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''A Boy and His Dog'', a 1975 film, based on a short story/novella by Creator/HarlanEllison, is a look into the life of Vic and his telepathic dog Blood as they wander a post-apocalyptic United States after [[WorldWarIII World War IV]], scavenging for food and looking for sex. The TropeCodifier for the PostApocalypticDog. When Vic discovers Quilla, a beautiful young woman who appears to have come from one of the last refuges of civilization, he is instantly smitten with lust and assaults her at gunpoint. Before he can do the deed, they have to defend themselves from a band of rogues - they escape and a nascent romance develops.

After much testing of mattress springs, she persuades him to come back to her home and to leave Blood behind. There, he is told that their underground society has stagnated, and their fertility rate has dropped, so they need healthy sperm donors. Despite his initial enthusiasm, Vic takes exception to their methods and escapes with Quilla's help. End of movie? [[TwistEnding No.]]

Something of a cult classic, it was later adapted into a graphic novel, ''Vic and Blood: The Continuing Adventures of a Boy and His Dog''.

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!!This movie contains examples of the following tropes:

* ABoyAndHisX: [[TropeNamer Natch.]]
* AFriendInNeed: [[spoiler:Blood can't hunt for himself (although he fights fine and can scent track like radar), a side effect of his gaining the ability to speak somehow]]
* AfterTheEnd
* BlackComedy: [[spoiler:"Well, I'd certainly say she had marvelous judgment, Albert, if not particularly good taste."]]
--> "In the 1980s, politicians finally discovered the solution to urban blight." Cue nuclear explosion.
* {{Bros Before Hoes}}: When Blood is dying from thirst and starvation, Quilla tries to convince Vic to abandon him. [[spoiler: Instead Vic kills and cooks Quilla for Blood's lunch;]] it doesn't get any more bros before hoes than that.
* CanisLatinicus: ''Technically'' present - the dog recites Latin.
* CrapsackWorld: The world above ground is a wasteland populated by sex-hungry barbarians, Vic included; "Down Under" is a {{Dystopia}}n, creepy, oligarchical pastiche of TheDeepSouth where everyone is in whiteface.
* DeadlyEuphemism: "The farm, immediately."
* DeadpanSnarker: Blood loves to get his little digs in at Vic and his constant need for sex.
* DesertPunk: Burned Out Earth style.
* EatTheDog: [[spoiler: The TwistEnding inverts this magnificently. As Vic and Quilla escape with nothing but the clothes on their back, they find Blood has been waiting outside the entrance to the bunker for Vic for days without food. Quilla wants them to keep running and leave Blood. Blood needs something to eat. What does Vic do to resolve the crisis? He kills Quilla and feeds her to Blood.]]
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler:Quilla. Wants to be in charge and openly admits she was using Vic.]]
* FriendOrIdolDecision
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Is a wasteland dweller, whose only thought at the start is getting to rape a woman before some other ones finish with her and shoot her, more or less sympathetic than an oppressive {{Eagleland}} society that offhandedly kills people for a bad attitude? You decide.
* IntellectualAnimal: Blood is far smarter and more educated than Vic, teaching him history, keeping him out of trouble and planning tactics in a classic BrainsAndBrawn pairing.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The underground society requires healthy sperm from surface dwellers to impregnate their women. Vic thinks he's found his dream job. [[spoiler:It subverts this by forcibly extracting it.]]
* MechaMooks: Implied. "Go and get another Michael from the warehouse."
* MindlinkMates: Blood and Vic.
* NearRapeExperience: Vic; it's not for lack of trying, though.
* NewWaveScienceFiction: Based on a New Wave story by one of the most prominent New Wave writers, the story was a typical rejection/subversion of classic "golden age" SF tropes.
* TheNoseKnows: Like all dogs, Blood has an excellent sense of smell. Unlike our dogs, he can count foes, pinpoint their direction and distance to the nearest metre and point this out to his partner Vic.
** It's implied that all dogs can do this. Vic can't believe that the other raider's dog didn't smell Quilla and let him know.
*** Although others like Quilla seem confused that Vic actually speaks to Blood so maybe all dogs can track and be trained to scent women but not all are necessarily telepathic. Then again the committee did appear to attempt to interrogate a dog Vic had untied but it also appeared Vic had both been genuinely confused by the leash and looked to have attempted to communicate without success(we hear no answer or words, just a pressing of foreheads) with said white fluffy doggy so it can go either way.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: "Screamers", glow-in-the-dark, wailing zombies who only need to ''touch'' you to make you one of them.
* PostApocalypticDog
* ThePromisedLand: The main characters are searching for a place called ''Over The Hill.''
* RobotBuddy: Michael, complete with creepy smile and Kung Fu [[spoiler:NeckSnap]] Grip!
* ScavengerWorld
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Idealism? What's that?

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