Created By: ginsengaddict on May 8, 2011

X Marks The Spot

Looking for something? Check under that giant X over there.

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Something of a Dead Unicorn Trope, but still merits having a page, if only for the kitsch.

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  • May 8, 2011
    JusticeReaper
    Does it have to be an X? If not, then I think this counts:

    Subversion in Darkwing Duck, "Just Us Justice Ducks, Part 1": Negaduck has a huge and very obvious flag over his headquarters pointing out the exact location of his lair (right in the background of the scene at that), but Darkwing fails to see it and instead goes for a cryptically-placed clue at the site of their last confrontation. Of course, Negaduck was counting on Darkwing finding the clue and not seeing the obvious flag.
  • May 8, 2011
    TonyG
    On Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the treasure is supposed to be under a giant W, formed by four palm trees.
  • May 8, 2011
    MetaFour
    • The Simpsons episode "Homer the Vigilante" references It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Molloy the Cat Burgler tells the Springfield police that he hid a large sum of money under a big T. They rush out to find it, and realize that there's dozens of big T's in Springfield, so they go talk to Molloy again to get detailed directions to the real big T.
  • May 10, 2011
    SinisterShenanigans
    Inverted in Girl Genius - a group of jagers drew a large X on the ground, where their war machine was aimed, to lure an egomaniac x-themed villain to set his tent there.
  • May 10, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @Justicereaper: Well, in this case it usually is a literal X marking the spot....
  • May 19, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^^ not to lure, they only set a mark to adjust artillery. Poor sod simply happened to be self-important enough to think it's for him.
  • May 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    MASH: north Koeran pilot "5 o'Clock Charlie" comes by every day at 5 o'Clock and tries to blow up an ammo dump that's near the hospital but misses. So the guys in the unit decide to help him by painting giant arrows pointing the way to the correct location.
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    @Justice: I think it's best to keep this page for literal Xs, or specific subversions of that (like hiding it under a W or a T).
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    Also, definitely needs a link to Treasure Map in the description.
  • December 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Bump.
  • December 15, 2011
    JonnyB
    Doctor Steel has a song entitled, "Planet X Marks the Spot", a play on this phrase.
  • December 15, 2011
    Micah
    • In White Collar, Kate leaves Neal a linked list of clues for how to contact her. One of the clues is an empty Bordeaux wine bottle with a map of Manhattan drawn on the label in invisible ink; Neal figures out that she wants him to go to the location on the map marked by the "X" in "Bordeaux".
  • December 15, 2011
    TBTabby
    In Freefall, a giant X on the ground is used to mark a drop zone for ice asteroids.
  • December 27, 2011
    TBeholder
  • September 2, 2012
    TBeholder
    There's evidently a film page "X Marks The Spot". So... let's rename this "X Marks The Place" and launch?
  • September 2, 2012
    TonyG
    In Duck Dodgers In The Twenty Fourth And A Half Century, Planet X conveniently has an X on its surface. They find it following a line of likewise alphabetized planets.
  • September 2, 2012
    surgoshan
    ^^^^^ On White Collar, it was even discussed. "Kate loves the classics."
  • September 2, 2012
    surgoshan
    • Treasure Island may be the Trope Maker. Robert Louis Stevenson was painting a watercolor that he was using to entertain his nephew, and the painting of it became an engrossing story in its own right, with the appearance of the fantastically/horrifically named locations on the island culminating in the story's apotheosis, the X where the treasure is located. To hear the nephew tell it, it was quite exciting. The novel came from that rainy afternoon's adventure in watercolor.
  • September 2, 2012
    21stCenturyDaysleeper
    1. Sponge Bob Squarepants episode Arrgh! also features this trope. The treasure Mr. Krabs is looking for lies underneath a kinda obvious large X. (Which is located 100 steps to the west, not weast.)
  • March 7, 2016
    DAN004
    • Plants Vs Zombies 2 Its About Time: the final level of the Pirate Seas era takes place on an X, which the map says it's "Treasures! (Not zombies)". You do get a "treasure" there... after fighting loads of zombies.
    • One Piece: in a clever variant, this is a way to locate Raftel, the ultimate Treasure Island where the titular One Piece is located. Using the writings of ancient stone blocks known as "red Poneglyphs", the writings show the position of a particular island; there are 4 such Poneglyphs in existence. Once all 4 islands are located, then you draw a cross between those 4 islands on the map, and Raftel is located at the center of that X.
  • March 7, 2016
    Generality
    To expand and clarify on the above, Treasure Island features a Treasure Map with an X marking the location of buried pirate treasure, which is probably the origin both of the idea that pirates bury treasure and that they use maps to mark it. Almost all examples of this trope are homages to the book.

    • In the Monkey Island series, buried treasure is almost always marked with an X, sometimes because it's intended to be found; others, because it's a trap for the obliviously greedy. The Secret Of Monkey Island, LeChuck's Revenge, and Tales Of Monkey Island all have such Xs, though in all these cases the treasure is well-hidden and not out in the open with a map leading right to it. The other games also have hidden treasure, but in secret rooms or caves.
  • March 7, 2016
    Diask
    • After beating Dubloon's final boss, you can ask an old man on Pyrite Island for help in getting all the loot. He will put an X over any island in your Point And Click Map that still has unopened treasure chests.
  • June 1, 2016
    DAN004
    Teh bump
  • June 1, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The jerkass bulldog from Tex Avery's cartoon "Bad Luck Blackie" paints an X on the sidewalk exactly below a safe that's suspended from a pulley hoist. Bad Luck Blackie appears and stands on the X, whereupon the dog smugly releases the rope. Blackie hears the Bomb Whistle, looks up, assesses the situation, and calmly slides the painted X with his foot until the X is beneath the dog. Toon Physics dictate that a falling object must land on the X, even if it must bend gravity to do so. Therefore, it does.
  • June 1, 2016
    Shishkahuben
    Does this need to be an X placed as something of a visual gag in the actual landscape, like the Spongebob example? Or does it refer to any time where an X marks the spot on a treasure map, etc.?
  • June 2, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ both.
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