In Real Life
, lightning rods are used to protect tall buildings from lightning strikes, by directing the electricity through it and a wire towards the ground harmlessly.
In fiction, the lightning rod is used as a way of attacking or amplifying electric attacks, in addition to its conventional use.
Anime and Manga
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Joey defeats an giant whale by equipping his monster with an axe on a chain. When attacking, the axe remains stuck in the whale. Joey's next attack is a thunderbolt, which hits the improvised lightning rod For Massive Damage.
- Pokémon: The Lightningrod ability draws in electric moves, useful in double and triple battles to protect partner Pokemon. Generation 5 buffed the ability by adding an Electricity immunity as well as a Special Attack boost when activated.
- Resident Evil 6: In Leon and Helena's campaign, Derek Simmon's One-Winged Angel can be damaged by absorbing a zombie that was impaled by a lightning rod. With the lightning rod in his body, the lightning in the background will strike and stun him.