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17th Dec '15 8:27:02 AM Discar
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Mac Guffin Girl is no longer a trope.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Shepard accidentally finds a Prothean beacon in the end of the tutorial level. It proves to be the first in line of {{Mac Guffin}}s you have to collect before you can beat the Big Bad, namely, [[spoiler:the Prothean Cipher that allows to decode the beacon's message, the MacGuffinGirl Liara who does the actual decoding, and the coordinates of the PointOfNoReturn kept by the Rachni Queen]].
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Shepard accidentally finds a Prothean beacon in the end of the tutorial level. It proves to be the first in line of {{Mac Guffin}}s you have to collect before you can beat the Big Bad, namely, [[spoiler:the Prothean Cipher that allows to decode the beacon's message, the MacGuffinGirl Liara who does the actual decoding, and the coordinates of the PointOfNoReturn kept by the Rachni Queen]].
11th Sep '15 11:03:35 AM Kakai
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', Anpu gives Edith a task of retrieving his nine ''ba''. Thankfully, he's the first one.
20th Aug '15 3:52:45 PM StFan
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This first encounter is the '''Free Sample Plot Coupon'''. It serves as a good motivation to look for the remaining objects or characters, which (or who) will be genuinely more difficult to find. Now, ''how'' the first [=MacGuffin=] appears may depend on the plot or the place:
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This first encounter is the '''Free Sample Free-Sample Plot Coupon'''.Coupon. It serves as a good motivation to look for the remaining objects or characters, which (or who) will be genuinely more difficult to find. Now, ''how'' the first [=MacGuffin=] appears may depend on the plot or the place:

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* The main conflict of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' revolves around collecting the 100 Number monsters. They were released into the wild during a duel, and the first one we see chose main protagonist Yuma's opponent (and later rival), Shark. Luckily, Yuma himself got the second one.
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* The main conflict of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' revolves around collecting the 100 Number monsters. They were released into the wild during a duel, and the first one we see chose main protagonist Yuma's opponent (and later rival), Shark. Luckily, Yuma himself got the second one.

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[[folder: Literature ]] * The quest for the Horcruxes in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a DoubleSubversion. The first Horcrux destroyed was Riddle's Diary, four years before Harry even knew it was such. And it took the plot of an entire book (''Chamber of Secrets'') to destroy it, so it wouldn't fit the trope. However, in ''Half Blood Prince'', when Dumbledore tells Harry about Horcruxes and the importance of destroying them, he tells him that not only is the diary already out of the picture, so is Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, which he and Snape had already found and gotten rid of prior to the events of ''Half Blood Prince''.
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[[folder: Literature ]] [[folder:Literature]] * The quest for the Horcruxes in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a DoubleSubversion. The first Horcrux destroyed was Riddle's Diary, four years before Harry even knew it was such. And it took the plot of an entire book (''Chamber of Secrets'') to destroy it, so it wouldn't fit the trope. However, in ''Half Blood ''Half-Blood Prince'', when Dumbledore tells Harry about Horcruxes and the importance of destroying them, he tells him that not only is the diary already out of the picture, so is Marvolo Gaunt's Ring, which he and Snape had already found and gotten rid of prior to the events of ''Half Blood ''Half-Blood Prince''.

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27th Jul '15 5:16:12 PM hello86
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* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge,'' the of the ten Energems lost in the dinosaur age, the first five are what gives the Rangers their powers.
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* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge,'' the of the ten Energems lost in the dinosaur age, the first five are what gives the Rangers their powers.
3rd Jun '15 6:39:29 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''JetForceGemini'': When Mizar escapes from his palace after Lupus easily defeats him, he threatens the characters to redirect an asteroid to blow up planet Earth. Aware of this, King Jeff tells the protagonists that there is a huge mothership that will help them intercept the asteroid and find a way to stop it, but it's missing twelve pieces. Eleven of these pieces are scattered through the galaxy, so the three characters have to do a FetchQuest to retrieve them. The 12th piece, technically the first, is in Jeff's hands, but [[NoHeroDiscount he won't give it away until all 282 missing tribals in the game are rescued]]. He doesn't even care if the aforementioned asteroid manages to hit Earth in the meantime.
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* Averted in ''JetForceGemini'': ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini'': When Mizar escapes from his palace after Lupus easily defeats him, he threatens the characters to redirect an asteroid to blow up planet Earth. Aware of this, King Jeff tells the protagonists that there is a huge mothership that will help them intercept the asteroid and find a way to stop it, but it's missing twelve pieces. Eleven of these pieces are scattered through the galaxy, so the three characters have to do a FetchQuest to retrieve them. The 12th piece, technically the first, is in Jeff's hands, but [[NoHeroDiscount he won't give it away until all 282 missing tribals in the game are rescued]]. He doesn't even care if the aforementioned asteroid manages to hit Earth in the meantime.
27th May '15 3:11:39 PM john_e
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[[folder: Theatre ]] * In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' stageplay "Seven Keys to Doomsday", the Doctor already has the first of the seven crystals when he shows up at the beginning of the play. [[/folder]]
20th Apr '15 7:23:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Lockout'', Snow receives the lighter and briefcase from the dying Colonel and promptly stashes the briefcase (which turns out to be a Mock Guffin) and -- unknowingly -- keeps the lighter which is the ACTUAL item he seeking. * ''TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''. The Grand Vizier of Marabia gives Sinbad a quest to find the three golden tablets before the evil Koura does. Luckily Sinbad accidentally acquired the first tablet from Koura before meeting the Vizier, and uses it to locate the area where the other two tablets can be found.
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* In ''Lockout'', ''Film/{{Lockout}}'', Snow receives the lighter and briefcase from the dying Colonel and promptly stashes the briefcase (which turns out to be a Mock Guffin) and -- unknowingly -- keeps the lighter which is the ACTUAL item he seeking. * ''TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''.''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''. The Grand Vizier of Marabia gives Sinbad a quest to find the three golden tablets before the evil Koura does. Luckily Sinbad accidentally acquired the first tablet from Koura before meeting the Vizier, and uses it to locate the area where the other two tablets can be found.

* In ''TheKeysToTheKingdom'', Arthur is given half of the first Key right at the start of ''Mister Monday'', and the first part of the Will has already escaped before he enters the House to find the rest of the seven Keys and free the other six parts of the Will.
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* In ''TheKeysToTheKingdom'', ''Literature/TheKeysToTheKingdom'', Arthur is given half of the first Key right at the start of ''Mister Monday'', and the first part of the Will has already escaped before he enters the House to find the rest of the seven Keys and free the other six parts of the Will.

* ''TheOuterLimits'' TOS episode "Demon with a Glass Hand". Trent must find the three missing fingers of his artificial left hand to save humanity from the Kyben invasion. Fortunately Trent's incomplete left hand is a computer that can help him find the three fingers. * In ''PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' it's the ''last'' of the five jewels that's easy, already in the base. But then the villains [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs come barging in]]. * In ''PowerRangersDinoCharge,'' the of the ten Energems lost in the dinosaur age, the first five are what gives the Rangers their powers.
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* ''TheOuterLimits'' TOS ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Demon with a Glass Hand". Trent must find the three missing fingers of his artificial left hand to save humanity from the Kyben invasion. Fortunately Trent's incomplete left hand is a computer that can help him find the three fingers. * In ''PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' it's the ''last'' of the five jewels that's easy, already in the base. But then the villains [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs come barging in]]. * In ''PowerRangersDinoCharge,'' ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge,'' the of the ten Energems lost in the dinosaur age, the first five are what gives the Rangers their powers.
9th Apr '15 8:15:43 PM Chariset
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The work you're in has a writer, of course. In this case, the writer knows that a handy way to structure a plot is to present it as a quest for a certain number of special items. Your heart may sink when you receive what looks like the Grocery List from Hell -- find the Four Stars of Virtue, slay the Six Dragons of Deceit, win a kiss from all Fifteen Maidens of Dubious Intent... You know, slaying even ''one'' Dragon of Deceit could be the plot of an entire adventure. And what does a Maiden of Dubious Intent look like, anyway?
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The work you're in has a writer, of course. In this case, the writer knows that a handy way to structure a plot is to present it as a quest for a [[PlotCoupon certain number of special items. Your items]]. But your heart may sink when you receive what looks like the Grocery List from Hell -- find the Four Stars of Virtue, slay the Six Dragons of Deceit, win a kiss from all Fifteen Maidens of Dubious Intent... You know, slaying even ''one'' Dragon of Deceit could be the plot of an entire adventure. And what does a Maiden of Dubious Intent look like, anyway?

This first encounter is the '''Free Sample Plot Coupon'''. It serves as a good motivation to look forward to the remaining objects or characters, which (or who) are genuinely more difficult to find. Now, ''how'' the first [=MacGuffin=] appears may depend on the plot or the place:
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This first encounter is the '''Free Sample Plot Coupon'''. It serves as a good motivation to look forward to for the remaining objects or characters, which (or who) are will be genuinely more difficult to find. Now, ''how'' the first [=MacGuffin=] appears may depend on the plot or the place:

* The QuestGiver already has it, and gives it to you.
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* The QuestGiver already has it, it and gives it to you.

* Or it may turn out that you already had one of the tokens. Or you '''are''' one.
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* Or it It may turn out that you already had one of the tokens. Or you '''are''' one.
9th Apr '15 1:49:40 PM MrDeath
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Shen Long is an old April Fools joke, not the DB dragon.
* Earlier arcs of ''Manga/DragonBall'', for the most part, revolves around looking for the Dragon Balls. But at the start of the first arc, Son Goku already has one at the start of the series, and Bulma meets him having ''two'', making the quest much easier already. After Shen Long is summoned and the corresponding wish is granted, the Dragon Balls scatter across the world after granting a wish, making finding them again harder.
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* Earlier arcs of ''Manga/DragonBall'', for the most part, revolves around looking for the Dragon Balls. But at the start of the first arc, Son Goku already has one at the start of the series, and Bulma meets him having ''two'', making the quest much easier already. After Shen Long Shenron is summoned and the corresponding wish is granted, the Dragon Balls scatter across the world after granting a wish, making finding them again harder.
8th Apr '15 10:08:20 PM Chariset
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Something bad happens. Or the main character wants to achieve something, or reach somewhere. Either way, there may be an objective to fulfill in the near future. This objective may be the motivation to start an adventure. Not too long afterward, the character is told about how the objective can be achieved, and it may have to do with the collection of important objects, or the search for characters. This would be the start of a very long and difficult quest, enough to make the quest for the first object or character very difficult on its own. Fortunately, the first MacGuffin or PlotCoupon appears as soon as the quest starts.
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Something bad happens. Or You're Bob the main character wants to achieve something, or reach somewhere. Either way, there may be Hero, and you're going on an objective to fulfill adventure! The work you're in has a writer, of course. In this case, the near future. This objective may be the motivation writer knows that a handy way to start an adventure. Not too long afterward, the character structure a plot is told about how the objective can be achieved, and to present it may have to do with the collection of important objects, or the search for characters. This would be the start of as a very long and difficult quest, enough to make the quest for a certain number of special items. Your heart may sink when you receive what looks like the first object or character very difficult on its own. Fortunately, Grocery List from Hell -- find the Four Stars of Virtue, slay the Six Dragons of Deceit, win a kiss from all Fifteen Maidens of Dubious Intent... You know, slaying even ''one'' Dragon of Deceit could be the plot of an entire adventure. And what does a Maiden of Dubious Intent look like, anyway? So the writer decides to prod you by having the first MacGuffin or PlotCoupon appears as soon as the quest starts. land right in your lap. (Let's hope it's a Maiden and not a Dragon.)

* It may be found right next to the main character. Not too shabby. * The QuestGiver already has it, and gives it to the hero.
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* It may be found right next to the main character.you. Not too shabby. * The QuestGiver already has it, and gives it to the hero.you.

* Or, by some fortunate coincidence, the character may already have had it all along. Or he '''is''' the [=MacGuffin=]. Naturally, if the item or character takes a lot of effort to find (if not more than the others), then it doesn't fit the trope. Not to be confused with ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs.
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* Or, by some fortunate coincidence, the character Or it may turn out that you already have had it all along. Or he '''is''' one of the [=MacGuffin=]. tokens. Or you '''are''' one. Naturally, if the first item or character takes a lot of effort to find (if not more than the others), then it doesn't fit the trope. Not to be confused with ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs.
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