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->''"Thunder rolled. It rolled a six."''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!''

Nothing says "This is dramatic, ominous and/or heavy foreshadowing!" like an ionic ground-to-air charge-release -- in other words, lightning, and the accompanying thunder. Whether underlining the villain's apparent success, or the [[BigDamnHeroes heroes' last-second arrival]], you can just bet that the thunder is anything but a random result of the global weather-system.

There are variants of this:

# '''The Thunderous Underline''' marks a recently-spoken sentence or word as particularly important, [[LightningReveal illuminates]] a recently-arrived character as particularly dangerous and/or sinister, or provide appropriate mood lightning for a villainous laugh. This is frequently lampshaded, subverted, or just plain mocked, though it still gets played straight on occasion.
# In '''The Thunderous Confrontation''', a fierce thunderstorm provides an appropriately chaotic background to a battle -- of weapons or of wills. Usually, it will be the final, climactic confrontation between hero and villain, and you can just bet that the weather will clear up as soon as the hero's won. Frequently, the thunderstorm will play an active part in the battle, with lightning striking exposed targets, starting fires, causing trees to fall, or just making the Airborne Cavalry unable to come to the hero's aid. Almost always played straight.
# '''AStormIsComing''' adds thunder as a sound effect to a dramatically brewing storm as part of the {{Foreshadowing}}. Often far off in the distance and with its lightning not visible; conversely, if lightning flashes had not had audible thunder earlier, thunder may indicate that the storm is closing in. It may also thunder with the storm clouds directly overhead but no rain yet.
# '''ThunderEqualsDownpour''' occurs when the thunder announces the [[WhenItRainsItPours torrential downpour]], for which there is no other clue.

In the past, the [[StockSoundEffects stock sound effect]] for this was "Castle Thunder", which now is only used for a retro feel. Interestingly, almost all Hollywood thunder occurs simultaneously with the lightning flash (obviously averted when said lightning is blowing up trees and power lines right in the middle of the scene). See also LightningReveal.

This will not overlap with GrayRainOfDepression unless the person is angry as well as sad. An example of EmpathicEnvironment. See also ThunderShock, FearOfThunder. Also see ItWasADarkAndStormyNight. Compare LightningCanDoAnything, related to StopMotionLighting.

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!!Examples of Thunderous Underline:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The recent Dairy Queen valu-menu ad has the lips almost getting struck by lightning for saying that he's "master of my own domain! All powerful! Muahahahahaha!"
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[[folder:Alternate Reality Games]]
* ''ILoveBees'':
** Used to underline Aiden's threat before he reveals he's kidding.
** Used to underline traded threars when Herzog and Standish have their chat at the duck pond.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In episode 20 of ''Anime/{{Noir}},'' after the two titular assassins have just finished a running battle across the rooftops of Paris against a small army of suit-wearing killers with creepy masks, Chloe makes her appearance, standing [[IHaveTheHighGround on top of a chimney]] -- with a flash of lightning behind her. Which is a good tipoff that something important is about to happen, considering that Chloe usually favors the StealthHiBye.
* In the second episode of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' anime, Tatewaki Kuno introduces himself as "The Blue Thunder of Furinkan High" with an appropriately-timed ominous thunder. This is a deliberate subversion, as Kuno is ye originale Martial Arts ButtMonkey for the entire series.
** A later episode (and manga chapter) shows [[TheRival Ryouga]] showing up at the Tendo Dojo for the first time, having tracked down Ranma there. Just as he declares his intention to kill Ranma, lightning illuminates his features (a bit more dramatic in the animated version, where it lights up the whole scene.)
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' episode 88, a single bolt of lightning, from a single cloud that came out of nowhere in a clear blue sky, punctuates Jun Manjoume "Thunder" (it's a pun on his insistence toward the use of honorifics after his name) calling out his catch phrase, signifying his return to some semblance of normalcy.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[SpinOffspring ViVid]]'' used this for the introduction of [[{{Ojou}} Victoria Dahlgrun]], Vivio and Einhart's tournament rival who inherited the blood of the Ancient Belkan Thunder Emperor (even if it's just a bit) and [[ToBeAMaster who will show them the truth of the strongest]] *thunder*! The effect was promptly ruined by [[ServileSnarker her butler]], who reminded her of her participation in last year's tournament, where she failed just short of the finals.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', several of the major villains are first introduced amongst flashes of lightning, but none get a more thunderous introduction than Toki [[spoiler: Actually Amiba]], whose first non-flashback appearance is surrounded by repeated bolts of lightning. Nevermind that he's INDOORS. It's somewhat appropriate for his StrappedToAnOperatingTable [[MadScientist Mad Pressure-Point Expert]] persona.
* ''Anime/GundamSEEDDestiny'' plays this straight [[spoiler:during Shinn and Athrun's battle between the Destiny and GOUF, in which Rey's lines are often met with lightning strikes, as well as Athrun's "You're being manipulated" line to Shinn.]]
* Used in ''Anime/{{Popotan}}'' when [[spoiler: Mea defeats Keith in episode 10. Almost, that is]].
* In the third episode of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', blurring the line with Thunderous Confrontation. Lightning flashes repeatedly as Kamui confronts Fuma at an abandoned basketball-court and they both have a [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone premonition about their future battles]] - and at the same time, across town at the Tokagushi Shrine, Nataku attacks Kyuogo to steal the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Divine Sword]], again amidst the flashing lightning. It hardly counted as a confrontation, however, considering [[CurbStompBattle how outmatched Kyuogo was]]. By the time something approaching a fair fight develops - between Nataku and Kamui - the thunder has already passed...
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In ''A {{Garfield}} Halloween'', Garfield and Odie encounter a creepy abandoned house out in the woods. When a bolt of lighting flashes behind it, with the obligatory peal of thunder, Garfield lampshades it by commenting, "Nice touch!"
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' uses this form of the trope to punctuate Tai Lung's escape: as he stands on the precipice outside the exploded doors, he sends Zeng flying back to the temple to "tell them the real Dragon Warrior is coming home."
** And later when he arrives at said temple, appearing in the time it took Shifu to blink.
* Spoofed in ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit''. Lord Victor Quartermaine has come to ask Reverend Hedges how to kill the were-rabbit. Loud thunder accentuates every dramatic sentence until Victor gets annoyed and closes the shutters so they can talk normally.
* ''ThePhantomTollbooth'': DramaticThunder occurs whenever Milo announces that he's going to the Castle in the Air.
* Briefly used in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' when Thelonius first appears out of the forest.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the 1945 film adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', there's a dramatic clap of thunder sounds after the doctor confirms that the third victim was in fact murdered. Later there's another instance of dramatic thunder right after the Judge says that the murderer must be one of them.
* A more subtle version occurs in ''Film/WithnailAndI,'' where the ominous thunder happens right before the messenger comes with a message that means their friendship is bound to be over very soon.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' parodies this mercilessly, using "Castle Thunder" to underline every minutely dramatic sentence.
** ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' takes it even further by having the ominous thunder in space.
* In many UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} musicals, father figures get one of these when laying down the law (frequently ArrangedMarriage).
** Bollywood loves to play this one straight. At the beginning of ''Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham'' , two characters argue about telling X that his brother was adopted. Cue reveal that X is in the room and heard everything. CUE LIGHTNING.
* In ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''. Three words: IT-COULD-WORK! *Boooom*
** And every single time someone utters Frau Blucher's name.
--> '''''**WHINNY!!**'''''
** "[[TemptingFate Could be worse.. could be raining.]]"
* ''Film/TheGoonies''. Right after the line "If we don't do something now there's going to be a golf course right where we're standing." when Chunk, Mikey, Mouth, and Data are looking at the TreasureMap.
* In a rare not-even-the-least-bit-funny example, thunder can be heard during Roy Batty's death speech in ''Film/BladeRunner''. Somewhat subverted in that most people hear it as thunder rolling ''away''.
* Used in ''Film/TheMatrix'' when Morpheus first addresses Neo as [[TheChosenOne The One]], and again when Neo takes the [[RedPillBluePill red pill]].
* Early in ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'', a patient of the eponymous psychiatrist reveals he's a government agent concluding a background check on him. He suggests taking the conversation outside as the office could be bugged. The doctor scoffs at the thought, until the agent casually points out the bug ''he'd'' planted. As the doctor ponders what he's been unaware of, thunder rumbles in the background.
* In the movie ''Film/NightOfTheDemon'', Dr. Holden is skeptical about a deadly curse that's been placed on him. As he compares notes with the niece of his associate who had died after a similar curse, he realizes he may have been passed an essential slip of parchment. As he rushes for his briefcase to look for it, thunder booms. That can't be good...
* One of the posters in ''TheReturnOfHanuman'' uses DramaticThunder to indicate the antagonists of the movie.
* Used to the point of parody in the 'Ten Little Grifters Job' episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Dramatic events and statements are often underlined by a thundercrack, and the lighting flickering on and off due to the house running off of its own, fairly old, generator.
* All the time in ''Film/MortalKombat''. For example, when Raiden explains to Liu Kang that Shang Tsung has stolen the souls of thousands of opponents. Raiden is the God of Thunder with a penchant for theatrics, so he's probably doing it on purpose.
* The film version of ''{{Film/Godspell}}'': "And from that moment, he began to look out for an opportunity *booooom* [[WhamLine to betray him."]]
* In the 1999 film version of ''[[SienkiewiczTrilogy With Fire and Sword]]'' lighting and thunder occurs when Bohdan Khmelnytsky introduces himself. Khmelnytsky is AntiVillain at worst, but the trope is played completely straight.
* In the Creator/StanleyKubrick adaptation of ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'', Humbert's wife reveals her plan to send Lolita away to a strict boarding school, [[RevealingHug not seeing Humbert's shocked expression]].
-->'''Charlotte:''' Darling, you've gone away.
-->'''Humbert:''' Just a minute, I'm [[MurderTheHypotenuse following a train of thought]]. ''(distant thunder)''
** The thunder continues to sound at suitably dramatic moments; when they start squabbling, when Humbert finds Charlotte reading his diary in which he's confided his lust for her daughter, and when Humbert realises she's been [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse killed in a car accident]].
* Justified in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', due to Thor's powers.
-->'''Policeman:''' Place your hands on your head, sir, and step back!
-->'''Thor:''' This woman is unwell.
-->'''Police officer:''' Back off sir, this woman is dangerous!
-->'''Thor:''' [[DoNotTauntCthulhu So am I.]]
-->''(distant thunder sounds -- policeman backs off and calls for an armed response team)''
* Twice during the "Liars' Dice" scene in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', first when Davy Jones accepts Will's challenge and second when he informs Will he's free to go ashore once the ''Dutchman'' makes port (which it never does.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Franchise/DocSavage: The Man of Bronze'', lightning flashes and thunder sounds as Doc announces that his father was murdered.
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', the playwright Hwel uses a lot of thundrous underlining in his plays. The play that's performed at the climax of the novel is no exception, and when someone breaks the thunder sound effect just before the final act, he's provoked into raging at the heavens. At which point a real thunderstorm rolls in an provides appropriate underlining for the rest of the performance.
** The country of Uberwald provides this as a basic service to the MadScientist and Vampire Lord types that inhabit it. At least one vampire, newly arrived in Ankh Morpork, is slightly discouraged when, upon making dramatic declarations, thunder fails to oblige. Later in the novel, when it finally comes around, he indulges, repeating, "Big...scary...castle!" as the thunder rolls.
** Also in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', Vimes is looking at the aftermath of the "battle" with the dragon, says "Do you know what? I think it went somewhere". When the thunder rolls on cue, he mutters "All right all right, it wasn't that dramatic."
* ''[[Literature/LordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'' novel, Book 4 Section VIII "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol". As Frodo and Sam pass by Minas Morgul, lightning and thunder crash inside Mordor and Minas Morgul answers in kind. It's a prelude to the departure of the Witch-king's army.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight", in [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia's dream]], the advent of a PhysicalGod;
-->''As if in answer to that desperate cry, there was a rolling thunder as of celestial chariot-wheels, and a figure stood before the slayers, as if materialized out of empty air. ''
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', 'an ominous growl of thunder' rouses Freckles from miserable thoughts.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': The battle between ''The Vengeance'' and the Dragon Boat occurs during a thunderstorm that was engineered by [=DomDaniel=].
* In ''Literature/AWolfInTheSoul'', Jack Crowe makes a dramatic statement and is very disappointed when this doesn't happen. He tries a few more times. Still doesn't happen.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' classic episode "Spectre of the Gun": as the Earps and Doc Holliday walk to the O.K. Corral for the final gunfight, lightning flashes overhead and thunder rolls. Partial overlap with Thunderous Confrontation.
* InvokedTrope in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Muse". B'Elanna Torres has crash-landed on a primitive planet and is being helped by Kelis the poet, who takes her for a powerful mythical being called an Eternal. B'Elanna wants Kelis to get [[GreenRocks dilithium]] from a local warlord's hunting grounds, which he is understandably reluctant to do. At that moment a coincidental roll of thunder sounds. Kelis' eyes widen as he says, "Did you..." B'Elanna plays it beautifully, leaning forward and saying with menace, "''Don't'' get caught."
* Until recently, Count von Count from ''SesameStreet'' had DramaticThunder accompanying the final result as he finished his counts... a few years ago, it was discontinued since it might scare children, however, and now only appears on special occasions.
** In ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas'' he counts "two worried frogs" looking out the window as Miss Piggy is lost in a blizzard. Kermit and Robin react as if the thunder is just more of the bad weather they're looking at.
* Parodied in ''UglyBetty'', when BigBad Wilhelmina meet Betty on the roof dramatically, while her assistant Marc created thunder sounds with a sheet of metal around the corner.
* Lampshaded/parodied in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. Phoebe's part time navy boyfriend has just returned on shore leave and she is hoping for some fun, but she has just contracted chicken pox. When he meets her she has covered her face with a shawl and won't show it to him. He convinces her to and she reveals her chicken pox scarred face to him with a lightning flash in the background. He jumps in fright and she gets upset. He responds by saying "No no no, you look fine it's just, the lightning, it was a very unfortunate coincidence."
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. A roll of thunder is heard right after Ziva and Abby's slapfest in "Hiatus", much to [=McGee's=] alarm. However Ziva does not kill Abby.
* In the episode "Ham Radio" of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Noel shakes a sheet of metal to create the thunder for Frasier's play.
* Used to accentuate a NotSoDire moment in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy and Willow appear to be looking out the window at a hideous monster in the storm, but they're actually looking in the mirror at their ghastly wedding dresses. Played straight when a roll of thunder accompanies Anya saying [[TemptingFate this is the happiest day of her life]].
** Also played straight in "Surprise" when Angel loses his soul; he wakes up in pain to the accompaniment of a crash of thunder, and has time to stumble out into the rain before turning into the evil Angelus.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], the rumble of thunder is heard as Dean finishes his speech at his father's grave.
* In the Series/DrakeAndJosh episode "The Bet" the boys are told to bring an umbrella to Megan, who is at a friend's house. They don't and she comes in the front door soaking wet with thunder announcing her entrance.
** Happens twice in "Number One Fan". The first is Lampshaded when Josh tells the kids he is upset they won't brave a gentle rain shower to go camping. Cue the thunder. Josh, showing a slight fear, then continues. The second happens a few minutes later when Drake comes in angry at one of Megan's friends with thunder crashing as soon as he enters.
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[[folder:Music]]
* A musical example in the Music/{{Disturbed}} song "Haunted", used at the beginning of the song along with [[ForDoomTheBellTolls a bell]].
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Part of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's "Dead man" entrance theme, though sometimes he could make it thunder on cue, due to his vaguely defined power over electricity.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the "Subspace Emissary" of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', [[spoiler: DramaticThunder appears behind Wario, after he has captured Ness' trophy and Lucas runs away]].
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Spoofed in the Flash comic ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/191110 The Decline of Video Gaming 2]]''; the villain (the CEO of Capcom) [[EvilLaugh laughs evilly]] and hears thunder, startling him since he's indoors. Turns out he left on the [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn Dolby Surround Sound: Evil Edition on]].
* Mocked in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''HocusPocus''. It happened everytime she said the word "[[AManIsNotAVirgin virgin]]" and by the end, she was saying it to hear the thunder.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' has the Mad Scientist Dr. Haas living on a partially-{{terraform}}ed Venus, where it rains almost all the time -- providing plentiful Dramatic Thunder for his Mwa-Ha-Ha's and declarations of "I'll show them ALL!". Even if he's indoors without any windows around.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', The Sorrow is established to have limited weather-control abilities. In the webcomic ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'', he's occasionally seen applying this ability to provide appropriate emphasis for either his own words or a dramatic confrontation -- which does, incidentally, border on Thunderous Confrontation territory.
-->'''Liquid''': Was that necessary?
-->'''The Sorrow''': No, but very appropriate.
** The Boss. "He's after..." *thunder* "THE PHILOSOPHER'S LEGACY". The Sorrow might've even provided it for her just so she'd look cooler...
* LampshadeHanging from ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': "Damn ominous thunder."
* Straightforward mocking from ''Webcomic/StarSomething'': Dark Lord Pony [[http://starsomething.comicgenesis.com/d/20041108.html wants you to fix that short]] in the electrical system, already...
* Lampshaded in ''GPF'', in [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/d/20010629.html these]] [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/d/20010630.html two]] strips. At that point, the characters are already getting tired of it.
* [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Arch_Ab.php Abel's Story]], a side-story for the webcomic ''[[http://www.missmab.com/index.php DMFA]]'', invokes this rather sadly in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Abel_106.php this]] strip. It's difficult to calm down someone whose mother you nearly killed when a mage provides dramatic lightning to underscore your statements.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has also used this a few times, either with actual thunder, or merely a footnote saying *Insert Dramatic Thunder Here*.
-->[[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990503 Insert Dramatic Music Here. Or the sound of Thunder. Or, hell, just say 'WHOA!' like Keanu Reeves would. That'd be fine.]]
* In ''[[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=72475 Everyday Heroes]],'' superhero Mr. Mighty introduces himself to the neighbors with dramatic lighting and thunder. Lampshaded in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=118629 this episode]], where you can see the pull-chain Mr. Mighty uses to trigger the lighting flash. Also has Professor Odious and his ScaryShinyGlasses.
* ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'' [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c522 lampshades]] [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c523 this]], but [[http://www.fantasycomic.com/index.php?p=c527 subverts]] it by the wizard not being evil. He explains that he was young at the time, but it became an annoyance.
* In ''Webcomic/NoNeedForBushido'', Yori has lightning flash and thunder boom whenever he gets into a fight. [[EpilepticTrees Some fans have theorized that he actually gets his power from it.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' really likes a good [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2009-12-01 KRAK]]-[[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-01-28 A]]-[[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-03-12 THOOM]]. Usually accompanies Mrs.Kitsune, though recently cute eight years old Akiko [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-02-22 demonstrated]] she inherited this quality.
* Invoked (yes, invoked) in [[http://samandfuzzy.com/684 this]] ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'', thunder and lightning mark the first on-page appearance of [[BigBad the Baron]]. TheRant below the comic notes that "Lightning is nature's strobe light!"
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001108c to underscore why Megaman was running.]]
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'' has this in the background of [[http://forthewicked.net/archive/01-12.html the panel in Chapter 1]] where November reveals what the curse given to her was (for humorous effect).
* Invoked and lampshaded in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower''. The CorruptCorporateExecutive, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deus]], has a projection-wall and sound-system installed in his office for the specific purpose of creating thunder and background lightning for his EvilLaugh. Unfortunately, [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/808 the remote is a bit flaky]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Played straight in the ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' episode "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgLyUbmU19A The Vampire Strikes Back]]"; first the Castle Thunder sound is used at the beginning of the episode (but is presented in very low-fidelity quality and sticks out like a sore thumb), but then newer, more realistic (and ''LOUDER'') thunderclap sounds are used for the rest of the episode (driving the show more toward realism compared to the classic "campy" cartoon feel the original series had). The newest (and more darker and realistic) show, ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', featured this as well in a couple of episodes, including a Thunderous Confrontation in an episode featuring a dangerous battle on an old building's roof.
* Used on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' to highlight Heloise's EvilLaugh. Then it turns out the lightning was Jimmy flipping the lightswitch quickly.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Subverted in the episode "Bridle Gossip". After Applejack says "The Everfree Forest!", there's a clap of thunder, which turns out to actually be the clattering of pots and pans, knocked over by Spike while sneaking a snack.
** Played straight in "The Best Night Ever", to accompany Fluttershy's EvilLaugh.
** Used a number of times by Princess Luna in "Luna Eclipsed". Rainbow Dash also spends a good deal of time pranking ponies by invoking the trope.
** A frequent occurrence once the ponies enter the ancient castle in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E3CastleManeia "Castle Mane-ia"]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode aptly titled "The Storm", the terrible weather is point and counterpoint to the reasons Aang ended up a HumanPopsicle.
* In Garfield's Halloween Adventure, Garfield and Odie approach that haunted house. Cue the thunder and lightning.
--->'''Garfield:''' [[LampshadeHanging Nice touch.]]
* Accompanies Gogmagog's mooks in ''KorgothOfBarbaria'' when they open the door to the tavern where Korgoth is currently residing.
* Lampshaded in ''PhineasAndFerb'' with the Regurgitator who apparently uses a device for this. Prior to the reveal, Doofenshmirtz questions the thunder and lightning several times.
* WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents: {{Lampshade}}d, among other things, by Timmy's friends, Chester and Aj, when their ball lands in the yard of Dr. Bender's home, a reviled and hated dentist who loves to mock the dental hygiene of other children and gave his [[AngryGuardDog attack dogs]] braces so they could have perfect teeth. Said home is revealed to be a Victorian style house surrounded by a fence with razer coil barb wire amongst completely dark scenery (it's daytime out) complete with [[WeirdMoon giant moon]].
-->'''Timmy:''' So?
-->'''Chester:''' Dude. Didn't you see the lightning and hear the [[OminousPipeOrgan weird music?]]
-->'''A.J.:''' And all of a sudden it's night time?
-->'''Timmy:''' [stares]
-->'''A.J.:''' Don't you understand? [[DepravedDentist He's a dentist! A mean, he's a mean dentist!]]
* In the HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', this happens every time someone says "strange apparitions". At first Po finds this rather cool, but eventually even he gets exasperated with it.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}; in "When Wishes Come True", Tommy angirlly wishes for the worst thing to happen to Angelica and a big flash of light illuminates the scene. It turned out to be the bug zapper outside.
-->'''Grandpa:''' That mosquito must've been the size of a B-52.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', we see a group of tobacco executives who plot on selling cigarettes to children, who laugh evilly while thunder crashes outside.

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!!Examples of Thunderous Confrontation:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Episode 25 of ''Manga/DeathNote,'' where [[spoiler: L finally winds up on the pointy end of Light's EvilPlan and dies]], takes place during a nasty thunderstorm. (Also qualifies as a Thunderous Underline - recall the line spoken right before the lightning strikes...)
* Shortly before the final showdown between Cloud and Sephiroth in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'', the latter nonchalantly raises his hand to summon dark storm clouds that cover the entire battlefield. These seem to serve no other purpose than to emphasize the apparent epicness of the whole affair, which is further evidenced by the fact that a conspicuously well-timed bolt of lightning appears just as the two lunge towards each other.
* ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'' opens with Ryu and Sagat's fateful duel in a windswept grassland, thunder flashing across the skies. The two combatants' KiAttacks, which involve arcs of electricity as far as the movie is concerned, match the environment nicely.
* Oda Nobunaga in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'''s anime comes complete with a red-glowing ominous thunderstorm that follows him around wherever he goes. Needless to say, it's impossible to not have a Thunderous Confrontation with Nobunaga.
* In ''Anime/GundamSeed'', Kira's and Athrun's epic duel halfway through the series takes place in a thunderstorm.
** ''Anime/GundamSEEDDestiny'' has [[spoiler:Shinn and Athrun face off in a thunderstorm, complete with dramatic strike at the exact moment Shinn impales Athrun's GOUF with his {{BFS}}]].
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In one of the chapters of Creator/DonRosa's classic ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck'', Scrooge fights a duel with swords against the scion of the Whiskervilles -- ancestral enemies of the [=McDuck=] clan, while a thunderstorm rolls across the Scottish Highlands. The thunderstorm, as it turns out, plays a key role in the end of the duel...
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' uses this in the introduction of the murder in ''Part 1''. There's an interesting twist in that the lighting isn't there just for the dramatic effect, but it's also the cause of death.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Disney version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has Mowgli's confrontation with Shere Kahn take place just as a thunderstorm rolls in.
** The final battle of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' pits Simba against Scar during a thunderstorm. The brushfires that are ignited by the lightning plays its part in the battle, as per usual...
** Disney absolutely ''loves'' this trope. Usually some final battle will have a thunderstorm accompany it (as it seems there was some rule that almost every animated Disney movie should have a thunderstorm in it.) Notable examples include ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (where the lightning also [[spoiler:helps kill off the wicked queen]]), ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' (when the Tramp fights with an evil rat in the baby's room), ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' (when Basil and Ratigan [[MonumentalBattle fight on the hands of Big Ben]]), ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (when Ursula, now with phenomenal ruler powers, tries to kill off Prince Eric), ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (the battle between Gaston and the Beast near the end) and ''Disney/Aladdin'' (as Jafar [[AWizardDidIt generated a lightning storm]] as part of his rule-the-universe stint), to name a few.
* ''KimPossible'''s [[TheMovie movie]], "So the Drama," features an epic thunderstorm during the final battle, beginning with thunder as the villain's plan goes into action and culminating in a fistfight atop the roof in the pouring rain.
** For a Disney production, the storm is built up to in a surprisingly subtle way -- Kim's hair begins gently blowing in the wind in a previous scene, and later clouds slowly roll into view through a background window.
* Played quite straight in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': as the villagers evacuate the Valley of Peace and Shifu waits outside the Jade Palace for Tai Lung, ominous storm clouds are gathering. By the time their inevitable fight has intensified and the snow leopard kicks Shifu out through the roof, dramatic lightning bolts are streaking across the sky. What makes this interesting, though, is how it plays with the trope: instead of the Thunderous Confrontation being between the hero and the villain, it's between the villain and the OldMaster. And while the weather does clear up to become beautifully sunny, this coincides not with the hero's victory, but his arrival at the battle scene to save his master. In all likelihood this is meant to imply Po's wisdom in interpreting the Dragon Scroll, granting him the knowledge and power to win, somehow mystically dispelled the storm--particularly since with the passing of the darkness, the snow leopard's attacks somehow seem weaker and more foolish, and Po has a much easier time of it than Shifu did. Rather {{Anvilicious}}, but quite effective nevertheless.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheCrow,'' the final fight against Top Dollar takes place on a church roof during a thunderstorm. The storm ends as The Crow stands victorious...
* At the end of the first ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'' film, as the Childlike Empress is calling out to Bastian from within the apocalyptic ending of the book, a violent thunderstorm is occuring in the real world.
* The big fight in ''{{Hancock}}'' was punctuated by ''thundersnow'', mixing the DramaticThunder and [[spoiler: SnowMeansLove]].
* The final battle between Neo and Agent Smith at the end of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''.
* When the Kurgan battles Ramierez in ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' there is a huge thunderstorm.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}'' is apparently able to summon these storms at will. One character observes that there's thunder and lightning, but no actual rain.
* Used in ''Film/EventHorizon''. It's set in [[RuleOfCool space]].
** Justified: The titular ship is in the atmosphere of Neptune at the time.
* The final fight between Riggs, Murtaugh, and Wah Sing Ku in ''LethalWeapon4''.
* The final battle of ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem''.
* Inverted in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. Thunder foreshadows the approaching dramatic storm -- but this is a Good Thing, a critical plot point, to get Marty back home. It's played straight right at the end of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' II.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' gives us the climactic Maelstrom Battle, with thunder, lightning, and [[UpToEleven two ships lying broadside for broadside while sailing into a gigantic whirlpool.]]
-->Pintel: And on top of everything else, it's ''raining''!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The climactic battle of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/PatriotGames'' also unfolds during a thunderstorm, which makes it very hard for TheCavalry to reach the scene in time.
* The book ''Literature/WatershipDown'' has some working to Bigwig's advantage -- he takes a stand against Woundwart during the initial escape from Efrafa, with lightning blazing down just before Keehar shows up.
* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', thunder like galloping hooves is the first sign of the storm they can actually sense.
* In ''Literature/TheGoBetween'', the ambient temperature rises higher and higher as the passion grows between Marian and Ted, and then when they finally manage to consummate that passion [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything there's a terrific thunderstorm]]. At this point [[spoiler:Marian's mother catches them in the act]] and mayhem ensues.
* Janine and Candayce's confrontation in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' starts after Janine's struck by lightning and continues as the storm rolls over them, though when it's faded to a light rain they're not quite through yet.

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''AceLightning'' thunder is not only a portent, but also part of the power boost used in order to [[LightningCanDoAnything bring the videogame characters to life]].
* In the ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Specimen: Unknown", a thunderstorm rages overhead as deadly alien plants spread out from a spaceship crash. The humans are in despair as they believe that the rain from the storm will cause the plants to spread more quickly. Instead [[spoiler: the plants shrivel and die when exposed to water, so the storm actually saves the human race.]] This is a rare case where the thunderstorm works to the good guys' advantage.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/TheWestWing'':
-->[Ominous thunderclap]
-->'''President Bartlett''': What the hell...? If this isn't a metaphor for powerlessness, I don't know what is.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode "Night of the Bleak Island", while the heroes are trying to deal with a deadly hound and a murderer.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Tabletop RPG example: The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module I10, ''The House on Gryphon Hill'', ends with a climactic chase of the BigBad Creature through a violent thunderstorm. But it takes place in Ravenloft, where such things are to be expected...
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', the battle with the Final Colossus is accompanied by a heavy thunderstorm. Concidentally, the GrayRainOfDepression starts right after [[spoiler:Agro seemingly dies]]. After the battle is over, we see the main hero lying unconscious at the feet of the destroyed colossus while the sun shines brightly in clear sky.
* Even ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' couldn't escape this -- the Final Confrontation, up and down the sides of the school's belltower, is accompanied by a well-timed thunderstorm. And flocks of black crows, just for good measure
* The dramatic [[spoiler:[[EvilCounterpart Ninetails]]]] battle in ''{{Okami}}'', fought atop the great mansion of Oni Island. Since you've learned to control lightning at this point, and the foe enjoys flourishing her highly-conductive sword, this works to your advantage.
** One of the phases of the FinalBattle repeats this, with lightning flashing as the boss raises its sword-shaped arms.
* All over the place in the final battle against Ganon from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** Though not the final boss of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the boss fight of the final "regular" dungeon has Link {{Colossus Climb}}ing a giant flying dragon atop the [[HighAltitudeBattle tallest tower]] of a [[FloatingContinent sky castle]]. Needless to say, the thunderstorm in the background somehow made that fight even more epic.
* The final battle with Bowser in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' had thunder and lighting in the background
* The Battle of Ostagar in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' takes place during a thunderstorm.
* The first Wily stage in ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' has thunder on the screens before the mini-boss area. It's not exactly the most exciting battle around (specially since it's a reappearing boss), but it works as a warmth welcome to the final area in the game.
* ''[[VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Rhythm Heaven Fever]]'': During the last stretch of ''Samurai Slice'', where the music reaches its climax, lightning strikes with each successful slice. Yes, lightning strikes perfectly in sync with the battle and music.
* The final battle with [[spoiler: [[BigBad Deathshead]]]] in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' is this. The storm even powers up his shield during the battle.
* ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'': This is constant when you're outside.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' battles Miko Miyazaki during a thunderstorm. Naturally, the always GenreSavvy Elan realizes that things are about to go south as soon as the first peal of thunder resounds...
* Used [[http://ppg.snafu-comics.com/index.php?comic_id=88 here]] in Bleedman's ''PowerpuffGirlsDoujinshi''. Even Cartoon Networks characters can look pretty dramatic with some appropriately-timed lightning thrown in.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001108c Confrontation between Mega Man and the Author]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'':
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=390 in a staring contest]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2418 Also produced when the Dragon starts a storm]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', November plods through the GrayRainOfDepression, but [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-02.html this makes her desperate]], and leads to her [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/02-03.html meeting Red during another one.]]
* Outright [[InvokedTrope invoked]] through the power of SteamPunk science by the titular ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' during the Battle of Mechanicsburg. A modified electrical superweapon is used to 'charge' the atmosphere, even while an (apparently completely coincidental) rainstorm rolls in to deliver a thematically-appropriate downpour. Finally, the lightning is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121219 climactically released]] to revive the sleeping GeniusLoci of Heterodyne Castle...
* The ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' song [[http://homestuck.bandcamp.com/track/rex-duodecim-angelus Rex Duodecim Angelus]] is set during the climactic battle between the trolls and the Black King, and contains multiple thunder special effects in between character {{Leitmotif}}s. Presumably an effect of the RuleOfCool, because the only weather known to be present during that fight was a ''meteor shower''.
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?965 it punctuates Slayer's question --not that Stu notices.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''[[http://apple-in.deviantart.com/art/Arrogance-39563347 Arrogance]]'' by Apple-In on Website/DeviantART is built around this.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ''Hereafter'', when {{Superman}} is apparently killed, WonderWoman threatens to punch a hole in Toyman's head in a [[http://imgur.com/doVulXx very iconic scene]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode called "The Southern Raiders", Katara's confrontation of [[spoiler: her mother's murderer]] is punctuated by a storm that's a bit less than a major thunderstorm, but shows off just how powerful a waterbender she is.
* One confrontation between Robin and Slade in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon has a dramatic lightning strike - interesting in that they are fighting in Slade's ''underground'' base.
* The nearly all-powerful and invincible PhysicalGod Discord, [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the Spirit of Chaos and Disharmony]] from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic uses this twice... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_fSBKKPjfNA#t=25s just before giggling the first time]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JHxWfAKGNsA#t=1275s laughing uproariously]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vO3RvV5T-9M#t=78s the second time]]. He's a BewareTheSillyOnes kind of villain like that.
** Nightmare Moon takes this to an entirely different level by casting thunder from her mane.
*** Even when ''good'' she does this............[[RunningGag every third line she]] [[NoIndoorVoice Speaks]]
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