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->''"You might think you're the greatest [[DishingOutDirt Earthbender]] in the world, but even you [[TemptingFate can't bend metal!]]"''
-->-- '''Xin Fu''' ([[BeCarefulWhatYouSay about to eat his words]]), ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

Some ElementalPowers let you control [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[MakingASplash water]], [[BlowYouAway air]] or [[DishingOutDirt earth]]. Some even let you control [[ShockAndAwe lightning]]; [[AnIcePerson ice]]; [[GreenThumb plants]]; {{light|EmUp}}; {{dark|IsEdgy}}ness; [[PureEnergy arcane forces]], {{magic|AIsMagicA}}, or [[MindOverMatter the]] [[PsychicPowers mind]]; and even [[TheHeart heart]] (when not a victim of WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway). This, however, is power over '''metal''' (Not [[ThePowerOfRock that kind of metal]]; the shiny stuff). It generally allows one to control metal, although it may even include being made of metal and using one's body to attack.

This is often an InfinityPlusOneElement for two reasons:

* The InverseLawOfComplexityToPower- "metal" is a very broad term, and all metals are very utilitarian, so even if what can be done with the metal is narrowly defined (shaping it, magnetizing it, moving it...), it's still capable of many things.
* In modern series, ElementalBaggage isn't a problem for metal (if it's even in play at all), so while your enemies may be caught without [[MakingASplash water]] or [[DishingOutDirt dirt]] to use, you'll never have to worry as long as you're anywhere near civilization.

See also MagnetismManipulation.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist The Elric brothers]]: It's their specialty in alchemy.
** It also features the 'Silver Alchemist', whose powers work a lot like [[RaveMaster Musica]].
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has the Legendary Warrior of Steel, Mercuremon.
** Also common in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' games is to have a "Machine" element.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has Boss Fang, who can turn his body into steel... not that this did him any good against Kenshiro.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Mr. 1, who, after eating the Supa Supa [Dice Dice] Fruit, got a body literally [[MadeOfIron Made of Steel]] as well as the ability to form bladed weapons on any part of his body.
** Eustass Kidd to a lesser degree, who has the power of either Magnetism or Metalkinesis.
** Captain 'Black Cage' Hina: Her DF lets her create iron shackles through various ways.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has Gajeel Redfox (Former page image), who uses Iron Dragon Slayer magic. To clarify, this allows him to turn parts of his body into metal weapons (usually clubs or a sword), cover his entire body in metal scales, and use of a tornado of metal shrapnel as a BreathWeapon. He can also eat iron and metal to recover stamina.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': The Third Kazekage could create and manipulate iron sand using magnetism, which Sasori took advantage of after killing him and turning his corpse into a puppet.
** His successor, The Fourth Kazekage can manipulate gold dust using magnetism (which is surprising since gold is ''not'' magnetic). Both developed this ability by studying Shukaku's chakra which has this property. [[spoiler:When Naruto and Shukaku work together they can convert Naruto's Rasenshuriken and senjutsu into magnetic versions]].
*** It ''is'' however, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamagnetism diamagnetic]].
** A minor character from the Cloud Village named Toroi had that same [[SuperpowerfulGenetics bloodline technique]] (which surprised a Sand Village ninja to find out it was found that far away) which he uses magnetize weapons, which magnetize other objects they hit (including people), making his attacks nearly impossible to avoid.
** This is also the power of one of the filler villans from the Land of Vegetables arc. Hinata defeated him by breaking his "off" switch with Jyuuken, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard burying him in his own sand]].
* In ''{{Blassreiter}}'' one of main [[BlessedWithSuck advantages]] the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Pale Rider]] [[TheVirus series]] of [[NanoMachines low-level]] body [[SuperSoldier augmentation]] gives its [[ZombieInfectee users]] is ability to [[BodyHorror harmoniously meld]] with equipment such as vehicles and weapons, [[ViralTransformation automatically building]] intuitively learnable interface that feels natural, instead of all those unwieldy mechanical controls.
* Musica and Reina of ''RaveMaster'' are "silver claimers", who can both manipulate silver, though Reina has the slight advantage of being able to create silver out of thin air.
** In one arc, the pair form an EnemyMine against Ogre, who turns out to be a gold claimer.
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', the title character, whose main power is ShockAndAwe, at one time manipulates iron sand into ''[[WhipItGood whips]]''. And uses it to stick to walls... and to disarm people with guns... and to instantly form shields in front of herself... And of course the titular Railgun. Seems like this is closer to her main power, in the way she actually uses it. Or rather, the series make no distinction and her power is simply Electromagnetism.
* Sailor Venus from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has power over metal, one of her weapons is a "Venus Love Me Chain" and she was able to escape the Amazon Trio's metal restraints rather easily. Her strongest attacks in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] involve the use of her chain weapon and she uses a sword in the first story arc. She did use the chain for her attacks in the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action series]], being able to manipulate its length, and used a similar sword (though with different powers).
* Risotto Nero and his Stand Metallica from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Interesting that his only use of magnetism crosses with BloodyMurder.
* ''ZatchBell'' has a few Mamodo who rely on steel or weaponry as their abilities. Maruss, Kido, and Gyaron are three such examples, and a filler arc gives us Maestro, the master of magnetism.
* Diane from ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' can bend iron like toffee and can [[ElementalShapeshifter turn herself]] into metal. Other members of the Giant Clan can also do this.
* Caro Ru Lushe from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' has the spell ''Wrought Iron Summon''[[note]]Rentetsu Shōkan[[/note]] that allows Caro to summon, transmute and control inorganic matter in nature. This includes ''Alchemic Chain'', that is made of iron and not of magic like most other chains.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}} can not only affect magnetic forces and metals, but generally can also manipulate and shape non-magnetic metals just as easily.
** Polaris had the same powers, resulting in decades worth of wrangling about whether or not she was Magneto's daughter (she was introduced as such but the very same storyline revealed it to be a hoax, and it's been just as back-and-forth ever since). Current continuity says she is; we'll see if it sticks.
** Also, Magneto's clone Joseph.
** Magneto takes it further than even manipulation of metals; electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental interactive forces of the universe (the others being gravity, strong nuclear force and weak nuclear force). Unlike many characters with similar powers, Magneto is well aware of this. At times, he's pulled off feats like locally negating gravity (causing [[HumongousMecha killer Sentinal robots]] to be hurled into space by Earth's rotation), and he routinely uses his powers to create a forcefield around his body, which can even hold in oxygen (needless to say, neither metal nor magnetic) when he feels like spacewalking without a spacesuit.
*** So powerful is his full range of abilities, most adaptions of Magneto have to severely limit his powers down to the most basic form of metal manipulation, NotQuiteFlight and electromagnetic shields. Any more and it risks becoming a StoryBreakerPower.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', [[spoiler:the end of the Clone Saga reveals that Ultimate Doc Ock's control of his arms was actually control over METAL. This leads to a much tougher fight than Spidey was anticipating, and one of his clones being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice right off the bat.]]
* In TheDCU, the original Doctor Polaris and his successor both had magnetic powers.
** Polaris's manipulations caused Frances Kane aka Magenta, a childhood friend of [[TheFlash Wally West]], to manifest this ability as well, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity much to her detriment over the years]].
* ComicBook/{{Lanfeust}}'s initial power is the ability to melt metal, which is why he starts out as TheBlacksmith.
* MilestoneComics' ''ComicBook/{{Static}}'' has basically the same powerset as Magneto, except visually based more on the [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] side of electromagnetism. He still largely uses it to move metal objects around, though.
* In TheIncredibleHulk's third or so issue he faces off against an alien called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Metal Master]] who promptly waltzes over Hulk. Hulk comes back for round two with a gun that Banner and Rick Jones have made, which the Metal Master can't control. Hulk promptly knocks him out [[spoiler: because the gun was made of cardboard]].

* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' fanfic ''Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements'', Heather gains this ability along with [[GreenThumb Plants]] and [[DishingOutDirt Earth]].
* In the ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheMysteriousSchool'', Conan gains this ability.
* Same for ''Fanfic/TheThreeLegacies'', although this time the magic's rather limited.

* Magneto's impressive mutant ability to control metal. Guns are a joke to him and throughout the ''Film/XMen'' films he's accomplished feats capable of [[Film/XMenFirstClass lifting a submarine from water]], [[Film/XMenTheLastStand the Golden Gate Bridge]], and [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast the RFK Stadium.]]
* ''Film/TetsuoTheIronman'' involves characters doing [[MindScrew some weird things]], but apparently controlling metal is one of them.

* Metalcrafting is but one of the ElementalPowers available to furycrafters in JimButcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera.'' Metalcrafters tend to be the greatest swordsmen, since some of the metalcrafter skills include the ability to sense metal around you and act on that, as well as the ability to greatly increase your own endurance and pain tolerance (a famous duel between two metalcrafter lasted ''days''). One character also becomes a ChromeChampion in the fifth book and another character does the same in the sixth. Metalcrafting also allows one to control their own emotions and shield them from having their emotions detected by [[TheEmpath watercrafters]]. Lastly, metalcrafting includes some degree of kinetic control over metal, but since only two very powerful crafters have been seen using it (Gaius Sextus and Invidia Aquitaine) it's probably a difficult technique.
* '''All''' magic in the ''{{Mistborn}}'' series involves metal in some way, but the closest examples to this trope are the two [[{{Whatevermancy}} Allomantic]] powers gained from iron and steel, which allow the user to attract (iron) or repel (steel) nearby pieces of metal. This power is not based on magnetism, and affects all metals except aluminum, which is allomantically neutral. There are three general types of metal-based magic:
** Allomancy, which involves ingesting and "burning" metals to generate effects, ranging from the aforementioned pushing and pulling of metals to ehnacing physical abilities and senses to detecting or hiding other using allomancy. With certain rare metals like [[{{Unobtanium}} atium]], one can see into one's opponents' future. Allomancy is also [[spoiler: the power of [[BigGood the god Preservation]]]].
** Feruchemy, which allows for an EquivalentExchange wherein the feruchemist takes something from themselves, be it physical strength, knowledge, speed, weight, or sensory ability and "stores" it in metal to draw upon it later.
** [[BloodMagic Hemalurgy]], an inherently destructive use of metal spikes to steal attributes from others and transfer it to another. It involves [[spoiler: killing the "donor" with the spike to extract the attribute from them and then pounding it into the body of the "recipient. Doing both at the same time boosts the effect.]] Hemalurgy is also how [[spoiler: koloss, kandra, and Inquisitors]] are created. Hemalurgy is [[spoiler: the power of [[BigBad the god Ruin]]]].
** Metal also has one other inherent and very useful magical property: [[spoiler: neither Preservation or Ruin can "see" it, as metal and the powers relating to metal look like brilliant, blinding lights to them.]] This is a critical component of the story, as [[spoiler: Ruin can alter written words on anything except metal, and he does this to alter historical records and prophecies. Anything not etched into metal is untrustworthy; even knowledge stored in a feruchemist's metalminds can be altered, but writing on the metal itself cannot]]. Once this is apparent, the heros are able to keep [[spoiler: Ruin]] from [[spoiler: learning their plans by using messages etched in metal]]. However, [[spoiler: Ruin]] is able to get around this by [[spoiler: having his Inquisitors ambush the messengers and read the metal and transfer that information directly to him.]]
* "Metal morphers" in ''[[Creator/JohnRidley Those Who Walk in Darkness]]'' are almost straight Magneto [[{{Expy}} Expies]]. The "almost" is because Magneto never made a metal {{Golem}} to assault his foes.
* Daja Kisubo from Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series is an apprentice blacksmith with metal and fire manipulation.
* Each [[TheGuardians Guardian]] has a unique [[PersonalityPowers Gift]]. Irena's is the ability to manipulate metal, and she supplies all of the Guardian angels with perfectly customized weapons. Her gift works even better in tandem with her ex-lover's Gift of [[PlayingWithFire fire]].
* ''Literature/TheRook'': Joshua Eckhart can " ''... manipulate metal. Under his touch, it becomes fluid, malleable; it assumes any shape he desires. It isn’t magnetism. He can’t attract or repel it. He sculpts it, gathering it up in great glistening handfuls and molding it into new shapes''."
** Bishop Shantay Petoskey does the ChromeChampion variant.
* Kaiser, white supremacist supervillain from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can reshape, manipulate and enlarge metal at will. His father, Allfather, could summon iron swords out of thin air.
** One of his subordinates, Hookwolf, is a shapeshifter whose body is more metal than flesh.
** Adamant, one of the heroes, can armor himself in metal and alter its shape as needed.
** Weld, another hero, is [[ChromeChampion made of metal]], and [[AppendageAssimilation any metal he comes into contact with merges with his body]]. He also has {{Shapeshifting}}, which he usually uses for {{ShapeshifterWeapon}}s and to [[MundaneUtility smooth down the edges when he accidentally comes into contact with metal]].
* ''Literature/{{The Zombie Knight}}'' has [[spoiler:its protagonist]]. The metal power is categorized under "materialization," which is described in-story as "the ability to create something from nothing." The power gradually develops in a variety of ways as the story progresses.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoControlledMetal''. The title kinda says it all. [[spoiler:The title character, Alec, uses his ability to scare a mugger straight, by cutting into his throat with the mugger's own knife. While Alec just stands by and watches. Pretty hardcore.]]

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* One minor villain in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' possessed the ability to create and manipulate magnetic fields. We don't see him to do much more than [[MundaneUtility open car doors, close blinds and steal from ATMs]].

* Metal is one of the five classical elements according to ChineseMythology, along with [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], [[MakingASplash Water]], [[DishingOutDirt Earth]] and [[GreenThumb Wood]].
* In Enochian esoterism the solar angelic Prince Bornogo is associated with metal.

* ''{{Bionicle}}'' has Iron and Magnetism elements. There is a lot of overlap in their powers, but the main difference is that Toa of Iron can create metal from ''thin air,'' and Toa of Magnetism have to manipulate existing metal or just use magnetic energy.
* ''AceLightning'' has Random Virus, a morally confused cyborg with limited control over metal.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, this is the wizard Ghorus Toth's apparent specialty, as many metal-manipulating spells bear his name.
* Gold Wizards in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Fantasy are Imperial alchemist/wizards whose spellcasting specialises in modifying existing alloys and chemical components.
* The advanced techniques available to Earth Aspect Ryuujin in the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' shard Burn Legend are all forms of this. They range from a stagger-inducing iron-enhanced bear hug to ripping the engine out of a car and ''kicking'' it into the guy trying a jump attack.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', Oracles of the Metal Mystery and Elementalists of the Metal element, obviously, focus on spells that can create, destroy, transform, enhance or otherwise manipulate metal in various ways.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has the Steel-type. Mons with this typing tend to be either powerful defenders (like Skarmory), potent tanks (like Metagross and in the lower tiers Aggron), or [[LightningBruiser Lightning Bruisers]] (like Scizor, Lucario and Excadrill). Part of this is due to having the largest spread of elemental resistances in the game at 10 (formerly 11) and an immunity to Poison and Toxic statuses. It would be a good candidate for InfinityPlusOneElement itself, except that the few weaknesses it has - Ground and Fighting in particular - are very commonly found in the game and are downright ''ubiquitous'' on competitive teams. While Ground and Fighting are powerful attacking types on their own, it's safe to say a lot of their value comes from their ability to hit Steel-types hard. Most dual-typings with Steel tend to negate one or more of those weaknesses though. Moves of this type usually revolve around turning part of the Pokémon's body to metal and using it to attack (Steel Wing, Metal Claw, Iron Tail, etc).
** Another problem the Steel typing faces is that it is resisted by Fire, Water, and Electric types while only being super-effective against Ice and Rock, which already have a number of weaknesses already, therefore, it isn't normally useful as an attacking type. They are however the only type besides Poison that is [[ColdIron super-effective]] against [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Fairy-types]].
** As for Gym Leaders, we have Jasmine from Olivine City and Byron from Canalave City, who use Steel-type Pokémon.
*** Steven [[MeaningfulName Stone]] as well, although his team is pretty evenly split between Steel and Rock/Ground types.
* In ''BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'', orange eggs usually contain metal-themed {{Mons}} or power-ups.
* [[ComicBook/XMen Spiral]] is given one move in [[CapcomVsWhatever all of the fighting games she is featured in]]; the ability to create and manipulate swords. They float behind her and augment her attack.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has Fiona Mayfield, whose default Arcana is Orichalkos, the "all-knowing Mr. Dragon" who is also the Arcana of Metal. With him, she is able to create metal swords and shields out of thin air and attack with them.
* Given that all the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robot Masters are, well, robots]], it comes to no surprise that they are all made of metal. However, ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'''s Metal Man, hence his name, seems to capitalize on this idea.
** There is also Dust Man from ''4'' and Junk Man from ''7'' who attack by hurling scrap metal at you, and in the latter, creating an OrbitingParticleShield out of them.
* From the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series, we have [[MacabreMothMotif Morph Moth]] from ''X2'' who fires scrap metal at X, and [[ThreateningShark Metal Shark Player]] from ''X6'' who can ''[[{{Necromancer}} summon previous foes from scrap metal]]''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' introduces the Metal Cap power-up that turns Mario into [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin living metal]].
** This carries over to the ''SuperSmashBrothers'' series as well, in the form of the Metal Box item.
* [[AllThereInTheManual Character Material]] says that the Einzbern family of Alchemists from the NasuVerse specialize in manipulating metal.
** Shirou too, in a strange way. His element is more specifically "swords."
* Schwer-Muta from ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', a Mega-Man-esque doujin game, follows the same formula as Junk Man above.
* Patchouli from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has metal as one of the 7 elements she uses.
** Suwako also has this as part of the her earth goddess powers.
* Mordekaiser of ''LeagueOfLegends''. His title is "The Master of Metal", though in this case it refers to both his ability to control metal and his ability to ''[[RockMeAsmodeus rock out.]]''

* K'thonya of ''{{Earthsong}}'' belongs to a race with the soulstone ability to manipulate metal. Essentially the only thing she ''can't'' do with it is turn one kind into another and create it out of thin air (though she can expand a relatively small piece of metal to many times its original size). Her species' hair has a high enough metal content to be subject to her power, and the use of this ability by other members of her race apparently inspired gorgon myths in Earth culture.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', only the most skilled of users with the [[DishingOutDirt power of earth]] are capable of this. The renegade, [[ReclusiveArtist Khnum]], is good enough to '' tie up'' [[GravityMaster Muneca]] with a [[http://www.sailorenergy.net/MangaPacificators2/MangaPacisV04n228.html brass pipe.]]
* ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'': Phastus. Because of this, he's now an extremely valued craftsman, taking the role of TheBlacksmith.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Perepis of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can telekinetically manipulate metal, as can Ogun (who wears a suit of telekinetically manipulated "PoweredArmor"). Mercury, a liquid-metal shapeshifter akin to the [[{{Terminator}} T-1000]] can form his own body into various metallic shapes.
* Warrick Kaine of ''Literature/TheDescendants'' has the full suite of metal themed powers; controlling, sensing (apparently it's like taste) transmuting, and creating InstantArmor. Somehow, this also lets him summon sentient CombatTentacles too.
* ''WhateleyUniverse'' character Silver secretes ''mithril'' and can shape it into weapons too.
* Kosviel von Einzbern from ''FateNuovoGuerra'', owing to her family's specialty in metal alchemy, can create high-quality weapons and metallic familiars. She can also [[MagicKnight use said weapons very well]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* [[CuteBruiser Toph]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' becomes the first known metalbender in Avatar history because of her unique abilities. It's shown that she does so by detecting the mineral impurities in metal/refined earth with her [[DisabilitySuperpower heightened senses.]] The Guru implied that any sufficiently strong/skilled [[DishingOutDirt earthbender]] could do the same. Either he was being mystical and prescient, or someone had done it before.
--->'''Toph:''' [[IronicEcho I AM THE GREATEST EARTHBENDER IN THE WORLD!!!]] [[BadassBoast And don't you two dunderheads ever forget it!]]
** SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' features a metalbending ''Police Force'' founded by Toph and currently led by her older daughter Lin. In Book 3, it's revealed that Lin's half-sister Suyin is in charge of Zaofu, a whole ''city'' that [[MundaneUtility runs on metalbending]]. She taught [[TheHeroine Korra]] the rudiments of the skill, and now Korra is the first Metalbending Avatar. [[TheHeart Bolin]] attempted to learn the skill, [[spoiler: but he found out that he had a [[MagmaMan different kind of rare earthbending skill]]]].
* In the first ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' version of the Royal Flush Gang, Queen can move and shape metal with her mind. During her fight with Hawkgirl, she uses her power to make a suit of armor and a sword out of casino tokens.