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21st Jan '17 2:54:32 PM ZimFan89
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* The Manacle of Osiris from ''WesternAnimation/TheMummy: The Animated Series'', is a quite literal ClingyMacGuffin in that it requires the use of ''another'' MacGuffin to remove.

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* The Manacle of Osiris from ''WesternAnimation/TheMummy: The Animated Series'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'', is a quite literal ClingyMacGuffin in that it requires the use of ''another'' MacGuffin to remove.
5th Jan '17 8:03:54 PM Someoneman
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* In ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}'', there is a subplot revolving around three identical valises -- one containing money, one containing jewels, and one containing the maid's clothing and undergarments. The police and other gangsters are made suspicious by the way the valises keep going in and out of the house, but whenever a valise is seized and opened, it is invariably the one that contains the maid's clothing. This leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny late in the film.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Oscar}}'', there is a subplot revolving around three identical valises -- one containing money, one containing jewels, and one containing the maid's clothing and undergarments. The police and other gangsters are made suspicious by the way the valises keep going in and out of the house, but whenever a valise is seized and opened, it is invariably the one that contains the maid's clothing. This leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny late in the film.



** Rodney once found an Ancient forcefield device that protects its wearer. Then he can't take it off. It turns out it's controlled by the user's mind, which means Rodney only has to ''want'' to deactivate it. Since he's... well, Rodney, his fear keeps it from ever deactivating, protecting him from [[NighInvulnerable bullets, falls,]] [[BlessedWithSuck eating]] (his fear of random accidents was greater than his fear of starvation), etc. At least until he realizes it makes him the perfect candidate for a dangerous mission, at which point [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments it promptly falls off]]. (A later episode shows that it does not protect one against drowning.)

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** Rodney once found an Ancient forcefield device that protects its wearer. Then he can't take it off. It turns out it's controlled by the user's mind, which means Rodney only has to ''want'' to deactivate it. Since he's... well, Rodney, his fear keeps it from ever deactivating, protecting him from [[NighInvulnerable bullets, falls,]] [[BlessedWithSuck eating]] (his fear of random accidents was greater than his fear of starvation), etc. At least until he realizes it makes him the perfect candidate for a dangerous mission, at which point [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments it promptly falls off]].off. (A later episode shows that it does not protect one against drowning.)



** The object [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-050 SCP-050]], which only switches owners if someone plays a good enough prank on its current owner. [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/document-050 Hilarity]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny freaking]] [[HilarityEnsues ensues.]]

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** The object [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-050 SCP-050]], which only switches owners if someone plays a good enough prank on its current owner. [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/document-050 Hilarity]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny freaking]] [[HilarityEnsues ensues.]]
1st Jan '17 12:26:15 AM onomatopoetry
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* In {{Literature/Deverry}}, the Silver Daggers Otho make are usually enchanted to return to him when lost or when their owners dies. However, Rhodry's dagger, due to an attempt to remove its glowy anti-Elf charm, starts seeing Rhodry as its true owner, and finds him under any circumstances. Including politically risky ones.

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* In {{Literature/Deverry}}, Katharine Kerr's {{Literature/Deverry}} Series, the Silver Daggers Otho make are usually enchanted to return to him when lost or when their owners dies. However, Rhodry's dagger, due to an attempt to remove its glowy anti-Elf charm, starts seeing Rhodry as its true owner, and finds him under any circumstances. Including politically risky ones.



* Rhodry's silver dagger in Katharine Kerr's ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series.

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* Rhodry's silver dagger in Katharine Kerr's ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series.
1st Jan '17 12:08:27 AM onomatopoetry
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* In {{Literature/Deverry}}, the Silver Daggers Otho make are usually enchanted to return to him when lost or when their owners dies. However, Rhodry's dagger, due to an attempt to remove its glowy anti-Elf charm, starts seeing Rhodry as its true owner, and finds him under any circumstances. Including politically risky ones.
28th Dec '16 7:50:08 PM Phred
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'', the Amulet of Merlin is extremely difficult to separate from its titular Trollhunter. If the Trollhunter tries to get rid of it, it will simply teleport back to them and while this doesn't work if the amulet is instead stolen, the Trollhunter can still exert enough will over the amulet to make it fly back to them from wherever it is.
5th Dec '16 11:57:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': Elric, Last Prince of Melibone, is a sickly albino who keeps himself competent as a {{Badass}} cliché hero through drugs, magic, and his evil EmpathicWeapon, Stormbringer. After destroying his kingdom and losing his true love he has a narmy sequence where he tries to get rid of it and it stands in the ocean smirking at him and Elric becomes... very dramatic on the topic of realizing he's stuck with it. Bonus points for the illustration: it is in the fantasy-illustration style that includes every tiny detail of his outfit, and he gives an impression of faking female orgasm. Of distress. Possibly fainting, too. Perfectly normal for his type, really.

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* ''Literature/TheElricSaga'': Elric, Last Prince of Melibone, is a sickly albino who keeps himself competent as a {{Badass}} badass cliché hero through drugs, magic, and his evil EmpathicWeapon, Stormbringer. After destroying his kingdom and losing his true love he has a narmy sequence where he tries to get rid of it and it stands in the ocean smirking at him and Elric becomes... very dramatic on the topic of realizing he's stuck with it. Bonus points for the illustration: it is in the fantasy-illustration style that includes every tiny detail of his outfit, and he gives an impression of faking female orgasm. Of distress. Possibly fainting, too. Perfectly normal for his type, really.
21st Nov '16 3:22:29 PM SteveMB
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* Ankle monitor units issued to enforce parole or house-arrest restrictions are designed to resist attempts to remove them, for obvious reasons.
23rd Oct '16 7:10:00 PM Arha
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* When Parson ends up in [[spoiler:Transylvito]] during a failed escape in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' he offers to buy back his prediction bracer as part of the [[spoiler:prisoner ransom]]. When [[spoiler:Benjamin]] says they might not want to return it ''at all'' Parson stops smiling and offers his unsure theory that this would be a very bad idea and that the bracer would just end up returning to him anyway, probably harming [[spoiler:Benjamin and Transylvito]] in the process. Though Parson wasn't entirely convinced that the bracer was a ClingyMacguffin, the bracer's own prediction confirmed it when asked.
23rd Oct '16 12:00:25 PM SimiOfDoom
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* In ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' Picker aquires a set of self-tightening torcs through not-exactly-legal means. They quickly become a nuisance to her, and the only one who can help her with the problem is the one they were originally intended for anyway. She delivers them just in time for them to become important to [[spoiler: Gruntle's ascention to Mortal Sword of Treach]].
12th Oct '16 9:09:09 AM erforce
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* The Keyblade in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is a benign example of this trope. In fact, its inability to leave its user was used as a plot device, as Sora gave it to [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] as payment -- and it naturally reappeared in Sora's hand later. Said inability is also used for one of the attacks in series; who needs a boomerang when a thrown weapon will unerringly reappear in the wielder's hand, no matter how many times he throws it at an enemy? It's used in a similar way when [[spoiler:Roxas tries to disarm Sora by pinning one of his own keyblades into the ground in the handle. It returns Sora's hand, Roxas gets confused, and Sora deals a fatal blow.]]

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* The Keyblade in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' is a benign example of this trope. In fact, its inability to leave its user was used as a plot device, as Sora gave it to [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] as payment -- and it naturally reappeared in Sora's hand later. Said inability is also used for one of the attacks in series; who needs a boomerang when a thrown weapon will unerringly reappear in the wielder's hand, no matter how many times he throws it at an enemy? It's used in a similar way when [[spoiler:Roxas tries to disarm Sora by pinning one of his own keyblades into the ground in the handle. It returns Sora's hand, Roxas gets confused, and Sora deals a fatal blow.]]
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