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One good way to establish a character's {{backstory}} and personality is to give them a Trophy Room or wall full of trophies and mementos of their accomplishments. It may be revealed with a camera pan in the intro (which can double nicely as {{exposition}} thanks to newspaper clippings), as background SceneryPorn to their home, or worked into the script when another character discovers it and becomes awestruck (or fearstruck, read on). Potential owners include but are not limited to: actors, {{Adventurer Archaeologist}}s, football players, hunters, officers (police and military), politicians, and high-ranking members of an ArtifactCollectionAgency.

If they have had an adventurous and eventful life it may become a full blown museum, taking up not just a wall or room but an entire wing of their mansion as it verges on becoming (or surpassing) a SuperheroTrophyShelf. The nature and content of the Trophy Room says a lot about the owner; it may be a modest acknowledgment of their achievements (which is not indicated anywhere else in the house), a narcissistic ShrineToSelf, a creepy EgomaniacHunter's room full of stuffed animals (and not the huggable kind), a ''creepier'' StalkerShrine full of "trophies" won from preying on others, a selection of [[BattleTrophy Battle Trophies]] won in combat, or a small scale BazaarOfTheBizarre full of archaeological wonders or [[KitschCollection curious kitsch]].

Expect youngsters who think their parents/relatives are boring to radically reassess their assumption once they accidentally stumble upon this room.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* For most superhero examples, see SuperheroTrophyShelf.
* The Shadow Gallery, V's stronghold from ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', is where he keeps various cultural items stolen from the hyper-censoring megalomaniacal government.
** The Shadow Gallery exists in the film adaptation, too. It also shows Gordon Deitrich as having a similar trophy room, including a satirical painting of the BigBad in drag and a copy of the Qur'an.[[spoiler: Unfortunately, his owning the latter has him put to death by Sutler's thugs when they arrest him.]]
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'':
** Scrooge [=McDuck=] has one of these in the Creator/CarlBarks and Creator/DonRosa continuities, containing various valuable mementoes from his previous adventures, [[ShoutOut often referencing earlier comics.]] For Scrooge, the Money Bin itself is also an enormous trophy room, where every coin represents a unique, personal memory.
** ''ComicBook/TheBlackKnight'': Arpin Lusène, Scrooge's WorthyOpponent GentlemanThief, is himself is shown to have a sizable collection of stolen art and treasures in his French villa during the news item on him.
* In ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' the new CEO of Zinco Corporation, Mr. Pope, has a secret room stuffed to the gills with Nazi memorabilia, including from some of their [[StupidJetpackHitler wacky supertech]] and [[{{Ghostapo}} disturbing occult artifact]] collections, including stuff related to [[ApocalypseCult Project Ragna Rok]].
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Violine's father had one of these in his mansion.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Inverted but serving the same purpose in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', with Doc Hudson leaving his three Piston Cups laying around the garage rather than proudly displayed; one is in a pile of junk parts, one has an oily rag lying on it, and the third is on a workbench, holding wrenches. He had completely left the racing world behind, and attached no importance to them anymore.
--> '''Lightning:''' You have three Piston Cups! How could you have... ...Just look at those trophies!\\
'''Doc:''' You look. All I see is a bunch of empty cups.
** At the end of the movie, though, Doc has made his peace with his history and there's an entire wing of the Radiator Springs Museum for his trophies, clippings and memorabilia.
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Gaston's bar is full of his game trophies among them include a bald eagle, a frog, a weasel, and supposedly Bambi's mother.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* Famously featured in the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' franchise, most notably in [[Film/{{Predator 2}} the second movie]]: Aboard a Predator ship is a trophy rack including a Xenomorph skull from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series.
** They have trophies from Earth, also: when Harrigan kills one Predator, the others give him a flintlock pistol from the 18th Century, presumably from their own collection.
* In ''Film/{{Ransom}}'', Mel Gibson plays a rich airline owner with several magazine covers featuring himself (''Business Week'', etc.) on his wall. The villain points to them and mocks him.
* In the Coen Brothers film ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', Jeffrey Lebowski (the titular "Big Lebowski") has a trophy wall displaying various awards which he and his "Little Lebowski Urban Achievers" (underprivileged youths Lebowski has sponsored) have won over the years.
* Roland Copping's room in ''Frauds'', where he keeps things once belonging to the subsequent victims of his little games.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'': Connor [=MacLeod=]'s WallOfWeapons is most likely one of these, reminding him of those he faced over the centuries.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', a superhero's trophy room becomes a plot point. [[spoiler:A villain deliberately loses a fight to the superhero at the beginning of the movie, correctly anticipating that the superhero will bring a trophy from that fight back to the superhero's trophy room. The villain, who is employing a TrojanHorse strategy, is counting on this.]]
* In ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'', we get a look at gun enthusiast Burt Gummer's trophy room, among them include a wildebeest and a graboid head-presumably the one he killed in the first movie.
* ''Film/SpeedRacer'' has shelves of trophies in the living room.
* Ace Ventura sees one of these in ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls''. He freaks out in the funniest way possible.
* Quint's shack in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' is filled with the jaws of sharks that he has killed over the course of his career.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/{{Sahara|2005}}'' uses one of these to provide EstablishingCharacterMoment for Dirk Pitt in the opening titles, loaded with {{Continuity Nod}}s to other books in the series.
* All the versions of "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" (where a mad hunter hunts humans for sport) feature a variation. In ''Film/SurvivingTheGame'' it's the victim's heads in jars. In ''Film/{{Bloodlust}}'' he sets up tableaus of his victims at the moment of the kill.
* Done amusingly in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. Harry's office is covered with the front page of issues of the Sun from days when he completed some important mission. Because of the utter anonymity of the Kingsmen and their work, ''none'' of the headlines of those papers have anything to do with whatever crisis he averted. Most of the headlines are incredibly shallow celebrity news titbits, like 'Brad Pitt Ate My Sandwich'.
* A variation in ''Film/BigGame'' -- rather than their RiteOfPassage hunts themselves, Oskari's family keeps photographs of various family members with their thireenth birthday's hunting's trophies.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Dave of ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' has a shed in his backyard where he keeps mementos of his and John's "adventures" dealing with paranormal horrors.
* Gilderoy Lockhart's office in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. What isn't [[ShrineToSelf portraits of himself]] are trophies he had taken from other people and claimed that he earned.
** In the same book, Hogwarts is said to have a trophy room like any other boarding school, and it's stated that many of the trophies were awarded to/won by one Tom Riddle. When Ron and Harry have to polish the trophies as part of a detention, Ron jokingly asks if Riddle's great service to the school referenced on one trophy was killing Moaning Myrtle, one of the castle's ghosts. [[spoiler:He's more right than he thinks. Riddle's Services to the School were killing ''Aragog'', a GiantSpider who was believed to be the Chamber of Secrets monster, but he did so in order to deflect suspicion from ''himself'' opening the chamber to the real monster, a basilisk who did kill Myrtle.]]
* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Cordelia sees Aral's trophies; His early medals are all carefully mounted and displayed, but the later ones, including some incredibly prestigious medals, are stuffed carelessly into a desk drawer. Miles repeats the pattern with his own awards, partly because they all relate to covert operations, and what's the point of a medal you can't tell a good story about? He does, however, have a wall display of seemingly innocuous items that reference important events of his life, like a millipfennig, his old leg braces, a copy of the holy book he used to 'uplift' the Marilacan [=POWs=] from Dagoola IV, etc.
* In the ''Literature/SeekerBears'' book called ''Smoke Mountain'', peeking into a hunter's cabin, the journeying bears are horrified to see a bear's head mounted on the wall. They are shocked that the humans would mount their prey on a wall instead of eating it. But seeing three brown bear pelts waving like flags during a storm did not help them at all.
* The ''Literature/XWingSeries'' reveals that after taking power, [[StarWars Emperor Palpatine]] sealed off a wing of the Jedi museum on Coruscant to use as his personal trophy room, where he defaced or destroyed exhibits presumably as the people they honored were killed in his Jedi purge.
* In Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire, the [[TheDreaded Bolton]] family is rumored to have one, filled with the [[CreepySouvenir skins of enemies they've flayed alive]], including some [[HeroKiller Kings of Winter]].
* A twisted version of the hunter's trophy room is mentioned in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''. The Assassins' Guild does not have statues of former assassins. That would be gauche. Instead they have statues of various civic leaders in fields other than assassination, with discreet plaques explaining exactly how they came to a premature end...
* A {{Lampshade}}d aversion of this occurs once within the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, in which Vlad is reflecting on the home of Sethra Lavode, a TimeAbyss who has an unknown part of the inside of an entire mountain for personal living and storage space, and whose history implies she's had more chance to collect than any non-god. He notes that while her home is gloomy in an understated, not-really-trying way, comfortably furnished and not without decoration or artwork, he has never seen a single thing within it - anywhere - which clearly has any personal meaning to her or reflects on her past. And this probably says something just as significant and profound about her - he's not sure quite what, though.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* A comical version of this would be the TV show ''Series/TopGear''. After they won an Emmy, they kept the trophy in the toilet of their offices, which are little more than portable cabins. However, they prominently display a selection of vehicles [[ContinuityNod from previous adventures]] in their studio. Notable among these (and the only one to be a permanent fixture) is the Toyota Hilux pickup truck which survived their prolonged, ''intense'' campaign to destroy it.[[note]] It's been driven down a stone staircase, into a tree, submerged in the ocean through an entire tide cycle, dropped from a crane, driven through a cabin, had a trailer dropped on it, been hit with a wrecking ball, set on fire, and chained to the top of an imploding high rise.[[/note]] It now rests on an enormous tilted plinth behind the main platform.
* Done on ''Series/BloodTies'', with the heads of shapeshifters on a wall.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': The episode "Yahrzeit" showed the Trophy Rooms of ''two'' Neo-Nazi characters, both full of Nazi memorabilia, guns and items taken from Holocaust victims. Definitely at the creepier end of the spectrum.
* In ''Series/{{Justified}}'', an art expert keeps badgering Raylan Givens to come and see his collection of Hitler paintings. Raylan is understandably not keen, but is surprised by what he finds when he finally gives in. [[spoiler: The expert has dedicated his life to buying up all of Hitler's paintings, so that he can burn them and keep the ashes in jars.]]


[[folder: Radio ]]

* The modest "I keep it in the toilet" variant gets deconstructed on ''Radio/OldHarrysGame''. When Edith says this about her awards, Satan points out that it's the only room where a visor has nothing to do but stare at the walls.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** After the VideoGame3DLeap with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', it became possible to place items in the game world. The games in the series also tend to throw more legendary artifacts and unique items at you than you can reasonably use. Naturally, ever since, any [[PlayerHeadquarters houses you build or buy]] tend to [[SuperheroTrophyShelf become trophy rooms]] for showing off this awesome loot. The [[GameMod modding community]] has contributed significantly to improve this functionality as well.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has the ''Heartfire'' expansion, which allows the player to build a custom house. A dedicated trophy room is one of the options. Other rooms, especially the armory, also allow for construction of display cases, weapon racks, and armor mannequins for showing off your epic loot.
* The Lucky 38 Casino's executive suit, from VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas are designed with this in mind. Many players extend this to the entire Casino, particularly its Cocktail lounge, which often becomes filled with Nuka Cola and other culinary trophies that wouldn't be safe from the greedy guts of your Companions in the main suite.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary''
** The Croft Manor training level had a room with display cases for the ancient relics the player collected during the game. They can be examined in closeup and Lara will make an admiring comment.
** The Wii port went one step further, with an additional trophy room with even more mementos, including big game Lara killed. Seriously nice.
** ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' also has a secret trophy room, filled with all of the items Lara got in her quests (and {{Gaiden Game}}s), as well as the skull of the TyrannosaurusRex from ''VideoGame/TombRaiderII''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' has Jimmy Hopkins' room become filled with mementos from all his exploits during the game, be it the main missions or side quests. Pretty much everything he accomplishes is marked with a new trophy. Jimmy can also buy a few items to add, like posters. The ''[[UpdatedRerelease Bully: Scholarship Edition]]'' also adds a few new ones to the already crowded room.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' has Vigils Keep being filled with items you collect over the course of the game. Including a dragon skull and a golems armour.
* The Captain's Cabin of ''Normandy SR-2'' in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' gets gradually filled with various trinkets and mementos as you progress through the main plot and side quests.
** The most amusing being the Prothean Orb from the Firewalker missions. Shepard uses it as a ''[[MundaneUtility paperweight]]''.
** The cabin reprises this role in ''Mass Effect 3'', picking up some notable items from the various DLC packs, like Petrovsky's chessboard from ''Omega'' or a husk head "experiment" from ''Leviathan''.
* ''VideoGame/FableII'' allows you to hang the trophies of your choice on the walls of your home(s).
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' features one from artifacts collected in the games. Some of them can even affect gameplay.
* In ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures: Episode 2'', Dr. Wolfington's office at the insane asylum is filled dangerous animals that have had encounters with a taxidermist, including a narwhal, multiple bears, and a rhinoceros.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'' has one in the village Library across from Popola's office, with statues of all the bosses you've killed. Taking into account some very late game and NG+ revelations, [[spoiler: and it ends up as a ShrineToTheFallen.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RCProAm'' and ''Championship Pro-Am'', finishing a race in first, second, or third will add a trophy to your collection. You even get trophies based on your total score.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonDefenders'', the trophy case in the tavern fills up as you earn achievements.
* In ''Mario Tennis Power Tour'', your bedroom houses every trophy you win in singles and doubles tournaments.
* The villa in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' serves this purpose, serving as a storehouse for all the weaponry and artwork you collect over the course of the game.
** The PlayerHeadquarters in all successive games also are this. The Tiber Island Headquarters in Brotherhood, the Galata hideout in Revelations, and the Homestead's manor in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII all feature weapon and armour racks, as well as some kind of memoria of your primary targets (portraits in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII and Brotherhood, books in Revelations, personal items in VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII).
* The addition of item frames in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' allows you to build trophy rooms into your constructions.
* After virtually every plot mission and many side missions in ''VideoGame/XWingAlliance'', another memento shows up in your quarters that serve as the player/mission management screen.
* [[GreatWhiteHunter Lord General Castor]] from ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War [=II=]: Retribution]]'' mentions having one where he stores the heads of the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] that he's killed over the course of his life, and orders his men to aim low so as to not damage the future trophy he expects to get from the Hive Tyrant they are facing.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has the recurring trophies viewable under a specific menu ever since ''Melee''; ''SSB for UsefulNotes/WiiU'' groups them together in related families when you pick "Trophy Box" when viewing one.
* The GCPD evidence locker serves as this in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', being full of artifacts from each villain that Batman defeats, including some from previous games.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', after being falsely accused of cheating, he went to Chaulkie's (All-Bluffsville Boy Football player) house to confront him, only to get shanghai'd into seeing the Trophy room of Chaulkie's big brother, and realized the young man was suffering from under intense pressure to match up to the impossible legacy.
* In the "Dial M for Monkey" segment of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Huntor has a trophy room which includes the displayed heads of Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}}'s Wolverine and [[Franchise/TheDCU DC's]] Cyborg.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' GrandFinale "Graduation", Warhok implied that he and Warmonga have one, and planned to [[DeadGuyOnDisplay add Kim to it.]]
-->'''Warhok:''' Come Warmonga, we will take this one as a trophy. She will look handsome mounted beside your Thorgoggle spine.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': Khyber has one of these in his ship, containing several tropheys made out of the aliens he has hunted.
* WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries: Batmans batcave has a several items he had collected from his previous cases, such as the giant coin, the robot T-Rex, and Mr Freezes ice gun. In WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond he has the costumes of his old RoguesGallery in display.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Wrestler" has Stan showing Steve the a room full of trophies he won from when he was a wrestler in high school. Francine tells Stan to stop boasting about the room, while Steve notes that he's lived in the house all his life and never knew about the room before.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Trandoshan [[EgomaniacHunter Garnac]] has a creepy one filled with the mounted heads and hides of many Star Wars creatures and races he's hunted. Disturbingly, he tries to add [[KidHero Ahsoka]]'s head to his collection.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "The Grass is Always Greener" has Woodie showing Mondo his old room with a bunch of trophies...which his parents bought on [=eBay=] to compensate for they son's lack of achievement. The only trophy he genuinely won was for a TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} trading card tournament.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* "Deal Toys" are memorabilia of important mergers, acquisitions, and other business deals: Sometimes they're semi-practical, like expensive watches or pens, but more often they're solely intended to be displayed as part of a Trophy Room. A particularly memorable example, from the collapse of Enron, were the mounted life-size busts of Chewbacca awarded to those who participated in the creation of a subsidiary called [=ChewCo=].