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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.
13th Jul '16 9:05:57 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Emma in the TV adaptation of ''Series/{{Scream}}''. While Sidney Prescott from [[Franchise/{{Scream}} the films]] is listed below as a {{deconstruct|edCharacterArchetype}}, Emma so far looks to be a straighter example, though time will tell.

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* Emma Duval in the TV adaptation of ''Series/{{Scream}}''. ''Series/{{Scream|TVSeries}}''. While Sidney Prescott Prescott, her counterpart from [[Franchise/{{Scream}} the films]] films]], is listed below as a {{deconstruct|edCharacterArchetype}}, {{deconstruct|edCharacterArchetype}}ion, Emma so far looks to be is a straighter example, though time will tell.not perfectly so. In the first season, she's one of several characters who survives, and most of the credit for defeating the killer goes to Audrey, a bicurious punk chick who turns out to have been working with the killer all along. Season two shows that Emma has been traumatized by the experience, her mental state not at all helped by a new killer running around.



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

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** But the sequels follow The sequels, however, play this straight this with [[Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers Molly]] and [[Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland Marcia]]Marcia]].



* The Final Girls is a series proposed to ABC Family in 2013 in which Jamie Lee Curtis will be the Charley to a team of Angels consisting of girls who were Final Girls and use that experience to become monster hunters.
* ''[[Series/ScreamQueens2015 Scream Queens]]'' has two possible characters for the Final Girl - Grace is the traditional kind and Chanel is... not. Chanel's a racist, homophobic bitch who is guilty of the murder of Ms Bean [[spoiler: and Hester]]. She's also fought off the Red Devil twice. Although to be fair, she didn't mean to kill Ms Bean. [[spoiler: Hester's death is an entirely different matter, though.]]

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* The ''The Final Girls is Girls'' was a series proposed to ABC Family Creator/ABCFamily (now Freeform) in 2013 in which Jamie Lee Curtis will be would play the Charley Charlie to a team of Angels consisting of girls who were Final Girls and use that experience to become monster hunters.
* ''[[Series/ScreamQueens2015 Scream Queens]]'' has Queens]]'', a show that ''did'' wind up starring Jamie Lee Curtis, had two possible characters candidates for the Final Girl - in the first season. Grace Gardner is the traditional kind and kind, the blonde, virginal [[TheIngenue ingenue]] with a hint of Literature/NancyDrew to her. Chanel Oberlin is... not. Chanel's a racist, homophobic bitch While she fought off the Red Devil twice, she's also an elitist and bigoted AlphaBitch who is guilty of the murder of Ms Ms. Bean [[spoiler: and Hester]]. She's also fought off the Red Devil twice. Although to Hester]], along with all manner of lesser crimes. To be fair, though, she didn't mean to kill Ms Bean. [[spoiler: Hester's death is an entirely different matter, though.]]matter.]] Both Grace and Chanel survive, but while Grace goes on to have a normal life after, Chanel and her GirlPosse get served a major dose of LaserGuidedKarma and get framed for the killings. The real killers remain TheUnfought, with their last surviving member, [[spoiler:Hester]], [[TheBadGuyWins getting away with everything]].
13th Jul '16 8:34:08 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Pick a SlasherMovie, any slasher flick.
** It was both subverted and played straight in ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'', a 2006 homage to 80s slasher films. After explaining the concept, Leslie show the documentary crew the "survivor girl" he's chosen, Kelly, but later Taylor realizes it was meant to be her all along.
** ''Film/{{Black Christmas 1974}}'' is one of the first slasher films ever made and was a TropeMaker in the genre. The movie has a final girl, though she is quite different from the conventional final girl set by the Trope Codifier. In the film, Jess is pregnant and wants an abortion against her boyfriend's wishes, so she is definitely not a virgin. The [[Film/BlackChristmas2006 remake]] has Kelli confronting the killers and surviving.
** The ''Cold Prey'' trilogy:
*** The [[Film/ColdPrey 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 [[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.
** ''Film/FinalExam'' with Courtney, who is basically a Laurie Strode {{expy}}.
** ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' has a definite final girl in every installment, but see below under subversions/aversions.
** ''Film/TheFunhouse'' with Amy, though the movie makes a point to show her topless early on in the film.
** The premise of ''Girl House'' would subvert the wholesome Final Girl given that it's about a massacre of girls who perform sexually to an Internet crowd, but it manages to play it pretty straight with having a brunette final girl who would be the ideal if not for financial woes. Though she bares her chest to the viewers of the Girl House feeds, we as the viewers ''of the movie'' never actually see her breasts (though we see her butt earlier in the film). Ultimately, she seems pretty innocent when she's not desperate to make ends meet.
** ''Film/GraduationDay'' with Anne. Justified since she initially wasn't in Kevin's list of targets, and he only comes after her once she finds Laura's remains in his room. Unlike earlier examples, she's a bit less DamselInDistress and a bit more ActionSurvivor, most likely thanks to her time serving in the Navy.
** ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was the Trope Codifier and introduced the DeathBySex trope (actually unintentional) which became a staple of the genre. Laurie Strode's actress, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, was typecast as a Final Girl early on in her career so if she was in a slasher film, she would definitely be surviving. Except in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection''. Laurie remained a final girl in ''Film/HalloweenII1981''. In ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'', Rachel and Jamie both shared this title, and in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'', Sara is the Final Girl.
** 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.
** ''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.
** ''Film/TheHouseOnSororityRow'' with Katherine. Conservative and brunette, she was basically the most moral and level-headed of the group of sorority girls who found themselves being killed off one-by-one after a prank gone wrong.
** ''Film/{{Humongous}}'' inverts this, at least so far as looks and resourcefulness are concerned. The plain girl, Carla, who easily looks the part of the final girl actually dies rather brutally towards the end with little chance to fight back. The true final girl? Sandy, a very attractive but resourceful girl who manages to take down the killer and live to the end credits.
** ''Film/{{I Know What You Did Last Summer}}'' and its sequel with Julie, though her love interest Ray survives both films as well.
** ''Film/{{Intruder}}'' with Jennifer, though she's definitely a bit more conventionally attractive than most traditional final girls and some of her qualifying traits (lack of doing drugs and having sex) may be justified by the fact that the slashing takes place at a grocery store on a night she was working and she was going through a break-up.
** ''Film/{{Laid to Rest}}'' and its sequel are both examples, though the concept is subverted slightly in the first when the Final Girl is revealed to be a prostitute.
** ''Film/LostAfterDark'' specifically hightlights this trope in the naming of its female characters - each one is named after an actress who played a classic final girl (Marilyn, Heather, Jamie, and Adrienne). It then deconstructs the trope by setting up its obvious final girl to be so virtuous that she becomes [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth easy prey]] to the killer. After she's the first casualty, another (non-virginal) character rises up to be the true final girl, reconstructing the trope in the process.
** Throw back to 80 slasher film ''KillerHoliday'' fallow group of teens going for vocation, until they are being killed one by one, until one girl (Cammi) is forced to take him down and this girl is A-student and virgin. Off course her crush survived too.
** ''Film/NewYearsEvil'' with Diane.
** Applies to most of the ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Elm Street]]'' series. [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 Nancy]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge Lisa]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors Kristen]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster Alice]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild Alice again]], [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare Maggie/Tracy]], [[Film/WesCravensNewNightmare Heather Langenkamp]] (the actual actress who played Nancy), and Laurie. ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge Part 2]]'' is a partial subversion, as Lisa doesn't so much kill Freddy as drive him out of his possessed victim Jessie, who also survives.
** ''Film/TheProwler'' with Pam, who has all the qualities but inverts the SlashersPreferBlondes convention.
** In ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', the main character has sex (with the killer!), but still maintains her final girl status throughout the entire film franchise.
** ''Film/SpiritCamp'' demonstrates a [[Main/ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagging]] use of the trope. While playing it straight, this film has a Final Girl with vices that would normally signal sure death for a character in a slasher film. For instance, she's a juvenile delinquent who smokes. And oh, was it mentioned that she is the only character other than the opening victim who is seen topless?
** ''Film/StageFrightAquarius'' with Alicia, an unassuming actress who must demonstrate a bit of resourcefulness after a mass murderer slices and dices his way through the rest of her theatre production staff.
** ''Film/{{Tenebre}}'' with Anne. The film does not initially follow her as the main protagonist, but there does come a point where she becomes the only person left for the audience to identify with and she ends up being the last one left to take down the killer, albeit accidentally.
** ''Film/TerrorTrain'' with Alana, as made clear by the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis was playing her. However, she's not completely pure or innocent either, seeing as she had a part in a prank that sent the killer over the edge.
** ''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]].
** ''Film/TouristTrap'''s final girl is purer than the white snow.
** ''Film/{{Urban Legend}}'' and ''Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut'' both have a female protagonist who qualify, but there are also other survivors in both films.
** ''Film/{{Valentine}}'' with Kate. The film justifies Kate living because she was the only one who was not outright cruel to the killer when they were younger.
** ''Film/{{Venom}}'' with Eden, who has all the qualities and unlike later slashers that normally subvert this particular trope, Eden's love interest is not spared from being a body count number.

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Pick a SlasherMovie, any slasher flick.
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It was both subverted and played straight in ''Film/BehindTheMaskTheRiseOfLeslieVernon'', a 2006 homage to 80s slasher films. After explaining the concept, Leslie show the documentary crew the "survivor girl" he's chosen, Kelly, but later Taylor realizes it was meant to be her all along.
** * ''Film/{{Black Christmas 1974}}'' is one of the first slasher films ever made and was a TropeMaker in the genre. The movie has a final girl, though she is quite different from the conventional final girl set by the Trope Codifier. In the film, Jess is pregnant and wants an abortion against her boyfriend's wishes, so she is definitely not a virgin. The [[Film/BlackChristmas2006 remake]] has Kelli confronting the killers and surviving.
** * The ''Cold Prey'' trilogy:
*** ** The [[Film/ColdPrey 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 [[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.
** * ''Film/FinalExam'' with Courtney, who is basically a Laurie Strode {{expy}}.
** * ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' has a definite final girl in every installment, but see below under subversions/aversions.
** * ''Film/TheFunhouse'' with Amy, though the movie makes a point to show her topless early on in the film.
** * The premise of ''Girl House'' would subvert the wholesome Final Girl given that it's about a massacre of girls who perform sexually to an Internet crowd, but it manages to play it pretty straight with having a brunette final girl who would be the ideal if not for financial woes. Though she bares her chest to the viewers of the Girl House feeds, we as the viewers ''of the movie'' never actually see her breasts (though we see her butt earlier in the film). Ultimately, she seems pretty innocent when she's not desperate to make ends meet.
** * ''Film/GraduationDay'' with Anne. Justified since she initially wasn't in Kevin's list of targets, and he only comes after her once she finds Laura's remains in his room. Unlike earlier examples, she's a bit less DamselInDistress and a bit more ActionSurvivor, most likely thanks to her time serving in the Navy.
** * ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was the Trope Codifier and introduced the DeathBySex trope (actually unintentional) which became a staple of the genre. Laurie Strode's actress, Creator/JamieLeeCurtis, was typecast as a Final Girl early on in her career so if she was in a slasher film, she would definitely be surviving. Except in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection''. Laurie remained a final girl in ''Film/HalloweenII1981''. In ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'', Rachel and Jamie both shared this title, and in ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'', Sara is the Final Girl.
** * 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.
** * ''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.
** * ''Film/TheHouseOnSororityRow'' with Katherine. Conservative and brunette, she was basically the most moral and level-headed of the group of sorority girls who found themselves being killed off one-by-one after a prank gone wrong.
** * ''Film/{{Humongous}}'' inverts this, at least so far as looks and resourcefulness are concerned. The plain girl, Carla, who easily looks the part of the final girl actually dies rather brutally towards the end with little chance to fight back. The true final girl? Sandy, a very attractive but resourceful girl who manages to take down the killer and live to the end credits.
** * ''Film/{{I Know What You Did Last Summer}}'' and its sequel with Julie, though her love interest Ray survives both films as well.
** * ''Film/{{Intruder}}'' with Jennifer, though she's definitely a bit more conventionally attractive than most traditional final girls and some of her qualifying traits (lack of doing drugs and having sex) may be justified by the fact that the slashing takes place at a grocery store on a night she was working and she was going through a break-up.
** * ''Film/{{Laid to Rest}}'' and its sequel are both examples, though the concept is subverted slightly in the first when the Final Girl is revealed to be a prostitute.
** * ''Film/LostAfterDark'' specifically hightlights this trope in the naming of its female characters - each one is named after an actress who played a classic final girl (Marilyn, Heather, Jamie, and Adrienne). It then deconstructs the trope by setting up its obvious final girl to be so virtuous that she becomes [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth easy prey]] to the killer. After she's the first casualty, another (non-virginal) character rises up to be the true final girl, reconstructing the trope in the process.
** * Throw back to 80 slasher film ''KillerHoliday'' fallow group of teens going for vocation, until they are being killed one by one, until one girl (Cammi) is forced to take him down and this girl is A-student and virgin. Off course her crush survived too.
** * ''Film/NewYearsEvil'' with Diane.
** * Applies to most of the ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Elm Street]]'' series. [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 Nancy]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge Lisa]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors Kristen]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster Alice]], [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild Alice again]], [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare Maggie/Tracy]], [[Film/WesCravensNewNightmare Heather Langenkamp]] (the actual actress who played Nancy), and Laurie. ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge Part 2]]'' is a partial subversion, as Lisa doesn't so much kill Freddy as drive him out of his possessed victim Jessie, who also survives.
** * ''Film/TheProwler'' with Pam, who has all the qualities but inverts the SlashersPreferBlondes convention.
** * In ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', the main character has sex (with the killer!), but still maintains her final girl status throughout the entire film franchise.
** * ''Film/SpiritCamp'' demonstrates a [[Main/ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagging]] use of the trope. While playing it straight, this film has a Final Girl with vices that would normally signal sure death for a character in a slasher film. For instance, she's a juvenile delinquent who smokes. And oh, was it mentioned that she is the only character other than the opening victim who is seen topless?
** * ''Film/StageFrightAquarius'' with Alicia, an unassuming actress who must demonstrate a bit of resourcefulness after a mass murderer slices and dices his way through the rest of her theatre production staff.
** * ''Film/{{Tenebre}}'' with Anne. The film does not initially follow her as the main protagonist, but there does come a point where she becomes the only person left for the audience to identify with and she ends up being the last one left to take down the killer, albeit accidentally.
** * ''Film/TerrorTrain'' with Alana, as made clear by the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis was playing her. However, she's not completely pure or innocent either, seeing as she had a part in a prank that sent the killer over the edge.
** * ''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]].
** * ''Film/TouristTrap'''s final girl is purer than the white snow.
** * ''Film/{{Urban Legend}}'' and ''Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut'' both have a female protagonist who qualify, but there are also other survivors in both films.
** * ''Film/{{Valentine}}'' with Kate. The film justifies Kate living because she was the only one who was not outright cruel to the killer when they were younger.
** * ''Film/{{Venom}}'' with Eden, who has all the qualities and unlike later slashers that normally subvert this particular trope, Eden's love interest is not spared from being a body count number.number.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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