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If the Necronomicon fell into the hands of the Deadites, all mankind will be consumed by this evil.
~ Wise Man

The Deadites are demonic zombies and spirits controlled by the powers from both the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis which is created by the hands of the Dark Ones, and the Kandarian Demon (also known as the Evil Force). They both have the power to possess the living and the dead, and are supporting major antagonists in the Evil Dead series.


Events in Film Series

The Deadites were released alongside Kandarian Demon when Professor Knowby recited passages from the Necronomicon are recited and chanted out loud. From then on, Ashley "Ash" Williams battled the deadites that are hellbent on taking over the world and killing all living things including humans, where their very first victims are his friends and his sister.

Ash vs. Evil Dead

By the events if Ash vs. Evil Dead, Ash recalls being with a recent female acquaintance and opening the Necronomicon when she pushed him to recite some poetry when senses that deadites make their returns. The attack was started from when State Trooper Amanda Fisher and her partner investigate reports of paranormal activity at an old house, but is attacked by the first wave of the Deadites and survived though her partner killed in ensuing fight. At first, he decided to behave normal to avoid unwanted attention, but is finally forced to tell the truth on his friend Pablo after an incident with the Deadite-possessed doll which mutated into a small but dangerous monster which Pablo smashed. Another wave of Deadites attack again, and with him the only one whom know better how to deal with the threat, Ash and his allies goes for another war against the demons.

Evil Dead remake

See: The Taker of Souls

In Evil Dead, Taker of Soul is capable to conjure and control its own Deadite thrall. Unlike Regular Deadites however, Taker of Soul’s Deadites are less intelligent (which is shown where they were shown rarely speak), far more zombie-like in behavior, and more masochistic. Taker of Soul’s Deadites also more durable than regular Deadites as they still able to fight in spite of suffering severe injuries as if the said injuries are nothing, except the grave destruction of the brain.


In general, Deadites have a comedic but sadistic side and they are very dark hearted beings albeit with angry and childish moods. But they are not stupid or clumsy, as each of their minds are connected with a hive mind (the Kandarian Demon who leads them). They are also known for speaking "Engrish" (the grammatically incorrect English) at times.

As the series progresses, they developed strong hatred towards Ash Williams. He is the very man capable to endure their torments because he is the Chosen One and, the biggest threat to their existence and their master's goal. Though they’re responsible for terrorizing Ash into insanity, it was this madness that made Ash a more formidable adversary for them (continuous battle against the Deadites made Ash more talented with his signature Boomstick and trademark chainsaw making further attempts to kill him more difficult). Deadites are also arrogant and treacherous, and they often overestimate their foes until an enemy is shown to be a formidable and dangerous advesary.

If they are confronted by an enemy with Kandarian dagger, they become more cautious as Kandarian Dagger causes them great pain and kills them quickly. They are obsessed with securing the Necronomicon-Ex Mortis, as it is the only thing that can summon and control/enslave them.

Powers and Abilities

The Deadites are capable of possessing other people's bodies, and consuming their souls for a hobby or when there just being annoying to the person that read or pressed play on the tape recorder with the words from the Book of the Dead itself, to release the demon spirits from beyond and begin these spirits' possession over the unsuspecting mortals and their hunger for the flesh. Aside from possessing the living, Deadites in spirit forms are capable of tossing around living people as if they are bales of straws.

As shown in The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead II, the deadites are capable of reverting their hosts back into their human form as an attempt to trick and lure their victims. They also shows enhanced strength as well. It's unknown if this is really true or not, but it seems like the Deadites hate sunlight. For example at the beginning of The Evil Dead II, Ash ended up getting possessed by a deadite but eventually reverted back to normal once the sun came up, which is only known method to release the host from deadite's control. Also all the fog throughout the forest disappeared.

Should they possessed the dead bodies that not dismembered, they can shapeshifting into more monstrous form and levitate at will, as seen in The Evil Dead II. But if their host still alive, they only able to levitate.


Aside Kandarian Dagger and sunlight, the most effective method in killing them was by dismembeing their host. They also cannot possess the dismembered corpse as well. However, as revealed in season 3 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, when body parts are reattached, Deadites can revive so once dismembered they must stay dismembered.

Known Deadites

  • Cheryl Williams
  • Scotty
  • Linda
  • Shelly
  • Henrietta Knowby
  • Ed Getley
  • Evil Ash
  • Sheila (temporarily)
  • Shelly Finkelstein (Friday the 13th series: in the comics not in the novel or the movie)
  • Jimmy (Friday the 13th series; in the comics not in the movie)
  • Eddie (Friday the 13th series; in the comics not in the movie)
  • Jack (Friday the 13th series; in the comics, not in film or novel)
  • Elderidge
  • Trisha Pettiwood
  • Vladimir Reinhardt
  • Sally Bowline
  • Army of Darkness
  • Annie Knowby (Hail to the King)
  • Lacey Emery
  • Vivian Johnson
  • Amanda Fisher
  • Lem
  • Austin
  • Lance
  • Carson
  • Lucy
  • Boyle
  • Brujo
  • Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell
  • Roper
  • Lil' Lori
  • Nancy
  • Lionel Hawkins
  • Heather
  • Brad
  • Cindy
  • Hannah
  • Lillian Pendergrast
  • Amber
  • Rachel Manning
  • Candace Barr
  • Dalton
  • Brock Williams
  • Marcus-Peter (fused together)
  • Frank
  • Zoe
  • Deputy Masterson
  • Meat Puppets
    • Margie
    • Polly
    • Audrey
  • Mrs. Lam
  • Taker of Souls
  • Eric
  • Olivia
  • Natalie



  • The Deadites were featured in the 2018 sci-fi movie Ready Player One.