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.
- Many times in Lucky Star.
- Sakaki from Azumanga Daioh, overwhelmed by the cuteness of a photo of kittens.
- Same series, when Kaorin and Chihiro discover that Chiyo not only makes her own lunch, but is actually quite good at it.
- Happened to Misaki in Kaichouwa Maidsama, when Hinata chooses "Misa-chan" in a photo op prize should he win the Sweets eating event in the Maid Latte.
- This happened to Setsuna in Negima!? when she made a particularly bad word-play joke (uncharacteristic of her in that she made a joke at all). She apologized for it after the lightning cleared.
- Used often by the members of the Ouran High School Host Club, especially by the highly theatrical Idiot King, Tamaki.
- Amusingly enough in the anime the resulting lightning bolt will actually hit Tamaki resulting in X-Ray Sparks more often than not.
- In the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers supplementary manga, privates Alto and Lucino gush over a cute, floating, child-like mage in a military uniform... shortly before said mage floats over to them and introduces herself as Sergeant Major Reinforce Zwei, their superior officer. Cue Thunder Shock.
- Used interchangeably with the Beam of Enlightenment in Ranma ½, both for comedic and serious purposes, but mostly the former.
- Scar, Serial Killer on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in Fullmetal Alchemist, has this reaction when he sees Xiao Mei, a tiny panda.
- Jin overuses it to the point of being narmtastic. Sometimes it feels like a third of a chapter are Thunder Shock panels.
- In Dragon Ball, Goku's first transformation into the Great Ape is heralded by this.
- 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.
- Steven Universe:
Fryman: The ketchup... IS INSIDE THE FRIES?!?!
- Greg Universe experiences this in "We Need to Talk" when realizing Rose Quartz hasn't quite got a grasp on how seriously he wants to take their relationship.
- Also, as part of the episode "Restaurant Wars"'s more-Animesque-than usual style, Mr. Fryman gets one after tasting Steven's creation.
- Happens again in "Alone at Sea", when Lapis is reeling in what she thinks is a fish and sees a large shadow in the water (presumably Jasper herself), reminding her of Jasper and her time fighting her as Malachite.
- In The Legend of Korra, when Jinora asks Asami if she knows that Korra has a crush on Mako, Korra gets a Thunder Shock in the background, as well as a very odd expression across her face, complete with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises.
- Expertly lampshaded in Dexter's Laboratory with both Mandark and his Sister Olga.
- Happens often in The Fairly OddParents! with Vicky.