|“||If the Necronomicon fell into the hands of the Deadites, all mankind will be consumed by this evil.||”|
A "Deadite" is a life-force, person, animal or plant possessed by a Kandarian Demon. They are described as evil demonic Zombie Hybrids and are the main antagonists of the Evil Dead Franchise. Their disembodied forms are rarely shown, notable examples being when the evil was put in the "world of the flesh". In some moments of the films, the camera acts as the "eyes" of one of these demons as it is chasing Ash and some of the other characters. Some of the people they have possessed are Ash and his girlfriend, Linda.
Due to referring themselves as "We" instead "I", and multiple victims are shown possessed at the same time, they are rather in large number and often controlled by the power of the Necronomicon or Kandarian Demon itself, where the control by Kandarian Demon via Hive Mind.
Hive-Mind and Origin
The person possessed by the Deadite is totally overwhelmed by the Kandarian Demon's main consciousness, with the resulting Deadite having access to all the host's memories and behaviour. By all means, Deadites are the Kandarian Demons, and the Kandarian Demons are them. Deadites are demons from "Hell", though it is unknown whether this is the Hell of scripture, or merely the Deadites referring to a similar place of torture. In Ash vs. Evil Dead, Deadites are like an efficient network, all connected to each other (see Cheryl and Linda; Ed and Henrietta), suggesting that both Deadite and Kandarian Demon are connected via hive-mind and supporting the fact that they are multiple in large but unknown numbers.
Appearance.The Human Deadites in their first and default stage display white eyes with no pupil, reverberated voice, abnormal facial features, sharpened teeth, altered hands, skin tone change (grey, yellow, rosey or white) and differently-colored blood and fluids (white, dark or light red, black or green). The main abilities of a Deadite include superhuman strength and stamina, levitation, invulnerability to knife cuts and minor gun shots that are not involved with the brain, they also have enhanced agility and speed, this is shown when they leap across rooms, climb trees and disappear from sight, it is best shown when a deadite saw a human in slow motion. Over time, they can morph their overall body structure, or even grow extra limbs from the inside of their bodies. The most dramatic change they can sustain is the conversion into a bat-winged brownish creature which barely resembles the possessed host's former human form anymore.
Powers and Abilities
Deadites possess many supernatural abilities that make them extremely dangerous to anyone not familiar or prepared for them.
- Enhanced Strength: Deadites possess several times the strength of ordinary humans which can be notoriously inconsistent. They have usually shown to be able to tear apart humans, crush their skulls, rip out their spines, smash through their bodies, punch through wooden walls, bust through doors, toss people dozens of meters and throw them through walls. Despite this, there have been times where a human can grapple them and hold them off, examples being Ash when fighting one of the Pit Deadites, and Kelly when holding off the possessed Vivian.
- Super Speed: Deadites can be very fast and can outrun humans, disappear from sight and climb trees rapidly.
- Superhuman Durability: Deadites can survive extensive damage to their bodies (see Henrietta, ED2 Linda and Cheryl Williams). If trapped or blocked, they can immerse themselves in an apparent sleep condition and awake inconvenient times (see Henrietta). The host's body deteriorates alarmingly fast, sometimes as little as a few hours resulting in visible bone and flesh. Deadites have never been shown to starve or dehydrate, however, because most deadites are actually dead, either from possessing a corpse or its host having been severely damaged, they do not require food or water though they are capable of consuming it to they need to further their human disguise in front of those who are skeptical such as when Kelly's mother dined with Ash.
- Dexterity: Deadites are shown to run or crawl on ceilings and walls like insects.
- Inherent memories: The Deadites have complete recollection of the lives of their hosts, their memories, their emotions, and their relationships.
- Illusion: Deadites can also create hallucinations that change their aspect in order to deceive people, but the effect lasts just a few minutes.
- Shapeshifting: Deadites can change their appearance to a limited degree and as noted above, older deadites may evolve further to grow wings and other more demonic features.
- Luring: Perhaps Deadites' deadliest skill, especially to those who encounter deadites for the first time. They switch back and forth their appearance, combining inherent memories they are able to temporarily appear as fully human again to communicate with those not possessed. Through this trickery, the Deadites provoke an irrational and emotional response in their unsuspecting captors or would-be killers to allow them an opportunity either for escape or to catch them off guard and counterattack.
Possession is vastly achieved with a direct interface and "fusion" with the incorporeal essence of the Kandarian Demon where it starts off possessing someone before summoning it's disembodied minions to possess other potential victims, turning them into Human Deadites.
Another instance of possession is through being hit or violently touched by the possessed. The possessed would create a link between other Deadites and the touched host causing possession. In a slow process similar to a biological viral infection, the essence gradually increases within the organism, until the point the new Deadite release himself (the "Rotting": black ramifications can be seen on the skin a few seconds before the definitive conversion).
Severed limbs or heads of Deadites can only transmit a limited amount of Kandarian Demon's essence, but not enough to enable possession of an entire organism but at least part of it (see Ash's hand). Ash is one of the few to be resistant to the latter possession mode, though in Ash's case, sunlight managed to drive the possessing spirit out the first time and Linda's necklace allowed to force it out himself the second time. Body parts bitten by Deadites can cause partial possession limited to the infected body part, turning the bitten body part to act against and turn on its original host. Additionally possessed body part is supernaturally connected to the deadite who caused the biting: while this ability certainly can be advantageous as the biter deadite is able to remote control the possessed limb, it can also work against them, for when the possessed limb gets damaged so does the possessor.
When a human becomes a Deadite they have no control over their physical body. Their souls are allegedly taken to "Hell" and tortured, although this might just be the demons' threat to scare those not possessed. In the films, only two people that become a deadite were ever released or returned to normal, the most notable being Ash or Mia from the remake.
The human soul inside the Deadite, while being painfully consumed and dissipated over time, can sometimes emerge and try to stop the Deadite, but only people of great will and perseverance can accomplish this.
In general, Deadites have a comedic but sadistic side and they are a type of very dark hearted beings for such liking of this zombie/demon with angry and childish mood. They enjoy self-mutilation, swearing, and relishing the fear of their prey. But they are neither stupid or clumsy, as each of them have their mind connected within a hive mind (with Kandarian Demon whom lead them). They are also known for speaking "Engrish" (the grammatically incorrect English) at times.
As the series progresses, they developed a strong hatred against Ash Williams, the very man whom capable to endure their torments because he was the Chosen One and therefore, the biggest threat to their existence and their master's goal. Though they responsible for terrorizing Ash into the brink of insanity, it was ironic that the said madness has developed Ash into the more formidable adversary for them (continuous battle against Ash made the latter became more talented with his signature shotgun Boomstick as well as skillful with his trademark chainsaw where attempts to kill Ash eventually became more difficult). It's also appeared that they are also so arrogant that they sometimes underestimate their foes, which in turn leads them into trouble because their enemies have become a formidable adversary for them.
If they are confronted with enemies whom armed themselves with Kandarian Dagger, they were less brave against them because the Kandarian Dagger can kill them and burn them upon contact with the blade. They are also obsessed in securing the Necronomicon-Ex Mortis, as the said grimoire is the only thing that can summon and control/enslave them.
Killing a Deadite is a difficult task. The rules are identical for each manifestation of both Kandarian Demon and Deadite spirits coming from the conjuring rite in the Book of the Dead. The Deadite must be dismembered completely. Decapitation is not sufficient because their limbs can continue to be animated. Multiple and high caliber gun shots can stop the Deadite for a limited amount of time, or even kill it completely if the head is destroyed. In most cases, dismemberment is often necessary to finish off the Deadite so that the limbs have no host. The vulnerability of the head suggests that the Deadite relies on a few neural functions, though they can still survive with hardly any brain at all. It is unknown whether killing a Deadite in a host permanently kills the actual demon.
Another way to kill deadites is that stab them with the Kandarian Dagger.
Even in Evil Dead (2013), the Deadite, which in the movie also called Taker of Souls aka Shaitan, even display abnormal behavior by inflicting terrible bodily damage to itself before even beginning attacking others. It is unknown if it does this as a scare tactic or simply because they enjoy the pain. Oddly enough, after being a Deadite for several hours, suffering various injuries (mostly self-inflicted) including forking her tongue with a box-cutter and being buried alive, Mia was completely unharmed after being released from her possesion. This may imply that while possessing a human any harm on the body is inflicted on the demon rather than the possesed.
- Cheryl Williams - most dangerous deadite in the first film and a main antagonist in sixth episode of the second series of Ash vs. Evil Dead.
- Scotty - second most dangerous deadite in the first film.
- Linda - less dangerous deadite in the first film / most dangerous deadite in the second film.
- Henrietta Knowby - second most dangerous deadite in the second film and a main antagonist in the last two episodes of season two of Ash vs. Evil Dead.
- Ed Getley - less dangerous deadite in the second film.
- Evil Ash - most dangerous deadite in the third film.
- Evil Ash II - main antagonist of penultimate episode of season one of Ash vs. Evil Dead.
- Shelly Finkelstein - From the Friday the 13th series, but a deadite only in the comics and not in the film or novel
- Jimmy - From the Friday the 13th series, but a deadite only in the comics and not in the film
- Eddie - From the Friday the 13th series, but a deadite only in the comics and not in the film
- Jack - From the Friday the 13th series, but a deadite only in the comic and not in the novel or film
- Abomination - most dangerous deadite in the remake.
- Eric - second most dangerous deadite in the remake.