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The application of high voltages to animated flesh and bone renders the former translucent and the latter luminescent, allowing the skeleton to be seen in the style of a classic X-ray for as long as the current flows. {{Stock Femur Bone}}s may be involved.

Despite the impressive light show, the victim will usually [[HarmlessElectrocution suffer no ill effects]] beyond [[AmusingInjuries looking a bit singed and shocked]]. On the other hand, a DisintegratorRay (which ''is'' far more likely to be lethal) can also produce these sparks as it zaps the victim to dust (or [[StrippedToTheBone leaves only the skeleton behind]]).

The trope name is a tribute to the "X-Ray Specs" that have been advertised in the back of comic books since time immemorial.

While this definitely does not happen in RealLife, the source of this trope is probably the fact that a really high voltage is required in order for an X-Ray machine to produce pictures of your bones.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* One advertisement for Advertising/{{Orangina}} features [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9KopBHFepE a man-in-Orangina-bottle in a giant pinball machine]], including X-Ray Sparks at one point.
* A Hostess commercial circa 2001-2002 had {{Dracula}} assume bat form and fly at a neon sign for a hotel (thinking it was a Hostess cupcake), resulting in this.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* When Ash first meets Pikachu in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Pikachu shocks him for a good ten seconds and his skeleton is shown every other second. Pikachu then goes for another electric shock, this time affecting Professor Oak as well.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** A common result of Nami using her Climatact to shock some bad guys.
** Parodied by having it happen to, and be {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Brook, a living ''[[DemBones skeleton]].''
-->'''Brook:''' This is such a shocker, you can see my bones!! [[{{Catchphrase}} Of course, that's all I have in the first place!!!]]
* ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'': "Battle of the Giant Robots" had a ''truck'' display an X-ray skeleton when hit by a robot's weapon.
* Shown in ''[[VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'' OAV episode "Kokoro no Yukue" when [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Kotengu]] is struck by lightning as a punishment for losing a tengu competition.
* Happens to the villains in ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'', due to the two main protagonists using electrified weapons.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' episode 10. Happens to Taro when he's in an electrified chair: Ikuyo Suzuki did it to help him stop falling asleep while studying.
* Naga and Diol both get an electrifying experience from one of Lina's spells in an episode of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''.
* In the ''Manga/ShamanKing'' manga, when [[spoiler:Ren]] uses his new lighting powers on [[spoiler:Yoh]]. And then he looks back and says: "You are very good, [[spoiler:Ren]]," while we still only see his bones.
* In the anime ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', both Maia and Gloria get a shocking experience at the start of episode 26.
* In the anime ''[[Anime/SoraOKakeruShoujo The Girl Who Leapt Through Space]]'', happens to Bougainvillea.
* Happens to Batch in episode 12 of ''Anime/MonColleKnights''.
* Happens in episode 7 of ''Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W'' to Kūko.
* Used in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' whenever a character is struck by lightning.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' episode "Fire Starter''. During the battle at the end of the episode Haruko is briefly electrocuted by the giant hand and for just a moment you can see her skeleton.
* Occurs in episode 56 of Yakitate!! Japan.
* Occurs in episode 18 (episode 64 overall) "Trouble Comes Thundering Down"/"In Search of the Silver Crystal! Chibiusa's Secret" of ''Anime/SailorMoon R'' to Sailor Moon.
* Occurs in Episode 07 "The Ox-King On Fire Mountain" in Dragonball.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''LeonardLeGenie'', this happens almost every time Basile has to power up some new invention.
* Tends to happen to {{Wolverine}} whenever he's struck by a large amount of electricity. Like Storm's lightning.
* Happens to Marv when [[spoiler:he is executed at the end of ''[[ComicBook/SinCity The Hard Goodbye]]''. [[MadeOfIron Twice.]]]]
* Happens to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman in an issue of Aquaman New 52.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''. In one strip Hammie does it to his older sister with static electricity.
* ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'': In the [[http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2012/MGG-2012-07-14.gif July 14th 2012 strip]] Grimm had this happen to him when he was zapped by a lightning bug.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', briefly happens to Susan when Doctor Cockroach attempts to revert her to normal size.
* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' when Flint attaches a jumper cable to an electrical tower at the power station.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'', Kylie (an opossum) and Mr. Fox climb an electric fence and their skeletons are seen. (This film is stop-motion animated.) It also happens later to [[spoiler:Rat when fighting Fox in the sewer.]] It doesn't end well.
* When Remy and his brother Emile attempt to cook food by chimney smoke in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', they get struck by lightning (attracted to the TV antennae) and their skeletons briefly appear for one or two separate frames.
* Scrat when struck by lighting in the first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movie.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Happens to the title character during the short cartoon ''Somethin's Cookin' ''at the beginning, when his fingers get stuck in some electrical sockets.
* Happens to Batty in ''[[WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest FernGully 2]]''.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', near the end when Darla hits a machine with a wrench, she flashes many different colors, but her skeleton is seen every couple of frames. Also, during the ending, the turtle shakes hands with Pudge (who is still filled with static electricity from earlier), resulting in this.
* Happens to several pink elephants during this part of the song "Pink Elephants on Parade" from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
-->''...Look out! Look out!\\
They're walking around your bed\\
On their heads! (Clippity-cloppity)\\
Arrayed in braids,\\
[[TitleDrop Pink Elephants on Parade!]]''
* Happens to the goons in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' when they're all hit by [[BigBad Maleficent's]] lightning.
* A variant with [[GodSaveUsFromtheQueen the Evil Queen]] in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' as she is becoming [[OneWingedAngel the Witch]]: she becomes so shriveled and thin that as she holds her hands up to the sky the lightning flash behind them reveals the bones.
* Played with in ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' when Eeyore is struck by lighting. Instead of bones, it's his stuffing.
* Happens to [[RedShirt several submarine crew workers]] in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' during the scene where [[KrakenandLeviathan the Leviathan]] starts destroying the submarine they are in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', Ernie and Bernie, the two Rasta {{Electric Jellyfish}}es, make fishbones flash whenever they shock a fish with their tentacles.
* During the musical number in ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' in which all of the townsfolk are singing about how badly they treated Whitey over the years, this happened to Whitey when they made him be the TV antenna.
* During the credits sequence to ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Ralph faces Blanka when going into ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', but before Ralph can even do anything, Blanka zaps him, revealing the wrecker's gigantic skeleton.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DragonHunters'' CGI movie, when Lian-Chu saves Zoe from [[ShockAndAwe electric beasts]] and [[AttackReflector returns their lightning attacks]] with his knitting needles, their skeletons very briefly flash before they're knocked out.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The film ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' features Marv (Daniel Stern) being shocked; an effects shot briefly replaced him with an actual skeleton puppet wearing the same hair, beard and clothes as him, before turning back to his regular fleshy self in the next scene.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Avoided with Emperor Palpatine, but not Darth Vader, when the Emperor hits himself by Force lightning, caused by the surprise of being lifted by Vader, at the end of ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. Nothing of the Emperor is displayed, but Vader touching him and conducting the Force lightning displayed bits of Vader's skeleton and some of his [[FreezeFrameBonus mechanical implants]].
** Pretty much anyone hit by force lightning except Emperor Palpatine in Jedi is subject to this trope. See also Mace Windu in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* In ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', this trope is used as the monster is brought to life (using lightning). Only (alas) the monster's skull is shown illuminated under his skin.
* In ''Film/{{Willow}}'', occurs as Queen Bavmorda is struck by lightning as a result of her own backfiring magic.
* ''Film/TheMask''
** Happens to Stanley Ipkiss in the first movie when he becomes the eponymous Mask for the very first time.
** In one sequel, the dad gets possessed and shoots lightning at the bad guy. He starts to flip around and flash into a skeleton.
** In ''Film/SonOfTheMask'', this is the fate of Loki when Odin struck him with lightning to remove his godly powers.
* The programs being drained by the MCP near the end of ''Film/{{Tron}}'' show their skeletons as energy pulses through them.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. While the electrical bolts are hitting Dana Barrett and Louis Tulley and turning them into Gozer's demons Zuul and Vinz Clortho, you can see their skeletons inside their bodies.
* Happens to Gadget in the live-action ''Film/InspectorGadget'' movie.
* Occurs from time to time in "The New Addams Family".
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Since 1988, the Dalek energy guns on ''Series/DoctorWho'' make the victim's body briefly flash lime green while their bones glow bright white. According to dialogue, the victim dies as their internal structures are chaotically rearranged. Earlier it was just a circular area of film around the victim turned negative.
* During ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' musical number [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z64jyMfzRg Doing Science]], Eaglebones receives this when messing around with electrical circuits.
* ''Series/MythBusters'': When examining the effects of lightning striking a house, the animations showing Adam or Jamie electrocuted while on the phone or under the shower naturally portray this with X-Ray Sparks.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Happens to Music/WeirdAlYankovic in the animated video for "I'll Sue Ya", when he tries to use a hair dryer while standing under a still-running shower.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' supplement ''Gadgets''. The illustration for the "Deathwind" Commando Suit shows the victim of its electrical charge attack displaying this syndrome.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} setting adventure ''Web of Illusion''. In Mahakala, Arijani's temple to Kali, there's a room with a trap that hits the {{PC}}s with lightning bolts. One of the illustrations shows a lightning bolt hitting a {{PC}}'s head and the {{PC}}'s skull showing through their skin.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''. The illustration of the use of the mutant power Electroshock shows the victim of the power being electrified, with the victim's skeleton shows through their skin.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' supplement ''Tooniversal Tour Guide'', "Dungeons and Toons" setting. The illustration for the High Voltage Handshake shows a victim of the spell displaying his skeleton through his skin.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3rd Edition supplement ''Myth''. One of the illustrations (on page 98) is an archmage named Rabican using a magical sword to fire a lightning bolt at a Fallen Lord named Shiver. Shiver's skeleton can be seen inside her body when the bolt hits her.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Happens to the title character in ''VideoGame/AlexKidd in High Tech World''.
* Occurs in the doujin game ''ArmJoe''.
* In ''VideoGame/BalloonKid'', touching a spark at any time causes Alice to get electrocuted and [[DeathThrows knocked out]].
* Happens in the beat-em-up game ''VideoGame/BattleCircuit''.
* Used in the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' plasmid videos to demonstrate electrocution, bizarrely they use the same thing to show being set on fire.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' series: has Rachel, who can shock her opponent by planting a lightning rod, a stun gun or summoning a bullfrog that electrifies itself. The skeletons of the victims look extremely cartoony.
* The Tesla Cannon in ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' does this to its targets; even the ghost-like Phantasm's skeleton becomes visible!
* ''[[VideoGame/BloodRayne BloodRayne Betrayal]]'':
** If Rayne is struck by Kagan's lightning, her skeleton flashes for the duration of the spell. Also happens when you beat him the first time, he electrocutes her to stun her.
** The "Electric Eyes" also do this if you try to go Raven Form in front of them. For some reason, the electric frogs do not cause this effect.
* Occurs in Blood Storm whenever a character is electrocuted by the character Talon.
* Maria from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' will show her skeleton whenever she's electrocuted.
* In ''VideoGame/CelDamage'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB6mVURWjnY during Fowl Mouth's PSA on digging,]] one of the many injuries that Flemming gets is this, due to him hitting an electric line with his shovel.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series:
** Getting killed from an electrocution in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack'' or ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' shows the title character's bony corpse and his [[RealMenWearPink pink boxers]] [[GoofyPrintUnderwear with red hearts]].
** A really strange example in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootTheWrathOfCortex'' with Crunch Bandicoot. Although Crunch, a see-through hundred foot genie made of air, he will show a skeleton whenever he prepares an electric blast to throw at your biplane.
** Returns in ''Crash Tag Team Racing'', where Crash shocks himself in one Die-O-Rama.
* In ''{{Creatures}} Adventures'', norns that are struck by lightning show their skeleton briefly. It's completely harmless.
* This happens to characters from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' when they are hit by an electric attack, but some don't have a skeleton to show when hit (for example, Pyron shows a constellation, [[DarkMessiah Jedah]] shows runes, etc.).
* Happens in a boss fight near the end of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3: Dixie's Double Trouble''. Just hit K.Rool's flight pack and he'll fall onto the electrified floor.
* In Nexon's game, ''DragonNest'', this happens if you or an enemy is affected by the "electrocuted" satus debuff.
* In the first ''VideoGame/DukeNukemI'', this happens when the title character takes damage from any source.
* Happens to any character that hits the electrical sign stage hazard in ''VideoGame/EternalChampions''.
* This happens to any enemy in ''VideoGame/FableIII'' when using the Shock Gauntlets. Killing them with it leaves their corpses as bare skeletons.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/FinalFight 2'' & ''3'' whenever a character is hit by an electrical prod. In Final Fight 3, this extends to enemies as well as the character Dean can electrocute all characters around him, including his own teammates.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS}}'' game did not feature this. ''VideoGame/{{inFAMOUS 2}}'', however, has this happen upon hitting someone with a bolt attack, as well as when using the [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Bio Leech]].
* Occurs in both ''VideoGame/KingOfTheMonsters'' games.
* In the Sega Saturn game The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, originally called The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch in Japan, can occur when any playable character is struck by a lightning spell.
* ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame Lego Batman 2]]''. If Batman gets an electrical shock (e.g. from the Joker) his skeleton can be seen inside his Batsuit.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry V'' when you stick your fingers in an outlet. As they had decided to remove the accidental deaths from the LSL series around this time, it isn't fatal.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure'' whenever someone is electrocuted.
* Touch any electrified material in ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'', and you get the same result. Sackboy lights up, twitches violently for a few seconds, and then ''explodes''. (Don't worry, he comes back normal from the previous Checkpoint after his CriticalExistenceFailure.) HilarityEnsues if the electrified object was moving, as Sackboy is stuck in midair during electrocution, and the object may even ''go right through him''. Some people on Website/YouTube have found a way to save the Electrified Sackboy as a costume they can put on whenever they want, making for a very cool, glowing Halloween effect.
** In the sequel, players can see a continued animation, by selecting a Sackbot that has touched an electric material. The Sackbot's head grows so huge that ''it's own eyes pop out of its head and it is thrown into DeathThrows.'' Something ''very'' creepy for a childish game.
* In ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'', this happens to Juliet if she gets struck by Vikke's lightning bolts in Stage 2. Nick's skull (for those who have not played the game, Nick is a severed head who is Juliet's boyfriend, and is attached to her hip) is also visible as well, and he always makes a funny little remark as he and Juliet are shocked. Oddly enough, these are the ''only'' electrical sources that make their skeletal structures visible, being hit by any other electrical source simply makes Juliet fall on her back. You even get a trophy/achievement for being shocked 10 times, and the trophy/achievement icon shows...guess.
* Can occur in the game Mach Breakers.
* In the Wii game ''VideoGame/{{Madworld}}'', when anyone who gets thrown at an electric sign (or other source of electricity), or when the protagonist, Jack, is hit by electricity, their blocky skeletons will be seen. Also, one of the bosses, Rin-Rin, requires you to counter-attack her attacks by kicking her into a video monitor, resulting in this. (It is also possible to throw her into electric signs too, but it's not very easy to do so) Unfortunately, this trope didn't return in ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'' (the spin-off of ''Madworld''), so instead the characters flash blue when electrocuted.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'', using a eletric component in your spell will shock the enemies and show their [[CrowningMomentOfFunny 3D rigging]].
* Happens in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' when anyone is hit with an electric based attack.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', when Volgin [[ElectricTorture shoots lightning]] at Naked Snake, the screen will instantly flash black and you can see an x-ray of him.
** The North American instruction booklet for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' has a comic book sequence explaining how to play the game, the functions of each weapon, etc. When demonstrating the Metal Gear Mk. II, the Mk. II tazes a guard, making his skeleton visible.
** Also seen in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', when Strangelove is electrocuting Big Boss during the torture sequence.
* Happens in the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series whenever any of the main playable characters gets zapped.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'':
** Nightwolf's lightning and Stryker's taser fatality will make the foe flash blue, and a skeleton can be seen throughout the lightshow. This was removed in ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy'' (an update of the same game).
** When it's time to finish off Cyrax or Sektor, they will short circuit, showing off an x-ray their cybernetic skeleton.
* Happens to the title character in arcade game ''Nemo''.
* Occurs to any character when they touch an electrical material in ''The Outfoxies''.
* Occurs in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''.
* Occurs in ''Pocket Fighter''.
* Happens to the characters in ''VideoGame/PoPoLoCrois'', as well as most of the enemies when they are hit by an electric spell.
* Occurs in the freeware game ''Rena Story''.
* Happens in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' fighting game with Sailor Jupiter.
* In Stage 2 of ''[[VideoGame/ScottPilgrim Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Video Game]]'', you frequently run into movie sets that have people in Godzilla and alien costumes. The people in the alien costumes will shoot bolts of electricity at you from their ray guns, resulting in this. The same electrocuted sprite (as well as the burning sprite) is used for all characters, but were made primarily for Scott's body shape and structure, so both sprites will make Stephen Stills look skinny for a second, or Ramona and Kim look flat-chested.
* Happens in ''[[VideoGame/SengokuSNK Sengoku 3]]'' if you use a lightning technique to any of the enemies. Even to the poor little monkeys.
* Occurs in the first ''Shock Troopers'' game. Unfortunately, this was removed in the sequel.
* Happens in the arcade game of ''The Simpsons''. Interestingly, when Marge gets zapped you can see that she has bunny ears hidden in her hair.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'': Attempting to repair anything without enough Mechanical skill causes you to flash as a bright green skeleton, then wind up with your clothing turned to soot and hair completely frazzled.
* Occurs in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series:
** Happens to Knuckles in ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' when he is counterattacked by Robotnik after trying to reclaim the Master Emerald.
** Predating this, sprites found from a prototype of ''Sonic CD'' revealed that Sonic was originally going to get this effect when shocked by the electric wires of Wacky Workbench, but this was scrapped due to policies regarding the image of the [[{{Sega}} company's]] mascot.
** In ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', going through an electrical current in the [[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead Curien Mansion]] track, Graveyard Gig, will have this happen to you. It also occurs when you drive through the laser grids in Race of AGES, or when [[VideoGame/GoldenAxe Gillius]] or [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Metal Sonic]] attack you with their All-Star attack. Also, Metal Sonic apparently has a skeleton, Sonic and Shadow's quills are ''part of'' their skulls while Aiai and Meemee's ears are part of theirs, the Sonic characters have toe bones despite not having toes, Ulala and Pudding have very slim and nice bones, and Wreck-It Ralph, of course, has a gigantic skeleton.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest 6'' when Roger uses the hand icon on the electrical outlet in his room, resulting a death being reduced to ashes, clothes intact.
** The slot machine death ray and the Sarien pulserays in the first game both completely turn Roger to ashes with this effect.
* Occurs when a spy is blown up or killed by a BucketBoobyTrap in ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy''.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Street Fighter II}}'' has Blanka (pictured above) who can shock his opponent with his power he learned from eels.
** ''VideoGame/{{Street Fighter III}}''. Necro, Urien and Ryu each have some sort of electric attack that'll display their opponent's skeleton.
** The return of Blanka in ''VideoGame/{{Street Fighter IV}}'' also welcomes the return of X-ray sparks. Also the new zippy-zappy mistress C. Viper makes this happen.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'' features Blanka and Cole from ''VideoGame/InFamous'', who comes from a game all about electric powers.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', happens all the time to Mario if he gets zapped by any of Luigi's lightning techniques. Can also happen to him too.
** In the ''[[VideoGame/MarioStrikers Super Mario Strikers]]'' intro, a Hammer Bro gets slipped onto an electric fence.
*** Also occurs in the sequel ''Super Mario Strikers Charged'' to not only a Birdo and a Pianta in the opening clip, but also to all characters when knocked into the electric fence (Or hit by Dry Bone's Skillshot). However, their skeletons are designed to look '''realistic'''. Sweet dreams, kids.
** Happens in the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' games when Mario (or Luigi) gets shocked. In the first game, if the shock killed Mario, he would die as [[DemBones just a skeleton]], but this was removed in [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 the sequel]].
* This was a feature of Pikachu's electrical attacks in the original (and ONLY in the original) ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]] (with PK Thunder), [[{{Metroid}} Samus]] (with Charge Beam), and the Ray Gun did the same thing in the original ''Super Smash Bros.'', but like Pikachu, they could only do so in the first game. This even provides something of a visual gag if Samus gets shocked, because instead of showing us her skeleton, we just see the human figure ''inside'' her power suit. On the other hand, when VideoGame/{{Kirby}} and [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Jigglypuff]] get hit by electric attacks, only their eyes are visible, implying (sensibly) that they have no skeleton. Funnily enough, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi's]] noses appear to ''be'' part of their skeletons.
* In ''Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars'', Yatterman-2's grab attack consists of her electrocuting her opponents with their skeletons (or inner mechanical parts for robots) showing. For some reason this is the only electrical attack that does this.
* The title characters in some ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' arcade game show this effect when they are zapped by beams from roving robots on wheels.
* In Episode 2 of ''VideoGame/TouchDetective'', the main character (who is a little girl) can suffer from this by fooling around with an electrical socket.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper Um Jammer Lammy]]'', if Lammy and/or Parappa starts performing at either the Bad or Awful rank on the Teriyaki Yoko stage, they will be struck by lightning resulting in this effect. It is seen again in a flashback in the Stage 7 cutscene, when Lammy plugs in electrical equipment.
* Happens to Valkyrie and Xandra in ''Valkyrie no Densetsu''.
* Happens to every fighter in ''VideoGame/VoltageFighterGowcaizer''.
* Happens in the SNES game Bonkers to the tile character.
* In the 2013 ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}'' game, the Merc with a Mouth gets this when he needs to open a door by making contact with a severed cable, grabbing it with both hands.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The fate of the carpenter in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOA_SUKEZRE a Lego rendition]] of ''[[Music/FlandersAndSwann The Gas Man Cometh]]''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* {{Exploited|Trope}} in [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1802/ one strip of]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' in order to take an ''actual'' X-ray.
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'': who would have guessed that [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-16/ Mimic has a jawbone]]?
* In one of the [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autobutton06.html "Don't push this button"]] filler strips of ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', Roger gets zapped by a lightning bolt when he pushes [[SchmuckBait the button in question]], revealing insides that look like he's gotten some discount surgery in the past.
* When [[spoiler:the Handmaid]] sticks her needles into a power point in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', we get clear confirmation that [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]] have an internal skeleton that closely resembles that of a human.
* It happens to Webcomic/{{Dasien}} in the lower left panel of [[http://www.dasiencomic.com/d/20130604.html this page]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sometimes happens on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* This happens repeatedly in ''The Avengers'', with the first appearance of Thor, he uses mystic lightning on frost giants, showing their skeletons. In the first appearance of the Hulk, he is struck by an electrical weapon that reveals his skeleton.
* In episode 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheAwesomes'', The Awesomes are taking part in a virtual simulation where they must defeat a gigantic cockroach. When Muscle Man jumps on top of the cockroach, Hotwire shocks it, affecting Muscle Man in the process.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' cartoon "Head Lice," this results from the misuse of a bug zapper.
* The animated version of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. In the episode "The Passion of Rev. Ruckus", as Uncle Ruckus is delivering a sermon he's struck by a lightning bolt ''while inside a church''.
* In the short-lived Creator/{{Disney}} cartoon ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'', one episode had Maggie's older brother electrocute her with a hand buzzer, resulting in this. It should be noted that '''[[ArtisticLicenseBiology Maggie is]]''' '''[[RuleOfFunny an insect]]'''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', this happens to each of the five Rangers at least once throughout the series. One good example is in the episode "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?", Monterey Jack shakes hands with the electrically charged lab rat Sparky and receives an electric shock strong enough to reveal his skeleton.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Maternal Instincts", Vlad electrocutes Danny with a device that causes him to lose his ghost powers temporarily, and we see this for a couple seconds as he does so.
* Happens from time to time in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Pretty much any episode with the [[ShockAndAwe lightning-wielding]] Megavolt.
* 'Happens from time to time in 'WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** In the intro sequence for ''The Justice Friends'' shorts, Val Hallen tries to put in a lightbulb, but only gets shocked instead.
* Happens to Ed in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' movie finale, he also transforms into various forms of himself that has been used previously on the show.
* Used in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''; in one instance, it shows Wanda with a BONE inside her hair swirl.
* Several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' use this, but the best example goes to "Scythe 2.0", when Billy, Mandy, and Grim are riding in an elevator in the Underworld, and everyone's skeletons flash...but since Grim, the Grim Reaper, is already a skeleton, he gains skin just for this gag.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', Duane and [=McGuirk=] both show their skeletons in electrocutions, unusual for a show that's otherwise low-key and absent of exaggerated cartoony action.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''
** Happens to Chief Quimby in every TitleSequence, while inside a safe, as the self-destructing sheet of paper explodes to his face.
** Happens to Inspector Gadget too, in the episode "Gadget and Old Lace", when he is shocked by the electric chicken.
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', naturally to [[ButtMonkey Samy]].
* Every time WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo (or someone else on the show) gets electrocuted by something, you can be 100% sure that this will be the result.
* Any number of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons.
** Happens in one ''Looney Tunes'' cartoon where Taz gets zapped up by a Christmas tree's lightbulbs.
** In the 2006 ChristmasSpecial, Daffy Duck gets hurled onto an telephone wire.
** In the 2011 reboot, ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', Daffy Duck and Bugs bunny get struck by lightning, revealing rabbit and duck bones.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}''. In one sketch based on ''Franchise/StarWars'', C-3PO shocks Chewbacca and Chewy's skeleton shows through his skin.
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'':
** Also happens to Bogus in the claymation short shown after the third act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E9HipsterTripster Hipster Tripster]]", after getting struck by a lightning bolt during a thunderstorm.
** Happens to Bogus, after getting struck by an electric surge in the first act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS2E1ComputerIntruder Computer Intruder]]".
** Happens to Bogus again in the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E9TheBogusInvasion The Bogus Invasion]]", when an attempt to high-five a fully-functioning robot causes his skeleton to be shown for a few seconds.
* In the theme song of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny gets hit by a laser beam, showing that she has a human-like skeleton.
* Frank Grimes from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
--> "Extremely high voltage? Well, I don't need safety gloves 'cause I'm Homer Simp-" [[KilledMidSentence (BZZZZT)]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' episode "Ro-Becca", Antoine gets this upon being struck by lightning.
-->'''Antoine:''' This is ze worst day of my life! [sobs] [[TemptingFate WHAT ELSE COULD HAPPEN?!]]\\
(''cue this trope'')
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' usually doesn't use this trope during electrocutions, but there have been a couple exceptions:
** Towards the end of the South Park Movie, Cartman, with his newfound lightning powers, blasts the beejezus out of Saddam Hussein, showing his skeleton several times.
** In Part 2 of the "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" two-parter, Kenny has to sacrifice himself to get the power in the hospital back up, so he willingly electrocutes himself to start the generator back up.
* A disturbing take on this trope happens in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' with Electro. In his appearences, the victims that he shocks will flash into skeletons. While the 3d-rendered characters look cartoony, the skeletons do not.
** Sally, the one who gets electrocuted constantly cries, screams and begs for it to stop in a distorted voice. All of this while she flashes as a rotting skeleton. Egh!
** Spider-Man gets zapped too.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', the title character and Patrick shock themselves and this happens... [[RuleOfFunny even though they're both invertebrates and therefore have no skeletons]].
* Asajj Ventress, when hit by Dooku's force lightning in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has this happen to the [[ShockandAwe already-electrifying]] Livewire when she blows up a water dam and gets all wet. Worth noting is that Superman himself gets electrocuted plenty of times, and it never happens to him. Probably because his skin's too tough for even needing a skeleton, who knows!
* On the other hand, in the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', when Superman is hit by Darkseid's electrical attack (which he dubs "The Agony Trick"), the Man of Steel is indeed showing off his skeleton.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** Demonstrated in an episode of the first season where Heather gets shocked by an ElectricJellyfish.
** A teaser for ''Total Drama World Tour'' features this happening to Duncan when he gets hit by a laser beam.
* Happens to all of the titans "WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo" at least once when they get electrocuted by something.
* Occurs in the 2013 Disney short ''WesternAnimation/GetAHorse'' when WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} is flung into telephone wires.
* Occurs in season 1 episode 4 "Curse of the Deep" to Diana and season 1 episode 13 "They Lurk Beneath" to some aliens in "Martin Mystery".
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* When Galactus starts consuming Battleworld during the events of the ''Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars,'' limited series, the effects of his machinery absorbing the world cause all the inhabitants, all the heroes included, to succumb to this effect, leaving their skeletons visible. Thankfully, he's stopped before this can be completed.
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* In book 9 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, ''The Cauldron of Fear'', it is shown [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/xhtml/lw/09tcof/ill15.htm with an illustration]] of a soldier trying to attack [[ThatOneBoss Zakhan Kimah]] while the latter is protected by the Orb of Death, the poor {{Redshirt}} ending up disintegrated by the magical aura.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Happens to Ursula at the end of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', as a result of King Triton's trident electrocuting her just moments after Prince Eric stabs her with a harpoon.
* Happens with Jafar's [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath death scene]] in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 1953 adaptation of ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}'' a soldier is hit by the Martians' DisintegratorRay. There's a closeup shot of him as his body glows a bright green, with the skeleton showing through the glow, before the whole thing fades away and the unlucky victim vanishes into nothingness.
* Fire example: During a battle in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Crash and the Boys catch the business end of a [[KillItWithFire fireball]] launched by [[{{Bollywood}} Matthew Patel]] and his backup singing Demon Hipster Chicks as he sings "[[VillainSong Slick]]".
* One of the Green Goblin's weapons in the movie ''Film/SpiderMan'' does something similar (though it is more an explosion than an electrical effect).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books, someone hit with balefire has their colors "inverted" and just fades from view in the brilliant white light of the DeathRay.
* Tom Clancy's carefully researched and highly descriptive "activation" chapter from ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'' had a particularly brutal version of this trope. The police officers' bones received enough X-rays to fluoresce at a level that not only incinerated them but very likely burned off the man's flesh. Not that it mattered a few nanoseconds later, but the mental image is still rather terrifying.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Notoriously used in the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TheDayAfter'' to show those closest to Ground Zero being vaporized. Not only is this appropriate, it's actually [[TruthInTelevision pretty close to accurate]] -- or at least, close enough for TV's sake. In RealLife in a nuclear blast, for those closest to Ground Zero, their soft tissues would be vaporized a split-second before their hard tissues (bones) would be. Obviously, [[TakeOurWordForIt no-one has lived to tell the tale]] of whether or not these twin processes happen fast enough for the eye to see, but both processes happen fast enough for the dead person's ''shadows'' to be literally burned into the ground.\\\
The effects themselves were realistic, but the special effects department's choice of photographs on which to create the effects made less sense. A few seconds earlier, Kansas City was a scene of panic and rioting; the people shown being vaporized are enjoying a day by the riverside, at weddings, in schools, in bars and coffee shops, etc. Some of the photos used in the vaporization scenes are actually stills from earlier in the movie.
* ''Super Nova'', the second ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' TV movie, shows Giggerota's skeleton briefly, because the super nova's shockwave dissolved her flesh and clothing a fraction of a second before her bones. It probably wouldn't happen like that in real life, but [[RuleOfCool it looked cool enough that it was used in every version of the show's opening credits]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'''s Tesla Coil: infantry dying from Tesla Coil weapons are briefly shown as glowing skeletons before collapsing in a pile of glowing bones. Infantry that gets hit by such weapons without dying, however, show no effect whatsoever.
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' has the Particle Beam Gun, which vaporizes the flesh off its victims' skeletons.
* The taser weapon in the Sega Genesis game ''VideoGame/JurassicParkRampageEdition'' is insanely powerful, able to kill dinosaurs and people in a single shot. When you use it, you see the skeleton of whoever or whatever you use it on before they collapse into ashes.
* The RayGun from ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'', when it hits a victim, leaves a charred black skeleton that quickly crumbles into dust.
* Raiden's {{bowdlerise}}d fatality in the SNES port of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' involves him shocking the opponent to such a degre that they're reduced to a skeleton which collapses into a pile of dust.
* In ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'', both Lance and Moose suffer from this in one death scene involving one of the deadly lightning rods, and both bodies become gray and blink their eyes a bit before they become dust.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', {{critical hit}}s by energy weapons can reduce a target to ashes.
* If ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' gets killed by a lightning bug, he turns black and crumbles. Otherwise, the first instance occurs.
* Zombies that are killed by Lightning Reed attacks or Power Zaps in ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies 2'' do this.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', this happens to victims of the "Disintegrate" spell, whether they resist and only take damage, or are killed and next turn to dust.
* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', Richard applies on Cale a [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/3 fried-to-a-crisp-by-fireball]] variant.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic''. [[http://yafgc.net/?id=1515 Lamia, meets lightning strike.]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' sometimes [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-06-22 shows]] use of [[PlasmaCannon plasma weapons]] like this: a column of blaze, outside which is a body part or two and inside just a disintegrating skeleton. Unless aiming is done by AI, in which case [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-07-04 nothing sticks out]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'', Baxter Stockman was was placed in a disintegration chamber by Krang [[YouHaveFailedMe after one failure too many.]] A fly entered the chamber with him, and after a brief X-ray spark Stockman was transformed into a giant mutant fly. This instance provided plenty of Nightmare Fuel; Baxter Stockman was pleading frantically for his life before and after being thrown in, and his screaming skeleton during the X-Ray spark was truly horrifying.
* In the original ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' short, "The Chicken From Outer Space," after Eustace is mutated into a giant murderous chicken, Courage proceeds to vaporize him with a ray gun. Eustace turns into a skeleton a few times before dissolving into ash.
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' episode "Scuba Duba Duba". Scuba Duba hands Secret Squirrel an electric eel. When the eel shocks him Secret's body momentarily disappears, leaving only his skeleton.
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