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"The key to Earthbending is your stance — you've gotta be steady and strong. Rock is a stubborn element. If you're going to move it, you've gotta be like a rock yourself."
Toph Beifong, Avatar: The Last Airbender

This Elemental Power Sub-Trope is about characters with power over earth. Despite being the least used of the classical elemental powers in protagonists ("earth" powers usually manifest as the more nurturing and proactive Green Thumb) there are many things one can do with Earth. Earth users may be able to cause earthquakes, rockslides or split the earth itself and crush their opponent between two slabs of crust or drop their opponent into a fissure; use sand, rock, or mud as an extension of their body to create tentacles or other objects, encase themselves in a rock shield to avoid attack and many other possibilities. A common variant of it is controlling sand and dust, i.e ground-up rock and soil.

Earth users can be down to earth, rock solid, and slow to act but with a lot of momentum once they finally get rolling, both figuratively and literally. If the Five-Man Band has elemental powers, The Big Guy or The Leader will usually have this. In a Four-Temperament Ensemble that doesn't involve a Power Stereotype Flip, this character is likely to be Melancholic. Can be found on the Boisterous Bruiser or other types of jolly and large Blood Knights or Proud Warrior Race Guys. If female, they may be motherly characters due to the extension of the "Earth Mother" archetype (Gaia of Greek myth fits the archetype and is an example of this trope). Sometimes the stock personality is inverted by making the character physically small or quiet and introverted instead of a big, loud, guy. Sometimes they will prefer to go barefoot, if skin contact with the soil increases their power.


If the character can't create their element themselves but are restricted to use of rocks/sand/ground around then they may find a tactical advantage in the mountains or desert. Bigger, heavier Earth users may have a fear of water or be explicitly unable to swim due to their bulk. Another fear of theirs may be flying due the Sky being considered the opposite of Earth.

If you mix Earth powers with Fire you may get magma related powers (do note that lava is really just molten earth, so in settings where water manipulators can create ice and the like but earth manipulators can't use lava is inherently bound to create a lot of Fridge Logic). Combining it with Wind creates a nasty sandstorm, while mixing it with water often involves the control of mud or clay. Sometimes Earth also includes nature related powers or other "life"-related abilities, or Extra-ore-dinary for metal-related powers; after all, metal is just refined minerals. Crystal based powers can be related to Earth too and can be used for attacks themselves via Gemstone Assault, and if Earth doesn't overlap with Plants or Life in the setting may be used to give Earth users a set of beautiful abilities while still relating to the rocks and minerals theme.


A supertrope to Sand Blaster, where the powers are strictly restricted to sand. Not to be confused with dishing out metaphorical dirt, fighting dirty, or throwing dirt into an opponent's eyes though the last one can be done by an Earth user who controls sand. When someone is just using a rock as a blunt weapon, see Boulder Bludgeon.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Akachi of Arata: The Legend has the power of Earth with his Hayagami.
  • The Earthy card from Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Sherry Cromwell of A Certain Magical Index uses earth-based magic and uses it to summon her golem, and Terra of the Left of God's Right Seat wields the element of earth, notably when he uses his Absurdly Sharp Blade made of flour.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun, a minor gang leader had control over asphalt. She could liquefy it into something similar to quicksand or raise it up as a barrier.
  • Subverted due to a translation error in Digimon Adventure with WarGreymon's attack. One magazine (released before WarGreymon appeared in the dub) stated that the attack "Terra Force" caused earthquakes. (It turned out to be more of a Combined Energy Attack.) It probably should have been translated Tera Force ("tera" being the metric shorthand for trillion), seeing as MetalGreymon's attack was Giga Blaster ("giga" meaning billion), and this was just turned Up to Eleven. On the other hand, the attack's Japanese name was Gaia Force, "gaia" also referring to Earth...
  • Fairy Tail
    • Phantom Lord member Sol has powers over sand and earth as a member of the Elemental Four, which alongside offense he uses for fast travel and can even make golems out of it.
    • "Iron Rock" Jura is a member of the Ten Wizard Saints who specializes in Earth Magic, which he uses to control and launch boulders, create massive eruptions of earth and stone, and, the source of his Red Baron, the ability to create massive rock walls tougher than iron.
    • The Oracion Seis wizard Hoteye can use his Liquid Ground magic to turn even stone into mud and quicksand and manipulate it. He's able to stalemate against Jura due to the fact both of them can solidify/liquify each other's spells at the same time.
    • In Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest, the long-dead Earth Dragon God Dogramag possessed this power. While called the weakest comparatively of the Dragon Gods, even in death his Magic Power merged with the earth and created the ever-expanding Great Labyrinth of Dogra that was sealed off to prevent people from getting lost and dying within.
  • Sekio of Flame of Recca, a man who uses the Madogu Sekichu, allowing him the power to control stones. Subverted with main character, Ishijima Domon. He is said to represent the Earth element. However, he doesn't use earth elemental attacks, but focuses more on physical strength.
  • Alex Louis Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist seems to specialise in manipulating the earth's crust.
  • Nagareyama Shimon in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de has earth-based powers.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • The Stand, Judgement, from Stardust Crusaders, has the ability to manipulate dirt into convincing duplicates of any matter or object. Rather than attacking directly with dirt or sand, as is typical for those falling under this trope, it uses this ability to create flesh-eating golems that attack the opponent for it.
    • Secco from Golden Wind has the Stand, Oasis, which takes the form of a suit that allows him to liquefy any substance into an elastic-like mud, which he can then swim through or throw at his opponents, as they will turn solid again once it leaves his vicinity.
  • Kaze no Stigma: Earth mages can detect anyone on the ground, cause spikes to shoot up from the ground, and so forth. They cannot, however, control things like magma. One fire mage protects himself from his opponent's earth spikes by melting the sand around and under him.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid introduces Corona, who has the ability to animate rock and soil and use them to construct a Golem out from the ground in an instant. She later expands her skill set to include raising multiple stone pillars, constructing giant stone fists, launching storms of rock-based missiles, and trapping opponents in concrete binds sprouting from the ground they stand on.
    • The series also has Stardust Fall, a spell used in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS manga that rains down giant rocks over an area.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!:
    • Catarina's elemental affinity is earth, though her magic is weak with the original character only using it to trip people. Current Catarina manages to move a larger amount of earth after seven years of work, but it still isn't much. This is a rare example of a hero being aligned with the earth element (Generally Fire, Air, Light, and Darkness get more attention), but then, Catarina accidentally forced herself into the hero role - the original heroine was the light-aligned Maria.
    • Catarina's adoptive brother Keith also have earth-aligned magic, though his is significantly stronger to the point that he can create massive earth golems.
  • Naruto:
  • Fate Averruncus of Negima! Magister Negi Magi uses stone-based techniques, from launching spears of stone at people to turning people to stone to crushing people with huge monoliths of stone from on high. Good with water techniques and rewriting existences, too. It's later revealed that he's also good at using sand, and has a few spells that dip into Extra-ore-dinary, usually by creating and manipulating steel blades.
  • One Piece:
    • Caribou has control over mud.
    • Whitebeard himself and, later, Blackbeard have power over earthquakes. They can cause vibrations by punching the air, which creates tremors and tsunamis.
    • Pica, one of Doflamingo's top pirate members, can not only control earth and rocks but also assimilate himself into them, turning into gargantuan Rock Monster. Once he merges with rocks it's also hard to actually hit him "inside" them, which he exploits to do sneak attacks. He's so powerful in his control that he can "become" an entire castle or entire mountain.
    • Morley, an executive in the Revolutionary Army, has the Push-Push Fruit, which lets him manipulate earth to move it as if it were clay.
    • Trafalgar Law can use his Tact technique to make rock spikes come out of the ground to hit foes.
  • Re:Zero: Garfiel Tinsel's Earth Blessing gives him super-strength, instant armor, and recovery.
  • Kenshin Himura of Rurouni Kenshin has the Do Ryu Sen, a sword technique that sends rocks flying at the enemy.
  • In Saint Beast, Gai can manipulate earth usually leading to the ground breaking underneath enemies, showers of rock, or even creating massive pillars from the ground.
  • Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins can raise the ground like towers, and turn minerals into sand. Other members of the Giant Clan can also do this.
  • Several Paopeis from Houshin Engi have powers related to the element of earth. Specifically:
    • Toumasho (Demon-melting Pestle) is a mallet-shaped Paopei which launches stone fragments all around with each strike.
    • The two Doryuuso (Earth Dragon's Claws) Paopei have powers over Earth: the former allows the user to move freely through dirt (but not stone) and become a Tunnel King, the second model can manipulate earth masses freely and even forcibly bury people to the neck.
    • Yoshin of the Four Sacred Warriors wields the Hekichiju (Earth-Splitting Orb) which allows him not only to move and shape the earth to attack, but also to fully heal people using the enery of Earth itself.
    • Three of the Juttenkun's spatial Paopei revolves around earth manipulation: Kosajin manipulates a whole desert to kill and dry the enemy, Tenzetsujin takes the appearence of an asteroid field and finally Chiretsujin, whose actual powers weren't shown as the user was defeated offscreen.
  • The Doberg family in Witch Hunter are highly skilled and extremely egotistical shamans, who specialize in earth shamanism. Their signature ultimate finishing move is to create giant spikes that shoot out of the ground for city blocks, or even miles around them, to utterly devastate their enemies, but mostly because they think it looks pretty and like the attention it attracts them.
  • YuYu Hakusho:
    • Genbu is a rock demon that can split itself into many stones to launch at foes and travel through rock.
    • Risho is the shinobi "Master of Earth" and can do such things as coating himself in rock-armor.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Earth is the domain of the highly destructive Red mages; thus, there are many spells that fall under this, such as Earthquake and Stone Rain.
    • When not using light, most White elemental powers revolve around dust, pretty rocks (like marble), and utter petrification of the opponent's creatures.
    • A notable example of this is Koth of the Hammer, a Red Planeswalker whose specialty is earth magic (he can make your mountains come to life and attack, for example).
      • Nahiri, known as "the lithomancer", is a particularly powerful White lithokineticist. Her set of powers is rather similar to Koth's, being capable of manipulating rock in all forms and being particularly efficient at melting it to forge weapons from the ore within.

    Comic Books 
  • From Batman and the Outsiders, Tara Markov's brother Brian (aka Geo-Force). He is able to manipulate the Earth itself by vibrating and transforming it's crust (the ground). He can use this power to create earthquakes, tap into lava flows, and levitate or create shapes out of solid rock.
  • In Empowered, Syndablokk can control concrete, brick, and asphalt. Thus, he can attack with streets and buildings themselves. He tends to only use his powers as a last resort because his powers are very destructive and effects linger for a while after he leaves, meaning there will be streets and buildings moving on their own.
  • The Fantastic Four: Galactus has given all his messengers powers related to one of the elements. Terrax, the too-evil one, is the earth-mover. It's worth noting that he is a mutant who already had the powers to begin with; Big G just made them stronger.
    • There's also The Thing himself, who got transformed into a rock creature in the origin story. His affiliation with the Earth element has been played up in some stories (such as Marvel 1602.)
  • The Old Power in Incredible Hulk: an ability to draw power from the Earth which grants improved physical abilities and the ability to manipulate Rocks as long as the user is on the ground, with the most notable Old Power user being the Hulk's son, Skaar. Not a case of Personality Powers in his case, as he's more of a devious Barbarian Hero.
  • Elysion, a minor Legion of Super-Heroes villain.
  • As the son of Gaea, the Earth goddess, Thor has limited earth-based powers. He can create earthquakes with his fists, his hammer, and lightning bolts summoned while in flight.
  • The Movement: Roshanna, AKA Tremor, can cause earthquakes by touching the ground.
  • Robin Series: Badlands can create localized tremors by sending his powers rippling through the earth beneath him.
  • Sandman from Spider-Man, pictured above, has the ability to change his body into sand. By adding sand around him to his body and controlling it as an extension of himself, he can become a giant of dirt and rock and wield Shapeshifter Weapons made of the stuff.
  • From Teen Titans, Tara Markov alias Terra true to her name. She can control and manipulate all forms of rock and earthly substances and materials. There is no set limit to how far or how close she needs to be to the earth for this power and ability to work. She has been able to be completely off the ground and still control the earth. She has created tremors, earthquakes, sharpen rocks to a needle point, and has control over these elements for as long as she can physically maintain them. The same goes for her heroic brother Geo-Force.
  • Atlee, the new Terra and recurring character in Power Girl, has volunteered to become Strata's new champion and superhero and is given the power to control rocks and dirt through the same method as the previous two Terras, even though those two lost their minds.
  • With the exception of slatrification, the Sand Mastery powers of White Sand fall under this trope. They can use the sand to make weapons or shields, command it to lift them or cushion their fall, and other such feats of geokinesis.
  • Cornelia Hale from W.I.T.C.H. has this power, as well as her predecessors as the Guardian of Earth. She usually use her control over plants, but she gets pissed enough she can (and has) open fissures under the feets of whoever decided that Bullying the Dragon was a smart move.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): During "The Witch and the Warrior" Terra, a hero whose superpower is control over earth, and Scirocco, a villain with the same power, fight. Scirocco wins and kicks up a dust storm that blinds Argent to incoming attacks, thereby taking out two Teen Titans.
  • X-Men: a whole slew of mutants have earth-related powers:
    • Avalanche and Rictor have seismic powers.
    • Magma can control/transform into magma and rocks.
    • Dust can turn herself into a sandstorm.
    • Rockslide is a big guy made of rocks who can control his separated body parts.
    • Onyxx is just a big guy made of rocks.
    • Rictor's a bit of a subversion, as he's very stubborn and hotheaded. And so is Rockslide.
    • Petra from X-Men: Deadly Genesis can control earth in various ways including forming rock constructs, generating earthquakes and transforming coal into diamond.

    Fan Works 
  • Loyalty gives Sakura a major power upgrade in the form of a scroll of earth jutsu and a hell of a motivation to use it. Somehow, the author actually makes tunneling powers seriously badass.
  • The Triptych Continuum grants a degree of this power to earth ponies... but they appear to be taught practically from birth that it must be kept secret from unicorns and pegasi at all costs. There is a public aspect of earth pony magic, a Green Hooves variant locally called The Cornucopia Effect, which can be practiced openly. Anything which goes deeper is concealed. Some of Applejack's thoughts suggest that the youthful indoctrination against confession include stories of what happens to ponies who give the secret away — and that some of those ponies were killed for it. Applejack suspects some of those stories are simply that, create to hammer the lessons home — but that others may be based on actual events.
  • In The Rainsverse, King Sombra's alicorn magic has a definite crystalline theme to it.
  • In Wind Shear, Harry Potter tends to fight by imbuing both his magic and will into the earth around him to create living constructs. Not only do they reform into different constructs when broken, but a lot of dark magic tends to linger on things they hit, so for example a stone leopard can leap through a mist of dark magic and attack the caster, causing them to suffer the effects of said mist.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: In the sequel Picking up the Pieces, it's revealed that Standing Wall, Captain of the Cadenza Guard, is capable of a very strong degree of earth manipulation that includes a sort of teleportation through it, moving from one spot to another incredibly fast.
  • In Batman fanfic Dance with the Demons, Geo-Force can control the ground... which means he can form a volcano under your feet.
    The ground and floor above it began to tear apart, forming a small ravine between the warring forces. The ceiling and walls of the chamber felt its effect. The Batman looked up, wary of the mountain above collapsing on them.
    "Rex, Rainie, prop it up!" he ordered. The metamorphic pair switched from shielding to splay their metallic forms out in the shape of an interlocking skeleton pressed between roof and flooring, holding the Outsiders and a few of their foes pent in a protective cage.
    Geo-Force was not yet done.
    The floor beneath them continued to crack, and the crack reached deep into the Earth itself. From it, Brion Markov summoned the molten rock that undergirds its cooled and hardened crust.
  • Tales of Blaze and Artemis: Nick holds the Earth Miraculous, inhabited by Terra, which lets him transform into the earth hero Onyx and grants him the power of Earthquake.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Guardians, the 2017 Russian superhero film, has Ler, an Armenian with the ability to control the very earth around him. Based on the trailer, he likes to augment his strength by making himself gloves out of rock. For a Bilingual Bonus, "ler" means "mountain" in Armenian.
  • The Mummy Trilogy: Imhotep tends to throw sandstorms at his enemies.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: while in the comics Apocalypse had control over the atoms of his body, here it's telekinesis on an atomic level, usually manifested by killer sand gusts or turning walls\floors into quicksand.

  • Earthcrafters in Codex Alera, who are Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Like all the other Aleran elements, though, it gives them extra abilities; earthcrafters can also draw power from the earth to give themselves Super Strength, and while most of the "inspire emotions" powers belong to fire, earth controls lust and can "ground" the emotions of others, making them calmer. But only when touching earth. Get them off the ground and they lose everything.
  • The Dresden Files has earth magic that can be used to control both earth and metal:
    • Morgan is an especially apt practitioner of it, able to summon up massive pincers of rock that he uses to fight off hordes of zombies in Dead Beat and perform an awesome Shockwave Stomp.
    • Harry himself has very rough control of basic earth magic, but that control does give him some serious punch when he needs to pack a sudden punch. He can generate a sort of gravity hammer that concentrates gravity from a wide area into a single tightly-focused point; in one of the short stories, he uses this to kill a Black Court vampire without making any noise, and in Changes, he taps into a ley line to obliterate an entire horde of Red Court vampires at once.
  • Earth Masters in the Elemental Masters series, though a few use their powers more for healing than for combat.
  • Hazel Levesque from The Heroes of Olympus series has this as one of her main powers. She's powerful enough to dig tunnels big enough for three people or cause earthquakes if she chooses.
  • This is the domain of aretzes in The Quest of the Unaligned. Oddly enough, they don't tend to be as notably hidebound and conservative as usual for this trope, that being more a property of the shamais.
  • Golem of the Seekers of Truth. Down side: it comes with skin like rough concrete. Up side: she can make really awesome sand castles. Interestingly, she is also a Cute Monster Girl.
  • In Shadow Ops, terramancy is a sort of grab-bag set of magical abilities. It lets you control rock and earth (a good terramancer can swat a helicopter out of the sky with a sudden spike of rock, for example), lets you manipulate plant matter (ditto, for trees) and control animals. The latter is technically illegal and doing so will land you in the same boat as necromancers and gate mages.
  • One of the mutant varieties in Those Who Walk In Darkness — they communicate with the Earth and talk it into shifting. They're Always Lawful Good and hate fighting.
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Victor Dashkov's earth magic. He can use compulsion almost as good a spirit user and can cause minor earthquakes.
    • Natalie Dashkov uses earth magic until she turns Strigoi. She uses her power to disintegrate the hard, solid wood of a bench which Rose is standing on. The action fractures Rose's ankle.
    • Abe Mazur's magic. In his case he mostly uses the compulsion powers of earth users.
  • One of the five Powers making up the One Power in The Wheel of Time, Earth can be used to create earthquakes or avalanches and is also useful in constructing stone buildings. The most prominent example of the latter is the Stone of Tear, which was created by drawing stone from all around the world to form a seamless stronghold that's virtually indestructible.
  • The Quiet People in Whispers Underground. Peter, always quick with a pop-culture reference, actually calls them earthbenders, although under Rivers of London magic rules, it's more likely they're using the standard "moving stuff about" spell, and the focus on earth is just personal preference.
  • Earthwitches of The Witchlands can control earth, with the most powerful being capable of summoning earthquakes.
  • In The Zombie Knight, this is Sanko's schtick. She's a powerful integration user with a focus on earth and minerals, and using pan-rozum she can integrate herself with the earth, wielding it as a weapon and also building a kaiju-sized golem-like body for herself. She's also a dead ringer for the personality: direct, inflexible, stoic, and famous for her rigid code of honor.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "The Witchfinders", the Morax are able to control soil, and suffuse the bodies of the living and dead with it in order to control them.
  • The second Season 2 episode of The Flash (2014) has Team Flash battling a meta-human (brought by Zoom from Earth-2 to kill the Flash) nicknamed Sand Demon who can turn his body into sand-like particles and control them at will. He likes using concussion bombs as distractions, since his unique physiology allows him to survive the blast without a problem. Jay Garrick (Earth-2's Flash) teaches Barry to throw bolts of lightning, which allows him to kill Sand Demon by fusing him into glass. The villain then falls and breaks into tiny pieces.
  • In Heroes, Sparrow Redhouse was revealed as having this power in an online comic.
    • In Season 4, Samuel Sullivan, leader of a carnival stocked with evolved humans, has this power. His dirt-dishing becomes more powerful the more supers he's around — hence the huge group of supers who he convinces are his family so they don't want to leave.
  • Kamen Rider has several Riders and transformations capable of controlling earth to some extent:
    • The Sagohzo Combo from Kamen Rider OOO, is able to cause earthquakes and trap enemies into the ground, allowing OOO to finish them off.
    • The Schop Switch in Kamen Rider Fourze gives the titular Rider a shovel that allows him to throw large amounts of dirt towards his target.
    • Kamen Rider Wizard: The Wizard Land Style and its evolution, the Wizard Land Dragon Style allow Wizard control of the the element of earth.
    • Kamen Rider Saber has Buster and his Dogouken Gekido. His first transformation sequence even includes him slashing a mountain of rock!
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg: Angus is the Mystic Knight of Earth ("earth beneath me!"). His Terra Sling Mace allows him to throw boulders an cause earthquakes.
  • Super Sentai warriors and Power Rangers with power over Earth include Vul Panther, Change Griffin, Hurricane Yellow/Yellow Wind Ranger, Shinken Yellow/Yellow Samurai Ranger, and Gosei Black and Yellow. Magi Green/Green Mystic Ranger has a blend of earth and Green Thumb powers.
  • Supergirl gives us Rama Khan of Jarhanpur, who was appointed Earth's guardian millions of years ago and who can control the earth and sense the location of everyone on it (but not in a location not of Earth, such as the Fortress of Solitude, although he can still find someone these using the process of elimination). In addition to basic rock-moving, he can transform himself into an impenetrable stone form, and even reform his body from the ground beneath him in the unlikely event you're able to damage him. He can also travel through the ground and reappear elsewhere. Lately, his 'guardianship' has come to take the form of eliminating societies he and the rest of the Leviathan group feel are holding humanity back. It turns out that under the right circumstances, he can awaken volcanoes and even supervolcanoes like the kind under Yellowstone. The destruction of Pompeii was no natural disaster! This makes him one of the most powerful, though again, the greatest of his feats aren't something he can just casually do on a whim.
  • Ultra Series
    • Tigris from Ultraman Gaia is the God of the Earth, appearing as a monstrous sabertooth tiger. We don't get to see much of its power, but it's shown to be an incredible Tunnel King and able to breathe fire.
    • Maga-Grand King from Ultraman Orb, the King Demon Beast of Earth, possesses the ability to manipulate Ley Lines to create earthquakes and sinkholes.
    • The title brothers of Ultraman R/B gain these powers later on in their own series to compliment their default fire and water powers, thanks to the Ultraman Victory R/B Crystal.


  • Dario from the Cool Kids Table game Here We Gooooo! is yellow, which gives him power over sand. Amongst the practical applications, he can also use it to gives opponents the "dizzy" status effect.
    • Sargas from Sequinox can control earth, and buries the school in dirt in episodes 3 and 4 to prevent any students from escaping.
    • Grain from The Chimera Program can control sand.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Earth Grasp, Earth Wall, Rock to Mud, Mud to Rock, Shape Rock, Stone Skin, etc. are spells focused on shaping, altering and controlling earth and stone.
  • Exalted:
    • Earth Aspect Dragon-Blooded are capable of this, as is anyone who uses the Earth Dragon or the Jade Mountain style of Supernatural Martial Arts.
    • Earth elementals and gods of caves, minerals and the earth can likewise make use of these powers. The Kukla, the Greater Elemental Dragon of Earth (one of the most powerful elementals and beings in general in Creation), has powers such as "convert everything within 50 miles into freshly tilled soil" and is incredibly dangerous (simply waking it up causes earthquakes powerful enough to send tsunamis three miles inland on every coast in Creation).
  • GURPS source magic system's Earth spells.
  • Pathfinder:
    • In general, earth-based magic and the various kinds of earth elementals can exert considerable control over earth, mud and living rock.
    • Stonelieges are xulgaths infused with the essence of elemental earth through alchemy or magic. This grants them much greater strength, resilience and longevity than common xulgaths have, alongside the ability to magically shape stone (represented in-game through a couple of unique earth-based attacks and the ability to cast shape stone thrice per day).
  • Scion: Characters who have access to the Earth Purview have powers that range from being immune to harm from the earth to trapping people in crystals or altering the landscape at whim. At really high levels, you can control magma.
  • Shadowrun examples include Earth Spirit, Earth-based spells, and Sand-based spells.
  • Warhammer: The Slaan Mage-Priests have this ability. Mostly it isn't used in battle, but for making geological changes. Notably they once realized that a mountain range had moved, so they moved it back. Unfortunately the Dwarfish Empire was based there at the time.

  • BIONICLE has two elements that fall under this category, Earth and Stone. The main difference is that Earth controls dirt and creates earthquakes, while Stone controls rocks. Neither controls sand, however (Word of God is that Stone can, the characters just don't do it to avoid confusing the audience about the division between power over rocks and power over dirt).
  • Mixels has the Cragsters. They are both earth and rock-based in their elemental abilities, and rely on brute strength. All three are miners with digging abilities, with added earthquake and wrecking ball-like ones as well. Their ranks consist of Krader, Seismo, and Shuff.

    Visual Novels 
  • Lorelei "Badger" Linden in Villainous Nights controls rock, with the blunt and no-nonsense personality to match. In addition to making barriers and disrupting enemies' footing, she often covers her fists with stone to add weight to her punches in combat.

    Web Animation 
  • DSBT InsaniT:
    • Dave can throw boulders, create rockslides, start earthquakes, and such.
    • Eel can fire stone bricks.
  • Deimos from Madness Combat fuses with stones during a painful adventure in hell which make his jaw, upper body and hands made of rocks. In this new form, not only he's stronger and surprisingly more agile, he can also spawn rock slabs to embed his foes in.
  • In RWBY, Cinder's Semblance (her superpower) is the ability to manipulate molten glass and sand. Most notably, she can't manipulate dirt; it specifically has to be molten before she can control it. Once the glass is molten, however, she can then freeze it into projectiles or weapons that are strengthened by her Aura to make them stronger than metal, and can telekinetically control the glass. Once she acquires the Fall Maiden's powers, which include control over heat, cold, lighting, and wind, she uses the power to control fire to instantly melt sand into glass and shape it into weapons, or melt the weapons to break them apart and reshape them. She can even weave threads of glass into her clothes and then melt and reshape the clothing to serve as instant disguises.

  • Dirtamancer Sizemore Rockwell of Erfworld. Though, before Parson entered the picture, he was mostly only used to create Crap Golems and tunnels. He could also convert gems into hard currency and, with the help of a Croakamancer, reignite an extinct volcano. Probably a good deal more, given that Erfworld seems to be rather liberal in what a given caster can do within their domain.
  • In Pacificators, the power of earth is apparently one of the hardest to learn, and as a result, there are only two known T-Pacificators with the power of earth. We know of two renegades, as well: Shiva and Khnum. Khnum is a very powerful user of earth, being ranked at 9 (with 10 being the strongest), and capable of Extra-ore-dinary. Shiva is a weak user, but he's unique because he's also capable of Playing with Fire.
  • Sleepless Domain: Gwen Morita, as the magical girl Alchemical Earth, has the power to control the earth around her. She's the most physical fighter of Team Alchemical, and generally fights by launching heavy rocks at her enemies, but she can also manipulate the ground beneath her to enhance her mobility. Her powers can also be combined with those of her teammates — she and Undine can perform a Fertile Soil attack that generates massive plant structures, while her and Sally's "Lava Whatever"note  sprays molten rock upon their foes.
  • Earth is one of the possible elemental powers in Slightly Damned. Among those who wield it are the Demon Iratu, the Angel Darius Elexion, and the Jakkai Median Rhea Snaketail (though her normal use of the power is limited, as she hadn't been fully trained before her first death). Angels who wield the Earth power usually dye their hair brown.
  • Wayward Sons: Haydez, after a few weeks practice after discovering his power, was able to carve a whole city out of a mountainside as a Holy Day gift to his crewmates.

    Web Original 
  • The Saints: Marcus can manipulate the ground around him with his magic.
  • Gale from Trinton Chronicles has control over earth to a limited degree in addition to Magic.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Valley Girl of the West Coast League. She's definitely not the Big Guy. The only thing big about her is her boobs.
    • Molefinger, an Underdog alum who made a small fortune from the Mundane Utility of being able to dig really big holes really fast.
  • In Worm:
    • Tecton's powers and equipment let him create targeted, localized earthquakes.
    • Butcher XIV (and Butcher VIII before her) could shape inorganic matter like sand and stone into weapons with a touch.

    Web Videos 
  • Couette from Noob can be this if she chooses in the later part of the webseries. Being the smallest female of the cast, she also qualifies for the Glacier Waif variation (but is a Stone Wall strictly speaking).

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Earthbenders control most stone and sediment-derived things. It is most often seen as a form of telekinetic martial arts that shapes and moves stone to attack and defend, with the strongest earthbenders capable of casually levitating giant boulders through the air. Most Earthbenders also exhibit an innate level of invulnerability to blunt force trauma, though forging literal rock armor around themselves is a technique several advanced earthbenders use. In both the original show and The Legend of Korra, earthbending has two subtypes: metalbending and lavabending. The former was unknown for most of history until it was invented in the original show; it relies on manipulating "impurities" within metal, so it was discovered by a blind earthbending prodigy who relied on earth vibrations instead of sight. The latter is difficult for unspecified reasons, and was historically only used by the Avatar (who, having all four elements at his/her disposal, can heat things faster with firebending), but in Korra the earthbenders Ghazan and later Bolin can melt rocks, presumably through a technique similar to the one waterbenders use to change their element between a liquid and a solid.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends: Gnomes have power over earth and stone. This comes up twice in "Flight to Cloud Castle, Part 2", where the gnome Garth uses this power to turn rock (first a cliffside, and then the ground) into mud, in order to soften otherwise fatal falls.
  • The Owl House: One of the covens on the Boiling Isles is Construction magic, which as seen in "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" includes the manipulation of earth and stone.
  • Teen Titans: Terra can control earth and rock, an ability known in-universe as geokinesis.
  • W.I.T.C.H.:
    • Cornelia. Though her powers are far less rooted simply in earth, and also in nature.
    • At one point in the first season, she levitates and throws a massive chunk of earth through a portal. It's clear that the rock is heavy. Really heavy.


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Alternative Title(s): Rock Steady, He Will Rock You, Terrakinesis


Earthbending Demonstration and Duel

Toph teaches earthbending philosophy to Avatar Aang / a duel between Toph (the Blind Bandit) and other professional earthbenders.

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