Trope Workshop:Static Electricity
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Zappity Zap-Zap, Double D!
—Ed, Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy episode "Every Which Way But Ed"
So you're minding your own business and then you're about to touch something and then ZAP! You're in for a shock.
Alternatively, a character will shuffle across a carpet in socks to build up a charge to do this.
Though in super hero or fantasy, the character in question uses static electricity to warm up so he can deliver an electric jolts to the Big Bad, monster, or mook, whereas in other fictional media, making static electricity is the power of the hero.
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- Occurs in Detective Conan as the trigger for a murder.
- Lucky Star: STURONGGAAAHHH!
- Late in the second season of A Certain Scientific Railgun, the title character builds up a static charge on her own body as a side effect of consciously overriding her own nervous system in order to be able to move. This comes as a shock to her roommate, who tried to give her a hug.
- Bone: Fone Bone rubs his feet on the ground to build up a static charge ("for luck") before touching the Crown of Horns. This causes a chain reaction that kills Briar.
Film - Animation
Film - Live Action
- In Office Space, Peter gets a static shock every day when he comes into work touching the door handle. One way it illustrates his changed self is that he comes in one day with a power screwdriver and removes the handle, which shows he's taken control of his life.
- On Arthur, when the class is having a sleepover at the museum Binky complains that it will be the same as last year's. A Flash Back shows us Binky being throughly bored and annoyed last year including someone in the static electricity display shocking him. "OW!" Then in this year's field trip eveything happens the same as last year, including the shock. This time Binky reacts with Dull Surprise. "Ow. Even that's the same as last year."
- The King of Queens: after accidentally shocking each other, Carey and Doug start a static shock fight in their socks.
- Dilbert: a few strips had Dogbert shuffling along to carpet to charge himself with electricity. He confronts Dilbert and demands to be called "Thor, Dog of Thunder". When Dilbert responds with a joke about resistors, Dogbert shocks him with electricity, complete with X-Ray Sparks.
- Baby Blues: in one strip Hammie rubs his feet on the carpet to use X-Ray Sparks on his older sister with static electricity.
Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends
- Roger Wilco used a shag rug and some dance moves to deliver an incapacitating static charge to a cyborg kidnapper.
- In Pokémon, various electric pokemon, like joltik and Oricorio's Pom-Pom form, makes and uses static electricity to generate electrifying results.
- In early 2020, the City of Heroes revival server, City of Heroes: Homecoming, added an "Electrical Affinity" powerset based around generating static and using it to discomfit enemies and help allies.
- The Tick: a minor character, the Carpeted Man, has this as his superpower.
- On Pinky and The Brain, one of Brain's plans is to build a giant dryer that will create enough static cling to trap everyone in their own clothes.
- In one episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, the resident Mad Scientist uses robot dogs to kidnap cats from all over the neighborhood. He then uses a cat-petting machine to build up static electricity and power a Lightning Gun.
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: Edd demonstrates the concept to Ed, who of course takes it too far. Zapity Zap Zap!
- Family Guy: Peter gains the "power" to zap people after he buys a pair of long underwear. This results in annoying Lois so much she has all of the carpet removed from the house, kicking off the B plot.
- Pun intended.