Follow TV Tropes


Hockey Mask and Chainsaw

Go To

"Everyone thinks Jason uses one of these, but he never does."
The Cinema Snob reviewing Friday the 13th Part 2 (as a girl carries a chainsaw)

A common reference of a Slasher Movie serial killer: a big guy wielding a chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask. Enormously common in parodies and tributes of the genre.

This is something of a Dead Unicorn Trope, since it isn't actually based on any single slasher movie character. It's actually a Composite Character between two famous Slasher Movie killers: Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th series (who wears the hockey mask) and Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series (who carries the chainsaw).

While it might seem like a case of Shallow Parody, even the people who know a lot about horror/slasher films tend to use this trope, so that's not the case. It's likely just a Captain Ersatz of the two, since neither of them are in the public domain.note 

Note that while wearing a mask while using a chainsaw is generally a good idea even when using it to cut up the things it's intended for (sawdust and splinters can end up flying everywhere when using a chainsaw on wood), a hockey mask would not be a good choice of one (because while it does have face protection, it doesn't exactly include eye protection).

A Sister Trope to Sackhead Slasher (drawing on Jason's pre-hockey mask iteration), and a Sub-Trope of Stock Slasher.


    open/close all folders 

  • Brazilian ad website Catho had an ad where someone in such an attire was hired to cut vegetables for a pizza place.
  • A GEICO commercial shows a bunch of dumb teenagers hiding behind chainsaws in a shed with a killer wearing a hockey mask, who looks utterly dumbfounded by their stupidity. The ad ends with the kids running away to hide in a cemetery while a chainsaw buzzes in the background.
  • Nike's infamous chainsaw commercial from the 2000 Olympics featured a villain with a chainsaw, and with a white plastic mask more like Michael Myers' from Halloween, chasing a woman played by track star Suzy Favor Hamilton. Naturally, trying to chase down an Olympic athlete ends with the slasher getting winded while the woman escapes. Contemporary news reports when the ad was pulled described it as a hockey mask, however, because this trope created that expectation.
  • The power tool manufacturer Stihl, knowing the reputation of their most famous product, made an ad where a killer like this chases down a young woman, only to find that his chainsaw won't start when he has her cornered. The ad then shows somebody starting up a Stihl chainsaw with one pull.
  • Another power tool manufacturer, Maruyama, made a similar ad, where the hockey-mask-wearing killer's chainsaw breaks down long enough for the Final Girl to grab a Maruyama chainsaw and send him running away screaming.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor has a marine named Jason who wears a hockey mask and uses a chainsaw as his weapon of choice. He also tends to be blamed whenever something breaks and there's a Running Gag regarding him always being sick on Fridays.
  • America from Hetalia: Axis Powers has this as his costume in the Halloween sketches 2010.
  • Played with in episode 139 of Urusei Yatsura featuring the never-before-seen members of the gardening club who are obsessed with their tomatoes. At one point the episode becomes a horror movie parody with one of them wearing a creepy white mask and another one wielding a chainsaw and wearing a tomato mask that covers the whole head.
  • During the first part of the manga and Season 0 from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba forces Joey (Jonouchi) to fight to the death with a serial killer known as "Chopman". The guys is a mountain of muscles with a leather-mask and prone to use sharp and big weapons, particularly, chainsaws. Images.

    Comic Books 
  • In "Saturday the 8th Part 5: The Final Beginning" In Cherry #3, the slasher not only wears a hockey mask and wields a chainsaw, but is also wearing Freddy Krueger's striped jersey and battered hat.
  • Hack/Slash: 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.
  • This bizarre German Club Nintendo comic, "Super Mario in the Night of Horror", features Wario making a pact with a demon who unleashes several creatures drawn in a more realistic style than usual Nintendo characters. Among them there's a Jason expy (or even the man himself) wielding a chainsaw.
  • Superman: The first Post-Crisis appearance of the Prankster in Superman (1987) #16 had him as the host of a kids TV show which was cancelled for being a bad influence on children. Cue Prankster threatening Galaxy television boss Morgan Edge with a pig mask and chainsaw, while ranting that this was what kids were watching these days, and compared to that what were a few pranks?

    Comic Strips 
  • A Sunday strip from Bloom County once showed Bill the Cat in an old horror movie, in which he is pursued by a maniac wielding a chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask.
  • A Sergio Aragonés strip in MAD has a bunch of hockey-playing kids inviting a man with a hockey mask and a duffel bag to play with them. He reaches into his duffel bag and pulls out a chainsaw.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies, the third book of the Cineverse trilogy, has one of said bunnies return from the grave with a chainsaw and hockey mask.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has Greg and Rowley getting chased by a guy with a hockey mask and a chainsaw in the Crossland High School haunted house.
  • The closest Jason Voorhees ever came to actually using a chainsaw as a weapon was in the novel Friday the 13th: Jason's Curse. Jason himself doesn't use it, but a man possessed by Jason (through his cursed hockey mask) kills one of his relatives with a chainsaw.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog in Castle Robotnik sees Sonic meeting a large rabbit called Jase with such a combo in an underground passage and is chased into darkness. Bumping a scraping through the darkness he uses the constant reeving of the chainsaw to figure out how close the rabbit is. In the end the rabbit ends up falling down a hole and leaving a big mess after the machine has done its work.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Charmed, Phoebe was tormented by a recurring nightmare about a chainsaw-wielding murderer wearing a hockey mask. She thought it was a manifestation of Cole. It turned out that it stood for a metaphor of her self-harming behavior.
  • MADtv (1995): In the "Apollo the 13th: When Jason Takes NASA" sketch, hockey-mask wearing Jason Voorhees invades the moon shuttle and kills a person with a chainsaw.
  • In one episode of Murder Ville, Marshawn Lynch pranks Jason Bateman by jumping into the stage with the complete outfit. AS the series is semi-improvised, Bateman was caught off-guard.
  • In a Halloween Episode of Roseanne, Dan and Roseanne are trying to one-up each other on scary pranks to earn the title of "the Master". At one point, Dan has Roseanne trapped in the garage, the power shut off, and he slowly approaches from the outside wearing a hockey mask and carrying a chainsaw.

  • Eminem has made this into a frequent theme of his work, representing his Serial Killer alter-ego, Slim Shady.
    • On his Anger Management Tour (The Marshall Mathers LP), he appeared wearing denim overalls, a hockey mask, and wielding a chainsaw.
    • "Kill You" and "Business" both contain him Saying Sound Effects Out Loud of a chainsaw ("vrin vrin!")
    • It's not really audible in the finished song unless you know about it, but the pitch modulation used on the hook for "The Real Slim Shady" is supposed to imitate the tone of a revving chainsaw, according to Word of God.
    • In "Criminal", Slim tells us that if he wasn't a successful rapper, "I'ma be a fuckin' rapist in a Jason mask".
    • The cover for the SHADYXV compilation and mixtape album features crossed chainsaws and a hockey mask.
    • The visual for the "Stan's Revenge" NFT features a spinning hockey mask out of which bleached-blond Stans march along giant chainsaw blades.
  • Alice Juban, a subunit of the Japanese idol group Kamenjoshi (literally, "Masked Girls"), wear hockey masks and wield prop chainsaws as part of their gimmick.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • Some levels in AMC Squad pit the titular team against Chainsaw Cultists, a step up from the Blood-flavored cultists the team has been encountering so far. Unlike the other cultists, if they get close enough to grapple, you're screwed. Bonus points for including a level-exclusive cultist wearing a more metallic goalie mask than the rest.
  • The level "Boo! Haunted House" in The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures has none other than Jason himself (in his notorious cyan and purple incarnation) running back and forth with a chainsaw.
  • In Battle Arena Toshinden 3, the Mid-Boss for the chainsaw-wielding David is Judgement, a former childhood friend who has now become this trope.
  • One of the enemies in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin sports this ensemble.
  • Pick up a chainsaw in Chaos Faction and your character will sport a hockey mask for as long as they have it.
  • Inverted in Dead by Daylight, where the Trapper is wearing a leathery facemask, and carries an improvised machete. The other Dead by Daylight killers are aversions, with no hockey masks and only two chainsaws — the Hillbilly, a Leatherface Expy, and, um, Leatherface himself.
  • Subtly done in Dead Island. There's a non-zombie enemy who is clearly supposed to be Jason, with a hockey mask and machete, beefed up health and one hit kills. In his house, you can find a unique Chainsaw, among some other horror references.
  • The second boss in Double Dragon II for the Game Boy (a different game from the arcade and NES versions subtitled The Revenge).
  • You can become a hockey mask killer in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. Hockey masks are occasional loot finds or enemy equipment; the same goes for chainsaws. Combine the two with sneaking skills to stalk enemies for maximum effect (though the hockey mask doesn't enhance your melee weapons skills, just unarmed fighting).
  • Final Fantasy:
    • When Edgar uses the chainsaw weapon in Final Fantasy VI, he has a random chance of doing an instant kill attack, which also changes the attached sprite to him wearing a hockey mask. In a bit of a nod to Common Knowledge, the chainsaw itself turns into a weed-whacker, which Jason actually used once.
    • Vincent Valentine's Hellmasker Limit in Final Fantasy VII turns him into hockeymask-wearing maniac with a chainsaw. The ability that includes the chainsaw's usage is named "Splattercombo" in an allusion to another well-known horror staple genre.
  • Cemetery stages in Gex feature burly enemies of this type, who for added benefit also wear red and green striped t-shirts.
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Stitches, the Frankenstein's Monster of Heroes of the Storm, has an alternative "Psycho" skin which has him with a hockey mask and a chainsaw. To complete the horror movie picture, he is also wearing a torn-off Michael Myers jumpsuit and is holding a machete, a pickaxe and a slipknot at the same time.
  • Kid Chameleon has Maniaxe, an Expy of Jason Voorhees, who can throw hatchets at enemies.
  • In Megami Tensei II, the demon Redrum and its Palette Swap Friday sport hockey masks and wield chainsaws.
  • One of the ghosts in New Ghostbusters II is designed to evoke this.
  • In Persona 2, an optional boss in Eternal Punishment is a Stalker with a Crush who wears a hockey mask and chainsaw.
  • The chainsaw-wielding Dr. Salvador in Resident Evil 4 wears a burlap sack mask similar to Jason's first appearance in Friday the 13th Part 2.
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: During the Nathan and Mimsy boss fight in the Bring the Crunch DLC, Mimsy dons a hockey mask and pulls out a chainsaw, performing an instant kill on any ally in his range when his turn ends.
  • Splatterhouse:
    • Rick wears what resembles a hockey mask (it's actually an ancient, Aztec Artifact of Doom called the "Terror Mask" that just happens to look like a hockey mask) and can sometimes use a chainsaw. In sequels, the mask was redesigned to look more like a skull, but the similarities to Jason's signature mask were still pretty apparent.
    • The boss "Biggy Man" (it's supposed to be "Piggy Man") is a hulking zombie with a hockey mask for a face, and one chainsaw implanted in each forearm
  • Splatter Master have regular imps as The Goomba, and late into the game there are imps wearing hockey masks and hatchets which are stronger than their regular brethren.
  • Luigi's Classic Mode path in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is themed after Luigi's Mansion specifically and horror generally, has one Multi-Mook Melee stage where he fights a horde of Mii Fighters, several of whom are costumed like this.
  • An enemy in Virtual Boy Wario Land is a fish who wears a hockey mask with a chainsaw going right through it like a swordfish.
  • The Chainsaw Maniacs from Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon has "Jiei-San", a man who gets confused for a serial killer because he's a large blood-splattered man carrying a giant knife who wears a hockey mask. In actuality, he's just a butcher trying to practice cutting meat and the hockey mask is for keeping blood out of his face (as well as him actually being a former hockey player), which isn't helped by the fact that he's socially awkward and talks in Hulk Speak. His unique attack as a Summon has him terrifying enemies by messily chopping up a large slab of meat before attempting to offer them some choice slices.

    Web Animation 


    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • Vicky dons these at one point, though Timmy barely reacts.
      Timmy: Phew, it's just a goalie. [Vicky removes the hockey mask] AAAAHH! VICKY!
    • In "The Big Fairy Share Scare!", Chloe's wish that everyone in Dimmsdale should want to share causes Vicky to give her chainsaw to a hulking brute in a hockey mask who proceeds to wreak havoc.
  • Grojband features Kon and Kin dressing up as "chainsaw maniacs" in "Girl Fest". With Kon donning the hockey mask and chainsaw cliché.
  • Mr. Cat dons these in the pilot of Kaeloo. He winds up chopping off Quack Quack's arms.
  • At the end of the Looney Tunes short "Box Office Bunny", Daffy and Elmer end up in a horror movie where the killer has a mask and chainsaw.
  • The Loud House:
    • This is how Lynn dresses up for Halloween in the episode "Tricked".
    • In "Jeers for Fears", Lynn dresses up in this combo again when scaring Lincoln and Clyde.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: In "Haunted House", the ghost makes one last attempt to scare Ren and Stimpy by putting on a witch doctor's mask and threatening them with a chainsaw. Unfortunately for the ghost, the duo mistakes him for a trick-or-treater and toss him some Halloween candy.
  • The Simpsons: In "Cape Feare", when Bart Simpson is threatened with death by Sideshow Bob, the family gets put in Witness Protection. Bart is in his room trying to go to sleep when Homer bursts in screaming: first with a butcher knife to cut him a brownie ("BARTYOUWANTSOMEBROWNIESBEFOREYOUGOTOBED?!") and again to show off his stuff ("BARTDOYOUWANTTOSEEMYNEWCHAINSAWANDHOCKEYMASK?!").
  • The Tiny Toon Adventures film How I Spent My Vacation features "Mr. Hitcher", a psychotic killer recently escaped from a maximum security prison who hitches a ride with the family of pigs. He chases Plucky Ducky around the car with a chainsaw while wearing a hockey mask.
  • In the Halloween episode of Total Drama Island, the contestants' challenge is to survive a slasher movie scenario, with the antagonist known only as "The Escaped Psycho Killer With A Chainsaw and a Hook", whose weapons are a chainsaw and a hook. The "slasher's" hockey mask stops the contestants immediately noticing that Chef Hatchet is playing the part. Later, a real Escaped Psycho Killer with a Chainsaw and a Hook, who is white to tip the audience off that he's not Chef, who is black, appears and menaces Gwen. Because the whole thing is Played for Laughs, Chef's chainsaw is mounted on a hockey stick and the real killer is a wimp despite his imposing appearance.


Video Example(s):

Alternative Title(s): Hockey Mask Chainsaw


Caitlin's toilet escapade

Caitlin gets stuck in a toilet after a prank goes wrong.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (6 votes)

Example of:

Main / ToiletHumour

Media sources: