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->''"When single shines the triple sun\\
What was sundered and undone\\
Shall be whole, the two made one\\
By gelfling hand or else by none."''

A [[TheEighties 1982]] science fiction/fantasy film directed by Creator/JimHenson and Creator/FrankOz with creature design by fantasy artist Creator/BrianFroud. Out of any of Jim Henson's works, this was probably one of the most complex, being done completely with [[{{Muppet}} animatronic puppets]] in the [[WorldBuilding well developed setting of the planet Thra]].

One thousand years ago, the Dark Crystal was whole. When it cracked on the day of the Great Conjunction of the planet's three suns, two new races appeared: the AlwaysChaoticEvil and aggressive Skeksis and the AlwaysLawfulGood but all too passive Mystics (aka urRu). A few centuries later, the Skeksis discovered a prophecy that the elf-like Gelflings would heal the crystal, thus undoing their reign, so they sent their [[EliteMooks Garthim]] to hunt them down and kill them all. All [[GenocideBackfire except for the protagonists]] Jen and Kira, the [[LastOfHisKind last of their kind]].

Though it didn't do as well on its initial theatrical run, it spawned a cult following large enough to warrant a spin-off OELManga prequel (''Legends of the Dark Crystal'') by Creator/{{Tokyopop}} and a graphic novel prequel trilogy (''The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths'') by Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment. Currently, the Henson company is holding a [[http://www.darkcrystal.com/authorquest.php contest]] to find an author for a new series of Young Adult novels. A sequel titled ''Power of the Dark Crystal'' has been stuck in DevelopmentHell for years (to the point that ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' did a skit on the matter).

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!!''The Dark Crystal'' includes examples of:

* AbsentAliens: Inverted. No humans here; the Gelflings are pretty humanoid, but not human.
* ActualPacifist: The urRu are kind, gentle creatures, but they do nothing to stop the Skeksis from destroying the land, enslaving the Podlings and committing genocide against the Gelflings. Justified in that [[spoiler: the urRu could not act against their evil counterparts without destroying themselves in the process. WordOfGod says even if they wanted to commit suicide to stop the Skeksis, the urRu have [[ExtremeDoormat no will to act]], because all the strength and drive of the urSkeks is embodied in the Skeksis themselves.]]
* AdamAndEvePlot: Never directly addressed, but since Jen and Kira are the [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]], it's pretty obvious.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Applies to both the Mystics and Skeksis (though they're not technically immortal), but the Skeksis suffer a bit more from it, especially when you [[AllThereInTheManual learn]] that they weren't outwardly evil in their early days, but rather represented the passionate hedonistic side of the urSkek, and were rather pleasant to party with. Then as they aged for a thousand years, their true nature slowly manifested itself as a rotting from the inside out. They could reverse their decay by [[LifeDrinker drinking the vital essence]] of other living creatures, but the effect was always temporary.
* AlasPoorVillain: The Skeksis, when not plotting to kill Gelflings or drain Podlings of their life energy; are an AffablyEvil, warped brethren who get along despite disliking each other, and their desire to keep living [[spoiler: as separate entities]] is somewhat sympathetic [[spoiler: until the priest kills Kira]]
* AlienSky: The planet Thra's three suns.
* AllThereInTheManual: Pretty much all the names of the Skeksis and Mystics are featured in the novelization and "Art of" book.
** Even though the name of the planet this story takes place on is never mentioned, it's referred to in the novelization as 'Thra'. (An "e" was removed so it wasn't an obvious anagram for "Earth".)
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[AllThereInTheManual The Skeksis were once very easy to get along with]]; by the time of the film, they slip into this trope.
* AlwaysLawfulGood: The Mystics.
* AmbiguousGender: [=SkekEkt=] the Ornamentalist. WordOfGod states that while there are no specifically female Skeksis (they're all meant to be an uncomfortable combination of both genders), [=SkekEkt=] is the most effeminate.
** Aughra too is meant to be a combination of male and female genders, but may be far less disturbing to the audience due to her sounding like a [[CoolOldLady bossy old battleaxe of a grandmother]].
* AnimalEyeSpy: The Skeksis with their crystal bats.
* AnimatedArmor: The Garthim, evidently.
* ArtificialLimbs: The Skeksis Slave Master has a hook for a hand while the Scientist has a mechanical arm. [[spoiler: Their Mystic counterparts have wooden limbs in the same places.]]
* AxCrazy: [=SkekZok=], the ritual master, is the first to suggest killing Kira when she is captured and is the one [[spoiler: who stabs her to death.]]
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Literally; since [[spoiler: the Mystics and Skeksis are actually two halves of one being - if one of them dies, so does their counterpart.]]
* BallroomBlitz: The Podling villagers are enjoying a rowdy celebration when the Garthim bust through the walls and start capturing everyone they can grab.
* TheBeastmaster: Kira can call out to just about any animal out there and coax it into helping her. There are a ''lot'' of weird animals out there and this ability comes in very handy.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played with. The protagonists, the Gelflings, are obviously intended to be attractive, despite any UncannyValley that may be invoked by looking at them. The pure urRu are made to look noble and sagacious, and when they die, they fade into sparkles. The Skeksis, on the other hand, are clearly intended to look twisted, deformed and vulture-like, which is made even worse by their advanced age. Aughra, however, is quite hideous and warty, yet proves to be a helpful character. A bit of background checking shows that in the grand scheme of things, she's actually supposed to be TrueNeutral, and not one to take sides. It gets really confusing with the Podlings, who are supposed to be a good, CloserToEarth race, yet somehow they wound up looking UglyCute at the same time. Brian Froud did admit that he toned down their appearance from the earliest incarnations, because those were far too grotesque and potato-like.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Gelfling females have wings; males don't.
-->'''Jen''': Wings? I don't have wings.
-->'''Kira''': Of course not. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny You're a boy.]]
** Yet they're never seen to be used to actually fly up. More like [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory falling with style.]]
*** In the novelization, Kira explains to Jen that long ago, female Gelflings were able to fly properly rather than just flutter to the ground.
* BlatantLies: It would be unwise to trust anything [=SkelSil=] the Chamberlain says. Fortunately, Jen and Kira [[GenreSavvy don't]].
* ABoyAndHisX: Though Fizzgig, an alien something like a cross between a terrier and a piranha, belongs to the girl, the trope is played straight in the prequel manga.
* CatScare: Fizzgig's favorite way of introducing himself.
* CircleOfStandingStones: Part of a ward that protects the Valley of the Mystics.
* CoolOldLady: Aughra knows all the secrets. An elderly Podling is shown thumping a Garthim's back with her walking stick, although her feisty attack doesn't accomplish much.
* CloudCuckooLander: Aughra comes off this way to Jen at the start, but by the end we see that she's a BunnyEarsLawyer.
* ClusterFBomb: [[UnusualEuphemism By the standards of Thra]], Aughra unleashes one on the Skeksis after they burn down her observatory.
* ConLang: The Pod People speak one of the "foreign conversion" variety. It mostly uses Serbian words (or Croatian, or Bosnian - they're very similar languages), but is pronounced with an accent more akin to Russian.
* ConsummateLiar: WordOfGod says the Skeksis have told so many lies to themselves and to each other for so long that the truth was lost centuries ago.
* CuteButCacophonic: Fizzgig.
* DarkerAndEdgier: This is a JimHenson film, the guy who did ''TheMuppets'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'', although the main concept designer was actually more in the mystical and deep material that makes up the strange creatures. Storywise, it involves mass genocide, gruesome deaths, FateWorseThanDeath and EverythingIsTryingToKillYou thrown into the mix.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Lampshaded by Aughra.
-->'''Aughra''': Are you afraid of me? Afraid I'm going to EAT YOU?
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Skeksis.
* DefiantToTheEnd: When the Chamberlain reaches for the dying Emperor's sceptre.
-->'''Emperor:''' '''''Mine!''''' ''ehh-ehh'' Mine! Not! I-I-I-I am ''still'' em... pe... ror.. I ... ''(dies, crumbles into dust)''
* DesperateObjectCatch: Kira throws the Shard to Jen just before [[spoiler: she's stabbed]], so he can heal the Crystal when the three suns align.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Aughrua, when cussing out (in her language) the Skeksis for sending their mooks to burn down her observatory rather than just asking her for the location of the Gelfling.
** The Skeksis are taken aback and one cries out in offense, "Oh, how ''rude''!"
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Kira]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:The Skeksis Scientist. Although it was into a shaft into the center of the planet, and we see his opposite ''burn to death''.]]
* DissonantLaughter: The Chamberlain begins to laugh as [[spoiler: the castle crumbles and the [=UrRu=] enter. It's clear he knows exactly what is going to happen next. It's ambiguous as to whether [[EvilLaugh he's pleased]] by the prophecy being fulfilled or simply [[LaughingMad doesn't care]] anymore.]]
** Alternatively, [[spoiler: he might have gone so hysterical that he has no idea what's going on anymore]].
** Or is laughing at the irony that despite or even [[SelfFulfillingProphecy because of fighting so hard to prevent it]], [[spoiler:the prophecy came true anyway]].
* DuetBonding: Kira and Jen have a nice duet as they cruise down the river.
* DuelingMovies: In its initial run at the box office, it was a bit overshadowed by [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial another film starring an animatronic alien creature]] that happened to be released the same year.
* TheDreaded: An interesting example in that it goes both ways. The Skeksis are feared as the unseen, genocidal, slave-making tyrants they are. Meanwhile, the Skeksis view the Gelflings--beings capable of ending both their rule and their existence as individuals--with reactions ranging from disgust to outright terror.
* DyingRace: The film provides the page quote. The Skeksis and Mystics are both slowly dying out because [[spoiler: they are the two broken and incomplete halves of a single race of immortal beings.]]
* EccentricMentor: Aughra. The last thousand years have left her much wiser, if a little dotty.
* EitherOrProphecy: "...by Gelfling hand, or else by none."
* EmptyShell: The Podling slaves and the Garthim.
* EnemyWithout: Played with; [[spoiler: each of the Urru and Skeksis are literally two equal halves of a whole being. WordOfGod says that in the past, the urSkeks tried to use the light of the Crystal to purify themselves by burning out the evil in them. Instead of purification, they achieved division because their darker halves were as much a part of their fundamental nature as their lighter halves]].
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Or the beginning. Same thing.
* EverythingFades: The Mystics fade when they die.
* EvilTastesGood: The Skeksis dinner is lavish, served by mindwiped slaves, and contains at least one animal we're intended to sympathize with. Much gobbling and absurd sounds of enjoyment ensue.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Skeksis castle. [[spoiler:In the end, we see underneath it is really a beautiful [[MageTower crystal tower]] of pure cut diamond.]]
* EyeScream: Aughra can remove her own eyeball at will and use it like a remote camera. While it doesn't hurt her, it certainly is weird...
** In the backstory, she lost her other eye and came to be how she looks in the film when she laid on the ground to watch the Great Conjunction. A beam of intense light struck her eye, destroying it and burning her badly. She considered the knowledge she gained from the experience to be [[EquivalentExchange well worth the loss.]]
* FairWeatherFriend: When the [=SkekSil=] the Chamberlain makes his move to take the throne, many of the other Skeksis whisper that they're all with him. After losing the trial by stone, they all gleefully turn on [=SkekSil=] on [=SkekUng=]'s command.
* FatAndSkinny: [=SkekAyuk=] the [[BigEater Gourmand]] and [=SkekEkt=] the [[AmbiguousGender Ornamentalist]] are often seen together, and seem to share a common love of food.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Chamberlain. For a while he appears to be AmbiguouslyEvil, feigning sympathy and friendship towards Jen and Kira to try gain their trust but comes off as creepy and unnerving due to his [[EvilMakesYouUgly monstrous appearance being a representation of his true nature]]. He quickly shows his true colours, trying to murder Jen once they soundly reject him.
* FiveBadBand: While there are ten Skeksis, [[spoiler:later nine once the old emperor dies in the beginning]], only a few of them are given more than a single line:
** TheBigBad: [=SkekSo=] the Emperor, [[spoiler:later [=SkekUng=] the Garthim Master once the emperor dies.]]
** TheDragon: [=SkekZok=] the Ritual Master.
** TheEvilGenius: [=SkekTek=] the Scientist.
** TheBrute: [=SkekUng=] the Garthim Master
** TheDarkChick: [[AmbiguousGender [=SkekEkt=] the Ornamentalist.]]
** SixthRangerTraitor / TheStarscream: [=SkekSil=] the Chamberlain.
* FountainOfYouth: The Skeksis use the light of the Crystal, focused by a reflector, to drain the vital essence of other creatures into a [[LifeDrinker liquid form that they can consume]] to restore their youth. Podlings restore youth for a handful of seconds. Gelflings restore it for a longer period, but the rejuvenation is still ultimately fleeting. The Skeksis exterminated nearly the entire Gelfling race for their essence which [[GenocideBackfire ran out as a result.]]
* FlatCharacter: Most of the characters, actually. It's justified in the case of the Skeksis and Mystics [[spoiler: due to them being only "halves" of an older race]].
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Kira, thanks to the Podlings. [[spoiler: It saves her from being drained by [=SkekTek=] later.]]
** Aughra too. [[AllInTheManual She was born from the need for rocks and trees for an eye to see the world.]]
* FusionDance: [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] by the {{Synchronization}} of the [[spoiler: urRU/Mystics and Skeksis]].
* GenocideBackfire: If there's only one race of people that can end your reign of tyranny you better make sure you wipe them all out rather then leaving a few behind.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Garthim. They've even got a bit of Fiddler-Crab likeness to them. One arm is a massive slicing claw, the other is a powerful gripping hand.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Aughra. WordOfGod states that this is because she is a combination of both genders, but mostly identifies as a CoolOldLady.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The urSkeks quite literally caused a near-apocalypse-level event with the ill-advised and arrogant (if somewhat noble) decision to try and eliminate their darker natures. This single choice wrought, in it's 1000-year aftermath, the eventual near-extinction of one race, the decimation of a second, and the creation of beings of pure evil that ruled over the planet for an entire millennium.
* GoodIsBoring: The urRu. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the passion, drive, and ambition of the [[spoiler:urSkeks]] is embodied within the Skeksis.
* GrotesqueGallery / UglyCute: A fascinating case, since the entire world is composed of muppets and environment that are either deliberately alien or designed off of nature's [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute less cute]] critters, making the whole thing one dark fairy tale based on look alone.
** Par for the course for Creator/BrianFroud, admittedly.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Kira, with her animal-related abilities and sweetness.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Completely subverted with the Chamberlain. Defrocked and kicked out of the Skeksis' castle, he makes obvious peace overtures to Jen and Kira. When Jen stabs him for his pains, his friendly facade completely drops and he tries to kill Jen and promptly drags Kira back to the castle to redeem himself in the eyes of the other Skeksis. It's pretty clear that his promises of peace are BlatantLies and his whole motivation is to capture a Gelfling or two in order to ingratiate himself with the rest of the Skeksis and get his position back. He is TheStarscream after all.]]
* TheHero: Jen, not the most useful though
* HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath: [[spoiler:Jen has one. He healed the Crystal, but Kira is dead. She comes back, but still... not to mention everything going crazy in the castle that makes one wonder if Jen actually ''succeeded''.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:[[spoiler: Many of the cute little fuzzballs that force [=SkekTek=] into the bottomless shaft go down with him. Fizzgig too, though he ends up catching hold of something and gets rescued by Aughra. And of course, Kira.]]
* {{Hobbits}}: This is more or less what gelflings and/or Podlings are supposed to be. They're much smaller than all the other people in the setting, and the podlings are definitely merry.
* HumanFurnitureIsAPainInTheTail: The eldest Mystic's "bed" is a wooden bench configured for his low-slung body, complete with a small platform for his head.
* IronicName: The Skeksis scientist's laboratory, where he keeps all those jailed critters and drains Podlings and Gelflings from their vital essence? Its official name is "the Chamber of Life".
** Conversely, it's a MeaningfulName for the Skeksis themselves, as [[spoiler: they extract a life-prolonging potion from the Pod People and Gelflings in there]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Selfishness is probably the core character trait of each individual Skeksis. [[AllInTheManual The accompanying material]] says that although they hate each other as much as they hate Gelflings, they need each other to maintain their hold over Thra; the minimum number of them to maintain the balance being ten. It's probably the only reason they don't kill each other off completely. WordOfGod says it's also why [=UrSu=], the leader and wisest of the urRu [[HeroicSacrifice chose to die]]--to unbalance the Skeksis by taking [=SkekSo=] [[TakingYouWithMe with him]].
* JabbaTableManners: The Skeksis, sans [=SkekEkt=], who happens to be a dainty eater. [=SkekAyuk=] the [[BigEater Gourmand]] is of course the worst offender (though a strong case can be made for [=SkekUng=].)
* KillerRabbit: Fizzgig looks cute until he opens his mouth.
** Furthermore, the animals in the Skeksis' laboratory use their combined cute fluffiness to escape and savagely maul the Scientist down into the furnace, saving Kira.
* LargeHam: The Skeksis in general, especially [=SkekUng=].
** "Trial by STONE!"
** [[BigWordShout "GARTHIIIIM! ATTAAAAACK!"]]
** Aughra has her moments as well
* LastOfHisKind: Jen and Kira both thought they were the last Gelflings left alive. And then they met each other...
* LivingRelic: Aughra, who is almost as old as the planet.
* TheLoad: Arguably, Jen. He rivals the PumaMan as a hero who accomplishes almost nothing.
** Though this makes it [[TropesAreNotBad easier to identify with him for young children]] ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids who shouldn't be watching this,]] but yeah).
** Also justified, since he was raised in a rather sheltered environment, by very gentle and passive minded beings, and wasn't taught much in the way of survival skills (instead receiving education in things like writing and music, which however [[ChekhovsSkill does prove useful in the course of the story]]).
* LoadBearingBoss: An enormous subversion; [[spoiler:Once the shard is rejoined with the Dark Crystal, the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness castle]] appears to fall apart inside and out in great chunks of stone and mortar. Actually the stone and mortar is merely a thousand years of accumulated filth and grime which is disintegrated by the power of the pure crystal, leaving a [[MageTower pristine castle of pure cut diamond]] as it originally was.]]
* MacGuffinEscortMission: Pretty much the whole movie; get the shard to the Dark Crystal.
* MadScientist: The Skeksis Scientist
* MeaningfulName: Podlings. WordOfGod stated they were supposed to resemble potatoes.
* MechaMooks: The Garthim, who are soulless constructs.
* MergerOfSouls: The wise Mystics and the wicked Skeksis were created when the Dark Crystal shattered. They were two halves of the souls of the creatures which shattered the crystal, and a death of a Mystic also kills their Skeksis counterpart, and vice versa. [[spoiler:In the climax of the film, the crystal is mended by the hero Jen, and the two races are made one once more.]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The crystal shard.
* MonsterIsAMommy: A swamp creature called a nebry emerges from the mud and scares Jen, but Kira reassures him it's harmless. We see two baby nebry emerge beside the adult as the gelflings move on.
* MoodWhiplash: Jen is taken to the Podling village by Kira. They have a feast and dance to celebrate....then the [[NightmareFuel Garthim]] arrive. In all likelihood, drawn in ''by'' the loud party.
** Jen and Kira's first meeting.
-->'''Kira:''' Here. I'll help you up. *Takes his hand; dreamfasting begins*. The first thing I remember is fire.
** We are introduced to the friendly nebry and its babies. The next scene? The Skeksis eating a roasted baby nebry.
* {{Mordor}}: The castle of the Skeksis and the land surrounding it are dark, barren, and forbidding. That is until the Skeksis are no more.
* {{Mythopoeia}}: The book The World of the Dark Crystal covers a ''lot'' of back story
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: Jen has to dig through a box of nearly identical crystal shards to find the one that actually is the missing chunk of the Dark Crystal. [[spoiler: He identifies it after using a trick with his flute which he learned from the urRu.]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Apparently, female gelflings have wings; who knew.
** Earlier in the ruins if you pay attention to the wall art, you can see some of the figures have wings.
* Nightmare Fuel - Flying bats that can see everything you do and adult-sized crab-cockroach hybrids that are remorseless and proven to break through walls. Yeesh. Also, the Emperor's death.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: Jen's Master, [=UrSu=] disappears when he dies.
** Likewise his evil counterpart [=SkekSo=] crumbles into a pile of ash and dust when he dies.
* NoisyNature: Most of the scenes of the flora and fauna of Thra are rife with animal/insect sound and there's a plant with seed pods that take off like little copters with an audible 'pop'
* NoIndoorVoice: Aughra, the podlings, and the Skeksis. A quiet movie this is not.
* NoOntologicalInertia: If a Skeksis dies, a corresponding mystic dies, and vice versa.
* {{Novelization}}: There is one for the movie which [[AllThereInTheManual explains the names of the Skeksis and Mystics]].
* PositiveDiscrimination: The female protagonist gets big pretty butterfly wings and superpowers. The male protagonist gets... um... to hook up with the female protagonist?
** The ability to read and play the flute.
* PowerCrystal: The Dark Crystal.
* {{Precursors}}: The urSkeks [[spoiler: The original form of the Mystics and Skeksis]].
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: Yep, this one too.
* PsychicLink: The Gelflings exchange their backstories through a touch-enabled mindlink that Kira calls Dreamfasting.
** [[spoiler: There is also one between the Skeksis and Mystics as they are the same being, as if one dies or is injured, the other dies or is similarly injured.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Fizzgig
* RuleOfThree: The Great Conjunction of the three suns, the recurring visual motif of triangles.
** The [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] makes it clear that this is present in Thra on a cultural and spiritual level: their cosmology, mathematics and art are all influenced by the number three, and Aughra criticises the urSkeks for attempting a division based on duality alone when threes are so important.
* SceneryPorn: In pretty much every single frame. The film was actually created far more to show off the world Henson and Brian Froud had created than for the story.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
--> When single shines the triple sun,
--> What was sundered and undone,
--> Shall be whole; the two made one!
--> By Gelfling hand: or else by none.
* SevenDeadlySins: WordOfGod says the Skeksis were orignally meant to be based on this, but they grew to ten in total later. You can sort of recognize which sin each of them represents:
** Avarice: [=SkekShod=] the Treasurer.
** Envy: [=SkekSil=] the Chamberlain.
** Gluttony / Sloth: [=SkekAyuk=] the Gourmand.
** Lust: [=SkekEkt=] the Ornamentalist.
** Pride: [=SkekZok=] the Ritual Master.
** Wrath: [=SkekUng=] the Garthim Master.
* SissyVillain: [=SkekEkt=] is the most flamboyant of the Skeksis, but all of them are rather fragile due to their old age.
* SmugSnake: [=SkekSil=] the Chamberlain, who is constantly grinning and often humming as he plots.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Kira.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', ''Film/MirrorMask'', and others. Highly influential within the {{fairytale}} branch of fantasy's evolutionary tree. Not [[Creator/GuillermoDelToro to mention]] the world of practical puppeteering.
* StaffOfAuthority - The Skeksis emperor carries a scepter which designates his office. In the death scene of the first emperor, Chamberlain indicates his eagerness to take over by reaching for the scepter.
* StarringSpecialEffects: The whole film.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The urSkeks. [[AllThereInTheManual The companion book]] suggests that they are not native to the planet.
* {{Synchronization}}: Between the urRu and the Skeksis
* ThereIsAnother: Jen believed he was the last surviving Gelfling until he ran into Kira (and vice versa).
* TheResenter: [=SkekZok=] the ritual master is visibly resentful of [=SkekUng=]'s rise to power. He even questions the new emperor's competency when it seems the Garthim have failed to capture Jen. In the [[AllThereInTheManual written material]], [=SkekZok=] was described as the old emperor's favorite and he had his own ambitions to take the throne when the emperor died. Unlike [=SkekSil=], [=SkekZok=] just didn't have the balls to make his play for the throne against [=SkekUng=].
* TheStarscream: [=SkekSil=] the Chamberlain tries to grab the emperor's scepter even before he's dead.
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: Sort of, although it's ''suns'' blocking one another rather than a moon blocking the sun.
* ToThePain: Not content to simply drain the life essence from the Podlings, [=SkekTek=] the scientist is fond of explaining the process.
* UnflinchingWalk: Augrha casually walks through the castle as it [[spoiler: is falling to pieces around her.]]
* ViewersAreGoldfish: The narration and Jen repeat what we already know ''a lot''.
* VerbalTic: The Chamberlain's whimper.
--> "...mmmmMMMMMmmmmmm..."
** Lampshaded by the General:
--->"I hate your whimpering!"
* VillainBall: [[spoiler: One of the Skeksis stabs Kira ''after'' she throws the Shard to Jen, even though holding her hostage is the one thing that might've stopped him from using it. Instead, they're reduced to pleading with him to stop when Kira's blood is fresh on their hands and he's got nothing left to lose; yeah, like that's going to work.]]
* VolumetricMouth: Fizgig has a mouth ''[[UpToEleven as big as his body]]'' when fully yelling.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: as seen in some of the DVD extras, the Skeksis were originally going to speak an "alien" language. A lot of Skeksis words were kept in the novelization.
** The Podlings were also supposed to have many eyes coming out of their heads (since they were based off potatoes), but that looked too unnerving, so it was scrapped.
** The biography of Jim Henson reveals that the change was probably for the best. Henson was convinced that the visuals alone would be plenty to figure out what the Skeksis were saying, but was proven wrong when he showed a rough cut of the Chamberlain's banishment to one of his friends, who was soon ''begging'' him to have them speak English so people could understand what the hell was going on.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: Aughra's oversized orrery.
* WingedHumanoid: Kira and other female Gelflings.
** The prequel comics also reveal that the Skeksis once had ornamental wings that eventually atrophied and rotted away. When the Chamberlain is naked, you can see he has an extra set of limbs (like the Mystics) on his back.
* WingPull: Kira.
* WorldBuilding: What Brian Froud and Jim Henson did before making the movie.
* WorldHalfFull: By the ending. Sure, the Crystal is healed, the [=urSkeks=] are restored and the land becomes green and good again, but the Gelfling race is still all but extinct with seemingly [[AdamAndEvePlot only two left]], not to mention the decimation of the Podling race. There's a feeling that while things are much better, they aren't as good as the time before all the strife began.
* WorldHealingWave: The result of healing the Crystal.
* {{Xenofiction}}: ''Animation/FantasticPlanet'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', rated PG.
** XMeetsY: ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' (Pre-VII) meets ''Franchise/TheMuppets''.
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