Tropes about electricity, lightning, and thunder.
Named for a lyric in "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.
- 30-Second Blackout
A very brief power outage.
- Big Blackout
An entire city or region goes through a major power outage.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution
Piss off a god, get a lightning bolt coming at you.
- Chain Lightning
Lightning that likes to move from one target to another.
A sentient cloud can use lightning as a weapon.
- Dramatic Thunder
Lightning and thunder can really punch up a moment.
- Electric Black Guy
Black Lightning, and his copycats, have electric powers.
- Electric Instant Gratification
- Electric Jellyfish
A jellyfish sting is either made to look like an electric shock, or actually is one.
- Electric Love
Love and romance represented by electric sparks.
- Electric Torture
A tool in Cold-Blooded Torture.
- Electrified Bathtub
A common way to make a Deadly Bath.
- Electroconvulsive Therapy Is Torture
Electroconvulsive Therapy as useless and painful
- Fast as Lightning
Lightning or electricity is associated with speed.
- Fear of Thunder
A phobia of the loud noise it makes.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning
A common Elemental Powers trio.
- God of Thunder
A god that rules over electricity.
- Harmless Electrocution
When 100,000 volts aren't even as bad as stubbing a toe.
- High-Voltage Death
When 100,000 volts is lethal.
- Improvised Lightning Rod
Lightning is hard to control, unless you use this.
- Instant Thunder
It's not as cool if the light and sound delay means we can't see the flash and hear the boom all at once.
- Lightning Can Do Anything
Can make monsters, give superpowers, and bring back the dead.
- Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition
They make a lot of heat, and do a lot of damage, so why not pair them up?
- Lightning Glare
Two Death Glares at each other make mini lightning.
- Lightning Gun
Any device that shoots lightning.
- Lightning Reveal
Using the "light" in "lightning" for showing things in the coolest way.
- Power Cable Attack
When you can't use magic or advanced tech to attack with lightning, use these instead.
- Power Cord Tail
It just looks cute to use that as an appendage.
- Power Outage Plot
An episodic plot where characters deal with a sudden disruption of electrical power in their buildings.
- Psycho Electric Eel
Somehow being able to generate electricity isn't cool enough, so fiction makes them spark and glow.
- Psycho Electro
Electricity can be chaotic without grounding, and the same applies to the sanity of those with electric powers.
Youkai of lightning in Japanese Folklore.
- Ride the Lightning
Using lightning or electricity as a teleportation medium.
- Shock and Awe
Having electric powers.
- Static Electricity
Using electricity as a powerful... annoyance tool.
- Taser Tag Weakness
Stun guns can drop even the toughest targets.
- Thunder Beetle
Stag beetles, fireflies and other creatures are associated with lightning for various reasons.
A giant bird connected with storms, lighting and more generic electric powers, usually drawn from Native American myth.
- Thunder Drum
Pairing drums and thunder, due to their booming noises.
- Thunder Shock
Lightning flashes on the 4th wall, to emphasize a moment.
- Umbrellas Are Lightning Rods
You won't get wet... but you will wish that happened instead.
- X-Ray Sparks
A favorite visual for one getting shocked.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning
The two most common colors fiction uses for it.