A versatile substance that may be applied to anything in order to cause an effect needed by a plot.
Kryptonite is considered a phlebotinum device as it is invariably used to paralyze Superman in DCU comic plots.
by flintlocke314 September 11, 2018
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S7: E9 - A word Jemma Simmons made up many times within a time loop, Daisy Johnson kept telling Simmons to make a word up in order to prove to her that she had heard the word before.
Simmons: is there any proof to this time loop thing?
Daisy: Make up a fake word.
Simmons and Daisy: Phlebotinum.
Simmons: Alright, let’s go.
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1) "Flebotinum" or as it's more commonly known "phlebotnum" has sort of turned in a medieval text (if you squint hard enough). But what is this term? Well according to Joss on his commentary for 'The Harvest', it came from David Greenwalt and essentially means "any magical or mystical force or event that arises in the process of inventing the Buffy mythology/or advancing the plot".
2) a word used by Lauryn that causes everyone around her to be confused about the fuck she's talking about. But only because she worships Joss Whedon, and they don't.

1) The phlebotinum in this episode of Buffy was verra sessy because it had to do with Spike.

2)Lauryn: You didn't see the new episode from Tuesday?! The phlebotinum was GENIUS!
by Lauryn! April 12, 2008
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