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28th Nov '16 6:14:52 PM GlassSpires
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See also ThereIsAnother, LonelyTogether. If it really is a chance meeting, it also invokes the trope of ItsASmallWorldAfterAll. If the last "man" hears a knock and it's a woman, see ExactWords and/or NoManOfWomanBorn.

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See also ThereIsAnother, LonelyTogether. If it really is a chance meeting, it also invokes the trope of ItsASmallWorldAfterAll. If the last "man" ''man'' hears a knock and it's a woman, see ExactWords and/or NoManOfWomanBorn.
20th Nov '16 8:06:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mau in ''{{Nation}}'' starts out thinking he's the last man alive, and almost throws himself into the sea until Daphne stops him. As the novel continues more and more people turn up until the eponymous nation is established.

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* Mau in ''{{Nation}}'' ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' starts out thinking he's the last man alive, and almost throws himself into the sea until Daphne stops him. As the novel continues more and more people turn up until the eponymous nation is established.
25th Oct '16 7:41:52 AM VPhantom
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* ''YTheLastMan'' is both an aversion (Yorrick is the [[DepopulationBomb last male mammal]] besides his monkey, but there's still [[LadyLand plenty of women]]) and a ZigZaggingTrope. It turns out there are three astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including two men... but an equipment malfunction kills the men on reentry... but the surviving woman is pregnant with a baby boy. Later, Yorrick goes to Japan and stumbles upon another man... but it's actually a fairly lifelike robot. [[spoiler: Then he meets Dr. Mann's father, and incorrectly believes it's another robot.]]

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* ''YTheLastMan'' ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is both an aversion (Yorrick is the [[DepopulationBomb last male mammal]] besides his monkey, but there's still [[LadyLand plenty of women]]) and a ZigZaggingTrope. It turns out there are three astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including two men... but an equipment malfunction kills the men on reentry... but the surviving woman is pregnant with a baby boy. Later, Yorrick goes to Japan and stumbles upon another man... but it's actually a fairly lifelike robot. [[spoiler: Then he meets Dr. Mann's father, and incorrectly believes it's another robot.]]
23rd Sep '16 3:17:57 PM RobTan
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* Inverted in ''Film/LogansRun'', after escaping the city, Logan and Jessica find the Library of Congress, where they meet the Old Man, the last survivor of a post-apocalyptic community in DC who believed he was the last man alive after burying his parents.

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* Inverted in ''Film/LogansRun'', after escaping the city, Logan and Jessica find the Library of Congress, where they meet the Old Man, the last survivor of a post-apocalyptic community in the heavily forested ruins of DC who believed he was the last man alive after burying his parents.
23rd Sep '16 3:37:54 AM RobTan
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* Inverted in ''Film/LogansRun'', after escaping the city, Logan and Jessica find the Library of Congress, where they meet the Old Man, the last survivor of a post-apocalyptic community in DC who believed he was the last man alive after burying his parents.
4th Aug '16 9:19:32 PM PaulA
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-->-- '''FredricBrown''', ''Knock''

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-->-- '''FredricBrown''', '''Creator/FredricBrown''', ''Knock''



* FredricBrown's short story "Knock" begins by quoting in full a short story that has become known as the world's shortest horror story: ''"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door."'' It's actually a subversion with the last man being in an alien zoo. After the zookeepers leave he propositions for (among other things) the last woman on earth for an AdamAndEvePlot, which she declines. The lock on the man's door is revealed to be a sign of captivity and the knock on the door being a HopeSpot.

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* FredricBrown's Creator/FredricBrown's short story "Knock" begins by quoting in full a short story that has become known as the world's shortest horror story: ''"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door."'' It's actually a subversion with the last man being in an alien zoo. After the zookeepers leave he propositions for (among other things) the last woman on earth for an AdamAndEvePlot, which she declines. The lock on the man's door is revealed to be a sign of captivity and the knock on the door being a HopeSpot.
13th Jul '16 7:05:54 PM thatother1dude
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* In the last verse of Creator/BennyHill's (Yes, [[Series/TheBennyHillShow that Benny Hill]]) song "What a World" the last man on Earth throws himself off the Empire State Building, and as he's falling he hears a telephone ring.

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* In the last verse of Creator/BennyHill's (Yes, [[Series/TheBennyHillShow that Benny Hill]]) song "What a World" the last man on Earth throws himself off the Empire State Building, [[GaveUpTooSoon and as he's falling he hears a telephone ring.ring]].



* ''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon'' starts with Seto burying the only person alive he's ever know, setting off on a epic quest to find any form of life. Somewhat ruined by the fact he finds a girl wandering around almost immediately.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' starts this way, but rather quickly subverts it, though it takes a while for the true scope of the disaster to be understood.

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* ''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon'' starts with Seto burying the only person alive he's ever know, known, setting off on a epic quest to find any form of life. Somewhat ruined by the fact It ends almost immediately when he finds a girl wandering around almost immediately.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'' starts this way, but rather quickly subverts it, though it takes a while for the true scope of the disaster to be understood.
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13th Jul '16 7:03:21 PM thatother1dude
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' two-part episode "Hereafter", a supervillain's weapon seemingly vaporizes Superman, but he was actually transported to a strange planet with no intelligent life. [[EarthAllAlong Turns out]] it's a (very distant) BadFuture in which [[spoiler:Vandal Savage took advantage of Superman's disappearance to take over the world, inadvertently killing everyone else in the process. Unable to die, Vandal Savage spent the millenia all alone, desperately hoping for some way to atone]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' two-part episode "Hereafter", a supervillain's weapon seemingly vaporizes Superman, but he was actually transported to a strange planet with no intelligent life. [[EarthAllAlong Turns out]] it's a (very distant) BadFuture in which [[spoiler:Vandal Savage took advantage of Superman's disappearance to take over the world, inadvertently killing everyone else in the process. Unable to die, Vandal Savage spent the millenia all alone, desperately hoping for some way to atone]].atone. Superman's reappearance provided that, and together they were able to SetRightWhatOnceWasWrong.]]
10th Jan '16 10:07:56 AM Eagal
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* The trope namer is an interesting subversion with the last man being in an alien zoo. After the zookeepers leave he propositions for (among other things) the last woman on earth for an AdamAndEvePlot, which she declines. The lock on the man's door is revealed to be a sign of captivity and the knock on the door being a HopeSpot
** Which reminds us, the Trope Namer originally read [[BeamMeUpScotty slightly different]]:
---> The last man on Earth sits alone in his room. There is a ''lock'' on the door.

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* The trope namer is an interesting FredricBrown's short story "Knock" begins by quoting in full a short story that has become known as the world's shortest horror story: ''"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door."'' It's actually a subversion with the last man being in an alien zoo. After the zookeepers leave he propositions for (among other things) the last woman on earth for an AdamAndEvePlot, which she declines. The lock on the man's door is revealed to be a sign of captivity and the knock on the door being a HopeSpot
HopeSpot.
** Which reminds us, the Trope Namer originally read [[BeamMeUpScotty slightly different]]:
---> The
Some time after Brown published "Knock", another author shortened it by one letter to "The last man on Earth sits sat alone in his a room. There is was a ''lock'' lock on the door."



* FredricBrown's short story "Knock" begins by quoting in full a short story that has become known as the world's shortest horror story:
--->''"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door."''
** Which was shortened by one letter to create something even creepier:
--->''"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a lock on the door."''
** This is quoted by Creator/GuillermoDelToro in ''Literature/OneHundredScariestMovieMoments'', when talking about ''Film/TheHaunting1963''.
29th Dec '15 12:28:43 AM surgoshan
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* The original novella ''Literature/IAmLegend'' is somewhat different from the film. Vampires instead of zombies, for one thing. But he's all alone (no dog) until he encounters a woman.
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