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18th Jun '16 2:11:20 AM phoenixy
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* In ''PillarsOfEternity'', the monk Zahua has a sidequest to unlock the ancient secret of the anitlei, which will allow him to become an unstoppable warrior, so that he can rescue his tribe, which has been conquered and enslaved. He goes on a shroom-induced vision quest to discover this secret...only to realize from his introspective visions that he must come to terms with his survivor's guilt and accept that his tribe cannot be saved. (Confusingly, solving this sidequest gives him the anitlei attribute, which turns out to be a fairly disappointing stat boost.)

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* In ''PillarsOfEternity'', ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', the monk Zahua has a sidequest to unlock the ancient secret of the anitlei, which will allow him to become an unstoppable warrior, so that he can rescue his tribe, which has been conquered and enslaved. He goes on a shroom-induced vision quest to discover this secret...only to realize from his introspective visions that he must come to terms with his survivor's guilt and accept that his tribe cannot be saved. (Confusingly, solving completing this sidequest gives him the anitlei attribute, attribute anyway, which turns out to be a fairly disappointing stat boost.)
18th Jun '16 2:09:37 AM phoenixy
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* In ''PillarsOfEternity'', the monk Zahua has a sidequest to unlock the ancient secret of the anitlei, which will allow him to become an unstoppable warrior, so that he can rescue his tribe, which has been conquered and enslaved. He goes on a shroom-induced vision quest to discover this secret...only to realize from his introspective visions that he must come to terms with his survivor's guilt and accept that his tribe cannot be saved. (Confusingly, solving this sidequest gives him the anitlei attribute, which turns out to be a fairly disappointing stat boost.)
14th May '16 3:37:37 AM Hanz
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* Parodied at the end of the Captain Scarlett DLC of ''Videogame/Borderlands 2}}'', where just as you reach the treasure room the game cuts to the credits and a child acting as the narrator claims that the real treasure were the friends they made during the journey. Marcus, the real narrator points how lame of an ending that is. Thankfully, after the credits [[MontyHaul you get to loot Captain Blade's treasure room for reals]].
19th Apr '16 12:23:23 PM erforce
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' where Buster (as "[[IndianaJones Pasadena Jones]]") is searching for the tomb containing the secret of the "Meaning of Life". When he gets there, he finds Babs, Plucky and Hamton there to explain that the meaning of life is friendship. Buster is not impressed, declaring that "in the sequel, I'm going after some gold!"

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' where Buster (as "[[IndianaJones "[[Franchise/IndianaJones Pasadena Jones]]") is searching for the tomb containing the secret of the "Meaning of Life". When he gets there, he finds Babs, Plucky and Hamton there to explain that the meaning of life is friendship. Buster is not impressed, declaring that "in the sequel, I'm going after some gold!"
13th Apr '16 11:21:49 AM Generality
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* The Crusaders, a playable class added in the expansion to ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', were founded in order to seek a solution to the [[CorruptChurch corruption within the Zakarum faith]]. They never expected they would succeed at such an abstract goal, however; they believe that the quest has value unto itself. In practice, this mostly means WalkingTheEarth and doing good deeds.
6th Apr '16 3:31:50 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura Shinguuji receives a scroll purporting to carry the secrets of her family's sword-fighting style. It turns out to be blank. She spends a good long while looking for secret writing before figuring out it means she needs to look within herself for the secrets.

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* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], OVA, Sakura Shinguuji receives a scroll purporting to carry the secrets of her family's sword-fighting style. It turns out to be blank. She spends a good long while looking for secret writing before figuring out it means she needs to look within herself for the secrets.
6th Apr '16 3:12:28 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', Sakura Shinguuji receives a scroll purporting to carry the secrets of her family's sword-fighting style. It turns out to be blank. She spends a good long while looking for secret writing before figuring out it means she needs to look within herself for the secrets.

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* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' [[Anime/SakuraWarsTV anime]], Sakura Shinguuji receives a scroll purporting to carry the secrets of her family's sword-fighting style. It turns out to be blank. She spends a good long while looking for secret writing before figuring out it means she needs to look within herself for the secrets.
29th Feb '16 7:11:13 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Anime/DragonBall'': Goku spent a good while trying to catch Corin before finding out that catching him ''was'' the training; the "magic water" was just that: water. Master Roshi, on the other had, spent a lot longer trying to catch Corin (and finding out the truth).

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* ''Anime/DragonBall'': Goku spent spends a good while trying to catch Corin Karin before finding out that catching him ''was'' ''is'' the training; the "magic water" was is just that: water. Master Roshi, on the other had, spent spends a lot longer trying to catch Corin (and finding out the truth).



* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' had the Dragon Scroll: after much build-up the scroll turns out to be blank, shiny paper. Later, the eponymous Panda realizes it's a mirror, and learns the lesson. (In a twist on the usual trope, the Master who gives him permission to take the scroll had no idea the scroll was blank, because ''his'' master, Oogway, never told ''him'' what was on the scroll, either.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' had has the Dragon Scroll: after much build-up the scroll turns out to be blank, shiny paper. Later, the eponymous Panda realizes it's a mirror, and learns the lesson. (In In a twist on the usual trope, the Master who gives him permission to take the scroll had no idea the scroll was blank, because ''his'' master, Oogway, never told ''him'' what was on the scroll, either.)



* ''Circle of Iron''. The protagonist Cord goes on a quest for the Book of All Knowledge. When he finally finds it, he opens it and discovers... a mirror.
** And then laughed at the monks who guarded the Book when they practically begged him to tell them what was in it - they were forbidden to look, after all.

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* ''Circle of Iron''. The protagonist Cord goes on a quest for the Book of All Knowledge. When he finally finds it, he opens it and discovers... a mirror.
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mirror. And then laughed he laughs at the monks who guarded the Book when they practically begged him to tell them what was in it - they were forbidden to look, after all.



* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The Wizard himself has a ton of these: he gives the characters worthless trinkets to symbolize the heart, brains and courage that they've earned in their quest to find him.

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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'':
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The Wizard himself has a ton of these: he gives the characters worthless trinkets to symbolize the heart, brains and courage that they've earned in their quest to find him.



* Subverted in NationalTreasure. When they enter the [[spoiler:fake treasure room,]] Ben's group starts into this to him. [[spoiler:Then they find the real treasure.]]

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* Subverted in NationalTreasure.''Film/NationalTreasure''. When they enter the [[spoiler:fake treasure room,]] Ben's group starts into this to him. [[spoiler:Then they find the real treasure.]]



* Similar to the ''NationalTreasure'' example, ''Film/TheMummy1999'' ends with the protagonists heading home, Evie and Rick having found love with each other and Johnathan [[LampshadeHanging bitching that they ended up empty-handed]]... only for it to turn out that, unbeknownst to them, the saddlebags of their camels had been stuffed with gold that another character had meant to steal.

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* Similar to the ''NationalTreasure'' example, ''Film/TheMummy1999'' ends with the protagonists heading home, Evie and Rick having found love with each other and Johnathan [[LampshadeHanging bitching that they ended up empty-handed]]... only for it to turn out that, unbeknownst to them, the saddlebags of their camels had have been stuffed with gold that another character had meant to steal.



** In fact, [[Literature/HarryPotter as long as we're on the subject,]] the [[spoiler: way of hiding the Resurrection Stone within the Snitch]] may have been this ''and'' a veritable MacGuffin in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows.'' It was literally with the hero at all times - however, it wasn't until he'd achieved the maturity to [[HeroicSacrifice accept his mission]] that he was able to fully implement it.
* The former TropeNamer is the Mirror of Llunet from ''The PrydainChronicles'', which (similar to the Time Magazine cover), was basically a mirror. After Taran's journey, it showed him exactly as he was: his faults, his strengths, and how much he's grown. It was a revelation that made him TakeALevelInBadass.

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** In fact, [[Literature/HarryPotter as long as we're on the subject,]] the * The [[spoiler: way of hiding the Resurrection Stone within the Snitch]] may have been is this ''and'' a veritable MacGuffin in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows.'' It was is literally with the hero at all times - however, it wasn't isn't until he'd achieved he achieves the maturity to [[HeroicSacrifice accept his mission]] that he was is able to fully implement it.
* The former TropeNamer is the Mirror of Llunet from ''The PrydainChronicles'', which (similar to the Time Magazine cover), was basically is a mirror. After Taran's journey, it showed shows him exactly as he was: is: his faults, his strengths, and how much he's grown. It was is a revelation that made makes him TakeALevelInBadass.



* Similar to ''Kung Fu Panda'', ''Little Vampire Learns Kung Fu'' has one of Little Vampire's human friends learning kung fu from a supernatural teacher so that they can reach the top of a temple and read a scroll that will tell them how to be a true master. The scroll ended up reading "If you were able to reach here, you already have learned all the kung fu you need to be a master."

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* Similar to ''Kung Fu Panda'', ''Little Vampire Learns Kung Fu'' has one of Little Vampire's human friends learning kung fu from a supernatural teacher so that they can reach the top of a temple and read a scroll that will tell them how to be a true master. The scroll ended up reading "If you were able to reach here, you already have learned all the kung fu you need to be a master."



* A pervasive trait of the ''{{Xanth}}'' series. It's almost a formula: the protagonist(s) leave their home because some personal problem, visit the Magician of knowledge for a solution, and is sent wandering the land, picking up companions and having adventures. In the end, they find what they were sent out for, but realize that they no longer want or need it, because the journey has changed them - they've outgrown their old childish need, or realized that there are bigger problems to deal with, or the love they were hoping to win is shallow compared to the companion they've been journeying with.

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* A pervasive trait of the ''{{Xanth}}'' ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series. It's almost a formula: the protagonist(s) leave their home because some personal problem, visit the Magician of knowledge for a solution, and is sent wandering the land, picking up companions and having adventures. In the end, they find what they were sent out for, but realize that they no longer want or need it, because the journey has changed them - they've outgrown their old childish need, or realized that there are bigger problems to deal with, or the love they were hoping to win is shallow compared to the companion they've been journeying with.



* Basically the only Aesop in Literature/{{On The Road}} by Creator/JackKerouac.
* TheBookOfTheNewSun: most of the four volumes is taken up with journeying. In a humorous moment Jonas lists all the things that Severian is trying to achieve at the same time [[note]]serve Vodalus, go to work in Thrax, atone for dishonouring the Guild, find Dorcas, make peace with Agia and return the Claw[[/note]]. All Severian's successes prove ephemeral, yet he returns home a changed man, having achieved the unintended goal which he mentioned in passing at the end of Chapter one. In fact, large elements of Severians journey were being orchestrated by beings who knew far more of Severian's significance than he [[UnreliableNarrator ever]] realised.

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* Basically the %%* The only Aesop in Literature/{{On The Road}} ''Literature/OnTheRoad'' by Creator/JackKerouac.
* TheBookOfTheNewSun: ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'': most of the four volumes is taken up with journeying. In a humorous moment Jonas lists all the things that Severian is trying to achieve at the same time [[note]]serve Vodalus, go to work in Thrax, atone for dishonouring the Guild, find Dorcas, make peace with Agia and return the Claw[[/note]]. All Severian's successes prove ephemeral, yet he returns home a changed man, having achieved the unintended goal which he mentioned in passing at the end of Chapter one. In fact, large elements of Severians journey were being orchestrated by beings who knew far more of Severian's significance than he [[UnreliableNarrator ever]] realised.



* Parodied, like many things, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. In an alternate future with Lisa as president, Homer decides to run around the grounds of the White House in search of Lincoln's gold. He eventually finds a chest, with a note saying that his gold is in the heart of every American. Homer isn't amused.

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* Parodied, like many things, in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
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In an alternate future with Lisa as president, Homer decides to run around the grounds of the White House in search of Lincoln's gold. He eventually finds a chest, with a note saying that his gold is in the heart of every American. Homer isn't amused.



* This now happens with people who earn Ph.D.s and other terminal graduate degrees. In the modern era, research and employment opportunities both change at such a rapid rate today that the information a newly minted Ph.D. has acquired over several formidable years of academic study is often out of date before the diploma has even been printed up -- what matters to other researchers and to employers are the skills and background the Ph.D. has acquired from the academic journey as these are what enable the individual with a Ph.D. to handle and investigate the studies in his or her doctoral field.
** In other words, the most intellectually (and professionally) successful Ph.D. is not someone who is questing to take possession of a doctorate but instead someone who is on a journey to become a better person.

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* This now happens with people who earn Ph.D.s and other terminal graduate degrees. In the modern era, research and employment opportunities both change at such a rapid rate today that the information a newly minted Ph.D. has acquired over several formidable years of academic study is often out of date before the diploma has even been printed up -- what matters to other researchers and to employers are the skills and background the Ph.D. has acquired from the academic journey as these are what enable the individual with a Ph.D. to handle and investigate the studies in his or her doctoral field.
** In other words,
field. Thus, the most intellectually (and professionally) successful Ph.D. is not someone who is questing to take possession of a doctorate but instead someone who is on a journey to become a better person.
26th Feb '16 4:25:46 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''SakuraWars'', Sakura Shinguuji receives a scroll purporting to carry the secrets of her family's sword-fighting style. It turns out to be blank. She spends a good long while looking for secret writing before figuring out it means she needs to look within herself for the secrets.
* In ''{{Negima}}'', Negi and the "Baka Rangers" (the five worst students in his class) go looking for a magic book that will make them smarter in time for final exams. In order to get the book, a giant statue quizzes them on translating English words into Japanese. Then they get stuck in a lower level of the library, and pass the time by studying. Then the giant statue shows up again, and chases them up a stairway barred by review questions. Then they end up [[FriendOrIdolDecision throwing the book away to make the group light enough to take the only elevator to the surface]]. And in the end, [[spoiler:the whole thing turned out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter designed by the headmaster.]]

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* In ''SakuraWars'', ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', Sakura Shinguuji receives a scroll purporting to carry the secrets of her family's sword-fighting style. It turns out to be blank. She spends a good long while looking for secret writing before figuring out it means she needs to look within herself for the secrets.
* In ''{{Negima}}'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi and the "Baka Rangers" (the five worst students in his class) go looking for a magic book that will make them smarter in time for final exams. In order to get the book, a giant statue quizzes them on translating English words into Japanese. Then they get stuck in a lower level of the library, and pass the time by studying. Then the giant statue shows up again, and chases them up a stairway barred by review questions. Then they end up [[FriendOrIdolDecision throwing the book away to make the group light enough to take the only elevator to the surface]]. And in the end, [[spoiler:the whole thing turned out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter designed by the headmaster.]]
28th Jan '16 9:46:45 AM Gorthaff
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*Applicable as a meta example to (sadly) many-a fanfic. They often never get finished, but.even lacking a well rounded conclusion, what's there, is often undoubtadly worth reading.
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