"You might think you're the greatest Earthbender in the world, but even you can't bend metal!"Some Elemental Powers let you control fire, water, air or earth. Some even let you control lightning; ice; plants; light; darkness; arcane forces, magic, or the mind; and even heart. (That is when not a victim of What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?) This, however, is power over metal. (Not 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 Infinity +1 Element for two reasons:
- The Inverse Law of Complexity to Power- "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, Elemental Baggage isn't a problem for metal (if it's even in play at all), so while your enemies may be caught without water or dirt to use, you'll never have to worry as long as you're anywhere near civilization.
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Anime and Manga
- In A Certain Scientific Railgun, the title character, Misaka Mikoto, whose main power is Shock and Awe, at one time manipulates iron sand into 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.
- In Blassreiter one of main advantages the Pale Rider series of low-level body augmentation gives its users is ability to harmoniously meld with equipment such as vehicles and weapons, automatically building intuitively learnable interface that feels natural, instead of all those unwieldy mechanical controls.
- Digimon Frontier has the Legendary Warrior of Steel, Mercuremon.
- Also common in Digimon games is to have a "Machine" element.
- Fairy Tail 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 Breath Weapon. He can also eat iron and metal to recover stamina.
- Fist of the North Star has Boss Fang, who can turn his body into steel... not that this did him any good against Kenshiro.
- The Elric brothers: It's their specialty in alchemy.
- It also features the 'Silver Alchemist', whose powers work a lot like Musica.
- Risotto Nero and his Stand Metallica from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5. Interesting that his only use of magnetism crosses with Bloody Murder. He has the ability to transform the iron in a person's bloodstream into any kind of sharp metal objects he pleases, while the iron is still inside the person's body.
- Maria in Part 3. Her stand, Bast, has the ability to give people a magnetic center, causing metal to slowly drift towards them and build speed.
- Caro Ru Lushe from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S has the spell Wrought Iron Summonnote 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.
- Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins can bend iron like toffee and can turn herself into metal. Other members of the Giant Clan can also do this.
- 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 magnetismnote . Both developed this ability by studying Shukaku's chakra which has this property. When Naruto and Shukaku work together they can convert Naruto's Rasenshuriken and senjutsu into magnetic versions.
- A minor character from the Cloud Village named Toroi had that same 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, burying him in his own sand.
- One Piece has Mr. 1, who, after eating the Supa Supa [Dice Dice] Fruit, got a body literally 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.
- Musica and Reina of Rave Master 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 Enemy Mine against Ogre, who turns out to be a gold claimer.
- Sailor Venus from Sailor Moon 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 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 live-action series, being able to manipulate its length, and used a similar sword (though with different powers).
- Zatch Bell! 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.
- 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 killer Sentinel 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.
- Colossus of the X-Men has the ability to turn his entire body into a form of organic steel, enabling him to withstand nearly any attack. Apart from his vulnerability to magnetism (which causes serious problems whenever he's up against the abovementioned Magneto), he has a Kryptonite Factor in the form of the anti-metal vibranium.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, 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 Impaled with Extreme Prejudice right off the bat.
- In The DCU, the original Doctor Polaris and his successor both had magnetic powers.
- Polaris's manipulations caused Frances Kane aka Magenta, a childhood friend of Wally West, to manifest this ability as well, much to her detriment over the years.
- Blacksmith, another enemy of Wally West's, has the ability to bond flesh with metal, the result of a modified version of a serum whose formula she stole from her ex-husband Goldface (an old enemy of Green Lantern's who later reformed); her most noteworthy use of this power is when she turns her skin into an ebony-metal compound. Before that, she used this ability to kill Rainbow Raider by shoving one of his own paintings through his chest.
- Lanfeust's initial power is the ability to melt metal, which is why he starts out as The Blacksmith.
- Milestone Comics' Static has basically the same powerset as Magneto, except visually based more on the electricity side of electromagnetism. He still largely uses it to move metal objects around, though.
- In The Incredible Hulk's third or so issue he faces off against an alien called 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 because the gun was made of cardboard.
- Child of the Storm has Magneto, who doesn't appear until chapter 77 (aside from a brief hint of his presence in chapter 72), but whose sheer power means that he's spoken of in the (usually terrified) breath as the Winter Soldier, unequivocally accepted to be an Omega Class Mutant and regarded as nothing less than a force of nature with a temper that Sean Cassidy (no slouch in the Unstoppable Rage department himself) says is like 'an atom bomb' compared to the firecracker of his own anger and a vengeful streak the size of a continent. While he has long since mellowed out, his entrance in chapter 77, when he crumples a giant vibranium armoured HYDRA helicarrier that's shrugged off everything thrown at it like tinfoil, amply demonstrates his power.
- In the Total Drama Island fanfic Keepers of the Elements, Heather gains this ability along with Plants and Earth.
- In the Detective Conan fanfic The Mysterious School, Conan gains this ability.
- Same for The Three Legacies, although this time the magic's rather limited.
- A Certain Unknown Level 0: The Metal Twist power, which can reshape metals. And Electromasters, like A Certain Scientific Railgun's Misaka Mikoto, can have electromagnetic control, to manipulate magnetic metals.
- Magneto's impressive mutant ability to control metal. Guns are a joke to him and throughout the X-Men films he's accomplished feats capable of lifting a submarine from water, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the RFK Stadium.
- Tetsuo The Ironman involves characters doing some weird things, but apparently controlling metal is one of them.
- Metalcrafting is but one of the Elemental Powers available to furycrafters in Jim Butcher's Codex Alera. 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 metalcrafters lasted days). One character also becomes a Chrome Champion 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 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 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 enhancing physical abilities and senses to detecting or hiding others using allomancy. With certain rare metals like atium, one can see into one's opponents' future. Allomancy is also the power of the god Preservation.
- Feruchemy, which allows for an Equivalent Exchange 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.
- Hemalurgy, an inherently destructive use of metal spikes to steal attributes from others and transfer them to another. It involves 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 koloss, kandra, and Inquisitors are created. Hemalurgy is the power of the god Ruin.
- Metal also has one other inherent and very useful magical property: 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 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 Ruin from learning their plans by using messages etched in metal. However, Ruin is able to get around this by having his Inquisitors ambush the messengers and read the metal and transfer that information directly to him.
- "Metal morphers" in Those Who Walk in Darkness are almost straight Magneto Expies. The "almost" is because Magneto never made a metal Golem to assault his foes.
- Daja Kisubo from Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic is an ambient mage, which means a mage who works magic with a particular craft. Her craft is blacksmithing, giving her this along with Playing with Fire.
- Each Guardian has a unique 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 fire.
- The Rook: 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 Chrome Champion variant.
- Kaiser, white supremacist supervillain from 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 made of metal, and any metal he comes into contact with merges with his body. He also has Shapeshifting, which he usually uses for ShapeshifterWeapons and to smooth down the edges when he accidentally comes into contact with metal. His metal body has a further bonus: certain powers cannot work on the living and some can't work on inanimate objects—Weld is immune to both types.
- The Zombie Knight has 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.
- The Man Who Controlled Metal. The title kinda says it all. 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.
- Taelien in Forging Divinity has the ability to alter the structure and properties of metal he's touching (including indirectly through another metal object, like his sword). He uses this to augment his melee combat abilities, as well as other miscellaneous tricks, like sticking his scabbard's metal rim to his sword, making it impossible for someone else to draw the weapon.
- Metalwitches in The Witchlands can control metal in their vicinity, reshaping it as if it was liquid. As their power comes from the Earth Well, more powerful Earthwitches also have this ability.
Live Action TV
- 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.
- In Magic Girl, the player advances by collecting different types of multiballs — bronze, copper, silver, gold, and platinum.
- In the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting, this is the wizard Ghorus Toth's apparent specialty, as many metal-manipulating spells bear his name.
- Gold Wizards in 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 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 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.
- Metal has been all over the color wheel in Magic: The Gathering, having various subsets of metal-themed powers with White, Blue, Black and Red all having various metallic spells at some point or another.
- Pokémon 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 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 Infinity +1 Element 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).0
- 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 super-effective against Fairy-types.
- As for Gym Leaders, we have Jasmine from Olivine City and Byron from Canalave City, who use Steel-type Pokémon. Additionally, Wikstrom of the Kalos Elite Four is a Steel-type specialist.
- In Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, orange eggs usually contain metal-themed Mons or power-ups.
- Spiral is given one move in all of the fighting games she is featured in; the ability to create and manipulate swords. They float behind her and augment her attack.
- Arcana Heart 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 Robot Masters are, well, robots, it comes to no surprise that they are all made of metal. However, Mega Man 2'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 Orbiting Particle Shield out of them.
- From the Mega Man X series, we have Morph Moth from X2 who fires scrap metal at X, and Metal Shark Player from X6 who can summon previous foes from scrap metal.
- Super Mario 64 introduces the Metal Cap power-up that turns Mario into living metal.
- This carries over to the Super Smash Bros. series as well, in the form of the Metal Box item.
- Character Material says that the Einzbern family of Alchemists from the Nasu Verse 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 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 League of Legends. His title is "The Master of Metal", though in this case it refers to both his ability to control metal and his ability to rock out.
- Legend of Mana features Aura, the elemental spirit of gold.
- In The Elder Scrolls series, Atronachs are a type of unaligned lesser Daedra which are essentially the Elemental Embodiments of the elements they represent. The most common are the Flame (also known as "Fire"), Frost, and Storm varieties. Another variety are the Iron Atronaches, who are made up of molten iron, can absorb shock attacks, and have strong physical attacks.
- 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 Pacificators, only the most skilled of users with the power of earth are capable of this. The renegade, Khnum, is good enough to tie up Muneca with a brass pipe.
- Wayward Sons: Phastus. Because of this, he's now an extremely valued craftsman, taking the role of The Blacksmith.
- Perepis of the Global Guardians PBEM Universe can telekinetically manipulate metal, as can Ogun (who wears a suit of telekinetically manipulated "Powered Armor"). Mercury, a liquid-metal shapeshifter akin to the T-1000 can form his own body into various metallic shapes.
- Warrick Kaine of The Descendants has the full suite of metal themed powers; controlling, sensing (apparently it's like taste) transmuting, and creating Instant Armor. Somehow, this also lets him summon sentient Combat Tentacles too.
- Whateley Universe:
- The character Silver secretes mithril and can shape it into weapons too.
- Lodestone has some ferrokinetic abilty.
- Kosviel von Einzbern from Fate/Nuovo Guerra, owing to her family's specialty in metal alchemy, can create high-quality weapons and metallic familiars. She can also use said weapons very well.
- Toph in Avatar: The Last Airbender 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 heightened senses. Before her, metal had been considered a Weaksauce Weakness for earthbenders, as their power set was ineffective against it. Guru Pathik implied that any sufficiently strong/skilled earthbender could do the same. Either he was being mystical and prescient, or someone had done it before.
- Avatar Sequel Series The Legend of Korra 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 runs on metalbending. She taught Korra the rudiments of the skill, and now Korra is the first Metalbending Avatar. Bolin attempted to learn the skill, but he found out that he had a different kind of rare earthbending skill.
- In the first Justice League 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.
- In the future, Warhawk possesses an ability (probably connected to his Powered Armor rather than inherent) that allows fluid metal to flow over his body and harden into a layer over himself.
- Peridot discovers that she has ferrokinetic abilities in the Steven Universe episode "Too Short To Ride", and has steadily been improving them over time. She lands the finishing blow on Jasper in "Earthlings", running her through with a piece of rebar, and by the time of "The New Crystal Gems" she's able to lift an entire car into the air with relatively little effort.