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- Numerous Digimon that are android type or have the prefix Metal in it like MetalEtemon, MetalSeadramon, WarGreymon, OmegaShoutmon, ZekeGreymon, Shoutmon DX... Most of them wear an armor of Chrome Digizoid, a legendary metal.
- Mr. 1 from One Piece ate the Supa Supa no Mi (Dice-Dice Fruit) which turned his body into one.
- Setsuna becomes one of these at the end of Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer.
- Gajeel from Fairy Tail has this as part of his Iron Dragon Slayer magic.
- Greed from Fullmetal Alchemist 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 Partial Transformation.
- The same ability allows him to turn his body into graphite, which he uses to further damage Father when he's reabsorbed.
- Cooler from the Dragon Ball movies looks like this after fusing with The Big Gete Star or rather his clones do.
- DeVille of Huckebein from Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, a huge axe-wielder whose entire body turns into black steel when he Reacts.
- Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins is capable of turning into one thanks to her Elemental Shapeshifter powers that she and other members of the Giant Clan have.
- In Bleach, Cang Du can coat his skin with a layer of iron to increase his durability.
- WildStorm: Void and 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 Iron Man, but has replaced her blood with Nanomachines which act as a Green Lantern Ring - and extrudes some of it through the pores of her skin as skin-tight armor. Yes, she is essentially running around naked. She's an exhibitionist.
- DC Comics
- Captain Atom, 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 Teen Titans. Her powers are derived from the same source as Captain Atom.
- Captain Atom's Evil Counterpart (and also a member of Green Lantern's Rogues Gallery) Major Force.
- Silver Surfer, Colossus, and ROM from the Marvel Universe.
- The Silver Surfer is the epitome of the cosmically powered Chrome Champion. A 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 Bricks who can easily best most characters in the Marvel Universe. (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...)
- Colossus is a super strong and tough type, who can transform at will from a normal (though fairly large and muscular) flesh-and-blood human to what the comics refer to as "organic" osmium steel).
- Galactus himself starts sporting this look in Ultimate Hunger after merging with his Ultimate universe counterpart Gah Lak Tus, a Hive Mind swarm of killer robots.
- Mercury of X-Men is of the liquid metal variety... except her hair, which remains red for some reason. She's a shapeshifter instead of strong. The element mercury is associated with the color red for a couple of reasons: First, "Everyone knows" mercury is the stuff in thermometers; some thermometers are clearly full of a red liquid. Second, Mercury compounds are often red; vermilion and cinnabar are both mercury compounds.
- In Ultimate Fantastic Four, Victor Van Damme is transformed into a being of living metal by the teleportation experiment that he sabotaged.
- Earth X:
- Iron Maiden, who sounds like an Iron Man ripoff, but she's simply coated in Vibranium, which she can manipulate. Not very shiny, though.
- In Universe X, Doctor 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.
- Steeljack from Astro City 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.
- DC's Metal Men are, well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin - 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).
- For a time, Cyborg from the Teen Titans had his soul transferred into a transformable alien robot called the Omegadrome. During this period, he basically looked like a gold version of the Silver Surfer.
- Spider-Man's foe The Molten Man, whose skin is bonded with a golden organic alloy.
- 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 Nigh Invulnerable, at least she was Made of Iron. This was her only appearance, so she shined briefly. Given her abilities, it was a shame. Also kind of a living anvil against racism (in the form of Fantastic Racism).
- Green Lantern villain Goldface. GL's ring doesn't work on him because, you know, yellow... gold... same dif. His protege, The Flash 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.
- The Goon had Dr. Alloy, who was a Mad Scientist Anti-Villain Well Intentioned
- 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 Made of Shiny, however, as his armor looks like rusted iron. He also has an extremely stunted sense of touch.
- In Adam Warren's superhero comedy Empowered, Capitan Rivet.
- Tony Stark's new Model 51 'Endo-Sym' armor.
- 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 Heroic Sacrifice by using himself as a conductor when the last-ditch weapon the Legion was using against a Sun Eater broke down.
- Avengers Academy has Mettle, who actually is a red variant compared to the standard silver.
- Family: He isn't shown using it much, but Al apparently has the power to turn his body into metal.
Films — Animation
- Jack Jack in The Incredibles briefly becomes one of these as he "scrolls" through his powers.
Films — Live-Action
- The T-1000 of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a nigh invincible and shapeshifting Terminator made of metal liquid.
- Brass Body in The Man with the Iron Fists, notable in that his skin is, well, brass colored.
- In Fantastic Four (2005). Doctor Doom had metal "growing" under his skin and get revealed when the Human Torch attacks him with flames, though it's implied he's completely made of metal. Rise of the Silver Surfer 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.
- Captain Phasma of The Force Awakens is clad with chrome armor made of chromium salvaged from Palaptine's yacht in Naboo.
- In the climax of Princep's Fury (the fifth Codex Alera novel), the First Lord turns into steel before flying to battle and 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 fighting the Vord Queen and surviving. At least up until the the Vord Queen 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, 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 protective suit, enabling a man to survive a hard vacuum indefinitely.
- In James Maxley's Bitterwood series, some Atlantians wear their nanites as a skin, including 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 Hex, keeps a gold-colored version that he gets from the villain and uses it to challenge any dragon bold enough to claim kingship.
- Hyperion Cantos:
- Nuklear Age: Mighty Metallic Magno Man can turn himself into solid, animated tungsten and has magnetic powers.
- A character in Pandora's Star has such an extreme amount of implants and organic circuitry tattoos that his skin is golden, which conceals built in weaponry and personal shielding.
- Lord Melchor Blackburn from The Zombie Knight is capable of turning into a living mass of mercury (or several such masses) by combining the pan-rozum hyper state with his native mercury transfiguration. General Lawrence can do the same, except with radium. Other servants with metallic transfiguration abilities can also invoke the trope, but not to the same extent.
- In Elantris, before the Reod, the Elantrians not only had metallic silver skin, but glowed.
- Heroes: Danny Pine, a minor character.
- Subverted by 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. And insanity.
- Super Sentai / Power Rangers:
Emily: (dazed) Wow...he's so sparkly!
- A number of Sixth Rangers 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. This has become more obvious over the years due to improved costume materials. The Gold Samurai Ranger inspires this reaction:
- Averted by Power Rangers' first Gold Ranger. Despite his name, he is primarily clad in a black suit and his source counterpart, King Ranger, is designated as a Black Ranger. However, because of the fact that unlike most Black Rangers, whose energies were usually shown as purple, his energies were gold in color, not to mention his Zord hardly being black in color at all, as well as his Sentai-exclusive morpher being primarily gold. A later Black Ranger who just had as much gold on him and his gear remained a Black Ranger when adapted, however, though,in his case, it was because his name, Abare Black, made it perfectly clear what his color designation was, unlike King Ranger.
- In Legends of Tomorrow, Nate Haywood is a historian, who ends up being badly hurt on a mission, and his life is only saved because of a Super Serum, which turns him into a super-strong metal man. He starts calling himself "Steel", since his grandfather was a great World War II hero named "Commander Steel".
- Rifts Glitterboys are Powered Armor examples, being Nigh Invulnerable and having Super Strength. The brilliant silver armor was originally just a defence against laser weapons, but now that The End of the World as We Know It has come and gone, the shining appearance has made them symbols of hope for humanity in the time After the End.
- Exalted has a spell called Invulnerable Skin of Bronze. It's advised not to go swimming with that in use.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, 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.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- The Silver Centurion, a sample of the Champion class created for D&D 3.5 by Rich Burlew.
- Among the Planar Touchstones described in the 3.5E Planar Handbook, there is the Life Molds of Neumannus on the Lawful Neutral plane of Mechanus. Those seeking its high-order power pay the resident Inevitables (living constructs) with blood, and in exchange gets placed in a mold modifying their bodies. Afterward, they can cover themselves in a layer of flexible iron that protect them against weapons, fire and acid, and increase their strength (but lower their dexterity), and also remove any need for breathing.
- Magic: The Gathering has Karn, Silver Golem. A golem made of silver. Becomes a Tin Tyrant later on when possessed by Phyrexia, then goes back to being a Chrome Champion again.
- War Hammer Fantasy Roleplay 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.
- Eclipse Phase has a form of armor called the Smart Skin, consisting of a layer of Nanomachines that covers the user's body and has the flexibility and texture of skin until it is activated, at which point it becomes rigid and protective. It's described as resembling a layer of liquid mercury.
- Shadowrun has the nova-hot SimSense megastar Mariah Mercurial, who sports implanted sheaths of shiny metal on her body.
- Metal Mario from Super Mario 64. He also appeared in the original Super Smash Bros. as a sub-boss. As of Super Smash Bros. Melee, any character can become this using the Metal Box.
- Pokémon: Some Pokémon of the Steel type, such as Steelix, Scizor and Jirachi.
- Dural from Virtua Fighter.
- Street Fighter series.
- The Wheel of Fate from House of the Dead 3.
- Flying Dragon for the Nintendo 64 featured metallized versions of the playable characters as sub-bosses.
- Halo 5: Guardians has the silver-colored "Ultra" line of Covenant vehicles, the members of which have very strong armor and explosive primary weapons.
- The second SoulCalibur game (Soul Calibur 1) has unlockable chrome skins of all the characters.
- The Bronze Colossus of Dwarf Fortress is often depicted as this.
- Fi from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is one, which fits with her being the spirit of the Goddess/Master Sword. Same goes for Ghirahim, her Evil Counterpart.
- Galactus randomly appoints two of the main villains (Wesker, Akuma, Dormammu, or Doctor Doom) as his heralds for his Boss Battle in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. 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 Silver Surfer'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 Dark Souls temporarily turns the player character into one of these, sacrificing mobility for a considerable boost to defense and poise.
- In Neverwinter Nights, 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.
- "Largous" in the Dragon Tails superhero arc has the power to turn his body into an indestructible metal. It...isn't as good as it sounds.
- Tempts Fate from Goblins has a belt that covers him with invincible, Colossus-style armor whenever he's jumping or falling.
- Villainous example: Sluggy Freelance's Crushestro and his wife Chestro.
- Maxima from Grrl Power 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.
- Scale, the heroine of Cameo Comic, received a wristband from the Magitek world of Magical Misfits, that can cover her body with an armor of liquid metal, as well as growing blades over her arms, T-1000-style.
- The Global Guardians PBEM Universe 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 2: Judgment Day.
- Whateley Universe:
- Mirror is a telekinetic brick, but his skintight energy field reflects light, giving him a chromed appearance. Unfortunately, he can't turn it off.
- Silver Ghost has a similar effect when using her force field.
- Pearlescent is also similar, but her PK field appears nacreous (like a pearl), hence her code name. Like Silver Ghost, she can control it.
- Dr Langston, who is the former superhero Tin Man, has chrome-like skin which he covers with spray-on latex when in public.
- In Darwin's Soldiers, Gustave injects himself with a Super Serum that infuses his bones, claws and teeth with metal in addition to granting him metallic skin.
- Worm features at least two: Weld, a boy literally made of metal, and Scion, who appears golden, but is sufficiently durable that his exact composition is unknown. Scion is actually composed of a close approximation of human flesh, and his durability is the result of him replacing damaged tissue with undamaged tissue he gets from a landmass-sized reservoir. He just makes himself look golden because it looks godly.
- Ben 10: Alien Force: Kevin Levin, who's part Osmosian, can become this by absorbing metal to give himself protection or to create a weapon with his hands.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph Beifong, like many strong earthbenders, can encase herself in a stone bodysuit for defense. After she invents metalbending, she pulls off the same trick with what was previously a metal blast door. And then kicks the asses of the firebenders on the other side of the door.
- The Transformers 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 Hate Plague.