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20th May '17 12:44:10 PM StFan
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->'''Benny''': But I still want to know what happens!\\
'''Buffy''': Everyone gets horribly killed except the blonde girl in the nightie who finally kills the monster with a machete but it's not really dead.\\
'''Jennifer''': Oh my God. Is that true?\\
'''Buffy''': Probably. What movie is this?

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->'''Benny''': ->'''Benny:''' But I still want to know what happens!\\
'''Buffy''': '''Buffy:''' Everyone gets horribly killed except the blonde girl in the nightie who finally kills the monster with a machete but it's not really dead.\\
'''Jennifer''': '''Jennifer:''' Oh my God. Is that true?\\
'''Buffy''': '''Buffy:''' Probably. What movie is this?



The simplest definition of this is "[[DwindlingParty the last character]] [[SoleSurvivor left alive]] to confront the killer" in a SlasherMovie. The character in question tends to follow a certain set of characteristics. The most obvious one is being (almost) AlwaysFemale. Especially in older works, she'll also [[TokenWholesome almost certainly be a virgin]], remain fully clothed, avoid DeathBySex, and probably won't [[TheScourgeOfGod drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take drugs]], either. Finally, she'll probably turn out to be more intelligent and resourceful than the other victims, occasionally even [[ActionSurvivor evolving into]] a type of ActionGirl by the movie's end. Looking at the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality, you could say that the Final Girl is a combination of TheHero, TheCutie, and the DamselInDistress - which obviously gives her a very low deadness score. The Final Girl is usually but not always brunette, often in contrast to a [[SlashersPreferBlondes promiscuous blonde who traditionally gets killed off]].

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The simplest definition of this is "[[DwindlingParty the last character]] [[SoleSurvivor left alive]] to confront the killer" in a SlasherMovie. The character in question tends to follow a certain set of characteristics. The most obvious one is being (almost) AlwaysFemale. Especially in older works, she'll also [[TokenWholesome almost certainly be a virgin]], remain fully clothed, avoid DeathBySex, and probably won't [[TheScourgeOfGod drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or take drugs]], either. Finally, she'll probably turn out to be more intelligent and resourceful than the other victims, occasionally even [[ActionSurvivor evolving into]] a type of ActionGirl by the movie's end. Looking at the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality, you could say that the Final Girl is a combination of TheHero, TheCutie, and the DamselInDistress - -- which obviously gives her a very low deadness score. The Final Girl is usually but not always brunette, often in contrast to a [[SlashersPreferBlondes promiscuous blonde who traditionally gets killed off]].



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* Lisa Pacifist from ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited''.

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* %%* Lisa Pacifist from ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited''.



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* ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' tends to have a female protagonist who is forced to endure a hellish ordeal before escaping the psychotic family through any means necessary. This is especially true with the first two films with [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 Sally]], who manages to escape with a bit of luck after a grueling chase, and [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 Stretch]], who has to use a chainsaw to fight off one of her captors. It's upheld in later installments, as well - [[Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII Michelle]], [[Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration Jenny]], [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 Erin]], and [[Film/TexasChainsaw3D Heather]].

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* ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' tends to have a female protagonist who is forced to endure a hellish ordeal before escaping the psychotic family through any means necessary. This is especially true with the first two films with [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 Sally]], who manages to escape with a bit of luck after a grueling chase, and [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 Stretch]], who has to use a chainsaw to fight off one of her captors. It's upheld in later installments, as well - -- [[Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII Michelle]], [[Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration Jenny]], [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 Erin]], and [[Film/TexasChainsaw3D Heather]].






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** Also subverted in ''Film/HostelPartII.'' Beth, the Final Girl who we've come to see as innocent and virginal, turns out to be just as ruthless and bloodthirsty as her captors. She brutally castrates her "hunter" and strikes a deal with Sasha, the club's ringleader. In contrast Lorna, the untouched {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, is the first to die and was selected specifically ''because'' she was a virgin. Her "hunter" had a [[ElizabethBathory Countess Bathory]] fetish.

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** Also subverted in ''Film/HostelPartII.'' ''Film/HostelPartII''. Beth, the Final Girl who we've come to see as innocent and virginal, turns out to be just as ruthless and bloodthirsty as her captors. She brutally castrates her "hunter" and strikes a deal with Sasha, the club's ringleader. In contrast Lorna, the untouched {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, is the first to die and was selected specifically ''because'' she was a virgin. Her "hunter" had a [[ElizabethBathory Countess Bathory]] fetish.



** In ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', the character of Jill Roberts takes this trope and puts it through the ringer. She was the killer all along, and planned to frame Trevor for it so that she can come out looking like the Final Girl and ride the publicity to [[IfItBleedsItLeads book deals and talk show appearances]], following in the footsteps of her older cousin Sidney.

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** In ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'', ''Film/Scream4'', the character of Jill Roberts takes this trope and puts it through the ringer. She was the killer all along, and planned to frame Trevor for it so that she can come out looking like the Final Girl and ride the publicity to [[IfItBleedsItLeads book deals and talk show appearances]], following in the footsteps of her older cousin Sidney.



* Subverted in ''Film/TheWitch'', a period horror film about [[SalemIsWitchCountry a Puritan family in 1630s New England being stalked by a local witch]]. Thomasin, the family's eldest daughter, seems to check off nearly all of the classic markers of this trope: she's a beautiful, strong-willed, [[DeathBySex virginal]] teenage girl, and she ''is'' indeed the only member of her family to survive to the end. But she ends up as the FinalGirl after personally killing her mother in self-defense, after her mother accuses ''her'' of being a witch. And almost immediately after, she ends up personally selling her soul to {{Satan}} and joining a witch's coven, ''becoming'' the very thing that she successfully survived. And though the details are left deliberately ambiguous, there are also some strong hints dropped that [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane there was never a witch at all]], and that Thomasin killed her entire family herself--meaning that she could either be the FinalGirl or the {{Slasher}}. [[MindScrew Watch the movie and decide for yourself.]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheWitch'', a period horror film about [[SalemIsWitchCountry a Puritan family in 1630s New England being stalked by a local witch]]. Thomasin, the family's eldest daughter, seems to check off nearly all of the classic markers of this trope: she's a beautiful, strong-willed, [[DeathBySex virginal]] teenage girl, and she ''is'' indeed the only member of her family to survive to the end. But she ends up as the FinalGirl after personally killing her mother in self-defense, after her mother accuses ''her'' of being a witch. And almost immediately after, she ends up personally selling her soul to {{Satan}} and joining a witch's coven, ''becoming'' the very thing that she successfully survived. And though the details are left deliberately ambiguous, there are also some strong hints dropped that [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane there was never a witch at all]], and that Thomasin killed her entire family herself--meaning herself -- meaning that she could either be the FinalGirl or the {{Slasher}}.slasher. [[MindScrew Watch the movie and decide for yourself.]]



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* Subverted by [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omayra_Sánchez Omayra Sánchez]], who survived the 1985 eruption of Nevado Ruiz, Colombia, only to die horribly from either hypothermia or gangrene less than 3 days later.
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4th Apr '17 8:12:09 AM infernape612
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* Invoked in''Videogame/DeadByDaylight''. Some characters and perks work better if you're the last survivor of your team, giving you an easier chance to escape from the killer. An escape hatch will also open up, giving the player an easier time of getting out if they could find it.

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* Invoked in''Videogame/DeadByDaylight''.in ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight''. Some characters and perks work better if you're the last survivor of your team, giving you an easier chance to escape from the killer. An escape hatch will also open up, giving the player an easier time of getting out if they could find it.
3rd Apr '17 5:20:53 PM JackG
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* Subverted in the SciFiHorror ''Film/{{Morgan}}''. Lee Weathers is the last girl standing, but only because she executes the other two survivors in order to LeaveNoWitnesses to Morgan's rampage.

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* Subverted in the SciFiHorror ''Film/{{Morgan}}''. Lee Weathers is the last girl standing, but only because she executes the other two survivors in order to LeaveNoWitnesses to Morgan's rampage.


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* Subverted in the SciFiHorror ''Film/{{Morgan}}''. Lee Weathers is the last girl standing, but only because she executes the other two survivors in order to LeaveNoWitnesses to Morgan's rampage. And her toughness, poise under pressure, and avoidance of sex aren't because she's a virginal ActionSurvivor, but because she's an artificial human just like Morgan.
3rd Apr '17 5:15:54 PM JackG
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* Subverted in the SciFiHorror ''Film/{{Morgan}}''. Lee Weathers is the last girl standing, but only because she executes the other two survivors in order to LeaveNoWitnesses to Morgan's rampage.
6th Mar '17 11:18:56 PM Twiddler
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* In [[Creator/AgathaChristie Agatha Christie's]] ''AndThenThereWereNone'', Vera Claythorne is the last survivor on the island, only to hang herself. Furthermore, she wasn't exactly the ''last'' person left, she (and the reader) only ''thinks'' she is.

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* In [[Creator/AgathaChristie Agatha Christie's]] ''AndThenThereWereNone'', Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', Vera Claythorne is the last survivor on the island, only to hang herself. Furthermore, she wasn't exactly the ''last'' person left, she (and the reader) only ''thinks'' she is.
3rd Jan '17 3:17:41 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheCave'' contrasts slightly demure scientist Catherine with sexy blonde climber Charlie. Catherine is indeed the only one of the two females to survive.



* ''{{Film/Mindhunters}}'' is an action thriller, but follows many slasher movie tropes. Sara is meeker and more delicate than the rest of the protagonists - who all have their own Achilles Heels. Theirs are based on vices, while Sara's comes from a trauma in her past. Nicole, the only other girl in the film, is sleeping with one of the others while Sara is celibate. The film does have Gabe survive as well though.



* The Serbian horror film ''Nymph'' has three female characters - Kelly, Lucy and Yasmin. Lucy is the HardDrinkingPartyGirl, while Yasmin is the bitchy 'other woman' to Lucy's ex-boyfriend. Kelly naturally is more responsible and demure, and she survives to the end. It's a BolivianArmyEnding of sorts though.



* Sarah Connor in ''Film/TheTerminator'' is an interesting combination of Final Girl and DamselInDistress. In [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay 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]], she's more of an ActionGirl and isn't the only survivor. The first film also evokes the trope in other ways - she has a best friend who's killed while having sex with her boyfriend.
1st Jan '17 5:20:01 PM AG1995
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* Played straight in ''Frayed'', where the virginal girl is the last left to confront her murderous brother in true Final Girl fashion... until it's revealed that she as well as the other victims only existed as they were presented in the killer's delusional fantasies. The real sister was a completely different person whom the brother had never seen after childhood, the 'killer' was actually framed for a murder he did not commit, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] at all.[[/folder]]

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* Played straight in ''Frayed'', where the virginal girl is the last left to confront her murderous brother in true Final Girl fashion... until it's revealed that she as well as the other victims only existed as they were presented in the killer's delusional fantasies. The real sister was a completely different person whom the brother had never seen after childhood, the 'killer' was actually framed for a murder he did not commit, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] at all.all.
* ''Film/TheFinalGirls'': The film, appropriately, features several examples, and thoroughly parodies the concept.
** Paula, the original final girl of the [[ShowWithinAShow Camp Bloodbath]]. Despite not fitting the traditional [[TheIngenue ingenue]] mould she makes a point of mentioning that [[VirginPower she's a virgin and plans to stay that way]] as soon as she's introduced.
** Vicki nominates herself to be the final girl after Paula dies, but is not eligible because being a TechnicalVirgin doesn't cut it by the movie's rules.
** [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] when Nancy and Max try to survive together. Max's mortal wound leads Nancy to pull a HeroicSacrifice, making Max the ''final'' girl. As soon as this happens, Max's wound becomes JustAFleshWound, and she can suddenly fight Billy with [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer slayer-level competence]].
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25th Dec '16 10:36:31 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** The [[Film/ColdPrey2 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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** The [[Film/ColdPrey2 second film]] serves as a [[Main/DeconstructedTrope desconstruction]]. Jannicke grows quite [[Main/GenreSavvy genre savvy]] 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.



* ''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. 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.

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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 the 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.
18th Dec '16 6:32:01 PM Discar
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** Randy Meeks, the film's resident MetaGuy, discusses this trope when laying out his rules for surviving a horror movie. The first two points on his list are [[DeathBySex "never have sex"]] and [[TheScourgeOfGod "never drink or use drugs"]][[note]]The third one is [[TemptingFate "never say 'I'll be right back'."]][[/note]], citing Laurie Strode from ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' as an example of the sort of character who typically survives. He credits his own survival in the first film to [[AManIsNotAVirgin him still being a virgin]], and in the third film, he appears posthumously (having been killed off in the second film) in a {{Video Will|s}} he recorded shortly after he lost his virginity, claiming that, if anybody is watching the video, he's probably dead on account of DeathBySex.

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** Randy Meeks, the film's resident MetaGuy, discusses this trope when laying out his rules for surviving a horror movie. The first two points on his list are [[DeathBySex "never have sex"]] and [[TheScourgeOfGod "never drink or use drugs"]][[note]]The third one is [[TemptingFate "never say 'I'll be right back'."]][[/note]], citing Laurie Strode from ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' as an example of the sort of character who typically survives. He credits his own survival in the first film to [[AManIsNotAVirgin him still being a virgin]], virgin, and in the third film, he appears posthumously (having been killed off in the second film) in a {{Video Will|s}} he recorded shortly after he lost his virginity, claiming that, if anybody is watching the video, he's probably dead on account of DeathBySex.
6th Dec '16 8:56:09 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Series/DeadOfSummer'' has Amy Hughes, who initially seems to be this trope incarnate: HairOfGoldHeartOfGold, a DarkAndTroubledPast, and being the token "good girl" on the show. She's actually the BigBad. She was responsible for all of the murders on the show and was behind the ritual to raise the demon Malphas, having actually ''welcomed'' her DemonicPossession because Malphas was the only one who "understood her". Instead of Amy, it's the LovableAlphaBitch Jessie who becomes the final girl instead, together with Blair and Drew -- a gay guy and a trans boy, respectively, in another blow at the archetype.

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* ''Series/DeadOfSummer'' has Amy Hughes, who initially seems to be this trope incarnate: HairOfGoldHeartOfGold, a DarkAndTroubledPast, DarkAndTroubledPast that (at first glance) only serves to make her more sympathetic, and being the token "good girl" on the show. She's actually the BigBad.BigBad, and her wholesome image is nothing but lies. She was responsible for all of the murders on the show and was behind the ritual to raise the demon Malphas, having actually ''welcomed'' her DemonicPossession because Malphas was the only one who "understood her". Instead of Amy, it's the LovableAlphaBitch Jessie who becomes the final girl instead, together with Blair and Drew -- a gay guy and a trans boy, respectively, in another blow at the archetype.
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