Rumpelstiltskin is a minor antagonist in the movie Shrek the Third and the main antagonist of it's sequel Shrek Forever After.

Shrek Forever After


In the opening scene of Shrek Forever After, he is about to get the King and Queen sign away the kingdom of Far Far Away to him to free Princess Fiona (despited their deal with Prince Charming and the 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). Because of this, Rumpelstiltskin hates and envies Shrek and wishes he was never born.

Shrek Forever After

When Shrek is feeling frustrated that he has gone soft on his kids' birthday, Rumpelstiltskin tricks him into signing a paper that will let him be an evil ogre like he used to be for a day in exchange for one other day from his life being erased. However, the day in question was actually the day Shrek was born, meaning he never existed and Rumpelstiltskin became the ruler of Far Far Away and terrorizes the people with an army of witches. Thus, Shrek finds himself in a very strange version of Far Far Away, where he never existed and his friends are different.

Shrek learns that the contract can be undone with a "True Love's Kiss" by the end of the day, but has trouble convincing Fiona, who is now a member of a warrior group of ogres at war with Rumpelstiltskin, of who he is, and when Rumpelstiltskin finds out he determines to stop Shrek, hiring the Pied Piper and rallying an angry mob by offering a reward for his capture. At the end, Shrek manages to kiss Fiona just as the time runs out, and Rumpelstiltskin's world falls apart around him as everything returns to normal. In the dance party at the end he is seen locked up in a cage, where he is tortured by being made to do painful dance moves by the Pied Piper's music.


Rumpelstiltskin can be easily described as an ill-tempered, 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 threw a fit of rage after learning that Shrek rescued the Princess and the King ripped up the contract. Rumplestiltskin also shows little compassion for those even considered his "friend" mainly the witches. However, he does treat his large goose rather well as he even has his servants give his goose the "royal treatment".


  • Paul McCartney, David Morrissey, and Tom Cruise were all rumored to voice Rumpelstiltskin many times.
  • In Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular, Rumpelstiltskin is shown to still be imprisoned in a cage at the swamp, receiving coal for Christmas.
  • Rumpelstiltskin shares similaries with each one of the main villains of the first three Shrek movies.
    • He is short and rules 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
    • Like Prince Charming, had his life ruined by Shrek through the rescue of Princess Fiona.
  • Rumpwlstiltskin the only one of the four films' main villains known not to die, although it's unknown if Prince Charming is still alive or not.
  • He is the only of the four main villains to appear as a villain in a fairy tale. Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother are usually good in fairy tales, 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 2 words; Rumpel Stiltskin. This is supported by many characters abbreviating his name "Rumpel" or "Stiltskin".
  • Rumpelstiltskin was also a minor villain in Shrek the Third, though there were continuity errors that made his appearance and voice different. It's possible this was a different character who got retconned away by the fourth film.
  • In the Walmart- exclusive 'Shrek Forever After' soundtrack, which apparently takes place after the movie, it is revealed that Rumplestiltskin now hosts a popular radio show.
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