Created By: KZN02 on February 28, 2011 Last Edited By: KZN02 on March 22, 2011
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Laconic: Elemental Powers + Improvised Armour / Instant Armor

Using Elemental Powers to create Improvised Armour / Instant Armor.

Wreathed in Flames is a Sub-Trope.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In YuYu Hakusho, there is Risho, the demon ninja with power over rock that Kuwabara fought in the Dark Tournament. His main attack was to create a rock armor then tackle his opponent.
    • And for the armor-out-of-thin-air example, we have Sensui, who can use his Holy Light Energy to create two special sets of armor.
  • Naruto: Gaara is automatically protected by his demon's sand. If pressed, he can compress it into actual armor, further increasing defence at the cost of being slowed down.

Comic Books
  • X-Men:
    • Iceman could create a coating of ice armor on his body.
    • Magneto's suit works like this in some adaptations - Though it sure looks manufactured rather than improvised, he can form one from whatever metal is available. At one point when He's Just Hiding the base where he was supposed to have died is found and his suit is still there - upright despite being empty and (judging by the neck line) about half an inch thick.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons codified the stoneskin and ironskin spells. The games also include the spell fireshield, which doesn't so much protect as it does exact pain on anyone who strikes the person "protected" by it.
  • Flaming Armor and Lightning Armor from GURPS: Magic.
  • Forgotten Realms has spell "Rainbow Shield" allowing to use any attack spell this way (Fireball to more or less fire shield, Lightning bolt to lightning shield, etc).

Video Games
  • * When Mega Man uses Wood Man's powers in Mega Man 2, he would have a flurry of leaves used as a shield as long as he remained stationary.
  • Baldur's Gate: stone skin and iron skins spells.
  • Elementalists in Guild Wars can do this - a well designed, earth-oriented elementalist averts Squishy Wizard big time.
  • Diablo 2 had three Frozen Armor spells, which allowed to create an ice armor with several extra effects.
  • Dragon Age and its sequel both feature a "rock armor" spell to do this.
  • zOMG!: the Rock Armor ring

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Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • February 28, 2011
    Earnest
    I wouldn't shake his hand if I were you.


  • February 28, 2011
    Ghilz
    That looks more like a weapon then "armor". Get Aang when he's in a full suit of rock.

    Also, the fire version of this is covered by Wreathed In Flames
  • February 28, 2011
    Earnest
    Closest I can get is Toph armored in rock and Aang wearing crystal armor.
  • February 28, 2011
    DAN004
    I think this is a subtrope of Elemental Crafting... So I think you can make a variation.
  • March 1, 2011
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • The Marvel Universe hero Iceman could create a coating of ice armor on his body.
  • March 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    • Baldur's Gate - stone skin and iron skins spells.
    • Naruto - Gaara is automatically protected by his demon's sand. If pressed, he can compress it into actual armor, further increasing defence at the cost of being slowed down.
    • Magneto's suit works like this in some adaptations - Though it sure looks manufactured rather than improvised, he can form one from whatever metal is available. At one point when He Is Just Hiding the base where he was supposed to have died is found and his suit is still there - upright despite being empty and (judging by the neck line) about half an inch thick.
    • Elementalists in Guild Wars can do this - a well designed, earth-oriented elementalist averts Squishy Wizard big time.
  • March 5, 2011
    LoopyChew
    • When Mega Man uses Wood Man's powers in Mega Man 2, he would have a flurry of leaves used as a shield as long as he remained stationary.
  • March 5, 2011
    BlackDragon
    Sounds more similar to Instant Armor than Improvised Armour. In fact, most of these examples are already there.
  • March 7, 2011
    fs1034
    Dunno if I've Seen It A Million Times, but I've definitely seen a million examples from Avatar The Last Airbender. It seems to me in the cases I can think of, this would be more like Improvised Armour. They are usually improvising it on the spot during a fight, based on what's around them and so forth. I'd call it a subtrope of improvised armor. It is that, but it is specifically cases where an ElementalPower is used to make armor from an element (not the same as someone just picking up a trashcan lid and using it as a shield).

    • In "Sozin's Comet", Toph does this with metal.
  • March 9, 2011
    morenohijazo
    Diablo 2 had three Frozen Armor spells, which allowed to create an ice armor with several extra effects.
  • March 14, 2011
    RealSlimShadowen
    Baldurs Gate is based on Dungeons And Dragons, which codified the stoneskin and ironskin spells. The games also include the spell fireshield, which doesn't so much protect as it does exact pain on anyone who strikes the person "protected" by it.
  • March 14, 2011
    Game_Fan
    Flaming Armor and Lightning Armor from GURPS: Magic.
  • March 14, 2011
    INUH
    Dragon Age and its sequel both feature a "rock armor" spell to do this.
  • March 14, 2011
    KZN02
    Looking good, any objections before I launch?
  • March 14, 2011
    BlackDragon
    You mean other than the fact that this is already covered under Instant Armor? This COULD be considered a subtrope, but considering that most of the examples of Instant Armor are elemental in nature, that seems pointless...
  • March 17, 2011
    TBeholder
    @/RealSlimShadowen the games? fire shield / chill shield is in core from AD&D2 on.
  • March 19, 2011
    TBeholder
    IMO what isn't covered by Instant Armor can boil down to "you don't want to touch me" active protections, that aren't really armor. Wreathed In Flames is still a subtrope.
    • Forgotten Realms has spell "Rainbow Shield" allowing to use any attack spell this way (Fireball to more or less fire shield, Lightning bolt to lightning shield, etc).
  • March 21, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Also in Naruto, the Raikage uses his lightning aura as energy shields (among other things)
  • March 22, 2011
    markovich
    • Exalted: Some Charms and Martial Arts (especially Dragon-Blooded ones) can create them. Solar Exalted can create shiny awesome armor made of sunlight, while Abyssal ones can create similar armor made of darkness.
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