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Tommy: Go for its vulnerable spots!
Jason: It's a rock! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!

A monster made out of rock, crystal, or chunks of metal. Nearly always very tough, it can take dynamite to get past them if they're guarding something. Gargoyles and golems are usually portrayed this way, and are typically massive creatures, ranging from slightly taller than humans to the size of mountains. Rock Monsters' composition can vary, from simply being a roughly humanoid arrangement of boulders or slabs held together by magic or some other force, to being a more "fleshy" creature with rock-like skin that can flex and emote the same way living beings can.

May be a supertrope to Living Statue and often Golem. May overlap with Silicon-Based Life, Smash Mook, Mistaken for Granite, Dishing Out Dirt, and Elemental Embodiment. A person with Elemental Armor may be able to make themselves resemble this. Contrast Taken for Granite, when the creature didn't start out made of rock, and Sentient Sands for creatures made of a different sort of geological material.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The aptly named Rock Soldier from Yaiba.
  • Genbu from YuYu Hakusho. He's composed entirely of rock, and can melt into any rock surface. He can also control his rock body at will, and is fond of attacking by turning his body into a swarm of rocks and flying towards his opponent.
  • Various Digimon, like Gotsumon and Golemon.
  • Two examples from Houshin Engi: first we have Hohitsu and Hosou, two mineral-based Monster Sennins, who look human but are incredibly heavy and hard to damage. They're defeated when Taikobou overheats their bodies with a Fire Paopei and then splashes them with cold water, causing them to crack (they're spared though). The other example is given by two members of the Juttenkun: the first, Choutenkun, looks like a sentient slab of stone, the latter, Shintenkun, resembles a living stone monolith/jellyfish thing. Both have spatial Paopeis with Dishing Out Dirt powers (the former over dirt, the latter over meteors)

    Comic Books 
  • The Thing looks like he's made of rocks (even though he isn't) and many who don't know who he is think he's a monster.
    • There was however that one time where his hide was spawning savage duplicates of him that were rock to their core.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had the Rock Warriors from Dimension X.
  • The Kronans from the Marvel Universe are an entire race of rock people. The most prominent is Korg, who had a big role in Planet Hulk and its follow-ups.
  • An incidental story from the comic book 2000 AD depicts a civilization landing on a planet next to two giant, seated stone statues. Then a scientist reports that the eyelid of one of the statues is actually moving almost imperceptibly — the "statues" are actually alive. The leader arrogantly decides that they're going to settle right there until the statues notice them and understand that they've been conquered. Eons pass and eventually the settlers die out and their city crumbles to dust. Then we see the whole thing from the viewpoint of the giants. One half-sees a flurry of activity but when it discovers the other didn't see it also, the first giant dismisses it as just imagination.
  • Pig-Iron of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! is permanently locked into a body of solid steel. It renders him nearly immune to harm (though not to pain) and gave him enormous strength. While he complained about being unable to have a Secret Identity, the one time the transformation was reversed he sought desperately to get it back.
  • Robin Series: Badlands looks like he's made out of rocks, though his true nature is not expounded on, and he can create localized tremors as well.

    Fan Fiction 
  • The Garganstone in Into The Hedge, which destroys the heroes' portal back to their home simply by waking up from its sleep.

    Film — Animated 
  • In Hercules, one of the five Titans is a two-headed rock monster the size and shape of a mountain.
  • In Sinbad of the Seven Seas Sinbad fights a rock monster for possession of one of the sacred gems.
  • Mr. Arrow in Treasure Planet is a humanoid made of grey rock.
  • Rock people are an abundant species in Mune: Guardian of the Moon, and most of them seem to be considered Creatures of Day. One of the main characters, Sohone, is a rock monster, though instead of being made of craggy stones, he appears to be made of a smooth, polished jasper/sardonyx-like stone.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Jason Nesmith has to fight a rock monster in Galaxy Quest, providing the page quote and image. It's then teleported up to the ship and begins destroying Sarris's army.
  • In Return to Oz the Nome King is a rock monster.
  • In the 2003 Hulk, David briefly transforms into a rock man during his fight with the Hulk. He is rammed into and merged with a huge boulder and thrown in a lake, where he further transforms into a water elemental.
  • The Hobbit: The stone giants in the live-action film are colossal humanoids made out of animated boulders — more than anything else, they look like pieces of the mountainsides that came to life and started brawling with each other. The giants are also present in the book, but there it is ambiguous what they actually are.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Kronans are just as made-of-rocks as they are in the comics:
    • An unnamed Kronan warrior is easily dispatched by Thor early on in Thor: The Dark World.
    • A pair of fighting Kronans briefly shows up when the Milano is jumping between worlds in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
    • Korg appears as a prominent supporting character in Thor: Ragnarok. The trope is subverted in that he's a very friendly and laidback character who never gets too upset at anything.
  • The Watchers in Noah, upon their Fall, became imprisoned in the soil and mud of the Earth as punishment for their disobedience. In the graphic novel, they merely (and knowingly) lost their wings, and look more like six-armed giants.

    Multiple Media 
  • BIONICLE:
    • The Vatuka from the game Quest for the Toa.
    • The Element Lord of Rock may have been one.
    • A flaming one harasses a bunch of Matoran in the novel Island of Doom, to be then defeated by Avak and Hakann. Turned out they created and controlled it with their combined elemental powers, in an effort to make the Matoran think they were heroes.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: The Original Series:
    • "The Devil in the Dark" has the Horta, a silicon-based lifeform.
    • "The Savage Curtain" has "lava-like" aliens who set up the morality play involving Good vs. Evil.
    • Tholians resemble crystalline centaurs, with six radially-symmetrical legs, a pillar-like torso, two arms and a roughly diamond-shaped head. They also require a temperature of 404 degrees fahrenheit to feel comfortable, and freeze solid and shatter at temperatures humans can tolerate.
  • Several Ultra Series kaiju
    • The original example is Gorgos from Ultra Q, a creature that formed from a meteorite. Its pieces are capable of Pulling Themselves Together if the monster is blown apart thanks to an organic core in its body. That means the only way to permanently kill Gorgos is to some how separate the core from the body.
    • Gromite of Ultraman Mebius is a strange example, being more akin to an animate mass of flesh and organs that assimilates earth and rock to give itself a stony body. It is also capable of consuming more rock and rubble to heal itself, but doing so will expose its Achilles' Heel — the sole bit of its fleshy mass not covered up by its rocky hide.
    • The Ultraman Nexus monster Golgolem, who carries regenerative Power Crystals on its back that allow it become invisible by phasing through reality. It also possesses Nested Mouths on the end of a long tongue in order to snatch humans.
    • Ultraman Dyna provides us with Darambia and Geomos, two formidable monsters created by the Spheres by sending an individual to merge with rocks. The former creature is Dyna's first foe having been formed from the Mars' terrain as a tripedal spider-like beast surrounded by a force field before reassembling itself as a bipedal monster with electric powers to compliment the force field. The latter monster was made from Earth rock, but proved even more formidable with its ability to absorb energy to create a defensive barrier, channel electricity through its body, and metamorphose into a dinosaurian form when it escapes Dyna and Super GUTS the first time.

    Mythology 
  • Scandinavian/Norse trolls are sometimes depicted in a stone variety. For example John Bauer's painting The Child and the Stone Troll. Normal Scandinavian/Norse trolls also turns into stones in sunlight.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons is chock full of these.
    • Creatures from the Elemental Plane of Earth, being Elemental Embodiments of earth and stone, often embody this trope:
      • The Xorn and Xaren, two related stone-like creatures that eat minerals and metals.
      • The Crysmal, a hexapedal, vaguely scorpion-like, crystalline creature about three feet high. They eat crystals and are preyed upon by Xorn.
      • Earth elementals are large humanoids made of stone and rock, often resembling nothing so much as a large pile of earthen debris that sprouted crude limbs and went for a stroll.
      • The 1st Edition supplement Manual of the Planes populates the Elemental Plane of Earth with creatures that appeared identical to Prime Material Plane creatures (such as bears, jackals and pegasi) but made of rock and stone.
    • Likewise, many creatures from the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Mineral are this as well. Dragon magazine #174, The Dragon's Bestiary, has four creatures made of crystal: Glomus, Shard, Trilling Crysmal and Crystalle, the Ruler of the Plane of Mineral and Prince of Mineral Quasi-Elementals.
    • The Bowler, which looks like a small-to-medium sized boulder. It rolls over other creatures and crushes them, then eats them.
    • The Galeb Duhr is a large boulder-like creature with arms and legs, and which can use earth-related spells.
    • Stone Trolls (Dragon magazine #199) have rocky skin that they get from eating rocks, stones and gems.
    • Construct (created) monsters:
      • The Caryatid Column, stone columns carved into statues which animate and attack intruders.
      • Gargoyles. In 2nd Edition they were magically animated sculptures, but later editions have them as flesh-and-blood humanoids who use their stone-like skin as a form of camouflage. Dragon magazine #223 has four variant stone gargoyles.
      • The Stone Guardian, a golem-like creature used to protect specific areas.
      • Gem Vars in Dragon magazine #56. They're small humanoids made out of diamond or ruby.
      • Basic D&D had Living Statues, one of which was the Rock version. It had an outer crust of stone and was filled with magma (lava), which it could squirt out of its fingers.
      • Golems can be built out of stone, and 2nd Edition had the three gemstone golems (Diamond, Emerald and Ruby).
  • Pathfinder retains most of the D&D rock monsters, with a few original additions such as crystal golems and stone colossi.
  • Duel Masters has the Rock Beast family of cards.

    Toys 
  • The... rock monster from the Rock Raiders LEGO theme. The video game adaptations add lava and ice monsters, and all three inhabit the caverns and eat energy crystals.
  • LEGO also had rock monsters of various sizes in their LEGO Power Miners theme, though they were replaced with (suspiciously similar) lava monsters in the second year.

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon: This is a very common look for Ground- and Rock-type Pokémon:
    • Geodude and its evolutions, Graveler and Golem, are made of animated rocks and soil. Golem, in particular, is a bipedal turtle-like creature with a shell of stones. Their Alolan subspecies are noted to be made of magnetic rocks, specifically, making them Electric-type in addition to Rock-type.
    • Onix is a giant snake-like beast made up of several rough boulders strung together like beads. Its evolution, Steelix, trades the rocks for chunks of metal, and Steelix's Mega Evolution adds several quartz-like crystals sprouting from its metallic segments.
    • Roggenrola, Boldore and Gigalith are made up of large blue-black rocks studded with orange crystals and arranged to roughly mimic the bodies of flesh-and-blood animals, growing more complex as the Pokémon evolves. Roggenrola is simply a large rock with two stony feet — essentially a cross between this trope and Cephalothorax — while Gigialith has distinct legs and a head.
    • Carbink is a essentially a floating rock topped with a small head and dotted with several blue crystals.
    • Among the legendaries, Regirock is a loosely humanoid Golem made of grey and tan boulders, and Diancie — being a Carbink who underwent a unique transformation — is a fairylike humanoid made out of rocks and pink crystals.
  • Guild Wars:
    • Several Golems and Elementals.
    • The sequel also has assorted Earth Elementals (including the giant rock arms summoned by a centaur shaman in the Human tutorial and later in a mid-game zone), as well as the Asura golems with a very similar "parts floating freely" aesthetic.
  • Mabinogi has Golems in the Rock, Forest (looks like pieces of overgrown ruins) and Sulfur varieties. Also, the two dungeons in the Rano region are full of stone beasties that are basically animate Mayincatec sculpture.
  • Metroid Prime has Thardus, the boss of the Phendrana Drifts, which is an entity of living ice, rock, and Phazon.
  • The rock wraiths a.k.a. profanes found in the Primeval Thaig in Dragon Age II.
  • In The Elder Scrolls, Atronachs are a type of unaligned lesser Daedra which are essentially the Elemental Embodiments of the elements they represent. Stone Atronachs are this, naturally. Storm Atronachs a loosely humanoid collection of rocks held together with electricity.
  • The titan Perses from Age of Mythology is seemingly made of magma and crystals.
  • In Evil Islands, Stone Elementals, and Golems (the latter are made either of steel or diamond).
  • The Earth Elemental in Quest for Glory II.
  • The rooks in Battle Chess. At rest they're just a stone tower, but they transform into a rock monster to move and attack.
  • Earth Elementals in Heroes of Might and Magic, neutral, bulky and sturdy creatures made of rock, with some immunities.
  • The Crag Lizard and Minerali enemies from MOTHER 3.
  • FTL: Faster Than Light has an alien species called the Rockmen who fit this. They're Proud Warrior Race Guys and are immune to fire along with having 150 health.
  • In The Legendary Axe, Rock Men are common enemies that look like squarish rocks until approached.
  • In The Matrix: Path of Neo there's the Mega-Smith who's made of the broken streets, glass, buildings and cars of the city.
  • The Harmony in Endless Space's Expansion Pack are a race of crystal Starfish Aliens with a collective consciousness, which was shattered by contact with Dust. Their ships are massive crystal formations which are grown from the population. They return as a minor faction (the Silics) in Endless Legend
  • In Smite, Geb, the Egyptian God of Earth, takes the form of a towering being made out of floating boulders in a humanoid shape, with trees, grass and bits of architecture visible on his shoulders. His Molten Fury skin turns him into a volcanic version of this.
  • Stone (and Mud and Granite) golems are a common sight in Warcraft III. All of them are immune to Magic, which makes them considerably harder to kill. Infernals are this trope Wreathed in Flames.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, the boss monster of Shrine Island, Sentinel, is a unique sort of rock monster, being more of a highly-advanced robot with Floating Limbs powered by magic crystals. Another pair of rock monsters serves as the bosses of Daccatt's Island — Sinestra and Destra, a pair of giant, floating stone heads who also have magic crystals embedded in their body, albeit with less craftsmanship than Sentinel.
  • Dwarf Fortress:
    • Among the various elemental creatures found living Beneath the Earth are gabbro men and amethyst men. As their bodies are made entirely out of rock and mineral, they can be very dangerous foes: they feel no pain, cannot be suffocated, are difficult to damage due to most weapons glancing off their stony skin, can punch a dwarf to death with ease and are building destroyers. If killed, they obviously cannot be butchered like other creatures, instead leaving behind, respectively, a rough gabbro boulder or an amethyst.
    • Mods, of course, get further in on this action. The Earth Strikes Back is an epitome, where most boulders have a slight chance of animating upon excavation and trying to beat the piss out of your dwarves for waking them up, not to mention wyrms made of rock whose eggs you can dig out, when you don't find them fully alive and grumpy at their awakening.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has the Nejirons, boulder-like monsters living in the Ikana region that roll toward Link and blow up upon hitting him. Their name (the Japanese word "neji" meaning "twisted" combined with "-ron") and design indicate that they're supposed to be an Evil Counterpart Race to the Gorons.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild introduces the Talus monsters as overworld minibosses that can be found in set locations. If you approach a pile of boulders in an open space, they may come together and start taking swings at you. The only way to damage them is by the black ore deposit on its head (which is particularly weak to weapons designed for mining, such as sledgehammers, though bomb runes can do in a pinch), and they tend to drop a lot of valuable gems when defeated. They also come in magma and frozen variants, which require slightly different tactics than the standard type.
  • Pikmin: Rock Pikmin, introduced in Pikmin 3, break away from the standard colorful Plant Person look of the Pikmin family and instead look like shiny, multifaceted pebbles with eyes, short limbs and a stalk tipped with a leaf, bud or flower — they're essentially animated rocks. They're also far and away the toughest Pikmin breed: they can easily shatter armor and crystals that regular Pikmin can't touch, and are immune to being crushed (they're just harmlessly planted back in the ground instead of being killed) and to skewering attacks (which only knock them back instead of impaling them).
  • Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon: Mr. Onyx is a Cragorian, a species of large, 8 foot tall, stone humanoids. Cragorians tend to have the highest combat ratings out of any species of crew member.

    Webcomics 
  • The Stone Slab from Awful Hospital, which takes the form of a broken tombstone with eyes. Granted, it's actually more of a Helpful Mook than a monster.
  • Nebula: Both Mars and Mercury are made of rock, though Mars is definitely more 'monstrous' looking, also having jagged spikes growing out of his back and arms. Both of them are jerks at worst though, with Mars having a well-hidden heart of gold and Mercury an Odd Friendship with Sun to soften them.

    Web Original 
  • In Children of Stone, a Brian Engh short film, rock monsters, originally the protectors of humanity, cause the end of human civilization as punishment for mankind's destructive ways.
  • Koboooooolds! Kobolds in Unforgotten Realms and Unforgotten Realms Live. They might look like furry animals, but they are actually rock monsters. They also eat Rocks, and have magnetic Properties.

    Western Animation 

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