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->"''She could have been a briefcase and nothing would have changed in this movie.''"
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''', discussing Rayne's role in ''Film/BloodrayneTheThirdReich''

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->"''She could have ->''My gamer's intuition is tingling! The problem this girl's facing is important to the storyline! The kind that makes the powerful go out of their way, that she can't easily share with others! The kind that suddenly gets revealed when it's too late, but could've been a briefcase and nothing would have changed in easily dealt with if only we all knew earlier!''
-->--'''Diablo''' [[GenreSavvy discribing
this movie.''"
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''', discussing Rayne's role in ''Film/BloodrayneTheThirdReich''
trope extremely well]], ''LightNovel/HowNotToSummonADemonLord''


* X from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. We never even find out who he is.

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* Red X from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. We never even find out who he is.

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* In ''Literature/RavenorVsEisenhorn'', there are at least seven different factions that want to get their hands on the protagonist Beta Bequin for various reasons. Some of them want her because she’s a [[AntiMagic pariah]] [[spoiler:who can use [[LanguageOfMagic Enuncia]]]], some want her because of her connections to the Maze Undue [[spoiler:and by extension, the Cognitae]], and several want to use her as a weapon against an ''eighth'' faction. Toward the end of the book, she privately laments that she’s become the grail which all these people are questing for.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' has Queen Marabella, who created the magical lights that protect Flutterfield from the Skeezites. When she's poisoned, the lights slowly die, and the main plot revolves around curing her.


** The Princesses of Heart in were in this status in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts the first game]]. Maleficent and her cronies [[spoiler:manipulated by Xehanort,]] wanted them so that they can open the Door to Darkness to take over the multiverse. Turns out this is also a case of DismantledMacGuffin. The Princesses' hearts being 7 fragments of the X-Blade which as a counterpart to Kingdom Hearts, can be used to open a path to the titular location.

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** The Princesses of Heart in were in this status in [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game]]. Maleficent and her cronies [[spoiler:manipulated by Xehanort,]] wanted them so that they can open the Door to Darkness to take over the multiverse. Turns out this is also a case of DismantledMacGuffin. The Princesses' hearts being 7 fragments of the X-Blade which as a counterpart to Kingdom Hearts, can be used to open a path to the titular location.

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* Kindar Pomma D'ok and Erdling Teera Eld in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy''. After they [[spoiler: connect with each other telepathically and rediscover important psychic abilities, some lost to their people for many generations]], they are [[MacGuffinSuperPerson literally named Holy Children]] and worshiped by nearly everyone -- except Pomma's brother Raamo, who believes worshiping ''anyone'' is harmful -- he was a member of a sacred order revered as demigods, since disbanded. Living examples of the Rejoyning of the Kindar and Erdling peoples, Pomma and Teera are the hope of their respective nations. Then they disappear. Have they been [[HostageMacGuffin kidnapped by dissidents?]]

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* ''[[Webcomic/FifteenMinds Blue Moon Blossom]]'': The rabbit spirit, a glowy sprite-like being [[spoiler:found in a golden temple]] with the power to turn away evil spirits [[spoiler:and summon blue flowers. It can also change beings that have been turned to stone back to normal.]]


* Used very literally in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Armageddon Factor," where it turns out that [[spoiler: the last piece of the cosmically powerful Key To Time, which has served as a McGuffin for the whole past season, is Princess Astra herself. This also serves to expose the Black Guardian who had been masquerading as the White Guardian, because the Doctor realizes that the White Guardian would never be willing to sacrifice Astra's life.]]

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* Used very literally in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Armageddon Factor," where it turns out that [[spoiler: the last piece of the cosmically powerful Key To Time, which has served as a McGuffin MacGuffin for the whole past season, is Princess Astra herself. This also serves to expose the Black Guardian who had been masquerading as the White Guardian, because the Doctor realizes that the White Guardian would never be willing to sacrifice Astra's life.]]


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* In ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', Cloud becomes this after the Nibelheim incident. Genesis and Hollander want his S-cells so they can cure Genesis' degradation, Shin-Ra wants him (and Zack) dead to cover up Hojo's unethical experiments, and Zack just wants to keep him safe. He actually borders on being a traditional MacGuffin seeing as his mako poisoning-induced coma has left him with all the personality of a brick.

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* Ciri in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''. The main character, Geralt, seeks her because he wants to find his lost daughter, while every other faction after her do so because of her unique bloodline and [[MacGuffinSuperPerson the powers she possesses]].





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* In ''Fanfic/ReluctantHero'', the discovery that Zuko is [[TheChosenOne the new Avatar]] makes ''everyone'' frantic to find him and secure his loyalty: the Northern Water Tribe and White Lotus want to train and prepare him to restore balance to the world, the Dai Li wants to brainwash him for the Earth Kingdom's greatness and the Fire Nation wants to make him a LivingWeapon to achieve world domination.

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discovery that Zuko is [[TheChosenOne the new Avatar]] makes ''everyone'' frantic to find him and secure his loyalty: the Northern Water Tribe and White Lotus want to train and prepare him to restore balance to the world, the Dai Li wants to brainwash him for the Earth Kingdom's greatness and the Fire Nation wants to make him a LivingWeapon to achieve world domination.



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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits'': The dodo bird.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Sasuke becomes this after he leaves the Leaf Village. [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Jinchurikis]] provide a straighter example.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
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** While not strictly an example of "living", the cells of the First Hokage Hashirama Senju are so prized for their [[HealingFactor regenerative properties]] as well as their [[GreenThumb other]] [[PhysicalGod properties]] that it's not an exaggeration to say ''every'' BigBad has used them in some form or another, usually as a BadassTransplant.

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*Oatmeal, Nadia's cat in ''Series/RussianDoll''. At the start of the series, finding and caring for the missing cat seems to be Nadia's only long-term goal in life. As with most cats, it's not entirely clear that he needs the help.

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* The whole plot of ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'' focuses on an undercover cop's efforts to root out a corrupt police commissioner, Reza. However, Reza himself gets very little screentime, and couldn't really be called the main villain of the film. He moves the plot along but doesn't do much else.

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