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  • Accidental Innuendo: In the first one, Chucky tells the witch doctor he has a date with a 6-year-old boy. The nagain, knowing Charles Lee Ray's sick sense of humor (though that is developed more along the sequels) it might not be so accidental.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": In the first film, the Good Guy Doll being alive was supposed to be a twist... wouldn't you know? The original poster of the first film just showed a woman crashing through a window out of a building (the first murder victim of Chucky in the film) and giant evil eyes in the stormy sky.note 
  • Character Rerailment: After being flanderized to the point of becoming Stupid Evil in most sequels, Chucky is returned to his first movie's more pragmatic characterizations in Curse of Chucky.
  • Complete Monster: Charles Lee Ray, later known as the killer doll Chucky, was a notorious serial killer when alive, and in death has used voodoo to possess a doll to escape his fate. Chucky proceeds to murder his owner's babysitter because she annoys him, and hunts down, tortures and murders his old voodoo teacher to get information on how to become human again before trying to tear out his six-year-old owner's soul and possess him. Throughout the films, Chucky commits many more murders for his own amusement and replaces blanks with real ammo at a military camp war games training solely to enjoy the chaos. Even when the films briefly turned comedic, Chucky remained heartless as ever, murdering his own wife when she tried to leave him, with no remorse. When Curse of Chucky brought the series back to horror, Chucky sends himself to unsuspecting families to destroy them and was revealed, as Charles Lee Ray, to have even stabbed a pregnant woman to cripple her unborn daughter after she rejected his advances. Despite his sense of humor, Chucky has always remained a sadistic, murderous monster and has only grown worse over time.
  • Evil Is Cool: Chucky of course, follow by Tiffany and Glenda.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans who demand that a concept of a killer doll be taken seriously tend to ignore Seed of Chucky, and to some Bride of Chucky
  • Foe Yay: Even though Chucky is old enough to be Andy's father, some of their scenes kinda drift into this territory.
  • Fridge Horror: What would've happened to Andy's soul had Chucky succeeded in stealing his body? We can assume he either would've 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The whole movies series is wildly popular in Mexico, to the grade the latest movie, Cult of Chucky came out in Mexico first rather than the U.S. In fact, the movies are so popular than even a Mexican wrestler and a soccer player (Hirving "Chucky" Lozano) use that name.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the 1980s, Charles Lee Ray's long black hair, black suit and black trenchcoat look was fine and dandy. In the post-Room world, the return of this look in Curse of Chucky has the potential to lead to a bit of momentary confusion, as Ray in flashbacks now heavily resembles the filmmaker Tommy Wiseau.
    • In the first film, Brad Dourif and Chris Sarandon are adversaries to one another, which is a coincidence as both actors had competed for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor back in 1975. Dourif was nominated for that category for the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, while Sarandon was nominated for his supporting role in Dog Day Afternoon.
    • Head special effects technician for the first film Kevin Yagher would marry Catherine Hicks, making an amusing situation where one of Chucky’s creators is married to the actress playing the mother of his archenemy.
    • This wouldn’t be the last film about a kid named Andy whose toys come to life. Though that Andy had far better luck with his own toys.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: Most people refer to the movies as "Chucky" after the main character rather than "Child's Play" (the franchise name and title of the first three movies). It's unclear if this is the cause, or result, of the installments from Bride of Chucky on discarding "Child's Play" and using his name in the title (certainly one could argue that by Bride, Chucky was famous enough as a horror villain for the movies to use name recognition).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Serial Killer Tiffany in the more comedic Bride and Seed sequels, who is ever so slightly less evil than her husband, reaping the benefit of the occasional Pet the Dog moment, love for Chucky and their child, and trying to pull a Heel–Face Turn for her child's sake. It's also clear that she has a Mad Love relationship with Chucky no matter how badly he treats her, with him laughing at the mistaken belief she'd had for years that he'd wanted to propose to her, recognizing in Bride how messed up their relationship is compared to a healthy one like Jade and Jesse's, and even trying to pull a Murder-Suicide because they're better off dead together. She later takes an ax to the face to die as a doll in front of her own son when she tries to leave Chucky. That said, she is a violent murderer herself when provoked, has a short fuse, and is a Monster Fangirl to Chucky's murders. Also, the fact she had a chance to redeem herself in Seed but ultimately rejects it kills off any sympathy for her.
  • Memetic Molester: Chucky, full stop.
    I have a date with a 6-year-old boy.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Psychs crosses it when he threatens to kill Glen by setting him on fire if he doesn't toughen up. This is even more shocking, as we find out that he locked Glen in a cage for six straight years.
    • Glenda crossed it when she killed Joan by burning her to death. What makes it worse was when she reveals how she enjoys being a psychopath. Even Chucky and Tiffany were shocked to hear this.
    • Chucky was revealed to have crossed it before the first film by stabbing Sarah, Nica's mother, while she was pregnant with her. This caused Nica to grow up unable to walk. He crossed it In-Universe from Glen's perspective when he killed Tiffany in Seed and made Glen completely snap.
  • Narm:
    • "YOU STUPID BITCH, YOU FILTHY SLUT! I'LL TEACH YOU TO FUCK WITH ME!" Many viewers have admitted to laughing at this outburst, and not just more recent viewers. Keep in mind that the first Child's Play movie was supposed to be (mostly) serious.
    • The incredible amount of punishment Chucky takes is rather at odds with the line from the first film that he couldn't survive anything that would kill a human. You have to wonder why that line was even put in if, even within that same film, they had no intention of sticking with the rule. It is said that to kill Chucky, they have to destroy his heart. While none of the other movies use this tidbit, it would seem that Chucky is briefly entirely immortal when he is fresh in the doll, then as time progresses he can be hurt (shot, stabbed, etc) which causes damage (bleeding) all without causing death. Only when his heart is human can he be killed. This would be in line with all the other movies as Chucky usually dies at the end when he's been in the doll for the longest period.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Despite the composers composing their own themes in each installment that almost are never reused by other composers in the franchise, it seems the music composers who scored the second, fourth, fifth and sixth films and the remake are trying to emulate big time composer Danny Elfman in their own various individualized ways.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • With the gothic snowy setting and ominous electronic-dominated music score that reminisces Carl Zittrer's and Paul Zaza's horror film music scoring, the first film gives off a Canadian horror vibe as if Bob Clark of Black Christmas (1974) produced this film with Tom Holland directing.
    • The second film in the series can be considered to be the closest to Wes Craven directing an installment in the franchise.
    • Speaking of Craven, Bride can be considered a Scream film featuring killer dolls, due to its horror film Shout-Out humor and the poster advertising the fourth installment parodying the Scream 2 poster.
  • Squick: The uncomfortable Accidental Innuendo of Chucky saying "I have a date with a six-year-old boy." Even though that was a set up to be followed up by the Pre-Mortem One-Liner "And you have a date with Death!" before stabbing John's Voodoo doll, it's still creepy for the reasons it wasn't meant to.
  • Tear Jerker: In the first movie, when Andy is locked in the mental hospital, he see's Chucky coming up the stairs, he yells for help but Dr. Ardmore just blows him off, leaving him to scream "he's going to kill me!" and then burst into tears.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Detective Mike Norris was Chucky's initial Arch-Enemy who was also responsible for his initial human death in the first film. Norris would have set up to be the franchise's equivalent to Halloween's Dr. Samuel Loomis as The Hero with an established history with the killer who pursues the maniac and protect the latter's main target from harm, however, he doesn't appear in the sequels after his debut.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Chucky doll itself is just as unsettling when it's not moving around or acting sentient. But compared to Tiffany, Chucky looks normal. The extended ending of the second film takes it Up to Eleven. We see Chucky's head and head alone reconstructed, no eyes, empty, undetailed mouth. It sits there for a moment, and then smiles to remind us that Chucky won't stay dead. Curse Of Chucky in particular has a few unique moments, due to the better quality CGI and animatronics of this age. Chucky at times has a very strange look when you he is just about to move
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Tiffany can be seen as this. The writers try to give her sympathetic qualities such as being capable of love and remorse and having standards. However, despite all that, Tiffany is still hardly any different from Chucky, since most of her victims are innocent people who did nothing to deserve being killed, and when given a chance to give up killing in Seed to be a good parent to Glen, she completely blows it and continues to be on Chucky's side murdering people with him.
  • The Woobie:
    • Andy, oh so much. Not only does he lose his mother and have a killer doll trying to steal his body for 3 (well okay, 2.5) movies, no one believes him and some even imply that he is the killer. Not to mention all the characters in 2 and 3 who constantly treat him like crap likely because of his bad reputation of him implying to be the killer. Cult of Chucky shows that as badass as Andy has become, he's still plagued by people finding out about his past and lives a lonely, isolated life, failing to help Nica despite his best efforts and with only Chucky's decapitated head as company. The film ends with him trapped in an insane asylum where there have been numerous murders he might take the fall for, and now two Chuckys (plus Tiffany) to worry about, including one Chucky still at the same insane asylum he's trapped in and presumably free to continue tormenting him.
    • Glen is another example, when he finds out that his parents are serial killers. He was also abused most of his life by Psychs, who kept him locked in a cage and threatened to burn him if he didn't toughen up, and clearly has unresolved psychological issues. He's also far more decent than either of his parents. By the end of Seed of Chucky, he is revealed to have a Split Personality, is Forced to Watch his own father murder his mother, and finally loses it, killing his own father and crying while Tiffany-in-Jennifer comforts him. He might've also been murdered by his dad in the ending.
    • Whitehurst in 3, who is a wimpy Butt-Monkey constantly being bullied by others.
    • Nica, who has a Big Sister Bully who tries to swindle her of her home out of greed, is born paraplegic due to her mother getting her womb stabbed by Charles Lee Ray right before she was born and is then Wrongly Accused of murder. Things only get worse in the sequel, where she finds out her beloved young niece Alice is dead, having been killed offscreen in between the events of both films, she herself ends up being harassed and possibly molested by the doctor in the asylum and then ultimately possessed by Chucky's spirit.

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