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19th Apr '17 12:38:30 AM Ryulong
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* The ''TabletopGame/Pokemon'' trading card game started out with Fire, Water, Grass, Lightning, Fighting, Psychic, and Colorless, none of which had any real benefit over the others and simply were set up to match the types from the video game. Dark, Steel, and Fairy were added as well as Dragon, which is the only one that matches a "Fifth (Eleventh?) Element" status in that Dragon cards have no associated Energy card, instead using other Energy cards (a Double Dragon Energy card exists but it serves as two Rainbow Energies when attached to a Dragon card).

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* The ''TabletopGame/Pokemon'' ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' trading card game started out with Fire, Water, Grass, Lightning, Fighting, Psychic, and Colorless, none of which had any real benefit over the others and simply were set up to match the types from the video game. Dark, Steel, and Fairy were added as well as Dragon, which is the only one that matches a "Fifth (Eleventh?) Element" status in that Dragon cards have no associated Energy card, instead using other Energy cards (a Double Dragon Energy card exists but it serves as two Rainbow Energies when attached to a Dragon card).
19th Apr '17 12:37:59 AM Ryulong
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* The ''TabletopGame/Pokemon'' trading card game started out with Fire, Water, Grass, Lightning, Fighting, Psychic, and Colorless, none of which had any real benefit over the others and simply were set up to match the types from the video game. Dark, Steel, and Fairy were added as well as Dragon, which is the only one that matches a "Fifth (Eleventh?) Element" status in that Dragon cards have no associated Energy card, instead using other Energy cards (a Double Dragon Energy card exists but it serves as two Rainbow Energies when attached to a Dragon card).
12th Mar '17 11:27:21 PM lorgskyegon
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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.

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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:sex]].
6th Feb '17 8:02:52 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', in addition to four classical elements, there is an Origin Well dedicated to Aether, which bestows powers related to the mind. There's also element number ''six'', the Void, which is a darker counterpart to the Aether and thought mythical.
7th Jan '17 6:45:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''EternalDarkness'' substitutes the three Ancients, Xel'lotath (representing sanity, or lack thereof,) Chattur'gha (representing brute force and health) and Ulyaoth (representing the mind and mana) for the four elements, their respective runes being used to power spells and trumping each other in the standard ElementalRockPaperScissors style. There's also the fourth Ancient, Mantorok, [[spoiler: who is conspiring to destroy the other three Ancients]], and whose rune trumps all the others. WordOfGod states that there's also a fifth Ancient that is never seen, but does have a few enemies with its color coding who appear.

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* ''EternalDarkness'' ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' substitutes the three Ancients, Xel'lotath (representing sanity, or lack thereof,) Chattur'gha (representing brute force and health) and Ulyaoth (representing the mind and mana) for the four elements, their respective runes being used to power spells and trumping each other in the standard ElementalRockPaperScissors style. There's also the fourth Ancient, Mantorok, [[spoiler: who is conspiring to destroy the other three Ancients]], and whose rune trumps all the others. WordOfGod states that there's also a fifth Ancient that is never seen, but does have a few enemies with its color coding who appear.
25th Dec '16 2:47:59 AM BigKlingy
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** Interestingly enough, Almighty is not necessarily a literal FIFTH element per se, as there are other elements which could qualify as a fifth and sixth element. Most of the games in the Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei universe include {{Light|EmUp}} and [[CastingAShadow Dark]] elemental spells in the form of "Hama" and "Mudo", who, despite the fact that they function as [[OneHitKO instant kill]] spells, are still classed as Elements since enemies can be weak to these spells. ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' even includes the [[DishingOutDirt Earth]] element.
** The early ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' games also have water, earth and NUCLEAR as additional elements.

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** Interestingly enough, Almighty is not necessarily a literal FIFTH element per se, as there are other elements which could qualify as a fifth and sixth element. Most of the games in the Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei universe include {{Light|EmUp}} and [[CastingAShadow Dark]] elemental spells in the form of "Hama" and "Mudo", who, despite the fact that they function as [[OneHitKO instant kill]] spells, are still classed as Elements since enemies can be weak to these spells. ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' even includes the [[DishingOutDirt Earth]] element.
element ([[StandardStatusEffects Ailments]] are also treated like an element there).
** The early ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' games also have water, earth and NUCLEAR as additional elements. ''VideoGame/Persona5'' brings back Nuclear and adds Psychic.
19th Dec '16 3:29:37 PM Xtifr
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* In ''[[Literature/JWWellsAndCo Earth, Air, Fire and Custard]]'', the fifth element is, as you might guess, custard. Or a substance virtually indistinguishable from custard, except for its magical properties. It was created by the powerful wizard, Professor Van Spee.
14th Dec '16 11:24:39 PM Ryulong
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** However, the elements of the main Senshi are simply tied to the element represented by their planet's name in Japanese which is in turn based on the Chinese elemental system (Mercury: Water, Venus: Metal, Mars: Fire, Jupiter: Wood, [and Saturn: Earth]).
13th Dec '16 5:00:25 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** Some researchers believe there are only ''four'' elements, but most are in agreement that [[BaitAndSwitchComparison fire]] ''[[BaitAndSwitchComparison is]]'' [[BaitAndSwitchComparison an element.]]
12th Dec '16 2:44:19 PM DragonRanger
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* Seen often in ''Series/SuperSentai'' and ''Series/PowerRangers'', where ElementalPowers are frequent. When you've got four elements but six Rangers, what do you do?
** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' has fire, water, wind, thunder, and flowers as its elemental line-up, with the SixthRanger not possessing an elemental theme. These aspects were downplayed in ''PowerRangersLostGalaxy''.
** ''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 (heart?). ''[=GoGoFive=]'' lacked a SixthRanger but ''Lightspeed Rescue'' had one whose mecha/zord was a solar-powered spacecraft.
** ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' starts with three: LandSeaSky. We get ThreePlusTwo this year; the Thunder Rangers are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The SixthRanger gets his powers from a different source and isn't bound to any of the elements, though there ''is'' fire reflected in his helmet during his SuperMode TransformationSequence (The SuperSentai version is often said to be associated with fire, but while he does call his SuperMode "Fire Mode," the Shurikenger has ''baseball-themed'' attacks).
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' makes lightning the power of the Yellow Ranger. The SixthRanger has the PowerOfTheSun. There are other elements such as Moon and Snow.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' gets us to five by going fire, water, wood, earth, and sky, with the female yellow Ranger getting earth while the male green Ranger gets wood. The SixthRanger's element is Light, which manifested in using a cellphone rather than brushstroke-derived powers.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''/''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' only has three: two for Sky, two for Land, and one for Sea. The SixthRanger can use all of the above.

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* Seen often in ''Series/SuperSentai'' and ''Series/PowerRangers'', where ElementalPowers are frequent. When you've got four elements First you have to come up with a fifth "normal" element to round out the FiveManBand, then you have to have one that's genuinely outside the system for the SixthRanger.
** ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' and ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' get us to five by adding wood to the usual set of fire, water, earth, and air. ''Kakuranger'' didn't have a SixthRanger,
but six Rangers, what do you do?
in ''Shinkenger''/''Samurai'' the Sixth's element is light.
** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'' has fire, water, wind, thunder, and flowers ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' use wood in place of earth, and add lightning as its elemental line-up, with the fifth Ranger's power. ''Gingaman''[='s=] SixthRanger not possessing lacked an elemental theme. These theme, but the one in ''Magiranger''/''Mystic Force'' has the PowerOfTheSun. The latter also has other elements used by side characters such as Moon and Snow. (These aspects were downplayed in ''PowerRangersLostGalaxy''.
''Gingaman''[='s=] adaptation ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy''.)
** ''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 (heart?). (life?). ''[=GoGoFive=]'' lacked a SixthRanger but ''Lightspeed Rescue'' had one who personally had a metal theme and whose mecha/zord was had the sun element as a solar-powered spacecraft.
** ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' starts with three: LandSeaSky. We get ThreePlusTwo this year; Of the Thunder Rangers are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The SixthRanger season's multiple {{Sixth Ranger}}s, the first duo has thunder and the third gets his powers from a different source and isn't bound to any of the elements, though there ''is'' fire reflected in his helmet during his SuperMode TransformationSequence (The SuperSentai version is often said to be associated with fire, but while he does call his SuperMode "Fire Mode," the Shurikenger has ''baseball-themed'' attacks).
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' makes lightning the power of the Yellow Ranger. The SixthRanger has the PowerOfTheSun. There are other elements such as Moon and Snow.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' gets us to five by going fire, water, wood, earth, and sky, with the female yellow Ranger getting earth while the male green Ranger gets wood. The SixthRanger's element is Light, which manifested in using a cellphone rather than brushstroke-derived powers.
TransformationSequence.
** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''/''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' only has three: two averts this, sticking to LandSeaSky for Sky, two for Land, the main team and one for Sea. The the SixthRanger gets AllYourPowersCombined instead of a different element.
** In ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'', the core team
can all use all of the above.Chinese set of elements (fire, water, earth, wood, and metal); the SixthRanger goes outside the system and uses wind and lightning.
** ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'' drops air and instead uses a set of fire, water, earth, lightning, and snow; the SixthRanger has shadow based on the fact that his powerset was made by the villains.



* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' started with six elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Stone, and Ice. Then Light was introduced as the SixthRanger. Though in this case it's not necessarily ''stronger'' than the other six, just rarer and more effective against the villain's Shadow powers. There's also a bunch of additional elements acknowledged in the ExpandedUniverse, such as Iron, Sonics, Psionics, Lightning, Gravity, Plant Life, etc.; but they're way less prominent than the main ones.

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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' started with six elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Stone, and Ice. Then Light was introduced as the SixthRanger. Though in this case it's not necessarily ''stronger'' than the other six, just rarer and more effective against the villain's Shadow powers. There's also a bunch of additional elements acknowledged in the ExpandedUniverse, such as Iron, Sonics, Psionics, Lightning, Gravity, Plant Life, etc.; but they're way less prominent than the main ones. The elements that do fulfill the "rarer ''and'' more powerful" part of the trope are Time, Life, and Creation.
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