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Basic Trope: The weather reflects the mood of the scene.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob have a bitter argument which destroys their relationship, in the rain. When they reconcile, the rain stops and the sun comes out.
  • Exaggerated: Severe thunderstorms suddenly appear every time Alice and Bob have a petty argument. When they calm down, the storms disappear as suddenly as they appeared.
  • Downplayed: While Alice has a funeral mourning the death of Bob, it is a bit cloudy.
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  • Inverted: Alice and Bob have a bitter argument which destroys their relationship, on a bright and sunny day. They later have a heartwarming reconciliation scene in the middle of a thunderstorm.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob's breakup happens on the sunniest day of the year. They get back together in the middle of a rainstorm.
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: Having previously been a sunny day, it suddenly starts storming when Bob, to his horror, finds out that he's out of breakfast cereal and has an emotional breakdown over it.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The weather stays the same regardless of the mood of the scene. If it does change, the changes are not congruent to any emotional moments that may be going on amongst the characters.
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  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: Alice and Bob have a relationship-destroying argument, and she storms off with him feeling terrible. When it immediately starts raining, he comments on how appropriate it feels.
  • Invoked:
    • Alice has just had a bad time and wants to stew in her dark thoughts. Using her Weather-Control Machine, she summons cloud cover to keep the sunlight from distracting from her bad mood.
    • Bob is a Fisher King, and Alice is his most trusted advisor but is planning a coup. She manufactures some bad news to give him so that the ensuing thunderstorms can give her secret army the cover they need to stealthily approach the city and not be seen until it is too late.
  • Exploited: Bob is a Fisher King, and Alice is his most trusted advisor but is planning a coup. When his wife dies, Alice takes the opportunity to have her secret army advance on the city since the ensuing thunderstorms create the cover they need to stealthily approach the city and not be seen until it is too late.
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  • Defied: Alice has just had a bad time, and the bleak weather isn't helping, so she uses her Weather-Control Machine to forcibly make it bright and sunny to try to make herself feel better.
  • Discussed: On a fairly bright day, Alice and Bob have a relationship-destroying argument, and she storms off with him feeling terrible. Bob notes that when something like this happens in the books he reads, normally it rains, but of course it doesn't actually work that way.
  • Conversed: "You ever notice on these shows it always stops raining at the exact moment the characters have their heartwarming reconciliation?"

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