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1[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tdclogo.jpg]] ²²''The Dark Crystal'' (or ''Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal'') is a {{fantasy}} media franchise that started with the eponymous [[Film/TheDarkCrystal 1982 film]] made using [[{{Muppet}} puppets]], which was the brainchild of puppeteer Creator/JimHenson with designs created by Creator/BrianFroud. While it did modestly at the box office, the film grew a steady {{cult|classic}} following. Several comic books, artbooks, companion books and novels were published since, and Creator/{{Netflix}} and [[Creator/JimHensonsCreatureShop Henson's Creature Shop]] eventually produced a live action prequel series using puppetry techniques in the spirit of the original film, ''Series/TheDarkCrystalAgeOfResistance'', released in 2019.²²The franchise concerns the fantasy world of Thra, the elf-like people called Gelflings who inhabit it, and the changes and conflicts brought about to it by a powerful magical crystal and alien species gravitating around said crystal, the Skeksis and the urRu (or Mystics).²----²!!The franchise includes:²[[index]]²²[[AC:Live Action:]]²²* ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' (1982), film directed by Jim Henson and Creator/FrankOz²* ''Series/TheDarkCrystalAgeOfResistance'' (2019), series directed by Creator/LouisLeterrier²[[/index]]²[[AC:Comic Books:]]²²* ''The Dark Crystal'' (1982-1983) by Creator/MarvelComics²* Creator/ArchaiaEntertainment:[[index]]²** ''ComicBook/TheDarkCrystalCreationMyths'' (2012-2015)²** [[/index]]''The Power of the Dark Crystal'' (2017-2018)²** ''The Dark Crystal Tales'' (2017)²** ''Beneath The Dark Crystal'' (2018) ²* ''The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance'' (2019-) by Creator/BoomStudios²²[[AC:Literature:]]²²* ''The Dark Crystal'' (first published in 1982), novelization of the film by Anthony Charles Hockley Smith²* ''The Tale of the Dark Crystal'' (1982), An illustrated children's storybook version written by Donna Bass and illustrated by Bruce [=McNally=].²* ''The World of the Dark Crystal'' (first published in 1982), companion book by J. J. Llewellyn and Creator/BrianFroud²* ''The Dark Crystal Author Quest'' (2014) - A collection of five stories from the competition to find a new author for prequel fiction.²* Joseph M. Lee novels:²** ''Shadows of the Dark Crystal'' (2016)²** ''Song of the Dark Crystal'' (2017)²** ''Tides of the Dark Crystal'' (2018)²** ''Flames of the Dark Crystal'' (2019)²** ''Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans'' (2020)²* ''The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure'' (2018)²* ''The Dark Crystal'' (2019) - Literature/LittleGoldenBooks adaptation²* ''Aughra's Wisdom of Thra'' (2019)²²[[AC:Manga:]]²²* ''Legends of the Dark Crystal'' by Creator/{{Tokyopop}}:²** ''Legends of the Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars'' (2007)²** ''Legends of the Dark Crystal: Trial by Fire'' (2010)²²[[AC:Tabletop Games:]]²* ''The Dark Crystal Card Game'' (1982) by Creator/MiltonBradley²* ''The Dark Crystal Game'' (1982) by Creator/MiltonBradley²* Archaia announced plans for a RPG using rules based on ''TabletopGame/BurningWheel'' at the August 2011 Gen Con gaming convention, intending to publish it later the following year but nothing has be heard of it since.²* ''The Dark Crystal: Board Game'' (2018) by River Horse²²[[AC:Video Games:]]²²* ''The Dark Crystal'' (1983, Apple II, Atari 8-bit) by Sierra²** ''Gelfling Adventure'' (1984) - An alternate version of the game for younger players²* ''The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics'' (2020, Nintendo Switch, [=PlayStation=] 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS) by [=BonusXP=] and En Masse Entertainment²²[[AC:Other:]]²²* In the "Return of the Skeksis" episode of ''Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge'', teams of the competing creature designers were challenged to build a Skeksis that has been banished to different parts of Thra and has been called back to the Skeksis Castle.²----²!!Tropes present across the franchise:²²* AbsentAliens: Inverted; the franchise features sapient races from ''two'' separate planets, but humans and Earth are never seen or mentioned even once.²* AlienSky: Thra has three suns: The Greater Sun, the Rose Sun, and the Dying Sun (whether or not the third sun is actually nearing the end of its life or is just so named for being the smallest and dimmest is never elaborated on). Eclipses between the suns are called Conjunctions; an eclipse between any two suns is a "Lesser Conjunction," whereas an eclipse between all three, which only happens every 1000 local years, is called a Great Conjunction.²** DependingOnTheWriter: The Netflix series depicts Thra as having three moons as well, but the original expanded universe states Thra as having only a single moon that's too dark in the sky to see during the day.²* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: It's very difficult for a planet to find a stable orbit around a trinary star system. Even so, if we accept the premise, poor Thra would be roasted by the combined luminosity and proximity of the three Suns, and life would not be able to survive.²* BizarreAlienBiology: To varying degrees. The Gelflings, Podlings, Gruenaks, and urSkeks are all roughly around [[RubberForeheadAliens rubber forehead]] territory. Aughra seems like a particularly wizened and stocky take on HumanAlien at first, but then she too slides towards rubber forehead once you notice things like her horns or (what passes for her) pinkies. The Skeksis combine IntelligentGerbil with MixAndMatchCritters, having traits of both reptiles and birds, but with a dash of StarfishAliens thrown in, the Netflix series revealing that they produce three streams of urine (and thankfully clarifying nothing beyond that). The Arathim are straight InsectoidAliens. The urRu are smack-dab in between HumanoidAlien and StarfishAlien. Thra's various non-sapient fauna, however, are rarely more human-like than full-blown StarfishAlien.²** BizarreSexualDimorphism: Female Gelflings have fairy wings, but males don't for some reason. [[RealityIsUnrealistic This isn't as bizarre as it sounds, however,]] [[AluminumChristmasTrees as there are some real life insects (such as the fig wasp) where only the females have wings.]] Although that's usually because the male either isn't as important to the species' propagation as the female (as in the case of fig wasps), or the male gets something else to compensate, such as a stinger.²** In episode nine of age of resistance, where [[spoiler: skekmal is falsely thought to die]], skektek performs an autopsy, and we learn that skeksis have an organ located in the lower torso called the "humus" (pronounced HYOO-mis), whose function is not revealed.²* CallARabbitASmeerp: ²** Years are called "trine" in this setting. While it makes sense (alien world and all, so different language) and fits the general aesthetic, it does beg the question of why the medium is translating every spoken word into [your language] except this one.²** The skeksis refer to urination as "mictication."²* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: The late Jim Henson's name has been added to the posters and covers of the franchise's installments since the mid-2010s.²* {{Muppet}}s: The 1982 film and ''Age of Resistance'' were almost entirely made using animatronic puppets and have no human character whatsoever. The franchise is the brainchild of the man behind the TropeMaker and TropeNamer, after all.²* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Despite being extraterrestrials (extrathraials?), The urSkeks, urRu, and Skeksis never show any difficulty with things like breathing Thra's air or digesting its food.²* PlanetaryRomance: Has some elements of this genre.²* PowerCrystal: The eponymous Dark Crystal itself, the "beating heart" of Thra. [[spoiler: the urSkeks' homeworld is stated to have one as well.]]²* WizardsFromOuterSpace: It takes place on an alien planet whose lifeforms have varying degrees of BizarreAlienBiology, with many of the more important characters [[spoiler: coming from ''yet a third'' planet]], but there are also supernatural elements such as [[PowerCrystal power crystals]], GeometricMagic, [[EvilSorceror evil sorcery]], MagiTek AttackDrones, a [[MotherNature Mother-Naturey]] GeniusLoci, a variation on SoulEating, etc.²----

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