Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Literature / TheLastMan

Go To



* SuperDrowningSkills: Perdita [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]] by throwing herself off a ship, unable to live out her life without Raymond. Later on, Clara and Adrian drown to death in an unexpected storm at the Adriatic Sea while trying to travel to Greece.

to:

* SpeciesLoyalty: Lionel has this, especially in light of the existential threat to the human race.
--> The wild and cruel Caribbee, the merciless Cannibal--or worse than these, the uncouth, brute, and remorseless veteran in the vices of civilization, would have been to me a beloved companion, a treasure dearly prized--his nature would be kin to mine; his form cast in the same mould; human blood would flow in his veins; a human sympathy must link us for ever.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Perdita [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]] by throwing herself off a ship, unable to live out her life without Raymond. Later on, Clara and Adrian drown to death in an unexpected storm at the Adriatic Sea while trying to travel to Greece.

Added DiffLines:

* CorpseLand: Europe, and probably the rest of the world, isn’t a pretty sight as the plague rages.
--> Weed-grown fields, desolate towns, the wild approach of riderless horses had now become habitual to my eyes; nay, sights far worse, of the unburied dead, and human forms which were strewed on the road side, and on the steps of once frequented habitations


The book is divided into three volumes; Volume 1 centres on Lionel's life as a teenager when he first meets up with Adrian and becomes close friends and his role in politics, Volume 2 details Lionel defending his kingdom and his close ones from several attacks and a mysterious outbreak that is killing everyone it makes contact with, and Volume 3 is about the remaining survivors trying to find a new home where they would be free of contracting the disease.

The story is known for being initially having a troubled time in regards to publication, due to his dark and heavy themes of loneliness and loss, only beginning to receive appreciation by the 1960s. Mary Shelley later in life wrote that it was one of her favorite books. ''The Last Man'' has various elements and a tonal atmosphere that is very similar to the {{Dystopia}}n genre, [[UnbuiltTrope which was yet to be popularized]] a century later with works like Literature/BraveNewWorld and Literature/NineteenEightyFour.

to:

The book is divided into three volumes; Volume 1 centres on Lionel's life as a teenager when he first meets up with Adrian and becomes close friends and his role in politics, Volume 2 details Lionel defending his kingdom new republic and his close ones from several attacks and a mysterious outbreak that is killing everyone it makes contact with, and Volume 3 is about the remaining survivors trying to find a new home where they would be free of contracting the disease.

The story is known for being initially having a troubled time in regards to publication, due to his dark and heavy themes of loneliness and loss, only beginning to receive appreciation by the 1960s. Even so, Mary Shelley later in her life wrote that it was one of her favorite books. ''The Last Man'' has various elements and a tonal atmosphere that is very similar to the {{Dystopia}}n genre, [[UnbuiltTrope which was yet to be popularized]] a century later with works like Literature/BraveNewWorld and Literature/NineteenEightyFour.


Added DiffLines:

* AllAreEqualInDeath: This idea comes up throughout the book.
--> We were all equal now; magnificent dwellings, luxurious carpets, and beds of down, were afforded to all. Carriages and horses, gardens, pictures, statues, and princely libraries, there were enough of these even to superfluity; and there was nothing to prevent each from assuming possession of his share. We were all equal now; but near at hand was an equality still more levelling, a state where beauty and strength, and wisdom, would be as vain as riches and birth. The grave yawned beneath us all, and its prospect prevented any of us from enjoying the ease and plenty which in so awful a manner was presented to us.


''The Last Man'' is an 1826 novel written by Creator/MaryShelley, supposedly taking place in the 21st Century. Its depiction of this century is, unsurprisingly, somewhat similar to retrofuturism, though with less emphasis on technological change than many stories set in the future. As the title indicates, it details a plague that sweeps throughout the rest of the world, infecting and decimating the entirety of Mankind, and survivors trying to maintain their will to live in addition to trying to fight off against hostile human settlements. The central focus is a man named Lionel Verney, an orphan whose troubling behaviour leads him to the former (the monarchy having been abolished) King of England‘s son, Adrian, where the two of them become friends and chronicles Lionel's life from this first meeting all the way to adulthood.

to:

''The Last Man'' is an 1826 novel written by Creator/MaryShelley, supposedly taking place in the 21st Century. Its depiction of this century is, unsurprisingly, somewhat similar to retrofuturism, though with less emphasis on technological change than many stories set in the future. As the title indicates, it details a plague that sweeps throughout the rest of the world, infecting and decimating the entirety of Mankind, and survivors trying to maintain their will to live in addition to trying to fight off against hostile human settlements. The central focus is a man named Lionel Verney, an orphan whose troubling behaviour leads him to the former (the monarchy having been abolished) King of England‘s son, Adrian, where the two of them become friends and chronicles Lionel's life from this first meeting all the way to adulthood.



The story is known for being initially having a troubled time in regards to publication, due to his dark and heavy themes of loneliness and loss, only beginning to receive appreciation by the 1960s. ''The Last Man'' has various elements and a tonal atmosphere that is very similar to the {{Dystopia}}n genre, [[UnbuiltTrope which was yet to be popularized]] a century later with works like Literature/BraveNewWorld and Literature/NineteenEightyFour.

to:

The story is known for being initially having a troubled time in regards to publication, due to his dark and heavy themes of loneliness and loss, only beginning to receive appreciation by the 1960s. Mary Shelley later in life wrote that it was one of her favorite books. ''The Last Man'' has various elements and a tonal atmosphere that is very similar to the {{Dystopia}}n genre, [[UnbuiltTrope which was yet to be popularized]] a century later with works like Literature/BraveNewWorld and Literature/NineteenEightyFour.


''The Last Man'' is an 1826 novel written by Creator/MaryShelley, supposedly taking place in the 21st Century. Its depiction of this century is, unsurprisingly, somewhat similar to retrofuturism, though with less emphasis on technological change than many stories set in the future. As the title indicates, it details a plague that sweeps throughout the rest of the world, infecting and decimating the entirety of Mankind, and survivors trying to maintain their will to live in addition to trying to fight off against hostile human settlements. The central focus is a man named Lionel Verney, an orphan whose troubling behaviour leads him to the son of the former (the monarchy having been abolished) King of England‘s son, Adrian, where the two of them become friends and chronicles Lionel's life from this first meeting all the way to adulthood.

to:

''The Last Man'' is an 1826 novel written by Creator/MaryShelley, supposedly taking place in the 21st Century. Its depiction of this century is, unsurprisingly, somewhat similar to retrofuturism, though with less emphasis on technological change than many stories set in the future. As the title indicates, it details a plague that sweeps throughout the rest of the world, infecting and decimating the entirety of Mankind, and survivors trying to maintain their will to live in addition to trying to fight off against hostile human settlements. The central focus is a man named Lionel Verney, an orphan whose troubling behaviour leads him to the son of the former (the monarchy having been abolished) King of England‘s son, Adrian, where the two of them become friends and chronicles Lionel's life from this first meeting all the way to adulthood.


''The Last Man'' is a novel written by Creator/MaryShelley, supposedly taking place in the 21st Century. As the title indicates, it details a plague that sweeps throughout the rest of the world, infecting and decimating the entirety of Mankind, and survivors trying to maintain their will to live in addition to trying to fight off against hostile human settlements. The central focus is a man named Lionel Verney, an orphan whose troubling behaviour leads him to the King of England's son, Adrian, where the two of them become friends and chronicles Lionel's life from this first meeting all the way to adulthood.

to:

''The Last Man'' is a an 1826 novel written by Creator/MaryShelley, supposedly taking place in the 21st Century.Century. Its depiction of this century is, unsurprisingly, somewhat similar to retrofuturism, though with less emphasis on technological change than many stories set in the future. As the title indicates, it details a plague that sweeps throughout the rest of the world, infecting and decimating the entirety of Mankind, and survivors trying to maintain their will to live in addition to trying to fight off against hostile human settlements. The central focus is a man named Lionel Verney, an orphan whose troubling behaviour leads him to the son of the former (the monarchy having been abolished) King of England's England‘s son, Adrian, where the two of them become friends and chronicles Lionel's life from this first meeting all the way to adulthood.

Added DiffLines:

* APetIntoTheWild: Companion animals are forced to live wild by their owners dying.
* ApocalypticLog: Lionel plans to write a book detailing the plague, in case any survivors from isolated areas recolonize the world and wonder what happened to the past inhabitants.


Added DiffLines:

* ReclaimedByNature: Since the plague only infects humans, plant and animal life thrive. Plants quickly overgrow the rural towns, and wild animals and feral livestock make homes in abandoned buildings in the cities.

Added DiffLines:

** That said, the book correctly foretold that Greece would become independent from the Ottoman Empire (Greece’s war of independence was ongoing when it was written) and later go to war with them.


* TheImmune: Lionel becomes the only known person in the whole world to develop symptoms of the plague and then recover, and thereafter he never develops the symptoms again. A small number of other characters don’t even develop symptoms. The cause of this is unknown, and Lionel interprets it as Fate willing that he survive, which is one of the few things that stop him from killing himself.

to:

* TheImmune: Lionel becomes the only known person in the whole world to develop symptoms of the plague and then recover, and thereafter he never develops the symptoms again. A small number of other characters don’t even develop symptoms. symptoms, though they die from other causes. The cause source of this immunity is unknown, and Lionel interprets it as Fate willing that he survive, which is one of the few things that stop him from killing himself.


* TheImmune: Lionel becomes the only known person in the whole world to develop symptoms of the plague and then recover, and thereafter he never develops the symptoms again. A small number of other characters don’t even develop symptoms. The cause of this is unknown, and Lionel interprets it as Fate willing that he survive.

to:

* TheImmune: Lionel becomes the only known person in the whole world to develop symptoms of the plague and then recover, and thereafter he never develops the symptoms again. A small number of other characters don’t even develop symptoms. The cause of this is unknown, and Lionel interprets it as Fate willing that he survive.survive, which is one of the few things that stop him from killing himself.

Added DiffLines:

* TheImmune: Lionel becomes the only known person in the whole world to develop symptoms of the plague and then recover, and thereafter he never develops the symptoms again. A small number of other characters don’t even develop symptoms. The cause of this is unknown, and Lionel interprets it as Fate willing that he survive.

Added DiffLines:

** One notable advancement that they do have is the widespread use of balloons for air travel, though this breaks down by the end of the book as civilization falls.


* AbsentMindedProfessor: In sharp contrast to Victor from Literature/Frankenstein, Merrival seems almost indifferent to life and death, barely acknowledging the apocalypse happening around him and instead studying the orbits of the planets and speculating about the future of Earth’s environments. When his family dies, he finally understands the seriousness of the situation.

to:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: In sharp contrast to Victor from Literature/Frankenstein, {{Frankenstein}}, Merrival seems almost indifferent to life and death, barely acknowledging the apocalypse happening around him and instead studying the orbits of the planets and speculating about the future of Earth’s environments. When his family dies, he finally understands the seriousness of the situation.


The book is divided into three volumes; Volume 1 centres on Lionel's life as a teenager when he first meets up with Adrian and becomes close friends and his role in politics, Volume 2 details Lionel defending his kingdom and his close ones from several attacks and a mysterious outbreak that is killing everyone it makes contact with and Volume 3 is about the remaining survivors trying to find a new home where they would be free of contracting the disease.

to:

The book is divided into three volumes; Volume 1 centres on Lionel's life as a teenager when he first meets up with Adrian and becomes close friends and his role in politics, Volume 2 details Lionel defending his kingdom and his close ones from several attacks and a mysterious outbreak that is killing everyone it makes contact with with, and Volume 3 is about the remaining survivors trying to find a new home where they would be free of contracting the disease.




to:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: In sharp contrast to Victor from Literature/Frankenstein, Merrival seems almost indifferent to life and death, barely acknowledging the apocalypse happening around him and instead studying the orbits of the planets and speculating about the future of Earth’s environments. When his family dies, he finally understands the seriousness of the situation.
* AccidentallyCorrectWriting: The spread of the plague is aided by the climate mysteriously becoming warmer and the intensity and frequency of storms increasing. The world seems to have made no effort to switch from fossil fuels, so this is disturbingly similar to the global warming we’re currently facing, even though that was discovered only near the end of the nineteenth century. By the end, when civilization has collapsed, the climate seems to return to normal.



* DownerEnding: In addition to being the last person alive and having a sheepdog as a companion, Lionel has no one of his kind to interact with anymore and even if he lives long enough, his race is doomed.
* DwindlingParty: A group of survivors attempt to travel to Switzerland as it's colder climate means that the plague would not be as contagious there. By the time they do reach there, only four of them are alive, and even then, three of them die not long after due to differing circumstances.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Despite happening in the late 21st century, all European monarchies are still in place, the Ottoman Empire still exists, and so on.

to:

* DownerEnding: In addition to being Seemingly the last person alive and having only a sheepdog as a companion, Lionel has no one of his kind to interact with anymore and even if though he lives long enough, plans to search Africa and Asia for survivors, his prospects seem grim and the human race is seems doomed.
* DwindlingParty: A group of survivors attempt to travel to Switzerland as it's its colder climate means that the plague would not be as contagious there. By the time they do reach there, only four of them are alive, and even then, three of them die not long after due to differing circumstances.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: A sheepdog takes an immediate liking to Lionel, him being the first human he had seen in quite a long time.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Despite happening in the late 21st century, all European monarchies are still in place, aside from the recently-uncrowned British monarchy, the Ottoman Empire still exists, and so on.



* LastOfHisKind: The very title invokes this. True to its word, Lionel becomes the very last remaining member of the Human race by the end of the story.

to:

* LastOfHisKind: The very title invokes this. True to its word, Lionel seemingly becomes the very last remaining member of the Human race by the end of the story.



* NextSundayAD: The story takes place in the late 21st Century, but as this was written in the early 19th Century, there is very little, if any, advancement shown regarding technology, common knowledge, social norms and political understanding.

to:

* NextSundayAD: The story takes place in the late 21st Century, but as this was written in the early 19th Century, there is very little, if any, relatively little advancement shown regarding technology, common knowledge, social norms norms, and political understanding.



* WalkingTheEarth: After losing Clara and Adrian in a flash flood during a sudden storm and making it to Raveena, Lionel decides to spend the remainder of his life travelling around Europe and Africa with an [[AnimalCompanion accompanying sheepdog]].

to:

* WalkingTheEarth: After losing Clara and Adrian in a flash flood during a sudden storm and making it to Raveena, Lionel decides to spend the remainder of his life travelling around Europe and Africa and Asia with an [[AnimalCompanion accompanying sheepdog]].sheepdog]], hoping to find another human somewhere.


* NextSundayAD: The story takes place in the late 21st Century, but as this was written in the early 19th Century, there is very little, if any, advancement is shown regarding technology, common knowledge, social norms and political understanding.

to:

* NextSundayAD: The story takes place in the late 21st Century, but as this was written in the early 19th Century, there is very little, if any, advancement is shown regarding technology, common knowledge, social norms and political understanding.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 20

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report