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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': In the mostly farcical and developmental sketches posted on the site with the comic there is one in which a young Agatha recreates a version of Creator/BenjaminFranklin's kite experiment, to [[https://www.girlgeniusonline.com/sketches.php?date=20070308 get electricity to power a small toy.]]
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See also UmbrellasAreLightningRods and StabTheStorm.

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* ''Literature/ComeTumblingDown'': [[MadScientist Jack]] holds her glasses up in a thunderstorm to call down a lightning strike and [[spoiler:reverse her FreakyFridayFlip with Jill, which had been inflicted by a [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning-powered engine]]]]. {{Justified|Trope}} because they're in a MagicalLand where certain dramatic conventions are literally laws of nature.

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* ''VideoGame/SekiroShadowsDieTwice'' has Sekiro use ''himself'' as one after learning a technique that allows him to redirect the lightning charge with a sword swipe.


See also UmbrellasAreLightningRods.

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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Thor uses [[WeaponizedLandmark the Chrysler building]] as a makeshift lightning rod to attack the Chitauri aliens and Leviathians.

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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Thor uses [[WeaponizedLandmark the Chrysler building]] as a makeshift lightning rod to attack the Chitauri aliens and Leviathians.Leviathians as they're bottlenecked through the dimensional rip.


* In Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', Pteppicymon the Twenty-Third, last Pharaoh of Djelibeybi, climbs the malfunctioning Great Pyramid whose power has awoken several thousand deceased monarchs and allowed the gods to walk the earth. Using an Assassin throwing knife as a desperate lightning conductor, he earths the cosmic forces that have run rampant and allowed all this chaos to happen. He inhumes the full Set, as it were.

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* In Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', ''Literature/{{Pyramids}}'', Pteppicymon the Twenty-Third, last Pharaoh of Djelibeybi, climbs the malfunctioning Great Pyramid whose power has awoken several thousand deceased monarchs and allowed the gods to walk the earth. Using an Assassin throwing knife as a desperate lightning conductor, he earths the cosmic forces that have run rampant and allowed all this chaos to happen. He inhumes the full Set, as it were.


* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', {{Film/Thor}} uses [[WeaponizedLandmark the Chrysler building]] as a makeshift lightning rod to attack the Chitauri aliens and Leviathians.

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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', {{Film/Thor}} Thor uses [[WeaponizedLandmark the Chrysler building]] as a makeshift lightning rod to attack the Chitauri aliens and Leviathians.



* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf uses a lightning strike to charge up his sword before stabbing the Balrog with it during their duel on the mountaintop.

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* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheTwoTowers'', Gandalf uses a lightning strike to charge up his sword before stabbing the Balrog with it during their duel on the mountaintop.


* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Hi Spy" (Gold Key ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #3) has Dick Dastardly sending Muttley on a mission to see what sends fear into Yankee Doodle Pigeon. Muttley reports back that the pigeon is afraid of lightning, so the Vulture Squadron gathers up storm clouds as a weapon. However, the pigeon's flight helmet is kitted with a lightning rod, rendering him safe while the lightning trashes the Squadron's planes. Cue Muttley being relieved of his medals.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Hi Spy" (Gold Key ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #3) has Dick Dastardly sending Muttley on a mission to see what sends fear into Yankee Doodle Pigeon. Muttley reports back that the pigeon is afraid of lightning, so the Vulture Squadron gathers up storm clouds as a weapon. However, the pigeon's flight helmet is kitted with a lightning rod, rendering him safe while the lightning trashes the Squadron's planes. Cue Muttley being relieved of his medals.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Hi Spy" (Gold Key ''Hanna-Barbera Fun-In'' #3) has Dick Dastardly sending Muttley on a mission to see what sends fear into Yankee Doodle Pigeon. Muttley reports back that the pigeon is afraid of lightning, so the Vulture Squadron gathers up storm clouds as a weapon. However, the pigeon's flight helmet is kitted with a lightning rod, rendering him safe while the lightning trashes the Squadron's planes. Cue Muttley being relieved of his medals.


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* ''LightNovel/KnightsAndMagic'': in the anime, Ernesti defeats the [[{{Kaiju}} Demon Beast Behemoth]] by using an electric attack on a sword impaled in its eye, which goes through its nerves and eventually to its brain.



* ''LightNovel/KnightsAndMagic'': in the anime, Ernesti defeats the [[{{Kaiju}} Demon Beast Behemoth]] by using an electric attack on a sword impaled in its eye, which goes through its nerves and eventually to its brain.



* In IDW's ''Infestation series'', a group of Autobots and humans, including UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, attempt to revive Optimus Prime using a kite and a lightning storm.



* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': In IDW's ''Infestation'', a group of Autobots and humans, including UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, attempt to revive Optimus Prime using a kite and a lightning storm.



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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' Doc Brown uses the Clock Tower as a lightning rod to gain the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity the [=DeLorean=] needs to get back to the future.

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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' Doc Brown uses the Clock Tower as a lightning rod to gain the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity the [=DeLorean=] needs to get back to the future.
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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', {{Film/Thor}} uses [[WeaponizedLandmark the Chrysler building]] as a makeshift lightning rod to attack the Chitauri aliens and Leviathians.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf uses a lightning strike to charge up his sword before stabbing the Balrog with it during their duel on the mountaintop.



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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', {{Film/Thor}} uses [[WeaponizedLandmark the Chrysler building]] as a makeshift lightning rod to attack the Chitauri aliens and Leviathians.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' Doc Brown uses the Clock Tower as a lightning rod to gain the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity the [=DeLorean=] needs to get back to the future.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf uses a lightning strike to charge up his sword before stabbing the Balrog with it during their duel on the mountaintop.
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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode [[Recap/StargateSG1S1E10TheTormentOfTantalus "The Torment of Tantalus"]], SG-1 ends up trapped in an alien castle with a broken dialing device, rendering them unable to get home. [[spoiler:They end up sticking a metal diving helmet on the roof and wiring it to the gate, drawing lightning into the gate and allowing them to dial out by rotating the ring manually.]]

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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode [[Recap/StargateSG1S1E10TheTormentOfTantalus "The Torment of Tantalus"]], SG-1 ends up trapped in ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor uses ''himself'' as an alien castle with a broken dialing device, rendering them unable to get home. [[spoiler:They end up sticking a metal diving helmet on the roof and wiring it to the gate, drawing improvised lightning into rod for a lightning and cosmic ray strike in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks "Evolution of the gate and allowing them to dial out by rotating the ring manually.]]Daleks"]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor uses ''himself'' as an improvised lightning rod for a lightning and cosmic ray strike in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks "Evolution of the Daleks"]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor uses ''himself'' as ''Series/StargateSG1'': In [[Recap/StargateSG1S1E10TheTormentOfTantalus "The Torment of Tantalus"]], SG-1 ends up trapped in an improvised alien castle with a broken dialing device, rendering them unable to get home. [[spoiler:They end up sticking a metal diving helmet on the roof and wiring it to the gate, drawing lightning rod for a lightning into the gate and cosmic ray strike in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks "Evolution of allowing them to dial out by rotating the Daleks"]].ring manually.]]



* ''Videogame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'': It's a core to Gunvolt's gameplay; his gun is a special gun that fires small darts that deal weak damage, but their real purpose is to act as lightning rods for his [[ShockAndAwe lightning powers]].



* Generation III of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games introduced an ability literally called "Lightningrod" that causes single-target electric-type attacks to automatically target the Pokemon with the ability. Most such Pokemon are already electric-type (which resist such attacks) or ground-type (which are completely immune). Generation V would add an immunity as well as an increase in Special Attack for every time the Pokemon is hit with an Electric attack. Appropriately, other Pokémon gained access to this ability and benefit from the immunity, such as Seaking, Mega Sceptile and Alolan Marowak.

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* Generation III of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games introduced an ability literally called "Lightningrod" ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}'': In ''Chaos on Deponia'', Rufus uses Goal as one so that causes single-target electric-type attacks to automatically target the Pokemon with the ability. Most such Pokemon are already electric-type (which resist such attacks) or ground-type (which are completely immune). Generation V would add an immunity lightning will strike her instead of him as well as an increase in Special Attack for every time the Pokemon is hit with an Electric attack. Appropriately, other Pokémon gained access to this ability and benefit from the immunity, such as Seaking, Mega Sceptile and Alolan Marowak.he climbs a tower. Lightning does strike her, but she escapes unharmed.



* ''Videogame/MegaManX4:'' One of Colonel's attacks is him pointing his sword to the sky, causing it to be struck by lightning; then he does a SwordPlant that spreads the electricity across the ground.
* ''Videogame/MegaManX8:'' The Crystal Wall weapon is effective against [[ElectricJellyfish Gigavolt Man-o-war]] not just because it deals high damage to him, but it can also act as this to avoid his DesperationAttack - raining volleys of powerful lightning from above; set up one wall and his lightning will strike only the wall.



* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Deponia}} Chaos on Deponia]]'', Rufus uses Goal as one so that lightning will strike her instead of him as he climbs a tower. Lightning does strike her, but she escapes unharmed.
* ''Videogame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'': It's a core to Gunvolt's gameplay; his gun is a special gun that fires small darts that deal weak damage, but their real purpose is to act as lightning rods for his [[ShockAndAwe lightning powers]].
* ''Videogame/MegaManX4:'' One of Colonel's attacks is him pointing his sword to the sky, causing it to be struck by lightning; then he does a SwordPlant that spreads the electricity across the ground.
* ''Videogame/MegaManX8:'' The Crystal Wall weapon is effective against [[ElectricJellyfish Gigavolt Man-o-war]] not just because it deals high damage to him, but it can also act as this to avoid his DesperationAttack - raining volleys of powerful lightning from above; set up one wall and his lightning will strike only the wall.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Deponia}} Chaos on Deponia]]'', Rufus uses Goal as one so Generation III of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games introduced an ability literally called "Lightningrod" that lightning will strike her instead of him as he climbs a tower. Lightning does strike her, but she escapes unharmed.
* ''Videogame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'': It's a core to Gunvolt's gameplay; his gun is a special gun that fires small darts that deal weak damage, but their real purpose is to act as lightning rods for his [[ShockAndAwe lightning powers]].
* ''Videogame/MegaManX4:'' One of Colonel's
causes single-target electric-type attacks is him pointing his sword to automatically target the sky, causing it to be struck by lightning; then he does a SwordPlant that spreads Pokemon with the electricity across ability. Most such Pokemon are already electric-type (which resist such attacks) or ground-type (which are completely immune). Generation V would add an immunity as well as an increase in Special Attack for every time the ground.
* ''Videogame/MegaManX8:'' The Crystal Wall weapon
Pokemon is effective against [[ElectricJellyfish Gigavolt Man-o-war]] not just because it deals high damage hit with an Electric attack. Appropriately, other Pokémon gained access to him, but it can also act as this to avoid his DesperationAttack - raining volleys of powerful lightning ability and benefit from above; set up one wall the immunity, such as Seaking, Mega Sceptile and his lightning will strike only the wall.Alolan Marowak.


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* Generation III of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games introduced an ability literally called "Lightningrod" that causes single-target electric-type attacks to automatically target the Pokemon with the ability. Most such Pokemon are already electric-type (which resist such attacks) or ground-type (which are completely immune). Generation V would add an immunity as well as an increase in Special Attack for every time the Pokemon is hit with an Electric attack.

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* Generation III of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games introduced an ability literally called "Lightningrod" that causes single-target electric-type attacks to automatically target the Pokemon with the ability. Most such Pokemon are already electric-type (which resist such attacks) or ground-type (which are completely immune). Generation V would add an immunity as well as an increase in Special Attack for every time the Pokemon is hit with an Electric attack. Appropriately, other Pokémon gained access to this ability and benefit from the immunity, such as Seaking, Mega Sceptile and Alolan Marowak.

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** Gym Leader Winona, when battling Ash, has her Pelipper (who is a Flying/Water-type, and thus doubly weak against electric attack) nullify Pikachu's Thunderbolt by jabbing a Steel Wing against the ground, dispersing the attack.


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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', following the example from the anime above, Ash develops a strategy to disperse Electric-type attacks by having his Pokémon jab to the ground with a physical Steel-type attack.
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See also UmbrellasAreLightningRods.

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* ''LightNovel/KnightsAndMagic'': in the anime, Ernesti defeats the [[{{Kaiju}} Demon Beast Behemoth]] by using an electric attack on a sword impaled in its eye, which goes through its nerves and eventually to its brain.


* In the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', to effectively fight [[spoiler: Demise, you need to use the Master Sword as a lightning rod.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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In the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', to effectively fight [[spoiler: Demise, you need to use the Master Sword as a lightning rod.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': During a thunderstorm, lightning becomes attracted to metal. Wear a metal suit of armor? Link will (eventually) have sparks shooting off of his armor and get struck by lightning, taking damage. However, this also applies to metal weaponry. Since you get a few seconds of prep time before getting struck, a smart player may decide to whip out a metal weapon, use it long enough for lightning to try to strike it, and then toss it towards an enemy setting the unfortunate sap to be electrocuted. [[spoiler:There's also a hidden shrine that requires Link to get lightning to zap the rock it's buried under to access.
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': During a thunderstorm, lightning becomes attracted to metal. Wear a metal suit of armor? Link will (eventually) have sparks shooting off of his armor and get struck by lightning, taking damage. However, this also applies to metal weaponry. Since you get a few seconds of prep time before getting struck, a smart player may decide to whip out a metal weapon, use it long enough for lightning to try to strike it, and then toss it towards an enemy setting the unfortunate sap to be electrocuted. [[spoiler:There's also a hidden shrine that requires Link to get lightning to zap the rock it's buried under to access.]]

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