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->'''Swordsmith:''' The metal is amazing. I have never seen its like before.
->'''Shredder:''' Nor will you ever again. Let us just say the metal - fell from the heavens.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}''

[[MagicMeteor Meteoric metal carries inherent significance.]] Anything made out of it will be some combination of magical, good, evil, or just incredibly strong.

Crafting meteoric iron is OlderThanDirt: iron from meteorites has been used to make tools and weapons since the Ice Age, when it was the only iron available. The trope that it is special or magical isn't documented from that long ago, but some scholars believe that the OlderThanFeudalism story of the forging of Zeus' thunderbolts refers to meteoric iron. Anyone with academic journal access can read more about this [[http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0307-3114%281941%2971%3A1%2F2%3C55%3ATUOMI%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8 here]].

This trope can also be TruthInTelevision. Real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteoric_iron meteoric iron]] was the only source of metallic iron for many areas before iron refinement was invented, so this concept is linked with ColdIron. Meteors also happen to be a main source of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iridium iridium]], an extremely hard and dense metal usually only found as an impurity of platinum. See the RealLife examples below for more.

In the modern day, this trope appears most frequently in literary fantasy. In many works, from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', meteoric iron is depicted as a black metal (though whether this is the color of the metal or a surface layer is not always specified), causing overlap with BlackSwordsAreBetter.

Subtrope of FantasyMetals. See also {{Unobtanium}}, which it often is, and MagicMeteor. May be interchangeable with ColdIron or a separate kind of DepletedPhlebotinumShells. See {{Hihiirokane}} for its Japanese counterpart.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Manga/LupinIII'', one of several conflicting origins of Ishikawa Goemon XIII's [[KatanasAreJustBetter powerful sword]] is that it was forged from the metal from a meteorite. The manga calls the blade Ryusei or Nagareboshi, which translates as "Shooting Star" or "Falling Star".
* In ''Anime/SakuraWarsTV'', when Sakura Shinguji's sword, ''Arataka'', is damaged in her first fight against series BigBad Aoi Satan, she returns home to Sendai to have it reforged ... and it's mentioned in passing that the sword is made of metal from a meteorite.
* Subverted:Franchise/{{Gundam}} series set in the Universal Century timeline, such as ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundam 0079]]'', have Luna Titanium, which is a more durable alloy to normal titanium that is refined in the space fortress Luna II (hence the name '''Luna''' Titanium). The source titanium is mined both on Earth and in asteroids. Later, the asteroid based faction Axis refined a better variant and renamed Lunar Titanium as Gundarium alpha (after the titular mecha it was famously used for) and the improved variants Gundarium beta and gamma, with the latter used in mass quantity.
* Gundanium from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' doesn't quite count; it's {{Unobtanium}} that can only be refined in space, but it does have incredible properties (super strong, super light, electrically neutral, radar-proof), so TheFederation treats it this way. Appropriately enough, the Gundams were sent to Earth as part of "Operation Meteor", so...
** There's some actual hard science behind this; very low or zero gravity ''does'' cause noticeable differences in the crystalline structure of refined metal. Gundanium at least is plausible, presumably being an alloy of some sort that requires such an environment to harden into something useful.
* ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]'' follows this trope more closely, with a metallic meteor landing in the ocean and being fought over by TheFederation and ZAFT. It ends up in the hands of protagonist Lowe Guele, who crafts it into a [[{{BFS}} 150m-long katana]] because he lives by RuleOfCool.
* The [[PsychicPowers Stand]]-granting arrows from ''JojosBizarreAdventure'' are made from a meteorite that landed in Greenland circa 50,000 BC.
* The weapons wielded by the Miroku Clan (The Miroku 7 and the Drei Ritter) in ''Manga/GetBackers'' are mentioned to have been made from a meteorite that crashed in mount Asuka-Miwa, and all are very heavy.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Ebony Blade wielded by the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's Black Knight is carved from meteoric metal, and is layered with many and potent enchantments by Merlin the magician, including a "blood curse".
** The Yashida Clan's "honor sword" is also made from meteorite iron, and forged by a demon. Both factors become pivotal when {{Wolverine}} is fighting a mystical assassin, the "Iron Monk", who boasts of being impervious to mortal and Earthly weapons. The Iron Monk repeats his boast (which was backed up repeatedly throughout the issue) when Wolverine draws the sword, only to have a brief OhCrap moment when its origins are explained to him. Brief because Wolverine isn't generally known for showing mercy to villains. Especially in his solo adventures.
** Bloodscream is another notable victim of the blade, although he survived. Bloodscream was turned into a vampire by a voodoo priest. His curse has a condition that only a blade that is not made by a mortal can kill him.
* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] GreenLantern had an actual lantern, forged originally in ancient China from a glowing meteorite. A piece of the lantern was made into a ring by Alan Scott, who needed to recharge it every 24 hours by touching it to the lantern. This was {{retcon}}ned in later stories as the magical energy of Earth-1 (home of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]]), thrust into Earth-2 (home of the Golden Age DCU) by Guardian fiat.
* Skywise's "magic" lodestone compass in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest.''
* A variation of this occurred in a ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story that had the two of them hopping around unstable timelines, when they landed in a Wild-West themed one, coming across ComicBook/JonahHex and a ton of cowboys shooting at them. When Hex heard Superman was an alien, he figured he should maybe load his gun with bullets made from meteorites. Which, of course, are kryptonite. Bonus for him not even knowing it was Superman's weakness.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has the meteor fragments from Red Gulch, as well as [[spoiler:Bassinium/Quadirium]].
** The Jadous Sphere is also this.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Dawn is this, as per canon, but it turns out it's not the only sky-metal weapon around. A lot of the other houses of the First Men had their own {{Ancestral Weapon}}s, from the [[CarryABigStick The Fist of Winter]] of the Starks and [[CoolSword Stormbreaker]] of the Durrandons, to [[BladeOnAStick Otherbane]] of the Gardener Kings and [[AnAxeToGrind Rocktooth]] and [[DualWielding The]] [[KnifeNut Warnings]] of the Casterlys/Lannisters.
* It's said in ''Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy'', a series of ''Film/TheHobbit'' fics, that the Black Arrows and other black weapons capable of harming dragons -- like [[BlackSwordsAreBetter the black sword Gurthang]] that was used to slay Glaurung -- are forged out of very rare meteoric ore.

* The time-bending artefact in ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' was forged from the metal found in a meteorite crater.
* In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', [[{{Unobtainium}} Adamantium]] is a rare mineral ore only found in meteorites. Stryker and his team decimated an African village just to obtain more.
* In ''Film/{{Outlander}}'', human-looking alien Kainan lands on Earth during the time of the Vikings. He eventually has swords forged from pieces of his ship's hull. The new swords are harder and sharper than a typical steel blade.
* At the end of ''Rise of the Sea Dragon'', Film/DetectiveDee is presented with the Dragon Taming Mace by the Emperor himself, who states that it is made of meteorite iron.

* Creator/LordDunsany's ''Literature/TheKingOfElflandsDaughter'' is the earliest (1924) known use of the phrase "thunderbolt iron". In it, the witch Ziroonderel forges a sword of "thunderbolt iron" for Prince Alveric because, in questing into Elfland, he needed "a sword of no earthly iron to parry unearthly dangers".
* The PublicDomainArtifact [[ExcaliburInTheStone Excalibur/Caliburn/Caledfwlch]] is often portrayed as being made of ThunderboltIron, although there isn't any justification for this in older sources. Works where this is the case include:
** The novel (later film) ''Literature/TheLastLegion''.
** Jack Whyte's Camulod series.
** ''Blood and Iron'' by Creator/ElizabethBear.
** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by Creator/MarionZimmerBradley.
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' has the two black swords Anglachel and Anguirel, which are made of meteoric iron and can cut through any other weapon. Anglachel is especially significant; it ends up belonging to TragicHero Túrin Turambar, and gives him his pseudonym (Mormegil, which [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord means "black sword" in Sindarin Elvish]]).
** Anglachel also fulfills the 'evil' or at least dark requirement; it is quite happy to [[spoiler:take Túrin's life when the hero commits suicide, out of a combination of native darkness and bitterness for Túrin accidentally murdering its previous wielder.]]
*** It was prophesied in an early version of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' that Túrin will use it to kill [[spoiler:Morgoth]] in the final battle for Arda, though.
** Like many elements of Túrin's story, this comes from the old Finnish myth of Kullervo. Kullervo received a magical broadsword from Ukko, the god of the sky (parallel to Anglachel being forged from meteoric iron.) Kullervo, after defeating his enemies with his magic sword, returns home and finds that all his family has died while he was obsessed with his own quest for vengeance. Finally he kills himself after interrogating and cursing his sword, which, being magical, answers him and tells him gleefully that it partook in all his other villainy and will just as gladly destroy him as well.
** These swords may be the origin of the trope that meteoric iron should be black, but they both started as ordinary swords and only after Anglachel was reforged into Gurthang was it black with "edges that shone with pale fire". This seems to be a description of black oxide, which was removed from the edges by sharpening.
* Literature/{{Discworld}} is the TropeNamer. Discworld's ThunderboltIron is strongly magnetized, and even more useful than normal iron for keeping away [[TheFairFolk elves]]; people put chunks of it in circles around places where the Faerie realm gets too close.
** Also referenced in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', where Magrat suggests they forge for the prince a sword made from Thunderbolt Iron. "I have a spell for that," she explains, "You take some Thunderbolt iron...[[CaptainObvious and make a sword out of it]]."
** When Tiffany Aching invades Elfland in one of the young Discworld books, one of her companions mentions that such swords are now considered traditional. It turns out a [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pan]] and a horde of Pictsies (sic) works pretty well too.
** The iron used to shoe Death's horse is never named, but is basically the next level of the same thing. Unlike normal iron it can be taken even into the refuge of the King of the Elves, and Nanny uses it to intimidate him.
* Thorn, one of the three titular swords that serve as {{MacGuffin}}s in Tad Williams' trilogy ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' is made of meteoric iron.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and ''Literature/TheMalloreon'' by Creator/DavidEddings, the main character's {{BFS}} is made of meteoric iron. Granted, having the single most powerful magical artifact in all of existence stuck onto its hilt would have made that sword inconceivably dangerous even if it had been made of a wire frame wrapped in aluminum foil, but a sword made of any other material would have shattered when the orb was placed in the pommel. Also, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo It Was Meant To Be]]. (The only reason Garion can wield or even lift it is because said artifact is magically removing most of its weight. At one point, when required to remove the Orb from the pommel, the suddenly-returned real weight of the sword strapped across his back almost drives him to his knees before he can unbuckle it, sending it crashing to the floor.)
* The ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' books have the ([[ReforgedBlade reforged]]) Sword of Martin the Warrior, forged from a meteorite; just for extra kick, its blacksmith spoke the name of every hero he could think of [[AndThisisFor as he beat it into shape]], naming Martin himself with the final hammer strike.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': The Demon King's sword was made of this. Its name was ''Thunderclap''.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the greatsword Dawn is thought to be forged from a fallen star. The blade is handed down to members of the noble House Dayne, and a wielder of the blade is always called the Sword of the Morning. The world of the series also features particularly sharp and strong blades believed to be forged by magic, but Dawn seems to be held in even greater respect. A previous Sword of the Morning once dueled a notorious bandit knight and hacked the bandit's first sword to bits, showing that Dawn is indeed something special.
* ''Literature/TheWitcher'': The steel swords that Witchers carry (in the books and video game of the same name) are crafted of meteorite steel. However, Geralt does quite sarcastically explain in ''Season of Storms'' that attributing any magical qualities to meteorite ore is astrology-like pseudo-science and they are not magical in any way. They are simply excellent swords made with advanced smithing methods.
* The panserbjørne ([[BearsAreBadNews armored bears]]) from ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' are a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] that focus their whole culture around "sky-iron". Specifically, they beat massive suits of plate armor out of the metal without heating. The armor then becomes a sort of iconic possession/"external soul" similar to the traditions around {{Samurai}}s' weaponry.
* Non-weapon example: Kerrick, the protagonist of Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/WestOfEden'' has an arrowhead of meteoric iron as a talisman of sorts.
* In Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''[[Literature/BooksOfSwords Swords]]'' series, the Twelve Swords were all forged from meteoric metal by Vulcan.
** While none of them are inherently evil, all have world-changing powers, and are sought after people who would do evil with them. Even Woundhealer, the sword that heals anything it would normally cut, is used once by a bandit to get away from capture by running it through his own chest and jumping off a cliff.
* The ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', [[ClicheStorm of course]]. This is one of the factors that make the Dragon Riders' swords [[InfinityPlusOneSword so special]].
* In Javier Negrete's ''La Espada de Fuego'' Derguin's AncestralSword was forged from a meteor.
* In ''Literature/TheGodEngines'' by Creator/JohnScalzi, weapons tipped with "single-made" iron (''meteoroidic'' iron collected from deep space) are capable of killing [[WizardsFromOuterSpace the lesser gods used by the humans to power their starships]]. Second-made iron (single-made iron reforged by a smithy, or meteoric iron found on the ground) wounds them, while third-made iron items (meteoric iron reshaped in a forge) can only restrain them. One of [[TheCaptain the protagonist's]] crewmen finds out [[TheDogBitesBack in a most unpleasant manner]] that the quartermaster who provided the pikes used to discipline the ship's power source skimped on the second-made. After he is taken away to the healers, the captain brings out a whip studded with single-made iron[[note]][[{{Squick}} and made from another god's skin and bones]][[/note]] and proceeds to ''[[WhipItGood lay down the law]]''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheDevilInIron", enabling the Slave Revolt:
-->''Then their priest, a strange, gaunt man of unknown race, plunged into the wilderness, and when he returned he bore a knife that was of no earthly substance. It was forged of a meteor, which flashed through the sky like a flaming arrow and fell in a far valley. The slaves rose. Their saw-edged crescents cut down the men of Dagon like sheep, and against that unearthly knife the magic of Khosatral was impotent.''
* The adventure novel ''Literature/{{Riptide}}'' is based around the search for a treasure trove that includes the legendary sword of St. Michael, said to have been forged of meteoric metal and to have killed everyone who possessed it. [[spoiler:This turns out to be true - the meteoric metal is heavily irradiated.]]
* Poked fun at with the ending of Matthew Stover's ''Jericho Moon'', when Barra the Pict claims the stones Yahweh rained down upon Jebusi as payment for her services. The joke is that, while these meteorites originated through the ''literal'' [[SmiteMeOhMightySmiter Wrath Of God Almighty]], she only wants them because they're made of perfectly-ordinary iron ... which is the next big thing in technology and will soon be worth a fortune.
* ''Literature/{{Declare}}''. Attempts are made to kill djinn using iron from meteorites that according to legend have killed djinn in the past, by casting them into bullets or blasting them as shrapnel. It turns out to be almost, but not quite, what is required.
* In Christian Jacq's ''The Judge of Egypt'' trilogy, this kind of iron is mentioned as being used in temples for several holy artifacts, as well as regarded as a potential component in magic.
* ''Literature/TheTerror''. Captain Crozier notes with irony that while such metal is valued among the Inuit, it's known by the underwhelming name of ''star shit''.
* In Morgan Llywelyn's Horse Goddess, a Demythification of Celtic gods as actual human beings, the blacksmith Govnu (Irish god Goibniu) becomes famous for discovering and working meteoric iron.
* ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'' has two such materials, Mithrildite (overlapping with {{Mithril}}) and Force Core. Mithrildite is an extremely durable metal that can be stored in {{Hammerspace}}, while Force Core is a type of stone that can be used as a power source. Both are used to construct [[MiniMecha Drag-Rides]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TerraNova'': The town of Terra Nova is heavily dependent on meteoric iron, and rebel forces control the quarry. Digging for other deposits would somewhat defeat the purpose of the mission, which is to avoid the industrialization that ruined the future.
* In ''Series/{{QI}}'' Steven recounts a story about an Inuit tribe that believed themselves to be the only humans on the surface of the planet, they were shocked when they were "discovered". Something which puzzled the explorers that found them however is that they had metal utensils; this is despite the lack of metals in the environment and having no way to trade for the metal. They, of course, got the metal from meteorites.

* Bob Johnson and Peter Knight, ''Literature/TheKingOfElflandsDaughter'' (Chrysalis, 1977):
-->''Earth and fire and wind and water,
-->Dew of morning, miles of May,
-->Scent of thyme and sight of lilac,
-->Thunderbolt iron will win the day!''
* ''Music/InExtremo'''s song "Sterneneisen" ("Iron from the Stars") is about this.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* The Ka'abah, the holiest site of Muslim pilgrimage, contains what is called Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (lit. "Black Stone"); most experts agree that it is probably a meteorite. Interestingly enough, the Ka'abah and the stone predate the founding of Islam by quite a bit and were both previously revered by Arabic tribal/animistic cultures. In Islam, the stone is said to have fallen to mark the first temple built on Earth for Adam, by God. Said to be lost during the Great Flood of Noah, it was rediscovered by Abraham and put into place there, as Abraham was the one who originally built the Ka'abah (along with Ishmael). The stone has great significance, and one popular narrative tells how, after the rebuilding of the Ka'abah, the Quraish tribes of Mecca disputed about whose tribe was the most suited to carry the Stone. To settle this, they decided that whomever entered the meeting room next should decide it. The person who entered was Muhammad ibn Abdullah, later Prophet of Islam. He decided that all the tribal leaders would hold a cloth so that they could collectively move the Black Stone together to its original place. It worked, and crisis was averted.
** Even now, the Black Stone is a point of reverence for nearly every pilgrim that comes to the Ka'abah. However, no power nor miracles are ascribed to it by most Muslims. A famous saying by Umar, the Third Caliph, even goes so far as to claim that, were it not for the Prophet's habit of kissing it during pilgrimage or pointing at it, he would not have done so himself.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Aptly-named "Star Iron" in the SteamPunk fantasy role-playing game ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' is special because it is devoid of magical energy, unlike most iron on Earth, which is saturated with it from all the magical things going on. [[AntiMagic This means it can break nearly any spell with a touch.]] It is deadly to Faerie for the same reason.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has starmetal, one of the five magical materials. The Sidereal Exalted get the most use out of starmetal, but that's because they serve Heaven; the "star" in question is the star that represents a god's station, which falls from the heavens when they die. Seeing as the metal can only be obtained by ''killing a god'', what little there is is used sparingly. It's rather surprising there is not more evil to it, as there is a tendency towards the gods being executed sometimes unjustly for the purpose of getting the metal.
** More recently, a somewhat rarer variation of Starmetal has been published. This version (prompted by a fan saying he'd like his Daiklave to be forged from the discarded fate of Creation's next Alexander the Great) is a hero's destiny, removed from the Loom before its passage (thus leaving the hero with either an early death, or a mundane life) and crystallized. Falling from the sky is therefore optional, but in a more metaphorical sense it is made of stars and sky.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** The mutating ore formed from congealed dark magic is called warpstone. Used for a variety of nasty rituals and weapons, it originally fell (and is still falling) from the sky.
** Gromril, from the same setting, is a more traditional version of this, although it only fell from the sky depending on what edition you're on.
** Currently Gromril is a more mundane style of metal - the new ThunderboltIron is Glimril, which is so rare that only one ''scale'' of it has been found to date, in the mouth of a Chaos Lord. [[MemeticBadass Grombrindal]] wears armour made out of the stuff.
** There's also the Armour of Meteoric Iron, one of the cheaper magic armours. It's basically just really tough, with no real special abilities.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Dark Angels Space Marines forging a trio of Thunderbolt ''Obsidian'' swords.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the best way to tear large chunks out of [[TheFairFolk the True Fae]] is to use hand-forged (that is, not machine-processed) "ColdIron." The "Rites of Spring" splatbook defines cold iron specifically as iron which has never been heated to the point of malleability by any human agency, but has instead been beaten into shape by ''pure brute force.'' Overlooking the general improbability of making anything more refined than a club or a rough mace by this method, the book outright states that your best hope of ''ever'' obtaining cold iron is to get your hands on meteoric iron, since melting down normal iron ore is pretty much the only way to get iron out of it in the first place.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' also has an advantage in meteoric iron as being already half [[{{Unobtanium}} perfected]].
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** 1st Edition
*** The ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine article "Gems Galore!" (later re-printed in the 2nd Edition ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Adventures''). Star metal is meteoric iron and is worth 10,000 gold pieces per pound. It can be forged (mixed with more common metals) to make weapons of superior durability and strength.
*** The original ''Dungeon Master's Guide'' states that +3 magic metallic armor is made from meteoritic iron steel.
** 3rd Edition
*** Two examples are Adamantine and starmetal. Both have extraordinary hit points and hardness. They also ignore hardness under a certain number so they are good for sundering other objects.\\
In addition, starmetal is a version of adamantine that has the bonus property of causing extra harm to Outsiders (as opposed to the [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick OotS]] version, which also harms Undead) thanks to its "affinity for the Material Plane". The book that introduces starmetal, Complete Arcane, mainly focuses on a prestige class where you eat starmetal until you turn into an indestructible person made of starmetal.
*** Kheferu, found in Sandstorm, the truest form of ThunderboltIron in D&D, is ''literally'' made of tempered meteorites. It automatically overcomes the Damage Reduction of all Earth-based creatures, regardless of any other requirements the creature's DR has.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' mentions that this is one of the guesses about what "ColdIron" was supposed to be and lets you use it if you want... but it defaults to the handling that it's just a descriptive term for regular iron, like one might say "cold steel."
* ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'': If the [=GM=] is using the alternative [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Telluric Vampire]] writeup, weapons made from meteoric iron are one of the things that can kill them ... but only if the Widmanstatten lines are intact, so those weapons have to be made with a minimum of forging and reshaping.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has seven skymetals, most commonly found around the wreckage of a spaceship that crashed on Golarion centuries ago. Adamantine is the most common, but the others all have their uses.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', one of the three Great Sages crafts a weapon out of the "Red Rock" Crono and his friends find 65 million years in the past; the prehistoric people claim that this strange "Dreamstone" has magical properties, and quite a few of the [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]] in the game turn out to be made from it. It is also used to repair the Masamune in preparation for fighting Magus.
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}} 2'' lets Django find a small meteorite which can be forged into a unique Star melee weapon, which gains power as you do and uses solar energy directly from the Solar Station reserves rather than Django's much smaller energy bar.
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' had the material Zexonyte which was forged from meteoric metal, and is crucial to time travel.
* Meteorite is the strongest metal available for crafting weapons in ''Videogame/EvilIslands''
* VideoGame/GoldenSun has Star Dust, described as "Rare metal from space", which can be [[ElementalCrafting forged]] into such niceties as the [[MakingASplash Mercury]]-[[AnIcePerson aligned]] Comet Mace or the PP({{Mana}})-increasing Astral Circlet.
* ''VideoGame/CastleOfTheWinds'' features Meteoric gear as its top line before enchantments--better protection and damage, as well as less weight.
* In many of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games where crafting is possible, meteorites are usable as raw material for that crafting.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you can stumble upon a meteor ([[Franchise/{{Superman}} on whose crater a child was previously found by a woman named Martha and her husband]]) and have Levi Dryden's brother make a sword from it after the events at Warden's Peak. The appropriately dubbed "Starfang" is one of the strongest swords in the game.
* Among the many metals added in the popular ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' mod "Dig Deeper" is "star iron", which is both valuable and extremely rare.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', there is Grimacite armor and weapons that are forged from Moon Rocks (one of the game world's two moons is called "Grimace" and had a huge chunk fall to earth after getting smacked off by a giant meteorite). The grimacite itself is under the protection of the Penguin Mafia, and the goodies made from it are 1) fantastically expensive (several hundred million Meat) 2) usually only available from winning the lottery.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has Meteorite Ore, which can be forged into bars and used in the construction of various high-tier items. [[StarWars Most notably,]] [[LaserBlade Phaseblades]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', you start with an ordinary though well forged iron sword, but can collect meteors and hire a sufficiently skilled blacksmith to make you one of several varieties of pseudo-magical meteor swords. In the novels the game was based on, every witcher carried a sword made of meteoric iron.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', a player who worships Thor has access to the Dwarven Armory, which provides upgrades made of meteoric materials.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', a lot of the latest mech technology uses a material known as Tronium, which was recovered from a crashed meteor.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheDrunkenPaladin'': Aside from the ElementalCrafting available in the weapon shops, the best weapons and armor made from meteorite shards can only be made by certain [=NPC=]s.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Registeel is a golem Pokemon that is apparently ''made'' out of a metal not found on earth.
** Jirachi is a Steel/Psychic type that is heavily associated with comets, so it being made out of such a metal is likely.
* In ''VideoGame/RealmOfTheMadGod'' the lore for the juggernaut helm says that it was forged from metal that fell from the sky.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', an optional magic item you can [[RevenueEnhancingDevices purchase]] is the Sky-Iron Shield, whose name implies the use of this material in its construction.
* Two [[MixAndMatchWeapon trick weapons]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the [[HeroesPreferSwords Blade of]] [[KnifeNut Mercy]] and the [[SinisterScythe Burial]] [[SinisterScimitar Blade]], are [[BifurcatedWeapon splittable weapons]] forged from siderite. Siderite is a real-life metal found in meteors that becomes magnetized after it's heated, and these blades take advantage of that by using the magnetic field to hold together in their "whole" forms. They also do minor magic damage.
* Shows up the Gary Chalk-illustrated Tin Man Games computer novel, ''Gun Dogs''. The bit of ThunderboltIron is used in an unusual fashion though. Your titular Gun Dog can find a local blacksmith at a town who offers to upgrade your gun with a chunk of metal from a meteorite he found, and some experimental designs he's been working on. The end result is a much sturdier and faster-acting firing mechanism for your gun, so in game your gun gets a reaction bonus.
* ''Videogame/DungeonsOfDredmor'': The Embossed Serpentine armor set qualifies, being made of "mysterious star-metal" that fell from the skies one day. Well, parts of it; the rest is apparently just a really good imitation of it. Either way, it's some of the best heavy armor in the game. The game also makes some light fun of the idea, as it takes a special mindset to find the metal of a fallen star and think "those would make some nice pants".
* Played with in ''VideoGame/Diablo3'', where the pieces of archangel Tyreal's broken sword fall to Earth as meteorites after he is cast out of the High Heavens. This makes it technically made from meteoric iron when it is reforged again, although there's no suggestion that this gives it any additional powers.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy Oengus in ''Videogame/ChildOfLight'' claims that his people forged swords with metal mined from "the frozen tails of comets".
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' backstory, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] of Cyrodiil were said to consider star light as the most "sublime" form of magic and venerated anything which fell from the heavens, particularly [[MagicMeteor meteorite iron]], which they used to craft their Ayleid Wells. Through an unknown means which no extant race has been able to replicate, the Wells channel magicka from the stars and can transmit it to mages.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' when Red Mage suggests getting "starmetal" out of a Meteor spell Black Mage dropped on someone. Black Mage points out that the Meteor isn't even metallic, but when he turns away for a second and turns back, RM is holding a piece of metal, completely confounding BM.
-->''Black Mage'': I believe in '''magic''' and I ''still'' don't know how you did that.
* Roy Greenhilt of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a sword that's made out of an alloy of starmetal. Originally, the blade was just an ordinary family heirloom, but early on in the story it was [[BrokenWeapon shattered]]. Misled into believing his sword was made of starmetal and couldn't be reforged without it, Roy led his party on a quest to obtain some and ended up with only a tiny nugget of the stuff. Later, he discovered the truth about his sword [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0297.html when speaking with a swordsmith]] in Azure City: starmetal is incredibly rare and heavy, and a blade entirely made of it would weigh 300 pounds and require all the starmetal that has ''ever'' fallen out of the sky. Reforging his blade with even the palm-sized amount that he'd found made his sword ''incredibly'' strong--in D&D terms, it became a +5 sword with the ability to severely harm undead by emitting a green glow.
* The Starham in ''Webcomic/TriangleAndRobert''. Meat falls from space all the time in their world; what makes the Starham special is that it's properly cured. It's powerful enough to cause some pretty major havoc. (This is not a joke.)
* The Orrery from ''Webcomic/{{Uncreation}}'' is a device designed specifically to summon meteors from space for mining.
* Parodied in [[http://www.xkcd.com/1114/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip.
-->'''Shopkeeper''': This sword was forged from a fallen star. Antimony impurities make the blade surpassingly ''brittle'' and ''weak''.//
-->'''AltText''': This exotic blade was wrought from a different fallen star. The meteorite was a carbonaceous chondrite, so it's basically a lump of gravel glued into the shape of a sword. [[SpaceX A SPACE sword!]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DITY1WzbLj8 Sokka's Space Sword]](described below) was forged on ''WebVideo/ManAtArms''. Tony actually bought a number of real nickel-iron meteorites to make it (though it had to be mixed with more terrestrial metals as it proved to be a bit brittle, and he broke three band saw blades while preparing the material).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' series have a few examples:
** In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Sokka's Master", Sokka makes himself a sword from a meteorite that fell in the beginning of the episode. It can quite easily slice through metal, even when ''thrown''. He affectionately calls it his "space sword." The absurd sharpness of the blade eventually works against Sokka; when he tries to [[BladeBrake use it]] to prevent himself and Toph from falling off an airship, the space sword [[AbsurdlySharpBlade slices right through]] the airship's side. As a result of that, Sokka accidentally loses sword when his grip on it fails, causing the sword to plummet into Earth Kingdom territory below and land in parts unknown.
** Decades later in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Suyin Bei Fong (Toph Bei Fong's daughter) and her society of [[ExtraOreDinary metalbenders]] in Zaofu collect various chunks of meteorite. Said chunks of "Space Earth" are incredibly easy to bend (almost as fluidly as water), even for the most novice of metalbenders.
*** Toph herself actually displayed as such in the aforementioned episode of the original series.
* The protagonists of the ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' animated series all wielded weapons made of "star metal", which would reveal the true form of shapeshifted serpent folk when close enough and banish them to the dimension their god was imprisoned in if actually struck. The metal also amplified magic channeled through it, as seen most prominently with Greywolf's staff and the giant ring-gates which would allow Wrath-Amon to bring Set to Earth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers'', Captain America's shield and many of Black Widow's weapons include Vibranium, a metal from Skrull origin. In the sequel, we see the Wakandans have a huge Vibranium meteor with which they craft their weapons (Vibranium is also a huge part of Wakanda's crafting in the original ''[[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' comics, though it's usually not alien).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, the meteor fragments from Red Gulch empowered robots for a while, but soon left them drained and weak.
* A second-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' reveals that the Black Lion was forged from the materials of a comet that collided with [[spoiler:the Galra homeworld]]. The third season finale revealed that all five lions were constructed from metal extracted from that comet [[spoiler:and that Prince Lotor has gotten his hands on a similar one]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* There have been many real-life attempts to work backwards from the idea that meteoric iron is awesome to a justification of this idea. Their high nickel content is sometimes credited for making the metal stronger, but it does that mostly by stabilizing a phase of iron called austenite, which is tough but soft (so it won't crack but it won't hold a cutting edge for long either). People tend to ignore this when imagining swords and similar that are made out of the material.
** Other people credit iridium, a platinum group element that is found in some impact sites and happens to be rather impressive on its own, but the iridium content of meteors is best measured in ''parts per billion'' and you would need to do chemical tests just to know that it's there. It has absolutely no distinct effect on the material's properties.
** Cobalt is a third element that may be present in meteors. Less often recognized, cobalt mostly has the effect of making the metal harder at higher temperatures - so the metal gets more difficult to forge.
** It should also be noted that meteoric iron is almost always less pure than human-made steel, and this can make it brittle (see the ''WebVideo/ManAtArms'' example above).
* Creator/TerryPratchett [[http://www.news.com.au/technology/terry-pratchett-creates-a-sword-with-meteorites/story-e6frfro0-1225926584339 had one forged for himself]] in order to celebrate having been knighted.
-->"Thunderbolt iron, you see highly magical, you've got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not."
* Attila the Hun was believed to have wielded a sword made from meteorite, which the Romans nicknamed the "Sword of Mars".
* There was an Inuit tribe whose entire culture was based around two large meteorites, the only source of metal in the area. Which didn't stop polar explorer Robert Peary from hauling them off to a museum under the justification that they could now just buy their iron from white traders.
* James Bowie's iconic knife was supposedly forged from a piece of meteorite iron.
* Invoked with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellite Stellite,]] a superalloy produced by Deloro Stellite Company. It's ''hard'' and can take a ''lot'' of heat without weakening. Some applications include saw teeth, racing engine valves, machine gun barrels, and drill bits for metal cutting machines.
** The only thing stellar about it is its shine, though.
* It's been repeatedly suggested that the legend of Excalibur may have been based on a sword forged from a meteorite, and that the "sword in the stone" belief might have originally come from "a sword ''from'' a stone", as in a stone that fell from the heavens.
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Tutankhamun}} King Tut's]] dagger was recently confirmed to be made from meteoric iron.
* In one of the most [[UpToEleven ungodly expensive]] examples of this trope, we have Cabot Guns' [[http://cabotgun.com/oak-collection/the-big-bang-pistol-set/#1 Big Bang Pistol Set,]] a pair of [[CoolGuns 1911 pistols]] constructed primarily from meteorite iron. Asking price? ''$4.5 million''