A sub-trope of PublicDomainArtifact, this is the one where real-life objects of notable historical value (that ''indisputably'' exist or existed in real life) are given a magical makeover in a work of fiction. Think of it as the inanimate version of BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy or a [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade Historical Object Upgrade]]. Can be related to ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve or WeaponizedLandmark.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In part 7 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio Golden Proportion]] has weird, almost magic powers. If you manage to make an ordinary steel ball to spin forming a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_spiral Golden Spiral]] it will carry an inmense power, which can be applied for enhancing your strength and resistance, [[HealingShiv healing]], [[MercyKill killing painlessly]], making paralytics walk again, and disintegrating an object by passing the endless rotation of the ball to its molecules and atoms to the point that the force of the rotation overrides the forces that make them form an object.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/StormwatchPHD'' had a villain seeking to mystically weaponize the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock Nuclear Doomsday Clock]].
* Drawing on fringe occult theories, ''ComicBook/FromHell'' suggests that Christopher Wren's churches are examples of occult architecture.
* The Golden Age Creator/DCComics heroine Liberty Belle somehow derived her powers from the "mystic vibrations" of the Liberty Bell.
* In Creator/VertigoComics series like ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'', and ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'', this is an InvokedTrope: well-known artifacts and items often possess mystical properties ''because'' so many people know of them, investing them with spiritual significance.
* One ''ComicBook/GentlemanGhost'' story involves a summoning ritual done with the rope that was used to hang a famous criminal in Victorian England. It was a common folk belief until the 19th century that a (used) hangman's rope had special, magical powers.
* ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'' shows the Eiffel Tower being a spacecraft/weapon piloted by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie Robot Gustav Eiffel]].
* In ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'', Strange is nearly killed by an assassin wielding UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's personal weapon. The combination of that firearm plus a silver bullet has enough negative mojo to get through his shields.
* One character in ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight'' collects historically significant weapons (the guns that killed UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, the sword that killed UsefulNotes/GaiusJuliusCaesar, etc.). On Résurrection, the more evil you did in life, the more powerful you are here (to the point where Hitler is a FantasticNuke, along with two other, unnamed persons).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fan fiction series ''Fanfic/BoyScoutsOneHalf'', the ''entire country of UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}'' can fall under this trope. The series begins in Massachusetts, and presents the world as behaving, arguably, mostly normal aside from the obvious Jusekyo curses. But when, eventually, the main characters have to relocate to Japan, they are quite surprised to find that the country actually suffers from [[{{Animeland}} many of the tropes about it]] that are [[JapaneseMediaTropes regularly portrayed in fiction]]. [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]]? HammerSpace? AnimeHair and HairColors? All real. In fact, one of the characters notes that since arriving in Japan, they are developing HighPressureBlood!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/HudsonHawk'', many of Creator/LeonardoDaVinci's most famous artworks contain the components of an alchemical device for making lead into gold.
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' features the [[http://archaeology.about.com/od/china/a/terracotta.htm Terracotta army]] of Shihuangdi coming to life.
* This is what drives the plot in ''Film/TheLibrarian'' films. For example, the protagonist gets fencing lessons from the {{Excalibur}}, which flies around the Library.

* The Hope Diamond.
* UsefulNotes/{{Tutankhamun}}'s tomb and its contents.
* The Porsche, nicknamed "Little Bastard", in which Creator/JamesDean suffered a fatal car accident, as well as many other supposed "death cars" .
* Artifacts and concentration camp sites from UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust have been described in stories as having dark power from the suffering that was associated with them.

* Elizabeth Bear's ''Promethean Age'' books use the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_spike Golden Spike]] as the lynchpin of a mystical anti-faerie enchantment. Railroads and iron, dontcha know. They also feature one of the [[http://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/library-lions lions in front of the New York City Public Library]] as a GeniusLoci.
* The ''Underworld Cycle'' has Wyatt Earp's handgun, which is capable of killing unquiet dead (ghosts and spookies that walk around in The Between.)
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' universe:
** One short story features the musket ball that killed Nelson at Trafalgar. It is reused as a sorcerer-slaying weapon.
** The ShroudOfTurin also shows up, toying with this trope. Though many people in the real world believe it's by no means mundane, Harry mostly agrees with the theory that it was a medieval forgery. The thing is, in the Dresdenverse, tens of millions of people [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve literally can't be wrong about something being mystically potent]].
*** Later, he finds the ''actual'' Shroud, which not only proves the earlier one is fake and fueled by everybody's belief, but is also blindingly more powerful.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Pretty much every statue in New York city can be converted into an automaton thanks to the intervention of Daedalus (the one associated with the Labyrinth, yes).
* In ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', the Rosetta Stone is this.
** Any pyramid or obelisk, as well. It doesn't have to be ancient, or even Egyptian in origin. The Washington memorial will do.
* In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', the ''Origin of Species'' is a major L-Space node. L-Space theory says that large amounts of books warp spacetime, but a single book that spawns an entire subject has the same "weight".
* Discussed in ''Literature/TheJourneyer''. Marco, expecting the opulent empires as described in Literature/TheBible, is disappointed to realize that the largest cities from the Bible are little more than villages run by tribal chiefs. He also opines that the great leaders, such as King David and King Solomon, were probably also petty chiefs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Colt from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* The entire raison d'etre of ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'' has Memorabilia, extremely powerful items given their power by being associated with the deaths of the famous. Such examples include the ring Joe [=DiMaggio=] slipped on Creator/MarilynMonroe at her funeral, JFK's death car, the pistol that killed [[WhoShotJFK Lee Harvey Oswald]], and the ''National Enquirer'''s photo of Music/ElvisPresley in repose.
* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' also has the ''Reliquary'' book, which provides rules for building magic items from scratch, as well as a number of sample items. Among them are Creator/WilliamShakespeare's [[LiteraryWorkOfMagic lost play]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendera_lights the Dendera lights]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baghdad_battery the Baghdad batteries]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' is chock full of these: the list includes the muskets of the Conquistadors, Wild Bill Hickok's guns, etc. -- all magical items.
** One particularly mundane and non-unique item, "Hoyle's Book of Games", is the InUniverse spellbook for all Hucksters -- the setting equivalent of wizards. The earlier editions are more powerful, since editors have messed up the coded secrets the book holds about contacting the Manitou.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Warehouse 23'' has a RealLife artifact, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_skull#Mitchell-Hedges_skull Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull]]. It allows its owner to cast a powerful Divination spell, and has powerful telepathic abilities in its own right.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BrokenSword 3'', the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript Voynich Manuscript]] contains the secret to extracting life energy from {{Ley Line}}s.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' turns the Shibuya River into an extradimensional nexus.
* The ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series has the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone (AKA "The Zone") as (even more of) a DeathWorld packed with mutants, physics defying fields that appear and reappear in new locations over time and spawning Super PowerAtAPrice giving items. [[spoiler:It is the result of mad scientists operating within the conveniently abandoned area to escape prying eyes, not the disaster itself]].
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': {{Crystal Skull}}s, the Antikythera mechanism, the Voynich manuscript and many more. All ancient Precursor technology, all have seemingly magic powers.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-157-arc SCP-157-ARC]], a bullet that, thanks to its mystical properties, apparently shifts shape to transform into the projectile used in virtually every major modern assassination.
** Another SCP entry concerns the so-called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_core Demon core]], which is apparently sentient or close to it.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-099 SCP-099]] is the original version of René Magritte's "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Portrait_%28painting%29 The Portrait]]", which has the memetic effect of inducing paranoid delusions.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1179 A magma giant buried underground in Pennsylvania,]] whose very breath is toxic. Fotunately, the Foundation succesfully disguised its awakening as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania#Mine_fire a mine fire.]]
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-668 SCP-668]] is clearly the knife used in the real life murder of Kitty Genovese.
** These are only the tip of the iceberg, as "supernatural object as the secret cause of a real-world catastrophe" has made it on to [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/the-big-list-of-overdone-scp-cliches The Big List Of Overdone SCP Cliches]].
* The ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'' universe has the Worldmaze, a PortalNetwork created using the globally-scattered pieces of the Berlin Wall as foci.
** The Great Pyramid at Giza was revealed to be a power accumulator that after five millennia had enough juice to make one a god.
** Magellan's oceanbound route around the world is used by Q'Nos to summon Jorumngandr. Peregryn counters the summoning by tracing the path of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lady_II Lucky Lady II]]'', the first ''airplane'' to circumnavigate the globe.
* In ''WebVideo/FranceFive'', the Eiffel Tower is a shamanic totem that generates a barrier around the Earth, protecting the planet from a large-scale alien invasion.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "The Ghostbusters in UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}" reveals that the Eiffel Tower is actually a primitive ghost trap.