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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' many "legendary Pokémon" would count as one of these.
** The [[FanNickname Poké-Gods (i.e. Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus)]] are the only truly "one-of-a-kind" Pokémon. Lugia is shown to have a breeding population, and many of the legendary birds (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) and legendary beasts (Raikou, Entei, and Suicune) are shown to have different members of the species encountered by the main heroes during the course of the series. Likewise, there has been shown to be more than one Deoxys in the series, and the Mew in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' is a different Mew from the one in ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew''. ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' seems to imply that a specific set of the legendary birds (perhaps the progenitors of their respective species, but this isn't spelled out) are uniquely important despite looking the same as the others, since capturing them was catastrophic to the entire planet's weather.
** [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo]] was created by humans and was the only member of his species as [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup his creators were killed]] and all the research describing his creation was destroyed. That is until the [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened 16th Movie]] introduced a second Mewtwo that makes it a species of two.
** Also, Latios and Latias are shown to be the offspring of another pair of Latios/Latias in ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'', and Shaymin in ''Anime/PokemonGiratinaAndTheSkyWarrior'' is actually part of a group of Shaymin. There also appear to be two different Jirachi in ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'' and the ''Best Wishes'' episode "Wish on Jirachi: The Seven Day Miracle." (Although the existence of two Millennium Comets is harder to explain)
*** In the manga however, it keeps the tradition of only-one species with all legendary Pokémon, with the exception of Deoxys.

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* In Unlike the games, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' many "legendary Pokémon" would count animé doesn't tend to regard legendary Pokémon as one of these.
these:
** The [[FanNickname Poké-Gods (i.e. Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus)]] are the only truly "one-of-a-kind" Pokémon. known to be one-of-a-kind, while Lugia is shown to have a breeding population, and many of the legendary birds (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) and legendary beasts (Raikou, Entei, and Suicune) are shown to have different members of the species encountered by the main heroes during the course of the series. Likewise, there has been shown to be more than one Deoxys in the series, and the Mew in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' is a different Mew from the one in ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew''. ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' seems to imply that a specific set of the legendary birds (perhaps the progenitors of their respective species, but this isn't spelled out) are uniquely important despite looking the same as the others, since capturing them was catastrophic to the entire planet's weather.
** [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie Mewtwo]] was created by humans and was the only member of his its species as [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup his creators were killed]] and all the research describing his creation was destroyed. That is is, until ''[[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened Genesect and the [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened 16th Movie]] Legend Awakened]]'' introduced a second Mewtwo that makes it a species of two.
has no relation to the first ([[PlotHole don't ask how that's possible, by the way]]). In the same movie, five Genesect are introduced as opposed to the lone one in the games.
** Also, Latios and Latias are shown to be the offspring of another pair of Latios/Latias in ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'', and Shaymin in ''Anime/PokemonGiratinaAndTheSkyWarrior'' is actually part of a group of Shaymin. There also appear to be two different Jirachi in ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'' and the ''Best Wishes'' episode "Wish on Jirachi: The Seven Day Miracle." (Although Miracle" (although the existence of two Millennium Comets is harder to explain)
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explain).
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', in contrast to
the manga however, it anime, keeps the tradition of only-one only one species with all legendary Pokémon, with the exception of Deoxys.



* There appears to be more legendary Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that are single specimen than the anime does, but it's hard to tell whether most are the only one, period, or just so rare they haven't found a second.
** A number of Pokémon are on the level of gods and almost certain to be one-of-a-kind: [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Arceus]], [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde]]; plus Arceus' creations [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina]] (though Arceus is known to make seconds of the latter three). You've also got [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]], which are one-off bioengineering experiments; and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem]], which are the results of a LiteralSplitPersonality (and the dragon they were pre-split would probably itself land on the list of unique demigod Pokémon).
** There are also a few definite aversions: Latias is stated not to be one-of-a-kind in one Pokédex entry (and its SpearCounterpart Latios would be the same), Deoxys and Diancie come from rare but repeatable mutations, and Manaphy are known to both hatch from eggs and produce more eggs (though their offspring in captivity are Phione and not more Manaphy).
** Though, through trading with other games (which are treated as alternate timelines in-universe), you can get every Pokémon-species (even Mewtwo or Genesect) as often as you want, and there is a shiny-version for every species in the game-code, which means there exist two color-variations for every single species.

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* There appears to be more legendary Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a number of "legendary Pokémon" who are single specimen than the anime does, but depicted as this, though it's hard to tell whether most are the sometimes unclear if there's only one, period, one ever, or just so if they're simply rare they haven't found a second.
and limited in number:
** A number of Pokémon [[OlympusMons are on the level of gods gods]] and almost certain to be one-of-a-kind: [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Arceus]], [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde]]; plus Arceus' creations [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina]] (though Arceus is known to make seconds of the latter three). three... though it has to recreate the world ''from scratch''). You've also got [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]], which are one-off bioengineering experiments; [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Magearna]], a one-off five-hundred year old robot with a HeartDrive [[PoweredByAForsakenChild created from life energy]]; and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem]], which are the results of a LiteralSplitPersonality (and the dragon they were pre-split would probably itself land on the list of unique demigod Pokémon).
** There are also a few definite aversions: Latias is stated not to be one-of-a-kind in one its ''Emerald'' Pokédex entry (and its SpearCounterpart Latios would logically be the same), Deoxys and Diancie come from rare but repeatable mutations, and Manaphy are known to both hatch from eggs and produce more eggs (though their offspring in captivity are Phione and not more Manaphy).
** Though, through trading with other games (which are treated as alternate timelines in-universe), you can get every Pokémon-species legendary Pokémon (even Mewtwo or Genesect) as often as you want, and there is a shiny-version are [[PaletteSwap shiny colorations]] for every species in the game-code, species, which means there can exist two color-variations color variations for every single species.
1st May '16 10:00:57 PM DragonRanger
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** Those almost certain to be one-of-a-kind include one-off bioengineering experiments [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]]; the godlike [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Arceus and its creations Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina]] (though Arceus is known to make seconds of the latter three); also godlike [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza]]; and results of a unique transformation [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem]] (Reshiram and Zekrom [[LiteralSplitPersonality two halves of a great dragon]] according to legend; Kyurem theorized to be the remains of the original).

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** Those A number of Pokémon are on the level of gods and almost certain to be one-of-a-kind include one-off bioengineering experiments [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]]; the godlike one-of-a-kind: [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Arceus Arceus]], [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Xerneas, Yveltal, and its Zygarde]]; plus Arceus' creations [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina]] (though Arceus is known to make seconds of the latter three); three). You've also godlike [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza]]; got [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]] and results of a unique transformation [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]], which are one-off bioengineering experiments; and [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Reshiram, Zekrom, and Kyurem]] (Reshiram and Zekrom [[LiteralSplitPersonality two halves Kyurem]], which are the results of a great dragon]] according to legend; Kyurem theorized to be LiteralSplitPersonality (and the remains of dragon they were pre-split would probably itself land on the original).list of unique demigod Pokémon).



** Though, through trading with other games (which are treated as alternate timelines in-universe), you can get every Pokémon-species (even Mewtu or Genesect) as often as you want, and there is a shiny-version for every species in the game-code, which means there exist two color-variations for every single species.

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** Though, through trading with other games (which are treated as alternate timelines in-universe), you can get every Pokémon-species (even Mewtu Mewtwo or Genesect) as often as you want, and there is a shiny-version for every species in the game-code, which means there exist two color-variations for every single species.
21st Mar '16 6:41:48 AM EbrithilBowser
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** Though, through trading with other games (which are treated as alternate timelines in-universe), you can get every Pokémon-species (even Mewtu or Genesect) as often as you want, and there is a shiny-version for every species in the game-code, which means there exist two color-variations for every single species.
19th Jan '16 1:39:34 AM DannWoolf
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* 'Manga/DragonBall'':

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** Majin Buu has been around for a long, ''long'' time, but nobody, even those who were around when he first went on a rampage, seems to know where he came from, and if there are others like him they've never been seen[[note]]except in the Expanded Universe, where they're split off from him.[[/note]] Early English translations state that he was created by the wizard Bibidi, but in the original Japanese version Bibidi only figured out how to imprison him.

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** Majin Buu has been around for a long, ''long'' time, but nobody, even those who were around when he first went on a rampage, seems to know where he came from, and if there are others like him they've never been seen[[note]]except in the Expanded Universe, where they're split off from him.[[/note]] seen. Early English translations state that he was created by the wizard Bibidi, but in the original Japanese version Bibidi only figured out how to imprison him.him.
*** Now averted, as there's a whole race of Majins that spawned from [[MonsterProgenitor Buu]].
12th Jan '16 9:16:05 AM Cuddles
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* Main charactors in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' met First Person Singular that was traveling from its homeworld which was a Joker Earth (ItMakesSenseInContext) where life evolved in utterly different direction, staying at germ size but copperatively working together to create intelligence. It covered entire ocean, with land that's lifeless. However, when it stepped side-wise to next Earth, only portion of it went, so It's not a perfect example after stepping discovery.

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* Main charactors The main characters in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' met First Person Singular that was traveling travelling from its homeworld which was a Joker Earth (ItMakesSenseInContext) where life evolved in an utterly different direction, staying at germ size but copperatively co-operatively working together to create intelligence. It covered the entire ocean, with land that's lifeless. However, when it stepped side-wise to the next Earth, only a portion of it went, so It's it's not a perfect example after stepping discovery.discovery.
** In the sequels, this is retconned so there are millions of Earth's which evolved in a similar manner, and many examples of similar organisms wandering around the Long Earth. This is despite First Person Singular having been explicitly stated to be unique, and having been viewed as a major threat to the whole Long Earth by the trolls who have been living in and travelling it for millions of years. It goes from the main threat and climax of the first book to being handwaved as nothing special and then never mentioned again.
25th Dec '15 4:08:51 PM sonicsuns3
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* The concept/cosmic entity Dream from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. When the protagonist Dream, Morpheus, dies there is a replacement Dream from a child named Daniel. Although Morpheus is definitely dead, Dream isn't. While the new Dream came from Daniel, he is not Daniel. And while the new and old Dream are treated differently by the rest of the cast, they aren't quite considered separate beings. As Abel put it, it's the same concept but a different perspective.

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* The concept/cosmic entity Dream from ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. When [[spoiler:When the protagonist Dream, Morpheus, dies there is a replacement Dream from a child named Daniel. Although Morpheus is definitely dead, Dream isn't. While the new Dream came from Daniel, he is not Daniel. And while the new and old Dream are treated differently by the rest of the cast, they aren't quite considered separate beings. As Abel put it, it's the same concept but a different perspective.]]
21st Nov '15 5:30:23 AM Rolf
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* Main charactors in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' met First Person Singular that was traveling from its homeworld which was a Joker Earth (ItMakesSenseInContext) where life evolved in utterly different direction, staying at germ size but copperatively working together to create intelligence. It covered entire ocean, with land that's lifeless. However, when it stepped side-wise to next Earth, only portion of it went, so It's not a perfect example after stepping discovery.
14th Sep '15 5:26:23 PM HighCrate
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* [[http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Buyon The Buyon]] from ''Manga/DragonBall'', which could resist a Kamehameha in a relatively early stage of the series, was present only in a "boss tower" surrounded by an ecosystem in which it couldn't survive (FridgeLogic can be an important part of this trope in this case, how did they bring the creature into the tower, and where from?). No other specimen ever appears again for the whole series, but it's interesting to see what would have happened if invaders had come across others of the same species if others existed at all.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell would apply since he's an artificially created being, but only until he makes some offspring of his own. Something similar happens with Majin Buu (also created, but by magic) in the same series until some variations pop up--and in ''Dragon Ball Online'' he later starts splitting himself apart to create an entire new species.
* All the Angels in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' were this. [[spoiler:Averted by the 18th Angel, us - Until the very end that is, when it becomes a single specimen again... then a pair of traumatized teenagers split off.]]
** All the monstrous Angels actually had a common parent, the equally Eldritch Adam. Its ability to breed with Lilith (the other progenitor, this time of humanity) indicates that both are of the same species. By extension, this means that [[spoiler:humans]] are of the same species as the Angels attacking Earth. All this assumes that 'species' has the same parameters for Angels as it does for earthly creatures.

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* * 'Manga/DragonBall'':
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[[http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/Buyon The Buyon]] from ''Manga/DragonBall'', Buyon]], which could resist a Kamehameha in a relatively early stage of the series, was present only in a "boss tower" surrounded by an ecosystem in which it couldn't survive (FridgeLogic can be an important part of this trope in this case, how did they bring the creature into the tower, and where from?). No other specimen ever appears again for the whole series, but it's interesting to see what would have happened if invaders had come across others of the same species if others existed at all.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell would apply since he's an artificially created being, but only until he makes some offspring of his own. Something similar happens with ** Majin Buu (also created, has been around for a long, ''long'' time, but by magic) nobody, even those who were around when he first went on a rampage, seems to know where he came from, and if there are others like him they've never been seen[[note]]except in the same series until some variations pop up--and in ''Dragon Ball Online'' Expanded Universe, where they're split off from him.[[/note]] Early English translations state that he later starts splitting himself apart to create an entire new species.
* All the Angels in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' were this. [[spoiler:Averted
was created by the 18th Angel, us - Until wizard Bibidi, but in the very end that is, when it becomes a single specimen again... then a pair of traumatized teenagers split off.]]
** All the monstrous Angels actually had a common parent, the equally Eldritch Adam. Its ability
original Japanese version Bibidi only figured out how to breed with Lilith (the other progenitor, this time of humanity) indicates that both are of the same species. By extension, this means that [[spoiler:humans]] are of the same species as the Angels attacking Earth. All this assumes that 'species' has the same parameters for Angels as it does for earthly creatures.imprison him.



* The Watcher In the Water in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. (Probably Tom Bombadil too.)
** It is suggested that the Watcher is one of the "nameless things" Gandalf mentions that live deep, deep below Moria. This one just happened to find its way to the surface somehow.
** Parodied by The Straight Dope [[http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?s=4232c53a7ab66a114656ca0264863d5f&p=2506868&postcount=32 here:]]
--->''"The Halflings, cap'n, they will na take the strain"''
--->''"Strider, we've got to get out of this snow. Legolas, did you get a reading on that creature?"''
--->''"Fascinating, Captain. It appears to be an unknown creature that lurks in the pool waiting for passing strangers. EcologicallyImplausible, captain."''
--->''"Do you know what it is?" ... "I believe I said it was unknown, Dr Gimli. Logically, if I knew what it was, then it [[CaptainObvious wouldn't be unknown]]."''
--->''"Cap'n, we're in some sort of temporal warp, stretching and deforming the plot. The snow should take place a day before our encounter with this beastie." ... "Boromir, put on that red armour..."''
** In the ''Literature/{{Mithgar}}'' books, which started as Tolkien fanfic complete with pseudo-Moria and pseudo-Watcher, there is eventually an explanation both for the ecology and how such a huge monster got into the isolated lake - it's a kraken, they're part of a BizarreSexualDimorphism with dragons, and a dragon flew by and dropped it into the lake to annoy the dwarves. [[spoiler: The dwarves manage to kill it by breaking the dam and draining the lake.]]

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* * ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
**
The Watcher In the Water in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. (Probably Tom Bombadil too.)
** It is suggested
Water, a strange mass of tentacles that the Watcher is one of the "nameless things" Gandalf mentions that live deep, deep below Moria. This one just happened to find its way to the surface somehow.
** Parodied by The Straight Dope [[http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?s=4232c53a7ab66a114656ca0264863d5f&p=2506868&postcount=32 here:]]
--->''"The Halflings, cap'n, they will na take the strain"''
--->''"Strider, we've got to get
hangs out of this snow. Legolas, did you get a reading on that creature?"''
--->''"Fascinating, Captain. It appears to be an unknown creature that lurks
in the pool a relatively small and shallow lake waiting for passing strangers. EcologicallyImplausible, captain."''
--->''"Do you know what it is?" ... "I believe I said it was unknown, Dr Gimli. Logically, if I knew what it was, then it [[CaptainObvious wouldn't be unknown]]."''
--->''"Cap'n, we're in some sort
passersby toting [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of temporal warp, stretching and deforming Doom]] to prey on.
** Tom Bombadil; even [[ShrugOfGod
the plot. The snow should take place a day before our encounter with this beastie." ... "Boromir, put on that red armour..."''
**
author]] isn't quite sure ''what'' he is, but he seems to be completely unique.
*
In the ''Literature/{{Mithgar}}'' books, which started as Tolkien fanfic complete with pseudo-Moria and pseudo-Watcher, there is eventually an explanation both for the ecology and how such a huge monster got into the isolated lake - it's a kraken, they're part of a BizarreSexualDimorphism with dragons, and a dragon flew by and dropped it into the lake to annoy the dwarves. [[spoiler: The dwarves manage to kill it by breaking the dam and draining the lake.]]



** The fluff indicated this for the Tarrasque in later editions, as well, with the crossover-relevant proviso that unique means ''per world'', not for the entire multiverse (''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' had an apparent exception to that as well -- a world crawling with Tarrasque-like beasts... that are docile lithovores. It is theorised to be the Tarrasque homeworld, and the native state of the being when not exposed to other atmospheres).

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** The fluff indicated this for the Tarrasque in later editions, as well, with the crossover-relevant proviso that unique means ''per world'', not for the entire multiverse (''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' had an apparent exception to that as well -- a world crawling with Tarrasque-like beasts... that are docile lithovores. It is theorised theorized to be the Tarrasque homeworld, and the native state of the being when not exposed to other atmospheres).
14th Sep '15 5:16:35 PM HighCrate
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Note that a Single Specimen Species is defined as being basically unexplained and therefore EcologicallyImplausible. So the LastOfHisKind can't "become" this, since that includes human survivors of a lost tribe, animals that were wiped out and so forth. However, AKindOfOne may become an example in ''subsequent works'', following the original; in which case it may be a case of CallASmeerpARabbit since the characters have certainly never seen it before, but [[PopCulturalOsmosis the readers have]].

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Note that a Single Specimen Species is defined as being basically unexplained and therefore EcologicallyImplausible.ecologically implausible. So the LastOfHisKind can't "become" this, since that includes human survivors of a lost tribe, animals that were wiped out and so forth. However, AKindOfOne may become an example in ''subsequent works'', following the original; in which case it may be a case of CallASmeerpARabbit since the characters have certainly never seen it before, but [[PopCulturalOsmosis the readers have]].
9th Aug '15 7:34:56 PM Drambrarcer
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* Played many ways in different ''VideoGame/Metroid'' games. Some bosses, such as Sheegoth and the Metroids are mature metamorphoses of a mook species, others like the Ing gain unique forms by consuming technology, some creatures like Thardus are not even classifiable as biological organisms, and then there's Ridley who, despite [[Spoiler: being revealed to have a metamorphic growth cycle]] in Other M, has only one known body at a time. His consciousness seems to persist between incarnations as a facet of the same psychic power that lets him control the Space Pirates.

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* Played many ways in different ''VideoGame/Metroid'' {{Metroid}} games. Some bosses, such as Sheegoth and the Metroids are mature metamorphoses of a mook species, others like the Ing gain unique forms by consuming technology, some creatures like Thardus are not even classifiable as biological organisms, and then there's Ridley who, despite [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: being revealed to have a metamorphic growth cycle]] in Other M, has only one known body at a time. His consciousness seems to persist between incarnations as a facet of the same psychic power that lets him control the Space Pirates.
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