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Ash Williams
Ashley J. Williams
Gender: Male
Race Caucasian
Appears in Evil Dead series
Height: 6'1"
Location Dearborn, Michigan
Weapon of Choice: "Boomstick" (12 Gauge Remington Sawed-Off Shotgun), Chainsaw
Family Cheryl Williams (sister, deceased)
Enemies "Deadites" (demon-possessed living or undead)
Portrayed by: Bruce Campbell (All movies)
Ryan Ward (musical adaption)

Ashley J. "Ash" Williams (Ashly in the original Evil Dead script) is the fictional protagonist in the Evil Dead horror film franchise, played by Bruce Campbell, and created by director Sam Raimi. First appearing in the film The Evil Dead, Ash has become an icon of modern horror and one of the few protagonists of said films to have such noteriety. He is most easily recognized and envisioned in later material based off his final appearance in the second film however, armed with a sawed off shotgun and a chainsaw strapped to the stump on his right arm where his hand once was. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 4th edition of Meyers Konversationslexikon (1885-1890) shows the Caucasian race (in blue) as comprising Aryans, Semites and Hamites. The Caucasian race (sometimes called the Caucasoid race) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as, relating to a broad division of humankind covering peoples from Europe, western Asia, Middle... The Evil Dead series started as a series of films created by Sam Raimi. ... Location in Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County  - Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. ... The Remington 1100 is a gas-operated semi-automatic shotgun, popular among waterfowlers and clay target shooters. ... A chainsaw (also spelled chain saw) is a portable mechanical, motorized saw. ... Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American actor. ... Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is storytelling of imagined events and stands in contrast to non-fiction, which makes factual claims that can be substantiated with evidence. ... A protagonist is the central figure of a story. ... The Evil Dead series started as a series of films created by Sam Raimi. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American actor. ...

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Fictional Biography

Ash is in his early 20s and usually lives a "normal" life. He is employed at the superstore, S-Mart (where he works in the housewares department), and has a girlfriend, Linda.


The Evil Dead

Main article: The Evil Dead

In The Evil Dead, Ash and his girlfriend Linda, sister Cheryl, and friends Scotty and Shelly stay at a log cabin in the woods, where they find the "Naturon Demonto" (renamed or possibly translated to Necronomicon ex Mortis in the sequels), the "Book of the Dead", along with a tape recorder. The tape is a recording of the owner of the cabin, who was translating a passage of the book. By playing the tape, Ash and his friends awake the evil spirits who can now possess the living. Ash's friends and sister are consequently possessed and killed one by one, until he's the last survivor. He finally destroys the Necronomicon by throwing it in the fireplace, and in doing so causes the zombie bodies of Scotty and Cheryl to rapidly decay and 'die', and the evil seems to be driven back. However, the film ends with Ash being overtaken by an evil spirit himself. The Evil Dead (also known as Evil Dead, The Book of The Dead , Sam Raimis The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. ... For the political organization that supports the United States Republican Party, see Log Cabin Republican Replica log cabin at Valley Forge, USA A log cabin is a small house built from logs. ... The Necronomicon is a fictional book from the stories of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. ... The Book of the Dead The Book of the Dead is the common name for ancient Egyptian funerary texts known as The Book of Coming [or Going] Forth By Day. ...


Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn

Main article: Evil Dead II

Evil Dead II continues the story from the previous film after a stunted recap in which we're only introduced to Ash's girlfriend Linda (who still subsequently gets possessed, decapitated and buried) and Ash himself, to the point where the evil spirit attacks Ash. From this point, the film continues the story from where the first film left off. Carried a good distance by the demon, Ash is slammed hard against a tree and falls in the water. From here he becomes a deadite (see Deadite Ash, below) but shortly afterward is released from the spirit by the coming of dawn, only to pass out. Ash regains consciousness moments away from sunset. Deciding to get out of there as fast as he can, he climbs into his car and drives to where the bridge was, only to find it completely destroyed by the evil force. As the sun quickly sets, said force starts climbing up the cliff, and Ash hops into his car, driving away as fast as he can and as a result right into a treestump that sends him flying through the windshield. Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn or The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is an American horror film, released in 1987. ...

Ash in 1300 AD
Ash in 1300 AD

With the evil closely behind him, he runs into the cabin and through it trying to hide, and ducks into the trapdoor, waiting until the evil force leaves. After it does, Ash comes out, only to find himself stuck at the cabin with the spirits of the Evil Dead for yet another night. Later, the cabin owner's daughter, Annie and three more people arrive. It is near the end of this movie that Ash gets his infamous chainsaw in place of his right hand. The film ends with Ash being sucked into a vortex and travelling back in time to 1300 AD, where the locals claim, according to their prophecies, that he is "The Man That Falls from the Sky" who will save them from the Deadites (demon-possessed zombies). Image File history File links Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness promotional image http://www. ... Image File history File links Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness promotional image http://www. ... Vortex created by the passage of an aircraft wing, revealed by coloured smoke A vortex (pl. ... Events February 22 - Jubilee of Pope Boniface VIII. March 10 - Wardrobe accounts of King Edward I of Englanddo (aka Edward Longshanks) include a reference to a game called creag being played at the town of Newenden in Kent. ... This article is about the undead. ...

Army of Darkness

Main article: Army of Darkness

The next film continues the story from there (though he receives far less of a warm welcome than the end of the previous film suggests). Ash has to defeat his alter-ego known as "Bad Ash"/"Evil Ash" who is leading the Army of Darkness to steal the Necronomicon. In this movie, Ash constructs a mechanical prosthetic hand out of a gauntlet from a suit of armor, using it throughout the film in place of the chainsaw (though he still carries said saw with him). The movie has two different endings, one where he returns to his own time and defends S-Mart from a possessed woman, and another, the director's cut, where he ends up in a post-apocalyptic future. Army of Darkness (also known as The Medieval Dead, Bruce Campbell vs. ... Apocalyptic science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of the world or civilization, through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ...


Personality

Ash's personality and state of mind change drastically throughout the franchise. In The Evil Dead and the beginning of Evil Dead II, he is more cowardly and inexperienced, but by the end of Army of Darkness, he has grown into a much braver person, and becomes the voice of encouragement and confidence in Arthur's castle.


Ash's experiences with the Necronomicon have also made him incredibly neurotic, irritable and perhaps even insane. It can be debated that a few of the happenings of the storyline were merely Ash's hallucinations (for example, Ash's reflection in Evil Dead II) and not the Evil at all.


Equipment and Abilities

Ash is known for two main weapons: his "boomstick", a sawed off double-barreled 12 gauge Remington shotgun (although this weapon has changed several times), and the more noticeable chainsaw, which was adapted to replace his right hand, amputated in Evil Dead II after being possessed by a Kandarian spirit. The first thing he does with the chainsaw after attaching it to the remains of his arm is to saw off the barrel of the shotgun. A sawed-off shotgun (U.S.) or sawn-off shotgun (UK) is a type of shotgun with a shorter gun barrel and often a shorter or deleted stock, compared to a standard shotgun. ... A sawed-off shotgun (U.S.) or sawn-off shotgun (UK) is a type of shotgun with a shorter gun barrel and often a shorter or deleted stock, compared to a standard shotgun. ... A double-barreled shotgun is a shotgun with two barrels, unlike single-barrelled shotguns capable of multiple shots such as pump action shotguns or semi-automatic shotguns. ... The Gauge or bore (especially in British English) of a shotgun is the diameter (caliber) of the barrel. ... Remington Arms is a major American manufacturer of rifles, shotguns, other firearms, revolvers and ammunition. ... A pump-action and two semi-automatic action Remington 1100 shotguns, 20 boxes of shotgun shells, a clay trap, and three boxes of clay pigeons. ... A chainsaw (also spelled chain saw) is a portable mechanical, motorized saw. ... Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn or The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is an American horror film, released in 1987. ...


Bruce Campbell has stated Ash is pretty much incompetent at everything except fighting the Evil Dead[1]. He knows some degree of hand-to-hand combat techniques, and prowess with a variety of weapons in various situations. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Daemon (mythology). ...


His main strength seems to be his ingenuity: he has from the second film on been shown creating such things ranging from his chainsaw bracket and shotgun harness, gunpowder from mainly referencing its elemental makeup in a chemistry book, a fully functional prosthetic hand from a metal gauntlet, and the short-lived "Deathcoaster".


The Deathcoaster is seen in the latter parts of Army of Darkness, made from the remains of his car and powered by a steam engine. The main feature of it is a massive rotating blade on the front of it, akin to an angled upright lawnmower blade. The Deathcoaster was destroyed during the film's final battle. At the end of the film he takes what is left of it with him, though it hasn't been seen or used in any later material. The Deathcoaster was not referred to as such in the film; the name appears in scripts and publicity material.


Variant Incarnations

Bad Ash/Evil Ash

Bad Ash before becoming Evil Ash
Bad Ash before becoming Evil Ash

Ash's dark side manifests itself as a separate entity first in Evil Dead II, where he hallucinates his reflection tormenting him over dismembering 'their' girlfriend with a chainsaw, and then proceeds to try and choke him (only for Ash to realize he was choking himself). This side of him later splits off his body in a drawn out painful event in Army of Darkness (unlike the original, having both hands intact), becoming 'Bad Ash' (Bad-Ass Ash) and getting first blown away at point blank range by Ash's shotgun, then cut to pieces, and finally buried (though even in this state he still 'lived'). When Ash blunders and accidentally awakens the Army of the Dead, Bad Ash re-emerges from the grave quickly piecing himself together as the decayed 'Evil Ash' and takes command of the undead troops, even corrupting Ash's then-love interest Sheila into a deadite-like hag. He battles the original Ash as he makes a bee-line for the Necronomicon, and gets lit ablaze by a torch, only to re-emerge as 'Skeleton Evil Ash', a much more agile and dangerous version that could breathe flames. As Henry the Red's troops arrive to assist in the battle against the undead and break their ranks, Evil Ash has his right hand holding the Necronomicon chopped off by Ash, and is then catapulted into the sky riding a lit sack of gunpowder to be blown to pieces. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Evil Ash in Army of Darkness
Evil Ash in Army of Darkness

He returns in Evil Dead: Hail to the King after Ash's possessed hand releases the evil force once more into the world by playing Knowby's tape recording, emerging from the mirror in the cabin (a la his first appearance), tossing Ash aside and taking off. Unlike before, Evil Ash is closer in appearance to a zombified version of Ash, and has the ability to launch fireballs and shape shift. Ultimately he was destroyed once more by the original. Beyond this, Evil Ash has appeared in comic spin-offs, appearing more akin to his decayed Army of Darkness version. Image File history File links Evil_dead_03. ... Image File history File links Evil_dead_03. ... Army of Darkness (also known as The Medieval Dead, Bruce Campbell vs. ...


Deadite Ash

Deadite Ash in Evil Dead II
Deadite Ash in Evil Dead II

'Deadite Ash' is another story, though. In Evil Dead: Regeneration this version is referred to as 'Evil Ash' (and Sam calls him 'Bad Ash' in the game). Deadite Ash is Ash himself possessed by a Kandarian demon and turned into a monstrous version of himself with greatly increased strength and brutality. In Evil Dead II, sunlight and the memory of Linda seems to drive the demon out (or possibly just 'back') and reverts him to normal. In Regeneration, Deadite Ash actually is shown to be a complete berserker, attacking anything in his path (namely the deadites) and with Ash having some degree of control, later on, over his actions, though the effects are short-term. Enemies in the last area of the game speak of how Ash is 'already one of them', possibly a reference to this. The shotgun and chainsaw are augmented during this period also, the gun notably firing bolts of energy. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn or The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is an American horror film, released in 1987. ...


Ashley G. Williams

This Ash Williams, is native to the Marvel Zombies universe. A lowly employee of S-Mart, Ash takes up arms against the zombie Super Heroes and when he is distracted by seeing Ashley J. Williams he is attacked and killed by the zombie Howard the Duck. Marvel Zombies is a comic book miniseries, published by Marvel Comics. ...


Life Outside the Trilogy

Since Army of Darkness, Ash has been featured in numerous video games and comic books, wherein he continues slaying demons and spouting out his memorable one-liners. Most recently, he is featured in the comic Army of Darkness versus Re-Animator, wherein he is confined to a mental hospital and is forced to go up against the demented Doctor Herbert West. He recently fought Dracula and is currently in a crossover comic with Darkman. In 2005, there was talk of Ash appearing in a sequel to Freddy Vs. Jason; however, Sam Raimi eventually decided against it. Though tempted, Raimi thought it would be unfair to the other director to dictate rules for what Ash could and could not do, which would be required as Raimi has plans for Ash in the future. As of late 2006, a new crop of rumors had begun to circulate about a team-up of Freddy, Jason and Ash, but Raimi, New Line and Campbell have yet to make any comment. Campbell said of the original rumors that if he were to sign up, "[Ash] would have to win, or I wouldn't do it."[2] When Campbell was at a booksigning, during a Q & A period a man asked him if he was going to make a Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash movie. Bruce Campbell replied "You're an Idiot".." Army of Darkness (also known as The Medieval Dead, Bruce Campbell vs. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Army of Darkness (also known as The Medieval Dead, Bruce Campbell vs. ... Re-Animator (1985) is the first in a series of films based on the H.P. Lovecraft story Herbert West: Reanimator. ... Herbert West is a fictional character created by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story Herbert West—Reanimator, first published in 1922. ... Dracula is an 1897 novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, featuring as its primary character the vampire Count Dracula. ... Darkman is the title of a 1990 film directed by Sam Raimi, starring Liam Neeson. ... Freddy vs. ... Samuel Marshall Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, and writer. ...


Marvel Comics has announced a crossover between Evil Dead and their Marvel Zombies universe, a zombified version of the Marvel Comics universe. This five-issue miniseries is to premiere in 2007 and is entitled Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness. [3] Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Marvel Zombies is a comic book miniseries, published by Marvel Comics. ... Marvel Zombies vs. ...


Army of Darkness published by Dark Horse Comics Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes Army of Darkness: Shop till you drop dead Darkman vs. Army of Darkness Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x616, 46 KB) Cover of Army of Darkness #1 published by Dark Horse Comics This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher... Image File history File links Ashes_2_Ashes. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (400x615, 77 KB) Cover of Army of Darkness: Shop until you Drop Dead #1 published by Dynamite Entertainment This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (500x759, 380 KB) Cover to Darkman vs. ... Image File history File links 19088. ...


Comic Book Transformations

Zombie Ash
Zombie Ash

Zombie Ash Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (527x800, 131 KB) 4th cover to Army of Darkness 13, in which Ash is killed and sent to the Robert Kirkman & Sean Phillips Marvel Zombie universe; thus Ash is drawn by Phillips in the same format as a Marvel Zombie. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (527x800, 131 KB) 4th cover to Army of Darkness 13, in which Ash is killed and sent to the Robert Kirkman & Sean Phillips Marvel Zombie universe; thus Ash is drawn by Phillips in the same format as a Marvel Zombie. ...


On an alternate cover of Army of Darkness #13 The Death of Ashley J. Williams, a zombified version of Ash is seen. This cover was drawn by Marvel Zombies artist Sean Phillips and it's possibly a What-if of what he would look like. However this won't be entirely clear until the release of Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness. It is important to note that this is a different form of Ash, infected by the "Super Virus" that attacks the Marvel superheroes turning them into zombies, and not the results of demonic possession like Deadite Ash. Marvel Zombies is a comic book miniseries, published by Marvel Comics. ... Sean Phillips is a comic book artist. ... Marvel Zombies vs. ...


See also

My Name is Bruce is an American horror film scheduled for a 2007 release, directed, co-produced by, co-written and starring B-movie cult actor Bruce Campbell. ... Duke Nukem is an action hero created by computer game developers Todd Replogle, George Broussard, Allen Blum and Scott Miller of 3D Realms/Apogee Software. ... This is a list of characters and locations in the Evil Dead series created by director Sam Raimi. ...

References

  1. ^ Audio commentary for Evil Dead II, Bruce Campbell: "As dumb as Ash is, he's actually a capable guy with dealing with monsters"
  2. ^ Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash has a Sperm Problem?
  3. ^ ASH MEETS THE MARVEL ZOMBIES IN MARVEL ZOMBIES vs. ARMY OF DARKNESS

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