: An item that the story's players want to attain that doesn't actually do anything within the story.
- Straight: Alice and Bob are searching for The Magic Crystal Of Shadowland, and so does Emperor Evulz. It's never actually explained what the crystal does.
- Exaggerated: Alice and Bob are searching for an artifact that they don't even know the appearance or purpose of, just because someone told them it was important.
- Downplayed: The Magic Crystal of Shadowland is show to have healing power, but so does the magic crystal of the light and the crystal of nature.
- The object in question is legendary for its power, explaining why everyone wants to get it no matter what it is.
- The crystal was never really a part of anything, and in universe the crystal was just an excuse those involved in the chase used to settle personal grudges with each other.
- Inverted: Clingy MacGuffin
- Subverted: Mock Guffin
- Double Subverted: This one was just a fake, and the real MacGuffin is still out there.
- Parodied: The driving force behind the plot is a Scottish man actually named "MacGuffin".
- Zig Zagged: The story concerns a "retrieval team" hunting after valuable artifacts. Sometimes the artifacts have useful properties that the team itself needs, and sometimes they're hunting after items of seemingly little value that their employers nontheless want.
- Averted: The Plot Device used in the story is actually relevant to what the heroes need.
- Enforced: ???
- Lampshaded: "Magical Crystal of Shadowland, hmmm? What does it actually do?" "Erm... I don't know."
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: ???
- Discussed: "I wonder... why do we actually chase after this thing? Is it really that important to us, or to anyone?" "I'm sure it must have some use in the end, if all the boffins say it has one."
- Conversed: "I was thinking... and it doesn't make any sense for Alice and Bob from that show to chase that magical crystal or whatever. They don't even know what it does!"
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