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"...but I can't walk on the path of the right,
because I'm wrong."

"I'm gonna find, and I'm gonna kill, every last one of them."
— Ellie

The Last of Us Part II is an upcoming Naughty Dog game for PlayStation 4.

Its story opens a few years after the end of the first game, and once again follows Action Survivors Ellie and Joel in an United States that has been destroyed by a fungal based Zombie Apocalypse. A now 19-year old Ellie embarks on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge across the shattered country to kill her enemies.

Previews: PSX 2016 Trailer, PGW 2017 Trailer, E3 2018 Trailer


The Last Of Us Part II provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The PSX 2016 trailer has Ellie quietly playing a guitar, only for the camera to pull out to show a large shootout has just occurred in the house she's sitting in.
  • Action Girl:
    • Ellie's back and she's the main Player Character, fighting her way through numerous infected and other human survivors.
    • Yara and the unnamed female character shown off in the Paris Games Week trailer appear to be this.
  • Action Survivor: By default, anyone who’s lived in the world as it is—whether it’s surviving against other humans or the infected. Narrowing it down, Ellie.
  • Are You Sure You Want to Do That?: Joel asks Ellie in the PSX 2016 Trailer "You really going to go through with this?" in regards to her planned Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
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  • Artificial Brilliance: Enemies are even smarter in this game than the last. They can whistle to call the attention of their allies to come to your location. They'll also search areas more thoroughly, so you had better be prepared to run or fight back. They also note where they last saw you and converse with each other. Enemies also have their own names and personalities. For example, one character is named Ethan and other enemies will shout his name if you kill him right in front of them.
  • Anti-Hero: Ellie and Joel, the main characters, embark on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge that will end in the deaths of dozens or even hundreds in a world where most of humanity has already died.
  • Apocalypse Cult: The enemy human faction that's in the Paris Games Week and E3 2018 trailers seem to be something like this, claiming a woman's stomach is "full of sin", calling Ellie a "wolf", and more.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with a vengeance. In a gameplay trailer, Ellie gets stabbed in the shoulder and splattered with a very generous amount of blood.
  • Bi the Way: Dina from the E3 trailer is apparently popular with the guys and Ellie encourages Dina's ex-boyfriend Jesse that they'll probably get back together. Dina then pulls Ellie onto the dance floor, tells her that guys should definetely see Ellie as competition, and kisses her.
  • Break the Cutie: Remember how Ellie used to be a cheerful, sweet girl in The Last of Us? The trailer, set five years after the events of the first game, shows us a different Ellie: a cold-hearted, merciless killer who vows to kill every one of her enemies.
  • Call-Back: With a touch of Ironic Echo. The first teaser for The Last of Us showed Ellie arriving in a building where Joel was busy killing enemies, one of which is lying bloody on a bed next to a busted window overgrown with vegetation. In the teaser for Part II, Joel is now the one arriving in a building where Ellie just finished murdering the enemies inside, before she's sitting on a bed next to a broken and overgrown window.
  • Central Theme: Writer and director Neil Druckmann stated that if the first game was about the love between the two main characters in its story, music, gameplay mechanics and so forth... then Part II is about hate.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ellie, all the way through. She is more capable in a fight this time around, but she’ll use every dirty trick in the book to win no matter how big the foe may be, as showcased in the 2018 E3 demo. At the same event, they discussed what will be different now that Ellie is the first female protagonist of a full ND gamenote . Since she's not as strong as Joel or Nathan Drake, she's going to have to fight smarter not harder. They've further expanded on the stealth updates added to Uncharted 4, allowing Ellie to hide in smaller spaces and ambush people like she did in the trailer by hiding under the truck.
  • Continuity Nod: Joel made a comment in the Spring chapter of the first game that after he and Ellie were done with the whole thing, he'd teach her to play guitar. The first trailer has Ellie playing a song on the guitar.
  • Darker and Edgier: The human-on-human violence in the series will be explored more deeply.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: Depicted in one of the game's trailers. The trailer's antagonist has a revolver and pulls it out when she has one of the protagonists cornered. She hears noises coming from the forest and fires a few shots. When the other protagonist tries to attack her, she fires again but misses as the first protagonist grabs her and pins her down. She tries to fire at the first protagonist, but the revolver is out of ammo.
  • Drop the Hammer: The PGW 2017 trailer features a claw hammer being used to break a woman's arm and kill two villains. The E3 2018 gameplay trailer also shows Ellie wielding one for a brief moment.
  • Expository Theme Tune: In the PSX 2016 trailer, Ellie sings a Then Let Me Be Evil folk song before committing to her planned Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Gender Is No Object:
    • The teaser implies that this might be more a case with Part II than it was in the first game. While you only fought and killed male enemies in the latter (not counting female infected), the teaser for Part II shows that one of the people Ellie killed is a woman (i.e. the one lying in the bathroom.) Likely as Ellie is the main player character this time around and having her fight and kill women during gameplay is more "acceptable" than Joel doing so.
    • The PGW 2017 trailer expands this further, with a female villain who is brutally killed by another woman, after her two male henchmen are dispatched in similar fashion.
    • The E3 2018 presentation expands on this even more, with Ellie killing quite a lot of female mooks along with the males.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Zig-zagged with Dina. Her face is modeled after a real life woman, but her acting and voice is done by Shannon Woodward, a different person.
  • Leitmotif: The first bar of Gustavo Santaolalla's main theme from the first game continues to fill the soundtrack for Part II.
  • Meaningful Name: As this video points out early on, the name Dina has different meanings in different languages, and every one of them relates to the game in some ways. The English meaning of Dina is "of the valley", calling to mind Ellie singing "Through the Valley" in the teaser. The Arabic meaning of Dina is "love", and the E3 trailer shows her and Ellie being romantically involved. Finally, the Hebrew meaning of Dina is "the avenged", a very damning meaning as the most popular and likely theory of Part II 's plot is that a majority of Jackson's inhabitants, including Dina, will be killed, with Ellie setting out to avenge them.
  • Mood Whiplash: The E3 trailer has Ellie kissing Dina transitioning to a shot of Ellie slowly and torturously slashing a man's throat.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: The game uses "Part II" instead of just "The Last of Us 2", despite being a direct sequel to the first game.
  • Promoted to Playable: Downplayed. Ellie is now the main playable character, instead of Joel. In the previous game, she was only playable in a few sections, such as the DLC, but generally served as a Non-Player Companion.
  • Reality Ensues: This game promises to show the consequences of Only the Leads Get a Happy Ending. As it turns out, dooming humanity to save one person only serves to doom that one person to a Crapsack World anyway. The fact that they were unable to keep their innocence and perhaps turned out worse than the one who made that decision should be of no surprise.
    • Since Ellie is a girl without as much upper body strength as the male ND protagonists, the game mechanics have been updated to reflect that. You'll be doing more sneaking and ranged fighting than you have in other games but on the other hand Ellie can fit into smaller spaces. Male enemies can also physically pick her up.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Ellie is planning to hunt down and kill every last one of her enemies, apparently starting with the three dead bodies seen in the trailer.
  • Shout-Out: Ellie sings a cover of Shawn James' "Through the Valley" in the PSX 2016 trailer.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: The implied protagonist of the PGW 2017 trailer wears a tank top, and she's rather buff.
  • Spiteful Spit: Yara spits in the face of Emily, a Seraphite interrogating her. She then gets her arm broken with a hammer by the others as a result!
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In the PSX 2016 trailer, Ellie sings Shawn James' "Through the Valley", a song about choosing to let your soul remain damned, even though the option for redemption and walking the right path exists. Further, she rejects Joel's Are You Sure You Want to Do That? soon after, promising to continue with her Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the previous game, Ellie was just barely able to fight back against enemies due to her small stature and age. Here, she appears to have fought and killed at least three men on their home turf.
  • Time Skip: The story picks up five years after the end of the first game, with a now 20 year old Ellie.
  • Transparent Closet: Going by the E3 trailer, it seems pretty clear that (no matter what 4 years of out of universe speculation has led to) Ellie’s sexuality is out in the open without much shock or gasp. She shamelessly ogles Dina at the dance and then her ex Jesse approaches her with no interest of wooing her and he then tries to share the male pain about his ex with her.
  • Trick Arrow: This time around the player can create exploding arrows.
  • Weapon of Choice: Even years later, Joel is still using the six shot revolver that he appeared with in all the promotional material of the first game, and served as his default weapon.
  • Worst Aid: The E3 trailer shows Ellie at one point being struck by an arrow and pulling it out shortly afterwards. While clearly done for dramatic effect while enemies are closing in on her, realistically Ellie should probably have left the arrow there until receiving medical help since pulling a stabbing object from one's body only leads to excessive bleeding.


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