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(LAUNCHING SOON) A trope in which a character feels electricity upon touching a love interest or crush. TITLE CROWNER HERE

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Lakija on Apr 14th 2014 at 9:58:31 PM
Last Edited By:
alnair20aug93 on Sep 12th 2018 at 9:44:19 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

Alnair: Since the OP hasn't been around for a long time now, Upped for Grabs by Alnair. No Launching Please

IP thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1526014028088767000&page=1#1

Since there was no consensus on the page image, as this hasn't been launched yet, I'll just go for Wall-E as the placeholder anyway.

Update: After weeks of inactivity, changed it back to Electric Love.


More Possible Titles:

If you want to vote for or make a title, Title Crowner Proposal is here: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/AlternativeTitles/ElectricLove

Rolling Updates, No Launching Please


Lakija: Gah. I have seen this one too many times in books.

Sparks Of Passion? Sparks of Love? Electric Feels? Which do you like? :)


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"I said 'Ooh! Girl.' Shock me like an electric eel."
"'Baby girl.' Turn me on with your electric feel."
Electric Feel, MGMT

This trope appears in romantic works, and is featured prominently in Young Adult Literature fiction novels. The touch of a love interest will either literally or metaphorically feel like a shock of electricity.

Creators of works tend to use this trope to signify to the reader that the crush is The One, or that the protagonist is making a deep and important connection to another character. In particularly blatant examples, the shock may be so strong as to cause both characters to retract their hands as if in pain.

In a visual works, live-action films may employ camera work and auditory spark sounds. In animated works, this effect can be exaggerated and the characters whole body can react. If a robot, android, or cyborg are in this situation, literal sparks may fly.

The French expression for instantly falling in love with someone is "coup de foudre", meaning "struck by lightning".

The Lightning equivalent to Snow Means Love and Flames of Love. Compare to Romantic Rain if it overlaps with thunderstorms, Love at First Sight, Electric Instant Gratification, and Lightning Glare. Contrast to No Sparks and Dead Sparks.


Examples

    Anime and Manga  
  • Parodied in One Piece: when Absalom attempts to kidnap Nami, and she shocks him. He mistakes the electric shock for the spark of love, even saying "It's like I've been struck by lightning!"

     Comic Books 
  • In the Arnold Arre's graphic novel After Eden, mixed with Romantic Rain, childhood friends Jon and Celine go for a relationship upgrade in the middle of a thunderstorm. At the end of the novel, a year after they broke up by their friends, they reconciled through widescreen in the middle of a thunderstorm, with the viewers joining in their starting of their relationships.

     Film - Animated 
  • In WALL•E, EVE revives WALL-E with a kiss that looks like a spark. Justified, as they are both robots.

     Film - Live-Action 
  • Buckaroo Banzai: Buckaroo has saved the world! Unfortunately, although he rescued his Love Interest Penny Priddy, it wasn't in time to save her life. Thanks to a little help from the alien John Emdall, though, what Buckaroo intended as a goodbye kiss is literally electric and behaves like a defibrulator. Penny revives, and they get to do their Big Damn Kiss.
    John Emdall: [sideye to the camera] ... So what? Big deal.
  • Grease. Pops up in the Final Love Duet, "You're The One That I Want":
    I got chills, they're multiplying
    And I'm losing control
    Cause the power you're supplying,
    It's electrifying!
  • When Sam and Suzy share their supposed Last Kiss in Moonrise Kingdom, this happens due to the former being struck by lightning earlier.

    Literature 
  • In the book The Black Stiletto Judy describes the feeling of electricity upon touching Fiorello Bonacini for the first time. With a name like that, and his excellent knife skills which Judy covets, it's no small wonder.
  • In the book Delirium when Lena touches the hand of the handsome security guard, she describes the feeling as: " a tiny electrical shock buzzes through me, and I pull away quickly."
  • Raul from Hyperion Cantos had these whenever he touched Aenea, well before he realized he loves her.
  • Twilight
    • Bella describes this sensation upon touching Edward in their Bio class. She feels his exceptionally cold hand and feels a shock. Both Bella and Edward pull away their hands.
    • Later on when the romance is in full bloom, Bella describes the feeling of electricity between the two of them during a movie in class when all the lights are off. They are "hyper-aware" of each other then.
  • Robert A. Heinlein's Time for the Stars. The protagonist Thomas Bartlett and a girl named Prudence Mathews are part of the crew of an exploratory starship on a journey to discover new habitable planets. When they're put on the same watch list they start to get to know each other better, and eventually "...our hands would touch in passing over a stack of traffic and we could feel the sparks jump."

    Live Action TV 
  • A very literal example in The Flash (2014). Iris touching Barry's hand causes sparks to jump between them. Of course this is justified in-universe as a speedster generating lightning which sparked off Barry, but it still holds the same symbolic effect.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
    • At the house party episode, Ned accidentally kisses Moze because she wore the same dress as his crush Suzy. Over the course of the series, Moze can still feel the sparks from that kiss and tries to forget all about it. When she tries to kiss her crush Famen, there were absolutely No Sparks. Upon the end of the series, with both Ned and Moze getting a Relationship Update, they sealed the deal with a kiss that sends sparks that could light up a 4th of July fireworks display.
    • In an episode about positives and negatives, Ned invoked this trope when tried to set up two emos (or is it goth) with each other. However, in the room where Ned made the attempt, Gordy made the room cry dry in an attempt to build up static electricity, so when the two eventually kissed, it caused a literal explosion of electricity.

     Music 
  • "Thunder" by Boys Like Girls.
    Your voice was the soundtrack of my summer.
    Do you know you're unlike any other?
    You'll always be my thunder inside.
    Your eyes are the brightest of all the colors
    I don't wanna ever love another
    You'll always be my thunder
    So bring on the rain, and bring on the thunder.
  • "Electric Love" by BØRNS. The music video compliments the song with neon lights.
    Baby, you're like lightning in a bottle
    I can't let you go now that I got it
    And all I need is to be struck
    By your electric love
    Baby, your electric love...
  • The 1966 song "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd has the line "It's like thunder! And lightning! The way you love me is frightening!" It is said that it was written during a thunderstorm.
  • Canadian vocalist Serena Ryder had her own take on the concept on her song "Electric Love"
    It's like a laser beam when it's just you and me
    And all our thoughts they turn into e-e-e-energy!

    Theatre 
  • Li'l Abner parodies this in "Oh, Happy Day":
    Oh, happy day when boys and girls on dates
    Can tell electric'ly if they are mates.
    If he goes for her kilowatts and she enjoys his ohms,
    You can bet your magnetic
    Combustible shirt,
    They'll wind up in high-voltage homes.

    Western Animation 
  • Beast Wars: When Blackarachnia gains a Transmetal 2 body and kisses Silverbolt, she ends up shocking him. She tells him "Transmetal 2 power. Get used to it."
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In Ding Dog Daddy, a dog falls in love with a statue of a female greyhound. Near the end, when the statue is removed and melted into a bombshell for the war effort, the distraught dog tries to give "Daisy" one last kiss, causing the bomb to explode.
      "SHE'S STILL GOT IT!"
    • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Greyhounded Hare" he falls instantly in love with a dog track lure in the shape of a rabbit and tries to rescue it from being chased. When he finally catches "her" he kisses it, causing a jolt of electricity to shoot through his body, which he interprets as Sparks of Love.
    • In Plane Daffy, Daffy Duck, a self-proclaimed woman-hater, gets kissed by Nazi spy Hata Mari and becomes a flailing bolt of lightning. When she tries it again, Daffy manages to resist her wiles and she gets shocked.
      Daffy: Something new has been added!
  • Referenced in Steven Universe. Garnet is a fusion (essentially a Fusion Dance of two or more gems that serves as a rough metaphor for their relationship) whose component gems are in a romantic relationship. She has Shock and Awe powers (despite Ruby and Sapphire, her component gems, having fire and ice powers respectively).
  • In Sym-Bionic Titan, when Kimmy kisses Octus, sparks fly quite literally.
  • In the episode "Opposites" of Teen Titans Go!, Cyborg and Jinx's Dating Catwoman scenario get literally electrifying when they kiss one another.
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons:
    • Near the end of The Shooting of Dan McGoo, "the lady who's known as Lou" plants a kiss on Droopy, causing him to shoot into the air like a rocket.

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Apr 14th 2014 at 10:39:01 PM

Can appear in film too, where love is portrayed as a spark.

  • In Wall E, EVE revives WALL-E with a kiss that looks like a spark. Justified, as they are both robots.

Apr 15th 2014 at 12:28:27 AM

I'm not sure if it counts but in Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, Ned tried to set up too emos (or is it goth) with each other. However, in the room where Ned made the attempt, Gordy made the room cry dry in an attempt to build up static electricity, so when the two eventually kissed, it caused a literal explosion of electricity.

Apr 15th 2014 at 1:16:46 AM

Literature

  • Robert A Heinlein's Time for the Stars. The protagonist Thomas Bartlett and a girl named Prudence Mathews are part of the crew of an exploratory starship on a journey to discover new habitable planets. When they're put on the same watch list they start to get to know each other better, and eventually "...our hands would touch in passing over a stack of traffic and we could feel the sparks jump."

Apr 15th 2014 at 1:22:48 AM

Probably worth adding "not to be confused with Robosexual", which is what the title immediately made me think of.

Apr 15th 2014 at 1:48:31 AM

Apr 15th 2014 at 8:24:18 AM

In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Greyhounded Hare" he falls instantly in love with a dog track lure in the shape of a rabbit and tries to rescue it from being chased. When he finally catches "her" he kisses it, causing a jolt of electricity to shoot through his body, which he interprets as Electric Love.

Apr 15th 2014 at 12:06:51 PM

  • Lil Abner parodies this in "Oh, Happy Day":
    Oh, happy day when boys and girls on dates
    Can tell electric'ly if they are mates.
    If he goes for her kilowatts and she enjoys his ohms,
    You can bet your magnetic
    Combustible shirt,
    They'll wind up in high-voltage homes.

Apr 15th 2014 at 12:34:56 PM

Film

  • Grease. Pops up in the Final Love Duet, "You're The One That I Want":
    I got chills, they're multiplying
    And I'm losing control
    Cause the power you're supplying,
    It's electrifying!

Apr 15th 2014 at 1:30:02 PM

To separate this from the kind of Electric Love you buy at novelty stores (open all night with parking in the rear) may I suggest Sparks Of Passion as a possible alternative title?

Apr 15th 2014 at 3:44:49 PM

^You, my friend, deserve all the Chantilly cream in the world.

I will change it! And I'll also change the lit-only vibe guys.

Apr 15th 2014 at 4:10:16 PM

Film

  • In Ladybugs, Chester gives poor, dorky little Penny a pep talk about how she's much cuter than she thinks. When she asks about her braces, he assures her that one day, she'll meet a boy with braces, and jokes that when they kiss, there'll be sparks.

Apr 15th 2014 at 11:08:16 PM

The Twilight example is incomplete. How does Bella describe the sensation?

Apr 16th 2014 at 9:06:34 AM

^Good point... I just... don't want to open the book again. EDIT: There! It's done. I thought I'd never go back through those pages.

Apr 17th 2014 at 10:55:07 AM

Apr 18th 2014 at 7:14:04 AM

  • Capitalized the title.
  • Namespaced and italicized work names.
  • Added a space between the * and the first word of examples.
  • Corrected improper Example Indentation in the Twilight example.

Apr 26th 2014 at 5:26:16 AM

bump

I like this trope and would like to see it get launched

Apr 26th 2014 at 2:25:03 PM

  • In the episode "Opposites" of Teen Titans Go, Cyborg and Jinx's Dating Catwoman scenario get literally electrifying when they kiss one another.

May 17th 2014 at 3:19:13 PM

Anime:

  • Parodied in One Piece: when Absalom attempts to kidnap Nami, and she shocks him. He mistakes the electric shock for the spark of love, even saying "It's like I've been struck by lightning!"

Sep 21st 2017 at 10:46:47 PM

  • A very literal example in The Flash 2014. Iris touching Barry's hand causes sparks to jump between them. Of course this is justified in-universe as a speedster generating lightning which sparked off Barry, but it still holds the same symbolic effect.

Sep 30th 2017 at 1:48:21 AM

  • Similar to the Bugs Bunny example, Ding Dong Daddy has a dog kissing a female dog statue as it is hit by lightning.
  • Raul from Hyperion Cantos had these whenever he touched Aenea, well before he realized he loves her.

Sep 30th 2017 at 10:57:31 AM

^ And No Sparks.

  • In Neds Declassified School Survival Guide, At a house party, Ned accidentally kisses Moze because she wore the same dress as Suzy, his crush. Over the course of the series, Moze can still feel the sparks from that kiss and tries to forget all about it. When she tries to kiss Famen, her crush, there were absolutely No Sparks. Upon the end of the series, with both Ned and Moze getting a Relationship Update, they sealed the deal with a kiss that sends sparks that could light up a 4th of July fireworks display.

Oct 2nd 2017 at 12:09:18 PM

Seems the OP hasn't been around for three years now. Up For Grabs, anyone?

Oct 6th 2017 at 9:27:51 AM

  • Buckaroo Banzai: Buckaroo has saved the world! Unfortunately, although he rescued his Love Interest Penny Priddy, it wasn't in time to save her life. Thanks to a little help from the alien John Emdall, though, what Buckaroo intended as a goodbye kiss is literally electric and behaves like a defibrulator. Penny revives, and they get to do their Big Damn Kiss.
    John Emdall: [sideye to the camera] ... So what? Big deal.

Oct 6th 2017 at 7:29:58 AM

  • Looney Tunes:
    • In Ding Dog Daddy, a dog falls in love with a statue of a female greyhound. Near the end, when the statue is removed and melted into a bombshell for the war effort, the distraught dog tries to give "Daisy" one last kiss, causing the bomb to explode.
      "SHE'S STILL GOT IT!"
    • In Plane Daffy, Daffy Duck, a self-proclaimed woman-hater, gets kissed by Nazi spy Hata Mari and becomes a flailing bolt of lightning. When she tries it again, Daffy manages to resist her wiles and she gets shocked.
      Daffy: Something new has been added!
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons:
    • Near the end of The Shooting of Dan McGoo, "the lady who's known as Lou" plants a kiss on Droopy, causing him to shoot into the air like a rocket.

Oct 6th 2017 at 7:44:05 AM

The French expression for instantly falling in love with someone is "coup de foudre", meaning "struck by lightning".

Oct 16th 2017 at 11:03:43 PM

Music

  • 60s song "Knock On Wood" has the line "it's like thunder! And lightning! The way you love me is frightening!"

Oct 17th 2017 at 10:16:02 AM

  • Beast Wars: When Blackarachnia gains a Transmetal 2 body and kisses Silverbolt, she ends up shocking him. She tells him "Transmetal 2 power. Get used to it."

Apr 11th 2018 at 3:31:05 AM

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Apr 24th 2018 at 12:56:15 AM

  • Referenced in Steven Universe. Garnet is a fusion (essentially a Fusion Dance of two or more gems that serves as a rough metaphor for their relationship) whose component gems are in a romantic relationship. She has Shock And Awe powers (despite Ruby and Sapphire, her component gems, having fire and ice powers respectively).

May 2nd 2018 at 10:52:40 PM

I'm considering on renaming this back to Electric Love, as Sparks Of Love has been thematically taken by Flames Of Love, and I wanted to differentiate it from that. The other thing is that I'm unfamiliar with those "Electric Love" things at those novelty stores that Daefaroth mentioned from four years ago, since I'm from another country.

The only problem I have is that there's a song named "Electric Love" by BØRNS and that there's an annual music festival held in Austria also named "Electric Love". What do you think?

If there are any suggested names, let me know.

Also, potential page image. Courtesy link.

May 2nd 2018 at 11:56:29 PM

^ Maybe "Blitz of Love"? (just brainstorming)

May 3rd 2018 at 12:20:42 AM

To rephrase things, something different from the "X of Love" thing.

May 31st 2018 at 8:32:02 AM

Bump for Image Pickin' thread HERE.

May 31st 2018 at 8:57:04 PM

Bump for Image Pickin' thread

Jun 7th 2018 at 1:16:30 AM

Since the IP thread was closed due to lack of consensus, I'll just put Wall-E as a placeholder image until this draft is launched before starting another IP thread.

Also, do you think it's best to revert the title to Electric Love, or do you have any other title ideas, barring the "X of Love" ones?

Jul 10th 2018 at 8:31:33 AM

Parodied on the live-action TV show Get A Life in the episode "Married" (Incidentally, a good potential image source).

Jul 10th 2018 at 4:03:59 PM

Other than the title, where I think Electric Love is a better title, although, it'd clash with a lot of songs and stuff.

Then again, so would Sparks of Love.

Shocking Love? Love Is Literally Shocking? Literally Shocking Love?

Love Electricity Metaphor??

Jul 11th 2018 at 7:07:03 AM

Seems we have enough title propositions...

To crowner, or not to crowner?

Jul 11th 2018 at 2:23:51 PM

MUSIC:

Canadian vocalist Serena Ryder had her own take on the concept (with the exact song title): "It's like a laser beam when it's just you and me / And all our thoughts they turn into e-e-e-energy!"

Jul 31st 2018 at 9:21:30 AM

If you want to vote for or make a title, Title Crowner Proposal is here: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/AlternativeTitles/ElectricLove

Jul 31st 2018 at 10:49:37 AM

I voted. Bumpity for visibility and hopefully more votes from other tropers.

Aug 2nd 2018 at 5:16:03 AM

I voted for a few things in the crowner. I feel like Sparks of Love is better than Electric Love, although I can understand that a spark also refers to a fire.

Therefor, I have my own suggestion added as well: Shock Of Love.

Aug 3rd 2018 at 4:56:17 AM

Bumping, just to know that I excluded one entry from the crowner.

Aug 3rd 2018 at 6:30:28 PM

Previously I was making up my mind about Lovestruck by Lightning, but between deciding I liked it and also liking the new Shock of Love suggestion, I voted again.

Aug 21st 2018 at 10:28:50 AM

Just to know, I'm scheduled to launch this by the end of the month. So, better cast your votes now.

Sep 6th 2018 at 6:54:06 PM

  • Music:
From the appropriately named song "Danger! High Voltage!" by Electric Six: "Danger, danger! High voltage! When we touch, when we kiss..."

Sep 7th 2018 at 6:35:38 PM

Any updates on the trope Alnair?

Also the crowner wont let me change my vote for some reason.

Sep 8th 2018 at 10:12:25 AM

What was wrong with Sparks Of Love exactly? Why isn't it in the crowner? "Feel the sparks" is a common metaphor for being attracted to someone.

Music:

  • Fucked Up's "Queen of Hearts", which is about two people falling in Love At First Sight, has variants of the lines
    Feel it in the hands they must have seen the sparks
    Neither understands what just happened to their hearts
as the chorus.

Sep 8th 2018 at 10:17:07 AM

This page image makes it look like it's a trope about robots falling in love.

Sep 8th 2018 at 10:24:07 AM

^^ I think it was thought that Sparks Of Love was too close to Flames Of Love.

Since the crowner wont let me remove my upvote from Electric Love, I'd just like to say here that I prefer Literal Romantic Sparks (which I have also upvoted) to Electric Love.

Sep 8th 2018 at 2:40:27 PM

I like literal romantic sparks.

Sep 8th 2018 at 2:47:07 PM

  • An episode of Frasier had Daphne (upon whom Niles has a crush) remark that touching hands with a strong, burly, handsome man made her feel sparks. Niles tried to explain it away as static electricity, and attempted to repeat the sparks by shuffling along the carpet and poking Daphne's arm. Repeatedly.

Sep 9th 2018 at 7:29:03 PM

Live Action TV:

  • AmazingStories: "The Main Attraction", a Jerk Jock is given the power of magnetism by a meteor but can't turn it off. Turns out there was another one that hit a Hollywood Nerd girl. Of course they are pulled together and when she tries to kiss him little sparks fly between the two.

Sep 9th 2018 at 7:57:02 AM

I'm going to reschedule the launch date until there are enough votes. In the meantime, keep the votes rolling.

Also, once launched, an IP thead would be called to replace the placeholder image.

Sep 9th 2018 at 6:07:39 PM

One possible issue — we lost a potential title and added one or two more, but the way crowners are bugged right now, you can't change your votes. I'm just wondering if anyone who already voted might have voted differently based on the current spread.

Sep 9th 2018 at 12:39:25 PM

Yeah I think we might have to make a second crowner with the two most highly voted options (Electric Love and Literal Romantic Sparks) from the previous crowner and have a final vote to decide between just them two. I've seen tropes make second crowners to decide between two very close options before, so I don't think people would object to a second crowner.

Sep 12th 2018 at 9:44:19 AM

There are two entries that are in the lead, and each have three net hats. If I get five net hats from those two, the I suppose I'll call for a second crowner.

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