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Final Girl Karla…Sort of: progress we’ve made in intersectional/non-white representations of girl power and female strength in the U.S. Teen Slasher horror genre.

By Christopher-James Llego Art by Abby Hailu

The Final Girl (n):

The virgin girl; the female protagonist; the girl who fights and kills the murderer; the one the audience roots on for during the final act of the film.

List of Teen Slashers featuring a black Final Girl:

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)*

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Art by Abby Hailu

*Karla (Brandy Norwood) is NOT the protagonist of the film. Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is the main protagonist throughout the film, but dies in a non-canonical surprise ending jump scare. As such, Karla, who happened to also survive the earlier murders, becomes the Final Girl.

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