Film / Child's Play
Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?

"You'll wish it was only make-believe."

A horror film franchise that began in 1988.

The plot of the first film: For his birthday, 6-year-old Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) gets the "Good Guy" doll he saw advertised on TV. Little did Andy know that the doll, later to be known as Chucky, is actually a Soul Jar for the Serial Killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). His babysitter Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff) is only the first of several people to die. His mother Karen (Catherine Hicks) has to find what is going on in time to save her son from becoming Charles' next host.

TikGames announced a video game series based on the property in which you play as Chucky in a literal murder simulator.

Not to be confused with the charity or the Bill Cullen game show.

This film series provides examples of:

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  • Adult Fear: When Mrs. Barclay thinks her son might be a killer and later when she finds out there's a serial killer after him who aims to steal his body. And then when she tells the story of what happened, she is put into psychiatric care and her son is thrown into the Foster system.
  • Adults Are Useless: Most of them can't accept the reality that a killer doll is on the loose. Probably because it's the last thing they'd suspect.
  • Ash Face: When Chucky gets burnt.
  • And I Must Scream: It's implied in the Hack/Slash crossover that Chucky is stuck in a state similar to this whenever his body is destroyed.
  • Ax-Crazy: Charles Lee Ray, the actual murderer and by extension, Chucky in all films.
  • Baleful Polymorph: While Chucky put himself in the doll to begin with and is especially dangerous in that form (as he can hide pretty much anywhere and almost no one is suspicious of a toy) he laments being stuck in "this goddamned body" and spends most of the series trying to Body Surf into a human. And in Bride of Chucky, Tiffany tickles him and locks him in a playpen. Ultimately subverted altogether when Chucky realizes that he's more infamous as a doll than he ever was as a human.
  • Big Bad: Chucky.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chucky, 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.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Each successive installment just gets messier.
  • Body Horror: What happens to Chucky over the course of the first few films to a degree. He becomes 'more human' the longer he's in the doll, which ultimately makes him this twisted fusion of flesh, blood, plastic, and wires. Kind of light, except it also makes him still feel pain, but unable to die (or so it seems) from more normal biological things like blood loss and shock.
  • Body Surf: Chucky's goal for much of the series is to transfer his soul into a human body.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Hero finds him or herself in this position when one or more of their confidents believed they committed the crimes that were in fact caused by Chucky. This however, causes the one who becomes disillusioned to Took a Level in Jerkass or reveals him or herself to be negatively Not So Above It All and becomes just another Asshole Victim who is Too Dumb to Live for Chucky to kill.
    • Andy is this to Joanne in the second film.
    • Jade and Jesse are this to David in the fourth film (though unlike most mean-spirited examples in the series, its revelation is more Played for Laughs in a Black Comedy manner due to the fourth film steering more towards the humorous route as well as David's actor's over-the-top approach on how his character becomes disillusioned).
    • Nica is this to Ian in the sixth film.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one ever believes Andy or any other protagonist about Chucky. When they do, they usually die.
    • After the first film, Karen Barclay was locked away in an asylum because she insisted the killer doll story was true even when the police didn't back it up.
  • Crapsack World: The apparent setting of the films, as it's a universe filled with jerks (who most deserved Chucky's wrath), supporting characters who are mostly either Too Dumb to Live, Not So Above It All, Hate Sinks, or have taken a level in jerkass and protagonists who areHeroes With Bad Publicity who all happen to the Only Sane People in comparison to the supporting cast. It also has a bleak depiction of Chicago, Illinois or at least mid-America, ranging from Chicago being littered with vagrants who are rapists at night and has a rundown mental hospital for criminally insane children run by a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Dr. Jerk in the first film to a toy company run by a heartless Corrupt Corporate Executive in the second and third films to a military school run by The Neidermeyers in the third film to the life on the road filled with thieving couples and Dirty Cops in the fourth film and a Dysfunctional Family filled with a married couple who are Jerkasses in different degrees and a Too Dumb to Live lesbian babysitter with the paraplegic woman to be the Only Sane Woman in the family and more Dirty Cops in the sixth film. However, it's Played for Laughs in the fifth film when depicting the glamorous Hollywood filled with Large Ham paparazzi (or as Chucky points it out, "Paparazzi scumbag!").
  • Determinator: Chucky 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.
  • Evil Redhead: Chucky - at least as a doll.
  • Exorcist Head: Chucky does this to mess with Damien Baylock in Bride.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Chucky has pretty moments. As does Tiffany.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite the preceding events in past films, Chucky and the existence of Killer Dolls are still ruled out to be not real, making this universe an outright Too Dumb to Live Crapsack World that is stubbornly unprepared for and vulnerable to any tiny terror.
  • Hate Sink: Most of the Jerkasses in the series tend to fall into this, which is why these films has more Asshole Victims than any other Slasher Movie franchise, even more than the Friday the 13th films.
  • Haunted Technology: Chucky and Tiffany.
  • Inappropriate Speak And Spell: Chucky the doll [a battery-powered, talking "Good Guy" doll] is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. One can only imagine the inappropriate things he was saying to Andy, but onscreen we see and hear him going berserk when Andy's mom threatens to throw him into the fireplace if he didn't talk (thereby proving her suspicion that the doll was sentient).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Both Chucky's and Tiffany's doll forms are basically creepy miniature caricatures of their actors Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly. Even Chucky's hairdo, both before and after his stitched-up appearance, resembles Dourif's actual real-life haircuts unlike Charles Lee Ray's long hair when he was human. Also, initially, when Tiffany has her soul transferred into the bridal doll for the first time, she was a brunette, much like Tilly's real-life hair color, before she dyed it blond along with changing the rest of her appearance to resemble a doll version of her human form.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In the franchise's Crapsack World, it seems anyone can easily accept that any human being, whether its either impossibly a 6 to 8 year-old child or a wheelchair-bound woman, is capable to commit a murder, except a Killer Doll.
  • Jerkass: At least one per film. Notable examples include Lt. Col. Shelton in the third movie, Phil and Miss Kettlewell in the second, John Ritter's character in Bride, John Waters' character (who is more Played for Laughs unlike the other examples) in Seed, Barb in Curse and Chucky himself.
  • Karmic Death: Chucky in all films.
  • Kick the Dog: Chucky is evil all right, but this gets quite flanderized throughout the series.
  • Killer Rabbit: Many people find it hard to take Chucky seriously because he's a two-foot-tall doll. Big mistake.
  • Left for Dead: Chucky is left for dead in all the movies.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Most of the supporting characters beside The Hero have nothing to due with the main plots of the films except to act as either Too Dumb to Live and/or Asshole Victim cannon fodder for Chucky's body count or as oblivious bystanders frustratingly flabbergasted at what's going on due to them disbelieving the existence of Chucky. See Flat-Earth Atheist above for more information.
  • Loser Protagonist: A common staple for The Hero of the films due to them being a Hero with Bad Publicity that no one believes Chucky is on the loose and out to get them and find themselves framed by Chucky as well, which also shows much a Crapsack World the films' universe is by being so unforgiving, dreadful, grim and unpleasant towards them:
    • The first three films had Andy Barclay.
    • The fourth had Jesse and Jade.
    • The latest had the wheelchair-bound Nica.
  • Mama Bear: Andy's mother at first, then Kyle in the second film.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Chucky.
  • Off with His Head!: However, he does get killed when he's decapitated by Glen.
  • Perverse Puppet: Chucky is almost the poster child to this trope.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Chucky is about the size of a toddler, and capable of taking down fully-grown adults.
  • Pretty in Mink: A couple scenes with Jennifer Tilly (playing herself)
  • Parental Abandonment: Post-Child's Play, Andy's mother is absent from his life due to being taken in for "psychological evaluation."
  • Rasputinian Death: In the first three films, Chucky takes an absurd amount of punishment. Getting set on fire, dismembered, melted, and having half of his face cut off only slowed him down temporarily.
  • Recovery Sequence: In the opening sequences to 2, 3, and Bride of Chucky, Chucky is shown being reconstructed.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The series turned to self-parody from Bride of Chucky onward.
    • Curseof Chucky attempts to take the series back to its roots: whether it succeeds or not is a matter of opinion.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Chucky has quite the filthy mouth.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: The series start out as fairly straight horror, but by the time of Bride it's become a splatter comedy.
  • Staying Alive: To the point that Chucky provides the page quote.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Andy at the end of every movie he's featured in.
    • Glen in Seed... although a really weird one. Nica at the end of Curse of Chucky.
    • In Curse of Chucky Andy points a gun at Chucky before he even manages to get out of the box he was shipped in.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Chucky & Tiffany.
  • Villain Ball: Despite being logically running out of time before he turns completely human, Chucky sure wastes a lot of time killing random people For the Evulz in Child's Play 2 and 3 instead of going straight to Andy (and Tyler in 3) to transfer his soul. You would expect him to hurry and keep a low profile until he gets his new body, especially considering where revealing himself led him in the first movie, but apparently, he doesn't learn from his mistakes.
  • Villain Decay: Chucky. More and more after each film. He was pretty scary and played seriously when he first appeared. Then, he became more Played for Laughs and less scary as the series went on.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Andy doesn't return after the third Child's Play movie. The movie ends with him being brought in by the police for questioning. Same thing applies to Tyler as well. Curse of Chucky however, shows that Andy seems to be doing just fine.
    • Nor has the Good Guy Dolls company ever been mentioned, even though they're back in business. However, some dialogue from Bride implies they've been shut down again, this time for good.
    • Ian's nanny cam, and the footage it shot in Curse.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Chucky most definitely would, if swapping souls doesn't work.

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  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The Good Guy Doll being alive was supposed to be a twist... wouldn't you know? The original poster of the first film just showed a woman crashing through a window out of a building (the first murder victim of Chucky in the film) and giant evil eyes in the stormy sky.note 
  • Asshole Victim: Eddie Caputo and Dr. Ardmore.
  • Attempted Rape: The homeless guy who sold Chucky to Karen attempts it on her when she encounters him again, but Mike saves her.
  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end Chucky is dead and Andy is saved, but nobody besides Mike, Jack, and the Barclays are going to believe a doll committed the murders.
  • Dirty Coward: Eddie Caputo leaves Charles Lee Ray behind for dead to save his own skin when he himself was being chased by the cops. This bites him back when Chucky was created and took his revenge for this act of traitorous cowardice on his backstabbing partner-in-crime.
  • Dr. Jerk: Dr. Ardmore, despite appearing to be caring, is a Hypocrite and in reality possibly viewed Andy as a murder suspect then just a mentally ill child patient given that the ramshackle mental hospital he runs looks like more of the kind that houses the criminally insane then mentally ill kids.
  • Electrified Bathtub: This was originally going to be the babysitter's death, but the special effect would have been too expensive. This is instead used in Bride Of Chucky.
  • Exorcist Head: Chucky does this as he's being held Andy's mother after she realizes he's been working without batteries.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Karen is a single mom with a crappy job at a department store, and explicitly strapped for cash. Her Chicago apartment is frigging huge.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: This is how Chucky gets his soul in a doll in the first place.
  • Noodle Incident: We never learn what led to Charles Lee Ray running from the cops and taking refuge in that toy store in the first movie. Until Curse of Chucky, that is. Also doubles as a very long example of How We Got Here.
  • Off with His Head!: Chucky gets decapitated during the finale, but it doesn't kill him.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Karen is starting to believe Andy about Chucky.
    Karen: "Say something, you little... bastard!"
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    Chucky: Andy, no! We're friends to the end, remember?
    Andy: This is the end, friend!
  • Too Dumb to Live: The voodoo priest who taught Chucky everything he knows about the dark arts. To make it even worse, he keeps a Voodoo Doll of himself around.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The theatrical trailer for the film spoils the fact that the doll is alive, most notably by cutting from Karen opening Chucky's battery compartment to her saying: "He came alive in my hand!"
  • Wham Line: This shocked many audience members the first time.
    Mrs. Barclay: I said talk to me, dammit, or else I'm gonna throw you in the fire!
  • Wham Shot: Andy's mom turning over Chucky to stop him from talking, only to find out that the batteries enabling that are not in Chucky's Good Guy doll socket.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Chucky keeps going as a one-armed, one-legged torso after he is burned.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Chucky more or less says this to his former voodoo teacher after torturing him into revealing how to escape the doll's body.