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|“||There's a legend around here. A killer buried, but not dead. A curse on Crystal Lake, a death curse. Jason Voorhees' curse. They say he died as a boy, but he keeps coming back. Few have seen him and lived. Some have even tried to stop him. No one can. People forget he's down there, waiting...||„|
|~ The narrator (voiced by Walt Gorney, who played Crazy Ralph) about Jason Voorhees.|
|“||Mommy, don't let me drown! Mommy?||„|
|~ Jason Voorhees as a child in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.|
Jason Voorhees (born June 13, 1946) is the main antagonist of the Friday the 13th franchise. He appears as the posthumous overarching character of the original Friday the 13th, the posthumous overarching antagonist of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, the main antagonist of every other entry and Friday the 13th: The Game and the titular secondary antagonist/anti-villain of Freddy vs. Jason. He is also the main character of the video game Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle, along with several comics and novels.
He is a deformed serial killer who is known for wearing a hockey mask to cover his deformities and killing those who dare to step foot in Crystal Lake out of vengeance for his mother Pamela whom he witnessed being decapitated. When he was a human, Jason was exceptionally durable and difficult to kill, but he could still feel pain and eventually was brought down by Tommy Jarvis, who continuously hacked away at him with his own machete. However, this would not be the end for years later, he'd be brought back from the dead by complete accident by Jarvis as an undead revenant which granted him supernatural abilities. Jason is also notable for using a machete as his preferred weapon with a close second being an axe, but he also has been known to use just whatever item he finds lying around and even his bare hands.
- He was portrayed by Ari Lehman in Friday the 13th.
- He was portrayed by the late Steve Daskewisz (masked) and Warrington Gillette (unmasked) in Part II.
- He was portrayed by the late Richard Brooker in Part III.
- He was portrayed by Ted White in The Final Chapter.
- He was portrayed by Tom Morga in A New Beginning (in dream and illusion sequences only).
- He was portrayed by C.J. Graham in Jason Lives.
- He was portrayed by Kane Hodder in The New Blood, Jason takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X and the Game.
- He was portrayed by Ken Kirzinger in Freddy vs. Jason and certain stunts in Jason Takes Manhattan.
Jason is an enigmatic and foreboding figure, seldom exhibiting any characteristics outside of a burning desire to hunt and anger at those who invade his land. Jason is also utterly relentless with his prey, pursuing his desired quarry without ever backing down, not even allowing grievous bodily harm inflicted upon him to hinder his determination. Despite his crude and simple nature, he does experience intense emotions, though his behavior is more akin to a feral-minded beast defending it's territory than a cognitive vengeful human, as most of his victims are those who show up without him approving. Even if Crystal Lake were to change its name, he would stick to the stretch of land, and kill any trespassers without so much as a pang of remorse. While Jason is mentally ill, his mindset is completely unlike that of anyone else, and the only remotely human aspect of this unhinged man is his attachment to his mother. Jason blindly complies with her, as she was the only person to show any kindness towards him as a child. Therefore, those who understand this can use his love against him.
He is not exactly the sharpest machete in the cabin, either, as he is easily manipulated by those who imitate his mother and (depending on the movie) he also suffers irrational aquaphobia. He is also rather child-like. These weaknesses in particular were exploited by Freddy Krueger who used him to murder children, so people would start fearing him again. Although he is lacking in a dazzling imagination, high level of ingenuity, and can be rather narrow-minded and dull, Jason is certainly no slouch, as he exhibits quick wits and resourcefulness when hunting his prey or fighting. His brand of intelligence is less a smart human plotting and scheming and more a very bright animal who can act unpredictably and catch its prey off guard. Despite his lack of normal thought-processes, he does exhibit excellent stealth and cunning, as well as being a skilled master archer. Despite his practical knowledge, Jason can be slow at times, oblivious to the obvious, and failed to grasp the fact that he is himself immortal, believing that he can drown, and fearing water despite the fact that he is undead. This is shown when Freddy easily tricks him into thinking he was drowning in the real world.
Freddy's façade as his mother also fooled him. Interestingly, Jason despises seeing teenagers drinking, taking drugs, and he is especially disgusted by sex, presumably the reasons that led to his supposed drowning as a child. However, due to the fact that he does not even try to socialize, he may simply be misanthropic and reclusive, having no desire to assimilate himself into society. This mindset has undoubtedly spawned from all of the abuse that he dealt with as a child. It also indicates that Jason might also kill people because he cannot relate to them despite his naïve nature and that some of his victims remind him of those who abused him in the past.
Jason Voorhees is a large, muscular man recognized by wearing a hockey mask to cover his face, and the use of a machete as his weapon of choice. He is also notable for being a masterful and authoritative weapon provisionary, able to use seemingly anything around him to brutally kill his victims. Unlike his predecessor Michael Myers, he does seem to have soft spots around animals, children, or anyone not involved in his missions. Not counting flashback scenes, he never speaks; the closest he ever comes to this is during Jason Goes to Hell after he possesses Officer Randy Parker and says "Freeze! Get the Hell away from her, Ed!" after Sheriff Landis grabs Jessica Kimble who believed she was the one possessed.
In each film where he appears in, his actual face differs, whether past or present:
- Jason has appeared multiple times as a child, starting in the original film, though none of the appearances since were ever consistent.
- In the original film, portrayed by Ari Lehman, Jason appears briefly at the end. His deformities are primarily a large, bald, oblong cranium, with asymmetric eyes, and an oblong mouth which caused a severe overbite.
- In the eighth film, played by Timothy Mirkovich, Jason's child form appears repeatedly in hallucinations; however, the design of his child-self is inconsistent. He is first seen as a normal child with full hair and no deformities. He is then shown with his shifted eye on the left side instead of the right. Lastly, he appears at the end to resemble somewhat of the original design, minus the deformed eye placement.
- In Freddy vs. Jason, the design of Jason as a child takes on a less extreme version of the original film's deformities.
- In the second film, Jason's deformities remain somewhat consistent with the original portrayal by Ari Lehman. This time, his upper jaw is straighter, but tilted upwards and filled with rotting, yellow teeth. He has a mass of red, messy hair on top of his head, as well as scattered mass of terminal hair on his chin, neck, and cheeks. A rectangular bulge of bone is seen on his forehead that skews his eye slightly, one of the only deformities that stays consistent throughout all of the films. He is shown wearing a sack over his head with a single eye hole, wrapped with rope around his neck to keep it in place. While clearly insane, his physical strength and toughness in this movie are still well within the limits of a mortal human. While he is capable of running in a few scenes, he prefers to keep at a slow, plodding pace while pursuing victims.
- In the third film, his design resembles more of the original design than his appearance in Part 2. Despite taking place a day after the events of the previous installment, his head is now completely bald and bulbous like the original design, with visible forehead deformities, and his right ear warped. The deformed eye is now shifted more below, and is also shown with a slight cleft lip with deformed gums. This marks the debut of Jason wearing the hockey mask, which has one red chevron above the eyebrows, and two pointing upwards on the cheeks. The mask gradually becomes worn and scratched, and receives an axe cut to his head that would remain on the character and his mask in subsequent sequels. This is also the first movie where Jason truly seems like an inhuman monster, his muscular frame twice the size as it was previously, and able to withstand wounds that would clearly kill a normal human.
- In the fourth film, Jason's design is much more faithful to his appearance in the first film. His skin appears to be slightly pale from the forehead wound, with his left cheek becoming wrinkled and seared. The mouth is now broken outward, with his teeth jutting out and overlapping. His shifted eye, crooked like the original, also becomes bloodshot. In the end, his left, normal eye is destroyed by Tommy when he slams a machete into the side of his head, and would be absent from future sequels until Jason X. While his mask remains the same as before, it is much more worn and damaged, with the bloody axe cut on the top left. The forehead chevron is partially worn off, while the lower chevrons would completely wear off by the climax. Physically, he is much like the previous film, but now seems nearly immortal, his first action being to come back to life while still in the morgue.
- In the fifth film, he is only seen as a hallucination to Tommy Jarvis, as well as appearing an earlier nightmare sequence. His face is also never seen, the skin is dark and decomposed, with worms initially crawling through the eyes of his mask. Two variants of the mask appear, with the first mask being more rounder and with the top chevron no longer partially worn off. The other variant appears at the end, resembling the mask from the previous film, but instead the blood from the axe wound drips down almost completely. The "Jason' in this film is not the real Jason Voorhees, but an impostor, who seems more-or-less human. Notably, this version seems unable to run at all, never moving above a plodding walk.
- In the sixth, his skin is pitch black and heavily composed, covered in holes and tight wrinkles. Having been brought back to life by lightning after a botched attempt to destroy his body, there is no longer any question that Jason is now an unkillable abomination and no longer human. This begins the appearance of Jason lacking the shifted eye, which is replaced with a normal, functioning eye, as the left eye remains rotten and completely destroyed from his death by Tommy Jarvis. In addition to his jaw and teeth being straighter, the skin on his mouth and left eyebrow has rotten off to expose the bone, his axe cut, and his teeth. After taking his mask from Tommy Jarvis, it resembles the same from the previous film, but with the axe cut no longer bloody, and his top chevron slightly wearing off by the end.
- Jason has reached a middle ground between decomposed and regeneration. His head has torn skin and pus-filled wounds all over it. His right eye is once again shifted, but to a less severe degree, in order to allow Kane Hodder to properly see through the makeup. The nose portion of his skull has a rather odd, doubled-over deformity on it. His mouth has far less teeth in it and his cheek has ripped open, allowing his incisors to be visible even when Jason's mask is on. On the subject of the mask, it is supposedly the same one from the previous film and has suffered severe water erosion. It also retains the chevron on the forehead as well as the axe wound. Additionally, it now has a large chunk of the left cheek missing from the motor boat attack of the previous film, helping to show off Jason's exposed mouth although in Part VI, the damage was on the opposite cheek, the straps were brown leather and sat higher whereas here they're black leather and sat lower and the mask is overall much smaller. The mask is broken in half in this film.
- In the eighth film, Jason's body seems to have reached a stable point. His wounds no longer appear infected and, despite him still being undead and having sickly grey skin, he seems to have healed a fair bit since Part VII, the axe wound on his head having formed a scar. His left eye seems to have tried to regenerate to a degree, with his eye socket being healed and a blob of pus oozing out of it. His jaw is similarly opened like in the seventh film, but they've stabilized somewhat. His teeth are gone, sans a few, and his nose bones lack the doubled effect from the last movie. He gets a new mask in this film, with a sleeker chevron on the forehead, and for the first time since the fourth film, new chevrons on the cheeks. The mask has the axe wound, and, uniquely, has the eye holes blacked out so Jason's eyes could not be seen, likely to cover up Kane Hodder's eyes better, as the prosthetics were much harder to see through than before.
- In the ninth film, Jason's normal appearance has his mask fused to his face, thus Jason is never seen unmasked in the film; thus multiple variations on the idea had surfaced with the most prominent and accepted version being the variant featured in Friday the 13th: The Game with the other two more well-known variants being prop heads. The mask appears to be burnt to a degree with the axe wound, and the wear from Part VII on the left cheek, as well as missing the two cheek chevrons. Two variants of said mask exist, one that is mostly intact and another version with the right eye hole broken out through the side of the mask.
- In the tenth film, Jason's mask is no longer fused to his face, although his face seems to have suffered severe rot and blistering, likely from the toxic waste that surrounded him in the finale of Part VIII. The mask itself is smaller, darker, dirtier and more angular than the previous versions, appearing much colder and more unnerving. Additionally, Über Jason has a refined, metallic mask with metal straps fusing it to his head. He also is covered from head to toe in metallic parts. He also has both of his eyes back in this film.
- In Freddy vs Jason, his head resembles his kid form in that film, with an enlarged cranium. His skin is also rotted to a coal-black color, and has small growing hairs on the back of his head. Although he is never seen unmasked in the film, there are behind-the-scenes photos on the internet showcasing the whole design.
Powers and Abilities
- Master Hand to Hand Combatant: Jason Is a incredibly formidable and fierce opponent as he uses his greater strength and durability to his advantage in fights as shown when he punched a guys head off with a single punch.
- Superhuman Durability: Jason is extremely hard to kill, able to withstand injuries such as stab wounds, bullet wounds, fire (to an extent), and anything else including Freddy Krueger's claw.
- Superhuman Strength: Jason also has super strength, as he can lift people up above the ground, crush their heads, or smash through walls — similar to Michael Myers.
- Limited Regeneration: Jason has survived various injuries that would disable normal people, and continue his killing sprees with full activity. Though decapitation and big explosions can kill him, similar to Michael Myers. Although, it seems that nothing can truly kill Jason forever.
- Pain Suppression: Jason is shown to resist physical pain, such as getting his hand cut, his leg stabbed or getting hit in the head with an axe.
- Stealth Tactics: Jason's killing style mostly relies on stealth to get to his victims without anyone realizing that he is there. Most notably shown when he can kill many people in one house without anyone hearing him, while planting dead bodies everywhere without making a sound.
- Machete Proficiency: Jason's most signature weapon is his machete which he uses to stealth take downs, slice, stab and slashing methods.
- Feral Mind: By being consumed by rage over the death of his mother, Jason will kill anybody who enters Camp Crystal Lake, including teenagers, elders, and almost anyone else. Although children and animals do not seem to be in Jason's interests, he has killed both at times.
- Superhuman Tracking: Jason can track people down at great distances whenever they are out on a ship, in a police station or a diner.
- Superhuman Accuracy: Jason can throw objects at great distances, such as throwing a machete on fire through a cornfield.
- Speed Swimming: Despite the fact, Jason could not swim when he was a kid, but when he was full-grown, Jason was able to catch people quicker when they're on a boat in the lake at a distance.
- Escape Intuition: Jason can break through binds and fetters, and able to escape any captivity such as getting caught by the government.
- Intelligence: While being mentally disabled, Jason seems to have overcome his mental handicaps. He avoided detection for nearly 30 years and built a shack all by himself, this actually points out that he is quite intelligent.
- Soft Spots: Jason seems to show his soft spots around children, babies and around people who have not entered Crystal Lake. This is mostly noticeable in the sixth film, where he continues to pursue the protagonists, seemingly having no interest in simple civilians (although he did kill several people who tried to help them) or the children.
- Resurrection: If Jason is defeated, he can always resurrect. When he resurrects, he becomes more powerful. This power is somewhat similar to a Zenkai Boost (from Dragon Ball Z).
- Immortality: Jason can seemingly never die permanently for no matter what happens, he just keeps getting back up. Although, being condemned to hell seems to be able to trap Jason.
- Superhuman Strength: Upon being resurrected, Jason's strength has increased to the point he can rip a man's heart out with his bare hands, fling a full-grown man by the arm with enough force to tear the limb from its socket while the body is sent flying or knock a human head off with a single punch.
- Regenerative Durability: Upon being resurrected, Jason can endure far more damage and heal from whatever injury he receives, such as getting impaled by his own machete.
- Bullet Immunity: Jason is completely immune to bullets, he was brought down by a shotgun but still kept getting up.
- Pain Immunity: In his undead state, Jason's pain receptors no longer exist due to being a corpse. He is shown to be able to endure extreme amounts of physical harm without slowing down at all.
- Supernatural Survivability: Jason can survive any situation due to being resurrected, such as being set on fire, electrocution and getting blown up.
- Hypnotizing Heart: If he is blown to bits, his heart can hypnotize them into eating it.
- Possession: Upon eating the heart, the person will be possessed by his soul and still maintaining his abilities, he can only be reborn through another Voorhees, he can also possess other people through oral contact leaving the former host to gruesomely melt away. He seems to lose this ability once he is killed by his niece, Jessica Kimble, when she stabbed him in the heart with a special dagger and he was dragged to Hell (as in Jason X, having his head blown off by Kay-Em 14 made him be incapacitated).
- Parasite Physiology: If the host he possessed is somehow killed, like severing the throat, Jason will take the appearance of parasite-like being (called a Hellbaby) and picks his next living target.
- Teleportation: It is unknown on how he got it, Jason seems to teleport to get to his victims, it was shown when a man was climbing up a ladder but Jason was just, instantly on the ladder, able to thrown him off, or in Part 7 when he was capable of instantly going underwater without one of the victims noticing or feeling the shift in the water.
- Oxygen Independence: Due to being resurrected, Jason can survive without the need for oxygen. This power does have its limits, however, because Freddy Krueger was able to nearly drown him in the dream world. This also shows that he has limits regarding his durability.
- Supernatural Senses: Jason seems able to sense when people enter Camp Crystal Lake and seems to know exactly where to find anyone in his territory.
Bionic Physiology: In Jason X, when his head, arm and leg was destroyed, his body was rebuilt into the cybernetic Über-Jason by a regenerative nanotechnology process.
- Body Modification and Limb Replacement: Due to being rebuilt, Jason's body was modified into a cyborg and had his right replaced with a cybernetic arm.
- Space Survivability: Due to being rebuilt, Jason was able to survive the vacuum of space.
List of murders committed by Jason Voorhees
List of weapons used by Jason Voorhees
Alongside Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger, Jason is considered an icon of the horror/slasher genre. He was nominated in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains and Wizard Magazine rated him the 26th greatest villain of all time.
- He was created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham and Tom Savini.
- The name "Jason", was created by merging Miller's sons names "Josh" and "Ian". While the surname "Voorhees", was made out of a high school girl that Miller knew, which had the last name Voorhees.
- Jason was originally gone to be named Josh, but was changed to Jason because Josh sounded "too nice", Jason was named after a school bully that Victor Miller knew.
- Jason arguably has the highest on-screen body count in horror film history. According to the documentary His Name Was Jason, Jason killed over 300 people in the course of the films. Jason Voorhees has taken the lives of (at least) 146 people. Michael Myers follows behind with 128 people while Freddy Krueger sits at the lowest with a body count of 35.
- Later revealed to be over 19,000+ kills under Jason's Kill Count after the events of Jason X.
- He appears twice as a cameo in Ready Player One, alongside Freddy Krueger and Chucky. His appearance in the film is modeled after his look in Mortal Kombat X which was primarily modeled after his look in Freddy vs. Jason.
- A Yo-Kai named Jason Dog was based on him.
- Jason's mask can be seen in the manga called Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle as a cameo as they were made by Princess Syallis.
- His death won the Golden Chainsaw Award in Dead Meat's "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" kill count.
- Him and fellow horror icon Freddy Krueger are both opposites in terms of the elements that once killed them with Jason's death occurring by drowning in water whereas Freddy's was being burned alive.
- Before Ken Kirzinger played Jason in "Freddy vs. Jason", he played the role very briefly for one stunt and portrayed a diner chef in "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan."
- Jason made a cameo appearance in the 2018 anime called Ms. Vampire Who Lives in my Neighborhood.
- Jason makes a cameo appearance in the 2011 video game Dead Island as an optional boss. Along with the zombified Ryder White and the Banoi Butcher, he is one of the strongest enemies in the game.
- Jason is mentioned by Maki Watabe in the 2021 anime Vlad Love.
- Jason made a cameo appearance in chapter 120 and 121 of 2016 manga called How Heavy Are the Dumbells You Lift?
- In 2015 videogame called Monster Legends Jason Voorhees design was used for this monster known as MonsterFace.
- Jason Voorhees' facial and skull deformities are known as Hydrocephalus, which causes skulls to be enlarged, intellectual disabilities, impaired vision, and other issues. Jason has also shown symptoms of Schizophrenia: believing his deceased mother is telling him to kill people who arrive at Camp Crystal Lake, as well as having Dissociative Identity Disorder: having suffered many extreme traumas at a young age (his mother being killed and nearly drowning to death), he turned from a clumsy, scared, and docile child into the remorseless and thoughtless killer he's known to be.
- Jason's trademark hockey mask served as inspiration for Lord Humungus' mask in the movie Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
- Jason was directly inspired by legendary serial killer Michael Myers. The creators of the Friday the 13th franchise even outright admitted the concept of Friday the 13th was in fact inspired by Halloween due to its universal success which had came out a few years earlier. Most of Jason's characteristics and tropes were even copied from Michael, which often leads to fans comparing the two slashers due to their notable similarities. The main differences are that Jason is depicted as a more sympathetic character due to his tragic past and his earnest love for his mother being the primary motivation for his murderous activities, whereas Michael is a sadistic psychopath who kills for no reason other than his own enjoyment and was not negatively influenced to become what he is. Jason is also surprisingly somewhat more moralistic in his killings than Michael, since that he will not harm animals or young children (below the age of 14). Conversely, Michael has no problem in slaying children of any age and has been shown brutally killing and eating dogs.
- Jason Voorhees on the Horror Wiki