* ActorAllusion: At one point in the game, Joel mentions that he wanted to become a singer. His actor, Troy Baker, was once the lead singer for an indie-rock band called Tripp Fontaine.
* ApprovalOfGod: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Vx6aML-cE This]] reimagining of the opening to ''True Detective'' by way of ''The Last of Us'' got [[https://twitter.com/Neil_Druckmann/status/454276575010095104 an opproving tweet from the game's creative director]].
* AscendedFanon: An inversion of sorts, while the original concepts for Joel and Ellie had their last names as "Miller" and "Williams", respectively (see WhatCouldHaveBeen below), Naughty Dog eventually decided to scrap all last names from the game. This hasn't stopped [[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcWwh4iPAOjWhBV8TD8FX7g some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWdAsGtHpPYdHelo42zOjLA fans]] from running with the scrapped names, however.
* DoingItForTheArt: Naughty Dog had to stand its ground to have Ellie feature on the game's cover, since the popular idea among publishers is that games with a female on the cover might alienate wider audiences. More about it can be read [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121064-Naughty-Dog-Flat-Out-Refused-to-Change-Last-of-Us-Cover here]].
* DuelingGames: Has parallels to a number of games, including:
** ''VideoGame/IAmAlive'': WeaponForIntimidation, DisasterScavengers, platforming-climbing around the RuinsOfTheModernAge, influences from TheRoad, CombatPragmatism, an older guy escorting a young girl and so on.
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'': Both are AAA games with a heavy focus on narrative featuring guitar playing, UnscrupulousHero protagonists voiced by Creator/TroyBaker, [[spoiler:who both lost their daughter 20 years ago]] and are now charged with escorting a MacGuffinGirl named Elizabeth or a derivative of such, teaching her the ways of the world, [[spoiler:and eventually turning against a black woman leading a revolutionary force]].
** ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'': Man takes care of a young girl in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.
** ''{{VideoGame/Metro2033}}''/''[[VideoGame/MetroLastLight Last Light]]'': Post-apocalyptic SurvivalHorror story set in the ruins of a former superpower nation 20 years AfterTheEnd, heavy use of {{Improvised Weapon}}s, hostile environs that require a gas mask and a rechargeable flashlight, ability to choose between stealthy or loud approaches to combat, and even more guitar playing.
* FanNickname: The infected are often jokingly referred to as the "mushroom people".
** Some people have taken to calling the time before the infection outbreak as...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Before.]] With a capital B.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Creator/TroyBaker is Joel.
*** And it's not the first time he's played a guy who laments his inability to [[spoiler:[[FinalFantasyXIII save a girl named Sarah/Serah]]...]]
**** Or the first time he's asked to watch over a [[BioshockInfinite very special girl]].
*** In the Japanese version, [[KoichiYamadera he's]] [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]] and Disney/WreckItRalph.
** Creator/AshleyJohnson is Ellie.
*** In the Japanese version, [[Creator/MegumiHan she's]] [[Manga/HunterXHunter Gon Freecss]].
** Creator/AnnieWersching is Tess.
*** In the Japanese version, [[Creator/AtsukoTanaka she's]] [[Series/GhostInTheShell the Major]] and [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Lisa Lisa]].
** RobinAtkinDownes is Robert.
** Creator/LiamOBrien and Creator/LaniMinella provide vocal effects for the infected.
** Creator/ReubenLangdon is James.
** Merle Dandridge ([[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Alyx Vance]]) is Marlene.Its not the first time she voiced a head figure of a Resitance movement.
** Creator/SteveBlum and YuriLowenthal both provide voices for {{mooks}} and MP characters.
** Creator/NolanNorth is David.
** W. Earl Brown ([[{{Series/Deadwood}} Dan Dority]]) is Bill.
** Creator/LauraBailey and JenniferHale are both present as minor characters. Most notably, the former is Ramirez, the female military operative from near the start of the game who tests Ellie.
* LyingCreator: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced.]] Naughty Dog felt the need to insist that [[spoiler: you only play as Joel and never as Ellie]] in interviews because they felt the twist was so crucial to the story.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/NolanNorth as David.
* ProductionPosse: Seeing as Creator/NolanNorth is to Creator/NaughtyDog what John Ratzenberger is to Creator/{{Pixar}}, it's inevitable that he'd show up.
* ShoutOut: The trophy for unlocking all shiv doors is [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 "Master of Unlocking"]].
** A lady running a food stand near the beginning makes it clear that she'll only take ration cards, and that she's "not interested in [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} bartering for bullets]]".
** One concept art has [[http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2861285130 an old man in the background]] who is a flipped-over repaint of famous Chinese homeless "Brother Sharp".
* ThrowItIn: Creative director Neil Druckmann revealed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deuVinwv1os an interview]] that Creator/AshleyJohnson improvised some of Ellie's quirky humor.
* TruthInTelevision: The Cordyceps here are a mutated form of the actual fungal infection. The real Cordyceps work only on insects and other arthropods.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Tess was originally conceived as a major antagonist, harboring a grudge against Joel for betraying her in the past. More about it can be read [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126687-The-Last-of-Us-Originally-Cast-Tess-as-a-Villain here]].
** An [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1jg952/hi_were_neil_druckmann_creative_director_and/ AMA on reddit.com]] with game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckman revealed some interesting things:
*** Early in development, Joel's last name was given as "Miller" and Ellie's as "Williams," but [[WordofGod Neil Druckmann]] [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1jg952/hi_were_neil_druckmann_creative_director_and/cbecr5b revealed]] that the decision was made to cut all last names from the final product. These names are still listed in the Japanese [[AllThereInTheManual manual]], however.
*** Joel was originally going to be named "Ethan". [[DevelopmentGag There is a mook that Joel will kill in a cut-scene, who a pair of other mooks who come to investigate refer to as "Ethan."]]
** Joel [[spoiler:rescuing Ellie from the operating room]] was originally going to be a cutscene, which can be seen parodied [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8XN7eoZr0Y here]] (spoilers, obviously) with Troy Baker and Merle Dandridge singing the dialogue in the ending.
*** A fan actually made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z8P_RoKDho&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D6Z8P_RoKDho&app=desktop an orchestral accompaniment]] to it, which [[ApprovalOfGod got tweeted by Troy Baker]].
** Instead of [[spoiler:giraffes, Joel and Ellie were going to encounter a herd of deer, but the developers figured giraffes would make it more special.]]
** "Left Behind" has its share of ideas which either didn't make it or were heavily reworked. Some of which were revealed in [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/14/the-last-of-us-left-behind-spoilercast-podcast-beyond-episode-329 this interview with Druckmann and Straley on IGN]]:
*** They toyed with the idea of including a note written by [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ish]]; but eventually decided not to, as it would've been little more than PanderingToTheBase.
*** Originally, the DLC wasn't even going to show the moment where [[spoiler: Riley and Ellie get bitten.]]
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!! Misc Trivia:
* Both Neil Druckmann and Troy Baker have shown interest in Creator/JoshBrolin for the part of Joel in the movie adaptation, while Ashley Johnson's own personal choice for Ellie is GameOfThrones' actress Maisie Williams, to which said actress have also stated that she "wouldn't say no" to playing her. Whether these are the actors that will actually end up in the roles however remains to be seen.