Characters that appear in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films. Watch out, this page and the subpages have unmarked '''spoilers''' in them.

* ''[[Characters/FridayThe13th1980 Friday the 13th]]'' (1980)
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thPart2''
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thPartIII''
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter''
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning''
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives''
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood''
* ''Characters/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan''
* ''Characters/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday''
* ''Characters/JasonX''
* ''Characters/FreddyVsJason''
* ''[[Characters/FridayThe13th2009 Friday the 13th]]'' (2009)


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[[folder:Jason Voorhees (original continuity, 1980-2003)]]

!!Jason Voorhees
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[[caption-width-right:334:'''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]](either by surviving his drowning, and going hiding for reasons unknown, or becoming an undead right there and then)[[/note]] after his mother died, her death triggering [[ThePowerOfHate unrelenting hate]] within him. Jason is an unstoppable monster who kills anyone who makes the mistake to get near him.

For the [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 rebooted]] mayhem, check its own [[Characters/FridayThe13th2009 character page]].

[-Played by: Ari Lehman ([[Film/FridayThe13th1980 first film]]), Warrington Gillette, Steve "Dash" Daskawisz, Ellen Lutter, Jerry Wallace (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPart2 Part 2]]''), Richard Brooker (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartIII Part III]]''), Ted White (''[[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter The Final Chapter]]''), Tom Morga (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning Part V]]''), Dan Bradley, C.J. Graham (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives Part VI]]''), Creator/KaneHodder (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood Part VII]]'', ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan Part VIII]]'', ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' and ''Film/JasonX''), Ken Kirzinger, Spencer Stump and Douglas Tait (''Film/FreddyVsJason'').-]

* AntiVillain: 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.
* AvengingTheVillain: The death of Pamela Voorhees set a many massacre to come.
* AxCrazy: Yup, Jason is definitely past the point of reasoning.
* {{Badass}}: Before his first death, he [[RasputinianDeath 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 [[RevenantZombie revenant]], he [[ImmuneToBullets soaks up gunfire]] like a zombie Franchise/{{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 '''[[SeriesFauxnale final chapters]]'''.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Jason has (unknowingly) prevented at least two rape attempts throughout the series. [[SubvertedTrope He killed the would-be victim in one of them, though]].
* BaldOfEvil: He started out with hair, but later films turned him bald until ''Jason X''.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: In ''Jason X'', but only because he doesn't really have to breathe anymore, likely due to his cyborg modifications.
* BeardOfEvil: He had a messy and unkempt beard in ''Part 2''.
* BerserkButton:
** 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 [[CruelAndUnusualDeath cruelest]] kills in the history of the franchise.
* BigBad: ''Part 2'' onwards. Averted in ''[[JackTheRipOff Part V]]'' and in ''[[SpinOff vs. Jason]]''.
* BodyHorror: 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.
* BodySurf: 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.
* BoringButPractical: 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.
* BornUnlucky: His birthday was on a friday the 13th. For the most part, though, it's ''everyone around him'' who's unlucky.
* BreakoutVillain: In the original film, he was just a RedHerring; 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.
* ChainedByFashion: He wears the chain that dragged him to the bottom of the Crystal Lake from ''Part VI'' around his neck in ''Part VII''.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The hockey mask, which he took from Shelly in ''Part III''.
* CoolMask: 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.
* CorpseLand: In ''Freddy vs. Jason'', his [[MentalWorld dreamscape]] is filled with the corpses of his victims.
* CoveredWithScars: 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''.
* CrazySurvivalist: 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.
* TheDeadHaveEyes: 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.
* DependingOnTheWriter:
** 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.
* TheDreaded: To the extent that ''Jason Goes to Hell'' opens with the [=FBI=] setting up a sting operation to take him down.
* DrivenToVillainy: 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.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: 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 ([[CaptainObvious 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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** It is stated by Creator/KaneHodder that Jason doesn't strive for killing children or animals, though the character averted this [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness 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 [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan the film]] and might have not wanted to waste his time on [[ItMakesSenseInContext 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).
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: 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.
* EvilIsBigger: The shortest actor to play Jason - in adult form, anyway - was 6' 1" (1,85 m). It's even [[http://www.fandango.com/kenkirzinger/celebrityphotos/p235161-71974 more apparent in]] ''Freddy vs. Jason'' (for reference, Robert Englund is 5' 9¾" / 1,77 m).
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: Being the BigBad of the franchise tends to do that.
* EvilUncle: Fits the role when it was revealed that he has more relatives in ''Jason Goes to Hell''.
* EyeScream: 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.
* FatalFlaw: Water in all its form, as he drowned in it as a child.
** Also ''fear'' of water, which Freddy exploits to nearly kill him.
* FearlessUndead:
** 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 DeerInTheHeadlights. He also has a fairly memorable OhCrap moment when he chops off Freddy's arm in the dream world, only to see Freddy grow it back and laugh at him.
* FreudianExcuse: 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.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Jason went from being an ordinary child with a skull deformity to a giant zombie SerialKiller with a body count of over 200.
* GoneHorriblyRight: In ''Freddy vs. Jason'', Freddy personally manipulates Jason into coming BackFromTheDead 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.
* GeniusBruiser: 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.
* GreenEyes: In ''Jason X'', he is shown to have green eyes.
* GreaterScopeVillain: 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.
* TheGrotesque: Given he was born with hydrocephaly, drowned as a boy, and is always suffering from decomposition, [[http://www.moviefanfare.com/jason-voorhees-unmasked/ unmasking him]] always reveals a NightmareFace.
* HealingFactor: ''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.
* HeroKiller: Kills [[FinalGirl Alice Hardy]] in ''Part 2'', [[DecoyProtagonist Rob Dier]] in ''Part 4'', [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu Sheriff Garris]] in ''Part 6'' and [[SerialKillerKiller Creighton Duke]] in ''Jason Goes to Hell''.
* IdiotSavant: Jason is described InUniverse as being mentally retarded, yet he has a natural instinct for not only [[ImprovisedWeapon 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 DumbMuscle 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 ResurrectiveImmortality, TheUndead, ImmortalityInducer from ''Jason Goes to Hell'', LegacyImmortality from ''Part V'', and especially JokerImmunity.
** Subverted in his FatalFlaw, 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.
* ImmuneToBullets: As a zombie, though he's weak to the classic headshot. As a cyborg, the bullets don't even faze him.
* ImplacableMan: 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.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He is an adept marksman and knife thrower.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Jason has used a lot of weapons, and he once killed one of his victims with a ''party horn''.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Jason alternates between using his trusty machete or a wide array of sharp things he finds along the way.
* IronButtMonkey: Out of the plethora of horror villains, Jason gets the most abused, which says something.
* TheJuggernaut: He started out as a ''[[MadeOfIron very]]'' [[MadeOfIron tough]][[note]](Machete through a collarbone or an axe to the head? No problem!)[[/note]] backwoods killer. By ''Jason X'' he is a cyborg and almost indestructible.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Every now and then, whenever an AssholeVictim is involved.
* KnightTemplar: 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.
* LightningCanDoAnything: In ''Part VI'', it was two lightning strikes that brought Jason back to life.
* MacheteMayhem: TropeCodifier for it.
* MadeOfIron: Even while alive, he survived getting hung, stabbed in the shoulder, and an ''axe to the face.''
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: 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.
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: Chris in ''Part III'' tries off him by putting him on a noose and dropping him, but Jason climbs down from it after PlayingPossum for a moment.
* MightyGlacier: 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 FragileSpeedster who gets in plenty of hits but is in big trouble if Jason manages to get one hit in.
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: Mirrors reveal Jason's true form inside the people he has possessed in ''Jason Goes to Hell''.
* MobileMenace: Started out like this, and gradually turned into [[OffscreenTeleportation a blatant teleporter]] by the ending of ''Part VII''.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: 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.
* MysteriousPast: Nothing is known about the time between his "drowning" in Crystal Lake in 1957 and murder of Alice in 1979.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Gets ridiculous by the last third of the original series as he gains [[RevenantZombie undead status]], [[OffscreenTeleportation teleportation]], [[BodySurf body switching]], [[HealingFactor regeneration]] and a [[{{Cyborg}} cyborg body]], in that order.
* NighInvulnerability: As a zombie. In fact to the point that not even ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]'' can kill him... until finding out about his fear, at least. Still, even Krueger has a tough time with it.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Taking into account all his appearances throughout the original series, he is by the end a cyborg zombie demon serial killer.
* NotQuiteDead: Has pulled this off in all the films, except in ''The Final Chapter'' where he attempts this 'til Tommy [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill makes sure he ain't coming back]].
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: He's a RevenantZombie, driven by need to kill.
* PsychopathicManchild: 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 InUniverse, as early as his first "real" film.
* QuizzicalTilt: His usual reaction to interesting things is to tilt his head.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When he becomes a cyborg in ''Jason X'', he has red eyes with two yellow irises.
* RedRightHand: His deformed features, which change film to film.
* ScarsAreForever: 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''.
* TheScourgeOfGod: Jason kills those first who are shown to be more promiscuous and so on.
* SerialKiller: He's a serial spree killer, or alternatively a serial ''mass murderer''.
* SilentAntagonist: 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.
* SignificantBirthDate: It was the June 13th ,1946. Which was a Friday the 13th.
* SuperStrength: He was a strong individual. In undeath, his strength is monstrous.
* TwoFaced: 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.
* TranquilFury: His ground state of being when he's not visibly enraged.
* UnexplainedRecovery:
** 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 BackFromTheDead.
** ''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 DraggedOffToHell at the end of ''Jason Goes to Hell'', though ''Freddy vs. Jason'' reveals that Freddy brought him back.
* UnstoppableRage: What drives him. When he becomes a zombie in ''Part VI'', you can argue that he has become rage itself.
* WalkingSpoiler: At least in the first film, since any info about him gives away the killer's motivation.
* WeaksauceWeakness: ''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.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: ''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.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Jason is one of the best known slashers in horror history, but somewhere deep (very deep) inside is a MommasBoy that [[MissingMom deeply misses her]] and [[WellDoneSonGuy feels he has to please her]]. Also, as a dream sequence in ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' showed, the campers were pretty relentless in picking on him when he was just a small, deformed boy.
* WouldHurtAChild: When he was alive. After his death, he's shown being intrigued by children [[WouldntHurtAChild but ultimately leaving them alone]].
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[[folder:Tommy Jarvis]]
!!Tommy Jarvis

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[[caption-width-right:257: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 [[HarmfulToMinors heavily traumatized]] in the process. He spends many years in mental institutions, and at his worst mental
state 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. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero This goes spectacularly wrong]] and he is forced to fight Jason once more.

[-Played by: Corey Feldman (''[[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter The Final Chapter]]'' and ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning Part V]]''), John Shepherd (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning Part V]]'') and Thom Mathews (''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives Part VI]]'').-]

%%* ActionSurvivor
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The final twist of ''Part V'' shows him adopting the Jason persona. [[AbortedArc This angle was dropped]] for ''Part VI''.
* ArchEnemy: He's the Nancy Thompson to Jason's Freddy.
* AxeCrazy: During ''Part V'', as WrestlerInAllOfUs shown that Tommy wasn't all there in his mind and was damn near psychotic, nearly killing people in his rage induced wake.
* BadassAdorable: The first time he killed Jason was when he was a young boy.
* BrokenBird: Was forced to kill the maniac who murdered his mother.
* CovertPervert: In his first movie, Tommy doesn't miss a chance to see a girl naked. It evolves to ChivalrousPervert, when he makes out with Megan in order to trick his guard into fighting him so he could escape from jail.
* FlashbackEcho: He sometimes flashbacks to the moment he continuously hacked Jason's barely living corpse to ensure his death.
* {{Foil}}: Both have dead mothers obsession with killing
* GenreSavvy: After discovering about Jason's past, he shaves his head to appear like him for distraction and ultimately to kill him.
* {{Hallucinations}}: He sees apparitions of Jason in ''Part V''.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: In Part VI; the cops end up believing that ''he's'' behind Jason's killings.
* HeroicBSOD: He should be the poster child of this trope.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: It's mentioned in the spin-off novel ''Carnival of Maniacs'' that he authored several.
* ImportantHaircut: As mentioned above. Also a TraumaticHaircut.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Is the one responsible for Jason becoming an unstoppable zombie. In his defense he THOUGHT he'd put him back down.
* OneOfTheseThingsIsNotLikeTheOthers: He is the only male character in Friday the 13th to defy the FinalGirl trope three times. Four if you count ''ComicBook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh''.
* TheQuietOne: In ''Part V'', he talks very little to the other characters in Pinhurst.
* TagalongKid: To his sister in ''The Final Chapter''.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Pulls off some nice throws and slams in ''Part V.''
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