Characters / Y: The Last Man

Characters from Y: The Last Man

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Yorick Brown

  • Action Survivor: The series-long theme. His specialties are English, prestidigitation and failing to train helper monkeys: his world is in the midst of an apocalypse.
  • Celibate Hero: Initially. And what he would like to be, in spite of his one-night stand with Beth II.
  • Grammar Nazi: "You split more infinitives than Gene Roddenberry."
  • Meaningful Name: This was intentional. His parents were English majors and fans of 'the Bard'.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He doesn't try particularly hard to make himself look more feminine. At one point, he even lets himself grow a goatee.
  • Rape as Backstory: Was sexually assaulted by another boy when he young, he received therapy and seems to have mostly recuperated from the trauma.
  • Sad Clown: Similar to Stepford Smiler, below, not that he is fooling anyone.
  • Stepford Smiler: To the point where it takes a brutal intervention for him to admit that he's suicidal.

Agent 355

  • Inseries Nickname: "355" is the designation for the Culper Ring's top female agent.
  • Meaningful Rename: To signify her induction into the Culper Ring.
  • No Name Given: Averted by Word of God, the hint was in the panel where Yorick carves her name on a tree. It was "Peace".
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents and sisters were killed in a car accident.
  • Overt Operative: Having a number for a name doesn't help you blend in anywhere. Especially when you introduce yourself to everyone as such.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: She doesn't watch TV and hardly ever gets Yorick's constant pop culture references.

Dr. Allison Mann

  • Meaningful Rename/Shed the Family Name: Her original name is Ayuko Matsumori. She did it to piss off her dad. "I chose the most faux-Chinese thing I could think of: Mann's Chinese Theatre.."
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half Japanese and half Chinese.
  • Shock Value Relationship: Her father interpreted her newfound sexuality as "lesbian until graduation".
    • Also her College girlfriend.
    Mercedes: Look, I am sorry, but we graduate in Three weeks. It's time we at least start pretending that we are adults. I hate my old man just as much as you hate yours. But there are less juviline ways to get revenge. Date a black guy or something.
    Mann: This isn't a game for me! I liked Girls since I was four!
  • Truly Single Parent: Gave birth to her own clone at the moment of the gendercide, and believed it was the cause of it

     Secondary Characters 

Beth Deville

Hero Brown

  • The Atoner: After being deprogrammed, Hero feels intense guilt and regret for what she did as an Amazon.

Rose Copen

Natalya Zamyatin

  • Named Weapon: Her rifle "Rodya", named after her husband.
  • Shout-Out: Her surname, "Zamyatin", is one to Yevgeny Zamyatin, author of [[Literature:We|We]], the novel which directly inspired both Huxley to write Brave New World (although he denied it), and for Orwell to write 1984 (in a review of WE, Orwell called Huxley out for it)



  • Big Bad: Subverted. She's' built up as a recuring villain and with her minor army of amazons she looks to be a real threat. Then some ex meth-addict puts an ax into her head.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Depending if you believe her stories about her being able to defeat world-renowned chess champions at 13 but having been banned from public competition because she was a woman or not, she may be this. But she definately plays it straight by applauding the death of the male gender for the way they oppressed women and twisted feminine virtues against them when she does exactly the same thing. It gets worse when you consider her cult-like emotional manipulation of many women who were victims of abuse or rape, making her no different than the men that hurt them.

Alter Tse'elon

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The depiction of this Jewish tradition/superstition is correct, except that "Alter" is the male form of "the old one", the female form would be "Alte".
    • This is shown to be a subversion later, when, in a flashback, her commanding officer comments on her family's choice to name her old man. She insists it's what her father felt she looked like upon birth.
  • Badass Israeli: The lamentably insane variation.
  • Female Misogynist: She wants to die a soldier's death, but believes it would be dishonorable to do so at the hands of a woman.
  • Hero Killer: Almost literally. Whenever she appears expect a sympathetic character to die.
  • It Runs in the Family: Being a soldier runs in the blood for her family. Her grandmother operated behind enemy lines in the Israeli War of Independence, and her grand-mother was a member of a all-female Battalion of Death during the Russian Revolution.
    • Averted with her older sister who was a pacifist and died in an accident while protesting the war. Alter lies she was killed by Palestinians.
  • Not So Different: Her spotlight issue shows how her lives paralleled Yorick's in many ways, in any other series she will by his soul mate. In this she is the Big Bad and eventually his Arch-Nemesis.
  • No Name Given: Her parents kept her name secret, so that Death could not find her.
  • Suicide by Cop: She tries, but it turns out she underestimated Yorick.


Dr. Matsumori

  • Big Bad: Subverted. Again. Doctor M is indeed the closest thing the series has to a true Big Bad but is defeated before the story's actual climax.