Created By: JtheDrafter on January 6, 2012

Improvised Defibrillator

Any electrical implement can be used to restart the heart.

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Real life defibrillators measure the heart's electrical activity so they know what kind of shock they need to give. In fiction, any appliance that emits electricity can be used to restart the heart. (Unlike Magical Defibrillator, a defibrillator isn't being used implausibly; an appliance is implausibly being used as a defibrillator.)

Western Animation:
  • In "Wild Cards" Hawkgirl uses her energy mace to shock Green Lantern's heart into pumping again after it's stopped by the shock of an explosion.
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  • January 6, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In One Piece the villain Enel uses his lightning powers to shock himself back to life.
  • January 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Possibly a more literal example than you had in mind:
    • MASH: BJ is in surgery working on a patient when the patient's heart stops. BJ tells Klinger to get a medical journal from the Swamp (BJ's tent); BJ remembered an article about the then-newfangled idea of defibrillators, which is purely hypothetical. The article is found and BJ manages to put together the very first working defibrillator from assorted stuff they scrounge up.
  • January 6, 2012
    KZN02
    Often used by those with Shock And Awe.
  • January 6, 2012
    VincentGaribaldi
    Eureka: Alison used jumper cables as a defibrillator in the 1940's.
  • January 7, 2012
    Koveras
    Doesn't James Bond attempt this with his car battery when he was poisoned in Casino Royale?
  • January 7, 2012
    TBeholder

  • January 7, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ @Koveras: In that film, the device Bond used was an actual defibrillator stored in his car. You can watch the scene here.
    Man in London: Remove the defibrillator from the pouch.

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  • January 7, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Ah, OK. Been a long time since I watched that movie. ^^;
  • January 7, 2012
    PaulA
    • In the Mac Gyver episode "The Enemy Within", Mac juryrigs a defibrillator out of two candlesticks, a floor mat, and an electrical power cord. The idea was not to reverse fibrillation, but to counteract some kind of magnetic field that was causing bubbles to form in the victim's blood... somehow. Whatever that meant, it worked.
  • January 7, 2012
    ladyofprocrastination
    The Mythbusters made one out of spatulas to test a defibrillator-related myth because noone was dumb enough to lend them a real one for fear they'd blow it up.
  • July 27, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump, perhaps
  • July 27, 2016
    foxley
    In the Star Wars Expanded Universe comic "The Eyes of Revolution", Count Dooku uses Force lightning as a makeshift defibrillator to keep General Grievous alive after his 'accident'.
  • July 27, 2016
    foxley
    At the end of Evil Dead 2013, David uses a car battery attached to two syringes (along with some kind of capacitor and voltmeter) as a makeshift defibrillator.
  • July 27, 2016
    HeroGal2347
    A variation occurs in The Superman Adventures. Livewire and Superman have just escaped from Apocalips, where Darkseid had supercharged her with the intent of using her as a Living Weapon. Just after Superman manages to fly her to an unoccupied area, Livewire's energy discharges, stopping his heart. Livewire uses her electricity powers to shock him back to life.
  • July 28, 2016
    eroock
    Film:
  • July 28, 2016
    eroock
    I find it misleading in the description to make this trope look like a sister trope to Magical Defibrillator. It is a subtrope because anything less appropriate than a real defibrillator will demand even more magic for it to work.
  • July 28, 2016
    TonyG
    Happens accidentally in the Futurama episode "The Tip of the Zoidberg". Zoidberg tries to kill Prof. Farnsworth by electrocuting him with wires, but Farnsworth dies from a heart attack and Zoidberg puts the wires away. Then the wires fall on Farnsworth and shock him back to life.
  • July 29, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Live Action TV
    • One episode of The Six Million Dollar Man is "The Price of Libery," wherein a Mad Bomber captures the Liberty Bell, and surrounds it with explosive booby-traps. After the Treasury pays the ransom, the bomber suffers a heart attack during his retreat. Colonel Austin pulls the battery cables from a running helicopter, and uses these as a makeshift defibrillator. It only works long enough for The Villain to gurgle, "Red ... white ... then blue," before croaking.
  • July 28, 2016
    DAN004
    The Amazing Spiderman 2: In the later part of the movie, Electro and Harry Osborn infiltrate Oscorp and meets Donald Menken, its current CEO; he tried to talk the two down but then Electro knocked him comatose. Under Harry's command, Electro resuscitates him with his electric powers so Harry can get him to the Oscorp's research vault.
  • July 29, 2016
    Gusindor
    Live Action TV

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