Toys / Living Dead Dolls

We're dead. Pure evil. We sleep with the worms.

Created by Ed Long and Damien Glonek back in 1998, Living Dead Dolls are little dolls who died in an assortment of creative ways, and come packaged in coffins for you to enjoy, complete with death certificates. They are distributed by Mezco Toyz, and to date, there are over thirty series, not counting the exclusives, Living Dead Dolls Presents lines, and Fashion Victims. A complete listing of the dolls can be found in the Archive section of the official website.

Compare and contrast Little Apple Dolls.

These dolls provide examples of:

  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Jubilee is a most unwelcome guest at any birthday party, which is sure to go wrong when she's present..
  • A Crack in the Ice: This is what killed Frozen Charlotte while ice-skating.
  • All Witches Have Cats: Subverted by Salem, who is both witch and cat.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • Thump in Series 31, with a gender-neutral appearance and the series' trend to avoid pronouns in the description.
    • Maitre Des Mortes in Series 33 to a lesser extent, as he has an androgynous appearance and Damien is reported to have avoided his gender in conversation, but his name and chipboard confirm him as male.
  • American Gothic Couple: Two versions of the American Gothic dolls were made.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Gregory and Fairy Fay have severed arms, and Angus Littlrot, Hayze, The Hook, and the Madame have hooks to replace their hands.
  • Art Shift: Series 32, "Vintage Halloween", has a more simple line-drawn art style for the dolls' faces to evoke the mood of the series.
  • At the Opera Tonight: Series 33, Moulin Morgue, is based on the people and performers under this theme.
  • Blinding Bangs: The Dark has them, since her eye sockets are empty and her tongue has an eye on it.
  • Bloody Horror: A good deal of the dolls, though Countess Bathory and Fairy Fay take it Up to Eleven.
  • Brain Monster: Purdy and Goria have exposed brains, which are removable.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Resurrection Series 9's variants come in glow-in-the-dark, sepia-toned, and glow-in-the-dark sepia-toned.
  • Buried Alive: Posey of Series 1 and Chloe of Series 12.
  • Burn the Witch!: The fate that befell Ember. It was only a costume.
  • The Butcher: Vulgar the Obscene ( the embodiment of Gluttony) and Butcher Boop.
  • Chinese Vampire: The Hopping Vampire in Series 27, complete with a velcro spell tag to attach to its hat.
  • Conjoined Twins: Hazel and Hattie, conjoined at the shoulder.
  • Corrupt Church: Sinister Minister and Bad Habit.
  • Creepy Child: Several dolls have shades of this, but The Lost is generally considered particularly eerie.
  • Creepy Doll: All of them, though some are made to look more like dolls, and others are made to look more like separate characters.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Some dolls, like The Lost and She Who Cannot Be Named, are designed this way, and several variant sets invoke this.
  • Demonic Dummy: Gregory's dummy is attached where his hand was severed, and has apparently taken over his mind.
  • Driven to Suicide: Jasper, Jezebel, Penny, and The After did so intentionally. Several other dolls caused their own deaths through ignorance or sheer stupidity.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Series 29's dolls are called the Nameless Ones, and all are spoken of with a fearful reverence like a legend that won't go away.
    • The spooks in Series 31 are implied to be, with no death dates, and being referred to as "it" rather than by pronouns.
  • Enemy Mime: The Lost's Resurrection looks like this, with white skull-like face paint over the top of her face featuring lines and dots typical of mime makeup.
  • Enfant Terrible: Most of the kids in the line would be terrifying even if they weren't undead.
  • Escape Artist: Vincent Vaude was a rather bad one who suffocated inside his trunk.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Dawn. Get it? There have been a few others, like Dee K, and the entirety of Series 22.
  • Evil Twin: Hattie to Hazel. Unfortunately for the latter, they're conjoined, and Hazel was killed by an undead Hattie despite her wishes to stay alive.
  • Eye Scream: Tessa. Her Resurrection doll includes her disembodied eyes which can be reinserted into her sockets.
    Tessa was a tattletale
    Who gossiped all she saw,
    Until she got her eyes gouged out
    Nerve endings and all.
    • Sospirare has eyes that look like this, but they're clean.
    • Exclusive doll Jeepers as well...
      Jeepers had one eye through which
      She would occasion a gruesome sight.
      The other shone only beauty,
      That everything was quite alright.
      So she plucked out the peeper she thought was so unwell.
      But it turns out she was wrong,
      Now all she sees is truly hell.
    • Isabel removed hers out of dysphoric feelings toward them, and the subsequent blood loss was what killed her. Her masquerade mask seems to have her eyes implanted into it, and the nerve endings on the back fit into her empty sockets.
  • Fashion Hurts:
    • Madame Dysmorphic (who represents Vanity) died on Dedwin's operating table when she tried to get plastic surgery.
    • Butcher Boop did something to her face that left it no more than a skull in an attempt to attain beauty.
  • The Freakshow: Series 30.
  • Glasgow Grin: Dahlia and Tina Pink are just two examples.
  • Gossipy Hens: Tessa is unable to keep a secret. Her Resurrection doll puts a high-society spin on the idea.
  • Granola Girl: Daisy Slae. Unfortunately, nature wasn't so friendly to her as she was to it.
  • The Grim Reaper: Shows up in person in Series 15, and he has had several subsequent releases.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Dahlia, being based on Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia murder victim, and Viv, an unfortunate magician's assistant.
  • Halloween Episode: Series 16, 18, and 32.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Lust, in all incarnations.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Lots of Elizabeths from the past. There's a doll of Lizzie Borden in Series 2 and one of Elizabeth Bathory in Series 15, as well as an Exclusive of Jack the Ripper, and the alleged victim of his, Fairy Fay. Dahlia, in the entertainment-themed Series 5, is based off the murdered actress Elizabeth Short, AKA The Black Dahlia.
  • Hook Hand: Angus Littlrot, The Hook, Hayze, and the Madame.
  • Horny Devils: Mistress Demonika, who represents Lust.
  • Hugh Mann: Hemlock and Honey, a poisoned and burned corpse, respectively, trick-or-treat as human girls with the use of masks and wigs.
  • Institutional Apparel: Sybil has a straitjacket on both of her dolls. For the original, her arms are rubbery to be able to fold across her body, and for her Resurrection, she's already freed her arms.
  • Irony: A couple of dolls, like Wurm and Wizard, are exclusive to variant sets.
  • Louis Cypher: Lou Sapphire, anyone?
  • Mad Doctor: Dr. Dedwin and Nurse Necro.
  • Mirror Monster: Bloody Mary appears in Series 17, with cuts on her face like she's just escaped.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Calico sure loves her pet Muzzy.
    Some parts are scaly and some parts are fuzzy.
  • Monster Clown: Schitzo. It's even implied that he murdered another doll, Cuddles.
    He'll hand out balloons,
    Then lop off your head.
    He's playful and witty,
    And also quite dead.
  • Naughty Nuns: Lust is portrayed as a nun in her Resurrection dolls.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Lost, She Who Walks the Night, The Girl In Black, The After, the Silent One, and She Who Can Not Be Named.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Series 19 is all vamp. And the first one, Lilith, comes complete with a stake.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Lottie carries one for sun protection. Her Resurrection trades it out for a raincoat.
  • The Plague: This is what killed Maggot, Grace of the Grave, and Gretchen.
  • Post-Apocalyptic Gas Mask: Toxic Molly was the first to wear one, then War and Resurrection Lust followed.
  • Punny Name: Several, such as zombies Dee K and Ernest Lee Rotten.
  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue...: The Twisted Love dolls; Rose's color is red, and Violet's is blue.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Viv, the Great Zombini's assistant has been actually sawn in two, and her doll's body can separate into the two pieces.
  • Scary Scarecrows: Isaac.
  • Scary Stitches: Several dolls, but Calico and the Resurrection Bride of Valentine have the most.
  • Scary Teeth: Thump hides these under its coat's high collar, along with a crack full of the souls it's consumed.
  • Scullery Maid: Gretchen, who even when stricken by the plague, worked on until she died.
  • Series Mascot: Sadie, the first Living Dead Doll, and the only one to have multiple series appearances.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The dolls of Series 7 exemplify them.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Southern Belle: Goria. Under her hat, she hides her exposed brain.
  • Spot of Tea: Series 23 is a twisted tea party.
  • Superstition Episode: Each of the Series 13 dolls is based on a common notion of bad luck, like a broken mirror or black cat encounter.
  • Supervillain: Onyx tried to be, but a ray gun accident killed her before she accomplished much. Not that death has stopped her.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Series 31, "Don't Turn Out The Lights".
  • Tear Off Your Face: It appears this has happened to Madame la Mort, as her face doesn't match the rest of her skin and is bloody all around, as if it's a replacement for a face she lost.
  • Torso with a View: Maitre Des Mortes has a bloody hole straight through his chest. It's especially hidden because his coat isn't removable.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Sort of. Moana and Dementia are exclusive to the rag doll spinoffs, and haven't been made into standard dolls.
  • Two-Faced: Jennocide lost half of her face via acid, which she thought was tea.
  • Urban Legends: Series 17 was inspired by them, and includes a Vanishing Hitchhiker, among others.
  • Updated Re-release: The Resurrection series, which provide new takes on older characters.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Eve-A-Go-Go, who represents Envy, is green.
    • The Wizard of Oz includes the gifts he gives to the party of heroes at the end. For Purdy as the Scarecrow, he has a brain, for the Bride of Valentine as the Tin Man, he has a heart, and for Teddy as the Cowardly Lion, he has courage...represented by a pouch with two brass spheres inside.
  • Voodoo Zombie: Macumba unfortunately turned himself into one.
  • White Mask of Doom: Butcher Boop wears a thoroughly unsettling sloppy white papier-mache mask with a crudely-drawn woman's face on it. It's to cover her own mutilated face, which is almost entirely devoid of skin.
  • Wicked Witch: Ember, Holle Katrina, and Salem follow this theme.
  • Wingding Eyes: Sybil has spiral pupils to emphasize her insanity.
  • Witch Classic: Walpurgis, Samhain, Beltane, Lammas, Tenebre, Sospirare, and Lamenta represent this.
  • Youkai: Yuki-Onna from Series 24.