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A commonly used device when the character gets a moment of clarity, shock, or insight: what looks like a laser or a lightning bolt on a black background will shoot behind their heads. Used to emphasize the urgency or impact of what the character has just realized.

The IdeaBulb is a similar convention in Western media. AlertnessBlink also has a lot in common with this trope.

Not to be confused with the similar ThunderShock, which expresses, well, shock.

Compare NaturalSpotlight and RaysFromHeaven.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Various moments in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' when someone senses another character's ki (energy).
** Gohan had a Beam Of Enlightenment when he snapped and transformed into a Super Saiyan 2.
* Another instance where it is used frequently is in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', whenever the title character finally realizes who the criminal is. It's also used when a character finds a breakthrough, when the suspect/victim of the week hears something uncomfortable that is bound to turn up later.
* ''Manga/GlassMask'' repeatedly uses this when Maya, or Ayumi, struggle with their portrayal of a character and then suddenly get this beam, when they manage to figure out how to properly do it.
* Ditto title hero of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''.
* Can be seen at various points in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', usually used for comic effect.
* Often occurs in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', when Yugi manages to think up a strategy to beat his latest opponent.
* Seen in the sixth episode of the TV version of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', when Belldandy sensed the entity possessing Megumi's apartment.
* In ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' shows, the BeamOfEnlightenment signifies a Newtype's danger sense going off, and is generally referred to as the "Newtype flash" by fans.
* Every time ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' discovers anything at all, there's a notorious close-up of his face with a lightning bolt in the background.
** One of the songs on the soundtrack is even entitled "Beam of Light".
* Sena, the running back nicknamed ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', often has these when noticing his enemy's weakness, or realizing how to make himself faster/stronger.
* Also very frequent in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''.
* In ''Manga/KotouraSan'', these ''will'' show up the moment Haruka's {{Telepathy}} catches onto something dramatic and/or serious.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Jake Blues in Film/TheBluesBrothers experiences this in a black church, which sets the plot ball rolling.

[[folder: Video Game ]]
* Shows up whenever the Dimensional Scream activates in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', and the anime specials based on them.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' when, thinking that she's going to die, Ellen temporarily goes nuts.