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 largely 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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    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: [1].
  • America from Axis Powers Hetalia has this as his costume in the Halloween sketches 2010.

  • 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?

  • In The Blob (1988), a horror film is shown in a theater, and the killer in the Show Within a Show wears a red hockey mask and uses a chainsaw.
  • Seen on Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. He's wearing the mask for safety reasons while he uses the saw to shorten the ridiculously large Christmas tree, but the reference is obvious.
  • The notorious Friday the 13th rip-off Bloody Murder has a villain who uses this combination.
  • The Turkish poster for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives uses this combination.
  • Police Academy 2 shows the team putting a scare into some new recruits using Hightower as a voodoo houngan trying to revive his brother, who lies "dead" in a body bag. After some chanting, the brother awakes, firing up his chainsaw to cut his way out of the bag. And he's wearing a hockey mask, of course.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.


  • 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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    Web Originals 
  • One of the titular Dumb Ways to Die in the Public Service Announcement of the same name is to "invite a psycho killer inside." The video depicts a door opening to a sprite wearing a hockey mask and armed with a chainsaw and Freddy Krueger glove.
  • Macabre horror-Mons idea turned RPG Mortasheen is definitely referencing this trope with its chainsaw-hockey-masked mascot creature, the Chainsaw Kid. Yes, that is the proper syntax; its chainsaw is its mask.

    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.