Thunder Shock
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.


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     Light Novels  

     Visual Novels  

  • 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.

     Western Animation