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* Thunder can sometimes sound a little like artillery, and is therefore likely to bring back unpleasant memories if you've ever been on the receiving end of it.

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* Thunder can sometimes sound a little like artillery, and is therefore likely to [[ShellShockedVeteran bring back unpleasant memories memories]] if you've ever been on the receiving end of it.

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** Creator/{{Nelvana}} seems to like this trope, as besides ''Franklin'', Arnold of ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' was shown to have this in "Kicks Up a Storm," Nelvana's take on ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' adapted the book "Count Their Blessings" (dealing with Brother and Sister being afraid of a severe thunderstorm), ''WesternAnimation/{{Braceface}}'' had Sharon's best friend Maria admit she is afraid of thunderstorms in one episode, and ''Literature/LittleBear'' had the episode "Thunder Monster" (where Little Bear thinks that a noisy thunderstorm is being made by a "thunder monster" up in the sky.)

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* ''Webcomic/RainingKnives'': A flashback depicts Jerry [[FrightInducedBunkmate going into his brother Dylan's room]] due to a storm.


* Chapter 15 of ''Manga/AStoryAboutTreatingAFemaleKnightWhoHasNeverBeenTreatedAsAWoman'' reveals that Leo has a phobia of lightning. She herself is surprised, as the only special memory she has of lightning was training outside on a stormy night and getting struck head on, but the lightning was so weak she was barely hurt, so it couldn't have traumatized her, right? When she can't deny it anymore, she swears Fooly to secrecy, and he his happy to comply since it means he gets this side of Leo all to himself.

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* Chapter 15 of ''Manga/AStoryAboutTreatingAFemaleKnightWhoHasNeverBeenTreatedAsAWoman'' ''Manga/HowToTreatALadyKnightRight'' reveals that Leo has a phobia of lightning. She herself is surprised, as the only special memory she has of lightning was training outside on a stormy night and getting struck head on, but the lightning was so weak she was barely hurt, so it couldn't have traumatized her, right? When she can't deny it anymore, she swears Fooly Houli to secrecy, and he his happy to comply since it means he gets this side of Leo all to himself.


* In ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', Tails (pictured above) is shown freaking out, clinging to Sonic when lightning strikes nearby. This is canon in the game version, but rarely shown.

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* In ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', Tails (pictured above) is shown freaking out, clinging to Sonic when lightning strikes nearby. This is canon in the game version, but rarely shown.nearby.



* Tails from the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is afraid of lightning in some versions, especially in [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the anime OVA]]. Though the games seem to have removed this character trait, as his [[ElementalPowers element power]] in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is Thunder Shoot. It reappears in ''VideoGame/SonicMania [[UpdatedRerelease Plus]]'' when transitioning from Metallic Madness to Titanic Monarch, as the lightning that surrounds the big robot causes Tails to jump if he's present.

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* Tails from the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is afraid of lightning in some versions, especially in [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the anime OVA]].lightning. Though the games seem to have removed this character trait, as his [[ElementalPowers element power]] in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is Thunder Shoot. It reappears in ''VideoGame/SonicMania [[UpdatedRerelease Plus]]'' when transitioning from Metallic Madness to Titanic Monarch, as the lightning that surrounds the big robot causes Tails to jump if he's present.



* In what appears to be a callback, Tails in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' displays a comical fear of lightning storms, often jumping into Sonic's arms and shaking when one occurs.

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* In what appears to be a callback, Tails in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' displays a comical fear of lightning storms, often jumping into Sonic's arms and shaking when one occurs.


* Rikku in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' suffers this, due to a traumatic childhood experience of a mis-aimed attempt to protect her from a sea monster using lightning magic. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration She even screams out in fear when she's hit with a Thunder spell in combat.]] At one point, the party must travel through the Thunder Plains, where lighting is always shooting down, and never stops. ''Ever.'' Most people in RealLife would find it perfectly rational to be afraid of walking through a place where one must constantly dodge lightning bolts by ''jumping out of the way every few seconds''. The other party members, meanwhile, consider Rikku's reaction to be well over-the-top. [[note]]But then again, lightning in the real world is often lethal, whereas getting struck by lightning in this game (outside of battle) doesn't even take off any HP.[[/note]] By the time of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', she has cured her phobia through the fairly simple method of camping for a week in the Thunder Plains. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration In battle]], when casting Thunder spells, she'll occasionally quip "Astraphobic? Not me!".

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* Rikku in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' suffers this, due to a traumatic childhood experience of a mis-aimed attempt to protect her from a sea monster using lightning magic. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration She even screams out in fear when she's hit with a Thunder spell in combat.]] At one point, the party must travel through the Thunder Plains, where lighting lightning is always shooting down, and never stops. ''Ever.'' Most people in RealLife would find it perfectly rational to be afraid of walking through a place where one must constantly dodge lightning bolts by ''jumping out of the way every few seconds''. The other party members, meanwhile, consider Rikku's reaction to be well over-the-top. [[note]]But then again, lightning in the real world is often lethal, whereas getting struck by lightning in this game (outside of battle) doesn't even take off any HP.[[/note]] By the time of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', she has cured her phobia through the fairly simple method of camping for a week in the Thunder Plains. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration In battle]], when casting Thunder spells, she'll occasionally quip "Astraphobic? Not me!".


* Tails from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is afraid of lightning in some versions, especially in [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the anime OVA]]. Though the games seem to have removed this character trait, as his [[ElementalPowers element power]] in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is Thunder Shoot. It reappears in ''VideoGame/SonicMania [[UpdatedRerelease Plus]]'' when transitioning from Metallic Madness to Titanic Monarch, as the lightning that surrounds the big robot causes Tails to jump if he's present.

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* Tails from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is afraid of lightning in some versions, especially in [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the anime OVA]]. Though the games seem to have removed this character trait, as his [[ElementalPowers element power]] in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' is Thunder Shoot. It reappears in ''VideoGame/SonicMania [[UpdatedRerelease Plus]]'' when transitioning from Metallic Madness to Titanic Monarch, as the lightning that surrounds the big robot causes Tails to jump if he's present.


** After having to endure a rather traumatic car ride with [[DrivesLikeCrazy Yukari-sensei]], Chiyo-chan is asked by [[{{Jerkass}} Tomo]] if she thinks lightning or cars are worse during a particularly bad storm, and [[ThousandYardStare promptly suffers a BSOD]].

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** After having to endure a rather traumatic car ride with [[DrivesLikeCrazy Yukari-sensei]], Chiyo-chan is asked by [[{{Jerkass}} [[TheGadfly Tomo]] if she thinks lightning or cars are worse during a particularly bad storm, and [[ThousandYardStare promptly suffers a BSOD]].


* In ''Literature/TheEccentricFamily'' the Shimogamo matriarch is notably afraid of thunderstorms.

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* In ''Literature/TheEccentricFamily'' ''Literature/TheEccentricFamily'', the Shimogamo matriarch is notably afraid of thunderstorms.


* Chapter 15 of ''Manga/AStoryAboutTreatingAFemaleKnightWhoHasNeverBeenTreatedAsAWoman'' reveals that Leo has a phobia of lightning. She herself is surprised, as the only special memory she has of lightning was training outside on a stormy night and getting struck head on, but the lightning was so weak she was barely hurt, so it couldn't have traumatized her, right?

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* Chapter 15 of ''Manga/AStoryAboutTreatingAFemaleKnightWhoHasNeverBeenTreatedAsAWoman'' reveals that Leo has a phobia of lightning. She herself is surprised, as the only special memory she has of lightning was training outside on a stormy night and getting struck head on, but the lightning was so weak she was barely hurt, so it couldn't have traumatized her, right?right? When she can't deny it anymore, she swears Fooly to secrecy, and he his happy to comply since it means he gets this side of Leo all to himself.

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* Chapter 15 of ''Manga/AStoryAboutTreatingAFemaleKnightWhoHasNeverBeenTreatedAsAWoman'' reveals that Leo has a phobia of lightning. She herself is surprised, as the only special memory she has of lightning was training outside on a stormy night and getting struck head on, but the lightning was so weak she was barely hurt, so it couldn't have traumatized her, right?

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* In the ''Jem'' fic ''Fanfic/FreshBlood'', Roxy hates storms. This stems from a childhood incident where she was locked outside during a storm.


Note that fear of thunder is often treated as silly; after all, it's just a lot of noise. Fear of lightning, on the other hand, is [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/040827.html absolutely justified]] -- and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/phone.asp confirmed]] by ''{{Website/Snopes}}'' -- but by the same token, since you hear the thunder ''after'' the lightning, it's good news: it means you weren't hit. NothingIsScarier may also come into play, as Creator/AlfredHitchcock once said: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.".

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Note that fear of thunder is often treated as silly; after all, it's just a lot of noise. Fear of lightning, on the other hand, is [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/040827.html absolutely justified]] -- and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/phone.asp confirmed]] by ''{{Website/Snopes}}'' -- but by the same token, since you hear the thunder ''after'' the lightning, it's good news: it means you weren't hit. NothingIsScarier may also come into play, as Creator/AlfredHitchcock once said: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.".
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* Played with in "The Eagle in the Oak Tree," a short fic for the ''Manga/FairyTail'' fandom, wherein Lucy acquires the silver key of a new Celestial Spirit, [[ShockAndAwe Aquila the Eagle]]. Aquila refuses to serve any summoner who is afraid of his element, so he throws lightning at people who approach his oak tree until a Celestial mage comes along [[OnlyTheWorthyMayPass who is brave enough to climb up and grab his key in spite of all his threatening behavior]]. Lucy [[DefiedTrope loses all her fear]] once she realizes that Aquila is testing her bravery, and [[LampshadeHanging credits]] the [[PsychoElectro once-]][[WellIntentionedExtremist misguided]] [[TookALevelInKindness Laxus]] with [[NiceJobFixingItVillain forcing her to overcome her fear of lightning]] when he had instigated the Thunder Palace incident seven years prior.


* Ai from ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' is immensely terrified of thunderstorms and curdles up whenever lightning strikes. It becomes reasonable once she reveals that she died after being struck by lightning during one of her concerts.

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* Ai from ''Anime/ZombieLandSaga'' is immensely terrified of thunderstorms and curdles curls up whenever lightning strikes. It becomes reasonable once she reveals that she died after being struck by lightning during one of her concerts.

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