In real life, dark matter is a form of matter estimated to account for the majority of the matter in the universe. Fiction writers, of course, believe that the term sounds cool on paper
and as such use it to describe objects and substances that act as phlebotinums
and serve a practical purpose, ranging from Plot Coupons
to Psycho Serums
- In Spiral Knights, dark matter is one of five forms of minerals that a player can gather to obtain crowns and affect the level strata.
- In the Ninjago animated series, dark matter is a Psycho Serum found on the Island of Darkness that the Overlord claims can "turn a man's heart as black as night". After using a member of the supporting cast as a guinea pig he uses bombs filled with the stuff to corrupt major portions of Ninjago.
- In League of Super Evil, the most powerful dark matter in the universe is found in the shape of black licorice, of all things.
- In Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, dark matter exists as a form of Grimy Water that causes Mario and Luigi to instantly disintegrate upon falling into it.
- In the Final Fantasy games dark matter is a powerful form of magic.
- In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Samus's Dark Beam fires blasts of dark matter.
- In Futurama dark matter exists as an oil-like substance and also in an extremely dense solid form defecated by Nibblonians, typically employed as starship fuel.
- In League of Legends, "Dark Matter" is the name of one of Veigar's spells, which causes a meteor to fall.