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15th Jul '17 3:56:43 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Maybe this is why both characters, readers, and the author place so much sympathy and interest in these characters. FacelessMooks may [[WhatMeasureIsAMook die and be killed by the dozens without anyone batting an eyelid]], but the hero will try to spare [[BigBad their boss]] who is The Last Atlantean Wizard. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman No one cares about destroying robots or AI's]]... unless they they have a unique and interesting personality. Or say there's a race of goo-people who are all [[CloningBlues clones]] and part of a HiveMind? [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Finding ways to toast them would become a TV-show.]]

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Maybe this is why both characters, readers, and the author place so much sympathy and interest in these characters. FacelessMooks may [[WhatMeasureIsAMook die and be killed by the dozens without anyone batting an eyelid]], but the hero will try to spare [[BigBad their boss]] who is The Last Atlantean Wizard. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman No one cares about destroying robots or AI's]]... unless they they have a unique and interesting personality. Or say there's a race of goo-people who are all [[CloningBlues clones]] clones and part of a HiveMind? [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Finding ways to toast them would become a TV-show.]]



In RealLife, this is part of the reason people are motivated to protect EndangeredSpecies. In a RoleplayingGame situation, leads to SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome.

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In RealLife, this is part of the reason people are motivated to protect EndangeredSpecies. In a RoleplayingGame situation, it leads to SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome.



* In ''[[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna, The Unicorn Girl]]'', Acorna was coveted by Hafiz, a collector all things rare and unique. And he was prepared to kidnap her from her three adoptive "uncles" (one of whom was Hafiz's own nephew and heir, Rafiz). He loses said desire when it's discovered that Acorna wasn't a singular specimen, but a member of an alien race.

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* In ''[[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna, ''Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna - The Unicorn Girl]]'', Girl'', Acorna was coveted by Hafiz, a collector all things rare and unique. And he was prepared to kidnap her from her three adoptive "uncles" (one of whom was Hafiz's own nephew and heir, Rafiz). He loses said desire when it's discovered that Acorna wasn't a singular specimen, but a member of an alien race.



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Kaiba Gunrai seeks out the unique all the time and spend much in the way of time and money in this pursuit. It's part of his eternal hobby. Except, he ''hates'' unique things. Unique things can't be mass produced and commoditized and thus they represent something outside of his sphere of influence. He seeks unique things so that he can copy them and thus strip them of their unique status. [[spoiler: This is why he seeks out Annala, who has been TouchedByVorlons and thus unique in all of creation.]]



** 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.
** The various alien species who are in genuinely desperate straits, but whose plan to save their species inevitably requires human deaths may invoke this trope. For example, in ''The Vampires Of Venice'' the monster of the week needs to destroy Renaissance Venice to save her people. The fact that the Doctor inevitably chooses to doom a sapient species to extinction rather than sacrifice a relatively small number of humans is commented on as evidence of his favouritism towards humanity.

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** 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 stole it a few hundred hundreds of 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.
** The various alien species who are in genuinely desperate straits, but whose plan to save their species inevitably requires human deaths may invoke this trope. For example, in ''The Vampires Of Venice'' the monster of the week needs to destroy Renaissance Venice to save her people. The fact that the Doctor inevitably chooses to doom a sapient species to extinction rather than sacrifice a relatively small number of humans is commented on as evidence of his favouritism towards humanity.humanity (rather then, say, stopping an EvilPlan).



** To some extent, also explored with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]].

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** To some extent, also explored with %%** [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] and [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]].
30th Jun '17 12:08:35 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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Maybe this is why both characters, readers, and the author place so much sympathy and interest in these characters. FacelessMooks may [[WhatMeasureIsAMook die by the dozens]] without anyone batting an eyelid, but [[BigBad their boss]] who is The Last Atlantean Wizard will ''at least'' get an offer of surrender from the hero. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman No one cares about destroying robots or AI's]]... unless they happen to be the only robot who can feel emotion. Or say there's a race of goo-people who are all [[CloningBlues clones]] and part of a HiveMind? [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Finding ways to toast them would become a TV-show.]]

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Maybe this is why both characters, readers, and the author place so much sympathy and interest in these characters. FacelessMooks may [[WhatMeasureIsAMook die and be killed by the dozens]] dozens without anyone batting an eyelid, eyelid]], but the hero will try to spare [[BigBad their boss]] who is The Last Atlantean Wizard will ''at least'' get an offer of surrender from the hero.Wizard. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman No one cares about destroying robots or AI's]]... unless they happen to be the only robot who can feel emotion.they have a unique and interesting personality. Or say there's a race of goo-people who are all [[CloningBlues clones]] and part of a HiveMind? [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Finding ways to toast them would become a TV-show.]]



* Fortunately, this is why we're so big on protecting endangered species. Tragically, this is why it's hard to get anyone worked up about a species being over-hunted until there's only a few left.

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* Fortunately, this is why we're so big on protecting endangered species. Tragically, the flip side of this trope is why it's hard to get anyone worked up about a species being over-hunted until there's only a few left.


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* Handicrafts get part of their value from being from the minor imperfections that come from being handmade, and are considered to be more valuable than machine-produced products even if the latter usually have superior tolerances.
8th Jun '17 9:22:42 PM WikiGuardianAngel
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Maybe this is why both characters, readers, and the author place so much sympathy and interest in these characters. FacelessMooks may [[WhatMeasureIsAMook die by the dozens]], but their boss who is The Last Atlantean Wizard will ''at least'' get an offer of surrender from the hero. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman No one cares about destroying robots or AI's]]... unless they happen to be the only robot who can feel emotion. Or say there's a race of goo-people who are all [[CloningBlues clones]] and part of a HiveMind? [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Finding ways to toast them would become a TV-show.]]

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Maybe this is why both characters, readers, and the author place so much sympathy and interest in these characters. FacelessMooks may [[WhatMeasureIsAMook die by the dozens]], dozens]] without anyone batting an eyelid, but [[BigBad their boss boss]] who is The Last Atlantean Wizard will ''at least'' get an offer of surrender from the hero. [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman No one cares about destroying robots or AI's]]... unless they happen to be the only robot who can feel emotion. Or say there's a race of goo-people who are all [[CloningBlues clones]] and part of a HiveMind? [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap Finding ways to toast them would become a TV-show.]]
8th Jun '17 3:29:38 AM fdsa1234567890
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' this is also noted with EDI, as the only AI of her type. Shepard even makes this point in the Citadel DLC.

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' this is also noted with EDI, as the only AI of her type. Shepard even makes this point in the Citadel DLC.
8th Jun '17 3:28:26 AM fdsa1234567890
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' this is also noted with EDI, as the only AI of her type. Shepard even makes this point in the Citadel DLC.
1st Jun '17 6:38:44 AM MagBas
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Humans value the useful, the aesthetically pleasing, and the rare-- so it is not surprising that we have a deep fascination with characters, races, or objects that are unique. Be it an artifact from a bygone age, a creature that is the LastOfHisKind, or the last knight of an ancient and honorable order. Basically, the more relevant to the story a unique person or object is, the more valuable and worth preserving they are. Friends will fight to protect him, enemies to destroy him, and some even to [[CollectorOfTheStrange possess him.]] Underscoring this is the reverse, that [[UnfortunateImplications anyone/thing who isn't unique is vastly more expendable]].

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Humans value the useful, the aesthetically pleasing, and the rare-- so it is not surprising that we have a deep fascination with characters, races, or objects that are unique. Be it an artifact from a bygone age, a creature that is the LastOfHisKind, or the last knight of an ancient and honorable order. Basically, the more relevant to the story a unique person or object is, the more valuable and worth preserving they are. Friends will fight to protect him, enemies to destroy him, and some even to [[CollectorOfTheStrange possess him.]] Underscoring this is the reverse, that [[UnfortunateImplications anyone/thing who isn't unique is vastly more expendable]].
expendable.
17th Apr '17 10:53:15 PM Baeraad555
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* In the first novel of the ''Literature/ArtamonsTears'' trilogy, Gavril is at one point [[IHaveYourWife coerced]] into consuming, over a period of time, a potion that will first weaken and then destroy the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide drakhaoul]] he has bonded with. The daemon's pleading to Gavril that "you're killing me... and I'm the last of my kind... the last in the world..." is surprisingly moving, given that we know by that point how monstrous it is. Of course, it helps that Gavril is TheHero and the drakhaoul, however unpleasant, is his only means of protecting his country from TheEmpire.
14th Apr '17 12:44:20 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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Humans value the useful, the aesthetically pleasing, and the rare-- so it is not surprising that we have a deep fascination with characters, races, or objects that are unique. Be it an artifact from a bygone age, a creature that is the LastOfHisKind, or the last knight of an ancient and honorable order. Basically, the more relevant to the story a unique person or object is, the more valuable and worth preserving they are. Friends will fight to protect him, enemies to destroy him, and some even to [[CollectorOfTheStrange possess him.]] Underscoring this is the reverse, that anyone/thing who isn't unique is vastly more expendable.

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Humans value the useful, the aesthetically pleasing, and the rare-- so it is not surprising that we have a deep fascination with characters, races, or objects that are unique. Be it an artifact from a bygone age, a creature that is the LastOfHisKind, or the last knight of an ancient and honorable order. Basically, the more relevant to the story a unique person or object is, the more valuable and worth preserving they are. Friends will fight to protect him, enemies to destroy him, and some even to [[CollectorOfTheStrange possess him.]] Underscoring this is the reverse, that [[UnfortunateImplications anyone/thing who isn't unique is vastly more expendable.
expendable]].
12th Mar '17 4:47:01 PM Trooper924
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* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has one episode devoted to helping a clutch of dragon hatchlings from being killed/captured by pirates, after dragons had been made all but extinct.
* On at least one occasion, [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] has been abducted by a collector of endangered species for being the LastOfHisKind.
** Along with Lobo, who claims to be a [[SelfMadeOrphan self-made]] LastOfHisKind.
** Brainiac has destroyed countless planets for [[InvokedTrope the sole purpose]] of raising the value of the data he collects from them.
* Same deal for Danny in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where Skulker wanted to collect him because of his rare half ghost status. Though after numerous failures to capture him, Skulker decided to just kill and pelt him instead.
** Sam was kidnapped by an egotistical ghost prince who wanted the novelty of having a human for a wife. How to pick the right one for the job? [[spoiler: Hold a beauty contest at the Ghost Boy's high school.]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Marge and the [[ScoutOut Pre-Teen Braves]] are surprised to meet a Mohican.
--> '''Bart''': Mohican? I thought you guys were all gone.
--> '''Mohican''': No, but we encourage the myth. Chicks really dig you when you're the last of something.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has one episode devoted to helping a clutch of dragon hatchlings from being killed/captured by pirates, after dragons had been made all but extinct.
* On at least one occasion, [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] has been abducted by a collector of endangered species for being the LastOfHisKind.
** Along with Lobo, who claims to be a [[SelfMadeOrphan self-made]] LastOfHisKind.
** Brainiac has destroyed countless planets for [[InvokedTrope the sole purpose]] of raising the value of the data he collects from them.
* Same deal for Danny in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where Skulker wanted to collect him because of his rare half ghost status. Though after numerous failures to capture him, Skulker decided to just kill and pelt him instead.
** Sam was kidnapped by an egotistical ghost prince who wanted the novelty of having a human for a wife. How to pick the right one for the job? [[spoiler: Hold a beauty contest at the Ghost Boy's high school.]]
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Marge and the [[ScoutOut Pre-Teen Braves]] are surprised to meet a Mohican.
--> '''Bart''': Mohican? I thought you guys were all gone.
--> '''Mohican''': No, but we encourage the myth. Chicks really dig you when you're the last of something.
*In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', the Gems' FantasticCasteSystem appears to at least partially run on this. Rarer Gem-types--such as [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]]--rank higher than more common Gem-types--such as [[{{Mooks}} Rubies]] and [[ServantRace Pearls]]. Ranking above them all are the Diamonds--of which only three are known to exist. [[spoiler: Formerly four]].
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20th Jan '17 3:08:41 PM justanid
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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.

In RealLife, this is part of the reason people are motivated to protect EndangeredSpecies.

Related to a AMillionIsAStatistic. See also MenAreTheExpendableGender, ExpendableClone, and BackupTwin. Compare LastOfHisKind, OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace, EndangeredSpecies, AKindOfOne, SparingTheAces, FantasticNatureReserve, and PowerEqualsRarity. In a RoleplayingGame situation, leads to SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome.

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In reality, the opposite of this trope 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.

In RealLife, this is part of the reason people are motivated to protect EndangeredSpecies.

Related
EndangeredSpecies. In a RoleplayingGame situation, leads to a AMillionIsAStatistic. See also MenAreTheExpendableGender, ExpendableClone, and BackupTwin. SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome.

Compare with AKindOfOne, AMillionIsAStatistic, EndangeredSpecies, FantasticNatureReserve, LastOfHisKind, OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace, EndangeredSpecies, AKindOfOne, SparingTheAces, FantasticNatureReserve, PowerEqualsRarity, and PowerEqualsRarity. In a RoleplayingGame situation, leads to SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome.SparingTheAces. See also BackupTwin, ExpendableClone, TheLawOfConservationOfDetail, and MenAreTheExpendableGender.
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