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Annabelle the Doll is the secondary antagonist of The Conjuring and the titular main antagonist of its prequels, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. She is a porcelain doll but is later revealed to be a conduit for a powerful demonic entity. The entity can manifest independently but it frequently latches onto the doll to further torment those who own it.
It is one of the artifacts taken by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren during one of their cases. Annabelle is considered to be their most dangerous and haunted item, and has a habit of moving around unseen.
The film opens in 1943, with successful toy maker Samuel Mullins creating his very first porcelain doll, which he would give to his daughter, Annabelle, nicknamed "Bee." One day, on the way back from church, when Samuel and his wife, Esther, pull over their car to fix a tire, Bee runs onto the road, and dies when she is hit by a passing car. Out of grief, the Mullins couple prayed to anything that could bring their daughter back. As a result, they unknowingly summoned a demon, who masqueraded as Bee's spirit. The demon then requests permission to transfer it's essence into one of Samuel's porcelain dolls, in order to use it as a temporary vessel. Initially, the Mullins were overjoyed at the sight of their daughter, but they eventually realized that they had been deceived by a malevolent spirit that was searching for a human host. Soon after, Annabelle attacks Esther, gouging her left eye out. The Mullins couple then takes Annabelle and seals her inside Bee's closet, covering the walls in Bible pages, before reaching out to the church to bless the household.
Annabelle would remain dormant until twelve years later, in 1957, when the Mullins couple opens their home to provide shelter for Sister Charlotte and the orphans of St. Eustace after the closing of their orphanage. When night falls, Janice, a young girl crippled by polio and one of the orphans, is awakened by a noise. She decides to investigate where the noise came from, and discovers a note, saying "find me." Janice sneaks into Bee's room, which has somehow been unlocked, despite Samuel's warning to not enter. Janice finds a key within a dollhouse, and unlocks Bee's closet, unintentionally freeing Annabelle, who begins terrorizing the girls throughout their stay at the Mullins farmhouse, primarily focusing on Janice.
On the second night, Annabelle appears to Janice in Bee's form, and Janice asks Annabelle what she wants. Annabelle turns around with a demonic face, and declares that she wants "her soul." In complete fear, Janice attempts to flee from Annabelle via a stairwell, only for the latter to catch her and throw her down from the second floor landing to the first floor, confining her to a wheelchair.
The day after, Janice is dragged into a shed, and is possessed by Annabelle when she vomits black ectoplasm in her mouth. Janice's best friend and another one of the orphans, Linda, notices changes in her behavior, and tells Samuel that Janice had gone into Bee's room. Shortly after this, Annabelle murders Samuel. Sister Charlotte speaks with Esther, who is disfigured from Annabelle's attack on her, and the latter informs Sister Charlotte of the evil doll's origins. Afterwards, Annabelle murders Esther, and then attacks Sister Charlotte, as she evacuates the orphans out of the house. Janice, now possessed by Annabelle, chases Linda throughout the Mullins house, resulting in Linda hiding from her in Bee's room. Sister Charlotte arrives to save Linda, locking the possessed Janice/Annabelle and the doll inside the closet.
The next day, after Sister Charlotte and the orphans have vacated the house, police arrive to investigate and find the Annabelle doll in the closet, which they remove as evidence, while Janice had escaped through a hole in the closet wall the night before, and relocated to another orphanage in Santa Monica. When the Higgins family adopts her, the still-possessed Janice introduces herself as "Annabelle." Twelve years later, Annabelle has formed a cult known as The Disciples of The Ram, and kills her adoptive parents. A pregnant Mia Form is awakened by the screams of the Higgins couple next door, and her husband, John, goes to investigate, setting the events of the first Annabelle film into motion.
Originally, the doll was a gift that John Form gave to his then-pregnant wife, Mia Form. Later, after Mia received the doll, Annabelle Higgins and her boyfriend, members of a satanic cult called the Disciples of the Ram, break into the Forms' house, invade it, turning the doll into a conduit for evil when Annabelle commits suicide in order to vacate Janice's body. Since then, the Forms had been terrorized by the demon possessing the doll, posing as the ghost of Higgins. Eventually, the demon threatened to take the soul of Mia's daughter, Leah, unless Mia gave her soul. At first, Mia was going to sacrifice herself to save Leah, but her friend Evelyn took Mia's place and saved Leah via suicide by jumping off the ledge of an apartment window.
Annabelle first came into possession of the Warrens when they were called in to investigate a case involving her. The subjects were two girls and a young man who had bought the doll. They explained that Annabelle had tricked them into thinking the doll was possessed by the spirit of a young girl, and that after they allowed Annabelle to move in, the doll had began terrorizing them. The Warrens explained that Annabelle was truly possessed by a demonic entity, and revealed that it had intended to possess one of its owners. Annabelle was promptly taken in by the Warrens and kept in a glass case, not to be opened.
Three years later, Annabelle was released from her case by Bathsheba Sherman, a spirit who was involved in the haunting of the Perron family. Bathsheba had sought revenge against the Warrens for investigating the house, and went to the Warren household and released Annabelle. The two spirits then terrorized the Warrens young daughter Judy, culminating in throwing a rocking chair at her. However, Ed arrived and rescued Judy before she could be seriously harmed. Annabelle was later found mysteriously back in her case afterwards.
- Unlike the doll that Annabelle is based on, which was a Raggedy Ann Doll, the film version is a porcelain doll. The change had to be made for copyright and publicity purposes.
- As an easter egg to the original, Janice-Annabelle's new parents, gift her a Raggedy Ann-like Doll in Annabelle: Creation.