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11th Aug '16 4:50:11 PM eroock
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A '''[=MacGuffin=]''' (a.k.a. [=McGuffin=] or maguffin) is a term for a motivating element in a story that is used to drive the plot. It serves no further purpose. It won't pop up again later, it won't explain the ending, it won't do anything except possibly distract you while you try to figure out its significance. In some cases, it won't even be shown. It is usually a mysterious package/artifact/superweapon that everyone in the story is chasing.

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A '''[=MacGuffin=]''' [=MacGuffin=] (a.k.a. [=McGuffin=] or maguffin) is a term for a motivating element in a story that is used to drive the plot. It serves no further purpose. It won't pop up again later, it won't explain the ending, it won't do anything except possibly distract you while you try to figure out its significance. In some cases, it won't even be shown. It is usually a mysterious package/artifact/superweapon that everyone in the story is chasing.
17th Apr '16 8:28:26 PM frogpatrol
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[=MacGuffin=] (a.k.a. [=McGuffin=] or maguffin) is a term for a motivating element in a story that is used to drive the plot. It serves no further purpose. It won't pop up again later, it won't explain the ending, it won't do anything except possibly distract you while you try to figure out its significance. In some cases, it won't even be shown. It is usually a mysterious package/artifact/superweapon that everyone in the story is chasing.

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[=MacGuffin=] A '''[=MacGuffin=]''' (a.k.a. [=McGuffin=] or maguffin) is a term for a motivating element in a story that is used to drive the plot. It serves no further purpose. It won't pop up again later, it won't explain the ending, it won't do anything except possibly distract you while you try to figure out its significance. In some cases, it won't even be shown. It is usually a mysterious package/artifact/superweapon that everyone in the story is chasing.



* ''Does it do anything, and if it does, is it ever actually used in story?'' If the answer to both is yes, it's a PlotDevice, not a MacGuffin. For {{Plot Device}}s that get the same attention as a [=MacGuffin=], compare MagneticPlotDevice.

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* ''Does it do anything, and if it does, is it ever actually used in the story?'' If the answer to both is yes, it's a PlotDevice, not a MacGuffin. For {{Plot Device}}s that get the same attention as a [=MacGuffin=], compare MagneticPlotDevice.
27th Dec '15 9:18:19 PM Nohbody
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[[noreallife]]
27th Dec '15 7:31:09 PM Thepenguinking2
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* ''Does it do anything, and if it does, is it ever actually used in story?'' If the answer to both is yes, it's a PlotDevice, not a MacGuffin. For {{Plot Device}}s that get the same attention as a MacGuffin, compare MagneticPlotDevice.

If it passes both of these criteria, congratulations: its a MacGuffin!

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* ''Does it do anything, and if it does, is it ever actually used in story?'' If the answer to both is yes, it's a PlotDevice, not a MacGuffin. For {{Plot Device}}s that get the same attention as a MacGuffin, [=MacGuffin=], compare MagneticPlotDevice.

If it passes both of these criteria, congratulations: its a MacGuffin!
[=MacGuffin=]!
27th Dec '15 5:56:53 PM DoctorCooper
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* MacGuffin/RealLife
14th Dec '15 2:42:07 PM Discar
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* ThePresidentsDaughter: The [=MacGuffin=] is a living person, and is in danger, held captive or being actively hunted. Contrast with LivingMacGuffin.
14th Dec '15 10:35:00 AM Discar
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* HostageMacGuffin: The hostage is the [=MacGuffin=], the thing the heroes are searching for.



* MacGuffinGirl: The [=MacGuffin=] is transformed into a living being (usually a girl).


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* MacGuffinPersonReveal: The Reveal that the [=MacGuffin=] they've been looking for has been with them all along, in the form of one of the characters.


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* MacGuffinTurnedHuman: The plot where the object that everyone is looking for turns out to have been transformed into a person.


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* MacGuffinSuperPerson: A LivingMacGuffin sought after for some supernatural ability or quality they have.


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* MundaneMacGuffinPerson: A LivingMacGuffin sought after for some mundane ability or quality they have.
2nd Jun '15 10:53:08 AM Nazo
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* ''check to see if it is interchangeable.'' For example, in a [[TheCaper caper]] story the [=MacGuffin=] could be either the Mona Lisa or the Hope diamond, it makes no difference which. The rest of the story (i.e. it being stolen) would be exactly the same. It doesn't matter which it is, it is only necessary for the characters to want it.

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* ''check ''Check to see if it is interchangeable.'' For example, in a [[TheCaper caper]] story the [=MacGuffin=] could be either the Mona Lisa or the Hope diamond, it makes no difference which. The rest of the story (i.e. it being stolen) would be exactly the same. It doesn't matter which it is, it is only necessary for the characters to want it.
5th Mar '15 3:42:03 PM eroock
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* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: An irrelevant object turns out to be useful in the end.
11th Dec '14 7:38:31 PM Qussow
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