Created By: KJMackley on August 9, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 24, 2013

My Precious

A rare item that elicites an almost worshipping response in a character or characters

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There are items that are rare and hard to find, which makes having it that much greater. Not all people may be consumed with the acquisition of the item, but "My Precious" is when it causes at least one person to persue an obsession with possessing it. The real kicker is that people unaware of it's rarity may have a hard time understanding why it is so precious.

Note that his isn't just generic resources like Gold, Silver or purple dye, but an individual item.

Compare MacGuffin, I Call It "Vera" and Companion Cube. If the item approaches a sexual response it may be a Geeky Turn-On.

  • Trope Namer comes from The Lord of the Rings and in part, The Hobbit. The One Ring causes a subliminal desire for those in close proximity to possess it and cradle it with affection. If influenced by it long enough the individual ends up calling it "My Precious," a Verbal Tic indicating someone is under it's influence with the biggest example being Gollum.
  • The trope namer is parodied in The Big Bang Theory where the guys come across one of the One Ring props from the movie, which causes all of the guys to want to possess it. Not willing to share, they get into a hands-on competition to see who could hold on to it the longest with out letting go. Fittingly, Sheldon has a nightmare where he turned into Gollum.
  • In Transformers Prime Megatron returned to Earth in possession of a large chunk of Dark Energon, which he consistently admired in a containment case. Dark Energon showed properties of enhancing Cybertronians and corrupting machinery, going all the way to being able to revive dead machines in a feral/zombie state. This is a continuation of Transformers: War for Cybertron, where a different form of Dark Energon (primarily corruptive properties) is a catalyst for a major shift in the war.

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  • August 9, 2011
    See also Cargo Ship.
  • August 9, 2011
    Crysknifes in Dune? Spice too.
  • August 9, 2011
    Would this be a subtrope of Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny? Also, Up has Kevin the "snipe", to the point it turns Charles Muntz into an Ax Crazy, Egomaniac Hunter.
  • August 9, 2011
    Milton's red stapler in Office Space.
  • August 10, 2011
    Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny is about ADD and ADHD behavioral traits, the "Ooh Shiny" part is just a joke and really has nothing to do with this trope.
  • August 10, 2011
    Any rare or significantly valuable item in Real Life could be seen as such.
  • August 10, 2011
    How about Addictive Mc Guffin ?
  • February 27, 2013
    • A Dutch film called "The Dress" involves a dress (duh!) that is jinxed but that is always deeply desired by the next woman to cross its path. Double points in that there's also a conductor whose obsession is focused on whatever woman happens to be wearing the dress at the time.
  • February 28, 2013
    Namespaced and italicized the work titles in the OP examples.
  • March 2, 2013
    Parodied in Spy Kids 2, Juni finds a pendant that two explorers died fighting over, and muses; "it must have been pretty important for them to die fighting over it. One necklace to rule them all..." A blooper shows him saying "My preciousss..."
  • March 2, 2013
  • May 20, 2013
    The Blue Max, the coveted military medal, the desire for which drives the lead character in the book and the movie...
  • May 20, 2013
    Was just about to mention Artifact Of Attraction.
  • May 20, 2013
    In The7th Voyage Of Sinbad, Sokurah the wizard is so obsessed with obtaining the lamp that it becomes counter-productive; he would have had it in the end if he'd just had some minimal patience. Sinbad even comments instory that Sokurah's obsession has gone off the deep end.
  • May 20, 2013
    I can't see any real difference between this and Artifact of Attraction. The One Ring is even mentioned there as the prime example. Motion to discard.
  • May 20, 2013
    This looks like it could be a subtrope of Artifact Of Attraction in that this is less supernatural and more an item people obsess over. I'm not saying that that's a good thing, but OP might be able to make this work... maybe...
  • May 24, 2013
    To me, this looks like a duplicate of Artifact Of Attraction, only using a different name. The examples given here could easily go in there too.