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Steven Freeman first appears in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and is played by John D. LeMay. Adam Marcus, director of the film, had originally intended for the character to be Tommy Jarvis, but New Line Cinema at that time lacked the legal rights to Tommy's character after buying the franchise from Paramount Pictures and the creative team had to write a new character and name for the film instead.

Steven is Jessica Kimble's ex-boyfriend and the father of her baby Stephanie, with whom he has no contact. When Jessica's mother Diana is murdered by Jason Voorhees, Steven is blamed. In jail, he learns from bounty hunter Creighton Duke that Jason is attempting to be reborn through another Voorhees, and that Jessica and Stephanie are his only surviving blood relatives. Steven escapes from jail and tries to warn Jessica of the danger she and their daughter are in, but she does not believe his story. When Jason attacks Jessica in the body of her current boyfriend Robert Campbell, Steven guns him down and saves her. Steven and Jessica eventually travel to the Voorhees house to retrieve their baby from Duke, who reveals that Jessica is the only one capable of killing Jason permanently. When Jason is finally reborn through Diana's corpse, he and Steven engage in a fist fight until Jessica uses a mystical dagger to send Jason to Hell. Steven is almost dragged into Hell as well, but Jessica rescues him and the couple reconcile, walking off into the sunrise with their baby.

Steven reappears in the comic miniseries Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors. His wife Jessica is now deceased, and the now-teenage Stephanie is having nightmares about her great-uncle Jason Voorhees. Having spent thousands of dollars getting psychiatric help for his daughter, Steven (spelled Stephen in the comic) eventually takes her to Doctor Maggie Burroughs, who is forming a group of people who have survived Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. However, Steven becomes frustrated when Maggie reveals her plan to combine their strengths to stop the killers permanently. During his rant, Jason Voorhees bursts into the house and crushes his head as Stephanie looks on in horror.