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* OlderThanTheyLook: Schmendrick. He was [[CursedWithAwesome cursed to stop aging]] by Nikos, under the condition that he find out who and what he was. [[CaptainObvious It's implied that he's much older than he looks]]. WordOfGod says he's anywhere from 40 to 60.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Schmendrick. He was [[CursedWithAwesome cursed to stop aging]] by Nikos, under the condition that he find out who and what he was. [[CaptainObvious It's implied that he's much older than he looks]].looks. WordOfGod says he's anywhere from 40 to 60.


[[WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn An animated film adaptation]], with a script by the author, was produced by Creator/RankinBassProductions in the 1980s.

Beginning in April 2010, IDW published a six-issue comic book adaptation.

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[[WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn An animated film adaptation]], with a script by the author, was produced by Creator/RankinBassProductions in the 1980s.

1980s. It's considered extremely faithful, though some events were trimmed out; mostly for time.

Beginning in April 2010, IDW published a six-issue comic book adaptation.
adaptation that includes back in elements the movie had to trim out.


* GreenEyes: Schmendrick's green eyes are especially mentioned.


* CatsAreMean: The same cat is a {{Trickster}}, and when Molly gets frustrated at him for his riddling answers, he protests that he cannot give more help than he already has.

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* CatsAreMean: The same cat is a {{Trickster}}, TheTrickster, and when Molly gets frustrated at him for his riddling answers, he protests that he cannot give more help than he already has.


* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull this way.

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* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull this way.way after their first encounter.


* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull this way. It's unclear whether StrongerWithAge applies or not.

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* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull this way. It's unclear whether StrongerWithAge applies or not.


* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull those way. It's unclear whether StrongerWithAge applies or not.

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* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull those this way. It's unclear whether StrongerWithAge applies or not.

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* OlderIsBetter: The unicorn speaks about the Red Bull those way. It's unclear whether StrongerWithAge applies or not.
-->“He was too strong,” she said, “too strong. There was no end to his strength, and no beginning. He is older than I.”

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* EmpathicEnvironment: Haggard's land returns to its former beauty when the unicorns are freed -- and Haggard's four men-at-arms become laughing young men.

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-->'''Skull:''' Oh, no. No, you don't. I'm disloyal, but I'm not ''that'' disloyal. Not ''that'' one. Unicorn! Unicorn! Haggard! Haggard! '''''UNICORN! UNICORN!''''' Haggard, where are you? There they go! Down to the Red Bull! The clock, Haggard! There they go! Unicorn! '''''UNICORN!'''''


-->'''Ruck:''' The greatest weaver in the world -— her fate's the proof of it. She had the bad luck to defeat the goddess Athena in a weaving contest. Athena was a sore loser, and Arachne is now a spider, creating only for Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, by special arrangement. Warp of snow and woof of flame, and never any two the same. Arachne.

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-->'''Ruck:''' -->'''Rukh:''' The greatest weaver in the world -— her fate's the proof of it. She had the bad luck to defeat the goddess Athena in a weaving contest. Athena was a sore loser, and Arachne is now a spider, creating only for Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, by special arrangement. Warp of snow and woof of flame, and never any two the same. Arachne.

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* Recap/TheMetamorphosesArachne: One of Mommy Fortuna's exhibits is a brown spider that she's enchanted to think is the actual Arachne.
-->'''Ruck:''' The greatest weaver in the world -— her fate's the proof of it. She had the bad luck to defeat the goddess Athena in a weaving contest. Athena was a sore loser, and Arachne is now a spider, creating only for Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, by special arrangement. Warp of snow and woof of flame, and never any two the same. Arachne.


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When the unicorn blows off the princess that tries to summon her because she thinks her time is more valuable than a mortal's, Molly wistfully remarks that she wishes unicorn could turn into something mortal that can't wait. The next chapter, this is exactly what happens.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When the unicorn blows off the princess that tries to summon her because she thinks her time is more valuable than a mortal's, Molly wistfully remarks that she wishes the unicorn could turn into something mortal that can't wait. mortal. The next chapter, this is exactly what happens.happens.
** This is also one of the reasons why the unicorn doesn't approach the princess -- the princess had made promises like "I will abandon my title and go begging if I can only see your shadow" that the unicorn's actual appearance would have bound her to.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Last Unicorn finds and frees her fellows, but at a price. As a human, the Lady Amalthea falls in love with Prince Lír. Returned to her immortal form, she can no longer stay with him (or even feel love anymore), so she leaves both her love and her two human friends behind to return to her home in the lilac wood. Even sadder, however, because she has experienced love, aging, and regret--experiences foreign to "pure" unicorns--[[BlessedWithSuck she is no longer as innocent and aloof as others of her kind, separating her even from her own species]].]] And yet, as sad as these things may be, she thanks Schmendrick for them. It is a good thing [[spoiler:to have known love]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Last Unicorn finds and frees her fellows, but at a price. As a human, the Lady Amalthea falls in love with Prince Lír. Returned to her immortal form, she can no longer stay with him (or even feel love anymore), so she leaves both her love and her two human friends behind to return to her home in the lilac wood. Even sadder, however, because she has experienced love, aging, and regret--experiences regret -- experiences foreign to "pure" unicorns--[[BlessedWithSuck unicorns -- [[BlessedWithSuck she is no longer as innocent and aloof as others of her kind, separating her even from her own species]].]] And yet, as sad as these things may be, she thanks Schmendrick for them. It is a good thing [[spoiler:to have known love]].



* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:The 'Lady Amalthea' personality essentially dies when Schmendrick restores the unicorn to its rightful form.]]

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* DeathOfPersonality: [[spoiler:The 'Lady Amalthea' personality essentially Lady Amalthea dies when Schmendrick restores the unicorn to its her rightful form.shape.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe: Haggard's biggest vice--and danger--is his selfishness and obsessiveness.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Haggard's biggest vice--and danger--is vice -- and danger -- is his selfishness and obsessiveness.



* LastOfHerKind: [[spoiler:But not exactly. It turns out that there ''are'' more unicorns--but they have all been imprisoned in the sea by King Haggard, with the help of the Red Bull.]]

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* LastOfHerKind: [[spoiler:But not exactly. It turns out that there ''are'' more unicorns--but unicorns -- but they have all been imprisoned in the sea by King Haggard, with the help of the Red Bull.]]



* MayflyDecemberRomance: Prince Lír and the unicorn... sort of. As Lady Amalthea, she's as human and mortal as he is, and when she's turned back into the immortal unicorn she can no longer feel love for him, but he still loves her all the same.

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* MayflyDecemberRomance: Prince Lír and the unicorn... sort of. As Lady Amalthea, she's as human and mortal as he is, and when she's turned back into the immortal unicorn she can no longer feel love for can't be with him, but he still loves her all the same.



** Lír isn't just a PunctuationShaker - anyone versed in Irish mythology would recognise the name as that of the Irish ''sea'' god, most prominent in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfLir'', in which his three children are turned into swans and bound to three lakes, for three hundred years each per lake.

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** Lír isn't just a PunctuationShaker - -- anyone versed in Irish mythology would recognise the name as that of the Irish ''sea'' god, most prominent in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfLir'', in which his three children are turned into swans and bound to three lakes, for three hundred years each per lake.



* MixAndMatchCritters: The unicorn is a composite creature, with legs like a deer, feet like a goat, a lion's tail, and a long twisting horn. She's extraordinarily beautiful, but when fear of the Red Bull robs her of her grace and her magical glimmer, even Molly has to admit she looks "absurd."



* WildMagic: Schmendrick does not so much control the magic he uses, as acts as a conduit for it to do what is ''necessary'', which is not the same as doing what he ''wants''.

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* WildMagic: Schmendrick does not so much control the magic he uses, as acts as a conduit for it to do what is ''necessary'', ''needed'', which is not the same as doing what he ''wants''.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:Lir sacrifices his life protecting the unicorn from the Red Bull, and is resurrected by the unicorn afterward... but the unicorn cannot stay with him, leaving him as heir to a throne he doesn't want, ruling over a wretched people in a land he hates, with no more joy in his rule than Haggard ever had. His only reward is that the unicorn will remember his love for all eternity]].

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: [[spoiler:Lir [[spoiler:Lír sacrifices his life protecting the unicorn from the Red Bull, and is resurrected by the unicorn afterward... but the unicorn cannot stay with him, leaving him as heir to a throne he doesn't want, ruling over a wretched people in a land he hates, with no more joy in his rule than Haggard ever had. His only reward is that the unicorn will remember his love for all eternity]].

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