Created By: Jimmmyman10 on May 13, 2011 Last Edited By: Jimmmyman10 on May 18, 2011
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Mistaken for Granite

The guards of an important room are living statues, formerly(Suspiciously Guard-like Statues)

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Obviously, guarding the Macguffin is a hard job, especially if you are a 4000 year old civilization. Booby traps can be dodged, guards require resources, and curses can be awesome. So why not just use the obligatory scary statues as guards??

This trope refers to times when an important room has statues around it which seem like normall statues, if perhaps heavily armed. However, upon something important happening, the statues will come to life and start attacking. If the work in question is a video game, the statues will most likely respond to an attack. One way to gain these for your room is to take people for granite.

See Also Taken for Granite, Nobody Here but Us Statues, Macguffin Guardian.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • InuYasha: a pair of such statues guard the doorway to the underworld.

Comic Books

  • Miracleman : The doors to the room housing the kingqueen of the Qys is guarded by two guards whom Miracleman/Marvelman mistakes for statues, due to their immobility and size.
Film

Literature

  • In Conan the Buccaneer the shrine of Tsathoggua the Toad God contains a stone statue of the god, watching over the treasure. If someone step around the temple, the statue comes back to life (still remaining stone) and chase them.
    • On a similar note we have the Bloody God (which in this case is a living statue made of gold and rubies).

  • Subverted in Shadowkeep: at one point the heroes walks in a corridor full of mean-looking, demonic statues. This being Shadowkeep, Sranul thinks that the statues will come to life and attack them, but they're eventually revealed to be just harmless statues. Played straight in the finale with the Demon King Dal'Brad.

  • The D'denir statues in Warbreaker, which are really the Lifeless ultra-warriors known as Kalad's Phantoms.

  • The NeverEnding Story has a pair of winged statues that will fire upon you if you get too close to them.

  • Harry Potter: There is a guardian statue at the entrance to Dumbledore's study. Most of the time though, it only comes alive to ask for a password.

  • In the Simon Canderous books, the doorway to the arcology is guarded by a pair of living stone statues. But you can be given clearance so they let you pass.

Live-Action Television

Video Games

  • Blood has gargoyle statues that sometimes turn into live gargoyles. Much Paranoia Fuel ensues.
  • Dragon Age: Whenever you see a deactivated but otherwise intact golem, rest assured that it will start attacking as soon as you do something important
  • Legacy of Kain: Lampshaded by a Genre Savvy Kain, who notes, "These statues were singularly inanimate. I knew better than to assume that they would remain as such."
  • Once the player reaches the castle portion of Resident Evil 4, they should be on the lookout for seemingly inanimate suits of armor.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Throughout the series, Mook called "Armos" and "Ironknuckle".
  • Thief: The villain of the game starts animating stone statues in the late levels.
  • Warcraft: At one point in the third game there's a hallway with statues of armored men on either side. Further down the hallway are robotic golems which activate when you reach them (complete with "The statues are coming to life!" in case you missed the point). Not a very well-done one though, as the golems and the statues look nothing like each other.

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Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • May 13, 2011
    dalek955
    • The D'denir statues in Warbreaker, which are really the Lifeless ultra-warriors known as Kalad's Phantoms.
  • May 13, 2011
    Chabal2
    Warcraft3: At one point there's a hallway with statues of armored men on either side. Further down the hallway are robotic golems which activate when you reach them (complete with "The statues are coming to life!" in case you missed the point). Not a very well-done one though, as the golems and the statues look nothing like each other.
  • May 13, 2011
    IonxZone
    X-Men Evolution, though, seriously, almost every cartoon that features statues in any capacity. Computer games are particularly guilty of this.

    Also: Thief III.
  • May 13, 2011
    Koveras
    ^To elaborate on the Thief example: The villain of the game starts animating stone statues in the late levels, which are a major pain in the ass.

    • Kind of an example in the Dragon Age series: whenever you see a deactivated but otherwise intact golem, rest assured that it will start whooping your ass as soon as you do something that's not allowed (like opening the chest on the other side of the room).
  • May 13, 2011
    jaytee
    The Iron Knuckles in Zelda too.
  • May 14, 2011
    Ryuuma
    See also Mac Guffin Guardian

    • In the first Tomb Raider some statues in Atlantis are revealed to be living atlantinean centaurs.
  • May 14, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    Putting this one up for grabs, as I am grounded from my computer and it's really hard to edit from my phone. Someone want to update the examples and description?
  • May 14, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    I remember seeing a quote of Kain (Legacy Of Kain series) lampshading the trope. So we might have something similar already
  • May 14, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    Just checked, that was under genre savvy, not this trope. I will now proceed to update it, and note the lampshading
  • May 14, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    Do the tomb raider examples guard and attack? Or are they just statues? Cause that would determine if it is this or taken for granite.
  • May 14, 2011
    CrownClown
    Inu Yasha has Gozu and Mezu, who guard the doorway to the demon afterlife.
  • May 14, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The Never Ending Story has a pair of winged statues that will fire upon you if you get too close to them.
    • In the Simon Canderous books, the doorway to the arcology is guarded by a pair of living stone statues. But you can be given clearance so they let you pass.

  • May 15, 2011
    Ryuuma
    ^^^ If my memory serves right, is the first. Does it count if the guardian starts out as a stone statue and turn "organic" as it reveals itself?

    • In Conan the Buccaneer the shrine of Tsathoggua the Toad God contains a stone statue of the god, watching over the treasure. If someone step around the temple, the statue comes back to life (still remaining stone) and chase them.
      • On a similar note we have the Bloody God (which in this case is a living statue made of gold and rubies).
    • Subverted in Shadowkeep: at one point the heroes walks in a corridor full of mean-looking, demonic statues. This being Shadowkeep, Sranul thinks that the statues will come to life and attack them, but they're eventually revealed to be just harmless statues. Played straight in the finale with the Demon King Dal'Brad.

  • May 15, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    • There is a guardian statue at the entrance to Dumbledore's study. Most of the time though, it only comes alive to ask for a password.
    • One short comic (in MAD magazine probably, don't remember) parodies the Lara Croft movie example - as the treasure hunters move the Mc Guffin, the statues come to life - and ignore the intruders completely, instead furiously attacking the pidgeons that had been shitting on them for centuries.
  • May 15, 2011
    summutt
    Legend Of Kay has a swarm of smaller guard-kitty statues who get zapped to life. Later there's one massive tiger statue acting as the guardian of a temple.
  • May 15, 2011
    X2X
    • Once the player reaches the castle portion of Resident Evil 4, they should be on the lookout for seemingly inanimate suits of armor.
  • May 15, 2011
    dotchan
    • Inu Yasha: a pair of such statues guard the doorway to the underworld.
  • May 16, 2011
    Ryuuma
    ^^ There's also Salazar's Giant mechanical statue.
  • May 16, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Better title: Guardian Statue - it's way more succinct.

    Also, Starcraft 2: One of the episodes where you get an artifact, some statues are guarding the sucker.
  • May 16, 2011
    Fearmonger
    Alternate title; Mistaken for Granite
  • May 16, 2011
    Hadashi
    That's good, but I think the one we have now is more discriptive.

    Should defiantly use that for something though.
  • May 16, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Night At The Museum has the giant statues of Anubis that guard the pharaoh.
  • May 16, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    The statues in Inuyasha guarding the underworld are named Gozu and Mezu, just to clarify.
  • May 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In the play Scavenger Hunt there are two identical guard statues in different locations, which come to life if someone tries to steal what they're guarding.
  • May 17, 2011
    JonnyB
    This was done a lot in Ray Harryhausen films, especially the Sinbad movies.
  • May 17, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    Remember to note this on the Adverbly Adjective Noun index.
  • May 18, 2011
    Ryuuma
    I Like Guardian Statue, but also Mistaken For Granite. I'd go with using both (one as title, the other as Alternative Title)
  • May 18, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Miracleman : The doors to the room housing the kingqueen of the Qys is guarded by two guards whom Miracleman/Marvelman mistakes for statues, due to their immobility and size.
  • May 18, 2011
    JonnyB
    Mistaken For Granite is too close to Taken For Granite and might get confused.
  • May 18, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    Does anyone have an image I could use? I am going to launch this in a couple of hours, otherwise.
  • May 18, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Seriously dude, change the title before launching. It doesn't reflect the trope nearly as well as the two suggestions given.
  • May 18, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^^ Taken For Granite is when a character is turned to stone. This is when the statues come to life. They're related, so that Snow Clone is not bad.

    Vote for Mistaken For Granite.
  • May 18, 2011
    aurora369
    Blood has gargoyle statues that sometimes turn into live gargoyles. Much Paranoia Fuel ensues.
  • May 18, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^ On that note, The Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. High Octane Nightmare Fuel.
  • May 18, 2011
    Fearmonger
    Used in an episode of Dave The Barbarian. But the particular model shown doesn't activate unless you touch it.
  • May 18, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Mistaken For Granite is a nice name, if similar to Taken For Granite.
  • May 18, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I don't like Mistaken For Granite, because - per the laconic anyway - these characters are granite. They're not guards pretending to be statues, they are statues which are also guards.
  • May 18, 2011
    Jimmmyman10
    I will use mistaken for granite, since it is both a good snowclone and a funny pun. If there are any more complaints, please move them to the trope repair shop, as I will be launching now
  • May 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    • The second Guardian (boss) and the Spriggan statue in La-Mulana. Also, wall reliefs will start shooting at you if you stand next to them for too long or strike them.
    • The room of the Hero Core boss 'Guardian' contains some statues of standard enemy machines you fought many times. Appearing to be decoration, they actually are idle machines and aid the boss once he lost a certain amount of Hit Points.

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