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Christine is the titular main antagonist of the Stephen King novel Christine, as well as its famous 1983 horror film adaptation of the same name directed by famed horror master John Carpenter. She returns as a minor character in the Stephen King novel IT and a cameo character in the expanded edition of The Stand.
She is a possessed red 1958 Plymouth Fury vintage vehicle with a life of her own. Despite being a car, Christine is often referred to as a female and seems to have the mannerisms of a mean-spirited girlfriend when it comes to her new owners.
While having no voice, the sound effects for her were provided by Robert Nichols II.
In the original novel and film, Christine kills anyone who torments her new owner named Arnold Richard "Arnie" Cunningham. The relationship between the two becoming more and more disturbing as the car's corruption took control, turning him away from everyone including his parents Michael and Regina Cunningham. In the end, Christine's owner was killed and she seemed to express a moment of genuine grief over his passing before attempting to kill the other two protagonists of the film named Dennis Guilder and Leigh Cabot.
The film also shows her killing both an assembly line inspector and the manager Mr. Will Darnell of his do-it-yourself auto-repair garage by crushing them against the steering wheel with her seat, the former due to dropping cigar ash on her seat. In the book, the inspector does not appear and the garage owner Darnell is run-down when Christine drives into his home. Another scene occurs when Arnie's girlfriend Leigh begins to choke on a hamburger and Christine attempts to entrap her within the cab by locking the doors and such.
However, they fought back against her and did great damage to the car, however, Christine rapidly repaired herself and the heroes were forced to crush the car completely to stop her returning. Christine is eventually taken to a junkyard and crushed into a small cube. As the protagonists watch, however, a small strand of metal in the cube suddenly springs outward, implying that Christine is still extant.
In the original novel, Dennis is led to believe that Christine has made a return when he reads of the death of the surviving Repperton gang member getting run-down at a drive-in theater by a red car. Thus, it is hinted that Christine has survived, and Dennis fears that the evil car is out looking for him, Leigh, and everyone else who stood against her.
Roland D. LeBay
In the original novel, Christine is accompanied by the spirit of her previous owner, George LeBay's late brother and retired American WWII-veteran Roland D. LeBay, whose role is greatly nonexistent in the film adaptation, who aids her in the murders of the Repperton Gang, particularly taunting the gang leader Buddy as he kills him.
Before his suicide by exhaust fumes inside Christine, his five-year-old daughter, Rita LeBay, choked to death on a small hamburger while sitting in that same car, and his wife, Veronica ("Rita" in the film adaption), after being broken by the tragedy of their only child, soon died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the similar suicidal fashion as her callous husband, Roland, later had.
He is also implied to have been responsible for somehow causing the deaths of Arnie and his mother Regina as they attempted to flee in another car. When confronted, LeBay and Christine came with Arnie's father Michael dead. Following Christine's defeat, LeBay seems to be taken out in the process.
- Rita LeBay
- Veronica "Rita" LeBay
- Roland D. LeBay
- Tommy Deckinger
- Police Officer
- Moochie Welch
- Richie Trelawney
- Don Vandenberg
- Buddy Repperton
- Will Darnell
- Regina Cunningham
- Michael Cunningham
- Arnold Richard "Arnie" Cunningham
- Along with Cujo, Christine makes a cameo appearance in the film Cat's Eye.
- Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury.
- Christine has a bumper sticker that reads: "Watch out for me. I am Pure Evil. I am Christine."
- Despite this, Christine isn't truly evil overall despite her unforgiving actions, as she truly cared about Arnie Cunningham, even if she had fully manipulated him.
- While not openly mentioned, Christine appears in The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition. While attempting to return to Boulder Tom and Stu come across a "very old Plymouth". Unlike most of the other cars the two men came across, this one had no driver behind the wheel.
- The key fob bears the initials "A.C.", an obvious nod to the late Arnie Cunningham, who was also her love interest.
- She also makes an unnamed appearance in Stephen King's It, driven by a cadaveric Belch Huggins (one of the many disguises of Pennywise/IT), who helps Henry Bowers to reach the hotel where The Loser's Club/Lucky Seven members are.
- Christine made a cameo at the starting line in Ready Player One.
- In the movie's final scene, Christine twitches her grille, which caused viewers to hope for a Christine II. However, in a 2001 interview, Stephen King stated that he's not intrested in it.
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