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Slappy the Dummy is the main antagonist in the Goosebumps franchise. He is a living ventriloquist dummy that comes to life when the words "Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano" are read aloud; which translates to "You and I are one now," and they can be found on a sheet of paper in Slappy's dress jacket pocket. After coming to life, Slappy will try to make the person who brought him back to life serve him as a slave.

Since his debut in 1993 at the end of Night of the Living Dummy, Slappy has become the most popular villain and the mascot of the Goosebumps franchise, appearing in more books and media than any other Goosebumps character. He received his own book series in 2017, with the title of Goosebumps SlappyWorld. He has also appeared in three episodes of the Goosebumps TV series and appeared as the main antagonist in the Goosebumps film, as well as its sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.

History

For a more comprehensive overview of Slappy's history, detailing his many appearances, please visit the subpage Slappy the Dummy/History.

Background

As revealed in Bride of the Living Dummy, Slappy was carved out of coffin wood by an ancient sorcerer. When the sorcerer died, he placed his soul inside of the dummy. He waits for the day someone will say the magic words written on a card kept in Slappy's pocket, "Karru Marri Odonna Loma Molonu Karrano," which will awaken him again. Slappy's Nightmare reveals that Slappy has a twin brother named Wally carved from the same coffin. However, this is only viewed as a dream until Jimmy O'James gets a crate with Wally and a set of instructions inside.

General information

Character influences

Slappy the Dummy was inspired by multiple characters and pieces of media, as well as memories of R.L. Stine's own childhood.

  • In the book It Came from Ohio!, R.L. Stine stated that the idea of Slappy came from his childhood experiences with the original story of Pinocchio since it scared him so much as a kid.
  • In the Goosebumps Official Collector's Caps Book, Stine mentions that one of the inspirations for Slappy came from when he was a kid and would use his ventriloquist dummy to scare his brother.
  • The 1945 British anthology horror film Dead of Night is also mentioned in interviews as an inspiration for Slappy.
  • Slappy may have been at least partially inspired by Chucky from the "Child's Play" horror films.
    • For instance, both have similar-sounding names, and both are living dolls. In his television appearance, Slappy has orange/red hair — like Chuck. Additionally, in the Night of the Living Dummy II TV episode, Slappy says "Wanna play?", which is Chucky's catchphrase.
  • Slappy may be based on Willie, a ventriloquist's dummy from Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. R.L. Stine has stated that he views Serling was an inspirational figure.

Physical appearance

In his early appearances, Slappy has brown hair and blue eyes. His lips are painted bright red, which curl in a sinister smile. There is also a chip on his lower lip. He wears a gray suit over a white collar and red bow tie. The collar has been stapled as his body is just painted white.

However, Slappy's appearance is changed for television and film. While he has wavy dark brown hair and cold and realistic blue eyes in the books, he is a curly-haired redhead in the television episodes, and his skin is made a bit lighter. In the film, his appearance is based more closely on his original depiction but with brown eyes

Personality

Slappy the Dummy constantly insists he is not a "dummy" or a fool...he insists you are! He's evil and even sadistic. One of his primary objectives is to enslave humans to serve his bidding. Slappy has a cutting sense of humor, and he takes pleasure in slewing insults. Slappy is a cruel prankster, often making a terrible mess wherever he goes. Typically, he allows others to take the blame for his misdoings. Slappy also loves bragging about himself, usually boasting about how smart and awesome he is. This is mostly present in the introductions and interruptions in Goosebumps SlappyWorld.

However, Slappy is presented as an anti-hero in Slappy's Nightmare, The Streets of Panic Park and The Dummy Meets the Mummy. In Slappy's Nightmare, he even does good deeds for his own self-preservation.

Weaknesses

Slappy is considered to be one of the most dangerous villains in the series, as he seemingly dies and comes back to life numerous times. The ancient words that bring Slappy to life can be used to put him back to sleep temporarily, but Slappy's biggest fear is that someone will find a way to put him back to sleep for good. It is also mentioned in the Monster Survival Guide that one of Slappy's other weaknesses is termites.

List of appearances

Books

Title Role Release date Series
Night of the Living Dummy Side antagonist May 1993 Goosebumps
Night of the Living Dummy II Main antagonist May 1995 Goosebumps
Escape from the Carnival of Horrors Cameo July 1995 Give Yourself Goosebumps
Night of the Living Dummy III Main antagonist February 1996 Goosebumps
Bride of the Living Dummy Main antagonist February 1998 Goosebumps Series 2000
Goosebumps Live on Stage: Screams in the Night Side antagonist 1998 None
Slappy's Nightmare Main protagonist November 1999 Goosebumps Series 2000
Revenge of the Living Dummy Main antagonist April 2008 Goosebumps HorrorLand
Dr. Maniac vs. Robby Schwartz Side antagonist October 2008 Goosebumps HorrorLand
Say Cheese — and Die Screaming! Cameo March 2009 Goosebumps HorrorLand
The Streets of Panic Park Side antagonist/ Anti Hero July 2009 Goosebumps HorrorLand
Welcome to HorrorLand: A Survival Guide Mentioned/Cameo October 2009 Goosebumps HorrorLand
How to Draw Goosebumps Cameo October 2009 None
Slappy New Year! Main antagonist November 2010 Goosebumps HorrorLand
The Horror at Chiller House Mentioned/cover only January 2011 Goosebumps HorrorLand
Son of Slappy Main antagonist January 2013 Goosebumps Most Wanted
Goosebumps Movie Novel Main antagonist August 2015 Goosebumps The Movie
Night of the Living Monsters Main antagonist August 2015 Goosebumps The Movie
Slappy's Revenge Narrator August 2015 Goosebumps The Movie
Monster Survival Guide Cameo August 2015 Goosebumps The Movie
Goosebumps Activity Book Cameo August 2015 Goosebumps The Movie
Slappy's Tales of Horror Side antagonist and narrator September 2015 Goosebumps Graphix
Slappy Birthday to You Main antagonist and narrator February 2017 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Attack of the Jack Narrator June 2017 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
I Am Slappy's Evil Twin Side antagonist and narrator September 2017 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo Narrator February 2018 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Escape from Shudder Mansion Narrator June 2018 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
The Ghost of Slappy Main antagonist and narrator August 2018 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Movie Novel Main antagonist August 2018 Goosebumps The Movie
Slappy's Return Main antagonist August 2018 Goosebumps The Movie
It's Alive! It's Alive! Narrator February 2019 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
The Dummy Meets the Mummy Narrator and protagonist July 2019 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Revenge of the Invisible Boy Narrator October 2019 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Diary of a Dummy Main antagonist and narrator March 2020 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
They Call Me the Night Howler! Narrator July 2020 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
My Friend Slappy Main antagonist and narrator October 2020 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Monster Blood Is Back Narrator March 2021 Goosebumps SlappyWorld
Fifth-Grade Zombies Narrator July 2021 Goosebumps SlappyWorld

Comic Books

Title Role Release date
Monsters at Midnight Main antagonist October 25, 2017
Download and Die! Main antagonist March 28, 2018

TV series

Episode Air date Season
"Night of the Living Dummy II" January 12, 1996 Season 1
"Night of the Living Dummy III" July 20, 1997 Season 2
"Bride of the Living Dummy" February 14, 1998 Season 3

Film

Title Role Release date
Goosebumps Main antagonist October 16, 2015
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Main antagonist October 12, 2018

Video games

Title Role Release date Platform(s)
Goosebumps HorrorLand Cameo October 28, 2008 Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
Enter HorrorLand Boss 2008 Website
Goosebumps Night of Scares Main antagonist October 13, 2015 Mobile, Mobile VR
Goosebumps: The Game Main antagonist October 13, 2015 Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch
Goosebumps HorrorTown Character October 31, 2017 Mobile
Goosebumps Dead of Night Main antagonist June 19, 2020 Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch

Actors

Voice actors

Puppeteers

  • Avery Jones (film primary puppeteer)
  • Ron Stefaniuk (series puppeteer)
  • Jake McKinnon (2015 film assistant puppeteer)
  • Rick Galinson (Haunted Halloween assistant puppeteer)
  • Ted Haines (Haunted Halloween assistant puppeteer)
  • BJ Guyer (Haunted Halloween assistant puppeteer)

Quotes

For a fuller list of quotes from Slappy, please see Slappy the Dummy/Quotes.

TV Show

"Hey, Amy. Guess who?"
―Slappy (Night of the Living Dummy II)

Film

"Oh, Papa. There's no escaping from us."
―Slappy

Gallery

To see the full image gallery, please view Slappy the Dummy/Gallery.

Trivia

  • During a Q&A at the Macaulay Honors College building on November 13, 2012, R.L. Stine mentioned that Slappy was his favorite character from the Goosebumps books.
  • He is the first Goosebumps villain to be an anti-hero in Slappy's Nightmare.
  • Slappy appears in the short story Gaslighted: Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast. In the story, Aloysius encounters Slappy in Stony Mountain Sanatorium and finds himself either dreaming or going insane.
  • Youtube channel Watchmojo ranked Slappy in 7th place in their "Top 20 Scariest Dolls in Horror Movies" list. 
  • Slappy was one of the inspirations for the ventriloquist dummies seen in Toy Story 4.
  • According to Ron Stefaniuk, Slappy's appearance in the episodes differed from his appearance on the covers because the show sometimes allowed them a certain amount of creative freedom over the design elements. They would typically come up with a few different drawings for each creature, with one being selected by the higher ups for the final design.
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