These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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...
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.
Author's Saving Throw: After a poorly received 4th installment, the producers brought on an entirely new writing staff, a new direction to the series, and fan favorite Tony Todd back as Mr. Bludworth. Final Destination 5 became the highest rated film in the series on Rotten Tomatoes.
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'sdeath. 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.
The poster in the main page. "No accidents. No coincidences. No escapes. FINALDESTINATION."
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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 China (the People's Republic, specifically) did actually fight on the side of North Korea in the Korean War, but it's likely that the filmmakers weren't concerned about this.
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.
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.