List of fictional elements, materials, isotopes and atomic particles

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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.

Fictional elements and materials[edit]

AdamantiumMarvel Comics, Final Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, Morrowind, MaplestoryAdamantium 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.[1]
AmazoniumDC ComicsAmazonium 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.[2][3]
Bolonium or Bolognium (or likely Baloneyium)Futurama, The Simpsons, etc.A fictional element used to describe something as impossible or nonsensical.[4] 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[5] 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.

BombastiumUncle ScroogeAn 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[6][7]Dr. Strangelove, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy RobotIn 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.

KryptoniteDC ComicsA 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.
MithrilMiddle-earth, Dungeons & Dragons,The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, RuneScape, Golden Sun, Terraria, World of Warcraft, Clash of Kingdoms, MapleStory, Guild Wars 2Originally described in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy,[8] mithril is a durable silvery metal that is very light and extremely strong. Mithril means "grey gleam", but is translated as "true silver".[9] 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.
OrichalcumMythology (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, TerrariaA metallic pink colored metal mined in Atlantis; another name for it is mountain copper.[10] 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.
OrideconRagnarok OnlineA 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.
PolydenumOtherSpaceA 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.[11] Never to be mistaken for Molybdenum.
PrimalRuneScapeAn incredibly strong dark-red metal found only in Daemonheim.
Radium XThe Invisible RayRadium 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.[12] Not to be confused of the real life Radium.
Strongium 90Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesUsed by gym owner Wally Airhead and his men in the episode "Leonardo Cuts Loose". Provides the user with strength.[13] Not to be confused with real element Strontium, which has a radioactive isotope called Strontium-90.
Theor+Bertil Mårtensson's Jungfrulig planetA 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.[14]
TimoniumStardust series,[15] Liaden universe,Rise of Nations: Rise of LegendsSurebleak 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.[16]
VibraniumMarvel ComicsA rare, naturally occurring metallic substance theorized to be of extraterrestrial origin. The material used to construct Captain America's shield.[17][18]
VizoriumDirty PairA rare metal used in the construction of warp engines in the Dirty Pair universe. First referenced in the Dirty Pair movie, Project EDEN.
WishalloyAerospace term e.g.[19]An alternative to unobtainium. Historically Scramjets have been described as being made from unobtainium reinforced wishalloy
XirdaliumThe Chase of the Golden MeteorAn element which is, in the French first edition of the novel, about a hundred thousand times more radioactive than radium.[20] In the English first edition this has been reduced to a hundred times.[21] Xirdalium was invented by Jules Verne's son Michel, who introduced it to the novel, together with the character Zephyrin Xirdal,[22] 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.
XithriciteVendetta OnlineA bright green mineral used to produce incredibly strong alloys originally discovered by explorers from the Neutral Territories.[23] 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.

Fictional isotopes of real elements[edit]

NameIsotope ofSourceUsesReality
80IrIridiumRiptideAccording 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.[24]80Ir does not exist; the lightest known isotope is 164Ir.
186PuPlutoniumThe Gods ThemselvesAn 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.
Quantiumany element, but most commonly potassiumBabylon 5This 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.[25]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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stan Lee and Peter Sanderson (1986). The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Marvel Comics Group. ISBN 0-87135-208-7. "Adamantium is a virtually indestructible man-made steel alloy which does not occur in nature and whose ... Adamantium is not an element: its properties do not qualify it for any known space on the Periodic Table of Elements. ..." 
  2. ^ Wonder Woman (volume 1) #52, March–April 1952
  3. ^ The Brave and the Bold (volume 1) #28, March 1960
  4. ^ David Gerrold, Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy (Writer's Digest Books, 2001; ISBN 978-1-58297-007-3)
  5. ^ copyright 1980 by Paramount Pictures Corp.
  6. ^ continuity screenplay
  7. ^ shooting draft
  8. ^
  9. ^ Tolkien, J.R.R. (1954). The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-08254-4. 
  10. ^ Leadbeater, C.W. The Masters and the Path Adyar, Madras, India: 1925—Theosophical Publishing House
  11. ^ Wes Platt (2002). Otherspace: The 2001 Yearbook. iUniverse. p. 247. ISBN 0595221572, 9780595221578 Check |isbn= value (help). "..."It will generate a controlled fusion reaction within its interior until it reaches the proper temperature, using a carefully calculated amount of polydenum for a starter."" 
  12. ^ Lynn Yarris (June 29, 2005). "Breast Cancer Research at Berkeley Lab: Part 1: An Era of Hope for Breast Cancer Patients". Berkeley Lab News Center. 
  13. ^ "Leonardo Cuts Loose". TV Com. 1991. Archived from the original on 2013-02-07. Retrieved 7 February 20133. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Stephen Tall. The Stardust Voyages. Berkley Medallion. ISBN 0425029727. 
  16. ^ Sharon Lee (writer) and Steve Miller (writer) (1982). I Dare. Meisha Merlin. ISBN 1-892065-12-6. 
  17. ^ Priest, Christopher (w), Breyfogle, Norm (p), and Breyfogle, Norm (i). "The Story Thus Far". Black Panther vol 3 #30, Marvel, May 2001. Captain America: "Ironically, I had no idea how important the nation's vibranium was until Dr. Myron McLaine later incorporated it into my shield"
  18. ^ 'Captain America: The First Avenger', Dir. Joe Johnston. Film. Marvel Studios, 2011. Captain America: "What it's made of?" Howard Stark:"Vibranium".
  19. ^
  20. ^ Jules Verne; Michel Verne (1908). La Chasse au météore. Collection Hetzel. p. chpt. X. "«Ceci, Messieurs, disait-il, c’est du Xirdalium, corps cent mille fois plus radioactif que le radium. J’avouerai, entre nous, que, si j’utilise ce corps, c’est un peu pour la galerie. Ce n’est pas qu’il soit nuisible, mais la terre rayonne assez d’énergie pour qu’il soit superflu de lui en ajouter. C’est un grain de sel dans la mer. Toutefois, une légère mise en scène ne messied pas, à mon sens, dans une expérience de cette nature.»" 
  21. ^ Jules Verne; Michel Verne (1909). The Chase of the Golden Meteor. Grant Richards. p. 125. "„This, gentlemen.“ he said, „is Xirdalium, a body a hundred times more radio-active than radium. I am willing to own you that, if I utilize this body, it is more for show. Not that it is deleterious; but the earth radiates enough energy for me to do without adding more. It is a grain of salt thrown into the sea. Still, a little display is not unbecoming, methinks, in an experiment of this nature.“" 
  22. ^ Jules Verne; Frederick Paul Walter (2006). The meteor hunt. University of Nebraska Press. p. xi. "To Verne’s seventeen chapters Michel added four more. He created a dominant new character, Zephyrin Xirdal, who in effect takes over the action and the outcome." 
  23. ^ Vendetta Online – The Chronicles of Exile Section 08
  24. ^ Preston, Douglas (1999). Riptide. New York: Warner Books. p. 446. ISBN 0-446-60717-7. 
  25. ^ Unofficial Babylon 5 Technical Manual

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