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You think you can banish the great Rasputin? By the unholy powers vested in me, I banish you! With a curse! Mark my words, you and your family will die within a fortnight. I will not rest until I see the end of the Romanov line forever!
~ Rasputin casting a curse upon Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family.
Now my dark purpose will be fulfilled, and the last of the Romanovs will DIE!
~ Rasputin upon getting his amulet back.
Dosvidanya, Your Highness.
~ Rasputin to Anastasia.

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: Григорий Ефимович Распутин), or better known as his surname Rasputin, is the main antagonist of Don Bluth's ninth animated feature film Anastasia, distributed by 20th Century Fox. He is loosely based on the real-life Russian psychic of the same name, but in the film, he is depicted as a far more malevolent and manipulative being of black magic than the real-life Rasputin, though the two share the common title of "Mad Monk". He is Anastasia and Dimitri's arch-nemesis and Bartok's former master.

He was voiced by Christopher Lloyd who also played Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Reggie Shand in Walk Like a Man, The Hacker in Cyberchase, Merlock in DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, Lord Imaru in The Secret Treasure of Machu Picchu by Golden Films, Mr. Clipboard in Foodfight!, Bill Crowley in I Am Not A Serial Killer, Dr. Heep in Baby Geniuses, and Kruge in the Star Trek universe. However, his singing voice was provided by Jim Cummings who also played Razoul in Disney's Aladdin, Ed the Hyena in Disney's The Lion King, and Long John Silver in The Pagemaster by 20th Century Fox, and Steele in Balto by Universal Pictures, and was also half of the singing voice of Scar in Disney's The Lion King.

Biography

First Death

But, i am your confidant.
~ Rasputin's first worlds.

Rasputin was banished for treason by the Russian Tsar Nicholas Romanov.

Eager to get revenge for his banishment, Rasputin planned on destroying the Russian royalty. He sold his soul to the otherworldly forces of darkness in exchange for his Reliquary and for the power to destroy the tsar Nicholas II and his family, becoming a lich in the process (a type of undead creature with magical powers). He then returns to the Russian palace and inflicts the Romanov curse on Tsar's family. All of the royals are killed by Rasputin and the Russian soldiers, except for the Tsar's mother, Marie Romanov, and his daughter, Anastasia. Rasputin eventually attempts to murder Anastasia with his bare hands while chasing her across a frozen river. Jumping from the bridge above, he tackles the young girl face first onto the thin ice, losing his amulet in the process. He viciously grabs her by the ankle and thrashes her about; vowing that she’ll never escape from his clutches whilst she begs for mercy. But the ice under the evil man begins to break before he can get any closer to the young Romanov. The empress quickly rushes her away from the drowning man who sinks, and he is unable to die until he completes his curse.

Return from 10 years after

Rasputin: Anastasia, your Imperial Highness. Look what ten years has done to us; you are a beautiful young flower. And Me..... a rotting corpse.
Anastasia: That face...
Rasputin: Last seen at a party like this one.
Anastasia: that curse.....
Rasputin: Followed by a tragic night on the ice. REMEMBER??!!!
~ Rasputin confronting Anastasia on the bridge of Pont Alexandre III.

10 years later, Rasputin is trapped in limbo, then his amulet is back in his hands thanks to Bartok. Driven more by his intense and malevolent desire for revenge, he wishes to finish off what he started before he rests in peace by killing Anastasia. Putting his demonic minions to work on finding and destroying her but failing, he is accompanied throughout the film by his reluctant minion Bartok, who is a white bat.

Rasputin summons his army of green demons to kill Anya and complete his revenge. He has the demons sabotage the train Anya, Dimitri and Vlad are on by separating the train with an engine and baggage car from the dining car and coaches in Poland. However, Anya, Vladimir, and Dimitri jump off the train to avoid falling to their deaths, to Rasputin's fury.

Later, Anya, Dimitri, and Vlad arrive in from Stralsund, Germany, and board a ship to Paris. That night, as Anya sleeps, Rasputin invades her dreams and causes her to sleepwalk to the edge of the ship. Luckily, Dimitri (alerted by Pooka) awakens and rescues Anya at the last second.

Enraged at the failure, Rasputin throws a childish tantrum. Recomposing himself, he tells Bartok that he will go to Paris himself and kill Anastasia in person. Bartok tries to talk him out of it, but to no avail.

Ultimate Death

Anastasia: This is for Dimitri!
Rasputin: Give it back!
Anastasia: This is for my family!
Rasputin: I’ll tear you to pieces!!
Anastasia: And this, this is for you!
Rasputin: No!
Anastasia: Dosvidanya!
~ Rasputin's last words as Anastasia destroys his reliquary, killing him.

Later, Rasputin takes advantage of Pooka to lead Anastasia into a garden maze and traps her there to reveal himself. He then tries to kill her on the Alexander Bridge over an icy Seine River; mimicking the same tragic night on the ice they once shared before. Dimitri returns to save her, but is injured and knocked unconscious by the Black Pegasus.

Anastasia survives and is filled with rage. She attacks Rasputin and they both wrestle body to body. Pooka snatches the reliquary, and it rolls to Anastasia's feet. Anastasia stomps on the reliquary, causing it to burst. An explosion of green magic sends both Rasputin and Anastasia onto the floor, as Rasputin's demonic minions are unleashed and come to collect his soul as punishment for failing. As Rasputin looks up, he sees his demons flying towards him and screams as they send down several bolts of their dark magic, hitting Rasputin and collecting his soul as his skin turns to liquid and he crumples to the floor, tearing off his cloak as his skeleton violently twitches before turning to a pile of dust and being blown away by the wind.

While not stated in the film, the tie-in picture book specifies that due the reliquary's destruction and his inability to fulfill his part of the deal, Rasputin was dragged to Hell.

Bartok the Magnificent

Rasputin makes a silent cameo among the crowd at the Romanov castle.

Quotes

Go. Fulfill your dark purpose. Seal the fate of the Czar and his family once and for all.
~ Rasputin
You'll never escape me, child! Never!
~ Rasputin
Rasputin: Who dares intrude on my solitude?! Bartok! Is that you?
Bartok: Master, you're alive?
Rasputin: Yes! In a manner of speaking!
Bartok: Whoa! That fell right out there, sir.
~ Rasputin to Bartok.
I knew it! I could feel the dark forces stirring!
~ Rasputin
Bartok: I'm not surprised, Sir. Because I saw her Anastasia!
Rasputin: Anastasia is alive?!
~ Rasputin to see Anastasia's Alive.
That's why I am stuck here in Limbo! My curse is unfulfilled!
~ Rasputin
Look at me! I'm falling apart! I'm a wreck!
~ Rasputin
Bartok: C'mon, for a minute there, you had your own spark back
Rasputin: Before I lost the gift from the dark forces, and the key to my powers!
Bartok: What, ya mean this reliquary?
Rasputin: Where'd you get that?
Bartok: Oh, i found it!
Rasputin: GIVE IT TO ME!
Bartok: Alright, alright! Don't get so grabby
Rasputin: My old friend! Together again!
~ Rasputin to Bartok's gift from reliquary.
Bartok: You're right, it's very upsetting, sir. Well, i guess this reliquary is broken!
Rasputin: YOU IDIOT!
~ Bartok tosses Rasputin's reliquary, to his horror.
I sold my soul for this. My life are very existence depends on it. And you almost destroyed it!
~ Rasputin
Bartok: I get it! I get it! Ya break it, ya bought it!
Rasputin: See that you remember? You miserable rodent!
~ Bartok throws by Rasputin.
No! I have something else in mind. Something more enticing. Something really, cruel!
~ Rasputin's grinning evilly.
Pleasant dreams to you, Princess. I'll get inside your mind, where you can't escape me.
~ Rasputin
Rasputin: NOOOOOOO!!!
Bartok: Easy, master. Wow! This is no time for lose you're head!
Rasputin: You're right. I'm chan. I am highless. I have no felling what so ever.
~ Rasputin's breakdown
I feel a sudden onset of clarity, Bartok. I'll have to kill her myself in person.
~ Rasputin
Rasputin: I have so many fond memories of Paris. And killing the last of the Romanovs with my own hands will be so delicious! Well, time to go.
Bartok: But you're dead! You're falling apart, sir! How do you expect to get to Paris in one piece?
Rasputin: I thought we'd take the train.
~ Rasputin's leaving to the Paris.
Rasputin: Bartok! Get me a comb! Find some cologne! I want to look my best tonight!
Bartok: That might take some work, sir.
Rasputin: Then snap to it! We're going to a party!
Bartok:Did you say a party in Paris?
Rasputin: That's right!
~ Rasputin to Bartok.
Rasputin: We'll let the grand duchess Anastasia have her moment!
Bartok: What who cares?
Rasputin: And then, we'll kill her!
Bartok: What? Kill her?! Sir, what happened to the party idea?!
Rasputin: That's where we'll kill her! Crush her at the height of her glory!
Bartok: And we're back to the crushing. Sir, I'm begging you. Please! Please, forget the girl and get a life!
Rasputin: Oh, I'll get a life, Bartok. HERS!
~ Rasputin's wants to kill Anastasia.
Anastasia: Rasputin?
Rasputin: Rasputin? Hahah! Destroyed by your despicable family!
~ Rasputin to Anastasia.
But what goes around comes around, and around, and around, and around!
~ Rasputin
I can fix that! Care for a little swim under the ICE?!
~ Rasputin
Say your prayers, Anastasia! No one can save you!
~ Rasputin
How enchanting! Together again! For the last time!
~ Rasputin
Finally, at last, The romanov death!
~ Rasputin
LONG LIVE THE ROMANOVS!
~ Rasputin

Personality

Throughout the film, Rasputin was portrayed as a very manipulative, diabolical, arrogant and wicked man, to the point of killing an entire family without any remorse. He is the type of man who is capable of giving everything to fulfill their promises, bequeathing to the point of selling his soul to dark forces just to have the power to destroy the Romanov Family. He is also seen to be somewhat reckless, obsessive, spontaneous and impulsive with his objectives when they are not achieved, such as the case of Anastasia. He is a man of crude and abusive nature, as shown by him constantly hitting his assistant Bartok.

Appearance

Rasputin is a tall, scary-looking man. He wears a brown robe (however, in the books it has a gold interior) with black shoes, (Which appear to be high-heeled). He wears some sort of purple clothing beneath his robe, but the only part of this that is shown is the sleeves. His robe trails along the ground. He has black hair that is tied back into a ponytail and has a black mustache that connects to his long black beard going below his waist. His skin is a rotting, pale green color, and he has skeletal long fingers and fingernails. He has a hood that hangs off of the back of the neck of his robe. Around his waist is a gold rope sash with three beads. The rope is tied around his Reliquary which hang at his shins. His sleeves go as long as his waist. Another noticeable feature is that he appears to be wearing nothing under his robe, yet he has a strange purple clothing at the neck and sleeves.

After selling his soul, Rasputin is thus transformed into an undead being with supernatural powers (especially skillful evocation of strange green demons), resulting from a Reliquary made ​​of glass, which he is linked to. Being undead for almost 10 years, his body is now rotten and unstable; it follows that on numerous occasions Rasputin loses one or more pieces of his body, though can still put himself back together.

Trivia

  • It was because of Rasputin that Anastasia almost received a PG rating from the MPAA.
  • Rasputin in Anastasia is one of several fictionalized versions of Rasputin being portrayed as an antagonist. The others being Rasputin from the Hellboy franchise as an agent of Ogdru Jahad, Rasputin from Red Dwarf series, Rasputin from Shadow Hearts, Ivanovic from Dance in the Vampire Bund, SCP-4680, and Rasputin from Drifters.
  • The real-life Rasputin (while very unpopular with the Russian people) was actually very close with the family of Tsar Nicholas, particularly the Tsarina and her daughters. Contrary to his reputation, he was not an evil sorcerer, and instead, he was an eccentric monk, mystic and healer. Neither was Rasputin the cause of the Romanov family's death. He had been killed more than a year and a half before the Bolsheviks overthrew the government and executed the Romanovs.
  • If he was forty-seven at 1916, he would have been fifty-seven at the time of his defeat ten years later. The actor providing his voice was around fifty-nine years old at the time, two years older than the character.
  • Ian McKellen (Gandalf's portrayer in the Middle-Earth adaptations by WarnerMedia) was considered for the role of Rasputin before Christopher Lloyd was cast.
  • This version of Rasputin draws a bit of inspiration from a Russian folkloric figure, Koschei.
  • Rasputin's cameo appearance in Bartok the Magnificent most likely isn't canon, since he obviously died in the first film.

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