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7th Jan '17 4:33:59 AM MorningStar1337
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* The Princesses of Heart in ''KingdomHearts''.
** [[spoiler: Ventus in Master Xehanort's first attempt to snag Kingdom Hearts.]]

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''
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The Princesses of Heart in ''KingdomHearts''.
were in this status in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the first game]]. Maleficent and her cronies [[spoilers: manipulated by Xehanort,]] wanted them so that they can open the Door to Darkness to take over the multiverse. Turns out this is also a case of DismantledMacGuffin. The Princesses' hearts being 7 fragments of the X-Blade which as a counterpart to Kingdom Hearts, can be used to open a path to the titular location.
** [[spoiler: Ventus in Master Xehanort's first attempt to snag Kingdom Hearts.]]Hearts in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. The details are that Ventus was split into two beings in an attempt to artificially recreate the aforementioned X-blade, thinking that an equal amount of Light and Darkness must clash. As such Ventus himself is much like the Princesses of Heart. Because of this, he also counts for DismantledMacGuffin, and also because of this [[spoiler: Eraqus thought it be nessisary to kill him, setting off a tragic chain of events that played in Xehanort's favor]].
6th Jan '17 3:55:22 PM MiddleEighth
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* Kurama is searching and gathering all the jinchuuriki he can find in ''[[BlackKatsReverse Reverse]]'' so they protect themselves from the Akatsuki, who need to capture to kill them all to take over the Elemental Nations

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* Kurama is searching and gathering all the jinchuuriki he can find in ''[[BlackKatsReverse Reverse]]'' so they protect themselves from the Akatsuki, who need to capture to kill them all to take over the Elemental NationsNations.
*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Paul and George go on a fairly pointless delivery mission to a small fishing village, only to discover that the recipient of their stuff has been kidnapped by Tayhil. The actual rescue of this man is not nearly as important as the method the two come up with to deal with the Tayhil, or Paul's confrontation with Spectrem, who wants to call in an airstrike on the Tayhil, or the aftermath and the angry reaction of the villagers.
21st Dec '16 11:07:49 AM Xtifr
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* A few crop up during the course of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' -- 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.''

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* A few crop up during the course of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' -- ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'': 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.''
9th Dec '16 6:34:15 PM Mullon
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* Murphy on ''Series/ZNation'' is the only person on the planet with a working cure to the zombie virus in him, making him immune to their bites and even their attention. Getting Murphy to a working laboratory makes up most of the plot, and most of the villains on the show are trying to hunt down Murphy for their own ends.
26th Aug '16 4:10:53 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', it turns out that your squad's actual mission is to recover [[spoiler:a Huragok/Engineer who defected from the Covenant]]. [[spoiler:Said Huragok]] also serves this role in the audio logs; [[PluckyGirl Sadie]] comes to value it because [[spoiler:it downloaded Virgil, the last thing left of her father's work]], while [[DirtyCop Kinsler]] wants to capture it so he can be branded a war hero.
10th Aug '16 10:29:58 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Both Jellal and Grimoire Heart want to resurrect [[TheDreaded Black Mage Zeref]] for their own purposes. In Jellal's case he wants Zeref to create a 'perfect world', and in Grimoire Heart's case, they want him to create a world that only mages can live in. [[spoiler: It's too bad that not only is Zeref not dead, he has absolutely no intention of going along with any of these plans.]]
5th Aug '16 3:39:55 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry occasionally put in this role, because thanks to the reveal that he's Thor's son, any number of bad guys want a piece of him, something that is met with his vocal displeasure.
3rd Aug '16 1:08:45 AM shadowmanwkp
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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).

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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).
31st Jul '16 12:16:21 PM nombretomado
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* Yorick in ''YTheLastMan'' is a male example; various factions want him, mostly alive, some dead. Yorick has a LivingMacGuffin of his own in his girlfriend Beth.
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] refers to Ray Palmer (The Atom) in the trainwreck [[DCComics DC]] crossover event ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' as "The Mini-MacGuffin".

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* Yorick in ''YTheLastMan'' ''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.
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] refers to Ray Palmer (The Atom) in the trainwreck [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC]] crossover event ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' as "The Mini-MacGuffin".
31st Jul '16 5:25:57 AM res20stupid
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* Averted with Rachel Amber in ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' - she's initially presented as this as a motive for Max to join in Chloe's investigation into Rachel's disappearamce which ties into most of the overarching plot of the game, but it's revealed that her influence has greatly impacted the cast.
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