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7th Mar '16 1:11:55 PM margdean56
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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} started out this way and its common for superheroes to be unique in this fashion because if everybody was like them, they wouldn't be all that super. After decades of encountering other Kryptonians, he was {{Retcon}}ned back into being the last of his kind after ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths for precisely this reason. Now, its back to being not so unique with 100,000 kryptonians on a new planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit, another race (the Daxamites) who have the exact same powers, and probably dozens of other FlyingBrick types who vary only a little from him.

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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} started out this way and its common for superheroes to be unique in this fashion because if everybody was like them, they wouldn't be all that super. After decades of encountering other Kryptonians, he was {{Retcon}}ned back into being the last of his kind after ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths for precisely this reason. Now, its it's back to being not so unique with 100,000 kryptonians Kryptonians on a new planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit, another race (the Daxamites) who have the exact same powers, and probably dozens of other FlyingBrick types who vary only a little from him.
23rd Feb '16 11:14:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Superman}} started out this way and its common for superheroes to be unique in this fashion because if everybody was like them, they wouldn't be all that super. After decades of encountering other Kryptonians, he was {{Retcon}}ned back into being the last of his kind after ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths for precisely this reason. Now, its back to being not so unique with 100,000 kryptonians on a new planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit, another race (the Daxamites) who have the exact same powers, and probably dozens of other FlyingBrick types who vary only a little from him.

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* {{Superman}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} started out this way and its common for superheroes to be unique in this fashion because if everybody was like them, they wouldn't be all that super. After decades of encountering other Kryptonians, he was {{Retcon}}ned back into being the last of his kind after ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths for precisely this reason. Now, its back to being not so unique with 100,000 kryptonians on a new planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit, another race (the Daxamites) who have the exact same powers, and probably dozens of other FlyingBrick types who vary only a little from him.



* Taelons in ''EarthFinalConflict'' have been unable to reproduce biologically for centuries now, ''and'' had their homeworld destroyed by the Jaridians, making the death of any Taelon a heavy blow for them as a species.

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* Taelons in ''EarthFinalConflict'' ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' have been unable to reproduce biologically for centuries now, ''and'' had their homeworld destroyed by the Jaridians, making the death of any Taelon a heavy blow for them as a species.



* Parodied in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' when Marge and the [[ScoutOut Pre-Teen Braves]] are surprised to meet a Mohican.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Marge and the [[ScoutOut Pre-Teen Braves]] are surprised to meet a Mohican.
23rd Feb '16 11:13:06 PM Morgenthaler
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** As per the Page Quote, Data on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]].'' While he does find a handful of other robots like him, such as his EvilTwin Lore, they tend to get destroyed or are otherwise incapacitated so that by the end of the day, there's only one left.

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** As per the Page Quote, Data on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]].'' While he does find a handful of other robots like him, such as his EvilTwin Lore, they tend to get destroyed or are otherwise incapacitated so that by the end of the day, there's only one left.
23rd Feb '16 11:12:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] is the last Time Lord (Sometimes). Oddly enough the Doctor is probably the least powerful of his race, as he uses [[TimeyWimeyBall a TARDIS that was old when he will first steal it a few hundred years ago]], and a few other assorted trinkets. Considering the Time Lords provide the page quote for AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit, he's positively roughing it. He's probably smarter than the rest of his people though, and he was already unique by being willing to do something about all the evil in the universe, rather than just watch.

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* [[Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Doctor]] Doctor is the last Time Lord (Sometimes). Oddly enough the Doctor is probably the least powerful of his race, as he uses [[TimeyWimeyBall a TARDIS that was old when he will first steal it a few hundred years ago]], and a few other assorted trinkets. Considering the Time Lords provide the page quote for AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit, he's positively roughing it. He's probably smarter than the rest of his people though, and he was already unique by being willing to do something about all the evil in the universe, rather than just watch.
19th Feb '16 3:59:09 PM BrendanRizzo
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** To some extent, also explored with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] and [[TheOriginalSeries Spock]].

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** To some extent, also explored with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] and [[TheOriginalSeries [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]].
26th Dec '15 8:56:04 PM erforce
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* Most viewers of ''Film/HellboyII'' must have felt at least a tug at their heart strings when Hellboy killed the plant elemental, the last of its kind.

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* Most viewers of ''Film/HellboyII'' ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' must have felt at least a tug at their heart strings when Hellboy killed the plant elemental, the last of its kind.
19th Dec '15 2:24:58 PM nombretomado
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* Wander's goal in ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' is to destroy all the colossi in order to resurrect Mono. However the more you play the game, the more you feel like destroying these ancient and unique creatures is too high a price to save one random girl. Especially those colossi who ignore you until provoked, or don't even fight back as you attack them; you end up feeling guilty every time you send another giant beast collapsing in slow motion.

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* Wander's goal in ''ShadowOfTheColossus'' ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' is to destroy all the colossi in order to resurrect Mono. However the more you play the game, the more you feel like destroying these ancient and unique creatures is too high a price to save one random girl. Especially those colossi who ignore you until provoked, or don't even fight back as you attack them; you end up feeling guilty every time you send another giant beast collapsing in slow motion.



* Explored in ''PlanescapeTorment'' when you discuss the modron race with Grace. When a modron is destroyed, its essence returns to Mechanus, and a new modron of the same type is spawned. Since all modrons of a given type are identical, slaying one amount to nothing. However Nordom, a recruitable party member, has gone rogue and developed his own personality and individuality. If he is destroyed, his essence will also return to Mechanus, but the replacement will be a standard modron - not Nordom. The Nameless One even points it out - by going rogue, Nordom has effectively become mortal, since his death would be considered a loss. (This is, incidentally, why in the regular Planescape setting modrons make such a big deal out of hunting down rogue modrons - they are effectively stealing vital Mechanus essence for non-Mechanus purposes.)

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* Explored in ''PlanescapeTorment'' ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' when you discuss the modron race with Grace. When a modron is destroyed, its essence returns to Mechanus, and a new modron of the same type is spawned. Since all modrons of a given type are identical, slaying one amount to nothing. However Nordom, a recruitable party member, has gone rogue and developed his own personality and individuality. If he is destroyed, his essence will also return to Mechanus, but the replacement will be a standard modron - not Nordom. The Nameless One even points it out - by going rogue, Nordom has effectively become mortal, since his death would be considered a loss. (This is, incidentally, why in the regular Planescape setting modrons make such a big deal out of hunting down rogue modrons - they are effectively stealing vital Mechanus essence for non-Mechanus purposes.)
17th Sep '15 4:39:09 PM nombretomado
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* {{Superman}} started out this way and its common for superheroes to be unique in this fashion because if everybody was like them, they wouldn't be all that super. After decades of encountering other Kryptonians, he was {{Retcon}}ned back into being the last of his kind after CrisisOnInfiniteEarths for precisely this reason. Now, its back to being not so unique with 100,000 kryptonians on a new planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit, another race (the Daxamites) who have the exact same powers, and probably dozens of other FlyingBrick types who vary only a little from him.

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* {{Superman}} started out this way and its common for superheroes to be unique in this fashion because if everybody was like them, they wouldn't be all that super. After decades of encountering other Kryptonians, he was {{Retcon}}ned back into being the last of his kind after CrisisOnInfiniteEarths ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths for precisely this reason. Now, its back to being not so unique with 100,000 kryptonians on a new planet on the opposite side of Earth's orbit, another race (the Daxamites) who have the exact same powers, and probably dozens of other FlyingBrick types who vary only a little from him.
3rd Sep '15 6:42:12 PM bigbadnerd
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In reality, the opposite is usually true. Many things are unique but not at all valuable, like snowflakes. Conversely, the discovery of a rare and valuable thing is usually followed by replication, optimization, and mass production.
25th Aug '15 5:48:36 PM Everdream
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* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''
** The Bewilderbeast is not the LastOfHisKind, but the species is close to extinction. As a species, they are unique because they are the only kind of dragon that breathes ice.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''
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''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2:'' The Bewilderbeast is not the LastOfHisKind, but the species is close to extinction. As a species, they are unique because they are the only kind of dragon that breathes ice.
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