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->''"The treasure was there, heaped in staggering profusion piles of diamonds, sapphires, rubies, turquoises, opals, emeralds; ziggurats of jade, jet and lapis lazuli; pyramids of gold wedges; teocallis of silver ingots; jewel-hilted swords in cloth-of-gold sheaths; golden helmets with colored horsehair crests, or black and scarlet plumes; silver scaled corselets; gem-crusted harness worn by warrior-kings three thousand years in their tombs; goblets carven of single jewels; skulls plated with gold, with moonstones for eyes; necklaces of human teeth set with jewels. The ivory floor was covered inches deep with gold dust that sparkled and shimmered under the crimson glow with a million scintillant lights."''
-->-- '''Creator/RobertEHoward''', ''Literature/BlackColossus''

A staple of {{role playing game}}s, video games, movies, TV, and wherever stories are told. A big room full of treasure... money, gold and jewels. Usually not organized very well, it's all just piled in together like an episode of ''Hoarders: Filthy Rich Edition''. Often the McGuffin. Often trapped or guarded by a monstrous beast, [[DragonHoard most frequently a dragon]]. Often a cause of LaserGuidedKarma due to all the DeathByMaterialism. Sometimes TheHero might get all of it, but generally they only manage a choice piece or two, if anything. In many scenarios there will be some sort of cave-in, massive flood, or other such death trap which will inevitably chase the hero/heroes out. And since it would only take a few days or maybe a week to dig it back out, the treasure is clearly LostForever. Apparently adventurers have never heard of modern excavation equipment.

May overlap with PooledFunds or DragonHoard. See also CityOfGold.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The Giga Banks in ''Anime/CoyoteRagtimeShow''.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', there's one in Zeus' shrine which Kira and Maya go poking around when they aren't supposed to. It's also where the [[ChekhovsGun Case of Hope and the dark pairings of the Saint Beasts' weapons]] are kept.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] has the Money Bin. Notable in that while it's still as trapped and guarded as any other pile of wealth that violates Euclidean geometry, it's intentionally set aside as valuable for ''sentimental'' reasons.
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in a Black Hands segment of the ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' comics. The party has fought their way into the dragon's lair... which is [[EmptyRoomPsych completely empty]]. Except for the dragon. After the pants-wetting fear, the topic of "Where's the treasure?" comes up, and the dragon tells them, "Why would I keep all my gold in a big pile in a cave? It doesn't do any good sitting here. All my money [[BoringButPractical is tied up in investments and growing interest]]."

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* Grunnel has one of these in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. He invites the four to spend as much of it as they want, because "Getting it was much more interesting than having it."

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[[folder: Film ]]

* [[TheCaper Heist films]] live off this trope.
* The treasure room from ''Film/NationalTreasure''.
* The pirate ship full of treasure in ''Film/TheGoonies''.
* The treasure room in ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}''.
* The film ''Film/MackennasGold'' had a treasure valley filled with huge gold nuggets.
* The Cave of Wonders in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* Subverted in the ''Film/RichieRich'' movie. The villain thinks the Rich family vault is one of these, but when he finally breaks into it he finds nothing but family photographs and other such keepsakes. The money is in the bank and other investments.
* The gold depository at Fort Knox, in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. The look on Goldfinger's face when he sees all that gold in piles is wonderful. In the film he plans on irradiating all that gold. In [[Literature/{{Goldfinger}} the book]], he really does plan on trucking it away.

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[[folder: Folklore ]]

* The story of "Literature/{{Aladdin}}" has one of these. Instead of just piled all up anyhow, it's arranged in the form of a beautiful garden... pears on a tree are really emeralds, cherries are rubies and so on. All neatly cut and polished, of course. Aladdin's been told not to touch anything, but of course he picks a few "fruits" for his mom.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* One time on ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' Granny got it into her head not to trust any banks, so she took her share of the Oil money out of the bank and stuffed it in her mattress. She ended up with a very big mattress.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': "Remember Michael, there's always money in the banana stand."
* In the two-part Season 9 opener of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Merlin's treasure shows up this way.
* In Season 2 of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Xaro Xhoan Daxos visibly keeps a treasure room with an impregnable Valyrian door, which he keeps the key to on his person at all times. [[spoiler: It turns out to be completely empty, and kept just for the mystique.]]

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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Smaug's treasure hoard from ''Literature/TheHobbit''. Various Elves in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' also have treasure rooms, notably the vaults that Fanor and later Thingol keep their Silmaril(s) in. Both end up ransacked by the end, the first by Morgoth and the second by [[ElvesVsDwarves dwarves]].
* There's a huge treasure chamber in Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheSecondJungleBook'' containing all the gold, jewels and precious artifacts of a now-vanished dynasty. Subverted in that the only person ever to rediscover it is Mowgli, and since he was RaisedByWolves he [[WorthlessYellowRocks doesn't want any of it]]. (Well, except for one shiny object, and that ends up causing more trouble than it's worth.)
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories, these feature in "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", "Literature/QueenOfTheBlackCoast", and "Literature/BlackColossus".
* The Lestranges' vault in Gringotts as seen in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. Somewhat more so after the PowerTrio's break-in, due to the triggering of the replicating curse.
* One of these appears in ''Literature/MyNameIsRed''. In this case, it is the personal art treasury of Sultan Murat III, containing the most beautiful objects in the Ottoman Empire. One elderly artist who visits it sees it as akin to nirvana, surrounded as he is with remnants of (what he sees as) a better era. In truth, however, the treasury is dusty and neglected, showing how little the sultan really cares.
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''. Played with in [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1888 SCP-1888 ("Terraforming Tle")]]. The limestone pyramid that is SCP-1888 has a large chamber inside nicknamed the "Treasure Room". When a sapient creature (such as a human being) looks inside the chamber they see [[YourHeartsDesire their heart's desire]]. However, if the object is taken outside the pyramid it decays into a black substance that mutates any life form it touches.
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* In ''Pinball/MedievalMadness'', defeating the five knights during multiball and then shooting the left castle wall will reveal a treasure room that scores a Super Jackpot.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Has appeared in too many ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' modules to name.
** G1 ''Steading of the Hill Giant Chief''. The title hill giant Nosnra has two of these. The Minor Treasure Room has thousands of copper, silver and electrum pieces, some copper ingots and almost a thousand gems worth only one one gold piece each. The Chief's Treasure room has tens of thousands of gold pieces, several thousand platinum pieces and many valuable gems and pieces of jewelry.
** G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King'' has a treasure cave. It holds tens of thousands of copper and silver pieces, thousands of electrum and gold pieces, expensive gems and jewelry and an assortment of valuable items such as ivory tusks, pieces of rare wood, bales of silk, spices and a collection of minor magic items.
** Q1 ''Queen of the Demonweb Pits'' has a treasure chamber filled with coins, 99.5% of which will vanish when the {{PC}}s return to the Prime Material Plane.
** U2 ''Danger at Dunwater''. The lizard man lair has a treasure room containing 8,000 silver pieces, 2,000 electrum pieces and three pieces of valuable jewelry.
** Every single dragon in D&D has a treasure hoard. It serves as, including but not limited to:
*** A bed (Dragon hide is sufficently thick that a pile of gold feels like a feather mattress would to us)
*** A status symbol (bigger and richer hoards = more important dragon)
*** An emergency food source (Dragons can eat [[ExtremeOmnivore anything]])
*** A place to hold various items to trade with other dragons (rarely) or [[TotalPartyKill deal with]] pesky [[PlayerCharacter adventurers]] (more often)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' adventure "Survival of the Fittest" has a treasure room in a dragon's lair.
* The boardgame ''Dungeon'', which was based off of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', featured a dragon guarding a treasure hoard on its box art.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* On Cortez's ship in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', where you find a Crystal Star.
* The entire of level IX in ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'' is a treasure room. At one point you have to swim through quicksand-like pools of coins.
* In both ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' games, the player has a place in their tower to store their hoard that gets larger as the player acquires more loot during his adventures.
* Donkey Kong's banana hoard in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' is a cave filled with mountains of bananas.
* The bank vault in V-world in ''Caprica'' is like this, one of the only virtual effects in an otherwise real-life game.
* You have to build one of these in the two ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' games, as well as their SpiritualSuccessor EvilGenius to store your filthy lucre in.
* The fortress King Graham finds in the desert in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV''. And the Sharkee hoard he comes across in {{AGDInteractive}}'s FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII''
** The Castle of the Crown treasure room his son Alexander finds in the long path of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI.'' [[spoiler: It's where Alhazred is storing the other islands' treasures after stealing them himself and then making sure the thefts were blamed on other islands to keep then infighting and unable to challenge him]].
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' has one in the very back of the Gallery. It's also where the FinalBoss's picture goes once they're beaten.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'':
** Hidden vaults on some levels filled with gold.
** David's Treasure Zoo, treasure rooms filled with gold and monsters.
** Fort Ludios, with gold, jewels, and more gold. Well-guarded.
** The Castle, with jewels, equipment, and a wand of wishing. Well-guarded.
* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series always had one in Lord British's castle behind a flimsy secret entrance.
* Shows up as a BonusLevel in ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' and its derivatives.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' has this as the family legacy of the Cooper family, and BigBad Doctor M's target. Sly himself on occasion has found himself in these, too (not counting when just smashing up the architecture pays for itself, of course).
* The player, being the king, will apparently have one of these in ''VideoGame/FableIII''. Also, the player will reportedly be able to rub the coins on him/herself.
* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie Banjo-Tooie]]'' has the Treasure Chamber in [[MayIncaTec Mayahem]] [[TempleOfDoom Temple]], which is filled with piles of gold. You can't take any of it, though.
* In the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'', Voldo guards his dead master Vercci's Money Pit. In each subsequent installment, the Pit seems to have increased in size and grandeur from a small, dirty room to being roughly the size of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batcave]], complete with its own ''port''. Since from the earliest games the Money Pit was supposedly an entire island, we seem to be seeing more of that island with each game. Oh, and ''under no circumstances should you try to rob the Money Pit''.
* The final room in ''VideoGame/DragonsLair''.
* During a trial to retrieve the MacGuffin in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'', the player comes across a room like this. It's a trap, of course: trying to take any of the treasure kills you.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForYrolg'' has one, dragon included.
* In the Rainbird TextAdventure ''Legend of the Sword'', you encounter such a room. If you examine the treasure, you're told that although everything else in the room is caked in dust, the treasure is spotless. If this doesn't clue you in that something is amiss and you go ahead and try to take it, the treasure is revealed to be an illusion which promptly disappears, the door slams shut and the game becomes {{unwinnable|ByDesign}}.
* The room in the centre of Vileshark HQ in ''VideoGame/EdenEternal'' is a stereotypical treasure room, although it's inaccessible.
** The Mayor's Dream is a Treasure ''Dungeon''; the surface you walk on for one half of the dungeon is nothing but treasure. You can't pick it up, though.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a classic example in the ''Dead Money'' DLC, which is a WholePlotReference to ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre''. The villain has you and three other saps fitted with [[ExplosiveLeash explosive collars]] and forced to open the way to a vault far below a casino. He's actually after most of the LostTechnology inside, not the money, but the trope is still played straight, as also inside the vault are thirty-seven bars of pure gold ... which altogether weigh far more than your character could possibly carry. You can grab a few, but the only way to escape with your head attached is to trick the villain into entering, trap him inside, and run like hell before the collar explodes.
** Unless, of course, you use one of the many exploits that have been discovered to allow you to carry them all.
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' subverts this trope in a few places, in that you can't take any treasure with you. In the original game behind Sirrus' Throne on the Mechanical Age, is a secret chamber with several chests containing gold and silver bullion, coins, and one holding a red page. There's also a generous stock of wine. The place is also quite clean compared to other vaults.
** Guildmaster Kadish's vault in ''URU'' plays this trope straight, and it's packed wall to wall with treasure.
*** But sometime in the future, it'll be emptied.
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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Vriska Serket of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has several loot strongholds, filled with plunder from years of extreme roleplaying as a [[{{Pirate}} PETTICOAT SEAGRIFT]]. [[BigYes Yeah!!!!!!!!]].
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has the Treasure Room of Destiny, where [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] stored his entire inventory after ascending to the throne. It's all in chests, but it still has millions of gill, and several dozen of the same legendary sword.
* Baalah, the demon princess heroine of ''Webcomic/{{Pawn}}'', was summoned to guard one of these. In a subversion, the outrageous cost of making the multi-miles deep dungeon, filling it with traps / spells / undead / etc, and summoning ''a demon princess'' to guard the actual room at the bottom bankrupted the kingdom, leaving the dungeon a huge deathtrap that guarded... nothing. [[spoiler: Except for Baalah, something Ayanah (the other main character) realized.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', they set out in search -- and [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=1106 lo and behold.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00536.html Quentyn wished for everything the fae lord took unjustly be given to the duke. That, it turned out, included many things he had not taken from the duchy.]] [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00535.html It looks like a dragon's hoard.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-97/ Saturday accumulated one]]. [[http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/archive/page-98/ Despite Almond's enthusiasm, Cucumber realizes it's stolen goods.]]
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* The treasure hoard of a den of thieves in the BugsBunny short "Ali Baba Bunny" is kept in part of a large cave.
* Montana Max's vault in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'', there's the Jewel Keep room in the Crystal Palace, where all the recovered magical Crown Jewels are "safely" kept (Kale gets there quite easily at the end of the first season).
* Scrooge's money bin in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' (see the ComicBooks example above) as well as the ''many'' other treasure hoards he finds on his adventures. Oddly, Scrooge almost never gets to keep these treasures after he finds them, even though it wouldn't threaten the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]] in any meaningful way.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids'' episode "The Raider Apes". A cave with bags of gold coins in the villager's cave system.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', Ruel holds one deep within his BagOfHolding.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the two adult dragons seen in the series live in caves filled with huge piles of gems. Given that in this universe, dragons eat gemstones, this is actually sensible on their part, although the implication that they sleep on the piles is rather less so.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime,'' the first room you enter in [[KidHero Finn]] and [[NonHumanSidekick Jake]]'s TreehouseOfFun is full of piles of gold and jewels that the pair have collected in their adventures. Amusingly it's just sort of background filler, except for one episode where [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Bubblegum]] breaks in to collect taxes from it. Later it's shown that several rooms in the tree house are filled with treasure.
** Later in one episode the treasure hoard has grown so much that the Treehouse will collapse because of it, so they decide to '''spend it all''', and just start from scratch.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Fort Knox in the United States holds, among other things, 4,578 metric tons of gold in one of its buildings.
* London, Zurich, and Hong Kong also have massive stores of gold but the exact amount is less certain than Fort Knox. Though the Federal Reserve Bank of New York actually holds a larger reserve, but for numerous clients.
* The treasure of the pharaoh Tutankhamun (AKA King Tut), found in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
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