On SO, only 172 people have Legendary. Only Reversal, with 184, is close to it in rarity. Only 6 people have Legendary here on Meta. On Travel, it has never been awarded.

To spare me going through all 100+ sites to verify my hunch, can someone demonstrate either that it is the rarest badge (possibly tied at 0 with other rare badges) on every site in the network, or provide me a counter example?

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    Predict reversal becomes the rarest on SO, since we're much more close and delete-heavy now. – djechlin Aug 4 '14 at 1:10
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    Electrical Engineering has one legendary, no reversal or unsung hero. – PeterJ Aug 4 '14 at 1:41
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    Legendary is not the rarest badge anymore - Constable, Sheriff, and Illuminator :-) – Tomas Oct 21 '14 at 15:08

According to this SEDE query, the Illuminator badge is (much) rarer than Legendary on most sites; of course, there are exceptions, but there's just a handful of them. You can edit the query parameters to compare other badges.

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  • I guess Legendary is even commoner now after the question rep change, while Illuminator frequency wouldn't have changed at all due to that. – Rand al'Thor Jan 9 at 21:10

It is not the rarest badge on every site.

Over on Arqade, it has been awarded once, whereas Tenacious and Unsung Hero have never been awarded. There are similar situations with those badges, or Reversal, on other sites as well. Electrical Engineering was mentioned in the comments, and I also spotted it on ELU.

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