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Any day. A day from your past. Like the day you had the flu. The day you lost a pet. The day some meddling oaf stuck his big NOSE WHERE IT DOESN'T BELONG, DESTROYING YOUR BUSINESS, AND RUINING YOUR LIFE! Just for an example.
~ Rumpelstiltskin to Shrek.
Shrek: So tell me, what happens now?
Rumpelstiltskin: Have a nice day. (chuckling)
~ Rumpelstiltskin to Shrek after cajoling him.
Shrek: 'Stiltskin. We had a deal! You agreed to free all ogres!
Rumpelstiltskin: Oh yeah. But Fiona isn't all ogre, is she. By day one way by night another. Blardy blardy blar. AHAHAHAHAHA NOBODY'S SMART BUT ME!
~ Rumpelstiltskin gloating derisively.

Rumpelstiltskin is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' twentifth full-length animated feature film Shrek Forever After, the fourth and final installment of the Shrek film series.

He is completely different from the fairytale character of the same name. His actual name seems to be "Rumpel Stiltskin", as he was often called "Rumpel" and "Mr. Stiltskin" throughout the entire film. He's Shrek's arch-nemesis.

He was voiced by Walt Dohrn.


Rumpelstiltskin can best be described as an ill-tempered, derisive, sleazy, sinister, devious, manipulative, perfidious, odious, despicable and power-hungry con artist. He will do anything to gain power, as he would even lie to Fiona's parents to get to their throne. He also throws a fit of rage after learning that Shrek rescued the Princess and the King ripped up the contract. However, he does love his pet goose Fifi and pampers him a lot. He is also shown to be a charismatic and comedic villain, as he has a good sense of humor.



Rumpelstiltskin become a deal maker thanks to the recommendation of King Midas and adopted a pet goose named Fifi who Rumpel always loved. Since the beginning he was known for being evil, cruel and manipulative.

Shrek Forever After

Rumpel first appeared in Shrek Forever After, where he is the main antagonist and the owner of a giant goose named Fifi. In the opening scene of the film set during the events of the first film, he is about to get the King and Queen sign away the kingdom of Far Far Away to him to free Princess Fiona (despite their deal with Prince Charming and Fairy Godmother), but at the last minute they are informed that she has already been saved by Shrek (in accordance with his and Donkey's own deal with Lord Farquaad). With Rumpel's deal now pointless, Harold rips the contract in half. Ever since then, Rumpel's dealmaking business has been decimated, leaving him scrounging in the streets with a hateful grudge against Shrek and wishes he was never born.

Later, after the events of the first three films, Rumpel discovered Shrek is feeling frustrated that he is no longer feared as an ogre during his kids' birthday party. Rumpel later gives Shrek a ride in his carriage and then tricks him into signing a paper that will let him be a real ogre like he used to be for a day in exchange for one other day from his past being erased, specifically a day that he does not remember. However, the day in question was actually the day when Shrek was born, meaning that he never existed and Rumpelstiltskin became the ruler of Far Far Away and terrorizes the people with an army of witches that hunt ogres.

He has also enslaved some of Shrek's friends. When Shrek is brought to the castle, he demands that Rumpel explain what he has done. Rumpel makes Shrek realize that he tricked him into erasing his own existence before then revealing that when the 24 hours of the day are up, the results of the deal will become permanent and Shrek will fade into nonexistence forever. Rumpel got his witches to attack Shrek, but the ogre managed to escape the castle with Donkey, who is one of Rumpel's slaves.

Later Shrek and Donkey learn that the contract will become void and Shrek will be saved if he and Fiona kiss before it is too late and later find Fiona with an ogre resistance, Rumpel tells his witches that they must bring Shrek back soon he can't get his life back. He hires the Pied Piper to bring Shrek back to the castle with the other ogres. After Piper tells Rumpel that he failed to bring Shrek back, but captured all the other ogres, As a last resort, Rumple offers a new deal, the "Deal of a Lifetime" as he calls it to whoever turns Shrek in.

After a warrior Gingy tells Shrek about this, Shrek turns himself in to get this deal, and in return, Shrek has Rumple free all the other ogres. Rumple then has Shrek locked in a dungeon. Shrek is surprised to see Fiona locked up there too, however Rumpel explains that Fiona is a princess by day, and therefore not completely an ogre. It is revealed that Rumpel will have Shrek and Fiona fed to Dragon (whom has never met Shrek and is now a villain like in the original film), but Donkey, a fat Puss In Boots, and the ogres arrive and fight Rumpelstiltskin and his witches, Rumple tries to escape on Fifi but Shrek and Fiona, having defeated Dragon, pull her down and defeat Rumple. By this time, the 24 hours are up and Shrek is starting to disappear. Fiona (who now loves Shrek) kisses him before he vanishes completely into oblivion. Thus, Rumpelstiltskin's world falls apart and Rumple is left to float on the yellow void that torns his world apart likely to his death. However, thanks to Fiona's kiss of true love to Shrek, everything is restored to normal, including both Shrek and Rumpel, who are alive once more.

Rumpel is last seen being held prisoner at the aftermath party before the credits, and Fiona kills Fifi by making her explode by singing a high note (similar to the blue bird scene in the first Shrek film). Rumpelstiltskin is then tormented by the Pied Piper, being forced to dance in his cage.

Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular

In Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular, Rumpelstiltskin is shown to still be imprisoned in a cage at the swamp, he tries to convince Donkey to free him by his cage, to no avail. Rumpelstiltskin is later seen receiving coal for Christmas. It is unknown if Rumpelstiltskin ever escaped from the cage.

Thriller Night

Despite the fact that he didn't die in Shrek 4, Rumpelstiltskin appears as a zombie in the short Thriller Night. However, given that this was Shrek's dream, his death didn't actually happened, apparently.


In the Shrek Forever After soundtrack, which has a story and apparently takes place after the events of the movie, we learn that Rumpelstiltskin now hosts a popular radio show. It's unknown if Rumpelstiltskin has escaped due to this but it isn't likely because if he had escaped he would have most likely seek revenge on Shrek, though it could be possible too that he has suppressed his hatred towards Shrek and has reformed for good or just opted to not bother him anymore.


Rumpelstiltskin: "Have I been waiting for you! Ladies, this is the guy that made all of this possible! (whispers) So, tell me, how are you enjoying your day?"
Shrek: "All right, Rumpel, what’s going on? What have you done?"
Rumpelstiltskin: "No, Shrek, it’s not what I’ve done. It’s what
you’ve done. Thanks to you, the King and Queen signed their kingdom over to me."
Shrek: "They would never do that."
Rumpelstiltskin: "They would if I promised them all their problems would disappear. And then THEY disappeared! They would have done anything if they thought it would end their daughter’s curse."
Shrek: "
I ended Fiona’s curse!"
Rumpelstiltskin: "How
could you when you never existed?"
Shrek: "You better start making sense, you dirty little man!"
Rumpelstiltskin: "(Takes the contract from Shrek's vest) Here, let me spell it out for you! (points to fine print) You gave me a day from your past, a day you couldn’t even remember. A day when you were an innocent, mindless little baby. (hums the "Happy Birthday" song)"
Shrek: "You took the day I was born."
Rumpelstiltskin: "No, Shrek. You
gave it to me."
Shrek: "Enjoy this while you can, Stiltskin, because when this day is up…"
Rumpelstiltskin: "Bub-bub-bub-bub...! But you haven’t heard the best part. (A witch places a huge hourglass on the table) Since you were never born, once this day comes to an end, so will
Shrek: (Witches start laughing) "Where’s Fiona? Where’s my family!?"
Rumpelstiltskin: "Silly little ogre. You don’t get it, do you? You see, you were
never born. You never met Fiona. (menacingly) Your kids don’t exist. (Shrek glares, Rumpelstiltskin and the witches begin to laugh) How’s that for a metaphysical paradox?! (Shrek grits his teeth, Rumpelstiltskin and the witches laugh even harder) Looks like you got exactly what you wanted!! (Shrek snarls with intense fury as Rumpel and the witches continue to laugh and mock him) HAPPY OGRE DAY!!!"
~ Rumpelstiltskin tauntingly revealing to Shrek how he tricked him into erasing his own existence and creating a universe where he took over Far Far Away.
Rumpelstiltskin: "Some people like to look at the goblet as--as half empty. Me, I like to look at it as half full. We’ve gone from the bottom to the top, ladies, but we’re not just an empire, we’re a family. Everyone has got their cupcake? Cupcake? Cupcake? Good. Yes? Baba? Good. Yeah, you know, we have put away a lot of ogres. And so one got away. Who cares? It’s not a big deal. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s not like it’s the end of the world. Except, funny thing... Now that I think about it, the ogre who got away is Shrek! And if he shares a kiss with Fiona by sunrise, it IS the end of the world! OUR world! MY EMPIRE!! But, as I was saying, (takes pitcher of water and pours it into glass and starts threatening the witches with it) I like to look at the goblet as half full. Yelling makes me so parched. Would anyone care for some water? Wet your whistle? A clear, crisp, delicious glass...of aqua purificada? Anybody’s thirsty? Nobody’s thirsty? No? Well, then does anyone care to tell me what it’s going to take to get this ogre?! You."
Broomsy Witch: "Faster brooms?"
Rumpelstiltskin: "No!"
Hat Witch: "Pointier hats?"
Rumpelstiltskin: "No! You!"
Witch: "Maybe we could hire a professional bounty hunter? (Rumpelstiltskin, in frustration, throws water into her face causing her to melt) What a world! What a world!"
Rumpelstiltskin: "You know, actually not a bad idea. Baba! I need a bounty hunter. And if music doth soothe the savage beast… (chortles evilly a bit) then I think I might know just the person!"
~ Rumpelstiltskin having a meeting with his witches on how to capture Shrek and decides to hire a bounty hunter.


  • Originally, Walt Dohrn was meant to do a scratch track for Rumplestilskin, and a professional actor was going to voice the charactor. However, Dohrn's performance during the storyboard pitches was so well-loved that he wound up officially casted for the role.
  • Rumpelstiltskin shares similarities with each one of the main antagonists of the first three Shrek movies.
    • He is short and rules an empire with an iron fist (in an alternate universe) like Lord Farquaad, the main antagonist of the first movie.
    • Rumpelstiltskin has magical powers and had a business that helped characters alter their fates like the Fairy Godmother, the main antagonist of the second movie.
    • Rumpelstiltskin had his life ruined by Shrek's rescuing Princess Fiona and sought revenge on Shrek, like Prince Charming, the main antagonist of the third film.
  • Despite his similarities with previous Shrek antagonists, Rumplestiltskin was designed to be as different from them as possible; for example, he was envisioned as being a "ratty, childish, scummy man" in comparison to the Fairy Godmother's persona as an elonquent businesswoman.
  • Despite wearing his angry wig for only three seconds in the film, Rumpelstiltskin appears wearing it a lot in the franchising and marketing of the film, making it appear that it's his hair in the alternate timeline.
  • Rumpelstiltskin is the only main antagonist in a Shrek film who is known to survive in the movie where he was the main antagonist, although it is unknown if Prince Charming is still alive or not.
  • He is the only one of the four main villains to appear as a villain in a fairytale. Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother are usually good in fairytales (which precisely explains why all the fairytale villains deemed Charming unacceptable to their Poison Apple Club before he managed to rally them) and Lord Farquaad is an original character to Shrek.
  • Rumpelstiltskin's original design was a man with a rat face and tail.
  • It is possible that Rumpelstiltskin's name is actually two words; Rumpel Stiltskin. This is supported by many characters abbreviating his name "Rumpel" or "Stiltskin".
  • Rumpelstiltskin has the distinction of being so far the only main antagonist of the Shrek film series who referred to Shrek by his name. Lord Farquaad, the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming all derogatorily referred to Shrek as "ogre".
  • Another Rumpelstiltskin appeared in Shrek the Third and was voiced by Conrad Vernon, and he was one of the many fairy tale villains recruited by Prince Charming to help him to have his revenge on Shrek for his mother's death. However, he's a different person from the one that appeared from the fourth film as he had a different physical aspect and different personality, he also redeemed himself at the end. Thus, it's possible that DreamWorks simply forgot about Rumpelstiltskin's appearance in the third film when they decided to include him in the fourth film.

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Live-Action Movies
The Mouse | Dr. Reingold | Benny | Ruby | Major Chip Hazard | Commando Elite (Butch Meathook, Nick Nitro, Brick Bazooka, Link Static, Kip Killigan, Vasquez & Gwendy Dolls) | Gil Mars | General Roth'h'ar Sarris | Commodus | Genus | General Russell Woodman | Lamar Burgess | Connor Rooney | Harlen Maguire | Dietrich Banning | Sadako Yamamura | Ocean Entity | Dean Gordon Pritchard | Larry Quinn | Donny | Count Olaf | Hook-Handed Man | Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender | Bald Man | White-Faced Women | Martians | Dr. Bernard Merrick | Jackson Rippner | Norbit's Parents | Rasputia Latimore | Big Black Jack Latimore | Blue Latimore | Earl Latimore | Deion Hughes | Buster Perkin | Robert Turner | Assef | Megatron | Decepticons (Starscream, Barricade, Frenzy, Blackout, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Brawl & Dispensor) | Sweeney Todd | Nellie Lovett | Judge Turpin | Beadle Bamford | Jonas Fogg | Adolfo Pirelli | ARIIA | The Fallen | Decepticons (Soundwave, Sideways, Grindor, Ravage, Alice & Scalpel) | Constructicons/Devastator (Demolishor, Rampage, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scrapper & Scavenger) | Theodore Galloway | Hilly Holbrook | Julian Assange | Dino Brewster

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