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* The British Museum now describes its crystal skull as "most-likely produced in the nineteenth century in Europe". A scientific examination of this skull and one owned by the Smithsonian Institution suggested that they had been shaped using lathe-mounted jewellers' wheels.

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* The British Museum now describes its crystal skull as "most-likely produced in the nineteenth "probably European, 19th century in Europe".AD", although the rock-crystal itself may be of Brazilian origin. A scientific examination of this skull and one owned by the Smithsonian Institution suggested that they had been shaped using lathe-mounted jewellers' wheels.


A SubTrope of PublicDomainArtifact. Compare RingOfPower, MaskOfPower, FlamingSkulls, CrystalBall, SilverHasMysticPowers. Not to be confused with ByThePowerOfGreyskull.

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A SubTrope of PublicDomainArtifact. Compare RingOfPower, MaskOfPower, FlamingSkulls, CrystalBall, SilverHasMysticPowers. Not to be confused with ByThePowerOfGreyskull.
ByThePowerOfGrayskull.

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* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Crystal Skull as one of the late-game Treasure Demons. As fusion / sacrifice material, it has all the third tier party-wide elemental attacks. It can also be turned into an accessory with Angelic Grace (high non-Almighty magic evasion) and +5 to all stats (+6 when done through Royal's Fusion Alarm).


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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' had them as the skulls of extra-dimensional aliens with whole skeletons made of crystal.

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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' had has them as the skulls of extra-dimensional aliens with whole skeletons made of crystal.






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* A crystal skull was found in a giant alien pyramid in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It matched one found in an ancient Mayan temple back on Earth. Apparently, Quetzalcoatl was actually a giant alien - [[AllMythsAreTrue no surprise there]] - and the skulls are a way of contacting him.

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* A crystal skull was found in a giant alien pyramid in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It matched one found in an ancient Mayan temple back on Earth. Apparently, Quetzalcoatl was actually a giant alien - -- [[AllMythsAreTrue no surprise there]] - -- and the skulls are a way of contacting him.



* In an epic example of WhatCouldHaveBeen, a planned but never filmed episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' would have featured an archaeologist studying the ruins of an ancient civilization (the "Faran Empire," of which the Ferengi homeworld was said to be a former colony). She finds a Crystal Skull that is said to have belonged to a line of ancient rulers. The Skull influences Riker's behavior and he becomes increasingly aggressive and egotistical while leading an away mission that is competing with the Ferengi to obtain the skull (it's the Ferengi equivalent of the Holy Grail) and learn the secrets of the Faran Empire. The episode would have ended with the destruction of the skull and the end of its influencing powers.

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* In an epic example of WhatCouldHaveBeen, a planned but never filmed episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' would have featured an archaeologist studying the ruins of an ancient civilization (the "Faran Empire," Empire", of which the Ferengi homeworld was said to be a former colony). She finds a Crystal Skull that is said to have belonged to a line of ancient rulers. The Skull influences Riker's behavior and he becomes increasingly aggressive and egotistical while leading an away mission that is competing with the Ferengi to obtain the skull (it's the Ferengi equivalent of the Holy Grail) and learn the secrets of the Faran Empire. The episode would have ended with the destruction of the skull and the end of its influencing powers.






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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': ''[[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content_page/9/386 Silent Nacht (Chapter 5)]]'' tells of "a large, human-sized crystal skull" being "the crystal skull of the Gravewarden, a third-tier supervillain" that can, when activated by Darcy, make "wispy ghost-like figures [appear], circling around the skull, moaning". However, when activated by [[spoiler:Mr. Magic]], "[[spoiler:the entire room was filled with]] ghostly wraiths that wailed like a legion of lost souls".

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': ''[[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content_page/9/386 Silent Nacht (Chapter 5)]]'' tells of "a large, human-sized crystal skull" being "the crystal skull Music/DoctorSteel has a song called "Curse of the Gravewarden, a third-tier supervillain" Crystal Skull", about greed for such an object that can, when activated by Darcy, make "wispy ghost-like figures [appear], circling around the skull, moaning". However, when activated by [[spoiler:Mr. Magic]], "[[spoiler:the entire room was filled with]] ghostly wraiths that wailed like dooms a legion of lost souls".
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* Music/DoctorSteel had a song called "Curse of the Crystal Skull", about greed for such an object that dooms a pirate.

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* Music/DoctorSteel had ''Pinball/IndianaJonesStern'' has a song called "Curse gimmick for each of the four Indiana Jones films. Naturally, a crystal skull is featured in the section for ''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", about greed for such an object that dooms a pirate.
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* ''Pinball/IndianaJonesStern'' has a gimmick for each of the four Indiana Jones films. Naturally, a crystal skull is featured in the section for ''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull''.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3E supplement ''Warehouse 23'' has an entry on a Crystal Skull. It's a FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical version of a crystal skull that was found in RealLife in British Honduras in the 1920s. It allows its owner to cast the Divination spell, and it can use all Telepathic powers on its own.

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* ''Pinball/IndianaJonesStern'' has a gimmick for each of the four Indiana Jones films. Naturally, a crystal skull is featured in the section for ''Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull''.

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The ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3E supplement ''Warehouse 23'' has an entry on a Crystal Skull. It's a FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical version of a crystal skull that was found in RealLife in British Honduras in the 1920s. It allows its owner to cast the Divination spell, and it can use all Telepathic powers on its own.



* TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG: Chronomaly Crystal Skull is based on "Crystal skulls".

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* TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG: ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG'': Chronomaly Crystal Skull is based on "Crystal skulls".






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* ''[[Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull]]'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo [=DisneySea=]]] naturally revolves a crystal skull.

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* ''[[Ride/IndianaJonesAdventure Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull]]'' at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Tokyo [=DisneySea=]]] naturally revolves around a crystal skull.
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* A crystal skull was a powerful item sought in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack''.
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' had a continuing plot of collecting the 13 crystal skulls. When they are brought together, one wish is granted to the bearer.

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* A ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': ''[[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content_page/9/386 Silent Nacht (Chapter 5)]]'' tells of "a large, human-sized crystal skull" being "the crystal skull of the Gravewarden, a third-tier supervillain" that can, when activated by Darcy, make "wispy ghost-like figures [appear], circling around the skull, moaning". However, when activated by [[spoiler:Mr. Magic]], "[[spoiler:the entire room was filled with]] ghostly wraiths that wailed like a powerful item sought in the first episode legion of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack''.
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' had a continuing plot of collecting the 13 crystal skulls. When they are brought together, one wish is granted to the bearer.
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* A crystal skull is a powerful item sought in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack''.
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has a continuing plot of collecting the 13 crystal skulls. When they are brought together, one wish is granted to the bearer.
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* ''VideoGame/SydneyHunterAndTheCavernsOfDeath'': There's a crystal skull in each level. Sydney needs to collect them and place them on the pedestal in front of the door at the end of each level to open them.



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* ''VideoGame/SydneyHunterAndTheCurseOfTheMayan'': Crystal Skulls are scattered throughout the game. A certain number must be collected to gain access to the various temples.


In the 20th century, skulls made of crystal were showing up, with people claiming to have discovered them, and that they had Mayan or Aztec origins, and were said to have supernatural powers. Well, it's likely these were hoaxes. Not only were no skulls examined found in a documented excavation, all were dated from no earlier than the 19th century, and there are no authentic Native American or early modern colonial sources that describe anything analogous.

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In the 20th century, skulls made of crystal were showing up, with people claiming to have discovered them, and that they had [[{{Mayincatec}} Mayan or Aztec Aztec]] origins, and were said to have supernatural powers. Well, it's likely these were hoaxes. Not only were no skulls examined found in a documented excavation, all were dated from no earlier than the 19th century, and there are no authentic Native American or early modern colonial sources that describe anything analogous.


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* In ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'', Jark Matter's assassin Ikagen is at least partially based on the legend of the crystal skulls, and even has one for a face.



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* A sorcerer whose pursuit of immortality led to him becoming a skull ''encased'' in crystal appears in the "Freedom's Reach" (SwordAndSorcery ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'') setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', as the equivalent of the BrainInAJar archetype.


* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has a monster card called "Crystal Skull" that damages the user's Life Points when it's summoned.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has a monster card called "Crystal Skull" that damages the user's Life Points when it's summoned.
summoned. Yusei Fudo figures out how to use it with another card to damage the opponent's Life Points instead.

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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' had them as the skulls of extra-dimensional aliens with whole skeletons made of crystal.



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* A crystal skull was found in a giant alien pyramid in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It matched one found in an ancient Mayan temple back on Earth. Apparently, Quetzalcoatl was actually a giant alien - [[AllMythsAreTrue no surprise there]] - and the skulls are a way of contacting him.

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* A crystal skull was found in a giant alien pyramid in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It matched one found in an ancient Mayan temple back on Earth. Apparently, Quetzalcoatl was actually a giant alien - [[AllMythsAreTrue no surprise there]] - and the skulls are a way of contacting him.



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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': ''[[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/content_page/9/386 Silent Nacht (Chapter 5)]]'' tells of "a large, human-sized crystal skull" being "the crystal skull of the Gravewarden, a third-tier supervillain" that can, when activated by Darcy, make "wispy ghost-like figures [appear], circling around the skull, moaning". However, when activated by [[spoiler:Mr. Magic]], "[[spoiler:the entire room was filled with]] ghostly wraiths that wailed like a legion of lost souls".

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3E supplement ''Warehouse 23'' has an entry on a Crystal Skull. It's a FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical version of a crystal skull that was found in RealLife in British Honduras in the 1920s. It allows its owner to cast the Divination spell, and it can use all Telepathic powers on its own.
** Their rather humorous site related to said {{sourcebook}} also has a number of related artifacts submitted by fans. Such as a headless Crystal Skeleton.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' 3E supplement ''Warehouse 23'' has an entry on a Crystal Skull. It's a FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical version of a crystal skull that was found in RealLife in British Honduras in the 1920s. It allows its owner to cast the Divination spell, and it can use all Telepathic powers on its own.
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** Their rather humorous site related to said {{sourcebook}} also has a number of related artifacts submitted by fans. Such as a headless Crystal Skeleton.



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* A crystal skull was a powerful item sought in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack''.



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* The Crystal Skull, or rather, a series of 5 Crystal Skulls forms a core plot element in ''VideoGame/Persona2''. They are initially used by Joker to drain people of their Ideal Energy and are said to be the key to raise Xibalba, the utopia said to protect the chosen humans from the end of the world. [[spoiler:However as it turns out, the skulls are just a huge RedHerring. They are little more than pretty trinkets. Their true purpose was just to distract and mislead the heroes from the effects the rumors surrounding them where having. And by the time they are told the truth, it's too late. The end of the world had already begun]].


* In June of 2012 we learned that KarateBears skulls are actually [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/06/crystal-head.html crystal skulls!]]

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* In June of 2012 we learned that KarateBears Webcomic/KarateBears skulls are actually [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/06/crystal-head.html crystal skulls!]]

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