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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.
30th Jul '16 2:25:01 AM konekootome
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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
10th Jul '16 5:33:45 PM nombretomado
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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.''

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* A few crop up during the course of the ''PrydainChronicles'' ''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.''
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.
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