KingZeal on Aug 6th 2015 at 8:14:34 AM
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Arivne on Apr 23rd 2018 at 5:03:22 AM
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The Final Girl escaping isn't enough. She (or he) not only needs to save herself but a child (often her own). Usually, the villain is targeting the child directly for whatever reason, and the potential consequences for letting them win is even worse than merely dying.
Since the Final Girl trope is used to place a Slasher villain opposite a vulnerable, seemingly defenseless victim who has to find some way to outwit or escape their stalker, this is that trope taken Up to Eleven by also adding a vulnerable (and presumably innocent) child. This is typically an attempt by the series or genre to avoid being stale. Another variation is that the Final Girl is now Imperiled in Pregnancy and needs to protect her unborn child.
- Aliens: Ellen Ripley, the Final Girl and Sole Survivor from the first film in the franchise, returns in the sequel and becomes attached to a young girl named Newt whom she sees as a surrogate daughter. The pic on Mama Bear demonstrates what happens when the eponymous aliens kidnap Newt.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Also directed by James Cameron, Terminator 2 sees the return of Sarah Connor, who has become an Action Girl in the years since the first film. This time, the new Terminator is targeting her son, John Connor. This example is more justified than most examples, since the first film ended with Sarah Connor due to give birth very soon, and John was technically the target in the first film, too.
- Happens twice in A Nightmare on Elm Street series:
- In A Night Mare On Elm Street 5 The Dream Child, Freddy is after previous Final Girl Alice's baby, the the eponymous "Dream Child", who is an unborn baby in the real world but a small child in the dream world.
- In Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Freddy is after Dylan, the son of Heather Langenkamp. In a twist on the trope, Heather is the actress that portrayed the Final Girl in the original Nightmare on Elm Street film.
- In the Halloween franchise, the "of Michael Myers" trilogy of films has the villain Michael opposite this trope in each of them. In Return and Revenge, Michael is primarily stalking his niece, Jaime, who is only a child/teen. In the third, Curse of Michael Myers, Jaime herself gives birth to a baby and (following her death), it becomes his new target.
- Body Snatchers (1993). After Marti discovers the aliens using Kill and Replace on humans, she tries to escape them with her half-brother Andy. Subverted when she fails: Andy is replaced with a pod person while they're separated.
- A non-horror example is used in Ghostbusters II, where Peter and his Love Interest Dana had a Downtime Downgrade and she wound up having a child with someone else. That child is now the target of the new villain, Viggo the Carpathian.
- Played With in Resident Evil 2, between Claire Redfield and Sherry Birkin. Claire was not one of the survivors in the original game, but she's the younger sister of one of the two original protagonists. Regardless, in the second game, Claire spends as much time trying to survive and escape as she does chasing around Sherry.
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