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And it should have positive connotations and it should be a noun

Thanks

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    There are likely many candidate words here but generally one selects a particular character trait to highlight when doing this. Can you add some context to your question detailing in which ways this person is unique? – Jim Jul 19 '16 at 15:30
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    "Different" in what way? Disabled; low intelligence; very high intelligence; appearance; very shy; 'odd'; ... ? – TrevorD Jul 19 '16 at 15:35
  • Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered. For help writing a good word or phrase request, see: About single word requests. – TrevorD Jul 19 '16 at 15:37
  • A very positive noun that you could use is nonpareil, which Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary defines as "an individual of unequalled excellence : PARAGON." But unlike paragon (which suggests that the person is a model for others to emulate), nonpareil indicates that the person is outstanding in a way that others simply cannot match. – Sven Yargs Jul 19 '16 at 21:02
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Rugged Individual

I have no attribution for this in writing; but, it was the term my father used for those whom he admired for their steadfastness, and refusal to simply go along with the tide. In every instance, the one referred-to had made a substantial contribution to humanity by contribution or by setting an example.

To me, it has come to mean a high compliment

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You might call this person unique:

being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.

"the situation was unique in modern politics"

synonyms: distinctive, distinct, individual, special, idiosyncratic; single, sole, lone, unrepeated, unrepeatable, solitary, exclusive, rare, uncommon, unusual, sui generis;

informal: one-off, one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime, one-shot

"each site is unique"

Edit: You've edited your question to request a noun. You might consider maverick or one of its synonyms:

an unorthodox or independent-minded person.

"a maverick among Connecticut Republicans"

synonyms: individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, unorthodox person, original, eccentric; rebel, dissenter, dissident, enfant terrible;

informal: cowboy, loose cannon, bad boy

"he was the maverick in the family, the only one who valued freedom over an inheritance"

  • and can you probably think of any nouns? – Kim Ball Jul 19 '16 at 15:25
  • @KimBall See my edited answer. – Kevin Workman Jul 19 '16 at 16:25

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