Electric is an attack effect in the Super Smash Bros. series that debuted in the original Super Smash Bros.. Targets hit by electric attacks will be shocked and spark for a second or two. The electric effect is distinct from the paralyze effect, despite most attacks with the paralyze effect using electrical sound effects.
In Smash 64 only, characters hit by electric attacks briefly flash black, with their skeleton visible (except Samus, whose suitless shape is seen instead; and Kirby and Jigglypuff, whose bodies stay black but have their eyes protuding from them). This is no longer the case from Melee onward, as characters instead glow light blue after taking a hit. From Brawl onward, characters also use a special animation when hit by an electric attack, which has them continuously tremble in place during freeze frames and before being launched, instead of using a single animation frame (this animation is shared for characters who are paralyzed).
In Smash 64, Melee, and Brawl, electric attacks always emit very loud sounds on hit. Starting in Smash 4, this has been toned down to a quieter "buzzing" sound.
In addition, electric attacks have several other effects:
Electric attacks are boosted by Electric Attack stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's The Subspace Emissary and the Spirit skill or trait Electric Attack ↑ as well as certain Spirit Battle conditions in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Electric attacks are resisted by Electric Resist stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the Support Spirit skills Electric Resist ↑ in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These attacks also deal more damage to fighters equipped with a Primary Spirit with the trait Electric Weakness.
List of electric attacks
By enemies and bosses
By stage hazards
In addition to natural stage hazards, the Spirit Battle condition "The floor is electrified" creates a hazard that inflicts electric damage.