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8th Feb '16 3:43:51 AM Morgenthaler
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-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''TheArtOfWar''
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-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''TheArtOfWar'' ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''
19th Jan '16 10:27:52 AM Ohio9
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* Used in the first ''VideoGame/VandalHearts''; interestingly, the team is saving a known traitor.
14th Jan '16 2:43:48 PM Ohio9
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* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'': Ash and his team are forced to trade the Royal Ring in exchange for their captured companion Kira. Unsurprisingly, the baddies take the ring and attempt to kill Kira anyway, but she is successfully rescued upon completion of the level.
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* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'': Ash and his team are forced to trade the Royal Ring in exchange for their captured companion Kira. Unsurprisingly, the baddies take the ring and attempt to kill Kira anyway, but she anyway. Kira is successfully rescued upon completion of the level.level, but they get to keep the ring.
14th Jan '16 2:39:40 PM Ohio9
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* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'': Ash and his team are forced to trade the Royal Ring in exchange for their captured companion Kira. Unsurprisingly, the baddies take the ring and attempt to kill Kira anyway, but she is successfully rescued upon completion of the level.
7th Jan '16 9:59:43 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Doctor Octopus pulls one of these when Spider-Man plays keep-away with the AppliedPhlebotinum Doc Ock needs to power his ArtificialLimbs. The chase leads toward [[AmusementPark Coney Island]], where Octopus realizes Spidey feels obliged to save {{Innocent Bystander}}s from the resulting chaos. [[FlawExploitation Exploiting]] this, he grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] and leaves her hanging precariously from a rollercoaster to force Spider-Man to give up the power source. The damsel is actually Peter Parker's then-girlfriend (sort of) [[spoiler: Liz Allan]], though neither she nor Octopus know Spidey is Parker.
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* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Doctor Octopus pulls one of these when Spider-Man plays keep-away with the AppliedPhlebotinum Doc Ock needs to power his ArtificialLimbs. The chase leads toward [[AmusementPark Coney Island]], where Octopus realizes Spidey feels obliged to save {{Innocent Bystander}}s from the resulting chaos. [[FlawExploitation Exploiting]] this, he grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] and leaves her hanging precariously from a rollercoaster to force Spider-Man to give up the power source. The damsel is actually Peter Parker's then-girlfriend (sort of) [[spoiler: Liz Allan]], though neither she nor Octopus know Spidey is Parker.
2nd Jan '16 12:56:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Sonic Adventure 2}}'', where Eggman has Amy Rose held hostage and Sonic has the final (fake) Chaos Emerald in his possession. Eggman, however, correctly guesses the Emerald is a fake and promptly launches Sonic into space.
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* ''{{Sonic ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Adventure 2}}'', where Eggman has Amy Rose held hostage and Sonic has the final (fake) Chaos Emerald in his possession. Eggman, however, correctly guesses the Emerald is a fake and promptly launches Sonic into space.
18th Dec '15 4:06:22 PM Discar
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Mac Guffin Girl is no longer a trope.
** Which makes sense, since Aelita is as textbook an example of a MacGuffinGirl as you're likely to find.
7th Dec '15 6:01:56 PM Hossmeister
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* Case 2-4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. Shelly de Killer kidnapps Maya in order to force Phoenix to acquit Matt Engarde. [[spoiler:Of course, Phoenix has no idea that Engarde hired de Killer to kill Juan Corrida.]]
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* Case 2-4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. Shelly de Killer kidnapps Maya in order to force Phoenix to acquit Matt Engarde. [[spoiler:Of course, Phoenix has no idea that Engarde hired de Killer to kill Juan Corrida.]]
2nd Dec '15 3:34:35 AM Mhazard
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Fortunately, not all heroes are ''[[HeroBall that]]'' [[HeroBall stupid]]. [[FakinMacGuffin If there's a decoy MacGuffin kicking around, they might be able to pass that off as the real one.]] If you have a particularly GenreSavvy protagonist or an AntiHero, most often time's they'll subvert this trope by throwing the item in the air or threatening to destroy it anyway, causing the villain to panic and make a mistake. They can even avert this trope altogether by [[RashEquilibrium just shooting the villain or destroying said item on the spot]].
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Fortunately, not all heroes are ''[[HeroBall that]]'' [[HeroBall stupid]]. [[FakinMacGuffin If there's a decoy MacGuffin kicking around, they might be able to pass that off as the real one.]] If you have a particularly GenreSavvy protagonist or an AntiHero, most often time's they'll subvert this trope by throwing the item in the air or threatening to destroy it anyway, causing the villain to panic and make a mistake. They can even avert this trope altogether by [[ShootTheHostageTaker just shooting the villain]] or [[RashEquilibrium just shooting the villain or destroying said item on the spot]].
27th Nov '15 11:13:09 AM Blueeyedrat
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* Subverted in the season 1 finale of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''; Star offers her magic wand to [[spoiler:Toffee]] in exchange for Marco's life, but the villain has other plans: -->[[spoiler:'''Toffee:''' Do you think I'm like [[BigBadWannabe Ludo]]? I don't want your wand. ''[[WhamLine Destroy it.]]'']]
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