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The Gilded Index

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Gold is such a prevalent part of our culture, that there are several tropes about it. Some are exclusively about gold, and some have examples that mostly involve gold.

Tropes involving actual gold:

  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: A weapon which also serves as jewelry.
  • Cheap Gold Coins: When everyone uses gold coins, even the peasants.
  • City of Gold: A place where ivory, jewels, and precious metals are in abundance.
  • Dragon Hoard (which consists of lots of gold stuff): A dragon guarding treasure.
  • Gold (useful notes): Information about real-life gold.
  • Gold and White Are Divine (whether outright gold or just gold colored): The colors gold and white associated with goodness and divinity.
  • Gold Fever: When gold drives you crazy.
  • Gold Is Yellow: Yellow used as a shorthand for the more earthy tone of real gold.
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  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Making an object more luxurious by covering it with or making it out of gold.
  • Gold–Silver–Copper Standard: Money handled by the exchange of precious metals: gold is the highest, silver second, and bronze last
  • Gold Tooth: Gold teeth used as a sign of status or wealth.
  • Loves Only Gold: Accumulating money of a particular type, usually gold.
  • Midas Touch: A character can transmute subatances by touching them; gold, in the case of the Trope Namer.
  • Nazi Gold: Wealth historically associated with the Third Reich, and on occasion Imperial Japan.
  • Philosopher's Stone: Often described as transmuting other metals into gold.
  • Tasty Gold: Biting into a coin to test its authenticity.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: When valuable currency is disregarded as worthless by those not in-the-know.

Figurative gold:


Alternative Title(s): Gilded Index


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