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25th Mar '18 5:00:09 AM jimi13
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* ''AdventureQuest: has eight elements, each tied to a specific damage type ([[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[BlowYouAway Wind]], [[AnIcePerson Ice]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], [[ShockAndAwe Energy]], [[LightEmUp Light]] and [[CastingAShadow Darkness]]). Beyond those [[PowerOfTheVoid Void]] was traditionally considered an ninth element until Warlic later explained that it doesn't really fit that description in any way. 'Void' is instead the common name for damage [[NonElemental without any elemental affinity]] - PureEnergy in other words.
25th Feb '18 8:33:41 PM nombretomado
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* Each of the original planets in ''ShadowRaiders'' correspond to an element; Planet Water [[spoiler:gets destroyed in the first episode]], Planet Rock (the earth), Planet Fire (ask CaptainObvious), Planet Ice (a very cold windy place, may represent Air, but in some media Ice is an element on itself) and a fifth planet called Planet Bone. Of course, the main antagonist of the series is an errant PlanetEater world named Planet Beast made of "beast matter". A seventh "element" can be Tek Planet (made of... technology).

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* Each of the original planets in ''ShadowRaiders'' ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' correspond to an element; Planet Water [[spoiler:gets destroyed in the first episode]], Planet Rock (the earth), Planet Fire (ask CaptainObvious), Planet Ice (a very cold windy place, may represent Air, but in some media Ice is an element on itself) and a fifth planet called Planet Bone. Of course, the main antagonist of the series is an errant PlanetEater world named Planet Beast made of "beast matter". A seventh "element" can be Tek Planet (made of... technology).
18th Feb '18 3:13:16 AM Lumpbumps
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** Though, the main reason for this is that wood also includes air (because smoke comes out of wood when you burn it), and for that matter, metal also includes light, because metal is shiny and reflects light.
13th Feb '18 10:36:10 AM Piterpicher
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** ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive''/''PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' plays with this theme by having mecha based on a fire engine (fire), a tanker truck (water), a jet (air), a hazardous rescue vehicle (earth), and an ambulance (life?). ''[=GoGoFive=]'' lacked a SixthRanger but ''Lightspeed Rescue'' had one who personally had a metal theme and whose mecha/zord had the sun element as a solar-powered spacecraft.

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** ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive''/''PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' ''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive''/''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' plays with this theme by having mecha based on a fire engine (fire), a tanker truck (water), a jet (air), a hazardous rescue vehicle (earth), and an ambulance (life?). ''[=GoGoFive=]'' lacked a SixthRanger but ''Lightspeed Rescue'' had one who personally had a metal theme and whose mecha/zord had the sun element as a solar-powered spacecraft.
9th Jan '18 4:24:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheKaneChronicles'' parodies this with the element of cheese. It's been mentioned repeatedly, but never explained or demonstrated, and the most said about a battle with cheese demons is "[[YouDoNotWantToKnow don't ask]]."

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* ''TheKaneChronicles'' ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' parodies this with the element of cheese. It's been mentioned repeatedly, but never explained or demonstrated, and the most said about a battle with cheese demons is "[[YouDoNotWantToKnow don't ask]]."
7th Jan '18 9:06:41 PM Ryulong
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* ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' is one of the few times the classical elements show up with the title Rider's Flame, Water, Hurricane, and Land Style forms, and their Dragon upgrades. His final and fifth form? Infinity Style.
** Kamen Rider Beast's Mantles sort of fit in this theme, with Falco and Dolphi fitting in with air and water, while neither Chameleo nor Buffa really seem to fit either fire or earth specifically.
25th Sep '17 3:24:34 PM N1KF
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Another common variation is for this to be some kind of mental, spiritual, or [[PureEnergy energy]]-related {{foil}} to the physical elements; ThePowerOfLove, MindControl, and LightEmUp are all common choices. The above rules may still apply (especially if the hero or the villain are the ones using it), but non-omniscient powers are equally likely to be balanced as not. The InverseLawOfComplexityToPower often favors ElementNumberFive since it doesn't always fit the same system as the rest.

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Another common variation is for this to be some kind of mental, spiritual, or [[PureEnergy energy]]-related {{foil}} to the physical elements; ThePowerOfLove, MindControl, and LightEmUp are all common choices. The above rules may still apply (especially if the hero or the villain are the ones using it), but non-omniscient powers are equally likely to be balanced as not. The InverseLawOfComplexityToPower often favors ElementNumberFive Element Number Five since it doesn't always fit the same system as the rest.



* One of the more interesting ideas of this was featured in a ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' novel, where an Indian magical theorist worked out a different ElementNumberFive than the usual Chinese translation. Specifically, he found that while Fire, Earth, and Water matched up to their standard concepts, the literal translations for Wood and Metal were "Wood that burns" and "Metal that gleams" respectively. "Wood that burns" would be perhaps one of the only ways to visualize Air (as smoke), so perhaps it also wasn't the Metal ancient Chinese mages were referring to... but the gleam. Then he summons a Light elemental which he designates as a "Farohad," it incinerates him, and escapes, then begins making hit-and-run attacks on the Matrix (the futuristic, VR-based internet) to destroy all traces of itself. Unfortunately, since the scientist's project was called "The Lucifer Project," this ends up creating lots of collateral damage to places like churches, seminaries, and an unfortunate woman named Lucille Ferraro.

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* One of the more interesting ideas of this was featured in a ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' novel, where an Indian magical theorist worked out a different ElementNumberFive Element Number Five than the usual Chinese translation. Specifically, he found that while Fire, Earth, and Water matched up to their standard concepts, the literal translations for Wood and Metal were "Wood that burns" and "Metal that gleams" respectively. "Wood that burns" would be perhaps one of the only ways to visualize Air (as smoke), so perhaps it also wasn't the Metal ancient Chinese mages were referring to... but the gleam. Then he summons a Light elemental which he designates as a "Farohad," it incinerates him, and escapes, then begins making hit-and-run attacks on the Matrix (the futuristic, VR-based internet) to destroy all traces of itself. Unfortunately, since the scientist's project was called "The Lucifer Project," this ends up creating lots of collateral damage to places like churches, seminaries, and an unfortunate woman named Lucille Ferraro.
31st Aug '17 3:20:01 PM WillKeaton
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In spite of the name, this trope can also be another number- the Chinese elemental system, for example, normally contains five elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, and Wood), so in works based on that mythology this will be Element Number Six. This trope occurs naturally in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aether_(classical_element) Greek]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%B6n#Elements Tibetan]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element#Classical_elements_in_Babylonia Babylonian]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_elements_%28Japanese_philosophy%29 Japanese]] elemental systems, where Aether, Space, Sky and [[PowerOfTheVoid Void]] fulfill the narrative role of this trope - note that these four are essentially the same thing.

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In spite of the name, this trope can also be another number- the Chinese elemental system, for example, normally contains five elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, and Wood), so in works based on that mythology this will be Element Number Six. This trope occurs naturally in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aether_(classical_element) Greek]], Greek,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%B6n#Elements Tibetan]], Tibetan,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element#Classical_elements_in_Babylonia Babylonian]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_elements_%28Japanese_philosophy%29 Japanese]] elemental systems, where Aether, Space, Sky and [[PowerOfTheVoid Void]] fulfill the narrative role of this trope - note that these four are essentially the same thing.
28th Jun '17 5:35:02 PM nombretomado
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** Actually, at least according to TheOtherWiki, there are at least ''seven'' other states of matter, meaning that, under certain interpretations, there are up to twelve elements in RealLife.

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** Actually, at least according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, there are at least ''seven'' other states of matter, meaning that, under certain interpretations, there are up to twelve elements in RealLife.
26th Jun '17 12:20:50 PM peixe200
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* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' uses this trope as a central plot point, as the title implies. However, it's not until the very end that this is explained. While Leeloo is called "the Fifth Element", WordOfGod says the actual fifth element is [[spoiler:love]].

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* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' uses this trope as a central plot point, as the title implies. However, it's not until the very end that this is explained. While Leeloo is called "the Fifth Element", WordOfGod says the actual fifth element is [[spoiler:love]].[[spoiler:sex]].
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