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Tropes about various metals and alloys.

Not to be confused with tropes about Heavy Metal (although the genre was simply named after a certain type of metallic elements), or the metallic named Superhero Comic Ages.


  • Blood Iron: Extracting the iron within hemoglobin to use for something.
  • Chrome Champion: A person whose skin seems to be made of metal.
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  • Cold Iron: Iron, whether cold-worked, pure, Thunderbolt Iron or something else, that can hurt fairies and other magical beings.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Control over metal as a form of super- or elemental power.
  • Fantasy Metals: Fictional metals.
  • Hihi'irokane: A legendary Japanese metal said to shine brightly in a way that resembles flames.
  • Metallic Motifs: Stock symbolism attached to various metals and alloys.
  • Metal Muncher: A being capable of eating pure metals.
  • Metal-Poor Planet: A planet without native metals, thereby hinder the growth of technological civilization.
  • Mithril: A silvery, light, and super-strong fictional metal, originally from The Lord of the Rings but popular throughout fantasy.
  • Orichalcum: A legendary, red-gold precious metal mentioned by Plato as being used in Atlantis.
  • Platinum Makes Everything Shinier: Platinum is awesome, and even better than gold!
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  • Rust-Removing Oil: Lubricating oil that magically makes rust disappear.
  • Silver Bullet: Bullets made of silver, used to kill werewolves and other supernatural nasties.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: Silver associated with magic, mysticism, and supernatural properties.
  • Technicolor Blade: Metal blades in fancy colors.
  • Thunderbolt Iron: Iron taken from meteorites, often with symbolic or magical power beyond that taken from the ground.