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30th Dec '17 12:14:33 AM AuraSweet
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* ''Ten: Murder Island'''s NiceGirl Meg Pritchard is this to a T. You pretty much pick up on this right off the bat, the second she steps off the boat. She's the last girl left at the end of the movie, and she's the only character to [[spoiler: have a genuine showdown with the killer and win.]]
28th Nov '17 10:53:01 AM thatmadork
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} really hard in ''Film/{{Unfriended}}''. [[spoiler:Blaire turns out to be even shittier than Laura, even though Laura is a murdering evil spirit. Blaire was the one who filmed and uploaded the humiliating video that caused her best friend Laura's suicide, and she sold out all of her other friends and her boyfriend over the course of the film to try and avoid the blame. When she's alone with Laura, she snivels and tries to appeal to her past friendship with Laura to try and save herself. It doesn't take.]]
23rd Nov '17 12:36:24 PM gerald123
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* ''Film/GetOut'''s Rose Armitage appears to have all the traits of the Final Girl at first, but it is later revealed that Rose is actually part of her family's plot to kidnap African Americans and insert the brains of family members or well-paying customers into their bodies. In fact, she plays a key role as the HoneyTrap who dates and lures the victims to her parents' isolated house under the guise of introducing them to her family.
15th Nov '17 10:53:17 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** Subverted the hell out of in ''Film/SawI'' and ''Film/SawII'' regarding the character Amanda Young. In the first film, Amanda is the only one of Jigsaw's victims to get free of his traps, but she's not the typically innocent Final Girl (she had been addicted to heroin) and she agrees with the man that tried to kill her. In the second movie, the sweet, innocent-like (at least by ''Saw'' standards) blonde girl dies fairly early on. The final girl? Amanda again, and she's revealed to be working with the killer.
** In ''Film/SawVI'', the only survivors of the Roulette Trap are, you guessed it, female.
*** The sixth film acts as a deconstruction, actually. [[spoiler: The tests are designed to show who the main character, a manager at an insurance company, is more likely to save and he always deviates towards the women as would the audience in these kinds of scenarios, despite the men deserving it just as much or more than the women. This bias led to him denying insurance claims to men who were fitter and more likely to survive with the aid of medical care compared to women.]]

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** Subverted the hell out of in ''Film/SawI'' and ''Film/SawII'' regarding the character Amanda Young. In the first film, Amanda is the only one of Jigsaw's victims to get free of his traps, but she's not the typically innocent Final Girl (she had been addicted to heroin) and she agrees with the man that tried to kill her. In the second movie, the sweet, innocent-like (at least by ''Saw'' standards) blonde girl dies fairly early on. The final girl? Amanda again, again -- and this time, she's revealed to be working with the killer.
** In ''Film/SawVI'', the only survivors of the Roulette Trap are, you guessed it, female.
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female. The sixth film in general acts as a deconstruction, actually. [[spoiler: The tests are designed to show who the main character, a manager at an insurance company, is more likely to save and he always deviates towards the women as would the audience in these kinds of scenarios, despite the men deserving it just as much or more than the women. This bias led to him denying insurance claims to men who were fitter and more likely to survive with the aid of medical care compared to women.]]



*** Subverted with Jill Tuck. As the last female left alive after the death of Bobby Dagen's wife Joyce, Jill is ultimately dispatched by Detective Hoffman with the use of the reverse bear trap and her death drives the film to its final twist reveal (see below).

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*** Subverted with Jill Tuck. As the last female left alive after the death of Bobby Dagen's wife Joyce, Jill is ultimately dispatched by Detective Hoffman with the use of the reverse bear trap trap, and her death drives the film to its final twist reveal (see below).


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** ''Film/{{Jigsaw}}'' presents a subversion. [[spoiler:Anna shows all the traits of a traditional final girl early on: she is a resourceful and intelligent ActionSurvivor who comes across as kind, compassionate, and level-headed in comparison to the other players. [[BitchInSheepsClothing But most of this is an act.]] Having murdered her infant child for purely selfish reasons and then framed her husband for it, which got him sent to an insane asylum where he [[DrivenToSuicide hanged himself]], she is one of the most vile characters in the entire franchise, and she eventually suffers a well-deserved KarmicDeath. This leaves Ryan, the JerkWithAHeartOfGold, as the last man standing... [[AndIMustScream trapped in a room with Anna's corpse]], where he too eventually dies. The film then reveals that Logan, the first victim of the Barn, both survived his "death" making him the Final Boy and sole survivor of the Barn and later became the new Jigsaw.]]
15th Nov '17 2:29:37 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Sue in ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' (particularly the 1976 version) is an imperfect example. While she is the only major character who survives the film mostly due to her genuine good intentions to let Carrie go to prom with her boyfriend, she never ''actually'' faces the killer after everyone dies. However, it's hard to forget about the {{dream sequence}} at the end that shows Carrie grabbing Sue's arm in an infamous {{jump scare}}. It succeeds at showing how traumatized Sue is left by what happened.
** Sue is a more conventional example in the original book and in the 2013 remake, where she does indeed confront Carrie at the end, triggering Carrie's HeelRealization [[RedemptionEqualsDeath before she dies]].
** [[Main/GenderFlip Gender-flipped]] in [[Film/TheRageCarrie2 the sequel]] -- Rachel's love interest Jesse is the only survivor, and he's also left spooked by what's happened.
* ''Film/TheCave'' contrasts slightly demure scientist Catherine with sexy blonde climber Charlie. Catherine is indeed the only one of the two females to survive.

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* Sue in ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' (particularly the 1976 version) ''Film/{{Carrie 1976}}'' is an imperfect example. While she is the only major character who survives the film mostly due to her genuine good intentions to let Carrie go to prom film, she's also best friends with her boyfriend, the villainous AlphaBitch Chris, and she never ''actually'' faces the killer after everyone dies. However, she had genuinely good intentions in asking her boyfriend to take Carrie to prom to make up for how she and her friends humiliated her in the showers, and it's hard to forget about the {{dream sequence}} at the end that shows Carrie grabbing Sue's arm in an infamous {{jump scare}}. It succeeds at showing how traumatized Sue is left by what happened.
** Sue is a more conventional example in the [[Literature/{{Carrie}} original book book]] and in the [[Film/{{Carrie 2013}} 2013 remake, remake]], where she does indeed confront Carrie at the end, triggering Carrie's HeelRealization [[RedemptionEqualsDeath before she dies]].
** [[Main/GenderFlip Gender-flipped]] in [[Film/TheRageCarrie2 the sequel]] -- sequel, ''Film/TheRageCarrie2''. Rachel's love interest Jesse is the only survivor, and he's also left spooked by what's happened.
happened. Like Sue, Jesse is the TokenGoodTeammate of the antagonists, in this case a [[JerkJock high school football team]] who treat their female classmates as "points" to score in a game they have going, which led to Rachel's best friend killing herself when she found out.
* ''Film/TheCave'' contrasts the slightly demure scientist Catherine with the sexy blonde climber Charlie. Catherine is indeed the only one of the two females to survive.



* A good example of a Final Boy would be Cooper from ''Film/DogSoldiers''. An early scene seems to demonstrate that he has a strong sense of moral code and he takes on leadership when his troop gets attacked by vicious werewolves. And, in the end, he is the only survivor left to take down one particular werewolf that has an personal axe to grind against him.
* The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series subverts this, but not in spirit. The main character's name, "Ashley", is usually reserved for women nowadays. However, the reboot of the series fits this Trope to a T with Ash being remade into a woman, Mia.

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* A good example of a Final Boy would be Cooper from ''Film/DogSoldiers''. An early scene seems to demonstrate that he has a strong sense of moral code code, and he takes on leadership when his troop gets attacked by vicious werewolves. And, in the end, he is the only survivor left to take down one particular werewolf that has an personal axe ax to grind against him.
* The ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series subverts this, has a Final Guy, but not otherwise plays it straight in spirit. The main character's name, "Ashley", Ashley (or more commonly "Ash"), is usually reserved for women nowadays. However, the reboot of the series The [[Film/EvilDead2013 2013 remake]] fits this Trope trope to a T T, with Ash being remade [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] into Mia, and her brother David (initially presented as the Ash analogue) being a woman, Mia. DecoyProtagonist.



* In ''Film/GingerSnaps'', the quieter, plainer sister of Ginger is the last major character left alive after Ginger kills Sam, who is forced to kill the werewolf that was once her sister and best friend.

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* In ''Film/GingerSnaps'', the Ginger's quieter, plainer sister of Ginger Brigitte is the last major character left alive after Ginger kills Sam, who is with Brigitte forced to kill the werewolf that was once her sister and best friend.friend. The sequel ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'', however, retroactively subverts this by revealing that the monkshood Brigitte injected herself with to stop her own infection and transformation only slowed the process, with her now relying on ever-greater doses of the stuff to stave it off. The film ends with Brigitte, without access to monkshood, fully turning into a werewolf and kept captive by the StrangeGirl Ghost to unleash on her enemies.
15th Nov '17 2:11:28 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* During the second season of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', IntrepidReporter, Lana Winters, is the only main character left alive by the season finale and the only woman to be captured by the serial killer, Bloody Face, and live to tell about it. While almost certainly not a virgin at the beginning of the series, she is not seen engaging in vices as much as the rest of the main cast.

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* During On ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'', the second season of ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', IntrepidReporter, IntrepidReporter Lana Winters, Winters is the only main character left alive by the season finale and the only woman to be captured by the serial killer, Bloody Face, and live to tell about it. While almost certainly not sexually active (and [[BuryYourGays a virgin lesbian on top of it]]) at the beginning of the series, she is not seen engaging in vices as much as the rest of the main cast.
15th Nov '17 2:09:53 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** In ''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.
** ''Scream 4'' features a group of film junkies debating the trope at one point. One of them mentions that, according to the modern rules of horror, virgins can die now, which prompts one of the girls to say something about not getting to live as long as her two friends.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. When the monsters ritually slaughter the college kids, Dana, the victim labelled as "The Virgin", can't be killed unless all the others are killed first, and, as long as she's suffered a lot and is the last one left standing, she can be allowed to escape the monsters without ruining the ritual. However, it turns out that Marty, one of the earlier male victims, [[UnexplainedRecovery wasn't as dead as everyone thought]], and comes back to save Dana and kick some monster ass... and end the world in the process.

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** In ''Film/Scream4'', ''Film/Scream4'' has a group of film junkies debating this trope, with one of them remarking about how the "rules" of horror have changed since TheNineties, such that old cliches (including this one) have been turned on their heads. Within the film itself, the character of Jill Roberts Roberts, initially presented as the Final Girl, takes this trope and puts it through the ringer. She was the killer all along, and an AttentionWhore who planned to frame her boyfriend Trevor for it the murders so that she can could 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.
** ''Scream 4'' features a group of film junkies debating the trope at one point. One of them mentions that, according to the modern rules of horror, virgins can die now, which prompts one of the girls to say something about not getting to live as long as her two friends.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. When the monsters ritually slaughter the college kids, Dana, the victim labelled as "The Virgin", can't be killed unless all the others are killed first, and, as long as she's suffered a lot and is the last one left standing, she can be allowed to escape the monsters without ruining the ritual. However, it turns out that Marty, one of the earlier male victims, [[UnexplainedRecovery wasn't as dead as everyone thought]], and comes back to save Dana and kick some monster ass... and end the world in the process.process by sabotaging the ritual.



** 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.

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** Paula, the original final girl of the [[ShowWithinAShow film ''[[ShowWithinAShow Camp Bloodbath]]. Bloodbath]]''. Despite not fitting the traditional [[TheIngenue ingenue]] mould mold, instead being an ActionGirl who arrives on the scene in a Trans Am and wears a leather jacket and ripped jeans, she makes a point of mentioning that [[VirginPower she's a virgin and plans to stay that way]] as soon as she's introduced.


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* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' ends with two survivors. Kate Fuller, the virginal [[PreachersKid preacher's daughter]], is a straight example of this trope. Seth Gecko, on the other hand, is not only a VillainProtagonist, but arguably the most evil character in the film. Whereas his AxCrazy brother Richard is implied to be legitimately insane, the bikers and truckers at the Titty Twister are [[GoodIsNotNice rough-hewn but otherwise not harming anybody]], and even the vampires are portrayed as animalistic and killing out of instinct, Seth is a professional bank robber who coldly murders multiple people out of pure greed or anger and is entirely aware and in control of his actions.
15th Oct '17 6:56:15 PM PepperoniTropes
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** ''Film/AlienCovenant'' looks like it will follow suit in series tradition, with Daniels taking this role alongside the other survivors, until the ending implies a subversion: "Walter" is actually David, who plans on using the people on board as further Xenomorph breeding fodder, so the "finality" of Daniels likely won't last.
7th Oct '17 3:59:12 AM erforce
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* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' has a final girl in each movie: Nancy in the first, Lisa in the second, Kristen in the third, Alice in the fourth and fifth, and Maggie/Katherine in the sixth.



* ''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.

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* ''Film/{{Black Christmas 1974}}'' ''Film/BlackChristmas1974'' 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.



* ''Film/{{I Know What You Did Last Summer}}'' and its sequel with Julie, though her love interest Ray survives both films as well.

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* ''Film/{{I Know What You Did Last Summer}}'' ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' and [[Film/IStillKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer its sequel sequel]] with Julie, though her love interest Ray survives both films as well.
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* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' has a final girl in each movie: Nancy in the first, Lisa in the second, Kristen in the third, Alice in the fourth and fifth, and Maggie/Katherine in the sixth.
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