"Zappity Zap-Zap, Double D!"So you're minding your own business and then you're about to touch something and then ZAP! You're in for a shock. Alternatively, a character will shuffle across a carpet in socks to build up a charge to do this. Needs a Better Description
— Ed, Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Every Which Way But Ed"
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Anime and Manga
- Bone: Fone Bone rubs his feet on the ground to build up a static charge ("for luck") before touching the Crown of Horns. This causes a chain reaction that kills Briar.
Film - Animation
Film - Live Action
- The method for transferring the ability to see Lectrons as they really are in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension initially is transferred through a simulation of this. The problem is that Banzai ends up giving everyone he touches a mild electric shock at least once like his body is overcharged with static.
- In Office Space, Peter gets a static shock every day when he comes into work touching the door handle. One way it illustrates his changed self is that he comes in one day with a power screwdriver and removes the handle, which shows he's taken control of his life.
- On Arthur, when the class is having a sleepover at the museum Binky complains that it will be the same as last year's. A Flashback shows us Binky being throughly bored & annoyed last year including someone in the static electricity display shocking him. "OW!" Then in this year's field trip eveything happens the same as last year, including the shock. This time Binky reacts with Dull Surprise. "Ow. Even that's the same as last year."
Live Action TV
- The King of Queens: after accidentally shocking each other, Carrie and Doug start a static shock fight in their socks.
- Dilbert: a few strips had Dogbert shuffling along to carpet to charge himself with electricity. He confronts Dilbert and demands to be called "Thor, Dog of Thunder". When Dilbert responds with a joke about resistors, Dogbert shocks him with electricity, complete with X-Ray Sparks.
- Baby Blues: in one strip Hammie rubs his feet on the carpet to use X-Ray Sparks on his older sister with static electricity.
- One Garfield strip has Garfield shuffling across a carpet to zap Odie, and declaring that he loves static electricity. Then he ends up zapping his food bowl...
- Space Quest: Roger Wilco used a shag rug and some dance moves to deliver an incapacitating static charge to a cyborg kidnapper.
- The Tick: a minor character, the Carpeted Man, has this as his superpower.
- On Pinky and the Brain, one of Brain's plans is to build a giant dryer that will create enough static cling to trap everyone in their own clothes.
- In one episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, the resident Mad Scientist uses robot dogs to kidnap cats from all over the neighborhood. He then uses a cat-petting machine to build up static electricity and power a Lightning Gun.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: Edd demonstrates the concept to Ed, who of course takes it too far. Zapity Zap Zap!
- Family Guy: Peter gains the "power" to zap people after he buys a pair of long underwear. This results in annoying Lois so much she has all of the carpet removed from the house, kicking off the B plot.