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->"''Endure and survive.''"

'''''The Last of Us''''' is a video game from Creator/NaughtyDog. It was released on the Playstation 3 on June 14th 2013, with a Playstation 4 version released on July 29th 2014.

In [[NextSundayAD late 2013]], a [[FesteringFungus new type of fungal infection]] swept across the planet, causing a ZombieApocalypse. Twenty years later, the last remnants of humanity live in "quarantine zones" under martial law, or as "Hunters" who prey upon their fellow man to survive.

Joel is a bitter and amoral ShellShockedVeteran who works as a smuggler out of the Boston Quarantine Zone with his partner-in-crime [[ActionGirl Tess]]. When a deal goes sour, Joel is given one last chance to salvage the goods: by striking a deal with the radical [[LaResistance Fireflies]] movement to smuggle a [[ActionSurvivor fourteen-year-old girl named Ellie]] out of the city. This simple job quickly spirals out of control, turning into a country-wide trek across the ruins of America in pursuit of what could be a cure to the infection that plagues humanity as Joel and Ellie encounter not only Infected, but also the worst that humanity in this setting has to offer.

Considered to be not only Naughty Dog's best game yet, but also one of the best games of the seventh console generation and also up there with the top echelon of "greatest games ever made", ''The Last of Us'' has won close to ''seventy awards'' ranging from Game of The Year to best storytelling, voice acting, etc. The studio has always had a reputation for putting a stunning amount of craft into their games, and this game lives up to that tradition.

As of March 2014, The Last of Us has sold well over ''7 million copies'' and after VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV had the second largest video game launch of 2013! On Feb 14th 2014, a single-player DLC titled ''Left Behind'' was released. Acting as a [[{{Prequel}} pre-]] and [[{{Interquel}} inter-quel]], it focuses on two timelines: firstly, it follows Ellie and her best friend Riley a few weeks before the central plot starts; and secondly, it fills in the TimeSkip between Fall and Winter. '''Please note that, due to [[Administrivia/HandlingSpoilers whiting out issues]], ''main story spoilers will be unmarked in the DLC folder.'''''

In March 2014, it was announced that Creator/SamRaimi would be producing a big-screen adaptation of ''The Last of Us'', with rumors at that year's Comic-Con that ''Series/GameOfThrones''' Creator/MaisieWilliams was in talks to play Ellie.

Now has a [[Characters/TheLastOfUs Characters page]].

Previews: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZYkj0glnqs E3 2012 trailer]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQVuzjLYiGs extended Left Behind trailer]]
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!!This game provides examples of:

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* TheLastOfUs/TropesAToD
* TheLastOfUs/TropesEToJ
* TheLastOfUs/TropesKToN
* TheLastOfUs/TropesOToZ
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[[folder:''Left Behind''/''American Dreams'' DLCs]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The Last of Us comic ''American Dreams'' tells the story of how Ellie and Riley met, and also gives us Riley's age, which is 16.
** ''Left Behind'' also features many [[CallBack Call Backs]] and references to the comic; Ellie and Riley discuss and mention things that come across as [[NoodleIncident Noodle Incidents]] to anyone who hasn't read the comic but, in reality, were actually shown.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: You play as Ellie through the whole DLC.
* AndStarring: Troy Baker receives credit as Joel again, though all he does is gasp and lie on the ground.
* ArcWords: The main plot's theme of [[spoiler:continuing to survive, no matter what,]] returns through a speech given by Riley.
* ArtStyleDissonance: For ''American Dreams'', [[TropesAreTools this trope somehow works]] - the art is more evocative of a slice-of-life comic akin to ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' than a story about the ZombieApocalypse, in spite of the more realistic-looking covers. Nonetheless, the work is essentially a coming-of-age story that focuses less on the actual infected themselves and more on Ellie's growth into becoming a young adult, meaning that the cartoonish appearance suits her state-of-mind at the time better than a gritty, realistic art style would.
* {{Backtracking}}: Of a sort, as the interquel part has Ellie looping back on herself very briefly to evade the bandits.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Ellie and Riley]], for a grand total of about three minutes after their [[TheBigDamnKiss Big Damn Kiss]] and before they are infected. [[TheImmune Ellie]] obviously [[HeartbrokenBadass survives]] the infection.
* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Ellie to Riley when she agrees to stay with her.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Ellie and Riley both get infected, with Riley succumbing to the virus while Ellie remains immune. Ellie is then faced with the choice of either killing the monster that her friend will turn into, or leaving her behind at the risk of infecting others - and it's not clear which decision she made in the end. Nonetheless, Ellie lives on to try and make a difference with her condition, and Riley's last words are implied to have inspired her to keep living.
* BossBattle: Of a sort. Ellie has to best Riley in a few games and activites, though losing is an option (as they just laugh about it and the plot continues anyway).
* BreakTheCutie: Ellie. It also serves to explain why she dislikes leaving Marlene, and later Joel; she has a past of losing people she dearly cares about.
** Riley counts as well. In difference to Ellie, she's shown to nearly constantly wear a positive attitude, which makes it all the more sad when she eventually breaks down upon getting bit.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Players can optionally sign into facebook to let the game make a single post to their wall. [[spoiler:It means the photos Ellie and Riley take in the booth can be kept, allowing for an added punch if they view it after completing the DLC.]]
-->'''Ellie''': What's a ''"face-book"?''
* CallBack: Just like in the main campaign, the intro shot is of Joel's "baby girl" sleeping.
** It also ends with a close up of Ellie's sad face.
** A number of elements in this story were first referenced in the main campaign, such as [[spoiler:the soldier who taught Ellie to ride a horse, the video game found in the arcade,]] and so on.
* CatScare: Literally. While Ellie's going through a dark hallway a cat will jump out twice, startling both her and likely the players.
* ChekhovsGun: It's revealed that Ellie got her book of puns from Riley. [[spoiler:The fact that she keeps it parallels Joel keeping his broken watch from Sarah.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: During one section, the player has to use stealth and tactics to outsmart and "hunt" Riley. This later helps Ellie when she has to out-maneuver David in the burning restaurant.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The DLC explores this, showing that Ellie has a dreadful history that rivals Joel's.
* DeathByNewberyMedal: Watch as Ellie forgives Riley and the two get back on good terms, only for both to get infected, accept their death, and for Riley to later die offscreen.
* DiscOneNuke: Since you play as Ellie, you get access to her unbreakable switchblade, which can silently kill anything you face.
* DoomedByCanon: Riley.
* DramaticIrony: It's pretty sad when you know how it's going to turn out. [[spoiler:Ten fold when you realize they go for option two, meaning Ellie is going to watch Riley die without getting to turn herself.]]
* EasterEgg: Several exist if you wish to indulge them -- players can have Ellie tell dozens of pun jokes if they want to keep going, and several joke items can be played with in the joke shop if you look.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: The hunting rifle doesn't become available until midway through the final fight.
* EnemyMine: Played with. At certain segments towards the end Ellie can throw bricks or bottles to lure infected towards non-infected enemies. The name of the chapter is even "The enemy of my enemy".
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Both Ellie and Riley end up getting bit, with Riley eventually succumbing to the infection.]]
* ForWantOfANail: [[spoiler:Had the scaffold Ellie climbs at the end held, she would not have fallen. Since this causes her to get bitten, the entire core plot hinges on it.]]
* GilliganCut: Towards the end there's a scene of Ellie trying to calm herself down as she's preparing to stitch up Joel, only to cut to a scene in the flashback portion of Ellie smashing some pots after she and Riley had just been bitten.
* HopeSpot: Appears in both timelines.
** The prequel sequence has [[spoiler:Ellie and Riley making amends, only for infected to burst in and chase them.]]
** Also in the prequel is when [[spoiler:Ellie and Riley almost escape the infected, only for the scaffold Ellie is climbing to topple. Because of it, they both end up bitten.]]
** The midquel sequence has [[spoiler:Ellie eliminating the final bandit group and reaching Joel. About to open the padlock keeping him safe, a shot narrowly misses her and more bandits (and then infected) start to close in on her.]]
* HowWeGotHere: [[spoiler:The story of how Ellie got bit.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: As with the main plot, Ellie can read from her joke book.
* LeftHanging: [[spoiler:The DLC ends shortly after Ellie and Riley get bit, not showing what eventually became of Riley or how Ellie reacted to not turning herself.]]
* MeaningfulName: Riley means "courageous".
** "Left Behind" could mean multiple things:
** How Riley left Ellie behind when she tried to join the fireflies.
** Ellie is forced to leave Joel behind to look for supplies in an abandoned mall [[spoiler: to try to heal his life-threatening puncture wound]].
*** However, after beating the main game, the title most likely refers to [[spoiler: how Ellie is suffering survivors guilt over Riley's death, and that Ellie is still waiting for her turn to die.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Ellie''': She says, "Let's just wait it out, you know, we can be all poetic and lose our minds together." I'm still waiting for my turn. Her name was Riley and she was the first to die. Then Tess. And then Sam.]]
* MinimalistCast: The acting credits even show it -- "Ashley Johnson as Ellie, Yaani King as Riley, and Troy Baker as Joel."
* MoodWhiplash: The prequel and interquel section both takes place at a mall, and while both are obviously worn down and overgrown, the prequel mall with Ellie and Riley simply hanging out is during summer and filled with warm colors and lights, while the interquel mall with Ellie trying to find medics for Joel while fighting enemies is during winter, and mostly consists of grey and cold colors.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Had Riley not played that loud music, the infected would likely not have appeared. And if the girls had not accidentally caused a blockade to collapse while trying to sneak under it at the very beginning, the infected may not have got in ''at all''.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Riley heads back to save Ellie after she falls off the scaffolding. [[spoiler: This winds up getting her bit.]]
* {{Prequel}}[=/=]{{Interquel}}: Set before Ellie joined the Fireflies and her journey with Joel. As well as some time before the Winter chapter after Joel is injured following the abandoned college bit.
* SceneryGorn: Due to dilapidation, the mall during the winter section is filled with snow.
* SliceOfLife: The prequel segments, as all Ellie and Riley really do is hang out and joke around.
* ShoutOut: To Facebook, of all things.
** Also possibly to MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic. The beauty-shop with the first dead soldier is named [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicRarity Rarity]] with a purple and white logo.
** Putting on the witch mask at the Halloween store will have Ellie and Riley share a few WizardOfOz related exchanges.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:Riley reveals she has to leave with the Fireflies, and is making amends to say goodbye. Ellie begs her to stay and, when she agrees, Ellie kisses her. Cue Riley happily reciprocating, before a group of infected chase them and eventually bites them.]]
* SummonBiggerFish: A viable tactic -- since Ellie runs into both Infected and Bandits together, it's possible to throw a brick/bottle at the feet of Bandits to get them swarmed and eaten.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Both bitten, Riley offers Ellie the option of suicide now, or going insane together. Rather cruelly, ''Ellie requests a third option.'']]
* TimedMission: [[spoiler:The last Interquel section involves the mall being overrun by enemies to which Ellie has to make her way to Joel through killing them all before one of them manages to bust open the gate Joel's behind. And once she's cleared out the first group, a ''second'' wave arrives.]]
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The plot alternates between two points to keep it interesting: Plot A, which is all action and stealth, fills in the gap between Autumn and Winter after Joel is impaled and bleeding to death; Plot B is plot heavy with ''some'' action, and follows what occured between Ellie and Riley.
* TheUnreveal: "Left Behind" reveals how Ellie and Riley end up getting bitten, but it's not revealed [[spoiler:what exactly became of Riley after succumbing to the infection]].
* TheUnseen: Ellie and Riley talk about Marlene quite a bit, but she doesn't appear in person.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The first encounter with Bloaters can be ''teeth grindingly'' difficult, since it requires a completely different combat approach to properly deal with than what the player has been trained to handle up to that point. That is unless you know that [[KillItWithFire they don't like fire]] [[CrazyPrepared and you're well-stocked on]] [[MolotovCocktail Molotov cocktails.]]
** [[spoiler:David]], who you play a game of cat and mouse with in a steakhouse. You have nothing but a knife and he has a gun and a machete. Basically a test of how well you understand the stealth mechanics and how well you understand the concept of hit-and-run.
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''It can't be for nothing.''