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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.
23rd Nov '16 5:39:26 PM DeeJay
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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 innocent, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] in the first place.[[/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 innocent, framed for a murder he did not commit, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] in the first place.at all.[[/folder]]
23rd Nov '16 5:35:01 PM DeeJay
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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 killer had never seen after childhood, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] in the first place.[[/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 killer brother had never seen after childhood, the 'killer' was actually innocent, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] in the first place.[[/folder]]
23rd Nov '16 5:24:50 PM DeeJay
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* Subverted in ''Film/AmericanGothic''. The meek and emotionally fragile Cynthia does indeed become the last girl left standing, but she ends up losing her sanity and does a FaceHeelTurn when she joins the murderous family as a member. This doesn't stop her from going [[HeroicBSOD batshit crazy]] on the family and becoming a killer herself, though.[[/folder]]

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* Subverted in ''Film/AmericanGothic''. The meek and emotionally fragile Cynthia does indeed become the last girl left standing, but she ends up losing her sanity and does a FaceHeelTurn when she joins the murderous family as a member. This doesn't stop her from going [[HeroicBSOD batshit crazy]] on the family and becoming a killer herself, though.though.
* 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 killer had never seen after childhood, and the slasher portion of the film [[AllJustADream never really took place]] in the first place.
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13th Nov '16 4:32:29 PM DeltaDart
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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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21st Oct '16 10:07:10 AM DeeJay
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* Subverted in ''Film/AmericanGothic''. The meek and emotionally fragile Cynthia does indeed become the last girl left standing, but she ends up losing her sanity and does a FaceHeelTurn when she joins the murderous family as a member. This doesn't stop her from going [[HeroicBSOD batshit crazy]] on the family and becoming a killer herself, though.[[/folder]]
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