Characters that appear in the Friday the 13th films. Watch out, this page has unmarked spoilers in it.
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Jason Voorhees (original films)
KILL. Also, make mother proud.
"Mommy, don't let me drown! Mommy?"
The man behind the mask himself. He was a deformed and mentally retarded kid who was thought to have been drowned in the Crystal Lake in the 50's. He re-emerged 20 years later (either by surviving his drowning, and going hiding for reasons unknown, or becoming an undead right there and then) when his mother died, her death triggering unrelenting hate within him. An unstoppable monster, he kills anyone who makes the mistake to get near him.For the rebooted mayhem, check out below.Played by: Ari Lehman (first film), Warrington Gillette, Steve "Dash" Daskawisz, Ellen Lutter, Jerry Wallace (Part 2), Richard Brooker (Part III), Ted White (The Final Chapter), Tom Morga (Part V), Dan Bradley, C.J. Graham (Part VI), Kane Hodder (Part VII, Part VIII, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and Jason X), Ken Kirzinger, Spencer Stump and Douglas Tait (Freddy vs. Jason).
Ax-Crazy: Yup, Jason is definitely past the point of reasoning.
Bad Ass: Before death, he'd survived being hanged, taking an axe to the forehead (though the hockey mask helped), a machete to the collarbone, and was still moving after Tommy sliced half-way into his head. After returning as a revenant, he soaks up gunfire like a zombie Superman, isn't at all bothered by being set on fire, having the ceiling of a house dropped on him, being impaled, and more, all while racking up a body count of over 150, with his victims including normal people, cops, and soldiers, as well as surviving TWO final chapters.
In some of the sequels, Jason appears quite content to stay within the camp borders and not bother anyone. In these examples, he would only go on a killing spree if someone invaded his "territory" first.
Psychopathic Manchild: A subtle one. Jason's body is that of a huge, powerful adult, which he puts to use killing everyone he meets, but his mindset, even prior to zombification, is that of a child, who kills out of a mixture of loneliness, a desire to please his mother, a hope that his killings will bring his mother back, and a sheer lack of understanding what death means. This is even noted In-Universe, as early as his first "real" film.
Scars Are Forever: Had his other eye missing for a long time after his resurrection, as originally he died when Tommy Jarvis lodged a machete into his skull, destroying it in the process. This also applies to the axe-wound in his head from Part III.
The Scourge of God: Jason kills those first who are shown to be more promiscuous and so on.
Serial Killer: He's a serial spree killer, or alternatively a serial mass murderer.
Walking Spoiler: At least in the first film, since any info about him basically gives away the killer's motivation.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Freddy vs. Jason reveals that he had a fear of water when he was a child. It doesn't affect him as an adult (being a zombie and all), but Freddy gives it back to him to get the upper hand.
As Turn of the Millennium came to pass, previous continuity of Friday the 13th films were rebooted along with our masked slasher.Jason has now returned to his roots of the first films: He is once again a territorial survivalist who lives in the abandoned Camp Crystal Lake and slays anyone who dares to disturb its peace.Played by: Galeb Guss (as a child) and Derek Mears
Genius Bruiser: This Jason acts more of a cunning predator rather as a mindless brute that the original one was.
Idiot Savant: This version of Jason is far more like a predator than the blunt instrument of the original. He digs out an extensive tunnel network, and deliberately uses hunting tactics to winnow out or kill his victims. He is, however, still a mentally deficient child grown up into a Psychopathic Manchild.
Older Than They Think: The original Jason was also fairly cunning and had at least one instance of using a trap to kill his victim (a snare trap to allow him to calmly walk in and slit a throat, in his very first film). It was after becoming undead that he became more of a blunt instrument.
Lean and Mean: Not so tall as in Freddy vs. Jason, but he is now thinner than in the original series.
Tunnel King: The first real differentiation from the past, as he has dug a tunnel network under the Camp Crystal Lake and around the residing areas prior to events in the reboot. It also works as a justification for his Mobile Menace tendencies.
MY SON IS DEAD.
"She can't hide. No place to hide."
Jason's mother and the former cook of Camp Crystal Lake. When Jason disappeared into Crystal Lake due to lack of attention from the camp counselors, she went insane with grief. One year later she killed two counselors and the camp was closed. Following years have her stopping any attempt to reopen the place, either killing or sabotaging things until camp's again left alone. She met her demise during such deed and her later appearances in the series are limited to hallucinations and nightmares that other people are having.She has a brief appearance in the opening minutes of the reboot.Played by: Betsy Palmer (first film and Part 2), Connie Hogan, Marlyn Poucher (both in Part III), Paula Shaw (Freddy vs. Jason) and Nana Visitor (the reboot).
Power Born of Madness: This is the most plausible explanation for the otherwise more improbable feats seen, such as arrowing a grown man to a door a good six inches off the ground, and hurling a body through a window.
Stranger Behind the Mask: There's only a brief mention of her before she appears and reveals that she is the one behind the murders.
Villainous Legacy: Killing and being killed in turn brought Jason back to the outside world, and now he kills for her.
Walking Spoiler: She has no presence in the story until the climax, and is this because of it.
Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In the opening scene long before her reveal, a POV of her is shown checking on the sleeping children in the camp. She then proceeds to kill two counselors that were in a nearby cabin, having sex.
The infamous copycat killer of Part V: A New Beginning. He was an ambulance driver in Crystal Lake who in the past had an illegitimate child. That child was Joey, who was brutally murdered at the Pinehurst halfway-house. After finding out, Roy went into a murderous frenzy and spent next two days killing anyone near the place disguised as Jason.Played by: Dick Wieland (unmasked), Tom Morga and John Hock (when masked).
Expy: Of both Jason and Pamela Voorhees. His jumpsuit is also very Myers-esque. The latter fact itself is ironic as Morga had played Michael a couple of years later for a brief scene in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, thus making him the only actor to play both Michael Myers and to some extent, Jason Voorhees.
Spear Counterpart: To Pamela, as he shares her Freudian Excuse (death of son) and modus operandi (killing people, and putting the blame on the legend of Jason).
Walking Spoiler: He has only two unmasked scenes prior to the reveal, so any mention of him will eventually spoil twist.
Poor Alice, she only survived to die after a Cat Scare.
"The boy... Is he dead too?"
Alice was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. A talented artist, it was also implied that she had an affair with camp's current owner Steve Christy. She was forced to kill Pamela Voorhees when she revealed to her that she was responsible for all the misfortune the camp had gone through the past years and attacked her. Afterwards, she would have very prophetic nightmare of Jason attacking her...The girl who kills Mrs. Voorhees in the reboot's opening may or may not be Alice.Played by: Adrienne King
Final Girl: She has the high honor of being the first in a long line of Friday the 13th heroines. Rare in the fact that she smokes marijuana, takes part in naughty strip games, but still manages to make it to the end.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Sure, she managed to stop Pamela's little spree. The crazy old lady may have been gone, but now her unstoppable zombie killing machine of a son gets brought into the picture because of her.
Played by: Dana KimmellThe Final Girl of part three, Chris has had a run in with Jason in the past and has come back to her parents' farm with friends in an effort to loosen up and forget the past. Unfortunately for her, Jason has come back as well.
Heroine of Part VII. When she was a little girl living near Crystal Lake, she accidentally killed her father with her latent psychic abilities after he hit her mother. That moment left her psychologically devastated and she would spend some time at a mental hospital. She returned to her old home years later as a part of her treatment by Dr. Crews. While there, she accidentally resurrects Jason from his watery grave with her psychic powers. As Jason starts another killing spree, she's forced to gain control over her powers and in the end gives Jason one of the biggest asskickings of his (un)life.Played by: Jennifer Banko (as a child) and Lar Park-Lincoln
Action Girl: The most action-y of all the finals girls in Friday the 13th.
This franchise would be ten films shorter if people just had listened to him.
"It's got a death curse!"
Ralph was the town drunk of Crystal Lake. Mentally unbalanced (hence his nickname) he is convinced that God has given him a mission to warn everyone about Camp Crystal Lake's supposed "curse." He drives around the town with his bicycle to spread his doomsayings, much to the concern of his (mentioned, but unseen) wife and to the annoyance of everyone else.Iconic character to the franchise, he would later gain two Expies in the form of Abel the hobo in Part III and the unnamed deckhand in Part VIII.Played by: Walt Gorney
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Along with Abel and the deck hand mentioned above, another Ralph-ish character named Jonah shows up in the book Carnival of Maniacs.
Step 1: Destroy Jason's corpse. Step 2: Muck it up and resurrect him instead. Step 3: Profit?
"Jason belongs in Hell. And I'm gonna see that he gets there."
Closest thing the franchise had for a hero protagonist, Tommy was young boy who had interest in all things horror and was a good amateur FX creator. Just like any Friday the 13th protagonist, he was forced to fight for his life when Jason was on yet another killing spree near his family's place. With the help of his sister he manages to bring Jason down for good, leaving him heavily traumatized in the process. He spends many years in mental institutions, and at his worst mentalstate almost becomes replacement for Jason. Some time later he attempts to cremate Jason's body, so he can be finally released from the demons of his past. This goes spectacularly wrong and he is forced to fight Jason once more.Played by: Corey Feldman (The Final Chapter), John Shepherd (Part V) and Thom Mathews (Part VI).
Badass: Killed Jason. Then a copycat killer. And then Jason AGAIN.
Badass Adorable: The first time he killed Jason was when he was a young boy.
Broken Bird: Was forced to kill the maniac who murdered his mother.
Covert Pervert / Chivalrous Pervert: In his first movie, Tommy doesn't miss a chance to see a girl naked. It evolves to Chivalrous, when he makes out with Megan in order to trick his guard into fighting him so he could escape from jail.
Flash Back Echo: He sometimes flashbacks to the moment he hacked Jason's barely living corpse to ensure his death.
Foil: Both have dead mothers obsession with killing
Genre Savvy: After discovering about Jason's past, he shaves his head to appear like him for distraction and ultimately to kill him.
Garris is the local sheriff of Forest Green and Megan's father. When Jason is first ressurected, he naturally doesn't believe Tommy's warnings and even believes Tommy himself is behind Jason's killings.
Asshole Victim: Downplayed. He is a dick towards Tommy, but he has a good reason to be, and he did go out trying to stop Jason.
Duke is a bounty hunter from Jason Goes to Hell, who specializes in capturing serial killers. He has a bone to pick with Jason, and knows more about his origins than he is willing to reveal.Played by: Steven Williams
Robert: I'm going to say a couple of words to you and I want you to say the first thing that comes into your mind. Duke: Okay. Robert: Jason Voorhees. Duke: That makes me think of a little girl in a pink dress sticking a hot dog through a doughnut.
Heroic Sacrifice: He uses handcuffs to tie himself and Jason together to buy Steven and Jessica some time, and gets his back snapped in turn.
It's Personal: While in the film it is not specified why exactly he is so prone to defeat Jason ("Remember me?" is all the audience gets), the script reveals that his girlfriend was murdered by him.
Time to bring out the big guns.
"I am real."
Android accompanying the New Harvard students aboard the spaceship The Grendel during the field trip to Earth in the year 2455. She is a creation of Tsunaron, whom she has a romantic relationship with. Mostly working for as a database and a medic, she can also be converted into a gunslinging asskicker when needed.Played by: Lisa Ryder
Badass: Is able to blow chunks out of Jason in their initial battle.
Badass Adorable: Even as a dismembered talking head her expressions and mannerisms are so cute.
Badass Bandolier: Part of her dress when in fighting mode, as seen on the picture.
Barbie Doll Anatomy: She tries to pressure Tsunaron into giving her nipples early in the film, since actual women have them.
"It's gonna take more than a poke in the ribs to put down this old dog."
Leader of the space marines aboard The Grendel. Another badass character among the protagonists, he was the one who brought Jason down for good in the original franchise continuitynote (Of course there are literary and comicbook continuation for the movie, but they belong to alternative continuity).Played: Peter Mensah
A Father to His Men: When he talks to his crew the first time in regards to killing Jason, he's rather friendly and willing to let them go nuts on Jason if they find him. When the Professor wants Jason alive, to cover for them, he advises them to put one bullet in his leg and say "We tried."
Badass Normal: Has nothing but his space military training backing him up against a killer cyborg.