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Basic Trope: The smart, virginal and responsible girl in the group of teenagers from a Slasher Movie is the one who confronts the killer and survives.

  • Straight: Alice, a smart, brainy, girl next door and her friends are killed one by one by a psycho killer. By the end of the film, she's the only one left to fight against the killer and beat him, at least until the sequel.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is just an innocent little girl but she defeats the serial killer who wiped out most humans.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is an average Hard-Drinking Party Girl like her friends, but still gets to live.
    • Alice survives by mere luck. Someone else takes the killer down, saving her.
    • Alice isn't the only girl to survive, but she escapes mostly unscathed while everyone else is injured.
    • Alice does take drugs and drink like her friends, and is even interested in having sex, but she's also the Only Sane Woman of the group.
  • Justified:
    • Alice shares history with the killer, leaving a reason for him to save her for last.
    • Alice's innocence buys her favor with the killer to keep her alive, until she's last and fights back.
    • Alice is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is the first to die.
    • Alice is the only cast member to die while everyone else lives.
    • Alice ends up being more capable and skillful in committing murder than a group of killers, murdering them one-by-one until only the main Bitch in Sheep's Clothing is left standing to face her at the end.
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    • The character is male, making him a Final Boy.
  • Subverted:
    • Kill 'Em All.
    • Alice screams "Final Girl", personality and looks, but dies, while Brittany, the promiscuous blond of the group lives.
    • Everything turn up to be a bad prank performed by Alice's friends for the Day of the Holly Innocents.
    • Alice is the killer.
    • Alice wasn't even a target to begin with.
    • Genre Shift: The movie decides that it doesn't want to be a slasher anymore.
  • Double Subverted:
    • It was all a prank performed by Alice's friend, except that the actual killer of the movie attacks them and Alice stops him.
    • Alice wasn't a target, but she got in the way, so the killer chase her as well.
    • Except Alice isn't the same killer who targets the group.
  • Parodied: Alice sleeps through all the other murders, waking up when it's her cue to confront the killer.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Everybody Lives
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    • Alice survives, but so does several others in a not-so Dwindling Party.
    • There is no wholesome Alice in that no character seems particularly reserved, virginal, or responsible.
  • Enforced: "How do I emphasize the savagery of the killer at the end? Of course, have the sweetest, most responsible character confront them!"
  • Lampshaded: "Sweet, innocent, and virginal. Of course you'd be the one left to confront me."
  • Invoked: The killer scopes out his group of targets beforehand and picks the one he thinks is the most innocent and virginal, deliberately leaving her for last.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's high sense of morals makes her vulnerable and more susceptible to the killer, who may choose to murder her indiscriminately.
    • Alice suffers from some really bad PTSD after watching her friends die in front of her.
    • Alice is put in a mental asylum.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice is a Genre Savvy Hard-Drinking Party Girl. She knows girls like her don't last too long in horror, so she dyes her hair dark, buys conservative clothing and becomes the group's mother.
    • Alice's friends know that girls like Alice make it to the end, so they hang around her and protect her in order to lengthen their own lifespans.
  • Defied: The killer knows that slashers usually leave girls like Alice last, so he targets her first on purpose. The rest of the party is rattled by this.
  • Discussed: "You're like those good girls who survive horror movies."
  • Conversed: "Say, ever notice how it's a specific kind of girl who lives 'til the end of the horror movie?"

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