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->'''[[HelloInsertNameHere Douche]]:''' Every Franchise/{{Pokemon}}? [[DeconstructedTrope Are you serious?]] You're sending us ''KIDS'' out into the world to find ''EVERY POKÉMON?'' You don't see ''ANYTHING'' dangerously irresponsible about this?\\
'''Oak:''' Nope! ''GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!''
-->-- ''[[Webcomic/VGCats SUPER EFFECTIVE]]'', [[http://www.vgcats.com/super/?strip_id=4 Strip 4]]

[[Music/BobDylan Everybody must get stones.]]

The most basic form of PlotCoupon. There's a number of [[MacGuffin somethings]] spread far and wide, and the cast is tasked to go find them. Each one has its own subplot, which could be as short as a few frames of a {{Montage}} or as long as a StoryArc; but, of course, the most common pattern is for the cast to collect [[OnceAnEpisode one per episode]]. Often the reason for WalkingTheEarth, specially as a step in the way ToBeAMaster. Often each coupon is guarded by a [[BossBattle boss monster]].

Convenient for TV series, as it provides an easy StoryArc for the whole series (or season) just by virtue of there being more than one MacGuffin to find. Meantime, each episode can have its own obstacles, villains, and setting, and be written by a different author, just as long as the plot coupons keep getting found. Also popular in video games because it's easy to implement; some of the earliest non-ExcusePlot videogames (e.g. Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda) were built on it, and it continues to be ubiquitous today.

The [[ClassicalMythology Twelve Labours of Hercules]] are perhaps the earliest occurrence of this. (Originally Hercules was expected to perform ten, but the DungeonMaster [[MovingTheGoalposts decreed that two of them didn't count and made him do two extra.]])

In all media, common things that must be found include:

* {{Ancient Artifact}}s or {{Cosmic Keystone}}s.
* [[DismantledMacGuffin Pieces of a single artifact]] which must be reassembled.
* [[DebutQueue More cast members]].

In interactive media, they can also be categorized as follows:

* '''Crucial''': You must collect all of these items to complete the game.
* '''Important''': You need to collect ''some'' of these items and they're prominent in gameplay, but you only need ''all'' of them if you're going for HundredPercentCompletion (or perhaps for the ''good'' ending, if the game developers were being sadistic). Hopefully a CompletionMeter tells you how many you've already acquired.
* '''Optional''': You don't have to collect these items to complete the game. They may be the object of a CollectionSidequest which earns you a BonusStage or the InfinityPlusOneSword, or they may only be there to make HundredPercentCompletion harder and for the [[BraggingRightsReward bragging rights]]. In fact, they might only be awarded ''in'' bonus stages, in which case they are BonusStageCollectables.

Compare and contrast GottaKillThemAll, which follows much the same pattern, but takes a more...destructive approach.

If the item in question can be bought, then [[CrackIsCheaper lets hope it's crack]]. If each item is individually useful, but as a complete set very powerful, it's because of the SetBonus.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A commercial for an auto parts dealer showed a young man biking to the store over and over, each time retrieving a different component to repair a roadside clunker. At the end, he ''drives'' to the store to show off the car he's Caught All the necessary replacement parts for.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* The main goal of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is imprisoning ''every'' escaped Clow Card into the magical Book of Clow again.
* In ''ChronoCrusade'', Aion's plan hinges around finding [[spoiler:the gifted children known as "Apostles".]] Chrono and Rosette's TrueCompanions attempt to stop him from doing this. [[spoiler:But only end up handing him the last one he needs.]] NiceJobBreakingItHero.
* ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'' revolves around new dinosaurs appearing in every episode, with the D Team and the Alpha Gang racing to get them. The DS game makes this mandatory, including a Dinosaur Encyclopedia that catalogues the Mesozoic beasties that you obtain, with rewards for getting certain amounts.
* This is essentially Dark's main goal in ''DNAngel''--he's stealing all of the magical works of art created by [[spoiler:Satoshi's family, the Hikaris--who also created him]].
* Hyakkimaru from ''Manga/{{Dororo}}'' is hunting down the 48 demons that took his body parts as part of a DealWithTheDevil his father made.
* How many story arcs in the various ''Manga/DragonBall'' series have involved the heroes and villains racing to see which side can obtain all 7 of the Dragon Balls?
* Technically speaking, the main plot of ''FruitsBasket'' is how the Zodiac curse afflicting the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Sohma]] [[DysfunctionJunction family]] is finally broken. But all [[spoiler:fourteen]] members of said family must go through various stages of CharacterDevelopment before that even becomes a possibility. The curse is ([[CerebusSyndrome early on, anyway]]) just a FramingDevice for the characters' adventures, and a pretext for exploring the viewpoints of various Sohma members. (Of course, as each character becomes more filled out, the curse's [[TraumaCongaLine full effect]] on their lives- and the reasons it must be broken- become [[NightmareFuel disturbingly]] clear.)
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Miaka, being the Priestess of Suzaku, must gather the seven Celestial warriors in order to summon Suzaku. Cue an UnwantedHarem of [[{{Bishonen}} men]]. In the second half of the series, they have to race their enemies for two Shinzahous.
* ''[[HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'', like ''FushigiYuugi'', has collecting the team of pretty boys. Then, in the second half of the series, collecting the Four Seals.
* The cast of ''Manga/InuYasha'' are searching for the umptynine pieces of the Shikon Jewel, an artifact of incredible power (that, incidentally, will allow the [[HalfHumanHybrid main character]] to become a full demon). The BigBad wants all the pieces too, so that he can achieve the same goal.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' features this in 4 seasons so far.
** The first series is about a girl and her friends having to find the Jewelpets that fell into the human world.
** ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' is about mages-in-training gathering twelve Jewel Stones each, so they can enter a tournament.
** ''Kira Deco'' is about a FiveManBand gathering items called Deco Stones to repair a Mirror Ball.
** ''Happiness'' is about three girls having to gather all Magic Gems for some as of yet unspecified reason.
* Appears in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', after a sudden GenreShift with the story getting more serious and actually having a ''plot''. It is revealed that in order to become the next Vongola leader, Tsuna must assemble all six of his {{Bishonen}} guardians (Rain, Storm, Thunder, Mist, Sun and Cloud, with him being seventh element - Sky). Tsuna ends up having to do this ''twice'', the second time being after [[spoiler: he {{time travel}}s 10 years into the future]].
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has the [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seeds]], dangerous artifacts that [[MentorMascot Yuuno]] lost on earth. [[TheHero Nanoha]] decides to help him collect them, but troubles arise when she meets Fate, a DarkMagicalGirl who is also collecting the seeds for her [[EvilMatriarch mother]]. The usual "one MacGuffin per week" scheme doesn't survive past the ''second'' episode (out of twelve) and by the middle all Seeds have been caught - they are just in different hands.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the Akatsuki are trying to capture all of the [[{{Kaiju}} bijuu]]. Pain wants them to create a FantasticNuke, whereas [[spoiler:Tobi needs them to facilitate an AssimilationPlot.]]
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' had some fun with this. Like the game that inspired it, this is Professor Oak's dream so he can make a comprehensive Pokédex. Since he's too old, he just hands out Pokédexes to the main characters and asks them to do the job. Problem is, the Dex Holders all have their own goals, and this isn't high on the priority list. Oak is understandably pissed about this, and he ends up hiring Crystal to do the job. She succeeds... and then it turns out there's a whole other generation to catch. Poor Oak.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', the main character searches the town for shards of the Prince's heart, which was shattered when he [[spoiler:imprisoned the raven from the story]].
* In the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Luna and Usagi must find her comrades, and then the group must find the seven Rainbow Crystals to reform the Silver Crystal. The S season also has the Three Talismans, but there's only the three.
* In ''{{Sekirei}}'', [[SpoiledBrat Mikogami Hayato]] approaches the Sekirei Plan as though this were the point. He's going to collect all the cool, rare Sekirei and all the awesome treasures! This makes him WrongGenreSavvy, since this is a series about ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship.
* The Secret Treasures of ''SengokuCollection''.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' is a partial example. Each weapon/meister pair has to collect 99 [[OurSoulsAreDifferent kishin eggs]] and one Witch soul. However, there are implied to be thousands of Kishin eggs out there, more than enough to go around.
** Also a rather ''dark'' partial example, since those "kishin eggs" are the souls of humans on Shinigami-sama's hit list. Admittedly evil and occasionally [[ShoutOut goofy]] souls, yes, but high school kids are still collecting them by killing people. With weapons who are actually ''other'' high school students. Oh, and the witches can kill most of these students fairly easily.
* ''ThoseWhoHuntElves'' spoofs this by scattering the runes of a spell to send the cast TrappedInAnotherWorld home. However, the runes are on the bodies of the elf inhabitants, so the cast decides that the logical ([[FanService huh huh]]) thing to do is to strip every elf they come across in order to find the runes.
* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' was all about racing to retrieve the Mini-Cons, though getting ''all'' of them isn't necessary. The series even acquired the FanNickname "Pokeformers."
* Keima from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' has been tasked to capture Escaped Souls from hell by romancing the girls they possess. At one point he finds out that there are about 60,000 left for him and other buddies like him to collect. He is not entertained.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Astral's memory has been broken into 100 parts (the "Numbers" cards, one of which he got to keep). When a Number is defeated in a duel by Yuma, Yuma gains it and Astral gains a piece of his memory back. A number of other characters are also searching for the numbers.
-->'''Yuki:''' So now it's Haru...[[CastHerd They]] just keep showing up, don't they?
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[[folder:Comics]]
* One of the subplots of ''BrightestDay'' concerns the search for the Emotion Entities. A mysterious being is hunting them down for some reason and [[spoiler: has already captured Parallax and Ion.]] Its revealed [[spoiler:Krona captured all seven and unleashed them on the Guardians.]]
* A DonaldDuck comic by DonRosa, "Recalled Wreck", has Donald doing this after he finds out that his neighbor (without any bad intention) sold the pieces of his beloved car to the neighbors.
* ''ComicBook/{{The 99}}'' is initially about Dr. Ramzi's efforts to track down the 99 noor stones, but that goal shifts in the first issue to finding the people who have been bonded to them.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The second half of ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' is devoted to heroes and villains trying to find the "Rainbow Stones," (Renamed the Star Stones in the remake) which would grant them new powers; ''My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III'' has them search for the shattered remains of the Crystal Heart.
* The Vasyn in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' was sundered into three pieces and scattered across dimensions five hundred years ago. Guess who's asked to put it together?
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[[folder:Film]]
* The villains of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' had been trying to collect all five Sankara Stones, and indeed held three of them until Indy showed up.
** In fact, Indy himself. He is of course, an archeologist. (After everything else that is...)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' Jack even made a list of everything he had to collect/make to be able to create a good Christmas.
* The villain of ''Film/ThePhantom'' is tracking down the three silver "Skulls of Touganda", which will grant him immense power. [[spoiler:There is a fourth skull, on the Phantom's RingOfPower.]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' film required the crew of ''The Black Pearl'' to track down 882 pieces of Aztec gold to break their curse. As the film starts, though, they've already found them all, and are on their way to deliver the last piece.
** The Nine Pieces of Eight are needed to assemble the Pirate Lords and complete the spell in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]''. This actually becomes a plot point as a reason not to kill Jack.
** The keys to the Fountain of Youth in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]''.
* In the 2001 remake of ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'', Cyrus Kriticos has to find thirteen spirits with specific themes in order to power his demonic machine, the Eye of Hell.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', the characters gather five pieces of a special ginseng root.
* Each book in Susan Cooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series involves finding at least one artifact or set of artifacts: the grail (split between ''Literature/OverSeaUnderStone'' and ''Literature/{{Greenwitch}}''), the Signs (''The Dark Is Rising''), the harp (''Literature/TheGreyKing''), and the crystal sword (''Literature/SilverOnTheTree'').
* All of the ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' books contain a variation on this. The first series involves the protagonists collecting all seven gems that adorn the belt of Deltora. In the second, they gather the three pieces of the Pirran Pipe, though this isn't the driving conflict in the plot. In the third series, they have to find [[GottaKillEmAll and destroy]] the Four Sisters.
* In Jim Butcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the Knights of the Cross have, over the centuries, collected some of the demon-possessed coins of the Order of the Blackened Denarii, but cannot finally defeat the Denarians until they get them all. This was a major plot point in ''Small Favor.''
* In each volume of Jack Chalker's ''TheFourLordsOfTheDiamond'', one of the Assassin's alter egos must find and either kill or subvert the Lord of the particular Diamond world to which he is assigned, as well as investigating his particular piece of the overall puzzle.
* The entire plot of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' rests on this. Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to search for all of Voldy's horcruxes; but after learning about the Deathly Hallows themselves, Harry debates for a while and then decides ''not'' to race Voldemort to the last one. [[spoiler:Perhaps a double subversion, since Harry does get it in the end?]]
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
** In Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', the third book in the series, it's the villains who are collecting the pieces of the Wikkit Gate, and our heroes are trying to stop them (or, some of them are. The rest would rather get a drink and have a lie down).
** On a more lighthearted note, there is Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged, who has grown [[WhoWantsToLiveForever so bored of immortality]] that he's made it his mission to track down and verbally insult every sentient being in the universe. In alphabetical order.
* TheHoldersSeries are an odd subversion. The idea is apparently for the Seeker to "Catch" one or two of them to prevent them from ever being brought together, which will result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Then again, it also says that ''not'' bringing them together will result in something which may or may not be just as horrible ...
* In [[IncarnationsOfImmortality And Eternity]], Orlene makes a deal with Nox, Incarnation of Night, to restore her son to life and cure him of a disease that afflicts him whether he is alive or a ghost. She must collect: a blank soul from Death, a grain of sand from Time's hourglass, a thread from Fate's loom, a seed from Mars, a tear from Gaia, a curse from Satan, and a blessing from God. [[spoiler: It is hinted that the items were not necessary, but the entire journey was just a SecretTestOfCharacter for Orlene.]]
* Louise Cooper's ''Literature/{{Indigo}}'' series involves an [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] protagonist who is destined to [[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]] until she has banished the seven demons which she accidentally loosed upon the world. [[spoiler:[[MindScrew Or so we're led to think throughout most of the series, anyway]]...]]
* Garth Nix's ''KeysToTheKingdom'' combines at least two forms of this; in each book, the protagonist must find one of the seven separated parts of the Will of the Architect (each of which is a character in its own right) and one of the seven Keys.
* Creator/LyndonHardy uses a variant of this trope in ''Master of the Five Magics'', in that his protagonist learns the use of his world's five known types of magic over the course of the novel, and needs to use all five in combination to win in the end. The sequel, ''Secret of the Sixth Magic'', inverts this scenario by requiring its protagonist to ''fail'' at all five magics, before catching on that a sixth form actually exists.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' combines this with DismantledMacGuffin, since while the '''Paired Codes''' don't work at all if they're split, Septimus and Marcia have to collect ''The Darke Index'' and ''The Undoing Of The Darkenesse'' as well to make The Great [=UnDoing=] work.
* Much of the plot of ''TheSilmarillion'' is the various forces of Maiar, Valar, Elves, and Men seeking the three Silmarils of Fëanor -- particularly the sons of Fëanor, who have sworn a terrible vow to oppose anything in the entire cosmos that prevents them from gaining the Silmarils.
* Variation in TheTwelveChairs, protagonists needed to obtain just one of the eponymous chairs (in which treasure was hidden), but they didn't know which one. Due to combination of bad luck and RuleOfDrama they still ended up tracking down all of them.
* Subverted in the ''TwelveTreasuresTrilogy'' - The plot of each novel involves restoring one of the stolen Treasures of the magical kingdom, and (obviously) there are Twelve Treasures, but only three of them have actually been stolen (that the readers know of; a different noble house keeps each one, and no one will admit to having lost one, so things get a bit murky).
* Author MatthewReilly is overly fond of this trope... To the extent that his latest piece of alliterative schmutz ''Six Sacred Stones'' ends with a mid-plot cliff-hanger where the badass Hero has not caught them all with his bionic arm and we simply must buy another book for the resolution.
** And in that one, [[spoiler:he STILL doesn't succeed in collecting them before the big End of the World Deadline, and ends up dropping one down a bottomless shaft (that is actually bottomless!) so that no one has that complete set.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/ArmorHero'': In this first ever Chinese Tokusatsu show, they have to seal 52 monsters into 52 cards, in 52 episodes. It's quite a clean show like that.
* ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'': Ezekiel Stone, the main character of this short-lived 1998 series by Fox, is released from Hell by the Devil to use his police skills to track down and retrieve 113 damned souls who escaped the afterlife back to Earth. Short life meant he got nowhere NEAR his goal.
* ''[[Series/ChouSeiShinSeries Chousei Kantai Sazer X]]'': The twelve Cosmo Capsules. When united, the twelve of them grant one wish. So naturally everyone is after them. Each episode even keeps a tally on who has what Capsules.
* ''Series/TheCollector'':
** One of [[DealWithTheDevil the Devil's clients]] got the ability to get rid of guilt by transferring it to others through tattoos, turning them into sinners. His redemption required finding them all and completing their tattoos, restoring his memories of the guilt's reason as well as their original behavior.
** Another client had to re-absorb the people made from her split personalities.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In the episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics Introduction to Statistics]]". Annie has a breakdown if everyone doesn't show up to her Halloween party.
* ''Series/{{Cupid}}'': Ditto with this show by Jeremy Piven, who was supposed to unite 100 couples. The show only ran 15 episodes, and some of them didn't add any couples to his tally.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The six pieces of the Key to Time.
** SubvertedTrope in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] where Martha talks about having to travel around the world to collect the four hidden pieces to a gun that could kill the Master and prevent him from regenerating. [[spoiler:When the Master catches her and reveals that he knows her plan, she laughs at him and says, "You really believed that?" Turns out the whole thing was a bluff and her actual plan was something else altogether.]]
** The eponymous [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus Keys of Marinus]].
* ''Dream House'': Both editions of this game show (ABC, 1968; NBC, 1984) had couples vying for rooms of a house in each show. Collecting seven rooms won them a new home.
* ''FridayThe13thTheSeries'': The premise is that Micki and Ryan must recover all of the cursed antiques purchased from their uncle's store.
* ''Series/TheLegendOfDickAndDom'': The heroes are questing for potion ingredients (the claw of a siren, the mists of time, a pint of milk...) to cure a plague.
* ''TheLostRoom'': In this Sci-Fi show, characters are, for various reasons, seeking artifacts known as Objects, which originated in a 1960s motel room and are endowed with curious properties (for instance, one Object is a watch which can boil an egg placed inside the band).
* ''MyNameIsEarl'': Earl must fix all the things he's ever done wrong in order to clear his karma.
* ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcDowd'': A show on Nickelodeon. The title character, a juvenile delinquent, was turned into a dog and needed to do 100 good deeds in order to regain his human form.
* ''PowerRangers'' and ''SuperSentai'':
** These shows have created a meta-example of this. To further make use of the Merchandise Driven nature of the show, the number of HumongousMecha have expanded in recent years. Gaoranger/Wild Force is seen by many as the start of it, with 22 Power Animals/Wild Zords, all of which were released in toy form.
** However, there are times when the plot really is 'collect the six whatevers.' [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive ''Operation Overdrive'']] revolved around the five jewels to a magical crown (other artifacts empowered by them were clues, but also powerful themselves.) The [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin Rangers]] also once had to go collect the pieces of the DismantledMacGuffin (which ''they'' broke and scattered. Didn't want the bad guys to get the Zeo Crystal, didn't realize they'd actually be needing the thing.)
* ''{{Reaper}}'': The main plot point of this show is that the lead has to catch escaped souls from Hell, similar to ''Series/{{Brimstone}}'' mentioned above.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': In the episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain Soul Train]]", Rachel explains to Big Bad Monroe that there are 12 pendants and that they are the key to getting the power back on. [[spoiler: This turns into a SubvertedTrope later. Rachel destroys two pendants in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E12Ghosts Ghosts]]", and Randall Flynn reveals that he is not at all interested in collecting the pendants. A number of the pendants are not even located in the USA, and if they are, they are well hidden, as shown on a map in "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]". The [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]] has the power turned back on, and the pendants had absolutely nothing to do with that]].
* ''Seven Keys'': This 1961 ABC game show had a player collecting up to seven keys to open a vault full of prizes by completing a board of 70 squares in fifteen chances. Getting all seven keys won everything automatically.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Season 4 revolved around the protagonists trying to stop demons from breaking the seals that keep Lucifer locked. It was pretty hard, since the demons only had to break 66 seals of the 600 that exist. In season 5, they learn that [[spoiler:the rings of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse could be used to lock Lucifer again. Luckily, they already had two of them at that time.]]
* ''{{Warehouse13}}'': This is a show, similar to ''TheLostRoom'' above, where objects have special powers for one reason or another (for example, a gun invented by Nikola Tesla is shoots energy bursts that knock people unconscious), and the Warehouse is trying to collect them.
* ''Series/WMACMasters'': This short-lived show that was a strange cross between ProfessionalWrestling, ''AmericanGladiators'', and ''PowerRangers'', featured this as its central mechanic. Winning a competition allowed one of the competitors to take his opponent's "symbol" (a medallion with a symbol engraved that relates to the character's nickname), and once one of the competitors got the symbols of each of the others, he could challenge for the championship.
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[[folder:{{Machinima}}]]
* In ''[[RedVsBlue Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction]]'', the Meta takes this approach to [[MegaManning collecting equipment and [=AIs=]]]. According to [[MrExposition Agent Washington]], assembling all the [=AIs=] together will make it unstoppable...well, [[TheJuggernaut more unstoppable]].
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[[folder:{{Music}}]]
* Johnny Cash's song "One Piece at a Time" is about a man who builds a Cadillac in this manner.
* The series of {{Vocaloid}} songs (by producer {{Mothy}}) called ''Evillious Chronicles'' features the Vessels of the Seven Deadly Sins. Gallerian Marlon (Kaito) wants to collect them all, because he believes he can make his dream come true if he does. He gets help from a mysterious woman calling herself MA ([[spoiler: Elluka Clockworker (Luka), who was originally asked by the tree of Eldoh to collect them]]), even having a movie theatre built, and after he dies, his "daughter" ([[spoiler: actually the Vessel of Sloth, the Clockwork Doll, sung by Miku]]) takes over her "father"'s ambition.
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[[folder: {{Mythology}}]]
* OlderThanDirt: In EgyptianMythology, after he was murdered and dismembered by his evil brother Set, Isis searched for and reassembled the pieces of her husband Osiris's body. Technically she ''didn't'' Catch Them All, but that's a deficiency the couple just had to learn to live with. If you don't know what that means, [[spoiler: the missing part is his penis. A fish ate it.]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Stern Pinball's ''[[Pinball/TheAvengersStern The Avengers]]'' requires the player to recruit all six Avengers to reach the game's first WizardMode. Reaching the second one requires making them [[LetsYouAndHimFight fight each other.]]
* ''Pinball/{{Corvette}}'' requires the player to race and collect nine classic Chevrolet Corvettes for a chance to get an unreleased prototype test car.
* Finishing ''Pinball/DoctorWho'' requires getting all seven[[note]]at the time the game was made, anyway[[/note]] Doctors through the VideoMode.
* ''[[Pinball/DrDude Dr. Dude]]'' has you gathering the Elements of Coolness (a Magnetic Personality, the Gift of Gab, and the Heart of Rock and Roll) three times each to enable the Molecular Mixmaster and become a dude.
* In Creator/SternPinball's ''Pinball/FamilyGuy'', "Stewie Multiball" requires having Stewie get all of the members of the Griffin family.
* Most of the tasks in Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IndianaJonesStern Indiana Jones]]'' requires collecting various objects, such as Sankara stones.
* ''Pinball/JurassicPark'' requires collecting all six dinosaur species to complete the map and enable T-Rex Tri-ball.
* Two examples in ''Pinball/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Getting all the Fellowship members starts the Fellowship of the Ring Multiball.
** Collecting 5,000 souls starts Return of the King Multiball.
* Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/PlayboyStern Playboy]]'' requires collecting twenty-five Playboy rabbit logos for each of the game's twelve Playmates -- for a total of ''three hundred'' rabbits to be collected.
* ''Pinball/{{Rollergames}}'' requires collecting all six league teams to light the Extra Ball.
* A RealLife example: As the page image shows, ''Pinball/SafeCracker'' featured twenty different Magic Tokens for players to collect.
* In ''Pinball/TheSimpsonsPinballParty'', activating [[WizardMode Super Duper Mega Extreme Wizard mode]] required catching ''all'' of the Simpsons family members and the Cletus Kids -- 31 people in all.
* ''Pinball/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has you collecting the four turtles to start multiball.
* In order to get the Gold Rush in ''Pinball/WhiteWater'', you have to shoot the area three times to get three items: a flashlight, key, and map (not in that order).
* ''Pinball/WorldCupSoccer'' has the player getting the five attributes of a good soccer player to start multiball: Speed, Stamina, Spirit, Strength, and Skill.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' had this almost on a yearly basis, though, only a few instances were truly driven by marketing.
** First, the heroes gathering [[MaskPower Great Kanohi Masks]].
** Then Krana, similar to masks but alive.
** Then the heroes had to collect the Great Kanohi Nuva Masks. They also found out that the village elders have been collecting loads and loads of scary worm things called Kraata.
** Then ([[FlashBack or rather earlier]]) Great Kanoka Disks.
** Then (still in the flashback) a bunch of heroes turned mutant hunchbacks were trying to save every surviving monster in the city after an attack of GiantSpiders, while also gathering the six Makoki stones.
** And then (present), the heroes from earlier were given a big list of things to do, including collecting several ancient artifacts.
** After that, the heroes were trying to collect some magical keystones to open a big magical door.
** Also worth noting is Onu-Metru, a city that consists of a huge underground museum where a sample of everything is kept; quite obsessive folks, aren't they?
** Lately, on Bara Magna, Tahu had to collect the six pieces of the Golden Armor in order to defeat a legion of Rahkshi.
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* IntoTheWoods - the Witch requires the Baker couple to retrieve four fairy-tale related items to break a curse.
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* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', it's the coins and freed lemmings, although they're completely optional.
* ''VideoGame/AHatInTime'' is inspired by collectathon platformers for the N64 and PS1, and thus features the [[PlotCoupon Time Items]], [[NiceHat hats]], attack pins, and even more unusual things like Mafia neckties.
* The puzzle pieces in ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}''. They're optional, but if you want [[EvolvingAttack better attack]], you will be collecting these.
* ''AnimalCrossing''. Too many things to collect. Furniture... Clothes... Fish... Bugs... Fruit... Flowers... Gyroids... The list goes on forever!
* In ''AnUntitledStory'', you have to collect at least some number of [[spoiler:gold beads]] in order to open the way into the final dungeon.
* In the ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' series you must capture all of the monkeys for OneHundredPercentCompletion [[spoiler: and to reach Specter's true final boss fight]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' has a "quest" needed for HundredPercentCompletion and for achievements; namely, the collection of miniscule flags on ''every single map''.
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' has a version of this; the feathers you collect for your [Ezio's] mother.
** Also present in ''Assassin's Creed 2'' is the sidequest to upgrade [[BigFancyHouse Monteriggioni]]. The collection of all armors, weapons, buildings, etc. can be annoying, though the payoff [[MoneyForNothing can be worthwhile]].
* Both the ''BatenKaitos'' games have the Gathering, a sidequest to document ''every Magnus in the game''. Including pictures of enemies, quest magnus, and other things that can be easily LostForever. In the first game, one magnus takes ''336 hours, or two weeks in-game time'' to transform. And it does nothing in battle.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has the pearls you need to buy necessary parts for your hovercraft, but the real example is the animals: You get money for photographing them and a prize for finding them all.
* ''VideoGame/BombJack'' and its sequels are about collecting {{Cartoon Bomb}}s, for reasons that are not very clear.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' DLC "Robot Revolution" has several achievements which involve collecting sizable numbers of excruciatingly rare items that serve no other purpose whatsoever.
* [[CuteKitten Cats]] in CatPlanet! [[NoPlotNoProblem No one knows why, no one knows how, you just have to find all the cats]]!
* In ''Chack'n Pop'', Chack'n has to recover a bunch of hearts that have been stolen by Monstas and trapped inside cages. It's just that kind of game.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'': 45 playable characters, three playthroughs with no mistakes to get all of them. Have fun!
* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' needs you to go recruit town members in the initial city by doing a lot of sidequests then put them into various places. [[StableTimeLoop This somehow is the method to fix a broken future.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'':
** The player may collect various armor sets; if you get all the pieces you usually get a special bonus.
** In Act II, the hero must collect the pieces of the Horadric Staff, then combine them in the Horadric Cube.
** In Act III, the hero must collect various relics, then combine them in the Horadric Cube to open the entrance to the Durance of Hate.
* ''DragonBall Z: Attack Of The Saiyans'' of all games has this as well: you're tasked into using Tien's [[SealedEvilInACan Mafuuba/Evil Containment Wave]] on every single non-boss enemy in the game in exchange for various items. Never mind the fact that [[GameplayAndStorySegregation the reason the attack is never used on anything later in the story is because it kills off the user]], while in the game all it does is cost him a chunk of his HP which is easily gained back between turns later in the game.
* DynastyWarriors 4, of all games, has ''two'' of these. In The Symbol of the Mandate, the objective is to find the Imperial Seal. Meaning that after smashing the enemy force (maybe four minutes if you're taking it nice 'n easy), you have to break all ''ninety-nine'' empty crates scattered around the building to make the one with the Imperial Seal appear, three of which aren't even present at the start of the stage. (And of course, Sun Jian will act like it's a normal stage, meaning he'll sit on his royal butt in the corner and periodically whine about how long you're taking.) Even better, the Seal appears automatically once the timer is down to 3 minutes, meaning that if even one crate is still standing by then, you've run all over the place and worked yourself into a lather for nothing. In the Battle of Yi Ling, on the Wu side, you have to destroy all the archer towers before Zhu Ran reaches shore for the fire attack to automatically succeed, otherwise you have to escort him to the Shu camp. Since leaving even ONE tower standing results in failure, which is very bad if you're hunting down towers instead of taking out the Shu forces which are going to be on Zhu Ran like a pack of rabid wolves, it's a much better idea to forget the towers and just make as safe and simple a trek for Zhu Ran as possible. Needless to say, Koei never used the idea again.
* The main quest of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'' revolved primarily around collecting the eight pieces of the Staff of Chaos - one in each country on the continent - in order to defeat the BigBad.
* ''FossilFighters'' features this in the form of collecting fossils, which in turn are used to revive into dinosaurs known as vivosaurs.
* ''GliderPRO'': "There are 6 stars in the house. Get every star to win."
* ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom'' is a platformer/RPG hybrid in which you can draw your own characters, or use ''any'' enemy as a base, bosses included, up to and including [[spoiler:Satan]]. And, unlike [[{{Spore}} some]] [[DrawnToLife games]], the way you draw your creature has a huge impact on how it controls and what it's capable of.
** This also includes a number of [[TheCameo cameos]] that need to be found... including some VERY unlikely ones. (Flying Maiden[[note]][[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu Hakurei]][[/note]], anyone?)
* In ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'', people try to collect every single car avaiable. This counts: Duplicates, diferent versions, racing versions, cars that aren't avaiable to buy and useless cars. The only game that's impossible to do is ''2'', because your garage has a limit of ''100 cars.''
* ''GuildWars''. Hoo boy. There are 1,319 skills including 293 elite skills, 26 heroes, and 33 charmable animals to add to your Zaishen Menagerie. Aside from the elite skills, it's all just for fun and/or HundredPercentCompletion; the elite skills contribute to four maxed titles toward the thirty required (and thirty-eight available, so you don't technically [[GottaCatchThemAll Gotta Catch Them]] ''[[GottaCatchThemAll All]]'', and in fact can't) for the game's ultimate BraggingRightsReward: the God Walking Amongst Mere Mortals title.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode 2'' had the optional quest to get every single Antlion Grub. Doing so got you nothing but an achievement, [[BraggingRightsReward albeit an achievement hardly anyone has got.]]
* The Ham-Chat words in ''[[VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamsUnite Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamHeartbreak Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak]]''. The stickers for ''Rainbow Rescue'' can count as well if you're into that sort of thing.
* Good luck collecting all 53 Royal Notes in ''[[Videogame/HarmoKnight HarmoKnight]]''.
* The ''HarvestMoon'' games have a GottaCatchThemAll aspect in ''Magical Melody'' (music notes) and ''Harvest Moon DS'' (harvest sprites).
* An easter egg (Optional) in the Microsoft Space Simulator ''[[VideoGame/{{Fury 3}} Hellbender]]'' involves capturing pieces of "Bion Technology" (one hidden in each level) to form a [[DismantledMacGuffin Superweapon]] upon collecting all the pieces.
* In ''Videogame/JablessAdventure'', there's an optional sidequest to collect the 10 Hero's Fruit.
* ''[[InteractiveFiction Jigsaw]]'' has the player reassembling an ... enchanted? hyper-tech? ... jigsaw puzzle, unlocking more destinations for their [[TimeTravel time machine]] with each piece found. Then, at the end of the game, you find out you were also supposed to be [[spoiler: sketching animals]] to achieve the (only slightly different) good ending. Better [[FakeLongevity start over]]!
* In ''TheJourneymanProject III: Legacy of Time'':
** The player must collect each of the three pieces of the legacy, one from each time period / location in the game.
** Collecting the piece held by the Shangri-La monastery requires that the player unlock a staircase in a particular chamber. This involves locating each of the six Buddha statues around the monastery, giving each something it requires in order to get the object that will unlock a corresponding section of the staircase.
* ''Kakurenbo Battle Monster Tactics'' has 125 types of monsters to defeat, each with their own type of pawprint (called a Montac) and a skill to learn if the defeated monster has enough power. (Some monsters give up the same skills though.)
* ''KingdomHearts''. Hoo boy.
** The first game gives us treasure chests, [[PreciousPuppies puppies]], weapons, trinity marks, synth items, Ansem reports, Gummi blocks and blueprints…
*** Its remake, Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, has all of the above (adding more of some) and then some, most notably Gummi missions and special Heartless to be registered in the journal, each of which drops an otherwise unobtainable Synthesis item. There's one for each world, except Olympus Coliseum (a total of ten, [[labelnote:if you care…]]the Sniperwild in Traverse Town's Second District, which drops Power Stones; the Gigas Shadow in Wonderland's Bizarre Room, which drops Fury Stones; the Black Ballade in Deep Jungle's Bamboo Thicket, which drops Lightning Stones; the Pot Scorpion in Agrabah's Palace Gates, which drops Mythril Stones; the Grand Ghost in Monstro's Stomach, which drops Frost Stones; the Pink Agaricus in Atlantica's Undersea Cave (which also appears in the Treehouse in Deep Jungle), which drops Serenity Powers; the Chimera in Halloween Town's Manor Ruins, which drops Blaze Stones; the Jet Balloon on the ship's Deck in Neverland, which drops Dazzling Stones; the Stealth Soldier of Hollow Bastion, which appears in both the Entrance Hall and Grand Hall and drops Energy Stones; and the Neoshadow in the final room of End Of The World's Linked Worlds, which drops Stormy Stones.[[/labelnote]] The American release of the game puts it on PlayStation3, which means that there are trophies to collect, too.
** ''Chain Of Memories'' gives us cards, cards, and more cards.
** ''KingdomHearts II'' has limits, summons, drive forms, abilities, synth items, and still more Ansem reports. Its Final Mix version adds puzzle pieces.
** ''Days'' gives us panels, emblems, and the insights of the protagonist's fellow Nobodies.
** ''Birth By Sleep'' has commands, shotlocks, keyblades, more commands, ice cream, treasure chests, stickers, still more commands, and Xehanort reports.
** ''KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' only has keyblades, treasures, [[{{Mon}} Dream Eaters]], and commands.
* In ''KingsBounty'', in order to find the scepter that was the game's ultimate goal, one had to find the pieces of the map detailing its location. As a ShoutOut, its successor series, ''Heroes of Might & Magic'', has generally allowed you to similarly gather pieces of a map to find some special building or artifact, although it's now a SideQuest, rather than the game's central plot.
* The Great Cave Offensive game in ''KirbySuperStar'' lets you win by just running straight to the right and beating a few bosses ... but it's not a VICTORY unless you pick up the 60 treasures along the way.
* ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' - The Crystal Shards are needed for OneHundredPercentCompletion ([[spoiler: and access to the TrueFinalBoss]]); you can also collect enemy data cards if you feel like it.
* ''Koala Lumpur: Journey to the Edge''. The player has to locate four pieces of a sacred scroll, each of them concealed in a different "world" within the game. The gameplay of each world is completely unrelated to the others and except for the first one, can be played in any order as the player chooses. It sort of smacks of a committee of writers who couldn't get along and were separated for their own good.
* Every Mario RPG ever made. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has Star Pieces, ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' has Star Spirits, ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor The Thousand-Year Door]]'' has Crystal Stars, ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has Pure Hearts, ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar Sticker Star]]'' has pieces of the Sticker Comet, ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' has pieces of the Beanstar, ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime Partners in Time]]'' has pieces of the Cobalt Star and ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]]'' has Star Cures. All are crucial, although their importance varies.
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' also has Catch Cards. The game says these Catch Cards increase the damage done to an enemy (plus, they stack). However, some of these Catch Cards do nothing, and are there just for the sake of collecting them, like the Pixl cards and the cards containing the partners from the previous Paper Mario games.
* The ''MegamanBattleNetwork'' series does this. In each of the 6 games in the series, you battle with battle chips. Each game has a couple of hundred to find by either defeating enemies quickly or simply picking them up. Collecting them all usually allows you to fight a BonusBoss.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series until the fourth game also does this, with the [[EnergyBeings cyber-elf]] ''computer programs''. These little critters are collected all over the place, powered up, and used to give Zero useful bonuses. The games inhibit the latter feature, though, by lowering Zero's rank with each use.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' has this as a SelfImposedChallenge and this trope that it imposes with depends on the version of the game. Unlocking every monster requires putting in different CDs/DVDs into your console, [[GuideDangIt completing rather dodgy side quests with no other information how to get them available other than detailed online guides]], etc.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother|1}}'', you needed to collect eight melodies throughout the game (although this wasn't obvious). In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', most of the game consisted of visiting "Sanctuary" locations, and collecting... eight melodies. Finally, a big part of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' was pulling needles. The catch was, [[spoiler:your literal EvilTwin was too.]]
* Virtually all the ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' video games require Nancy to track down missing pieces -- gears, dolls, crystals, mirrors, whatever -- for some sort of mechanism. ''The Last Train To Blue Moon Canyon'' interlaces ''three'' collect-em-all subplots.
* ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' requires you to collect twenty videotapes telling the story of the world, narrated by Willie Trombone. You can watch these and get a good idea of what's going on even with several tapes missing, but collecting all twenty is important, since [[spoiler:it unlocks the final part of the movie, allowing you to get a key from Willie]].
* ''Videogame/{{Okami}}'': The plot has you collect the thirteen Zodiac Gods; you can also collect treasures, fish, and Stray Beads just for the hell of it.
* At the [[OlderThanTheNES most primitive end]] of this trope in this medium, ''{{Pac-man}}'' can be classified as a Gotta Eat Them All game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'': Olimar's ship was hit by a meteor and 30 parts were scattered throughout the planet. You have 30 days to collect at least the 25 essential parts before your life support runs out.
** ''Pikmin 2'' has Olimar and Louie collecting treasure to pay off their company's debt, this time without a time limit.
** ''Pikmin 3'' has Alph, Brittany, and Charlie collecting fruit to save their planet from starvation. While there is a time limit, it can be extended with each piece of fruit collected, for a grand total of 99 days of gameplay when all 66 fruits are found. Additionally, this game has data files that Olimar has left for future explorers scattered throughout the planet, which players sometimes have to go out of their way to collect.
* This is the main mechanic in ''VideoGame/PixelJunkEden'', besides jumping and grabbing. You collect thousands of pollen spores to grow seeds, which number from about 30-120 per level, which you use to collect Spectra, of which there are 75 total.
* The Trope Namer is a U.S. advertising slogan for ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', which features both the creatures and the Gym Badges. Nintendo and the Pokémon Company dropped the slogan around the time ''[[PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby and Sapphire]]'' came out, possibly due to there being no real (legitimate) way to ''catch'' 'em all thanks to the inability to trade between those games and the previous two sets. Recently, it's returned.
** Interestingly, the catching of the monsters themselves are just optional, given that there's a large number of creatures present in the game. The Gym Badges, meanwhile, are of the crucial variety, given that they are needed to advance the plot. And it's not just the Pokémon themselves. Throughout the series there are medals to collect, items to gather, and many other things.
** There's this Pokémon called Vivillon, a butterfly whose wing patterns vary depending on your 3DS region. There are [[http://www.serebii.net/pokedex-xy/666.shtml 18]] patterns to gather, and some are even rare because of player rarity! There's a reason why people joke about it being the 666th Pokémon!
* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy'' is a quest that involves travelling the world to collect five eggs that are segments of an ancient key. Each of the five locations has its own subplot/side-quest in which Layton and his companions must solve a mystery in order to acquire the egg.
* ''RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' had fifteen trophies; nine found in various levels, two found be collecting 40 titanium bolts and 30 skill points respectively, two found by completing every type of a certain challenge, and two found by maxing out your health and every weapon. The kicker? You had to beat the game once, then play through it again just to get everything.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', there is an achievement/trophy which requires you to get every single type of treasure in the game. This may require a guide or FAQ due to a few obscure ones: eg. from killing many enemies during a part where the game wants you to run.
* The vast majority of ''VideoGame/TheRiddleOfMasterLu'' is spent collecting the pieces of information that comprise the titular riddle. The ancient Chinese sage Lu has built the tomb of China's first emperor so that it can only be entered after interpreting a tablet he left behind, requiring knowledge of ancient scripts from three different places around the world he'd traveled to and a sort of key that shows which parts are to be read.
* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'': While the player doesn't need to do this, it's implied the gods themselves are fighting over the artefacts left behind by the ''elder'' gods. There are twelve, and one of them, a crown, can locate the others. Saradomin wears it.
* ''VideoGame/SheepDogNWolf'' is all about stealing all of Sam the Sheepdog's sheep, one by one.
* Demons in ShinMegamiTensei, and Personae in the VideoGame/{{Persona}} series. Enjoy filling the Compendium! In later games Demons and Personae's skill sets are entirely customizable allowing the player to even save their custom layouts.
** Strange Journey has this with the Exotic Material and [[spoiler: Cosmic Eggs]]
* In ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', you do this with both the [[MacGuffin Moon Crystals]] [[spoiler:(the 5 you actually can get are promptly stolen from you when TheDragon ambushes and destroys your base; you do not get them back)]] and optionally with crew members.
** Though you need to find all Discoveries and at least 90% of the game's chests in the GameCube Remake if you want the Three Secrets [[spoiler: an InfinityPlusOneSword for Vyse, another Discovery worth lots of money and a BonusBoss]].
* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' did this with [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusrAccoonus the first game]] collecting pieces of his family's how to be a great thief guide, [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second]] collecting the remains of the first games BigBad, and [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] revolved around collecting party members for a big heist at the end of the game.
* [[SonicTheHedgehog Find all the Chaos Emeralds...]]
* ''VideoGame/SpudsQuest'' has fifty trinkets hidden around the game world.
* In ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' games, at least the first 3, we must look for eggs (first and third game) and orbs (second game). Every time there's an arbitrary minimum limit of how many we must find before we can go to the next world, but finding ALL of them is optional.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/StarcraftII Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty]]'' campaign, Raynor must complete certain missions to acquire all the pieces of a Xel-Naga artifact before unlocking the final three missions of the game. The artifact is the [[spoiler: key to defeating Kerrigan.]] Other missions are optional, but a certain number must be played to unlock each of the artifact missions.
* The ''Franchise/{{Suikoden}}'' series of games does this with the [[OneHundredAndEight 108]] Stars of Destiny to get perfect endings -- party members and usually-helpful [=NPCs=] for your castle
* There was a heavy degree of Pokémon-ness in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. Finding all the cores and catching (AND evolving) all those monsters definitely caused a heavy sense of nostalgia.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', a long term sidequest has you go out and find a total of 100 cats hidden all over the world, in places ranging from normal (Like towns and fields) to downright bizarre (A volcano and an EldritchLocation in another dimension, for some examples).
* In ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'', you must find each of the four elemental talismans to unlock the wards on the Haunted Cathedral. In ''Dark Project'' this involves two quests, while in the ''Gold'' version each talisman has its own quest.
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' has gaps, areas where you have to grind, manual, or jump from point A to point B. Finding all of them nets OneHundredPercentCompletion.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tsukumogami}}'' fits the 'Important' template above. Despite the English title of the game being '99 Spirits'', there are actually a bit less than that to capture - but if you just want to get through the game and get the Normal Ending, you won't need to capture and train more than a dozen or so - a handful for solving riddles, and a handful for supporting you in combat. However, the GoldenEnding requires you to have Caught 'Em All... ([[OneHundredPercentCompletion Among other things.]])
* ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld II'' required the Avatar to collect a [[MacGuffin blackrock gem]] from each of eight different worlds.
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaIX: Ascension'' the Avatar had to collect each of eight corrupted runes of the virtues and their eight corresponding sigils in order to cleanse the eight shrines of the virtues. Eventually, he also needs to collect three additional sigils for various virtues.
* ''Unreal 2's'' Tosc-unlocking thing. You hop around all but two missions (the first and the defense one) gathering pieces of the artifact. Then it turns out that [[spoiler: it alters the most harmless sentient creatures in the game into killing machines with ''black hole guns'']], so what you just spent the entire game doing turned out to be a really bad idea.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warzone 2100}}'''s campaign practically revolves around finding new parts to upgrade your forces - lest you get stomped to bits by your enemy.
* This is the focal point of the Scientist Path of ''VideoGame/WildStar''. The Galactic Archive isn't going to fill itself!
* Many of the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' games revolve around such a quest, such as the Books of Ys in the first game, the Statues in ''Wanderers from Ys'' and ''Oath in Felghana'', the elemental {{power crystal}}s in ''V'', and the pieces of the Mirror of Zeme in ''The Ark of Napishtim'', as well as the optional Tabulas in that game.
* ''YumeNikki'' has you collecting the 24 effects.
* The ''Zelda'' series always have some of sort: 8 pieces of the Triforce, 6 medallions, 8 instruments, 3 jewels, 4 masks...the apparent only exception is ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', in which the hero has to ''put'' 6 jewels on statues, but the principle is the same...
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', you have Kinstones, which each matching pair having a different effect (unlocking secret paths, removing barriers, making special items available, etc.)
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', which has the Nintendo Gallery. You have to take pictures of pretty much every character, enemy, and boss- all 133 -in the game. Well, here's your Picto Box. Have fun!
*** [[SidetrackedByTheGoldenSaucer And it is fun!]] Too bad that the [[spoiler: Knuckle]] sculpture can be LostForever. Thankfully fixed in the HD rerelease.
** Gold Skulltulas. Technically they're a case of GottaKillThemAll, but you still have to catch the tokens. There's a whole hundred of them, and you have to revisit some dungeons with new equipment you didn't have the first time around to get them. Have fun.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' should get special credit; it's one of only three N64 games that was so detailed and complicated in gameplay that it needed the RAM Expansion Pak to play (and the only one of the three that didn't have Rareware in a dominant part of the development). In addition to Pieces of Heart, weapons, songs, wallets, fairies, hidden bosses, and various other odds and ends, the game has 24 masks to collect. Only six of them are absolutely necessary to complete the main storyline[[note]]The Deku Mask, the Goron Mask, the Zora Mask, the Garo Mask, the Captain's Hat, and the Gibdo Mask[[/note]] (though some others make it easier), but the other 18 are necessary for 100% completion. Oh, and the 24th one? Obtainable only by collecting all of the other masks.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' has the Golden Bugs and Poe Souls, in addition to the Tears of Light, Fused Shadows, and Mirror Fragments.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' has spirit gems; ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' has bunnies and force gems. They also have boat parts and train parts respectively.
** ''TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has the Silent Realms- [[NoGearLevel gearless]] [[StealthBasedMission stealth-based]] sections in which you must collect the 15 Tears in each while avoiding the Guardians. (Extra bonus: you have to leave your ExpositionFairy behind.)
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' continues the tradition. Besides the usual, there are 100 baby Maiamais that have to be found, and every ten you find lets you upgrade an item. Except when you get all 100, which upgrades your sword.
* Many BioWare games operate like this.
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' is almost entirely based off this trope. First, you need to collect the bits of fantastic creatures to cure the plague, then you need to collect the journals of the cultists to prove they are in Luskan, then after Luskan you need to collect the Words of Power, after which the final battle begins.
*** ''Shadows of Undrentide'': You begin by collecting the artifacts stolen from Drogan, arranged in such a way so that the important one is last, then you collect the Three Winds so as to get into the spire on top of the city of Undrentide.
*** ''Hordes of the Underdark'': The second chapter actually [[JustifiedTrope does this in a way that makes sense]], with your primary quest being to demolish the BigBad's power base by removing her allies.
*** This trope is much less prominent in fan-made expansions, but collecting the map parts in Tales of Arterra and the seven lessons in the beginning of A Dance With Rogues qualify.
** In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer'', hunting for clues to the cause of your curse might qualify, as does hunting for allies in the first chapter.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': You get to collect the Star Maps so that you can find Darth Malak's base of operations and power base.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' has the Jedi Masters you have to hunt down and gather at Dantooine or kill.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'': You collect bits of a coordinate, more coordinates that tell you how to use what you find when you get to the first coordinates, and somebody who can understand the whole thing. A checklist of planets, each with a beginning, middle and end, and each with their own miniature scenario which you must resolve as part of your quest to [[SaveTheWorld Save The Galaxy]].
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': This is very nearly the ''entire point'' of the game. Most of the game revolves recruiting teammates for your suicide mission (with {{DLC}}, there are 12 members in total, though you technically only need 8 to complete the game) and then gaining their loyalty so they don't die during the final mission.
* Rareware seems to be in love with this trope, managing to shoehorn ''huge'' numbers of things you need to collect into practically every game.
** To the point where it's {{lampshade}}d [[TakeThatUs hilariously]] in the beginning of ''Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts 'n Bolts''.
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** ''DonkeyKong64'' has been blamed by some as [[GenreKiller killing]] the collectathon PlatformGame genre by single-handedly making gamers completely sick of it.
*** Simply put, this is because there is a '''''ton''''' of collectables. There are 200 Golden Bananas ({{Plot Coupon}}s), 3500 regular Bananas (required to access each level's boss; there are 100 bananas for each of the five Kongs on each of the seven Levels), 35 Banana Medals (required to access a mini-game with a prize required to beat the game, obtainable only by collecting at least 75 regular Bananas), 20 Banana Fairies (which boost your carrying capacity for Crystal Coconuts and unlock [[spoiler:the secret 201st Rareware Golden Banana]] if you collect them all), 40 Blueprints (increases time limit of the final level's TimedMission and can be exchanged for Golden Bananas), 8 Boss Keys (required to open the way to the final battle), and countless Banana Coins (currency to obtain new skills, which include 3 potions per Kong and three potions for ''all'' Kongs, a weapon for each Kong and its subsequent upgrades, and a musical instrument for each Kong and its subsequent upgrades), among others. There's also the Nintendo Coin and Rareware Coin, which are vital to the game's completion and only attainable through side quests that involve beating in-game arcade games (one being the aforementioned game unlocked by the Banana Medals, and the other being hidden in [[ThatOneLevel the third level]], [[EternalEngine Frantic Factory]], which must be beaten twice to obtain it), and the Bananaportals that let you warp from place to place on each level. Now you know why it's one of the three N64 games that needs an Expansion Pak to be played.
** ''Perfect Dark'', the last and best {{FPS}} game created for the N64, also requires the Expansion Pak to be able to use all of its features. It fits under this trope due to the number of weapons to collect…and the countless easter eggs in the game.
* MANY classic InteractiveFiction games rely on this concept: learning all the spells (''Enchanter'', ''Spiritwrack''), assembling the DismantledMacGuffin or some other piece of machinery (''Starcross'', ''VideoGame/{{Stationfall}}'', ''Wonderland''), or retrieving all the treasures from a dangerous area (''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'', ''[[{{ADVENT}} Adventure]]'', ''Hollywood Hijinx'', dozens more).
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* The "plot" of ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' revolved around finding the [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20011112.html Elemental Relics]]. Unfortunately, these were the relics of the ''modern'' elements: [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20011112.html Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, and all the other elements in the periodic table]]. The progress on this quest was generally kept in the background.
* AlienDice involves scattering a number of "dice" over a planet and capturing the animals they bond to. It's supposed to be a deconstruction of the Mons genre if you couldn't guess.
* Professor Dr. of ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'' just fell to [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=398 the urge]].
* ''KeychainOfCreation'' chronicles the story of a group of heroes searching for the five Keys of Creation, powerful weapons which can open any lock or [[SealedEvilInACan unseal any can]], in order to keep them out of the wrong hands. About two hundred comics later, they still only have the one they [[FreeSamplePlotCoupon started with]].
* The main quest in ''OurLittleAdventure'' is to collect pieces of a wish granting artifact known as the 'Magicant.'
* ''WastedYouth'' has 50 Piggymon cards for you to collect, a card game with hamsters.
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* In ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'', Lady Gray is on a {{Mission From God}}s to defeat and capture the twelve demons, known as shades, who escaped into the world more than a hundred years ago.
* A double-subversion occurs in ''TheHoldersSeries''. The 538 cursed objects must ''NEVER'' be brought together, or it will result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. That doesn't stop the Seekers from trying to find them, though.
* While lists of best movies can stimulate this kind of behavior, website [[http://www.icheckmovies.com/ Icheckmovies]] (which even gives a CosmeticAward for progress in [[http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/?tags=user:icheckmovies official lists]]) turns this into an art form. Many user pages or list comments admit they're watching many movies only complete some sets - as one comment in All-Time Worldwide Box Office (every movie that passed $200 million worldwide, currently at 518) goes: "3 to go. I've slogged thru some crappy movies, but the completionist in me is willing me on."
* The aim of ''Blog/MyOpinionsOnEveryPokemonEver'' is to review every single Pokémon.
* Lab/Treasure/Land maps, Talisman pieces, collectable plushies... Petsites are ''full'' of these, and they always have a final goal, that's it, some sort of status for the users that collect these, since it's impossible to have all the pets at once.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' features a four-episode story arc concerning the quest for the Chaos Emeralds. In each episode, Dr. Robotnik uses his new time machine to travel back in history in order to acquire one of the four emeralds, invariably pursued by Sonic and Tails.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has the team founded with the intent of re-capturing 74 villains, who break out of prison in the sixth episode. However, only a handful of episodes from the first season have re-capturing an escapee as the main focus. Most of them get captured during subplots or {{Offscreen Moment Of Awesome}}s, occurring while the Avengers tackle threats that could destroy the world unless foiled.
* ''Bailey's Comets'', an obscure Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises cartoon from 1973, had ten roller derby teams in cross-country races trying to find clues to a hidden treasure.
* A ton of old ''GIJoe'' episodes involved Cobra's attempts to Catch Them All, perhaps the best-known being their collection of historical military leaders' DNA to create Serpentor. The 5-part G.I. Joe miniseries ''MASS Device'' involves the Joes in a race with COBRA to collect three rare elements from various places to power their teleportation machines. One of the rare elements is ''heavy water'' which is in pools at the bottom of the deepest ocean (obviously).
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Each season has a group of artifacts or creatures that are targeted by the good and bad guys: Talismans, Demons, Talisman Spirits, Demon Masks, and cursed objects.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' had the twelve Keys of Truth, that could return the knights home.
* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' (a RecycledTheSeries of the Disney movie ''Lilo and Stitch'') is that everyone has to find the other 625 experiments (Stitch's "Cousins") lost throughout Hawaii. [[spoiler:As of the finale movie ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', this has been completed, up to and including Leroy, who is unofficially Experiment 629]]
* The Honeybee badges of ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''. Unlike most examples, however, this is not necessary, and is a personal goal Bessie has set for herself (believing she'll become a superhero if she succeeds).
* The pieces of the [[DismantledMacGuffin Pyramid of Power]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Pandamonium}}''.
* The crew of the Wraith in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' were supposed to collect 13 treasures. The show only lasted long enough for them to get 8, in part because the eighth took the entire (truncated) second season to find.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' episode "The Beginning of Rainbowland", proto-Rainbow Brite has to find and rescue all 7 of the Color Kids in order to transform the world into Rainbow Land.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' has Scooby and the gang involved in a double-edged assignment: locate the whereabouts of the original Mystery Inc. and obtain the six pieces of the Planespheric Disc which leads to the hidden treasure of Crystal Cove.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''Chinpokomon'' mercilessly sends up the Pokemon phenomena through the medium of the kids being swept up in the craze, and the bafflement of their parents at the impenetrable non-sequeterial nature of Japanese animation.
* In the beginning of the second season of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' the All-Spark shatters into umpty-nine pieces each which affects Future-Detroit's technology as well as the giant robots in different ways. The cast has to find them. The similarity to {{Inuyasha}} didn't go unnoticed by the fans.
** Made all the more funny by the fact that [[ActorAllusion Optimus is voiced by Sesshomaru.]]
* The Shen Gong Wu from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' had those meddling kids (well, four of them: Daphne, Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy) plus [[TheMentor mentor]] [[VincentPrice Vincent Van Ghoul]] and [[EthnicScrappy the supposedly lovable young rascal]] Flim-Flam trying to recapture 13 ghosts that had escaped from "The Chest of Demons".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching Geocaches]]
* The MITMysteryHunt, probably the world's most famous PuzzleHunt, has this in the form of puzzle and meta-puzzle solutions: You need to solve puzzles in order to solve the meta-puzzle their answers are associated with, and you need to solve meta-puzzles in order to solve the meta-meta-puzzles, and so forth. However, generally speaking, these are designed such that you don't need to solve ''all'' the puzzles in a given set; it's often possible to guess at the answer to a meta-puzzle once you have some portion of its component puzzles completed. Technically, if you could find the answer without solving any of the puzzles, you could jump right into it, but that's basically impossible, so they're Semi-Important.
* The TVTropesWiki ''itself'' is a GottaCatchEmAll of tropes and archetypes from both fiction and nonfictional sources, whose success will have an [[WMG/TVTropes unknown significant meaning for the universe]]!
** [[TheOtherWiki *Ah-hem*]]. When they aren't too busy defining ''[[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability what]]'' shall be catch'd.
* The attempt to "catch" all 94 naturally occurring chemical elements. Finally achieved with plutonium in 1941. But, rather like the ''Pokémon'' creators, science now gives us the possibility that element 121 may also occur in tiny amounts in nature.
* Basically the job of a police officer. Criminals in the neighbourhood? GottaCatchThemAll!
* During the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, military personnel were provided with sets of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most-wanted_Iraqi_playing_cards playing cards]] picturing 55 "Most Wanted" Iraqi terrorists.
* Many real world scientific fields started out as someone looking at something incomprehensibly vast and trying to "catch" them all. At some point in human history, somebody, somewhere decided to document EVERY animal in existence and created zoology. Others decided to try to document every plant in existence (botany), every star in the sky (astronomy) and even document the living things too small to see (microbiology).
** And the really kicker of all that: NONE of those fields have actually succeeded in that task. New animals, plants and stars are still being discovered.
*** And you know what? No one ever will, new stars are created, new species evolved as older ones die out. If someone lives long enough, every possible carbon-based life form will be recorded. Of course then you know what comes next. Yup. Everything NOT carbon-based.
* One of the great mathematical accomplishments of the 20th century is the classification of all the finite simple groups. Fits this trope because beyond the well-behaved, predictable cyclic groups of prime order, alternating groups, and groups of Lie type there are the twenty-six so-called sporadic groups which do not readily fit into any category.
* Participants in the Human Genome Project spent years sequencing the DNA of all 46 human chromosomes. Continued efforts to actually determine the ''functions'' of ~30,000 human genes, now that we know what their code looks like, will keep geneticists Catching Them All for the forseeable future.
* Particle physics. You thought [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} getting]] [[GuideDangIt Milotic]] was tough?
--> '''randomforumgoer115:''' THIS 100% WORKS!!!!!! get 9000000000$ then press "build", dont pick any of the options, write down "huge circular tunnel". now build it wherever (i used switzerland), now buy lots and lots of dipole and quadrupole magnets, like 1300 dipole and 400 quadrupole, you need the superconducting ones or it wont work. now this is very important you need like 100 tons of LIQUID HELIUM! or itll overheat and youll [[NonstandardGameOver blow the whole thing]]. now you need to throw protons into there, the idea is to make them go fast (this is why we bought the magnets, they make them go in a circle), but usually this wont be enough, at this point youll get a suggestion to buy the linear accelerator and the synchrotron booster. now this is tricky, youll get proton beams and you need to make them run into each other, youll have to play with the magnets until it more or less works. now buy the best detection kit and use it on the tunnel, its a pretty low chance so itll usually take like 2 or 3 years but [[UrbanLegendOfZelda if youve done everything right youll get the HIGGS BOSON!!]]
* People who work on dictionaries are constantly doing this with their language, which ebbs and changes as words come into and fall out of use every year.
* To many collection hobbyists, either of the regular or [[CollectorOfTheStrange exotic]] type, this trope applies, making this particular entry of the trope a subtrope of CrackIsCheaper. These people tend to be known as Completists.
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