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17th Jul '17 8:41:38 AM Silverblade2
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** Veran's MDS in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfAges Oracle of Ages]]'' backfires badly. Learning that the Western Woods hide [[KryptonicFactor Mystery Seeds that can harm her]], she has the Queen Ambi offer a reward for the one who will find them. She somehow [[VillainBall fails to realize]] that a) there's another Mystery Seeds tree in Labrynna b) seeds regrow on the same tree after a while. Instead, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Link gets bombs that allow him to enter the second dungeon]].
1st Jul '17 1:18:14 AM ArcticYoshi45
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This is a SubTrope of UnwittingPawn, because is the characters knew the villain was waiting for them to bring the MacGuffin, it wouldn't be moved in the first place. Also SubTrope to NiceJobBreakingItHero, because the hero was convinced their actions would benefit the world instead of making things worse.

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This is a SubTrope of UnwittingPawn, because is if the characters knew the villain was waiting for them to bring the MacGuffin, it wouldn't be moved in the first place. Also SubTrope to NiceJobBreakingItHero, because the hero was convinced their actions would benefit the world instead of making things worse.
11th Jun '17 1:57:28 PM Wyvern76
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* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', the League is sent by MI6 to recover an anti-gravity substance called "cavorite" which was stolen by Fu Manchu. This they succeed in doing, and return the cavorite to "M", the head of MI6, only to learn that he is none other than [[spoiler:Moriarty]] and plans to use the cavorite to destroy his rival and thus gain uncontested control over the criminal underworld of Britain.
29th May '17 12:00:36 PM TheHeroHartmut
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** In ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack'', the goal of the game is to gather Crystals for Cortex so he can shield the planet from a planetary alignment ([[spoiler:Cortex's actual plans for them, of course, aren't as heroic as Crash's: Instead he wants to use the crystals to power a massive mind control device]]).

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** In ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack'', the goal of the game is to gather Crystals for Cortex so he can shield the planet from a planetary alignment ([[spoiler:Cortex's alignment. [[spoiler:Cortex's actual plans for them, of course, aren't as heroic as Crash's: Instead Crash's. Instead, he wants to use the crystals to power a massive mind control device]]).device.]]



--->'''Uka Uka''': Yes, it is true! The bandicoot has brought all of the crystals, and all of the gems. Ultimate power is mine! The world as we know it is about to end.

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--->'''Uka Uka''': Yes, it is true! The bandicoot has brought all of the crystals, crystals and all of the gems. Ultimate gems to me! '''Ultimate power is mine! mine!''' The world as we know it is about to end.end!
5th Mar '17 8:47:27 PM arkryoga
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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie'', in which the planeload of bombs the Joker plans to divert to crashing into the Gotham City power plant is being carried by "MacGuffin Airlines."
7th Feb '17 10:38:00 PM CLT009
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** Justified the first time because A. AVALANCH couldn't leave the Black Materia where it was because Sephiroth's mooks [[WeHaveReserves could just trip all the Temple's traps at minimal cost]] and B. AVALANCH had no idea that Sephiroth [[ManchurianAgent had more than a few hooks in Cloud's mind]]...
4th Feb '17 7:15:44 AM Mullon
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* Happens to Indy again ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis''. After failing to steal a bead of Orichalchum from Indy in the prologue, ThoseWackyNazis wait around for Indy to collect the three stone disks needed to enter Atlantis, then stick him up in Crete.

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* Happens to Indy again ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis''. After failing to steal a bead of Orichalchum from Indy in the prologue, ThoseWackyNazis wait around for Indy to collect the three stone disks needed to enter Atlantis, then stick him up in Crete.Crete and take the stones. [[spoiler: Then when Indy gets into Atlantis they wait around for him to activate the God Machine and hold him at gunpoint while they use it.]]
20th Jan '17 10:27:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Dead Beat'' of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the villains are all looking for both the Word of Kemmler, and a book to summon TheErlking. Harry is the first to find both, and ends up summoning the Erlking himself to keep the villains from using him...at which point said villains show up, club him over the head, and take both. Notably, Harry at least has the foresight to speed read and memorize the Word of Kemmler as soon as he gets it just in case.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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In ''Dead Beat'' of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Beat'', the villains are all looking for both the Word of Kemmler, and a book to summon TheErlking. Harry is the first to find both, and ends up summoning the Erlking himself to keep the villains from using him...at which point said villains show up, club him over the head, and take both. Notably, Harry at least has the foresight to speed read and memorize the Word of Kemmler as soon as he gets it just in case.
20th Jan '17 10:27:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'': Dumbledore hides the Philosopher's Stone within the Mirror of [[YourHeartsDesire Erised]], with the condition that it will only give the stone to someone who wants to find it but ''not'' use it for themselves. When Quirrel demands Harry look in the mirror and see where the stone is, it's transported to his pocket - unfortunately for Quirrel, he can't so much as touch Harry without ThePowerOfLove burning him.
** In ''Order of the Phoenix'', Harry breaks into the Ministry of Magic based on visions (from Voldemort) which everyone he tells about urge him to block in order to get the prophecy for Voldemort. Only the people the prophecy refers to can take it, and Voldemort doesn't want the Ministry to stop conveniently denying his return. It's two tropes in one; a pretty case of a BatmanGambit by Voldemort that results in Harry almost serving as a MacGuffin Delivery Service.

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** In ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'': ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': Dumbledore hides the Philosopher's Stone within the Mirror of [[YourHeartsDesire Erised]], with the condition that it will only give the stone to someone who wants to find it but ''not'' use it for themselves. When Quirrel demands Harry look in the mirror and see where the stone is, it's transported to his pocket - unfortunately for Quirrel, he can't so much as touch Harry without ThePowerOfLove burning him.
** In ''Order of the Phoenix'', ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Harry breaks into the Ministry of Magic based on visions (from Voldemort) which everyone he tells about urge him to block in order to get the prophecy for Voldemort. Only the people the prophecy refers to can take it, and Voldemort doesn't want the Ministry to stop conveniently denying his return. It's two tropes in one; a pretty case of a BatmanGambit by Voldemort that results in Harry almost serving as a MacGuffin Delivery Service.



* Creator/TadWilliams' trilogy ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' turns out to be a giant KansasCityShuffle: the [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]] many of the protagonists have are [[PropheticFallacy actually sent by the villain]], in order to get them to [[MacGuffinDeliveryService bring the three titular swords together]].

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* Creator/TadWilliams' trilogy ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' turns out to be a giant KansasCityShuffle: the [[DreamingOfThingsToCome prophetic dreams]] many of the protagonists have are [[PropheticFallacy actually sent by the villain]], in order to get them to [[MacGuffinDeliveryService bring the three titular swords together]].
13th Jan '17 9:43:54 AM Psi001
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* A rare case of the heroes doing such in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. In two cases, the Urpneys are sent by Zordrak to collect a supernatural artefact that will empower his ability to send nightmares. In both cases the Urpneys succeed, after which the heroes neutralise and steal it from them so they can get rid of it. Zigzagged since both instances were a last ditch effort after the heroes failed to collect it before the Urpneys did. Also utilised accidentally in "The Nightmare Stone" where Urpgor's botched sabotage plan leaves the stone right in the confused heroes' grasp.

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* A rare case of the heroes doing such in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''.
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In two cases, the Urpneys are sent by Zordrak to collect a supernatural artefact that will empower his ability to send nightmares. In both cases the Urpneys succeed, after which the heroes neutralise and steal it from them so they can get rid of it. Zigzagged since both instances were a last ditch effort after the heroes failed to collect it before the Urpneys did.
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Also utilised accidentally indirectly in "The Nightmare Stone" where Urpgor's botched when Urpgor steals the title stone to sabotage plan leaves Zordrak's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness intention to make him redundant]]. The heroes accidentally knock out Urpgor, but notice he has the stone right in so decide to not to question it and just take the confused heroes' grasp.golden opportunity.
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