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A great shock is emphasized in the background with metaphorical lightning. As a gag, the character might be literally shocked as a result.

Not to be confused with Lightning Glare or Beam of Enlightenment. Or Dramatic Thunder, which is... dramatic. And thunder. For a more direct metaphor of the effects of being struck by actual lightning (or other electric surges), see X-Ray Sparks.

Note that in French, this is an expression ("coup de foudre") meaning Love at First Sight.

Also not to be confused with the Electric-type attack from Pokémon.



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  • Exploited in Tsunami Channel, with one comic having the characters intentionally saying shocking (untrue) things (i.e. "I'm pregnant!") in order to repeatedly electrocute another character.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd experiences this when Grace tells her the theme of Grace's birthday party was chosen for Tedd's sake.

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