In 1977, DC Comics
revealed their first headlining African-American superhero with Black Lightning
. However, due to numerous controversies and licensing disputes, in the many many
adaptations of the DCU he has often been used via Captain Ersatz
. This eventually developed
into a consistent pattern in which Black superheroes had electricity-themed powers
In short, this trope is when you mix the black person
with Shock and Awe
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- Naruto has an entire nation of these. The Land of Lightning is the only one with a visible black population (they seem to be the nations majority even) and lightning is their most common elemental powers. Raikage, Killer Bee and Darui are the most prominent, with Darui even having black coloured lightning that he can shape into a black panther.
- Ur Example Black Lightning. Most other examples are deliberate Expies or Shout Outs to him.
- Static of Milestone the DC Comics Imprint.
- Storm from X-Men uses this as her primary offensive power.
- Thunder Fall of the Congolese superhero team The Kingdom in Batwing.
- Volt from Irredeemable; he's very self-conscious about the trope.
- DC Comics character Coldcast has "electro magnetic" powers which gives him a slightly broader range of abilities (he can theoretically affect electrons on the subatomic level) but largely boils down to Shock and Awe.
- DC Comics' mid-1980s revamp Jonni Thunder, aka Thunderbolt Jonni is a black woman who comes into posession of a statue which gives her the power to become human lightning.
- In Kingdom Come Jonni Thunder and Black Lightning have a daughter who has both of their powers, named Lightning. Lightning eventually appeared in the regular DC Universe, except her mother was Black Lightning's ex-wife.
- Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Spider-Man, has the power to deliver electric shocks that paralyze his enemies.
- Rapture from The Savage Dragon (along with a heaping helping of subversion and Unfortunate Implications)
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- Black Vulcan from Super Friends, created as an Captain Ersatz of Black Lightling to save on licensing fees.
- Juice in Justice League Unlimited (whose whole team consists of Expies of the Superfriends).
- Soul Power, a retro funk character from the Static Shock animated series. He was originally going to be Black Lighting, until lawyers got involved.
- Aqualad in Young Justice primarily has water powers, but has electricity as a secondary one used to electrify said water attacks. The same show also featured Static and Black Lightning meaning half the powered male black cast fit this trope.
- Teen Titans has Bumblebee, a young African-American woman who uses a pair of stingers that blast electricity at the targets.