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Chucky/Charles Lee Ray

Debut film: Child's Play (1988)
Portrayed by: Brad Dourif

Think about it, what's so great about being human anyway? You get sick, you get old, you can't get it up anymore. I'm not looking forward to that! As a doll, I'm fucking infamous! I'm one of the most notorious slashers in history! And I don't wanna give that up. I am Chucky, the killer doll! And I dig it!

  • And Your Little Dog Too / Evil Is Petty: After killing Sarah for calling the police on him and inadvertently setting off his original death in the first film, he opts to stay and ruin the lives of the rest of her family by killing most of them, framing her daughter for the murders to land her in a mental hospital, and then apparently trying to possess her granddaughter. Damn.
  • Arch-Enemy: Could be this to Andy since he repeatedly harasses him and his family. Cemented in Curse of Chucky when his next target, after the woman who put him away and her daughter, is Andy.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The main story of Curse of Chucky. He successfully pins his crimes on Nia after killing her mother, getting his revenge on the person who put him away, then makes his way to her niece. The Stinger subverts this, with the reveal he didn't get her body somehow, and instead he promptly gets a shotgun to the face from Andy.
  • Badass: When you manage to have both a body count and a record of coming back from the dead rivaling Freddy and Jason despite being trapped in the midget-sized body of a doll with no super-strength or offensive supernatural ability whatsoever, you certainly fit this trope.
  • Big Bad: In the first four movies and Curse. In Seed, he is more of a Villain Protagonist.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Of course, since who would ever suspect a Good Guy doll of being an infamous voodoo-practicing serial killer? Even Andy and Tyler, his first two intended Soul Jars, think he's a nice guy at first when he reveals to them that he's actually alive.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Becomes one in "Seed Of Chucky". See the above quote.
  • Child Hater: Chucky says "I hate kids" during the finale of 2.
  • Covered in Scars: His face from Bride onwards
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Yeah, there's no denying that. Whether he's playing friendly or hacking and slashing away, his eyes are enough to give you the creeps.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Seed.
  • Determinator: To the T. Even missing a hand, having his face sliced off, or worse, nothing stops the Chuck from killing or stalking his prey. It's even more impressive, considering he lacks the 'feel no pain' a lot of his slasher peers have.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Nobody noticing Chucky is semi-justified by the fact that nobody seems to think too much of a doll sitting there. Only semi because people rarely question why a doll would be where they find him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He is legitimately freaked out by Glenda when she first appears, as is Tiffany.
    • Two words: "Paparazzi scumbag!"
    • In the third movie, he lectures Tyler on how tampering with the mail is a federal offense.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Redhead: As a doll.
  • False Friend: To Andy and Tyler.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Chucky has pretty moments. As does Tiffany. Especially the Laughably Evil Large Ham nature of their characters.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: You definitely do not want to set him off.
  • Hate Sink: To be more despicable other then being a Killer Doll, he is also a Jerkass, while this was invoked in the original trilogy, he then falls under Love to Hate in the later films Bride and Seed due to his popularity.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He has a tendency to insult his female victims. You should hear what he calls Mrs. Barclay when he comes alive in her hands.
    (After being thrown out of the car Kyle was driving)
    Chucky: "Ya goddamn women drivers!"
  • Hollywood Voodoo: How he transfers his soul.
  • Jerkass: Chucky may be a serial killer with nothing resembling a Freudian Excuse who has no qualms about killing men, women or children. But beyond that, he's really just an asshole in general.
  • Joisey: In Bride of Chucky, we learn that Charles Lee Ray's remains are buried in Hackensack. Chucky points this out in Seed, when Glen asks if he and Tiffany are assassins from Japan.
    Chucky: "We're not from Japan. We're from Jersey."
  • Joker Immunity: No matter how many time his doll body is sliced, burnt, or otherwise reduced to a gory mess, he always ends up brought back to life, usually thanks to someone rebuilding the doll. By Curse of Chucky, Andy expects him to come back and is waiting for him with a gun.
  • Killer Rabbit: His appearances are totally deceiving. By the time one learns the truth, it's too late.
  • Knife Nut: His preferred murder weapon. Of course, he's very creative when it comes to murdering his victims.
  • Lack of Empathy: He never sheds tears for his victims or anybody in general. No compassion, no nothing!!
  • Laughably Evil: Especially in Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, but averted in the first film, however downplayed in the second, third and Curse of Chucky.
  • Made of Iron: He can take a lot of punishment. And somehow, he manages to find a way back.
  • Near Villain Victory: In every film, he gets this close to coming out on top before getting foiled. Is especially true of Curse of Chucky, where he ends the movie with his revenge complete and only fails in his next revenge plot — killing Andy — in The Stinger.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Chucky can move with human-like reflexes after being lit on fire. It also turns out that not even having half of his limbs torn off along with his head can stop him from moving, and he can take enough bullets to kill several people without least until they finally shoot his heart, and even then, it's only temporary since its soul can just possess another doll.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In Seed, Chucky needs to give a sperm sample. He passes up several traditional fuels for this such as fashion magazines and swimsuit catalogs and instead opts for Fangoria.
  • Not Good with Rejection
  • Older and Wiser: A villainous example. In Curse of Chucky that take place over twenty years since the the first film, when Chucky averts the Stupid Evil trope and becomes a Magnificent Bastard in terms of proper and tactical planning on getting to his target such as not wasting time killing irrelevant bystanders or going into childish Screaming Warrior tantrums that only slows him down like back when he was younger, inexperienced in playing the doll role the first time after he transferred his soul into a shell and more repulsively impulsive.
  • Only Sane Doll: When it comes to killing, Chucky is a psycho. When it comes to everyday issues, like domestic disputes with Tiffany, he sees himself that way.
  • Perverse Puppet: He's almost the poster child to this trope.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is about the size of a toddler, and capable of taking down fully-grown adults.
  • Revenge: He targets the friend who left him to die and the cop who actually did the deed, in the original film, until he learns more about his new condition as a doll and becomes preoccupied with trying to get out of it. Five sequels later, however, having come to embrace his new life as an immortal killer doll, he turns his mind back to his list of people he wants revenge against.
  • Screaming Warrior
  • Serial Killer: A hedonistic one, as he mentions that killing "helps [him] relax". It may explain why he can't keep himself from killing other people instead of seeking out his single target in the first three films; he's so angered over his plight that murder takes the edge off of it for him.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: His mouth is just as foul as his attitude.
  • Smug Snake
  • Stalker with a Crush: On Nica's mom. In the flashback, we see Charles kidnapping her for an unspecified period of time and bringing her flowers. He's even implied to have killed her husband in a case of Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Stupid Evil: Could possibly explain why he kills minor people when he should be focusing on his target. Especially apparent in Child's Play 2, where he wastes time vandalizing Andy's homework and playing the part of the doll rather than taking Andy's soul. Averted in Curse of Chucky, however. He plays the doll role to the hilt, and successfully frames Nica for murdering her family as a result, then has Tiffany get him to her niece, nearly (if not for some offscreen event) getting her body. He also would have presumably easily knifed Andy to death had Andy not had a shotgun waiting.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Chucky's win-loss record in the films is not good. He fails in his goals in the first four film, and changes his mind in the fifth, getting brutally re-killed each time. In the sixth, however, he succeeds in his goal to destroy the movie's family.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While not a trademark per se, Swedish meatballs is apparently this, according to Bride.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He isn't too picky about whom he murders.
  • Villain Decay: To several extents in Seed and possibly Bride. Very inverted in Curse as there's not much humour involving Chucky and the deaths are simplistic, brutal, and pragmatic. Chucky himself is also a lot more angry, violent, and sadistic than he was in any of the past films. While this could be explained out-of-story as attempting to drop some of the humor introduced in the previous entries, it can be explained in-story as Chucky having personal history with the family in question.
  • Vocal Evolution: Chucky's voice has gotten much gruffer in Curse.

Andy Barclay

Debut film: Child's Play (1988)
Portrayed by: Alex Vincent (1, 2, Curse), Justin Whalin (3)

This is the end, friend.

  • Ascended Extra: In the second and third films, where Andy is given more screen time in contrast to his Supporting Protagonist role in the first film (where the role of The Hero is filled by either his mother Karen or Detective Mike Norris).
  • Badass Beard: As an adult in Curse.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially in the second film.
  • Break the Cutie: In first and second films as a child, when he is constantly pursued by the killer doll and is helpless to find anyone to believe him, help him and to acknowledge his innocence when Chucky frames Andy for his actions, especially in the film series' unkind universe.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Had a shotgun within a moment's reach in Curse, just in case Chucky happened to come back.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Both he and his mom certainly did, as shown at the end of Curse.
  • Genre Savvy: Figures out Chucky's pulled the same tricks he did on him on another child in Child's Play 3 and, after receiving a mysterious package, has a shotgun ready and waiting for Chucky in Curse of Chucky. Even as early as the second movie, when Chucky posed as Tommy the "Good" Good Guy Doll, Andy checked to make sure the batteries were there. They were, but Chucky was way ahead of him.
  • The Hero: Is this by virtue of the most recurring heroic character in the movies.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: No one believes his claims that Chucky is alive and some even suspect him of being the murderer, to a point he can be viewed easily as a Broken Pedestal to those who sided with him like his foster mother Joanne in the second him because of his bad reputation and fingers can easily point to him due to the one who he's enemies with (like Phil and Miss Kettlewell in the second film or Shelton in the third film) gets killed just after butting heads with him.
  • Invincible Hero: Downplayed in Curse of Chucky. Needless to say he was prepared for Chucky this time around, and Chucky virtually didn't stand a chance.
  • Lethal Chef: As seen by his first scene when he wants to give his mommy breakfast in bed and brings her an incredibly unappetizing meal. He's just a kid at the time, though; the trope likely doesn't apply to older Andy, who would've grown out of the "creativity" that comes with children trying to cook.
  • Macguffin Boy: In the first and second film as a child, when he becomes a target of Chucky's Body Surf scheme.
  • Only Sane Man: Unlike the other characters who are either Too Dumb to Live, a Jerkass Asshole Victim or a Flat Earth Atheist who are all vulnerable to Chucky's wrath, Andy, along with other few supporting characters firmly on his side like his mother and Kyle, is able to recognize the danger Chucky poses and takes steps to avoid falling victim to the Killer Doll.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • "This is the end, friend!"
    • "Play with this!"
  • Supporting Protagonist / Deuteragonist: In the first film only, where the major roles of the protagonists are filled by his mother and Mike Norris.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Child's Play 3, he deals Chucky his killing blows, and in Curse of Chucky, he has apparently been waiting for another visit from him...

Karen Barclay

Debut film: Child's Play (1988)
Portrayed by: Catherine Hicks

Tiffany Ray

Debut film: Bride of Chucky (1998)
Portrayed by: Jennifer Tilly

Barbie, eat your heart out.

  • Affably Evil: In contrast to Chucky, Tiffany can be genuinely sweet and caring. She's concerned about Glen even before learning that he's her son.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She calls Jesse "Sweetface" in Bride', and does it again with Glen in Seed.
  • Beauty Mark: Her human self has one just above her lip, and she draws it on her doll form in Bride. It's missing in Seed.
  • Berserk Button: While she kills for fun, she hates when people she has an affection for are treated like crap. When she catches a couple stealing the money she gave Jesse and Jade after they get married, she wastes no time killing them with a champagne bottle and a ceiling mirror. When Redman insulted Tilly, Tiffany who at a moment in her life where she vowed not to kill, snapped and gutted Redman. She also hates when her ideas of marriage are laughed at. Chucky learned that the hard way twice. Once when she mistakenly thought he proposed. The second time was when Jesse and Jade used her advice against her by starting an argument between them.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate / The Dragon: Sees herself as the former, Chucky sees her as the latter.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Both as doll and human. Although later when she successfully transferred her soul to Jennifer Tilly's body, the natural hair is black until she dyed it blonde again.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: A variation in Seed. After discovering she has a child, she attempts to give up killing. Guess how well that turns out...
  • Doting Parent: Demonstrates a bit of this upon discovering Glen is her son.
    Tiffany (to Glen, overjoyed, holding her arms out): Sweetface! Come to Mommy!
  • Easily Forgiven: Word of God says that she can't keep herself from helping Chucky, even after being repeatedly murdered by him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely loves her son, Glen, and daughter, Glenda.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: In Seed as she tries to stop killing for Glen.
  • Giggling Villain
  • Laughably Evil: Like Chucky.
  • Shipper on Deck: While she does have sort of an affection for Jesse (see below), she encourages his relationship to Jade, even giving him advice. Said advice later becomes Chekhov's Gun.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While she is madly devoted to Chucky, she feels this way around Jesse even though she knows he has a girlfriend (soon to be wife).

     Other Notable Characters 

Mike Norris

Debut film: Child's Play (1988)
Portrayed by: Chris Sarandon

Kyle Simpson

Debut film: Child's Play 2 (1990)
Portrayed by: Christine Elise

Phil Simpson

Debut film: Child's Play 2 (1990)
Portrayed by: Gerrit Graham

  • Abusive Foster Dad: Downplayed. He is the emotional type due to his Obstructive Bureaucrat nature and is really really attitude-wise and judgmentally harsh on Andy. However, it's downplayed moreso (or even averted) in the television cut, where it reveals Phil has a Hidden Heart of Gold and makes it clear that Phil's harshness on Andy is a result of lack of confidence to take care of a child who is a Hero with Bad Publicity rather then just out of narrow-minded dislike of Andy for being a Hero with Bad Publicity that the theatrical cut interprets instead.
  • Adults Are Useless
  • Asshole Victim: However, the trope is subverted (or possibly averted) in the television cut, due to that version showing his Pet the Dog scenes with his wife, which makes more sense of why his wife would mourn for a seemingly unlikeable character like him.
  • Decoy Deuteragonist: In the television cut only, sharing this role with his wife Joanne, due to them being given more screen time then their roles in the theatrical cut. Apparently, the foster parents were meant to be equivalent to Karen Barclay's concerned parent role in the first film, before he and his wife are butchered by Chucky and the role of the Supporting Protagonist goes to Kyle, who aids Andy to destroy Chucky.
  • Expy: Apparently, of Charles McColluch from Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, due to their roles as stuffy Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat parental figures who both end up as Asshole Victims.
  • Fantasy Forbidding Foster Father: He is not fond of Andy's claims of Chucky being alive.
  • Hate Sink: In the theatrical cut only.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the television cut, which adds some dimension to his otherwise-unlikable personality.
  • Jerkass: He's described by Andy to be "grouchy." Based on his character and the way he dresses to go to work, Phil would not look out of place as a Dean Bitterman or Obstructive Bureaucrat type of character in any other role in any other movie.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: Phil may not be a saint, but his concerns about whether he and his wife are capable of caring for Andy and his emotional trauma aren't exactly unfounded. Subverted in the television cut, where the Has a Point part outweighs the Jerkass part, especially the deleted scene at the driveway (which happens to be a less intense and more reasonable version of the Simpsons' bedroom scene after Andy comes back from school, evidenced by the word for word dialogue both scenes used) where Phil drops his minor Jerkassery towards Joanne and started to talk to her reasonably of why he thinks they are not able to care for Andy.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the television cut, despite his somewhat low treatment of Andy, Phil does show he sincerely loves his wife and it's possible his bitter behavior could have been a result of his concern for his wife, who has her heart broken every time a child leaves after being under their foster care which Phil can no longer bare with. Plus, it's also possible his harshness on Andy and being seemingly very unsympathetic towards his bad history, is sincerely out of lack of confidence to take care of him and the fact he's too preoccupied to deal with his and his wife's constant aformentioned fostering problems to deal with another at the same time rather then out of dislike that the theatrical cut interprets instead. In other words, while he has nothing for Andy, Phil shows he has nothing really against him neither unlike the theatrical cut's Phil. These deleted Pet the Dog moments also makes more sense of why Kyle expresses to Andy while they were doing laundry that she thinks Phil is alright despite his somewhat despicable attitude in comparison to previous foster parents she stayed with who were probably worst and why his wife would grieve for him after he was killed.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He can be viewed by some as this if both his Pet the Dog scenes and the penultimate argument scene in the bedroom after Andy comes back from school are kept together in one version of the film.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: He's completely unaware of the danger Chucky poses to Andy. See also Supernatural Proof Foster Father below.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He's the foster parent example, due to him being doubtful about taking care of Andy from the time he and his wife took him in up to the time of his death, as he felt Andy is too unfit to be taken care of by him and Joanne due to his unflattering reputation as well as the fact Phil constantly questions Andy's sanity and if is unmanageable for them to handle.
  • Pet the Dog: In the television cut only. See I Want My Beloved to Be Happy. Counting also the deleted scenes shown in the TV cut, he's probably the only Jerkass and Asshole Victim in the film series to have any redeeming qualities underneath a Jerkass Fašade.
  • Properly Paranoid / Dirty Coward / Insane Troll Logic: In the theatrical and DVD cut only, based on one's interpretation, it's implied the reason why Phil wants to get Andy off his and his wife's hands very eagerly is probably because Phil thinks Andy could have committed the murders himself despite lack of evidence in the first film since after orphanage head Grace Poole informed him and his wife Joanne how Andy ended up at the orphanage in the first place. Phil worries that Andy one day would slaughter him and his wife and it's possible he expressed those feelings to her offscreen, which explains why Joanne immediately accuses Andy of killing Phil and finally took his advise to send Andy back as though she's throwing out a dangerous and evil animal that has been taken in as a seemingly harmless house pet.
  • Supernatural Proof Foster Father: Doesn't believe Andy about the killer doll Chucky being on the loose, this ends badly for him.

Kristin De Silva

Debut film: Child's Play 3 (1991)
Portrayed by: Perrey Reeves

Ronald Tyler

Debut film: Child's Play 3 (1991)
Portrayed by: Jeremy Sylvers

Brett C. Shelton

Debut film: Child's Play 3 (1991)
Portrayed by: Travis Fine

Harold Aubrey Whitehurst

Debut film: Child's Play 3 (1991)
Portrayed by: Dean Jacobson

Colonel Cochrane

Debut film: Child's Play 3 (1991)
Portrayed by: Dakin Matthews

  • Asshole Victim: Downplayed, but he would still count due to him being apathetic to Andy and his reputation and being neglectful to Shelton's bullying.
  • Big Good: Closest there is to one in the third film. Downplayed as he only proves himself to be none of any help to Andy (and even doesn't hide the fact he hates him the moment he set foot at the military school for being a "troublemaker"), doesn't have any real control over his cadets in which he allows low-ranking ones being tormented by the the bullying higher-ranking ones that he failed to see into, is completely Locked Out of the Loop and Genre Blind to the danger Chucky poses and is nothing, but another Red Shirt for be added to the body count.
  • Cool Old Guy: Downplayed, he isn't any help towards Andy, has zero real control over his military school's student body (where The Neidermeyers and The Bullys call the shots) and simply drop dead at the sight of Chucky without putting up a fight.
  • Dean Bitterman: See The Neidermeyer below.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: To Chucky's chagrin.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Due to not believing Andy like almost everyone else, he is complete oblivious to the threat Chucky poses nor his existence.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Despite running a military school, he simply drop dead literally when facing Chucky.
  • The Neidermeyer: Despite being a Cool Old Guy and the third movie's Big Good, he show signs of this by being unsympathetic to Andy's past (and outright express his dislike by calling him a troublemaker the first time meeting with Andy after learning about his so-called alleged Chucky confrontations) and oblivious (or probably neglectful) to Shelton bullying cadets, something the headmaster would not tolerate at his academy if he's on a more watchful alert.


Debut film: Bride of Chucky (1998)
Portrayed by: Nick Stabile


Debut film: Bride of Chucky (1998)
Portrayed by: Katherine Heigl

Glen Ray

Debut film: Bride of Chucky (1998, as a baby), Seed of Chucky (2004)
Voiced by: Billy Boyd
Portrayed by: Beans El-Balawi ( Human)

  • Ambiguous Gender: Not even he knows if he is a boy or girl. The fact that he's not anatomically correct doesn't help. Settles on male in the end.
  • Author Avatar: According to Don Mancini, the character was based on his own relationship to his father and his sexual confusion.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: As a doll. Despite having a male appearance, he has no genitalia.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He hates violence in all forms, but will wreak bloody vengeance if someone hurts his mother. Chucky learned that the hard way much to both his shock and joy.
  • British Accents: Possibly a result of growing up in England.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Does this in Seed. He even calls Tiffany "okaasan" on a couple occasions. Apparently justified by his doll being made in Japan
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The Jekyll to Glenda's Hyde.
  • Momma's Boy: He gets along better with Tiffany than he does with Chucky.
  • Only Sane Doll: Compared to Chucky, Tiffany and his Glenda personality / sister he is the more sane member of the Ray family.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to his parents and Glenda.
  • Twitchy Eye / Bring Me My Brown Pants: When he sees someone get killed that's his natural reaction.
  • Unfortunate Names / Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: His original name, "Shitface." Tiffany invokes the latter trope when Glen introduces himself with that name.
    Tiffany: "Now what kind of a name is that?"

Glenda Ray

Debut film: Seed of Chucky (2004)
Voiced by: Billy Boyd
Portrayed by: Kristina Hewitt ( Human)

Nica Pierce

Debut film: Curse of Chucky (2013)
Portrayed by: Fiona Dourif

Alice Pierce

Debut film: Curse of Chucky (2013)
Portrayed by: Summer H. Howell