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14th Jan '18 8:30:06 AM StFan
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* The Slytherin Horcrux ring has this effect on [[spoiler:Sirius]] in ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain''. Harry telling him that putting the ring on [[ArtifactOfDeath would kill him]] doesn't disillusion him in the least. Hilariously, he's only able to resist when Harry says, "[[spoiler:Sirius]], if you put that on then Snape will have to save your life. SNAPE.”
* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', the Runes are this to Taylor. The first time she finds one, she's flat-out drawn to it until Glory Girl pulls her away and later goes on to hunt down more of them. She's reasonably freaked out about the effects they have on her.

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* The Slytherin Horcrux ring has this effect on [[spoiler:Sirius]] in ''Fanfic/OhGodNotAgain''. Harry telling him that putting the ring on [[ArtifactOfDeath would kill him]] doesn't disillusion him in the least. Hilariously, he's only able to resist when Harry says, "[[spoiler:Sirius]], if you put that on then Snape will have to save your life. SNAPE.
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* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} ''Literature/{{Worm}}''/''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'' crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', ''Fanfic/AChangeOfPace'', the Runes are this to Taylor. The first time she finds one, she's flat-out drawn to it until Glory Girl pulls her away and later goes on to hunt down more of them. She's reasonably freaked out about the effects they have on her.



** The Arkenstone of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' implicitly has this effect, though it may not be strictly supernatural but rather an enhanced form of GoldFever caused by the gem's immense value and uniqueness.
*** Given the appearance of the Arkenstone in the films (glowing with its own inner light), it's been suggested that the Arkenstone [[{{Fanon}} is the Silmaril that was thrown into the depths of the earth]].
** In The Fellowship of the Ring, the treasures from the tomb of the Barrow Wight are cursed. Since the only way to break the curse is to give the treasure away freely, this is probably the form it would take.
* The Zahir from Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' 1949 short story ''El Zahir'' is the most fascinating object in the world. It doesn't matter what it is - but there's always one Zahir in the world at any one time. ''Zahir'' is an Arabic word meaning "the obvious meaning," "the conspicuous" or "something that cannot be ignored."

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** The Arkenstone of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' implicitly has this effect, though it may not be strictly supernatural but rather an enhanced form of GoldFever caused by the gem's immense value and uniqueness.
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uniqueness. Given the appearance of the Arkenstone in the films (glowing with its own inner light), it's been suggested that the Arkenstone [[{{Fanon}} is the Silmaril that was thrown into the depths of the earth]].
** In The ''The Fellowship of the Ring, Ring'', the treasures from the tomb of the Barrow Wight are cursed. Since the only way to break the curse is to give the treasure away freely, this is probably the form it would take.
* The Zahir from Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' 1949 short story ''El Zahir'' is the most fascinating object in the world. It doesn't matter what it is - -- but there's always one Zahir in the world at any one time. ''Zahir'' is an Arabic word meaning "the obvious meaning," "the conspicuous" or "something that cannot be ignored."



-->''I had realized many years before I met David Jerusalem that 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'']].
-->[--4--] [[AndSomeOtherStuff ''Here, the excision of a number of lines has been unavoidable. Ed.'']]

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-->''I --->I had realized many years before I met David Jerusalem that 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—'' and--'' [--4--]... [[ColdBloodedTorture ''In In late 1942, Jerusalem went insane; on March 1, 1943, he succeeded in killing himself'']].
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himself]].\\
[--4--]
[[AndSomeOtherStuff ''Here, Here, the excision of a number of lines has been unavoidable. Ed.'']]]]



* The Elder Wand in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', a wand so powerful that nearly every person who has ever owned it was murdered by someone else who wanted it. The only known exceptions have been [[spoiler:Dumbledore (who died for other reasons), Draco Malfoy (who never realized its significance until it escaped his grasp), and Harry himself (who decided it was too risky for him to use).]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Possibly]] {{subverted}} given that nearly every owner has also ''[[TooDumbToLive bragged]]'' that their wand made them invincible. Thus leading to others killing them for it.
** Though it's still a powerful wand so it's probably a very Downgraded version. It's touched upon when Harry catches Ron and Hermione looking it at "with a reverance that even in his sleep-befuddled state, he didn't like."

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* The Elder Wand in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', a wand so powerful that nearly every person who has ever owned it was murdered by someone else who wanted it. The only known exceptions have been [[spoiler:Dumbledore (who died for other reasons), Draco Malfoy (who never realized its significance until it escaped his grasp), and Harry himself (who decided it was too risky for him to use).]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Possibly]] {{subverted}} given that nearly every owner has also ''[[TooDumbToLive bragged]]'' that their wand made them invincible. Thus leading to others killing them for it.
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it. Though it's still a powerful wand wand, so it's probably a very Downgraded version. It's touched upon when Harry catches Ron and Hermione looking it at "with a reverance reverence that even in his sleep-befuddled state, he didn't like."



* An episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' parodied the attractiveness of [[Literature/LordOfTheRings The One Ring]] by having the geek protagonists discover a (stolen) ring prop actually used in the movie and going to ridiculous lengths to make sure it was shared fairly, then fighting over who should get to keep it. Highlights include Sheldon having a nightmare where he turns into Gollum, while Leonard finally decides to end the fighting by sending it back to it's rightful owner, Creator/PeterJackson... only to reveal he's ''actually'' hidden in a box under his bed.
--> '''Leonard''': My precious...

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* An episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' parodied parodies the attractiveness of [[Literature/LordOfTheRings The One Ring]] by having the geek protagonists discover a (stolen) ring prop actually used in the movie and going to ridiculous lengths to make sure it was shared fairly, then fighting over who should get to keep it. Highlights include Sheldon having a nightmare where he turns into Gollum, while Leonard finally decides to end the fighting by sending it back to it's its rightful owner, Creator/PeterJackson... only to reveal he's ''actually'' hidden in a box under his bed.
--> '''Leonard''': -->'''Leonard:''' My precious...



* Any artifact or relic in 1st edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' could have this one of the random/chosen by DM side effects for the item in question - it would thematically fit the "Jacinth of Inestimable Beauty", an incredibly large and beautiful gemstone capable of charming anyone viewing it.

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* Any artifact or relic in 1st 1[[superscript:st]] edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' could have this one of the random/chosen by DM side effects for the item in question - -- it would thematically fit the "Jacinth of Inestimable Beauty", an incredibly large and beautiful gemstone capable of charming anyone viewing it.



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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the [[spoiler:lyrium idol]] that Hawke and Varric find in the Primeval Thaig. Being made of the supposed 'leftover creation' (lyruim), it is able to draw people to itself. It starts with Varric's brother, convincing him to lock Hawke and friends in the thaig, then ends up [[spoiler:in the hands of Meredith]], who has it forged into a sword. [[spoiler:From there she clings to it religiously and becomes drastically harsher and more paranoid of mages.]] Without this trait, almost the entire endgame could have been averted.

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In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the [[spoiler:lyrium idol]] that Hawke and Varric find in the Primeval Thaig. Being made of the supposed 'leftover creation' (lyruim), it is able to draw people to itself. It starts with Varric's brother, convincing him to lock Hawke and friends in the thaig, then ends up [[spoiler:in the hands of Meredith]], who has it forged into a sword. [[spoiler:From there she clings to it religiously and becomes drastically harsher and more paranoid of mages.]] Without this trait, almost the entire endgame could have been averted.



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* The Sphere of Doradus from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' is belived to lead to Doradus (basically cybertonian ElDorado) and it definitely has an effect on any nearby cybertonians as they will immediately covet it and be willing to turn on each other for it, the effects will stop if the sphere is removed from the vicinity however.

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* The Sphere of Doradus from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' is belived believed to lead to Doradus (basically cybertonian ElDorado) and it definitely has an effect on any nearby cybertonians as they will immediately covet it and be willing to turn on each other for it, the effects will stop if the sphere is removed from the vicinity however.



* The legendary Hope Diamond started out as the biggest blue diamond in the world and even after being cut down a few times is still [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad ginormagantuan]]. The story is that it was stolen from a temple in India and the god who was robbed laid a terrible curse on the gem. Every owner of the Hope has suffered immense tragedies; deaths of family and friends, collapsing businesses, ruined reputations, all that. And yet there was always someone who was willing to chance the curse just so they could say they owned the Hope. The last owner donated it to the Smithsonian and so far nothing bad has happened to them. The ''actual'' story of the Hope diamond is quite the opposite. The jewel has been owned by various people like Catherine the Great; very few of the supposed 'mysterious deaths' attributed to the diamond were those of people to have ever actually owned it.

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* The legendary Hope Diamond started out as the biggest blue diamond in the world and even after being cut down a few times is still [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad ginormagantuan]]. The story is that it was stolen from a temple in India and the god who was robbed laid a terrible curse on the gem. Every owner of the Hope has suffered immense tragedies; deaths of family and friends, collapsing businesses, ruined reputations, all that. And yet there was always someone who was willing to chance the curse just so they could say they owned the Hope. The last owner donated it to the Smithsonian and so far nothing bad has happened to them. The ''actual'' story of the Hope diamond is quite the opposite. The jewel has been owned by various people like Catherine the Great; very few of the supposed 'mysterious deaths' "mysterious deaths" attributed to the diamond were those of people to have ever actually owned it.



6th Nov '17 12:44:16 AM Chabal2
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* The NSFW comic ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has an interesting variation on the [[http://oglaf.com/pinecone/ Artifact of Attraction]].

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* The NSFW comic ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has an interesting variation on the [[http://oglaf.com/pinecone/ Artifact of Attraction]]. [[spoiler:The box makes you want whatever's inside it more than anything else.]]
26th Oct '17 12:51:42 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Shann finds it hard to release the bone coin.
** In ''Forerunner Foray'', the clay lump so draws Ziantha that she goes to apport it almost immediately.

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In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm Over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', ''Literature/StormOverWarlock'', Shann finds it hard to release the bone coin.
** In ''Forerunner Foray'', ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', the clay lump so draws Ziantha that she goes to apport it almost immediately.
17th Oct '17 12:27:33 PM Kaiseror
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* The Sphere of Doradus from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' is belived to lead to Doradus (basically cybertonian ElDorado) and it definitely has an effect on any nearby cybertonians as they will immediately covet it and be willing to turn on each other for it, the effects will stop if the sphere is removed from the vicinity however.
2nd Sep '17 4:53:06 AM XFllo
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** Later, Borges wrote that one of the characters of this tale, Teodelina Villar, was a deconstruction of this trope: Who could be fascinating to anyone in RealLife? A ShallowLoveInterest, someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love: Teodelina was a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was young, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admit he is a snob.

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** Later, Borges wrote that one of the characters of this tale, Teodelina Villar, was a deconstruction of this trope: Who could be fascinating to anyone in RealLife? A ShallowLoveInterest, SatelliteLoveInterest, someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love: Teodelina was a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was young, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admit he is a snob.
8th Aug '17 7:55:25 PM Ekelai
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* The Grand Relics from ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' enthrall people into using them. The only reason that the Tres Horny Boys are able to resist their thrall is because [[spoiler: they and the other Red Robes were the ones to create them]].
11th Jun '17 1:35:28 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Twilight Sparkle can make objects into this using a 'want-it-need-it' spell. She casts it on her Smarty Pants doll in the episode ''Lesson Zero'', causing the whole town to fight over it.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Twilight Sparkle can make objects into this using a 'want-it-need-it' "want-it-need-it" spell. She casts it on her Smarty Pants doll in the episode ''Lesson Zero'', causing the whole town to fight over it.
20th Apr '17 9:00:10 PM TheNicestGuy
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* ''WebVideo/JourneyQuest'' revolves around the Sword of Fighting, which was accidentally picked up by the incompetent wizard Perf, and which he [[ClingyMacGuffin can't get rid of]]. While he works out this dilemma, every other member of his party rationalizes why they should have the sword instead.
1st Mar '17 10:22:53 AM justanid
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The Artifact of Attraction is an object that goes beyond being merely desirable for its value by creating supernatural obsession. It can cause a group of friends to become paranoid and distrustful, making them [[AHouseDivided stop working together]] or even come to blows over ownership. Unsurprisingly for an object that can bring about a veritable HatePlague on those who set eyes on it (or even just ''know of its existence)'', the Artifact Of Attraction tends to be a powerful {{Curse}}d item, though a few uncursed ones can get this kind of reputation.

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The Artifact of Attraction is an object that goes beyond being merely desirable for its value by creating supernatural inspires obsession. It can cause a group of friends to become paranoid and distrustful, making them [[AHouseDivided stop working together]] or even come to blows over ownership. Unsurprisingly for an object that can bring about a veritable HatePlague on those who set eyes on it (or even just ''know of its existence)'', the Artifact Of Attraction tends to be a powerful {{Curse}}d powerfully {{curse}}d item, though a few uncursed ones some mundane objects can get become this kind of reputation.
trope merely [[ShroudedInMyth through reputation]] and {{uniqueness|Value}}.


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A SubTrope of MacGuffin.
1st Mar '17 9:53:36 AM justanid
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The Artifact of Attraction is an object that goes beyond being merely desirable for its own sake and is supernaturally super desirable. It can cause a group of friends to [[GoldFever become paranoid and distrustful]], making them [[AHouseDivided stop working together]] or even [[AppleOfDiscord come to blows]] over ownership. Unsurprisingly for an object that can bring about a veritable HatePlague on those who set eyes on it (or even just ''know of its existence)'', the Artifact Of Attraction tends to be a powerful {{Curse}}d item, though a few uncursed ones can get this kind of reputation.

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The Artifact of Attraction is an object that goes beyond being merely desirable for its own sake and is supernaturally super desirable. value by creating supernatural obsession. It can cause a group of friends to [[GoldFever become paranoid and distrustful]], distrustful, making them [[AHouseDivided stop working together]] or even [[AppleOfDiscord come to blows]] blows over ownership. Unsurprisingly for an object that can bring about a veritable HatePlague on those who set eyes on it (or even just ''know of its existence)'', the Artifact Of Attraction tends to be a powerful {{Curse}}d item, though a few uncursed ones can get this kind of reputation.



Knowing the Artifact of Attraction is capable of this doesn't stop the effects it causes, but may give the heroes enough warning to [[HeroicWillpower resist the effects]] long enough to destroy it or give it to the bad guys. Of course, because of its nature no one wants to destroy it, making this kind of curse ideal for preserving an ArtifactOfDoom and AmuletOfDependency from being destroyed.

Though plenty lethal on its own, the Artifact Of Attraction may be triple enchanted to serve as an ArtifactOfDeath (to up the kill count) and as an ArtifactOfDoom (to corrupt the hapless holder) and serve as a trifecta of desire, death and corruption.

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Knowing the Artifact of Attraction is capable of this doesn't stop the effects it causes, but may give the heroes enough warning to [[HeroicWillpower resist the effects]] long enough to destroy it or give it to the bad guys. Of course, because of its nature no one wants to destroy it, making this kind of curse ideal for preserving an ArtifactOfDoom and AmuletOfDependency from being destroyed.

destroyed. It can also turn the possessor into a DoomMagnet, as countless people die fighting among themselves while attempting to claim the artifact.

Though plenty lethal on its own, the Artifact Of Attraction may be triple enchanted to serve as an ArtifactOfDeath (to up the kill count) and as an ArtifactOfDoom (to corrupt the hapless holder) and serve as a trifecta of desire, death death, and corruption.
corruption. This can cause a character to become DrunkOnTheDarkSide if the artifact grants its bearer some form of supernatural power.



Not to be confused with AppleOfDiscord, which is not about the object, but a group of friends bickering to the point of coming to blows after a seemingly trivial comment or question (who is fairest, strongest, etc), or with GoldFever, which is about the mentality that makes normally good people so greedy and paranoid they want to kill their friends and fellow prospectors to possess gold or some other valuable. If the item is only important to a single character, it is a NumberOneDime.

Compare HypnoTrinket and {{Glamour}}.

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Not to be confused with Compare {{Glamour}}, HypnoTrinket, and MagicIsAMonsterMagnet. Compare & contrast GoldFever, which is about people turning greedy and paranoid when suddenly gaining ordinary material riches (often gold). See also AppleOfDiscord, which is not about the object, but a group of friends bickering to the point of coming to blows after a seemingly trivial comment or question (who is fairest, strongest, etc), or with GoldFever, which is about the mentality that makes normally good people so greedy and paranoid they want to kill their friends and fellow prospectors to possess gold or some other valuable. If the item is only important to a single character, it is a NumberOneDime.

Compare HypnoTrinket and {{Glamour}}.
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