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->''"There's nothin' like a fistful o' loightnin', now is there?"''
-->-- '''Atlas''', ''Videogame/{{BioShock|1}}''

The use of lightning, huge electrical discharges, and stuff resembling them as a weapon to fry things with. This is one of the most common ElementalPowers and is part of the basic FireIceLightning trio. It's also one of the handiest ones around; used for [[LightningCanDoAnything anything and everything that the writers can think of]]. For why this doesn't work in RealLife, see the analysis page.

Wielders of this power set have an odd tendency [[PsychoElectro to be insane]] and [[ElementalHair have blond hair]].

Related to BlindedByTheLight and RideTheLightning. Someone with this power may also be a {{Technopath}}. Compare MagnetismManipulation which (sometimes) includes electromagnetism. Contrast AnIcePerson and PlayingWithFire. For other uses of lightning and electricity, see MagicalDefibrillator and ElectricTorture. For the physics ([[ArtisticLicensePhysics or lack thereof]]) behind electrical attacks or weapons, see ChainLightning, LightningGun, and StaticStunGun.

Has nothing to do with the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States military]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_and_awe rapid dominance doctrine]], though [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample came from that name]].

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Hibari and Hibiki in ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' use this as their standard attack, and their Ashikabi HandsomeLech Seo can power them up to deal massive damage by making out with them!
* Mikan from ''Manga/RisingXRydeen'' also known as the Lightning God because of her very power electric based powers. She turn her arms and legs into lightning to shoot powerful blasts of lightning, and preform [[FlashStep teleportation-like dashes]]. She can also create orbs of electricity that surround her and most of the area and electrocute anyone they touch.
* In ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'', Arshes Nei is called the Thunder Empress for obvious reasons.
* Apparently Lero-Ro from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', though he's [[AllThereInTheManual never been shown using]] it up to this point. His facial markings are proof of that (and possibly a Pokémon reference).
* [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu, use Thundershock/Thunderbolt/Volt Tackle!]]
** Dawn has a Pachirisu, Iris has an Emolga and Cilan has a Stunfisk.
** Electric Pokémon in general do at least one type of big Electric attack. On some rare occasions in the past, Pikachu has used thunderclouds to enhance the attack, including the episode where he used Thunder for the first time.
* Fate Testarossa-Harlaown of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Her squad is called "Lightning" for a reason. Other Lightning mages include her adopted kid Erio, her {{psycho|Electro}}tic and {{abusive|Parents}} [[EvilMatriarch mother]] Precia, and (in [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable A's Portable continuity]]) her {{Doppelganger}} Material-L/Levi the Slasher. In fact, [[AllThereInTheManual some fluff]] contains the term "Mana Conversion Affinity", an ability to spontaneously convert one's mana into a specific form of energy without the use of spells, etc.. Fate and Erio have Lightning (that is, electricity) affinity, whereas Signum is [[PlayingWithFire attuned to fire]]. Rio on the other hand, has both lightning ''and'' fire, which is really rare.
* Gash of ''Manga/ZatchBell''. It's no coincidence that ''Zatch Bell'''s creator, Makoto Raiku, has the kanji for thunder in his name.
* "[[AGodAmI God]]" Eneru of ''Manga/OnePiece''. [[PsychoElectro He's more than a little crazy.]] Unlike most examples, who can simply control lightning, he's [[ElementalShapeshifter made of]] [[RideTheLightning lightning]] itself. And in the One Piece world, not even the strongest characters, like Zoro or Sanji, can take more than two lightning bolts at a time (one in Sanji's case) or even touch him, so he has NighInvulnerability; except to rubber. Nami also frequently uses her [[WeatherControlMachine weather manipulating staff]] to create lightning. Also, [[MeaningfulName "Thunder Lord"]] Makugai is able to channel lightning through his sword, though how he does it hasn't been explained yet.
* Nue and Black Burn in ''Manga/AirGear''.
* ''Manga/DaiNoDaibouken'' has "raiden", which is a lightning attack.
* Ginji Amano of ''Manga/GetBackers''.
* The stand Red Hot Chilli Peppers from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' could manipulate electricity as well as hide and travel through any electrical devices.
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses this as one of his elements. Setsuna wields this as one of her [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Shinmeiryuu]] {{element|alPowers}}s.
** Negi takes it up to the next level when he begins using BlackMagic; he [[ElementalShapeshifter turns himself into]] [[RideTheLightning lightning]].
* The Lightning Oni from the Oni mission of the Gantz Manga is the royal type.
* Sailor Jupiter of ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Given that Jupiter is the Roman name for [[ClassicalMythology Zeus]], it's rather fitting.
* Hikaru Shidou in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', despite being called the Magic Knight of Fire, has one lightning spell: Ruby Lightning. The spell "Lightning Strike" is also one basic spell used by most people of Cephiro that can use magic. Especially Lantis.
* Raiha of ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' uses the lightning counterpart of Fuujin, Raijin. It's powerful, but the usage is ''nastier'' than you think, and Raiha mostly uses his BadassNormal strength in general anyway.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sasuke Uchiha, Kakashi Hatake, and a number of other characters including [[{{Filler}} Raiga and several ninja in the Ninja Guardians Arc]].
** The Hidden Cloud Village of the Land of Lightning tends to produce ninja with an affinity for lightning-style jutsus. Some of the most powerful ninja in the world hail from there, like the Raikages and Killer Bee.
* ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' has Raijin, the God of Thunder. The [[KidSamurai protagonist]] learns to use this power, albeit sometimes, he gets possessed by Raijin and becomes a [[PsychoElectro Lightning-tossing Oni]].
* The Thunder Card of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
* Master Roshi/Jackie Chun from ''Manga/DragonBall'' used a technique called ''Bankoku Bikkuri Shou'', which supposedly uses his {{ki|Attacks}} to create an electric charge and use it as an AgonyBeam.
** Piccolo Daimaou's son Cymbal could also shoot electricity from his hands.
** Tambourine also electrocuted Bacterian to death in the anime.
** Buyon and Piccolo can shoot electricity from their antennae.
** Rage Shenron and Omega Shenron's Dragon Thunder from ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.
** Neiz from ''Cooler's Revenge'' could do this and tried to use it on Piccolo, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard only for Piccolo to kill him with the same electirc shock]].
* Suzaku, the leader of the [[TheFourGods Saint Beasts]] in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.
* Hei (a.k.a. [[FanNickname Chinese Electric Batman]]), [[spoiler:Bai, and Nick]] in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Hei can't ''shoot'' lightning, he can merely give off electric discharges, meaning he has to conduct the electricity to the enemy. Enter the [[WeaponOfChoice metallic choke-wire]]. [[spoiler:But he used that even before he could zap people.]]
** Hei's abilities have been stated to be the manipulation of molecular and sub-atomic particles. Generating electricity is just a by-product of that (presumably by manipulating electron flow). He seems able to do this only through touch. He could probably generate lightning bolts but creating electricity through air molecules is quite complicated. They probably didn't delve into his other abilities because they are even more complicated.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Misaka "Railgun" Mikoto, a [[PowerLevels Level]] [[OverNineThousand 5]] esper, can generate and manipulate electricity in [[LightningCanDoAnything very inventive and intimidating ways]].
** She gets her nickname from her signature attack where she accelerates a ferromagnetic object to Mach 3, with range limited by the projectile tending to ''dissolve from air friction''. She can launch bigger objects but prefers arcade coins for their portability and concealability, at the expense of having a "short" range of 50 meters.
** She can also throw blasts of electricity and call down lightning in a very KillSat-esque manner.
** She has also been shown to use her power to manipulate magnetic fields, giving her [[MindOverMatter pseudo-telekinetics]] that go as far as throwing a block of reinforced concrete by manipulating the steel bars inside of it, [[WallCrawl magnetically attaching herself to walls]], and using electricity to align her brain with someone else's, [[MindProbe allowing her to see that person's memories]].
** At several points in the ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' spinoff, she even uses her powers to materialize a ''{{Whip|Sword}} '''{{Chainsaw|Good}}''''' out of nearby iron dust. ''[[RuleOfCool Yeah]]''. Later we see similar technique in a form of cloud and protection field. That's right, chainsaw protection field. She is that good.
** She can also float over water by doing electrolysis on the water and [[CrazyAwesome spark-igniting the hydrogen products of the reaction as propulsion]]. Her rival, Mugino "Meltdowner" Shizuri, has a similar ability based on converting electrons into what is for all intents and purposes ''antimatter''. She can also use electricity to turn oxygen into ozone, effectively suffocating the enemy.
* [=RaiRyu=] from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. Naturally, [=GekiRyuJin=] and [=GenRyuJin=], which [=RaiRyu=] helps form, also have access to his abilities.
* Killua from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' uses mostly lightning or lighting-related abilities.
* Laxus from ''Manga/FairyTail'', as well as Orga. Also, Erza in her Lightning Empress armour, which also grants her immunity to lightning attacks.
* [[SuperMode Asura mode]] Rouge from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' can already [[PlayingWithFire shoot fireballs, breathe fire]], [[BlowYouAway create tornados]], and combine them into flaming tornados, but when empowered by [[spoiler: a ''shoulder massage'', the pain of having six arms goes away]] and she starts tossing ''bolts of lightning'' at Pantyhose Tarou, culminating in a gigantic sphere of electricity that all but fries the flying minotaur.
* All of the Oni of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' can fly and have at least one other power. ChickMagnet and BigEater Rei can transform into a giant ushiotora ("bulltiger", and it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). [[BrattyHalfPint Jariten]] can [[KillItWithFire breath fire]]. Meanwhile, [[CuteMonsterGirl Lum and her mom]] can generate electricity, both shocking whoever they touch and launching lightning bolts from their fingers. Lum routinely uses this to punish [[CasanovaWannabe Ataru Moroboshi]] for angering her, but she can't entirely control it, resulting in the obvious implication that Ataru's hesitance to get near her is partially due to her tendency to shock him accidentally when she hugs him or tries to sleep in his bed.
* The titular heroines of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. Cure Peace in ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', too.
* Lightning is used in a different way in ''Manga/FightIppatsuJuudenChan'' Rather than hurting people, it's used mostly to help people cheer up when they're depressed.
* Harvar D. Eclair from ''Manga/SoulEater'' is a lance Weapon with lightning powers. His meister, Ox Ford, likes to be known as the Lightning General King for his prowess in using lightning when wielding Harvar, though it helps if they're outdoors. Harvar's an odd example personality-wise in that he's TheStoic.
** Marie Mjolnir's "Izuna" ability uses electricity to heighten the reflexes of her meister; it allowed Stein to attack [[spoiler:powerful Death Scythe Justin Law]] without breaking a sweat.
** The third Weapon to have lightning-related abilities is the 'shaman' Pot of Thunder, one of Kirikou's two Weapons.
* Anime/GreatMazinger has the "Thunder Break" attack, which causes a lighting storm in sky, channels lighting from said storm into receptors on robot's neck, and is then redirected out of a pointed index finger.
* Morimura Tenma of ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' (and his "successors" from later games in the franchise) has lightning-based [[ElementalPowers powers]].
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Levi A Than]], one of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Varia]] in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', always carries eight umbrellas with him. They shoot lightning. Appropriately enough, this attack is called Levi Volta.
** Also, Lambo (well, his 10 [[spoiler:and 20]] years older self) and, more generally, any Thunder Flame user fit this trope.
** Anyone with Lightning Attribute Flames qualifies.
* Wizardmon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''
** ELECTRO SHOCKER!
** [[Anime/DigimonFrontier THUNDER FIST!]]
** Let's just say "the majority of Digimon who are based on some variety of beetle". (And Mega Seadramon. "Lightning JAVELIN!")
* Judging from the attack's effects, the Buster Collider from ''Anime/GunBuster'' seems to be electricity-based.
** And then there's the [[FoeTossingCharge Super Inazuma Kick...]]
* Main character Gangryong and his presumed dead mentor Lightning Tiger in ''Manhwa/{{Veritas}}'' practice the Enlightenment Of Thunder and Lightning (EOTL) school of martial arts which manifests its users' {{ki|Attacks}} as electricity. In the hands of a master, it's a bit of a GameBreaker since the electricity can disrupt the ki flow of anyone it hits. Lightning Tiger took it up a notch by reverse engineering [[spoiler: Vera's Arts of Heaven's Rich Strength]] on the spot and combining it with EOTL ''to call down a bolt of lightning from the sky''.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has a few instances of electrified whip/wire weapons, including Gouf series of MS (seen in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original series]], ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam The 08th MS Team]]'', and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'')' Heat Rod, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta]]'''s Hambrabi and its Sea Serpent, many [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanscare]] MS' Beam Strings, and several ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 00]]'' machines' Egner Whips. Though it shares a name with the Gouf's weapon, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Epyon's]] Heat Rod doesn't qualify since it's a superheated WhipSword that has no electrical component.
* Urd in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' does this. She can also [[PlayingWithFire use fire]].
* Emperor Ganishka from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* In the original manga and OVA of ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty'', the titular character is able to grab people and electrocute them; this is how she fatal wounds Tsutomu in those incarnations.
* Sage/Seiji Date from ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' (Yoroiden Samurai Troopers)' [[ElementalPowers elemental power]] is lightning, which he invokes with his [[FinishingMove Thunder Bolt Cut]] (Rai Kou Zan). Cale (Anubis) also has this power with black lightning.
* From ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', there is Raika, leader of [[AntiHumanAlliance Fairy Tale's]] fifth subdivision. Unfortunately for him, his opponent was [[TooKinkyToTorture Ruby]].
* [[TheDragon Pandora]] in ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''.
* In ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'', Mayu can shoot electricity from her hands.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Choujirou's zanpakutou is named Goryoumaru, a name that focuses on lightning. In the anime's filler Zanpakutou arc, his zanpakutou is given lightning powers. [[spoiler:The final arc confirms that the zanpakutou controls the weather to produce very powerful lightning storms and strikes in Bankai.]]
** Ulquiorra's power can be harnessed in a form called Lanza del Relampago (Lance of the Lightning) which is a lance of solidified energy that causes tremendous electrical explosions.
** Candice is "The Thunderbolt". Not only can she fire massive blasts of electricity from her hands but she's also incredibly fast, able to combine speed blitzing and lightning strikes to deadly effect.
* Soi from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''
* Shakuei Amano from ''Manga/PopcornAvatar'', as the incarnation of the Deva of Lightning Indra, gives her avatar Kai access to lightning-based skills.
* Nurakami from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is able to summon lighting.
* In the final episode of ''{{Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation}}", Rei Rights - In addition to firing a giant laser cannon, calls down lightning bolts from the sky.
* Kannon Ozu in ''{{Coppelion}}'', due to having electric eel genes spliced with her own. She's capable of shooting bolts of electricity at anyone she likes. It also acts as a radar, allowing her to pinpoint the locations of people by using their bio-electricity, and stops her from feeling any pain (although she laments the latter deeply, as it is implied she can't feel ''anything'').
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* Many Red direct damage spells in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', starting with the classic [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/162.html Lightning Bolt]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Yomi}}'' features Grave Stormborne, who mixes lightning attacks in with his martial arts.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' gives us [[DemBones Summoned Skull]], [[GiantFlyer Hamon - Lord of Striking Thunder]], the Raigeki spell, and a few Thunder-type monsters such as the Watts and Batterymen. An interesting feature of the Elephantnose that has been expanded upon with Mermail - Abyssnose, is its use of a weak electric field. Since the Elephantnose has poor eyesight, it instead uses a weak electric field to find food and navigate. Mermail - Abyssnose on the other hand uses his electric field as a weapon, shocking other fish like you see in the bottom right hand corner.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One of the principal nasty things {{Storm}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' does to enemies. SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} can also control electricity to some degree (he almost killed Kitty Pryde with an electric shock in UXM #150), though some writers tend to forget that magnetism is good for more than just [[LightningCanDoAnything chucking metal around]]; electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental forces of the universe, after all.
%%* There's Surge.
* [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor FORSOOTH! When the lightning falleth, the Son of Odin be-eth in the familial dwelling!!]]
* Various characters from ''Franchise/TheDCU'':
** Comicbook/BlackLightning (and his ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' {{Expy}}, Black Vulcan...[[FountainOfExpies and Black Vulcan's]] ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' {{Expy}}, Juice).
** Weather Wizard, as a part of his shtick.
** [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] and his family can do this by dodging their transformation lightning bolt. Captain Marvel tends to use his magical lightning as an anti-Franchise/{{Superman}} weapon.
*** His New52 counterpart, Shazam, takes it one step further and can generate electricity directly from his hands and chest.
** There's also ComicBook/{{Static}}. He used to be from MilestoneComics, but the Milestone characters have been integrated into the DCU.
*** Static's powers are identical to Marvel's Magneto, except that Static is more likely to overtly include electricity in the visual effect of his powers.
** Livewire, [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries a Dini-verse creation]] [[CanonImmigrant that made her way to DC canon]].
* Lightning Lad of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', as well as Lightning Lass, their PsychoElectro brother Lightning Lord, and Storm Boy. Lightning Lass and Lightning Lad get a free pass from the "no two members with the same powers" rule, for some reason, even though it was the very rule invoked to keep Storm Boy from joining. So when Lightning Lass joined, her powers had been deliberately downgraded so that all she could do was nullify gravity on objects. They just failed to kick her out when she regained her lightning. By then, Lightning Lad was also ''dead''. Once he [[UnexplainedRecovery got better]], she arranged to get the Light Lass powers. And then, yes, she got her lightning back, and they didn't do anything about it. Storm Boy had a wide variety of weather-based abilities; he didn't get in because he was using a concealed WeatherControlMachine, rather than intrinsic powers.
* Electro from Franchise/SpiderMan's RoguesGallery. His "daughter" [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Danielle_Blunt_%28Earth-616%29 Aftershock]] for Comicbook/{{Spider-Girl}}.
** Not, however, Shocker, who attacks with shock waves. Nobody told the guys who made ''Arcade's Revenge''.
* ''Wildguard: Casting Call'' had a few electric superheroes trying out, among them Dr. Wattage, who isn't an actual doctor but plays one on TV, and Conductra, who can generate [[ShoutOut 1.21 Gigawatts]] and used to be the sidekick of her father, who had the same powers.
* Maxie Zeus in some of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' continuities.
* Jolt from ''{{Thunderbolts}}''. She generated bio-electricity, which she could channel into energy blasts, super strength, and super speed.
* Guns that shoot bolts of electricity are the signature weapons of Comicbook/AtomicRobo and other Tesladyne Action Scientists. Justified, since Robo was created by none other than Nikola Tesla.
* Steeplejack of ''Comicbook/TheSurrogates'' can channel lightning through his suit.
* Comicbook/{{Spider-Woman}}'s venom blasts are biolectrical in nature. They're not very potent as lightning powers go and are usually treated more or less like a taser.
* There's the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk villain Zzazz and his DistaffCounterpart Axon.
* Electric Ray from ''Amazing Man'' can emit lethal electrical charges.
* Lash Lightning, who was featured in ''Sure-Fire Comics'' and ''Lighting Comics'', has the ability to generate electricity.
* Dynamo, who was featured in ''Science Comics'' and ''Weird Comics'', can control electricity and shoot electrical bolts.
* Electro Man, from ''Rocket Comics'', can fire electrical blasts and turn into electricity to travel through wires.
* Lightning, from ''Jumbo Comics'', can shoot electricity from his fingers.
* Firebrand, from ''Yankee Comics'', can produce destructive electrical blasts and create an energy field to protect himself.
* Striker from ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' has the basic set.
* 9-Jack-9, the assassin villain from ''Comicbook/{{Zot}}''.
* Circuit Breaker wears a suit that not only allows her paralyzed body to move, but also lets her channel electric blasts powerful enough to harm Franchise/{{Transformers}}. One time she electrocuted ''Unicron'' and made him scream in pain!
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[EnfantTerrible Shocker]], one of the starring villains in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', has the ability to shoot bolts of lighting from his paws.
* In ''Transformers Meta'', Bumblebee has the powers with two electrical stingers, similar to his Transformers: Animated counterpart. However, in Transformers Meta, revealed in the fifth episode, he is capable of "charging" them by connecting the tips together to create a more potent blast.
* Ogma in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire is skilled enough in lightning-based abilities that his Jump attack is described as hitting as fast and hard like a lightning bolt.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
** Electro (who takes over Calvin's TV in [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Night of the Living Television"]] and its sequel.
** Calvin himself uses [[ChekhovsGag some lightning stored earlier in the MTM]] to shock Socrates at the end of "The Sky Is Falling".
** And the MTM itself, as well as some toys [[LivingToys it unknowingly brought to life]] use it as well.
** [[MoralityDial Evil Jack]] seems to have an electrically-charged [[PowerFist fist.]]
** The [[CreepyMonotone clones]] also use this.
* Gwen in ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'' has this as one of her powers.
* Safeyah from ''Fanfic/FlyOrFall'' is the Fairy of Lightning.
* Queen Celesia can shoot [[RougeAnglesOfSatin lightings]] out of her eyes in ''Fanfic/TwilightSparklesAwesomeAdventure''.
* In ''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse'', Sly is one of these. But considering his [[CloudCuckoolander mental condition]], he tends not to understand how best to utilize it, nor how much damage it can cause someone.
* Rep-Stallion from ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' has this power.
* Miles Prower from ''FanFic/CIAAgents'' has this as his magic element.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Flash Man has this power, as well as Elec Man.
* In Episode 5 of ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', [=ProtoMan=] copies Elec Man's power and shocks Mega Man with it, nearly killing him.
* In FanFic/DividedRainbow, Rarity kills the vicious [[GiantSpider Mr. 7]] by conjuring a thunderstorm right inside the giant spider's cave.
* Iku, in ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', as reference to her original canon, gains an armor (a medieval version of a Tesla coil) that conducts electricity, and a sword that can discharge electricity enough to vaporize small areas [[spoiler:and to kill a dragon]]. She gained the nickname of "The Thunderbolt".
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[[folder:Film]]
* Force Lightning from ''Franchise/StarWars'', which is considered one of the more powerful abilities of TheDarkSide, though you don't necessarily have to be evil to use it.
** One of R2-D2's gadgets is an arc welder. A particularly hilarious scene involves a droid KO'ing R2 after getting shocked.
* One of the spirit-demon guys from ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' (creatively named "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lightning]]") used lightning as a weapon.
* The primary streamthrowers in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. They can toilet paper, explode maid's carts, and will cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if you [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun cross the streams]]. Oh yeah, and you can snare ghosts with it.
** Though, to be fair, those are '''proton''' streams rather than the electron streams they'd need to be to classify as lightning.
** Not all that much better when you consider a proton with no neutrons or electrons is protium...an isotope of hydrogen. The streamthrowers are nothing but gas guns.
* The {{lightning gun}}s used by Zion's forces throughout ''Film/TheMatrix'' trilogy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', after Cartman's V-chip gets zapped, he eventually discovers that swearing now lets him generate electricity without causing self-trauma. He uses this against Saddam in Sith/''Manga/DragonBall'' style.
* [[Film/{{Transformers}} Bayverse]] Jolt has electric {{whip|ItGood}}s.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} has been known to electrify and/or magnetize his body on occasion.
** In ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'', Kong has this, albeit only by touch.
** King Ghidorah spits gravity beams from his mouths, but with the exception of Keizer Ghidorah the beams look and act like lightning bolts.
** Megalon can fire a lightning bolt from his horn. Gabara generates electricity from a row of spines on his head and channels it through his hands. Mechagodzilla, Super Mechagodzilla, and Kiryu have at least one electricity-based weapon (a chest blaster, the Shock Anchor, and the Wrist Blades respectively).
** To an extent in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''. The Mutos are able to emit [=EMPs=] thanks to their absorbing of radiation. It doesn't directly harm organic creatures, but the force of their footsteps still creates a powerful shockwave of its own that can send humans flying.
* Oh, and maybe...''Film/{{Thor}}'', who is the freaking God of Thunder and Lightning?
* In ''Film/TheRunningMan'', one of the stalkers after ArnoldSchwarzenegger is "Dynamo", who can electrocute people using his LightningGun.
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', Cherno Alpha apparently has Tesla-powered punches! Also, [[spoiler:the {{Kaiju}} Leatherback has the ability to unleash electromagnetic pulses.]]
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Storm. As in ''lightning'' storm.
** Chris Bradley from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', even if he can't produce electricity.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', Karkash has the power of magnetic field alteration. It is implied by his impressive soul power that he took a very long time to gain the ability to fire lightning with it.
* The first book of Literature/TheDresdenFiles has an evil sorcerer fueling his evil spells with massive lightning strikes. However, the main spell he used it for ripped people's hearts out, the lightning was used only to provide power.
** Elaine appears to favor electricity for combat, using both lightning strikes and a magical electrocuting chain.
** While Harry favours fire and force, he has a neat line in air magic (of which lightning is a part), and occasionally uses it, if only to surprise opponents who generally expect him to try and KillItWithFire.
* Joanna of ''The Literature/WeatherWardens'' series can use lightning as a weapon, and so can any other weather mage with the proper air/water elemental specialty.
* Lightning bolts are a favorite tool of Literature/{{Discworld}}'s gods, though Blind Io has a monopoly on thunder.
* Channelers in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' can summon lightning from an open sky, given proper skill in weather manipulation.
* War Wizards in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. Both because it's dramatic (which can be at least as useful to winning a battle as killing people) and because Wizard battles are primarily about daisy-chaining counters and finding unusual vectors, so they can't always use their terrifying [[KillItWithFire Wizards Fire]].
* Kilowatt, of the ''Literature/SeekersOfTruth''. Explained in-universe as the ability to manipulate electric charges, but for some reason, she still likes to just shoot lightning from her hands.
* Princess Elektra of ''Literature/{{Xanth}}''. Though her powers are much weaker than most of those listed here. She can only use her powers at a lethal level once a day, for instance.
* At the end of Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/LordOfLight'', it's stated that the hero received that title "either because he could wield lightnings or because he refrained from doing so." He was also capable of preventing electronic devices from working, just by willing it. Convenient, when your enemy wants to shoot you with a blaster.
* Thalia of ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' is the daughter of Zeus, and though she disappoints by being acrophobic, she can ''really'' bring on the voltage.
** In the sequel series ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', Jason, being the son of Jupiter, has the same abilities. He can also harness the wind and fly.
* In Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, Joruus C'baoth likes using Force Lightning. [[http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/286/blz23.jpg He's crazy, all right]]
* The main way of attacking for a witch or sorcerer in ''Literature/TheOtherworld'' series and its spinoff ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' seems to be through throwing lightning bolts. These apparently range from lethal to non-lethal, with the damage depending on just how much OOMPH the user puts into the spell.
* TheGuardians each have a [[PersonalityPowers Gift]] related to their life. [[spoiler: Jake's second]] Gift is electricity, and [[spoiler: he]]'s referred to as the human Taser.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'', [[BlowYouAway windcrafters]] cannot generate lightning by themselves. However, if a group of them are in a thunderstorm, they can, via group effort, gather the lightning generated by the storm and direct it at a target on the ground. In addition, a windcrafter who is also capable with [[MakingASplash watercraft]] can generate a sort of defibrillator via electrical generation while a patient is submerged in a healing tub.
* In Adrian Tchaikovsky's ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt'' series, Wasp-kinden are able to shoot blasts of bioelectric energy from their hands.
* Cracklers/Edisons from ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'' are superhumans with electrical powers.
* Tris from ''Literature/CircleOfMagic''. Though she can wield other abilities, her chief attribute seems to be lightning, as she has been referred to as a lightning mage.
* ''Literature/MichaelVey''.
* In ''Literature/ShadowOps'', generating lightning and controlling electrical storms is a subset of [[BlowYouAway Aeromancy]].
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': This is the element that Rana was blessed with by Dronor.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': [[BigBad DomDaniel]] is planning to destroy Keeper's Cottage with a bolt of lightning when he's interrupted by the approach of the Dragon Boat.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', Dikeogu has the involuntary ability to attract lightning to himself.
* In ''Literature/TheWiseMansFear'', Kvothe called down lightning and smote [[spoiler: one of the Chandrian and his minions]] in a terrifying display of Sympathy and physics.
* ''Literature/ForeverGate'': All humans develop lightning powers and gols put a PowerNullifier on them because of them.
* Although the air-magic of Ruahks in Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned falls more under BlowYouAway, the more powerful ones do get the ability to throw lightning or use walls of it to protect themselves.
* Opaline of ''Literature/TheUltraViolets'' has this as her powers.
* Parshendi stormforms in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', can throw lightning as well as adding it to their punches and kicks. Luckily for the humans, stormform lightning behaves more or less like regular lightning, meaning that it's nearly impossible to aim. Unfortunately, the stormforms are [[RequiredSecondaryPowers immune to lightning]], so they don't actually ''need'' to aim: Just pump out enough and some will hit the humans. Back on the lucky side, Shardplate was originally made to fight stormforms (among other things), and so makes its wearer immune to lightning as well.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Penny designs some electro-glove things that causes people it zaps to stick to the next surface they touch, usually the ground.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has this. In Storm the Lightning Fairy's book, an extra-mean goblin with red eyes shoots fairy lightning at the girls with the power of the Lightning Feather. While it isn't as dangerous as real lightning, it's still very threatening, to the point that no one in the entire book is hit by it directly.
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* One MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Series/TheXFiles'' was a teenager who called down lightning and controlled electricity in general.
* Elle Bishop in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Sylar, too (and not even the usual way, originally. He still kills her eventually, though, and destroys the body with her own power).
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow's offensive combat magic of choice is bursts of dark-energy lightning.
* Gwen [[MeaningfulName Raiden]] in ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
** Angel tries to take out Jasmine this way, but it doesn't work.
-->'''Jasmine:''' I was forged in the inferno of creation, vampire. Do you really think a little electricity would destroy me?
-->'''Angel:''' Worth a shot.
* Johnny B of the cult classic ''Series/MisfitsOfScience''. The ability to throw lightning and move at Flash-like speeds somewhat makes up for the fact that [[BlessedWithSuck a drop of water will burn him like acid]]. How he doesn't die of dehydration [[MST3KMantra was never addressed.]]
* Brennan Mulwray in ''Series/MutantX''.
* The Spellbinders' power suits in ''{{Spellbinder}}'' can generate powerful blasts of electricity - [[NoWaterProofingInTheFuture provided they don't get wet.]] A significantly upgraded version was also capable of flying by means of repelling the Earth's magnetic field.
* No love for Tesla himself of ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''. Can't shoot bolts himself, but invariably causes a lot of damage with lightning. Some of the other characters even call him insane, though justifiably a genius.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Master]] in The End of Time. Made unpleasantly realistic by his [[HorrorHunger need to recharge.]]
** The Silence also attack their enemies with electricity.
*** While not having actual control over lightning itself, ever since Revelation of the Daleks, Davros has been shown shooting electricity out of his hand and synthetic eye. This ability is presumed to come from cybernetic upgrades.
* Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s [[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade]] and [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva (in Dogga Form)]] make use of lightning for their {{Finishing Move}}s. [[Series/KamenRiderHibiki Zanki, Todoroki, and most stringed instrument-type Oni]] also use lightning as their element.
** [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Uva]] can shoot lightning. This power is passed down to his Kuwagata Medal.
** Series/KamenRiderStronger was powered by electricity. His HourOfPower SuperMode allowed him to discharge more electricity than usual (and he had to; otherwise, he'd explode).
** As well as [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]] in Elek States
* Carla Burnelle from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' has her powers based on electricity. [[{{Badass}} She's quite good with it.]]
* In ''Series/{{Alphas}}'', this is the Red Flag operative Kosar's power. He can't shoot lightning bolts, but he can create localized brownouts and electrocute things by touching them, or if they're connected by a conductor.
* After several failed attempts to try and replicate an electrical water stun gun per a myth, Adam and Jamie of the ''Series/MythBusters'' ended up weaponizing a Tesla coil by having Jamie sit ''within'' one and shoot water out of it, causing the charge to run down the stream onto its target.
* One memorable moment from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' had Merlin killing Nimueh by hitting her with lightning until she ''exploded''. It has never been brought up again, although quite understandably as he's never needed to use it again.
** He uses it again in GrandFinale, against the [[spoiler: entire Saxon Army]]. No explosions this time though.
* Many, perhaps all, of the Greek gods on ''Series/{{Hercules|TheLegendaryJourneys}}'' and ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'' could throw lightning, not just Zeus. They used it with varying degrees of effectiveness. Ares preferred to brawl and would whip out the thunderbolts only if he was losing a fight; Hades was pragmatic enough to realize that absolutely no one was going to beat Hercules in a fistfight and that the son of Zeus was best attacked from a distance.
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[[folder:Music]]
* DJ the S' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQIIiHc5FMw Disciple of Lightning]]" is a compilation remix of Lightning-based themes from video games.
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Zeus of [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]] is frequently portrayed as flinging thunderbolts.
* Likewise, Thor, God of Thunder, from NorseMythology.
* Indra, the king of the {{Hindu|Mythology}} gods (according to the earliest text, anways), is the god of thunder and lighting. Also, many "ruler of the gods" are associated with Thunder or the Sun.
* Raiden of UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}}.
* Perun, one of the main gods of the [[SlavicMythology Slavs]]. He has some similarities with Thor.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/DataEast's ''Pinball/JurassicPark'' has "Electric Fence" mode, where little Timmy will become electrocuted if the player fails to hit the bumpers enough times to shut them off.
* ''Pinball/CirqusVoltaire'' is set in an ''avant garde'' circus with an electricity theme.
* Blanka in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/StreetFighterII'' pinball is drawn with this on the playfield.
* ''Pinball/{{Flash}}'' is all about this trope, largely due to its [[PhysicalGod Thunder God]] protagonist.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker has the ability to call down lightning from the heavens, though he mostly uses it for dramatic effect and not as an attack.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}} has [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/abcoulix.htm Abcoulix]], an enormous brain toad created as an organic electrical generator, which can attack by frying people from a distance with an electrical bolt or trying to grapple with them to fry them like an electric chair.
* Various ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' examples:
** Psychic powers: Eldritch Storm, Bolt of Change, the [[WhateverMancy Ethermancy]] school of [[ClarkesThirdLaw Cryptek skills]].
** Ranged weapons: Zzzap gunz, all gauss-flayer weapons ever, the aptly named "Tesla" Necron weapons.
** Hand weapons: Power weapons, (Necron) disruption fields, and ''especially'' lightning claws.
** Storm of the Emperor's Wrath, the basic Librarian power.
*** Strictly speaking, those weapons don't use lightning; they just generate lots of pretty sparks while introducing a distortion field or pure evil into the target. The gauss guns don't even do that: they electromagnetically suck atoms (in massive numbers, obviously) off the target without lightning or anything that looks like it being involved...though green lighting tends to hang around some other necron machinery.
** One variety of [[MachineWorship Tech-Priest]] known as Electro-priests have this as their entire shtick.
* The spell "Incantation of Lightning" in the TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has always had its share of (usually, but not always magical) electricity-based attacks, to the point where "lightning" is simply another not altogether uncommon [[ElementalRockPaperScissors damage type]] in its 4th edition: spellcasters of various persuasions hurling lightning bolts around or calling them down from the sky, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blue dragons]] ''breathing'' them instead of fire, and other sources of flashy high voltage have essentially been part of the game from day one.
* ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'' has a whole category of Transmutations called Electrification, which allows the character to manipulate electrical equipment and shoot lightning from their hands. Appropriately, the category falls into the Refinement of Tin, which focuses on spite and revenge -- just the category where you'd put the Wrath of God.
** Worth noting: electricity usually heals the Created. Electrification Transmutations, however, aren't just raw electricity - they're backed by Torment, the force of a Promethean's rage and disgust at being rejected by the world around it. As a result, this is electricity that can ''hurt creatures that feed on lightning''.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has a few Forces Rotes that allow the mage to redirect electricity and throw lightning.
* One of the more powerful Gifts in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' causes a lightning bolt to strike the werewolf's enemies.
* In Chaosium's ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' TabletopRPG, members of the Great Race sometimes have {{Lightning Gun}}s.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' has the Generator Attunement given out by Jean, the Archangel of Lightning. It allows the user to, well...generate lots of electricity and fry things with it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' features a Psychic Character Class called the Zapper, who can shoot mega-damage blasts of electricity and use other electric powers.
* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=209 Lightning Bolt]] is the oldest non-variable direct damage card in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' and probably the best for tournament play in formats where it's allowed.
* ''TabletopGame/SummonerWars'': Quen of the Mountain Vargath, the militant Ram-men of Itharia, shoot lightning bolts that sometimes DO strike the same spot twice.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* {{Zoids}} has Liger Zero X and Dark Spiner. Liger Zero X has electrified blades that ''shoot lightning'' while Dark Spiner fires a burst of electricity that causes other mecha to go into {{Unstoppable Rage}}s.
* Lightning is one of the secondary elements featured in ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}''. Users of the element include [[ToylessToylineCharacter several Toa of Lightning]], Tahnok-Kal, and a few Rahkshi species.
** Earlier in the series, Toa of Water and Air would work together to create storms, the most obvious effect being the lightning.
** The Toa Inika were created [[LightningCanDoAnything via special lightning]], and as a side effect, their elements became intertwined with electricity. Whenever they shot fire, air, water, stone, ice or rock, they not only burnt, blew away, smashed or froze their target, but also electrocuted them. Their toys had light-up weapons to simulate this.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}} 2'' gives us the [=VC5=] Arc Rifle, a modified welding tool that shoots giant arcs of lightning at things. It can only be found in the single player campaign, during a single level. It requires no ammunition and, instead, [[AbnormalAmmo draws charge from the surrounding air]] via a special ore.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has Gekigami, a Celestial God is a celestial tiger who [[ImprobableWeaponUser fires arrows with a back-mounted bow and his tail]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has a wide variety of elemental weapons with electric shock mods. Also, certain class mods can add bonus shock damage to shock elemental weapons. Also, exploding blue barrels, blue creatures, and shock grenade mods.
* Raidy in ''Lightning Warrior Raidy'' has this as her signature attack.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'' has Colonel Volgin, who can generate static electricity through his body and channels it through held rounds of ammunition. He can also launch said ammunition like a rail gun.
** ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' features Fortune, who has a rail gun that shoots arcs of lightning.
* The Jupiter class of adepts in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' use meteorological phenomenon such as lightning to attack, and indeed, lightning is some of their most powerful attacks. Jupiter lighthouse also features lightning puzzles.
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' has the Tesla Claw in the first and second games, the Tesla Barrier and Plasma Coil in the second and third, the Spitting Hydra in the third, and shock mods from the second game on.
** Both {{P|layStation3}}S3 entries feature the Lightning Ravager/Shockwave Ravager, a lightning {{whip|ItGood}}!
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games tend to have a lightning attack as a spell.
** [[TheDragon Golbez]] from VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV has the ability to shoot lightning out of his hands
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had the Blast Gun, a member of a trio of strangely named elemental-magic guns (the others were the Blaze Gun and Glacier Gun, which did exactly the opposite of what you would expect).
** In the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, lightning also tends to be the most powerful element. An example would be the Blast Gun, the most powerful one of the three, and the Thunder Spell in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. Byakko's Haidate (the most powerful leg piece in the game) is lightning-aligned and gives a healthy chunk of resistance against electric attacks.
** Also, there's the summon Ramuh.
*** As well as Ixion. Apparently, one Thunder summon wasn't quite enough.
*** And [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Quezacotl]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Adramellech]], and one incarnation of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Odin]]. Ramuh's the one member of the PowerTrio of summons most likely to be replaced.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'''s guest party member Leila starts out with a Thunder spell, which is more than most of your other guest party members, barring Minwu. The first time you fight the BigBad, TheEmperor, he will use Thunder spells almost to the point of exclusivity.
** As you [[MeaningfulName might expect from her nickname]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]] uses the Thunder series of spells a little bit more than the others - she starts with Thunder, learns Thundaga, and has Odin (who is Lightning-based in that game) as her Eidolon.
** Raijin, a RecurringBoss in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', named after the Japanese God of Thunder. Appropriately, he's partnered with [[BlowYouAway Fujin]] (God of Wind).
* ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' had this, which had a side effect of confusion if a certain Lightning Mantra was used.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', all fling characters had the Thunder Shoot ability.
** [[FridgeLogic Including Tails]], who has been [[VideoGame/SonicJam stated to]] [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie have a]] FearOfThunder in the past...
* The various Lighting Wave Cannons in ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}}'' count, and oddly, the series includes a Tesla weapon, Hyper Tesla Pile Bunker, which ''doesn't'' produce lightning.
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' had the [[LightningGun Thunderbolt]]. It could not could not be used underwater without killing yourself and everyone around you.
* In the ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans!'' games, Crypto's basic sidearm is a LightningGun [[EmergencyWeapon that doesn't need ammunition]].
* Samus's Wave Beam combo in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime''.
* Lightning is the element produced from the [[WeirdMoon Yellow Moon]] in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', and its spells can also sap power from opponents. [[TheWisePrince Enrique]], the prince of Valua (where the Yellow Moon orbits over - also, the Yellow Moon causes fierce thunderstorms to strike Valua most of the time), learns lighting spells faster than the other party members. The Valuan admirals that you fight also know most of the lightning spells. [[TheHero Vyse]] learns [[PlayingWithFire red spells]] the fastest, but his higher level killer moves have a strong lightning theme.
* Soviet Tesla Coils in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert''.
** Add-on pack ''RedAlert: Aftermath'' adds Tesla Tanks and Shock Troopers, who respond to you in Arnie-style zingers, including "''Shock''ing! Hahaha!"
** Tesla technology proved so popular with fans that the sequel ''Red Alert 2'' used it a lot, including newer versions of the above and Tesla Bombs for the Kirov Airship. In one mission, the Soviets even turn the ''[[RuleOfCool Eiffel Tower]]'' into a supersized Tesla Coil and lay waste to Paris in order to terrorize the European allies.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has taken this to its logical conclusion by having Tesla ''everything''. That's [[PoweredArmor Tesla Troopers]], [[CoolTank Tesla Tanks]], [[CoolBoat Stingrays]]...even the ''Japanese'' have a Tesla Mecha...''a really huge one'' at that. The terror drone now has a Tesla secondary fire for disabling vehicles while the Tesla Troopers got an upgrade, switching their Tesla cannons into EMP mode and disabling nearby vehicles.
* The Tesla guns from ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein''.
* ''Unreal Tournament 2003'' and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' have a more powerful version of the sniper rifle--the LightningGun. Despite the name, it's a fictional version of the Electrolaser. In exchange for being more powerful, it gives away your position.
** It also, if you land a headshot, [[IncendiaryExponent sets the victim's neck stump on fire]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' has a gun that [[RuleOfCool fires shurikens and lightning.]] [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] was impressed.
* Blanka and Necro can both generate electricity in ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
** And in later games in the series, Ryu has the Denjin Hadoken, which is an electric version of the Hadoken.
*** Urien, whose elements are earth and lightning. His two Super Arts, Temporal Thunder and Aegis Reflector, are lightning-based.
*** [[FieryRedhead Crimson Viper]] wears gloves which allow her to [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman electrocute her enemies whenever she punches them.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'', there were Mjolnir and Gungnir. Mjolnir, named after Thor's hammer, looked more like a giant light bulb, but is apparently made out of lightning or something. It's the most powerful mace in the game and does damage over time.
** ''Aria of Sorrow'' has two lightning weapons, Gungnir and Vajra, that are rather potent and deals multiple hits (like all lightning-based player attacks do in this game). There's also the Lightning Doll soul, which is very popular and almost [[GameBreaker gamebreaking]] because it has considerable range, deals high damage with multiple hits for a relatively low MP cost, and lets you feel like Emperor Palpatine (which might be helped by the fact that [[spoiler: Soma is the reincarnation of the Dark Lord).]]
** As part of the FireIceLightning trio of elemental swords in ''Symphony of the Night'', there's the Thunderbrand, which, according to its description, is the lightning sword of the Hindu God Indra.
** [[MagicKnight Shanoa]] from ''Order of Ecclesia'' wields 2 magic glyphs the player finds in the game. Fulgur is a ball of lightning that travels a certain distance while blasting any enemy it comes across with multiple hits and Vol Fulgur fires a large thunderbolt that shoots straight to its target(s) and does multiple hits for a brief moment.
* Raiden of ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. God of Lightning and all. Also, although his powers over [[MakingASplash water]] have been emphasized in some installments, Rain has always had the ability to call down lightning from above.
* The Electro Bolt ability in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', which is the first ability you learn in the game. Doesn't tend to kill but stuns the enemy (and can do bonus damage if shot in water while an enemy's in it).
** The chemical launcher can shoot electric gel, and the shotgun can shoot electric shells. In VideoGame/BioShock2, the final upgrade for the shotgun gives its normal shots a chance to shock the enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' and related games, the player can make a variety of weapons that utilize electricity, like a makeshift taser (that doubles as an ATM hacking device), a Blanka mask attached to a car battery, and a LightningGun.
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Luigi]] gets to generate electricity in his hands as his specific power in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''. The power returns in Mario Strikers Charged Football, where he can pull lightning from storm clouds.
** Also Wario, who uses it pretty often in the spin-off games. [[MarioTennis Mario Power Tennis]] implies that he [[MagicFromTechnology uses a special machine]] to do it.
** From ''WarioLand Shake It'', the Shake King has the ability to do this, shooting lightning bolts in an attempt to fry Wario (as well as just shooting giant laser beams and energy balls in general).
* The Zap spell in a number of ''DragonQuest'' games.
* The Warslug monsters (which look like chubby, bipedal salamanders with horns) in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series specialize in electrical attacks.
** Some enemies in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' use an attack that involves them tying up a player with an electric rope.
* Victor von Gerdenheim of the ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' series is a FrankensteinsMonster whose body produces massive amounts of electricity, more than even a bolt of lightning. If you hold down any of his attack buttons, the attack will be charged with electricity.
* Several examples in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** If you're so foolish as to return to the shop in Mabe Village from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' after stealing from the place, the shopkeeper will [[ShopliftAndDie sic his Force Lightning powers on you]] until you are dead, after which your save title will be renamed to "THIEF".
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a large part of the bestiary in Lanayru Province can trigger this with their attacks. This is also why it's advised to never bring the iron shield there.
** Also in ''Skyward Sword'', the second half of the battle with the final boss is fought amidst a thunderstorm, which the BigBad uses to electrify his sword and fry Link. [[spoiler: Link can do the same, by charging a Skyward Strike when the sky flashes.]]
* The indie game ''VideoGame/{{Shadowgrounds}}'' has a LightningGun as your final weapon. You can upgrade it to have more bolts and give it a slowly recharging ammo supply. The alt-fire shoots a REALLY powerful blast of electricity.
* Arc Charger in ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man''.
* The ''Xenophobe'' arcade game had a Lightning Rifle.
* Galford D. Weiler in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' is a lightning user.
** Kafuin Nocotin was both a lightning and a [[PlayingWithFire fire]] user.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', although more specializing in multiple elements, Philia Felice's Swordian Clemente is designed as the 'Lightning Swordian'.
** Shing Meteoryte of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' is technically [[LightEmUp Light-tilted]], but a lot of his techs that deal light damage have "lightning" in the name somewhere and/or create waves and bolts of lightning. The exceptions have "star" in the name instead. Spark Web is also one of the Light spells, and the favored move of a late-game Light monster. Lightning is apparently a subset of Light here.
** [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Lightning bl-]][[GameBreaker Super lightning blade!]]
*** In addition to those abilities of the party members that use it, two of the game's boss fights - [[RebelLeader Yuan]] and Kvar - use the lightning element exclusively. Although Colette prominently uses [[HolyHandGrenade Angel-aligned powers]], she also uses plenty of lightning-based powers as well, such as Para Ball, Torrential Para Ball, and Grand Chariot.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Jade has Indignation!!!
* Saki Tsuzura of ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has Bhanri, Arcana of Lightning, as the default Arcana.
* Benimaru Nikaido of ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
** And from one of the series it derived from, Kim Dong Hwan of ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]''.
* Ky Kiske of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' [[CallingYourAttacks rides the lightning]].
** His half-Gear son Sin in ''Overture'' has similar powers [[OedipusComplex though he refuses to acknowledge that he has anything in common with Ky]].
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** Akihiko Sanada in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has an Emperor Arcana Persona that specializes in Lightning.
** Kanji Tatsumi in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is more of a physical person, but most of his magic is Lightning based. Like Akihiko, his Persona is also of the Emperor Arcana.
*** The Player Character, likewise, starts off with Izanagi, a Persona with electric attacks.
** An unusually high amount of the main character's high level Personas, such as Yoshitsune and Kohryu, learn more lightning spells than any other element and his initial persona, Izanagi, has Zio right from the start, and although the main character can equip Personas that use all elements, half of most players' final Persona lineups will have Ziodyne.
** Thunder Reign, Thor's Spell and the trongest electric attack...It stuns always.
** And since it's brought up, the Shin Megami Tensei franchise in general has the Zio spells, counting some thunder-based physical spells, weapons, and the maximum spell Thunder Reign, as seen in Persona 3. Curiously enough, [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI The Heroine]] and [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII Hiroko and Beth]] all have Zio spells.
** Cielo and Roland in ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'':
** Far Seers have Chain Lightning. Need we say more?
** Naga sea witches (neutral heroes from ''The Frozen Throne''), Lady Vashj in the Blood Elves campaign.
** And the shaman class in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Especially when specialized in [[ElementalPowers elemental combat]].
** Some raid bosses have lightning abilities, Lady Vashj from Serpentshrine Cavern and Akil'Zon from Zul'Aman, to name a few.
*** Druids get the Hurricane spell, but that's the only one for them that has lightning.
** Hunters have two pets with lightning-based racial attacks: Wind Serpents and Chimaeras (paired with Frost in the Chimaera's case).
* Iku Nagae in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' spinoff fighting game ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'' uses lots and lots of lightning attacks.
** Soga no Tojiko from ''Ten Desires'' shoots "thunder arrows" in her MidBoss fight. [[{{Onmyodo}} Mononobe no Futo]] from the same game uses the same arrows as part of one of her spellcards.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' had a variety of electric power sets, including ranged attacks, melee attacks, armor, crowd control (which included a pet made of electricity), and support (as part of a weather control set) among its many StockSuperpowers. At higher levels, all characters from any class could optionally learn electric attacks via various tertiary power sets. In addition, the Mu enemy group used red lightning exclusively.
** The developers' later work, ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', downgrades this to a single Electricity power set, mostly ranged attacks plus a couple of electric fields.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The Electric type always pack a few electric attacks. Including the franchise mascot itself, Pikachu.
** Electric Pokemon on the whole tend to favor high Special Attack and Speed stats, making them great for Special Sweeping in competitive play. Pure Electric-types only have Ground attacks as a weakness, but Ground attacks are so ubiquitous that it keeps it from being a total [[GameBreaker gamebreaking typing.]]
*** The notable exception of electricity-wielding Electric Pokemon is Voltorb/Electrode. Despite being Electric-type, it did not learn any Electric-type attacks naturally until Gen III - at which point it was presented with 2, one of which was a mere stat-boosting move.
** The Gym Leaders Lt. Surge of Kanto, Wattson of Hoenn, Volkner of Sinnoh, and Elesa of Unova all specialize in the Electric-type.
* The electric-oriented Robot Master from ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series,
** The first game features Elec Man, who is the first electric-oriented Robot Master.
** Spark Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''
** Cloud Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7''
** Even though [[AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance he doesn't look the part]], the Robot Master Clown Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' can launch an "elastic" beam of electricity.
** Dynamo Man from ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass''
** Plug Man ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' and Sheep Man from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10''
** ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' applies the lightning descriptor to Magnet Man, Bright Man, Flash Man, and new Navi Thunder Man as well as Elec Man and Spark Man themselves. Toadman's song is also electric elemental. Rock himself can use an electric Style, Thunder Soul, Magnet Soul, or Elec Cross, depending on game, and electricity-based paralysis control folders popped up every {{metagame}} during the series run.
** The electric-oriented Mavericks like Spark Mandrill, Volt Catfish, Web Spider, Squid Adler, and a host of others in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series.
** ''VideoGame/Rockman4MinusInfinity'' GameMod gave Bright Man the ability to use electricity.
** The Zerker form in ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 2'' rewards you for taking lots of electrical attacks with a twenty-point power increase to each shot. Including, with a particularly swish counterattack, the [[{{BFS}} Thunder Bolt (TB) Blade]], which is a very unpleasant experience for everything on the screen except you.
* ''EscapeVelocity: Nova'':
** The [[WaveMotionGun Triphammer]], which proves that [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill entirely too much firepower]] will [[RecycledInSpace never, ever]] go out of [[RuleOfCool style]].
** If the player takes the Vell-os path, your final [[PsychicPowers psychic "weave"]], Winter Tempest, is a DeflectorShields-piercing lightning bolt.
* ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' has the much beloved [[EmergencyWeapon Air Taser]], which sends electrical shocks down a long-ranged probe and into a poor {{Mook|s}}'s body [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential until they combust]].
* Crono, the main character of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', though his powers being "Lightning" are a change caused by [[CensorshipBureau Nintendo's "no religious references" policy]]--in Japanese, it was "Holy", but in the DS remake, this was partly reverted back to "Light".
* Michael Roa Valdamjong from ''{{Tsukihime}}''. The original Roa, not the pathetic reincarnated one, and is one of the most powerful mages in the {{Nasuverse}} and primarily uses electric magic.
* Both Sonia[[spoiler:/Chris Ryan]] and Might in the ''PsychicForce'' series.
* The AxCrazy {{Blonde|sAreEvil}} Larxene from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
** Borrowing from ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'''s magic system, there's also a [[FireIceLightning Thunder]] spell available to Sora, Donald, and some enemies. It's one of the more useful ones, too, with good area damage.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', as expected given the source material, allows you to shoot Force Lightning at people. Combining this with a stun power is great for wiping out rooms full of mooks...
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': the Sith Inquisitor class can use several different versions of this. The Sith Warrior class has at least one attack like this.
* The Lightning Bolt and Lightning Arrester psychs from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* Tien Wu, Goddess of Lightning, in ''BikiniKarateBabes''.
* Cole [=McGrath=], protagonist of ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'', commands all manners of electricity based attacks, from [[LightningCanDoAnything grenades and shields to localized lightning strikes]]. You'll need all the powers you can get as [[NintendoHard the enemies are NOT pushovers]]. There's also unique electric powers for [[KarmaMeter the good and bad skill trees]], and [[MundaneUtility rail grinding and levitating]] to boot. There is even a Trophy labeled "Shock and Awe" in the sequel, where you Thunder Drop onto a group of five or more enemies.
* The Titans of the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' series, the traditional ultimate unit of the Wizard/Academy/Tower faction since the second game, are giants that fling lightning bolts at their unlucky foes. The Titans of the fifth game take it even further; the default Titans can call lightning from the sky to strike their enemies (useful in situations where a ranged attack wouldn't be as effective) and the alternate upgrade, the Storm Titan, can ''summon stormclouds on the battlefield''. And the more magic oriented Heroes can make good use of the lightning bolt and chain lightning spells available in most of the games.
* The Arc Welder weapon in ''Franchise/RedFaction: Guerilla'', a flamethrower that shoots lightning instead of flame and can kill a vehicle's pilot without damaging the vehicle.
* Emitter-class weapons in ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars''. '''Pros:''' 100% accurate and can chain to other nearby targets. '''Cons:''' short range and really poor at attacking planets: they're like a slightly more intense than average thunderstorm.
** Emitters ''shine'' when facing large groups of [[GoddamnedBats small, evasive, fast-moving enemies, like the Swarm]], targets that are otherwise quite capable of dodging weapons fire from conventional ballistic or energy weapons, and too numerous to tackle with slow-firing missile weapons. The 'crowd control' potential from the accuracy and the chaining means [[KillStreak an entire cloud of bugs can be wiped out with only a few blasts]].
* Speaking of chaining, Tesla towers in ''VideoGame/DefenseGridTheAwakening'' can chain to nearby aliens. They also [[ChargedAttack charge up]] when not firing to unleash a stronger attack, making them good rear guard towers.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'':
** Aside from SquishyWizard Nina, Rei uses lightning magic. You won't use it a lot, though...
** It's also the trademark move of [[PsychoElectro Balio]], a recurring antagonist in the early portion of the game.
* Any ''Franchise/DotHack'' spell with the word "Rai" in it. (Rai Rom and its upgraded forms are one of the more impressive variations, creating a ''lightning tornado''.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Kamui}}Pacificators'' fighters use homing lightning extensively as attacks.
* ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}}'' has the R13 line of fighters, which all have a lightning-based WaveMotionGun.
* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'''s [[EnsembleDarkhorse Flik]] [[MeaningfulName The Blue Lightning]] comes with the Lightning Rune by default, and he's got a pretty damn good magic stat for a Knight-type character, which means his magic will hit hard. It's been a while, but IIRC, you can't remove the Lightning Rune from him (why would you?).
** So you can replace it with the much more powerful Thunder Rune? And yes, you can remove his Lightning Rune, in both games.
* Rachel Alucard from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''.
* Comes loaded onto the Die Spinne 'Piranha' fighter in ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies: High Road to Revenge''.
* Alphonse in ''VideoGame/VisionsAndVoices'' is the only playable character who can use Shock spells.
* The titular character in Otto Matic has a weapon called Supernova which electrocutes everything in sight. Also used to activate doors and teleporters in one level, and it activates automatically if you step in water, but that won't do you much good because water makes you die.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** It gives us the Arc Projector, a chain-lightning gun used to overpower non-armor defenses.
** Some soldier classes also have the ability to shoot lightning bullets by using Disruptor Ammo, and some tech classes have the ability to use Overload, which delivers a powerful electromagnetic pulse that makes short work of [[NotUsingTheZWord rob...pardon me, SYNTHETIC]] enemies.
** The [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 sequel]] expands this to several additional electrical weapons (including the Arc Pistol, Reegar Carbine, and Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle, all quarian-designed) and giving certain classes (such as Infiltrator Shepard) electrified omniblades -- in case a disposable monomolecular glowing orange blade wasn't ''enough'' for you, and you needed to add lightning to it.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
** The [=RaiOh=] and [=DaiRaiOh=] of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha 3'' elevate this to new heights by combining this trope with ExtremityExtremist. It being a walking ShoutOut to Franchise/KamenRider also helps.
** In the same franchise, variations of the mass-produced [[OriginalGeneration original mecha Gespenst]] is armed with plasma stakes that generate and store electricity that discharges following a MegatonPunch.
* Plasma/Spark Kirby from the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series can generate electricity by moving around to use for attacking.
** The Beam ability allows Kirby to attack with a shocking {{whip|ItGood}}.
** In [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars the anime]], Kirby can shoot electricity out of his umbrella if he has the Parasol ability.
** There's also Kracko, a recurring boss who is a lightning cloud.
* Lightning is one of the elemental magics a mage can use in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. The spell combination of Spell Might + Blizzard + Tempest (in that order) = [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Storm of the Century]], which summons a ''massive lightning cyclone'' that will probably kill anything without full boss-level hp that's stuck in it for the entire spell duration.
* [[ColourCodedElements Yellow]] Pikmin are immune to electricity in ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} 2''.
* VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}: scoring a CriticalHit on a humanoid target with a [[LightningGun Shock weapon]] overloads their entire body with electricity until it has nowhere else to go but to [[CruelAndUnusualDeath melt the victim's face and blow out a piece of their skull!]]
* Jaster Rogue in ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'' has the ability to make electricity generate from his sword and deal lightning damage during the duration of the spell. Useful for taking out mechanical {{Mooks}}.
* [[LadyOfWar Ginchiyo Tachibana]] in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 2'' has a sword with a serrated blade which generates powerful pulses of lightning that electrocutes her foes as she slashes them, and can also call down waves of lightning from the sky as a special ability. Her musou attack allows her to create a [[BarrierWarrior powerful electromagnetic shield]] which damages all enemies in her immediate vicinity.
* Semi-obscure PC fighting game ''VideoGame/OneMustFall'' features the [[MeaningfulName Electra]], a several-stories tall robot whose fighting style largely centers around the fact that, in place of hands, it possesses spikes which are conductors for its electrical attacks. These include small sparks fired by arcing electricity between them, forming ball lightning, just touching the opponent with both hands (and thus completing the circuit), and, finally, firing an electrical blast into the sky that summons lightning to destroy its opponent. [[YouFailPhysicsForever Blatantly unrealistic,]] but [[RuleOfCool definitely one of the most awesome kills to watch.]]
* Electricity is a powerup in ''VideoGame/BackyardSports: Rookie Rush''.
* Electricity is the main attack of the Vortigaunts in ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' (and the Voltigores in ''Opposing Force''). You can play as a Vortigaunt and use this attack yourself in the bonus level of the PlayStation2 expansion pack, ''Half Life: Decay''.
* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', the Red Knight's magic is based around lightning.
* Haschel and the purple dragon in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' gets the power to zap his enemies when he picks up a limited-use Zap Cap PowerUp. And then there were the lightning bugs in [[BubblegloopSwamp Splot]], who fired electricity from their plug-like butt to electrocute Bug.
* ''Videogame/BaldursGate'', as a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adaptation, has lightning spells, of which the most accessible is the level 3 Lightning Bolt. [[note]]Lightning Bolt has been known to rebound unpredictably off the scenery and may not be safe when used in enclosed spaces, such as dungeons, cities, or the Prime Material Plane. [[SideEffectsInclude Lightning Bolt is used at your own risk and the risk of everyone around you. Do not get Lightning Bolt wet and never feed it after midnight.]][[/note]]
* VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe's girlfriend and sidekick, [[MsFanservice Sexy Silvia]], can use lightning based attacks such as Cool Blue Kick.
* We have ''Videogame/RuneScape'''s Saradomin Strike attack. It summons a nice, harmless thunderbolt...
* ''VideoGame/ModnationRacers'' has the Bolt Power-up that can level up from a linear attack, to a bolt that does splash damage, and then to a lightning storm attack that shocks every racer in front of the user.
* ''Videogame/DevilMayCry'' has Trish, whose powers are greatly shown In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and in [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry DMC 2]], Lucia and Dante have access to the lightining elemental heart.
* All three games in the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' trilogy feature the [[PsychicPowers PSI]] attack PK Thunder. Unlike most examples, this attack cannot be controlled and targets a random enemy. And as of Mother 3 it is one of the two PSI attacks not affected by PSI Shields or PSI Counter Devices.
** ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' reverses this by making PK Thunder the most controllable move Ness and Lucas can use, and it's just as easy to block as any other projectile.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has Lord Deus.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', lightning is associated with Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight. It's effective against many enemies and is particularly effective against dragons. Awesomely depicted in the opening cutscene when Gwyn and his entire army fling lightning bolts to bring down a swarm of dragons. The miracles offered by the Warriors of Sunlight covenant allow a player to do the same thing. A player can also forge weapons with a lightning enchantment, enchant a normal weapon with lightning via the Sunlight Blade miracle, or use a gold pine resin to temporarily charge it up.
* Thunder magic is pretty important in ''Franchise/FireEmblem''. It tends to have relatively low hit rate, but much higher [[CriticalHit critical rating.]] (It should be noticed that the ''Lightning'' spell is associated with [[HolyHandGrenade light mgic]] and is nothing like the lightning element.)
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'': Thunder magic is the trademark magic of the Tordo bloodline - with Tordo himself, Tailto, Teeny and Linda as heroic examples, Ishtore and Ishtar as {{anti villain}}ous ones, and Reptor and Bloom as [[PsychoElectro full-on villains]]. Non-Tordo examples include Elia, Olwen and Reinhardt.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': Thunder can be now used by ''any'' Anima magic user, and integrates the Anima Magic Triad alongside Wind and Fire. Particularly remarkable is how the bosses specialized in Magic (like Ursula, Sonia and/or Selena) possess almost inevitably a tome named [[DeathFromAbove Bolting]], which can deal massive damage from a long distance.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': The infamous BigEater Ilyana only uses Thunder magic, and at her highest level (Archsage) she's the only one able to use the most powerful thunder magic in the Tellius series: Rexbolt
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Though what Robin (the [[CharacterCustomization player avatar]]) wields is technically up to the player, they start out as a MagicKnight with access to a single Bronze Sword and a Thunder tome. Furthermore, cutscenes imply that Thunder magic are their favoured attack of choice. When they debuted in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', while they had at least one tome for each element that appeared in their debut game (including [[CastingAShadow darkness]]), they use all the common Thunder tomes (Thunder up to Thoron) and also come with the Levin Sword, [[ElementalWeapon a magic weapon capable of slinging Thunder magic]].
* ''VideoGame/AlisiaDragoon'' has the protagonist fighting with auto-targeting Thunder Magic, and one of her familiars has a total-screen-kill lightning attack.
* [[ChurchMilitant Klarann]] from ''VideoGame/NinetyNineNights'', although it's referred to as "Spirit" rather than "Lightning".
* In ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'', one of the main characters is Nash, who specializes in Thunder magic.
* In the first ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'', some of the enemies at Grind Square continuously spread electricity through some of the rails.
** In ''Jet Set Radio Future'', every time you get into an encounter with the cops, they will put up electrified fences to make sure you can't escape.
* ''[[VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper Um Jammer Lammy]]'' has Teriyaki Yoko, an insect-like idol who will make lightning come down from the ceiling and shock Lammy or [=PaRappa=] if they are playing badly. The skull faces on each side of the stage also have electricity shoot out of their eyes and zap the entire audience.
* Gilius Thunderhead uses lightning magic in ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe 1''. In part 2 he has switched to DishingOutDirt though.
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies 2'' has the Lightning Reed, which attacks nearby zombies with lightning bolts.
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has Stormtalon, a massive dragon-creature that uses electricity and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BlowYouAway wind]] to produce lightning, deadly static discharges, and summon massive tornadoes.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* George (of ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'') has electricity-based powers. He can travel via lightning and zap entire armies of enemies into submission. Apparently, his only limitation was low self-confidence.
** [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000820c Also Elec Man]].
* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': Vin steps out of a cave and displays [[http://cyantian.net/blog/2012/04/13/04132012/ a new way]] to deal with his father.
* Ben of ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity'' can shoot [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2000/09/29/zapped/ electricity]] [[HandBlast from his hands]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Gil Wulfenbach's zapping stick.
** Agatha Heterodyne's first and second ray guns. ("Hee hee! Death ray go BOOM!")
** The Sturmhalten lightning ''moat''. ("Iz hard to get de insurance.")
* The lightning crossbow in ''Those Destined''.
* Tengu's power in ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Durkon occasionally uses Thor's power to call lightning. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0352.html controlweathercontrolweathercontrolweathercontrol...]]
* The Maestro in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' is the comic's foremost electromancer. He's also twitchy and speaks with a "bzzt" VerbalTic, both of which are side effects of all that exposure to electricity.
** The gag being that he's hired as a conductor for a concert, but it turns out he's a ''conductor''. Get it? The series is known for its many groan-inducing puns.
* Sparks from ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire''.
* Sharon Curon of ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}''. At first, it looked like she simply could absorb electricity and turn it into super strength. Some training and a bout of GrandTheftMe showed there was much more to her power, including the ability to zap people like an electric eel.
* Ruby from ''Webcomic/SpecialSchool'' has this power, but she can't control it as much as she wants.
* Anne, [[spoiler: for about five minutes]], and, later, John in [[WebComic/CogaSuro Coga Suro 2]], due to entering into some sort of contract with an immortal lightning-ghost.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', lightning-users are often [[PsychoElectro insane]] due to [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/MangaPacisV02CH09P137.html frying the brain with their powers.]] They also can't shoot lightning over a distance, so [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators/PacificatorsVol3Chapter03n207coarspr.jpg they prefer to use something to conduct, like a chain.]]
* Sakido from ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' has enough lightning for a pack of demons when she's mad. Which is almost always.
* Albert Gaspeed, a minor villain from Wright As Rayne, [[http://wrightasrayne.thecomicseries.com/comics/8 seems to enjoy punching people with electricity.]]
* ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'': Suras, as part of his weather controlling abilities.
* [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-68/ Lightning Lass]] in ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2010-06-06 Satan uses it on Jesus.]]
* Romeo in ''Webcomic/NoSongsForTheDead'' packs a thunderous punch as his fists are made of a mix of lightning and magical energy. His eyes also crackle with similar energy.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* "[[WebVideo/SkippyShorts Can you stop electrocuting people with your horrible electricity shocking powers?]]"
* EMP is used twice in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints''. The first time is when the [[spoiler: fake]] BigBad finds Raimi and Oran and attempts to fry them. The second time occurs when [[spoiler: Kamimura severs Oran's chip-implanted hand, freeing him from the pain of the signal, but also triggering the EMP to be fired on the chip's current position the minute the broadcast is over. However, the EMP's limited range allows Kamimura to take the severed hand far from his friends.]]
* Imperious, in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. But he may be an avatar or reincarnation (or something) of Zeus. Plus Antenna, who can't ''stop'' generating incredible amounts of lightning from his body.
** Imperious, as befits an avatar (or whatever) of Zeus, can hurl lightning bolts where he wants them to go. Antenna has the 'real physics' problem. His lightning arcs all over the place and he has no control over it. When he's outside his room, he has to be in a walker full of gadgets that keep him from electrocuting everyone nearby.
* Ramthundar of the Roleplay/AvatarAdventures uses lightning as one of his signature abilities.
* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', both [[spoiler: the Nostalgia Critic and Dr. Insano can shoot lightning from their hands. The Critic uses superconductor electromagnetism, while Dr. Insano uses ''science!'']]
** [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] has the ability to use Force Lightning. It is exactly as hammy as you think.
* In TrintonChronicles, Sabella has the ability to generate electrical blasts and ball lighting. This, merged with her [[MakingASplash water control]], tends to be rather lethal.
* The [[ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum Mysterious]] [[BigBad Somebody's]] weapon of choice was blasts of Force Lightning; aside from telekinetically snapping [[spoiler:Serna Tjan]]'s neck, it's the only attack he was shown using. [[spoiler:Appropriately enough, he ended up HoistByHisOwnPetard when Lady Zhevago made him electrocute himself with it.]]
* Celestina and Genessa from ''Roleplay/FateNuovoGuerra'' have some expertise with this kind of magecraft, particularly the spell Perunic, which creates a large tornado that shoots lightning bolts at the enemy. They also use it to accelerate metal objects magnetically, ala railgun.
* Electricity is a favorite power in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Canadian superhero Acolyte, the villainous Chain Lightning, electrical-powered [[SuperSpeed speedster]] Lightning Dancer and her identical (and evil) twin Blitz, Chinese hero Voltage, Disney-sponsored hero Big Thunder, Juice, the super-strong Relampago, the Italian super-criminal Dinimo, Russian super-assassin Molnya, Thunderfist, Lightning Rod of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], and Cracklin' Rose all possess electrical powers.
* The main hero in [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2766952/1/Elemental Elemental]] is Michael, an Elemental of lightning. Not only can he launch the bolts from his body, he can also summon them from the clouds above, as well as channel the energy into his sword to create a lightsaber like effect.
* The chief weapon of ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen''.
* Donald of ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron'' has this power. He can do lots of stunts, like [[spoiler:low-voltage bolts, an electric whip, and a Surge Protector (a.k.a. the Electro Barrier, the Bolt Barrier, and the Shock Shield), a form of impenetrable armour.]]
* Several mages, in ''Literature/TheSaints'', have used lightning attacks.
* Literature/LightningDust is effectively a human electric bolt
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The most skilled and powerful Firebenders of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' can create lightning as a secondary ability. This includes Ozai, Azula, and Iroh. A few can even redirect it.
** When Iroh is explaining to Zuko the basics behind lightningbending, he discusses positive and negative energy as well. The process of lightningbending involves separating positive and negative energy, and providing release and guidance for that positive and negative energy when they restore balance, generating lightning.
*** In particular, the show subverts the usual association between Lightning powers and insanity: generating lightning requires absence of emotions and peace of mind, and lightning is often called "cold-blooded fire". Azula is crazy enough, all right, but maybe she simply mastered the technique so perfectly that she can enter the required state of mind automatically.
** It becomes more common in SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', where it is used to power Republic City. Mako, the firebender of New Team Avatar, works in one of these power plants in one episode and redirects lightning in another.
** Also from Korra; [[BadassArmy the equalists]] and their electrified StunGun gloves are almost ''too'' badass. One little tap and even master benders drop like flies. [[TheDragon The Lieutenant]] gets extra credit here with his electrified kali sticks, which he uses to [[ElectricTorture beat Mako and Bolin so badly]] that he can still seem kind of awesome in later episodes when he's [[TheWorfEffect used as the resident punching bag]].
* A common power of XANA-possessed people and Polymorphic Specters in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''.
* Sparky (Experiment 221) from ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. He can produce large amounts of electricity from his body, cause black outs, and release a powerful electric blast from his antenna.
* Lightning from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon was apparently an actual god of the stuff.
* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', Don Karnage had a LightningGun. Apparently, forties-level technology is able to create artificial gems that continually generate electricity and nobody noticed.
* [[IAmNotShazam Static]] of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''.
* Bumblebee in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' can shoot electricity through prongs that come out of his hands called "stingers". Even when he's combining his powers with Ratchet's, they're [[ShootingSuperman not incredibly useful]]. More usefully, Ultra Magnus can summon lightning with his hammer, Thor-style.
* As an electric eel, Unagi from ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' both eats and discharges electricity as part of his attacks.
* Megavolt from ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'': "In my pants... (That's Super Volt!)"
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsOperaDoc'', especially at [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Elmer Fudd's]] VillainousBreakdown.
* Will Vandom and Nerissa of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' use quintessence. While magical energy, the series shows it being fired off as electric blasts.
* Shirley from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' can fire electricity, as seen in "The Amazing Three" and "Journey to the Center of Acme Acres". This is also her special attack in ''Tiny Toons: Defenders of the Universe'', one of the licensed games of the series.
* Weather-controlling pegasi in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' can make clouds release a bolt of lightning.
** In addition, Nightmare Moon used it for attacking the guards (even without a cloud to shoot it from), and Luna later used it {{dramatic|Thunder}}ally.
* "Red" does this to Mike in ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''.
* [[spoiler: The witch]] in ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' uses a great deal of lightning when she tries to attack.
* Tempest in the 2000 ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' series. And yes; he is blonde and insane.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'''s AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', after SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is given RealityWarper powers from Bat-Mite, he uses his superpowered ElectricJoybuzzer to shock Batman unconscious mid-sentence in a ShoutOut to Emperor Palpatine of the aforementioned ''Franchise/StarWars'' (see "Film" above).
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* In his book ''Shocking Electricity'', Nick Arnold mentions an English woman named Jaqueline Priestman who could change TV channels without touching the device and make outlets explode due to the high voltage in her body.
** Other records of the similar events happening to other people have been recorded. Persons of such nature call themselves Sliders.
** There are also people who, while they don't ''generate'' electricity, are capable of redirecting it through their bodies without any harm and with some measure of control or otherwise withstand far more electrical current running through them than the normal human. Some theorize it's a genetic ability that allows them much higher resistance to electricity than the average person.
* ({{Psycho|ElectricEel}}) Electric Eels, Electric Catfish, Torpedo Rays, and the Stargazer fish are able to generate a strong electric current thanks to the help of specialized organs.
* A common elemental theme for sports teams, most notably the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball San Diego Chargers]] and [[UsefulNotes/IceHockey Tampa Bay Lightning]], the latter of which later installed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnj7_8RXsA its own tesla coils]] in their stadium [[RuleOfCool because they felt like it]].
** From the short-lived NFL Europe.... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Thunder Berlin Thunder]].
* Two men + two Tesla coils + special suits = [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FpjcOWwiI4&lc=39sUz6RJOPbQ3nEwhzwI3MI-LeHgR1IqoMdpupX4CIc ELECTRICITY FIGHT!]]
** For the sharp eye, one can also spot a ''Anime/DragonBallZ''-inspired (possibly) "FusionDance" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FpjcOWwiI4&t=2m13s at 2 minutes, 13 seconds (2:13) into the video]].
* NikolaTesla gained a strong reputation thanks to his contributions to radio, X-ray experimentation and magnetic induction.
* The taser device used by the police sends out massive amounts of electrical voltage to incapacitate and stun a subject, though using it on someone with a medical condition could injure them or even outright kill them.
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