Characters: Evil Dead

The characters pertaining to the Evil Dead film series.

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Ashley J. "Ash" Williams


The protagonist and iconic character of the entire series. Ash evolves over the course of the series from a cowardly college student to a wise cracking zombie slayer with his detachable hand chainsaw and 12 gauge "boomstick".
  • Action Survivor: He starts out as this; Ash was just a somewhat cowardly student who through a combination of luck and cunning managed to survive horrific events which harden him into a badass Deadite-fighter.
  • Adorkable: In The Evil Dead, particularly in his interactions with Linda when he pretends to be asleep.
  • An Arm and a Leg: In Evil Dead II, he's forced to chop off his own hand when it gets possessed.
  • An Axe to Grind: His third weapon of choice. He uses it to hack Deadite Ed to pieces.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II or III. He's a snarky Jerkass for the most part, and in Army of Darkness, he fully intends to just ditch Arthur's kingdom to go back to his own time despite having screwed up and unleashed the Army of the Dead. Best summed up in the director's cut of Army of Darkness, when he shoots Bad Ash in the face after being called a "little goody two-shoes":
    Ash: I ain't that good.
  • Artificial Limbs: He makes a robotic hand to replace his lost right one in Army of Darkness. After returning to the present, he ends up gaining a more traditional wooden hand.
  • Badass: After making his transformation during Evil Dead II, he becomes this with Army Of Darkness being at his most badass.
  • Badass Grandpa: Even after at least 3 decades down the line hasn't changed the fact that he can hack and shoot Deadites to pieces like a piece of cake.
  • Belated Backstory: Such things as his job at S-Mart weren't revealed until Army of Darkness.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a perverted, somewhat idiotic dork, but when the chips are down, he proves just how tough he can be.
  • Blade Behind The Shoulder: He modified a chainsaw to serve as this, strapping it to his right arm stump.
  • Byronic Hero: In Ash vs. Evil Dead, his primary motive is to get the book translated and banish the Deadites from this existence again, and thus is reluctant to get himself into any unnecessary complications like saving individual people when the whole world's at stake; while he's not depicted as wrong by any stretch for believing this, he can sometimes come across as callous or self-absorbed when stating his intentions.
  • The Cameo: In The Stinger of the remake.
  • Catchphrase: "Groovy!"
  • Chainsaw Good: One of his trademark weapons. He even went so far as to modify one to serve as a Blade Behind The Shoulder.
  • The Chosen One: As revealed in Evil Dead 2, he's destined to battle the evil forces unleashed by the Book of the Dead. Pablo later insists that he's the legendary 'El Jefe'.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "El Jefe," after Kelly's My Parents Are Dead moment while he's trying to hit on her:
    Ash: Wow... (whistles) Um, you know, in the future, you might wanna just say "Sure, I'll tell her"... 'cause droppin' a bomb like that on somebody you just met is downright rude.
  • Cool Car: His Oldsmobile.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ash finds plenty of opportunities to snark about medieval culture and action-adventure tropes.
  • Dirty Old Man: In Ash vs. Evil Dead. Most of his nights before the show were spent picking up floozies in bars, and he hits on girls half his age.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He modified a chainsaw to serve as a Blade Behind The Shoulder, created gunpowder by referencing its elemental makeup in a chemistry book, and crafted a fully functional prosthetic hand from a metal gauntlet.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite being described on more than one occasion as an idiot by Bruce Campbell himself, Ash has proven quite inventive on several occasions, doing such things as modifying a chainsaw to attach it to his right stump and creating gunpowder by referencing its elemental makeup in a chemistry book.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Not initially; he was a pretty gentle young man with a cowardly streak, but the events he has to endure hardens him into a jaded, selfish lone wolf.
  • Handicapped Badass: A literal example! Lobs his own right hand after being bitten by the head of the Deadite form of his girlfriend.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: As of the second episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead, he's wanted by the cops, who believe him to be responsible for the havoc caused by the Deadites. He's also being chased by Ruby Knowby, who believes that he murdered Professor Knowby for the Necronomicon.
  • Hidden Depths: Most clearly in Ash vs. Evil Dead. As selfish and perverted as he might appear, it's clear that he's a lonely old man.
  • Idiot Hero: Bruce Campbell regularly describes him as such, stating that outside of fighting the Evil Dead, he's incompetent.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Combine this with Made of Iron, its a damn wonder to wonder why Ash is still alive from all of the injuries he pertained over the years.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: He endures constant horrors and a struggle to stay alive, while losing those he cares about. Ash vs Evil Dead reveals he's been basically running away from that responsibility for 30 years.
  • It's All About Me: In Army of Darkness, he'd rather go home than help Arthur's people against the approaching Deadites. He clearly feels guilty, but he just can't take it anymore. Shelia being abducted, though, gets him to change his mind.
  • It's Personal: Let's see, the demon raped his sister, possessed his friends and girlfriend, forcing him to kill them and continued doing so throughout the movies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's crude, selfish and more than a little sleazy, but the Adorkable college kid from The Evil Dead is still buried deep down.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: When push comes to shove, he'll do the right thing, even if he complains about it all the while.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Being a Bruce Campbell character, he's gotta be this trope.
  • Large Ham: Naturally. Army Of Darkness and the varied video games have him hammy as he wants to be.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: It can be argued that the minute he gets that chainsaw, Ash goes from hapless goof with the worst weekend ever going for him to the baddest slayer of evil this side of cinema.
  • Made of Iron: He's survived and walked off such things as getting bodily slammed into a tree and thrown through a wooden staircase with no long-lasting injuries.
  • Nice Guy: In the first movie. He Took a Level in Jerkass though.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Often refers to female Deadites as "bitches."
  • Refusal of the Call: In Ash vs. Evil Dead, he initially refuses to fight the Deadites and is fully prepared to run again.
    Pablo: You can't outrun evil, Ash!
    Ash: Watch me!
  • Sanity Slippage: Has suffered some throughout the movies. It's heavily implied that some of the horrors, such as his reflection coming to life and choking him, as well as the laughing room from II, were nothing but hallucinations.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: To the point of creating a Sawed-Off Shotgun aka his Boomstick.
  • The Slacker: In Ash vs. Evil Dead, it's mentioned he's taken multiple phony sick days off under the pretense of taking care of his "dear friend" Eli, his pet bearded dragon.
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: In Ash vs. Evil Dead. As a sign of how far he's fallen in lifenote , Ash has gone from the big wheel at S-Mart's housewares division to a lowly Value Stop stockboy, getting cursed out by his supervisor. Pretty much the only reason he can't get fired is because of his seniority.
  • Sword and Gun: Well, more precisely chainsaw and Boomstick. He also does use an actual sword in Army Of Darkness.
  • The Stinger: He's so awesome, the stinger at the end of the remake just is of him saying "Groovy" and looking at the camera.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the first movie, he's a wimp who by the end of the movie realizes what he has to do to live. By the third movie, he's commanding an entire legion against the army of darkness.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By the second movie and Army Of Darkness. Fortunately it coincides with Took a Level in Badass.
  • Ultimate Job Security: In Ash vs. Evil Dead, it's made clear that he is a terrible Value Stop employee from the very first episode, having done such things as take phony sick days off using his pet lizard as an excuse. His boss, Mr. Roper, even flat-out tells him to his face that Ash's seniority is the only reason he hasn't already been fired.
  • Vanity License Plate:
  • Verb This!: Possibly one of the most famous examples...

    The Deadites 

The "Evil Dead" / The Deadites

Played By: Ted Raimi, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, Lou Hancock, Embeth Davidtz, Patricia Tallman, Shiva Gordon, Billy Bryan, Nadine Grycan, Bill Moseley, Eric Clarke, Kevin O'Hara, Courtney Pakiz, Sam Raimi, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard De Manincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly

An evil demonic force of nature, and the Big Bad of the series.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Even at their absolute silliest, they're still deadly threats.
  • Big Bad
  • Demonic Possession: It's Modus Operandi.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • Evil Is Hammy: "I'll swallow your soul!"
  • Faux Affably Evil: Subverted in a sense, since combining with the above Evil Is Hammy trope and Laughably Evil, its hard to take them seriously. This is plain old averted in the remake though.
  • For the Evulz: Apparently it's sole reason for doing anything. In Evil Dead II, Ash is alone for some time by himself being tormented by the Demon, which logically could have killed him at anytime it wanted. Why doesn't it? Because having driven him Axe Crazy and Laughing Mad, Ash has proven far too entertaining and the Demon is having too much fun to want to kill him just yet. It only renews it's attack on him once the others show up at the cabin.
  • Hive Mind: Somewhat, each Deadite seems to have it's own personality, even though they're all possessed by the same demon.
  • I Have Many Names: Throughout the movies it's called "The Evil" the "Candarian demon", "Rotting Apple Head" and in the 2013 version "The Abomination."
  • Knight of Cerebus: In the 2013 version. It is definitely more serious then the demon in the previous ones.
  • Our Demons Are Different: For one thing, they seem to possess Elemental Powers and a few other psychic powers.
  • Relative Button: It rapes Ash's sister Cheryl, and David's sister Mia.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore:.Their main way of unleashing themselves onto the world.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: One moment they could be looking like a demon from Hell, the next moment they would be looking like the body of their possessed victim.



"Hey, Ash! I guessed the card right!"
Portrayed By: Betsy Baker (The Evil Dead), Denise Bixler (Evil Dead II), Bridget Fonda (Army Of Darkness)

Ash's girlfriend throughout the series. She is very much in love with Ash and keeps a necklace he gave her close to her at all times.
  • Demonic Possession: She's subjected to this by the Deadite spirits.
  • Disposable Love Interest: Subverted in the second movie. She dies in the first ten minutes of the movie and isn't mentioned for a while until a possessed Ash is about to kill Annie. He finds the locket he gave Linda, and his memories of her manage to pull him back from his possessed state.
  • Nice Girl: She's generally a sweet-natured girl.
  • Losing Your Head: Ash whacks it off with a shovel. And that still doesn't kill her.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Ash, from the second movie onward.

    Prof. Knowby 

Professor Raymond Knowby

Played By: Bob Dorian (The Evil Dead / Evil Dead (2013), voiceover), John Peaks (Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, as a spirit)

Annie's father and Henrietta's husband. He traveled to the cabin to finish his research on the necronomicon. However, things turn out very badly when he recites a passage from the book releasing the Evil surrounding the woods. He is attacked by his wife and is forced to lock her in the cellar. Before succumbing to the Evil himself, he manages to leave a tape explaining the terror he has unleashed and later shows up as a spirit explaining to Annie how to get rid of it.
  • And I Must Scream: The second movie shows him briefly as a spirit screaming in agony. He says that only by dispelling the evil will his soul find peace.
  • Left Hanging: The first movie leaves his fate ambiguous. He says in the last part of the tape recorder that he's leaving, though he's certain the forces he's tampered with will eventually come for him. The second movie reveals he was killed.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His reciting the incantations caused his wife's and Ash's friend's possession and deaths.

The Evil Dead


Cheryl Williams

Played By: Ellen Sandweiss

Ash's sister and the odd woman out in the group. She is the first to sense the danger surrounding the cabin and is entirely ignored by her friends.
  • Butt Monkey: Cheryl is something of the group oddball; she's a subject of mockery from Scotty, she's the only single person at the cabin, and the evil forces seem to target her specifically.
  • Large Ham: After becoming a Deadite.
  • Rape as Drama: She's horrifically raped by possessed trees in the woods surrounding the cabin.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Following the creepy, disembodied voices into the darkness of the woods was not a good idea.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's see: mocked, raped, possessed.



Played By: Hal Delrich

Ash's best friend. The designated "leader" of the group, he was responsible for renting the cabin in the woods.
  • Asshole Victim: He's brutally attacked by the trees off-screen, much like Cheryl, the target of his bullying. His actual death, though, is portrayed sympathetically.
  • Badass: While Ash is frozen in fear, Scotty manages to kill a possessed Shelley. The subsequent trauma of such an act, however, turns him into a Dirty Coward.
  • The Bully: He has certain shades of this, particularly with regards to his treatment of Cheryl.
  • Decoy Protagonist: It seems like Scotty should be the hero; he's out-going, blonde, handsome and brave.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite his earlier moment of badassery, he runs away claiming he doesn't care about Ash or his girlfriend.
    "Look, I'm getting out of here! I don't care what happens to her! She's your girlfriend, you take care of her!"
  • Eye Scream: After he becomes a deadite, Ash gouges out his eyes with his thumbs.
  • Jerkass: Due to his bullying tendencies, not to mention leaving Ash and Linda to die.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Just as the recorder is about to rehearse the words to allow the dead to possess the living, Cheryl turns it off. However, Scotty turns it on again just to mess with her and the words are rehearsed, invoking the deadites.
  • Staking the Loved One: He's forced to put down Shelly.



Played By: Sarah York

Scotty's girlfriend.

Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn


Annie Knowby

Played By: Sarah Berry

Professor Knowby's and Henrietta's daughter. She travels to the cabin to proceed with her research on the book of the dead, which her father was also pursuing.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Exact Words: One condition of paying Jake to lead them to the cabin is that he has to carry her bags to the cabin. He thought she meant the two small ones in the car, not realizing there were several large ones in the trunk.
  • You Killed My Father: Initially despises Ash and suspects him of having murdered her parents, since he's in their cabin, covered in blood and with a nearby chainsaw. Ones the Deadites begin their attacks however, she quickly realizes the truth is far worse.



Played By: Dan Hicks

A dim-witted redneck who falls victim to the evil spirits.

  • Asshole Victim: After he gets stabbed in the gut.
  • Bait and Switch: It appears that he's going to get possessed him when the characters are forced to find Bobby Joe, due to the monster seeming to head toward him. Ash gets possessed instead.
  • Jerk Ass
  • Say My Name: "BOB-BY JOEEEEEEEE!"
  • Stripped to the Bone: By Henrietta.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Throws the Necronomicon's missing pages into the locked cellar, then forces everyone out of the cabin at gunpoint to search for the missing Bobby Joe.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Or girlfriend in this case.

    Bobby Joe 

Bobby Joe

Played By: Kassie DePaiva

Jake's girlfriend.


Henrietta Knowby

Played By: Lou Hancock, Ted Raimi (Possessed)
"I'll swallow your soul!"

Professor Knowby's wife. According to his recordings, she became possessed attacked her husband, who was forced to kill her. Her body was buried in the fruit cellar under the cabin — and, unfortunately, doesn't rest easily.


Professor Ed Getley

Played By: Richard Domeier

Annie'e research partner.

    Ash's Hand 

Ash's Hand

Played By: N/A

  • Flipping the Bird: Hilariously it does this to Ash.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: It's a crazy little bugger, flipping off Ash, trolling the survivors and later getting caught in a mouse-trap. It also kills Annie in the climax with a knife to her back.
  • Troll: It seems to have more fun messing with people than it does actually killing them, and even when it does kill something, it's usually timed after something hopeful seems to happen.

Army Of Darkness



Played By: Embeth Davidtz

A naive but good-hearted peasant girl who becomes Ash's lover in the 14th century.

    Evil Ash 

Evil Ash

Played By: Bruce Campbell


Lord Arthur

Played By: Marcus Gilbert

  • I Gave My Word: Even when Ash refuses to stay and fight, Arthur says they will honor their end of the bargain.
    "We are men of our word."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He doesn't have much of a sense of humor (especially where Ash is concerned), and is always quick to assume the worst. However, it's clear he cares very much about his people and keeping them safe.
  • Large Ham
  • Made of Iron: He didn't even flinch when an arrow pierce right through him.
  • Expy / Mythology Gag


The Wiseman

Played By: Ian Abercrombie


Duke Henry the Red

Played By: Richard Grove

Lord Arthur's foe. Ash later calls upon him to help battle the Deadites.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV if he is to be considered a villain at all.
  • Badass Beard: Colored red like his name.
  • The Cavalry: Henry leads his army in a charge against the Deadites when they've overrun Arthur's men.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: Having befriended Henry at the beginning, Ash opine that they should call him in for the final battle.

Evil Dead (2013)


Mia Allen

Played By: Jane Levy

  • Action Girl: During the finale.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Forcefully tears off her hand after it was trapped under her jeep.
  • Badass Adorable: In the climax.
  • Break the Cutie: Her big brother left her with her dying mom, who was also suffering from dementia and confusing her for David, which makes her a drug addict. The events of the movie break her even more.
  • Break Them by Talking: Post-possession, she does this to David.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Quite literally; she's forced to amputate her arm to survive the events at the cabin and kill the Abomination.
  • Buried Alive: David does so to save her from the evil.
  • Chainsaw Good: Unitizes this in a truly awesome manner in the finale.
  • Composite Character: She has both Cheryl and Ash's characters combined. Like Cheryl, she's the first to get possesed by the demons and get locked in the basement. Unlike Cheryl, she is left as the sole survivor and fights off The Abomination with a chainsaw, just like Ash.
  • Damsel in Distress: Possessed by a deadite until David saves her.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Spends most of the film as the main deadite attacking everyone. Gets cured by her brother late in the film only for him to die, unleashing the true Eldritch Abomination and force her to fight it on her own.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Effectively becomes this to Ash.
  • Drugs Are Bad: She is a drug addict, who is trying to go cold turkey for the second time around. The initial demonic craziness is mistakenly blamed on withdrawal.
  • Expy: In the beginning it seemed like she was an Expy for Cheryl from the Original. However she turns out to be the Ash in the finale.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Once she is possessed by a Deadite.
  • Evil Laugh: A very quiet and menacing one.
  • Final Girl: And she's the Sole Survivor to boot.
  • Licking the Blade: She licks a utility knife hard enough to slice her tongue down the middle.
  • Life or Limb Decision: Her hand is pinned underneath a jeep, and the abomination that flipped the jeep is approaching. She can't reach any weapons until she rips her own hand off.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Whereas in the original the sign of possession was milky-white eyes, here it's bright, golden eyes.


David Allen

Played By: Shiloh Fernandez

Mia's older brother.

  • Action Survivor
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Mia
  • Decoy Protagonist: David is the hero for most the film, only to die right before the finale where his sister Mia becomes the Final Girl.
  • Dirty Coward: Apparently. We never see this since when the shit hits the fan, he fights back. Possibly because the threats are supernaturally based.
    • David never been able to commit to anything and abandoned his sister years ago before the film took place. He got a bit braver during that time
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Kills his Deadite form of his friend and himself just to save his sister.
  • Expy: Okay, show off hands; who thought he was going to be a substitute for Ash (which he technically was). He even had the same light blue shirt and his sister gets possesed first.
  • Grease Monkey: He's a mechanic.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself to save Mia from the Eric's deadite form.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abandoned his sister and friends years ago, but genuinely regrets it and does everything he can to help when things go wrong.
  • Sacrificial Lion: David is the hero for most the film, only to die right before the finale where his sister Mia becomes the Final Girl.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: To Natalie



Played By: Lou Taylor Pucci

  • Butt Monkey: See Made of Iron below. Of course, this is from after reading from the book.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expy: He is the equivalent of Scotty. Like Scotty, Eric is sardonic and not hesitant of killing his possesed friends if necessary.
  • Genre Savvy: Although he gets there waaay too late to be very helpful (see below), Eric is the first one to realize what's happening. He quickly accepts the supernatural nature of the events and studies the Necronomicon to figure out how to stop them. He even tries to burn the Necronomicon at one point, under the logic that destroying the cause of the Demon's arrival might stop it, but the book displays immunity to fire.
  • Made of Iron: Endures a helluva lot of punishment for reading the spells from the book.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It's his fault the plot started in the first place.
  • Rasputinian Death: He's stabbed with a mirror shard, then a syringe, then shot several times with a nail gun, beaten with a crowbar, and stabbed in the heart with a straight razor. And it still takes him a little while to finally succumb.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Reading from the book despite explicit warnings not to. The book was wrapped in plastic then bound with barbed wire. The pages had several warnings to never read or write anything in the book and the spell that causes all the problems had every letter scribbled out. So Eric went through a lot of trouble to accidentally unleash a being of pure evil.



Played By: Jessica Lucas

  • Expy: She is the equivalent of Shelly.
  • The Leader: She's the one who came up with the idea of bringing Mia to the cabin, and the one who comes up with the idea that she doesn't go back no matter what.
  • Potty Failure: Olivia pees herself just before getting possessed by the Deadite.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Olivia is sort-of the leader to the group initially. She's the 2nd one possessed and the first one to die.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Something of a leader to the group. Olivia is smart and the one who came up with the idea to go to the cabin to help Mia with her drug habit, though some of her methods are intense.



Played By: Elizabeth Blackmore

  • Advertised Extra: Despite the film being an ensemble, Natalie doesn't really do anything important.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Amputates her arm after it becomes infected with.... something. Unlike the original, it doesn't work.
  • Dying as Yourself: Possibly. After being killed as a Deadite, she apparently reverts back to herself before succumbing to her wounds. Though it may have been the Deadite messing with David.
  • Expy: She is the equivalent of Linda. Both are the Love Interests and both get infected by an attack of their boyfriends' possesed sisters.
  • The Generic Girl: Nice enough, but really not much character to her.
  • Girl Next Door
  • Life or Limb Decision: Subverted in that losing her limb doesn't end up changing anything. Probably because the infection had also been forced down her throat.
  • Nice Girl

Ash vs. Evil Dead

See here.

Alternative Title(s):

The Evil Dead 1981, Army Of Darkness, Evil Dead 2013