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- NOTE: This article is about the version from the book and TV series. The incarnation from the 2015 and 2018 films can be found here: Slappy the Dummy (2015 film).
|“||Who you calling dummy, dummy?||„|
|~ Slappy the Dummy|
Slappy the Dummy is the main antagonist in the children's horror book series Goosebumps. He is created by R.L Stein. He is considered one of the most popular and most evil creatures in the series, as well as being the key factor to the success of one of the series' most popular story arcs: The Night of the Living Dummy Anthology. He is also a major villain in the Horrorland series and the narrator of his own series Slappyland as well as being the main antagonist in most books. He is also the main antagonist of the 2015 film Goosebumps and its sequel. He also appears as a major antagonist in the Goosebumps comics.
As described in the books, Slappy has wavy brown hair painted atop his wooden head and freckles dotted along his cheeks. His lips are painted bright red and curl up into a sinister smile. The lower lip however, sports a chip in the corner, giving Slappy's grin an unsettling crooked appearance. His eyes are described as being a cold blue and almost lifelike in appearance. Slappy wears a dark grey, double-breasted suit, with brown leather shoes and a red bow-tie. His shirt is nothing more than a white paint application on the chest, with a collar stapled on the neck.
For the television program, Slappy's appearance was altered from its depiction in the books and the cover artwork. His head no longer appeared to be made out of wood and instead seemed to be constructed out of a plaster-like material. His now-unruly hair was painted auburn, while his freckles were removed, and his eye color changed to green. His dark grey suit was changed to a black tuxedo, with the addition of a real shirt, suspenders, and matching red bow-tie/cumberbund/boutineer combo. He is probably more comedic in the TV version as well.
Slappy was originally created by an unnamed evil sorcerer by being carved out of the cursed wood of a stolen coffin, alongside Mr. Wood. He takes the form of a ventriloquist dummy but is granted life, threatening everyone around him and becoming more of a threat as the series progressed. The only way to make him live is by saying the following incantation "Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molunnu Karrano" (said to mean "You and I are one now"). Written down on a business card, he keeps the spell in his pocket. Almost every new owner reads out the spell, causing the electricity to act strange for a few seconds.
Night Of The Living Dummy
Slappy would soon be found in the dumpster by Lindy Powell, and later becomes her imaginary friend and ventriloquist dummy. Lindy reads the spell that is enscribed on Slappy's card and brings him to life. Lindy's sister, Kris, becomes extremely jealous of the attention Lindy is getting at school and from her mom. Soon, Kris gets her own dummy, Mr. Wood. Slappy hated his younger brother, so they would frequently fight and attempt to kill each other threw the night. Soon, Mr. Wood is crushed by a steam roller. Following Mr. Woods death, Slappy becomes twice as evil. This makes Slappy even more evil. Kris and Lindy run inside their house, and find Slappy standing up on his own two feet. Lindy sells Slappy the next day, and Slappy get's sent to an apartment store.
Night Of The Living Dummy II
Slappy gets found once more and sent to a new home. He goes into the custody of Amy Kramer, for a new ventriloquist act. He begins causing chaos and havoc in the household, wrecking Amy's dad's guitar, vandalizing her sister's painting, and even attacking a child. All of this gets blamed on Any, and soon Slappy has taken hold of her entire life. Fortunately, another living dummy (we have yet to know if he is related to Slappy) subdues him by splitting his head open.
Night Of The Living Dummy III
Slappy get's bought by a dummy collector, and get's his head fixed, bringing him back to life. He begins putting his evil soul into other dummies, causing havok in the household. This is, once again, blamed on the children of the house. But this time, Slappy attempts to turn the family into dummies too. He gets stopped, however, when lightning hits him in the head, blowing him up and killing him.
Slappy keeps himself quiet, as the new owner finds out strange things are happening in the house. Furnitures get moved, things disappear and re-appear. His behavior is akin to those of a very naughty child and a poltergeist. He also has the ability to change people into ventriloquist dolls with his green breath, in addition to animating other dolls and puppets. In Slappy's Nightmare, The Streets of Panic Park, The Dummy meets the Mummy and Diary of a Dummy he serves as an anti-hero. He also appears in the Horrorland series and Goosebumps: Most Wanted.
He also has his own series called Slappyworld where is the narrator of the series and sometimes the main villain of some books. Slappy also would serve as the lesser of two evils or an anti-hero more frequently in these books such as in The Dummy Meets the Mummy or Dairy of a Dummy.
In the TV show Slappy is more villainous than in the books. For example in Night of the Living Dummy 2 in the book his worst act is simply painting Amy's name in Sarah's room and squeezing a girl's hand painfully (though he doesn't break it). In the TV episode he attempts to slam a guitar on Amy's dad (though it's implied he knew Amy would stop him and break the gutiar and wasn't going to hit her dad). In the Night of the Living Dummy 3 episoe, he mistreats Rocky and turns Zane into a dummy, as he does in the book. In Bride of the Living Dummy book, he threatens to hurt but not kill the kids at the birthday party, doesn't kill anyone except Mary-Ellen (which is done in self-defense) and desires to make Jillian, who is is sixteen, his "bride". In the TV episode, he is stated by Jimmy to have killed his rivals (although they were other dummies, not humans) and intends to make Jillain's younger sister Katie, who is around the age of a twelve-year-old, his "bride".
He also appears in the comic book series as the main villain of the first arc and set to appear in others. He appears in the first story arc Monster at Midnight as the main antagonist leading the monsters to attack two sisters and later appears in the second arc Download and Die! where he team-ups up with The Creeps to antagonize three young girls.
Slappy also appears in the short story crossover Gaslighted: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast, where Aloysius Pendergast the protagonist of the book series of the same name fights off Slappy.
Goosebumps (2015 Film)
- Main article: Slappy the Dummy (2015 film)
Slappy appears in the film adaption as the main antagonist notably this version leads the monsters and is far more dangerous than his book counterpart, albeit more sympathetic. He also appears in the sequel as the main antagonist.
Slappy's Fellow Living Toys
- Mary Ellen
- Mr. Wood