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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. He is also a minor character in the 2010 TV special Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular and a cameo character in the 2011 short film Thriller Night.
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 in his first villainous role.
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 the film, where he is about to get King Harold and Queen Lillian sign away the kingdom of Far Far Away to him to free Princess Fiona (despite their deal with Prince Charming and Fairy Godmother). At first, Harold is tempted to sign the deal, but at the last minute, he and Lillian are informed by one of their servants that Fiona 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 happily rips the contract in half and leaves with Lillian, much to Rumpel's complete distraught. Following the defeats of Farquaad, the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming, Rumpel's dealmaking business becomes decimated, leaving him scrounging in the streets with a hateful grudge against Shrek and wishes he was never born.
Eventually, Rumpel discovered Shrek is feeling frustrated that he is no longer feared as an ogre during his kids' birthday party. Deciding to get his chance, Rumpel pretends to sympathize with Shrek by giving him a ride in his carriage and offers a deal contract that will let Shrek 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. Shrek signs the contract, unaware that the day in question was actually the day when he was born. With the contract signed, reality gets changed, and Shrek is horrified to find out that Rumpel has taken over Far Far Away and terrorized the people with an army of witches that hunt ogres.
To make matters worse, Rumpel has also enslaved some of Shrek's friends, including Shrek's best friend Donkey. When Shrek is brought to the castle, he demands that Rumpel explain what he has done. Rumpel confessed that he tricked Shrek into erasing his own existence, thus he never met Fiona and had children. Rumpel also confessed that due to Shrek's absence, he successfully tricked King Harold and Queen Lillian into signing their kingdom (and their lives) away before revealing that when the twenty-four hours of the day are up, Shrek will fade into nonexistence, thus securing Rumpel's reign for power. Rumpel attempts to get his witches to attack Shrek, but the ogre managed to escape the castle with Donkey.
Later, Shrek and Donkey learn that the contract will become void if Shrek can find Fiona and break her curse by performing a true love's kiss with her. They later find out that Fiona is leading a resistance group of ogres against Rumpel, but Shrek is having trouble wooing up Fiona since she was never rescued from the Dragon's Keep and is very disillusioned about true love. Being aware of what Shrek is planning, Rumpel tells his witches that they must bring Shrek back soon before he could kiss Fiona. He hires the Pied Piper to bring Shrek back to the castle with the other ogres. Though the Piper succeeds in capturing all of the ogres, Shrek and Fiona escape thanks to Donkey and an obese Puss in Boots. As a last resort, Rumpel 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 Rumpel free all the other ogres. However, Rumpel has Shrek locked in a dungeon before doing the same to Fiona, as Rumpel pointed out that Fiona is still cursed, thus she isn't an ogre. It is revealed that Rumpel will have Shrek and Fiona fed to Dragon (whom has never met Shrek and Donkey and is now a villain like in the original film) to ensure his final claim of victory. However, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and the ogres arrive and fight Rumpelstiltskin and his witches. Rumpel tries to escape on Fifi, but Shrek and Fiona, having defeated Dragon, pull Fifi down and defeat Rumpel.
Despite Rumpel and his forces being defeated by the resistance, the 24 hours are up and Shrek is starting to disappear as the sun is about to rise. However, Fiona (who now loves Shrek for his efforts in stopping Rumpel) kisses him before he vanishes completely into oblivion. Much to everyone's surprise, Fiona still remains an ogre as the sun rises, thus her curse is broken. Because of this, the alternate reality changes, and as everyone disappears from existence, Rumple is left alone to float on the yellow void that torns his world apart, much to his complete horror. The reality is then restored to normal up to the day when a revived Shrek lost his temper at his kids' birthday party. Shrek then reunites with his family and friends, developing a newfound appreciation for them.
With Rumpel's plot for conquest and revenge foiled, Shrek arranges for Rumpel to be captured and placed inside a cage for life as punishment for his actions. During the credits, Fiona kills Fifi by making her explode by singing a high note (similar to the blue bird scene in the first Shrek film), much to Rumpel's distraught. Rumpel 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.
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.
- 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 movie.
- 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 one of the three main antagonists of the Shrek film series (the others are the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming) who referred to Shrek by his name, while Lord Farquaad is the only main antagonist who 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.