Any geek is going to be particular about collecting some series of items. It may be just on display behind them in their Hacker Cave
, it might be dedicated to a table in their bedroom or it has it's own room to become a mini-museum.
Generally, if this shows up you will eventually see them either cradling them with fondness from time to time or someone else will eventually see the collection. If that happens a handful of things may occur: the person may accidently damage it (such as opening one of the Mint Sealed In Box items), they may mock the collector for having a focus on children / girly items, they may geek out themselves or they may steal the collection and hold it as leverage against the person. If it's shown to a potential love interest, it may end up as a Geeky Turn-On
This doesn't necessarily have to be with childrens toys or girly items, as some collections may very well be considered "hip" or "cool." Car Memorabilia in particular is considered very masculine and may result in similar "geek out" moments.
Usually done by a collector
, but generally without evil intent. See also Collector of the Strange
(when the things they collect are simply strange) and Kitsch Collection
. Contrast the Porn Stash
, which is a collection most want to keep hidden.
Truth in Television
- Toy Story 2 had toy store mogul Al with an immense collection based on "Woody's Roundup" and was only missing the most valuable piece, the Woody doll. When Woody is stolen from the yard sale he got to see the massive collection and never knew that his show was so popular or that he was from such a large line of toys. He basically geeked out over his own toy line.
- The Big Bang Theory, being about geeks, features plenty of geeky items in the background.
- When Penny criticized the group for putting so much effort into "junk" (A full sized prop from The Time Machine blocked the stairway and prevented her from getting to work on time) it depressed Leonard enough to where he wanted to sell his stuff. Later Sheldon calls Penny out for having her own collection of stuffed bears and Hello Kitty clothing.
- In an AV Club review of an episode, the reviewer asked if comic collectors really do carefully sort and palm through their comics like the guys were shown doing. The answer was an overwhelming "YES."
- Seinfeld had Jerry dating a woman who he discovered had a collection of vintage toys and board games. So he "drugged" her at dinner time (with turkey and boxed wine to make her sleepy) and spent the night playing with them. She was, naturally, disturbed when she found out what he did.
- iCarly had Carly start seeing a guy who came across with a "Bad Boy" persona. She ended up losing interest really fast (in addition to a Drama Queen freaking out) when she found out he had a Beanie Baby-esque collection. He would go online to buy the "only sold in Asia" stuff and would only allow others to touch them after they wiped their hands with a wetnap. After all the hype surrounding his bad boy nature, Freddie found it hilarious.
- Batman has a long established Super Trophy Super Rack with items pertaining to his various adventures. In Batman: The Animated Series it shows that he also has a dedicated room to "The Grey Ghost" TV show he loved as a kid, and got to show it to the actor who played The Grey Ghost. The only question remains, why is it in the Batcave rather than the actual Wayne Manor?
- An episode of Powerpuff Girls had an obsessed collector who eventually got all of the Powerpuff Girl merchandise ever made. His life goal suddenly complete, he decided to collect the girls themselves. Naturally, when the people of Townsville come to the rescue they got him to confess by opening his mint-in package items.