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22nd Jun '17 8:21:46 AM Rust
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* In Aesop's Fables, in the Cock and the Jewel, a cock finds a jewel on the ground. He gives it a speech about how, if the owner had found it, he would have been very happy but the cock just wants Barley Corn.
11th Jun '17 6:21:42 AM Anddrix
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* Present day variant: in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Expose," Nikki and Paolo essentially [[DeathByMaterialism die because of some diamonds]]. When Sawyer finds the diamonds, he and others (including Sun and Hurley) decide they're worthless on the island and scatter them in the grave. This is horribly painful to watch once one knows that [[spoiler:Sun and Hurley get off the island about two weeks later]], not to mention that [[spoiler:Nikki and Paolo are actually paralyzed and are being buried alive.]] This was mostly the Losties being GenreSavvy enough avert GoldFever.

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* Present day variant: in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Expose," Nikki and Paolo essentially [[DeathByMaterialism die because of some diamonds]]. When Sawyer finds the diamonds, he and others (including Sun and Hurley) decide they're worthless on the island and scatter them in the grave. This is horribly painful to watch once one knows that [[spoiler:Sun and Hurley get off the island about two weeks later]], not to mention that [[spoiler:Nikki and Paolo are actually paralyzed and are being buried alive.]] This was mostly the Losties being GenreSavvy enough avert GoldFever.
30th May '17 10:05:41 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' ("Dead Wait"), the protagonist explores a remote location, searching for a legendary black pearl in the hopes of getting rich. In the end, a local voodoo priestess (WhoopiGoldberg) murders him, celebrating that collecting his scalp full of ''red hair'' will increase her status immensely. She notices the pearl, and throws it away like it was trash.

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* In one episode of ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' ("Dead Wait"), the protagonist explores a remote location, searching for a legendary black pearl in the hopes of getting rich. In the end, a local voodoo priestess (WhoopiGoldberg) (Creator/WhoopiGoldberg) murders him, celebrating that collecting his scalp full of ''red hair'' will increase her status immensely. She notices the pearl, and throws it away like it was trash.
24th May '17 9:33:55 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Wheelworld'', the protagonist mentions that there are warehouses in their off-world colony filled with gold and other precious metals (distilled from seawater) that would make anyone an instant billionaire on Earth. On their colony, however, which is deliberately dependent on Earth for survival, gold isn't any more valuable than for its physical properties. They don't even bother bringing it with them during their annual migration to the other hemisphere.

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* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Wheelworld'', ''Literature/{{Wheelworld}}'', the protagonist mentions that there are warehouses in their off-world colony filled with gold and other precious metals (distilled from seawater) that would make anyone an instant billionaire on Earth. On their colony, however, which is deliberately dependent on Earth for survival, gold isn't any more valuable than for its physical properties. They don't even bother bringing it with them during their annual migration to the other hemisphere.
20th May '17 12:18:58 PM nombretomado
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8th May '17 4:20:11 AM jormis29
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** In the ''Midnight'' campaign setting for ''D&D'', from Fantasy Flight Games, gold and gems became useless trinkets after the Dark Lord Isrador conquered the world. Surviving humans and humanoids have reverted to a barter system. The only people who use coins as currency at all are the "Traitor Princes", those who surrendered without a fight; they will commonly give peasants a worthless gold coin when they commandeer goods and services, under the pretense they're "buying" them.

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** In the ''Midnight'' campaign setting for ''D&D'', from Fantasy Flight Games, ''TabletopGame/{{Midnight}}'' setting, gold and gems became useless trinkets after the Dark Lord Isrador Izrador conquered the world. Surviving humans and humanoids have reverted to a barter system. The only people who use coins as currency at all are the "Traitor Princes", those who surrendered without a fight; they will commonly give peasants a worthless gold coin when they commandeer goods and services, under the pretense they're "buying" them.
30th Apr '17 1:58:14 PM ultimomant
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ZigZaggingTrope goes back and forth]] on this. Gems at first ''look'' like this, but only because one of the main characters has the power of finding them in abundance and another, a dragon, eats them. In another episode, their value fluctuates wildly, a single jewel can be used for buying things ranging from four round trip train tickets plus pet fees to an industrial sized hair dryer, (and the tiniest one buys the most expensive item, and vice versa). Although they were mostly [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney being used as bribes]] in that episode, so it wasn't like the characters were getting them appraised first. Rarity later gives small ones out like tips, and most ponies react like she handed them a hundred dollar bill. So it seems ''some'' of them are rare and worth a lot, while others, may be so plentiful there ''is'' no good use for them other than cake garnish and door stops. In "Rock Solid Friendship", Maud Pie is unimpressed by a large pile of jewels and comments that they are practically worthless because they are so common.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ZigZaggingTrope goes back and forth]] on this. Gems at first ''look'' like this, but only because one of the main characters has the power of finding them in abundance and another, a dragon, eats them. In another episode, their value fluctuates wildly, a single jewel can be used for buying things ranging from four round trip train tickets plus pet fees to an industrial sized hair dryer, (and the tiniest one buys the most expensive item, and vice versa). Although they were mostly [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney being used as bribes]] in that episode, so it wasn't like the characters were getting them appraised first. Rarity later gives small ones out like tips, and most ponies react like she handed them a hundred dollar bill. So it seems ''some'' of them are rare and worth a lot, while others, may be so plentiful there ''is'' no good use for them other than cake garnish and door stops. In "Rock Solid Friendship", Maud Pie is unimpressed by a large pile of jewels and comments that they are practically worthless because they are so common. She is also unimpressed by Princess Twilight Sparkle's crystal castle, asking what makes it different from any other structure made from minerals.
30th Apr '17 1:51:56 PM ultimomant
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' involves a cat burglar in a museum trying to steal the world's largest cut piece of cubic zirconia, a cheap diamond substitute. When trying to remove it from its case, she discovers she can't break through it because it wasn't made of glass like she thought:

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* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'':
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One episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' involves a cat burglar in a museum trying to steal the world's largest cut piece of cubic zirconia, a cheap diamond substitute. When trying to remove it from its case, she discovers she can't break through it because it wasn't made of glass like she thought:



** One of the items that Johnny finds while on an archaeological dig with Carl is an Egyptian urn, which he throws offscreen without a second thought.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', one of the items that Johnny finds while on an archaeological dig with Carl is an Egyptian urn, which he throws offscreen without a second thought.
30th Apr '17 1:38:51 PM ultimomant
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* In the John Wayne film ''The War Wagon'' Wayne's character makes a deal with a band of Indians to attack the titular wagon in order to steal the gold it carries. Part of the plan is to conceal the gold in a shipment of flour to carry it away. But at the end of the successful theft the Indians double-cross Wayne and steal ''the flour'', since it's enough to feed their band for months. In the process they toss the gold, much of which is in the form of dust and gets scattered. What's left has to be hidden because the thieves can't be caught openly carrying it in the wake of the theft. The "civilized" Indian working with Wayne thinks they're stupid for choosing flour over gold but in the end they're the only ones who really come out ahead.

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* In the John Wayne film ''The War Wagon'' Wagon'', Wayne's character makes a deal with a band of Indians to attack the titular wagon in order to steal the gold it carries. Part of the plan is to conceal the gold in a shipment of flour to carry it away. But at the end of the successful theft the Indians double-cross Wayne and steal ''the flour'', since it's enough to feed their band for months. In the process they toss the gold, much of which is in the form of dust and gets scattered. What's left has to be hidden because the thieves can't be caught openly carrying it in the wake of the theft. The "civilized" Indian working with Wayne thinks they're stupid for choosing flour over gold but in the end they're the only ones who really come out ahead.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ZigZaggingTrope goes back and forth]] on this. Gems at first ''look'' like this, but only because one of the main characters has the power of finding them in abundance and another, a dragon, eats them. In another episode, their value fluctuates wildly, a single jewel can be used for buying things ranging from four round trip train tickets plus pet fees to an industrial sized hair dryer, (and the tiniest one buys the most expensive item, and vice versa). Although they were mostly [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney being used as bribes]] in that episode, so it wasn't like the characters were getting them appraised first. Rarity later gives small ones out like tips, and most ponies react like she handed them a hundred dollar bill. So it seems ''some'' of them are rare and worth a lot, while others, may be so plentiful there ''is'' no good use for them other than cake garnish and door stops.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[ZigZaggingTrope goes back and forth]] on this. Gems at first ''look'' like this, but only because one of the main characters has the power of finding them in abundance and another, a dragon, eats them. In another episode, their value fluctuates wildly, a single jewel can be used for buying things ranging from four round trip train tickets plus pet fees to an industrial sized hair dryer, (and the tiniest one buys the most expensive item, and vice versa). Although they were mostly [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney being used as bribes]] in that episode, so it wasn't like the characters were getting them appraised first. Rarity later gives small ones out like tips, and most ponies react like she handed them a hundred dollar bill. So it seems ''some'' of them are rare and worth a lot, while others, may be so plentiful there ''is'' no good use for them other than cake garnish and door stops. In "Rock Solid Friendship", Maud Pie is unimpressed by a large pile of jewels and comments that they are practically worthless because they are so common.
27th Apr '17 9:09:27 AM BlackKnight359
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* Taken in all directions in the manga and anime ''Manga/OnePiece.'' Hidden in the Skypeian island of Upperyard is an entire ''city'' of gold. The natives of Skypeia, where otherwise people live on clouds and there is no natural soil, find the dirt of the originally blue-sea island itself far more valuable than any gold. The arc's BigBad, [[AGodAmI God Eneru]], ''does'' have a use for the gold. However, it's of no monetary value to him, either. He instead uses its conductive properties to enhance his own [[ShockAndAwe lightning-based powers]]. Finally, our heroes, the Straw Hat Pirates, ''do'' value the gold for its monetary worth, and make plans to steal what Eneru didn't make off with. The Skypeians actually intend to ''let'' the Straw Hats have all the gold they want in gratitude of the BigBad's defeat, but the Straw Hats (believing they were stealing the gold) misinterpret this as their being caught and run away with only what they were carrying, when they could have gotten far more just by waiting. Notably, this is the only time they've ever actually stolen something (as a crew, anyway, Nami's another story) before or after this point. The reverse is also seen: rubber doesn't exist in Skypeia, and after Luffy's rubber powers defeat Eneru it becomes insanely valuable. Thus, Usopp is able to trade rubber bands for dials, which are common to Skypeia but don't exist on the Blue Sea.

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* Taken in all directions in the manga and anime ''Manga/OnePiece.'' Hidden in the Skypeian island of Upperyard is an entire ''city'' of gold. The natives of Skypeia, where otherwise people live on clouds and there is no natural soil, find the dirt of the originally blue-sea island itself far more valuable than any gold. The arc's BigBad, [[AGodAmI God Eneru]], ''does'' have a use for the gold. However, gold; however, it's of no monetary value to him, either. He instead uses its conductive properties to enhance his own [[ShockAndAwe lightning-based powers]]. Finally, our heroes, the Straw Hat Pirates, ''do'' value the gold for its monetary worth, and make plans to steal what Eneru didn't make off with. The Skypeians actually intend to ''let'' the Straw Hats have all the gold they want in gratitude of the BigBad's defeat, but the Straw Hats (believing they were stealing the gold) misinterpret this as their being caught and run away with only what they were carrying, when they could have gotten far more just by waiting. Notably, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything this is the only time they've ever actually stolen something something]] (as a crew, anyway, Nami's anyway; Nami is another story) before or after this point. The reverse is also seen: rubber doesn't exist in Skypeia, and after Luffy's rubber powers defeat Eneru Eneru, it becomes insanely valuable. Thus, Usopp is able to trade rubber bands for dials, which are common to Skypeia but don't exist on the Blue Sea.
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