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15th May '18 5:16:09 PM jtierney50
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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has the aptly named [[ADogNamedDog Collector]], who keeps slaves of different species and alien items, his collection ranging from various artifacts to [[spoiler: even [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck Howard]] [[Film/HowardTheDuck The Duck]] himself.]]

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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has the aptly named [[ADogNamedDog Collector]], who keeps slaves of different species and alien items, his collection ranging from various artifacts to [[spoiler: even [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck Howard]] [[Film/HowardTheDuck The Duck]] himself.]]]] The non-canon ride ''Ride/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyMissionBreakout'' adds to his collection the eponymous Guardians, Creator/StanLee, [[Ride/JourneyIntoImagination Figment]], and Harold the Yeti from the Matterhorn. It also has a [[Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron Ultron drone]], [[FridgeHorror which, assuming the ride takes place after Age of Ultron]] [[AndIMustScream means that Ultron's entire consciousness is trapped in a half-functioning android]].
* In a similar vein, ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has the Grandmaster, a hedonistic egomaniac who holds collect strange and unusual beings to fight each other in gladiator battles. The film focuses on two - namely, Thor and Hulk - but others include Korg, a being made completely of rocks, and Miek, a small, larva-like alien in a metal exoskeleton. The edifice of his palace suggests that Comicbook/{{Ares}} and Comicbook/BetaRayBill were once champions of his as well.
27th Feb '18 4:14:57 PM merotoker
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** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Collector They exist in the games too.]]

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** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Collector They exist in the games too.]]too]].



* The MarvelUniverse has an [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Elder of the Universe]] known as The Collector, whose mania for collecting is so strong it makes him immortal. (Or maybe he took up collecting to keep himself from going mad because he ''was'' immortal. After doing it for billions of years, it's often hard for even him to remember.) He's tried to ''collect'' the Avengers and other heroes more than once, but he's got more than one ArtifactOfDoom in his collection that you wouldn't want anywhere else: he's got better means of protecting them than some entire worlds have, and he's going to keep them just to ''have'' them rather than actually try ''using'' them. There's a reason why in ''ThorTheDarkWorld,'' he's the only one Thor trusts with The Aether.

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* The MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse has an [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Elder of the Universe]] known as The Collector, whose mania for collecting is so strong it makes him immortal. (Or maybe he took up collecting to keep himself from going mad because he ''was'' immortal. After doing it for billions of years, it's often hard for even him to remember.) He's tried to ''collect'' the Avengers ComicBook/TheAvengers and other heroes more than once, but he's got more than one ArtifactOfDoom in his collection that you wouldn't want anywhere else: he's got better means of protecting them than some entire worlds have, and he's going to keep them just to ''have'' them rather than actually try ''using'' them. There's a reason why in ''ThorTheDarkWorld,'' ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld,'' he's the only one Thor trusts with The Aether.



* Kate ran into one of these in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' while trying to find an alchemical guide that would let them rebuild Roger the Homunculus. He would only give it to them if Abe became his prisoner. Kate ended up freeing the demon TheCollector had enslaved and it killed him.
* One issue of Archie's ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic had the main cast kidnapped by Car-Heem, an alien collector from the planet Weet ([[StealthPun "Car-Heem of Weet"...get it?]]).
* Larfleeze, the ONLY Orange Lantern in GreenLantern comics has this as his defining character trait. He's powered by greed itself and will not be sated until every single treasure in existence is his.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auctioneer_%28comics%29 The Auctioneer]]

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* Kate ran into one of these in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' while trying to find an alchemical guide that would let them rebuild Roger the Homunculus. He would only give it to them if Abe became his prisoner. Kate ended up freeing the demon TheCollector The Collector had enslaved and it killed him.
* One issue of Archie's ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic had the main cast kidnapped by Car-Heem, an alien collector from the planet Weet ([[StealthPun "Car-Heem of Weet"...get it?]]).
* Larfleeze, the ONLY Orange Lantern in GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern comics has this as his defining character trait. He's powered by greed itself and will not be sated until every single treasure in existence is his.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auctioneer_%28comics%29 [[https://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/who/who-intro.php?topic=auctioneer The Auctioneer]]



* Done in the ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' film, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when Yuuko gets an invitation stating that her 'collection' is not complete. She brings Watanuki and Doumeki along with her into a mansion where there are several other collectors that collect rare things. It later turns out that the person that invited them there [[spoiler: is a collector that collects collectors who collect unusual things. He keeps both their souls and their collections in individual rooms. He started because someone who was close to him collected something, and asked him to start a collection too.]]

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* Done in the ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' film, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when Yuuko gets an invitation stating that her 'collection' is not complete. She brings Watanuki and Doumeki along with her into a mansion where there are several other collectors that collect rare things. It later turns out that the person that invited them there [[spoiler: is a collector that collects collectors who collect unusual things. He keeps both their souls and their collections in individual rooms. He started because someone who was close to him collected something, and asked him to start a collection too.]]too]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho''

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone''''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':



** "People Are Alike All Over" ends with [[spoiler:apprehensive astronaut Conrad finding that the house the seemingly-kind aliens have built for him is actually a cage in a zoo exhibit.]]

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** "People Are Alike All Over" ends with [[spoiler:apprehensive astronaut Conrad finding that the house the seemingly-kind aliens have built for him is actually a cage in a zoo exhibit.]]exhibit]].



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' Fisher King two-episode story uses the trope-naming book as an important story key. the [=UnSub=] is almost like the psychotic protagonist of the book.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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Fisher King two-episode story uses the trope-naming book as an important story key. the The [=UnSub=] is almost like the psychotic protagonist of the book.



* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' revolves around fighting an enemy known as the "Collectors," who are named for their tendency to "collect" samples of unusual and unique biological specimens for genetic experiments. They are abducting human colonies, are actually working with the true villains of the series, [[EldritchAbomination the Reapers]], and are [[spoiler: repurposed Protheans from the last time the Reapers invaded]]. In the end [[spoiler: Shepard's own crew is abducted, and the final part of his/her mission is a rescue op to bring them back. Unlike many of the other examples on this page, their goal is not to display their victims, but to ''dissolve them into their genetic components'' and build a new Reaper from human goo.]]

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* The entire plot of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' revolves around fighting an enemy known as the "Collectors," who are named for their tendency to "collect" samples of unusual and unique biological specimens for genetic experiments. They are abducting human colonies, are actually working with the true villains of the series, [[EldritchAbomination the Reapers]], and are [[spoiler: repurposed Protheans from the last time the Reapers invaded]]. In the end [[spoiler: Shepard's own crew is abducted, and the final part of his/her mission is a rescue op to bring them back. Unlike many of the other examples on this page, their goal is not to display their victims, but to ''dissolve them into their genetic components'' and build a new Reaper from human goo.]]goo]].



* Cyrille Le Paradox, the BigBad in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''. He is introduced as a wealthy museum owner who collects historical artifacts via time travel [[spoiler: and plans to steal the Cooper clan's canes throughout history to form his own collection to achieve revenge on them.]]

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* Cyrille Le Paradox, the BigBad in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''. He is introduced as a wealthy museum owner who collects historical artifacts via time travel [[spoiler: and plans to steal the Cooper clan's canes throughout history to form his own collection to achieve revenge on them.]]them]].



* Parodied in a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', wherein the Comic Book Guy kidnaps his favorite celebrities, including Tom Baker, Matt Groening, and Lucy Lawless, and encases them in mylar bags. The villainous alias he chooses really ''is'' TheCollector.

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* Parodied in a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', wherein the Comic Book Guy kidnaps his favorite celebrities, including Tom Baker, Matt Groening, and Lucy Lawless, and encases them in mylar bags. The villainous alias he chooses really ''is'' TheCollector.The Collector.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', the episode "Collect Her" finds our titular heroines being captured by Lenny Baxter, a comic book geek who has collected every piece of Powerpuff Girls merchandise in existence and, desperate for more, has decided to add the Girls themselves to his collection. He is defeated when the townsfolk track him down and torture their whereabouts out of him by removing his valuable toys from the boxes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': the episode "Collect Her" finds our titular heroines being captured by Lenny Baxter, a comic book geek who has collected every piece of Powerpuff Girls merchandise in existence and, desperate for more, has decided to add the Girls themselves to his collection. He is defeated when the townsfolk track him down and torture their whereabouts out of him by removing his valuable toys from the boxes.



* One villain from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'', a toon that collected other toons, was actually called "The Collector". [[spoiler: Only it turns out he wasn't actually a toon. He was a crazy human who ''thought'' he was a toon. He remained in denial even after his mask was torn off, screaming "I'm a toon! I'm a toon!"]]. [[NightmareFuel It was incredibly creepy]].

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* One villain from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'', a toon that collected other toons, was actually called "The Collector". [[spoiler: Only it turns out he wasn't actually a toon. He was a crazy human who ''thought'' he was a toon. He remained in denial even after his mask was torn off, screaming "I'm a toon! I'm a toon!"]]. toon!"]] [[NightmareFuel It was incredibly creepy]].



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had a VillainOfTheWeek, Skulker, who collected various kinds of ghosts, and wanted a [[WhatMeasureIsANonUnique half-ghost]] for his collection.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had a VillainOfTheWeek, Skulker, who collected various kinds of ghosts, and wanted a [[WhatMeasureIsANonUnique [[UniquenessValue half-ghost]] for his collection.



* Safari Joe in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' was a guy who was the equivalent of an EgomaniacHunter for such a setting, and as racist as any example of that Trope. Deciding to try to hunt the Thundercats simply for the thrill, he didn't even see them as sentient, even when they spoke to them. (Or if he did, he just didn't care.) What made him dangerous was that he was savvy, and had a robotic assistant named Mule who could analyze his prey beforehand and figure out the best way to prepare. Unfortunately for him, Lion-O was too hard to analyze, and the villain found himself seriously OutGambitted against him.
* An Anti-Villain called The Collector appears in episode "The Brooklyn Triangle" of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', he has been "collecting" random things for 10,000 years trying to find the key to escape, as he was an ancient Ghostbuster imprisoned by a demon. When he finally finds it, he escapes and returns everything back to Earth.

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* Safari Joe in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'' was a guy who was the equivalent of an EgomaniacHunter for such a setting, and as racist as any example of that Trope. Deciding to try to hunt the Thundercats simply for the thrill, he didn't even see them as sentient, even when they spoke to them. (Or if he did, he just didn't care.) What made him dangerous was that he was savvy, and had a robotic assistant named Mule who could analyze his prey beforehand and figure out the best way to prepare. Unfortunately for him, Lion-O was too hard to analyze, and the villain found himself seriously OutGambitted against him.
* An Anti-Villain called The Collector appears in the episode "The Brooklyn Triangle" of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', he ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''. He has been "collecting" random things for 10,000 years trying to find the key to escape, as he was an ancient Ghostbuster imprisoned by a demon. When he finally finds it, he escapes and returns everything back to Earth.
24th Feb '18 7:17:46 PM nombretomado
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* Conroy Bumpus in ''SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' does a VillainSong about being one of these.

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* Conroy Bumpus in ''SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'' does a VillainSong about being one of these.
27th Dec '17 1:32:44 PM nighttrainfm
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One of the characters runs afoul of TheCollectorOfTheStrange, who decides to add them to his collection. Usually this is seen in SpeculativeFiction: the collector is an alien, often of the {{sufficiently advanced|Alien}} variety, and the collection is only revealed at the end in a TwistEnding. But he could just as easily be a slaver or an obsessed lunatic in a present or past setting. He's prone to saying "ItMustBeMine" and "IfICantHaveYou, no one can!"

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One of the characters runs afoul of TheCollectorOfTheStrange, the CollectorOfTheStrange, who decides to add them to his collection. Usually this is seen in SpeculativeFiction: the collector is an alien, often of the {{sufficiently advanced|Alien}} variety, and the collection is only revealed at the end in a TwistEnding. But he could just as easily be a slaver or an obsessed lunatic in a present or past setting. He's prone to saying "ItMustBeMine" and "IfICantHaveYou, no one can!"
13th Nov '17 3:40:08 PM XFllo
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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]'' animated series, the two-parter "The Main Man" featured both Superman, the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving]] Kryptonian, and Lobo, the last surviving Czarnian, being captured by an alien called The Preserver, who kept a menagerie of such creatures (he even had a dodo among them).
** And you have to include Brainiac, who ensures that his collected data is one of a kind by destroying the planet he got it from.

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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]'' animated series, the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** The
two-parter "The Main Man" featured both Superman, the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving]] Kryptonian, and Lobo, the last surviving Czarnian, being captured by an alien called The Preserver, who kept a menagerie of such creatures (he even had a dodo among them).
** And you have to include Brainiac, who ensures that his collected data is one of a kind by destroying the planet he got it from.



* Parodied in a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', wherein the Comic Book Guy kidnaps his favorite celebrities, including Tom Baker, Matt Groening, and Lucy Lawless, and encases them in mylar bags.
** In fact, the villainous alias he chooses really ''is'' TheCollector.

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* Parodied in a Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', wherein the Comic Book Guy kidnaps his favorite celebrities, including Tom Baker, Matt Groening, and Lucy Lawless, and encases them in mylar bags.
** In fact, the
bags. The villainous alias he chooses really ''is'' TheCollector.
4th Oct '17 10:46:04 AM Eievie
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* John Fowles' 1963 novel ''Literature/TheCollector'' features a psychologically unstable butterfly collector 'collecting' a young woman he has seen around town, and keeping her in his cellar. It was also adapted into a film.

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* John Fowles' 1963 novel ''Literature/TheCollector'' features a psychologically unstable butterfly collector 'collecting' "collecting" a young woman he has seen around town, and keeping her in his cellar. It was also adapted into a film.


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*''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'': Prince Ozymardien is the cousin of King Sellik XXI. He gets the wealth and prestige of royalty with none of the responsibilities of it, so he just lives in the city of Tai-tastigon being incredibly wealthy and collecting stuff.
-->'''Cleppetty''': He collects things. Jewels, furs, ivory, people. Last year, for example, he took to wife the most beautiful virgin in the Eastern Lands--and rumor has it he's kept her just as received, in a collection like his, you understand, there's no place for a damaged article.\\
'''Jame''': How frustrating for her.\\
'''Cleppetty''': As you say, but the point is this: if you dance particularly well before him, he's liable to collect ''you''.
23rd Aug '17 12:23:57 PM CosmicFerret
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* In one ''{{Garfield}}'' strip, Jon finds a box that Garfield is saving:

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* In one ''{{Garfield}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Jon finds a box that Garfield is saving:
14th Jul '17 6:28:58 PM foxley
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': General Tsin in "The Most Dangerous Po", who capturing the most dangerous villains in China and imprisoning them as his personal collection. Also an example of HuntingTheMostDangerousGame and TheJailer.
17th Jun '17 8:49:57 AM Wingnut
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->''"The collector comes, the collector buys,\\
and the kids who wait get a rude surprise.\\
It isn't for the joy of the toys.\\
Expect the collector to be there,\\
just to collect."''
-->'''Al [=McWhiggin=]''', "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCglkc12GA The Collector]]" from the ''Toy Story 2: Sing-Along'' cassette
8th Jun '17 9:27:06 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''SushiPack'' episode "Collect 'Em All," The Collector captures the Sushi Pack to add to his collection, but gives them one chance to win their freedom in a remote controlled car race.

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* In the ''SushiPack'' ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' episode "Collect 'Em All," The Collector captures the Sushi Pack to add to his collection, but gives them one chance to win their freedom in a remote controlled car race.
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