[[caption-width-right:250:A kitsch collection in the shape of [[TheArk a different famous collection]].]]

If the characters enter the house of an elderly neighbor or relative, they will inevitably find a hundred unblinking, soulless eyes belonging to... [[GlurgeAddict a collection of porcelain unicorns]], a room full of SadClown paintings, or a [[CollectorOfTheStrange much stranger collection]]. Adding to the creepy factor will be the impeccable condition of the display, the sheer craftsmanship of the figures/displays, and the owner's utter devotion and EncyclopaedicKnowledge of every item's history.

This elderly woman (though some men and young people, {{Otaku}} in particular, are depicted as having such collections) will usually create the collection to pass the time and fight the loneliness of a life removed from the joys of family, or as a symptom of oncoming senility. This [[TheCollectorOfTheStrange curious collector]] will usually see her modest collection grow from a shelf to a bookcase to a TrophyRoom, or even fill her entire ''house'' with this kitsch. The collection is usually harmless, rarely ever becoming as outright creepy as the StalkerShrine, but it can be cause for concern regardless.

The collection itself will be a big source of comfort and {{pride}} for the owner, which makes it [[InterrogationByVandalism a prime target for threats and coercion]]. If a character wants to persuade her to do something, he just threatens the porcelain puppy. If he wants to sweet-talk her, he'll compliment the miniature moose. And of course, if children are about or a statue gets broken, [[BerserkButton things will get much worse]].

Needless to say, this trope is based on RealLife. Note that in RealLife, there may be a ValuesDissonance; back in the 1930s, collecting figurines was both a status symbol and a symbol of ''femininity''. The little old lady who has 300 figurines may not be pathetically lonely, she is following a tradition of her childhood.

Kitsch Collections that can be viewed by the general public probably fit best under MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual.



[[folder:Eastern European Animation]]
* In ''Animation/InvestigationHeldByKolobki'', the protagonists have a large collection of clocks and watches in their home, filling most of the walls, as well as porcelain elephants and various photographs of unknown origins. The reason why is never explained.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' - Carl has to learn to ''let go of it all'' in order to move on.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the film ''Film/AboutSchmidt'', Warren Schmidt's wife, Helen, collects little Hummel figurines, to Warren's displeasure. Later in the film Warren visits a museum full of them and has to admit they aren't all so bad. Warren and Helen are both in their late 60s, and Helen is depicted as grandmotherly, though technically not a grandmother.
* In ''Film/FallingDown'', William Foster's mother has such a collection. When the police were interviewing her to try and see where her rampaging son might go next, she was incredibly nervous because she felt that William might kill her and wouldn't say anything. The lead detective dramatically calmed her down just by asking which figurine was her favorite, guessing that it was a dog (it was the giraffe).
* In the film ''Film/The40YearOldVirgin'', Andy (Steve Carell) owns a collection of action figures. He sells them at end of the movie when he starts to mature.

* In Charlotte [=McLeod's=] novel ''Literature/ExitTheMilkman'', one of the characters has a huge collection of porcelain.
* Creator/StephenKing:
** Annie Wilkes from ''{{Literature/Misery}}'' has a collection like this, and she knows ''exactly'' how they're placed.
** Nettie Cobb and her carnival glass in ''Literature/NeedfulThings''. She tolerated her husband's abuse for many years, but when he smashed one of her pieces she took his life.
** "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away", a short story in ''Literature/EverythingsEventual'' about a traveling salesman who collects graffiti.
** [[MyBelovedSmother Kirstie Carver]] in ''Literature/TheRegulators'' collects Hummel figurines. Her goal in life is to design one that looks like her SpoiledBrat son.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Miss Flitworth in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' has a spare room in her farmhouse mostly dedicated to a collection of assorted knickknacks, ranging from fine china to cheaply-made porcelain dogs and everything in between. It's implied they're all souvenirs from her late fiancee.
** Nanny Ogg has a kitsch collection of her own, but ''she'' uses it as a means of extortion towards her numerous relatives. To clarify: if you travel off somewhere, you had best bring back a '''stunning''' gift for her, or your portrait is moved to a less favorable place. Nanny Ogg has a ''very'' extended family, extremely prone to infighting which Nanny encourages as a pastime, and they ''will know'' and ''will take advantage of'' how favorably Nanny regards you.[[note]]And the general guideline for how she regards someone seems to be: 1.) Main/Living room (where she spends most of her time). 2.) Hallways -- the further away the worse. 3.) The cat's ''litter box''.[[/note]]
** Stanley from ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' kept pins, and later became one of the disc's first stamp collectors. This was a frequently used method of calming him down.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', [[Characters/HarryPotter Professor Dolores Umbridge]] has a collection of plates with kittens of them in her office. Harry doesn't like them in the least.
* In ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'', the wizard Throckmorton P. Ruddygore has a massive collection of kitsch that he considers underappreciated art.
* In ''Literature/PaperTowns'', Radar's parents have the world's largest collection of black Santas. Radar (and presumably his parents) are black, but Radar is understandably hesitant to bring his girlfriend over to meet his parents and see his house.
* Sandi of ''Mike Nelson's Death Rat!'' has a living room overly decorated with porcelain clowns and kittens, needlepoint artwork and other assorted baubles. Main character Ponty is most intrigued and confused by the rock-hard loaf of preserved bread decorated with a ribbon, and antagonist Gus Bromstad finds out the hard way that Sandi's knicknacks serve as effective impromptu missiles when he makes the mistake of threatening her.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[SerialKiller Sylar's]] adoptive mother in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' collected snowglobes, and she definitely was more than a little cuckoo.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' it is revealed that Arwin's mother collects owls.
* People with these kinds of collections (or more sinister variations) occasionally appear as characters on ''Series/ScareTactics''. One notable episode had a particularly deranged doll collector.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' -"Do not touch the precious things of the shop!"
* Sandy Ryerson from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has a doll collection. Sue doesn't like it:
-->'''Sue:''' Well, isn't this just [[DeadpanSnarker lovely and normal.]] [...] Boy, the only thing missing from this place is a couple dozen bodies, limed and rotting in shallow graves under the floorboards.
* ''Series/{{Oddities}}''. Kind of the point of the show.
* ''Series/PawnStars'': Played straight, as occasionally someone will bring in an assortment of things that an older relative collected. Said relative has now passed on, and the family is looking to sell the collection. The problem is that such collections are rarely actually ''worth'' anything...
* The entire ''Series/BitchinKitchen'' is decorated with porcelain and chrome baby dolls and skulls. Lampshaded when Nadia goes on about her grandmother's creepy collection of figurines while the camera zooms into the set behind her.
* A ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode has Klinger decking the company clerk office out in various "treasures" sent from his family in Toledo, to this effect.
-->'''Margaret:''' Klinger, you've outdone yourself. There's not one thing here that belongs on a military base.\\
'''Hawkeye:''' Well, unless you're with a unit of fighting grandmothers.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Ryan and Esposito interview an old lady, who has a very large, very creepy doll collection, which is made even worse by the fact that all the dolls have names and she refers to them as her "friends". Ryan, who dislikes dolls, spends the entire conversation looking hilariously freaked out.
* The massive collections of sci-fi/fantasy and comic-book tie-ins accumulated by the core cast of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' would probably be a male equivalent. It is interesting that when Penny calls Leonard out on his, and he seeks to sell it all off to please her, Sheldon hits back by referring to Penny's own compulsive accumulation of Care Bears, My Little Ponies, et c. The capping instance must be Doctor Lorvis,[[note]] A dermatologist with a lot in common with howard - single and living with his mother[[/note]] who compensates for being single and living with his mother by spending a private practice salary on ''really-high-end'' movie and television tie-ins, filling the whole basement with them to create his Fortress of Solitude.
* One episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' deals with Jack having to abandon his large secret cookie jar collection "because the guy with the weird hobby never gets the corner office". (it is explained that Giuliani only became mayor of NY after ditching his doll collection). He does insist you don't have to be weird to have a collection like that though:
--> '''Jack''' We never had any cookie jars in my home, because my mother never baked any cookies, 'cause she never felt we deserved any cookies, so obviously it has nothing to do with my childhood\\
'''Liz:''' But that cookie jar says "mom" on it.\\
'''Jack''' I don't think so; I always viewed it as an upside down "wow"

* In Creator/TennesseeWilliams' ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie'', Laura, a young, introverted woman who is shy due to a physical disfigurement, is obsessed with her collection of glass animals.
* In Christopher Durang's parody of ''The Glass Menagerie'', ''For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls'' a character collects glass swizzle sticks.

* Music/{{Vocaloid}}:
** In the video for "Fear Garden," [[Characters/{{Vocaloid}} Rin Kagamine]] collects people's hands (that she has severed from her living friends/family/fellow Vocaloids) and puts them in a garden as flowers.
* "Heartbeat Clocktower," "Girl of the Miniature Garden," and "Judgement of Corruption" all feature the character [[HangingJudge Gallerian Marlon]] (KAITO), also known as The Collector, who... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin collects things]]. Specifically, his greatest pride was a doll that was part of his collection [[spoiler: which he believed to be hisdeceased daughter.]]

* Ted from ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'' collects souvenirs during their travels across the country. The player can redeem them in Albuquerque for bonus points.
* In ''Pinball/{{Indianapolis 500}}'', collecting Indianapolis Speedway souvenirs not only awards points, but also unlocks extra bonuses if other conditions are met.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Travis Touchdown, is a shameless {{otaku}} with a collection of [[ShowWithinAShow Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly]] merchandise and (as the game progresses) wrestling masks.
* Francis has a whole bunch of ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' merchandise in his room in VideoGame/SuperPaperMario.
* This is common among players of Bethesda [=RPGs=]. It's not uncommon to see people with entire rooms dedicated to monster skulls, plungers, or empty/rare soda bottles.
** A stand-out example is ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s Sierra Petrovita, a woman who has the largest collection of Nuka-Cola memorabilia found anywhere post-apocalypse. She'll even give you tour of her "museum."
** Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' add-on Old World Blues with Muggy, a robot that was programmed to collect coffee mugs. He hates it.
*** "Of course I'm obsessed! They made me this way! You think I don't know how crazy I sound? Of course I do! THEY PROGRAMMED ME TO KNOW THAT [=TOooo-arrr...=]"

* In ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', Nervous Broad has a collection of "fancy Santas".
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Each of the four kids grows up in a household with one.
** John's dad is obsessed with [[strike:clowns]] harlequins. The house is covered with harlequin pictures and, yes, figurines. He was given a restraining order by the cast of Cirque du Soleil. It turns out, though, that this collection was part of a misguided attempt to connect with John [[spoiler:who had been scribbling pictures of harlequins insulting him all over his walls in his sleep thanks to Gamzee cursing him to have nightmares about them]].
*** [[spoiler:In the Beta universe, Jane's version of Dad collects hard-boiled private-eye memorabilia in a more successful attempt to bond with her.]]
** Rose's mother collects wizard figurines. Rose is convinced that this is part of their PassiveAggressiveKombat and that she doesn't even like them. [[spoiler:Turns out that she does like wizards, or at least her post-Scratch counterpart does.]]
** Dave's brother is obsessed with puppets, and their apartment is filled with ventriloquist dummies, muppet-like stuffed and foam dolls, etc. He even runs a collection of puppet porn sites. However, Bro Strider is such a master of esoteric levels of {{Irony}} that it's impossible to tell whether the line between "being creepily into puppets" and satire of the them even exists. Dave pretends to be cool with this. [[spoiler:Dirk, Bro's beta-universe counterpart, has pretty much the same collection with some [=SB&HJ=] merchandise of Dave's tossed in.]]
** Jade's grandfather's... everything. From mummies, to stuffed animals (and monsters), to collections of faded blue salon posters, to globes, to suits of armor, etc., etc.
* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' has Mrs. Merriweather, a cutesy MisplacedKindergartenTeacher who is actually an evil demon who genuinely loves kitsch, in fact Alex beats her when her house is destroyed mid battle and she realised she [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/1/2/123.html no longer has her Precious Moments collection]].
* In ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', Ples really likes clocks.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Hank's mom, Tilly, and her elderly friends are obsessed with getting to see a glass miniatures museum. It turns out Tilly is obsessed with them because they were the only thing that made her feel better during her divorce from Hank's father. Hank then realizes what a big deal it is to her, he apologizes for dismissing her interest in them by buying her a miniature of a stadium in a walnut shell by the famous artist she had been admiring. While the episode is touching, the obsession is still shown as a sign that Tilly is mentally fragile (all her friends are senile to various degrees).
* On ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', the villain [=DNAmy=] is obsessed with collecting Cuddle Buddies stuffed toys.
* Creepy... semi-subversion, maybe, in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Lockdown has a collection of all sorts of trophies. However, he is not extremely old [[note]] he doesn't look/act it, at least - being a Transformer, he's probably a couple million years old[[/note]], and the "trophies" are various mods (read: body parts) he's ripped off of his bounties.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': A supervillain named Pig Leg, a man with a fully formed, sentient pig for a leg, had a collection of pig figurines -- he sheepishly explained that he told a friend in passing that he liked pigs, so his friend bought him a little pig figure, then someone else saw it and bought him another; it sort of just happened.
* Linda from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' collects porcelain babies. She obsesses over them to the point of talking, kissing, and singing to them. The rest of her family finds it disturbing. Her collection appears to be a waste of money because Bob had to confiscate her credit card after ordering too many and she reluctantly attempts to sell the collection to a pawn shop after the family has serious financial trouble but couldn't because they were deemed valueless. Her collection was also [[InterrogationByVandalism threatened to be destroyed when her kids interrogate her.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Florence Papermouth, one of Moralton's citizens owns a zebra collection. In her loneliness as a divorced wife and single mother and hopelessly in love with Reverend Putty, Florence clings to these figurines as her prized possessions.