!''Film/{{Gremlins}}''

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[[folder:Humans]]
!!Billy Peltzer
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->Played by: '''Zach Galligan'''

TheHero of the films, a young cartoonist who works in Kinston Falls' bank. Receiving Gizmo as a pet from his dad, Billy quickly learns to appreciate the SchmuckBait for caring for him. Things quickly go topsy turvy as the Gremlins rampage through the town with Billy being the only person dealing with the chaos. In the sequel, he works at Daniel Clamp's business tower in New York as a concept artist.

* GenreSavvy: By the second movie
* TheHero
* MyCarHatesMe
* OffWithHisHead: Billy saves his mother from a Gremlin by lopping its head off with an ornamental sword.
* OhCrap: When Stripe leads into a swimming pool and the giant Gremlin army is created.
* OnlySaneMan: Particularly in the second film.
* SchmuckBait: Billy follows the three rules of caring for Gizmo to the letter. They are all broken sooner or later.
* StarvingArtist
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: In a parody of ''Marathon Man''.
* TookALevelInBadass
* YouAreNotReady: Averted in Billy's case, as Mr. Wing proclaims Billy may one day be ready to handle a Mogwai.

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!!Kate Beringer
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->Played by: '''Phoebe Cates'''

Billy's love interest. She works at the bank with Billy, but also part-time at a bar which is invaded by the Gremlins for a wild night out. In the sequel, she is living with Billy and works as a tour guide in Daniel Clamp's business tower.

* TheChick
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Hates Christmas, [[spoiler: due to her father's death during an attempt to come down a chimney dressed as Santa.]]
** Mentions an incident in the second film where she was flashed by a man resembling Abraham Lincoln.
* GirlNextDoor
* GroinKick: Attacks a flashing Gremlin in the second film, perhaps as a TakeThat to a similar incident in the first film, and to her dark past.
* LoveInterest
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs

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!!Randall "Rand" Peltzer
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->Played by: '''Hoyt Haxton'''

Billy's father. An intelligent, yet BunglingInventor. He makes good gadgets but they usually break down a week or two after he finishes them. He buys Gizmo as a pet for Billy.

* BunglingInventor
* NiceGuy
* OutOfFocus: Introduced as a major character but then takes a backseat as he heads out of town to attend an inventor's fair, but returns at the end of the film to see Stripe's death.
* SchmuckBait
* TheSmartGuy
* YouAreNotReady

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!!Lynn Peltzer
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->Played by: '''Frances Lee [=McCain=]'''

Billy's mother and Randall's wife. While usually a kind housewife, Lynn goes badass when she realises the Gremlins are loose in house and manages to kill three of them when they invade her kitchen.

* ActionMom
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't mess with her kitchen. Three Gremlins learn this the hard way as they each experience violent deaths - one is chopped up in the blender, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice the second is stabbed to death]], and the third is [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath blown up in the microwave!]]
* KnifeNut

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!!Mr. Wing
A mysterious AsianStoreOwner who is the owner of Gizmo. Likely from experience, he believes Mogwai must be carefully looked after and that the western world is not ready for such a responsibility.
* AsianStoreOwner
* GrumpyOldMan: He is furious when he confronts Rand at the end of the first film, but makes peace with him upon leaving and accepts a unique ashtray from Rand as a parting gift.
* MentorArchetype
* [[spoiler:PosthumousCharacter[=/=]SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: In the sequel]]
* YouAreNotReady
* YouNoTakeCandle: His English starts off bad but it becomes good by the end of the film.

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!!Murray Futterman
Billy's neighbour, Murray Futterman often is seen GripingAboutGremlins and is very proud of his snowplough. He and his wife are attacked by Gremlins when they steal his snowplough. they reappear in ''Gremlins 2'' as New York tourists.
* AscendedExtra
* BadassGrandpa
* BadassNormal
* CassandraTruth[=/=]TheCuckoolanderWasRight: He often [[GripingAboutGremlins griped about Gremlins]] and no one believed him seeing him as some drunken loon, however he was totally right.
* CrankyNeighbor
* GripingAboutGremlins
* TookALevelInBadass: Was just another victim of the Gremlins' ComedicSociopathy in the first film. In the second he is pivotal in stopping the invasion and even takes out a few of them single handedly.

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!!Mrs. Ruby Deagle
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->Played by: '''Polly Holliday'''

Before the Gremlins rip apart Kingston Falls, Mrs. Deagle ruled the roost. A wicked old devil woman, Mrs. Deagle is a RichBitch willing to bring misery to everyone in town as long as she gets [[MoneyDearBoy her money.]] She particularly has a grudge against the Peltzers.

* [[spoiler: AssholeVictim: To the point she even thought they were demons finally come to take her away.]]
* CrazyCatLady: Mrs. Deagle's cats are named after different kinds of currency.
* KickTheDog: She loves tormenting the townsfolk. The first thing we see her doing in the movie is threatening to take Billy's dog and throwing him into her clothes dryer for [[DisproportionateRetribution breaking her snowman decoration]].
* ManipulativeBitch
* RichBitch
* SuperWindowJump: [[spoiler: Mrs. Deagle meets her well-deserved end when a Gremlin breaks her stair lift, causing it to rocket up the stairs and send Mrs. Deagle flying out of a window to her death.]]

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!!Kingston Falls Citizens
* [[spoiler: BlackGuyDiesFirst: Mr. Hanson]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Pete.
* CoolTeacher: Mr. Hanson, Billy's science teacher who is given the Gremlin named Earl to study.
* PoliceAreUseless

!!Daniel Clamp
An eccentric corporate manager who works in New York. He runs a completely automatically-powered skyscraper, hates black and white films, and wants to make the world a better place through good-intentioned projects.
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CloudCuckooLander
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Subverted. Early on, Clamp is portrayed as being this from the views of other characters but when he shows up he turns out to be a nice, easygoing guy who is easily inspired and quickly befriends most of the people he meets.
* CrazyPrepared: Clamp has a video ready to play on his cable network in case the end of the world comes, inspired by a video Joe Dante found whilst visiting Creator/{{CNN}}.
* EccentricMillionaire
* NiceGuy: A rich nutcase, yes; but a rich nutcase who wants to make the world a kinder and gentler place.
* NiceToTheWaiter: He's polite and respectful to everyone he meets.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A mixture of Donald Trump and Ted Turner.
* SpoiledSweet: Rare adult example.
* TookALevelInBadass: He is the first to charge in the building guns blazing prepared to fight the Gremlins. Unfortunately, he and the rest of TheCavalryArrivesLate. The thought counts though.
** Granted his first meeting with a Gremlin ended with him stuffing it down a paper shredder.

!!Frank Forster
Daniel Clamp's assitant.
* AllThereInTheManual: His first name is given in the novelization by David Bischoff.
* BadBoss
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: He's more of this trope than Clamp.
* {{Jerkass}}

!!Marla Bloodstone
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLoad: When Billy is assigning tasks for his companions to take out the Gremlins, he simply tells Marla to smoke.
* {{Meganekko}}: Though [[TheGlassesGottaGo her glasses were gone]] by the end of the film.

!!Grandpa Fred
* CoolOldGuy
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Inspired by Al Lewis of ''Series/TheMunsters'' fame.

!!Mr. Katsuji
* JapaneseTourist

!!Dr. Cushing Catheter
* AllThereInTheManual: His first name is given in the novelization by David Bischoff. That said, his name tag in the film reads "''K''. Catheter."
* MadScientist
* ShoutOut: His first name is ''definitely'' Bischoff's shout out to Christopher Lee's old acting buddy Peter Cushing.
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[[folder:Mogwai and Gremlins]]
!!Gizmo
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A RidiculouslyCuteCritter, Gizmo is a friendly Mogwai who Rand buys from Mr. Wing (or his nephew) to give to Billy as a pet. Completely good and friendly, Gizmo is accidentally made wet and spawns a batch of Gremlins leading to the chaos around Kingston Falls.

* BadassAdorable
* BreakoutCharacter
* ButtMonkey
* CatchPhrase: "Bright light" in the first movie.
* CuteButCacophonic: When he screams.
* TheDogBitesBack: Gizmo gets fed up of Mohawk's abuse in the second film, and goes {{Rambo}} on his enemy.
* ExplosiveBreeder: He hates breeding other Mogwai.
* KillerRabbit
* TheLancer: To Billy.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Gizmo sings a lovely melody that has become the film's theme.
* OhCrap: Happens in both films when Gizmo gets wet.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Mogwai:]] In comparison to the other Mogwai like Stripe, that's saying alot.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* TokenGoodTeammate: The most humble of the Mogwaii.
* TookALevelInBadass: In the sequel, when he decides to go Rambo on Mohawk.
* WeakenedByTheLight

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!!Stripe / Mohawk
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Defacto leader of the Gremlins, Stripe is a sadistic, maniacal monster who enjoys carnage and torturing Gizmo. He is killed thanks to Gizmo, but comes BackFromTheDead in ''Gremlins 2'' as Mohawk, and [[spoiler: downs a chemical that turns him into a half Gremlin, half spider monster, but is killed by Gizmo for the last time.]] Voiced by Creator/FrankWelker.

* AlwaysChaoticEvil
* AxCrazy
* BackFromTheDead
* BigBad: Stripe was this. Mohawk is more a lone wolf, though still the most sadistic and evil of the Gremlins and one of the most prominent and dangerous.
** DiscOneFinalBoss: Brain Gremlin takes the position of BigBad in the sequel while Mohawk becomes this.
* CatchPhrase: Gizmo, ca-ca!
* {{Determinator}}: Stripe is a resilient bastard in the first film, taking every measure to keep his species alive and rampant. This is diminished for Mohawk however, to the point he plays no part in their spawning whatsoever.
* EightiesHair: A tuft of white hair in the first film, and a mohawk in the second, hence his names.
* EvilCounterpart: To Gizmo.
* EvilLaugh
* ExplosiveBreeder
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: In both films.
* ForTheEvulz
* GeneticMemory: Clearly remembers Gizmo when he comes back from the grave.
* [[spoiler: GiantSpider]]
* [[spoiler: ImMelting: The most horrific case of this in the first film.]]
* [[spoiler: HybridMonster]]
* KickTheDog: Oh, and he enjoys doing this to Gizmo and Billy.
* KnightOfCerebus: ComedicSociopathy towards Gizmo aside, he is the most genuinely sinister and menacing of the Gremlin batch. While a demoted villain in the second film, he is still far more intimidating than the LaughablyEvil BigBad Brain (even his Mogwai form looks the part).
* [[spoiler: KillItWithFire / YouHaveToBurnTheWeb]]
* LaughingMad
* MetamorphosisMonster: Him and the rest of the Gremlins.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: His white tuft of hair in the first fim distinguishes him from the other gremlins.In the sequel,as a mogwai,he has his tuft of hair,black spots on his fur and sharp teeth.As a gremlin,he has a lionfish-like fin across his back,a wattle and his skin and overall appeareance are much more scaly and reptilian.
* OutOfFocus: Becomes this in the second film, which shows brief intercuts of him torturing Gizmo and then randomly runs off to shoot at Billy.
* OneWingedAngel: Twice:First,his transformation from Mogwai to Gremlin in both films and his [[spoiler: mutant spider-hybrid form]]
* SpikesofVillainy: As Mohawk.
* [[spoiler:[[SpiderPeople SpiderGremlin]]]]
* TheSociopath
* TransformationTrauma: Stripe spawning more Gremlins whilst dying in the first film is pretty grose.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow
* VillainDecay: Stripe was truly evil and fiendish,and wanted to take over the whole town of Kingston Falls with his gremlin army.He was also much more intelligent.Mohawk,on the other hand,while much more fiendish and wicked when it comes to torture Gizmo, is not as intelligent as his original self and is more focused on creating chaos and havoc on his own, acting as a lone wolf and leaving his brethren to take over the spawning and invasion.
* WeakenedByTheLight

!!Brain Gremlin
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A brown Gremlin who was merely part of the horde,he drank a brain hormones serum which greatly increased his intelligence and made him able to talk,thus making him the new leader,and the new BigBad and TrueFinalBoss of the second movie.

* AffablyEvil: He's quite polite, charming and well-spoken -- his goal is to make the Gremlins civilized. He's still a malicious creature who finds murder and street crime hilarious.
* BigBad: Of the second movie.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Seriously believes the only difference between Broadway musicals and street crime is that the latter can be watched for free.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He answers that civilization is the answer, explaining that the gremlins are vicious monsters that are primitive and violent because they're not civilized, and shows an example of a gremlin who is annoying and acts crazy next to him, which he later kills with a gun.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: See MookPromotion below.
* ItAmusedMe: Like most Gremlins who are not Stripe / Mohawk, he is more amoral and michevious than sadistic and while he thinks shooting another Gremlin is "darn good fun", he doesn't think there is anything ''wrong'' with it (other than it being "uncivilised").
* MookPromotion: Started off as a nameless Gremlin then got a chemical and replaced Mohawk as the BigBad.
* [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses Smart Gremlins Wear Glasses]]: After he drinks the brain hormone and goes through his convulsions, a pair of glasses inexplicably appear on his face.
* WickedCultured
* TrueFinalBoss

!!Daffy
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A light green Gremlin that is extremely hyperactive in the manner of the older versions of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck.

* AllThereInTheScript: His name is revealed in official merchandise.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=][[ScrewySquirrel Screwy Gremlin]]: He's definitely crazier than the average Gremlin.
* DepravedDentist: Assumes the role of one when he straps Billy in a parody of ''Marathon Man''.
* ExplosiveBreeder: When he gets wet in the cooking show set, he provides the template for the lighter green colored Gremlins in the second movie.
* LaughingMad: Even by his species' standard.
* NonMammalianHair: When he becomes a Gremlin, he has a few yellow strands of hair.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: He,George and Lenny are much more cartoony than the other gremlins.
* PinballProjectile: When he pops out of Gizmo as a Mogwai, he bounces around like a pinball unlike the others.
* ShoutOut: He is named and based off the earlier ScrewySquirrel versions of Daffy Duck.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Apart from some FreezeFrameBonus scenes with him in the background with the other Gremlins in the latter part of the movie, it isn't shown if he died via electrocution along with the other Gremlins. A deleted scene however shows that he indeed died along with the rest.

!!George
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A extremely grouchy-looking Gremlin that is often accompanied with his fellow Gremlin Lenny.

* AllThereInTheScript: His name is revealed in official merchandise.
* CigarChomper: When he becomes a Gremlin, he is often seen smoking a cigar.
* ExplosiveBreeder: When he gets wet in the cooking show set, he provides the template for the darker green colored Gremlins in the second movie.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: He,Daffy and Lenny are much more cartoony than the other gremlins.
* TheStoic: He is not as crazy as the other Gremlins.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Gremlin]]: When grouped together with Daffy and Lenny, he is the only sane one among the three.
* ShoutOut: His face is modeled after Edward G. Robinson. His name and behavior are a reference to George from OfMiceAndMen.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Gremlins]]: With Lenny.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Apart from some FreezeFrameBonus scenes with him in the background with the other Gremlins in the latter part of the movie, it isn't shown if he died via electrocution along with the other Gremlins. A deleted scene however shows that he indeed died along with the rest.

!!Lenny
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A buck-toothed Gremlin that is often accompanied with his fellow Gremlin George.

* AllThereInTheScript: His name is revealed in official merchandise.
* TheDitz: He is noticeably dumber and goofier than the other Gremlins.
* ExplosiveBreeder: When he gets wet in the cooking show set, he provides the template for the brown colored Gremlins in the second movie.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: He,George and Daffy are much more cartoony than the other gremlins.
* FangsAreEvil: Averted. He has two prominent buck-teeth instead of fangs like the other Gremlins.
* ShoutOut: His name and behavior are a reference to Lenny from OfMiceAndMen.His voice,buckteeth and laugh are also references to Goofy
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Gremlins]]: With George.
* TooDumbToLive
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Apart from some FreezeFrameBonus scenes with him in the background with the other Gremlins in the latter part of the movie, it isn't shown if he died via electrocution along with the other Gremlins. A deleted scene however shows that he indeed died along with the rest.

!! Greta
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A Gremlin who drank a serum that changed her gender and turned her female.She is the [[spoiler:only surviving gremlin after all of them were killed in the climax.]]

* AnimalGenderBender: After taking a chemical, he became female.
* CoveredInKisses: Does this to Forster.Twice
* CuteMonsterGirl
* InterspeciesRomance: Is madly in love with Forster.[[spoiler:she gets to marry him at the end]]
* LastOfHerKind: She is the only surviving gremlin after all the other ones were wiped out.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Being the only female,most gremlins try to hit on her,but she seems to be only interested in Forster.
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