5 Final Girls Who Don't Deserve The Title Since They're No Better Than Villains
The final girls who didn't understand the assignment and went a little too far in their villainous roles.
The final girl trope has become a unique and significant element of horror films in the realm of modern cinematography.
Typically, the final girl emerges as a symbol of resilience and strength, as the lone survivor who confronts and triumphs over the villain.
Some final girls, however, break the mold by blurring the lines between hero and villain and challenging the traditional narratives of horror films. Here are those final girls who don't deserve to carry the title.
Dani Ardor — Midsommar (2019)
We really love Florence and her iconic character, but let's be real – Dani can't be called a final girl.
In the film, Dani undergoes a transformative journey as she becomes involved with a strange Swedish commune during a midsummer festival.
Despite the disturbing rituals and violence, Dani eventually embraces her new role as May Queen and joins the community in their murderous acts, letting them kill all of her friends and burn her (not-so-good) boyfriend alive.
Pearl — Pearl (2022)
Mia Goth returns as Pearl, a farm girl oppressed by her strict mother and father's illness, in Ti West's The X trilogy.
Leaving a trail of death in her wake, Pearl unleashes a violent rampage. Her character embodies a complex mix of final girl and psychopathic serial killer, making her character both loved and hated at the same time.
Amanda Young — Saw 2 (2005)
The minor survivor of the first Saw installment, Amanda Young goes into a full go-off-the-rails mode.
In Saw II, Amanda navigates a house full of twisted puzzles, but emerges unharmed each time, only to be revealed as Jigsaw's secret helper in creating and directing the deadly traps.
This girl could have surpassed her teacher if she hadn't been so premature.
Heather Miller — Texas Chainsaw 3D
Continuing the iconic horror legacy of the Texas Chainsaw franchise, the film introduces Heather Miller as the adopted child of the Sawyer clan.
As she discovers her heritage, Leatherface grows to sympathize with her, making Heather a member of the Sawyer family and even inspiring her to help Leatherface finish what he started.
Vicky — Terrifier/Terrifier 2 (2016/2022)
Disfigured and traumatized by supernatural serial killer Art the Clown, Vicky, the survivor of the first movie, becomes his disciple and continues his reign of terror in Terrifier 2, even giving birth to his living head in the disturbing post-credits scene.
Vicky's double life shows her transformation from survivor to agent of terror, so similar to Amanda in Saw 2.