Characters: Hack/Slash

The characters of Hack Slash

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    Main Characters 

Cassie Hack

Debut: Euthanized

The main protagonist of the series. Cassie had quite a hard life: her father went missing, her comrads bullied her at school, and eventually her mother went insane and started brutally slaughtering her bullies in an effort to protect her. When Cassie found out, she called the authorities, leading to her mother's suicide. She was then sent to a foster family, only for her mother to rise as a slasher and start killing her new classmates again, eventually ending with Cassie forced to kill her a second time. At this point, the poor girl decided to fight back, and started wandering in the USA, killing all the slashers she could find.

Vlad (Vlodislaw Lucas-Beane)

Debut: Euthanized

A large, disfigured man who serves as Cassie's partner. As a child, Vlad was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth, but quickly rescued and raised by a kindly butcher who raised him, teaching him his trade and educating him with comic books. After the Butcher's death, he begun leaving the deli for item, wearing a gas mask both to hide his disfigured face and to help him breath, since after being raised for years inside a deli his lungs had grown weak. This caused him to grow somewhat famous amongst the locals as "the Meatman". When he first met Cassie, she tried killing him, mistakingly believing he was the slasher she was then looking for, but eventually they realized the misunderstanding and teamed up to take care of the real slasher. Since then, Vlad has joined Cassie's hunt for slasher and assisted here.

Lisa Elsten

Debut: Euthanized

A young veterinarian, Lisa Elsten used to work in a clinic along with Bobby Brunswick, a mentally-retarded but good-hearted part-time employee responsible for euthanizing of animals. Lisa's sympathy for Brunswick ended up causing her boyfriend Kyle to get jealous, which eventually led to Brunswick's death and revival as a slasher. This in turn led Lisa to meet with Cassie and Vlad, and she has been their ally since then.

  • Cool Big Sis: Can act like this towards Cassie, like in Double Feature.
  • Final Girl: Could be considered this for Bobby Brunswick, though he never wanted to kill her.
  • Killed Off for Real: Her and Chris are killed by Dr Gross during Akakios' mass attack on Cassie's friend.
  • Redheaded Hero
  • The Medic: As much as a veterinarian can be. She frustratedly notes at one point that she's patched up more people than animals in the last six months.
  • Mission Control

Chris Krank

Debut: Land of Lost Toys

Pooch

Debut: Shout at the Devil

A demonic dog spawned by the Neflords, Pooch originally acted as the pet of his progenitor's current agent, and first met Cassie and Georgia when he was left in charge of guarding them, telling them about his masters in exchange for being pet. When the two escaped Nef, Pooch made a feeble attempt to stop them, but was casually knocked aside. For God only knows what reason, the Neflords later decided to send him to Earth to hunt down and kill Cassie, a task he proved comically inept at. At the behest of Cassie, Pooch was collected by Chris and Lisa; since the two of them proved to be pretty nice, and the Neflords would be undoubtedly pissed at him for failing at his assignment, Pooch decided it was in his best interest to go native, proving his loyalty to his new friends by protecting them from a far more competent assassin eventually sent by his former masters.

    Recurring Characters 

Margaret Crump/Georgia Peaches

Debut: Shout at the Devil

Gertrude Hall

Debut: Shout at the Devil

  • '80s Hair
  • Face-Heel Turn: Briefly turns evil in fear for her life in the final arc.
  • Final Girl: Technically; though she ultimately did away with Six Sixx, he never tried to kill her. Like Georgia, she also survive Dale Wildman, though.
  • Pre-Climax Climax: For Vlad. It saves him from the Neflords.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After a lifetime of looking for someone to love, she found washed up rocker Brock Hellfrees.

Samhain

Debut: Closer

A slasher who was used by the Black Lanterns to attempt to kill Cassie, but is developing human feelings and has become a creepy ally to her.

Catherine "Cat" Curio

Click here to see her older self 

Debut: Double Feature

Daisy (AKA the Fearless Flamingo/Sister Nightmare)

Debut: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter

     Major Villains 

Delilah Hack, the Lunch Lady

Debut: Euthanized

Cassie's mother, Delilah (or "Dee") was once a normal (but feisty) woman who met and fell in love with her future husband, Doctor Jack Hack, when it was discovered she had the potential to become a slasher. The two got married and tried to live a normal life with their daughter, but Jack's government connections (and gambling problem) quashed those dreams, and Jack was eventually forced to abandon his family for their own protection. This caused Delilah's mental state to deteriorate rapidly, and after noticing the bullying her daughter was forced to deal with at school, decided that mommy should make it all better in the worst possible way; by butchering the bullies (and anyone else who so much as looked at Cassie funny) and using their remains as the "secret ingredient" in the food she served in her job as a lunch lady. When Cassie discovered what her mother was doing, she alerted the authorities and confronted Delilah with them; distraught by her daughter's betrayal, Delilah committed suicide by fatally scalding herself with a pot of boiling gravy in front of her daughter. But a mother's love is a hard thing to kill, and Delilah soon returned from the dead, tracked Cassie down to her new foster home, and picked up where she left off, slaughtering Cassie's classmates, though this spree was cut short when Cassie re-killed Dee by shooting her in the face a couple dozen times.

  • Abusive Parents: Presumably became this as her mental state deteriorated, if a flashback in The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie is anything to go by.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just read the other tropes and you should figure that out pretty quick.
  • Back from the Dead: In Cassie and Vlad meet the Re-Animator.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Though as an undead being, her hair is white-ish.
  • Death by Origin Story: Played with. She did come back twice, but it didn't last. Interestingly enough, it's her coming back the first time that motivates Cassie into going after the Slashers.
  • Driven to Suicide: When cornered by police, she drowned herself in a big pot of boiling gravy.
  • Evil Chef: Her whole hat as a Slasher.
  • Evil Matriarch: To Cassie.
  • Knife Nut: Though she is fine with any kitchen instrument, really.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Her attempt to "protect" her daughter from bullying consisted in brutally murdering any kid she felt was doing wrong to Cassie and serve them as food at her job.
  • Mama Bear: A very dark one.
  • My Beloved Smother: Possibly one of the creepiest case of this trope.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Hack.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe to Cassie; even after killing her, the memory of her mother still haunts her, and she has a confrontation with her in every single of her nightmares.
  • Serial Killer: Pre-series.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: She was the first slasher met by Cassie, and the one who motivated her into going on a slasher hunt. As a result, she died right at the beginning of Cassie's origin story. Though she still keeps haunting Cassie, both in her nightmare and by actually coming back again.

Bobby Brunswick

Debut: Euthanized

Originally a midly retarded but sweet and naive man, was hired by veterinarian Lisa Elsten to euthanize the animals in her pet clinic. Lisa and him ended up getting close to each others, resulting in her boyfriend Kyle to become jealous, and he started bullying the poor man with the help of co-worker Todd. Eventually one of the pranks went too far when they trapt Brunkswick in the clinic's gas chamber, resulting in his death. Scared that this whole thing would sent them to jail, the two men buried his body (with the complicity of the sheriff, who was an old school friend) in the wood, in the same area he would bury the animals he euthanized. A year later, Brunswick rose as a slasher with the ability to control hordes of undead animals.

Laura Lochs

Debut: Girls Gone Dead

A devoutly religious girl who snapped when she caught her long time boyfriend with a slut, our heroes first encountered Laura when she intended to turn a Florida Spring Break into a bloodbath with the help of Father Wrath, a slasher she had enthralled with Black Magic. Despite later dying after some body-hopping mayhem caused a certain killer doll's amulet, her hate-filled spirit remains in limbo, obsessed with taking revenge on Cassie and Vlad, something she'll have to be creative about, considering her now fairly limited ability to interact with the world of the living.

Ashley Guthrie

Debut: Land of Lost Toys

The son of a rich and fortunate family, Ashley was a sociopathic and peculiar child, overly possessive of his belongings, to the point he would react brutally to anyone else trying to play with his toys. When he ended up beating his own baby brother to death as a result, his parents ended up killing him by suffocating him in his sleep. He eventually rose as a slasher capable of killing people in their sleep, and haunted his parents' dreams until his father commited suicide and his mother had to be institutionalized. He then proceeded to go on a killing spree.

Angela Cicero, the Acid Angel

Debut: Slice Hard Prelude

A sexy (and she knows it) female slasher, Acid Angel was once Angela Cicero, mundane real estate agent by day and club-trotting party girl by night. Unfortunately, Angela's hard partying ways led to a heap of trouble when she got it on with her best friend's husband, driving said best friend to a Bath Suicide. Overcome with grief, the guilty husband murdered Angela by replacing her insulin with hydrochloric acid, leading to an excruciating death. But, you can't keep a bad girl down, and Angela eventually came back from the dead as a slasher who uses her feminine wiles to ensnare men, then kill them via her arousal-activated acidic secretions.

Emily Christy/Ms. America/Ouroboros

Click here to see here as Ouroboros 

Debut: Slice Hard

A former Ms. America title holder, Emily Christie commited the mistake of posing nude for 'Girlie' Magazine, which resulted in her title being revoked. Afterwards, she entered the pharmaceutical industry and eventually became head of Ceutotech, Inc's research division. In an attempt to give themselves an edge, Ceutotech started kidnapping and experimenting on slashers, in an attempt to replicate their Healing Factor and use it for cosmetics. Predictably, things went wrong, resulting in the five slasher they had captured escaping and Christie being mortally wounded by Acid Angel. In an attempt to save her life, she ended up injecting herself with a liquid chemical derived from slasher dna she had been working on. The chemical did save her life, but resulted in her transformation into a slasher, and she apparently died when the facility exploded. In truth, she managed to survive the explosion, but ended up badly burnt in the process, forcing her to steal and wear other people's skins in order to maintain a human appearance. She would later rely on a ritual ceremony to ascend into a snake-like being called the Ouroboros.

Lynn Jagodinski, Samhain II

Debut: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter

Mary Shelly Lovecraft

A tentacled-armed woman who actually is a physical manifestation of fiction. Because of this, she can never truly be killed, only temporarily banished.

  • Baleful Polymorph: In her first appearance, she turns all the inhabitants of Haverhill into fishmen.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her most notable feature.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A physical manifestation of fiction itself, who assumes the appearance of a woman with tentacles.
  • Resurrective Immortality/Fighting a Shadow: Because of her nature as a metaphysical construct, she cannot be truly killed: whenever Cassie manages to slay her, she is only banished and will be able to come back eventually.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Attempts to convince Cass to join her using this trick.
  • Shout-Out: The name should make it obvious.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: As demonstrated by the following speech:
    "[sigh] Though your tale is more complex than some, you still exist in a simple world of revenge, titillation and death. Allow me to try again, in language more befitting your author. Hi, I'm Mary. I'm Frankenstein, Cthulhu and Godzilla all rolled into one. I'm going to fuck up your world, bitch, and then fictional characters are gonna hop out of books and take over."

Jeffrey Brevvard, Six Sixx

Debut: Shout at the Devil

The Neflords

Debut: Shout at the Devil

Two big, floating tenctacly monsters that exist in a realm presumably named after them, their origin is vague, but speculation says they may have lived in the void that existed before God created the universe. While they appear to be content (for the most part) with lording over their little Hell Dimension, they are unable to create followers from nothing, and thus must rely on impregnating virgins (and it has to be virgins, for some reason) from other worlds, acquiring them through agents they imbue with powers in exchange for their services.

The Society of the Black Lamp

Debut: Closer

A mysterious cult founded by Akakios and responsible for the existance of Slashers as a whole. The Society of Black Lamp believes humanity exists in two classes: one that is inherently superior both intellectually and morally, and one prone for sin and debauchery. Following that logic, they sees the Slasher as "Paladins" meant to eradicate the second class, thus preventing an Apocalypse.

Dale Wildman

Debut: Murder Messiah

  • Big Bad Wannabe
  • Drop the Hammer: How he kills Jeffery Brevvard/Sixx Sixx.
  • In the Blood: His origin; unlike Cassie, he embraced his father's serial killer legacy
  • Not So Different: Dale's father was a serial killer and Cassie's mother was a serial killer. He points this out to her but she wasn't having any of it.
  • Serial Killer: With a kill count of 18.
  • The Social Darwinist: Believes that serial killers are "Alpha male predators" and that slashers are at the top of the food chain. (Which is why he wants to become one.)

The Beane Clan

Debut: Me Without You

A Scots-American Chicago crime family. With some... odd genetics.

Akakios

Debut: Sons of Man (as legendary figure), Murder Messiah (first on-panel appearance in a Bad Future section), Monster Baiting (first on-panel appearance as "himself" in internal chronology)

The founder of the Black Lamps and the oldest slasher still active, he's been undead for about 2500 years. At some point in the twentieth century, treacherous Black Lamp underlings deposed him and magically destroyed his memories, renaming him "Samhain" and using him as the Society's top assassin. The resulting confusion led to him developing benevolent feelings for a while and falling in love with Cassie, until a failed attempt to turn him human led to him recovering his memories and being returned to his old self.