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The Knowby Family & Friends

    Prof. Knowby 

Professor Raymond Knowby

Played By: Bob Dorian (The Evil Dead / Evil Dead (2013), voiceover), John Peaks (Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, as a spirit), Nicholas Hope (Ash Vs. Evil Dead)

Annie's father and Henrietta's husband. He traveled to the cabin to finish his research on the necronomicon. However, things turn out very badly when he recites a passage from the book releasing the Evil surrounding the woods. He is attacked by his wife and is forced to lock her in the cellar. Before succumbing to the Evil himself, he manages to leave a tape explaining the terror he has unleashed and later shows up as a spirit explaining to Annie how to get rid of it.


  • Adaptational Villainy: He get's an expanded role in Ash Vs. Evil Dead and is depicted as much more malicious than previously thought. After Henrietta is possessed he kidnaps a few of his students, injures them and attempts to have the demon within Henrietta jump into them. He's not happy doing this, but he prioritizes saving his wife over the lives of his students and ultimately leaves Ash to die.
  • And I Must Scream: The second movie shows him briefly as a spirit screaming in agony. He says that only by dispelling the evil will his soul find peace.
  • Hero of Another Story: According to the recordings, Professor Knowby had his own share of Deadite troubles before Ash got anywhere near the cabin
  • Left Hanging: The first movie leaves his fate ambiguous. He says in the last part of the tape recorder that he's leaving, though he's certain the forces he's tampered with will eventually come for him. The second movie reveals he was killed, and Ash vs Evil Dead reveals he was killed by Ruby herself.
  • Love Makes You Evil: In ‘’Ash vs Evil Dead’’ Raymond Knowby is revealed to have been corrupted by the Necronomicon as a result of trying to undo his mistake of reading from it and indirectly causing Henrietta’s possession, as we see when he takes Tanya prisoner in order to try and appease the demon inside his wife enough to let her go.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His reciting the incantations caused his wife's and Ash's friend's possession and deaths.
  • Noodle Incident: His experiences with the Deadites, which ultimately resulted in his death.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's long dead by the time of the movies, but his discovery of the Necronomicon and reciting the incantations kicked off the entire plot of the films.
  • Villain of Another Story: While the movies imply he's a Hero of Another Story, the series takes a darker turn and has him preying on several of his colleagues to force the spirit out of his wife into them.
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    Henrietta 

Henrietta Knowby

Played By: Lou Hancock (Evil Dead 2), Alison Quigan (Ash Vs. Evil Dead) and Ted Raimi (Possessed)
"I'll swallow your soul!"

Professor Knowby's wife. According to his recordings, she became possessed attacked her husband, who was forced to kill her. Her body was buried in the fruit cellar under the cabin — and, unfortunately, doesn't rest easily.

  • Dead to Begin With: She was dead well-before Ash and friends got to the cabin.
  • Defiant to the End: She vows to swallow Ash's soul even after he cuts her head off.
  • Elite Mook: She's much stronger than the average Deadite, and smarter, too. When she appears in season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, she's pretty much the only Deadite clever enough to actually trick someone who suspected them of being possessed.
  • Kevlard: When she goes full on One-Winged Angel her body bloats significantly and she can take a lot more punishment than the average Deadite.
  • Large Ham: "SOMEONE'S IN MY FRUIT CELLAR! SOMEONE WITH A FRESH SOUL!"
  • One-Winged Angel: Her possessed form is quite strong and freaky, but still human-looking. During her final fight, though, she morphs into a hideous abomination.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: So long as the door is chained, she's stuck in the fruit cellar.

    Annie 

Annie Knowby

Played By: Sarah Berry

Professor Knowby's and Henrietta's daughter. She travels to the cabin to proceed with her research on the book of the dead, which her father was also pursuing.


  • Back Stab: She's killed when Ash's evil hand stabs her in the back with the Candarian dagger, but not before reciting the passage to banish the demon.
  • Brainy Brunette: During the commentary for the second movie, Bruce Campbell joked the series would've been settled in one movie if Annie had been the protagonist.
  • Cartwright Curse: In the musical, every boyfriend she ever had was killed by demons.
  • Exact Words: One condition of paying Jake to lead them to the cabin is that he has to carry her bags to the cabin. He thought she meant the two small ones in the car, not realizing there were several large ones in the trunk.
  • Security Cling: She holds on to Ash as the cabin starts tripping out.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The comics have her come back as a deadite but getting killed again by Ash.
    • The Evil Dead 2 comics say that the cabin was sucked into Hell after the events of the movie. Annie manages to escape back to Earth with a clone of Ash.
  • Weirdness Magnet: In the musical, she has a song explaining that every man she's ever known has been killed by kandarian demons.
  • You Killed My Father: Initially despises Ash and suspects him of having murdered her parents, since he's in their cabin, covered in blood and with a nearby chainsaw. Once the Deadites begin their attacks, however, she quickly realizes the truth is far worse.

    Ed 

Professor Ed Getley

Played By: Richard Domeier

Annie's research partner.

  • Demonic Possession: He's subject to this almost the minute he enters the cabin.
  • The Generic Guy: He's sorta just there.
  • Nice Guy: From what little we see of him, except towards Ash, who he thought had killed the Professor and Henrietta.
  • Satellite Love Interest: He's shown to be Annie's boyfriend when first introduced, but doesn't have role beyond being possessed so that Ash could kill something.

     Tanya 

Tanya

Played By: Sara WestOne of Professor Knowby's students.
  • The Chew Toy: Suffers pretty badly at the hands of the Deadites.
  • Meganekko: Wears some large spectacles that don't downplay her cuteness.
  • Human Sacrifice: Was meant to become one before a time-traveling Ash intervened.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She had a pet cat (the only constant in her life) but it ran away.

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    Linda 

Linda

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"Hey, Ash! I guessed the card right!"
Portrayed By: Betsy Baker (The Evil Dead), Denise Bixler (Evil Dead II), Bridget Fonda (Army Of Darkness), Rebekkah Farrell (Ash vs. Evil Dead)

Ash's girlfriend throughout the series. She is very much in love with Ash and keeps a necklace he gave her close to her at all times.


  • Agony of the Feet: Possessed Cheryl stabs her foot with a pencil.
  • Crowbar Combatant: Ash uses a crowbar to smash her skull apart in the series, killing her possessed form for the third and final time.
  • Demonic Possession: She's subjected to this by the Deadite spirits.
  • Disposable Love Interest: Subverted in the second movie. She dies in the first ten minutes of the movie and isn't mentioned for a while until a possessed Ash is about to kill Annie. He finds the locket he gave Linda, and his memories of her manage to pull him back from his possessed state.
  • Losing Your Head: Ash whacks it off with a shovel. And that still doesn't kill her. She even comes back for more in Ash vs Evil Dead, only (and finally) put to rest by her skull being pulverised with a crowbar by Ash.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Ash, from the second movie onward.
  • Nice Girl: She's generally a sweet-natured girl.

    Cheryl 

Cheryl Williams

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Played By: Ellen Sandweiss

Ash's sister and the odd woman out in the group. She is the first to sense the danger surrounding the cabin and is entirely ignored by her friends.


  • Butt-Monkey: Cheryl is something of the group oddball; she's a subject of mockery from Scotty, she's the only single person at the cabin, and the evil forces seem to target her specifically.
  • Back from the Dead: Her Deadite form comes back for a second time in “Trapped Inside” and kills Chet before being dispatched again by Ash.
  • Composite Character: The musical has her filling the same roll as Henrietta Knowby, having Ash trapped in the cellar with her.
  • Daddy's Girl: According to Ash vs. Evil Dead, it was Cheryl's death and Ash getting the blame for it that caused their father to turn his back on him. The elder Williams also kept her room undisturbed for years after the fact.
  • Large Ham: After becoming a Deadite.
  • Off with His Head!: How her Deadite form dies a second time at Ash’s hands.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Her Famous Last Words in “Trapped Inside” before finally succumbing to her injuries.
  • Pungeon Master: In the musical, she constantly makes terrible puns which seem to bother Ash more than his sister being a zombie.
  • Rape as Drama: She's horrifically raped by possessed trees in the woods surrounding the cabin.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Following the creepy, disembodied voices into the darkness of the woods was not a good idea.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's see: mocked, raped, possessed.

    Scotty 

Scotty

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Played By: Hal Delrich (Rich DeManincor)

Ash's best friend. The designated "leader" of the group, he was responsible for renting the cabin in the woods.


  • Asshole Victim: He's brutally attacked by the trees off-screen, much like Cheryl, the target of his bullying. His actual death, though, is portrayed sympathetically.
  • Badass Normal: While Ash is frozen in fear, Scotty manages to kill a possessed Shelley. The subsequent trauma of such an act, however, turns him into a Dirty Coward.
  • The Bully: He has certain shades of this, particularly with regards to his treatment of Cheryl.
  • Decoy Protagonist: It seems like Scotty should be the hero; he's out-going, blonde, handsome and brave.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite his earlier moment of badassery, he runs away claiming he doesn't care about Ash or his girlfriend.
    "Look, I'm getting out of here! I don't care what happens to her! She's your girlfriend, you take care of her!"
  • Eye Scream: After he becomes a deadite, Ash gouges out his eyes with his thumbs.
  • Jerkass: Due to his bullying tendencies, not to mention leaving Ash and Linda to die.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Just as the recorder is about to rehearse the words to allow the dead to possess the living, Cheryl turns it off. However, Scotty turns it on again just to mess with her and the words are rehearsed, invoking the deadites.
  • Staking the Loved One: He's forced to put down Shelly.

    Shelly 

Shelly

Played By: Sarah York (Theresa Tilly)

Scotty's girlfriend.


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    Jake 

Jake

Played By: Dan Hicks

A dim-witted redneck who falls victim to the evil spirits.

  • Asshole Victim: After he gets stabbed in the gut.
  • Bait-and-Switch: It appears that he's going to get possessed him when the characters are forced to find Bobby Joe, due to the monster seeming to head toward him. Ash gets possessed instead.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Henrietta really did a number on him.
  • Say My Name: "BOB-BY JOEEEEEEEE!"
  • Stripped to the Bone: By Henrietta. Ash briefly encounters the remains both in the second movie and Ash vs' Evil Dead.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Throws the Necronomicon's missing pages into the locked cellar, then forces everyone out of the cabin at gunpoint to search for the missing Bobby Joe.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Or girlfriend in this case.

    Bobby Joe 

Bobby Joe

Played By: Kassie DePaiva

Jake's girlfriend.

  • Adapted Out: She was the only major character from the first two films to not be featured in the musical.
  • The Chew Toy: She suffers more and more humiliating indignities (such as a possessed Ed tearing hair out of her scalp or accidentally swallowing one of Henrietta's eyeballs) up until her death.
  • Dirty Coward: Abandons her boyfriend and the others left in the cabin to try and escape.
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