Created By: Cassis on May 17, 2011 Last Edited By: Cassis on June 7, 2011

Phlebotinum Factory

The plot device that makes Applied Phlebotinum

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Alternate titles: Font (or Fount) of Phlebotinum; Phlebotinum Generator

My first attempt at a YKTTW, so please forgive the coding (and any other) weakness.

Do We Have This? Is This Tropable?? I'm not completely sure this is tropeable; technically something that makes Phlebotinum is itself Phlebotinum but I feel like I've Seen It a Million Times.

In some universes, all (or at least a good deal) of the Applied Phlebotinum can be traced back to a single source. This source.

This is the phenomenon, device, or manufacturer that generates plot juice. It can even be a person. If spinach is the Power Source of the 'verse, this would be the spinach farm.

Common Phlebotinum Factories include Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, Mad Scientists, gods and goddesses, Eldritch Abominations and mothers of a thousand young, Green Rocks, and Sealed Evil in a Can.

May host some species of phlebotinum feeders. See also: Heroic Host and Super Empowering.

Examples:

Anime/Manga:
  • Berserk: The Apostles are empowered by The Idea Of Evil.

Comics:

Literature:
  • Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. The source of magic for the land of Xanth is a trapped demon named X(A/N)th.
  • The marvelous land of Oz owes its many marvels to a single person:
    Oz was not always a fairyland, I am told. Once it was much like other lands, except it was shut in by a dreadful desert of sandy wastes that lay all around it, thus preventing its people from all contact with the rest of the world. Seeing this isolation, the fairy band of Queen Lurline, passing over Oz while on a journey, enchanted the country and so made it a Fairyland. And Queen Lurline left one of her fairies to rule this enchanted Land of Oz, and then passed on and forgot all about it.

Live-Action TV:
  • Much of the Phlebotinum in Fringe can be attributed to Massive Dynamic and the earlier research of Walter Bishop and William Bell.
  • The last season of Lost reveals that the source of all the island mysteries is a secret sparkly spring of water that must be protected at all costs and will turn you into a smoke monster if you arenít careful.

Videogames:

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • May 18, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. The source of magic for the land of Xanth is a trapped demon named X(A/N)th.
  • May 18, 2011
    KZN02
  • May 18, 2011
    valbinooo
    Mass Effect: Unsure where exactly this falls, but Supernovae produce Element Zero, which is the Applied Phlebotinum that most of the technology in the ME universe runs on.
  • May 19, 2011
    Cassis
    Thanks for the examples; added. Is it possible to copy the example in some way that carries the coding over? Or at least to see the coding of examples when I am adding to the draft?

    KZN 02: I'm not sure how to phrase that. Maybe the point should be that these manufacturers/creatures don't necessarily hand out helpful Phlebotinum Handling Equipment?

    Also, does anyone want to weigh in on the name? I like the way Phlebotinum Factory scans but it seems odd to apply it to people. Perhaps "Font" is better even though I don't like it as much. "Generator" is the most accurate but I would hate to lose the Added Alliterative Appeal.
  • May 19, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    See also: Heroic Host, Mother Of A Thousand Young, Power Source, and Super Empowering

    • Berserk: The Apostles are empowered by The Idea Of Evil

    to add examples from a comment, click the edit pencil next to that comment will open the contents for copying, clicking the pencil again will close the comment which will be unedited so long as there weren't any changes.

    personally I think factory is fine in the title, if it's a little weird just think of it as the entity in question is one of or the single employee of that factory.
  • May 19, 2011
    Cassis
    Thank you, Giant Space Chinchilla.

    Uh oh. Does Power Source cover this? I thought I did my due diligence...
  • May 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^^Open the permalink in a new tab/window and click "show all markup."
  • May 19, 2011
    Cassis
    Thank you, randomsurfer.

    Added the "Berserk" example, I hope in the right category.

    I tinkered with the description a bit to try to specifize it. Does that help, or should I just consider this Power Source and give up on it?
  • May 20, 2011
    Damr1990
  • May 22, 2011
    Cassis
    I added the Megaman Zero example, with a little spelling/grammar cleanup...
  • May 22, 2011
    Bisected8
    Might be infested by a species of Phlebotinum Muncher.
  • May 27, 2011
    Cassis
    Bringing this up to see if I can get any more opinions. I was thinking of adding a picture of the Oan power battery as the page image if this has enough juice to ever launch.
  • May 27, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    @ Cassis: sorry for the late reply, in my mind Power Source is about various types of "fuel" which Phlebotinum may or may not run off of, I'd think there's enough distinction between the two.
  • May 27, 2011
    KZN02
    @Cassis: um, I was thinking that the equipment is used in the factory, depending on the nature of Phlebotinum, whether it needs to be converted from one state to another.
  • June 7, 2011
    lars_h
    I don't think the Miracle Machine fits. It would if there were a bunch of characters who had gotten their powers from it, but I don't think there are.
  • June 7, 2011
    LarryD
    FYI, The Green Lanterns patrol the universe, not just a single galaxy.

    Back in Marvel's New Universe line, an accident with the Star Brand created all of the other metas on Earth.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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