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In Transformers fandom, a MacGuffin is sometimes referred to as an "Evil Invention / Alien Device", or "[[EI/AD]]". This term was coined by Kendrick Kerwin Chua to refer to the "machine of the week" style stories that were often told on the [[Generation 1 (cartoon)|G1 cartoon]].
 
In Transformers fandom, a MacGuffin is sometimes referred to as an "Evil Invention / Alien Device", or "[[EI/AD]]". This term was coined by Kendrick Kerwin Chua to refer to the "machine of the week" style stories that were often told on the [[Generation 1 (cartoon)|G1 cartoon]].
   
{{quote|This is why I hate MacGuffins!!|[[Shockwave (Transtech)|Shockwave]] after [[Megatron (BW)|Megs]] steals [[Sari Sumdac's Key|Sari's Key]], [[Bee in the City]]}}
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{{quote|This is why I hate MacGuffins!!|[[Shockwave (Transtech)|Shockwave]] after [[Megatron (BW)|Megs]] steals [[Key|Sari's Key]], [[Bee in the City]]}}
   
 
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A MacGuffin is an object or idea which adds no depth to a story but is nonetheless responsible for moving the narrative along from one point to another. Often, a MacGuffin is a valuable object which a character must acquire, protect, or transport. For example, Metroplex's transformation cog is a MacGuffin. Although a MacGuffin is a type of plot device, not all plot devices are MacGuffins.

The nature of the MacGuffin itself doesn't matter -- it could be anything. The MacGuffin's only important attribute is its importance to the characters. It is the reason they take action, and it is the characters' actions -- not their motivations -- that are usually of most interest to the story's audience.

In Transformers fandom, a MacGuffin is sometimes referred to as an "Evil Invention / Alien Device", or "EI/AD". This term was coined by Kendrick Kerwin Chua to refer to the "machine of the week" style stories that were often told on the G1 cartoon.

"This is why I hate MacGuffins!!"
Shockwave after Megs steals Sari's Key, Bee in the City

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