->''"That's the problem with heroes, really. Their only purpose in life is to thwart others. They make no plans, develop no strategies. [[VillainsActHeroesReact They react instead of act.]] Without villains, heroes would stagnate. Without heroes, villains would be running the world. Heroes have morals. Villains have work ethic."''
-->--''Kang the Conqueror''

A 1995 limited series written by Creator/PeterDavid and Ariel Olivetti depicting the theoretical end to [[ComicBook/TheAvengers The Avengers]], taking place in a BadFuture where many super-powered heroes and villains are either dead, retired or missing.

The story starts off with [[ConquerorFromTheFuture Kang the Conqueror]] killing some guards and entering a Time Capsule that has [[SuperHeroTrophyShelf many memorabilia and souvenirs]] of many, many heroes, including independent heroes, the Avengers, and [[ComicBook/XMen the X-Men]]. Kang, however, finds something more interesting and informative than anything in the Time Capsule; [[ApocalypticLog a book titled ''The Last Avengers Story'']] depicting, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the end of the Avengers]].

Two years later, Kang [[NukeEm nukes]] The Avengers Nuclear Facility, the current headquarters of the current iteration of the Avengers, killing everyone inside. As expected, this attracted some heavy attention to the news media, and they interview what's left of the original Avengers, starting with [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] and his wife, [[ComicBook/TheWasp Janet Pym née van Dyne]]. After driving off the paparazzi, [[LegacyCharacter Ultron-59]] teleports right next to Hank and Janet, telling them that [[UltimateShowdownofUltimateDestiny the "final battle"]] is about to begin, and Hank has the choice of [[AvengersAssemble gathering what's left of the Avengers]] and fight off Ultron's forces as a team, or take a fatal chance and fight Ultron individually. After choosing the former option, Hank sets out to assemble a team of able-body and capable heroes including the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Human Torch]], Jessica Wingfoot, the daughter of Wyatt Wingfoot and [[ComicBook/SheHulk the MIA She-Hulk]] and the blind Hawkeye and his wife, Mockingbird while Ultron gathers up Kang, the GrimReaper Billy Maximoff, the son of ComicBook/TheVision and the deceased ComicBook/ScarletWitch, and his friend, Oddball, PsychoSerum incarnate.

It all culminates into one large battle over the fate of the Avengers and Earth itself.

!Tropes used in ''The Last Avengers Story'':

* AbsenteeActor: As the Avengers is such a grand team, several potential members are written out of the main battle for various reasons. She-Hulk and the Invisible Woman disappeared, Black Widow was crippled before then, Quasar went crazy, and some characters like IronMan are just "not around" at all.
* AntiClimax: The first battle with Ultron-19.
-->Mockingbird: ''"Hawkeye fired arrow after arrow into (Ultron-19), but it was a sonic disruption arrow that proved the most devastating. Thus ending the short, and admittedly unimpressive first battle of Ultron-19."''
* BadFuture: Most heroes and villains are dead, retired or missing, half of the Fantastic Four are gone, the new Avengers have been recently nuked, there has been a cataclysm that affected the Earth for two months, and considering that Earth was only affected peripherally, Asgard and Olympus may be doing much, much worse.
** On the other hand, despite the [[MoralDissonance unsavory method most of the villains were disposed of by]], the Earth seemed to be in a period of relative peace until Kang started mucking things up again.
* BittersweetEnding: The Avengers won the day, and killed the last of the great avengers villains ([[spoiler:Ultron and Kang the Conqueror]]). Unfortunately, the majority of the superheroes are dead or retired, and Hank Pym's RagtagBandOfMisfits was greatly diminished during this last battle. Yet despite all the death and loss around them, the formally broken Hawkeye still has a reason to go on, because [[spoiler:Comicbook/CaptainAmerica will one day return, and make all this heroism worth it.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: The Wasp still has her shrinking powers and biostings, but it began affecting her biology more long term, so that by the time of the story, she's shrunk to the size of a child, can't grow back, and was socially ostracized for it.
* BlindedByTheLight: [[spoiler:Hawkeye, permanently, by Wonder Man's and Hulk's explosive deaths.]]
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Technically, this is how Kang goes down.]]
* CainAndAbel: Billy and Tommy Maximoff, respectively.
* TheCameo: Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} and Comicbook/IronMan during Captain America's funeral, [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]], [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] and [[Comicbook/DrDoom Doctor Doom]] were called in by Hank to join in the battle, but the former couldn't go due to responsibilities with his family, and the latter two because Reed would be a liability in battle (his body has melted to the point where he needs braces) and Doctor Doom because, well, brain damage and all.
* DistantFinale: To the Avengers stories as a whole (at least in speculation).
* DrivenToSuicide: Quicksilver, after accidentally crushing his sister, who tampered with his speed abilites to stop him from hurting The Vision. [[spoiler:Speaking of the Vision, his death may count too, if you think fusing with Ultron to kill him counts as suicide.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Vision sacrificed himself in order to defeat Ultron once and for all.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:The Hulk.]]
* GoingCritical: [[spoiler:When Hulk broke Wonder Man's skin, it released all of his ionic energy.]]
** [[spoiler:TakingYouWithMe]]: [[spoiler:Wonder Man: "''Tigra... I'm... I'm coming, kid... and I'm bringing... '''company'''..." *cue mushroom cloud explosion*'']]
* GreatOffscreenWar: "The Great Cataclysm", an event that happened twenty years ago in story which involved a threat to Asgard and Olympus that caused wild weather and natural events to occur on Earth. Heroes like [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]], and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]] went to aid but never returned, and others like She-Hulk and the Invisible Woman disappeared after the event.
** ShellShockedVeteran: The Hulk was the only one to have returned from battle, although he was found unconscious in the side of Mount Parnassus, holding Hercules' mace. His skin color was the color of slate instead of his usual green. [[spoiler:Its implied that the events that took place during the Great Cataclysm fueled the Hulk's Face Heel Turn.]]
* KilledOffForReal: There are many implied deaths/disappearances, but the ones who have died in flashbacks/in story are: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica [[spoiler:[[SuspendedAnimation but not really]],]] the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, [[spoiler:Tigra, Wonder Man, the Hulk]], every New Avenger, [[spoiler:Hotshot, Jessica Wingfoot, the Vision, Cannonball, Ultron-59, Kang, Billy, Oddball, Hank Pym]].
** Older avengers also died offscreen include Black Panther and Wild Man.
* MechaMooks: The forty other Ultrons.
-->Ultron-59: ''They could have anticipated it, really. I'm Ultron-59. The last previous known one was Ultron-19. [[LampshadeHanging Didn't they wonder what happened to the other forty?]]''
* PutOnABusToHell: Thor, Hercules and The Thing all went to fight against some great cataclysm, but none of them ever returned to the earth.
* RefusalOfTheCall: The Human Torch's daughter refused to join the battle despite inheriting her father's fire powers.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:''The Last Avengers Story'' book was actually written by Ultron-59 in a plot to end the Avengers once and for all. Subverted in a sense, since the story did not come to pass, as Kang decided to ''deviate'' from the story by killing Hank Pym before Ultron could.]]
-->Ultron-59: ''[[spoiler:...you '''idiot'''!! He was my '''father!''' My chance for closure, and mine alone, as it said in the book! You choose '''now''' to throw the book away?]]''
** HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:If Kang didn't kill Hank before Ultron did, Ultron wouldn't turn on him, and the villains could have won.]]
* TheStinger: There is someone who was watching the recording of the final battle. Who was it, you ask? [[spoiler:Captain America.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to the grim reaper at the end of the book.
* WhatIf: Considering it was written 1995, some of the details around the story wouldn't line up with current comic continuity.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Hank Pym eventually came to this conclusion about himself, being willing to go into battle instead of hide in the microverse.