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11th Jun '16 4:04:37 PM nombretomado
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* Deconstructed in the SwordOfTruth: while fully half of the main cast are some level of this trope, the Confessors have it notably bad. Confessors can't control their ability during moments of passion (read: sex), so they can't have kids with someone they like, or they'll ''destroy their mind''. Male confessors are such a threat that all male children of Confessors ''have to be strangled at birth'', and for their troubles, the Confessors are feared and hated, and since they're raised secluded, have almost no friends. By the time Kahlan met Richard, all of her few friends had been murdered by D'Haran assassination teams. Yeesh.

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* Deconstructed in the SwordOfTruth: ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': while fully half of the main cast are some level of this trope, the Confessors have it notably bad. Confessors can't control their ability during moments of passion (read: sex), so they can't have kids with someone they like, or they'll ''destroy their mind''. Male confessors are such a threat that all male children of Confessors ''have to be strangled at birth'', and for their troubles, the Confessors are feared and hated, and since they're raised secluded, have almost no friends. By the time Kahlan met Richard, all of her few friends had been murdered by D'Haran assassination teams. Yeesh.
8th May '16 1:07:11 AM Dark_Lord_
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* Adolf Hitler is this in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. Despite being the main leader of the antagonists, he never affects the plot in any big way and ends up as just another target for the protagonists to kill. His role could be replaced with any high ranking Nazi, without the plot of the film being changed that much.
18th Apr '16 12:12:59 AM SSJMagus
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* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is this; She is the only person who can decipher poneglyphes, through which the location of ancient super weapons can be discovered. The Enies Lobby arc was all about saving her from the Government, who wanted to find said weapons for their own means.

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* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is this; She she is the only person still alive who can decipher poneglyphes, through which the location of ancient super weapons can be discovered. The Enies Lobby arc was all about saving her from the Government, who wanted to find said weapons for their own means.
11th Mar '16 7:31:26 AM cybertoy0
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* Nico Robin of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is this; She is the only person who can decipher poneglyphes, through which the location of ancient super weapons can be discovered. The Enies Lobby arc was all about saving her from the Government, who wanted to find said weapons for their own means.
10th Feb '16 2:05:41 PM rafi
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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': 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.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaNextDimension'': Saori becomes one after she is transformed [[spoiler:into a baby.]]
* While it's debatable whether the torches in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' are "alive", Yuuji Sakai is generally treated as living by the main characters. That's partially because unlike other torches, he isn't going to just go out one day. But it's also because he's managed to validate his humanity, even before he found out he wasn't going to become RetGone.
* 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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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': 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.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaNextDimension'': Saori becomes one after she is transformed [[spoiler:into a baby.]]
* While it's debatable whether the torches in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' are "alive", Yuuji Sakai is generally treated as living by the main characters. That's partially because unlike other torches, he isn't going to just go out one day. But it's also because he's managed to validate his humanity, even before he found out he wasn't going to become RetGone.
* Insane Casca during the Retribution arc in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.''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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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Saori/Athena in general.
** 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.]]
** ''Manga/SaintSeiyaNextDimension'': Saori becomes one (again) after she is transformed [[spoiler:into a baby.]]
* While it's debatable whether the torches in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' are "alive", Yuuji Sakai is generally treated as living by the main characters. That's partially because unlike other torches, he isn't going to just go out one day. But it's also because he's managed to validate his humanity, even before he found out he wasn't going to become RetGone.
* 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
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).
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