->'''Peter Venkman:''' What? I guess they just don't make them like they used to.\\
'''Ray Stantz:''' No! Nobody ''ever'' made them like this. ... The whole building is a huge super-conductive antenna that was designed and built expressly for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. Your girlfriend lives in the corner penthouse of Spook Central.
-->-- ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''

The [[JustifiedTrope justification]] of the WeirdnessMagnet. A normal person living a normal life will likely not get involved with adventures unless it comes upon them. To explain why these things happen week after week a storytelling device will be created, often multiple devices, with the sole purpose of polarizing the weirdness in the direction of the heroes.

Many times the device is uncontrollable, or the hero acts as a guardian of it, protecting it from misuse or limiting the damage it can do. Often it is an obscurely defined and rarely actually seen or used, but whose presence permeates the entirety of the saga.

Without this item FridgeLogic will start to kick in with viewers, mostly in the realm of a ContrivedCoincidence. Why doesn't fate just leave this guy alone?

It can be considered a standing, perpetual ChekhovsGun, PlotCoupon or MacGuffin. Usually a [[JustifiedTrope good excuse]] for why they have a CityOfAdventure. Compare closely the RegularCaller, which in many cases is the individual and repeated methods of utilizing the Magnetic Plot Device.

Typical versions include:
* An ArtifactOfDoom or undefined MacGuffin that the hero is unwilling or [[ClingyMacguffin unable]] to get rid of.
* The CityOfAdventure is home to the [[{{Hellgate}} gates of hell.]]
* The protagonist is an InsufferableGenius and no one [[TheWormGuy has a clue without his/her expertise]].
* The SuperHero brings out the {{Super Villain}}s hiding around, creating a SuperheroParadox. Likewise may he end up [[CreateYourOwnVillain creating his own villain.]]
* The CardboardPrison.
* A MetaOrigin that explains ''everything.''

Compare GreenRocks.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Brand of Sacrifice borne by Guts in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' draws demons to him like a lightning rod, making his life (and the life of his lover Casca, who also bears the Brand) a literal living Hell. The two of them are only alive because Guts is an unstoppable demonslaying badass (and because [[spoiler:the Skull Knight has a vested interest in making sure they live to oppose the Godhand]]).
* The shattered Four Souls gem in ''Manga/InuYasha''. At least in the beginning, Inu-Yasha and Kagome are trying to collect the scattered shards of it... and running into a lot of [[BigBad monsters]] and [[MonsterOfTheWeek assorted beasties]] who are also trying to collect the shards.
* The main character himself in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who attracts the demons he fights due to his exceptionally strong spiritual presence, as well as [[spoiler: Karakura City itself, which for whatever reason has an unusually high concentration of spiritual energy]].
** It also helps that Ichigo does such a bad job of containing said spiritual power that he ends up SuperEmpowering a lot of the people who hang out around him.
* The Dragon Balls in ''DragonBall'' always draw a lot of characters essential to the plot together, especially near the beginning of the series. For example, Bulma first meets Goku, because she is searching for a Dragon Ball that he owns. This also works especially well as a Magnetic Plot Device, because there is more than one Dragon Ball, which allows for a more seamless move together of a higher variety of characters.
** It wasn't until the Android Saga, mid-way through ''DBZ'', that they had a BigBad whose plans did not involve the Dragon Balls in any way. (Tenshinhan was never a true "BigBad", only a {{rival}}, and the Piccolo Jr. Saga flowed directly from the King Piccolo Saga, which did involve the Dragon Balls.)
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'', there are spiritual hot-spots (like Karasumori) that attract Ayakaishi (demons) who are hungry for power. In the beginning, this was the source of almost every MonsterOfTheWeek.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Stand users apparently attract other Stand users. How or why this happens is never explained.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Tokyo-3 was built over the Geofront to act as a fortress to protect a MacGuffin the Angels seek out, since if they ever found what they were looking for, it would wipe out all life on the planet. [[spoiler:What the Angels are after isn't where they think it is, but [[MindScrew explaining the truth]] [[KudzuPlot is too complex to do here]].]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The chance of a quiet sane life for a Comicbook/{{Witchblade}} wielder is zero. It [[MacGuffin attracts unfriendly attention as a powerful artifact]] and possibly [[Comicbook/{{Witchblade}} itself]] tend to choose ladies already with predisposition to be {{Weirdness Magnet}}s.
* The Starbrand of ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse'' is a WeirdnessMagnet and a weirdness ''generator'' all in one, it's the MetaOrigin of [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Paranormals]]... And it [[ArtifactOfDoom blows up cities]] if you mishandle it.
* In ''ComicBook/SupremePower'', the various parts of the spacecraft that brought Hyperion to Earth tend to catalyze plot-signifigant events, as well as providing a MetaOrigin for most other superhumans.
* The protagonist of DC's short-lived ''Major Bummer'' is a slacker who received super-powers when aliens sent him an "Extreme Enhancement Module" by mistake. The EEM ends up attracting trouble (and other EEM-enhanced supers), much to the protagonist's annoyance.
* The [[ComicBook/TheSandman Endless]]:
-->'''Delirium:''' The things we do make echoes. S'pose you stop on a street corner and admire a brilliant fork of lightning. For ages after people will stop on that corner, stare up at the sky, they wouldn't even know what they were looking for. Some of them might see a ghost bolt of lightning. Some of them might be killed by it. Our existence deforms the universe.
* One of the many variations of Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} (written by Creator/PeterDavid) had her move to a small town. Naturally, crazed super villains followed. This was partly explained by a mystical river that ran underneath the town, it attracted oddness like deer to a salt lick.

* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}''
** ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' actually made a plot point about how busy they were being related to an apartment building that attracted supernatural energy. This building was specifically designed as a dimensional portal to bring in Gozer the Gozerian, an ancient god not seen for the last 7,000 odd years.
** The river of slime in ''Film/GhostbustersII'' also filled this role.
* Throughout the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise, John Connor is the Magnetic Plot Device for both himself and his mother, as well as his uncle and robot sister in [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles the series]].
* In the ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'', the Allspark takes on this role. In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film it was an object that both Autobot and Decepticon wanted and would cause unpredictable things to happen around it (mostly creating mini-robots from nearby mechanical devices). ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' used leftover fragments of the Allspark to cause more chaos, the big one being that it downloads a Cybertronian database into Sam's head. While Sam says IJustWantToBeNormal, TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive and this is the only reason why he is involved with the events of the movie at all.
** Supplimentary Material suggests that the [=AllSpark=] was attracted to Earth because of the Solar Harvester, and that the [[spoiler: meeting between Sentinel Prime and Megatron, both of whom get sidelined]] in DOTM was to take place on Earth also because of Earth's previous history with the Cybertronians.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse introduces the Infinity Stones, which has an impact on ''at least'' half the films. ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' has the Tesseract fuel the MadScience of the BigBad (and hints suggests the new element Tony created in ''Film/IronMan2'' is based on it), which previously appeared in TheStinger of [[AnachronicOrder the chronologically later]] ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and becomes the MacGuffin for ''Film/TheAvengers2012''. ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' reveals a new Stone in the Aether and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' makes the connection between the Orb, Aether and Tesseract. It takes until Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron and the discovery of the Mind Stone within the Scepter ([[ChekhovsGun previously an artifact in the first Avengers]]) for the characters to start recognizing the pattern and theorize someone, which the audience knows is ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, has been playing [[TheChessmaster a long form game with them]]. The storyline of the Infinity Stones will reach their apex in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.

* In Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, the main characters are ta'veren -- people who inexplicably create outrageous coincidences and shape the world around them simply by existing.
** On one ordinary day while Rand is in the city, a baby falls out of a high window onto cobblestones and crawls away unhurt; a freak wind blows a tiny feather into a man's open mouth and suffocates him to death; and a basket of roof tiles falls off a tower, shatters into a million pieces, and its shards happen to randomly (but perfectly!) form the image on the city's new flag.
** This becomes really important in Mat Cauthon's development, once he becomes GenreSavvy. Since he's aware his presence skews probability, Mat takes bets on being able to do impossible things, and then does them-- such as when he throws a knife into a tiny block of wood in midair, a long distance away, while blindfolded.
* In the early Literature/{{Discworld}} novels, Rincewind is a walking magnetic plot device due to being possessed by one of the most powerful spells in the world. He's rid of it at the end of the second book, after which... he's ''still'' a magnet for everything weird that Creator/TerryPratchett wants to throw at him (a later book establishes that the Lady -- implied to be Lady Luck, although the books takes the same effort to avoid saying her name as the characters do -- has taken an interest in Rincewind, and sometimes uses him as a pawn in her games with Fate). If it ain't broke...
* Teela Brown, from Ringworld, in a rare science fiction take (and yet another instance of Niven being an imp and poking fun at his own story). See what the luckiest girl ever can do! (particularly her ending...)
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} Cloakmaster]]'' cycle:
--> [[http://sjml.spelljammer.org/archive/oracle/200901/03-204044.html David Shepheard]]: There is a lot of interesting stuff that happens to Teldin Moore in space, but it all boils down to three basic facts:
--> 1) He is [[ClingyMacGuffin stuck with an Ultimate Helm]],
--> 2) Anyone who has come into contact with the Ultimate Helm [[MacGuffin wants to get hold of it]] and
--> 3) The Ultimate Helm wants to get onto The Spelljammer.
--> The cloak is the [[IncrediblyLamePun ultimate]] {{railroading}} [[NarrativeDevices device]]. You could give the Cloakmaster Cycle one book, three books, six books or nine books, but you would still end up with the end of the adventure being set on The Spelljammer and Teldin's cloak trying to turn him into its next Captain.
* In the ''EternalChampion'' series, Elric (in his various incarnations) is always being summoned to do battle in various worlds without rest. So he is always in an AdventureTown.
* The One Ring in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', as the Nazgûl are constantly searching for it and it calls out to servants of the Dark Lord to try and get back to his hand. Also, the Silmarils in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' for more temporal reasons - everyone seems driven mad with the desire to possess them, meaning anyone who holds one can never rest easy. Even if he's [[BigBad Morgoth]].
* The Caves in the ''{{Quentaris}}'' series. They connect the CityOfAdventure to alternate universes, and are a large source of profit as well as danger as adventurers go questing for treasures or [[MonsterOfTheWeek random monsters]] come and attack the place.
* It is frequently said throughout the course of the Literature/LiadenUniverse series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller that "the Luck" moves strangely about Clan Korval—hence the clan is one great big CoincidenceMagnet. It is never explained ''why'' exactly this is so, but everyone who believes in "the Luck" seems to regard it as an immutable fact of life. Also, it is shown to be every bit as genetically heritable as the famed Clan Korval piloting ability, regardless of whether its inheritor is officially in the clan or not.
* At one point in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' a character [[{{Lampshading}} points out]] that Narnia always seems to be undergoing some crisis or other. [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]] corrects him: Narnia regularly undergoes centuries at a time of peace, it's just that [[AWizardDidIt he only brings children from our world]] [[NarniaTime to the time and place that they're most needed]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The [[{{Hellgate}} Hellmouth]] of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. They only actually go into the Hellmouth in the first and last seasons, but everything in between is still blamed on it.
** And justifiably so, as it shoots out enough evil-ness to attract demons from miles around. Plus, the town being built expressly for demons to come and eat the squishy humans. Numerous villains also plan to open it, which would cause the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
** The title of Slayer. Demons sometimes run off to see how they would match up against the legendary demon killer, à la Spike.
** The Origin comic introduced the concept that the Slayer is a "creature of destiny", which is sort of an inversion of this trope. The reason Buffy could never escape her destiny is not because supernatural stuff is attracted to her, but ''she'' is guided by destiny to ''it''. That's why her high school in Los Angeles was attacked by Lothos, why she encountered a demonic cult at the mental hospital she spent a few weeks in, why she ended up moving to Sunnydale after leaving LA, and why she stumbled upon a demonic labor operation when she spent a summer there trying to hide from her destiny.
* Wolfram and Hart of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. A multi-dimensional demonic law firm. The possibilities practically drip off of that sentence.
** Similar to the Slayer, Angel has 200 years of old enemies to deal with.
** And ThePowersThatBe got directly involved with Angel's life to ensure it was never calm.
** And with the help of Doyle/Cordy's visions when trouble doesn't come to Angel...
* The Rift in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' - introduced in the 2005 series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', it became the focus of the first two seasons of the spin-off. It provides the team with all manner of time / space weirdness to deal with, and occasionally draws the Doctor back there when he uses rift energy to refuel the TARDIS.
* The TARDIS from ''Series/DoctorWho''. Seriously, how often is the Doctor actually ''looking'' for the plot of the episode? Nearly every time, he trips over the plot while sightseeing.\\
The TARDIS was ancient and obsolete even back when the Doctor stole it in his first incarnation, so it doesn't always land where it is supposed to land. Naturally, it sometimes lands in the middle of trouble.
** It has been suggested in the show that it does land where it is supposed to land, but not necessarily where the Doctor ''intends'' it to land. The TARDIS to some extent takes the Doctor where he needs to go/is needed. The TARDIS is stated multiple times to be alive and can sense things in the timeline. In "The Doctor's Wife", [[spoiler:the TARDIS herself]] claims that she lands wherever the Doctor needs to go.
* The Stargate of ''Series/StargateSG1'' and everything else in the Franchise/StargateVerse. Understanding the Stargate's potential for weirdness, the military installed the iris to limit what could come through.
** The city of Atlantis in ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. There always seems to be some Ancient experiment that they discover that messes with the team from time to time.
** In Stargate Atlantis, Earth is also this, being the object of pursuit of all the Wraith in the Pegasus Galaxy.
* The actual ships in the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series. It allowed them to find a PlanetOfHats and a NegativeSpaceWedgie.
** The holodeck. A lot of fans have wondered that with the holodeck so prone to malfunctions and become dangerous, why is it left on?
*** Even besides its tendencies to malfunction, the holodeck allowed for almost any story to be told. FilmNoir, sure. SherlockHolmes, why not? The WildWest, yippe ki yah.
** ''Deep Space 9'' and the Celestial Temple/Bajoran Wormhole. It was responsible for ''everything'' that went on there.
** The non canon ''Next Generation'' novel, ''Q-squared'', lampshades the ''Enterprise D'''s constant encounters with time travel and other anomalies and attributes all (or, at least, most of) their problems to Q messing with them.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' introduced the "Temporal Cold War" story arc to both stir things up with the ship and crew but also to make things a little more surprising for the audience because the show was a {{prequel}}. The fact it was a prequel and people in the future knew of their importance in history made them a target.
* The Nexus in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''.
** The status of the Charmed Ones also made them a frequent target for nefarious plots.
* The anomalies in ''Series/{{Primeval}}''.
* ''Series/TheLostRoom'': All of the objects attract one another. One object-wielder eventually got tired of being targeted by collectors and gave his up willingly to the hero.
* Inverted with ''Series/TheXFiles''. The files are a constantly growing folder of the unexplained, meaning the characters themselves are searching out the unexplained. This in turn adds to the X-Files.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', it's the island itself.
** Literal magnetism is involved as well. [[spoiler:A huge magnetic discharge from the Swan station caused Flight 815 to crash.]]
* For ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the Magnetic Plot Device is not the GreenRocks, but instead is the Kryptonian influence of Jor-El. The GreenRocks were just a side effect of that.
* A big criticism towards ''Series/{{House}}'' is the number of medical mysteries that get thrown his way, mentioned at being about one a week. The show has made some remarks in that regard, giving most patients a unique set-up as well as doctors all around the region would send patients to House because he was just that good.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'''s two main characters are examples of this -- Arthur, being Crown Prince of Camelot, is the target of numerous assassination plots and is expected to go forth and smite various evil creatures with mighty smitage; Merlin is an incredibly powerful sorcerer, which in itself attracts some opposition.
* Immortals in the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' series are always drawn to each other because of the Quickening and [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne The Game]].
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' doesn't have one to start with, but at the third season break the writers evidently felt they needed an explanation for why things will continue to show up, and they create one by [[spoiler: having the main characters activate the Nemeton]], which is said to draw supernatural creatures to it.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The eponymous [[PlaceOfPower places of power]] of the game ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', which are always being fought over by one faction or another.
* This tends to happen in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}},'' because the player-characters (and any entity with high enough Legend ratings) distort Fate around them and bring weirdness to them.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Artifact from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}''. Everything that happens in game, is because of it. Justified as it is [[spoiler: the only thing that can kill alien invaders, and they know it.]]
* It is eventually revealed in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' that [[CityOfAdventure Kirkwall]] is pretty much the [[Franchise/DragonAge DA-verse's]] [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Hellmouth]] - [[spoiler: the Veil between the physical world and the Fade is very thin and the city's history and evil supernatural influences conspire to make it the WretchedHive it is. Three super-powerful demons are imprisoned there; vast blood sacrifices were carried out when it was the hub of the Tevinter slave trade, leaving ''lakes of blood'' under the city; all the uber-demons, unholy rites, and suffering and death ripped the Veil wide open; and ever since then its history of violence, oppression, and demonic rites has just made the problem worse and worse. Oh, and Kirkwall or someplace very close to it is also where the magisters entered the Golden City, corrupting it (unless it was already corrupted, which it may have been) and bringing the darkspawn into the world....and one of the most powerful of these magisters-turned-darkspawn is sealed in stasis in the mountains nearby, where his dreams leak into the world, inspire creepy cults, and drive people mad.]] Not [[ArtifactOfDoom that]] [[FantasticRacism the]] [[MutantDraftBoard events]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens of]] [[StuffBlowingUp the]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist game]] are likely to improve this situation.
* The 2009 ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' also does this as it's revealed [[spoiler:Ivo Shandor, the cult leader/architect who rigged the apartment building, also rigged the library and hotel from the first film, and the museum from the second, as nodes for this city wide apparatus meant to fuel Gozer's Destructor form, with the apartment building being the door. His old estate was a castle/laboratory where the slime river was first made before it was pumped into the sewer. Also it was revealed one of Ivo's henchmen killed Eleanor Twitty, who became the librarian ghost.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Sparks]] in general in the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' universe are prone to having very weird stuff happen. Even more so if they happen to be of the Heterodyne family.
** Jagers, by contrast, tend to be the direct cause of weird things happening. On top of having weird things happening around them.
*** Hey, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031029 Krezy exidents]] ''happen''!
* ''Webcomic/TheWarOfWinds'' The Key shapes events around it and in turn whoever currently possesses it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', as soon as Ben gets the Omnitrix a lot of aliens show up specifically to take it from him.
* The Allspark from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Even with its GottaCatchThemAll status, it certainly keeps things interesting for everyone.
** Of course, said status mostly stopped during the third season, but enough weirdness had already happened for the third season to involve the return and development of earlier weirdness instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s entire plot is about the Supercomputer and XANA's plottings. The computer is near magical enough to make whatever story you want to tell happen.
* After capturing so many ghosts, ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' eventually had ghosts coming to them, for better or for worse (the "worse" usually being freeing some other ghosts from the [[CardboardPrison containment unit).]]
* WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest's father, Dr. Benton Quest, is a scientific genius and professional Magnetic Plot Device.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' had the presence of the Vok, aliens with some vested interest in the planet. The Maximals and Predacons stumbled upon a lot of ancient artifacts and called attention to themselves. This mostly provided a third party to mess around with things, including leaving around bizarre technology and including having a doomsday weapon that eventually led to the transmetal upgrades.
* The ghost portal in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' kept releasing ghosts into the human world, at which point Danny would have to deal with them. It's also the source of the FreakLabAccident that made Danny half-ghost.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has an inversion of this during the World Tour arc. According to Tom, the magical island of Avalon does not take you where you want to go, it sends you where you ''need'' to go. Thus Goliath, Eliza, Bronx, and Angela travel all over the world saving the day. At one point they are even sent right back to Avalon. Even when they finally return to New York, it's only because Avalon knew they would be needed there to stop [[spoiler:[[PhysicalGod Oberon]] from kidnapping Baby Alex]].
* Megas in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' is either used to transport the characters to alien places, draws aliens to it, or causes major problems, justifying why two guys from New Jersey encounter so many aliens.
* Season 5 of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic introduces the "Cutie Map", first shown in the episode of the same name, which is an offshoot of the [[WorldTree Tree of Harmony]]. It can summon all -- or any -- of the Mane Six to deal with friendship crises anywhere in Equestria by making their cutie marks shimmer and vibrate[[note]]at least two {{Stealth Pun}}s have been noted in this, one of which is related to WatchItForTheMeme[[/note]] and pointing out their destination on the map, and it sends a different signal to their marks when [[ButNowIMustGo they've solved the problem]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FirehouseTales'': The team's sirens go off right after receiving their distress signal.
* For ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'', Bot has his "Umi Alarm" which beeps whenever a child needs help somewhere.
* {{Discussed}} in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' when [[ScienceHero Ford]] shows [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] [[spoiler:the massive alien ship under Gravity Falls]]. He admits that he isn't sure if it's what attracts all the weirdness in the town or if it showed up because it was drawn there itself. WordOfGod says it's been there for millions of years, though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the [[MagicalGirlWarrior Crystal Gems]] go on missions all over the world (and sometimes beyond), but [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] mentioned in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E10RisingTidesCrashingSkies Rising Tides/Crashing Skies]]" that the Temple attracts [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gem monsters]], which is why so many show up around Beach City.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw,'' the title character himself causes most of the plots because of his [[BornUnlucky terrible]] [[TheJinx luck]].