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[[caption-width-right:250:"[[HoYay Sunohara likes me.]]" "EHHH?!"]]
A great shock is emphasized in the background with metaphorical lightning. As a gag, the character might be literally shocked as a result.

Not to be confused with LightningGlare or BeamOfEnlightenment. Or DramaticThunder, which is... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dramatic. And thunder.]] For a more direct metaphor of the effects of being struck by ''actual'' lightning (or other electric surges), see XRaySparks.

Also not to be confused with [[{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]]'s signature attack.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Many times in ''Manga/LuckyStar''.
* Sakaki from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', overwhelmed by the cuteness of a photo of kittens.
** Same series, when Kaorin and Chihiro discover that Chiyo not only ''makes her own lunch'', but is actually quite good at it.
* Happened to Misaki in ''Manga/KaichouwaMaidsama'', when Hinata chooses "Misa-chan" in a photo op prize should he win the Sweets eating event in the Maid Latte.
* This happened to Setsuna in ''NegimaSecondSeason'' when she made a particularly [[CannotTellAJoke bad word-play joke]] (uncharacteristic of her in that she [[TheComicallySerious made a joke at all]]). She apologized for it after the lightning cleared.
* Used often by the members of the ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', especially by the highly theatrical Idiot King, Tamaki.
** Amusingly enough in the anime the resulting lightning bolt will actually hit Tamaki resulting in XRaySparks more often than not.
* In the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary manga]], privates [[ThoseTwoGuys Alto and Lucino]] gush over a cute, floating, child-like mage in a military uniform... shortly before said mage floats over to them and introduces herself as Sergeant Major Reinforce Zwei, their superior officer. Cue ThunderShock.
* Used interchangeably with the BeamOfEnlightenment in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', both for comedic and serious purposes, but mostly the former.
* Scar, SerialKiller on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', has [[CutenessProximity this reaction]] when he sees Xiao Mei, a [[PandaingtoTheAudience tiny panda.]]


[[folder: Light Novels ]]

* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Index and Aisa (plus a ColorFailure), when Komoe starts [[{{squee}} happily]] talking about how Touma was a naughty boy, and how "various things" happened. Though in this case it's more like a Thunder ''Rage'': "[[HaremGenre Another one]]?" "That bastard."


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* Shows up in a FreakOut in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. [[spoiler:Damon Gant]]'s, to be specific.
* Experienced by both Nagisa and her theatrical mother, Sanae, ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''. In Nagisa's case, her antennae-hair is temporarily withered as a result.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Exploited in ''TsunamiChannel'', with one comic having the characters intentionally saying shocking (untrue) things (i.e. "I'm pregnant!") in order to repeatedly electrocute another character.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', when Jinora asks Asami if [[LoveTriangle she knows that Korra has a crush on Mako]], Korra gets a ThunderShock in the background, as well as a very [[NightmareFace odd expression]] across her face.
* Expertly lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' with both Mandark and his Sister Olga.
* Happens often in WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents with [[BabysitterFromHell Vicky.]]
-->'''Timmy:''' [[LampshadeHanging Did anyone else notice the lightning?]]