A certain type of AppliedPhlebotinum in giving powers. Here new superpowers come from above, literally. A meteor [[CameFromTheSky falling from the sky]] gives powers to a person. Either they're hit by it or exposed to it in some way.

For religious imagery, sometimes this meteor is actually Wormwood, a falling star in the Literature/BookOfRevelation. For a HistoricalInJoke, it may be TheTunguskaEvent.

Compare ThunderboltIron, where meteor ore is forged into a weapon.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In one manga adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', they had to deal with everyone in the City Of Townsville getting powers from a meteor.
* A meteorite is the source of [[TheCorruption The Medusa Plague]] from ''Manga/KingOfThorn''.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' begins with a meteor shower that brings Mepple to Earth. Mipple came the same way a hundred years prior.
* ''Meteor Strike'' (a one-shot by Nobuhiro Watsuki who drew ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'') literally has a boy's head impaled with a meteorite which grants him superhuman powers.
* [[TheVirus The Apocalypse Virus]] in ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' came from a fragment of a meteor that landed in Japan. The virus immediately infected the first person who touched the rock, who was [[spoiler: Ouma Mana.]]
* The [[GreaterScopeVillain Original Life Fiber]] in ''Anime/KillLaKill'', which altered a certain group of apes when it landed to evolve to become intelligent enough to craft complex cloth and lose enough hair to need to wear clothing that it could hide its fibers in.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', a giant meteor of orichalcum crashed near the city of Atlantis, which proved rich in mining and technology but slowly turned the inhabitants into most of the monsters that the Egyptians collected and Pegasus transmuted into Duel Monsters trading cards. There's also a special collector's card made from fusing a blank card with a piece of orichalcum meteorite, which has the power to activate a specialized playing field.
* Likewise in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', certain powerful cards fall from the sky in meteor-like tablets, including the Meklord Emperors and Yusei's Shooting Star Dragon.
* Deadly example found in Mobile Suit Gundam Crossbone Ghost, where an asteroid was found that contains a virus that can turn human in to black goo.(and the said goo is just a large amount of the virus.)
* In ''JojosBizarreAdventure'', the arrows that grant [[PsychicPowers Stands]] to people hit by them are made from a meteorite that crashed in Greenland circa 50,000 BC.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gourmet Cells]] first arrived on Earth several million years ago on a meteor. Said meteor is a PlanetaryParasite that now takes up 70% of the planet's surface as what is known as the Gourmet World.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Creator/DCComics comic book ''Ball And Chain'', a fighting couple both get bathed in strange {{phlebotinum}} from a meteor and get superpowers.
* Hector Hammond, a ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' comic book villain, found meteor rocks and used their powers for evil.
* In the comic book ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' by Creator/JMichaelStraczynski about 113 people (called "Specials") got superpowers from a mysterious meteor crash.
* In the Creator/DCComics series ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'', six ordinary animals gained their superpowers from a meteor. They had a rabbit for a leader, and a duck on the team.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'' villain Lionmane got his powers from exposure to a meteor.
* ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} (alternate identity Rex Mason) got his superpowers from a crashing meteor.
* In an ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' story, a fellow got powers from a meteor only to find out it was being able to kill with one touch.
** This was meant to echo Animal Man's [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Pre-Crisis]] origin panel-for-panel, as Buddy Baker originally got his powers from meteor radiation.
* There's a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' villain, the Looter, whose whole schtick was stealing meteorites for their yummy power-granting abilites.
* In ''ComicBook/ScareTactics'', Grossout gained his powers (and became a giant walking tumor) from exposure to an exploding meteor.
* ''ComicBook/{{Darna}}'', the heroine of a Filipino comic, found her TransformationTrinket stone in a meteorite (or rather, the meteorite ''is'' the stone).
* Franchise/{{DCU}} villain ComicBook/VandalSavage gained immortality from sleeping next to a magic meteor.
* Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} heroine Firebird got her ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fire-based]]) powers from exposure to a meteor, that in a later story was revealed to be the dumped remains of a failed alien lab experiment which had accidentally landed on Earth.
* Many powers in Creator/{{Wildstorm}} can be traced back to the Comet Effect, an event in the 1970s wherein the mysterious radiation from a comet passing close to the Earth caused widespread mutations.
* ''Black Condor's'' origin from the 1940's consisted of him being raised by wild condors from a young age and somehow simply learning how to fly. When the story was retold in ''Secret Origins'', writer Mark Waid added a panel showing a passing meteor, to at least give it ''some'' kind of explanation.
* In Creator/DCComics Adam Blake is a metahuman who was "[[EvolutionaryLevels born a hundred thousand years before his time]]" due to a comet passing overhead at the moment of his birth. Hence his taking the name Captain Comet.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Susan gets her powers from a meteor in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend'' involves a meteor giving the titular character her powers. She also turns blonde and gets a magical boob job.
* In the movie ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' (it might have been a comic book too), a guy named Jefferson gets hit in the chest with part of a meteor and gets powers. To be more precise, the meteor ''chases him'' around a corner and ''into an alleyway''.
* Used in ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'' where a mysterious crystaline object found at the bottom of a crater gives three teenage guys telekinetic powers.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Creepshow}}''; Jordy Verill (Creator/StephenKing) finds a meteor, which proceeds to turn him into a walking shrubbery.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Trucks}}'' and ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'' uses a meteorite as an excuse for trucks coming to murderous life.
* In George A. Romero's original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'', a space probe carrying a "mysterious cosmic radiation" from Venus blankets said radiation over a third of the US, which then causes the dead to come back to life and, y'know, start eating people. Not a meteor ''per se'' but close enough.
* A scientist becomes an insane PoisonousPerson in ''Film/TheInvisibleRay'', after he is in contact with radioactive meteorite for too long.
* In ''Film/TheCurse'', a strange glowing meteor falls near a farm, and starts mutating the flora and fauna around it, causing everything to be infested with worms and disgusting boils.

* In the book ''[[http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?&id=3909 Meteorite Strike]]'', everyone who wasn't killed by an asteroid got strange powers.
* Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer's Wold Newton Family are descended from people who were in the vicinity of the Yorkshire village of Wold Newton the night a meteor came down in 1795.
* In ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', magic sword Thorn was made from a meteor that, according to legend, struck a temple that {{God}} disapproved of.
* In Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace'', the titular "colour" comes to earth in a meteor. Unlike most examples, it's not even remotely beneficial [[CruelAndUnusualDeath it slowly drains the life out of animal and plant life, which eventually turns grey and crumbles to dust]].
* This is the entire foundation of the ''Wold Newton Family'', a massive case of CanonWelding by PhilipJoseFarmer. In 1795, a meteor struck outside Wold Newton, Yorkshire. In our world, it was just another meteorite with no particular unusual properties (the stone can today be seen at the Natural History Museum in London). However, Farmer proposed a scenario where radiation from the meteorite changed the reproductive DNA of the passengers of a passing carriage. As such, their offspring were gifted with unusual levels of intellect and/or strength, resulting in extraordinary individuals such as Franchise/DocSavage, {{Tarzan}}, SherlockHolmes, TheShadow and other iconic charaters from early science-and pulp fiction.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/VanPires'', the four teen heroes get the power to transform into cars by a meteor.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has Eddy get powers for one episode by a meteor passing that only does once in a while.
* Superman himself may not count but in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' the MonsterOfTheWeek was often a "meteor freak," i.e. got their power from exposure to Kryptonite.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', it turns out that the meteor that killed the dinosaurs was one of these. Presumably it ''would'' have given them superpowers had it not destroyed their entire ecosystem first with the impact. Pieces of it are the MineralMacGuffin that give the Rangers their powers.
** There was a later meteor that wackily rearranged the Rangers' personalities. Trent seemed normal when affected by it, but the next time the White Ranger powers [[JekyllAndHyde overtook him]], he remained himself and helped the other Rangers defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek. It didn't last.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Hawkman and Hawkgirl got their {{Reincarnation}} and WingedHumanoid mutation from an [[GreenRocks Nth metal]] meteorite that fell at the moment of their first deaths in Ancient Egypt. Vandal Savage also became immortal from the same meteorite. In ''Legends of Tomorrow'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the meteorite, and others like it, were sent to Earth by Thanagarians in order to prepare the planet for an AlienInvasion]].

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, the Black Stone inside the Kaaba of Mecca is presumed to be a meteorite that fell from heaven, and forms an important part in the pilgrimage ritual.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' book ''The Complete Arcane'' features a prestige class called [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/ex/20041105a Green Star Adept]], which is basically a living being transforming into a living golem by consuming pieces of a comet.
* The ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' book ''Mecha & Manga'' offers a setting where a comet deposited crystals on Earth that are the source of all of the world's super powers.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[GreenRocks Tiberium]] from the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' came from a meteor that landed near the Tiber River in Italy. The third game eventually reveals it was intentionally aimed at Earth by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Scrin]] to support their [[DrugsAreBad Tiberium addiction.]]
* In the beginning of "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji" shows the game's main villain having a meteor fall near him, and as soon he gets close, it then enters his body and grants him demonic powers.
* Meteor G from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3''. While it doesn't grant powers directly, the Noise generated by it and its effect on electronic beings causes some positive battle effects.
* The meteor that starts Ness' adventure in ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''. Not only was the time traveler Buzz Buzz riding in it, but the meteor contains a material needed for time travel. [[FridgeBrilliance Which makes sense in retrospect.]]
* The object of ''[[VideoGame/{{Poptropica}} Super Power Island]]'', an online game, is to capture 6 villains who escaped from the County Prison after a crashing meteor gave them all super powers.
* The Chaos Comet from ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' apparently gives off a type of magical radiation. Being bathed in the comet's light had been known to give people anything from psychic powers to horribly mutating them into demons. At one point, it's mentioned that "[[NeglectfulPrecursors The Ancients]]" had enough understanding of the comet's powers to outright create living things, like camels and the Dark and Light Knights. The comet also ended up causing these civilizations to fall, since "evolving too fast brings destruction". It seems to return once every 800 years, however.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', if Sephiroth lived to see his gigantic rock crash into the Planet, the massive damage it would cause would have granted him the powers of a god. This trope is only averted because the heroes stopped him.
* Since the Zodiacs of ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey III'' gain their magical abilities through studying the stars, it's hardly surprising they can learn a Meteor spell. Simply learning it takes a lot of investment, however, and the spell itself is the most expensive one they can learn.
* The Temsik Meteor from ''Videogame/GhostTrick'':
** [[spoiler: '''You die next to it''': Your spirit gains super powers like telekinesis, teleport-swapping similarly-shaped objects, the ability to instantly travel anywhere via telephone lines or the ability to turn back time for brief periods.]]
** [[spoiler: '''You are ''killed'' by it''': Additionally to the former, your body turns immortal and indestructible by being timelocked at the moment of your death, but you are unable to feel any kind of sensation, exhaustion or pain and can leave and reenter the body at will.]]
* The early Penvellyn alchemists from ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew The Curse Of Blackmoor Manor]]'' believed that a meteor found by their ancestor had magical powers. More recent generations may not have believed this, but kept up the tradition of guarding it as a family secret.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', every night Fallen Stars will crash down like meteors in random places. You can collect them and [[ItemCrafting craft them into an item]] that will permanently increase your maximum {{Mana}} pool (which is the only way to get a Mana pool in the first place), and if you're lucky, they can also hit enemies while falling and do 999 damage to anything, including bosses that you can fight outdoors. They can also be used as ammunition for a special type of gun, and do the most damage of any type of ammunition in the game. Actual meteors have 50% chance of falling offscreen after the next midnight whenever you destroy a Shadow Orb and 2% chance of appearing every midnight afterwards and any location that has at least 50 meteor blocks in close proximity spawns unique flying enemies. The resulting meteor ore can be crafted into various items, including the aforementioned star-shooting gun and a rapidly-firing [[FrickinLaserBeams laser pistol]] which gains infinite ammo with a [[SetBonus full set of meteor armor.]]
* Phazon meteors in all the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'' hit various planets, corrupting the various lifeforms thereon, either killing them outright or mutating them into stronger forms while eventually robbing them of their will. One in the [[VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes second game]] creates a whole new DarkWorld. We see in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' that these "meteors" are actually [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant living creatures]] called Leviathans.
* The cause behind all the trouble in ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''.
* The cause behind the battling in ''VideoGame/{{Clayfighter}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven 2'', [[spoiler:the superhuman abilities of the supposedly alien members of Aliea Academy are actually the result of exposure to a glowing space rock called the Aliea Meteorite.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'': This is what uplifted the original Enchanters from "Unga-Bunga" mortals to four-armed magic goliaths. The villains' main goal is to ''find the planet that the shard came from''.
* [[http://www.comixpedia.org/index.php?title=Super_Frat In the webcomic]] ''SuperFrat'', fratboys gain powers from a meteor striking.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The origin of Team Go in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. Rainbow meteor!
* In ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', a meteor strikes Acmetropolis, but instead of destroying the city, gives everyone strange superpowers. The team in the show is ripped off of the ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Sozin's Comet is a celestial object which passes close enough to the world to become a huge and powerful source of fire every 100 years, providing an enormous boost of power to [[PlayingWithFire Firebenders]]. The fact that it heralded the genocide of the Air Nomads ([[spoiler:and attempted genocide of the Earth Kingdom]]) also marks it as a CometOfDoom.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' began with a meteor falling to Earth, splitting into two crystals, one of which goes to the hero, the other to the villain, giving them both RubberMan abilities.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': The Lakebottom campers and [[SpoiledBrat Buttsquat]] gain [[SuperheroEpisode temporary superpowers]] in the "The Superfantastic Mega-Buds" episode from a glowing meteorite that lands in the middle of the camp.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' starts with the protagonist finding an alien shapeshifting device crashed to earth like meteorite.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* On the night before [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Milvian_Bridge a decisive battle]] during a civil war in UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great Constantine the Great]] had a vision of a cross in the sky, which inspired him to convert to UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} after winning the battle against great odds and seizing the imperial throne. From this point on, as emperor, Constantine tolerated and eventually promoted the new faith. Scientists have [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3013146.stm proposed]] that the cross Constantine saw may have actually been a meteor -- so in a way, a MagicMeteor may have increased the power of Christianity within the Roman Empire and eventually the rest of the world.