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* One Literature/MissMarple short story has her helping a young couple find a treasure that they believe their recently deceased uncle hid in the house that he left to them. During the search of the house, they find a number of old love letters to the uncle from a female missionary. The couple wants to burn the letters out of respect for their uncle's privacy, but Miss Marple persuades them that the letters may be related to the treasure. [[spoiler: The letters ''are'' the treasure, or rather, the envelopes that contained the letters. The stamps on the envelopes were all rare collectibles and worth a small fortune]].

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* One Literature/MissMarple short story has her helping a young couple find a treasure that they believe their recently deceased uncle hid in the house that he left to them. During the search of the house, they find a number of old love letters to the uncle from a female missionary. The couple wants to burn the letters out of respect for their uncle's privacy, but Miss Marple persuades them that the letters may be related to the treasure. [[spoiler: The letters ''are'' the treasure, or rather, the envelopes that contained the letters. The stamps on the envelopes were all rare collectibles and worth a small fortune]].
fortune]]. (Ultimately [[AvertedTrope an aversion]].)


* In the season 3 of ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'', after killing the BigBad, the Dwarf is looting his place for treasure and rips some useless paper in his search... Which turn out to be bearer bonds.

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* In the season 3 of ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'', ''AudioPlay/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'', after killing the BigBad, the Dwarf is looting his place for treasure and rips some useless paper in his search... Which turn out to be bearer bonds.


A character refuses [[MacGuffin something]] that is offered to him or may even destroys said thing. Afterwards, he learns that the item was his reward for a recent task he successfully or exceptionally completed. In some cases, the spurned/destroyed item was meant as a gift (e.g. birthday, wedding, Valentine's Day).

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A character refuses [[MacGuffin something]] that is offered to him or may even destroys destroy said thing. Afterwards, he learns that the item was his reward for a recent task he successfully or exceptionally completed. In some cases, the spurned/destroyed item was meant as a gift (e.g. birthday, wedding, Valentine's Day).


A character refuses [[MacGuffin something]] that is offered to him or may even destroys said thing. Afterwards, he learns that the item was his reward for a recent task he successfully or exceptionally completed. In some cases, the spurned/destroyed item was meant as a gift (i.e. birthday, wedding, Valentine's Day).

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A character refuses [[MacGuffin something]] that is offered to him or may even destroys said thing. Afterwards, he learns that the item was his reward for a recent task he successfully or exceptionally completed. In some cases, the spurned/destroyed item was meant as a gift (i.e.(e.g. birthday, wedding, Valentine's Day).


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* A story by Creator/HGWells called "The Lost Inheritance" invokes this trope. An eccentric and wealthy uncle [[GiftedlyBad writes dull literature]] and his nephew, Ted, covets his uncle's wealth. As his uncle is dying, he gives Ted a book to read. Ted lies to his uncle about having read it (he never does) and the uncle dies. [[spoiler: The uncle's will is never found however, but an early will is located. It gives the uncle's fortune to a distant relative who squanders it quickly. Years later, Ted stumbles across that book his uncle gave him and opens it up...[[KickTheSonOfABitch only to find the true will that would have given him everything]]!]]

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* A story by Creator/HGWells called "The Lost Inheritance" invokes this trope. An eccentric and wealthy uncle [[GiftedlyBad writes dull literature]] and his nephew, Ted, covets his uncle's wealth. As his uncle is dying, he gives Ted a book to read. Ted lies to his uncle about having read it (he never does) and the uncle dies. [[spoiler: The uncle's will is never found however, but an early will is located. It gives the uncle's fortune to a distant relative who squanders it quickly. Years later, Ted stumbles across that book his uncle gave him and opens it up...[[KickTheSonOfABitch only to find the true will that would have given him everything]]!]] everything]]!]]



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** In the ''Lucky Number'' short, the nephews bring home a sport car Donald won in a lottery. However, they had to scam Donald into giving them free gas (Donald's a owner of a gas station/garage in this short) in order to pick up that car. Due to this, Donald wrecks the car without learning it was the prize until after he does it. All this happened because the nephews wanted to surprise Donald with the car instead of telling him he was the real winner. (Donald listened to the radio for the winning numbers and thought he lost. The nephews were the only ones who heard the announcer correct himself and give the real numbers.)

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** In the ''Lucky Number'' short, the nephews bring home a sport car Donald won in a lottery. However, they had to scam Donald into giving them free gas (Donald's a owner of a gas station/garage in this short) in order to pick up that car. Due to this, Donald wrecks the car without learning it was the prize until after he does it. All this happened because the nephews wanted to surprise Donald with the car instead of telling him he was the real winner. (Donald listened to the radio for the winning numbers and thought he lost. The nephews were the only ones who heard the announcer correct himself and give the real numbers.))

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Usually meant as AnAesop or could also be LaserGuidedKarma if the character in question is a JerkAss or [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]]. Also may be PlayedForLaughs.

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Usually meant as AnAesop or could also be LaserGuidedKarma if the character in question is a JerkAss {{Jerkass}} or [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]]. Also may be PlayedForLaughs.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' episode "Games People Play" has Cyril Sneer running from a tax agent, thinking he's in some kind of financial trouble. Cyril ends up on a game show during his escape [[spoiler: and not only ends up losing on the game show but also refusing the envelope that the tax agent had...which turned out to be [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a considerable tax refund]]!]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' episode "Games People Play" has Cyril Sneer running from a tax agent, thinking he's in some kind of financial trouble. Cyril ends up on a game show during his escape [[spoiler: and not only ends up losing on the game show but also refusing the envelope that the tax agent had...which turned out to be [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments a considerable tax refund]]!]]


* One MissMarple short story has her helping a young couple find a treasure that they believe their recently deceased uncle hid in the house that he left to them. During the search of the house, they find a number of old love letters to the uncle from a female missionary. The couple wants to burn the letters out of respect for their uncle's privacy, but Miss Marple persuades them that the letters may be related to the treasure. [[spoiler: The letters ''are'' the treasure, or rather, the envelopes that contained the letters. The stamps on the envelopes were all rare collectibles and worth a small fortune]].

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* One MissMarple Literature/MissMarple short story has her helping a young couple find a treasure that they believe their recently deceased uncle hid in the house that he left to them. During the search of the house, they find a number of old love letters to the uncle from a female missionary. The couple wants to burn the letters out of respect for their uncle's privacy, but Miss Marple persuades them that the letters may be related to the treasure. [[spoiler: The letters ''are'' the treasure, or rather, the envelopes that contained the letters. The stamps on the envelopes were all rare collectibles and worth a small fortune]].



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* One MissMarple short story has her helping a young couple find a treasure that they believe their recently deceased uncle hid in the house that he left to them. During the search of the house, they find a number of old love letters to the uncle from a female missionary. The couple wants to burn the letters out of respect for their uncle's privacy, but Miss Marple persuades them that the letters may be related to the treasure. [[spoiler: The letters ''are'' the treasure, or rather, the envelopes that contained the letters. The stamps on the envelopes were all rare collectibles and worth a small fortune]].



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* The 1961 episode of ''Series/DennisTheMenace'' titled "Dennis and the Fishing Rod" had Dennis trying to buy a fishing rod for his father. He tries to pay for it with a bill of Confederate money, but the merchant won't take the bill since he thinks it's worthless. Later on, the merchant learns from Mr. Wilson that the Confederate bill was worth a lot of money.

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* In the season 3 of ''Franchise/LeDonjonDeNaheulbeuk'', after killing the BigBad, the Dwarf is looting his place for treasure and rips some useless paper in his search... Which turn out to be bearer bonds.


* In the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.

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* In the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.


* In the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.

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* In the ''Series/TwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.


* In BurnUp Excess, a rich young man, whom the AmazonBrigade assisted, offered one of the ladies 500 acres of desert land. She refused it, because it's just a pile of sand. Then she found out about the oil, but he had already left.

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* In BurnUp Excess, ''[[Anime/BurnUp Burn Up! Excess]]'', a rich young man, whom the AmazonBrigade assisted, offered one of the ladies 500 acres of desert land. She refused it, because it's just a pile of sand. Then she found out about the oil, but he had already left.



* The 1932 LaurelAndHardy short ''Film/TheMusicBox'' plays this trope to a tee. While trying to get a player piano delivered, the duo angers Professor Theodor Von Schwarzenhoffen. He turns up at [[ChekhovsGunman the end of the short]] and destroys the player piano in a fit of rage - only to learn from his wife that it was intended as his present.
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. At the beginning of the movie, after Klaatu gets out of his saucer he approaches the U.S. Army soldiers surrounding it. He offers a device that suddenly juts out spines and a soldier panics and shoots the device. Klaatu later explains its true nature.

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* The 1932 LaurelAndHardy Creator/LaurelAndHardy short ''Film/TheMusicBox'' plays this trope to a tee. While trying to get a player piano delivered, the duo angers Professor Theodor Von Schwarzenhoffen. He turns up at [[ChekhovsGunman the end of the short]] and destroys the player piano in a fit of rage - only to learn from his wife that it was intended as his present.
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''.''Film/{{The Day The Earth Stood Still|1951}}''. At the beginning of the movie, after Klaatu gets out of his saucer he approaches the U.S. Army soldiers surrounding it. He offers a device that suddenly juts out spines and a soldier panics and shoots the device. Klaatu later explains its true nature.



* Zig-Zagged with TheThreeStooges short "Goof on the Roof". Moe, Larry, and Shemp learn their housemate is getting married AND a new television set. They decide to give him a wedding gift in the form of [[DIYDisaster installing his TV and its antenna]]. In true Stooges fashion, the trio wrecks their friend's TV and his new marriage. This trope is zig-zagged because they destroy someone else's gift (which they know is for him) by accident with the recipient learning afterwards what happened.

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* Zig-Zagged with TheThreeStooges ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' short "Goof on the Roof". Moe, Larry, and Shemp learn their housemate is getting married AND a new television set. They decide to give him a wedding gift in the form of [[DIYDisaster installing his TV and its antenna]]. In true Stooges fashion, the trio wrecks their friend's TV and his new marriage. This trope is zig-zagged because they destroy someone else's gift (which they know is for him) by accident with the recipient learning afterwards what happened.



* A story by HGWells called "The Lost Inheritance" invokes this trope. An eccentric and wealthy uncle [[GiftedlyBad writes dull literature]] and his nephew, Ted, covets his uncle's wealth. As his uncle is dying, he gives Ted a book to read. Ted lies to his uncle about having read it (he never does) and the uncle dies. [[spoiler: The uncle's will is never found however, but an early will is located. It gives the uncle's fortune to a distant relative who squanders it quickly. Years later, Ted stumbles across that book his uncle gave him and opens it up...[[KickTheSonOfABitch only to find the true will that would have given him everything]]!]]

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* A story by HGWells Creator/HGWells called "The Lost Inheritance" invokes this trope. An eccentric and wealthy uncle [[GiftedlyBad writes dull literature]] and his nephew, Ted, covets his uncle's wealth. As his uncle is dying, he gives Ted a book to read. Ted lies to his uncle about having read it (he never does) and the uncle dies. [[spoiler: The uncle's will is never found however, but an early will is located. It gives the uncle's fortune to a distant relative who squanders it quickly. Years later, Ted stumbles across that book his uncle gave him and opens it up...[[KickTheSonOfABitch only to find the true will that would have given him everything]]!]]



* One of Rudyard Kipling's stories concerns a British Army scout exploring the wilds of India, where he discovers a long-lost sultanate. The sultan welcomed the scout, and gave him an expensive gift each evening. On his last evening, the scout received a novelty store box decorated with seashells; the landlocked sultanate had never seen seashells before. Before departing, the scout gave the seashell box to a young girl who'd kept him company. When the scout returned one year later, [[spoiler:he learned from a servant that the girl had been caught with the box, and presumed a thief. She was executed by drowning for this crime. This news devastated the scout.]]

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* One of Rudyard Kipling's Creator/RudyardKipling's stories concerns a British Army scout exploring the wilds of India, where he discovers a long-lost sultanate. The sultan welcomed the scout, and gave him an expensive gift each evening. On his last evening, the scout received a novelty store box decorated with seashells; the landlocked sultanate had never seen seashells before. Before departing, the scout gave the seashell box to a young girl who'd kept him company. When the scout returned one year later, [[spoiler:he learned from a servant that the girl had been caught with the box, and presumed a thief. She was executed by drowning for this crime. This news devastated the scout.]]



* One episode of ''LoisAndClark'' had Lois being harassed by a guy known as the Prankster. At the end she receives a large bouquet of roses which she assumes is another prank and throws it in the trash and pours coffee all over them, then...
-->'''Clark''': Those roses cost me fifty dollars.
-->'''Lois''': Oh! (''sheepishly'') I'm sorry.
* In the ''TwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.
* An episode of MamasFamily ("Pomp and Circumstance") had an incident similar to the urban legend mentioned below. Mama recounts how her cousin Claude wanted a hunting rifle as a graduation gift. His father gave him a Bible instead, leading him to angrily reject the gift. Years later, after his father's death, Claude comes across the Bible and opens it to find money to have paid for that hunting rifle he wanted.

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* One episode of ''LoisAndClark'' ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had Lois being harassed by a guy known as the Prankster. At the end she receives a large bouquet of roses which she assumes is another prank and throws it in the trash and pours coffee all over them, then...
-->'''Clark''': Those roses cost me fifty dollars.
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dollars.\\
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Oh! (''sheepishly'') I'm sorry.
* In the ''TwilightZone'' ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.
* An episode of MamasFamily ''Series/MamasFamily'' ("Pomp and Circumstance") had an incident similar to the urban legend mentioned below. Mama recounts how her cousin Claude wanted a hunting rifle as a graduation gift. His father gave him a Bible instead, leading him to angrily reject the gift. Years later, after his father's death, Claude comes across the Bible and opens it to find money to have paid for that hunting rifle he wanted.




-->'''Tori:''' The song was your present!
-->'''Trina:''' How much did it cost?
-->'''Tori:''' The song didn't cost money!
-->'''Trina (Mockingly):''' Then it's not a present!

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\n-->'''Tori:''' The song was your present!
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-->Kelly: Woody that was beautiful.
-->Woody: You really liked it?
-->Kelly: Oh, I liked it more than anything.
-->Woody: Thanks.
-->Kelly: So, [[TheDitz where's my gift]]?

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'''Kelly:'''
Oh, I liked it more than anything.
-->Woody: Thanks.
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anything. \\
'''Woody:''' Thanks.\\
'''Kelly:'''
So, [[TheDitz where's my gift]]?



* TheRaccoons episode "Games People Play" has Cyril Sneer running from a tax agent, thinking he's in some kind of financial trouble. Cyril ends up on a game show during his escape [[spoiler: and not only ends up losing on the game show but also refusing the envelope that the tax agent had...which turned out to be [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a considerable tax refund]]!]]
* The 1963 LooneyTunes short "Million Hare" has Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck racing against each to get to a TV station to win what they thought was a "million bucks". Daffy [[CheatersNeverProsper cheats extensively and ends up getting to the station first]]. However, he learns that the prize was a [[JustForPun "million box"]] instead. Daffy gives to Bugs, thinking it's worthless. Then the TV show host reveals that each little box (a million of them) inside the million box had one dollar inside!

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* TheRaccoons ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' episode "Games People Play" has Cyril Sneer running from a tax agent, thinking he's in some kind of financial trouble. Cyril ends up on a game show during his escape [[spoiler: and not only ends up losing on the game show but also refusing the envelope that the tax agent had...which turned out to be [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a considerable tax refund]]!]]
* The 1963 LooneyTunes ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Million Hare" has Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck racing against each to get to a TV station to win what they thought was a "million bucks". Daffy [[CheatersNeverProsper cheats extensively and ends up getting to the station first]]. However, he learns that the prize was a [[JustForPun "million box"]] instead. Daffy gives to Bugs, thinking it's worthless. Then the TV show host reveals that each little box (a million of them) inside the million box had one dollar inside!



** In the ''Lucky Number'' short, the nephews bring home a sport car Donald won in a lottery. However, they had to scam Donald into giving them free gas (Donald's a owner of a gas station/garage in this short) in order to pick up that car. Due to this, Donald wrecks the car without learning it was the prize until after he does it. All this happened because the nephews wanted to surprise Donald with the car instead of telling him he was the real winner. (Donald listened to the radio for the winning numbers and thought he lost. The nephews were the only ones who heard the announcer correct himself and give the real numbers.)

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** In the ''Lucky Number'' short, the nephews bring home a sport car Donald won in a lottery. However, they had to scam Donald into giving them free gas (Donald's a owner of a gas station/garage in this short) in order to pick up that car. Due to this, Donald wrecks the car without learning it was the prize until after he does it. All this happened because the nephews wanted to surprise Donald with the car instead of telling him he was the real winner. (Donald listened to the radio for the winning numbers and thought he lost. The nephews were the only ones who heard the announcer correct himself and give the real numbers.)
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A character refuses [[MacGuffin something]] that is offered to him or may even destroys said thing. Afterwards, he learns that the item was his reward for a recent task he successfully or exceptionally completed. In some cases, the spurned/destroyed item was meant as a gift (i.e. birthday, wedding, Valentine's Day).

Usually meant as AnAesop or could also be LaserGuidedKarma if the character in question is a JerkAss or [[SmallNameBigEgo arrogant]]. Also may be PlayedForLaughs.

May overlap with MyNewGiftIsLame and VandalismBackfire. Compare UndesirablePrize, which the character knows is meant for them but may actually be tempted to refuse or destroy, and OffTheTable, when there's an attempt to claim the gift but it will not be given after the initial refusal.
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* In BurnUp Excess, a rich young man, whom the AmazonBrigade assisted, offered one of the ladies 500 acres of desert land. She refused it, because it's just a pile of sand. Then she found out about the oil, but he had already left.

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* The 1932 LaurelAndHardy short ''Film/TheMusicBox'' plays this trope to a tee. While trying to get a player piano delivered, the duo angers Professor Theodor Von Schwarzenhoffen. He turns up at [[ChekhovsGunman the end of the short]] and destroys the player piano in a fit of rage - only to learn from his wife that it was intended as his present.
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. At the beginning of the movie, after Klaatu gets out of his saucer he approaches the U.S. Army soldiers surrounding it. He offers a device that suddenly juts out spines and a soldier panics and shoots the device. Klaatu later explains its true nature.
-->'''Klaatu''': It was a gift for your President. With this, he could have studied life on the other planets.
* Zig-Zagged with TheThreeStooges short "Goof on the Roof". Moe, Larry, and Shemp learn their housemate is getting married AND a new television set. They decide to give him a wedding gift in the form of [[DIYDisaster installing his TV and its antenna]]. In true Stooges fashion, the trio wrecks their friend's TV and his new marriage. This trope is zig-zagged because they destroy someone else's gift (which they know is for him) by accident with the recipient learning afterwards what happened.

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* A story by HGWells called "The Lost Inheritance" invokes this trope. An eccentric and wealthy uncle [[GiftedlyBad writes dull literature]] and his nephew, Ted, covets his uncle's wealth. As his uncle is dying, he gives Ted a book to read. Ted lies to his uncle about having read it (he never does) and the uncle dies. [[spoiler: The uncle's will is never found however, but an early will is located. It gives the uncle's fortune to a distant relative who squanders it quickly. Years later, Ted stumbles across that book his uncle gave him and opens it up...[[KickTheSonOfABitch only to find the true will that would have given him everything]]!]]
* A 1953 book titled "Laughter Is Legal" mentions an anecdote about a lawyer expecting payment for his services but being offered a hand-crafted leather wallet instead. The lawyer is insulted about receiving a gift rather than cash. He says his fee is five hundred dollars. His client opens the hand-crafted wallet to reveal at least a thousand dollars in bills and then gets paid [[ExactWords his exact fee of five hundred dollars]]!
* One of Rudyard Kipling's stories concerns a British Army scout exploring the wilds of India, where he discovers a long-lost sultanate. The sultan welcomed the scout, and gave him an expensive gift each evening. On his last evening, the scout received a novelty store box decorated with seashells; the landlocked sultanate had never seen seashells before. Before departing, the scout gave the seashell box to a young girl who'd kept him company. When the scout returned one year later, [[spoiler:he learned from a servant that the girl had been caught with the box, and presumed a thief. She was executed by drowning for this crime. This news devastated the scout.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Igor Karkakoff dismisses the conspiracy theory of the paranoid "Mad-Eye" Moody, citing an incident where Moody smashed a birthday present because he believed it was a disguised basilisk egg, only to find that it was actually just a clock.

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* One episode of ''LoisAndClark'' had Lois being harassed by a guy known as the Prankster. At the end she receives a large bouquet of roses which she assumes is another prank and throws it in the trash and pours coffee all over them, then...
-->'''Clark''': Those roses cost me fifty dollars.
-->'''Lois''': Oh! (''sheepishly'') I'm sorry.
* In the ''TwilightZone'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E97TheGift The Gift]]" an alien brings a gift to the people of Earth. The people it interacts with kill it and burn the gift, which it turns out was the CureForCancer.
* An episode of MamasFamily ("Pomp and Circumstance") had an incident similar to the urban legend mentioned below. Mama recounts how her cousin Claude wanted a hunting rifle as a graduation gift. His father gave him a Bible instead, leading him to angrily reject the gift. Years later, after his father's death, Claude comes across the Bible and opens it to find money to have paid for that hunting rifle he wanted.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' had Tori stumped on what gift to get her sister Trina for her "birthweek." (Trina is such a narcissist that she demands a whole week's celebration for her birthday.) After many ideas, Tori decides to write a song thanking her for all that she's done for Tori and explaining that, despite Trina's flaws, she still loves her sister. After Tori surprises her sister with it, performing it to her with a live band, back-up dancers, and a fog machine, Trina's first question is: "So, where's my present?"

-->'''Tori:''' The song was your present!
-->'''Trina:''' How much did it cost?
-->'''Tori:''' The song didn't cost money!
-->'''Trina (Mockingly):''' Then it's not a present!
* The exact same plot mentioned above happened in an episode of ''{{Series/Cheers}}'' where Woody couldn't afford to get his SpoiledSweet girlfriend Kelly a present so he writes a song for her and plays it at her birthday party (no backup dancers or fog machine though).
-->Kelly: Woody that was beautiful.
-->Woody: You really liked it?
-->Kelly: Oh, I liked it more than anything.
-->Woody: Thanks.
-->Kelly: So, [[TheDitz where's my gift]]?

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* One famous legend involves a boyfriend/husband thinking his lover is cheating on him and seeing a brand new car parked outside. Thinking the car belongs to the adulterer, he has cement poured into the car to ruin it. His shocked wife/girlfriend comes out from the house and reveals that car was a gift for him.
* Another example is the Spurned Graduation Gift. A son is about to graduate from high school or college and has a rich father. He makes it clear that he wants this expensive [[CoolCar sports car or convertible]] as a graduation gift. When the graduation arrives, the son instead gets a Bible from his dad. The angry son doesn't bother to open the Bible but [[UngratefulBastard storms out]] and never speaks to his father again. Years later, when his father passes away, the son returns and finds the Bible given to him. Opening it up, he usually will find inside a car key and a receipt paid in full for the car he wanted.
** One version of the legend has the father becoming angry at his son for refusing the Bible, revealing its contents, and then [[IHaveNoSon disowning his son]] without [[OffTheTable giving him the car]].
** The former version ends there. It's never revealed if this son [[FridgeLogic tried to collect on that paid-for-in-full car]].

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* TheRaccoons episode "Games People Play" has Cyril Sneer running from a tax agent, thinking he's in some kind of financial trouble. Cyril ends up on a game show during his escape [[spoiler: and not only ends up losing on the game show but also refusing the envelope that the tax agent had...which turned out to be [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a considerable tax refund]]!]]
* The 1963 LooneyTunes short "Million Hare" has Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck racing against each to get to a TV station to win what they thought was a "million bucks". Daffy [[CheatersNeverProsper cheats extensively and ends up getting to the station first]]. However, he learns that the prize was a [[JustForPun "million box"]] instead. Daffy gives to Bugs, thinking it's worthless. Then the TV show host reveals that each little box (a million of them) inside the million box had one dollar inside!
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck has done this to gifts his nephews got for him, partly due to some of the underhanded trickery they pulled off in order to get the gift in question.
** In ''Donald's Happy Birthday'', the nephews gets him cigars as a birthday present. However earlier, the nephews had to break into the piggy bank Donald insisted they use because he didn't want them to immediately spend the chore money they earned. As a result, Donald catches them in the act of buying the cigars, and decides to pull the RadishCure act on them.
** In the ''Lucky Number'' short, the nephews bring home a sport car Donald won in a lottery. However, they had to scam Donald into giving them free gas (Donald's a owner of a gas station/garage in this short) in order to pick up that car. Due to this, Donald wrecks the car without learning it was the prize until after he does it. All this happened because the nephews wanted to surprise Donald with the car instead of telling him he was the real winner. (Donald listened to the radio for the winning numbers and thought he lost. The nephews were the only ones who heard the announcer correct himself and give the real numbers.)

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