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The ultimate extension of Elemental Powers, the Elemental Embodiment is when the elements that are the basic building blocks of the universe get up and come for you. (And no, we're not talking about, say, fluorine here — though that would be a pretty cool a-, in-, sub-, or perversion.) Usually called "elementals". They may be mindless Mooks, or they could be very dangerous. If they're sapient, that usually means that they have status as a type of Nature Spirit; if they're mindless but associated with nature anyway, they may serve as a midway point between Mother nature attacking you with animals and with natural disasters. They will usually be summoned out of thin air by people with Elemental Powers.

The Trope Maker is the occultist Paracelsus's description of the four elemental creatures: Undines (water), Sylphs (wind), Salamanders (fire), and Gnomes (earth). Undines are essentially naked women (usually robed in fantasy) that live in rivers and streams, Sylphs are usually represented as small winged fairies, Salamanders are generally quite a bit larger than the real-life variety, live in hot places like volcanoes, and breathe fire, and Gnomes are pretty much what you'd expect although they usually don't get much social interaction if they're relegated to being elementals, so any quirkiness they may have is usually lost. Paracelsian elemental mythos is described by the trope Alchemic Elementals.


In the vast majority of cases, the aforementioned four classical western elements will be embodied, with maybe one or two additions like "Darkness Elementals".

Golems (which may be made of or contain earth, stone, metal, crystals, sand, ice and snow, or similar materials) are a common variation (while Improvised Golems can be made of other elements), as are the Cumulonemesis, the Evil Living Flames and the Rock Monster. May have Volcanic Veins. If ice-based, could wear An Ice Suit. Will rarely be turned into a Hybrid Monster due to Hybrid Overkill Avoidance, although elemental dragons are not unheard of. Can often be found living in an Elemental Plane.

Compare with Anthropomorphic Personification and Elemental Shapeshifter. See also Made of Evil, for when the element is... well, Evil, and their Super-Trope, Made of Magic.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The world of Berserk has the original four embodiments by Paracelcus. Isidro's Salamander Dagger for example gets its power from spirits shaped like... well, salamanders. Serpico's Wind Sword utilizes the power of sylphs to cut enemies from distance. (Apparently Puck is also a sort of wind spirit.) Elemental spirits rule over the elementals that represent the elements, and then there are also the Four Elemental Kings that rule over the lesser spirits.
  • Rakan mentions fighting The Ultimate Spirit of Lighting. The Ultimate spirit of lightning (along with other elemental spirits) makes an actual appearance in the sequel series, UQ Holder!
  • All the Logia type Devil Fruit users in One Piece can become this.
  • Digimon Frontier gave the heroes the powers and physical forms of some of the Ten Legendary Warriors, each of whom embodied one element. The first half of the show also had villains who embodied the opposite elements from the ones the heroes used.

    Card Games 
  • Elementeo is an educational card game where the cards illustrate personifications of chemical elements and compounds — i.e. the Helium Genie, Lithium Leprechaun or Sodium Dragon.
  • Elementals are a creature type in Magic: The Gathering, ranging from the generic to the more exotic to the really exotic note . In general, they tend to represent the basic forces and building blocks of nature given life and form, are most associated with Red, Green and Blue mana, the colors most associated with the elements of nature. They usually embody the elements most associated with their color — i.e., Red has elementals of rock, fire, lava and lighting, Blue tends to have elementals of air, water, storms, ice and more esoteric concepts like thought, and Green mostly has elementals of wood and plants.
    • Elementals of the four classical elements — air, earth, fire and water — have appeared since early sets and are still reprinted from time to time.
    • The city-plane of Ravnica is home to Flame-Kin, who resemble humanoid pillars of flame clad in black armor who gain power from enchantments. They are used by the Boros Legion as soldiers, and burn out at the end of wars or battles like fires without oxygen. There are also Root-Kin and Wood-Kin, powerful wood elementals associated with the Green-aligned guilds.
    • The elementals of Lorwyn/Shadowmoor can get pretty abstract, usually taking the form of Mix-and-Match Critters of various sorts and representing mental concepts as much as physical elements.
    • Also native to Lorwyn are the Flamekin (no relation to the Flame-Kin of Ravnica), a race of passionate, humanoid fire elementals, resembling statues of black stone with fire streaming from their heads and joints. In Shadowmoor, their flames are snuffed out, and they become the bitter, hateful Cinders.
    • The Izzet League of Ravnica created the Weirds by fusing elementals of opposite elements, generally elements aligned with Blue mana (like water, air and ice) with elements aligned with Red mana (like fire, electricity and stone).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Elemental Lord series represents the elements in the same way as the "Monarchs", being the same in almost every way except for Attribute, summoning requirements, and the effect that activates upon summoning.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • In the Superman story arc 'For Tomorrow', four elemental giants attack the Man of Steel, ultimately threatening to wipe out humanity if he doesn't leave the planet. Superman responds by saying he'll rip the Earth to pieces and move on if they do. Incidentally, the earth elemental took the form of Mount frigging Rushmore.
    • The elemental forces of the world sometimes choose humans as their champions, said mortals becoming living embodiments of their respective element. Swamp Thing is the best known of these, being the plant elemental; the idea that the hero Firestorm is the fire elemental has been used during the character's history. The Red Tornado is also a wind elemental that is simply embodied in a robot.
    • There also (temporarily) existed a group of four normal people who became superheroes after being possessed by some elemental spirits. The group called themselves, believe it or not... the Elementals.
  • Marvel's Man-Thing also fulfills this role, amongst other parallels with his equally sludgy doppelganger.
  • Bill Willingham's comic, The Elementals.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: The Winds are living creatures who speak to Wismerhill because they were good friends with his mother before she passed away, as she would always sing to them.

    Fan Works 
  • The Freeport Venture: Numerous elemental spirits appear in the various stories, and in their natural state they seem to be formless beings inhabiting their native element, but can adopt and maintain physical form as long as they're in contact with their element — for instance, an earth spirit can appear as a Rock Monster, but will crumble if lifted from the ground. They're usually seen when they've been bound by magic to serve as magical security systems of sorts, such as a wood spirit bound within a door or a stone spirit in a wall. So far, stone, earth, air, wood, water and metal spirits have all appeared or been mentioned.
  • The Palaververse: The Four Winds and the High King in Thunderstorm and the Four Winds were vast, powerful air elementals that ruled the winds and sky before the pegasi did.
  • Traveler: The Legendary Birds seem to be less birds with power over a given element and more that element (Fire, Ice, Lightning) in the form of a bird.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Titans in Disney's version of Hercules are colossal entities made out of inanimate matter and just barely humanoid — while the ice and rock titans are recognizable human-like, if respectively extremely skeletal and hulking and ape-like, another titan is a pile of magma with no legs and small, stumpy arms and head, and the fourth is simply an enormous living tornado with baleful red eyes.
  • The Ugly Duckling: The Winds of Winter, a trio of living clouds, and Frost, a humanoid being made of animated ice crystals, are elemental creatures of air and ice that come with the onset of winter and bring ice, snow and gales in their wake.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • NERO elementals come in a variety of flavors: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Light, Dark, Life, Death, Chaos, Order, Reason and Dream. There is also Lady Time but she seems to be singular.

  • The five ancient races from The Saga of the Noble Dead each embody one of the elements and bear similarities to Paracelsus's original examples. An additional race is also present representing the element 'spirit'. The life force of a member of each of these races was sacrificed in order to help create Magiere.
  • Codex Alera has furies, elemental spirits found everywhere in the world. They usually just cause mindless destruction based on their particular element and can be destroyed with the opposite element. They can be a very large threat if furies of all six elements are present, since trying to counter one type of fury just increases the power of another type. However, a furycrafter working in an area where the wild furies know him can have his power boosted significantly, while those same furies might actively interfere with a stranger.
    • Furies do not typically have physical shapes, and mostly exist as spirits or presences within their native elements — a wood fury, for instance, will rarely appear as a creature made out of wood and will more likely be perceived as an impression of shape and movement within heavy vegetation. Water and earth furies are the exception to this rule, as, although they're usually simply animated forces within soil or bodies of water, they often for animal-shaped bodies out of their base element.
    • Then there are the Great Furies, which are extremely powerful entities controlling elemental powers in a general area. One, for example, is a volcano powerful enough to bury an entire province in lava if it erupts. Another, when angry (and the mere presence of humans annoys her to no end) can send tornados and thunderstorms after human settlements. And at the climax of First Lord's Fury, an earth fury named Garados gets pissed off and decides to get up and kick some ass. Garados is a mountain. Yes, the mountain stands up to about twice its usual height and starts on a rampage.
  • Alex Verus: Starbreeze is an air elemental. She's very powerful and seems good-natured but has a serious case of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! There's also a lightning elemental (which is even more powerful but much less good-natured).
  • Quantum Gravity: These creatures have their own world, Zoomenon. There are the basic ones of earth, wind, water, fire, and then ones for things like wood, metal, etc., up to and including numbers, which give off some type of pulse to mark whether they're 1, 2, 3, or whatever else. In addition, in Zoomenon, any element can be found in abundance in its pure state, regardless of how reactive it is.
  • In Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, a college student summons a salamander. The fight to bring it down involves discussion of the other types.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Magic, Inc., the narrator's business is destroyed by earth, water, and fire elementals, and a witch deals with them to bring it back.
  • In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter trilogy, dealing with such elementals and preventing their causing disasters is Prospero Inc.'s reason for existence.
  • In Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, elementals are formed from the souls of deceased women aligning with whichever element most suited their personality in life. Sylphs form the machinery of the action:
    ''For when the Fair in all their Pride expire,
    To their first Elements the Souls retire:
    The Sprights of fiery Termagants in Flame
    Mount up, and take a Salamander's Name.
    Soft yielding Minds to Water glide away,
    And sip with Nymphs, their Elemental Tea.

    The graver Prude sinks downward to a Gnome,
    In search of Mischief still on Earth to roam.
    The light Coquettes in Sylphs aloft repair,
    And sport and flutter in the Fields of Air.'
  • The Stormlight Archive: Spren are small spirits that appear around natural forces or emotional states. One of the running questions in the first book is whether spren are attracted to these things, or if they create them. Everyone "knows" that rotspren create rot, but do windspren create wind? Do angerspren create anger? It turns out that spren are actually creatures of the Cognitive Realm that have leaked into the Physical. They are essentially mankind's personification of various forces. Most spren are mindless in the Physical Realm, but some can learn to create a bond with a human, which allows them to maintain their sentience in the Physical Realm. In exchange, the human gets Surgebinding.
  • Discussed in Salamander. "Common Knowledge" is that wizards draw their power from elementals, but wizards in the series use a system of Innate Magic and modern theory is that either the Elementals don't exist or there's only four of them — each with total power over the element they incarnate.
  • Iron Council has elemental summoning as something different from Golem crafting, the main difference being that elementals are invoked from outside while golems are embodiments of the willworker's power through a medium. The elementals also get pretty unconventional, with the forces of New Crobuzon at one point summoning flesh elementals who swim through enemies like fish, leaving behind ruin as they pass, and a shapeshifting, massively powerful moonlight elemental. The Scar also features standard-issue lightning elementals.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters books, these exist on their own elemental plane and roam free in the physical. Only masters of the corresponding element can call them up. Persons without magic or the sight cannot even see them. That does not stop them from being dangerous to them however.
  • In The Saga of Seven Suns, there are the Verdani (Earth), which are sentient trees; the Faeros (Fire), who inhabit suns; the Hydrouges (Air), who inhabit the cores of gas giants; and the Wentals (Water), which are sentient water.
  • The protagonist of the Iron Druid Chronicles is friends with several of these, including an iron elemental.
  • In Storm Constantine's Sea Dragon Heir the four traditional elements are embodied as sea dragons (water), firedrakes (fire), basilisks (earth) and cockatrices (air)
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Forestals are embodiments of whatever area they inhabit, usually forests, and are almost all-powerful within that area.
  • The Elric Saga: Elementals are among the more "natural" supernatural helpers wizards can occasionally summon in the Young Kingdoms; while like virtually all magic they may ultimately owe their existence to the influence of Chaos in the setting, they're properly part of the natural world and not aligned with the Lords of Chaos. Elric in particular can count King Straasha, ruler of the water elementals, among his most reliable allies (he's certainly more helpful and honest than Elric's own patron, the Chaos Lord Arioch); he's also shown employing the help of air and fire elementals on other occasions.
  • Fiendfyre in Harry Potter is basically a fire elemental, and it's mean. It's all but impossible to control, burns everything in sight while also hunting down people in particular, and is one of the few things powerful enough to destroy Horcruxes. How to stop it is unknown; the heroes manage to seal it in a magical room, possibly destroying both in the process.
  • In The Dresden Files, Harry Dreseden has mentioned working with elementals. In Changes, he calls on some fire and water spirits to help him in his search, and some fire spirits were able to show him his daughter trying to warm her hands over a fire while imprisoned by the Red Court.
  • In Memories Of Empire, by Django Wexler, elementals that appear include those of fire, ice, smoke, light and dark. It's not mentioned if there are more types than that and they are interchangeably referred to as demons and spirits. Some have human, or perhaps even greater than human intelligence while others are simply animalistic.
  • The Spirit Thief: Among many spirits — everything has a spirit, including tables and locks — are mountains, winds, clouds, seas, flames, trees and so on.
  • In The Tower and the Fox the sorcery college uses salamanders, referred to as "phosphorous" elementals rather than "fire", for heating. They're friendly enough, but like fire a bit too much for close contact with normal folk. Kip teaches himself how to summon them to improve his chances of selection as an apprentice.
  • The Lost Years of Merlin: Merlin befriends an air elemental when he frees her from a container Domnu had trapped her in. To repay him, she later helps him retrieve his staff from Nimue.
  • The Traveler's Gate: The Incarnations are Travelers who have become so consumed by their Territories that they are merely extensions of that power. They have a great deal of difficulty thinking like people, being completely obsessed with the ideals of their Territory and making the world more like their home.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Whirlwind: Used extensively; an embodiment of wind and rain blows tornados and casts lightning bolts on the hapless populace below.

  • In The Gamer's Alliance, elementals are rare but powerful creatures whose power is rivalled only by the gods and the dragons. They are usually sealed within magical objects, and it takes the right amount of knowledge and spells to set them free. A fire elemental burned down the military school Graves Hall and most of the students and masters, an ice elemental froze and shattered one quarter of Remonton and over half of its citizens, and an earth elemental killed off hundreds of demons. Thankfully all of the elementals seen so far have only wrought destruction for a short while until they became weary and decided to return to the High Plane to be reunited with their sisters and brothers.
  • The Global Guardians PBEM Universe had a few characters who were the embodiment of the elements. Ifrit was a literal fire demon from Islamic mythology. Maelstrom was the "lord of storms" and could control wind, wave, and lightning. Indian superheroine Dhara is the embodiment of the Vedic goddess of the earth.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The game features the four classical elementals; each one has wildly different appearances and capabilities, and they largely look like living collections of their respective element, some imitating the form of a humanoid or animal. An earth elemental, for instance, looks like a large pile of earth and stone with crude arms and legs, while an air elemental might resemble a living vortex, a bat or bird made of air, smoke and water vapor or a vaguely humanoid mass of wind with literal Fog Feet.
    • More unusual elementals than the four main kinds appear for most of the major elements: belkers, for instance, are creatures of elemental air resembling clouds of smoke with batlike wings and glowing red eyes, while crysmals are earth elementals resembling enormous scorpions made out of colorful crystal.
    • The Manual of the Planes adds several different elemental planes created where the four main ones mix with each other or with the planes of positive and negative energy, with corresponding entries for elementals of each para- and quasi- type. These could include ooze elementals, steam elementals, salt elementals, etc.
    • The 174th edition of Dragon magazine describes several types of unusual natives of the Quasielemental Plane of Mineral (formed by Earth and Positive Energy mixing), including glomus (floating clusters of quartz-like crystals), shards (living, flying double-ended crystals that move in swarms), chamrols (tentacled tree-like beings made out of dense metal, usually lead but rarely gold), trilling crysmals (which resemble bacteriophage viruses made of out of gems), and Crystalle, the quasi-elemental Prince of Minerals and ruler of the plane.
    • 4th edition mixes this up (literally) with the Elemental Chaos being formed by the mixing of the ordered Elemental Planes with the chaotic dimensions of Limbo and the Abyss, creating an infinite orgy of the four major elements constantly mixing, changing and separating. The elemental matter of the plane can randomly gain awareness; travelers in the Elemental Chaos risk being chased by hovering lava flows or eaten by a hungry canyon. Most elementals are "corrupted" or mixed with other elements (creating things like an Elemental which is a tornado that is on fire). The classic, "pure" elementals didn't appear in a 4th Edition Monster Manual until Monster Manual 3.
    • 5th edition introduces elder elementals, titanic and incredibly powerful elemental entities focused on ensuring the primacy of their element and capable of profoundly reshaping a world's geography and climate should they be summoned — leviathans for water, phoenixes for fire, elder tempests (giant Feathered Serpents made of stormclouds) for air and zaratans (essentially living mountains in the shape of tortoises) for earth — as well as elemental myrmidons, elementals bound into enchanted armor to serve a mortal master.
    • On the more Anthropomorphic Personification side of things, a quintet of the oldest, most powerful Elemental Beings are the five Princes of Elemental Evil: Imix (Prince of Fire), Ogremoch (Prince of Earth), Olhydra (Princess of Water), Yan-C-Bin (Prince of Air), and the oft-forgotten due to not being involved in the Temple of Elemental Evil Cryonax (Prince of Ice/Cold). They first appeared in the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio and received a 3.5 update in Dragon #347. Issue #353 then gave the same treatment to the four Princes of Elemental Good: Ben-Hadar (Prince of Water), Chan (Princess of Air), Sunnis (Princess of Earth) and Zaaman Rul (Prince of Fire), who had gone unnoticed since the Planescape Monstrous Compendium III and Inner Planes sourcebooks.
    • Aside from the classical elementals, many other creatures have some amount of elemental nature to them — salamanders, for instance, are technically outsiders, but they're heavily associated with fire (what with the constant burning, the cold vulnerability, and being from that Elemental Plane). One sourcebook suggests that even dragons have a bit of the elements in them — it's how their Breath Weapon works, and where they get the energy to be Giant Flyers.
  • Changeling: The Lost has changelings of the Elemental seeming, people who were taken by The Fair Folk and literally turned into mighty oaks, flames for forges, and burbling streams before escaping back to Earth. They're hardier than the typical human, but have trouble relating to others due to spending so much time as an inanimate object.
  • The Inanimae of Changeling: The Dreaming are fae spirits bonded to the elements — air, earth, fire, water, wood, and humanoid constructs.
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse does its share of this. Everything seems to have an elemental spirit; on top of classical elementals, there are compound elementals and even modern elementals, like steel and glass elementals, even atomic elementals. Likewise for Spiritual Successor Werewolf: The Forsaken.
  • Exalted: Elementals of the five in-universe elements — water, fire, wood, air and earth — have a prominent presence in Creation; a few are mindless, but they're generally spirits in the same vein as the gods, using a lot of the same Charms and abilities. Because they're naturally material in Creation, and come from the raw elements in the normal world, though, they're considered bumpkins by the actual gods. Except for the most powerful elementals, that is. Lesser Elemental Dragons are NOT fucked with. And Greater Elemental Dragons? Umm...
  • GURPS: Dungeon Fantasy (a mash up of D&D tropes) allows Clerics and Holy Warriors to have a Divine Servitor like this. A few of the elemental choices are slightly odd, like Beauty and Deception. In fact, GURPS: Magic has a bunch of spells that turn you into the elemental embodiments of everything from Fire to Plastic.
  • In Ironclaw Elemental wizards can communicate with any Elemental creatures they encounter. They can't summon them but can bind one to an amulet and release them in combat later.
  • Rifts treats its elementals much like Dungeons & Dragons, but with the added relationship to Warlocks, which in this game are magic-users who form pacts with Elemental Intelligences for their power. Elementals and Warlocks have an amazingly cordial relationship, and an Elemental that has been ordered to say, rampage through a city, will actually stop to talk to another warlock it meets while there, and will even helpfully tell him how to stop it if he should ask ("my summoner's over in the mansion six miles east of here, why not take it up with him?").
  • Shadowrun has standard elementals that are summonable by hermetic mages but also Spirits of Land, Sky, Water and Man which are summoned by shamans (and have subdivisions dependent on terrain, like lake or swamp spirits). Third Edition introduces Spirits of the Elements (different from elementals), referred to as gnomes (earth), salamanders (fire), sylphs (air), undines (water) and manitou (wood).
  • Scion:
    • The Titans are effectively sentient realms that embody a particular element — Time, Chaos, Darkness, Fire, etc. Killing a Titan has devastating effects on their element worldwide — the death of Ymir, the Titan of Ice, ended the Ice Age and caused the Great Flood — but does not destroy the element outright. (Which doesn't make surviving the consequences of a Titan's death much easier, mind you...)
    • There are also nature spirits, who are embodiments of more specific elemental concepts. The Nordic land-vettir are manifestations of the elements of particular regions, while Jack Frost is the incarnation of winter's chill.
  • Pathfinder inherits Dungeons & Dragons' four-element system with accompanying elementals, which as usually reside in the four Elemental Planes:
    • The typical air, water, earth and fire elementals are the most archetypal elementals in-game — air elemental typically take the form of flying creatures or are simply living whirlwinds, water elementals model themselves after aquatic creatures, earth elementals tend to be humanoid and fire elementals favor serpentine forms. "Hybrid" elementals arise where two elemental planes touch — ice elementals on the air/water boundary, mud elementals where earth meets water and magma elementals where earth mixes with fire. Lightning elementals also occur in the Plane of Air, and aether elementals on the borders between the elemental planes and the Ethereal Plane.
    • Each element has an associated species of genie, which in Pathfinder cosmology are the most humanlike elementals around and the rulers of the elemental planes. Jinn embody air, marids water, shaitan earth and efreet fire. The elemental planes are also home to numerous varieties of mephits, implike creatures associated with air, ice, dust, steam, smoke, fire, magma, earth, salt, mud and water. Each elemental plane is also home to a species of dragon tied to its element — cloud dragons, brine dragons, crystal dragons and magma dragons, respectively.
    • Weirder elemental creatures include belkers and mihstus (two different kinds of living, predatory clouds of smoke), thoqquas (wormlike masses of living magma), crysmals (scorpion-like creatures made out of gemstones, which reproduce by assembling gems and crystals into new crysmals) and rasts (flying bags of colorful flesh with simple faces and insectoid limbs, which embody fire's tendency to consume everything in reach and spread out of control).

    Theme Parks 
  • BraviSEAmo!, a former nighttime show at Tokyo Disney Sea told a Love at First Sight story centered around a Water Elemental named Bellisea and a Fire Elemental in the form of a phoenix named Prometeo.

    Video Games 
  • Age of Wonders:
    • Air, earth, fire and water elementals appear as summonable units. In original game only the earth and air elementals are humanoid, while the fire elemental is a living, skull-like Fireball and the water elemental is a living wave with a simple face, but in 2 each elemental resembles a humanoid being made out of its respective element. Age of Wonders also has fire sprites, implike creatures with small flames for heads.
    • Nature elementals, resembling women made out of wood and vines, are available as elf units in the original game.
  • MARDEK features elementals on the Elemental Temples. Supposedly they are created by the elemental energy emitted by the Great Crystals. They appear as swirly glows with a symbol-like squiggle on them. They are mindless and don't attack so much as leak energy when disrupted. As of chapter 3, you only encounter Earth, Fire, Water and Dark versions, but later chapters may have Air, Light, Fig, and Aether elementals as well, although Fig and Aether would probably be restricted to the Dreamrealm.
  • The avatars of the four elements are recurring bosses in the Final Fantasy series, going by the name "the Four Fiends".
    • Final Fantasy I and IX had Lich for earth, Marilith for fire, Kraken for water and Tiamat for air.
      • Due to the fact that its bestiary is lifted almost wholesale from Dungeons & Dragons, Final Fantasy I additionally has fire, earth, water, and air elementals as regular enemies that can be encountered.
    • Final Fantasy IV had Scarmiglione for earth, Cagnazzo for water, Barbariccia for air and Rubicante for fire.
    • Final Fantasy VII had the WEAPONs : Diamond represents Earth, Ruby for Fire, Ultima for Wind/Air, Emerald for Water, Jade for Lightning, leaving Sapphire as the Ice elemental (although you never get to actually see it in action). Then Omega represents Holy and Zirconiade represents a de facto WEAPON and the Dark element (he DOES follow the mineral/gem naming pattern). They are definitely Elementals since they were created by Gaia to protect itself from potential threats with the exception of Zirconiade.
    • Final Fantasy XI and XII had elementals that would occasionally appear in some areas (in a couple varieties of toughness in XII's case.) They're usually way stronger than any of the other enemies in the area, but luckily they would leave you alone unless you attacked them or used magic nearby. Of course, in XII you could land yourself in a heap of trouble by having your characters automatically cast one of their buffs when it wore off...
    • Some enemies in Final Fantasy X took this literally; there are enemies actually named "X Elemental" (with X being a colour that determined which element they represented), which look like random pieces of metal literally held together by the element they're representing. Three of Yuna's summons (Ifrit, Shiva and Ixion) are also the embodiment of Fire, Ice and Lightning respectively.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has elemental sprites as one of the most common type of enemy you'll see for each of the six basic elements of the game. They usually aren't aggressive on the world map though, even at later levels where pretty much everything else is. They are a great source of elemental crystals.
  • In the NES game Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II, the first four bosses are the elementals of wind, water, fire, and earth.
  • The Elder Scrolls series has Atronachs, a type of elementally aligned lesser Daedra. The Flame, Frost, and Storm Atronachs appear as creatures made of fire, ice, and lightning (typically mixed with metal or rock), respectively. Others include Air, Flesh, Iron, and Stone. All varieties are at least vaguely humanoid in shape, with some much more humanoid than others. As a group, Atronachs have no particular affinity toward any Daedric Prince, though individual Atronachs may be found in their service. Atronachs are a favored summon of mortal conjurers.
  • Several of the Titans in God of War are made up of their elements. For example, Perses ("Volcanic Destruction" in Greek) is walking lava and Oceanus is water and lightning.
  • World of Warcraft has plenty of elementals. There's the usual fire/water/earth/air ones, but also various combinations of the types (for example, a lava elemental combines the elements of fire and earth) and more exotic types such as arcane elementals and voidwalkers (while technically demon- not elemental-type mobs, they can be considered elementals of shadow). Plant creatures are also elemental-type mobs. There are also the Elemental Lords — Neptulon the Tidehunter, Smolderon the Firelord, Therazane the Stonemother and Thunderaan the Windlord (as well as Ragnaros and Al'Akir, the former Firelord and Windlord) — massively powerful elementals who rule their lesser kin and respective planes.
    • Notably not mindless mooks, they were the original inhabitants of the planet before life was created (and they were banished to Another Dimension) and have had civilizations (and wars) that have lasted millions of years. The little guys tend to get enslaved rather easily, but the leaders tend to cause geographical changes when summoned.
    • In addition to the four classic elemental lords the Burning Crusade expansion also introduced Murmur, the elemental lord of sound. However no lesser such entities have been encountered as of yet, making Murmur's origin something of a mystery.
    • The fourth expansion Mists of Pandaria introduces Alementals.
  • The elementals first appear in Heroes of Might and Magic 2 as natural creature with traditional Air/Earth/Fire/Water. In 3's Armageddon's Blade expansion pack, they are part of new Conflux town and new Psychic was added as new elemetal. They have upgrade form as Storm/Magma/Energy/Ice and Magic. While Psychic elemental was removed from later games, the tradition four remain.
    • The traditional four were important to the series right from the very first Might and Magic — manipulating elemental energy was a cornerstone in Ancient world-creating/destroying technologies, and that meant dealing with the four Elemental Lords. The game in which they were most important was VIII, as the plot involved gates to the Elemental Planes being opened (and causing havoc in doing so), the elementals planning an invasion of the mundane world, and excursions to the planes as part of a plan to stop the invasion.
  • Drakengard ally characters have elemental summons: Leonard has a fairy (sylph), Arioch has Undine and Salamander, and Seere has... a golem. They do, however, mention a stonecrafting race that makes (different) golems, they might be gnomes.
  • Spiritmasters in Aion summon these.
  • The World of Mana series has the four elementals in the page description (Undine, Jinn/Sylph, Gnome, and Salamander), as well as the darkness elemental Shade, the light elemental Lumina/Wisp, the wood elemental Dryad, and the moon elemental Luna. Legend of Mana replaced Luna with Aura the metal elemental.
  • Progress Quest has Bacon, Cheese, Hair, Sand and... Porn Elementals. Talk about basic building blocks of the universe.
  • The Golems of Enchanted Arms are made up of all sorts of material, but the Queen of Ice and her dragons are explicitly god-level elementals.
  • The Four Elementals are summoned against you in Quest for Glory II. Based on some jokes made in the original series, the Fan Remake includes a Pizza Elemental as an Easter Egg.
  • Kingdom of Loathing includes a Grass Elemental, a Spaghetti Elemental and a BASIC Elemental. (The programming language.)
  • Djinn in Golden Sun are Elemental spirits released by the theft of the Elemental Stars. They provide stat bonuses, Class changes, Summon Magic, and their own unique individual powers.
  • Runescape has its share of elementals. They're most prominently featured in the "Elemental Workshop" quest, which features air, earth, water, and fire elementals. The "Desert Treasure" quest also features Elemental Embodiments of Blood, Shadow, Ice, and Smoke.
  • "Arcanists" has these as minions that you can summon.
  • DragonFable has various elementals, not just limited to the four classic western elements.
  • The various Guild Wars campaigns have featured elementals, but there is an obvious imbalance in their populations. Earth and water/ice elementals are extremely common, while fire is rarer and only two variants of air-type exist.
  • From Atelier, the Atelier Iris, and Mana Khemia subseries have these. Although they can be found as common enemies others are key to the games' alchemy systems and mythology. Elements range from the normal four to things like Creation, Dimension & Wishes.
  • Pokémon: A fair few of the titular critters have been this for their respective elemental types:
    • Slugma and Magcargo are slugs made out of lava.
    • Among Ice-type Pokémon, Avalugg is a living, walking glacier, and its pre-evolution Bergmite is a smaller variant of the same; Cryogonal is a giant floating snowflake; and the Vanillite line is made up of animated ice-cream cones seemingly assembled out of snow and icicles.
    • The Rock- and Ground-types seem to have more of these kinds of 'mons than most other types: Geodude and its evolutions are animated clumps of rocks and soil, while Carbink, Onix and Steelix and the Roggenrola lines are made up of various proportions of crystals and boulders. Bonsly and Sudowoodo are interesting examples — they appear to be animated plants at first, but are in fact beings of living rock who pretend to be trees as a form of camouflage: their "leaves" are in fact just round rocks containing a lot of green minerals.
    • The more... unusual types get their own embodiments, too. For the Poison-type, Grimer and Muk are living piles of purplish toxic slime — they're literally made out of living poison. Trubbish and Garbodor, being animated piles of garbage, edge into this too.
    • Many Legendary Pokémon also tend to be this. The Legendary Golems — Regice, Regirock and Registeel — are humanoid beings made entirely out of, well, ice, rock and steel. Groudon, Kyogre and Raiquaza are the primordial embodiments of the land, sea and sky. Palkia and Dialga serve a similar role for space and time. Diancie, being explicitly a former Carbink who turned into a unique and powerful being, is likewise made up of animate rock and crystals. In its case, it ends up being a heavily gem-themed humanoid from the waist up and a rough, levitating chunk of rock from the waist down.
  • The nebulas in Xenoblade are living clouds of ether energy that resemble their namesake. They come in six different colors, each representing one of the game's elements (Fire, water, electricity, ice, wind, and earth), and generally appear in areas and/or weather conditions related to those elements. They also make for annoying opponents, due to being highly resistant to physical attacks, applying status effects whenever they're struck, and having a tendency to self-destruct and deprive you of loot when low on HP.
  • In City of Heroes, the final power of almost every control powerset is the ability to summon pets made of the set's element. With most sets, you can only have one out at a time, but Electric Control summons two Gremlins, and Fire Control gets three Fire Imps. The only exception to this is Mind Control, which gets Mass Confusion instead.
  • The bahmi race in Rift are part air elemental. Oddly enough, they're stouts.
  • The Tales Series has these as generic enemies and as named recurring characters of significance. Depending on the game's specific element system these are Undine for Water, Efreet for Fire, Sylph for Wind, Gnome for Earth, Celsius for Ice, Volt for Lighting, Rem or Luna and Askanote  for Light, and Shadow for Darkness.
  • A handful of the spectres in puzzler RTS Ghost Master include the traditional depictions of these, with two ghosts representing each element (Wavemaster and Firetail even refer to themselves as an Undine and a Salamander, respectively). Interestingly enough, while all other elementals govern over their element exclusively, Fire Elementals Firetail and Sparkle can also manipulate electricity.
  • Master of Magic had elementals hiding out in the various nooks and crannies of the world, especially in the magic nodes. The wizards could learn elemental-summoning spells, as well.
  • Sands of Destruction features the four Primal Lords who embody and control the four elements; when defeated, they transform into small eggs containing their power. They would be Alchemic Elementals except that their presentation is different:
    • Azure Sea is a giant sea serpent who speaks with a masculine voice, in contrast to the traditional feminine depiction of water.
    • Golden Earth is a giant colossus with magma in his Volcanic Veins.
    • Crimson Sun is a very large red lion-man. He also raised Kyrie as his Uncle Agni.
    • Jade Zephyr is a sylph-like woman who can fly. Unlike the others, she does not take your battle as the Destruct fulfilling his destiny and actively resents your imposition on her freedom.
  • Chantelise: Chante, with Elise's help, can use Summon Magic to temporarily acquire spirits of the four elements to use to aid in combat:
  • Dwarf Fortress: A number of fire elementals such as fire men, magma men and fire imps live in the magma ocean at the bottom of the underworld. In addition, the shallower cavern layers Beneath the Earth are home to beings such as iron men, which become statues upon death, and amethyst men.
  • Dragon Quest VII features the classical element versions as important NPCs in the final third of the game. Only the Fire Spirit is fought during the main game (although all of them features as Bonus Bosses, and the main character has part of the mark of the Water Spirit on him.
  • In the final DLC boss battle of Dark Souls III, Slave Knight Gael reaches Filianore's Rest and assaults the Pygmy Lords for the Blood of the Dark Soul. However, said blood has dried in their veins, rendering it useless for the purpose Gael has in mind. Desperate for fresh blood, he kills and eats the Lords, producing fresh blood within himself. This act renders him a monstrously strong puppet of the Dark Soul itself, a direct counterpart to the Incarnation of Kings, which itself is the equivalent for the First Flame.
  • Body Blows: Inferno, introduced in Body Blows Galactic, is an alien being whose body is composed of fire from a Tidally Locked Planet.
  • Elementals are a unit type in Ancient Empires II. Despite their generic name, they are specifically water elementals, resembling large snakes made of water. On land they are as strong as basic soldiers, but in the water they do more damage, are more durable, and their movement isn't slowed down like other units.

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  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Antimony discovers that one of her ancestors was "some sort of fire elemental".
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Amusingly played with by the cleric Redcloak, who proves the value of a rudimentary education in chemistry with Chlorine, Titanium, Osmium and Silicon elementals. A Silicon Elemental made entirely of sand is summoned in a desert, Titanium Elementals are fired out of catapults during a castle assault, and the Chlorine Elemental is used to kill infantry with its poison gas. Redcloak also takes the opportunity to point out that fire isn't even an element. They're not called "reactionals". Vaarsuvius, however, is not amused, complaining that Redcloak has no appreciation for the classics.
      Hobgoblin: Wait, are you saying that you just fired five Earth Elementals out of catapults at them???
      Redcloak: Don't be ridiculous. Earth Elementals are way too heavy, they'd never fly that far. I fired five Titanium Elementals at them. They're just as strong and 40% lighter. Hey, it's not my fault everyone else limits themselves to four elements. Some of us got passing grades in Chem.
    • Gold Elementals also appear, and are the reason for why gold pieces are not an accepted currency in the Elemental Plane of Earth — how would you feel if somebody paid you with coins carved from human bone?
    • The Dungeons & Dragons tendency towards some slightly odd elemental planes is parodied when Vaarsuvius is transported to the semi-elemental plane of ranch dressing. As one might expect, its inhabitants are not the most dignified embodiements ever conceived.
  • Elementals in Whats Shakin, called Eternals, embody a single element. The only eternal seen so far has been Fred.

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  • Cracked's #8 Science Lesson As Taught by Famous Video Games represents the four elements as hot chicks.
  • The SCP Foundation has a few of these, SCP-054 which is composed of water and SCP-457 which is composed of fire. Not only are these two opposites in terms of their elements, but also in terms of their behaviour: SCP-457 is obsessed with burning absolutely everything, including people, where as SCP-054 is friendly and playful with people, or at least women now since it was traumatized by male researchers' experiments.

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  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Shendu's seven siblings which derive their powers from Earth, Water, Wind, Sky, Moon, Thunder, and Mountain.
  • The W.I.T.C.H. become this in the last episode of season 2. Also counts as a Deadly Upgrade as they lose their humanity in the process.
  • Frictor, the evil friction elemental from The Ripping Friends. Created by exposing the heroes' foot calluses to radiation. Yes, you read that correctly.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, dragons are the original firebenders, "sky-bison" (flying white striped buffalo) are the original airbenders, and "badger-moles" (huge blind digging badgers) are the oldest earthbenders. Water is unique in the fact that the original waterbender was the moon, but the embodiment of the ocean is a Koi fish named La (translated as Pull). The moon also has a Koi fish embodiment. When Tui is killed, Yue must replace it in order to preserve the balance of nature.
  • In Adventure Time, the four elements are Fire, Ice, Candy and Slime, each of which has its own kingdom and species living in Ooo. Apparently, past ages had an Elemental ruler each controlling one quarter of the land.
    • An Ice Person named Patience St. Pim tries to recreate this system. She succeeds during the "Elementals" mini-series, turning herself, Princess Bubblegum, Flame Princess and Slime Princess into the new four; in the process, non-Elemental characters are transformed into one of the four elements (for example, Marceline becoming a Candy Person calling herself Marshmellowline).
    • The episode "Evergreen" revolves around a prehistoric Ice Elemental named Urgence Evergreen and his ill-fated attempt to stop the impact of a Catalyst Comet. His contemporaries were Balthus (Fire), Chatsberry (Candy), and Slimy D (Slime).

Alternative Title(s): Elemental Entity


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