Hockey Mask and Chainsaw

"Everyone thinks Jason uses one of these, but he never does."
The Cinema Snob reviewing Friday the 13th Part 2 and watching a girl carrying a chainsaw

A common reference of a Slasher Movie serial killer: a big guy wielding a chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask. Enormously common in parodies and tributes of the genre.

This is something of a Dead Unicorn Trope, since it isn't actually based on any single slasher movie character. It's actually a Composite Character between two of the most famous Slasher Movie killers: Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th series and Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series.

While it might seem like a case of pure carelessness, even the people who know a lot about horror films use this trope, so that's not the case. It's just as likely just a Captain Ersatz of the two, since neither of them are in the public domain.


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  • Nike's infamous chainsaw commercial from the 2000 Olympics featured a villain with a chainsaw, and with a white plastic mask more like Michael Myers' from Halloween. Contemporary news reports when the ad was pulled described it as a hockey mask, however, because this trope created that expectation.
  • Brazilian ad website Catho had an ad where someone in such an attire was hired to cut vegetables for a pizza place.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor has a marine named Jason who wears a hockey mask and uses a chainsaw as his Weapon of Choice. He also tends to be blamed whenever something breaks and there's a Running Gag regarding him always being sick on Fridays.
  • During the first part of the manga and Season 0 from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba forces Joey (Jonouchi) to fight to the death with a serial killer known as "Chopman". The guys is a mountain of muscles with a leather-mask and prone to use sharp and big weapons, particularly, chainsaws. Images.
  • America from Axis Powers Hetalia has this as his costume in the Halloween sketches 2010.
  • Played with in episode 139 of Urusei Yatsura featuring the never before seen members of the gardening club who are obsessed with their tomatoes. At one point the episode becomes a horror movie parody with one of them wearing a creepy white mask and another one wielding a chainsaw and wearing a tomato mask that covers the whole head.

  • A Sunday strip from Bloom County once showed Bill the Cat in an old horror movie, in which he is pursued by a maniac wielding a chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask.
  • The first Post-Crisis appearance of Superman villain the Prankster had him as the host of a kids TV show which was cancelled for being a bad influence on children. Cue Prankster threatening Galaxy television boss Morgan Edge with a pig mask and chainsaw, while ranting that this was what kids were watching these days, and compared to that what were a few pranks?
  • Hack/Slash: When a big knife is not enough to get the job done, Vlad will switch to a chainsaw. Although his mask is a respirator rather than a hockey mask, visually it conveys the same impression.


  • Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies, the third book of the Cineverse trilogy, has one of said bunnies return from the grave with a chainsaw and hockey mask.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has Greg and Rowley getting chased by a guy with a hockey mask and a chainsaw in the Crossland High School haunted house.
  • The closest Jason Voorhees ever came to actually using a chainsaw as a weapon was in the novel Friday the 13th: Jason's Curse. Jason himself doesn't use it, but a man possessed by Jason (through his cursed hockey mask) kills one of his relatives with a chainsaw.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog In Castle Robotnik sees Sonic meeting a large rabbit called Jase with such a combo in an underground passage and is chased into darkness. Bumping a scraping through the darkness he uses the constant reeving of the chainsaw to figure out how close the rabbit is. In the end the rabbit ends up falling down a hole and leaving a big mess after the machine has done it's work.

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  • In an episode of Charmed, Phoebe was tormented by a recurring nightmare about a chainsaw-wielding murderer wearing a hockey mask. She thought it was a manifestation of Cole. It turned out that it stood for a metaphor of her self-harming behavior.
  • MADtv: In the "Apollo the 13th: When Jason Takes NASA" sketch, hockey-mask wearing Jason Voorhees invades the moon shuttle and kills a person with a chainsaw.

  • A Sergio Aragones strip in MAD has a bunch of hockey-playing kids inviting a man with a hockey mask and a duffel bag to play with them. He reaches into his duffel bag and pulls out a chainsaw.

  • At one of his concerts Eminem appeared while wearing denim salopettes and a hockey mask, and wielding a chainsaw.

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    Western Animation 
  • When Bart Simpson is threatened with death by Sideshow Bob the family gets put in Witness Protection. Bart is in his room trying to go to sleep when Homer bursts in screaming: first with a butcher knife to cut him a brownie...
    • ... and again to show off his stuff:
  • At the end of the Looney Tunes short "Box Office Bunny", Daffy and Elmer end up in a horror movie where the killer has a mask and chainsaw.
  • The Mutilator movies in Goof Troop.
  • The Tiny Toon Adventures film "How I Spent My Vacation" features the chainsaw-wielding "Mr. Hitcher" who at one point wears a hockey mask.
  • The Halloween episode of Total Drama Island features a character known only as "The Escaped Psycho Killer With A Chainsaw and a Hook". He has a chainsaw, a hockey mask, and a hook.
  • Also by Fresh; Groj Band features Kon and Kin dressing up as "chainsaw maniacs" in "Girl Fest". With Kon donning the hockey mask and chainsaw cliché.
  • In the The Fairly Oddparents, Vicky dons these at one point, though Timmy barely reacts.
    Timmy: Phew, it's just a goalie. (Vicky removes the hockey mask) AAAAHH!!! VICKY!!!
  • Mr. Cat dons these in the pilot of Kaeloo. He winds up chopping off Quack Quack's arms.

Alternative Title(s): Hockey Mask Chainsaw