Gremlins as seen in the first film.
Natural weapons/powers: Teeth
Status: Deceased
Media information
Voiced by: Frank Welker
Various voices
First appearance: Gremlins
Last appearance: Gremlins 2: The New Batch

A Gremlin is the result of a Mogwai being fed after midnight. They are the primary antagonists in the Gremlins franchise. In both films, they were not mentioned as being Alien, but in the novelization of Gremlins, they were mentioned as being Aliens[1][2].


These gremlins are the result of a furry furby-like species know as the Mogwai being fed after midnight, which is one of the three rules on keeping these creatures. The other rules are: don't get them wet or else they will multiply and don't expose them to bright light, especially sunlight because it will kill them.

The first of these creatures appeared in the original 1984 film Gremlins when the character Billy Peltzer accidentally dropped a glass of water onto his Mogwai Gizmo which caused him to spawn five new Mogwai, including the film's main antagonist, Stripe. Stripe, along with the other Mogwai, hatched a plan to trick Billy into feeding him and the other Mogwai after midnight by unplugging his alarm clock, of which Billy was convinced and fed them chicken. This resulted in the Mogwai forming cocoons and later hatching as gremlins. All of the gremlins, except for Stripe, were killed by Billy's mother; Lynne when they attacked her kitchen. Stripe escaped and leaped into a swimming pool at the local YMCA which caused a whole new horde of gremlins to spawn which wreaked havoc on the town of Kingston Falls under Stripe's leadership. All of the horde that Stripe spawned were killed in an explosion that Billy and his girlfriend Kate set of at the local theater while the gremlins were watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Stripe escaped into a nearby Montgomery Ward store where he and Billy fought until Stripe was killed by Gizmo.


  1. Eternals - Gremlins Wiki
  2. Mogwai - Non-alien Creatures Wiki
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