A character who is a species unto themself, the only survivor of some calamity that has wiped out their entire civilization. If this civilization used to be important in the power balance between civilizations that still remain, it's now considered missing.
This might mean that they're the last survivor of a particular society or secret order, but for full effect they are actually the last of an entire civilization, or even biological species.
Such a character is liable to manifest some profound Survivor Guilt, and the prospect of avenging their kind may develop into an obsession that acts as an Achilles' Heel. It will also provide an excuse for them to be substantially different (read: "better") in skill, abilities, or morality than the rest of the characters. However, the writers still need to be careful as to how they construct this Survivor Guilt: owing to Angst Dissonance, even something as traumatic as this can still degenerate into Wangst if the character seems determined not to get over it and eventually move on, or if the character's pain is written in an unconvincing fashion.
Will often manifest qualities of the Warrior Poet or the Stranger in a Strange Land.
Since this kind of loneliness is the sort of thing that could easily drive you mad, evil versions are about as common as good ones, particularly of the Nietzsche Wannabe strain. In general, being the last of one's kind is a polarizing experience: the only folks who tend to survive the death of their species are either the very best examples, or the very worst. The evil version will often carry a thematic notion that their very existence is an affront to the natural order, as they "ought" to have died with the rest of their kind, and it's rather rude of them to keep hanging on to life well past their time. Some really evil versions might even be responsible for the deaths of the rest of their race in a way (see Lobo below), as may The Atoner every once in a blue moon (see Tetrax, further below). In either case, if it was an engineered genocide, it just backfired.
Very often, at least for the heroic sort, it will eventually be revealed that There Is Another.
It is fairly uncommon for such a character to be the lead character, even if they are an important member of the regular cast. Perhaps that level of isolation is just too much for the audience to really wrap their minds around — with most characters who are cut off from their own kind, there is at least the prospect of an eventual reunion. This character lacks even that prospect. However, a common Aesop (for the heroic ones at least) they learn is that, even if their race is gone, they aren't truly alone, having people with them who still love and care for them.
Compare Fling a Light into the Future, Humanity's Wake, Uniqueness Value, and Living Relic. Genocide Backfire and Genocide from the Inside can both cause this trope. Endangered Species and Dying Race are not as extreme versions. Sometimes paired with The Aloner for truly horrifying angst. Occasionally Played for Drama or Played for Laughs with Only You Can Repopulate My Race. Occasionally the Last Of His Kind is of a previously extant Barbarian Tribe of some kind. If There Is Another, see Adam and Eve Plot. The Collector likely wants to put him in their Fantastic Nature Reserve.
If there was only ever one member of a species, see Single Specimen Species. Not to be confused with A Kind of One.
Note that the very last of any species is called an endling.
Contrast with Monster Progenitor and The Chosen Many. Compare Racial Remnant. Overlaps with Single Specimen Species. If this is taking place in an After the End setting or such, don't be surprised if The Last Man Hears a Knock.
Also, Iris in Pokemon Black and White, where she's the last member of her Dragon village.
In Samurai Deeper Kyo, protagonist Kyo is the last true Mibu, an extinct Proud Warrior Race of god-like virtually-immortal berserkers who completely wiped themselves out through in-fighting because they literally loved battle that much.
Bleach: The shinigami pogrom that decimated the quincies two centuries ago has lead to a rather complicated idea of what constitutes the Last Of His Kind in this story:
The last known practitioner is self-styled Last Quincy Uryuu Ishida. It's eventually revealed that he doesn't really know what "Last Quincy" means.
The last known master (and the official Last Quincy) is Uryuu's father, Retired Badass Ryuuken Ishida. He notably refuses to explain what "Last Quincy" actually means even though he makes it clear that it's an hereditary title that's been passed to him by his deceased father Souken Ishida.
The Vandenreich has abandoned the old ways entirely, resulting in the last known users of the old traditions being the two Ishida quincies. The Emperor wiped out all mixed-blood quincies. The last mixed-blood quincy in existence is Uryuu Ishida, who mysteriously survived The Purge. Also, the last pure-blood quincy left outside the Vandenreich (and the last quincy left outside the Vandenreich since Uryuu joined up) is Ryuuken, thus reinforcing the mystery of why the Ishida Quincies are so different to the Vandenreich.
Tsukihime has a few. Arcueid is the last True Ancestor vampire, and Shiki is the sole-surviving member of the Nanaya clan, a family of elite assassins who specialized in killing demons and demon-hybrids.
In Blood+, Lulu winds up as the last survivor of the Schiff.
The movie the anime was based on, Blood The Last Vampire, has Saya (here of a different species than her foes) as the last member of her kin.
Sasuke Uchiha is a lesser case of this. He is the last of his clan unless you count his now undead brother Itachi, who wiped out the clan, Madara, brought back to life by the same forbidden jutsu that resurrected Itachi, and Tobi, who we all know was an Uchiha, just not which. (Since he's now been revealed as Obito, we can say that the "completely" alive Uchiha are Obito and Sasuke.) However, with Madara and Obito dead after the confrontation with Kaguya, Sasuke is now the only survivor of the Uchiha clan.
Kimimaro was the last of the Kaguya Clan, serving Orochimaru until his death. Ironically for such a warlike clan, he fell not to battle wounds, but to a terminal illness.
According to Zabuza, Haku was the last survivor of his clan, after most of the families with bloodline limits in the Hidden Mist were slaughtered.
Naruto is the last known descendant of the Uzumaki Clan. Later in the series, we learn that both Nagato and Karin have Uzumaki blood in their veins as well. Through the first one is mostly dead now anyway and it's not clear if the second one even knows about her heritage.
The anime-exclusive villian Valgaav of Slayers is the final Ancient Dragon; the rest of his race was brutally slaughtered by the Golden Dragons out of fear. A young, naive Golden Dragon, Filia, initially refuses to believe this, and has a complete emotional breakdown when the truth actually sinks in...
Filia herself doesn't fall directly under this trope, but during the climax of season 3, the Golden Dragons serving one of Ciefeed's four Guardians, Vrabrazard, are mass-murdered by Srius and Eurologos, making Filia the last Golden Dragon under Vrabrazard's service.
Goku and Vegeta are the last of the Saiyan race on Dragon Ball Z. Each of them eventually had (part human) kids of their own, though Vegeta still likes to remind people of his status of 'last full-blood Saiyan'. Of course, Piccolo and Vegeta directly contributed to this state of affairs by killing Radditz and Nappa respectively, the other last two Saiyans.
And then there's Turles and Tarble from one of the movies and the new special, respectively. Turles is killed by Goku, and Tarble was apparently a weak embarrassment of a little brother to Vegeta who was sent to some backwater planet because he couldn't fight.
And Broly and Paragus, Broly later kills Paragus and since Broly is too psychotic he is eventually killed by the combined attacks of Goku and his sons. The movies are quite fond of this theme.
Barring the movies and OAV special, Future Trunks is depicted as the last person with Saiyan blood in his timeline.
Bebi from Dragonball GT is technically the last of the Tsufuru-jin, as he was created by Dr. Myuu using the DNA of their king.
Dragonball Z featured Majin Buu killing every human on Earth except Hercule, simply because he absorbed the good Buu whom Hercule was friends with.
Although not the last of his ethnic people, (the Ainu, the aboriginal people of Japan), Okuru from Samurai Champloo is the last of his particular tribe, as the rest were wiped out by a rampant disease.
Both Asagami Fujino and Fujoh Kirie are implied to be the last members of their supernaturally-empowered families in Kara no Kyoukai. Kurokiri Satsuki is the only person on Earth who can still use the Unified Language.
Not as impressive as some of the other examples here, but Sango from InuYasha is the last of her village of demon-slayers (unless you count her undead little brother). Wolf-demon Koga also had almost his entire clan wiped out. Both are determined to get revenge for their people.
More of them seem to pop up lately though, as both the Sound Stage X and the new Vivid manga have revealed a survivor (in the Sound Stage) and one of as of yet unknown origins in the manga.
They're not from the Sankt Kaiser line, but royalty from different Ancient Belkan nations. One is a descendant of the last Sankt Kaiser's best friend, and the other is an actual contemporary of them who's lived for thousands of years in stasis. Each seems to be the last of their respective royal lines, though, Einhart and Ixpellia are examples of this trope in their own right.
In One Piece, Nico Robin is the last citizen of Ohara. The people (well, the scholars) of Ohara had the ability to read Poneglyphs, large stones with the world's history inscribed on them. They are also a key to learning about the "Void Century", a 100 year period that's been stricken from the history books, which is the history inscribed onto those stones. The World Government considers this knowledge extremely dangerous and orders the island to be destroyed. Only Robin escapes and ran for 20 years, eventually finding solace in the Straw Hat pirates.
By the end of Saikano, Shuji is the last human alive, since Chise doesn't count as human anymore.
In one A.I. Love You story, the cast finds a stray puppy and immediately take a liking to him. Complications arise when they discover that the puppy isn't a dog, but rather the last Japanese Wolf cub in existence. (In Real Life Japanese Wolves have been extinct since the early 1900's.)
In Attack on Titan, Mikasa is the last of her race (Asian), as they were wiped out by the Titans. Her mother, was the last "pure" Asian-blooded woman before she was murdered, as Mikasa is mixed.
Superman is sometimes the last Kryptonian, and is the inspiration for most of the other DCU examples and quite possibly the non-DCU examples on this list. However, for much of the Pre Crisis era, Supergirl, Krypto (who, to be fair, is a dog), the bottle city of Kandor, and numerous villains from the Phantom Zone (among others) mitigated this status. John Byrne's Post-CrisisRetool attempted to make Superman Last Of His Kind again, but Silver Age nostalgia and the success of the characters means you'll still see some other Kryptonians pop up from time to time.
Actually, as of a 2008 storyline, it's Superman, Supergirl, the Phantom Zone criminals and 100,000 of their kin on New Krypton on the opposite side of Earth's orbit. This really the least Last Of His Kind he has been in his entire history.
AND Powergirl - the only surviving Kryptonian of Earth 2 so, if anything even MORE the last of her kind as she's pretty much the only one to make it out of that universe alive (that universe's Superman and Lois Lane made it out as well, but they eventually died in Infinite Crisis).
There were also some White Martians brainwashed into believing they were Green, and Miss Martian, one of the few (if not the only) White Martian who's actually nice. Then The New 52 came along, and M'Gann was erased from existance.
There's also that one other evil Green Martian. When last seen, he was a disembodied psychic essence possessing a shark. He's still around, provided any writers still remember him.
The whole "last Martian" thing is actually a pretty recent development - back in the Silver Age, he was not the last of his kind, and the only reason he couldn't return to Mars is because Martian technology had not advanced as much as human tech.
Not necessarily "on a whim": he specifically wanted to be the last Czarnian. So much so that when another living Czarnian turns up later, Vril Dox (the one person Lobo will actually listen to) knows he'll find it particularly galling to be ordered to keep her alive until she gets to someplace safe. Lobo complies and then, as soon as Dox confirms that he completed his mission, kills her.
Legion of Super-Heroes member Element Lad is the last survivor of the Trommite race, the others having been slaughtered either by pirates or genocidal superbeings, depending on which continuity you're working in.
Another Legionnaire, Blok, is the last survivor of the planet Dryad.
And, for a while, Kyle Rayner was the last Green Lantern.
And Ganthet, the one who gave him his Ring, was the last of the Guardians of the Universe. Then a group of new Guardians were brought to life. They got whittled down, one by one, until Sinestro finally killed absolutely all of them, save Ganthet and his mate Sayd. However, there are several more of their species still alive and working with the Green Lantern Corps. But they're not calling themselves the Guardians of the Universe.
Before that, Appa Alli Apsa, also known as the Old Timer, was the last of the Guardians, not because the others had died, but because they had left for another dimension. The Old Timer couldn't take it, and the others had to come back to stop him.
Kilowog, another Green Lantern, is now the last of his species. There was a Hope Spot when he was able to fit all sixteen billion life energies of his home world's inhabitants into his ring when his home world was destroyed and released them on another planet, but that planet was destroyed by Sinestro while Kilowog wasn't there to save them.
The Elders of the Universe are somewhat younger, each of them immortal due to having become a one-person Species of Hats—they REALLY ticked off Death. The one exception is the Collector, who has a daughter who gained immortality too. (So did his wife, but after a few million years, she lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality. This was, in fact, what made him realize he needed a hobby to keep from going mad, which led him to, well, collecting.)
Gamora, former sidekick and lover of Adam Warlock, and a founding member of the modern Guardians of the Galaxy, is the last of the Zen-Whoberi, who were exterminated by the Church of Universal Truth when she was a child (though since time-travel is involved, it hasn't happened yet). She never brings it up though.
The alien prankster the Impossible Man started out like this. After Galactus consumed his planet, he was the sole surviving Poppupian. Eventually, however, he started an Adam and Eve Plot of a sort by himself; out of lonliness, he used the cloning method that Poppupians use to reproduce to create the Impossible Woman to act as his companion; in turn, the two of them spawned more clones of themselves, the Impossible Kids. His species has not come close to recovering yet, of course, but it's a start.
Spider-Woman was originally supposed to be the only one of her kind ever, since she was originally a very mutated Wundagore Widow spider, genetically engineered to be sapient and humanoid in appearance (Latrodectus sapiens?), but her origin was later retconned to make her just a genetically altered human being.
It was believed for a long time that this was true for the villainous Space Phantom, a servant of Immortus whose species destroyed their home world by using Time Travel far too much. However, this was changed via a retcon, which said that there were, in fact, many surviving Phantoms, all of which worked for Immortus. (It was just hard to tell them apart, it seemed.)
James Proudstar AKA Warpath is the last living Apache of Camp Verde.
This was subverted in an early arc where a baby boy was born, meaning though Yorick is the last man, he's not the last male.
In 2000 AD's Shakara, Major Thorn is a wisecracking astronaut who is the last survivor of the Earth's descruction. He is killed on page 3 to make way for the real main character, who it's implied is the last of his own kind.
This is later stated to be the case, although it turns that There Is Another, and he was the one who destroyed their race in the first place.
Played with in the French sci-fi comic Sillage. The heroine, Nävis (no, she's not that kind of Navi), is the very last one living being of the planet she's from. Despite being the one and only human being aboard Sillage, there is very explicit hints that she's far from being the last human person in the universe.
In Nexus, Drizripool was the last of the Merk, again, not because the rest of the Merk had died, but because they had Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence. As with the Old Timer in Green Lantern, he went mad, and another Merk, GQ, had to come back to stop him.
The Star Wars Crimson Empire comic follows the last of Palpatine's imperial guard after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
Kir Kanos' status as the last of the Royal Guard excludes clones of Royal Guardsmen (due to implanted memories, at least one such clone thought he was the real deal), Guardsmen who were given the title and armor under Imperial leaders other than Palpatine, and quite naturally, that one Guardsman who defected to The Alliance.
Gilgamesh The Immortal: One of the first humans, the king of ancient Uruk, is an indestructible immortal. He survived the whole human history... and the nuclear holocaust. Earth is a radioactive planet for millions of years, not even the cockroaches survived, but Gilgamesh is still there.
The Bigger Bad (one of them anyway) of Secret Invasion was Kly'bn, the last of the Skrull Eternals. The rest were wiped out along with the mainstream Skrull population by the Deviant shapeshifting Skrulls. Kly'bn convinced the rest that, as the last Eternal unchanging member of their race, he was the embodiment of what it meant to be a Skrull. Sl'gur't the leader of the Deviants fell in love with him and together they became the rulers of the Skrull pantheon.
Thrash the Devil in Sonic the Hedgehog is the last of the Mobian-type Tasmanian Devils as all others had been genetically modified into Mobini (more animal-like)-type Devil Dogs. Because this was done by echidnas centuries ago, he decides to return the favor by banishing every last echidna into another Zone save for one: Knuckles.
In Hulk: The End, we're treated to the last beings on Earth, Bruce Banner and the Hulk. In the end, Banner suffers a fatal heart attack and Hulk escapes one last time... and just sits and waits, knowing that when he calms down for the last time, he, too, will die.
ThugBoy in Empowered is both the last survivor of the "Capeless Uprising" of San Antonio, and the last survivor of the "Witless Minions", a gang he later formed to rip off supervillains.
Rosebud the basselope from Bloom County is the last remaining basselope, a crossbreed of a basset hound and an antelope. (The others died out due to high blood pressure from clogged arteries because they were fond of Pop Tarts and ate them with too much butter.) In a later storyline, she and Hodge Podge sire a litter of young, but seeing as Hodge is a jackrabbit (which is clearly defying the laws of nature again), the young are referred to as "jack-basselopes" leaving Rosebud still the only true basselope.
As stated in Chapter 39, Rumia is the very last of Team ⑨, as Cirno, Wriggle, Mystia, and Daiyousei have all died (likely killed during the events of Gensokyo 20XX: Rise of Earth)
In the vein, an age-regressed Reimu is the last shrine maiden of Gensokyo, especially since her mother, Reiko, the preceding shrine maiden, had died in 20XXIV
On the note of Mamizou, in 20XXV, Amoridere stated that whether or not she is the last Tanuki in existence can remain speculative.
Diaries of a Madman has two examples: Navarone, the last human, and Celestia and Luna who are the last two remaining alicorns.
Lightning Dawn from My Little Unicornis an Enticorn, explaining his lack of magical ability inherent to alicorns.
Films — Animation
In Megamind both the titular villain and his nemesis, Metro Man are a case of this. Hilariously enough, they met on the way to Earth as babies, and as Megamind put it "our glorious rivalry began".
Manny the mammoth from the Ice Age series. It's merely implied in the film, where he's the only mammoth seen, but in the second film he worries greatly about being the last one. Until he meets Ellie, another mammoth who thinks she's a possum. He attempts to get her to realize her true species. At the end of the film, they discover there are more mammoths besides themselves, so neither are the last of their kind.
In Rio, Blu and Jewel are the last Spix's Macaws. They manage to have three children at the end of the movie.
The sequel averts this when more are found in the jungle, including Jewel's father.
Attempts to avoid this trope formed the plot of Pixar's now-cancelled film Newt, which was cancelled for its similarity to Rio.
Disney's Dinosaur features Baylene, the last of the brachiosaurs glimpsed in the movie's prologue. There's a reason for it: the movie is set on the Cretaceous, when the species was already extinct.
Kung Fu Panda plays this with Po, the only apparent panda in a village of rabbits, geese, and pigs. The second film shows that his kind was killed off by Lord Shen and his wolf army. Subverted in the Sequel Hook. Not only is Po's real dad alive, there are a few pandas left around in a far and unknown area.
At the end of the original animated film The Lorax, the Once-ler gives the very last truffula seed to the young person he's been telling his story to, along with the duty to grow a new forest and subvert this trope.
In the original short film 9, 9 is the last surviving stitchpunk. In the feature he's not, but the scientist who created the stitchpunks is implied to have been the last human.
Draco (no, not thatDraco) in Dragonheart is the last dragon. In a less literal example, his nemesis-turned-friend Sir Bowen is the last Knight of the Old Code.
Thanks to the sequel, this title has passed onto his son, Drake. The film also introduces Griffin, an evil dragon that is implied to have been one of Draco's contemporaries, and who is still living in the sequel on account of ensuing humanity. (This is a retcon; possibly justified in that Griffin is a Chinese dragon [with a non-Chinese name]; it's entire possible that a dragon living in the British Isles may not know about him.)
The low-budget but still enjoyable movie The Last Man, basically. Well, almost.
Jen in The Dark Crystal is under the impression that he is the last of the Gelflings until he discovers Kira. But even then, they are the only two survivors of their race.
Quorra is the last ISO after the ISO Holocaust The Great Purge in TRON: Legacy.
In Peter Jackson's King Kong, it is implied that Kong is the last giant ape on Skull Island: the most telling evidence is a shot of him entering his cave and walking past multiple skeletons of giant gorillas. This loneliness, along with the hostility of Skull Island's environment, accounts for both his ferocity and his need for company, which Ann Darrow supplies.
Furthermore, as stated in the background materials, Skull Island's entire ecosystem is dying because the island is submerging due to geological activity. According to the companion book on Skull Island, the entire island sank not long after the crew's second visit to document the area.
In the follow-up, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, it is revealed that Optimus isn't the last one; it was merely assumed he was. This revelation is made by the discovery of Sentinel Prime; Optimus' mentor and father figure, who was thought killed centuries ago, but in reality his ship, the Ark, was disabled and eventually crashed on our moon, whilst Sentinel slipped into stasis. He is reactivated for the events of the film, whereupon the more shocking revelation that he had allied himself with the Decepticons occurs, becoming the film's Big Bad via usurping command from Megatron. Optimus is left with little choice but to kill him at the end of the film, presumably leaving himself as the last Prime for certain.
The quote comes from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End where, while Jack isn't specifically the last of his kind, pirates are still a "dying breed" and by the third movie, thanks to the actions of Beckett, are bordering on extinction. Jack doesn't feel like fighting for survival, though, and thinks it might be cool to have the nickname "The Last Pirate". He changes his mind when they encounter the dead Kraken, which was the last of its kind, leading to the above quote.
The trailers for The Last Airbender movie has the narrator mention this trope by name: "He (Aang) is the Last Of His Kind, all that remains of a once powerful nation..."
While not actually portrayed in a film, the production of Schindler's List has one of these moments. Steven Spielberg approached John Williams about composing the score, but Williams conceded that there were better composers for the job. Spielberg's reply? "Anyone who is better is dead."
The docu-drama The Age of Stupid portrays Earth in the year 2055 after runaway climate change ravages the planet. The film is shown from the viewpoint of an unnamed Archivist - the last surviving human on Earth - who laments, "why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?", and plays back real documentary footage from 2008, when the film was made.
Vermithrax Pejorative in Dragon Slayer is said to be the last dragon in the world after her young offspring are killed.
This is a plot point in the movie Dogma: Bethany is the last scion of Jesus Christ and is needed to help save all of creation. When she finds this out, she doesn'ttake it well.
Similarly to the Bleach example above, The Last Samurai had Katsumoto as the last leader of the samurai class, while Tom Cruise's character is an "adopted samurai" and the only survivor of Katsumoto's army's last stand. Also, many of the samurai (including Katsumoto) had sons and grandsons who were trained as swordsmen....
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug features Beorn, a shapeshifter ("Skinchanger") who was once one of a great race. He explains that many of his kind were slaughtered by orcs, and the rest were captured for sport. He's the only one to escape, and still wears a shackle on one hand, apparently in remembrance. He doesn't like dwarves, but chooses to help them anyway because he hates the orcs that are after them far more.
In Godzilla (2014), Godzilla is described as the last of a species that lived when the Earth's surface was still being heavily bombarded by radiation, as are the MUTOs.
Lone Wolf is the last surviving Kai Lord after the Darklords massacred the rest of the order at their monastery. He would later repay the favour through the genocide of the Darklords and rebuilding the Kai Order to the point where it had five Grand Masters. Becoming the first Kai Supreme Master was just a nice bonus.
In the fourth volume of the Hive Series, we are introduced to Lucy Dexter, who, like every other HIVE initiate, insists she has no idea why she was brought to the school. Turns out she's the last surviving member of the Sinistre family, and thus the last person alive who can wield their signature Compelling Voice. However, she doesn't like to use her abilities, and only ends up taking advantage of them in emergencies. Due to her unique situation, she serves as a love interest for Otto, who related to her by being uncomfortable with his abilities as well, but unfortunately is killed just two days after their first kiss, ending the family line. However, after the events of Deadlock where we find out about clones of Otto being produced with his same abilities, but upgraded, the terrifying possibility is left open that clones were also made of Lucy, with upgraded abilities as well.
Likewise, Maglor is the last surviving of the Sons of Fëanor. His fate is unknown, but if he was still alive at the time of Galadriel's departure, then he was likely the last Noldor Elf in Middle-Earth.
In C. S. Lewis's The Magician's Nephew, Queen Jadis (who "later" becomes the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) is the last survivor of Charn - by her own doing. And she brags about it.
In William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood , E. Aster Bunnymund (a.k.a. "The Easter Bunny"), a Pooka, is the last of his species. The rest of the Pookas were wiped out in a war against Pitch Black, the Nightmare King. After his entire clan was destroyed by Pitch, he settled down on Earth and away from any human civilization.
The Ellimist as the last Ketran, depending on whether you count the Mind Hive in The Ellimist Chronicles.
There's also Quafijinivon, last of the Arn, in The Prophecy.
One might also mention several Moorcock characters, usually incarnations of the Eternal Champion, e.g., Elric, Corum, Erekose, Von Bek, all "lasts" in various ways. In the case of Elric, multiple ways.
A comedic example would be Arthur Dent and Trillian, who are the last humans (though in the movie, Earth is brought back by the Magratheans at the end; and in the books, although the Magratheans drop the project of recreating it after the mice withdraw their funding, the Earth reappears in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish). Arthur Dent also manages to partially subvert the usual version of this trope, being neither the best nor worst of humanity, but in all ways completely average and somewhat dull.
The sixth book written by Eoin Colfer, And Another Thing..., subverts the trope even further when it turns out an entire colony of humans was established on the planet Nanos
Ford Prefect's father was the last native of Betelgeuse Seven, all the others being wiped out in the Great Collapsing Hrung Disaster of Gal./Sid./Year 03758. The rest of Ford's parents were from Betelgeuse Five.
The Last Dragon is about the last elf's quest to find the last dragon, because a prophecy states that they will save the world.
Possibly Older Than Print: In at least some of the King Arthur legends, Merlin is the last of the Shape Changers (In Mallory, for instance, he never appears in the same shape twice running).
Harry Potter contains several characters who are the last of their families or family name:
Harry is the last Potter. That is, until the Distant Finale of the seventh book, where he ends up having a wife and three kids.
Sirius is (was) the last Black, although the bloodline itself remains in his cousins Andromeda Tonks' grandson, Narcissa Malfoy's son and grandson, as well as the many other wizarding families whom the Blacks married (and re-married) into. This is called "extinct in the male line" in-universe.
Voldemort, the main reason why so many families are at the last of their names, is the last descendant of Salazar Slytherin.
There are some other robots on Solaria, and Daneel created other robots to help him; but he's the last one from the era he was created.
In Frank Herbert's God Emperor of Dune, Leto Atreides II becomes the last living sandworm, after first merging with several hundred larval worms and then allowing the rest of the species to die off due to climate change. His death at the end of the novel causes a new breed of intelligent worms to arise.
In Spaceforce, Minty Mazata is the last surviving member of the Greater Noble Houses of Mixitor - almost all of the rest of her vampire-like species were wiped out in a genocidal uprising by their 'bloodservants'. Technically, this makes her by default leader of the exiled remnant of her people. It's a pity she's a murdering drug baron.
The female dragon in David Eddings' Belgariad is the first and last of her kind, since only three dragons were created and the two males killed each other in the very first mating season. As a race, known for being stupid.
Taiba is also the last of the Marags after the Tolnedrans nearly wiped out the entire race. She only existed because the Tolnedrans sold some of the few captured Marags into slavery in another (human sacrificing) country. She only survived thatbecause destiny said so.
For a good chunk of the Star Wars Expanded Universe's timeline, Luke Skywalker is the last and only Jedi. Also, by tradition and design, Palpatine is the only Master Sith Lord.
There were more of various other traditions, but it gets messy quick on what counts as a jedi or sith.
In The Thrawn Trilogy, Luke has a moment of despair when Obi-Wan's spirit contacts him to say goodbye, thinking that that's it, now he's the last one. Obi-Wan corrects him.
"Not the last of the old Jedi. The first of the new."
This happens often enough in the series - Knights of the Old Republic II has the player character, the Jedi Masters s/he is seeking out, and any companions s/he decides to train in the ways of the Force as the last of the Jedi in the entire galaxy. Jedi vs. Sith and the first Darth Bane novel has Bane deliberately engineering this by way of getting the entire rest of the current Sith Order to kill themselves with a thought bomb, leaving only him and his apprentice.
Roland Deschain of The Dark Tower series is the last gunslinger, representing a past that most people remember only from stories. The fact that he's somewhere between several hundred and several thousand years (time is a face upon the water) old helps.
Eilonwy, in Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series, is the last descendant of the royal House of Llyr. As the last Princess of Llyr, she alone is heir to a sizeable number of enchantments and magic powers, which reside in her by birth; however, because her father was a commoner, she tends to refer to herself as being only "half an enchantress." This only really becomes relevant starting from the third book in the series, when she is returned to her ancient family castle, Caer Colur; having been kidnapped as an infant, she never realized the scope of her magical heritage. Because of the events of the final book in the series, the magic inheritance is effectively wiped out of her, leaving her an ordinary girl — albeit a queen.
In Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings, Tintaglia is the last living dragon, who attempts to revive her kind by shepherding the aging serpents to their ancestral cocooning grounds. Later on, in The Tawny Man trilogy, it's revealed that the serpents were too weak to become dragons, but another, male dragon is discovered preserved in a glacier. In a weird inversion, two of the protagonists of The Liveship Traders become the first of a new generation of Elderlings: Malta and Rayn.
In Douglas Hill's Last Legionary series, Keill Randor is the last of his space-ninja-mercenary-with-principles order.
In the Dominic Flandry series, Recurring villain Aycharaych is the last survivor of his long-lived, telepathic species. But he keeps it a secret for a long time.
The protagonists of Tau Zero probably qualify after the first few chapters. They certainly do by the end of the book, what with the Universe having ended and all.
In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel First & Only, Caffren, having been thrown away from his company by a bomb, ending up with a Vitrian soldier to whom he recounted the death of Tanith and how the regiment held the only survivors, and seeing a barrage, invokes this: if no one else got away, he is the last of Tanith.
Thomas Burnett Swann's Minotaur Trilogy (which was written backwards), Eunostos is the last of the Minotaur race following the untimely death of his uncle Silver Bells. At the (chronological) end of the story he has a human girlfriend, so the possibility of half-Minotaur offspring is not ruled out. (Certainly not for want of trying, if his girlfriend's wry innuendoes are anything to go by.)
In Gav Thorpe's Warhammer 40,000 novel 13th Legion, Kage is the only member of the four thousand strong penal legion to survive to the end and the pardon. He ends up throwing away his pardon by starting a brawl; the pardon was conditionally on staying out of trouble.
Mary Shelley's The Last Man tackles the disappearance of the human race; the protagonist, as it says on the tin, ends his life as the last man on Earth.
Mau of Terry Pratchett's Nation is the Sole Survivor of a tidal wave that destroys his entire village (the eponymous Nation). Other people are still around, obviously, and eventually start to show up, but since the Nation is an island it takes a while.
In Reaper Man, Mr. Ixolite is referred to as the last banshee. Going Postal subverts this with the near-feral Mr. Grylle, indicating that Ixolite was merely the last civilized member of his species.
Jame in P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath is the only female survivor of the house of Knorth, ruling house of the Kencyr people. The only male survivors of the Knorth bloodline are Jame's brother Torisen and a cousin. The women of the Knorth were slaughtered by assassins and the men died in the war of ill-thought revenge that followed, or in the self-imposed exile afterward.
Lessa is the last full-blooded Ruathan of the Noble Ruling family's bloodline (and as far as anyone is really concerned, the last on Pern) by the time Dragonflight takes place.
Ramoth's mother was the last queen dragon on the planet, and Ramoth's egg was the last queen egg she laid before she died. (Queens are the only dragons that can lay eggs)
In Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, a human stows away on a ship to the world of the Overlords, an advanced alien race. By the time he returns, the children of Earth are evolving into a higher form of life, and all adults have died. The author hangs a lampshade on this when mentioning the last human's love of music: "He had always been a good piano player, and now he was the best in the world."
In the original Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks, Allanon was the last of the Druids. He eventually got a successor in Walker Boh, who was also the last Druid for a while, until he died and was succeeded by Grianne Ohmsford, who refounded the order of Druids, recruiting many others.
Nathan Brazil, the guardian of the Well of Souls in Jack Chalker's Well World books is rumored to be the last Markovian. This is eventually confirmed in the final series, ironically through the There Is Another plot device. Much of the confusion is due to Brazil deliberately obfuscating his origin by claiming to be everything from a mere human custodian to the last Markovian Guardian to God himself at various points within the series. In the end it's shown that his role of Guardian is entirely self-appointed; originally he was just the only Markovian smart enough to beat the system, making him sort of the 'white hat hacker" for the entire universe.
Several books after he dies, it is revealed that the Green Man was Somestha, only Nym to have survived the War of Power and the Breaking of the World.
When Rand integrated with the personality of his past self, he started thinking of himself as the last male Aes Sedai.
Al'Lan Mandragoran isn't the last Malkieri in the series, but he's the last king of that nation, born just months before it was overrun by the Trollocs. It's a nation of refugees now, the survivors scattered to half a dozen nearby countries. The Aiel call him Aan'allein, which means "One Man" or "Man Who Is an Entire People" in the Old Tongue—genetically, he's not the last Malkieri, but culturally, he is, since so many who had been born in Malkier (or whose parents had been Malkieri and fled) have adopted the customs and cultures of their new homes.
Keill Randor of Last Legionary, the last survivor of a mercenary race which is wiped out by an intergalactic warlord who fears that they might intervene in his plans for conquest.
In The Railway Series by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, there are some examples. Engines whose real-life brothers and sisters were all scrapped.
Thomas. All the other London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway E2 class engines were scrapped by the end of the 1960s.
Edward. No other Furness Railway K2 "Larger Seagull" class engines remain either.
Toby. The LNER J70 class steam trams are gone too.
Gordon is almost this, with just one real-world brother remaining: No. 4472, Flying Scotsman.
The North Western Railway itself. The only Class 3 rail system to still use primarily steam traction.
It is worth noting that Gordon is the only one who has ever really been seen to angst about this.
In Jericho Moon, a merchant who was out of town when the Hebrews annihilated his city and people seeks vengeance against the biblical Joshua.
Jimmy/Snowman believes himself to be the Last Of His Kind in Oryx and Crake, the only human left on earth among a new species of genetically engineered humanoids. This belief is blown all to hell at the end of the book and also in its companion novel, The Year of the Flood.
Zerika in the Vlad Taltos series is the only member of House Phoenix in the Dragaeran Empire. However she technically can't be the last because when the Phoenix rolls around again of the cycle, the universe will see to it another one exists to take the throne. Zerika herself was born after her parents' deaths, which was made possible to provide a Phoenix empress.
In the Swords Trilogy by Michael Moorcock, Corum Jhaelen Irsei is the last Vadhagh until he meets and proceeds to accidentally kill some. And then until some come over from another plane of existence.
In Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, Kahlan Amnell is the last Confessor, Darken Rahl having killed all the others.
In Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's The Death Gate Cycle, Alfred Montbank is the last and only living member of the Sartan race. Of course, Samah and his fellow Sartan on Chelestra popped up in the fourth book. Not to mention the countless animated Sartan corpses on Abarrach in the third book.
Averted in World War Z. During the campaign to clear the zombies from the U.S. mainland, the Army encounters hundreds, if not thousands, of survivors who all believed themselves to be the last human being alive.
In Warrior Cats, before SkyClan's rebuilding, Skywatcher is the only cat descended from the old Clan that still tried to live a life following the warrior code - in fact, he was the only cat in the area that even knew about the Clan.
In the Iron Druid Chronicles Atticus is the last of the ancient Celtic Druids who were wiped up by the invading Romans. Atticus only survived because he found new ways to use Druid magic and thus was not trapped when the Romans destroyed the Druids' sacred groves. He can train new apprentices but the training takes years and every previous attempt failed when the student was killed before completing the training.
Invoked by O'Brien in 1984: "If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man. Your kind is extinct; we are the inheritors. Do you understand that you are alone? You are outside history, you are non-existent."
In Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, the Hive Queen is the last of the Buggers, after Ender unwittingly destroys their homeworld. She is kept by the repenting Ender in a cocoon for nearly 3000 years before he finds an appropriate planet for her to settle. Unlike Ender, who experiences the 3000 years as a considerably shorter time due to relativistic travel, the Queen's mind works differently, and her thoughts are unaffected by Time Dilation, meaning she has been conscious for 3000 years as a cocoon. This changes at the end of Speaker for the Dead, when Ender finally allows the Queen to hatch on Lusitania. Technically, even after that, The Queen remains the last of her kind, as all others are merely drones with no will of their own (in essense, due to their Hive Mind, they are her extentions), until she bears other queens to send to other planets.
Interestingly, for the longest time in Bugger history, it was every Queen's goal to become this: the only Queen. Queen's would kill their daughters until she herself grew too old and one would usurp her for control of the hive mind. It wasn't until one Hive Queen stopped killing her own daughters and started cooperating with them instead that they began to put an end to wars of domination between the rival hives and actually started developing their civilization.
The epic of Beowulf has the "Lay of the Last Survivor" (lines 2247–66), a flashback to how the last remaining descendant of a forgotten people walls up the riches of his extinct race in a barrow.
In The Book of Mormon, there are two: one being Moroni, son of the eponymous Mormon of the Nephites. The other is Coriantumr of the Jaredites. Whereas Coriantumr was able to find a peaceful people to live out the rest of his days, Moroni wasn't so lucky.
The Last Herald-Mage trilogy of the Heralds of Valdemar series has Vanyel, the last of said mages after the others are killed off one by one.
In the Vows and Honor books set elsewhere in the same universe all of Clan Tale'sedrin is wiped out during a magic-assisted bandit ambush save for a teenaged girl named Tarma, who made a pledge to her goddess that made her asexual and sterile before going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge she had no plans of survivingnote (she did survive, and ended up with an oath sister that was willing to provide the use of her own womb to start repopulating the clan).
In the Great Ship universe, Mere is the only survivor of the Tilan stellar collapse; when the Tila's Binary Suns orbits decayed to the point where they collided, Mere fled the system with the combined knowledge of the race.
Poem Viimeinen dinosauri (The Last Dinosaur) by Finnish poet Aaro Hellaakoski, where he contemplates the demise of the dinosaurs and their eclipse by mammals.
In The Last Dragonlord Linden Rathan is exactly what the title says, and is relatively widely known for it. Despite the name, he isn't alone at all: he's the last of his to be born and there has not been another for six centuries, but there are still many living and no one is terribly worried about the long gap (yet — it's implied that the Dragonlords are starting to get fairly worried about it, but that they're still in the stage of 'discuss it amongst themselves, and send someone to talk to the dragons to see if they know anything').
In Raymond Z. Gallun's short story "The Eternal Wall" (1942), Ned Vince (a young man from the 20th century) drowns in an alkaline lake and his corpse petrified and buried in sediment. Ned's corpse is then resurrected by Prairie Dogscientist Loy Chuk a million years in the future. Ned Vince is probably the last homo sapiens on Earth and possibly in the Universe (since the human-descended Star Gods are probably post-human). Ned does not handle this well.
In Smallville, Clark, like his comic book counterpart, is supposedly the last of his kind. Then General Zod shows up in season five. Kara shows up in season seven. Major Zod and a whole army of kryptonians came out of nowhere in the widely criticized season eight finale.
Dylan Hunt of Andromeda is not the last of his species, but for much of the series he is at the least, the last of his civilization.
As of the end of the forth season, Dylan is revealed to be the last of his species... the last Vedran
Tyr Anasazi is the last surviving member of the Kodiak Pride, though by no means the last of his fast breeding and highly factional species. Part of the reason why he even bothered siding with Dylan for so long was to get revenge on the Drago-Kazov Pride.
Technically, after the birth of his son, Tyr is no longer the last.
Lorien, is the last of the very first species of beings to evolve in the galaxy that still remains within it. In fact, he was the first sentient being in this galaxy.
Deathwalker of the episode of the same name was the last of her unlamented kind.
Dureena Nafeel of Crusade seems at first to be the last of her kind, but there is a surviving colony. The colony is infected with the Drakh plague, and their species is more susceptible to it than humans, leaving them only a year if no cure is found. Since the series was cancelled before the end of the first season, this is one of many story arcs that will remain unresolved.
Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) has a few of these, particularly D'Anna Beirs, who becomes the last model Number Three Cylon in existence, and the Final Five, who not only prove to be the last Cylons revealed to the audience, but the last of the original Cylon race predating the modern models.
The eponymous ship itself, after the death of Pegasus at the hands of Fat!Lee.
Davros, creator of the Daleks, is the last living Kaled, although don't expect much angst from him - he turned on them in order to keep his precious creations alive (not that the Daleks were particularly grateful).
Although it didn't come up much on the show, Nyssa was the last of the Trakenites after her planet was destroyed. along with the rest of her native galaxy, and all its neighbours. Subverted in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio drama Primeval, where it turns out that at least one Trakenite colony survived the destruction of the Traken Union.
Starting with the new series, the Doctor and his TARDIS. A rare heroic example of the survivor who's responsible for his people's extinction (the rest of his species were going to destroy the universe). It later turned out that the Master was still alive, but he's since died (twice). Then "The Day of the Doctor" reveals that the other Time Lords are not dead but trapped in another universe, frozen in a moment of time. However, their attempt to return results in 900-year stand-off between the Doctor and the rest of the known universe, culminating in the Time Lords willingly closing their only means of return and giving the Doctor a new cycle of regenerations.
The new series has also shown us the last Dalek in existence too. Several times in fact, because they keep coming back, and generally in greater and greater numbers, and thus arguably somewhat reducing the impact of them being totally wiped out.
Cassandra of The End of the World is the last human being. This has interesting subtext, as it turns out that she is only the "last" of her kind by her own racist metrics.
Chantho from the episode Utopia is the last of the Malmooths.
The new series also created Jenny, a clone-daughter of the Doctor in The Doctor's Daughter. Last seen leaving for Adventure and forgotten by continuity.
In The Hungry Earth, a captured Silurian claims to be the last of her kind. The Doctor doesn't buy it.
Alaya: I'm the last of my species. The Doctor: No, you're really not. Because I'm the last of my species and I know how it sits in a heart. So don't insult me!
The Teller from Time Heist is claimed by the bank it works for to be the last of its species, which forms the basis for the special terms of its contract. There's a second one chained up and kept prisoner in the bank's most secure vault, and it works for them in exchange for the imprisoned one's safety.
Liam Kincaid from Earth: Final Conflict, whose proper name would be something more akin to Liam Sandoval-Beckett, son of Ha'gel. Whilst also a Half-Human Hybrid he's also the last of the ancient Kimera race who were killed by the Taelons eons back. He's the son of Ha'gel, probably the original Last Of His Kind in the show died just after Liam was conceived. Unlike his alien daddy, Liam was the lead character for three seasons and sadly the show didn't play up this trope much.
There's also Ra'jel, the first and last Taelon (It Makes Sense in Context). While Zo'or is briefly revived by the Atavus, he is almost immediately turned into one of them, leaving Ra'jel once again the last Taelon.
Howlyn's son Yulyn almost becomes the last of the Atavus, but he convinces Renee to save hundreds of others in stasis and return them to the original Atavus homeworld.
John Crichton of Farscape isn't by any means the last human. But, he's the sole human in that part of universe and once the wormhole to Earth was destroyed, it pretty much ended any possibility someone from Earth would be joining him.
Technically, Sebaceans are genetic offshoots of humans, but there were DNA alterations, and it happened thousands of years ago.
Garulu (a.k.a. Jiro), Basshaa (a.k.a. Ramon), and Dogga (a.k.a. Riki) from Kamen Rider Kiva are the last of the Wolfen, Merman, and Franken races, respectively. This is thanks to the Fangire, and you can bet they're none too happy about it.
In an episode of Legend of the Seeker, Richard ends up trapped in the Valley of Perdition, where he's trapped in a nightmarish vision of the future, in which the Keeper has won, and all the living humans have been killed... except Richard. As the spirit of Darken Rahl (his half-brother) points out, there's no one left to kill Richard, meaning he is left to wander the empty world for the rest of his life. Fortunately, he quickly snaps out of the vision.
Interestingly, unlike the books, Kahlan is not the last Confessor. There are several others remaining. Then, it's revealed that all the others have been killed, including Kahlan's sister Dennee and her infant son. However, Denee's spirit is later brought back in the body of a prostitute and, as far as anyone knows, she's still alive and has her Confessor powers.
Kai of Lexx is the last of the Brunnen-G. In a slight variation, he isn't actually a survivor, but a technologically reanimated corpse (he was the last one to die, so he briefly fit the bill perfectly).
He is eventually brought back to life, but only because he's about to be destroyed anyway.
His Arch-Enemy His Divine Shadow was really the essence of the last Insect to survive the Great Insect Wars.
The BBC's Merlin has Kilgharrah, the last dragon. The rest were slain by Uther and he was imprisoned through trickery. After Merlin stops him from destroying Camelot in revenge he begs Merlin not to be responsible for the extinction of dragons, as he is the last one.
Not true anymore, with the birth of Aithusa. Although given they're both male, we still have a problem.
Merlin himself is the last of his kind, the last dragonlord.
The Cat on Red Dwarf is the last known felis sapiens; the holy book of his people claims two arks of his people left Red Dwarf in search of "Fuchal" (Fiji). One ark flew straight into an asteroid; the other carried on into space. An episode was written for the seventh series that would have dealt with the Cat encountering the survivors of the remaining ark, but it was never filmed due to budgetary constraints. Effectively, then, both Lister and the Cat are the last of their species - neither knows this for sure, but both are unlikely ever to meet another survivor, even if they exist. Lister's isolation is reversed in the eighth series, however, when the crew of the Red Dwarf come Back from the Dead.
It's hard to count Lister as the last anything, being his own father and mother of two in the distant future not to mention all the alternate dimension versions of Red Dwarf they seem to bump into.
Subverted in an old Sesame Street skit where Cookie Monster claims to be the last Cookie Monster in the world - even though in later seasons he was shown having full family - just so he could buy himself cookies from the money he had been collecting for endangered species.
In one episode of Stargate Atlantis John Shepperd is thrown 40,000 years into the future. Atlantis has long since been abandoned, and the McKay hologram informs him he might very well be the last human in the galaxy.
In Stargate SG-1, the Goa'uld Nirrti, in setting a trap for the Tau'ri, killed all the inhabitants of an entire planet except for one nine year old girl named Cassandra. Cassandra was also stranded on the planet, surrounded by the dead bodies of everyone she knew and everyone she didn't for days before SG-1 found her. Needless to say, she was traumatized.
Star Trek has played with this a lot, usually with alien menaces such as the salt-sucking creature from "The Man Trap", or godlike aliens, such as Apollo.
The Horta from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Devil In The Dark" have a complicated life cycle where, every 50,000 years, most of the species dies off, leaving a single female last of her kind, laying a huge number of eggs to repopulate the species.
Several non-canonic Expanded Universe novels feature Horta characters (apparently, Federation members), including a Horta starship captain (with a specially-modified captain's chair). Yes, humans are ok with taking orders from an amorphous blob of rock.
For the first two years of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Odo had no idea whether there were any more of him, and it caused him all sorts of angst. Of course, that angst only got worse when he discovered there were lots more of him — all evil.
In Charmed, the last wizard in existence was trying to kill the Source, who just happened to be Cole. Clearly subverted. Not only was that little guy not the last wizard, he was trying to become the Source.
Played with on an episode of Seinfeld, where the issue of Kramer's sperm count is brought into focus, and when he learns his sperm count it too low, he begins to panic at the idea of him being, "The last male Kramer — we're facing extinction!" and sets out for the rest of the episode trying to improve his sperm count (switching to boxers instead of jockstraps, to no underwear at all), and to find a consenting woman he can have sex with so the Kramer name may live on for generations to come.
The Undertaker recently picked up the nickname "The Last Outlaw," and recent promos are playing up his status as one of the last remnants of the old-school era of wrestling's high-concept comic-book-style characters (Really, the only other one is his storyline half-brother Kane.)
If you want to get technical, it's really Kane who's left of that era, because 'Taker can't wrestle on an annual basis, so much so that his appearances in years have only been during the lead-up to WrestleMania and the actual pay-per-view itself.
Kevin Von Erich: He became the last of the Von Erich brothers in the early 90s, after five of the six Von Erich brothers died young.
From around 1982 to his retirement after the 1986 season, NFL kicker Mark Mosley was the last of the "straight ahead" kickers, all other kickers having adopted the more-accurate, harder-to-block soccer style kick.
From 2002 to its demolition in 2005, Busch Stadium in St. Louis was the last of the great "Cookie Cutter" stadiums - five near-identical mufti-purpose stadiums built in the late 60's. The other stadiums were (in order of demolition: Atlanta Fulton County, Three Rivers (Pittsburgh), Riverfront (Cincinnati) and Veterans' (Philadelphia).
At the time of his retirement in 1986, NFL Hall of Fame receiver Charlie Joiner was the last active player who played in the American Football League (AFL), having been a rookie with Houston in the AFL's final season (1969). In a similar later case, 6 time All-Pro kicker Sean Landeta was the last active player who had played in the United States Football League upon his last NFL game in 2006, having played for the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars from 1983-1985.
At the time of his last game in 2004, Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier was the last active player in the NHL to have played in the World Hockey Association before its merger with the NHL in 1979, having played with Cincinnati & Indianapolis as a rookie in the WHA's last season (1978-79).
Also, the Edmonton Oilers are the only one of the surviving WHA franchises still in its original city. The others are currently the Carolina Hurricanes (New England/Hartford Whalers), Colorado Avalanche (Quebec Nordiques) and Phoenix Coyotes (the original Winnipeg Jets).
Upon his last game in 1994, Basketball Hall of Fame center Moses Malone was the last active NBA player who had played in the American Basketball Association before their merger with the NBA in 1976. He had played his first professional seasons with the ABA's Utah & St. Louis franchises from 1974-1976.
In 1978, the NHL's California Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons were the last team of America's four major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) to cease operations completely (assets folded into the existing Minnesota North Stars) and were only one to do so since the early 1950s.
A sign of his unprecedented longevity in professional hockey, Gordie Howe was the last active player in the NHL who had played in the 1940s and 1950s upon his retirement in 1980 at the age of 52. He jointly was the last NHL alum of the 1950s alongside then-Hartford Whalers teammate Bobby Hull.
In terms of other decades, the last active NHL players were: Reg Noble from the 1910s (last NHL game in 1933), Dit Clapper from the 1920s (retired in 1947), Milt Schmidt from the 1930s (retired in 1955), Butch Goring from the 1960s (last NHL game in 1985), Mark Messier from the 1970s (retired after the 2004 NHL lockout), and Mark Recchi from the 1980s (retired in 2011).
NFL Hall-of-Famer Chuck Bednarik was the league's last "sixty-minute men" - those who played offense and defense for the entire game on a regular basis. Bednarik is infamously disdainful of modern players who only play the other side of the ball in emergencies or spot duty.
By the third act of the play R.U.R. (a.k.a. Rossum's Universal Robots), the only human left is Alquist who was the Clerk of the Works at the factory and was spared during the robot uprising because he "works with his hands like the robots".
In Noctis, a space exploration simulator, the player is a member of the "Felysian" stardrifter explorers. Hundreds of ships left their home planet to explore and map the galaxy, they returned after several hundred/thousand years. When they arrived, all that was there was ruins; the only thing that proves they ever existed are scattered, ruined buildings. The stardrifters left, continuing to explore and map until they die of old age, since they lacked the numbers to re-populate. It's very depressing.
Knuckles in the Sonic the Hedgehog series is the last echidna, the species previously having powerful tribes long ago. This is void in several comic series, where there's no shortage whatsoever.
Knuckles was last of his kind in the British Sonic the Comic continuity, which made him overjoyed when he met fellow Echidna Dr. Zackary. As expected he turned out to be yet another person to use Knuckles' gullibility against him, turning out to be a nutso terrorist and later joining up with Robotnik. He met another one later on, though this time he was much more suspicious (Ironic, as this one was actually good).
Recently, the Archie comics wiped out most of the echidnas. There's still a fair number of them, but they're now an endangered people and their highly advanced modern city is now long destroyed.
The party in Final Fantasy II encounters the last wyvern and brings its egg to safety, though it dies before they return. The wyvern hatchling is the true Last of Its Kind. Additionally, Ricard Highwind is the last of the Dragoons. He ultimately dies in a Heroic Sacrifice, though the Soul of Rebirth ending hints that the Dragoon legacy will live on.
In Final Fantasy IV, Rydia is the last of the Summoners. The reasons for this hinge on the main character Cecil's sheer gullibility, making this also a case of Nice Job Breaking It, Hero. However, talking to the survivors of her hometown reveal that Rydia is only the last woman.
Also, in Final Fantasy VI, Strago is the last Blue Mage, and Terra is all that remains of the Espers. After the breaking of the world Mog appears to be the last remaining moogle.
In Final Fantasy VII, Aerith is the last of the Ancients, a, well, ancient race who were nearly wiped out two thousand years ago when the Big Bad arrived, but managed to seal it in a can. This led to a rather disturbing sequence in which a rather amoral scientist attempted to breed her with Red XIII, a member of a sentient (and nearly extinct) race of canines, in an attempt to "save two endangered species". Given Hojo was also indirectly responsible for the creation (and mentally imbalanced psyche) of the Big Bad of the game, among other things, this is actually rather tame for him.
Interestingly, Aerith herself is only Half Ancient, as videos with her Ancient mother and human father in Icicle Inn show.
Word of God states that there is no "half". Ancients were distinguished by their magical native lifestyle; a club, not a species. Aerith is simply the last person to be raised as an Ancient, and died without passing it on.
Garnet and Eiko in Final Fantasy IX are the last two summoners during the events of the game.
In Final Fantasy X, Seymour kills almost the entire Ronso tribe, making Kimahri one of the last Ronso. However, there are still a few left, like the Ronso Blitzball Team. The Lighter and SofterFinal Fantasy X-2 reveals that a good amount of Ronso survived Seymour's slaughter, so they'll probably be fine.
Fang and Vanille in Final Fantasy XIII are the last two Gran Pulsian humans left in the game. The rest are either killed or turned into monsters and stones years ago. In the sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Noel Kreiss was the last living human being in the future from 700 years ago after the events of Final Fantasy XIII.
In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, it is possible to hunt monsters to extinction. If you do this, you then meet the Last One of that species, which is pink, has Ω (Omega) after its name, and is significantly tougher than the others. Earth Eater Ω is rather more of a challenge than Miniflan Ω.
Thurgo is said to be the last of the Imcando dwarves, although a second one, Ramarno is found later.
Commander Zilyana is the last of the Icyene, winged humanoids that have been compared to angels. However, Safalaan is half Icyene.
General Graardor is one of the last two Ourgs, a race known for their immense brute strength.
K'ril Tsutsaroth is thought to be the last Elder-demon.
Char is the last Auspah, a race of fire-controlling humanoids.
The unnamed Phoenix is the last of her kind when her brother Si'morgh is killed by a dragon. However, players get to hatch baby phoenixes out of hidden eggs.
K'klik is the last known Fairy dragon.
Nex is the last of a race of unbelievable power, whatever that is...
It is unclear whether the Dramen tree is the last of its kind of the only one of its kind.
The White tree, however, is truly the last of its kind.
Fyburglars tree is also likely to be the last of its kind.
Enakhra is the last female Mahjarrat, a race that could have as few as 10 individuals depending on the player's choice.
Guthix is the last of the nagari. Now they're extinct.
Bandos killed off the rest of his race.
In the strategy game Master of Orion II: Battle At Antares allows the player to recruit a captain called "Loknar, the Last Orion" and his rather badass battleship, the Avenger, if they're the first to colonize the Orion system.
This is only if you have less than 4 commanders. If all 4 slots are full, then you will instead find the Avenger with no one aboard.
In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the player can encounter a blight-infected guy with mechanical legs who claims to be the sole survivor of his race, the Dwemer (the Elder Scrolls' rather alternative interpretation of dwarves). Considering how little is known about the Dwemer so far, though, as they're really only mentioned in passing, exactly how accurate this is is debatable. He is, however, almost certainly the last of the Dwemer in Morrowind.
In Oblivion, Martin is the last of the royal Septim family, whose particular version of divine mandate means he's the only chance of stopping the daedric invasion.
And now in Skyrim, the player is the last survivor of the Dragonborn lines, bloodlines imbued by the gods with the power to fight against dragons.
In the Dawnguard DLC, the player meets the last of the Snow Elves that haven't been corrupted into Falmer.
In Star Control II, Tanaka claims to be the last of the Shofixti. He was late for the final battle, during which they caused a nova and destroyed their home planet. If you kill him, his brother Katana will show up a month later, also claiming to be the last of the Shofixti for the same reason. However if you rescue him (or his brother), you'll find out that they were both wrong, and there's 16 cryogenically preserved Shofixti Maidens in the possession of a collector of unique aliens. Collect them, and Tanaka/Katana can repopulate the entire race, so it's a Last Of His Kind of a very limited sense.
The eponymous character of the Funny Animal game T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger is the last of the Tiger clan, wiped out by the Big Bad to prevent the other animal clans converging under their natural leadership and opposing him.
Ryu from Breath of Fire III is believed to be the last living dragon, the rest having been killed in a war centuries ago. Later, it's revealed that his childhood friend Teepo was also a dragon and didn't know it. Ryu is forced to kill him shortly after their reunion, leading Ryu to truly be the last dragon. There's a village of dragons, but they've given up their powers to escape God's notice, so whether they count is uncertain.
Spire in Metroid Prime Hunters is the last of the Diamonts, and his quest in the game is to find out what happened to his species. Samus herself sort of counts, in that she's human, but was raised by the now-vanished Chozo and has Chozo blood and technology. She was also the only survivor of the Space Pirate attack on the human colony K-2L. And post-Fusion, she's the last Metroid, too.
In Disgaea 2, Adell is the only remaining human on Veldime, with all others being turned into amnesiac demons by Zenon's curse. Is there another human? Nope. In fact, there isn't even one. Adell wasn't affected by the curse because he is a pureblood demon by birth.
In Jade Empire, the protagonist is the last Spirit Monk.
Yoshimitsu from Soul Calibur, was the last of his Manji Clan in his backstory, until He brought some local ruffians and formed a new clan, called the Manjitou clan, in homage to his old clan. Technically, he was the last true Manji, so his new clan does not count. He's really a dumbed down version of Last Of His Kind, since he's not a completely different race. Being last true clansman, he is the only person who knows Manji Ninjitsu, and how to forge the weapons of his clan, so he is also an owner of Forgotten Knowledge.
Ty from the eponymous Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series of games starts off this way, as the last of, well, the Tasmanian tigers.
In Romancing SaGa, Aisha has the entire Taralian tribe up and vanish on her while she's off adventuring. Later, she learns that they just withdrew to the underground Temple of Nisa, same as their ancestors did a thousand years ago... and that said ancestors emerged once the war between the gods ended to a world drastically changed from that which they knew.
Sa Ga Frontier has a variation of this trope: Asellus is actually the first, and the world's only half-human half-mystic hybrid, and was originally human. How she came about was not by birth, but from a Mystic Lord saving her from death from being run over by a carriage with a blood transfusion. This makes her the scorn of both full-blooded humans and mystics. Depending on certain actions one makes in Asellus' story, she can either remain a half breed, become human again, or become a full mystic.
The heroine of Final Fantasy Adventure is the only member of the Mana Tribe remaining in the world, and also the only possible replacement for a seed of the Mana Tree. The Tribe is more or less extinct at the end of the game when the Tree begins to die, and its host, the heroine's mother, asks her to become the new tree.Averted in its remake, Sword of Mana, where other survivors are encountered throughout the game.
Richea Spodune is the last Quartz in Tales of Hearts. Subverted and re-subverted by two other Quartz, Creed Graphite and Flora Spodune, who have also survived but choose to touchingly die together at the end of the game.
In Gitaroo Man, U-1 is the last of the Gitaroo Men, told by his talking dog, Puma.
In Halo, the Master Chief John-117 is apparently the last of the Spartan-IIs, a group of Super Soldiers that were wiped out when the Covenant destroyed Reach, the planet where the Spartan-IIs were created. However, the Expanded Universe and Word of God reveals that at least fourteen other Spartan-IIs were still alive after the Battle of Reach.
Additionally, the Spartan-IIs were not the only super soldiers in the UNSC; there are also the Spartan-IIIs (who star in Halo: Reach), some of whom survived the war with the Covenant, and the Spartan-IVs (the stars of both Halo 4's multiplayer and "Spartan-Ops" co-campaign), who came into service after the war.
The absolutely adorable Whacka from the Paper Mario series is this, his species all but extinct from poaching. Hit him over the head, and you'll find out why—the bump falls off, and is one of the best healing items in the game (and according to the items's flavor text, is quite delicious.) Do it enough times, and you'll have killed the last Whacka, you bastard!
Anduin Lothar, in the Warcraft series, is the last descendant of the Arathi bloodline. It is this trait that allowed him to bring high elves into the Alliance of Lordaeron as a way for the elves to pay off their life-debt owed to the Arathi during the Troll Wars.
In the original timeline, Malygos the Spellweaver was the last of the Blue Dragonflight after Neltharion the Earth-Warder became Deathwing and killed all other blue dragons. However, thanks to Krasus/Korialstrasz and Nozdormu the Timeless, a number of blue eggs survived. Unfortunately, this brought Malygos out of his madness, and he began to blame mortal magic-users for all evils (not entirely unreasonable). In the end, he is slain with the help of some other dragons.
Wrathion invoked this trope by having one of the rogue adventurers kill off Deathwing and several of his siblings.
Solid Snake fits this trope since by the 4th Metal Gear Solid game, he is the only clone of Big Boss who survived the battles.
In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword, one of the main characters, Lyn is one of the last of the Lorca tribe, who were wiped out by bandits. What other survivors there were scattered after the attack rather than accept a woman (Lyn, the chieftain's daughter) as a leader.
And in Sword of Seals, Yahn is the last of the Fire Dragons living in Elibe and still has his power fully intact, due to sealing himself in the Dragon Shrine.
In Fire Emblem Awakening, Panne is the last rabbit Taguel. She isn't overly concerned about her species' survival, but she can still marry. Her future son Yarne is the last Taguel in his timeline, and unlike his mother, he is terrified of his kind going extinct. Subverted if either Panne marries a Male Avatar and becomes Female Morgan's mother (aside of having Yarne as the eldest son), or Yarne marries the Female Avatar and is ale Morgan's father: either Morgan can inherit the Taguel class, but otherwise they look much more like their human parent.
The title character of the ZX Spectrum game Xavior is scouring a HUGE underground research complex, trying to find DNA fragments so that the site's supercomputer can use them to resurrect his race.
While Suika Ibuki of Touhou is not technically the last oni she fits this trope in its application, being the only oni not in hiding or underground after some unknown event many years before the timeline of the games. Indeed the events of Immaterial and Missing Power was Suika's attempt to revert this, intending to draw her former compatriots together again by throwing an endless series of parties.
In Arc The Lad II, Elc is the last living Pyrenian. Inverted in Twilight of the spirits: Darc and Kharg are the first Human/Deimos hybrids which is ironic since intelligent monsters where created by using kids with spiritual powers like Elc.
If Awakening's Golden Ending is to be believed, the Fereldan branch of the order regains all its lost strenght and some more: it's not easy to get rid of an institution that stopped five apocalypses
In Dragon Age II, Hawke, the protagonist can end up being the last of the Hawke Family, depending on your actions.
Mortal Kombat's Reptile is believed to be the last of the Saurians; a race of reptilian humanoids who evolved from the dinosaurs. Due to the trauma of having his entire race wiped out, Reptile is caught in a delusional state of mind; obsessing over finding another remaining member of his race, or freeing his homeworld from Outworld's grasp.
It was later revealed in Mortal Kombat Trilogy that there is indeed another member of his race: the female Khameleon.
A Dance with Rogues has the two barbarian siblings Bran and Norah, who are the last survivors of their clan, following a bloody defeat by a rival clan. As such, they spend their lives hunting down the man responsible and his lackeys, as they feel their ancestors wouldn't rest otherwise. Similarly, the Princess is the last known member of the Betancuria royal line, which makes her a target for the Dhorn who currently occupy her kingdom.
In Odin Sphere, by the time the dragon Leventhan is hatched he is the Last Of His Kind since Hindel, Wagner, and Belial have all been slain. Hence his Boss Subtitle "The Last Dragon".
In Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, the new White Kin reveals that, as far as she knows, she is the last of the Draic Kin. However, her exact wording means she can't feel the Blue Kin anymore. It's not stated that he's dead. He could've simply left Arcadia. Also, the Draic Kin are specifically stated to be extraterrestrials, so it's entirely possible there are other members of this race somewhere in space.
Additionally, there's the case of Never Found the Body for the Green and the Red Kin, who fell from a skyscraper, tangled in combat.
The rachni queen on Noveria in Mass Effect is the last survivor of a genocidal Bug War. You meet her in a research facility where her offspring are being used for scientific experiments, in the hope of turning them into supersoldiers. Unfortunately they're taken too soon from their mother and go insane. Shepard can choose to free or kill her.
The Thorian, an ancient, sentient plant, appears to be another case, but there are no indications that others like it ever existed at all.
In Mass Effect 3 there is Javik, who is a Prothean who has been locked in suspended animation for fifty thousand years.
Also in Mass Effect 3, if you choose to upload the reaper code to the geth, and cannot convince the quarians to stand down, the quarian flotilla will be destroyed. This will make Tali the last quarian, if only for a few minutes.
Similiar events can happen with Legion, if you gave it to Cerberus in the second game and wipe out the geth in the same conflict. It will then be fought in the Cerberus Headquarters later on.
Also the Leviathans come very close to this, with no more than 3 being shown on screen at any time, too few to repopulate the species
Solo in the Mega Man Star Force games is the last child of the continent Mu. He's, shall we say, a trifle bitter.
In Iji, after the Komato invasion of Earth, only one Tasen out of literally millions are left in the galaxy. According to Word of God, the last Tasen's girlfriend escaped too, but they are both female, so the race is still doomed. However, if you do a Pacifist Run as of version 1.6, this trope is averted by the fact that a dozen or so Tasen side withIji and let her through their stronghold peacefully, allowing Iji to stop Iosa before she enters the stronghold and wipes them out. Provided that no more of them die, there are some males in there, and they manage to escape the genocidal Komato, the race still has a chance.
In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Impa is suggested to be one of the few living remnants of the Sheikah people, if not the last. If the player keeps this information in mind, then it isn't too much of a surprise when Sheik is revealed to be Zelda in disguise.
In the iOS game Blue Libra, you are in control of the last of the Libra-class carriers (capable of producing ships), after the Garian Empire has taken over your homeworld. Naturally, your goal is to liberate your homeworld. The sequel inverts this, where you are in control of the first of the new Libra II-class carriers with the task of attacking the Garian Empire in revenge.
Hostile Waters involves the last of the Antaeus-class adaptive cruisers, brought back to fight an old enemy. Technically, two of them were left at the bottom of the ocean after the last war in case they were needed, but one of them did not surface upon receiving the activation signal. In fact, the Antaeus is also the first of its kind as well, being the prototype of its class.
Red Dead Redemption has Undead Nightmare, which includes a mission where you kill the last Bigfoot. The cutscenes are pretty heartbreaking. However, afterward there are still randomly generated yetis in the area where they live, so perhaps the one in the cutscene only believed it was the last.
In Night Caster, the last four dragons alive serve as four of the game's boss fights. An in-game document the player can find before the first dragon fight, "The Plight of the Dragons", chronicles the dragons' gradual decline. The first dragon, Bale the Fire Dragon, explains that he and his fellow dragons allied themselves with the Night Caster because he promised to restore the dragons to their former glory. The Orb sadly tells Bale that the dragons' time has already passed, and that it is the way of things. Bale angrily declares that her way is not his way, and he attacks. None of the other dragons can be dissuaded from fighting either, so the dragons are extinct by the game's end.
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, most of the supernatural races are already on the decline as part of the overall The Magic Goes Away theme. The bestiary entry for the Ogre heavily implies that the Ogre Gabriel killed was the last one. Dragons are already extinct, and Gabriel destroys the last remnant of the race, a reanimated dragon corpse. The last two Aghartian Titans are also destroyed by Gabriel. Claudia is the Last Aghartian and Gabriel kills her thanks to mind control. Pan is also one of the last Old gods, if not the last Old god and sure enough Gabriel kills him too. By the end of the game, one of the only supernatural beings left in the world is Gabriel/Dracula himself.
In Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga, the last Dragon Knight Talana is hunted down and slain in the prologue. The dying Talana passes on her powers to the player character who is ironically a newbie Dragon Slayer, making him/her the last Dragon Knight.
In the intro to Vivid Conceptions, the entire Bantam race is massacred by insects (the Bantams being tiny) and cut down to a handful of individuals. In the ending, it turns out that all other Bantams have died already and the protagonist is the last one indeed.
In Borderlands, CL4P-TP robots, or "Claptraps", were little helper robots who mostly opened electronic gates and allowed players to upgrade their backpacks. In Borderlands 2, their manufacturer Hyperion has discontinued the product line, and has every unit they could find dismantled... except for one who escaped notice. The last Claptrap is convinced Hyperion CEO Handsome Jack is desperate to finish the job, but Jack doesn't seem to know there's a loose Claptrap running around, and probably doesn't even care.
In Twilight Heroes, you can find The Last Nostronomian in the robot hive after completing the level 10 main quest if you don't have an active sidekick. During his brief tenure as sidekick he will occasionally try to find other Nostronomians, which the game mentions is kind of depressing. After completing his sidequest, he'll open up a shop called The Last Nostronomian Store. A doubly appropriate name, since it's run by the last Nostronomian and it's the last bastion of the Nostronomian economy. One of the items he sells is a whistle that summons nearby Nostronomians, which the description notes isn't too useful these days since there's only one Nostronomian left.
According to an interview with CAVE back in 2010, there is only one copy of DoDonPachi Campaign Version left in existence, and the source code for the game has been lost. Hence, if that copy dies, that entire version of the game is Lost Forever.
The Last Federation, the player character. His species kind have it coming, though. Even he admits it.
Guilty Gear has the Japanese, of which only a few escaped the Tokyo Fireball. The only ones we know about are Anji Mito, Baiken, and May. Chipp Zanuff's late master was a fourth, but again, late master.
Munch from the Oddworld series is the last known member of the Gabbit species. His main motivation in Munch's Oddysee is trying to earn enough Moolah to buy the last batch of Gabbit eggs (which are destined to be auctioned as extremely expensive caviar) so that his species has a chance of survival.
Drake of Hurrocks Fardel is the last dragon in the world. His world is shaped and twisted by the beliefs of the people in it, so he in fact is the only survivor solely because people believe there will always be a single surviving dragon. If he dies, through some method or trick another dragon will be hatched or appear to take his place as last of their kind.
Fantastically lampshaded in the epilogue, where Red Mage starts a support group for the last members of secret groups. Red Mage and Dragoon are the only members of the support group Sects Buddies.
Red Mage is still incorrect, as we know of at least one other surviving Red Mage, named Barry. The real question is if he genuinely is unaware of the other survivors, is delusional, or if he just made up the whole story for roleplaying XP and his support group is actually a Zany Scheme. Knowing Red Mage, it could be all three simultaneously.
Also "Muffin" attempted to make herself the last Dragon by founding (then disposing of) the Dragoons in order to kill off her rivals—though this didn't work as well as she wanted, what with Bahamut and all the dragons in the revamped Chaos Shrine that the Light Warriors meet.
Koark from Order of Tales is the last Teller in the eponymous Order. This gives him knowledge of many forgotten stories, and motivation to seek the one tale that can save the Order.
Subverted twice in Poharex. Poharex thought he was the last dinosaur alive until discovering Mesociam, and the last T-Rex alive until finding out there was a whole population of them on an island in the Oticum Inland Sea.
Dirk and Roxy are the last two humans alive in their time period. They can still communicate with Jake and Jane thanks to the series' trademark weird time shenanigans.
Lothar Hex is one of the last of the Echidnas in Exterminatus Now, and he was apparently grown in a lab. Word of God confirms that they are practically extinct. It's not really a major plot point but it does explain why Yuri doesn't believe he is really an Echidna.
Sluggy Freelance the author Pete seems to enjoy this trope. Aylee is the last Xenomorph (at least in our dimension), Percy is the last wooly mammoth, Sam is the last vampire of the Lysinda sect vampires (or the first and only member of the Sam Cirkail Mamajama), Lord Grater and Princess Princess are (briefly) the last survivors of the Punyverse, Zhoas is most likely the last of her type of zombie seeing as how the only survivors were slaughtered by Oasis, and Dr Schlock is the only surviving member of a future that no longer exists who knows what the world would have been like had the Deadels won.
Uricarn: I enjoy being your bit of controlled chaos. Beats just wandering aimlessly finding cheap thrills like I was doing after exterminating the rest of my kind. ...Which was kinda stupid in retrospect. Probably should have let myself grow up a bit before making that decision...
In Girl Genius Agatha appears to be the last member of the Heterodyne family. Her uncle disappeared some time ago, her older brother was killed and we know nothing of what happened to her father.
Appa, Momo, Ran, Shao, and the Lion Turtle are also the last of their species.
Sequel SeriesThe Legend of Korra reveals that this trope is no longer the case for the Air Nomads, winged lemurs, and Sky Bison. After the events of the first series, Aang found a wild herd of Sky Bison that are a different subspecies from Appa, as they have a slightly different pattern, and a subspecies of wing lemur different from Momo's was also discovered after the Hundred Year War. Aang and Katara also had a son named Tenzin who can airbend and is Korra's Airbending teacher. Tenzin himself has three children who can bend air, but for now Tenzin is the world's only Airbending master until his oldest daughter Jinora is anointed as a Master in the Season 3 finale.
Additionally, due to the occurrence of Harmonic Convergence at the end of Season 2, several random nonbenders all across the world suddenly became Airbenders; though most of them are not descendents of the original Airbenders, Tenzin has been hard at work training volunteers into a new generation of Air Nomads.
The starring Manhattan Clan of Gargoyles, were led to believe they were last of their kind. That made the later world tour arc a heartening experience for the focus characters when they discover gargoyle clans all over, and beyond, the world.
Demona believed herself to be the last surviving gargoyle for centuries.
Maybe; when asked about her comment that she knew "every living gargoyle," Word of God says that she probably knew about the London Clan and possibly the Ishimura Clan (though probably not the Guatemalan Clan).
In the Ben 10Made-for-TV Movie, Secret of the Omnitrix, it's revealed that Tetrax (credited as Hoverboard in his previous appearance) used to work for Vilgax, the Big Bad of the series, until he wound up bringing Vilgax something that allowed him to conquer Tetrax's homeworld. After the populace refused to submit, Vilgax destroyed the planet, and Tetrax vowed never to let Vilgax claim a powerful weapon again, becoming The Atoner.
This is no longer the case, as the planet was brought back to life, along with its people in an episode of Alien Force.
In Ben 10: Alien Force, the reason the Highbreed attempted to annihilate every planet in existence is because they had reached their last generation (their beliefs of racial purity leading to sterility), and they intended for all life in the universe to perish with them. Fortunately, Ben used the Omnitrix's genetic repair feature to undo the damage (not to mention make the Highbreed into Hybrids) and they called off the attack in gratitude.
Subverted with Turanga Leela from Futurama, who knew nothing about her species and wondered if she was the last in existence. It's later revealed that her parents were mutants banished to the sewers beneath Earth's cities, and they dropped her off at an Orphanerium and passed her off as a humanoid alien.
And The MovieInto the Wild Green Yonder centers around an attempt to save the last Encyclopod from destruction at the hands of the last Dark One. The Encyclopod itself contains as part of its body recreations of every creature that has ever gone extinct.
Poor little Woody Allen-esque Wendell T Wolf from Taz-Mania is the last surviving Tasmanian wolf and is often mistaken for a silly-looking dog. He's The Woobie for sure!
Winx Club has Bloom as the princess, and lone survivor, of Domino. Strictly speaking, she's not the last of her kind, since it's revealed later in S1 that her parents are merely missing.
Played straight and subverted again in Season 4 with Roxy, the last Earth Fairy, which is no longer this after episode 17. many fans commented/complained on how Roxy's story was identical to Bloom's.
War Planets: Princess Tekla is the last survivor of Planet Tek, which is devoured by the Beast Planet in the first episode.
In the animated movie, Justice League: The New Frontier, aside from Superman obviously being the last Kryptonian (as is mostly usual), this actually happens to Wonder Woman when The Centre attacks Themyscira on it's way to America. She is the only survivor, making her the last Amazon.
And of course, J'onn Jonnz is the last Martian.
The DCAU has the standard DC examples - Superman, Martian Manhunter and Lobo. Vandal Savage spent a few thousand years as this in a Bad Future, and jumped at the chance to help Superman rewrite history.
In Superman: The Animated Series, the episode introducing Lobo also had the Preserver, an alien who collected creatures that were the last of their kind. He hired Lobo to capture Superman, the last known Kryptonian, without mentioning that he also wanted to add Lobo, the last Czarnian, to his collection as well. The Preserver even had a dodo bird from Earth on his ship. He had a Star Conqueror too.
Young Justice has Superman, but not Martian Manhunter, whose background is closer to the Silver Age version. M'gann / Ms Martian is just one of several hundred nieces and nephews.
In King of the Hill "Blood and Sauce", Bill's cousin Gilbert informs him that both of them are the only other Dauterive family members left (with half being infertile and other half being dead, imposters, or in the crazy house).note Which doesn't bode well for the family bloodline because Gilbert is gay and Bill just can't keep a stable relationship let alone get one started.
Technically, gay people can still have children (Often through artificial fertilization or whatnot), meaning that Gilbert has the potential to be a father, but only if he wants to be one.
Word of God states that Finn from Adventure Time thought he was last human in the land of Ooo. Since then, he met a girl Susan Strong, and we still don't know if she's human or not (Finn might, though). Ice King is also human (or at least he used to be, it's never definitively stated if he still is), having survived the Mushroom War and the centuries that followed it thanks to his crown's powers.
However, now that Betty has come to Ooo, Finn is no longer the only full human.
Godzilla: The Series has Godzilla Jr. as the last surviving member of his species. Unlike his father, Junior is sterile and cannot reproduce.
Not to mention is totally badass.
The Snowman on Courage the Cowardly Dog was the last of his species because the hole in the Ozone Layer caused all the others to melt. This was the main reason for all his actions, as he was terrified of his species dying with him. Courage repairs the Ozone Layer, bringing all his friends back to life.
The episode "Last of the Starmakers" features the last giant space squid. At the end her babies hatch so she is not the only one anymore.
Drawn Together: Captain Hero believes he is the only survivor of the destruction of his home planet. It turns out the planet is perfectly fine, its destruction being another of his odd fantasies; he was only sent to Earth by his parents due to his...''special'' qualities.
Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is described as a "Draconequus", which implies that there was at one time an entire species of creatures like Discord. If that's the case, then he appears to be the last one left note That being good or sad is up to you.
Predaking of Transformers Prime was intended to be the first of a new generation of Predacons bred to serve the Decepticons. However, his demonstration of sentience, in addition to his great strength, led a paranoid Megatron to terminate the project before it reached completion, leaving him only member of his revived race, and not happy about it. In "Predacons Rising" Shockwave clones two more Predacons from Predacon fossils on Cybertron, so Predaking is no longer alone.
Bob the Insecticon, while Ironhide and Metroplex worked to exterminate the Insecticon Swarm, the events Chaos probably wiped them out for good.
Optimus himself is the last of the Primes chosen by Primus. As of "Predacons Rising" Optimus sacrificed himself along with the Matrix of Leadership to revive Cybertron, meaning the Prime lineage itself has ended.
The heroes of Transformers Rescue Bots are the last active Rescue Bots squad. Even Optimus Prime is surprised when they show up.
Looney Tunes: The episode "Porky in Wackyland" note and its color remake, "Dough for the Do-Do features Porky Pig trying to catch the last Do-Do. Subverted at the end, where dozens of Do-Dos pop out.
Possibly the case with the Demon Sorcerers in Jackie Chan Adventures. There are eight of them, but Uncle suggests in "Day of the Dragon" that there were once thousands of them.
Believe it or not, an episode of The Flintstones reveals the titular family is the last of the Flintstones. With Pebbles married to Bamm Bamm, it seems that way.
One episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers features the team meeting the last of the leprechauns, not so much that they died out but because they were captured by an evil banshee. Fortunately, the rangers manage to reunite him with his lost friends.
Far, far too many extinct and critically endangered species. There's a term for the last members of a species — they're called endlings.
The last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died in 1914 a very honored, but alone, bird.
Most noteably, Lonesome George, the very last Pinta Island Tortoise. He passed away on June 24, 2012.
The last Tasmanian Tiger, Benjamin, died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936. Only a few months prior, the species had recieved protection. Benjamin died of exposure to the elements because there was a strike at the zoo and he was locked outside with no shelter during a heat wave because nobody remembered to open the door to his pen so he could get out of the sun.
Hyophorbe amaricaulis, the Loneliest Palm. This is a species of palm tree with only one known member in the world, in a garden in Mauritius.
Spix's Macaw was eventually reduced to just one animal in the wild (over 80 currently survive in captivity).
The Rabb's fringe-limbed tree frog, as of 2012, has been reduced to a single known specimen.
The opposing theory is that he is a whale that simply sings wrong, possibly due to deafness. Which, for a creature that communicates entirely through song, is just as sad.
Possibly the last baiji (Yangtze River dolphin) was tentatively identified as such from eyewitness descriptions.
Also the fate of many old noble families, many who can trace their family lines down to Dark Ages.
Ishi was the last member of the Native American Yana tribe. From 1911 to 1916, his status gave him a lot of attention from anthropologists in California.
The famous artist Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, the last descendant of the family of the Counts of Toulouse.
The last survivor of the Bo, an indigenous tribe of the Andoman-Nicobar Islands died on Feb 16th, 2010.
Truganini, the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigine, died in 1876.
Last known full-blooded Tasmanian Aboriginal. Add to this the fact that in aboriginal culture, anyone with Aboriginal blood is considered a Tasmanian Aboriginal, so there is still hope for the cullture.
After the Khmer Rouge devastated Cambodia, there was one living person who knew anything of how to perform the three thousand year old traditional dances. She happens to be an old lady trying to teach people everything she can remember in the hopes that when she goes, not all the knowledge will vanish with her. It's likely most of it has already been lost.
Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Us) are the last of the Homo genus.
The last of an entire lineage of bipedal apes who once lived in abundance across the old world. The past ten or so thousand years is the first time in the history of hominins that there has been one species. And unless we do something about it, in a few years we may be the last of the Great Apes.
Though, there are attempts to either shift the entire Homo genus to the Pan genus (where Bonobos and Chimpanzees reside), or shift the Pan genus into the Homo genus. This causes problems in taxonomy, due to how things are arranged.
Many similar cases with other species, like the Tuatara (last reptile that isn't a squamate, a turtle or a crocodillian)
The Frisco is the last of the Nighthawk chain of restaurants (and, yes, they all had separate names). Had a pretty big outpouring of support to help it survive its 2009 relocation.
Flying Scotsman. The last of Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley's famous A1/A3 express passenger steam engines. All others of the class were scrapped by 1968. Flying Scotsman was only rescued through private patronage. One fictional example exists, though: Gordon the Big Engine.
Green Arrow, too, as the last of Gresley's V2 mixed-traffic engines.
A lot of famous locomotive classes are now down to one survivor, and this is more likely the older the class. Patrick Stirling's GNR No. 1 is the last of the "Stirling Singles," and LNWR 790 "Hardwicke" is the last of FW Webb's Precedent-class engines.
Shanawdithit was the last surviving member of the Beothuk, a tribe of Native Americans from Newfoundland. She died in 1829.
During the Cultural Revolution many practitioners of ancient Chinese arts were targeted with numerous skills lost forever. One of the survivors is Yang Fuxi, who is currently the last traditional bow maker in China. He has taken three students so hopefully his skills won't disappear as well.
Squanto was a Patuxet Native American who was captured by Englishmen and sold into slavery in Europe. He was freed by Spanish priests and returned home, only to find that the rest of the Patuxet had died from European-borne disease.
For individual networks, Caesar's Challenge was the last daytime game show on NBC, while the 1990-91 version of Match Game was ABC's last. FOX never had a network daytime game show that aired on weekdays, though they aired Family Double Dare and Fun House on weekends in their early years, with Fun House being cancelled last in 1991.
General Hospital is the only surviving Soap on ABC, Days of Our Lives is the only one left on NBC. At some point, either one of those two, The Young And The Restless or The Bold and the Beautiful will be the only surviving American Soap Opera ever. Considering Soap Operas are Older than Television (Guiding Light began as a radio show) whichever one who gets that dubious title is going in the record books.
Vortexx is the last Saturday morning kids block on US network TV which broadcasts entertainment instead of only existing to meet E/I requirements. Toonzai had also fit this trope before Vortexx replaced it.
Sazae-san is now officially the last traditionally hand-animated and painted animated show in the world that is still in production, as just about all animated series are either an All-CGI Cartoon or colored digitally with software. note Most animated series that began production when hand-painting cels was still commonplace, such as Pokémon or Ed Eddn Eddy, were usually forced to switch to digital color when it became the industry standard. The last animated movie with hand-made cels was Princess Mononoke (1997), and the last serial cartoon with hand-made cels was Ed Eddn Eddy (1999), although when the latter revived and began production for its Series Finale tv movie, the animation studio was forced to color it digitally.
Hand-painted animation isn't entirely extinct, but most of it is now reserved for students in art school to hone their craft with, along with stop animation and claymation.
Hand-painted animation is hardly extinct, but still a fairly rare beast due to the time and effort and cost involved. See Redline released in 2009, or Princess And The Frog also from 2009.
Being the last speaker of a language can be like this. Here's a list, including speakers both alive and dead.
The demise of The Dandy leaves its stablemate The Beano as the last weekly humour anthology comic in the United Kingdom.
The most isolated man on earth. He lives in the Brazilian rainforest. It's thought that he's the last member of a tribe that was either massacred or wiped out by disease. Since he rejects all contact, nobody knows what tribe he belonged to, what language he speaks, or what his name is.
Many historical aircraft survive only as singular museum pieces.
Out of even relatively common Historical military aircraft, there are many that have only one or none examples of stock planes, planes near assembly line specifications, which you would think would be the most common examples. This is because the military scraped nearly everything it had and surviving aircraft of a type are often the results of obscure contracts and deals and either remained useful or put into storage when the standard line was scrapped. Examples include the fact that there is only one stock B-24, one B-29 that wasn't at some point Modified into Atomic Bomber or trainer at some point, and One PBY Catalina that wasn't an airliner.
Though sea cruising is a thriving industry, the Cunard Line's RMS Queen Mary 2 is the only ocean liner in the world still in operation and the only sailing vessel still providing regular transatlantic passenger service between New York and Southampton.
Complete/Absolute orphans are a very special last of kind. They're the last of their bloodline, usually it's when two only children have an only child and then die, leaving the kid with no uncles, no aunts, no cousins, no siblings, no parents, and no grandparents.
The House of Hohenstaufen, a clan of powerful, talented German nobles which produced seven kings and emperors of Germany between 1138 and 1254, was hunted to extinction by their arch-enemies, popes Urban IV and Clement IV, and the papacy's ally, Charles of Anjou. Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich II was in constant conflict with the papacy, and his sons and descendants paid the price. His favorite, but illegitimate, son, Enzo of Sardinia, was captured by his family's enemies the Guelphs (a faction sympathetic to the Pope) in 1249 and imprisoned for decades until his death. Friedrich II's only legitimate son, the last Hohenstaufen emperor Konrad IV, died under mysterious circumstances in 1254. In 1266, his half-brother Manfred was killed in battle by Charles of Anjou, who'd been promised Manfred's kingdom (Sicily) by the pope. Charles also captured and imprisoned all of Manfred's children. Two years later, Manfred's nephew (Konrad IV's son) sixteen-year-old Konradin attempted to seize his family's domains in Italy from Charles of Anjou. He was captured and publically executed. A few months later, Konradin's bastard half-brother, Corradino, was also captured and murdered by Charles of Anjou, finally extinguishing the Hohenstaufen in the male line.
Oksana Chusovitina is the last Soviet-trained (as opposed to Russian) gymnast still competing. She made her Olympic debut in 1992 with the Unified Team, and currently competes for Germany. The Soviet Union produced 90% of the greatest gymnasts in the history of the sport, including Larisa Latynina, Olga Korbut, Ludmilla Tourischeva, Elena Mukhina, Elena Davydova, Natalia Shaposhnikova, Elena Shushunova, Natalia Yurchenko, Nellie Kim, Svetlana Boguinskaya, and many others, but Soviet gymnastics died with Tatiana Gutsu's 1992 all-around victory.