- "I'm Tommy Jarvis and I'm here to kill Jason Voorhees."
- ―Tommy Jarvis[src]
Tommy Jarvis is the male protagonist of the films Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, and has been portrayed by Corey Feldman, John Shepherd and Thom Matthews. A resident of Crystal Lake with an affinity for masks, Tommy lived with his mother (until she was killed by Jason) and sister. Since he was the first person to truly defeat him, Jason developed a deep hatred of Tommy.
Killing in self-defenseEdit
Tommy Jarvis lived with his sister and mother. His parents were apparently divorced. In 1984, a few days after the bloodshed on Higgins Haven, the Jarvis family was caught in the middle of a new bloodshed, in which a new group of teenagers was killed one after another by Jason Voorhees. When the siblings (Tommy & Trish) were the only two left alive, Tommy shaved his head of hair to be similar with Jason as a child, and so lured the murderer into a trap. Trish managed to tear off Jason's hockey mask with his machete, which made him turn away from Tommy to face her. While Trish was unable to do anything, Tommy picked up the machete and sent the killing blow on Voorhees. When the boy realized only a moment later that the monster was still alive, he attacked Jason with random machete blows. Later he was sent to a clinic.
Six years later after the death of Jason Voorhees, Tommy, now an 18-year-old teenager, was sent to Pinehurst Youth Development Center or "half-way house" (as locals called it) for teenagers with mental disabilities, in 1990. Pinehurst's mission was to try to train its residents to re-enter society. On the same day that Tommy was sent there, Joey, one of the residents, was killed by a fellow patient. Shortly after, a maniac started to kill people using Jason's M.O., which made Sheriff Tucker believe it was really Jason Voorhees. After Pam, Reggie, and Tommy were left as the sole survivors, there was a confrontation with whom was believed to be the real Jason Voorhees, and then, after Tommy killed the murderer, they found out he was actually Roy Burns, and that Joey was his son, whose murder was the reason for the new killing spree.
- "Come on, maggot head!"
- ―Tommy daring Jason to chase him into the lake.
A year later, in 1991, Tommy, now a 19-year-old and mentally rehabilitated for the most part, went with his friend Allen Hawes to Eternal Peace Cemetary to dig up Jason's corpse, as Tommy believed that only destroying the corpse would finally cause his hallucinations to cease haunting him once and for all. As he saw the corpse of the murderer who killed his mother and his friends, he was driven mad and, using a fence pole, stabbed the dead murderer, leaving the pole interred on him. In that exact moment when he was going to pick up gasoline to cremate his old nemesis, a lightning bolt was attracted by the pole. After striking the metal pole and absorbing into Jason's body, it caused Jason to resurrect, even more powerful than ever. Crystal Lake's mass murderer killed Hawes, and Tommy ran for his life. When he tried to warn Sheriff Garris, Tommy was imprisoned, for the Sheriff was aware of the fact that Tommy spent time at the clinic. As a new killing spree began, the only person who believed Tommy was the Sheriff's daughter Megan. After almost everyone was dead, Tommy set up a trap, and lured Jason to the very lake in which he drowned in 1957. Both monster and survivor fought, and Tommy finally tied Jason on the bottom of the lake, but he almost died in the process. As Megan went to rescue a drowned Tommy, to whom she was attracted, Jason tried to drown her, too, but Megan cut his face with the boat's propeller and saved Tommy.
Sometime after chaining Jason to the bottom of Crystal Lake, Tommy would go on to write at least six books about his life and Jason, one of the books being titled My Life of Hell: One Man's Fight Against Jason Voorhees. All the books were reviewed poorly, with Tommy being seen as little more than conscious-less cash-in.
The Nightmare WarriorsEdit
Becoming increasingly obsessed with Jason, who would eventually escape his confinement at the bottom of the lake, also having studied Jason's various resurrections since then, Tommy acquired a military-style Hummer and a variety of weaponry, determined to finally stop him once and for all. Trying to track down Jason to finish him once and for all, Tommy, on July 2, 2009, arrived late to the scene of Jason's latest victim - a girl named Caroline who was beheaded in her Franklin, Michigan home. Witnessing Caroline's boyfriend Ash Williams fleeing the scene as the police arrived, Tommy followed him to Baltimore, Maryland under the belief that Jason would do the same. Tommy's assumption proved correct, with Jason attacking the home of Maggie Burroughs when Ash arrived. As Jason prepared to kill everyone in the house Tommy crashed through the wall and rammed Jason with his Hummer, ordering everyone present to get in. When everyone gets inside Tommy revealed his identity and sped away from the scene as Jason recovered.
Taking his new companions to a nearby motel Tommy made the claim that only he can kill Jason and advised everyone to stay out of his way, prompting him and Ash to butt heads. After his argument with Ash was broken up, Tommy, unimpressed by Maggie's plan to use the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis to destroy Jason and Freddy Krueger, abandoned the group, telling everyone to leave Jason to him. In the end, Tommy decapitated Jason with the help of Jason's grand-niece, Stephanie Kimble.
- Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
- Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
- Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) (flashback;how he appeared in the 4th and 6th film, but not the 5th)
- Tommy is the only main character who appears in three movies and stays alive.
- Tommy is the first known male to survive Jason's rampage.
- Corey Feldman (the actor who portrayed young Tommy Jarvis) is known for his other films, including The Goonies, Pete in Gremlins, Edgar Frog in the Lost Boys trilogy and as the voice of Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.