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Western Animation: Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld

A seven-episode fifteen minute mini-series based on the comic book series of the same name that ran on the DC Nation block as in-betweens of the main shows.

The shorts follow main protagonist, Amy, who in this version is a computer nerd who makes her own video games. After failing to get past the last level (much to her frustration) one of the characters within the game suddenly calls out to her calling her Amethyst. Suddenly she finds herself whisked away to Gemworld, given a major transformation and told that she is both the princess and the hero of the world that was meant to save it from the tyrannical Dark Opal and his forces. While reluctant, Amy realizes the only way back to her world is to defeat Opal and thus sets out on a quest to do so.

Was meant to be showcased when the block first premiered. But was delayed considerably until finally premiering on January 5, 2013. While the short run time means there's not much is done to explore just what the relationship is between Amy and Princess Amethyst. The shorts nonetheless have been received positively with many fans trying to convince DC to make it into a full-fledged series.

All seven short have been uploaded to Youtube and can be watched here.


The cartoon has the following tropes

  • Adaptational Heroism: Prince Topaz is upgraded from the reluctant hero from the original comics to openly defying Dark Opal's tyranny in the very first episode.
  • Adorkable: Amy/Amethyst.
  • Animesque
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dark Opal turned the baby Frog Prince into a huge, dragon-like monster.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Prince Topaz becomes a skeleton thanks to Dark Opal's magic.
  • Big Bad: Dark Opal, of course.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Dark Opal first manifests as a large spider, bigger than Amethyst's head, to fight her. It also has a long, sticky tongue like a frog.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Amethyst feeds a spicy pepper to a hostile spider creature to similar effect.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the first episode, Prince Topaz appears briefly as a character in Amy's game. She later meets him in person in Level 4, "The Turquoise Cave".
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Amy/Amethyst struggles with low self-esteem. She doesn't believe she has what it takes to be a hero, and even when she does do something heroic or receives praise, she responds with Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • Cliff Hanger: Level 5 ends with Amethyst having saved the Frog Prince, but Dark Opal suddenly appears to challenge her and has the Pegacorn tied up so he can't help.
  • Cute Giant: Even after Amethyst breaks Dark Opal's spell on him, the baby Frog Prince is pretty big for a baby.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Damaging Dark Opal's pin causes all his clothes to fall off leaving him in Goofy Print Underwear, he opts to retreat after this.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: After Amethyst defeats Skeleton Topaz in "The Turquoise Cave", he lets her take three items to help her on her quest. It helps that he's not actually evil.
    • The same could be said for the baby Frog Prince in Level 5.
  • The Eeyore: Skeleton Topaz
  • Eccentric Mentor: Citrina. She brings Amy to Gemworld, tells her she's really a princess and sends her on a quest, but doesn't take the time to explain any of it to poor, confused Amy.
  • Expressive Accessory: Dark Opal's pin has a very expressive face on it.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Citrina. She's also a Perpetual Smiler.
  • Funny Animals: The Village of the Frogs is full of anthropomorphic talking frog people.
  • Gamer Chick: Amy creates and programs her own video games.
  • Genre Savvy: Quoth Amy; "If this were in my game, what would I do?"
  • Hikikomori: Possibly Amy. She says "I used to stay in my room all the time, afraid what others would think." It's implied being sent to Gemworld might have cured her of this.
  • Horsing Around: While the Pegacorn is Amethyst's Loyal Animal Companion, he hasn't really helped her much after catching her when she fell into Gemworld in the first episode.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: They're called "Levels", as in a video game. There's "Level 1: Your Quest Begins", "Level 2: Village of the Frogs", "Level 3: Random Encounter", "Level 4: The Turquoise Cave", "Level 5: Battle in the Stormy Peaks.", "Level 6: The Final Battle", and "Level 7: Time to go Home".
  • Idiot Hair: Amy has a little one.
  • Instant Expert: In a sense. In her first real battle, she's shown to barely be able to lift her sword and has to find an unorthodox solution. In her second she's clearly mastered it with the way she makes short work of a giant centipede. While underwater. When she fights Skeleton Topaz, she's moving like a regular Red Sonja out there.
  • Magic Skirt: Even during downshots, we don't see anything below Amethyst's skirt. One of the model sheets used for the show even instructs "Keep underskirt in shadow. Please do not show underwear."
  • It May Help You on Your Quest
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the original comic (and especially compared to the current comic).
  • Magic Music: In Level 5, one of the things Amethyst has to do break Dark Opal's spell on the baby frog prince is sing him a lullaby, though this might be just to calm him down enough so she can feed him the potion that turns him back to normal.
  • Magical Girl Warrior
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Citrina summons Amethyst back to Gemworld to find a missing gem. In Level 5, it seems that she's found it.
  • Mythology Gag: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it gag in the first episode, sitting on a shelf in Amy's room are a pair of dolls that look like Raven and Starfire from Teen Titans.
  • Nerd Glasses: How Amy starts off in the modern world. When she transforms into Amethyst, they break in half.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Amy's hair grows longer when she transforms into Amethyst. It also changes color from regular blonde to strawberry blonde.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The cartoon doesn't have a lot in common with the comic book it's based off of.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Played with. While her clothing is all purple, Amethyst's eyes, weapons, and accessories are all pink.
    • The trope is Lampshaded in Level 2:
    Frog Woman: She's too pink and dainty!
    Amethyst: I'm not pink! I'm purple!
  • Purple Is Powerful / Supernatural Is Purple: Amethyst.
  • Refusal of the Call: Amy doesn't really want to be in Gemworld, nor does she believe she is really a princess or a hero. She only accepts her quest after Citrina promises to help her return to Earth. Getting attacked by Dark Opal's spider provides further motivation.
  • Shortrunner: Given that it's seven episodes long, and each running only about two minutes.
  • Shout-Out: "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this."
  • To Be Continued: Each episode ends like this. Especially frustrating for the ending of Level 5, which is a major Cliff Hanger.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One of the first promos for the shorts showed several clips from episodes that haven't aired yet, including scenes of Prince Topaz changing back from a skeleton, Amethyst and Pegacorn flying back to the Village of the Frogs with a baby frog in tow, and Amethyst in a sword fight with Dark Opal.
    • The preview clip for Level 4 reveals that Dark Opal really did turn Prince Topaz into a living skeleton, just like in Amy's game from Level 1.
  • Transformation Sequence: In typical magical girl fare. Though Amethyst doesn't seem to know what's going on the first time it happens.
  • Valley Girl: Amethyst talks like one sometimes.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Dark Opal in Level 6.
  • Winged Unicorn: The Pegacorn.
    Creator/David ProductionBen-To
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