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YMMV / Friday the 13th

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The movies in general:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Jason Voorhees, a child stuck in a body of a revenant who misses his mother, or a sadistic killing machine who ends his victims in creative ways For the Evulz?
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    • The fifth movie inspired James Rolfe to speculate that the actual Jason never existed and all his appearances were simply a different man in a mask, since his actors and body shapes change so frequently across movies.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • Jason never used a chainsaw, despite the fact that he is often depicted in parody work doing so. Jason's weapon of choice is a machete, but he is just as infamous for using the environment to spear, slash and crush his victims. He has never used a chainsaw; it is in fact the preferred weapon of Leatherface.
    • Some people think Jason only ever walks, which is true for the second half of his films; however, in the earlier movies he was shown running fairly frequently.
  • Creepy Awesome: Jason. He wears a cool mask, is in various stages of undeath, provides creative kills, has a instantly recognizable leitmotif, and his plain unstoppablessness is only rivalled by characters like the Terminator.
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  • Critical Dissonance: Despite their box office success and cultural impact, critics generally don't take kindly to these films. The most highly rated film in the series at metacritic is the 2009 Reboot, which has a 34. The video game adaptation is the most highly rated overall with a 64
  • Draco in Leather Pants: A lot of people take Jason' Crazy Survivalist Knight Templar Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas angle and run with it. He has an astonishing amount of fanfiction where he falls in love with the one girl who he doesn't kill. Frequently going through Wimpification and becoming a literate mentally sound gentleman who just happens to go on mindless merciless killing sprees every now and then.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • A few minor characters proved quite popular among fans. Some examples would be Crazy Ralph from the first two films, and Violet from A New Beginning.
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    • The most popular protagonist of the series, however, is hands down Ginny Field. In fact, she's so popular she often places in "Best Final Girls Ever" lists.
  • Evil Is Cool: Jason Voorhees. The 2009 reboot also deliberately tries to invoke this by making him a Genius Bruiser with elements of Rambo.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A mostly-friendly one with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Fans of one tend to be fans of the other, though also tend to prefer one or the other, and can gleefully debate whether Freddy or Jason is the better slashed (or which one turned in more entertaining movies).
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Each franchise references the other at one point or another, and there were so many fans of all three franchises that they even had a three-way crossover.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series has a pretty big Japanese following.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: While the "Friday the 13th" title is hardly forgotten, people do have a tendency to refer to the movies as "the Jason films" more often than their primarily title, which makes things interesting as Jason isn't even the killer in Parts 1 or 5. Not helping is the fact that the New Line Films, barring the reboot, do explicitly have Jason as part of the main title for each movie rather than "Friday the 13th."
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Parts two to four can come off as this, as they all have very similar plot structure. Later films get more creative with their presentation, though some of them are disliked for getting too creative.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Jason. Yes, he's a psychotic murderer and should obviously be met with scorn than pity, but the man is only acting out because he almost died from drowning as a child, grew up on his own in the woods, and then witnessed the death of his mother, the only person who cared about him.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Jason's leitmotif (ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma).
  • My Real Daddy: Played With. In light of Victor Miller’s ownership lawsuit causing the cancellation of future content for the Friday the 13th: The Game and putting potential future films and the intellectual property of the series in jeopardy, some fans have turned on him and have begun to point towards the contributions of other people in the first film and the sequels as being responsible for the series’s legacy. Namely, Sean S. Cunningham and Tom Savini are cited for the dream ending with Child Jason and the actual finished product, in addition to encouraging the survival of the franchise into the present day. However, others are sympathetic to Miller over the fact he reportedly did not get any revenue from the franchise that ensued and want him to get ownership of the full franchise, at least so that he could potentially hand it off to someone else. Sean S. Cunningham's apathetic approach to the New Line Cinema installments also polarize fans, as Jason Goes To Hell and Jason X are widely considered some of the worst films in the series.
  • Narm Charm: The majority of Jason X, if not the series as a whole.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Jason's status as a often referenced pop culture icon has turned him into this. Kind of ironic, really. Think about it: if, in Real Life, you found yourself being pursued by a relentless, pissed-off, virtually indestructible mass murderer who was built like a pro athlete and wanted nothing more than to bury a machete in your head, wouldn't you be just a little bit scared?
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Played With. While Victor Miller wrote the original and most positively received film in the franchise, the iconic adult version of Jason Voorhees and his hockey mask were created in the sequels without his involvement. Additionally, the fourth and sixth films are more popular than the original among some circles, somewhat weakening this stance. However, Victor Miller incurred the wrath of the fan base when he filed a lawsuit over his contributions to the franchise and his ownership of characters in it, which prevented future films from potentially being made and causing Friday the 13th: The Game to lose DLC support. This subsequently caused some fans to turn on him and point towards the contributions of others on the original film and the sequels as having the true lasting impact on the series over him. However, others are sympathetic to Miller over the fact he reportedly did not get any revenue from the franchise that ensued and want him to get ownership of the full franchise, at least so that he could potentially hand it off to someone else.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Most of the protagonists in these films are too boring or unlikeable to care about, so who wouldn't want Jason to kill them all off? This typically comes into play from the fourth film onwards. The third film has elements of it, but they're still a minor compared to the relatively decent, likeable protagonists — we have three random bike gang scum types, and one obnoxious practical jokester (who admits he only does so because he's a fat nerdy loser type and it's the only way he can think of to make people like him), compared to a pregnant woman and her loving boyfriend; two friendly, quiet-natured hippies; and a traumatized girl with her boyfriend, who tries to understand why she's such a wreck. And in the first two films, the counselors are generally pleasant, affable folk, who only count as jerkasses because they see nothing wrong with smoking, drinking or premarital sex.
  • Sequelitis: With 10+ films, it was bound to happen. Amongst the individual films, Parts V and VIII, Jason Goes To Hell and Jason X are usually the most commonly cited.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: A New Beginning (for Jason being replaced by a copycat killer), Jason Takes Manhattan (for changing the setting to a cruise ship and then to a big city), Jason Goes to Hell (for turning Jason into a body-hopping demon), Jason X (for sending Jason to a campy adventure in space), and the 2009 reboot are often victims of this.
  • What an Idiot!: Why did Jason bother going into the lake if he couldn't swim, anyway? Admittedly, he was running away from his tormentors in a panic, but surely he could have run into the woods, which he knew much better? To be fair, he was being chased and he was panicked. People don't think too well in that kind of situation to begin with, little kids moreso, and add in the fact Jason was born mentally deficient...
    • It should be noted his mother said he wasn't a very good swimmer and she clearly underestimated him since he didn't die. The problem was that he swam too well since he apparently swam far enough away to get lost and not be found in the ensuing chaos.

The NES video game:

  • Awesome Music: The "Cabin" theme is mysterious, creepy and cool all at once.
  • Character Tiers: The counselors are easily divided up in terms of utility, and the game rewards speed over every other trait they might have. That, by itself, puts Mark and Crissy right at the top of the list, with Laura trailing behind them since she can't jump as high. George, Paul and Debbie will count themselves fortunate to be used by any players who aren't specifically making a point to actually use each counselor's individual strengths, or who aren't playing a Self-Imposed Challenge.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Most players stick to either Mark or Crissy like glue, since they're the fastest runners and the highest jumpers.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "You and your friends are dead."
  • Paranoia Fuel: Jason could occasionally show up unannounced inside one of the cabins that you were investigating for items and notes. And once you're inside with him, you're locked in until you face him.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: It's very difficult, it's very easy to get lost, and Jason constantly pops up to kill off counselors and children when you're in the middle of doing something.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Play it because it's one of the few 80's games released outside of Japan to actually say "dead".

Black Flame Novels:

  • Complete Monster: Caleb Carson, the Big Bad of The Jason Strain, is a Corrupt Corporate Executive whose pride and joy is Xtreme Elimination 2, a reality show in which Condemned Contestants are pitted against each other and "special guest" Jason Voorhees in the jungles of South America. After Jason is kidnapped from the "set" and unintentionally given the ability to spread a zombie plague by a group of scientists, Carson becomes psychotically obsessed with salvaging his series, going as far as having his mercenaries massacre the facility that had developed a cure for the virus so that he can abduct Jason and the other remaining competitors from it and start over in America, not caring that Jason was still highly contagious and could potentially end all life on the planet if not given the vaccine. Carson afterward reveals that he had framed "star contestant" Butch Malone for the double homicide that landed him on death row, knowing that the only way he could get Malone to agree to compete on Xtreme Elimination 2 was by ruining his life and leaving him with no other option, with the worst part being that Butch never had a chance of winning anyway and was set up from the start to die a "dramatic" death in the final round of the game.


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