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     Cassie Hack 
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Debut: Euthanized

The main protagonist of the series. Cassie had quite a hard life: her father went missing, her comrads bullied her at school, and eventually her mother went insane and started brutally slaughtering her bullies in an effort to protect her. When Cassie found out, she called the authorities, leading to her mother's suicide. She was then sent to a foster family, only for her mother to rise as a slasher and start killing her new classmates again, eventually ending with Cassie forced to kill her a second time. At this point, the poor girl decided to fight back, and started wandering in the USA, killing all the slashers she could find.

  • Action Girl: Definitely. She is someone who regularly fight undead superpowered serial killers, after all.
  • Action Girlfriend: For Margaret for a time.
  • Action Mom: For Sanny during Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash, and essentially for Ocky during Son of Samhain.
  • Agony of the Feet: Loses two toes to torture inflicted by Doctor Gross in the first issue of her first ongoing.
  • Amazon Chaser: From "Resurrection" onward, she seems to have a thing for Action Girls.
  • Anti-Hero: She is a good person, but her ways of dealing with her villains are... gruesome, to say the least. Though to be fair, she fight undead sociopathic serial killers, so it's not like if they didn't have it coming.
  • Back from the Dead: After being accidentally shot by a cop, she is resurrected by Evil Ernie.
  • Badass Adorable: A small, cute teenage girl who regularly dispatches undead serial killers of her own. This is especially apparent at 17 in My First Maniac.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Becomes this with Ocky in the latter half of Son of Samhain, though Ocky is pretty badass himself.
  • Badass Normal: For most of the series, she has no power beside her wits, fighting skills and guts. She still manages to regularly slaughter slashers.
  • Bare Your Midriff: She rarely ever has it covered.
  • Bi the Way: First realizes she might be gay in Shout at the Devil when Georgia/Margaret notes her lack of interest in men is the real reason why she hasn't lost her virginity yet, which grows over their friendship into her falling in love with Margaret, and them dating between Closer and Mind Killer before circumstances cause Cassie to break it off. She still holds a torch for Margaret despite her inability to admit it out loud, even nearly admitting it in person in Murder Messiah. The bisexual part comes in with her attraction to Samhain after her Big Damn Kiss in Sons of Man, and he ultimately takes her virginity in Monster Baiting. Ultimately, due to who Samhain really is, she settles down with Margaret.
  • Black Bra and Panties: All of her underwear is like this. The only exceptions are in crossovers, such as her first crossover with Bomb Queen, in which the latter notes (and shows) that she is wearing pink panties.
  • Blood Knight: She's mentioned several times that she can barely conceive a life beyond hunting and killing monsters, but completely aware of how messed up this is. She even sees the idea of a normal life as nothing more than play-acting and make-believe.
  • Book Dumb: She never actually finished school, though to be fair we're never told how she did in it anyway.
  • Break the Cutie: Oh, yes. Just check the Broken Bird entry below to see. And that's without counting the times it happens over the course of the series, such as her torture by Doctor Gross.
  • Broken Ace: She’s an expert in fighting Slashers... and has a whole host of personal problems to go with that role.
  • Broken Bird: Even before the horrible stuff happening to her over the course of her adventures, there is the whole thing about her being bullied as a kid and her mother retaliating by cooking her comrads. The girl has one messed up backstory.
  • But Now I Must Go: Cassie is restless when not fighting monsters and can't stay long in one place, she even declines Alan Knight's offer to adopt her and Vlad even though she partly wanted to take him up.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The main problem with regards to her hangups with dating Margaret involve this, since she externalizes her fear of hurting others into her just not being into girls. In her head, she seems to really want to say how much she loves Margaret, but her dangerous job make her reluctant to do so.
  • Celibate Hero: Played with; she willingly avoids relationships for most of the series because she knows she can't have a normal life, but it's pretty clear she wishes it was possible. She ends up in relationships with Samhain and Margaret, but neither of these end well. After losing her virginity, she loses the "celibate" part, having no issues with casual sex whatsoever, but still maintains that she never wants to have kids on account of both her lifestyle and the In the Blood mechanics of her heritage.
  • Collared by Fashion: Has worn spiked collars in the past.
  • The Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem relying on dirty tricks to eliminate Slashers. For example, when dealing with holiday slashers, she and Vlad usually just find their resting place, and blow it up while they're still hibernating.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can be quite snarky about the things she ends up facing.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Final Girl Hunter of Monsters. Driven by a Guilt Complex and her status as a Shell-Shocked Veteran, Cassie's life is shown to be anything but glamorous or awesome. She is a Homeless Hero in Perpetual Poverty due to her Walking the Earth lifestyle, has difficulty relating to others, and is severely developmentally stunted to the point that one could easily say she never really grew up past seventeen. Due to her lifestyle, the It's Not You, It's My Enemies nature of her work and I Work Alone outlook, she quickly grows into a Sociopathic Hero in the most literal version of the term on top of being a Nominal Hero who is in the fight to hunt monsters, not necessarily to save people.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: An often employed tactic when luring out slashers. Almost backfired when used against Dr Gross.
  • Disappeared Dad: He already was missing before the whole incident with her mother.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After the events of the last issue, Cassie hangs up her spurs to raise Sandra Krank with Margaret. Unfortunately, this doesn't last.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Part of her goth design.
  • The Eeyore: Poor girl just can't catch a break. If she’s ever having a good time, expect things to go very badly very soon.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The final two volumes of her main series have her with a Healing Factor that works unconsciously as long as she doesn’t fight it. Unfortunately, this comes with increased aggression and, ultimately, a transformation into a living Slasher. Just before she turns evil for good, Cat has Pooch cure her of Samhain/Akakios' blood, rendering her Brought Down to Badass once more.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Briefly became the new Fantomah. Also, she recently gained a healing factor. See below. This is also temporary.
  • Final Girl: Started out as one to her mother, who she killed after finding out she was killing her comrads. Then decided to fight back.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Interestingly, she thinks this of herself by the time of Closer, in regards to the reason she became a Serial-Killer Killer in the first place.
    Cassie: All for the wrong reasons. I was pissed at my mom. Pissed at myself. I turned myself into a weapon. A bullet aimed at my mom, which would eventually come around and get me, too. But I watched my mom die again. Finally met my dad, and watched him die. too. There's nothing else for me to do this for. No one but me. I don't even know who I am. All that's left is the weapon.
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon: Examples include chainsaws, power drills, and machetes.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Subverted Trope. While wearing her hair up in twin tails is a common look, and she does seem to be a little nicer when that happens, even slightly, she’s still very much The Lad-ette.
  • Girls with Guns: In the main series, she often carries some kind of gun, be it a shotgun or a handgun. She seems to have abandoned the practice by Son of Samhain and Resurrection in favor of close combat.
  • Good Feels Good: Admits this is why she keeps using her experiences for good by the time of Son of Samhain, and seems to carry that through to Resurrection.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is a good guy, yes, more or less. But she is also quite foul-mouthed, antisocial, and has serious issues. She also denies being any kind of hero, but rather a hunter.
  • Goth: My First Maniac shows her friend Sarah dragged her along on a shopping spree, and Cassie apparently just liked the stuff she picked out enough to retain the style from then on. According to the second part of her crossover with Nailbiter, this is also due to their job and Perpetual Poverty meaning she mostly uses money on clothes to just sew up what she has, meaning she probably kept the clothes she got with Sarah and they just happened to be varied enough. Averted in Son of Samhain.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Usually she uses a variety of guns, keeping her bat handy for emergencies, and letting Vlad get up close and personal. This stops after Vlad dies, with her using close combat pretty much exclusively afterwards.
  • Hates Being Touched: Though she gradually gets over it, she starts out this way, including beating up some people who hit on her early on.
  • Healing Factor: From the end of Monster Baiting through Final, Cassie has gotten a good dose of Samhain's healing factor. It is taken away at the end of the latter to prevent the side effects from turning her evil permanently.
  • Heartbroken Badass: A variant in that she does this to herself once, when she breaks up with Margaret due to having difficulty understanding her own feelings. She is heartbroken, but doesn't know how to deal with it at all. Fully becomes this when Samhain turns into Akakios shortly after they first made love.
  • The Hero: By virtue of being the main protagonist. She's working on the heroic part.
  • Heroic Seductress: Takes some levels in this by Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash, enough to seduce a guard to get his uniform after pretending she is going to have sex, and to seduce and sleep with Ash over the course of months to put him into a position to get her to the Necronomicon. That said, all of these do make her feel guilty about cheating on Margaret, even if it is purely physical on her part.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: From Little Children through Mind Killer, courtesy of Ashley Guthrie's manipulation of Muffy Joworski.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Cassie has always feared becoming a slasher, just like her mother. Samhain explicitly considers her just another kind of slasher who just happens to target other slashers.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: She accumulates a number of enemies over the course of her years-long career, but never really gets a long standing Arch-Enemy... because her real enemy is her own personal issues, from being a Shell-Shocked Veteran and a literal Sociopathic Hero to her problems with intimacy (both platonic and romantic). Her own love life, coupled with her immaturity, leads to a multitude of conflicts, and she ends up racking up enough psychological problems to leave her close to being The Mentally Disturbed on her own. Notably, she’s completely aware of her nature, and it causes her to push people away... which just ends up causing her even more problems down the line and leaves her life in constant flux in terms of the people she can trust and rely upon to help her, let alone like her.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Downplayed Trope. She does have issues with horniness at times, especially when it comes to Margaret or Samhain, but it's never to the point of overt lust that takes control over everything. Instead, it tends to result in Love Makes You Dumb, though in The Coldest Dish her near Poor Communication Kills is caused by her wanting to avoid her horny nature after a long time hunting for her Disappeared Dad. She even admits to herself that it's one of the few things that makes her feel "normal."
    Cassie: Horny is human. Horny is normal.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Gradually evolves from just a slasher basher to an overall monster hunter, from a Vampire Hunter type to werewolves and ghosts and more.
  • Hurting Hero: Her life, to put it bluntly, sucks. Made worse by how she sometimes wants to stop, but the consequences thereof are too dire given there aren’t enough people ready to fight back otherwise.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Except when they're soft and in need of comfort, in which case they transition to Innocent Blue Eyes.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Cassie has a very hard time having people get close to her because of her status as the Serial-Killer Killer. It leads to her shutting down the first incarnation of Hack/Slash Inc. and breaking up with Margaret, though the latter she has trouble admitting to her face.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: antisocial, foul-mouthed, and more than willing to rely on violence to reach her goal, but she is genuinely trying to protect innocents and cares a lot about people close to her.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": In the lead up to her part in the Super Sleepover Sidekick Slaughter, Cassie is especially nervous when talking to Alan Knight, of the paranormal radio show "Late Knight AM", on the phone about a case for her as a Serial-Killer Killer, given she usually listens to his show at night while driving.
    Cassie: (to Vlad) Yes, I am nervous. Yes, I am sweating. He’s the goddamn Late Knight!
  • The Lad-ette: A teenage girl who swears, enjoys violence, and generally isn't a model of feminity. After she loses her virginity during Monster Baiting at age 20, whereafter she has far less reservations about sex, to the point of using her sexuality and sex in general more in Honey Trap measures (such as in Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash) or otherwise having casual sex with people.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with her initial Only Friend, Vlad, is this, though, initially unbeknownst to her, he wishes there were more.
  • Loincloth: One of her outfits is this on the covers.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Her romantic attachments leave her in really bad situations, such as accidentally turning herself in to the cops in Mind Killer due to being so happy about her possible life with Margaret to ignoring the increasingly obvious signs that trusting Samhain is not a good idea, resulting in the return of Akakios and all of the resultant deaths.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Loves these and wears them very often.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Good luck finding a pic of her where she isn't despicted in a sexy pose and/or wearing very light clothings. She’s regularly called attractive In-Universe, too.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Hack.
  • Nominal Hero: Of a sort until Closer. She did save people, but only really cared about killing Slashers, not even doing all that much to save most victims and even putting some up as The Bait. She even admits to Margaret that her reasons were selfish in her 10-Minute Retirement during that arc.
  • Not Afraid to Die: It’s shown on multiple occasions, from her attempts at a Heroic Sacrifice in Slice Hard and Murder/Suicide to her Interrupted Suicide in Final that Cassie is completely unafraid to die, knowing there could be much worse, and treating death itself as more of an annoyance than anything as it applies to her. She even flat out tells it to Six Sixx in Mind Killer.
    Cassie: You can just kill me. I'm not afraid of death.
  • Not So Different: She isn’t all that different from the very Slashers she hunts in a way, since she’s a hereditary potential Slasher herself, which worries her to no end.
    Cassie: Every time I look in the mirror I see my mother. And I think about all the rage and hate I have... for being a freak, for never being understood... and I think about dying someday... Do I have enough in me to come back... like her? So I destroy every Slasher I can find... I hate them... because I’m afraid I’m just like them.
  • Not So Similar: At the same time as she is Not So Different from Slashers, she still distinguishes herself from people who murder because they want to rather than to stop further killing, as she notes of Dale Wildman and Courtney. She spells it out to the latter.
    Cassie: Sure. You’re a victim. I’m a victim. But I use my experience to help people, not kill them.
  • Parental Substitute: For Ocky in Son of Samhain, down to complaining about him talking back, telling him to watch his mouth, worrying over his wounds, and the like. Morinto even calls her Ocky's mother figure.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: A common hairstyle for her with the hair falling over her right eye, when her hair isn't tied up into pigtails.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: As she started as a teenager, she has a wide range of pop culture tastes, including horror movies, various forms of music, and more. As such, she provides a large quantity of Shout Outs, if Chris doesn’t get there first.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Even as she turns away from being a Nominal Hero in Closer, she still has absolutely no problem with brutal murder.
  • Red Baron: The Serial-Killer Killer. First heard on "The Late Knight", it apparently became her known alias by the time of Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash.
  • Refusal of the Second Call: Tries her damnedest to avoid getting back into being a Hunter of Monsters in Resurrection, with her traumas and three years of Slasher slaying (age 17-20) leaving her with a desire to just stop and be a Retired Badass. Unfortunately, The Call Knows Where You Live.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Is quite lax when mentioning things like dying and killing her old cheerleading coach.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The "basic skill" is being able to interact normally with most people on a long-term basis, though not to the point of No Social Skills. The "awesome training" is her self-trained status as a Serial-Killer Killer.
  • Seen It All: It quickly becomes apparent that while certain things can surprise her with their suddenness, none of the fantastical elements of her world phase her much beyond general annoyance at having to deal with some of them.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Can have a bad case of this in the worst of times. As her key example, in one of her darkest moments in Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash, she blames Akakios for seducing her, forgetting the fact that she came on to him when he was Samhain.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: She is a girl who was motivated by a traumatic event in her past life into tracking down and killing Slashers. The only part she doesn't fill is being a member of a group dedicated to this. The entire concept behind her character. A midnight radio show even nicknamed her "the SKK", and it’s actually her Red Baron by Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash to the point that Ash knows her by it.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Has some traits of this. Spending years of her life hunting Slashers has left her with horrid nightmares and kept her from being able to be happy with Margaret.
    Cassie: I've seen too much. When I close my eyes I’m back to my days hunting down Slashers. And that's never going to go away. I know that now.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: She has a foul mouth, to say the least.
  • Sociopathic Hero: In the most literal sense of the term. By her own admission, she is and considers herself "really fucked up", what with having a quite messed up backstory and spending her time travelling around the USA looking for undead serial killers to gruesomely dispatch. She however does care about saving people and not hurting innocents, so she is not quite as bad as other examples of this trope. She actually uses her ability to inflict violence on others without suffering mental consequence as part of a pep talk in the Son of Samhain series.
    Doctor Gross: Let's see... an impulsive attraction to violence, a lack of concern for own well-being. A failure to conform to social norms. Not to mention that flat voice and the display of low affect. I'd say you're a prime candidate for a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.

    Cassie: I won't lie. There's one thing about us that's different from most people. We can kill, even for the right reasons, and be okay with it. That's... not normal.
  • Staking the Loved One: Cassie is forced to kill her mother... and to help kill her again when she is resurrected.
  • Stocking Filler: Loves her stockings.
  • Stripperiffic: Cassie Hack is a literal Suicide Girl in-universe and without.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: She's a hereditary potential slasher thanks to the Black Lamp taint, and she ends up slowly activating after being injected with Akakios's blood. She ultimately succumbs just after murdering Akakios... only for Pooch to cure her of the active blood.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's very tomboyish, but has her moments, such as blushing after her first Big Damn Kiss to Samhain, her susceptibility to the Stillborn's powers, and in the crossover with Army of Darkness, has developed a "Heaven's Little Helpers" collection. That last one is actually a front for her attempt to save Vlad, though. Bomb Queen calls her "hardcore on the outside, pink on the inside."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She very slowly learns to actually care about other people instead of just use them in her hunts against Slashers or treat them as nothing more than victims. It really shows well in Son of Samhain, where she is very patient and kind with Ocky despite not really liking kids for the most part, and in her quest to help fix some of her failures in Resurrection for its own sake, rather than just to kill another Slasher.
  • Vigilante Man: One that happens to typically target slashers.
  • Waif-Fu: Averted Trope. While she is a tiny girl and kicks a lot of ass, her tactics are not particularly in line with this type, and she can be easily overpowered by stronger people, necessitating help from those who are physically stronger.
  • Weapon of Choice: Batter Up!, though she uses handguns just as often if not more. For seasonal, holiday, and one-day-a-year Slashers, along with booby trapping areas, she prefers to use dynamite.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Often wears one of these in her role as Ms. Fanservice.
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     Vlad 
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Debut: Euthanized

A large, disfigured man who serves as Cassie's partner. As a child, Vlad was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth, but quickly rescued and raised by a kindly butcher who raised him, teaching him his trade and educating him with comic books. After the Butcher's death, he begun leaving the deli for item, wearing a gas mask both to hide his disfigured face and to help him breath, since after being raised for years inside a deli his lungs had grown weak. This caused him to grow somewhat famous amongst the locals as "the Meatman". When he first met Cassie, she tried killing him, mistakingly believing he was the slasher she was then looking for, but eventually they realized the misunderstanding and teamed up to take care of the real slasher. Since then, Vlad has joined Cassie's hunt for slasher and assisted her.


  • Back from the Dead: In Resurrection, thanks to a dose of Dr. Chase's variant on slasher serum. He's no crazier than normal, but it's implied that he might drop dead again at any point due to the serum's limitations.
  • Badass Longcoat: His usual attire.
  • Bald of Awesome: It seems he can't grow hair.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite his appearance, he actually is a pretty nice person. But he is every bit as strong as his size would suggest, and gladly joins Cassie in killing Slashers.
  • The Big Guy: Tall, strong and the duo's muscle.
  • The Comically Serious: Much of the humor comes from how he takes the ridiculousness of their world in complete stride.
  • Cool Mask: His gaz mask. Notably, it does have a practical use- he needs it to breath due to his lungs not being used to the outside.
  • Creepy Good: He basically looks like a slasher in the vein of Jason Voorhees or Leatherface, but actually is a Gentle Giant who only gets dangerous if he is really mad.
  • Depending on the Artist: He's either gray, green, or brown.
  • Determinator: Is every bit as determined as Jason Voorhees.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: When Cassie finally realises in the first issue of "Final", the results are ugly, with her shouting at him about it and how is colors their entire relationship.
    Cassie: That's what this is about to you? It's a justification of why we don't fuck, right? Because I'm only interested in what's on the outside?! That's fucking bullshit. [...] But you know what I don't understand? Us! This! Are we partners? Are we friends? Do we get upset when one of us fucks someone else? Are you following me around, doing horrible things, just in the hope that I'll give it all up so we can settle down and have fucking babies?! What the fuck are we, Vlad?
  • Expy: Basically is the pre-undead Jason Voorhees, if someone channeled his tendency to violence to a positive end.
  • Gentle Giant: Vlad is absolutely gigantic, but unless he gets mad, he really is a nice guy to get along with.
  • The Grotesque: Is deformed, albeit not quite as bad as everyone seems to think.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Played with; He definitely is more melee-oriented than Cassie, but she isn't limited to long range weapons herself.
  • Handicapped Badass: Though he's a mountain of muscle and badassery, Vlad does suffer from pulmonary infections from time to time. It's part of the reason he wears the mask. Towards the end of the comic he nearly dies when his bone condition goes into overdrive.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: When a big knife is not enough to get the job done, Vlad will switch to a chainsaw. Although his mask is a respirator rather than a hockey mask, visually it conveys the same impression.
  • The Lancer: Cassie's closest partner, and serves as a Foil to her.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Aside from being initially Cassie's Only Friend, this seems to be their general relationship, though he wishes there were more. He seems to have more or less gotten over it after his resurrection.
  • Machete Mayhem: Wields one of these as an Expy of Jason Voorhees.
  • Malaproper: His use of inappropriate, at times unintentionally lewd terminology is a Running Gag made funnier by the fact that he doesn’t seem to actually realize it.
  • No Social Skills: Which is understandable, considering he was raised in a basement with little more than comic books.
  • Older Sidekick: Cassie is a teenager, while he is at the very least an adult, having lived in a basement for twenty years plus an unknown amount extra afterwards by the time seventeen-year-old Cassie first meets him. Judging from the opening to Me Without You, he is roughly six years older than her, having been more or less twenty-three when he met her at seventeen.
  • Properly Paranoid: It turns out he was right to distrust Samhain, in contrast to Cassie.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: Due to the fact that he has trouble with speech normally, he adds "the" into sentences at random, such as "the sex" or "the New Mexico."
  • Uneven Hybrid: Eventually revealed to be from a family of demon-human hybrids.
  • Weapon of Choice: Really big knives and cleavers.
  • White Sheep: The only one of his family who is not Ax-Crazy.
  • You No Take Candle: Tends to have a somewhat limited vocabulary from his lack of social interaction.

    Lisa Elsten 
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Debut: Euthanized

A young veterinarian, Lisa Elsten used to work in a clinic along with Bobby Brunswick, a mentally-retarded but good-hearted part-time employee responsible for euthanizing of animals. Lisa's sympathy for Brunswick ended up causing her boyfriend Kyle to get jealous, which eventually led to Brunswick's death and revival as a slasher. This in turn led Lisa to meet with Cassie and Vlad, and she has been their ally since then.


     Chris Krank 
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Debut: Land of Lost Toys

     Margaret Crump/Georgia Peaches 
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Debut: Shout at the Devil

A stripper, later actress, from Georgia who lives in Los Angeles. Taking an immediate liking to Cassie and Vlad, she serves as one of their best friends, not to mention as a Love Interest to Cassie.


     Pooch 
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Debut: Shout at the Devil

A demonic dog spawned by the Neflords, Pooch originally acted as the pet of his progenitor's current agent, and first met Cassie and Georgia when he was left in charge of guarding them, telling them about his masters in exchange for being pet. When the two escaped Nef, Pooch made a feeble attempt to stop them, but was casually knocked aside. For God only knows what reason, the Neflords later decided to send him to Earth to hunt down and kill Cassie, a task he proved comically inept at. At the behest of Cassie, Pooch was collected by Chris and Lisa; since the two of them proved to be pretty nice, and the Neflords would be undoubtedly pissed at him for failing at his assignment, Pooch decided it was in his best interest to go native, proving his loyalty to his new friends by protecting them from a far more competent assassin eventually sent by his former masters.


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     Catherine "Cat" Curio 
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Debut: Double Feature

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. Catherine is a high functioning autistic girl. Cassie eventually flat out says she probably has Asperger's.
  • Character Tics: Often is seen with her BMJ tape recorder, giving information on her latest case and identifying its number. There isn’t even a tape in it, as Cassie discovers, and she still uses the motion of holding it to her mouth to talk even when she's holding nothing.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Her debut was a seemingly one-off story she appeared to die at the end of, but then it was revealed a little while later that she actually survived, and eventually she became a main character.
  • Convenient Coma: Samhain stabbing her as a child put her in one.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Or left them as a vegetable for over a decade.
  • Genki Girl: Is every enthusiastic about just about everything.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Doesn't swear during the most traumatic situations. The sole exception is when Ava starts one of her Mad Oracle ramblings in the car and passes out.
    Cat: What the fuck-excuse my language-was that?
  • Does Not Like Guns: Considers them horrible, and sticks to her BMJ utility knife, pink.
  • Final Girl: The only known survivor of Samhain during his "mindless Black Lamp lackey" phase.
  • Kid Detective: Started as a parody of the ones written for grade-schoolers like Encyclopedia Brown.
  • Meaningful Name: Curiosity.
    "Curious like a cat. You know me. Ha. People used to say to me, 'Did you choose Curio as a surname, because that's an awfully big coincidence, wouldn't you say?' And I'd say: 'Why no. Curio is a very old and respected family n—' (is shoved out the door by Cassie)
  • Motor Mouth: Has no filter whatsoever either.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one of these with Cassie. While the latter is initially pissed off that Cat would contact her and say that there is a new Hack/Slash Inc. Despite her shutting down the first one after Murder Messiah, they bond over their mutual interest in some Slasher cases and B Movies. Cassie eventually learns to call on her and calmly try to get her to focus, understanding her autism.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Grows up to be a teenager who, well, is an actual teenager.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Survived and became much tougher. This gets to the point that she is essential in the defeat of Akakios, first through her detective work, then by personally Depowering him.

Recurring Characters

    Kyle Bell 
Debut: Euthanized

Lisa's boyfriend (ex after Euthanized), Kyle was instrumental in the first death of Bobby Brunswick. After being saved from being Bobby's final victim, Kyle, bereft of his close friends, became a mundane nuisance to Hack/Slash, Inc. on account of Lisa's relationship with Chris.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Kuma rips his arm off.
  • Asshole Victim: Subverted when he is saved from being killed by Bobby. When he does die, it’s an Averted Trope, as Chris and Lisa think that, despite being a racist jerkass, he didn’t deserve to be mutilated and murdered by Kuma.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing goes his way after Lisa dumps him, but it’s hard to feel too sympathetic given how much of a jerk he is.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: His envy of others causes problems, from Bobby's death to his torment of Chris.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His eventual death.
  • Jerkass: Quickly shows this to be his true personality after Lisa dumps him, beating up Chris in jealousy among other things.
  • Karmic Death: Seemingly Invoked Trope. Deliberately traps himself in the vet gas chamber with Kuma, and tells Chris to set it off, much like he did to Bobby.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: While he bullied and eventually killed Bobby, his friendship with Sheriff Donovan prevented anthing from coming of his behavior. After being saved from Bobby's first Slasher rampage, everything goes downhill. Lisa breaks up with him, his remaining friends seemingly abandon him when they find out his part in a murder, and Sheriff Hoyne calls him out on his abusive behavior, to the point of taking him to the police station for trespassing after catching him wandering, drunk, outside (having stepped in Pooch's droppings).
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Villain might be a stretch, but he's homophobic and racist against Asians.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Traps Kuma in the vet gas chamber with him, saving Chris, Lisa, and Pooch in the process at the expense of his own life.
  • Taking You with Me: Makes sure to take Kuma with him as he dies by gas.

     Gertrude Hall 
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Debut: Shout at the Devil

    Linda Marsh 
Debut: Tub Club

An old woman who acts as a school nurse for an all-girls school, specializing in occult investigation on the side.


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     Samhain 
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Debut: Closer

A slasher who was used by the Society of the Black Lamp to attempt to kill Cassie, but is developing human feelings and has become a creepy ally to her.


    Maggie Reilly 
Debut: Closer

A police captain, Maggie Reilly is the third sheriff of Eminence, Indiana since Cassie first arrived. She strikes up a friendship with Chris, but has secrets of her own.


    Alan Knight/Sleepy II 
Debut: Entry Wound

A radio show host for "The Late Knight", a show about paranormal activity that happens in the night and the things that relate to said activity, Alan Knight is actually the retired sidekick of the second Nightmare, Sleepy. His show is a major focus for Cassie and Vlad on their long drives, and is also the way in which they find out about their status in the news as the S.K.K.


  • Affirmative Action Legacy: An African American who takes up the mantle of Sleepy from a white man.
  • Badass Normal: Has no real powers at all, but is a competent fighter if necessary and with appropriate stealth.
  • Break the Badass: The threat of the Pumpkin Faced Killer coming back after having killed two Nightmares freaks him out to the point of calling Cassie.
  • Cool Old Guy: On the whole, he is basically this. He's harsh but only due to his experiences making him more concerned about superheroism.
  • Cynical Mentor: He doesn’t think highly of Daisy's chances as a superhero after what happened with her friends, and mercilessly drills her.
  • Legacy Character: The second Sleepy.
  • Old Superhero: A retired one, at that.
  • Retired Badass: A former Legacy Character to Sleepy who gave up the mask after the second Nightmare died. That said, he isn’t above coming back if need be.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Murdered by Acid Angel in the opening salvos of Final, his face badly burned in the process.

    Liberty "Libby" Lochs 
Debut: Sons of Man

The Black Sheep of the Lochs family, Liberty ran away from home to pursue her "unChristian" activities. Nonetheless, she served as a villain of Cassie for a time due to her part in the events of Girls Gone Dead and Vs. Chucky, using Necromancer skills to try to bring luck to others, and drawing Julian Gallo the Mosaic Man back to town to bring back the people who killed her sister. However, she is ultimately not a bad person, just manipulated, and serves as a heroine in her own right after her first arc.


  • Anti-Villain: She's actually a good person, just one manipulated by her sister's ghost.
  • Arc Villain: Of Foes and Fortunes, until she realizes the dangers of her magic.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: She's not a bad person, but necromancy can't really be used for good without trapping souls in the process, and she doesn't seem aware of that fact.
  • The Bartender: Her job in Chicago, at a Mexican bar.
  • Black Sheep: For the Lochs family, as she used recreational drugs and slept around despite her highly religious family.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How she is executed by Maggie shortly after her arrival back in the present day.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted Trope. She is kind, albeit irreligious, but has an abortion for a Teen Pregnancy.
  • He Knows Too Much: Unfortunately, the police officer she tells what she knows from the Bad Future is a member of the Society of the Black Lamp, and executes her on the spot.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Realizing how bad her powers were prompts Libby to become a much nicer and more heroic person.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Has one, Monica, in Sons of Man and Foes and Fortunes. It doesn’t end well.
  • Near-Death Experience: A bad reaction to anesthesia during her abortion led her to nearly die, allowing her to have a Psychic Link with her sister.
  • Necromancer: Gained these skills from one of Laura's books, but is oblivious to the fact that she can't use those powers for objectively good things.
  • Obliviously Evil: Doesn't realize how manipulative her sister is or how bad her methods are at first until it's blatantly obvious.
  • Parental Favoritism: Laura's ghost notes that Libby was their father's favorite.
  • Post Modern Magic: Her use of magic in the Bad Future amounts to this. Her "broom" is a Cool Bike, and her familiar is flesh-eating bacteria.
  • Sdrawkcab Speech: Her spells are stated in this manner, much like Zatanna and her sister Laura. The sentences and words are in reverse order, but the punctuation is in normal order.
  • Secret Identity: Moonlights as "Santa Muerte" in her arcs in the present day.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Laura. She's more crude, while Laura is more "holy". She's more kind, while Laura is more abusive. Furthermore, she dresses provocatively with Bare Your Midriff, a low-cut shirt, and tight jeans while on the job, along with speaking rather colloquially and having a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with a girl named Monica, while Laura dressed very conservatively, was often more formal in her talk unless angry, and saw homosexuality as a sin.
  • Spanner in the Works: Ultimately, she is the one to play an enormous part in the defeat of the Black Lamps, as her spell channeled into Maggie, then Ava, serves to give all of the information possible about the Bad Future and what brought it about, enabling the heroes to counter it.
  • Trapped in the Past: Inverted Trope. After her first arc, magical backlash sends her fourteen years into the future.
  • Willing Channeler: Briefly for Laura in Foes and Fortunes in order to figure out how to fix her mistakes.
  • Witch Species: According to Tim Seeley, she and her sister were "magically inclined by bloodline".

    Venus Twelve/Ava 
Debut: Sons of Man

A "Venus" model of the Sons of Man program by the Black Lamp Society who was given higher level sapience by her creator Ava Park, Ava took on her name after the latter's death and became Samhain's lover and a good friend of Hack/Slash Inc.


  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the nicest people in the series, and has purely blonde hair.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: The "hooker" part is just what she was made to be, but her kindness is all her.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Elf" by Cassie, who considers Venus models to look like elves. She stops having this name quite as often once she takes up the name "Ava".
  • Legacy Character: Of a sort. She takes on Ava Park's given name as her own after escaping Andrew Rodin's island in remembrance of her kindness and love for Samhain.
  • Mad Oracle: In "Final", the backlash of Maggie's death and the spell Libby put on her causes her to say the entire message Libby left aloud, with some Fainting Seer qualities as well.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: On account of how some clients enjoy hurting Venus models in their work, she, like others of her type, has less sensitivity to pain, allowing her to deal with major injuries like a stab through the arm with minimal difficulty.
  • Only One Name: Technically, she doesn't even have one at all, but took one up.
  • Sex Slave: What "Venus" models are made to be.
  • Super Prototype: Ava Park specifically created her to be smarter than most Venus models to have a friend and co-conspirator.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Final, she manages to personally kill Doctor Gross for his murder of Chris and Lisa.
  • You Are Number 6: Initially known only as "Venus Twelve".

    Anjelica Castellini (AKA Sister Sacrilege) 
Debut: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter

A retired supervillain who runs a sex club for others in the community, and a good friend of Alan Knight.


     Daisy Black (AKA the Fearless Flamingo/Sister Nightmare) 
Debut: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter

A girl who was to get some powers from the Godbox, but ends up becoming a superhero in training on her own without them.


    Cassandra "Sandra" Krank 
Debut: The Case of The Killer and the Questing King

The daughter of Lisa Elsten and Chris Krank. Conceived by the time of Sons of Man, she is mostly known as a Satellite Character to her parents.


  • Children Are Innocent: In her last appearance, she’s roughly nine months old, and is still very innocent.
  • Has Two Mommies: After Lisa and Chris are murdered and Akakios is defeated, Margaret and Cassie decide to settle down as her parents, calling themselves "Mommy One" and "Mommy Two" respectively.
  • In-Series Nickname: Aside from "Sandra", she is known as "Sanny" by her second pair of parents.
  • Name's the Same: In-Universe. Her actual name is Cassandra Krank, but she’s more commonly known as Sandra or Sanny to distinguish from Cassie.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Both of her parents are murdered by Doctor Gross, and she is kidnapped to be held hostage by Akakios.
  • Put on a Bus: In Son of Samhain, one of Cassie's Hallucinations mentions that she was "taken away" some time after Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash, without going into detail, but the most obvious culprit would be child services.
  • Satellite Character: Her existence mostly revolves around her parents. A Justified Trope, as she’s not even one year old yet.

Major Villains

     Delilah Hack, the Lunch Lady 
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Debut: Euthanized

Cassie's mother, Delilah (or "Dee") was once a normal (but feisty) woman who met and fell in love with her future husband, Doctor Jack Hack, when it was discovered she had the potential to become a slasher. The two got married and tried to live a normal life with their daughter, but Jack's government connections (and gambling problem) quashed those dreams, and Jack was eventually forced to abandon his family for their own protection. This caused Delilah's mental state to deteriorate rapidly, and after noticing the bullying her daughter was forced to deal with at school, decided that mommy should make it all better in the worst possible way; by butchering the bullies (and anyone else who so much as looked at Cassie funny) and using their remains as the "secret ingredient" in the food she served in her job as a lunch lady. When Cassie discovered what her mother was doing, she alerted the authorities and confronted Delilah with them; distraught by her daughter's betrayal, Delilah committed suicide by fatally scalding herself with a pot of boiling gravy in front of her daughter. But a mother's love is a hard thing to kill, and Delilah soon returned from the dead, tracked Cassie down to her new foster home, and picked up where she left off, slaughtering Cassie's classmates, though this spree was cut short when Cassie re-killed Dee by shooting her in the face a couple dozen times.


  • Abusive Parents: Only as seen in a flashback in The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie, when Cassie is experiencing Ernie's memories. The real Delilah seems to have been a normal, if Knight Templar, parent.
  • Ax-Crazy: Just read the other tropes and you should figure that out pretty quick.
  • Back from the Dead: In Cassie and Vlad meet the Re-Animator. She’s dead again by the end.
  • Death by Origin Story: Played with. She did come back twice, but it didn't last. Interestingly enough, it's her coming back the first time that motivates Cassie into going after the Slashers.
  • Driven to Suicide: When cornered by police, she drowned herself in a big pot of boiling gravy.
  • Evil Chef: Her whole hat as a Slasher.
  • Evil Matriarch: To Cassie. Albeit, she doesn't try to control her daughter, just protect her in a horrifying way.
  • Knife Nut: Though she is fine with any kitchen instrument, really.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Her attempt to "protect" her daughter from bullying consisted in brutally murdering any kid she felt was doing wrong to Cassie and serve them as food at her job.
  • Mama Bear: A very dark one. She loves Cassie, alive or dead, though.
  • My Beloved Smother: Possibly one of the creepiest case of this trope.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Hack.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe to Cassie; even after killing her, the memory of her mother still haunts her, and she has a confrontation with her in every single of her nightmares.
  • Serial Killer: Killed a bunch of kids who teased Cassie Hack, and that's before she came back from the dead.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: She was the first slasher met by Cassie, and the one who motivated her into going on a slasher hunt. As a result, she died right at the beginning of Cassie's origin story. Though she still keeps haunting Cassie, both in her nightmare and by actually coming back again.

     Bobby Brunswick 
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Debut: Euthanized

Originally a midly retarded but sweet and naive man, was hired by veterinarian Lisa Elsten to euthanize the animals in her pet clinic. Lisa and him ended up getting close to each others, resulting in her boyfriend Kyle to become jealous, and he started bullying the poor man with the help of co-worker Todd. Eventually one of the pranks went too far when they trapt Brunkswick in the clinic's gas chamber, resulting in his death. Scared that this whole thing would sent them to jail, the two men buried his body (with the complicity of the sheriff, who was an old school friend) in the wood, in the same area he would bury the animals he euthanized. A year later, Brunswick rose as a slasher with the ability to control hordes of undead animals.


     Laura Lochs 
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Debut: Girls Gone Dead

A devoutly religious girl who snapped when she caught her long time boyfriend with a slut, our heroes first encountered Laura when she intended to turn a Florida Spring Break into a bloodbath with the help of Father Wrath, a slasher she had enthralled with Black Magic. Despite later dying after some body-hopping mayhem caused a certain killer doll's amulet, her hate-filled spirit remains in limbo, obsessed with taking revenge on Cassie and Vlad, something she'll have to be creative about, considering her now fairly limited ability to interact with the world of the living.

    Niles Rafferty/Father Wrath 
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Debut: Girls Gone Dead

A fanatic, racist and homophobe; no-one was sure if Father Wrath really was a real priest. However, despite his extreme personality, he was secretly a cross-dresser and was attracted to men. Originally, he was grooming a young man named Samuel Lawrence to become his protege and successor. However, when he made sexual advances on Samuel, Samuel smacked him across the head with a wooden crucifix. Father Wrath died from his wounds, and remained dead until reanimated by Laura Lochs.


    Lloyd and Jimmy Sundermann 
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Debut: Comic Book Carnage

Lloyd Sundermann was always a strange child. He preferred to be alone, where he could read his comic books, most notably, his favorite Wunderkind. But, little did anyone know, Lloyd was not alone. Lloyd was born with his twin brother inside him, a fact that even Lloyd’s mother was unaware of. Jimmy, Lloyd’s brother, began speaking to Lloyd while he was still in Lloyd’s body. Hyper-intelligent, but underdeveloped, Jimmy stayed within Lloyd until they were 11 years old, Lloyd’s mother gave birth to their sister. Enraged at the attention given to this new child, Jimmy convinced Lloyd to kill the baby. At first, horrified by his action, Lloyd cut himself open and eventually tried to remove Jimmy. The two reconciled, and realized they needed each other. The two felt a special kinship over their mutual love for Wunderkind, a comic book they could relate to, since it featured a young boy who could become a grown man. They hoped to one day be as loved and admired as their childhood hero.


     Ashley Guthrie 
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Debut: Land of Lost Toys

The son of a rich and fortunate family, Ashley was a sociopathic and peculiar child, overly possessive of his belongings, to the point he would react brutally to anyone else trying to play with his toys. When he ended up beating his own baby brother to death as a result, his parents ended up killing him by suffocating him in his sleep. He eventually rose as a slasher capable of killing people in their sleep, and haunted his parents' dreams until his father commited suicide and his mother had to be institutionalized. He then proceeded to go on a killing spree.


  • Creepy Child: He's both a child, a monster, and a serial killer.
  • Death by Childbirth: When he's in the body of Mrs. Joworsky, he gets trapped in the dimension of the Neflords. They impregnate him and he's ripped apart when he gives birth to the Stillbirth.
  • Demonic Possession: Relied on this to come back after Cassie first defeated him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After discovering his baby brother was playing with his toys, he beat him to death.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: He strangled his cat's litter of kittens due to being annoyed at how much time it was spending with them.
  • Enfant Terrible: Even before becoming a slasher, he had murderous tendencies despite being an underaged child. His own mother says he was born of the Devil.
    Cassie's Notes from The Slasher Journal: Once my art teacher talked me into babysitting for his daughter. After about 45 minutes, I was convinced this kid was Satan incarnate. Ashley Guthrie made that kid look like fucking Dolly from Family Circus. People debate the "nature vs. nurture" thing all the time. I've always wanted to believe a person was a reflection of the world they grew up in... but, Ashley seems to have been bad from the moment the sperm hit the egg.
  • Expy: Serves as the Hackverse version of Freddy Krueger with some elements of Chucky and the Puppetmaster.
  • Gonk: Just look at the picture.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Doesn't swear. Will murder, but doesn't swear.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How Cassie first defeated him: she willingly had herself put to sleep so she could confront him in her dream, then kept him busy long enough to have her mother show up like she does at the end of all her nightmares and deal with Ashley.
  • It's All About Me: His entire MO. His reason for... everything, really.
  • Killer Rabbit: While stuck in a teddy bear, and arguably the elderly Mrs. Joworsky's body.
  • Power Floats: In Land of Lost Toys, he floats a few inches above the ground in contrast to his victims/targets being confined to normal gravity. It likely related to his power as a Dream Weaver.
  • Knife Nut: He loves murdering with a knife as well as his toys.
  • Living Toys: One of the many ways he'd use to kill people in their dreams.
  • Psychic Link: Develops one with Cassie after their first Battle in the Center of the Mind. It seems to mostly go one-way, with Ashley able to sense where she is.
  • Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear: Literally at one point has his soul bound to one.
  • The Sociopath: Despite being a child.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Six Sixx in Mind Killer. In the end, Six Sixx sells him out as anyone could have predicted.
  • Vorpal Pillow: How his mother originally killed him for his murder of his brother: suffocating him in his sleep with his own teddy bear.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: How he killed his victims in his initial appearance.

    Julian Gallo, the Mosaic Man 
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Debut: Land of Lost Toys (cameo in flashback), Sons of Man (present day)

Born in Chicago, Julian Gallo grew up with an abusive father who beat him constantly, screwing up his face and causing him to grow up very bitter and resentful. As soon as he could, Julian began working as a low-rent hit man for the local mob. Considering his murders works of art, he decided his own face should match his art's beauty, remaking his face into a mosaic of his victims' flesh. Eventually however, Jules ran afoul of his own gang and was killed. He wound up coming back from the dead as a slasher, killed his old boss, and made a weapon from his bones. Julian then set out to slaughter any and all remaining members of the mob family. Julian bears the distinction of being the first Slasher that Cassie and Vlad fought alongside one another, and is the means by which they met.


  • Bad with the Bone: Made a weapon from the bones of his old gang boss.
  • Car Fu: Of a sort. He is initially dispatched by Vlad and Cassie by throwing him in front of an oncoming train. It doesn’t work in Foes and Fortunes with an actual car, though.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Makes a brief appearance during Land of Lost Toys in Vlad's summary of his backstory, long before he appeared in the flesh during Foes and Fortunes.
  • Mad Artist: Sees his murders as works of art.
  • Mistaken Identity: Is misconstrued as the "Meatman" Vlad in both of his appearances.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: His face is a mosaic of his victims' flesh, making him look like this.
  • Professional Killer: Was once a mob hitman before his death.
  • Voodoo Zombie: Although he is a Slasher, his return in Sons of Man and Foes and Fortunes is actually due to Libby Lochs and her Necromancy.

    Angela Cicero, the Acid Angel 
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Debut: Slice Hard Prelude

A sexy (and she knows it) female slasher, Acid Angel was once Angela Cicero, mundane real estate agent by day and club-trotting party girl by night. Unfortunately, Angela's hard partying ways led to a heap of trouble when she got it on with her best friend's husband, driving said best friend to a Bath Suicide. Overcome with grief, the guilty husband murdered Angela by replacing her insulin with hydrochloric acid, leading to an excruciating death. But, you can't keep a bad girl down, and Angela eventually came back from the dead as a slasher who uses her feminine wiles to ensnare men, then kill them via her arousal-activated acidic secretions.


  • Acid Attack: She secretes acid when sexually aroused, in both the corrosive and LSD senses.
  • Alien Blood: Has acid for it.
  • All There in the Manual: Her origin is revealed in supplementary material.
  • Attractive Zombie: Looks completely human and alive despite being a Slasher, and is an accomplished example of The Vamp. Even Cassie, who treats her like just another Slasher, admits she looks good, though Acid Angel's Psychofile shows that she’s annoyed that being ugly isn’t a rule for Slashers.
    Cassie: Looks pretty good for a dead chick.
    Cassie's Notes from The Slasher Journal: So, apparently Slashers don’t have to be half rotted nasty lookin' freaks. Bummer.
  • Back from the Dead: In Come Together she makes her first return.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: One of the few slashers who look totally human. And doesn't she use it. The only exception is when she is stabbed in the back of the head by X-O, the shears going through her eye socket and leaving her face sunken.
  • Breath Weapon: As well as secreting acid, she can spit it.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Summer Glau is her basis.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Along with being able to cause them, her own death involved her insulin being replaced by hydrochloric acid.
  • Depower: Just before apparently beating her to death with her bare hands, Sister Nightmare neutralizes her acid with some scientific concoction she put together, rendering her helpless.
  • Destination Defenestration: How she is temporarily defeated in Come Together.
  • Deus Sex Machina: Her powers activate upon being sexually aroused.
  • Does Not Like Men: Even though she does get turned on by them, Acid Angel almost exclusively targets men.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: After being captured in Slice Hard Prelude, her street clothes were switched with her "villain outfit" off-panel... for some reason. Additionally, after capturing Cassie and Vlad in Come Together, she strips them down to their undergarments.
  • Hallucinations: A special acid (...LSD?) is able to induce them in in Come Together.
  • Hollywood Acid: Comes in translucent, green, and yellow.
  • Killed Offscreen: In Final, after she is depowered, Daisy is seen standing over her. She’s never seen again, leaving the implication she was beaten to death.
  • Knife Nut: In Slice Hard she loves using one of these.
  • Leotard of Power: Also in Slice Hard, this was her costume.
  • Monster Misogyny: Inverted Trope, as a female Slasher who nearly exclusively targets men.
  • Mook: Acquires the ability to create them in Come Together.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is one of the few slasher to retain a completely human appearance, frequently dresses in underwears, swimsuits or skimpy outfits, has a very seductive attitude, and her whole power works on a Deus Sex Machina.
  • No One Could Survive That!: A big deal is made of how her second death (stabbed in the back of the head, then blown up) is the kind of injury most Slashers don’t come back from, much less completely unharmed.
  • Poisonous Person: Acid-based to be specific.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an emasculating one to Vlad in Come Together.
    Acid Angel: I can’t get worked up with all this male domination. It’s all just an act anyway. An attempt to hide something we all know. When it comes to sex, women are in control. I mean, look at you and Cassie, right? You follow her around like the little pussy-whipped dog you are, and she doesn’t even have to fuck your mutant ass. Are you ready to be my bitch, big boy?
  • Straw Feminist: She justifies killing men as avenging women.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has a lovely angel motif as her tattoo.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: She has little to no combat ability, making up for it with her lethal touch.
  • The Vamp: Typically operates by seducing men so she can inflict them a horrible death via acid.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In Come Together, in order to "recharge" to kill the captive Cassie and Vlad in a painful manner, she watches some trashy hotel porn:
    "God, I hate it when the guy talks. Shut up and just fuck, man."

    Emily Christy/Ms. America/Ouroboros 
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Debut: Slice Hard

A former Ms. America title holder, Emily Christie commited the mistake of posing nude for some extra money during college, photos that were found and published by 'Girlie' Magazine, which resulted in her title being revoked. Afterwards, she entered the pharmaceutical industry and eventually became head of Ceutotech, Inc's research division. In an attempt to give themselves an edge, Ceutotech started kidnapping and experimenting on slashers, in an attempt to replicate their Healing Factor and use it for cosmetics. Predictably, things went wrong, resulting in the five slasher they had captured escaping and Christie being mortally wounded by Acid Angel. In an attempt to save her life, she ended up injecting herself with a liquid chemical derived from slasher dna she had been working on. The chemical did save her life, but resulted in her transformation into a slasher, and she apparently died when the facility exploded. In truth, she managed to survive the explosion, but ended up badly burnt in the process, forcing her to steal and wear other people's skins in order to maintain a human appearance. She would later rely on a ritual ceremony to ascend into a snake-like being called the Ouroboros.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Her skin is shown as green in Hack/Slash/Eva: Monster's Ball.
  • Arc Villain: Her rise and fall as a villain takes up Slice Hard, Love Stories, and Tub Club.
  • Artificial Limbs: Has grey, mechanical hands in Monster's Ball that have Femme Fatalons.
  • A God Am I: As Ouroboros, she develops this attitude.
  • Blood Bath: Resorts to something akin to them in order to retain a human appearance in Tub Club, manipulating students into weird bloodletting pool orgies as apart of being in the titular secret society.
  • Body Horror: The whole absorption thing can get gross.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Runs a lesbian sorority for a time in order to master her magics.
  • Face Stealer: She can steal and wear the skin of others, though it appears to work better on women.
  • Healing Factor: Her main ability, though it needs blood and flesh to kick start it.
  • Hot Scientist: Is a former Ms. America and a scientist.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vlad kills her by knocking her onto a stalagmite.
  • Makes Us Even: She saves Cassie and Vlad from Doctor White's mercenaries, claiming she did so to even the score for keeping her safe in Slice Hard.
  • Meganekko: Beautiful with her glasses or not.
  • Old Shame: In-universe example. Her nude photo spread, which got her Ms. America title revoked.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: As Ouroboros, she's a brunette. It seems to be due to her wearing the skin of the real, brunette Eliza.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: After being fatally injured by Acid Angel in Slice Hard, she uses an experimental "slasher serum" to save herself, at the cost of her humanity, and eventually her sanity.
  • Prophet Eyes: As Ms. America.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Defied Trope. She tried, but the Hate Juice resurrected her as a Slasher, negating her goodwill.
  • Scaled Up: Develops them as a serpent woman.
  • Vampiric Draining: Can absorb all of the blood of someone who has an open cut, and can also absorb skin on physical contact.

    Karl Vox/X-O 
Debut: Slice Hard

Karl Vox worked at a plastic factory in Arizona. A quiet, unobtrusive man, Karl spent his nights cruising highways for victims to play his bizarre “death games” with. Karl was eventually caught, but fled to the factory he worked at. A co-worker stopped him by dropping a heavy metal floor grating on him. He eventually rose to enact vengeance on his former co-workers.


  • Ax-Crazy: Unlike the other Slashers in Slice Hard, he's only interested in his game, including using other Slashers in it.
  • Bald of Evil: It’s unclear if it's due to his death or not, but he is completely bald.
  • Call-Forward: Appears in Jack Hack's flashback to how he met Delilah, in Cassie and Vlad Meet the Re-Animator.
  • Deadly Game: Engaged in these even as a living person.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His face is seen in the explanation of Slashers in Euthanized.
  • Expy: Victor Zsasz with a tic-tac-toe obsession. He even has the same need to mark himself.
  • Scars Are Forever: Marked with crisscross patterns, which he uses in his game.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Initially, he is seen at this, until Ashley lets him out.
  • Self-Harm: Cuts himself in accordance with his kills. X marks for men, O marks for women.
  • Shear Menace: His Weapon of Choice is a set of garden shears.
  • Your Head Asplode: Vlad beats his head so hard with a fire extinguisher that both the extinguisher breaks and his head is completely gone.

    Mortimer Strick 
Debut: Slice Hard

Mortimer Strick was a popular rodeo clown in San Antonio, Texas. Strick also happened to be a serial rapist. When he was caught attacking a cattle hand's wife, the man and his friend’s reacted by stringing Strick between several bulls and tearing him apart. As a Slasher, Mortimer Strick had the ability to sperate and reattach body parts. Each piece retains it's own limited mobility and remains under Mortimer's control.


  • Detachment Combat: His combat method of choice.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Makes a collection if rape-related puns.
  • Fire Keeps It Dead: Vlad sets his body on fire, making his head unable to continue to control it. The explosion at the facility probably took care of the rest.
  • Monster Clown: Rodeo clown, and still uses the concept.
    Mortimer Strick: I'm going to make a balloon animal outta your esophagus!
  • One-Shot Character: Only ever has a real presence in Slice Hard. While he has an Early-Bird Cameo in the image explaining Slashers in Euthanized, everything about him comes from his Psychofile and that one-shot.
  • Serial Rapist: In life, and his dialogue indicates he still enjoys it.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Due to the manner of his death, every part of his body is capable of being controlled even separated from him.

    Sam Steiger/Waking Man 
Debut: Slice Hard

Sam Steiger worked as a janitor at a Sleep Disorder Clinic in California. While working overnight, Steiger, a drug abuser, took an experimental sleep drug, hoping to get high. Unfortunately for Steiger, he took 8 times the recommended dosage. Steiger was technically dead for 12 minutes, during which time he had vivid hallucinations involving a world where peace reigned as all of humanity slept. When he was revived, Steiger began a murderous streak, attempting to bring the gift of sleep to the rest of the world.


    Doctor Edmund Gross 
Debut: Gross Anatomy

Dr. Gross was a professor at a distinguished Atlanta university, who regularly used hypnosis to sexually assault his students. When several students discovered photos of what he'd done to them, they decided to turn him in. Gross prevented this by killing each of them. Gross was arrested, placed on trial and sent to jail. While improsoned he began a bizarre self-analyzation which ultimately led to him skimming himself in order to be closer to his "true self". Gross was removed from orison, and taken to a psychiatric hospital from which he escaped. He then set about murdering a number of his other students, occasionally convincing them to commit suicide or skin themselves.

He took an abandoned Atlanta construction site as his lair by the time Cassie caught up with him.


  • Ambiguously Human: It's unclear in his first appearance if he is a mortal psychopath or a Slasher, though his Psychofile doesn’t list any method of death unlike other Slashers. His second appearance is a lot less unclear, with it being definitely the latter.
  • An Arm and a Leg: When Vlad saves Cassie from him, he cuts off both of his arms simultaneously at the elbow. He's grown them back by the time he is resurrected by the Black Lamp Society.
  • Deadly Doctor: Tortures people to death despite the doctorate.
  • Disney Villain Death: His first (known) death is this, pushed out a window by Cassie.
  • Flaying Alive: Did this to himself, which is a major component in making it hard to determine if he is initially undead or not. He also did this to some of his students, killing the ones that weren’t Driven to Suicide.
    Doctor Gross: Hide within your cage of flesh. I stripped away my own mask to free myself. And I have peeled back the lies of others until all that remained was bone.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Freely admits that he did "sick" things to his students, causing them to ruin him... then notes that in retaliation he "took them apart".
  • Killed Offscreen: Ava implicitly brutally murders him with her knife after defeating him with Margaret's help, but readers are spared the bloody work.
  • Mind Rape: His psychological torment is about as awful as his physical torment.
  • Psycho Psychologist: Likes to psychoanalyze his victims as he tortures them to death.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He was initially shown as evil to his students through evidence of his hypnosis-allowed sexual assaults.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Keeps a calm, reassuring tone of voice almost all of the time, as if he is still doing normal psychotherapy. It only serves to make him creepier.
  • Torture Technician: His modus operandi. Notably, he cut off two of Cassie's toes in his first appearance.
    Cassie's Notes from The Slasher Journal: This asshole was one sick fuck, and now I get to think of him anytime I try to wear sandals.

     Jeffrey Brevvard, Six Sixx 
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Debut: Shout at the Devil

A struggling heavy metal guitarist who traded his soul for fame and fortune. It also required him to give regular donations of virgins to the Neflords.


  • '80s Hair: Has a horrible case of these.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Sammi Curr from Trick or Treat.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: He assumes a demonic form in Shout at the Devil, but doesn't really get the chance to do anything with it.
  • Deal with the Devil: How he got his powers. In his Psychofile, his Slasher type is identified as "Faustian".
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He gets beaten to death with a hammer in the opening pages of Murder Messiah.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Starts sporting one after losing his eyes.
  • Eye Scream: An Eldritch Abomination ripped one of his eyes out, leading to the above.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Experiencing Cassie's fears in Mind Killer enables Six Sixx to be able to understand that she is a genuinely good person who is able to fight against horrors. As a result, he doesn’t take her to Nef as he promised the Neflords, and he doesn’t go after her ever again. This isn’t to say he’s a good person, as he still accepts his punishment as being forced to be Elvis' replacement as Nef's talent agent, but he isn’t directly antagonistic ever again.
  • Heel Realization: Seems to realize how bad things are when he realizes what his Deal with the Devil really was with. While he hates Cassie and Gertrude for having him Dragged Off to Hell, he apparently knows that he is better off accepting the punishment for disobeying the Neflords for not grabbing Cassie than doing so and dooming the world.
  • Here We Go Again!: The end of Mind Killer sees him scouting out a new "talent" for the Neflords. This doesn't work out, and he is killed and his prospect is kidnapped by Dale Wildman.
  • Musical Assassin: His guitar is magical and his primary weapon.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Ashley Guthrie in Mind Killer.

     The Neflords 
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Debut: Shout at the Devil

Two big, floating tenctacly monsters that exist in a realm presumably named after them, their origin is vague, but speculation says they may have lived in the void that existed before God created the universe. While they appear to be content (for the most part) with lording over their little Hell Dimension, they are unable to create followers from nothing, and thus must rely on impregnating virgins (and it has to be virgins, for some reason) from other worlds, acquiring them through agents they imbue with powers in exchange for their services.


  • Anything That Moves: As long as it's a virgin, at least.
  • Combat Tentacles: They use these in battle and have a lot of them.
  • Dimension Lord: They're the rulers of their tiny hell dimension.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Pretty much goes without saying. They're monstrous tentacle monsters from another reality who want virgins to reproduce with.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: They can only breed with virgins of other races.
  • Mars Needs Women: In order to spawn, they need to fatally impregnate virgins from alternate realities.
  • Power Floats: They live in the skies above their world.
  • Primal Fear: For all their might, they live in terrible fear at being alone. It's to such a point that the Neflords hate Six Sixx for his incompetence, but they go into uncontrollable weeping when they find out he's dead.
  • Rainbow Speak: Each one has different colored speech bubble font, which occasionally bleeds together.
  • Shock and Awe: They can create lightning blasts.
  • Speak in Unison: Combined with Voice of the Legion. They sound like a guttural choir.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In they're debut, there's no indication given that they can talk (at least, physically) but in subsequent appearances, they're quite chatty with "psychic non-speak".

    The Society of the Black Lamp 
Debut: Closer

A mysterious cult founded by Akakios and responsible for the existance of Slashers as a whole. The Society of Black Lamp believes humanity exists in two classes: one that is inherently superior both intellectually and morally, and one prone for sin and debauchery. Following that logic, they sees the Slasher as "Paladins" meant to eradicate the second class, thus preventing an Apocalypse.


  • Cult: One which dates back to Ancient Greece and has spread throughout the world.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: They can raise the dead but use it to punish people who love sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
  • Dark Messiah: Akakios is this to him. He considers them all weak.
  • Religion of Evil: The religion has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Technicolor Fire: Their sacred ritual requires burning black flames.
  • We Are Everywhere: They've had a long time to breed and spread their religion among their families.

     Mary Shelly Lovecraft 
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Debut: Entry Wound

A tentacled-armed woman who actually is a physical manifestation of fiction. Because of this, she can never truly be killed, only temporarily banished.


  • Arc Villain: Serves as one of the main enemies of the Hack/Slash/Eva Monster's Ball crossover.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In her first appearance, she turns all the inhabitants of Haverhill into fishmen.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her most notable feature is these.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Because of her nature as a metaphysical construct, she cannot be truly killed: whenever Cassie manages to slay her, she is only banished and will be able to come back eventually.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A physical manifestation of fiction itself, who assumes the appearance of a woman with tentacles.
  • No Fourth Wall: Considering she is a manifestation of fiction, she knows exactly what she is in, and freely mentions other "horror Hunter" stories such as Hellboy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Attempts to convince Cass to join her using this trick.
  • Shout-Out: The name should make it obvious. She also makes direct references to William Shakespeare and others, and is glad that the "horror hunter" she's dealing with is Cassie instead of "that red devil boy".
  • Sophisticated as Hell: As demonstrated by the following speech:
    "[sigh] Though your tale is more complex than some, you still exist in a simple world of revenge, titillation and death. Allow me to try again, in language more befitting your author. Hi, I'm Mary. I'm Frankenstein, Cthulhu and Godzilla all rolled into one. I'm going to fuck up your world, bitch, and then fictional characters are gonna hop out of books and take over."
  • Villain of Another Story: Her showdown with superheroes makes for a backdrop to Entry Wound, but Cassie and Vlad aren’t even aware that she exists until Something's Fishy.

    Andrew Rodin 
Debut: Sons of Man

A biogeneticist from New Zealand, Andrew Rodin's specialty in sheep breeding led to him being inducted into the Society of the Black Lamp and becoming the head of its Sons of Man Super Breeding Program.


     Lynn Jagodinski, Samhain II 
Debut: Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter

The daughter of Doctor Mortal who picks up the mantle of Samhain to avenge her father. She’s the closest that the series has to a standard supervillain.


  • Achilles' Heel: The powers of the Godbox don’t extend their invulnerability to the eyes.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Her reason for killing good guys? "I’m the bad guy."
  • Costume Copycat: Impersonates Samhain. Curiously, she has no idea who he is, only that he had killed some earlier superheroes.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: To her father Dr. Mortal, who organized most of the events of the "SSSS" arc.
  • Eye Scream: How Cassie kills her, since her eyes are her only weak spots. She's still missing an eye when the Black Lamp Society brings her back in "Final".
  • Go for the Eye: The one vulnerable point.
  • Hero Killer: Her first kills were Heroic Wannabes, but her sheer power level makes her into this.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: Cassie kills her for the second time by forcing her hands, full of fire, up to her face, burning her remaining eye.
  • Legacy Character: Subverted Trope. While she wears an outfit similar to Samhain in her first appearance, she had no idea who he is, and discards it for her second appearance, in which she isn’t known for having any alias when others' are brought up.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Is one of the physically toughest opponents Cassie faces.
  • The Mole: In the group of would-be superhero teens.
  • Playing with Fire: Can throw fire from her Hand Blast.
  • Shock and Awe: Bio-electric manipulation, or "zappy hands", are in her power set.
  • Super Power Lottery: Empowered by the Godbox, she has a ton of cool powers with very few limits. She even keeps these powers after resurrecting as a Slasher, despite the Godbox being gone.

    Matthew Ravenswood/Grinface 
Debut: My First Maniac

The first Slasher that Cassie ever went out of her way to hunt down, Matthew Ravenswood was murdered in a rage by his girlfriend Sarah after they were trapped in a shed by an angry farmer, having been playing the serial killer simulator "Blud Bus" at the time as the player character "Grinface". Upon reanimation, he took up the identity of the character, and deemed all of the world his own game.


     Dale Wildman 
Debut: Murder Messiah

A fairly typical serial killer who just happens to get in Cassie's way.


    The Stillborn/Kendall Schipp 
Debut: Murder Messiah

The "child" of Muffy Joworski and Ashley Guthrie, the Stillborn was birthed in Nef for the express purpose of killing Cassie Hack and securing the Neflords' source of virgins for their offspring.


  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Has bright pink skin that is not seen as remotely human.
  • Arc Villain: The main villain of Fame Monster.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: Eats parts of famous people to expand his powers. Apparently the more famous they are, the greater the power increase.
  • Expy: His human disguise is that of one for Bruno Mars.
  • Eyeless Face: A fairly realistic form thereof, as he has somewhat poor aim as a result and has to rely on hearing.
  • Fatal Flaw: As the Neflords learn, the fatal flaw in Kendall Schipp is that he has no flaws, and so is completely devoid of scandal. Thus, he can be overridden with a scandalous event like a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Glamour: As part of Nef magic, he can project a human form when desired.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Looks hunanoid, but for having an oversized brain, bright pink skin, and an Eyeless Face.
  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Claims to be this to Cassie, considering he was literally born for her.
  • Karmic Death: Torn to shreds by a crazed mosh pit, suffering for the very fame he enjoyed.
  • Knife Nut: His primary weapon seems to be a knife.
  • Loony Fan: For Cassie and Vlad in theory, but mostly just for the Neflords.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: At a high level of power, he can toss Vlad around like it’s nothing, despiteba rather slight physique.
  • My Brain Is Big: Has a rather bulbous brain.
  • The Paralyzer: Is capable of instilling a sense of being "starstruck" in others, from fans to the likes of Cassie Hack herself. Unfortunately, due to their Psychic Link, he's not immune either.
  • Psychic Link: Due to the connections his component parts already had to Cassie Hack, he can make her see psychic visions of his murders, and she can sense where he is.
  • Psycho Electro: Near the end of his life, he gains power over electricity around Madison Square Garden, and his god complex is at an all-time high.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Ultimately just wants to make his creators proud of him. This isn't seen as an even slightly good thing.

     The Beane Clan 
Debut: Me Without You

A Scots-American Chicago crime family. With some... odd genetics.


  • Arc Villain: For The Good Son.
  • Cannibal Clan: They subsist on human flesh whenever possible.
  • Child by Rape: Sawney Beane's fling with a demoness just transformed him into a monster, she's not the mother of his daughters. His daughters came from him kidnapping a woman and when they were born, he was so proud out of how beautiful his girls are that he decided to keep it in the family.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The female members are able to usually hide their demonic side and are all statuesque blonde women when they don't transform.
  • Generic Ethnic Crime Gang: They're not really all that unique aside from the incest, cannibalism, and demon worship.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: They were even more upset because Vlad's father was black.
  • Uneven Hybrid: They're descended from the legendary Sawney Beane, whose one-night-stand with a demoness meant that all his male descendants were superstrong and deformed, and all his female descendants hot witches with a nasty Game Face.
  • Villainous Incest: They don't like diluting the bloodline.

     Akakios of Panopolis 
Debut: Sons of Man (as legendary figure), Murder Messiah (first on-panel appearance in a Bad Future section), Monster Baiting (first on-panel appearance as "himself" in internal chronology)

The founder of the Black Lamps and the oldest slasher still active, he's been undead for about 2500 years, and originates from the Greek city of Panopolis. At some point in the twentieth century, treacherous Black Lamp underlings deposed him and magically destroyed his memories, renaming him "Samhain" and using him as the Society's top assassin. The resulting confusion led to him developing benevolent feelings for a while and falling in love with Cassie, until a failed attempt to turn him human led to him recovering his memories and being returned to his old self.


  • Alchemy Is Magic: And was used to create Slashers.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: When he was Samhain.
  • Antagonist Title: He is the eponymous "Murder Messiah" of the arc that revealed his true identity.
  • Big Bad: By virtue of being both the one who created the Slashers as a whole and the final antagonist of the original series.
  • Bishōnen Line: The oldest and most powerful slasher, but also one of the few who look completely alive and human.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Once Cat injects the antidote to Black Ambrosia, he loses all of his powers gained from it, including his Healing Factor.
  • Dark Messiah: Intends to purify the world of all those he considers inferior due to their love of life. He's even called the "Murder Messiah."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Seems to be unable to really understand moral people, despite his Knight Templar ways. Most notably, he dismisses his time making love to Cassie when he was Samhain as a waste of effort, as he could have fucked her any time he wanted, Dramatically Missing the Point of the growing relationship.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Murders the whole Black Lamp leadership, partly out of revenge for mind-wiping him but also for not being violent enough.
  • Evil All Along: Though he didn't know.
  • Expy: Of Angelus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
  • Facial Horror: Gets his entire head burned severely by a Nef wand, including burning all of his hair off, during "Final".
  • Healing Factor: Even by slasher standards, his is crazily overpowered, able to regenerate from almost anything, including lost internal organs. That is, until he is depowered.
  • Knife Nut: Prefers his ancient knife over any other weapons.
  • Knight Templar: Seriously appears to believe that he and other slashers are morally purifying the world by killing the corrupt.
  • Monster Lord: Not only is he the Monster Progenitor of the Slashers, but he can also control their reanimations and sense them. They view him as their god.
  • Monster Progenitor: Is the creator of the entire Slasher race. However, due to some weird Time Travel, he's technically still not chronologically the first.
  • Only One Name: A Justified Trope, as his naming convention of "one name and location of origin" is customary of the Greeks of the 5th and 6th century BCE, where he originated.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Being a bit less Axe-Crazy than most slashers makes him even more dangerous, as he can come up with plans that are longer-term and more complex than "run around stabbing people".
  • Villainous Breakdown: After losing his Healing Factor and all of his Stab Happy "paladins" to Cat and Gertrude respectively, he panics, pleading that Cassie is the only one of their kind left. Given everything he had done, she is in no mood to be merciful.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's a reason why there's so much spoiler code here.

    Britt Cilento 
Debut: Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash

Daughter of 21st century Black Lamp Society leaders including Alice Cilento, Britt Cilento took to using the remains of the society, combined with the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, to try to aid Akakios during 190 BCE, in the society’s founding years.


  • Arc Villain: For Army of Darkness vs. Hack/Slash.
  • Death by Irony: For all of her attempts to act as a Villainous Legacy to Akakios, she is ultimately killed by a past version of Vlad during the Ig'nant Mime Squad Happy Gathering with his Nef Magic Wand, with none of the heroes involved in her death even knowing who she is or caring enough to check.
  • Evil Redhead: One who takes advantage of her looks at times to get some of her sacrificial followers.
  • Evil Sorcerer: As a user of the Necronomicon with only ill intent.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: As a Slasher.
  • Human Sacrifice: Takes to this with her followers, to bind their souls to skeletons for an army.
  • No Body Left Behind: Seems to be the case after she is blasted apart by Vlad's Nef Magic Wand.
  • Post-Final Boss: Technically, she counts as this to the main Hack/Slash storyline pre-Resurrection.
  • Ur-Example: Due to Time Travel, she is technically the original Slasher.
  • Villainous Legacy: Acts as this for the entirety of the Society of the Black Lamp, but especially for her mother Alice, who was killed by Samhain in Closer.
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