In some fictional worlds, all the crazy (and mundane) technology is powered by a single kind of AppliedPhlebotinum, often even the very simplest things that otherwise would be very simple to do, such as electricity or even ''fire''.

Related to, but not quite the same as MinovskyPhysics (In that it might not be heavily explained, and particles that follow MinovskyPhysics may be joined by other Phlebotinum) and GreenRocks (which vaguely defined enough to be used for everything, aren't necessarily always used as such.) A PhlebotinumMuncher takes this to its logical conclusion by feeding on the phlebotinum.

SteamPunk and [[PunkPunk other *punks]] tend to be like this to a greater or lesser degree.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/GiantRobo:'' The Shizuma Drive, explained in that it's pretty much free unlimited cheap power and it's totally scalable, deconstructed in that it shows you shouldn't put all your eggs in one Phlebasket.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Sakuradite, although there are other forces at work, every piece of non-real-life technology is Sakuradite-based. As well as, apparently, all the power plants; the Gefjun Disturber is explicitly stated to affect only Sakuradite-based tech, and when used to cripple Tokyo's defences in the Second Battle for Tokyo knocks out every electrically-powered device in the city.
* In ''Anime/LastExile'', Claudia, which allows for all flying ships as well as serving as a currency.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''WarriorsOfPlasm'' is set in an alien world where absolutely everything is based on BiologicalTechnology. Justified in that their world itself is a giant, squishy living organism.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}:'' Narritivium. Everything traces back to it; [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that narritivium is literally story- so of course it causes everything, [[PostModernism the Discworld is a series of books!]]
* The Eastern Empire in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books has become so dependent on magic for basic needs like heating that it nearly collapses when magic becomes unreliable.
* Blake Snyder's ''Save the Cat!'' book on screenwriting specifically advises authors to do this under his Double Mumbo Jumbo theory. According to him, if you try to make the audience buy two separate supramundane elements it stretches the film's credibility to the breaking point. He pointed out a flop like ''Film/{{Signs}}'' which asked the audience to juggle a debate over whether or not God exists ''and'' one over whether or not evil space aliens exist. [[note]]According to the author: "And if you don't believe me, try substituting the word "Allah" for the word "God" and see if your brain doesn't melt."[[/note]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* While it didn't run ''everything,'' an awful lot of the heroes' technology in ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' was based on the synthetic antigravity substance "inertron." This is really a perfectly justifiable application of [[ForgottenPhlebotinum Niven's Law]]--if an antigravity substance existed, it ''would'' be incredibly useful; once the stuff was introduced into the series's continuity, it would be odd if it ''didn't'' start appearing in all kinds of machinery.

* Everything in the Franchise/StargateVerse runs on Naquadah or Naquadriah (which is really just a more potent variety of the former). The gates are made out of it, it enhances bombs, the starships run on it... If what you want to do can't be done with Naquadriah, then you don't have enough of it. ''Series/StargateUniverse'' kicks off the plot by using ''[[UpToEleven a planet which has its entire core]]'' made up of Naquadriah to reach the Destiny.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ShockSocialScienceFiction does this, recommending only one Shock per session.
* ''TabletopGame/BladesInTheDark'': Every single fantastic element of the setting, from trains, industrial machinery, and alchemy to vampires, demons, and ghosts, is powered by electroplasm (essentially [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ectoplasm]] capable of producing electric charge) in one form or another.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia:'' Moon Stones. They even make [[strike:liqour]] [[FrothyMugsOfWater Loqua]] out of it. There are several varities of moonstone, each with their own [[ColorCodedElements elemental flavor]], useful for specific applications. The yellow (electric) moonstones are put to very effective use by TheEmpire (which is based out of the region where yellow stones are found)
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Element Zero ("eezo") is a fictional alien substance off the Mendeleev table, which manipulates the mass (not weight, ''mass'') of objects around it when an electric current is applied -- this is, in fact, the eponymous "mass effect". In the setting, this has been used to power everything from FasterThanLightTravel, since relativistic speeds are a cakewalk when you can reduce the transported mass to zero, to pseudo-PsychicPowers, wherein people generate mass effect fields with their cybernetically enhanced bodies.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork:'' The Internet.
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders:'' Metatron, powering everything from repair, to making prosthetic hands out of it, to being the secret behind advanced AI's.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'': Ragnite.
* The eponymous ''VideoGame/{{Elebits}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has nanomachines.
* As does ''Franchise/MetalGear''.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense:'' Elerium-115, an element only found outside the Milky Way Galaxy.
** ''VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep'': The underwater equivalent is Zrbite. Although constructed from different materials, it is still used to manufacture equipment as well as to fuel submarines.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII:'' Mako, which is actually the Lifestream, and all Materia is a condensed form thereof.
* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles'' series has magicite, which is used for everything from making fires to purifying water. Kinda justified though, as it does warp reality.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' is whale-punk: That is, whale oil (harvested from not-quite whales) is combustible enough to explode if you ''throw '' it, meaning it's used for everything from fuel to making slightly explosive bullets. No other energy source except electricity seems to exist, and even that seems to mostly come from whale oil tanks strapped into machinery like batteries (although in the [[VideoGame/Dishonored2 sequel]], wind power seems to gradually phase out oil-based generators, at least in Karnaca).
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is SteamPunk to the point that there's even ''steam mobile phones''.

* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', everything runs on Shinsoo.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Everything runs on Dust in its various forms. It's used for energy production, vehicular fuel, and as ammunition for weapons. One of the consequences of this is shown in a "World of Remnant" short: because Dust stops working upon leaving their planet's atmosphere, the setting doesn't have any space technology whatsoever, despite being more advanced than modern society in many ways, since they've never discovered fossil fuels or nuclear energy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks:'' [[PowerCrystal Crystals.]] They even have ''flavoring'' crystals for making food, including one that ''turns things into cheese''.
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': Protodermis in the Matoran Universe.
* Pretty much everything in the {{Transformers}} {{Verse}} runs on Energon. The earliest Creator/MarvelComics stories avert this, having them use a liquid fuel that can be derived from oil, but the writers quickly adopted energon [[CanonImmigrant from the TV series]] and never looked back.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: back in the 1950s they thought everything in the future would be nuclear. Cars, planes, toasters, the ''water in your house''. [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} All improved thanks to the power of your friend, the atom!]]