Playing With / Final Girl

Basic Trope: The smart, virginal and responsible girl in the group of teenagers from a Slasher Movie is the one who confront the killer and survive.
  • Straight: Alice, a smart, Brainy, girl next door and her friends are killed one by one by a psycho killer. By the end of the film, she's the only one left to fight against the killer and beat him, a least until the sequel.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is an average Hard-Drinking Party Girl like her friends, but still gets to live.
    • Alice survives by mere luck, someone else take the killer down saving her.
    • Alice isn't the only girl to survive.
  • Justified:
    • Alice shares history with the killer, leaving a reason for him to save her for last.
    • Alice's innocence buys her favor with the killer to keep her alive, until she's last and fights back.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is the only cast member to die while everyone else lives.
    • Alice ends up being more capable and skillful in committing murder than a group of killers, murdering them one-by-one until only the main Bitch in Sheep's Clothing is left standing to face her at the end.
  • Subverted:
    • Kill 'em all.
    • Alice screams "Final Girl", personality and looks, but dies, while Brittany, the promiscuous blond of the group lives.
    • Everything turn up to be a bad prank performed by Alice's friends for the Day of the Holly Innocents.
    • Alice turns up to be the killer.
    • Everybody Lives.
    • Alice wasn't even a target to begin with.
    • Genre Shift: The movie decides that it doesn't want to be a slasher anymore.
  • Double Subverted:
    • It was all a prank performed by Alice's friend, except that the actual killer of the movie attacks them and Alice stop him.
    • Everybody Lives, but in the sequel, all of Alice friends suffer from Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome, except her.
    • Alice wasn't a target, but she got in the way, so the killer chase her as well.
  • Averted:
    • Alice survives, but so does several others in a not-so Dwindling Party.
    • There is no wholesome Alice in that no character seems particularly reserved, virginal, or responsible.
  • Lampshaded: "You're like those good girls who survive horror movies"
  • Invoked: Alice is hard drinking party girl and also a genre savvy. She knows that she won't last too long, so she dyes her hair dark, buys conservative clothing and becomes the group's mother.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's high sense of morals makes her vulnerable and more susceptible to the killer, who may choose to murder her indiscriminately.
    • Alice suffers from some really bad PTSD after watching her friends die in front of her.
    • Alice is put in a mental asylum.

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