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->''"A box of little toys has just become a gang of little terrors. This is not child's play..."''
-->-- Tagline

''Puppet Master'' is a low-budget, [[DirectToVideo direct-to-video]] horror film produced by Charles Band in 1989 by Empire Pictures, but released through Band's then-new company [[Creator/FullMoonFeatures Full Moon Entertainment]] (with distribution by Creator/{{Paramount}}). It is considered a CultClassic and the company's breakout film, as eight sequels were made.

The series mostly revolves around a group of puppets created by Andre Toulon. Andre found a [[AWizardDidIt secret Egyptian spell]] back in the 1930s which can bring things back to life. He used it on his puppets and sure enough, they were now alive. Nazis discover the spell and trail Andre all the way to America where he successfully hid the puppets and killed himself. When the puppets are finally released, they'll obey a certain person under their command [[BerserkButton unless their new master takes things too far]].

Needless to say, the series is [[NarmCharm campy, yet charming]] to most viewers and fan support has eventually led the first and latest films to be released on Blu-Ray in June 2010.

It was followed by [[CashCowFranchise a series of sequels and a crossover]]:
* ''Puppet Master II'' (1991)
* ''Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge'' (1991)
* ''Puppet Master 4''(1993)
* ''Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter'' (1994)
* ''Puppet Master 6: Curse of the Puppet Master'' (1998)
* ''Puppet Master 7: Retro Puppet Master'' (1999)
* ''Puppet Master 8: The Legacy'' (2003)
* ''The Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys''(2004, crossover movie with Demonic Toys)
* ''Puppet Master 9: Axis of Evil'' (2010)
* ''Puppet Master X: Axis Rising'' (2012)
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!!This film series provides examples of:

* TheAgeless: Applies to both the puppets and any human the spell is cast upon.
* AnatomyArsenal: A good number of the puppets.
* AntiHero (type IV): Andre Toulon in part III, who uses his puppets to take bloody revenge on the Nazis
* AssholeVictim: The "IndianaJones" kid in part II and Cameron in part 4; Joey in ''Curse Of The Puppet Master''
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Neil Gallagher in the first and Andre Toulon in the second.]]
* BerserkButton: The puppets seem to turn on their masters if they become too evil.
** Two times the puppets seem to turn on their master after he/she harms Jester.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: [[MeaningfulName Blade.]]
* ButtMonkey: Jester seems to be this.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Though how it had to be acquired varied, the method to powering the puppets seemed to basically be brain juice up until Retro Puppet Master. From there it seemed to change to tiny amounts of Blood.
* ClipShow: The majority of Puppet Master: The Legacy
* ContinuityNod: Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys makes reference to the Toulon puppets fighting the Nazis in WWII, as was the plot of part 3. Though it's a big part of the series history, this is special as it turns out to be one of the few times continuity is acknowledged in Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys.
* TheDragon: Blade is mentioned to be the de facto leader of the puppets, second only to their master/creator.
* FinalGirl
** Megan in original.
** Carolyn in second.
** Lauren and Suzie in fourth, later Suzie become final girl in The Final Chapter
** Jane in Curse of the Puppet Master
** Elsa was this in Retro Puppet Master
** Beth in Axis of Evil and Axis Rising
** Alexandra in crossover
* FiveBadBand
** [[BigBad The Big Bad]] -- Blade or the Puppet Master
** TheDragon -- Tunneler
** TheEvilGenius -- Jester
** TheBrute -- Pinhead
** TheDarkChick -- Leech Woman
** [[SixthRanger The Sixth Ranger]] -- Torch, Six-Shooter, and Decapitron
* GroinAttack: Tunneler drills Joey in the crotch in ''Curse of the Puppet Master.''
* HappyHarlequinHat: Jester wears one.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Film/MrSardonicus is Andre Toulon in movies 3-5 and 7.
** I wonder who's going to play young Toulon- [[Film/TheRoom Oh hai, Mark]]
*** And his love Elsa was the original [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf female Ranma]].
** In the first movie, Andre Toulon is [[Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation Uncle Lewis]]/[[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Doctor Finkelstein]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dr Magrew in ''Curse of the Puppet Master'' after he turns Robert into Tank.
* HookHand: For Blade
* ImmortalityImmorality: Neil Gallagher, though he was allegedly just as bad before.
* KillItWithFire: Torch
** The fate of [[spoiler: Leech Woman]] in Part II.
* LivingToys
* MarionetteMaster
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Toulon kills himself in part 1, and his seems made to occupy one of the puppets in parts 4 and 5. Convenient or deliberate?
* NegativeContinuity: Oh ''GOD''. Applies to [[spoiler:how the puppets got away from Camille Kenney after Part II, how the puppets got from Rick Myers to Peter Hertz between Part 5 and The Legacy, how the puppets got back to Bodega Bay Inn following Curse of the Puppet Master, and most recently how they got back to Bodega Bay Inn between the events of Axis of Evil and the parts of the first film taking place in the present. Theories abound, but fans are pretty sure that the filmmakers [[{{TheyJustDidntCare}} just don't care]]]].
** Nevermind the whereabouts of particular puppets between films, such as Six Shooter being made in the third film, which chronologically takes place before both the first and second movies but never showing up in them and many other such oddities.
* NoOntologicalInertia: In ''II'', Toulon's reanimated body disintegrates back into a moldering corpse as soon as he possesses something else.
* NothingIsScarier: Whatever Tunneler did to Carissa in the first movie. We know it involved her face, and she was ''still alive'' for a few moments after he stopped. When we see Carissa's corpse later on, her entire lower jaw is covered with leeches.
* TheObiWan: Toulon's "ghost" residing in the Decapitron puppet to Rick Myers in the 4th and 5th films
* PuppetPermutation: The plot of the sixth film, ''Curse of the Puppet Master''. [[spoiler: In the end, the antagonist succeeds.]]
* [[PyroManiac Pyro Maniac]]: Torch
* SeriesMascot: Blade is the face of the series. Often times when you see a horror montage, collage, etc., with Puppet Master included, the other puppets + masters aren't gonna show up.
* ShoutOut: The series contains a green formula that gives the puppets life. In 1985, the same producer was responsible for the ReAnimator film.
** The Blade puppet was designed after Klaus Kinski.
** In the second movie, Toulon is constantly wrapped in bandages akin to TheInvisibleMan.
* SlashedThroat: What a way to go for Dana Hadley.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Megan Gallagher, offscreen
** Disappointingly, Rick Myers in Puppet Master: The Legacy, also offscreen
* TakeThat: Given how close their release years were, the films tagline seems a dig at the similar ''Film/ChildsPlay'' series.
* TooDumbToLive: In the third film, the entire plot is kicked off because Toulon thought it was a good idea that put on a public show that made fun of ''Adolf Hitler''. In Germany. During 1941.
* ThanatosGambit: Afzel takes his own life in ''Retro'', seemingly just to unnerve his would-be assassins.
* ThisIsADrill: Tunnelers gimmick.
* TranslationConvention: In ''Puppet Master III''.
* VersusTitle: ''Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys''
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The oriental puppet in the beginning of the first film. Although he was placed in the trunk with the other puppets, he was never seen again. Not even in the sequels.
** [[spoiler:There's also the maid of the Gallaghers in the first film. After being killed by Pinhead, she is revived by Neil Gallagher and shown briefly guarding one of the exits. After that, she's never seen again. You think a zombie maid would be a cause for alarm.]]
** This applies to the human-puppetized [[spoiler:Camille Kenney, who rode off into the sunset to kill kids at the end of part 2, the puppets in cages in the back of her truck.]]
** And whatever happened to the Retro Puppets?

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