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->''"There's a legend around here. A killer buried, but not dead. A curse on Crystal Lake, a death curse. Jason Voorhees' curse. They say he died as a boy, but he keeps coming back. Few have seen him and lived. Some have even tried to stop him. No one can."''
-->-- Opening narration of ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood''

'''''Friday the 13th''''', a VillainBasedFranchise of {{Slasher Movie}}s (with twelve installments and [[StealthPun a thirteenth]] in development), revolves around a hockey-masked wearing, machete-wielding, PsychopathicManchild Zombie named Jason Voorhees. Local legends say Jason drowned at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the teenage camp counselors, and decades later, the lake and surrounding campgrounds -- considered "cursed" by locals -- become the setting for a series of mass murders staged on or around Friday the 13th (Jason's birthday).

Though clearly inspired by the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series of movies, ''Friday the 13th'' became the TropeCodifier for the slasher genre. The films typically start with a DevelopingDoomedCharacters sequence: a group of teenagers -- typically counselors or vacationers -- have come to Crystal Lake for various reasons, some of which involve sex and drugs. This group, as well as [[RedShirt other minor characters]], end up hunted down and killed in a variety of ways -- and none of the living members of the group grow wise to this until the FinalGirl (and occasionally a TagalongKid) discovers the bodies and forces a confrontation with the killer.

While each movie follows the previous one (and sometimes start directly after the previous film), the series doesn't have many recurring elements aside from Jason and the Crystal Lake location. Parts 4, 5, and 6 buck the trend, as they feature the character of Tommy Jarvis. As a boy (in 4), Tommy partially loses his mind after Jason kills his mother (and Tommy kills Jason in turn); when he grows up, Tommy dedicates himself to the destruction of Jason at any cost -- but in an ironic twist, Tommy's quest to eradicate Jason inadvertently becomes the catalyst for Jason's resurrection as a zombie.

Jason's infamous hockey mask serves as one half of the HockeyMaskAndChainsaw trope; Jason never actually uses a chainsaw in any of the films, which include:

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* '''''[[Film/FridayThe13th1980 Friday the 13th]]'' (1980)''' -- A mystery killer stalks and murders counselors at Camp Crystal Lake as they attempt to prepare the camp to be reopened. [[ItWasHisSled As famously pointed]] out in the opening of ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}'', [[spoiler:Pamela Voorhees killed everyone. Jason's mother blamed the counselors at the camp's previous incarnation for letting her son drown (since they were too busy having sex to watch him), and she didn't want to let the camp re-open]]. Despite the quality of its sequels, numerous critics and fans think of ''Friday the 13th'' as an effective horror film.
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'' (1981)''' -- Counselors at a training camp next to the abandoned Camp Crystal Lake end up murdered. Do you sense a pattern here? Even though this film is dangerously close to basically being a remake of the first one, it features the first occurrence of Jason as the killer; he uses a pillow case to cover his head in this film. He wouldn't put on the hockey mask until...
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII'' (1982)''' -- Jason stalks and kills teenagers at a vacation home on Crystal Lake. You'd think people would know better by now. Originally shot in [[ThreeDMovie 3-D]], the film randomly features shots of various things flying towards the camera -- along with a couple of (very cool) three-dimensional kills. Jason puts on the hockey mask in this film -- and this film also marks the point where [[VillainProtagonist your sympathies might start going towards the killer]].
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter'' (1984)''' -- Jason stalks and kills teenagers at a rental house near Crystal Lake. The police really should look into this. This film became a SeriesFauxnale when it performed so well at the box office that the series continued despite the intent of the producers to end the franchise. ''Final Chapter'' features Corey Feldman as a young Tommy Jarvis, Crispin Glover as one of the ill-fated teenagers, a lot of gratuitous nudity, arguably the best gore in the series (courtesy of special effects genius Creator/TomSavini), and a ton of NarmCharm. If you want to watch a SoBadItsGood teen comedy that morphs into a SugarWiki/SoCoolItsAwesome horror flick, you want this movie.
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning'' (1985)''' -- A mystery killer targets teenagers and adults alike at a halfway house for troubled teens located near Crystal Lake -- including a teenaged Tommy Jarvis, who has arrived there to recover from his encounter with Jason four years prior. Do you see what they did there with the title? This film features a twist where [[spoiler:a man who wanted to avenge the death of his son, which occurred at the halfway house earlier in the film, dons the Jason Voorhees identity (including the hockey mask) to cover his tracks while he kills]]. The film catches a lot of crap for its lame plot, but it ''does'' feature some of the best death performances out of the whole franchise. These teens ''know'' how to die! Also has some of the best nudity in the franchise. Despite its high body count, there is noticeably less gore here than in previous films thanks to an upswing of MoralGuardians at the MPAA.
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'' (1986)''' -- The still traumatized Tommy Jarvis sets out to burn Jason's corpse, but [[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally resurrects him instead.]] Surprising no one, Jason then stalks and kills counselors at a newly reopened and renamed Camp Crystal Lake (now "Camp Forest Green"). An abnormality in that there's no nudity at all, and the reduced gore from the previous film is still in effect. Even with those drawbacks, fans still regard ''Jason Lives'' as one of the finest films in the series in terms of plot. As an aside: out of every film in the franchise, only ''Jason Lives'' shows children actually making it to camp for the summer. Presumably they go home early.
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood'' (1988)''' -- Jason stalks and kills teenagers at some houses on the shore of Crystal Lake. A psychic woman named Tina awakens and confronts Jason over the course of the film. ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' makers New Line and Paramount wanted to make what would become ''Freddy vs. Jason'' with this installment, but after negotiations between the studios broke down, a girl with PsychicPowers (Tina) became the lead protagonist. Considered by many fans to have suffered the worst violence/gore cuts of all the films in the series.
* '''''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'' (1989)''' -- Jason kills teenagers on a boat that leaves from Crystal Lake for about an hour and ends up at New York City, where Jason stalks the survivors through [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] for, like, thirty minutes. The filmmakers shot this film mostly in [[StargateCity Vancouver]], and it shows. Jason gets one of his most memorable kills in this film when he punches the head off one of his victims. Noted for its GainaxEnding, especially since the writer/director has said it was supposed to be a GrandFinale.
* '''''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' (1993)''' -- The government ''finally'' kills Jason, but his evil heart helps to partially resurrect him. Jason, now an evil spirit, jumps from body to body as he seeks out his last living relatives so that he can kill them before they can kill him. Along the way, he kills a bunch of people. This film became ''another'' SeriesFauxnale, and went completely OffTheRails thanks to the "body jumping hellspirit" gimmick and an entire supernatural backstory it made up for Jason. In the final scene of the film, the bladed glove of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] drags Jason's hockey mask down to Hell, which set up the crossover film that would come ten years later. Jason, in his own body at least, only shows up twice during the film ([[BookEnds at the very beginning and at the very end]]). The first movie made after [[ChannelHop New Line acquired the rights]] to facilitate the long-planned crossover with Freddy Krueger.
* '''''Film/JasonX'' (2002)''' -- Teenagers (and {{Space Marine}}s) end up stalked and killed on a spaceship after they pick up Jason's [[HumanPopsicle cryogenically frozen body]] at an abandoned Crystal Lake research facility in the far future. After Jason fights a robot, he ''becomes'' a robot and kills more people. Essentially an AffectionateParody of the franchise, it's also remembered for one of the best death sequences in the series [[spoiler:(a woman has her face frozen in liquid nitrogen before Jason smashes it to pieces)]]. Creator/DavidCronenberg makes a brief appearance. Also, despite its name, ''Jason X'' has nothing to do with the MemeticMutation of [[VideoGame/HeavyRain pressing X to Jason]].
* '''''Film/FreddyVsJason'' (2003)''' -- Jason teams up with, then turns on, Freddy Krueger; this leads them to stalk and kill a bunch of teenagers before they fight each other, but in the end, [[EvasiveFightThreadEpisode they settle nothing]]. [[spoiler:If you consider the statistics, Jason technically won with over twenty kills to Freddy's one. WordOfGod also differs on who ultimately won and what the ending of the film means, depending on which "God" you talk to.]] The film takes place after both ''Jason Goes To Hell'' and ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare''; ''Jason X'' and ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' have no bearing on the film's story, though some fans consider it a prequel of sorts to ''Jason X''.
* '''''[[Film/FridayThe13th2009 Friday the 13th]]'' (2009)''' -- This film marks the starting point for the ContinuityReboot of the series; if you've read this far, you already know the plot (does his kill count get a reboot, too?). The filmmakers intended to give Jason more personality and emphasize a "menacing survivalist" nature, as Jason had numerous traps and secret passages set up around Crystal Lake. A sequel was in DevelopmentHell, but as Warner gave the rights back to Paramount, it seems to be on its way.

There is also:

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''Comicbook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh'' -- Sequel to ''Freddy vs. Jason''.
* ''Comicbook/JasonVsLeatherface''
* ''Comicbook/JasonXSpecial''
** ''Comicbook/FridayThe13thJasonVsJasonX''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''[[VideoGame/FridayThe13th Friday the 13th]]'' (NES)
* ''VideoGame/FridayThe13thTheComputerGame''
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The franchise also slapped its name onto a horror anthology series -- ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' -- which had very little to do with the films.
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!!The ''Friday the 13th'' film franchise contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbandonedArea: Camp Crystal Lake, when someone isn't trying to reopen it.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Screw katanas, machetes have the sharpest blade in the world!
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Jason is undeniably New Line\Paramount's version of [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]]. Both are enormous men wearing white masks and blue or grey work clothes, both kill with either their hands or whatever harmful objects they find, both are virtually immortal and have superhuman strength, both of them primarily target teenagers, both of them move extremely slowly when being observed but [[OffscreenTeleportation astoundingly fast when off-camera]], and both of them kill on a certain day because of something that happened during their childhoods on that day.
* ArtifactTitle: three quarters of the films are actually set on Friday the 13th, not counting a couple of early entries that occur just prior to or just after the 13th.
* AssholeVictim: These are slasher films, so it's to be expected that there's at least one per movie.
* AxeBeforeEntering: No door can hold Jason out.
* BackFromTheDead: Jason, as of ''Part VI'' and all subsequent movies.
* BerserkButton:
** When Jason supposedly drowned at Camp Crystal Lake, [[spoiler: his mother Pamela killed most of the next counselors to inhabit Camp Crystal Lake years later]].
** Jason has his own buttons: [[spoiler: if you killed his mother in the first film, [[TalkToTheFist then may God have mercy on your soul]].]] In addition, if you so much as disrespect his mother in any way [[spoiler: (posthumously or not)]] or make light of his physical deformities, ''he will fuck you up.''
** In ''Jason Goes to Hell'', [[spoiler: many of his victims insulted him before being killed]]
*** And to a lesser extent in ''JGTH'', [[spoiler: when Robert said he kidnapped his half-sister's corpse, fucked her daughter and had plans to reveal on TV that Jason kidnapped his half-sister's corpse to fuck it, Jason wasn't happy one bit.]]
* BigBad: Jason Voorhees in most of the movies, exception being [[spoiler: Pamela Voorhees in the first movie and Roy Burns in ''Part V'']].
* BiggerBad: Even though Jason's mother is dead, he commits his killings in her memory.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Jason himself. He's the antagonist of every movie in which he appears as an adult, but [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas deep down]], he's a [[MommasBoy mama's boy]] who desperately feels the need to satisfy his mother's wishes. She always was and remains the only person who didn't treat Jason like a freak, an abomination, or both. When the Crystal Lake camp counselors indirectly caused Jason to drown due to their negligence, his mother felt that the right thing was to [[PayEvilUntoEvil pay evil unto evil]], and Jason is only following her lead because of how close he was to her. All in all, Jason probably feels like he's doing nothing wrong every time he brutally murders someone, since it's all in honor of his mother, who he may view as a good person. [[WordOfGod Word of God]] also states that Jason has some semblance of "conventional" morals as well, such as never harming anyone under the age of 13, and not harming animals (presumably, except for sustenance).
* BloodyHilarious: Depends on whether or not you find Jason's ever more elaborate killings scary or laughably over the top, such as [[AwesomeButImpractical the time he nailed a victim's body to a door simply to spook the final girl]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: Crystal Lake is supposed to be in upstate New York. Which means that you shoot any scenes regarding Crystal Lake in places like California, Texas, Alabama, and Georgia. At least the first two movies shoot in New Jersey and Connecticut, respectively.
* ChainsawGood: Averted by Jason himself - despite many MANY media references that [[HockeyMaskAndChainsaw combine the hockey mask with a chainsaw]], [[CommonKnowledge he never used one as a weapon. Closest was a hedge trimmer.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Over the course of three movies, Tommy Jarvis goes from TagalongKid to BrokenBird to ZenSurvivor. Definitely the exception, rather than the rule.
* ChaseScene: Lot of running will happen when Jason makes himself properly known.
* CoolMask: Jason all the way.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast
* DeathByMocking: The practical joker or bitchy AlphaBitch character has a low chance of survival. The largest exception comes in ''Part II'', where the joker stays at a bar drinking all night, managing to avoid the murders at the campground entirely.
* {{Determinator}}: Jason, especially in ''Part VIII'' where he shoves off all the easy potential victims just to get the remaining protagonists.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters
* DisappearedDad: Jason's father was originally slated to have a cameo in TheStinger to ''Part VI'', but the scene was dropped, making this a literal example.
* DontGoInTheWoods
* DramaticUnmask: Usually in the climax of the movie, subverted in ''Part VI'' where Jason is seen without his mask when he's revived.
* DynamicEntry: A Door or window ends up broken in almost every movie:
** Jason [[SuperWindowJump jumps through a window]] in ''Part 2'' and ''Part VII''
** Jason [[ThereWasADoor bursts through a door]] in ''Part VI'' and ''Freddy vs. Jason''. Also done in ''Part V'' by [[JackTheRipoff NotJason]].
** [[DynamicEntry A body was thrown through a window]] in the original, ''Part III'', ''Part IV'' and ''Part V''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Jason [[spoiler:is not the killer]] in the first movie, and he doesn't don his iconic hockey mask until ''Part III''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Even though he is an undead killing machine, Jason still cares for his mother. He even had a shrine for her!
** It was going to be subverted in ''Jason X'' where he was supposed to kill the image of his mother in the holographic display showing Crystal Lake just to show how evil he has become. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The idea was scrapped.]]
** In the reboot, [[spoiler:Jason refrains from killing one female because she resembles a younger version of his mother. So instead he keeps her as a prisoner in his lair.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: WordOfGod states that Jason would never harm children or animals.
** He tried killing Tommy in ''The Final Chapter'' and Rennie in a childhood flashback in ''Part VIII'' though. He might have killed Muffin the dog from ''Part II'', the ending [[GainaxEnding is somewhat confusing]]. On the other hand, in ''Part VI'', he stands in the middle of a cabin filled with running, screaming children and never even takes a swing.
** Well, the current comics forgets about the no animals part but this was a cast of ''[[IncrediblyLamePun Comically]]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Missing the Point]] since it makes Jason a monster rather than a normal (although deformed) child messed up by assholes.
** He killed a pregnant woman in ''Part III'' (although the lady in question didn't appear pregnant at all, being just two months).
** Actually, in ''Part II'' it's mentioned that Jason killed wild animals for food.
*** That was a necessity. He won't kill them out of general sadism like [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michael Myers]].
*** In ''Part VIII'', Jason was originally scripted to [[KicktheDog kick Rennie's dog]], but Kane Hodder himself refused to do it on the grounds that Jason wasn't bad enough to hurt animals.
** In the "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" comics, Jason actually ''did'' spare and protected a physically deformed boy who was being hunted down by a inept drug addicted corrupt cop, who the boy witnessed killing two camp counselors by mistake while trying to shoot Jason.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: The progression from a man to an unkillable undead demon.
* ExtremelyShortTimeSpan: ''Part II'',''Part III'' and ''The Final Chapter'' apparently all take place over the course of a weekend.
* TheFaceless: Subverted. Jason is consistently masked, but in almost all the movies he appears in, he'll lose it for a good look at his face. Said face is not particularly consistent, due to Jason usually taking quite a few nasty hits before dying at the end of a movie, and after his death, Jason spents his time rotting.
* {{Fanservice}}: The series' overall reputation for nudity is kind of overblown: there's none worth mentioning in parts 1 and 6, and only split-seconds of nudity in 3, 7 and 8. However, 2, 4, 7 and 10 have nice scenes, and 5, 9 and the remake are practically boobular.
* FinalGirl: In order, [[spoiler:Alice, Ginny, Chris, Trish, Pam, Megan, Tina, Rennie, Jessica, Rowan, Lori, and Whitney]].
** The "virginal" aspect of the character is subverted a bit with [[spoiler: Alice, who used weed in one scene]] and [[spoiler: Ginny, who has offscreen sex]].
*** [[spoiler: In the sequel, it is implied that Ginny did not have sex. Her boyfriend left a note telling her to beware of bears as a throwback to a joke involving women and their menstrual cycles. The implication is that they did not have sex because she was on her period.]]
**** Which still implies she had sex, which is a slight subversion.
*** It's also implied that [[spoiler:Alice]] had a relationship with Mr. Christy. Not explicitly a sexual one, but there are a few references to "last night".
*** In ''Jason Goes to Hell '', [[spoiler: Jessica ''and'' her love interest Steven completely avert the virginal aspect, seeing as the two had a child together outside of wedlock.]]
*** The FinalGirl of Friday 6 also subverts this aspect as [[spoiler: the more sexually active Megan survives and the virginal Paula dies.]]
* FollowTheLeader: Original is one of the first slasher films that came in the wake of ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''. It also inspired lots of {{Slasher Movie}}s set in summer camps and backwoods.
* GainaxEnding: All of the films tend to end on a bit of ambiguous insanity.
* HealingFactor: ''Jason X'' reveals that part of the reason that Jason is as unstoppable as he is is because he is able to regenerate himself; at one point, Rowan remarks that [[spoiler: she had previously subjected Jason to [[HarmlessElectrocution electrocutions]], [[ImmuneToBullets firing squad]], [[GasChamber gas]], and [[TheManTheyCouldntHang hanging]], all to no avail.]]
** It was taken further in the Creator/AvatarPress comics, as Jason is shown to be able to immediately grow lost tissue back from a grenade blast.
%%* HollywoodDarkness
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Double-whammy as the first movie takes it's place on the titular day ''and'' Jason's birthday.
** It's Michael's birthday during the first night of ''Part VII''.
* IdiotBall: Beginning with ''Part 2'', anyone who wants to re-open, work for or vacation at the camp at Crystal Lake. After ''Part III'', anyone who wants anything to do with Crystal Lake. Don't they ever see a pattern around the place?
* ImmuneToBullets: Jason has been shot so many times he's practically Made of Lead.
* ImpendingDoomPOV: Used in the first films.
* ImplacableMan: Guess who. In the earlier films in the series, Jason at least felt some pain when struck or stabbed, but once he got resurrected in ''Part VI'', all bets are off.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: For a backwoods mutant, and later zombie, Jason is an ''extremely'' good marksman.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Jason managed to kill one of his victims with a ''party horn''.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' and its comicbook sequel ''ComicBook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh''.
** Other comics also had crossovers with Satan's Six and [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]].
* {{Joisey}}: Camp Crystal Lake -- and therefore, the bulk of the series -- takes place here, which may explain why the big class trip in ''Part VIII'' was to [[BigApplesauce New York]].
* JumpScare: The movies almost always contain a particular YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle version at or near the end, involving someone leaping into frame from an unexpected location (usually underwater) and grabbing someone else.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''Chi-chi-chi-ah-ah-ah'' =/= ''Ki-ki-ki-ki...ma-ma-ma-ma...''
** The strange thing about Jason's {{Leitmotif}} that [[spoiler: it's really his mother's in the first movie where she hears her son saying, "Kill them, mommy."]]
*** [[spoiler: This makes it a BootstrappedLeitmotif.]]
*** This sound has become so associated with Jason, that one of the major criticisms of the remake was that, for some asinine reason, it was removed.
* MacheteMayhem: The franchise is a TropeCodifier for it.
* MadeOfIron: It's amazing how much punishment Jason has gone through.
** First of all, he drowned in Crystal Lake.
** Then, he took a machete through his shoulder.
** After that, he was hanged.
** Shortly after, he took an ax to the head.
** Moreover, his own machete is lodged halfway through his head vertically. Though to be fair, this actually ''did'' kill him, he just came back.
** A quarter of his face gets mauled and his neck snaps by a rotor of a motorboat.
** He was shot numerous times.
** He was caught inside an explosion.
** He drowned in a flood of toxic waste.
** Then he got blown apart by mortars.
** He got sent to hell by a magical dagger.
** '''''ATMOSPHERIC RE-ENTRY'''''
** Part VII getting the biggest load with Jason getting shot at and electrocuted. Then he gets several plantpots chucked at him, a roof collapsed on him, a light smashed into his head sending him smashing through a staircase, nails chucked at him and being set on fire and a house exploding around him. EVEN THEN he still chases the final girl only to be drowned again.
** And the list goes on...
* MadeOfPlasticine: It's amazing how little punishment Jason's victims can take...
** Subverted with one particular character in ''Freddy vs. Jason'' who takes quite a bit of damage from Jason, before [[spoiler: meeting his doom at the hands of someone else]]
* MenacingStroll
* MightyGlacier: Jason is one against Freddy Krueger's FragileSpeedster.
** Averted before he dies and is resurrected. In life, Jason was ''very'' quick on his feet.
%%* MobileMenace
* MyCarHatesMe: Some of the movies has a scene where a car refuses to start, or at least takes long enough to build tension.
* NighInvulnerability: Jason progresses into it in ''Jason X'', being given [[HealingFactor regenerative powers]], explaining why he can't be kiled. When he morphs into Über Jason, he becomes Made Of Diamond. In ''Freddy Vs. Jason'', it's outright stated that he's immortal. Jason has the partial justification of being dead to begin with (he drowned as a kid).
* NightSwimEqualsDeath: For anyone who skinny-dips at night in Crystal Lake.
%%* NotQuiteDead
* NumberedSequels: Parts ''II'' to ''III'' and ''V'' to ''VIII''.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: Parts ''IV'' to ''VIII'' have the subtitles ''The Final Chapter'', ''A New Beginning'', ''Jason Lives'', ''The New Blood'' and ''Jason Takes Manhattan''. Sequels after ''Part VIII'' [[StoppedNumberingSequels dropped]] the ''Friday the 13th'' moniker and were called ''[[CharacterTitle Jason Something]]'' for a while until the remake restored the original title.
** This was because Parts 1 to 8 were produced by Paramount, who then sold the franchise, but not the "Friday The 13th" moniker, to New Line Cinema. The next three films were not allowed to use "Friday The 13th," until New Line acquired those rights too, in time for the remake/reboot. Right now, the franchise and title are owned by New Line, who also own the "A Nightmare On Elm Street" franchise, which was the only reason ''Freddy vs. Jason'' could have been made at all.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted between movies. When you have that many installments, you're bound to have a few repeated names. One notable example: The girl who gets killed with [[EyeScream gardening shears to the eyes]] in ''Part V'' has the same name as the FinalGirl in ''Part VII'', Tina.
** In ''Part VIII'', there are even two characters with the same first name (Jim).
* PeekABooCorpse: There's always a few ready to scare the main characters in the climax.
* PsychopathicManchild: Jason.
** Tommy's implied to be this at a few points, though he goes back and forth DependingOnTheWriter.
* SayMyName: There are plenty of moments when characters call out each others names. Murder usually ensues.
* ShootingSuperman: Armed characters ''will'' insist on shooting, stabbing, clubbing, or punching Jason over and over, even when it's clearly not doing jack-squat to stop him. Usually he'll just stand there and soak up the blows, then finish them off once they've gotten it out of their system.
* SignificantBirthDate: Surprise surprise, guess who was born Friday the 13th?
* SlashedThroat: Plenty of deaths.
* SlashersPreferBlondes: Alice is actually a rare subversion and one of the few blonde Final Girls there are. Played straight with her death in the sequel though FinalGirl Ginny is also blonde.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Tommy is played, in succession, by a 13-year old, an early twenty-something, and a 28-year old, in an in-universe time period of about four years.
* StockFootage: First three sequels open with footage from previous movies.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: Did it twice, for both "final chapters".
* ThirteenIsUnlucky
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks
* TooDumbToLive: Many, many characters. Such as Ginny who gets her hands on a chainsaw, hits Jason with it - then, when he falls over, she drops the chainsaw and ''hits him with a chair'' instead.
** Most of the victims, period, as they go to Crystal Lake, completely ignoring the fact that there have been multiple murder sprees.
* TropeCodifier: For the slasher movies.
* UnwittingPawn: Jason in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', though the plan doesn't go as well as Freddy hoped.
* VictoryByEndurance: Jason uses this in ''Part VIII'', where he faces against a teen boxer in GoodOldFisticuffs. Jason never even throws a punch and soaks up punishment upon punishment until the boxer gets tired. Then Jason decapitates him with one punch.
* VillainBasedFranchise: The franchise is centered around Jason Voorhees. Not entirely however, since in the first film the killer was [[spoiler:Pamela Voorhees]], and in ''A New Beginning'', the killer [[spoiler:is a [[JackTheRipoff copy-cat murderer]]]].
* VillainousLegacy:
** Many massacres committed by Jason Voorhees stem from the death of his mother, the BigBad of [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 the original 1980 film]].
** After Jason was (temporarily) KilledOffForReal in ''[[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter The Final Chapter]]'', he was supposed to create a legacy as well in the form of [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning psychotic copycat killers]].
* VillainProtagonist: Later movies start to treat Jason as this. He's definitely preferable to all the stoned, screwing, generic teenagers...
* TheVoiceless: Jason, though are few moments when he opens his mouth.
** ''Part III'' has Jason opening his mouth for the first time in the whole franchise (as an adult, at least):
--->'''Jason''':[[spoiler: "(gets stabbed in the hand) Ow!"]]
** In ''Jason Takes Manhattan'', Jason lets out a ''roar'' oddly enough when he takes his mask off.
** Near the end of ''Jason Goes to Hell'' Jason [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands possesses a character]] and pretends to be them for a bit, actually speaking one line.
---> '''Jason:''' [[spoiler: Freeze! Get the Hell away from her Ed!]]
*** Also in that film, he makes a lot of noise at the beginning as the military guns him down.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Jason's hockey mask in it's early appearances, over the time it becomes more yellowish and worn-out.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' reveals that Jason had hydrophobia (a fear of water) as a kid. It doesn't affect him as an adult, but when Freddy gets his claws on his inner child, things get ugly. ''Part VIII'''s protagonist also suffers from it, due to a childhood trauma.
* WindowPain: Plenty of windows are shattered throughout the series.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief:
** The ''only'' way any of the movies after the first one would be even possible would be if the audience just accepts that somehow Jason didn't actually drown as a child, ran away to live in the woods for some reason, and everyone just assumes that the missing kid drowned without looking for a body, including his own mother.
** An alternative is explored in that Jason's body was posessed by that little black eel monster you see in ''Jason Goes To Hell''. You still need to give your suspension of disbelief two weeks off at Christmas though...
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Jason is one of the most notable slashers in horror history, but somewhere deep (''very'' deep) inside is a MommasBoy [[MissingMom deeply misses her]] and [[WellDoneSonGuy feels he has to please her]]. To varying degrees this was always the case thanks to him often being portrayed as a deformed manchild with mental deficiences and a murdered (even though she deserved it) mother. Being bullied as a child by his fellow campers and dying entirely thanks to the uncaring attitudes of the camp councillors adds to this. Several movies even add that it's not really his fault; it's either a demonic posession or a curse on the lake itself.
** There's a lot of DracoInLeatherPants fanfiction about him.

!!The various licensed novels have examples of:

* AmusementParkOfDoom: ''The Carnival'', the third ''Tales from the Crystal Lake'' book, has Jason turning a carnival into a charnel house, with lots of gruesome descriptions of the carnage.
* BreakTheCutie: Meredith Host from ''Church of the Divine Psychopath'' who's bubbly, innocent and just seems perpetually happy, actually managing to befriend the [[TheLadette surly]] FinalGirl of the book. Things quickly degenerate when she witnesses her parents be butchered in front of her by Jason, with the leader of the [[ReligionOfEvil mad Jason-worshipping cult]] they were apart of (thought it was just a regular church group) saying they deserved it; she also winds up dealing with lots of self-hate over being a closet lesbian due to her religious upbringing and near the end winds up [[AttemptedRape almost being raped]] by one of the aforementioned mad cultists, who had grown steadily more obsessed with her. Though she's saved at the last minute by one the soldiers sent out to track down and kill Jason [[KillTheCutie she still dies quite horribly]] when Jason randomly shows up seconds later and splits her head open before the soldier can even get a shot at him.
* CatScare: ''Church of the Divine Psychopath'' has a scene where the soldiers hunting Jason in the dark woods are all startled by a raccoon, right before Jason comes out of nowhere and attacks.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Near the end of ''Hate-Kill-Repeat'', the [[TeenPregnancy teenaged]] protagonist, who had earlier discovered she was pregnant, miscarries when Jason nonchalantly punches her in the stomach.
* CreepyGasStationAttendant: The gas station owner in the ''Tales from the Crystal Lake'' book ''Mother's Day'' turns out to be a CaptainErsatz of [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]].
* DeadlyGame: ''The Jason Strain'' has several {{Condemned Contestant}}s put on a Southern island, with the winner getting a reduced sentence and transfer to a cushy minimum security facility. Along with Jason (a "special guest") the roster includes the framed main character, a mass murderer, a white supremacist, two serial killers, an Angel of Death nurse, a black widow, a serial rapist, a mob boss, and three street gang members.
* EvilMask: Anyone who puts on Jason's hockey mask in ''Tales from the Crystal Lake'' books becomes [[DemonicPossession possessed by him]].
* FogOfDoom: All ''Tales from the Crystal Lake'' books feature a yellow fog which seems to make everyone feel more negatively, lubricating the lethal intentions of whomever finds [[EvilMask Jason's hockey mask]] as well as the FinalGirl.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: ''The Jason Strain'' starts off with Jason on an island where people kill each other to win their freedom. Then he is kidnapped by scientists, which leads to the novel turning into about zombies.
* JackTheRipoff: In the ''Tales from the Crystal Lake'' book ''Road Trip'', a state trooper, driven off the deep end by catching his best friend in bed with his wife, makes plans to kill them, and make it look like Jason's work. He succeeds, but is killed by the real Jason (who is [[DemonicPossession possessing a guy]]) shortly after.
* {{Jawbreaker}}: In ''Hate-Kill-Repeat'', Jason impales a man with a flagpole, and then finishes him off by ripping his lower jaw out.
* {{Meganekko}}: An FBI agent in ''Hate-Kill-Repeat'' mentions that his new partner suddenly goes from hot to absolutely adorable when she briefly puts on a pair of reading glasses.
* NoZombieCannibals: The zombies in ''The Jason Strain'' never attack each other or Jason, the [[MonsterProgenitor Zombie Progenitor]], since they seem incapable of registering a fellow undead entity. The same seems to be true for Jason, who is completely apathetic towards the zombies he is creating, his acknowledgement of them never going beyond shoving some aside when they get in his way.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: In ''Church of the Divine Psychopath'', a bunch of government agents (all them, more or less, screw-ups) are sent to Crystal Lake to hunt down and kill Jason Voorhees, though a few members of the team realize this is probably nothing but a SnipeHunt and good publicity stunt. But, this being a ''Friday the 13th'' story, things inevitably get worse.
%%*ReligionOfEvil: ''Church of the Divine Psychopath''.
* SexyStewardess: Two are featured at the end of ''The Jason Strain'', and were presumably hired by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Caleb Carson]] simply for their looks. Jason hacks one to death, and stabs the other in the face with [[GrievousBottleyHarm a broken bottle]].
%%*SinisterMinister: Eric Long in ''Church of the Divine Psychopath''.
* WalkingWasteland: Jason has this power in ''Hate-Kill-Repeat''. Small animals and plants just drop dead if they stay close to him for too long.
* ZombieApocalypse: In ''The Jason Strain'', Jason is kidnapped by scientists and ends up exposed to an experimental virus which reacts negatively with him, giving him the ability to reanimate his victims as zombies

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