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This is an index for tropes about rarity and rare things. Surprisingly, they aren't Too Rare To Index.

Not to be confused with Too Rare to Trope, nor with a certain fashion-obsessed pony.


  • Commonplace Rare: An item that's easy to find in real life is rare in a video game.
  • Endangered Species: A species that only has so many specimens that are still living.
  • Gender-Inverted Trope (a.k.a. "Rare Male Example" and "Rare Female Example")
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  • Junk Rare: A rare item that lacks value.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A movie or television show that hasn't been made available for home media, leaving bootleg recordings on the Internet the only way people can watch it.
  • Last of His Kind: A being who is the last surviving member of their race.
  • Monster Progenitor: A monster who caused the rest of their kind to come to existence.
  • Oddly Common Rarity: A person is supposed to be unique, but there are a lot of people who share many of the attributes and characteristics they have.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Powerful beings and weapons are made rare to lower the chances of them easily overpowering others.
  • Random Drop: Items obtained from defeated video game enemies don't always appear when you kill them.
  • Rare Random Drop: Items left from defeated enemies that have a low chance of happening.
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  • Single Specimen Species: A being who is the only member of their species in existence.
  • Too Awesome to Use: Someone has a weapon or power they can only use once, but it's so cool they never take the opportunity to use it.
  • Unique Enemy: A video game has an enemy exclusive to one level.
  • Uniqueness Value: Story places value on a skill, species, race or object based on how scarce it is.
  • Unobtanium: A rare substance that is used as a power source.
  • Variant Cover: A comic book issue has limited printings of a different cover.
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