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"I do so love a functional accessory."
This trope is for accessories and jewelry that don't just look pretty, but do stuff! There's a common "formula" behind the making of a Magical Accessory; you take a Power Crystal
and hire the Ultimate Blacksmith
to cut it and embed it into a mystic silver
setting. This Super Trope
covers just about any Glowing Gem
studded piece of sparkly
magical jewelry that has or grants powers and effects.
Because humans are historically quite good at making bling, there's a lot of tricked out trinkets this trope covers. From top to bottom, they are:
Occasionally, the jewelry is technological rather than magical. Sufficiently advanced technology
and all that.
In both cases what would normally be purely decorative is now also very powerful and useful. When the trinket isn't a solitaire it may be part of a pair, like earrings or sets of rings. All the pieces may be needed to get the full Set Bonus
, though individual parts may keep some power. Much like the Silver Slippers in the Wizard of Oz
have to be together to grant wishes, but are individually still powerful Protective Charms
. Expect there to be a Dramatic Necklace Removal
at some point.
See also Clothes Make the Superman
for when it's clothing rather than jewelry. For purposes of trope differentiation, if it's jewelry it goes here, even if it's not made of gems and metal (like say an enchanted leather and bone necklace).
See also Amulet of Concentrated Awesome
. See also these other augmented artifacts: Transformation Trinket
, Mask of Power
, Goggles Do Something Unusual
, Tricked-Out Gloves
, Tricked-Out Shoes
, Amplifier Artifact
, and Armor of Invincibility
Contrast Useless Accessory
; this trope may justify the accessory-loaded design by making all of them useful in some way.
Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball Z featured the Potara Earrings, which when one earring is worn by two different people, caused them to permanently fuse together.
- Gene Starwind of Outlaw Star had a two-way communicator disguised as a ear stud.
- When not being used or shown off, the Soul Gems in Puella Magi Madoka Magica become rings or other items.
- In the 1960s anime, Prince Planet, the titular hero wears a medallion on his chest that gives him power.
- Several of the Devices in the Lyrical Nanoha franchise take the form of necklaces in their Standby Mode. Specific examples include Nanoha's Raising Heart, Hayate's Schwertkreuz, and Subaru's Mach Calibur. There are also some Wearable-Type Devices whose active mode come in the form of jewelry that provide support magic, such as Shamal's Klarwind.
- The Medal of Everlasting Life from The Book Of Life. Anyone who wears it cannot be harmed or killed, making them effectively immortal.
- Some of the witches in Oz: The Great and Powerful, rather than use wands, use magical artifacts to chanel their magic. Evanora has a necklace with a huge emerald. Theodora has a Ring of Power, and Glinda is the odd witch out with a Magic Wand.
- Technological version: in Hard to Be a God Don Rumata (a disguised observer from a spacefaring Earth on a medieval planet) wears a circlet with a single large gem. The gem is actually a camera and the circlet contains a one-way communicator that constantly transmits camera footage to mission control. He uses it to transmit his intelligence data and to alert other observers in case of danger. it's because of this device Earth forces arrive in a nick of time in the finale to evacuate Rumata when he goes against his directives and puts himself in mortal danger.
- Pops up a lot in The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden himself has a shield bracelet which serves as a focus to generate a magical shield, as well as rings that store kinetic energy when he moves his hand and can unleash the energy at an enemy later.
- In The Wheel of Time series, many Angreal and ter'angreal take the forms of accessories, though most are shaped like statues, rods or other ornamental items. Notable examples include Nynaeve's angreal consisting of a set of rings attached to a bracelet by fine chains, Aviendha's turtle brooch angreal, Cadsuane's paralis-net, a set of hair decorations that do various things mostly related to detecting and locating use of magic, and the bloodknife ring, which gives its user increased speed and the ability to hide in shadows at the cost of poisoning the user's blood so that they die within a few weeks. Several of the Forsaken also had angreal in the form of rings.
- Nita from the Young Wizards series has a charm bracelet which lets her hold up to nine pre-cast spells, with a spell taking instant effect just by plucking off one of the charms. The bracelet is actually a complicated matrix of pure magic which Nita made manifest physically by adding "virtual mass" to it.
- Several kinds of fabrials in The Stormlight Archive, but most prominently the Soulcaster fabrials.
- Dungeons & Dragons had a plethora of magical jewelry items, including various amulets, bracelets, brooches, cameos, crowns, earrings, medallions, necklaces, rings, scarabs and torcs.
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword gives Link a pair of earrings that allow him to walk into super-heated areas without his clothes catching fire.
- In Captain Commando, Baby Commando (Hoover)'s pacifier is a special device that lets him talk in thousands of language, including alien ones.
- On Dark Cloud 2 the two protagonists Max and Monica derive their powers from two amulets they wear around their necks; with them they can go back and forth in time, among other things.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion the Amulet of Kings is the magical necklace that the entire game is about. It can only be warn by the Septim heir, however; he uses it to light the dragon fires as he wears it.
- In Kingdom Hearts Sora is able to change the properties of the keyblade by attaching tiny trinkets to the end of it.
- In El Goonish Shive, Tedd creates a belt that works on the principles of the Transformation Gun. It transforms the wearer into a cat-human hybrid and back with a press of the appropriate button. Unfortunately since it was one of Tedd's earlier creations it does so painfully.
- Kayn'dar's would-be Protective Charm in Inverloch is still linked to him. Acheron can glean various memories from it and uses it to try and find him. It turns out that Kayn'dar stored his memory in the pendant when his soul was swapped into the real Acheron's body, and later helps to restore him.
- Jerrica in Jem and the Holograms had her two earrings, which are incredibly powerful hologram emitters paired with an advanced AI, Synergy. Together they allow her to have a dual identity and cause much misdirection.
- The amulet given to Mrs. Brisby by Nicodemus in Don Bluth's The Secret Of NIMH gives her the power to pull an entire cinder block with her children and worldly goods inside it out of a mudhole, and levitate it several feet to place it gently beside a large rock. Once the transposition is complete, Mrs. Brisby collapses as if from exhaustion.
- SpongeBob SquarePants once got hold of Mermaid Man's special belt, which, when the M is turned upside down into W, allows him to shrink things.