Ash fights a Dark One (cover for Army of Darkness vs. Re-Animator #1).

The Dark Ones (also called "The Old Ones, The Great Ones, The Great Old Ones etc.) are a race of godlike beings, famous ones being Yog-Sothoth, or the dread Cthulhu. They are the beings who haunted the mad Arab, "Abdul Alazhred" (also known as "Abdul Alzeez") and are the masters of the Deadites. The Old Ones were cast to the Mirror Dimension long ago by the first Chosen One, as were the Deadites.

Physical AppearancesEdit

Little is known of the appearance of the Dark Ones except for the possible illustrations located in the Necronomicon. The illustrations depict beings of vast size and power, though it is likely that the true image of the Dark Ones is unfathomable to humans, and actually seeing one would drive them mad.

When introduced in episode 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead, Dark Ones are depicted as “neither demon nor fully human” who appeared to be humanoid entities dressed in dark hooded cloaks that completely conceal their appearance. This is to conceal the fact that they indeed can pass for completely human, and the fact that one of them, under alias of Ruby Knowby, can also shapeshift into a human form as alternate method.


The Dark Ones can only be recalled from the Mirror Dimension through the proper incantations located in the Necronomicon. The Dark Ones seem to be more permanently imprisoned than their servants the Deadites, for it is difficult to recall them from their confinement. It is likely that the Chosen One is the only one capable of destroying the Old Ones.

Connections to the Evil Dead series Edit

Comics Edit

Army of Darkness Comics Edit

While locked up in Arkham Asylum, Ash Williams encountered The Dark Ones when they were summoned by the mentor of Herbert West, Whateley, and began to emerge from an open portal. Before any of the Dark Ones escaped, Ash destroyed The Necronomicon that had opened the portal and it closed, causing Arkham to collapse on itself.

Evil Dead 2 Comics Edit

When Annie Knowby and a copy of Ash were sucked into the Mirror Dimension, they met a man named Regardie, who has been trapped there since the turn of the 20th century. When Regardie first arrived, his soul was taken by a Dark One, trapping him in the dimension forever.

Video Games Edit

The Dark Ones are mentioned by Ash as the supposed writers of the Necronomicon in Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick.

Television Edit

At the end of season one of Ash vs. Evil Dead, Ruby Knowby is revealed to be one of The Dark Ones, specifically the one who wrote the Necronomicon, and she needs The Chosen One to give her the Necronomicon so she can "Godfather" all of the world's evil. At first, Ash refuses to give her the book, but to save the lives of his friends (and to live peacefully in Jacksonville, Florida), he gives her the book and the trapped evil is released on the Earth.