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 videogame 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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  • 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 then any other Slasher Movie franchise, even more then the Friday the 13th films.
  • Haunted Technology: Chucky and Tiffany.
  • 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 cutting half of his face 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.
  • 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.

    The original film 
  • 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.
  • 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.