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27th Dec '15 9:18:19 PM Nohbody
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No Real Life Examples Please as per the RL section thread in the Long Term Projects forum.
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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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That real life section is dumb.
* MacGuffin/RealLife
14th Dec '15 2:42:07 PM Discar
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The Presidents Daughter is no longer a trope.
* 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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* MacGuffinGirl: MacGuffinPersonReveal: The Reveal that the [=MacGuffin=] is transformed into a living being (usually a girl).they've been looking for has been with them all along, in the form of one of the characters.

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* MacGuffinGirl: MacGuffinTurnedHuman: The [=MacGuffin=] plot where the object that everyone is looking for turns out to have been transformed into a living being (usually a girl).person.

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* MacGuffinGirl: The [=MacGuffin=] is transformed into a living being (usually a girl).MacGuffinSuperPerson: A LivingMacGuffin sought after for some supernatural ability or quality they have.

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* MacGuffinGirl: The [=MacGuffin=] is transformed into a living being (usually a girl).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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26th Sep '14 12:07:09 PM IchigoMontoya
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* This trope was featured in Episode 2 of the TV Tropes podcast ''Podcast/OnTheTropes''.

* This trope was featured in Episode 2 of the TV Tropes podcast ''Podcast/{{On the Tropes}}''.
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* This trope was featured in Episode 2 of the TV Tropes podcast ''Podcast/{{On the Tropes}}''.
5th Aug '14 11:44:52 PM gunslingerofgilead
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