History Main / WorthlessTreasureTwist

17th Nov '17 3:31:41 AM Bissek
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In the ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' novel ''Hammer and Anvil'', an Order of the Sisters of Battle learn that the titular Hammer and Anvil was in Sanctuary 101 when it fell to the Necrons and go all out to get it back. A Mechanicus Magus assumes that it must be some powerful twinned archeotech relic that he betrays them in an attempt to get to first for reverse engineering. It is later revealed that "The Hammer and Anvil" is the title of one of the Sister's primary holy books, and what they were talking about was the original manuscript, handwritten by the Order's patron saint: priceless to the Sisters, only of historical interest to anyone else.
15th Nov '17 10:45:45 AM kanemalakos
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The first short in the ''WebAnimation/TalesOfAlethrion'' series, "The Reward", is based on this trope. Two young men from a small village are given a treasure map and have various adventures and trials as they seek out the loot. Over the course of their journey they grow from inexperienced and squabbling young men into confident, skilled adventurers and fast friends. When they reach their journey's end they find only an empty room with a huge mirror, showing them their own reflections and how much they've grown over the course of their travels. [[spoiler:Subverted after the credits, when the audience is shown that behind the mirror is a vast treasure room filled with gold and gems.]]
12th Nov '17 11:11:14 AM Bissek
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The protagonists of ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' spend much of the novel tracking down a set of ornate chairs in which an aristocrat had hidden her jewelry from the Bolsheviks. Tracking down the now-dispersed chairs takes them across much of 1927 Russia and brings them all to grief, which proves needless when they discover the last chair is empty: the jewels had been found by pure accident years ago.

to:

* The protagonists of ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' spend much of the novel tracking down a set of ornate chairs in which an aristocrat had hidden her jewelry from the Bolsheviks. Tracking down the now-dispersed chairs takes them across much of 1927 Russia and brings them all to grief, which proves needless when they discover the last chair is empty: the jewels had been found by pure accident years ago.ago, and the people who found them had promptly sold them and used the money to fund a public works project.
1st Nov '17 10:21:24 AM MikeW
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* A variation in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville." Corrupt CEO Feathersmith makes a DealWithTheDevil to go back to 1910 with less than $1500 and rebuild his empire from scratch. Feathersmith uses the majority of his cash to buy up 1400 acres of land and as soon as the papers are signed, crows to the owners on how the land sits on top of a massive oil field and they've just given away millions of dollars. He's thrown when they respond they already knew that but aren't sure why Feathersmith is so happy as the oil is a mile underground. Too late, Feathersmith realizes that in 1910, the technology to drill that deep won't be invented for nearly 30 years and thus he's spent nearly all his money on land that is, basically, worthless.
5th Oct '17 11:14:21 PM marcoasalazarm
Is there an issue? Send a Message
5th Oct '17 11:05:00 PM dotchan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Played with by ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': one room, unlocked by playing a specific song on a piano, contains a red sphere touted as a "legendary artifact". However, you cannot take it, as the game states that you're "[[NoodleIncident carrying too many dogs]]". [[spoiler:Lo and behold, you now have an item called an "[[AuthorAvatar Annoying Dog]]" in your inventory; "Use" or drop the dog, and it floats up to the pedestal, "absorbs" the artifact, and just leaves, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment and no one ever mentions it again]]. The dog is replaced in the inventory by an item called "Dog Residue", whose only function is to fill the inventory with more Dog Residue (which is just random items such as dirty dishes and unfinished jigsaw puzzles, but sometimes a healing item called Dog Salad).]]
** Subverted when one realises that you know have [[spoiler:infinite items to sell to Temmie and an infinitely renewable healing source. All it takes is patience and you'll eventually be able to get the PurposefullyOverpowered Temmie Armor for almost no effort]].

to:

* Played with by ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': one room, unlocked by playing a specific song on a piano, contains a red sphere touted as a "legendary artifact". However, you cannot take it, as the game states that you're "[[NoodleIncident carrying too many dogs]]". [[spoiler:Lo and behold, you now have an item called an "[[AuthorAvatar Annoying Dog]]" in your inventory; "Use" or drop the dog, and it floats up to the pedestal, "absorbs" the artifact, and just leaves, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment and no one ever mentions it again]]. The dog is replaced in the inventory by an item called "Dog Residue", whose only function is to fill the inventory with more Dog Residue (which is just random items such as dirty dishes and unfinished jigsaw puzzles, but sometimes a healing item called Dog Salad).]]
** Subverted when one realises that
While this seems useless, you know now have [[spoiler:infinite effectively infinite items to sell to Temmie and as well as an infinitely renewable healing source. All it takes is patience and you'll eventually be able to get the PurposefullyOverpowered Temmie Armor for almost no effort]].
5th Oct '17 11:02:44 PM dotchan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' uses this one to close out Daenerys's Season 2 plot. The Spice King's vault is opened so she can claim its contents for herself, but it's empty to give the illusion that he was wealthy. As punishment, he and [[FaceHeelTurn Doreah]] are locked inside.

to:

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' uses this one to close out Daenerys's Season 2 plot. The Spice King's vault is opened so she can claim its contents for herself, but it's empty empty--the vault was built simply to give create and maintain the illusion that he was wealthy. As punishment, he and [[FaceHeelTurn Doreah]] are locked inside.
4th Oct '17 10:30:41 AM MetaFour
Is there an issue? Send a Message


If the treasure is mainly just the incentive for competition between the hero and the rival, it's just your standard issue MacGuffin, though of course it could end with NoMacGuffinNoWinner. Might involve AllThatGlitters, if the object appears to be valuable but is really worthless. If it has sentimental value to a particular character, it is NumberOneDime. If the characters find something valuable but discard it to ignorance, stupidity or possibly not being from Earth, it's a case of WorthlessYellowRocks.

to:

If the treasure is mainly just the incentive for competition between the hero and the rival, it's just your standard issue MacGuffin, though rival (see: MacGuffin), then the reveal of course its worthlessness makes it could end with a MockGuffin, and can also result in NoMacGuffinNoWinner. Might involve AllThatGlitters, if the object appears to be valuable but is really worthless. If it has sentimental value to a particular character, it is NumberOneDime. If the characters find something valuable but discard it to ignorance, stupidity or possibly not being from Earth, it's a case of WorthlessYellowRocks.
23rd Sep '17 2:12:25 AM LinTaylor
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** At the start of "Homer's Phobia" Marge decides to sell her grandmother's antique Civil War statue in order to pay for a new dryer. However, when she gets to the store, the owner reveals that it's a liquor bottle from the [=1970s=]; Marge sighs and says it'll be a monument to Grandma's secret drinking problem.
26th Aug '17 6:42:49 PM KandC
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' uses this one to close out Daenerys's Season 2 plot. The Spice King's vault is opened so she can claim its contents for herself, but it's empty to give the illusion that he was wealthy. As punishment, he and [[FaceHeelTurn Doreah]] are locked inside.
This list shows the last 10 events of 285. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.WorthlessTreasureTwist