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Static Stun Gun

(permanent link) added: 2009-11-07 16:55:31 sponsor: Youmustbelost (last reply: 2009-11-07 16:55:31)

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As we know all too well, Lightning Can Do Anything.

Concurrently, electricity has many uses; one of these manifold uses is a natural taser.

This trope refers to the tendency for electricity (most especially in Video Games) to serve as a stunning mechanism. If a person can summon/harness lightning or electricity, chances are someone hit with it with be stunned, with arcs flowing across their body. Water is basically a giant taser trap waiting to be sprung by the proper application of an electric shock. Additionally, victims of said tasing with often cry out spasmodically before falling in a heap, in order to properly convey the force of the incapacitating blast.

Related to Shock and Awe, as most of the Electric weaponry related therein would carry this effect.


Anime and Manga
  • Hei in Darker Than Black uses his electricity power like this at times. In one case he actually pretended to have a taser, because he wasn't disguised at the time.


  • "Tom Swift And His Ultrasonic Cycloplane" (1957). The villain had a weapon that generated electromagnetic waves which shocked the target into stunned submission.

Tabletop Games
  • The Dark Conspiracy supplement Darktek had the "E.T. Stun Gun". It fired a laser to ionize the air, then discharged an electric current that followed the ionization path.
  • GURPS has electrolasers. However these are merely stunguns that don't need a wire.

Video Games
  • Eddie Riggs can stun the various animals in Brütal Legend, and then ride them, by calling down lightning with his guitar.
  • Most Electric Pokémon's lightning attacks come with a paralysis side-effect. It doesn't pop up often, though.
    • Thunder Wave, is a move designed specifically to paralyse the enemy.
  • The infamous "One-Two Punch" in Bioshock involves first stunning an enemy with one's FISTFULLALOIGHTNIN' and then whackin' 'em upside the head with your wrench.
  • Custom Robo has the Stun and Thunderbolt guns, electrical weapons that stagger the opponent for an extended time if they hit.
  • Metroid Prime's electricity-based Wave Beam may disable the target if charged.
  • Players could control Mumbo Jumbo as a playable character in the sequel to Banjo-Kazooie. His weapon, the Zap Stick, shot a continuous stream of sparks that would immobilize the victim and cause them to babble incoherently until they die. It was wonderful.
  • The Thunder branch of spells in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles may inflict the "Stunned" status condition, preventing the victim from moving until it wears off.
  • Zero Suit Samus' pistol in Super Smash Bros. Brawl fires a bolt of what is presumably electricity which stops foes in their tracks, complete with the coursing arcs.
  • In Borderlands, electric elemental damage can stun enemies.
  • Golden Sun represents stunning as two bolts of lightning alongside the afflicted character.
  • Warcraft 3 has Purge (hits target with lightning), which removes buffs but slows the target a great deal, as well as Storm Bolt, an electrically-charged hammer that stuns the target. Used by name without involving electricity, Thunder Clap also slows enemies by slamming the ground.
  • XCOM has stun rods, which are basically electric cattle prods used to stun aliens for capture (and stun your own soldiers when they get mind-controlled).

Real Life
  • Tasers obviously actually do use electricity to incapacitate people by delivering a powerful electric charge into a person's nervous system, inciting muscle spasms as well as an extremely painful sensation.

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