Characters / Final Destination

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

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William Bludworth

Played by: Tony Todd

"In death there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mishaps, and no escapes."

  • 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.


  • Death Song: Many of Death's kills are signaled by music playing, either in the general area or near the survivor who received the initial premonition. The song is either a specific song that gets played multiple times, or a song that's relevant in some way to the current death. Examples include playing "Rollercoaster of Love" for the tanning bed deaths in 3 since a rollercoaster was the initial accident, and playing "Why Can't We Be Friends" when killing the racist jerk in The Final Destination.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Heavy: For the entire series, Death is the main antagonist and the one the characters are tying to avoid.
  • 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: Another signature Death tactic. Three of the five starting premonitions involve flames/explosions of some sort, and every film has at least one fire scene where someone dies (sometimes to the fire, sometimes not.)
  • 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.
  • Trap Master: Some death scenes are set up to start a chain of events that activates a "booby trap".
  • Ultimate Evil: He's a completely invisible force taking out the Death-cheaters one by one.
  • 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

Played by: Devon Sawa
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After the plane tragedy, he's treated as a freak by his classmates and teachers, and some even believe that he is responsible.
  • Killed Offscreen: Dies between films 1 and 2.
  • Kill It with Fire: How he dies in the premonition. He's burned alive as the plane explodes, and it's shown in graphic detail.
  • The Rival: Almost every scene with him and Carter results in some sort of fight until the end of the movie.
  • Ship Tease: With Clear.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: And offscreen.
  • Wrongfully Accused: Is falsely suspected of being responsible for the deaths in the movie. He has to evade the police in order to save Clear.

Clear Rivers

Played by: Ali Larter
  • 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.
    • In the first movie, she's the only passenger to leave of her own accord following Alex's post-premonition breakdown.
  • 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. This or Disney Villain Death is also how she dies in the premonition.
  • Parental Neglect: Her mother does this when her father is murdered and she becomes involved with a lowlife.
  • Ship Tease: With Alex.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Dies near the end of the second film with Eugene.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the only person who's dealt with death's design in the second film, she instructs everyone on what to do and how. She's the most observant and alert when it comes to the new cast of characters, fitting her to find death traps and put an end to them sooner than most of the others.

Carter Horton

Played by: Kerr Smith
  • Kill It with Fire/Disney Villain Death: Seeing as how the plane exploded in mid-air, one of these two is how Carter dies in the premonition.
  • 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.
  • The Rival: Carter is in a feud with Alex from before the movie starts to the very end.
  • 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

Played by: Kristen Cloke
  • 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: How she dies in the premonition. She is still on the plane when it blows up.

Billy Hitchcock

Played by: Seann William Scott
  • Died Standing Up: He is half-decapitated standing straight up, while the rest are on the ground.

Terry Chaney

Played by: Amanda Detmer

Tod Waggner

Played by: Chad Donella

Blake Dreyer

Played by: Christine Chatelain

Christa Marsh:

Played by: Lisa Marie Caruk

    Final Destination 2 

Kimberly Corman

Played by: A. J. Cook
  • Blessed with Suck: Kimberly gets the initial premonition of the highway pile-up.
  • Daddy's Girl: Though not very explored, it's obvious that she has a strong bond with her father.
  • Killed Offscreen: She and Thomas die in a Death-inspired accident at some point between films 2 and 3; a newspaper clipping from a deleted scene and Word of God confirmed they're dead.
  • 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

Played by: Michael Landes
  • Killed Offscreen: He and Kimberly die in a Death-inspired accident at some point between films 2 and 3; a newspaper clipping from a deleted scene and Word of God confirmed they're dead.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Ship Tease: With Kimberly.
  • Your Head Asplode: How he dies in the premonition. When the chain snaps and the logs start falling off, one of them smashes through his windshield and plows right through his head

Brian Gibbons

Played by: Noel Fisher
  • Kill It with Fire: Blown up by a grill.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Was meant to die a normal death (or at least get seriously hurt) by a speeding van, but Rory saves him. His grill then explodes on him at the end of the film.

Eugene Dix

Played by: Terrence C. Carson
  • Agent Scully: Until Nora's death.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted; he's one of the last people to die.
  • Driven to Suicide: He attempts to shoot himself in the head after he witnesses Nora getting decapitated, but the gun doesn't fire. Death kills you when it's your turn, and no sooner; his move was an attempt to prove he was in control of his life.
  • Hope Spot: He almost dies when his life support machines go out, but is saved at the last minute when the back-up battery kicks on. It doesn't last, as he later dies in an explosion along with Clear.
  • Kill It with Fire: Is incinerated along with Clear.
  • Off with Her Head!: He winds up with Nora's head when the elevator decapitates her.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Wears nerd glasses.
  • Token Minority: Is African-American.

Rory Peters

Played by: Jonathon Cherry
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His intervention with Brian nearly getting run over by a van puts Brian on the list and ensures his death at the end.
  • Porn Stash: He asks Kimberly to hide it if he dies, along with the stuff that would "break his mother's heart".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Shortly before his death, he asks Kimberly to go to his apartment and get rid of "anything that'll break his mother's heart"

Kat Jennings

Played by: Keegan Connor Tracy
  • 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

Played by: Lynda Boyd
  • Blood from the Mouth: As the elevator starts choking her and just before the doors and the ceiling slice her head off.
  • 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.
  • Kill It with Fire: How she and her son Tim die in the premonition. Their car rams into a log and blows up.
  • 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

Played by: James Kirk
  • Death by Looking Up: When the glass is falling on him, he looks up, and it's the last thing he sees.
  • Kill It with Fire: How he and his mother Nora die in the premonition. Their car rams into a log and blows up.
  • 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

Played by: Justina Machado
  • Mama Bear: When her water breaks while she's detained, she angrily demands the officer guarding her take her to the hospital.
  • Red Herring: She wouldn't have died in the car accident, so she never was on Death's list; she survives the film and lives as a result.

Evan Lewis

Played by: David Paetkau
  • Eye Scream: After slipping on the trashed spaghetti, he lands under a ladder that falls, stops, and then lands on his eye.
  • Kill It with Fire: How he dies in the premonition. His car explodes after ramming into a log, and he burns alive trying to get out. Then a truck barrels over him. Death uses fire in his apartment as well.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: See Eye Scream.
  • 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.

Dano Estevez

Played by: Alejandro Rae

Frankie Whitman

Played by: Shaun Sipos

Shania McKlank

Played by: Sarah Carter

    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.
  • The Woobie: Arguably the most sympathetic lead in the Final Destination series.

Kevin Fischer

Played by: Ryan Merriman
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Happens with Frankie and Lewis's death.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • His fate in the train at the end of the film. He falls out a window and gets his body ripped in half.
    • How he dies in the premonition. He's standing up when a broken piece of pipe rips his body in half.
  • Plucky Comic Relief
    Is it bad? Is it painful, or embarrassing? I mean, there's nothing like up my ass, is there?

Ian McKinley

Played by: Kris Lemche
  • Disney Villain Death: How he dies in the premonition. He falls from the roller coaster car when it's stuck on top of a loop.
  • 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

Played by: Maggie Ma

Erin Ulmer

Played by: Alexz Johnson
  • Disney Villain Death: How she dies in the premonition. She falls from the roller coaster car when it's stuck on top of a loop.
  • 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

Played by: Texas Battle
  • Angry Black Man: Pretty much yelling at someone in every scene
  • Asshole Victim: Like most the cast is
  • Dumb Muscle: Very muscular and not too bright on noticing anything or checking his equipment after swords slice the weights loose.
  • Jerk Jock: Makes a lot of jerky comments in the gym, including one about winning before his head is smashed.

Ashley Freund and Ashlyn Halperin

Played by: Chelan Simmons and Crystal Lowe, respectively
  • 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

Played by: Sam Easton

Jason Wise

Played by: Jesse Moss

Carrie Dreyer

Played by: Gina Holden

    The Final Destination/Final Destination 4 

Nick O'Bannon

Played by: Bobby Campo
  • Blood from the Mouth: When impaled in the premonition, some blood seeps from his mouth.
  • Dull Surprise: Spends most of the movie acting like he's in a coma, even when witnessing his best friend's death.

Lori Milligan

Played by: Shantel VanSanten
  • 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

Played by: Mykelti Williamson
  • 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. Eventually, Death finally grants his wish and runs him down with an ambulance.
  • Kill It with Fire: How he dies in the premonition. When a car explodes, he's engulfed in the fireball.
  • Look Both Ways: Eventually, he gets his wish of dying, but it wasn't on his intent, and it involved him getting run over by an ambulance.
  • 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.
  • Widower Hero: He had a past with drunk driving, which killed his family. A different kind of car accident sends him to them towards the end of the movie.

Jonathon Groves:

Played by: Jackson Walker
  • Nice Guy: From what little we see of him.
  • Squashed Flat: Gets crushed by a falling bathtub in a hospital.

Janet Cunningham

Played by: Haley Webb
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets hit by flying debris from a cinema explosion. This was a premonition, however
  • Rich Bitch: She's definitely wealthy, and is a bit on the bitchy side as well.
  • Squashed Flat: Janet has the misfortune of going right under the wheels of an 18-wheeler; X-ray shows her bones being crushed and splintered.

Hunt Wynorski

Played by: Nick Zano
  • #1 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.

Andy Kewzer

Played by: Andrew Fiscella

Samantha Lane

Played by: Krista Allen
  • Blood from the Mouth: When she gets stepped on in the premonition, she begins bleeding from her mouth.
  • Eye Scream: A rock is shot into her eye by a lawnmower.
  • Squashed Flat: How she dies in the premonition. A car engine flies out of the track and slams right into her. She was already dying from being stepped on and was on the ground, and the engine finishes her off.

Carter Daniels

Played by: Justin Welborn

Cynthia Daniels

Played by: Lara Glice
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How she dies in the premonition. A piece of shrapnel slices her and her husband in half.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in the accident, and George stopping her husband Carter from coming back led him to burn a cross on his lawn, which led to his death.

    Final Destination 5 

Sam Lawton

Played by: Nicholas D'Agosto
  • 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

Played by: Emma Bell
  • 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

Played by: Arlen Escarpeta

Peter Friedkin:

Played by: Miles Fisher
  • 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.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Tries to kill Molly after he shoots and kills Agent Block. But Sam stops him before he can.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Candice's death.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Near the end of the movie.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's a reason most of his character tropes are whited out.

Agent Jim Block

Played by: Courtney B. Vance
  • 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

Played by: Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
  • 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

Played by: David Koechner

Roy Carson

Played by: Brent Stait

Isaac Palmer

Played by: P. J. Byrne
  • 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

Played by: Ellen Wroe