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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 note  after his mother died, her death triggering unrelenting hate within him. Jason is an unstoppable monster who 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).

  • Anti-Villain: He kills because he believes he's making his mother proud, and he's usually content to stay in the abandoned Camp Crystal Lake as long as people leave him alone.
  • Avenging the Villain: The death of Pamela Voorhees set a many massacre to come.
  • Ax-Crazy: Yup, Jason is definitely past the point of reasoning.
  • Badass: Before his first death, he survived being hanged, taking an axe to the forehead (though the hockey mask helped), a machete through 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.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Jason has (unknowingly) prevented at least two rape attempts throughout the series. He killed the would-be victim in one of them, though.
  • Bald of Evil: He started out with hair, but later films turned him bald until Jason X.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Jason X, but only because he doesn't really have to breathe anymore, likely due to his cyborg modifications.
  • Beard of Evil: He had a messy and unkempt beard in Part 2.
  • Berserk Button:
    • His mother being used against him. When it was revealed that Freddy manipulated him that way in FvJ, Jason's eyes lit up with rage.
    • On top of that, the lady who removes his mask in Jason X suffers perhaps one of the cruelest kills in the history of the franchise.
  • Big Bad: Part 2 onwards. Averted in Part V and in vs. Jason.
  • Body Horror: In addition to his deformed face, from Part VI onwards, he's a rotting zombie, with Part VI explicitly showing him to be swarming with maggots. In Part VII, he's decayed even further, with his ribs and spine exposed. And if that wasn't enough, in both Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X, his mask appears to have fused to his face because he never takes it off.
  • Body Surf: When his body is destroyed in Jason Goes to Hell, his heart evolves into a small creature that hops from a body to body to get the proper one (of his own blood, that is) that'll return him to his normal state.
  • Boring but Practical: His killings. Most of the time is with a machete, but he finds ways to kill his victims very practically, be it from an axe or using his own hands.
  • Born Unlucky: Friday the 13th is his birthday. For the most part, though, it's everyone around him who's unlucky.
  • Breakout Villain: In the original film, he was just a Red Herring; a legend of a dead child whose ultimate role was to motivate his mother to avenge his death by killing anyone who dared to try to re-open Camp Crystal Lake. Later films turned him into one of the most iconic characters of horrordom.
  • Chained by Fashion: He wears the chain that dragged him to the bottom of the Crystal Lake from Part VI around his neck in Part VII.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: The hockey mask, which he took from Shelly in Part III.
  • Cool Mask: His iconic hockey mask, which he picks up in the third movie. In the 2009 reboot he outright abandons his makeshift sack-mask when he finds a hockey mask in Donnie's barn.
  • Corpse Land: In Freddy vs. Jason, his dreamscape is filled with the corpses of his victims.
  • Covered with Scars: In Part VII, the director deliberately had it so that all of the injuries Jason had endured in his previous appearances showed in his design. He bears the axe and machete wounds from Part III and The Final Chapter, as well as the motorboat propeller damage from Jason Lives.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Jason starts out as a mortal (albeit very tough and insane) guy living in the abandoned Camp Crystal Lake and having no tolerance to those he perceives as intruders. Even in his resurrected form he is usually shown to prefer staying in isolation at the Camp.
  • Cyborg: Becomes one in Jason X due to malfunctioning nanomachines using metal and other replacements to fix his lost tissue.
  • The Dead Have Eyes: Jason has one perfectly normal eye in Part VI after he resurrects (the other was destroyed by Tommy Jarvis), despite being dead and rotting for years.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Jason varies between "a killer who doesn't know any better for the sake of his mommy" and "a sadistic butcher who revels in terror and slaughter " depending on the film.
    • This also goes for Jason's "territorialism"; sometimes he is content in staying within the Camp Crystal Lake area, and sometimes he ventures into other places around Crystal Lake to strike terror and mayhem.
  • The Dreaded: To the extent that Jason Goes to Hell opens with the FBI setting up a sting operation to take him down.
  • Driven to Villainy: His mother's death worked as a catalyst for all the massacres to come.
  • Determinator: As Freddy said, "Why won't you die?!" To be fair, the only time he stopped was when Tommy killed him. Or when Earth's atmosphere killed him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Even if he is bloodthirsty killer, Jason still cares for his mother. So much so that he built an altar for her and presented his victims to her severed head. He (and his mom) are the page picture. It is often shown that the only reason (or at least the main reason) he kills isn't due to enjoyment or hatred of his victims, but simply believing he is making momma proud.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • It is stated by Kane Hodder that Jason doesn't strive for killing children or animals, though the character averted this early in the series.
    • 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.
    • He even spares a group of thugs in New York after they threaten him. All he does is lift up his mask, and the thugs promptly beat it and he leaves them alone. This may, however, have been simply because, for once, Jason just didn't feel like killing someone; at the time, Jason was hunting down the two main characters of the film and might have not wanted to waste his time on the bozos who were pissed about their radio (there's really nothing about them that would make Jason a bad, or worse, guy for offing them, compared to his normal victims).
  • Evil Is Bigger: The shortest actor to play Jason - in adult form, anyway - was 6' 1" (1,85 m). It's even more apparent in Freddy vs. Jason (for reference, Robert Englund is 5' 9¾" / 1,77 m).
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Being the Big Bad of the franchise tends to do that.
  • Evil Uncle: Fits the role when it was revealed that he has more relatives in Jason Goes to Hell.
  • Eye Scream: Tommy killed him in The Final Chapter by slicing halfway into his head with his machete, destroying his left eye in the process. In The New Blood, his left eye is clearly missing.
  • Fatal Flaw: Water in all its form, as he drowned in it as a child.
    • Also fear of water, which Freddy exploits to nearly kill him.
  • Fearless Undead:
    • Reckless when alive, but prone to damage and hurt. As a zombie, Jason shows no hesitation or fear since he feels neither.
    • Subverted only twice, both instances in Freddy vs. Jason; when confronted with water, he's like a Deer in the Headlights. He also has a fairly memorable Oh Crap! moment when he chops off Freddy's arm in the dream world, only to see Freddy grow it back and laugh at him.
  • Freudian Excuse: His near-death experience as a child and his mom's death doesn't make up for the atrocities he's committed, but at least it's understanding why he does them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Jason went from being an ordinary child with a skull deformity to a giant zombie Serial Killer with a body count of over 200.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy personally manipulates Jason into coming Back from the Dead and terrorizing Springwood, knowing that the fear and panic Jason causes will give Freddy enough power to escape Hell and haunt the town again. The plan worked, but Freddy didn't anticipate that Jason would continue to intrude on his territory and steal his potential victims.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. Although he may not have such smarts to earn himself a diploma or two, he makes up for it in being clever and resourceful.
  • Green Eyes: In Jason X, he is shown to have green eyes.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Of both the original movie and A New Beginning; in the former, Pamela seeks to avenge his apparent death, and in the latter, Roy Burns uses his persona to become a copycat to avenge his son's death.
  • The Grotesque: Given he was born with hydrocephaly, drowned as a boy, and is always suffering from decomposition, unmasking him always reveals a Nightmare Face.
  • Healing Factor: Jason X gave this reason for his resilience. It is unknown if he had it from the start, or developed it during his resurrection via lightning strike.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Alice Hardy in Part 2, Rob Dier in Part 4, Sheriff Garris in Part 6 and Creighton Duke in Jason Goes to Hell.
  • Idiot Savant: Jason is described In-Universe as being mentally retarded, yet he has a natural instinct for not only turning anything he can get his hands on into a killing implement, but also for stalking his quarry, avoiding detection and setting up traps, ambushes and diversions. Arguably becomes more basic Dumb Muscle after his resurrection, as being undead means he is less vulnerable to being attacked and so he can simply wade directly into attacks.
  • Immortality:
    • Jason combines Resurrective Immortality, The Undead, Immortality Inducer from Jason Goes to Hell, Legacy Immortality from Part V, and especially Joker Immunity.
    • Subverted in his Fatal Flaw, which is a crippling weakness to all forms of water; waterflow can debilitate or stop him, and enough water can even drown him. As stated of the franchise creator, Jason isn't technically immortal. He feels pain and can die, but is simply strong enough and regenerates fast enough to stay alive. Enough bullets, as in Jason X, can kill him, and something as powerful as atmospheric heat, also in Jason X, too can incinerate and kill him.
  • Immune to Bullets: As a zombie, though he's weak to the classic headshot. As a cyborg, the bullets don't even faze him.
  • Implacable Man: When he has set his sights on someone, he does everything he can to get them. Somehow this trait gets reset when he is defeated.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He is an adept marksman and knife thrower.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Jason has used a lot of weapons, and he once killed one of his victims with a party horn.
  • Improvised Weapon: Jason alternates between using his trusty machete or a wide array of sharp things he finds along the way.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Out of the plethora of horror villains, Jason gets the most abused, which says something.
  • The Juggernaut: He started out as a very toughnote  backwoods killer. By Jason X he is a cyborg and almost indestructible.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Every now and then, whenever an Asshole Victim is involved.
  • Knight Templar: As Freddy vs. Jason shows, he kills because he believes he's making the world a better place by only killing those he finds immoral and unworthy of life. All to please his mother.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In Part VI, it was two lightning strikes that brought Jason back to life.
  • Machete Mayhem: Trope Codifier for it.
  • Made of Iron: Even while alive, he survived getting hung, stabbed in the shoulder, and an axe to the face.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Even while alive, he hardly ever reacts to wounds or pain, to the extent that he barely reacted at all to Trish Jarvis splitting his hand down the middle with his own Machete in The Final Chapter. The only exception is when Rennie throws a barrel of toxic waste in his face in Jason Takes Manhattan, causing him to scream in agony.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Chris in Part III tries off him by putting him on a noose and dropping him, but Jason climbs down from it after Playing Possum for a moment.
  • Mighty Glacier: In Freddy vs. Jason, he walks slowly and hits heavily. In contrast, his opponent Freddy Krueger (after he is pulled out of the dream world) is a Fragile Speedster who gets in plenty of hits but is in big trouble if Jason manages to get one hit in.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Mirrors reveal Jason's true form inside the people he has possessed in Jason Goes to Hell.
  • Mobile Menace: Started out like this, and gradually turned into a blatant teleporter by the ending of Part VII.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Jason's rotting appearance in parts VII and VIII shows that he has a wider mouth than normally possible, and has more teeth because of it.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about the time between his "drowning" in Crystal Lake in 1957 and murder of Alice in 1979.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Gets ridiculous by the last third of the original series as he gains undead status, teleportation, body switching, regeneration and a cyborg body, in that order.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: As a zombie. In fact to the point that not even Freddy Krueger can kill him... until finding out about his fear, at least. Still, even Krueger has a tough time with it.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Taking into account all his appearances throughout the original series, he is by the end a cyborg zombie demon serial killer.
  • Not Quite Dead: Has pulled this off in all the films, except in The Final Chapter where he attempts this 'til Tommy makes sure he ain't coming back.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He's a Revenant Zombie, driven by need to kill.
  • 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.
  • Quizzical Tilt: His usual reaction to interesting things is to tilt his head.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he becomes a cyborg in Jason X, he has red eyes with two yellow irises.
  • Red Right Hand: His deformed features, which change film to 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.
  • Silent Antagonist: For most of the time, but there are exceptions;
    • In Part III he responds to getting stabbed in the hand by saying "ow!"
    • He's also capable of speech when possessing bodies in Jason Goes to Hell, but even then he opens his mouth only once in attempt to trick the protagonists.
    • Then there's that one really bizarre moment in Part VIII where he calls out "Mommy, don't let me drown!" in a child's voice before getting submerged in toxic waste.
  • Significant Birth Date: It was the June 13th ,1946. Which was a Friday the 13th.
  • Super Strength: He was a strong individual. In undeath, his strength is monstrous.
  • Two-Faced: He sports this look in Part VII. It was the result of getting mauled by a boat motor in Part VI and spending time rotting underwater.
  • Tranquil Fury: His ground state of being when he's not visibly enraged.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • It's never officially revealed how he survived his childhood drowning, though Jason Lives and Jason Takes Manhattan go with the idea that he did indeed drown as a child and came Back from the Dead.
    • Jason Goes to Hell makes no effort to explain how he survived his toxic waste dip at the end of Jason Takes Manhattan. Jason X similarly leaves it open how he came back after being Dragged Off to Hell at the end of Jason Goes to Hell, though Freddy vs. Jason reveals that Freddy brought him back.
  • Unstoppable Rage: What drives him. When he becomes a zombie in Part VI, you can argue that he has become rage itself.
  • Walking Spoiler: At least in the first film, since any info about him gives away the killer's motivation.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Parts VI and VII go with the theory that if Jason is trapped beneath the waters of Crystal Lake, the area where he originally drowned, he will be immobilized and unable to free himself.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Freddy vs. Jason reveals that he had a fear of water when he was a child. Even as a zombie he's afraid of it; water is one of very, very, very few things that can put a permanent end to him.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Jason is one of the best known slashers in horror history, but somewhere deep (very deep) inside is a Momma's Boy that deeply misses her and feels he has to please her. Also, as a dream sequence in Freddy vs. Jason showed, the campers were pretty relentless in picking on him when he was just a small, deformed boy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When he was alive. After his death, he's shown being intrigued by children but ultimately leaving them alone.

Jason Voorhees (rebooted films)

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

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bald of Evil: This time from the very start.
  • Big Bad: Of the reboot.
  • Cool Mask: Even he thinks that hockey masks are cool, as he outright abandons his makeshift sack-mask when he finds one in Donnie's warehouse.
  • Crazy Survivalist: More so than in the original series.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As per the original.
  • Genius Bruiser: This Jason acts more of a cunning predator rather as a mindless brute that the original one was.
  • Hero Killer: Kills fake final girl Jenna near the end.
  • 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.
  • Machete Mayhem: As expected.
  • Red Right Hand: His deformed features.
  • Silent Antagonist: He never got a chance to say anything.
  • 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.
  • The Voiceless: He gets hanged by a metal chain and doesn't make a sound.

Pamela Voorhees

"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).

  • Ax-Crazy: A more subtle case compared to her son, but as the first film shows, Jason's death has reduced her to a raving, psychotic madwoman.
  • Bad Samaritan / Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In her initial appearance, she seems nice and helpful person. She then asks Alice if she knew that a young boy drowned...
  • Big Bad: Of Part 1.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Of the whole original series, as the first film was made with no sequel in mind, making a her a Predecessor Villain as sorts as well.
  • Evil Chef: Only in a technicality, as she doesn't use her cook status for villainy.
  • Hearing Voices: According to supplementary materials.
  • Insane Equals Violent: "Went insane with grief" in this case equals death and mayhem for anyone who dares to reopen the place of her son's death.
  • Knife Nut: She has a bowie knife and puts it to good use.
  • Mama Bear: A psychotic example.
  • My Beloved Smother: Depending on what extra materials you are reading, she was either an incredibly smothering mother, or flat out incestous with Jason.
  • Off with His Head!: She died when she was decapitated by Alice. In Slow Motion.
  • 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Another explanation for her actions. Jason drowned while the counsellors were having sex and smoking drugs, so she decides to return the sentiment.
  • Split Personality: The way she talks to herself mimicking Jason's voice suggests this.
  • Start of Darkness: The comic miniseries Pamela's Tale.
  • 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.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else: Unlike her hideously deformed son, she looks like a normal middle-aged woman.
  • Trauma Button: After Jason's supposed death at Camp Crystal Lake, any attempt to reopen the place triggers her to sabotage things in order to stop it, so that no one has share her son's fate.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to keep the Camp closed so no one would end up like Jason.
  • 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.

Roy Burns

"I thought you were talking to me."

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 learning about his son's death, 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).

  • Big Bad: Of Part V.
  • Cool Mask: Roy wears a hockey mask similar to Jason's, albeit it has blue markings instead of red ones.
  • Demonic Possession: The Novelization of Part VI hints that he was in fact possessed by Jason's spirit, which then drove him to kill. This isn't played up in Part V, but its ending supports this. It's up to the watcher if this is canon or not , if they consider the film to be canon in the first place.
  • Determinator: Roy doesn't share Jason's inherent Made of Iron status, as he is shown to feel the injuries and pain inflicted upon him. Despite that, he still keeps on going until his death.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls off the top of a barn loft onto a tractor harrows.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Went after everybody except the guy who killed his son.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: He was onscreen unmasked for a minute, tops.
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He falls to his doom when Tommy cuts his hand with his own machete.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Died when he fell on to tractor harrows sitting right next to the barn where Part V's climactic battle took place.
  • Implacable Man: Not as much as Jason, though.
  • Jack the Ripoff: Copies Jason's look for his murders.
  • Machete Mayhem: Machete is his main weapon in the climax, albeit one with sleeker design which real Jason usually used.
  • Motive Decay: Though his murderous rampage was started by the murder of his son, he didn't go to the one person who was directly involved.
  • Papa Wolf: A psychotic example, just like Pamela.
  • Sanity Slippage: His son's death drove him insane.
  • Silent Antagonist: He can speak, but he does not do so while dressed as Jason.
  • 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).
  • Tragic Villain: Suffered a mental breakdown after his son was killed.
  • Walking Spoiler: He has only two unmasked scenes prior to the reveal, so any mention of him will eventually spoil twist.

    Final Girls 

Alice Hardy
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

  • Decoy Protagonist: Of Part 2.
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jason kills her with the ice pick she had grabbed when she thought someone had broken in.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Named by the Adaptation: Her surname came from spin-off material.
  • 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.
  • Never Found the Body: Because Jason took it with him.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She also has the dubious honor of being victim number one in Jason's bodycount.

Ginny Field

Played by: Amy Steel

  • Chekhov's Skill: Her child psychology studies.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: She impersonates Jason's mother to distract him long enough to strike him with a machete.
  • Final Girl: Of Part 2. Notably avoids the "wholesome" aspects of the trope - she drinks alcohol, plays practical jokes on people, isn't always fully clothed and has sex during the film while (obviously, as she's the survivor) averting Death by Sex.
  • Improvised Weapon User: She defends herself from Jason with a chair and a chainsaw.

Chris Higgins

Played by: Dana Kimmell

The 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.

Trish Jarvis

"You son of a bitch! I'm gonna give you something to remember us by!"

The older sister of protagonist Tommy Jarvis and Final Girl of The Final Chapter.

Played by: Kimberly Beck

  • Big Sister Instinct: She beats Jason senseless with a hammer to protect Tommy.
  • Drop the Hammer: When Jason grabs Tommy, Trish mercilessly beats Jason senseless with one. When it was not working, she stabbed him with the claw end instead.
  • Final Girl: Of The Final Chapter.
  • Improvised Weapon User: She's forced to defend her brother and herself with a hammer and a machete.
  • Mama Bear: When her little brother is in danger she becomes this.

Pam Roberts

The assistant director at the halfway house Tommy Jarvis attends and the Final Girl of Part V.

Played by: Melanie Kinnaman

  • Final Girl: Of A New Beginning.
  • Team Mom
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The very end of Part V features Tommy going insane, donning Jason's hockey mask, and preparing to kill her, with no mention of her in further sequels. While the novelization of Jason Lives reveals that Tommy stopped regained some foothold on his sanity and stopped himself before he hurt her, there has yet to be any official material revealing whether she's still alive or not.

Megan Garris

The Final Girl of Part VI as well as Tommy's Love Interest, Megan is far more wild and snarky than your typical Final Girl.

Played by: Jennifer Cooke

Tina Shepard
Tina to them, "Carrie" to the fans and bringer of pain to Jason.

"I'm Tina, from next door."

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.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Broken Bird
  • Cassandra Truth: Tina tries to tell about Jason's presence, but Dr. Crews chalks it up to hallucinations.
  • Daddy's Girl: She loved her father a lot, even if he was prone to drinking too much and abusing her mother.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Killed her dad by accident during a fight that her father had with her mom, causing Tina to lose control.
  • Expy: They nicknamed her movie Jason vs Carrie for a reason.
  • Fainting: She faints when she sees the resurrected Jason.
  • Final Girl: Of New Blood
  • Girl Next Door
  • Mind over Matter: She has telekinetic abilities which she uses to move objects big and small, including Jason.
  • Playing with Fire: She can light things on fire and spread existing ones.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Psychoactive Powers: Tina's powers depend on her emotions. Knowing this, Dr. Crews tries to inflict emotional stress on her to study her, instead of helping her to get over her mental trauma.
  • Seer: She is able to see some future events, like her mother's upcoming death.

Rennie Wickham

Played by: Jensen Daggett (as a teen) and Amber Pawlick (as a child)

  • The Empath: In the tie-in comics it's revealed Rennie has empathtic abilities, explaining why she kept seeing visions of Jason.
  • Final Girl: Of Jason Takes Manhattan.
  • Hallucinations: Rennie is haunted by hallucinations of Jason as a child.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: She manages to fend Jason off at one point by stabbing him in the eye with an ink pen, one that supposedly belongs to Stephen King.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She is afraid of swimming due to a childhood trauma.

Jessica Kimble

Played by: Kari Keegan

  • Decoy Protagonist: Zigzagged. While she's the Final Girl of the film and is the one to deliver the killing blow to Jason, Steven is arguably the true hero of the film, as most of the film is centered around him protecting both her and their daughter from Jason. And while she does deliver the killing blow, Steven winds up being the one to deliver the final blow to Jason immediately after, as even after being mortally wounded Jason still tries to go after them one last time.
  • Final Girl: Of Jason Goes to Hell.
  • Remember the New Guy: She's Jason's niece, despite previous installments never even hinting that Jason had any other family beyond Pamela.

Jenna Penning

Played by: Danielle Panabaker

Whitney Miller

Played by: Amanda Righetti

  • Expy: Of Alice from the original film. Right down to being dragged into the water by Jason at the end.
    • She also has some traits of Ginny from Part 2 like Jason thinking she is his mom and her using it against him in the final fight.
  • Final Girl: The actual one of the reboot.
  • I Will Find You: Clay wants to find at her at any cost and is even willing to fight Jason.

     Characters in Multiple Films 

Crazy Ralph
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 drives around the town with his bicycle to spread his warnings about Camp Crystal Lake's supposed "curse", 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

Tommy Jarvis
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 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 a 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 and Part V), John Shepherd (Part V) and Thom Mathews (Part VI).

     Part 1 Characters 

Steve Christy

Marcie Cunningham

  • Death by Sex: Killed shortly after having sex with her boyfriend, Jack
  • Shout-Out: Her last name is one to the director, Sean S. Cunningham

Jack Burrel:

Ned Rubenstein:

  • Asshole Victim: Was anyone sorry to see this guy go?
  • Jerkass: Almost shoots Brenda with an arrow, amongst other obnoxious pranks
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The jokester of the group, though unlikeable unlike most examples of this trope.



     Part 2 Characters 

Paul Holt

Sandra Dier


  • Death by Sex: Subverted. She's about to have sex with Mark, but Jason kills him before they can actually do it. Vickie survives only slightly longer.


  • Death by Sex: Impaled during the act, no less.
  • Expy: Of Jack. The actor even said he'd try to come up with ways to differentiate the two more (for example, Jeff's hat)



  • Death by Sex: In a sense. While Scott doesn't have sex, he is clearly sexually active and often hits on Terry.



  • Death by Mocking: Averted. Ted repeatedly dresses up and mocks Jason, but the two never cross paths and he presumably lives
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a bit of a jerk with some of his pranks, but he's definitely a nice guy overall.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Of Part 2. Like Ned from 1, he plays lots of goofy, silly pranks. Unlike Ned, his don't involve shooting arrows at strangers.

     Part 3 Characters 

Vera Sanchez


  • Death by Sex: Killed shortly after having sex with Debbie
  • Lovable Jock: Very friendly to everyone


  • Death by Sex: Killed shortly after having sex with Andy
  • Mrs Fanservice: Spends a full scene in the movie wearing nothing but a bikini and later has a shower scene.


  • Crying Wolf: All the pranks he plays throughout the movie wind up backfiring horribly on him when his throat is slashed by Jason and he manages to make it back to Chili for help. By this point, she thinks it's only another prank, and doesn't realize the truth until long after he's died. It's pretty clear Shelly realizes the impact of this as well, as the look he gives right before he dies clearly says "Oh Crap!."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It's his hockey mask that Jason obtains, netting him his iconic look for the rest of the series.




The Punks

  • Asshole Victim: The three exist just for the audience to cheer when Jason kills them all.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. Ali is not only the last of the three to get killed, by survives his initial beatdown and returns near the climax, ending up as Jason's final victim of the third movie.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Fox was the only one against trying to steal the gas from Chris' van.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The males Ali and Loco and the female Fox.
     Part 4 Characters 









Rob Dier

     Part 5 Characters 





Ethel Hubbard

     Part 6 Characters 

Sheriff Garris

Garris is the local sheriff of Forest Green and Megan's father. When Jason is first resurrected, he naturally doesn't believe Tommy's warnings and even believes Tommy himself is behind Jason's killings.

  • Asshole Victim: Downplayed and eventually subverted. He is a dick towards Tommy, but he has a good reason to be, his final actions before his death were Pet the Dog moments which shows he is a Friend to All Children and he did go out trying to stop Jason with his death doubling as a Heroic Sacrifice and a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Badass: See Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu, Dying Moment of Awesome, Former Regime Personnel and Heroic Sacrifice below.
  • Big Good: Besides the fact he's an annoyance for Tommy, he is The Sheriff of Forest Green who does his hardest to be its protector. Garris definitely cements himself as this through giving Jason himself a beating before suffering a Dying Moment of Awesome.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Though it cost him his life, Garris is the only person to physically beat up Jason. Who at this point was so strong, that whacking him with a shovel only broke the shovel. Garris however knocks him down, kicks him, knocks him down again with a huge branch and proceeds to repeatably bash his head with a rock. He looked like he had a chance until Jason grabbed him and broke him in half.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For a Rabid Cop, he's not without a dry sarcastic sense of wit.
    *After Tommy barges into the police station and Garris held him at gunpoint briefly*
    Garris: You in show business, kid? You sure know how to make an entrance.
    *After arresting Tommy at the cemetery*
    Garris: (sarcastically) Now see what you've done. You made my deputy draw his revolver. He's been dying to try out his mail-order laser scope.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Downplayed. He protagonizes his own plot to investigate and put an end to the latest killing spree, but erroneously thinks Tommy is responsible during the majority of his screen time. He present himself as a Fake Ultimate Hero through his implied combat experience, his role as the sheriff who would use heavy-handed protocol to protect Forest Green (except, however, he used this on the wrong guy - Tommy) and did tried to stop Jason with everything he got once facing him and realizing the truth before being added to the body count himself at the climax.
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted. At first, once he runs out of ammunition, he starts to run off and hide to seemingly save himself, but when he hears his daughter's cries for help and see Jason being drawn to those cries, he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice trying to stop Jason to get to his daughter.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Dies trying to fight Jason to protect his daughter (and by extension, the young children of Camp Forest Green) and nearly won if not Jason took the upper hand and broke him in half.
  • Former Regime Personnel: He is a combat veteran of the United States Armed Forces (apparently during the Vietnam War); behind his desk in a Freeze-Frame Bonus when Garris makes his debut, he has framed a Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal hanging on his office wall. This could explained his aggressive and overprotective nature and being Crazy-Prepared with firearms and the readied use of physical force against any threat he sees as to Forest Green while on duty as the sheriff. But most importantly at the climax, all that past combat experience almost came in handy when he managed to give a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Jason and even hit him with a log that broke after meeting the impact until Jason broke him in half in a Curb-Stomp Battle in his favor.
  • Friend to All Children: See Pet the Dog below.
  • Hate Sink: Averted. Despite spending the most of the screen time as an annoyance for Tommy, Garris has a good reason to act this way and eventually won over the audience through his beatdown on Jason at the climax before getting killed himself.
  • Hero Antagonist: Towards Tommy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Goes down fighting Jason when Jason was advancing towards his daughter.
  • Hope Spot: Looked like he had a chance to beat Jason to death once and for all, until Jason took the upper hand and broke him in half.
  • Inspector Javert: Refuses to believe that Jason is back until he sees him with his own eyes, and actually ends up believing that Tommy himself is the killer.
  • Jerkass: He's aggressive and antagonistic towards Tommy and to anyone like his daughter (in an Anger Born of Worry kind of sense due to his nature as an Overprotective Dad) who backs him up.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Now if anyone with history of mental trauma told you they saw a serial killer come back from the dead, they'd be right not to believe them.
    • Also, when Tommy for the first time barges into his station, Garris at first tried to be civil towards Tommy, but had to resort to raising his voice and barking back at to him when Tommy refuses to lower his own and foolhardily vehemently demanding a police officer to listen when trying to warn him about Jason.
    Garris: (calmly) You better slow down, kid. You already almost got your head blown off.
    Tommy: Will you listen, dammit?!
    Garris: (aggravated) Don't piss me off or I really will repaint this office with your brains!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his abrasive hero antagonism towards Tommy, he does legitimately love his daughter and even died trying to save her from Jason when the killer advances to her direction. Also, as his duty as the sheriff, he makes sure he protects the well-being of Forest Green (aka Crystal Lake) no matter how aggressive his methods are. In addition, Garris is also a Friend to All Children, such as when he consoles a scared little girl who ran into him from Jason's murder spree and instructs the camp's kids to hide for their protection (see Pet the Dog below). Upon realizing Jason is alive and running amok killing people again, it's unknown if Garris changes his opinion and attitude about Tommy after the realization up to his death, but if he did survived, Garris would have lightened up his attitude towards Tommy, thanked him for taking down Jason to save his daughter and allowed his daughter to date Tommy.
  • Nominal Hero: Downplayed. Garris is maybe the Sheriff who sincerely fulfill his duty to protect the well-being of Forest Green, but however, he mostly act as a Rabid Cop obstacle for Tommy and even think Tommy is behind the killings to prove Jason's return, until at the climax when he realized the truth himself and dies trying to stop Jason.
  • Overprotective Dad: Expresses his Anger Born of Worry towards his rebellious daughter Megan and does not like seeing her and Tommy together.
  • Papa Wolf: See Pet the Dog below and Dying Moment of Awesome and Heroic Sacrifice above.
  • Pet the Dog: Upon arriving at the camp, he consoles a scared little girl who was fleeing from Officer Pappas' death and then instructs the children to hide underneath their beds in their cabin until the danger ceases. See also Heroic Sacrifice above. In fact, these Pet the Dog moments were his final acts before pulling a Heroic Sacrifice and suffering a Dying Moment of Awesome trying to fight Jason.
  • Police Are Useless: When Tommy tries to warn Garris of Jason's return, he ignore him due to his past institutionalization. When Sheriff Garris discovers the bodies of the paintballers Jason had previously killed, he decides that Tommy did so while acting out a delusion of Jason's return, dismissing Megan's insistence that Tommy was with her during the killings and thus could not possibly have done it. It's only when he and his men chase Tommy and Megan to Camp Crystal Lake (renamed Forest Green) and see Jason with their own eyes that they're forced to acknowledge the truth, and they all die trying to stop him.
  • Rabid Cop: See Jerkass and Jerkass Has a Point above for information.
  • Sacrificial Lion: See Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu, Dying Moment of Awesome and Heroic Sacrifice above.
  • Tritagonist: He protagonizes a plotline of his own in his most screen time investigating the murders, despite constantly mistaking Tommy for the killer and refusing to believe that Jason is back, but really cements himself as this at the climax (though of the Decoy Protagonist variety as he also falls victim to the killer) when facing Jason for the first time and then attempts to gun him down with no avail before eventually performing a Heroic Sacrifice to buy his daughter Megan and inadvertently (or not) Tommy time to make a trap to stop Jason.




  • Decoy Protagonist: The virginal good girl of the movie. Doesn't work out for her as the notably less innocent Megan is the sole survivor.

     Part 7 Characters 



Amanda Shepard

  • Mama Bear: For her daughter Tina
  • Sacrifical Lion: Her death is what makes Tina confront Jason and unleash every ounce of her power on him.

Dr. Crews


  • Asshole Victim
  • Manipulative Bitch: Towards her friend Maddy. Robin encourages Maddy to be more forward with he crush, David, all the while Robin herself is having sex with him while Maddy's away trying to gussy herself up for him.








     Part 8 Characters 

Sean Robertson

  • Nice Guy: Very friendly and helpful to everyone
  • Expy: Of Nick from 7.

Charles McColluch

  • Asshole Victim
  • Dean Bitterman: He's a biology teacher actually, but his behavior follows this trope.
  • Expy: Of Dr. Crews from 7.
  • Hate Sink: Literally every moment of his screen time seems devoted to making the audience cheer when Jason catches up to him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: As revealed in a flashback, his idea of trying to teach Rennie how to swim was by throwing her into Crystal Lake, almost drowning her in the process.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He's an uptight killjoy who reins in on the teens' fun while on chaperone duty.
  • Stern Teacher

Mrs. Van Deusen

  • Expy: Of Amanda from 7.

Tamara Mason

Eva Watanabe

Julius Gaw

  • Bad Ass: Goes up against Jason in a boxing match. He loses, but he holds his own prety well.
  • Black Guy Dies First: He's the first to die once the characters reach Manhattan
  • Lovable Jock: He boxes, and he comes across as a pretty nice, decent guy overall
  • Off with His Head!: Punched right off in a boxing match.

J. J. Jarrett

Miles Wolfe

Wayne Webber

  • Asshole Victim: More than willingly helps out the resident Alpha Bitch Tamara with her schemes, though mainly because he has a big crush on her.
  • Expy: Of Eddie from Part 7

Jim Miller

Suzi Donaldson

  • Death by Sex: Jason attacks Suzi and her boyfriend, Jim, as they're having sex. She doesn't make it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ya: Dies in the opening scene

     Jason Goes to Hell Characters 

Creighton Duke
Don't ask him to test your fortitude.

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

  • Badass
  • Big Good: The most resourceful character with knowledge on how to defeat Jason.
  • Bounty Hunter: Of serial killers.
  • Cigar Chomper
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    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.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Gets killed by Jason despite spending a good bulk of the film with Steven trying to defeat him.
  • 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 ("Son of a bitch, you remember me?" is all the audience gets), the script reveals that his girlfriend was murdered by him.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: He's a actually a serial killer bounty hunter.

Steven Freeman

Played by: John D. LeMay
  • Badass: Steven is every slasher's worst nightmare. He's brave, resourceful, and exceptionally tough. He's also one of the few people to ever get the better of Jason multiple times.
  • Expy: Of Tommy Jarvis. Which is likely why he's killed off so quickly in the Nightmare Warriors comic, since it happens shortly before Tommy makes his return.
  • The Glasses Come Off: He lose his glasses through the course of the movie, which happens right around the time he takes a notable level in badass.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The police mistakenly believe he's Diana Kimble's killer.
  • Papa Wolf: Goes through hell and back to protect his ex and his daughter from Jason.
     Jason X Characters 

Kay-Em 14
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.
  • Cranial Processing Unit: She is able to function even when her head is detached from her body.
  • Guns Akimbo: When in fighting mode.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: She is capable of love, for instance.
  • Robosexual: It's not shown just how close her relationship with Tsunaron is, but they do share a kiss or two.
  • Robot Girl
  • The Worf Effect: After being established as a worthy foe to Jason, she is easily defeated when he comes back upgraded.

Sergeant Brodski

"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 .

Played: Peter Mensah

     Freddy vs. Jason Characters 

Will Rollins

Kia Waterson

Charlie Linderman

Bill Freeburg




Mark Davis

  • Couldn't Find a Pen: When he refuses to pass along Freddy's message, Krueger just burns it out on Mark's body.
  • Crazy Awesome: Jumps and shrikes like monkey at a security guard knowing it'll get him tranquilized in order to steal the guard's keys and security card.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tells Lori and her friends about Freddy Krueger. At school, with lots of students listening. This gives Freddy enough power to finally come back. Though, to be fair, that would probably eventually happen anyway.

Deputy Scott Stubbs

     Remake Characters 



Clay Miller

  • Expy: Shares some similarities to Rob Dier from Part 4.
  • Nice Guy
  • Final Boy: Quite possibly the only survivor of the movie.




  • Plucky Comic Relief: With Lawrence
  • The Stoner
  • Those Two Guys: With Lawrence
  • Unfazed Everyman: Rather than scream or run at first on seeing Jason, he tries to act friendly to him offering a hockey stick with his worked about as well as you'd expect, but props for trying what others didn't do in the previous movies.