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You do with Mogwai what your society has done with all of nature's gifts! You do not understand! You are not ready"
—(Mr. Wing to Rand Peltzer).

A Mogwai is a small creature of unknown origin, that was discovered by Rand Peltzer when visiting a Chinatown antique store.

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The content below mixes George Pipe's novelization of Gremlins. Please help to improve the content below, so as to represent the movie version and drop Pipe's novelization into Trivia form. Dante does not consider Pipe's extraterrestrials to be canon (For more information, See Project:About).

The rules

Mohawk, George and Lenny as The Black Mogwais.

If a Mogwai gets wet, it spawns new Mogwai from its back; small balls of fur that are approximately the size of a marble pop out from the wet Mogwai's back, then the furballs start to grow in size before unfolding themselves into new and fully grown Mogwai. This process does not take much time but it still usually takes just about a minute. According to the novel, the creator of the species, Mogturmen, wanted the Mogwai to be able to easily reproduce themselves. The cocoon and gremlin stage are unwanted defects from when the Mogwai species was created. It turned out that all the positive attributes are recessive.

The Mogwai known as Gizmo is a perfect Mogwai since he's well-meaning and sweet, he was sent to Earth and was eventually found by Mr. Wing. In the first film, Mr. Wing's grandson revealed that there are three very important rules that anyone who is taking care of a Mogwai should know:

  1. Don't put it near light, especially sunlight, it can kill them.
  2. Don't let it get wet with water nor give it any water to drink nor bathe it.
  3. No matter how much it cries, no matter how much it begs, NEVER feed it after midnight.

These rules were obeyed until Billy Peltzer's friend Pete Fountaine accidentally knocked over a brush cleaning jar that contained water, causing Gizmo to multiply, quickly spawning five new Mogwai, among them Stripe, who was the leader of the batch. The new Mogwai tricked Billy into feeding them after midnight, and all except Gizmo entered the cocoon stage.

The cocoons as seen in the first film.

The cocoons made by a Mogwai are large, gray-brown objects that resemble a moth's cocoon. They are made after the Mogwai eats food after midnight. After a period of time, the Mogwai has now transformed into a scaly gremlin, which hatches from the cocoon. What happens with the cocoon is unknown but it is possible that the hatched cocoon stays where it is like with insects that hatch from cocoons.

Behind the scenes

Like with the Gremlins, the Mogwai were portrayed with the usage of puppetry. Most of them were voiced by voice actors as well, such as Gizmo, who was voiced by Howie Mandel.


Several have claimed that the Hasbro toyline Furby plagiarized the design on the Mogwai. Rumor says that Warner Brothers Studios planned a lawsuit, but Hasbro settled for an unknown amount and released a special Gizmo Edition Furby.


Stripe Mogwai figure.

  • In Chinese culture, Mogwai (Mandarin: 魔怪, mó guài; Cantonese: 魔鬼) means "devil", a concept that Chris Columbus defines in his Gremlins script, section 5 to 6.
  • There were several other prototype Mogwai such as Penny made during the production of Gremlins 2: the New Batch. These include: a pure white one, one with many black stripes covering its body, one with that was similar to Gizmo but had lighter brown colors, and one with brown and black stripes on its face.
  • In George Gipe’s novelization of the first film, the Mogwai were created on an extraterrestrial planet by a placid scientist named Mogturmen, as the ultimate organism, docile, loveable little powder puffs, intended to promote peace and good will throughout the galaxy as ambassadors for harmony. The Mogwai were created to be able to survive in almost every environment and also to reproduce very easily. The Mogwai were then sent out to three planets, Klm-6 in the Porasti Range, Clinpf-A of the Beehive Pollux, and the third planet of MinorSun#67672, the planet Earth. Due to several of Mogturmen's miscalculations, though, only one in 10,000 Mogwai turned out good and affectionate. Most others turned out more malicious and evil. They burned into the legends and folklore of our ancestors, as the pixies and goblins, of fables gone by.


See also: Gizmo/Gallery