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.The second film does not feature Karen Barclay, though the character survived the previous film. But her story about a killer doll resulted in her being taken away for "psychological evaluation". The 8-year-old Andy has been placed in the Foster Care System. He is placed in the care of Phil and Joanne Simpson (Gerrit Graham and Jenny Agutter). But Charles Lee Ray's doll host has been rebuilt and reanimated and he is still obsessed with the boy. He soon locates Andy and the incidents start again. Unfortunately the Simpsons suspect fostered teen Kyle (Christine Elise) as the culprit. Now Andy and Kyle have to face the killer with no outside help.The third film features a 16-year old Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin). He has apparently lost contact with Kyle and been through several foster homes. He failed to adapt and is currently attending a Military School. His main problem being Lieutenant Colonel Brett C. Shelton (Travis Fine), a high-ranking cadet who is notorious for bullying weaker recruits. Andy is developing an attraction to female student Kristen De Silva (Perrey Reeves). Meanwhile, the old "Good Guy" doll line is being revived for a new generation. Charles Lee Ray immediately possesses one and goes in search of Andy again, which spells doom for the military school.The fourth film is actually a Horror Comedy with an emphasis on comedy. It opens with events immediately following the previous film. The Chucky doll has been destroyed and Charles may be gone for good. However, his former lover and accomplice Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) has other ideas. She crudely stitches Chucky's remains back together and reenacts the voodoo ritual which instilled Ray inside the doll a decade ago. Charles is successfully revived. Tiffany at first makes fun of his condition and torments him. He retaliates by killing her body and transferring her soul to a female doll. Now they both need new bodies and local teenage rebels Jade (Katherine Heigl) and Jesse (Nick Stabile) seem good candidates. Meanwhile Charles and Tiffany explore their mutual feelings of love, lust and hate for each other.The fifth film was again a Horror comedy and features the returns of both Charles and Tiffany. Six years have passed since the events of the previous film. However the film focuses on their son Glen, born during the events of the previous film. He makes a meager living as a ventriloquist's dummy and dreams of meeting his famous parents. He successfully tracks the dolls to Hollywood and revives them. They have somewhat unique approaches on parenthood. Now they want to have some family fun, with Tiffany intending to possess actress Jennifer Tilly who portrayed her on screen.Following a recent trend of remakes for classic horror films of the 1970s and 1980s, plans for a Child's Play remake were announced in 2008. The creators intend to abandon the comedic approach and make Chucky scary again. The new film, entitled Curse of Chucky, is a Direct-to-DVD sequel, with Don Mancini having directed it.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:
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.
Not to mention the way Chucky first approaches Andy in the second movie has some serious shock.
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.
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.
All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The Good Guy Doll being alive was supposed to be a twist in the first film... 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.
Child's Play 3 has Sullivan, Shelton and the barber. Downplayed for Cochran, aside from being apathetic to Andy's dilemma (as he views him as a "troublemaker") and being somewhat neglectful to Shelton's bullying, he is not as vile as former three listed victims.
Badass Boast: Chucky delivers the best one in Seed of Chucky.
Chucky: If this is what it takes to be human, then I'd rather take my chances as a supernaturally-possessed doll! It's less complicated that way! Think about it, Tiff! 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 am Chucky! The killer doll!
The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of Seed, Tiffany successfully takes over Jennifer Tilly's body.
Chucky inevitably comes back to life every time he dies. Meanwhile, no one believes Andy and some even suspect him in some of the murders. At the end of the third movie, it's implied that he will face life in prison or death.
As of the sixth movie it turns out Andy is perfectly fine.
At the end of the original, Chucky is dead and Andy is saved, but nobody besides Mike, Jack, and the Barclays are going to believe a doll committed the murders.
Then, at the end of the second film, Chucky is dead yet again, but Andy and Kyle are left homeless after Chucky had basically killed off Andy and Kyle's foster family.
THEN, at the end of Child's Play 3, Chucky is killed... again, but Andy is arrested and likely will be sent to prison for Chucky's crimes. This could even count as a Downer Ending.
Finally, at the end of Bride of ChuckyChucky, along with Tiffany, is killed yet AGAIN, but, like the original, no one (save Jessie, Jade, and a detective) is going to believe that these dolls committed the murders.
Subverted in the end as the detective who was on the case faked Jessie's and Jade's deaths so they could be cleared.
At the end of curse Nica is declared criminally insane as no one believed her, Chucky is alive and comes back after Alice to possess her but it doesn't seem to work as six months later Chucky is sent to Andy Barclay by Tiffany, to presumably possess him, only for Andy to blow Chucky's head off with a shotgun.
Black Like Me: Though it doesn't happen, obviously, in Child's Play 3 and Seed of Chucky Chucky showed great interest in having his soul transferred into a black guy's body.
Blood Upgrade: Chucky starts to take things more seriously in 2 when he sees that he's getting nosebleeds, indicating his time to possess Andy is running short.
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.
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.
Dinky Drivers: Mockingly discussed in Bride of Chucky. It actually comes into play in Seed of Chucky.
Exorcist Head: Chucky does this, most notably to mess with Damien Baylock in Bride and Andy's mother in the original after she realizes he's been working without batteries.
Eye Scream: Towards the end of the second movie; a security guard falls onto the conveyer line where the dolls' eyes are put in.
The second movie overuses this trope. It opens with a close up of Chucky's eye being removed. In extended footage from the TV version, Chucky's eye falls into a vat of plastic and is built into a new doll.
It should be noted that the very first shot in Child's Play 2 is the dead, burnt Chucky's eye staring straight into the camera.
Barb loses her eye in Curse of Chucky.
Chucky: You have your mother's eyes... And they were always too FUCKING CLOSE TOGETHER! (Proceeds to stab her in the eye).
Idiot Ball: In Child's Play 2, Kyle painfully drops a gate onto Chucky's now flesh and blood hand, trapping him temporarily. They don't take the chance to kill him. They don't even take away his knife. They run away. What the hell.
Imperiled in Pregnancy: In Curse, a pre-doll transformation Charles Lee Ray is seen stabbing a pregnant woman to cripple her unborn daughter after she rejected his advances.
Jaw Breaker: In Curse of Chucky, Ian dies by getting his jaw hacked off with an axe.
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 & he can take enough bullets to kill several people without dieing...at least until they finally shoot his heart, & even then, its 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.
No OSHA Compliance: The climax of Child's Play 2 in the toy factory is a safety nightmare. The factory has machines which can maim, mangle, and kill and which don't seem to have any emergency shutoffs, the entire place is staffed at night by one guy, the layout seems to feature no paths between the machines (Andy and Kyle have to crawl through some of them, and even Chucky needs a vent at one point to get around), and there are pipes dripping molten plastic.
The amusement park at the end of Child's Play 3 has a giant, uncovered fan and a giant grim reaper that swings a real blade capable of chopping off half of Chucky's face.
Shout-Out: There are several, starting from Bride of Chucky. References to Bride of Frankenstein (Tiffany watches this very film while bathing, and even quotes later, "We belong dead") and Hellraiser ("Why does that look so familiar?" as a guy gets nails in his face).
The part where Chucky is playing with a Speak & Spell and types in 'bitch' when it asks him to spell 'woman' is a reference to the scene in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III where Leatherface is playing an electronic word game and he keeps typing in 'food' when it's showing a picture of a clown.
In Seed of Chucky, Tiffany and Chucky call their gender-confused child Glen and Glenda respectively, a shout out to the Ed Wood film, Glen or Glenda?.
Also, the evidence room in Bride of Chucky contains several pieces of evidence that are shout-outs to other movies, including Jason's hockey mask from Friday the 13th and Michael Myers' mask from Halloween; additionally, in Seed of Chucky, Chucky hacks through a door with an ax exactly like Jack from The Shining, but the shout-out is comically subverted because he can't think of anything to say.
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.
Alice, Jill and Ian from Curse of Chucky certainly qualifies.
Tyler in the third movie, big time. Along with the garbageman and carnival security guard who tries to comfort Tyler.
Mattson, Joanne, the Play Pals factory workers and Grace Poole in the second film.
David and Damian Baylock in Bride of Chucky.
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.
Trailers Always Spoil: The theatrical trailer for the original Child's Play 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!"
Verb This!: In the second movie, after Tommy the Good Guys doll says that he likes to be hugged, Chucky says "Hug this!", before bashing his face in.
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.
Averted in Curse of Chucky. There's not much humour involving him, 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.
Villain Protagonist: Both Chucky and Tiffany arguably qualify in Bride of Chucky, as the film focuses more on them than the heroes. Tiffany definitely counts, however, in Seed of Chucky as a villain deuteragonist.
Villainous Breakdown: In Child's Play 2, Chucky goes complete rage mode when he fails to transfer his soul into Andy's body.
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.
Wham Line: This shocked many audience members the first time.
Mrs. Barclay: I said talk dammit or else I'm gonna throw you in the fire.
Chucky: You stupid bitch!!! You filthy slut I'll teach you to FUCK WITH ME!!!