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15th Apr '17 10:50:27 PM DrFraud
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* In "The Sliceman Cometh", in ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' #44, a French Revolutionary executioner who'd killed an innocent man at the request (and payment) of the victim's brother keeps trying to dispose of the head only to have it return to him in various plausible ways. Finally he decides to chop it to bits -- which is when the headless corpse shows up looking for it...

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* In "The Sliceman Cometh", Cometh" in ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' #44, a French Revolutionary executioner who'd killed an innocent man at the request (and payment) of the victim's brother keeps trying to dispose of the head only to have it return to him in various plausible ways. Finally he decides to chop it to bits -- which is when the headless corpse shows up looking for it...
15th Apr '17 10:47:30 PM DrFraud
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* In several HarryPotter fics the Deathly Hallows have been portrayed as unable to be left behind, given away or permanently destroyed.
31st Mar '17 9:27:35 AM ultimomant
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** In ''The Bridge: A Shimmer in the Dark'', Countess Mircalla dons Nightmare Moon's old suit of armor and gains her powers. However, when she decides to take a break, she cannot remove it and is informed only someone like Nightmare Moon herself would be able to remove it.

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** In ''The Bridge: A Shimmer in the Dark'', Countess Mircalla dons Nightmare Moon's old suit of armor and gains her powers. However, when she decides to take a break, she cannot remove it and is informed only someone like Nightmare Moon herself would be able to remove it. [[spoiler:Eventually, Sunset Shimmer is able to nullify the armor's magic, allowing Mircalla to remove it.]]
22nd Feb '17 1:10:39 PM GoblinCipher
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* The Silver Crystal from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' qualifies. Despite the canon belief it can be taken, and in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] it is passed on, present Usagi always, ''always,'' has a copy of it. Even when Chibi-Usa takes the future version, Usagi still has the past version. Usagi eventually gets that copy back as well. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], Chibi-Usa even gets a new pink crystal so Usagi can keep the Silver Crystal. Not that she's ''trying'' to get rid of it.

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* The Silver Crystal from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' qualifies.''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Despite the canon belief it can be taken, and in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] it is passed on, present Usagi always, ''always,'' has a copy of it. Even when Chibi-Usa takes the future version, Usagi still has the past version. Usagi eventually gets that copy back as well. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], Chibi-Usa even gets a new pink crystal so Usagi can keep the Silver Crystal. Not that she's ''trying'' to get rid of it.
13th Feb '17 11:52:25 PM DrFraud
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* In Robert [=McCloskey's=] story "Pie and Punch and You-Know-Whats", a stranger slipped the main character a record containing a ditty which, once heard, compelled the listener to [[EarWorm keep singing parts of it over and over,]] "infecting" anyone who hadn't previously heard it with the same misfortune. It referred to, and was presumably inspired by, a similar story by Mark Twain called "Punch, Brothers, Punch."



10th Feb '17 4:23:40 PM ultimomant
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** A Siren's magic necklace can only be removed by its wearer. Even someone with SuperStrength cannot steal it and it will protect itself with a tiny forcefield. [[spoiler:When Aria Blaze's heart stops, the effect is removed, but returns when she is revived.]]
** In ''The Bridge: A Shimmer in the Dark'', Countess Mircalla dons Nightmare Moon's old suit of armor and gains her powers. However, when she decides to take a break, she cannot remove it and is informed only someone like Nightmare Moon herself would be able to remove it.
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The film explained this fairly concisely. The ring cannot be destroyed, except for within Mount Doom. The Ring cannot be guarded, buried or lost again; it will always call out to the nearest person to possess it, and cannot be resisted for long. The Fellowship could not be avoided. However, it's ultimate goal is always to return to it's creator.

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The film explained this fairly concisely. The ring cannot be destroyed, except for within Mount Doom. The Ring cannot be guarded, buried or lost again; it will always call out to the nearest person to possess it, and cannot be resisted for long. The Fellowship could not be avoided. However, it's ultimate goal is always to return to it's its creator.
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.
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