In the horror culture, there are surprisingly only two memorable chainsaw-wielding badass nutjobs- Ash Williams of Evil Dead fame, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface. In this first entry of five, we're going to determine who the real cream of the crop is, pitting one icon against the other to see who comes out on top. Let's begin shall we?
Test 1: Cultural Popularity
It should come to nobody's surprise that Ash wins here. The Evil Dead franchise is wildly popular, having gained a massive worldwide cult following over the last 33 years. It's so popular overseas, that India even remade it as a Bollywood film.
Test 2: Affiliations
Leatherface is an evil, inbred killing machine, cutting down anyone who comes onto his family's property in order to use their bodies to make barbecue and chili.
Ash on the other hand is the king of all good guys. He's suave, always get's the lady (if she's not already turned into a rotting demon-possessed corpse), always wins in combat, and he's a bit of a dick. So who wins here? Well, if hanging around nobody but horror fanboys for the last 5 years has taught me anything, it's that fans love to root for the bad guy. That's why people like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees. and Michael Meyers are so popular, and Leatherface is no exception. He's been cutting up teenagers since 1973, in a career that's spanned seven films.
Test 3: Remake Counterparts
In the 2013 version of Evil Dead, Ash was actually split into two separate characters. The drug addict Mia, who is also based on the original Ash's sister cheryl, and David, Mia's brother.
David is incomparable to the original ash, dying in a fight with a deadite, something that I think is pretty safe to say would never happen to the classic Ash.
Mia on the other hand...
Mia gets possessed fairly early on in the story. However like Ash in Evil Dead 2, she overcomes her possession and goes on to fight THE DEVIL HIMSELF ( or herself, depending on how you look at it)- she even replaces her hand with a chainsaw like Ash in order to kill the abomination, effectively becoming a truly badass movie character.
The TCM remake continuity's Leatherface isn't really any different at all- He's the same, quiet, inbred, cannibal hillbilly he's always been. The only thing different about him is his real name, going from Jedediah "bubbah" Sawyer to Thomas Hewitt. There's really not a lot of creativity going on with Leatherface's remake counterpart, so this round goes to Ash.
The Overall Winner: Ash