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A list of tropes that deal with different aspects of treasure.

See also: Bejeweled Tropes, The Gilded Index, Luxury Tropes, and Rich People.


  • All-Natural Gem Polish: Freshly mined gems that look like they came straight from a master jeweler's workshop.
  • All That Glitters: Something seems or is said to be treasure, but isn't.
  • Broken Treasure: A treasured possession is broken or lost
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  • Cheap Gold Coins: People spend solid gold coins like they were pennies.
  • City of Gold: A fabled city made of and filled with gold and treasure, where even the paupers are stinking rich.
  • Crystal Landscape: Gems, jewels and crystals dominate the landscape.
  • Death by Materialism: Your obsession with the treasure leads to your Karmic Death.
  • Dragon Hoard: A treasure guarded by a dragon.
  • Edible Treasure: The treasure is actually food.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: When you can only save the treasure or your companion and you must choose one.
  • Funny Terrain Cross Section: Treasure chests and crowns and the like are common among the missed finds.
  • Gold Fever: The allure of gold drives everyone crazy.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Gold and golden colors used freely to make things look better.
  • Gold–Silver–Copper Standard: A setting where gold, silver and copper coins are the main units of money.
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  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: Chests full of treasure pop up in the oddest places.
  • Loot Drama: An item or treasure so precious and rare that it will cause any party that finds it to devolve in infighting.
  • Nazi Gold: Large amounts of gold stolen and hidden by the Nazis, still awaiting discovery.
  • Pirate Booty: Troves of gold and jewels plundered by pirates and buried in faraway places to await discovery.
  • Sentimental Shabbiness: It may not look like treasure, but the reason it's so beat-up is because it was loved!
  • Tasty Gold: Testing the purity of gold coins by biting them.
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: Hiding treasure inside someone's body.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: An episode of a series focused on the characters hunting for treasure, either real or fictional.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: In fiction, gems are a lot bigger and gold a lot less heavy than in real life.
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  • Treasure Map: A map leading to hidden treasure.
  • Treasure Room: A room full of heaps and heaps of treasure.
  • Trophy Room: A room full of trophies and prizes.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: The treasure turns out to be worthless or just plain not there.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: What we think is very valuable, other people find worthless.
  • "X" Marks the Spot: Marker on a map or location indicating the presence of something valuable.