Created By: tymime on January 3, 2012 Last Edited By: TrollBrutal on December 11, 2012
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Rock Monster

A monster made of stone.

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Tommy: "Go for its vulnerable spot!"
Jason: "It's a rock monster! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

A monster made out of rock, crystal, or chunks of metal. Nearly always very tough, it can take dynamite to get past them if they're guarding something. Gargoyles and golems are usually portrayed this way, and on occassion this type of monster will make an entire island.

May be a supertrope to Living Statue and often Golem. May overlap with Silicon-Based Life, Smash Mook, and Elemental Armor. Contrast Taken for Granite, when the creature didn't start out made of rock.

Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Genbu from YuYu Hakusho. He's composed entirely of rock, and can melt into any rock surface. He can also control his rock body at will, and is fond of attacking by turning his body into a swarm of rocks and flying towards his opponent.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • The Thing looks like he's made of rocks (even though he isn't) and many who don't know who he is think he's a monster.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • Captain McTaggart has to fight a rock monster in Galaxy Quest, providing the page quote and image. It's then teleported up to the ship and begins destroying Sirrus's army.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Mythology]]
  • Scandinavian/Norse trolls are sometimes depicted in a stone variety. For example John Bauer's painting The Child and the Stone Troll. Normal Scandinavian/Norse trolls also turns into stones in sunlight.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Dungeons & Dragons is chock full of these.
    • Creatures from the Elemental Plane of Earth:
      • The Xorn and Xaren, two related stone-like creatures that eat minerals and metals.
      • The Crysmal, a hexapedal crystalline creature about three feet high. They eat crystals and are preyed upon by Xorn.
      • Earth elementals were large humanoids made of stone and rock.
      • The 1st Edition supplement Manual of the Planes populated the Elemental Plane of Earth with creatures that appeared identical to Prime Material Plane creatures (such as bears, jackals and pegasi) but were made of rock and stone.
    • Creatures from the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Mineral:
      • Dragon magazine #174. The Dragon's Bestiary had four creatures made of crystal: Glomus, Shard, Trilling Crysmal and Crystalle the Ruler of the Plane of Mineral and Prince of Mineral Quasi-Elementals
    • The Bowler, which looks like a small-to-medium sized boulder. It rolls over other creatures and crushes them, then eats them.
    • The Galeb Duhr was a large boulder-like creature which had arms and legs and could use earth-related spells.
    • Stone Trolls (Dragon magazine #199) had rocky skin that they got from eating rocks, stones and gems.
    • Construct (created) monsters
      • The Caryatid Column, which animated and attacked intruders.
      • Gargoyles. In 2nd Edition they were magically animated sculptures. Dragon magazine #223 had four variant stone gargoyles.
      • The Stone Guardian, a golem-like creature used to protect specific areas.
      • Gem Vars in Dragon magazine #56. They were small humanoids made out of diamond or ruby.
      • Basic D&D had Living Statues, one of which was the Rock version. It had an outer crust of stone and was filled with magma (lava), which it could squirt out of its fingers.
      • 2nd Edition had the three gemstone golems (Diamond, Emerald, and Ruby).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
  • Pokémon:
    • The Geodude line, the Roggenrola line, and the Aron line, along with many other Rock and Steel type Pokemon.
    • Special mention to four of the legendaries: Regirock, Regice, and Registeel in Generation III and Regigigas in Generation IV.
  • Mabinogi has Golems in the Rock, Forest (looks like pieces of overgrown ruins) and Sulfur varieties. Also, the two dungeons in the Rano region are full of stone beasties that are basically animate Mayincatec sculpture.
  • Metroid Prime has Thardus, the boss of the Phendrana Drifts, which is an entity of living ice and rock.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Storm Atronach are conglomerations of floating boulders in a more-or-less humanoid shape.
  • The titan Perses from Age of Mythology is seemingly made of magma and crystals.
  • In Evil Islands, Stone Elementals, and Golems (the latter are made either of steel or diamond).
  • The rooks in Battle Chess. At rest they're just a stone tower, but they transform into a rock monster to move and attack.
  • Earth Elementals in Heroes of Might and Magic, neutral, bulky and sturdy creatures made of rock, with some immunities.
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Rolling Updates

Community Feedback Replies: 64
  • January 3, 2012
    CaveCat

    Needs A Better Description, though this might be a good trope.
  • January 3, 2012
    Duncan
  • January 3, 2012
    Oreochan
    • In Pokemon, the Geodude line, the Roggenrola line and the Aron line along with many other Rock and Steel type pokemon.
  • January 3, 2012
    Pickly
  • January 3, 2012
    Grandy
  • January 3, 2012
    Andygal
    Stone Golems in Dungeons And Dragons, I think they had Iron Golems too.
  • January 3, 2012
    Lawman592
    Rock monsters show up in a couple cheesy B-movies:
  • January 3, 2012
    dalek955
    • Mabinogi has Golems in the Rock, Forest (looks like pieces of overgrown ruins) and Sulfur varieties. Also, the two dungeons in the Rano region are full of stone beasties that are basically animate Mayincatec sculpture.

    see also Silicon Based Life and Living Statue.
  • January 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • In Return To Oz the Nome King is a rock monster.
    • The Thing looks like he's made of rocks (even though he isn't) and many who don't know who he is think he's a monster.
  • January 3, 2012
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Metroid Prime has Thardus, the boss of the Phendrana Drifts, which is an entity of living ice and rock.
  • January 3, 2012
    azul120
  • January 4, 2012
    Treblain
    The rock monster encountered on the planet in Galaxy Quest. "It's a rock! It doesn't have a vulnerable spot!"
  • January 4, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Creatures from the Elemental Plane of Earth
        • The Xorn and Xaren, two related stone-like creatures that eat minerals and metals.
        • The Crysmal, a hexapedal crystalline creature about three feet high. They eat crystals and are preyed upon by Xorn.
        • Earth elementals were large humanoids made of stone and rock.
        • The 1st Edition supplement Manual of the Planes populated the Elemental Plane of Earth with creatures that appeared identical to Prime Material Plane creatures (such as bears, jackals and pegasi) but were made of rock and stone.
      • Creatures from the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Mineral
        • Dragon magazine #174. The Dragon's Bestiary had four creatures made of crystal: Glomus, Shard, Trilling Crysmal and Crystalle the Ruler of the Plane of Mineral and Prince of Mineral Quasi-Elementals
      • The Bowler, which looks like a small-to-medium sized boulder. It rolls over other creatures and crushes them, then eats them.
      • The Galeb Duhr was a large boulder-like creature which had arms and legs and could use earth-related spells.
      • Stone Trolls (Dragon magazine #199) had rocky skin that they got from eating rocks, stones and gems.
      • Construct (created) monsters
        • The Caryatid Column, which animated and attacked intruders.
        • Gargoyles. In 2nd Edition they were magically animated sculptures. Dragon magazine #223 had four variant stone gargoyles.
        • The Stone Guardian, a golem-like creature used to protect specific areas.
        • Gem Vars in Dragon magazine #56. They were small humanoids made out of diamond or ruby.
        • Basic D&D had Living Statues, one of which was the Rock version. It had an outer crust of stone and was filled with magma (lava), which it could squirt out of its fingers.
        • 2nd Edition had the three gemstone golems (Diamond, Emerald, and Ruby).
  • January 4, 2012
    Koveras
    • The rock wraiths a.k.a. profanes found in the Primeval Thaig in Dragon Age II.
  • January 4, 2012
    TonyG
    The ogre in Quest For Camelot.
  • January 4, 2012
    Abodos
    I recommend renaming this to Rock Creature, so that it can include non-evil examples such as the Gorons from The Legend Of Zelda.
  • January 4, 2012
    Oreochan
    ^ I don't think that would necessarily, monsters don't have to be evil. Rock Creature could be redirect.
  • January 4, 2012
    Ryuuma
    The aptly named Rock Soldier from Yaiba.
  • January 5, 2012
    Tiiba
    Storm Atronach in The Elder Scrolls.
  • January 5, 2012
    Auxdarastrix
    Are you sure we don't have this already? It seems too obvious to have been overlooked.
  • January 5, 2012
    Auxdarastrix
    Looks like we have Silicon Based Life, which overlaps.

  • January 5, 2012
    samuraiweasel
    Discworld's trolls, and their king, Mr Shine, who is made of diamond!
  • January 5, 2012
    Koveras
    • Golems are frequently made of clay or stone.
  • January 5, 2012
    Ryuuma
    The titan Perses from Age Of Mythology is seemingly made of magma and crystals.
  • January 5, 2012
    surgoshan
    • A monstrous alien encountered in Galaxy Quest.
      Guy: Look around you; can you construct a rudimentary lathe?
  • January 6, 2012
    Koveras
    Some Rolling Updates would earn this YKTTW a lot of hats... Just sayin'.
  • January 6, 2012
    morenohijazo
    In Evil Islands, Stone Elementals, and Golems (the latter are made either of steel or diamond).

    Gargoyles are usually portrayed in fiction as this.
  • January 6, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Often overlaps with Smash Mook.
  • January 6, 2012
    AP
    • The Thing from the Fantastic Four has the typical traits of a rock monster, even though he is technically human.
  • January 6, 2012
    Styx
    • Duel Masters has the Rock Beast family of cards.
    • Yu Gi Oh also has the Rock-type.
    • And then there are Rock {{PokĂ©mon}}...
  • January 6, 2012
    peccantis
    Not to be confused with the other kind of Rock Monsters.
  • January 8, 2012
    dalek955
  • January 8, 2012
    Oreochan
    ^^ I already mentioned pokemon. I wonder when the OP is going to perform Rolling Updates...
  • January 9, 2012
    razorrozar7
    There are Rock Monsters called by name in Lego Rock Raiders. But I think, for the sake of alliteration, Mineral Monster is a better name.
  • January 9, 2012
    Synchronicity
    • The Pokemon example should extend a special mention to two of the Olympus Mons golem Pokemon: Regirock and Registeel (the third one, Regice, is an ice-type). Might have earth or steel related powers.
  • January 9, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had the Rock Warriors from Dimension X.

    I think this is significantly different from Silicon Based Life, which would cover something like the Horta (a naturally occurring phenomenon) but not a Rock Creature created by magical or supernatural means, whereas this would cover both.
  • January 9, 2012
    Oreochan
    ^^ Ah, I can't believe I forgot about them. Anyway, I also think this is distinct from Silicon Based Life.
  • January 9, 2012
    dalek955
  • January 10, 2012
    Cider
    ^Uh, why? If there was a superpower trope to compare this to it would be Elemental Armor it'd think.

    • Vampires in Twilight are mostly made of many diamond particles and venom like fluid. They hide this pretty well but enough light will always give them away so they usually only come out at night.
    • Marvel comics has The Thing and Korg.
  • January 10, 2012
    KZN02
  • January 10, 2012
    ArsThaumaturgis
    • The Earth Elemental in Quest for Glory 2
  • January 25, 2012
    Oreochan
    Bump.
  • January 25, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Cyclops from Kings Bounty.
  • September 26, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Another Star Trek example would be from The Savage Curtain-the aliens who set up the morality play involving Good Vs Evil.
  • September 27, 2012
    Koveras
    This could really profit from adoption and some Rolling Updates.
  • September 27, 2012
    Telcontar
    Should I go ahead and add the examples already given?

    Possible page image: The rock monster from Galaxy Quest. The dialogue may make a good quote:

    Tommy: "Go for its vulnerable spot!"
    Jason: "It's a rock monster! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"
  • September 27, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Yes, please.
  • September 27, 2012
    Telcontar
    Put in most of the examples sorted as best I can, and added to the description a little. I'll keep an eye on this, but I'm afraid I probably won't adopt it properly.
  • September 27, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Much better now.
  • September 27, 2012
    JonnyB
    The Sy Fy channel had an "original movie" imaginatively titled, "Rock Monster".
  • September 28, 2012
    TBeholder
    needs an articulately written difference from both Living Statue and Silicon Based Life, rather than just "see also". Because it seems to be mostly the same.
  • September 28, 2012
    OmarKarindu
    Video Games
    • The Crag Lizard and Minerali enemies from [[Videogame/Mother3 Mother 3]].

    Western Animation

  • October 3, 2012
    m8e
    Scandinavian/Norse trolls are sometimes depicted in a stone variety. For example John Bauer's painting The Child and the Stone Troll. Normal Scandinavian/Norse trolls also turns into stones in sunlight.
  • October 8, 2012
    Vamplord392
    Anime and Manga
    • Genbu from YuYu Hakusho. He's composed entirely of rock, and can melt into any rock surface. He can also control his rock body at will, and is fond of attacking by turning his body into a swarm of rocks and flying towards his opponent.
  • October 9, 2012
    BOFH
    Video Games
  • October 9, 2012
    TrollBrutal
    Earth Elementals in Heroes Of Might And Magic, neutral, bulky and sturdy creatures made of rock, with some immunities.
  • December 5, 2012
    WaxingName
    I'll give you a fifth hat, so please launch this.
  • December 5, 2012
    StarSword
    The OP hasn't been here in months, so I'll take over and we'll see if we can't get this moving.

    EDIT 12/07: Never mind, I see him in the page history.
  • December 5, 2012
    StarSword
    Image added, all entries folderized and namespaced, gone through the comments to grab anything we're missing. Anything else anyone can think of?
  • December 7, 2012
    Telcontar
    (Every editor is listed as the OP in the history; some of those were me.) The description could need some work, but that's about it. Can something be added about how a rock monster can blend in with mountainous terrain for a surprise attack, maybe?
  • December 7, 2012
    triassicranger
    Film (or is this Puppet Show?)

    In Thunderbirds Are Go, the Zero-X craft on Mars blows up what the crew believe to be nothing more than a strange rock formation. In then turns out the rock formations were in fact snakes made of rock which come to life and begin attacking the craft.
  • December 7, 2012
    shimaspawn
    <Mod Hat>

    Remember that Zero Context Examples are not allowed on trope pages and must be removed before launching. That includes examples that just say:

    • Character X from Show Y.

    All such examples have been commented out and must be removed or fleshed out before launching.
  • December 9, 2012
    spacecadetglow
    An episode of Futurama called Neutopia where a creature made of stone uses powers to swap the genders of the crew of planet express and passengers. There is also a friend of the stone creature named the Borax kid, who is seemingly made of a crystalline structure.
  • December 9, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Comic Books

    Korg of Planet Hulk is a Kronan, whose bodies are made out of stone. He and his brothers first fought The Mighty Thor (and Beta Ray Bill in the Animated Adaptation) during their visit to Earth, then was imprisoned on Sakaar and joined forces with The Incredible Hulk. In one Imagine Spot of Bruce, he even fights the Thing and overpowers him.
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