Created By: neoYTPism on November 8, 2010 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on November 27, 2010
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Trapped In A Gem

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Well, they don't call her Krystal for nothing.

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This is when a character is inside some variety of gem.

Often this implies that the escape will be by being released, (ie. the owner of the gem would magically dissipate it or something) rather than by shattering of the gem, but shattering is not ruled out either.

Examples include, aside from the Star Fox Adventures one in the tentative page image, princess Zelda being imprisoned in a crystal towards the end of Ocarina of Time. Link being transported out of dungeons by being encased on crystals might qualify as a milder example, though he is only VERY temporarily trapped in a VERY loose sense of the word.
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  • November 8, 2010
    Medinoc
  • November 8, 2010
    deeman45
  • November 8, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    For the evil Djinn in the first two Wishmaster movies (at least), a gem was basically used in place of the more traditional bottle.
  • November 8, 2010
    dotchan
    Pandora in Violinist Of Hameln.
  • November 8, 2010
    EricDVH
    Hellmaster's signature move in The Slayers, whether a coffin-sized one on individuals or a titanic glacier on an entire city, copied by Rezo in the 4th season.
  • November 8, 2010
    FalseProphet
    • Dungeons And Dragons has a spell called Trap The Soul. When cast, it imprisons the target's soul inside of a gem.
      • There's also Magic Jar, where you willingly transfer your soul into a gem or crystal, then attempt to possess another living creature who comes near.
  • November 8, 2010
    JoeG
    • Real Life: Insects are occasionally found encased in amber.
  • November 8, 2010
    Earnest
    See also Mineral Macguffin and Body To Jewel. Usually serves as an Oubliette.
  • November 8, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In the Conan The Barbarian story "Tower of the Elephant" an evil sorcerer is trapped inside a plate-sized ruby, to suffer eternal torment from a extradimensional being he had previously trapped and tormented for power and knowledge.
  • November 8, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    See also People Jars.
  • November 8, 2010
    Dawnwing
    (video game example) Spyro, Cynder, and Sparx are trapped in a gem for the three years that take place between The Eternal Night and Dawn of the Dragon.
  • November 9, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons 1st/2nd Edition had a spell called Binding. One variation of the spell was Minimus Containment, which shrank a creature and held it inside a gem.
  • November 9, 2010
    TooBah
  • November 9, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Sailor Moon first season, Jadeite got this for repeatadly failing his queen.
  • November 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Tenchi Muyo, Washu was trapped in a gem on Kagato's ship until Mihoshi managed to break it.
  • November 9, 2010
    EricDVH
    Perhaps this should be seperated between being bodily encased in a crystal, like the Zelda examples, and being more metaphorically contained in one, like Exile/Avernum II: Crystal Souls?
  • November 9, 2010
    DrNamgge
    In Sonic Adventure, Perfect Chaos was released from the Master emerald.
  • November 9, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    Cristalline in X-men 2099 can produce crystals out of thin air. Apparently she can structure them to allow air through, so when she is in good mood her enemies will be trapped in a block of cristal but relatively unharmed.
  • November 9, 2010
    c0ry
    Myzrael is a princess trapped in a crystal in a quest in World Of Warcraft.
  • November 9, 2010
    Stratadrake
    Pretty sure we can find a better (more readable) shot than that one from Star Fox Adventures. Got anything 16-bit?
  • November 10, 2010
    Lavalyte
    Crystal Prison
  • November 10, 2010
    Arivne
    Suggested soft split:

    • Type 1 = Body and mind/soul trapped in gem/crystal
    • Type 2 = Only mind/soul trapped in gem/crystal

    Type 2 examples:

    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • A demilich could drain the souls out of its victims' bodies and store them in its gemstone teeth.
      • Adventures
        • C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness. The Soul Gem could drain the souls of creatures and store them in itself.
        • "The Garden of Nefaron" in Dragon magazine #53. The evil psionicist Malakon had his mind trapped within his own psychogem.
  • November 10, 2010
    Stratadrake
    Isn't type 2 partially covered by Soul Jar?
  • November 10, 2010
    Irrisia
    Something of a recurring theme in Valkyrie Profile and Valkyrie Profile Silmeria; apart from the Valkyrie's ability to temporarily trap monsters in a crystal (ice for Lenneth, light for Silmeria), Silmeria, Lenneth and Brahms all end up in crystals during VP 1 and 2. Rather like this, really.
  • November 10, 2010
    PaleHorse87
    ^^ Soul Jar is when a being willingly puts their own soul into a physical object for some measure of protection. A type 2 Trapped In A Gem is when someone imprisons the soul of another in an object (namely a gem), usually it does nothing to protect them.
  • November 11, 2010
    EricDVH
    Two might be a sub-trope of Soul Jar, type one possibly of Taken For Granite, either way, crystals have a particular propensity for the sort of thing, so this seems like a useful trope to me.
  • November 11, 2010
    moocow1452
    Tree Trunks ends up inside a gem, (gem-apple, really) at the end of her episode of Adventure Time. She seems quite fond of it.
  • November 11, 2010
    MetaFour
    • In the The Elenium, Queen Elhena starts off in a crystal. Turns out it's not to imprison her, but to keep her alive until her knights can find a cure to her illness.
  • November 15, 2010
    neoYTPism
    This whole trope is really of the type 1 variety, though. Type 2 would be a separate trope. @ Arivne
  • November 16, 2010
    JoveHack
    Literature
    • In Servant of the Dragon, third book in David Drake's The Lord Of The Isles epic fantasy series, Cashel is served by the demon Krias, who is trapped in a large gem mounted on a ring.
  • November 24, 2010
    ZombieAladdin
    In Darkest Night, a Green Lantern story, this is the Star Sapphires' (Purple Lanterns) modus operandi to recruit new members. The crystals they encase people in become brainwashed to become more compassionate and compels them to join the Star Sapphires.

    A real mystery is that, as of the moment, the Star Sapphires comprise only of women. They've trapped men before, but all have either broken free or were rescued by someone else.
  • November 25, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Don't you mean the people encased in crystals become brainwashed, rather than the crystals themselves? @ Zombie Aladdin
  • November 25, 2010
    Draco234
    Does Final Fantasy XIII count?
  • November 26, 2010
    neoYTPism
    What about Final Fantasy XIII? @ Draco234
  • November 26, 2010
    Irrisia
    ^When a L'Cie completes their focus, they turn into crystal.

    How I managed to turn an apostrophe into a hyphen, I do not know. My bad.
  • November 26, 2010
    ZombieAladdin
    Yes, I mean that the people become brainwashed, not the crystals.
  • November 26, 2010
    neoYTPism
    Might be an idea to clarify that further, Zombie Aladdin. If this makes it out of YKTTW I would hate to get the wrong impression from the earlier comment when organizing the examples...
  • November 26, 2010
    ZombieAladdin
    All right. I'll reword it.

    In Darkest Night, a Green Lantern story, this is the Star Sapphires' (Purple Lanterns) modus operandi to recruit new members. They encase people in crystals that brainwash to become more compassionate and compels them to join the Star Sapphires.

    A real mystery is that, as of the moment, the Star Sapphires comprise only of women. They've trapped men before, but all have either broken free or were rescued by someone else.
  • November 26, 2010
    neoYTPism
    That is better, Zombie Aladdin. Thank you...
  • November 26, 2010
    valbinooo
    In the Teen Titans cartoon, at least, Kol has powers over crystals, and IIRC, traps herself in one. I dont' remember the context though, so I could be wrong.
  • November 27, 2010
    berr
    Two Space Prison examples (or is there a separate trope for that? There might be...)

    • The Ogdru Jahad in Hellboy (film). Hellboy shatters the (ice-like?) crystals, partially releasing them.
    • Zod & co. from Superman... 2, was it?

    Crystal Prison sounds good...
  • November 27, 2010
    SalFishFin
    @ Teen Titans example: Kole just had minor shapeshifting and could turn her body into diamond/crystal, which her caveman buddy swung around like a club.

    @ General Discussion: There should be a note about how people can breathe if physically encased in a crystal.
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