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Common reference of a Slasher Flick serial killer: a big guy wielding chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask. Enormously common in parodies and tributes of the genre.

This is largely a Composite Character between two of the most famous Slasher Flicks killers: Jason of Friday the 13 th and Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

While it might seem like a case of Did Not Do the Research, even the people who know a lot about horror films use this trope, so that's not the case. It's just as likely just a of Captain Ersatz of Serial Slasher, since none of them are in the public domain.

Examples of Hockey Mask and Chainsaw include:

Anime & Manga

  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor has a marine named Jason who wears a hockey mask and uses a chainsaw as his Weapon of Choice. He also tends to be blamed whenever something breaks and there's a Running Gag regarding him always being sick on Fridays.
  • During the first part of the manga and Season 0 from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba forces Yoey (Yonouchi) to fight to the death with a serial killer known as "Chopman". The guys is a mountain of muscles with a leather-mask and prone to use sharp and big weapons, particularly, chainsaws. Images: [1].
  • America from WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia [has this as his costume] in the Halloween sketches 2010.
  • Played with in episode 139 of Anime/UruseiYatsura featuring the never before seen members of the gardening club who are obsessed with their tomatoes. At one point the episode becomes a horror movie parody with one of them wearing a creepy white mask and another one wielding a chainsaw and wearing a tomato mask that covers the whole head.

Comic Books

  • A Sunday strip from Bloom County once showed Bill the Cat in an old horror movie, in which he is pursued by a maniac wielding a chainsaw and wearing a hockey mask.
  • The first ComicBook/PostCrisis appearance of Superman villain the Prankster had him as the host of a kids TV show which was cancelled for being a bad influence on children. Cue Prankster threatening Galaxy television boss Morgan Edge with a pig mask and chainsaw, while ranting that this was what kids were watching these days, and compared to that what were a few pranks?
  • ComicBook/HackSlash: When a big knife is not enough to get the job done, Vlad will switch to a chainsaw. Although his mask is a respirator rather than a hockey mask, visually it conveys the same impression.


  • In The Eighties remake of The Blob, a horror film is shown in a theater, and the killer in the Show Within a Show wears a red hockey mask and uses a chainsaw.
  • Seen on Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. He's wearing the mask for safety reasons while he uses the saw to shorten the ridiculously large Christmas tree, but the reference is obvious.
  • The notorious Friday the 13 th rip-off Bloody Murder has a villain who uses this combination.
  • The Turkish poster for Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives uses [this combination.] He still uses only his trusty machete in the film.
  • Film/PoliceAcademy 4 shows the team putting a scare into some new recruits using Hightower as a voodoo houngan trying to revive his brother, who lies "dead" in a body bag. After some chanting, the brother (played by Tackleberry) awakes, firing up his chainsaw to cut his way out of the bag. And he's wearing a hockey mask, of course.
  • Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood is the only movie where Jason uses a gas powered weapon. Even then, it was a hedge trimmer and not a chainsaw.
  • Film/EightLeggedFreaks has a brief, humorous scene where the heroine yells at the townsfolk to get ready. One of them has a chainsaw and hockey mask. Funnily enough, there's a second guy with a chainsaw right next to him- but he has a catcher's mask, instead.

Live Action TV

  • In an episode of Charmed, Phoebe was tormented by a recurring nightmare about a chainsaw-wielding murderer wearing a hockey mask. She thought it was a manifestation of Cole. It turned out that it stood for a metaphor of her self-harming behavior.
  • MADtv: In the "Apollo the 13th: When Jason Takes NASA" sketch, hockey-mask wearing Jason Voorhees invades the moon shuttle and kills a person with a chainsaw.


  • Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies, the third book of the Cineverse trilogy, has one of said bunnies return from the grave with a chainsaw and hockey mask.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has Greg and Rowley getting chased by a guy with a hockey mask and a chainsaw in the Crossland High School haunted house. Mom steps in just before he catches them and tells him that chasing people around with a chainsaw is "not nice."
  • In the novel Friday the 13th: Jason's Curse, the man currently possessed by Jason (through his cursed hockey mask) kills one of his relatives with a chainsaw.
  • SonicTheHedgehogInCastleRobotnik sees Sonic meeting a large rabbit called Jase with such a combo in an underground passage and is chased into darkness. Bumping a scraping through the darkness he uses the constant reeving of the chainsaw to figure out how close the rabbit is. In the end the rabbit ends up falling down a hole and leaving a big mess after the machine has done it's work.


  • A Sergio Aragones strip in Mad Magazine has a bunch of hockey-playing kids inviting a man with a hockey mask and a duffel bag to play with them. He reaches into his duffel bag and pulls out a chainsaw.


  • At one of his concerts Eminem appeared while wearing denim salopettes and a hockey mask, and wielding a chainsaw.

Theme Parks

Video Games

  • In VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden 3, the midboss for the chainsaw-wielding David is Judgement, a former childhood friend who has now become this trope.
  • Inverted in VideoGame/DeadByDaylight, where the killer is wearing a leathery facemask, and carries an improvised machete.
  • When Edgar uses the chainsaw weapon in Final Fantasy VI, he has a random chance of doing an instant kill attack, which also changes the attach sprite to him wearing a hockey mask.
  • Vincent Valentine's Hell Masker Limit Break in Final Fantasy VII.
  • House of the Dead has the Strength boss from the second game, who chases the protagonists through a maze with a chainsaw.
  • In Persona2, an optional boss in Eternal Punishment is a Stalker with a Crush who wears a hockey mask and chainsaw.
  • One of the enemies in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin sports this ensemble.
  • In Splatterhouse, Rick wears a hockey mask and can sometimes use a chainsaw. In sequels, the mask was redesigned to look more like a skull, but the similarities to Jason's signature mask were still pretty apparent.
  • Franchise/GrandTheftAuto
    • One mission in VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity has Tommy and some others pulling a bank heist disguised in hockey masks and coveralls, after which the outfit is permanently unlocked for the player. One of the melee weapons available in the game is a chainsaw. The possibilities are endless...
    • Also used in Libery City Stories, where Tony has a similar outfit. There's also one mission where he's ambushed and attacked by dozens of masked maniacs with chainsaws.
  • Cemetery stages in Gex feature burly enemies of this type, who for added benefit also wear a ANightmareOnElmStreet red and green striped t-shirts.
  • VideoGame/KidChameleon has Maniaxe, an Expy of Jason Voorhees, who can throw hatchets at enemies.
  • The chainsaw-wielding Dr. Salvador in VideoGame/ResidentEvil4 wears a burlap sack mask similar to Jason's first appearance in Film/FridayThe13thPart2.
  • The level "Boo! Haunted House" in VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures has none other than Jason himself (in his notorious FridayThe13th cyan and purple incarnation) running back and forth with a chainsaw.
  • Stitches, the FrankensteinsMonster of VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm, has an alternative "Psycho" skin which has him with a hockey mask and a chainsaw. To complete the horror movie picture, he is also wearing a torn-off Michael Myers jumpsuit and is holding a machete, a pickaxe and a slipknot at the same time.
  • An enemy in VideoGame/VirtualBoyWarioLand is a fish who wears a hockey mask with a chainsaw going right through it like a swordfish.
  • The Chainsaw Maniacs from Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
  • In VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII, the demon Redrum and its PaletteSwap Friday sport hockey masks and wield chainsaws.
  • Subtly done in Dead Island. There's a non-zombie enemy who is clearly supposed to be Jason, with a hockey mask and machete, beefed up health and one hit kills. In his house, you can find a unique Chainsaw, among some other horror references.
  • The second boss in Double Dragon II for the Game Boy (a different game from the arcade and NES versions subtitled The Revenge).

Web Comics

Web Original

  • One of the homicidal sprites in Kid Radd fit this description.
  • One of the titular WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie in the PublicServiceAnnouncement of the same name is to "invite a psycho killer inside." The video depicts a door opening to a sprite wearing a hockey mask and armed with a chainsaw and Freddy Krueger glove.
  • Macabre horror-Mons Mortasheen is definitely referencing this trope with its chainsaw-hockey-masked mascot creature, [the Chainsaw Kid.] Yes, that is the proper syntax; its chainsaw is its mask.

Western Animation

  • When Bart Simpson is threatened with death by Sideshow Bob the family gets put in Witness Protection. Bart is in his room trying to go to sleep when an unknown person bursts in screaming, wearing a hockey mask and weilding a chainsaw.


  • At the end of the Looney Tunes short "Box Office Bunny", Daffy and Elmer end up in a horror movie where the killer has a mask and chainsaw.
  • The Mutilator movies in Goof Troop.
  • The WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures film "How I Spent My Vacation" features the chainsaw-wielding "Mr. Hitcher" who at one point wears a hockey mask.
  • The Halloween episode of Total Drama Island' features a character known only as "The Escaped Psycho Killer With A Chainsaw and a Hook". He has a chainsaw, a hockey mask, and a hook.
  • Also by Fresh; WesternAnimation/GrojBand features Kon and Kin dressing up as "chainsaw maniacs" in "Girl Fest". With Kon donning the hockey mask and chainsaw cliché.
  • In the WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents, Vicky dons these at one point, though Timmy barely reacts.

--> Timmy: Phew, it's just a goalie. (Vicky removes the hockey mask) AAAAHH!!! VICKY!!!

  • Mr. Cat dons these in the pilot of Kaeloo. He winds up chopping off Quack Quack's arms.
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