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15th Jul '17 3:54:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] isn't the last ''man'' on ''Earth'', but he is the last of his kind. Except he isn't. And then he is again. [[spoiler: Opinions vary on whether River Song counts as one of his kind. She's part Time Lord, but didn't come from his planet.]]

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* [[Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Doctor]] isn't show's revival established the last ''man'' on ''Earth'', but he is Doctor as the last of his kind. Except he isn't. And then he is again.LastOfHisKind following a Time War that destroyed Gallifrey. Then, three years in, the Master showed up. [[spoiler: Opinions vary on whether River Song counts as one of his kind. She's part Time Lord, but didn't come from his planet.]]


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** In "Hell Bent", the Doctor and Clara time-travel to the very last hours of the universe...and hear a knock on the TARDIS door. [[CallBack Four knocks]], to be precise. [[spoiler: It's the immortal Ashildr / Me.]]
22nd Dec '16 11:03:53 AM StFan
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Whenever there is but [[TheAloner a single living soul left on Earth]] in an AfterTheEnd scenario, we know that no matter how lonely it seems, there will '''always''' be other people left on Earth. Or perhaps zombies. [[IAmLegend Or a helpful dog]]. There always are. When it comes to exceptions, there are next to none. And even better: They are somewhere relatively close to him, and will run into him, despite the fact that Earth (or even a major city) is a [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale pretty big place]] and it should be [[FridgeLogic unbelievably easy to miss each other]]; generally, however, the second party is making an active effort to find the first, and such [[HandWave handwaves]] as "I tracked your radio" emerge in short order.

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Whenever there is but [[TheAloner a single living soul left on Earth]] in an AfterTheEnd scenario, we know that no matter how lonely it seems, there will '''always''' be other people left on Earth. Or perhaps zombies. [[IAmLegend Or a helpful dog]].dog. There always are. When it comes to exceptions, there are next to none. And even better: They are somewhere relatively close to him, and will run into him, despite the fact that Earth (or even a major city) is a [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale pretty big place]] and it should be [[FridgeLogic unbelievably easy to miss each other]]; generally, however, the second party is making an active effort to find the first, and such [[HandWave handwaves]] as "I tracked your radio" emerge in short order.
22nd Dec '16 10:49:26 AM StFan
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* In obscure doujinshi series ''MythicQuest'' this is [[spoiler: averted in the Empty Earth arc. Anaya really is the sole human left in the dimension of Earth.]] There are eventually robots powered back up and AIs, though.

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* In obscure doujinshi series ''MythicQuest'' ''Manga/MythicQuest'' this is [[spoiler: averted [[spoiler:averted in the Empty Earth arc. Anaya really is the sole human left in the dimension of Earth.]] There are eventually robots powered back up and AIs, A.I., though.



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* A rare example that is far from AfterTheEnd: In the film ''{{Film/Moon}}'', [[spoiler:we spend the first half of the film thinking that Sam has gone insane due to loneliness. It later turns out that there are thousands of clones on the moon]].

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* A rare example that is far from AfterTheEnd: In the film ''{{Film/Moon}}'', ''Film/{{Moon}}'', [[spoiler:we spend the first half of the film thinking that Sam has gone insane due to loneliness. It later turns out that there are thousands of clones on the moon]].



* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' is another zombie film that starts with one man thinking he's the only one left alive and staggering around a deserted city. It gets worse once the sun went down, naturally.
** ''Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' also starts out this way.
* ''Film/NightOfTheComet'': After they find a radio station, Samantha starts broadcasting to no one in particular, just for the hell of it. Suddenly, the "call" light goes off. [[spoiler: The caller turns out not to be as friendly as they let on.]]
** At the end, Regina admonishes Samantha for crossing the road without looking both ways. Samantha defiantly stomps to the middle of the street, screaming that no one is left in the city, but is interrupted by a speeding vehicle bearing down on her. The driver, a young male, stops to apologize and warns her to look both ways when she crosses the street.

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* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' is another zombie film that starts with one man thinking he's the only one left alive and staggering around a deserted city. It gets worse once the sun went goes down, naturally.
** %%** ''Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' also starts out this way.
* ''Film/NightOfTheComet'': After they find a radio station, Samantha starts broadcasting to no one no-one in particular, just for the hell of it. Suddenly, the "call" light goes off. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The caller turns out not to be as friendly as they let on.]]
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]] At the end, Regina admonishes Samantha for crossing the road without looking both ways. Samantha defiantly stomps to the middle of the street, screaming that no one no-one is left in the city, but is interrupted by a speeding vehicle bearing down on her. The driver, a young male, stops to apologize and warns her to look both ways when she crosses the street.



* 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.

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* Inverted in ''Film/LogansRun'', ''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.



** Some time after Brown published "Knock", another author shortened it by one letter to "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a lock on the door."

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** * Some time after Brown published "Knock", another author shortened it by one letter to "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a lock on the door."



* In "[[http://tinyurl.com/ybq8bov The Silent Towns]]", one of Creator/RayBradbury's Martian stories, a man thinks he's the last human on Mars, but discovers - much to his displeasure - that he isn't.
* Averted in ''{{Discworld/Eric}} Eric''. Since the last man on earth is, in fact, Death, he knows full well that no one's left. However, new matter begins to, very slowly, create itself, and he prepares himself to wait the billions of years necessary until he'll be needed again.

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* In "[[http://tinyurl.com/ybq8bov The Silent Towns]]", one of Creator/RayBradbury's Martian stories, a man thinks he's the last human on Mars, but discovers - much to his displeasure - -- that he isn't.
* Averted in ''{{Discworld/Eric}} Eric''. ''Discworld/{{Eric}}''. Since the last man on earth is, in fact, Death, he knows full well that no one's no-one's left. However, new matter begins to, very slowly, create itself, and he prepares himself to wait the billions of years necessary until he'll be needed again.



* M.P. Shiel's 1901 novel ''The Purple Cloud'' has a man believing himself to be the sole survivor after the title phenomenon seemingly kills off all other human and animal life on earth, but he eventually discovers a young woman has also survived the catastrophe.
** This story was updated and adapted for the 1959 film ''The World, the Flesh, and the Devil''.

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* M.P. Shiel's 1901 novel ''The Purple Cloud'' has a man believing himself to be the sole survivor after the title phenomenon seemingly kills off all other human and animal life on earth, but he eventually discovers a young woman has also survived the catastrophe.
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catastrophe. This story was updated and adapted for the 1959 film ''The World, the Flesh, and the Devil''.



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* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'' is about Phil Miller, who believes himself to be the last human left alive. By the end of the first episode he meets Carol, the last ''woman'' on Earth. Much like ''IAmLegend'' above, this is because Phil left the message "ALIVE IN TUSCON" in a number of locations across North America. He'd given up hope on finding someone before she arrived, but nonetheless, he was trying to be found.
** And eventually [[spoiler:they are joined by Melissa and then Todd, the latter obviously making the show's title something of a lie.]]

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* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'' is about Phil Miller, who believes himself to be the last human left alive. By the end of the first episode he meets Carol, the last ''woman'' on Earth. Much like ''IAmLegend'' ''Literature/IAmLegend'' above, this is because Phil left the message "ALIVE IN TUSCON" in a number of locations across North America. He'd given up hope on finding someone before she arrived, but nonetheless, he was trying to be found.
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found. And eventually [[spoiler:they are joined by Melissa and then Todd, the latter obviously making the show's title something of a lie.]]
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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