These trope names contain the word "MacGuffin".
This is a potential source of confusion. For example, listing X as a Dismantled MacGuffin
may cause someone to think that X is a MacGuffin
, even if X is really not
a MacGuffin. A MacGuffin
must be a device that does nothing except drive the plot. The Dismantled MacGuffin
trope doesn't care whether X did something more than drive the plot.
"MacGuffin" can appear in a trope name for different reasons:
- The trope really does require a MacGuffin.
- The trope frequently happens with a MacGuffin, but also works with Plot Devices that aren't MacGuffins.
- The trope uses "MacGuffin" as a fancy word for any important object, which doesn't match the rigorous definition on the MacGuffin page.