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28th Dec '17 12:13:36 PM HelloLamppost
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* Used very literally in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Armageddon Factor," where it turns out that [[spoiler: the last piece of the cosmically powerful Key To Time, which has served as a McGuffin for the whole past season, is Princess Astra herself. This also serves to expose the Black Guardian who had been masquerading as the White Guardian, because the Doctor knew that the White Guardian would never be willing to sacrifice Astra's life.]]

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* Used very literally in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Armageddon Factor," where it turns out that [[spoiler: the last piece of the cosmically powerful Key To Time, which has served as a McGuffin for the whole past season, is Princess Astra herself. This also serves to expose the Black Guardian who had been masquerading as the White Guardian, because the Doctor knew realizes that the White Guardian would never be willing to sacrifice Astra's life.]]
28th Dec '17 12:13:06 PM HelloLamppost
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* Used very literally in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Armageddon Factor," where it turns out that [[spoiler: the last piece of the cosmically powerful Key To Time, which has served as a McGuffin for the whole past season, is Princess Astra herself. This also serves to expose the Black Guardian who had been masquerading as the White Guardian, because the Doctor knew that the White Guardian would never be willing to sacrifice Astra's life.]]
26th Dec '17 7:02:51 PM nombretomado
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* TheFirebird from ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series ''Yattodetaman''. In this series, two royal houses battle for the power to rule the Kingdom of Fir. In order to secure the Kingdom, two representatives go back in time to find the mythical Firebird, which will allow its bearer to become the rightful ruler

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* TheFirebird Theatre/TheFirebird from ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series ''Yattodetaman''. In this series, two royal houses battle for the power to rule the Kingdom of Fir. In order to secure the Kingdom, two representatives go back in time to find the mythical Firebird, which will allow its bearer to become the rightful ruler
25th Dec '17 10:11:41 PM LoveAmongTheRuins
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* Clockpunk [[TheBait pretends to be one]] in "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer" to lure The Vitalizer away from the actual {{MacGuffin|'s}} trail.

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* Clockpunk [[TheBait pretends to be one]] in "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer" to lure The Vitalizer away from the actual {{MacGuffin|'s}} {{MacGuffin}}'s trail.
25th Dec '17 10:10:58 PM LoveAmongTheRuins
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* Clockpunk [[TheBait pretends to be one]] in "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer" to lure The Vitalizer away from the actual {{MacGuffin|'s}} trail.
18th Dec '17 11:48:44 AM WaterBlap
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They say [[Literature/TheIliad Helen of Troy]] had a face that could launch a thousand ships: well, the Living [=MacGuffin=] has a similar ability to launch [[TheHerosJourney a thousand quests]] in search of them. She may be a [[TheDulcineaEffect heart wrenchingly beautiful]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] [[EngagementChallenge whose hand can only be won with]] [[ImpossibleTask miraculous feats]], a long lost (or [[ParentalAbandonment left]]) parent, [[ThickerThanWater sibling]], [[TrueCompanions close friend]] or LoveInterest, some variation of TheChosenOne who is needed for some greater purpose, or any number of typical MacGuffin functions.

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They say [[Literature/TheIliad Helen of Troy]] had a face that could launch a thousand ships: well, the Living [=MacGuffin=] has a similar ability to launch [[TheHerosJourney a thousand quests]] in search of them. She may be a [[TheDulcineaEffect heart wrenchingly beautiful]] wrenchingly]] beautiful [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] whose [[EngagementChallenge whose hand can only be won with]] won]] with [[ImpossibleTask miraculous feats]], a long lost (or [[ParentalAbandonment left]]) parent, [[ThickerThanWater sibling]], [[TrueCompanions close friend]] or LoveInterest, some variation of TheChosenOne who is needed for some greater purpose, or any number of typical MacGuffin functions.
7th Dec '17 2:55:19 PM Dravencour
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* Insane Casca during the Retribution arc in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Not only does Guts, who has a right to her being [[DeclarationOfProtection 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.

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* Insane Casca during the Retribution arc in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Not only does Guts, who was once her lover before the horrible events that took her mind went down and has a right sworn to her being be [[DeclarationOfProtection her protector]], want her, but ''everybody'' is taking after Casca in this arc, primarily the pagans who want to make her their queen and the Holy See and Bishop Mozgus who want to [[BurnTheWitch burn her at the stake.as a witch]].
30th Oct '17 5:49:51 AM Gaby007
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5942075/1/Reluctant-Hero Reluctant Hero]]'', the discovery that Zuko is [[TheChosenOne the new Avatar]] makes ''everyone'' frantic to find him and secure his loyalty: the Northern Water Tribe and White Lotus want to train and prepare him to restore balance to the world, the Dai Li wants to brainwash him for the Earth Kingdom's greatness and the Fire Nation wants to make him a LivingWeapon to achieve world domination.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5942075/1/Reluctant-Hero Reluctant Hero]]'', ''Fanfic/ReluctantHero'', the discovery that Zuko is [[TheChosenOne the new Avatar]] makes ''everyone'' frantic to find him and secure his loyalty: the Northern Water Tribe and White Lotus want to train and prepare him to restore balance to the world, the Dai Li wants to brainwash him for the Earth Kingdom's greatness and the Fire Nation wants to make him a LivingWeapon to achieve world domination.
25th Oct '17 2:04:22 PM xcountryguy
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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.]]

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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 [[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.]]



* ''Film/TronLegacy'': Quorra is [[spoiler: [[LastOfHisKind The Last]] [[ArtificialBrilliance ISO]]]].

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* ''Film/TronLegacy'': Quorra is [[spoiler: [[LastOfHisKind [[spoiler:[[LastOfHisKind The Last]] [[ArtificialBrilliance ISO]]]].



* Towards the end of ''Series/MaddigansQuest'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: Jewel, not the talisman, is what gives Eden his powers.]]

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* Towards the end of ''Series/MaddigansQuest'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: Jewel, [[spoiler:Jewel, not the talisman, is what gives Eden his powers.]]



** The Princesses of Heart in were in this status in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the first game]]. Maleficent and her cronies [[spoiler: 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.
*** Subverted in ''[[KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]''. While Eraqus tells Terra and Aqua that the Princesses of Heart are in danger and the four we see do get attacked by [[TheHeartless the Unversed]], only Aurora gets sought after because she's a Princess of Heart (by Maleficent [[spoiler: after being told about them by Xehanort]], no less).
** Ventus in Master Xehanort's first attempt to snag Kingdom 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]].

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** The Princesses of Heart in were in this status in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the first game]]. Maleficent and her cronies [[spoiler: manipulated [[spoiler: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.
*** Subverted in ''[[KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]''. While Eraqus tells Terra and Aqua that the Princesses of Heart are in danger and the four we see do get attacked by [[TheHeartless the Unversed]], only Aurora gets sought after because she's a Princess of Heart (by Maleficent [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after being told about them by Xehanort]], no less).
** Ventus in Master Xehanort's first attempt to snag Kingdom 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 [[spoiler:Eraqus thought it be nessisary to kill him, setting off a tragic chain of events that played in Xehanort's favor]].



* Similar to the ''Film/TronLegacy'' example above, ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' had this in the form of Ma3a, who carried the correction algorithims needed for Jet [[spoiler: and Alan]] to get back to the analog world. However, the terrible trio from [[CorruptCorporateExecutive F-Con]] were ''also'' seeking those algorithims in order to digitize an army into {{cyberspace}} and TakeOverTheWorld.

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* Similar to the ''Film/TronLegacy'' example above, ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' had this in the form of Ma3a, who carried the correction algorithims needed for Jet [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and Alan]] to get back to the analog world. However, the terrible trio from [[CorruptCorporateExecutive F-Con]] were ''also'' seeking those algorithims in order to digitize an army into {{cyberspace}} and TakeOverTheWorld.



* The Destined Children from ''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.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MacGuffinsCurse,'' [[spoiler: Alphonse becomes a LivingMacGuffin when he turns into a werewolf himself and goes on a rampage]].

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* The Destined Children from ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa3'' [[spoiler: The [[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.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MacGuffinsCurse,'' [[spoiler: Alphonse [[spoiler:Alphonse becomes a LivingMacGuffin when he turns into a werewolf himself and goes on a rampage]].



* Ayame Ootori in the second ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'' qualifies as this. In the original timeline, Ayame [[spoiler: dies in the same plane crash as Kyoichi]]. However, due to Miu's interference in the time stream in the first game, a ripple in the timeline was created, altering the events. As a result, Ayame was [[spoiler: saved by an organ transplant from Inori Akikawa. Because she is ultimately an irregularity in the time stream, people from the future like Kazuha can alter the past through her]], allowing [[spoiler: Kazuha]] to save Kyoichi's life.

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* Ayame Ootori in the second ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'' qualifies as this. In the original timeline, Ayame [[spoiler: dies [[spoiler:dies in the same plane crash as Kyoichi]]. However, due to Miu's interference in the time stream in the first game, a ripple in the timeline was created, altering the events. As a result, Ayame was [[spoiler: saved [[spoiler:saved by an organ transplant from Inori Akikawa. Because she is ultimately an irregularity in the time stream, people from the future like Kazuha can alter the past through her]], allowing [[spoiler: Kazuha]] [[spoiler:Kazuha]] to save Kyoichi's life.
29th Sep '17 1:56:14 PM Darkfire545
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* Ayame Ootori in the second ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'' qualifies as this. In the original timeline, Ayame [[spoiler: dies in the same plane crash as Kyoichi]]. However, due to Miu's interference in the time stream in the first game, a ripple in the timeline was created, altering the events. As a result, Ayame was [[spoiler: saved by an organ transplant from Inori Akikawa. Because she is ultimately an irregularity in the time stream, people from the future like Kazuha can alter the past through her]], allowing [[spoiler: Kazuha]] to save Kyoichi's life.
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