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26th Jun '16 8:53:25 AM Peridonyx
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* The Crystal Empire in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. It's explicitly said to be able to invoke FisherKingdom on the rest of the world, and it also appears to be the main source of obscure magic in the series. So is it any wonder why [[SorcerousOverlord King Sombra's]] so obsessed with controlling the place in Season 3?
30th May '16 9:22:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Paradise in ''WolfsRain''.

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* Paradise in ''WolfsRain''.''Anime/WolfsRain''.
21st Apr '16 3:49:15 PM TinyTedDanson
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A MacGuffin doesn't necessarily have to take the form of an object. This is the case where the MacGuffin is an actual location -- a place where everyone's trying to get to (or get there first), but the actual place doesn't have any impact on the plot.

This happens quite often in shows featuring races -- it often doesn't matter whether the finish line is in UsefulNotes/{{Cairo}}, UsefulNotes/NewZealand, or [[FlyoverCountry Omaha]].

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A MacGuffin doesn't necessarily have ->"THE TOWER DRAWS CLOSER..."
-->-- Every blurb for ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' books

Alice wakes up one morning, only to hear screams. Rushing outside, she spots the love of her life, Bob, being stuffed into Charlie's car. Failing to catch them, Alice promptly [[LockAndLoadMontage suits and loads up]], and starts trekking. Her goal? [[DistressedDude Rescue Bob]] from the dark Castle Charlie, which is [[EiffelTowerEffect always looming errily on the horizon...]]

While {{MacGuffin}}s tend
to take the form of an object. This things or even [[LivingMacGuffin entities]], a common alternative is the case where the MacGuffin is an actual to use a setting or location -- where the driving force is instead a place where everyone's trying to get to (or get there first), but the actual place when reached doesn't have any significant impact on the plot.

This happens quite Most commonly found in media centering around TheQuest (which, more often in shows featuring than not, contains another macguffin they desire. The other most common occurance is media that involves races -- it often doesn't matter whether the finish line is in UsefulNotes/{{Cairo}}, UsefulNotes/NewZealand, or [[FlyoverCountry Omaha]].
Omaha]], just that they arrive first or on time.
15th Apr '16 12:39:51 PM cdrood
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* In both the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' and '"Film/CannonballRun'', the destination of the cross country speeding isn't important other than that's where they need to be to get paid/win the race.

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* In both the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' and '"Film/CannonballRun'', ''Film/CannonballRun'', the destination of the cross country speeding isn't important other than that's where they need to be to get paid/win the race.
15th Apr '16 12:39:32 PM cdrood
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* In both the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' and '"Film/CannonballRun'', the destination of the cross country speeding isn't important other than that's where they need to be to get paid/win the race.
19th Jan '16 5:46:53 AM Diask
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This happens quite often in shows featuring races -- it often doesn't matter whether the finish line is in UsefulNotes/{{Cairo}}, NewZealand, or [[FlyoverCountry Omaha]].

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This happens quite often in shows featuring races -- it often doesn't matter whether the finish line is in UsefulNotes/{{Cairo}}, NewZealand, UsefulNotes/NewZealand, or [[FlyoverCountry Omaha]].



* The Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, from ''HisDarkMaterials''.

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* The Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, from ''HisDarkMaterials''.''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.



* Similarly, the finish line of nearly every ''TopGear'' Car v. Something Else race challenge.

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* Similarly, the finish line of nearly every ''TopGear'' ''Series/TopGear'' Car v. Something Else race challenge.



* In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', the Federation and the Klingon Empire are disputing the right to colonize Shermanís Planet. Thatís why the Enterpise receives a Priority one distress call to protect grain storage.
* California in ''ZNation''.

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* In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'', ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the Federation and the Klingon Empire are disputing the right to colonize Shermanís Planet. Thatís why the Enterpise receives a Priority one distress call to protect grain storage.
* California in ''ZNation''.
''Series/ZNation''.



* Ilos in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', a planet only accessible via a lost mass relay, only [[spoiler:the last Rachni Queen kept in captivity on Noveria]] knows the location of, and which [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] and [[BigBad Saren]] are racing to get to first.

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* Ilos in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', a planet only accessible via a lost mass relay, relay only [[spoiler:the last Rachni Queen kept in captivity on Noveria]] knows the location of, and which [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] and [[BigBad Saren]] are racing to get to first.



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29th Dec '15 8:57:33 PM nombretomado
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* The ''true'' Clair Bible in ''{{Slayers}} NEXT'' turns out to be this, as it was previously assumed that the bible was a book.

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* The ''true'' Clair Bible in ''{{Slayers}} ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}} NEXT'' turns out to be this, as it was previously assumed that the bible was a book.
28th Nov '15 5:30:36 PM Karxrida
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* Gaining access to the titular realm of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is the primary goal of every villain in the series.

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* Gaining access to the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': The titular realm location is said to be a source of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' ultimate knowledge and power, and is thus sought after by various villains who seek to rule the primary goal of every villain in the series.universe using it.
29th Oct '15 6:10:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''. Sinbad and Prince Koura both try to reach the Fountain of Destiny first in order to gain its rewards.

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* ''TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''.''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''. Sinbad and Prince Koura both try to reach the Fountain of Destiny first in order to gain its rewards.



* El Dorado, a city supposedly made entirely of gold somewhere in South America, from films such as ''RoadToElDorado''.
* ''RatRace'': the train station in Silver City, New Mexico

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* El Dorado, a city supposedly made entirely of gold somewhere in South America, from films such as ''RoadToElDorado''.
''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.
* ''RatRace'': ''Film/RatRace'': the train station in Silver City, New Mexico



* ''TreasureIsland'' has its titular island. So, too, does its RecycledInSpace counterpart ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.

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* ''TreasureIsland'' ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' has its titular island. So, too, does its RecycledInSpace counterpart ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.
1st Oct '15 4:41:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''OutlawStar'' has people searching for the location of the fabled Galactic Leyline, presumably a giant stash of valuable minerals or other treasure. Actually, [[spoiler:it's a repository of knowledge, and after it's found ''it runs away again'' so that the chase can start all over.]]

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* ''OutlawStar'' ''Manga/OutlawStar'' has people searching for the location of the fabled Galactic Leyline, presumably a giant stash of valuable minerals or other treasure. Actually, [[spoiler:it's a repository of knowledge, and after it's found ''it runs away again'' so that the chase can start all over.]]
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