|“||You think you can banish the great Rasputin? By the unholy powers vested in me, I banish YOU, with a curse! Mark my words, you and your family will die within a fortnight. I will not rest until I see the end of the Romanov line forever!||„|
|~ Rasputin cursing the entire Romanov family to death.|
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: Григорий Ефимович Распутин), or better known as his surname Rasputin, is the main antagonist of Don Bluth's 9th animated feature film Anastasia.
He is loosely based on the real-life Russian psychic of the same name: however, in the film, he is depicted as a far more malevolent and manipulative undead being of black magic than the real-life Rasputin, though the two share the common title of "Mad Monk". He also takes inspiration from a mythical figure called Koschei the deathless. He is Anastasia and Dimitri's arch-nemesis.
His speaking voice was voiced by Christopher Lloyd, who also played Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His singing voice was performed by Jim Cummings, who also voiced Dr. Robotnik in Sonic SatAM, Steele in Balto, Jacques in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, Scar in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Fusilli in Courage and the Cowardly Dog, Budzo in Zambezia and Hadrian in Minecraft: Story Mode.
In the past, Rasputin was the advisor to the Russian Tsar, but for some unknown reason, he was banished for treason. He would seek his revenge on not only the Tsar, but his entire family. To accomplish this, he sold his soul to some forces and got his Reliquary, becoming a Lich in the process (a type of undead creature with magical powers).
He placed a curse on the Romanovs, causing a revolution throughout Russia and leading to the death of all but two of the entire family. Anastasia (who at the time was only a child) escapes, so Rasputin attempts to murder her in a terrifying incident on a frozen pond. He grabs the child by her small foot and violently thrashes her about on the snow and ice whilst threatening her life. He tries drowning her when the ice breaks beneath them but is unsuccessful. Anastasia screams for mercy and kicks him loose. Rasputin is seemingly killed and loses his amulet, but is unable to truly die until his curse was complete, which wouldn't be the case until all the Romanovs were dead.
10 years later, he manages to get his amulet back thanks to Bartok. He once again plots his revenge, planning to kill Anastasia by any means needed. He summons an army of demons to complete this task. One thing he does in this revenge quest is sabotaging the train that Anastasia is on, an incident that only Anya, Vladimir, and Dimitri survive we see beforehand that the train has other people on it. Rasputin also invades Anya's dreams and nearly makes her kill herself, but he is stopped. Annoyed at the constant failures, Rasputin decides to go to Paris to kill Anastasia himself.
Later, Rasputin takes advantage of Pooka to lead Anastasia into a garden maze and traps her there to reveal himself. He then tries to kill her. Anastasia attacks Rasputin and they both wrestle body to body. However, Pooka manages to get ahold of the reliquary and rolls it towards Anastasia. Anastasia then stomps on the reliquary, causing it to burst. An explosion of green magic sends both Rasputin and Anastasia flying, after which Rasputin's demonic minions are unleashed and come to collect his soul as punishment for failing, and Rasputin is killed in a pretty horrible way by melting to bones. He was also dragged to Hell.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- Instead of just getting revenge on the Tsar, the one who banished him, he took it to the extreme and cursed his entire family, causing the Russian Revolution and getting most of them killed.
- He attempted to murder Anastasia (who at the time was only a child) as she is escaping but is unsuccessful.
- He abused his minion Bartok constantly.
- He became obsessed with the idea of completing his revenge planning to kill Anastasia at all costs.
- He sabotaged the train that Anastasia is on and only Anya, Vladimir, and Dimitri survive when it crashes.
- He invaded Anya's dreams and nearly makes her commit suicide.
- While his body parts falling off provides some comedy, in-universe, he is still treated as a very horrifying threat.
- Rasputin is, alongside Jenner, Warren T. Rat, Sharptooth and Preed, one of the five Don Bluth villains to be Pure Evil. And the only one not to be a hate sink.
- From all these, however, Rasputin is the sole Don Bluth Pure Evil to be human, or at least, was once human.
- To date, this is the only version of Rasputin to be Pure Evil.
- He was originally on the Near Pure Evil Wiki since his scenes of his body parts falling off where considered genuinely comedic and not taken seriously, however since those scenes didn't involve heroes he's rather Pure Evil instead.