Created By: Citizen on August 9, 2007

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What's the trope for an artifact that a storyline/book/whatever centers around besides MacGuffin? What I'm thinking of is actually put to use.
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  • August 9, 2007
    You mean like the things in "The Last Mimzy", where it is all about figuring out the things? How's Mimzy for a title?

  • August 9, 2007
    I don't think a Mac Guffin has to be totally useless; just look at some of the examples. Near as I can tell, it's a Mac Guffin if its primary purpose is to drive the plot around (even if it does end up doing something eventually), and Chekhovs Gun if its primary purpose is its actual function.
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  • August 9, 2007
    Some of the Wheel Of Time books center around artifacts that are finally obtained in the finale and put to good use. The Eye of the World (pure energy, though it is used up at the end of the book) The horn of whatever in The Great Hunt summons dead heroes.. hmm... was it only used at the end of the book? The sword in the stone in The Dragon Reborn is a powerful artifact that also gets used a lot in later books.
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  • August 9, 2007
    Yeah, this isn't its own trope. Most examples fit better into other categories.