Rumpelstiltskin from Shrek Forever After'
Travelling magical salesman
Appearance and personality
Rumpelstiltskin is a short, greedy and selfish man who will do whatever it takes to claim the throne of Far Far Away. However, even though he achieves this goal for a brief time in the alternate timeline, he throws lavish parties for himself and his witch servants, while the outside world becomes an unrecognizable dystopia.
In Shrek the Third, Rumpelstiltskin appears with dark facial hair and yellow clothing, contrasting very much to his later appearance. In Shrek Forever After, his face is larger, he has no facial hair (His hair color has changed from black to a dark red), and wears different clothing.
In the third film, Prince Charming calls him "Frumpypigskin," followed by him correcting him; despite this, he still agrees to help Charming.
Rumpelstiltskin may look human, but he is in fact a dwarf.
Powers and abilities
Rumpelstiltskin has no magical powers as far as anybody has seen, but he does have a variety of magic contract that he calls "Magical Transactions" (as shown in Shrek Forever After). These contracts seem to be able to warp reality based on the details written within that had been agreed upon by Rumplestiltskin and his recipients, to the point where they can actually create an alternate reality, as he demonstrated by tricking Shrek into signing a deal that allowed him to null away the day the ogre was born (subsequently allowing Rumpel to gain kingship over the Kingdom of Far Far Away).
However, these contracts are not perfect, since Donkey (in his alternate reality self) claimed that all of Rumpel's contracts have an "exit clause" that can render the contract void if the recipient succeeds in fulfilling the clause. Details of the "exit clause" can only be found on the contract once it has been rearraged via oragami.
King Harold and Queen Lillian are going to sign their kingdom over to Rumpelstiltskin to break Fiona's curse, but the deal is cancelled when they learn that Shrek has rescued Fiona from the tower. Stiltskin's life deteriorated afterwards, his reputation practically ruined as he wishes vehemently that Shrek was never born.
Shrek the Third
Rumpelstiltskin is one of the many villain recruits assisting Prince Charming to invade Far Far Away, Charming mispronounces his name as "Frumpy pig-skin" and the dwarf corrects him. He gives up the mantle of being a villain after Artie convinced the villains (except Charming) to stop.
Shrek Forever After
Rumpelstiltskin appears in Shrek Forever After with a new physical appearance from the third film.
Rumplestiltskin stumbles upon Shrek, who has been depressed lately and wants one day of being a "real ogre" again. Hearing this, Rumpel offers Shrek one day of being an ogre in exchange for one day of his childhood. So Shrek signed the contract without knowing that he just signed the day he was born away, and soon finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where Donkey is now extremely scruffy in his apperance, has never met Shrek, and is therefore scared of him, Puss is fat and lazy (quite similar to Garfield) and is now Fiona's pet and wearing a pink bow on his neck, and Fiona is a hunter ogre who is the leader of other hunted ogres and has never met Shrek and hates him. And Rumpelstiltskin is now king of Far Far Away, with many witches to do his dirty work and the Pied Piper acting as a bounty hunter under Stiltskin's command.
Rumpelstiltskin goes out to fight the ogres led by Fiona and sends the Pied Piper to make them dance, capturing all but Shrek and Fiona, who are rescued by Donkey and Puss (both of whom now trust Shrek).As a last resort, Rumpel offers any deal (the "Deal of a Lifetime" as he calls it) to whoever turns Shrek in. Once Shrek hears of this, he turns himself in to get this deal, and in return, Shrek has Rumpel free all the ogres, even though he keeps Fiona (as she is a princess by day, and therefore not completely an ogre) and tries to feed them to Dragon (whom has never met Shrek and is now a villain like in the original film), but Donkey, Puss, and the ogres fight Stiltskin and his witches. They eventually defeat Rumpel as the dwarf tries to escape on his pet goose Fifi, but 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. Thus, Rumpelstiltskin's world falls apart, and everything is restored to normal. Rumple 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 also being tormented by the Pied Piper, being forced to dance in his cage.
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular
In Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular, it is shown that Rumplestiltskin is still imprisoned at the swamp, and most likely will remain there. In the virtual fireplace video Shrek's Yule Log, he tries to put out the fireplace twice, but is stopped by Shrek both times. In the actual video Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular, Rumpelstiltskin is shown reimprisoned inside his cage, apparently having tried to run away once before, and gets coal in his stocking for Christmas.
On the DVD release of Scared Shrekless, it features a Shrek version of Michael Jackson's Thriller. This music video is performed by the whole cast of all four movies, including deceased classic villains Lord Farquaad, Fairy Godmother and presumed Prince Charming.
- Rumpelstiltskin is often called "Rumpel" or "Mr. Stiltskin," implying that his name is actually "Rumpel Stiltskin."
- Right before Shrek Forever After came out, Paul McCartney, David Morrissey, and Tom Cruise were all rumored to voice Rumplestiltskin many times.
- Rumplestiltskin is the only main villain known to have been left alive by the end of a Shrek movie.
- He is the only villain to have a known pet.
- He could be considered an amalgamation of all the main villains of the previous films, being short and ruling an empire with an iron fist (in an alternate universe) like Farquaad; has magical powers and had a business that helped characters alter their fate like the Fairy Godmother and, like Prince Charming, had his life ruined by Shrek through the rescue of Princess Fiona.
- He is arguably the most evil antagonist in a Shrek film.
- In Thriller Night, Rumple is shown as a dead zombie emerging from a grave with his angry wig on. This is contrary to his fate in the fourth Shrek film but the events turned out to be a nightmare of Shrek who'd dozed off for a few minutes, meaning Rumple is probably still alive and imprisoned
- In the opening scenes, the Queen mentions that Rumplestiltskin came highly recomended by King Midas (the king with the "Golden Touch"). This is in reference to the orignal story of Rumpelstiltskin, where he could turn straw into gold, though that story did not involve King Midas, being a Greek fable, whereas Rumpel's story originates from Germany.