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They may be creepy, but these ain't your grandma's dolls.

We're dead. Pure evil. We sleep with the worms.
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Created by Ed Long and Damien Glonek back in 1998, Living Dead Dolls are little dolls who died in an assortment of creative ways, and come packaged in coffins for you to enjoy, complete with death certificates. They are inspired, of course, by real toddler/child dolls, serving as a dark counterpart/parody to the more innocent ones, and the very first dolls were simply customs of the originally innocent toys.

Ed and Damien later got picked up by Mezco Toyz to mass-produce the dolls, and Mike "Mez" Markowitz, the founder who brought them on, has become involved in the creative process for the line. The earlier dolls had more basic articulation, but a few series in, the bodies were changed to have ball joints for greater motion.

So far, there are over thirty series (with an average number of five dolls in each set), not counting the many exclusives, Living Dead Dolls Presents lines, Resurrection series, and Fashion Victims. A separate LDD Presents line was launched to allow for Mezco to branch out and make less horror-themed LDDs, like Harley Quinn. Every year, two main series, a Resurrection series, an SDCC resurrection doll, and a Halloween exclusive are released. The dolls are treated as collector's items and no LDD product enters a second production run, making quantities limited and online resale prices steep. A complete listing of the dolls can be found in the Archive section of the official website.

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These dolls provide examples of:

  • Abandoned Mine: Series 34, "The Devil's Vein", features the inhabitants of a buried mining town.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Jubilee is a most unwelcome guest at any birthday party, which is sure to go wrong when she's present.
  • A Crack in the Ice: This is what killed Frozen Charlotte while ice-skating.
  • All Witches Have Cats: Subverted by Salem, who is both witch and cat.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Many of the more fantastical characters apply.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • Thump in Series 31, with a gender-neutral appearance and the series' trend to avoid pronouns in the description. Since its design goes for a more primal-monster vibe, the unrelatability is appropriate.
    • Maitre des Morts in Series 33 to a lesser extent, as he has an androgynous appearance and Damien is reported to have avoided his gender in conversation, but his name, basis, and chipboard confirm him as male.
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  • American Gothic Couple: Two versions of the American Gothic dolls were made.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Some dolls have severed arms:
  • Art Shift: Series 32, "Vintage Halloween", has a more simple line-drawn art style for the dolls' faces to evoke the mood of the series.
  • At the Opera Tonight: Series 33, Moulin Morgue, is based on the people and performers under this theme.
  • Autocannibalism: Butcher Boop snapped and ate her own face, forcing her to get by with a crude and unsettling paper mask afterwards.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Eleanor. It's actually her burial sheet.
  • Blinding Bangs: The Dark has them, since her eye sockets are empty and her tongue has an eye on it.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Resurrection Dottie Rose has a case of this, possibly as a side effect of her deadly photosensitivity.
  • Bloody Horror: A good deal of the dolls, though Countess Bathory and Fairy Fay take it Up to Eleven.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Sinister Minister and Bad Habit were "righteously struck down by lightning".
  • Brain Monster: Purdy and Goria have exposed brains, which are removable.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Resurrection Series 9's variants come in glow-in-the-dark, sepia-toned, and glow-in-the-dark sepia-toned.
  • Buried Alive:
  • Burn the Witch!: The fate that befell Ember. It was only a costume.
  • The Butcher:
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The teaser image for Series 31 is a dark bedroom with the glowing eyes of each of the dolls around the room, which also feature as the images on their chipboards.
  • Chinese Vampire: The Hopping Vampire in Series 27, complete with a velcro spell tag to attach to its hat.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Series 28 uses this as its main design motif, with all of the party guests having white skin and black accents, and a signature color for each. Sadie and Onyx are just black-and-white, Ruby has red as her main color, Tina Pink has pink (obviously), and Hayze has purple. The variant set is thus more striking in its limited palette than some others, because it removes the color-coding and replaces everything with black and white.
  • Composite Character: Maitre des Morts is heavily based on the Emcee from Cabaret, and seems based on the two most famous portrayals, bearing the suit of the Joel Grey portrayal and the hair, makeup, heavy androgyny, and skimpier torso coverage (and even a death date sharing the premiere date) of the Alan Cumming portrayal.
  • Conjoined Twins: Hazel and Hattie, conjoined at the shoulder.
  • Corrupt Church:
  • Creepy Child: Several dolls have shades of this, but The Lost is generally considered particularly eerie.
  • Creepy Doll: All of them, though some are made to look more like dolls, and others are made to look more like separate characters. This has a parodic element as well as being straight horror, as they have a body design reminiscent of mainstream dolls and instead of adoption papers for the owner to sign, they have death certificates, making the whole product mirror their sweeter inspiration.
  • Creepy Long Arms: Some dolls, Nosferatu being the first, have these with clawed hands. Isaac has these and creepy long legs, due to his differently-proportioned plush body and unique hand molds.
  • Crowd Surfing: Sheena died from a failed stage dive. She landed on her head instead of the crowd.
  • Deliberately Monochrome:
    • Some dolls, like The Lost and She Who Cannot Be Named, are designed this way.
    • Several variant sets invoke this by limiting their original designs' color palettes.
      • Series 5 is a "golden age of showbiz" series with a black-and-white variant set like the films of the time.
      • Resurrection IX is based on famous historical murders and has a sepia-toned variant set to look like early photographs.
  • Demonic Dummy: Gregory's dummy is attached where his hand was severed, and has apparently taken over his mind.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Jezebel slit something with a razor and died from blood loss.
    • Blue "drank a cup of bleach".
    • Jasper was a solipsist who killed herself as an attempt at committing genocide.
    • The After drowned himself in the river to escape his schizophrenia.
    • Penny jumped out a window because she was bored.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Series 29's dolls are called the Nameless Ones, and all are spoken of with a fearful reverence like a legend that won't go away.
    • The spooks in Series 31 are implied to be, with no death dates, and being referred to as "it" rather than by pronouns.
  • Enemy Mime: The Lost's Resurrection looks like this, with white skull-like face paint over the top of her face featuring lines and dots typical of mime makeup.
  • Enfant Terrible: Most of the kids in the line would be terrifying even if they weren't undead.
  • Escape Artist: Vincent Vaude was a rather unskilled one who suffocated inside his trunk.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: There have been a few.
  • Evil Twin: Hattie to Hazel. Unfortunately for the latter, they're conjoined, and Hazel was killed by an undead Hattie despite her wishes to stay alive.
  • Eyeless Face: A few dolls have black or hollowed eyes to this effect.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Tessa, whose were gouged out and have the appropriate texture around her sockets. Since the trademark of the Resurrection dolls is their inset glass eyes, Tessa's includes them disembodied, and they can be popped back into her sockets.
    Tessa was a tattletale
    Who gossiped all she saw,
    Until she got her eyes gouged out
    Nerve endings and all.
    • Isabel removed hers out of dysphoric feelings toward them, and the subsequent blood loss was what killed her. She may have regretted it, or simply prefers the eyes as an accessory, since her masquerade mask seems to have her eyes implanted into it and the nerve endings on the back fit into her empty sockets.
    • Sospirare has the same head mold as Tessa and hollow sockets, but no blood.
    • Larmes de Sang is missing one eye, with the pocket having a pentagram carved around it.
    • Exclusive doll Jeepers as well...
      Jeepers had one eye through which
      She would occasion a gruesome sight.
      The other shone only beauty,
      That everything was quite alright.
      So she plucked out the peeper she thought was so unwell.
      But it turns out she was wrong,
      Now all she sees is truly hell.
  • Fashion Hurts: Madame Dysmorphic (who represents Vanity) died on Dedwin's operating table when she tried to get plastic surgery. She's had so many surgeries that she wears a hospital gown as part of her everyday attire.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers:
  • Foreshadowing: Thump has a visual form of this, with its outfit that foreshadows what lies underneath. The six pairs of buttons on its double-breasted jacket match up to the six pairs of eyes from the souls it's consumed, which are visible in the crack on its body.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The Scary Tales line does this.
    • In Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma is the Big Bad Wolf by result of lycanthropy. Red kills her anyway and makes her into a cloak.
    • Both Beauty and the Beast are unhappy and it's unclear which of the two the titles refer to. Their Resurrection sticks closer to the fairy tale, and so Beast is just a beast after all, without strong enough beauty inside to keep him from his instincts.
    • Hansel and Gretel aren't at all victims- they eat the witch instead!
    • Snow White puts up a fight against the Evil Queen and prevails, never falling under the curse.
    • Little Bo Creep is a psycho who murdered and ate her flock of sheep, and wears one of their heads as a hat.
  • The Freakshow: Series 30.
  • Ghostly Gape:
  • Girl Scouts Are Evil: Cookie. It's not made clear what exactly she does, but considering it has to do with "tasty treats of death", it can't be good.
  • Glasgow Grin:
    • Dahlia.
    • Tina Pink.
    • Cuddles has had three versions of this across her editions. Her first doll has a slashed cheek forming one half of her clown smile, her Resurrection has both sides, and her Resurrection variant has her mouth cut even wider into a permanent gaping smile.
  • Gossipy Hens: Tessa is unable to keep a secret. Her Resurrection doll puts a high-society spin on the idea.
  • Goth: The line is popular with this group, and some of the dolls themselves may count, such as Tina Black.
  • Granola Girl: Daisy Slae. Unfortunately, nature wasn't so friendly to her as she was to it.
  • Grave Robbing: Mr. Graves, until karma caught up with him.
    Full of greed he used to exhume,
    In search of jewels he entered tombs.
  • The Grim Reaper: Shows up in person in Series 15, and he has had several subsequent releases.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Dahlia, being based on Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia murder victim (she is stapled together), and Viv, an unfortunate magician's assistant, whose body can actually be taken apart into two pieces.
  • Halloween Episode: Series 16, 18, and 33, and the Jack O Lantern and Sweet Tooth exclusive dolls.
  • He Knows Too Much:
    • Tessa was blinded to keep her from picking up secrets to gossip about.
    • Ella von Terra learned too much about the seedy side of the Moulin Morgue, so she was hanged with her mouth sewn shut, all framed as a suicide.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Lust, in all incarnations.
  • Historical-Domain Character:
    • Lots of Elizabeths from the past.
      • There's a doll of Lizzie Borden in Series 2.
      • Dahlia, in the entertainment-themed Series 5, is based off the murdered actress Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia.
      • There's one of Elizabeth Báthory in Series 15.
      • There's an Exclusive of Jack the Ripper and the alleged victim of his, Fairy Fay, who was most likely based on Emma Elizabeth Smith.
    • Captain Anne Bonney's name is one letter from famous Pirate Girl Anne Bonny.
    • Edgar Allan Poe and Annabel Lee, the woman from his final poem.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Haemon has a cross burned into his forehead from, obviously, a cross that was held against it.
  • Hook Hand:
  • Horny Devils: Mistress Demonika, who represents Lust, in her original and Resurrection-variant releases.
  • Hugh Mann: Hemlock and Honey, a poisoned and burned corpse, respectively, trick-or-treat as human girls with the use of masks and wigs.
  • Institutional Apparel: Sybil has a straitjacket on both of her dolls. For the original, her arms are rubbery to be able to fold across her body, and for her Resurrection, she's already freed her arms.
  • Irony: In a production sense. Claret Winter, Patience Xero, Wurm, and Wizard are exclusive to variant sets, and Fairy Fay and the Witch from Hansel and Gretel are characters introduced in revisited sets.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mr. Graves was a grave-robber who got eaten by Abigail Crane the ghoul for his troubles.
  • Living Shadow: Umbral definitely seems to be something like this.
  • Louis Cypher: Lou Sapphire, anyone?
  • Mad Doctor: Dr. Dedwin and Nurse Necro.
  • Mega Twintails: In accordance with her cutesy Japanese theme, Resurrection Maggot sports this hairstyle.
  • Mirror Monster: Bloody Mary appears in Series 17, with cuts on her face like she's just escaped.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Calico sure loves her pet Muzzy.
    Some parts are scaly and some parts are fuzzy.
  • Monster Clown: Schitzo. It's even implied that he murdered another doll, Cuddles, who also applies.
    He'll hand out balloons,
    Then lop off your head.
    He's playful and witty,
    And also quite dead.
  • Mouth Stitched Shut: Siren was a singer who was strangled to death and then had her mouth sewn shut.
  • Mythology Gag: Most of the dolls have death dates relevant to their theme, either through holidays or well-known events that took place on that day, like Vincent Vaude the escape artist sharing a death date with Harry Houdini.
  • Naughty Nuns: Lust is portrayed as a nun in her Resurrection dolls, and Lilith's Fashion Victims doll includes an outfit to this effect.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: This is done with some dolls for a mysterious and eldritch feel.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Banshee from Series 27 is appropriately described as a fairy acting as an omen of death.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • The first one, Lilith in Series 3, comes complete with a stake.
    • Series 19 is all vamp.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Lottie carries one for sun protection. Her Resurrection trades it out for a raincoat.
  • Patient Zero: Patience Xero, actually, who was exclusive to the zombie-themed Series 22 variants.
  • Pirate Girl: Captain Bonney, with a Hook Hand, a peg leg, a sword, and a pistol.
  • The Plague: This killed several dolls.
  • Plague Doctor: Pestilence is portrayed as one.
  • Post-Apocalyptic Gas Mask:
    • Toxic Molly was the first to wear one.
    • War followed.
    • Resurrection Lust followed War.
  • Punny Name: Several.
    • Dottie Rose's name merely describes her appearance.
    • Dawn, last name presumably "of the dead".
    • Dee K., or "decay".
    • Bea Neath lives beneath your bed.
    • Ernest Lee Rotten. Earnestly rotten.
    • Mr. Graves the grave-robber.
  • Retraux: Generally averted. Since these dolls all died at different times, the old-fashioned and retro dolls are meant to be from the times where that was actually the fashion, not modern people adopting the look. Some do apply, however, living and dying after the time of their fashion's vogue.
  • Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue...: The Twisted Love dolls; Rose's color is red, and Violet's is blue.
  • Sailor Fuku: Maggot's dolls invoke this.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Viv, the Great Zombini's assistant has been actually sawn in two, and her doll's body can separate into the two pieces.
  • Scary Scarecrows: Isaac.
  • Scary Stitches: Several dolls, but Calico and the Resurrection Bride of Valentine have the most.
  • Scary Teeth: Thump hides these under its coat's tall collar, along with a crack in its body full of the souls it's consumed.
  • Scullery Maid: Gretchen, who, even when stricken by the plague, worked on until she died.
  • Series Mascot: Sadie, the first Living Dead Doll, and the only one to have multiple main series appearances.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The dolls of Series 7 exemplify them.
  • Shout-Out:
  • A Sinister Clue:
    • Every doll with only one hand has the right one as the missing appendage, leaving their left surviving.
    • Isaac has an interesting variant. While it's unknown which hand he uses, it doesn't matter because he has two left hands. And an extra finger, also once considered demonic, on his left left hand, making that one doubly evil!
  • Slashed Throat: Madame La Mort, who covers it with a bowtie, but the blood drips coming from underneath it reveal its presence.
  • Southern Belle: Goria. Under her hat, she hides her exposed brain.
  • Spot of Tea: Series 23 is a twisted tea party, with the tea itself being harmful to most of the guests.
  • Superstition Episode: Each of the Series 13 dolls is based on a common notion of bad luck, like a broken mirror or black cat encounter.
  • Supervillain: Onyx tried to be, but a ray gun accident killed her before she accomplished much. Not that death has stopped her.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Series 31, "Don't Turn Out The Lights". Of them, Thump is stated to be the one that actually goes bump, while the rest presumably don't.
  • Tear Off Your Face: It appears that this has happened to Madame La Mort, as her face doesn't match the rest of her skin and is bloody all around, as if it's a replacement for a face she lost.
  • Tears of Blood:
    • Lamenta has them, but unlike most examples she doesn't seem to suffer from them.
    The third of three sisters who pollute our world
    The offspring of a witch who had three little girls
    Lamenta is the most beautiful and holds the most power
    Her sweet tears of blood shall rain down like a shower
    • The Hopping Vampire's doll has them, though its description doesn't mention why.
  • Torso with a View: Maitre des Mortes has a bloody hole straight through his chest. It's especially hidden because his coat is difficult to remove.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Sort of. Moana and Dementia are exclusive to the rag doll spinoffs, and haven't been made into standard dolls.
  • Two-Faced: Jennocide lost half of her face via acid, which she thought was tea.
  • Urban Legends: Series 17 was inspired by them and includes The Vanishing Hitchhiker, The Hook, The Unwilling Donor, a victim of a Spider Bite hosting a new brood in her cheek, and Bloody Mary.
  • Updated Re-release: The Resurrection series and Scary Tales revisits, which provide new and occasionally very different takes on older characters.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Eve-A-Go-Go, who represents Envy, is green.
    • The Wizard of Oz includes the gifts he gives to the party of heroes at the end. For Purdy as the Scarecrow, he has a brain, for the Bride of Valentine as the Tin Man, he has a heart, and for Teddy as the Cowardly Lion, he has courage... represented by a pouch with two brass spheres inside.
  • Voodoo Zombie:
    • Macumba unfortunately turned himself into one.
    • Menard provides this flavor to zombie-themed Series 22.
  • Weakened by the Light: Dottie Rose had a deadly sun allergy, which killed her when she had to chase after her dog outside.
  • White Mask of Doom: Butcher Boop wears a thoroughly unsettling sloppy white papier-mache mask with a crudely-drawn woman's face on it. It's to cover her own mutilated face, which is almost entirely devoid of skin.
    She tried to construct a mask
    she thought would resemble a beauty queen.
    But the crude replacement mask
    was as gruesome as what lay beneath unseen.
  • Wicked Witch:
  • Wingding Eyes: Sybil has spiral pupils to emphasize her insanity.
  • Witch Classic: Tenebre, Sospirare, and Lamenta; Asa; Beltane; Lammas; Samhain; and Walpurgis represent this.
  • Youkai: Yuki-Onna from Series 24.
  • You Must Be Cold: The Vanishing Hitchhiker has the letterman jacket lent to her in the urban legend.
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