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Basic Trope: Dragons collect and hoard treasure.

  • Straight: N'tarsp the dragon has a large hoard of gold, jewels, and other treasures.
  • Exaggerated: N'tarsp's hoard is so large, it can be seen from space.
  • Downplayed:
    • N'tarsp sleeps in a Trophy Room of valuables left behind by generations of unsuccessful dragon-slayers.
    • N'tarsp has a coin collection.
  • Justified:
    • In this setting, dragons eat gold and jewels.
    • Dragons find piles of treasure, particularly gold, very comfortable for whatever reason, and use them as furniture.
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    • Dragons (or just N'tarsp) simply like brightly colored and shiny stuff. Amongst the treasures are also cheap objects that also fit that description, such as bathroom mirrors, jars of glitter, soda cans, a prism N'tarsp bought at a thrift shop for two bucks, and aluminum foil. She's fully aware that the cheaper stuff is, well, cheap.
    • To avert princess abductions, every community within a few days dragon-flight pays annual tribute.
  • Inverted:
    • Rather than stealing treasure from the humans, N'tarsp gives treasure to the humans.
    • A piece of treasure is magically enchanted to gather and accumulate dragons, much to the confusion of said dragons
  • Subverted:
    • N'tarsp has a large pile of gold coins... but it turns out, she was only saving them so she had enough to buy a new cave.
    • N'tarsp is a member of the Royal Guard, and she's just protecting the royal family's treasure.
  • Double Subverted:
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    • ...Which she then fills with treasure.
    • The royal family consists of dragons.
  • Parodied:
    • N'tarsp owns a bank.
    • N'tarsp's hoard is full of chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, rock candy, ring pops, and other such treats that resemble actual treasures.
    • N'tarsp's "hoard" is just a massive collection of videogames, gaming consoles (both home and portable), paraphernalia and merch related to the videogames she likes and a super computer gaming PC that she put together herself.
    • N'tarsp keeps a hoard of pyrite, AKA fool's gold.
    • N'tarsp has a hoard of monopoly money and play coins.
    • N'tarsp has a hoard of medical supplies, weapons, ammunition, and all the other survival essentials, and is convinced that this will be vital for the upcoming apocalypse.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Dragons do not collect treasure.
  • Enforced: The heroes need a reason to seek out a dragon.
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  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Why do dragons collect treasure? Because the promise of treasure brings crunchy adventurers right to your door, no hunting required.
  • Exploited: Treasure hunters target dragon caves, because they know there'll be a hoard of treasure there.
  • Defied: N'tarsp ridicules the silly human fantasy that dragons' lairs will be full of gold; they have nothing to spend it on and don't fetishize it the way humans do.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: "Dragons" in this setting are tiny pseudodragons mostly viewed as annoying pests, because they act like Thieving Magpies: stealing people's silverware and jewellery to line their nests.
  • Played For Drama: N’tarsp has attachment issues and hoarding is her way to cope.

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