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28th Nov '17 5:57:42 PM SpinAttaxx
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** A number of Pokémon [[OlympusMons 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 [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Alola's "Tapu" guardian deities]] (Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini). [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Zygarde]] might also count [[TheWormThatWalks depending on how you define "single specimen"]]. There are other legendary Pokémon that are considered godlike, but it's more ambiguous if there are more than one of them or not. Some forms of Pokémon media even contradict each other, such as multiples of supposed one-of-a-kind legendaries.

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** A number of Pokémon [[OlympusMons 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 [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Alola's "Tapu" guardian deities]] (Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini).Fini), and [[VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndUltraMoon Necrozma]]. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Zygarde]] might also count [[TheWormThatWalks depending on how you define "single specimen"]]. There are other legendary Pokémon that are considered godlike, but it's more ambiguous if there are more than one of them or not. Some forms of Pokémon media even contradict each other, such as multiples of supposed one-of-a-kind legendaries.



** There are also a few definite aversions: [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Latias]] is stated not to be one-of-a-kind in its ''Emerald'' Pokédex entry (and its SpearCounterpart Latios would logically be the same), [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Deoxys]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Diancie]] come from rare but repeatable mutations, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Manaphy]] are known to both hatch from eggs and produce more eggs (though their offspring in captivity are Phione and not more Manaphy), [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Keldeo]] is known to have had parents (but may be the LastOfItsKind now), and [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon the Cosmog line]] can breed once fully evolved into Solgaleo and Lunala]].
** While distinct from legendary Pokémon, the Ultra Beasts are another aversion, since multiple specimens of each one are seen/encountered at various points. Of course, they have no real "legend" and are simply [[spoiler:Pokémon which hail from a completely different dimension]]. The jury's still out on [[spoiler:Necrozma (who may or may not be a member of the Ultra Beasts)]], however.

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** There are also a few definite aversions: [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Latias]] is stated not to be one-of-a-kind in its ''Emerald'' Pokédex entry (and its SpearCounterpart Latios would logically be the same), [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Deoxys]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Diancie]] come from rare but repeatable mutations, [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Manaphy]] are known to both hatch from eggs and produce more eggs (though their offspring in captivity are Phione and not more Manaphy), [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Keldeo]] is known to have had parents (but may be the LastOfItsKind now), and [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon the Cosmog line]] can breed once fully evolved into [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Solgaleo and Lunala]].
Lunala]] can create more of heir pre-evolution, Cosmog (though not through conventional breeding).
** While distinct from legendary Legendary Pokémon, the Ultra Beasts are another aversion, since multiple specimens of each one are seen/encountered at various points. Of course, they have no real "legend" and are simply [[spoiler:Pokémon Pokémon which hail from a completely different dimension]]. The jury's still out on [[spoiler:Necrozma (who may or may not be a member of dimension. Solgaleo and Lunala, despite fitting more under the OlympusMons umbrella, are considered Ultra Beasts)]], however.Beasts and likewise aren't single specimens either. The one Ultra Beast that ''is'' implied to be one of a kind is Necrozma, as [[spoiler:it was revered as a PhysicalGod in Ultra Space in its original form, and is even referred to with the name, "The Blinding One"]].
28th Oct '17 2:20:27 PM quietThunderstorm
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** Other than "god" Pokémon, you've also got one-off results of human experimentation: [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]], [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Magearna]]. There's also the non-legendary [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Type: Null/Silvally]], which is a semi-aversion -- only three specimens exist; one is owned by Gladion, one goes to the player, and the third remains absent, presumably as a means of attaining it in future games.

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** Other than "god" Pokémon, you've also got one-off results of human experimentation: [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Mewtwo]], [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Genesect]], and [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Magearna]]. There's also the non-legendary [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Type: Null/Silvally]], Null which evolves into the legendary Silvally]], which is a semi-aversion -- only three specimens exist; one is owned by Gladion, one goes to the player, and the third remains absent, presumably as a means of attaining it in future games.
28th Oct '17 5:24:37 AM Mukademaoh
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* Sun Wukong himself from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' is the one and only specimen of Stone Monkey. According to Buddha, there are other three unique monkeys with singular powers; one of them, the Six-Eared Macaque, use his powers to take Sun Wukong's form and tries to KillAndReplace the real pilgrims.
27th Oct '17 7:59:10 PM Lloigor
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* These examples overlap with LastOfHisKind

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* These examples overlap with LastOfHisKindLastOfHisKind.
16th Oct '17 12:55:09 PM Generality
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* In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', the Wizards of Unseen University visit an island populated only with single specimen species. This is because the island is home to the god of evolution, who personally engineers each animal (and tweaks it as it goes along), and is blissfully unaware of things like sexual reproduction.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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In ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', the Wizards of Unseen University visit an island populated only with single specimen species. This is because the island is home to the god of evolution, who personally engineers each animal (and tweaks it as it goes along), and is blissfully unaware of things like sexual reproduction.reproduction.
** ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] this trope vis a vis ThePhoenix, arguing that one of anything, even if it can renew itself, won't last forever.
13th Aug '17 5:31:47 AM jakeroo123
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** On the other hand, this appears to be played straight for one specific normal Pokemon. It's implied that Ash's Lycanroc is the first - and so far only - Dusk Forme Lycanroc.
3rd Aug '17 1:30:49 PM PDL
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** The [[FanNickname Poké-Gods (i.e. Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus)]] are 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.

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** The [[FanNickname Poké-Gods (i.e. Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, and Arceus)]] are 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/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'' features another set of Legendary Beasts that are different from the norm due to being [[PaletteSwap shiny]].
24th Jul '17 1:37:07 AM FurtiveGrist
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** There's also Yarne, the half-human son of Panne who is [[LastOfHisKind the last full blooded Taguel in existence]]. There has never been any mention of other Taguel hybrids in any of the games in the series, so it can be implied that Yarne is the first and only hybrid to exist (though this is averted if the player is male and marries Panne).
13th Jul '17 7:58:34 PM Amahn
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*** The Guardian of Forever. While the ruins around it seem to imply that it was artificially created, it claims to have always been. (Or at least to be older than Earth's sun.)

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*** The Guardian of Forever. While the ruins around it seem to imply that it was artificially created, it claims to have always been. (Or at least to be older than Earth's sun.))[[note]]At least [[Literature/TheQContinuum one EU trilogy]] claims it was built by the Q way back when they were still mortal beings.[[/note]]
13th Jul '17 1:25:19 PM MagBas
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* Averted in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It looks to be a straight example when the Unas is first shown (his name certainly gives the impression). Another doesn't come along until two seasons later, at which point their nature as a species is explained (and Jack {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the confusing name.

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* Averted Subverted in ''Series/StargateSG1''. It looks to be a straight example when the Unas is first shown (his name certainly gives the impression). Another doesn't come along until two seasons later, at which point their nature as a species is explained (and Jack {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the confusing name.
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