Jason Voorhees is the main character of the slasher horror film series, Friday the 13th. A superhuman freak with an insatiable appetite for murder, this masked monstrosity has butchered hundreds of people out an insane desire for revenge against those who have intruded upon his home of Camp Crystal Lake.



Jason Voorhees was born in 1946 in the small forest town of Crystal Lake, New Jersey. He was not like other children; he suffered mental disabilities and facial deformities, causing his mother Pamela to resort to isolating him from the rest of the community. She would not let her son attend school and instead attempted to tutor him herself.

One day in the summer of 1957, Pamela was unable to find a babysitter to look after her son and so took him with her to Camp Crystal Lake where she worked as a cook. At the camp, Jason was tormented by both the campers and counselors and while he was being harassed by several children, he fell into the lake and drowned. The counselors that were supposed to be watching Jason completely ignored the bullying and had sex in the woods while Jason drowned in the lake. His body was never found and the camp was closed soon after.

A year after Jason's death, Camp Crystal Lake was reopened and Pamela, driven mad with grief, murdered the negligent counselors whom she blamed for the loss of her son. The police investigation turned up no leads or suspects and so Pamela was never arrested, thus she continued to kill whenever anyone attempted to reopen the camp. In 1979, a final attempt was made to reopen the camp by one Steve Christy. Pamela warned against him reopening the camp but her warning went unheeded, and so she took it upon herself to stop the reopening by murdering Christy and all of his staff. Pamela's rampage was brought to an end when she was decapitated by Alice Hardy.

What Alice was unaware of at the time was that Pamela's son Jason had mysteriously returned to life some years previously, supposedly resurrected by his mother through some form of dark magic. Reanimating on the other side of the lake, he had lived off the land for all that time, but had made no attempt to reunite with his mother. However, Jason bore witness to his mother's death, which triggered within him an insatiable hunger for revenge. Driven to avenge his mother and carry on her work of keeping Camp Crystal Lake closed, Jason began hunting down and murdering everyone who set foot in the camp grounds, beginning his reign of terror.


Jason's face

One of several depictions of Jason's grotesque face

Jason is a very tall and imposing figure. His attire has changed between each of his appearances, but his clothing always looks to be in a state of uncleanliness. When he first appeared in Friday the 13th: Part 2, he wore a burlap sack over his head to hide his deformed face. After Part 2, he has consistently worn a dirty, damaged hockey mask. His face has been revealed several times but always seems to look different between appearances. He has appeared as looking malformed due to a hydrocephalus condition and scarring, to looking like a zombie.


  • Invincibility - Many have tried to fight Jason only for him to shrug off whatever attacks are thrown at him. He has been stabbed, shot, bludgeoned, beaten and impaled to name but a few methods, but has always survived.
  • Immortality - Any time that Jason has been seemingly 'killed', he has returned to life to continue killing.
  • Weaponry - Jason will use anything he can get his hands on as a murder weapon. He has used knives, axes, power tools and his bare fists. His favoured weapon, however, is a machete; the same machete that Alice Hardy used to kill his mother.