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Stripe

The Leader, Stripe.

Stripe is main antagonist in the movie Gremlins.

In the film, Stripe was the first one of the first batch of five Mogwai to be born when water from a paintbrush jar was accidentally splashed over Billy Peltzer's new pet, the peaceful Mogwai Gizmo. Billy immediately saw that these five mogwais were different from the good natured Gizmo and Stripe was no exception. He had a white tuft of fur atop his head, which caused Billy to give him the name "Stripe." The other Mogwai appeared to think of Stripe as their leader. While Billy and Gizmo were sleeping, Stripe, with the help of the other four newly born mogwai, tangled the family dog Barney in the Christmas light decorations outside, at one point he even spits at Gizmo. The next night, he and his group managed to gnaw through the wire of Billy's nightstand clock and tricked him into feeding them some chicken legs after midnight. The very next morning, five cocoons had formed, and inside of them, Stripe and the other four ill-willed mogwai were undergoing transformations into vicious gremlins.

In the film, Stripe was the first one of the first batch of five Mogwai to be born when water from a paintbrush jar was accidentally splashed over Billy Peltzer's new pet, the Mogwai Gizmo. Billy immediately saw that these five mogwais were different from the more good natured Gizmo and Stripe was no exception. He had a white tuft of fur atop his head, which caused Billy to give him the name "Stripe." The other Mogwai appeared to think of Stripe as their leader. While Billy and Gizmo were sleeping, Stripe, with the help of the other four newly born mogwai, tangled the family dog Barney in the Christmas light decorations outside, at one point he even spits at Gizmo. The next night, he and his group managed to gnaw through the wire of Billy's nightstand clock and tricked him into feeding them some chicken legs after midnight. The very next morning, five cocoons had formed, and inside of them, Stripe and the other four ill-willed mogwai were undergoing transformations into vicious gremlins.

Unfortunately, Stripe was still alive. The gremlin leader had left the theater to break into the department store he had seen, and just as he was coming out through the window he had smashed opened, his arms loaded with stolen candy, he saw the theater (and his army) blow sky high and screamed in anger. He was then spotted by Kate and ducked back inside the store. Billy, Kate and Gizmo followed the leader into the store and a search started, hoping to find him before he could find water and recreate his army. While Kate took Gizmo in search of the light controls for the store, Billy grabbed a bat and went to hunt for Stripe, tracking him through the store by the trail of wrappers from the candy he had eaten. Billy was led to the electronics department where Stripe surprised him by appearing on several TV screens before running to the toy department where he hid from Billy among the stuffed animals. When Billy reached the hardware section, Stripe attacked him with sawblades before using a small tricycle to flee to the sporting goods department. At same time, Gizmo (who was tired of feeling unable to help) snuck away from Kate to help Billy. Meanwhile, Billy, who had discovered Stripe's abandoned trike, found himself being ambushed by a ball launcher under Stripe's control which knocked him to the ground. In another part of the store, Gizmo, while looking for a means to stop Stripe, saw light shining on furniture and looked up to a window to see sunlight was coming in, which was lethal to him, meaning it was the same for Stripe. Back at Billy's fight with Stripe, the gremlin was shooting a crossbow, missing with the first, but injured Billy's arm with the second. Stripe aimed a third shot directly at Billy's head, but Billy blocked the arrow with a boom box which he threw at the gremlin. Tired of playing around, Stripe moved in wielding a chainsaw which he used to cut through Billy's bat. At the same time, Gizmo, now possessing the knowledge to stop Stripe, found a toy car and began driving around the store in search of Billy and Stripe. Just as Stripe was about to kill Billy, Kate found the light switches and turned them on, blinding the gremlin and making him lose control of his chainsaw which dragged him away from Billy. The chainsaw eventually reached the end of its extension cord and came out of the plugin Stripe had it, causing Stripe to stop. However, to his delight, he found himself in front of a water fountain eenhouse section of the store, where its fountain (which Kate had accidentally turned on) was flowing. Grabbing a gun from a case, Stripe entered the greenhouse and waited for Billy. When Billy came in, Stripe (who had been waiting on the fountain's edge) fired multiple shots at him, leaving Billy helpless to stop him as he placed his finger in the fountain. Just as his new army was about to be spawned, Gizmo arrived in his car which he crashed right next to the blindcords of the greenhouse. Deciding to get rid of the mogwai for good, Stripe prepared to shoot Gizmo with his gun. Just as he was about to fire, the heroic mogwai grabbed the blindcord squeaking 'Bright Light!" and opened the blinds, exposing the gremlin leader to the morning sun. Screaming in agony and rage, Stripe slowly melted away into a skeleton. His body (now looking like a rotting corpse) then fell down into the fountain water. When Billy approached the fountain to check that Stripe was truly dead, with the gremlin's last ounces of life, Stripe's skeletal remains leaped out at him and fell down on the floor before melting away completely into a pool of green goo, ending the menace of the evil gremlin.

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