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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, as well as the associated media that followed. 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; alongside Mr. Wood, Slappy was carved by the sorcerer out of the cursed wood of a stolen coffin. After Mr. Wood was destroyed at the end of Night of the Living Dummy, this resulted in Slappy becoming twice as evil.
Slappy 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.
Slappy keeps himself quiet, as the new owner finds out strange things are happening in the house. Furniture gets moved, things disappear and re-appear. He has a behavior of a very naughty child, or a Poltergeist. He also has the ability to change people into ventriloquist dolls with his green breath. With this breath, he also can animate other dolls and puppets. He is blown into pieces in the Goosebumps television series, in Episode 3: "Night Of The Living Dummy". However, Slappy still survived that and ends up possesing Zane. 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 guatiar on Amy's dad (though it's implied he knew Amy would stop him and break the gautiar and wasn't going to hit her dad). In Night of the Livind Dummy 3 TV episode he mistreats Rocky his minion and turns Zane into a dummy acts which he never did in the book. In Bride of the Lving Dummy in the book he threatens to hurt but not kill the kids at the birthday party, doesn't kill anyone and intneds to make Jillian, who is 16, his "bride". In the TV episode he is stated by Jimmy to have killed his rivals (albiet they were other dummies not humans) and intends to make Jillains younger sister Katie, who is around 12, his slave.
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. He also appears in the sequel as the main antagonist. This version of Slappy is more sympathiec and not pure evil like his book counterpart.
Slappy's Fellow Living Toys
- Mary Ellen
- Mr. Wood