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19th Jun '16 2:10:15 AM Doug86
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* There's an inversion in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''. Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern of the light of avarice, is the greediest being in the cosmos. How greedy? Everything and even everyone he sees become Artifacts of Attraction for him. He hoards precious and useless things and he even "steals" the people he kills by turning them into "[[LivingMemory ghosts]]" under his control, making up the [[GreenLanternCorps Orange Lantern Corps]].

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* There's an inversion in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''.''Franchise/GreenLantern''. Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern of the light of avarice, is the greediest being in the cosmos. How greedy? Everything and even everyone he sees become Artifacts of Attraction for him. He hoards precious and useless things and he even "steals" the people he kills by turning them into "[[LivingMemory ghosts]]" under his control, making up the [[GreenLanternCorps Orange Lantern Corps]].Corps.
19th Jun '16 12:40:41 AM Medinoc
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* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''[='s=] blinking, beeping pipebomb works similarly. Only affects mooks, though.
12th Jun '16 6:00:31 PM Discar
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** ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'': [[TheSwordThatSpeaks Nightblood]]. It wasn't designed for this purpose; it was actually designed to destroy evil, but unfortunately a sword has absolutely no idea what evil ''is''. The souls that were used to create it made a democratic guess and decided to define evil as trying to "take the sword and use it for evil purposes, selling it, manipulating and extorting others, that sort of thing." Anyone who is exposed to Nightblood and wants to do any of those things will be compelled to take it and draw it, at which point [[ArtifactOfDeath another of the sword's powers kicks in, and everyone in the area gets slaughtered]]. Those who do ''not'' want to use it for destructive purposes can wield it safely, though it makes them uneasy to touch it. This isn't, however, a perfect test--TheDragon is able to resist the effect because even though he's starting a war over greed and revenge, he ''doesn't'' want to use Nightblood. [[spoiler:In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Szeth proves immune for similar reasons; despite all the evil that he has done, he never wanted to do any of it, so the sword has no affect on him]].

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** ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'': [[TheSwordThatSpeaks Nightblood]]. It wasn't designed for this purpose; it was actually designed to destroy evil, but unfortunately a sword has absolutely no idea what evil ''is''. The souls that were used to create it made a democratic guess and decided to define evil as trying to "take the sword and use it for evil purposes, selling it, manipulating and extorting others, that sort of thing." Anyone who is exposed to Nightblood and wants to do any of those things will be compelled to take it and draw it, at which point [[ArtifactOfDeath another of the sword's powers kicks in, and everyone in the area gets slaughtered]]. Those who do ''not'' want to use it for destructive purposes can wield it safely, though it makes them uneasy to touch it. This isn't, however, a perfect test--TheDragon is able to resist the effect because even though he's starting a war over greed and revenge, he ''doesn't'' want to use Nightblood. [[spoiler:In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Szeth proves immune for similar reasons; despite all the evil that he has done, he never wanted to do any of it, so the sword has no affect effect on him]].
12th Jun '16 5:59:40 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Shardblades, which may not have any supernatural attraction, but they're so valuable (there are approximated to be a hundred ''on the planet'') that they may as well.
* Also [[TheSwordThatSpeaks Nightblood]] from the same author's ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''; not its primary purpose, but deliberately built in because it was created to destroy evil and needs a mechanism to detect such (since a sword has no innate sense of right and wrong). Essentially, anyone who is exposed to Nightblood ''and'' is someone who would want to wield such a powerful weapon for destructive purposes will be compelled to take it and draw it, at which point [[ArtifactOfDeath another of the sword's powers kicks in]]. Those who do ''not'' want to use it for destructive purposes can wield it safely, though it makes them uneasy to touch it. This isn't, however, a perfect test- TheDragon is able to resist the effect because even though he's a bad guy, he ''doesn't'' want to use Nightblood.

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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Shardblades, ** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Shardblades are [[SoulCuttingBlade supernaturally sharp]] and indestructible blades which may not have any supernatural attraction, aren't actually supernaturally attractive, but they're so valuable (there are approximated to be a hundred ''on the planet'') that they may as well.
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** ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'':
[[TheSwordThatSpeaks Nightblood]] from the same author's ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''; not its primary purpose, but deliberately built in because Nightblood]]. It wasn't designed for this purpose; it was created actually designed to destroy evil and needs a mechanism to detect such (since evil, but unfortunately a sword has absolutely no innate sense of right idea what evil ''is''. The souls that were used to create it made a democratic guess and wrong). Essentially, anyone decided to define evil as trying to "take the sword and use it for evil purposes, selling it, manipulating and extorting others, that sort of thing." Anyone who is exposed to Nightblood ''and'' is someone who would want and wants to wield such a powerful weapon for destructive purposes do any of those things will be compelled to take it and draw it, at which point [[ArtifactOfDeath another of the sword's powers kicks in]].in, and everyone in the area gets slaughtered]]. Those who do ''not'' want to use it for destructive purposes can wield it safely, though it makes them uneasy to touch it. This isn't, however, a perfect test- TheDragon test--TheDragon is able to resist the effect because even though he's starting a bad guy, war over greed and revenge, he ''doesn't'' want to use Nightblood.Nightblood. [[spoiler:In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Szeth proves immune for similar reasons; despite all the evil that he has done, he never wanted to do any of it, so the sword has no affect on him]].
2nd Jun '16 1:39:00 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/TanithLee's ''Literature/TalesFromTheFlatEarth'', Ferazhin has tears that turn into gems, which are in turn fashioned into a beautiful collar. Any mortal who sees it has to have it, causing murder and mayhem.
18th May '16 2:52:25 PM Cupcakes
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* The [[spoiler:Red Marker and the Black Marker]] in ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' have this effect. The hallucinations of [[spoiler:deceased]] friends and relatives will often urge the victims to "protect the [[spoiler:Marker]]" which often leads to them being fanatically devoted to the [[spoiler:Marker]] in a matter of hours. Not even Unitologists are safe- the [[spoiler:Red and Black Markers]] both affect everyone equally.

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* The [[spoiler:Red Marker and the Black Marker]] in ''Franchise/DeadSpace'' have this effect. The hallucinations of [[spoiler:deceased]] friends and relatives will often urge the victims to "protect the [[spoiler:Marker]]" which often leads to them being fanatically devoted to the [[spoiler:Marker]] in a matter of hours. Not even Unitologists are safe- the [[spoiler:Red and Black Markers]] both affect everyone equally.regardless of allegiance, though with varying degrees of success based on the individuals intelligence and will to survive.
17th May '16 4:21:03 PM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Shann finds it hard to release the bone coin.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Shann finds it hard to release the bone coin.
12th May '16 1:43:10 AM WillBGood
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-->''I had realized many years before I met David Jerusalem that [[ArtifactOfAttraction everything in the world can be the seed of a possible hell; a face, a word, a compass, an advertisement for cigarettes—anything can drive a person insane if that person cannot manage to put it out of his mind. Wouldn't a man be mad if he constantly had before his mind's eye the map of Hungary?]] I decided to apply this principle to the disciplinary regimen of our house, and—'' [--4--]... [[ColdBloodedTorture ''In late 1942, Jerusalem went insane; on March 1, 1943, he succeeded in killing himself'']].

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-->''I had realized many years before I met David Jerusalem that [[ArtifactOfAttraction everything in the world can be the seed of a possible hell; a face, a word, a compass, an advertisement for cigarettes—anything can drive a person insane if that person cannot manage to put it out of his mind. Wouldn't a man be mad if he constantly had before his mind's eye the map of Hungary?]] Hungary? I decided to apply this principle to the disciplinary regimen of our house, and—'' [--4--]... [[ColdBloodedTorture ''In late 1942, Jerusalem went insane; on March 1, 1943, he succeeded in killing himself'']].
8th May '16 6:51:15 PM Az_Tech341
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->''"This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found in the banks of the Amoy River in soutern China and is remarkable in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?"''

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->''"This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found in the banks of the Amoy River in soutern southern China and is remarkable in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?"''
3rd Mar '16 12:05:01 PM erforce
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* The Sword of Tears from ''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} The Legend of Huma]]''.

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* The Sword of Tears from ''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} The Legend of Huma]]''.''Literature/TheLegendOfHuma''.
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