with Centigurps". A man named Derek is shown with a raincloud over his head, but he's actually happy, not sad. When Olive and Otto get rid of it, they replace it with Slappy the Sun, who is perpetually happy and quickly grinds on Derek's nerves.
    • In "Show Me the Money", the vending machine where the unlucky nickel is has a donut-shaped raincloud hanging ominously over it, complete with heavy rain, thunder, and lightning. Olympia and Otis are forced to fight through it in order to retrieve the nickel.
  • Mimpi Metropolitan: Conversed in episode 37. When Alan and Prima talks about a sulking Bambang, Alan feels like there's a dark cloud above Bambang's head and a lightning (Bambang's wrath) might strike them at any point.

  • The song "Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)" from Ringo Starr's "Ringo":
    It's a sunshine life for me,
    If I could get away from this cloud over me,
    Seems to just follow me around.
  • Phil Collins' song "I Wish It Would Rain Down":
    Now I, oo... now I wish it would rain down, down on me.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The "homebrewed" Falling Anvil discipline for Dungeons and Dragons version 3.5 allows you to do a short-lived instance of this to your enemy to hit them with a lightning bolt. Several versions of this exist, ranging from the 2nd level maneuver "Unlucky Raincloud" and going up to the 7th level "Accursed Thunderhead".
    • There is another spell called Gloomcloud that gives a target a cloud over their head that only they can see, which makes them depressed and unable to do much of anything for a few minutes.
  • Exaggerated and weaponized in Warhammer 40,000: The Space Wolf character Njal Stormcaller ("the Storm that Walks") has a Personal Blizzard- there's a random weather effect centered on him that only gets worse as time goes on, until every enemy in range is getting zapped by lightning every turn. And that's before he uses his actual weather powers.
  • An evil version in Warhammer with Kholek Suneater, first of the dragon-ogre shaggoths: Whatever it was dragon-ogres (a centaur-like monster not related to either species) did at the dawn of time to obtain immortality, the sun refuses to look at them, and thus Kholek goes to war under a thick cover of thunderclouds (hence the somewhat misleading name, as he's only slightly bigger than a city wall). Oh, and lightning heals him.

    Video Games 
  • Villagers in the American GameCube version of Animal Crossing will have these when sad. In all other versions and later games, they sport Hitodama Light, instead.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has a personal raincloud familiar. The KOL Wiki also says this:
    "The concept of a "personal raincloud" that follows someone around probably dates from the "world's worst jinx" character Joe Btfspl in the Al Capp comic strip Li'l Abner. Personal dust clouds or rainclouds have appeared with numerous other characters since then, including Pig-Pen in the Peanuts comic strip and the animated Schleprock in The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (also a terrible jinx). Rain and rainclouds follow the character Rob McKenna in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams wherever he goes. A localized rain-and-thundercloud also floats above the rolling home of The Addams Family in their original Hanna-Barbera animated series."
  • One of the power-ups in Mario Kart Wii is a small thundercloud that, when collected, will strike you with lightning and shrink you after a delay, unless you can pass it on to another racer by bumping into them.
  • In Pajama Sam: No Need To Hide When It's Dark Outside, you can have Sam mix a weather potion in the laboratory that will cause a small raincloud to appear and rain on him.
  • This is one of the bad presents in Toe Jam And Earl. Open one up and a little raincloud follows you for a while, occasionally zapping you with lightning bolts and draining your health.
  • We then have Brütal Legend and the Drowning Doom Bride, whose personal raincloud can slow people down and hit people with lightning bolts should the Bride be harmed. The effects stack with multiple Brides out on the field.
  • There's one of these in the original Wario Land. Okay, it's avoidable, and seems to be more the cloud trying to strike Wario with lightning for some malicious reason, but otherwise fits the trope.
  • King's Quest:
  • Super Mario RPG has a variant with Mallow, who's power over the weather causes it to rain when he cries.
  • Not represented visually, but the Pokémon Kyogre summons rain wherever it appears. This can cause some very significant changes in the game.
  • The short adventure game Ulitsa Dimitrova gives a personal snowfall before the player character dies.
  • In the Worms games where it's present, worms targeted with the weapon "Marked for Death" will have one of these on them.
  • One of the Emoticons in Ragnarok Online generates one of those.
  • Referenced during a conversation with Kaidan in Mass Effect.
    Shepard: Talk to me, Kaidan. You've got a little black raincloud sitting over your head.
    Kaidan: I'll try to keep the deck dry, ma'am.
  • One of the top-end powers in the Storm Summoning set in City of Heroes lets you create one of these at will, although it will stay where you put it instead of following you.
  • ToeJam & Earl has this as a bad present. Opening the 'Raincloud' item hangs this overhead, and it periodically electrocutes the victim player until it expires. Diving into water, counter-intuitively, protects the player from the lightning strikes.
  • When Miis are feeling depressed in Tomodachi Life, such a raincloud hovers above them.
  • In Argonauts Agency 2: Pandora's Box Pelias acquires one after he opens the box by accident.
  • Kingdom Hearts III has this as a status effect. When the rain starts pouring out of the cloud, up to two of your Commands will be randomly replaced by the "Lightning" Command every second, which, if selected, will cause a bolt of lightning to strike Sora and harm himself.
  • In Homescapes Austin has one with lightning when he scolds the cat for chasing his parrot Captain Flint.
  • In Nubarron: The Adventure of An Unlucky Gnome Nubarron has one as the result of a curse. It can be used to solve puzzles and strike enemies with lightning.
  • In Puyo Puyo Tetris, O's losing animation depicts him face down on the ground and a cloud drizzling on him.
  • The Binding of Isaac has the item Depression, added in the Afterbirth+ expansion, which creates a tiny rain cloud that follows Isaac around and trails damaging rain on the ground. Any enemies that touch it have a chance to be struck by lightning (represented by a beam of light hitting the target).
  • Drakensang 2: Phileasson's Secret has a bonus dungeon you can explore as part of a series of sidequest which will reward you with a magic ring which will make you impervious to fire (you take less damage from fire-based spells and attacks and can't be set ablaze). The side effect is a small raincloud hovering over the wearer and pouring water on them.
  • Psychonauts 2 has a mental world enemy called the Bad Mood which invokes this trope. It's a representation of a literal bad mood that takes the form of a squiggly black cloud with an angry face.


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    Western Animation 
  • The Addams Family have a permanent storm cloud over their house, at least in the cartoons.
  • An episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog has Eustace affected by this due to a curse placed on him till he learns to show kindness. The more selfish he is, the worse it gets.
  • This happens to Daffy Duck in the 1967 cartoon "Fiesta Fiasco." When he overhears Speedy Gonzales and his mouse friends preparing a fiesta, Daffy figures the mice are excluding him when they play innocent, and builds a rain-making machine in hopes to storm on their party. But the small storm cloud the machine produces prefers to just rain on Daffy throughout much of the short, even getting violent at one point by zapping Daffy with lightning and sucking him up in a tornado. But in the end, it was actually a surprise party for Daffy, whom had forgotten his own birthday.
  • Darkwing Duck features this on a few occasions, especially when Morgana hits him with a curse.
  • On Dragon Tales, Ord gets one in "Big Funky Cloud" when he's really sad about having lost his favorite blanket down the "lost forever hole." It rains on him whenever he cries and won't go away unless he feels better. It's also said that this always happens to a dragon who's really sad about something, though it's never seen with a sad dragon in any other story on the show.
  • DuckTales (1987): In "Nothing to Fear", Magica De Spell sends a magical rain cloud to harass Scrooge and his nephews by conjuring their worst fears. In the end, the spell backfires, and Magica is the one who ends up under the weather.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Tinker Ed", after Eddy's scam causes Jimmy into believing imaginary tales don't exist, Jimmy gets gloomy with a cloud over his head. Later, Eddy gets the cloud on his head after Jimmy gets back at him by pretending to have found a golden horseshoe which turns out to be gold-colored nail-polished dentures.
  • Happens to The Pink Panther in the 1978 cartoon "Sprinkle Me Pink". In the end, a visit to a therapist allows the panther to will the cloud away-just in time for an actual thunderstorm to come rolling in.
  • Subverted somewhat in Pocoyo, where it turns out that the cloud just wants to be friends.
  • Rugrats used this once. When the kids were all drawing "home movies" about themselves, Chuckie depicted himself and his father like this. (Keep in mind, Chuckie is only two.)
  • In the Sonic Boom episode, "The Evil Dr. Orbot, Tails' machine that Orbot steals from Tails has the ability to summon these, and Dr. Eggman ends up the victim of these, as do Sonic and Amy.
  • On Sushi Pack, Sir Darkly, the personification of sadness and gloom, usually shows up with a storm cloud that rains misery on others.
  • In Teen Titans, Raven's personal rain cloud floods the kitchen!
    • Starfire had one too for a short while.
  • The Classic Disney Short Casey Bats Again, (a sequel to Casey at the Bat) Casey has a cloud raining on him after striking out, which then parts after receiving news that he's about to be a father. But when his child (whom Casey hoped to groom as his ball-playing heir) turns out to be a girl, the cloud returns. When a second pregnancy yields girl triplets, three clouds appear over his house.
  • Frequently used on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as clouds of various sizes are routinely created, destroyed and activated by pegasi, who have inborn Weather Manipulation due to their ability to treat clouds as if they were solid objects. This allows for some creative spins on this trope:
    • Inverted in "The Ticket Master" when the pegasus Rainbow Dash tries to get on Twilight Sparkle's good side by making a hole in a looming rain cloud so that it rains on everyone except her.
    • Apple Bloom gets a personal rain cloud in "Call of the Cutie" when she's depressed over (seemingly) being the only pony in her class who doesn't have her Cutie Mark yet. Rainbow Dash is kind enough to remove it for her. It happens again for the same reason in "Bloom & Gloom", with Princess Luna removing it for her this time because Applebloom is having a nightmare.
    • Played straight in the season two premiere when Twilight Sparkle loses hope and gives up on her friends. Of course, it's also played with due to the chaos, making it a cotton candy cloud that's raining chocolate milk... which Discord then takes and eats.
    • In "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", Rainbow Dash is seeing lying on her own personal raincloud when she's complaining about not being seen as a hero.
    • Invoked by Rainbow Dash in "Ponyville Confidential" when she pushes a cloud over the Cutie Mark Crusaders and unloads on them as revenge for exposing her, and a lot of other people's, personal secrets in their embarrassing gossip column.
    • "Testing Testing 1, 2, 3" uses this in a somewhat unusual way. After Rainbow becomes depressed over her poor chances of learning what she needs to learn to pass the Wonderbolt entrance test, she gather together a number of clouds and curls up to be by herself. As soon as she lays down, the formerly white cloud darkens into a sullen gray raincloud. Rather than the cloud raining on her, a depressed Rainbow lies on top of the cloud while it rains.
    • In a flashback in "The Cart Before the Ponies", a rain cloud forms over Rarity when she gets second place in the "most creative cart" category to Derpy Hooves, of all ponies, and her ramshackle cart.
  • Would have happened to Kiina in the sequel of BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn, as a result of her less-than-perfect control over her Elemental Powers. Would have, if the movie hadn't been scrapped.
  • In the Tex Avery cartoon "Big Heel-Watha", the tribal leader is Chief Rain-In-The-Face, who has a tiny storm cloud over his face (his theme music, of course, is "Singin' In The Rain").
  • In the Tex Avery cartoon King Size Canary, an alley cat ponders a situation, then has a 'brainstorm' that manifests itself in a little storm cloud that rains on the table he's at.
  • In The Miniavengers, Marion's super power is to create these by crying.
  • Hilariously parodied in the Hungarian animation series Hungarikum where national hero Kossuth is constantly having one of these above his head since his birth. There's an entire episode devoted to breaking the curse. Why is it a parody? Because there's a Hungarian folk song with a passage about rain falling onto Kossuth's hat. After Edward Teller's unsuccessful attempt at changing the climate of his hat via nuclear detonation (not only it failed to dissipate the cloud, it caused acid rain), the God of the Hungarians finally solves the case by invoking the next passage from the folk song that he'll receive blessings equal to the amount of rain falling onto his hat. And behold: from them on the raincloud followed his hat instead of him. Yes, this series is known for its Refuge in Audacity when it comes to parodising Hungarian national symbols.
  • Played differently in Total Drama Island. In the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, Geoff admits to being afraid of hail. So Chris has a remote-controlled hail cloud follow him around and pelt him.
    Lindsay: Look, that cloud is following him. Awww, it's like his own baby cloud. I want one, too! Here, cloudy-cloud!
  • This happens to Tigger in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "Cloud, Cloud, Go Away," after Tigger insults a cloud for blocking his bouncing path. As it rains on him, Rabbit even seizes the opportunity to use Tigger's personal rain cloud to water his crops. But when Tigger tries to confuse the cloud by having Pooh and Piglet dress as him, the cloud turns violent and starts to thunder and lightning... at least until Tigger apologizes to it.
  • In addition to black cats following him, having his head through a broken mirror, and being under a ladder stuck to his shell, this happens to Filbert of Rocko's Modern Life when bad luck and misfortune infests his pathetic soul for all eternity.
  • In the 2010 Pound Puppies series, a puppy who thinks he's bad luck has one of these. (It's later revealed to have been engineered by some con artist cats.)
  • In Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Grumpy Bear will sometimes use his belly badge to generate one of these when he's particularly upset.
  • After feeling sorry for Eugene for having such a crappy birthday party, Arnold tries to make it up for him by holding several parties, but all of them go wrong in some way. When he finally sets one up in the backyard of the boarding house, the whole place gets rained on by its own Personal Raincloud.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "The City of Frownsville", Lou Gubrious has a storm cloud over his head due to him being so miserable.
  • An episode of Camp Lazlo has an odd inverted version. Lazlo is so happy-go-lucky and cheerful that when the camp is drenched with rain, he has his own personal ray of sunshine.
  • Ringo has his own rain cloud in The Beatles cartoon "Good Day Sunshine." A small rain cloud even fills his glass.
  • In the first episode of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star accidentally puts a black hole in Marco's bedroom. Trying to cheer him up, she conjured up a miniature sun over his head- it immediately turns into a raincloud.
  • Bonkers gets one in "Out of Sight, Out of Toon" when he remarks that he's a little under the weather.
  • On Wishenpoof, in "Bianca and Penelope's Clubhouse," Bianca tries to use her Wish Magic to create a rainbow, but at first only ends up creating a raincloud. It keeps following her sentient teddy bear, Bob, and hovering over him, no matter how much he tries to avoid it.
  • In the Mike, Lu & Og episode "Nobody's Nose", Mike refuses to be the "nose" for the island's First Day of Spring festival, and Queeks casts a curse that causes a raincloud to follow her around and zap her until she relents.
  • In "Buddy Pal Friend Day" from Wallykazam, after Hattie is splattered by a rotten tomato that Bobgoblin gave her as a gift, she uses her magic to summon a raincloud which washes the tomato off her hat. After she exits the scene, the cloud starts following Bobgoblin around, soaking him until he gets Wally to use his magic stick to make the cloud "leave," as all of the magic words for the day begin with the letter "L."
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Christmas Who?", when SpongeBob comes to believe that Santa Claus isn't real (and thus that he riled up everyone in Bikini Bottom and raised their expectations for nothing), he dejectedly takes down his pineapple's Christmas decorations. A storm cloud moves in from out of nowhere and rains on him just to drive home his misery.

  • A variant occurs in this performance of "Autumn Leaves" where leaves fall on Victor Borge's piano, no matter where he and the stage hands move it.


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Borocca is an umbrella who is emotionally sensitive to the point where, whenever he cries, he uses his wonder in which a rain cloud appears over his head and it rains.

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