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->'''Hank:''' In case I'm incapacitated for any reason, do you know how to start a man's heart with a downed power line?\\
'''Bobby:''' No.\\
'''Hank:''' Well, there's really no wrong way to do it.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''

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A defibrillator is a highly useful and remarkable device which can help revive a patient who has suffered cardiac arrest by providing an electric shock and inducing the conditions needed to begin CPR. But even in RealLife, it has its limits. On TV, though defibrillators must be magical, because they work quite differently and have a much higher success rate.

A MagicalDefibrillator works in a distinctive way. The rescuer encounters someone who has suffered a HollywoodHeartAttack. He grabs the paddles and rubs them together dramatically. Then he [[ShirtlessScene removes the victim's shirt]], shouts "Clear!", and presses down on the patient's chest while the device makes a satisfying "CHUNK". The patient will jerk violently, and you may even see visible sparks. This will revive the patient on its own; if not, he will perform CPR, which will be [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable clean, pretty, and reliable]]. For RuleOfDrama purposes, though, they don't always work the first time; characters will need two or three dramatic tries before it works.

This trope implies that defibrillators work by administering an electric shock to the patient which gets the heart back to doing what it needs to do. Unfortunately, this is not the case; in RealLife, a defibrillator ''stops'' a dysfunctional heart rhythm, and CPR is needed to get the heart doing what it's supposed to do.

The quasi-logical extension to this protocol is that ''any'' [[LightningCanDoAnything electric shock]] can do what a defibrillator can; as such, a MagicalDefibrillator could also be the use of [[ShockAndAwe lightning-based powers]] to revive people (which may be justified given how those powers are explained to work). Alternatively, TV victims might be hooked up to what's known as a "suicide cord" -- a wall plug with nothing but two bare wires, which is incidentally a good way to ''induce'' the need for a defibrillator in real life. Additionally, the lightning-based power of a TV defibrillator provides characters a chance to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9AkvnSYO8s&ob=av3e use them offensively]].

Defibrillators commonly appear in {{Medical Drama}}s; whether or not they're magical depends on the series. Unrealistic medical dramas have a tendency to use them on a {{flatlin|e}}ing patient, which is not how they're used in RealLife; again, a defibrillator ''creates'' a flatline so that you can use CPR to get the heart doing what you need it to do.

This is a sub-trope of WorstAid and a sister trope to CPRCleanPrettyReliable, another medical technique that works very differently on TV than it does in RealLife. It's often used in video games, where it's an [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality Acceptable Break from Reality]].

For more information about defibrillators in RealLife, see [[UsefulNotes/MagicalDefibrillator the Useful Notes page]]. (That page is not meant to be a guide for how to revive someone in real life; if someone near you actually needs a defibrillator, call emergency services and/or find an AED and follow its instructions.)

Finally, as this trope can involve dying characters, '''please beware of spoilers.'''

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Parodied amusingly in a Minute Maid ad, in which a science teacher revives a rabbit using [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pafWj0YK7NU balloons and static electricity.]]
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', after a severe system-wide shock from a Reject Dial stops Eneru's heart, he uses his electrical powers to restart it.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Averted in the anime, when Nurse Joy resorts to defibrillators when Pikachu's heart rhythm lowers (it had been seriously injured in battle with a Raichu)... and it takes a few tries to get it back on the right pattern, implying that it might not make it after the third attempt. [[PlotArmor Pikachu is the mascot of the franchise]], so we know better.
** An interesting variant of this trope appears in another ''Pokémon'' episode where Ash's Pikachu is taken to a hospital and defibrillated. In this case it seems to act more like smelling salts, although it may have to do with the fact that the paddles were placed on Pikachu's electric pouches.
** Played straight when Pikachu IS the defibrillator, however. Ash's heart has stopped multiple times throughout the series and each time Pikachu revives him by shocking him. It doesn't work on petrification, though.
** Pikachu has also used his electrical attacks to rouse others throughout the series. In an early Master Quest episode, [=EP211=] ''Fly Me to the Moon'', he uses it to revive a Pidgey that flew too high and was asphyxiated by the rarefied air.
* A magical example: Hei from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' uses his [[ShockAndAwe electricity-based powers]] to reset his heart after it's been affected by [[MakeMeWannaShout a resonance-disturbing sonic scream]]. Just in case we hadn't figured out that he's a badass yet.
* Another magical example, this time from ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce''. Some members of Hayate's crew, such as [[BridgeBunnies their pilot, Lucino]], and the members of their main strike force, come equipped with {{Magitek}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_external_defibrillator Automated External Defibrillators]] that kick in during emergencies. This is a good thing since [[spoiler:when Tohma activated his Zero Effect, it caused a good number of people to go into cardiac arrest]].
* Hime from ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' uses a defibrillator offensively to incapacitate a room full of people. The head physician was [[IncrediblyLamePun shocked]] by her clearly impossible action before realizing she had wired her android to the defibrillator to use her as a more effective energy source.
* In one episode of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', the cast acquires a defibrillator that can revive everything: dead relationships, dead sports teams etc. Taken to the logical extreme by [[spoiler:reviving actual dead people to start a [[ZombieApocalypse Zombie Invasion]].]]
* Averted in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': in the finale, defibrillation does absolutely nothing to revive [[spoiler: Kouichi. Given that it's ThePowerOfLove that revives him shortly thereafter]], though, it's pretty clear they weren't trying to realistically render defibrillation anyway...
* In Episode 10 of ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' Inaho used the defibrillator (together with [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable CPR]]) to revive [[spoiler:Asseylum]], even while she was flatlining after being strangled. It worked, though it might be the CPR that worked, not the defibrillator.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', Piccolo used a blast of kiai to restart Gohan's heart after it was stopped by a heavy blow from Frieza. This was enough to get him alive enough to take a senzu bean.
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* Creator/DCComics:
** In one issue of ''Power of Shazam'', [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] and Mary Marvel summon their magical lightning to act as a defibrillator. It's made clear that they have to both be involved, using the opposite {{Transformation Sequence}}s so the lightning is channeled correctly. Because otherwise, exposing a flatlining man to magic lightning could be dangerous.
** In another comic, ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'', their evil counterpart ComicBook/BlackAdam attempts to do something not-so-evil and revive his teammate Atom Smasher with his magic lightning.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/{{Storm}} uses her {{lightning|CanDoAnything}} this way once in ''X-Treme X-Men'', to save the life of Davis Cameron, the future dumb rookie Slipstream.
** ComicBook/{{Magneto}} has done this before too, during one of his [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor good]] weeks.
* Part of the ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy'' comics. Cade Skywalker, latest bearer of the Skywalker name, has an uncanny gift for bringing people back from the brink of death. It looks rather like Force Lightning; he has to tap the Dark Side to do it, but it has managed to save instead of harming.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'':
** In the issue after [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Superman's death]], medics attempt to revive Superman using defibs, but his body just wouldn't take it. Professor Hamilton hauls out a massive device that requires a massive energy charge for one charge and needs a personal barrier to protect you from the super shock. Bibbo takes the first try and it blows him back several feet and ''still'' knocks him out. Does jack for Superman.
** In a later comic Superman is fighting Doomsday again and almost dies. This time ComicBook/BlackLightning himself using his powers to restart Superman's heart.
* ''Comics/TheSimpsons:'' Dr. Nick once tries to revive a goldfish belonging to Ralph Wiggum using these. The nurses refuse to let him try, but he still has them charged up. Then circumstances involving some poorly place wires and the water inside the goldfish bowl result in Drs Nick and Hibbert getting shocked, along with the goldfish, which is miraculously revived.
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4520186/9/The-marriage-contract The Marriage Contract]]'' an unidentified Muggle medic uses a portable defibrillator and CPR to save a man who was just hit by the ''Killing Curse''.
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Flowerbell's Love Triangle", Empath uses his telekinetic powers to generate an energy pulse to use as a defibrillator to jumpstart Papa Smurf's heart after he goes into cardiac arrest.
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[[folder:Films]]
* First seen in the 1966 movie ''Film/FantasticVoyage''.
* The premise of the movie ''Film/{{Flatliners}}''. They are even able to revive someone clinically dead for up to 12 minutes, and have them instantly come to with no brain damage whatsoever.
* In the film ''Film/ShortCircuit2'', the robot, Johnny, is given a battery charge from a defibrillator.
* Used in an important role in the film ''Film/TheAbyss''. The only thing that saves the scene from being completely wrong is the fact that the defibrillator is an early 80s model that wouldn't have had a "quick look" ECG function, and hence the Deep Core crew had no way to tell if the victim was in asystole ([[KilledOffForReal hosed]]) or pulseless VT/VF ([[OnlyMostlyDead recoverable]]). All they knew was that the victim had no pulse.
** And in the {{Novelization}}, it was really an intervention by the [=ETs=] that saved her. In the film, it's just Bud's [[WorstAid Miraculous Bitchslap of Life]].
* In ''Film/{{Powder}}'', the title character uses his odd electrical powers to revive a schoolmate who had drowned. In a more straight play, it is implied he tried this on his grandparents, too, but [[DeathByOriginStory they weren't as lucky]].
* In the film ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'', Pat Healey tries to revive a dog with a cut lamp cord. He winds up setting it on fire instead.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Bond uses a defibrillator from his [=MI6=]-issue medical kit to revive himself after being poisoned with digitalis during his poker game. Averted in that digoxin does cause a number of arrhythmias, and treatment consists of administration of an antidote and an anti-arrhythmic agent (the two syringes from the kit); defibrillation isn't indicated unless the patient tips over into V-fib, which Bond did. Previous to that point, the [=MI6=] medical staff were using Bond's AED as a quick-look ECG rather than as a defibrillator.
* In ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'', one was used unconventionally -- as an anti-zombie weapon. It was only partially successful.
* In the movie ''Film/OurManFlint'', Derek Flint manages to revive a man from near-death by using an unorthodox defibrillation procedure. He has one man stick his finger in an light socket, then uses a human chain to apply the electricity and shock the victim's heart back into working.
* In the made-for-TV Disney movie ''The Thirteenth Year'', the main character, an electricity-generating merman, revives a friend after he almost drowns by shocking him.
* In ''Film/{{Bean}}'' (in the words of the LiteraryAgentHypothesis "novelisation"), "all you have to do is put the round things on someone's chest, yell 'Clear!' and then they come back to life!... But I thought I'd better try the round things on my chest first."--which launches him through the air to land on a comatose patient and accidentally revive them. Admittedly residual electrical current in Mr Bean might have helped there but it's still crazy.
* Done for laughs in ''Film/{{Eraser}}''. A character fakes a seizure to create a distraction, and while he's in the building infirmary, pulls out the cable monitoring his heart rate out of curiosity. This causes the flatlining alarm to go off, so the nurse immediately starts zapping him, with him furiously struggling. She actually gives it to him three times with no ill effects.
* Messed up horribly in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. They need to use a defibrillator to shock someone's ''head'' in an attempt to overload the electronics inside an explosive pill (no, really), but fail because the defibrillator (which, it should be reminded, is a tool that might be needed at a moment's notice) has a warmup time (with large-font countdown), which just so happens to be a few seconds longer than it takes for the pill to go off. To add to the defibrillator magic, a character acknowledges that shocking someone like that ''will'' stop her heart. The Hero responds that he'll just use it again to restart it.
-->'''Luther:''' If you zap her like that you'll stop her heart!\\
'''Ethan:''' Then I'll zap her again and bring her back!
** In ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'', Ethan wakes up ''a second'' after Ilsa shocks him with a defibrillator after drowning. Oddly, after that, Ilsa shocks Benji in the back with the same defibrillator, knocking him out so that she can run away with the disk, but he's fine a minute after.
* In ''PoliceStory'', thieves jump-start a woman's heart with a car battery.
** Referenced in ''RobBHood'', another Jackie Chan film, where he tries to jump-start the heart of a ''baby'' using a car battery.
** And inversely, Jackie Chan uses an ''actual'' defibrillator as an improvised weapon in ''Film/TheAccidentalSpy''.
* In ''The Prize'' (1963) two doctors use the lamp cord method to revive [[http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=1044 a heart attack victim in a Stockholm hotel room.]]
* In ''Film/ScannerCop'', the hero uses a defibrillator--using his telekinesis to move it--to kill the BigBad.
* Used in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' to bring [[spoiler: Fischer]] back from the dead after taking a bullet through the chest. Possibly, ''possibly'' justified by the fact that this happens inside somebody's dream and the dreamer [[YourMindMakesItReal may have changed the rules]] so that a defibrillator would be capable of that.
* Accidentally subverted in the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] movie ''Film/DevilFish'', proving that even a broken clock is still right twice a day. It's made to look like the doctor did everything he could to save a dying patient when he whips out a defibrillator and starts zapping the poor guy's chest, but the results are about what they'd be in RealLife: patient has a pulse, doctor defibs him, and then patient flatlines.
* In the third ''MeetTheParents'' movie, Jack uses the suicide cord technique to defibrillate himself when he realises he's having a heart attack, after calling the paramedics and telling them where he is and what he's about to do.
* In ''Film/RatRace'', a medical courier accidentally grabs an electric fence while holding a human heart that has been out of its cooler for a while, rolled around the messy floor of his van, flung out the window into a field, and chewed on by a dog. The heart starts beating in his hand, with the implication that all the unfortunate things that have happened to it are fixed and it is still good for transplant. This falls under the RuleOfFunny but really tests the limits of its power.
* ''Film/TheATeam'' film has a subversion or ''something'', when Murdock tries to escape the mental hospital by jump-starting an ambulance. With a defibrillator. It doesn't work.
* ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' does a weird version of this. The EKG is clearly showing v-fib (i.e. the thing you actually want to defibrillate) and the EMT administers defib, which correctly stops the heart. This, however, surprises the EMT somewhat, causing them to call the time of death without even attempting CPR.
* In ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', Gretel defibrillates Edward using a homemade, steampunk taser.
* In ''Film/SpaceJam'', when we go though a montage of the Tune Squad's injuries after getting thrashed by the Monstars, Watch Hazel is seen using a defibrillator on Taz. Since the characters are WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, this is naturally PlayedForLaughs (in an otherwise grim-looking scene), as the result is Taz suddenly sitting up with his body turned into a neon sign that reads "Eat at Joe's". The light and sound the device makes is also atypical of the common, fictional defibrillator (unless the device was running off [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Pikachu]]).
* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Marcus Wright is revived near the end of the film by having another character repeatedly jab him with a live electrical cable. This somehow works. [[spoiler: He's a cyborg, after all.]]
* ''Film/LoneSurvivor'' both starts and ends with the same scene of Marcus Luttrel being shocked for a flatline. [[spoiler: It only works after 8 or 10 shocks]].
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', Electro stops a man's heart by zapping him, then revives him by zapping him again. He at least correctly positions his hands where you are supposed to place the paddles.
* In the 1935 version of ''Film/MagnificentObsession,'' a man dies while another is saved, because the emergency squad had only one rescue "machine." The machine is not named, but at this time, the defibrillator existed experimentally, but not in practice. The movie manages to remain pertinent with this reference. Also a nice example of Did the research.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Area 7'' by Creator/MatthewReilly has a MagicalDefibrillator. In it, a character is executed by lethal injection. The book goes into detail on how an overdose of multiple chemicals induce unconsciousness, paralyze his lungs, and stop his heart. Several minutes later, he's revived by a defibrillator. From that point on, he's fine. Apparently it cures ''poison'', too.
* At the end of ''[[Literature/TheEdge On the Edge]]'', [[spoiler: Rose Drayton]] uses up all of their magic and dies. Declan brings them back to life by "flashing" his magic into their chest repeatedly to restart the heart.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry Dresden awakens to find Waldo Butters attempting to revive him with a defibrillator. Mere moments later, Butters uses the same defibrillator to stun a hitman.
** Though Harry's body was in a kind of magical slumber while his mind was meeting with Mab and Lea [[spoiler: and becoming the Winter Knight]], and had just been released back into the real world. But his heart had stopped anyway, so maybe it was a combo of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane?
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/AlexRider Ark Angel]]''. Alex uses a defibrillator to stun a character, the whole thing being preceded with something along the lines of "he knew what they did, he'd seen a lot of television". Those must have been some pretty accurate television shows.
* The first book in ''Literature/TheImmortals'' involves a literally magical defibrillator when Alanna uses lightning magic to restart Daine's heart, a rather straightforward application of this trope (however since we don't see the scene happen from that end, we don't know whether anyone yelled "Clear!").
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* In the ''Series/{{Alias}}'' season 3 episode "Facade", Ricky Gervais is a very MadBomber who doesn't afraid of nothing, especially the electric chair. Or is he? When all else fails and they're all doomed, [[PapaWolf Spy Daddy]] steps up to the plate to strangulate Ricky, having attained a portable defibrillator from nowhere, and has it fully charged and waiting right around the corner. When Ricky dies, Spy Daddy brings him back and tells him that there is no white light for people like him and that they'll do it all again unless he stops the bombs, and they're both confident that it will work again and again because it's a MagicalDefibrillator.
* In a ''Series/MrBean'' sketch, the bumbling character revives someone with the bare cable method, but then accidentally electrocutes him soon after.
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' has Tetsu use his Lightning Fist attack as a defibrillator to save Ban.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
** An episode had a perfectly-conscious character who required cardioversion for atrial tachycardia telling the doctors to use a certain energy level, as he had had the problem a number of times before and 200 joules was always what fixed it before. The doctors follow procedure, shocking the patient multiple times at increasing energy levels, but 200 is still what sets his heart rate to normal.
** Compared to other medical shows, ''ER'' avoided this pretty well, and in fact sometimes put placing accuracy over dramatic license to good use. Not using (or better yet, discontinuing) the defibrillator when a patient goes into asystole ramped up the tension, precisely ''because'' uneducated but GenreSavvy audiences expect this trope to be true. This leads to [[RealityIsUnrealistic accurate procedural facts giving a misleading implication:]] when "even" the "magical defibrillator" is useless, things are really going south. This is likely due to the fact that series creator and executive producer Michael Crichton completed an MD before his fiction writing career took off.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Inverted. The appearance of defibrillators is a sure sign that the patient is a goner.
** Early in the series Turk encountered a sleeping patient whose heart monitor leads have fallen off, so Turk assumes he is flatlining and tries to shock him. Although it is used for comedy, as a doctor Turk should have known better than to defibrillate what he thought to be an asystole.
* Averted in ''Series/BreakingBad'' when [[spoiler:the Salamanca assassin who survived after trying to kill Hank]] is going into cardiac arrest, one nurse asks if they need to use a defibrillator, and another replies that there is no need as the patient is in asystole.
* When Max from ''Series/DarkAngel'' jabs herself with a [[NeuralImplanting Cybernetic implant to make herself able to defeat some rival supersoldiers.]] After kicking ass and taking names, she starts to seziure as it is [[MySkullRunnethOver starting to burn out her nervous system and brain]]. Thus, [[BlackBestFriend Original Cindy]] and Logan have to stab through her neck into the implant with a knife and use it as a conductor for a defribillator.
* In ''Series/{{House}}'', Kutner sets fire to a patient with a defibrillator, earning him the name of "professional defibrillist" from House. He also shocked himself unconscious when he used a defibrillator on a wet patient. He seems to like his nickname though. Despite being promoted as a less-drama-more-medicine medical show, House's team has about a 50% chance of incorrectly trying to shock a flatline instead of administering the proper medications.
* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Bottom}}'' where, in the episode "Gas", Eddie tries to revive a presumably dead gas-man with some electrical wires. He first lodged them in his chest to no effect, then tries them on his crotch before sticking them in his nostrils. He considers this conclusive proof that he's dead (and probably would be anyway after that). Surprisingly the gas man wakes up later and is only dazed with slight amnesia, despite having been [[AmusingInjuries attacked and brutalized in all manner of ways in an effort to revive him or hide his body]], ''after'' initially being punched and hit with the comedy frying pan dozens of times.
* Used in a sketch on Scottish comedy show ''Series/ChewinTheFat'' where doctors are using defibrillators on a patient to no effect except the usual cliche muscle spasms you would expect. One doctor then suggests "Try his nuts!" at which point they use them on the patient's crotch, which revives him immediately.
* Defibrillators often appear in ''Series/StargateSG1'', but strangely, the patient either always revives on their own before the pads are applied, or just dies anyway. One wonders why they bother keeping them around. Averted once in "Singularity"; [[WhyAmITicking the Goa'uld bomb]] causes Cassie to develop a fairly serious arrhythmia, which is successfully treated by one round of defibrillation. (It doesn't stop the bomb, though.)
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** ZigZagged once, where a defibrillator was actually used to ''stop'' John Sheppard's heart to stop an alien parasite from feeding on him. Once his heart is stopped, the defibrillator is used in attempt to restart his heart, but it doesn't work and it takes CPR plus medical attention to get Sheppard's heart started again. So while they might get the facts about defibrillators wrong, it's not really treated as a magical heart-fixing button.
** In a later episode, Dr. Keller uses a defibrillator to short out an implanted tracking device. However, she notes how risky it is and using it could kill the subject.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In the episode "Ground State," Gwen Raiden not only uses her electrical powers to kill and then revive Gunn, she also manages to shock Angel's 200-plus-years-dead heart into beating temporarily.
* In the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "The Enemy Within", Mac [[MacGyvering juryrigs]] a defibrillator out of two candlesticks, a floor mat, and an electrical power cord. The idea was not to reverse fibrillation, but to counteract some kind of magnetic field that was causing bubbles to form in the victim's blood... somehow. Whatever that meant, it worked.
* In one episode of ''Series/HolbyCity'', the annoying new anaesthetist is messing around with the defibrillators while in surgery... and shocks himself. He dies, not that many of his colleagues mind too much. Being set in a hospital, there are plenty more boring versions of the Magical Defibrillator.
* Averted in ''Series/TwentyFour''. Jack gets brought back, but at the end of the day he has trouble sniping due to heart pains.
* Parodied in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''; in a [[StylisticSuck poorly-written]] medical drama written by a pair of lazy writers who can't be bothered doing the research, a doctor bursts into a theatre jabbering about how he's going to use "the electric paddles that can make you better if you're really sick but can make you sort of ill if you're fine!" Moments later, after giving the poor sod a fatal electric shock, he muses that the man "''was'' fine, but is now poorly from too much electric."
* ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'' averts this altogether in the season 5 episode "The Fifth Man". While in the hospital, [[spoiler: Don]]'s heart goes into fibrillation, and the defibrillator is used to restore a normal rhythm. You can actually see the monitor displaying an erratic heartbeat. When [[spoiler: he]] flatlines, they use a syringe filled with a drug to attempt to revive [[spoiler: him]], not the paddles.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Ariel", Zoe uses a defibrillator to knock someone out when they break into a hospital. And that's a contrast to the previous scene, where Simon uses a defibrillator to save a patient who is suffering a heart seizure due to an accidental dosage of two drugs that negatively interact. In the latter incident it appears to be a case of a lack of heartbeat with no pumping, and the shock is used to restart the heartbeat, before a drug is introduced via intravenous injection to return the heart to normal.
* During the opening of one episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Jazz, Will's idiot best friend, stumbles upon a defib and applies it to himself. Cut to him being blown down the corridor.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the titular character zaps herself with defibrillators in order to short out a tracer inside her breast, even asking from a doctor if it'll kill her before doing it. It should have stopped her heart temporarily, along with the tracer, but she's up and about in a couple of minutes, max.
* An episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has Hunnicutt building a defibrillator from improvised parts after reading about the device being tested on dogs in a medical journal, though the episode has it used in a realistic fashion.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Medium}}'' Lee is shot by the sheriff in a bathroom, and dies. His ghost meets the ghost of his brother, who ridicules him for finally dying. The doctors come in later with the defribillator, and guess who returns to life?
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had a killer getting a reprieve just as he's flat-lining during a lethal injection execution. They defibrillate him, and he recovers. No mention of all the chemicals still in his system.
* An episode of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has a main character revive someone who is clinically dead ([[RevivalLoophole the plot depends on this fact]]) by issuing a sharp electric shock to their heart... ''with a sword.''
* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', while trapped in 1947, Allison revives a man using jumper cables hooked up to a car battery.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series starting with ''Next Generation'' had their own {{Technobabble}} version of the Magical Defibrillator, the cortical stimulator, which are two little pads attached to the head. They even do the "clear!" and the body-jerking bits. Most memorable during the death of Tasha Yar, used from then on throughout the franchise.
* They very nearly get it right in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', in the Series 3 episode ''The Wire''. Dr. Bashir tries a number of treatments in an attempt to stabilise the unconscious Garak. One of the treatments he tries is a cardio-stimulator in an attempt to get Garak's dysfunctional heartbeat back under control. His heartbeat does stabilise, but it doesn't magically bring him round or make his health problems go away. A body jerk does accompany the use of the stimulator, but it's a much more subdued and far less dramatic jerk than television usually insists upon.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a device that is, apparently, supposed to be a futuristic defibrillator. It looks like a ribcage and is attached to the stretcher. The patient jerks when jolted. However, no wires are shown being attached to the patient.
* ''Series/RoyalPains'' tries to play this more realistically. Hank must revive a woman who has just collapsed and does not have a pulse. He uses the ECG display of his portable defibrillator to see that she has an irregular heartbeat (ie not a flatline) and shocks her twice. When this does not work, he diagnoses that she has a condition where a defibrillator will not work so he administers a potassium injection instead to correct the heartbeat.
* An episode of ''Series/SmallWonder'' had Vicki (a RobotGirl) save a character from a heart attack by shocking him, leading to the immortal line "she jump-started Grandpa!"
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Fever", doctors defibrillate a flatlined patient. She dies.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Power of Three", the mysterious cubes send an electrical pulse that stops the hearts of people near them, including [[BizarreAlienBiology one of the Doctor's]]. Amy restarts the Doctor's one stopped heart with a defibrillator, and later the Doctor uses the sonic screwdriver to reprogram the cubes so they will ''restart'' everyone's heart, essentially Magically Defibrillating a third of the population of the planet by remote control. The victims have all been out for far too long to be revived, too, but the Doctor's magic takes care of that as well.
* ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' had one of the earliest regular depictions of this device with the usual JackWebb emphasis on realism. However, the producer did manage to get a more dramatic style to it with a different version that created a rising tonal sound as it charged up for a shock.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Continuum}}'', when doctors attempt to defibrillate a flatlined gunshot victim. Subverted when it fails. DoubleSubverted because he's a SuperSoldier who apparently has one ''built-in'', which does work.
* One episode of ''Bettys Diagnose'' has them defibrillate a ''botulism'' patient of all things, complete with shocking the flatline. At least they're shown squirting gel on the pads before rubbing them.
* ''{{Series/Mythbusters}}'' tested a couple of oddball claims about defibrillators, none of which were at all related to heart function. A defibrillator will cause a nitroglycerin patch to detonate: Busted. Defibrillating will cause burns if the patient wears an underwire bra or nipple rings: plausible under very abnormal circumstances.
* Remarkably '''averted''' in an episode of ''{{Lucifer}}'' where a defibrillator is used to stop [[spoiler:Lucifer's]] heart.
* Also averted in ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' when the Green Meanie attacks Denise with a defibrillator, and [[DisneyDeath nearly kills her in the process]].
* Played laughably straight in an episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', where a handful of doctors use a defibrillator to restart the heart of a corpse that's been dead for days (if not weeks - it's not made clear how long they've had the body). A corpse that's had [[FrankensteinsMonster all four limbs replaced]] with [[GraveRobbing stolen body parts]], some from cadavers that have been dead for several ''months''.
* ''Series/TheTimeTunnel'' episode "End of the World". After a Time Tunnel technician suffers a heart attack, Ann uses some ripped out electrical cables to shock his heart into beating again.
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* Humorously subverted in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. After an experimental cure to the Maelstrom renders the test subject clinically dead, conventional CPR and a defibrillator both fail to revive her... [[ItMakesSenseInContext but hitting her with a shark works]].
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* The backgrounds to both ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have instances of the literal version of this, curiously enough both involving a sadistic fantasy version of an electric cattle-prod. In Warhammer the mad Skaven Master Moulder (chaotic ratman Doctor Frankenstein equivalent) Throt the Unclean used one of his clan's technomagical shock prods--usually used for herding mutant war-beasts into battle--to re-start the multiple hearts of the giant blindwyrm he was vivisecting when he created the very first Hell Pit Abomination. Presumably such measures were necessary in the creation of all or most of the rest. In ''Warhammer 40,000'' the context is a bit more traditional. The ork painboy (medic) "Mad" Dok Grotsnik once had to be revived with a charge from an electrified "grot prod" (a tool used to herd unwilling gretchin underlings into battle) when his barely-competent gretchin orderlies were stitching him back together after an unfortunate "accident" arranged by his enemies. Suffice to say he wasn't known as "Mad" Dok Grotsnik before the procedure. Given the absurdly robust, partially fungal nature of the ork body, being easily revived is actually fairly tame for them.
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* In the games ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2]]'' and ''Battlefield 2142'', the defibrillator is a tool available for medics. It can revive the injured or kill enemies.
** In both games the medics use the defibrillator as an instant cure from death. Unless you were blown up by a direct artillery hit, anti-tank (or anti-air) weapon, a C4 charge, or killed inside a vehicle, you will be revived by a shock with the pads, if a friendly medic can reach you within about 15 seconds after your fatal wound. Considering the pace of gameplay, probably an AcceptableBreakFromReality.
** Less appreciated are those medics who choose to teamkill you and immediately revive you. However, it is much faster than whipping out the medkit, and as is acknowledged by those in the med-tech field, ''whatever gets the job done.''
** Bad Company 2 also included the magical defibrillators, however all restrictions were now gone. If it was dead, an electrical shock would have it prancing about happily instantly. C4, 50 cal, rockets, tank shells, explosive helicopter crashes, nothing is beyond the fibs.
** Defibrillators are back in ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' but now they can't kill enemies (reliably). In an effort to stop [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper medics from endlessly reviving you in a bad spot]], the ability to opt out of a revive was added, meaning you can die and get revived, only to spontaneously die again.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. If you click repeatedly on the Priest unit, it will eventually respond with a "''Clear!''" followed by the sound of an electric shock.
** This was also a joke line is [=WC3=]'s precursor, ''VideoGame/StarCraft''. The medic said the line.
** Now, in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there are engineer-crafted items called Goblin Jumper Cables that can be used to attempt to revive dead players. With a good chance of instead failing and ''[[MadeOfExplodium exploding]]''.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando''. In it, the commandos can use what appear to be defibrillators shaped like guns to revive each other almost instantly and regardless of damage received or time incapacitated... however, dialogue reveals that what the paddles actually do is activate cybernetic implants that release bacta, the setting's miracle cure-all.
** To add to that, the commandos are not killed after their health bar runs out, they are simply paralyzed and are unable to move. (Possibly a stun mechanism built into the armor to keep the commandos from dying like typical grunts.) You only die when all commandos are incapacitated.
* The medkit in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'''s mod ''VideoGame/SvenCoop'' can revive teammates and other players for 50 Med points, and a quirk also allowed to revive players that were smashed/blown into pieces
* In ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'', Cole's healing hands work a lot like Magic Defibrillators, complete with charge up and zap, and will bring anyone not-quite-dead back to life. Except [[spoiler: when they're [[PlotlineDeath Killed By Plot]], then it only brings them back long enough for a tearful last words.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', the ambulance missions allow you to use a defibrillator or CPR to revive people in car accidents. Once all missions are completed, the defibrillator is unlocked and can be used on anyone that you see outside of cinematics, including people suffering from headshots, severe burning, ingested explosives, katana impalement, etc. The magical properties of ambulances makes one wonder why you can't just use it when [[spoiler:Aisha is beheaded]], but [[WildMassGuessing perhaps]] that's where Zombie [[spoiler:Carlos]] comes from ([[CameBackWrong and explains why it wasn't used thereafter]]).
* ''VideoGame/EnemyTerritoryQuakeWars'' has a defibrillator as a revive tool for downed allies and a one-hit-down for teammates and enemies. AcceptableBreaksFromReality It revives you with half health, recharges almost instantaneously, and requires no timing. Some people will shock you to down you and immediately revive you if you're noticeably below half health.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'', a defibrillator is used in a attempt to revive [[spoiler:Sara, who had just drowned.]] Even disregarding the fact that the paddles are supposed to be applied to bare skin (a somewhat forgivable omission, as ''[=Ever17=]'' is one of the rare {{Visual Novel}}s that ''doesn't'' hold an AO rating), the wisdom of attempting to send an electric current into somebody who is wearing wet clothing is truly to be questioned. [[spoiler:(Although it did fail...)]]
** This is remedied in the Xbox 360 remake, where in its version of said incident, the characters in question take off the other character's wet shirt first, then use the defibrillator on her bare skin. [[spoiler:It still fails.]]
* The Wii versions of ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'' sometimes have defibrillators used in operations. When the EKG/health meter begins to fibrillate, the player is supposed to stop operation and wait for it to pass, if it doesn't, the defibrillator is used. The sound effect implies that the player waits until the patient flat-lines before defibrillating, which is really too late, although this may just be a stylistic choice. If it is a situation where defibrillation is impossible (such as when the heart has bullets lodged in it), the heart is massaged by hand instead.
** ''Under The Knife'' has one operation where's it's used correctly: while performing a valve replacement, the heart will periodically fibrillate. If it lasts for more than a few seconds, your assistant immediately shocks the patient. ''This'' causes a flatline, requiring you to perform a cardiac massage and restore pulse before continuing.
* In ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', the Defibrillate ring lets a player revive another player that has been [[NonLethalKO dazed]]. The icon even includes an EKG heartline.
* In ''VideoGame/AmateurSurgeon'', you can use the car battery to restart the patient's heart, if it stops. The reason it stopped was probably because you used the car battery on it the first time, though; so death by excessive bleeding is can't be undone by the car battery.
** That said, the most common use for the car battery? Zapping bugs.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', in keeping with their B-movie theme, has a defibrillator that can revive a dead Survivor from absolutely anything.
** One of the more humorous applications can be seen in the opening stage of Dead Center. Grab a defib, jump off the right balcony, and plummet a dozen or so stories down, through a skylight no less, and die... several feet from the safe house. Your three teammates fight their way to the safe house, grab the defib you dropped, zap your shattered body back into working order, and you waltz into the safe room like nothing happened.
** You can also revive your team mate if they get ripped to a bloody puddle by a Witch
*** Or if an airborne forklift hit them in the face.
** It gets particularly ridiculous on the water covered levels, where you can shock someone back to life while completely submerged in water.
* An MMO called ''VideoGame/{{Requiem}}: Bloodymare'' has items in the game called AED's. Automatic External Defibrillators. They work by ressurecting the player on location instead of at a designated spot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}} 2'' takes this to the point of a non-contact defibrillator that fires a stream of [[strike:magic]] electricity at people.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'', Annie asks Hilda to use her Thunder Force to revive a dead soldier, saying that "according to a research paper [she's] read, a person can be resuscitated after cardiac arrest if you apply a weak electrical current to the heart".
* ''VideoGame/{{RAGE}}'' features a defibrillator that can not only revive your character from absolutely anything, but ''produces enough electricity to fatally electrocute nearby enemies.'' Even weirder, it's actually based on nanotech, so they ''could'' have used something that makes more sense, but chose to explicitly identify it as a defibrillator.
* [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Valentine]] from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has a special that can revive fallen teammates.
** She can also use the same special as a powerful attack, and her snapback move to knock the current enemy away and bring their teammate in uses her defib paddles, too.
* Averted in the intro for ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}''. The defibrillator, referred to as the "[[ExpoSpeakGag electro-cardial stimulator]]" or, when the nurse is slow on the uptake, "the jumper cable, you fool!" does absolutely no good for the patient, despite liberal and increasingly frantic use.
* Taken to the furthest possible extreme in ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction'''s co-op mode. When Archer or Kestrel is incapacitated, the other character has a limited amount of time to get there and revive him with a defibrillator jolt. While said character is still conscious enough to cry out for help or even keep shooting.
* ''VideoGame/{{Emergency}}'' series: Doctors have these, and use them on patients on the brink of death. There is a very narrow window in which they can be used successfully, however; if a doctor is not on-site, the patient will probably die.
* ''VideoGame/WildStar'' has a high-tech version called Resonators, used by the [[CombatMedic Medics.]] While useful for reconstructing tissue and bone on the fly, it can also be useful for melting and liquefying said tissue and bone.
* Averted in the bonus chapter of ''Rite of Passage 4: The Lost Tides'' when the chapter's main character attempts to use her mermaid lightning powers to save her dying human husband but fails. (Not that it matters because she gets to go back in time and prevent him from needing to be saved.)
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* Boo tries to revive Largo with a hamster-sized set of paddles in [[http://www.megatokyo.com/index.php?strip_id=163 this]] ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' comic.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'': When Barry's heart stops after Doom accidentally scares him, Dr. Cuddles revives Barry with a defibrillator.
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* The writer of [[http://www.politedissent.com/ Polite Dissent]] ranks it at number 3 in his list of [[http://www.politedissent.com/archives/1291 Top Five Most Common Comic Book Writer Medical Errors]].
* An 11points list discusses an instance of this trope, specifically mentioning that "no-one even yelled clear!"
--> At this point I'm conditioned to believe that defibrillators are voice-activated.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Parodied in the cartoon ''A Decemberween Mackerel'', where Marzipan desperately tries to cheer up Senor Cardgage after being led to think he is dying. Just when it seems that his final moments are near, Strong Bad shows up and claims that the real means to revive him is to tear a few motor sports magazines in half and ''pour gravy on a defibrillator''. This causes Senor Cardgage to miraculously recover.
** An earlier Strong Bad e-mail had Strong Bad criticizing toys that come with cereal. When he comments on how one should avoid health-based products, he shows a defibrillator and sarcastically remarks "oh great, I can restart my heart if it stops."
* Use of this in a video game for teammate revival is discussed in a ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article: [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-bullshit-video-game-healing-methods/ 7 Video Game Healing Methods Least Likely to Actually Work]]
* Played for laughs in one skit in the ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "Ssenmodnar 11", where [=SMG3=] burns a toast and the Shy Guy fairy tries to unburn it using a defibrillator. It doesn't work as the toast ends up burning after a few shocks.
* Lampshaded in the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode "The [=1UP=]!", where Mario and the Brooklyn Guy briefly discuss on this [[ItMakesSenseInContext after Mario's grandpa dies]], complete with imitating shock sounds.
-->'''Brookyln Guy:''' You think-you just-ugh, you don't even know how this works, do you? You can't just electrocute somebody back to life. Just, pff, no.
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* ''WebVideo/ShockTroopers'' takes this premise and runs with it. Out of bullets and need to take down an enemy combatant? Defibrillator. Need to [[BlownAcrossTheRoom blast an opponent two stories into the air]]? Defibrillator. Need to set a knife wielding mook on fire? Defibrillator. Need to revive a comrade [[spoiler: with about a dozen bullet holes in his chest]]? '''Defibrillator.'''
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Hawkgirl uses ''her electrical mace'' this way. Although at least she just lays it gently on the victim's chest, instead of pushing down with it. That probably wouldn't have helped matters.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' pulls [[MundaneUtility something similar]] when [[spoiler:Black Lightning pulls a HeelFaceTurn and revives Wildcat]] when he has a heart attack. It probably helped that other measures were taken, such as having Metamorpho turn into oxygen and fly into his lungs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', Stormy tosses his high powered hair dryer to a swimming Quinn, shocking him. When Quinn regains consciousness, Stormy tries to revive him by shocking the pool with a defibrillator, knocking out Quinn again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AssyMcGee'' DaChief revives a clinically dead Assy by shocking him over and over.
* Played for laughs in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Mama Cosma has the 9-hour flu, and Cosmo poofs up a defibrillator. Off screen, we hear the machine charging up, lightning strike, and Cosmo screaming in pain, saying "I shocked myself!".
* Used on Aelita in the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Common Interest", when [[{{Synchronization}} her heart stops beating because the Supercomputer's uranium battery is failing]]. They use the defibrillator on her, without gel, and leave her underwear on. It didn't work, and it took the Supercomputer turning back on to fix the problem. Then again, this is also the hospital that, in the same episode, let a known and extremely dangerous criminal stroll inside and kidnap a kid in ''broad daylight'' without so much as an objection. Clearly they're just grossly incompetent.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer does this at the beginning of "Homer the Moe" after he attempts to dig a hole with Bart and tires out after only a few seconds.
-->'''Homer:''' This thing pays for itself.
** Played straight in another instance, where Dr. Nick Riviera attempts to prevent a discombobulated Grandpa from going into "skin failure" by ripping an electrical cord out of the wall and sticking it down his throat to induce "transdental electromicide." Unusually enough for Dr. Nick, it ''works''.
** In "Dog of Death" the family take Santa's little Helper to the vet, who is unsuccessfully attempting to use a defibrillator on a flatlining hamster. Failing, the vet tosses the hamster through a basketball hoop into a bin.
* Humorous use on ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' . Dexter is [[ProfessorGuineaPig experimenting on himself]] to try and [[FreakLabAccident give himself superpowers.]] In a ShoutOut to {{Spider-Man}}, he irradiates a spider so he can be bitten by it. Unfortunately, he kills it, and has to bring it back to life via a tiny spider-sized set of defibrillator paddles.
* This was only inverted in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' because the titular character Zim [[ItMakesSenseInContext used a time machine to replace the paddles with a pair of rubber pigs]]. This ultimately results in Dib's skeleton being crushed.
--> '''[[LargeHam LIVE! *Oink* LIIIIIIVE! *Oink*]]'''
* Played 100% for laughs in a short on ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. Plucky fakes sick, but it turns out Elmyra is acting as a nurse. At one point he plays dead, prompting Elmyra to pull out a defibrillator, and put the paddles ''on either side of his head!'' She even said "Clear!"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In the episode "Big Man on Hippocampus", when Quagmire is unable to get an erection, he uses a defibrillator on... himself. For whatever reason, it doesn't help.
** A CutawayGag from "The Son Also Draws" has Peter doing this on someone. When the guy thanks Peter for saving his life, Peter does it again and kills him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dr Girlfriend uses a pair of defibrillators on the monarch to keep him alive. She then lampshades how ridiculously cheesy the whole scene was immediately afterwards, "I ''can't believe'' I actually said ''clear''!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Zoidberg is trying to kill Professor Farnsworth (he was dying of a horrible disease and wanted to be put out of his misery). One of his attempts is to pull out some wires from a fuse box and electrocute him, but then Farnsworth dies of a heart attack and Zoidberg puts the wires back. After he leaves, the wires fall out and shock the professor back to life.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in "Imaginationland", it's subverted--even though it's South Park. Asystole is not present, Kyle only jerks slightly when it's applied, and CPR is used as well between shocks. Resuscitation doesn't work without both, and oxygen is applied. It's supposed to be a line-for-line parody of the scene from ''Film/TheAbyss''.
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