Gems in the realm of fiction are often either a battery for some uberfied Doomsday Device
or just some fancy-dancy decoration. In at least several occasions, an Uncle Pennybags
will simply show off the jewels in question as proof of his wealth. But some people prefer showing off their shiny jewels the violent way, mostly in the form of projectiles. And considering that they're much harder than ordinary rocks, painful injuries will most certainly ensue...big time
of Dishing Out Dirt
, since it technically does count as a form of earth-based powers. See Elemental Embodiment
for when the being itself is made out of jewels and decides to land a physical blow. Compare Rock Steady
, though gemstones do count as a type of rock in a way. See also Power Crystal
and Mineral MacGuffin
. May be the result of the ability to turn body parts into gems
. Contrast Crystal Prison
Anime and Manga
- Guren a Filler Villain in the Naruto anime had the ability to crystalize any material, and turn them into weapons, such as creating snowflake-shaped shurikens from the moisture in the air.
- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, has a technique called Emerald Splash, where it secretes green liquid from its hands that then crystallizes into gems which are then fired in rapid bursts.
- X-Men 2099 gives us Crystalline, a mutant capable of growing beautiful crystals out of nowhere. When in a good mood, she just grows them around enemies to trap them but she is fully capable of projecting them as a torrent of razor-sharp shards.
- Captain America villainess (and sometimes girlfriend) Diamondback uses diamonds as throwing weapons... fake ones, of course.
- The Heroes of Olympus has Hazel, a daughter of Pluto who's the Roman god of death and riches, who can control and use gems and precious metals to attack.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- One possible result of using a Wand of Wonder was firing a stream of 10 to 40 gems at the target, each doing 1 Hit Point worth of damage.
- In Dark Sun metals are scarce, so obsidian is a typical material for cutting and piercing weapons.
- Greyhawk has Nystul's Crystal Dagger spell and its improved version, Nystul's Crystal Dirk. They create temporary enchanted weapons that can stun undead and fiends. Otiluke’s Diamond Screen is a relative of Blade Barrier, a glittering wall of summoned razor-sharp shards.
- Stormbringer/Elric!. Olab throw crystal disks at their opponents using a club-like launcher.
- In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of the weapons that you can get early in the game (provided that you stand still in a hole that you just made in the wall for several seconds) is the jewel knuckles, which will remain your most powerful weapon for some time.
- Both Crystal Man from Mega Man 5 and Jewel Man from Mega Man 9 use gem-based attacks. The Crystal Joe from the former's stage also does this.
- Crystal Snail's Crystal Hunter from Mega Man X2, though it's more of a Crystal Prison type weapon.
- Mega Man X8 has Earthrock Trilobyte's Crystal Wall weapon.
- The Gem/Diamond Missile spell from the Mana series.
- As one of the D-Link abilities in Birth by Sleep, Snow White uses jewels as weapons.
- Final Fantasy has several weapons made out of gemstones, up to including the Diamond Sword.
- The Jewel Bag from Dragon Quest.
- The Crystal Knight enemies from the Lunar series can attack you with crystal-like projectiles or attack from above with its lower torso, which just so happens to be a crystal.
- The Pokémon move "Power Gem" is this, though it involves channeling light via gems. Also, it counts as a Rock-Type attack.
- Many high level clubs in World of Warcraft are made of glowing crystals — sometimes the weapon consists of a handle with crystals floating around it. Somehow they are very efficient.
- Dead Rising lets you throw a bunch of diamonds at zombies. It's mainly just for stunning them, though.
- Some of the danmaku in Touhou is described as this. And a fair amount looks like it, since diamonds are one of the most common bullet types.
- The Power Customization in City of Heroes allows you to change Earth-based Powers into Crystal-based Powers. It's purely cosmetic, however.
- Within Nethack, gems can be thrown, but make bad improvised weapons. The main benefit is that valuable gems can be identified from glass by throwing them at unicorns, which also increases your Luck Stat.
- In Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode, gems can be thrown with deadly effect up to and including severed limbs. Much like anything else in the game.
- Several of Mimi's attacks in Super Paper Mario involve hurling rubees at you, which you're encouraged to pick up and throw right back at her.
- Chenjesu in Star Control are living crystals and make almost everything from crystals. Their ship weapon is "Photon Crystal Shards" — big gem-like bombs that are near-impossible to intercept, cause great damage with direct hits and even when miss explode in shrapnel.
- Unreal I has Stinger, the weapon shooting crystal shards like a machinegun.
- A major aspect of Rarity's playstyle in the fangame My Little Pony Fighting Is Magic. She can delay gems, straight up launch them, cause them to erupt beneath her opponent, or just summon a massive storm below them.
- Tyrian has the Secret Level GEM WAR, where you fight a bunch of ships that shoot destructible (and sometimes homing) gems at you.
- Taric the Gem Knight from League of Legends wears armour made out of gems, carries a large gem-studded shield and wields a massive hammer studded with sharp gems. His gems are the source of his magic and he can both stun enemies with a dazzling blast of light from his shield and cause his crystalling aura to shatter explosively, shredding nearby enemies, as well as buff up nearby allies with the power of his radiance.
- Diamond swords are top-tier weapons in Minecraft. Other diamond tools (axes, picks, etc.) can also be used as weapons, with varying degrees of effectiveness.
- Crystalisks in Borderlands 2 can launch a Flechette Storm of crystal shards at the player, or a timed, explosive crystal that acts like a sticky bomb.
- FTL: Faster Than Light features extremely rare weapons that fire human-sized chunks of crystal at enemy ships. These crystals can pass through low-level shields and will generally wreck ships like no one's business.
- Fate/stay night has Rin Tohsaka, practitioner of Jewel Magic. Usually, the jewels are just charged up with a bit of magic everyday to supply greater amount of energy when needed, but they also make good explosives.
- One Darwin Award winner met his death in a crystal cave. He tried to steal a beautiful crystal stalactite and managed to break it off the ceiling... while standing directly underneath.
- Shard, a supervillain from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, is made of living diamond. One of her powers is spraying a cone of sharpened diamond chips at her opponents.
- The Sinister Circle is a group of mystically-inclined villains who each get their power from one of a set of magical gemstones. These guys are evil with a capital EVIL, to the point that even the degenerates in All Hallow's Eve and the Hellfire Club avoid them out of fear. Bloodstone lives up to his name with "blood control" powers; Diamond has force powers; Obsidian has darkness powers; and Tourmaline has fire powers.
- The SWAT Kats episode "Chaos in Crystal" had an escaped convict named Rex Shard use a Body to Jewel variant of this after becoming a crystal himself.
- King Sombra, the villain of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Crystal Empire", seems to have for his main power to grow huge, spiky crystals out of the ground.
- Technically, Twilight Sparkle has learned that magic, but it works by manipulating the crystals of the Empire, making it of limited utility elsewhere.
- Obsidian, a type of volcanic glass, has been used as the cutting part of weapons.
- Amazingly enough, obsidian shatters in such a way that its edges are sharper than the sharpest metallic blade. It is occasionally used for surgical instruments nowadays since it leaves very clean and neat wounds because of that.
- Jade (particularly the nephrite variety) is unbelievably tough, so much that few forces possible for a human being can actually crack it, even today (Strangely despite it's toughness, it's slightly soft. It can't be cracked but it can be ground to shape, by diamonds.) Jade is so invulnerable to impacts that ancient chinese artisans would make anvils of jade for blacksmithing. Consequently, many weapons and even suits of armor have been made of jade, so much that jade is called Axestone in some cultures.