Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. Important characters, usually the protagonists have an odd lightning bolt mark on their body, usually due to Rule of Cool
. However, characters who have this mark are often brave, impulsive, and heroic.
Anime and Manga
- Ash Ketchum from Pokémon is always drawn with a pair of small lightning bolts on his cheeks. He's the main character of the show, and has the electric-type Pikachu as his constant companion to boot.
- A Golden Age Comic book hero, the Lone Rider, who was basically an Expy of The Lone Ranger had a horse named Lightning that got its name from a lightning bolt shape on its forehead.
- Harry Potter is the Trope Codifier; his lightning bolt mark on his forehead was received when he survived Lord Voldemort's attack.
- The eponymous character of Disney's Bolt has a black lightning bolt adorned on the side of his body. Subverted that it's actually make-up, because he's actually just an actor of a TV show, but he never knew that.
- Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a cutie mark of a cloud and a lightning bolt on her left and right side. Its supposed to represent her love for speed.