''Critters'' is a film series featuring a group of deadly little furry aliens with several rows of teeth known as "Crites". The first film, directed by Stephen Herek, was released in 1986. In it, the title creatures terrorize a farm, with a pair of alien bounty hunters on their trail. It Starred a young Creator/ScottGrimes; also starring: Dee Wallace-Stone, M. Emmet Walsh, [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Ethan Phillips]], Billy Zane, Don Keith Opper, and Terrance Mann. The latter two would appear in all of the films.

The second film was released in 1988, featuring the return of Scott Grimes as Bradley Brown (the main character from the first film). The terror starts when the creature's eggs are mistaken for Easter eggs; they quickly multiply after they hatch.

The third film, starring Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio in his film debut, begins when a family who has recently lost their mother move into an apartment, followed by the title creatures after hitching a ride in their truck.

The final film takes place many years later in space, where they try to wipe out the remaining species of Crites.

The series is often compared to the ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' series despite the script for the film having been before the film was released.

A short FanFilm, ''Critters: Bounty Hunter'', was released in 2014. It's available [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yloNnvdWBU0 on YouTube]].

!!This film series provides examples of the following tropes:

* AIIsACrapshoot: The computer system on board the fourth film's space base leaves much to be desired. It does the opposite of what it is ordered and generally isn't very helpful.
* AntagonistTitle: The Critters are aliens that devour everything.
* AscendedFanboy: The first film ends with village idiot Charlie following the alien bounty hunters as they prepare to leave. By the second film he has become a bounty hunter himself.
* AssholeVictim:
** Any humans killed by the bounty hunters.
** Not to mention the landlord and the Janitor in ''Critters 3''.
* BizarreAlienLocomotion: Crites curl up and roll like balls when they need to move quickly. In the second film, a whole pack of Crites form a single giant, rolling, biting ball that rolls over people.
* TheBlank: Ug and Lee's default forms are glowing green faces that lack features.
* BountyHunter: [[SpaceX Space bounty hunters]] are dispatched to kill the Crites in the original film, and feature to some extent in all the sequels.
* TheCanKickedHim: In the original a Crite tries to escape via the toilet, which is then blown up.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Charlie throughout the four films is shown to be pretty idiotic, naive, awkward, goofy, and sometimes doesn't think things through. Yet he demonstrates good aim at times (blows up several Crites in the third movie), bravery (end of the second film), willpower (end of the fourth film), adaption of future tech minutes after unfreezing (figured out how to fire a laser gun but his aim was a little off), and improvising when it counts (1st film).
* DarkerAndEdgier: The first two films had their grim moments but weren't so bad, there were no super terrifying deaths. The second was a bit darker with Lee's death. The third one was a bit lighter once we got past the jerk ass landlord's very gory death. The fourth is the darkest with the highest amount of the cast dying and [[spoiler: Ug becoming an asshole and getting killed by Charlie.]]
* DeathBySex: Steve's attempt to get it on with April in the barn only scores him first place on the Crites' menu.
* DestructiveSavior: The bounty hunters in the first film cause a lot of damage while hunting down the Crites.
* EvilIsPetty: During their attempted escape in their stolen ship at the climax of the original film, the Crites stop to blow up the farmhouse out of spite.
* FaceHeelTurn: At some point in the years between films three and four, formerly heroic Ug becomes a corporate asshole.
* {{Fingore}}: In the original April's boyfriend Steve (Billy Zane) gets his fingers on his right hand bitten off by one of the crites as he reaches to change the radio station.
* FunWithSubtitles: "Critterese" gets translated into English with subtitles.
* GiantMook: A larger Crite appears in each of the first two films. [[spoiler:Though, the one in the second movie turned out to be Ug in disguise.]]
* GroinAttack: The unfortunate Easter bunny in ''Critters 2'' has Critters attack his crotch.
* HappyEndingOverride: The Brown family farm is rebuilt at the end of the first film after being destroyed by the Crites. The second film subsequently reveals that they were soon driven out of town because the bounty hunters had trashed much of the local area and their stories of alien invasion were causing strife in the community.
* HeroicBSOD: Ug completely loses it when his partner is killed in ''Critters 2'', reverting to his "nothing face" form and only snapping out of it to save the day towards the end of the film.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Second film happens at Easter.
* HumanPopsicle: Charlie and a two Crite eggs get cryogenically frozen at the end of the third film, setting up the events of part 4.
* MagicCountdown: {{Subverted}}, because the ship's AI is too stupid to realize that [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talking is]] ''[[TalkingIsAFreeAction not]]'' [[TalkingIsAFreeAction a free action.]]
* NeverMessWithGranny: Ms. Mendes in ''Critters 3'', even if she only gets to show it once.
-->'''Mrs. Mendes:''' How about a meat cleaver, dear?
-->*holds up gigantic meat cleaver*
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: All three sequels have the phrase "No critters were harmed in the making of this movie" turn up in the credits.
* NumberedSequels
* OhCrap:
** Quite a few, but the father's reaction in the first film when one of the Crites' poison spines slams into the wood an inch from his eyes is probably the strongest example.
** One of the ''Critters'' even has a moment of this; see below under Tempting Fate.
* OneWordTitle
* PowerUpFood: In the first film the Crites get progressively bigger the more they eat. One of them is roughly the size of an adult human by the conclusion. This is largely abandoned in the later films, particularly the third and fourth.
* PrecisionFStrike: A Krite utters "fuck" (its subtitled) in the original after witnessing another of its kind get shot.
* RecycledInSpace: Though the Crites are canonically aliens, the first movies take place mostly on Earth. The fourth film shifts things to a sci-fi setting, and ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'' rip-offs abound. It's even called ''Critters 4: Critters in Space'' in some releases.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Not so much, though there is an element of UglyCute to them.
* SequelEscalation: After a handful of Crites terrorize a farmhouse and the surrounding area in the first film, their far more numerous offspring take on the entire neighbouring town in part 2.
** Averted in the third (despite the video cover [[CoversAlwaysLie talking a good game]]), where the action shifts to the big city but is confined almost entirely to a single apartment building, with a Crite count much closer to the original film.
* SequelHook: The first film ends with a shot of Crite eggs in the farm's barn, while the third film ends with a space pod showing up to get the last Crite eggs from Charlie and a "To be continued" cliffhanger.
** The first sequel hook is retconned somewhat - the closing shot of the film is a handful of eggs beginning to hatch, while the second picks up two years later with dozens of eggs that have dubiously lain dormant due to cold conditions in the barn.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: The bounty hunters start as Type A [[TheBlank blank faces]]. Through the sequels Ug is Type B, allowing Terrance Mann to continue playing him.
* ShootTheTelevision: In the original movie, Ug fires his weapon at a TV set in a bowling alley, which causes a ruckus with several of the town locals.
* SpikeShooter: The Crites can shoot venomous quills that render victims unconscious.
* StockFootage: The exterior shots in ''Critters 4'' are cobbled together from the previous films in the series, and an earlier Don Opper sci-fi film called ''Android''. The bounty hunters use fast forwarded stock footage to learn about 1980s era Earth (aka American pop culture) to assimilate. One of the bounty hunters takes on the form of the fictional rock musician Johnny Steele.
* StrippedToTheBone: A victim of the Krite Ball in ''Critters 2''. [[http://horrordaily.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/critters2_shot3l.jpg This rare example]] shows the bones in a small amount of bloody "meat".
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: Ug in the fourth movie becomes an uncaring asshole willing to kill anyone who tries to keep him from dealing with the Crites on his terms.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: PlayedForLaughs and {{averted}} in the fourth film's climax, where the ship's computer starts a countdown for its self-destruct while the heroes escape and stops the countdown to thank one of them for calling it the dumbest computer ever. Once the computer resumes the countdown, the ship explodes before the countdown is finished, much to the heroes' amusement.
* TemptingFate: "They have weapons." "So what?" BLAM. "Fuck!"
* ToiletTeleportation: Subverted when one of the Crites attempts to escape from the bounty hunters via the toilet bowl. It's a bit too fat to fit, and can't squeeze down the hole before one of the hunters blows it (and the toilet itself) away.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The bounty hunters can change their appearance to blend in on alien planets. The rules of how it works seem to vary between the first and second films.
* TheWormThatWalks: More like the ever-hungry ball that rolls.