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Playing With: Last of His Kind

Basic Trope: A character in a work of fiction is the last member of his/her civilization or even species.
  • Straight: Gy’nary is the last member of the Atarian race, and the only one who escaped his home-planet’s Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Gy’nary is the only living creature in the universe.
    • Something wiped out all of time, forward and backwards, and Gy'nary is the sole survivor. He is the only living thing in any universe ever.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • If Gy’nary gets around to explaining how exactly he became the Last of His Kind, he will justify it with said explanation.
    • Gn'nary's home planet of Gy'nish was hit by an asteroid the size of the moon. Gy'nary was in a spaceship in orbit when it happened.
    • Gy'nary's species was hunted to extinction either due to the demand for their pelts or because they were seen as pests.
    • Gy'nary's species never had a large population to begin with. They were endemic to a tiny island the size of Manhattan which was off the coast of Antarctica.
  • Inverted: Gy’nary is an artificial organism; he happens to be the first of his kind, which is temporarily a Single Specimen Species until his female counterpart is born.
  • Subverted: Gy’nary thinks he’s the Last of His Kind, but it turns out that There Is Another.
  • Double-Subverted: …but in short order, said Other is Killed Off For Real.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig-zagged: Gy’nary is constantly cloned, and his clone is repeatedly killed off.
  • Averted: Either others of Gy’nary’s species are seen, or it is mentioned that there are others early on.
  • Enforced:
    • This trope can be a viable method of generating sympathy for a character…
    • …or, on the villainous side, an excuse for his evil deeds.
  • Lampshaded: “Don’t you dare feel sorry for me just because I’m the last of my kind.”
  • Invoked:
    • Evil Emperor Evulz massacres Gy’nary’s entire race in an effort to recruit him as The Dragon; Gy’nary is either unaware of that plot, or has no choice but to accept.
    • Evulz drips trillions of trillions of nukes on Gy'nary's home planet of Gy'nish to make sure his species is annihilated.
    • "Alright folks, the Gy'nishian Hunt officially starts now. Remember, every severed head you bring in will be reimbursed for two hundred dollars as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win the new car."
  • Exploited:
    • Gy'nary uses his last of kind status as a Tear Jerker exploit to make people pity him.
    • Gy'nary is worth millions of dollars, and is eventually sold as a pet to some trillionare.
    • "Step right up, step right up! Welcome to P. T. Barnum's museum of curiosities. Now I will show you our star exhibit; Gy'nary, the last of his kind!"
  • Defied:
    • During his escape from the Earth-Shattering Kaboom, Gy’nary put his sister (or another fertile female of his race that he knew) in suspended animation so that there will be a chance of his race repopulating elsewhere.
    • Emperor Evulz makes sure there are no survivors when he exterminates Gy'nary's race.
    • Scientists clone Gy'nary multiple times to bring his species back from the brink.
  • Discussed:
    Bar Patron: That man over there is the last of his kind, dude. He’s shut himself off and rather’d die alone.
  • Conversed: “So Gy’nary’s the Last Of His Kind? That’s awful!
  • Deconstructed: Gy’nary’s excessive hunting and poaching has led to him aiming at the last Brown-Spotted Tropenent. He then realizes that he has very nearly committed Genocide.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The Brown-Spotted Tropenent becomes Gy’nary’s sidekick and Team Pet to his fellow former hunters.
    • The hunters form a charity called Save The Brown- Spotted Tropenents, which aims at keeping the last one alive and cloning a mate to fertilize the eggs it lays.

In the end, Last of His Kind will be the last trope left on this wiki.