Created By: StevenT on April 30, 2012 Last Edited By: StevenT on May 10, 2012

Must Have This Last One

Someone has acquired all but one of something and is determined to get the last one.

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Compare Second Place Is for Losers and Super OCD.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • In Astérix, the heroes' small village is the one part of France still left unconquered and Julius Caesar orders attacks on it daily.

Film
  • In Home on the Range, Patch of Heaven is the only bit of land Alameda Slim doesn't own.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons: Bart & Homer take up coin collecting as a hobby together, and they quickly fill a coin album with one of every Lincoln cent except the rare 1917 double die error "kissing Lincoln." As soon as they get it (conning it out of Mr. Burns, who bought it at a rare coin auction for $10 mil) they put the album away and agree to never look at it again.
  • Veggietales: King George demands to gain the rubber duck owned by a random peasant, despite the fact that he already owns dozens of other rubber ducks. (The biblical story told here is that of King David and Bathsheba, who insisted on having her despite already having many wives and concubines.)
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Collect All 5" Ami has collected all but one of a set of free toys from cereal boxes and drives herself crazy trying to find the last one.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • April 30, 2012
    Hedgi
    • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh was willing to do an awful lot to get that last Blue Eyes...
  • April 30, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Maybe rename to Must Have This Last One?

    Western Animation
    • Veggietales: King George demands to gain the rubber duck owned by a random peasant, despite the fact that he already owns dozens of other rubber ducks. (The biblical story told here is that of King David and Bathsheba, who insisted on having her despite already having many wives and concubines.)
  • April 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Does it have to be a villain?
    • The Simpsons: Bart & Homer take up coin collecting as a hobby together, and they quickly fill a coin album with one of every Lincoln cent except the rare 1917 double die error "kissing Lincoln." As soon as they get it (conning it out of Mr. Burns, who bought it at a rare coin auction for $10 mil) they put the album away and agree to never look at it again.
  • April 30, 2012
    FossilsDaDaDa
    • They Mayor from Rango, on the topic of Bean's ranch.
  • April 30, 2012
    TheEvenPrime
    "This trope does not apply to cases where the villain is collecting a set of Mac Guffins and they definitely need the full set to pull something off."

    Hmm, but why not? As far as I know we don't have a trope on that either.
  • April 30, 2012
    nman
    ^But if that doesn't count, then what does this YKTTW apply to? OCD villains trying to collect snowglobes?
  • May 1, 2012
    Kaoy
    To be fair, AN Ything that is sought after is a Mac Guffin. In other words, the way the trope is currently defined is a bit oxymoronic. So long as someone wants it, and it is central to the story, it is a Mac Guffin, even the examples of land you supplied. In those cases, the village and land deed are Mac Guffins.
  • May 1, 2012
    Koveras
    • In The One, the villain has already killed all but one of his alternate universe copies, placing him one step away from godhood. The protagonist of the movie is that one remaining copy.
  • May 1, 2012
    BlackDragon
    Subverted in Arc The Lad: Twilight of Spirits. The Empire is collecting the Spirit Stones for some undefined villainy, and they've got nearly all of them - but wait! One of the Spirit Stones is in the hands of the protagonists, and despite repeated attempts, The Empire hasn't managed to steal it. No problem, then!

    ...except for that during all of this, The Empire's R&D-department has been busily working on creating an artificial Spirit Stone, and at the end, they go right ahead and launch their evil plot with the artificial stone standing in for the hero's keepsake. Surprise!
  • May 1, 2012
    Koveras
    Maybe The Empire Strikes Back? After Obi-Wan's death, there only one real Jedi left in the galaxy (Yoda) and if he dies without a successor, the Sith would have won. (Of course, the Expanded Universe notwithstanding.)
  • May 1, 2012
    TheEvenPrime
    @nman: I think the OP meant specifically that - stuff that isn't really important for any particular reason. Of course, now it's been edited so it's hardly relevant anymore.
  • May 1, 2012
    dotchan
    So this is Gotta Catch Em All as a villain motivation?
  • May 1, 2012
    SteveMB
    Is this really sufficiently different from Gotta Catch Em All to qualify as a separate trope?

  • May 1, 2012
    dotchan
    So this is Gotta Catch Em All as a villain motivation?
  • May 1, 2012
    TheEvenPrime
    I don't think this is sufficiently different.
  • May 10, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Western Animation

    • Downtown: Alex, the protagonist, is a nerd with a penchant for collecting rare toys and other sci-fi, fantasy and horror paraphernalia. In one episode, set at a sci-fi and horror convention, he suffers from this trope very badly, pursuing a particular toy just to complete his collection. Alex also tries to part with these tendencies more than once.
  • May 10, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    No, the difference here between Gotta Catch Em all is that trope is about collecting dozens of Plot Coupons that are necessary for some purpose. With this trope, the collector could very easily not bother with getting the last one, but doesn't and insists on getting it anyway.
  • May 10, 2012
    DracMonster
    in that case this seems like Hundred Percent Completion. (a sister trope anyway)

    honestly, though, i think the delineation from Gotta Catch Them All is really splitting hairs, though.
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