Created By: Frodo Goofball CoTV on August 2, 2009
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Endangered Species

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Launched as Endangered Species

Surely we have this already! Related to Only You Can Repopulate My Race, Last of His Kind. Basically Resuscitate The Dog on a species - wide scale.

Required Trope Elements:
  • The endangered species, A, must be a type of object, creture, etc., for which there is an apparent distinct possibility they will all soon be gone.
  • A group of creatures, B, who may be the audience rather than a character in the story, place a significant value on A's continuing to exist, for no other reason than that the world would be less without them.

Typically:

Examples:
  • Real Life, obviously.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, Moka and Kurumu view Witches this way, and so they ask Tsukune not to go to hard on Yukari. It's later implied that this is also true for many if not most monstrous species, including Moka's, Kurumu's, and Mizore's.
  • In one of the Tremors sequels, some humans want to keep at least one Graboid alive.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • May 14, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    In Mass Effect, The Rachni are a sentient, if extremely alien, species of insectoids who were thought to be actually extinct. In the course of the game, you have the choice between setting the last surviving Queen free to let them repopulate, or extincting them entirely. A harder choice than it may seem, since the Rachni went near-extinct due to them embarking on a war with the Citadel Races, causing significant loss of life.

    In keeping with the trope, you'll have characters - both in your party and further abroad - arguing that you can't justify destroying an entire species, no matter how monstrous it looks, and how much damage it once caused (keeping in mind that the Rachni Wars are ancient history, and this one has PROMISED it won't rise up to threaten the world again.) And some who argues that it's time to 'finish the job'.
  • May 14, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    The idea of a warrior race that seems extremely dangerous at the time, is beaten into submission, and now the victors must choose between saving their enemies' future victims at the cost of crossing the Moral Event Horizon themselves, or being merciful. Alternately, a third party race must choose whether to take a stand against the Former War Criminal or the MurderousTyrant.
  • May 15, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Young Spock uses the exact same phrase in the new StarTrek after his planet was destroyed with a handful of survivors.
  • May 15, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    • One of Doraemon's authors once drew an Anvilicious comic about humans being hunted to extinction because their bodies were considered to be a potent cure for hairiness (apparently, they don't have Nair in the future). The last two humans end up stranded on an island where a rare lizard (or salamander) was hunted to extinction by earlier humans.
  • May 15, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    The Buggers, by the end of Ender's Game, have been reduced to a single Queen. Much of Speaker for the Dead revolves around finding a suitable home for her so she can start a new hive. This is particularly notable because in Game, the Buggers were hated and feared by humans, and it was Ender's own work that led people to regret their (near) genocide.
  • May 15, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Futurama (of course they must be mentioned in every trope) had a mission for the Planet Express crew to rescue the animals from a planet which was about to be destroyed. That is where they find Leela's "pet" Nibbler. Nibbler also eats all the endangered animals.
  • May 29, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    BUMP

    Launch? Delete? Split?
  • May 30, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    dragons in the Inheritance saga
  • June 13, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    BUMP Strike 2!
  • June 26, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    BUMP Strike 3!

    I will start the clock for a launch as is if there are no further comments in the next few days. May also spilt off the dilemma of committing genocide against an Always Chaotic Evil group.
  • July 10, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
  • July 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    One thing: You should comb through the related tropes and transfer all the examples that only fall under this one.
  • July 10, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    I'm confused, are you just asking me to check related tropes for additional examples, or something else?
  • July 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Before this was YKTTW'ed, there may have been relevant examples that were shoehorned into the related tropes because this one didn't exist. You should be sure to retrieve those examples.
  • July 11, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    OK, no problem.

    ~30 hours left.
  • July 11, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    24 hour warning
  • July 11, 2009
    Earnest
    Ooh! Entry pimping What Measure Is A Non Unique. The endangered species will be special because, hey, they're almost extinct and thus more unique.
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