History PlayingWith / MacGuffin

11th Jun '14 3:02:52 PM TrickyTroper
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'''Basic Trope''': An item that the story's players want to attain that doesn't actually do anything within the story.
* '''Straight''': AliceAndBob are searching for The Magic Crystal Of Shadowland, and so is [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]]. It's never actually explained what the crystal does.

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'''Basic Trope''': An item that the story's players want to attain that doesn't actually do anything within the story.
story, and could be replaced with a different item without altering the plot.
* '''Straight''': AliceAndBob are searching for The Magic Crystal Of Shadowland, and so is [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]]. It's never actually explained what the crystal does. In other words, the plot would be the same if the crystal were replaced with some other irrelevant PlotDevice, such as a spellbook or a grilled cheese sandwich.



* '''Inverted''': The Magic Crystal of Shadowland [[ClingyMacGuffin is irremovably attached to Bob]], much to his annoyance.

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* '''Inverted''': '''Inverted''':
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The Magic Crystal of Shadowland [[ClingyMacGuffin is irremovably attached to Bob]], much to his annoyance.and Alice's annoyance.
** ''Every attribute'' of the PlotDevice is relevant to the plot. In other words, the plot would be completely different if even a minor detail about the item were rewritten.



** The crystal was never really a part of anything, and in universe the crystal was just an excuse those involved in the chase [[PretextForWar used to settle personal grudges with each other]].

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** The crystal was never really a part of anything, and in universe the crystal was just but is merely an InUniverse excuse which those involved in the chase [[PretextForWar used to settle personal grudges with each other]].



** "This is the Magic Crystal of Shadowland, a highly sought-after item, as well as a pointless running gag on this show."

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** "This is the Magic Crystal of Shadowland, a highly sought-after item, as well as a pointless running gag RunningGag on this show."



* '''Discussed''': "I wonder... why do we actually chase after this thing? Is it really that important to us, or to anyone?" "I'm sure it must have ''some'' use in the end, if all the boffins say it has one."
* '''Conversed''': "I was thinking... and it doesn't make any sense for Alice and Bob from that show to chase that magical crystal or whatever. They don't even know what it does!"

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* '''Discussed''': "I wonder... why "Why do we actually chase after this thing? Is it really that important to us, or to anyone?" "I'm sure it must have ''some'' use in the end, if all the boffins say it has one."
* '''Conversed''': "I was thinking... and it "It doesn't make any sense for Alice and Bob from that show to chase that magical crystal or whatever. They don't even know what it does!"
11th May '14 10:09:29 PM VPhantom
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* '''Deconstructed'''/'''Reconstructed''': Not applicable. (This trope is completely realistic when Played Straight, as the MacGuffin could have an ''unexplained'' InUniverse purpose.)


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11th May '14 10:00:22 PM TrickyTroper
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* '''Played For Laughs''': Alice, Bob, and the others know that the MacGuffin is a smooth stone somewhere in the river. However, they cannot agree on which stone it is, leading to a hilarious argument.

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* '''Played For Laughs''': Alice, Bob, and the others know that the MacGuffin is a smooth stone somewhere in the river. However, they cannot agree on which stone it is, leading to a hilarious argument. If it's just AliceAndBob, a DuckSeasonRabbitSeason routine is likely.
11th May '14 9:59:45 PM TrickyTroper
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** ''Every character in the work'' wants the crystal.

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** ''Every character in the work'' wants the crystal.crystal, including very minor and/or [[TheGhost unseen]] characters.



* '''Double Subverted''': This one was just [[FakinMacGuffin a fake]], and the real MacGuffin is still out there.

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* '''Double Subverted''': Subverted''':
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This one was just [[FakinMacGuffin a fake]], and the real MacGuffin is still out there.there.
** A real MacGuffin is added to the plot later on.



* '''Played For Laughs''': Alice and Bob know that the MacGuffin is a smooth stone somewhere in the river. However, they cannot agree on which stone it is.

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* '''Played For Laughs''': Alice Alice, Bob, and Bob the others know that the MacGuffin is a smooth stone somewhere in the river. However, they cannot agree on which stone it is.is, leading to a hilarious argument.
11th May '14 9:57:10 PM TrickyTroper
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** ''Every character in the work'' wants the crystal.



* '''Deconstructed'''/'''Reconstructed''': Not applicable. (This trope is completely realistic when Played Straight, as the MacGuffin could have an ''unexplained'' InUniverse purpose.)



%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Deconstructed''': ???
%%* '''Reconstructed''': ???

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%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Deconstructed''': ???
%%* '''Reconstructed''':
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13th Apr '14 8:17:33 PM TrickyTroper
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** There are several MacGuffins which come up one by one.

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** There are several MacGuffins {{MacGuffin}}s which come up one by one.
13th Apr '14 8:17:21 PM TrickyTroper
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* '''Straight''': AliceAndBob are searching for The Magic Crystal Of Shadowland, and so does [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]]. It's never actually explained what the crystal does.
* '''Exaggerated''': Alice and Bob are searching for an artifact that they don't even know the appearance or purpose of, just because someone told them it was important.
* '''Downplayed''': The Magic Crystal of Shadowland is show to have healing power, but so does the magic crystal of [[FluffyCloudHeaven the light]] and the crystal of nature.
* '''Justified''':
** The object in question is legendary for its power, explaining why everyone wants to get it no matter what it is.

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* '''Straight''': AliceAndBob are searching for The Magic Crystal Of Shadowland, and so does is [[BigBad Emperor Evulz]]. It's never actually explained what the crystal does.
* '''Exaggerated''': '''Exaggerated''':
**
Alice and Bob are searching for an artifact that they don't even know the appearance or purpose of, just because someone told them it was important.
** There are several MacGuffins which come up one by one.
* '''Downplayed''': The Magic Crystal of Shadowland is show to have healing power, but so does do the magic crystal Crystal of [[FluffyCloudHeaven the light]] Light]] and the crystal Crystal of nature.
Nature.
* '''Justified''':
**
'''Justified''': The object in question is legendary for its power, power (or other reasons), explaining why everyone wants to get it no matter what it is.is.
* '''Inverted''': The Magic Crystal of Shadowland [[ClingyMacGuffin is irremovably attached to Bob]], much to his annoyance.
* '''Subverted''':
** MockGuffin



* '''Inverted''': ClingyMacGuffin
* '''Subverted''': MockGuffin



* '''Averted''': The PlotDevice used in the story is actually relevant to what the heroes need.
* '''Enforced''': ???
* '''Lampshaded''': "Magical Crystal of Shadowland, hmmm? What does it actually do?" "Erm... I don't know."
* '''Invoked''': ???
* '''Exploited''': MacGuffinDeliveryService
* '''Defied''': ???

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* '''Averted''': '''Averted''':
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The PlotDevice used in the story is actually relevant to what the heroes need.
** There is no PlotDevice.
* '''Enforced''': ???
"Our plot seems too simple. Let's throw in an irrelevant PlotDevice. You know, a MacGuffin."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Magical '''Lampshaded''':
** "Magic
Crystal of Shadowland, hmmm? What does it actually do?" "Erm... I don't know."
** "This is the Magic Crystal of Shadowland, a highly sought-after item, as well as a pointless running gag on this show."
* '''Invoked''': ???
Charles tells Alice and Bob that the Magic Crystal of Shadowland is useful.
* '''Exploited''': '''Exploited''':
** Alice and Bob use their search for the Magic Crystal of Shadowland as an excuse to avoid a dinner with Charles and Diane.
**
MacGuffinDeliveryService
* '''Defied''': ???Diane tells Alice and Bob, "The Magic Crystal of Shadowland is useless against Emperor Evulz; Charles must have lied to you."



* '''Played For Laughs''': Alice and Bob know that the MacGuffin is a smooth stone somewhere in the river. However, they cannot agree on which stone it is.
* '''Played For Drama''': Alice and Bob kill Charles and David over the MacGuffin.
* '''Untwisted''': At first, Alice and Bob think that the Magic Crystal of Shadowland will help them defeat Emperor Evulz. Even after they find out that the crystal is useless to them, they still want it for some unknown reason.



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%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???

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%%* '''Reconstructed''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''':
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9th Jan '14 6:08:34 AM Omegamaelstrom
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* '''Exploited''': ???

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* '''Exploited''': ???MacGuffinDeliveryService
7th Jul '13 2:02:21 AM Kollega
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* '''Downplayed''': The Magic Crystal of the shadowland is show to have healing power, but so does the magic crystal of [[FluffyCloudHeaven the light]] and the crystal of nature.

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* '''Downplayed''': The Magic Crystal of the shadowland Shadowland is show to have healing power, but so does the magic crystal of [[FluffyCloudHeaven the light]] and the crystal of nature.



** The crystal was never really a part of anything, and in universe the crystal was just an excuse those involved in the chase used for personal problems with each other.

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** The crystal was never really a part of anything, and in universe the crystal was just an excuse those involved in the chase [[PretextForWar used for to settle personal problems grudges with each other.other]].



* '''Zig Zagged''': ???

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* '''Zig Zagged''': ???The story concerns a "[[CaperCrew retrieval team]]" hunting after valuable artifacts. Sometimes the artifacts have useful properties that the team itself needs, and sometimes they're hunting after items of seemingly little value that their employers nontheless want.
23rd May '13 11:45:56 AM VPhantom
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* '''Justified''': The object in question is legendary for its power, explaining why everyone wants to get it no matter what it is.

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* '''Justified''': '''Justified''':
**
The object in question is legendary for its power, explaining why everyone wants to get it no matter what it is.
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