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17th Apr '18 11:12:37 AM Malady
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A common [=MacGuffin=] story setup can be summarized as "Quickly! We must find X before ''they'' do!". A standard {{Plot Device}}s broader, being anything that motivates a character to get from point A to point B and beyond, which could be as simple as an invitation to the party; the invitation gets the plot going but is not the goal of the characters. Compare MagneticPlotDevice, which is an explanation of why the characters are getting into repeated adventures.

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A common [=MacGuffin=] story setup can be summarized as "Quickly! We must find X before ''they'' do!". A standard {{Plot Device}}s PlotDevice is broader, being anything that motivates a character to get from point A to point B and beyond, which could be as simple as an invitation to the party; the invitation gets the plot going but is not the goal of the characters. Compare MagneticPlotDevice, which is an explanation of why the characters are getting into repeated adventures.
22nd Feb '18 6:00:05 PM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/BringMeToLife'' has a couple of examples:
** The Keystone, a crystal which [[UltimateEvil the First]] needs for its plan to [[spoiler: access the Eye of Creation and [[OmnicidalManiac destroy reality]]]].
** Hope's Dagger, a weapon forged at the dawn of time, which is the only thing capable of harming the First.
10th Feb '18 1:27:36 PM MetaFour
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* FakinMacGuffin: Someone creates a counterfeit [=MacGuffin=], either to throw pursuers off their trail, or to resolve a HostageForMacGuffin situation without actually giving away the real [=MacGuffin=].
25th Jan '18 6:22:34 PM MetaFour
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* HastilyHiddenMacGuffin: A valuable stolen object, hidden to avoid detection by the authorities, which the thieves then must scramble to get back.
12th Jan '18 6:25:11 PM nombretomado
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If you want to start [[JustifyingEdit arguing]] that your favourite series' most awesome magical thing isn't a [=MacGuffin=], remember that TropesAreTools. Having a [=MacGuffin=] is not necessarily bad writing, depending on how it's handled -- concretely defining or giving a central role to the object of a chase can ''detract'' from a work, if the point is to focus on the characters.

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If you want to start [[JustifyingEdit [[Administrivia/JustifyingEdit arguing]] that your favourite series' most awesome magical thing isn't a [=MacGuffin=], remember that TropesAreTools. Having a [=MacGuffin=] is not necessarily bad writing, depending on how it's handled -- concretely defining or giving a central role to the object of a chase can ''detract'' from a work, if the point is to focus on the characters.
30th Dec '17 7:11:14 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' has the Meekrob crystal containing the codes that lead to [[LostSuperweapon Project Domination]], which all three teams are after (Zim and Tak and their respective allies to conquer Earth with it, Dib and his friends to stop either of them from doing so).
18th Dec '17 6:10:36 PM eroock
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28th Oct '17 4:04:32 PM FordPrefect
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** The ''High Programmers'' variation also recommends throwing in some [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Code_of_the_Woosters "Cow Creamers"]], side goals for the Ultraviolets to fight over so they can trade them to a NPC.
13th Sep '17 6:47:42 AM Baeraad555
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* SlipperyMacGuffin: No one can seem to hold on to it for very long.
10th Sep '17 6:53:55 PM DragonBallZ
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Hitchcock and Angus [=McPhail=] were not the first to formulate this concept. Silent-film actress Pearl White starred in cliffhanger serials (most famously film ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'') in which the characters spent most of their screen time chasing each other for possession of a roll of film, or some other doodad. This device occurred so often in Pearl White's serial films that she routinely referred to the coveted object as a "weenie", using the term precisely as Hitchcock would later use "[=MacGuffin=]".

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Hitchcock and Angus [=McPhail=] were not the first to formulate this concept. Silent-film actress Pearl White starred in cliffhanger serials (most famously in the film ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'') in which the characters spent most of their screen time chasing each other for possession of a roll of film, or some other doodad. This device occurred so often in Pearl White's serial films that she routinely referred to the coveted object as a "weenie", using the term precisely as Hitchcock would later use "[=MacGuffin=]".
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