Movie fans young and old know all about the final girl trope in horror movies, where the female lead is the last one standing and has to face off against the serial killer/zombie/alien in order to save herself. It’s a cliché that’s been firmly in place since John Carpenter’s Halloween, and it holds true in most cases.
These ladies probably go on to live happy, productive lives – in between intense therapy sessions and counselling of course – and if they’re real lucky they won’t be called back for the sequel - although those who are often have 'hero immunity'. (Think Sidney in Scream 2-4, Ripley in Aliens).
Sadly, they won’t all be so lucky the second time around, and they’ll finally meet a grisly end, either to up the stakes or because the original actor only agreed to do a cameo. This can be a shocking, emotional twist when handled correctly; if it’s not, fans will likely be complaining about it on message boards for the rest of time.
Here are some final girls (and a few boys too) who only got a brief extension by surviving their original ordeal.