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->'''Illyria:''' I've nowhere to go. My kingdom is long dead. Long dead. There's so much I don't understand. I've become overwhelmed. I'm unsure of my place.
->'''Wesley:''' Your place is with the rest of your people: Dead and turned to ash.
->'''Illyria:''' Perhaps... but I exist here. I must learn to walk in this world.
-->-- ''Series/{{Angel}}''

Cities, countries, even civilizations rise and fall through the ocean of time, becoming [[TheTimeOfMyths myths]] in the millennia that follow. All their [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair triumphs]] and failures becoming little more than gravel and sand beneath our feet. There is one bright spot to this though, in the form of a surviving Living Relic. Somehow, a human, computer AI, robot, or immortal homunculus has managed to survive the destruction of their home and lived to tell the tale.

Though their existence can be due to a fluke of fate, they may represent an attempt to FlingALightIntoTheFuture as a warning, [[BenevolentPrecursors guide]], or defiant marker of their existence. All well and good, except the Living Relic is probably feeling like a FishOutOfTemporalWater at the least, and has likely been suffering a case of SurvivorsGuilt. Which can get gruesome if they've been [[TheAloner alone]], awake and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] the [[TimeAbyss whole time]]. Quite a few Living Relics are insane because of this and become an OutsideContextProblem, though a few may [[BoredWithInsanity become sane from the boredom]].

Their role in a story is likely that of [[MrExposition giving exposition]] to heroes who are anywhere between months to thousands of years LateToTheTragedy. After they finish expositing, they might ask to be killed. Or join the adventuring party. Really, it's a toss up.

Rarely, the living relic has managed to join and live among normal human civilization (or [[HumanitysWake an alien equivalent]]) and tries to live on, sometimes successfully hiding their origins. Despite the emphasis on immortal survivors of ancient civilizations, the Living Relic isn't always ancient or {{immortal|ity}}. A derelict in space might have the RobotBuddy shut down and get started up again by the heroes thousands of years later, or a HumanPopsicle can be woken up from a [[Literature/SleepingBeauty sleep inducing spindle.]] Sometimes, they might just be the [[LastOfHisKind last descendant]] of a group of survivors.

SubTrope to TimeAbyss. See also EndOfAnAge and {{Gotterdammerung}} for two frequent causes. Compare LivingMemory.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard himself is a living relic who more often than not seemlessly references his age in dialog. And in many abridged series pulls it off while still acting like a kid playing with toys.
%%* The {{Hologram}} of Queen Serenity in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* [[spoiler:Hohenheim]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Miyu in ''Anime/MaiOtome''. She mostly keeps memories of the past to herself, though.
* Viral in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' was supposed to be this and carry a tale of victory forever after being granted immortality by Lordgenome, but victory for the beastmen there was not, presumably he becomes a Living Relic.
* Karla from ''Anime/RecordOfLodossWar'' is this. She hails from Kastuul, an ancient kingdom of sorcery which is implied to have once been the capital of Lodoss itself. A powerful sorceress in her own right, she survived the destruction of the magic city by infusing a mystic circlet with her soul, retaining all her memories and powers as the circlet possesses the bodies of numerous hosts over the subsequent 500 years.
* ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' reveals in the penultimate scene that this was Unit 01's true purpose: since humans can't exist anywhere but [[PhysicalGod Evas]] can, [[SealedGoodInACan Yui]] reached the logical conclusion of uploading her soul into [[SuperPrototype Unit 01]] and become an everlasting monument. That she was used to fight Angels in the meantime is just a perk.
* Coo from ''Anime/SummerDaysWithCoo'' is a {{Kappa}} who spent 200 years as a fossil underground before being revived in modern day Japan. He believes himself to be the LastOfHisKind, and that all other Kappas were killed off the way his father was. [[spoiler: By the end of the film, it's not clear if he's right about being the only Kappa left, but he plans to continue his search for them.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' exists man-eating demons called youma, who are hunted by warriornesses. And they are hybrids of youma and humans. These warriornesses are in the constant danger of losing control of their powers, and become a Awakened Being, a monstrous and much stronger kind of youma. In the first generation of half-youma warriors, most warriors were male. But the male warriors had the tendency to be awakened quickly, so that the organization created only female warriors. Thus, all the male Awakened Beings are living relics, because they come from the first generation of warriors, and the organization does not create any more male warriors.
** This is only true for the anime. The manga shows that the organization kidnaps ordinary men and makes them to hybrids, because they are quickly awakened and thus a good secret weapon. This Awakened Beings are usually much weaker than those who were warriors before.
*** Although, at least the male Awakened Beings, who were actually once warriors, still play this trope.
* ''Anime/InuYashaTheMovieFireOnTheMysticIsland'' shows six [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon children]] from the legendary Horai Island. This island is mentioned in ancient myths and legends, and was a home for humans and benevolent [[{{Youkai}} demons]], who lived together in peace and harmony, and had many half-demons as children. The island had existed for hundreds or even thousands of years until four particularly powerful and evil demons conquered them and killed almost all their inhabitants. But the six children can be rescued by Inuyasha and his friends, and then live in a secret place on the mainland.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the noncanonical ''The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk: The End'' Bruce Banner/The Hulk is the last sentient being on earth. [[spoiler: Then Bruce dies of a heart attack while transforming, and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Hulk is finally left... alone]] ]]
* The Vision in the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel line. Created millions of years ago by an alien race that saw [[PlanetEater Gah Lak Tus]] coming for them, [[GenderFlip she]] was sent out at first as just a time capsule to record the stories of Gah Lak Tus' billions of victims. [[HumansAreSpecial After stopping on Earth]], though, her mission changed to telling other people how to fight Gah Lak Tus.
* In addition, DependingOnTheWriter, {{Superman}} in some storylines.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': He was frozen just before the end of World War II and was revived. As the years unfold and ComicbookTime has to be applied, he seems like more and more of a relic. At first, he was revived in 1962, less than twenty years after the war ended. Since roughly ten years have supposedly passed, the unofficial {{retcon}} is that he was revived in TheNineties, which would mean he was frozen for about sixty years. The ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of Cap was revived in the 2000's, which would be even more jarring for someone frozen during the war.
* ComicBook/VandalSavage, an immortal caveman.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'':
** Steve, as usual, qualifies as this -- like Ultimate Cap and MCU Cap, he woke up in the 21st century. Bucky, arguably, also qualifies.
** On a far grander scale, Selene qualifies too, dating back over 17,000 years to the Atlantean Empire.
** The sequel reveals that Doctor Strange was actually [[spoiler: Taliesin]] and is most probably the last survivor of [[spoiler: Camelot]], which fell 1500 years ago. He's still bitter about it. The only reason it's 'probably' is because there are persistent hints that his teacher, [[spoiler: Merlin]], is still around. It's taken up several notches, however, when you take into account his grand scale time travelling, and centuries spent living in other eras. At one point, he discusses his presence at the very beginning of Asgard and involvement in the War for the Dawn, noting that by that point, he was already ''thousands'' of years old.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/DivineJealousyAndTheVoiceOfReason'', Discord's Voice of Reason (aka [[spoiler: G1 Wind Whistler]] was born over 6000 years ago. She's seen Pony civilization rise and fall and rise and fall and rise again, and is the last survivor of the original Ponies of Paradise Estate.
* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''FanFic/DominusMundiTheKingOfKings'', it has been stated that the Eternal Queen is the last truly "living" remnant of the Atlantean Empire. However, she also predates its fall by millennia, and it isn't known how exactly she managed to escape death at the hands of [[GodEmperor Cloteias III]], the Divine Sovereign of Atlantis.


* Aughra in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' is the only surviving witness to the breaking of the Crystal and the creation of the Mystics/Uru and Skeksis. This is stated more explicitly in the novelization than the film.
* Leeloo in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' is a "living weapon" whose existence is integral to averting TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Despite an ability to absorb historical data and languages instantly, she's been in a sarcophagus for 5,000 years and thus has NoSocialSkills.
* This was done in ''Film/TheFountain'', where a man who obtains some sort of immortality is the last man in existence and floats about in space all alone.
* The elves in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy.'' They were dying out as a long-forgotten race, prompting Prince Nuada to try to destroy humanity once and for all.
* "Old Man" in ''Film/LogansRun'' is a rare example of a Living Relic who is neither immortal nor was alive in the time before civilization collapsed. He's the son of some of the last humans to live and love naturally.
* The VR librarian in the 2002 ''[[Film/TheTimeMachine2002 The Time Machine]]''.
* As mentioned above the [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger film]] [[Film/CaptainAmerica1990 versions]] of Captain America were frozen during the second world war and revived several decades later. For the 90's movie version, it was about sixty years. For the recent film version, it was seventy... ouch.
* In ''Film/TheManFromEarth'', John has lived for 14,000 years. He has long since learned to keep moving and adapting to the changing cultures, keeping his lifespan a secret, but he carries memories that stretch back before human civilization
* [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] in ''Film/StarTrek''. Due to a special set of circumstances, he arrived from an alternate timeline and possesses unique knowledge of future events and technology. And he can't go back to the world he knew.
* A case can be made for Franchise/{{Godzilla}} himself, along with Rodan, Anguirus and a number of other Kaiju, as many were alive during prehistoric times, left in suspended animation through means unknown, and then heavily altered by radiation in many cases. Rodan is a straight example of this minus the radioactive mutation. Godzilla is both a living relic and a man made monster due to his mutation via the H-Bomb. If one considers King Ghidorah to have been around for a good few millennia, as hinted in his first appearance, he counts as well.

* The golems in Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, especially Anghammarad in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' and the Umnian golems in the sequel, ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. Anghammarad is 19,000 years old and is from a civilization that collapsed because he failed to deliver a vital message of warning. He plans to wait until the universe restarts and the same thing happens again (golems believe time is cyclical) so that he can be there and get it right the next time.
* Invoked in the ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|ExpandedUniverse}}'' novel ''The Last Dodo''. The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Museum of the Last Ones]] is a museum devoted to maintaining the very last specimen of every species in the universe before it goes extinct, keeping them alive in stasis so that technically, the species still exists. Then the [[LastofHisKind Doctor]] arrives. [[OhCrap Do the math]].
* ''Literature/TheWarGods'':
** Wencit of Rum is this, having seen the Fall of Kontovar, and the only one with any appreciable book learning from the time period. He may or may not be a god in disguise.
** The elves, being immortal, are probably this as well, but they appear to have a species-wide case of PTSD, and they've basically refused to talk to anyone since Kontovar fell.
* In another Creator/DavidWeber series, ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'', Nimue/Merlin and [[BenevolentAI Owl]] are the last of their kind, the "kind" being high-tech, sci-fi humans and [=AIs=] respectively. Merlin's goal is to bring humanity back to the space era.
* Belgarath and most of the other surviving Disciples of Aldur in ''Literature/TheBelgariad.'' The only ones other than the Gods who were personally present at the Cracking of the World.
** Even more so Althalus in Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus. A similar backstory to Belgarath (young vagabond/thief taken in by a god and trained in magic for centuries), but where Belgarath is often involved with the world and seems to be more in touch with society than most of those living in it, Althalus was totally isolated and large parts of the later stages of the book involve him coming to grips with all the changes. It doesn't help that where the world of the Belgariad is in MedievalStasis, Althalus' world has advanced from late bronze age to late medieval or even early UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance while he's been out of it.
* Peot, the Tar-Aiym Guardian from the Creator/AlanDeanFoster novel ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Bloodhype]]'', was assigned by his race to the lonely task of guarding all civilization against [[EldritchAbomination the Vom]], only to witness his people wiping themselves out in a cataclysmic interstellar war. Five hundred thousand years later, he awakens to find himself the LastOfHisKind and facing a twilight struggle against the very same Vom. It's no wonder that, after the battle is finally won, he elects to commit suicide.
* Human soldiers who survive their tours in ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' become this. Time dilation resulting from near lightspeed travel means that after just a handful of years fighting the Taurans, they return home to find that in the real-time centuries that have passed the culture that birthed them has collapsed and made way for a new and completely alien one.
* [[QuirkyMinibossSquad The Forsaken]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series can qualify as this, as they were [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away from the world for 3,000 years]]. While they do use their archaic knowledge to bring back some long-lost magic, most of the time they just pine for the old days when things were so much more convenient. Also, the Green Man is the last of the Nym; artificial sentient constructs that helped plants grow before the Breaking of the World. He'd be more than happy to talk about the old days, [[TheFogOfAges if his memory wasn't so full of holes]].
* Creator/HRiderHaggard's ''Literature/{{She}}'': Ayesha spends most of her time doing this to the main characters.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian has a knack for often running into this trope, as does his ''Literature/SolomonKane''.
* Any High Elf still in Middle-Earth in the Third Age of Creator/JRRTolkien's legendarium fits this trope, but the prize has to go to Galadriel, who has lost her home multiple times by ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and used the power of her Ring to make Lothlórien itself a LivingRelic, since as the ages pass on TheMagicGoesAway, and in the end even she has to leave. However, the oldest Elf to be still living in Middle-Earth is actually Círdan, who is implied to have been one of the Elves that awoke at the beginning of time, and intends to stay in Middle-Earth making ships until the last Elf leaves.
* Daetrin Haal of ''Literature/TheMadnessSeason'' is one of these, as he is the only person old enough to remember what Earth was like before the Tyr invaded and subjugated humankind. His parents were also such, as they witnessed the fall of European civilization into the Dark Ages.
* The ''Literature/DarkReflectionsTrilogy'' has a few characters who [[Really700YearsOld remember the civilization of ancient Egypt]], but the most prominent example may be [[spoiler: The Flowing Queen herself]], who lived in the age when gods walked the Earth. She was stated to be much older than any form of life in the sea, making her also a TimeAbyss.
* Antrax, the titular BigBad of the second book of ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', is [[spoiler:a [[AIIsACrapshoot sentient]] [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] left over from the technological age that preceded the Shannara [[TheVerse 'verse]].]]
* Center (aka Sector Command and Control Unit [=AZ12=] - b14 - c000 Mk. XIV), a supercomputer left over from an interstellar human civilization's collapse known as the Fall. It waited a thousand years before it was willing to take the chance of recruiting a human representative to act on its behalf, as the likelihood of success for previous attempts would have been very low. A recurring character in ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series by Creator/DavidDrake.
* In George R. Stewart's AfterTheEnd novel ''Literature/EarthAbides'', protagonist Isherwood Williams is one of the few people to survive a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt global pandemic]] that kills off almost all humans. By the end of the book, he has outlived all of the other survivors and lives among their descendants, who are nomadic hunter-gatherers much like the pre-Columbian American Indians. He is the last living human to remember the [[TheBeforeTimes technological civilization]] destroyed by the plague, and for that reason, the final section of the book is titled "The Last American."
* In Creator/JackChalker's ''[[Literature/WellWorld Midnight at the Well of Souls]]'', space freighter captain Nathan Brazil has undergone so many [[LongevityTreatment rejuvenations]] that he [[TheFogOfAges can no longer remember]] exactly how old he is, and one of his passengers suspects that he may be the oldest living human. The truth is far more startling. [[spoiler: He is actually the last living member of the Markovian race -- the {{Precursors}} who created the current universe after running out of things to do in the original one.]]
** ...maybe. Later books give theories ranging from [[spoiler: he's not a real Markovian but an avatar of the Well World computer itself, to the idea he ''predates'' the Markovians and is, in fact, God.]]
* Norna-Gest of the Old Norse "Literature/TaleOfNornaGest" is a centuries-old immortal and the last remaining survivor of the ''fornaldar'' or age of heroes.
* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy, the Starwife reveals that she is the last of the black squirrels. They were known as the wisest and noblest of all the squirrel races, but were long ago separated by war and envy.
-->"I have searched and searched but all traces of the black squirrels are gone. I think I am the last - our line shall end with me, and the dynasty of the Starwives also. I fear the silver acorn will not be worn by any when I have passed on."
* In ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', the artificial intelligence Aivas is the last remaining relic of Pern's colonial history. After helping the people of Pern end the threat of Thread forever, it commits suicide so they won't become dependent on it.
* The German pulp hero Sun Koh. Sun Koh was a Prince of the lost continent of Atlantis who had mysteriously fallen from the sky over London in 1932 with no memory of his past. He had been sent because a new ice age was coming and his mission was to facilitate the re-emergence of the lost Continent and a re-establishment of Atlantean (that is ARYAN) dominance over the world.
* Inys, the last [[spoiler:dragon]] in ''Literature/TheDaggerAndTheCoin''. He is very upset to wake up to realize that he is the last of his kind and that thousands of years have passed while he slumbered.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' Super Edition ''Firestar's Quest'', Firestar and Sandstorm are on a mission to rebuild [=SkyClan=], which left the forest and subsequently split up years ago. They find Sky, the only remaining [=SkyClan=] descendant who has any knowledge of the Clan. His grandmother was born into the Clan, and he was named after the lost Clan and taught its traditions, and still tries to cling to them, despite younger area cats believing him crazy. He is able to teach them about [=SkyClan=]'s life in the gorge.
* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'' set in the [=28th=] century, John Armstrong Brannigan is a relic from the past. Born at the turn of the millennium, he was one of the first men on Mars. He has survived the centuries through [[HumanPopsicle cryosleep]], TimeDilation, and [[CyborgHelmsman extensive cybernetic augmentation]]. His starship still contains relics from his youth, including [[FutureImperfect a forgotten]] old NASA helmet. The only character that even approaches him in age is Nevil Clavain, born two hundred years later.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Ruk the android was the lone sentient survivor of his long-dead race when Dr. Corby crash-lands on his planet in the ep. "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
** Apollo in "Who Mourns for Adonais?" is the last of the Greek gods.
** The three "Gamesters of Triskelion" are the only remnants of their kind.
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' a backup copy of The Doctor becomes this to the two species of a planet centuries after Voyager intervened in their history. The crew stopped a "civil war" between both species, and his backup fell onto the planet, where he was reactivated and started contradicting their incomplete and revisionist vision of the incident which painted Voyager and him as monsters.
* Most everyone in ''Series/RedDwarf''. Lister being the HumanPopsicle, and Cat - the last member of a surviving population, sort of...
** Some of Rimmer and Lister's personal possessions from "Marooned" (The Complete Works of Shakespeare, hand-carved wooden models of Napoleon and his army, etc.) may count as well. [[spoiler: Most of Rimmer's get thrown into the fire by the end of the episode.]]
* Millennia past, Illyria from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was a Demonic GodEmperor whose essence was sealed into a casket after her death. Now funneled into a frail human form, she's always [[PunyEarthlings a bit baffled]] when people don't worship her. As a classicist, she tends to talk in platitudes about Literature/TheArtOfWar.
* Lorien in ''Series/BabylonFive''. He was the first living being to achieve sentience in the universe along with his race and was born immortal in a time before the universe invented things like life-cycles. All of his kind had died out or went beyond the rim of galaxy in the billions of intervening years. The one thing stopping him from being an EldritchAbomination is that he also happens to be the kindest person you will ever meet.
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' (from 2005 onwards, anyway), the last Time Lord (except when The Master makes his semi annual return from eternal death) with one massive case of SurvivorsGuilt. Understandable, as he was the one to push the metaphorical button that ended the time war and destroyed Gallifrey.
** Madame Vastra is a Silurian, a species of humanoid reptiles who inhabited Earth about 65 million years ago, but were forced into hibernation. Vastra was awakened by construction work in Victorian London, where she presently lives, working as a detective.
* In ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' the Rangers themselves are living relics. There are also a few episodes revolving around a pair of living dinosaur eggs that the heroes have to preserve.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' there is the half-demon Whistler. He is even something special among the half-demons, because his non-demonic parent was not a human, but a kind of angel. He was also born in the [[TheTimeOfMyths Primordium Age]], and was already thousands of years old at the time of the action.
** This also applies to four particularly old vampires.
*** The Master, who was perhaps the oldest known vampire.
*** Kakistos, a vampire from ancient Greece.
*** San Sui, a vampire from ancient China.
*** And the Prince of Lies.
** In the seventh season of the series, there is an ancient breed of vampires, named Turok-Han. They were probably the first vampires that were created, and play with this trope.
* In the series ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' always prehistoric animals come into modernity. Each of them is a living relic, at least for the time when it is in the modern age.
** This, of course, is not the case for animals which coming from the future, such as the bat-like future predators.

* [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish legend]] has it that Oisín, the son of Fionn mac Cumhaill, was spirited away to Otherworld by a fairy princess and returned to Ireland after what he thought were three years, but in reality were three hundred years. Meanwhile, Ireland had become Christian, and Oisín ended up spending the rest of his life in St. Patrick's house. Oisín had a hard time fitting in with the modern times, particularly with Christian thinking and customs, and the endless arguments between Patrick and the crabby old Oisín were a popular subject for medieval Irish poets and storytellers. Many Irish mythological tales use Oisín's life with St. Patrick as a FramingDevice, by letting Oisín relate events of his past to Patrick. In an alternate version of the same legend, Oisin shared his fate with another hero of the Fenian Cycle, Caílte mac Rónáin.

[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'' casts the player characters, the Arisen, as this, the last living link (or rather, unliving link) to the Nameless Empire.
** Similarly, in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness, the original mummies (pre-''TabletopGame/MummyTheResurrection'') are relics of Pharaonic Egypt.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. Late in the game, Shepherd encounters Vigil, a Prothean VI(dumb AI) that was tasked with control of the Conduit. It was the last voice of the Protheans and had waited 50,000 years to give one final warning.
** The Rachni Queen encountered during the first game also counts. She remembers the fall of her race and was their last hope for survival. Her drones have been severed from her and driven insane; she remains the last hope of the Rachni, and you get to choose between letting her live (the Paragon option), and killing her to end her species for good (Renegade). As usual for this series, the Renegade option has no real gain, depriving you of an ally in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the "From Ashes" DLC lets you thaw out Javik, the last surviving member of the Prothean race, as a party member.
*** The "Leviathan" DLC has you encounter the [[SpaceWhale Leviathans]] enormous creatures who are ''millions'' of years old and are responsible for the creation of the being that created Harbinger, the first Reaper.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' there's a single remaining member of the Dwemer race living in the basement of a 4000 year old wizard. Sadly, he can't explain what happened to the other Dwemer when they all vanished thousands of years ago.
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' [=DLC=] ''Dawnguard'', [[spoiler:you can meet the last two Snow Elves who avoided the fate that befell the rest of their race. Unfortunately, one of them has become a vampire, and controls those of his race who ''did'' suffer the aforementioned horrible fate.]]
* In ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean Blue World'', you can find 3 extinct creatures, including one distinctively called "Living Fossil", but most notably, a plesiosaur.
* The Weapons Master in ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}: Spyro's Adventure'' is one of these; the last Arkeyan, according to one of the story scrolls. (The second game, however, backtracks on this, establishing that the Arkeyans were MechanicalLifeforms, meaning various {{Magitek}} robots in both games aren't just Arkeyan creations but full Arkeyans themselves.)
* [[spoiler:Elh and Béluga]] are the last two Paladins in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}''. Their home was destroyed 300 years ago, and while they seem to fit in fairly well with present-day people (no mentions of ancient clothes or YeOldeButcheredEnglish, though [[spoiler:Elh]] is capable of reading a little of the old runes when needed), they are definitely a little emotionally distant due to seeing so many generations grow up, grow old, and die while they remained unchanged. [[spoiler:Baion]] also counts, as he woke up from [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] 350 years ago. While it's never stated how old he was ''before'' he was frozen, he was clearly frozen for a long time, as he's from before [[spoiler:the Juno wiped out humanity and set the {{Floating Continent}}s in the sky to give the new Caninu and Felineko a place to live while the surface of the Earth recovered from the human wars.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series has several characters that serve as living remnants of pre-nuclear war America. Besides a number of pre-war [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ghouls]], prominent examples include President Eden, Mr. House, [=ZAX=] and [=SKYNET=], the Think Tank, and Professor Calvert, all of whom are either sentient computers or [[BrainInAJar Brains in a Jar]] of one sort or another.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC ''Mothership Zeta'' has various {{human popsicle}}s captured by the aliens over the centuries, including an Anchorage Reclamation medic, a WildWest cowboy and a samurai from FeudalJapan.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' The Protagonist, as one of the only survivors of Vault 111 by way of HumanPopsicle, is a living relic, even lampshaded by Piper.
* In ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', Mercedes is a living, breathing elf. Not even the fairies have seen one, and his knowledge of the past is a treasure to any historian who meets him.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'': [[spoiler:The great dragon Nolalothcaragascint (usually shortened to Nolaloth) was bribed by Illefarn to destroy the [[BigBad King of Shadows]]. The King struck him down after a great battle. Illefarn transmuted his heart into crystal and bound his soul to it. Nolaloth has since been consulted by people seeking to defeat the King once and for all, first the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Githyanki]], then Ammon Jerro, and finally the [[PlayerCharacter Knight-Captain]]. It is the KC that Nolaloth finally asks to kill him by destroying his heart, a task complicated by the fact that the valley left by the mountain-sized dragon's crash is now populated by a pair of young black dragons.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has Dusk of Oolacile. You meet Dusk by rescuing her while she's trapped inside a giant crystal golem, which she must have been in for several hundred years. Her nation, Oolacile, is long gone, having once been located in the LostWoods you find Dusk in.
* The Oracle of ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI'' is the last remaining sapient intelligence to remember the days before the Silence, and most importantly how the Silence happened, that lives on the planet Enroth on a permanent basis. It's only this on a ''planetary'' scale, however -- the Ancients who built it are too busy to get in touch, but they ''are'' still around, just unavailable.
* Doga and Unei in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are living clones of the original Doga and Unei that existed many centuries ago. Like their original counterparts, Doga and Unei are living beings of the ancient Allgan Empire and have knowledge of its history and they have the ability to open the entrance to the Sycrus Tower.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' has a couple:
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Corypheus]]]] is a powerful magister of ancient Tevinter [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan turned darkspawn]]]]. [[{{Understatement}} He's a little disappointed by]] [[VestigialEmpire how things turned out for his countrymen.]]
** Both Abelas and the rest of sentinels, as well as [[spoiler:party member Solas]] are [[spoiler:elves from before the fall of Arlathan. The former are guardians of the Temple of Mythal, and the latter is [[GodWasMyCopilot the elven trickster god Fen'harel.]] [[SleptThroughTheApocalypse After waking from their millennia long naps]], both are pretty peeved with how inaccurately modern elves depict their ancient counterparts.]]
* Sola vi Ryuvia from ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' was a warrior princess of the Holy Ryuvian Empire who was supposed to sacrifice her life to win a battle two thousand years before the present day. Somehow it didn’t take. When she’s found and brought out of stasis, she learns that [[VestigialEmpire the empire she nearly died to protect has long since crumbled]] and no one even remembers her or the battles she fought in, let alone whether they were important in the long run.

* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', Rina became one after being rescued from the trap Derek put her in.
* Vog and his village from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' are the last survivors of their species and culture, and the creators of carbosilicate amorphs. Each surviving individual is orders of magnitude older than the human species.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Xyber 9 from ''WesternAnimation/Xyber9NewDawn.''
* The Scarecrow and the Heart of Tarkon from ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' were sentient weapons crafted for a long-forgotten war. Once the Scarecrow wakes up, he looks for a way back to Tarkon to continue the feud. This trope also factored into "Ghost Station" where the titular KillSat and its remorseful AI are the only things up from an alien civilization that presumably blew itself to bits.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has two for the price of one: [[KidHero Aang]] is the last Airbender, and his [[CoolPet sky bison]] Appa is the last of his species, who were the original Airbenders. Aang's even referred to as a "Living relic" by Professor Zei in "The Library".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E.", Numbuh 19th Century is the last surviving KND operative to have been at the Alamode, not to mention the fact that he is in all likelihood the only person from the 1800s to still be alive ''and'' physically a child, to boot. This is because he was [[HumanPopsicle frozen in time]] and thawed out in the present day.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the two princesses, Celestia and Luna. They're both well over 1000 years old and [[PhysicalGod physical goddesses to boot]]. Celestia at least fits in quite well, while poor Luna is the FishOutOfTemporalWater. Having been sealed away for a good millennium, she still thinks '''[[FloweryElizabethanEnglish BELLOWING AT THE PONIES IN YE OLDE ENGLISH]]''' is the norm during her DayInTheLimeLight episode.
* Phillip J. Fry, one of the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is called a living fossil during a newscast. Ironically, after a few episodes, he adapts to and fits into future society better than some contemporaries. His ex-girlfriend who gets thawed out in a later episode fits the trope better, as she mostly screams in panic at anything unfamiliar.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': "Gold Stars" heavily implies that [[spoiler:The Lich]] is the only surviving member of a group of monsters that predated ''non''existence.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The term "Living Fossil" is used to describe species that are ancient lineages that haven't changed much over millions of years and have survived a few extinction events. Usually they also have no close living relatives.
** ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba Ginkgo biloba,]]'' the plant, is the one remaining species of its entire phylum after multiple worldwide extinctions - a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relict relict.]] It has no living relatives. The only stands of it in the "wild" are speculated to have been cultivated by Chinese monks, rather than surviving on their own. The tree is popular enough that many cultivars exist and are planted in cities and gardens all over the world (although mostly male trees are used for this purpose. Female trees produce fruit-like seeds that are used in Chinese food and medicine but smell bad to most people.) and they are surprisingly durable: They tolerate pollution, confined soil spaces and aren't really attacked by insects that much. They can even survive a nuclear blast, as six trees in Hiroshima can attest.
** The coelacanth, a species of fish, is sometimes called a "living fossil" because the species dates back to before the time of the dinosaurs and has undergone very few changes. Sadly, due to WhatMeasureIsANonCute and the fact that little is known about it, it's a highly endangered species. It is however considered very important scientifically since its closest relatives happened to be the pioneers that gave rise to all land vertebrae, including human beings.
** The Tuatara is a reptile that superficially resembles a lizard, but it belongs to its own order. Currently it's only found on a few islands off the coast of New Zealand. They take a very long time to mature: 10 to 20 years before they reach maturity, but have lifespans that rival tortoises.
** Triops are small crustaceans that have survived for as long as 400 million years. Much of their body structure today is similar to their ancestral fossils. Their secret of having survived for so long is being able to lay many eggs that are able to [[SealedBadassInACan lay dormant for years until conditions are right for them to hatch.]]
** Several species of sharks have existed virtually unchanged for tens of millions of years, which makes sense considering the environments they live in generally don't change that much.
** This may surprise you, but the cutest animal in the world, The Red Panda, is also considered a living fossil.
* Species that are "functionally extinct," such as the poor Baiji, or Yangtze river dolphin. Their population has sunk so low, and sometimes so hard to find, that they cannot perpetuate themselves. Often, as with the Baiji, their habitant is hardly even recognizable anymore.
** In the 1970's, after being decimated by whaling, (especially in the Antarctic), some thought that the blue whale had reached this state. Fortunately, there were more left alive than people thought, and their numbers are increasing.