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So, you want to Whip It Good, but a normal whip just isn't good enough. So what can you do about it? Easy, just add electricity. For some reason, whether it be the way a whip resembles an electrical wire, the length and thinness matching a lightning bolt well, the crack of a whip sounding like thunder, or just simple Rule of Cool, whips tend to be associated with electricity. Most often seen in Science Fiction, though also possible in Fantasy, these whips tend to have two major variants

  1. The whip is electrified, acting as a conductor.
  2. The whip (except for the handle) is made out of Pure Electricity.

If they are not magical or integrated into Powered Armor or a Mecha, they'll usually have the battery in the handle, which will be the only thing safe to touch. Likely to overlap with Variable-Length Chain, especially in type 2 since the lack of a physical chain makes it easier for it to change lengths, though type 1 may be Handwaved the same way as any other Variable-Length Chain.


Obviously a subtrope of Whip It Good, as well as Shock and Awe, and Enhanced Archaic Weapon. Likely an Elemental Weapon in setting with elemental powers. Can also overlap with Chain Pain. Although not the same as Chain Lightning, it may have this effect as well.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Angelic Layer: A minor Angel illegally wields electric whips.
  • Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion: Yin fights with a whip that channels electricity and can fire condensed balls of lightning.
  • Darker Than Black: Hei uses a steel wire as his primary weapon. Not only is he able to choke people to death with it, he can also conduct his electrical discharges through it.
  • Hunter × Hunter: Riehlvelt's "True Snake Revealed - Thunder Serpent" technique involves him turning on the electricity to his whips if his opponents manage to grab either or both of them. He ordinarily does not begin a fight with them activated—rather, he lures opponents with fast reflexes into catching them so they'd be more vulnerable to electrocution.
  • Magi: Labyrinth of Magic:
    • Myers specializes in lightning magic and can channel electricity through her whip, an ability which has earned her the nickname "Thunder Whip".
    • By using the power of the Lightning Djinn Baal, Ja'far can channel electricity through his rope darts.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Galla of the Six Knights of Black fights with an energy infused whip. By spinning it into a circle it can release a blast of energy.
  • Soul Hunter, Shinkohyo wields the strongest Paopei known as Raikouben (Thunder Lord's Whip), a whip resembling an ice-cream cone with three ribbons on top which can release massive lightning capable of untold destruction. Most notably, the Raikouben is among the few Paopei which aren't taken from the original source (Fengshen Yanyi) but an original creation which also makes this version of Shinkohyo/Shen Gongbao an Adaptational Badass.

    Comic Books 
  • 2000 AD: "Electric whips" are a recurring background weapon in the setting, appearing primarily in Judge Dredd and Flesh.
  • The DCU:
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Constrictor, a recurring minor villain, can extend cables made of either adamantium or vibranium (depending on the story) from the arms of his suit that are electrified and deliver powerful shocks upon hitting their targets. In one particular instance, after hitting Luke Cage with shocks that would have knocked out a normal person but only irritate Cage, Constrictor deals Cage a shock that he claims nearly felled the Incredible Hulk (referencing an earlier fight between the two).
    • Several unrelated characters going by the name Whiplash have used these
      • Marco Scarlotti was an Iron Man enemy and enforcer for the Maggia who used deadly whips, one of which was electrified.
      • The Thunderbolts team had an husband-wife team called Whiplash (the wife) and Blacklash (the husband) who wielded electric whips in all two issues they appeared in.
      • To tie in with Iron Man 2, Marvel created a new power-armored Whiplash named Anton Vanko, who confusingly has no relation to the Anton Vanko who was the first Crimson Dynamo, and despite being released at the same time as Iron Man 2 is also not the same Whiplash as in the movie.
    • X-Factor (2006): In issue #218, Black Cat uses grappling hooks to deliver an electric charge to Rococo. Rococo isn't affected much by it, but it turns out that this was a distraction to put a tracking device on her.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): After becoming a Cyborg, Lien-Da gains the ability to generate and control electricity. This includes shaping it into a whip.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ne Zha: Shen Gongbao's sword can transform into a segmented, electrified whip that electrocutes those it ensnares.

    Films — Live Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Christmas Invasion", the Sycorax are armed with energy-charged whips capable of vaporising humans with one lash, to tie into their slaver gimmick.
  • Star Trek's Ferengi were originally armed with electric whips. This was one of the only cool things about them, and since the writers quickly realized these guys would not work as intimidating villains, the whips were dropped.
  • Supergirl (2015): Livewire uses her Shock and Awe powers to create whips made of electricity in most of her appearances. In "We Can Be Heroes", the super-soldiers copying her powers do the same as well.
  • Ultraman Taro: The major Arc Villain, Alien Temperor, can generate electrified whips using it's pincers, which he uses to great effect lashing out at the Ultra Brothers. This ability is one of Temperor's trademark abilities, which is carried over in his subsequent appearances in movies and video games.
  • The Untamed: Like in the novel, Jiang Cheng inherits his mother's weapon Zidian, a whip made of purple lightning.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech: The Neural Whip is a hand-to-hand weapon that's based off the more common stun stick. Despite being designed as a non-lethal weapon, it's extremely brutal, using electric shocks to cause debilitating pain in the victim and repeated use can cause permanent brain damage. Its use was banned by the Star League, the Federated Suns, the Lyran Commonwealth, and the Capellan Confederation. It's used as a dueling weapon among the Clans and as torture device by pirates and bandit kingdoms.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: In 5th Edition, the "Lightning Lure" spell strikes a nearby enemy with an electrical lash, dealing lightning damage and pulling them towards the spellcaster.
  • Magic: The Gathering: Livewire Lash is a whip that lets the creature using it to repeatedly damage an opponent.
  • Necromunda: 3rd Edition introduces shock whips, long, coiling weapons that are popular amongst the more experienced members of House Escher. When fully energised, a shock whip resembles a handheld bolt of lightning that can incapacitate enemy fighters with the slightest touch.
  • Pathfinder: A kineticist who specializes in the air element can charge a whip (or any other weapon) with electricity, or manifest a whip made of pure electricity, with the right talent selection.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has the card Bolt Penguin, who is described as having electric whips as its arms, and uses them as its weapon. Another card, Electro-Whip, is an Equip in the form of an electrically-charged whip.

  • BIONICLE: Hewkii uses Electrified Chains as his secondary Toa Tools, capable of delivering a powerful electrical shock and can even be used to charge his Aqua Warblade with the same element. He was able to subdue and defeat an enlarged Gadunka with it.

    Video Games 
  • Creepy Electro-Whip Guy (yes, that is actually what he's called) uses an electrified whip to torture the titular Azure Striker Gunvolt during the prologue mission. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't realize that his prisoner wields Shock and Awe powers until after Gunvolt recharges his energy from Creepy Electro-Whip Guy's "interrogation".
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!: Nisha's melee weapon is a bullwhip, which fits her character as both a cowgirl and a Combat Sadomasochist. It has a longer range than other characters' melee attacks yet does slightly less damage. With certain skills, she can eventually steal ammo from enemies and even unleash a lightning bolt just by cracking her whip.
  • Dead Cells has three whip weapons, one of which, the Electric Whip, auto-targets a nearby enemy, deals splash damage, and deals shock damage over time.
  • Dota 2: Razor wields a lightning whip as his Weapon of Choice. As a warden of the Underscape, he hurt those to make them move quicker to the other side.
  • Dragon's Dogma: The spell Brontide summons a magical whip of pure electricity.
  • God of War III: The Nemesis Whip is a whip-like weapon consisting of two sets of three blades connected by a series of chains. It also charges Kratos' melee attacks with electricity, allowing him to electrocute his foes and activate certain machines.
  • Granblue Fantasy: Ferry's recruitment weapon is the Ethereal Lasher, a magical whip where everything but the handle is pure magical energy, which takes the form of greenish-blue lightning. However, the description says that it can theoretically take on "countless forms".
  • Into the Breach: The Lightning mech's primary weapon is the Electric Whip, whose primary selling point is its Chain Lightning ability.
  • Kirby: Kirby can copy the Waddle Doo's Beam ability, which allows him to wield a series of linked electric orbs like a whip.
    • Furthermore, Star Allies has a mechanic where elements and weapons can be combined, and the "electrified whip" variant can be made when the Zap element is applied to the Whip ability.
  • Mass Effect 3: One of the enemies resulting from Cerberus' Super Soldier Pheonix Project are Dragoons, heavily armored soldiers armed with a sub-machine-gun, and two energy whips, which are used for sweeping melee attacks as well as casting biotics. In the multiplayer, they were Promoted to Playable, with Defector from Decadence Dragoons having a Vanguard's Foe-Tossing Charge, as well as some of the most powerful biotics period, able to attack enemies through walls.
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission has Ferham, who uses an energy whip as her weapon of choice. Strangely, despite the whip making electrical effects in cutscenes when cracked, she's actually a Water element boss.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: The Shocktether Photon Art has the user grapple a single target and pump electricity through them. Repeatedly pressing the button increases the number of hits and thus the potential damage.
  • Ragnarok Online features Electric Wire, whip-class weapon that's literally just a still electrically-charged wire, and the more bizarre Electric Eel, which is a, well, electric eel used as a whip-class weapon.
  • Raiden: The lightning whip is one of the best power-ups available for players, accessible by collecting two purple power cells, which turns the titular plane's machine-guns into an electrified whip that slaps around the screen, taking every enemy that gets into it's way. By collecting three or more purple cells, and the electrified whip becomes as thick as the player himself and electrocutes enemies en masse, and deals serious damage to bosses. It looks as awesome as it sounds.
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction: You can acquire the shock ravager, a weapon of the pure electricity variant, which upgrades to the more powerful lightning ravager.
  • Sonic Forces: The Ivory Wispon allows the Avatar to attack enemies with a lightning whip.
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza: Rescuing someone wearing a light green shirt in Mii Force allows you to use their Ensnaring Plasma, a long malleable line of electricity that damages enemies by latching onto them.
  • Streets of Rage: The dominatrix enemies use whips, which are electrical starting with Streets of Rage 2.
  • Warframe: The Lecta and Secura Lecta are half whip, half taser weapons.
  • X2 have an energy whip as one of the later obtainable power-ups, which covers large portions of the screen in a wide sweeping arc, electrocuting everything it comes across. It appears to be lifted directly from Raiden.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Ilia fights with a Whip Sword called Lightning Lash which can fire electricity in sword mode and deliver an electric charge to opponents when it snares them in whip mode.

  • L's Empire: Daisy gets a chain whip infused with lightning powers thanks to Pix's fusion abilities during the tail end of the PQ Saga. It eventually becomes an Ancestral Weapon, as Rosa is shown wielding in the following arc.

    Web Original 
  • Flyover City: Lilywatt has whips that she charges with electricity.

    Western Animation