Created By: Routerie on June 17, 2012 Last Edited By: Routerie on September 15, 2012

Slut, Jock, Brain, Fool, Virgin

The teens that die in a horror flick follow these standard roles.

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Just as adventure shows and school settings have specific, numbered groups that tend to obey set roles, the teens in a horror or slasher film tend to follow these standard archetypes:


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  • The Trope Codifier, The Cabin in the Woods explicitly identified the trope as a trend that runs through horror stories. It also conversed and invoked the trope - the characters did not necessarily fulfill the roles normally but were forced into them by agents behind the scenes.
    • The Slut: Jules was given hairdye laced with drugs to reduce her intelligence and raise her libido.
    • The Jock: Curt was a sociology scholarship student who began the film advising the man character on textbook choice, but drugs turned him into the required "alpha male."
    • The Scholar: Holden began the film by catching a football, but after treatment, he was spouting Latin that he'd thought he'd long forgotten and was called "the egghead."
    • The Fool: Marty, a funny stoner. His weed actually helped him resist the treatment and unexpectedly helped him maintain his intelligence.
    • The Virgin: Dana is introduced sans pants and has just got over an affair with a professor, but she's soon blushing about having "never done anything like this before" when treated to Hodlen's advances.
  • Altitude:
    • The Slut: Mel, caught in a love triangle with Cory and Sal
    • The Jock: Sal, who bullies Bruce and acts like a jerk.
    • The Scholar: Bruce, comic-book reader and creepy stalker-guy
    • The Fool: Cory, who, of course, dies first
    • The Virgin: Sara, the cool-headed one
  • Return of the Living Dead, the group that goes into the cemetery to meet their friend:
    • Slut: Trash, who spends most of the movie without any clothes on
    • Jock: Suicide, the jerk
    • Brain: Chuck, the nerdy one
    • Fool: Token Minority Spider
    • Virgin: Tina
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • June 17, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Sorting Algorithm Of Mortality has this pretty well covered, I'd think.
  • July 26, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Unless this is a stock cast, in which case, the name should be adjusted. Most Common Slasher Victims?
  • July 26, 2012
    animeg3282
    'slut' is the best name for the whore I think.
  • July 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    This is covered by the Sorting Algorithm Of Mortality.
  • July 27, 2012
    abk0100
    Sorting Algorithm Of Mortality is an awful page and also not really the same thin.
  • July 27, 2012
    Routerie
    Does Sorting Algoritm Of Mortaility cover this? That's a page covering death likelihood. And though this trope contains two points about death order (slut dies first, virgin is the Final Girl) most of this trope just specifies the five archetypes that form the cast of characters.

    I'm also not sure Sorting Algoritm Of Mortaility actually replaces any trope pages. For example, it mentions that white characters outlive minorities, but we still have a Black Dude Dies First page. It mentions that slutty characters die quickly, but we still have a Death By Sex page. It mentions that children outlive everyone, but we still put examples on an Infant Immoprtality page.
  • July 27, 2012
    AP
  • July 28, 2012
    PapercutChainsaw
    It almost corresponds with the Five Man Band model, doesn't it?

  • July 28, 2012
    Routerie
    ^^ This trope doesn't say the Jerk Jock dies first, or dies early. It just says he's one of the group. Does that movie have the other members too?

    ^ By the usual, ultra-broad Five Man Band definition, yes, but not by the correct definition.

    • The Virgin is the story's hero/protagonist, but she is not the leader of the group, which is what Five Man Band's The Hero is.
    • The Whore may or may not act as the foil to anyone, though she does seem to be the virgin's opposite.
    • The Jock is not the big guy. The jock is athletic but he is no Beserker or Gentle Giant or Boisterous Bruiser - he is a jock, which we here generally call a Jerk Jock.
    • The Scholar a smart guy, but he is not The Smart Guy, for the same reason that the jock isn't The Big Guy: This isn't a team of adventurers who go on missions.
    • The Fool isn't The Heart. He's a happy-go-lucky ne'ev-do-well.

    This isn't an adventure team... if anything, it should close to tropes we have for Teen Dramas. We have Six Student Clique. but a TRS thread showed that it didn't hold up to analysis.

    Of course all this assumes that this is a trope at all. I don't know much about horror flicks. I just know that Joss Whedon says it's a trope, a I believe he isn't entirely disliked on this site.
  • July 28, 2012
    HonestGent
    Didn't Scream point out this pattern years ago, at least to the point that virgin is more likely to surive?
  • July 28, 2012
    Routerie
    Yeah, and we've got that as Sex Equals Death.
  • September 13, 2012
    abk0100
    the name is kind of meh.

    • Altitude:
      • The Whore: Mel, caught in a love triangle with Cory and Sal
      • The Jock: Sal, who bullies Bruce and acts like a jerk.
      • The Scholar: Bruce, comic-book reader and creepy stalker-guy
      • The Fool: Cory, who, of course, dies first
      • The Virgin: Sara, the cool-headed one
  • September 14, 2012
    Rognik
    If the Two Foils And A Mediator gets pushed through, would this be a subtrope of that? Jock and Scholar are generally foils, along with the whore and virgin, with I guess, the fool to be the mediator.
  • September 14, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "the name is kind of meh."

    What about my proposal in the second reply?
  • September 14, 2012
    Damr1990
    Also, each characters death can be linked to a specific Death trope
  • September 14, 2012
    KingZeal
    Take out the part about the "slutty" girl getting killed first. Establishing any sort of death order for this trope is asking for a magnet of Justifying Edits and "Subversions".
  • September 14, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "The Fool -> Too Dumb To Live"

    Or Death By Mocking.
  • September 14, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • An episode of Special Unit 2 starts with a girl making out with her boyfriend on a deserted beach at night and commenting on how her professor dismissed the "whore dies first" cliche as "misogynistic". Cue the virgin-hunting Monster Of The Week.
  • September 14, 2012
    Damr1990
    @Dragon Quest Z note that the Jock may also suffer Death By Mocking when he either subestimates the threat the villian/Monster posseses or doesn't belive it's existance at all(probably Killed Mid Sentence while calling the others chickens)
  • September 14, 2012
    abk0100
    It still counts when there are more than just 5 people in the group, right?

    • Return Of The Living Dead, the group that goes into the cemetery to meet their friend:
      • Slut: Trash, who spends most of the movie without any clothes on
      • Jock: Suicide, the jerk
      • Brain: Chuck, the nerdy one
      • Fool: Token Minority Spider
      • Virgin: Tina
  • September 14, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I actually already know that, since I wrote up that trope.
  • September 14, 2012
    cabr321
    • Paranorman, though none of them actually die:
      • Slut: Courtney, who dresses in tight outfits and constantly hits on the
      • Jock: Mitch, a heavily muscled sports star, is as dumb as a post in contrast to the
      • Brain: Norman, the only one in possession of the knowledge to end the curse and the ability to talk to the dead. He's best friends with the
      • Fool: Neil, a chubby, dimwitted 12-year old, who bonds with Norman over both getting bullied by the
      • Virgin: Alvin, though constantly talking himself up, has no actual success with women.
  • September 15, 2012
    TheHandle
    The fool isn't The Fool, that's an entirely different trope.
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