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.
Examples: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.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight mentions that she has a magical lightning rod to protect the tree she lives in during storms, though we never see it in use.
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