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|“||Not my gumdrop buttons!||„|
|~ Gingerbread Man|
|“||Okay! I'll tell you. Do you know the muffin man?||„|
|~ Gingy being interrogated by Lord Farquaad.|
The Gingerbread Man (or Gingy for short) is one of the supporting protagonists in the Shrek franchise. He is based on the fairy tale The Gingerbread Man. He is seen in Shrek being tortured about where Shrek and friends were hiding, and in Shrek 2 is seen dancing with Pinocchio, his best friend.
He was voiced by Conrad Vernon and James Arnold Taylor in the games. In the Japanese version from the movie, he was voiced by Hiro Yūki.
Gingy was created by the Muffin Man, along with the rest of the Gingerbread people. Some years later, he attended Cookie Academy, at which he excelled in Home Economics.
Sometime later, he got married to a red-head gingerbread woman, but the relationship did not last.
Gingy is being tortured by the evil Lord Farquaad. Farquaad had ordered his evil henchman Thelonious to drown Gingy in milk and rip off his legs so he couldn't escape. Farquaad went on to taunt him by making his legs run around while saying, "Run, run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!". Gingy then calls Farquaad a monster to which Farquaad replies "I'm not a monster here you are!" while he throws one of his legs at him and crumbles his other leg to pieces. When Gingy refused to give Farquaad straight answers, he threatened to take off his gumdrop buttons. So the Gingerbread Man started to talk about how the Muffin Man was hiding them (most likely lying). When the Magic Mirror arrived, Gingy was thrown into the trash by Farquaad.
At the end of the movie, Gingy is fine and his leg not crumbled by Lord Farquaad got glued back on with white glaze, while a candy cane made up for the lost one.
Gingy finally gets his other leg replaced. He has an Ascended Extra in the movie, along with the rest of the fairy tale creatures. While Shrek, Princess Fiona, and Donkey go to Far Far Away, Gingy and the other fairy tale creatures watch over the swamp.
He isn't seen again until later on when he sees Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in Boots getting arrested. The group then goes to the prison and helps the trio escape. Afterwards, Shrek and Gingerbread Man go to the Muffin Man's house and make a giant gingerbread man named Mongo. Using Mongo, Shrek breaks into the castle, but Mongo remains in the moat, after he has hot milk poured onto him by the guards. Gingy was grieved and almost got stuck in the moat himself.
Shrek the Third
He has another Ascended Extra in the movie. Gingy was present to Fiona, where he and Pinocchio gave her a baby carrier.
When Prince Charming and Captain Hook broke in, they demanded to know where Shrek was. Gingy refused to tell, and when confronted by Hook, his life flashed before his own eyes. He was placed in a deserted bakery, but was rescued by Donkey and Puss in Boots.
Gingy was also at the big rescue seen in the end, where he slid down Rapunzel's hair, revealing that it was really a wig.
Shrek Forever After
He has a third Ascended Extra in the movie. In the final chapter, When Shrek enters the alternate reality, Gingy is seen fighting animals crackers as a gladiator, using a lollipop as a weapon.
Later, he is seen approaching Shrek, offering information on Rumpelstiltskin. Unfortunately, a fat and lazy Puss eats him before he's able to convey any information to Shrek. However, when Shrek returns to the real world at the end, the real Gingy is still alive and well.
In a deleted scene shows Gingy fighting along with Pinocchio, The Big Bad Wolf , The Three Little Pigs and The Three Blind Mice against Shrek. He also uses his Animal Crackers to attack Shrek.
When Gingy's other girlfriend kicked Gingy out, but he later gets a new girlfriend named Sugar until she turned evil in The Bride of Gingy story.
Shrek Thriller Night
Gingy appears as one of the zombies, when he was a little bit cracked.
- In the Scared Shrekless segment, "The Bride of Gingy", the Muffin Man's process in creating sentient sweets is fully revealed. This could hint that Gingy is not a creation of magic, but of science. It can also be assumed in Shrek 2 with the creation of his brother Mongo, and him yelling "It's alive!", a line from the 1931 horror classic Frankenstein.
- He seems to be best friends with Pinocchio, whom he has a similar voice to (although Gingy’s is more high pitched).
- In the Espanol version of the movie, When the Gingerbread Man said “Eat Me” right before spitting in Farquaad’s face, He called Farquaad a pig.
- It is unknown how he got his other leg replaced by the events of the second movie due to the other leg being grinded up into pieces.
- It is implied that the Muffin Man patched him a new left leg some time after Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon.