Cassie: "A slasher. It's a type of undead, I guess... sort've like a vampire or a zombie. They're so full of anger that they don't wanna die. They hate love, youth, sex... things they miss, from life. All I know for sure is that they're mean and hard to kill."
Kyle: "How do you know all this?"
Cassie Hack was an ordinary outcast high school nerdgirl until her mother, Delilah, was discovered to be a serial killer (dubbed "The Lunch Lady") who had been murdering the students who had been bullying her daughter. Even worse
, after she killed herself she came back from the grave as a "slasher": an undead serial murderer powered by hate and rage and existing only to carry on killing. To make things even worse
, Cassie ended up having to personally re-kill her by shooting her several times in the face.
Now Cassie wanders the USA, channeling her guilt and pain into hunting down and destroying the other slashers who stalk the nation. And wearing a fine assortment of highly revealing gothwear
Her only friend is Vlad, a hideously deformed but kindly giant
whose odd upbringing by a reclusive butcher left him with No Social Skills
but excellent meat cleaver
moves. Together they kill zombie mass murderers
, and the odd deserving living person. Aiding the two is the so-called Hack/Slash, Inc., founded by would-be slasher victims Doctor Lisa Elsten and Chris Krank, which provides info
, and whatever resources they can spare.Hack/Slash
is a comic series originally published by Devil's Due, and written by Tim Seeley. A series of one-shots and miniseries illustrated by various artists, published between 2004 and 2007, were followed by an ongoing series, illustrated at first by Emily Stone. In early 2010 it was announced that due to Devil's Due's financial difficulties the series would be transferring to Image Comics
. During the rest of the year both publishers issued Hack/Slash
material: the Devil's Due series continuing until issue #34 while Image produced a "Year One"-style mini-series titled My First Maniac
and a few one-shots. The ongoing series restarted from #1 at Image in 2011, and concluded with #25 in 2013.
The 2013 crossover book, Hack/Slash vs. the Army of Darkness
, teams Cassie up with Ash Williams
and is set shortly after the end of the Hack/Slash
series. It can thus be seen as a sort of sequel.
2014 saw the beginning of a new volume, Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain
, by Michael Morecci and Steve Seeley, which follows Cassie's attempts to build a new life as a "normal" person. These are subsequently derailed by an old monster-hunter named Delroy, who enlists her to go after a new cult of monsters.
Not to be confused with Hack and Slash
, although the plots can get that way, or with Hack and Slash
Has both a live-action film and a motion comic ("illustrated film
") in Development Hell
, with Brea Grant
slated as the voice of Cassie in the latter. The wiki
can be found here
, and the unofficial official site can be found here
This series provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: Over the Rainbow for Margaret.
- Six Sixx hogs the spotlight for most of Mind Killer, Part II.
- A God Am I: Ourobouros.
- Abusive Parents: If a flashback to Cassie's childhood in The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie is any indication, Delilah wasn't above physical discipline... with a burning hot iron.
- Action Girl
- Activist Fundamentalist Antics: Laura Lochs, especially in the Vs. Chucky story where she claims to want to "save" Cassie by murdering her friends in ways that reflect sins according to Laura's belief system, even though they don't actually apply to the people she intends to kill.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: The Lochs family (Louis, Lacey, Liberty and Laura).
- All There in the Manual: Rudolph, who gets offhandedly mentioned in Entry Wound, first appeared in Slashing Through the Snow, a short story included in the first trade paperback and omnibus.
- Some slashers who put in fairly minor appearances (at first), like Dr. Gross and Acid Angel, only had their backstories revealed in the ombibus collections as well, via Hack/Slash Inc.'s Slasher Profiles.
- Almost Dead Guy: Jason in Land of Lost Toys.
- Always Chaotic Evil
- Ambiguously Bi: It's questionable whether Emily Cristy was actually bisexual/gay or just preying on gay students.
- And I Must Scream: One single-issue story had Cassie fighting a slasher who wasn't especially strong but had such a massive Healing Factor that she spent sixteen hours trying and failing to kill him. She ended up chaining him up and dropping him to the bottom of a lake, which even Cassie saw as Dirty Business to the point that she wouldn't let Vlad take part.
- And This Is for...: Done by Vlad while bludgeoning Jimmy to death in Comic Book Carnage.
- Cassie does one to the Mosaic Man but it's for a taxicab.
- Applied Phlebotinum: The black flowers that show up occasionally.
- Angst: Cassie has issues.
- Anti-Hero: Cassie and Samhain.
- Art Shift: Issues six and twenty-eight are set in Haverhill, a town inspired by Archie Comics. The art shifts into an Archie-like style to represent this.
- However, at the end of twenty-eight, the art shifts back into a more realistic style to represent Haverhill coming down with Cerebus Syndrome.
- Also a possible reference to the radical art shift in some recent Archie stories.
- Asian and Nerdy: Chris.
- Asshole Victim: Bobby Brunswick's victims in Euthanized. Cassie even says they probably deserve it.
- Attack of the Killer Whatever: Notably, a pet-eating snow blower.
- Attempted Rape: A drugged Cassie is saved by Chucky the Killer Doll, of all people.
- Author Appeal: According to the extras in the first trade paperback collection, Cassie was based on a Suicide Girl model Tim Seeley met at the con. He was too shy to ask her out.
- Ax-Crazy: Too many to list.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: A popular pose for Cassie and Vlad on covers.
- Badass Adorable: Cassie, sometimes more than others. Example◊.
- Badass Longcoat: Vlad wears a trench coat.
- Badass Normal: Cassie.
- Bad Future: Shown in Murder Messiah; Cassie, Lisa and Kris are dead, and Vlad is held captive by the returned Akakios, who unleashed a virus that turned innumerable people into slashers, which conquered a significant chunk of America.
- Bandage Babe: Laura Lochs in vs. Chucky has them all over, so we don't see her horribly burned body.
- Batman Cold Open: Euthanized.
- Batter Up: Cassie's main weapon is a bat with "KISS IT" carved into it.
- Beach Episode: Girls Gone Dead
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Jack the Ripper is implicated as being a slasher.
- The Big Guy: Vlad.
- Big "NO!": Let loose by Mary Shelley Lovecraft, after realizing she's been reborn into "a comedic superhero universe" (the Lovebunny one, to be specific) in Entry Wound.
- Bi the Way: Cassie
- Big Bad: Akakios
- Big Bad Wannabe: Dale Wildman.
- Black and Gray Morality: What Cassie believes her conflict with the Slashers is.
- Hilariously, a good argument may be made Cassie is less of an antihero than she thinks and more a full-blown White Hat.
- Black Eyes of Evil: Rudolph in Entry Wound. When he first appears in Euthanized, X-O also has them.
- Black Sheep: Liberty Lochs.
- Blondes Are Evil: Laura Lochs, Acid Angel, Ms. America, Sarah Bunn from My First Maniac, the briefly mentioned New Year's Eva... Tim Seeley does not appear to like blonde women very much. Averted in the later stages of the series with Cat Curio and Gertrude Hall.
- Blood Bath: Emily Christy resorts to something akin to this in order to retain a human appearance in Tub Club, manipulating students into weird bloodletting pool orgies as a part of being in the titular secret society. Cassie is also depicted as partaking in one on a cover from the same Story Arc.
- Body Horror
- Break the Cutie: In flashbacks we learn that Cassie was bullied in school because she was poor and "ugly". Aww.
- Not to mention the part where her mother is an undead serial killer who has had to be put down by her on two separate occasions so far. That tends to be a bit traumatic.
- Broken Bird
- Broken Heel
- The Butcher: Subverted. In a couple early issues, Vlad mentions he was raised in a basement by "The Butcher," leading readers to believe he shared a similar history to Hack. Turns out "The Butcher" was just a kind, elderly Slavic immigrant who found him as a dumpster baby. Rather than report the abandoned, deformed child and let him be raised in an institution or hospital, he kept Vlad secret and raised him as best he could.
- Vlad could be considered an example himself; his old nickname "the Meat Man" is certainly in a similar spirit to "the Butcher".
- Came Back Wrong: This is the basic explanation of the existence of slashers - if you're evil and insane enough and die violently, you automatically come back as an even crazier super-powered undead. This is actually an over-simplification.
- Cannibal Clan: Vlad and his biological family are apparently descended from Sawney Beane.
- Captain Ersatz: A few slashers are loose parodies of film characters, such as Pinhead, Sammi Curr from Trick or Treat and the brothers from Basket Case.
- Car Fu: While effective against zombie animals in Euthanized, the resurrected Mosaic Man proves immune in Foes and Fortunes. In My first Maniac Cassie is on the receiving end, but obviously walks away from it.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: In issue twenty-six, Vlad, looking for Cassie, ends up walking in on her... in a very compromising position.
- Celibate Hero: Cassie admits in the first issue that one of the reasons she became a monster hunter is because she's afraid of romance.
- Celebrity Star: Comic Book Carnage features Steve Niles, Robert Kirkman, Messy Stench and Skottie Young (who reappears in vs. Chucky and Trailers) as characters and victims, plus various real-life Suicide Girls appear in the first annual (and are also killed).
- Cerebus Syndrome: Kicks in roughly when the ongoing series begins.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Doctor White, Mary Shelley Lovecraft, Alan Knight, Cat Curio...
- Clipped Wing Angel: The demonic form Six Sixx briefly assumes in Shout at the Devil.
- Clothing Damage: Sons of Man.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Particularly epic example in Shout at the Devil, when Cassie trips while shopping:
Cassie: "Goddamn cocksucking motherfucking Christ in a tree!"
- Justified on her part, given that this was the foot that had recently had two toes cut off by a slasher
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Doctor Gross's specialty.
- Combat Pragmatist
- The Comically Serious: Vlad. Spending twenty years living in a basement can do that to a guy.
- Comic Within A Comic: Chippy the Slasher Slayer, who is essentially a furry version of Cassie (she's a squirrel, by the way).
- Continuity Nod: The Oz issue has Cassie refer to her wish for a midget slasher, which was way, way back in "Euthanized"
- Conveniently an Orphan
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: One Slasher will give Cassie and Vlad fits, but should they come back as part of an ensemble, they tend to go down easier than the first time.
- Cool Big Sis: Lisa could be example of this, like in Double Feature.
- Cool Car: The duo originally used a van, but after it was destroyed during the battle with the resurrected Julian the Mosaic Man, they replaced it with a hearse that Julian's grateful near-miss victim happened to have lying around.
- Contemptible Cover: Mostly an issue with the Omnibus.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Creepy Child: Ashley Guthrie was creepy looking even before he became a slasher.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: The Acid Angel died when her lover replaced her insulin with hydrochloric acid.
- The myriad ways Fantomah kills the supervillain wannabes in Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter. The last three were actually teleported into space.
- The CSI Effect: The "influences criminal behavior" facet is mentioned by Cat Curio; TV shows about criminal science have made criminals smarter and less careless, which had the secondary effect of making many of her BMJ Crime Lab detective gadgets obsolete.
- Cult: The Society of the Black Lamp.
- Country Matters: Uttered by a particularly nasty bully in one of Cassie's childhood flashbacks.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Samhain II.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy
- Danger Takes A Back Seat: The Acid Angel hides in the Hearse towards the Creationist Museum.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Darker and Edgier: Both provides an example of the trope, and satirizes it within the story.
- Deader Than Dead
- Deadly Doctor: Doctor Gross.
- Deadly Prank: Bobby Brunswick's origin.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deal with the Devil: Six Sixx actually freaks out when "the Devil" doesn't turn out to be what he expected.
- Determinator: Vlad.
- Death by Irony
- Death by Origin Story
- Death by Sex: Slashers are generally attracted to teenagers engaging in "deviant behavior" — there's easily a dozen ready examples of teens getting offed as they're about to have sex. Naturally, this is because of the trope's ubiquity in 80's slasher movies.
- Deconstruction: Arguably one of Buffy. Both start with the premise "Final Girl of a horror film goes hunting the villains from other horror films," but unlike Buffy, who balances this with a normal life, Cassie is shown to be a deeply scarred person.
- Deus ex Machina: Before Chucky can strike the killing blow against Cassie, he's eaten by an alligator.
- Deus Sex Machina: Acid Angel, who could secrete a powerful acid when she was sexually aroused.
- Development Hell: The film adaptation is proceeding... just very, very slowly.
- Diagonal Cut: Vlad cuts the Slasher Bobby Brown down this way.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Cassie's and Vlad's very freaked out reaction to their encounter with Fantomah.
- Die Hard on an X: Die Hard was an admitted inspiration for Slice Hard.
- Disappeared Dad
- Disposable Sex Worker: While stuck in the Hack/Slash universe, Evil Ernie spends his time murdering random strippers and prostitutes.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Delilah Hack.
- Several other slashers as well, such Laura Lochs (her boyfriend was stolen by a Spring Break slut, so she planned on committing a massacre) and the Sundermann brothers (killing the people responsible for making their favorite childhood hero Darker and Edgier).
- Distressed Damsel
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Doesn't happen often, but poor Chris and Lisa.
- Drop the Hammer: MO of Grinface from My First Maniac. He usually uses regular claw hammers, but breaks out a huge sledgehammer for his "final boss", Sarah.
- The Catalogue Killer carries around a gigantic wooden (spiked) mallet as well.
- '80s Hair: Acid Washed and Gertrude Hall, or as Ashley called her - "the girl with the giant hair"
- Eldritch Abomination: The Lords of Nef, Mary Shelley Lovecraft, the Dread Drinkers.
- The End... Or Is It?: One of the final panels has a mysterious hand taking Vlad's old mask off the wall, where it's hanging in Cassie's and Margaret's house.
- Enemy Mine: Cassie and Chucky formed a shaky partnership in the Child's Play crossover, in order to take Laura Lochs down.
- Enfant Terrible: Ashley Guthrie, and the feral, slasher children from Little Children.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Blackfin from Trailers.
- Evil Chef: Delilah Hack and Hibachi Devil (presumably).
- Evil Cripple: Courtney in Hatchet/Slash.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Pooch in Murder Messiah.
- Evil Gloating
- Evil Is Not a Toy
- Eye Awaken
- Eye Patch Of Power: Six Sixx gets one after a Dread Drinker rips his eye out in Mind Killer.
- Eye Scream: Hibachi Devil getting stabbed in the eye with a test tube in Slice Hard, and the Dread Drinkers taking over peoples' bodies by crawling into their eyes in Mind Killer (along with what happened to Six above).
- Fan Boy: Portrayed in canon.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Fanservice: Lots, with special mention going to Cassie's Suicide Girls photo shoot.
- Fetus Terrible: Sort of. Part of a pair of twins.
- Final Girl: The basic idea for the series came when Tim Seeley, stuck at home one Halloween due to sickness, watched a few horror film marathons and thought, "What if a final girl, after killing the slasher that was after her, went on to hunt down and kill other ones?"
- Notably, despite the clothing, sailor mouth, and near Blood Knight-ness, Cassie still fits a lot of the Final Girl stereotypes (virgin with no vices, for example).
- Thanks to Cassie's intervention, several (almost all female) would-be slasher victims survive. She teams up with almost all of them for the final story arc.
- Fingore: Well, Toegore actually.
- First Girl Wins. Cassie and Georgia end up as the Official Couple.
- Fish People: Something's Fishy, also Body Horror.
- Fivebad Band: The Black lamp Society Paladins in the final story arc.
- Flashback Nightmare
- Flashback to Catchphrase: My First Maniac has Cassie yell "Kiss it!" (which she usually carves into her bats) while trying to pop Grinface's head off with razor wire.
- From Bad to Worse: "Monster Baiting". And it seemed like a comedy filler to start with...
- Gender Flip / Race Lift: Minor villain April Fool is a black female Expy of The Joker from another dimension. Without the Immunity though: she gets killed off very fast because Cassie, unlike certain people, doesn't have any moral qualms about killing human villains.
- Genre Savvy
- Gentle Giant: Vlad.
- The Glasses Come Off: Cassie needed glasses as a kid... she apparently doesn't any more.
- Go for the Eye: Lynn, the fake Samhain empowered by the Godbox, has one weakness — apparently the Godbox doesn't think invulnerability should extend to the eyes. Cassie obviously exploits this weakness.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Emily Christy's attempts at researching slashers results in her becoming one, the scientist experimenting with infusing children with slasher genes in Little Children gets killed by them, Herbert West and Jack Hack's experiments result in the resurrection of Delilah Hack, who quickly devolves back into the Lunch Lady...
- Gonk: Ashley Guthrie.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Gorn: In one of the Love Bunny backups, the titular character even disparagingly calls it "gore pornography".
- Gory Discretion Shot: Slice Hard had a particularly cool one involving an X-ray machine.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Ashley Guthrie.
- Gotta Kill Them All
- Grand Theft Me: Both Laura Lochs and D1ab0liq were capable of possessing people.
- Groin Attack: While held captive and tortured by Doctor Gross, Cassie managed to kick him in the crotch. After overcoming the pain, he proceeds to yammer on about how targeting his balls represented her deep-seated hatred of her absent father.
- Vlad gets a knee to the balls in Slice Hard.
- Cassie also falls victim to a crotch-kick in Murder Messiah.
- Groupie Brigade: That turns into a lynch mob.
- Guilt by Coincidence: Cassie first met Vlad during a spate of slasher murders in Chicago, and since Vlad was living in the shadows at the time, is big, burly and... not a looker, she mistook him for the killer and attacked him.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: While Vlad slices and pulverizes, Cassie usually blows brains out.
- Happy Ending Override: At the beginning of Son of Samhain, Cassie has broken up with Georgia and gone back to a wandering and violent life, because she simply couldn't handle normality.
- Harmless Villain: Pooch (who pulled a Heel-Face Turn) and the Jersey Devil. Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter featured a so-called "secret society" of them.
- Healing Factor: Almost all slashers have one, explaining their near-immortality.
- Heel-Face Turn: Pooch, though he was pretty much an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain anyway.
- Heroic BSOD: Cassie, after watching her father die, and her mother re-re-die.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Usually also counts as Redemption Equals Death.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Cassie has always feared becoming a slasher, just like her mother.
- Historical-Domain Character: Sawney Beane, the Scottish Cannibal, becomes a creature like The Shadow over Innsmouth.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Sergeant Ryan Kramer from Land of Lost Toys was a slasher who became active every Memorial Day. Entry Wound involved every holiday-themed slasher waking up early, including a Sergeant Ryan Kramer, Jr.
- The Hunter
- Hurting Hero
- I Am A Humanitarian: The Beane family say they need to eat human flesh to keep up their strength. It's unknown whether or not regular meat can do the trick ( seeing as Vlad seems to do just fine) or if this is just something that stuck with them due to Sawney Beane.
- I Ate WHAT?: Delilah didn't just kill the kids who bullied Cassie, she butchered them and made them into cafeteria food, which was fed to the rest of the unknowing students.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The first asylum inmate Evil Ernie kills to "impress" Cassie says he was institutionalized because he ate people, claiming doing so let him "see God".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Oroborous.
- Implacable Man: Most slashers.
- Immune to Bullets: Averted, surprisingly. Shoot a slasher enough times, and it stays down.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As far as occasionally-jealous, basement-raised, monstrous undead serial killers go, Vlad has some very strong shades of this. He always chooses the high road when he can.
- Inferred Holocaust: After Cassie and Vlad release Fantomah, given what's happening to the world's jungles nowadays.
- ... Which is actually being brought up, starting with issue five of Volume 2.
- Intercontinuity Crossover:
- Most notably with Re-Animator and Child's Play. According to Word of God, Seeley considers all well-known slasher franchises to be set in the same universe. Jason is shown in a flashback, and the Dread drinkers are just Dream demons given a different name by Jeffrey.
- And the one-page dream project, Dexter vs. Jason vs. Hack/Slash.
- The most recent one had Cassie, after her second run of comics, team up with Ashley Williams.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Evil Ernie, once he gets inside Cassie's head.
- In the Blood: Early issues suggest that becoming a slasher can happen to anyone who is Axe Crazy enough while alive, but it later turns out that slasherness is hereditary in anybody descended from the original members of the Black Lamps, thanks to the weird effects of the Black Ambrosia drug they abused. (Although since that was 2500 years in the past, the genetic taint has spread quite widely.)
- Ironic Echo:
Cassie: You feel alive. Share it with me.
- Ironic Hell: Subverted in the Chucky crossover with Laura Loch's Hell House, where the assigned punishments were completely random. Played straight in the Shout at the Devil arc, when Six Sixx is sentenced to perform in a demonic dive for the rest of eternity.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cassie, most of the time.
- Jerkass: Kyle, also something of a Politically Incorrect Jerkass considering some of the stuff he says to and about Chris.
- Joker Immunity: A few slashers (notably Ashley Guthrie) have reappeared after their apparent demise.
- Just Think of the Potential: Using slashers as Super Soldiers, and studying them in an attempt to attain immortality.
- Kid Detective: Double Feature had Cat Curio, who, for her troubles, got knifed and put in a coma for at least ten years.
- Killer Rabbit: Ashley Guthrie, when he was stuck possessing a teddy bear◊.
- Knight Templar Parent: Don't let Delilah Hack catch you mistreating Cassie. Seriously, don't.
- The Lad-ette: Cassie; she's rude, angry, rowdy, snarky, and very prone to delivering a Cluster F-Bomb.
- Last Minute Hookup: Cassie and Georgia.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: A nameless Slasher is shown in a flashback about "Slashers started appearing more often in the 80's", who wears a hockey mask.
- Legacy Character: Father Wrath II.
- Legion of Doom: Akakios manages to get a load of the more memorable slashers to team up for the final arc.
- Living Toys: Ashley Guthrie's entire shtick, mixed with Your Worst Nightmare
- Loony Fan: The Sundermann brothers from Comic Book Carnage, and the Tin Man from Over the Rainbow.
- Lost in the Maize: My First Maniac. Grinface turned Farmer Fig's cornfield into a deadly maze, full of traps and surrounded by barbed wire, for the purposes of his "game".
- Mama Bear: A very dark one.
- Along with Delilah, there was Mother Leeds from The Living Corpse crossover.
- Mars Needs Women: The Lords of Nef can't create life... so they impregnate virgins taken from Earth.
- Mauve Shirt: A number of characters, notably Jason from Land of Lost Toys, whose death even depressed the normally stoic Cassie.
- McNinja: Cassie faces one with Ash that's an "Artic ninja commando".
- The Medic: Lisa, as much as a veterinarian can be.
- Meta Guy: Mary Shelley Lovecraft.
- Mind Rape: Done to Cassie by Doctor Gross, and done en masse by the Dread Drinkers in Mind Killer.
- Mission Control: Hack/Slash Inc., also known as Chris and Lisa.
- Mix-and-Match Man: Julian the Mosaic Man.
- Mommy Issues: A rare heroic example.
- Monster Clown: Mortimer Strick - "I'm going to make a balloon animal outta your esophagus!"
- Monster Misogyny
- Mook Maker: The Jersey Devil's Witch mother.
- Morality Pet: Vlad is this to Cassie.
- Motive Rant: Lots of the villains.
- Muggles Do It Better: Turns out that Kat's modern scientific chemistry can beat Akakios's mystical alchemy.
- Mundanger: The first ever villain we see Cassie and Vlad take down was the coach of a cheerleading camp who had been murdering campers. He appeared completely normal... aside from him wearing a catcher's mask while killing, for some reason. The second Father Wrath also turned out to be a completely human copycat.
- Musical Episode: Deadbeats! from Trailers Part 2.
- My Beloved Smother: Delilah Hack.
- My Greatest Failure / I Let Gwen Stacy Die: As of Hack/Slash Vs. Army of Darkness, Vladislov 's death is this for Cassie.
- Nasty Party: Laura Loch's plan in Girls Gone Dead.
- Neck Snap: The Mosaic Man does Loch's friend in this way.
- Never Sleep Again: Villain Ashley Guthrie initially had the ability to kill people in their dreams.
- No Bisexuals: Averted. Hack/Slash actually has a small gay fan following due to Cassie briefly pursuing a relationship with a stripper named Margaret Crump. It caused them both a bit of soul-searching, but what's broken it off for the time being is Cassie's inability to deal with the notion that the slashers she hunts might show up and kill Margaret. Cassie would later have a deeply bizarre relationship with Samhain.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The "Dead Celebrities" arc includes caricatures of Lady Gaga, the Kardashian sisters, and characters from Jersey Shore as victims. And a caricature of Bruno Mars as the slasher. In the final arc, Roderick Fetch is a caricature of Rupert Murdoch and the rock band Mime Squad are Insane Clown Posse.
- No Social Skills: Vlad was raised in isolation by a butcher, and it shows.
- Nostalgia Filter: Portrayed in canon.
- Not Quite Dead: They're Slasher villains.
- Not So Different: Cassie, with her mother being a Slasher, has the potential to become one, and is often haunted by her past deeds.
- Offscreen Teleportation: They're Slasher villains.
- Off with His Head!: Often.
- Oh, Crap: Various instances, the best probably being when Cassie goes to tell the authorities all about slashers, realizing too late she's wanted as a suspect in homicide cases all over the country.
Cassie: "... Fuck me running..."
- One-Winged Angel: Ms. America near the end of Tub Club, when she became Ourobouros.
- Opening Narration:
"Cassie Hack is the lone survivor of an attack by a slasher called the Lunch Lady... a slasher that happened to be her mother! Now, she travels the world with her monstrous partner and friend Vlad, hunting down and destroying slashers wherever they find them!"
- Orifice Invasion: Creepy leech monsters. In the eyes.
- Origins Issue: My First Maniac for Cassie, and Me Without You for Vlad.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Guess who.
- Parental Abandonment: Jack Hack left his wife and daughter.
- Police Are Useless and usually fodder.
- Professor Guinea Pig: To stop herself from dying, Emily Christy used her experimental slasher serum on herself in Slice Hard.
- Psycho Electro: D1ab0liq.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Bobby Brunswick from Euthanized, the Sundermann brothers from Comic Book Carnage, Edgar from BUMPed.
- Public Domain Character: Nightmare and Sleepy, a pair of Golden Age superheroes, appear in flashback, and a few other Golden Age heroes are obliquely mentioned in the same story.
- The Purge: Akakios's slaughter of the Black Lantern leadership, and then his all-out attack on Cassie's friends and their friends and relatives.
- Put on a Bus: quite a few people, notably Georgia, though The Bus Came Back. Her girlfriend Jessie, though? Put on a permanent one at the end.
- Raising the Steaks: Early villain Bobby Brunswick had the ability to reanimate animals from the pet cemetery where he was buried. A slasher shark also shows up in Trailers.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: In-universe; Cassie derides a bunch of schlock monster movies as having really crappy monster effects. Turns out the monsters were all real.
- Recycled In Space!: One of the "possible" stories in Trailers had the government sending Cassie and Vlad into space to kill slashers who had taken over a space station.
- Redemption Failure: Samhain is it with this pretty hard when trying to save Cassie In South America.
- Refuge in Audacity: Summoned when Six Sixx, when asked about the source of his success, gleefully yells "I MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL!". He did, but the other man just says "yeah, whatever".
- Revenant Zombie: All the fully-empowered slashers are examples of this. A Government Conspiracy investigating them even refers to them as "revenants" or "revs".
- Revenge by Proxy
- Room Full of Crazy: Ashley Guthrie's mother, after being institutionalized.
- Rogues Gallery: Cassie usually tends to put people down, but a couple of Slashers have come back to haunt her more than once (that's their thing to begin with), notably Jeffrey Sixx Six, the Mosaic Man and Mary Shelley Lovecraft.
- Rule of Cool
- Rule of Scary: The entire concept of the series.
- Sacrificial Lion: Vladislov dies in the finale, which takes Cassie over the edge.
- Samus is a Girl: The second Samhain.
- Scars Are Forever: But can be conveniently covered by a boot.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: The Tub Club arc featured an entire cult of them... it was hot.
- Sealed Chaotic Good In A Can: Fantomah.
- Serial Killer: The mortal slashers would probably be this, if they didn't have some kind of edge (magic, demonic empowerment, etc.)
- Serial-Killer Killer: A radio show Cassie and Vlad occasionally listen to even nicknamed her "The S.K.K."
- Shapeshifting Seducer: Mary Shelley Lovecraft tries to coerce Cassie into joining her with this.
- Shoot the Dog: Cassie killing the remaining feral children at the end of Little Children.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Libby Loch's subplot in Murder Messiah, which ends with her being literally shot in the face.
- Shout-Out: A number to the works of HP Lovecraft, amongst other sources.
- Mary Shelley Lovecraft, not only being a shout out unto herself, mentions that Cassie is a compelling character, though not as loved as the Summers girl
- An earlier reference to Buffy can be found in the Shout-Out-filled Comic Book Carnage. When Cassie explains who she is, someone tells her that if she "wants to play Buffy" the roleplaying room is upstairs.
- Obligatory crossover art.
- Cassie's father uses the alias — in the Re-Animator crossover — is Stewart Gordon.
- At one point Chris wears a shirt with the phrase Over 9000 on it.
- Shower Scene: A lot of them.
- Show Some Leg: Land of Lost Toys:
Nurse: "You! This is a high security area of the hospital! How'd you get in here?!"
Cassie: "I showed the guy at the door a li'l leg... oh, and I paid him 150 bucks."
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Subverted in the Chucky crossover, when Laura expected Cassie to pull something during her rant and kicks her in the face.
- Single Tear: When Cassie inadvertedly ends up back in time and watches Vlad die a second time she's gobstruck and sheds one.
- Sinister Scythe: Used by The Waking Man. Julian the Mosaic Man also used a spiky scythe... thing.
- Sinister Minister: Father Wrath, who even appeared to be a Fred Phelps-Captain Ersatz when he was mortal.
- Slasher Smile: A lot of slashers are pretty smiley. Most notably Grinface, who wears a mask with a perpetual ear-to-ear smile on it.
- Sociopathic Soldier: The main mercenary from Tub Club had shades of this.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Mary Shelley Lovecraft:
[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
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.
- Squee: Pretty much Cassie's initial reaction to seeing Captain Ersatz of He-Man and Lion-O fighting in Land of Lost Toys.
- Staking the Loved One: Cassie is forced to kill her mother... twice.
- Storming the Castle: In the Final Battle
- Strawman Political: Laura Lochs and both Father Wraths.
- Stripperiffic: Including:
- Take That: In The Living Corpse crossover, Cassie, finding the shack supposedly inhabited by The Jersey Devil, says "I swear to God, if there's only some guy in there standing in the corner, I want my money back."
Cassie: And I fought some kind of a zombie demon hybrid which according to Ash isn't called a Zemon or a Dombie.
- Team Pet: Pooch.
- That Man Is Dead
- There Are No Therapists: Well, there was one... who was evil and had no skin.
- They Fight Crime
- Those Two Bad Guys: Milk & Cheese.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cassie and Margaret's relationship.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore
- Too Dumb to Live
- Torture Porn: Doctor Gross' M.O. He even lampshades it, saying that the days of slash and stab are over with and it's all about really messed up torture now.
- Torture Technician: Doctor Gross.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty
- The Undead
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Vlad has feelings for Cassie. This increases after he has had "the sex" (With someone else).
- Victim of the Week
- Vigilante Man: Cassie and Vlad, Nathan from The Coldest Dish. Evil Ernie tried becoming one, but didn't make a real effort to not kill random bystanders.
- Villain Team-Up: Slice Hard. The slashers cooperate surprisingly well... except for X-O.
- Ashley and Six Sixx in Closer.
- Waif-Fu: Usually averted, surprisingly.
- Walking the Earth: Or America, anyway.
- We Can Rule Together: Mary Shelley Lovecraft tried pulling this in Something's Fishy.
- Weak, but Skilled
- Weapon of Choice: Meat cleavers and a baseball bat.
- When Trees Attack: BUMPed
- Whip It Good: Cassie in Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter. She proves skilled enough with it to pretty much eradicate someone's nose with it.
- Who You Gonna Call?
- Wild Child: Feral children were used for "Rev-D" experiments in Little Children; it causes them to regress to an extremely feral state, eventually killing their surrogate father and forming an effective wolfpack.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Pretty much all slashers, due to their brains being screwed up. Samhain appears to be an exception, though only due to conditioning, and Ms. America had moments of lucidity, as she wasn't a "pure" slasher.
- X Meets Y: At least one ad described the series as Buffy, if it was made by Wes Craven and Rob Zombie.
- Xanatos Gambit: The Dread Drinkers' plan; they let Six Sixx go when Ashley ended up in their prison dimension, sensing Ashley was a dreamwalker whose abilities, combined with Six Sixx's, could allow them to escape the dimension "the One" exiled them to aeons ago. Once out, they intended to use Ashley's abilities to spread across the world, and then the universe. If Ashley didn't work with Six Sixx as planed, then she's stuck in a prison dimension with things that take pleasure in Mind Rape.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Cassie tracks down her long-lost father, then he dies.
- Cassie gets friends in My First Maniac... then one is revealed to be the crazy girlfriend of the slasher, who kills the other.
- You No Take Candle: Vlad, since the butcher who raised him had a fairly loose grasp of English.
- Your Head Asplode: The Trailers story Dead Celebrities.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Ashley Guthrie.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Akakios's planned mass slasher conversion in the final arc.