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Christina "Tina" Gray (named Christina "Kris" Fowles in the 2010 reboot) is a fictional character in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. She was created by Wes Craven. The character was portrayed by Amanda Wyss in the original film and Katie Cassidy in the 2010 film. Julianna Damm also portrayed the character as a preadolescent in the 2010 film's flashbacks and dream sequences. A high school student whose death is the catalyst for the events of the series, Gray is the false protagonist of the 1984 original film. She also appears in the novels, Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), 2010 reboot, merchandise based on the films, and a claymation version of the character is shown in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010). The imagery featuring Gray in the body bag during the dream sequences have been regarded as iconic.

In A Nightmare on Elm Street, Tina is first seen being stalked through a boiler room. She is then attacked by a disfigured man wearing a blade-fixed glove. Tina awakens from the nightmare and her mother, who comes by the doorway to her daughter's bedroom to check her out, points out four mysterious slashes in her blue nightgown. The following morning, Tina is consoled by her best friend Nancy Thompson and Nancy's boyfriend Glen Lantz. Later that night, Nancy and Glen sleep at Tina's following her mother's out-of-town departure; the sleepover is interrupted by Tina's boyfriend Rod Lane. Falling asleep, Tina finds herself trapped in her final nightmare. Tina discovers rocks being thrown at her window and her name being whispered. She goes outside to investigate. Outside, Tina enters an alley and hears a noise behind her and is horrified when she sees Freddy Krueger. She chased into her backyard, crying out for Nancy to let her in. Tina is killed in her bedroom making it look like her boyfriend killed her. After her death, Freddy begins to use images of a murdered Tina to taunt Nancy in her nightmares. When Nancy falls asleep in school, Tina appears inside a bloody, transparent body bag calling Nancy's name. Her body is dragged across the hallways luring Nancy into Freddy's lair. Subsequently, when Nancy discovers that Freddy is about to kill Rod in jail, Tina appears once again in the bloody body bag, calling her name. Once Nancy seemingly defeats Freddy by stripping him of his power, she steps outside the next morning where Tina is shown alive. When Nancy enters Glen's car to go to school, the top comes down and suddenly locks them in.

Although Tina doesn't physically appear in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), she is referenced when Jesse Walsh and Lisa Webber discovered Nancy Thompson's diary and began to read some of the pages. Archive footage of Tina is shown in the meta-sequel Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994).

In Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Tina appears during flashback scenes in Freddy's introduction. However, she was originally meant to have a larger role. In the original script written by Damian Shannon and Mark J. Swift, Tina appears in Lori Campbell's first nightmare of Freddy Krueger. Bloody, affixed to the ceiling, and still clothed in her blue nightshirt, Tina tells Lori the following: "Freddy is coming back. It's okay to be afraid, Lori. We were all afraid. Warn your friends... warn all your friends." However, this version of the script was scrapped and Tina was excluded from the final version of the film.

In the Bollywood slasher film Mahakaal, which is heavily inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street, the character of Seema (Kunickaa Sadanand) is analogous to Tina Gray, with the same role and fate.

A claymation version of Tina appears in the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010).