Characters: Final Destination
Beware of spoilers. A lot of characters die in this series.
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William Bludworth (Tony Todd)
- Evil Sounds Deep: Averted. It isn't clear what Bludworth's role in everything is, but he appears to be at worst a neutral party and at best a guide for the survivors.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had he not talked about how to cheat death by killing someone else off, we wouldn't have Peter to went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and try to kill Molly. Though it's up in the air if he intended for that to happen or not.
- Big Bad: Of the entire series.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The reason it makes anyone who somehow escapes the initial accident of each film a Cruel and Unusual Death. Trying to cheat it apparently ticks it off enough that it's going to make you suffer in the worst possible ways before you actually die and by the time it's over your corpse is going to be completely mangled.
- Eldritch Abomination: Death's real form is never seen and it is treated as an inhuman force of nature, its motives in causing such cruel deaths are inscrutible to all beings except itself, and it is so powerful and omnipresent that it can claim whatever humans it wants before directing its attention to some other corner of the planet.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Death seems to have a problem with racism. This comes across as rather oddly specific since Flight 180 shows that Death himself has no problem killing mentally ill people and even babies in his grand plan.
- When Carter is preparing to burn a cross on George's lawn in The Final Destination, Death causes his truck radio to start playing "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; then it kills him in a manner not too dissimilar to how racist lynch mobs would execute their victims.
- Death does the same thing to Isaac, an idiotic sleaze who tries to invoke a Happy Ending Massage at an Asian parlor after they point out that he's not at a brothel. Isaac's head is crushed by the same Buddah's statue he previously sneered at.
- For the Evulz: Suggested in the novelization of the third film, and Dead Man's Hand.
- Outrightly confirmed in the first film. Just watch Valerie Lewton's death. That is all.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Whenever an Asshole Victim is involved.
- Living Shadow: What it is most commonly appears as.
- Would Hurt a Child: There's a baby onboard the plane that Death blows up in the first movie. He also crushed a young teenage kid under a plate glass window.
- Failure-to-Save Murder: The Wagner family all blame him for George's death.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Her father.
- Final Girl: Of the original group, but not in the second movie.
- Genre Savvy: She institutionalizes herself between the first and the second film, which is the only reason she's lived so long, as mental institutions are more or less designed to keep you alive. She's dead in a matter of days once she leaves.
- Kill It with Fire: Almost explodes in her car if not Alex's intervention. Death eventually gets her by incineration in the second film along with Eugene.
- Ship Tease: With Alex.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies near the end of the second film with Eugene.
- Jerk Jock: Throughout the movie, he's pretty much physically incapable of seeing Alex without picking fights.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the last part of the movie.
- Broken Bird: The Flight 180 crash really effected her.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Easily the most complicated, gruesome and longest deaths ever. The poor girl.
- Failed a Spot Check: Much like the case of Tod and the blue water, you'd think that she would've noticed the vodka spilling out of her cracked mug all over the floor. Or even worse, all over her computer monitor. Doubles as a case of Too Dumb to Live.
- Off with His Head!: Just the top half.
- Tempting Fate:(To Carter) Billy:Oh but you will be! You're dead! You're dead! AND YOU AIN'T TAKING ME WITH YOU!
Final Destination 2
- Daddy's Girl: Though not very explored, it's obvious that she has a strong bond with her father.
- My Greatest Failure: Failing to stop her mother from being killed, it doesn't help that she had been distracted by watching a news report of Tod Waggner's death.
- Prophetic Fallacy: She didn't foresee that Isabella wasn't supposed to die in the accident.
- Ship Tease: With Burke.
- Agent Scully: Until Nora's death.
- Kill It with Fire: Is incinerated along with Clear.
- Porn Stash: He asks Kimberly to hide it if he dies, along with the stuff that would "break his mother's heart".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Just some moments after expressing actual concern for her companions of misfortune.
- Nervous Wreck: She's already really nervous before the accident, but she becomes even worse after Nora's death.
- I Don't Want to Die: Despite her accepting her upcoming death, she says this word for word when her death actually does come up. Granted, she was probably hoping that the way she died would be something more peaceful and wouldn't end with her suffering the way it did.
- Not Afraid to Die: After Tim's death.
- Off with Her Head!: Her head gets trapped inside an elevator booth with the rest of her stuck outside on the current floor. Then the elevator starts going up...
- Too Dumb to Live: The first thing he does when he sees someone telling him to stay away from pigeons is to jump straight into a flock of pigeons, causing them to spook a machine operator and drop a huge pane of glass on him. What the hell were you thinking, Tim?
- Red Herring: She wouldn't have died in the car accident, so she never was on Death's list.
- Eye Scream
- Jerk Ass
- Too Dumb to Live: The other survivors at least made some attempt to stop or avoid the pile up in the premonition, but Evan just speeds straight through, hoping for the best.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The majority of his death scene is spent shirtless.
- Tempting Fate: After escaping his burning appartment, he comments on how lucky he is, only to slip on some food (that he himself threw out the window) and land directly under the ladder that kills him.
Final Destination 3
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: Happens with Frankie and Lewis's death.
- Control Freak: By her own admission.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is kinda cold and distant towards Kevin at first.
- From Bad to Worse: She becomes highly depressed over the loss of Jason and Carrie. Cue to Death killing off the rest of her friends and then going after her sister Julie and Wendy herself.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: Happens with Frankie and Lewis's death.
- Plucky Comic ReliefIs it bad? Is it painful, or embarrassing? I mean, there's nothing like up my ass, is there?
- Jerk Ass: Even before his Sanity Slippage, Ian mocks Kevin & Wendy and suggesting that she kill herself. All for trying to warn him and Erin that death is coming for them.
- Sanity Slippage: After Erin dies.
- The Smart Guy: He's interested in physics.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Wendy saves Ian's life and he 'still' tries to kill her. His motive of "She killed Erin" becomes especially hollow when Wendy had absolutely nothing to do with Erin's death.
- Asshole Victim: Like her boyfriend
- Human Pincushion: She's killed by nails shot through her head.
- Jerk Ass: Like her boyfriend, she mocks and demeans Kevin and Wendy for trying to help them.
- The Smart Guy: Like Ian, she's interested in physics as well.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Could be named "Ian in a wig." There's a reason that she and Ian have an almost identical set of tropes.
- Angry Black Man: Pretty much yelling at someone in every scene
- Asshole Victim: Like most the cast is
- Jerkass Has a Point: Butthole or not, he makes a very valid point that Kevin and Wendy's investigation may just be a strange way of their grief manifesting.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Possibly with Kevin.
- Your Head Asplode: Crushed between a pair of weights, like a melon.
Ashley Freund and Ashlyn Halperin
- The Ditz: Two of 'em.
- Kill It with Fire: They both die when their tanning beds malfunction and they are burned alive.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Despite being characterized as the typical popular girls, they behave friendly towards Wendy, and in their funeral, Ian mentions how they had never done anything bad to anybody.
- Meaningful Name: Both have names starting with "Ash".
- Ms. Fanservice: Oh my yes. Check out their trip to the tanning salon. Until they are immolated.
- Casanova Wannabe: To the Ashes. They aren't having any of it.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: The spinning blades from a rotary fan utterly destroy his head.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Ashley and Ashlyn.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the accident
The Final Destination
- Dull Surprise: Spends most of the movie acting like he's in a coma, even when witnessing his best friend's death.
- Teeth Flying: He loses several when he's slammed into a wall by the truck.
- Neck Snap: Her head is twisted around by the truck.
- Ludicrous Gibs: In one premonition, she is sucked into some exposed gears and mangled. There isn't really much left of her afterwards.
- The Alcoholic: Formerly.
- Call Back: Dies the same way as Terry Chaney in the first film. Remember kids, Look Both Ways before you cross.
- Bonus: during an explanation of deja vu.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His wife and daughter died due to him driving drunk.
- Driven to Suicide: All his attempts comically fail.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Rich Bitch: She's definitely wealthy, and is a bit on the bitchy side as well
- Gutted Like a Fish: His guts are ripped out... through his ass.
- Number One Dime: His coin.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: Arguably with Nick.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Shame it doesn't last long.
- Torso with a View: Is crushed into a metal fence so violently that most of him is forced through the gaps in it.
- Eye Scream: A rock is shot into her eye by a lawnmower.
- Asshole Victim: A racist jerk whose death is mourned by a grand total of zero people.
- Death by Racism: Went to George's house to burn a cross on his lawn because George stopped him from getting killed by going back to his wife inside the stadium. Death does not approve, to the point of dragging him behind his truck while War's anit-racism song "Why Can't We Be Friends?" plays on his radio.
- Man on Fire: Becomes soaked in gasoline, which is ignited by a chain being dragged down the street.
Final Destination 5
- Supreme Chef: Aspires to be this.
- Black Dude Dies First: Inverted. He dies last.
- Ax-Crazy: At the climax.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After Candice's death.
- Sanity Slippage: After Candice's death.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Near the end of the movie.
Agent Jim Block
- Eye Scream: Due to a malfunctioning LASIK machine.
- Hope Spot: After getting out of the laser machine, she is frazzled, distressed and blinded in one eye but otherwise alright. And then she trips up, falls through a window and falls to her death.
- Red Herring: At first, the audience expects Olivia to die from the haywire LASIK machine. Instead, they get thrown a curveball when she dies as a result of stepping her heel on a teddy bear's eye, which popped out earlier in the scene. She loses her balance and falls through the window and onto a car below.
- Wrench Whack: How he dies.
- Your Head Asplode: Crushed under a Buddha ornament.