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Alice Hardy
Poor Alice, she only survived to die after a Cat Scare.

"The boy... Is he dead too?"

Alice was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. A talented artist, it was also implied that she had an affair with camp's current owner Steve Christy. She was forced to kill Pamela Voorhees when she revealed to her that she was responsible for all the misfortune the camp had gone through the past years and attacked her. Afterwards, she would have a very prophetic nightmare of Jason attacking her...

The girl who kills Mrs. Voorhees in the 2009 reboot's opening may or may not be Alice.

Played by: Adrienne King

  • Decoy Protagonist: Of Part 2. Due to her agent asking for more money than they could afford for her, her character had to be essentially written out as fast as possible.
  • Final Girl: She has the high honor of being the first in a long line of Friday the 13th heroines. Rare in the fact that she smokes marijuana, takes part in naughty strip games, was having an offscreen affair with the head counselor, but still manages to make it to the end.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jason kills her with the ice pick she had grabbed when she thought someone had broken in.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Her surname came from spin-off material.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sure, she managed to stop Pamela's little spree. The crazy old lady may be gone, but now her unstoppable zombie killing machine of a son gets brought into the picture because of her death.
  • Never Found the Body: Because Jason took it with him.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: She also has the dubious honor of being victim number one in Jason's bodycount.
  • Word of Saint Paul:According to Adrienne King in the retrospective documentary made, she believes Alice was an art major with a minor in psychology. She believes that if Alice had til the end of summer to think things over, maybe something might have developed between her and Mr. Christy, but even if things didn't go awry, she doesn't think Steve would have had the patience she needed.


Marcie Cunnigham

Marcie was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. She was the sixth victim of the film.

  • An Axe to Grind: How she is murdered.
  • Death by Sex: Killed shortly after having sex with her boyfriend, Jack.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Marcie mentions having a recurring nightmare since she was a little girl. In her dream, there is a storm, but the rain turns to blood. A grown-up Marcie is still afraid of storms because of this nightmare. Within the film, Marcie is murdered during a particularly stormy night.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Like most of the cast, she doesn't really give us much impression on her personality, aside from her sex scene and now-obscure movie reference when looking in the mirror.
  • Shout-Out: Her last name is one to the director, Sean S. Cunningham.
  • Wrench Wench: Shortly before her murder, Marcie managed to repair a broken sink.


Annie Phillips

Annie was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. She was the third victim of the film.

  • Break the Cutie: While the other people who were hired for the Camp are a bit more jaded or reluctant, Annie considers working at the camp to be her dream job; what she always wanted. She has a cheerful, optimistic attitude throughout her scenes, and even gives a brief speech about how long she has been chasing this dream. Complete with the mentality of never quitting, despite the hardships. The character is intentionally played as sweet and adorable. Unfortunately, the person to whom she is opening her heart and explaining all this, happens to be Pamela Voorhees. Who proceeds to scare the shit out of Annie, before backing her up against a tree and slitting her throat with a hunting knife.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The film follows her in the beginning of the movie as she says goodbye to her dog and sets out to camp. She is killed relatively quick into the movie, and is replaced with Alice.
  • Harmful To Hitchhikers: Annie is enthusiastic about her new job, but has no means to reach Crystal Lake on her own. She hitchikes the entire way from her home to the Camp, repeatedly relying on the kindness of others. The last driver who offered her a lift was Pamela Voorhees. Unsurprisingly, Annie never reached her destination.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: Annie was specifically hired to be the camp's cook. Her predecessor at the job was Pamela Voorhees, the villain of the film.
  • Slashed Throat: How she is killed.


Jack Burrel

Jack was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. He was the fifth victim of the film.

  • Death by Sex: Killed almost immediately after having sex with Marcie. His death scene implies that the killer was hiding under the bed during the entire sex scene, and killed Jack before he even got a chance to get out of bed. Who knew that there could be a monster under the bed?
  • Mr. Fanservice: The scene at the lake early on in his speedo has not gone unnoticed by fans over the years.
  • Lovable Jock: Jock-ish, and very much a nice guy.
  • Nice Guy: Friends with everyone.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Smokes right after having sex.


Bill Brown

Bill was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. He was the ninth victim of the film.


Brenda Jones

Brenda was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. She was the seventh victim of the film.

  • Ambiguously Bi: Brenda seems as excited about seeing Alice naked as the guys.
  • Nice Girl: Is by far much nicer and more selfless than anyone else in the cast.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ended up being ambushed and killed after going out in a thunderstorm when she heard what sounded like a child crying for help.


Ned Rubenstein

Ned was one of the counselors who was hired for the restoration of Camp Crystal Lake. He was the fourth victim of the film.

  • Asshole Victim: Was anyone sorry to see this guy go?
  • Death by Mocking: Considering he acts as both the jokester and asshole of the group, his fate was sealed from the start.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: He manages to anger most of his co-workers with a prank, because said "prank" involved faking that he was drowning in the lake.
  • Jerkass: Almost shoots Brenda with an arrow, amongst other obnoxious pranks
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The jokester of the group, though unlikeable unlike most examples of this trope.
  • Slashed Throat: How he is killed.


Steve Christy

Steve is the person responsible for deciding to renovate Camp Crystal Lake, and thus reopen it. He was the eighth victim of the film.

  • Clueless Boss: He is the leader of the Camp, and calling all the shots. His renovation of the Camp, however, would be a disaster, even without the murders. The night of the murders supposedly takes places two weeks prior the scheduled day for opening. Yet signs of disrepair are everywhere, the staff members are not actually assigned taks while waiting, the supplies are running low, and there is now way to communicate with the nearest town. The Camp is in no condition to open for campers. The locals have also reportedly warned him thet "he was crazy to invest so much time and money ($25,000) into this project". Where did all that money go? Perhaps he should have listened to them.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He treats his employees well, and worries about them enough to risk driving in a storm, to come to their aid.
  • Red Herring: He is made out to be a potential suspect as the killer of the film, which honestly is impossible by the time they start implying it, but he is still made out as one.
  • Shirtless Scene: His first scene has him working on the house shirtless.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: He does.

    Crazy Ralph 

Crazy Ralph
This franchise would be ten films shorter if people just had listened to him.

"It's got a death curse!"

Ralph was the town drunk of Crystal Lake. Mentally unbalanced (hence his nickname), he drives around the town with his bicycle to spread his warnings about Camp Crystal Lake's supposed "curse", much to the concern of his (mentioned, but unseen) wife and to the annoyance of everyone else.Iconic character to the franchise, he would later gain two Expies in the form of Abel the hobo in Part III and the unnamed deckhand in Part VIII.

Played by: Walt Gorney

  • The Alcoholic: Mentoned to be a drunk.
  • Broken Record: He keeps repeating his warnings of doom to anyone he meets. And he has apparently kept doing this since the original murders in theFifties, despite several terms in the local jail for being "drunk and disorderly".
  • The Cameo: Gets one in the book Hate-Kill-Repeat, via a flashback.
  • The Cassandra: His warnings are true (for different reasons, though) and nobody believes him.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: He's written off as a crazy drunk, but a lot of people learn too late that he was right in his warnings.
  • Dirty Old Man: Possibly. He is watching Ginny and Paul make out with a slightly dirty expression on his face and doesn't warn them about Jason. He could have been keeping watch to protect them maybe.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's crazy, so his mental condition was made into his nickname.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Notice in Part 2 that he's wearing the exact same clothes he had on in the original. Sure, it's five years later, but still....
  • Mission from God: He is convinced that God has given him a mission to warn everyone about Camp Crystal Lake's supposed "curse."
  • Posthumous Narration: The opening of Part VII is narrated by an uncredited Walt Gorney. He even refers to Crystal Lake as having "a death curse" like Ralph did.
  • Red Herring: Possibly intended to be one.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Crazy Ralph becomes Jason's second kill in Part 2, garroted to death with a string of barb-wire.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Along with Abel and the deck hand mentioned above, another Ralph-ish character named Jonah shows up in the book Carnival of Maniacs.
    • As well as Abel the religious doomsayer in the third film, the nameless deckhand in part 8, and a handful of others scattered in various adaptations. There's a lot of weirdos with uncanny prophecies of carnage roaming around the area.


Sergeant Jack Tierney

A local police officer.

  • Bit Character: Tierney turns up during the storm scenrs, offering to give the stranded Steve Christy a lift. He drops him off at some point to respond to the scene of a car accident. He then disappears until the end of the film, where he questions alice Hardy in the hospital. This is his entire role in the film, and he has less screentime than most of the other characters.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the original cast, he is the ONLY character to still be alive.


Barry Jackson

Barry was a former counselor of Camp Crystal Lake. He was the first victim of the film.

  • Small Role, Big Impact: Back in 1957, Barry and his lover Claudette were the camp counselors trusted with supervising a young Jason Voorhees. He convinced Claudette to sneak out and have sex with him, leaving Jason completely unsupervised for the first time in his life. The boy decided to go swimming and drowned in the waters of the lake. Barry's brief neglect of the boy is what drove Pamela Voorhees over the edge, turned Jason into a mysterious, undead creature, and set off the bloody events of the entire series. Barry was killed in 1958, and is long gone during the "present" time of all the films. But his legacy lives on.
  • Death by Sex: He and his girlfriend are murdered by Pamela Voorhees.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Right before he is about to have sex with Claudette, he is killed.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Barry tries to explain that he and his girlfriend were just messing around, but is killed in the middle of it.
  • Your Cheating Heart: It's implied that he was cheating on Claudette with another girl, Maryann.


Claudette Hayes

Claudette was a former counselor of Camp Crystal Lake. She was the second victim of the film.


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Pamela Voorhees

"She can't hide. No place to hide."

The mother of Jason Voorhees and the former cook of Camp Crystal Lake. When Jason disappeared into Crystal Lake due to lack of attention from the camp counselors, she went insane with grief. One year later she killed two counselors and the camp was closed. Following years have her stopping any attempt to reopen the place, either killing or sabotaging things until camp's again left alone. She met her demise during such deed as the tenth and final victim of the film, and her later appearances in the series are limited to hallucinations and nightmares that other people are having.

She has a brief appearance in the opening minutes of the reboot.

Played by: Betsy Palmer (first film and Part 2), Connie Hogan, Marlyn Poucher (both in Part III), Paula Shaw (Freddy vs. Jason) and Nana Visitor (the reboot).

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Given that the death of Jason drove her over the edge, her own death comes across as a tragedy on some level, despite all the horrible murders she committed.
  • Ax-Crazy: A more subtle case compared to her son, but as the first film shows, Jason's death has reduced her to a raving, psychotic madwoman.
  • Bad Samaritan / Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In her initial appearance, she seems like a nice and helpful person. She then asks Alice if she knew that a young boy drowned...
  • Big Bad: Of part one.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Of the whole original series, as the first film was made with no sequel in mind, making her a Predecessor Villain of sorts as well.
  • Evil Chef: Only in a technicality, as she doesn't use her cook status for villainy.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While she is killed off in the first film and never resurrects like her son, her actions and death directly result in her son Jason's many murderous rampages. Part 9 implies she may have had some involvement in the dark arts resulting in her son's supernatural abilities.
  • Hearing Voices: According to supplementary materials.
  • Insane Equals Violent: "Went insane with grief" in this case equals death and mayhem for anyone who dares to reopen the place of her son's death.
  • Knife Nut: She has a bowie knife and puts it to good use.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: During her Motive Rant, she insists that Jason had to be watched at all times. She's about to use rather unflattering descriptions of why that was, but she noticeably catches herself and then merely says the boy was a poor swimmer.
  • Losing Your Head: Some supplementary materials, like the NES game and the Camp Crystal Lake novel series, has her reappearing as a living severed head.
  • Mama Bear: A psychotic example.
  • Moral Myopia: Everything she does throughout the film is to prevent the Camp from reopening, in order to avoid another tragic accident like Jason's drowning. However, Pamela causes more than one tragic accident in pursuit of this goal, killing multiple counselors, setting fires, and poisoning the water.
  • My Beloved Smother: Depending on what extra materials you are reading, she was either an incredibly smothering mother, or flat out incestuous with Jason.
  • Off with His Head!: She died when she was decapitated by Alice. In Slow Motion.
  • Power Born of Madness: This is the most plausible explanation for the otherwise more improbable feats seen, such as arrowing a grown man to a door a good six inches off the ground, and hurling a body through a window.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Another explanation for her actions. Jason drowned while the counselors were having sex and smoking drugs, so she decides to return the sentiment.
  • Serial Killer: Of the mission-based variety, Pamela only kills those she sees as responsible for her son's death or those working at Camp Crystal Lake so another child doesn't fall victim to the counselors' incompetence. Also somewhat visionary, as her son appears to be a split personality, compelling her to kill.
  • Split Personality: The way she talks to herself mimicking Jason's voice suggests this.
  • Start of Darkness: The comic miniseries Pamela's Tale.
  • Stranger Behind the Mask: There's only a brief mention of her before she appears and reveals that she is the one behind the murders.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Unlike her hideously deformed son, she looks like a normal middle-aged woman.
  • Trauma Button: After Jason's supposed death at Camp Crystal Lake, any attempt to reopen the place triggers her to sabotage things in order to stop it, so that no one has to share her son's fate.
  • Villainous Legacy: Killing and being killed in turn brought Jason back to the outside world, and now he kills for her.
  • Walking Spoiler: She has no presence in the story until the climax, and is this because of it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to keep the Camp closed so no one would end up like Jason.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In the opening scene long before her reveal, a POV of her is shown checking on the sleeping children in the camp. She then proceeds to kill two counselors that were in a nearby cabin, having sex. The motive for her killing spree is also based off this trope, as she doesn't want the camp reopened to prevent more children from dying due to the staff's neglect.

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