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?
    • Is Death really as evil as the series goes out of its way to suggest, or are the survivors picked off in creative ways simply because Death is angered by their unwillingness to accept what will inevitably happen some day, somehow? Does Death orchestrate the initial incidents because it's bored, or because they're convenient? Does Death even orchestrate them willingly at all?
  • 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:
    • General:
      • Shirley Walker composed the music for the first three movies, and Brian Tyler took over for the fourth and fifth films upon Walker's untimely death.
    • The Final Destination
      • War's Why Can't We Be Friends? reaches new levels of awesome when it plays as a racist dies a horrible, fiery death.
      • The Raceway, which plays during, well, the raceway premonition.
      • Raceway Trespass is pretty good as well.
      • Memorial is a surprisingly sadder than expected tune that plays during the memorial held for the McKinley Speedway victims.
    • Final Destination 5
  • Base Breaker: Quite a few:
    • Ian and Erin from the third film are by far the biggest. For awhile they were HUGE ensemble darkhorses, particularly Erin, for their Deadpan Snarker tendencies. However, as time goes on, more and more haters have arisen on account of them being utter assholes and thinly written stereotypes.
    • Kimberly Corman and Thomas Burke from the second film. Some people thought they were likable, friendly people who did the best they could in a bad situation. Others hate them for being bland, poorly acted, and inhumanly stupid.
    • Janet from The Final Destination. Some fans find her bitchy tendencies annoying, while others enjoy her narmy one liners and find her to be so bad she's good. Being one of the more developed characters of the movie also helps.
  • 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, which is a shame since it's a Surprisingly Improved Sequel
  • 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.
    • Billy Hitchcock and Carter Horton from Part 1 are both very popular. The former is seen as endearing for being a Nice Guy who provides some much-needed comic relief, while the latter is loved for his Jerk with a Heart of Gold status along with his Character Development (as well as being one of the few Final Destination characters to really have a change of heart by the end of the film).
      • This is especially ironic in the case of Carter, as he was originally set to survive the first film, but died because test audiences regarded him as The Scrappy. Uh, woops?
    • Kat Jennings and Rory Peters from Part 2, for providing a lot of much needed comic relief and being more competent than the lead characters.
    • Wendy Christensen and Kevin Fischer from Part 3. While obviously, as the leads, they were meant to be somewhat likeable, their popularity far exceeds expectations, often being held up as two of the best characters in the whole series despite being in a movie where all the creators cared about was how to kill everyone. No wonder many fans keep hoping that they and Wendy's sister Julie survived their death scene in the movie's ending and became protagonists / supporting characters in later installment.
    • Perry from Part 3 for having absolutely no lines whatsoever. The fact that she's not an Asshole Victim helps a lot.
    • Dee Dee the goth salon stylist from Part 4 for her Deadpan Snarker tendencies.
    • George from Part 4 also counts since he's played by an actor who's been in other films you may recognize, is one of the few well developed characters in Part 4, and is the only one to die a (relatively) quick and painless death.
    • Olivia Castle from Part 5 was one before the movie even aired. Not hard to guess why.
  • He's Just Hiding: Julie, Wendy and Kevin, the three final survivors from the third movie due to the latter two's immense popularity. It helps that a lot of alternative endings and the novel adaptation of the movie support this theory and their death was never confirmed in-universe unlike the other final survivors.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Nick! due to his frequent Dull Surprise (especially compared to Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 3), lack of empathy for anyone except his equally annoying girlfriend and their friends, and the fact that he does nothing until the end of the film to actually protect anyone.
    • Hunt Wynorski from the same movie also qualifies because he's an Expy of Evan Lewis from 2, except with all the latter's faults turned Up to Eleven (say what you will about Janet, but at least her reasons for not attending the memorial service were reasonable and didn't involve "staying behind just so I can mack a hot girl")
    • Lewis Romero from the third film due to his overly cocky and obnoxious personality, and being the one indirectly responsible for Nice Guy Jason's death when he starts a fight that ends up keeping everyone else on the roller coaster.
    • Frankie Cheeks, also from the third film, for his obnoxious, creepy, pervy personality (to the point that he got on Death's list simply because the targets of his disturbing crush happened to be on the roller coaster Death was going to crash).
  • Seasonal Rot/Sequelitis: The second is arguably better than the original, but while the third film still has a considerably large fanbase, it's generally agreed to be worse than its predecessors (even though it has the second-highest rating in the series on Rotten Tomatoes). And many fans seem to outright hate the fourth one. The fifth one, however, completely averts this, and is usually seen as a rival to the first two that sent the series out on a high note.
  • The Woobie: A lot of the final survivors in the movies can be counted as this as they are the ones that witnessed people around them died while scrambling to figure out what's going on and struggle to survive. A stand out example would be Wendy from the third movie — she watched her boyfriend died in her vision, she has a personal connection to one of the survivors (her sister Julie), she's competent and nice enough that we can sympathize with her, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance made her into an Ensemble Darkhorse.

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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