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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}}.
etc).
1st Feb '17 1:24:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Zahir from 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 Zahir from JorgeLuisBorges' 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."
26th Dec '16 7:32:25 PM dumbha
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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 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.
14th Oct '16 8:38:02 PM BattleMaster
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* There's an inversion in ''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 Orange Lantern Corps.

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* There's an inversion in ''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 Orange Lantern Corps. He's the sole member of the Corps because he's far too greedy to ever share any of his power.
11th Sep '16 12:42:45 AM rafi
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* The Golden Helmet from Creator/CarlBarks' ''Donald Duck'' comic of the same name is a headgear version of the One Ring Of Power. Using an ancient edict, an AmoralAttorney has come up with some legal mumbo jumbo that declares anyone who owns the helmet becomes legal king of North America, and one by one, the heroes succumb to the temptation and decide they don't just want to keep it away from the villain, they want to rule North America themselves! They eventually manage to throw it into Mt. D-- sorry, the ocean, only for it to reappear courtesy of [[LuckyBastard Gladstone Gander]] in a sequel by [[Creator/DonRosa Keno Don Rosa]].

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* The Golden Helmet from Creator/CarlBarks' ''Donald Duck'' comic of the same name is a headgear version of the One Ring Of Power. Using an ancient edict, an AmoralAttorney has come up with some legal mumbo jumbo that declares anyone who owns the helmet becomes legal king of North America, and one by one, the heroes succumb to the temptation and decide they don't just want to keep it away from the villain, they want to rule North America themselves! They eventually manage to throw it into Mt. D-- sorry, the ocean, only for it to reappear courtesy of [[LuckyBastard [[BornLucky Gladstone Gander]] in a sequel by [[Creator/DonRosa Keno Don Rosa]].
31st Jul '16 7:09:42 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': The RunningGag of Roger's golden jewel-encrusted poo (a.k.a. ''"The golden turd"'') (also an ArtifactOfDeath).

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': The RunningGag of Roger's golden jewel-encrusted poo (a.k.a. ''"The golden turd"'') (also an ArtifactOfDeath).turd"''), which people kill each other fighting over.
23rd Jul '16 4:12:31 PM nombretomado
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* The Golden Helmet from CarlBarks' ''Donald Duck'' comic of the same name is a headgear version of the One Ring Of Power. Using an ancient edict, an AmoralAttorney has come up with some legal mumbo jumbo that declares anyone who owns the helmet becomes legal king of North America, and one by one, the heroes succumb to the temptation and decide they don't just want to keep it away from the villain, they want to rule North America themselves! They eventually manage to throw it into Mt. D-- sorry, the ocean, only for it to reappear courtesy of [[LuckyBastard Gladstone Gander]] in a sequel by [[Creator/DonRosa Keno Don Rosa]].

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* The Golden Helmet from CarlBarks' Creator/CarlBarks' ''Donald Duck'' comic of the same name is a headgear version of the One Ring Of Power. Using an ancient edict, an AmoralAttorney has come up with some legal mumbo jumbo that declares anyone who owns the helmet becomes legal king of North America, and one by one, the heroes succumb to the temptation and decide they don't just want to keep it away from the villain, they want to rule North America themselves! They eventually manage to throw it into Mt. D-- sorry, the ocean, only for it to reappear courtesy of [[LuckyBastard Gladstone Gander]] in a sequel by [[Creator/DonRosa Keno Don Rosa]].
17th Jul '16 7:22:41 AM TheUnknownUploader
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