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8th Sep '16 10:46:59 AM dotchan
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* This can happen entirely by accident in a randomizer-style GameMod. Unless DeveloperForesight is in play to prevent the game from being UnwinnableByAccident, it's possible that the Ultimate Treasure turns out to be a handful of MoneyForNothing.
8th Sep '16 10:35:22 AM dotchan
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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has played with this a few times. [[spoiler:Episode 137]] had a mansion where the treasure was the view from a hidden window. On Conan revealing this, the villain had a complete breakdown over all they had done to find it - including mass murder and disfiguring their own face. Another episode had the treasure be the experience of the journey to find it... except there was also a real treasure, as some robbers had been hiding their gains in the same spot.

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has played with this a few times. times:
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[[spoiler:Episode 137]] had a mansion where the treasure was the view from a hidden window. On Conan revealing this, the villain had a complete breakdown over all they had done to find it - including mass murder and disfiguring their own face. Another episode had the treasure be the experience of the journey to find it... except there was also a real treasure, as some robbers had been hiding their gains in the same spot.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', man-stuck-in-a-chest Gaimon has spent at least twenty years obsessing over a few treasure chests sitting on the top of a small peak he can't climb up. Luffy offers to go up and fetch them, but when he does refuses to give the chests to Gaimon. Gaimon realizes that the treasure he had been looking forward to is already gone, but soon decides that at least now he can get on with his life, and really enjoy the island he's been trapped on.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', man-stuck-in-a-chest ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Gaimon has spent at least twenty years obsessing over a few treasure chests sitting on the top of a small peak he can't climb up. Luffy offers to go up and fetch them, but when he does refuses to give the chests to Gaimon. Gaimon realizes that the treasure he had been looking forward to is already gone, but soon decides that at least now he can get on with his life, and really enjoy the island he's been trapped on.



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Who Mourns for Morn?" Quark gets his hands on Morn's treasure, only to find that it's nothing but bricks of [[WorthlessYellowRocks worthless gold]]; all the valuable, unreplicatable [[{{Unobtainium}} latinum]] had been drained out. (Thanks to 24th Century replicator technology, gold lost a lot of its financial value; only its aesthetic appeal and industrial uses remained.) It's not, however, a total loss for Quark: for his help Morn gave him no small amount of latinum, and as he notes, some "backward" worlds still use it for money.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Who Mourns for Morn?" Quark gets his hands on Morn's treasure, only to find that it's nothing but bricks of [[WorthlessYellowRocks worthless gold]]; all the valuable, unreplicatable [[{{Unobtainium}} latinum]] had been drained out. (Thanks to 24th Century replicator technology, gold lost a lot of its financial value; only its aesthetic appeal and industrial uses remained.) It's not, however, a total loss for Quark: for his help Morn gave him no small amount of latinum, and as he notes, some "backward" worlds still use it gold for money.
28th Aug '16 7:08:07 PM Yuihime
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* In the picture book ''The Littlest Angel'', all the angels in Heaven are asked to bring gifts for the birth of Jesus Christ, the best of which will become the Star of Bethlehem. The titular angel, a small boy, offers a box of his earthly possessions from when he was human: a broken dog collar and some shiny pebbles. Because Christ will also be a small boy with simple interests, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the Almighty chooses this gift over all the others]].
21st Aug '16 9:18:19 PM psyphi
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* In ''Film/{{MadMax2TheRoadWarrior}}'' The tanker truck Max is driving, and everyone spends half the movie chasing, is filled with sand instead of the petrol they were expecting.
9th Aug '16 4:51:27 PM wentesur
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* At the last volume of Anime/Doraemon manga, a chapter was about Nobita, Doraemon, Giant and Suneo competed in finding real treasures as 2 pirate teams. The treasures ''were'' there before they decided to make it as a pirate game. However, the very pirate game (which consisted them sailing at sea and shooting cannonballs at each other) delayed their treasure hunting, resulting in someone had already dug the treasures ahead of them.

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* At the last volume of Anime/Doraemon ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' manga, a chapter was about Nobita, Doraemon, Giant and Suneo competed in finding real treasures as 2 pirate teams. The treasures ''were'' there before they decided to make it as a pirate game. However, the very pirate game (which consisted of them sailing at sea and shooting cannonballs at each other) delayed their treasure hunting, resulting in someone had already dug the treasures ahead of them.
9th Aug '16 4:48:12 PM wentesur
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* At the last volume of ''Anime/"Doraemon"'' manga, a chapter was about Nobita, Doraemon, Giant and Suneo competed in finding real treasures as 2 pirate teams. The treasures ''were'' there before they decided to make it as a pirate game. However, the very pirate game (which consisted them sailing at sea and shooting cannonballs at each other) delayed their treasure hunting, resulting in someone had already dug the treasures ahead of them.

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* At the last volume of ''Anime/"Doraemon"'' Anime/Doraemon manga, a chapter was about Nobita, Doraemon, Giant and Suneo competed in finding real treasures as 2 pirate teams. The treasures ''were'' there before they decided to make it as a pirate game. However, the very pirate game (which consisted them sailing at sea and shooting cannonballs at each other) delayed their treasure hunting, resulting in someone had already dug the treasures ahead of them.
9th Aug '16 4:37:12 PM wentesur
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* At the last volume of ''Anime/"Doraemon"'' manga, a chapter was about Nobita, Doraemon, Giant and Suneo competed in finding real treasures as 2 pirate teams. The treasures ''were'' there before they decided to make it as a pirate game. However, the very pirate game (which consisted them sailing at sea and shooting cannonballs at each other) delayed their treasure hunting, resulting in someone had already dug the treasures ahead of them.
8th Aug '16 5:24:04 PM JackG
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* In one of the Literature/McAuslan stories, a British unit guarding a desert fort in post-WW2 Libya catch the local villagers digging up a trunkful of Italian money, apparently unaware it's now worthless after the defeat of Fascist Italy. When the locals steal it back, no-one bothers to do anything about it.

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* In one of the Literature/McAuslan stories, a British army unit guarding a desert fort in post-WW2 Libya catch the local villagers digging sneaking into their fort to dig up a trunkful of Italian money, apparently unaware it's now worthless after the defeat of Fascist Italy. When the locals steal it back, no-one bothers to do anything about it.
8th Aug '16 5:17:34 PM JackG
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* In one of the Literature/McAuslan stories, a British unit guarding a desert fort in post-WW2 Libya catch the local villagers digging up a trunkful of Italian money which is now worthless after the defeat of Fascist Italy. When the locals steal it back, no-one bothers to do anything about it.

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* In one of the Literature/McAuslan stories, a British unit guarding a desert fort in post-WW2 Libya catch the local villagers digging up a trunkful of Italian money which is money, apparently unaware it's now worthless after the defeat of Fascist Italy. When the locals steal it back, no-one bothers to do anything about it.
8th Aug '16 5:13:49 PM JackG
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Somewhat similar to Confederate money is UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era German POW Camp scrips. Under Geneva Conventions, a captor nation is required to pay its [=POWs=] at a rate equal to its own men (enlisted men had to subject themselves to forced labor to be paid... although not working wasn't really an option; officers were exempt from working). The catch is that [=POWs=] (at least those from Western countries) were paid in scrips that were good only at camp facilities, which offered nothing worthwhile for them to buy. Most threw away these scrips, but authentic World War II German camp scrips are now worth hundreds of dollars.




Somewhat similar to Confederate money is UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era German POW Camp scrips. Under Geneva Conventions, a captor nation is required to pay its [=POWs=] at a rate equal to its own men (enlisted men had to subject themselves to forced labor to be paid... although not working wasn't really an option; officers were exempt from working). The catch is that [=POWs=] (at least those from Western countries) were paid in scrips that were good only at camp facilities, which offered nothing worthwhile for them to buy. Most threw away these scrips, but authentic World War II German camp scrips are now worth hundreds of dollars.
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