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[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right, and top to bottom: [[GenieInABottle A magic lamp]] (''Literature/{{Aladdin}}''), the ancient [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Book of the Dead]] (''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'') , [[Myth/KingArthur The Sword in the Stone, the Holy Grail]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Mjölnir/Thor's Hammer]] ([[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] version), and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Golden Fleece]].]]

A famous, often completely mythical, conveniently uncopyrighted-yet-instantly-recognizable item, pulled from the realms of history, literature, or legend (if not all three).

Examples of this trope pop up frequently, and have occurred in any number of genres -- comedy, drama, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, you name it. They can be spotted in cultures from the East to the West -- and some date back [[OlderThanTheyThink surprisingly far]]. Some cultures have favorite items to use, such as the Holy Grail for the West or the Ame-no-Murakumo for Japan, but with modern globalization trends, we're seeing more and more stories pulling from others' usual lists -- such as Japanese media like ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' using the Lance of Longinus (a fabled item involved in the Crucifixion of Jesus).

It can be a weapon, a MacGuffin, or hell, maybe both if it's a [[ArtifactOfDoom mystical doomsday device]]. Sometimes the trope shows up as ImportedAlienPhlebotinum (seen often, for example, in ''Series/StargateSG1''), sometimes it's a mystical object, and occasionally it's [[{{Magitek}} both]]. Sometimes startling revelations are to be had about the object, sometimes it's straight out of the legends, heck, maybe it's even reconstructed from the original's spare parts. Regardless of its distinguishing features in the story, though, what makes it a Public Domain Artifact is its origin as an item from the collective myths of man, with all their familiar symbols.

There's honestly no telling how long this trope has been around; while nowadays it's often used partly to avoid copyright infringement, it's been around ''much'' longer than the concept of copyright. Many authors (ancient and modern alike) have used these for the mythos attached to them, or simply because it's easier than inventing something out of whole cloth; if an author puts a supposedly mythical sword in their work, it needs to be supported, but when you hear "Excalibur," it doesn't take any explanation to understand how important it is. See the example of Durandal below, Sword of Hector... then Roland... then reforged for Ogier the Dane. Later authors namedropped former heroes to make their mystical artifacts even more mystical, making this OlderThanFeudalism.

In a series set in [[MagicalLand another world]], these may appear, but under different names. They often function as a PlotCoupon; sometimes even entire sets of such artifacts will be used like this, leading to GottaCollectThemAll. In modern series, many of these items are made of low-grade {{unobtainium}}, especially if [[DoingInTheWizard magic is downplayed or completely absent]].

There's about a one-in-three chance that [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] either [[StupidJetpackHitler had it or was searching for it]]. As the book ''Angels of Light and Darkness'' put it: "If Hitler had half of what they say he had, he would have won the war."

May be related to AlternateLandmarkHistory. Frequently involved with an HistoricalInJoke or instance of BeenThereShapedHistory. If weapons, they are almost certainly NamedWeapons and examples of StockWeaponNames.

See also: StockUnsolvedMysteries, particularly for items with alleged connections to historical figures or events (especially with religious figures such as Jesus or the Buddha).

For Crystal Skulls, see CrystalSkull.




[[folder: The Magic Lamp/Bottle]]
[[GenieInABottle The Magic Lamp/Bottle]] -- sure to contain a djinni that will grant wishes to the holder, usually with a [[LiteralGenie weird]] or [[JackassGenie sadistic]] twist, inspired by of course, Aladdin's lamp. Ironically, the original point of this trope was that the magician who trapped the djinni (who are really good at magic) would have had to have been ''extremely'' powerful to do so, and the djinni would be so happy to be freed they would use their magic to reward the holder.

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* The country of Chizeta in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' was inspired by the Literature/ArabianNights motif, so of ''course'' it had to include these. Turns out their starship had the shape of an oil lamp, and of course two djinn could be commanded to appear from the spout when needed.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', anyone who captures a dungeon gets a djinn to serve them. The djinn need not be put into a bottle, however, it can be bound to any metal item in its master's possession.

* The focal point of the ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'' album ''De Lamp van Aladdin'' [[note]]Aladdin's Lamp[[/note]]. Here the genie is female and takes a liking to Johan, vowing to keep him safe from all harm from now on. Johan is none too pleased to be locked in a gilded cage though.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fanfic ''Gaz Dreams of Genie'', Dib recovers and brings home a genie lamp, which Gaz breaks [[KickTheDog just to spite him]]. This counts as opening it, thus giving Gaz ThreeWishes from the genie within. [[spoiler: It also curses her to [[BecomingTheGenie take said genie's place]] after the third wish.]]

* Also seen in Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'', albeit comedically.
* The magic teapot in the book ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit''

* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', for one.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'' a genie's lamp is briefly shown in Rumplestiltskin's shop, and in ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' genie bottles play a major role as Alice's love interest Cyrus is a genie and Jafar is looking for him (as well as all the other genie lamps/bottles.)
* In ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' / ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', the Sixth Ranger has a genie companion whose lamp also serves as his ''gun''. It's powered by rubbing it, and can fire tracking shots or the genie himself.

[[AC: TabletopRPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' this time is closest to the source: in ''Al-Qadim'' very powerful sha'ir can make and use genie traps, but even for them this act is rarely conducive to long happy life.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has "Aladdin's Lamp" (complicated rules) and "Bottle of Suleiman" (which behaves like we would think of Aladdin's lamp. It also has Aladdin's Ring, which does 4 (expensive) damage. In fact, pretty much anything in the ''Arabian Nights'' set fits this trope.
** The cards [[http://magiccards.info/m12/en/51.html Djinn of Wishes]] and [[http://magiccards.info/m14/en/216.html Ring of Three Wishes]] gives you... well, you know.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* ''{{Videogame/Nethack}}'' has lamps. You can apply the lamp to turn it on or off. Regular oil lamps will run out after a while, but magic ones won't, and may summon a djinni, who may be friendly, neutral, or hostile.
* The ''VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries'' game ''Sonic and the Secret Rings'' used both the lamp and the ring from the ''Arabian Nights'' story. However, the genie was the bad guy and Sonic's forced to reseal him away.
* In the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' series, aside from having Genie lamps as decorative items, some games allow you to rub the lamp and summon a ghost wearing a turban, who will rid your town of weeds.
* Introduced in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' is an item known as the Prison Bottle. It allows the mythical Pokemon Hoopa to transform into its unbound form and become stronger and much larger.

[[AC: WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' uses this with Sedja, an Efreet who willingly lives in a bottle worn around Adharia's neck.

!!!British, French and Irish


{{Excalibur}} is the prototypical "special sword". It may be called "The Sword In The Stone" which often has purists in a tiff; sometimes Excalibur and the Sword In The Stone are different swords, [[ExcaliburInTheStone sometimes they're the same sword]]. [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]] is a ''very'' sketchy {{canon}}. Occasionally called Caliburn or Caladbolg (when ''those'' aren't different swords) from the (possibly original) Welsh name Caledfwlch (literally 'hard gap/space', pronounced Cal-ed-voolkh, roughly). It's rarely called that, because Caledfwlch is hard to pronounce and looks rather scarily Welsh.

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* Excalibolg in ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokurochan'' is said to be a portmanteau of Excalibur and Caladbolg.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Servant [[spoiler:Saber]]'s primary weapon is Excalibur, [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl as she is actually King Arthur]].]] It can even be used as a WaveMotionSword.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the Capricorn Saints are said to have the power of Excalibur in their arms and legs, therefore being able to use them as {{Absurdly Sharp Blade}}s. It's regarded as pretty much the most powerful weapon in the entire series.
* This is subverted in ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'', where the Sword in the Stone that [[KingArthur Arthur]] draws is named Danwyn. [[GeniusBonus Cleverly enough]], Danwyn takes its name from Owain Danwyn, a Welsh Prince who is a strong candidate for the identity of the "real life" KingArthur.
* Used in ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}''. The Witchblade first claims to ''be'' Excalibur; Excalibur is introduced much later in the series as a male counterpart to the blade.
* In the manga ''Manga/SoulEater'', Excalibur's [[MemeticMutation legend began in the twelfth century!]] He [[spoiler: also happens to be a god of madness, his particular brand being that which comes with UnstoppableRage. It's not that he ever gets angry - he is just so GOD DAMN ANNOYING that everyone else gets pissed at him.]].
* Excalibur is actually the name of the Sword Impulse Gundam's Anti-Ship Swords in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. Interestingly, this was used by Shiin Asuka back when he was still the main hero.
** In one of the many ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' manga, Lowe Guele develops the "Caletvwlch" multipurpose tool. "Caletvwlch" is derived from "Caledfwlch", the Welsh spelling of the Latin "Caliburnus" or "Caliburn"/"Excalibur"
* In [[AllThereInTheManual the Mobile Suit Variations]] for ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', there's a unit called "Legendary Mobile Suit 'The Gundam'", which was designed off of a painting of the AGE-1. The designers mistook the AGE-1's beam saber handle and gave it a massive sword called Excalibur.
* Excalibur shows up an Equip Card in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', which doubles ATK. Over a decade later, its referenced again in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' with a monster called "Heroic Champion - Excalibur" - who can [[MythologyGag double his own ATK]].
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', the original Excalibur was a sword made with both magecraft and alchemy. The sword eventually was broken into seven pieces and each piece made into their own Excalibur. All of the pieces were eventually fused with Durandal so that Xenovia can use it without any drawbacks.

[[AC: {{Comics}}]]
* Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} has had entire standalone comic series named after Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}, about several UK-based teams of mutants. ''New Excalibur'', the characters even come in contact with the real deal when they travel back to Arthurian times.
** The current wielder of the sword, as of ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'', is Dr. Faiza Hussain, a doctor of the Muslim faith with the strange mutant ability to pretty much dissect anyone non-magical to heal them! How did she find out? Randomly grabbing it to try to arm the Black Knight.
* Excalibur and the [[ExcaliburInTheStone stone from which it was retrieved]] do make an appearance in the main series and the spin-off ''Comicbook/JackOfFables,'' though... the sword is easily recognizable, the stone, however, goes through a change or two.
* Excalibur makes a short appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}'' as the supposedly male counterpart to the titular entity, [[spoiler: but is really just a fragment that soon rejoins the main body of the Witchblade.]]
* Excalibur appears in ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'', in the story arcs where he is a knight of the round table. Usually it is wielded by King Arthur himself, but after the king's death Johan has wielded it a number of times as well.

[[AC: Fan Fiction]]
* Nav's sword in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'' is eventually revealed to be Excalibur.
* In the Franchise/HarryPotter[=/=]Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica crossover ''Terminal Justice'' Harry was cruising around in a submarine he'd appropriated when the Lady of the Lake appeared and handed him Caledfwich, which Sir Justin later explained was a ''replacement'' for Excalibur after it was broken in battle.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' keeps the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' explanation for Excalibur.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series is set AfterTheEnd of a parallel Earth, where "Arthur Eld" is the semi-mythical forebearer of a caste of knightly gunslingers, and who wielded a sword named Excalibur that he retrieved from a pyramid. Roland wields a pair of antique six-shooters said to have been forged from the shattered remnants of Excalibur -- the barrels from the blade, the handles from its hilt.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the holy sword ''Amoracchius'', the Sword of Love, is believed to actually be Excalibur. They're not 100% certain - Nicodemus has a habit of destroy the records the Church(which is the primary organization that keeps tabs on the Swords, Amoracchius included) makes every few centuries. For added symbolic power (which is a real force in the setting) it has one of the Nails from the True Cross worked into the hilt.
* Unsurprisingly, Excalibur puts in an appearance in Peter David's ''[[Literature/KnightLifeSeries Knight Life]]'' trilogy (King Arthur in the modern world). Its origin and nature turn out a bit more ... complicated than usual. [[spoiler: The sword itself has no magic; the horn of the Unicorn King, concealed in the hilt, is a different story.]]
* In Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/TheDrawingOfTheDark'', Duffy, who is a 16th century mercenary, has just learned that he is the reincarnation of KingArthur, and is offered Caliburn. He declines to take it, pointing out that its archaic design is not well suited to modern (16th c.) warfare.
* In the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Legend of Sigmar]]'' trilogy, Sigmar faces the Teutogen king Artur, who wields the Dragon Sword of Caledfwlch, said to have been forged for him by a shaman from across the seas when he was born. Yeah.

* In ''Series/{{Charmed}},'' Excalibur actually is a super magical sword that can only be controlled by the most powerful magical being around. (Makes one wonder what Merlin was doing.) Anyone less magical who wields the sword would turn evil. In fact, the Lady of the Lake stayed in the lake to defuse the sword's power, allowing her to stay in control.
* Inevitably, Excalibur ends up on ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', Merlin got it from Gwen(who said it was the finest sword her father had ever made) had it (re)forged in dragon's fire, watched it defeat a wraith, thrown it in the lake, ''retrieved'' it from the lake, used it to kill an undead army, and stashed it safely in a stone. It was then retrieved again and wielded by Arthur until his death.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' features both Excalibur and another sword in a stone, both as part of the Murden (Merlin) subplot of the Ori arc.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Prince Charming used Excalibur to convince Snow White that ''she'' was the rightful ruler of The Enchanted Forest by showing that he was unable to pull it from the stone. She gained the confidence to face down her stepmother, Regina. After, Rumplestiltskin pointed out to her that only ''Arthur'' would be able to pull the real one from the stone, regardless of where the stone was.
** In the fifth season, we see Arthur pull Excalibur out of the stone, only to discover that it's missing the tip. A cut reveals that the tip is [[spoiler:the blade of the Dark One's dagger]]. It's later revealed that Excalibur was forged by Merlin from the melted down Holy Grail (see that section for details).
* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', there have been two starships bearing the name Excalibur. The first was a ''Constitution''-class that was infamously struck down when the USS ''Enterprise'', outfitted with the M5 Computer for testing, went berserk. The second was an ''Ambassador''-class which would later feature more prominently in Peter David's ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' series.
* In ''Series/Warehouse13'', the sword is relegated to a rare minor role in one episode's ColdOpen of Agents Latimer and Bering just finishing a case retrieving it. The sword is forged of a rare metal that reacts with the equally rare metals in the stone to become intangible, a fact Arthur exploited in a stunt to become King.
* In the ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Camelot/3000", it's revealed that the blade of Excalibur is actually [[DismantledMacGuffin a piece]] of the Spear of Destiny, fitted into the sword and plunged into the stone in order to hide it.
* An episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' sees a {{Jerkass}} warlord version of King Arthur try to retrieve Excalibur from the stone so that its magic will enable him to be unstoppable, only for Merlin's magic to send him back to Hercules' time ([[AnachronismStew whenever that is]]). Deciding to just conquer things there, he retrieves Excalibur from the Lady in the Lake. However, Hercules and a [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld younger]] Merlin manage to talk him into a HeelFaceTurn; he surrenders the sword to Hercules, who plants Excalibur into the stone, closing the StableTimeLoop and returning Arthur to his own time.

* The game ''VideoGame/CrystalCaliburn'' is named after the sword, and it is one of the artifacts to be retrieved.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres'' includes both Excalibur and Caliburn as two of the artifacts that must be recovered in the game.

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game features the abovementioned "Excalibur" monster from the anime. In addition, there is an archetype or mosnters called Noble Knights, that are based on the Knights of the Round Table, who wield Noble Arms Equip Cards. Excalibur is featured as an Equip Card here, as is Caliburn.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Recurring character Gilgamesh roams the land ([[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy and]] TheMultiverse) seeking Excalibur, but often winds up getting stuck with (and occasionally dropping) a 1 damage-dealing counterfeit known as "Excalipoor". When available as a summon, however, Gilgamesh tends to include the real Excalibur as part of his effect roulette.
** The main character's InfinityPlusOneSword in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is called Caladbolg; in the original Japanese version as well as other languages, it was named "Ultima Weapon", much like the Infinity +1s of the previous main characters, and has the same effect as them (namely, Tidus needs to be at max HP to deal greater damage).
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', Excalibur is the relic sword, usable by Paladins. King Arthur's dagger, Carnwenhan, is the mythic dagger for Bards.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', Excalibur and Caladbolg are two separate weapons. Excalibur is a weapon that players who reach level 50 as a Paladin can obtain while Caladbolg is a weapon the ''Heavensward''-based Dark Knights gain at that same level.
* Excalibur and the rest of the Arthurian myth is the backdrop for ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend''. Only the sword is MUCH older than Arthur and several other ancient cultures and actually serves as a key to open a portal to Avalon. And in ''Underworld'' it is discovered that Avalon [[spoiler: isn't the paradise the myths claim it to be, containing pools of Eitr which turns anything it touches to a soulless zombie]], which includes [[spoiler: Lara's mother]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant'' and ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' got the powerful sword "Excaliber".
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Ms. Liberty (not to be confused with her mother, Miss Liberty) holds Excalibur on her belt. The sword was entrusted to her by Hero 1 (not to be confused with his father, Hero One) before he left Primal Earth as part of the [[SuicideMission Omega Team]]. Ms. Liberty is incapable of wielding Excalibur, but she carries it with her waiting for Hero 1 to return. [[spoiler:Players who run the Lady Grey Task Force learn that Hero 1 ''has'' returned... as a Rikti.]]
* Excalibur and Caliburn are one and the same in the ''VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries'' game ''Sonic and the Black Knight''. Caliburn is his natural form and, through the power of three other swords and Sonic's own awesome willpower, becomes Excalibur. This also counts as one of Sonic's transformed states as he gains gold armor through it. [[spoiler:He's also revealed to be King Arthur, too...]]
* Excalibur is a name of a sword found in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Aria of Sorrow]]''. However, the actual weapon is the Sword in the Stone (since Soma isn't the destined King of England, he ''can't remove it from the stone'' but still wields it), causing it to act like a hammer instead.
* The French translations of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' have translated the Master Sword's name as Excalibur.
* You get this sword by supporting the English forces in Bladestorm The Hundred Years War.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' once had the Excalibur as the last and best sword in the game. Crafted with three other swords and possessing an auto swing makes this a very overpowered blade. A few updates later, the game introduces ''True'' Excalibur, a reinforced version of the blade.
* In the introduction to ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', it's said that Excalibur is one of the many names that the Holy Sword of Mana has gone by throughout history.
* The Knight's object of desire was Excalibur in ''VideoGame/TheCave'', only problem is that he's not really a knight and as such doesn't know how to use the sword when he has to fight a dragon.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' allows lawful characters of level 5 and above to obtain an Excalibur by dipping a longsword into a fountain.
* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattle64'', there is broadsword called "Chaladholg".
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' features Caladbolg as a special weapon that only Edward can use.
** Excalibur itself shows up throughout [[VideoGame/FireEmblem the series]], but unlike most examples here, it, as well the similarly-named Rexcalibur, is usually portrayed as [[BlowYouAway a high-level wind tome]], not a sword.
* In ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterLand'', one of the swords is named "[[BlindIdiotTranslation Axecaliva]]".

* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', part of Dave's quest in Sburb is to get Caledfwlch (or the [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004729 Legendary Piece of Shit]]). But Alternate Future Dave had already gotten it and upgraded it to become the Caledscratch, so it wasn't really very useful.

* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' features Excalibur, conflating it yet again with the Sword in the Stone. Here, it's used to set up a StableTimeLoop in the stone age--they get it stuck in the stone that Arthur will pull it from.
* In the 1980's ''Thundercats'', Mumm-Ra disguises himself as Arthur to claim Excalibur, then challenges Lion-O. Excalibur [[spoiler:bloody ''pierces'']] the Eye of Thundera. [[note]][[NiceJobFixingItVillain Mumm-Ra takes true form and gloats.]] [[CurbStompBattle An unhappy Merlin shows up.]][[/note]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' involves Cobra swordsman Stormshadow running amok after getting his hands on the weapon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Smurfs Of The Round Table", the Smurfs help a shrunken Sir Lancelot retrieve Excalibur after it had been stolen from King Arthur by Morgan Le Fey and used to turn the king and all of Camelot into wax that would melt by the sun's scorching heat.

[[folder: Durandal]]

Durandal -- Sword of the Hero Roland, knight of Charlemagne, as well as Hector of Troy. Supposedly he threw it into a "poisoned stream" in order to protect it from the Saracens; this seems to have occasionally given it a "Darkness" element in fiction and games. It could also be associated with evil or [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} insanity]]. [[Creator/{{Bungie}} One game studio]] has not only used it, but also the inscription on Ogier the Dane's sword Curtana, which read My name is [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Cortana]], of the same steel and temper as Joyeuse and [[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Durendal]]. In ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' Durandal ''is'' Excalibur, having been stolen by Orlando/Roland and renamed to not arouse suspicion (because even he knows it was kind of a dick thing to do).

* Durandal is the name of a Golden {{BFS}} in ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' that gives its user endless power[[spoiler:, so much power that it can [[TheBerserker possess its wielder]] or power a moon destroying laser.]]
* In ''Anime/OnePiece'' [[{{Bishonen}} Cavendish]] has a sword called Durandal.
* In ''Anime/ToAruMajutsunoIndex'' the Durandal is a sword used by the Maiden of Versailles.

* Durandal is the focal point of the ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'' album ''De Zeekoning,''[[note]]The Sea King[[/note]] but he loses it in the end and it isn't seen again in the series.

* ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', [[TropeMaker naturally]].
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', Eramus carries it.
* The holy sword ''Esperacchius'', the Sword of Hope, in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is Durandal, albeit reforged to look like a cavalry saber. Like the previous example above, it also has one of the Nails of the True Cross worked into it.
* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''Literature/TheElricSaga'', Durandal becomes a manifestation of the Black Sword and Roland an incarnation of the Eternal Champion.

* ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'': A duplicate of Durandal is forged for [[MonsterOfTheWeek Dora Knight]]. The process requires some of the hammering to be done by a child whose birthday it is (Bandora had him kidnapped, of course), which becomes important later because the sword can't harm its maker. The sword is incredibly powerful, able to damage the Zyurangers' Legendary Weapons and even the sword of their [[FirstChurchOfMecha god]] HumongousMecha.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'', Durandal is one of three [=AIs=] on the titular ship. ''Marathon's'' SpiritualSuccessor ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' features an AI named Cortana.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''[='=]s [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Elibe canon]], Durandal is the [[{{BFS}} absolutely enormous]] sword used by the legendary hero Roland in the Scouring. In 6 it serves as the InfinityPlusOneSword and can be used by any sufficiently skilled swordsman, while in 7 it's a SwordOfPlotAdvancement usable by [[TheHero Eliwood]] in the final battle. Rather amusingly, his best friend and fellow member of the protagonist PowerTrio happens to be named Hector (who gets an axe called Armads as his legendary weapon, named after Almace, the sword of Archbishop and ChurchMilitant [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Tilpin/Tulpin/Durban]], one of Charlemagne's Twelve Peers alongside Roland. Fittingly, in-universe, the legendary hero who previously wielded it was named Durban).
* Durandal gets a brief mention in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', and is one of the weapons in Gilgamesh's ''Gate of Babylon''. According to its profile, it was given to Roland by an Archangel, which makes you wonder how Gilgamesh has a protoversion of it...
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has this as the strongest one-handed sword available for equipment.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the Durandal is a gunblade with above-average stats, but prevents the character using it from staggering enemies.
* Durandal is the strongest light-element sword magnus in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosEternalWingsAndTheLostOcean'', even ahead of the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Sword of the Heavens]] ''before'' it's broken.
* In ''VideoGame/FrontMission 4'', the research company the heroes work for is called Durandal.
* In ''VideoGame/SaGa3'' one of the Mystic Swords that can harm the Masters is Durend.
* You get this sword by supporting the French forces in Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', the ''Durandal'' is also a spaceship.
* In ''VideoGame/OgreBattle64'' and ''VideoGame/TacticsOgreTheKnightOfLodis'', Durandel shows up, in these iterations it is one of the four "Arcane Instrument of Bane".
* Durandal is a boss {{Mon}} in ''{{Videogame/Folklore}}''. It's a dragon with neon-blue gecko feet. It's also found in Hell, causes absurd damage once fully upgraded, and its backstory refers to it as an indestructible sword worthy of a hero, but that would spark wars if it really existed.
* ''F/A-18 Hornet'' features the Durandal anti-runway bomb mentioned below.

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game has a monster called "Artifact Durandal".
* ''Anime/FutureCardBuddyfight'' has a card named Immortal Sword, Durandal. It has two notable properties: it cannot be damaged by normal means, and it a SentientWeapon. In fact, because it's alive, it's the only weapon that may be used as your Buddy.

[[AC:Real Life]]
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matra_Durandal Matra Durandal]], a French anti-runway penetration bomb, designed to destroy airport and airfield runways.

[[folder: Aro(u)ndight]]
Aro[[SpellMyNameWithAnS (u)]]ndight, which may or may not have been Lancelot's sword.

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* [[spoiler:Servant Berserker]] from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is revealed to hold the sword Arondight. It was formerly a holy sword, similar to Excalibur, but after his betrayal, Arondight became a demonic sword.
* Arondight is the name of the Destiny Gundam's Anti-Ship Sword in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. Like how Excalibur belonged to Shiin Asuka when he was the hero, when he was shunted into antagonist mode by Kira Yamato's return, he was given this to hammer in that fact.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aerondight]] is one of the best silver swords of the first ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' game. Geralt can gain the sword after [[spoiler: Completing a series of quests in act 4 to The Lady of The Lake's liking]].
* Appears, appropriately enough, in the Arthurian-themed ''VideoGame/SonicandTheBlackKnight''.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''[='=]s [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius canon]], a [[SwordBeam magic]] sword of the same name acts as an InfinityPlusOneSword, wielded by the BlackKnight. That said, it was given an unusual alternative spelling: Alondite.
** Originally, "Alondite" was actually the name of [[TheHero Ike]]'s initial weapon in the Japanese version of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn the second game in the duology]], which got switched with "Ettard" (which wasn't the name of a sword in Arthurian legend, but the woman who fell in love with Sir Gawain, [[spoiler:which happens to be the real name of Ike's father Greil]]), the original name of The Black Knight's sword, due to a translation mishap

[[folder: Other Swords]]
Less frequently, you will see other legendary Western swords such as Cortana (which actually exists as part of the Regalia of Great Britain), or Joyeuse, the sword of Charlemagne (and part of the French royal regalia).

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' does this to ridiculous extremes, what with [[AllMythsAreTrue all myths being true]], so not only were there Excalibur, Caliburn, Durandal, and Gram (and plausibly, everything else), there's also that minor event known as the Holy Grail War -- it's not the ''actual'' Holy Grail though. Almost as soon as it's mentioned, it becomes [[MoralEventHorizon glaringly obvious]] that it's not the real Holy Grail, and it only gets worse from there...
** Taking it even further than that is the character [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]], whose ability is basically that he owns the originals of [[SuperpowerLottery every]] Public Domain Artifact ever.
*** Theoretically he only has the originals if they were of Earthly origin, as fits his legend of traveling the Earth and gathering all of its treasures. This is why he doesn't have a prototype Excalibur in his arsenal, as Fate canon has it being forged in Avalon by the Fae.
** Of course, Gilgamesh himself is a PublicDomainCharacter.
* The Knight Leader from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' uses Hrunting, which he reanalyzed and recreated in order to create new spells based on its creation. The Curtana also makes an appearance as a sword that can grant the blessing of ArchangelMichael to the people within England. However, the sword that the Queen possesses is only a replica, and holds a mere 20% of the original's power.

[[AC:Myths and Legends]]
* Any one of Beowulf's swords can be used for this, particularly Nægling and Hrunting.

* In the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series:
** Both Joyeuse and Cortana show up in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' and all the portable 2D ''Castlevanias'' that follow it. You can find a huge amount of named armor, swords and artifacts -- from Joyeuse to the Masamune to Death's Scythe. The most powerful sword in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Aria/Dawn of Sorrow,]]'' the Claimh Solais, apparently comes from Irish mythology... odd for a Japanese game about vampires.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series love to include the Joyeuse every now and then in its games, making it a RoyalRapier in every incarnation:
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the Joyeuse is dropped by Charybdis, which respawns every 8 to 12 hours. The sword was a very powerful weapon in its time, being a level 70 weapon that would occasionally attack twice, allowing fast TP building. It was also a favorite weapon for [[TheRedMage Red Mage]] players, and one of the best weapon to solo with.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', the sword wielded by [[GuestStarPartyMember Larsa Ferrinas Solidor]] is the Joyeuse.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', the Joyeuse is a mid to high-tiers rapier.

[[folder: The Four Treasures of Ireland]]
The Four Treasures of Ireland: the Spear of Lugh, said to be impossible to overcome, the Cauldron of Dagda, which was said to never empty of food for those who needed it, the Sword of Light (Claíomh Solais)[[note]]Pronounced ''Khleev Sullish''[[/note]], which "put to flight every ignorance" with it's shine, and the Stone of Destiny (Lia Fáil), which cried when put under the feet of the man who truly ruled Ireland -- which pretty much fulfill the same role as the Treasures of Amaterasu do, but for a Western audience.

They are sometimes matched up with the four western elements. The Cauldron is often identified with the Holy Grail but it also gets mixed up with the Cauldron of Cerridwen from Welsh mythology and the Black Cauldron. The Spear gets identified with the Spear of Destiny, and sometimes gets confused with the Gae Bolg. The Stone is sometimes said to be the Stone of Scone, once part of the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey but now housed in Edinburgh Castle but a few less-reliable sources say it's the Blarney stone in Ireland. There's also a standing stone in County Meath called the Lia Fáil. There's a legend that the Blarney Stone and Stone of Scone are both ''half'' the original Stone, although the Irish stone is bluestone, and the Scottish one is red sandstone.

[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/LastExile'', the flagship of the Anatoray armada is the Claíohm Solais.
* In ''Anime/ShatteredAngels'', Claíomh Solais is [[spoiler:the robotic form of the amnesic Kuu]].

[[AC: {{Comics}}]]
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones and the Spear of Destiny'' revealed that the Spear of Destiny and the Spear of Lugh are one and the same.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* Creator/TerryPratchett had the coronation of the dwarves in Uberwald take place with the new Underking sitting on the [[{{Pun}} Scone of Stone]].
* They show up in ''Elidor'', a novel by British author Creator/AlanGarner.
* Creator/GrantMorrison has all kinds of fun with this in his ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' series.
* These four artifacts, when conflated with the Arthurian legend of the Fisher King, also appear in new incarnations in Robert Jordan's [[FauxSymbolism heavily symbolic]] ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series: the Cauldron=the Bowl of the Winds, the Spear=Mat's ''ashandarei'', the Sword=''Callandor'', and the Crown (in place of the Stone)=the Crown of Swords.
* The Four Great Treasures show up in the fourth ''Literature/YoungWizards'' novel, ''A Wizard Abroad''.
** In the novel, Claíomh Solais is replaced by yet another legendary sword, Fragarach.
* In ''{{Literature/Everworld}},'' they belong to the dragon [[NobleDemon Nidhoggr]], who acquired them after [[Myth/CelticMythology Dagda]] was eaten by [[EldritchAbomination Ka Anor]]. They're stolen by [[ProudMerchantRaceGuy the fairies]] and serve as a MacGuffin that the heroes have to get back. Nidhoggr's favorite seems to be the Cauldron, which ironically was the one the fairies were most willing to part with. (Apparently all it makes is corn beef and cabbage.)

[[AC: {{Music}}]]
* They get mentioned briefly in ''The End of the Century''.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* Their approximate Welsh equivalents (or at least symbols thereof) are among the objects of an extended FetchQuest in ''Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches''.
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'', the strongest sword is the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Claimh]] Solais.
* Near the end of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' there's a scene in the Lower Quarter where Yuri gets Claíomh Solais.
* The FairFolk, or Tuatha de Danann, desperately seek to retake Dagda's Cauldron from the angels (who believe it to be the Holy Grail) to revoke their status as a DyingRace in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''. Even though they manage to get it, they still need Lady Danu to reactivate it.
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', near the end of the game, Dagda himself gives the protagonist Nanashi the Stone of Destiny, an item that allows him to relearn his ultimate skill at any time.
* ''VideoGame/OgreBattle64'' features Clamioth Solias as "Clau Solias", a weapon [[UnusableEnemyEquipment wielded]] by Prince Yumil. Dagda also gets a reference, though it the form of a hammer. Finally, the Lia Fail appears, as a ''doll''.
* Claíomh Solais is an [[FunctionalMagic Art]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', though it doesn't take the form of a sword. Instead, it appears as a giant metal arm that reaches through a portal above the battlefield before blasting its target with a massive laser beam.

Stonehenge is a real place (and it's not the only such circle in Britain, either), but it gets ascribed all sorts of mystic powers in fiction[[note]]Of the many theories on its purpose, one of the most widely believed is that it was used to tell what time of year it is. That's right, it's a ''calendar''! To be honest, keeping track of the seasons was incredibly important in the transition from hunter-gatherer societies to agricultural ones.[[/note]], as well as by some RealLife Pagan groups. Nor is it the only one in the world. There's one, also of unknown origin, in Michigan. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_circle#Distribution Stone circles]] seem to have been popular with [[http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/articles/carahunge.htm everybody's]] ancestors. This isn't just a British/Irish trope.

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', similar structures to Stonehenge act as gateways to the magical world.
* Stonehenge appears as a card in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' and also gets referenced by several cards in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal''

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* The laughable ''Film/PumaMan'' uses Stonehenge as where the alien Aztec gods drop their mind control mask in the beginning and where they pick it back up at the end.
* In ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'', Stonehenge was assembled by the [[AncientAstronauts Knights of Cybertron]], to mark the place where [[spoiler: Unicron's spark can be drained to restore Cybertron]].

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* Geoffrey of Monmouth's ''Literature/HistoryOfTheKingsOfBritain'' claims that Stonehenge was built by giants from "mystical stones" brought "from the farthest coast of Africa". The stones were magical so that water poured over them acquired healing power, and the giants used to cure all kinds of sicknesses by bathing in such water. It was situated on a mountain top in UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}}, until it was brought to Britain by Uther Pendragon and Myth/{{Merlin}} and reerected in the exact same shape, so it would keep its mystical powers. This narrative seems to suggest the stones still have the power to heal, only nobody can remember which stone cures which sickness.
* ''Angus, the First Warrior'' has Gaoth Cerridwen, the Sword in the Stone, being forged by Druids on the Stonehenge using a nail of Jesus' cross melted with the metals.
* In Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander", the Stonehenge and all the other stone circles are markers for locations where certain people may (painfully) be transported through time.

* In the first part of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' season 5 finale, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens]], Stonehenge is [[spoiler: the location of the Pandorica]]. It also mentioned much earlier in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler]]", where a Time Lord, the Monk, claims to have used anti-grav machines to help the construction of it.
* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' Stonehenge is formed out of the ruins of a Temple of Dahak, the building having crumbled after Gabrielle is impregnated with his demonic child.

* Appears in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres'' on the "Camelot" table; it is where Sir Bedivere first gets his quest to reunite the Knights of the Round.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* There's at least one Stonehenge in every level of ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders Get Even'' Landing in one fully refills your time/health bar and invader supply, but resets your score multiplier back to 1.
* Stonehenge is a wonder of the world in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV''.
* The standing stone circles in the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series are gates that permit rapid travel between the cities of virtue. The Avatar originally came to Britannia via a matching stone circle on Earth that may or may not have been the original Stonehenge.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' plays this well in the form of a superweapon named ''Stonehenge''. It consists of several massive [[MagneticWeapons railguns]], arranged in a circle, that are armed with anti-air burst missiles that destroy everything 2000 ft. above the ground.
* Stonehenge--"yes, THAT Stonehenge"--appears in ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' as a subarea of Winters. [[AlienInvasion Alien invaders]] decide to set up a base underneath it.
* DarkChronicle had Kazarov Stonehenge where a Chrono Union - a merging of 2 times at a specific location could take place. Which was necessary to bring Paznos to the present given it was in the future.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* A structure resembling Stonehenge appears in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' as an alien beacon. (Note that while it resembles Stonehenge, there's some very obvious differences).
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' again. This time, it was the hiding place for one of the [[PlotCoupon "stones from the future"]]; Sir Trance-a-Lot used his magic to bring the stones to life (complete with faces and arms, no less!) to distract the Ghostbusters.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' was about trying to keep someone from using Stonehenge as a weapon. [[spoiler: It turns out to be an alien signaling device, but the aliens don't show up until everyone leaves.]]

[[folder: The Seven League Boots]]
The Seven League Boots, from English lore. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're boots that let you walk seven leagues in a single step.]][[labelnote:Explanation]]For those who don't get it, back in the time where this was popular, "seven leagues" was the distance said that a man could walk in a day. As a league usually equals ~3 miles, being able to travel ~21 miles in a single step is an impressive [[{{Pun}} feat]].[[/labelnote]] Often used in video games as SprintShoes.

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* Savant from ''ComicBook/WildCATs'' had a pair of Seven League Boots at one point.
* Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' has a pair of these too, they are "walk on any surface" equipment.

[[AC: FanWorks]]
* {{Fanfic/Alexandra|Quick}} has a pair, which she uses during her journey to New Mexico [[spoiler:to find [[BigBad John Manuelito]].]]
* The Highborne noble, Mildreas, uses the Seven League Greaves, which he uses to FlashStep all over the place in ''FanFic/{{Transcendence}}''.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* Known on the {{Literature/Disc|World}} to cause severe groin sprain without proper precautions.
* Worn by the Mercenary in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy''. If used by the untrained, can lead to unfortunate side effects... namely, the person wearing the boots is torn in half due to one leg suddenly moving forward seven leagues....
* Creator/IsaacAsimov in ''Magic'' calculated that you could probably run around some of the other planets in our solar system and back again, just by holding your breath in outer space and wearing a pair of a certain kind of Seven League Boots (which aren't really ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). Also, you'd leave Earth's atmosphere in three steps if you walked in a tangent line, making them a severe case of BlessedWithSuck.
** In this case, it's the acceleration rather than the speed that's constant, making distance traveled proportional to time ''squared''. Zelazny used a similar concept in one of his own novels, except there it was a magical horse instead of boots; he explicitly stated that with a long enough run-up the horse could circumnavigate the universe in a single stride.
* Creator/ElizabethBear had Christopher Marlowe enchant some regular boots into seven league boots in ''[[Literature/ThePrometheanAge Whiskey and Water]]''.
* Utilized by Sophie in Diana Wynne Jones's ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle.'' In this version you go seven leagues for each ''pair'' of steps. If you only want to go three and a half leagues, you put on just one boot.
* In ''Literature/TheMidnightFolk'', the witches have one-league boots, seven-league boots and forty-nine league boots (the last have to be screwed to the floor when not in use).

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', They are one of the treasures of San Lorenzo, powered by a treasure hungry Devil Wind, which is let free when they are used, making them an ArtifactOfDoom. [[OneSizeFitsAll Also they shrink to fit]].

[[folder: Other]]

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* In ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'', the silver prosthetic of the mythological king Nuada is represented as the [[PowerArmor Symphogear]] Airgetlam, taking the shape of a white armor with a PowerFist. It's wielded by the sisters Serena and Maria.
** There's also the Daurdabla (also known as the Uaithne) - the harp of The Dagda. It features as the relic backing Carol Malus Dienheim's [[PowerArmor Faust Robe]].


[[folder: Book of the Dead]]
The Egyptian ''Book of the Dead'', a written set of spells designed to help a deceased person's spirit survive the trials of the afterlife, has seen occasional use.

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* It appears in ''Film/TheMummy1999'' along with the Book of the Living. One gives life to the dead, one gives death to the living.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', the Book of the Dead is an item that protects against the Anubis enemies that guard it.
* It is a vital MacGuffin in the {{Roguelike}} game ''VideoGame/NetHack''.
** Which is funny considering how widely available it is in RealLife.
* Parodied with the ''Norminomicon'', the Book of the Extremely Dead, in ''VideoGame/FableII''.

[[AC: Literature]]
* In an early ''Literature/TheMagicTreehouse'' adventure, Jack and Annie help an Egyptian queen's ghost find the copy she was buried with in order to help her pass on.


[[folder: Tutankhamun's Burial Mask]]

The mask of Tutankhamun has become the face of ancient Egypt. As such, expect explorers to come across a similar looking object.

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* Franchise/LupinIII steals the mask in one episode of the [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket second series]] and decides to wear it as a joke. He promptly becomes hypnotized by it into believing he ''is'' Tutankhamun, leading both his own gang and his rival Zenigata on a wild chase to catch and remove the mask from him before he goes nuts for good.

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* Circe, former partner of Black Mask (i.e. not the WonderWoman villainess), offers to use a replica of this, allegedly belonging to the pharaoh Ankh-Es-Anon, to 'heal' Two-Face's broken psyche. It appears to work at first, and even seems to repair his ''face'', but then he rips off the skin to reveal a totally scarred face, declaring he's seen through Circe's trick - there is no such pharaoh, after all. [[MultilayerFacade However, half of said scars turn out to be makeup]], but it appears the events of the story have sent Harvey's psyche off the deep end (more so than usual). And the whole thing was Batman's plan. NiceJobBreakingItHero.

[[AC: LiveActionTelevision]]
* Early seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'' would feature a panning shot of a similar mask as the title sequence.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* The Adventurer's object of desire in ''VideoGame/TheCave'' was the burial mask.
* The mask can actually be bought from the Able Sisters shop in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games. Wearing it, however, brings bad luck to your character.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* Bender in WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} has stolen it, twice.


!!!European Middle Ages

[[folder: The Philosopher's Stone]]
The PhilosophersStone, an item or substance of alchemical legend reputed to allow one to turn base metals into gold and possibly create an Elixir of Life, allowing one to become immortal. Incidentally, some historians believe that the "Philosopher's Stone" was actually ''Zinc''... when they initially discovered it they found what they had was something that could turn a worthless, dull metal (Copper) into a shiny golden one (Brass). By the time anyone realized that Zinc wasn't going to be the lead-into-gold stuff nobody cared because, hey, ''now we can make brass so keep doing that.''

[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* It may be misnamed in Japanese media if the translators missed the reference: for example, the "Crimson Tear" from ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' or the "Ruby Prism" from the ''VideoGame/AtelierIris'' series.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', a Philosopher's Stone can allow you to perform alchemy without worrying about its rules [[spoiler: due to it being nothing more than the equivalent of a battery and offering the user extra power to circumvent those rules]]. Unfortunately, as the heroes discover, the only way to create a Philosopher's Stone is to kill dozens of people (at the very ''least''), and condemn their souls to [[AndIMustScream eternal torment]], and even then a stone does break down after prolonged usage.
* Among its other alchemy references, ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' features "Philosopher's Stone - Sabatiel" as a card, which allows the user to use choose cards in their deck or Graveyard to activate in its place.

[[AC: {{Comics}}]]
* In the Franchise/DCUniverse the stone is in the possession of ComicBook/TheFlash villain Doctor Alchemy; not only it can change any substance into any other, it can even do so without touching it.

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' was renamed ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' for the American market because the publishers doubted Americans would know of the Philosopher's Stone and would not understand why philosophers are mentioned in a book about wizards.

* Appears in an episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', in which it bore a striking resemblance to "the guy from ''Film/BosomBuddies'' who wasn't Creator/TomHanks" (ironically, the wacky scientist/dad doesn't see it despite being played by that guy). It apparently grants wishes, as long as your wish can be misconstrued as "turn everything I touch into the substance I just mentioned." The climax of the episode has a guy who turns stuff to stone fighting a guy who turns stuff to cheese.
* ''Series/SleepyHollow'': The first half of Season 4 sees new BigBad Malcolm Dreyfuss gathering and reassembling the pieces of the Philosopher's Stone (here more of a stone tablet) so that he can [[ImmortalitySeeker become immortal]] in order to escape going to Hell as part of his DealWithTheDevil. [[spoiler: He succeeds, but Ichabod later uses the Stone to reverse the process.]] Interestingly, proximity to the Stone also causes the [[HumanoidAbomination Horseman]] to lose his invulnerability.

[[AC: TabletopGames]]
* In Rifts, the Philosopher's Stone is a [[SealedEvilInACan prison for a evil supernatural entity]]. Anyone who uses the Stone becomes slowly corrupted by the EldritchAbomination, turning more and more evil. It can turn any base metal into gold, but the current owner (a minor king in Pre-Rifts Poland) mostly uses it to make medieval-style armor strong enough to withstand {{Energy Weapon}}s. It also grants a magic force field that, while it doesn't make the owner immortal, definitely makes it harder to kill him.

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* Appears in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' as an accessory that reduces the amount of time the player has to wait for another chance to use a healing potion.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', local alchemist Patchouli Knowledge combines five elements into the single spellcard ''Fire Water Wood Metal Earth Sign: Philosopher's Stone''.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', players who take up the Alchemy profession can learn a number of recipes that let them make their own philosopher's stone. These take the form of trinkets that provide some pretty decent stat buffs, and are required tools for the Transmutation school.
* As the ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series revolves around alchemy, the Philosopher's Stone often shows up as a high-level crafting item, occasionally under a different name such as Ruby Prism. It usually doesn't do anything on its own, but can be used as a powerful alchemy ingredient when making other items. In ''VideoGame/AtelierRorona'', [[spoiler:Rorona can bake it into a ''pie''!]]

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' there is an episode centered around the stone. The bad guy wants to use it for his own greedy purposes, but fortunately there are other mystical forces around to help the Quest Team stop him.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' series had Mozenrath making the Stone [[spoiler:with magic from Eden and Genie,]] drawing on the knowledge of a trapped evil sorcerer.[[note]]This was ''[[ViewersAreGoldfish before]]'' Harry Potter became a thing.[[/note]]

The Voynich Manuscript, an untranslated medieval manuscript of a seemingly occult nature, sometimes appears in fiction as a TomeOfEldritchLore. A list of some works featuring it can be found [[http://www.ciphermysteries.com/the-voynich-manuscript/big-fat-list-of-voynich-novels here]].
The Pied Piper's flute usually appears in that character's possession in stories or plays, but turns up on its own (as the ''Pipes of the Sewers'') in the ''Dungeons & Dragons'' RPG. ''The Just Judges'' is a painting that once formed part of the legendary Ghent Altarpiece. In 1934 the panel was stolen and never recovered.

* Albert Camus' ''Literature/TheFall'' finds ''The Just Judges'' in the possession of the nefarious Jean-Baptiste Clamence who draws inspiration from it for his questionable occupation of "judge-penitent."

* ''The Just Judges'' makes a cameo in season 3 of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' in the possession of Ra's Al-Ghul



[[folder: The Sampo]]
The Sampo from the ''Literature/TheKalevala'', which is especially versatile as it is never explicitly established what it actually ''is''. It seems to be a machine or device used to produce whatever is demanded; we see it churning out gold and salt at two separate points in the legend. Some versions had it as a WorldTree.

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* Creator/DonRosa, touched by the appreciation of his Finnish fans, wrote an adventure featuring [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] hunting down the pieces of the Sampo and rebuilding it. Of course, his {{greed}} gets the better of him, and ultimately he is nearly taken by the artifact's divine builder to the heavens. He ''is'' offered the choice to go with it, but realizes he's not ready to leave his life behind and agrees to let the Sampo go. At the end, his reward is the Sampo's crank.

[[AC: FanFic]]
* The Sampo occurs as a myth in ''FanFic/UnderTheNorthernLights'' somewhat similar to the original one. While it is often called a mill, noone knows exactly what it was today, but it had the power to break a famine. [[spoiler:Princess Luna reveals it as a wishing machine used by the "gods" to create the world, by transporting things or even abstract concepts to the user. It was cursed by Discord as a prank so that it always ''steals'' the things you get with a wish.]]

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Petaja Emil Petaja]] wrote a series of stories based on the ''Kalevala''. I believe ''The Star Mill'' relates to the Sampo.

* The Sampo was a major plot point in the featured film from the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheDayTheEarthFroze''. Again, the artifact is continuously mentioned, and even used, without it ever being explained just what the hell it's supposed to ''be'', leading the Satellite of Love crew to have endless fun with the concept, culminating in a fan contest asking people to send in their own ideas of what a "sampo" is. The winner: a photo of a small TV set with the brand name "Sampo" showing a frame of ''[=MST3K=]''.

* A version of the Sampo can be seen in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-294 SCP-294]], a vending machine with a keyboard for entering requests. It can only dispense items in liquid form, but it can produce anything that exists in the universe, even abstract concepts such as 'music' or 'my life story'. Its only limitation is that it, like in the fanfic section above, must steal the materials from somewhere else (i.e. from a nearby container of bleach if 'bleach' is requested, [[NightmareFuel organic material from someone the requester knows as Joe if 'a cup of joe' is requested...).]]



[[folder: The Fountain Of Youth]]
The Fountain Of Youth, which differs from most of the other artifacts on this page in that it can't be transported from place to place. Nevertheless, just about every fantasy story that runs long enough will eventually address it. Historical explorer, Juan Ponce de León went looking for it and instead got famous for exploring Florida.

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* It's only natural for Comicbook/ManThing to stumble across it in his home in the Florida swamps (and some conquistadors along with it).
* The Fountain used to be somewhere around Florida in the DC Universe, and granted genius-level intellect and omnilingualism to Detective Chimp. However, when the Spectre went mad without Jim Corrigan, he decided all magic was evil; one of the first things he did after the revelation was to boil away the fountain's waters.
* In a story from the comic book tie-in with the late 1980s ''Superboy'' TV series, the Fountain of Youth turns out to be a lie, and Ponce de León was actually cursed with youthful immortality until he was killed by a powerful rich person seeking the legendary fountain.
* In one Creator/CarlBarks story from the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, Scrooge [=McDuck=] stumbled upon the Fountain of Youth (and a pair of young men who were actually stranded conquistadores) while scouting for property in Florida. Unfortunately, the fountain was destroyed by a construction crew before Scrooge could call them off.

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* ''Film/TheFountain''. In a subversion, there is no literal fountain that is being sought by either of the three versions of Tom, but a magical tree.
* Showed itself in the third ''Librarian'' movie.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]'' ends with Barbossa going off to find it... only Barbossa discovers Jack has stolen the map to guide them there.
** And the fourth movie ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]'' features Jack and Barbossa teaming up to find it... and fight Blackbeard.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett spoofed Ponce de Leon in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with Ponce de Quirm, who spent his whole life exploring foreign countries because people made fun of his name. The Fountain granted him youth, but [[spoiler:also granted it to the strong, healthy dysentery bacteria that killed him.]]
* Who says the fountain of Youth can't be elsewhere? There are hand-wavium [=FoYs=] in ''Demon'', the third book in Creator/JohnVarley's ''Literature/GaeaTrilogy'', which is set in a (huge) creature (essentially a sentient, living space station) orbiting Saturn.
* The Fountain appears memorably in Creator/TimPowers' ''Literature/OnStrangerTides''.
* The novel ''Literature/TuckEverlasting''.
* Literature/{{Xanth}} also has the fountain of Youth. Since Literature/{{Xanth}} is basically Florida in a {{fantasy}} environment, the author claims that the two fountains are in the same place (in Literature/{{Xanth}}, Earth, and Mundania ).

* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' The Fountain of Youth was like a normal fountain in a city only underground and could be accessed using a magical grail. It was located in San Francisco in a cave.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', after Billy begins suffering from rapid aging, he has to go to Aquitar in order to drink from that planet's Fountain of Youth. He has to drink it fresh from the source, because otherwise it isn't strong enough. He decides to [[StayWithTheAliens stay on Aquitar]] after being restored because he [[InterspeciesRomance falls in love]] with an Aquitian scientist named Cestria.
* In season seven of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel goes searching for the Fountain of Youth, or, more specifically, a powerful [[{{Precursors}} Ancient]] healing device capable of, besides healing, reviving the dead and extending life. Its effects came to anyone who was near it when it was on. It was hidden in a temple near a waterfall, thus originating the "Fountain of Youth" myth.

* An artifact card in the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', ''The Dark'' expansion, which also popped up in the book based on it. It's randomly located in some village. The main character hides in it from some goblins and so unwittingly gains immortality. Humorously, the card's flavor text explains why no one else ever discovered its true nature. No one wants to drink from a fountain where (now immortal) pigeons bathe.
* Leonization, a rejuvenation procedure in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', is named after Ponce de Leon.

* The campaign of ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' is about three generations of people keeping it out of the wrong hands. Hell, you even get to blow it up at one point.
* The videogame ''VideoGame/{{Colonization}}'' lets you discover it and get a bonus. Amusingly, it doesn't limit how many times you can discover it, so a player who explores thoroughly can find dozens of Fountains of Youth scattered all over the Americas.
* ''VideoGame/RogueLegacy'': The "cure for all ills" the prince was searching for in his journal pages turns out to be this. Which is given {{foreshadowing}}, as each of the bosses have a name related to the fountain of youth.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' features the Fountain as a Natural Wonder. If it's claimed by a city, it gives +10 Happiness to the owner of the city, and any military units that move next to the Fountain permanently gain the ability to heal twice their usual speed.

* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' parodies this, with an explorer discovering the [[http://oglaf.com/fountain-of-doubt/ Fountain of Doubt]], the [[http://oglaf.com/fountain-of-death/ Water So Delicious That Even Dead People Want It]], and the [[http://oglaf.com/fountain-of-girl/ Fountain]] [[http://oglaf.com/fountain-of-girl/2/ of]] [[GenderBender Girl]].

* Appears in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. The guy who guarded it probably should've known better than to keep a supply of its water in a carnival dunking booth, even if it was out of order.
* This was the objective in a ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode, in which the Fountain was hidden in a cave beneath an elementary school. A girl who'd used it to remain young for generations had connected its runoff to a ''drinking'' fountain inside the school, with a permanent "out of order" sign.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' featured the eponymous character and I. R. Baboon as Spanish conquistadores tasked by the King of Spain with finding the whereabouts of The Red Guy as Pantless de León who went to find the Fountain of Youth in America decades ago and was never heard from again. After arriving to a 20th century America, they find de león guarding a drinking fountain in a park, which he claims to be the real deal because it has a "Youth" sign next to it. As I. R. drinks from the fountain. Weasel points out it's because there's nearby fountain with a "Adult" sign next to it. Realizing the mistake, Pantless de León agrees to return to Spain. While returning, FridgeLogic kicks in as I. M. Weasel wonders why Pantless hasn't aged a bit despite being in America for several years. Cue to Pantless and Baboon having been turned into babies.

A lost city that sank under the sea.

* Atlantis is also, of course, the respective home of Creator/{{DC|Comics}}'s Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} and Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'s ComicBook/SubMariner.

* In ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'', Poseidos is thought to be Atlantis. It was an island with an advanced society that sank into the sea. Atlantis in the myths was said to belong to Poseidon, and things got garbled.

* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had several depictions of Atlantis over the years: one was in the Second Doctor serial ''The Underwater Menace'', and the other was the Third Doctor serial ''The Time Monster''.
* The Lost City of Atlantis itself, as seen in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', where it had been moved to another galaxy, submerged, resurfaced in the first episode, then moved to another planet.
* ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' obviously, though at this point it hasn't been submerged.

* This is the last continent to be visited in ''Pinball/RipleysBelieveItOrNot''

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* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game features Altantis in the form of a card called "A Legendary Ocean". "Atlantean" monsters also exist as an archetype of city-dwelling sea serpents.
* In ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'', Atlantis was thrown into a pocket dimension after experiments by the ancient Atlanteans WentHorriblyWrong. The Coming of the Rifts caused Atlantis to return, which raised the sea level around the globe. Obviously, the original inhabitants are long since gone, and Atlantis is now the domain of an EldritchAbomination and his thousands of slaves.

* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' set its campaign in Atlantis.
* [[Characters/EternalChampions Trident]] from ''VideoGame/EternalChampions'' fought for Atlantis against the Romans for a share of land. Following his death, his people were forced to live underwater.
* The Atlanteans built a time travel machine in ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' and used it to escape to the past after several wars with the Vortex. Ecco uses the machine during the first two games.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWarGhostOfSparta'', Kratos inadvertently sinks Atlantis searching for his brother. Despite being a pretty large moment in the game, it is only referenced one other time. While battling [[spoiler:Poseidon in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'', he will sometimes say, "Atlantis will be avenged!"]]
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' is about the titular character searching for Atlantis before the Nazis can find it and use its secrets. Indy makes use of various Atlantean artifacts powered by beads of {{orichalcum}}. Naturally, orichalcum originally comes from Atlantis.

* In Webcomic/ItsWalky, Atlantis was an ancient Martian outpost, from which various people such as the Head Alien and [=SEMME=] steals technology.

* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' accidentally subverted this trope. The heroes are able to find {{Atlantis}} because they got their hands on both the Shepherd's Journal (a road map to the place) and a linguist who was able to actually read it. In the DVD voiceovers, the creators mentioned several responses from viewers congratulating them for actually using the Shepherd's Journal for extra authenticity. Ironically, the legend of the Shepherd's Journal begins and ends with Disney's ''Atlantis'' -- there was no such artifact, legendary or otherwise.
* Name-checked in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales: The Treasure of the Lost Lamp'' in the form of Genie's account of its destruction: it was ''the'' resort getaway of its time until [[BigBad Merlock]] couldn't get a reservation. The rest is history.

[[folder:Pandora's Box]]
A box that was given to a girl named Pandora, and that she was [[SchmuckBait told to never open]]. Obviously she opened it, and within it were all the horrors and woes of life, now unleashed upon the earth. She was made as curious as she was beautiful by Zeus as punishment to humanity - his plan worked.

* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', Pandora's box contained Hypnos and Thanatos, Hades' servants, where they had been initially sealed by Athena after the end of the war in the Age of Myth. Pandora, of course, released them in modern times.
* ''Manga/HauntedJunction'' has the protagonist open it by accident. It wakes him up a bit.
* The box shows up in ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya''. [[spoiler: It turns out to the Cube used by the Ainsworth family. Darius Ainsworth's entire plan relies on using his daughter Erika to open it and save their world (or not).]]

* The box (as an urn) is the major lynchpin of the ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'' comic book series.
** They've [[ShownTheirWork done the research]]; Pandora ''was'' originally given an urn, not a box. It wasn't until Erasmus of Rotterdam miscopied πίθος ("urn") as πύχις ("box") in the 16th century CE - some scholars speculate that he was confusing Pandora and Psyche, who ''was'' associated with a box - that Pandora became associated with a box rather than an urn.
* In the ''ComicBook/New52'', Pandora's Box was a skull-shaped item that could only be opened by the person with the most evil heart. [[spoiler:It turned out to be a gate to [[MirrorUniverse Earth 3]].]]


* Pandora is the Goddess of Imagination in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', and multiple ones exist. Some are used to imprison her creations that got too far out of hand, and others contain essence given to her by other Gods for use in creating stories. The two that have ended up on Equus, however, definitely ended ''badly'': the first one contained dark magic, and released it into the world when Morning Star, resulting in the creation of Hydia's clan, numerous monsters, and [[spoiler:Lord Tirek himself]]. The other was the prison of [[spoiler:the entity that would become General-Admiral Makarov.]]

* And as the final goal of the second ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider''.

* In ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Last Olympian]]'', Prometheus gives Percy the urn of Pandora and tells him that if he opens it, he will free Hope and so surrender. It turns out to be a ClingyMacGuffin -- it keeps showing up after being locked in a safe. Percy finally hands it to Hestia, who can keep it safe.
* In [[Literature/{{Xanth}} Night Mare]], Magician Humphrey, in preparing some of the defensive spells he expects will be needed during the invasion that forms the background of the story, turns out to have a box he took "from a very foolish young girl", without saying what it contains- except that it's dangerous. When Mare Imbri, near the end of the book, feels like she has nothing left to lose and, in preparing for a desperation attack, opens the box... releases the Hope trapped inside, and gains the determination[=/=]courage to perform the attack that ends the war.
* Creator/RosemaryWells covered the myth with her Literature/MaxAndRuby characters in ''Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth: Pandora's Box''.

* Pandora's Box also showed up in a last season episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', with a superpowered Guardian (named "Hope") who was to protect it so that demons (or anyone really) would not be able to open it and release the ills within. Naturally said Guardian knew nothing about all this and had to go through a (relatively short) HowDoIShotWeb bit before she could save the world. Interestingly, since the Box had already been opened long ago to originally release its contents, doing so now merely intensified the bad traits of humanity--which, aside from the obvious negative consequences, helped to tilt the balance of power toward evil.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Pandorica plays with the general concept of the trope; the device itself is based upon the ''legend'' of Pandora's Box (Amy's favorite story). It was made to hold the worst nightmare the Universe has ever seen (the Doctor), [[SubvertedTrope but, in its own strange way, it ended up containing Hope as well]].
* Shows up in season 3 of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' as an item that can entrap even the most powerful magical beings. Mr. Gold uses it to trap Peter Pan [[spoiler: actually Henry in Pan's body]]. Before that, he was briefly trapped in it himself.
* Pandora's Box is in ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.
** "Empty, of course."
*** As of Season 4, the box was retconned to traditionally contain Hope, [[spoiler: which was destroyed in the explosion of the Warehouse. Fixed when the {{Reset Button}} was pushed]].
* Appears in ''Series/{{Atlantis}}''. Jason is sent to the Underworld to fetch it in return for his friend's safety, only to realize that it's too dangerous to give to anyone else. He has a copy made, but unfortunately Medusa finds the real thing, opens it, and ends up with her legendary snake hair.
* One of the installments of ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' was titled "Pandora's Box" and covered this story.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'', Pandora's Box is a cube found during a Mars expedition, releasing "Skywalls" that separated Japan into three separate districts after being opened.

* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': The "Gold Sarcophagus" is a spell that delays, then forces the draw of a card, possibly opening up a box of worms or setting up anything given enough foresight. This card could alternatively be considered an Ark of the Covenant analogue.

* Opening Pandora's Box is what triggered the ongoing Age of Heroes in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''' backstory.
* It also played a huge role in the mythology-themed ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series.
* ''VideoGame/LegendaryTheBox'' has its master thief protagonist being hired to steal Pandora's Box and accidentally opening it, thereby freeing a horde of vicious monsters upon the world.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'', retrieving Pandora's Box is one of the tasks Rosella must complete to win the game.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Banon tells Terra the story of Pandora's Box. He tells her that once when people were pure and innocent, there was a box they were told never to open. One man did, releasing all of the world's evils: envy, greed, pride, violence and control. The only thing left in the box was a single ray of light: hope. He then tells her that she is that ray of light, [[LaResistance the Resistance's]] only hope.
* ''VideoGame/ZombiesAteMyNeighbors'' includes it as a special item that releases fireballs which chase down and wipe out all enemies in the screen.

* The [[http://chimerabazaar.blogspot.com/2011/10/2-pandora.html second entry]] in the web serial novel [[http://chimerabazaar.blogspot.com/ The Chimera Bazaar]] deals with Pandora's box.
** [[spoiler:Later the contents of the box mutate into the EldritchAbomination Zaa]]
*** [[spoiler:Who apparently speaks Pandorian, the language of Pandora's Box]]

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' centers around the pandemonium of Pandora's ''lunch''box being opened.
* The Box Ghost gets his DayInTheLimelight with this in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans'' gets on this open: This time, they two characters -- Hope and the Monster of the Day, The Sleeper.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' did this when Blossom accidentally opens it while cleaning (it was in the Professor's possession for some reason). Hope was likewise inside it too but became too distracted by toys to be of any use (directly anyway).

[[folder:The Golden Fleece]]
The Golden Fleece, really more of a very, very shiny MacGuffin than anything else.

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* In "The Golden Fleecing" by Creator/CarlBarks, [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge and company]] had to face harpies and a dragon to recover the Golden Fleece.

* The Golden Fleece is a PlotCoupon in the Italian film ''Film/{{Hercules 1958}}''.

* The Golden Fleece is actively used in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series. It has healing properties and certain power over Nature. In the second book, ''Sea of Monsters'', Percy and his friends go on an Argonauts-inspired quest to look for the Fleece in order to heal Thalia's tree (a tree which guards the borders of Camp Half-Blood from monsters), which has been poisoned by the BigBad. [[spoiler: On healing the tree, the Fleece also brings Thalia herself, Zeus's daughter, back to life.]]

* Gene London on ''Cartoon Corners/The Gene London Show'' possessed the Golden Fleece and could make wishes on it.

* In the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series, the Golden Fleece is an artifact left behind by [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]] and is also known as the Shroud of Turin. It is advanced technology with incredible healing abilities and the power to temporarily animate the dead.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' Caster has this, but she isn't a Rider so she can't summon the awesome dragon associated with it.
* You can pick this up from Jason in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'', allowing you to counterattack enemies.
* You require Golden Fleece to make a magic harp in the MMORPG ''{{VideoGame/Runescape}}''.
* It is the object of Jason's quest in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheArgonauts''. As with ''Assassins Creed'' it's a source of vital energy capable of resurrecting the dead, as well as being as the strongest set of armor in the game.

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Smurfs Odyssey", the Smurfs help Zeus's son Hermes complete his journey to get the Golden Fleece on Gorgon Island in order to prove himself worthy of godhood.

* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the Aegis shield (Zeus's shield, occasionally on loan to Athena, in the mythology) is the Relic shield for Paladins.

[[folder:Imperial Regalia]]

Japan has the Treasures of Amaterasu, aka the "Imperial Regalia of Japan": the sword ''Kusanagi no Tsurugi'', also known as ''Ama no Murakumo no Tsurugi'', the mirror ''Yata no Kagami'', and the necklace ''Yasakani no Magatama''. All three reputedly actually exist, and are stored in three different temples. However, they have never been shown in public and some may be copies of lost or stolen originals. Interestingly, the Kusanagi is rarely actually depicted in the straight, double-edged, longsword-like style and bronze composition it probably should be, [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana but often as]] a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. The Magatama is often represented by its [[http://cabekeriting04.blogspot.com/2008/03/magatama.html signature comma-shaped beads]] rather than the whole necklace. The Kusanagi was found in the tail of the {{Orochi}} after its death. Sometimes {{Hihiirokane}} is described as being used in the regalia's construction.

* The blue seeds from ''Anime/BlueSeed'' are the souls of the Aragami are single magatamas, one of the main characters is named Kusanagi Mamoru, and there is a villain named Murakumo [[spoiler:who is actually Yamata no Orochi]].
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'''s protagonist, Motoko Kusanagi, is named after the sword. (It sounds roughly as natural to a Japanese speaker as "Jane Excalibur" would sound to an English speaker... which is probably why Masamune Shirow lampshaded it with a comment in his narration about it being "obviously a pseudonym".) InUniverse, it actually ''is'' a pseudonym. In every version of the series where her backstory is described, her birth name was either never given to her in the first place, or all records of her family were lost to her.
* The necklace used to give ''Anime/InuYasha'' the "sit!" command resembles the full Yasakani no Magatama.
** Additionally, in the third [[TheMovie movie]], ''Swords of an Honorable Ruler,'' some comedy is generated by Kagome's grandfather's misreading of the kanji on the sheath of the evil EmpathicWeapon Sou'unga, which causes him to believe that it is the real Kusanagi no Tsurugi.
** Anime/InuYasha's own weapon happens to come from the body of a monster and is able to control the wind, one too many similarities to the Kusanagi.
* ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' postulates that Ama No Murakumo is actually ''two'' swords. And a HumongousMecha, for an even count.
* Its spin-off series ''Anime/ShatteredAngels'' has Kaon, the reincarnation of ''Kannazuki'''s Chikane, actually ''become'' Ama no Murakumo, though a very scaled down version of that one.
* Orochimaru of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' somehow has the Kusanagi (which the dub calls "The Grass Long Sword" and it literally means "Grass-cutting Sword") and stores it ''in his throat'' of all places, presumably because he is indirectly named after the legendary serpent Orochi, in whose body the Kusanagi supposedly originated. Though it's a katana in the manga, it is shown accurately as a straight blade in the anime, but also possesses the ability to extend and glows for some reason. [[spoiler:The Mirror is held by a spirit that Itachi creates with a DangerousForbiddenTechnique that deflects all attacks... and ends up killing him]]. The Sage of the Six Paths wears a necklace that looks the Magatama, though it doesn't appear to be of any significance.
** Later revealed that [[spoiler: all three users of the DangerousForbiddenTechnique mentioned above (Sasuke, Itachi, and Madara) all have a related attack that takes on the appearance of the Magatama. Sasuke merely generates fiery beads, while Itachi and Madara actually wield them in a massive necklace]].
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', all three treasures became the primary weapons of Sailor Uranus ("Space Sword", based on the Kusanagi), Sailor Neptune (the Mirror), and Sailor Pluto (the necklace, or the jewel from it at any rate, which became the Garnet Orb on her staff). The items are so powerful in combination that -- bizarrely enough -- they can call into existence ''another'' Public Domain Artifact on this page: the Holy Grail. Which is, of course, really just another excuse to add another transformation sequence/fancy outfit/power-up for Sailor Moon, who is (appropriately enough) the MessianicArchetype of the series.
* In the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' series, two of Orb's great weapons are named after the mystical weapons: the space battleship ''Kusanagi'' and the anti-beam reflecting armor ''Yata no Kagami''. Appropriate enough given that despite being a South Pacific island with a largely Caucasian population, Orb is treated as an obvious {{Expy}} of Japan.
* The Galactic Imperial Family of ''Anime/SpacePirateMito'' has the full set: a sword (in the form of a spaceship that can be swung like a giant blade), magatama, and mirror. The latter two are rather more mystical and are used to do things with spirits.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Kurama and Hiei first appear as thieves who stole the three treasures from King Enma's palace along with Goki. The Sword has the power to turn living organisms it has cut into demons, the Mirror can grant the user one wish on a full moon in exchange for their life, and the Jewel has the ability to suck human souls out of their bodies and store them. Hiei uses the Sword to create demon minions, Goki uses the Jewel (which is not a necklace or in the shape a tama) to store and eat human souls, and Kurama uses the Mirror to heal his human mother Shiori (but with Yusuke's help, he doesn't die for it).

* The comic ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' devotes two whole [[StoryArc story arcs]] to the rediscovery and delivery for safekeeping of Kusanagi no Tsurugi. The focus is more on how the sword could be used to rally people to overthrow the shogunate and restore the emperor, but despite this the Grasscutter has some supernatural power - the evil Jei can't corrupt the blade as he does all others he wields and it's the only thing to actually kill him. [[spoiler: Okay, so it didn't stick, at least it did better then most.]]
** Notably, the sword is also correctly depicted as double-edged, straight blade. Stan Sakai [[ShownTheirWork is famous for showing his work]], with a few paragraphs on his research always included in the letters section too.
** Also in the fourth color special Usagi is forced to recreate the incident that gave the sword the Grasscutter name - a group attacking Usagi sets the grass around him on fire and he slashes the grass around him to create a safe area from the fire.
* In ''Elric: The Balance Lost'', Kusanagi is equivalent to the [[Literature/TheElricSaga Stormbringer]] in Eric Beck's universe. It is depicted as a [[BlackSwordsAreBetter black blade]] with a red jewel in the hilt.
* ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'': The "Sword's of Groo" story tells how Groo gained his swords and the backstory of the blades seems to be partially based on the Kusanagi no Tsurugi. The swords were forged by the Japanese-themed gods and served as part of the regalia of the emperor of a Japanese-themed culture. Considering [[ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo Stan Sakai]] served as letterer on the Groo comics and is a friend of Creator/SergioAragones, Sergio would be more then likely to know about the Kusanagi no Tsurugi.

* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'': The regalia were stolen and corrupted long ago by the Dark Champion of the Shadowkhan (the ones on public display are explained as being duplicates made to hide the fact), and were scattered and hidden when he was defeated. Together, they can open a portal to the Forge of Shadows, the place where the Shadowkhan were originally created, but they seem to have individual powers as well. At the very least, the Kusanagi possesses the person wielding it, turning them into a mindless berserker.
** The Yata no Kagami, now the Mirror of Despair, puts [[spoiler: Tohru]] into a coma when he looks into it, trapping him in a vision of a BadFuture until Uncle is able to wake him up.
** The Jewel can be used to bring a person's darkest thoughts and self-doubts to life as shadow doppelgangers of themselves. They can't cause physical harm, but the emotional damage can be just as bad.
* ''FanFic/KamenRiderShowa'' has the hero gaining thinly-veiled analogues of these treasures (a magical sword, gem, and mirror), each of which bestow him new powers because of the supernatural being within them.

* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', the sword is one of many that the Prosperos has.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the holy sword ''Fidelacchius'', the Sword of Faith, is Kusanagi. It being a katana (or more precisely, a sword cane with a katana blade) is Justified by it having been reforged in the past. [[spoiler:It's remade into ''[[Franchise/StarWars a lightsaber]]'' in ''Literature/SkinGame''.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' has Ena possessing the Ama no Murakamo, at least until she draws too heavily on its power and needs to be rescued from it as it awakens as a Rogue God. In the anime it is absorbed by [[spoiler:Metis]] but in the novels it is defeated by the appropriately named ''Kusanagi'' Godou and becomes the source of his second divine Authority (to absorb and redirect magical energy).
* The YA urban fantasy trilogy "Sword, Mirror, Jewel" is based on the Imperial Regalia, and the books reveal that each item is a weapon constructed by an incredibly ancient and advanced alien race. A ragtag bunch of teenagers have to prevent them being stolen and used in a war between Yokai.
* ''Kusunagi'' is the titular blade in the Literature/{{Emberverse}} novel ''The Desert and the Blade''. [[spoiler: The story reveals that ''Kusunagi'' was purchased illegally by an American GI in the aftermath of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and ended up in North America. ''Kusunagi'' has powers similar to those of the Sword of the Lady which figured prominently in earlier books in the series. However, it can only be wielded by a legitimate heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.]] Unlike many depictions, ''Kusunagi'' is depicted in a form appropriate to its era in Japanese history.
* The early 80's [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure interactive book]] ''Blade of the Young Samurai'' used a series of magical treasures based on these as its [[PlotCoupon Plot Coupons]]. There's the crystal sword Kusanagi (as a katana), the Gem of Seeing and the Mirror of Omikami.

* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Several of the Bujinji monsters appear to be based on the ten treasures known as the Tokusa no Kandakara ("10 varieties of the god's treasure") which are enshrined at Isonokami Shrine. The supporting trap cards also reference the Magatama and Sword.

* The Regalia are especially popular in Japanese video games, also forming the second set of {{Plot Coupon}}s in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'', and also show up in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
** Interestingly, the Kusanagi Blade is also a separate weapon in ''Baten Kaitos'', being Kalas's best fire-element weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle'', you can equip Monica with the Ame-no-Murakumo. The game hints at the idea it might be a fake.
* The three {{Plot Coupon}}s of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' which [[spoiler:were created to destroy three corresponding Wingly seals which keep the God of Destruction's flesh in the sky as the Moon That Never Sets]] are based on the Imperial Regalia.
* Though the artifacts themselves don't appear, certain characters from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' are named for them: Kyo Kusanagi, and Iori Yagami (former clan name: Yasakani). Chizuru Kagura is not named for her artifact ([[MeaningfulRename though her clansmen used to refer themselves as the Yata clan]]), but has been shown to be a vessel for the Yata Mirror.
** They ''do'', however, appear in the live-action movie.
** In ''The King of Fighters: KYO'', the Yata Mirror ''does'' appear. Chizuru can use it as a normal MagicMirror, watching over [[spoiler:Iori and Kyo's BattleInTheRain]] when she's not there.
** In the OP of ''KOF XIII'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-wVj5yOtE a short sequence around 0:20]] shows Chizuru, Iori and Kyo [[OutOfClothesExperience floating nude in a void]] alongside the game's rendition of the Amaterasu Treasures. (''Heavy'' spoilers, obviously.) As a GeniusBonus, Kyo's Kusanagi no Tsurugi is '''''not''''' represented as a katana, but as the double-edged longsword it should be.
** Similar to the ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' TCG example above, a group known as the Ten Sacred Treasures are included in the GBA-exclusive ''[[AlternateContinuity EX]]'' series, consisting of Moe Habana (Yatsuka no Tsurugi), Reiji Oogami (Hetsu Kagami), Jun Kagami (treasure unknown), Miu Kurosaki (treasure unknown), and Sinobu Amou (Makaru Kaeshi no Tama). In a peculiar move, Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru are counted as part of the Ten [[note]]the Yagami Team's story in ''[=EX2=]'' has Jun state that there are six of the Ten present when Iori, Jun, and Miu face Kyo, Moe, and Reiji[[/note]], even though the Three Sacred Treasures are ''not'' the same artifacts (and, in fact, are likely the source that the legend of the Ten Sacred Treasures is derived from), meaning that three of the actual ten treasures don't exist in the ''KOF'' verse.
* As you would expect for a game starring Amaterasu, ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' features the three relics as your three weapon options-- a mirror, a sword, and a "rosary" of beads worn around the neck.
** More interesting still, the first and final swords you receive are won by defeating Orochi. And the two most powerful Rosaries look like the ''Yasakani no Magatama''.
** Also note, this is one of the rare examples where ''all'' the blades are double-edged straight swords (albeit a lot larger and wider than average) that match the "ancient (read:pre-katana) Japan" aesthetic.
* The [[MacGuffin Kusanagi]] is mentioned as apparently having been stolen in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'', but that's all we get to know about it.
* The Magatama is used extensively in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, purported to have the power to read people's minds (or at least see when they're hiding things).
* The sword, mirror, and "proof of royalty" in ''Manga/RuinExplorers''.
* In the game ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', these three items (a sword, shield, and necklace respectively) can be found in Sei's Tomb in Shrike. Players can choose to keep these items, which are medium-powerful in their own right, or put them on particular pedestals to open the way to the undead King Sei (who promptly attacks the grave robbers).
* Another notable example occurs in the first two ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games, in which they are called the "Majinki" (meaning "Demon God Weapons"). They can grant whoever uses them the power of a god... or a demon. They are stolen and used by the BigBad in the first game, and are destroyed in the second game to prevent the second game's BigBad from doing likewise.
** they also allow someone from the Shinguji bloodline to banish the Kouma Demons at the cost of their life... which also plays into Oogami's decision to destroy them, as Sakura does consider their use - like her father Kazuma did in the first war.
* The Blue Moon Crystal in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', which is also a sacred artifact for the nation of [[{{Wutai}} Yafutoma]], just happens to be magatama-shaped.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Keine Kamishirasawa has a set of spell cards called "Three Sacred Treasures." Depending on difficulty, what follows will be the Sword (Kusanagi, on easy), the Orb (Magatama, on normal), or the Mirror (Yata-no-Kagami, on hard). On Lunatic, it will instead say "Three Sacred Treasures - Country."
** Also [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke]] owns the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, according to the ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'' stories. (He got it from Marisa, who'd unknowingly found it as a kid and kept it in a pile of scrap metal.)
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' the [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Grasscutter Grasscutter]] is yours for only 60 Badges of Heroism! (Note: It's an off-hand weapon.)
* Though not actually the weapons themselves, Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf of ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' are themed after the Regalia.
* The Treasures' symbolism plays a key role in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s plot. Amaterasu itself is, for lack of a better word, ''{{God}}'', and Kusanagi is a living weapon [[spoiler: whose sole purpose is to destroy Amaterasu]]. Also, here the Murakumo refers to 13 {{Robot Girl}}s that were specifically created by [[TheEmpire the NOL]] to traverse and guard [[EldritchLocation the Boundary]]. The Kusanagi also has a [[LimitBreak Distortion Drive]] called "Yata no Kagami" which fires a {{Frickin Laser|Beams}} BeamSpam in all directions and the Susanoo Unit has a [[MechanicallyUnusualFighter continually regenerating Magatama guage instead of a]] [[ManaMeter Heat guage]] like everyone else. [[spoiler: In ''Central Fiction'' it's revealed that The Imperator's crown is actually the Yasakani no Magatama. Given that The Imperator is actually Izanami, the Goddess of Death, it's probably a bad thing that she's the one who wields it]].
* All three Regalia must be reclaimed from powerful foreign demons attempting to establish strongholds in Tokyo shrines to release Amaterasu in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''.
* In the {{doujinshi}} game VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf, the BigBad Murakumo is named after the Ame-no-Murakumo. Subverted in that he doesn't have the sword as his WeaponOfChoice.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Amanomurakumo"]] is the Relic 'Great Katana' (two-handed katanas distinct from the one-handed ones Ninja use that more resemble wakizashi) that Samurai can equip. Interestingly, its model isn't similar to that of most Great Katana (which is the usual long, curved, single-edged blade usually associated with katanas), but a likely more accurate model of a straight, double-edged blade.
* Amaterasu as she appears in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' utilizes all the Imperial Regalia. The Yasakani no Magatama is used to initiate an aura that boosts offense or speed of surrounding allies while she gets a small period of self-healing. The Yata no Kagami is used to generate a shield that decreases damage to her while building up a charge that can be shot back to the enemy for more damage the more she has been hit beforehand. And she's basically using her Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi to either hack and slash her enemies, or placing a damage-increasing debuff on them, silencing them or her ultimate wide strikes.
* Kusanagi no Tsurugi (labeled here as [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kusanagi Tsurugi]]), and the Yasakini Magatama appear in ''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'' as an equippable Sword, and Accessory respectively. Despite the presence of these two, Yata no Kagami seems strangely absent.
** The Yata Mirror was added as another Accessory in a later update, as well as the "Holy Trintity" achievement for equipping all three items at the same time.
* ''[[Franchise/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts Covenant]]'''s final boss is Susano-o, the Japanese god of storms, who is aided by the three treasures who can act on their own and join him in combo attacks.
* The ''Shall We Date?'' games ''Destiny Ninja'' and ''Destiny Ninja 2'' involve descendants of [[{{Orochi}} Princess Kushinada]] who protect the regalia. Notably, in ''Destiny Ninja 2'' the main character uses the Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven to purify the four seasons.
* Kusanagi appears in the old Sega Master System title ''Spellcaster'', and remarkably is actually depicted as having a straight blade. Perhaps because it's only used at certain points to advance the plot.
* The three treasures show up in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', where they're pieces of the Kojin's chosen Primal, Susano. Bringing all three together results in the Lord of the Revel challenging the Warrior of Light to a fight, mostly for fun.

[[folder:The Muramasa and Masamune]]
Historically, UsefulNotes/MuramasaAndMasamune were popular, highly skilled swordsmiths. According to legend, however, they were ''incredibly'' skilled swordsmiths that made swords ideal to perform and avert cutting, respectively. As the techniques of both craftsmen died with them, and the specific qualities of their works have yet to be reproduced, surviving pieces have become legendary to the point of magical. These days, many works assign the names Masamune and/or Muramasa to the swords themselves; depending on context, this can imply the sword was forged by that swordsmith (like a Stradivarius violin, a Rembrandt painting, or a Glock handgun), or it can just mean the creator thought the name was cool and liked the associations it had.

* In the Zanpakutou Unknown Tales filler arc of the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime, we are introduced to a character named Muramasa, who has the power of making the Shinigami's swords materialize in their true form, and who's controlling them into rebelling against their respective Shinigami. [[spoiler: Turns out, Muramasa ''is'' a Shinigami's sword, as well.]]
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' has the sword correctly named as a creation of Masamune, though it is a ''wooden'' sword. It isn't given a specific name on its own, just called '''[[http://img01.nj.us.mangafox.com/store/manga/708/062.0/compressed/Hayate_v06c62_151.jpg Wooden Masamune]]'''.

* {{ComicBook/Katana}}, from ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders, wields a sword made by Muramasa- who was described as being mad; the sword itself steals the souls of those it kills.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'', the Muramasa Blade is a magical/cursed blade which cancels out advanced healing factors, like Wolverine's. In addition to being freakishly [[AbsurdlySharpBlade sharp]]. Needless to say, this is a major item in the Marvel Universe, and has been used to decapitate at least one character.

* The first ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' film. Ramirez's katana -- and subsequently, Connor's katana -- was made by Masamune, making them one of the only works to get the whole swordsmith/sword name thing right. However, Ramirez claims that he was given the sword after marrying Masamune's daughter in 543 A.D., which puts Masamune's existence about 800 years earlier than in reality. Connor's love interest Brenda lampshades this by referring to the sword as being "like finding a 747 before the Wright Brothers".
-->'''Ramirez:''' Macleod, I was born 3,947 years ago. In that time, I've had three wives. The last was Shakiko, a Japanese princess, in 543 A.D. Her father, Masamune, a genius, made this for me. It is the only one of its kind. Like she was. [[MayflyDecemberRomance When Shakiko died, I was shattered.]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever I would spare you that pain.]]

* ''Literature/{{Emberverse}}'' has the Japanese empress's blade, forged by either Masamune or one of his students according to legend.

* ''Series/{{Forever}}'': At the end of the "Pilot" episode, Jo says they have a case involving the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masamune#Honjo_Masamune Honjo Masamune]] that famously went missing at the end of WWII and was apparently found "sticking out of some guy's chest on 32nd and Park". The investigation is not depicted on-screen.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': Dunkelzahn possessed an ancestral katana forged by Masamune, which he left to Toshiro Mitsuhama, President and CEO of the Mitsuhama MegaCorp.

* The ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series includes swords with each name.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' features two characters named "Masa" and "Mune", who combine to create a big windblowy boss called "Masamune"; they're actually the spirits of the sword Masamune. Oddly enough, in the original Japanese they had nothing to do with the Masamune; they were "Grand" and "Leon", and the sword's name was (wait for it) [=GrandLeon=].
** The Masamune returns in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', having been corrupted at some point between the games [[spoiler:since it was created with a piece of Lavos.]] After going on a quest, Masa and Mune's sister Doreen merges with them to transform the Masamune into the Mastermune, Serge's ultimate weapon.
* Several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, starting with the first one, have swords by these names (Auron's ultimate weapon comes to mind, and Edge could dual wield Masamume AND Muramasa, both of which counted as his ultimate weapons); however, the most (in)famous example is certainly [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth's]].
** One of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane's]] thief swords is called Masamune.
** The Masamune is the Empyrean Great Katana in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''
* The Muramasa is the name of the sword occasionally found in barrels and such in ''VideoGame/FinalFight''. Sodom wields swords called "Muramasa" and "Masamune".
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', the Muramasa is an EvilWeapon, which curses you when you wield it, but has extremely high attack power. The Masamune is one of the few weapons with more attack power than that which isn't cursed.
* The Muramasa is featured in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' as a sword attack that does damage equal to the HP the user has lost. After two untainted appearances, it was labelled as a "Dark Chip", imposing limitations and/or penalties with its use.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' has the swordsman Muramasa forge several swords. As such, the Muramasa is a type of sword instead of one specific sword.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosEternalWingsAndTheLostOcean'' has the Muramasa as the strongest Darkness-element sword. It also carries a 5% chance of inflicting instant death on anything not immune to it.
* Two "two-handed-sword" class weapons named Muramasa and Masamune are found in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''. The former raises its user's critical rate, but has a chance to [[StandardStatusEffects curse]] its user, and the latter is more powerful and raises dodge rate, but reduces its user's defence to 1/3.
* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur III]]'' at least has an unlockable weapon for Japanese Ronin Mitsurugi: the Masamune.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has them and at least has flavor text saying they are ''named after'' the swordsmiths.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge'' to ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} 8'' feature "Muramasa Blade" as one of the most powerful weapons in the game, usable only by the samurai class.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has several types of Japanese-style swords available; the most powerful of which are the Muramasa and Masamune swords (1-handed and 2-handed, respectively). They are not unique, so are most likely named after their creators (the game is not entirely clear on that; however). They are not available in shops or as drops; but can only be acquired from the cash shop or as special event drops.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' features the Tsurugi of Muramasa as the Samurai's quest artifact. Advantages include a chance to OneHitKill anything up to about human-sized via [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisection]] (if that chance comes up against anything larger, like a dragon, it'll do double damage instead). Its main disadvantage is that it's two-handed, which can be bad news if it gets [[ClingyMacGuffin cursed]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has a Muramasa that is extremely fast, swings constantly when you hold down the attack button, and can only be found in a dungeon. It is also used the craft the strongest pre-hardmode sword.
* Jetstream Sam from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' has a high-frequency sword called the "Murasama". It's implied the name got messed up in translation. And since the quality of the blade depends on the quality of the sword it was made from, and the sword is ''very'' high quality, it is a very sharp, very strong [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]] blade [[spoiler: and turns out to be the only one that can damage Senator Armstrong at all.]]

[[folder:108 beads]]
* [[OneHundredAndEight 108 beads]]. This is essentially the Buddhist equivalent of a rosary/crucifix. Appears a lot in videogames.

* The titular character of ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'' carries one such rosary as one of the most vital parts of his exorcism arsenal, either to erect barriers against the supernatural or to channel his own spiritual powers.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', there are 108 Specters of Hades. Gold Saint Virgo Shaka has a rosary with 108 beads as well, and when the Specters invade Sanctuary, he terrifies them by pointing out how each bead that goes dark represents a defeated Specter... and most of the rosary has gone dark by then, thanks to the efforts of Athena's Saints.
* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'', Anna has 1080 beads, which are ten times as powerful.

* There are 100 individual stray beads to collect in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''. If you get them all, you receive a powerup in NewGamePlus that makes you invincible. The other 8 beads are the Satome Power Orbs.

[[folder:Five Impossible Tasks]]
In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter Kaguya-Hime, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter]] the title character is approached by princely suitors and she provides them with five {{Impossible Task}}s, the recovery of certain mystical treasures. The five artifacts were the stone begging bowl of Buddha of India, a jeweled branch from the island of Hourai, the pelt of the fire-rat from China, a colored jewel from a dragon's neck, and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowrie cowrie]] which was born from swallows. Though some of the more clever suitors attempt to pass off normal items as the fantastic ones in question, all of the suitors are rebuffed.

* ''Anime/InuYasha'' wears a robe made from the pelt of the fire-rat. Not only is it fireproof but humans (Kagome) have actually survived the lack of oxygen and extreme temperatures while donning it and immersed in flames. And in one of {{The Movie}}s, villains are regathering the five treasures and Manga/InuYasha gets involved when they try to steal his robe.
* In the chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' where they celebrate Natsumi's birthday, a severely wounded Giroro shows up late to the party with "cosmic" versions of the five treasures from the legend of Kaguya-hime, which he claims [[BlatantLies he just happened to have lying around]].

* ''The Practical Princess'' references this when the titular princess is likewise trying to dissuade an unwanted suitor - she requests the fireproof robe, then the jewelled branch and rejects him for bringing fakes. (He kidnaps her instead before she can carry on to more of the requests, and the story ends as a GenderFlipped Rapunzel.)

* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' the whole story of ''Kaguya-Hime'' turns out to be completely true: not only is there the moon princess herself living in Gensokyo but she also possesses all five of the artifacts from her impossible tasks. (It's how she beat her suitors: ask for things you already have but no one else knows you have.) She is most commonly depicted holding the branch of Hourai, which, in-universe, is a plant that exists on the pure lunar surface and only blooms/bejewels when exposed to the impurity of the Earth.
** In a later game, she devises four ''new'' impossible requests, to theme a few new attacks around. These include ilmenite harvested from the moon, a new elemental metal called "Mysterium", a seamless (harvested from one impossibly huge piece of wood) wooden plank that can be used as the ceiling of the buddhist temple Kinkaku-ji, and the [[Anime/JojosBizarreAdventure Red Stone of Aja]].
** ''Hourai'' is mentioned quite a few times in ''Touhou'':
*** The elixir of immortality, formally the Hourai Elixir, is an accursed MacGuffin from the back story of the Lunarian residents. Its creation and consumption was the catalyst of Kaguya's exile.
*** Fujiwara no Mokou, a human turned immortal thanks to the Hourai Elixir, has a spellcard named "Hourai Doll" and "Hourai 'Fujiyama Volcano'." The latter is probably a reference to a Chinese alchemist who was quested by the emperor to find Hourai ("Penglai" in Chinese) and found Japan instead, but also has character back story implications, and the former has nothing to do with Alice. Oh, and she's also the daughter of one of the suitors, and is ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge not]]'' happy that Kaguya humiliated her dad.
*** Hourai is the second of Alice's two most popular dolls and is the subject of her spellcard "Curse 'Hanged Hourai Dolls'". In this case, the name is meant to indicate the location as all of Alice's dolls are named after cities or countries.
* Appears many times in the form of an optional companion searching for them in the sea quests in ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey III''.

[[folder:Seven-Branched Sword]]
One of the national treasures of Japan, the Seven-Branched Sword (Japanese: ''Nanatsusaya no Tachi''/''Shichishito'') is an ancient ceremonial sword, possibly originating in Korea, with three smaller blades on each side projecting from its main blade. It is now stored in a shrine and not shown to the public.

* ''Manga/GaRei'': [[spoiler:The resurrected Yomi (Izumi)]] is able to materialize one out of thin air, [[spoiler: having lost the Shishiou.]]

* Appears as the Seven Bladed Sword in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'', through the combination of--you guessed it--seven separate and distinct swords. It appears as a slightly purples hued blade with three pronged blades on either side of the main one, and is one of the few weapons that deals dark damage.
* The Seven Branch Sword shows up as a "terminal" weapon in ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle''.
* The Dark Dragon Blade in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' is styled after this weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', you could purchase this sword at the Imperial City of Sei-An.
* The Shichishito features in the second case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Trials and Tribulations''. It comes back as the murder weapon in the final case [[spoiler:(Or rather the assumed murder weapon. The actual weapon was the victim's SwordCane)]].
* In ''VideoGame/SaGa2'', the Seven-Pronged Sword can deliver up to seven hits in a single swing, but can only be used seven times.
* In ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', it's used by Hell's Lord.
* In ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', Kenshin Uesugi uses a seven-branched sword as his weapon.
* Throughout the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise (with the exception of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the storm god Susano'o carries this sword, and is usually depicted as sitting on the ground while leaning on it.
* Two versions of it exist in ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'': Ivy has WhipSword variant called Kaleidoscope, while Siegfried in the first game can wield the normal variety: it has low damage and durability but rapidly recovers the weapon gauge, allowing him to spam his [[LimitBreak Critical Edge]] liberally.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series, the Shichishito is Mei-Oh's primary weapon.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Yen'fey carries a seven-branched sword called Amatsu.
* As does Kusanagi above a likeness appears in the old game ''Spellcaster.'' As with Kusanagi, however, it's only used to advance the plot at certain locations.
* The hero of the NES game ''Demon Sword'' reassembles a legendayr weapon that looks just like this over the course of the game.


* In ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' the sword Ame no Habakiri, originally used to kill [[Main/{{Orochi}} Yamata no Orochi]], is an ancient artifact whose fragments are used to create Tsubasa's [[PowerArmor Symphogear]]. Normally it uses a katana as it's main weapon but the shape and [[Main/{{BFS}} size]] seems to be up to the preference of it's user.


[[folder:Things that Jesus touched]]
Pretty much anything Jesus is reputed to have ever touched, ever. The hair, blood, nails, and foreskin of Christ apply as well. The last one is mostly used in parodies of Christianity these days, though. Also, Mary's milk and the bones of saints.

* In ''Literature/TheSongOfRoland'', the Durandal is said to contain numerous artefacts in this vein embedded in its hilt.

* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the Legends decide that one way to permanently keep the Spear of Destiny out of the hands of the Legion of Doom is to find the blood of Christ. (the Spear was empowered when it pierced Christ, impregnating it with his blood, so the Legends reasoned that the blood can also rob the Spear of its power, allowing them to destroy it.)

* A number of these show up in ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'', if you have the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC. The fingers of St.John and of generic saints are somewhat common, while the Pope starts out with the bones of Saint Peter. And the foreskin of Christ does indeed show up.


[[folder:The Holy Grail]]
The Holy Grail: The cup which Jesus Christ supposedly drank from at the Last Supper and/or the cup used by Joseph of Arimathea to capture the blood of Christ at the crucifixion. First popularized by [[KingArthur Arthurian Legend]], and used absolutely everywhere since, from ''Creator/MontyPython'' [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail movies]] to [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Indiana Jones]]. The Grail legend combines Celtic and Christian elements; it should be noted that the idea that it is identical with the cup from which Jesus drank arose over time and took centuries to gain universal acceptance. In many earlier versions it is also described as a bowl or a stone.

* [[{{Franchise/Nasuverse}} Kinoko Nasu's]] ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''LightNovel/FateZero'': It's explicitly stated that there are dozens of artifacts which claim to be the Holy Grail, and that whether that particular one had anything to do with Jesus is irrelevant considering its power. Turns out [[spoiler:it was made from scratch in the 1800s]].
* As previously mentioned in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' it is the Holy Grail that transforms Sailor Moon into Super Sailor Moon. That being said it may not be ''the'' Holy Grail as in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]], and the videogame ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'', there's ''two'' of them - Sailor Chibi Moon has one as well.

* Also the Graphic Novel ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', in which the Grail transforms a {{muta|nts}}ted Knight back into human form, and then, when stolen by Mordred and merged into a suit of armor, creates an armor that instantly [[HealingFactor heals any and all damage]], no matter how fatal. Not that it really did Mordred that much good...
* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' features the Black Grail, which caught the blood and excreta of Judas when he hanged himself. It bestows ignorance, rather than the enlightenment of the normal grail.
* Played for laughs in Creator/DonRosa's ''ComicBook/ALetterFromHome'', where Scrooge [=McDuck=] finds a vault containing the treasure of the Knights Templar, and Donald ends up beaning the bad guy with what turns out to be the Holy Grail.
* Appears in the ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'' albums ''Montsalvat'' and ''De Graalkoning'' [[note]]The Grail King[[/note]], including a retelling of Lancelot's quest for it (by Lancelot himself, who is Johan's best friend in the series).

* In the ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', this is the 2nd item that the Nazis are trying to find. In an interesting take on this artifact, the grail isn't a golden cup with jewels encrusted on the sides as one may imagine, but an ordinary, relatively plain looking cup [[note]]albeit one that, fitting the dignity of a cup that held Christ's blood, is gilded on the inside[[/note]]. An interesting caveat is that the grail is hidden amongst many other cups, and if you choose the wrong one, instead of eternal life, you'll die very quickly instead. And on top of that, you can't leave the area where the grail is, or you lose the eternal life part and become mortal again. This explains why the knight in the cave, while very old, is still alive, while his contemporary brethren who left the area have long passed on.
** Elsa Schneider attempts to leave with the grail, but she steps on the “Great Seal,” which sets off an earthquake trap meant to keep anyone from taking it. During the chaos, the grail falls on a small ledge and Elsa, dangling from Indy’s arms, desperately reaches for it, but her hand comes up inches short. Her attempt to recover the grail fails and she falls to her death. Indiana tries reaching as well, and nearly follows her fate, but his dad convinces him to “let it go.” In the end, the grail is lost forever.
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is a (obviously) parody of Athrurain legend relating to the quest to recover the Holy Grail. They never actually manage to claim it or even see it other than in a vision from God.

* In Creator/ChretienDeTroyes' ''Li contes del Graal'', the first literary work to describe a quest for the Grail, it is described as a golden bowl.
* Wolfram von Eschenbach's ''Literature/{{Parzival}}'' is the TropeCodifier, in which Parzival, destined to be its keeper, is initially found unworthy to guard it, before embarking on a spiritual struggle to find it. In Wolfram's telling, the Grail is a (precious) stone or "thing", but its true importance lies in how it sustains the community around it. It has a number of useful properties, it can provide you with food and transmit messages; a chaste virgin may lift it on her own, but a sinner cannot, no matter how physically strong he is.
* The quest for the Grail plays a huge part in Thomas Malory's ''Literature/LeMorteDarthur''.
* And then there is, of course, Creator/DanBrown who, in his book ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', stated the Holy Grail is... well, let's say it's not exactly a cup. He was by no means the one who initially came up with this idea, but he was certainly the one who took it to mainly pop-cultured masses.
* In ''The Forever King'' by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy, the Grail is a cup fashioned out of a stone that fell from the heavens, many years before the birth of Christ. Its association with Jesus is only coincidental, and He is not the source of its powers (nor, though the villain initially smugly assumes so, is it the source of His).
* Spoofed in ''Grailblazers'' by Creator/TomHolt, where the Grail is a bowl that was used at the Last Supper, which was miraculously transformed into Tupperware.
* Inverted in the second ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' book by Creator/SimonRGreen with the MacGuffin being the ''Unholy'' Grail -- the cup Judas drank from.
* This comes up in Peter David's ''[[Literature/KnightLifeSeries Knight Life]]'' trilogy - the Grail is still in the keeping of Percival, the knight tasked with finding it. [[spoiler: Turns out it's magical from catching the blood of the Unicorn King, back when Merlin was a young man. It became linked up with Jesus when he drank from it.]]
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' series, the word 'Grail' turns out to be a corruption of 'graduale', Latin for 'ladder', and refers to the ladder which Joseph of Arimathea used to take Jesus down from the Cross and as a stretcher to bear him away. ''King and Emperor'', the third book, has the titular King and Emperor both seeking the Grail where it is hidden by the UsefulNotes/{{Gnostic|ism}}s.
* The Grail is the main object of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/SkinGame'', where it's been secured in a vault belonging to Hades since antiquity. The book describes the Grail realistically, as a small, unremarkable clay cup that nevertheless gives Harry ''massive'' supernatural vibes when he touches it. Found along with the Grail are the placard from the True Cross, the Crown of Thorns, the Lance of Longinus, and the Shroud of Turin.

* A major part of the plot in ''Series/StargateSG1'''s tenth season is the Sangraal, also known as the Holy Grail. As Daniel points out, the original Arthurian legend doesn't have anything do do with Christ (as that part was added in later), and the Holy Grail is depicted in multiple ways, including "a stone that fell from the heavens". This is what they need to find, as it's actually a weapon created by Merlin, who is actually a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, and this weapon is the only thing capable of destroying their enemy.
* One of the main objects Scott Wolter searches for on AmericaUnearthed.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Season 5 reveals that the Grail is the source of most of the magic in the setting, good ''and'' evil. Merlin found it thousands of years ago, and drinking from it granted him immortality and gave him his vast magical powers, and he later melted it down and reforged it into Excalibur in an attempt to [[WhoWantsToLiveForever render himself mortal again]]. Unfortunately, before he could do that, [[spoiler: Nimue selfishly drank from it to gain magic and immortality as well, so that she could take revenge on the warlord Vortigen for destroying her village. Her killing of him subsequently corrupted the Grail's magic within her, turning her into the first Dark One.]]

* The song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQI5fdVCvlU&list=PL9BCCB50B7A336537 Holy Grail]]" by Hunters and Collectors.

* The ultimate goal of ''VideoGame/CrystalCaliburn'' is to assemble the Knights of the Round and retrieve the Holy Grail.
* It serves a similar role in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres;'' returning the Grail to Camelot resurrects KingArthur and grants eternal prosperity to Logres.

* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, the "Forbidden Chalice" is a spell that temporarily strengthens the user, but removes any ability the monster may have for the remainder of the turn. This can be used to get around pesky negative effects temporarily.

* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosEternalWingsAndTheLostOcean'', it's an incredibly weak healing item, but one with a 2 in 3 chance of working even on a downed ally. Furthermore, using it in combination with most wine-based magnus allows you to create the Sacred Wine item, which is a fairly decent healing item and one of the most easily acquired ones with a 100% chance of working on a downed ally.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5" has the grail making an appearance, as the first form of the absolute final boss.
* ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'' had the Holy Grail which once held the Holy King's blood. Ironically, it is in the hands of a vampire.
* The Holy Grail in ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'' is a sealing receptacle which holds a netherworld spirit in it. It's considered "Holy" since it repels monsters.
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' uses the Grail as side objective (and sometimes the win condition of certain maps). It varies between games, but typically it works by consulting special structures that reveal puzzle pieces, eventually showing where the Grail is buried. Finding it allows the player to build an insanely powerful structure in the town they take it to.
* A possible artifact that can be found (or looted from its previous owner) in ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]''.
* ''VideoGame/SoulSacrifice'' has the Sacred Chalice, which was renamed from the Holy Grail to avoid tension in Europe where Arthurian legend is still pretty important. The Chalice appears before individuals who have crossed the DespairEventHorizon and offers to make their wish come true. [[ShmuckBait Should they accept]], the chalice will take a sacrifice from them and transform them into a [[BodyHorror horrifically-mutated mockery of their wish: an Archfiend]]. Yeaaaaah, turns out the Chalice is the creation of the resident GodOfEvil meant to sow chaos, greed and destruction.

* In ''Webcomic/MinionComics'', Dingus is convinced that the evil organization he works for is seeking out the Holy Grail, because their leader is German and [[http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=218 "Germans love searching for ancient artifacts."]]

[[folder:Fragments of the True Cross]]
Fragments of the True Cross -- that is, the one on which Christ was crucified. This one pops up pretty often in real life as well as in fiction -- many congregations around the world possess fragments, usually no more than a single splinter, of an artifact discovered in the 4th century said to be the relic. The miniature chapel of the fairy tale castle at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, a priceless dollhouse filled with precious and historic furnishings, contains a reliquary with an alleged True Cross fragment. There's a common joke that there are enough fragments of the True Cross to rebuild Noah's Ark, but Rohault de Fleury, a 19thC French scholar, measured the total volume of all claimed fragments of the True Cross and found they added up to 0.004 cubic meters; his estimate was that the whole cross would have been 0.178 cubic meters. (This was published in ''Mémoire sur les instruments de la Passion'', 1870.).

* In the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' manga Alexander Anderson uses in his final fight with Alucard one of the Vatican's most important relics, "Helena's Nail". According to Catholic tradition, Helena of Constantinople, mother of Emperor Constantine I, was the discoverer of the remains of the True Cross. She is said to have affixed at least one nail to the bridle of her son's horse to give him protection in battle.

* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}: The titular character's massive handgun, "The Samaritan", is said to have a grip made of fragments of the cross.
* Doctor Doom was revealed to have splinters of the True Cross in his armour in the ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' series, just in [[CrazyPrepared case]] he'd run into {{Dracula}} one day.
* In the continuity of ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}, giving a vampire a scratch with a fragment of the True Cross, even if it is a wound a normal human would ignore, causes the monster [[LudicrousGibs to explode]].

* In Creator/JohnBellairs' [[Literature/TheCurseOfTheBlueFigurine Johnny Dixon series of novels]], the heroes' greatest weapon against the forces of darkness is a small cross, worn on a necklace by a priest, containing two splinters of the True Cross.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/SkinGame'', Harry finds the placard from the Cross in a vault belonging to Hades, along with the Holy Grail, Crown of Thorns, Lance of Longinus, and Shroud of Turin.

* The webcomic ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' features a selection of anti ghost wizard weapons, including a staff carved from the True Cross.
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/ClanOfTheCats'' has a stake made from the True Cross as the only way to permanently kill {{Dracula}}. Which is, admittedly, a pretty good way.

* Spoofed in the "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E15HomieTheClown Homie The Clown]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' where after a bullet meant for Homer strikes Ned Flanders in the [[PocketProtector Bible]], a second round knocks him over, and he gets up again, relieved that he was [[PocketProtector wearing]] "an extra large piece of the True Cross today."
* Guitarist Skwisgaar Skwigelf from the band Dethklok from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' explains that one of the guitars he designed and created is made of the one True Cross, and bassist William Murderface notes that they'll probably get letters from offended religious fanatics, which causes Skwisgaar to quip "Who could be offended by the most religious instrument ever?"

* The FlyingDutchman is about a man travelling with a piece of the cross to be able to return it to his father who has been haunting the oceans since he died at sea.
* A supposed True Cross fragment is incorporated into the decor of the Fairy Castle dollhouse at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

[[folder:Nails that punctured Jesus in the Crucifixion]]
Nails that punctured Jesus in the Crucifixion are seemingly less common (God's Hooks, sometimes corrupted into gadzooks), oddly enough, but not unknown, let alone in fiction: they've appeared in ''at least'' one really popular series of fantasy novels. ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' pretty early on introduces the concept of the Knights of the Cross, a trio of men who each have a sword imbued with magical anti-evil powers thanks (supposedly) to having one of the ancient Jesus nails worked into the hilt. Of course, the series also has a pretty firm (and in this context, even slightly subversive) "[[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve faith in something gives it power]]" [[MagicAIsMagicA rule]], so there's no real way to tell if they're ''actually'' from the Crucifixion or not. In a double whammy, one of said swords might be {{Excalibur}}. The Iron Crown of the Lombards (which was seized by Charlemagne when he defeated that Northern Italian state) is reputed to incorporate such a nail. Similarly, the Spear of Destiny in Vienna (cited elsewhere on this page) also incorporates an alleged nail of the Crucifixion. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Heilige_Lanze_02.JPG The Vienna spear]] consists of a simple spear wrapped in a ridiculous amount of bling (including the supposed True Cross nail). The spear as was supposed to have pierced Christ's side is the core; the nail and everything else would have been added later.

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', Father Alexander Anderson, when confronted by a fully-released Alucard, produces one of the Nails and uses it to turn himself into a holy, inhuman monster to fight the vampire.

* In the ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'' album ''De Ijzeren Kroon'' [[note]]The Iron Crown[[/note]], there turn out to be three copies of the Iron Crown of the Lombards, each made with one of the three nails (two for his hands, one for both feet). In the end Myth/{{Merlin}} magically combines the three into one, which then gives Johan enough holy power to take on the demon Baalfemort (which he could barely scratch before) on equal terms.

* In ''Film/FrightNight2011'', [[ChekhovsArmory Peter Vincent's collection of arcane relics]] contains a Crucifixion nail. Stabbing a vampire in the heart with one is described as an "old school" way of killing their kind. [[spoiler: Nobody ever gets to a chance to use it.]]
* In ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0309820/ Luther (2003)]]'', Joseph Fiennes' portrayal of Martin Luther makes reference to these by joking to some theological students that Rome has enough of these nails from the holy cross to shoe every horse in Saxony.

* Variation on the nails legend: in Piers Anthony's ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, reference is made to how the nails were fashioned. When the time came for Jesus to be crucified, the Roman soldiers needed to have nails made, but no one would make them once they found out who was to be crucified with them. After several fruitless attempts, [[IdiotBall the Roman soldiers finally wised up]] and didn't tell the next forger who the nails were for--until he had made three nails and was working on the fourth. Once he found out, he then refused to finish the last nail. The soldiers took the completed three, thus supposedly explaining why Jesus had his feet nailed together instead of separately--while the blacksmith and his family were forced to flee from terrible, nightmare visions of the unfinished nail following them everywhere they went. The forger was Roma... thus explaining [[CommonKnowledge why their people wander to this day]]. Considering the author got everything right about the origin of "Gypsy" and their being native to India, and that their depiction was both sympathetic and working hard to overturn a lot of stereotypes, these little lapses can be forgiven. Besides, it was a pretty good (albeit entirely fictional?) legend.
** It does bring up the question of why the Roman judicial court wouldn't have entire bushels full of nails already, given how common crucifixion was. (Although most crucifixions were done with rope, nails weren't that uncommon.) Or why they didn't simply buy or commandeer some from a construction project, given how Herod had been upgrading Jerusalem's infrastructure for years.
* The nails are used as the ultimate weakness to defeat Satan in ''Literature/{{Magnus}}''.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', as mentioned above, the swords of the three Knights of the Cross have the Nails worked into the hilt.

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* These make a heavily implied appearance in ''Series/{{Whitechapel}}'' in which an elderly woman (also heavily implied to be Lucifer given her name is [[LouisCypher Louise Iver]]) uses large nails to puncture holes in the police station's plumbing, leading to water/electricity damage and a successful attempt at messing with the team's heads. When Miles finds them, he asks others if they look familiar...

[[AC: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' features The Nail, an active item that transforms Isaac into a demon on use. Considering the tone and content of the game, it's strongly implied to be this.
** ''Afterbirth'' added a passive item called 8 Inch Nails, which may also relate.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'', the Emperor of Byzantium starts out with a nail, so long as you have the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC. And if you're not the Emperor, you can always try and loot Constantinople for it. Oddly, in the games files, it is labelled as a fragment of the True Cross, rather than as a nail.

[[folder:The Shroud of Turin]]
The Shroud of Turin, unsurprisingly, has also appeared at least a time or two in fiction of recent years, usually with the implication that it has enormous mystical power. Test results that date it to the late MiddleAges are [[RuleOfCool generally ignored]]. Similarly, there's Veronica's Veil -- a cloth that the eponymous Veronica wiped Jesus' brow with as he was marched to Golgotha, and which was imprinted with his image. Some scholars believe the Veil may have been the Shroud of Turin, just folded so only the image of the face appeared. There's been recent evidence to suggest that the original results from 1988 were either the results of bias or poor data sampling. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin See the "chemical properties of the sample site" under the "Analysis of the Shroud"]]

* Appeared in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' in the form of the Holy Shroud of the Saint King, the figure of worship of the Belkan [[CrystalDragonJesus Saint Church]]. While it had no powers of its own, it was used to retrieve blood samples of the Saint King and [[CloneJesus create a clone of]] [[SheIsTheKing her]].
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'''s titular character, Index, claims her outfit, the Walking Church, is an accurate replica of the Shroud, and is of Pope-class hardness, able to deflect physical, magical, and psychic attacks. Well, it ''was'', until Touma's [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] touched it and [[ClothingDamage it fell apart]].

* It's the central object in Creator/DougTenNapel's graphic novel ''ComicBook/CreatureTech'', in which the Shroud actually has the power to instantly heal anything, even bringing things back from the dead, such as [[spoiler:GIANT SPACE EELS.]]
* Appears in the ''Literature/WildCards'' novel ''Death Draws Five,'' in which the Shoud is stolen and [[spoiler:given to an ace with the power to speak with the dead, in order that she might summon up Jesus and have him give instructions as to what to do to bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Apocalypse]].]]
* The shroud is the central focus of the ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'' album ''De Sluier van Wuustwezel'' [[note]]The Shroud of Wuustwezel[[/note]].

* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' ([[TropeOverdosed somewhat unsurprisingly]]) the entirety of ''Literature/DeathMasks'' is centered on the theft of the Shroud of Turin, in which it's ''heavily'' implied (and occasionally all but outright explicitly stated) that said Shroud has some ''crazy'' mystical strength owing to many years of being an object of faith. Interestingly, the usual assumption that it could [[HealingHands heal]] (as is a common assumption with pretty much anything that ever touched so much as Jesus' toenail clippings) is addressed, but the book in question leaves it open as to whether or not it actually ''can'' heal to the level hoped for. It does, however, hold up improbably well despite taking a beating (and a soaking followed by a pulling), and it may or may not have contributed to a fight, if you don't believe in coincidence. Oh, and it was about to be used as part of a mystical doomsday plot at one point, too... need I go on?
** Fun fact: The working title of that particular book was ''Holy Sheet'', but the [[ExecutiveMeddling publishers demanded a change]]. One instance where they couldn't [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]].
** For all of this, the jury actually stays out on whether the thing really ever came within a thousand miles or years of touching Jesus. In fact, Harry (as both protagonist and narrator) comes down on the side of "probably not." It turns out, though, that when millions of people in the Dresdenverse venerate something as an artifact of power, they [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve literally can't be wrong]].
** Harry finds the real Shroud in ''Literature/SkinGame'' in a vault belonging to Hades, along with the Holy Grail, the placard from the True Cross, Crown of Thorns, and Lance of Longinus. He notes that it seems a lot frailer than the one he encountered before and surmises that that one was a replica made by the Church. It's speculated that the one he saw earlier still had power because people thought it was the real one; as such [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve it gained some measure of the power it was believed to have had]].
* In the first book of the ''Literature/ChristCloneTrilogy'', Professor Harry Goodman discovered that living cells that came from Jesus' own body were preserved on the Shroud of Turin, and so used the cells to create a CloneJesus, his supposed "grandnephew" Christopher.

* There was an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' where a Christian [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] was using [[LegoGenetics DNA samples]] from the Shroud of Turin to clone himself a new [[CloneJesus baby Jesus]].

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game features this as "Forbidden Dress" ("dress" here simply meaning "clothing").

* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', the Shroud is actually an artifact left behind by [[{{Precursors}} the First Civilization]], and is an advanced piece of technology that has miraculous healing abilities.
* Shows up in the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC of ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]''

[[folder:The Spear of Destiny]]
The Spear of Destiny / Lance of Longinus / Holy Lance / Spear of Longinus / Spear of Christ / Holy Spear: The spear which supposedly pierced Jesus' side during the crucifixion, reputed to have all kinds of crazy powers ranging from healing to the ability to destroy the whole world in one shot. Three known items are sometimes claimed to be the Holy Lance; one resides in the Vatican, one in the Hofburg Museum in Vienna (part of the crown regalia of the UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire, moved from Nuremberg during the Napoleonic Wars) and one in Krakow, Poland. The Catholic Church has made no statements as to the authenticity of any of them -- perhaps wisely as the latter two have been shown by recent research to be of a later origin. Almost any work of fiction dealing with [[ThoseWackyNazis The Nazis']] [[StupidJetpackHitler top secret paranormal experiments and superweapons]] will mention the Spear at some point, since Hitler actually tried to acquire it (for the propaganda value -- he was very much a skeptic when it came to the occult.)

[[AC:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* The Spear is an important part of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', although there it had no relation to the mythological lance, and is a powerful artifact of extraterrestrial origin instead.
* The Spear appears as a plot coupon in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'', which allows the BigBad to open a portal between the worlds.

* Used in Creator/DCComics set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. [[{{Ghostapo}} Hitler had it]], as the {{justifi|edTrope}}cation why Comicbook/{{Superman}} or others [[ReedRichardsIsUseless didn't just fly over and beat the snot out of him and his army]]. This is a decades-later {{Retcon}}, the actual [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics didn't bother to explain.
** In ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'', Adolf Hitler used the Spear to bring about the end of the world by linking the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarok to that of the universe.
** The Spear has been shown to be one of the few things effective against the otherwise near-omnipotent hero, ComicBook/TheSpectre.
** In the four-part {{Elseworlds}} story ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', it is {{re|tCon}}vealed that the ''real'' reason none of the American superheroes attacked Germany directly was that Hitler had a superhero of his own whose power was to negate the power of other superheroes. But ''The Golden Age'' isn't canon with mainstream DC.
* The Top Cow comics heroine Magdelena wields the Spear of Destiny as a weapon. The current Magdelena is the latest in a long line of woman warriors sworn to protect the Catholic Church.
* Appeared in ''Franchise/IndianaJones and the Spear of Destiny'', and yes, Hitler was searching for it. Later revealed to be the Spear of Lugh as well (for more information on that, see The Four Treasures of Ireland.)

* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' series has it was inexplicably in three parts, and the components are a set of {{Plot Coupon}}s necessitating a whole lot of traveling and avoiding of Mayan {{Death Trap}}s.
* A replica of the German spear (which is actually just the spearhead) made a brief appearance in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie, prominently displayed in a glass case at the BPRD headquarters.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' features the German spear, which gives its bearer superpowers and serves as a MacGuffin for the plot.

* ''American Desert'' by Percival Everett actually has a reason for including this specific spear--the blood on it is used to clone Christ. Not that it works very well . . .
* One of supporting characters in mighty postmodernist Russian UrbanFantasy novel ''Look Into the Monsters' Eyes'', a Soviet paratrooper turned Belarussian partisan, turned American marine, turned Mossad operative, turned Argentinian gaucho was at one point of his turbulent life one of the aforementioned marines tasked with finding the Lance. It's also alleged that he was ''the very same'' marine who is ''Wolfenstein'''s protagonist. Yes, the book is ''that'' weird, but otherwise excellent.
* The Spear plays an important part in the plot of Creator/RichardWagner's ''Parsifal'', which also features the Holy Grail.
* Appears in the Wyrd Museum trilogy as the only weapon that can kill the three fates.
* [[spoiler:The Dragon of the Grand Canal]] in ''[[Literature/TheMagicians The Magician King]]'' boasts of a vast collection of magical artifacts, including both the Lance of Longinus and the noose that hanged Judas.
* Appears in Peter David's ''[[Literature/KnightLifeSeries Knight Life]]'' trilogy along with the Grail - [[spoiler: the Spear was used to kill the Unicorn King, the Grail to catch his blood. It's also Merlin's origin, and links to Excalibur as well. It's a complicated thing.]]
* The Spear appears, naturally, in Barry Sadler's "Casca" series, since the main character is the soldier who stabbed Christ with it. The Spear is in the possession of a cult who persecute Casca throughout history and reappears periodically throughout the series.
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'' the Lance is pursued by Bruno, who wants to make himself emperor of a new Roman Empire in the West, heir of Charlemagne.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/SkinGame'', Harry finds the spearhead in a vault belonging to Hades, along with the Holy Grail, the placard from the True Cross, the Crown of Thorns, and the Shroud of Turin. He surmises it's what his foe Nicodemus is after, but keeps it from use for the rest of the book.
* In ''LightNovel/HighschoolDxD'', "Longinus" has been adopted as a term for unique [[EmpathicWeapon Sacred Gears]] which developed a [[EvolvingWeapon mutation]] that makes them powerful enough to kill gods. The actual Lance of Longinus, also known as the "True Longinus", is the first and most powerful Sacred Gear of this type, and both the Holy Grail and the True Cross are also counted as members.

* The short-lived ''Series/{{Roar}}'' was entirely based around this - the BigBad of the show was Longinus himself, who was [[WhoWantsToLiveForever granted immortality as a curse]] after killing Jesus. The super power of the Lance was supposedly the ability kill anyone - that's how it killed Jesus, an immortal god. It somehow made its way to Britain, and Longinus was trying to get it back in order to kill himself with it.
* The spear shows up in an episode of, of all things, ''Series/TheUnit''. Normally a show about the All-State guy and a bunch of badasses fighting terrorists, this particular episode has him an injured man stranded behind enemy lines. When they report their location and it turns out to be near a monastery suspected of guarding the spear, an affluent group of men who throw around a lot of money to influence the government call in some favors to have their rescue conveniently delayed until Jonas takes the spear from the monastery. Some LampshadeHanging is done at the expense of the "committee;" the character who relays their wishes notes that they may very well be raving mad to think owning the spear will magically expand their influence. Jonas and his injured team member each have a MindScrew during the ordeal, though.
* Pops up briefly in ''Series/DaVincisDemons'', where Leonardo da Vinci himself finds it in the Vatican's archives and uses it to escape his pursuers.
* In season two of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the Reverse Flash assembles a LegionOfDoom to find and unite the pieces of the spear, which will give them the power to [[RealityWarp warp reality]] and undo their previous defeats. It's explained that changes to the timeline through time travel can be undone, but changes to reality are permanent. [[spoiler:They eventually succeed and create [[VillainWorld Doomworld]], forcing the Legends to double back on their own timeline ([[GodzillaThreshold violating the fundamental law of Time Travel]]) to before the Legion got the Spear. Sara eventually uses the power of the spear to depower the spear, rendering it useless]].

* In Music/SoundHorizon's ''Marchen'' album, "The Blue Count's Castle" reveals that [[TheBluebeard Bluebeard]] wields this lance for... whatever reason. Although it may well simply be named after the original.

* It shows up as one of the items to be retrieved in ''VideoGame/GoldenLogres''

* The Vienna lance was famously carried by Otto the Great when he defeated the Hungarians in the battle of Lechfeld (955). According to urban myth it inspired a vision of destiny in a young UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, and when Austria was annexed he had the lance removed to Berlin. However, in reality Hitler had it moved not to Berlin, but to Nuremberg, along with the other crown regalia of the UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire. Nuremberg had held the privilege of safeguarding the crown regalia between coronations until the Napoleonic Wars; it also was the city where Hitler held his party rallies.
** Rumor/urban myth states that a team of American commandos took the Lance out of Germany in 1945 and that it's currently stored in the Pentagon.
** A one-shot story in British comic 2000AD expands on this by having the spear then removed from the Pentagon and taken to Cape Canaveral - The story ends with a splash panel of the spear as the upright in the US flag left on the moon by Apollo 11.
** In a twofer, if you look closely at [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Heilige_Lanze_02.JPG the tip]], it has what is purported to be one of Jesus's nails wired into it.

* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, the "Forbidden Lance" is a spell that temporarily weakens the user for a turn, but makes it immune to all other spells and traps.
* Featured in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' as (of course) the weapon used to kill Abel, the CrystalDragonJesus of the setting[[spoiler: Actually it was one of the ''Pillar of Souls'' (an {{Expy}} of the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'') made by [[AncientConspiracy Imperium]] with the final purpose of killing gods. You can guess that it was ''not'' expected a weapon of that type would be used to kill what basically was an [[DeityOfHumanOrigin artificial god]], and the end result was ''not'' pretty too for the soldier who lanced him.]]

* Oddly shows up as a combination NPC/weapon, in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness''. It stands in Laharl's castle and can be asked about the strengths and weaknesses of various weapon types.
* Somewhat ironically, in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Kimahri's ultimate weapon was named after this... however it got changed to the 'spirit lance' for the Western releases because it was thought to be too controversial
** It showed up before as Kain's ultimate lance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', before its UpdatedRerelease knocked it back to second place with Abel's Lance.
** In fact, it's commonly believed that the Holy Lance that appears as the most powerful spear in each of the games (or each of the games where a spear is a usable weapon) is actually suppose to be called Longinus.
* A notable appearance as a weapon in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'', notable in that this would ''predate'' its more famous use. Which begs the question of what the hell Longinus was doing with it... (Given that the game's spear looks nothing like a Roman spear (or a Greek one, for that matter), can extend and retract, fires crystallike projectiles, and was carried around by a griffin-riding undead knight....it's probably just ''a'' spear of destiny, and not ''the'' Spear of Destiny.)
* All members of Hitler's most-trusted robot knight battalion, who followed him to Antarctica after WWII use mass-produced copies of the Holy Spear to seal Persona selection in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin''. Somehow "Jesus!" is the only fitting thing one ''can'' say to that.
** In the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' (or at least the [[UpdatedRerelease remake]]), there is a spear with that name that is an equippable weapon.
** And at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'', [[spoiler: Maya Amano is stabbed by Maya Okamura with the Lance of Longinus/Holy Spear, and because of rumors that a wound caused by it can't be healed, bleeds to death]].
* The MacGuffin from ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'''s sequel, ''Spear of Destiny''. Guarded by the Angel of Death.
* [[BigBad Reinhard Heydrich]] of VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'' uses this [[PhysicalGod as his weakest weapon]]. It also appears as the game’s custom cursor.
* The plot of ''VideoGame/TacticsOgreTheKnightOfLodis'' is based around the race to find this, as it is the artifact that can resurrect the fallen angel... or kill him. In terms of base weapon power, its surpassed only by the [[GameBreaker Snapdragon]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword swords]]. Other games in the ''Ogre Battle'' series also feature the lance in a non plot-relevant role.
* Can be found in the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC of ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]''. Or looted from whomever found it if someone beats you to the punch.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Lex Luthor's first mission for Gorilla Grodd's LegionOfDoom is to retrieve the spear from a museum of Silver-Age-style war machines. After Luthor succeeds, Grodd reveals the entire mission was a test: the spear has no special powers and Grodd just thought it would look good mounted on his wall.


[[folder:The Crown of Thorns]]
The Crown of Thorns has occasionally popped up too. Supposedly worn by Jesus during and prior to the Crucifixion, it's often said to have the power to defy death. Or maybe it's just a [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI really good helmet that saps your HP]].
* Or, in ''TabletopGame/{{Chrononauts}}'', you yourself may travel back in time to 33 AD, and steal it from You-Know-Who, to aid in your Mission as a Time Traveler, or perhaps to simply sell off as a Biblical Relic to gain a bonus card when given the opportunity to Sell an Artifact.
* DC Comics also has the Crown Of ''Horns'' (obviously a play of words) that allows its user to rule Hell.
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' uses this in the ShowWithinAShow ''Tokyo Delta Jetlag D''. In an episode utterly drenched with FauxSymbolism, the protagonist uses the Crown of Thorns to kill a kaiju called the Messiah Demon.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has a similar one, called the Jagged Crown. It even has a quest related to finding it!
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/SkinGame'', Harry finds it in a vault belonging to Hades, along with the Holy Grail, placard from the True Cross, Lance of Longinus, and Shroud of Turin.
* While the explicit Crown of Thorns doesn't appear in ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', the Thorncrown of [[CrystalDragonJesus Iomedae]] is clearly inspired by and based off of it.
* ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecrodancer'' has the Crown of Thorns as an equippable item. Picking it up damages you, but also heals half a heart for each ten (or fewer, if you also have a Blood weapon equipped) enemies killed.
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' has a passive item called Blood of the Martyr, which visually looks like the Crown of Thorns.
* Shows up in the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC of ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'', and is one of the artifacts that not only spawns at the start of the game, but spawns in a different area depending on what year the game starts in (Pre-1066, it's in the possession of the Count of Jerusalem, post-1066 but pre-1238, it's in the possession of the Byzantine Emperor, and post-1238 it's in the possession of the King of France).
* Spoofed in ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'': when the trooper "Messiah" Heinz started driving the officers mad with a mystic crisis that made him believe he was Jesus (and somehow had the powers to back it up, but, obviously, not the brains to use them ''well''), Musolesi offered to take care of him for thirty Reichsmarks (struck in silver, of course), and as part of the preparations to nail him to a cross he has Heinz try out crowns of barbed wire to see which one fits. The crown reappears with a cross, a hammer and nails in Musolesi's hands when he's finally ready to nail Heinz... Right after the mystic crisis has worn off.

[[folder:The Lazarus Bowl]]
The Lazarus Bowl: the words of Christ used to raise Lazarus from the dead, recorded in the grooves of a pot being thrown at the time. Used in ''Series/TheXFiles'', and the concept was used on ''Series/{{CSI}}''. Debunked (alas) by ''Series/MythBusters''.

[[folder:Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver]]

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* One of these shekels is the central {{McGuffin}} of ''The Judas Coin'' by Creator/WaltSimonson, which ends up in the hands of various DC characters throughout the ages, including ComicBook/TwoFace, for example.
* Spoofed in ''ComicBook/{{Sturmtruppen}}'': when trooper "Messiah" Heinz had a mystic crisis that made him believe he was Jesus (and somehow gave him the powers to back it up, but not the brains to use them well), Musolesi initially installs him as his Pope and manipulates him to make money, but the moment the officers say they'd be willing to pay to get rid of him before he drove them mad Musolesi offers to do the job for thirty Reichmarks (struck in silver, of course).

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* In Marcus S. Lazarus' crossover fanfic ''[[https://m.fanfiction.net/s/2269805/1/The-Coven-of-Reformed-Supernaturals The Coven of Reformed Supernaturals]]'', the thirty pieces are revealed to have been forged into a set of silver knuckledusters that fell into the hands of [[Film/{{Constantine}} John Constantine]] sometime after he defeated the archangel Gabriel; they're highly effective against anything naturally good. He uses them to kill [[spoiler: the Elder [[Series/{{Charmed}} Gideon]], who is trying to kill Leo and Piper's infant son Wyatt, believing that the child's power will lead him to ultimately turn evil]].

* In ''Film/TheLibrarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice'', they had been forged into a silver equivalent to [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade the Holy Grail]] for vampires.
* In ''Film/TheBrassTeapot'' it is implied that the titular artifact contains silver from the coins. The Teapot’s powers are associated with greed and pain.

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Each of the thirty pieces contains a [[SealedEvilInACan fallen angel]], the lot of whom are collectively referred to as the Knights of the Blackened Denarius (or as Harry calls them, [[DeadpanSnarker the Nickelheads]]). While the Knights of the Cross and their allies do their best to recover the coins and keep them away from evil, several that were known to be in the hands of the Church are later shown to be back in the hands of the Denarians, something the Denarian leader attributes to the fact that the Fallen cannot be contained by mere mortals; however, two have since been left in the vault of the Greek god Hades.
* In''The Last Coin,'' by James Blaylock, the Big Bad is collecting the 30 coins to fulfill his vile schemes. He's up to 29 at the beginning of the book and close to the last one.
* In Kathryn Smith's ''Brotherhood of Blood'' romance novel series, the 30 pieces of silver were impregnated with Lilith's spirit and passed from man to man, the most famous being Judas, and eventually melted into a cup, the Blood Grail, which turns anyone who drinks from it into a vampire. This goes badly for the guys who find it thinking it's the ''other'' Grail.

* Featured (as 30 pieces of black metal; the background history -being given in exchange for Abel, the game's equivalent of Jesus to Iscariote (yes, it's named so)- being the same) in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' as one of the most important artifacts of the game's setting, being actually superadvanced minicomputers that, basically, help someone to develop advanced technology.

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* Turn up in ''Series/SleepyHollow'' as [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] that corrupt the holder.

* The 30 Pieces of Silver also show up as items to search for in ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''. Each 5 collected gets the hero a power-up.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'', Judas Iscariot is the progenitor of all vampires, his condition being the result of a curse put on him due to his traitorous intentions as he drank of the blood of Christ at the Last Supper. The thirty pieces of silver became a talisman holding absolute power over his soul; whoever possesses the silver pieces has total control over Judas (but only if they have all 30).

[[folder:Judas' Noose]]
* The noose with which Judas Iscariot hanged himself ''also'' shows up in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. (It's worn as a NooseNecktie by the bearer of one of the 30 coins mentioned above.) The noose protects its bearer from everything [[spoiler:except the noose itself.]]
* [[spoiler:The Dragon of the Grand Canal]] in ''[[Literature/TheMagicians The Magician King]]'' boasts of a vast collection of magical artifacts, including both the Lance of Longinus and the noose that hanged Judas.

[[folder:The Ark of the Covenant]]
The Ark of the Covenant contains the original tablets on which the Ten Commandments were first written, as well as possibly a few other items. Biblical passages describe many magical effects caused by the Ark.

* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' uses it as the MacGuffin. It proves too dangerous to actually use, though, turning the whole film into a ShaggyDogStory. You didn't think God was going to just let the Nazis use His ark to take over the world, did you?
** Shows up in an engraving under Venice in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
---> '''Elsa''': What's that one?
---> '''Indy''': The Ark of the Covenant.
---> '''Elsa''': Are you sure?
---> '''Indy''': [[DeadpanSnarker Pretty Sure.]]
* In ''Film/TheLibrarian: Quest for the Spear'', it is one of the first artifacts that Flynn sees in the Library. He's more than a little amazed when he's told it's ''not'' a replica.

* In ''Literature/TheFourthRealm'', the Ark of the Covenant is kept in a church in Ethiopia (as has been speculated in real life) and contains a gateway that non-Travelers can use to journey to the other Realms.
* ''Literature/TheTreasureOfAlpheusWinterborn'': The titular treasure is actually a small golden statue, one of the two golden cherubim on the cover of the Ark of the Covenant, which Alpheus Winterborn brought home with him after finding the Ark itself - the rest of the Ark was buried in a cave-in soon after its discovery (a previous cave-in had opened a path that led to its resting place).

* While never actually referred to as such, the Ark appears in the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode, "[[Recap/XenaS01E17TheRoyalCoupleOfThieves The Royal Couple of Thieves]]". After a weapons dealer steals it, Xena and company go undercover as warlords to infiltrate the auction for the Ark and retrieve it for the Israelites.
* In season 6 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam convinces Castiel to come down to Earth by claiming they found a gold box that Nazis were after and it melted someone's face off, then calls him an idiot for falling for the plot of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''. However, in season 11 a piece of the Ark actually appears as a 'Hand of God' - an object touched by God himself which possesses a portion of His power.

* In the original ''VideoGame/TombRaider'', the tutorial level takes place in Croft Manor. Lara [[BreakingTheFourthWall asks the player]] to pardon all the crates she has strewn about the place. Sitting in front of the crates is the Ark. Given the crates present, one [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk might suspect how she came to possess it]].
* The Ark is what kicks off the plot for ''[[VideoGame/GigaWing Giga Wing 2]]''.
* Shows up in the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC of ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'', in the possession of the Jewish Duke of Axum.[[note]][[TruthInTelevision There is an Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Axum that does claim to possess the Ark]], and the claim that the Solomonic dynasty of Ethiopia possessed the Ark dates back to at least the 14th century[[/note]]
* the Ark is one of the Noble Phantasms of David (as in ''[[Literature/TheBible the]]'' [[Literature/TheBible David]]) in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder''. It has the power to OneHitKill anyone who touches it without permission, and is potent enough to [[spoiler: bypass Heracles' [[ResurrectiveImmortality God Hand]], instantly taking all twelve of his lives]]. Getting that to work [[AwesomeButImpractical requires David to get someone to actually touch the Ark though]], so it's generally pretty useless as a weapon and [[GameplayAndStorySegregation can't be used against enemies in gameplay]]. The Ark does however become David's Bond Level 10 Craft Essence, and equipping it gives him a 10% chance to instantly kill a target on hit.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game, the "Gold Sarcophagus" is a spell that delays, then forces the draw of a card, possibly opening up a box of worms or setting up anything given enough foresight. This card could alternatively be considered a Pandora's Box analogue.

[[folder:The Seal of Solomon]]
From Jewish folklore, the seal ring that allowed Solomon to cork up spirits in bottles. May feature only in finding such a bottle with the impress.

* ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}: The Universal Machine'': Kate is held captive by an immortal marquis who controls a group of demons because he wears Solomon’s ring. She defeats the marquis by cutting off his fingers and breaking the ring, allowing the freed demons to take vengeance for their enslavement.

* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' prequel we see Solomon use it to summon and control thousands of demons, ''[[CastfromLifespan though at a price]]''.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'', the genie came from such a bottle.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', this is used on various spirits.

* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', the Ring of Solomon is one of the items needed to obtain the Doomtrain [[SummonMagic Guardian Force]]. The other ingredients are [[NumberOfTheBeast 6 Steel Pipes, 6 Remedy+ and 6 Malboro Tentacles]].

!!! Norse

[[folder:Mjöllnir, Gungnir and other weapons]]
Any weapon ever used or made by a god -- especially the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse mythological]] weapons Gungnir (Odin's spear) and especially Mjollnir (Thor's hammer).

Mjollnir is actually spelled/pronounced "Mjöllnir". The sound ö is usually unpronounceable to native English speakers. It's somewhat similar to the "heu" in French (like heure). "Myol'neer" (with short o) is pretty close, though. Speak the word heard or girl (the 3: sound) and you will be pretty close.

Occasionally you will see Gram -- the sword of Siegfried, used to kill the dragon Fafnir. This sword has also been referred to as Balmung and Nothung.

Ragnarok is also a common name for swords in [=RPGs=], and there's also Lævateinn, the FlamingSword of Surtr.

* Bayloupe of New Light from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' condenses Thor's weapons into a pair of gloves, allowing her to use all of Thor's weapons.
** Marian wielded Dáinsleif, or at least a replica of it, at one point. It is said to trigger Ragnarok if it is ever fully unsheathed, and most people drop dead out of pure terror if even a small amount of the blade is revealed.
** Brunhilde Eiktobel created a replica of Gungnir, though this was later destroyed. Othinus, a Magic God, wants to create the ''real'' Gungnir, not a replica like most of the magical items in the series.
* Look at any work by Kosuke Fujishima, ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' being most prevalent.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'' by the Seraphim: Uriel has Gungnir (which is also said to never miss its target) and Michael has the FlamingSword Laevatainn.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Most of Dukemon's arsenal consists of weapons named after legendary weapons of Norse mythology. In his base form he wields a lance called Gram, and as [[EleventhHourSuperpower Crimson Mode]] he wields dual {{energy weapon}}s named Blutgang and Gungnir. In [[AllThereInTheManual expanded universe material]], his EvilCounterpart PaletteSwap [=ChaosDukemon=] instead calls his lance Balmung.
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' features the ARX-8 Laevatein, designed to [[spoiler:replace the destroyed Arbalest as Sousuke's Lambda-enabled AS]].
* Laevatein is the name of Signum's Intelligent Device from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series, though it's also been called Levantine.
* Once again with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', this time it was an EMP weapon developed by ZAFT and used to disable the Earth Alliance's first run Strike Daggers and take out Porta Panama's Mass Driver.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' features Gungnir as the Symphogear of Kanade, Hibiki and Maria. Its weapon is, what else, but a spear. Except when used by Hibiki, who simply [[GoodOldFisticuffs punches]] things to death.
** The sword Dáinsleif also appears, allowing normal Symphogears to be uppgraded with tha [[SuperMode Ignite Module]].
* Marie Mjolnir from ''Manga/SoulEater'' is a Death Scythe whose weapon form is a hammer.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' features several of these as support cards for the Nordic and Aesir cards used by Team Rangorok. The manga version references Gram in the form of a Blackwing monster.
* ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}''
** Gungnir is mentioned in passing in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' as similar to how Servant Lancer's Gae Bolg works as a throwing spear.
** Saber of Black from ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'' wields Balmung, as his true identity is Siegfried. Like Excalibur listed above, he can use it as a WaveMotionSword.
** Gram is stated to be the strongest demonic sword, being the antithesis and equal to Excalibur, [[InformedAbility although this is never actually shown]]. Like in mythology, it's the sword of Sigurd, who is a completely different person from Siegfried in this universe. Naturally, Gilgamesh also has a copy of it in his Gate of Babylon.
** Mjolnir is wielded by Beatrice Flowerchild in ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'' since she possesses the Berserker class card connected to Thor. The hammer is roughly three times her size and requires her to enlarge her entire arm just to hold it.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' the Mjollnir is the relic weapon for White Mages, of all jobs. Gungnir is the relic weapon for Dragoons, which lets you use the weapons skill "Geirskögul," which was a Valkyrie in Norse Mythology. Ragnarok was the Great Sword relic weapon, usable by Warriors, Paladins, and Dark Knights. The Bard's relic ''musical instrument'' was the Heimdall's Gjallarhorn. A Black Mage's mythic weapon was Laevateinn, a more obscure Norse artifact. FFXI kind of loves this trope.
* In ''Anime/TheEpicOfZektbach'', Nox Catorce's sword is called Tyrfing, after a cursed sword of Norse mythology.

* It appears in Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/TheMightyThor. This version can only be used by "one who is worthy" of the power of Thor. It's a dual-purpose enchantment by Odin to both make sure that power doesn't fall into the wrong hands, but also to make sure that there is a Thor who will ''act like Thor'' once Ragnarok comes around. Thus, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica could lift it, but not Franchise/{{Superman}} (except with Thor's permission, in ''ComicBook/JLAAvengers''), because Superman isn't worthy to lift Mjölnir because he's actually a little too heroic. A proper Thor needs to think like a warrior when the situation calls for it, which means being just a little bit more willing to use lethal force when necessary. That's no slight on Superman, it just means that Superman would make a poor viking, which is as it should be. Other Marvel/DC crossovers have shown that Franchise/WonderWoman ''does'' meet Odin's definition of worthiness.
* Also Marvel: in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' Loki has Gram, which even in this universe belonged to Sigurd and was used to kill a dragon, but has truth revealing powers and truly [[TimeyWimeyBall ridiculously]] [[BatmanGambit complex]] origin story. Less surprisingly Loki also owns Laevateinn, which they apparently always had but never used before. According to Sigurd because it sucks beginning with its name ('damage twig'), maybe it's true, but maybe Loki just didn't want people to insult their AncestralWeapon.
* The hammer is of course the focal point in the ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'' album ''De Hamer van Thor'' [[note]]Thor's Hammer[[/note]]. Both Mjollnir and Gungnir also make an appearance in the album ''De Walkure'' [[note]]The Valkyrie[[/note]], where they are wielded by their original owners. The album ''Doodsbrenger'' [[note]]Deathbringer[[/note]] briefly shows how Mjollnir was originally forged (from mithril, according to the story!), but instead focusses on the sword Deathbringer, which was forged at the same time but ended up hidden on Midgard, where it was eventually found by the album's main villain.

* ''FanFic/MyLittleAvengers'': Naturally, Big Mac uses Mjolnir to transform into [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]. Gungir also shows up later in the story [[spoiler: in [[TheDragon Trixie]]'s possession]].

* One of the ships in ''Film/TheMatrix'' was technically called Mjolnir, but everybody called it "The Hammer". Probably because, as the special features on the ''Revolutions'' DVD demonstrate, nobody involved in the production could figure out how to pronounce it.
** Additionally, there's ThemeNaming in the ''Mjollnir'''s crew members: all of them were named after guns, except the medic (who was named after a magazine) and the captain (who was named after [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Stephen King's gunslinger]]). Which fits this theme more, an unpronounceable Norse weapon or the thing that strikes off a cartridge?
* Thor's in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. One of the regular human characters [[TheUnpronouncable refers to it as "Myew-myew"]].


* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', one of the swords the Prosperos own comes from Norse mythology.
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/TheHammerAndTheCross'', Shef acquires a spear named Gungnir at one point. Seeing him carrying it, with his single eye, upset Valgrim priest of Odin to no end.

* Mjolnir showed up on ''Series/FirstWave'' as an alien portal-making thingy.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** Mjolnir shows up in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''. Along with the real Thor and Loki. There's also the Spear of Neptune, although Neptune himself is not encountered
** All the more interesting since one of the villains seven seasons earlier (''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'') was a demon named Loki, and King/Lord Neptune himself appeared in that same season. How Overdrive's long-abandoned city of Atlantis squares with ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'''s ancillary materials placing Atlantis in the South China Sea is unknown..
* This is ''really'' common in the various ''Series/StargateSG1'' series. Thor's Hammer included. These are usually ImportedAlienPhlebotinum of some sort.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Mjölnir is auctioned off in the episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS08E02WhatsUpTigerMommy What's Up Tiger Mommy?]]" by Plutus, the Greek God of Greed. When Sam manages to get his hands on it, he is able to strike down gods.

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* Some of the abovementioned support cards for Aesir and Nordic were released, including Gungir. As was the Gram Blackwing monster. Balmung is also referenced in a monster name.

* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', one of the combination magics is named after this.
* Gram is a sword found in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'', described as being a dragon-slaying weapon.
* Unsurprisingly, Mjolnir shows up in ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''. Mjolnir Torpedos deal EM damage to a target. Though it is primarily a Caldari weapon and most Norse named ships are Minmatar....However, perfectly acceptable for an Icelandic company.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungnir}}'' has it as its plot weapon. Unsurprisingly.
* Yet another ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' example: the MJOLNIR PoweredArmor worn by the Master Chief and other Spartan {{Super Soldier}}s.
** Also, the [[{{BFG}} Spartan Laser]], which has the designation of M6 G/GNR, and was developed as part of Project GUNGNIR, providing a suit of MJOLNIR PoweredArmor of the same name.
* Gungnir, Mjolnir, and Laevateinn show up often in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''[='=]s [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Jugdral canon]], quite a few of the weapons of the Twelve Crusaders are named for weapons from Norse mythology - the Tyrhung (Tyrfing), Balmunc (Balmung), Gungnir, Mystletainn (Mistleteinn) and Thor Hammer (Mjöllnir).
** Several of these aforementioned weapons reappear in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[spoiler: set in the Jugdral canon's DistantFuture]], generally in the hands of [[spoiler: Aversa's Dreadlords]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'': Weapons like Mjölner, Gungnir and Gram can be picked up and used in game. As a bonus, Gram kills the boss Fafnir in [[OneHitKill one hit]].
* Mjollnir, Gram, Balmung, Nothung, Gungir and Laevateinn all appear in ''VideoGame/OgreBattle64'' as randomly-dropped weapons. None are plot relevant. The other games of the series feature some or all of them as well.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', fusing the Personas Odin, Thor, or Surtr with any Nihil Weapon would yield their respective spear, hammer, and sword.
* Since Thor appears in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'', he naturally carries his Mjolnir around and has been using it more than his title, God of Thunder, imply.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has a weapon named Gungnir.
* The Gungnir in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' is a giant golden spear with a red gem in the spear head. Before an update changed its crafting recipes, it was made with three other spears and can kill pre-hardmode bosses in seconds.
* Mjolnir is the focus of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld'', which is the sequel to Legend. Just like Legend, the mystical "weapon" turns out to be [[spoiler: a key to enter Helheim]]. Wherein the BigBad is attempting to wield Jormungandr, [[spoiler: a gigantic ancient machine that will bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Ragnarok]]]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' features the vampiric Scarlet siblings, each with a potent magical weapon out of Norse mythology. Remilia has Gungnir, which in-game can be used to fire an energy spear of {{danmaku}}, while her younger sister Flandre has Lævateinn, the "Wounding Wand of Loki," which functions as a FlamingSword. It's unclear if these are ''the'' Gungnir and Lævateinn or if "[[BlatantLies the young descendent of]] [[{{Dracula}} Tepes]]"[[note]]Being among the few ''Touhou'' characters to have exact ages specified, Remilia and Flandre are actually too ''old'' to be distant descendants of Dracula like Remilia claims. They're actually within the right age range to be his ''daughters'', though presumably Remilia thinks that would be too outlandish a lie to be believed.[[/note]] is exaggerating her supernatural clout again.
* Laevateinn can be found in the second ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''.
* Can be found in the ''Monks and Mystics'' DLC of ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'', but can only be used by followers of the Norse religion.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the Gae Bolg is a relic weapon Level 50 Dragoons obtain.

* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-57/ Balmung]]

* In ''Atlantis II: Milo's Return'', Gungnir is the artifact the third leg focuses on. It is in fact of Atlantean origin. A crazed shipwright named Eric Helstrom, under the delusion he was Odin, stole it from Mr. Whitmore's collection and attempts to use it to cause Ragnarok. He is prevented from doing so and the spear is instead used to raise Atlantis back above the surface of the ocean.

[[folder:the Ring of the Nibelung, the Tarnhelm, etc.]]
Made famous by Richard Wagner's famous opera, ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', the Ring grants the power to rule the world, and is desired even by the gods, but it bears a curse--anyone wishing to use it must renounce love forever. The Tarnhelm (also made famous by the opera) is a helmet that gives the powers of invisibility, shapeshifting, and teleportation.

* Creator/TomHolt's ''Literature/ExpectingSomeoneTaller'' has hapless clerk Malcolm Fisher receiving the Ring and the Tarnhelm from a badger he runs over one night, who turns out to be Ingolf, brother of Fafnir.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' features the ring as one of Sigfried's cards.


Creator/HPLovecraft invented the ''Necronomicon'', which has since appeared in tons of fictional works, not limited to the [[CosmicHorror Cthulhu Mythos]]. Probably the most famous of these are the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' movies, which gave a striking visual look to the book. This version of the book has since been visually referenced in many places where there was a need to show an evil book. In a case of {{Defictionalization}} / FanDumb, there are many forgeries of the ''Necronomicon''.

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* The Necronomicon was mentioned in passing as one of the 103, 000 grimoires inside Index's brain in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''.
* Kosuzu Motoori is in possession of a Japanese copy of the book in ''Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery''.

* The ''Darkhold'' is Creator/MarvelComics analog of the ''Necronomicon''. The ''Darkhold'' started out as a set of scrolls written in Antedeluvian times, referenced in their ''Conan the Barbarian'' adaptations.
* [[EvilSorcerer Felix Faust]] is sometimes seen reading from the Necronomicon. When reading the literature of Tartarus in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' he refers to dark tomes that make the Necronomicon look like a children's book.
* The book appears in two albums of ''ComicBook/DeRodeRidder'', ''Necronomicon'' and ''De Boeienkoning'' [[note]]The Escape Artist[[/note]]. It is displayed as a source of phenomenal magical power and in both cases Johan needed serious help to deal with its current owner. The first time he was aided by the Babylonian goddess Ishtar, and the second time he was aided by TheGrimReaper. The book is still at large in Johan's world, searching for a new owner...

* The Necronomicon Ex Mortis from the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series, a classic TomeOfEldritchLore.

* P.C.Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' has a Necronomicon-analogue in "The Book Bound In Pale Leather", one of several mythic treasures ( or curses) of the Kencyr. The Book can be bruised if mishandled, and contains rune spells of such power that numerous priests went mad simply writing them down to make The Book.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} version is the infamous and feared ''Necrotelicomnicon'', the ''Book of Communicating with the Dead Long Distance''.
** It also appears in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' under its alternate title, ''Liber Paginarum Fulvarum'', [[CanisLatinicus dog Latin]] for "Book of the Yellow Pages".
* Creator/ChristopherPike made the ''Necronomicon'' into the Satanic Bible. There actually is a book called ''The Satanic Bible'', by Anton La Vey, but it's not the ''Necronomicon'' either.
* One of the {{Defictionalization}} instances was published as a mass market paperback authored by someone only known as "Simon". Inexpensive copies litter many finer used book shops at a bargain price.
* In ''[[Literature/TheVampireFiles Lifeblood]]'', Jack meets a bookseller who owns and closely guards one of these forgeries, and doesn't have the heart to tell the guy he's been suckered into buying a worthless knockoff.
* Mentioned in the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The White Counsel were the ones who had it published, in order to dilute the rituals' power. Rituals in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' are like the water in your house: the more people who are trying to use it at once, the less each person gets.
* In Creator/StephenKing's short story "I Know What You Need" (contained in ''Literature/NightShift''), Ed Hamner Jr. is the proud owner of a copy (though we're not told if it's ''the'' actual book).

* Unsurprisingly, ''VideoGame/{{Necronomicon}}'' is centered on the tome.

* In ''VideoGame/Wizard101'', we have the Krokonomicon, a magic book from the world of Krokotopia.
* This appears in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', but changed in the English translation to "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Mega_Therion Tomegathericon]]".
* The ''Necrotelicomnicon'' also shows up in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''.
* [[SchmuckBait Guess]] what [[HaveANiceDeath happens]] if you mess around with the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Necrophilicon]] in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV''.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', the BigBad's name is Abdul Alhazred, and ''Literature/TheKingsQuestCompanion'' runs with the idea that he really is that universe's version of the Lovecraftian author and thus wrote a version of the Necronomicon within the ''KQ'' universe.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' with the "Bombinomicon", a Necronomicon offshoot originally sold for [[NumberOfTheBeast $6,66]], whose teeth clench a CartoonBomb and who is a MotorMouth to boot. Can also be worn as a badge, causing the wearer to spectacularly explode when killed.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'', the ''Necronomicon'' is one of the main characters, and appears in the form of a young girl who usually goes by "Al Azif", shortened from ''Kitab al-Azif'', the book's Arabic title. The reason it appears as a girl is said to be because the most powerful magic books are so potent that they generate a human body and soul for themselves. A number of other magical tomes from the ''Mythos'' also make appearances, though Al Azif is said to be the most powerful of all.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'', The Necronomicon is an active item that deals massive damage to all enemies in your current room. It also has [[Franchise/EvilDead two missing pages]], one being a passive item and the other being a trinket, both with similar (but more conditional) room-clearing powers.
* Shows up in ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'' as part of one event path of the Learning focus. With ''Monks and Mystics'' installed, it becomes a proper artifact.

* The ''Necrowombicon'' in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', which was a reference to an early Webcomic/PennyArcade strip.
* ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'': "No! Not the Necro-Deatho-Bookicon!"

* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Cthulhu trilogy featured the ''Necronomicon'', of course.
* The Springfield Republicans in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' read from the Necronomicon during their meetings.

* Artist Creator/HRGiger named two famous collections of artwork and autobiography after the Necronomicon.

[[folder:Holy Hand Grenade]]
Another more recent artifact; the HolyHandGrenade from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', despite being a literal throw away gag. Note that this is actually a Copyrighted Artifact, being roughly a century yet (copyright is loooong these days) from falling into the public domain.

* The Blasphemous Grenade in ''LightNovel/NyarkoSan'' probably counts.
* In chapter 10 of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} manga ''Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth'', Hieda no Akyuu asks resident MoonRabbit Reisen if it is true that youkai rabbits are weak to holy hand grenades, such as the "HHG of Aunty Ock".

* The BlackTemplars from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have a unique piece of wargear called the Holy Orbs of Antioch, which always wounds on a 2+.

* Was a piece of cut content in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''. In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you get a slight variation, the Holy Frag Grenade.
* Appears as one of the higher tier weapons in ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}''. It even lets out an angelic chorus before it explodes.
* One is a findable magic item in the ASCII graphics-based Omega RPG.

* Nowadays we have U.F.O.s, Area 51 and TheGreys, which seem to qualify as the latest Public Domain Artifacts.
** Or, as the quote from ''Angels of Light and Darkness'' states, half of what they say was owned by [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' seems to be extremely fond of this trope -- which considering it also uses [[PublicDomainCharacter public domain ''characters'']] as the primary basis for its main cast (even relatively obscure ones like Rose Red), should probably not surprise anyone in the least. Public Domain Artifacts in the series include the fountain of youth (which the fables drink from yearly to remain ageless), the magic beans (from which come magic beanstalks, of course), the Vorpal Sword (as described in Creator/LewisCarroll's "Literature/{{Jabberwocky}}" poem... no, really genuinely ''as described'' in the poem, including an accompanying "snicker-snack!" sound effect...), the Witching Cloak, the magic barleycorns that Tom Thumb's bride was supposed to have grown from, Boy Blue's horn, a [[GenieInABottle magic lamp]], several magic carpets a la Aladdin, and... really ''countless'' such objects, actually. Even Santa's "Naughty and Nice" lists make a brief appearance.
* There are some artifacts which are associated with Santa, but occasionally show up without him. Usually his bag (ascribed mystical properties of producing whatever is desired) and his sleigh (or some other fantastic method of transportation).
* The Go Board that Honinbo Shusaku spilled blood on when he died, which housed Sai's spirit in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo''.
* The [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology sacred buffalo calf pipe (Teton Sioux), seven arrows (Cheyenne), medicine wheels (across the plains), and ghost shirts (across the plains)]]. Also, anything reputed to have been touched by a famous Indian. New Age groups tend to love to claim false artifacts. Arrowheads are popular pieces as well.
* Lemuria and Mu. Mu is a mistranslation of a Mayan codex. Lemuria was a land bridge by Ernst Häckel to explain similarities in the ecosystems of Madagascar and Indonesia [[ScienceMarchesOn before plate tectonics]].
* Some public domain fictional characters' bits of associated items have attained this status, such as Dr. Jekyll's Hyde-transformation elixir or Dorian Gray's youth-sustaining portrait.
* The HandOfGlory is a common item in folklore, a magical relic made from the hand of a hanged man. It can be lit like a candle and provides a light that only the wielder can see. Various other powers have also been ascribed to it in various tales - generally something appropriate for a sneak thief.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'', there are more public domain artifacts per square inch in the Prosperos' mansion than anywhere else. Several are mentioned above. But they were collecting them.
* The eponymous ''[[http://xiovias.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-xiovias.html Xiovias]]'' from the [[http://xiovias.blogspot.com/ work of the same title]].
* Any phenomenon that science has no definite explanation for - examples include the stone spheres in Costa Rica. This overlaps with BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy.
* To summarise several prior comments, for a series as heavily saturated in world mythologies as ''Shin Megami Tensei'', it should be unsurprising that this would show up. Just in the ''Persona'' sub-series, there exist Mjölnir, Gungnir, Balmung, Laevateinn (Norse), Gae Bolg, Caladbolg (Irish/Celtic), the ''totsuka-no-tsurugi'', and several famous katanas (Japan). Several weapons are also named after gods or mythological figures; Chie from ''Persona 4'' has access to the Moses Sandals and a pair of boots named Sleipnir, after Odin's eight-legged horse.
* The Amber Room, and by extension, the rest of the so far unrecovered [[NaziGold Nazi loot]] from all over Europe. The location of the Amber Room specifically is one of the most popular StockUnsolvedMysteries throughout Central and Eastern Europe.