Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?
"You'll wish it was only make-believe."
A horror film franchise that began in 1988.
- Child's Play (1988)
- Child's Play 2 (1990)
- Child's Play 3 (1991)
- Bride of Chucky (1998)
- Seed of Chucky (2004)
- Curse of Chucky (2013) (direct-to-DVD)
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 (Cult Classic
veterans 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.
The new film, entitled Curse of Chucky
, is a Direct-to-DVD sequel, with Don Mancini having directed it.
a videogame series based on the property in which you play as Chucky in a literal
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.
- Ash Face: When Chucky gets burnt.
- Accidental Murder: In the third movie Colonel Cochran suffered a fatal heart attack before Chucky even got a chance to stab him.
Chucky: Oh, you've gotta be fucking kidding me...
- Adam Westing: Jennifer Tilly in Seed.
- 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.
- An Axe to Grind: Both Seed and Curse of Chucky feature axe-murdering.
- 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.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The nanny points out that Glenda punched a kid's nose, took pictures of it and showed it for show-and-tell, called the cat the c-word, and possibly stole money from her purse.
- "You killed my mummy and daddy. And now you're pissing your pants. You're pissing your pants! YOU'RE PISSING YOUR PANTS!!!"
- Artificial Limbs: In Child's Play 2, Chucky replaces his hand with a knife after tearing his old one off to escape.
- As Himself: In Seed, Redman has decided to branch out from the music industry into film-making.
- Seed also has special effects technician Tony Gardenernote getting killed off at the beginning.
- Asshole Victim:
- Child's Play has Eddie Caputo and Dr. Ardmore.
- Child's Play 2 has Mattson, Miss Kettlewell, Andy's Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat foster father Phil and Andy's Took a Level in Jerkass foster mother Joanne.
- 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.
- Bride of Chucky has the couple who steal Jesse and Jade's money, and Jade's Uncle Warren, as well as police officers Robert Bailey and Norton. Downplayed for David though, whose own foolish actions that led to his death are a result of Took a Level in Dumbass more then Took a Level in Jerkass.
- Seed of Chucky has the photographer (played by John Waters) stalking Jennifer Tilly and taking pictures of her, her boyfriend, and Chucky masturbating.
- Curse of Chucky has Barb and Ian who both border on this, especially Barb, as well as Jill and Officer Stanton.
- 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.
- 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.
- As of the sixth movie it turns out Andy is perfectly fine.
- 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 (see Badass Boast above).
- Bath Kick: Tiffany manages to fend of Chucky with one leg. If she did more than scream her fool head off, she might have escaped the collapsing television.
- The Bechdel Test: Most of the movies pass, providing that talking about Andy doesn't count as "talking about a man". Seed and Curse in particular feature many female characters who interact a lot.
- Big Bad: Chucky.
- Big "NO!": Chucky gives out a very Big "NO!" when he finds out that it's too late to bodysurf into Andy.
- 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: Seems to be a thing for the first three films:
- 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 Chucky Chucky, 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.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Each successive installment just gets messier.
- 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.
- Bury Your Gays: David in Bride.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Glen does this in Seed.
Glen: "No, dad! It's me, your boy! Your chip off the old block! You proud of me now, daddy?! Are ya?!" (says this while chopping Chucky up with an ax)
- 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.
- Chekhov's Skill: Andy learning how to aim a gun in 3.
- Child Hater: Chucky says "I hate kids" during the finale of 2.
- Phil and Miss Kettlewell in 2 seem to be this.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "YOU STUPID BITCH, YOU FILTHY SLUT! I'LL TEACH YOU TO FUCK WITH ME!"
- Coming-Out Story: Seed of Chucky, directed by openly gay Don Mancini, who wrote all of the films, stated that Glen's sexually confused character was a metaphor for his own coming out.
- Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: The climax of the second movie involves some near misses with one in the Good Guys doll factory.
- Cool Big Sis: Kyle in 2.
- Cowardly Lion: Whitehurst in 3, who knows Chucky's alive but refuses to help or back up Andy out of sheer terror. That is, until he grows a pair and makes a Heroic Sacrifice at the end.
- 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
- Dangerously Close Shave: In Child's Play 3, Chucky kills Botnick by slashing his throat with a razor blade while Botnick stupidly attempts to give him a haircut.
- Deadly Rotary Fan: Andy throws Chucky into an industrial-sized fan at the end of Child's Play 3.
- Deadpan Snarker: Chucky, especially in Seed.
Tiff: Oh no! I am not getting pregnant again! Like my mother always said, once is a blessing, twice is a curse.
Chucky: Well that would explain your sister.
- Also Kyle in Child's Play 2:
Chucky: Floor it!
Kyle: Get real. This is a station wagon.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The Flash Back in Curse of Chucky, with the odd Splash of Color.
- Despair Event Horizon: Glen loses it when Chucky kills Tiffany.
- 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.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Tiffany disembowels Redman when Jennifer Tilly states that Redman may have caused her to become pregnant.
- She also kills the nanny when she belittles her daughter, even though she has been doing terrible things.
- Don't Explain the Joke: In Seed, Chucky and "Glen" are out joyriding, when Chucky runs Britney Spears off the road. This would've been a lot funnier if every trailer didn't contain the disclaimer "Britney Spears Does Not Appear In This Movie" in big bold letters.
- Word of God says that wasn't meant to be funny. Britney's lawyers told them to put that in, so people wouldn't think that was actually her.
- Downer Ending: The end of Child's Play 3 can qualify, depending on your interpretation.
- Seed of Chucky is another example.
- Curse of Chucky. Minus The Stinger.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Andy Barclay of all characters as revealed in Curse of Chucky.
- '80s Hair: Maggie Peterson in the first film and Grace Poole in the second film.
- Electrified Bathtub: Chucky kills Tiffany this way in Bride of Chucky.
- In the first movie this was originally going to be the babysitter's death, but the special effect would have been too expensive.
- Even Evil Has Standards: "Paparazzi scumbag!"
- The scene where Glenda's persona reveals herself. Chucky while most of the movie trying to make his kid become a killer, is extremely freaked out by Glenda's insanity.
- Evil Laugh: In Child's Play 3, Chucky is so busy indulging in maniacal laughter that the girl he keeps as a hostage takes advantage of the situation to run away.
- 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.
- 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).
- The Family That Slays Together: In Seed, though Glen(da) isn't really into it like his/her parents are.
- Faux Affably Evil: Chucky has pretty moments. As does Tiffany.
- Five-Bad Band:
- "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.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Barb and Jill in Curse.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When the garbage man gets his arm snapped off by a hydraulic press in 3.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Spoken by Glen/Glenda in Seed. Apparently justified by his doll being made in Japan.
- 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.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Whitehurst jumps onto a grenade to save the distracted students.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Andy goes from foster home to foster home and eventually to a military school because no one believes him about Chucky. He is also suspected in many of the murders that occur.
- Hollywood Voodoo: This is how Chucky gets his soul in a doll in the first place.
- Honorary Aunt: Aunt Maggie
- Horrible Judge of Character: Tyler in the third movie.
- Human Mail: Chucky mails himself to Andy in 3. Tiffany mails him to Andy again in Curse of Chucky.
- I Was Just Joking: At the climax of 2, when Chucky is strapped to a Conveyor Belt of Doom, he calls out to Andy, "I was only playin'!"
- 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.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Glen is Jekyll and Glenda is Hyde.
- 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.
- Joisey: In Bride of Chucky, we learn that Charles Lee Ray's remains are buried in Hackensack.
- Karmic Death: Chucky in all films.
- Kick the Dog: Chucky is evil all right, but this gets quite flanderized throughout the series.
- Possibly best exemplified when in Bride of Chucky, he drinks a fish's bowl water.
- 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.
- Ludicrous Gibs: David explodes when he gets hit by a truck in Bride of Chucky.
- Mama Bear: Andy's mother at first, then Kyle in the second film.
- Mood Whiplash: The last two films revel in this trope.
(On killing Redman)
Tiffany: (sobbing) It was a slip! Rome wasn't built in one day, you know? (abruptly harsh) Besides, the fucker had it coming.
- Moral Dissonance:
Chucky: "This package was meant for Andy. Don't you know tampering with the mail is a federal offense?"
- Mind Screw: Watch Seed of Chucky a few times. Most of it still won't make much sense.
Chucky: That's it! Everybody just shut up! This is nuts!
- My God, What Have I Done?: Glen, after he kills his father, Chucky.
- 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.
- 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.
- Not Good with Rejection: Chucky.
- Oh, Crap: Chucky gets a genuine shit-your-pants one during The Stinger of Curse of 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.
- In Seed of Chucky, Tony Gardner gets murdered when Chucky and Tiffany wrap a wire around his neck and yank on it, slicing his head off.
- 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!"
Andy: "Play with this."
- 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.
- Sadist Teacher: Mrs. Kettlewell from the second movie.
- Screaming Warrior: Chucky.
- 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.
- Child's Play 3 has a Shout-Out to Full Metal Jacket, specifically "This is my rifle, this is my gun..."
- 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.
- Soft Glass: Inverted, as in Bride of Chucky, breaking a ceiling mirror is enough to dismember everyone beneath it.
- So Proud of You: Chuckie to Glen at the end of Seed of Chucky, right before Glen kills him.
- Staying Alive: To the point that Chucky provides the page quote.
- The Stinger: Curse of Chucky features a post-credits scene in which Chucky is mailed to Andy...only to be greeted with a shotgun pointed at his head when he emerges from his box.
- Take That: At Britney Spears.
Chucky: (after killing her) Oops, I did it again!
- This Means War!: In Child's Play 3, Chucky says this after having lipstick smeared around his mouth.
- 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 qualify.
- 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!"
- Trauma Conga Line: Chucky undergoes a very satisfying one at the end of Child's Play 2.
- Twenty Minutes with Jerks: It takes a very long time for anything to happen in Curse of Chucky.
- Underside Ride: Chucky does this with a school bus in Child's Play 2.
- Unholy Matrimony: Chucky & Tiffany.
- 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. While this could be explained out-of-story as attempting to drop some of the humor introduced in the previous entries, it can be explained in-story as [[Spoiler: Chucky having personal history with the family in question]].
- 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 to me, 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!!!
- Wham Shot: Some notable ones:
- The batteries not being in Chucky's Good Guy doll socket in Child's Play.
- Chucky's rubber mask beginning to fall apart, revealing his still patched-up face in Curse.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Chucky keeps going as a one-armed, one-legged torso in the original. In the second film, he loses his legs but doesn't stop trying to kill Andy and Kyle.
- Would Hurt a Child: Chucky most definitely would, if swapping souls doesn't work.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Post Despair Event Horizon, Glen briefly falls in this category, when his father, Chucky, kills his mother, Tiffany. He then goes berserk and violently kills Chucky.
- 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.
- This also happens in the second film, when Chucky discovers that it's too late to use Andy as his new Soul Jar and decides to kill him instead.
- Your Head Asplode: In Child's Play 2, this is how Chucky is done in.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Parodied in Seed. Redman (the rap star) is directing a Bible epic, and Jennifer Tilly is lobbying for the part of the Virgin Mary.
Jennifer: But the character is pregnant!
Redman: Yeah, I know, but I have a very specific vision of Mary. And what can I say? She gots to be hot.