Playing With: Vasquez Always Dies
: A story with two action girls has the tougher less feminine action girl killed off while the other survives.
- Straight: Kelly and Frankie are the two action girls. Kelly is a Girly Girl while Frankie is a tomboy. Frankie dies in the second act and Kelly lives Happily Ever After.
- Frankie is the first character to be killed off.
- Every single unfeminine character is killed off
- Kelly is a frilly, girly princess, while Frankie looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a girl's head. Frankie dies.
- Downplayed: Frankie and Kelly are more or less even in terms of feminity but Kelly is just a bit more feminine. Frankie is injured/crippled but survives.
- Kelly dies while Frankie lives.
- The sensitive guy Chris survives while manly-man Derek dies.
- Subverted: Frankie walks into a room, and seconds later an explosion occurs from inside. Kelly presumes that Frankie is dead, but she is later seen emerging from the wreckage.
- Double Subverted:
- Parodied: An entire army of masculine women and only one girly girl go into battle. All the masculine women are easily killed while the girly one survives.
- Zig Zagged: Frankie and Kelly have Resurrective Immortality; while Frankie does die more often than Kelly, they always come back.
- Kelly and Frankie survive.
- Both of the girls die.
- Enforced: "Our audience doesn't want to see a manly tomboy survive the film instead of the sexy girly girl,so kill Frankie off."
- Lampshaded: "Maybe Frankie would have lived if she'd acted more like a girl."
- The villain makes Kelly and Frankie fight each other knowing Kelly will survive.
- "Kill the tomboy first, she's a bigger danger to us!"
- Exploited: The Noble Top Enforcer Would Not Hit a Girl so Kelly dresses and acts in a girly fashion to avoid execution. Frankie is mistaken for a boy and so she receives no mercy.
- "I am not going to end up as another tomboy that dies in favour of the girly girl!"
- "I better dress up like a girly girl. They always survive in the movies!"
- "If we send Kelly and Frankie in to save our friends, I'm pretty sure only Kelly will make it."
: "It's you and me, huh, Kelly? Guess I should go write my last will now."
- Conversed: "We know Kelly's going to survive this movie and Frankie will be lucky if she makes it past 30 minutes."
- Implied: Kelly and Frankie are minor characters who fought their last battle at the same time as, but not together with, the heroes, so the narration focuses on the heroes' battle. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue doesn't cover Frankie's future at all, while Kelly is shown to place flowers at somebody's tombstone.
- Deconstructed: If Frankie dies, then whatever killed her takes Kelly out in the next second because Kelly is less combat-capable.
- Reconstructed: Kelly is both girlier and a better fighter than Frankie, who puts up her tough tomboy image to try and make people think she is a skilled fighter. When troubles comes, Frankie's bluff is called and she is killed.
- Plotted A Good Waste: The author is trying to make a point about how you don't have to act or look "manly" to be of any use in serious situations. (The point could come across better if it's used together with the Reconstruction.)
Hurry up! Well, it's too late now. I guess Vasquez Always Dies