History Main / UniquenessValue

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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[[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.
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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.

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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.
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