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Gems in the realm of fiction are often either a battery for some uberfied Doomsday Device or just some fancy-dancy decoration. In at least several occasions, an Uncle Pennybags will simply show off the jewels in question as proof of his wealth. But some people prefer showing off their shiny jewels the violent way, mostly in the form of projectiles. And considering that they're much harder than ordinary rocks, painful injuries will most certainly ensue...big time.

May be the result of the ability to turn body parts into gems.

A Sub-Trope of Dishing Out Dirt (since gems are still from the earth).

Compare Elemental Embodiment (when the being itself is made out of jewels and decides to land a physical blow), The Power of Glass (ability to form and manipulate glass), An Ice Person (manipulating ice crystals, among other cold things), Crystal Weapon (when the gemstone itself is shaped into a weapon), Power Crystal, Mineral MacGuffin.

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Contrast Crystal Prison.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Inuyasha: Housenki is an oyster demon with an affinity for jewels, who uses adamantine (the term "diamond" didn't exist at this time) for both offense and defense. The titular character's Tessaiga takes this ability, named the Adamant Barrage.
  • Guren, a Filler Villain in the Naruto anime, had the ability to crystalize any material and turn it into weapons, such as creating snowflake-shaped shurikens from the moisture in the air.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders: Noriaki Kakyoin's Stand, Hierophant Green, has a technique called Emerald Splash, where it secretes green liquid from its hands that then crystallizes into gems which are then fired in rapid bursts.
  • Fate/stay night: Rin Tohsaka's magic involves gems filled with mana which are used as medium for spells like detonating thrown gems.
  • The Female Titan (Annie) from Attack on Titan can crystallize her skin in order to protect her weak spot or enhance the power of her punches. With a crystallized fist, she can break the Rogue Titan's jaw off with one punch. Eren later gains the ability by being injected with the armor serum. This is also how the Wall Titans produced the Walls.
  • My Hero Academia has Yu Hojo, whose Quirk Crystallization allows him to produce crystals from his body, which he uses for both offense and defense. It's also part of his Dark and Troubled Past, as his boss once used him to produce gems to sell, only to abandon him once he figured out that the gems were monetarily worthless.
  • "Diamond Jozu" from One Piece can coat his body in a diamond shell and enhance his attacks with it.
  • In Digimon Tamers, Renamon's signature attack is Diamond Storm, which would lead you to think it is this trope. However, the original attack name is "Fox Leaf Arrowheads," as Renamon is actually firing salvos of extremely sharp glowing leaves.
  • Delicious in Dungeon has treasure bugs which, indeed, look like treasure, such as coins, rings, and even a tiara. While there are some that look like cut and polished gemstones, they haven't been encountered yet.

    Card Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • The Gem Knight archetype are knights with gem-like armor. They can fuse together and become more powerful. Gem-Knight Crystal is their leader and he has the most fusions. The strongest is Gem Knight Master Diamond. He later becomes Cairngorgon, Antiluminescent Knight, and then El-Shadoll Egrystal.
    • There's also the Crystal Beasts (Gem Beasts in the original), a group of seven bejeweled beasts each representing a color of the rainbow. Their main gimmick is moving to the Spell/Trap Card Zone as Continuous Spells when they would otherwise be destroyed, which is depicted as transforming into their respective crystals. The ace of the archetype is Rainbow Dragon.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men:
    • X-Men 2099 gives us Crystalline, a mutant capable of growing beautiful crystals out of nowhere. When in a good mood, she just grows them around enemies to trap them but she is fully capable of projecting them as a torrent of razor-sharp shards.
    • Emma Frost gained the power to turn her skin into diamond during Grant Morrison's run.
    • Roxanne Washington aka Bling! (Yes, the exclamation point is part of her names) has diamond-like skin which grants her enhanced strength, durability and the ability to fire diamond shards as projectiles.
  • Captain America villainess (and sometimes girlfriend) Diamondback uses diamonds as throwing weapons... fake ones, of course.
  • The Flash villainess Golden Glider uses gemstones as weapons, ranging from fast-growing crystals to heavy leaden pearls.
  • Scrooge Mc Duck has a private bathroom behind a Secret Door where the showerhead sprays cut jewels instead of water. Presumably the same ability that lets him dive into heaps of money unscathed turns being pelted with sharp rocks into a relaxing shower. His nephews attempt to use it to keep the Beagle Boys at bay, but it's not quite painful enough to work.
  • Kole, a deceased member of the New Teen Titans. She had the ability to power to "spin" crystal, which being able to create silicon crystal into independent masses—anything from a crystal "sculpture to a safety slide".
  • Atlee, the third Terra and the sidekick to Power Girl had this as part of her power over earth.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2020): Star-Lord uses his Element Gun set to the element of earth to imprison a goddess with diamonds. Rocket asks why he never did that before, especially with the Guardians' cash-flow problems, and Quill admits he'd honestly never thought about it (though it does drain the gun's power-supply).

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    Films — Animation 

    Literature 
  • The Heroes of Olympus has Hazel, a daughter of Pluto who's the Roman god of death and riches, who can control and use gems and precious metals to attack.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Arena": Captain Kirk used a primitive cannon to fire diamonds at the Gorn. The novelization of the episode makes it clearer that he's using diamond dust as one of the ingredients in the primitive gunpowder he's made (diamond is a form of carbon and when finely divided burns just like coal does), so the diamonds are not only the projectiles, they're also the propellant.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • An amethyst dragon's breath weapon consists of a single giant, exploding crystal that they can spit with pinpoint accuracy.
    • One possible result of using a Wand of Wonder was firing a stream of 10 to 40 gems at the target, each doing 1 Hit Point worth of damage.
    • Greyhawk has Nystul's Crystal Dagger spell and its improved version, Nystul's Crystal Dirk. They create temporary enchanted weapons that can stun undead and fiends. Otiluke's Diamond Screen is a relative of Blade Barrier, a glittering wall of summoned razor-sharp shards.
    • The "Gembomb" spell does exactly that, enhancing low-grade gemstones with explosive power as projectiles.
    • Tomb of Horrors: In the original module, one of the very few options to defeat the Demilich Acererak's Nigh-Invulnerability is for a Thief character to throw gemstones at him. Particularly sadistic since the gems in Acererak's crypt are some of the most valuable treasure in the module... and are destroyed if used to attack him.
  • Grimtooth's Traps: One of the titular traps is a waterfall with a secret chamber behind it. Unfortunately for any character who tries to step through, the waterfall is made up of tiny diamonds. Anyone stepping through will be reduced to a misty red vapor.
  • Pathfinder: A crystal dragon's breath weapon is a flurry of razor-sharp crystals.

    Video Games 
  • In Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of the weapons that you can get early in the game (provided that you stand still in a hole that you just made in the wall for several seconds) is the jewel knuckles, which will remain your most powerful weapon for some time.
  • Some of Pit's weapons in Kid Icarus: Uprising fire jewels, such as the Royal Blade and the Crystal Bow.
  • Mega Man:
    • Both Crystal Man from Mega Man 5 and Jewel Man from Mega Man 9 use gem-based attacks. The Crystal Joe from the former's stage also does this.
    • Crystal Snail's Crystal Hunter from Mega Man X2, though it's more of a Crystal Prison type weapon.
    • Mega Man X8 has Earthrock Trilobyte's Crystal Wall weapon.
  • The Gem/Diamond Missile spell from the World of Mana series.
  • As one of the D-Link abilities in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Snow White uses jewels as weapons.
  • Final Fantasy has several weapons made out of gemstones, up to including the Diamond Sword.
  • The Jewel Bag from Dragon Quest.
  • The Crystal Knight enemies from the Lunar series can attack with crystal-like projectiles or drop on the heroes from above with its lower torso, which just so happens to be a pointy crystal.
  • The Pokémon move "Power Gem" is this, though it involves channeling light via gems. Also, it counts as a Rock-Type attack.
    • There's also the event legendary Diancie, whose signature move Diamond Storm is a Flechette Storm of diamonds.
  • Hyper Light Drifter: The sharp spires of the western Crystal Landscape do not merely gleam, they grow explosively fast. At a touch, tiny shards turn into Spikes of Doom.
    • Those that do not impale the Drifter can engulf them in a temporary Crystal Prison.
  • Many high level clubs in World of Warcraft are made of glowing crystals — sometimes the weapon consists of a handle with crystals floating around it. Somehow they are very efficient.
  • Dead Rising lets you throw a bunch of diamonds at zombies. It's mainly just for stunning them, though.
  • Some of the danmaku in Touhou is described as this. And a fair amount looks like it, since diamonds are one of the most common bullet types.
  • The Power Customization in City of Heroes allows you to change Earth-based Powers into Crystal-based Powers. It's purely cosmetic, however.
  • Within Nethack, gems can be thrown, but make bad improvised weapons. The main benefit is that valuable gems can be identified from glass by throwing them at unicorns, which also increases your Luck Stat.
  • In Dwarf Fortress Adventure Mode, gems can be thrown with deadly effect up to and including severed limbs. Much like anything else in the game.
  • Several of Mimi's attacks in Super Paper Mario involve hurling rubees at you, which you're encouraged to pick up and throw right back at her.
  • Chenjesu in Star Control are living crystals and make almost everything from crystals. Their ship weapon is "Photon Crystal Shards" — big gem-like bombs that are near-impossible to intercept, cause great damage with direct hits and even when miss explode in shrapnel.
  • Unreal I has the Stinger, the weapon shooting crystal shards like a machine gun. Unreal Tournament 3 merges it with the more standard Minigun into the "Stinger Minigun", primary fire shooting out bullet-sized shards like the old Minigun and Secondary Fire launching much larger chunks with a decent amount of knockback (and able to pin enemies to walls with killing blows) like the Stinger.
  • A major aspect of Rarity's playstyle in the fangame My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic. She can delay gems, straight up launch them, cause them to erupt beneath her opponent, or just summon a massive storm below them.
    • Rarity (rechristened Generous Mare) also uses gems to fight in the fangame Mega Pony. She can use gems as explosive mines, launch them at the opponent, or surround herself with a shield of them. After beating her, Mega Pony gains the ability to similarly use gems as a shield and launch them at his foes.
  • Tyrian has the Secret Level GEM WAR, where you fight a bunch of ships that shoot destructible (and sometimes homing) gems at you.
  • Before he was reworked, Taric the Gem Knight from League of Legends wore armour made out of gems, carried a large gem-studded shield and wielded a massive hammer studded with sharp gems. His gems were the source of his magic and he could both stun enemies with a dazzling blast of light from his shield and cause his crystalline aura to shatter explosively, shredding nearby enemies, as well as buff up nearby allies with the power of his radiance. Truly, truly, truly outrageous.note 
  • Diamond swords are top-tier weapons in Minecraft. Other diamond tools (axes, picks, etc.) can also be used as weapons, with varying degrees of effectiveness.
  • Crystalisks in Borderlands 2 can launch a Flechette Storm of crystal shards at the player, or a timed, explosive crystal that acts like a sticky bomb.
  • FTL: Faster Than Light features extremely rare weapons that fire human-sized chunks of crystal at enemy ships. These crystals can pass through low-level shields and will generally wreck ships like no one's business.
  • Fallen London has a much more standard version of this justifying exactly why a particularly expensive Diamond Ring ups your fighting capability as well as your persuasiveness. Anyone who's ever gotten punched by someone who didn't take off their jewelry can attest to why.
  • Granblue Fantasy has De La Fille, who fights with seven gems which, depending on her version and uncap level, appear as regular gems, fruit-shaped, or turned into weapons. Her charge attacks involve using all of her gems for various kind of attacks.
  • Oddly, Super Mario Bros.'s Daisy forgoes the Green Thumb she usually has in sports games for the power to cause crystals to rise from the ground and punch the ball with a crystal fist in Mario Strikers Charged.
  • Both Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana have the spells Gem Missle and Diamond Shards (respectively), which first causes a large diamond to pop out of the ground and burst into smaller spinning gem fragments, finally shooting straight at the target one after the other. In the latter's case, when targeting enough enemies, the assault is so much, it causes slowdown.
  • In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the four abilities present in the Team Kirby Clash mode get a fantasy makeover, with the Doctor ability resembling an alchemist and substituting gemstones for its usual pills in all of its attacks.
  • SSI (Strategic Simulations Incorporated)'s Galactic Adventures. One of the available weapons was the Gemstone, which is fired as a missile. It moves toward its target (sometimes moving a space in the wrong direction) and detonates after moving six spaces, whether it has reached the target or not.
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun has a critter known as "tiberian fiend", a horse-sized quadruped that attacks by throwing chunks of Tiberium crystals at its targets.
    • Command & Conquer: Renegade has the Tiberium Flechette Gun, a small nailgun-like weapon that launches shards of Tiberium. It's good against everything except mutants, who it heals, which makes it a shame that it only appears after mutants take over for most basic enemies.
  • The Crystallix armor in Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters allows Ratchet to deal crystal based strikes with his Omniwrench.
  • The Gem Craft series is built around this trope. You put your gems in towers and traps to shoot at monsters, put gems in amplifiers to increase the power of the gems in towers and traps, sacrificing gems to shrines for a massive attack, or just using them as a bomb to deal direct damage.
  • In Dark Souls, Crystal Sorcery is the trademark of the Paledrake Seath the Scaleless. Some of the most powerful offensive Sorceries in the games include a spell that launches homing crystals at your foes and one that hurls an enormous crystal spear at them. Seath himself unleashes Crystal breath in battle that inflicts the extremely dangerous Curse status effect. In the first game, a skilled sorcerer drives himself insane studying Seath's secrets and manages to reverse engineer the Crystal breath (albeit without the Curse properties), creating the White Dragon Breath Sorcery. Said sorcery returns in the third game, though this time it requires transposing the soul of a man who delved too deep into Seath's archives and became a pale draconic abomination himself. A player who wants to use a Sorcerer build would do well to pick up Crystal Sorceries when they become available.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night has Rin Tohsaka, practitioner of Jewel Magic. Usually, the jewels are just charged up with a bit of magic everyday to supply greater amount of energy when needed, but they also make good explosives. This also explains why she's such a miser.
    • Her Finnish Rival, Luvia, also uses jewels. This is because Rin's ancestor defeated the twin sister of Luvia's ancestor in the Third Grail War and stole their family's magic.

    Web Original 
  • One Darwin Award winner met his death in a crystal cave. He tried to steal a beautiful crystal stalactite and managed to break it off the ceiling... while standing directly underneath.
  • Magical Girl Policy: The leader of the Spirit Guard, Spirit Guard Valor, has an attack which allows her to use crystals to slice away her foes.

    Western Animation 
  • The SWAT Kats episode "Chaos in Crystal" had an escaped convict named Rex Shard use a Body to Jewel variant of this after becoming a crystal himself.
  • King Sombra, the villain of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Crystal Empire", seems to have for his main power to grow huge, spiky crystals out of the ground.
    • Technically, Twilight Sparkle has learned that magic, but it works by manipulating the crystals of the Empire, making it of limited utility elsewhere.
  • Subverted with the Crystal Gems of Steven Universe. They belong to a race of sapient gemstones who wield fantastical magic and decorative melee weapons with magical properties. However, they don't attack with their gemstones themselves, as their gems are their Heart Drive, and damage to the gem cannot be regenerated except by Rose Quartz's (and later Steven's) unique healing power. Instead, they can summon weapons out of said gemstones to fight with.
  • Diaspro from Winx Club seems to have power over gemstones as she attacks Bloom with them each time they fight.
  • Both the heroes and villains of LoliRock have the power to summon crystals as their main methods of attack, with both a Projectile Spell variety and the ability to summon it out of the ground.
  • Diamondhead in Ben 10 can naturally shoot out crystalline projectiles, create structures made out of diamond to protect him from attacks that surpass his insane durability and can shapeshift his limbs into weapons. Later shows give him the ability to make his projectiles volatile, create larger structures and the ability to telekinetically move them and the ability to encase his enemies in crystal.

    Real Life 
  • Obsidian, a type of volcanic glass, has been used as the cutting part of weapons. Amazingly enough, obsidian shatters in such a way that its edges are sharper than the sharpest metallic blade. It is occasionally used for surgical instruments nowadays since it leaves very clean and neat wounds because of that.
  • Jade (particularly the nephrite variety) is unbelievably tough, so much that few forces possible for a human being can actually crack it, even today. (Strangely, despite its toughness, it's slightly soft. It can't be cracked but it can be ground to shape, by diamonds.) Jade is so invulnerable to impacts that ancient Chinese artisans would make anvils of jade for blacksmithing. Consequently, many weapons and even suits of armor have been made of jade, so much that jade is called axestone in some cultures[1].
    • The Māori mere is another such weapon made from jade.
  • Using jewelry as knuckle-dusters seems a little financially counterintuitive, but it can be done, and leaves some painful-as-hell marks.

 
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