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.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attempted Rape: The homeless guy who sold Chucky to Karen attempts it on her when she encounters him again, but Mike saves her.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: 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.
  • 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 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.
    • Nica is this to Ian in the sixth film.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one ever believes Andy 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, Hate Sinks, The Scrappys or have Took a Level in Jerkass and protagonists who are The Woobies and Heroes With Bad Publicity.
  • Creepy Doll
  • 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.
  • '80s Hair: Maggie Peterson in the first film.
  • Electrified Bathtub: In the first movie this was originally going to be the babysitter's death, but the special effect would have been too expensive.
  • Evil Redhead: Chucky - at least as a doll.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: In the first film, Karen is a single mom with a crappy job at a department store, and explicitly strapped for cash. Her Chicago apartment is frigging huge.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: This is how Chucky gets his soul in a doll in the first place.
  • Honorary Uncle: Aunt Maggie
  • 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, and Chucky himself.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Moral Dissonance:
    Chucky: "This package was meant for Andy. Don't you know tampering with the mail is a federal offense?"
  • 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.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Chucky.
  • Off with His Head!: Chucky gets decapitated during the finale of the original, but it doesn't kill him. 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.
  • 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!"
    • Chucky himself has plenty of these.
  • 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.
  • Screaming Warrior: Chucky.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Chucky has quite the filthy mouth.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: Starts out as fairly straight horror, but by the time of Bride it's become a splatter comedy.
  • Smug Snake: Chucky.
  • Staying Alive: To the point that Chucky provides the page quote.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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: The batteries not being in Chucky's Good Guy doll socket in Child's Play.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Chucky keeps going as a one-armed, one-legged torso in the original.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Chucky most definitely would, if swapping souls doesn't work.
  • 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.