When a normal or not-as-powerful rival needs to take down someone with a super power, the attacker is commonly going to use a stun gun. Something about the shock to the nervous system renders the victim unable to access his powers long enough for the attacker to get the drop on him.

It seems especially useful on vampires.

There's a slight element of TruthInTelevision to this. Tear gas or pepper-spray rely on the fact they hurt so badly that you can't do anything but curl up in a ball and holler in pain, but people with very high pain-tolerance (either [[MadeOfIron natural]] or [[PsychoSerum chemically-enhanced]]) can sometimes at least partly overcome them by sheer force of will. Tasers completely bypass all that by blasting the nerve receptors in your muscles with electrical impulses, bypassing the input from your brain entirely. (Which isn't to say it doesn't really, ''really'' hurt as well, mind you.) There's no way to overcome ''that'' by HeroicWillpower, or villainous willpower for that matter.

Note: This can be inverted or subverted only if the charge is meant to incapacitate and fails somehow. Simply getting a shock that empowers or has no effect at all doesn't count as a real inversion or subversion.

Contrast SelfDefenseless, where tasers and similar less-lethal fail to work even against people they logically should.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Early in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Team Rocket often came out with HumongousMecha, robots, etc. that generally proved explosively vulnerable to Pikachu's electricity. Eventually they got smart and started designing their machines to withstand or even be supercharged by electric attacks.
* A minor early antagonist in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' incapacitated powerful Espers with a stun gun. It was [[NoSell less than effective]] on [[ShockAndAwe Mikoto]]


[[folder: Comics ]]

* In ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'', ComicBook/TheWasp knocks out TheHulk, who's been thrashing her teams and most of Manhattan, by [[SizeShifter shrinking to wasp size]], crawling into the Hulk's ear and electrocuting his brain.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Blade}}'': Used on the [[{{Dhampyr}} daywalker]] by Quinn and his cronies, all of whom Blade has made a hobby of thrashing.
* Inverted, played with in ''Film/{{Crank}}'', in which shocks are the only way the main character can continue to live or perform his fighting feats.
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'': The titular character gets tasered after being BroughtDownToNormal. Not only does the scene get funny points for {{Irony}} (the God of Thunder getting tasered), but Thor also calls the taser a puny weapon.
* Inverted in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': When Thor attempts to short circuit Iron Man's suit, it momentarily super charges it instead.
* Ancillary materials to ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' reveal that the energy cage in which the Geonosians held Obi-wan exerts a constant low-level electrical charge on the prisoner, which has the side effect of rendering Force users unable to concentrate enough to use their powers.
* In ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D'', the Brethren use electric sticks to fend off the faceless nurses.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Jumper}}, the CapeBusters Paladins use strings of high voltage wires to prevent Jumpers from using their teleportation power to escape.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', a BroughtDownToNormal Thor was ironically knocked out by Darcy's taser. (''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has a villain fitting him with an electric RestrainingBolt for added irony, as well as Thor tasing his differently-superpowered, villainous brother Loki.)
* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', a cattle prod is enough to zap a charging ''Velociraptor''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Subverted in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series. During an otherwise successful attempt to capture a [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] infiltrator on Coruscant, Mara Jade Skywalker hits him with multiple stun shots from her blaster with no effect whatsoever. Medical scans of the prisoner later on reveal that redundancies in the Yuuzhan Vong nervous system render them invulnerable to stun shots
* Subverted in the first novel of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/StormFront''. While wizards are normally just as vulnerable to mundane weapons as any other human, being one also makes you a WalkingTechbane. So when he's threatened with a stun gun [[spoiler:by the BigBad's untrusting wife]], Harry is easily able to disable it although it would easily take him down if she managed to hit him with it.
* A variant in Charlie Stross's ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'': zombies are very difficult to bring down with gunfire, being essentially EnergyBeings that have taken up residence in a human's nervous system (or [[OurSoulsAreDifferent the informational echo of a long-deceased human's nervous system]], they're not picky). They are, however, susceptible to electrical charges: a cultist wielding a taser manages to banish a ''preta'' inhabiting a body this way. (The OCCULUS unit, Britain's elite counter-occult special forces drawn from the SAS Reserves, ups the ante with modified cattle prods hooked up to signal generators instead of delivering white-noise electric shocks.)


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Initiative uses taser blasters as a standard issue weapon for it's human soldiers to capture subhumans, who would normally prey on even the strongest and most well-trained humans.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', agents with The Company use tasers to subdue super powereds.
* During one episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', one is used on Kate, a vampire.
* During the third season finale of ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[spoiler:Connor uses a taser to subdue Angel and capture him. When Fred finds out about this at the start of next season, she returns the favour.]]
* Subverted with a non-plot-relevant prisoner in the opening of an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. The prisoner is hopped up on PCP and breaks loose from the officers trying to restrain him. Another officer hits him with a taser; he collapses, then gets back up, and is finally subdued by half a dozen officers dogpiling him.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Root twice uses a taser to capture Sameen Shaw, a government-trained ProfessionalKiller.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* All of the boss characters in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', which are heavily modified cyborgs,) can be stunned by the stun gun, although they're just held still for a few seconds rather than knocked out, like most {{mooks}}.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', the only thing to which no one is immune (not even a [[NighInvulnerability fully resistant player character]]) is the humble Stun Gun melee weapon.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Agatha takes out one of the incredibly tough Geisterdamen by tossing her tiny Castle Heterodyne dingbot at her so that is can zap her and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20161130 jumping to make sure she doesn't get zapped herself since they're on a metal floor.]]

[[folder: Web Video ]]

* A fan movie based on Batman, titled as Death of Batman. While the battle against a simple criminal started with CurbStompBattle from Batman, the criminal is a CombatPragmatist who doesn't hesitate to play dirty. He used stun-gun to [[GroinAttack taser Batman's groin]]! Although this isn't immediately incapacitate the dark knight, it's enough to make him let his guard down, allowing the criminal to knee him in that sensitive area. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5USkEbpzig Watch!]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[TheDragon The Lieutenant]], who supports Amon's claim that Benders use their powers to control and frighten non-benders, uses electrified kali sticks to incapacitate said Benders. The same technology is later issued to the Equalist [[{{Mooks}} rank-and-file]] in the form of taser gloves, and proves equally effective against them when Asami acquires one.
* In the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} was commonly inconvenienced by being electrocuted, however since the character is a FlyingBrick the only thing electricity do is stun him-and at best knock him out.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Black Widow is able to stun the otherwise unstoppable Hulk with her electric Widow's Sting.