Follow TV Tropes

Following

Crystal Landscape

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tumblr_nqmvtk8c8m1uq44i2o1_1280.png
Oh, you think it looks pretty? Try eating fresh quartz for a solid month and see if you think it's pretty then!

"The crystal trees among them were hung with glass-like trellises of moss. The air was markedly cooler, as if everything was sheathed in ice, but a ceaseless play of light poured through the canopy overhead. The process of crystallization was more advanced. The fences along the road were so encrusted that they formed a continuous palisade, a white frost at least six inches thick on either side of the palings. The few houses between the trees glistened like wedding cakes, white roofs and chimneys transformed into exotic miniarets and baroque domes. On a lawn of green glass spurs, a child's tricycle gleamed like a Faberge gem, the wheels starred into brilliant jasper crowns."
J.G. Ballard, The Crystal World
Advertisement:

This is the area comprised mostly — if not entirely — out of crystals and gemstone minerals. They may be protruding from the ground and could have been placed there by people or formed naturally. Such landscapes usually possess magical properties in one form or another, whether created through the Applied Phlebotinum of advanced societies or through the innate magical energy of a landscape.

Given that many types of gemstones can be found in caves, this trope often overlaps with Underground Level and Beneath the Earth, as well as areas connected to earth-based Elemental Powers. This sort of landscape is also likely to be found in alien settings, whether extraterrestrial or extradimensional, as a way to emphasize their exotic and unusual natures. Occasionally, this may also be used as a sparklier version of The Corruption, especially when the crystals are given the ability to spread, and portrayed as a sign of some alien or malignant force spreading over the mundane world.

Advertisement:

If made with evil intentions, it could be made as a form of Crystal Prison. Expect entities native to the area to use Gemstone Assault.

Cousin to the City of Gold.


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • Digimon Frontier: Played with, as these ones are made of solid metal rather than a magical mineral. Sephirotmon/Sakkakumon's uppermost sphere contains a Pocket Dimension full of jagged metal formations shaped just like the crystals seen many in other examples of this trope. They even jut out of the landscape in the same way. As they are made of polished metal, Mercurymon can use them in the exact same way as the actual mirrors scattered around the area.
  • Sailor Moon: Crystal Tokyo is a future Tokyo with a massive crystal palace in the center of the city.
  • In episode 136 of Tamagotchi, Mametchi and co. go to the caves under the Gotchi King's castle to find a special crown that will cure a sickness he has. The caves display an impressive amount of giant crystals of various colors, befitting of the fact that the crown the Tama-Friends are after is made of crystal as well.

     Comic Books 
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: In the Golden Age the moon has glass volcanoes which are covered with sparkly glass sheets and have valleys full of clear crystalline structures between them.
  • Marvel's Crystar, Crystal Warrior is set on the planet Crystalium, where crystals that would be priceless on Earth are as common as rocks, and are indeed used as rocks for building. Conversely, when the heroes briefly visit Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, they can't believe the incalculable wealth on display there: wooden furniture and shelf after shelf of paper books.

    Fan Works 
  • Chains of Reality: In one of the omakes, Lolaspace is a dimension mostly filled with crystal, most pink in color.
  • In The Meaning Of Harmony the landscape directly around the Forges often look like this. In Sunset's nightmares, the entire world ends up becoming one of these.
Advertisement:

    Film — Animated 
  • All Creatures Big and Small: The cave the animals sleep in the second night of the flood is filled with reflective crystals. Finny later takes advantage of this by using his reflection as a decoy against the griffins.
  • Barbie: Mariposa and the Fairy Princess features Shimmervale, a fantasy version of Malta, which is powered by crystals and thus they are all over the place.
  • In Pokémon 3, the Unown collectively grant the wishes of the young girl Molly, transforming her family's mansion into a palace made of pure crystal. Their corrupting influence proceeds to spread outward, turning everything else into pure crystal.
  • In Pooh's Grand Adventure the sinister lair, Skull, is filled with massive crystals that range from moderate structures to gargantuan spires.

    Literature 
  • Land of Oz: Present to varying degrees. Some depictions (such as in the movie) of the Emerald City portray nearly everything there as being made of crystal. The books are inconsistent about many architectural details but the city is full of large crystals in The Marvelous Land of Oz. The Nome Kingdom has areas covered in crystals as well.
  • In My Posthumous Adventures, a field of crystal flowers is one of the regions in Heaven.
  • In On The Gem Planet by Cordwainer Smith, the titular world of Anderson is compromised mostly of precious gems and crystals. As a result the human inhabitants need to import soil, which they consider more valuable than rubies and diamonds.
  • Pandora's Star: The forest around the Ice Citadel consists of crystalline trees. Ozzy finds this out the hard way when he tries to use one of the trees as firewood, only to discover that it isn't made of wood at all. The trees either evolved or were bio-engineered that way to survive the extreme cold.
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses: The intrepid soldier surreptitiously follows the titular royalty through three groves of magical trees — one of gold, one of silver, and one of diamonds. The diamond tree grove is a Crystal Landscape.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "Midnight", the titular planet is entirely composed of crystal, and is said to even have diamond waterfalls. Unfortunately, it orbits a star which produces extremely lethal "extonic radiation".
  • Threshold: People infected by the alien signal tend to dream about a forest of glass trees.
  • Somewhat downplayed in Mashin Sentai Kiramager with the alien world of Crsytalia; buildings are made mostly of marble or other stone, but the crystals are the primary focus of not just the architecture but also the planet's biology!

    Video Games 
  • A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky: The Saecelium Mine's walls are covered in blue crystal formations.
  • Child of Light has crystal caves beneath the Cynbel Sea, and some of the crystals deal damage via spikes or electricity.
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series: Tiberium can grow and extrude green or blue crystals. These crystal fields can spout out of the land, a rich source of resources... and full of dangers. Tiberium emits radiation, mutates lifeforms (including turning corpses into blob monsters), and can keep on growing without stopping. By the events of Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, whole countries are covered in the stuff, with glowing rock glaciers and dried up bays full of crystals.
  • Dark Souls has the Crystal Cave, lair of Seath the Scaleless; a deep chasm covered in giant (mostly blue) crystals and populated by crystal golems. The crystals have significance beyond just prettiness, since in they are associated with sorcery (Seath's original invention) — and with the uglier sides of it in particular. "Golems" are actually people trapped in crystal shells, while prolonged tinkering with crystal-based magic chips away at the sorcerers' sanity.
  • Empire Earth: Space maps have crystalline carbon deposits instead of trees.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy V: The last part of the Interdimensional Rift is a series of floating crystal paths connected by teleporters with trees growing out of random points, with the battle screen showing vines spreading out among the crystals. Its last section makes a return in Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015).
    • Final Fantasy XIII: As it dies, the Fal'cie Anima turns the waters of Lake Bresha into solid crystal. The same event also caused several airships to crash and the resulting flames and electrical sparks have also been crystalized, creating formations that glow like lava as the party passes through. The ruins on the lake's shore have also been filled with crystallized flames. Also, an optional area of the Mah'habara Subterra includes an abandoned dig site full of very large glowing red crystals that give off an Audible Gleam. At the end is the Boss Room of the Cie'th Syphax, a rusted-out platform overlooking a chamber containing entire veins of the stuff.
    • Final Fantasy XIV: The lands of Mor Dhona is mostly crystallized due to a event known as the Battle of Silvertear Skies where the Garlean Empire moved to dominate the land of Eorzea with their flying super-dreadnought, the Agrius. Not long after the invasion was started it was ended when the Keeper of the Lake, Midgardsormr, summoned an army of dragons with mutual destruction of both parties. Over the next five years, the fuel used by the airships and the bodies of the decaying dragons caused the land to crystallize and large crystal structures to emerge from the ground. Shinryu's Realm is another example, being comprised of mountains of blue crystal sticking up out of the colorful cloud layer below.
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance: Babus's postgame recruitment mission takes you to the Ambervale. Instead of the palace where you fought the final boss, however, the battle takes place in a cave made of colorful crystals. Some of the maps for Tubola Cave are also made mostly of mythril formations.
  • Guild Wars 2: The Dragonbrand has many landscape features (plants, rocks, and even animals) turned to crystal. The Brand is a menacing, Mordor-like area, primarily due to the crystals, the scar of the crystal dragon Krakatorik's arrival.
  • Hollow Knight has the mountainous Crystal Peak area aboveground next to the town of Dirtmouth, which is filled with pink crystalline caverns that were once mined for their abundant riches. The area is crawling with crystalized bug enemies, and the reanimated remains of the civilized bugs who still dig away endlessly with their mining equipment, long after their own death and the fall of their kingdom.
  • Hyper Light Drifter: In the forests of the West Zone. Vast amounts of pale green crystals litter the ground. Large crystals can be broken to refuel weapon energy, but the small shards on the ground are very dangerous.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • In Kingdom Hearts, the first two areas of the End of the World handle this trope in different ways. The first area, called the Final Dimension, at first appears to be an empty sky with invisible walls to keep you on the path. The preset battles in the area reveal that you are walking on solid ground and the invisible walls are actually cliffs made of columnar crystals of various dull colors. The Giant Crevasse after that is a huge, colorful canyon with ledges everywhere and giant crystals jutting out of random points on every surface. The ground in both areas is covered by thick layers of a fine crystal dust, which can also be seen dripping off the cliffs in the Final Dimension if one looks closely.
    • Kingdom Hearts also has a Dummied Out area called the Crumbling Island, an area representing Destiny Islands collapsing in on itself and being absorbed by the End of the World. The ground and cliffs are mostly purple with bright yellow and orange crystals jutting out in many places. The few remaining trees have been reduced to root-like structures being cracked apart by jagged masses of blue crystal.
    • Kingdom Hearts II has the Spooky Cave, where Pooh finally regains his memories of Sora. The place is full of blue crystal formations, with them completely covering the walls of the room where Pooh is waiting. Hazards include falling crystal blocks, slippery crystal surfaces and, for some reason, swarms of bees. Also, one of Hollow Bastion's save points is in a slot canyon full of blue and purple crystals. The Updated Re-release adds the Cavern of Remembrance, whose walls contain more of the same crystals.
    • The Depths of Darkness in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep - A Fragmentary Passage is a cave full of tall, rounded rock formations whose tops are shot through with cracks full of some kind of glowing blue crystal, leaving areas away from the entrance to Destiny Islands in an eerie blue half-light. Freestanding crystal formations become more and more common closer to said entrance and a few of the rock formations have been broken open, revealing that they have cores of the same crystalline material.
  • Klonoa: The Moon Kingdom in Door to Phantomile sits on (or perhaps is) a giant floating castle, with many parts of the castle made from crystal as well.
  • Mega Man:
    • Mega Man 5: Crystal Man's stage takes place in a crystal cave with crystal-shooting enemies, falling crystal traps, and crystal spikes.
    • Mega Man 9: Jewel Man's stage takes place in another crystal mine with crystalline enemies as well as crystal spike hazards.
    • Mega Man X2 has Crystal Snail's stage which takes place in a crystal cave. Stage hazards include crystal spikes as well as large chunks of crystal that loosen from their location and slide down, crushing X if it traps him between a wall. Notably, if he uses the Silk Shot which attracts random debris around the location he's in, it attracts crystals instead of scrap.
  • In NiGHTS into Dreams..., one of Helen Cartwright's Dream Lands in Nightopia manifests as Crystal Castle, also known as the Land of Glass. As its name implies, the world and everything in it is made of a crystalline glass.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers has the dungeon Crystal Cave, an underground cave system made of blue and green crystals. The deepest part of the caves, Crystal Crossing, is where the Olympus Mon Azelf dwells, guarding a Cosmic Keystone.
  • The second-to-last of the bowling lanes in Polar Bowler is Aurora Alley, which is surrounded by colorful crystals jutting out of the snowy landscape. The nearer crystals have a shimmering texture and are just as brightly colored as the aurora for which the place is named.
  • Pu·Li·Ru·La: The second level is full of crystals jutting out of the ground.
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale: The Lapis Core room, which has large formations of elemental crystals scattered around the area.
  • In Rocket Knight Adventures, the first part of Stage 3 mixes this with Lethal Lava Land. There is a rising and falling pool of lava that instantly kills Sparkster if he falls in it. However, crystal formations block Sparkster's view of certain platforms. Sparkster needs to see his reflection in the lava so he can cross the platforms safely.
  • In RuneScape elves use a technique called "crystal singing" to reshape existing crystal. This crystal was mostly from the body of their Goddess, Seren and their homeworld, Tarddiad, which is more or less an entire planet of beautiful forests and lakes partially made of crystal. The whole world is covered of dark blue and cyan due to the refracted light, making it a haunting experience. Their capital city, Prifddinas is a partial example of this trope. The city is largely make of marble and jade, but sizable portions of it are also made of crystal, especially Seren's. This becomes a problem when Seren is tries to remake herself when the ban on gods is brought down, causing severe earthquakes.
  • In Solar Jetman, one of the planet types is a surface laced with jagged crystals. Curiously, colliding with the surface on these stages doesn't damage your ship any more than bumping into the walls on the non-crystalline planets.

    Webcomics 
  • Cucumber Quest: The Crystal Kingdom, despite being a Hailfire Peaks land, is filled with and made out of crystals.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, the underground village and caves leading to it in chapters 6-8 feature glowing crystals protruding from the ground and walls.

    Web Original 
  • Sagan 4: The crystal flora commonly resemble crystals, as their name would suggest, though they usually coexist with other plants. Crystal-only landscapes were occasionally seen in the original, but became far more common in the reboot after all plants except for the crystal flora go extinct.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: The Crystal Dimension is a dimension composed almost entirely of crystal, inhabited by magical beings like crystal people, Rainicorns and anthropomorphic dogs.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The catacombs beneath Ba Sing Se are littered with luminous green crystals, which come in handy for any Earthbenders nearby. The catacombs often are used to hold enemies of the Earth Kingdom, since they're deep underground and naturally well-lit.
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n Friends: The Crystal Desert is filled with growths of giant purple crystals, crystalline plants in the same hue, and very little else.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • The Crystal Empire, introduced in the episode of the same name, is an entire city of crystal architecture. The houses are all made of colorful crystalline material — some appear to simply be enormous crystals hollowed out and fitted with doors and windows — and shrubs and trees are replaced by clusters and spikes of bluish crystals. In "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place", it turns out that even the royal gardens follow this trend, being filled with delicate plants and flowers made entirely out of shaped crystal.
      • In "Inspiration Manifestation", when Rarity goes mad with power after learning a powerful spell that lets her reshape reality around her, her quest to make everything beautiful does a fair job of turning Ponyville into a partial example of this. By the end of the episode, multiple buildings and trees have been transformed into colorful crystal replicas of themselves, while the town's roads have all been turned into gold.
      • In "Hearthbreakers", the Pie family's mine is filled with large amounts of free-standing crystals. This is downplayed in the external quarry, which only has a few moderately-sized crystals poking out here and there, but the mine tunnels themselves are completely filled with immense, wall-covering formations of translucent pink-purple crystals.
  • Steven Universe loves this trope. Numerous rooms in the temple are decorated with crystal outcroppings and many of the locations the protagonists visit early in the series are full of sparkly crystal ornaments.
  • Trollhunters: Because Trolls live underground, the various caverns are filled with vast mountains of crystals, many of which are magical in nature.

    Real Life 
  • The Cave of the Crystals in Mexico is filled with gypsum crystal formations larger than a person — the largest is twelve meters long and four thick.

 
Feedback

Video Example(s):

Top

Crystal Castle

Crystal Castle, also known as the Land of Glass, is one of Helen's dream worlds. As the name implies , all of it is made of a crystalline glass.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (3 votes)

Example of:

Main / CrystalLandscape

Media sources:

Main / CrystalLandscape

Report