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18th Jul '16 11:38:25 PM M84
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* Australium in the backstory of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', a material so powerful and versatile that it has granted the rather dim-witted [[AcceptableTargets Australians]] global technological supremacy. Shipped in bars marked with a picture of a man fighting a kangaroo. It also has the side effect of causing TestosteronePoisoning to those who handle it, turning anyone using into ridiculously manly {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s with {{Badass Mustache}}s and [[CarpetOfVirility Carpets Of Virility]]. ''Even the women.'' It's also usable as rocket fuel. [[spoiler:Disclaimer: we didn't say it was ''good'' rocket fuel.]]

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* Australium in the backstory of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', a material so powerful and versatile that it has granted the rather dim-witted [[AcceptableTargets Australians]] global technological supremacy. Shipped in bars marked with a picture of a man fighting a kangaroo. It also has the side effect of causing TestosteronePoisoning to those who handle it, turning anyone using into ridiculously manly {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s with {{Badass Mustache}}s and [[CarpetOfVirility Carpets Of Virility]]. ''Even the women.'' It's also usable as rocket fuel. [[spoiler:Disclaimer: we didn't say it was ''good'' rocket fuel.]]]] The Life Extenders used by certain characters also run on the stuff.
10th Jul '16 6:11:23 PM nombretomado
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* The iconic weapons of the Claymores from ''{{Claymore}}'' are indestructible due to being made from an unknown metal. [[spoiler:The fact that this sort of forging is impossible to find in the setting is a hint to the truth behind the Organization's purpose.]]
9th Jul '16 2:31:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Matoran world has protodermis (often shortened to just "proto" by the fans), which admittedly isn't really rare because it makes up ''everything'' in that world: the water is made of liquid proto, rocks and metal ore are solid proto, and proto even makes up the organic tissues of living beings. Truer examples of Unobtainium that really are hard to obtain include a super-hard variant of metal protodermis called "protosteel" and "energized protodermis": an un-synthesizable liquid that either [[UnpredictableResults unpredictably transforms]] anything it touches or destroys it. Oh, and it turns out energized proto is alive, too.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s Matoran world has protodermis (often shortened to just "proto" by the fans), which admittedly isn't really rare because it makes up ''everything'' in that world: the water is made of liquid proto, rocks and metal ore are solid proto, and proto even makes up the organic tissues of living beings. Truer examples of Unobtainium that really are hard to obtain include a super-hard variant of metal protodermis called "protosteel" and "energized protodermis": an un-synthesizable liquid that either [[UnpredictableResults unpredictably transforms]] anything it touches or destroys it. Oh, and it turns out energized proto is alive, too.
28th Jun '16 7:50:28 PM M84
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** Stellarium is a very rare and special mineral that has the incredible ability to stabilize planets, prolonging their inevitable destruction. Green Lantern Tomar-Re tried to use a bit of stellarium to save Krypton, but was delayed. In ''Comicbook/OmegaMen'', the conflict over the Vega system is due to Vega being one of the only places where stellarium can be mined.
28th Jun '16 11:33:18 AM mhnospa
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* From an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' : "Have you seen my prototype indestructible handcuffs? They're made of Convenientium, a metal so rare there wasn't enough left over to make a key".
12th Jun '16 3:45:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of the children's show ''WordGirl'', Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy had built a giant sandwich press designed to crush City Hall. He claims it's made out of "super strong steel", and Word Girl is unable to damage it. Considering bending steel beams is usually like snapping a twig for her, it's somewhat ambiguous exactly what metal composition the press was constructed with.

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* In an episode of the children's show ''WordGirl'', ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'', Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy had built a giant sandwich press designed to crush City Hall. He claims it's made out of "super strong steel", and Word Girl is unable to damage it. Considering bending steel beams is usually like snapping a twig for her, it's somewhat ambiguous exactly what metal composition the press was constructed with.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "TreehouseOfHorror" parody of ''Avatar'' has the mineral Hilarium, which has the power to make people laugh.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' "TreehouseOfHorror" "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" parody of ''Avatar'' has the mineral Hilarium, which has the power to make people laugh.
11th Jun '16 7:37:31 PM katrinahood
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* In VeggieTales' ''The Fennel Frontier'', the rare element Mewantium, which is something everyone wants, is the cause of a lot of conflict.

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* In VeggieTales' ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'''s ''The Fennel Frontier'', the rare element Mewantium, which is something everyone wants, is the cause of a lot of conflict.
14th May '16 12:30:24 AM Az_Tech341
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Though a long time after the [[TropeMaker Trope]] [[{{Dune}} Maker]], the TropeNamer is the mineral sought by the mining company in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
5th May '16 9:41:05 PM nombretomado
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* The Null Fragments in ''[[VideoGame/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', when in use, were like this. These little purple gems could be used to make anything you could think of, from tattoos, to figurines, to feather boas, to the armor of an alien species, to... you get the idea.

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* The Null Fragments in ''[[VideoGame/GaiaOnline ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'', when in use, were like this. These little purple gems could be used to make anything you could think of, from tattoos, to figurines, to feather boas, to the armor of an alien species, to... you get the idea.
4th May '16 8:14:19 AM Prfnoff
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* Similarly to a rare-earth matter above, the incredibly rare and expensive platinoid metal, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhenium rhenium]], has all types of possible uses, mainly because it gives nearly magical properties to the metals it is alloyed with. Unfortunately, it is so rare that it's used mainly in aircraft engines, where its cost can be justified. There is ''one single'' concentrated deposit on the whole planet, discharging as a sulfide gas from a single fumarole on the side of a volcano on the South Kurile island of Iturup, which is disputed between Russia and Japan. It is possible that the harder position Russia has recently taken about the Kurile issue might be explained by the wish to protect and exploit this deposit.

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* Similarly to a rare-earth matter above, the incredibly rare and expensive The platinoid metal, metal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhenium rhenium]], rhenium]] has all types of possible uses, mainly because it gives nearly magical properties to the metals it is alloyed with. Unfortunately, it is so incredibly rare and expensive that it's used mainly in aircraft engines, where its cost can be justified. (Not coincidentally, it was the very last of the stable elements to be discovered, in 1925.) There is ''one single'' concentrated deposit of rhenium on the whole planet, discharging as a sulfide gas from a single fumarole on the side of a volcano on the South Kurile island of Iturup, which is disputed between Russia and Japan. It is possible that the harder position Russia has recently taken about the Kurile issue might be explained by the wish to protect and exploit this deposit.
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