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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!

  • Arch-Enemy: Could be this to Andy since he repeatedly harasses him and his family. Cemented in Curse of Chucky, where his next target is after the woman who put him away and her daughter is Andy.
  • Badass
  • Big Bad
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Redhead: As a doll.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Chucky has pretty moments. As does Tiffany.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: You definitely do not want to set him off.
  • 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
  • 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 pity...no nothing!!
  • Large Ham: "DON'T FUCK WITH THE CHUCK!"
  • Made of Iron: He can take a lot of punishment. And somehow, he manages to find a way back.
  • 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 dying...at 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 passe 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 her 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 receving a mysterious package, has a shotgun ready and waiting for Chucky in Curse of Chucky.
    • In the second movie when Chucky posed as Tommy the "Good" Good Guy Doll, Andy checked to make sure. The batteries are there, but Chucky was way ahead of him.
  • The Hero
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: No one believes his claims that Chucky is alive and some even suspect him of being the murderer.
  • Invincible Hero: Downplayed in Curse of Cucky, needless to say he was prepared for Chucky this time around, and Chucky virtually didn't stand a chance.
  • Macguffin Boy: In the first and second film as a child, when he becomes a target of Chucky's Body Surf scheme.
  • 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's apparently been waiting for another visit from him...
    • He takes an even greater level in badass in Curse of Chucky 's Stinger.

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.
  • 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.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: In Seed as she tries to stop killing for Glen.
  • Giggling Villain
  • 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 and is really really attitude-wise and judgmentally harsh on Andy. However, it's downplayed moreso 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 downplayed 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.
  • Fantasy Forbidding Foster Father: He is not fond of Andy's claims of Chucky being alive.
  • 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-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 / Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: 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. 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 and why his wife would grieve for him after he was killed.
  • 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: 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.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Dean Bitterman: See The Neidermeyer below.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: to Chucky's chagrin.
  • 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.

Jesse

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

Jade

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

  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Doesn't appreciate Barb's constant worrying about her.
  • Feel No Pain: In her legs, due to being a paraplegic.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even though she's stuck in a wheelchair with an unspecified heart condition, she still survives a head-on fight with Chucky.

Alice Pierce

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