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29th May '16 9:21:23 AM DeeJay
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** When considering that the film involves a group of middle-aged adults getting killed off one by one rather than the usual group of teenagers, Julie fits the bill pretty well in ''Film/TheAnthropophagusBeast''. While she does smoke in one scene, Julie also turns down the advances of a fellow tourist who expressed a desire to be with her so she is sexually unavailable as well. This is ultimately subverted in the final confrontation when a previous victim turns up to be alive and gives a deadly blow to the killer, saving Julie in the process.
** In ''Film/{{Absurd}}'', the last female to confront the killer is Katia, whose innocence may be justified by the fact that she was bedridden for most of the film. Katia's not really the typical leading protagonist for most of the film until the killer invades her home, when she fulfills Final Girl duties by taking up a decorative axe and chopping his head off.

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** When considering that the film involves a group of middle-aged adults getting killed off one by one rather than the usual group of teenagers, Julie fits the bill pretty well in ''Film/TheAnthropophagusBeast''. While she does smoke in one scene, Julie also turns down the advances of a fellow tourist who expressed a desire to be with her so she is sexually unavailable as well. This The Final Girl notion is ultimately subverted in the final confrontation when a previous victim turns up to be alive and gives a deadly blow to the killer, saving Julie in the process.
** In ''Film/{{Absurd}}'', the last female to confront the killer is Katia, whose innocence may be justified by the fact that she was bedridden for most of the film. Katia's not really the typical leading protagonist for most of the film until ''until'' the killer invades her home, when she fulfills Final Girl duties by taking up a decorative axe and chopping his head off.
29th May '16 9:18:50 AM DeeJay
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* Connie is more of a subversion in ''Film/JustBeforeDawn''. She starts out as an ordinary Final Girl candidate with conservative looks and lack of sex appeal. As the movie progresses though, her clothing gradually gets sexier until the trope is fully subverted when her boyfriend survives the final confrontation as well.

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* Connie is more of a subversion Gradually subverted in ''Film/JustBeforeDawn''. She Connie starts out as an ordinary Final Girl candidate with conservative looks and lack of sex appeal. As the movie progresses though, her clothing gradually gets sexier until the trope is fully subverted when her boyfriend survives the final confrontation as well.well.
* Shows up in Joe D'Amato's early 80's horrors, though somewhat obscurely:
** When considering that the film involves a group of middle-aged adults getting killed off one by one rather than the usual group of teenagers, Julie fits the bill pretty well in ''Film/TheAnthropophagusBeast''. While she does smoke in one scene, Julie also turns down the advances of a fellow tourist who expressed a desire to be with her so she is sexually unavailable as well. This is ultimately subverted in the final confrontation when a previous victim turns up to be alive and gives a deadly blow to the killer, saving Julie in the process.
** In ''Film/{{Absurd}}'', the last female to confront the killer is Katia, whose innocence may be justified by the fact that she was bedridden for most of the film. Katia's not really the typical leading protagonist for most of the film until the killer invades her home, when she fulfills Final Girl duties by taking up a decorative axe and chopping his head off.
12th May '16 8:37:36 AM DeeJay
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* Subverted in ''Curtains'' (1983). After all actresses but one coveting the role of Audra are murdered, we're left with one plucky actress who easily fits the final girl mold. A use of an ImpendingDoomPOV makes us think Samantha truly was the killer and not just a red herring. However, in the end, Samantha only killed the director and his mistress, but it was Patti who killed her rivals for the role.

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* Subverted in ''Curtains'' (1983). After all actresses but one coveting the role of Audra are murdered, we're left with one plucky actress (Patti) who easily fits the final girl mold. A use of an ImpendingDoomPOV makes us think Samantha truly was the killer and not just a red herring. However, in the end, Samantha only killed the director and his mistress, but it was not-so-innocent Patti who killed her rivals for the role.
12th May '16 8:35:05 AM DeeJay
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** Subverted and then double subverted (ultimately played straight) in ''Film/HappyBirthdayToMe'' with Virginia. "Virginia" confesses to committing the murders, but then it turns up that the killer was an assailant disguised as Ginny, who then has to survive a birthday dinner from hell. A deconstruction is hinted at the end with a surviving Ginny, who is messed up and suspected by a detective of committing the crimes.
** ''Film/HellNight'' with Marti, the most innocent of the four pledges and the only one to survive the night.



* Subverted quite a bit in ''Curtains'' (1983). The closest girl we have to a protagonist in the film, Patti, actually reveals herself as the killer at the end. Meanwhile, Tara - a relatively minor character noteworthy only for screwing the caretaker in the jacuzzi earlier in the film - gets the final chase scene of the film, but does not survive. Samantha would be considered a final woman since the film followed her from the start and it is she whom Patti reveals herself to at the very end, but Samantha herself killed the director [[Main/WomanScorned who did her wrong]] and his lover... and she was stabbed to death by Patti in the end.

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* Subverted quite a bit in ''Curtains'' (1983). The closest After all actresses but one coveting the role of Audra are murdered, we're left with one plucky actress who easily fits the final girl we have to a protagonist in the film, Patti, actually reveals herself as mold. A use of an ImpendingDoomPOV makes us think Samantha truly was the killer at the end. Meanwhile, Tara - and not just a relatively minor character noteworthy only for screwing the caretaker red herring. However, in the jacuzzi earlier in the film - gets the final chase scene of the film, but does not survive. end, Samantha would be considered a final woman since the film followed her from the start and it is she whom Patti reveals herself to at the very end, but Samantha herself only killed the director [[Main/WomanScorned who did her wrong]] and his lover... and she mistress, but it was stabbed to death by Patti in who killed her rivals for the end.role.
3rd May '16 12:07:40 AM erforce
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* Dutch (ArnoldSchwarzenegger) is a male example in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. He is the leader of a team of seven commandos, six of whom are slaughtered by the alien villain, most of them with ridiculous ease. Dutch is the only one to evade the creature, by covering himself with mud (the creature sees in infrared, and the mud apparently blocks the heat sources in Dutch's body). Then he ''[[StaringDownCthulhu calls the creature out]]'', and ultimately battles him hand to hand. Although even Dutch isn't physically powerful enough to slay the monster, he does manage to use his wits to deliver such a humiliating defeat to the alien that it commits suicide. Dutch also fits the personality in that he's the most morally principled of the commandos ("My men are not expendable") and never engages in sexual/homophobic banter like some of the other guys do. Ana, the female jungle fighter, might also be a candidate in that she's the only other major character to survive to the movie's end, but she doesn't actually battle the monster.

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* Dutch (ArnoldSchwarzenegger) (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) is a male example in ''Film/{{Predator}}''. He is the leader of a team of seven commandos, six of whom are slaughtered by the alien villain, most of them with ridiculous ease. Dutch is the only one to evade the creature, by covering himself with mud (the creature sees in infrared, and the mud apparently blocks the heat sources in Dutch's body). Then he ''[[StaringDownCthulhu calls the creature out]]'', and ultimately battles him hand to hand. Although even Dutch isn't physically powerful enough to slay the monster, he does manage to use his wits to deliver such a humiliating defeat to the alien that it commits suicide. Dutch also fits the personality in that he's the most morally principled of the commandos ("My men are not expendable") and never engages in sexual/homophobic banter like some of the other guys do. Ana, the female jungle fighter, might also be a candidate in that she's the only other major character to survive to the movie's end, but she doesn't actually battle the monster.



* Sarah Connor in ''Film/TheTerminator'' is an interesting combination of Final Girl and DamselInDistress. In the sequel, she's more of an ActionGirl and isn't the only survivor.

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* Sarah Connor in ''Film/TheTerminator'' is an interesting combination of Final Girl and DamselInDistress. In [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the sequel, sequel]], she's more of an ActionGirl and isn't the only survivor.
28th Apr '16 11:32:47 PM erforce
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** ''Film/ColdPrey'':
*** The original film plays this straight with Jannicke, though there's a slight inversion considering virginal Ingunn gets killed first whereas the sexual experience of the others is left a bit more ambiguous.
*** The second film serves as a [[Main/DeconstructedTrope desconstruction]]. Jannicke grows quite [[Main/GenreSavvy genre savvy]] by this film and knows what will happen if the killer gets resuscitated. Despite her warnings, she ends up getting sedated as the killer wakes up and starts killing the hospital staff one by one, leaving only Camilla left as a Final Girl. Once Jannicke comes to, she becomes an [[Main/ActionSurvivor action survivor]] and teams up with Camilla to stop the killer for once and for all. And they both end up surviving.

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** ''Film/ColdPrey'':
The ''Cold Prey'' trilogy:
*** The [[Film/ColdPrey original film film]] plays this straight with Jannicke, though there's a slight inversion considering virginal Ingunn gets killed first whereas the sexual experience of the others is left a bit more ambiguous.
*** The [[Film/ColdPrey2 second film film]] serves as a [[Main/DeconstructedTrope desconstruction]]. Jannicke grows quite [[Main/GenreSavvy genre savvy]] by this film and knows what will happen if the killer gets resuscitated. Despite her warnings, she ends up getting sedated as the killer wakes up and starts killing the hospital staff one by one, leaving only Camilla left as a Final Girl. Once Jannicke comes to, she becomes an [[Main/ActionSurvivor action survivor]] and teams up with Camilla to stop the killer for once and for all. And they both end up surviving.
4th Apr '16 11:06:57 AM erforce
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** ''Film/HouseOfWax'': The 2005 remake saw Carly emerge as the lone female survivor of what unfolds as a "real-life" horror story in the ghost town of Ambrose, Louisiana; her brother, Nick, also is alive at film's end, both having escaped the burning wax mansion (the town's centerpiece) seconds before it collapses into itself.

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** ''Film/HouseOfWax'': The 2005 remake ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'' saw Carly emerge as the lone female survivor of what unfolds as a "real-life" horror story in the ghost town of Ambrose, Louisiana; her brother, Nick, also is alive at film's end, both having escaped the burning wax mansion (the town's centerpiece) seconds before it collapses into itself.
3rd Apr '16 12:32:02 PM ading
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' combats this trope by subverting SlashersPreferBlondes. In this case, the one that fights off the killer is the peppy blonde cheerleader - who's sexually active (from the second season onwards at least). The Final Girl character type would be best filled by Buffy's nerdy best friend Willow, at least early on. Amusingly enough, Sarah Michelle Gellar had played slasher victims in ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' and ''{{Film/Scream2}}''.
26th Mar '16 3:35:58 PM fearlessnikki
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* Played with in the movie ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'', there are two of the original group left standing - a guy and a girl, but seeing as the boy is the killer, she is technically the Final Girl standing. But alas it's not technically true, as one of the other victims is shown to have just passed out.

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* Played with in the movie ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'', there are two of the original group left standing - a guy and a girl, but seeing as the boy is the killer, she is technically the Final Girl standing. But alas it's not technically true, as one of the other victims is shown to have just passed out. Notably Sara (the girl in question) still fits the profile in that she's the most moral of the protagonists, and her flaw is not a vice like the others.



* In ''Film/AprilFoolsDay'', the cast are whittled down to two and the killer is revealed to be the secret and crazy twin sister of one of the characters. The boy gets locked in a closet while the Final Girl is left to confront the crazy twin. She backs into a room, and there are all the "dead," people, behaving calmly and casually as though nothing had happened. After about thirty seconds of her freaking out, they start laughing and explain that that the whole thing was both a elaborate practical joke and a test for a "Murder Mystery," inn, there is no twin. Then they have a party.

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* In ''Film/AprilFoolsDay'', the cast are whittled down to two and the killer is revealed to be the secret and crazy twin sister of one of the characters. The boy gets locked in a closet while the Final Girl is left to confront the crazy twin. She backs into a room, and there are all the "dead," people, behaving calmly and casually as though nothing had happened. After about thirty seconds of her freaking out, they start laughing and explain that that the whole thing was both a elaborate practical joke and a test for a "Murder Mystery," inn, there is no twin. Then they have a party. Even when you first think it's a slasher, the first female victim is the one most likely to be a Final Girl - the bookish ShrinkingViolet. The actual Final Girl is shown in bed with her boyfriend and they nearly have sex in the boathouse the next day.



* ''Film/DeathProof'': Quentin Tarantino himself noted during interviews about this film that he is a ''major'' fan of Carol Clover's writings on slasher films. As such, part of the thrill of the first half involves how he consciously [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] this trope in particular: Arlene/Butterfly is set up from the beginning to be a played-straight Final Girl in a standard slasher--especially how she's portrayed as rather "apart" from her friends, and not as open in her sexuality. Alas, she ends up ''dying'' with the others--which, as Quentin anticipated, is a ''big'' shock to a GenreSavvy audience...

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* ''Film/DeathProof'': Quentin Tarantino himself noted during interviews about this film that he is a ''major'' fan of Carol Clover's writings on slasher films. As such, part of the thrill of the first half involves how he consciously [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] this trope in particular: Arlene/Butterfly is set up from the beginning to be a played-straight Final Girl in a standard slasher--especially how she's portrayed as rather "apart" from her friends, and not as open in her sexuality. Alas, she ends up ''dying'' with the others--which, as Quentin anticipated, is a ''big'' shock to a GenreSavvy audience...audience. Not to mention that the first group of girls are slightly repressed with their sexuality, whereas the second are more open about it - and survive.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', both [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]] and TV show were created specifically as a subversion of the trope -- the "final girl" (who isn't particularly final, all things considered) is sexually active, conventionally attractive, and generally a lot more girly than the norm. Admittedly she does have superpowers (often explicitly superior to her foes) which makes it a bit debatable as to whether she belongs as a Final Girl proper, or is simply a straight up superheroine who borrows a fair bit of slasher flick imagery.
** According to the WordOfGod, Buffy was actually a subversion of the girls who get killed in monster movies, not those who survive slashers (if memory serves).
** Buffy only became "sexually active" halfway into the second season - prior to that she was a virgin. She also doesn't smoke or do drugs or drink that much, and as for girlishness she is a cheerleader for all of ''one'' episode. In fact, whether by accident or design, Buffy resembles the classic Final Girl a lot more than the characters she is supposedly subverting.
*** The movie paints pre-slayer Buffy as a promiscuous, popular, superficial cheerleader who refuses to fit entirely into the Slayer/Final-Girl mold. Whether you saw the movie before watching the series probably makes a big difference in your perception of her during season 1.
** A paper written on the subject of final girls points out that, early on, Willow fit the stereotypical final girl mold to a T.
** It is [[SlashersPreferBlondes this trope]] that Buffy is subverting.
*** It's interesting to note that Creator/SarahMichelleGellar (Buffy, as if you didn't know) played the above trope straight in two separate slasher movies: as Helen Shivers in ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' and as Cici in ''Scream 2''.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', both [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]] and TV show were created specifically as a subversion of the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' combats this trope -- by subverting SlashersPreferBlondes. In this case, the "final girl" (who isn't particularly final, all things considered) one that fights off the killer is the peppy blonde cheerleader - who's sexually active, conventionally attractive, and generally a lot more girly than the norm. Admittedly she does have superpowers (often explicitly superior to her foes) which makes it a bit debatable as to whether she belongs as a Final Girl proper, or is simply a straight up superheroine who borrows a fair bit of slasher flick imagery.
** According to the WordOfGod, Buffy was actually a subversion of the girls who get killed in monster movies, not those who survive slashers (if memory serves).
** Buffy only became "sexually active" halfway into
active (from the second season - prior to that she was a virgin. She also doesn't smoke or do drugs or drink that much, and as for girlishness she is a cheerleader for all of ''one'' episode. In fact, whether by accident or design, Buffy resembles the classic onwards at least). The Final Girl a lot more than the characters she is supposedly subverting.
*** The movie paints pre-slayer Buffy as a promiscuous, popular, superficial cheerleader who refuses to fit entirely into the Slayer/Final-Girl mold. Whether you saw the movie before watching the series probably makes a big difference in your perception of her during season 1.
** A paper written on the subject of final girls points out that,
character type would be best filled by Buffy's nerdy best friend Willow, at least early on, Willow fit the stereotypical final girl mold to a T.
** It is [[SlashersPreferBlondes this trope]] that Buffy is subverting.
*** It's interesting to note that Creator/SarahMichelleGellar (Buffy, as if you didn't know)
on. Amusingly enough, Sarah Michelle Gellar had played the above trope straight in two separate slasher movies: as Helen Shivers victims in ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' and as Cici in ''Scream 2''.''{{Film/Scream2}}''.


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* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' had an episode called "Chick Flick" featuring psycho killers being released from horror movies. Prue becomes the Final Girl when her sisters get trapped in the movie, but she saves them. The in-universe "Kill It Before It Dies" features a teen couple surviving.
19th Mar '16 12:08:43 PM anonexistentuser
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** But sequel fallow this with [[Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers Molly]] and [[Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland Marcia]]

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** But sequel fallow the sequels follow this with [[Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers Molly]] and [[Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland Marcia]]
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