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9th Jan '18 3:28:12 PM Amahn
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* The Ring of the Schwartz in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
--> '''Yogurt:''' The ring is poppycock. I found it in a Crackerjack box. The Schwartz is in you Lonestar, it's in you.


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** Another episode has them find a talking parrot on the island that keeps mentioning jewels. Believing it belonged to a pirate who buried treasure on the island they spend the whole episode trying to find out where the treasure is. Only to learn that its former owner fed it "jewel" brand crackers and it had been giving its version of "polly want a cracker" the whole time.
2nd Jan '18 4:17:47 PM Bugfragged
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* In ''VideoGame/ForeverHome'', the Union Stone is supposed to be able to work with the Past Stone and Future Stone to fix a mistake from the past. [[spoiler:The Union Stone actually does nothing of the sort, though the BadFuture versions of Xero mistakenly believe that it allows them to send their thoughts to the past. In reality, Xero himself is capable of time travel without the stones due to his connection to the Aeon Prism.]]
2nd Dec '17 9:05:48 AM dotchan
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* There are fake [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Swords]] littered all over the Lost Woods[note]these woods do not fit the proper trope description, they simply have the ominous-sounding name because it's considered "lost" InUniverse despite being right next door to Kakariko village[/note] in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. The game even starts to remark on how amazing it is that you retrieved it for a moment before revealing the fake. You're not likely to be fooled, though, especially after seeing what the ''real'' Master Sword looks like.

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* There are fake [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Swords]] littered all over the Lost Woods[note]these Woods[[note]]these woods do not fit the proper trope description, they simply have the ominous-sounding name because it's considered "lost" InUniverse despite being right next door to Kakariko village[/note] village[[/note]] in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. The game even starts to remark on how amazing it is that you retrieved it for a moment before revealing the fake. You're not likely to be fooled, though, especially after seeing what the ''real'' Master Sword looks like.
2nd Dec '17 9:05:22 AM dotchan
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* There are fake [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Swords]] ''all over the place'' in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. The game even starts to remark on how amazing it is that you retrieved it for a moment before revealing the fake. You're not likely to be fooled, though, especially after seeing what the ''real'' Master Sword looks like.

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* There are fake [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Swords]] ''all littered all over the place'' Lost Woods[note]these woods do not fit the proper trope description, they simply have the ominous-sounding name because it's considered "lost" InUniverse despite being right next door to Kakariko village[/note] in ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. The game even starts to remark on how amazing it is that you retrieved it for a moment before revealing the fake. You're not likely to be fooled, though, especially after seeing what the ''real'' Master Sword looks like.
2nd Dec '17 9:03:08 AM dotchan
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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The titular [[CoolCar]] in ''The Film/{{Bullitt}} Mustang''. The owner, who purchased the ''real'' Bullitt Mustang soon after the movie, bought a second '68 Mustang from a used-car lot a week later and had it modified to be identical to the Bullitt car to be used as a decoy to prevent it from being stolen. When he died, he willed the real car to his wife, swearing her to secrecy over it. He then (separately) gave the decoy to his son while also keeping him oblivious to the fact that it was just a decoy in case his rather needy son decided to blab about his ownership of the car for attention, sell it for some quick cash or have it "stolen" to collect the insurance payout, [[ProperlyParanoid all of which the son did later in life]].

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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The titular [[CoolCar]] CoolCar in ''The Film/{{Bullitt}} Mustang''. The owner, who purchased the ''real'' Bullitt Mustang soon after the movie, bought a second '68 Mustang from a used-car lot a week later and had it modified to be identical to the Bullitt car to be used as a decoy to prevent it from being stolen. When he died, he willed the real car to his wife, swearing her to secrecy over it. He then (separately) gave the decoy to his son while also keeping him oblivious to the fact that it was just a decoy in case his rather needy son decided to blab about his ownership of the car for attention, sell it for some quick cash or have it "stolen" to collect the insurance payout, [[ProperlyParanoid all of which the son did later in life]].
6th Nov '17 2:49:14 PM SMB3
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*In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', [[spoiler: the Sacred Stones turn out to just be rocks and have nothing to do with defeating the Demon King.]]
28th Oct '17 3:01:30 AM darkemyst
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* After a life-threatening quest to recover [[spoiler: Slytherin's locket, one of Voldemort's horcruxes]], Literature/HarryPotter is devastated to realize [[spoiler:it's a fake]]. Also inverted: [[spoiler: the real locket had previously [[GrailInTheGarbage been mistaken for worthless junk lying around Grimmauld Place]], and thrown away.]]

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' there are a number of students taking advantage of the fifth and seventh years' panic over upcoming exams by selling fake potions and items said to [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum ensure good test scores]]. Ron mentions that taking powdered dragon claw is supposed make someone clever for a few hours, though he does not seem fully convinced, but whether or not this is true is never examined in series as the individual selling "powdered dragon claw" was actually selling dried Doxy droppings, which are toxic. Luckily Hermione confiscated them.
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After a life-threatening quest to recover [[spoiler: Slytherin's locket, one of Voldemort's horcruxes]], Literature/HarryPotter in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' Harry is devastated to realize [[spoiler:it's a fake]]. Also inverted: [[spoiler: the real locket had previously [[GrailInTheGarbage been mistaken for worthless junk lying around Grimmauld Place]], and thrown away.]]



* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' there are a number of students taking advantage of the fifth and seventh years' panic over upcoming exams by selling fake potions and items said to [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum ensure good test scores]]. Ron mentions that taking powdered dragon claw is supposed make someone clever for a few hours, though he does not seem fully convinced, but whether or not this is true is never examined in series as the individual selling "powdered dragon claw" was actually selling dried Doxy droppings which are toxic and luckily Hermione confiscated them.
28th Oct '17 2:58:47 AM darkemyst
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' there are a number of students taking advantage of the fifth and seventh years' panic over upcoming exams by selling fake potions and items said to [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum ensure good test scores]]. Ron mentions that taking powdered dragon claw is supposed make someone clever for a few hours, though he does not seem fully convinced, but whether or not this is true is never examined in series as the individual selling "powdered dragon claw" was actually selling dried Doxy droppings which are toxic and luckily Hermione confiscated them.
23rd Aug '17 3:55:20 AM Vir
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had the armoire of invincibility, which is just regular old heavy furniture. Technically, the armoire ''itself'' is invincible, in that it cannot be destroyed. However, the invincibility does ''not'' extend beyond the armoire, so it's pretty worthless. Also, the bottom is made of cheap cardboard. And it's ''not'' the artifact Fighter was looking for in the first place. Matoya had the Armoire and Armor of Invincibility, and gave Fighter the wrong one.

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had the armoire of invincibility, which is just regular old heavy furniture. Technically, the armoire ''itself'' is invincible, in that it cannot be destroyed. However, the invincibility does ''not'' extend beyond the armoire, so it's pretty worthless. Also, the bottom is made of cheap cardboard. And it's ''not'' the artifact Fighter was looking for in the first place. Matoya had the Armoire and Armor of Invincibility, Invincibility and gave Fighter the wrong one.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' plays it straight, then subverts it at the very the end. Ninjas are trying to find and assemble the pieces of an ancient Chinese sword with vaguely defined mystical powers. When put together, it turns out it just lights up like a flashlight, which Stroker notes was probably mind-blowing in ancient China. [[spoiler: After the protagonists abandon the sword and leave the scene, a random person stumbles across it and accidentally discovers that the sword's beam of light can ''resurrect the dead.'']]

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' plays it straight, then subverts it at the very the end. Ninjas are trying to find and assemble the pieces of an ancient Chinese sword with vaguely defined mystical powers. When put together, it turns out it just lights up like a flashlight, which Stroker notes was probably mind-blowing in ancient China. [[spoiler: After the protagonists abandon the sword and leave the scene, a random person stumbles across it and accidentally discovers that the sword's beam of light can ''resurrect the dead.'']]



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': At the end of "Magic Duel", Trixie finds out, after unwittingly relinquishing the Alicorn Amulet, that the supposedly more powerful green amulet she acquired from Twilight was just one of Zecora's doorstops.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': At the end of "Magic Duel", Trixie finds out, after unwittingly relinquishing the [[AmplifierArtifact Alicorn Amulet, Amulet]], that the supposedly more powerful green amulet she acquired from Twilight was just one of Zecora's doorstops.
23rd Aug '17 3:49:38 AM Vir
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' that parodies the film Titanic, Bender's love interest gets sucked into a black hole, leaving him with only her bracelet (a parody of "The Heart of the Sea") to console the saddened robot (with its monetary value). Upon request, Hermes promptly inspects it and informs Bender that "It's fake, mon," sending him into even greater despair (about its monetary value).

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' that parodies the film Titanic, ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', Bender's love interest gets sucked into a black hole, leaving him with only her bracelet (a parody of "The Heart of the Sea") to console the saddened robot (with its monetary value). Upon request, Hermes promptly inspects it and informs Bender that "It's fake, mon," sending him into even greater despair (about its monetary value).
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