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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.

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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.



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** There is a rather silly subversion in the story where he finally reveals himself to his mother. The other half of the story is the attempt to keep his father from taking a family treasure, hidden in a box the whole time, and pawning it. When Genma finally gets the treasure and takes it to the pawnshop, it's only a single slip of paper. The slip of paper was a pawn ticket: one of their ancestors had already sold it. It didn't really matter, as it was apparently worth about twenty bucks.

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** There is a rather silly subversion in the story where he Ranma finally reveals himself to his mother. The other half of the story is the attempt to keep his father from taking a family treasure, hidden in a box the whole time, and pawning it. When Genma finally gets the treasure and takes it to the pawnshop, it's only a single slip of paper. The slip of paper was is a pawn ticket: one of their ancestors had already sold it. It didn't doesn't really matter, as it was apparently worth about twenty bucks.



** ''FarewellToNostradamus'' plays with this too, with Lupin's gang after a book of the prophecies of Nostradamus, which assuming it's an original from that long ago could be expected to be rare and valuable. The [[CorruptChurch Nostradamus Sect]] is after it too, but [[spoiler: since they're a ScamReligion they want to destroy it to avoid being exposed, and they never intended to pay the $50 million reward they promised Fujiko]]. When the treasure is finally found, it turns out that [[spoiler: Julia had been doodling all over it while playing in the vault as a child, which made it essentially unreadable and ruined any historical value it might have had]].

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** ''FarewellToNostradamus'' ''Anime/FarewellToNostradamus'' plays with this too, with Lupin's gang after a book of the prophecies of Nostradamus, which assuming it's an original from that long ago could be expected to be rare and valuable. The [[CorruptChurch Nostradamus Sect]] is after it too, but [[spoiler: since they're a ScamReligion they want to destroy it to avoid being exposed, and they never intended to pay the $50 million reward they promised Fujiko]]. When the treasure is finally found, it turns out that [[spoiler: Julia had been doodling all over it while playing in the vault as a child, which made it essentially unreadable and ruined any historical value it might have had]].



* Discussed in the Creator/DonRosa story "A Letter From Home". Though Scrooge and the rest find the treasure they came for, Scrooge himself makes it perfectly clear at the end that the real treasure he got from this adventure was the reconciliation with his sister, and the letter from his father.
* In 'the Treasury of Croesus', Scrooge discovers King Croesus' money bin. Inside is a chamber where Croesus kept his 'greatest treasure'. Upon opening it, he finds that the 'greatest treasure' is the very first coin Croesus, inventor of money, literally made. Scrooge was less than amused, particularly because he gave up the rest of the bin's contents for the right to it. The coin isnt literally worthless of course, but worth far less than what he just gave up.
* In Creator/CarlBarks' Uncle Scrooge comic "Back to Long Ago", Scrooge and Donald race against each other for a treasure buried on an island centuries ago, only to find that the chest contains nothing but [[spoiler:a bunch of dried-up potatoes: at the time, a new and marvelous vegetable unknown to the English]].

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* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
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Discussed in the Creator/DonRosa story "A Letter From Home". Though Scrooge and the rest find the treasure they came for, Scrooge himself makes it perfectly clear at the end that the real treasure he got from this adventure was the reconciliation with his sister, and the letter from his father.
* ** In 'the "the Treasury of Croesus', Croesus", Scrooge discovers King Croesus' money bin. Inside is a chamber where Croesus kept his 'greatest treasure'. Upon opening it, he finds that the 'greatest treasure' is the very first coin Croesus, inventor of money, literally made. Scrooge was less than amused, particularly because he gave up the rest of the bin's contents for the right to it. The coin isnt literally worthless of course, but worth far less than what he just gave up.
* ** In Creator/CarlBarks' Uncle Scrooge comic "Back to Long Ago", Scrooge and Donald race against each other for a treasure buried on an island centuries ago, only to find that the chest contains nothing but [[spoiler:a bunch of dried-up potatoes: at the time, a new and marvelous vegetable unknown to the English]].



* In ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'':
** Subverted in a story where [[GameMaster B.A.]] tried to play the "knowledge is the greatest treasure" scenario by having the party discover an ancient library. Brian [[RulesLawyer exploits the pricing charts in the manual]], selling the ancient parchments and furniture to collectors and raking in a hundred times what they would have on any normal adventure, much to B.A.'s dismay.
** In another storyline, the ''players'' find themselves with a worthless treasure -- after they win the TabletopGame/HackMaster Tournament, they discover that the advertised $1500 grand prize is a actually a voucher redeemable only for certain specific (i.e. crap that they're trying to unload) [[HonestJohnsDealership Hard 8]] products. The Hard 8 staffer in charge of the tournament had [[LetsGetOutOfHere wisely left]] before this was discovered and a riot broke out.



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* A ComicBook/{{Bamse}} story from 1998 evolves around the gang and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys two shore thieves]] looking for a treasure chest in a [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer subterranean maze]]. They find the chest, open it, and inside is... a pancake recipe.

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* A ComicBook/{{Bamse}} ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' story from 1998 evolves around the gang and [[ThoseTwoBadGuys two shore thieves]] looking for a treasure chest in a [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer subterranean maze]]. They find the chest, open it, and inside is... a pancake recipe.



* In a ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' story, Spider-Man has a rematch with the burglar who murdered Uncle Ben years ago, in the same townhouse where the Parker family lived at the time. It turns out the reason the burglar robbed the house in the first place was because he had heard that the house was once occupied by a retired gangster who had left a box full of documents in the attic detailing the location of his fortune. After the burglar is taken care of (he dies of fright when Spider-Man reveals his identity to him), Peter asks Aunt May about the box. She says that she and Ben had thrown the box out years earlier, as silverfish had destroyed the contents.
* The ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' story ''Spirou et les héritiers'' does this with an inheritance. Fantasio and his cousin Zantafio have to undergo three trials (invent something for the betterment of mankind, race in the Auto Grand Prix, and capture a Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}) in order to compete which of them gets the inheritance from their long-lost uncle. In the end, it turns out the uncle was broke and had nothing to leave his nephews -- and so he devised the trials, so that the inheritance would be the accomplisments, adventures and life lessons the two men achieved while undergoing the trials.
* In one ''WoodyWoodpecker'' comic, Woody, his niece, and his nephew run out of gas and seek help at the nearby Red Diamond Mine. Unfortunately, two men are in the process of holding up the place. Woody and the kids are forced to help the robbers and Woody tricks them into letting him overload their helicopter with the diamonds. After the helicopter crashes into the nearby pond, Woody offers to help the prospector recover the diamonds from the helicopter. The prospector reveals it's actually a salt mine and his name is Red Diamond.

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* In a ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story, Spider-Man has a rematch with the burglar who murdered Uncle Ben years ago, in the same townhouse where the Parker family lived at the time. It turns out the reason the burglar robbed the house in the first place was because he had heard that the house was once occupied by a retired gangster who had left a box full of documents in the attic detailing the location of his fortune. After the burglar is taken care of (he dies of fright when Spider-Man reveals his identity to him), Peter asks Aunt May about the box. She says that she and Ben had thrown the box out years earlier, as silverfish had destroyed the contents.
* The ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' story ''Spirou et les héritiers'' does this with an inheritance. Fantasio and his cousin Zantafio have to undergo three trials (invent something for the betterment of mankind, race in the Auto Grand Prix, and capture a Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}) in order to compete which of them gets the inheritance from their long-lost uncle. In the end, it turns out the uncle was broke and had nothing to leave his nephews -- and so he devised the trials, so that the inheritance would be the accomplisments, accomplishments, adventures and life lessons the two men achieved while undergoing the trials.
* In one ''WoodyWoodpecker'' ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' comic, Woody, his niece, and his nephew run out of gas and seek help at the nearby Red Diamond Mine. Unfortunately, two men are in the process of holding up the place. Woody and the kids are forced to help the robbers and Woody tricks them into letting him overload their helicopter with the diamonds. After the helicopter crashes into the nearby pond, Woody offers to help the prospector recover the diamonds from the helicopter. The prospector reveals it's actually a salt mine and his name is Red Diamond.



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* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'':
** Subverted in a story where [[GameMaster B.A.]] tried to play the "knowledge is the greatest treasure" scenario by having the party discover an ancient library. Brian [[RulesLawyer exploits the pricing charts in the manual]], selling the ancient parchments and furniture to collectors and raking in a hundred times what they would have on any normal adventure, much to B.A.'s dismay.
** In another storyline, the ''players'' find themselves with a worthless treasure -- after they win the TabletopGame/HackMaster Tournament, they discover that the advertised $1500 grand prize is a actually a voucher redeemable only for certain specific (i.e. crap that they're trying to unload) [[HonestJohnsDealership Hard 8]] products. The Hard 8 staffer in charge of the tournament had [[LetsGetOutOfHere wisely left]] before this was discovered and a riot broke out.
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* Similar to the comic, there was also the ''Film/RichieRich'' movie, where the Riches' vault was full of sentimental family objects/heirlooms, which the "villain" Lawrence Van Dough was frustrated to find:
-->'''Van Dough''': What is all of this crap?
-->'''Regina Rich''': These are our treasured possessions!
-->'''Van Dough''': But where's the gold... the diamonds... the negotiable bearer bonds? The money! ''[points his gun at them]'' ''Where is the '''money?'''''
-->'''Richard Rich Sr.''': ''[[WhatAnIdiot (Incredulous)]]'' [[RealityEnsues In banks. Where else? And the stock market, real estate]]...
-->'''Van Dough''': No! Is this some kind of joke? You're telling me there isn't one single platinum bar, or emerald, or $1,000 bill in this ''entire mountain''?
-->'''Richard Rich Sr.''': Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, Lawrence, but that's not what we treasure.
-->'''Van Dough''': [to Mook] Shoot them! Shoot them now, please! ''[Cue [[BigDamnHeroes Richie showing up]]]''
** Another fine example of TropesAreNotBad (and PragmaticAdaptation while we're at it): the world's richest family wouldn't be the world's richest family for long if they kept all their assets in a vault hidden away somewhere.

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* Similar to the comic, there was is also the ''Film/RichieRich'' movie, where the Riches' vault was is full of sentimental family objects/heirlooms, which the "villain" Lawrence Van Dough was is frustrated to find:
find. Another fine example of TropesAreNotBad (and PragmaticAdaptation while we're at it): the world's richest family wouldn't be the world's richest family for long if they kept all their assets in a vault hidden away somewhere.
-->'''Van Dough''': Dough:''' What is all of this crap?
-->'''Regina Rich''':
crap?\\
'''Regina Rich:'''
These are our treasured possessions!
-->'''Van Dough''':
possessions!\\
'''Van Dough:'''
But where's the gold... the diamonds... the negotiable bearer bonds? The money! ''[points his gun at them]'' ''Where is the '''money?'''''
-->'''Richard
'''money?'''''\\
'''Richard
Rich Sr.''': ''[[WhatAnIdiot (Incredulous)]]'' :''' ''[[[WhatAnIdiot incredulous]]]'' [[RealityEnsues In banks. Where else? And the stock market, real estate]]...
-->'''Van Dough''':
estate]]...\\
'''Van Dough:'''
No! Is this some kind of joke? You're telling me there isn't one single platinum bar, or emerald, or $1,000 bill in this ''entire mountain''?
-->'''Richard
mountain''?\\
'''Richard
Rich Sr.''': :''' Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you, Lawrence, but that's not what we treasure.
-->'''Van Dough''': [to Mook]
treasure.\\
'''Van Dough:''' ''[to Mook]''
Shoot them! Shoot them now, please! ''[Cue ''[cue [[BigDamnHeroes Richie showing up]]]''
** Another fine example of TropesAreNotBad (and PragmaticAdaptation while we're at it): the world's richest family wouldn't be the world's richest family for long if they kept all their assets in a vault hidden away somewhere.
up]]]''



** In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', once opened, TheArkOfTheCovenant seems empty and therefore is thought to be worthless to the Nazis seeking its supposedly divine powers...[[spoiler: until the wrath of God comes pouring out of it and utterly destroys the Nazis present]].

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** In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', once opened, TheArkOfTheCovenant seems empty and therefore is thought to be worthless to the Nazis seeking its supposedly divine powers...[[spoiler: until [[spoiler:until the wrath of God comes pouring out of it and utterly destroys the Nazis present]].



** Used straight in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' - while there ''is'' plenty of gold (among other valuables) in El Dorado, the real treasure turns out to be [[spoiler:knowledge that makes your head explode - literally!]].

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** Used straight in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' - while ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. While there ''is'' plenty of gold (among other valuables) in El Dorado, the real treasure turns out to be [[spoiler:knowledge that makes your head explode - -- literally!]].



* In DanBrown's ''TheLostSymbol'', the [[spoiler:Ancient Mysteries]] of the Freemasons turned out to mean [[spoiler:the Bible]], whereupon most of the intrigue [[ShaggyDogStory goes to the dogs]].
* One of the earlier ''{{Redwall}}'' novels has two rats infiltrating the titular abbey and persuading a pair of children to show them its "secret treasure." When they discover the inevitable box of worthless trinkets (because the children have different opinions about what constitutes treasure), one rapidly turns violent...

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* In DanBrown's ''TheLostSymbol'', Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/TheLostSymbol'', the [[spoiler:Ancient Mysteries]] of the Freemasons turned out to mean [[spoiler:the Bible]], whereupon most of the intrigue [[ShaggyDogStory goes to the dogs]].
* One of the earlier ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' novels has two rats infiltrating the titular abbey and persuading a pair of children to show them its "secret treasure." When they discover the inevitable box of worthless trinkets (because the children have different opinions about what constitutes treasure), one rapidly turns violent...



* The novel ''TheHeroFromOtherwhere'' used this in an odd way. When the two boys who have become friends through [[spoiler:saving the world]] come back to claim the reward promised them, they're not only told that the true treasure is friendship, but they're given a ''choice'': they can either keep the "reward [they] already have" -- or they can [[spoiler:go back to their own world with the gold and jewels they were expecting, but as enemies, either because of magic or because HumansAreBastards and the treasure would have gotten in the way of their friendship]].
* The novel ''Literature/{{Tarzan}} and the Forbidden City'' features a hunt for a fabulous treasure known as 'The Father of Diamonds'. In the final chapter, the casket is opened to reveal a lump of coal.
** [[TheyMightBeGiants "Carbon in its ordinary form is coal,]] [[ViewersAreGeniuses crush it together and diamonds are born."]]
* The Toys/{{Bionicle}} kids book ''Secret of Certavus'' has Glatorian Gresh searching for the treasure of a famed Glatorian of the past, apparently the secret to his success. What he finds is a book saying that a warrior's mind is their sharpest tool.

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* The novel ''TheHeroFromOtherwhere'' ''Literature/TheHeroFromOtherwhere'' used this in an odd way. When the two boys who have become friends through [[spoiler:saving the world]] come back to claim the reward promised them, they're not only told that the true treasure is friendship, but they're given a ''choice'': they can either keep the "reward [they] already have" -- or they can [[spoiler:go back to their own world with the gold and jewels they were expecting, but as enemies, either because of magic or because HumansAreBastards and the treasure would have gotten in the way of their friendship]].
* The novel ''Literature/{{Tarzan}} and the Forbidden City'' features a hunt for a fabulous treasure known as 'The "The Father of Diamonds'. Diamonds". In the final chapter, the casket is opened to reveal a lump of coal.
** [[TheyMightBeGiants
coal. [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants "Carbon in its ordinary form is coal,]] [[ViewersAreGeniuses crush it together and diamonds are born."]]
* The Toys/{{Bionicle}} ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' kids book ''Secret of Certavus'' has Glatorian Gresh searching for the treasure of a famed Glatorian of the past, apparently the secret to his success. What he finds is a book saying that a warrior's mind is their sharpest tool.



* The early ''StarWars'' spinoff novel ''Han Solo and the Lost Legacy'' involves Han and Chewie getting involved with a bunch of treasure-hunters looking for the lost treasure of Xim the Despot, a pre-Republic warlord who once ruled a mighty empire and reputedly left behind an immense (but possibly mythical) treasure. They wind up finding the "treasure", but it turns out to be a large stockpile of stuff that was vital and hard-to-find strategic war supplies back in Xim's day, but has long since become obsolete or common as dirt. Another example that is not as bad as some others--what people consider valuable depends greatly on their circumstances.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
The early ''StarWars'' spinoff novel ''Han Solo and the Lost Legacy'' involves Han and Chewie getting involved with a bunch of treasure-hunters looking for the lost treasure of Xim the Despot, a pre-Republic warlord who once ruled a mighty empire and reputedly left behind an immense (but possibly mythical) treasure. They wind up finding the "treasure", but it turns out to be a large stockpile of stuff that was vital and hard-to-find strategic war supplies back in Xim's day, but has long since become obsolete or common as dirt. Another example that is not as bad as some others--what people consider valuable depends greatly on their circumstances.circumstances.
** Another novel, ''Literature/MillenniumFalcon'', plays with this trope while also featuring an ItsTheJourneyThatCounts in the form of the titular starship's backstory. The treasure turns out to be [[spoiler: The Insignia of Unity from the Galactic Senate]], hidden by those who stole it largely for its symbolic value. By the time the treasure is discovered, however, the trope is subverted, since [[spoiler: the insignia has become a sought after collector's item in the years since its theft.]] Ultimately, this trope is double subverted when [[spoiler: the insignia the treasure hunters find turns out to be a fake.]]



* Another StarWars novel, ''MillenniumFalcon'', plays with this trope while also featuring an ItsTheJourneyThatCounts in the form of the titular starship's backstory. The treasure turns out to be [[spoiler: The Insignia of Unity from the Galactic Senate]], hidden by those who stole it largely for its symbolic value. By the time the treasure is discovered, however, the trope is subverted, since [[spoiler: the insignia has become a sought after collector's item in the years since its theft.]] Ultimately, this trope is double subverted when [[spoiler: the insignia the treasure hunters find turns out to be a fake.]]



--> ''Now the valley cried with anger''
--> ''"Mount your horses, draw your swords!"''
--> ''And they killed the mountain people, so they won their just rewards''
--> ''Now they stood beside the treasure, on the mountain dark and red''
--> ''Turned the stone and looked beneath it...''
--> *beat*
--> ''"Peace on Earth" was all it said...''

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--> ''Now -->''Now the valley cried with anger''
--> ''"Mount
anger\\
"Mount
your horses, draw your swords!"''
--> ''And
swords!"\\
And
they killed the mountain people, so they won their just rewards''
--> ''Now
rewards\\
Now
they stood beside the treasure, on the mountain dark and red''
--> ''Turned
red\\
Turned
the stone and looked beneath it...''
--> *beat*
--> ''"Peace
\\
[beat]\\
"Peace
on Earth" was all it said...''



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* TruthInTelevision: After executing the pope, the prefect of Rome demanded that St. Lawrence hand over the wealth of the Church. Lawrence asked for three days to gather everything. At the conclusion of the three days, Lawrence presented to the prefect the poor and suffering and claimed that these were the treasures of the Church. The prefect was not pleased. He ended up having Lawrence cooked to death. Lawrence had the last laugh, however: he supposedly asked them to turn him over because he was done on that side. He's now the patron saint of students, comedians, chefs, and tanners.
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* TruthInTelevision: After executing the pope, the prefect of Rome demanded that St. Lawrence hand over the wealth of the Church. Lawrence asked for three days to gather everything. At the conclusion of the three days, Lawrence presented to the prefect the poor and suffering and claimed that these were the treasures of the Church. The prefect was not pleased. He ended up having Lawrence cooked to death. Lawrence had the last laugh, however: he supposedly asked them to turn him over because he was done on that side. He's now the patron saint of students, comedians, chefs, and tanners.
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* ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'': This occurs during the pivotal scene where Brick confronts his father Big Daddy in the basement of their Southern mansion. In it there is a treasure trove of items that his father had bought over the course of his career as a businessman. Big Daddy discusses the value of these items, then goes on to say how his overall business empire is worth over 10 million dollars, and how he plans to one day turn it all over to his family to control. Brick, outraged at Big Daddy's love of personal wealth, destroys a great deal of these items to show it means nothing to him and that he only wanted his father's love. Big Daddy tells his son that he does love him and that he would do anything for him or give him anything he ever wanted; the reason he is giving all these things away is because he grew up in humble origins where his father was poor and all he ever left him before he died was a useless uniform from his time served in the Spanish-American War and that he will leave behind a more valuable legacy than his father left him. Brick argues that Big Daddy's father left him more than just an old uniform, he left behind many happy memories and love for his son and that maybe the reason he died laughing was because he was happy that he had his son by his side. The realization that the true gift he needed to leave behind for his family was love-- and that he didn't resent his father for leaving behind nothing of value, since love was something that he always had-- reduces Big Daddy to tears.
* [[SubvertedTrope Double Subverted]] in ''[[Theatre/JohnTartagliasImaginocean John Tartaglia's Imaginocean]]'', a glow-in-the-dark theatrical production about three fish who are friends and go on a treasure hunt after finding a treasure map. When they get to the end and seemingly find no treasure, they decide that the adventure they had and their friendship was the real treasure. This unlocks the real treasure, which turns out to be... friendship bracelets.

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* ''CatOnAHotTinRoof'': ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'': This occurs during the pivotal scene where Brick confronts his father Big Daddy in the basement of their Southern mansion. In it there is a treasure trove of items that his father had bought over the course of his career as a businessman. Big Daddy discusses the value of these items, then goes on to say how his overall business empire is worth over 10 million dollars, and how he plans to one day turn it all over to his family to control. Brick, outraged at Big Daddy's love of personal wealth, destroys a great deal of these items to show it means nothing to him and that he only wanted his father's love. Big Daddy tells his son that he does love him and that he would do anything for him or give him anything he ever wanted; the reason he is giving all these things away is because he grew up in humble origins where his father was poor and all he ever left him before he died was a useless uniform from his time served in the Spanish-American War and that he will leave behind a more valuable legacy than his father left him. Brick argues that Big Daddy's father left him more than just an old uniform, he left behind many happy memories and love for his son and that maybe the reason he died laughing was because he was happy that he had his son by his side. The realization that the true gift he needed to leave behind for his family was love-- and that he didn't resent his father for leaving behind nothing of value, since love was something that he always had-- reduces Big Daddy to tears.
* [[SubvertedTrope Double Subverted]] in ''[[Theatre/JohnTartagliasImaginocean John Tartaglia's Imaginocean]]'', ''Theatre/JohnTartagliasImaginocean'', a glow-in-the-dark theatrical production about three fish who are friends and go on a treasure hunt after finding a treasure map. When they get to the end and seemingly find no treasure, they decide that the adventure they had and their friendship was the real treasure. This unlocks the real treasure, which turns out to be... friendship bracelets.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', there's a quest to find Typhon's "treasure", which turns out to be a bag full of bottlecaps. Granted, it would have been a big treasure in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} the first game]] and [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas later]] in the ''Fallout'' timeline, but within the constraints of this game's timeframe, bottlecaps have been phased out as legal tender and are therefore worthless.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', there's a quest to find Typhon's "treasure", which turns out to be a bag full of bottlecaps. Granted, it would have been a big treasure in [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} the first game]] and [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas later]] in the ''Fallout'' timeline, but within the constraints of this game's timeframe, bottlecaps have been phased out as legal tender and are therefore worthless.



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* [[http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/081118.html This happens to the pirates]] in the German webcomic "WebComic/{{NICHTLUSTIG}}"
--> “Now, if you ask where the great treasure is, look deep inside yourself and you will find it within the friendships and the experiences that you have gained throughout the long search.”
--> “Wow!”
--> “Beautiful!”
--> “Better than Gold.”

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* [[http://static.nichtlustig.de/toondb/081118.html This happens to the pirates]] in the German webcomic "WebComic/{{NICHTLUSTIG}}"
--> “Now,
''WebComic/{{NICHTLUSTIG}}''.
-->"Now,
if you ask where the great treasure is, look deep inside yourself and you will find it within the friendships and the experiences that you have gained throughout the long search.
--> “Wow!”
--> “Beautiful!”
--> “Better
"\\
"Wow!"\\
"Beautiful!"\\
"Better
than Gold."



* ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}'': When Sherman mentions that there's a treasure at the top of Frosty Peak, Ace immediately starts fantasizing about it being some kind of UpgradeArtifact that'll make him "the coolest guy in the universe, and everyone will love me, and all the hotties will want my number, and I'll get giant biceps like a buff gorilla." Naturally, he isn't pleased when it turns out to be "one of those dumb moral treasures".
** This is then subverted when [[ButtMonkey Opeo]] finds exactly what Ace was looking for.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' parodies this trope in [[http://oglaf.com/trapmaster/ ''Lair of the Trapmaster'']].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}'': When Sherman mentions that there's a treasure at the top of Frosty Peak, Ace immediately starts fantasizing about it being some kind of UpgradeArtifact that'll make him "the coolest guy in the universe, and everyone will love me, and all the hotties will want my number, and I'll get giant biceps like a buff gorilla." Naturally, he isn't pleased when it turns out to be "one of those dumb moral treasures".
**
treasures". This is then subverted when [[ButtMonkey Opeo]] finds exactly what Ace was looking for.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' parodies this trope in [[http://oglaf.com/trapmaster/ ''Lair "Lair of the Trapmaster'']].Trapmaster"]].



* Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars: Upon finding the treasure chests on the [[Manga/OnePiece Island of Rare Animals]], [[VideoGame/BioshockInfinite Bioshock!Elizabeth]] opens the chests with a lockpick and turns it they were empty. Gaimon was relieved as he couldn't spend the money on anything because he would abandon his friends.
-->(Bioshock!Elizabeth opens the chests Mana had retrieved from a very tall pillar with a lockpick.)\\
Gaimon: Oh, thank you a million times, miss!\\
(Gaimon opens the chest now that it is unlocked.)\\
Gaimon: ...\\
(Gaimon looks shocked and the others look inside the chest.)\\
Gaimon: [-...they are empty.-]\\
Mana: ...Aw.\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: ...Huh. That's...quite a surprise.\\
Joseph: Oh...\\
Gaimon: [-Actually... I have thought about this before... it was a possibility, but... I always try not to think about it too much...-]\\
(Gaimon begins to tear up.)\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: ...\\
(Bioshock!Elizabeth Consolingly pats Gaimon on the fro.)\\
(Gaimon sobs for quite a while.)\\
Gaimon: [-But... I suppose... this is better this way, maybe...-]\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: Why is that?\\
Gaimon: What... what would I do with this treasure anyway?\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: ...That is a good question. [[JokingMode I don't suppose you could buy a ship off of this island anyways.]]\\
Joseph: A Good question, Gaimon. Maybe the real treasure is the time you spent with your new friends?\\
Gaimon: I'd never want to leave this place. I couldn't just abandon my friends.\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: I'm sure they'd feel the same way.\\
(Elizabeth smiles innocently.)

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* Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars: Upon finding the treasure chests on the [[Manga/OnePiece Island of Rare Animals]], [[VideoGame/BioshockInfinite Bioshock!Elizabeth]] Elizabeth]] opens the chests with a lockpick and it turns it they were are empty. Gaimon was is relieved as he couldn't can't spend the money on anything because he would abandon his friends.
-->(Bioshock!Elizabeth -->''[Elizabeth opens the chests Mana had retrieved from a very tall pillar with a lockpick.)\\
Gaimon:
lockpick]''\\
'''Gaimon:'''
Oh, thank you a million times, miss!\\
(Gaimon ''[Gaimon opens the chest now that it is unlocked.)\\
Gaimon: ...
unlocked]''\\
'''Gaimon:''' ...
\\
(Gaimon ''[Gaimon looks shocked and the others look inside the chest.)\\
Gaimon:
chest]''\\
'''Gaimon:'''
[-...they are empty.-]\\
Mana: ...'''Mana:''' ...Aw.\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: ...'''Elizabeth:''' ...Huh. That's...quite a surprise.\\
Joseph: '''Joseph:''' Oh...\\
Gaimon: '''Gaimon:''' [-Actually... I have thought about this before... it was a possibility, but... I always try not to think about it too much...-]\\
(Gaimon ''[Gaimon begins to tear up.)\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: ...
up]''\\
'''Elizabeth:''' ...
\\
(Bioshock!Elizabeth Consolingly ''[Elizabeth consolingly pats Gaimon on the fro.)\\
(Gaimon
fro]''\\
''[Gaimon
sobs for quite a while.)\\
Gaimon:
while]''\\
'''Gaimon:'''
[-But... I suppose... this is better this way, maybe...-]\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: '''Elizabeth:''' Why is that?\\
Gaimon: '''Gaimon:''' What... what would I do with this treasure anyway?\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: ...'''Elizabeth:''' ...That is a good question. [[JokingMode I don't suppose you could buy a ship off of this island anyways.]]\\
Joseph: '''Joseph:''' A Good question, Gaimon. Maybe the real treasure is the time you spent with your new friends?\\
Gaimon: '''Gaimon:''' I'd never want to leave this place. I couldn't just abandon my friends.\\
Bioshock!Elizabeth: '''Elizabeth:''' I'm sure they'd feel the same way.\\
(Elizabeth ''[Elizabeth smiles innocently.)
innocently]''
7th Jul '16 11:00:06 PM jormis29
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** Subverted as well in ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''; the fabled Penvellyn treasure turns out to be [[spoiler: a hunk of rock,]] albeit one that's been [[spoiler: carefully preserved by the family for centuries due to their medieval ancestors believing it was the Philosopher's Stone. Although if the "rock" is indeed a ''meteorite'', and documentation can be found for a Penvellyn ancestor having witnessed its fall, it'd probably fetch many thousands of pounds from a collector.]]

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** Subverted as well in ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''; the fabled Penvellyn treasure turns out to be [[spoiler: a hunk of rock,]] albeit one that's been [[spoiler: carefully preserved by the family for centuries due to their medieval ancestors believing it was the Philosopher's Stone.PhilosophersStone. Although if the "rock" is indeed a ''meteorite'', and documentation can be found for a Penvellyn ancestor having witnessed its fall, it'd probably fetch many thousands of pounds from a collector.]]
7th Jul '16 9:07:26 AM Sharlee
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** Subverted as well in ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''; the fabled Penvellyn treasure turns out to be [[spoiler: a hunk of rock,]] albeit one that's been [[spoiler: carefully preserved by the family for centuries due to their medieval ancestors believing it was the Philosopher's Stone.]]

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** Subverted as well in ''Curse of Blackmoor Manor''; the fabled Penvellyn treasure turns out to be [[spoiler: a hunk of rock,]] albeit one that's been [[spoiler: carefully preserved by the family for centuries due to their medieval ancestors believing it was the Philosopher's Stone. Although if the "rock" is indeed a ''meteorite'', and documentation can be found for a Penvellyn ancestor having witnessed its fall, it'd probably fetch many thousands of pounds from a collector.]]
4th Jul '16 10:18:16 AM anza_sb
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* In the ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'' game ''Infiltrating the Airship'', one of the scenarios involves Henry stealing a safe from the airship, [[spoiler:which turns out to contain nothing but a teddy bear]].
2nd Jul '16 12:25:23 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Bionicle}} kids book ''Secret of Certavus'' has Glatorian Gresh searching for the treasure of a famed Glatorian of the past, apparently the secret to his success. What he finds is a book saying that a warrior's mind is their sharpest tool.

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* The {{Bionicle}} Toys/{{Bionicle}} kids book ''Secret of Certavus'' has Glatorian Gresh searching for the treasure of a famed Glatorian of the past, apparently the secret to his success. What he finds is a book saying that a warrior's mind is their sharpest tool.
11th Jun '16 1:15:54 PM nombretomado
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* On ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', the cast spent an episode hunting for treasure hidden by Muriel's old boyfriend, a famous thief. Eventually, they open Muriel's locket and find a message that says "To Muriel: You are my greatest treasure." Muriel grouses, "That's what guys say when they're too cheap to spring for the good jewelry."

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* On ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', the cast spent an episode hunting for treasure hidden by Muriel's old boyfriend, a famous thief. Eventually, they open Muriel's locket and find a message that says "To Muriel: You are my greatest treasure." Muriel grouses, "That's what guys say when they're too cheap to spring for the good jewelry."
5th Jun '16 5:29:46 AM GoblinCipher
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* Subverted in the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novel "The Ultimate Treasure." The Doctor arrives at the end of the treasure hunt ''expecting'' this, and finds a room with three doors: one leading to escape, one leading to money, and one leading to "the ultimate treasure." There actually ''is'' an amazing fortune behind the second door ... [[spoiler: in an airtight vault [[SchmuckBait that re-seals as soon as anyone enters it]].]]

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* Subverted in the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novel "The Ultimate Treasure." The Doctor arrives at the end of the treasure hunt ''expecting'' this, and finds a room with three doors: one leading to escape, one leading to money, and one leading to "the ultimate treasure." There actually ''is'' an amazing fortune behind the second door ... [[spoiler: in an airtight vault [[SchmuckBait that re-seals as soon as anyone enters it]].]]]] The real treasure, such as it is, is behind the third door.
5th Jun '16 5:29:12 AM GoblinCipher
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* Subverted in the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novel "The Ultimate Treasure." The Doctor arrives at the end of the treasure hunt ''expecting'' this, and finds a room with three doors: one leading to escape, one leading to money, and one leading to "the ultimate treasure." There actually ''is'' an amazing fortune behind the second door ... [[spoiler: in an airtight vault [[SchmuckBait that re-seals as soon as anyone enters it]].]]
25th Apr '16 10:02:04 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In the ColdOpen for an episode of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Jake receives an inheritance of one million dollars worth of stock... for Blockbuster Video.
20th Apr '16 10:26:36 AM Eddy1215
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* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'' had this. The Duke of Zil is outraged to discover that the magical treasure he's spent the movie searching for is nothing more than a book with the words "Truth, Love and Wisdom" written on the pages. Played with in that the book ''still'' has the power to kill the Master Cylinder when Felix throws it at him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'' had this. The Duke of Zil is outraged to discover that the magical treasure book of power he's spent the movie searching for is has nothing more than a book with but the words "Truth, Love and Wisdom" written on the pages. Played with in that the book ''still'' has the power to kill the Master Cylinder when Felix throws it at him.
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