"I'll swallow your soul!"
"The fact is that you can't hold Ash to the same standard that you hold mere mortals to. He is not only just a complete and total Badass; He is the standard by which all future badasses will be measured. So if he wants to jump onto a department store trampoline and fire fifteen perfectly-aimed shotgun shells in rapid succession while soaring twenty feet in the air, he can do it. You and I can't; but you and I are also not Ash. And while it may seem impossible for him to do the things that he does and kick as much ass as he is famous for doing, I assure you that it isn't. Why, you ask? Simple. Because he's Ash."
In 1979, a bunch of teens got together in a cabin in Tennessee and made a film with a standard B-Movie
plot; this film was The Evil Dead
. The film, which was directed by Sam Raimi
and starred Bruce Campbell
, succeeded through elaborate gore effects, slick cinematography, and sheer audacity to make enough money to warrant two sequels and get into the public consciousness. The result of the two sequels was a strange blend where Narm Charm
meets Rule of Cool
The first film's story follows a bunch of teens who get together in a cabin in Tennessee and play a tape recorded recitation from a demonic book of the dead (the Necronomicon
) — which leads to each of them becoming possessed and attacking the others. Evil Dead 2
is a partial sequel and a partial remake. Because Raimi was unable to use scenes from the original filmnote
, he turned the first act of the sequel into a quick, simplified version of the first film. In it, Ashley J. Williams survives the possession of his girlfriend and, along with some new arrivals, manages to fight back the evil demons possessing the house. This film leads straight into Army of Darkness
.Army of Darkness
is the most well-known and quoted film of the trilogy. Ash is transported back to Medieval Europe, where he finds out he can return to his own time if he can retrieve the Necronomicon. Ash manages to find the book, but when he inevitably screws up
the retrieval, he's forced to train and help the not-so-peaceful villagers
he's placed in the path of an Army of Darkness.
The third film catapulted Ash into pop culture popularity; there are four videogames, tons of comic book adaptions (including crossovers
with Marvel Zombies
, as well as Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash
), a Role-Playing Game
under the Unisystem
umbrella, and a Broadway musical
all based on Ash and the Evil Dead
trilogy.A remake of the first movie
and an official reboot of the franchise was released in April 2013 (although it supposedly takes place in the same universe as the original series); Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell are producers, while Diablo Cody
revised the script. Fede Alvarez, director of the short film Panic Attack!
, directed the film. Jane Levy of Suburgatory
fame was cast as Mia, that film's Expy of Ash
. You can watch the Red Band trailer here.
Ash also appears as a character in a crossover poker game
, sadly not voiced by Bruce Campbell
In the face of over 20 years of rumors for an Evil Dead 4
, Sam Raimi has finally confirmed
that there will be a sequel: a 10-part TV series called Ash vs the Evil Dead
, with Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash
. The series is set to be televised on the Starz Network in 2015.
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- Alien Blood: Blue, green, and black.
- An Aesop: Don't read from The Book Of The Dead. For the third film, keep a pen and paper ready to remember some magic words.
- Angrish: Ash has a tendency to babble and scream incoherently when frightened or enraged.
- Animate Dead: what happens when you remove the book. There's a spell to disable that, but Ash mispronounces it; Hilarity Ensues.
- Anti-Hero: Ash kind of goes from type I to III through the course of the trilogy. Pretty much a softy throughout Evil Dead, a little more competent in Evil Dead II and eventually becomes a hero. In Army of Darkness he has become Wrong Genre Savvy. He has his share of badass moments but he's also now a clumsy, dim-witted, womanizing, jerk. He does kind of learn his lesson by the end though.
- Apocalyptic Log: The source of the entire mess.
- Alternate Timeline: The games typically go into their own paths in regards to what happens after Evil Dead 2. Hail to the King throws together multiple elements from across the series into a single plot, A Fistful of Boomstick has Ash escape the cabin without getting sucked away into a portal, and spends his time drinking away his sorrows. Regeneration has much the same, except he ends up sent to an asylum.
- Arrow Cam - A favorite of Raimi.
- Artificial Limbs: When his hand is chopped off, Ash replaces it with a chainsaw. Later, he replaces that with a clockwork gauntlet. In the extended media beyond the films, he'll frequently swap out his gauntlet with the saw (for example, in A Fistful of Boomstick, he can switch the chainsaw out with a flamethrower and a gatling gun).
- Ax-Crazy: How Ash copes with the events of the first two movies. By the third, he's turned it into Crazy Awesome.
- Badass Normal: Ash goes up against demons from hell, medieval knights, the undead and his own mutated friends with no training, preparation or backup, and still manages to kick ass and take names.
- Bad Black Barf: One of the numerous icky signs of demonic possession.
- Badass Transplant: Ash replaced his right hand with a chainsaw, after he's forced to chop it off after it gets Deadite possessed. He uses it to great effect in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.
- Barrier-Busting Blow - Several times across the films, but hilariously subverted in Army of Darkness, where Ash keeps screaming goofily until he notices the monster's stopped trying to get in.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played straight with Ash himself, who only ever gets superficial injuries to his face that just make him seem more handsome. By the third film, his costume is a walking Shirtless Scene. There is a scene in the first film where he gets covered from head to toe in blood; a second later his face is completely clean, and the only thing the blood did was make his shirt cling to his chest in a fanservice-y way.
- Big Bad: The unseen entity that brings about the Deadites, posseses people and trees and even Ash's severed hand. In the third movie it incarnates itself as an undead clone of Ash. In the second film, it is forced to manifest a physical form and becomes a huge head that uses the trees as arms.
- Big "NO!": Ash, repeatedly, but especially at the alternate end of the third film.
- Bilingual Bonus: Necronomicon ex Mortis. "Necronomicon" is based on Greek and can be roughly translated to "book considering (or classifying) the dead." The "ex Mortis" is Latin and means "from/by the Dead." Neither part means exactly what the creator intended it to mean. On top of it all, the book is said to be Sumerian. This may be why the 2013 remake goes back to the original "Naturom Demonto" name.
- Black Blood: Along with all sorts of liquids the production staff used as blood, mostly to avoid an X-rating. The possessed Shelly bleeds white blood whilst faking her death throes.
- Bland-Name Product: "Shop Smart, Shop S-Mart!"note
- Body Horror: Begins fairly early in the first movie and goes downhill from there. Highlights include a snake-like neck and a breakneck ballet in the second film.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the reboot. The cutting off the arm scene is made far worse when said arm is hanging from your body by a string of flesh then just sloughs to the floor. Not to mention a close up of cutting your tongue in half with a knife or slicing off a large portion of your cheek. All of these scenes also are conveniently shown in the trailers just to make sure the viewer knows what type of movie they are going to.
- Don't forget the infamous tree rape scene from the original. Made even worse in the remake, Mia is bound and choked by the trees and is instead raped by a giant thorny leech creature the deadite vomits out. You get to see it slither around her leg before being painfully treated to seeing it enter her nethers completely. Qualifies as Fridge Horror when you realize you never see it leave and it's probably still inside her, maybe alive, maybe dead and rotting.
- Bond One-Liner: Many. But here's one anyway:
Good Ash: (fires shotgun up Evil Ash's nose) Good, Bad, I'm the guy with the gun.
- Bottomless Magazines: At one point, Ash fires his double barreled shotgun at least three times in quick succession, far faster than someone with only one hand can reload. There's also the lever action rifle in Army of Darkness which he fires about 30 times without reloading. And then there's the bottomless gas tank for the chainsaw.
- Averted in the first two Evil Dead movies, where Ash had to reload his double barrel a few times, and in the 2013 reboot as well.
- Played with near the end of the remake. Mia has to fill the gas on the chainsaw at first but with as little as she gets into the tank it runs FAR longer than it should be able to.
- Butt Monkey: Badass he may be, but Ash is still this quite often.
- Byronic Hero: Ash has too many character flaws to count. Fortunately, giving up is not one of them.
- California Doubling: Army of Darkness takes place in medieval England, but it's pretty obviously filmed in Bronson Canyon and Vasquez Rocks. Bruce Campbell has a lot of fun ribbing Sam Raimi about it in their DVD commentary. Notably averted in the first two movies, which really were filmed in the Appalachian forest (much to the chagrin of the Michigan-based cast and crew, especially during the first movie).
- Catch Phrase: The deadites constantly scream, "I'll swallow your soul!". Also, "Join us..."
- Canon Discontinuity: All three films overlap slightly, with the shared scenes playing out different. If you can attach the Evil Dead 2 scene with Ash being attacked at daybreak to the first movie's ending, then remove Ash's arrival in medieval times from Evil Dead 2, and then attach Ash's arrival from Army of Darkness onto it instead, and you'll have the single-continuity storyline that Raimi envisioned.
- Which brings up the question of why the cabin is back in perfect shape in Evil Dead 2, but if you did this cut-and-pasting, you could handwave it as the Evil putting everything back both to mess with Ash's head and set the trap for the new group.
- Chainsaw Good: Probably one of the most iconic examples in media.
- The Chew Toy: Ash just can't get a break. The original ending of the third movie would have taken this Up to Eleven.
- The Chosen One: Technically, the "Promised One". Also mixed with a little It Sucks to Be the Chosen One.
- Cool Car: Sam Raimi's 1973 Oldsmobile is Ash's in the series. Even the car Took a Level in Badass in Army of Darkness, when it is turned into a war machine.
- Covers Always Lie: Two of the most famous posters for the first movie are total lies:
- One depicts a woman (presumably Linda, though it's hard to tell) being grabbed by the neck and dragged underground by a Deadite's hand, while futilely trying to escape. Nobody ever gets dragged underground in the movie.
- Another shows a scowling, blood-soaked Ash, with Linda cowering behind him, wielding a chainsaw over his head, about to use it against an unseen (or partially seen) Deadite. There's a chainsaw in the movie, but Ash never uses it as a weapon- in fact, he never ends up actually using it at all. He uses one all the time in the sequels, though.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Played straight in "Army of Darkness." Ash finds plenty of opportunities to snark about medieval culture and action-adventure tropes.
- Ash gets some moments in the first two movies, too.
Linda: Hey Ash, I guessed the card right!
Ash (distracted): Yeah, truly amazing.
- Demonic Possession: Pretty much the whole plot of the first two movies. Sheila in the third.
- De Terminator: Ash obviously, but Arthur gets points too since he is still fighting deadites with arrows lodged in his shoulders.
- Dirty Coward: Scott in the first movie. Played with in the sequels with Ash, where he seemingly acts like a coward, but he either really isn't or just mans up.
- Downer Ending: The first film and the original ending for the third film. Ash doesn't seem pleased by the second film's ending, but it's not really a downer.
- In a scrapped ending of the remake, after Mia walks out of the woods, she get picked up by a couple in their truck. While taking her back into town, her eyes suddenly turn yellow like the film's deadites and she smiles at the camera before cutting to black.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: AND they're comin' back to getcha!
- Evil Hand
- Evil Is Hammy: The Deadites in the first movie and Evil Ash in Army of Darkness.
- Evil Laugh: The Deadites love doing this.
- Exact Words: It has been said for years that there will never be an "Evil Dead 4"; however, this leaves them perfectly open to do "Army of Darkness 2"
- Extremely Short Timespan: The entire trilogy takes place in about a week, going by Ash's perspective.
- Eye Scream: All the movies contain at least one wound to the eye or the eye area.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Assuming you trust the source, the second movie alludes to possession and death being the least of victims' problems in this series:
"Even now we have your darling Linda's soul. She suffers in torment."
- Similarly, in the remake, the demon possessing Mia taunts David saying "Your little sister's being raped in hell!" After she is brought back, Mia cries to David "It was so horrible..."
- Final Girl: Um... Guy, although with something of a Gender-Blender Name. This "twist" was actually commented on by film studies, and it's now a bit cooler for guys to have this name.
- Played straight in the remake, mainly because the filmmakers thought that no guy could hope to match Bruce Campbell's performance in the original.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much the Deadites' only motivation for doing anything.
- Averted in the remake, the demon wants to claim 5 souls to rise from Hell. What it plans on after that is never explained, although there seems to be some heavy Apocalyptic overtones.
- From Bad to Worse: Pretty much the entire point of the series. Every time it looks like it might either be getting better, or he might hit rock bottom, or he has any kind of fortune or misfortune whatsoever, something happens to Ash. Case in point - after surviving most of the night, killing his zombie ex-girlfriend and presumably taking care of his own zombie hand by cutting it off, another group of people show up, think he murdered their family, and throw him in the cellar. Headfirst. Then, they listen to the Apocalyptic Log and find out the old man who lived there was actually attacked by his possessed ex-wife. And he buried her in the cellar...
- Gender-Blender Name: Who'd have thought that one of the most significant Badass characters of the Eighties would be named Ashley? Although it used to be strictly a male name (along with Leslie, Shirley, etc.).
- Genius Ditz: Ash may be a total cartoon character (when he's not being a badass), but he's still able to effortlessly create a fully-articulated prosthetic hand for himself, synthesize gunpowder and explosive materials using only found natural resources and the Chemistry textbooks in the trunk of his car, and then turn said car into a whirling, bladed death machine. As he puts it:
Ash: We can take 'em on! With science!
- Genre Shift: The first movie is a more-or-less straightforward horror film. Evil Dead 2 is a strange hybrid of gory, serious horror, and slapstick comedy. Army of Darkness drops almost all the horror and works instead as an action-comedy. This is surprisingly not an example of Executive Meddling, as creator Sam Raimi helmed all three films, and the progression from horror to comedy was his own idea. The reboot however, is a shift back to straight up horror and some may say it is even more grotesque than the original was.
- Gorn: A major staple of the series. The second and third film crank up the gore, with the second having a near-flooding of the cabin floor with orange blood from a decapitation, and the third having a geyser of blood.
- The remake shows multiple shots of characters projectile vomiting blood, chainsaws being hacked through limbs accompanied by geysers of the aforementioned blood, a possessed Olivia giving herself a Chelsea Smile, a character using an electric saw to cut off her possessed arm a la Ash, a character being set on fire, and a bludgeoning, Deadite Mia cutting her own tongue in half with a knife and forcibly making out with a female character, and finishes with Evil Mia getting a chainsaw fed to her.
- The original movie was pretty gory too. There's the scene where Ash is in the basement and everything starts bleeding, and the end when all the Deadites start rotting away and leaking what appears to be oatmeal.
- Groin Attack: In the infamous tree-rape scene and a similar scene in the remake.
- Haunted Headquarters: The cabin in the woods.
- Hero of Another Story: According to the recordings, Professor Knowby had his own share of Deadite troubles before Ash got anywhere near the cabin.
- High-Pressure Blood: Every film has it in almost every death scene. Taken to firehose extremes with Jake.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: "We're going to get you, We're going to get you."
- Jerkass: Scotty in the first film, Jake and Bobby Joe in the second and Ash in the third. Scotty's jerkassery is turned Up to Eleven in the musical.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ash in the sequels, especially Army of Darkness.
- Kill 'em All: Everybody but Ash in 1 and 2.
- Everybody but Mia in the reboot, and even in her case, she merely failed to stay dead.
- Kensington Gore: Lots of it. The Musical is one of the few Broadway shows to include a "splatter zone" and fans have taken to wearing white t-shirts to shows to take home as bloody souvenirs.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Bruce Campbell's famous lantern jaw makes him a very iconic hero.
- Large Ham:
- Rumor has it that Bruce Campbell was hospitalized for two weeks after filming "Army of Darkness" on account of the damage done to his digestive tract after eating all of that scenery. Especially since he was essentially playing two hams: Ash and Bad Ash.
- Deadite Cheryl in the first film is also a major one.
- Lighter and Softer: The second and third films.
- Losing Your Head: Linda in both movies as well as the deadite in the climax. Also, this happens to Evil Ash in Army of Darkness.
- The Lost Woods: The setting of the first two movies and remake once the Necronomicon's been read aloud, they also take up some of the plot during Army of Darkness, as Ash rides to find the Necronomicon.
- Within the Woods, a "practice" film Raimi and Co. made pre-Evil Dead.
- Lovecraft Lite: The Undead are crawling all over? Unfathomably ancient demons summoned by the Tome of Eldritch Lore are possessing people? Time for Ash to lay the smack down!
- The remake as well. Demons have possessed and killed your friends and relatives, and a Humanoid Abomination rises from Hell. A chainsaw to the face will fix that!
- MacGyvering: Ash seems to be pretty bright when it comes to making makeshift equipment. In Evil Dead II, he creates his iconic Boomstick harness that also has a thing to start up his chainsaw. In Army of Darkness, he creates a fully functional "cyborg" hand made from the hand of the armor of a knight, created a few things from his science textbook and gun power from his Boomstick, and transforming his Olds into a giant propeller of death. This happens in the remake too, where David throws together a Magical Defibrillator in the hopes of killing Mia and then bringing her back to life sans demon.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: Ash evolves from a fairly sensitive guy into snarling comedic misanthropy over the course of the movies, though he's had one hell of a bad weekend to justify it. It probably didn't help that his allies in both the second and third movie introduced themselves by trying to kill him.
Ash: Now I swear... the next one of you primates... even touches me...
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted. Of the seven people killed in the first two movies, five of them are women. The Sole Survivor is even a man.
- Likewise in the remake. While the Sole Survivor is a woman this time, the ladies otherwise get it far worse than the guys do. All three of the female characters are brutally disfigured on-screen, far more than the two men are.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Used straight and subverted, at a couple points the deadites go back to their host's pre-corpse state to fool Ash.
- Monochromatic Eyes: On the Deadites.
- Mood Whiplash: The two sequels go from scary to hilarious and back again so quickly that your neck will hurt.
- Once per Episode: Ash's love interests have a nasty habit of turning Deadite near the end, forcing him to kill them (this is especially a pattern if you count the video games). Oddly, Sheila in Army of Darkness gets better without explanation.
- Orifice Invasion: Spoofed in Army of Darkness. Played much more seriously in the original and remake.
- Our Demons Are Different: They're Sumerian demons that possess corpses and the weak-minded, turning them into monsters.
- Or as seen in Ash's case, those who've been knocked out.
- Peek-A-Boo Corpse
- Popcultural Osmosis
- P.O.V. Cam: The evil thing chasing characters.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
- Kind of Ash's specialty...
Ash: Yo. She-bitch. Let's go.
Ash: Come to Papa.
Ash: Lady, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store.
- In-universe example; the Book of the Dead is given the title Naturom Demonto in the first film, then changed to being the Necronomicon in the second film as a Shout-Out to HP Lovecraft, and finally it becomes "Necronomicon ex Mortis" in Army of Darkness. The title changes back to the former in the 2013 remake, perhaps due to the awkwardness of its Army of Darkness title.
- Army of Darkness starts off with a Retcon too. While at the end of Evil Dead 2 Ash destroyed a winged demon with a single shotgun blast and was promptly lauded as the Chosen One who would deliver humanity from the Deadites, AoD quickly retells events to show Ash immediately being mistaken for a defeated enemy of a passing army and dragged away as a slave.
- Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: Each film becomes more comical than the last.
- Rule of Cool: Ash kills demons with a shotgun in his left hand, and a chainsaw as his right hand, all while spouting one-liners and puns that are so bad they're good.
- Rule of Funny: Partially the driving purpose behind the two sequels.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun
- Sequel Hook: At the end of the second movie.
- Serial Escalation: The series begins with a college student fighting demons in an isolated cabin in the woods, and gets cooler from there.
- Shaky P.O.V. Cam
- Included in the cellar is a ripped poster from The Hills Have Eyes. Wes Craven returned the favor by showing Evil Dead on TV in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Then Raimi did it again by sticking a Freddy glove in Evil Dead 2.
- A number of physical-comedy scenes from Army Of Darkness are an obvious The Three Stooges homage.
- The haunted forest with a girl running in the darkness and attacked by possessed trees reminds a little Snow White's dark forest sequence, exepct this time the trees are real and not part of hallucinations.
- The scene where Ash developed an eye on his shoulder, then a second head, and finally, split into Good and Evil Ash is taken straight from the 1959 B-movie The Manster.
- The remake takes this farther even than most remakes do, including brief clips of dialogue from the original in the background music and playing part of Professor Knowby's tape over the credits. This is before we get into entire lines of dialogue and scenes that were lifted from the originals. One could make an entire page of them.
- The remake includes a few references to Raimi's previous Drag Me to Hell. The opening scene involves a parent bringing their cursed child to a witch to save them (and failing) and a possessed Mia vomiting blood in Olivia's mouth references the corpse of the Gypsy woman doing the same.
- The mispronounced magic words from Army Of Darkness are straight from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
- Shovel Strike: Linda gets her noggin struck clean off with a (presumably super extra-sharp) shovel in both movies.
- The Siege
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: See Genre Shift.
- The Southpaw: Of course, when your left hand is the only hand you have left...
- Stock Shout-Outs:
- Sword and Gun: Chainsaw And Shotgun
- Tired of Running: By the last fifteen minutes of each movie in the trilogy, Ash has been driven mad by the things the Evil has forced him to see and do, to the point where he is no longer scared so much as just pissed off. It is at this point he raises hell with his chainsaw and/or shotgun.
- In Army of Darkness, Ash actually tells the panicking to go ahead and run if they wish.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The "Naturom Demonto," though it becomes the "Necronomicron ex Mortis" in the sequels (after Sam Raimi learned about HP Lovecraft and renamed the book as a Shout-Out). Usually shortened by characters to either "the Necronomicon" or "the Book of the Dead".
- Too Dumb to Live: Cheryl, to some degree. The musical hangs a huge lampshade on this:
Cheryl: Now, Mother always said when you hear a strange, frightening and potentially life-threatening ghostly chant coming from the dark woods, there's only one thing that you should do: not go wake the others and go investigate it alone!
- The redneck duo is very much this, but of the two Jake easily deserves special mention. He throws away the Necronomicon pages into Henrietta's den. When Ash tries protesting, he knocks him out which leaves Ash vulnerable to becoming possessed and turning into a Deadite.
- Eric in the remake. He pretty much doomed himself and all of his friends after speaking the incantation that brought forth the evil forces, despite the warnings within the book itself not to do so.
- Took a Level in Badass: Ash. He starts off as a nebbish, somewhat timid college student. A few days (and two sequels) later, he's redefined the word badass.
- Bruce Campbell himself actually took a level in badass during the filming of Evil Dead 2, so he could be a better fit to the shotgun-wielding chainsaw-handed king of badasses that Ash would eventually become.
- Mia at the end of The Remake.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first movie, Ash is a Nice Guy thrown into the middle of a nightmare and struggles to survive. Throughout the next two movies, his experiences lead to him becoming increasingly more snarky and obnoxious, to the point where he apathetically "helps" the local castle and refuses to help them when the deadites take the Necronomicon. Tropes Are Not Bad, however, as that is the version of Ash that fans remember and love.
- The Undead: Naturally.
- Unlikely Hero: Ash in Army of Darkness. Lampshaded in Evil Dead II.
- Vertigo Effect: Used prolifically in the remake.
- What an Idiot: Invoked. According to Campbell, Ash is a complete and utter moron who is only good at one thing. Of course, that one thing is fighting Deadites and therefore saving the world.
- What Happened To Mommy: Ash has a hard time convincing himself to kill his friends and girlfriend after they're possessed. Annie briefly faces this situation literally with her possessed mother.
- When Trees Attack: The infamous "tree rape" scene from the original Evil Dead.
- Sam Raimi has said that he wishes he could go back and re-do the movie and leave out that scene — in fact, in Evil Dead II, the remake, the demon-possessed trees just kill their victims.
- It may be telling that the scene was co-producer Rob Tapert's idea, and that the "cast episodes" of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, also by Renaissance Pictures, have Bruce Campbell playing Rob as a Lovable Sex Maniac.
- In the remake, the tree's mostly just immobilize Mia (though she is injured in the process) to let the deadite possess her. That being said it enters through her nethers, so the rape overtones are still there.
- Played for Laughs in Evil Dead: The Musical.
- World of Ham
- Arm Cannon: Literally, in the games.
- Hero of Another Story: While it's not a part of the series, in Poker Night 2, Ash has a mini storyline that he'll update the rest of the table on every so often. He's fallen for a girl named Wendy, and is planning an elaborate proposal, a big honeymoon, fixing up the Oldsmobile together, starting a family... but starts suspecting that Wendy might not be what she seems. Brock Samson suggests getting Dr. Orpheus to help.
- Intercontinuity Crossover:
- In the spin-off comics Ash has become something of a crossover whore, having encountered Darkman, the Universal Monsters, Xena, Doctor Herbert West, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, the Marvel Zombies (in what ended up being —- very rare for an intercontinuity crossover —- their canonical Origins Episode), Danger Girl, Hack Slash and... Barack Obama.
- And with the release of Poker Night 2, he has also met Brock Samson, Claptrap, Sam and GLaDOS. The game also pokes fun at his comic crossover whoring by having Claptrap tell him that he's going to do battle against Degrassi in 2016. Another line has Ash ranting about how Hollywood should just let old franchises die. The game came out the same month as the 2013 remake.
- The Musical: The franchise gained a musical adaptation, which has appeared on Broadway.
- Swiss Army Appendage: In the Expanded Universe, Ash can put different appendages on the stump of his arm. See Artificial Limbs above.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Ash, in the Marvel Zombies crossover, is much more willing to hit on women and general has no idea what is going on.
- Waterfall Shower: Abbey and Ash take one, to wash off zombie goo, in Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness #5.