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** The FiveEpisodePilot revolves around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews looking for an ancient treasure, and after the loss of the first trove, it's mother lode, the Temple Of the Golden Sun. Gold Fever, identified by name, rears its ugly head in the last part, causing Scrooge to unwittingly trip a SecretTestOfCharacter trap.[[note]]It apparently gives you the hiccups.[[/note]] The lure of the gold and its sheer abundance is so great that even Hewey, Louie and Dewey fall for it shortly after Scrooge. It falls on [[WomenAreWiser Webbigail and Mrs. Beakley]] to [[OnlySaneMan keep a level head and figure out the deathtrap.]] Scrooge breaks out of his Gold Fever when his life is sufficiently threatened; the BigBad doesn't.

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** The FiveEpisodePilot revolves around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews looking for an ancient treasure, and after the loss of the first trove, it's mother lode, the Temple Of the Golden Sun. Gold Fever, identified by name, rears its ugly head in the last part, causing Scrooge to unwittingly trip a SecretTestOfCharacter trap. The lure of the gold and its sheer abundance is so great that even Hewey, Louie and Dewey fall for it shortly after Scrooge.[[note]]It apparently gives you the hiccups.[[/note]] The lure of the gold and its sheer abundance is so great that even Hewey, Louie and Dewey fall for it shortly after Scrooge. It falls on [[WomenAreWiser Webbigail and Mrs. Beakley]] to [[OnlySaneMan keep a level head and figure out the deathtrap.]] Scrooge breaks out of his Gold Fever when his life is sufficiently threatened; the BigBad doesn't.


** The FiveEpisodePilot revolves around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews looking for an ancient treasure, and after the loss of the first trove, it's mother lode, the Temple Of the Golden Sun. Gold Fever, identified by name, rears its ugly head in the last part, causing Scrooge to unwittingly trip a SecretTestOfCharacter trap. The lure of the gold and its sheer abundance is so great that even Hewey, Louie and Dewey fall for it shortly after Scrooge. It falls on [[WomenAreWiser Webbigail and Mrs. Beakley]] to [[OnlySaneMan keep a level head and figure out the deathtrap.]] Scrooge breaks out of his Gold Fever when his life is sufficiently threatened; the BigBad doesn't.

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** The FiveEpisodePilot revolves around Scrooge [=McDuck=] and his nephews looking for an ancient treasure, and after the loss of the first trove, it's mother lode, the Temple Of the Golden Sun. Gold Fever, identified by name, rears its ugly head in the last part, causing Scrooge to unwittingly trip a SecretTestOfCharacter trap. [[note]]It apparently gives you the hiccups.[[/note]] The lure of the gold and its sheer abundance is so great that even Hewey, Louie and Dewey fall for it shortly after Scrooge. It falls on [[WomenAreWiser Webbigail and Mrs. Beakley]] to [[OnlySaneMan keep a level head and figure out the deathtrap.]] Scrooge breaks out of his Gold Fever when his life is sufficiently threatened; the BigBad doesn't.

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* As indicated by the title, this is a major theme of the film ''Film/LustForGold''. Everybody who learns of the mine is possessed by a near uncontrollable desire to possess its contents.

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* In ''Film/DeadBirds'', both Clyde and William are obsessed with the stolen gold. Clyde is willing to kill the rest of the gang to take it. William refuses to leave the obviously haunted house until he recovers the gold.


* In 1306, English forces besieging Scottish rebels at Kildrummy Castle managed to bribe a royal Scottish blacksmith named Osbourne, who in exchange for all the gold he could carry set fire to the defenders' food supply. Once the castle was taken, the disgusted English [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves betrayed Osbourne]], and paid him by melting the gold and pouring it down his throat.

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* In 1306, English forces besieging Scottish rebels at Kildrummy Castle managed to bribe a royal Scottish blacksmith named Osbourne, who Osbourne who, in exchange for all the gold he could carry carry, set fire to the defenders' food supply. Once the castle was taken, the disgusted English [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves betrayed Osbourne]], and paid him by melting the gold and pouring it down his throat.

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** Or if you're stealthy enough, you can take ''all'' of them with you[[note]]if you sneak on to the elevator, you can carry as much as possible; as long as you get behind the force field before Father Elijah realizes you're not in the bunker, you can take all of the gold bars with you, and once you escape, you can store them in the abandoned bunker that took you to the Sierra Madre, making trips back and forth[[/note]].


* The miniseries ''Klondike'' portrays the various people who participated in the Klondike Gold Rush and the extremes some of them went to find gold. One characters is murdered for the mere ''possibility'' of a claim having gold even before anyone had a chance to properly dig there. Miners dies of disease and starvation every day and sometime their bodies are just left on the side of the road. Most of the characters end up with a DownerEnding or a BittersweetEnding, with a few ShootTheShaggyDog endings thrown in. When one of the characters decides to abandon the search for gold and go back to civilization, he sees that there are hundreds more gold seekers on the way to replace him.

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* The miniseries ''Klondike'' ''Series/{{Klondike}}'' portrays the various people who participated in the Klondike Gold Rush and the extremes some of them went to find gold. One characters character is murdered for the mere ''possibility'' of a claim having gold even before anyone had a chance to properly dig there. Miners dies die of disease and starvation every day and sometime sometimes their bodies are just left on the side of the road. Most of the characters end up with a DownerEnding or a BittersweetEnding, with a few ShootTheShaggyDog endings thrown in. When one of the characters decides to abandon the search for gold and go back to civilization, he sees that there are hundreds more gold seekers on the way to replace him.


* In an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' entitled "The Rip Van Winkle Caper" a group of four men steal one million dollars worth of gold bricks. Figuring that in one hundred years (2061) no one will remember them, they hide out in a cave in the desert and the mad scientist of the group puts them all in suspended animation to wait it out. [[spoiler: However, upon awakening things start to go wrong as one of the men is already dead and greed soon incites the others to kill. The twist in this episode is that in the future gold is {{worthless|YellowRocks}} and the last man standing dies lugging his worthless cargo across the desert.]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' entitled "The "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E60TheRipVanWinkleCaper The Rip Van Winkle Caper" Caper]]", a group of four men steal one million dollars worth of gold bricks. Figuring that in one hundred years (2061) no one will remember them, they hide out in a cave in the desert and the mad scientist of the group puts them all in suspended animation to wait it out. [[spoiler: However, upon awakening things start to go wrong as one of the men is already dead and greed soon incites the others to kill. The twist in this episode is that in the future gold is {{worthless|YellowRocks}} and the last man standing dies lugging his worthless cargo across the desert.]]


* Hernan Cortez and other conquistadors conquered the New World in search of gold (and new lands), which was why myths of El Dorado, the fabled CityOfGold, were so pernicious. The funny thing is that Cortez went bankrupt multiple times in his life and died heavily in debt, while Spain grew rich from its colonies but squandered that wealth in continental conflicts and eventually lost its empire to overreach. The less funny thing is all the millions of dead natives this conquest entailed (mostly due to Old World diseases, though the Spanish did encourage the spread of these plagues).
** Of particular note is the Philippines: Spanish records note that the native Filipinos were ''covered'' in golden jewelry. This wasn't unusual for the wealthy, but when it turned out that common people like maids and farmers ''also'' owned a surprising amount of gold and silver, that's when the GoldFever set in.

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* Hernan Cortez and other conquistadors conquered the New World in search of gold (and new lands), which was why myths of El Dorado, the fabled CityOfGold, were so pernicious.persistent. The funny thing is that Cortez went bankrupt multiple times in his life and died heavily in debt, while Spain grew rich from its colonies but squandered that wealth in continental conflicts and eventually lost its empire to overreach. The less funny thing is all the millions of dead natives this conquest entailed (mostly due to Old World diseases, though the Spanish did encourage the spread of these plagues).
** Of particular note is the Philippines: Spanish records note that the native Filipinos were ''covered'' in golden jewelry. This wasn't unusual for the wealthy, but when it turned out that common people like maids and farmers ''also'' owned a surprising amount of gold and silver, that's ''that's'' when the GoldFever this trope really set in.



** Amusingly, the people who profited the most during the Rush weren't the miners, but the people who exploited the miners' need for goods and services. Considering that the basic unit of currency at Gold Rush boom towns was "a pinch of gold dust", the staples of life can get quite expensive
* The Gold Rushes of the 1850s in New South Wales and Victoria are credited as ''the'' most important moment in the development of the Australian colonies. Victoria's population grew up a factor of seven in a decade, and by 1880 Melbourne was one of the largest and most important cities in the British Empire. The allure of gold was so great that reportedly men would throw down their tools, abandon their families, and travel hundreds of kilometers in the days before anything more reliable than the bullock train for even the slightest chance of striking it rich.

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** Amusingly, the people who profited the most during the Rush weren't the miners, but the people who exploited the miners' need for goods and services. Considering that the basic unit of currency at Gold Rush boom towns was "a pinch of gold dust", the staples of life can could get quite expensive
* The Gold Rushes of the 1850s in New South Wales and Victoria are credited as ''the'' most important moment in the development of the Australian colonies. Victoria's population grew up a factor of seven in a decade, and by 1880 1880, Melbourne was one of the largest and most important cities in the British Empire. The allure of gold was so great that men would reportedly men would throw down their tools, abandon their families, and travel hundreds of kilometers in the days before anything more reliable than the bullock train for even the slightest chance of striking it rich.



* Due to the state of economy in the 2009-2013 time frame, there's been something of a gold fever in the investment market, as gold is seen as a reliable investment when stocks are going down. As a result those who had good deposits of the stuff before the 2009 recession are easily raking triple profits to what they paid for it in the first place. In August 2011, the price of gold rose higher than the price of ''platinum''. That's Gold Fever taken UpToEleven. Even after the gold crash of 2013, it only hit a low of $1200 per Troy ounce, which was still 1.5 times the price it had in 2008.

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* Due to the state of economy in the 2009-2013 time frame, there's been something of a gold fever in the investment market, as gold is seen as a reliable investment when stocks are going down. As a result those who had good deposits of the stuff before the 2009 recession are easily raking triple profits to what they paid for it in the first place. In August 2011, the price of gold rose higher than the price of ''platinum''. That's Gold Fever this trope taken UpToEleven. Even after the gold crash of 2013, it only hit a low of $1200 per Troy ounce, which was still 1.5 times the price it had in 2008.



* During an appearance on ''Radio/OpieAndAnthony'', Louis C.K. mentioned that he keeps gold coins for emergencies, but said he is uncomfortable owning more than a few at once, because he was apprehensive about this trope coming into play.

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* During an appearance on ''Radio/OpieAndAnthony'', Louis C.K. mentioned that he keeps kept gold coins for emergencies, but said he is was uncomfortable owning more than a few at once, because he was apprehensive about this trope coming into play.


* Anyone who ever found Goldust sexually attractive.

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* Anyone who ever found Goldust [[StealthPun sexually attractive.]]

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* Anyone who ever found Goldust sexually attractive.


* George RR Martin's ''Literature/TufVoyaging'': This trope drives the plot of the first story in the series, ''The Plague Star''. A historian hires some mercenaries and a slightly down-on-his-luck SpaceTrucker to investigate a possible sighting of a huge and immensely valuable derelict starship of the fallen Galactic Empire, a "seedship" used for exploration and terraforming with genetic engineering technology unequalled anywhere else in the galaxy. Within about five minutes of discovering the ship is where the historian predicted it would be, pretty much everyone is scheming to get it all to themselves, barely even pausing to acknowledge the fact that they've set off the seedship's security systems, and the atmosphere is being pumped full of horrifying plagues while the most dangerous predatory animals the old Empire had ever encountered are loosed to stalk the corridors. [[OnlySaneMan The only person not swept up in this lunacy]] is the freighter pilot who provided transport to the ship in the first place, who has no ambition beyond doing the job he was hired to do and getting paid the agreed sum, or failing that at least getting off the seedship in one piece. [[spoilers: He ends up becoming the ship's new owner by default after the second-to-last survivor is ''eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex''.]]

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* George RR Martin's ''Literature/TufVoyaging'': This trope drives the plot of the first story in the series, ''The Plague Star''. A historian hires some mercenaries and a slightly down-on-his-luck SpaceTrucker to investigate a possible sighting of a huge and immensely valuable derelict starship of the fallen Galactic Empire, a "seedship" used for exploration and terraforming with genetic engineering technology unequalled anywhere else in the galaxy. Within about five minutes of discovering the ship is where the historian predicted it would be, pretty much everyone is scheming to get it all to themselves, barely even pausing to acknowledge the fact that they've set off the seedship's security systems, and the atmosphere is being pumped full of horrifying plagues while the most dangerous predatory animals the old Empire had ever encountered are loosed to stalk the corridors. [[OnlySaneMan The only person not swept up in this lunacy]] is the freighter pilot who provided transport to the ship in the first place, who has no ambition beyond doing the job he was hired to do and getting paid the agreed sum, or failing that at least getting off the seedship in one piece. [[spoilers: He [[spoiler:He ends up becoming the ship's new owner by default after the second-to-last survivor is ''eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex''.]]

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* George RR Martin's ''Literature/TufVoyaging'': This trope drives the plot of the first story in the series, ''The Plague Star''. A historian hires some mercenaries and a slightly down-on-his-luck SpaceTrucker to investigate a possible sighting of a huge and immensely valuable derelict starship of the fallen Galactic Empire, a "seedship" used for exploration and terraforming with genetic engineering technology unequalled anywhere else in the galaxy. Within about five minutes of discovering the ship is where the historian predicted it would be, pretty much everyone is scheming to get it all to themselves, barely even pausing to acknowledge the fact that they've set off the seedship's security systems, and the atmosphere is being pumped full of horrifying plagues while the most dangerous predatory animals the old Empire had ever encountered are loosed to stalk the corridors. [[OnlySaneMan The only person not swept up in this lunacy]] is the freighter pilot who provided transport to the ship in the first place, who has no ambition beyond doing the job he was hired to do and getting paid the agreed sum, or failing that at least getting off the seedship in one piece. [[spoilers: He ends up becoming the ship's new owner by default after the second-to-last survivor is ''eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex''.]]


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* Played straight in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'', as "ruby madness". Carl was the only one unaffected--indeed, he was the only one who seemed really aware of it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'': Played straight in an one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'', as "ruby madness". Carl was the only one unaffected--indeed, unaffected -- indeed, he was the only one who seemed really aware of it.



* Happened in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity''. The group managed to stumble upon valuable diamonds and hoped to strike it rich as a result not knowing mercs were after them and their newly found wealth. It becomes AnAesop as in the end the mercs backstabbed each other and while sacrificing most of the wealth Draga slips a diamond for one of the members of the team so she can help her family back home.
* Every so often in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', the focus goes to a sub-plot involving a [[SolidGoldPoop gold, jewel-encrusted turd]] that evokes this in anyone who sees it. What comes out of it is a long string of murders, guilt-ridden suicide, and other betrayals as everyone involved tries to be the sole owner by whatever means necessary.
** Another episode revolved around Stan's search for Oliver North's gold.

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* Happened in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity''. The ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'': In one episode, the group managed manages to stumble upon valuable diamonds and hoped hopes to strike it rich as a result not knowing mercs were after them and their newly found wealth. It becomes AnAesop as as, in the end end, the mercs backstabbed backstab each other and and, while sacrificing most of the wealth wealth, Draga slips a diamond for one of the members of the team so she can help her family back home.
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Every so often in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', often, the focus goes to a sub-plot involving a [[SolidGoldPoop gold, jewel-encrusted turd]] that evokes this in anyone who sees it. What comes out of it is a long string of murders, guilt-ridden suicide, and other betrayals as everyone involved tries to be the sole owner by whatever means necessary.
** Another episode revolved revolves around Stan's search for Oliver North's gold.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', actually called "Gold Fever", dealt with Eliza and her sister, Debbie, bickering and fighting over a treasure chest of ancient gold coins they found during their stay in the Galapagos Islands (much to Darwin's confusion, who being a chimpanzee can't understand what makes the pieces of metal so valuable). Eventually both are forced to abandon the chest during a volcanic eruption, but not before Debbie procures one last gold coin which she nonchalantly flicks into the sea as they leave the islands. Eliza, apparently not having learned her lesson, jumps right after it. Having anticipated the action, Debbie throws her a floatie and enjoys herself away from her sister as the episode ends.
* Rarity of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has had this happen to her. In "Dragonshy" she blows a diplomatic talk with a dragon (whose snoring threatens to blanket Equestria in smoke) by becoming too interested in [[DragonHoard the hoard]] he's sleeping on. And it's forced onto her in "The Return of Harmony, Part 1" when Discord [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashes]] her into being overcome by her greed- to add insult to injury, the 'giant diamond' with which she becomes obsessed is actually a boulder.
* Yukon Cornelius in ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', though he alternates wanting gold and silver. And finds a peppermint mine at the end.
** In the beginning of the Rankin Bass ChristmasSpecial ''The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold'', Ditty Doyle sees Blarney Kilikilarny's gold stash and undergoes the "I'm rich! I'm rich!" part of the fever...up until a whack from Blarney calms him down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'': One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', episode, actually called "Gold Fever", dealt deals with Eliza and her sister, Debbie, bickering and fighting over a treasure chest of ancient gold coins they found during their stay in the Galapagos Islands (much to Darwin's confusion, who being a chimpanzee can't understand what makes the pieces of metal so valuable). Eventually both are forced to abandon the chest during a volcanic eruption, but not before Debbie procures one last gold coin which she nonchalantly flicks into the sea as they leave the islands. Eliza, apparently not having learned her lesson, jumps right after it. Having anticipated the action, Debbie throws her a floatie and enjoys herself away from her sister as the episode ends.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rarity of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has had this happen to her. In "Dragonshy" "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E7DragonShy Dragonshy]]", she blows a diplomatic talk with a dragon (whose snoring threatens to blanket Equestria in smoke) by becoming too interested in [[DragonHoard the hoard]] he's sleeping on. And it's This is later forced onto her in "The "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 The Return of Harmony, Part 1" 1]]" when Discord [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashes]] her into being overcome by her greed- greed -- to add insult to injury, the 'giant diamond' "giant diamond" with which she becomes fanatically obsessed is actually a worthless boulder.
* ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'': Yukon Cornelius in ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'', Cornelius, though he alternates wanting gold and silver. And finds a peppermint mine at the end.
** * In the beginning of the Rankin Bass ChristmasSpecial ''The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold'', Ditty Doyle sees Blarney Kilikilarny's gold stash and undergoes the "I'm rich! I'm rich!" part of the fever...up until a whack from Blarney calms him down.


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* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': In "[[Recap/DragonsRidersOfBerkS1E18GemOfADifferentColor Gem of a Different Color]]", an out-of-control gem craze sweeps the village of Berk the moment word gets out that Fishlegs found a Stone of Good Fortune, at which point the entire village starts clamoring for it, trying to touch the stone and desperately offering anything to convince him to part with it -- most people offer to give him herds' worth of livestock, and one woman tries to sell her firstborn son for the gem.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': In "Ambergris", the kids find a hunk of ambergris (a valuable but illegal byproduct of whale excrement used in making perfume) on the beach. Louise becomes increasingly obsessed with selling it and making a fortune, to the point where Tina ends up destroying it to snap her sister out of her mania.

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