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1%% Image and caption selected per Image Pickin' thread: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1380231063077414300²%% Please do not replace or remove either without starting a new thread.²%% Thanks to Geoduck and Rethkir for the image and caption, respectively.²%%²[[quoteright:339:[[@/{{geoduck}} https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lastofhiskind02_5861.png]]]]²[[caption-width-right:339: Oh, where did the dinosaurs go?\²They were all here not long ago.\²This burden that we used to share\²Has now become mine to bear.\²Goodbye forever, friends of yore,\²For I am the last of the dinosaurs.]]²²->''"You know the problem with being the last of anything; by and by there be none left at all."''²-->-- '''Hector Barbossa''', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''²²A character who is a species unto themself, the SoleSurvivor of some [[DepopulationBomb calamity]] that has [[EverybodysDeadDave 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 [[TheMissingFaction missing]].²²This 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.²²Such a character is liable to manifest some profound SurvivorGuilt, and the prospect of avenging their kind may develop into an obsession that acts as an AchillesHeel. 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 SurvivorGuilt: owing to AngstDissonance, 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.²²Will often manifest qualities of the WarriorPoet or the Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand.²²Since 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 StrawNihilist 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 [[GenocideFromTheInside responsible for the deaths of the rest of their race]] in a way (see Lobo below), as may TheAtoner every once in a blue moon (see Tetrax, further below). Not-quite-as-evil versions may have survived because of some evil act such as cowardice, [[LesCollaborateurs betraying their race to the enemy]], being exiled for crimes, or [[ImmortalityImmorality morally questionable ways of prolonging their lives]]. In either case, if it was an engineered [[GenocideBackfire genocide, it just backfired]]. Or, the "last of his kind" character could be evil just because the "kind" itself is AlwaysChaoticEvil. ²²Very often, at least for the heroic sort, it will eventually be revealed that ThereIsAnother.²²It 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 {{A|nAesop}}esop (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.²²Compare FlingALightIntoTheFuture, HumanitysWake, UniquenessValue, GenocideSurvivor, and LivingRelic. GenocideBackfire and GenocideFromTheInside can both cause this trope. EndangeredSpecies and DyingRace are not as extreme versions, although they may lead to this eventually. Sometimes paired with TheAloner for truly horrifying angst. Occasionally PlayedForDrama or PlayedForLaughs with OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace. Occasionally the Last Of His Kind is of a previously extant BarbarianTribe of some kind. If ThereIsAnother, see AdamAndEvePlot. TheCollector likely wants to put him in their FantasticNatureReserve.²²If there was only ''ever'' one member of a species, see SingleSpecimenSpecies. Not to be confused with AKindOfOne.²Note that the very last of any species is called an endling.²²Contrast with MonsterProgenitor and TheChosenMany. Compare RacialRemnant. Overlaps with SingleSpecimenSpecies. If this is taking place in an AfterTheEnd setting or such, don't be surprised if [[TheLastManHeardAKnock The Last Man Hears a Knock]].²²'''Spoilers Ahoy!'''²²----²!!Examples:²[[index]]²* LastOfHisKind/AnimeAndManga²* LastOfHisKind/ComicBooks²* LastOfHisKind/FanWorks²* {{LastOfHisKind/Film}}²* LastOfHisKind/{{Literature}}²* LastOfHisKind/LiveActionTV²* {{LastOfHisKind/Sports}}²* LastOfHisKind/VideoGames²* LastOfHisKind/{{Webcomics}}²* LastOfHisKind/WesternAnimation²* LastOfHisKind/RealLife²[[/index]]²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* A meta-example would be the ''ComicStrip/SpiderMan'' daily newspaper strip; once, superheroes were primarily known to the public through the newspaper strips, and all the major superheroes had their own strips. Now, ''Amazing Spider-Man'' is the last superhero daily strip, and one of only a few remaining daily on-goings altogether. ²** Though it really depends on whether or not one considers ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' a superhero or a masked "mystery man" like Franchise/{{Zorro}} or Radio/TheShadow. The latter would make ''The Phantom'' the last daily adventure/drama strip.²* A couple of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' strips play with this: a dinosaur stands alone among a bunch of caves all labelled "extinct" ("Suddenly Bobby felt very alone") while Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans fruitlessly calls out for his fellow tribesmen. ("OK fellas, joke's over!"}²* The Sea Hag, ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'''s arch nemesis, is the last witch on Earth.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Game Books]]²* Literature/LoneWolf is the last surviving Kai Lord after the [[BigBad 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 has five [[OneManArmy Grand Masters]]. Becoming the first [[PhysicalGod Kai Supreme Master]] is just a nice bonus.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* "Last of My Kind" by Music/AliceInChains²* "The last Unicorn" By America, although by the end of the film we know she is not.²--> When the last eagle flies²--> Over the last crumbling mountain²--> And the last lion roars²--> At the last dusty fountain²--> In the shadow of the forest²--> Though she may be old and worn²--> They will stare unbelieving²--> At the Last Unicorn²* The song "Sole Survivor" by Music/BlueOysterCult is about the sole surviving human on earth. ²--> There walked a lonely man,²--> Silent, mute, the only man²--> Not knowing how, not knowing why²--> Was he the sole survivor²* "The Last of Our Kind", Rykka's song for Switzerland in the 2016 edition of the Series/EurovisionSongContest. ²* "Last of the Steampowered Trains" by Music/TheKinks from Music/TheKinksAreTheVillageGreenPreservationSociety:²--> "I'm the last of the good old renegades.\²All my friends are all middle class and grey,\²But I live in a museum, so I'm okay.\²I'm the last of the good old fashioned steam-powered trains.\²Like the last of the good ol' choo-choo trains,\²Huff and puff 'till I blow this world away,\²And I'm gonna keep on rollin' till my dying day."²* "Deuteronomy 2:10" by Music/TheMountainGoats, is about the Last Tasmanian Tiger, the Last Dodo, and the Last Golden Toad.²-->''No brothers left, and there'll be no more after me.''²* "The Last Leviathan" by [[Music/FishermansFriends Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends]], is about The Last Whale.²--> Last night I heard the cry. of my last companion.²--> Then came a blast from a harpoon gun,²--> and I swam alone.²* ''Music/NautilusPompilius'': The main character of the song "The Last Human on Earth" is the one. He is surrounded by some foes, but that foes are, apperantly, not humans (either literally — or they just so cruel they can't be called "humans" anymore).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]²* [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily 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.²* Memphis was the last of the traditional wrestling territories to still function as an independent entity, unaffiliated with Wrestling/{{WWE}} or Wrestling/{{WCW}}. Financial woes and a lack of marketable talent caused the USWA (a merger of Wrestling/JerryLawler and Jerry Jarrett's CWA and Fritz Von Erich's WCCW) to fold in 1997. USWA's successor, Memphis Championship Wrestling, was conceived as a WWE developmental territory, like Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). The last pre-Wrestling/MondayNightWars territory to be established was Wrestling/JimCornette's Wrestling/{{SMW}} in 1991.²* Wrestling/RicFlair was the last World Champion of the classic NWA territory system. When Flair first won the belt in 1981, his schedule was set by a national Board of Directors who split his time among several regional promotions, including overseas trips to promotions in Japan, the Caribbean, and elsewhere. This was the business model that professional wrestling had followed since 1948. During Flair's time as champion, that system broke down, and by the time Flair left that title behind in 1991, he was an exclusive employee of Wrestling/{{WCW}}.²* Wrestling/TheUndertaker picked up the nickname "The Last Outlaw" during a feud with Wrestling/TripleH and later promos played up his status as one of the last remnants of the 1980s era high-concept comic-book-style [[TheGimmick gimmicks]]. (Really, the only other one is his storyline half-brother Wrestling/{{Kane}}.) If you want to get technical, it's really Kane who's left from that era, because 'Taker can no longer wrestle on a regular basis, so much so that his appearances in recent years have only been during the lead-up to ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' and the actual pay-per-view itself.²* In 1997, Wrestling/BretHart, shortly after his FaceHeelTurn at Wrestling/WrestleMania 13, reformed the Hart Foundation as an Anti-American stable, reuniting with Jim Neidhart, and recruiting Wrestling/OwenHart, [[Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith The British Bulldog]] and Wrestling/BrianPillman in the process. Now, Bret is the only surviving member, as Jim passed away in August 2018.²* With the departure of Wrestling/JamesStorm in 2015, Wrestling/{{Abyss}} is the last wrestler in Wrestling/ImpactWrestling to have appeared in the company's very first broadcast. And of the TNA Originals themselves, only he, Wrestling/BobbyRoode, and Eric Young remain. [[http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2016/0319/608758/tna-issues-statement-on-former-world-heavyweight-champions/ As of March 2016,]] it's just Abyss.²* Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa was the longest lasting of the Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} originals, talking about the [[TournamentArc Heart Of SHIMMER tournament]] and how it described her, who had seen every woman who had failed in the company. However after giving this speech [[Wrestling/MercedesMartinez another original]] would return on the next volume.²* Crossed with FourIsDeath: Wrestling/{{Taz|z}} was the fourth and last wrestler (after Johnny Hot Body, Wrestling/{{Sabu}} and Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck) to hold [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html the NWA ECW/ECW World Heavyweight Title]], the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html NWA ECW/ECW World Television Title]] and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html NWA ECW/ECW World Tag Team Titles]] during the promotion's 1992-2001 existence.²* As pointed out by the book ''The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams'', Wrestling/TheNastyBoys were the last team from the territorial system to make it to the national level.²* Wrestling/TheBarbarian and Dick Slater were the last-ever [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-t.html WCW United States Tag Team Champions]].²* [[Wrestling/TerriPoch Terri Power (WWE's Tori)]] was the last [[https://www.cagematch.net//?id=5&nr=1114 LPWA Champion]], winning it in the main event of ''LPWA Super Ladies Showdown'', which was their lone PPV and their final event ever.²* [[Wrestling/BillDeMott "The Laughing Man" Hugh Morrus]] was the last member of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom who was introduced in a vignette in the Dungeon itself.²* Wrestling/RecklessYouth won the GLW (Great Lakes Wrestling) Heavyweight Title in the final match of the promotion's final show.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Radio]]²* The ''Radio/AlienWorlds'' episode "A Question of Conscience" has the Starlab crew encounter an alien who is the sole survivor of his race seeking asylum from the enemy soldiers that eradicated his kind.²* The third series of ''Radio/JourneyIntoSpace'', ''The World in Peril'', features [[spoiler: the last Martian]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* They pop up from time to time in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', almost exclusively with the Legendary supertype. For example, Thrun was the sole troll to survive the first Mirrodin block (and God knows how close any other species on Mirrodin has come to it with the Phyrexian takeover), while Momir Vig on Ravnica was supposedly the last of his particular subset of elves (and given that he was also a megalomaniac who unleashed a BlobMonster on the world ForScience it's not like anyone particularly missed them). Subverted with Niv-Mizzet, though; he was supposedly the last dragon on Ravnica, but it turns out that there are actually a bunch of dragons on Ravnica and [[AwesomeEgo Niv-Mizzet]] just doesn't consider them worthy of the title because they're kind of stupid.²** Played for drama with Samut. Samut is the last refugee of Nactamun, the only inhabited city on the desert plane of [[AncientEgypt Amonkhet]]. Her entire life--as well as the lives of everyone on Amonkhet--was to succeed at the Trials, an endless series of challenges both competitive and cooperative reminiscent of ''Literature/TheHungerGames.'' Then God-Pharoah [[BigBad Nicol Bolas]] revealed that the purpose of the Trials was to create an undead army, which was now complete, rendering Amonkhet obsolete...so he destroyed the magic keeping Nactamun from turning to desert and left with his army. Only Samut escaped, but was then forced to battle with said undead army on Ravnica. Some cards note that Samut recognized faces among those of the Dreadhorde. ²* ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': Sean Gallagher, the Wolfbane warleader, is the last living member of the Gallagher family. The Gallagher home was attacked by [[EldritchAbomination the Dark Legion]] during a clan meet, and Sean was the only member of the Chief family not present.²* Deadline, a villain from ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', became the last of his kind during a catastrophe on his home planet. When he was approached by the being known as the Terminarch, he accepted her offer of immortality to preserve his race's memory.²** By extention, the Endlings, the group Deadline became part of, also have the same backstory: The last of their kind given immortality.²** Haka is also this, at least in the far distant future of[[AfterTheEnd The Final Wasteland]], where he is the last human. He spends most of his time collecting books and other knowledge he can find.²* Parodied in ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}: the Cartoon RPG''. The Foogle Bird from the sample adventure "I Foogled You!" is the last of its kind... but there are many kinds of Foogle Bird, all the last of their kind, and all [[ThePrankster obnoxious and mischievous]].²* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', Titus Germanicus' letters in ''Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth'' describe Brennus, the last White Howler chieftain. After his warriors fell in battle, he was probably the last White Howler left in Caledonia. Black Spiral Dancers later captured and beheaded him.²* ''{{TabletopGame/Shadowrun}}'': One of Harlequin's aliases is "Last knight of the Crying Spire".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* By the third act of the play ''Theatre/{{RUR}}'' (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".²* ''Theatre/WesterosAnAmericanMusical'': During "Small Council", Daenerys is called "the last dragon", the dragon referring to her family sigil. Daenery's brother Viserys is dead by the time she's first seen onstage, and the two of them were the last known survivors of their family at the beginning of the original story.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* In ''VisualNovel/MarcoAndTheGalaxyDragon'', [[BigBad Astaroth]] exterminates the population of the planet Gal. Gargouille is left the only survivor, and she vows to avenge her people by killing Astaroth. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* Bitey, of the ''WebAnimation/{{Brackenwood}}'' series, is the last of a super fast race of creatures known as the Dashkin.²* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[BigBad Salem]] ([[spoiler:and if you count reincarnation, Ozpin and Oscar]]) is revealed to be the last of [[spoiler:the original humans, who were wiped out by the God of Darkness for their attempted RageAgainstTheHeavens, which Salem instigated. The second and current humanity came about through evolution (The first humanity was created by the Gods)]].²* In ''WebAnimation/TrueTail'', Doh-Li the priestess is the last Kirin alive, since then, her race has been known as a lost ancient species and she wants to avenge her race.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', for the longest time [[TheEngineer Daven]] is seen as the last surviving member of the [[ProudScholarRaceGuy Lefein]] race... until he finds out that in fact There Is Another.²* According to ''Website/TheOnion'', the [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israeli-Palestinian conflict]] will have been whittled down to one man on each side [[http://youtu.be/iKC21wDarBo?t=3m13s by the year 2137]].²[[/folder]]²²----

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