Created By: Seguir on September 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Seguir on September 22, 2012

False MacGuffin

A Mac Guffin that turns out to be a fake or decoy.

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A MacGuffin that turns out to be a fake or decoy.
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  • September 21, 2012
    That's a bad title. I thought it was about maps and griffons.

    And changing the spelling is not an indicator that it's a trope about fakes. That just works for individual products.
  • September 21, 2012
    At your request, I changed the name.
  • September 21, 2012
    So any examples?

    Also, if the definition is that the macguffin turns out to be a fake, but still drove the plot, it would still count as a macguffin. So is this that definition, or that something else was the macguffin all along?
  • September 21, 2012
    • In Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex, government official Kazundo Ghoda orders Section 9 to go on a mission to transport a case of stolen plutonium through the refugee district to make sure it doesn't fall into wrong hands. At the end of the mission, Ghoda opens up the brief case to reveal it was empty. He used Section 9 as a decoy while the military recovered the actual plutonium without any incident. Batou was absolutely furious.
  • September 21, 2012
    In The Twelve Chairs, one of the titular chair set is A Mac Guffin Full Of Money, and the other eleven are ordinary chairs. There is no way of telling them apart visually, so the protagonists Gotta Catch Them All.
  • September 22, 2012
    ^ Then that still makes them normal Mac Guffins: they are desirable due to the knowledge that one of the twelve is extremely valuable, even though you'll never know for sure without going through the whole set.

    Yes, a Mac Guffin is that broad a trope.

    I also gotta suggest "Mock Guffin" - the pun is too obvious to pass up.
  • September 22, 2012
    • The very ending of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake has acquired the microfilm with the location of the Philosophers' Legacy at great personal cost, only to have it stolen from him by Chinese double agent EVA. Then comes The Reveal that Ocelot was a CIA double agent, and took the real microfilm for the CIA while ensuring EVA got a fake off Snake.
  • September 22, 2012
    The locket in Half-Blood Prince