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Billy Peltzer
Played by: Zach Galligan

The Hero of the films, Billy is a young cartoonist who works in Kingston Falls' bank. Receiving Gizmo as a pet from his dad, he quickly learns to appreciate the Schmuck Bait for caring for him. Things quickly go topsy turvy as the gremlins rampage through the town with Billy being the only person dealing with the chaos. In the sequel, he works at Daniel Clamp's business tower in New York as a concept artist.

  • Adorkable: He's more than a little awkward when he first asks Kate out, which she clearly finds endearing. It's especially interesting to watch him go from puppy-dog excited to trying to act cool when she says yes.
  • Genre Savvy: By the end of the first movie he's gotten the hang of how to deal with gremlins quite well. Too bad in both movies the folks in charge are utterly genre blind.
  • The Hero: More explicit in the original script that Billy transforms from an Adorkable Hollywood Nerd into a battered and bleeding but unbroken sword-wielding action hero, but elements remain in the finished film. Notably, he comes up with the plan to kill the Gremlin horde and engages Stripe for most of the climax, though Gizmo actually finishes him off (and even that was a clever edit, the film originally had Gizmo and Billy both opening shades to shine sunlight on Stripe).
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He uses one briefly to fight the Gremlins that have invaded his home. He loses it after Stripe attacks him in the YMCA, and choose to book it from the horde of Gremlins multiplying in the pool rather than retrieve it.
  • My Car Hates Me: His starter has a tendency to fail on him, and naturally it picks the worst possible time to do it when he arrives to rescue Kate.
  • Off with His Head!: Billy saves his mother from a gremlin by lopping its head off with an ornamental sword.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Stripe leaps into a swimming pool and the giant gremlin army is created.
  • Only Sane Man: Particularly in the second film.
  • Schmuck Bait: Billy is told the three rules for taking care of a mogwai, and to be fair does his best to follow them. They are all still broken sooner or later, although arguably the worst ones (getting Gizmo wet and feeding Stripe and his gang after midnight) weren't really Billy's fault.
  • Starving Artist: An aspiring cartoonist, nobody seems interested in his work and he is forced to work a demeaning job as a bank teller. In the sequel, he has managed to land a job as an architectural engineer for the Clamp Center in New York, but he's a cubicle drone and still tends to have his ideas trod on. Until the end, when Mr. Clamp reveals he likes his idea for a suburban neighborhood based on Kingston Falls.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: In a parody of Marathon Man.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Through the course of the first film, he goes from a normal, mild-mannered American teenager to a gremlin-killing one-man army.
  • You Are Not Ready: Averted in Billy's case, as Mr. Wing proclaims Billy may one day be ready to handle a Mogwai.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Averted. He goes with Marla to a restaurant, thinking she wants to discuss business matters. However, once he realizes it's really a date and she starts trying to play footsie with him under the table, he politely excuses himself. It doesn't stop Kate from suspecting he had an affair with Marla. Until the end anyway.

Kate Beringer
Played by: Phoebe Cates

Billy's love interest. She works at the bank with Billy, but also part-time at a bar which is invaded by the gremlins for a wild night out. In the sequel, she is living with Billy and works as a tour guide in Daniel Clamp's business tower.

  • All Webbed Up: She and Marla briefly end up trapped by Spider!Mohawk's web in the sequel until Gizmo finishes him up and Billy is able to free the two women.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Has to wear a hat with a long model of the building coming out of it as a tour guide.
  • Broken Bird: Downplayed. Kate's got some baggage, but doesn't let it interfere with her life (usually). Nor does it prevent her from standing up to the gremlins numerous times in both films.
  • The Chick: With minor heroic moments, she pretty much plays the screaming damsel in distress for Billy to rescue and look badass doing it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hates Christmas, due to her father's death during an attempt to come down a chimney dressed as Santa. She also mentions an incident in the second film where she was flashed by a man resembling Abraham Lincoln.
  • Girl Next Door: Not literally next door, but she and Billy very much have this dynamic. Joe Dante and Steven Speilberg were even specifically looking for a "wholesome, girl-next-door-type" for Kate.
  • Groin Kick: She attacks a flashing gremlin in the second film, perhaps as a Take That! to a similar incident in the first film and to her past.
  • Love Interest: To Billy.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: First movie has her being a bank tender and pro bono bartender in Kingston Falls. Second movie has her being a tour guide at the Clamp building.
  • She's Got Legs: Specially noticeable in the second movie, where she wears a very short skirt as part of her work outfit. When she's trapped in a malfunctioning elevator, multiple gremlins begin to eagerly grab her legs and comment on them.

Randall "Rand" Peltzer
Played by: Hoyt Axton

Billy's father. An intelligent, yet Bungling Inventor. He makes good gadgets but they usually break down a week or two after he finishes them. He buys Gizmo as a pet for Billy.

  • Bungling Inventor: His inventions break down a lot.
  • Nice Guy: He's a good father. The reason why this whole mess starts is because he was in the city looking for a perfect gift for Billy.
  • Out of Focus: Introduced as a major character but then takes a backseat as he heads out of town to attend an inventor's fair, but returns at the end of the film to see Stripe's death.
  • Schmuck Bait: He does do his best to pass on the rules and their importance, but isn't quite as conscientious about them as Billy. Also, every single one of his inventions are this, since they never work right and usually result in the operator or someone else being Covered in Gunge.
  • The Smart Guy: He hand-makes all of his inventions. Unfortunately they are all an Epic Fail.
  • You Are Not Ready: Unlike Billy, he is a perfect representation of how not to handle a Mogwai.

Lynn Peltzer
Played by: Frances Lee McCain

Billy's mother and Randall's wife. While usually a kind housewife, Lynn goes badass when she realises the Gremlins are loose in house and manages to kill three of them when they invade her kitchen.

Mr. Sam Wing

A mysterious Asian Store-Owner who is the owner of Gizmo. Likely from experience, he believes Mogwai must be carefully looked after and that the western world is not ready for such a responsibility.
  • Asian Store-Owner: Looks like your stereotypical "mystical store owner" from many an urban fantasy show and text. Deconstructed to an extent, because his grandson complains that Mr. Wing's stubborn, pernickety attitude has turned the store into a money pit (which is why he sells Gizmo to Randall behind Mr. Wing's back).
  • Big Good: Of the films. He's the one who knows about the Mogwai and the danger of it if one does not follow the rules.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He is furious when he confronts Rand at the end of the first film, but makes peace with him upon leaving and accepts a unique ashtray from Rand as a parting gift.
  • Hero of Another Story: The upcoming 2020 animated prequel series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will follow Gizmo and 10-year old Mr. Wing in 1920s Shanghai.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He dies early on in the sequel, which allows Clamp to construct a mall over his store.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: He has one of these in the sequel. Explicitly lmapshaded by Forster when Wing refuses to sell out his store for Clamp's latest project: "Hear that cough? He's an antique. We can wait."
  • You Are Not Ready: Says this to the Peltzer family about the responsibility of handling a Mogwai, but states that Billy may one day be.
  • You No Take Candle: His English inexplicably improves by the end of the film.

Murray Futterman

Billy's neighbor, Murray Futterman often is seen Griping About Gremlins and is very proud of his snowplough. He and his wife are attacked by Gremlins when they steal his snowplough. They reappear in Gremlins 2 as New York tourists.
  • Ascended Extra: From guy who appears in two scenes in the first film to one of the heroes of the second.
  • Badass Normal: In the second film, he doesn't even has the benefit of experience in how to deal with Gremlins that Billy does.
  • Cassandra Truth: He often griped about gremlins and no one believed him seeing him as some drunken loon, but he was totally right.
  • Cranky Neighbor: His Establishing Character Moment (and second scene) have him complaining about how foreign, allegedly unreliable products have apparently taken over.
  • Retired Badass: He's old enough to have fought in World War II and the second film has him kicking Gremlin ass after being one more victim in the first.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was just another victim of the gremlins' Comedic Sociopathy in the first film. In the second he is pivotal in stopping the invasion and even takes out a few of them singlehandedly.

Mrs. Ruby Deagle
Played by: Polly Holliday

Before the gremlins rip apart Kingston Falls, Mrs. Deagle ruled the roost. A wicked old devil woman, Mrs. Deagle is a Rich Bitch willing to bring misery to everyone in town as long as she gets her money. She has a particular grudge against the Peltzers.

  • Asshole Victim: To the point she even thinks that the gremlins are demons finally come to take her away.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: He establishes herself as totally irredeemable (if the callous way she treats the widow and her children wasn't enough) by threatening to kill Billy's dog by tossing him in her dryer in retribution for Barney breaking her porcelain snowman (Billy offers to pay her back, but Deagle insists she will not accept anything less than the dog's life and even savors delivering the threat she will take him "whenever Billy least expects it").
  • Big Bad Wannabe: She's designated as the initial threat towards Kingston Falls, but she is later usurped by the gremlins.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Deagle is technically a businesswoman due to her immense wealth and being an abhorrent Rich Bitch.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: Mrs. Deagle's cats are named after different kinds of currency.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A deleted scene shows her still pining for her deceased husband Donald. The scene was excised because it made her too sympathetic.
  • Evil Is Petty: When Billy's dog breaks her snowman, she doesn't want the money to pay for it, she explicitly wants to kill the dog and refuses to settle for anything less.
  • Expy: Is essentially the movie's answer to Miss Gulch from The Wizard of Oz.
  • The Grinch: In spite of her concern for her snowman decoration, she has little in the way of holiday spirit. She'll gladly throw water on carolers, and sees no reason why she should cut any of her mortgage borrowers any slack for the holidays.
  • Hate Sink: Basically you want to cheer when she flies out of her second story window thanks to the gremlins.
  • Kick the Dog: She loves tormenting the townsfolk. The first thing we see her doing in the movie is smugly denying an extension to a poor single mother, and the second thing is threatening to take Billy's dog and throw him into her clothes dryer for breaking her snowman decoration.
    • Deleted Scenes showed that she was planning to tear down people's home to put up a strip mall, and the novelization said that she was going to sell the town's land to a company called "HiTox", which implied she was gonna turn the whole place into a toxic waste dump.
  • Jerkass: She's greedy, wants to kill Billy's dog, and refuses to give money to the homeless.
  • Lack of Empathy: In her entry scene, she has such little remorse for a struggling woman and her children that she openly mocks the prospect of evicting them on Christmas to their faces.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Plays Wounded Gazelle Gambit on Billy's boss after Barney pounces onto her, making him look even more like a menace.
  • Obviously Evil: Even she seems to know how rotten she is if her reaction to seeing what she thinks are demons here to carry her off to Hell, is not to say she doesn't deserve it, but that shes not ready to go yet.
  • Pet the Cat: Compared to her obsessive contempt for Barney, she dotes over her numerous cats and lets them run wild in her home.
  • Rich Bitch: One of the most wealthy and powerful civilians in Kingston Falls, to almost everyone's ire.
  • Super Window Jump: Mrs. Deagle meets her well-deserved end when a gremlin breaks her stair lift, causing it to rocket up the stairs and send Mrs. Deagle flying out of a window to her death.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She loses it after the gremlins attack her home, convinced they're there to drag her to Hell.
    Deagle: I'm not ready!!!

Kingston Falls Citizens

  • Black Guy Dies First: Mr. Hanson is the first casualty to the Gremlins.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Pete disappears after Billy discovers what happens when you allow the Gremlins to get wet only to appear during the montage of the Gremlins' rampage taking out one of them by cutting the light cord that it's dangling from.
  • Cool Teacher: Mr. Hanson, Billy's science teacher who is given the Gremlin named Earl to study.
  • Police are Useless: They just gawk at seeing all of the chaos going on (including seeing Mrs. Deagle flying out of the second story of her house) and then they find out the hard way that the Gremlins tampered with their patrol car's breaks when they stopped (to see the aforementioned absurd death) and are out for the rest of the film after they crashed (seriously, it's never said whether they're still alive or not).

Daniel Clamp
Played by: John Glover
An eccentric corporate manager who works in New York. He runs a completely automatically-powered skyscraper, hates black and white films, and wants to make the world a better place through good-intentioned projects.

Frank Forster
Daniel Clamp's assistant and chief of security.
Played by: Robert Picardo

  • All There in the Manual: His first name is given in the novelization by David Bischoff.
  • Bad Boss: Fires and publicly humiliates an elderly employee for taking an unauthorized smoke break. He even Kicks the Dog, too, by revoking the poor guy's medical benefits.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's more of this trope than Clamp.
  • Dull Surprise / The Stoic: Mohawk's attack on the control room doesn't get much reaction out of him. Neither does witnessing the carnage in the Splice O' Life lab - he merely complains that Catheter has failed to keep proper order. Greta on the other hand...
  • Jerkass: Even when it turns out Billy is right about the gremlins, he won't stop being a complete cad. Since he likely hold him responsible for the gremlin takeover.
  • Satellite Character: He has a few button-pushers and one guy always follows him around with amounts to a primitive 90s laptop and is credited simply as "Forster's Assistant."
  • Super OCD: Implied by some of his behavior, such as his obsessive desire for orderliness and strict adherence to rules and schedules. At the end of the film, he reluctantly complies to Clamps' suggestion to take a vacation, after which Forster hangs up the phone in annoyance. And in one Deleted Scene, he's seen meticulously arranging every single little thing on his desk to the centimeter.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For being Billy's co-worker who bosses him around and belittles him, while trying to brownnose his boss, he is this of Gerald. He can be also of Mrs. Deagle for being a Corrupt Corporate Executive.

Marla Bloodstone
Billy's office supervisor at the Clamp Center.

Grandpa Fred

The host of a horror movie show that's filmed in the Clamp Center's studio.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's elderly (or at least middle-aged) and takes it upon himself to report on the gremlin attack from inside the building, and even lands an interview with the Brain Gremlin.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He doesn't seem terribly concerned about the Gremlins beyond mild annoyance — until the Brain Gremlin shoots another gremlin for fun, at which point Fred gets up and walks out of the interview, visibly disgusted (and at least a little scared).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Inspired by Al Lewis of The Munsters fame.

Mr. Katsuji

A photographer in one of Kate's tour groups. Following the gremlin attack, Grandpa Fred enlists him to be his cameraman.
  • Camera Fiend: He's laden with several different types of cameras and constantly taking pictures. When Fred asks him if he knows how to use a camera, Katsuji squees "I am a camera!"
  • Japanese Tourist: Pretty much one of the defining examples of this trope.

Dr. Cushing Catheter
Played by: Christopher Lee

A scientist in the employ of Clamp, he runs the Splice O' Life genetics laboratory where he performs a wide variety of very strange experiments. And when his assistants capture Gizmo, he is of course very interested in knowing what makes the little mogwai tick.

  • All There in the Manual: His first name is given in the novelization by David Bischoff. That said, his name tag in the film reads "K. Catheter."
  • Collector of the Strange: He receives vials of rabies in the mail, has malaria on back order, and at one point returns from an errand carrying one of the alien pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • Crazy-Prepared: How else to explain why he keeps "small assault weapons" (specifically a MAC-10 which Mohawk gets ahold of) in a locked cupboard in his lab? Gotta be prepared for those mutant test subject uprisings!
  • Dies Wide Open: After getting electrocuted by the Lightning Gargoyle.
  • For Science!: With a few exceptions, almost all of he stuff done at Splice O' Life seems to be weird experiments for the sake of weird experiments.
  • Mad Scientist: Catheter has some traits of one, although he's very darkly subdued and laid back example.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He seems a little too eager for that vial of malaria he's been expecting in the mail. "All a man wants is some fresh germs!"
  • Redemption Equals Death: Right after he realizes animal experimentation is unethical (because he believes the gremlins are some sort of retribution for what he's done), he dies attempting to assist Billy.
  • Shout-Out: His first name is definitely Bischoff's shout out to Christopher Lee's old acting buddy Peter Cushing.

    Mogwai and Gremlins 


Voiced by: Mark Dodson and Frank Welker

The main antagonists of the franchise, Gremlins are a species of small, extremely mischievous and aggressive goblin-like monsters noted for their chaotic behavior and dangerous reproductive habilities. They are also quite good at messing with technology which they often use for their advantage.

  • All There in the Manual: A prologue in the first film's novelization explains that Mogwai were originally created to be perfect companions and ambassadors of peace on the universe by an alien scientist named Mogturmen, but unfortunately, with the sole exception of Gizmo himself, many of them turned out to be rambunctious and hostile to their masters, not to mention their evolution into even worse creatures. Gizmo was sent to Earth in stasis in a scape pod which landed somewhere in our planet and he was found by Mr. Wing at some point of his life, who adopted him.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: All of them solely exist to cause as much destruction and havoc as possible. Only Gizmo and possibly Greta and Lenny are the only friendly ones. Even the Brain Gremlin wants to use his newfound intelligence to help his brethren to destroy humanity and take over the world.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Averted. Gremlins regularly torture and maim themselves for their own twisted amusement.
  • Ax-Crazy: They are extremely violent and will pretty much attack everyone on sight, themselves included.
  • Big Eater: They love to munch on whatever they can find, specially junk food and candy. Mogwai in particular seem to be aware of their transformation and are very determined to eat after midnight.
  • Body Horror: Their reproduction. As Mogwai, they simply expell little furballs from their backs which quickly become new mogwai should they get wet, but this is still a fairly painful progress. As Gremlins, however, things get worse, as huge, blister-like protrusions containing smaller gremlins which develop quickly begin spreading on their back in a far more excruciating manner. George, Lenny and Daffy even pass out in the second movie as they give birth to more of their kind.
  • Born as an Adult: Gremlins that get wet give birth to full-grown gremlins rather than mogwai.
  • Cute Is Evil: Mogwai are cute little furballs, but are deranged pranksters and will obviously evolve into something worse if they eat after midnight.
  • Creepy Child: Mogwai, which are arguably a Gremlin's larval/juvenile stage. Even from a young age, they already display the psychopathic tendencies of their adult counterparts.
  • Dark Is Evil: As Gremlins, they are scaly, reptilian imps that are just as nasty as they look.
  • Explosive Breeder: Easily their most dangerous trait, mogwai and gremlins alike can give birth to more of themselves by getting wet.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Awful as they are, a deleted scene from The New Batch shows the Gremlins freeing multiple captive animals at the Clamp Tower's lab while yelling at them to "Go! Go!". In the final film, the Vegetable Gremlin doesn't seem to mind when a freed squirrel munches on the veggies growing on his head, implying the little monsters released the animals offscreen. In addition, when Grandpa Fred does his report on the gremlins, none of them try to attack him at all, implying they do not hurt those who aren't afraid of them or , most likely, aren't trying to stop them.
  • Griping About Gremlins: While these gremlins don't target planes like their mythical counterparts, they still are good at messing up circuits and mechanical artifacts.
  • Hulk Speak: Mogwai and Gremlins alike sometimes speak an extremely broken form of English.
  • Laughably Evil: They're sadistic little bastards, but their hilarious mannerisms and rather joyful mood can make them pretty amusing to watch.
  • LEGO Genetics: Their genetic code seems to be pretty malleable, as multiple Gremlins in the second film invade the Clamp Tower's laboratory and start drinking liquids and potions made with the DNA of several animal and vegetable species, causing them to mutate into a plethora of bizarre hybrids. Some of their mutations are even more extravagant, as seen with the Electric Gremlin.
  • Light Is Not Good: As Mogwai, they are simply adorable little critters with an utterly unfriendly demeanor.
  • Metamorphosis Monster: Once a Mogwai has eaten after midnight, it will encase itself in a slimy cocoon and emerge as a full-grown gremlin.
  • Weakened by the Light: Light is their primary weakness. Artificial lights can drive them away and natural light is able to melt them down to goo.


Voiced by: Howie Mandel

A Ridiculously Cute Critter, Gizmo is a friendly Mogwai who Rand buys from Mr. Wing (or his nephew) to give to Billy as a pet. Completely peaceful and friendly, Gizmo is accidentally splashed with water and spawns a batch of Gremlins leading to the chaos around Kingston Falls.

  • Arch-Enemy: He is this to Stripe/Mohawk. The feeling is mutual.
  • Badass Adorable: It is he, not Billy, that defeats Stripe and Mohawk in both films.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After being abused by Mohawk (who later turns into a half spider monster) all through the second movie, Gizmo creates a makeshift bow and then slays him with flaming arrows. Billy even says "I guess they pushed him too far".
  • Breakout Character: Invoked, after a fashion. In the shooting script (which was the result of many other drafts from the original script), Gizmo and Stripe were the same character. Steven Spielberg thought Gizmo was too cute to turn into a monster, so he insisted that Gizmo and Stripe be different characters and Gizmo remain his cute and cuddly self through the entire film. Once the studio executives saw Gizmo in the film for the first time, they began to realize they'd have a merchandising dream on their hands.
  • Butt-Monkey: The other mogwais, and later the gremlins, engage him in slapstick torture in both films. They take this Up to Eleven when they evolve into Gremlins.
  • Catchphrase: "Bright light" in the first movie.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: When he screams.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Gizmo gets fed up of Mohawk's abuse in the second film, and goes all Rambo on his enemy.
  • Explosive Breeder: He hates breeding other mogwai, and not simply due to the excruciating process.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: He learned archery and how to properly fight gremlins by watching Rambo.
  • Killer Rabbit: By the second film, he has decided to start imitating Rambo (the moment when he decides to take a level in badass even has him remembering Rambo's line in Rambo First Blood Part 2, "To survive war, you've got to become war") and kills one of the most monstrous mutant Gremlins with an improvised bow and flaming arrow.
  • Leitmotif: Gizmo often sings a lovely melody that has become the film's theme.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's painfully, tragically aware of what he is and what can easily happen simply because he exists.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens in both films when Gizmo gets wet. Specifically, in the first film, his weary sigh and depressed shaking his head after the five new mogwai emerge. You can just tell he knows what's about to happen.
  • Progressively Prettier: He was always adorable, but in the sequel, Gizmo's features are softened and his fur is smoother, which has the effect of making him looker even more cute.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at him! He's adorable!
  • Token Heroic Orc: The most humble of the mogwai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the sequel, when he decides to go Rambo on Mohawk.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Gizmo is no match for a gremlin in a straight-up fight, but he's intuitive enough to beat them through more clever means. Just ask Stripe and Mohawk, both of whom are slain by him.
  • Weakened by the Light: Like all mogwai and gremlins, bright light is very painful for Gizmo, and direct sunlight will kill him.
  • White Sheep: Gizmo is among few "eternal" mogwais with a good-natured personality, as all others are mischievous at best or sadistic and hell bent on evolving into gremlins at worst.

Stripe / Mohawk

Voiced by: Frank Welker

The defacto leader of the gremlins, Stripe is a sadistic, maniacal monster who enjoys carnage and torturing Gizmo. He is killed thanks to Gizmo, but comes Back from the Dead in Gremlins 2 as Mohawk, and downs a chemical that turns him into a half gremlin half spider monster, but is later killed by Gizmo for the last time.

  • Arch-Enemy: He is this to Gizmo. The feeling is mutual.
  • Ax-Crazy: While all the gremlins are more or less like this they're actually more like deranged tricksters and pranksters. Stripe is the only one who is more willing to commit murder. As Mohawk, this only gets worse.
  • Back from the Dead: Mohawk from the sequel is officially confirmed to be a reincarnation of Stripe.
  • Big Bad: Stripe was this. Mohawk is more of a lone wolf, though still the most sadistic and evil of the Gremlins and one of the most prominent and dangerous.
  • Came Back Strong: Mohawk is the reincarnation of Stripe, bent on avenging his death against Gizmo. To this end, he's especially vicious, even compared to Stripe. The reincarnation angle is downplayed in the movie, but the mohawk and catchphrase are sufficient to pick up on the idea.
  • Catchphrase: Gizmo, ca-ca!
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Mohawk may be a reincarnation of Stripe, but differs quite a bit from his predecessor. Stripe looks the same as other gremlins but with a furry mohawk on his head and is a rather effective yet cold-hearted leader who wanted to take over Kingston Falls with his gremlin army. Mohawk looks much more demonic, with his scaly skin and fleshy crest, and is also much more sadistic and demented when it comes to torturing Gizmo, but doesn't really care about invading a city or leading other gremlins and instead prefers to cause mayhem on his own.
  • Dark Is Evil: Even as a mogwai, Mohawk looks demonic with his black fur coat and horn-shaped ears.
  • Determinator: Stripe is a resilient bastard in the first film, taking every measure to keep his species alive and rampant. This is diminished for Mohawk, however, to the point he plays no part in their spawning whatsoever.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Brain Gremlin takes the position of Big Bad in the sequel while Mohawk becomes this.
  • '80s Hair: A tuft of white hair in the first film, and a mohawk-shaped fin in the second, hence his names.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Proves himself to be bad news mere moments after being born when he tries to bite Pete for trying to pet him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gizmo. Unlike him he's not only frightening but also pure evil.
  • Genetic Memory: He clearly remembers Gizmo when he comes back from the grave.
  • I'm Melting!: The most horrific case of this in the first film.
  • I Work Alone: Unlike Stripe, Mohawk doesn't really care for his fellow Gremlins and instead creates chaos all by himself.
  • Kick the Dog: Oh, and he enjoys doing this to Gizmo and Billy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Comedic Sociopathy towards Gizmo aside, he is the most genuinely sinister and menacing of the gremlin batch. While a demoted villain in the second film, he is still far more intimidating than the Laughably Evil Big Bad Brain (even his Mogwai form looks the part).
  • Metamorphosis Monster: Him and the rest of the gremlins.
  • Motive Decay: Stripe was truly evil and fiendish, and wanted to take over the whole town of Kingston Falls with his gremlin army. He was also much more intelligent. Mohawk, on the other hand, while much more sadistic and brutal when it comes to torturing Gizmo, is not as intelligent as his original self and is more focused on creating chaos and havoc on his own, acting as a lone wolf and leaving his brethren to take over the spawning and invasion.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His white tuft of hair in the first fim distinguishes him from the other gremlins. In the sequel, as a mogwai, he has his tuft of hair, black spots on his fur and sharp teeth. As a gremlin, he has a lionfish-like fin across his back, a wattle and his skin and overall appearance are much more scaly and reptilian.
  • Out of Focus: Becomes this in the second film, which shows brief intercuts of him torturing Gizmo and then randomly runs off to shoot at Billy.
  • One-Winged Angel: Twice. Firstly his transformation from mogwai to gremlins in both films, and secondly his mutant spider-hybrid form
  • Papa Wolf: For what it's worth, Stripe seems to genuinely care about his brethren and preserving his species. (When he's not shooting them dead for cheating at cards.) This vague redeeming aspect is lost with Mohawk.
  • Sadist: He surely loves hurting others and killing even more than the other gremlins.
  • Spikes of Villainy: As Mohawk.
  • Spider People: Mohawk, after ingesting some spider mutagen chemicals, becomes a monstrous centaurine creature with a gremlin upper body mounted on a spider's torso.
  • Transformation Trauma: Stripe spawning more gremlins whilst dying in the first film is pretty gross.

Brain Gremlin

Voiced by: Tony Randall

A brown gremlin who was merely part of the horde until he drank a brain hormone serum that greatly increased his intelligence and made him able to talk, thus making him the new leader and the new Big Bad and True Final Boss of the second movie.

  • Affably Evil: He's quite polite, charming and well-spoken — his stated goal is to make the gremlins civilized. He's still a malicious creature who finds murder and street crime hilarious.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Word of God says his death is meant to be viewed this way.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a few well-tailored business suits throughout the from. Exactly where he found clothing that fit him is unexplained.
  • Big Bad: In the second movie he eventually leads the gremlins to invade New York City after getting a Mook Promotion.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He seriously believes the only difference between Broadway musicals and street crime is that the latter can be watched for free.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He smokes one as part of his Wicked Cultured image.
  • Evil Laugh: While he never actually laughs in the final film, he provides quite a few good ones in the promotional VHS ads for the movie.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He goes from being just another member of the gremlin horde to a devious mastermind in charge of the lot after drinking a mutagen that greatly increases his intelligence.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: He engages in a rather civil TV interview with Fred midway through the Gremlins' rampage, pausing only to randomly shoot one of his annoying brethren.
  • It Amused Me: Like most gremlins who are not Stripe/Mohawk, he is more amoral and mischevious than sadistic, and, while he thinks shooting another gremlin is fun, he doesn't think there is anything wrong with it (other than it being "in no sense civilised").
  • Mook Promotion: Started off as a nameless gremlin then got a chemical and replaced Mohawk as the Big Bad.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He uses a lot of big words.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: After he drinks the brain hormone and goes through his convulsions, a pair of glasses inexplicably appear on his face.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genuinely believes that letting his kind run rampant to wipe out mankind is important to help them achieve civilization.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's an intellectual who appreciates the finer things of human culture... and he'll happily kill another of his kind for fun.
  • True Final Boss: Given Mohawk is a pretty apathetic bad guy and is later killed by Gizmo, Brain is the definite final obstacle of the duology and the most dangerous gremlin of the bunch.


A light green gremlin that is extremely hyperactive, in the manner of the older versions of Daffy Duck.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the video game Gremlins: Gizmo Daffy is an "eternal" mogwai you can care for like Gizmo.
  • All There in the Script: His name is revealed in official merchandise.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's definitely crazier than the average gremlin.
  • Depraved Dentist: Assumes the role of one when he straps Billy in a parody of Marathon Man.
  • Explosive Breeder: When he gets wet in the cooking show set, he provides the template for the lighter green-colored gremlins in the second movie.
  • Laughing Mad: Even by his species' standard.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: When he becomes a gremlin, he has a few yellow strands of hair.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He, George and Lenny are much more cartoony than the other gremlins.
  • Pinball Projectile: When he pops out of Gizmo as a mogwai, he bounces around like a pinball unlike the others.
  • Shout-Out: He is named and based off the earlier Screwy Squirrel versions of Daffy Duck.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Apart from some Freeze-Frame Bonus scenes with him in the background with the other gremlins in the latter part of the movie, it isn't shown if he died via electrocution along with the other gremlins. A deleted scene, however, shows that he indeed died along with the rest.


An extremely grouchy-looking gremlin that is often accompanied with Lenny.

  • All There in the Script: His name is revealed in official merchandise.
  • Butt-Monkey: He tends to suffer hilarious injuries at the hands of his stupider cohorts, such as Lenny hitting him with the heat register and accidentally throwing a pot at his head. In a Deleted Scene, when the three of them are part of the gremlin orchestra, Lenny hits him with his trombone and Daffy bangs his head between his cymbals.
  • Cigar Chomper: When he becomes a gremlin, he is often seen smoking a cigar.
  • Explosive Breeder: When he gets wet in the cooking show set, he provides the template for the darker green colored Gremlins in the second movie.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He, Daffy and Lenny are much more cartoony than the other gremlins.
  • The Stoic: He is not as crazy as the other gremlins.
  • Only Sane Man: When grouped together with Daffy and Lenny, he is the only sane one among the three.
  • Perpetual Frowner: See his character image? It doesn't change the entire film. Add in some sneers and growls and you get the point.
  • Shout-Out: His face is modeled after Edward G. Robinson while his name and behavior are a reference to George from Of Mice and Men.
  • Technophobia: He appears to despise microwaves, as while a Gremlin from the first movie died from exploding inside a microwave while it was on. This could mean that he is a reincarnation of that Gremlin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Apart from some Freeze-Frame Bonus scenes with him in the background with the other gremlins in the latter part of the movie, it isn't shown if he died via electrocution along with the other gremlins. A deleted scene, however, shows that he indeed died along with the rest.


A buck-toothed gremlin that is often accompanied by George.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Like Daffy, in the video game ''Gremlins: Gizmo", Lenny is an "eternal" mogwai you can care for like Gizmo.
  • All There in the Script: His name is revealed in official merchandise.
  • The Ditz: He is noticeably dumber and goofier than the other Gremlins.
  • Dumb Is Good: Apparently in an early script, Lenny was supposed to have a Heel–Face Turn. In the final film he remains a villain, but still arguably the least malicious of the lot. Gremlins: Gizmo seemed to run with the former, see above.
  • Explosive Breeder: When he gets wet in the cooking show set, he provides the template for the brown colored Gremlins in the second movie.
  • Merciful Minion: He doesn't attack humans as do the other Gremlins, he just enjoys fooling around.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He, George and Daffy are much more cartoony than the other gremlins.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Averted. He has two prominent buck-teeth instead of fangs like the other Gremlins.
  • Shout-Out: His name and behavior are a reference to Lenny from Of Mice and Men. His voice, buckteeth and laugh are also references to Goofy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Apart from some Freeze-Frame Bonus scenes with him in the background with the other Gremlins in the latter part of the movie, it isn't shown if he died via electrocution along with the other gremlins. A deleted scene however shows that he indeed died along with the rest.


A gremlin who drank a serum that changed his gender and turned him female. She is the only surviving gremlin after all of them were killed in the climax.

Alternative Title(s): Gremlins 2 The New Batch


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