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When two rivals (usually but not exclusively female) lock gazes, growling at each other but not yet at blows, the intensity of their mutual loathing is so intense that it manifests as crackling streamers of lightning arcing back and forth between their eyes.
See also Death Glare
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Anime & Manga
- Naruto and Sasuke in Naruto. Sakura and Ino as well.
- Grandis and Electra on Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
- Pictured above, Ryoko and Ayeka in Tenchi Muyo!
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Ayaka and Asuna, frequently. In Negima!?, it's bad enough to seriously injure anyone that get between them.
- Also, Anya vs. Ayaka, in chapter 180.
- Tamami and Buchou in Mahoraba.
- In one episode of InuYasha, Kagome explained the concept of family reunions to Inu-Yasha. He imagined what such a thing would be like for him. Cue a picture of Inu-Yasha and Sesshomaru exchanging a Lightning Glare over sushi.
- Card Captor Sakura
- Though not specifically rivals per se, Shaoran Li and Touya Kinomoto Lightning Glare at each other more than once.
- Also between Shaoran and Kero.
- Happens between Ran and her rival in the opening of Super Gals
- Happens on occasion between Rei and Usagi in Sailor Moon.
- Moka and Kurumu exchange this in episode 6 of the Rosario + Vampire anime as Kurumu gives Tsukune a heavy dose of Marshmallow Hell.
- In Mr Fullswing, Saruno and Kotetsu do this in an early chapter, and Saruno uses the sparks to grill food.
- Happens between Ikki and Buccha in Air Gear. It starts out as Ikki giving ramen to Buccha, seemingly innocent... Until onlookers get hit by their killing intent, apparently creating an illusion of them being on fire and words appearing behind their backs.
- When Vita and Signum get into an argument after Signum reprimands Vita for throwing her clothes on the floor of a public bath in the first A's Sound Stage of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, the viewer can hear them shooting lightning glares at each other.
- More than a few times on Fruits Basket. Nine times out of ten, it's Kyou and Yuki.
- Words Worth: Sharon and Mew exchange one upon realizing they've each slept with Sharon's fiancee, Astral and that they both have feelings for him.
- D.Gray-Man: Occurs repeatedly between Allen, who can normally get along with anyone, and the notoriously grumpy Kanda. Even their golems get involved, with Timcanpy and Kanda's golem also engaging in a crackling glare contest of their own as they hover over their respective masters' heads. Until Timcanpy just goes ahead and eats Kanda's golem.
- Ukyō and Shampoo in the Ranma ˝ animated version.
- Yurika and Megumi from Martian Successor Nadesico.
- Bleach: Retsu and Mayuri do this once in the anime.
- In YuYu Hakusho, Kuwabara does this to the enemy team leader in the first round of the Dark Tournament.
- Ed does this to a bottle of milk (!) once or twice in Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Sakuragi and Rukawa in Slam Dunk.
- Done by Nagi Sanzenin and Ayumu Nishizawa almost every time they meet in Hayate the Combat Butler.
- Chizuru and Nozomu do it to each other in Kanokon, while rubbing against a passed-out Kouta.
- A 3-way version happens between Houki, Cecilia, and Rin in Infinite Stratos during a lunch date with Ichika.
- Sonic and Dr. Eggman on Sonic X in an Imagine Spot when the potential for an Enemy Mine situation between them is discussed.
- In Pokémon, Misty and Jessie do this in the "Princess vs. Princess" episode.
- Bulma and Chi Chi of Dragon Ball Z do this at least twice in the series. Once in the Garlic Jr. Saga when Maron calls them old ladies and they're arguing about their beauty for their ages. Another time isduring the "Bojack Unbound" film when they're fighting over which son will win the tournament that is hosted by Hercule. There's also a DBZ trading card called "Bulma and Chi-Chi's Stare Off", which has a picture of them doing this trope in the "Bojack Unbound" film.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: When America first introduced England to his alien friend, Tony, it was apparent that the two of them didn't like each other. Apparent to everyone except America, that is.
- From The Lord of the Rings:
[Denethor] turned his dark eyes on Gandalf, and now Pippin saw a likeness between the two, and he felt the strain between them, almost as if he saw a line of smoldering fire, drawn from eye to eye, that might burst suddenly into flame.
- The Brazilian comedy show CQC uses this as a comedic, computer-inserted (obviously) cliche every time they ask embarrassing questions to the people they interview, and they glare. Of course, half their special effect cliches are anime related...
- In Chinese Paladin 3, the two male leads have one of these after simultaneously pushing each other's Berserk Buttons. Played for comedy in this case, because neither actually wants to admit the loss.
- In Kamen Rider Fourze, Sitcom Archnemeses Yuuki and Miu engage in this from time to time. Gets a lampshade in episode 5 when another character asks how long they plan on keeping this up.
- Sting and Jake "The Snake" Roberts do this in the promotional mini-movie hyping their match at Halloween Havoc 1992.
- One of the tropes parodied in the Weebl & Bob episode "hentai".
- Buttlord GT takes it to another level, with Kevin and Snowflake projecting dotted lines from their eyes, which create a little explosion when they meet. For however small the explosion is, it's intense enough for Brad to deem it "the sweetest thing ever".
- In El Goonish Shive, Susan and Tedd share a glare here that is intense enough that it probably would have had lightning between their eyes if it were not for the fact that it would have obscured Sarah and Elliot talking in the background. Dan settles for making the growling they make fiery.
- Teen Titans
- Although more of an Eye Beam Glare, Cyborg and Gizmo do this once.
- A better example would be Robin glaring at Starfire in the origin episode "Go!"
- Robin and Cyborg did this during "Divide and Conquer".
- In Wakfu season 1 episode 5, this happens shortly between Sadlygrove and Evangelyne while they disagree on the best way to defend the village.
- In X-Men: Evolution, as Storm and Mystique glare at each other, actual lighting flashes across the skies in the background because Storm's just that pissed.