: The MacGuffin
is separated into several different pieces and has to be reassembled.
- Straight: The hilt, the guard, and the blade of The Sword of Plot Advancement all reside in different hding spots across the world.
- The Sword of Plot Advancement has been divided into three hundred pieces, all of which are hidden somewhere within the Universe on several different planets.
- The three pieces of The Sword of Plot Advancement are hidden in three different universes within the Multiverse.
- Downplayed: The three pieces of The Sword of Plot Advancement are hidden somewhere in a house.
- Justified: The Powers That Be felt that The Sword of Plot Advancement could possibly be used for evil, so they separated the pieces to prevent any Villain from amassing too much power, but not completely destroying them just in case any Hero needed it in the future.
- Inverted: The MacGuffin won’t work unless it is disassembled.
- Subverted: The Heroes assemble the MacGuffin and then they accidentally break it.
- Double Subverted: Breaking the MacGuffin releases the demon that was withheld in each individual piece.
- Parodied: The geeks go on a long quest to find the individual Lego pieces in order to assemble the Lego Star Wars Death Star.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: There is only one intact MacGuffin.
- Enforced: The writers needed a few Plot Coupons for a some filler episodes.
- Lampshaded: “How powerful can a sword be if it can be disassembled?”
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
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