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24th Jan '16 4:54:26 PM WarriorsGate
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* ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'': The mysterious list Col. Ardenti leaves the protagonists. Either it's [[spoiler: the Knights Templars' key to harnessing the Tulluric currents that can reshape the face of the world, or a shopping list.]] Trying to get a definitive answer out of this book is [[UnreliableNarrator rather]] [[SanitySlippage missing]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness the point]].
26th Nov '15 3:07:37 PM VoxAquila
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* There is a very old form of scam (so old it's incredible people continue to fall for it today) where an apparently mentally challenged man approaches a victim in the street offering her (as it is often an old woman) the chance to buy some "stamps" in an envelope or suitcase. The "stamps" are bills of the highest denomination, so the full content can easily sum thousands or even millions, but the supposed retard, apparently unaware of the value of bills, asks only for some hundreds in coins. The victim is then approached by another "smart" guy that offers her to buy the "stamps" together and divide them between themselves. The victim agrees, and the smart guy always gets the upper half of the money while she gets the other which, as she realizes when arriving home, it's just sheets of newspaper.
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* There is a very old form of scam (so old it's incredible people continue to fall for it today) where an apparently mentally challenged man approaches a victim in the street offering her (as it is often an old woman) the chance to buy some "stamps" in an envelope or suitcase. The "stamps" are bills of the highest denomination, so the full content can easily sum thousands or even millions, but the supposed retard, scammer, apparently unaware of the value of bills, asks only for some hundreds in coins. The victim is then approached by another "smart" guy that offers her to buy the "stamps" together and divide them between themselves. The victim agrees, and the smart guy always gets the upper half of the money while she gets the other which, as she realizes when arriving home, it's just sheets of newspaper.
14th Nov '15 2:36:28 PM nombretomado
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* The 'Film/HolyGrail' in the RobinWilliams film ''Film/TheFisherKing'' is [[MagicalRealism most likely]] nothing, but his insanity has convinced him it's the true grail.
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* The 'Film/HolyGrail' in the RobinWilliams Creator/RobinWilliams film ''Film/TheFisherKing'' is [[MagicalRealism most likely]] nothing, but his insanity has convinced him it's the true grail.
1st Nov '15 7:08:37 PM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Battle Royale", thanks to GossipEvolution and Wander's ill-planned attempt at [[ShipperOnDeck getting Lord Hater and Lord Dominator to hook up]], various villains and their armies of mooks have a massive fight over what they think is a Ring of Invincibility but is really just a blorpberry-flavored candy ring.
25th Aug '15 1:56:38 AM Sammettik
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Zero Context Example for The Simpsons. What episode was this, and what was the plot?
* Similar to the "Al Capone's Vault" case (described below), ''Series/KenanAndKel'' once found a map to a secret safe (albeit Kel insisted it read "sofa"). Following the map's instructions, they eventually found and opened the safe, and found [[spoiler: a sofa. Kenan was understandbly disappointed but Kel actually liked the sofa (and the fact he was right).]]
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* Similar to the "Al Capone's Vault" case (described below), ''Series/KenanAndKel'' once found a map to a secret safe (albeit Kel insisted it read "sofa"). Following the map's instructions, they eventually found and opened the safe, and found [[spoiler: a sofa. Kenan was understandbly understandably disappointed but Kel actually liked the sofa (and the fact he was right).]]

* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have involved a MockGuffin at one point or another.
13th Jul '15 11:40:41 AM nombretomado
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* The ([[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former]]) TropeNamer is the Golden Helmet of Mambrino (actually a barber's basin) from ''Literature/DonQuixote''. (It even gets a song dedicated to it in ''ManOfLaMancha''.)
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* The ([[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former]]) TropeNamer is the Golden Helmet of Mambrino (actually a barber's basin) from ''Literature/DonQuixote''. (It even gets a song dedicated to it in ''ManOfLaMancha''.''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha''.)
19th Jun '15 8:40:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheKAMics'' Gertrude & Brunhilda [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5062574/ thought they had found something valuable]], [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5087906/ then were told otherwise.]]
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* In ''TheKAMics'' ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' Gertrude & Brunhilda [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5062574/ thought they had found something valuable]], [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5087906/ then were told otherwise.]]
14th Jun '15 7:44:06 PM LTR
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* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' episode "The Silver Falcon", in an homage to ''The Maltese Falcon,'' features a crime boss attempting to steal a trove of diamonds that ultimately turn out to be fake.
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* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' episode "The Silver Falcon", in an homage to ''The Maltese Falcon,'' features a crime boss attempting to steal a trove of hidden diamonds. The first place he digs up contains a mocking note informing him he dug in the wrong place, and the second location he searches has a stash of diamonds that ultimately turn out to be fake.fake.
31st May '15 8:23:50 PM yunatwilight
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This isn't an example, it's just a statement that there's an example somewhere. Can anyone fix this?
* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have involved a Golden Helmet at one point or another.
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* A few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have involved a Golden Helmet MockGuffin at one point or another.
3rd May '15 10:43:24 AM rjd1922
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* The Garnet Star in ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', much to Bowser's chagrin. * ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has [[spoiler: the sarcophagus that the entire game revolves around. Everybody thinks it contains something that will trigger the apocalypse. Instead, [[ShaggyDogStory it contains dynamite.]]]]
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* The [[spoiler:fake Garnet Star Star]] in ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', much to Bowser's chagrin. chagrin. The [[spoiler:fake Gold Star on the Champ's Belt in Chapter 3]] also qualifies. * ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has [[spoiler: the sarcophagus that the entire game revolves around. Everybody thinks it contains something that will trigger the apocalypse. Instead, [[ShaggyDogStory it contains dynamite.]]]]
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