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Basic Trope: The one who survived while everyone else died.

  • Straight: Terrorists take over a building, and Alice is the only hostage to survive.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is the only human still alive after terrorists cause a global apocalypse.
  • Downplayed: There were other survivors, but Alice is the only one of her family still alive.
  • Justified: The terrorists that took over the building specifically needed Alice because she was useful to them.
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  • Inverted: Alice is the only person who died.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice is injured and dies on her way to the hospital.
    • Other survivors are discovered throughout the building.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The paramedics were able to resuscitate Alice.
    • The only other survivors were all injured and died of their injuries, leaving Alice the only survivor.
  • Parodied: Alice is the sole survivor...of a tag game. She still acts like everyone else dies even though it's a simple game.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Plot Armor.
  • Lampshaded: "It's just me."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: The terrorists force Alice to witness the murders of everyone else, and leave her alive as a messenger.
  • Defied:
    • Alice is a survivalist-trained Action Girl, and fights back to save everyone else.
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    • Alice commits suicide to join the rest of the victims in death.
  • Discussed: "Why are you still alive?" "I was the only one who fought back."
  • Conversed: "She's Not Worth Killing. Leave her alone."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Being the only living person leaves Alice with tremendous psychological trauma that results in her becoming institutionalized because of the insanity from witnessing so much violence and death around her.
    • The police immediately suspect Alice of being a participant because she's the only one still alive. On top of the trauma of surviving the ordeal, she now has to deal with asshole officers and investigators who browbeat her for information she doesn't have, and also with the media who demonize her.
  • Reconstructed:
    • She gets psychological treatment and therapy which helps her to move past her trauma. But she tattoos herself with the names of those who died as a memorial to them.
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    • A good investigator realizes that Alice is completely innocent. He viciously fights to vindicate Alice to the public and succeeds, and she's subsequently treated as a complete victim of everyone around her and the public helps her to put her life back together.

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