History ComicBook / AmethystPrincessOfGemworld

8th May '16 11:51:28 AM Discar
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After the original creators left, it was decided by DC to boost Amethyst's sales by tying her to the rest of Franchise/TheDCU, in particular the war between the Lords of Order and Chaos, which was a major plotline at the time. But the new stories, written by Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell, shifted entirely from fantasy adventure to horror. Amethyst was blinded; found out that she was actually the product of an illicit affair between a Lord of Order and her mother; several characters met horrible deaths (in particular, Carnelian's [[spoiler:who almost dies giving "birth" to his father Opal,]] was pure horror) and ultimately, Amethyst is forced to merge with a Lord of Chaos in order to save the Gemworld. The series was then, very unsurprisingly cancelled.

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After the original creators left, it was decided by DC to boost Amethyst's sales by tying her to the rest of Franchise/TheDCU, in particular the war between the Lords of Order and Chaos, which was a major plotline at the time. But the new stories, written by Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell, shifted entirely from fantasy adventure to horror. Amethyst was blinded; found out that she was actually the product of an illicit affair between a Lord of Order and her mother; several characters met horrible deaths (in particular, Carnelian's [[spoiler:who almost dies giving "birth" to his father Opal,]] was pure horror) and ultimately, Amethyst is forced to merge with a Lord of Chaos in order to save the Gemworld. The series was then, very unsurprisingly cancelled.
8th May '16 11:51:02 AM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler:Eclipso. Until his arrival, the entire plot of the series resolves around a [[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Throne-esque]] politic struggle between Mordiel and the rest her family, with most Houses having various positions toward the whole thing. Then this ancient enemy comes back from Earth and proceeds to MindControl two of the house, essentially becoming the new threat and forcing Mordiel into an alliance with her family.]]

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: [[spoiler:Eclipso. Until his arrival, the entire plot of the series resolves around a [[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Throne-esque]] politic struggle between Mordiel and the rest her family, with most Houses having various positions toward the whole thing. Then this ancient enemy comes back from Earth and proceeds to MindControl two of the house, essentially becoming the new threat and forcing Mordiel into an alliance with her family.]]
15th Apr '16 7:33:11 PM Doug86
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After the original creators left, it was decided by DC to boost Amethyst's sales by tying her to the rest of the DCUniverse, in particular the war between the Lords of Order and Chaos, which was a major plotline at the time. But the new stories, written by Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell, shifted entirely from fantasy adventure to horror. Amethyst was blinded; found out that she was actually the product of an illicit affair between a Lord of Order and her mother; several characters met horrible deaths (in particular, Carnelian's [[spoiler:who almost dies giving "birth" to his father Opal,]] was pure horror) and ultimately, Amethyst is forced to merge with a Lord of Chaos in order to save the Gemworld. The series was then, very unsurprisingly cancelled.

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After the original creators left, it was decided by DC to boost Amethyst's sales by tying her to the rest of the DCUniverse, Franchise/TheDCU, in particular the war between the Lords of Order and Chaos, which was a major plotline at the time. But the new stories, written by Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell, shifted entirely from fantasy adventure to horror. Amethyst was blinded; found out that she was actually the product of an illicit affair between a Lord of Order and her mother; several characters met horrible deaths (in particular, Carnelian's [[spoiler:who almost dies giving "birth" to his father Opal,]] was pure horror) and ultimately, Amethyst is forced to merge with a Lord of Chaos in order to save the Gemworld. The series was then, very unsurprisingly cancelled.
28th Mar '15 1:39:43 AM Theokal3
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* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler:Eclipso. Until his arrival, the entire plot of the series resolves around a [[Series/GameOfThrones Game of Throne-esque]] politic struggle between Mordiel and the rest her family, with most Houses having various positions toward the whole thing. Then this ancient enemy comes back from Earth and proceeds to MindControl two of the house, essentially becoming the new threat and forcing Mordiel into an alliance with her family.]]
28th Mar '15 1:34:36 AM Theokal3
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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Mordiel ends up joining force with Graciel and Amaya against Eclipso.]]



* NobleDemon: Lady Mordiel is undiscutably power-hungry and evil, but she ''does'' have some moral standards. When killing a girl with a small fraction of her family blood to absorb her power, she has the family compensated for the loss, and when she later arrives on a battlefield, she has the bodies of her sister's followers be properly buried.

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* NobleDemon: Lady Mordiel is undiscutably power-hungry and evil, but she ''does'' have some moral standards. When killing a girl with a small fraction of her family blood to absorb her power, she has the family compensated for the loss, and when she later arrives on a battlefield, she has the bodies of her sister's followers be properly buried. She also [[spoiler:[[EvenEvilHasStandards rejects Eclipso's offer to join him]].]]
8th Dec '14 12:11:27 AM C2
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Not to be confused with Amethyst of the [[StevenUniverse Crystal Gems]].

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Not to be confused with Amethyst of the [[StevenUniverse [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Crystal Gems]].
30th Sep '14 1:35:18 AM Theokal3
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* NobleDemon: Lady Mordiel is undiscutably power-hungry and evil, but she ''does'' have some moral standards. When killing a girl with a small fraction of her family blood to absorb her power, she has the family compensated for the loss, and when she later arrives on a battlefield, she has the bodies of her sister's followers be properly buried.
6th Jun '14 6:36:08 PM Aiguille
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Amethyst began as a 12-issue maxi-series by writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn and artist Ernie Colon in 1983. It proved popular enough that it was given its own regular series that lasted until 1985. Despite several similarities, Amethyst precedes both ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' and ''Manga/SailorMoon''.

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Amethyst began as a 12-issue maxi-series by writers Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn and artist Ernie Colon in 1983. It proved popular enough that it was given its own regular series that lasted until 1985. Despite several similarities, Amethyst precedes predates both ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' and ''Manga/SailorMoon''.
4th Apr '14 5:15:56 PM despairchihiro
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Not to be confused with Amethyst of the [[StevenUniverse Crystal Gems]].
23rd Jan '14 12:09:41 PM Retro7
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Animated shorts based on Amethyst were added to the WesternAnimation/DCNation block on Creator/CartoonNetwork, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork after some very, very long delays]]. The first short aired with the return of the block on January 5, 2013. In this version Amy's a computer nerd who's created her own Gemworld videogame, only to find herself suddenly pulled inside. Given that the entire series clocks in at about fifteen minutes long, not much is done to explore just what the relationship is between Amy and Princess Amethyst.

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Animated shorts The series gained some [[WesternAnimation/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld animated shorts]] based on Amethyst were added to the WesternAnimation/DCNation block on Creator/CartoonNetwork, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork after some very, very long delays]]. The first short aired with the return of the block on January 5, 2013. In this version Amy's a computer nerd who's created her own Gemworld videogame, only to find herself suddenly pulled inside. Given Creator/CartoonNetwork. See that the entire series clocks in at about fifteen minutes long, not much is done to explore just what the relationship is between Amy and Princess Amethyst.
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* YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum: In one issue a corporate witch steals Amaya's pendant, thinking it's the source of her powers. Perhaps to let everyone know this is different from the original comic, it only [[UnlimitedWardrobe lets her change her outfit into whatever she wants]], her real power is intrinsic, and she promptly conjures up some some weapons and starts smashing her way free.

!! Tropes in the WesternAnimation/DCNation shorts

* ActingForTwo: Eric Bauza voices Dark Opal, [[CrossDressingVoices Citrina]], and the Pegacorn. He also voices the tree in episode 3.
** Also in episode 3, Sophie Oda, who voices Amy/Amethyst, does the talking flowers and lily pads.
* {{Adorkable}}: Amy/Amethyst.
* {{Animesque}}
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Dark Opal turned the baby Frog Prince into a huge, dragon-like monster.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: Prince Topaz becomes a skeleton thanks to Dark Opal's magic.]]
* BigBad: Dark Opal, of course.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Dark Opal first manifests as a large spider, bigger than Amethyst's head, to fight her. It also has a long, sticky tongue like a frog.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Amethyst [[FeedItABomb feeds a spicy pepper to a hostile spider creature]] to similar effect.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the first episode, [[spoiler:Prince Topaz]] appears briefly as a character in Amy's game. She later meets him in person in Level 4, "The Turquoise Cave".
* ClassicalAntiHero: Amy/Amethyst struggles with low self-esteem. She doesn't believe she has what it takes to be a hero, and even when she does do something heroic or receives praise, she responds with HeroicSelfDeprecation.
* CliffHanger: Level 5 ends with Amethyst having saved the Frog Prince, but [[spoiler:Dark Opal suddenly appears to challenge her and has the Pegacorn tied up so he can't help]].
* CuteGiant: Even after Amethyst breaks Dark Opal's spell on him, the baby Frog Prince is pretty big for a baby.
* DefeatByModesty: [[spoiler: Damaging Dark Opal's pin causes all his clothes to fall off leaving him in GoofyPrintUnderwear, he opts to retreat after this.]]
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: After Amethyst defeats [[spoiler: Skeleton Topaz]] in "The Turquoise Cave", he lets her take three items to [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest help her on her quest]]. [[spoiler: It helps that he's not actually evil]].
** The same could be said for the baby Frog Prince in Level 5.
* TheEeyore: [[spoiler: Skeleton Topaz]]
* EccentricMentor: Citrina. She brings Amy to Gemworld, tells her she's really a princess and sends her on a quest, but doesn't take the time to explain any of it to poor, confused Amy.
* ExpressiveAccessory: Dark Opal's pin has a very expressive face on it.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Citrina. She's also a PerpetualSmiler.
* {{Funny Animal}}s: The Village of the Frogs is full of anthropomorphic talking frog people.
* GamerChick: Amy creates and programs her own video games.
* GenreSavvy: Quoth Amy; "If this were in my game, what would I do?"
* {{Hikikomori}}: Possibly Amy. She says "I used to stay in my room all the time, afraid what others would think." It's implied being sent to Gemworld might have cured her of this.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Prince Topaz is upgraded from the reluctant hero from the original comics to openly defying Dark Opal's tyranny in the very first episode.
* HorsingAround: While the Pegacorn is Amethyst's LoyalAnimalCompanion, he hasn't really helped her much after catching her when she fell into Gemworld in the first episode.
** Justified. In Level 5, when Amethyst has trouble dealing with the monstrous Frog Prince, the Pegacorn is quite willing to help her, and she figures out that he [[HelpingWouldBeKillstealing let her fight her own battles before so she could gain confidence]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: They're called "Levels", as in a video game. There's "Level 1: Your Quest Begins", "Level 2: Village of the Frogs", "Level 3: Random Encounter", "Level 4: The Turquoise Cave", "Level 5: Battle in the Stormy Peaks.", "Level 6: The Final Battle", and "Level 7: Time to go Home".
* IdiotHair: Amy has a little one.
* InstantExpert: In a sense. In her first real battle, she's shown to barely be able to lift her sword and has to find an unorthodox solution. In her second she's clearly mastered it with the way she makes short work of a giant centipede. While underwater. When she fights Skeleton Topaz, she's moving like a regular Comicbook/RedSonja out there.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest
-->'''Prince Topaz:''' [[MemeticMutation "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this."]]
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original comic (and especially compared to the current comic).
* MagicMusic: In Level 5, one of the things Amethyst has to do break Dark Opal's spell on the baby frog prince is sing him a lullaby, though this might be just to calm him down enough so she can feed him the potion that turns him back to normal.
* MagicalGirlWarrior
* MineralMacGuffin: Citrina summons Amethyst back to Gemworld to find a missing gem. [[spoiler: In Level 5, it seems that she's found it.]]
* MythologyGag: In a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag]] in the first episode, sitting on a shelf in Amy's room are a pair of dolls that look like Raven and Starfire from [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Teen Titans]].
** There's also a [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/000e94b436bc9e23e9b16ab7a4d8ef8c/tumblr_mh9rewQTt11rj44oro2_1280.png map of Gemworld]] on Amy's bedroom wall, which is nearly identical to the [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/298b80391ef32f8ea93b463f13b20a23/tumblr_mh9rewQTt11rj44oro3_500.jpg same map in the original comic]].
** A statue at the entrance of the Turquoise Cave looks like Lady Turquoise from the comics.
* NerdGlasses: How Amy starts off in the modern world. When she transforms into Amethyst, [[TheGlassesGottaGo they break in half]].
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Amy's hair grows longer when she transforms into Amethyst. It also [[PowerDyesYourHair changes color]] from regular blonde to strawberry blonde.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Played with. While her clothing is all purple, Amethyst's eyes, weapons, and accessories are all pink.
** The trope is Lampshaded in Level 2:
-->'''Frog Woman''': She's too pink and dainty!
-->'''Amethyst''': I'm not pink! I'm purple!
* PurpleIsPowerful / SupernaturalIsPurple: Amethyst.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Amy doesn't really want to be in Gemworld, nor does she believe she is really a princess or a hero. She only accepts her quest after Citrina promises to help her return to Earth. Getting attacked by Dark Opal's spider provides further motivation.
* ShoutOut: "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda It's dangerous to go alone. Take this.]]"
* ToBeContinued: Each episode ends like this. Especially frustrating for the ending of Level 5, which is a major CliffHanger.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the first promos for the shorts showed several clips from episodes that haven't aired yet, including scenes of [[spoiler: Prince Topaz changing back from a skeleton, Amethyst and Pegacorn flying back to the Village of the Frogs with a baby frog in tow, and Amethyst in a sword fight with Dark Opal]].
** The preview clip for Level 4 reveals that [[spoiler:Dark Opal really ''did'' turn Prince Topaz into a living skeleton, just like in Amy's game from Level 1]].
* TransformationSequence: In typical magical girl fare. Though Amethyst doesn't seem to know what's going on the first time it happens.
* ValleyGirl: Amethyst talks like one sometimes.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Dark Opal in Level 6.
* WingedUnicorn: The Pegacorn.
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* YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum: In one issue a corporate witch steals Amaya's pendant, thinking it's the source of her powers. Perhaps to let everyone know this is different from the original comic, it only [[UnlimitedWardrobe lets her change her outfit into whatever she wants]], her real power is intrinsic, and she promptly conjures up some some weapons and starts smashing her way free.

!! Tropes in the WesternAnimation/DCNation shorts

* ActingForTwo: Eric Bauza voices Dark Opal, [[CrossDressingVoices Citrina]], and the Pegacorn. He also voices the tree in episode 3.
** Also in episode 3, Sophie Oda, who voices Amy/Amethyst, does the talking flowers and lily pads.
* {{Adorkable}}: Amy/Amethyst.
* {{Animesque}}
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Dark Opal turned the baby Frog Prince into a huge, dragon-like monster.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: Prince Topaz becomes a skeleton thanks to Dark Opal's magic.]]
* BigBad: Dark Opal, of course.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Dark Opal first manifests as a large spider, bigger than Amethyst's head, to fight her. It also has a long, sticky tongue like a frog.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Amethyst [[FeedItABomb feeds a spicy pepper to a hostile spider creature]] to similar effect.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the first episode, [[spoiler:Prince Topaz]] appears briefly as a character in Amy's game. She later meets him in person in Level 4, "The Turquoise Cave".
* ClassicalAntiHero: Amy/Amethyst struggles with low self-esteem. She doesn't believe she has what it takes to be a hero, and even when she does do something heroic or receives praise, she responds with HeroicSelfDeprecation.
* CliffHanger: Level 5 ends with Amethyst having saved the Frog Prince, but [[spoiler:Dark Opal suddenly appears to challenge her and has the Pegacorn tied up so he can't help]].
* CuteGiant: Even after Amethyst breaks Dark Opal's spell on him, the baby Frog Prince is pretty big for a baby.
* DefeatByModesty: [[spoiler: Damaging Dark Opal's pin causes all his clothes to fall off leaving him in GoofyPrintUnderwear, he opts to retreat after this.]]
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: After Amethyst defeats [[spoiler: Skeleton Topaz]] in "The Turquoise Cave", he lets her take three items to [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest help her on her quest]]. [[spoiler: It helps that he's not actually evil]].
** The same could be said for the baby Frog Prince in Level 5.
* TheEeyore: [[spoiler: Skeleton Topaz]]
* EccentricMentor: Citrina. She brings Amy to Gemworld, tells her she's really a princess and sends her on a quest, but doesn't take the time to explain any of it to poor, confused Amy.
* ExpressiveAccessory: Dark Opal's pin has a very expressive face on it.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Citrina. She's also a PerpetualSmiler.
* {{Funny Animal}}s: The Village of the Frogs is full of anthropomorphic talking frog people.
* GamerChick: Amy creates and programs her own video games.
* GenreSavvy: Quoth Amy; "If this were in my game, what would I do?"
* {{Hikikomori}}: Possibly Amy. She says "I used to stay in my room all the time, afraid what others would think." It's implied being sent to Gemworld might have cured her of this.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Prince Topaz is upgraded from the reluctant hero from the original comics to openly defying Dark Opal's tyranny in the very first episode.
* HorsingAround: While the Pegacorn is Amethyst's LoyalAnimalCompanion, he hasn't really helped her much after catching her when she fell into Gemworld in the first episode.
** Justified. In Level 5, when Amethyst has trouble dealing with the monstrous Frog Prince, the Pegacorn is quite willing to help her, and she figures out that he [[HelpingWouldBeKillstealing let her fight her own battles before so she could gain confidence]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: They're called "Levels", as in a video game. There's "Level 1: Your Quest Begins", "Level 2: Village of the Frogs", "Level 3: Random Encounter", "Level 4: The Turquoise Cave", "Level 5: Battle in the Stormy Peaks.", "Level 6: The Final Battle", and "Level 7: Time to go Home".
* IdiotHair: Amy has a little one.
* InstantExpert: In a sense. In her first real battle, she's shown to barely be able to lift her sword and has to find an unorthodox solution. In her second she's clearly mastered it with the way she makes short work of a giant centipede. While underwater. When she fights Skeleton Topaz, she's moving like a regular Comicbook/RedSonja out there.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest
-->'''Prince Topaz:''' [[MemeticMutation "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this."]]
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original comic (and especially compared to the current comic).
* MagicMusic: In Level 5, one of the things Amethyst has to do break Dark Opal's spell on the baby frog prince is sing him a lullaby, though this might be just to calm him down enough so she can feed him the potion that turns him back to normal.
* MagicalGirlWarrior
* MineralMacGuffin: Citrina summons Amethyst back to Gemworld to find a missing gem. [[spoiler: In Level 5, it seems that she's found it.]]
* MythologyGag: In a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag]] in the first episode, sitting on a shelf in Amy's room are a pair of dolls that look like Raven and Starfire from [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Teen Titans]].
** There's also a [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/000e94b436bc9e23e9b16ab7a4d8ef8c/tumblr_mh9rewQTt11rj44oro2_1280.png map of Gemworld]] on Amy's bedroom wall, which is nearly identical to the [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/298b80391ef32f8ea93b463f13b20a23/tumblr_mh9rewQTt11rj44oro3_500.jpg same map in the original comic]].
** A statue at the entrance of the Turquoise Cave looks like Lady Turquoise from the comics.
* NerdGlasses: How Amy starts off in the modern world. When she transforms into Amethyst, [[TheGlassesGottaGo they break in half]].
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Amy's hair grows longer when she transforms into Amethyst. It also [[PowerDyesYourHair changes color]] from regular blonde to strawberry blonde.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Played with. While her clothing is all purple, Amethyst's eyes, weapons, and accessories are all pink.
** The trope is Lampshaded in Level 2:
-->'''Frog Woman''': She's too pink and dainty!
-->'''Amethyst''': I'm not pink! I'm purple!
* PurpleIsPowerful / SupernaturalIsPurple: Amethyst.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Amy doesn't really want to be in Gemworld, nor does she believe she is really a princess or a hero. She only accepts her quest after Citrina promises to help her return to Earth. Getting attacked by Dark Opal's spider provides further motivation.
* ShoutOut: "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda It's dangerous to go alone. Take this.]]"
* ToBeContinued: Each episode ends like this. Especially frustrating for the ending of Level 5, which is a major CliffHanger.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the first promos for the shorts showed several clips from episodes that haven't aired yet, including scenes of [[spoiler: Prince Topaz changing back from a skeleton, Amethyst and Pegacorn flying back to the Village of the Frogs with a baby frog in tow, and Amethyst in a sword fight with Dark Opal]].
** The preview clip for Level 4 reveals that [[spoiler:Dark Opal really ''did'' turn Prince Topaz into a living skeleton, just like in Amy's game from Level 1]].
* TransformationSequence: In typical magical girl fare. Though Amethyst doesn't seem to know what's going on the first time it happens.
* ValleyGirl: Amethyst talks like one sometimes.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Dark Opal in Level 6.
* WingedUnicorn: The Pegacorn.
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