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This list contains chemical elements, materials, isotopes or (sub)atomic particles that exist primarily in works of fiction (usually fantasy or science fiction). No actual periodic elements end in "-ite", though many minerals have names with this suffix. Some of the materials listed as elements below may indeed be minerals, alloys, or other such combinations, but fictional works are often vague on such distinctions.
|Adamantium||Marvel Comics, Final Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, Morrowind, Maplestory||Adamantium is a series of closely related compounds of iron mixed with chemical resins. It has been frequently described as being virtually indestructible. Substance of the skeleton of Wolverine.|
|Amazonium||DC Comics||Amazonium is a metal found only on Paradise Island, from which are made Wonder Woman's invulnerable bracelets. It is said to be one of (if not the) hardest metals known in the pre-Crisis DC Universe, along with supermanium (see below) and the 30th century's inertron.|
|Bolonium or Bolognium (or likely Baloneyium)||Futurama, The Simpsons, etc.||A fictional element used to describe something as impossible or nonsensical. In the Futurama episode "A Clone of My Own", Cubert Farnsworth used the term "Weapons-grade bolonium" as an insult to his "parent," Hubert Farnsworth's technology demonstrations. An episode of The Simpsons featured an Oscar Mayer promotional periodic table of elements with the element, which states that the atomic weight of bolonium is "delicious" or "snacktacular." |
The Star Trek The Motion Picture official blueprints published in 1980 specifically identify the Klingon K't'inga-class battle-cruiser as possessing bolognium engine shields. For Bolonium, not to be confused with real element Polonium.
|Bombastium||Uncle Scrooge||An element each atom of which, when dropped in a barrel of water, is capable of generating a barrel containing a different flavor of ice cream, according to Carl Barks. It is discovered by the Brutopians. Scrooge McDuck pays one trillion dollars and six kitchen sinks for a soccer ball-sized sample of it in an auction in a 1957 story in Uncle Scrooge comics #17. In a Duck Tales story it is used to power a time machine invented by Gyro Gearloose.|
|Cobalt Thorium G||Dr. Strangelove, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||In Dr. Strangelove it is an element used in the Russians' doomsday device. Both (real) elements Cobalt and Thorium can be used in atomic weapons to increase the amount of dangerous nuclear fallout, which agrees with the sense in which "Cobalt Thorium G" is used in the movie. |
In the "Wages of Fire" episode of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, it is revealed that the BGY-11 is powered by a Cobalt Thorium G power core.
|Kryptonite||DC Comics||A crystalline material, originally in various colors with separate effects, harmful to Kryptonians and created during the destruction of Superman's home planet Krypton; synthesis is also possible. John Byrne's retcon of the DC Comics universe established green kryptonite as a compound and later issues had experiments by Batman and Luthor reestablish the Pre-Crisis versions of red, blue, and gold. Kryptonite has been found in the real world (according to its chemical composition) and has none of the properties or color variations of fictional kryptonite (google real kryptonite found). However, DC Comics had previously described kryptonite as an alien element with a higher atomic number than known Earth elements.|
|Mithril||Middle-earth, Dungeons & Dragons,The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, RuneScape, Golden Sun, Terraria, World of Warcraft, Clash of Kingdoms, MapleStory, Guild Wars 2||Originally described in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, mithril is a durable silvery metal that is very light and extremely strong. Mithril means "grey gleam", but is translated as "true silver". It was mined in native form in Moria. It can also be worked into other forms with unusual properties such as reflecting only the light of the Moon.The fictional metal has expanded to be included in various other fantasy universes, games, and books. "Mythril" appears in the video game series Final Fantasy. Also, "Mithral" is used in D&D books and "Milrith" in Simon the Sorcerer. In the Warhammer world, the High Elven metal "Ithilmar" has similar properties and usage. In RuneScape it is a lightweight purple metal stronger than steel. In World of Warcraft, Mithril is a silvery-white mid-high level mineral. "Mithral" is also featured in the Dungeon Master series. It appears in armor form in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It also appears as a light blue metal used to make armor and weapons in MapleStory.|
|Orichalcum||Mythology (Atlantis), Fate of Atlantis, Shadowrun, Exalted, Irregular Webcomic!, Star Ocean, Final Fantasy (various), Age of Mythology (The Titans Expansion), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, MapleStory, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, Guild Wars 2, Terraria||A metallic pink colored metal mined in Atlantis; another name for it is mountain copper. May be based on Auricupride. Used to power machinery in Atlantis in the Indiana Jones adventure game. In the Exalted setting Orichalcum is the strongest of the five magical materials and can be made by distilling mundane gold using Gaia's blood (Magma) and concentrating sunlight using large occult mirrors. Found in Final Fantasy as a rare material with varying properties. In the Soul Calibur series, Sophitia has a sword and shield set named Orichalcum. Used in smithing to craft Orcish weapons and armor in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In Maplestory it is a fuchsia metal used to craft armors and items. Also named "Orichalcon" in some games.|
|Oridecon||Ragnarok Online||A blue crystal with a shardy and spiky form, its used to forge or refine the strongest weapons, believed to be indestructible, its hard to obtain in its pure form.|
|Polydenum||OtherSpace||A metallic, radioactive, explosive element found in some planetary cores that is mined and refined to become the main fuel for starship sub-light engines in the OtherSpace multiverse, as well as a potent explosive. Never to be mistaken for Molybdenum.|
|Primal||RuneScape||An incredibly strong dark-red metal found only in Daemonheim.|
|Radium X||The Invisible Ray||Radium X was an intensively radioactive extraterrestrial element discovered by Dr. Janos Rukh (Boris Karloff) in the 1936 film the The Invisible Ray. In the film, Dr. Rukh creates a death beam projector which harnesses the incredible power of Radium X for use as a destructive weapon of mass terror. Interestingly, Radium X also had healing powers. In a memorable scene, Rukh restores the sight of his blind mother (Violet Kemble Cooper) with the Radium X projector after developing a filter to curb its destructive effects. According to legend, this scene inspired John Lawrence (the younger brother of physicist Ernest Lawrence) to use radiation on his mother—who had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the uterus. Not to be confused of the real life Radium.|
|Strongium 90||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Used by gym owner Wally Airhead and his men in the episode "Leonardo Cuts Loose". Provides the user with strength. Not to be confused with real element Strontium, which has a radioactive isotope called Strontium-90.|
|Theor+||Bertil Mårtensson's Jungfrulig planet||A superheavy element, number 183, stable, "eerily unscientific properties". Necessary for protecting the crew of faster-than-light spaceships from high-energy graviton radiation associated with powering up (or powering down) the engines.|
|Timonium||Stardust series, Liaden universe,Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends||Surebleak used to be a mining center for timonium before they found big asteroids of it next door., it is used both to construct new technology and provide energy.|
|Vibranium||Marvel Comics||A rare, naturally occurring metallic substance theorized to be of extraterrestrial origin. The material used to construct Captain America's shield.|
|Vizorium||Dirty Pair||A rare metal used in the construction of warp engines in the Dirty Pair universe. First referenced in the Dirty Pair movie, Project EDEN.|
|Wishalloy||Aerospace term e.g.||An alternative to unobtainium. Historically Scramjets have been described as being made from unobtainium reinforced wishalloy|
|Xirdalium||The Chase of the Golden Meteor||An element which is, in the French first edition of the novel, about a hundred thousand times more radioactive than radium. In the English first edition this has been reduced to a hundred times. Xirdalium was invented by Jules Verne's son Michel, who introduced it to the novel, together with the character Zephyrin Xirdal, a 'private genius' who synthesized the new element. In the story Xirdal then uses Xirdalium in a contraption emitting a strong tractor beam able to alter the trajectory of the meteor mentioned in the novel's title.|
|Xithricite||Vendetta Online||A bright green mineral used to produce incredibly strong alloys originally discovered by explorers from the Neutral Territories. References to it are found throughout the game's item descriptions and is used in everything from spaceship hulls to railgun ammunition. Ore containing Xithricite can be mined from asteroids by players.|
|80Ir||Iridium||Riptide||According to the book, one second of direct exposure is equivalent to a lethal dose, with a reading of 3217.89 Rads/hr from 15 metres away. The blade of St. Michael's sword was forged from it.||80Ir does not exist; the lightest known isotope is 164Ir.|
|186Pu||Plutonium||The Gods Themselves||An isotope of plutonium which is too unstable to exist in our universe but which exists naturally in parallel universes whose strong nuclear forces are more intense. This is utilised as a source of energy where it is turned into 186W, releasing electrons in the process.||The description of this isotope is entirely correct; the lightest known isotope of plutonium is 228Pu.|
|Quantium||any element, but most commonly potassium||Babylon 5||This rare and expensive substance used in jumpgates is formed when ordinary matter is subjected to the stresses of a supernova, pushing some of its electron pair-bonds into hyperspace. The most commonly found form is derived from 40K, giving quantium-40. The name was coined by David Strauss in response to a request from the show's creator.||40K is a naturally occurring isotope of potassium which is used to date rocks. However, the method of obtaining quantium as described has not been demonstrated in real life.|
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