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    William Bludworth 

William Bludworth

Played by: Tony Todd
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"In death there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mishaps, and no escapes."

  • Creepy Mortician: Works as a mortician and is the man who informs the premonition survivors that Death is after them.

    Clear Rivers 

Clear Rivers

Played by: Ali Larter
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  • Broken Bird: After Alex's death, she checks herself into a mental institution. She only leaves when she realizes that Kimberly is experiencing the same premonitions Alex had and needs help surviving whatever Death throws their way. In the Final Destination 2 novel, she smiles when she's being incinerated. "I can sleep now."
  • Final Girl: She alone survived the original group, but not in the second movie.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Kimberly, despite their initial hostility to each other. They gradually form a bond during the second film's events, so much so that Kimberly is devastated when she dies at the hospital along with Eugene.
  • Genre Savvy: She managed to avoid Death by checking herself into a mental institution, which has constant supervision and is set up to ensure that its patients can't kill themselves, making any accidental death unlikely. The only real way she could die in that situation is if the entire building exploded, and it's also very unlikely that every single person in the building would be on Death's list.
  • Kill It with Fire: Almost explodes in her car if not for Alex's intervention. Death eventually gets her by incineration in the second film along with Eugene. This or Disney Villain Death is also how she dies in the premonition.
  • Parental Neglect: Her mother does this when her father is murdered and she becomes involved with a lowlife.
  • The Problem with Fighting Death: She's the only character to survive the first movie, but she hasn't really cheated Death, just temporarily played him to a stalemate. She admits as much when Kimberly comes to her for advice in the second movie. Once she finally comes out of hiding, Death gets her in short order.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the only person who's dealt with death's design in the second film, she instructs everyone on what to do and how. She's the most observant and alert when it comes to the new cast of characters, fitting her to find death traps and put an end to them sooner than most of the others.

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    Death 
  • All a Part of the Job: Death may enjoy mercilessly killing people, but he's only an antagonist because people have to die to keep the world's resources from running out. He's just doing his job - albeit gruesomely - and the people that have to die, don't want to die right then and there.
  • Big Bad: For the entire series, Death is the main antagonist and the one the characters are tying to avoid. Instead of being merely a consequence of a certain action, Death is presented here as an active, personified, malevolent entity.
  • The Chessmaster: Ultimately plans your every move to follow it's grand design deciding where, when and how you're supposed to die. Its even implied the premonitions and any attempts made to cheat death throughout the series WAS the design from the very beginning.
  • Death Song: Many of Death's kills are signaled by music playing, either in the general area or near the survivor who received the initial premonition. The song is either a specific song that gets played multiple times, or a song that's relevant in some way to the current death. Examples include playing Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" for the tanning bed deaths in 3 since a rollercoaster was the initial accident, and playing War's "Why Can't We Be Friends" when killing the racist jerk in The Final Destination.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The reason Death makes anyone who somehow escapes the initial accident of each film a Cruel and Unusual Death. Trying to cheat it apparently ticks it off enough that it's going to make you suffer in the worst possible ways before you actually die and by the time it's over your corpse is going to be completely mangled.
  • Dramatic Wind: Sometimes uses wind to help start the events that will kill people, like in Issac's case in the fifth film, where it sets a stand on fire and starts a chain reaction that leads to him getting his head squashed by a Buddha statue.
  • The Dreaded: Well...it is Death.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Death's real form is never seen and it is treated as an inhuman force of nature, it's motives in causing such cruel deaths are inscrutable to all beings except itself, and it is so powerful and omnipresent that it can claim whatever humans it wants before directing it's attention to some other corner of the planet.
    • In the first film, it vaguely came in the form of an amorphous, barely visible, smoky, black mass of some kind that appeared for only a second each time it was about to off a survivor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Death seems to have a problem with racism, betraying your friends and sneering at religion. It also knows some honour in upholding deals.
    • When Carter is preparing to burn a cross on George's lawn in The Final Destination, Death causes his truck radio to start playing "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; then it kills him in a manner not too dissimilar to how racist lynch mobs would execute their victims.
    • Death does the same thing to Isaac, an idiotic sleaze who tries to invoke a Happy Ending Massage at an Asian parlor after they point out that he's not at a brothel. Isaac's head is crushed by the same Buddha's statue he previously sneered at.
    • When Peter tries to murder his friends, Death just speeds it up a bit because Peter had previously stolen the life of someone who wasn't on Death's list at all and thus should have been safe. Death, however, is having none of the betrayal and offs him anyway, breaking its own rules in the process.
    • Death, however, is willing to make deals - and actually honour them - if he needs too: in one of the novels, Death allows someone to live and be removed from his list if they work with him. As soon as they break that decision, however, and go against him, he isn't obligated to be held to his word and offs that "survivor" too, taking them in place of the other person they chose to work with.
  • Evil Is Petty: If Death indeed does have fun in taking lives in needlessly painful, excruciating ways.
  • Expy: The way Death makes it's kills is no different from how Damien Thorn slaughters his opposers.
  • For the Evulz: It's suggested in the novelization of the third film, and Dead Man's Hand, that the extremely cruel deaths are such because Death finds them to be fun.
  • The Grim Reaper: Eventually kills every living thing (duh!), but especially hates those who cheat it's design.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Death has no physical form; it's effectively a force of nature.
  • Hidden Villain: Death never appears in any sort of personification (unless if you consider the comic books Final Destination: Spring Break as canon) and thus is never confronted directly by the protagonists.
  • Hope Spot: If the theory that Death causes the premonitions in the first place is true, then it seems Death really enjoys lending people a bit of luck and then snatching it away as brutally as possible. Also, each movie generally features a hope spot as the Main Characters seem to find a method to escape Death. While it would seem there are ways to slow Death down, even for as much as a year or two as Clear did, none of the methods actually beat Death in the long run.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of Death's personal favorite methods of killing. The first film only saw one impalement through a cleaving knife, but the other movies have Death use anything convenient to impale, both in premonitions and in real life.
  • Invincible Villain: Can Death itself die?
  • Just Following Orders: See All a Part of the Job, above.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Whenever an Asshole Victim is involved, it's hard not to cheer.
  • Kill It with Fire: Another signature Death tactic. Three of the five starting premonitions involve flames/explosions of some sort, and every film has at least one fire scene where someone dies (sometimes to the fire, sometimes not.)
  • Off with His Head!: Whenever an opportunity presents itself. Most notably Billy from FD1, Nora from FD2 and Louis from FD3 to name a few examples.
  • The Problem with Fighting Death: Death can't be cheated indefinitely. A character might avoid it for as long as a year, but it will always, eventually, kill those who escape their initial death. Of course the characters accept the fact that they will die eventually, it's just that they don't want to die right now, when they're young and life is just starting for them. Death ultimately doesn't care though; you go when it says you go.
  • Reality Warper: To some extent, it can manipulate any aspect of an environment, including scientific laws such as physics, to kill it's prey. One example is Tod's death where Death had a fluid leaking from the toilet make Tod slip on to the clothes wire that wraps around his neck for Death to tightly strangle him. Death then has the leaked fluid return to the toilet to make it look like he committed suicide. This is also exemplified in Death's overly complex Rube Goldberg kills. From a mortal's perspective, some of the accidents seem incredibly bizarre and highly implausible leading some to start speculating there are other forces behind them.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Some of Death's victims fall to this. The best example are the ladies in the tanning beds when a leaking slushy and an air conditioner trap them in the beds and short-circuits them, causing the beds to overheat and eventually ignite in flames.
  • Super OCD: Death seems to have it as it sets up elaborate traps to kill people and can, on occasions, go off kilter when someone escapes - even more so in the first film as it sets up and elaborate chain of events to kill Carter and he survives, so to sooth its own OCD (as it should have a certain number of deaths and doesn't), it mercilessly takes out Billy immediately afterwards in a simple death. Now calmed and no longer panicking with its OCD on the fritz, Death returns to its huge death machines.
  • Trap Master: Some death scenes are set up to start a chain of events that activates a "booby trap".
  • Troll: Death should be the literal trope image - if it had a form, of course - as, boy, is Death a big one!
  • Ultimate Evil: A completely invisible force taking out the Death-cheaters one by one.
  • Would Hurt a Child: There's a baby onboard the plane that Death blows up in the first movie. It also crushed a young teenage kid under a plate glass window.

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