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Jason Voorhees
Jason Render
General Information
Gender Male
Status Undead
Origin Earthrealm
Resides Earthrealm, Camp Crystal Lake
Species Revenant
In Mortal Kombat
Enemies Liu Kang
Weapons Machete
Combat Knife (MKX Mobile)
Alignment Evil
Games Mortal Kombat X (DLC)

Jason Voorhees, known for his appearances in the cult-classic horror film series Friday the 13th, is a playable guest character in Mortal Kombat X.

Appearance

Jason sports his usual, rugged attire that is consecutive within the Friday the 13th films. Jason's appearance includes his iconic hockey mask, torn-up jacket and the machete that he wields as a weapon. With the exception of Goro, the Predator, and Tremor, Jason is prominently taller than the other Mortal Kombat X characters.

Biography

  • Mortal Kombat X: Death and revenge make up the very core of Jason Voorhees' being. He died as a young boy. His mother killed out of grief and rage. When she was murdered, Jason returned and avenged her. Many times since, the living have tried to send him back to the realm of the dead. He's been stabbed, drowned, electrocuted, hurled into space. But Jason cannot be killed. Cannot be stopped.

Combat characteristics

Powers and abilities

Jason is an undead, ruthless killing machine and possesses immense strength. His undead nature renders him completely implacable and nearly unstoppable, being virtually immortal. Even more so, his brute strength allows him to toss his opponents effortlessly and deliver powerful blows with his fists and machete.

Signature Moves

  • Killing Machine: Jason gains a temporary armor buff at the expense of his ability to jump. While active, Jason is unaffected by any attack and can attack his opponent when they perform a combo or special on him. He will still lose health when an attack hits. When the buff wears off, Jason falls momentarily asleep, rendering him vulnerable. (MKX)
    • If Pursuit is active while in his Relentless variation, it can cause the armor bonus to end prematurely if it if Pursuit ends before the buff does. The opposite can also occur; if the armor buff ends before Pursuit, then it will cause Pursuit to end.
    • The armor buff can only be broken if Jason loses all his current health while it is active, the opponent successfully lands an X-Ray, or in a mirror match against another Jason that has Punishment active. Attacks that parry will also break the armor, not with the buff shattering but rather vanish when the parry is finished.
  • Temple Punch: Jason charges towards his opponent with a high fist and punches them to the ground. This attack can hit opponents at full screen distance. (MKX)
    • The enhanced version is called Temple Slam and has armor. Jason lifts the opponent while him/her is still on the ground for a second punch, which knocks them away for increased damage in addition to the starting strike.
  • Choke: Jason reaches and snatches the opponent by the throat and viciously throttles them before flinging them across the arena. (MKX)
    • The enhanced version is called Choke Slam and has Jason snap the opponent's neck during the throttle for more damage, also having armor.
  • Back Breaker: Jason grabs the opponent and breaks their back over his knee before tossing them in the opposite direction. (MKX)
    • The enhanced version is called Spine Shatter and has Jason slam the opponent over his knee a second time before tossing them away for increased damage. It also has armor on startup.
  • Tight Squeeze: Jason reaches forward and pulls his opponent into a crushing bear hug, snapping their back before throwing them in the opposite direction. (MKX)
    • The enhanced version is called Crippler and has Jason snap the opponent's neck for more damage. It also has armor on startup. The enhanced version also gives Jason the option to throw them forwards.
  • Corpse Grab: Jason snatches an airborne opponent and slams them into the floor. The attack is unavoidable once it strikes an airborne opponent. (MKX)
    • The enhanced version, Corpse Slam, does increased damage and Jason slams his opponent on the ground.
  • Bloodshed: Jason lifts the opponent by the neck and impales them with his machete before kicking them to the ground. This replaces Choke for this variation. (MKX - Slasher variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Bloodlust, which has Jason push the machete even deeper into the opponent's abdomen two additional times for more damage before kicking them away. It also has armor.
  • Machete Toss: Jason throws his machete at the opponent. This projectile can hit ducking opponents, unlike most projectiles, but is not an overhead attack. (MKX - Slasher variation)
    • The enhanced version Machete Throw has increased damage and armor.
  • Shoulder Push: Jason shoulder rams his opponent, knocking them to the ground. This replaces Temple Punch for this variation. (MKX - Slasher variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Shoulder Charge, which has armor, increased damage and knocks the enemy away for a farther distance.
  • Psycho Slash: Jason slashes his opponent three times with his machete, knocking them to the ground. (MKX - Slasher variation)
    • The enhanced version Hack 'n' Slash has armor and does double the damage. Jason finishes the combo by stabbing the machete deep into the opponent's shoulder - to the point the weapon gets stuck in it - and then kicking the opponent away to separate them.
  • Lake Mist: Jason disappears in a thick gray mist cloud and reappears behind his opponent. (MKX - Relentless variation)
    • The enhanced version Blood Mist armors Jason while he disappears and has Jason recover from disappearing much quicker.
  • Pursuit: Jason cracks his neck, causing the screen to glow red. During this time, the opponent's run and dash abilities are disabled, and their controls are reversed with the exception of the their Throw and X-Ray and the use of interactables. The effect disappears instantly if Jason is hit. (MKX - Relentless variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Dark Pursuit and has Jason recover from the ability much faster.
  • Damned: Jason's damage output increases based on how close he is to death. (MKX - Relentless variation)
    • This is a passive bonus and does not require activation.
  • Punishment: Jason gains a temporary damage buff, which also causes the chain around his neck to glow green. While active, all of Jason's attacks will break all forms armor, with the exception of Tremor's Krystallization buff. (MKX - Unstoppable variation)
    • The enhanced version is called Rampant, is activated slightly faster, increases the damage even further and retains the same properties.
  • Rise: Jason's hockey mask glows white and he gains a temporary heal over time buff and generates Super Meter. This replaces Killing Machine for this variation. (MKX - Unstoppable variation)
    • The enhanced version, Corpse Walk, activates faster and restores more health over time, but no longer generates Super Meter.
  • Resurrection: When Jason's life bar completely drains, lightning strikes him and he returns from the dead, regaining a portion of health based on how full his Super Meter is. However, Jason can cancel his Resurrection, allowing him to keep his Super Meter, thus, ending the round. If it is what would be the final round of the match, Jason will be forced to resurrect. (MKX - Unstoppable variation)
    • In MKX Mobile, he is allowed one resurrection for his Unstoppable card, and two for his Slasher card, but will not gain health back based on his Super Meter, he will simply resurrect.
      • When he resurrects in MKX Mobile, his overall damage is increased and he gains 1 bar of Super Meter.
  • Heavy Payback: Jason removes the combat knife from his neck and proceeds to stab and slice the opponent once each. He then delivers a knee strike before stabbing them in the stomach, causing a bleed damage-over-time effect. (MKX Mobile - Relentless Card)
    • When the move is performed twice, Jason will throw the combat knife away, and the move will be altered.
      • Jason will now punch his opponent twice followed by an overhead double fist that knocks them to the ground. He will then stomp on their head with his boot to end the combo. When altered, the attack no longer causes bleed.
  • X-Ray Move - The Horror: Jason walks slowly forward with his hand outstretched, seizing the opponent by the neck. He then shoves the blade of his machete up through the opponent's chin and skull, then forces the handle up, snapping their neck backward. He rips the machete out and stabs the opponent in the abdomen, breaking their spine and several ribs. (MKX)

Other Moves

  • Throw: Jason lifts his opponent by the collar, plunges his hand into their stomach and crushes their innards before punching them to the ground. (MKX)
  • Throw: Jason slashes the opponent across the stomach, making them fall to their knees. After a brief pause, he plunges his machete into their head, then kicks them in the face. (MKX - Slasher Variation)
  • Skull Slam: Jason punches his opponent in the head with both fists, which acts as a soft stun. If it connects successfully it will leave the opponent stunned for a brief moment for a free hit. This attack is not available in the Slasher variation. Jason can follow-up the attack by pressing the grab button: (MKX)
    • Camp Killer: Jason lifts the opponent up, holds them high in the air and then slams them onto the ground in the opposite direction head first. Like Skull Slam, this follow-up attack is not available in the Slasher variation.
  • Knee Strike: Jason strikes his opponent with a quick knee. Jason can then perform several follow-up attacks afterwards: (MKX)
    • Haunting: Jason delivers a powerful overhead punch that knocks his opponent to the ground.
    • In The Shadows: Jason delivers a powerful uppercut, knocking the opponent in the air effortlessly, allowing for a juggle.
    • Final Friday: Jason grabs his opponent, throttling them violently before throwing them across the stage, full screen, in the opposite direction. This combo acts as a throw and is unblockable. This move is the only follow-up attack from Knee Strike that is not available in the Slasher variation.

Fatalities

  • Kill for Mother: Jason brings out his machete. The opponent looks up, then Jason slashes the opponent to bisect their body diagonally. After three strikes, the upper body is completely severed and falls off as the opponent screams. (MKX)
  • Sleeping Bag Killer: Jason grabs his opponent's leg and smashes his opponent once, causing one arm to come off as the body is dragged back. Then he smashes them down again, causing their other arm to fall off while Jason drags the opponent's body across the floor again. He then smashes them one more time, completely dismembering the opponent, with only one of their legs remaining in his hand. He looks at the leg, then throws it with the rest of the body. (MKX)

Brutalities

  • Brutality #1 - Blunt Trauma: Jason charges at his opponent with either a Temple Slam or a Shoulder Charge, knocking their head off. (MKX)
  • Brutality #2 - Go to Hell: Jason performs his X-Ray Attack, but instead of impaling his opponent in the chest, he slices their head off. (MKX)
  • Brutality #3 - Blood Bath: Jason performs his Bloodlust grab, stabbing the opponent with his machete before brutally slicing their upper body vertically in half. (MKX - Slasher variation)
  • Brutality #4 - Head Spin: With the Pursuit ability active, Jason performs a Crippler grab, twisting the opponent's head around. (MKX - Relentless variation)
  • Brutality #5 - Spinal Tap: After a Resurrection, Jason performs a Back Breaker with enough force to split his opponent in half. (MKX - Unstoppable variation)
  • Brutality #6: Jason performs his throw, and chops the opponent's head clean in half. (MKX - Slasher variation - Secret)

Ending

  • Mortal Kombat X: "Like Scorpion, Jason Voorhees was a revenant: a vengeful spirit returned to life. Hundreds had fallen victim to his bloodlust. Liu Kang, now ruler of the Netherrealm, took notice. An immortal killer like Jason would be useful in his plan for konquest. He drew Jason into the Netherrealm and offered him an endless bounty of slaughter... in return for his allegiance. Jason's simple reply was to destroy Liu Kang."

Trivia

  • Jason is the second slasher film villain guest character to appear in the Mortal Kombat series, the first being Freddy Krueger and the third being Leatherface.
    • Overall, he is the second horror movie guest character featured in the series, the first being Freddy Krueger, the third being the Predator, the fourth being Leatherface and the fifth being the Alien.
      • The Predator and Alien are the first and second science-fiction horror movie guest characters, while the latter are from the traditional slasher horror genre.
  • Jason is the only guest character that does not kill Shinnok in his arcade ending.
    • Interestingly, although he and his fellow guest characters are not canon to the series, Jason's ending is surprisingly more canon-like than the other guest characters; it even acknowledges Liu Kang as the new ruler of the Netherrealm, established in the ending of the Story Mode.
  • Jason's official announcement teaser trailer was released on a Friday the 13th (March of 2015), matching the title of his origin franchise.
    • Whenever the month happens to fall on Friday the 13th in the mobile version, Jason's challenge will be available for players, in addition to celebrating the day of the franchise's title.
  • Jason's Fatality Sleeping Bag Killer references the movie Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, in which Jason kills Judy by repeatedly smashing her against a tree while she was in a sleeping bag. In MKX, however, he doesn't put his victim in a sleeping bag and slams them against the ground instead.
  • The chain around Jason's neck in his Unstoppable Variation is a reference to Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
    • The lightning-induced resurrection is a reference to a scene from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
  • Jason is one of the few characters to have a brutality that derives from his X-Ray, and not only from special moves, throws, or combos. The other characters are Sonya, Erron Black, Jacqui Briggs, the Predator, Tremor, Leatherface, and Triborg.
    • He's also one of the few characters who can interrupt his X-Ray to perform a different move, since the characteristic decapitation from his brutality replaces the final hit of his X-Ray. The other characters are Jacqui, Tremor, Triborg, Leatherface, and the Predator.
  • In the Friday the 13th movies, Jason had a misshapen skull, rotting teeth and one of his eyes was lower than the other, but in Mortal Kombat X, every X-Ray shows Jason having a regularly shaped human skull, and a recent hack for the PC version removes Jason's mask and reveals his face, which merely has several scars on an otherwise middle-aged man.
    • While Jason never shows emotion in the movies when he is stabbed, shot, set on fire, etc., removing his mask using this hack and performing a fatality on him will show him in agonizing pain, though this is more than likely just a gameplay mechanic as almost all characters have the same reaction to the same fatalities.
      • Additionally, Jason and Leatherface share the same face when unmasked using this hack, although there are minor differences; the placement of scars, withered skin and Leatherface has a missing nose and rotten teeth.
        • Additionally, Jason never makes any noises when being attacked in the movies. However, during certain fatalities, Jason will let out a moan before falling over dead. This is more easily heard during Goro's Peek-A-Boo fatality, when Goro presses Jason's head into his chest, there is a loud moan from inside. This again is more than likely just a game mechanic as all male characters make the same exact noise.
          • However, he will make no noise when the Kove Stage Fatality is done on him.
  • Jason's default appearance is heavily based off his appearances in Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 reboot, perfectly replicating his attire from the two films. His Player 2 color is based on Roy Burns' appearance in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, down to the black clothing and blue hockey mask chevrons.
  • All fights that pit Jason against Reptile, the Predator, Triborg or Alien will activate an odd glitch in which the victim that Jason drags in his intro has the same blood as whoever he's fighting. This is also true for the intro where he removes the combat knife from his neck as the blood around the wound will have the same color blood as his enemy.
  • Jason is one of two characters to receive armor for a teleport ability. The other is Kenshi in his Possessed variation.
    • He also receives the most armor in the game for his teleport, a total of 3 hits, which is the most for any ability.
  • Jason is the second tallest character in MKX to originate from Earthrealm, the tallest being Tremor, and the fifth tallest character in the game next to Goro, the Predator, Torr, and Tremor.
  • Jason is the only character in the game to have specific music play during both of his fatalities.
  • Jason is one of 3 characters in MKX with more than one throw, the others being Johnny Cage and Ferra/Torr.
    • A unique trait with this is that if a certain requirement is met, they produce more than one throw.
      • He is one of two characters with two throws based on which variation is chosen. The other being Ferra/Torr. Johnny can perform either throw in all his variations unlike Jason and Ferra/Torr.
  • Jason is one of the few characters to receive an exclusive reskin in the mobile game not featured in the main game.
    • He is also one of three DLC characters to receive an exclusive reskin, the others being Tanya and Goro.
  • While his Unstoppable variation allows him to resurrect in the MKX, in the mobile game, his Slasher variation can do this as well, but twice rather than once.
  • In the mobile game, Jason's Slasher character card is one of four cards that have the grapple bonus on both his first and second special. This means his Slasher card is one of four characters in the mobile game to have three unblockable attacks. The other three are Injustice 2 Raiden, Revenant Jax and Klassic Raiden.
    • Injustice 2 Raiden, however, is the only character who's special moves are completely unblockable where as Jason's attacks can be blocked for a moment before becoming unblockable.
  • He was addressed by full name only by Shinnok, but until the release of Mortal Kombat XL, Bo' Rai Cho will also address Jason by his full name.
  • Jason is one of two characters in MKX who has a throw in a combo rather than a special move. The second is Bo' Rai Cho, who has two.
  • When Jason performs his X-Ray Brutality while in his Unstoppable variation, after he removes the machete to decapitate his enemy, the chain around his neck will disappear. This is likely an error in programming.
    • This is also the case when a Fatality or Faction Kill are used on him while in his Unstoppable variation.
      • Interestingly, when Jason performs his X-Ray Brutality while in his Relentless variation, he will assume the victory pose of his Slasher variation since he uses his machete to kill his opponent.
        • Another interesting this is with his Slasher variation and his throw brutality, he assumes the victory pose of his other variations instead since the machete is in the opponent's head.
  • When Jason performs his Spinal Tap brutality, he will perform the enhanced version of his Back Breaker on his opponent while not having to actually use the enhanced version to finish the opponent. This makes Jason one of 3 characters to perform an enhanced special during a brutality without actually using said enhanced special. The other two are the Alien and Goro.
    • Ironically, when Jason performs his Blunt Trauma brutality, while not in his Slasher variation, he will perform the regular Temple Punch instead of the enhanced even though the finisher requires him to use the enhanced version.
  • Jason is one of five characters whose voice will not be mimicked by the Predator, instead, the Predator will do its signature laugh. The other four are Alien, Triborg, Leatherface and the Predator in a mirror match.
  • During one of Jason's interactions, he removes a combat knife from his neck and throws it to the ground, leaving behind a wound in his neck. While his Unstoppable variation is selected, when he removes the knife, no wound will be visible on his neck but blood will still be visible. It is unknown how or why this happens.
  • Jason has the most grab attacks out of any character in MKX, with a total of 4.
    • He also has the most tick throws out of any character with a total of 24. Tick throws are grabs that connect on blocking opponents if Jason does certain normal attacks before the grab itself. These grabs are listed below:
      • Tick throws with Tight Squeeze:
        • Back 1, Back 2, Forward 2, Back 3, Down 1, Down 3, Down 4, Jump Attack 1, Jump Attack 2, Jump Attack 3, Jump Attack 4, Standing 1, and the Kombo string 2,4.
      • Tick throws with Back Breaker:
        • Down 1, Down 3, Jump Attack 1, Jump Attack 2, Jump Attack 3, and Jump Attack 4
      • Tick throws with his basic throw:
        • Jump Attack 1, Jump Attack 2, Jump Attack 3, and Jump Attack 4
      • The Final Friday combo is also considered a tick throw.
  • Jason is one of two characters with a soft stun attack rather than an actual stun attack like Scorpion's Spear or Sub-Zero's Ice Ball.
    • Leatherface also has a soft stun attack, though, unlike Jason, he has a regular stun attack as well.
  • Jason and Kotal Kahn are the only characters with anti-air grab abilities.
    • Unlike Kotal Kahn, Jason can not combo off his anti-air.
  • Jason has the second most damage bonuses in MKX, a damage buff and a passive damage buff. The character with the most is Kotal Kahn with 3.
  • Jason and Johnny Cage are the only characters that that gain a damage boost based on a certain level of remaining health.
    • With Johnny, only his specials and some combos are boosted at 5% health, while Jason has his overall damage increased while in his Relentless variation.
      • Unlike Johnny, the damage boost starts at 50% health and increases as he loses more health, maxing out at 5%, granting him a 75% overall damage.
        • Over other updates, originally Jason's damage boost started at 75% health and maxed at 10% and the damage itself was much less.
  • Jason is the only character that can grant armor for a period of time.
    • Unlike other fighters who grant armor for a single hit, Jason's grants armor for multiple hits.
  • Jason is the only character that can reverse the opponent's controls.
  • Jason is the only character without an action after winning a round where he is forced to give his opponent space; he simply turns and talks away immediately upon winning a round.
  • Jason is one of the few characters whose fighting style is altered by the addition of a weapon or removal of a weapon.
  • The name of Jason's Final Friday attack is a reference to the tagline for Jason Goes to Hell, the ninth film in the Friday the 13th series.
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