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Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning
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In Real Life, most lightning bolts are purplish white or bluish white. Sometimes they're reddish, orange or even greenish.

However, in certain types of works, lightning bolts and other types of electricity are chiefly yellow (which is quite an uncommon color for lightning, at least when not having an orange tinge), often a simple zigzag shape and seldom striking from the ground to sky or from the one to be shocked to the object. Justified since yellow is a good warning color, associated with electricity and fire in general (and as we all know, lightning is electric).

Most video games with the Fire, Ice, Lightning trinity will also make lightning yellow to differentiate it from ice (and to exhaust the three primary colours).

In live-action films and more realistic video games, though, lightning bolts are still predominantly blue. However, sometimes it is very blue so that there is no white seen. Recently, purple has been added to the mix, but again it tends to be a very vibrant purple.

A Sub-Trope of Color-Coded Elements.

Examples

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Yellow Lightning

    General 
  • Symbols in weather reports.
  • "Risk of Electric Shock" warning signs in the United States are typically black on a yellow background, but that's more for OSHA compliance here than anything else.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Fate Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has an inherent affinity for lighting-based magic. Her lightning (as well as other spells) is yellow or golden in color.
  • Most Electric Pokémon, with a few exceptions that fit in the blue category, like Pachirisu.
  • One Piece
    • The lightning created by Nami's Clima Tact is yellow.
    • Also, Enel is on both sides — his electricity is yellow in the manga and pale blue in the anime.
  • Laxus, from Fairy Tail, is a lightning mage whose attacks are all yellow or pale yellow.

    Comic Books 
  • Every version of The Flash uses a yellow lightning bolt as part of his costumery. Thunder and lightning are a near-ubiquitous motif for the Flash family; their power source, the Speed Force, is sometimes physically represented as an eternal thunderstorm. Depending on the Artist, the Flash even leaves trails of yellow electricity (usually emanating from the yellow parts of his costume... somehow...)
  • As does the Marvel Family. They are even transformed by yellow bolts.
  • Spider-Man's Electro throws bolts of yellow electricity. They're also represented that way on his costume, although certain incarnations of the character fall firmly into blue lightning territory. This has been referenced in a few comics where Spider-Man is able to identify electricity at a distance as being from Electro because of its distinct yellow hue. In The Spectacular Spider-Man, it's actually green.

    Live-Action TV 

    Pinballs 

    Video Games 
  • Mega Man (Classic) games have yellow lightning. For an example, Mega Man 1's Elec Man and Mega Man 10's. Mega Man X4 went with (mostly) yellow lightning, in contrast with the rest of the series which usually went with blue.
  • One of the items in Shantae makes yellow lightning.
  • DuckTales 2 on the NES had a yellow lightning bolt strike a block to make it go away. Magica DeSpell's lightning bolts in the first were yellow.
  • Electric monsters in Pokémon have yellow lightning attacks (except Thunder, which is white in Ruby/Sapphire).
  • PSI Thunder in EarthBound and Mother 3
  • Giga Lakitu in Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • For some time City of Heroes gave hero players blue lightning and villain players red lightning, despite being the same powers. After issue 15 the player can make the lightning whatever color they want.
  • The Jumper series features electricity traps coloured yellow with red sections which indicate a safe zone in the current. (Don't ask how it works. Just be glad they exist.)
  • Crono, the protagonist of Chrono Trigger, uses lightning magic and has a yellow frame around the "lightning" reading on his status screen (whereas Merle's water is blue and Luca's fire is red). The lightning that he actually calls forth though are much more realistic and are very white with a light ting of blue. "Lightning 2" does shoot out yellow light before it releases the actual lightning though.

    Web Comics 
  • In The Order of the Stick, most lightning spells create either white or yellow bolts — though Tsukiko's Electric Orb was blue. There is also the notable exception of Zz'dtri, who produces green lightning.

    Western Animation 

Very Blue Lightning

    Anime & Manga 
  • SCEPTER4's main powers in the anime K.
  • Lightning Style/Lightning Release jutsu in the Naruto series.
  • Misaka Mikoto of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun wields blue lightning.
  • Saiyajins as SSJ2 and SSJ3 from Dragon Ball are surrounded by blue lightning.
    • Piccolo is surrounded by blue lightning during his battle against Son Goku in the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai, who is surrounded by red lightning.

    Comic Books 
  • During Superman's Dork Age as Superman Blue, he generated blue lightning. When Superman Red is introduced, he uses red lightning.
  • Static projects pale blue lightning these days. Though in his original series it was depicted as white.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Emperor Palpatine's Force Lightning in the Star Wars series.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The eponymous Kamen Rider Blade uses lightning-based attacks and is colored navy blue.

    Video Games 
  • In Viewtiful Joe, Captain Blue and his daughter Sylvia's lightning attacks are, appropriately, blue. Electrical sources are also blue in general. Alastor's lightning is stylishly purple.
  • In the inFAMOUS series, Cole's good karma lightning is blue.
  • In Persona 3 and Persona 4, Zio spells release blue lightning bolts when cast. To drive the point home, the defensive spell to nullify lightning attacks is called Blue Wall.
  • Luigi from Super Mario Bros. uses very bright blue electric attacks in a few games.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable, Fate's Evil Twin, Material-L/Levi the Slasher, has blue lightning compared to Fate's yellow. For each character, their lightning is the same color as their hair.
  • Almost all MechWarrior games since 3 portray the PPC weapon as firing blue-white bolts, often intentionally meant to evoke comparisons to lightning as per the source material. The 2 series of games as well as Mech Assault featured crackling blue ball lightning for PPC shots, while the first game simply featured a nondescript blue beam. Mech Commander features blue-white electrical bolts in both iterations of the game. Mechwarrior Tactics looks like it will take the same route.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 

Yellow and Blue Lightning

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball Z the auras of Saiyans in the Super Saiyan 2 and 3 forms (as well as Vegetto in his Super Saiyan form, and Gohan post-Elder Kai powerup) crackle with blue lightning. In some of the games, it's yellow, however.
  • In Zatch Bell!, Zatch uses yellow lightning while his twin brother uses blue.
  • Erio Mondial from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has yellow as his magic color, but when he uses lightning magic, his body and/or his weapon are surrounded by blue sparks. Fate taught him her spell Thunder Rage, but his version is blue in contrast to Fate's yellow (and it looks completely different, anyway). And Signum taught him her spell Shiden Issen, hers is a fire-elemental sword slash. His version is a lightning-elemental punch; when he charges it, his arm is surrounded by blue sparks, the impact of the punch creates a yellow explosion with yellow lightnings, and when it's over, his arm is surrounded with blue sparks again.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, Osiris the Heaven Dragon/Slifer the Sky Dragon has two Breath Weapons, since it has two mouths. The first mouth fire a long yellow thunder beam attack, called Thunder Force, and it's a regular attack. The second mouth fires blue lightning ball attacks, called Lightning Blast, that decreases the ATK (and in the anime, the DEF points when the monsters are summoned in Defense Position) with the amount of 2000 points, that will destroy any monster below 2000 points.

    Comic Books 

    Video Games 
  • In DC Universe Online, players with the electricity power set uses yellow lightning for attacks and blue lightning for healing effects.
  • God of War uses both in regards to the gods, with Zeus' usual lightning attacks being yellow/golde, but with Poseidon's, Kronos' and younger Zeus's being blue. Kratos later gains the whips of Nemesis, which generate green lightning.
  • This shows up in the Kingdom Hearts series sometimes. Typically, heroic characters like Sora and Aqua use yellow lightning, while villains like Xemnas and Vanitas use Sith-style blue lightning.
  • Although normal lightning in Tales of Symphonia is consistently blue- or purple-white, the Temple of Lightning requires you to shift the Sorcerer's Ring between blue, yellow, and red lightning types, which each break blocks of their own color.
  • Visible to Super Smash Bros. player on the receiving end of a thunder-abusing Pikachu. The attack is most deadly when it turns from yellow to blue.
  • Suikoden uses yellow in its early installments and whitish-blue later on. Flick uses lightning magic (though can change that if you want) and he is called "the Blue Lightning." Though this has to do with the color of his garment more than anything else.
  • In Super Mario RPG, Mallow's basic lightning attack, Thunderbolt (which is a Herd Hitting Attack) sends down a storm of white-blue bolts, resembling real-life thunderbolts. His more powerful Shocker move uses a cartoony yellow one, however.
  • Monster Hunter uses yellow and blue lightning effects on certain weapons to represent paralysis ailment and thunder element, respectively. As a result of this distinction we have the somewhat ironic scenario of most thunder weapons being unable to inflict paralysis (and conversely, most paralysis-inflicting weapons don't deal elemental damage). Note that this only applies to the player; most thunder-element monsters are capable of calling down blue-colored bolts that inflict paralysis.
  • Persona 4 Arena has three characters using Zio skills, so it uses different colors for each of them. Yu Narukami has the traditional blue lightning of the series, Kanji Tatsumi's is yellow to match his Persona's lightning bolt sword, and Akihiko Sanada has purple lightning, though it's really only noticeable in his Awakening Super, Maziodyne. Elizabeth also uses purple lightning in one of her special moves. Ultimax adds even more colors to the mix: Ken Amada uses greenish lighting for two of his moves, and Tohru Adachi has blood red lightning to match the color scheme of his Persona.
  • Mega Man 7 goes with both. Cloud Man uses yellow lightning, but the weapon Mega Man copies from him shoots out a blue lightning ball. Same goes for Clown Man in Mega Man 8.
  • Characters with the lightning element in Sengoku Basara display a variety of colours. Masamune, Kojuro, and Tadakatsu are blue, Muneshige is yellow, Yoshihiro is white, and Ranmaru and Matabe are purple.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Tesla coils attacked with blue lightning in normal circumstances and yellow lightning when supplemented by a Tesla trooper.
  • In the Devil May Cry series we have yellow lightning, which Trish uses, blue lightning from Dante's sword, Alastor, and in the third game, purple lightning from his weaponized electric guitar, Nevan.

    Web Original 
  • During the Death Battle between Thor and Raiden, they had Thor use Yellow lightning, against Raiden's blue lightning, both in order to show who shot the lightningbolt, and for a bit where Raiden redierects Thor's lightning back at him, which recolors it Blue. This is largely an artistic choice, as both Raiden and Thor are usually shown using the Blue variety.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Brainstorm is pure yellow (or occasionally orange/white), Ampfibian is blue, shocksquash is yellow. Rarer colors like purple,green, and red show up occasionally, but designate unusual lightning. Natural sky to earth lightning is still normal.

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