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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.
26th Nov '15 8:28:40 PM nombretomado
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* Done literally in ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Empty Planet"; when Rani wakes up and finds out she's alone, she checks the neighboring houses for other people with no luck. As she's searching for a working TV signal, there's a knock on the front door... which turns out to be her best friend Clyde. Played closer to the spirit of the trope later, when they run across a stranger who was also left behind, then a pair of killer robots... Rani and Clyde are still on the planet because the Judoon grounded them earlier in the series, and said stranger is [[spoiler:the reason everyone but him got moved off the planet.]]

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* Done literally in ''TheSarahJaneAdventures'' ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Empty Planet"; when Rani wakes up and finds out she's alone, she checks the neighboring houses for other people with no luck. As she's searching for a working TV signal, there's a knock on the front door... which turns out to be her best friend Clyde. Played closer to the spirit of the trope later, when they run across a stranger who was also left behind, then a pair of killer robots... Rani and Clyde are still on the planet because the Judoon grounded them earlier in the series, and said stranger is [[spoiler:the reason everyone but him got moved off the planet.]]
17th Nov '15 11:34:30 AM ChronoLegion
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--->What's that in the mirror? Or the corner of your eye?
--->What's that footstep following, but never passing by?
--->Perhaps they're all just waiting, perhaps when we're all dead,
--->Out they'll come a-slithering from underneath the bed.
30th Oct '15 5:31:36 AM Morgenthaler
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** Justified by the fact that he had a radio broadcast playing 24/7 saying exactly where he would be at exactly what time, if anyone wanted to bother coming for him.
30th Oct '15 5:31:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheQuietEarth'' was advertised as a drama concerning the last man left on Earth, and how he copes with his loneliness. (Not well.) Of course, less than halfway through the film he meets another survivor, and another soon after...

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* ''TheQuietEarth'' ''Film/TheQuietEarth'' was advertised as a drama concerning the last man left on Earth, and how he copes with his loneliness. (Not well.) Of course, less than halfway through the film he meets another survivor, and another soon after...
21st Aug '15 5:54:50 AM VVK
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* In the story "The Big Chill" by Creator/AlanMoore, the protagonists are the last few living beings left in the ''universe'' right before its final heat death. [[spoiler: The only additional living thing they encounter is a being who assimilates them and re-creates the universe after it ends.]]
4th Aug '15 2:33:03 PM TARINunit9
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* The trope namer is an interesting subversion with the last man being in an alien zoo and after the zookeepers leave he (among other thing propositions the last woman on earth for an AdamAndEvePlot which she declines the lock on the being revealed to be a sign of captivity and the knock on the door being a HopeSpot
** A far creepier version of the Trope Namer, being:

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* The trope namer is an interesting subversion with the last man being in an alien zoo and after zoo. After the zookeepers leave he propositions for (among other thing propositions things) the last woman on earth for an AdamAndEvePlot AdamAndEvePlot, which she declines the declines. The lock on the being man's door is revealed to be a sign of captivity and the knock on the door being a HopeSpot
** A far creepier version of Which reminds us, the Trope Namer, being:Namer originally read [[BeamMeUpScotty slightly different]]:
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