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Corbomite - Nonexistent substance featured on episode No. 3 "The Corbomite Maneuver" on the sci-fi adventure STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69.

Corbomite Alien
Image of threatening alien

When an alien being captured the starship USS Enterprise, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner)  - in an attempt to call a bluff - informed the hostile alien that the hull of his spacecraft contained a material called Corbomite. An excerpt from the script follows:

Kirk: This is the Captain of the Enterprise. Our respect for other life forms requires that we give you this...warning. There is one critical item of information that has never been incorporated into the memory banks of any Earth ship. Since the early years of space exploration, Earth vessels have had incorporated into them a substance known as...Corbomite. It is a material and a device which prevents attack on us. If any destructive energy touches our vessel, a reverse reaction of equal strength is created, destroying...  
Balok:   [Deep male voice interrupts] You now have two minutes.  
 Kirk:  [undeterred, Kirk continues] DESTROYING the attacker. It may interest you to know that since the initial use of Corbomite more than two of our centuries ago, no attacking vessel has survived the attempt. Death has...little meaning to us. If it has none to you then attack us now. We grow annoyed at your foolishness.

Corbomite Alien
The real alien behind the voice

After Kirk's bluff, the alien entity reveals himself as a child-like alien named Balok. As a gesture of friendship, Balok offers to take one of the crew of the Enterprise to travel with him as a liaison between their races.

TRIVIA NOTE: This same ploy worked against the Romulans in the Romulan Neutral Zone on episode No. 40 "The Deadly Years" when Kirk claimed to have a "Corbomite device" which would wreak havoc over a 200,000 kilometer radius if his ship was fired upon.  

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