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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The focus of the story's quest is to find all six segments from the Spectrum Key then put them together to reopen the Dark Gate, releasing evil back and thus save the world.


* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'': Find all the Chaos Emeralds...

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* '''Important''': You need to collect ''some'' of these items and they're prominent in gameplay, but you only need ''all'' of them if you're going for HundredPercentCompletion (or perhaps for the ''good'' ending, if the game developers were being sadistic). Hopefully a CompletionMeter tells you how many you've already acquired. CollectAThonPlatformers often follow this model.

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* '''Important''': You need to collect ''some'' of these items and they're prominent in gameplay, but you only need ''all'' of them if you're going for HundredPercentCompletion (or perhaps for the ''good'' ending, if the game developers were being sadistic). Hopefully a CompletionMeter tells you how many you've already acquired. CollectAThonPlatformers {{Collect A Thon Platformer}}s often follow this model.


* '''Important''': You need to collect ''some'' of these items and they're prominent in gameplay, but you only need ''all'' of them if you're going for HundredPercentCompletion (or perhaps for the ''good'' ending, if the game developers were being sadistic). Hopefully a CompletionMeter tells you how many you've already acquired.

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* '''Important''': You need to collect ''some'' of these items and they're prominent in gameplay, but you only need ''all'' of them if you're going for HundredPercentCompletion (or perhaps for the ''good'' ending, if the game developers were being sadistic). Hopefully a CompletionMeter tells you how many you've already acquired. CollectAThonPlatformers often follow this model.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' mainly has the Korok Seed, which increase inventory space. There are '''900 seeds''' in total to collect, though you only need a little less than half of that to maximize all your pouches. If you do collect all 900 seeds, your reward for the task is Hestu's Gift... which is a pile of golden poo; meant more as a reference to similar good luck charms in Japan, mind you, but still a pile of poo.


** Ironically, the series itself generally ''averts'' this: the catching of the monsters themselves has always been optional. Your only reward in most installments for getting them all is [[BraggingRightsReward a simple diploma]], with later installments throwing in an item called the Shiny Charm that increases the chance to see shiny variants of Pokémon. Actual game progression just requires you to have a team strong enough to beat whatever foes you encounter, and have Pokémon capable of learning the field moves needed to travel the region (with Gen VII onwards not even requiring that). This leaves the player free to capture as few or as many Mons as they want. [[note]]Starting with Gen V, catching the box legendary does become mandatory, but that's still a single mandatory catch out of literal hundreds of Pokémon.[[/note]] ''[[VideoGame/PokemonLetsGoPikachuAndLetsGoEevee Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee]]'' are the only installments that play this trope a little straight, with them requiring you to catch at least 50 of the 152 available Pokémon to enter one of the gyms. All that said, it's the other half of "becoming a Pokémon Master" (the Gym Badges) that are of the crucial variety, as they're needed to advance the plot or unlock necessary abilities.

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** Ironically, the series itself generally ''averts'' this: the catching of the monsters themselves has always been optional. Your only reward in most installments for getting them all is [[BraggingRightsReward a simple diploma]], with later installments throwing in an item called the Shiny Charm that increases the chance to see shiny variants of Pokémon. Actual game progression just requires you to have a team strong enough to beat whatever foes you encounter, and have Pokémon capable of learning the [[AbilityRequiredToProceed field moves needed to travel the region region]] (with Gen VII onwards not even requiring that). This leaves the player free to capture as few or as many Mons as they want. [[note]]Starting with Gen V, catching the box legendary does become mandatory, but that's still a single mandatory catch out of literal hundreds of Pokémon.[[/note]] ''[[VideoGame/PokemonLetsGoPikachuAndLetsGoEevee Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee]]'' are the only installments that play this trope a little straight, with them requiring you to catch at least 50 of the 152 available Pokémon to enter one of the gyms. All that said, it's the other half of "becoming a Pokémon Master" (the Gym Badges) that are of the crucial variety, as they're needed to advance the plot or unlock necessary abilities.



** ''Sun and Moon'' have another side quest of this sort: Kalos's Legendary Pokémon, Zygarde, appears in this game, but its cells are scattered throughout the region, and you have to collect them. The more cells you get, the more powerful you can make your Zygarde. But there are 100 of them scattered across the four islands, and while some are always present, some only appear in the daytime, and others only appear in the nighttime.

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** ''Sun and Moon'' have another side quest of this sort: Kalos's Legendary Pokémon, Zygarde, appears in this game, but its cells are scattered throughout the region, and you have to collect them. The more cells you get, the more powerful you can make your Zygarde. [[ThatOneSidequest But there are 100 of them scattered across the four islands, islands]], and while some are always present, some only appear in the daytime, and others only appear in the nighttime.


*** And last but not least, the Nintendo Coin and Rareware Coin, which are vital to the game's completion and only attainable by beating in-game arcade games (one being the aforementioned game unlocked by the Banana Medals, and the other being hidden in [[ThatOneLevel the third level]], [[EternalEngine Frantic Factory]], which must be beaten twice to obtain it). Now you know why it's one of the three N64 games that needs an Expansion Pak to be played.

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*** And last but not least, the Nintendo Coin and Rareware Coin, which are vital to the game's completion and only attainable by beating in-game arcade games (one being the aforementioned game unlocked by the Banana Medals, and the other being hidden in [[ThatOneLevel the third level]], [[EternalEngine Frantic Factory]], which must be beaten twice to obtain it). Now you know why it's one of the three N64 games that needs an Expansion Pak to be played.[[note]]Well, it's moreso because of a GameBreakingBug that the only fix they could find was the Expansion Pak. But that ruins the joke, doesn't it?[[/note]]


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* The villains of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' had been trying to collect all five Sankara Stones, and managed to secure three of them until Indy showed up. In fact, Indy himself. He is of course, an archeologist. (After everything else that is...)

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* The villains of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' had been trying to collect all five Sankara Stones, and managed to secure three of them until Indy showed up. In fact, Indy himself. He is of course, an archeologist. (After everything else that is...)
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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Thanos wants to obtain all six Infinity Stones to kill off half the universe.



* The villains of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' had been trying to collect all five Sankara Stones, and managed to secure three of them until Indy showed up. In fact, Indy himself. He is of course, an archeologist. (After everything else that is...)



* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' Thanos wants to obtain all six Infinity Stones to kill off half the universe.



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** The eponymous [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus Keys of Marinus]].



** SubvertedTrope in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] where Martha talks about having to travel around the world to collect the four hidden pieces to a gun that could kill the Master and prevent him from regenerating. [[spoiler:When the Master catches her and reveals that he knows her plan, she laughs at him and says, "You really believed that?" Turns out the whole thing was a bluff and her actual plan was something else altogether.]]
** The eponymous [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus Keys of Marinus]].
** A character version: Clara Oswald in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] when she splinters herself through time in order to rescue the first 11 known incarnations of the Doctor. She later went on in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] to meet both the War Doctor and [[spoiler: a mysterious character known as The Curator, later confirmed in licensed spin-off media as being a future Doctor]] and travel with the Twelfth Doctor, making her the only character confirmed to have encountered all of these.[[note]]Although River Song, in [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]] is shown to have met all the Doctors up to the Twelfth Doctor, it is not known if she ever met [[spoiler: the Curator]].[[/note]]

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** SubvertedTrope {{Subverted|Trope}} in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] Lords"]], where Martha talks about having to travel around the world to collect the four hidden pieces to a gun that could kill the Master and prevent him from regenerating. [[spoiler:When the Master catches her and reveals that he knows her plan, she laughs at him and says, "You really believed that?" Turns out the whole thing was a bluff and her actual plan was something else altogether.]]
** The eponymous [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus Keys of Marinus]].
** A character version: Clara Oswald in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] when she splinters herself through time in order to rescue the first 11 known incarnations of the Doctor. She later went on in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]] to meet both the War Doctor and [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a mysterious character known as The the Curator, later confirmed in licensed spin-off media as being a future Doctor]] and travel with the Twelfth Doctor, making her the only character confirmed to have encountered all of these.them.[[note]]Although River Song, in [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]] is shown to have met all the Doctors up to the Twelfth Doctor, it is not known if she ever met [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Curator]].[[/note]]



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* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' did this with [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusrAccoonus the first game]] collecting pieces of his family's how to be a great thief guide, [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second]] collecting the remains of the first games BigBad, and [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] revolved around collecting party members for a big heist at the end of the game.

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* ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'' did this with [[VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusrAccoonus the first game]] collecting pieces of his family's how to be a great thief guide, [[VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves the second]] collecting the remains of the first games BigBad, and [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]] revolved around collecting party members for a big heist at the end of the game.


** ''Pikmin 3'' has Alph, Brittany, and Charlie collecting fruit to save their planet from starvation. While there is a time limit, it extends with each piece of fruit they collect, for a maximum total of 99 days of gameplay. Additionally, this game has data files that Olimar has left for future explorers scattered throughout the planet, and while they're very useful for first-timers, players sometimes have to go out of their way to collect; there are a grand total of 120 of them.

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** ''Pikmin 3'' has Alph, Brittany, and Charlie collecting fruit to save their planet from starvation. While there is a time limit, it extends with each piece of fruit they collect, for a maximum total of 99 days of gameplay. Additionally, this game has data files that Olimar has left for future explorers scattered throughout the planet, and while they're very useful for first-timers, players sometimes have to go out of their way to collect; collect them; there are a grand total of 120 of them.


** ''Pikmin 3'' has Alph, Brittany, and Charlie collecting fruit to save their planet from starvation. While there is a time limit, it extends with each piece of fruit they collect, for a maximum total of 99 days of gameplay. Additionally, this game has data files that Olimar has left for future explorers scattered throughout the planet, which players sometimes have to go out of their way to collect; there are a grand total of 120 of them.

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** ''Pikmin 3'' has Alph, Brittany, and Charlie collecting fruit to save their planet from starvation. While there is a time limit, it extends with each piece of fruit they collect, for a maximum total of 99 days of gameplay. Additionally, this game has data files that Olimar has left for future explorers scattered throughout the planet, which and while they're very useful for first-timers, players sometimes have to go out of their way to collect; there are a grand total of 120 of them.


* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has the [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seeds]], dangerous artifacts that [[MentorMascot Yuuno]] lost on earth. [[TheHeroine Nanoha]] decides to help him collect them, but troubles arise when she meets Fate, a DarkMagicalGirl who is also collecting the seeds for her [[EvilMatriarch mother]]. The usual "one MacGuffin per week" scheme doesn't survive past the ''second'' episode (out of thirteen) and by the middle all Seeds have been caught - they are just in different hands.

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has the [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seeds]], dangerous artifacts that [[MentorMascot Yuuno]] lost on earth.Earth. [[TheHeroine Nanoha]] decides to help him collect them, but troubles arise when she meets Fate, a DarkMagicalGirl who is also collecting the seeds for her [[EvilMatriarch mother]]. The usual "one MacGuffin per week" scheme doesn't survive past the ''second'' episode (out of thirteen) and by the middle all Seeds have been caught - they are just in different hands. [[spoiler:Nobody ever gets their hands on all of them either, as the nine that Fate collected [[DisneyVillainDeath end up falling into the dimensional sea with Precia]] at the end of the season and remain lost for the remainder of the franchise.]]


** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' required the crew of ''The Black Pearl'' to track down 882 pieces of Aztec gold to break their curse. As the film starts, though, they've already found them all, and are on their way to deliver the last piece.

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** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' required the crew of ''The Black Pearl'' to track down 882 pieces of Aztec gold to break their curse. As By the time the film starts, though, begins, they've already found them all, all but one, and are on their way to deliver the last piece.piece calls to them not long after the movie begins.


** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', in addition to the vast array of sunken treasure in the sea (obtainable only by collecting and opening the Treasure Charts hidden through all of the Great Sea), as well as Heart Pieces and other goodies, has the Nintendo Gallery. You have to take pictures of every character, enemy (with some exceptions), and boss in the game, for a total of 134. [[PermanentlyMissableContent And some of them have limited appearances, so beware]]. It was easier to complete in the HD remake, as even the formerly missable pictures can be earned via Miiverse...until Miiverse was shut down, of course.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'', in addition to the vast array of sunken treasure in the sea (obtainable only by collecting and opening the Treasure Charts hidden through all of the Great Sea), as well as Heart Pieces and other goodies, has the Nintendo Gallery. You have to take pictures of every character, enemy (with some exceptions), and boss in the game, for a total of 134. [[PermanentlyMissableContent And some of them have limited appearances, so beware]]. It was easier to complete in the HD remake, as one could even find the formerly missable pictures can be earned via Miiverse...until Miiverse was shut down, of course.

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