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->'''Priest''': Offler is a vengeful god!\\
'''High Priest''': Trigger happy is what he is.
-->-- ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''

Whether your local god is evil (in [[GodIsEvil either]] [[GodOfEvil sense]]) or a [[GodIsGood nice guy]], you do ''not'' want to piss him off. Annoying the Lord of the cosmos with such things as common blasphemy, [[ScrewDestiny refusing to go along]] with BecauseDestinySaysSo, and [[FlatEarthAtheist refusing to believe in him despite all evidence to the contrary]] tends to invoke his wrath. The most common form of aforementioned wrath? A lightning bolt to the face.

Said lightning tends to come out of nowhere (even indoors) and sends the very clear message that the big guy upstairs is not to be trifled with.

Occurs in both Myth/ClassicalMythology and Literature/TheBible, making this OlderThanFeudalism.

In TabletopGames, this may be used as a more localized form of RocksFallEveryoneDies, designed to let the GameMaster strike down the annoying {{Munchkin}} ruining the game without too much collateral damage.

In a commonly seen sub-trope, a character will [[IGaveMyWord swear]] that if they're lying, [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter may God strike them down]]. God, of course, immediately obliges. Compare HolyHandGrenade and DeathFromAbove. Not to be confused with DramaticThunder. Unrelated to PersonalRaincloud, though that often involves bespoke lightning bolts as well.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', as [[KidsAreCruel cruel children]] pelt a Puchuu to death with rocks.
-->'''Puchuu:''' [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Taste divine retribution!]]
* Subverted in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'', as [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane God]] fails to hit [[spoiler:Takano. Turned around in the final arc, when Takano gets her chance to kill a god, and also misses.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' have two examples
** The first one is Eneru, who thanks to his electric powers, mind reading ability and god complex, kills anybody who goes against him with a lightning bolt.
** And the other example is early on the series when Luffy is saved from a public execution when his executioner gets struck by lightning. Following that, attempts to light his ship on fire are foiled by rain and a strong tailwind allows Luffy and his crew to get away, prompting local marines to question if some divine force wanted to make sure Luffy survives. [[spoiler:It's implied that a man later revealed to be Luffy's father caused the bizarre storm.]]
* In ''Manga/WildWind'', in exchange for God not killing the manbeasts, Olgrius gets hit by divine lightning, physically scarring him (and his descendents) for life.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Team Ragnarok's Dragan plays a card called Polar God King, which is basically the card incarnation of [[Myth/NorseMythology the Norse god himself]]. When ever Thor is destroyed by the opponent, he revives himself and gives a couple of bolts to his enemy which not only inflict damage to their life points, but also inflicts ''real damage''. Jack got hit by this ''twice''.
* In ''LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage'', Waltraute often zaps people who piss her off. It's PlayedForLaughs.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG has [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Divine_Wrath Divine Wrath]].
* ''MagicTheGathering'' features divine smiting on a number of cards, like Divine Retribution and of course the (in)famous Wrath of God. Special mention to [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=380442 Keranos, God of Storms]] - who will frequently hurl Lightning Bolts at people, making him one of the few cards to be able to call down ''multiple'' bolts of divine retribution.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Johnny Hart's ''B.C.'' often features these, accompanied by the word "ZOT".
* Cacofonix from ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' occasionally has his [[DreadfulMusician musical performances]] interrupted by divine lightning, if one of the villagers (especially [[TheBlacksmith Fulliautomatix]]) isn't faster.
* Subverted in {{Garfield}}. He does the lying variant, but as soon as he says "may lightning strike", he notices storm clouds rumbling overhead. He quickly changes the end of his sentence to "...the dog next door". Cue the sound effect of an off-panel "Kerpow!" followed by a "[[OhCrap Yip]]!"
* [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]] laments the ''absence'' of this trope in "RealLife":
--> It's hard to be religious when [[TheBully certain people]] are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.
* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Jason once sculpted a nativity scene out of snow where his "savior of Christmas" in the crib isn't the baby Jesus, but a baby credit card instead. As he's showing it to Peter, he looks up in time to see lightning clouds suddenly forming out of nowhere.
* Inverted with Atrocitus, the head Red Lantern. Even the Spectre, God's current hand of vengeance, can't do anything to him because his mission is considered a holy one by the Almighty. And this happens after Atrocitus melts a busload of convicts with his red plasma weapon. Yeah.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'', Huitzilopochtli's are technically [[ThePowerOfTheSun concentrated sunlight]] but otherwise fit the trope.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9314404/10/Madoka-Crisis-Magica Madoka Crisis Magica]]:
--> "The Fan Fiction God appeared and blast Homura with a lightning strike. "NO [[spoiler: TIME RESETTING]]!" said the Fan Fiction God. "Damn it!" said Homura."
** MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext. It's [[RandomEventsPlot that kind of]] [[CrackFic a story...]]
* From "LPS: Galebreak REDONE" on Website/DeviantArt, the little gem where the characters are [[SarcasmMode enjoying]] very loud and annoying music on their vacation. Oh, and [[FromBadToWorse they aren't the only one's ready to lose patience]]...
-->[[spoiler: Unicron:]] "MORTAL PARASITES! MAKE THAT RACKET STOP!!!" (grabs a lighthouse and tries to squish everybody before the music finally stops)
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Happens in the Disney version of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' when Phil initially refuses to tutor Herc.
* Zeus also did this in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'', [[ForTheEvulz mostly because he's bored]]. [[JerkassGods This is not out-of-character for him as depicted in most of the original myths, either.]]
* Appears in ''BeavisAndButthead Do America'', when the title duo have spent several minutes taking confessions and assigning ridiculous penances (after mistaking the confessional for the toilet). They get hit as soon as they leave the church.
* The Evil Queen in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. The bolt doesn't hit her directly, but it does knock her down a cliff and sends the boulder she was trying to push over the dwarfs down after her.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', Bishop Pickering is winning a BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame during a heavy rainstorm, at one point declaring, "[[TemptingFate The Good Lord would never disrupt the best game of my life]]." When he misses his final putt on the 18th hole, he [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter shakes his fist at the sky]] yelling, "[[UnusualEuphemism Oh, rat farts]]!" Cue lightning bolt.
* ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'':
-->'''General (Graham Chapman):''' Well, of course, warfare isn't all fun. Right -- stop that! It's all very well to laugh at the military, but when one considers the meaning of life, it is a struggle between alternative viewpoints of life itself. And without the ability to defend one's own viewpoint against other perhaps more aggressive ideologies, then reasonableness and moderation could, quite simply, disappear! That is why we'll always need an army, and may God strike me down were it to be otherwise.\\
''(a lightning bolt destroys the general; cut to outside, where the Hand of God rises into the clouds; a sergeant major stands before his troops)''\\
'''Sergeant Major (Michael Palin):''' DON'T STAND THERE GAWPING LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THE HAND O' GOD BEFORE!
* The film version of ''Film/TheBadSeed''. Apparently, it was thrown in at the last second because [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins wasn't expected to go over well]].
* In the ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' remake, King Acrisius [[OffingTheOffspring tosses his wife and Perseus into the sea]]. He decides this would be a great time to tell Zeus (Perseus's real father) to suck it. Zeus does not hesitate to respond.
* In ''Film/RatRace'', when a mechanic threatens two contestants in a race out of money for car repair. One of the contestants calls him out on how un-Christian it is, to which he laughs and calls out to God to give him a sign of his displeasure. Seconds later, a rocket shoots past (ironically manned by two other contestants), creating a sonic boom that collapses the mechanic's garage.
* In ''Film/TheTerror'', when the protagonist forces the witch to enter the hallowed ground (the graveyard), she is struck by lightning.
* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': The townsfolk of Refuge are pacifistic. When the sheriff can't keep people from throwing knives at the church door in any other way, he just stands in front of it. The bandit cocking his arm back to throw is suddenly struck by lightning and killed, and a storm starts. The bandits don't take the hint, but insist on playing with the VillainBall.
* This happens in the direct-to-DVD kid flick ''Film/EZMoney'' when a man in a phone booth talking on a phone states "May God strike me down if I'm not at work." He gets his wish.
* Dracula is defeated in ''Film/ScarsOfDracula'' when one lightning bolt from the thunderstorm surrounding his castle strikes the metal rod in his hands, setting him on fire and careening down to ground.
* In the Pakistani film ''International Guerillas'', the BigBad is international crime lord...SalmanRushdie. Yes, ''that'' Salman Rushdie. (The film came out about the time of the Satanic Verses controversy.) But that's not even the most memorable thing about the film, as in the end, Rushdie gets his comeuppance (in a scene that must be seen to be believed) by being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eoNLlHzPhI lasered to death by giant flying Qur'ans.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'': Because of fears about unnessary implications, what happens to Leslie is changed in the movie.
* Parodied occasionally in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series. As one book puts it, a man who goes around the disc arguing that gods don't exist tends to be found later as a pair of [[SmolderingShoes still-smoking shoes]] next to a sign reading "YES WE DO."
** A notable example is when Dorfl (a ceramic golem) declares his atheism; he notes afterward that a bolt of lighting isn't much of a logical argument. He is probably the safest atheist on the Disc, by virtue of being immune to lightning bolts.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' with Sergeant Simony, however. Simony comes face-to-face with the god Om, speaks to him, and ''still'' [[FlatEarthAtheist refuses to accept that he is real]]. Om leaves him alone, remarking that "Gods didn't mind atheists, if they were deep, hot, fiery atheists like Simony, who spend their whole life not believing, spend their whole life hating gods for not existing. That sort of atheism was a rock. It was nearly belief."
*** "Charcoal" Abraxes, in the same book, is the ''other'' sort of atheist, the kind that says it's not worth worrying about gods at all. His nickname suggests how the gods feel about ''that''.
*** The book contains the quote, "...gods like to see an atheist around. Gives them something to aim at."
** In one description of the Disc, it mentions that it's the kind of world where gods go around breaking atheists' windows.
** In the page quote, it's probably worth noting that Offler responded to this accusation by trying to [[IResembleThatRemark hit the speaker with a lightning bolt]]. Fortunately it bent at right angles a few feet above his head and hit the floor instead. Being high priest of Io, [[TopGod chief of the gods]] has perks.
** In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', when the God of Evolution is getting "testy", small lightning bolts start arcing near the wizards, while the god apologises for this autonomous reflex he has very little control over.
--> The Dean: "Perhaps you could seek treatment for premature incineration?"
--> Ridcully: "DEAN!"
* Midway through the ''Mage Winds'' trilogy of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the protagonists learn that the theocracy of Karse, which has been an enemy of Valdemar for hundreds of years, has very abruptly cleaned up its act and sued for alliance. This occurs entirely thanks to their god, Vkandis [[FanNickname the Unsubtle]], finally getting fed up with his priesthood's corrupt and demon-summoning ways and deciding to answer the invocation at the country's annual high holy ceremony by immolating a good bit of the highest orders of his priesthood - and that just for starters.
* In the romance novel ''Fallen Angel'' by Katherine Kingsley, the villain has a habit of saying "May God strike me down if I'm lying," whenever someone accuses him of cheating at poker or what have you. He, of course, usually is lying, but nothing happens - until the end of the book, when he's stolen a magic wishing coin from the angel/ghost hero (long story), is promising not to hurt the heroine, and makes his customary pledge. God immediately obliges, killing him instantly.
* ''Rakurai'' is this for most people in ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'', slaying the [[GodOfEvil Shan-Wei]]'s colony of Alexandria and threatening anybody who'd experiment with forbidden tech with [[UpToEleven continent-destroying bolt of archangelic retribution]]. Those who know what Safehold really is (fake church, lost colony in space) know also that ''Rakurai'' is a fine KillSat.
* ''Literature/JaneEyre,'' at a crucial point in Mr. Rochester's marriage proposal.
* One of the powers that Nicolae Carpathia in ''LeftBehind'' gains after being indwelt by Satan himself is the ability to call down lightning to render his enemies to ash.
* In book 10 of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' this conveniently happens to Mudclaw, a minor villain.
** [=StarClan=] may or may not have been behind that one, as they have a strict rule of non-interference in the physical plane. It was, in any case, an extremely convenient lightning strike for the Clans: not only was Mudclaw killed, but the lightning felled a tree which created a very handy bridge to a nearby island.
* In ''Literature/{{Imajica}}'', this trope ''backfires''. On GOD. [[spoiler: He becomes aware of some other deities in nearby parallel universes and, being [[GodIsEvil a villain]] in this book, tries to destroy these rivals with a god-killing-caliber version of this trope. As He isn't omniscient about things in other universes, He doesn't know that the chain of universes loops around back to its starting point; the other deities dodge the Bolt, it loops around back to God's heaven, and ''kills Him''.]]
* Early in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Sun Jian gets hold of the imperial seal. He uses a more poetic version of the lying line ("If I have the seal and am concealing it from you, may my life be short and my death violent"). [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Guess what happens to him.]]
* Though it qualifies as "wizardly" rather than "divine" retribution, the short story [[http://www.onthepremises.com/issue_11/story_11_h1.html "Same-Day Delivery"]] by Desmond Warzel contains two mentions of the "blue bolts from the heavens" from first edition Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons referenced under Tabletop Games below. According to the author, this is a deliberate ShoutOut.
* In Sharon Shinn's ''Literature/{{Samaria}}'' series, failure to perform the Gloria will cause the mountain to be burned with lightning. [[spoiler:Raphael does not believe, and forces them not to. Whereupon. . . .]]
* ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Lighting Thief]]'' revolves around a quest to recover Zeus's stolen "Master Bolt," that he uses to generate his divine retribution.
* ''Literature/TheAccidentalTimeMachine'': "Jesus" uses these via KillSat.
* Christian apologist Wendy Alec, in her ''{{Chronicles of Brothers}}'' series, has Lucifer repeatedly talking up a good fight against God and his estranged brothers in Heaven, challenging Him to do His worst and take his best shot - only to find God and his brother Christos are only too ready to oblige. Every time. As the series is closely based on the Bible and Christian tradition, of course Lucifer is doomed to be the CurbStomp recipient for all eternity... This makes Satan look like nothing more than a vainglorious Warner Brothers cartoon character tempting Fate.
* Referenced in ''TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' when Injun Joe lies about the murder he committed, and Tom and Huck, who know the truth, are shocked that one of these ''doesn't'' immediately take him out. Elsewhere in the novel, Tom suffers angst when he thinks a passing thunderstorm was specifically rigged up by God to punish him for not participating in St. Peterburg's recent religious revival.
* The short story ''[[http://www.roma1.infn.it/~anzel/answer.html Answer]]'' by Frederic Brown features this as its (second) WhamLine.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?": Apollo uses this a few times.
** Since there were no RedShirts around, he decided to pick on Scotty for wearing red.
** Vaal also likes to throw lightning bolts around in the episode "The Apple." A RedShirt is incinerated by one bolt, while Spock [[PlotArmor gets second-degree burns]] from another strike.
* On ''TheDrewCareyShow'', Lewis thinks he had been touched by God to become a prophet. Then, after he gives a lot of sanctimonious pronouncements, he gets hit by lightning. ''Repeatedly'' hit, each time offering an ever more feeble excuse for the most recent lightning strike. He just kept tempting fate until the third or fourth one, finally being helped inside by his friends, scorched and exclaiming:
-->'''Lewis:''' Hide me, hide me! God is ''pissed''!
* On the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Demons", [[SinisterMinister the Canon]] incapacitated SG-1 with a piece of AppliedPhlebotinum that invokes this trope (the planet's population had apparently been kidnapped from western Europe during the Middle Ages). Carter later described it as feeling like being hit by a [[StunGuns zat blast]].
* The final episode of ''TheYoungOnes'' has this: After evicting our heroes from their home, landlord Mr. Balowski starts advertising the house, declaring it to be "the zaniest house on TV" and proclaims "If I'm wrong, then may God strike me dead!" God himself then hits him with a bolt of lightning from his finger.
* At one point in ''Series/MythQuest'', Alex needs Thor's hammer, and steals it. When Thor finds out, he naturally hurls a few at Alex, but he somehow misses.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Louie must go to the hospital for minor surgery and is terrified. He prays to God, promising to be a nicer person, and adds that if a bolt of lightning doesn't come through the window of his room "in the next five seconds", he will consider it a sign the prayer is granted. As it happens, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Alex is standing by the window, and surreptitiously steps out of the way, just in case]].
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In many cultures, including Ancient Hellenic ones, "lightning" is described as "divine fire."
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Indo-European_religion common Indo-European pantheon]] has this as the primary attribute of the sky god ''Dyeus'', from which developed the Greek Zeus, the Hindu Indra, and Norse Tyr; later, other gods got this attribute as religion changed over time (for instance, as Tyr was displaced in the Norse pantheon by Odin and Thor, they took on some of his attributes).
* Myth/ClassicalMythology: Zeus was well known for throwing lightning bolts. Makes sense, as besides being king of the gods, he was also god of the sky. The story of Ixion--zapped for flagrant abuses of SacredHospitality (e.g. ''trying to bone Hera while a guest in Zeus' own house'')--is probably the most notable.
* Myth/NorseMythology:
** Thor's thunderbolt hammer, Mjölnir.
** Odin's spear Gungnir, which is sometimes compared to a thunderbolt and said to never miss.
* In Hinduism, the king of the Devas Indra wields the thunderbolt and tends to throw it at people who might one day be a threat to him.
* The NIV translation of Literature/TheBible has God raining down lightning strikes during the plague of hail, although another common interpretation of this passage is that the hail itself was on fire.
* Ukko Ylijumala (Ukko the High God), the head of the pantheon of gods worshipped in Finland before Christianity, did this. In fact, the Finnish word for thunder is derived from his name.
* In ancient China, it's said that children who don't show proper filial piety or people who don't repay debts (usually a life debt, which both were rather SeriousBusiness back then) will get struck by lightning as punishment. The phrase "You want to get struck by lightning?!" shows up often in period dramas, although thunder sounding is sometimes used for comedic effect in dramas that occur in present day.
** Several of the 36 Triad Oaths mention being killed by thunderbolts as punishment for breaking them. These being TheTriadsAndTheTongs, gunshots were often a fair substitute for lightning.
* Yoruba tradition plays with it. Shango could fry his enemies with lightning but is most known for throwing it at people [[GiveMeASign destined to follow his path.]] He was once a man gifted with the power to wield lighting who shared it with other Orishas after being promoted to their ranks but because of this, each one of them has a stronger association with something else. Jakuta's [[RocksFallEveryoneDies meteorites]] are what are really associated with divine retribution.
* Amadioha in Odinani religion if he deems you guilty. He can also send bees.
* According to hagiography, more than one persecutor of Christian saints and martyrs was killed this way as punishment for their deeds. The most famous example is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Barbara Saint Barbara's father, Dioscorus]]; he had [[OffingTheoffspring his own daughter tortured and executed]] for converting to Christianity [[GirlInTheTower despite him locking her away from the world]], then he was killed by a lightning bolt later that day.
* [[Myth/CelticMythology Welsh Mythology]]: According to ''Literature/HistoriaBrittonum'', King Vortigern of Britain, having refused to better his sinful life despite the exhortations of Saint Germanus, was killed when "fire fell suddenly from heaven" and burned him with his entire castle. Even before Vortigern, the very same thing happened to the pagan king Benlli, who had refused to admit Germanus to his city.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In the ''Pinball/JudgeDredd'' pinball, tapping a red button at the end of the "Safecracker" mission will cause a bolt of lightning to strike the criminal.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Gary Gygax suggested blue bolts from the heavens as a possible punishment for unruly, disruptive or obnoxious characters in the first edition ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeon Master's Guide'' - there is considerable disagreement about how serious he was, given Gygax's odd sense of humour, but there's no question the text is there and was taken seriously by at least some [=DMs=].
** A number of priest spells involve directly or indirectly calling down the wrath of your patron deity. The most traditional one is probably Flame Strike, which explicitly calls a column of fire (in some editions with some other damage type mixed in) down upon its target area.
* In ''TheDarkEye'' this is a power of the priests of the sun god Praios, they can only harm demons and knock out magic users though.

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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Played with (though without actual lightning) in the play ''My Sister Eileen'' and the musical adaptation ''Wonderful Town''. Wreck's girlfriend Helen bursts out angrily at him after noticing that he's done Eileen's laundry. As Helen hastens to leave with him, he exclaims, "If I ''thought'' about Eileen that way--may God strike me dead on this spot!" He raises his hand to heaven, and is stunned by a tremendous blast from the subway tunnel under construction. Ruth looks up and says, "He's everywhere, all right."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* While it's controlled by mortals and not gods, the most famous spell in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'', Indignation, is referred to as the "divine lightning of God" in ninety percent of its incantations, and - [[PowerupLetdown with the exception of ''Legendia'']] - it always appears as a single bolt of lightning that hits the ground and sends out an electrical blast which nukes absolutely everything.
** Taken UpToEleven in the ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' remake and ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces F'', where the blast radius effectively covers the whole screen.
*** The VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny remake also gives [[BlackMagicianGirl Philia]] the Rebirth Crusader [[LimitBreak Blast Calibur]]. She summons a single bolt of lightning to hit [[{{BFS}} Clemente]] like a lightning rod and causes the entire screen to explode.
** VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2 introduces the Divine Saber spell that hits all enemies in range with multiple bolts of lightning. It retains its [[HolyHandGrenade light element]] even in games with a separate lightning element.
* A possible outcome of angering your god in ''VideoGame/NetHack''. If you've built up enough resistance to lightning to survive the bolt, the god shoots a [[DisintegratorRay disintegration beam]] at you. If you're buffed enough to survive even the disintegration beam, this provokes the response "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I believe it not! ]]
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* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' does this when you fail to solve certain types of puzzles. Or when you attack holy relics. Or some perfectly blank walls. As they lay out in the manual, it's an intentional attempt on the part of the developers to get players out of the TryEverything mentality. In the remake, the player is warned about rooms where this can happen by the presence of an Eye of Divine Retribution.
* Follow Honda in his plan to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere escape Tokyo]] on day 6 in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'', and God exterminates everyone you left inside in such fashion. DownerEnding indeed...
** However, in [[{{UpdatedRerelease}} Overclocked]], should this route be chosen, [[spoiler: Belberith, effectively the strongest of the Bel demons, and a Demon Lord of [[LightIsNotGood Light]], absorbs the aformentioned bolt and gets powered up.]]
* One quest in ''BaldursGate 2'' requires you to pose as a cleric of Talos. (For the uninitiated, Talos is not just a powerful evil deity, but in fact the god ''of'' lightning.) You're ordered to swear that you worship him, with failure to do so being proof you're an impostor. Actually do it, and you're struck by lightning -- ''indoors''.
** However, if you're wearing the cloak that reflects lightning, the bolt bounces off and fries the cleric instead. This stops the cutscene dead, allowing you to just take the item you need off his corpse instead of fighting his mooks first.
** [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything And if you actually ''are'' a cleric of Talos, you can swear your loyalty without harm, and get the item without a fight that way.]]
* If you worship Zeus in ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', you get one of these as your one-off God Power. [[BoringButPractical Not as spectacular]] as some of the others (Hera gets a whole lightning ''storm''), but it handily {{One Hit Kill}}s anything except creatures summoned by other God Powers, and Titans. It will still damage Titans for a significant chunk [[OneManArmy considering what Titans are]].
** In the ExpansionPack, it gets upgraded to a three-use power. Much better that way.
* This is ultimately the reaction of many players to the [[ArtificialStupidity AI]] in a game like ''VideoGame/TheSims''. With the Seasons expansion for ''The Sims 2'' and a little planning you can have actual lightning bolts to kill them with. The Nanny NPC's are a particularly common target thanks to their habits of wasting time, setting the kitchen on fire, and stealing from money trees.
* The ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series has Zeus doing this to ''you'' in the latter two games during the battle with him.
* Implemented by the dev team of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' as a way to emphasize the fact that being banned does in fact mean you're banned. On logging in, a banned player is treated to the spectacle of the Death God Dhuum rising from the ground and slicing them in half with a giant scythe.
* In ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'', a disillusioned cultist decides to declare his complete renouncement of all gods from the top of his own temple. He is immediately struck by a dozen lightning bolts simultaneously.
-->'''Mooncalf:''' "What were the odds that I'd get hit by lightning just as I renounced all gods?"\\
'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: About one to one, I'd say. ]]

* In ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', [[spoiler:Marietta]] will use lightning to smite your forces. [[spoiler: She's just doing her job as an angel, defending heaven, which you are about to invade.]]
* Arguably the Best Crusader skill (until the priest patch) in ''DungeonFighterOnline'', Revenge of Light calls down highly damaging lightning when the blessed player is hit with attacks that deal magic damage.
* Druids of all classes in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have a number of spells that are essentially this, such as Moonfire. Priests' Holy Fire ability has a similar graphic. Shamans have various lightning based attacks but their spell that resembles lightning from the skies is cast on themselves to damage/knock away foes surrounding them and give themselves a boost of energy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' [[spoiler: BigBadWannabe Ulwine Neisbeck claims that not even the gods can't stop her plan. Sadly, the Gods of Aventuria disagree with her.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' video game, one of Peter's fighting levels has God as an NPC. Punching God results in Him calling down a lighting bolt to kill you.
* From ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, and his faithful knights use this against the dragons in the game's opening cinematic. Solaire of Astora can use two miracles like this and so can the player, provided they join the Warriors of Sunlight covenant.[[spoiler:A third version is available to the player with Gwyn's soul.]]
* There is a mod for the PC version of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' that kills guards with lightning if they dare mention the words "arrow" and "knee" in the same sentence. The mod maker said that "Even the Divines have grown tired"
* The player can cast two different versions in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' - a lightning bolt from their hand, or a blast of golden light from the sky which instantly destroys (almost) anything it hits. Enhanced versions [[UpToEleven also let them use the second variant as a]] SpamAttack. OhCrap.
* While not done by a god, when ever the Asuma Ninjas in ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}: Wrath of Heaven'' deliver an instant Kill attack (apply named, The Wrath of Heaven,) a bolt of lightening will strike the target. Just make sure you do not miss the target, otherwise your energy will go down to one)
* Zeus's ult can be thought of this in ''VideoGame/Dota2'' if used properly.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series has the recurring summon [[BadassGrandpa Ramuh]], whose SignatureMove is named "Judgment Bolt". In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' he is actually worshiped as a god by the forest-dwelling Sylphs, and threatens to deliver his Judgment on humanity.
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* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' had the balls to claim that Website/ChuckNorrisFacts are a bunch of bullshit, thus God (with Chuck Norris as head) struck him dead with lightning. ''[[RunningGag A-CHUCK-A-NORRIIIIIIIIISSSS!!!!]]''
** He did it again after the Nostalgia Critic characterized Him as "loving" in his comparison of ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' with ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''.
* During one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign, the Blood Red King mocked the heroes for their inability to stop him while standing over the corpses of children he had murdered. Hammer-wielding superhero Byelobog, who in reality really is the Slavic "White God" of the Sun that he is named after, promptly called down one of these to justly smite the villain. The Blood Red King never mocked Byelobog again.
* In the second episode of the web series ''Fear of Girls'', the neurotic and irritable GM Doug Douglason gets fed up with a fawning fangirl constantly interrupting him right at the start of the game. She fails the roll.
--> Doug: You are hit in the neck with a poison dart and ''die''.
--> Jasmine: Well...what are my options?
--> Doug: Leave.
* On the list of Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG, one item says that it's a bad idea to taunt Greek heroes with "Who's your daddy?".
* In ''Literature/FineStructure'', some scientists discover a wide variety of superscience-based technologies. As they apply them, they discover through trial and error that using them is a fast track to being killed in various lightning-related ways, such as reprogramming your teleportation machine to bury you alive. The entity responsible for this is eventually dubbed the "Imprisoning God".
* In ''LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines'' episode 6, [[TransparentCloset Marik]], [[spoiler:freaked out by a ''very'' angry [[ItMakesSenseInContext Mel Gibson]], admits that he's gay.]] Immediately after, he denies that he's gay, asking god to strike him down if he's lying. Immediately after, an elevator falls from the sky directly towards him, and Marik just barely manages to jump out of the way in time. When he realises it missed him, [[InsaneTrollLogic he claims this is proof that he is straight]].
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' - Freeza was on the receiving end for making a BlasphemousBoast.
--> "If I'm really as evil as you say I am, then let God strike me down where I stand." (Bolt strikes, Freeza is completely unharmed.) "Ha! Nice try, jackass! Next time, give it your A-game!"
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* Happens in ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', at least once. As Andy put it, after walking in somewhat charred, "What really sucks is that I was indoors and grounded."
* In ''Webcomic/MenInHats'':
** This is [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20021113.html what Sam gets]] for being HolierThanThou.
** StrawmanNewsMedia [[http://meninhats.com/d/20030910.html invoke this]]:
--->"Local gay man trapped in storm gets struck by lightning! What is God trying to tell us?"
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Banjo the Clown smites people with ''very small'' lightning bolts, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly since his worshipers can be counted in the single digits]].
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0407.html It appears... ...not everyone... agrees with your... ...analysis.]]
* In ''{{Pibgorn}}'', when she sings the ''Dies Irae'', it does indeed summon the Day of Wrath, [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/11/24/ in this form]].
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-11 the end of Lil Evil's expedition]] to get the [[HowDoYouLikeThemApples apples of paradise.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-05-14 Also the result of Slick's telling his laptop, "God damn you to hell."]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-03-06 Also the result of Satan's telling God that we settle this now.]]
* In Webcomic/{{Freefall}}, after Florence refers to humans as her creators, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01089.htm Winston assures her he left his lightning bolts at home, so she's safe from smiting.]]
* [[http://www.the-senkari.com/2011/12/11/12112011/ Happens off screen to Fraenir]] in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari''.
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* ''TheBoondocks'' has a lightning strike that serve two purposes: as a retort to one of the characters who said [[TemptingFate "and if I am wrong may God strike me down"]] (or something similar) and it also [[spoiler:caused the power to go out for a minute, which saved the life of a wrongly accused man who was on death row]].
* In the DonaldDuck short ''Trombone Trouble'', the gods Jupiter and Vulcan send down a thunderbolt to imbue Donald with divine power so he can punish Pete for his terrible trombone playing. [[HilarityEnsues It doesn't end well.]]
* SpongeBobSquarePants has a funny subversion, from the episode ''Spongeguard on Duty'':
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I'm every bit as cool as Larry. And if I'm not, let me be struck by... ''(lightning storm flares up, Spongebob confidently snaps his fingers)'' A flying ice cream truck! ''(cue BombWhistle and ShadowOfImpendingDoom and the bells of an ice cream truck)'' AND LIVE! ''(truck stops in midair, lands on top of him and drives off)''\\
'''Larry:''' (over megaphone) Please do not land ice cream trucks on the bathers.
* Characters/BugsBunny has been subject to the lying version at least twice, once with a bolt of lightning and once with a train. Both times, he was underground, and in the latter case there were no train tracks nearby.
** Foghorn Leghorn once had a moment of starting to assert his statement with a threat of lightning, but as the screen darkens and he hears thunder, he has a moment of [[GenreSavvy Genre Savviness]] and doesn't finish the remark.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has the song "HelloNurse", in which Yakko and Wakko say of Hello Nurse at one point "If she's not everything we've said, then may lightning strike us dead." Cue lightning bolts.
** Note it didn't actually ''kill'' them. Simply sent them to the hospital... to be cared for by Hello Nurse!
* ''RobotChicken'' has a sketch where a little kid is frying ants with a magnifying glass. He laughs "ha ha", and not two seconds later is struck (non-fatally) by a bolt of lightning followed by a much deeper "ha ha".
* One episode of ''TheSimpsons'' tells the story of the Mayflower. During a harsh storm, Reverend Lovejoy is praising God when he gets struck by lightning. He concludes that clearly kissing God's ass is getting him nowhere.
** In “Pray Anything”, Homer starts praying for all sorts of things but when he commands God to turn the rain into wine, he gets struck by lightning.
** After getting the part of Jesus in a Passion play, Homer starts going around in costume to openings of a local loan shark's businesses, proclaiming them to be honest or his name isn't Jesus H . . . needless to say, he gets hit, then proceeds to shout at the sky to find out if that's going to happen every time (he's on his fiftieth opening at this point).
* Subverted in the animated adventures of RockyandBullwinkle: In one episode Boris Badenov [[TemptingFate tells the cadre of criminals if he was lying, he'd be struck by lightning]]. It does, but the little rat was [[CrazyPrepared wearing a lightning rod under his hat!]]
* [[RenAndStimpy Ren]] calling juju out.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** "Christian Rock Hard:" When Cartman is trying to sign on with a Christian label, he says he's not in it for the money and "If I'm lying, may God strike me down." Butters and Token nervously edge away from him, though nothing comes of it.
** At the end of "[=HUMANCENTiPAD=]," Cartman flies off the handle and starts screaming at the sky and trash-talking God. The scene ends with Cartman getting struck by lightning and ending up in a hospital room.
* Being a FallenAngel {{Physical God}}dess with notoriously foul temper, Nightmare Moon from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' did this to the trio of [[PraetorianGuard Royal Guards]] attempting to [[FearlessFool rush]] and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu arrest]] her.
* In the third act of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E9HipsterTripster Hipster Tripster]]", Bogus, while interacting in an Indian exhibit at the Natural History Museum, finds himself caught in the middle of a thunderstorm, before one of the Indians comes up to him and hands him an umbrella to keep him dry in the rain. However, just seconds after Bogus receives the umbrella, a bolt of lightning shoots out from the sky and strikes the umbrella, destroying it, before Bogus finds himself being chased by lightning bolts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', God uses this to light a woman's cigarette. Unfortunately, he makes a gesture a second time and blows her up.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "Zanzibar", when Ed Bighead is confronted by a big unruly mob about how he's now forced to make sure his company's factories stop dumping waste into the water, he tries to sing a song to counter them. [[LaserGuidedKarma Then a hole in the ozone layer opens right over his house and gives him a terrible sun-burn]].
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* During the filming of ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', Creator/JimCaviezel, the actor playing Jesus, was struck by lightning, and assistant director Jam Michelini was struck by lightning twice.
** Even weirder: Jim Caviezel was struck while performing the Sermon on the Mount - arguably one of the most important parts of Jesus's teachings. ''That'' is some harsh criticism...
* One of the Website/DarwinAwards in 1999 was won by a man who, standing on a boat in the middle of a lake during a lightning storm, screamed [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter "HERE I AM LORD, LET ME HAVE IT!"]]. For those not familiar with those awards - they are normally only given post mortem (a few ''lucky'' ones, if you want to call them that, had to settle for being unable to reproduce instead of dying, but this is rare).
* On the same day that Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, lightning struck the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Though that happens frequently, seen as St. Peter's is one of the tallest buildings in Rome - so frequently, in fact, that the Vatican had a lightning rod installed on top in 2005. Which makes it even ''more'' likely that lightning will strike there. Lightning rods provide a safe path to Earth so that lightning doesn't strike the rest of the structure.
* According to the OtherWiki, Park Ranger Roy Sullivan holds the record for the most lightning strikes survived by a human being with seven. He subsequently took his own life.
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