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A ComedyTrope in which two rivals lock gazes, snarling at each other but not yet at blows, the intensity of their shared enmity manifests as crackling streamers of lightning arcing back and forth between their eyes as [[VisualPun sparks begin to fly]].

See also DeathGlare.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Naruto and Sasuke in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Sakura and Ino as well. It's parodied with Naruto and Sasuke, the first time they do this Shikamaru bumps into Naruto sending him face first into Sasuke's lips resulting in an AccidentalKiss between the two.
* Grandis and Electra on ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.
* Pictured above, Ryoko and Ayeka in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** 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 ''{{Manga/Mahoraba}}''.
* In one episode of ''Manga/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 [[SiblingRivalry Inu-Yasha and Sesshomaru]] exchanging a LightningGlare over sushi.
* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''
** 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 ''Manga/SuperGals''
* Happens on occasion between Rei and Usagi in ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* Moka and Kurumu exchange this in episode 6 of the ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' anime as Kurumu gives Tsukune a heavy dose of MarshmallowHell.
* In ''Manga/MrFullswing'', Saruno and Kotetsu do this in an early chapter, and Saruno uses the sparks to grill food.
* Happens between Ikki and Buccha in ''Manga/AirGear''. 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 Sound Stage of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', the viewer can hear them shooting lightning glares at each other.
* More than a few times on ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. Nine times out of ten, it's Kyou and Yuki.
* ''Words Worth'': [[LadyOfWar Sharon]] and Mew exchange one upon realizing they've each [[spoiler: slept with Sharon's fiancee, Astral]] and that they both have feelings for him.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': 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 ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' animated version.
* Yurika and Megumi from ''Manga/MartianSuccessorNadesico''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Retsu and Mayuri do this once in the anime.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', 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 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Sakuragi and Rukawa in ''Manga/SlamDunk''.
* Done by Nagi Sanzenin and Ayumu Nishizawa almost every time they meet in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
* Chizuru and Nozomu do it to each other in ''{{LightNovel/Kanokon}}'', while rubbing against a passed-out Kouta.
* A 3-way version happens between Houki, Cecilia, and Rin in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' during a lunch date with Ichika.
* Sonic and Dr. Eggman on ''Anime/SonicX'' in an ImagineSpot when the potential for an EnemyMine situation between them is discussed.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Misty and Jessie do this in the "Princess vs. Princess" episode.
* Bulma and Chi Chi of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' do this at least twice in the series. Once in the Garlic Jr. Saga when [[BrainlessBeauty Maron]] calls them old ladies and they're arguing about their beauty for their ages. Another time is during 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 [[http://dragonballzocg.com/database?cmd=showcard&id=2412 picture]] of them doing this trope in the "Bojack Unbound" film.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': 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 [[TheDitz America]], that is.
* In ''Manga/YuruYuri'', Himawari and Sakurako engage in this feud often, mostly stemming from [[{{Tsundere}} sexual tension]], their competition for class vice president, and Sakurako's immaturity.
* In ''Anime/FairyTail'', this often happens, usually between [[TheHero Natsu]] and [[TheRival Gray]]. In flashbacks, Mirajane and Erza also get this.
* The use of this trope is {{conversed|trope}} in Chapter 2 of ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun''. Japan's anti-duelling laws criminalize even just issuing or accepting duel challenges, and the government is keen to use this clause to combat teen crime. Since Nozaki writes manga for the ShoujoDemographic, any explicit challenges are, as a result, out of the question. Hence, if scenes involving JapaneseDelinquents require a duel challenge, they can only deliver it non-verbally through this trope.
* ''Anime/OnePiece'': Zoro and Sanji do this to each other ''[[HeadbuttingHeroes all the time]].''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' album ''Asterix in Corsica'', the trademark DeathGlare of Corsican men is represented with a little lightning bolt.

* From ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
-->''[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.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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 Button}}s. Played for comedy in this case, because neither actually wants to admit the loss.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', [[SitcomArchnemesis Sitcom Archnemeses]] [[GenkiGirl Yuuki]] and [[LovableAlphaBitch 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.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Sting and Jake "The Snake" Roberts do this in the promotional mini-movie hyping their match at Halloween Havoc 1992.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* One of the tropes parodied in the ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' episode "hentai".
* In the ''[[WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsDigitalSeries Equestria Girls]]'' webisode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsAQueenOfClubs Queen of Clubs]]", Applejack and Rainbow Dash exchange an electric glare while their competition is in full swing, showing how serious they are.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ButtlordGT'' 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 ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Susan and Tedd share a glare [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-04-14 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** Although more of an EyeBeam 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' season 1 episode 5, this happens shortly between Sadlygrove and Evangelyne while they disagree on the best way to defend the village.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', as Storm and Mystique glare at each other, ''actual'' lighting flashes across the skies in the background because Storm's just ''that'' pissed.