Characters / Final Destination

Beware of spoilers. A lot of characters die in this series.

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William Bludworth (Tony Todd)

  • Creepy Mortician: Works as a mortician and is the man who informs the premonition survivors that Death is after them.
  • 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.


  • Big Bad: For the entire series, Death is the main antagonist and the one the characters are tying to avoid.
  • 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.
    • 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 Buddha's statue he previously sneered at.
  • Dramatic Wind: Sometimes uses wind to help start the events that will kill people, like in Issac's case in the fifth film, where it sets a stand on fire and starts a chain reaction that leads to him getting his head squashed by a Buddha statue.
  • For the Evulz: It's suggested in the novelization of the third film, and Dead Man's Hand, that the extremely cruel deaths are such because Death finds them to be fun.
  • The Grim Reaper: Kills people who cheat him.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Death has no physical form; he's effectively a force of nature.
  • Hope Spot: If the theory that Death causes the premonitions itself in the first place is true, then it seems Death really enjoys lending people a bit of luck and then snatching it away as brutally as possible. Also, each movie generally features a hope spot as the protagonists seem to find a method to escape Death. While it would seem there are ways to slow Death down, even for as much as a year or two as Clear did, none of the methods actually beat Death in the long run.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of Death's personal favorite methods of killing. The first film only saw one impalement through a cleaving knife, but the other movies have Death use anything convenient to impale, both in premonitions and in real life.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Whenever an Asshole Victim is involved.
  • Living Shadow: What it is most commonly appears as.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Some of Death's victims fall to this. The best example are the ladies in the tanning beds when a leaking slushie and an air conditioner trap them in the beds and short-circuits them, causing the beds to overheat and eventually ignite in flames.
  • Ultimate Evil: He's a completely invisible villain taking out the Death-cheaters one by one.
  • Trap Master: Some death scenes are set up to start a chain of events that activates a "booby trap".
  • 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.

    Final Destination 

Alex Browning

Clear Rivers

  • Broken Bird: Checks herself into a mental institution for the second film, and she is not the same, having lost all her friends anyway.
  • 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.

Carter Horton

  • Jerk Jock: Throughout the movie, he's pretty much physically incapable of seeing Alex without picking fights.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Saves Alex's life at the end, but at the cost of his own.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of the movie, he saves Alex's life from a falling sign, and says "I told you you were next!". When Alex says Death skipped him, Carter then asks, "So who's next?" Cue the sign swinging down on Carter and hitting him just as the screen cuts to black and the film ends, going into the credits; the second movie makes it clear Carter didn't make it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the last part of the movie.

Valerie Lewton

  • Broken Bird: The Flight 180 crash really affected her.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Easily one of 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.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The first victim of an impalement in the Final Destination series, and the only one in the original movie. When trying to get up after getting stabbed by computer glass, she knocks down the knife block and one of them lands in her chest. The oven exploding finishes the job a few seconds later.

Billy Hitchcock

Terry Chaney

Tod Waggner

  • Driven to Suicide: What his death looks like, but actually he was trying to move on.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The blue water on the bathroom floor should have been quite easy to spot.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tod" means "death" in German. He's the very first premonition survivor to die in the film series.

    Final Destination 2 

Kimberly Corman

  • 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.

Thomas Burke

Eugene Dix

Rory Peters

  • Blood from the Mouth: When he get killed.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Rory is trisected by farm equipment that got caught up in the explosion of Kat's car after the cigarette in her hand falls into gasoline following her impalement on a piece of pipe from the car crashing.
  • Porn Stash: He asks Kimberly to hide it if he dies, along with the stuff that would "break his mother's heart".

Kat Jennings

  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Just some moments after expressing actual concern for her companions of misfortune, a fireman accidentally activates her car's airbag, which blows her head back into a piece of farm equipment jutting out of the headrest.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Is smoking in her final scene, and after her death, the cigarette she was carrying drops into fuel and blows the car up, which blows away more farm equipment that kills Rory above.
  • Nervous Wreck: She's already really nervous before the accident, but she becomes even worse after Nora's death.

Nora Carpenter

  • 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.
  • Mama Bear: Tries to stop Tim from getting squashed by the pane glass, but a handyman restrains her.
  • 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...

Tim Carpenter

  • Death by Looking Up: When the glass is falling on him, he looks up, and it's the last thing he sees.
  • Squashed Flat: Gets crushed by falling glass when a flock of pigeons distracts the man handling it.
  • 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?

Isabella Hudson

  • Red Herring: She wouldn't have died in the car accident, so she never was on Death's list.

Evan Lewis

  • 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. Also, he makes some really stupid decisions during the scene at his apartment which leads to his death.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The majority of his death scene is spent shirtless.
  • Tempting Fate: After escaping his burning apartment, 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 skewers him through his head.

    Final Destination 3 

Wendy Christensen

  • 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.

Kevin Fischer

  • Plucky Comic Relief
    Is it bad? Is it painful, or embarrassing? I mean, there's nothing like up my ass, is there?

Ian McKinley

  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Crushed by a crane, which cuts his body in half.
  • 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.
  • Squashed Flat: A falling crane smashes him.
  • 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.

Perry Malinowski

Erin Ulmer

  • 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.

Lewis Romero

Ashley Freund and Ashlyn Halperin

  • The Ditz: Two of 'em. They were told by the tanning attendant NOT to take a slushie in with them, and the slushie leads to their deaths. Otherwise, they would only have been locked in the beds until someone came in.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: They were good friends with Wendy.
  • Meaningful Name: Both have names starting with "Ash", which they get turned into alive when their tanning beds become a Rube Goldberg trap.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Oh my yes. Check out their trip to the tanning salon. Until they are immolated.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When they go to the tanning salon, a worker there tells Ashley to leave the slurpee she brought. She takes it in, and sets it on a table above the beds' power supply. When the ice in the slurpee melts, it drops onto the power box and short-circuits it, causing the temperature in the beds to rise well above normal and eventually burst into flame, which the girls cannot escape when the AC pushes a bookshelf to lock them in.

Frankie Cheeks

Jason Wise

Carrie Dreyer

    The Final Destination 

Nick O'Bannon

  • Dull Surprise: Spends most of the movie acting like he's in a coma, even when witnessing his best friend's death.

Lori Milligan

  • 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.

George Lanter

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: During his job as the race track security guard. Even when Carter Daniels threatens and quips a racial slur against him during the memorial when he blames him for his wife's death, George does not retaliate even though he was surprised and offended by Carter's racial insult and just politely asked him to leave.

Janet Cunningham

Hunt Wynorski

  • Number One Dime: His coin, which leads to his demise in a pool drain when a errant golf ball from the nearby course knocks it into the pool.
  • Shirtless Scene: At the pool, which is his final resting place.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Yeah, didn't check where he was dropping the kid's water gun, and dumps it in the area with the pool drain controls, which leads to his undoing.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Arguably with Nick.

Andy Kewzer

Samantha Lane

  • Eye Scream: A rock is shot into her eye by a lawnmower.

Carter Daniels

  • Man on Fire: Becomes soaked in gasoline, which is ignited by a chain being dragged down the street.

    Final Destination 5 

Sam Lawton

  • Kill It with Fire: Is immolated on the same plane that was destroyed in the first film's opening.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He ensures Molly's death at the end of the film when he acts on his premonition; the premonition saw Molly survive the bridge collapse, but she doesn't survive the plane explosion.
  • Supreme Chef: Aspires to be this.

Molly Harper

  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Gets sucked out the window of the original film's plane and collides with the wing, which rips her in half.

Nathan Seers

Peter Friedkin

  • Ax-Crazy: At the climax.
  • Dirty Coward: At the climax, he tries to kill Sam and Molly to save his own skin.
  • The Dragon: Becomes this for Death.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Betrays his remaining friends and tries to kill them to appease Death.
  • The Heavy: He is the only direct physical antagonist in the series, as Death never had a physical form and attacks protagonists in staged freak accidents unlike Peter who just outright tries to kill his remaining friends by his own direct hand.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets impaled with a large skewer by Sam to stop him killing Molly.
    • This is also how he dies in the premonition. A bunch of poles would have come down on him, with one of the poles stabbing him in the head.
  • In the Back: Where Sam impales him.
  • 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

  • In the Back: Shot by Peter, who claims his life force to avoid Death; Block was the person investigating the bridge collapse, meaning he wasn't involved with the collapse himself and was therefore never in danger of dying.

Olivia Castle

  • Disney Villain Death: After the botched LASIK surgery, she stumbles out a window and falls onto a car.
  • 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.

Dennis Lapman

Roy Carson

Isaac Palmer

  • Asshole Victim: Makes a couple insults to the acupuncturist prior to her leaving the room, plus she doesn't like him bringing his phone in. She's the last person he ever sees, literally, and the place she puts his phone plays a part when it rings a second time.
  • Death by Racism: Makes a racist joke towards his acupuncturist and a Buddha statue, saying she can't understand him because she's Chinese, and then makes a "2 million people can't be Wong" snark. He dies via the Chinese Buddha figure falling on his head.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears glasses except for his death scene, and isn't particularly a nice guy.
  • Human Pincushion: Was undergoing acupuncture treatment at the time of his death, and when his bed collapses, it drives the needles too far into his body; this helps with his eventual death.
  • Kill It with Fire: Subverted. Despite noticing a stand catching on fire and him knocking candles onto ointment that spreads the fire, he dies under the falling Buddha statue, and never suffers anything from the flames, which died down on both the stand and the ointment.
  • Your Head Asplode: Crushed under a Buddha ornament.

Candice Hooper