"Sure, I could have stayed in the past. Could have
even been King. But, in my own way, I am King. Hail to the King, baby!" - Ash Williams
Ash Williams is the protagonist of the original Evil Dead series of movies, most famously Army of Darkness. He is one of the poker players in Poker Night 2.
Bringing both boomstick and badassery to the table, Ash is the star of the original Evil Dead films, the most well known of which is the cult classic movie Army of Darkness.
He's also a video game veteran, as his first video game appearance was The Evil Dead for Commodore 64 in 1984. This was followed decades later by Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick, Evil Dead: Regeneration, Army of Darkness Defense, and Evil Dead: The Game.
Ash is a housewares clerk at S-Mart and ordinary modern-day hero… or about as ordinary as you can get with a robotic arm (chainsaw attachment optional).
The Team Fortress 2 unlock for Ash's Evil Ash's crown. Once unlocked, it can be used by Pyro.
The Borderlands 2 unlock for Ash is Evil Ash's head. Once unlocked, it can be used by a Commando.
Deploying the Army of Darkness table effect changes the Inventory to resemble the 14th-century setting as seen in Army of Darkness, specifically the forest with a windmill where Ash first meets Evil Ash, as well as putting Evil Ash's crown on Ash. Additional conversations relating to Ash occasionally appear, and players that are knocked out get sucked into a flying Necronomicon due to Max's reckless tampering, inspired by a scene in the movie where Ash had to deal with two fake Necronomicons with similar abilities. Winning the tournament triggers a scene inspired by the original deleted ending of Army of Darkness .
- "You should know, a Williams never bluffs... except when we do."
Ash is a very aggressive player and likes to bluff on weak hands, frequently raising and going all in, especially even before the flop is revealed. Because of this, some will probably easily find Ash the most irritating poker player to compete against, most notably if you have a particularly bad pair of hole cards yourself to begin with. He will usually only fold if he has a very bad hand, making him an easy opponent and often the first to be eliminated. He tends to check only when the flop has ruined his hand and can be forced to fold with a medium or large bet. He is very rarely the last to check.
Neither Ash nor Brock like backing down. If they get into a betting war, fold and let them have it out. The odds are good that someone will be leaving the table when the hand's over. This is unless you are completely confident with your own hand; with luck, you could eliminate both Brock and Ash at once.
However, Ash's poker strategies have a tendency to be quite inconsistent and he will be very unpredictable: in one hand/tournament, he will be overtly aggressive and reckless whereas in another hand/tournament, he will be perhaps overtly cautious. Hence, he'll probably be the hardest poker player to read; when he bets aggressively right after the flop is revealed, he will indeed be hard to read. In his case, it's all or nothing: he will either have a good hand or he's bluffing.
When he has a mediocre hand/pair of hole cards, he will be cautious with them. Knowing him though, if he has a weak flop, he may occasionally bluff. However, when he has a good hand, he will take full advantage of it and his methods of doing that may vary considerably. He will bet aggressively as soon as he sees - what he views as - a good hand on the flop that isn't too coherent to his other opponents; on the other hand, as the common strategy goes, he will check-raise; when an opponent bets a small amount (either as a bluff or a playing-safe bet), he will intervene with a big raise. He will also be as extremely pushy as Brock most of the time; even with a large amount of money he has, when he sees the flop, he will sometimes immediately go all-in, though on a mere one pair hand (the highest one pair hand he can find). Consider folding unless you are absolutely certain/confident that you still want to play your hand or if you are good at bluffing back at him. Advisably, Ash is much more cautious in Omaha Hold 'Em, though he may occasionally bluff.
The screencap describing tells has a photo of Ash biting on his finger.
If Ash brings both hands to his head and leans back and then bangs his fists on the table in frustration, he does not have a good hand. Even so though, he will still occasionally bluff his way to making a large bet right afterwards. If he does, try raising and he may be forced to fold. It sometimes/often works.
Ash claims that, from the severe beatings he has received, the muscles in his face no longer work and "twitch for no reason at all", so he doesn't have a tell (this is an obvious half-truth, as he does have tells, but almost none of them are related to any facial expressions, instead being mainly hand-related, proving that his facial muscles are indeed affected by the many beatings he has received). He also claims that drinking doesn't effect his playing ability.
If Ash wiggles the fingers on his right hand, he's very uncertain.
If Ash looks to the right nervously, he could be bluffing.
If Ash clenches his fist and grimaces, then he has a bad hand.
If Ash taps his teeth with his finger in thought, he probably has a good hand.
- Brock Samson: Has a unique relationship with Ash in that they are actually (very distantly) related by blood. When transported back into the 14th century in Army of Darkness, Ash accidentally impregnated a woman who became one of Brock Samson's ancestors. Both Ash and Brock are shocked to learn this. Speaking about their relationship, though, they seem to get along most of the time and have a very loose sense of camaraderie, although Brock looks at him with a sense of superiority, considering Ash to be still a "boy", but with lots of potential to become a "man" someday. Ash's detailed view of Brock isn't known, though.
- Claptrap: Ash nicknames Claptrap "Juicebox" and "Toaster" (as should be expected from a character like Ash, who is generally competitive and playful with others), but doesn't seem particularly hostile towards the robot, since Claptrap seems to annoy him the least. However, he does seem to be at least interested (showing very little to no annoyance, just genuine interest) once Claptrap's sound card malfunctions. He doesn't hesitate to punch him if instructed by GLADoS, implying he is mostly indifferent to the robot or even enjoys occasionally slamming it.
- Sam: Ash nicknames Sam "Clifford" and "Marmaduke" after the famous novel and comic book dogs. He seems to think Sam is weird, being a giant talking dog, but has considerable respect for Sam and Max's longevity, their 25-year relationship, and the amount of enemies the two have overcome together. He also tells Sam it's not so bad to be a comic book character, alluding to his long career of appearing in crossover comics.
- GLaDoS: Like the other players (minus Claptrap), Ash is highly distrustful of GLaDOS and is very defensive towards her, being easily annoyed by her sarcasm and negativity. Likewise, GLaDOS sometimes calls Ash "Ashley" when talking about his finishing hand.
- Max: Ash has considerable respect for Max and Sam's career and is otherwise "okay" with the lagomorph. However, Ash also displays a few moments of apprehension and even downright concern when Max' insanity acts up, usually in his theme eliminations.
- Ash Williams was played in the Evil Dead films by Bruce Campbell. In Poker Night 2, Ash is voiced by Danny Webber.
- There is a dialogue in which Sam talks about a time when people called him “Sam Axe” because he was using an axe. Ash will scoff at the name, saying it’s ridiculous. This is a jab at Bruce Campbell’s character Sam Axe in the TV show Burn Notice.
- Ash will sometimes make a pun about having a "bad hand". This is a reference to Evil Dead 2, where Ash is forced to sever his right hand due to demonic possession.
- According to one of the Location Specific Dialogues which occur when the Inventory has the Army of Darkness theme enabled, Ash and Brock are very distantly related (Ash is technically one of Brock's 14th century ancestors due to time travel).
- In a dialogue with Ash Claptrap will talk of how Ash took on the Nightmare King and the Immortal Hockey Mask Killer, referring to his battles against Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in the Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash comic miniseries and its sequel.
- This could mean that he is the same Ash from Earth-818793.
- In the middle of a tournament, Ash will sometimes remark, "What would Chuck Finley do?". This is a reference to Bruce Campbell's role in the television show Burn Notice, in which his character (Sam Axe) uses the name Chuck Finley as a common alias.
- By the time of Poker Night 2, Ash has settled into a relationship with a woman named Wendy. In one Continuing Stories' Dialogue, he reveals he's planning on proposing to her in the hopes of settling down to live a normal life free from demons, deadites, and so on. Unfortunately for Ash, Wendy turned out to be a holy book, the Nocimonorcen, hiding as a human and being near Ash because of his reputation as a studly demon-killing guy.
- When given a drink by Moxxi, the drink appears to be in the same metal cup that Ash crushed upon getting his new metal hand in Army of Darkness.