History YMMV / Rumpelstiltskin

31st Mar '18 10:57:07 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* TheScrappy: Good luck finding anyone who does not wish to see the miller run through the wringer for the dangerous position he put his daughter in with his absurd lies.
14th Dec '17 8:36:56 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CompleteMonster: The titular Rumpelstiltskin is portrayed [[AdaptationalVillainy much more evil]] than in the fairytale. Lacking a soul, Rumpelstiltskin made a deal with a miller's daughter, spinning hay into gold for her in exchange for her [[WouldHurtAChild firstborn son]], so he could [[YourSoulIsMine suck out his soul]] and make it his own. Foiled in his attempt, Rumpelstiltskin is turned into a jade figurine, and freed centuries later to continue his goal. After being inadvertently freed by [[TheProtagonist Shelly Stewart]] and [[RapeByFraud having sex with her while disguised as her dead husband]], he begins targeting her infant son John, killing everyone he comes in contact with along the way. He slaughters an entire police station to get to John in an attempt to steal his soul.

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* CompleteMonster: The titular Rumpelstiltskin is portrayed as being [[AdaptationalVillainy much more evil]] than in the fairytale. [[TheSoulless Lacking a soul, soul]], Rumpelstiltskin [[DealWithTheDevil made a deal deal]] with a miller's daughter, spinning hay into gold for her in exchange for her [[WouldHurtAChild firstborn son]], so he could [[YourSoulIsMine suck out his soul]] and make it his own. Foiled in his attempt, Rumpelstiltskin is turned into a jade figurine, and freed centuries later to continue his goal. After being inadvertently freed by [[TheProtagonist Shelly Stewart]] and [[RapeByFraud having sex with her while disguised as her dead husband]], he begins targeting her infant son John, killing everyone he comes in contact with along the way. He slaughters an entire police station to get to John in an attempt to steal his soul.
2nd Nov '17 1:36:10 PM ACW
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!!The 1995 film:
*CompleteMonster: The titular Rumpelstiltskin is portrayed [[AdaptationalVillainy much more evil]] than in the fairytale. Lacking a soul, Rumpelstiltskin made a deal with a miller's daughter, spinning hay into gold for her in exchange for her [[WouldHurtAChild firstborn son]], so he could [[YourSoulIsMine suck out his soul]] and make it his own. Foiled in his attempt, Rumpelstiltskin is turned into a jade figurine, and freed centuries later to continue his goal. After being inadvertently freed by [[TheProtagonist Shelly Stewart]] and [[RapeByFraud having sex with her while disguised as her dead husband]], he begins targeting her infant son John, killing everyone he comes in contact with along the way. He slaughters an entire police station to get to John in an attempt to steal his soul.
1st Nov '17 7:36:31 PM Vampireandthen
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* TheWoobie: The miller's daughter, even though she is now the queen, put up with a lot.
11th May '17 8:53:30 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** For that matter, what did he want with the queen's child?
5th May '17 2:22:21 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Although he's more villainous in several adaptions. Especially the 1995 horror film adaptation where he actually kills people and steals babies so he can have their souls.

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** Although he's [[AdaptationalVillainy more villainous in several adaptions.adaptions]]. Especially the 1995 horror film adaptation where he actually kills people and steals babies so he can have their souls.
3rd Apr '17 7:51:51 AM king3000
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** Although he's more villainous in several adaptions. Especially the 1995 horror film adaptation where he actually kills people and steals babies so he can eat them.

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** Although he's more villainous in several adaptions. Especially the 1995 horror film adaptation where he actually kills people and steals babies so he can eat them.have their souls.
3rd Apr '17 7:49:18 AM king3000
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** Although he's more villainous in several adaptions. Especially the 1995 horror film adaptation where he actually kills people and steals babies so he can eat them.
18th May '16 11:09:48 PM DivineDeath
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** Claim that [[VirginPower the magic that allowed her to spin straw into gold only works so long as she's a virgin]] and then bluff from there?
18th May '16 11:09:15 PM DivineDeath
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The girl refuses to keep her end of the deal and only wins against Rumpelstiltskin by spying on him. Rumpelstiltksin holds up his end of the deal and gives her a second chance out of the kindness of his heart, then dies a horrible death. The moral of the story? Cry and cheat to get your way, apparently.
** Then again he demanded her child as payment for helping her. God knows what he wanted to do to the kid.
*** A common interpretation based on his song is that he planned to eat it. However, while an easy conclusion to leap to, this isn't actually stated in the verse.
*** Considering that he was likely some kind of fae, it's entirely possible he wanted the child to, well... have a child. In many stories about fae they don't so much have baby fae as take human children and turn them fae.
*** Regardless of what his intentions were, ''she'' accepted the terms of his deal. She was, at least for a time, willing to throw her firstborn under a bus to save her skin for at least another night.
*** Though she accepted the terms of the deal under duress; if she didn't, the king would have put her to death. The agreement was about as valid as a contract signed at gunpoint.
** The miller is *rewarded* for his actions. For lying to the King and endangering his entire family, he becomes the King's father-in-law.
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