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->'''Cassie:''' ''"A slasher. It's a type of undead, I guess... sort've like a vampire or a zombie. They're so full of anger that they don't wanna die. They hate love, youth, sex... things they miss, from life. All I know for sure is that they're mean and hard to kill."''
->'''Kyle:''' ''"How do you know all this?"''
->'''Cassie:''' ''"[[BadassBoast Because, I'm Cassie Hack. I'm mean, I'm hard to kill, and I hunt slashers.]]"''

Cassie Hack was an ordinary outcast high school nerdgirl until her mother, Delilah, was discovered to be a serial killer (dubbed "The Lunch Lady") who had been murdering the students who had been bullying her daughter. [[FromBadToWorse Even worse]], after she killed herself she came back from the grave as a "slasher": an undead serial murderer powered by hate and rage and existing only to carry on killing. To make things [[UpToEleven even worse]], Cassie ended up having to personally re-kill her by shooting her several times in the face.

Now Cassie wanders the USA, channeling her guilt and pain into hunting down and destroying the other slashers who stalk the nation. And wearing a fine assortment of [[{{Stripperific}} highly]] [[{{Fanservice}} revealing]] [[{{Goth}} gothwear]].

Her only friend is Vlad, a [[GentleGiant hideously deformed but kindly]] [[TheBigGuy giant]] whose odd upbringing by a reclusive butcher left him with NoSocialSkills but excellent [[WeaponOfChoice meat cleaver]] moves. Together [[TheyFightCrime they kill zombie mass murderers]], and the odd deserving living person. Aiding the two is the so-called Hack/Slash, Inc., founded by would-be slasher victims Doctor Lisa Elsten and Chris Krank, which [[MissionControl provides info]], and whatever resources they can spare.

''Hack/Slash'' is a comic series originally published by Devil's Due, and written by Tim Seeley. A series of one-shots and miniseries illustrated by various artists, published between 2004 and 2007, were followed by an ongoing series, illustrated at first by Emily Stone. In early 2010 it was announced that due to Devil's Due's financial difficulties the series would be transferring to ImageComics. During the rest of the year both publishers issued ''Hack/Slash'' material: the Devil's Due series continuing until issue #34 while Image produced a "Year One"-style mini-series titled ''My First Maniac'' and a few one-shots. The ongoing series restarted from #1 at Image in 2011, and concluded with #25 in 2013.

The 2013 crossover book, ''Hack/Slash vs. the Army of Darkness'', teams Cassie up with [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]] and is set shortly after the end of the ''Hack/Slash'' series. It can thus be seen as a sort of sequel.

2014 saw the beginning of a new volume, ''Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain'', by Michael Morecci and Steve Seeley, which follows Cassie's attempts to build a new life as a "normal" person. These are subsequently derailed by an old monster-hunter named Delroy, who enlists her to go after a new cult of monsters.

Not to be confused with HackAndSlash, although the plots can get that way, or with [[{{Reboot}} Hack and Slash]].

Has both a live-action film and a motion comic ("[[InsistentTerminology illustrated film]]") in DevelopmentHell, with [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2647420/ Brea Grant]] slated as the voice of Cassie in the latter. The [[TheWikiRule wiki]] can be found [[http://hackslash.wikia.com/wiki/Hack/Slash_Wiki here]], and the unofficial official site can be found [[http://hackslashinc.com/1/ here]].

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'''This series provides examples of:'''

* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Over the Rainbow'' for Margaret.
** Six Sixx hogs the spotlight for most of ''Mind Killer, Part II''.
* AGodAmI: Ourobouros.
* AbusiveParents: If a flashback to Cassie's childhood in ''The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie'' is any indication, Delilah wasn't above physical discipline... with a burning hot iron.
* ActionGirl
* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: [[TheFundamentalist Laura Lochs]], especially in the ''Vs. Chucky'' story where she claims to want to "save" Cassie by murdering her friends in ways that reflect sins according to Laura's belief system, even though they don't actually apply to the people she intends to kill.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Lochs family (Louis, Lacey, Liberty and Laura).
* AllThereInTheManual: [[BadSanta Rudolph]], who gets offhandedly mentioned in ''Entry Wound'', first appeared in ''Slashing Through the Snow'', a short story included in the first trade paperback and omnibus.
** Some slashers who put in fairly minor appearances (at first), like Dr. Gross and Acid Angel, only had their backstories revealed in the ombibus collections as well, via Hack/Slash Inc.'s Slasher Profiles.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Jason in ''Land of Lost Toys''.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil
* AmbiguouslyBi: It's questionable whether [[spoiler: Emily Cristy]] was actually bisexual/gay or just preying on gay students.
* AndIMustScream: One single-issue story had Cassie fighting a slasher who wasn't especially strong but had such a massive HealingFactor that she spent sixteen hours trying and failing to kill him. She ended up chaining him up and dropping him to the bottom of a lake, which even Cassie saw as DirtyBusiness to the point that she wouldn't let Vlad take part.
* AndThisIsFor: Done by Vlad while bludgeoning [[FetusTerrible Jimmy]] to death in ''Comic Book Carnage''.
** Cassie does one to the Mosaic Man but it's for a taxicab.
--> '''Cassie''': I do this in name of Yianni's cab, [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucker]].
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The black flowers that show up occasionally.
* {{Angst}}: Cassie has issues.
* AntiHero: Cassie and Samhain.
* ArtShift: Issues six and twenty-eight are set in Haverhill, a town inspired by ArchieComics. The art shifts into an Archie-like style to represent this.
** However, at the end of twenty-eight, the art shifts back into a more realistic style to represent Haverhill coming down with CerebusSyndrome.
*** Also a possible reference to the radical art shift in some recent Archie stories.
* AsianAndNerdy: Chris.
* AssholeVictim: Bobby Brunswick's victims in ''Euthanized''. Cassie even says they probably deserve it.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Notably, a pet-eating snow blower.
* AttemptedRape: A drugged Cassie is saved by [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky the Killer Doll]], of all people.
* AuthorAppeal: According to the extras in the first trade paperback collection, Cassie was based on a Suicide Girl model Tim Seeley met at the con. He was too shy to ask her out.
* AxCrazy: Too many to list.
* BackToBackBadasses: A popular pose for Cassie and Vlad on covers.
* BadassAdorable: Cassie, [[DependingOnTheArtist sometimes]] more than others. [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_xeOzo0Axgj0/TLZXqDW976I/AAAAAAAAA7Q/guliKOHxfL8/s1600/img-dm_cassie_hack.jpg Example]].
* BadassLongcoat: Vlad wears a trench coat.
* BadassNormal: Cassie.
* BadFuture: Shown in ''Murder Messiah''; Cassie, Lisa and Kris are dead, and Vlad is held captive by the returned [[DarkMessiah Akakios]], who unleashed a virus that turned innumerable people into slashers, which conquered a significant chunk of America.
* BandageBabe: Laura Lochs in ''vs. Chucky'' has them all over, so we don't see her horribly burned body.
* BatmanColdOpen: ''Euthanized''.
* BatterUp: Cassie's main weapon is a bat with "KISS IT" carved into it.
* BeachEpisode: ''Girls Gone Dead''
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: JackTheRipper is implicated as being a slasher.
** Elvis was actually an agent of an EldritchAbomination, which was the source of his talent.
* TheBigGuy: Vlad.
* BigNo: Let loose by Mary Shelley Lovecraft, after realizing she's been reborn into "a comedic superhero universe" (the Lovebunny one, to be specific) in ''Entry Wound''.
* BiTheWay: Cassie
* BigBad: Akakios
* BigBadWannabe: Dale Wildman.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: What Cassie believes her conflict with the Slashers is.
** Hilariously, a good argument may be made Cassie is less of an antihero than she thinks and more a full-blown [[BlackAndWhiteMorality White Hat]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Rudolph in ''Entry Wound''. When he first appears in ''Euthanized'', X-O also has them.
* BlackSheep: Liberty Lochs.
* BlondesAreEvil: Laura Lochs, Acid Angel, Ms. America, Sarah Bunn from ''My First Maniac'', the briefly mentioned New Year's Eva... Tim Seeley does not appear to like blonde women very much. Averted in the later stages of the series with Cat Curio and Gertrude Hall.
* BloodBath: Emily Christy resorts to something akin to this in order to retain a human appearance in ''Tub Club'', manipulating students into weird bloodletting pool orgies as a part of being in the titular secret society. Cassie is also depicted as partaking in one [[http://www.comicvine.com/images/1300-271043 on a cover]] from the same StoryArc.
* BodyHorror
* BreakTheCutie: In flashbacks we learn that Cassie was bullied in school because she was poor and "ugly". Aww.
** Not to mention the part where her mother is an undead serial killer who has had to be put down by her on two separate occasions so far. That tends to be a bit traumatic.
* BrokenBird
* BrokenHeel
* TheButcher: Subverted. In a couple early issues, Vlad mentions he was raised in a basement by "The Butcher," leading readers to believe he shared a similar history to Hack. Turns out "The Butcher" was just a kind, elderly Slavic immigrant who found him as a dumpster baby. Rather than report the abandoned, deformed child and let him be raised in an institution or hospital, he kept Vlad secret and raised him as best he could.
** Vlad could be considered an example himself; his old nickname "the Meat Man" is certainly in a similar spirit to "the Butcher".
* CameBackWrong
* CannibalClan: Vlad and his biological family are apparently descended from Sawney Beane.
* CaptainErsatz: A few slashers are loose parodies of film characters, such as [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]], Sammi Curr from ''Film/TrickOrTreat'' and the brothers from ''Film/BasketCase''.
** CaptainErsatz: Samhain and Series/{{Angel}}
** X-O is [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Victor Zsasz]] with a Tic-Tac-Toe fetish.
* CarFu: While effective against zombie animals in ''Euthanized'', the resurrected Mosaic Man proves immune in ''Foes and Fortunes''. In ''My first Maniac'' Cassie is on the receiving end, but [[ForegoneConclusion obviously]] walks away from it.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In issue twenty-six, Vlad, looking for Cassie, ends up walking in on her... [[ADateWithRosiePalms in a very compromising position.]]
* CelibateHero: Cassie admits in the first issue that one of the reasons she became a monster hunter is because she's afraid of romance.
** [[VirginPower As you know, slashers tend to only die at the hands of a virgin.]]
** Becomes a disadvantage in ''Shout at the Devil'', due to Six Sixx and Acid Washed having a song that can brainwash virgins.
* CelebrityStar: ''Comic Book Carnage'' features [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Niles Steve Niles]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kirkman Robert Kirkman]], Messy Stench and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skottie_Young Skottie Young]] (who reappears in ''vs. Chucky'' and ''Trailers'') as characters and victims, plus various real-life Suicide Girls appear in the first annual (and are also killed).
* CerebusSyndrome: Kicks in roughly when the ongoing series begins.
* ChekhovsGunman: Doctor White, Mary Shelley Lovecraft, Alan Knight, Cat Curio...
* ClippedWingAngel: The demonic form Six Sixx briefly assumes in ''Shout at the Devil''.
* ClothingDamage: ''Sons of Man''.
* ClusterFBomb: Particularly epic example in ''Shout at the Devil'', when Cassie trips while shopping:
--> '''Cassie:''' "Goddamn cocksucking motherfucking Christ in a tree!"
** Justified on her part, [[spoiler: given that this was the foot that had recently had two toes cut off by a slasher]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Doctor Gross's specialty.
* CombatPragmatist
* TheComicallySerious: Vlad. Spending twenty years living in a basement can do that to a guy.
* [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within A Comic]]: Chippy the Slasher Slayer, who is essentially a furry version of Cassie (she's [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter a squirrel]], by the way).
** ''Wunderkind'', who [[CaptainErsatz is totally not]] [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]].
* ContinuityNod: The Oz issue has Cassie refer to her wish for a midget slasher, which was way, ''way'' back in "Euthanized"
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: One Slasher will give Cassie and Vlad fits, but should they come back as part of an ensemble, they tend to go down easier than the first time.
* CoolBigSis: Lisa could be example of this, like in ''Double Feature''.
* CoolCar: The duo originally used a van, but after it was destroyed during the battle with the resurrected Julian the Mosaic Man, they replaced it with a hearse that Julian's grateful near-miss victim happened to have lying around.
* ContemptibleCover: Mostly an issue with the Omnibus.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* CreepyChild: Ashley Guthrie was creepy looking even before he became a slasher.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The Acid Angel died when her lover replaced her insulin ''with hydrochloric acid.''
** The myriad ways [[spoiler:Fantomah]] kills the supervillain wannabes in ''Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter''. The last three were actually teleported into space.
* TheCSIEffect: The "influences criminal behavior" facet is mentioned by Cat Curio; TV shows about criminal science have made criminals smarter and less careless, which had the secondary effect of making many of her BMJ Crime Lab detective gadgets obsolete.
* {{Cult}}: The Society of the Black Lamp.
* CountryMatters: Uttered by a particularly nasty bully in one of Cassie's childhood flashbacks.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Samhain II.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
* DangerTakesABackSeat: The Acid Angel hides in the Hearse towards the Creationist Museum.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DarkerAndEdgier: Both provides an example of the trope, and satirizes it within the story.
* DeaderThanDead
* DeadlyDoctor: Doctor Gross.
* DeadlyPrank: Bobby Brunswick's origin.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DealWithTheDevil: Six Sixx actually freaks out when "the Devil" [[EldritchAbomination doesn't turn out to be what he expected]].
* {{Determinator}}: Vlad.
* DeathByIrony
* DeathByOriginStory
* DeathBySex: Slashers are generally attracted to teenagers engaging in "deviant behavior" -- there's easily a dozen ready examples of teens getting offed as they're about to have sex. Naturally, this is because of the trope's ubiquity in 80's slasher movies.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Arguably one of Buffy. Both start with the premise "Final Girl of a horror film goes hunting the villains from other horror films," but unlike Buffy, who balances this with a normal life, Cassie is shown to be a deeply scarred person.
* DeusExMachina: Before [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]] can strike the killing blow against Cassie, he's eaten by an alligator.
* DeusSexMachina: Acid Angel, who could secrete a powerful acid when she was sexually aroused.
* DevelopmentHell: The film adaptation is proceeding... just very, ''very'' slowly.
* DiagonalCut: Vlad cuts the Slasher Bobby Brown down this way.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Cassie's and Vlad's very freaked out reaction to their encounter with [[spoiler: Fantomah]].
* DieHardOnAnX: ''Film/DieHard'' was [[WordOfGod an admitted]] inspiration for ''Slice Hard''.
* DisappearedDad
* DisposableSexWorker: While stuck in the ''Hack/Slash'' universe, Evil Ernie spends his time murdering random strippers and prostitutes.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Delilah Hack.
** Several other slashers as well, such Laura Lochs (her boyfriend was stolen by a Spring Break slut, so she planned on committing a massacre) and the Sundermann brothers (killing the people responsible for making their favorite childhood hero DarkerAndEdgier).
* DistressedDamsel
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Doesn't happen often, but [[spoiler: poor Chris and Lisa]].
* DropTheHammer: MO of Grinface from ''My First Maniac''. He usually uses regular claw hammers, but breaks out a huge sledgehammer for his "final boss", [[spoiler:Sarah]].
** The Catalogue Killer carries around a gigantic wooden (spiked) mallet as well.
* EightiesHair: Acid Washed and Gertrude Hall, or as Ashley called her - "the girl with the giant hair"
* EldritchAbomination: The Lords of Nef, Mary Shelley Lovecraft, the Dread Drinkers.
* TheEndOrIsIt: One of the final panels has a mysterious hand taking Vlad's old mask off the wall, where it's hanging in Cassie's and Margaret's house.
* EnemyMine: Cassie and Chucky formed a shaky partnership in the ''Child's Play'' crossover, in order to take Laura Lochs down.
* EnfantTerrible: Ashley Guthrie, and the feral, slasher children from ''Little Children''.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Blackfin from ''Trailers''.
* EvilChef: Delilah Hack and Hibachi Devil (presumably).
* EvilCripple: Courtney in ''Hatchet/Slash''.
* EvilDetectingDog: Pooch in ''Murder Messiah''.
* EvilGloating
* EvilIsNotAToy
* EyeAwaken
* EyePatchOfPower: Six Sixx gets one after a Dread Drinker rips his eye out in ''Mind Killer''.
* EyeScream: Hibachi Devil getting stabbed in the eye with a test tube in ''Slice Hard'', and the Dread Drinkers taking over peoples' bodies by crawling into their eyes in ''Mind Killer'' (along with what happened to Six above).
* FanBoy: Portrayed in canon.
* FantasyKitchenSink
* {{Fanservice}}: Lots, with special mention going to Cassie's Suicide Girls photo shoot.
* FetusTerrible: Sort of. Part of a pair of twins.
* FinalGirl: The basic idea for the series came when Tim Seeley, stuck at home one Halloween due to sickness, watched a few horror film marathons and thought, "What if a final girl, after killing the slasher that was after her, went on to hunt down and kill other ones?"
** Notably, despite [[{{Stripperific}} the clothing]], [[ClusterFBomb sailor mouth]], and near BloodKnight-ness, Cassie still fits a lot of the FinalGirl stereotypes (virgin with no vices, for example).
** Thanks to Cassie's intervention, several (almost all female) would-be slasher victims survive. She teams up with almost all of them for the final story arc.
* {{Fingore}}: Well, Toegore actually.
* FirstGirlWins. [[spoiler: Cassie and Georgia end up as the OfficialCouple.]]
* FishPeople: ''Something's Fishy'', also BodyHorror.
* FivebadBand: The Black lamp Society Paladins in the final story arc.
** BigBad: Akakios
** TheDragon: Lynn Jagodinski
** EvilGenius: Dr. Edmond Gross
** TheBrute: Father Wrath
** TheDarkChick: Acid Angel
** SacrificialLamb: Grinface
* FlashbackNightmare
* FlashbackToCatchphrase: ''My First Maniac'' has Cassie yell "Kiss it!" (which she usually carves into her bats) while trying to pop Grinface's head off with razor wire.
* FromBadToWorse: "Monster Baiting". And it seemed like a comedy filler to start with...
* GenderFlip / RaceLift: Minor villain April Fool is a black female {{Expy}} of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from another dimension. Without the [[JokerImmunity Immunity]] though: she gets killed off very fast because Cassie, unlike [[Franchise/{{Batman}} certain people]], doesn't have any moral qualms about killing human villains.
* GenreSavvy
* GentleGiant: Vlad.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Cassie needed glasses as a kid... she apparently doesn't any more.
* GoForTheEye: [[spoiler:Lynn]], the fake Samhain empowered by the Godbox, has one weakness -- apparently the Godbox doesn't think invulnerability should extend to the eyes. Cassie obviously exploits this weakness.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Emily Christy's attempts at researching slashers results in her becoming one, the scientist experimenting with infusing children with slasher genes in ''Little Children'' gets killed by them, Herbert West and Jack Hack's experiments result in the resurrection of Delilah Hack, who quickly devolves back into the Lunch Lady...
* {{Gonk}}: Ashley Guthrie.
* GoodIsNotNice
* {{Gorn}}: In one of the Love Bunny backups, the titular character even disparagingly [[LampshadeHanging calls it]] "gore pornography".
* GoryDiscretionShot: ''Slice Hard'' had a particularly cool one involving an X-ray machine.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Ashley Guthrie.
* {{Goth}}
* GottaKillThemAll
* GrandTheftMe: Both Laura Lochs and D1ab0liq were capable of possessing people.
* GroinAttack: While held captive and tortured by Doctor Gross, Cassie managed to kick him in the crotch. After overcoming the pain, he proceeds [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory to yammer on about how targeting his balls represented her deep-seated hatred of her absent father]].
** Vlad gets a knee to the balls in ''Slice Hard''.
** Cassie also falls victim to a crotch-kick in ''Murder Messiah''.
* GroupieBrigade: That turns into a lynch mob.
* GuiltByCoincidence: Cassie first met Vlad during a spate of slasher murders in Chicago, and since Vlad was living in the shadows at the time, is big, burly and... not a looker, she mistook him for the killer and attacked him.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: While Vlad slices and pulverizes, Cassie usually blows brains out.
* HarmlessVillain: Pooch (who pulled a HeelFaceTurn) and the JerseyDevil. ''Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter'' featured a so-called "secret society" of them.
* HealingFactor: Almost all slashers have one, explaining their near-immortality.
* HeelFaceTurn: Pooch, though he was pretty much an IneffectualSympatheticVillain anyway.
* HeroicBSOD: Cassie, after [[spoiler: watching her father die, and her mother re-re-die]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Usually also counts as RedemptionEqualsDeath.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Cassie has always feared becoming a slasher, just like her mother.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Sawney Beane, the Scottish Cannibal, becomes a creature like The Shadow over Innsmouth.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Sergeant Ryan Kramer from ''Land of Lost Toys'' was a slasher who became active every Memorial Day. ''Entry Wound'' involved every holiday-themed slasher waking up early, including a Sergeant Ryan Kramer, Jr.
* TheHunter
* HurtingHero
* IAmAHumanitarian: The Beane family say they need to eat human flesh to keep up their strength. It's unknown whether or not regular meat can do the trick ([[spoiler: seeing as Vlad seems to do just fine]]) or if this is just something that stuck with them due to Sawney Beane.
* IAteWhat: Delilah didn't just kill the kids who bullied Cassie, she butchered them and made them into cafeteria food, which was fed to the rest of the unknowing students.
* ImAHumanitarian: The first asylum inmate Evil Ernie kills to "impress" Cassie says he was institutionalized because he ate people, claiming doing so let him "see God".
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Oroborous.
* ImplacableMan: Most slashers.
* ImmuneToBullets: Averted, surprisingly. Shoot a slasher enough times, and it stays down.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: As far as occasionally-jealous, basement-raised, monstrous undead serial killers go, Vlad has some very strong shades of this. He always chooses the high road when he can.
* InferredHolocaust: After Cassie and Vlad release [[spoiler: Fantomah, given what's happening to the world's jungles nowadays]].
** ... Which is actually being brought up, starting with issue five of Volume 2.
* IntercontinuityCrossover:
** Most notably with ''Film/ReAnimator'' and ''Film/ChildsPlay''. According to WordOfGod, Seeley considers '''all''' well-known slasher franchises to be set in the same universe. Jason is shown in a flashback, and the Dread drinkers are just [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmstreet Dream demons]] given a different name by Jeffrey.
** And the one-page dream project, ''Series/{{Dexter}} vs. [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]] vs. Hack/Slash''.
** The most recent one had Cassie, after her second run of comics, team up with [[Franchise/EvilDead Ashley Williams]].
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Evil Ernie, once he gets inside Cassie's head.
* InTheBlood: Early issues suggest that becoming a slasher can happen to anyone who is AxeCrazy enough while alive, but it later turns out that slasherness is hereditary in anybody descended from the original members of the Black Lamps, thanks to the weird effects of the Black Ambrosia drug they abused. (Although since that was 2500 years in the past, the genetic taint has spread quite widely.)
* IronicEcho:
---> '''Cassie''': You feel alive. Share it with me.
* IronicHell: Subverted in the Chucky crossover with Laura Loch's Hell House, where the assigned punishments were completely random. Played straight in the ''Shout at the Devil'' arc, when Six Sixx is sentenced to perform in a demonic dive for the rest of eternity.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Cassie, most of the time.
* {{Jerkass}}: Kyle, also something of a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Politically Incorrect Jerkass]] considering some of the stuff he says to and about Chris.
* JokerImmunity: A few slashers (notably Ashley Guthrie) have reappeared after their apparent demise.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Using slashers as SuperSoldiers, and studying them in an attempt to attain immortality.
* KidDetective: ''Double Feature'' had Cat Curio, who, for her troubles, got knifed and put in a coma for at least ten years.
* KillerRabbit: Ashley Guthrie, when he [[http://www.boomvavavoom.com/image/hack/HS_SLICE_01_01.jpg was stuck possessing a teddy bear]].
* KnightTemplarParent: Don't let Delilah Hack catch you mistreating Cassie. Seriously, '''don't.'''
* TheLadette: Cassie; she's rude, angry, rowdy, snarky, and very prone to delivering a ClusterFBomb.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler: Cassie and Georgia.]]
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: A nameless Slasher is shown in a flashback about "Slashers started appearing more often in the 80's", who wears a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th hockey mask]].
* LegacyCharacter: Father Wrath II.
* LegionOfDoom: [[spoiler:Akakios manages to get a load of the more memorable slashers to team up for the final arc.]]
* LivingToys: Ashley Guthrie's entire shtick, mixed with YourWorstNightmare
* LoonyFan: The Sundermann brothers from ''Comic Book Carnage'', and the Tin Man from ''Over the Rainbow''.
* LostInTheMaize: ''My First Maniac''. Grinface turned Farmer Fig's cornfield into a deadly maze, full of traps and surrounded by barbed wire, for the purposes of his "game".
* MamaBear: A ''very'' dark one.
** Along with Delilah, there was Mother Leeds from ''The Living Corpse'' crossover.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The Lords of Nef can't create life... so they impregnate virgins taken from Earth.
* MauveShirt: A number of characters, notably Jason from ''Land of Lost Toys'', whose death even depressed the normally stoic Cassie.
* McNinja: Cassie faces one with [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]] that's an "Artic ninja [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot commando]]".
* TheMedic: Lisa, as much as a veterinarian can be.
* MetaGuy: Mary Shelley Lovecraft.
* MindRape: Done to Cassie by Doctor Gross, and done en masse by the Dread Drinkers in ''Mind Killer''.
* MissionControl: Hack/Slash Inc., also known as Chris and Lisa.
* MixAndMatchMan: Julian the Mosaic Man.
* MommyIssues: A rare heroic example.
* MonsterClown: Mortimer Strick - "I'm going to make a balloon animal outta your esophagus!"
* MonsterMisogyny
* MookMaker: The Jersey Devil's Witch mother.
* MoralityPet: Vlad is this to Cassie.
* MotiveRant: Lots of the villains.
* MugglesDoItBetter: [[spoiler:Turns out that Kat's modern scientific chemistry '''can''' beat Akakios's mystical alchemy.]]
* {{Mundanger}}: The first ever villain we see Cassie and Vlad take down was the coach of a cheerleading camp who had been murdering campers. He appeared completely normal... aside from him wearing a catcher's mask while killing, for some reason. The second Father Wrath also turned out to be a completely human [[JackTheRipoff copycat]].
* MusicalEpisode: ''Deadbeats!'' from ''Trailers Part 2''.
* MyBelovedSmother: Delilah Hack.
* MyGreatestFailure / ILetGwenStacyDie: As of Hack / Slash Vs. [[Franchise/EvilDead Army of Darkness]] [[spoiler: Vladislov ]]'s death is this for Cassie.
* NastyParty: Laura Loch's plan in ''Girls Gone Dead''.
* NeckSnap: The Mosaic Man does Loch's friend in this way.
* NeverSleepAgain: Villain Ashley Guthrie initially had the ability to kill people in their dreams.
* NoBisexuals: Averted. ''Hack/Slash'' actually has a small gay fan following due to Cassie briefly pursuing a relationship with a stripper named Margaret Crump. It caused them both a bit of soul-searching, but what's broken it off for the time being is Cassie's inability to deal with the notion that the slashers she hunts might show up and kill Margaret. Cassie would later have a deeply bizarre relationship with Samhain.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The "Dead Celebrities" arc includes caricatures of LadyGaga, the Kardashian sisters, and characters from ''JerseyShore'' as victims. And a caricature of [[spoiler:Bruno Mars]] as the slasher. In the final arc, Roderick Fetch is a caricature of RupertMurdoch and the rock band Mime Squad are Music/InsaneClownPosse.
** Subverted with Comic Book Carnage, which sees a Slasher stalk [[Literature/FortunatelyTheMilk Skottie Young]], [[Series/TheWalkingDead Robert Kirkman]], [[Film/SteveNilesRemains Steve Niles]] and Messy Young, and all but one are brutally murdered by him.
* NoSocialSkills: Vlad was raised in isolation by a butcher, and it shows.
* NostalgiaFilter: Portrayed in canon.
* NotQuiteDead: They're ''Slasher villains''.
* NotSoDifferent: Cassie, with her mother being a Slasher, has the potential to become one, and is often haunted by her past deeds.
* OffscreenTeleportation: They're '''''Slasher villains'''''.
* OffWithHisHead: Often.
* OhCrap: Various instances, the best probably being when Cassie goes to tell the authorities all about slashers, realizing too late she's wanted as a suspect in homicide cases all over the country.
---> '''Cassie:''' "... Fuck me running..."
* OneWingedAngel: Ms. America near the end of ''Tub Club'', when she became Ourobouros.
* OpeningNarration:
---> "Cassie Hack is the lone survivor of an attack by a slasher called the Lunch Lady... a slasher that happened to be her mother! Now, she travels the world with her monstrous partner and friend Vlad, hunting down and destroying slashers wherever they find them!"
* OrificeInvasion: Creepy leech monsters. ''In the eyes''.
* OriginsIssue: ''My First Maniac'' for Cassie, and ''Me Without You'' for Vlad.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Guess who.
* ParentalAbandonment: Jack Hack left his wife and daughter.
* PoliceAreUseless and usually fodder.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: To stop herself from dying, Emily Christy used her [[PsychoSerum experimental slasher serum]] on herself in ''Slice Hard''.
* PsychoElectro: D1ab0liq.
* PsychopathicManchild: Bobby Brunswick from ''Euthanized'', the Sundermann brothers from ''Comic Book Carnage'', Edgar from ''[=BUMPed=]''.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Nightmare and Sleepy, a pair of [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superheroes, appear in flashback, and a few other [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] heroes are obliquely mentioned in the same story.
* ThePurge: [[spoiler:Akakios's slaughter of the Black Lantern leadership, and then his all-out attack on Cassie's friends and their friends and relatives.]]
* PutOnABus: quite a few people, notably Georgia, though TheBusCameBack. [[spoiler: Her girlfriend Jessie, though? Put on a permanent one at the end.]]
* RaisingTheSteaks: Early villain Bobby Brunswick had the ability to reanimate animals from the pet cemetery where he was buried. A ''[[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks slasher shark]]'' also shows up in ''Trailers''.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: In-universe; Cassie derides a bunch of schlock monster movies as having really crappy monster effects. Turns out the monsters were all real.
* RecycledInSpace!: One of the "possible" stories in ''Trailers'' had the government sending Cassie and Vlad into space to kill slashers who had taken over a space station.
* RedemptionFailure: [[spoiler: Samhain]] is it with this pretty hard when trying to save Cassie [[spoiler: In South America]].
* RefugeInAudacity: Summoned when Six Sixx, when asked about the source of his success, gleefully yells ''"I MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL!"''. He ''did'', but the other man just says "yeah, whatever".
* RevengeByProxy
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Ashley Guthrie's mother, after being institutionalized.
* RoguesGallery: Cassie usually tends to put people down, but a couple of Slashers have come back to haunt her more than once ([[BackFromTheDead that's their thing to begin with]]), notably Jeffrey Sixx Six, the Mosaic Man and Mary Shelley Lovecraft.
* RuleOfCool
* RuleOfScary: The entire concept of the series.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Vladislov]] dies in the finale, which takes Cassie over the edge.
* SamusIsAGirl: The second Samhain.
* ScarsAreForever: But can be conveniently covered by a boot.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: The ''Tub Club'' arc featured an entire cult of them... it was hot.
* [[SealedGoodInACan Sealed]] ChaoticGood [[SealedGoodInACan In A Can]]: Fantomah.
* SerialKiller: The mortal slashers would probably be this, if they didn't have some kind of edge (magic, demonic empowerment, etc.)
* SerialKillerKiller: A radio show Cassie and Vlad occasionally listen to even nicknamed her "The S.K.K."
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Mary Shelley Lovecraft tries to coerce Cassie into joining her with this.
* ShootTheDog: Cassie killing the remaining feral children at the end of ''Little Children''.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Libby Loch's subplot in ''Murder Messiah'', which ends with her being literally shot in the face.
* ShoutOut: A number to the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, amongst other sources.
** Mary Shelley Lovecraft, not only being a shout out unto herself, mentions that Cassie is a compelling character, though not as loved as [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Summers girl]]
*** An earlier reference to Buffy can be found in the ShoutOut-filled ''Comic Book Carnage''. When Cassie explains who she is, someone tells her that if she "wants to play Buffy" the roleplaying room is upstairs.
** [[http://lordsantiago.deviantart.com/art/Slayer-and-Slasher-111609590?q=boost%3Apopular%20Slasher%20Slayer&qo=2 Obligatory crossover art]].
** Cassie's father uses the alias-in the ReAnimator CrossOver-is Stewart Gordon.
** At one point Chris wears a shirt with the phrase [[Anime/DragonBallZ Over]] [[MemeticMutation 9000]] on it.
* ShowerScene: A lot of them.
* ShowSomeLeg: ''Land of Lost Toys'':
--> '''Nurse:''' "You! This is a high security area of the hospital! How'd you get in here?!"
--> '''Cassie:''' "I showed the guy at the door a li'l leg... oh, and I paid him 150 bucks."
* ShutUpHannibal: Subverted in the Chucky crossover, when Laura expected Cassie to pull something during her rant and kicks her in the face.
* SingleTear: When Cassie inadvertedly ends up back in time [[spoiler: and watches Vlad die a second time]] she's gobstruck and sheds one.
* SinisterScythe: Used by The Waking Man. Julian the Mosaic Man also used a spiky scythe... ''thing''.
* SinisterMinister: Father Wrath, who even appeared to be a Fred Phelps-CaptainErsatz when he was mortal.
* SlasherSmile: A lot of slashers are pretty smiley. Most notably Grinface, who wears a mask with a perpetual ear-to-ear smile on it.
* SociopathicSoldier: The main mercenary from ''Tub Club'' had shades of this.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Mary Shelley Lovecraft:
--> [sigh] Though your tale is more complex than some, you still exist in a simple world of revenge, titillation and death. Allow me to try again, in language more befitting your author. Hi, I'm Mary. I'm Literature/{{Frankenstein}}, [[Creator/HPLovecraft Cthulhu]] and Franchise/{{Godzilla}} all rolled into one. I'm going to fuck up your world, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]], and then fictional characters are gonna hop out of books and take over.
* {{Squee}}: Pretty much Cassie's initial reaction to seeing CaptainErsatz of [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}} Lion-O]] fighting in ''Land of Lost Toys''.
* StakingTheLovedOne: Cassie is forced to kill her mother... ''twice''.
* StormingTheCastle: In the FinalBattle
* StrawmanPolitical: Laura Lochs and both Father Wraths.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Including:
** BareYourMidriff
** BlackBraAndPanties
** CollaredByFashion
** HellBentForLeather
** FingerlessGloves
** LoinCloth
** MiniDressOfPower
** OperaGloves
** StockingFiller
** ZettaiRyouiki
* TakeThat: In ''The Living Corpse'' crossover, Cassie, finding the shack supposedly inhabited by The Jersey Devil, says "I swear to God, if there's [[TheBlairWitchProject only some guy in there standing in the corner]], I want my money back."
** Hack / [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]] has one to ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireslayer'' Season 9's coining of "Zompire".
--> '''Cassie''': And I fought some kind of a zombie demon hybrid which according to Ash isn't called a ''Zemon'' or a ''Dombie''.
* TeamPet: Pooch.
* ThatManIsDead
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Well, there was one... who was evil and had no skin.
* TheyFightCrime
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Milk & Cheese.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Cassie and Margaret's relationship.
* TomeOfEldritchLore
* TooDumbToLive
* TorturePorn: Doctor Gross' M.O. He even {{lampshades}} it, saying that the days of slash and stab are over with and it's all about really messed up torture now.
* TortureTechnician: Doctor Gross.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty
* TheUndead
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Vlad has feelings for Cassie. This increases after he has had "[[InsistentTerminology the sex]]" (With someone else).
* VictimOfTheWeek
* VigilanteMan: Cassie and Vlad, Nathan from ''The Coldest Dish''. Evil Ernie tried becoming one, but didn't make a real effort to not kill random bystanders.
* VillainTeamUp: ''Slice Hard''. The slashers cooperate surprisingly well... except for [[AxCrazy X-O]].
** Ashley and Six Sixx in ''Closer''.
* WaifFu: Usually [[WeakButSkilled averted]], surprisingly.
* WalkingTheEarth: Or America, anyway.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Mary Shelley Lovecraft tried pulling this in ''Something's Fishy''.
* WeakButSkilled
* WeaponOfChoice: Meat cleavers and a baseball bat.
* WhenTreesAttack: ''[=BUMPed=]''
* WhipItGood: Cassie in ''Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter''. She proves skilled enough with it to pretty much ''eradicate'' someone's nose with it.
* WhoYouGonnaCall
* WildChild: Feral children were used for "Rev-D" experiments in ''Little Children''; it causes them to regress to an ''extremely'' feral state, eventually killing their surrogate father and forming an effective wolfpack.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Pretty much all slashers, due to their brains being screwed up. Samhain appears to be an exception, though only due to conditioning, and Ms. America had moments of lucidity, as she wasn't a "pure" slasher.
* XMeetsY: At least one ad described the series as [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]], if it was made by Wes Craven and Rob Zombie.
* XanatosGambit: The Dread Drinkers' plan; they let Six Sixx go when Ashley ended up in their prison dimension, sensing Ashley was a [[DreamWeaver dreamwalker]] whose abilities, combined with Six Sixx's, could allow them to escape the dimension "the One" exiled them to aeons ago. [[EvilPlan Once out, they intended to use Ashley's abilities to spread across the world, and then the universe.]] If Ashley didn't work with Six Sixx as planed, then she's stuck in a prison dimension with things that take pleasure in MindRape.
* YankTheDogsChain: Cassie tracks down her long-lost father, then he dies.
** Cassie gets friends in ''My First Maniac''... then one is revealed to be the crazy girlfriend of the slasher, who kills the other.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Vlad, since the butcher who raised him had a fairly loose grasp of English.
* YourHeadAsplode: The ''Trailers'' story ''Dead Celebrities''.
* YourWorstNightmare: Ashley Guthrie.
* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler:Akakios's planned mass slasher conversion in the final arc.]]
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