"Livewire: "Go ahead, zap me! Absorbing lightning's totally my thing."
Black Lightning: "You've never had black
lightning before."
― Livewire and Black Lightning (Young Justice)

The power to manipulate the dark/destructive aspects of lightning. Variation of Dark Element Manipulation. Combination of Electricity Manipulation and Negative Forces Manipulation. Opposite to Pure Lightning Manipulation. Not to be confused with Demonic Lightning Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Destructive Lightning/Electricity Manipulation
  • Grim Lightning/Electricity Manipulation
  • Hazardous Lightning/Electricity Manipulation
  • Negative Lightning/Electricity Manipulation
  • Ominous Lightning/Electricity Manipulation


User can create, shape and manipulate the electricity of a darker, detrimental nature; that which damages, destroys, and consumes anything/everything they come across, representing the hazardous destructive side of electricity, which in turn ignores most of the limitations and weaknesses of the normal electricity. In essence, this is about solely controlling the negative powers of electricity.




  • Dark lightning is volatile/destructive, causing harm to oneself/environment by accident is an ever-present danger.
  • Countered by Pure Lightning Manipulation.
  • Distance, mass, precision, etc. depend upon the knowledge, skill, and strength of the user.
  • What the user gains in sheer power, they lose in versatility, such as hacking and controlling electrical devices.

Known Users


Video Games

  • Kagura Mutsuki (Blazblue)
  • MetalEtemon (Digimon)
  • Cole MacGrath (InFamous); via Ray Sphere
  • Dark Raiden (Mortal Kombat)
  • Shadow Queen (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)
  • Shadow Zapdos (Pokémon)


  • Black Lightning (DC Comics)
  • Nekron (DC Comics)
  • Zoom (DC Comics)
  • The Flash (DC Comics); while connected to Negative Speed Force
  • Barbatos (DC Comics)
  • Lord Garmadon (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Cloud of Monstrox (Lego Nexo Knights)
  • Mister Negative (Marvel Comics)
  • Mumm-Ra (ThunderCats)
  • Darcy (Winx Club)
  • Users of Force Lightning (Star Wars Legends)


  • Sceptre of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant)
  • Fanoxean (The Young Guardians)

Known Objects

  • Adramelech (Akame Ga Kill!)


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