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22nd May '16 5:14:49 PM CherryLotus
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** A lethal Clingy Macguffin is [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-607 SCP-607]]. It will commit suicide, come back to life a couple of days later and attach itself to a new owner then kill itself which kills the new owner at the same time...
28th Apr '16 2:16:50 AM bwburke94
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* In a {{Meta}} sense, plot-relevant items which cannot be removed from your inventory are this ''especially'' if item space is limited and '''infuriatingly''' if they are completely or nearly useless. For example, the Mars Star you drag around for the entirety of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and the ATM Card[[note]]While you can technically store it, you're up a certain creak without it since you can't replenish your money[[/note]] from ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.

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* In a {{Meta}} sense, plot-relevant items which cannot be removed from your inventory are this ''especially'' if item space is limited and '''infuriatingly''' if they are completely or nearly useless. For example, the Mars Star you drag around for the entirety of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' and the ATM Card[[note]]While you can technically store it, you're up a certain creak without it since you can't replenish your money[[/note]] money without it[[/note]] from ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
19th Apr '16 9:17:04 AM erforce
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* Franchise/IndianaJones's fedora. Through all four movies (and the video games, as well) it's constantly with him, and seems to follow him everywhere when he's not wearing it. See toward the end of ''Last Crusade'', where Indy sits resting after the tank fight and the wind magically blows his hat back to him.

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* Franchise/IndianaJones's fedora. Through all four movies (and the video games, as well) it's constantly with him, and seems to follow him everywhere when he's not wearing it. See toward the end of ''Last Crusade'', ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade The Last Crusade]]'', where Indy sits resting after the tank fight and the wind magically blows his hat back to him.
15th Apr '16 10:14:11 AM HoursGoneBy
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* In ''TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' the watches made by the title character can never be lost or sold - they always return to their owner after a few days. Pawnbrokers in the city refuse to accept them anymore.

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* In ''TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' ''Literature/TheWatchmakerOfFiligreeStreet,'' the watches made by the title character can never be lost or sold - they always return to their owner after a few days. Pawnbrokers in the city refuse to accept them anymore.
1st Apr '16 11:47:28 AM ObsidianFire
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* A dragon scale keeps appearing in the path of the heroes in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''One Good Knight'' in her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. Fortunately, the GenreSavvy Sir George knows better than to disturb it; they eventually find that a fox has been following them and moving it around. In fact, the Tradition is a reliable source of Clingy Macguffins -- if it's [[ApothecaryAlligator Traditional for a wizard to have a stuffed alligator in his office]], he will have one there no matter how often he disposes of the existing one. The only way to escape Tradition is to shift one's personal circumstances so that they no longer suit that particular tale.

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* A dragon scale keeps appearing in the path of the heroes in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''One Good Knight'' in her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. Fortunately, the GenreSavvy Sir George knows better than to disturb it; they eventually find that a fox has been following them and moving it around. In fact, the Tradition is a reliable source of Clingy Macguffins -- if it's [[ApothecaryAlligator Traditional for a wizard to have a stuffed alligator in his office]], he will have one there no matter how often he disposes of the existing one. The only way to escape Tradition is to shift one's personal circumstances so that they no longer suit that particular tale.



** In Schiller's poem, the GenreSavvy friend immediately packs his bags and leaves, because somebody with that good luck is bound to get Karma Backlash soon.

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** In Schiller's poem, the GenreSavvy smart friend immediately packs his bags and leaves, because somebody with that good luck is bound to get Karma Backlash soon.
14th Feb '16 7:14:20 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': An egg-shaped [[ArtifactOfDoom Beherit]] might get lost or change hands temporarily, but is ultimately fated to find its way into the hands of the person who is destined to use it to [[SummoningArtifact summon]] the God Hand for a DealWithTheDevil in their moment of [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]]. According to Flora, if it is meant for you, then even if you throw it away it will find its way back to you. If it is meant for someone else, then no matter how you cling to it it will somehow escape your grasp. A good example of this is how the jailer accidentally drops Griffith's Behelit. The Berserker armour also does not like Behelit down a drain, so that it is seemingly lost forever. However, Zodd assures Griffith that it will come back to him when the idea time is right, and so it comes to pass: When Griffith ends up crippled and broken in the shallows of Guts forcing his way out mid rampage the lake, the beherit finishes its trip downstream from the dungeon's drain and appears before Griffith exactly when he needs it.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': An egg-shaped stone called a [[ArtifactOfDoom Beherit]] might get lost or change hands temporarily, but is ultimately fated to find its way into the hands of the person who is destined to use it to [[SummoningArtifact summon]] the God Hand for a DealWithTheDevil in their moment of [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]]. According to Flora, if it is meant for you, then even if you throw it away it will find its way back to you. If it is meant for someone else, then no matter how you cling to it it will somehow escape your grasp. A good example of this is how the jailer accidentally drops Griffith's Behelit. The Berserker armour also does not like Behelit Crimson Beherit down a drain, so that it is seemingly lost forever. However, Zodd assures Griffith that it will come back to him when the idea time is right, and so it comes to pass: When Griffith ends up crippled and broken in the shallows of Guts forcing his way out mid rampage the a lake, the beherit finishes its trip downstream from the dungeon's drain and appears before Griffith exactly when he needs it.
14th Feb '16 7:11:37 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has [[ArtifactOfDoom Behelits]], talismans that will one way or another end up in the hands of those who are destined to [[SummoningArtifact activate]] [[DealWithTheDevil them]].

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': An egg-shaped [[ArtifactOfDoom Behelits]], talismans that will one Beherit]] might get lost or change hands temporarily, but is ultimately fated to find its way or another end up in into the hands of those the person who are is destined to use it to [[SummoningArtifact activate]] [[DealWithTheDevil them]].summon]] the God Hand for a DealWithTheDevil in their moment of [[DespairEventHorizon deepest despair]]. According to Flora, if it is meant for you, then even if you throw it away it will find its way back to you. If it is meant for someone else, then no matter how you cling to it it will somehow escape your grasp. A good example of this is how the jailer accidentally drops Griffith's Behelit. The Berserker armour also does not like Behelit down a drain, so that it is seemingly lost forever. However, Zodd assures Griffith that it will come back to him when the idea time is right, and so it comes to pass: When Griffith ends up crippled and broken in the shallows of Guts forcing his way out mid rampage the lake, the beherit finishes its trip downstream from the dungeon's drain and appears before Griffith exactly when he needs it.
27th Jan '16 4:25:55 PM jormis29
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* A dragon scale keeps appearing in the path of the heroes in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''One Good Knight'' in her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. Fortunately, the GenreSavvy Sir George knows better than to disturb it; they eventually find that a fox has been following them and moving it around. In fact, the Tradition is a reliable source of Clingy Macguffins -- if it's Traditional for a wizard to have a stuffed alligator in his office, he will have one there no matter how often he disposes of the existing one. The only way to escape Tradition is to shift one's personal circumstances so that they no longer suit that particular tale.

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* A dragon scale keeps appearing in the path of the heroes in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''One Good Knight'' in her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series. Fortunately, the GenreSavvy Sir George knows better than to disturb it; they eventually find that a fox has been following them and moving it around. In fact, the Tradition is a reliable source of Clingy Macguffins -- if it's [[ApothecaryAlligator Traditional for a wizard to have a stuffed alligator in his office, office]], he will have one there no matter how often he disposes of the existing one. The only way to escape Tradition is to shift one's personal circumstances so that they no longer suit that particular tale.
11th Dec '15 6:30:27 PM LeonardoDaQuirm
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*** The series iconic Pipboy 3000 is also a canon form of this. This wrist mounted computer is nigh indestructible and can't be separated from its host (voluntarily or involuntarily in most cases). This is taken to ridiculous extremes at times: the Brotherhood outcast sawed a vault dweller's arm off to try to get his Pipboy, but the device wouldn't work afterwards. This is a little inconsistent, however--at least two games in the series (''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'') start with your character receiving a Pipboy which explicitly belonged to someone else.

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*** The series iconic Pipboy 3000 is also a canon form of this. This wrist mounted computer is nigh indestructible and can't be separated from its host (voluntarily or involuntarily in most cases). This is taken to ridiculous extremes at times: the Brotherhood outcast sawed a vault dweller's arm off to try to get his Pipboy, but the device wouldn't work afterwards. This is a little inconsistent, however--at least two three games in the series (''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' 2}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout New Vegas}}'') 4}}'') start with your character receiving a Pipboy which explicitly belonged to someone else.
10th Dec '15 11:20:36 AM FF32
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* [[RoleCalled The title]] [[http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheRedShoes_e.html Red Shoes]] from Creator/HansChristianAndersen's tale. Poor, poor Karen. What is it with red shoes? Apparently they always cause tragedy and horror. Well, according to a ''KidsInTheHall'' sketch, only whores wear red shoes. Also according to [[Discworld/WitchesAbroad Granny Weatherwax]]:

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* [[RoleCalled The title]] [[http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/vaerk/hersholt/TheRedShoes_e.html Red Shoes]] from Creator/HansChristianAndersen's tale. Poor, poor Karen. What is it with red shoes? Apparently they always cause tragedy and horror. Well, according to a ''KidsInTheHall'' ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' sketch, only whores wear red shoes. Also according to [[Discworld/WitchesAbroad Granny Weatherwax]]:
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