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YMMV: Final Destination

YMMVs for the film series:

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: In the second movie, even if you don't like Kat, you can't help but feeling sorry when she dies some moments after showing empathy for her companions of misfortune, and in one of the stupidest ways to die as well. At least it was instantaneous...
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are the lapses in logic Acceptable Breaks from Reality or is Death a Reality Warper?
  • Angst? What Angst?: So you've just seen your best friend die. Some bizarre freak accident not only killed him, but smeared the contents of his body across a 200 foot radius. The most horrific thing ever has just happened to your best friend. Your response? "OH MY GOD! I'M NEXT!" On the other hand, most of the main characters of every film just seem to be acquaintances at best, so it isn't that unreasonable in most circumstances.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Final Destination
      • Why can't we be friends? reaches new levels of awesome when it plays as a racist dies a horrible, firey death.
    • Final Destination 5
      • AC/DC's "If You Want Blood" playing over a montage of the series' death scenes at the end of 5.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The fifth film ends with a montage of every death in the series right before the credits roll. With the aforementioned AC\DC song!
    • Olivia's death. As if that wasn't bad enough, her good eyeball popped out of her head, completely intact. Until a random vehicle ran it over.
    • During Alex's terrifying vision of Flight 180 blowing up, a boombox comes out of nowhere and clocks Tod in the back of the head.
    • Racist trying to burn a Cross on a black man's front lawn? Not funny. Racist's plan getting ruined when "Why Can't We Be Friends?" starts playing in his truck? Funny. Racist getting dragged down the street by his truck while he's on fire and while the same song is still playing in his truck? Hysterical.
    • Ian McKinley's death is quite brutal. However, the very last thing his body does is give Wendy the finger.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The series has this problem involving the second variant of this trope. There's no point in getting emotionally attached to the characters or rooting for them to make it, because the rules say death will not be cheated and they're all going to die.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Bludworth for the entire series.
    • Kat Jennings in the 2nd, Erin Ulmer in the 3rd, and Olivia Castle in the 5th.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The poster in the main page. "No accidents. No coincidences. No escapes. FINAL DESTINATION."
    • The first movie was released several years before a manga came out which had a notebook of death that killed people, with optional written instructions of how they should die. Needless to say, many people made jokes about it.
  • Just Here For The Gruesome Deaths
  • Jerkass Woobie: Peter Friedkin
  • Magnificent Bastard: Death of course. Though as an eternal force of nature he probably has enough knowledge to plan out everything in advance, taking all the movies as one whole, the sheer brilliance of his plan deserves admiration. It's implied in The Final Destination that he sends the visions (which makes it seem like it's all just a creative game he's playing), then he works on completing the new list to off the survivors, and he folds every side effect into another list to clear up all the loose ends. Word of God states that every one of his victims get it in the end, even those we didn't see die onscreen.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • A Running Gag on the internet is to state the reasons behind all of the bizarre deaths in the movie is due to "Kira being very bored".
    • The film having the same name as the Super Smash Bros. stage have led to mutations of the "No items! Fox only! Final Destination!" meme involving the film.
  • Moral Event Horizon
    • Crossed by Peter in Number 5 when he kills Agent Block and goes after Molly in an attempt to snuff out any witnesses. It didn't help that she was his original mark after being convinced that she's the only one who'll live out of the survivors and that killing a person would give him their remaining days.
    • Ian from Final Destination 3. He decides to kill Wendy because, somehow, she's responsible for Erin's death (all she did was show up and warn them. And she DID save Ian's life!). He has absolutely nothing to gain from this either, unlike Peter. It's all an illogical revenge scheme
  • Narm:
    • The car wash almost-death in The Final Destination can come across as ridiculous if you know that people have ridden through car washes on the tops of cars with no ill effects. MythBusters proved you don't even need to hold on to the car.
    • The massive vehicle pileup scene. The fact that practically every single vehicle explodes, regardless of whether it makes sense or not, doesn't help. At certain points, it gets so over the top that it seems like something out of South Park.
    • The Escalator death in the fourth film. It's not even shocking. It just comes off as cartoonishly hilarious.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    "Ok, this isn't scary at all. Why? Because the best Final Destination deaths are simple, like someone getting hit by a bus. Not THIS, which is so implausible that it's just not scary at all!"
    • The fourth movie had the status of having basically every death involve either over the top Gorn or just kind of dumb. This led to some thinking the deaths had turned from "Oh god that could happen to me." to "Haha, look at that dumb guy's guts." The exception is Samantha's death in the hair salon which is genuine Nightmare and Paranoia Fuel. It almost looked like it belonged in a different movie.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The series thrives off this, taking everyday situations and making them deadly. Remember, the smallest action can create a chain reaction which ends with you getting your head cut off or your house exploding.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Lots. It often takes multiple viewings to catch all the clues about a character's death. Many of these clues are in blink-and-you-miss-it moments. As an example, the first complicated death trap in Final Destination 2 contains too many references to eyes to count.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Nick! He's almost everyone's most hated character.
    • Lewis in the 3rd film to some.
  • Sequelitis: The second and third films are arguably better than the original, but many fans seem to hate the fourth one. The fifth one completely averts this.
  • So Bad, It's Good: How some fans feel about the fourth film.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • In Final Destination 5, the appliance used to simulate Peter getting rebars through his face in the opening disaster looks horribly fake.
    • In Final Destination 2, during the premonition when we see the protagonist's vehicle rolling, the passengers are very obviously dummies. One can also see the devices used to flip it (and the other vehicles) over.
      • Blatant dummies were also used when Eugene gets crushed by his bike and a log.
      • If you pause immediately before Tim is crushed by the pane of glass you can see that the dummy being used has disproportionately long arms.
    • Pretty much every death in The Final Destination.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While the previous sequels are of varying quality, Final Destination 5 is one of the better sequels to come out, actually adding new mythology to the series, a feat not seen since Final Destination 2. It is also the best reviewed of the franchise, with the only "Fresh" rating in the series on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • They're Just Hiding:
    • Wendy, Kevin and Julie from Final Destination 3.
    • Kimberly and Thomas from Final Destination 2; some people just outright refuse to acknowledge the bonus feature mentioning their deaths on the Final Destination 3 DVD, even though it was proven canon.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Whereas the dumb black-hating redneck received a spectacular and humiliating end in the opening 20 minutes of Number 4, an Asian-hating war veteran in a hospital — granted, not on the list — enacted this scene and got off scot-free:
    Orderly: You feeling okay, Mr. Suby?
    Suby: Ha! What do you care? You know how many of your kind I killed in Korea?
    Orderly: I'm Chinese, sir.note 
    Suby: Pfft! Same difference!
    • Ian, the first character to go crazy and try to kill another in the series, is a skeptic and a goth. Not to mention he and his (Also goth) girlfriend Erin are total jerkasses and completely closeminded.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: A lot of fans adore Ian McKinley from the third film, despite him being a Deadpan Snarker, a Jerkass, and an in-universe Scrappy.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The fifth film made great use of 3D

YMMVs for the books and comic books:

  • Jerkass Woobie: Brut in Looks Could Kill. Sure, he's an asshole, but he's an inbred whose entire family was slaughtered when he was only a baby, and he spent the first six years of his life in a foster home being raped and abused. Yeah.
  • The Woobie:
    • Arlen from the book Dead Man's Hand.
    • Chardonnay from Looks Could Kill.

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