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Not to be confused with MockGuffin, when it turns out in the end that the MacGuffin everybody has been chasing is a fake, and there is no "real" [=MacGuffin=]. For when the fake MacGuffin also turns out to be a booby trap, see SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb. This can be used to set up a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles situation when the real MacGuffin is hidden among a bunch of fakes, or when you need to transport the real item somewhere and the fakes are put in multiple {{Decoy Convoy}}s.

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Not to be confused with MockGuffin, when it turns out in the end that the MacGuffin everybody has been chasing is a fake, and there is no "real" [=MacGuffin=]. For when the fake MacGuffin also turns out to be a booby trap, see SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb.SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb. This can be used to set up a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles situation when the real MacGuffin is hidden among a bunch of fakes, or when you need to transport the real item somewhere and the fakes are put in multiple {{Decoy Convoy}}s.



* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' has the protagonists attempting to steal a silver briefcase. The first time they try to steal it, it turns out to be a decoy with a bomb inside, as one of their team has swapped out the real one. Their leader only realises JustInTime when fresh silver paint comes off on his hand.

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* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' has the protagonists attempting to steal a silver briefcase. The first time they try to steal it, it turns out to be a decoy with a bomb inside, as one of their team has swapped out the real one. Their leader only realises realizes JustInTime when fresh silver paint comes off on his hand.



* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen'': At the end of the film, Kevin and Max are on a boat fighting over possession of the 'lucky ring', when they both look at the ring (which is on Kevin's finger) and realise it is not the original ring, and that someone has substituted a fake earlier in the caper.

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* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen'': At the end of the film, Kevin and Max are on a boat fighting over possession of the 'lucky ring', when they both look at the ring (which is on Kevin's finger) and realise realize it is not the original ring, and that someone has substituted a fake earlier in the caper.



* In ''Film/CaptainMarvel2019'', Carol Danvers pretends a lunchbox she is holding contains [[spoiler:the Tesseract]] to distract the bad guys while her friends escape with the real one.
* In ''Film/AViewToAKill'', James Bond swaps a tape recording Pola Ivanova made of Zorin's plans with a tape of Japanese music.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel "Magic Duel"]], Trixie acquires the Alicorn Amulet, a [[ArtifactOfDoom corrupting]] AmplifierArtifact [[ClingyMacGuffin that can't be removed by anyone but the wearer]]. To get Amulet away from her, Twilight shows up wearing a green stone that she claims is an even more powerful amulet, and she backs up the claim with some impressive feats of magic. Sure enough, Trixie relinquishes the Alicorn Amulet and steals the green amulet. Then Twilight reveals it's just an ordinary stone--a doorstop, in fact--and those feats of magic were just smoke and mirrors.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel "Magic Duel"]], Trixie acquires the Alicorn Amulet, a [[ArtifactOfDoom corrupting]] AmplifierArtifact [[ClingyMacGuffin that can't be removed by anyone but the wearer]]. To get Amulet away from her, Twilight shows up wearing a green stone that she claims is an even more powerful amulet, and she backs up the claim with some impressive feats of magic. Sure enough, Trixie relinquishes the Alicorn Amulet and steals the green amulet. Then Twilight reveals it's just an ordinary stone--a doorstop, in fact--and those feats of magic were just smoke and mirrors.


Not to be confused with MockGuffin, when it turns out in the end that the MacGuffin everybody has been chasing is a fake, and there is no "real" [=MacGuffin=]. For when the fake MacGuffin also turns out to be a booby trap, see SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb.

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Not to be confused with MockGuffin, when it turns out in the end that the MacGuffin everybody has been chasing is a fake, and there is no "real" [=MacGuffin=]. For when the fake MacGuffin also turns out to be a booby trap, see SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb.
SomebodySetUsUpTheBomb. This can be used to set up a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles situation when the real MacGuffin is hidden among a bunch of fakes, or when you need to transport the real item somewhere and the fakes are put in multiple {{Decoy Convoy}}s.



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* ''Literature/TheWellOfMoments'' is duplicated by the Gable twins via casting in silicone. The replica, which was painted and waxed to look passably like the original (except on close inspection of photographs), was created for study but ends up serving a different purpose.

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* In ''Film/{{Whiteout}}'', Carrie and Pryce discover that the canisters Haden is attempting to escape with have been swapped for ones containing jellybeans.


* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a barnacle and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough to escape.

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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', Moana uses a barnacle and bioluminescent algae to create a fake Heart of Te Fiti, which she gives to Tamatoa to distract him long enough for her and Maui to escape.escape. Tamatoa's line once he realizes he's been had is our current page quote.

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* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen'': At the end of the film, Kevin and Max are on a boat fighting over possession of the 'lucky ring', when they both look at the ring (which is on Kevin's finger) and realise it is not the original ring, and that someone has substituted a fake earlier in the caper.

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* In some seasons of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'', contestants have created fake Immunity Idols for others to find, ranging from Ozzy's stick with a face carved on it that somehow fooled Jason in ''Micronesia'' to Bob's genuinely well-crafted fake idols in ''Gabon''.


* ''The Bullion Boys'' (1993) when Creator/DavidJason's character swaps a fake gold bar for a real one, which is the only bar they end up keeping. However there's [[IdiotPlot no reason for this fake bar to exist in the first place]]; it's just shown to the characters as an example of what the gold bars they're planning to steal will look like.

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* ''The Bullion Boys'' (1993) when Creator/DavidJason's character swaps a fake gold bar for a real one, which is the only bar they end up keeping. However there's [[IdiotPlot no reason for this fake bar to exist in the first place]]; it's just shown to the characters as an example of what the gold bars they're planning to steal will look like.\n


* ''The Bullion Boys'' (1993) when DavidJason's character swops a fake gold bar for a real one, which is the only bar they end up keeping. However there's [[IdiotPlot no reason for this fake bar to exist in the first place]]; it's just shown to the characters as an example of what the gold bars they're planning to steal will look like.

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* ''The Bullion Boys'' (1993) when DavidJason's Creator/DavidJason's character swops swaps a fake gold bar for a real one, which is the only bar they end up keeping. However there's [[IdiotPlot no reason for this fake bar to exist in the first place]]; it's just shown to the characters as an example of what the gold bars they're planning to steal will look like.

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* ''The Bullion Boys'' (1993) when DavidJason's character swops a fake gold bar for a real one, which is the only bar they end up keeping. However there's [[IdiotPlot no reason for this fake bar to exist in the first place]]; it's just shown to the characters as an example of what the gold bars they're planning to steal will look like.


* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' has the protagonists attempting to steal a silver briefcase. The first time they try to steal it, it turns out to be a decoy with a bomb inside.

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* ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' has the protagonists attempting to steal a silver briefcase. The first time they try to steal it, it turns out to be a decoy with a bomb inside.inside, as one of their team has swapped out the real one. Their leader only realises JustInTime when fresh silver paint comes off on his hand.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:'' In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel "Magic Duel"]], Trixie acquires the Alicorn Amulet, a [[ArtifactOfDoom corrupting]] AmplifierArtifact [[ClingyMacGuffin that can't be removed by anyone but the wearer]]. To get Amulet away from her, Twilight shows up wearing a green stone that she claims is an even more powerful amulet, and she backs up the claim with some impressive feats of magic. Sure enough, Trixie relinquishes the Alicorn Amulet and steals the green amulet. Then Twilight reveals it's just an ordinary stone--a doorstop, in fact--and those feats of magic were just smoke and mirrors.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] guarding the legendary Blue Orb of Bloodlight keeps an impressive-looking sphere of rock on a pillar behind her, in hopes that she can convince adventurers to make a DealWithTheDevil for "[[ExactWords the Orb]]" without specifically bargaining for the actual artifact. [[spoiler:Dies Horribly and Saves-A-Fox fall for it hook, line, and sinker.]]


* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', there is a struggle over a case containng a relic. At the end, the Numbers seem to make off with it, to shock from all sides. Then, after they've left... Teana and Subaru reveal that, actually, they took the relic out of the case and hid it in Caro's hat -- all the Numbers have is an empty case.
* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin makes a copy of the ring with a microtransponder inside, so as to trick and then taunt the Count. He's seen making it shortly before the Count's assassins attack the room he rented.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', there is a struggle over a case containng containing a relic.relic that multiple parties are interested in. At the end, the Numbers seem to make off with it, to shock from all sides. Then, after they've left... Teana and Subaru reveal that, actually, they took the relic out of the case and hid it in Caro's hat -- all the Numbers have is an empty case.
* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin makes a copy of the ring with a microtransponder inside, so as to trick and then taunt the Count. He's seen making it shortly before the Count's assassins attack the room he rented.
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* ''GreenLantern'' does this periodically. Somebody demands that he hand over his ring, and he appears to do so, sometimes with the villain even creating constructs... and then once he skedaddles, he reveals to the reader and/or a person nearby wondering why he isn't concerned that the ring he handed over was actually a construct and the real ring is still on his finger and invisible, and that the fake ring will fade away after an hour or so.
* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'': In #9 and #10 of the original series, {{Bandito}} el Papagayo forces Jonah to aid him in a raid on a Mexican fortress in Veracruz to steal a store of gold bars. After a series of double-crosses that have left almost everyone except Jonah dead, Jonah is caught outside with the gold during a storm. The rain washes the gold paint off the bars, revealing them to be worthless. It turns out the Mexican government had secretly removed the gold from the fortress several days before the raid, leaving behind the fake gold as a distraction.

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* ''GreenLantern'' does this periodically. Somebody demands that he ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'': The source of a Green Lantern's powers is their ring. In one issue, another character tried to take the ring from GL, only for him to willingly hand over his ring, and he appears to do so, sometimes with the it over. The villain even tests it by successfully creating constructs... constructs and then once he skedaddles, he runs off, satisfied that they got the item they were after. Then GL reveals to the reader and/or (and/or a person nearby wondering why he isn't concerned concerned) that the ring he handed over was actually a construct which will fade away in an hour and the real ''real'' ring is still on his finger and invisible, and that the fake ring will fade away after an hour or so.
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* ''ComicBook/JonahHex'': In #9 and #10 of the original series, {{Bandito}} el Papagayo forces Jonah to aid him in a raid on a Mexican fortress in Veracruz to steal a store of gold bars.bars from the Mexican government. After a series of double-crosses that have left almost everyone except Jonah dead, Jonah is caught outside with the gold during a storm. The rain washes the gold paint off the bars, revealing them to be worthless. It turns out the Mexican government had secretly removed the gold from the fortress several days before the raid, leaving behind the fake gold as a distraction.



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* In ''FanFic/FallenKing'', Joey bluffs Pegasus's guards by throwing a piece of stone off the tower and pretending it's the Millennium Puzzle.

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* In ''FanFic/FallenKing'', Joey bluffs Pegasus's guards are trying to take the Millennium Puzzle from Yugi and the gang. Joey bluffs them by throwing a piece of stone off the tower and pretending it's the Millennium Puzzle.


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* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin makes a copy of the ring with a microtransponder inside, so as to trick and then taunt the Count. He's seen making it shortly before the Count's assassins attack the room he rented.


* At the end of ''{{Sneakers}}'', when the NSA attempts to confiscate the MacGuffin, Marty hands it over, telling them "It doesn't work. It never did" -- and, after they've gone, reveals to his colleagues that he's kept the true MacGuffin, the one component that makes the thing work.

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* At the end of ''{{Sneakers}}'', ''{{Film/Sneakers}}'', when the NSA attempts to confiscate the MacGuffin, Marty hands it over, telling them "It doesn't work. It never did" -- and, after they've gone, reveals to his colleagues that he's kept the true MacGuffin, the one component that makes the thing work.

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