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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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  • 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 shock.
  • 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.
  • Used interchangeably with the Beam of Enlightenment in Ranma ˝, both for comedic and serious purposes, but mostly the former.
  • Snow White with the Red Hair:
    • When Obi and Mitsuhide are trying to give Zen pointers on complementing Shirayuki they ask if he's never told her that something she's wearing suits her, only for Zen to hesitate and glare at Obi then tell him he has said so of the hairpin Obi bought her which gets the lightning shocked background treatment for Mitsuhide and Obi. Obi then starts laughing at him.
    • Ryuu mentions to Shirayuki and Obi, who have already had the thought that he's probably going to start growing quickly and catch up with his age mates in height on their mind, that his legs have been aching and they both freeze with a dark background struck through with lightning. Obi picks him up to carry him on his shoulders since he knows Ryuu's growth spurt will bring an end to such activities.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: After Shuna and Shion catch Rimuru at a girls bar, he tries a quick apology. It worked... until Shuna makes him promise to eat Shion's cooking for a week, prompting a Big "WHAT?!" with lightning.

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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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