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13th Jan '16 3:55:50 PM SpinAttaxx
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* WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits: The dodo bird.
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* WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits: ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits'': The dodo bird.

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* Luke Skywalker becomes one in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', having disappeared many years prior, and with the main conflict of the film being over a map to his location.



* Ryu from StreetFighter is treated this way for most of his plot involvement. Bison is after him in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' to use him as a new host body while Seth wants to use his Satsui no Hadou to complete his bio weapon.
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* Ryu from StreetFighter ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is treated this way for most of his plot involvement. Bison is after him in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' to use him as a new host body while Seth wants to use his Satsui no Hadou to complete his bio weapon.
12th Jan '16 2:12:52 AM TheMike
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* Buddy is this in ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'', being the only female left on Earth after a mysterious event known as the Great White Flash [[{{Gendercide}} wiped all the women off the planet.]] The fact that she is treated as such without care for her feelings or mental state forms most of her motivation as a character, especially in the DLC story.
24th Dec '15 4:33:38 AM Adept
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* In ''AMomentOfPeace'', the subject of one of the gods' quests is a glowing entity named Gloria on the Mountain.
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* In ''AMomentOfPeace'', ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'', the subject of one of the gods' quests is a glowing entity named Gloria on the Mountain.
14th Dec '15 10:43:16 AM Discar
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* MundaneMacGuffinPerson: A MacGuffinPerson who's sought after for some mundane trait (beauty, wisdom, etc) turned UpToEleven. * MacGuffinSuperPerson: A MacGuffinPerson who's sought after for some unique power or status they have (eg, they're TheChosenOne or an ApocalypseMaiden), usually with world-shaking consequences.
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* MundaneMacGuffinPerson: A MacGuffinPerson living [=MacGuffin=] who's sought after for some mundane trait (beauty, wisdom, etc) turned UpToEleven. * MacGuffinSuperPerson: A MacGuffinPerson living [=MacGuffin=] who's sought after for some unique power or status they have (eg, they're TheChosenOne or an ApocalypseMaiden), usually with world-shaking consequences.
14th Dec '15 10:27:54 AM Discar
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* HostageMacGuffin: A person who is a MacGuffin because they're important (they're the president, a rich businessman, a top scientist, etc) or related to someone who is (family, LoveInterest, [[TrueCompanions True Companion]], etc).

* MacGuffinHostage: A person who is a MacGuffin because they're important (they're the president, a rich businessman, a top scientist, etc) or related to someone who is (family, LoveInterest, [[TrueCompanions True Companion]], etc).
14th Dec '15 10:23:22 AM Discar
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Swapping in sandboxes per this TRS thread.

-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]]''', discussing Rayne's role in ''Film/BloodrayneTheThirdReich''.
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-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Miles Antwiler]]''', discussing Rayne's role in ''Film/BloodrayneTheThirdReich''. ''Film/BloodrayneTheThirdReich''

In terms of traits, they are usually "desirable" or "questable" for any of a hundred reasons. Common ones include: [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman great beauty]], [[IncorruptiblePurePureness great goodness]], kindness and [[LoveInterest loving or being loved by the hero]], [[RoyalBlood being royalty]], [[AncientKeeper knowing the answer to an urgent problem]], etc. (Thus, they can ''easily'' cross over into MarySue territory.) Alternately, they may carry the negative trait of having [[KickTheDog kicked the hero's dog]] at one point, and so they want to find them (or a way close to them) for {{revenge}}. See also DamselInDistress (and DistressedDude). If the character is kidnapped and held for ransom, see ThePresidentsDaughter. If a character must be moved from point A to B, it's a LiveActionEscortMission. For cases where the MacGuffin started out as nonliving and later became a person somehow, you want MacGuffinGirl. Characters who are unimportant when introduced but become important later in the story fall under ChekhovsGunman.
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In terms of traits, they are usually "desirable" or "questable" for any of a hundred reasons. Common ones include: [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman great beauty]], [[IncorruptiblePurePureness great goodness]], kindness and [[LoveInterest loving or being loved by the hero]], [[RoyalBlood being royalty]], [[AncientKeeper knowing the answer to an urgent problem]], etc. (Thus, they can ''easily'' cross over into MarySue territory.) Alternately, they may carry the negative trait of having [[KickTheDog kicked the hero's dog]] at one point, and so they want to find them (or a way close to them) for {{revenge}}. See also DamselInDistress (and DistressedDude). If the character is kidnapped and held for ransom, see ThePresidentsDaughter. If a character must be moved from point A to B, it's a LiveActionEscortMission. For cases where Subtropes include: * MacGuffinPersonReveal: TheReveal that the MacGuffin started out as nonliving and later became they've been looking for has been with them all along, in the form of one of the characters. * MacGuffinTurnedHuman: An inanimate MacGuffin embodied in, or transformed into, a person. * MacGuffinHostage: A person somehow, you want MacGuffinGirl. Characters who are unimportant when introduced but become is a MacGuffin because they're important later in (they're the story fall under ChekhovsGunman. president, a rich businessman, a top scientist, etc) or related to someone who is (family, LoveInterest, [[TrueCompanions True Companion]], etc). * MundaneMacGuffinPerson: A MacGuffinPerson who's sought after for some mundane trait (beauty, wisdom, etc) turned UpToEleven. * MacGuffinSuperPerson: A MacGuffinPerson who's sought after for some unique power or status they have (eg, they're TheChosenOne or an ApocalypseMaiden), usually with world-shaking consequences.

* Nunnally from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' gets a role as a living MacGuffin. This is partially because she's the protagonist's little sister, partially because she's so sweet and seemingly helpless that most characters want to protect her, and partially because she's [[spoiler: a princess]]. ** C.C. also gets used as a living MacGuffin, as evidenced by the existence of a special canister designed to contain her. In Code Geass R2, she has this role because [[spoiler: she has a special power that is needed in order for TheEmperor's master plan to work]]. ** Lelouch in early R2 also qualifies, [[spoiler: before he gets his memories back.]]
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* Nunnally from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' gets a role ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': Seiya's sister Seika was played up as a living MacGuffin. This is partially because she's this, despite [[spoiler:only turning up at the protagonist's little sister, partially because she's so sweet end of the series and seemingly helpless that most characters want to protect her, and partially because she's [[spoiler: a princess]]. ** C.C. also gets used as a living MacGuffin, as evidenced by not appearing in the existence of a special canister designed to contain her. In Code Geass R2, she has this role because [[spoiler: she has a special power that is needed in order for TheEmperor's master plan to work]]. ** Lelouch in early R2 also qualifies, [[spoiler: before he gets his memories back.sequel, yet.]]

** In the original series, Seiya's sister Seika was played up as this, despite [[spoiler:only turning up at the end of the series and not appearing in the sequel, yet.]] * Inori of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown''. At first, she's just the MysticalWaif, but Inori is later revealed to be the vessel for the apocalypse... so, yeah. * Kagura in ''SpeedGrapher'', [[ThePresidentsDaughter the daughter of a supermodel-turned-financial-superpower]], can also turn people's fantasies to real superpowers with her kiss. The entire series is about rescuing her ''from'' her family.

* Insane Casca during the Retribution arc in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Not only does Guts, her former lover and current [[DeclarationOfProtection protector,]] want her, but ''everybody'' is taking Casca in this arc, primarily the pagans who want to make her their queen and the Holy See who want to burn her at the stake. At one point in the arc, all three sides do in fact collide on site with Casca in their sights, and [[MacGuffinMelee a melee ensues.]] * In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Itsuki Koizumi plays this role in "[[ShowWithinAShow The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina]]". [[DarkMagicalGirl Yuki Nagato]] wants to steal his hidden esper powers, and the eponymous [[MagicalGirl Mikuru Asahina]] is charged to protect Itsuki. * Manhwa/WitchHunter: TheHero, Tasha Godspell, is revealed to be both the key to the {{Big Bad}}'s plans for wiping out humanity, but also the key to stopping these plans and saving mankind. Exactly ''how'' this works has yet to be explained. There are also several other witches out to capture him, including his own sister.
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* Insane Casca during the Retribution arc in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Not only does Guts, who has a right to her former lover and current being [[DeclarationOfProtection protector,]] her protector]], want her, but ''everybody'' is taking Casca in this arc, primarily the pagans who want to make her their queen and the Holy See who want to burn her at the stake. At one point in the arc, all three sides do in fact collide on site with Casca in their sights, and [[MacGuffinMelee a melee ensues.]] * In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Itsuki Koizumi plays this role in "[[ShowWithinAShow The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina]]". [[DarkMagicalGirl Yuki Nagato]] wants to steal his hidden esper powers, and the eponymous [[MagicalGirl Mikuru Asahina]] is charged to protect Itsuki. * Manhwa/WitchHunter: TheHero, Tasha Godspell, is revealed to be both the key to the {{Big Bad}}'s plans for wiping out humanity, but also the key to stopping these plans and saving mankind. Exactly ''how'' this works has yet to be explained. There are also several other witches out to capture him, including his own sister.stake.

* The first half of ''Anime/LastExile'' concerns Claus and Lavie (and later, the entire crew of the Silvana) trying to keep Alvis out of the clutches of the Guild. Why they're hunting her isn't revealed until the last episode. [[spoiler: Turns out she's a living "ignition key" for the eponymous space ship.]] * In an early episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash's pikachu catches the attention of three shady individuals. Queue many years of Jessie, James, and Meowth attempting to capture said pikachu. * ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': ** Eren is hunted by everybody so that he either gets to be humanity's greatest weapon, dissected, executed, [[spoiler: or be brought back to fellow Titans.]] It's later revealed that he is ''also'' [[spoiler: able to control titans to an extent. This is why people with powers the same as, or even ''stronger'' than his were willing to go to such lengths to capture him alive.]] ** Christa [[spoiler:alias Historia]] also becomes an example later on, due to [[spoiler:her royal heritage and ability to reveal the secrets of the Walls]] being revealed. [[spoiler:The Survey Corps' solution to this is to sweep both of them under the rug until they reach adulthood, upon which they can deal with it better]]. ** [[spoiler:The Beast Titan, the only non-Shifter Titan thus far shown to be fully sentient, is stated to be this to the Titan Shifters.]] * Manga/CrimeZone starts off with Aburaya Shiro, the main character who ''thought'' that he was just an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent finding out that he is somehow key to the plans of the vampires who've been put on the run by humankind, and that the government haas been keeping a close watch on him for years as a result. * Banagher Links of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' qualifies as well. Thanks to [[IAmDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin a dying request]] [[spoiler:from his father]], he eventually becomes the sole pilot of the titular Gundam, itself being the key to [[MacGuffin Laplace's Box]]. Thus he becomes a primary target for various factions who are all after the said box. * In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the Black Mage Zeref is treated this way even centuries after his supposed demise. Several villains are out for his power, if not his very existence. At least one cult is shown that worships him and wants to revive him, one Dark Guild devoted all of its efforts to unsealing him, and another Dark Guild [[spoiler:composed of demons he created]] venerates him and is doing everything in its power to honor his wishes despite never having met him. [[spoiler:Zeref himself regards their efforts with either contempt or mild amusement, and otherwise doesn't really care about them that much.]] * ''Manga/OutlawStar'': [[ArtificialHuman Melifina]] is not only the navigation system for the XGP, she's the key to [[spoiler: unlocking the secrets of the Galactic Leyline]]. So naturally, everyone's out to get her - from the Kei Pirates, to the [=McDougal=] Bros. and, even her creator: [[spoiler: [[TheComicallySerious Professor Gwen Khan]]]]. * ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Satomi becomes the target of [[NebulousEvilOrganization The Jahana Group]], once Damian senses [[AlmightyJanitor the enormity of her latent fighting potential]], during Yuka's match with Jun. Which convinces him that she'd make the ideal vessel for [[spoiler: [[BigBad Miranda]]]]'s [[TheDisembodied disembodied spirit.]] * It's a SliceOfLife, but Ryou's parents in ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' seems to think their daughter, currently [[MinorLivingAlone a middle-schooler living alone]] while [[ParentalAbandonment they are working overseas]], is this. For all the years they are out of Japan, they kept pressing on hiring bodyguards for her, an idea strongly refused by Ryou's [[RaisedByGrandparents grandmother]] and carried on by Ryou herself. Viewers often see the parents' worry to be legitimate, as other signs may indicate potential intelligence involvement in the said parents' occupations. * Arslan in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' is frequently targeted due to his status as the crowned prince of Pars and that he has a one hundred thousand gold coin price on his head. * Yuzu and all of her counterparts from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' serve as these to [[BigBad Leo Akaba]] for currently unknown reasons. Several political factions try to capture or contain them specifically so the can be ransomed and/or protected, although only Leo himself seems to know ''why'' they're of any value.
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* The first half of ''Anime/LastExile'' concerns Claus and Lavie (and later, the entire crew of the Silvana) trying to keep Alvis out of the clutches of the Guild. Why they're hunting her isn't revealed until the last episode. [[spoiler: Turns out she's a living "ignition key" for the eponymous space ship.]] * In an early episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash's pikachu catches the attention of three shady individuals. Queue many years of Jessie, James, and Meowth attempting to capture said pikachu. * ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': ** Eren is hunted by everybody so that he either gets to be humanity's greatest weapon, dissected, executed, [[spoiler: or be brought back to fellow Titans.]] It's later revealed that he is ''also'' [[spoiler: able to control titans to an extent. This is why people with powers the same as, or even ''stronger'' than his were willing to go to such lengths to capture him alive.]] ** Christa [[spoiler:alias Historia]] also becomes an example later on, due to [[spoiler:her royal heritage and ability to reveal the secrets of the Walls]] being revealed. [[spoiler:The Survey Corps' solution to this is to sweep both of them under the rug until they reach adulthood, upon which they can deal with it better]]. ** [[spoiler:The Beast Titan, the only non-Shifter Titan thus far shown to be fully sentient, is stated to be this to the Titan Shifters.]] * Manga/CrimeZone starts off with Aburaya Shiro, the main character who ''thought'' that he was just an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent finding out that he is somehow key to the plans of the vampires who've been put on the run by humankind, and that the government haas been keeping a close watch on him for years as a result. * Banagher Links of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' qualifies as well. Thanks to [[IAmDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin a dying request]] [[spoiler:from his father]], he eventually becomes the sole pilot of the titular Gundam, itself being the key to [[MacGuffin Laplace's Box]]. Thus he becomes a primary target for various factions who are all after the said box. * In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the Black Mage Zeref is treated this way even centuries after his supposed demise. Several villains are out for his power, if not his very existence. At least one cult is shown that worships him and wants to revive him, one Dark Guild devoted all of its efforts to unsealing him, and another Dark Guild [[spoiler:composed of demons he created]] venerates him and is doing everything in its power to honor his wishes despite never having met him. [[spoiler:Zeref himself regards their efforts with either contempt or mild amusement, and otherwise doesn't really care about them that much.]] * ''Manga/OutlawStar'': [[ArtificialHuman Melifina]] is not only the navigation system for the XGP, she's the key to [[spoiler: unlocking the secrets of the Galactic Leyline]]. So naturally, everyone's out to get her - from the Kei Pirates, to the [=McDougal=] Bros. and, even her creator: [[spoiler: [[TheComicallySerious Professor Gwen Khan]]]]. * ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Satomi becomes the target of [[NebulousEvilOrganization The Jahana Group]], once Damian senses [[AlmightyJanitor the enormity of her latent fighting potential]], during Yuka's match with Jun. Which convinces him that she'd make the ideal vessel for [[spoiler: [[BigBad Miranda]]]]'s [[TheDisembodied disembodied spirit.]] * It's a SliceOfLife, but Ryou's parents in ''Manga/KoufukuGraffiti'' seems to think their daughter, currently [[MinorLivingAlone a middle-schooler living alone]] while [[ParentalAbandonment they are working overseas]], is this. For all the years they are out of Japan, they kept pressing on hiring bodyguards for her, an idea strongly refused by Ryou's [[RaisedByGrandparents grandmother]] and carried on by Ryou herself. Viewers often see the parents' worry to be legitimate, as other signs may indicate potential intelligence involvement in the said parents' occupations. * Arslan in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' is frequently targeted due to his status as the crowned prince of Pars and that he has a one hundred thousand gold coin price on his head. * Yuzu and all of her counterparts from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' serve as these to [[BigBad Leo Akaba]] for currently unknown reasons. Several political factions try to capture or contain them specifically so the can be ransomed and/or protected, although only Leo himself seems to know ''why'' they're of any value.

* Yorick in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is a male example; various factions want him, mostly alive, some dead. ** Yorick has a LivingMacGuffin of his own in his girlfriend Beth. * Ramona Flowers in the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' books: the protagonist must go through several obstacles to be with her, but we are shown very little about the relationship, or even Ramona Flowers herself, except that [[InformedAbility we are assured of her awesomeness]].
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* Yorick in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' ''YTheLastMan'' is a male example; various factions want him, mostly alive, some dead. ** dead. Yorick has a LivingMacGuffin of his own in his girlfriend Beth. * Ramona Flowers in the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' books: the protagonist must go through several obstacles to be with her, but we are shown very little about the relationship, or even Ramona Flowers herself, except that [[InformedAbility we are assured of her awesomeness]].Beth.

* Hope Summers since ''[[ComicBook/XMen Messiah CompleX]]'', before really settling into this role with ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. * Jot Soora and Monima Das in ''ComicBook/AssassinsCreedBrahman'', with both the Assassins and Templars hunting for them so they can access their genetic memory and discover the location of the real Koh-i-Noor diamond.
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* Hope Summers since ''[[ComicBook/XMen Messiah CompleX]]'', CompleX]]'' before really settling into this role with ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''. * Jot Soora and Monima Das in ''ComicBook/AssassinsCreedBrahman'', with both the Assassins and Templars hunting for them so they can access their genetic memory and discover the location of the real Koh-i-Noor diamond.''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.

* Film/{{Cinderella}}, Film/SleepingBeauty, Film/{{Rapunzel}}, and many other fairy tale heroines were {{Living MacGuffin}}s in the Creator/{{Disney}} films and in those iterations of these fairy tales inspired by the {{Disneyfication}}. ** In the pre-Disney versions of those fairy tales, the nameless prince was the {{Living MacGuffin}}; for example, Cinderella competed with her wicked stepsisters for the hand of the prince, who is treated as a non-entity who exists in the story only to provide the winner with a castle, title, and wealth.
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* Film/{{Cinderella}}, Film/SleepingBeauty, Film/{{Rapunzel}}, and many other fairy tale heroines were {{Living MacGuffin}}s in the Creator/{{Disney}} films and in those iterations of these fairy tales inspired by the {{Disneyfication}}. ** {{Disneyfication}}. In the pre-Disney versions of those fairy tales, the nameless prince was the {{Living MacGuffin}}; LivingMacGuffin; for example, Cinderella competed with her wicked stepsisters for the hand of the prince, who is treated as a non-entity who exists in the story only to provide the winner with a castle, title, and wealth.

* In a way, Socrates of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is one of these, due to the alien transmitter embedded in his head. He's LockedOutOfTheLoop about it, but it comes up as a plot device occasionally.
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* In a way, Socrates of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' is one of these, due to the alien transmitter embedded in his head. He's LockedOutOfTheLoop about it, but it comes up as a plot device occasionally.

* Cabiria in 1914 epic ''Film/{{Cabiria}}''. When she is a child, she is very cute, and must be rescued from HumanSacrifice to the god Moloch. When she is a grown-up, she is very pretty, and must again be rescued from HumanSacrifice to Moloch. The character does pretty much nothing over the whole course of the movie except need rescuing. * Franchise/{{Superman}} in ''Film/ManOfSteel''. [[spoiler:Prior to launching Kal-El to Earth, Jor-El imbued his cells with the Codex, which holds the genetic potential of the entire Kryptonian species]]. * WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits: The dodo bird.
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* Cabiria in 1914 epic ''Film/{{Cabiria}}''. When she is a child, she is very cute, and must be rescued from HumanSacrifice to the god Moloch. When she is a grown-up, she is very pretty, and must again be rescued from HumanSacrifice to Moloch. The character does pretty much nothing over the whole course of the movie except need rescuing. * Franchise/{{Superman}} in ''Film/ManOfSteel''. [[spoiler:Prior to launching Kal-El to Earth, Jor-El imbued his cells with the Codex, which holds the genetic potential of the entire Kryptonian species]]. * WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits: The dodo bird.

* In ''Film/TheDarjeelingLimited'', the brothers use a trip to find their long left mother to tell her about their father's death and try to bond with each other. ** Another long lost mother variation of the living MacGuffin is Mike's mother in ''My Own Private Idaho'', whom he never finds. * Doug from ''Film/TheHangover'', who is given all the characterization of a very NiceGuy to both his friends and brother in law. So much so that you can honestly believe these guys ''would'' shake down all of Las Vegas to find him. * In ''Film/KillBill'', finding Bill so she could kill him is the entire focus of the Bride's RoaringRampageOfRevenge... well, that and revenging herself on the people who could lead her to him. * ''TheSearchers'': John Wayne & Co. spend years searching for his niece, abducted by [[OnceAcceptableTargets Injuns]]. * Private Ryan in ''SavingPrivateRyan'', the search for him in the war zone is the plot.
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* In ''Film/TheDarjeelingLimited'', the brothers use a trip to find their long left mother to tell her about their father's death and try to bond with each other. ** other. Another long lost mother variation of the living MacGuffin is Mike's mother in ''My Own Private Idaho'', whom he never finds. * Doug from ''Film/TheHangover'', who The monster in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. The movie is given all the characterization of a very NiceGuy to both his friends and brother in law. So much so that you can honestly believe these guys ''would'' shake down all of Las Vegas to find him. * In ''Film/KillBill'', finding Bill so she could kill him is the entire focus of the Bride's RoaringRampageOfRevenge... well, that and revenging herself on the people who could lead her to him. * ''TheSearchers'': John Wayne & Co. spend years searching for his niece, abducted by [[OnceAcceptableTargets Injuns]]. * Private Ryan in ''SavingPrivateRyan'', the search for him mostly uninterested in the war zone is the plot.monster itself, and more in its effects.

* Kee in ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''. She's the first woman to get pregnant in almost 20 years. The main characters have to try to keep her (and the baby) alive and out of the wrong hands.

* ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' is centered entirely around Willard's mission to travel to the compound of an insane colonel and to kill him. He becomes even more determined to find and confront the colonel as he learns more about him from previous military reports.

* The plot of the film ''Poetic Justice'' has four friends go on a road-trip from Los Angeles to Oakland, California to visit Lucky's cousin, Kalil. [[spoiler: They find out he's been shot and killed once they arrive.]] * Roxanne from ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' is the reason Max is traveling. He wants to show off to her at a place opposed to his father's destination. * ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Max becomes one when [[spoiler:all the security coding for Elysium gets uploaded into his brain, coding that would basically let the user do anything they want. Spider and co. want the information to disable the Elysium security systems and make everyone on Earth register as a citizen, Delacourt wants it to overthrow Elysium's current leadership, and Kruger wants it to take over Elysium and do... unpleasant things.]] * In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Mystique is the lynchpin to the BadFuture in more ways than one. Her murder of Trask not only drives others to complete his work, but her subsequent capture provides them with the key to making Sentinels unstoppable, [[spoiler:which is why Erik tries to kill her before she can kill Trask]]. * [[TheHero Optimus Prime]] in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' is hunted by [[BountyHunter Lockdown]], who wants to kidnap Optimus and take him to [[spoiler:the Transformers' Creators]]. * In ''Film/LayerCake'', Eddie Temple's daughter whom the protagonist is supposed to find but is never actually found by him nor appears on screen. * Naida, the beautiful IndianMaiden from ''Film/InTheLandOfTheHeadHunters''. She's originally promised to the evil sorcerer. Motana the hero attacks the sorceror, kills him, and takes Naida for his bride. Then the evil sorceror's evil brother Yaklus attacks Motana's village and kidnaps Naida for himself. Motana then rescues Naida from Yaklus. That's pretty much the whole story.
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* The plot of the film ''Poetic Justice'' has four friends go on a road-trip from Los Angeles to Oakland, California to visit Lucky's cousin, Kalil. [[spoiler: They find out he's been shot and killed once they arrive.]] * Roxanne from ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' is the reason Max is traveling. He wants to show off to her at a place opposed to his father's destination. * ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Max becomes one when [[spoiler:all the security coding for Elysium gets uploaded into his brain, coding that would basically let the user do anything they want. Spider and co. want the information to disable the Elysium security systems and make everyone on Earth register as a citizen, Delacourt wants it to overthrow Elysium's current leadership, and Kruger wants it to take over Elysium and do... unpleasant things.]] * In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Mystique is the lynchpin to the BadFuture in more ways than one. Her murder of Trask not only drives others to complete his work, but her subsequent capture provides them with the key to making Sentinels unstoppable, [[spoiler:which is why Erik tries to kill her before she can kill Trask]]. * [[TheHero Optimus Prime]] in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' is hunted by [[BountyHunter Lockdown]], who wants to kidnap Optimus and take him to [[spoiler:the Transformers' Creators]]. * In ''Film/LayerCake'', Eddie Temple's daughter whom the protagonist is supposed to find but is never actually found by him nor appears on screen. * Naida, the beautiful IndianMaiden from ''Film/InTheLandOfTheHeadHunters''. She's originally promised to the evil sorcerer. Motana the hero attacks the sorceror, kills him, and takes Naida for his bride. Then the evil sorceror's evil brother Yaklus attacks Motana's village and kidnaps Naida for himself. Motana then rescues Naida from Yaklus. That's pretty much the whole story.

* OlderThanFeudalism: Helen of Troy from ''Literature/TheIliad'' is a prime example. Helen wasn't attacked by Paris or the Trojans during the whole war, and in fact went willingly because she fell in love with Paris. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or was made to, by Aphrodite.]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or simply didn't like her husband very much and couldn't be bothered to struggle very hard.]]
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Helen of Troy from ''Literature/TheIliad'' is a prime example. Helen wasn't attacked by Paris or the Trojans during the whole war, and in fact went willingly because she fell in love with Paris. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or was made to, by Aphrodite.]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Or simply didn't like her husband very much and couldn't be bothered to struggle very hard.]]

** Most of the variations have the vassals torn between personal loyalty to Arthur (who would pardon his beloved and his best friend, despite the pain they have caused him) and loyalty to the law itself which demands she and Lancelot be tried for treason against their king (with the lawful side being spear-headed/manipulated by one enemy or another of Arthur's).
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** Most of the variations this troper has encountered have the vassals torn between personal loyalty to Arthur (who would pardon his beloved and his best friend, despite the pain they have caused him) and loyalty to the law itself which demands she and Lancelot be tried for treason against their king (with the lawful side being spear-headed/manipulated by one enemy or another of Arthur's).

* A few crop up during the course of the ''PrydainChronicles'' -- Hen Wen the pig in ''The Book of Three'', Princess Eilonwy in ''The Castle of Llyr'', and Taran's long-lost parents in ''Taran Wanderer.'' [[spoiler:The last is a subversion. Taran eventually decides that he doesn't need to know who his parents were to know who he is. He is Taran.]] * In Creator/TobiasBuckell's ''Literature/CrystalRain'', Oaxyctl is looking for John deBrun because he wants to torture "the code" to a spaceship out of him. We later find out that John ''is'' the code -- he has to be bodily present (and alive) to open the spaceship. * [[Literature/AliceInWonderland The White Rabbit]] is one. The entire reason Alice ends up in Wonderland is her curiosity about the Rabbit. And it's often the Rabbit, constantly hurrying from one place to the next, which brings her from scene to scene.
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* A few crop up during the course of the ''PrydainChronicles'' -- Hen Wen the pig in ''The Book of Three'', Princess Eilonwy in ''The Castle of Llyr'', and Taran's long-lost parents in ''Taran Wanderer.'' [[spoiler:The last is a subversion. Taran eventually decides that he doesn't need to know who his parents were to know who he is. He is Taran.]] '' * In Creator/TobiasBuckell's ''Literature/CrystalRain'', Tobias Buckell's ''Crystal Rain'', Oaxyctl is looking for John deBrun because he wants to torture "the code" to a spaceship out of him. We later find out that John ''is'' the code -- he has to be bodily present (and alive) to open the spaceship. * It could be argued that [[Literature/AliceInWonderland The White Rabbit]] is one. The entire reason Alice ends up in Wonderland is her curiosity about the Rabbit. And it's often the Rabbit, constantly hurrying from one place to the next, which brings her from scene to scene.

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the Archive, a repository of all written works from all of human history. Because knowledge is very literally power in the Dresdenverse, she's a terrifyingly powerful wizard when called upon. While most wizards see her only as the Archive, [[TheNicknamer Harry]] calls her 'Ivy'. Names have power in the Dresdenverse, so calling her that actually makes her more human and less scary-supercharged-twelve-year-old. * In Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens's novel ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'', Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive, is one in the TOS and TNG storylines. Former [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fascist leader Adrik Thorsen]] is obsessed with revenge against Cochrane, and Kirk wants to protect him. Picard was mostly an innocent bystander dragged into it by Thorsen. * ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Davos Seaworth going to Skagos to retrieve Rickon Stark, as he is a key on getting the Northern Houses to fully side with Stannis, as the North are fiercely loyal to the Starks and they hate Boltons for their part in the Red Wedding. * ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'' [[TheCutie Nel Rawlinson]]'s role in the plot is "Staś's motivation to cross the DarkestAfrica".
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has the Archive, a repository of all written works from all of human history. Because knowledge is very literally power in the Dresdenverse, she's a terrifyingly powerful wizard when called upon. While most wizards see her only as the Archive, [[TheNicknamer Harry]] calls her 'Ivy'. Names have power in the Dresdenverse, so calling her that actually makes her more human and less scary-supercharged-twelve-year-old. * In Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens's novel ''Literature/StarTrekFederation'', Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive, is one in the TOS and TNG storylines. Former [[ANaziByAnyOtherName fascist leader Adrik Thorsen]] is obsessed with revenge against Cochrane, and Kirk wants to protect him. Picard was mostly an innocent bystander dragged into it by Thorsen. * ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Davos Seaworth going to Skagos to retrieve Rickon Stark, as he is a key on getting the Northern Houses to fully side with Stannis, as the North are fiercely loyal to the Starks and they hate Boltons for their part in the Red Wedding. * ''Literature/InDesertAndWilderness'' [[TheCutie Nel Rawlinson]]'s role in the plot is "Staś's motivation to cross the DarkestAfrica".

* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Poor John Crichton. By the end of the series, half the Galaxy [[spoiler:which he's close to blowing up with his knowledge of Wormholes]] is after him. He's close to a ''Film/GingerSnaps'' moment. * Mr. Big in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', to the point that they don't even bother to give him a real name. You find yourself wondering what is wrong with Carrie Bradshaw and then you remember ... oh yeah, she's Carrie Bradshaw.[[note]]They do in fact reveal his name in [[Film/SexAndTheCity the movie]][[/note]] * ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Teyla's baby is a MacGuffin for Michael as he wants to use the newborn's DNA to advance his hybrid research. Since Teyla's an ActionMom, he doesn't get very far. * Franchise/KamenRider shows have a few cases of Living [=MacGuffins=], most of which are people the bad guys are after. Their nature is revealed towards the endgame, so be warned of spoilers. ** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has Yui, who has been [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong and is]] actually the centerpiece of the Rider War, as the person who runs it is her KnightTemplarBigBrother is trying to rig in his favor [[spoiler:so that he may save her life]]. ** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has Hana, who is revealed to be the Junction Point, a special type of Singularity Point whose destruction will ensure the existence of the Imagin. ** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has Phillip, who's [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong and was]] responsible for the creation of the Gaia Memories due to his connection to the Earth [[spoiler:as he was brought back as a Data Being after dying]]. As an interesting variant, the bad guys already had Phillip in the beginning, though he was rescued by Shotaro and his mentor. ** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has Kengo, who's actually a being created from an alien artifact that is sought after by the Zodiarts. ** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has Koyomi, who's [[spoiler:you guessed it, DeadAllAlong, though she's temporarily brought back to life through a ritual that kickstarted the series]]. She only becomes important in the endgame [[spoiler:as not only is her time running out, prompting her father to step up his game, but also because another Phantom wants the thing that keeps her alive: the PhilosophersStone]].
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Poor John Crichton. By the end of the series, half the Galaxy [[spoiler:which he's close to blowing up with his knowledge of Wormholes]] is after him. He's close to a ''Film/GingerSnaps'' moment. * Mr. Big in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', to the point that they don't even bother to give him a real name. You find yourself wondering what is wrong with Carrie Bradshaw and then you remember ... oh yeah, she's Carrie Bradshaw.[[note]]They do in fact reveal his name in [[Film/SexAndTheCity the movie]][[/note]] * ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Teyla's baby is a MacGuffin for Michael as he wants to use the newborn's DNA to advance his hybrid research. Since Teyla's an ActionMom, he doesn't get very far. * Franchise/KamenRider shows have a few cases of Living [=MacGuffins=], most of which are people the bad guys are after. Their nature is revealed towards the endgame, so be warned of spoilers. ** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has Yui, who has been [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong and is]] actually the centerpiece of the Rider War, as the person who runs it is her KnightTemplarBigBrother is trying to rig in his favor [[spoiler:so that he may save her life]]. ** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' has Hana, who is revealed to be the Junction Point, a special type of Singularity Point whose destruction will ensure the existence of the Imagin. ** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has Phillip, who's [[spoiler:DeadAllAlong and was]] responsible for the creation of the Gaia Memories due to his connection to the Earth [[spoiler:as he was brought back as a Data Being after dying]]. As an interesting variant, the bad guys already had Phillip in the beginning, though he was rescued by Shotaro and his mentor. ** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has Kengo, who's actually a being created from an alien artifact that is sought after by the Zodiarts. ** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has Koyomi, who's [[spoiler:you guessed it, DeadAllAlong, though she's temporarily brought back to life through a ritual that kickstarted the series]]. She only becomes important in the endgame [[spoiler:as not only is her time running out, prompting her father to step up his game, but also because another Phantom wants the thing that keeps her alive: the PhilosophersStone]]. Bradshaw.

* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', Ragna the Bloodedge is treated this way since he supposedly wields the Azure Grimoire. In the sequel ''Continuum Shift'' Noel gets this treatment after it's revealed that she is the true wielder of the Azure Grimoire and Ragna's Grimoire is a flawed imitation. [[spoiler:And as it turns out the Grimoire's creator Yuuki Terumi, or rather his Hazama!body, '''is''' an Azure Grimoire, albeit fake like Ragna's]].
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', Ragna the Bloodedge is treated this way since he supposedly wields the Azure Grimoire. In the sequel ''Continuum Shift'' Noel gets this treatment after it's revealed that she is the true wielder of the Azure Grimoire and Ragna's Grimoire is a flawed imitation. [[spoiler:And as it turns out the Grimoire's creator Yuuki Terumi, or rather his Hazama!body, '''is''' an Azure Grimoire, albeit fake like Ragna's]].

* ''VideoGame/BioShock'': ** ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' is centered around the quest of the player, a Big Daddy formerly bonded to a Little Sister, to find that Little Sister - who happens to be BigBad Sophia Lamb's daughter and the messiah of the religion she founded. [[spoiler:Subverted near the end, when she becomes a Big Sister and helps you fight your way out of the city, and is incredibly powerful.]] ** In ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' Elizabeth is this for no less than three factions in the game at various points: the player character, Booker [=DeWitt=], has been instructed to rescue her from [[FloatingContinent Columbia]] under the orders of a client [[TrappedByGamblingDebts offering to pay off his gambling debts]]; the main villains of the game, [[SinisterMinister Father Comstock]] and [[ReligionOfEvil The Founders]], want to keep her imprisoned (and later, recaptured) so that she can one day take up Comstock's mantle and bring the apocalypse to "the Sodom below"; and by the end of the game, the [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized Vox Populi]] are out to kill her simply because she was such an integral part of the Founder's belief system. [[spoiler: During the ending, Booker's goals are subverted all to hell when it turns out that his memories have been badly mangled by dimensional travel, and he's not out to pay off his debts at all; he's out to rescue his daughter.]] ** ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' revolves around Booker and Elizabeth trying to rescue an orphaned girl who was turned into a little sister. The girl appears very few times in the entire game.

* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the female krogan dubbed "Eve". Because of [[MadScientist Maelon's]] brutal experiments conducted during the previous game, her fertility is no longer hampered by the [[DepopulationBomb genophage]] affecting all krogan, making her the key to finally developing a cure. ** Commander Shepard can become this in [[spoiler: the Synthesis Ending, as their cybernetic implants from the [[BackFromTheDead Lazarus Project]] make them the perfect mixture of organic and synthetic required by the Catalyst to kickstart TheSingularity]]. * Metroids in, well, ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''. They only show up rarely in each game, usually as a small band of {{Elite Mook}}s. But while they don't do much to antagonize the player, their invulnerability to conventional weapons means they could easily consume entire planets if Samus doesn't bust up the [[TooDumbToLive total morons who think cloning Metroids is a good idea]]. * ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' features Chloe Lynch, a software programmer working under the alias "Karma". The main characters believe Karma to be some sort of cybernetic weapon, until they find out Karma is a person. [[spoiler:Her survival is necesssary to obtain the GoldenEnding, as she is the only one who can stop the BigBad's virus attack on the world's computer networks.]] * TheProtagonist of Videogame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf, Akatsuki, finds himself in this position after he wakes up from being a HumanPopsicle. At the time of his supposed death he was he person in charge of the game's MacGuffin, the Blitz Engines [[spoiler: which is either stored [[PersonOfHolding in his body]] or [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman in his uniform]] ]], so now that he's back after 50 years nearly ''everyone'' in the cast is seeking for him so they can get their hands on the Engines for one or another purpose...

* Charlotte "Charlie" Bronte in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' serves largely as comatose Macguffin to make her best friend Mary Clarissa Christie go through the plot. [[spoiler:Except in the end, when she's actually an opponent.]]
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* Charlotte "Charlie" Bronte Charlie in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' serves largely as comatose Macguffin to make her best friend Mary Clarissa Christie go through the plot. [[spoiler:Except in the end, when she's actually an opponent.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]] * ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'' has the Queen Unicorn, the most magical creature in all of Zinnia. Malucia is desperate to capture her and drain her magic. [[/folder]]
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* Cabiria in 1914 epic ''Film/{{Cabiria}}''. When she is a child, she is very cute, and must be rescued from HumanSacrifice to the god Moloch. When she is a grown-up, she is very pretty, and must again be rescued from HumanSacrifice to Moloch. The character does pretty much nothing over the whole course of the movie except need rescuing.
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', Ragna the Bloodedge is treated this way since he supposedly wields the Azure Grimoire. In the sequel ''Continuum Shift'' Noel gets this treatment after it's revealed that she is the true wielder of the Azure Grimoire and Ragna's Grimoire is a flawed imitation.
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* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger'', Ragna the Bloodedge is treated this way since he supposedly wields the Azure Grimoire. In the sequel ''Continuum Shift'' Noel gets this treatment after it's revealed that she is the true wielder of the Azure Grimoire and Ragna's Grimoire is a flawed imitation. [[spoiler:And as it turns out the Grimoire's creator Yuuki Terumi, or rather his Hazama!body, '''is''' an Azure Grimoire, albeit fake like Ragna's]].
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* The Destined Children from ''RomancingSaGa3'' [[spoiler: The Abyss Lords want them to open the gate to the Abyss so they can escape. Both also serve to summon the Destroyer to end existence if both are in the abyss at once. Abyss Lords used the Devil King for them to rule the world for 3 centuries before the Holy King sent them packing.]]
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* The Destined Children from ''RomancingSaGa3'' ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'' [[spoiler: The Abyss Lords want them to open the gate to the Abyss so they can escape. Both also serve to summon the Destroyer to end existence if both are in the abyss at once. Abyss Lords used the Devil King for them to rule the world for 3 centuries before the Holy King sent them packing.]]
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