YMMV: Friday the 13th

YMMV pages for each film:

The movies in general:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Jason Voorhees, a child stuck in a body of reverent who misses his mother, or a killing machine who ends his victims in creative ways For the Evulz?
    • Is Jason's ghost really talking to Pamela, or is she just delusional?
    • The fifth movie inspired James Rolfe to speculate that the actual Jason never existed and all his appearances were simply a different man in a mask, since his actors and body shapes change so frequently across movies.
  • Common Knowledge: Jason never used a chainsaw, despite the fact that he is often depicted in parody work doing so. In fact, it is the preferred weapon of Leatherface. Jason's canonical weapon of choice is his machete.
    • To the point that one of the most in-character actions of Jason X is him hunting for his machete for the first third of the film and abandoning the future machete he's been using up until that point when he retrieves it.
    • In The New Blood Jason did use a gas powered underbrush cutter on one of his victims. Not a chainsaw, but still...
      • In fact, the only time an actual chainsaw is used in the series is when one is used against Jason and it runs out of gas before he or the survivor can put it to any real use.
    • Some people think Jason only ever walks, which is true for the second half of his films, however in the earlier movies he was shown running fairly frequently.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Believe it or not, it's been done to Mr. Voorhees. He has an astonishing amount of fanfiction where he falls in love with the one girl who he doesn't kill. Frequently going through Wimpification and becoming a literate mentally sound gentleman who just happens to go on mindless merciless killing sprees now and then.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A few minor characters proved quite popular among fans. Some examples would be Crazy Ralph from the first two films, and Violet from A New Beginning.
    • The most popular character of the series, however, is hands down Ginny Field. In fact, she's so popular she often places in "Best Final Girls Ever" lists.
  • Fanon: Absolutely zero official sources have bothered to comment on the nearly unanimous fan theory that Jason X takes place after Freddy vs. Jason, despite being released before it. Regardless, it remains a nearly unanimous fan theory, because it just makes the most sense.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has a pretty big Japanese following.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Parts two to three can come off as this, as they all have very similar plot structure. Later films get more creative with their presentation, though some of them disliked for getting too creative.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jason. Yes, he's a psychotic murderer and should obviously be met with scorn than pity, but the man is only acting out because of his mother, the only person who cared about him.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Jason's leitmotif.
  • Narm Charm: The majority of Jason X, if not the series as a whole.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Jason's status as a often referenced pop culture icon has turned him into this. Kind of ironic, really. Think about it: if, in Real Life, you found yourself being pursued by a relentless, pissed-off, virtually indestructible mass murderer who was built like a pro athlete and wanted nothing more than to bury a machete in your head, wouldn't you be just a little bit scared?
  • Rooting for the Empire: Most of the protagonists in these films are too boring or unlikeable to care about, so who wouldn't want Jason to kill them all off?
    • This typically comes into play from the fourth film onwards. The third film has elements of it, but they're still a minor compared to the relatively decent, likeable protagonists — we have three random bike gang scum types, and one obnoxious practical jokester (who admits he only does so because he's a fat nerdy loser type and it's the only way he can think of to make people like him), compared to a pregnant woman and her loving boyfriend; two friendly, quiet-natured hippies; and a traumatized girl with her boyfriend, who tries to understand why she's such a wreck. And in the first two films, the counselors are generally pleasant, affable folk, who only count as jerkasses because they see nothing wrong with smoking, drinking or premarital sex.
  • Sequelitis: With 10+ films, it was bound to happen.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A New Beginning, Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X, and the 2009 reboot are often victims of this.
  • What an Idiot: Why did Jason bother going into the lake if he couldn't swim, anyway? Admittedly, he was running away from his tormentors in a panic, but surely he could have run into the woods, which he knew much better?
    • Key words there; he was being chased and he was panicked. People don't think too well in that kind of situation to begin with, little kids moreso, and add in the fact Jason was born mentally deficient...

The NES video game:

  • Paranoia Fuel: Jason could occasionally show up unannounced inside one of the cabins that you were investigating for items and notes. And once you're inside with him, you're locked in until you face him.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: It's very difficult, it's easy to get lost, and Jason constantly pops up to kill off counselors and children when you're in the middle of doing something. It's not very good; just ask The Angry Video Game Nerd.

The novels: