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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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* ''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.
15th Jan '17 11:32:27 AM nombretomado
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* You may find an intelligent (and very friendly) Troll in ''[[AgeOfWonders Age of Wonders - Shadow Magic]]'' who invokes this trope to reason that the hero should let him live instead of slaying him and making off with his hoard of gold.

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* You may find an intelligent (and very friendly) Troll in ''[[AgeOfWonders ''[[VideoGame/AgeOfWonders Age of Wonders - Shadow Magic]]'' who invokes this trope to reason that the hero should let him live instead of slaying him and making off with his hoard of gold.
28th Oct '16 9:16:35 AM ZombieAladdin
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Related to a AMillionIsAStatistic. See also MenAreTheExpendableGender, ExpendableClone, and BackupTwin. Compare LastOfHisKind, OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace, EndangeredSpecies, AKindOfOne, SparingTheAces and FantasticNatureReserve. In a RoleplayingGame situation, leads to SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome.

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