YMMV: Final Destination
Works in this franchise with their own pages:
YMMVs for the film series:
- 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.
- The Final Destination
- Broken Base: The later films are debated whether they're good or not. The second and third film are still entertaining and such and still have a rather big fan base, especially the second film. The Final Destination however is considered the biggest flop and the Franchise Killer of the series due to it's bad story telling, and leading to the fifth film to be largely ignored.
- 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. This is heavily enforced in the third and later films. While the first and second film didn't use this trope early one, the later forms attempted to use it, coming off as a cheap attempt to kill off the characters by the end (i.e. The train accident from the third film).
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Bludworth for the entire series.
- Kat Jennings in the 2nd, Erin Ulmer in the 3rd, and Olivia Castle in the 5th.
- It Was His Sled: Everyone dies in the end.
- Just Here for Godzilla: Most people come simply for the gruesome deaths, since Death being invincible means there's really no tension anyhow.
- 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:
- 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! to some 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.
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.