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23rd Sep '16 6:23:35 PM Malady
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* Innocent Smith in ''Literature/Manalive'' argues that, since the only reason gold is valuable is that it glitters, anything that glitters really is gold, or good as gold.

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* Innocent Smith in ''Literature/Manalive'' ''Literature/{{Manalive}}'' argues that, since the only reason gold is valuable is that it glitters, anything that glitters really is gold, or good as gold.
11th Jul '16 4:24:29 AM StFan
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* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' has a lost treasure, which counts as a partial example. The Roman ruins' enormous value is purely cultural, but the international attention they'll receive from academics and tourists will be useful for Clarisse and her country's economy. Lupin, however, wistfully notes that it's too big for his pocket.






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* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' has a lost treasure, which counts as a partial example. The Roman ruins' enormous value is purely cultural, but the international attention they'll receive from academics and tourists will be useful for Clarisse and her country's economy. Lupin, however, wistfully notes that it's too big for his pocket.
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* ''Literature/DonQuixote'', written about eight years after ''The Merchant of Venice'', refers to this trope as "a saying" (Ch. 33), providing another indication that it's really even older.
** The saying, in various phrasings, dates back to at least the 12th century; the earliest reference to it in English is by Chaucer.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', in a poem about Aragorn, where the normal phrasing is reversed:
-->All that is gold does not glitter,\\

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* ''Literature/DonQuixote'', written about eight years after ''The Merchant of Venice'', refers to this trope as "a saying" (Ch. 33), providing another indication that it's really even older.
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older. The saying, in various phrasings, dates back to at least the 12th century; the earliest reference to it in English is by Chaucer.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', in a poem about Aragorn, where the normal phrasing is reversed:
-->All
reversed. The original saying means "Just because it glitters doesn't mean it's gold," and this example means "Just because it doesn't glitter doesn't mean it's not gold".
-->''All
that is gold does not glitter,\\



The crownless again shall be king.
** The original saying means "Just because it glitters doesn't mean it's gold," and this example means "Just because it doesn't glitter doesn't mean it's not gold".
* The motto itself is inverted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' - the [[PretentiousLatinMotto motto]] of the Alchemists Guild is "[[CanisLatinicus OMNIS QVI CORVSCAT EST OR]]" [[note]]All That Glitters Is Gold[[/note]]. Of course, the chief discovery of the guildmembers in fact being 'how to turn gold into less gold.'

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The crownless again shall be king.
** The original saying means "Just because it glitters doesn't mean it's gold," and this example means "Just because it doesn't glitter doesn't mean it's not gold".
king.''
* The motto itself is inverted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' - -- the [[PretentiousLatinMotto motto]] of the Alchemists Guild is "[[CanisLatinicus OMNIS QVI CORVSCAT EST OR]]" [[note]]All OR]]"(All That Glitters Is Gold[[/note]]. Gold). Of course, the chief discovery of the guildmembers in fact being 'how "how to turn gold into less gold.'"






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* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Charles finds a small vase among a peddler's wares and thinks it's a priceless antique. As he doesn't have the money to buy it (this was the episode where a goat ate the payroll), he borrows the money from Rizzo, at the "simple" interest rate of 100% per day. Not only does the vase not turn out to be valuable, but Charles winds up broke having to pay back Rizzo for several days of "interest".

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Charles finds a small vase among a peddler's wares and thinks it's a priceless antique. As he doesn't have the money to buy it (this was the episode where a goat ate the payroll), he borrows the money from Rizzo, at the "simple" interest rate of 100% per day. Not only does the vase not turn out to be valuable, but Charles winds up broke having to pay back Rizzo for several days of "interest".






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* In ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'' the pivotal confrontation between Big Daddy and his son Brick invokes this trope. Brick tells his father that he isn't impressed with his vast wealth and all he wanted was a father not a boss. Big Daddy retorts that what was there that he didn't buy him when he was growing up? Brick then screams that you can't buy love and proceeds to destroy a vast collection of art that Big Daddy had purchased in an auction to show that none of the material stuff really mattered to him, he only wanted his father's love. Big Daddy says that he does love him he just wanted what was best for him because he grew up poor and his own father left behind nothing of value that would be worth remembering other than an old suitcase with a Military uniform in it. Brick disagrees saying that his grandfather left behind love for Big Daddy, moved to tears Big Daddy agrees and promises to try better as a father for Brick.

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* In ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'' ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'' the pivotal confrontation between Big Daddy and his son Brick invokes this trope. Brick tells his father that he isn't impressed with his vast wealth and all he wanted was a father not a boss. Big Daddy retorts that what was there that he didn't buy him when he was growing up? Brick then screams that you can't buy love and proceeds to destroy a vast collection of art that Big Daddy had purchased in an auction to show that none of the material stuff really mattered to him, he only wanted his father's love. Big Daddy says that he does love him he just wanted what was best for him because he grew up poor and his own father left behind nothing of value that would be worth remembering other than an old suitcase with a Military uniform in it. Brick disagrees saying that his grandfather left behind love for Big Daddy, moved to tears Big Daddy agrees and promises to try better as a father for Brick.
Brick.



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* Used by the heroes in SequentialArt; most of the other party members have been drugged to sheer stupidity, so Art gets them to follow him by [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=860 offering a "prize"]]. Which is just a ruse.

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* Used by the heroes in SequentialArt; ''Webcomic/SequentialArt''; most of the other party members have been drugged to sheer stupidity, so Art gets them to follow him by [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=860 offering a "prize"]]. Which is just a ruse.
ruse.



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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' uses a variation of the trope in one episode. Spongebob replacing his old spatula with a high-tech one, then crawls back to his old one after his new one declares it's too good for him. Spongebob even says "all that glitters is not gold". And the episode title is... * drumroll* All That Glitters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' uses a variation of the trope in one episode. Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] replacing his old spatula with a high-tech one, then crawls back to his old one after his new one declares it's too good for him. Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] even says "all that glitters is not gold". And the episode title is... * drumroll* All (''drumroll'') "All That Glitters.Glitters".



* The trope name is dropped in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip Tiger Sharks]]''. There, it is played ''very'' literally - what looks like a hoard of golden spheres is actually dangerous toxic waste causing RapidAging in anyone touching it. Both the heroes and one of the major villains have a problem because of it... the other villain learned his lesson many years ago.

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* The trope name is dropped in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip Tiger Sharks]]''. There, it is played ''very'' literally - -- what looks like a hoard of golden spheres is actually dangerous toxic waste causing RapidAging in anyone touching it. Both the heroes and one of the major villains have a problem because of it... the other villain learned his lesson many years ago.
ago.



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* Can [[TruthInTelevision also occur]] in the RealLife - several early European [[BoldExplorer exploration]] expeditions (most notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Frobisher Martin Frobisher's]]) returned to their homelands with literally tons of iron pyrite, believing that they'd found gold. Even nowadays a common name for pyrite is "Fool's Gold".

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* Can [[TruthInTelevision also occur]] in the RealLife - -- several early European [[BoldExplorer exploration]] expeditions (most notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Frobisher Martin Frobisher's]]) returned to their homelands with literally tons of iron pyrite, believing that they'd found gold. Even nowadays a common name for pyrite is "Fool's Gold".
Gold".



7th Jul '16 1:01:31 PM MsChibi
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See also NumberOneDime.

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See also NumberOneDime.
NumberOneDime. Compare CatsInTheCradle, PennyAmongDiamonds, WhenYouComingHomeDad, and flavor 2 of TheAmericanDream.
19th Jun '16 5:59:51 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Played with in the Literature/AlbertCampion detective novel ''The Tiger in the Smoke'', which revolves around a ruthless criminal hunting for a mysterious treasure supposedly hidden by the family of the commanding officer of his wartime unit and bequeathed to his wife. Only the criminal and his allies actually believe that the 'treasure' is something of significant monetary value, however; pretty much everyone else suspects it's probably not worth as much as the criminal believes it is but nevertheless try to stop him acquiring it because, well, it's not his, he's murdered several people to try and get it and it's the principle of the thing. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a beautiful but near-worthless ivory replica of a Madonna-and-child valuable to the wife only for the sentimental connection to her dead husband.]]
23rd May '16 7:04:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'': The Holy Grail that grants its user immortality is kept inside a room with cups of all shapes and sizes. The old Knight Templar who guards it explains that the [[OnlyTheWorthyMayPass final test to prove oneself worthy]] is to pick out the right one. Donovan assumes that the Holy Grail must be a magnificent treasure fit for a king, a Jesus was the Son of God. The gold gem-encrusted cup he chooses to drink from turns out to be the wrong one, and he decays into a pile of ashes within seconds. Indiana then chooses the real one, which turns out to be an ordinary-looking cup that the son of a carpenter would use.
-->'''Templar:''' He chose... poorly.

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* Used by the heroes in SequentialArt; most of the other party members have been drugged to sheer stupidity, so Art gets them to follow him by [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=860 offering a "prize"]]. Which is just a ruse.
26th Jan '16 8:32:25 PM Zadia
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In short, apperances can be deceiving.

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In short, apperances appearances can be deceiving.
9th Jan '16 10:17:30 AM nombretomado
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* ''SpongeBobSquarepants'' uses a variation of the trope in one episode. Spongebob replacing his old spatula with a high-tech one, then crawls back to his old one after his new one declares it's too good for him. Spongebob even says "all that glitters is not gold". And the episode title is... * drumroll* All That Glitters.

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* ''SpongeBobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' uses a variation of the trope in one episode. Spongebob replacing his old spatula with a high-tech one, then crawls back to his old one after his new one declares it's too good for him. Spongebob even says "all that glitters is not gold". And the episode title is... * drumroll* All That Glitters.
8th Dec '15 9:12:17 PM Yuihime
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* Can [[TruthInTelevision also occur]] in the RealLife - several early European [[BoldExplorer exploration]] expeditions (most notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Frobisher Martin Frobisher's]]) returned to their homelands with literally tons of iron pyrite, believing that they'd found gold.

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* Can [[TruthInTelevision also occur]] in the RealLife - several early European [[BoldExplorer exploration]] expeditions (most notably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Frobisher Martin Frobisher's]]) returned to their homelands with literally tons of iron pyrite, believing that they'd found gold.
gold. Even nowadays a common name for pyrite is "Fool's Gold".
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