A great shock is emphasized in the background with metaphorical lightning. As a gag, the character might be literally shocked as a result.
Not to be confused with Lightning Glare
or Beam of Enlightenment
. Or Dramatic Thunder
, which is... dramatic. And thunder.
For a more direct metaphor of the effects of being struck by actual
lightning (or other electric surges), see X-Ray Sparks
Note that in French, this is an expression ("coup de foudre") meaning Love at First Sight
Also not to be confused with Pikachu
's signature attack.
Anime and Manga
- Many times in Lucky Star.
- Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, overwhelmed by the cuteness of a photo of kittens.
- Same series, when Kaorin and Chihiro discover that Chiyo not only makes her own lunch, but is actually quite good at it.
- Happened to Misaki in Kaichouwa Maidsama, when Hinata chooses "Misa-chan" in a photo op prize should he win the Sweets eating event in the Maid Latte.
- This happened to Setsuna in Negima!? when she made a particularly bad word-play joke (uncharacteristic of her in that she made a joke at all). She apologized for it after the lightning cleared.
- Used often by the members of the Ouran High School Host Club, especially by the highly theatrical Idiot King, Tamaki.
- Amusingly enough in the anime the resulting lightning bolt will actually hit Tamaki resulting in X-Ray Sparks more often than not.
- In the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S supplementary manga, privates Alto and Lucino gush over a cute, floating, child-like mage in a military uniform... shortly before said mage floats over to them and introduces herself as Sergeant Major Reinforce Zwei, their superior officer. Cue Thunder Shock.
- Used interchangeably with the Beam of Enlightenment in Ranma ½, both for comedic and serious purposes, but mostly the former.
- Scar, Serial Killer on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Fullmetal Alchemist, has this reaction when he sees Xiao Mei, a tiny panda.
- Jin overuses it to the point of being narmtastic. Sometimes it feels like a third of a chapter are Thunder Shock panels.
- In Dragon Ball, Goku's first transformation into the Great Ape is heralded by this.
- Shows up in a Freak Out in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Damon Gant's, to be specific.
- Experienced by both Nagisa and her theatrical mother, Sanae, CLANNAD. In Nagisa's case, her antennae-hair is temporarily withered as a result.
- Exploited in Tsunami Channel, with one comic having the characters intentionally saying shocking (untrue) things (i.e. "I'm pregnant!") in order to repeatedly electrocute another character.