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Using ElementalPowers to [[ImprovisedArmour create]] InstantArmor.

WreathedInFlames is a SubTrope. ElementalBarrier is a SisterTrope. See also ElementalWeapon.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Gaara from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' usually covers himself with sand armor that looks like his own skin when his sand shield is not enough. He can also channel Shukaku and assume its form. Funnily enough the 'armor' aspect is negated in a full channeling as he has to remain exposed on Shukaku's forehead.
** Kakuzu also had an [[DishingOutDirt Earth Release]] technique which turns his skin as hard as steel and also greatly increased his physical strength.
** The Raikage can use his lightning aura to create lightning shields, among other things.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', 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.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'':
** Zebra can create "[[MakeMeWannaShout sound armor]]'' around a person to protect them from harm.
** Coco can create "[[PoisonousPerson poison armor]]" for himself, complete with a sword.
* Gajeel Redfox from ''Manga/FairyTail'' might count, since he has the ability to instantly transform his skin onto steel armor. This coincides with ExtraOreDinary as well.
** Erigor, an early villain in the series, had the ability to coat himself in armor made of [[BlowYouAway wind]].

* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Iceman could create a coating of ice armor on his body.
** ComicBook/{{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 HesJustHiding 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.
* A minor ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers character is named Debris, and she can control junk to create armor in the form of a giant junk monster around herself.

* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/CodexAlera'' novel series, highly skilled metalcrafters can go full on ChromeChampion, hardening their skin and clothes into nearly indestructible steel armor.
* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' has several examples:
** Michael Clark is AnIcePerson, who can form an ice shield around his body. While ice is hardly a strong defense, he's able to continuously reinforce it with more ice as it's damaged or melted. He later learns to leave the joint area more cracked than the other areas to avoid reducing his mobility. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler:the ice only helps to conduct Vince's ShockAndAwe blast]].
** Thomas Castillo can project and control some kind of orange energy from his hands. He learns to be able to shape it into armor for himself. [[spoiler:Then Vince uses his EnergyAbsorption powers to drain him completely, leaving Thomas unable to perform in combat effectively until he learns to cope with the fear]].
** Angela Desoto has HardLight powers and can manifest an armor of light around herself. [[spoiler:She uses it to trick Chad during their match, making him think she's still inside the armor, when, in fact, the armor is empty]].
** Stella Hawkins is a ChromeChampion, capable of turning her skin into steel.

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' codified the ''stoneskin'' and ''ironskin'' spells. The games also include the spell ''[[WreathedInFlames 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 ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Magic''.
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' 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).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Some Charms and Martial Arts (especially Dragon-Blooded ones) can create them (Fire-Aspects are appropriately WreathedInFlames). Solar Exalted can create shiny awesome armor made of sunlight, while Abyssal ones can create similar armor made of darkness.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a few examples, notably [[http://magiccards.info/scans/en/mr/104.jpg Armor of Thorns]] from the ''Mirage'' expansion.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' has the Contract of Elements, which has a clause (read: sub-power) allowing the changeling to wreath themselves in an armor of whatever element he bought the Contract in. Not only does it protect against attacks, it damages anyone who tries to touch him.

* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'': Using some ice powers five times in a row generates ice armor.
* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'': stone skin and iron skins spells.
* Elementalists in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' can do this - a well designed, earth-oriented elementalist averts SquishyWizard big time.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'' had three Frozen Armor spells, which allowed to create an ice armor with several extra effects.
** Similarly, [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset Bone Armor]] and [[BlowYouAway Cyclone Armor]] that absorb physical and elemental damage respectively.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge''
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII its sequel]] both feature a "Rock Armor" spell to do this.
** [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition The third game]] gives mages Ice Armor instead, and gives rogues the new Tempest specialisation that involves doing this with potions of [[FireIceLightning fire, ice or lightning]].
* ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'': the Rock Armor ring
* Kratos in the first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' had Wrath of the Gods, which grants him a full set of Greek armor made of lightning.
* There are a bunch of powersets in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' which allow for elemental armors, including Stone, Fire and Ice, as well as the more exotic (Dark, Energy and Electricity). Each powerset has multiple types of armor with different effects; for example, Frozen Armor protects against physical damage, Glacial Armor protects against energy, and Wet Ice helps against status effects. In the old days, you could only have one active at a time; that quickly changed.
* "Stone skin" and "Metal skin" spells in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic''.
* A third Creator/BioWare example. Jedi Shadow tanks in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' have "Kinetic Ward" which manifests as a cluster of rocks surrounding them and absorbing incoming damage.

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[DishingOutDirt Earthbenders]] can cover part or all of their bodies with rock (or crystal, if there's enough of it around), as Toph demonstrates in the page picture[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual According to the art book for the series]], the hole was meant to go over her mouth. It giving an eyehole was an animation error.[[/note]] She takes this even further by doing it with metal in "Sozin's Comet". To clarify, [[ExtraOreDinary metalbending]] was supposedly ''impossible'', even for the best Earthbenders. Toph only achieved it in late season two through an extension of her DisabilitySuperpower.