Characters / Splatterhouse

A list of central characters in the Splatterhouse series, listing tropes from both the original trilogy and the 2010 remake. Unmarked spoilers below!
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Main Characters

    Rick Taylor 

Rick Taylor
"What have you done to me? What am I? What am I!?"

Voiced by: Josh Keaton (2010 remake)

The main hero, an everyday man forced to wear the demonic Terror Mask to face the forces of evil and save his girlfriend and, in the third title, his son.

  • An Arm and a Leg: In the first chapter of the remake, a teratoid rips off one of Rick's arms. This is initially played straight with Rick freaking out over his lost limb, then Played for Laughs and subverted as the Terror Mask calls him a pussy before growing a new one for him.
  • Badass: Especially in the remake.
  • Bald of Awesome: In every game except for the remake, he loses his hair when he has the Mask on.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Fits him to a T, especially in the remake. He is Lovecraftian Superpower embodied, but all he wants is to save the world and rescue his girlfriend.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even disregarding the Mask's comments, Rick does kill his opponents in shockingly gruesome ways.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: When in Berserk Mode or using Splatter Slash in the remake, he has two bone blades protruding from his arms, and skill upgrades can make them bigger.
  • Blood Knight: According to the Terror Mask, anyway. Rick does seem to silently enjoy fighting monsters though.
  • Body Horror: As his body actually Shows Damage he can often run around with missing chunks of flesh and exposed bones. And of course, the mask-induced transformation in all games.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: In the remake, he looks kinda similar to one of the series' fans.
    • Ink-Suit Actor: His appearance is actually based off of one of the original composers, Howard Drossin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not along the same lines or as often as the Terror Mask, but it's there.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: And sometimes knocks Cthulhu out with a 2x4, or with his own severed arm while he's at it.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Is barefoot in every game except for the remake.
  • Doom Magnet: Becomes this, due to the Terror Mask. The second game ends with Rick noting that evil will never go away until the Terror Mask does. Sometime after marrying and having a child with Jennifer, both of them are targeted in the third game and will die should you not complete the levels in time. The Terror Mask itself gets in on the action as well.
  • Evil Feels Good: The Terror Mask accuses him of liking the powers it gives Rick, and how he enjoys slaughtering demons. Rick tries to deny this at first, and while he doesn't admit it, he notably stops trying to.
  • The Faceless: In the original trilogy, the only time we ever get a good look of his face is during the Fatal Family Photo in the worst ending of Splatterhouse 3. The remake on the other hand averts this by having a few scenes of him and Jennifer together before the events of the game.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: The Ram move in the remake.
  • Gentle Giant: Of course, his drive to protect his loved ones is what makes him so Badass.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Good god, does Nice Guy Rick not hold anything back. Especially with the Splatter Kills in the remake.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Among the weapons that Rick can use include dismembered enemy arms and heads, and one of his throws involves spinning an enemy around to clear an area. This turns Up to Eleven when Rick can use his own dismembered arms to kill enemies.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: Back when the Terror Mask was a hockey mask, Rick pulled off the look very well.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Pre-transformation, Rick fits squarely into this. Bonus points for keeping that dweeby-voice afterwards.
  • Horrifying Hero: Wears a mask of unspeakable power and that allows him to transform his bones into blades, but he is still The Hero of the story.
  • Hidden Depths: In the remake the Mask often states that Rick actually enjoys slaughtering and maiming around. Due to being able to peer into his mind, it also brings up several things that Rick would rather not mention.
  • I Am a Monster: Rick is initially horrified at what he becomes when the Mask transforms him. This is later used by Dr. West, claiming that Jennifer would never love Rick for what the Terror Mask made him into.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower:
  • Magic Pants: In the remake and 3. His clothes gets torn to shreds during his transformation, yet his jeans remains fairly intact. His shirt in part 3 also somehow reappears on his torso when Rick returns to normal.
  • Metalhead: He and his girlfriend are. Before it was ripped off, he came into the mansion wearing a Mastodon shirt.
  • Nice Guy: To Jennifer, at least. Though in the remake, the Mask insinuates that under all his niceness, Rick likes maiming and killing demons.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Rick is ultimately the one that is the cause of West's Start of Darkness, killing what the good doctor thought was his own wife before his eyes.
  • Painful Transformation: Rick was dying when he puts on the Terror Mask. The Terror Mask then starts to forcefully shove Rick's pooling blood and intestines back into his body, enlarge his arms and chest and breaks his leg before fixing it. All while Rick is screaming in agony.
    Terror Mask: Aww, quit whining. Did I say it was going to be fun?
  • Super Strength: More exemplified in the remake. He goes from being nearly diced in half, to being able to rip those same enemies limbs off with his bare hands.
  • Super Mode: In the third game, he can turn into Mutant Rick. In the Remake, he grows bone spikes and blades from all over his body in Berserk Mode.
  • Shockwave Stomp: His charge attacks can do this. He even has "bone" versions.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: In the remake, Rick's eyes glow yellow when he puts the Mask on.
  • Tranquil Fury: Throughout the games, Rick rarely speaks and aside from a couple of Cluster F Bombs and a few lines of dialogue, he rarely exhibits any emotion. Usually, he uses the Terror Mask for that.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Of a Tranquil Fury variety, as he tends to not emote much, or be pretty calm regardless. The plot of every game (barring Wanpaku Graffiti) amounts to, "someone has endangered one of Rick's loved ones; Rick horribly mutilates everything between where he is and where they are".
  • Vocal Dissonance: Despite being inhumanly large, muscular and able to rip enemies apart with his bare hands he still has that nerdy-sounding voice.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In the third game as Mutant Rick and all throughout the remake.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Something that the Terror Mask picks up on. Rick once slept with a different girl behind Jennifer's back. He admits to it being a stupid choice and considers it My Greatest Failure; and he promised that he would never hurt her again.

     The Terror Mask 

Terror Mask
"She doesn't have to die."

Voiced by: Jim Cummings (2010 remake)

An ancient Aztec/Mayan artifact of great power, which turns the user into a powerful warrior. The mask provides Rick the strength needed to complete his quest, but is quite sinister on his own and eventually tries to kill Rick and Take Over the World, but is destroyed. In the Remake the mask has a new personality, and wants to get revenge on the Corrupted for what they did to it.

  • Anti-Villain: In the remake, despite being a destructive and threatening force with blood on its wearers' hands, it actually hardly makes Rick do anything evil outside of having an involvement in Lenora's death and comes across as a Noble Demon at worse.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially in the remake. It whoops and hollers in excitement with the more monsters you kill.
  • Artifact of Doom: A sentient Aztec mask that gives its wearer immense strength and Lovecraftian Superpower and in the original games was Evil All Along. Though this is played with in the remake, as it turns out that the Mask was a benign protector of the Aztecs until the Corruption came along.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: Its final speech in the third game on any bad ending route after you defeat it.
  • Batman Gambit: In the remake, it uses both Rick and (heavily implied) Dr. West into one spanning space and time to take vengeance on the Corrupted.
  • Blasphemous Boast: When they first meet, the Mask compares itself to God in the remake. Considering its origins, it's not entirely wrong, so this is a downplayed example.
  • Blood Knight: More exemplified in the remake as well as justified, since it runs off The Power of Blood.
  • Cool Mask/Evil Mask: It is one. It is a mask capable of healing mortal wounds and then using its host's own body as a weapon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When it isn't being a Large Ham, the Terror Mask has quite a dry sense of humor.
  • Demonic Possession: A gameplay mechanic. Whenever Rick goes into Berserk Mode, the Terror Mask briefly takes over to cause as much mayhem as it can until its meter depletes.
  • The Dreaded: Dr. West is noticeably terrified when he sees Rick wearing the Terror Mask. And in Splatterhouse 2, three Mooks choose to be killed by Bellyache than fight Rick. What does that tell you about the Terror Mask?
  • Evil All Along: In the original series. Although it isn't evil in the remake, cut dialogue for the final boss fight has it reveal itself to be allied with the Corrupted. When Rick refuses its We Can Rule Together offer and kills the monster, the Mask begins to speak of its other plans...
  • Fate Worse Than Death: It views itself being enslaved by the Corruption for eternity as this.
  • Final Boss: The Terror Mask itself is the final enemy Rick has to face in the original trilogy.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Seems to know that it is in a video game; as it will often reference past games and at times acknowledge the player themselves in the remake. Fully comes to a head during the last encounter with the Biggy Man.
  • Game Over Man: Usually has a quick quip whenever Rick is killed. One of these is directed at the player, telling them to hurry up and select continue.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: At least, according to the Terror Mask in the beginning of the remake.
  • It's Personal: Brings the Corrupted to Earth so it could kill it for itself.
    I want vengeance for an eternity of agony. I want the Corrupted to know that it was ME who stopped them!
  • Jerkass: In the remake, it has a habit of being as annoying as possible to Rick whenever it speaks. Many of its jokes are at his expensive, and he mocks Rick for his cowardice and wimpy demeanor. At once point, it starts to mock Jen's cries for help, just to piss Rick off.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, it never falls back on its promises and is still perfectly willing to help Rick save his girlfriend, even if it taunts him about it along the way. When Rick doubts the Mask, the Mask assures him that if a Nice Guy like Rick can do some pretty bad things, then the opposite can be true with itself.
  • Kick the Dog: Verbally abuses Rick by calling him a pussy and mocks Jennifer's cries for no other reason than to rile him up. What's more shocking though is that the Terror Mask was kicked by the Corrupted, which destroyed the Aztec civilization it ruled over. This being after serving them for an unknown length of time as a slave on top of that.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: It inflicts heavy Body Horror on its host and grants them a Lovecraftian Superpower, but it ultimately opposes greater evil. Subverted in the third game, where it was revealed that it was using Rick all along to try and Take Over the World.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Its death after Rick defeats it at the end of Splatterhouse 3.
  • Made a Slave: The reason why it knows of the Corruption so much.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • In the remake, why was it that it needed Rick? It wanted Rick to bring the Corruption to Earth so the Mask could kill it personally. It had Rick kill ten thousand monsters over the course of his adventure to open the gates of Hell with their souls, so the Corruption would be already weakened by being made out of already injured corpses. Unfortunately, the Terror Mask did not foresee the Corruption possessing Jennifer.
    • It's also implied that it's the Mask that is the one that set it up so that Rick and Dr. West would cross paths. Dr. West describes that the first words he hears after Rick kills his wife in the Stable Time Loop were "She doesn't have to die".
    • And that's still saying nothing about the Mask from the trilogy, where it had Rick kill its competition so that it unleash hell on Earth itself.
  • Mask of Power: It is the source of all of Rick's powers, and without it, Rick would have bled to death at the beginning of the remake.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • The Terror Mask. Considering its powers and its personality, not the worst description.
    • Its original name, the Hell Mask, also fits into this neatly.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Its plan to stop the Corrupted works, at the cost of Jennifer being possessed. But maybe that was all according to plan...
  • Noble Demon: In the remake, the Mask is still an Artifact of Doom that loves to see things suffer. Then it is revealed that the reason why it is helping Rick, that while still selfish, is rather noble. It is using Rick as part of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the Corruption for two reasons. One, for the Corruption enslaving it for eternity. And the second, for killing the Aztec tribe that it was benevolently protecting.
  • Not So Different: Tries to invoke this frequently, telling Rick that he loves killing the demons as much as it does.
  • One-Winged Angel: In Splatterhouse 3, the mask gains its own form during the Battle in the Center of the Mind. While it never fights Rick in the remake, the mask uses its appearance to block off exits until he kills all the enemies in an area.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: While Rick starts freaking out over his arm being torn off for the first time, the Terror Mask takes the time to scoff and mock him over it before growing him another.
    For a Dick, you are such a pussy.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite its Jerkass exterior, it can sometimes be more cooperative with Rick, encouraging him to rescue Jennifer without verbally mocking him.
  • The Power of Blood: You can upgrade its abilities by spilling blood.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Mask from the third game had its body outlined by a red light, along with its eyes. In Rick's fight against it, it also has red eyes.
  • Revenge: Its main goal against the Corrupted. Specifically, it wants revenge both for enslaving it for eons, and killing all the people it had protected.
  • Sadist: Encourages Rick to completely slaughter his enemies has he saves Jennifer.
    Hey — want to see what your spine looks like!?
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Though the actual extent of its evilness depends on the game.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: In the remake, he throws around curses like there's no tomorrow.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: It is a mask in the shape of a grinning skull, making it a living example of this trope.
  • Start X to Stop X: Its means of destroying the Corruption? To give it enough sacrifices for it to form on earth, with the battered bodies of enemies that Rick killed to weaken it.
  • Take Over the World: Its ultimate goal in the third game.
  • Telepath: Communicates to Rick this way, while also being able to peer into Rick's thoughts and memories. It makes sure to remind Rick of that.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Rick encounters the Biggy Man in the Meat Factory, the Terror Mask has a bad feeling about it.

    Jennifer Willis 

Jennifer Willis
"I want us to be together until the end of the world."

Voiced by: Shanelle Gray (2010 remake)

Rick's girlfriend, kidnapped by the evil forces of the House. She was turned into a monster and killed in the first game, brought back from hell in the second and saved again in the third. In the Remake, Rick must save her from West, who wants to sacrifice her to the Corrupted.

  • And I Must Scream: Her soul was trapped in Hell after Rick is forced to kill her, until he saves her in the second game.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Possessed Jennifer at the end of the remake.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Attempted and subverted in the remake. When given the chance, she quickly grabs a dagger and stabs Dr. West in the head with it. Normally this would kill someone, except West is no longer human.
  • Distressed Damsel: A reoccurring theme among each of the titles.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: In the original series, she had red hair. She has blonde hair in the remake.
  • Identical Stranger: In the Remake, Dr. West chose her because she's identical to his deceased wife Leonora.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the remake, especially considering that the player can collect photos of her being topless.
  • Nightmare Face: Pulls one off if you let the timer reach zero in the second level of Splatterhouse 3 when she's being devoured by the boreworm.
  • Replacement Goldfish: West kidnaps Jennifer because she resembles his lost love, invoking this at first. Turns out to be a subversion, he's trying to bring back his wife through Jennifer's body.
  • Tragic Monster: [In the first game, she was turned into a monster and Rick was forced to put her down, leading to his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.


    Dr. West 

Dr. Henry West
"Tonight, God willing, I will join her."

Voiced by: Richard Doyle (2010 remake)

A Mad Scientist and unseen owner of the West Mansion where the game takes place. In the Remake, he kidnaps Jen for a sacrifice to the Corrupted in order to resurrect his dead wife Leonora.

    The Biggy Man 

Piggy Man (a.k.a. the Biggy Man)

The most popular monster in the game, Piggy Man is a large humanoid with chainsaws for hands that guards the mansion. In the Remake, he's fought by Rick in the Meat Factory in the future New York.

    Hell Chaos 

Hell Chaos

The final enemy in the first game, Hell Chaos is a rotten giant who comes out of a grave to kill Rick near the end of the game. It is speculated that this monster is actually Dr West's mutated corpse.

    Ultimate Evil 

Ultimate Evil

An eldritch beast from the Void who was accidentally released by Rick when he opened the portal. It's fought by Rick in the woods just outside of the Mueller Mansion.

    The Evil One 

The Evil One

Leader of the demons of the Void, he's the Big Bad of the original series. In the third game, he tries to use the Dark Stone to become invincible and conquer the world, but Rick crushes his ambition.

    The Overlord 

The Overlord

The leader of the Corrupted, he's the first of them to step in the material realm. However, the Mask forces him to possess the various corpses of the weak enemies slaughtered along the way, allowing Rick to destroy it soundly. This backfires when the overlord's essence possesses Jennifer.