Sparks Of Love (Formerly Electric Love)
A trope in which a character feels electricity upon touching a love interest or crush.
Gah. I have seen this one too many times in books. Sparks Of Passion? Sparks of Love? Electric Feels? Which do you like? :)
"I said 'Ooh! Girl.' Shock me like an electric eel."
"'Baby girl.' Turn me on with your electric feel."This trope appears in romantic works, and is featured prominently in Young Adult Literature fiction novels. The touch of a love interest will either literally or metaphorically feel like a shock of electricity. Creators of works tend to use this trope to signify to the reader that the crush is The One, or that the protagonist is making a deep and important connection to another character. In particularly blatant examples, the shock may be so strong as to cause both characters to retract their hands as if in pain. In a visual works, live-action films may employ camera work and auditory spark sounds. In animated works, this effect can be exaggerated and the characters whole body can react. If a robot, android, or cyborg are in this situation, literal sparks may fly. Compare to Love at First Sight, and Electric Instant Gratification.
— Electric Feel, MGMT
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Parodied in One Piece: when Absalom attempts to kidnap Nami, and she shocks him. He mistakes the electric shock for the spark of love, even saying "It's like I've been struck by lightning!"
- In WALL•E, EVE revives WALL-E with a kiss that looks like a spark. Justified, as they are both robots.
- Grease. Pops up in the Final Love Duet, "You're The One That I Want":
I got chills, they're multiplyingAnd I'm losing controlCause the power you're supplying,It's electrifying!
- When Sam and Suzy share their supposed Last Kiss in Moonrise Kingdom, this happens due to the former being struck by lightning earlier.
- In the book Delirium when Lena touches the hand of the handsome security guard, she describes the feeling as: " a tiny electrical shock buzzes through me, and I pull away quickly."
- Bella describes this sensation upon touching Edward in their Bio class. She feels his exceptionally cold hand and feels a shock. Both Bella and Edward pull away their hands.
- Later on when the romance is in full bloom, Bella describes the feeling of electricity between the two of them during a movie in class when all the lights are off. They are "hyper-aware" of each other then.
- Robert A. Heinlein's Time for the Stars. The protagonist Thomas Bartlett and a girl named Prudence Mathews are part of the crew of an exploratory starship on a journey to discover new habitable planets. When they're put on the same watch list they start to get to know each other better, and eventually "...our hands would touch in passing over a stack of traffic and we could feel the sparks jump."
- In the book The Black Stiletto Judy describes the feeling of electricity upon touching Fiorello Bonacini for the first time. With a name like that, and his excellent knife skills which Judy covets, it's no small wonder.
- In Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Ned invoked this trope when tried to set up too emos (or is it goth) with each other. However, in the room where Ned made the attempt, Gordy made the room cry dry in an attempt to build up static electricity, so when the two eventually kissed, it caused a literal explosion of electricity.
- Li'l Abner parodies this in "Oh, Happy Day":
Oh, happy day when boys and girls on datesCan tell electric'ly if they are mates.If he goes for her kilowatts and she enjoys his ohms,You can bet your magneticCombustible shirt,They'll wind up in high-voltage homes.
- In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Greyhounded Hare" he falls instantly in love with a dog track lure in the shape of a rabbit and tries to rescue it from being chased. When he finally catches "her" he kisses it, causing a jolt of electricity to shoot through his body, which he interprets as Sparks of Love.
- In Sym-Bionic Titan, when Kimmy kisses Octus, sparks fly quite literally.
- In the episode "Opposites" of Teen Titans Go!, Cyborg and Jinx's Dating Catwoman scenario get literally electrifying when they kiss one another.
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