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"Pablo, I'm gonna tell you something I've never told anyone. Thirty years ago, my friends and I spent the night at a cabin. We found the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, the book of the dead. Certain passages were recited. It awoke something in the woods. Something evil. I was the only one to escape. But now, the evil has found me."
— Ash Williams, "El Jefe"

Ash vs. Evil Dead is an American horror comedy series created by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell for the Starz network. It is set in the Evil Dead franchise and serves as a sequel to The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2 and (starting with Season 2) Army of Darkness. note 

The series stars Campbell reprising his role as Ash Williams, the aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years following the films avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons — both personal and literal.

The cast includes Ray Santiago as Pablo Bolivar, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, Michelle Hurd as Linda B. Emery, Ted Raimi as Chet Kaminski, Pepi Sonuga as Lacey Emery, Lee Majors as Brock Williams, Joel Tobeck as Baal, Arielle Carver-O'Neill as Brandy Barr, and Lucy Lawless as Ruby.


The show premiered on October 30, 2015 and ran for three seasons, ending on April 28, 2018. According to Campbell, this will be the last time he appears onscreen as Ash, though he has continued voicing him in games such as Dead by Daylight and Evil Dead: The Game.

Tropes for single episodes can go in the appropriate recap page.


  • Abandoned Hospital: Baal kidnaps Ash and takes him to an abandoned mental hospital to brainwash him and lure his friends there so he can destroy the Necronomicon they're carrying. Lampshaded by Kelly when she sarcastically comments that the place looks "totally not scary at all".
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • Ash mistakenly calls Pablo "Pedro" in "The Dark One." He chalks it up to having recently hit his head.
    • Ash also accidentally calls Baal "Bill" a few times. He tries to correct himself a few times, but keeps lapsing back.
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    • Ash also calls his daughter "Sandy" and "Mandy", since he didn't have the time to remember that her name is Brandy.
  • Accidental Murder: A member of the Knights of Sumeria once visited Brock Williams to tell him that his son Ash is The Chosen One. Brock didn't buy a word of it, then accidentally shoved the guy down a flight of stairs, apparently killing him. He just boards up the basement door and forgets about it. When Ash opens up the door years later to investigate, it turns out that the fall didn't actually kill the guy, since he still had enough time to draw a set of spells on the wall.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In "Bound In Flesh" the Necronomicon asks Ash if he thinks he'll become President after he's done fighting Deadites. In Fargo, Bruce Campbell played Ronald Reagan.
    • Ash's conversation with his father in "Home."
    Brock: Faster?
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Pablo's Uncle clearly can barely stand Ash. But when Ash replies to his statement that people underestimate him with the line "They end up either in my bed or dead", he chuckles.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The episode "Home Again" gives Professor Knowby this treatment, depicting him as having been driven somewhat mad by the Necronomicon, chaining his possessed wife up in the basement, and luring one of his students into the basement and trapping her in a bear trap in an attempt to offset Henrietta's possession.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Lionel Hawkins can barely contain his glee when Ash shows him the Necronomicon.
  • Ancient Order of Protectors: Season 3 introduces the Knights of Sumeria, an order of knights who have been fighting the Deadites for centuries.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: The Deadites are summoned in the first episode because Ash and some random chick decided to read random passages from the Necronomicon while stoned.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The series ends with Ash waking up from medical suspended animation in the future and driving off with a Knight of Sumeria to combat the Dark Ones, who are "on the move".
  • Anti-Hero: Thirty years of survivor's guilt has pushed Ash into becoming a lazy, womanizing loser who lives in a trailer and spends most of his nights lying about himself to pick up floozies in bars. He's still great at fighting Deadites, though.
  • Artificial Limbs: For rights reasons, nothing specific to Army of Darkness is specifically mentioned in Season 1; therefore, Ash has traded in the fully functional mechanical hand for a much more mundane wooden prosthetic. After Ash loses his wooden hand to Amanda in "Books From Beyond", Pablo spends part of the next episode building a mechanical replacement using a Nintendo Power Glove. At the end of the series, Ash wakes up in the future and he's been given a bionic hand that's almost indistinguishable with his natural hand.
  • The Alcoholic: Ash's old pal Lem has been "nine days sober" when we first see him. By the next episode, he's drinking kerosene. To be fair, he's a Deadite by this point.
  • Almost Kiss: Ash and Amanda in "Fire in the Hole" before Pablo interrupts.
  • Anyone Can Die:
    • Subverted. Numerous side characters die every episode, but the regulars always make it out in one piece. Double subverted in "Ashes to Ashes" when Amanda is killed.
    • Happens again in Season 2. In "Last Call" Ash's and Cheryl's dad, Brock, is killed off. In "Trapped Inside" Chet is killed by Deadite!Cheryl, who herself is again killed by Ash and in "Ashy Slashy" Pablo, Lacey and Thomas are all killed. Thomas by Baal, Lacey (who has become a deadite) by Kelly and Pablo by accident (during the ceremony to defeat Baal, Baal slices him in half with his claw while thrashing around. He gets better, though.)
  • Ass Shove:
    • In "The Morgue," Ash suffers this at the hands of a corpse's possessed intestines, which strangle him and shove his head up the corpse's ass, much to his horror:
    Ash: Oh God, I'm in the butt!
    • In season 3, Ash becomes a victim of this when he gets dragged into the coffin of Candy Barr. Candy is a Deadite at this point, so she fingerbangs Ash with a very long talon.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • The paranoid survivalists that Ash and company encounter aren't treated totally unsympathetically even though they try to kill them out of fear that they're government agents. The protagonists manage to clear up the misunderstanding without directly killing any of them. However the pair who get the most brutal and protracted deaths of the group were set up to be the least sympathetic; one threatening to rape Kelly and the other being a former convict who turned the group against heroes when he recognized Amanda.
    • The teenagers who stole Ash's Delta are killed by it. Also qualifies as a Karmic Death.
    • In "Judgment Day," Ruby is killed by the Dark Ones. Considering all the shit she's pulled, like trying to turn Brandy against Ash and killing Professor Knowby, she's unlikely to be missed. Ash certainly has No Sympathy to spare for her.
    Ash: [mockingly] Poor Ruby! I'm melting! Fuck off, bitch!
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: At the end of "Judgement Day", the Dark Ones use the Necronomicon to summon Kandar the Destroyer, a roughly Godzilla-sized demon which proceeds to lay waste to Elk Grove in the following episode.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Ash was already one of these when he started fighting Deadites while still a nebbish college student. That fact that he picks it back up with (somewhat) relative ease in his 50s just further cements this.
    • Pablo and Kelly as well. Especially Kelly.
  • Badass Transplant: Ash's chainsaw hand.
  • Bad Black Barf:
    • Kelly spits some up in "Brujo", indicating she's got something in her. Also makes a nice Call-Back to the series lore on what that entails.
    • In season 2, Pablo projectile vomits black sludge when he starts converging with the Necronomicon.
  • Bad Boss: Mr. Roper, manager of the Value Stop, fluctuates between this and a beleaguered Mean Boss depending on whether or not he's dealing with Ash; on the one hand, he's generally dickish, ignorant, and seems to enjoy power-tripping his junior employees like Pablo and Kelly, but Ash is such a terrible, lazy worker (he's taken multiple phony sick days on the pretense of caring for "his dear friend, Eli") that the guy doesn't have much recourse besides getting tough. Transitions completely into "bad" territory when he turns into a Deadite in "Bait", as he retains enough of his old self to gleefully admit he's always hated Ash and thinks he's a "sad old failure" as he attempts to murder him.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In "Judgment Day," the Dark Ones show up during Ash's showdown with Ruby and Kaya, and promptly kill them both. They even expel Kaya's soul from Kelly's body in the process, which Ash needed to be able to bring her back from the dead. Ash takes advantage of the distraction to steal the Necronomicon and make a break for it.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Kelly's mother was turned into a Deadite, but "Bait" sees her act completely normal and kind to Kelly and her father. As Ash correctly notes, it's all to lure him to the house and get him to lower his guard.
    • Ash pulls off a doozy against Baal in Season 2, tricking the demon into thinking Ash has been broken by his reality-changing mind games, only to reveal he never fell for it, even for a minute, and that it was all part of his plan to get Baal and the Necronomicon in the same place all along.
  • Bedlam House: The Season 2 episode "Delusion" has Ash wake up in one.
  • Big Bad:
    • Season 1: Ruby, as it turns out.
    • Season 2: The demon Baal the father of Ruby's demon children. Past Ruby hijacks this role again in the finale.
    • Season 3: Ruby again, though the Dark Ones steal the role in the last two episodes.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Played With at the end of Season 2. Baal and the younger Ruby are the joint antagonists, clearly intending to bring their children into being to bring ruin to the world. Though it's a mutual affair the finale pulls it more into a Big Bad Ensemble with Baal believing himself the one in charge and Ruby sick of him to the point she's trying to undermine him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted for laughs. Ash and Pablo charge into Kelly's house ready for a fight, but her family is fine or so it seems.
  • Black Comedy: Oh, so many examples to list. A good example would be the scene in "Morgue" where Ash fights against a corpse's possessed guts, who promptly proceed to shove Ash's head into said corpse's butt, making Ash stumble around with the corpse stuck on his head, a la Mr. Bean.
  • Black Eyes of Evil:
    • Kelly, when possessed by Eligos.
    • Ruby flashes these after revealing herself to be evil.
  • Bloody Hilarious: In typical over-the-top Raimi fashion, the show has swimming pools' worth of fake blood.
    • When Ash repeatedly stabs a Deadite in the neck with a broken bottle in "Bait", he has the misfortune to be under them at the time, getting showered in torrents of gore. Later, Suzy Maxwell is cut almost in half by Ash, spattering blood on Kelly and Pablo huddling on the other side of the room.
    • When Pablo is grabbed by a Deadite wearing combat armor and a helmet in "Fire in the Hole", Kelly is forced to pump dozens of rounds into its body, turning the creature into hamburger. Even after it's dead, an absolutely drenched Pablo is still punching its open neck wound while screaming in terror.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ash saves the world but has to leave behind his daughter and best friends. He awakens to a new life in a post-apocalyptic world where he'll still be fighting evil, but with a suped-up Classic and a cyborg babe sidekick. Groovy!
  • Bond One-Liner: Evil Ash after mortally wounding Amanda with a meat cleaver.
    "Now that's what I call cleavage!"
  • Bookends: The series starts and ends with the use of Deep Purple's Space Trucking, as Ash gears up for his night out. The only difference is the series ends with Ash fully embracing himself as a hero, rather just having a night out getting drunk and high.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Flip-flopped. Amanda's backup Derringer fires twice as many shots as it should be able to in "El Jefe" but when Ash is firing his boomstick at Deadite-Suzy Maxwell in "Bait", he fires off both barrels, tries to fire a third time, and realizes he's empty.
  • Broad Strokes: The Evil Dead came out in 1981, and Evil Dead 2 in 1987; the exact date of the original cabin incident remains a nice, round "about 30 years ago" when it is mentioned in the present day.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ash's sister Cheryl (or rather, her Deadite form) from the original Evil Dead came back for an episode of Season 2.
    Deadite!Cheryl: "I'm gonna make like a tree and fuck you!"
  • Byronic Hero: Ash's primary motive is to get the book translated and banish the Deadites from this existence again, and thus is reluctant to get himself into any unnecessary complications like saving individual people when the whole world's at stake; while he's not depicted as wrong by any stretch for believing this, he can sometimes come across as callous or self-absorbed when stating his intentions.
  • Call-Back:
    • In the first episode, Ash recounts to Pablo the general events of The Evil Dead (1981) and how he lost his hand back in Evil Dead 2.
    • Kelly's mother softly singing "Hush, Little Baby" in "Bait" recalls Henrietta trapped in the fruit cellar.
    • Ash plants makeshift crosses on the graves of slain Deadites, as he's done in previous incarnations... but finds out this time that the original people were Jewish. This itself gets an in-series Call-Back when it helps clue Ash in that Kelly is possessed after she asks Ash to kill her and bury her with a cross, when Ash knows she is Jewish, as the people Ash buried earlier were Kelly's parents.
    • Ruby in order to get Amanda to help her claims she is the daughter of Professor Raymond Knowby, the scientist who originally found the Necronomicon, and the younger sister of Annie from Evil Dead 2. In season 2 it's shown that the murderer of Professor Knowby was in fact Ruby herself.
    • Sounds and musical cues from the films have turned up in the show. One such example is the sample of Big Ben from The Time Machine, heard in the first film when Ash comes out of the cellar after getting ammo for the shotgun and he looks at the cabin's clock, can be heard in the background when Ash comes into the Books From Beyond store.
    • Ruby is shown to be in possession of Ash's possessed severed hand in "Brujo".
    • Ash's sister Cheryl from The Evil Dead (1981) factors into the second season, including mention of her death by tree, which nearly befalls the two main female characters as well.
    • Ash encounters Henrietta from The Evil Dead (1981) at the end of season two. During their fight, she even takes on the same long-necked demonic form.
    • "Home Again" has Ash recall how he went back in time during the medieval period, either referencing the second or third film or both.
    • In "Second Coming", Ash gets the upper hand against Baal by distracting him with an incorrigibly stupid comment, just like he did with Ruby back in "The Dark One".
    • In episode 1 of season two, Ash gives a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to a bar in his hometown that begins with "Listen up, you degenerate screwheads!"
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: The Evil Dead certainly do, or at least it's just a matter of time.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Ash finally confronts his dad, Brock, in "Last Call", complaining that he never stood up for him when the entire town pegged him down as a crazy serial killer. They make amends at the end of the episode after Ash saves Brock from a Deadite.
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • In season 1, the show was not allowed to directly reference anything from Army of Darkness, which is why Ash works at "Value Stop" rather than "S-Mart" and doesn't have his prosthetic gauntlet hand. The show does work around this prohibition by calling the shotgun 'boomstick' and obliquely referencing Ash's trip to the Middle Ages because it also occurs at the end of Evil Dead 2. However, the audience is clearly expected to assume that some version of the film's events did happen.
    • The series makes it clear that the beginning of Evil Dead 2, which shows Ash only with his girlfriend Linda instead of the whole friend group, is non-canon. It's worth noting that, as said by Bruce Campbell well before the show was announced, this was pretty much always the case since that beginning segment was just a simplified recap of the first movie that was filmed because the film makers were unable to get the rights to the first film at the time due to legal issues.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Season 2 does this to the original movies — Ash being the Sole Survivor of a massacre with no witnesses just makes everyone think he went crazy and killed all of his friends.
    • Throughout Season 3, Brandy adamantly refuses to believe Ash's insistence that Mrs. Prevett, her trusted guidance counselor, is actually Ruby, his enemy... until "Twist and Shout," where she sees Ruby survive and regenerate from being impaled on Ash's chainsaw with her own eyes.
  • Catchphrase: At the end of "El Jefe", Ash drops perhaps his most famous one-liner from Evil Dead 2 and the works that have followed it.
    Pablo: How does it feel?
    Ash: Groovy.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Season 2 has Ash's dad watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand ; Lucy Lawless, Stephen Lovatt, and Joel Tobeck all played significant roles in Spartacus throughout its run.
  • Ceiling Cling: Ash does this in episode 9 of season 2 to hide from the POV monster.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: After mostly being played for Black Comedy, the show gets darker and more serious from "Ashes to Ashes" onwards when Ash and co. return to Knowby's cabin.
  • Chained Heat: Ash and Amanda spend the majority of "Fire in the Hole" handcuffed to each other.
  • Chainsaw Good:
    • When not using his boomstick, Ash's weapon of choice is a chainsaw that serves as a replacement for his severed hand.
    • The Season 2 finale features a chainsaw duel between Ash and Baal.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "The Killer of Killers", Ash tells Pablo to remind him to refill the chainsaw's gas tank. "The Dark One" reveals that Pablo forgot to do this, causing the chainsaw to run out and switch off right before a possessed Pablo can kill himself with it.
  • The Chew Toy: Heather. Poor, poor Heather.
  • The Chosen One: It seems like there are a select few humans that have a natural talent for killing demons and fighting evil. Pablo states they are called El Jefe. Ash is one, though his "light" is very weak. It also appears Ruby is one but she's actually a Dark One.
  • Combat Tentacles: While investigating the Creepy Basement under his father's old hardware store, Ash is attacked by tentacles protruding from the wall and ceiling. They can also double as Naughty Tentacles as they grab an alarmed Ash in his "hammy" and some other... places.
  • Continuity Cavalcade:
    • The last three episodes of the first season return to the cabin from the first two movies, and as such are full of visual and audio nods to those films, as well as quick flashbacks triggered by them.
    • The last two episodes of the second season also have Ash and company return to the cabin, this time just a short while before the events of the first film.
  • Cool Car:
    • Ash's yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 doubles as The Alleged Car. It's the same car he's had throughout the franchise. Raimi's car during college, nicknamed "the Classic," was featured in the original Evil Dead films and has become a Creator Thumbprint for most of Raimi's career. In season two, the car gets a whole episode devoted to it where it becomes possessed. Ash even refers to it as "the Classic" in dialogue.
    • Ruby drives a modern red Dodge muscle car.
    • In the future, a revived Ash gets a Mad Max-style battle car which has rocket thrusters, shotguns, a machine gun turret and a ram plate that has "Hail to the King!" written on it.
  • Cool Pet: Eli, Ash's bearded dragon. Season two reveals that Ash had one as a college student as well, but it died of sorrow (or starvation) after he ran off.
  • Covered in Gunge: Practically Once per Episode, which is rather true to the franchise as a whole.
  • Crazy Survivalist: The Militia in "Fire in the Hole" are a bunch of anti-government whack-jobs who are stockpiling heavy ordnance in their forest encampment and think the Deadites were created by airborne contaminants designed by the government.
  • Creator Thumbprint:
    • Ash's yellow, 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, which was Ash's car in the Evil Dead film franchise and became Sam Raimi's creator thumbprint throughout his career, appearing in all of his films. Raimi calls the car "the Classic," and Ash refers to it with this name as well.
    • "Shemp's" brand beer is a reference to "Fake Shemp," a term Sam Raimi coined in the credits of Evil Dead for actors who stood in for other actors who dropped out in the midst of filming. Raimi later expanded the meaning to credit a variety of bit players in his works. The term is itself a reference to actors who stood in for the ailing Shemp Howard of The Three Stooges.
  • Creepy Doll: In "El Jefe", Ash is attacked by the Evil possessing a Little Lori doll. Ash doesn't really begin to panic until Lori picks up a boxcutter off the warehouse floor like a spear and charges him.
  • Crowbar Combatant: Ash uses a crowbar to fend off a possessed Bear Trap in "Ashes to Ashes".
  • Cuckoos Nest: In "Delusion", Ash wakes up in a mental asylum where his doctor tries to convince him that all his experiences with the Deadites and the Necronomicon are delusions that "Ashy Slashy" created to cope with his brutal murder of all his friends back at the cabin. He'll see orderlies and patients around him as people he knows (such as Kelly as a female patient, Pablo as an orderly, and Ruby as a nurse) before they change back for brief flashes. It's really all an illusion created by the demon Baal to break Ash's mind.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat:
    • Deadite-Roper hides in the Delta's back seat in order to ambush Ash while he's driving.
    • When Professor Knowby tries to escape the cabin in 1982 with the Necronomicon, he's killed by that time period's Ruby who hid in the back seat of his car.
  • Dark World: People who are killed by the Kandarian dagger end up in a lifeless mirror version of our world with an unsettling Sickly Green Glow and inhabited only by some indescript shadow monster that feeds on new arrivals. The physics don't make much sense either, like trying to go through a door that may open to the other side of town—and it constantly changes.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: When Ash grows back a "brand-spanking-new hand," he adds, "Or... a brand-new spanking hand?" with a smirk.
  • Deal with the Devil: In "The Dark One", Ruby offers Ash a truce, to finally live a normal life again, in exchange for not interfering in her plans to unite the world's evil under her rule. Much to Pablo and Kelly's dismay, Ash accepts.
  • Death of a Child: In "The Killer of Killers" when Deadite-Boyle at the diner grabs a kid who was trying to run away and throws him into a ceiling fan that chops him up.
  • Decapitation Presentation: In the second season finale, Ruby from the 1980s does this with her present self's head, tossing it into Ash's lap.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Deadites are evil spirits that possess the bodies of the living and the dead.
    • Kelly is possessed by Eligos in "Brujo" and "The Host". He's a lot more subtle about it than the Deadites, though.
  • Destroyer Deity: In the series climax, the Dark Ones summon Kandar the Destroyer, a skyscraper-sized demon whose only purpose is to bring about the end of the world.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The media describes this as being Ash's Fatal Flaw. Claiming that he will rarely ever think of the long-term effects of his decisions such as his Deal with the Devil with Ruby and all the viewers know that he will have to sooner or later return to fix it.
  • Diner Brawl: In episode six of the first season, Ash and Amanda find themselves fighting off deadites in a diner.
  • Dirty Old Man:
    • Just because he's old enough to be a grandfather doesn't mean Ash is closed for business.
    • His father, Brock Williams, is arguably even worse, having no qualms whatsoever of getting in on with a teenager (which was really a disguised Deadite, but still...), and having "Brock Williams has wood" as the slogan of his firewood business.
    Brock Williams: You can call me Cock.
  • Disability Superpower: Ash claims that after losing his right hand, his remaining hand has become more "sensitive."
  • Don't Think, Feel: Ash gets the upper hand against Eligos with the mantra, "Shoot first, think never."
  • Don't Try This at Home: The episode "Last Call" ends with a warning from Ash himself not to try the "Pink Fuck" for yourself.
    "Hey, you knuckleheads, Ash Williams here. If someone offers you a drink of Pink Fuck, throw it away, cause it's bad shit. It will mess with your brain, and not in the good way. Be smart, and stay safe out there."
  • Doom Magnet: Virtually all of the secondary characters that Ash and his company meet along their journey are killed before they leave. This is lampshaded in the second season.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: Pablo confronts Kelly (who's possessed by a demon) at the high school dance, but can't bring himself to shoot her. She steals his gun and has no problem firing several shots at Pablo instead that all miss. Just when she has him cornered, the gun has run out of bullets.
  • Dramatic Irony: Amanda tells Ash how she is glad that Ruby was always honest with her, all the while we watch as Ruby somehow survived and rose out of the pit. Later revealed to be because she is a Dark One herself.
  • Driven to Suicide: Kelly's mom claims to have driven off of the bridge on purpose to get away from Kelly. Since this is a Deadite, there is a chance she's lying to screw with Kelly.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In "Home Again," Ash is shown drinking heavily and smoking PCP-dipped joints after Pablo's death.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Zig-zagged.
    • Ash unleashes the Deadites after getting high on pot.
    • Eligos, in Kelly's body, tries to get Pablo to let his guard down via a mixture of weed and flirtation, planning to murder him with a makeshift shotgun bong.
    • Ash has a spirit journey on ayahuasca where he gains some knowledge, though he's almost murdered by a demon-possessed person while hallucinating.
    • In the final episode, Ash takes a bong hit and then refuses to give his daughter one, saying that drugs are bad and he doesn't want her to make his mistakes.
  • Due to the Dead:
    • In "Bait," after killing Kelly's Deadite-possessed parents, Ash takes the time to give them both a proper burial. Unfortunately, he makes them cross-shaped grave markers, and they're Jewish.
    • In "The Host," after Pablo's uncle is killed by Eligos, Ash and the gang make him a funeral pyre.
  • Enemy Mine: Season 2 begins when Ruby summons Ash for help because her demonic children have grown powerful beyond her control.
  • Evil All Along: The ending of "Bound in Flesh" reveals this to be the case with Ruby.
  • Evil Costume Switch: When Ash (though he's faking it falls under Baal's control he switches his brown pants blue shirt look and wears an outfit that looks like camo-pattern that's in tatters.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • Lionel learns this the hard way when he summons the demon Eligos without having the banishing incantation ready in case the circle breaks. Ash himself also qualifies, since having Lionel summon Eligos for information was his idea in the first place.
    • In "Home," it's revealed that the demonic children Ruby forced the possessed Pablo to spawn at the end of Season 1 have turned on her and now want the Necronomicon for themselves, forcing her to call Ash in to help clean up her mess.
  • Evil Phone: In "Judgement Day" Brandy's cellphone gets possessed by a Deadite.
    "I'm sorry sweetie, but your call cannot be completed until you're dead!"
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone just calls Pablo's uncle "Brujo."
  • Eldritch Location: The cabin becomes so infested with Deadite activity that it turns into this.
  • Eye Scream:
    • The Deadites are fond of going for the eyes.
    • Ash notably winds up getting his eyes sewn shut during his Vision Quest in "Brujo."
    • Kaya uses her thumbs to gouge out Zoe's eyes in "Judgement Day", and later tries to do the same to Ash.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: At the start of his Vision Quest, Ash hallucinates that there is an eyeball in El Brujo's mouth.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Lucy Lawless naked covered in ash and climbing out of a funeral pyre.
    • Also Lucy Lawless with her breasts exposed and her front torso completely torn open.
  • Feeling Their Age: While still able to hold his own against Deadites, Ash is in his 50s by this time and it shows. He mentions in the first episode that he needs to take some cardio because his heart is "jackhammering like a quarterback on prom night," and in "Ashes to Ashes," he's revealed to have, among other minor handicaps, a trick knee and bum shoulder. Also, a badass Lock-and-Load Montage near the end of season two includes one shot of Ash rubbing Ben-Gay on his neck.
  • Fingore: Brandy gets a thumb bit off by her possessed phone in "Judgement Day".
  • Flipping the Bird:
    • One of the first things Ash does with his new prosthetic hand.
    • In "Second Coming", Ash's severed hand is regenerated thanks to time travel shenanigans, only for it to be cut off and possessed again. Naturally, the first thing it does is flip Ash off.
  • Foreshadowing: In the pilot, the very first Deadite Amanda meets claims to know who she is, in a cryptically creepy manner. Seven episodes later, in "Ashes to Ashes", Evil Ash reveals that they knew from the start that she was meant to aid Ash.
  • For the Evulz: Demons and Deadites seem to like doing evil things just because they find it funny.
  • Functional Addict: Ash is revealed to smoke weed and frequent bars, but is still able to hold down a job.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Candy's funeral in season 3 is a fine example of Black Comedy.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: In "The Morgue" Ash gets attacked by a possessed naked corpse's intestines.
  • Gargle Blaster: The "Pink Fuck", a drink invented by Ash and Chet that seems made entirely of alcohol, sugar and ketamine.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ash sarcastically thanks his father for naming him Ashley.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    • Kelly to Heather in "The Dark One" when the latter begins to scream hysterically upon being plagued by hallucinations of being swarmed by bugs. Kelly then goes on to say that she's Always Wanted To Do That.
    • In "The Mettle of Man," Brandy gives one to a despairing Ash, slapping a beer can out of his hand in the process.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Parodied in the season 2 finale when during the rally that Ash's hometown organized for him, the ghosts of Ash's deceased friends and family show up in the audience in imitation of Return of the Jedi.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Linda B. reciprocating Ash's playful flirtations? Good adultery. Her husband Thomas having a fling with a prostitute a few years back? Clearly bad adultery that gives Baal a chance to blackmail him (and serves to make sure that Ash's Lovable Sex Maniac attributes are still morally right).
  • Gorn: The trailer alone features just as much blood and gore as The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 put together!
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Dark Ones, the high demons who wrote the Necronomicon in the first place. Their escape from the underworld in the last two episodes of the show signifies The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Parodied and discussed. When Pablo and Ash use a broken beer bottle in "Bait" to try and kill a Deadite, it's barely effective against a supernatural creature unfazed by blood loss (at most, it just gets stains all over the Oldsmobile), and Pablo hesitates after Ash gives it to him in preparation for another fight.
    Ash: Things get hairy, use your bottle.
    Pablo: Um... I-I don't think it's a very good weapon, Jefe. You had to stab Roper, like, fifty times.
  • Groin Attack: At a sperm bank, Ash is on the receiving end of a testicle grab from a demonically possessed porn mag.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Poor Pablo, at the end of "Ashy Slashy" is sliced in half by Baal's razor-sharp demon claw.
  • Happy Place: Ash is made to find his to find his center. Turns out his happy place happens to be Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Haven't You Seen X Before?: In "The Killer of Killers", after Ash equips his chainsaw hand in front of Amanda, he turns to her and asks "What, haven't you ever seen a guy with a chainsaw hand before?"
  • Heroic BSoD: In the series finale, "The Mettle of Man," the pressure of being the Chosen One finally catches up with Ash, who understandably freaks out about having to fight monsters and demonic entities, get covered in bodily fluids on a regular basis, and watch his friends and family die by the score.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In season 3, while the main characters are trapped in the netherworld and hunted by a Living Shadow that eats the souls of everyone who winds up there, Dalton sacrifices himself for the sake of a distraction to give Ash and his friends a chance to escape back to the world of the living.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity:
    • From "Bait" onwards, Ash is wanted by the police, who believe him to be behind the murders caused by the Deadites. On top of that, Ruby convinces Amanda that Ash killed her family in order to gain ahold of the Necronomicon.
    • It's also revealed in "Home," the Season 2 premiere, that Ash is reviled by virtually everyone in his hometown of Elk Grove, who believe that he went crazy and killed his friends during the cabin incident in the first two movies, and mockingly call him "Ashy Slashy."
  • He's Back!: When the Deadites have him and his friends trapped in his trailer and Kelly is being choked, Ash finally decides to stop running. And the arrogant blowhard reveals himself to be one of the greatest demon slayers of all time.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Baal is finally defeated when Ash stabs him with his own claw.
  • Homage: In the last scene of the season 2 finale, Ash is celebrated by a crowd and looks out to see the transparent ghosts of his loved ones saluting him, an homage to a similar scene with Luke in Return of the Jedi. The cut of Ash's jacket is also suspiciously similar to Han Solo's iconic jacket.
  • Humanity on Trial: The Deadites' claimed motivation this time around.
    Deadite: We found you, Ash. It is time to test the mettle of man!
  • Humanoid Abomination:
    • Eligos, a blue emaciated humanoid who flickers like a malfunctioning TV.
    • Ruby, who’s a Dark One, but looks completely human except possessing Black Eyes of Evil, Super Strength, Healing Factor and an immunity to fire.
    • The demon children, who have coal-black skin, have dark pits for eyes and can transform into Living Shadows.
    • Baal, who looks completely human except when you take into account the facts that he can wear the skin of those he kills to disguise himself, comes from the same place as the evil force and other demonic creatures encountered in the series, possesses Super Strength, and growls monstrously when frustrated or angry, shows that he’s just as inhuman and unnatural as the rest of his colleagues
    • Marcus, the Knight of Sumeria who ends up becoming a grotesque, The Thing-like creature.
    • When the Dark Ones finally appear, they take the form of people wearing hooded robes, which just enough of their faces visible to know that they're not human. They don't even appear to be entirely physical, moving around more like ghosts.
  • Idiot Hero: Ash is a bit of a doofus, has no formal combat training of any kind, and is generally a complete asshole. But when it comes to killing Deadites, he's still the best hope humanity has.
  • Ignored Expert: In "Bait," Kelly's mother has come Back from the Dead and is apparently normal. Ash is instantly suspicious that she's a Deadite, but both Pablo and Kelly blow him off; needless to say, Ash is soon proven right.
  • I Call It "Vera": Ash apparently calls his boomstick and chainsaw "Moe and Larry".
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • Pablo gives this speech to Kelly, when she's possessed by Eligos.
    • Cleverly subverted in "Ashy Slashy".
  • The Illegal: Pablo absent-mindedly mentions he's "seen a lot between Honduras and here" in "El Jefe." After Ash mentions he once claimed to be from New Jersey, he immediately backpedals.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Kelly when possessed by Eligos using Ash's shotgun as a marijuana pipe.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "Last Call", Pablo attempts to compliment Kelly on how comfortable she is with her own life by commenting on how she doesn't need a job or family or home, but this just makes Kelly realize how little she has in the world.
  • Inspector Javert: Amanda Fisher, who believes Ash is responsible for the Deadites killing her partner; in a way, he is responsible, but is also trying to stop it. Even after directly encountering a demon with Ash, her top priority is arresting him. It takes actually seeing Ash fight the Deadites in "The Killer of Killers" for her to believe he's one of the good guys.
  • Ironic Nursery Rhyme: Turns out the residents of Ash's hometown wrote one about him after word got out that he killed and dismembered his friends during their camping trip.
    Ashy Slashy, hatchet and saw,
    Takes your head and skins you raw!
    Ashy Slashy, heaven or hell,
    Cuts out your tongue so you can't yell!
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Ash has spent 30 years living in a trailer park and trolling bars, trying to ignore his true calling as a slayer of all things evil. He even goes off on a rant to this effect in the Grand Finale:
    Ash: Pablo, how may times you heard me say this, huh? Why me?! Who am I?! Nobody. Nobody! Guy from Elk Grove, Michigan. Where the fuck is that? In the middle of jack-shit nowhere, that's where! You know what? I got news for you. I didn't ask for this! You think I want this horse shit? Be covered in blood 24/7? Who the fuck would want that?!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being a general pervert and idiot who unleashed the Deadite plague all on his own this time around, Ash still wants to fix his mistakes and protect his friends.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • While Deadites are terrifying, fights with them can often be played for Black Comedy. Eligos, Baal, and Evil Ash, on the other hand, are dead serious opponents, and their presence always results in people's deaths.
    • Ruby reveals herself as a Dark One in the episode of the same name, which quickly becomes the darkest in the series so far.
  • Lamprey Mouth: The Deadite-possessed intestine that attacks Ash in "The Morgue".
  • Large Ham: Bruce Campbell, because he's... Bruce Campbell.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: In the Season 2 finale, Ash proposes this to Baal, stating that Baal couldn't take him without his immortality and demonic powers, with the two making a blood pact that supposedly renders Baal Brought Down to Normal so the two can fight with Good Old Fisticuffs. Needless to say, Baal quickly resorts to such measures as the Shapeshifter Guilt Trip, outright mocking Ash for thinking he'd actually honor the deal.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Ash does this occasionally when suiting up and arming himself to hunt deadites. Interspersed with the equipping and holstering of weapons, Ash may also chug a beer, apply some shoe polish to his gray hairs, or smear ointment on his aches.
  • Love Triangle: While not an overly romantic series, most of the characters seem to have at best an adolescent's control over their hormones, so a couple are inevitable:
    • Ash and Ruby both develop an interest in Amanda over the course of Season 1. Amanda eventually seems to return Ash's feelings, though she shows an interest in Ruby after becoming a Deadite.
    • Even though Kelly only wants to be Like Brother and Sister with Pablo, she shows a surprising amount of resentment when he stops pining over her and transfers his romantic attention to the more receptive Heather. Though Heather's gruesome death in the Season 1 finale sort of derails that relationship.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Ash finds out in the season 3 premiere that he has a daughter, Brandy, from a one-night stand he had with a woman in town. Parodied in an Imagine Spot the next episode when he worries about the possibility of numerous other children he didn't know about showing up on his doorstep, all with a shit-eating grin on their faces.
    Ash: Jesus in Anaheim!
  • Made of Iron: All the heroes, but especially Ash, take tremendous beatings and get right back up for more.
  • Made of Plasticine: On the other hand, the above trope doesn't apply to most of the unfortunate victims throughout the series.
  • Meta Guy: Kelly often snarks about the horror movie situations she finds herself in ("Sure, that building is not scary at all", "Oh great, another dark hallway").
  • Make Sure He's Dead: On multiple occasions, Ash and his group chop up the bodies of Deadites to ensure they won't rise again.
  • Militaries Are Useless: When the Deadites begin to appear worldwide, various military forces are called in to battle them. However, they're forced to withdraw due to casualties sustained by infected soldiers killing their own and none of their weapons can put a scratch on Kandar. The American militarys opts to nuke it before Ash stops the officer leading the national guard from doing so.
  • Mini-Me: The felt hand puppet of Ash called "Ashy-Slashy" in season 2 was given to him in the hospital to convince Ash that the demons were all in his head and he actually did go crazy during that night in the cabin during the events from the first film. Of course, that wasn't true, and the puppet was just a tool used by Baal to try and break Ash. Later "Ashy-Slashy" becomes possessed and tries to attack Kelly.
  • Mirror Match:
    • Ash vs. Evil Ash in "Ashes to Ashes" plays this beautifully, with each of them using their knowledge of Ash's weaknesses to inflict maximum damage on each other.
    • "Home" plays it even straighter when Kelly is confronted by a (possibly hallucinated) demonic version of herself. They literally hit each other with matching moves.
  • Mister Sand Man Sequence: Ash goes back to the 80s, a world populated by arcade machines and the words ""Don't stop! Believin'!"
  • Mortality Ensues: In the second season, Ruby loses her immortality that has kept her alive for centuries by that point, forcing her to ask Ash and co. for help when her demon offspring turn against her. She's eventually killed for good by a younger — and still evil — version of herself.
  • Mushroom Samba: Ash goes on a pretty serious one in episode 4 to try and find an answer to his Deadite problems.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Pablo designs a mechanical hand for Ash, something similar to but legally distinct from the iron gauntlet hand that Ash builds in Army of Darkness.
    • In "Ashes To Ashes" we get an Evil Ash, grown from his severed possessed hand.
    • After that Evil Ash gets defeated, Ash prepares to chop the body up while musing that he's getting disturbingly used to dismembering clones of himself. This was a rather daring move, since a murky legal situation made it unclear whether AoD was actually canon.
    • In "The Dark One", Deadite Amanda gives the classic "I'll swallow your soul" line.
    • In "Home," Ash calls the patrons of the Elk Lounge Bar "Inbred, degenerate screwheads."
    • In "Delusion", the hallucinatory Kelly asks if Deadites can be hurt by sunlight. Ash says no, but then remembers "that one time" when sunlight did seem to drive off the evil force, referencing the second movie.
    • In "Home Again", Ash can't remember if he found the Necronomicon lying out in the open on a desk or in the cabin's cellar with Scotty, referencing one of several changes between the original movie's plot and its retread in the prologue of Evil Dead 2.
    • In "The Mettle of Man," after killing Kandar the Destroyer, Ash wakes up in a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic future. This is obviously inspired by the originally scripted ending to Army of Darkness, which would have had Ash take a potion to get back to the 20th century by sleeping but overshoot the mark and wake up in the future.
  • N-Word Privileges: Mr. Roper, the store manager, claims he can call Ash a "retard" because his gardener "is a huge one".
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: As revealed in Season 2, Ash is shunned by virtually everyone in his hometown of Elk Grove, including his own father, due to the events of the first two movies; no one believed Ash's story about the Deadites and the Necronomicon, thinking he just went crazy and slaughtered his friends and sister. Ultimately averted by the end of Season 2, where he's managed to convince the town of the truth and is now a hero.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Ash unleashes another Deadite plague that threatens to destroy humanity after getting high with a girl one night and trying to pass off passages of the Necronomicon Ex Mortis as poetry to impress her.
    • "Books From Beyond" has a two-fold example. First, Kelly is duped by Amanda into uncuffing her, with Amanda stupidly trying to arrest Ash and causing Eligos to escape his binding circle, kill Lionel, and nearly killing Ash.
    • In season 2, both Ash and Pablo do it when they decide to listen to the Necronomicon and end up unleashing Baal.
  • Nitro Boost: In "Brujo," Ash uses a Nitro Boost to outrun the Evil Force as it's chasing the group on the road; doing so nearly burns out the Delta's engine.
  • No Dead Body Poops: Averted with the intestine-possessed corpse in "Morgue", much to Kelly's chagrin when she has to get into the car with Ash.
    Kelly: (Revulsed by Ash's smell) Oh shit! What happened in there?!
    Ash: Huh... Let's go with colonoscopy.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kelly delivers one to a deadite using kitchen tools to vent her frustrations in having been possessed by a demon.
  • No, You: Ash's response to being told to "stop being a bitch" is, "You're being a bitch!"
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: In "Books From Beyond," Eligos is explicitly mentioned to be the weakest demon that Lionel could find to summon in the Necronomicon, and he still proves to be too much for Ash to handle, using Teleport Spam and nearly killing him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Ash's father comes back as a Deadite, resulting in a rather messy fight that leaves Ash standing over a hacked-up corpse drenched in blood. When his daughter Brandy walks in, suffice to say, this doesn't look very good.
  • Off with His Head!: A truly ludicrous number of people are decapitated in this show, both as Deadites and as human beings.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: "Second Coming" revisits several scenes from the previous two episodes, revealing how Baal possessed Pablo's corpse and then tricked Ash into traveling back in time.
  • One-Night-Stand Pregnancy: Ash learns he has a daughter due to a long-ago one with a woman in town. Then the mom is killed off by Deadites on the same day he learns this, so he's now her only parent. Since Ash is a Hero with Bad Publicity, father-daughter time is difficult.
  • Organ Autonomy: In "The Morgue," while retrieving the Necronomicon from the corpse Ruby hid it in, Ash gets attacked by said corpse's possessed intestines, complete with Lamprey Mouth.
  • Orifice Evacuation:
    • In "The Host", Eligos exits Kelly's body through her mouth.
    • In "The Dark One", this is how the book-possessed Pablo is forced to "birth" Ruby's demonic children.
  • Papa Wolf: In Season 3, Ash discovers he has a daughter, Brandy, and becomes immensely protective of her. Even going through the Dark World to rescue her after Ruby kills her.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: During the Grand Finale, Ash takes a hit off of a bong, but refuses to let Brandy have any on the grounds that Drugs Are Bad. When Brandy calls him on it, Ash informs her he doesn't want her to pick up his bad habits.
  • People Puppets: Ash's evil demonic offspring decapitates a woman, then crawls up her... nether regions, and proceeds to use the hollowed out corpse as if it were a suit of Powered Armor. Ash takes a hell of a beating at first, before he realizes that the corpse makes for a pretty handy prison.
  • Perverse Puppet: In "Delusion", Ash receives one of himself (named Ashy Slashy) from Dr. Peacock, a disguised Baal, who tries to convince him that he is indeed crazy, and apparently murders two people on behalf of Ash. Kelly later encounters the puppet while looking for Ash, where it transforms into a Deadite (complete with felt teeth and white button eyes, no less).
  • Police Are Useless: As revealed in "Books From Beyond," Ash is a firm believer in this. Since Amanda's Inspector Javert tendencies led to Eligos escaping and nearly killing everyone, it's not an unjustified belief.
    • The Knights of Sumeria count as well. For being the ancient protectors of the Chosen One and fighters against evil, they are downright horrible at their jobs. They've clearly failed to protect Ash in any way at any point during the movies and first two seasons, and every time they show up they're gruesomely killed off roughly five minutes later.
  • Potty Failure: Kelly end up peeing herself during a exorcism to rid her of Eligos in “The Host".
  • Possessing a Dead Body: In season 3, Kelly is killed in a fight by Ruby, who then repurposes her deceased body to channel the spirit of one of her allies from the evil dimension she hails from. Ash later tries to rescue her from the netherworld, but she can't pass the dimension threshold because her body is still being occupied by someone else.
  • Powerful Pick: Used to great effect in "Fire in the Hole."
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Just like in Army of Darkness, Ash likes to spout off a lot of these before a fight.
    • Before battling a possessed old woman.
      Ash: Yo, granny! Hope you took Geritol, 'cause it's time to dance!
    • Facing down Kelly's mother:
    Deadite: Now the three of you will perish together! Evil will walk the earth!
    Ash: Yeah, well, your cooking was shit!
    • Kelly gets one in "Killer of Killers", when she and Pablo show up in time to save Ash and Amanda from the latter's Deadite boss:
    Kelly: Hey, asshole! (Deadite turns around to see Kelly and Pablo holding Ash's weapons) Order up! (They toss Ash his weapons)
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Ash, upon realizing he's unleashed the Deadites again, has only one thing to say.
    Ash: ...Fuuuuck.
    • Then again when he realized Eligos was trying to trick him to kill Kelly.
    • His Bond One-Liner after killing Deadite!Henrietta is a simple "Fuck you!"
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Ash not only starts his fights by talking smack, he sure as hell finishes them that way.
    • Before killing a possessed groundskeeper who smashed through a door:
      Ash: Mommy should've taught you to knock.
    • Before decapitating his possessed boss with an oncoming car:
      Ash: Thanks for the heads-up!
  • Properly Paranoid: Despite everyone claiming otherwise, Ash believes Kelly's mom is a Deadite after she seemingly turns up back from the dead, claiming to have had amnesia for the 6 months after she seemingly died in a car accident. He turned out to be right.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Kelly takes out Ruby with a grenade, which severs one of her arms and legs. Ruby's Healing Factor is still working fine however, so all she has to do is re-attach the missing limbs.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Ashes to Ashes" has Two Ashes in it.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: In "The Dark One", the Necronomicon's severed face attaches to Pablo's, and turns him into Ruby's tool.
  • Red Baron: Pablo's nickname for Ash is El Jefe ("The Boss"), because that's what his shaman grandfather called the man who's destined to battle evil.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Pablo, when possessed by the Necronomicon.
  • Redemption Rejection: During the second season finale, Ruby gives her 1980s past self a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech, informing her of what will happen to her in the future if she continues down the path she's going. 1980s!Ruby not only turns Present!Ruby down flat, but stabs her in the gut with the Kandarian Dagger, later presenting Ash with Present!Ruby's severed head.
  • Red Shirt: In Season 3, Dalton, a Knight of Sumeria comes to protect the chosen one Ash. Dalton lasts just 3 episodes before he's killed off. After that, more Knights of Sumeria show up... and end up getting killed even more quickly.
  • Refusal of the Call: Ash initially refuses to fight back against the Deadites and fully plans to just start running from them again.
    Pablo: You can't outrun evil, Ash!
    Ash: Watch me!
  • Rent-a-Zilla: At the end of the series, what the Kandarian Demon turned out to be. It's the size of a building, is Nigh-Invulnerable and even breathes fire (which it uses to shoot down an A-10 Thunderbolt). Ash kills it by hijacking a tank, saboting the Kandarian Dagger into a tank shell and shooting the demon with it.
  • Resurrection Sickness: A literal case in "Judgement Day." After being resurrected in the previous episode, Brandy ends up repeatedly vomiting, which Pablo describes as "the residual effects of coming back from the dead." Ash doesn't suffer the same effects for some reason.
  • Revival: The series picks up right where the Evil Dead films left off, plus a 30 year Time Skip, with a now middle-aged Ash forced to assume the mantle of Unlikely Hero once more and battle the horrors of the Evil Dead.
  • Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: Ash and the gang run into a heavily armed militia in "Fire In The Hole" who react to the appearance of Deadites as well as one would expect.
  • Rousing Speech: Brandy gives one to Ash in "The Mettle of Man", doubling as Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!:
    Brandy: Enough! I don't know much about this Evil Dead crap, and I know even less about why it chose you, but it did. You're the Savior of Humanity, so get on your damn feet and own up to who you are! In the short time that I have known you, I have seen things that I never thought existed. Seen you do things that I never thought possible. You taught me to trust you. You taught me to believe in you, and I do. Please, don't let me down now.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • Ash's chainsaw cuts through clothes, skin, and human bone like a knife through butter, just cause it looks cooler that way.
    • Pablo built a fully functional prosthetic hand out of a Power Glove. At least now Ash's artificial hand uses modern technology. Just go with it.
  • Rule of Funny: Ash didn't bury, lock or destroy the Necronomicon, or take any other preventative measures, basically because it was funnier for Ash to accidentally summon another Deadite plague by reading the thing while high to try and impress a girl.
  • Rule of Three: Amanda on her own being menaced in a place where there's a taxidermized deer head. The third time ends with her being impaled.
  • Running Gag: Ash keeps mistaking Baal's name for "Bill."
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: In "Home Again," Ash decides to use the Necronomicon's magic to travel back in time to 1982, before the events of the first film, and prevent his past self from finding the Necronomicon in the first place, thus negating Pablo's death.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: During their Final Battle, Baal messes with Ash by taking on the forms of Chet, Cheryl, and Brock.
  • Shear Menace: Amanda gets stabbed through the hand with a pair of scissors in "El Jefe".
  • Shoot the Mage First: The very first person Eligos kills when freed from the circle is Lionel, the only one present who can read the incantation needed to banish the demon. With the others he takes his time to torment them first.
  • Shovel Strike: Ash takes out Deadite-Lem with a shovel in "Fire in the Hole."
  • Shown Their Work: The last leg of the first season takes us back to the cabin. It's a new set with mostly new props, but the production crew actively combed over old photos and sought out identical items in order to recreate what had been seen in the movies.
  • Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood: In season 3, Ash is visited by Candy Barr, one of his old flames, who tells him that they conceived a daughter years ago who's a teenager by now, Brandy. Her mother dies not much later at the hands of the Deadites, leaving Ash to suddenly figure out how to be a father. He tries to be a "cool dad" to Brandy, but considering he frequently has to fight the forces of evil and hacking up monsters with a chainsaw, the results... are sub-optimal.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror
  • Soul-Sucking Retail Job: Ash is still stuck in the same type of retail job he had 30 years ago. Now he's a lowly stockboy at Value Stop. He's become such a basketcase that he's barely hanging on to that job.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Ash fighting a Deadite-possessed doctor and and centerfold model in a sperm bank in "Booth Three" is set to "Take on Me" by A Ha.
  • Spirit Advisor: Ash's dead father Brock Williams appears to him as a ghost in season 3 to provide him clues on the evil going-ons in the town.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: To Evil Dead (2013). The 2013 revival was a pure horror film with rare moments of humor like the original film; meanwhile, the show is a Comedy Horror in the same vein as Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness.
  • Spiritual Successor: While the show is an official sequel to the Evil Dead films, it takes Ash's modern characterization from My Name Is Bruce, a parody of the Evil Dead films in which Bruce Campbell plays himself as a pathetic washout living in a trailer.
  • Spot the Imposter: Kelly and Pablo have to do this with Ash and Evil Ash in "Bound in Flesh". They eventually figure it out when the real Ash tells them to shoot them both so that he doesn't "have to put up with this shit anymore", since the real Ash would only sacrifice himself for his own sake.
  • Spotting the Thread: Eligos tries to trick Ash to kill Kelly as he is possessing her. Though Eligos tells Ash to make a cross for her grave. Ash, knowing Kelly is Jewish, instantly realizes it's Eligos trying to mess with him.
  • The Starscream: Past Ruby is revealed to be this to Baal in the Season 2 finale.
  • Suck Out the Poison: In "Home Again," Ash's leg is temporarily possessed, and after deciding not to cut it off like he did his hand, resorts to this, cutting the leg open with a pair of scissors and sucking out the demonic poison.
  • Suddenly Speaking: The Necronomicon starts speaking in "Bound in Flesh" after being exposed to Evil Ash's blood.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Ash is working at ValueStop, not S-Mart, at the beginning of the series, as they didn't have the rights at the time to reference Army of Darkness. Towards the end of Series 2, when Ash suggests time travel to bring Pablo back from the dead he alludes that "he's done it before".
  • Summoning Ritual: The Necronomicon is chock-full of instructions on how to summon a myriad evil entities from The Underworld in which they reside, this being the reason it was created in the first place.
    • The series is set in motion when Ash reads one of the incantations while intoxicated to impress a girl, summoning the Deadites once more.
    • In the episode "Books From Beyond" Ash has Lionel summon the demon Eligos to find out how to reverse the previous summoning. This ritual is far more elaborate and involves drawn circles and lines that must not be broken. This turns out to be a bad idea.
  • Swiss Army Appendage: Ash's new prosthetic hand has a laser pointer, a screwdriver, and a flashlight built into it.
  • Synchronization: In season 3, Pablo gets possessed and bites Kelly in the leg. A demonic Pablo face grows out of the wound, meanwhile the real Pablo is trying to catch Brandy. When Kelly stuffs the face to shut it up, she sees that the real Pablo starts choking. She realizes that possessed Pablo and the face on her leg are linked. So she forcefeeds gasoline into the face and lights it. This causes the real Pablo to cough up fire and gives Brandy time to stab him with the Kandarian dagger.
  • Tank Goodness: In the final episode of season 3, Ash straps the Kandarian dagger to a tank shell and uses it to obliterate Kandar.
  • Third Wheel: Pablo and Kelly run into a trio of Australian hikers while looking for the cabin, a couple of recently engaged Sickeningly Sweethearts and their female friend who hates camping, the woods, and having to put up with them.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Ash repeatedly states this to his friends telling them he should go to the cabin alone or they might all die. However since they have been through everything thus far they want to see it to the end. Ash finally does ditch them in "Fire in the Hole", only for them to track him down in "Ashes to Ashes".
  • Time Travel Episode: The second season episode "Home Again" involves Ash and co. going back in time to 1982 to prevent his younger version from ever using the Necronomicon at the cabin to summon the Kandarian demons. They remain in the past for the remainder of the following episode, "Second Coming".
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The time travel events in the second season finale by all rights should have created a Cosmic Retcon that undid the entire franchise, yet when the protagonists return to the present, nothing has changed beyond Pablo being alive again and Ruby once again becoming an antagonist. Pablo lampshades this in the Season 3 premiere, when he admits that this doesn't make much sense.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • During his fight with Amanda in the diner Men's Room, Ash falls face-first into the urinal trough.
    • In "Ashy Slashy", Kelly gets her face shoved into a bedpan by the Ashy Slashy puppet.
    Ashy Slashy: Don't be so pissed! Some people pay good money for this sorta thing, you know.
  • Token Evil Teammate: As of Season 2, Ruby, though she goes through a Heel–Face Turn as Character Development.
  • Token Trio: The main heroic trio consists of a white man, a Honduran-American man, and a Jewish woman.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Necronomicon Ex Mortis, a cursed tome bound in human flesh, inked in human blood, and filled with incantations to summon demons and other evils.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The teens who taunt "Ashy Slashy"note  in "Twist and Shout".
  • Torso with a View: One of the teens who stole Ash's car in "Last Call" gets a hole punched through his chest by one of the Delta's flying hubcaps when it becomes possessed by the Necronomicon.
  • The Tooth Hurts: In "El Jefe", Ash gets a tooth knocked out by a Deadite-possessed Creepy Doll. As it turns out, he was wearing dentures, and replaces them at home.
  • Trash the Set:
    • In "The Dark One", Kelly sets the cabin on fire, finally destroying it.
    • Thanks to time travel, this happens again at the end of the following season. The climax of "Second Coming" sees Baal's defeat resulting in the cabin and everything in it being consumed in flames and Dragged Off to Hell.
    • In the Grand Finale, most of Elk Grove is demolished by Kandar.
  • Treasure Chest Cavity: As revealed in "The Morgue," Ruby hid the Necronomicon inside a corpse at the hospital morgue.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Jokingly cited by Ash, being his usual self, when he runs into two versions of the immortal Ruby from different time periods (2016 and 1982) and wonders out loud if it would technically qualify as a threesome or not.
  • Ultimate Job Security: It's established in "El Jefe" that Ash is a not the best employee at Value Stop, having done such things as take phony sick days using his pet lizard as an excuse. If he were not a senior employee, he would have been fired by now:
    Mr. Roper: You think you can't get fired 'cause you have seniority? Well... okay. Technically, you're correct.
  • Vanity License Plate: Ash's Oldsmobile's front plate reads "GROOVY". The rear plate is a standard Michigan license plate, though.
  • Villain Has a Point: While it isn't exactly fair to place the blame on him, Ruby does make a valid argument that no matter how good Ash's intentions may be, he has a tendency to leave a trail of horribly mauled innocents in his attempts to stop the evil. The scene at the Western Moose diner is a good example, where six people met a gruesome end simply because it occurred to Ash to stop there to eat.
  • Vision Quest: Pablo's uncle guides Ash through one in "Brujo" in an attempt to discover how to stop the Deadites. Then the Eligos-possessed Kelly hijacks it in an attempt to kill him.
  • Visionary Villain: Ruby wants to use the Necronomicon to unite all the world's evil under their rule.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Kelly pukes out Ash's car window at the start of "Brujo." In the subsequent episode, she projectile vomits during the exorcism.
  • Wall Crawl: Deadites are able to scamper around on all fours on both walls and ceilings.
  • Wham Line: From the Cliffhanger ending of "Bound in Flesh", when the ritual supposed to destroy the Necronomicon is instead clearly unleashing something:
    Ash: You don't know what you're doing!
    Ruby: Of course I know what I'm doing. I wrote this book.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After the whole mess with Eligos in "Books From Beyond," Ash chews out Kelly for uncuffing Amanda, since it was due to Amanda's interference that Eligos was able to break free and kill Lionel.
    • Ash himself is on the receiving end of this from Pablo and Kelly in that same episode, since it was his bright idea to summon Eligos for information to begin with.
    • In the Season 1 finale, Ash forms a truce with the Big Bad. Almost understandable when it saves his friends - less so when he may have doomed the whole world, and he's laughing with joy on the car ride to Jacksonville.
  • Where It All Began:
    • "Ashes To Ashes" has Ash returning to the cabin from the first two films. The remainder of the first season takes place there.
    • Season 2 takes it even further, as the last two episodes feature Ash, Kelly, and Ruby traveling back in time to the days just before Ash first found the Necronomicon, to try and stop his younger self from reading from it.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Pablo and Kelly. Pablo overtly has the hots for Kelly, but Kelly seems to see Pablo as a friend... for now.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Ash, even if that child is a demon. He even gave the demon child a countdown to get out of the way before he shot it, and even after he reached zero still tried to convince it to go away so he wouldn't need to shoot it. It isn't until the demon child attacks him does he decide to kill it.
  • Wrecked Weapon: In "Judgment Day," Ruby crushes Ash's chainsaw.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The show will occasionally make veiled references to Army of Darkness in spite of being prohibited from directly referencing it due to copyright restrictions. In episode 9, Ash says "Chopping up my evil clone. Maybe someday that'll feel weird." This is an indirect callback to him doing so in Army of Darkness, though officially it could be explained as Ash simply finding nothing weird anymore. In "Home Again," Ash also mentions getting sent back to the Middle Ages, but does not elaborate. The show gets away with this because it also happens at the end of Evil Dead 2.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The militia members in "Fire in the Hole" all know there's something deeply wrong with Lem, but being paranoid conspiracy theorists, they wrongly assume he's been infected with some kind of airborne chemtrail mind-control virus by the U.S. government, and wear gas masks to avoid contracting it; pointedly, the member in the woods wearing the gas mask is not only the next to be possessed as a Deadite, but because he has his mask on, the other guys don't see him coming.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Last Call", Ash reconciles with his father, who finally realizes Ash was telling the truth all these years... and is then run over and killed by the possessed Delta.
  • Your Head Asplode: How Ash finally kills Eligos in "The Host".
  • You No Take Candle: In "El Jefe," the Creepy Doll talks like this ("Little Lori hate you! Little Lori kill you!").

"It's good to see you, Jefe."
"Good to be back."
"How does it feel?"