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ComicBooks and related media seem to love the idea of combining people with stuff MadeOfShiny, hence the number of characters not just using PoweredArmor but completely encased in a metal skin. It might be an organic metal skin, "liquid metal", or perhaps a super advanced NanoMachine suit of PoweredArmor. Whatever the cause, the visual effect is of a transformed human with skin that is metallic, often silver, and polished to a mirror-like shine. If these figures go unclothed -- and they usually do -- BarbieDollAnatomy will be in play.

These types generally have one of two power sets. They either are NighInvulnerable and have SuperStrength, or [[SuperWeight are fairly high up in terms of power]], usually being {{Reality Warper}}s or in control of some fundamental natural force.

Their appearance usually explains their power. The connotations here are that the character is "as strong and tough as steel", or that they are the cosmic/human equivalent of a MagicMirror, capable of [[IncrediblyLamePun "reflecting"]] on the nature of existence and deriving power from it.

Compare StarSpangledSpandex and SculptedPhysique, contrast TinTyrant.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Numerous ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': [[Anime/DigimonAdventure MetalEtemon, MetalSeadramon]], [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars OmegaShoutmon, ZekeGreymon and Shoutmon DX]].
* Mr. 1 from ''Manga/OnePiece'' ate the Supa Supa no Mi (Dice-Dice Fruit) which turned his body into one.
* [[spoiler: Setsuna]] becomes one of these at the end of Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer.
* Gajeel from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has this as part of his Iron Dragon Slayer magic.
* Greed from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has this ability to convert the carbon in his body into a diamond-hard skin that completely covers his body, but he generally dislikes the look of it and goes with a PartialTransformation.
** The same ability [[spoiler:allows him to turn his body into [[MadeOfPlasticine graphite]], which he uses to further damage Father when he's reabsorbed]].
* Cooler from the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' movies looks like this after fusing with The Big Gete Star[[spoiler: or rather his clones do]].
* [=DeVille=] of Huckebein from ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', [[TheBrute a huge]] [[AnAxeToGrind axe-wielder]] whose entire body turns into black steel when he [[SuperMode Reacts]].
* Diane from ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' is capable of turning into one thanks to her ElementalShapeshifter powers that she and other members of the Giant Clan have.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''{{Wildstorm}}'': Void and [[ComicBook/TheAuthority The Engineer]]. Void is a mysterious alien entity that bonded with a human woman, granting her teleportation and strange intuition. The Engineer is much like ComicBook/IronMan, but has replaced her blood with {{Nanomachines}} which act as a GreenLanternRing - and [[InstantArmor extrudes some of it through the pores of her skin]] as [[LatexSpaceSuit skin-tight armor]]. Yes, she is essentially running around naked. She's [[FetishFuelStationAttendant an exhibitionist]].
* ''DCComics''
** CaptainAtom, Citizen Steel, and the Bulleteer. Captain Atom is of the "cosmic" and "super strong" varieties, being a man with the substance of an extradimensional organism grafted to his flesh. Citizen Steel is super strong and tough, with the twist of having a very limited sense of touch due to his organic steel skin. The Bulleteer is super strong and tough, thanks to an accident involving metallic smartskin.
** Bombshell of the ComicBook/TeenTitans. Her powers are derived from the same source as Captain Atom.
** Captain Atom's EvilCounterpart (and also a member of GreenLantern's RoguesGallery) Major Force.
* ComicBook/SilverSurfer, [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Colossus]], and [[RomSpaceknight ROM]] from the MarvelUniverse. The Silver Surfer is the epitome of the Cosmically powered Chrome Champion. A [[HumanAlien Zenn-Lavian]] granted a fraction of the Power Cosmic and coated with a radiation/pressure/cold-resistant metal shell, he's so powerful he's one of the few {{Flying Brick}}s who can easily best anyone in the Marvel Universe save for Galactus. (At least a few stories have shown the Surfer's outer coating removed, leaving an ordinary-looking bald guy underneath. It's suggested that he requires said protection to fly through space and survive, but it's never explained why none of the other heralds of Galactus other than Nova seem to require it...)\\
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Colossus is a super strong and tough type, who can retract the metal skin as part of his mutation. As of Colossus' death and resurrection, he is solid steel all the way through, with a corresponding increase in durability (and possibly strength). He was originally metal all the way through, turning into "organic steel." At some point writers began referring to his "armored" form, implying that it was only external. Apparently he's reverted.\\
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Galactus himself starts sporting this look in ''Ultimate Hunger'' [[spoiler:after merging with his Ultimate universe counterpart Gah Lak Tus, a HiveMind swarm of killer robots.]]\\
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Mercury of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is of the liquid metal variety... except her hair, which remains red for [[HeroesWantRedHeads some reason]]. She's a ShapeShifter instead of strong.

** The element mercury is associated with the color red for a couple of reasons:
*** "Everyone knows" mercury is the stuff in thermometers. Some thermometers are ''clearly'' full of a red liquid (actually alcohol with food coloring, but...)
*** Mercury ''compounds'' are often red; vermilion and cinnabar are both mercury compounds.
* The [[Film/FantasticFour Film]] and [[UltimateFantasticFour Ultimate]] versions of SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom. The former had the metal "grow" under his skin and get revealed when Johny attacked him with flames, though it's implied he's completely made of metal. The second film has him keep his powers but revert to flesh, and later return to his all metallic exterior when he steals the Silver Surfer's powers. The latter was completely mutated as well, but his internal organs got turned into ''poison gas''. Also, his goat legs didn't get a positive fan reaction.\\
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A rare supernatural version happened to Doom again in ''Universe X''. Dr. Doom was redeemed after he died and helped kill Death (don't think about that too hard). In the wake of that he became one of Captain Marvel's archangels, and along with Iron Man had a completely metallic skin.\\
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Previously on ''EarthX'' we have Iron Maiden, who sounds like an Iron Man ripoff, but she's simply coated in Vibranium, which she can manipulate. Not very shiny, though.
* Steeljack from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' is another super strong type. He was coated with a liquid steel that like Citizen Steel, cuts down on his sense of touch, but he's completely human underneath. Twist: He's ''tarnishing with age'', having been a super villain for decades and going into his late fifties in the story arc he's in.
* [[DCComics DC]]'s ''MetalMen'' are, well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - humanoid robots each made of a specific metal and properties to match: Lead is slow, tough and blocks radiation, Mercury can flow through cracks, etc.
** Most of them aren't actually ''shiny'', though... Tina/Platinum, and Copper in the newer versions, are usually drawn to appear so, but the others, even Gold, generally aren't (and Mercury is ''red'', probably for the same reasons the Marvel character of the same name has red hair). Lead is a dull grey, Tin (and Nameless, who's also made of tin) is a dull white, and Iron is a kind of blue (presumably he's supposed to be the color of a rifle barrel).
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Spider-Man's foe The Molten Man, whose skin is bonded with a golden organic alloy.
** [[AwesomeMcCoolName Robin Vega]] appeared in two ''Spider-Man'' issues. She was a mutant able to transform herself into any metal. She had shapeshifting, super strength and, if not NighInvulnerable, [[IncrediblyLamePun at least she was]] MadeOfIron. This was her only appearance, so [[HurricaneOfPuns she shined briefly]]. Given her abilities, it was a shame. Also kind of a [[{{Anvilicious}} living anvil]] against racism (in form of FantasticRacism).
* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' villain Goldface. GL's ring doesn't work on him because, you know, yellow... gold... same dif. His protege, Comicbook/TheFlash villain Blacksmith, was much the same.
** There's also her cohort, the slow-witted behemoth Girder, who got his powers from being thrown in a vat of molten slag from [=STAR=] Labs after trying to assault a female coworker. He also rusts ''painfully'', and gets torn in half by Magenta's magnetic powers on more than one occasion.
* ''Wetworks'': All members of Wetworks benefit from this trope, though they are golden rather than chrome.
* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' had Dr. Alloy, who was a MadScientist AntiVillain [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned]] [[strike:Extremist]] Klutz
* August General in Iron, of DC's Great Ten, had his skin turned into living armor by the side-effect of a cure for an alien infection. He averts MadeOfShiny, however, as his armor looks like rusted iron. He also has an extremely stunted sense of touch.
* In Adam Warren's superhero comedy ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'', Capitan Rivet.
* [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]]'s new bleeding edge armor.
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'': The Legion has Ferro Lad (or just Ferro in the Postboot version), who can become living iron at will, all the way to his core. The properties of his metal self allowed the Preboot version to make a HeroicSacrifice by using himself as a conductor when the last-ditch weapon the Legion was using against a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Sun Eater]] broke down.
* ComicBook/AvengersAcademy has Mettle, who actually is a red variant compared to the standard silver.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Jack Jack in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The T-1000 of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
* Brass Body in ''TheManWithTheIronFists'', notable in that his skin is, well, brass colored.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the climax of ''Princep's Fury'' (the fifth ''Literature/CodexAlera'' novel), the First Lord turns into steel before flying to battle and [[spoiler: blowing up the Citadel]]. Araris also pulls this in the last book. But then, he ''is'' one of the most powerful metalcrafters in the world. Bonus points for [[spoiler:fighting the Vord Queen ''and surviving'']]. At least up until the [[spoiler: the Vord Queen]], being the ''ridiculously'' DangerouslyGenreSavvy bitch that she is, [[spoiler: freezes him in place. Since his skin is metal, and it is turning brittle from the cold, it begins to cause Araris extreme pain.]]
* ''Moon Rainbow'': The Exotes (or, [[FantasticRacism less derisive]], Citgals) from Sergei Pavlov's series were initially a group of spacemen who acquired a whole bunch of cool powers due to contact and symbiotic relationship with a lifeform that is essentially a colony of living {{nanomachines}}. One most obvious manifestation of this relationship was the need to secrete a thick ooze of these nanomachines out of the skin, turning a host into a living metal statue. It was actually a part of the symbiote's lifecycle, but this layer could be controlled and used, for example, as a [[NighInvulnerable protective suit]], enabling a man to [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace survive a hard vacuum indefinitely]].
* Mirror of the ''WhateleyUniverse'', who has a PK skintight field about his body so he's super-strong. But it reflects all light, so he looks like he's a T-1000.
* In James Maxley's ''Bitterwood'' series, some Atlantians wear their nanites as a skin, including [[spoiler:The revived Jazz, who technically IS the skin. She remarks about it's defensive qualities, being almost invulnerable to all harm excepting underspacial weapons.]]. In the epilogue, the dragon known as [[spoiler:Hex]], keeps a gold-colored version that he gets from the villain and uses it to challenge any dragon bold enough to claim kingship.
* ''Literature/HyperionCantos'': The [[EldritchAbomination Shrike]] and the four Nemes "siblings" in the Cantos.
* ''NuklearAge'': [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Mighty Metallic Magno Man]] can turn himself into solid, animated tungsten and has magnetic powers.
* A character in ''PandorasStar'' has such an extreme amount of implants and organic circuitry tattoos that his skin is golden, which conceals built in weaponry and personal shielding.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Danny Pine, a minor character.
* Subverted by [[Series/TheInvisibleMan Darien Fawlkes]]. There is a short window in between normal and completely invisible where the entire surface area of what's becoming invisible (usually himself) is a shiny silver. The only super power associated with that, however, is invisibility and a low body temperature. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity And insanity.]]
* A number of {{Sixth Ranger}}s in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' set themselves apart from the rest of the team by wearing shiny metallic suits. So far there's about a half-dozen silver-colored Rangers and a couple of gold ones.
** [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai The Gold Samurai Ranger]] inspires this reaction:
--> '''Emily:''' (dazed) Wow...he's so sparkly!
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Just about everyone remembers the nude chrome {{Fembot}} of ''Pinball/{{Viper}}'' more than the game itself.
* The titular character in ''Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinBot'' too. Makes sense, considering she's a robot.
* Though they're not superheroes, everyone in ''Pinball/SilverballMania'' is shiny, chrome, and naked.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Rifts}}'' Glitterboys are powered armor ChromeChampion, being NighInvulnerable and having SuperStrength. The brilliant silver armor was originally just a defence against laser weapons, but now that TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt has come and gone, the shining appearance has made them symbols of hope for humanity in the time AfterTheEnd.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has a spell called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Invulnerable Skin of Bronze]]. [[CaptainObvious It's advised not to go swimming with that in use]].
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', the Glass Walkers have the gift Steel Fur, which gives them an armor bonus while slightly reducing their dexterity.
* ''{{GURPS}}'' has the Body of Metal meta-trait which you can either have intrinsically or get via magic. Ultra-Tech has a nanobot suit of armor that makes you more durable, stronger and faster.
* The [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9623431&postcount=9 Silver Centurion]], a sample of the [[SuperpoweredAlterEgo Champion]] class created for [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D 3.5]] by [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Rich Burlew]].
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has [[http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Karn Karn, Silver Golem]]. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A golem made of silver]]. Becomes a TinTyrant later on when possessed by Phyrexia, then goes back to being a Chrome Champion again.
* WarHammerFantasy also has this, one of the mutations that a Champion of Chaos can get is the metal body. All of your flesh is turned into metal and you receive some really nice bonuses to toughness and strength as a result. Wizards of the Gold school also have a ritual that can turn your body into shiny, solid gold. Current leader and champion of the wizard orders, Balthazar Gelt has done this.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Metal Mario from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''. He also appeared in the original ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' as a sub-boss. As of ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', any character can become this using the Metal Box.
** Gold Mario and Silver Luigi from ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2''.
** And Pink Gold Peach from ''VideoGame/MarioKart 8''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Some Pokémon of the Steel type, such as Steelix, Scizor and Jirachi.
* Dural from ''VirtuaFighter''.
* ''StreetFighter'' series.
** Seth from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''.
** Urien from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', who covers himself in liquid metal when fighting and makes metallic ''clong''s when struck. He is a TinTyrant; his powers and machinations are geared largely towards destruction, unlike his brother, Gill.
* The Wheel of Fate from ''[[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead House Of The Dead 3]]''.
* ''[[VideoGame/HiryuNoKen Flying Dragon]]'' for the {{Nintendo 64}} featured metallized versions of the playable characters as sub-bosses.
* The second ''SoulCalibur'' game (Soul Calibur 1) has unlockable chrome skins of all the characters.
* The Bronze Colossus of ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is often depicted as this.
* Fi from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' is one, which fits with her being the spirit of the Goddess/Master Sword. [[spoiler:Same goes for Ghirahim, her EvilCounterpart]].
* Galactus randomly appoints two of the main villains ([[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Wesker]], [[StreetFighter Akuma]], [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]], or SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom) as his heralds for his Boss Battle in ''MarvelVsCapcom3''. All 4 characters take on a shiny metallic appearance, mimicking the Silver Surfer. The Heroes & Heralds mode in ''Ultimate'' allows everyone else to take on the same appearance. This is unusual, because in the comics, Galactus has had numerous other heralds who didn't actually change in appearance or take on a form similar to ComicBook/SilverSurfer's, so the trope is applied to the game because it's an easy way to show that a character has become a herald.
* The "Iron Flesh" pyromancy in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' temporarily turns the player character into one of these, sacrificing mobility for a considerable boost to defense and poise.
* In ''NeverwinterNights'', one possible color for both your character's skin and for armor or helms is "mirror". Unfortunately for the player, the effect is purely visual. However there is a "camouflage" spell which has the same visual effect and provides concealment.
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* "Largous" in the ''Webcomic/DragonTails'' superhero arc has the power to turn his body into an indestructible metal. It...[[http://dragon-tails.com/comics/archive.php?date=020222 isn't as good as it sounds]].
* Tempts Fate from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' has a belt that covers him with invincible, [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Colossus-style]] armor whenever he's jumping or falling.
* Villainous example: ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'''s Crushestro [[spoiler:and his wife Chestro.]]
* Maxima from ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' is made of some kind of golden metal. All she'll say is that 1: It's not actually gold, and 2: It's classified. Though apparently no one knows what it is anyway, so it's kind of moot.
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* The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features Alloy, Mercury and Chrome. Alloy and Chrome are both super-strong metal men, while Mercury is a liquid metal shapeshifter along the same lines as the T-1000 from [[{{Terminator}} Terminator 2]].
* In the WhateleyUniverse, Mirror is a telekinetic brick, but his skintight energy field reflects light, giving him a chromed appearance. Pearlescent is similar, but she can turn her field on or off.
* In ''DarwinsSoldiers'', Gustave [[PlayingWithSyringes injects himself]] with a SuperSerum that infuses his bones, claws and teeth with metal in addition to granting him metallic skin.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' features at least two: Weld, a boy literally made of metal, and Scion, who appears golden, but is [[NighInvulnerability sufficiently durable]] that his exact composition is unknown.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'': Kevin Levin, who's [[HalfHumanHybrid part Osmosian]], can become this by absorbing metal to [[InstantArmor give himself protection]] or [[ShapeshifterWeapon to create a weapon with his hands]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Toph Beifong, like many strong [[DishingOutDirt earthbenders]], can encase herself in a stone bodysuit for defense. [[spoiler:After she invents [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending]], she pulls off the same trick with what was previously a metal blast door. And then [[Awesome/AvatarTheLastAirbender kicks the asses of the firebenders on the other side of the door.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' managed to do this to Optimus Prime, already a 50-foot robot, by coating him with {{Unobtainium}} making him the sole being in the universe immune to the HatePlague.
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