->'''Wizard:''' You must cast this rin- er... BAND into the fiery depths of mount... KILIMANJARO.\\
'''Sangwine:''' But... that's in Africa!\\
'''Wizard:''' DO IT!!!
-->-- ''How Not to Run a Comic'', [[http://hownottorunacomic.comicgenesis.com/d/19940707.html How Not to Introduce the Plot #7]]

While many important-item stories are about finding or recovering it, this trope is about when it's in {{The Protagonist}}s' hands either from the beginning or by the end of the first act. The rest of the story involves getting it from one place to another.

Compare LiveActionEscortMission, only that involves people and could just be a few scenes, while this trope could include anything that is one of the main points of the story. Despite the trope name, the item might or might not be a MacGuffin.

Not to be confused with MacguffinDeliveryService, where the villain uses the hero to obtain the item. Contrast KeepAway.



* {{Cattle Drive}}s are merely a job in RealLife, but are typically this trope in fiction.
** ''Film/CitySlickers''
** ''Film/RedRiver''
* ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'', which borrowed heavily from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.
* The 2008 Vin Diesel cyberpunk movie ''Film/BabylonAD'' (in ''Babylon Babies'', the book on which it's based, they just jump on the plane to Montreal, so the journey is less important).
* ''Film/TheTransporter'' has the title character doing this as a job.
* The Enigma Device in U-571. The writer/director even [[WordOfGod calls it]] "The MacGuffin" in the DVD commentary.
* The bible in ''Film/TheBookOfEli''.
* The ''Big Fat Kill'' sequence in the anthology movie ''Film/SinCity'' involves the transportation of a dead body to be properly disposed of. Later, it involves simply keeping the head out of the mob's clutches.
* The plot of ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' is about taking [[LiveActionEscortMission Princess Yuki]] and her gold across enemy territory back to her homeland.

* Literature/TheRadix: Brynstone steals the eponymous Radix in the very beginning of the book. Finding the Scintilla (the recipe to use it properly), however, takes the whole book. Thus, TwoHalvesMakeAPlot.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', which involves Frodo Baggins having to take [[ArtifactOfDoom the One Ring]], the source of [[BigBad Sauron's]] power, into the land of {{Mordor}} to cast it into the fires of Mount Doom to destroy it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Module ''I12 The Egg of the Phoenix''. One of the missions involves taking the Egg to Doc's Island overland and by sailing ship through hostile territory.
** Module ''Kidnapped''. The party must get the ransom for a kidnapped boy to the kidnappers before time runs out.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. In one published adventure, the runners had to deliver a large package to a specific location. They eventually discover that it contains an egg belonging to the dragon Masaru.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dying Earth. In the adventure ''[[http://www.dyingearth.com/violetcusps_files/Exasperating.zip The Exasperating Cadaver]]'', the {{PC}}'s must find a specific person and deliver a package containing...a dead body?
* ''EVEOnline'' Device. This is a thing. It does stuff. Which leads to "All hail the Device! For it is a thing! And it does stuff! \o/" It is used in a multi-part mission to activate gate.
* Done occasionally in the ''Zelda'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', instead of [[GottaCatchThemAll collecting things like in the first game,]] Link has to take six mystic crystals to six monster-infested palaces and insert them into statuary.
** Most of the Force Gem sidequests in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' involve transporting an item from one part of the kingdom to another, while avoiding thieves, vandals, monster attacks, and other problems along the way.
* Protecting the hyperdrive generator from Darth Maul in the game of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
* In ''SonicUnleashed'' the titular hero has all seven Chaos Emeralds from the start, but he has to take each one to an ancient temple on each continent in order to repower them and restore the fractured planet.
* For the first half of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', you're taking the [[CosmicKeystone Jupiter Star]] to the Jupiter Lighthouse in order to light it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' largely revolves around [[spoiler:getting the plant to the scanner so the Axiom can return to Earth, while the autopilot tries to get rid of it]], though this only really becomes apparent in the second half of the film or so.
* Red Puckett's story in ''{{Hoodwinked}}!'': Upon discovering a break-in at her Granny's store, Red fears that the mysterious Goodie Bandit is trying to steal Granny's secret recipe book, so she removes the book from its safe and decides to take it in person to Granny for safekeeping.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', "The Other Tarts", had Finn & Jake transporting legendary level tarts to a meeting of various royalty.