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The seventh and final installment in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' and the seventh book chronologically. Seven years (on Earth) after the events of ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', Jill and Eustace are summoned back for one last adventure, to aid the current King of Narnia against the treachery of the [[ManiacMonkeys ape]], [[TheQuisling Shift]], and his [[ArabianNightsDays quasi-Arabian]] Calormene allies.

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!!This book provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Jill has developed into one of these, being even better than Tirian at woodcraft, and a reliable archer.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Shift
** Also, the intended Aesop behind [[spoiler:Susan]]'s "betrayal," which becomes clearer upon reading the author's nonfiction writings.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The ending tells the reader that the previous books were just the covers of the true stories, and that the true stories will continue on forever and ever, each chapter better than the last in the true Narnia.]]
* TheAntiChrist: [[spoiler:Shift, a literal ape of God]].
** AntiAntiChrist: [[spoiler:Puzzle the donkey, whom Shift duped into wearing a lion's skin and becoming the fake Aslan.]]
* ApocalypseWow
* [[spoiler:AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]
* AssInALionSkin: Literally. Puzzle the Donkey is put into a lion skin by Shift the ape (probably an allusion to Creator/{{Aesop}}'s ''Fables'').
* AuthorTract
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Ginger, Shift, and Rishda Tarkaan were all done away with by [[spoiler:Tash. He turned Ginger into an un-intelligent animal, killed Shift, and took the Tarkaan alive to Hell.]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouSay: Rishda Tarkaan really wasn't expecting Tash to respond to his summons, given that he didn't actually believe in the Calormene god in the first place.
* BerserkButton: The chapter "The Rashness of the King" refers to King Tirian going berserk and chopping off a few heads when he sees Calormenes chopping down dryads' trees and harnessing and whipping a Talking Horse. He blows his party's cover later when the Calormenes threaten a Talking Boar. Do not mess with King Tirian's subjects!
* BigBadDuumvirate: Shift, Rishda and Ginger. The latter two were [[DragonInChief Dragons in chief]] with Rishda being the dominant.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Tash]]
* BitterSweetEnding: Even if the children are now [[spoiler: happily living in Aslan's country]], the realization that they had been [[spoiler:mangled corpses on some train platform]] for the better part of the book is still jarring to the reader. This is because ''The Last Battle'' has the same type of optimism found in the Literature/BookOfRevelation -- the end of this world is just the beginning of a [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence truer existence]]; if you don't buy it, the ending might come off as very dark indeed.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Shift claims that the Narnian Aslan and the Calormene god Tash are the same, referring to this combined being as "Tashlan".
* BumblingSidekick: Puzzle to Shift, who gets abused and emotionally blackmailed so often that the HeelFaceTurn comes hardly as a surprise.
--> ''Shift had one friend and neighbour who was a donkey called Puzzle. At least they both said they were friends, but from the way things went on you might have thought Puzzle was more like Shift's servant than his friend.''
* CatsAreMean: Ginger.
* DarkerAndEdgier: By far the darkest of the seven books. It was almost inevitable, because ''The Last Battle'' heavily draws upon the Apocalypse.
* DeadToBeginWith: At the end of the book the protagonists find out that they died in a train crash near the beginning of the book, so their entire adventure in Narnia occurred after their deaths.
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: Tash is real and everybody dies and goes to heaven]].
* DragonInChief: Eventually, the Tisroc ends up in complete control of Shift, although he keeps up the illusion that Shift is still in charge to manipulate others.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Tirian, Eustace, and Jill.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Susan survives having not been on the train, but is written out of the story. The Pevensie children claim that she stopped believing in Narnia and started dismissing her adventures as childhood games. The effect is [[{{Anticlimax}} anticlimactic]].
* DyingDream
* EndOfAnAge
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* EnemyToAllLivingThings[=/=]WalkingWasteland: The grass that Tash treads upon dies instantly.
* FateWorseThanDeath: After Ginger goes into the stable to speak to "Tashlan", when he comes out, he [[spoiler:turns into a regular non-talking cat.]]
* FlatEarthAtheist:
** The Dwarfs except Poggin. They pay for it by not being able to see their surroundings in Heaven.
** Rishida Tarkaan believes in neither Aslan nor Tash. [[spoiler:Tash is not happy about this.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In a conversation with talking Dogs, it is said that male pups that don't behave are often called "Boys." One mentions that female dogs are called "Girls" instead, and another dog tells him not to use that word because it's rude.
* GodGuise: Puzzle the donkey agrees to wear the skin of a lion while his so-called friend Shift tells everyone that Puzzle is Aslan. Shift's intentions are evil [[LesCollaborateurs collaborating]] with the [[TheEmpire evil empire of Calormen]], but Puzzle himself is [[GullibleLemmings mostly just impressionable and bad at saying no]]. It was quite an [[WhatAnIdiot idiotic]] move, agreeing to impersonate Aslan and enable the betrayal of the country of Narnia, but the only character who really calls Puzzle out on this is Eustace.
* GondorCallsForAid:
** Subversion - Tirian and the crew head back to find Roonwit and the troops he was bringing from Cair Paravel [[spoiler: only to find out from Farsight the eagle that Cair Paravel has been sacked by Calormen, and Roonwit is dead.]]
** Played straight with the Calormenes. They call for help, and it comes! ("Mordor Calls for Help"?)
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler:Summoning Tash]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Shift brings the Calormenes into Narnia to help him rule it, they promptly reduce him to a figurehead. Ginger and the Tarkaan Rishda perpetuate the idea of "Tashlan", and are [[spoiler:respectively made-unintelligent and taken to Hell by Tash.]]
* HollywoodTactics: Averted, most notably when Jill and Farsight -- the only ranged combatants -- are sent to flank the attacking Calormenes.
* HonorBeforeReason: Tirian and Jewel are so ashamed of killing the Calormene slavemasters in unfair combat that they voluntarily surrender their weapons and allow themselves to be captured. They were under the belief that Aslan had ordered the Calormenes to use the Talking Horses, so they felt it was necessary to be punished because they had deeply blasphemed.
-->“Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?” said the King. “That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun.”
* HopeSpot: The Talking Horses charging to the rescue, only to be shot down by the dwarves.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:EVERY human from our world that had ever had the fortune to enter Narnia over the course of the books died in a train accident at the end, save for Susan, who was elsewhere at the time of the train accident and had grown up to the point of regarding Narnia as a fairy tale. The good news is that those who died were welcomed into the remade Aslan's Country.]]
* KillEmAll: Played with. Since the final book deals with the afterlife, the character who gets effectively written out is the one who ''didn't'' die, nor was she on the train.
* KingInTheMountain: Father Time was once a great king, but sleeps underground (some of the characters saw him in ''The Silver Chair''), to wake at the end of the world.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Ginger the cat, who takes over from Shift, creates the idea of "Tashlan", and doesn't believe either Tash or Aslan are real. [[spoiler:Tash is very much real, and he reverts Ginger to a witless beast.]]
* LastStand
* MakeUpIsEvil: An obsession with make-up is one reason why Susan didn't come.
* MeaningfulName: Emeth's name is derived from the Hebrew word for "truth."
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tirian and Jewel after they kill two of the Calormene soldiers they saw murdering the dryads and overworking and whipping a Talking Horse.
* NostalgiaHeaven: The end of the book. They find themselves in "The England within England, the real England", where "no good thing is destroyed".
* PaperThinDisguise: Puzzle's disguise as Aslan is woefully bad. The only reason anybody falls for it is because it's dark when they see him, because he never says anything, and because it's been years since anybody saw a living lion.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: "This is my password. ''The light is dawning, the lie broken.'' Now guard thee, miscreant, for I am Tirian of Narnia."
* PutOnABus: Susan.
* RailEnthusiast: Edmund is described as “the sort of person who knows about trains.”
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The train crash is based on a real accident that happened in Britain in 1955. Both real and fictional accidents were caused by a train bound for Bristol taking a sharp curve through a station at excessive speed and derailing.
* RecursiveReality: Mr. Tumnus touches on the true nature of Narnia as "an onion where the layers get bigger as you peel them away"
* SacrificialLamb: The dryad who comes to warn the king that the Talking Trees of Lantern Waste are being cut down (killing the dryads who inhabit them) dies right in front of Tirian and co. to emphasize the brutality and horror of the situation to the reader.
* SatanicArchetype: Tash.
* ScamReligion: Shift forms one.
* ScoutOut: Averted; Jill Pole is flat-out called a member of the Girl Guides and has various skills enhanced by her membership, namely tracking and archery.
* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: Shift is pretty good at these, convincing Puzzle that a thunderbolt is a good omen rather than a bad one; that a fake Aslan is wandering about once Puzzle escapes with Tirian, Eustace and Jill; and later (along with Ginger), convincing some of the talking animals that Aslan and Tash are the same being.
* SelfInflictedHell: The "Last Judgment" of Narnia is precisely this -- Aslan says not a word; the creatures all come up to him, look him in the face, and either love him or reject him, essentially judging themselves and determining their own fate.
** The dwarves in the stable are a more concrete example. They believe themselves to be in a dark stable, so they are.
* ShapeShifterMashup: Tash, who has four arms, a bird's head, and [[LovecraftianSuperpower projects an aura of utter terror and horror]].
* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: The dwarves end up in Aslan's country with everybody else, but they're too cynical to believe it, and manage to delude themselves into believing they're still locked in a dark stable eating rotten food
* ShutUpHannibal: Tirian tries, early in the book, but he is cut short and silenced by Shift's followers.
* SmugSnake: Shift and Ginger
* SnowballLie: Shift's lies about the fake Aslan start to pile up when the Calormenes get involved in conquering Narnia.
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: Very much like the Biblical signs, in fact. Given that it's a Christian allegory, this should not come as a surprise.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Shift and his Calormene allies are taken quite off-guard by the fact that the Calormene god Tash actually exists, and will come when you summon him properly.
* SpeciesLoyalty: The dwarves opt for this.
* StairwayToHeaven: "Further up and further in."
* StupidNeutral: The Dwarves refuse to ally themselves with the Calormenes or with the heroes. Then they start shooting at either side to prevent either side from gaining the upper hand. The worst example is their passing the MoralEventHorizon by killing a whole herd of horses who were rushing to Tirian's aid, then jeering at him before invoking the StupidNeutral idea behind their behaviour.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Lewis ends the story by claiming that the previous adventures were book covers to the main stories that will follow. We'll never read about them, though. At least not in ''this'' world...
* TookALevelInBadass: Jill has honed her survival skills since her last trip to Narnia.
* {{Unicorn}}: Jewel, but GoodIsNotNice nor [[GoodIsNotSoft soft]].
* VillainousValor: The Dwarves, and to a certain extent the Calormenes, when it's pointed out that although they are the enemy, they're still brave and capable soldiers.
* WarIsHell
* TheWarToEndAllWars: It's in the title. It's not quite as dramatic as it sounds, however.
* WorthyOpponent: Emeth, a noble Calormene soldier, is revealed to have been transported to Aslan's country after he volunteered to investigate the stable and see his god Tash for himself. The reason for this that the man honestly and truly believed in his god with a pure love and spirit, i.e. what Aslan would look for in a follower, and thus he counted him among his "flock" (this is definitely inspired by the "virtuous pagan" doctrine). By contrast, if the soldier had been a Narnian and had done cruel/evil things in Aslan's name, this would have given him over to Tash.
** This was Emeth's own reaction on meeting High King Peter - "I know not whether you are a friend or an enemy, but I would be proud to have you for either. Has not one of the poets said that a noble friend is the best gift and a noble enemy the next best?"
* XanatosSpeedChess: Puzzle is captured and Tirian plans to reveal him to the Narnians as the false Aslan they've been following. By the time they return, however. Shift has already spread the word about a false Aslan and is using that to frame Tirian and his allies with the blame of deceiving everyone.
** Shift's noted early on to be very good at this. When a BoltOfDivineRetribution strikes nearby after Shift and Puzzle think up the plan to pass himself off as Aslan, a quick-thinking Shift says he was about to say Aslan would send such a bolt of lightning to tell them he approves, only the bolt happened before he could get the words out. Later when a lamb protests allying with the Calormens because they worship the evil Tash, Shift just rebukes him and tells him Aslan and Tash are the same being.
* YearInsideHourOutside: A reversal of the usual pattern of Narnian time running faster when Eustace and Jill arrive moments after Tirian's vision in Narnia, but days later in earth time.
* ZergRush: The Calormenes eventually outmatch Tirian with sheer numbers.
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