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* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', this trope is a pet peeve for Wiz as he's expressed annoyance at fictional metals stronger than titanium alloy.

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* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', this trope is a pet peeve for Wiz as he's expressed annoyance at fictional metals stronger and lighter than titanium alloy.alloy. However, he's fine with these if they have some kind of drawback[[labelnote:*]][[Franchise/StarWars Mandalorian iron]], for example, is capable of resisting lightsabers, but it's ridiculously heavy, thus [[MightyGlacier the wearer sacrifices agility for durability]][[/labelnote]] or a reasonable justification as to it's strength[[labelnote:*]]Marvel's vibranium can absorb vibrations, and while tough, it is not completely indestructible[[/labelnote]].


*** In that regard, another design goal is to be able to keep away people of centuries or thousands of years in the future if the memory of those sites, and especially what's stored on them, is lost to the ages. Given human curiosity and legends that could develop around said places in the interim (''if'' there were humans around, that is) is quite a challenge.

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*** In that regard, another design goal is to be able to keep away people of centuries or thousands of years in the future if the memory of those sites, and especially what's stored on them, is lost to the ages. ages -by the use of symbols, the design of the surroundings of said sites, designing legends about the evil lurking there, etc-. Given human curiosity curiosity, cultural changes, and how said legends that could develop either change or be replaced by others developed around said places in the interim (''if'' (''if there were humans around, still around'', that is) is quite a challenge.

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*** In that regard, another design goal is to be able to keep away people of centuries or thousands of years in the future if the memory of those sites, and especially what's stored on them, is lost to the ages. Given human curiosity and legends that could develop around said places in the interim (''if'' there were humans around, that is) is quite a challenge.


* ''Literature/StarChallenge'': In the fifth book, "Galactic Raiders", novium -respectively the Gold Rush and gold RecycledInSpace- survives being put into an ''[[Antimatter anti-matter]]'' chamber for a couple of hours. [[RobotBuddy 2-Tor]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]], noting it has never seen something that does not desintegrate there before.

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* ''Literature/StarChallenge'': In the fifth book, "Galactic Raiders", novium -respectively the Gold Rush and gold RecycledInSpace- survives being put into an ''[[Antimatter anti-matter]]'' ''{{antimatter}}'' chamber for a couple of hours. [[RobotBuddy 2-Tor]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]], noting it has never seen something that does not desintegrate there before.

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* ''Literature/StarChallenge'': In the fifth book, "Galactic Raiders", novium -respectively the Gold Rush and gold RecycledInSpace- survives being put into an ''[[Antimatter anti-matter]]'' chamber for a couple of hours. [[RobotBuddy 2-Tor]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]], noting it has never seen something that does not desintegrate there before.


* The Book of Darkness of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' may fit, considering it has regenerative powers and can come back again and again even if completely obliterated. Basically the only theoretical way to stop it forever is to freeze it.

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* The Book of Darkness of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' may fit, considering it has regenerative powers and can come back again and again even if completely obliterated. Basically Basically, the only theoretical way to stop it forever is to freeze it.



** The only reason the GovernmentConspiracy haven't completely erased all traces of the "Void Century" already is that the history is recorded on things called Poneglyphs, which are indestructible. So they settle for killing anyone capable of reading them, such as Nico Robin.

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** The only reason the GovernmentConspiracy haven't hasn't completely erased all traces of the "Void Century" already is that the history is recorded on things called Poneglyphs, which are indestructible. So they settle for killing anyone capable of reading them, such as Nico Robin.



** Finally, Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} took that concept and RAN WITH IT with its even-sturdier alloy "Super Alloy New-Z Alpha". Nothing seems being capable of even scratching it, not even tossing it into lava or even ''launching it from space to the Earth, performing a Pilder On and crash-landing''.

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** Finally, Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} took that concept and RAN WITH IT with its even-sturdier alloy "Super Alloy New-Z Alpha". Nothing seems being to be capable of even scratching it, not even tossing it into lava or even ''launching it from space to the Earth, performing a Pilder On and crash-landing''.



* In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable]], Kira's secondary ability Sheer Heart Attack is seen as this. Despite [[spoiler:repeated blows from Star Platinum, which is capable of destroying diamond hard teeth, it barely shows signs of damage]]. It got to the point that repeatedly hitting it caused [[spoiler:Jotaro's knuckles to bleed]].

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* In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Diamond is Unbreakable]], Kira's secondary ability Sheer Heart Attack is seen as this. Despite [[spoiler:repeated blows from Star Platinum, which is capable of destroying diamond hard diamond-hard teeth, it barely shows signs of damage]]. It got to the point that repeatedly hitting it caused [[spoiler:Jotaro's knuckles to bleed]].



** ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield, ComicBook/TheMightyThor's hammer and ComicBook/SilverSurfer's Power Cosmic enhanced board are indestructible in most stories. [[note]]The exception here is The Molecule Man who has absolute control over chemical bonds. The Beyonder and Thor when Odinforce empowered are also exceptions.[[/note]] The shield is also an example of {{Unobtainium}}, so much so that even the Molecule Man described its molecules as the weirdest thing he had ever come across. It's made of a vibranium-iron alloy with a mystery catalyst that no one can identify. The guy running the experiment fell asleep when it was added and couldn't duplicate the results. [[note]] In fact it was attempts at duplicating this process that led to the creation of the slightly less indestructible adamantium.[[/note]] It has only been shattered a few times, once by Doctor Doom wielding the might of the Beyonder in ''ComicBook/SecretWars'', by Thanos bringing ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet down on it, and Cul in ''ComicBook/FearItself''. After the third instance, ComicBook/IronMan reforged it with Uru (the metal Thor's hammer is made of.) It's probably even MORE indestructible now.

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** ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield, ComicBook/TheMightyThor's hammer and ComicBook/SilverSurfer's Power Cosmic enhanced board are indestructible in most stories. [[note]]The exception here is The Molecule Man who has absolute control over chemical bonds. The Beyonder and Thor when Odinforce empowered are also exceptions.[[/note]] The shield is also an example of {{Unobtainium}}, so much so that even the Molecule Man described its molecules as the weirdest thing he had ever come across. It's made of a vibranium-iron alloy with a mystery catalyst that no one can identify. The guy running the experiment fell asleep when it was added and couldn't duplicate the results. [[note]] In fact it was from attempts at duplicating this process that led to the creation of the slightly less indestructible adamantium.[[/note]] It has only been shattered a few times, once by Doctor Doom wielding the might of the Beyonder in ''ComicBook/SecretWars'', by Thanos bringing ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet down on it, and Cul in ''ComicBook/FearItself''. After the third instance, ComicBook/IronMan reforged it with Uru (the metal Thor's hammer is made of.) It's probably even MORE indestructible now.



** Antarctic Vibranium actually acts as ''anti''-Indestructium. Due to its unique nature, it melt any metal within its vicinity, even adamantium.

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** Antarctic Vibranium actually acts as ''anti''-Indestructium. Due to its unique nature, it melt melts any metal within its vicinity, even adamantium.



** Metagal was only shown to be damaged four times: once by a combination of laser fire to weaken it and an attack by Sonic, once by a corrosive acid, once by [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]], and once by FreezeRay to make it brittle.

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** Metagal was only shown to be damaged four times: once by a combination of laser fire to weaken it and an attack by Sonic, once by a corrosive acid, once by [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]], and once by FreezeRay to make it brittle.



** In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Red Lantern Kara's outfit and cape never get damaged, not matter what happens to her. Justified since her RL uniform is made of raw energy.
** Back in UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, every Kryptonian costume was made like this, and ''anything'' from Krypton was effectively made of indestructium while on Earth. . Perhaps the only time this wasn't true was when both Kal-L and Kal-El were in the Anti-Matter universe dealing with the Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

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** In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Red Lantern Kara's outfit and cape never get damaged, not no matter what happens to her. Justified since her RL uniform is made of raw energy.
** Back in UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, every Kryptonian costume was made like this, and ''anything'' from Krypton was effectively made of indestructium while on Earth. . Perhaps the only time this wasn't true was when both Kal-L and Kal-El were in the Anti-Matter universe dealing with the Anti-Monitor in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.



* Interesting justification in the French comics ''ComicBook/{{Papyrus}}''. Pharaoh's soldiers encounter enemies who have swords made of indestructium. They capture the princess, but the soldiers manage to take an indestructium dagger. The author explains it in footnote: that's just ''iron'', which may as well be indestructium against the Egyptian bronze swords!

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* Interesting justification in the French comics ''ComicBook/{{Papyrus}}''. Pharaoh's soldiers encounter enemies who have swords made of indestructium. They capture the princess, but the soldiers manage to take an indestructium dagger. The author explains it in a footnote: that's just ''iron'', which may as well be indestructium against the Egyptian bronze swords!



** In ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfWonderWoman2016'' The "armlets of Artemis" are outright said to be impenetrable and superior to any shield, but they loose this power when the gods retract their boons to Diana. On the other hand her lasso retains its indestructible properties even after the Olympians attempt to destroy the powers of all of her items.

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** In ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfWonderWoman2016'' The "armlets of Artemis" are outright said to be impenetrable and superior to any shield, but they loose lose this power when the gods retract their boons to Diana. On the other hand hand, her lasso retains its indestructible properties even after the Olympians attempt to destroy the powers of all of her items.



* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Ochaco's armored costume is revealed to be partially made from [[spoiler:feminum, the same metal used to create [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Wonder Woman's indestructible Bracelets of Submission]]. It's only a watered down alloy mixed with plenty of other materials, but it still makes her costume so durable that Tenya's armor cracks when he tries to kick her.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Ochaco's armored costume is revealed to be partially made from [[spoiler:feminum, the same metal used to create [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Wonder Woman's indestructible Bracelets of Submission]]. It's only a watered down watered-down alloy mixed with plenty of other materials, but it still makes her costume so durable that Tenya's armor cracks when he tries to kick her.]]



** Combining modern day building materials with [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Chrome Digizoid]] as shown in ''Digimon Re: Adventure'' has caused the [[https://www.aquacity.jp.e.yp.hp.transer.com/ AQUA CiTY shopping mall and aquarium]] to ultimately become this. A bunch of cybernetic impostors of a certain person, two Perfect Levels in the form of Lilimon and Garudamon, and an Adult Level in the form of Aquilamon, about the only thing close to damage the fight at the bottom floor causes is simply shaking the whole building, but otherwise the building stays completely intact from beginning to end.

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** Combining modern day modern-day building materials with [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Chrome Digizoid]] as shown in ''Digimon Re: Adventure'' has caused the [[https://www.aquacity.jp.e.yp.hp.transer.com/ AQUA CiTY shopping mall and aquarium]] to ultimately become this. A bunch of cybernetic impostors of a certain person, two Perfect Levels in the form of Lilimon and Garudamon, and an Adult Level in the form of Aquilamon, about the only thing close to damage the fight at the bottom floor causes is simply shaking the whole building, but otherwise the building stays completely intact from beginning to end.



** The One Ring: Gandalf confirms that nothing that Middle-earth possesses can even damage it. He gets rather specific as to the methods that could be attempted. Divine assistance from the more powerful ''de facto'' {{Physical God}}s of the setting would probably work, but they're on the other side of a major ocean and have explicitly limited their aid to sending Gandalf himself, who is ''not'' capable of damaging it. Gandalf specifically mentions that not even Dragonfire (which had destroyed three of the Seven Rings of Power given to the Dwarves), from the most powerful Dragon who ever existed no less, would've been able to so much as singe it. In the end the only way to destroy it is to throw it into Mt. Doom, where it was made.
** The walls of Orthanc and Minas Tirith are invulnerable to all known weapons and projectiles. Even the Ents, who rip apart solid rock like it was silly putty, are unable to so much as dent Orthanc, and are forced to give up.

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** The One Ring: Gandalf confirms that nothing that Middle-earth possesses can even damage it. He gets rather specific as to the methods that could be attempted. Divine assistance from the more powerful ''de facto'' {{Physical God}}s of the setting would probably work, but they're on the other side of a major ocean and have explicitly limited their aid to sending Gandalf himself, who is ''not'' capable of damaging it. Gandalf specifically mentions that not even Dragonfire (which had destroyed three of the Seven Rings of Power given to the Dwarves), from the most powerful Dragon who ever existed no less, would've been able to so much as singe it. In the end end, the only way to destroy it is to throw it into Mt. Doom, where it was made.
** The walls of Orthanc and Minas Tirith are invulnerable to all known weapons and projectiles. Even the Ents, who rip apart solid rock like it was silly putty, are unable to so much as dent Orthanc, Orthanc and are forced to give up.



* Densecris and carbonex serve as this in Steve Perry's ''Literature/{{Matador|Series}}'' series. It's mentioned that a few centimeters of densecris are enough to protect from a direct missile hit, and that a bunker with carbonex plating is 'going to take a long time to dig through'.

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* Densecris and carbonex serve as this in Steve Perry's ''Literature/{{Matador|Series}}'' series. It's mentioned that a few centimeters of densecris are enough to protect from a direct missile hit, hit and that a bunker with carbonex plating is 'going to take a long time to dig through'.



** Organic example: Orbalisk shells. Can withstand anything from lightsabers to rancor jaws. While the creatures themselves are vulnerable to electricity, not even the full power of Darth Bane's lighting reflected black could crack them (it cooked the parasites themselves but the shells were intact, if scorched). The problem is that ''they can't be removed'' as long as they're alive.
** Mandalorian ''beskar'' once processed into armor is fairly indestructible by conventional means. The shatterpoint Force technique however is decidedly ''not'' conventional

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** Organic example: Orbalisk shells. Can withstand anything from lightsabers to rancor jaws. While the creatures themselves are vulnerable to electricity, not even the full power of Darth Bane's lighting reflected black could crack them (it cooked the parasites themselves but the shells were intact, intact if scorched). The problem is that ''they can't be removed'' as long as they're alive.
** Mandalorian ''beskar'' once processed into armor is fairly indestructible by conventional means. The shatterpoint Force technique however technique, however, is decidedly ''not'' conventional



** Also, horcruxes. No matter what they're made of, the only known ways to destroy one are to use basilisk venom (or a goblin-made sword that has absorbed its power) or ''[[{{Hellfire}} Fiendfyre]]''. Everything else so far has failed... And given one attempt at destroying an horcrux was a crazy house elf (which has more magical power than a human wizard) trying ''everything he could come up with''.... A big factor in the resilience of a Horcrux is that, whenever it senses the presence of something that can actually damage it, it does ''everything'' it can to protect itself. This includes, as seen early in ''Deathly Hallows'', [[spoiler:the part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry defending itself even ''from its own creator''.]]

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** Also, horcruxes. No matter what they're made of, the only known ways to destroy one are to use basilisk venom (or a goblin-made sword that has absorbed its power) or ''[[{{Hellfire}} Fiendfyre]]''. Everything else so far has failed... And given one attempt at destroying an horcrux was a crazy house elf (which has more magical power than a human wizard) trying ''everything he could come up with''....with''... A big factor in the resilience of a Horcrux is that, whenever it senses the presence of something that can actually damage it, it does ''everything'' it can to protect itself. This includes, as seen early in ''Deathly Hallows'', [[spoiler:the part of Voldemort's soul inside Harry defending itself even ''from its own creator''.]]



* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Jonnie Tyler has to knock out an automated gas drone that on its way to destroy LaResistance. Unfortunately the drone is made of laminated layers of molecular-bonded material that's so indestructible an ''atomic bomb'' has only left a scorch mark on it.

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* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Jonnie Tyler has to knock out an automated gas drone that on its way to destroy LaResistance. Unfortunately Unfortunately, the drone is made of laminated layers of molecular-bonded material that's so indestructible an ''atomic bomb'' has only left a scorch mark on it.



** In "Orbit" the VillainOfTheWeek tries to kill Avon by sabotaging his shuttle so it won't reach orbit, crashlanding in a marshy area. Servalan is worried that a valuable MacGuffin Avon has in his possession will also be destroyed, but is assured that while the crew will be reduced to LudicrousGibs, the equipment will survive with minimal repair and even the shuttle could be salvaged.

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** In "Orbit" the VillainOfTheWeek tries to kill Avon by sabotaging his shuttle so it won't reach orbit, crashlanding in a marshy area. Servalan is worried that a valuable MacGuffin Avon has in his possession will also be destroyed, destroyed but is assured that while the crew will be reduced to LudicrousGibs, the equipment will survive with minimal repair and even the shuttle could be salvaged.



-->'''Jenna:''' They're bullet-shaped, built to be energy absorbing. Theoretically they could free fall from the edge of the atmosphere onto solid rock without even bruising the people inside.

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-->'''Jenna:''' They're bullet-shaped, built to be energy absorbing. Theoretically energy-absorbing. Theoretically, they could free fall from the edge of the atmosphere onto solid rock without even bruising the people inside.



** The [[CoolGate Stargates]] are very nearly indestructible (excluding the much older models in ''Series/StargateUniverse''n anyways), especially when active. They've survived direct hits from meteors, nuclear explosions, being swallowed up by lava, being dropped into suns (although that one had an energy shield to bolster it)... often, not only do they survive these ordeals, but they ''keep functioning perfectly''. That's not to say they never get destroyed; the Earth military eventually does make a bomb capable of it: the Mark IX "Gatebuster" Naquadriah-enhanced nuke. Stated at one point to have a blast radius of well over 1,000 km. The Gatebuster's blast is also enhanced by ''the Stargate itself''.

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** The [[CoolGate Stargates]] are very nearly indestructible (excluding the much older models in ''Series/StargateUniverse''n anyways), especially when active. They've survived direct hits from meteors, nuclear explosions, being swallowed up by lava, being dropped into suns (although that one had an energy shield to bolster it)... often, not only do they survive these ordeals, ordeals but they ''keep functioning perfectly''. That's not to say they never get destroyed; the Earth military eventually does make a bomb capable of it: the Mark IX "Gatebuster" Naquadriah-enhanced nuke. Stated at one point to have a blast radius of well over 1,000 km. The Gatebuster's blast is also enhanced by ''the Stargate itself''.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' features the ever-bemoaned [[OminousFloatingCastle Necron Monolith]], made of a 'living metal' that can physically alter its shape. It was already immune to the tank-killing effects of heat based weapons (melta), targeting weapons (lance), rending weapons, and dedicated tank-hunting specialists, but thanks to a 5th edition rules change and a quirky Rules-as-Written interpretation, it physically cannot be destroyed by glancing hits (the new Hull Point system in 6th edition thankfully reverses that last part).

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' features the ever-bemoaned [[OminousFloatingCastle Necron Monolith]], made of a 'living metal' that can physically alter its shape. It was already immune to the tank-killing effects of heat based heat-based weapons (melta), targeting weapons (lance), rending weapons, and dedicated tank-hunting specialists, but thanks to a 5th edition rules change and a quirky Rules-as-Written interpretation, it physically cannot be destroyed by glancing hits (the new Hull Point system in 6th edition thankfully reverses that last part).



* In ''VideoGame/RazingStorm'', the shield you use to TakeCover withstands not only relatively mundane regular shots, missiles, lasers and plasma, but also ramming from MiniMecha or HumongousMecha, falling building debris and a WaveMotionGun.

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* In ''VideoGame/RazingStorm'', the shield you use to TakeCover withstands not only relatively mundane regular shots, missiles, lasers lasers, and plasma, but also ramming from MiniMecha or HumongousMecha, falling building debris debris, and a WaveMotionGun.



* The Shinra building in VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII appears to fit the trope. ''[[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Dirge%20of%20Cerberus/Update%2064/4-ending58.jpg This]]'' is what it looks like after Diamond Weapon, Meteor, the Lifestream, Sephiroth, Cloud, Chaos and Omega all threw everything they had at it.

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* The Shinra building in VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII appears to fit the trope. ''[[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Dirge%20of%20Cerberus/Update%2064/4-ending58.jpg This]]'' is what it looks like after Diamond Weapon, Meteor, the Lifestream, Sephiroth, Cloud, Chaos Chaos, and Omega all threw everything they had at it.



* In ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'', there are a number of different materials of different durability and quality, culminating in eternium, which can't be destroyed at all except by divine intervention and, in the case of weapons, also cannot be partially damaged by any means (and yes, in this game, you may get a ''god'' going after your items). Artifact items are a step above that, because even direct divine intervention cannot harm them. You [[DevelopersForesight can actually humiliate your god (which they will acknowledge as such)]] by getting them angry enough to try to destroy all your items while you're wearing only artifacts, so that it has no effect. It's possible to effectively destroy artifacts by offering them as a sacrifice, but presumably, the in-universe explanation to that is that they are just transported into your god's hoard.

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* In ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'', there are a number of different materials of different durability and quality, culminating in eternium, which can't be destroyed at all except by divine intervention and, in the case of weapons, also cannot be partially damaged by any means (and yes, in this game, you may get a ''god'' going after your items). Artifact items are a step above that, that because even direct divine intervention cannot harm them. You [[DevelopersForesight can actually humiliate your god (which they will acknowledge as such)]] by getting them angry enough to try to destroy all your items while you're wearing only artifacts, so that it has no effect. It's possible to effectively destroy artifacts by offering them as a sacrifice, but presumably, the in-universe explanation to that is that they are just transported into your god's hoard.



-->''The Vickers gun accompanied the BEF to France in 1914, and in the years that followed, proved itself to be the most reliable weapon on the battlefield, some of its feats of endurance entering military mythology. Perhaps the most incredible was the action by the 100[[superscript:th]] Company of the Machine Gun Corps at High Wood on 24 August 1916. This company had ten Vickers guns, and it was ordered to give sustained covering fire for 12 hours onto a selected area 2,000 yards away in order to prevent German troops forming up there for a counter-attack while a British attack was in progress. Two whole companies of infantrymen were allocated as carriers of ammunition, rations and water for the machine-gunners. Two men worked a belt-filling machine non-stop for 12 hours keeping up a supply of 250-round belts. One hundred new barrels were used up, and every drop of water in the neighbourhood, including the men's drinking water and contents of the latrine buckets, went up in steam to keep the guns cool. And in that 12-hour period the ten guns fired a million rounds between them. One team fired 120,000 from one gun to win a five-franc prize offered to the highest-scoring gun. And at the end of that 12 hours, every gun was working perfectly and not one gun had broken down during the whole period. It was this absolute foolproof reliability which endeared the Vickers to every British soldier who ever fired one. It never broke down; it just kept on firing and came back for more. And that was why the Mark 1 Vickers gun was to remain the standard medium machine-gun from 1912 to 1968.''

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-->''The Vickers gun accompanied the BEF to France in 1914, and in the years that followed, proved itself to be the most reliable weapon on the battlefield, some of its feats of endurance entering military mythology. Perhaps the most incredible was the action by the 100[[superscript:th]] Company of the Machine Gun Corps at High Wood on 24 August 1916. This company had ten Vickers guns, and it was ordered to give sustained covering fire for 12 hours onto a selected area 2,000 yards away in order to prevent German troops forming up there for a counter-attack while a British attack was in progress. Two whole companies of infantrymen were allocated as carriers of ammunition, rations rations, and water for the machine-gunners. Two men worked a belt-filling machine non-stop for 12 hours keeping up a supply of 250-round belts. One hundred new barrels were used up, and every drop of water in the neighbourhood, including the men's drinking water and contents of the latrine buckets, went up in steam to keep the guns cool. And in that 12-hour period period, the ten guns fired a million rounds between them. One team fired 120,000 from one gun to win a five-franc prize offered to the highest-scoring gun. And at the end of that 12 hours, every gun was working perfectly and not one gun had broken down during the whole period. It was this absolute foolproof reliability which endeared the Vickers to every British soldier who ever fired one. It never broke down; it just kept on firing and came back for more. And that was why the Mark 1 Vickers gun was to remain the standard medium machine-gun from 1912 to 1968.''



* Design requirements for nuclear waste containers are impressive. They must survive a derailed train running into them and many other extreme scenarios. Good thing too, given this is cancer in a box. However, they may not survive extremely high temperature fires. Let's hope they are wrong about this. One thing they can't survive is time. The best designs ''might'' last 10,000 years if kept in a perfect environment, but that isn't even half way through the first half-life of most of the forms of waste they hold.

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* Design requirements for nuclear waste containers are impressive. They must survive a derailed train running into them and many other extreme scenarios. Good thing too, given that this is cancer in a box. However, they may not survive extremely high temperature high-temperature fires. Let's hope they are wrong about this. One thing they can't survive is time. The best designs ''might'' last 10,000 years if kept in a perfect environment, but that isn't even half way halfway through the first half-life of most of the forms of waste they hold.



* Panasonic's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toughbook Toughbook]] laptops have a indestructium casing (aka “magnesium alloy”) and also make for good [[http://www.trustedreviews.com/laptops/review/2005/11/24/Panasonic-ToughBook-CF-29-Rugged-Notebook/p2 bulletproofing.]]

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* Panasonic's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toughbook Toughbook]] laptops have a an indestructium casing (aka “magnesium alloy”) and also make for good [[http://www.trustedreviews.com/laptops/review/2005/11/24/Panasonic-ToughBook-CF-29-Rugged-Notebook/p2 bulletproofing.]]



* There seems to be a general consensus amongst guitarists that most Fender instruments and amplifiers will be around after the nuclear holocaust. From [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ_P1vfZYo4 Keith Richards using one to defend Mick Jagger]] (mind you, both these men are probably also made of Indestructium), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqf9AcEpJUw&feature=related to Pete Townshend - a man whose career has revolved around smashing guitars - not being able to consistently destroy them.]] How did the company founder go about showing how reliable his first guitar was in the 50's? He went to a trade show, placed it across two chairs, and proceeded to jump on a piece of wood about an inch and a half wide multiple times, repeatedly putting the full weight of a grown man on that tiny part. Then he picked it up, and it was in-tune. Hell, most of them even today have a completely user-dismantleable design, so in the off chance you toss it in a volcano and something does break, it's an easy fix.

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* There seems to be a general consensus amongst guitarists that most Fender instruments and amplifiers will be around after the nuclear holocaust. From [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ_P1vfZYo4 Keith Richards using one to defend Mick Jagger]] (mind you, both these men are probably also made of Indestructium), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqf9AcEpJUw&feature=related to Pete Townshend - a man whose career has revolved around smashing guitars - not being able to consistently destroy them.]] How did the company founder go about showing how reliable his first guitar was in the 50's? '50s? He went to a trade show, placed it across two chairs, and proceeded to jump on a piece of wood about an inch and a half wide multiple times, repeatedly putting the full weight of a grown man on that tiny part. Then he picked it up, and it was in-tune. Hell, most of them even today have a completely user-dismantleable design, so in the off chance you toss it in a volcano and something does break, it's an easy fix.



* Apple achieved this with the iPod Touch. People have even shot them at point blank, and the screen worked everywhere except for the bullet hole. And maybe even there.

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* Apple achieved this with the iPod Touch. People have even shot them at point blank, point-blank, and the screen worked everywhere except for the bullet hole. And maybe even there.



* {{Nokia}} phones are notoriously tough to break, and have in fact done significant damage to anything they're thrown at without showing much more than a few scratches. They have achieved {{meme|ticMutation}} status as a result.

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* {{Nokia}} phones are notoriously tough to break, break and have in fact done significant damage to anything they're thrown at without showing much more than a few scratches. They have achieved {{meme|ticMutation}} status as a result.



** In a case of [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Good]], the old land arks of TheSixties and TheSeventies had the misfortune to be significantly more durable than the fleshy meatbags driving them. This often led to cars that were perfectly drivable after fatal crashes... crashes that killed the occupants precisely ''because'' the car's durability led to brutal whiplash upon impact. The invention of crumple zones made cars much more prone to being totaled in crashes, but actually kept the passengers alive.

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** In a case of [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Good]], the old land arks of TheSixties and TheSeventies had the misfortune to be significantly more durable than the fleshy meatbags driving them. This often led to cars that were perfectly drivable after fatal crashes... crashes that killed the occupants precisely ''because'' the car's durability led to brutal whiplash upon impact. The invention of crumple zones made cars much more prone to being totaled in crashes, crashes but actually kept the passengers alive.



** The follow on Midway design was even more absurdly hard to sink. Unlike the Essexes it did feature an armored flight deck like the British (see below) but also featured a thick armored belt and an additional layer of armor under the hangar just in case. The class also featured even more redundant bridges (including an armored conning tower like a battleship) and damage control stations. It’s almost a shame none of the class were actually hit in combat.

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** The follow on Midway design was even more absurdly hard to sink. Unlike the Essexes Essexes, it did feature an armored flight deck like the British (see below) but also featured a thick armored belt and an additional layer of armor under the hangar just in case. The class also featured even more redundant bridges (including an armored conning tower like a battleship) and damage control stations. It’s almost a shame none of the class were actually hit in combat.


* In one of the ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' books, the SpacePirates had the ship of one of the legendary captains for years and couldn't cut it open thanks to its impermeable hull. Nothing works.

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* In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfAlice'', one of the ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' books, the SpacePirates had the ship of one of the legendary captains for years and couldn't cut it open thanks to its impermeable hull. Nothing works.


* In pre-''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' DC Comics at least, the most indestructible metal (aside from the 30th century's inertron) was probably either Supermanium (a metal created by Superman that he made the door to his Fortress of Solitude out of) or Amazonium (the metal Franchise/WonderWoman's bracelets were made from).

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* In pre-''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' DC Comics at least, the most indestructible metal (aside from the 30th century's inertron) was probably either Supermanium (a metal created by Superman that he made the door to his Fortress of Solitude and the hull of the Supermobile out of) or Amazonium (the metal Franchise/WonderWoman's bracelets were made from).


** The [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles AK-47]] is [[MemeticMutation memetically tough]]. In fact, all its good points are due to one aspect; its simplicity. Because it's simple, it's easy to take apart and clean (if you ever need to anyways) and it has large tolerances, meaning that you could hide one in a mud pile, come back for it 40 years later and it would still be usable.

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** The [[CoolGuns/AssaultRifles AK-47]] is [[MemeticMutation memetically tough]]. In fact, all its good points are due to one aspect; its simplicity. Because it's simple, it's easy to take apart and clean (if you ever need to anyways) and it has large tolerances, meaning that you nearly any damage it takes is remarkably simple to fix. You could hide bury one in a mud pile, and leave it there for weeks - maybe even ''years'' - then come back for it 40 years later and dig it would still up, and with a just little cleaning it'll be usable.firing like new.


* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}s'' are usually Made of Indestructium for one reason or another, but exactly ''how'' invulnerable they are depends on the series. Compare ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', in which a grand total of ''two'' Gundams get destroyed involuntarily (the rest self-destruct), to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', which sees the destruction of more than a dozen Gundams in battle.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}s'' are usually Made of Indestructium for one reason or another, but exactly ''how'' invulnerable they are depends on the series. Compare ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', in which a grand total of ''two'' Gundams get destroyed involuntarily (the rest self-destruct), self-destruct)[[labelnote:Explanation]]Gundams in ''Wing'' were built with "Gundarium" a super-rare alloy which is canonically resistant to even some beam attacks[[/labelnote]], to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', which sees the destruction of more than a dozen Gundams in battle.[[labelnote:Explanation]]Gundams in ''00'' were built with "e-carbon" reinforced with [[MinovskyParticle GN Particles]].[[/labelnote]]

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* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', this trope is a pet peeve for Wiz as he's expressed annoyance at fictional metals stronger than titanium alloy.


* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' features items made of Darksteel, ranging from ingots to {{giant robot}}s. They are indestructible -- as in, the cards literally say, "This is indestructible". This does not however, prevent them from being [[DeaderThanDead exiled from the game]], rendered incapable of doing anything, sacrificed, or killed by being reduced to 0 toughness via Wither or other weakening effects. Magic gives you a wide range of [[TakeAThirdOption alternatives]]. A creature or artifact with both Indestructible and Hexproof or Shroud (which prevent it from being targeted by hostile spells and effects) would be the closest to totally invincible, but it could still be sacrificed or dealt with by non-targeted effects.
** Note that, in the fluff, Darksteel is so damn durable, it's just easier to [[RealityWarper make it so that you find a piece in the exact shape you need]] than it is to grab a piece of darksteel and forge it into shape.

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items made of Darksteel, ranging from ingots to {{giant robot}}s. They are indestructible -- as in, capital-I Indestructible; in the cards literally say, "This fluff text, the substance is indestructible". so durable that it's "forged" by using {{Retconjuration}} so that you just happen to find a piece in the right shape. This does not not, however, prevent them from being [[DeaderThanDead exiled from the game]], rendered incapable of doing anything, sacrificed, or killed by being reduced to 0 toughness via Wither or other weakening effects. Magic gives you a wide range of [[TakeAThirdOption alternatives]]. effects.
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A creature or artifact with both the Indestructible and Hexproof or Shroud (which prevent it from being targeted by hostile spells and effects) properties would be the closest to totally invincible, but it could still be sacrificed or dealt with by non-targeted effects.
** Note that, in the fluff, Darksteel is so damn durable, it's just easier to [[RealityWarper make it so that you find a piece in the exact shape you need]] than it is to grab a piece of darksteel and forge it into shape.
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* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Jonnie Tyler has to knock out an automated gas drone that on its way to destroy LaResistance. Unfortunately the drone is made of some kind of molecular-bonded material that's so indestructable an ''atomic bomb'' has only left a scorch mark on it.

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* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Jonnie Tyler has to knock out an automated gas drone that on its way to destroy LaResistance. Unfortunately the drone is made of some kind laminated layers of molecular-bonded material that's so indestructable indestructible an ''atomic bomb'' has only left a scorch mark on it.

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* ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth''. Jonnie Tyler has to knock out an automated gas drone that on its way to destroy LaResistance. Unfortunately the drone is made of some kind of molecular-bonded material that's so indestructable an ''atomic bomb'' has only left a scorch mark on it.

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