Appearance[edit | edit source]
Tommy Jarvis is based entirely on his appearance in the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. He wears a blue sherpa denim jacket on top of a blue polo shirt, complete with brown boots, blue denim jeans, and is armed with a shotgun.
The Radio[edit | edit source]
While playing the game, a counselor might come across a radio which spawns in a random cabin; it's placed on top of a green desk/dresser. When you walk up to it, and hold down the associated button press, a random person who either escaped or died will be summoned into the game as Tommy Jarvis. If everyone is still alive, then the first person to die/escape will be brought back into the game as him. The only exception is if you're playing in a game with a total of four people (including Jason). At this point, two people must be dead and/or escaped successfully for Tommy to appear when called.
The cabin with the radio will have a large red & white radio antenna attached to it.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Tommy's stats are maxed out; he has almost no weaknesses, other than his fear not dropping very fast to counter the fact he isn't scared easily. He also comes pre-equipped with a shotgun, a full map, and a walkie-talkie.
Players who died (or escaped) normally have time to spectate what other players are doing, giving you oversight on what you should do first as Tommy upon re-entering the match. You might be able to learn from someone who died if they dropped something valuable on their corpse, such as car keys or a med spray. Since the game might've progressed a considerable amount of time, many of the cabins will be looted, so it's in your best interests to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible while there's a chance you could re-enter the match as Tommy.
Jason, on the flip side, will want Tommy dead for three main reasons: He's a tough character to deal with in the hands of experienced players, he's possibly equipped with information from other players to acquire something useful for the team, and he's the only one who can kill Jason if certain criteria are met.
Using Tommy Jarvis as a "second life" in the game is frowned upon by the community. Instead, you should be enacting the role of a hero; try to save as many counselors as you can, or even coordinate with the remaining counselors to kill Jason if the opportunity arises. Whichever of these scenarios you wish to pursue should be based on the circumstances upon arriving into the game.
Scenario 1: Save the Counselors[edit | edit source]
Sometimes, the requirements needed to kill Jason just aren't in your favor. Maybe all the female counselors in your coordinated group are dead (and therefore no one can use Pamela's sweater to distract Jason). Or perhaps too many counselors are dead, and Jason is just too powerful. Or you might not be working with a coordinated team at all, meaning it's difficult to set the kill up to begin with. In this case, saving counselors should be your priority.
Using the information you acquired in the dead/escaped player lobby, decide on whether you should be fixing objectives or distracting Jason long enough for other counselors to make the repairs. For instance, if you learned in the dead/escaped player lobby that someone dropped the fuse to fix the power for calling the police somewhere in the woods, you can use the information to relocate the corpse, acquire the fuse, then successfully call the police to put serious pressure on Jason. Another possibility involves taking control of a fixed car to draw Jason's attention, allowing a pair of counselors who were fixing a boat to speed away in secrecy while Jason continues to hunt you down. Alternatively, you can directly face Jason while other counselors make the repairs they need to escape, should a counselor who is skilled in repairing objectives still be alive.
Whatever the case, buy all remaining counselors the time they desperately need in order to escape. If you're lucky, you might even be able to escape alongside the last remaining counselors, or at least survive the full twenty minutes if you exhaust all options to escape via repaired objectives.
Scenario 2: Kill Jason[edit | edit source]
In the event a coordinated group you're working with decides to kill Jason, you should be looking to recruit counselors instead of helping them escape. The more counselors you have pitching in, the easier it'll be to take down Jason. Tommy is armed with a shotgun starting off; this can inflict a huge amount of damage on Jason in order to unmask him. Try to stay alive while getting your hands on either a machete or axe since you will need one of these weapons in order to finish Jason off. Having other counselors around you means more people who can arm themselves with stun weapons; this is especially helpful because the two weapons Tommy can use to kill Jason are both weak at stunning him.
Follow the guide for Killing Jason in order to complete this scenario. In the event something goes wrong, and this scenerio becomes impossible to fulfill as a result, switch back to your first option in order to do some damage control.
Movie Origin[edit | edit source]
Tommy Jarvis is one of the Friday the 13th series' most frequently recurring characters. He appeared in three films total, and was portrayed by three different actors.
He made his first appearance in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter as a young boy with an affinity for making his own masks and make-up effects. When Jason Voorhees brought his blood bath to the Jarvis cabin, Tommy was forced to protect both his older sister, Trish Jarvis, as well as himself. In an attempt to trick Jason, Tommy shaved his head to make himself appear as Jason when he was young. Distracted by Tommy's appearance, he picked up the machete that Trish dropped during the fight and slammed it into the side of the perpetrator's head; he fell to the ground, apparently dead from the machete splitting his head upon hitting the ground. While embracing Trish, Tommy notices Jason finger's slowly moving, and proceeded to go into a maniacal state by repeatedly hacking Jason up with the machete while screaming hysterically, ignoring Trish's desperate protests for him to stop. The film ends with Tommy visiting Trish at a hospital an unspecified time after killing Jason, being hugged by her while staring blank-faced.
In Friday the 13th: A New Beginning he resumes his role as the male protagonist, and is seen being transferred to another mental institution. Events lead to Jason somehow reappearing, murdering once more, until he is finally killed. This Jason ended up being a fake; a man named Roy Burns who was the father of a mental institution patient that was murdered by another patient, which triggered the father into a psychotic mental state. He assumed Jason's identity while beginning a mass murder spree of his own, presumably hoping to track down, and murder, the man who murdered his son. In the end, Tommy is shown wearing a hockey mask, raising a knife while attempting to murder his psychiatrist Pam, apparently suffering a mental breakdown of his own.
The third movie Tommy appears in (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) begins on a confusing note; fans believe the ending of the fifth movie was yet another nightmare sequence since there was one before that scene, and his mental state didn't break. As a result, he is once again the male protagonist, battling Jason until trapping him at the bottom of Crystal Lake by chaining him to a heavy boulder.
Throughout the series, Tommy Jarvis is the only male protagonist to fight Jason (and his copycat impersonator) while never dying, cementing him as Jason's nemesis. Jason holds a great deal of animosity towards Tommy; he even abandoned a potential victim (Megan Garris) in order to instead go after Tommy, doing so when hearing his jeering from a boat on Crystal Lake.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the game, Tommy is voiced by Thomas "Thom" Mathews, the same actor who protrayed Tommy Jarvis in the movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
- When he kills Jason in-game, the animation is similar to how he killed Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (he strikes Jason in the head with a machete, but in-game he does the same motion with an axe if armed with it instead).
- Although Tommy will spawn in random places, he is shown in an intro cutscene entering the area through a graveyard.
- This is a reference to the sixth movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. In that film, Tommy was shown in a graveyard during the beginning parts of the movie digging Jason's grave up in order to cremate his body, therefore ensuring Jason would never be able to rise again.
- In Tommy's entrance cutscene, he is shown with his shotgun's stock on his left shoulder with the trigger towards the ground, yet when in-game the shotgun's stock is on the right shoulder with the trigger towards the sky, essentially rotating it 90º clockwise.