Dark matter in fiction
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Dark matter is defined as hypothetical matter that is undetectable by its emitted radiation, but whose presence can be inferred from gravitational effects on visible matter. It has been used in a variety of fictional media, including computer and video games and books. In such cases, dark matter is usually attributed extraordinary physical or magical properties. Such descriptions are often inconsistent with the known properties of dark matter proposed in physics and cosmology. For example in computer games, it is often used as material for making weapons and items, and is usually depicted as black or a similar color.
Dark matter regularly appears as a topic in hybrid periodicals that cover both factual scientific topics and science fiction, and dark matter itself has been referred to as "the stuff of science fiction". A review of The Physics of Star Trek discusses dark matter before noting that "the best modern science fiction borrows heavily from cosmology". In literary discussion dark matter has been used metaphorically to discuss Black science fiction.
In computer and video games
- In several games produced by Square, including Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy X, dark matter exists as a powerful magical element, enabling certain kinds of major attacks.
Final Fantasy IV The Dark Matter item can be stolen from Zeromus before using the Crystal in the final battle, using Edge's Steal command. It can only be used in the final battle, but serves no real purpose. Early theories said it lowered the power of Big Bang, but this was eventually proven false.
In Final Fantasy IV DS, the Dark Matter actually serves a real purpose: after stealing it from Zeromus and completing the game, the player can land the Lunar Whale near the face on the Red Moon and walk up to it. The party will be prompted to use an item. Using the Dark Matter will initiate a boss battle with a new superboss, Proto-Babil. In the iOS version, the Dark Matter can be stolen from Zeromus' true form.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Dark Matter is a dummied out item, only accessible via hacking.
Final Fantasy V The Dark Matter is a Chemist's mixing ingredient. It is the exact opposite of Holy Water and if the two are mixed, it will create a dud. However, if combined with a Phoenix Down, it will create an incredibly powerful item: the Death Potion.
Effect Mix ingredient. Buy In N/A Find In Pyramid of Moore (x7), Island Shrine, Top of Istory Falls (Boco access), Interdimensional Rift - Ruins Steal From Zombie Dragon, Orukat, Stingray, Byblos, Wendigo, Soul Cannon Won From Ghidra, Desertpede, Prototype, Red Dragon, Bone Dragon, Exdeath's Soul, Atomos Cost N/A Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Dark Matter is a Materia Fusion component that adds +1 MAG to the resulting Materia. Dark Matters are easily farmed end-game; by killing Lesser Worms the player can get plenty of Dark Matter drops by equipping the Mog's Amulet. The drops can be doubled by also equipping a Jeweled Ring.
Final Fantasy VIII The Dark Matter can teach Quistis Trepe the Blue Magic spell Shockwave Pulsar. It is a tool that level 100 Siren can refine from 100 Curse Spikes.
Final Fantasy IX The Dark Matter is a winnable item from the Treno Auction House and allows Princess Garnet to learn how to summon the Eidolon, Odin. It increases Strength by 3 and Magic by 2 when equipped as an Add-on.
Only one can be obtained in this way, and this is the easiest way of obtaining the item for most of the game. If used in battle, it will automatically inflict 9,999 damage to a single target. Two more Dark Matters can be obtained, but both are from Ozma, the game's superboss. One can be stolen, whilst the other is a random drop, for a total of three possible Dark Matter in the game.
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Final Fantasy X The Dark Matter is an item used with the Use command, which deals non-elemental Magic damage in the same manner as the spell Ultima and Flare. It can be obtained as a rare drop from Monster Arena creatures and also as a normal drop by Dark Aeons in the International version. It can be used to customize equipment to add Break Damage Limit and Ribbon (Ribbon is only in the International and PAL version).
When Ultima Buster is unlocked in the Monster Arena after catching five of every enemy across Spira, the prize of 99 Dark Matters will be awarded. Additionally, the best way to farm Dark Matters in the International version is to battle Dark Yojimbo; Yojimbo is faced five times in succession and each time has a chance of dropping Dark Matter. If the player exits the cave, or as much as enters the Blitzball menu in the middle, the battles are reset and start from the first battle all over again; this way, the player can defeat Yojimbo as many times as needed, without actually killing it.
Rikku's Overdrive, Sunburst, and Seymour's Overdrive Requiem, have the same animation as Dark Matter.
Final Fantasy X-2 Dark Matter is an exceptionally rare item only obtained in the Via Infinito by bribing Paragon or receiving as a drop from Trema. Its effects can be simulated with the Alchemist's Mix ability or Lady Luck's Random Reels.
Final Fantasy XII Dark Matter is an extremely rare item only available through chests, the bazaar, the clan shop after achieving the highest clan ranking, and through stealing from The Undying during the final battle. Dark Matter is incredibly powerful in that it adds up all of the damage from Knots of Rust dealt since the last time a Dark Matter was used, and deals that damage all in one hit, up to 60,000 damage.
The damage of Knot of Rust is (caps at 9,999):
DMG = Current HP / Random(1~10) The damage of Dark Matter is the sum of all Knots of Rust (and Devour Soul) that have been used divided by 3. Damage caps at 60,000. Devour Soul is an attack used by the Esper Shemhazai when summoned that is essentially the same as using a Knot of Rust.
DMG = SUM (Knot of Rust DMG) / 3 + SUM (Devour Soul DMG) / 3  The counter resets to 0 after each use. Shemhazai's special attack, Soul Purge, has exactly the same effect as Dark Matter and using it also resets the counter. Dark Matter's damage is unaffected by Reverse and has the maximum effect capacity, which means no other spell or Technick can be performed simultaneously.
Dark Matter can be made in the bazaar by selling one Bat Wing, three Grimoire Aidheds, and three Grimoire Togails. Also, the sixteen chests on Phon Coast and the sixteen chests in the Necrohol of Nabudis correspond to each other. The Zodiac Spear can only be found in the Necrohol of Nabudis, meaning if the player claims the chests on the Phon Coast before obtaining the spear, it will be forever lost. However, if the player is to open the chests with the Diamond Armlet on, they will all contain Dark Matter instead of Knots of Rust. The chests can be claimed in either Necrohol of Nabudis or Phon Coast, and once claimed, will disappear from both locations and will never respawn. It is recommended the player first finds the Zodiac Spear, and claims the other chests later with the Diamond Armlet equipped to get the Dark Matters.
A good place to farm Dark Matters from treasures is in the Cloister of Distant Song area of the Necrohol of Nabudis, but the player must have the Diamond Armlet equipped.
Final Fantasy XIII “Dark magic in material form. Functions as a transformational catalyst.” —Description Dark Matter is a mineral used in upgrading equipment, costing 840,000 Gil to purchase in R&D Depot. It is also dropped by the Shaolong Gui that spawn on Gran Pulse after completing Missions 56-62.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Dark Matter is a mineral used to obtain medium- to high-leveled equipment. Ffccrof potion This article or section is a stub about an item in Final Fantasy XIII-2. You can help Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it. Final Fantasy Type-0 Malboro can drop this item, which is needed to complete Mutsuki's quest. Ffccrof potion This article or section is a stub about an item in Final Fantasy Type-0. You can help Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it. Final Fantasy XIV Dark Matter is a special component used exclusively for repairs. It comes in five grades, which can be used to repair equipment whose level falls within a certain range (Grade 1: level 1-10; Grade 2: level 11-20; Grade 3: level 21-30; Grade 4: level 31-40; Grade 5: 41-50).
It can be obtained fairly commonly as levequest rewards, gathering or treasure chests, and is also sold by NPCs.
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift “A mysterious black substance with no more form than mist. What's it for? Why, throwing at enemies, of course.” —Description Similar to Final Fantasy XII, the Dark Matter deals damage to all enemies on the map and its power increases the more Knots of Rust the player has used. The Ranger can also use it with his Mirror Items ability to invert its effect and restore health to all allies.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Dark Matter is a Magic Artifact that adds Magic +5 to a character's skill.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates Dark Matter appears as Magicite. It is created through the Lilties' Alchemy ability when the player fails to create the Magicite. Dark Matter can be mixed again to create Materials through Alchemy. While Dark Matter cannot be carried around like other Magicite, it can be picked up and thrown at enemies to cast a random magic spell or inflict the Zap status with no damage dealt. The spells are either the non-damaging Zap effect (50% chance), Fire (15% chance), Blizzard (15% chance), Thunder (15% chance), Quake (2% chance), Meteor (2% chance), or Ultima (1% chance).
Ffccrof potion This article or section is a stub about an item in Bravely Default. You can help Final Fantasy Wiki by expanding it. Final Fantasy Dimensions “A strange substance made of pure darkness.” —Description When the world is merged together into the World of Dusk, several pieces of Dark Matter are created, both in the world and in mysterious Rifts scattered across the planet. The Warriors of Light and Darkness race to collect all the pieces of Dark Matter before the Avalonian Empire can reach them. Upon collecting every piece of Dark Matter, the barrier surrounding Castle Avalon vanishes, allowing the Warriors to confront the Empire directly.
- In Quake 4, the most powerful weapon is called the Dark Matter Gun.
- In many of the Kirby videogames, Dark Matter is an evil entity from space that possesses characters, such as King Dedede, to do its bidding.
- In the video game, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Samus Aran's "Dark Beam" fires blasts of Dark Matter. The beam consists of a cloudy purple aura which (when fully charged) has the capacity to immobilize certain hostile entities in dark matter.
- In Shining Soul II and Golden Sun: The Lost Age, dark matter is used in forging very powerful but cursed equipment.
- In Universe at War: Earth Assault, the Masari use Dark Matter as a weapon. Dark Matter is also used as shielding for the Masari in the form of Dark Matter armour.
- In the game Super Mario Galaxy, there is dark matter in Bowser's Dark Matter Plant. It is portrayed as a purple-black fluid that disintegrates Mario upon contact, killing him instantly.
- In the Nintendo DS game, Draglade, Dark Matter is a substance that can control living being's minds.
- In Turok: Evolution, there are Dark Matter Cubes that can be used as weapons. In one form, they disintegrate whatever touches the explosion. In its second form, it sucks everything in its radius in.
- In the Dark•Matter campaign setting for Alternity and d20 Modern dark matter influences the power and frequency of paranormal phenomena and psionic abilities in humans.
- In the game LittleBigPlanet, dark matter is used as a material for making things float and can be used as an anchor to hang things off of.
- In the game series Mass Effect, dark matter and subsequently dark energy is manifested in the form of "Element Zero" and used for Faster than Light travel and seemingly instantaneous transportation across light years.
- In League of Legends, a character by the name of Veigar has an ability known as "Dark Matter", which summons a dark meteor/orb of matter to fall from the sky after a short delay, severely injuring whoever is struck by it.
- In Hybrid, players join one of two factions, the Paladins and the Variants, in a large global conflict over control of dark matter as an energy source.
- In the MMO Ogame, dark matter is the in-game currency, being purchased with real-world money and used to buy in-game services.
In film and television
- In the popular comedy cartoon series Futurama, dark matter is a black substance used as fuel in the show's starships. In the episode "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz", the liquid form of dark matter can cause an increase of reproductive rate of penguins and even causes males to lay eggs. After the events of the film Futurama: Bender's Game dark matter is rendered completely useless, but before that, it is revealed that dark matter has reality-warping properties. Nibbler and his fellow Nibblonians defecate dark matter.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "In Theory," the Enterprise encounters a dark matter nebula. The dark matter temporarily disrupts the matter or energy fields with which it comes in contact.
- In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rocks and Shoals," Sisko and his crew attempt to hide from Jem'Hadar in a dark-matter nebula, but crash land their stolen Dominion ship into a planet before they reach the nebula.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "One Small Step," the crew encounter a Dark Matter asteroid while observing a gravimetric spatial anomaly.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Good Shepherd," Janeway and an away team encounter a type of dark matter lifeform.
- In the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "First Flight," two members of the crew go looking for a dark matter nebula in a shuttlepod.
- In the animated television series Exosquad, dark matter was a material found naturally on the planet Chaos. The Pirate Clans and the Exofleet used it to cloak their spaceships; however, continued exposure causes humans to become violent and short tempered.
- A 1995 episode of The Outer Limits, "Dark Matters," revolves around the problems caused by a planetoid-sized chunk of dark matter.
- In the Earth: Final Conflict episode "Dark Matter," the substance collides with the energy-based Taelon Mothership, paralyzing the ship and all the Taelons aboard in a slow-motion freeze frame mimicking stasis.
- In a 1995 episode of The X-Files, "Soft Light," Dr. Chester Ray Banton is exposed to dark matter. This causes his shadow to break down every molecule of whatever comes in contact with it, converting it into a black and blue puddle of pure energy.
- In the episode 'Twenty Vicodin' of the television series 'House M.D,' the titular character describes dark matter as the 'ultimate mystery,' and explains that his alternative to a career in medicine would have been the research of this hypothetical phenomenon in Physics.
- Dark matter plays a central role in the His Dark Materials trilogy by the British author Philip Pullman, introduced by the name of Dust. Dust, in the trilogy, is a form of consciousness that keeps multiple worlds linked together and, effectively, alive. It also the source of precognition, particularly when using an alethiometer (truth device). It is the matter of which angels are made.
- Dark Matter is the title of a science fiction novel by Garfield Reeves-Stevens involving mystery, horror, and physics.
- Dark Matters is a three-part Star Trek novel by Christie Golden, with a plot involving "corrupted" dark matter threatening the entire universe.
- In Stephen Baxter's "Ring", dark matter causes the sun to leave the main sequence (becoming a red giant) within only a few million years.
- In Ghost Legion, the fourth and last book from the Star of the Guardians series, Margaret Weis describes life forms made of dark matter. Among other powers, these life forms can fly in space and alter gravity.
- In the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, dark matter increases the expansion of the universe, effectively helping the Lone Power.
- In the fourth book of Larry Niven's Ringworld series, Ringworld's Children, it is revealed that the Hyperdrive used in the Known Space stories actually allows ships to travel through a dark matter universe, and this dark matter tends to cluster around gravity wells, indirectly causing the gravity singularity problem with hyperdrive.
- In D.J. MacHale's Pendragon series, it is revealed in book nine that dark matter is what makes up the flumes and created the universe.
- Dark matter plays a side role in the Heechee series by Frederik Pohl. It is proposed that an alien race artificially created a large amount of dark matter in order to perpetuate the eventual collapse of the universe.
- In A Light Novel By Kazuma Kamachi entitled To Aru Majutsu no Index, Kakine Teitoku an Esper who holds the Psychic/Esper ability known as Dark Matter which branded him Academy City's Number 2 Level 5 and sometimes "The One Who Has Touched The Territory of God". Dark Matter here was used to create things like shield for soldiers which was used during World War III and artificial insects like the white Rhinoceros beetle.
- The webcomic Schlock Mercenary involves several battles with dark matter entities, who have been plotting to destroy the Milky Way galaxy for several hundred thousand years, and whose stronghold is the Andromeda Galaxy.
- In the Star*Drive campaign setting of the Alternity Role-playing game, the Dark Matter is said to slowly decay releasing energy and the mass reactor is the fictional power plant that harness this energy in a useful way.
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