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We'd ask whether that hurt, but we're afraid the fox is a little too stoned to answer.

"Defeated by an ugly crone,
From mortal man to standing stone,
With sun and rain upon you blown,
Through carven locks the wind shall moan,
Here you will be through years unknown,
And slowly crumble when time has flown."

A character has been petrified — literally. Transformed into stone (or another inanimate substance) by someone else, the archetypal result is a perfectly sculpted gray (concrete?) statue, complete with matching gray clothes and accessories, frozen in whatever position they were in when the spell took effect, presumably for all time. Heed well, traveler: Should you ever stumble upon a cave filled with impeccably detailed life-size statues showing expressions of terror on their faces, be smart and turn back now.

The ability to transform someone in this manner is a fairly common Stock Superpower, especially if combined with an "Evil Eye". Definitely Older Than Feudalism, being fairly common in Classical Greek myth as well as Fairy Tales. If the victim isn't killed outright, he might be in some sort of stasis. At worst, he'll remain conscious while frozen in a form of locked-in paralysis, sometimes accompanied by inescapable pain or anguish. However, it's generally accepted that shattering the statue kills the person held within... hopefully.


More likely to produce Tears from a Stone than most rock — but still not very likely.

It does not count if they transform and untransform on their own (unless they cannot move, such as in Dragon Tails and Super Mario Bros. 3). If the character can transform on their own and remain mobile, then this is an Elemental Shapeshifter.

Petrification happens a lot in children's media, because, unlike death, it is usually reversible thanks to No Ontological Inertia.

If a villain knows that this effect can be potentially reversed, you can expect them to consider smashing the "statue" to ensure the person cannot be brought back.

There is often some ambiguity as to whether the petrified person is completely turned to solid stone, or whether they are merely 'encased' in a thin layer of stone in a manner similar to Harmless Freezing. You can often see this ambiguity when a character is only partially petrified - they will seem only to be lightly encased in stone, and can sometimes still break out. This is probably to avoid the circulatory problems that would arise from having a completely petrified limb.


In some works, petrification may also be used as a magical equivalent of Human Popsicle by simply turning a person into stone and wait after a certain amount of time has passed to unpetrify them. Your body can't physically age if it's turned to stone.

If character is turned into flora rather than petranote , it's a Transflormation. See Wax Museum Morgue for a similar trope when the monster (or whatever) that petrified the people decides to put them on display in a gallery. Compare Mistaken for Granite.

Not to be confused with The Stoner, which is somebody getting stoned in a...different way.

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  • Several drink ads in the Philippines depict this thing, such as this ad for Coca-Cola. Other Philippine beverage ads depicting petrification include one for Del Monte fruit juices.
  • Howie Long turns Teri Hatcher into a gold statue in this ad for RadioShackGold.
  • Medusa appears in a 2022 commercial for Amazon Prime and brings her curse where her gaze turns people to stone note . It appears her curse can nullified by sunglasses, but not before she petrifies a poor woman who happens upon her cave. Then she intentionally petrifies a guy who's flirting with her and her new friends.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Akazukin Chacha: Daimao does this to Chacha's parents and a few of their guards once he occupies their castle before the events of the show. They all get turned back after Daimao is defeated.
  • Arabian Nights: Adventures of Sinbad: It happens to the trio of brothers who turned themselves into evil doppelgangers of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin. Our heroes manage to trick an evil wizard into turning them to stone by impersonating their evil counterparts.
  • Attack on Titan: Annie does this to herself after being defeated in her Titan form, to avoid being interrogated about her betrayal of mankind.
  • The demon lord Kaikhosru from Avesta of Black and White has to ability to turn people to statues made out of gemstones with his breath. The heroes attempt to capitalize on this by having Alma call in a huge favor from him in order to deal with another demon lord, Frederica, whose obnoxious Healing Factor makes it nigh impossible to deal with her otherwise. And it was working fine, but unfortunatley, the battle maniac of the group, Magsarion, arrived and decided to attack her, shattering her and thus triggering her regeneration and undoing what had been done.
  • One story in Black Jack has him examine an overworked pregnant hotel employee, only to find, to his astonishment, that her unborn child somehow turned into a lump of rock. It turns out the fetus was simply encased in a stone "shell" through reasons never figured out, and Black Jack is able to save the baby by chipping away the stone.
  • In Blood+, fusing a Chiropteran's blood with the opposite Queen's blood results to this.
  • The demons do this to Dr Hibiki in Brave Raideen.
  • Happened to Yui, Freeze and others in a second season episode of Corrector Yui. (And as a bonus, since she's petrified inside the Net.Com, the real Yui actually falls into a coma in the real world.) The previously retired Corrector Haruna has to come back to action to save them.
  • The premise of Crystal Blaze is a series of incidents in which women were discovered transformed into glass statues. Fittingly, the alternate title of the series is Glass Maiden.
  • Fleonell in The Dark Queen and I Strike Back has spent ten years sealed as a stone statue, thanks to the Holy Sword. She's freed when the Holy Sword is removed in the first chapter.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, Marcille is turned to stone by a cockatrice. While they're trying to cure her, the rest of Team Touden use her as a pickle press.
  • In Destiny of the Shrine Maiden, Souma's Orochi-granted powers eventually petrify him.
  • Cockatrimon in Digimon Adventure and (briefly) Digimon Data Squad.
    • Happens to Lilymon in Digimon Adventure when she's hit by Myotismon's Nightmare Claw/Dead Scream attack. Wizardmon heals her.
  • Lord Ikaros from Doraemon: Nobita and The Space Heroes can release petrifying sludge from his tentacles, turning a minion into stone before smashing him into pieces in a You Have Failed Me moment.
  • In Dragon Ball GT, General Rilldo could fire a beam that turns whatever it hits into metal.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Dabura could turn anyone into statues with his spit.
    • Majin Buu's Transformation Ray can change anyone into basically anything. He mostly uses this to turn people into food. This creates a Funny Moment when he turns Vegetto into a coffee candy, but Vegetto's immense power means he remains sentient and mobile, resulting in a little hard candy ball beating the stuffing out of a galaxy-destroying monster. Buu also turned the people of a small village into clay.
    • Vegeta's Heroic Sacrifice against Buu involved basically detonating his life force. He expended so much power doing this that he seemingly calcified his entire body, which then shattered once his flight wore off and sent him falling down.
  • Dr. Stone starts off with this happening to the entire planet. Just humans, though. And swallows. The plot kicks off when people begin coming out of their petrification, and, whether they remained conscious or not during their stasis, still need to readjust to the new world and recreate civilization after it has been reclaimed by nature. Later on, the secondary effects of the petrification become more important to the plot, such as the fact that the petrification process cures sickness and injury up to and including death.
  • EDENS ZERO, criminal boss Illega can use a special gun to turn people to stone, which he uses to form his collection of beautiful petrified girls. Revealed much later to have been made from Drakken Joe's own alchemy Ether Gear. Eventually, Sister Ivry uses her powers to restore the petrified girls.
  • There's a rather upsetting example of this in Eureka Seven AO. Upon being exposed to high density of trapar, human-coralian hybrids turn into rocks and die. Eureka and Renton learned this the hard way with their daughter's stillbirth. This was also the key reason why Renton sent his wife (who was then pregnant with Ao) to Present-Day Earth; he didn't want to lose another child to high trapar exposure.
  • In The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Ivory's weapon, the Sword of Salt, transforms anything it pierces into salt.
  • Fairy Tail: Evergreen does this with her Eye Magic, which requires unrestricted eye contact and the target has to be a living thing. She can release them at will. She also claims she could remotely destroy the statues at a whim too, but it's unclear if it was true or just a bluff (and she wasn't willing to gamble against Erza just killing her if it were true).
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, one of the filler episodes involves a town being infected with a disease that turns everyone's skin into some sort of bark/stone substance.
  • In the Inuyasha special "The Woman Who Loved Sesshoumaru," a one-shot villain turns an entire village full of people, and later on Miroku, Sango, and Kirara, into glass.
  • After Kars from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Battle Tendency gets launched into space, he tries to return to Earth, only for his body to freeze over and become hard as rock, dooming him to float through space for all eternity. And even though he wished for death, there was nothing out there to kill him. Eventually, his brain shuts down and he stops thinking all together.
  • King of Thorn features a disease with petrifying effects. Within six weeks you get seizures and turn to stone. The name of the disease? Medusa.
  • What kicks off the plot in Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato is how Goddess Vishnu, the local Big Good, is subjected to this by Big Bad Indra, who then puts the blame on the recently arrived Shurato so the Hachibushu Guardians can kill him. Three of the Guardians join Shurato, and he sets off to clear his name and then restore Vishnu before the Tenkuukai world collapses.
  • Hayate of Lyrical Nanoha has a spell called Misteltein which does this. With it, she managed to turn the giant, bio-mechanical monster of a Big Bad into stone. At least, before it broke free by shedding its old body for a more grotesque form.
  • In the first season of Magic Knight Rayearth, this happened to Clef after he was struck by a spell from Zagato to prevent him from directly assisting the Magic Knights any further. The one mercy of the spell was that the resulting statue was sturdy enough that even falling off a hundred-foot cliff didn't shatter him, it just made it a little bit harder for his telepathy to reach the girls.
  • MegaMan NT Warrior:
    • The viruses Pharaohman.exe creates can turn Net Navis to stone. He uses them to prevent people from stopping him (because in that universe, most people are absolutely useless without a Net Navi during a crisis). Net Navis turned to stone can't even log out, trapping them in the network. The effects seem to not happen instantly, however, as Sharkman.exe is able to successfully shut off the electricity (Pharaohman.exe was attempting to hijack a Kill Sat) before he completely turns to stone. However, it was all in vain as Pharaohman.exe manually turns the power and hijacks the satellite anyway. Thankfully, every Navi turned to stone reverts to normal after Pharaohman.exe is deleted.
    • Stoneman.exe can also do this, on people in the real world, because The Ditz businesswoman, who picks him up, accidentally expressed her wish to turn her boss into a stone so he'll stop yelling at her. The result is Stoneman turning everyone in her office into stone.
  • In Melody of Oblivion, the Monster named Medusa does this and then collects the statues, she especially likes pubescent boys (each Monster does something like this to people who see their true form).
  • In Mini Moni The Movie: Okashi na Daibōken!, the cake-hating fairy queen Nakajalinu turns the cake castle to stone, as well as every other pastry in the cafe.
  • Naruto:
    • Not a typical attack, but a real danger of using senjutsu. If the user's body draws more natural energy than it can balance with its own chakra, their body transforms into a stone frog.
    • Actually used as an attack against Pein's chakra-absorbing body. As it lacked the knowledge to balance the natural energy, Naruto was able to overload it with the energy and transform it into stone.
    • On Third Movie, one of the main villains, a ninja called Ishidate has a gauntlet/glove with an Medusa-esque eye on it that can turn anyone he touches into a statue. Sakura can cure any limbs he petrifies, but not when he goes Literally Shattered Lives on his opponents. That's at least two Red Shirt Soldiers helping Naruto and his team.
    • The Tsuchikage is also able to use an Earth technique to petrify anyone he is touching, as well as greatly increasing their mass.
    • The Filler Villain Fūka possesed an unnamed paralysis jutsu that could turn her victims' legs to stone until she wants otherwise. When she used this jutsu, her hair began to move in the air all on its own similar to snakes, making her seem like Medusa. She used this jutsu on Naruto, trapping him so she could force her Kiss of Death on him.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Fate Averruncus did this to multiple people in his first appearance in Kyoto ( the only one who's unaffected is Asuna, due to her Anti-Magic). And he's threatened to do it again.
    • A minor villain, Count Herrman, had permanent petrification as his most powerful weapon.
    • Then there is Negi's tragic backstory, wherein almost everyone in his home village except for him, Nekane (who had her legs petrified) and Anya was turned to stone. Said Count is one of the demons who did that.
    • More recently, Fate lived up to his threat: he used magical darts to do this to Beatrix, Sayo and Yuna, when they attacked him in an attempt to rescue Asuna. They get restored later by Asuna herself, once she's released.
  • One Piece:
    • Boa Hancock has the ability to turn people into stone with the power of her Devil Fruit, the Mero Mero no Mi. Though said people have to be at least remotely smitten with her, that's not too big of a problem. The effect is perfectly reversible however, only resulting in minor memory loss to the victims (that is, if she revives them before they're shattered, such as the case with the shattered limbs of pirates at the Battle of Marineford).
    • Mr. 3 of Baroque Works can also use his hardening wax to petrify people, specifically by completely encasing them in the stuff. Unless the victim is saved in time, the effect is slightly less reversible than Hancock's, as while they can survive for a short as a wax statue, they can only go so long before their heart stops and they're screwed.
    • Happens to Sanji twice, both times played for comedic purposes. First time he sees Boa Hancock and, just like the rumors say, turns to stone. The second time he sees the mermaid princess, Shirahoshi. Made funnier by the fact that the second time cures him of his overly large nosebleeds whenever he even thinks of a woman.
    • Caesar Clown's gas Shinokuni doesn't merely poison its victims, but also petrifies them by encasing them in an ash-like shell, leaving them to slowly die from the poison. This, however, is also reversible if the victim is broken free from their shell within half a day.
    • Gild Tesoro, the Big Bad of One Piece Film: Gold, has power over gold with his Devil Fruit powers; one of its applications is to encase his victims in the stuff to petrify them, much like Mr. 3.
  • Pokémon:
    • In "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak", according to lore, a woman waited on a cliff for her beloved to come home from war. He never returned, and she eventually turned into a statue.
    • Ash in the climax of Pokémon: The First Movie, after he's hit by two blasts that Mew and Mewtwo fire at each other while he's trying to stop them. He was revived by a slew of Swiss Army Tears from the surrounding Pokémon.
    • Also happens in the very end of the FireRed/LeafGreen saga of Pokémon Adventures, when one of the villains blasts the main characters with an attack from Darkrai. It colliding with Mewtwo caused a reaction that turned the main characters into stone. The next arc uses this as Emerald's reason to pursue Jirachi — to wish the effect reversed.
    • Pokémon Hunter J has a bracelet device that she uses to petrify Pokémon in order to steal them. It apparently also works on people, because Pyramid King Brandon gets turned to stone when he jumps in front of the beam. He is healed though, thanks to Regigigas.
    • Any living thing hit by Yveltal's Oblivion Wing will be turned to stone. Fortunately Xerneas is able to reverse the progress. Sadly, Xerneas leaves without restoring a girl named Aila. Her boyfriend, Jan, kept a constant vigil over her statue even as he turned into an old man.
  • Vérone from Radiant is a Thaumaturge of the Inquisition despite still being a kid, his Miracle which takes the form of a halo made out of light above him, turns everything whitin its radius into stone whe he rings his bell, including concentrated Fantasia.
  • Just one of the many Dark Bring in Rave Master. Its name is Stone Rose, and allows the user to gradually petrify his opponents. Mermaid magic though can contrast the petrification.
  • Xanxus from Reborn! (2004) has a Cool Pet liger who has the power to turn people to stone when it roars. Then Xanxus shoots them through the head...
  • Rosario + Vampire's Ishigama-sensei, the school's art teacher, is a Medusa. Rather than her stare turning people into stone, it's the bite of her snake-like hair that does the job. She's swears she is only turning the school's pretty girls into statues for the art.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • A Western noblewoman forcibly turned by Kunzite into the Monster of the Week turns Ami, Makoto and many other girls in a high-class party into statues. Only Minako, Rei and Usagi escape, and they have to fight and de-possess her to release her prisoners.
    • When Sailor Mars is bitten by a magical snake created by the Monster of the Week, she starts to turn to stone. Being a badass priestess, Mars just uses an ofuda to purify her arm.
  • In Saint Beast, while plotting to break Judas and Luca out of hell, the other four Saint Beasts are betrayed by the Goddess and turned to stone. After years pass, Saki manages to free Goh.
  • Algol Perseus in Saint Seiya turns people into stone with his "Medusa Shield". Destroying the shield and killing Algol reverse the process. Shiryu manages to do both, releasing the petrified Seiya and Shun... but at the very high price of having to pluck out his own eyes since the Shield's magic is powerful enough to go through blindfolds and closed eyelids.
  • In Samurai Deeper Kyo, the "true" Mekira turns Yuya to stone from the waist down using the Medusa Eye, a magical eye implanted on his arms, and completely statue-fies the newly heel face turned Santera. They recover after Akari gets seriously peeved and does away with Mekira using the true Medusa Eye (which doesn't turn the victim to stone, but directly to ashes). Furthermore, it's implied that Mekira planned to devour Akari after turning her into a statue.
  • In 3×3 Eyes:
    • Madame Huang Shunli/Xun Gui has a Breath Weapon that turns people, partially or whole, to stone. She declares that her victims are condemned to stay petrified as long as she lives. Aguri Chen and later Yakumo's arm and leg are petrified by her.
    • Benares' Juuma Si Shi (Stone Thread) is a small tadpole-like critter which can spit a black thread of web which turns anything to stone. Most notably, during the climax of the Amara arc, Benares-Possessed!Yakumo uses it to petrify Amara's heart, dooming the entire planet and forcing Ushas to appear and save the day.
  • In SD Gundam Force, the Bagu-Bagu inject a chemical that turns organic life forms into stone. All life in the kingdom of Lacroa was given this treatment. Near the end of season one, they turn most of the residents of Neotopia to stone, but after regaining his Soul Drive, Captain Gundam reverses the petrifaction by reprogramming them in the Brain World.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins:
    • King turned Ban to stone as a way to bypass his immortality. Elaine turned Ban back to normal.
    • Galan's special ability, Truth, makes it so anyone who lies or breaks an oath in his presence instantly turns to stone. He himself is not immune to this ability. After Galan and Escanor both swore an oath to not stop fighting each other until one of them was dead, Galan eventually panics and tries to run away when he sees how powerful Escanor is, and turns to stone as a result.
  • In her first appearance in Sgt. Frog, Alisa Southerncross does this to two pursuers by turning her headband (actually a part of her amorphous alien adoptive father) into a cluster of snakes (a clear reference to the Gorgon, which another character recognizes).
  • A demon in the original Shadow Lady story liked to prey on pretty, young girls, so he could take them to his house and turn them into naked stone statues. He smashed one of them to pieces to prove a point to Shadow Lady just before fighting her, bringing up all sorts of grisly implications when he was defeated and all the girls returned to normal.
  • The☆Ultraman has a lake monster called Garadoras who has a Stone Sonar ability, which can transform humans into statues. However, thanks to No Ontological Inertia, by destroying Garadoras it's victims then reverts back to flesh.
  • Ushio and Tora: the aptly-named Stone Eater is a giant two-headed centipede demon hidden in a living stone armor. His hunting method consist in turning the people inside his kekkai to stone, then devour them at his leisure. Luckily, Ushio manages to break the stone casing in time after dealing with the Yokai.
  • The villain of the manga-faithful Violinist of Hameln movie was basically Medusa with a chip on her shoulder, and she turns Hamel's companions Oboe, Sizer, and Raiel, into stone statues. Not that this deters Hamel in the least — he goes on to use these statues as missiles to hurl at her. Unfortunately for Raiel, she gets fed up with this very quickly and smashes him into pieces when Hamel tosses him at her. Then, paying heed to the trope, the petrified victims return to normal as soon as she's defeated, leading the panicked Hamel and Flute to reassemble Raiel before he returns to normal.
  • Basho Matsuo from Yaiba can turn people to stone with his magic needles. However, even if they're broken, they return to normal after the needle is removed or broken.
  • Anacondy, The Dragon in Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go!, has the ability to do this albeit with the downside of it tiring her out incredibly quickly. It's implied that this is where all the statues in the Eternal Museum came from...
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • During the Yugi/Pegasus duel at the end of Duelist Kingdom, Pegasus uses the Gorgon's Eye trap to turn all of Yugi's defense monsters to stone — and whenever one is destroyed, Yugi loses Life Points equal to half of the monster's Defense Points.
    • During the Virtual World arc, the villain Noah turns the Kaiba Bros. into stone after Seto loses by risking to use Last Turn, causing Yugi to take over and continue the duel. When Noah gets fed up with Yugi getting the upper hand and talking him down to reality, he threatens to turn all of Yugi's supporters into stone, and does, in this order: Duke, robot-monkey!Tristan, Serenity, and Joey. And when he turns Tea into stone, Yugi goes through an over-the-top Heroic BSoD.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, sand worms do this to the main cast in episode 5 via petrifying spit.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Misty's Reptiless/Reptilianne monsters could reduce opposing monster's ATK to 0, which was illustrated by them turning to stone.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: In his original life as human, Vector used demons called Gorgonic Guardians against the armies of his enemy Nasch who could do this. In the present time, an entity named Abyss used an Xyz version of this monster against Shark – who was the reincarnation of Nasch – as part of a means to restore his past memories.
  • Before the events of Zatch Bell!, there was another tournament held where one of the competitors had petrified at least twenty of the other demons for a thousand years; fully conscious. Keep in mind that most of them are children, some of them as young as six.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 2 of Flower Fairy, while An'an's gang is in Otherspace, Shuxin is made to play a game of life-sized chess with a fairy, with the repercussion that Shuxin slowly turns into stone as her time limit runs out.
  • Happy Heroes:
    • Episode 37 features a rock man who turns anything he touches into stone. Among the people he turns into stone are Happy S.'s teammates, Sweet S., Smart S., and Careless S.
    • In Season 7 episode 13, Clown Monster can turn people into stone by absorbing energy from their laughs using a ruby on his chest and releasing it at them.

    Card Games 
  • In the Culdcept series, Medusa and Cockatrice both have variations on this effect. The stronger (and more expensive) Medusa can transform creatures into Statues, colorless creatures that can't use items and also can't recover HP. The weaker-but-cheaper Cockatrice turns enemies into Stone Walls, which still have a color (Green), can use a few items, and will still recover HP when their owner makes a lap. However, even Cockatrice's Stone Walls might still be preferable to had to deal with before.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Mechanically, creatures like basilisks and gorgons usually just destroy creatures outright, though this is often flavored as petrification (see the card Mass Calcify for a spell example).
    • This has now been featured on a planeswalker: Vraska the Unseen, a gorgon assassin from the Golgari Swarm. This seems to be the flavor behind both her +1 and -3 (+1, anyone who jumps her is petrified, -3, she tracks her target down and assassinates them through petrification).
    • Basalt Golem, on the other hand, turns enemy creatures to stone. In an emergency, your opponent can still use them for blocking (at least, blocking creatures that aren't Basalt Golem).
    • Similarly, Aurification turns them into gold.
    • And then there's Stone-Cold Basilisk, which can turn a player to stone.
    • Story-wise, there's also Lord Konda, the villain of the Kamigawa block. He became immortal when he captured the daughter of the ruler of the Kami, but was eventually defeated when he was turned to stone and shattered (it's implied that he's still alive, just... in pieces).
    • White in general has the most spells involving this. Taken to extreme effects in Kirtar's Wrath, Aurification and Mass Calcify.
  • In the Magi-Nation storyline, Tuku is a character who was petrified for a thousand years. In an interesting twist, he is aware of everything that he can see, and still feels things like itching and lack of sleep. A short story, from his petrified point of view, can be found here.

    Comic Books 
  • All-Star Comics: Gazing upon the Loreli's mirror will turn the one doing the looking to stone. She manages to catch most of the Justice Society of America this way the fist time they meet and the magic has to be undone by a panicked Rapunzel.
  • In Asterix and Obelix All at Sea, this is revealed to be the effect of magic potion overdose. Bonus points for the resulting statue being actually made of granite and the clothes not being petrified.
  • The villainous Absorbing Man (usually a foe of The Avengers) has a similar ability, and can turn himself into any substance he can touch. Naturally, he usually chooses stone, steel, concrete or some other strong material, but he becomes very dangerous when he uses the power to assimilate Cap's shield or Thor's hammer.
  • One of the wizards' more often used powers in Douwe Dabbert.
  • In ElfQuest, some of the magic users among the Gliders of Blue Mountain spend their lives in apparent trances, focusing their minds on specific limited tasks such as opening and closing portals or correcting flaws in the rock, while their bodies remain almost completely inanimate. It is hinted (though never actually confirmed) that Big Bad Winnowill keeps them this way to prevent them from revealing things they have learned about her. One of them, Door (the male one) in the New Blood series became the tyrant of a people of humans. One way of killing servants that displeased him was making stone from the floor flow up over their skin until they were completely encased in it, effectively creating a statue with a corpse inside.
  • Emma Frost can turn her own body to diamond at will, and she's able to move around in this form. She can't use her Psychic Powers in this form though.
  • In a Fables Spin-Off featuring Thessaly the witch, the eponymous witch falls into this trap when she notices that she's surrounded by odd statues wearing horrified expressions. Her last thoughts before she gets turned to stone are exasperated self-recriminations for falling into such a stupid trap.
  • This was one of Doom's earliest plots while facing the Fantastic Four. "I'll turn you all to statues, with liquid titanium steel!"
  • Paige Guthrie, aka Husk (a founding member of Generation X who now appears occasionally in other mutant titles) can turn her own body into anything - iron, stone, diamond, adamantium, you name it - and not only move easily, but gain some degree of super-strength and invulnerability.
  • When, in Gold Digger, the evil werewolf Brendan temporarily gained transcendent magic power, one of the first things he did with it was turn his opponent - Brittany Diggers, the (thanks to him) only remaining werecheetah in the world - into a living, but motionless statue. Unfortunately for him, he forgot about this when he lost the power again, and oh boy, a werecheetah can land so many blows in under a second...
    • Brittany had been turned into a statue before, but on that occasion she was animate... a super-strong, super-fast granite statue under the magical control of Atlantean sorcerer Gyphon.
  • In Grimm Fairy Tales Photoshoot Special 2016, Robyn Hood fights fights a villainess called Madame Medusa, who uses a gorgon's eye to petrify actresses and models and turn them into exhibits for her private gallery. She tries to do this to Robyn.
  • Iznogoud: Several stories involve Iznogoud getting turned into a statue at the end.
    • "The Golden Handshake" features Ghoudas Gho'ld, descendant of King Midas, who can only turn things into gold-plated versions of their original forms. Close enough, thinks Iznogoud, and he tries to get the unfortunate curse victim to shake the hand of the Caliph. But all manner of other things and people are turned into gold-plated statues instead, and finally Ghoudas and Iznogoud share a farewell handshake. Wa'at Alahf can see how this will end up as soon as Iznogoud announces the plan, and has a commemorative plaque ready for the statue as soon as the transformation happens.
    • The vizier is told in "The Wax Museum" that all of the waxworks of past and future villains he is bringing to life - from Marcus Junius Brutus to Al Capone - must be back in the museum when it closes for the day at 7pm, or he will be turned into a waxwork instead, and no spell will bring him to life. Inevitably, he fails and is turned into a statue (and once again, Wa'at Alahf can see this coming a mile away and prepares accordingly by buying a feather duster).
    • "The Freezing Song" sees Iznogoud encountering the siren Waharning, whose song freezes all who hear it (Crawdad, the captain of the ship that brought her back to Basra, is deaf as a post and so was unaffected). She is taken back to Baghdad in a bathtub (a strange new contraption in the caliphate), but every time Iznogoud tries to get her to sing for the Caliph, she finds new reasons why he cannot hear her song. Finally, insistent that she be returned to the sea that day, she is taken to a clifftop... but as the Caliph is tone deaf, she refuses to perform once more, and an enraged Iznogoud kicks her bathtub over the cliff as she bursts into a song intended to freeze him. He covers his ears, and waits until she hits the water to uncover them, assuming he is safe from her song. Unfortunately, as Wa'at Alahf explains to the reader as he carries the catatonic Iznogoud back home, he happened to be standing at the top of Echo Cliff...
  • Legends of Baldur's Gate: This happened to Minsc at some point after the games in which he originally appeared, enabling the Time Skip. People just thought he was a statue of himself. He's revived by a spell that Delina (a Wild Mage was aiming at some gargoyles.
  • At the end of Lori Lovecraft: The Road to Kadath, Dickie Duncan is turned into a statue by the demons he has angered with his singing.
  • The Mighty Thor: Grey Gargoyle has the power to turn anyone into an immobile statue for one hour (or himself into a very mobile rock bruiser.) He has to touch the target with his right hand. In a two-part story in Iron Man, the Gargoyle passed himself off as sculptor Paul St. Pierre, with his "works" actually being his victims, encased in a clear polymer coating so they would remain immobile. Tony Stark discovered his secret when he took a slight chip off the heel of one statue to analyze it, and the victim immediately reverted to her normal form, fainting from the shock.
  • The Punisher 2099: The Fearmaster had a whole collection of women turned to statues with his molecular engineering powers. Each of them is a different material, you know, so it doesn't get boring. Gold, diamond, that sort of thing. He calls it the "Endymion Room", after a poem by John Keats about eternal youth and beauty (more or less).
  • Robin (1993): Eye contact with the Curator turns the victim into a stone statue until the next sunrise. He treats his victims as an impromptu temporary art exhibit while they're stuck this way.
  • In Sonic the Comic, an incarnation of the gorgon Medusa turns mercenaries Prank and Totem Billy to stone with her gaze. When she uses her gaze on their teammate Kalus, who is already made of stone, he crumbles to sand instead.
  • The Spectre: At the end of The Golden Age of Comic Books, the vastly-powerful Spectre, God's Spirit of Vengeance, was abruptly forbidden to kill anyone by the Comics Code Authority. DC's response was to have the Spectre inflict massive Transformation Trauma on his victims instead—the text about the subject mentioned him turning one villain into a burning candle, then snuffing the flame, while accompanying panels depicted him turning another into inanimate sand.
  • Superman:
    • In Kryptonite Nevermore, several pirates douse Superman with magma. He falls into the ocean and the water cools the magma, encasing Superman in stone.
      Superman: To make matters worse, the water is cooling the magma... causing it stick to me like a second skin!
    • According to the cover of Adventure Comics #389, Supergirl did this to her ex boyfriends with a touch. In truth, this was a ruse she used to expose a criminal who was working for Brainiac, who had hit on her.
    • In Supergirl (1972) #8, Medusa's ghost gives Kara a head full of real snakes and the curse of turning any man who looks at her to stone.
    • In Bizarrogirl, the titular character has Eye Beams that cover the victims with a stone shell.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, Belinda is turned to crystal once Mr. Mxyzptlk's device completely absorbs her emotions. She is still sentient and can broadcast her thoughts.
    • In The Super-Revenge of Lex Luthor: In the asteroid prison where Luthor, Brainiac and three members of the Legion of Supervillains were serving time, prisoners who attempt to escape get shot with a ray which turns them into solid crystal statues.
      Prison Guard: "Escape? Ha, Ha! Forge it, Luthor! Take a look at what our H-3 ray gun did to the last bunch of cons who tried to get away!"
      Lex Luthor: "That ray must've turned them to solid crystal!"
    • Legion of Super-Heroes: Stone Boy can turn into an immobile statue. However, he manages to use this power effectively anyway.
  • Terra: Richard Faulkner's exposure to Quixium turned him into a being of living metal. When his girlfriend Veronica tries it out her metallic form quickly solidifies.
  • The "final" fate of Thanos in the Marvel Universe of the 70's; when a spectral Adam Warlock briefly manifests from the Soul World inside the Soul Gem, he lunges at Thanos and petrifies him. It seems like a useful non-death to bring back the villain later on, doesn't it? But no, it is confirmed that he was instantly killed, and his soul is later seen in Death's domain and even helps his archnemesis Captain Marvel deal with his own passing later on. Thanos's stone corpse lies in a vault for decades and is eventually destroyed, but he is nevertheless reembodied and resurrected by Death herself, who has a new task for him.
  • Tom Strong once wondered why his archenemy Paul Saveen had a collection of statues of other supervillains. One of them was Ingrid Weiss.
  • Transformers: Generation One: Megatron does this to human villain Lazarus by infecting him with a "cyber-virus" that converts organic material into Cybertronian metal (which was going to be used on Earth). Years later, likely as a subtle dig, the transmogrified Lazarus cameos in a Transformers webcomic-as a piece of junk in the Decepticon base, alongside B.O.T from a particularly hated G1 episode.
  • The Phantom Blot did this to Minnie's village in Wizards of Mickey, which is what set her off on her own quest. She eventually suffers the same fate in the second arc.
  • Gorgon, one of the few Wolverine foes that outmatched him in everything Wolvie was good at, could turn people to stone just by looking at them. Unfortunately for Gorgon he was not one of those mutants with immunity to his own power. Wolverine defeated him by popping his shiny reflective claws at just the right moment.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Lord Uvo's Kal-C-M Ray turns those it's fired upon into statue-like figures, though they're still able to move their eyes.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Medusa kills several people by meeting their eyes her deadly gaze and turning them to stone. She plans to use her ability through a live broadcast to kill a huge chunk of the world's population and Diana has to kill her to put an end to it. Prior to her resurrection monsters created from fragments of her attacked people and turned them to stone during "Gods and Mortals" and "The Contest," though their victims could be saved with their destruction.
    • In Judgment In Infinity, the Adjudicator turns several soldiers attacking him into glass statues before dissolving them into atoms.
  • Once while fighting the X-Men, Doctor Doom had Storm turned into a decorative statue. Particularly nasty since she was aware, and such an And I Must Scream moment would have been horrifying for someone who isn't extremely claustrophobic.
  • This happens to Slobo in Young Justice as Darkseid turns him into a, still aware, statue towards the end.

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    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • Cleaves, Cuts and Cracks: Spinel uses the crystalline version. However, due to Power Degeneration she herself could get inflicted by this.
  • Comatose: Eric was turned to stone by Jafar; Ariel's statue of him from the movie actually is him. As in the movie, it still gets smashed by Triton.
  • Cupcakes (Sergeant Sprinkles): In one alternate ending, Pinkie Pie, unable to cope with the guilt of what she did under the influence of a Parasprite, asked Celestia to do this to her. She got it. It's played for tragedy, as this was the more merciful option for her, due to her attempting suicide numerous times.
  • A Diplomatic Visit:
    • Diplomat at Large: In chapter 7, Tempest suffers this at the hands of the Storm King and an Obsidian Orb. Twilight later drains the magic out with the Staff of Sacanas and restores her to flesh.
    • The Diplomat's Life: The epilogue reveals that this is Cozy Glow's final fate, after it turns out she was still severely mentally ill and too much of a danger to ever be let free, even after having her body aged up to adulthood.
  • Fate Genesis: Rider uses her Mystic Eyes of Petrification on Sonic during their first bout. Problem is, she removes her blindfold to do so while the latter is charging a Spin Dash, thinking her petrification would stop said charge — they do turn Sonic to stone, but only after he began shooting towards her. End Result? Rider proves unprepared for Sonic's momentum, and is thusly struck by a spiny ball of stone moving at Mach speeds.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Gorgenia has a forbidden spell that allows her to turn anyone she makes direct eye contact with to stone, if she knows what it is she is turning to stone. She uses this spell to turn the Mane 6 and Cadance to stone and later does the same to Shining Armor. But, the spell is only temporary on Cadance since she was not always an alicorn, she was originally a pegasus, and once Gorgenia is defeated the effects of the spell reverse and return everyone to normal.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: In the second arc, Trigon turns every hero and villain in the battlefield to stone. Fortunately, one of them resists the transformation for long enough to summon The Spectre, who deals with Trigon and undoes his spell.
    In the second of these encounters, Trigon had turned most of the heroes of Earth to stone. That was what he was doing now, and not all the magical power of the many mages in their company nor all the science-based might of the other heroes was able to stop him. Dr. Fate, Halo, Captain Atom, Green Arrow, Batman, all the rest, all the heroes, all the villains, all of them were petrified in their tracks.
  • Lost Cities: After most of Lith's inhabitants left the city, those that remained behind gradually turned to stone; in time, the city became home to nothing but half-buried statues.
  • Mario & Luigi: Invaders from Space: Tatanga uses a spell called the "Galaxy Petrification Spell" with which he turns people and places into stone.
  • In Metroid: Kamen Rider Generaions, Gandrayda locks eyes with Sagara, turning him into stone for all eternity. Considering Sagara's true motives in Gaim's TV canon, it eventually bites him back in the ass.
  • In The Night Unfurls, a number of statues can be found in what remains of Rad. They look like panicked people, either raising their hands to shield their eyes, or attempting to run away from... something. As if the Yahar'Gul motif is not all the more evident already, the characters draw the inevitable conclusion that many of Rad's citizenry are petrified by something. Even the readers are not given any indication as to how and why that happened.
  • Olive's Last Partner: Just as in the Odd Squad episode "Dance Like Nobody's Watching", Olive is turned into a stone statue when she misjudges the pattern of Oscar's second booby trap. What the episode doesn't show, however, is how Olive got turned back to normal, whereas this fanfic does — Oscar uses the Un-Statue-inator on her, and she becomes so drained of strength from the entire ordeal of being turned to stone that she is unable to walk without assistance and is led to the hallway where Oprah is frozen in a block of ice from when she triggered the first booby trap.
  • People in Glass Houses: A run-in with an artifact (antique snow globe) ends with Myka trapped in a giant glass ball for three days, and at the end of the third day she stiffens into a statue unable to move or see (she closed her eyes right before she lost control) in center of said ball complete with water and glitter but fully aware and able to hear everything around her for ELEVEN days before she is finally freed.
  • Queen of Shadows: Himitsu, desperate to survive as his former allies Gurando and Rosuto try to kill him, absorbs the godly essence he removed from a sample of Jade's blood. This gives him a brief Super Mode, but after a few minutes it wears off and he starts rapidly turning to stone, to his fear and horror.
  • The Punch-Out!! fanfic Shining And Sweet has a magic plant called moondew, which, should the sap make contact with your skin, causes you to slowly turn to stone. A cream cure can be made to stop this; otherwise, four spirits must be reunited to save you. A Great Tiger-focused arc showed Tiger on a quest to find these four spirits and free Glass Joe from this rocky fate.
  • Sixes and Sevens: Roger Aubrey experiences a horrifying version when imprisoned with other men in a HYDRA prison. They're marched into a modified gas chamber which is pumped full of Terrigen Mist, causing them all to turn to stone. Roger survives and gains his abilities, but not before realizing that the chunks of stone the soldiers are shovelling away used to be people.
  • The Smurfette Village: In the third story, this happens when Gloria's descendant Amber uses the Scepter of Faith on Asmoday. He is shattered soon afterward.
  • The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments: Twilight Sparkle gets turned to crystal after the magical time-and-space thing she's experimenting with explodes.
  • Rose of Pollux has this happen to the Doctor in A Time Lord's Fear. Thankfully, it doesn't stick.
  • "Tyrant Celestia" fanon considers pony statues in Celestia's royal garden to possibly be this. One comic that takes this approach.
  • With Strings Attached:
    • Paul is turned into a diamond statue and later blown up.
    • Also, on two occasions George turned himself into a rock and a chunk of metal, respectively. And he did a boulder monster too, though that's alive.
    • And in an inversion, Brox discovers a spell that turns inanimate objects into living creatures.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves: When Saluk grabs the movie's MacGuffin, the Hand of Midas, with his bare hands during the climax (catching it by the golden hand itself instead of the bronze handle), he accidentally transforms himself into a statue of gold.
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time: A fight between Anastasia and the Fairy Godmother over a magic wand results in Anastasia accidentally turning the Fairy Godmother into a stone statue. After Cinderella with help from Anastasia undoes this spell, the Godmother exclaims that she feels stiff, and takes time to loosen up her joints.
  • Dark Fury: Antonia Chillingsworth keeps some criminals whom her crew capture for herself so she can turn them into a living statue collection.
  • The Frog Princess: In the climax, Koshchei turns Vasilisa into a golden statue.
  • Frozen (2013):
    • In a variation of this trope, Anna becomes solid ice after being struck in the heart with Elsa's ice powers.
    • Olaf's Frozen Adventure: "The Ballad of Flemmingrad (Traditional Version)" from the soundtrack release. It's about a beloved troll who got stuck in a crevice while running away from humans, and ended up becoming a rock permanently.
    • Frozen II: Elsa enters the deepest part of Ahtohallan, a place so cold that even she, the Snow Queen, isn't immune, and she freezes into an ice statue, like Anna in the first movie.
  • Gandahar: The invading Metal Men use energy weapons that petrify their targets.
  • Happily Ever After is a particularly terrifying example. Lord Maliss wants revenge on Snow White for the death of his sister, the evil Queen, and when he finally captures Snow White, he drags out his vengeance to torture her. He disguises himself as the Prince and pretends to rescue Snow White from Maliss's castle but spends most of the time frightening her with his coldness. He drags her outside where they are surrounded by stone statues- expressing nothing but pain and fear- and shows Snow White a stone plinth bearing her name. Revealing himself, Lord Maliss takes a cloak from atop a statue and tosses it at her. The Shadow Man pushes her out of the way and the cloak instead lands on a large lizard, causing it to scream in pain until it goes silent. Snow White removes the cloak to reveal the lizard turned to stone... just like the statues of Maliss's minions surrounding her. And just like Snow White in a few minutes.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): The Storm King and Tempest are armed with Obsidian Orbs that when thrown, shatter and release a gas that turns whoever they are exposed to to stone. Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Princess Cadance, and Derpy all fall victim to it. Notably, Cadance tries to catch an orb with her force field, but the orb burns right through it and hits her anyway. After pulling a Heel–Face Turn, Tempest shields the Mane Six from the Storm King's orb with her body, and the Storm King gets exposed to the gas as well, turning them both to stone. The Storm King's statue falls off a balcony and shatters, but Twilight Sparkle is able to save Tempest and restore the others.
  • Ne Zha: The water demon's special attack consists of blowing bubbles that petrify any flesh they pop against.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In the seventh movie, the goats have to battle a big stone dragon that can turn anything into stone with its breath. The dragon uses this ability to turn several characters into stone a couple of times.
  • The Real Shlemiel: This is ultimately how the Big Bad, Darko the sorcerer, is defeated, when the Lantuch conveniently gets his memory back and casts a spell that turns him to stone. It is never specified whether this is the lethal variant or not beyond Aaron saying "the sorcerer's gone", but he remains a statue forever.
  • Sleeping Beauty: Maleficent's pet raven, Diablo, was turned into a stone statue by Merryweather after a short chase to stop him from alerting Maleficent of Phillip's escape from the Forbidden mountain.
  • The Snow Queen (1995): In The Snow Queen's Revenge, the Snow Queen falls into lava. The ending of the movie shows her body to be intact, but completely turned to stone along with her staff. Her eyes glow before the credits roll, hinting that she is still alive.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Mr. Krabs is framed for stealing King Neptune's crown, and remains frozen over the course of six days. He may either wait until SpongeBob and Patrick retrieve said crown or be burnt to death after the six-day shift.
  • Wonder Woman Blood Lines: Medusa turns multiple Amazons and Steve Trevor to stone, those who were not crushed while in this state are returned to life when Medusa loses her head.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Medusa turns a disbelieving townswoman to stone. (She gets better.) Notably, in the darker original novel, she doesn't— and her Henpecked Husband doesn't seem too broken up about it.
  • The Book of Masters:
    • This fate presumably awaits Katya when her soul is sucked into a magical stone. The process is stopped and reversed with a timely rescue.
    • Later on, the Stone Princess turns Yangul to stone for making a Heel–Face Turn and defying her. His ultimate fate isn't specified, but hopeful fans have speculated she lifts the spell after her own Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
    • Both versions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe have the White Witch's power to turn people to stone, and doing so to Mr. Tumnus and the fox, as well as being restored by Aslan, carry over from the book. The BBC version retains Giant Rumblebuffin. In the Disney version, a griffon falls and shatters after being turned to stone.
    • In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lord Restimar being turned to gold by the water of Deathwater Island also carries over.
  • Medusa in Clash of the Titans hunts Perseus and his two soldiers down in her lair, which is filled with stone statues who were once people. She kills one soldier with her bow and petrifies the other, before being killed and beheaded by Perseus. After she's dead, Perseus uses her head (and eyes) to petrify the Kraken and save Andromeda.
  • In The Colour of Magic, Trymon turns the other wizards to stone upon obtaining near-ultimate power. This is implied to be permanent, and likely the variant that kills the victim. After one of Trymon's spells is deflected, he slips on a banana peel causing his spell to hit him, turning him to stone as well. If there is any doubt that he is dead, it goes away when a worker accidentally drops the stone Trymon, shattering him to pieces.
  • In Ernest Scared Stupid, the troll Trantor's signature power is to turn kids into little wooden dolls that give him his power.
  • In Eternals, Sersi stops the Emergence by turning Tiamut to stone.
  • In the Hammer Horror film The Gorgon, the apparition of one of the Gorgons of Classical Mythology turns several people to stone. Another man glimpses her reflection in a pool of water and is partially paralyzed, but survives.
  • The Monkey King's petrification nearly 500 years ago is at the center of the plot of The Forbidden Kingdom.
  • In Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this is what happens to Bellatrix Lestrange before she gets blown to pieces.
  • In The Hazing, the Murderous Mannequin transforms Justine into a mannequin herself. Delia, not realising what has happened and thinking this is another of Justine and Jacob's scare attempts, shoves the Justine mannequin down the stairs, where it smashes.
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, when elves die, their bodies turn to orange stone.
  • In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Pinhead is trapped as a statue, but frees himself after a certain amount of blood.
  • Queen Admira from The Hugga Bunch has the power to freeze people in place, which she uses on Bridget after the girl accidentally insults her. Later, Bridget's friends from the Hugga Bunch are able to restore her to normal through The Power Of Hugs.
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The Sword In The Stone is revealed to be this. To prevent his evil brother getting hold of Excalibur, King Uther Pendragon impaled himself on the sword which then turned his body to stone, which then broke through the jetty he was standing on and sank into the lake. Years later when Arthur has grown up the water level in the lake lowers to expose the stone as a portent that the Rightful King Returns.
  • Kull the Conqueror: On the frozen isle there is a temple room filled with previous explorers who were all frozen solid when they entered and a riddle on the wall on how to pass safely. It turns out only a woman may pass safely and receive the god's gift.
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The ultimate fate of one of the untransformed hollowgasts. Done by the Twins.
  • The 50's The Monolith Monsters features growing towers of crystals that fall and shatter; anyone exposed to their shards begins to turn to stone. What makes it worse is that the crystalline stones expand and even explode when coming in contact with water.
  • In Queen of the Damned, Queen Akasha and her husband King Enkil ruled over Ancient Egypt as tyrannical vampire monarchs before Enkil lost his thirst and turned into a living statue. Akasha soon followed suit and both were kept in safekeeping by Marius before Lestat found them.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Frank-n-Furter turns Columbia, Janet, Rocky and Brad into statues, dresses them up in makeup and corsets, turns them back to normal, forces them to do a floor show, then makes them join him in a synchronized pool orgy.
  • In the final scene of Sodom and Gomorrah, Ildith discovers that her husband, Lot, wasn't kidding when he said Jehovah would smite anyone who looks back at the destruction of Sodom, as doing so would be taken as a sign of regret for the city's evil ways. One flash of light later, she has been turned into an Ildith-shaped pillar of salt.
  • A weapon turning living beings into ash was developed in Star Trek: Nemesis.
  • Star Wars: Han Solo, frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back, later put on display in Jabba's palace then eventually unfrozen in Return of the Jedi.
  • Tales from the Hood: A variation when one of the cops who murdered a black politician is crucified and made part of a piece of graffiti, still screaming in agony.
  • The Shaw Brothers movie Vengeance of a Snow Girl ends with the titular character, a girl with supernatural ice powers, giving up her life so that she turns into an ice statue.
  • The biblical parody Wholly Moses! does a riff on the story of Lot's wife, with the female lead getting turned into a salt statue by looking back at Sodom and Gamorrah's destruction. She then gets used by the survivors at an ongoing condiment source.
  • In Willow, the village sorcerer gives Willow a pouch of magical acorns and says, "Anything you throw them at, turns to stone." This turns out to be true. However, at no point do they actually do Willow any good. He tries to use them in a fight with a troll, but he drops the acorn and instead of turning the troll to stone, it just petrifies the wooden plank it lands on. He actually manages to hit Queen Bavmorda, but it turns out that Bavmorda's magical kung fu is rather stronger than the village sorcerer's, and she shakes off the effect with ease.
  • Wishmaster:
    • In the opening the Djinn turns a member of the Persian royal court into part of the brick wall as one of the "wonders" he promised to show the Emperor.
    • There's also a variation. The Djinn tricks the female clerk at a clothing store into wishing she "could be beautiful forever". He turns her into a mannequin.
  • This is Loki's fate in Wizards Of The Lost Kingdom II. It's unclear whether this kills him or just traps him forever.

  • Used in the Choose Your Own Adventure book about being sent back in time to the Ancient Greek Olympics. If you successfully win the Olympics, you will travel to the temple of Zeus and pray for your trip to Ancient Greece to never end. Yeah...
  • In the Fighting Fantasy spinoff, Sorcery!, one of the spells you can use if your playing as a wizard is the ROK spell, which requires a handful of stone dust; throwing the dust on any enemies will turn them into a statue. In one option however you can choose this spell to be used on a Rock Demon (as in, a monster who is already made of rock), and its outcome is as useless as you'd expect.
  • Used several times as an ending in the Gamebook Give Yourself Goosebumps books. In The Curse of the Creeping Coffin you are turned into a statue and ghosts 'tease you and pinch your stone nose' until the end of time. In Shop Till You Drop... Dead! two endings turn you into a mannequin and a cardboard cutout.
  • In one of the GrailQuest books, you can encounter the legendary Medusa herself. Though she has a relatively low chance of actually hitting you, a successful hit means that she has managed to turn you stone and that's it. Game over, go to 14. She also has 100 Life Points, meaning she will have plenty of chances to hit you. On the bright side, if you do manage to defeat her you can walk away with a fortune in gold.

  • Two Catholic priests are travelling together and book a room in a hotel. They go to sleep early, then notice a light coming through a hole in the wall. Curious, they look through it, and see a beautiful young woman undressing. One of the priests gasps in horror and pull the other one away.
    "Why'd you do that for? It was just getting to the good part!"
    "Because during seminary, they taught us that if we were ever to look upon a naked woman, we would turn to stone... and I can feel it starting to happen!"

  • Adventures In Agapeland The Music Machine: Prince Nakel is rumored to have this power and, as his castle courtyard is filled with stone statues, it may very well be true.
  • Ares Express, by Ian McDonald, has decadent rich people buy furniture made from children locked into a suit that keeps them alive but paralyzed in the desired position, unable to see, hear or even talk while fully conscious: the novel implies that this is irreversible.
  • The Atomic Time of Monsters: Upon death, Kaiju turn into crystalline Yamaneon.
  • Below: Gareth uses a dangerously unpredictable wand of polymorphosis against goblins that outnumber the party, hoping to turn some of them into creatures that slow the others down. Then one hit turns a goblin into a cockatrice that can instantly petrify anyone on contact, and the goblins manage to drive it towards the party. Oops. Jase holds it off, but it hits him with its tail. At least he ends up in a heroic pose.
  • Blood Of The Goddess: The titular goddess is Medusa, whose gaze turns people into stone.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: One of the tie-in novels featured Buffy's friend from the film, Pike, who got a spell cast on him and was slowly being turned to stone, until Buffy found out how to stop it.
  • The Carpet People has a termagant, a creature whose gaze turns people to stone. The irony is that the beast is actually quite friendly and doesn't do it on purpose. Its own tears cause the statues to come back to life, unless they have been that way for many centuries.
  • Cerberus High: Another Story
    • When he returns to the Underworld after Requiem's reset, Eden discovers that all the demons have been fused with the rocks of the land.
    • When the zombies restraining Eden become petrified on Requiem's command, Eden's remaining limbs turn to stone as well. Eden manages to break free at the cost of becoming a quadruple amputee.
  • The Chocolate Touch has John gain the ability to turn anything that he touches with his lips into chocolate, including people, as John finds out when he kisses his mom.
  • In The Chronicles of Amber series, one of the characters is turned to stone, and serves a coatrack for much of the series.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
    • The witch in C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe does this. Unusually, it isn't fixed when she dies; rather Aslan breathes on everyone to change them back.
    • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: One uninhabited island has a pool of water which turns anything which touches it into gold. A golden statue of a man lies at the bottom of it, which puzzles the heroes for a few minutes before they discover the properties of the water. They're appropriately horrified as the realization sinks in. Caspian names the island Deathwater, and forbids travel to it.
  • Megisto, a dark sorcerer from Chronicles of the Emerged World was captured by the nymphs and punished for his misdeeds with a curse: He's free to wander and live during nighttime as a human, but during the day he's sealed in a rock in the middle of a forest.
  • Used as a form of execution in The Darksword Trilogy. In the second book, Saryon intentionally throws himself in front of the executioner's spell while holding the eponymous Darksword, both Taking the Bullet and trapping the Darksword in his stone hands. He gets better.
  • In The Divine Comedy, the Furies on the walls of Dis threaten to call forth Medusa to turn Dante to stone, but Virgil shields him with his cloak.
  • Dragon #038, has a story The Cup of Golden Death. Its beauty attracts those to touch and embrace the shining golden cup, and ultimatly causes them to turn into a statue of gold. It turned the tratorous companion into a gold statue, along with an entire camp of bandits. Niall was informed of the nature of the cup, and kept it in a blanket. High priest Hurazin attempted to invoke the true nature of the cup to claim a God, only to be captured.
  • The Dilvish, the Damned series begins when the eponymous hero is petrified by an evil wizard, only reverted back after several centuries, with his soul sent to Hell for the duration.
  • The trolls of the Discworld series are a variant of this: trolls cannot be turned to stone, because as silicon-based life forms, they are essentially already living rock. It's just that their brains work better in cold temperatures, so if they leave their mountain homelands, they get stupid, and if it gets too hot, their brains shut down entirely and they go inert until nightfall.
  • Dragon Bones: Basilisks are normal predators, that don't turn their victims into stone - after all, they wouldn't be able to eat them, if they did. However, they do make their victims unable to move, with a kind of hypnosis. When the heroes have to fight one such beast, Oreg decides to turn it into stone, as someone else had done, before the villains revived it.
  • In one of the sidequests in The Dragon Hoard, the heroes encounter an entire island that was turned into stone by an evil sorceress, and are given a personal motive to break the enchantment after the enchantment turns out to be contagious and Jasleth is turned to stone as well.
  • The Baaz Draconians in Dragonlance. Upon death, they turn to stone which traps your weapon, then crumble to rubble in a couple of minutes, but seeing as they attack in large groups and you're left without a weapon, getting the weapon back might prove to be a problem.
  • The Dresden Files: In Summer Knight, Aurora, one of the Queens of the Summer Court, transferred magical power into a person and then turned her to stone to keep the magic from being detected by anyone else. She gets better.
  • Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles:
    • A random nameless fire-witch in Talking to Dragons turns people to stone, including Shiara. Daystar kisses her; she gets better.
    • In Dealing With Dragons, Cimorene meets a prince who's been turned into a living, moving stone statue, having rather hilariously messed up a standard fairy-tale scenario.
  • In The Dungeoneers, among many other punishments, this can happen to those that fail to properly unlock the ultimate treasure.
  • Fablehaven:
    • Olloch the Glutton is trapped as a statue until someone is dumb enough to feed him. When he eats whoever fed him, he reverts back to statue form.
    • Dale is also temporarily turned into a lead statue.
  • Mercedes Lackey's Firebird: Princes and heroes who challenge the Evil Sorcerer Katschei are turned into statues and posed in his gardens. He takes his kidnapped maidens for daily walks among them to remind him of his power and dominance. There are rumors that they can still see and hear; mindful of this, Ilya makes sure to apologize when he bumps into one, and promises to free them. Accordingly, they hail him as a great hero and pledge their friendship when the Katschei's death restores them.
  • In Gods and Monsters the main character Ari is a descendant of Medusa, and had the ability to turn people into stone by touch. When she turns twenty-one, she will become a full-blown Gorgon and will be able to turn people into stone by looking into their eyes, just as Medusa did.
  • L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's Harold Shea: The heroes of Incomplete Enchanter at one point encounter an evil wizard who has punished his apprentice for spying for the good guys by paralyzing him into a nude, flesh and blood statue. Of course, this being written in the 1940s, there's no suggestion that the wizard... does anything else... to his young victim.
  • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, people not actually killed by the Basilisk's glare (which is the normal effect of a direct look) are petrified instead. Though the term confused some people, with even the cover blurb of the American edition getting it wrong, it's clear if you pay any attention that in the Harry Potter universe this means being indefinitely paralysed rather than actually being turned to stone like in many other cases. Over the course of the book, it happens to Filch's cat (she looked at the basilisk reflection in a water pool), Nearly Headless Nick (already dead), Colin Creevey (saw it through his camera's lens), and Hermione (saw the reflection in a mirror). Also Justin Finch-Fletchley (saw the basilisk through Nearly Headless Nick) and Penelope Clearwater (only in the book, not the movie; saw the reflection the same time Hermione did). The traditional treatment for a petrified victim is mandrake root, but only if the mandrakes are fully grown, and the victims have to wait for the ones in the greenhouse to mature.
  • In the final book of Robin Jarvis' Hagwood trilogy, after Rhiannon has taken possession of the key to the casket containing her heart and destroyed it, all seems hopeless. That is, until Gamaliel decides to wergle (shapeshift) his finger into a replacement key. It opens the casket and Rhiannon is subsequently defeated, but there is no way to reverse the spell on Gamaliel and he slowly turns into a gold statue.
  • In the novella "I Like To Watch", the protagonist turns her restless adventurer sister into stone by watching her thoroughly. It's some sort of a an ultimate "you're better home" statement from the protagonist, who spent her whole life in their childhood home, watching things rather than doing them.
  • One of the short stories in The King in Yellow has a sculptor and dabbler in science discover a new element which changes objects to marble, temporarily. He keeps a swimming pool full of the stuff in his house, which is kind of asking for trouble.
  • Kings of the Wyld: "The Quarry" is a prison where the prisoners are turned to stone and locked away in the darkness, guarded by basilisks. While everyone assumes that they are unaware, according to Ganelon they are completely awake. He spent ten years in a frothing rage, hating his friends for abandoning him, but he mellowed out by the time they freed him.
  • Land of Oz series:
    • In The Marvelous Land of Oz, Tip escapes the clutches of the pseudo-witch Mombi before she can turn him into a statue.
    • In The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Unc Nunkie and Dame Margolotte are turned into marble by the Liquid of Petrifaction.
  • The setting of "The Last Man Alive" by Sutherland Neill (from Summerhill school fame). Enforced - Neill did this together with his school children and they wanted a Last of His Kind scenario without a lot of rotting corpses. Some brainstorming and voila.
  • Charles Stross uses the carbon-silicon transition version in The Laundry Files. Bob Howard wields a "basilisk gun" in several books of the series, and the short story "The Concrete Jungle" concerns the origin of the technology and its installation in Britain's extensive CCTV network. In the books, the origin of the "Gorgon stare" is an extremely rare variety of brain tumor; it's also hinted that said tumor is a multi-species thing, and responsible for the myths about gorgons (when it occurs in humans), basilisks (snakes) and cockatrices (chickens). In keeping with the series' general ethos, it does so by converting 1% of the carbon molecules in the target body into silicon... which, in addition to petrifying it, makes it very hot and faintly radioactive, as that excess atomic energy has to go somewhere.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Trolls in Middle-earth are petrified if they're exposed to sunlight. In The Hobbit, Bilbo and his dwarven friends are captured by trolls, but Gandalf provokes an argument between them so that they won't notice the sun rising. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin stumble upon the very spot where that happened as they're rushing from Weathertop to Rivendell. The trolls under Sauron’s army, the Olog-Hai, were bred to remove this weakness so as to be even more efficient in combat.
  • In Master of the Five Magics, The Dragon for a minor antagonist steals a heat-resistant ointment from the hero's mentor, slathers himself with an extra-thick coating, then taunts the hero for not having enough as they both venture into the heart of a volcano. He's Hoist by His Own Petard when the extra-thick coating fails to burn off properly as its protective power is expended ... and then solidifies, trapping The Dragon in an unbreakable, suffocating shell.
  • In Valiant, the second book in Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales, the protagonist actually uses this to her troll-friend/love-interest's advantage when he is dying from injuries. Val exposes him to sunlight, turning him into stone and buying him some time. Notably, the effect is temporary and only lasts until nightfall.
  • In The Neverending Story, Smerg's ice-cold breath has this effect, and turns some trees to stone.
  • When Drizzt, Dahlia and Barrabus assault the home of Draygo Quick in The Neverwinter Saga, they encounter a Medusa that successfully petrifies Dahlia and Barrabus. They spend the next year as statues somewhere in the cellar of the house, until Jarlaxle bails them out when he is rescuing Drizzt.
  • In Night Watch (Series), hundreds of years ago, the High Other Geser used a spell on an array of Dark Others, turning them to stone while keeping their spirits stuck and "alive" inside. The spirits are later released by Anton Gorodetsky so that only their stone forms remain behind.
  • Old Kingdom: In Sabriel, the title character realizes that the wooden figurehead on a ship is a transformed man because the details are far too precise to have been carved by hand. She restores him with a bit of necromancy and a Kiss of Life, and learns that he'd been transformed in an emergency for his own protection (albeit without his knowledge).
  • Percy Jackson:
    • In the first novel, Percy and his friends encounter a masked lady who has a garden full of stone animals, stone people, stone satyrs... It's the real Medusa. And since Percy is the son of Poseidon and his friend Annabeth is the daughter of Athena, Medusa wants a lot of payback. Her head gets used to give Gaby, Percy's stepdad from hell who even beat his mom Sally, some very well deserved karma.
    • In The Heroes of Olympus, Midas does this, too.
      • And further in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard where it happens to any dwarf exposed unprotected to natural sunlight. It is in fact exploited to stop the dwarf in the party from dying until they get the cure. You can't bleed to death as stone, can you?
  • In The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, Li Kwang and his men ride into a mountain and are coaxed into sleeping there by a mysterious woman. When they wake up, they and their horses have turned to stone. They're able to change back by traveling very slowly back to the royal court and saving Jen's life.
  • Schooled in Magic: Being turned to stone is pretty common, even as a punishment for breaking rules in the library. More serious offenses are said to be punished with this permanently. At one point Emily's petrified by an enemy and she only narrowly escapes.
  • Mars, who appears to be this but was actually trapped under a stone shell, and Abraham the Mage, who was turned into a golden statue, from The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
  • A variation in the first Secret Histories novel: a captured water sprite is frozen into a statue. And is completely aware of it.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Shadows In The Moonlight" Olivia dreams of how the statues were men turned to statues for having murdered.
  • In Skulduggery Pleasant, elemental magic-users can use earth powers to petrify themselves in order to avoid harm. As they can stay petrified for centuries without being able to reverse it, it's usually a last resort.
  • The statue in She Fell Among Thieves is Lot's wife, who was turned into salt for looking back towards Sodom. The men mistake the solid white material for marble.
  • In Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, Jim and Will are at one point under a spell that renders them walking statues. When they are left motionless in the Mirror Maze, visitors mistake them for more of the wax figures there, not noticing the wetness in one "statue"'s eyes.
  • Played with in Spearwielder's Tale, in which one character is outraged that Tolkien wrote about trolls that turn to stone in the sun because 'real' trolls do not, and that probably caused many deaths from people running from trolls turning to laugh at them when the sun came up.
  • This is the state of the title character in Philip José Farmer's The Stone God Awakens at the opening of the novel.
  • In The Stoneheart Trilogy, The Walker looks on the face of the Medusa. Guess what happens. But it's okay, 'cause he was the bad guy.
  • In The Stormlight Archive Jasnah gets rid of a thug by Soulcasting him into a quartz statue. Also, the corpses of slain lighteyes are frequently Soulcasted into statues to preserve them.
  • This forms the central conflict of the children's book Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, as Sylvester very foolishly uses the pebble to wish that he was a rock to stop a lion from eating him. He remains fully aware the entire time he is a rock, and knows that the pebble is just out of reach the entire time. He finally turns back when his parents pick up the pebble and place it on the rock so he is able to make a wish to turn back to himself.
  • The title character of Margaret St. Clair's story Thirsty God doesn't literally get turned to stone. After he's raped a humanoid girl, he takes refuge from her family in a "shrine" that's actually an ancient biological processor, and the process wasn't designed for humans. When he wakes up he finds that he's a lot bigger than he used to be and incredibly thirsty. But he's still not big enough to fight the girl's relatives so he falls asleep again. A little while after that he wakes up again, feeling even thirstier, and sees that the girl's family have gone. Thinking it's a trick he decides to get up, but can't make his muscles obey him. A little while after that he's visited by the first of many primitive, waterlogged creatures who are going to force his transformed body to painfully absorb their excess moisture (symbolism, anyone?) for years to come while he can never move again. (Also the story implies he's just one of many who have shared this fate.)
  • In Three Hearts and Three Lions, a giant turns to stone at dawn. Fortunately, our hero is an engineer from our world; he has everyone run, realizing that when carbon becomes silicon, the isotope is bound to be radioactive. In Operation Chaos by the same author, the same observation is a throw-away joke about basilisks.
  • In Too Many Curses, one of the preprogrammed curses unleashed by Margle's death is a Gorgon Haze: a roving cloud of mist that turns things (flesh, plant matter, or even air in its wake) to stone on contact. Fortune, a talking cat, escapes its touch so narrowly that the tip of his tail is petrified.
  • Tortall Universe: In The Immortals, basilisks have the ability to turn people into stone to defend themselves. Tkaa does this to Numair, who is a powerful enough mage, however, that he can get out of it in seconds.
  • In Mike Wilks' puzzle book The Ultimate Alphabetnote , the "L" painting features the face of a weeping statue with living eyes, portraying (among other things) Lady, Looking and Lachrymation. Several other figures in the painting appear to be in the process of turning to stone, but curiously the answers given in The Annotated Ultimate Alphabet don't include a word defined by this (Lithofaction, perhaps?)
  • Uprooted: The fumes of one potion petrify anyone they touch. Time doesn't pass for those people and they can be restored with magic, so Agnieszka uses it on someone corrupted by the Wood to keep him stable until he can be treated. Later, they use it as a non-lethal way to neutralize enemy soldiers.
  • Villains by Necessity: Mizzamir inflicts this on Sam after a brief encounter, planning to come back and Whitewash him once he recovers from an injury. Valerie remarks that this is typical behavior for a "good" mage; transform criminals to stone, then leave them there until he decides what's to be done with them. Her personal opinion on this is that a Baleful Polymorph is more useful if you need to keep an enemy alive for a while — frogs and newts are a lot easier to transport than several hundred pounds of stone, and don't attract attention if one who Can't Hold His Liquor suddenly appears in the middle of the street.
  • In Voyage of the Basset, Medusa unintentionally does this to first mate Sebastian when he attempts to stop her from accidentally doing it to Cassandra.
  • Wings of Fire has Stonemover, a NightWing dragon and Sunny's father, realize that using his animus powers too much will ruin his mind and soul. So he ends up reversing the animus effects: he can't go insane with power...but he ends up slowly turning to stone.
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl has an anecdote about a boy who was turned into stone. The process was apparently slow.
  • Within The Wizardry Cursed, the third book of Rick Cook's Wiz Biz series, the protagonist devises a unique defense method, a set of rings that, upon detecting mortal danger, slow the wearer's timestream to a halt, making them almost indestructible until the danger passes. The problem is, their inert bodies are taken to the Big Bad's lair and the ring continues to consider them in danger...

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Adventures of Sinbad had a Mad Artist villain who could turn anything he touched while wearing magic gloves into stone, and gathered a collection of beautiful women this way. He's defeated when Sinbad grabs his wrist and shoves his hand into his face.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Anyone who touches a Diviner and isn't an Inhuman is killed by being turned to stone.
    • In the episode "Heavy is the Head", Elemental Shapeshifter Carl Creel, having previously touched and been affected by the Diviner, ends his Shapeshifter Swan Song by turning to stone, although, given the nature of his powers, it's more of a temporary setback than the death it would be for anyone else.
      Talbot: I thought Creel was dead.
      Coulson: He's turned to stone, but he could always do that, so I'm not sure how long it'll hold.
    • Creeped Out: Sam is turned into a statue when exposed to the sun.
  • In an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a villain put on a ring that was purported to make one immortal. It "immortalized" him in a way he hadn't bargained for. Removing the ring did not restore him.
  • In an episode of the German sitcom Bernds Hexe (or Bernd's Witch in English), the main character is forced to entertain a stuck-up supermodel. Eventually, she becomes so fed up with the model's snide remarks and insufferable personality that she turns her into a stone statue.
  • The second season of Big Wolf on Campus ended with Merton a stone statue, after he put himself between Tommy and the gaze of Medusa. He gets doubly screwed too, turns out that the cure is also a poison so when he gets turned back he finds himself blind, sweating horribly from a fever, totally unable to care for himself, and with a touch of leprosy (apparently he spits out some teeth).
  • Done on Blood Ties (2007). Surprisingly, Medusa's stare also works on vampires. Naturally, her death restores everyone back to normal (except the poor kid whose statue was smashed up).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This happened to Dracula in 1947 by Comte de Saint-Germain. He is freed by Spike inadvertently.
  • Charmed:
    • Gammill, a Collector of the Strange in "Size Matters" who shrinks witches and turns them into clay figurines.
    • Meta, one of the Titans in "Oh My Goddess" can turn people to stone. She turns Whitelighters to stone and shatters them to steal their teleporting powers. Paige is turned to stone, but is saved from the shattering and later returned to normal.
  • In the third season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a group of Pagans arrive in town. One of them is a gorgon who turns several characters into stone, including Rosalind Walker, Dorcas Night, Nicholas Scratch and also Mary Wardwell in the Bad Future. Another variation occurs when Caliban traps Lucifer, Lilith and later Sabrina in stone in the 9th Circle of Hell. After traveling back in time, Sabrina turns the tables on him and traps him in stone as well.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The was the ultimate fate of Cessair of Diplos in "The Stones of Blood", as a sentence for her criminal past. Unusually, she wasn't turned into any sort of statue, but a featureless monolith.
    • "The Five Doctors" involves a villain looking for Rassilon's secret of immortality. It turns out, though, that the supposed "immortality" is a trap Rassilon laid for megalomaniacs. Borusa becomes immortal by being turned into a paralyzed, living stone face on the base of Rassilon's coffin.
    • "Ghost Light": The victims were petrified by the story's Big Bad, Light, because of his fear of change and evolution (they had "adapted" to a new situation, and so he ensured they would never change again).
    • "New Earth" has a disease called "petrifold regression" that gradually turns the afflicted to stone.
    • The original novel The Stone Rose involves this happening on an involuntary basis to a certain Rose Tyler. And later the Doctor.
    • The Weeping Angels have this happen as a defense mechanism whenever they're seen "because you can't kill a stone". Although they are helpless in this state, their stone forms are seemingly completely indestructible, and as soon as you stop looking at them, you're dead. The Doctor defeated the Angels in their first appearance by having someone run into the TARDIS and letting the Angels converge on it, and then dematerializing at the last second. The Angels all turn to stone, because they're left standing in a circle looking at each other.
    • "The Fires of Pompeii": All of Pompeii's seers are turning to stone because they breathe in dust from Vesuvius in order to have their visions, which is slowly turning all of them into Pyroviles.
    • Subverted in "The Time of Angels", when the Angel in Amy's mind makes her think she's turning to stone. She isn't, but it takes the Doctor biting the affected hand to snap her out of it.
    • In "The Big Bang", all matter in every point in history in the universe is erased except for the Earth, and if not stopped in time all universes everywhere will have never existed. Several Daleks and Cybermen were present at Ground Zero, and as a temporary side-effect of their histories never existing are turned into stone after-images before being erased permanently. Eventually, one of the petrified Daleks becomes partially restored and functional after being exposed to fragments of the original universe before its destruction. When history is fully restored, everything is back in place.
    • In "Village of the Angels", if someone gets touched by a Weeping Angel again after being sent back in time, the victim turns to stone and crumbles away. Also at the end of the episode, THE DOCTOR HERSELF gets turned into a Weeping Angel!
    • There's an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures about an alien race who were the basis of the Medusa myth.
  • Eureka features several people petrifying in the aptly titled episode "Stoned".
  • Occurs to Farscape's Crichton in the second-season episodes "I Do, I Think" and "The Maltese Crichton" (a.k.a. the "Look at the Princess" trilogy). Crichton actually gets his head cut off and thrown in acid in this state. (Temporarily.)
  • Friday the 13th: The Series: The Shard of Medusa is a jagged piece of black rock. Those who hold it for long periods become paralyzed. Stabbing such victims with the Shard turns them into stone. What do you do with your new statues? If you're an artist with more ambition than conscience, you put them on display for fame and fabulous fortune, of course!
  • Goosebumps:
    • A book in the series was called Be Careful What You Wish For and showcased the trope of this name. In the ending of the TV adaptation, which differed considerably from the book, a girl wishes that "wherever I go, people will come to admire me" - and instantly turns into a statue.
    • In the TV adaptation of "Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes", Major McCall (Mr. McCall in the book) is turned into a lawn ornament at the end.
  • In the first episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Iolaus takes on a "she-demon" while Hercules is in a 10-Minute Retirement after the murder of his family, and gets petrified for his trouble. Naturally this impels Hercules to go kill the she-demon, which, of course, restores all of her victims, including Iolaus.
  • Bob Bishop from Heroes can turn anything he wants into gold. It was only used on inanimate objects in the series itself, but in the webcomic we see it being used on a person. That person was then hauled away and melted down.
  • Kamen Rider
    • In Kamen Rider Kiva, people who have their Life Energy drained by Fangire become glass-like and translucent. Only once do we see anyone actually shattering because of this, however. On the other hand, the show completely averts No Ontological Inertia since once somebody's been drained, they're effectively dead.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze had a Monster of the Week, modeled on Perseus, whose left arm was an armored gauntlet with a relief of Medusa's head on it. Initially it only worked with physical contact, but his One-Winged Angel form upgraded it to Eye Beams. However, when he used it on the main character it wore off after some time, apparently since he was in the middle of a Heel–Face Turn and his heart wasn't in it.
  • One recurring obstacle (well, we see it twice but this was a year when no one won) on Knightmare was a giant gorgon head that once turned not just the Dungeoner but the Guides (who are normally immune to harm) to stone.
  • Played for laughs in Look Around You series 2, which has an item about a disease called Geodermic Grantitis (Cobbles), which turns people into vaguely human-shaped piles of rock. Victims can slide around, and can see, hear and talk despite their lack of visible eyes, ears or mouths. The disease has one compensation: its victims can fly. A leaflet, "Coping with Cobbles", is available at pharmacies and quarries, price 1p.
  • Lovecraft Country: Samuel Braithwaite turns to stone when his magical ritual goes awry. Then he gets crushed by falling debris.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • Guest star Tony Randall accidentally turns Miss Piggy to stone. Of course the rest of the gang can't resist cracking jokes in her face about "being taken for granite" since she is in no position to retaliate. This is also a variant that while she might be stone, she can still hear and mumble incoherently in that state, making all the insults really hit home.
    • In the "King Midas" segment of "Muppet Classic Theater" Kermit frustrated with his power to turn everything he touches to gold grabs his face in anger and turns himself to gold.
  • Odd Squad:
    • In "Dance Like Nobody's Watching", one of Oscar's booby traps is rigged so that whomever (or whatever) steps on a wrong tile is turned to stone. Olive goes to test the pattern needed to bypass it, and promptly turns to stone with a terrified expression on her face. Once the booby traps are disabled by Otto, Olive is (somehow) restored to her original state.
    • The Stone-Turner, introduced in "Oona and the Oonabots", is a small creature that has the ability to turn anyone into stone via direct physical contact. It manages to turn almost everyone in the entirety of Precinct 13579, barring Oona and Ocean, into stone, and the two agents are forced to try and capture it without touching it so it doesn't wreak any more havoc.
    • The Piedro de Guerrero, an ancient stone warrior, also has the ability to turn anyone into stone when it's released from the artifact that contains it. However, instead of touching its enemies, it fires red laser beams from its helmet visor at them in order to turn them into stone. It manages to get Orla, Omar and Opal, as well as Oswald's replacement Ortho, but misses Oswald himself, who has to work up his courage in order to stop the Piedro de Guerrero before it turns him to stone as well. The episode "It's Not Easy Being Chill" has the Piedro de Guerrero escaping once more and turning Ortho to stone again, with Oprah herself going to the Museum of Natural Odd and staffing the place in his stead.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • "Under The Bed": A monster that seems to be the boogeyman only comes out at night because sunlight turns it to stone. This even happened to some of its spilled blood when light shown on it. When the heroes overpower and drag it into the light, one then smashes it to pieces with a lead pipe.
    • "Feasibility Study": An alien disease causes anyone infected to gradually petrify.
  • Power Rangers
    • Happened to Madison in Power Rangers Mystic Force, at the hands of a cockatrice-themed Monster of the Week, so she was naturally sympathetic when it happened to Jenji later on at the hands of a Medusa-themed one. This also occurred to Urara, Madison's counterpart in Mahou Sentai Magiranger (the Mystic Force episode was in fact a near copy of the Magiranger episode).
    • Of course, it also happened to Jason, the original Red Ranger, many years before in Power Rangers Zeo, only he was turned to gold. Funnily enough, he was using the Gold Ranger identity at the time.
    • Engine Sentai Go-onger: Sousuke is turned into a bronze statue in GP35-36. He gets better though.
    • Power Rangers Dino Charge has a monster named Badusa who inflicts this on all the rangers except Shelby, Phillip, and James.
    • Power Rangers Dino Fury has a benelovent variation: the statues making up Dinohenge are the petrified bodies of prehistoric creatures that partnered with the Knights of Rafkon. When the Morphin Masters arrived to turn the Knights into Rangers, the animals were turned to stone and their sprits merged with the aliens to turn them into Dino Fury Power Rangers.
  • There's a Star Trek: The Original Series episode, "By Any Other Name" where aliens turn the crew of the Enterprise (except for Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty) into little styrofoam polygons.
  • The fact that that he possessed an "Off" Switch meant Star Trek: The Next Generation's Data often fell victim to being deactivated unexpectedly or against his will. This usually resulted in a somewhat disturbing slump (he reacted just as any human would do if they were knocked unconscious). On at least two occasions, however, unexpected deactivation of energy charges brought on total paralysis, effectively rendering him a mannequin.
  • In the instructional series Storylords, the evil Storylord Thorzuul turned anyone who couldn't understand what they read into statues for his collection.
  • One of the dark magic spells gone awry in Todd and the Book of Pure Evil involved a bully with a Teeny Weenie trying an... enlargement spell to stop all the mockery of his peers. He gets a monstrously large, demonically evil anaconda between his legs, which makes anyone who looks at it rock hard. The titular character tries fighting it with heat vision goggles on.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "The Call", Norman Blane is turned into a bronze sculpture so that he and Mary Ann Lindeby, whose spirit inhabits her bronze self-portrait, can spend all eternity together and end their terrible loneliness. As such, this is a rare example of this trope leading to a Happy Ending.
  • The Ultra Series shows this off quite a bit:
    • This is Alien Hipporito's signature ability in Ultraman Ace. He captures not only Ace, but also Zoffy, Ultraman, Ultraseven, and Ultraman Jack inside of enormous glass containers, which release a liquid and gas that would turn the victim into giant statues of Jade. In later incarnations of the character, the victim would be turned to Bronze.
    • Ultraman Tiga:
      • The monster Gakuma, who can fire a blue laser from its mouth that slowly coats whatever the laser touches into Stone.
      • Gatanozoa, the Grand Finale villain also possesses this ability, which it performs by firing a purple laser from its forehead, which will coat its victim in literally seconds.
    • Ultraman Mebius features a villain named Jashrine, a three-headed alien that can fire a laser from his wings that can turn victims into Gold statues. He apparently collects them as trophies.
    • The Ultraman X monster Gargorgon could turn victims into Stone by opening up its mouth to reveal an eye inside that fires a petrifying beam. No prizes for guessing what her name is derived from.
    • In the Ultraman Orb movie, the space witch Mulnau plans to turn Earth into Crystal so that it will remain beautiful for eternity. She also commands the monster Deavorick, which is equipped with a laser that does exactly that, and she can use crystallizing gas as a Breath Weapon. In an ironic twist, she turns into crystal on death.
    • Part of the Dark Giants' backstory in Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga; in an attempt to stop their rampage millions of years ago, the heroic priestess, Yuzare, gave up her life to have the Giants petrified into solid statues. But eventually the Giants end up being released from their petrification, kick-starting the plot of the series.
      • Gargorgon from X makes a comeback in the show, and once more she's displayed having the same petrification abilities. The resident defense force, GUTS-Select, managed to reverse Gargorgon's powers and petrifies the otherwise unstoppable monster, Metsu-Orochi, but it turns out to be an Awesome, but Impractical choice: Metsu-Orochi can only remain frozen as a statue for 20 hours, and by using Gargorgon's powers GUTS-Select ends up petrifying their own cannons, rendering most of their weapons useless and defenseless when the monster revives.
  • Warehouse 13:
    • There's a variation with a knife that turns people into glass.
    • And, of course, there is the process known as Bronzing, which is said to be done to those that have the potential to do the most damage to the world. And they're conscious the whole time!
    • The fourth season reveals that the bronzing process relies on an Egyptian tablet that has this as its property, except the resulting statues rust and crumble in a matter of hours. The bronzing chamber, created by Paracelsus in the 16th century, during the days of Warehouse 9, stabilizes the effects of the tablet into a more permanent form but also allows the person to be de-bronzed. He was also one of the first people to be bronzed after the truth about some of his other experiments became known.
    • There's also a hybrid of an artifact and a computer virus, which changes people's DNA into a silicon-based configuration, changing their body parts into diatomacious earth. Needless to say, this is incompatible with life.
  • In the Wonder Woman episode "The Fine Art of Crime" art thieves use people temporarily placed in suspended animation as living statues to be the inside person to pull off museum robberies.
  • In the 1998 series The Worst Witch, Ethel turns Mildred into a stone statue and enters her into an art competition.
  • In the 2017 series Indigo Moon got turned into a statue by herself due to her being gifted with magical powers but taking advantage of them. Thirty years later, Indigo was revived accidentally by Mildred. A year later on her birthday as she turns 14, Indigo begins becoming a middle-aged woman. Just as Indigo begins transforming again permanently, she is sent back in time by Miss Hardbroom causing her to stop ageing early and forgetting her memory of magic with forgetting powder. Indigo finds her mother and gets a happy childhood. She then grows into a nice woman and her daughter, Azura, attends Cackle’s, having inherited her powers from her mother, despite them not knowing.
  • Wu Assassins: The Earth Wu has the power to do this to other people. He is seen turning his last victim to stone after supposedly letting her go, and after the deed we see several petrified bodies of his previous victims. He also tries this with Kai during their fight, but Kai's own powers allow him to counter it.
  • Creeped Out: After trolling people online, Sam becomes an actual troll. He then becomes a statue when exposed to the sun.


    Myths & Religion 
  • This was the trademark of the Gorgon Medusa, cursed by the Greek gods such that whomever looked at her became turned to stone (Medusa's own gaze was actually harmless). This goes back at least to Pherecydes and Pindar, Greek writers of the 5th century BCE. But for various reasons most depictions flip it around so that it's her gaze that turns people to stone.
  • The gaze of the basilisk can petrify a victim. Depending on accounts, the mythical cockatrice could either kill or transform victims into stone by looking, touching, pecking, or breathing at people. And as if that was not enough, both monsters can also spread lethal poison.
  • The Catoblepas was a bull-like creature whose gaze could petrify instantly. However, it was cursed further with horns so heavy it was forced to look down upon the ground all its life. The creature was likely based on the wildebeest; the blue wildebeest was once known scientifically as Gorgon and the black wildebeest as Catoblepas as nods to this myth, but have since been subsumed into the genus Connochaetes.
  • In The Bible, Lot's wife is turned into a "pillar of salt" after looking back upon the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Whether this line was meant metaphorically or literally is, like many things of the Bible, a matter of debate.
  • Inverted in the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion carves a statue based on Aphrodite and falls in love with it; Aphrodite sympathizes with him and brings the statue to life so he can marry her.
  • King Midas' Golden Touch turns his daughter (and in some versions, his wife as well) into a golden statue. Not Stone, but pretty much the same idea.
  • Many stories claim that trolls could only come out after dark, as sunlight turned them to stone. Strange-looking rock formations were said to be trolls that missed this curfew.
  • Norse Mythology includes the Alvíssmál, where the god Thor prevents a wedding between his daughter and a Dwarf by keeping him out past sunrise, turning him to stone.
  • The Russian folk hero Ilya Muromets and his band of invincible bogatyrs (knight errants) are turned to stone for their audacity to challenge the gods. A symmetric fate, as Ilya Muromets has spent the first 33 years of his life immobile.
  • Queen Niobe tried to outlaw worship of the goddess Leto, bragging that she had borne fourteen children while Leto had only two. Unfortunately those two, Apollo and Artemis, killed all of Niobe's children as punishment, and Niobe stood weeping for them so long that she turned to stone, tears still pouring down her face.
  • In Pacific Mythology, Pele fell in love with a young chief named Lohia'u at a party, and they hooked up, but eventually she had to get home. She started to miss him, so she sent her younger sister Hi'iaka to bring him to her. Pele gave her a period of six weeks to bring back Lohia'u, and Hi'iaka was also instructed very specifically not to make any advances towards him or accept any from him. She agrees to this, but she was reluctant to leave her good friend Hopoe, a mortal woman that she spent her days dancing in a lehua forest with. Pele agrees to protect Hopoe and the forest in exchange for Hi'iaka's quest. Hi'iaka's quest takes a bit longer than anticipated (among other things, she had to revive Lohia'u after finding that he pined away for Pele, and fight off giant monitor lizards...yes, really.) Pele grew impatient, and sent cascades of lava down over the lehua forest...and Hopoe. As the lava cools, Hopoe has been found petrified, much to Hi'iaka's devastation.
  • The fate of Laelaps the dog who catches everything she hunts and the Teumessian fox, a gigantic vixen who could never be caught. Zesus, hating the brain-melting conundrum, decided that they both be turned to stone and cast into the sky as Canis Major and Canis Minor. All because Cephalus thought his dog's powers would over-ride the fox's.
  • The Indonesian folk story involving Malin Kundang. Boy had a good life career of Rags to Riches, but because he was being ungrateful on his poor mom, not acknowledging her out of shame in front of his richer new family, leading to his mother letting out a curse that not only shipwrecks him and his new family, but also turned him into a stone statue.
  • There is an owl-like monster, the Golfu (screech-owl) from Maltese folklore with a literally petrifying scream.
  • Looking into the eyes of the scorpion men of Mesopotamian Mythology turned people to stone.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance:
    • All of the Starblaster crew except Lucretia get turned to stone during cycle 65 of The Stolen Century.
    • The Philosopher's Stone in The Crystal Kingdom does this, turning everything into pink tourmaline. Boyland falls victim to it.
  • Cool Kids Table
    • The cockatrice in the game Small Magic has this power, and after its defeated its severed head turns into marble, which Stege eagerly grabs so that he can sell it later.
    • Also occurs in the Firefly game. While negotiating a better price for the salvage mission that Todd is hiring them for, the crew get confused as to what they're asking for. The starting offer is 5000 credits and 10% of whatever the Zelda's crew finds; Kimmy tries to up it to 40% and Caleb to just 6000 credits, Mickey confuses the two and thinks they're only getting 40 credits, and Roc thinks it's 25% of 5000 credits. Caleb just rolls with it in the hopes that they stop before negotiations deteriorate.

  • In Roll To Dodge: Savral, whenever a player becomes inactive or doesn't submit an action for a long time, their in-universe persona turns into a stone statue. Said statue is typically mounted on a pedestal with the player’s name on it.
  • A gorgon is found among the students of Harlowe Hall in Tales of MU. Though normally a background character, she got a spotlight story where she described her culture. She has the traditional Medusa gaze, which is normally restrained by a shimmery membrane over her eyes. The effect wears off, though one seeing her own uncovered eyes in a mirror could lead to an endless cycle of petrifying and thawing - racial Nightmare Fuel.
  • In We Are Our Avatars, Ozbourne and Mega Man got petrified. They actually enjoyed it, and it happening to them becomes a bit of a Running Gag.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Chaosium's supplement All the Worlds' Monsters Volume III
    • Balitorr, King of the Earth Elementals, has a Breath Weapon that can turn other creatures to stone.
    • The basilcock monster can turn to stone any creature that meets its gaze or is touched by it.
  • Arduin:
    • Arduin Grimoire: "Chastarade's Spell of the Stone That Weeps in Silence" causes a creature to turn into a boulder. Nightmare Fuel: the victim remains conscious the entire time they're in boulder form, which could be years.
    • The Compleat Arduin, Book 2: Resources:
      • Medahlia's Mist of Mystic Stone creates an area of fog that causes all creatures in it to slowly turn to stone. Once petrified, the victims remain stone for 1-100 hours and then either return to normal or die.
      • The Krag Spider has a poisonous bite that turns victims to stone. They can eat their victims because their saliva changes petrified creatures back to flesh a bite at a time.
      • The Wyvergon is a cross between a wyvern and a gorgon whose Breathweapon turns any creature hit to stone.
  • Arkham Horror features the petrifying solution from The King in Yellow, used as a powerful one-shot magic weapon, one that also negates the endless ability and removes the victim from play. Amusing given the source material.
  • Champions adventure The Great Supervillain Contest. One contestant was Brother Basilisk, who had the superpower of (temporarily) turning creatures to stone.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a wide range of these, common enough that earlier versions of D&D have a saving throw specifically against it.
    • There are a number of spells that can turn people to statues of stone, ice, salt or glass.
    • Medusas and basilisks petrify with their vision, while the gorgon (a bull-like creature with metal scales for skin) can petrify creatures with its breath and the cockatrice petrifies with its pecks.
    • Elder and older grey dragons exude a petrifying essence that can cause immobilized foes to become stone. Ancient grey dragons can petrify living beings with a swipe of their claws. This power overtakes grey dragons at the end of their lives, petrifying their bodies in turn.
    • Beholders, spherical aberrations with lots of eyes that each fire a different Eye Beam, have one ray that petrifies targets. Aside of being a weapon, it's commonly used for food storage and sculpting (often combined with charm before and disintegration after). One beholder in a sourcebook begins sculpting his victims so their faces look more like him.
    • If an amphisbaena is about to die, it attempts to bit itself and, in so doing, turn itself to stone.
    • Stone Cursed are the animated remains of those who fell victim to this, and they themselves are able to inflict the same fate upon others through the grey sludge that leaks from their hands.
    • A magic item called Eyes of Petrifaction can turn anyone who put them on to stone. However, 25% of them instead acted like the eyes of a basilisk or medusa and petrified anyone who met the wearer's gaze.
    • Planescape: The Quasielemental Plane of Minerals has this as an intrinsic property: living creatures not protected from petrification who stay there one day too long tend to join the ranks of fancy gemstones and stay there forever.
    • Ravenloft: One of six magical viruses causes the infected victim to slowly petrify, and anyone who touches the statue once the process is complete risks catching the highly contagious disease. Worst of all, victims who have been rescued from this fate claim that they are fully conscious the whole time.
    • Used in a number of adventures and supplements:
      • The AD&D1 supplement Greyhawk Adventures has the Twisted Forest, a collection of twisted stone statues which were Evil creatures petrified by the gods.
      • An entire forest turned to stone is home to one of the goblin tribes in "B10: Night's Dark Terror".
      • Another B-series module, "Palace of the Silver Princess", takes place in a cursed palace where the rightful inhabitants have all succumbed to this trope.
      • Going into Strahd's crypt in "I6: Ravenloft" without neutralizing or avoiding a magical trap can get you turned into a statue, not of granite (which is relatively easy to fix in D&D), but of several metals layered on top of one another.
    • Dispater, the archdevil who rules the Second Layer of Hell, can even turn people to iron; he also has a power that instantly rusts metal, and likes to render his enemies Killed Off for Real by turning them into iron and then rusting them to pieces.
      • 2nd Edition Forgotten Realms supplement The Code of the Harpers. If a spellcaster creates a magical construct (golem, gargoyle, etc.) inside a Harper refuge, either the creator or the construct can be given a Chance Element. One possible Chance Element is being able to petrify a creature by touch once per day.
  • In GURPS magic there are a two versions. Flesh to Stone turns the target entirely into stone or metal and Partial Petrification works piece by piece, specifically so that the target can be tortured.
  • In In Nomine, some angels serving David, Archangel of Stone (Daniel in the original game) have the ability to temporarily convert their enemies into stone, the unfortunate victim remains aware, but unable to do anything until it wears off (which for weaker foes could take a while).
  • Magic: The Gathering: Many Gorgons have the ability to kill other creatures on contact, which is implied to be a form of this. However, the most obvious invocation of this is in the card Xathrid Gorgon, who can put "petrification counters" on creatures that transform them into colorless artifact creatures with defender and no activated abilities (I.E., blank statues that can't do anything but block attacks and eventually die).
  • Pathfinder:
    • During his reign as the Runelord of Greed, Karzoug the Claimer used a variation of this to punish the High Vaultkeeper of Vadan — after he was found to have misplaced the wealth he was entrusted with, Karzoug turned his sons into golden statues.
    • The statues that line the Field of Maidens came about when an army of female invaders was turned to stone by a spell by a powerful wizard-king. Petrified maidens are classed as "monster" rather than "plot hook" or "scenery" because after so long the ghosts of the victims have started possessing their own petrified corpses.
    • When a crystal dragon bites another creature, it can leave crystals embedded in its body that will gradually transform its flesh into more of themselves, eventually turning the victim into a crystal statue.
    • Elder sphinxes can voluntarily petrify themselves, spending the majority of their lives as motionless statues while ruminating philosophical matters or casting their minds beyond the material plane.
    • Xiomorns can cast flesh to stone as a spell-like ability (Vault Builders can also cast the more powerful statue); the targets of their claw attacks also find their flesh turning into green crystal, which can entirely overtake their bodies and turn them into glittering green statues.
  • In Promethean: The Created, this is an inherent problem of the villainous Pandorans. Without the innate alchemical energy of a Promethean, they're stuck as inanimate objects — they thus hunt Prometheans for this energy. Additionally, the innate human reaction to seeing a Pandoran is disbelieving horror that forces them back into this state. Unusually for this trope, they normally don't appear as just a statue of themselves. This does happen sometimes... but more typically, they become something more innocuous — an "ordinary" statue, a piece of driftwood, a rock, or similar.
  • In the Shadowrun game setting:
    • Mana storms will occasionally sweep an area, hitting it with various elemental and illusion spells. These include the Petrify spell, which a small town in the Australian Outback learned to their misfortune.
    • Additionally, a Seattle nightclub known as the Alabaster Maiden has a statue out front which is supposedly the body of a mage whose spell backfired on her.
    • Some Awakened creatures have the power Petrifying Gaze, which acts like the Petrify spell.
  • Judges Guild adventure Tegel Manor (1989). When the Player Characters enter one room, they will find a paintbrush painting a portrait of one of the PCs. If they allow it to complete the portrait, the PC will be turned to stone.
  • Warhammer:
    • The Chaos Dwarfs can use magic, unlike regular dwarves, but at a price. They begin slowly turning to stone, from the feet up, once they begin the path of a spellcaster, and it cannot be reversed. Eventually, the completely petrified sorcerers are placed along the roadway to the Tower of Zharr-Naggrund.
    • The Final Transformation spell turns a few enemy models into gold, inducing Gold Fever in nearby units. The "flesh to stone" spell, however, is a defense buff that doesn't harm the target.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, this is the eventual fate of all Eldar Farseers. As Farseers grow older, their minds become so intertwined with the wraithbone core of their Craftworld while trying to divine the future, that their physical bodies become dormant and slowly crystallize. Once this crystallization progresses too far, they retreat to the 'Dome of Crystal Seers' of their Craftworlds, where the crystal bodies of past Farseers remain, their minds having been preserved in the infinity circuit.

  • In Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Emperor is condemned to turn to stone and he's almost completely petrified in Act III until his wife the Empress frees him.
  • In Lord Dunsany's The Gods of the Mountain, this is the ultimate fate of the seven beggars who impersonate the gods.
  • In The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, Hermione is presumed dead, but reappears in the fifth act as a statue who is miraculously brought back to life. Whether she's really stone or just faking it is open to interpretation.

  • In BIONICLE the Matoran in the realm of Karzahni would be turned to stone if they even so much as stopped in one spot for a break, and were forced to remain working at all times. It doubles as Nightmare Fuel and And I Must Scream because it is implied that that the petrified Matoran's consciousness gets transferred into the rock they were standing on while their bodies were petrified. The rocky ground in some areas of his realm screams if stepped on because of this.

    Web Animation 
  • In Object Madness, eliminated competitors end up petrified, or as Pickaxe likes to say it, put in a deep sleep, because it's apparently better than forcing them to stay on the island for six years.
  • Basilisx of Super Mario Bros. Z can do this with a simple stare.

  • Happened to Black Belt from 8-Bit Theater here after Black Mage attempted to stop a temporal paradox. There was an extremely popular theory which suggested that the statue would be revived to bring BB back after his Plotline Death. That theory was quite decisively disproven in a later strip, intended to shut up those fans who refused to accept that Black Belt was dead.
  • In American Barbarian, the god turns to stone -- and then to ash.
  • In The Art of Monsters, Hui seems to have the ability to do this to people, in a roundabout way. Unfortunately for Wu Huan....
  • At the start of the climax of Blue Moon Blossom, the bunny returns to their home and finds that all of the other villagers were turned to stone attempting to fight some enormous snake-demons. But when the bunny finds their parent frozen and touches them, they, too turn to stone.
  • The Dragon Doctors uses it a lot, both offensively and defensively:
    • In the "last victim" arc, a villain kidnaps magic users, traps them in caves and enclosures with air-permeable force fields and a sheet of paper with a spell to turn them — and them alone, not their clothes — into stone. They can't turn back until he returns, in supposedly ten days. One of his highlighted victims is stuck that way for CENTURIES because another one killed him, by using a petrification spell that she already knew (he almost noticed; it turns the clothes to stone as well, which he mentions right before she breaks out).
    • Earlier, the whole teamnote  is petrified when accidentally looking at a gorgon. Sarin, the total magical badass, immediately de-petrifies herself and solves the problem.
    • In the "Thieves of life" arc, the bad guys use petrification for "crowd control"
    • Early in the comic, it's shown that Sarin tends to stoneskin herself when under attack, allowing her to shrug off daggers while keeping a freedom of movement.
    • Also used in the crax arc, where they intentionally turned someone to stone to perform a very delicate surgery on him.
    • And of course, there's the crystal people, though as a subversion, a crystalline friend was once turned human to have surgery done to her.
  • Abraham from El Goonish Shive has a habit of gaining too much weight while sitting in a dramatic pose. Placing him in a museum led to minor property damage (we can't have this sort of things on CCTV, right?).
  • Exiern:
  • Hitmen for Destiny has a trantoros which can turn themselves into rocks for extended periods of time, but can't move during that period. A few strips later, they're used as projectiles and as a perpetual motion machine.
  • Idle Minds is a comic about a woman turned into a (fully aware) statue for a week for spying purposes and must keep herself sane.
  • Happens to the Jones family in Irregular Webcomic!, thanks to an encounter with Gorgons. Complete with trope referencing pun.
  • One Johnny Wander story involves a small blind girl and a basilisk. The inevitable conclusion involves this trope, applied liberally.
  • In The KA Mics, Nikki was on the wrong end of a Petrifacto spell (it was later reversed).
  • Happens to a customer in Mike: Bookseller here when Mike smiles.
  • Modest Medusa. This happens when the medusa's snakes bite someone.
  • Used rather horrifically in the Oglaf strip "Porkchisel". (NSFW)
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • In her first appearance Celia was the victim of a Flesh to Stone spell. She was later restored by a scroll of Break Enchantment.
    • Part of O-Chul's torture regimen while Xykon's captive involved a "Basilisk staring contest." Jirix notes he technically won, presumably petrified and unable to blink.
    • There's also a greater devil turned to stone by Vaarsuvius with a Prismatic Spray. He certainly makes a kickass tombstone.
    • The Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tails book has a bonus comic involving a medusa who's unable to practice her hobby (sculpture) because everyone keeps taking it for this. She ends up getting a job at Applied Lithogenics Inc.
    • Watch out for Medusa while visiting the women's restroom.
  • In the Sluggy Freelance parody of Harry Potter "Torg Potter and the Chamberpot of Secretions", characters start turning mysteriously into chocolate. It's suspected to be the work of a "chokolisk", but it turns out they've instead been victims of a Jerkass Genie who just randomly happened to interpret everyone's wishes as "Turn me into chocolate." This parodies the way the basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets just coincidentally never killed anyone even though it would have taken nothing more than a direct look. Turning into chocolate is considered death here, not a magical condition that can be cured, but Torg manages to turn everyone back with a wish of his own after he gets past the first wish by wishing that Torg Potter be turned into chocolate... which the villain controlling the genie takes to be reverse psychology and commands the genie to obey exactly, which doesn't bother Torg since contrary to what almost everyone thinks, he's not Torg Potter.
  • Ashley Madder in Tales Of Gnosis College steals a mysterious chemical from Professor Corwin's laboratory and assumes that it is "perfume." Later, at a session as a model for a student artist, she expresses the wish that people might be able to see her beauty forever. Uh oh.
  • Lampshaded in this page of Triquetra Cats. Petra gets turned into a statue, but because she's an earth mage she can still move.
  • Tepoztecal's first appearance in Wapsi Square had one of these being reversed. He had been turned into a statue using unexplained methods for unexplained reasons, and Monica accidentally released him by reading an incantation. Fortunately, he did not seem to be conscious throughout.
    • In another strip, Monica startles a gorgon, and immediately gets turned into stone by her. Luckily, the gorgon is friendly (and also happens to be a big fan of Monica), and reverses the process.
  • The Wotch:
    • A Running Gag has Scott Winters and Rosetta frequently turned into stone statues. They remain conscious while they're statues, but eventually get used to it.
    • Likewise Natasha Dahlet (pronounced "dolly"), leader of the Straw Feminist group D.O.L.L.Y. - guess what she gets turned into when Miranda catches up with her. (Note: the creators of The Wotch have close ties with the ASFR community, although The Wotch has no sexual content.)
    • Cassie is also turned into a life-sized wooden puppet at one point and remains this way for some time before anyone remembers to turn her back.
    • The author of Idle Minds also did some Filler material for The Wotch, including Anne accidentally turning herself into a cookie statue. Oh, and a whole season of Sunday specials, before taking over the comic's main illustrator.

    Web Original 
  • In Arcana Magi Zero, everyone and every object, including the museum walls, turned to stone by a shadow-shaped basilisk. Alysia Perez experiences the pain first hand.
  • The Neopets arc "The Faeries' Ruin" has this happen to all the Faeries, as well as Hanso and Xandra. Additionally, one of the statues as seen in the Altador plot, was really a faerie turned to stone.
  • The entire orphanage falls under this curse in series 2 of Phaeton.
  • The Lost Lady in the fourth year of The Questport Chronicles was turned to stone by a wizard that she scorned.
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-014 "The Concrete Man" believes this is what happened to him, which gives him Complete Immortality in exchange for complete immobility.
    • SCP-409 "Contagious Crystal" is a crystal that turns anything it touches (except, ironically, granite) into itself.
    • SCP-602 "The Sculptor of SoHo", a invisible sculptor that supposedly turns humans into statues. At least in the story it's based on.
    • SCP-1013 "Cockatrice" is a classic cockatrice. It calcifies the outer layer of your body, then happily pecks a hole in you and eats what's inside.
    • SCP-1120 ("Freeze Tag"). After an SCP-1120 touches a human being, over the next three minutes the soft tissue of the victim will be petrified and become pyroclastic igneous rock.
    • SCP-1220 ("Logos"). One person who spoke the phrase "Having the qualities of clay" in the Language of Magic SCP-1220 was permanently transformed into clay.
    • SCP-1233 "Mammal Terraformer". After a mammal has been paralyzed and rendered unconscious by SCP-1233 its skin will be filled with silica crystals, its internal organs will turn into clay-rich soil and its skeleton will be replaced with an equal volume of sandstone.
    • SCP-2860 "Made of Stone": A Foundation researcher who touched an anomalous art piece and now anything organic that touches him turns to marble, including microscopic dust mites (note: inhaling marble dust all day isn't good for you).
    • SCP-2922 ("Notes From the Under")
      • The 2-3 kilometer high primates known as Striders can generate a sound that petrifies human flesh.
      • Anyone speaking negatively about SCP-PC-007 "The Witch-Queen of Bogal Mountain" while in the Corbenic afterlife will have their flesh turn to stone.
  • Variants appear in the Whateley Universe. The mutant Gorgon is a psi with the knack of making you think you have been petrified, which of course petrifies you. The mutant Michelangelo (also known as Stoner) does something nastier. He literally causes nearby stone to flow over your body in a thin coating, turning you into a living (but not for long) statue.
  • In Worm, Crawler and Mannequin get hit by a Tinker-made weapon that transforms them into silicon. And this isn't the kind of petrification that's survivable.

    Western Animation 
  • Several episodes of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog involve Sonic getting turned into stone. He gets better.
  • On Adventure Time, this happens to the King of Mars when he sacrifices his immortality to revive Jake, whom he had accidentally killed. Specifically he transforms into the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Aladdin: The Series:
    • "The Day the Bird Stood Still": Iago realizes to his horror that the bath oils he used when sneaking into the Sultan's bath, were cursed by Abis Mal (filled with Rock Efreet venom), and will turn him to stone by nightfall. Abis Mal tells Iago that if he trades him Genie's lamp, then he'll give him the antidote, and Iago reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, Aladdin discovers from an ugly merchant lady that the only antidote to the curse is a scale from the Efreet, removed and powdered.
    • In "Vocal Hero", Evil Sorcerer Mozenrath attempts to take over Agrabah by sending foolish clumsy thief Amin Damoola into the palace with magic items including a transformation potion that will turn the Sultan into a small gold statue. Fortunately for the city, Amin turns himself into a griffin in an attempt to get away, and griffin feathers are exactly what will heal the Sultan.
  • In an episode of Alfred J. Kwak, a witch threatens to turn Alfred into stone if he doesn't marry her. When he tries to escape during their wedding, she actually does it to his lower half so he can't run away.
  • As per mythology, the Gorgons can do this in their appearance in American Dragon: Jake Long.
  • An episode of Beetlejuice has Delia, Lydia's mom, enter a Neitherworld art contest where it turns out if they win they must agree to become a part of the art museum by being turned to stone. Eventually, Lydia and Beetlejuice are able to rescue her and turn her back to normal.
  • In Ben 10: Omniverse, Vilgax is Killed Off for Real after the armor he made from Malware's remains malfunctioned and petrified him.
  • In the Betty Boop's Snow White, the wicked queen/witch thwarts Bimbo and Koko by turning them into statues (they get better) — just another turn in a massively surreal cartoon.
  • Camp Lakebottom: In "Gnome Force", Papa Gnome does this to the counsellors with his monocle after demonstrating on several items, including a head of cabbage, a bucket, a chicken, and a rock.
  • In one episode of Camp Lazlo, the Bean Scouts make a parade float that the Squirrel Scouts steal. The float is so ugly that it turns one onlooker to stone, but he breaks out when he and several others see that the float was made from things stolen from them.
  • In Castlevania (2017), Trevor Belmont finds a cyclops in a dungeon beneath Gresit, and several petrified people around it (including Sypha Belnades, as in the game the show is based on). The cyclops petrifies its victims, who remain fully conscious and aware of their predicament, and feeds on their fear. Unfortunately for some of the victims, their statues were harmed in Trevor's battle with it and this translates into real injuries when the cyclops is killed and they are released from petrification.
  • Happens in one episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, which sees Steve Irwin fighting Medusa. During the fight, Medusa manages to turn various audience members into stone before she is accidentally decapitated by Irwin. Her head is then used by Nick Diamond to turn small animals into stone, much to Johnny's chagrin. The head then falls from Nick's grip and lands in the ring, where it then petrifies everyone in the arena, including Nick, Johnny, Mills Lane and the winner of the last fight, Kristen Davis.
  • One of XANA's attacks in Code Lyoko is to turn everybody in school into stone with a greenish gas (episode "Triple Trouble").
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door Operation FLAVOR, the Ice Cream Men who get the riddle wrong at the statue wind up being encased and frozen in chocolate syrup.
  • One of the central goals of Conan the Adventurer was to undo this and save his family.
  • In Crossing Swords the knights go training on the gorgon island where one of the knights gets turned into stone by one of the beasts. He still appears in later episodes in stone form, yet the others pretend like nothing ever happened.
  • Darkwing Duck defeated the Liquidator in the episode, "Dry Hard", by dumping cement on him, which hardened and made Liquidator into a statue.
  • In the Defenders of the Earth episode "The Mystery of the Book", the Monster of the Week turns all the Defenders except Mandrake and Kshin into statues.
  • In Dinosaucers, the villains have Ray Guns called "fossilizers" that can do this to the target, and also reverse the process. (Seeing as they lack the ability to "Dinovolve", like the good guys can, it seems an even trade-off.) In almost every instance, the Fossilizing process is treated as a non-fatal inconvenience. Everyone zapped with the Fossilizer gets turned back to normal. However, in the last episode, when Rex zaps two guards with it, Allo treats it like it's the end for them, and no attempt is made to get Rex to turn them back.
  • Shadow Master from the Double Dragon cartoon traps failing Mooks in his mural.
  • A favorite punishment of Zordrak from The Dreamstone is to turn the offender to stone and throw him into a pit where he gets broken down into gravel by ravenous monsters.
  • In the Grand Finale of DuckTales (1987), "The Golden Goose", the Golden Goose has the ability to turn anything it touches to gold...then it's revealed that it also works on people. The episode revolves around trying to reverse the effects of the touch affecting everything on Earth. They manage it, but not before everyone on Earth is briefly turned to gold.
  • In The Fairly OddParents episode "A New Squid In Town", where Princess Mandie encases Cosmo and Wanda in carbonite after Cosmo refuses to fight back because "he's married". This is Played for Laughs because Cosmo picks his nose while frozen. Timmy later gets an "A" in art class by showing his fairy godparents still frozen in carbonite.
  • The Filmation's Ghostbusters episode "The Sleeping Dragon" featured a ghostly dragon whose minions were stone soldiers who turned people into stone.
  • Freakazoid! In the episode "Statuesque", Jeepers invents a watch that turns people into stone with the help of a demon named Vorn the Unspeakable (who looks very familiar). He ends up turning Steph to stone, but they rescue her and turn Vorn into stone.
  • Gargoyles:
    • Used several times, understandably considering the main characters always turn to stone during the day. Various characters will do this, most notably the Magus of the first few episodes, which sets off the entire series by having the Gargoyles be stone even during the night.
    • A four-part episode has Demona cast a spell over nearly everyone in Manhattan, causing them to turn to stone during two successive nights. She then proceeds to smash several people. On screen. (Things like this made you question how the Hell this cartoon still kept the name "Disney" on it.)
    • Mad Scientist Anton Sevarius theorizes that the Gargoyles somehow absorb solar energy while turned to stone, explaining how they are able to survive despite the high energy needs of their bodies (supposedly they would need to eat at least two cows a day otherwise). According to the writers, any magic that allows Gargoyles to move around in the day also provides the extra energy they need. Except for Demona's curse; she still needs actual sleep to get through a day. It's one of the reasons she's so cranky.
  • Happens in the first episode of Gawayn to anyone who can't ask the beavers a question that they don't know the answer to.
  • In Generator Rex, this happens whenever Van Kleiss consumes nanites from an E.V.O. Later in the series, it is shown at least one of them became immune to its effects. However, he still needs to concentrate on suppressing it to not turn into stone again.
  • Goldie Gold and Action Jack: One episode features a villain who uses chemicals to turn people into stone. He manages to get Jack's hand.
  • Gravity Falls;
    • A variation in the episode "Northwest Mansion Noir", where the Monster of the Week turning people to wood.
    • In "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Bill Cipher's eyeball minion turns several townsfolk to stone, and Bill turns Ford into gold to use as a back scratcher. Later it's revealed that Bill has turned most of the occupants of Gravity Falls into stone and assembled them all into a throne of frozen human agony.
    • In the Grand Finale this ended up being Bill's fate. With Bill's mental form erased, his physical form is stuck as a statue with one hand outstretched. The final seconds of the show implies that the statue exists in the real world, and finding that became the focus of an Alternate Reality Game during Summer 2016, with a warning not to shake his hand. The statue was found and Bill's hand was shook by a baby.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002), there was a Snake-Face, one of the Snake Men, who could do this with his gaze. Unfortunately for him, he was not immune to his own power, which is exactly how He-Man dealt with him. (You'd think guys like this would know enough to avoid reflective surfaces...)
  • The Herculoids: Subverted when a medusa tries to use her power on Igoo, but accomplishes nothing because Igoo is already made of stone.
  • The effect of King Basilisk's special ability in Huntik: Secrets & Seekers.
  • Iron Man: The Animated Series had the aforementioned Grey Gargoyle as one of the Big Bad's go-to goons.
  • Happens to Jackie in the Jackie Chan Adventures episode "The Rock" as the result of magical venom, with Valmont offering the antidote in exchange for the talismans in Section 13. Although unlike most other examples here, he becomes petrified bit by bit, starting with the hand the venom was injected into and gradually spreading to the rest of his body, his head being last. In the intervening time, his stone fists and chest become useful in fights.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Happens to Monkey Fist. It's uncertain if it's permanent or not, but he's still turned to stone in his brief cameo in the final episode.
    • Kim and Sensei, briefly.
  • King: The Great Big Hairy Eyeball from "Blizzard in a Box" has the power to temporarily turn whoever it looks at to stone.
  • In King Arthur's Disasters Sir Launcelot turns to stone by Medusa during the quest to obtain a snake from her head. In her lair several petrified warriors can be found.
  • The Looney Tunes:
    • The short Porky's Hero Agency involves Porky dreaming he is in Greek myths and has to save people from a Gorgon (presumably Medusa) who turns people to stone with a special camera.
    • At the end of one Foghorn Leghorn cartoon, after his big prank on the dog backfires, Foggy ends up covered with concrete and turned into a facsimile of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker. ("Don't bother me, dog!" he manages to mutter. "Can't ya see I'm thinkin'?")
  • In The Magic Trolls and the Troll Warriors, the Magic Trolls were placed in suspended animation until it was safe for them to awaken.
  • The animated Men in Black has Agent K turned to living stone by an alien amplifier device in one episode, which Agent J lampshades at the end.
  • On Miraculous Ladybug, a few of the villains can do this, which is only undone by Ladybug's World-Healing Wave. For example, Befana can turn people into coal, Galciator can turn people into ice cream, and Style Queen can turn people into golden glitter. Frightningale's powers work slightly differently - her victims will only turn into statues if they don't dance or rhyme.
  • In Monster Buster Club, Addison Single was a shapeshifting Blob Monster who was turned in stone for a couple centuries by the original Monster Buster Club. When he regains partial freedom as a Living Statue, he seeks the purple crystal that transformed him in the first place, and use it to turn into stone many inhabitants of Singletown.
  • My Little Pony:
  • The plot of the very first The Neverending Story: The Animated Adventures of Bastian Balthazar Bux episode, "Tears of Sadness", revolves around Xayide contaminating Fantasia's water supply with the tears of the Acheris, which transform anyone who drinks or even looks at the water into lifeless stone.
  • The Owl House: In "Young Blood, Old Souls", Eda is sentenced to be petrified for the crime of bucking the coven system and using wild magic. Not only is it supposedly irreversible once the spell is complete, but from the faces on previously-petrified witches it's very painful. Thankfully, Eda escapes this fate.
  • The Peter Pan & the Pirates episode "Slightly in Stone" involves Tinkerbell accidentally turning Slightly one of the lost boys to stone after reading from a spellbook, the rest of the gang must then gather ingredients to make a potion to restore him.
  • In Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, it happens to Fallon and Tamara and their animals (temporarily) and then to Lady Kale and her crew (permanently?) at the end of the second season. Also, all of the people and animals in New Camelot are cursed into suspended animation in the finale of the first season, and Archie turns into a crystal for a while in one episode.
  • The Real Ghostbusters episode "Surely You Joust" has the ghostly wizard Orlox's minions turn into stone after the Ghostbusters capture Orlox.
  • ReBoot has the Medusa Bug, with the additional effect of disintegrating anything infected for too long.
  • On Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Moon Men Gidney and Cloyd were armed with "skrooch guns" that could paralyze people for a set amount of time, ranging from a few seconds to decades.
  • Rugrats: Played with when Tommy and the babies mistake a statue of Angelica for being Angelica turned to stone.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too", the gang learns that the mummy of Anka turns anybody to stone that disturbs his resting place. The mummy (presumably) turns two scientists and Scooby to stone, but the gang soon learns that they were cast duplicates made of concrete.
    • The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo episode "Coast-to-Ghost" had the vampire ghost Rankor use the Eye of Eternity to gradually transform Vincent Van Ghoul into stone, requiring the gang to return Vincent to normal before the transformation was complete.
    • 2005's Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? had Velma and an Egyptian prince turned to stone (presumably) after Cleopatra's tomb is violated. Velma and the prince set up the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax making up the movie to scare away treasure plunderers from the tomb site using the same concrete casting scheme.
    • The What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Gold Paw" had a monster made of gold turn several soldiers and a puppy into gold statues. Of course, it's a trick, and the victims were covered in "Shut-Down Goo", a gold-like substance that instantly covers its intended target and can be easily removed.
  • The Smurfs:
    • In an early episode, Gargamel turns himself into a Baby Smurf to infiltrate the village. (This would be long before the real Baby Smurf appeared.) While there, he uses Papa Smurf's "cactus petrificus" plant to make a potion to use on the Smurfs, although he eventually realizes it's too slow and decides to try something else.
    • In one episode, the Smurfs are a victim to a spell that petrify them and half their forest (which resulted from Brainy foolishly testing said spell to see if it worked or not), and would have stayed that way had Peewit not been able to convince two feuding sorcerers to stop fighting with each other and recite the incantation together that reverses the condition.
    • Gargamel himself was a victim of a potion he devised (possibly the same one as before) that turned him and his cat Azrael into stone. Papa Smurf restored him to normal.
    • One episode had an evil wizard turn Homnibus into ice; Papa Smurf used a spell that surrounded his house in chilling wind so he wouldn't melt while they tried to find the cure. (Unfortunately, they left Greedy to watch him, who carelessly started cooking - with a fire. They barely got back in time.)
    • Another episode had a weird variation. Smurfette becomes so addicted to Greedy's annual smurfberry candy, that after eating her whole allowance, she uses one of Papa Smurf's spell books to give herself a "smurfy touch" and turn anything into more candy. Naturally, it leads to an accident with Brainy. Worse, Smurfette panics, and while she runs to find help the other smurfs find him and think he's just a sculpture made by Greedy. (She gets back in time before they try to eat him.)
    • In "Chlorhydris' Lost Love", the witch's rival Drusilla keeps Manfred the Magnificent from marrying Chlorhydris by keeping him petrified in her lair for years, until the Smurfs come to rescue him. After Manfred is restored to normal, Drusilla tries to petrify the Smurfs and instead petrifies herself when her magic bolt is reflected back to herself by Vanity's mirror.
  • In the South Park episode "Royal Pudding", the sight of an unmasked Ugly Bob turns the tooth decay monster to stone.
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, the Sandman — by letting him connect with cement, thus creating concrete.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode "Yada Yada Berries", someone tries to turn Eclipsa into stone by putting said berries in her breakfast, which gets eaten by Manfred instead. He stays a statue for several episodes until "Cornonation", where he would rather not say how he came back to normal. Glossaryck is able to eat the berries and only turn to stone for a few seconds. "Ghost Of Butterfly Castle" reveals that the person who tried to do this to Eclipsa was Mina Loveberry.
  • Static Shock: In "Junior", Edwin Alva's son's accomplishments failed to gain his father's attention or approval with anything, so he became the supervillain Omnifarious and began destroying his father's property in retaliation, thinking maybe he'd pay attention to him when he had nothing else left. When he's exposed and stopped by Static, he overdoses on the metagen gas that gave him his powers, and turns to stone as a result. Alva is devastated, and the irony is made even crueler by the line he gave earlier in the episode:
    Alva: Edwin Alva Jr., my legacy...I'd be better off with a statue.
  • Strawberry Shortcake: The 2003 episode "Berry Brick Road" has a moment where the Wicked Witch of the West fires a spell at the good guys. The Tin Woodsman uses his own body to bounce the spell in her direction as per the Scarecrow's plan. The witch gets trapped in stone because of this.
  • The Super 6, DePatie-Freleng's first TV series, had Granite Man whose physical structure made him virtually invulnerable.
  • Superfriends:
    • The garden-full-of-statues variety cropped up in The Challenge of the Superfriends episode "The World's Deadliest Game". The Superfriends run into a tribe of women who pretend to treat them as guests but then start using magic to turn them to stone. No need to worry, though: Flash resists the effect and then speeds up everyone's molecules or something and that changes them back... 'cause he's fast, you see.
    • In "Monolith of Evil", in a scene that was bizarre even by Superfriends standards, this effect threatens the heroes for no discernible reason at all. Again, Flash speeds up their molecules to change them back.
    • In "Terror from the Phantom Zone", the three evil Kryptonians are exposed to red kryptonite in the end. One of them, Hul, gets turned into a metal statue.
    • In "Battle of the Gods", while Wonder Woman is on a mission to defeat Medusa, the Wonder Twins try to help but look at her and turn to stone. Wonder Woman makes Medusa see her own reflection so she'd turn to stone. Zeus changes the Wonder Twins back to normal.
    • In "The Alien Mummy", the Alien Mummy turns Superman and Wonder Woman into gold statues. They are still conscious and can see and hear. Wonder Woman is able to use telepathy to break the mind control the Mummy put on El Dorado. While El Dorado is fighting the Mummy, he tricks him into standing in front of Superman, who blasts the Mummy with his heat vision, destroying his amulet and turning them back to normal.
    • In "Revenge of Doom", the Legion of Doom zaps Superman and Wonder Woman with a ray that turns them into crystal statues. Again, they are conscious and and see and hear. Superman blasts both of them with his X-Ray Vision, allowing them to move again, but not very fast, until they manage to grab the ray and change themselves back to normal.
  • In one episode of SWAT Kats, convict Rex Shard gains the ability to turn whatever he touches to crystal, including other characters. If a character is touched, they "freeze" as a crystal "statue" of themselves, unable to move or speak. At least one, the greedy prison warden, is smashed. Everyone else is saved when the SWAT Kats defeat Shard and reverse the effects of his "mineral Midas touch."
  • The fate of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villains The Ultimate Ninja and Drako at the end of their season 3 arc. One case turns out to be more permanent than the other.
  • Teen Titans (2003):
    • At the end of the season 2 arc, Terra turns to stone while using her powers to extreme effect to stop the volcano from forming under the city.
    • During the first part of the season 4 finale, almost everyone in the world gets turned to stone. And they don't get turned back until the end of the third part.
  • Thunder Cats had "The Mask of Gorgon", a powerful mask that could turn anyone caught in its gaze when its eyes were opened to stone. This happens to two of the Luna-Taks, and to Willa, Panthro and Lion-O himself when they go after the mask. When the mask is broken, everyone is brought back to their regular state.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Happens to Roderick in the episode "The Acme Bowl" after running through and smelling a cloud of Fifi's stink, and to Hamton when he gets hit by a blast of Fifi's stink in "The Just-us League Of Supertoons".
    • Also happens to Hamton in "Pluck O' the Irish" when a banshee turns him to stone with her hypnotic stare. The only way to break the spell is to get the banshee to laugh.
  • Recurring enemy Gemini planned to do this to Thundarr the Barbarian by dunking him in a magic chemical spring, but during their fight Gemini is the one who gets kicked into the pool. Gemini starts petrifying just after doing a I'll Make All of You Suffer! rant, and then fully petrifies just as he starts a Big "NO!" and is left petrified with a permanent And I Must Scream expression.
  • Trollhunters
    • The dead flesh of trolls becomes inert rock. Those aren't statues of Trollhunters past surrounding the Hero's Forge, those are their reassembled corpses.
    • Angor Rot wields a dagger laced with Creeper's Sun, a poison that can turn anything it cuts into inert stone, Troll or otherwise. According to Vendel, there is no cure.
  • In The Twins of Destiny, the protagonists' fathers are turned to stone by the sorceress Big Bad.
  • On Xiaolin Showdown, among the most powerful and dangerous of the Shen Gong Wu is the Sapphire Dragon, a statuette that turns into real dragon with a Breath Weapon that turns people into sapphire statues. Worse still, however, is that it's also able to control the petrified remains of its victims like sapphire zombies.
  • Mystique is turned to stone by Apocalypse in X-Men: Evolution. In this case, it's eventually revealed that Apocalypse turned Mystique's shape-shifting abilities against her, and if Rogue absorbed her powers for just a moment, Mystique could break free. She shoves her off a cliff instead, shattering her. However, it's not the real Mystique after all.

    Real Life 
  • Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a rare, genetic bone disease which causes bone cells to form in connective tissues (such as ligaments, tendons and muscle), thus immobilizing and confining its sufferers in a rigid and painful prison, essentially turning them into a living statue. The fact that this is an irreversible and often slow process makes it far worse than any of the fictional examples listed above.
  • Similarly, Scleroderma, a progressive hardening of the skin and organs.
  • Technically, the normal process of bone development before birth could qualify, as softer connective tissues are calcified into bone. This process also occurs in children as their long bones' ends fuse to their shafts, and in extreme old age when the sutures of the skull fuse solid.
  • There is a condition called Lithopedion when a fetus dies and turns into stone inside the womb.
  • Fossilization, the only reason we're able to know about the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
  • Petrifaction process which converts a wood into stone. This can be done naturally or artificially.
  • An example for people that were already dead: When the city of Pompeii was being excavated it was discovered that the ash layers from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius contained the impressions of human remains. Plaster was poured into these impressions, creating what some have called "living statues". Some of them were taken to museums, while others are still there in the city.
  • Rigor mortis, a condition that sets in 2-6 hours after death causes the muscles to stiffen until they are virtually impossible to move out of their position. It reaches a maximum about 12 hours post-mortem since the muscle fibers are also decomposing, eventually destroying them to the point where they can no longer maintain rigidity.
  • The deadly Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania causes this to any unfortunate being that drowns in its waters, because it's so saturated with the salt-mineral mixture Natron that it completely encases its victims. It doesn't happen instantly, though, despite popular belief. A lot of exotic life even thrives here; just don't die inside it. Not that going into such a caustic body of water (pH > 12) is a good idea in the first place either.
  • In a similar vein, when marine animals blunder into brine pools, they die and their remains petrify from all the salt and mineral in the pool.

Alternative Title(s): Turned To Stone, Turn To Stone, Petrified, Flesh To Stone, Petrification


Diablo turns to stone

When Diablo, Maleficent's raven flies to alert Maleficent of Prince Phillip's escape, Merryweather chases him before having him turned into a stone statue with her magic.

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