A certain type of Applied Phlebotinum in giving powers. Here new superpowers come from above, literally. A meteor 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 Book of Revelation. For a Historical In-Joke, it may be The Tunguska Event. Compare Thunderbolt Iron, where meteor ore is forged into a weapon.
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Anime & Manga
- In one manga adaptation of The Powerpuff Girls, they had to deal with everyone in the City Of Townsville getting powers from a meteor.
- A meteorite is the source of The Medusa Plague from King of Thorn.
- Futari wa Pretty Cure 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 Rurouni Kenshin) literally has a boy's head impaled with a meteorite which grants him superhuman powers.
- The Apocalypse Virus in Guilty Crown came from a fragment of a meteor that landed in Japan. The virus immediately infected the first person who touched the rock, who was Ouma Mana.
- The Original Life Fiber in Kill la Kill, 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 Yu-Gi-Oh!, 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, 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 the DC Comics comic book Ball And Chain, a fighting couple both get bathed in strange phlebotinum from a meteor and get superpowers.
- Hector Hammond, a Green Lantern comic book villain, found meteor rocks and used their powers for evil.
- In the comic book Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczynski about 113 people (called "Specials") got superpowers from a mysterious meteor crash.
- In the DC Comics series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, six ordinary animals gained their superpowers from a meteor. They had a rabbit for a leader, and a duck on the team.
- Hawkman villain Lionmane got his powers from exposure to a meteor.
- Metamorpho (alternate identity Rex Mason) got his superpowers from a crashing meteor.
- In an Animal Man 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 Pre-Crisis origin panel-for-panel, as Buddy Baker originally got his powers from meteor radiation.
- There's a Spider-Man villain, the Looter, whose whole schtick was stealing meteorites for their yummy power-granting abilites.
- In Scare Tactics, Grossout gained his powers (and became a giant walking tumor) from exposure to an exploding meteor.
- Darna, the heroine of a Filipino comic, found her Transformation Trinket stone in a meteorite (or rather, the meteorite is the stone).
- DCU villain Vandal Savage gained immortality from sleeping next to a magic meteor.
- Marvel heroine Firebird got her (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 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 DC Comics Adam Blake is a metahuman who was "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.
Film - Animated
- Susan gets her powers from a meteor in Monsters vs. Aliens.
Film - Live-Action
- My Super Ex-Girlfriend involves a meteor giving the titular character her powers. She also turns blonde and gets a magical boob job.
- In the movie The Meteor Man (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 Chronicle where a mysterious crystaline object found at the bottom of a crater gives three teenage guys telekinetic powers.
- Subverted in Creepshow; Jordy Verill (Stephen King) finds a meteor, which proceeds to turn him into a walking shrubbery.
- Stephen King's Trucks and Maximum Overdrive uses a meteorite as an excuse for trucks coming to murderous life.
- In George A. Romero's original Night of the Living Dead (1968), 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 Poisonous Person in The Invisible Ray, after he is in contact with radioactive meteorite for too long.
- In The Curse, 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 Meteorite Strike, everyone who wasn't killed by an asteroid got strange powers.
- Philip Jose Farmer'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 Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, magic sword Thorn was made from a meteor that, according to legend, struck a temple that God disapproved of.
- In H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour out of Space, the titular "colour" comes to earth in a meteor.
- In Van Pires, the four teen heroes get the power to transform into cars by a meteor.
- That's So Raven 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 Smallville the Monster of the Week was often a "meteor freak," i.e. got their power from exposure to Kryptonite.
- In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, 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 Mineral MacGuffin that give the Rangers their powers.
- The Dungeons & Dragons book The Complete Arcane features a prestige class called Green Star Adept, which is basically a living being transforming into a living golem by consuming pieces of a comet.
- The Mutants & Masterminds 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.
- Tiberium from the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series 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 Scrin to support their Tiberium addiction.
- In the beginning of "Shounen Kininden Tsumuji" 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 Mega Man Star Force 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 Earthbound. Not only was the time traveler Buzz Buzz riding in it, but the meteor contains a material needed for time travel. Which makes sense in retrospect.
- The object of 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 Illusion of Gaia 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 "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 Final Fantasy VII, 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 Etrian Odyssey 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 Ghost Trick:
- 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.
- 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 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 Terraria, every night Fallen Stars will crash down like meteors in random places. You can collect them and 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 laser pistol which gains infinite ammo with a full set of meteor armor.
- Phazon meteors in all the Metroid Prime games 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 second game creates a whole new Dark World. We see in Corruption that these "meteors" are actually giant living creatures called Leviathans.
- The cause behind all the trouble in Maniac Mansion.
- The cause behind the battling in Clayfighter.
- In Inazuma Eleven 2, 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.
- The origin of Team Go in Kim Possible. Rainbow meteor!
- In Loonatics Unleashed, a meteor strikes Acmetropolis, but instead of destroying the city, gives everyone strange superpowers. The team in the show is ripped off of the Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender 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 Firebenders. The fact that it heralded the genocide of the Air Nomads (and attempted genocide of the Earth Kingdom) also marks it as a Comet of Doom.
- An episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 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 Rubber Man abilities.
- Camp Lakebottom: The Lakebottom campers and Buttsquat gain temporary superpowers in the "The Superfantastic Mega-Buds" episode from a glowing meteorite that lands in the middle of the camp.
- Ben 10 starts with the protagonist finding an alien shapeshifting device crashed to earth like meteorite.