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  • The genetics of this film make no sense. Why is it that at the end of Seed, to make it clear to the audience that Tiffany has possessed Jennifer Tilly, does her eyes turn green? Human Tiffany has brown eyes and Human Jennifer Tilly has brown eyes. The Tiffany dolls has green eyes. Why are her eyes still green? Same goes with Chucky, Glen and Glenda. Why do Glen and Glenda have red hair and blue eyes when the genetics of the doll should have Charles Lee Rays human DNA (who had neither). We know the doll becomes human and takes on the genetics of the person whose soul inhabits it (in Bride, the police sheriff mentions finding Ray's fingerprints at the scene of crime). So why are the dolls painted on looks somehow being kept and even passed down on a genetic level?
    • The tv series answers a bit of this: Tiffany is shown to be the natural red-head, so that explains why Doll!Glen has redhair.
  • In Child's Play 1, why is it that John (the voodoo man) so surprised that Chucky has "perverted everything he taught him" and used it for evil? Assuming John had no knowledge that Charles Lee Ray was the Lakeshore Strangler (which was unlikely), what business did he have teaching soul swapping voodoo spells to people? How does one NOT use such an ability for evil?
    • Maybe John was one of those people who thought after you die you can pass on your knowledge to help other people for the betterment of humanity? Of course though if we're being honest in real life that's the attitude that can get you an "A" in a college course and a bullet to the face outside of it. This being a horror movie with a serial killer in a doll, John didn't get the better option of the two.
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    • As note you can transfer your soul into a doll (and, presumably, any object resembling a person), which I wouldn't say is inherently evil, unlike using it to possess a real person
    • There is a currently unreleased deleted scene (as of 2022) where we would have seen Chucky and Eddie watching John use the spell to save a sick child, using the Heart Of Damballa (its a scepter in the scene, but would later be changed into an amulet). So it seems the spell is benevolent in nature and Chucky does pervert its use.
  • How do the dolls manage to package and mail themselves? Even Glen, who has lived his entire life in a cage, manages to get all the way to a Hollywood film studio.
  • In Curse of Chucky we see that (human) Chucky was obsessed with Sarah and possibly in love with her. But according to Bride Of Chucky, Chucky left a ring on Tiffany's mantle the night he was shot. The same night the scene with Sarah took place. So was Chucky in a relationship with Tiffany while he was obsessing over Sarah?
    • Chucky's relationship with Tiffany may have been mostly one sided. He makes it clear in Bride that the ring was in no way intended as a proposal. Instead, he hoped that she would sell the ring and make a profit from it since it was highly valuable. Also, he never mentioned her or tried to contact her in subsequent years. She's basically a serial killer fangirl, as seen when the guy she's with at the beginning of the movie is pretending to be a murderer to impress her.
  • How does a doll (which weighs maybe 10 pounds max) manage to overpower an adult? (or even a kid for that matter)
    • Through surprise. The dolls never really face off against their victims. They rarely ever attack head on. They usually use the element of surprise for the majority of their victims throughout the films. On the odd chance when they do attack head on with a victim that is aware of them being alive and prepared to fight them, it's usually the climax, where the dolls often die. Child's Play 2's climax is a good example.
    • I assumed it was something he got from learning voodoo. It just increases his strength relative to his old body size.
    • The novelization for Child's Play 2 makes note that Chucky is stronger than he looks, and as John Bishop stated in this movie that the more time Chucky spends in a doll's body, the more human he becomes.
    • The tv series also confirms that Chucky os stronger than he appears, which he attributes to the power of Damballa.
  • What would've happened to Andy's soul had Chucky succeeded in stealing his body? Would he have effectively died and gone to heaven (as Chucky implied in 2 near the film's climax), or spent the rest of his life trapped in the doll's body instead of Chucky?
    • Both possibly. Once the spell was complete, if Andy did not die and was trapped in the doll's body, Chucky (in Andy's body) would have just killed him. Can't have a talking doll running around to people asking for help.
      • That is, assuming Chucky knew that the heart was the doll's weak point.
    • If Nica's fate in 'Cult' and the TV show is any indication, his soul would have stayed in his body, a prisoner with no control while Chucky gleefully runs around in it.
  • Who was the girl in the framed photo on Andy's table during The Stinger of Curse? Was it Kyle or DeSilva?
    • It was Kyle.
  • How does Tiffany know so much about Voodoo in Seed Of Chucky yet had to read "Voodoo For Dummie" in Bride of Chucky? It doesn't seem like Chucky ever taught her anything while she was a human and she struggled to bring him back to life. Yet a few years later, she is inducing magical pregnancies, spouting knowledge about said pregnancies, and using voodoo to split souls apart. Did she gain more knowledge while in Hell or something?
    • Simple. As you said, a few years have passed. She finished the Voodoo for Dummies book and moved on to some more advanced texts.
    • In hindsight, Tiffany doesn't really know anything about voodoo. She needs the Voodoo For Dummies book to bring Chucky back, but she only knows a voodoo pregnancy is excellerated because she experienced it herself. While it is a popular fan theory, there is nothing to indicate that Glen has two souls and that Tiffany split them between two bodies. From the movie, she just transferred his soul into that of the male child.
  • Related to the question above, what the hell happened with Glen/Glenda? Did Tiffany split his soul into each of the children (one evil, one good) or did she just transfer him into the boy's body and Glenda just naturally takes after her father? It seems to be implied she did the first when she says "We have a son and a daughter. Maybe we don't have to choose." But the film doesn't seem to offer any evidence either way.
  • Maybe I'm just remembering it wrong but wasn't the guy Chucky blows up with the oven like his partner in crime? Where was he in Curse of Chucky? On a similar note, Curse implies that Chucky was fleeing his house after he was ratted out but I believe they say something else in the first movie.
    • Yes, it was his partner, Eddie. He is dead in Child's Play 1. He wasn't in Curse because it was over a decade after he was killed. Curse of Chucky seems to have retconned what events occurred the night Chucky died. According to Tiffany, Chucky was with her before he left and got shot down. According to Chucky, he had kidnapped Nica's mother and was with her when the cops showed up. just thrown in there somewhere.
    • Is there any real reason he couldn't have possibly done all three? He could have started off with Tiffany, got mad and went to kidnap Nica's mother. She called the cops on him to retreat, he called Eddie for help but Eddie had second thoughts and abandoned him, which is where the first film starts. The only really fuzzy part being that Norris was supposedly chasing them for a robbery at first, unless Eddie just happened to be planning one when Chucky showed up....
  • In the first Child's Play movie, why did John (the voodoo man) have a personal voodoo doll of himself? What purpose would that serve him at any point, let alone why would he tell his customers where to find it?
    • A few reasons come to mind. The first and most likely answer is that someone else made the voodoo doll, perhaps his teacher, perhaps an old enemy. Once in existence there may not be any way to safely destroy a Voodoo Doll. Alternatively there might be an inverse good reason to have a voodoo doll. I imagine for example CPR might be easier on a doll.
    • Or it could be possible he made one of himself to keep others from making one of him. Has anyone ever heard of two voodoo dolls made on the same person before? Plus, some online sources explain that voodoo dolls can not only be used for placing bad hexes, but for placing good hexes too, such as healing, finding true love and spiritual guidance. They were also used for harvest customs, burial rites, made as talismans, or to be used as teaching aids for children.
    • IIRC, Chucky himself remarked on this.
  • So Chucky has to transfer his soul into the first person he revealed himself to, right? is that Andy? Between the point of becoming a doll and revealing himself to Andy, Chucky would have at least two other options: The Peddler and Aunt Maggie. Arguably, Maggie may not count as she only witnesses Chucky before death, but surely the Peddler must have known the doll was alive. Someone had to put Chucky back into the box. Someone had to have gotten him out of the store. And the Peddler was not so interested in having the doll back.
    • Actually it wasn't the first person he reveals himself to, but the first person he reveals his TRUE self to. The Peddler may have just encountered a talking, bloodthirsty doll. And Maggie only saw chucky for split second before being killed. The only person who knows the true identity of the doll is Andy who also knows the entire situation (he's a human trapped in a doll who died and doesn't want to go to hell). Also, Andy is aware Chucky is alive before Maggie is as he's seen talking to him.
  • In Child's Play 2, workers are clearly seen using the burnt up Chucky doll and rebuilding anew. Uh, why did no one notice say, the human eyeball, teeth, tongue and possibly organs that Chucky had surely developed by the time he died. He had blood and a human heart at the very least by the end of the first film. Did no one notice?
    • Two options: One, he simply hadn't reached that point yet. The series is kinda inconsistent on how fast he becomes a human. Two, its possible that upon death he reverts back to a plastic doll. Its weird voodoo magic, anything goes.
      • The latter does seem to be a (somewhat) consistent rule across the series. Note the end of Seed when Glen chops off Chucky's arm and you can see it's all bone and sinew, yet when that same arm is seen a few years later it's a standard plastic ball joint.
  • Why does Andy actually follow Chucky's instructions to go into the Good Guy Doll factory near the end of Child's Play 2? It's not like Chucky can actually kill him (he needs to transfer his soul into his body) and if he follows, Chucky is going to take over his body. Seriously, Andy was in a lose-lose situation. He might as well have made it as difficult as possible for Chucky and offer himself a slim chance of survival.
  • In Bride Of Chucky, Jade opens Charles Lee Ray's coffin to find a rat infested grave. How could a swarm of rats be alive underneath six feet of dirt for over a decade?
    • While for movie reasons it's not shown, but in real life, the rats would probably dig a tunnel underground came into the plot, chewed through the casket and into the body. Of course many real life cemeteries do line their plots to help prevent that (Moles sometimes dig through cemeteries as well) but I suppose a serial killer buried in New Jersey might be an exception.
  • Here's an interesting one that hasn't been posted: you're the toy company who created the Good Guy dolls. Your doll becomes associated with a serial killer an urban legend, not exactly the wholesome and fun image your company was going for when you first made it. Why the hell do you keep manufacturing the doll for decades?
    • Not really decades. It's implied Chucky did some major damage to their image in the first two movies, and they temporarily retired the line as a result. 3 starts with them believing enough time has past for them to relaunch the Good Guys. It clearly doesn't work, since by the time of Bride the line is dead for good.
  • So, from what I understand, the in-universe official story is that Andy, Karen, Kyle, or possibly all of them are the ones who really killed all of the people Chucky killed (at least in the first 3 films), but were presumably declare not guilty due to insanity or the like. The problem is, this whole "official story" has some pretty huge plot holes, namely (and this is just going by the first movie as I haven't seen 2 and 3 in ages and none of the original cast (other than Chucky of course) comes back until the end of Curse). A. How would Andy know who Eddie Kaputo was, let alone where he lived? B. How would either Andy or Karen kill John as Andy was locked up at the time while Karen was with Norris at time. C. How would Andy (who is 6 at the time) understand how the shock machine worked, let alone use it to kill Dr. Ardmore?
    • Because even with the holes, it still makes more sense than a doll coming to life and killing people.
  • Something the Nostalgia Critic mentioned in his review: why would the shock machine that Chucky used to kill Dr.Ardmore even be capable of emitting more than a safe amount of electricity?
  • In the first movie, Chucky ends up in the hands of a street peddler. However that happened, who’s the person who put the doll back in the box? This troper assumes that whoever did decided to throw out the bloody floor doll for understandable reasons but decided to take the time to repackage it?
    • Presumably the box would be chucked out too, so the peddler probably found both and put the doll back into the box. Or Chucky might have put himself back into the box to make it more likely he could be resold.
  • Why Mike Norris doesn't arrest the peddler after he tries to rape Karen? All he did was punch him and question him on how he got Chucky, but once he tells them, Mike lets him go. The peddler shouldn't be arrested for his attempted rape? What does guarantee that what the peddler tried to do to Karen is not something he usually does to some of his potential clients if they don't have money?
    • Mike had much more pressing issues, namely a killer doll with the soul of a serial killer who clearly is still dangerous. You know, the one that has clearly continued to rack up a body count, and at that point, might have added more?
  • This was pointed out by Awful Movies Wiki. In Seed of Chucky, after Chucky kills the Britney Spears look-alike, he jokingly says "Oops, I did it Again" in reference to Britney's single of the same name. However, Bride of Chucky takes place in 1998 and Seed of Chucky takes place in 2004. "Oops, I did it Again" was released in 2000, so if Chucky was dead during that year, how he knew about the song to make a reference of it when he was resurrected?
  • Why do most people don't believe that Chucky is alive or that he did mean things??
    • This is another one of those "on the other side of the screen, it looks so easy" scenarios. If you put yourself in the shoes of an average person in the world of the franchise, and look at the situation from a perspective of someone who hasn't encountered Chucky before, would you honestly believe him to be alive unless you saw it with your own eyes? It's easy for the audience to know, we watched the films and the TV series. But from the point of view of someone who has encountered Chucky for the first time wouldn't believe a plastic doll would be harmful, let alone hosting the body of a psycho serial killer.
  • Why didn't Joanne believe Andy about Chucky?
    • I'm sure she did right before he killed her.
  • Was the doll at the end of Cult of Chucky possessed?
  • In Seed, why does Chucky wait to become human? Redman and Jennifer are knocked out cold 30 minutes into the film, Chucky has the amulet, and while Tiffany may not want to experience pregnancy and childbirth again which would explain why she is choosing to wait until after the child is born, there's nothing stopping Chucky from achieving his goal.
  • Why does Chucky have an issue with Redman having sex with Jennifer anyway? He's going to transfer his soul into his body and Tiffany into hers. There's literally no physical difference between them going at it and Chucky and Tiffany doing it while in their bodies.
    • You're asking for logic from a psychotic serial killer?
  • When Miss Kettlewell returns to the classroom and finds Andy gone, and believes him to be hiding in the closet where she tossed Chucky, why doesn't she ask herself how Andy would have locked himself there? She clearly locked the closet with her key before leaving the classroom, so there's no way Andy could have opened the door to hide there.
  • Minor question but: in the first movie, we see Chucky's apartment from when he was alive, and there are a bunch of weird murals all over the walls. Why didn't he get kicked out for vandalizing the apartment?
    • Neither Chucky or Tiffany are shown to be well off. It's likely the apartment he lived in was not in good shape and didn't have management that cared enough to be checking in on residents.