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Woody: YOU! ARE! A! TOYYYY!! You're not the real Buzz Lightyear; you... you're an action figure! You are a child's plaything!
Buzz: You are a sad, strange little man—and you have my pity.

Behold! Living Toys! They can walk! They can talk! They can cook! They can take out the trash! They can drive! In fact, they can do so much, they almost don't need you!

We say "almost", because in some cases, these toys come alive only when humans aren't around. There may be an official or unofficial Masquerade in effect. Other times, they're created only because Love Imbues Life. Still, nothing says Fun for the Whole Family like Living Toys!

Warning: This product may turn evil, or at the very least, creepy. Horror Movie characters and characters from horror movie parodies should avoid purchasing and/or using Living Toys. May contain small parts not suitable for children under 6. Requires 2 AA Batteries, magic talisman or evil curse. Cool accessories not included.

Make sure the "good/evil" switch is set to "good" at all times. Should they be actual weapons, any damage they cause is not covered by warranty.


See also: Sliding Scale of Living Toys.

Subtrope of Animate Inanimate Object. Contrast Companion Cube.

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  • In Naruto, Sasori turned himself into one of these, by transforming himself into a puppet. Once he dies, he's used by Kankuro.
  • The titular characters of Rozen Maiden are dolls that come alive once they are wound up.
  • A scene from AKIRA is amongst this top 100 scariest scenes. And the hordes of toys and toy-like mutations from Paprika, for similar reasons.
  • Pokota, a stuffed lion, from Himechan No Ribon was brought alive by magic and serves as the animal sidekick.
  • Frigitta from Kero Kero Chime appears to be a living toy, despite denying it in her first appearance. Additionally, in her debut she's a villainess who turns people into toys which she can make follow her orders. After this, though, she's just a minor recurring Stalker with a Crush who's generally on the side of the heroes as much as her minor role allows.
  • A few Digimon only look like toys, such as Puppetmon, Monzaemon and ToyAgumon.
  • Leo and Yuki from Shounen Dolls can turn into humans and protect their master, Ageha. They can also communicate with her even in doll form.
  • Kon from Bleach is probably a vague example of this, since although he's just a Mod Soul (e.g. fake), most of the time he inhabits a toy lion, and generally doesn't let the rest of Ichigo's family (except Papagami/Issun, who has known what Ichigo's been doing) know that he's "alive."
  • The manga Nui! plays this trope straight. Not only are dolls who're loved alive, they actually go all out to protect their owner and do their owner's bidding.
  • Many Sanrio characters, like Hello Kitty and My Melody, have their anime series, and instead of being treated like real animals, they remain their doll status.
  • At least one of Keroro's invasion plans in Sgt. Frog involved bringing plastic models to life.
  • In I'm Gonna Be an Angel! Dispell, Eros and Muse are just dolls made alive by Silky's power as a respite from boredom and loneliness
  • Pucchan of Best Student Council at first appears to be a toy/Imaginary Friend of protagonist Rino. But when the other characters lock the puppet away (thinking Rino was trying to use Pucchan as an excuse for pranking) the puppet vanishes on its own, causes more havoc, and speaks independently of and controls the hand of whoever else he winds up on.
  • Among the first things visitors to the One Piece kingdom of Dressrosa see are its spicy Latin ladies and Living Toys living together with normal humans. Among those seen are a doll chasing a dog because it ripped its arm off, a toy soldier marionette that's also a town guard, and a toy robot in a baby stroller being pushed by a human woman. They were once human before falling victim to one of Doflamingo's Devil Fruit users, Sugar.
  • A lot of Doraemon's gadgets can bring toys to life, in various ways. The most famous one is probably the wind-up key that serves as the focus for one movie, that permanently gives life to any object shaped like a living creature that has the key placed on its back and turned. The heroes use it to populate a planet with various adorable living dolls, but one monkey doll steals it and brings to life a biology lab skeleton, a "peeing boy" fountain, and a panda mascot. All three of them use their unique skills/appearances to help defeat the villains in the climax.
  • Lots of examples from Yu-Gi-Oh!:
  • In Zatch Bell!, mamonos are pretty much demons who have taken the form of dolls. Zatch himself is a decent sort, but many others clearly are not.
  • Citrus Town on Ponkickies 21 depicts the daily lives of toys living inside the eponymous toy box.
  • Vivio's Intelligent Device Sacred Heart in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid takes the form of a floating plush bunny that communicates through charades, though technically speaking the toy is simply an outer casing for the actual device and is animated by magic. A chapter of the spin-off ViVid Life also had the devices of the three Aces and the Wolkenritter placed inside Vita's collection of stuffed bunnies.

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    Comic Books 
  • Miskin in Amulet appears to be one, but he's actually a robot. Somehow.
  • General Jumbo from The Beano was a boy with an army of toy soldiers that he controlled with a wrist-mounted device.
    • He also had a toy navy when he briefly became Admiral Jumbo in the 1970s.
    • In one annual, one of his toy soldiers named Pike gained sentience and turned evil after being outfitted with a new form of AI.
    • General Jumbo was parodied somewhat in Jack Staff with General Tubbs, an autistic boy who mobilized his toy army with his psychic powers; the control panel keyboard glove thing was just so he'd have something to do with his hands.
  • The inhabitants of Dolltopia are all living toys who came to the titular city to live their own lives rather than what humans dictate for them.
  • Toybox of Top 10 has a boxful of animated toys which she can command, inherited from her father Colonel Lilliput, a pastiche of General Jumbo.
  • Dolmann, a quirky inventor, had a small robot doll for every occasion, though it was never very clear whether they legitimately possessed minds of their own or Dolmann was using his skills as a ventriloquist to pretend he had some company. Even so, they seemed to act of their own volition.
  • The Stuff of Legend also has this as its premise, being about a group of toys fighting their way through a fantasy world (in which they become what they were toys of) in order to rescue their owner, who has been kidnapped by the Boogeyman.
  • Annabelle, of Nightmares And Fairy Tales, is sentient but unable to communicate with any of her owners (except for her current one, Gwen, and nobody knows why).
  • Roy's Toys first appeared in the short-lived comic Nipper before a lengthy run in Buster. Roy's parents were always on at him to slim-down his huge toy collection, and he often came up with a reason to dispose of a toy. As soon as he left the room, however, the toys woke up and came up with a plan to persuade Roy to spare their comrade.

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    Films — Animated 
  • The eponymous Pinocchio is animated by the Blue Fairy, but it's strongly implied in the Disney version that Gepetto's love for Pinocchio is what causes the Blue Fairy to make him come alive. The story it was based on may well be the Trope Codifier.
  • Toy Story. Even the lawn gnomes are alive! Christmas Decorations too, which only raises further questions. And apparently, even hokey arts and crafts projects can also come alive. (Warning: May cause Existential Horror.) Except in the presence of humans (but not Sid).
  • The Mouse and His Child combines this with a Mouse World.
  • The shared universe of Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns is home to the couple Baron Humbert von Gikkingen and Baroness Luisa, humanoid cat figurines possibly from Germany, possibly from another world. They were made by a doll maker's apprentice, who put his heart and soul into his creations, which is why they're alive. Whisper of the Heart generally treats the two as regular dolls, but there are two hints they're alive outside of Shizuku's imagination. For one, Shizuku learns about Luisa's existence from her conversation with the Baron, which is information she couldn't have gotten elsewhere. For the other, how the Baron holds his hat changes every scene he's in yet no one is ever depicted as repositioning him. That all said, the Baron is unambiguously alive in The Cat Returns, where he takes an active role as the leader of the Cat Bureau. His colleagues are the cat Muta and the gargoyle Toto. They save the human Haru from a forced marriage into cat royalty.
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure has, among other examples, Raggedy Ann and Andy themselves, as well as Babette and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees.
  • In DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Webby uses one of her genie wishes to make her dolls come to life, which as it turns out was a really bad idea. While not evil, they did end up causing a lot of havoc.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, with Pooh and his friends (sans Owl and Rabbit, who are real animals). Then there's the winking Pooh doll at the end after the book closes.
  • The LEGO Movie is full of these. Sorta.
  • The toys in The Night Before Christmas come alive on Christmas Eve for a song and dance party.
  • Wreck-It Ralph is the electronic version of this trope, featuring video game characters that come to life when their games are not being played. Similar to Toy Story, there seems to be a Masquerade in effect.
  • Gnomeo and Juliet is about garden gnomes that come alive.
  • Uglydolls has the Uglydolls and Perfection dolls. The Uglydolls are defective stuffed animals that were rejected from the construction line and live in their own misfit world. Meanwhile, the Perfection dolls are yarn-haired humanoid dolls that are instructed to be the perfect toy, where they then graduate into the "real world" and become a doll for a child. The plot starts up when a group of Uglydolls stumble into Perfection.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Gorgonites in Small Soldiers
  • The title character of Ted is a stuffed bear who gained sentience after his owner made a wish. 27 years later, he's still around but has since become much cruder.
  • Teddy the robot teddy bear in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. "I'm not a toy."
  • J. F. Sebastian spends his lonely days retrofitting toys as robot companions in Blade Runner.
  • A rare example of a living toy in a horror film who is not evil: Rex, the stuffed dinosaur from Wes Craven's New Nightmare. Or at least, he's implied to be. Dylan insists that he keeps the Freddy-entity at bay, and the entity seems to think so too because he takes the time to slash the toy up upon finally breaching our reality. note 
  • Winnie the Pooh and his friends in Christopher Robin are all living stuffed animals.
  • Tales from the Hood 2: In "Good Golly", a golliwog comes to life (and grows to human size) to teach some racially insensitive teenagers a lesson.
  • Asylum: In "Mannikins of Horror", Dr. Byron has constructed a group of toy robots with human heads. When Dr. Martin crushes one beneath his foot, he discovers it has real internal organs.

  • Russians have tales of little girls that have a doll that can actually talk as their companions.

  • The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of a crudely-made stuffed rabbit toy who tries to become a real rabbit because the wind-up toys mock him, saying that they are real because they can move. In this book all toys are sentient and animate, and it's a "skin horse" who tells the rabbit how to become Real.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio is about a wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy so he can grow up.
  • The Raggedy Ann books center around Marcella's toys, who come to life when she's not around (though they can communicate with animals just fine). The leaders are the titular Raggedy Ann and her brother, Andy, but there are quite a few dolls mentioned as reocurring characters.
  • The Corrupted Chronicles of Coco Claramisa: Fester the Clown is a clown doll Coco got from her first victim who comes to life with a desire to help Coco.
  • Besides the titular character of The Nutcracker, the nighttime battle that Marie witnesses involves her brother's toy soldiers joining the fray. Later, the nutcracker takes Marie to the doll kingdom to be their queen, after she promises to love him no matter how he looks.
  • In "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", the toys come alive when humans are asleep, and play their own games.
  • The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse which takes place in a Toyland of living toys, then further reveals that all of existence is a huge toy, God is an irresponsible little child who got it for his birthday, and Satan is an evil renegade toy who creates an army of cyborg spider women and George W. Bush to destroy the world. No, really.
  • The toy soldiers in the Stephen King short story Battleground (published in the collection Night Shift, and later developed for television in the Nightmares and Dreamscapes anthology). Despite being murderous, they're actually the heroes of the story, exacting vengeance against the Villain Protagonist — a hitman who just killed a toymaker.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh does it with stuffed animals, who live in the Hundred Acre Wood and go on numerous adventures to places like the North Pole. However, in the stories they're treated like anthropomorphic animals, not living toys.
  • The Indian in the Cupboard is a children's series about a boy who discovers how to magically transform a plastic Indian figure to life in his cabinet. Specifically, putting it in the cabinet and turning the key summons a random guy from the past, turning him toy-sized. The magic only works on plastic, and summons people from other time periods who resemble any affected toy, as well as sometimes sending the modern characters back in time.
  • In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the heroes discover a town inhabited by tiny little china dolls. The townsfolk are justifiably afraid of running or otherwise exerting themselves, for fear of breaking; they can be fixed, but the cracks such accidents cause never fade.
  • The Bear that Nobody Wanted by Allan Ahlberg tells the rather tragic story of a teddy bear who goes through a major Break the Haughty phase and longs for a child who wants him. Along the way, he meets with many other toys, all of whom can talk amongst themselves but can't actually communicate with people. This leads to an incredibly sad scene where the bear is forced to watch as his current owner leaves him behind to go to the countryside during World War II and, later, as the boy's mother leaves. Both times, he silently begs to be taken along but can't be heard.
  • Many of Rumer Godden's children's books, generally with dolls. Generally speaking, her dolls are conscious and can talk to each other, but are otherwise immobile and can only affect humans by wishing very hard. Some examples:
    • The Doll's House (also know as Tottie: The Story of a Doll's House after its animated adaptation) - a family of mismatched dolls wish for a doll's house to live in. Well-known for its Sudden Downer Ending.
    • Candyfloss - a doll who lives on a coconut shy at the fair is kidnapped by a vain, greedy little girl.
    • Impunity Jane: The Story of a Pocket Doll - a boy steals a small doll from a friend and keeps her as he grows up.
    • The Story of Holly and Ivy - a Christmas-themed doll named Holly wishes for a little girl to play with her while a lonely orphan called Ivy wishes for a doll to play with.
    • Miss Happiness and Miss Flower - a story about two Japanese dolls and the house built for them.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien's children's book Roverandom tells about a small toy dog, which used to be a real dog before a sorcerer cursed him. His quest to regain his doginess takes him under the sea and up to the moon.
  • Toys Go Out and its sequels Toy Dance Party and Toys Come Home, by Emily Jenkins.
  • The Night After Christmas by James Stevenson is about an old teddy bear and ragdoll who are thrown out with the trash after their children have received new toys for Christmas, and then have to find a way to get by in the outside world. Was animated in Britain as The Forgotten Toys and a number of sequels, starring Bob Hoskins as the gruff voice of Teddy.
  • "Softies" from 13 More Tales of Horror takes place in an alternative universe in which each human has a living toy friend called a 'companion'. The problem is, the companions are angry and secretly planning an uprising against their owners.
  • Corduroy comes to life and goes on an adventure after the store closes. He seems to be the only toy in the store capable of doing it, though.
  • The main character of The Forty First Wink is assisted by a pirate crew composed of his childhood stuffed toys. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • No Flying in the House has a rather unusual example with Gloria and, later, Belinda. Both look like small wind-up toy animals, but they insist they're "real" and communicate with regular people perfectly well (in fact, Gloria gives performances for guests). On the other hand, Belinda seems to look a lot like a gold wind-up cat with emerald eyes that Anabelle's guardian used to own and Gloria later turns into a gold wind-up toy dog that can perform all the tricks she used to do, but no longer is alive. Since both of them are fairies, it's entirely possible they were possessing the toys in order to interact with the human characters.
  • In Alien in a Small Town, the android Barney Estragon is eventually revealed to have started his life a hundred years ago as a storytelling toy duck, essentially a rich kid's Teddy Ruxpin. And then the kid grew up, and he was abandoned in a world where, tiny as he was, and having no legal rights at all, he spent years living literally as vermin. The passage of the Velveteen Act finally granted robots their freedom. He'd gone mad by then. But he got better.
  • In The Midnight Folk, the young orphan Kay learns that his beloved toys, which were packed away after his parents died, came alive when nobody was looking and went on a quest to make things better for Kay.
  • In Ollie's Odyssey, all toys and everything in the junk yard and abandoned amusement park are alive, and every kid's favorite toy is able to interact with their child.
  • All the characters of Teddy And Co are living toys.
  • While Greater Golems in Threadbare can take many forms, including the Animated Armor of Emmet, Threadbare and his crew are animated toys. One of the major benefits of this is that it seems that a doll of a race, when animated, gains that race template.
  • The illustrated stories of the Fairy Tails toys depict the Fairy Tails as toys coming to life at night to help their owners.
  • The characters in La Carona and the Tin Frog by Russell Hoban and Nicola Bailey are Living Ornaments, although some, like the eponymous frog (who is clockwork) and the evil monkey (a puzzle whose eyes need shaken into place) also qualify as toys.

    Live Action TV 
  • Subversion of the evil version in an early episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which an animated ventriloquist dummy turns out to be a good (if lecherous) demon hunter who was killed in battle. (Not every demon on the show is evil, but the one in question was stealing people's bodily organs.)
  • Referenced on 30 Rock when Tracy says "My genius has come alive, like toys when your back is turned."
  • The Twilight Zone: The twist ending of "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" involves the characters finding out that they are toys.
  • Andy Pandy provides a truly strange example. Andy plays with his best friend Teddy, a living teddy bear, all the time. Yet Looby Loo, Andy's rag doll, is played with as a toy by the other two and only comes to life when they're away. Averted with the remake, however, where she's as active as the rest of them
  • Australian children's show Johnson and Friends, depicting the adventures of Johnson the toy elephant and his friends McDuff the concertina, Diesel the truck and Alfred the hot water bottle.
  • The eponymous Shoebox Zoo give their owner, Marnie, a bit of a surprise when they actually respond to her instruction to "Awake, for I am your Master!"
  • The Big Comfy Couch has Molly the Dolly, Loonette's best friend. She's a puppet who can't talk and instead expresses herself in word bubbles, which Loonette can easily understand. Their relationship borders on sisterly—many episodes open with Loonette mentioning a topic, Molly not understanding it, and the former proceeding to explain how it works.

  • "Raggedy Rag Doll Friend" from Even More Baby Songs has a girl dream about shrinking down to the size of her Captain Ersatz Raggedy Ann, which then comes to life and begins playing with her.
  • The music video for *NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" portrays the band as marionettes who fought with other toys for the attention of a pretty girl, reverting to their toy state when she turned around. They become real at the end of the video when she buys them.
  • In Doctor Steel's music video for "Childhood Don't A-Go-Go", Steel breathes on his creeptastic dolls... which begin to come to life and follow him about his laboratory.
  • The Preschool Popstars music video for "Daycare Dance Party" features a toy dinosaur, a toy robot, and a teddy bear dancing.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes might be an example... or then again, it might not. Hobbes might be an animated stuffed tiger, or it could be all in Calvin's imagination. Calvin, though, doesn't think that Hobbes is a Living Toy; he thinks he's a real tiger. (Albeit a real tiger that gets put through the washing machine whenever Calvin's mom deems it necessary.) The comic is deliberately ambiguous about Hobbes' true nature.
  • Garfield implies that the titular fat cat's teddy bear Pooky could be alive. Pooky (off-screen) jumped through a hoop that Garfield only pretended to set up for him or rollerskate on his own. Also, in the 1987 storyline when Garfield had amnesia from a bonk to his head, Jon tries to restore his memory by showing him Pooky. The amnesiac Garfield dismissed Pooky stating he's an adult cat who doesn't need a teddy bear. Jon cries, Odie cries, and even Pooky cries a tear.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Jim Henson's holiday special The Christmas Toy is effectively a proto-Toy Story. It later had a short-lived spin-off series, The Secret Life of Toys.
  • The Noddy Shop tells the story of a group of toys and a pet crawfish who come to life when humans aren't around. In the later seasons, the toys could talk to the kids.

  • Rudy the living ventriloquist dummy from Fun House. Not so much "good" as "not overtly evil Jerkass".

    Professional Wrestling 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Fuzzy Heroes is a miniature wargame-style game about armies of toys fighting each other while the kids aren't around. It uses real stuffed animals and toys that the players have lying around as units.
  • The page quote was parodied by GURPS when it offered a line of stuffed animal Cthulhu toys. The ad text read in part: "tonight's the night the teddy bears summon Cthulhu!"
  • German game Plüsch, Power & Plunder is about living plushies.
  • The Mannekins from Changeling: The Lost are based around this, though it can be anything from a stuffed doll to a clockwork dancer and so on.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! examples:
    • Close inspection on the limbs of the Madolche artworks in the (particularly the Beasts, including the horse that Madolche Chouxvalier rides) shows what appear to be sewing seams, implying they are all plushies or dolls. This is further evidenced by Mewfeuille and Tiaramisu's artwork, which have much smaller animals in them that look relatively normal, if a bit oddly-colored. The Trap Card Madolche Nights eventually confirmed this, where they are shown as toys in a child's bedroom at night.
    • Ghostrick Doll is based on a Bisque Doll, a doll made mostly or entirely of bisque porcelain and characterized by their highly realistic features and skin-like texture. These dolls were at their most popular in the late 1800's, and are now considered highly valuable among collectors. In addition, due to their eerie wide-eyed stares and historical nature these dolls have recently become pop culture fixtures in horror movies– often related to the ghosts of young girls.


    Video Games 
  • Claydol, according to the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl/Platinum Pokedex, is "An ancient clay figurine that came to life as a Pokémon from exposure to a mysterious ray of light." By extension, this also applies to its unevolved form, Baltoy.
    • Banette is a living toy out seeking for the owner who threw it away...
  • Toy Soldiers, an Xbox Strategy game, focuses on two sides of a WW1 tin soldier toy set, Germans vs. the British/French, who carry out large, full scale battles inside a diorama which stands on a small table (just to give the audience an idea of the proportions). The player's main goal is to defend his "toy box" against the infantry, cavalry, tanks, and biplanes of the foe, using their own tanks, cannons, machine guns, AA-guns, howitzers, and aeroplanes, while (only in Multiplayer) trying to take over the foe's toy box by sending their own soldiers. Great idea and great theme. The player will surely enjoy the toffee apples flying around, while having a pozzy on japan, with some nice gunfire.
  • The Mini-Marios in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games are Living Toys. That, or at least they have very good AI.
  • The short-lived Sega series Clockwork Knight. In this series, the player controlled a toy knight who went through the various rooms of a house to fight evil toys and save the Damsel in Distress, a princess named Chelsea.
  • Super Smash Bros. plays with this trope (no pun intended). The fighters aren't animate toys per se, but have been shown or confirmed to be plush dollsnote  or trophies in the "real world", and become living fighters in the "world of imagination" where the games take place. The level of "toy-ness" that is shown or implied varies from game to game (becoming more and more downplayed in the last two installments), but given the various bits of Canon Welding with some of the characters' home franchises, this doesn't preclude the fighters from being tangible living characters on some level of existence, and said "world of imagination" from being a functioning fictional universe in its own right.
  • Disney Infinity, another crossover game, takes this concept even further - the characters actually are animate toys that even break apart upon defeat. (Coincidentally, both Smash and Infinity have respective lines of NFC figures that can be used to summon the characters in-game.) Bonus points in that some of the Toy Story characters are playable - essentially living toy versions of living toys.
  • Power Pete is set in a toy store full of living toys. The Mooks made of cheap plastic are not so resilient.
  • The 2019 remake for Link's Awakening on the Switch seems to imply this. The tops of trees, the grass and buildings have a glossy sheen to them that looks like it is all made out of porcelian or plasticine material; the overall layout of the world and design all looks like it takes place within a diorama box model (there's even the effect to tilt and shift it and zoom in and out, making it seem it takes place within a world of toys secured in a box), and the characters inhibiting it are all done up to look like little Fisher-Price toys with their Black Bead Eyes and simplified, cutesy, chibified designs that makes it look different from other Zelda games. Link, just like everyone else in this game's artstyle, looks like a tiny figurine. People even nickname this version of Link "Toy Link."
  • Geno from Super Mario RPG, sort of. Technically, he's a benign spirit from the Star Road who takes possession of an ordinary toy doll and enlarges it to human-size to use as a body.
  • The Army Men series is about a continual war between those little plastic soldiers, green and tan. (And sometimes, blue and yellow)
  • The Gotcha Borgs, from Gotcha Force, although they're technically small alien robots. They're still obviously meant to resemble toys though.
  • Touhou has Medicine Melancholy, who (ironically enough, considering her name) controls poison. She's one of the creepier characters in the series, playfully talking about how wonderful poison is, how it paralyzes its victims, how they die a painful death...
  • One of the stages in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 has the Ouendan helping a stuffed monkey and a toy soldier who were thrown away by accident get home.
  • There's an area in MapleStory called Ludibrium that has Good and Evil examples.
    • Ludibrum itself is a city built atop two towers that has a massive basement that includes a toy factory and a clock tower, the bottom of which might even be in another dimension. The ordinary citizens of the city and the workers below are toys, and they're benign. The monsters in either tower and in the factory are also toys, and within the clock tower there are two paths with different monsters. They're a lot nastier.
    • The Warped Path of Time takes you through Monster Clowns, Ghost Pirates (and Vikings), and finally a giant boss called the Gatekeeper.
    • On the other side, the Forgotten Path of Time, there are teddy bears possessed by their own souls, animated clocks with More Teeth than the Osmond Family, teddy bears possessed by creepier ghosts, and ghosts chained to pocketwatches. And the boss of THAT side just happens to be Thanatos.
    • At the end of both paths is a great pavilion with an area only accessible by someone with a particular quest. This area has Papulatus Clock, a boss that looks like a ghostly little blue thing with a curly sprout atop its head sitting in a flying Time Machine designed like a toy clock with giant robot hands. He's a challenge, and fairly sinister in his own right if you read his backstory.
  • Guardian's Crusade actually has living toys whom you can find and collect for use in battle. There's 70 of those bastards. Good luck.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • Several popular maps place the players in this position - it is very odd playing an FPS from an action figure's point of view.
    • Assist Kill accessories show up on the killfeed as getting assists to players in Pyroland, indicating they at least THINK they're alive. All of them are a stuffed animal of some kind, except the Medic's very real pet bird, Archimedes.
  • HAVE Online / MicroVolts is a Korean Online Multiplayer THIRD-person-shooter (not even class-based) that uses anime figurines or those figure-posing... figures that artists use to assist in drawing positions as the characters.
  • Familiars in Kingdom of Loathing include teddy bears and toy soldiers.
  • In Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life and Another Wonderful Life, your child's stuffed bear will occasionally come alive when no one else is in the room.
  • Re-Volt's Excuse Plot has you racing animated radio control cars.
  • Sack-people in LittleBigPlanet are supposedly hand-stitched dolls.
  • Kid Ultra from Battleborn was originally designed as a toy robot but in a similar vein to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, thinks he's an actual superhero. Specifically, he was originally designed by Phoebe to be a childcare providing robot, a thing that came about from the lack of a proper playmate in the rich heiress' parental affection deficient childhood. During Kid Ultra's initial startup sequence however, the connection to the Magna Carta was severed leaving him no external reference or personality data banks to draw from. He thus instead drew info from the only other available source, the marketing-approved entertainment holo library pre-loaded into his memory which contained over 60,000 cartoons, comics, movies, and video games intended for placating and educating children. As a result, he thinks he's an actual superhero in a cartoon universe.
  • From Pokémon, we have Stufful, an adorable stuffed bear Pokemon that Hates Being Touched. There's even a little tag on its rear end!
  • TinkerQuarry: The Dollhouse is a world inhabited by living toy animals. Most, if not all, are implied to have previously belonged to the protagonist, a little girl who somehow ends up in the Dollhouse.
  • Jasmin from Lost smile and strange circus is a living doll.
  • The eponymous Hundred Knight from The Witch And The Hundred Knight 2 was originally a doll that Milm received from her sister Amalie for good luck for her surgery to cure her of her Witch Disease. When the surgery fails and Milm transforms into the witch Chelka, Chelka uses her powers to animate her doll to act as her servant. While Chelka did animate him, it is ultimately loyal to the more heroic Amalie.
  • The Toy Box skin line in Leagueof Legends are composed mostly by toys owned by Dino Gnar. Some examples are Renektoy Rekenton (an action figure that had high demand back in 1996) and Moo Moo Alistar (a limited edition figurine).

    Visual Novels 
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Sakutarou is a variation off this. After Maria places a soul in him, he can talk with her and play with her, although he no longer looks like a stuffed animal to her. Instead, he looks like a little, half-human, half-animal boy. However, no one else can see him talk, etc. If he talks to Maria, anyone else sees it as Maria speaking in a funny voice, and he always looks like a stuffed animal to them. Of course, if you go by a mundane perspective, then Sakutaro is really just a Companion Cube for Maria.

  • Wendy weasel from Cwen's Quest, who was given life to help a young Cwen escape from a library. Wendy can read, Cwen could not.
  • Adrian Ramos's The Wisdom Of Moo revolves around this concept: one of the main human characters is a teenager who tries to be more "adult-like" and gets frequently harassed by her old toys, and another is a local toy doctor.
  • Achewood features several living stuffed animals (although nowadays, the comic focuses more on the adventures of talking house cats).
  • Fuzzy Knights focuses on stuffed toys who also happen to play Tabletop Games.
  • Trish Tales takes place in a world where living action figures have been created, and are sold as pets.
  • Hinges is a webcomic where the whole premise is about living toys that have created their own society entirely without humans.
  • Kid Radd is about video game characters, but they follow similar rules as traditional Living Toys, coming to life when not being played and eventually escaping their games to form a secret society on the Internet.

    Web Original 
  • Arby 'n' the Chief and it's predecessor Master Chief Sucks At Halo is a long running series about two Halo action figures that come to life and play video games and do hilarious things around the house. The fifth season even deconstructs the entire concept of Living Toys, with Arbiter trying to give his life meaning. Although this technically goes under good examples, Chief is one mean little bastard of a troll.

    Western Animation 
  • The Crayon Box: The cast of the show are a bunch of living toys residing in a toy store.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Jade's moose doll, Super Moose, was brought to life by the Rat Talisman in several episodes to act as an aide. There was also an evil puppet version of the Monkey King from Journey to the West who could come to life by switching places with a living being, which would then turn into a puppet in his stead while the Monkey King ran around causing trouble.
    • Earlier than both of these examples, the Gnomekop doll powered from the Rat Talisman in the episode "Tough Break".
  • ReBoot parodied this with a GameCube, in the episode "Firewall". Experts believe that this is the only time this trope has ever been crossed with send-ups of James Bond and Wacky Races.
    • This immediately followed an episode with a game starring Rocky the Rabbid Racoon.
    • They did it again in a later episode, this time saturated with Star Wars references, and the return of the Rabbid Racoon.
  • Mr. Buns from Ruby Gloom is a strange example. The other characters treat him as if he's alive, and he seems to do things when he's not on-screen... but whenever he's on-screen, he's just a lifeless sock-bunny. In perhaps the most extreme case, he's fencing with Poe from just off-screen, only for the sword to drop the moment he's visible in the frame.
    • Many people think that Ruby Gloom herself is, in fact, a Living Doll. This is supported by her hobby of sewing, pure white skin, and the stitches around her eyes.
  • In Monkey Dust, both Mr. Hoppy and Mr. Skatey fit. Psychopathic, murderous toys. Or Are They?
  • The Misfit Toys in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Well, sort of. Apparently, the idea is, they are like this because they're neglected and unwanted, which is why they qualify for this Trope. (The special suggests that all toys are Level 2 on the Sliding Scale of Living Toys.)
  • The toys in Doc McStuffins are brought to life using Doc's stethoscope.
  • Betty Boop is one in her cartoon, "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers".
  • Muppet Babies (1984) had living toys in the song "Calling All Toys" from the episode "Muppets in Toyland".
  • In ¡Mucha Lucha!, Rikochet owned a friendly living action figure named El Rey. In one episode, he discovered that El Rey was competing in a wrestling competition with other Living Toys (that occasionally became a Deadly Game, unfotunately).
  • The main characters of The Forgotten Toys are an ill-tempered teddy bear named Teddy, and an old rag doll named Annie.
  • Babar's episode during the 2000s reboot series "Land of Toys" the cast visits a country made of living sentient toys.
  • Several characters from Bump in the Night were living toys.
    • Molly Coddle, a comfort doll with mismatched eyes and limbs who is one of Mr. Bumpy's two best friends.
    • The Cute Dolls, a Girl Posse of Barbie-esque dolls.
    • Destructo, a toy robot who is often on Mr. Bumpy's case whenever he breaks the rules.
  • Parodied in one of the Oxymoron Commercials in Sheep in the Big City which advertises a robot toy that's SO COOL, it can do anything: walk, talk (in both English and French), cook, hold down a good job, take out the garbage, and "party all night long." The trouble is that the robot is so incredibly awesome that it's inevitably better than any child who might own it, leading to the slogan: "IT'S COOLER THAN YOU!"
  • Although it's not overly emphasized, the main character of Special Agent Oso, is actually a plush toy bear. Sometimes when he appears to help a child, they'll shout "Special Agent Oso!" and he'll reply "In the plush!" It's not clear, but his cohorts in the organization U.N.I.Q.U.E. are all animals as well and therefore may also be toys.
  • The Cow and Chicken episode "Cow's Toys" reveals that Cow's toys Manure the Bear, Crabs the Warthog, and Piles the Beaver are actually alive. In the episode, Manure the Bear reads on his tag that he was "made in Hong Kong". The toys misinterpret this as indicating that their original owner was a woman named Maiden Hong Kong and go on a journey to find her.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, Timmy spends one episode shrunken down to toy size and playing with a Crimson Chin doll that Cosmo and Wanda brought to life.

Evil Examples

     Anime & Manga 
  • Mary from Ghost Stories/Gakkou no Kaidan, though she has no idea that she is causing harm...
  • Evil Toys from Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Depends on your definition of "evil", but: In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, there was Alice, originally a doll with a spirit inside her that stood on a mantle of a faculty lounge in the school. After a student blamed a card for his poor dueling and tore it in half (it was an Obelisk student, big surprise), she grew to hate duelists, and wanted to punish them. She lured Judai into a Shadow Duel in an attempt to drive him to a Despair Event Horizon, using a deck full of monsters resembling evil dolls, but Judai's vibrant personality never wavered, and he convinced her to reject despair and accept hope. When last seen, she was back on the mantle again - smiling.
    • A similar villain was Princess Cologne from the manga version of Yu Gi Oh Zexal, who worked for Dr. Faker because he gave her a soul a threatened to take it from her if she failed him. As it turned out, she had once been a doll who was thrown away by a rich girl who happened to be Cathy. Cathy realized her mistake and apologized, and despite failing her mission, she was saved from that grim punishment by her friend Grandpa Demetto, who gave her his soul to save her. (He may or may not have been a Living Toy as well, along with someone who could fix them; it wasn't clear exactly what he was.) (She also has an actual card in the game with her likeness, and that does seem to fit the overall Trope too, although she seems even less evil here, given the effect.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, roughly half of Sora Shiun'in's deck consists of monsters called Fluffal, cute, cuddly stuffed animals that better fit the Good examples above. However, by fusing them with Fiends called Edge Imps (the other half of his deck) he can summon his aces, Fusion Monsters called Frightfurs, which are demonic corruptions of the Fluffals covered with knives and blades.
  • In Paranoia Agent, Tsuki's Maromi toy frequently comes to life, usually to comfort her and assure her she's not at fault for the things that happen. While he's not exactly evil, he's still played as being creepy and a lot of the things he does (keeping Chief Ikari in a Lotus-Eater Machine to fulfill Tsuki's escapist fantasy of having a loving father and preventing him from fighting Lil' Slugger, for example) don't help matters. Of course, it's also left in the air whether or not Tsuki's hallucinating any or all of it.

    Comic Books 
  • In a true case of From Nobody to Nightmare, Ultra Force villain Lord Pumpkin started out as one. He was a living toy created by a wizard to be a playmate for a Spoiled Brat of a prince. However, the prince (who liked to torture animals, among other disturbing hobbies) sadistically tormented his playmate, until it rebelled, killed him, grew far more powerful, and took over the kingdom. Since then, Lord Pumpkin no longer fit the Trope at all (Evil Overlord is more appropriate), but that's where he started.
  • In the "Cubs in Toyland" story arc of Fables, the toys aren't quite as evil as other examples, but they do trick Therese into coming to their kingdom to be their queen, attack Dare when he tries to save her, and seem more concerned with Therese using her queenly powers to heal them than the fact that she's starving to death. There's also the fact that they ended up in their present states because they killed their former child owners, albeit as Accidental Murder. Thankfully, everyone manages to get better.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Toy Story film series itself has two, Stinky Pete in Toy Story 2, and Lotso in Toy Story 3. Believe it or not, Woody was like this too at one point; early-stage drafts of the first movie featured a Woody who was outright psychopathic, terrorizing the other toys into submission and in general abusing his position as Andy's favorite. All this was in response to demands from up the chain to make Woody "edgier", but eventually the movie reached its low point and the team had to go to their bosses and say, "We can't make this movie. This isn't our movie anymore." Fortunately, the execs relented.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Commando Elite in Small Soldiers. The monstrous Gorgonites were good, though.
  • In the Child's Play films, "Chucky" is a doll possessed by a psychopathic criminal.
  • In Krampus the family is attacked by evil and violent toys.
  • A common trope in the 80s and early 90s for horror movies. The toys where generally alive by the use of Black Magick or Demonic Possession. Examples of this are:
    • The killer toys from Demonic Toys and Dollman Vs Demonic Toys.
    • The killer Puppets from the Puppetmaster movies. Though they can follow a good puppetmaster, they will do evil stuff to anyone who harasses or tries to harm said puppetmaster, especially Those Wacky Nazis.
    • The tite characters of Devil Dolls.
  • Annabelle of course and its sequels.

  • In Diana Wynne Jones's The Ogre Downstairs the living Toffee bars aren't evil per se, just heinously troublesome with a bad habit of melting and causing a big, sticky mess. The living dolls are downright cold.
  • Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy from Goosebumps, who also appeared on the Live-Action TV Series. Also counts as an Artifact of Doom, which are common in the series.

    Live Action TV 
  • The replicators in Stargate SG-1 started out as children's toys, but turned evil and took over a galaxy before trying to get ours too.
  • Night Gallery episode "The Doll". A British Army officer must deal with a murderous doll sent by an old enemy.
  • The Twilight Zone:
    • "My name is Talking Tina, and I'm going to kill you." You'd better be nice to her.note 
      • Actually, seeing as Tina's victim Erich was pretty rotten himself (being abusive to his stepdaughter all because he was sterile) she may be considered more of a Knight Templar.
    • Two episodes feature evil ventriloquist's dummies, the first of which starred Bill Bixby.
  • In the two part special of The Haunting Hour - "Really You", it's revealed that all dolls are alive, and naturally good but it just so happens that this one is evil.
  • In The Amanda Show, Courtney had a doll replica of herself that could scream, "MA-HA!"
    • The trope was parodied in a one-time sketch featuring Amanda as a little girl who was too scared to sleep during a thunderstorm. Her parents give her "Rockabye Ralph," a talking doll that spouts off cutesy catchphrases about bedtime ("I LOVE YOU! TIME TO GO SLEEPY!" et. al.). Amanda's pleased with the doll at first...until he refuses to stop chattering even as she tries to actually sleep. She tries everything she can think of to stop Ralph, but he won't quit bothering her: she pulls out his batteries and he keeps talking; she throws him out the window, and he flies right back in; she slams his head in a drawer, and he doesn't stop; and finally, she has her dog eat the doll, which seems to do the trick...until Ralph's voice starts coming from the pet's stomach.
  • In the season three episode of the original series of Fantasy Island "Jungle Man/Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate" one of the 2 "fantasies" involves a female ventriloquist whose dummy is taking on a life of its own, at the ventriloquist's expense.
  • Several of the demonic objects that the characters in Friday The13th have to catch are evil toys, including a doll and the three wise monkeys.

  • Jonathan Coulton: And there's a creepy doll...
  • In Doctor Steel's music video for Childhood Don't a-Go-Go, Dr. Steel breathes on a creepy toy and brings it to life; it subsequently brings all the other creepy toys to life.
  • The cover illustration of Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic album depicts a rather sinister-looking group of these.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Otto, Leo's beloved toy otter in Rimini Riddle, who kidnaps him for child-eating beings called the Mommos.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Ravenloft module The Created featured a villain named Maligno (an evil version of Pinnochio, more or less) and other evil toys called carrionettes. Even if the Player Characters succeeded and killed him, he later would return, the setting where the module took place (the town of Odiarre) becoming part of the mainstream Ravenloft setting with him as its Darklord.

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    Video Games 
  • In Airfix Dogfighter, everyone is a bunch of seemingly alive WW2 scale models that wage war inside a human house.
  • The Big Bad from Alice: Madness Returns is the Dollmaker, likely one of the worst examples of this Trope. He not only is a Living Toy (a gigantic, horrible, hideous one) but he kidnaps the Insane Children in order to turn them into toys, in order to use them as fuel for the Infernal Train. (In effect, this is a parallel to his real-world counterpart, Dr. Bumby, the true villain, who kidnaps and hypnotizes his younger patients in order to prostitute them.)
  • The Frantic Factory level in Donkey Kong 64 had some of these.
  • Tonbetty, Mira's advisor in Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A Darklord is a small talking Tonberry plush.
  • Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (and humongous robots based on Nicktoon protagonists)
  • The Pokémon Shuppet and Bannette fall under the creepy toys category, being Ghost-types based off of puppets. Bannette's mega evolution just makes it look creepier.
  • Among the various monsters in the video game Zombies Ate My Neighbors are psychotic knife-wielding dolls.
  • The main enemies in Witchkin are a trio of evil toys who constantly stalk you throughout the game.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic was tormented by a demonic Teddy Ruxpin in his Halloween episode.
    • More recent episodes have given us Tickle Me Amy. If not evil, she's damned psychotic.
  • James Rolfe tangles with Mr. Bucket, a very persistent little guy with an appetite for yer balls, in an episode of his Board James series.
  • The Tails Doll is an example of this. While not particularly evil in canon (though he was created by Dr. Ivo Robotnik), The Internet had other ideas...
  • The evil teddy bear from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
  • Octavius Fong, leader of the Roaming Eye of Doom in the Metaverse.
  • Many SCP Foundation entries, including a sentient teddy bear that can spawn homicidal copies of itself, a video game that decreases the intelligence of players older than 14, and a pinata that kills children.

    Western Animation 
  • A Krusty doll in one of the Halloween episodes of The Simpsons. Once his switch was set from "Evil" to "Good" there were no further problems. At least for everyone except the doll. However, he gets better... This one is a Shout-Out to the Talking Tina episode of The Twilight Zone, mentioned above.
  • Quackerjack's main 'power' in Darkwing Duck was sending these out to commit crimes. Even his nonliving toys were dangerous—who considers an exploding panda a children's toy?
  • In Aqua Teen Hunger Force a doll is delivered to the house. Through the whole episode it says "Kill!", while holding a knife, sometimes with Dramatic Thunder. At one point, it brings home some severed fingers. Frylock, Shake, and Meatwad decide to destroy it just because it wouldn't shut up. Turns out that the doll is immortal, and Carl (who's missing some fingers) got another doll that just says "Die".
    • An earlier episode, "Dumber Dolls", had Happy Time Harry, who rather than being homicidal was just depressed, cynical, and bad-tempered. His depression did lead happier toy Jiggle Billy to attempt suicide, however.
  • In one episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy gets a tricycle from a boy in Pittsburgh which he names "Trikey". Billy immediately considers it to be his friend, even though it appears to be inanimate. Later it becomes apparent that Trikey is alive and evil, brtually maiming Irwin, Pud'n, and Sperg after they insult Billy for having it, then beating up Grim when he tries to destroy it. Eventually, Mandy destroys it by crushing it with the garage door, after which the spirit of the boy comes out of its remains cursing them.
  • The Magic Conch Shell in the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Club SpongeBob". She's a total Control Freak who demands obedience from her subjects, and she's willing to kill whoever doesn't submit to her whim. After SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward all get lost in a kelp trench forest, SpongeBob and Patrick are granted the privilege to eat picnic bounty food that was dropped by a plane as while a starving Squidward isn't granted anything to eat because he refused to praise/obey the shell.
  • In a Season 1 episode of Transformers Animated, Soundwave is given to Sari as a toy by Megatron so that whenever Sari uses her key on Soundwave, he'll upgrade and grow even more powerful. Soundwave begins an AI takeover on Detroit and use automatons as his slaves with intent to overthrow the humans and exterminate the Autobots. 2 seasons later, Powell makes hundreds of Soundwave toys for all of Detroit.
  • Pops's doll Percy in Regular Show. Pops loves him, but he's actually rather abusive.
  • In CatDog, the episode "The Collector" has a Mean Bob toy persuading Cat to buy a collection of Mean Bob action figures and sell them for a lot of money. They later try to resist Cat from selling them.
  • In the first episode of Code Lyoko ("Teddygodzilla"), XANA brings Millie's teddy bear to life and enlarges it to giant size to hunt down the Lyoko warriors.
  • In the episode of The Real Ghostbusters "Ghosts R Us", some ghosts trying to make the heroes look bad accidentally wake up a a very powerful Class 10 ghost in an abandoned toy factory. Very cranky from being woken up, the beast creates a body for itself out of the equipment in the factory, turning itself into a giant amalgamation of toys, with a teddy bear's body riding a tricycle, a gift box for a head, and a toy monkey with cymbals on top, before going on a rampage.
  • Played with in the Phineas and Ferb episode, "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror", as its first story features Candance messing with a spell that can brings toy to life and turns evil when exposed to the light of a full moon and trying it on her Ducky Momo plushie. The spell does work, but it turns out that the Ducky Momo plushie just wanted a hug—and it's a teddy bear that turns evil.
  • An episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series has the experiment of the episode (Experiment 375/Phantasmo) possess Lilo's doll Scrump, using the doll to cause chaos around the house and get Stitch framed for it. The experiment does turn over a new leaf at the end, however.

Alternative Title(s): Living Toy


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