Black guy dies first, gay guy dies second. Black gay guy? You just might make it.
Black Guy Dies First and Bury Your Gays are acknowledged tropes. However, there seems to be a deeper pattern that runs through the survival rate of a cast. The pattern is this: each character can likely be categorized by what minorities they represent. Any person who contains NO "minority points" (for purposes of this argument, we'll be all sorts of offensive and set "heterosexual white male" as our null set) has the highest chance for survival. Anyone with a single minority point (See above, also include Death By Sex [because sex is bad]) has a very low chance of survival. Anyone with two "minority points" (black girl) will surprisingly have as high a chance of survival as the null set. Three minority points (let's say gay Latino woman) puts your odds right back in the crapper. Four points raises your odds back up, but at this point that's more likely because you're the killer than anything. An odd number of minority points has a significantly LOWER chance of survival, where an even number (including zero) has a HIGHER chance. Minority points can be awarded for: - Non-white racial classification - Non-male gender (include transexuals et al. here) - Homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or other "deviant" desires - Non-Christian religious beliefs (Non-Protestant in extreme examples) - Age over 40 years - High intelligence or awareness (The "I have a plan" guy) - Drug usage - "Extreme" sexual desire (in most cases cases, having sex AT ALL) - Physical or mental disability [NOTE: People tend to be squeamish about killing off the mentally handicapped, so expect this category to throw the equation off] Note that this equation can be thwarted by Genre Savvy writers or well-written/well-balanced casts. Also note that by and large, being a child usually removes you from the equation altogether, and being the child's caretaker usually helps.
Examples of this YKTTW include