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  • Candace "Candy" White Andree's locket in Candy Candy, given to her by "her Mountain Prince". Who reappears several years later... and turns out to be Albert, her protector and the leader of the Andree clan.
  • Sheeta's pendant in the anime Laputa: The Castle in the Sky.
    • Pazu's photograph of Laputa, also.
      • That's part plot trinket, part metagag: the Joke is that in the English version, Pazu's father is strongly implied to be Gulliver. Yes, that Gulliver.
  • The similarly inspired Blue Water held by Nadia in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
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  • Hana's cross-necklace in 7 Seeds has a twin that her mother wore. When she finds it in the Ryugu Shelter, she wonders if it is the same necklace... it is. She eventually starts wearing both.
  • Sara's musical necklace from Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry.
  • Arika's pendant in Mai-Otome.
  • Mikoto and Reito's matching pendants in Mai Hime. Mikoto's even flares up when she goes into "beast mode".
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (first anime only). Two Ishbalan orphans carry a locket as a reminder of their dead mother, whom the older brother believes to have abandoned them during a raid. When he casts it to the ground out of bitterness, it pops open to reveal eye medicine, causing him to realize she was secretly blind. Not to mention the fact that it saves the younger brother's life in the very same episode.
  • Suzaku Kururugi's old pocket watch (that belonged to his Disappeared Dad) in Code Geass, which was also a Memento MacGuffin and saved his life by shielding him from a bullet.
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  • Nadja Applefield's brooch in Ashita no Nadja. The other mementos that either were sent to her in the beginning or she received later also fit to a degree, specially the pink Gorgeous Period Dress and the Nostalgic Music Box.
  • Mireille's old watch in Noir.
  • The titular Michiko Malandro and Hana "Hatchin" Morenos from, well, Michiko & Hatchin share the same tattoos on their stomachs.
  • Bunny Drop provides the somewhat mundane example of the plot trinket being a baby book with Rin's early medical information. It contains the first clue towards Rin's mother (the name "Masako") and is discovered to be where Daikichi's late grandfather hid his will.
  • Eris' bracelet in Night Wizard.
  • The reason why Cleao Everlasting tagged along with Orphen in Sorcerer Stabber Orphen was because the sword he intended to use in the spell that would bring Azalie back to human form after having been Bloody August the dragon for years is actually her Orphans Plot Trinket. More exactly, a family heirloom that belonged to Cleao's recently deceased father.
    • Also, toyed with in regards to Lycoris Nielsen's headband. She can't remember who gave it to her due to her Fake Memories, but it's later shwon that her older sister Esperanza did so. It doesn't become a 100% Orphan's Plot Trinket, since Esperanza still lives (sorta, until she is killed and Lycoris's dad Marco Reika performs an Heroic Sacrifice in the Grand Finale.
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  • In Please Twins! three orphans all have the same photograph of two toddlers in a swimming pool.
  • In Blassreiter one of protagonists is an orphan. When he met his sister, she recognized him by the cross he wore, the only thing left from his dead parents.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny - Shinn Asuka and his sister Mayu's handphone. It even parallels the music-playing-locket trope with his sister's last voice mail.
  • Kannazuki no Miko - Himeko's pink clam shell necklace, although not until The Stinger.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena - After Utena becomes orphaned, she receives a rose-crested ring from a prince and decides to become a prince herself.
  • In Space Carrier Blue Noah Collin's father gives him a pendant to unlock the "Thundersub".
  • In Naruto, Naruto's knick-knack—a swirl talisman always worn on his shoulder—is a relic of the Hidden Leaf Village's association with the former Whirlpool, which is where Naruto's mother is from. It's also serves as a clan symbol; the red swirl on the back of the flak jackets of the leaf ninja represents their association with the former Whirlpool, while the white spiral that was attached to the sleeve of Naruto's jacket at the beginning of the series represents his status as a member of the Uzumaki Clan, the clan who ruled over Uzushiogakure no sato, the ninja village of the former Whirlpool, which was destroyed during the Second Great Shinobi War. The Uzumaki Clan were also distantly related to the Senju Clan, meaning Naruto is related to every single Hokage except for Hiruzen Sarutobi.
  • The Dragon Ball series has Goku's Si Xing Qiu, or Four Star Ball, which he inherited from his deceased grandfather Son Gohan.
  • Legend of Himiko: Himiko Himejima's pendant, given to her by the Boza when she was a newborn... right before the realm of Yamatai got invaded and she was spirited away to Earth.
  • In SD Gundam Force, Genkimaru has a dagger with Kibaomaru's emblem printed on the blade. It's proof that's he Kibaomaru's son, and the warlord is quite shaken when he sees it for himself; "That's why he had that dagger...the one I gave to that woman..."
  • Najika of Kitchen Princess holds onto a special Seika Academy spoon given to her by a "flan prince" who comforted her while she was grieving over her parents' death.
  • In Brave10, the only thing Isanami keeps from Izumo is the Kushimitama, a hairpin given to her custody for protection. The bitter twist is that she doesn't protect it, it protects the world from her.
  • Yukina and Hiei in Yu Yu Hakusho were each given a necklace made from a "tear of ice" gemstone their mother produced when she gave birth to them. Hiei's motivation for getting the Jagan eye implanted was apparently to find his never-before-mentioned lost trinket, and Yukina gives him hers hoping he'll find her brother and give it to him for her.
  • The Girl of the Week Anita in Lupin III: Operation: Return the Treasure ends up with one; after her parents' death, she was supported by her Uncle Mark, who gave her a teddy bear he told her to keep safe. It turns out not only was "Uncle" Mark one of the world's greatest thieves, but after his death his old rival Lupin finds out the teddy bear is hiding a rare diamond that's the key to finding Mark's hidden treasure.
  • Zig-Zagged and deconstructed in EDENS ZERO. Homura's mother left behind a stuffed animal that Homura treasures dearly and holds on to in the hopes that her mother would be able to find her if she ever came back. The only plot-relevant event caused by the doll is adding to Valkyrie's already growing insecurities about raising Homura, which leads her to search for Homura's mother. When the reunion finally happens after a decade, her mom—who is exposed as the evil Madame Kurenai—fails to recognize the doll or its value to her daughter. All of this, combined with the fact that Kurenai betrayed Valkyrie to her death, and that Homura already had nothing else to remember her biological mother by, prompts Homura to cut ties with Kurenai and leave the doll with Valkyrie, her true mother.


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