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* Painfully averted in ''Film/TheLazarusEffect'' - Eva doesn't succeed in stopping Zoe's rampage, she just had a DyingDream that she did.
8th Sep '16 4:53:48 AM JamesAustin
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* In ''Film/{{Turbulence}}'', a serial killer gets loose aboard a specially chartered 747, [[ExecutiveMeddling putting everyone in the cargo hold]] except for the cute, intrepid flight attendant who has to take him down. Slight variant on this trope in that, after she dispatches the serial killer, she still has to [[CrashCourseLanding land the plane]].

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* In ''Film/{{Turbulence}}'', a serial killer gets loose aboard a specially chartered 747, [[ExecutiveMeddling putting everyone in the cargo hold]] hold except for the cute, intrepid flight attendant who has to take him down. Slight variant on this trope in that, after she dispatches the serial killer, she still has to [[CrashCourseLanding land the plane]].
31st Aug '16 6:55:49 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''[[Series/ScreamQueens2015 Scream Queens]]'', a show that ''did'' wind up starring Jamie Lee Curtis, had two possible candidates for the Final Girl in the first season. Grace Gardner is the traditional kind, the blonde, virginal [[TheIngenue ingenue]] with a hint of Literature/NancyDrew to her. Chanel Oberlin is... not. While she fought off the Red Devil twice, she's also an elitist and bigoted AlphaBitch who is guilty of the murder of Ms. Bean [[spoiler: and 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.]] 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]].

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* ''[[Series/ScreamQueens2015 Scream Queens]]'', a show that ''did'' wind up starring Jamie Lee Curtis, had two possible candidates for the Final Girl in the first season. Grace Gardner is the traditional kind, the blonde, virginal [[TheIngenue ingenue]] with a hint of Literature/NancyDrew to her. Chanel Oberlin is... not. While she fought off the Red Devil twice, she's also an elitist [[RichBitch elitist]] and bigoted [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain bigoted]] AlphaBitch who is guilty of the murder of Ms. Bean [[spoiler: and later tries to kill Hester]], along with all manner of lesser crimes. crimes, to the point where she can be considered a VillainProtagonist even though she's not the Red Devil killer. To be fair, though, she didn't mean to kill Ms Ms. Bean. [[spoiler: Hester's death [[spoiler:Her trying to kill Hester, though, is an entirely different 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]].everything]], and the other two Red Devils, [[spoiler:Gigi and Boone, both dying at Hester's hands]].


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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.
21st Aug '16 1:15:27 PM ProfessorDetective
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** The main heroine, Sidney Prescott, evolves from a straight FinalGirl into a {{deconstruct|edCharacterArchetype}}ion of such. Even in [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} the first film]], she snaps at reporters trying to exploit her trauma (there's a quick scene of a shameless tabloid journalist, [[TheCameo played by]] [[Film/TheExorcist Linda Blair]], asking her "[[IfItBleedsItLeads how does it feel to be almost brutally murdered?]]"), she [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]] at the [[TooDumbToLive stupid mistakes]] that SlasherMovie victims often make (though to be fair, this is a series where [[WorldOfSnark everybody does that]]), and she breaks the [[DeathBySex "virgins don't die"]] rule by having sex -- with the killer! -- and still surviving. In [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second film]], her life has grown to be defined by her status as the survivor of a massacre, and while this has brought her fame, fortune, and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines movie deals]], it also means that she is constantly having to look over her shoulder for [[HereWeGoAgain the next wannabe Ghostface]]. And then she has to repeat the entire experience, watching her friends getting slaughtered all over again -- by [[MamaBear the pissed-off mother]] of [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the last killer]], at that, looking for payback against Sidney for [[YouKilledMyFather killing her son]].\\
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By [[Film/{{Scream 3}} the third film]], she's [[ProperlyParanoid living in a self-imposed isolation]] bordering on CrazySurvivalist levels, working from home under a fake name. She suffers [[ShellShockedVeteran recurring nightmares]] about Ghostface killing her, and when she visits the set of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Stab 3]]'', a recreation of her old home in Woodsboro, [[HeroicBSOD she has a mental breakdown]] as her memories of the first movie come flooding back. The passage of time and the settling of [[BigScrewedUpFamily her family drama]] (and, presumably, years of therapy) mean that she's gotten better by [[Film/{{Scream 4}} the fourth film]], where she's written a bestselling autobiography about her life and having the inner strength to move on from the nightmares she's experienced. She even returns to Woodsboro as part of the healing process... and then her cousin Jill (see below) turns out to be a [[TheSociopath murderous sociopath]]. For a real FinalGirl, the horror wouldn't end when the credits roll -- she'd have to live with the experience forever, and may God help her if she's cast in the sequels. No matter what she does, no matter how much time passes, [[IronWoobie poor Sidney Prescott]] will always be haunted by the most traumatic moment of her life.

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** The main heroine, Sidney Prescott, evolves from a straight FinalGirl into a {{deconstruct|edCharacterArchetype}}ion of such. Even in [[Film/{{Scream 1996}} the first film]], she snaps at reporters trying to exploit her trauma (there's a quick scene of a shameless tabloid journalist, [[TheCameo played by]] [[Film/TheExorcist Linda Blair]], asking her "[[IfItBleedsItLeads how does it feel to be almost brutally murdered?]]"), she [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]] at the [[TooDumbToLive stupid mistakes]] that SlasherMovie victims often make (though to be fair, this is a series where [[WorldOfSnark everybody does that]]), and she breaks the [[DeathBySex "virgins don't die"]] rule by having sex -- with the killer! -- and still surviving. In [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second film]], her life has grown to be defined by her status as the survivor of a massacre, and while this has brought her fame, fortune, and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines movie deals]], it also means that she is constantly having to look over her shoulder for [[HereWeGoAgain the next wannabe Ghostface]]. And then she has to repeat the entire experience, watching her friends getting slaughtered all over again -- by [[MamaBear the pissed-off mother]] of [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the last killer]], at that, looking for payback against Sidney for [[YouKilledMyFather killing her son]].\\
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By [[Film/{{Scream 3}} the third film]], she's [[ProperlyParanoid living in a self-imposed isolation]] bordering on CrazySurvivalist levels, working from home under a fake name. She suffers [[ShellShockedVeteran recurring nightmares]] about Ghostface killing her, and when she visits the set of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Stab 3]]'', a recreation of her old home in Woodsboro, [[HeroicBSOD she has a mental breakdown]] as her memories of the first movie come flooding back. The passage of time and the settling of [[BigScrewedUpFamily her family drama]] (and, presumably, years of therapy) mean that she's gotten better by [[Film/{{Scream 4}} the fourth film]], where she's written a bestselling autobiography about her life and having the inner strength to move on from the nightmares she's experienced. She even returns to Woodsboro as part of the healing process... and then her cousin Jill (see below) turns out to be a [[TheSociopath murderous sociopath]]. For a real FinalGirl, the horror wouldn't end when the credits roll -- she'd have to live with the experience forever, and may God help her if she's cast in the sequels. No matter what she does, no matter how much time passes, [[IronWoobie poor Sidney Prescott]] will always be haunted by the most traumatic moment of her life.
19th Aug '16 7:28:27 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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** Randy, 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]], while 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.
** In ''Film/{{Scream 3}}'', Angelina appears to be this trope at first glance, as she's TheIngenue who's playing Sidney in ''Stab 3''. She turns out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing, however, revealing that she'd employed the CastingCouch to get the part -- and promptly suffers one of the fastest-acting examples of DeathBySex ever. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen An earlier version of the script]] also had her as the main killer's accomplice, a further subversion.

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** Randy, 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]], while 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.
** In ''Film/{{Scream 3}}'', Angelina Tyler appears to be this trope at first glance, as she's TheIngenue who's playing Sidney in ''Stab 3''. She turns out to be a BitchInSheepsClothing, however, revealing that she'd employed the CastingCouch to get the part -- and promptly suffers one of the fastest-acting examples of DeathBySex ever. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen An earlier version of the script]] also had her as the main killer's accomplice, a further subversion.
19th Aug '16 7:24:42 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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** Randy, 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]], while 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.
7th Aug '16 5:28:30 AM DeeJay
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* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornVFieldsOfTerror'' plays this pretty straight with Alison. She's the plainest of the group that gets stranded in the middle of nowhere and has a run in with a deadly cult, with whom she has a tie with considering that her brother is a member. Alison's the last one left standing to take down the cult at the end, as well.


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* Sandy from ''Killjoy 3'' is revealed to be a virgin and the last one left alive to take down Killjoy by laughing at him and reciting his real name. A deconstruction is hinted at the end when she's seen in an insane asylum ''still'' laughing and suspected by authorities of committing the murders herself.
23rd Jul '16 12:24:07 AM FlakyPorcupine
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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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* 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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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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