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The Last Kids on Earth is a Netflix Animated Adaptation of the book series of the same name by Max Brallier. Scott D. Peterson, the story editor for Phineas and Ferb and Milo Murphy's Law, is the showrunner.

The story follows a 13 year old boy named Jack Sullivan, an orphan, who lives in a city when a strange phenomenon causes portals to open in the sky, dropping monsters on the city and causing zombies to appear. Left behind by his foster family, he survives for six weeks by living in his tree house and turning the whole apocalypse into a game to enjoy himself. Later on, he's joined by a number of people to help him survive the apocalypse: his best friend Quint, their former bully Dirk, his school crush June, and a dog-like monster he calls Rover.

The series was released on Netflix on September 17th of 2019, with the first book adapted into a one hour movie.


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  • Action Girl: June, surviving on her own in a school infested with zombies.
  • Action Survivor: Jack isn't the best fighter, but he manages to survive the apocalypse. June is one though, with Dirk having shades of this since as well.
  • After the End: The series begins about six weeks after the apocalypse.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Quint. Although it's too early for anything to be certain, his high intelligence alongside his general ineptitude at social interaction and his semi-formal way of speaking seems to imply that he may be on the autism spectrum.
    Jack: [Quint]'s awesome. He just sees things a little different than you or me. Or anyone, really.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • The exact extent of the apocalypse. Monsters are only seen dropping out of the sky and attacking the city where the show takes place. While utilities are working, there are no news reports shown or heard that document how far-reaching the event is. Many people, such as Jack's foster family and June's parents are seen escaping, while many other residents have become zombies or implied to have been eaten by monsters. Quint believes his parents are safe, because they were away on a cruise when it hit, but this is just him not giving up hope that things could return to normal.
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    • Also, while the cause of the monsters is shown, the cause of the zombies is not. The civilians are just shown to be zombies without showing how they became zombies. There is no mention if the sky portals unleashed a zombie virus or simply caused random civilians to become zombies.
  • Apocalypse How: Seen at least at the "City" level, but the true extent is unknown.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Jack records one for posterity when he's alone, which helps keep him sane.
  • Arch-Enemy: Blarg for Jack. He also counts as the Final Boss.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: After the initial scarring, Blarg's right eye(s) are attacked specifically. Also, if unknowingly, using the sharp broken baseball bat to impale Blarg at the top of his skull, killing it.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Any of the monsters that wreck havoc, with Rover being the exception.
  • Batter Up!: Jack uses a broken baseball bat as his weapon of choice. He ends up using it to kill Blarg.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Jack has these.
  • Black and Nerdy: Quint. Also overlaps with Black Best Friend.
  • Blue Is Heroic: June dresses in blue. But she owns a red sweatshirt.
  • The Bully: In a flashback, Dirk is one towards Quint. In the present, he's willing to put it aside because being lonely sucks, though he's not above mocking both Quint and Jack whenever they act like dorks.
  • Camera Fiend: One of Jack's few possessions is his camera; he uses it to create a video log, partially to help him cope and partially to help him help gather info about the monsters.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the flashback to the day the apocalypse started, Quint shows Jack his blueprints for a bottle-rocket launcher he's been developing. It comes in handy as a monster-fighting weapon.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Jack Sullivan is a foster kid, and upon the apocalypse his most recent foster family takes off and leaves him behind.
  • Cool Car: Big Mama, a SUV owned by Quint's parents, that Quint has decked out with features to deter monsters and zombies.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: Despite the town being completely evacuated save a few kids and monsters rampaging for weeks, utilities continue to function just fine. A quick montage of Jack's activities during the six weeks between the apocalypse and the present day are mostly light-hearted hijinks and scavenging.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Jack's goal is to be the hero by rescuing June, only to learn upon finally finding her that she's been doing fine alone and his intervention has made the situation much worse.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Jack, a 13-year-old, drives a SUV while shouting through a megaphone. That said, he is seen to be good at it, avoiding zombies and near collisions. The others manage well enough when they need to.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Random portals in the sky open, unleashing monsters and causing humans to become zombies.
  • Eye Scream: Blarg gets a scar on one of its right eyes after Jack jabs him with a broken baseball bat. Both the right eyes later get damaged after Jack shoots a chemical at them, causing them to be red and dripping with acid.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Before the apocalypse happened, Jack and Quint were the only ones out of the four main kids who were friends; Dirk was the school bully, and June knew Jack since they were on the school paper together, but they hardly interacted outside of that despite his huge crush on her. Dirk and June end up joining forces with Jack and Quint so they can all survive in their Post-Apocalyptic town.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Food Chain of Evil: Jack notes that some of the monsters prey on zombies, though they will also prey on humans given the chance.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Jack is Sanguine.
    • June is Choleric.
    • Dirk is Melancholic.
    • Quint is Phlegmatic.
  • Freudian Slip: Jack begins referring to Quint, Dirk and June as his family. This is especially sad because he is an orphan and has been bounced from place to place with no real family of his own.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Quint is the mechanically inclined in the group, and he's the one that Gives Big Betty all the extra bells and whistles.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Happens several times
    • The first time when Jack uses the broken baseball bat the scar Blarg over his right eye.
    • The second time when Jack shoots an acidic chemical at Blarg, seriously injuring the both pair of right eyes.
    • The third time when Jack again uses the broken baseball bat to impale Blarg in what seemed to be its brain, killing it.
  • How We Got Here: The first episode opens up with Jack attempting to get a screwdriver and fighting off Blarg. A flashback shows the beginning of the apocalypse and why Jack needs the screwdriver: to fix a walkie-talkie, his main form of communication, that broke when the apocalypse started.
  • Only Child Syndrome: June, Dirk, and Quint don't mention having any siblings. Somewhat averted with Jack, as he does have one foster brother. However, said foster brother isn't given any focus since Jack's foster family took off without him and Jack doesn't have any known biological siblings.
  • Parental Abandonment: Given the premise is about a group of middle-school kids surviving by themselves in a post-apocalyptic world, it's unsurprising they wouldn't have any parents around:
    • Jack grew up in the foster care system, and it's implied he never knew his birth parents because he sometimes laments on how he never had a family. The foster family he was living with (who were implied to be neglectful) evacuated Wakefield without him, leaving Jack to fend for himself.
    • Quint’s parents happened to be on a cruise when the Apocalypse happened, and he holds onto the hope that they’re hiding out somewhere safe.
    • Dirk’s parents are never seen or mentioned; he was surviving the Apocalypse on his own before Jack and Quint nearly ran him over with their Big Mama car.
    • June’s parents unintentionally did this. June happened to be at school when the apocalypse occurred and she survived the initial chaos by hiding inside the vacant building and surviving with her lacrosse skills and raiding the vending machines. On the fourth day of the Apocalypse, while camping out on the school roof, she spotted her parents being evacuated on one of the rescue busses, and they saw her as well. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get to each other because there were too many monsters and zombies around the school and the del Toro parents couldn't get the bus to be stopped because another monster was chasing the bus. It’s also why June wanted to keep living at the school; if her parents return to Wakefield they’ll know where to find her.
  • Parental Neglect: Considering how Jack's current foster family didn't wait for him before they evacuated Wakefield, it's heavily implied they didn't care too much about him.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: June plays lacrosse competitively and she takes the game very seriously.
  • Reality Ensues: While most utilities are still working, their main issues are access to food and water supplies. June held up in the school and had access to both, and she is seen rationing water for different days of the week. When Jack and the others break in to rescue her, she berates them for blocking her access to food and water in the cafeteria.
  • Red Is Heroic: Jack dresses in red.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jack and June. Jack is impulsive and adventurous; June is much calmer and pragmatic.
  • Sequel Hook: The first episode ends with an intelligent, humanoid monster tracking the protagonists.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jack's "feats" are a reference to "achievements" and include a similar chime sound.
    • When defending the treehouse from Blarg, Dirk looks just like the Heavy from Team Fortress 2.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Of a sort. Jack and Quint document the monsters they encounter and rate them based on how lethal they are. When Quint sees Rover, he calls him a "Level Delta', with Jack saying Rover is below a level Delta. Zombies are the lowest.
  • The Smurfette Principle: While she's not the only female character to appear, June is the only female member in Jack's group of friends.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • Averted with the zombies, which are realistically (for zombies) only interested in chasing prey that they can get to. When Jack escapes a zombie by climbing into the treehouse and pulling up the ladder, the zombie seems to consider its options for a few moments before deciding to hunt elsewhere.
    • A zombie exception is the "zombie ball" encountered in the school. A mass of zombie rolled into a ball, it chases Jack, Quint, and Dirk throughout the school. When they try to escape up a flight of stairs, the zombies work together and uses their arms and legs to get up the stairs too.
    • Blarg the monster is hellbent on finding and killing Jack after Jack slashes one of its eyes with a broken-bat.
  • Team Pet: Rover, a friendly monster that acts like a dog, who immediately befriends Jack.
  • This Is Reality: June has this reaction when she reads Jack's list of feats. Jack counters by saying it's his way of coping with the apocalypse.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Rover, when compared to other non-humanoid monsters.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Dirk points out to Jack that yelling through a megaphone is going to attract monsters, which it does. Jack makes the same mistake later when he yells at Blarg from the school, allowing Blarg to find him even faster than it already would have.
  • Tomboyish Pony Tail: June wears her hair in a ponytail.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Dirk, being the muscle of the group, is this.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: For the kids, seeing all the zombies. They used to be people they know, like a babysitter or teachers, but because zombies are commonplace they don't seem to care. At the school, Jack sees a zombie gym teacher and comments that at least he won't have to run laps anymore. That does not mean they are not scared of the zombies; they are just more commonplace than the monsters.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: June says this to Jack, Quint and Dirk but specifically Jack. Her yelling at them includes barging in on her safe haven (the school), releasing the zombies she spent weeks corralling and thereby blocking access to her food supply, and berating Jack for treating the apocalypse like a game when she discovers his feat list.
  • Youthful Freckles: June has these.


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