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 a revenant who misses his mother, or a sadistic killing machine who ends his victims in creative ways For the Evulz?
    • 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.
  • Creepy Awesome: Jason. He wears a cool mask, is in various stages of undeath, provides creative kills, has a cool leitmotif, and most of the time is plain unstoppable.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A lot of people take Jason' Crazy Survivalist Knight Templar Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas angle and run with it. 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 every 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.
  • Evil Is Cool: Jason Voorhees. The 2009 reboot also deliberately tries to invoke this by making him a Genius Bruiser with elements of Rambo.
  • 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.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Each franchise references the other at one point or another, and there were so many fans of all three franchises that they even had a three-way crossover.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has a pretty big Japanese following.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: While the "Friday the 13th" title is hardly forgotten, people do have a tendency to refer to the movies as "the Jason films" more often than their primarily title, which makes things interesting as Jason isn't even the killer in Parts 1 or 5. Not helping is the fact that the New Line Films, barring the reboot, do explicitly have Jason as part of the main title for each movie rather than "Friday the 13th."
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Parts two to four 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 are 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 (ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma).
  • 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 obnoxi ous 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 (for Jason being replaced by a copycat killer), Jason Takes Manhattan (for changing the setting to a cruise ship and then to a big city), Jason Goes to Hell (for turning Jason into a body-hopping demon), Jason X (for sending Jason to a campy adventure in space), 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:

Black Flame Novels:

  • Complete Monster: Caleb Carson, the Big Bad of The Jason Strain, Corrupt Corporate Executive whose pride and joy is Xtreme Elimination 2, a reality show in which Condemned Contestants are pitted against each other and "special guest" Jason Voorhees in the jungles of South America. After Jason is kidnapped from the "set" and unintentionally given the ability to spread a zombie plague by a group of scientists, Carson becomes psychotically obsessed with salvaging his series, going as far as having his mercenaries massacre the facility that had developed a cure for the virus so that he can abduct Jason and the other remaining competitors from it and start over in America, not caring that Jason was still highly contagious and could potentially end all life on the planet if not given the vaccine. Carson afterward reveals that he had framed "star contestant" Butch Malone for the double homicide that landed him on death row, knowing that the only way he could get Malone to agree to compete on Xtreme Elimination 2 was by ruining his life and leaving him with no other option, with the worst part being that Butch never had a chance of winning anyway and was set up from the start to die a "dramatic" death in the final round of the game.