Created By: Lakija on April 14, 2014 Last Edited By: Arivne on October 6, 2017

Sparks Of Love (Formerly Electric Love)

A trope in which a character feels electricity upon touching a love interest or crush.

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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."
Electric Feel, MGMT

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.


Examples

Anime 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!"

Film - Animated
  • In WALL•E, EVE revives WALL-E with a kiss that looks like a spark. Justified, as they are both robots.

Film - Live-Action
  • Grease. Pops up in the Final Love Duet, "You're The One That I Want":
    I got chills, they're multiplying
    And I'm losing control
    Cause 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.

Literature
  • 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."
  • Twilight
    • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.

Theatre
  • Li'l Abner parodies this in "Oh, Happy Day":
    Oh, happy day when boys and girls on dates
    Can tell electric'ly if they are mates.
    If he goes for her kilowatts and she enjoys his ohms,
    You can bet your magnetic
    Combustible shirt,
    They'll wind up in high-voltage homes.

Western Animation
  • 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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  • April 14, 2014
    Snicka
    Can appear in film too, where love is portrayed as a spark.
    • In Wall E, EVE revives WALL-E with a kiss that looks like a spark. Justified, as they are both robots.
  • April 15, 2014
    partner555
    I'm not sure if it counts but in Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, Ned 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.
  • April 15, 2014
    Arivne
    Literature
    • 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."
  • April 15, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    Probably worth adding "not to be confused with Robosexual", which is what the title immediately made me think of.
  • April 15, 2014
    DAN004
  • April 15, 2014
    Arivne
  • April 15, 2014
    randomsurfer
    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 Electric Love.
  • April 15, 2014
    Prfnoff
    • Lil Abner parodies this in "Oh, Happy Day":
      Oh, happy day when boys and girls on dates
      Can tell electric'ly if they are mates.
      If he goes for her kilowatts and she enjoys his ohms,
      You can bet your magnetic
      Combustible shirt,
      They'll wind up in high-voltage homes.
  • April 15, 2014
    MonaNaito
    Film
    • Grease. Pops up in the Final Love Duet, "You're The One That I Want":
      I got chills, they're multiplying
      And I'm losing control
      Cause the power you're supplying,
      It's electrifying!
  • April 15, 2014
    Daefaroth
    To separate this from the kind of Electric Love you buy at novelty stores (open all night with parking in the rear) may I suggest Sparks Of Passion as a possible alternative title?
  • April 15, 2014
    Lakija
    ^You, my friend, deserve all the Chantilly cream in the world.

    I will change it! And I'll also change the lit-only vibe guys.

  • April 15, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Film
    • In Ladybugs, Chester gives poor, dorky little Penny a pep talk about how she's much cuter than she thinks. When she asks about her braces, he assures her that one day, she'll meet a boy with braces, and jokes that when they kiss, there'll be sparks.
  • April 15, 2014
    lexicon
    The Twilight example is incomplete. How does Bella describe the sensation?
  • April 16, 2014
    Lakija
    ^Good point... I just... don't want to open the book again. EDIT: There! It's done. I thought I'd never go back through those pages.
  • April 16, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    You have our sympathies.
  • April 17, 2014
    Lakija
    bump
  • April 17, 2014
    azul120
  • April 18, 2014
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Namespaced and italicized work names.
    • Added a space between the * and the first word of examples.
    • Corrected improper Example Indentation in the Twilight example.
  • April 20, 2014
    Lakija
    bumpagain
  • April 26, 2014
    partner555
    bump

    I like this trope and would like to see it get launched
  • April 26, 2014
    Elfkaiser
    • In the episode "Opposites" of Teen Titans Go, Cyborg and Jinx's Dating Catwoman scenario get literally electrifying when they kiss one another.
  • May 16, 2014
    Lakija
    bump
  • May 17, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    Anime:

    • 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!"
  • June 7, 2014
    partner555
    Bump
  • September 21, 2017
    Snowy66
    • A very literal example in The Flash 2014. Iris touching Barry's hand causes sparks to jump between them. Of course this is justified in-universe as a speedster generating lightning which sparked off Barry, but it still holds the same symbolic effect.
  • September 30, 2017
    Omeganian
    • Similar to the Bugs Bunny example, Ding Dong Daddy has a dog kissing a female dog statue as it is hit by lightning.
    • Raul from Hyperion Cantos had these whenever he touched Aenea, well before he realized he loves her.
  • September 30, 2017
    eroock
    Contrast Dead Sparks.
  • September 30, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    ^ And No Sparks.

    • In Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, At a house party, Ned accidentally kisses Moze because she wore the same dress as Suzy, his crush. Over the course of the series, Moze can still feel the sparks from that kiss and tries to forget all about it. When she tries to kiss Famen, her crush, there were absolutely No Sparks. Upon the end of the series, with both Ned and Moze getting a Relationship Update, they sealed the deal with a kiss that sends sparks that could light up a 4th of July fireworks display.
  • October 2, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Seems the OP hasn't been around for three years now. Up For Grabs, anyone?
  • October 4, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Bump.
  • October 6, 2017
    Skylite
    • Buckaroo Banzai: Buckaroo has saved the world! Unfortunately, although he rescued his Love Interest Penny Priddy, it wasn't in time to save her life. Thanks to a little help from the alien John Emdall, though, what Buckaroo intended as a goodbye kiss is literally electric and behaves like a defibrulator. Penny revives, and they get to do their Big Damn Kiss.
      John Emdall: [sideye to the camera] ... So what? Big deal.
  • October 6, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • Looney Tunes:
      • In Ding Dog Daddy, a dog falls in love with a statue of a female greyhound. Near the end, when the statue is removed and melted into a bombshell for the war effort, the distraught dog tries to give "Daisy" one last kiss, causing the bomb to explode.
        "SHE'S STILL GOT IT!"
      • In Plane Daffy, Daffy Duck, a self-proclaimed woman-hater, gets kissed by Nazi spy Hata Mari and becomes a flailing bolt of lightning. When she tries it again, Daffy manages to resist her wiles and she gets shocked.
        Daffy: Something new has been added!
    • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons:
      • Near the end of The Shooting of Dan McGoo, "the lady who's known as Lou" plants a kiss on Droopy, causing him to shoot into the air like a rocket.
  • October 6, 2017
    Chabal2
    The French expression for instantly falling in love with someone is "coup de foudre", meaning "struck by lightning".
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