Characters / Friday the 13th

Characters that appear in the Friday the 13th franchise. Watch out, this page and the subpages have unmarked spoilers in them.

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    Jason Voorhees (original continuity, 1980-2003) 

Jason Voorhees
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 its own character page.

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).
  • Abusive Parents: In several tie-in materials, it's heavily suggested or outright shown that Jason's father, Elias, had a tendency to horribly beat Jason as well as cruelly insult him over his deformities.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Some of his more sombering defeats are this.
  • 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 many a massacre to come.
  • Ax-Crazy: Yup, Jason is definitely past the point of reasoning.
  • 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:
    • He mainly wants to be left alone, and a majority of his massacres happen because people enter Camp Crystal Lake.
    • 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.
    • Though he is perpetually silent, Jason also clearly does not react well to being bullied or insulted. This likely stems from his former life as an ostracized child.
    • He cares for the animals around Camp Crystal Lake, and butchered two hunters who killed a deer.
  • 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 has 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: His birthday was on a friday the 13th. 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.
  • Cain and Abel: Jason Goes to Hell reveals that he has a half-sister, Diana Kimble. Unsurprisingly, he's the Cain to her Abel.
  • 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.
  • Continuity Snarl: Freddy vs. Jason reveals that he's terrified of water, a fear that Freddy exploits to nearly kill him, seemingly forgetting that Jason has been shown freely wading into and emerging from water in the previous films, and has even used water to his advantage in order to drown his victims.
  • 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.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: What happens to him at the ending of Jason Goes to Hell.
  • 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father is never mentioned, and is presumed to be dead.
  • 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).
    • Jason has never laid a finger on any of the animals around the camp. In fact, killing them is one of his BerserkButtons.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: In Part VI, he is resurrected as a zombie (specifically, a revenant: a very pissed off zombie) and stays like this onwards through the movies until the 2009 reboot.
  • 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. Granted this is buried extremely deep in his psyche and Freddy could only weaponize it because the fight was in Jason's mind. Outside of that his main thoughts about water involve "Good place to hide" and "Great for drowning people."
    • His devotion to his mother. Ginny used this to her advantage to distract and wound him with a machete in Part 2, and Freddy did the same to trick him into going to Springwood in vs. Jason.
  • 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.
  • Fingore: During the final showdown in Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy slices his fingers off. Since he retains them in the chronologically-later Jason X, it can be assumed they eventually grew back.
  • 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.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: He has hair and a beard in Part 2, but Part III, which takes place immediately after, renders him completely bald.
  • 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: 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. 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.
  • Ironic Fear: In Freddy vs. Jason, it's revealed he's deathly afraid of water due to his childhood drowning. A fair enough reason in-and-of itself, if not for the fact that his murders often involves him having to wade through/being thrown in large bodies of water.
  • The Juggernaut: He started out as a very toughnote  backwoods killer. By Jason X he is a cyborg and almost indestructible.
  • Kick the Dog: Dips into this from time to time. He's at his most villainous in Part III; none of his victims in that film were anywhere near his home at Camp Crystal Lake, and in fact he deliberately wandered into their territory to just randomly kill everyone he meets.
  • 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. Notable exceptions are Part III, where he groans in pain and reacts quite negatively to Chris stabbing him in the hand and then the leg, and in Jason Takes Manhattan, where he screams in agony after Rennie throws a barrel of toxic waste in his face.
  • 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.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The circumstances of how he survived his childhood drowning. Part 2 presents it as a case of Never Found the Body, but Jason Lives goes with the theory that Jason did drown and was already a supernatural force from the beginning.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Ted White, his actor in The Final Chapter, was reluctant in the role, only picking it for the extra scratch. He didn't want to get friendly with the other actors and actresses because that might affect their performances, but during the filming of one scene, specifically when Samantha is in the nude on the raft about to die, the actress was so cold she got hypothermia. Ted White is the one who got them to stop filming for a second in order to get her out of the cold, and threatened to quit over it. When they finally relented, rumor has it the guy personally wrapped a blanket around her. This coming from the actor who was supposed to stab her from the water.
    • Kane Hodder, Jason's most famous actor, has a reputation for being very friendly and enjoying meeting his fans. He also does volunteer work with burn victims.
  • 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.
  • Possession Burnout: In Jason Goes to Hell. Whenever he Body Surfs into another body, his previous host gruesomely melts away.
  • Powers via Possession: Those possessed by him in Jason Goes to Hell also gain his trademark Super Strength and Nigh-Invulnerability.
  • 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.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • Several movies have him imprisoned under Crystal Lake in some way. Naturally it doesn't last.
    • Jason X has him cryogenically frozen at the beginning of the film.
  • Serial Killer: He's a serial spree killer, or alternatively a serial mass murderer.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: In Part 2, he keeps a shrine to his mother's severed head.
  • 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.
  • This Was His True Form: He gets blown up at the beginning of Jason Goes to Hell and spends almost the entire movie afterward as a little sludgy black eel monster, which Creighton Duke implies is his true form.
  • 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.
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: While already pretty tough as a human, he becomes almost unstoppable after he's resurrected as a zombie.

    Tommy Jarvis 

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 recurring 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 survivor-to-be, 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).