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Rock Monster

Tommy: Go for its vulnerable spots!
Jason: It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!

A monster made out of rock, crystal, or chunks of metal. Nearly always very tough, it can take dynamite to get past them if they're guarding something. Gargoyles and golems are usually portrayed this way, and on occassion this type of monster will make an entire island.

May be a supertrope to Living Statue, Mistaken for Granite and often Golem. May overlap with Silicon-Based Life, Smash Mook, Elemental Armor, and Elemental Embodiment. Contrast Taken for Granite, when the creature didn't start out made of rock.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The aptly named Rock Soldier from Yaiba.
  • Genbu from YuYu Hakusho. He's composed entirely of rock, and can melt into any rock surface. He can also control his rock body at will, and is fond of attacking by turning his body into a swarm of rocks and flying towards his opponent.
  • Various Digimon, like Gotsumon and Golemon.

    Comic Books 
  • The Thing looks like he's made of rocks (even though he isn't) and many who don't know who he is think he's a monster.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had the Rock Warriors from Dimension X.
  • An incidental story from the comic book 2000AD depicted a civilization landing on a planet next to two giant, seated stone statues. Then a scientist reports that the eyelid of one of the statues is actually moving almost imperceptibly - the "statues" are actually alive. The leader arrogantly decides that they're going to settle right there until the statues notice them and understand that they've been conquered. Eons pass and eventually the settlers die out and their city crumbles to dust. Then we see the whole thing from the viewpoint of the giants. One half-sees a flurry of activity but when it discovers the other didn't see it also, the first giant dismisses it as just imagination.

    Fan Fiction 
  • The Garganstone in Into The Hedge, which destroys the heroes' portal back to their home simply by waking up from its sleep.

    Film 
  • Captain McTaggart has to fight a rock monster in Galaxy Quest, providing the page quote and image. It's then teleported up to the ship and begins destroying Sarris's army.
  • In Return to Oz the Nome King is a rock monster.
  • The Sy Fy Channel Original Movie... Rock Monster.
  • In the 2003 Hulk, David briefly transforms into a rock man during his fight with the Hulk. He is rammed into and merged with a huge boulder and thrown in a lake, where he further transforms into a water elemental.
  • The stone giant in the live-action version of The Hobbit (in the book it is ambiguous what they actually are).

    Multiple Media 
  • BIONICLE:
    • The Vatuka from the game Quest for the Toa.
    • The Element Lord of Rock may have been one.
    • A flaming one harasses a bunch of Matoran in the novel Island of Doom, to be then defeated by Avak and Hakann. Turned out they created and controlled it with their combined elemental powers, in an effort to make the Matoran think they were heroes.

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    Live-Action TV 

    Mythology 
  • Scandinavian/Norse trolls are sometimes depicted in a stone variety. For example John Bauer's painting The Child and the Stone Troll. Normal Scandinavian/Norse trolls also turns into stones in sunlight.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons is chock full of these.
    • Creatures from the Elemental Plane of Earth:
      • The Xorn and Xaren, two related stone-like creatures that eat minerals and metals.
      • The Crysmal, a hexapedal crystalline creature about three feet high. They eat crystals and are preyed upon by Xorn.
      • Earth elementals were large humanoids made of stone and rock.
      • The 1st Edition supplement Manual of the Planes populated the Elemental Plane of Earth with creatures that appeared identical to Prime Material Plane creatures (such as bears, jackals and pegasi) but were made of rock and stone.
    • Creatures from the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Mineral:
      • Dragon magazine #174. The Dragon's Bestiary had four creatures made of crystal: Glomus, Shard, Trilling Crysmal and Crystalle the Ruler of the Plane of Mineral and Prince of Mineral Quasi-Elementals
    • The Bowler, which looks like a small-to-medium sized boulder. It rolls over other creatures and crushes them, then eats them.
    • The Galeb Duhr was a large boulder-like creature which had arms and legs and could use earth-related spells.
    • Stone Trolls (Dragon magazine #199) had rocky skin that they got from eating rocks, stones and gems.
    • Construct (created) monsters
      • The Caryatid Column, which animated and attacked intruders.
      • Gargoyles. In 2nd Edition they were magically animated sculptures. Dragon magazine #223 had four variant stone gargoyles.
      • The Stone Guardian, a golem-like creature used to protect specific areas.
      • Gem Vars in Dragon magazine #56. They were small humanoids made out of diamond or ruby.
      • Basic D&D had Living Statues, one of which was the Rock version. It had an outer crust of stone and was filled with magma (lava), which it could squirt out of its fingers.
      • 2nd Edition had the three gemstone golems (Diamond, Emerald, and Ruby).
  • Duel Masters has the Rock Beast family of cards.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! also has the Rock-type.

    Toys 
  • The ... rock monster from the Rock Raiders LEGO theme. The video game adaptations add lava and ice monsters, and all three inhabit the caverns and eat energy crystals.
  • Lego also had rock monsters of various sizes in their Power Miners theme, though they were replaced with (suspiciously similar) lava monsters in the second year.

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon:
    • The Geodude line, the Roggenrola line, and the Aron line, along with many other Rock and Steel type Pokemon.
    • All Pokémon that are in the mineral egg group count as these, except Shedinja and the Porygon line.
  • Several Golems and Elementals in Guild Wars.
  • In Guild Wars 2, the two giant rock hands in the human starter area.
  • Wham Bam Rock from Kirby Super Star.
  • Mabinogi has Golems in the Rock, Forest (looks like pieces of overgrown ruins) and Sulfur varieties. Also, the two dungeons in the Rano region are full of stone beasties that are basically animate Mayincatec sculpture.
  • Metroid Prime has Thardus, the boss of the Phendrana Drifts, which is an entity of living ice, rock, and Phazon.
  • The rock wraiths a.k.a. profanes found in the Primeval Thaig in Dragon Age II.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Storm Atronachs are conglomerations of floating boulders in a more-or-less humanoid shape held together by occasional lightning pulses.
  • The titan Perses from Age of Mythology is seemingly made of magma and crystals.
  • In Evil Islands, Stone Elementals, and Golems (the latter are made either of steel or diamond).
  • The Earth Elemental in Quest for Glory II.
  • Cyclops from King's Bounty.
  • The rooks in Battle Chess. At rest they're just a stone tower, but they transform into a rock monster to move and attack.
  • Earth Elementals in Heroes of Might and Magic, neutral, bulky and sturdy creatures made of rock, with some immunities.
  • The Crag Lizard and Minerali enemies from Mother 3.
  • FTL: Faster Than Light has an alien species called the Rockmen who fit this. They're Proud Warrior Race Guys and are immune to fire along with having 150 health.
  • In The Legendary Axe, Rock Men are common enemies that look like squarish rocks until approached.
  • Golem from the Monster Rancher series.
  • The Grocks from Dillon's Rolling Western.
  • The seventh boss of Epic Boss Fighter is one of these.

    Western Animation 


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