History MacGuffin / WesternAnimation

21st May '18 8:00:19 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Darkseid isn't the most notable villain to want it; he's the ''only'' one who wants it, and the fact that in the finale` another villain [[spoiler: ComicBook/LexLuthor]] gets a hold of it is rather incidental [[spoiler: Lex only has it because he was looking for something, anything, to defeat Darkseid, and thats just what he was given.]] Darkseid doesn't actually spend much time searching for the Equation either and usually is out to conquer Earth and screw with Superman. The closest he gets to searching for it is one story where he [[spoiler: reprogrammes Brainiac]] and refers to him as "his solution to the Anti-Life Equation", meaning rather than look for the thing he'd decided to actually use a substitute.

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** Darkseid isn't the most notable villain to want it; he's the ''only'' one who wants it, and the fact that in the finale` finale another villain [[spoiler: ComicBook/LexLuthor]] gets a hold of it is rather incidental [[spoiler: Lex only has it because he was looking for something, anything, to defeat Darkseid, and thats just what he was given.]] Darkseid doesn't actually spend much time searching for the Equation either and usually is out to conquer Earth and screw with Superman. The closest he gets to searching for it is one story where he [[spoiler: reprogrammes Brainiac]] and refers to him as "his solution to the Anti-Life Equation", meaning rather than look for the thing he'd decided to actually use a substitute.
21st May '18 3:06:54 PM Anufenrir
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* Lampshaded at the end of "The Menu" in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldofGumball''. Richard hears about a secret item on the Joyful Burger Menu. After he, Gumball and Darwin go through massive lengths to discover it's existence, Larry tells tasks them with eating something from every Joyful Burger location in an hour. They do so and when they return they are rewarded with the secret item; The M'Guffin.
5th May '18 7:24:09 PM ErichoTOME
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* The Zodiac from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Although alluded to throughout the series several times, it's ultimately pointless. WordOfGod says it was never meant to be important.
27th Nov '17 7:32:09 PM jasonbres
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-->'''Garfield''': A rare and valuable gem as well as a pointless RunningGag on a Saturday morning cartoon show.
22nd Sep '17 9:01:59 AM lalalei2001
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpacePOP'', the Ring of Grock, worn by the Pentangle's first emperor, has the power to save or destroy the galaxy if all five of its gems are in placement. The missing fifth jewel is also one of these, as the last fourth of the story is spent looking for it or having it change hands.
21st Jan '17 7:37:54 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' had an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody in which the title character and a young lady embark on an adventure to find a [=MacGuffin=], which turns out to be [[spoiler:the most delicious burger at a fast-food restaurant]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'', which had an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody in which the title character and a young lady embark on an adventure to find a [=MacGuffin=], which turns out to be [[spoiler:the most delicious burger at a fast-food restaurant]].
21st Jan '17 7:37:29 PM KagSwirby
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* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' had an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody in which the title character and a young lady embark on an adventure to find a [=MacGuffin=], which turns out to be [[spoiler:the most delicious burger at a fast-food restaurant]].
29th Dec '16 11:34:44 AM nombretomado
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* The Anti-Life Equation in the {{Diniverse}}. Several villains, most notably Darkseid, want it, and the chase for it is a recurring plot point. The equation itself, on the other hand, is not: What it does remains undefined and the two who finally get their hands on it promptly vanish from this reality. (The comic book version, on the other hand, does define the Equation, and some of those seeking it have been able to use it. [[spoiler:It's an empirical scientific formula which demonstrates the meaninglessness and futility of existence, which allows one to control the will of others entirely. Its ominous name comes from the idea that "if someone possesses absolute control over you - you're not really alive." Scott "Mr. Miracle" Free has known the Equation all along but chooses not to use it.]])

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* The Anti-Life Equation in the {{Diniverse}}.Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse. Several villains, most notably Darkseid, want it, and the chase for it is a recurring plot point. The equation itself, on the other hand, is not: What it does remains undefined and the two who finally get their hands on it promptly vanish from this reality. (The comic book version, on the other hand, does define the Equation, and some of those seeking it have been able to use it. [[spoiler:It's an empirical scientific formula which demonstrates the meaninglessness and futility of existence, which allows one to control the will of others entirely. Its ominous name comes from the idea that "if someone possesses absolute control over you - you're not really alive." Scott "Mr. Miracle" Free has known the Equation all along but chooses not to use it.]])
29th Mar '16 8:35:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 13 ingredients needed to make the antidote in ''ArgaiTheProphecy''.

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* The 13 ingredients needed to make the antidote in ''ArgaiTheProphecy''.''WesternAnimation/ArgaiTheProphecy''.
23rd Nov '15 3:30:09 AM PurrElise
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* Pretty much the entire plot of WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries.

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* Pretty much the entire plot of WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries.''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries''.
* The Cronus Stone, the stone that keeps the Titans imprisoned under the earth, in ''WesternAnimation/HerculesAndXenaTheAnimatedMovieTheBattleForMountOlympus''.
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