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    Dirk Dumphrey
    "Oh, what kind of rule-crazed maniac are you?!" - Sneezy
    Gender: Male
    Type: Cheap filler villain
    Grating, mean-spirited fraud of a forest ranger
    Portrayed by: Phil Hendrie
    Status: Unknown
    Media of origin: The 7D
    First appearance: "The Enchanted Forest Ranger"
    Last appearance: "The Enchanted Forest Ranger"



    Dirk Dumphrey is a one-shot character in Disney's The 7D, serving as the antagonist of the episode "The Enchanted Forest Ranger".

    He was voiced by guest star Phil Hendrie.

    Why He's Not as Sorry as He's Going to Be

    1. For starters, the main problem with Dirk Dumphrey is that he doesn't have a reasonable purpose to be in the episode he appears in other than just to give the audience someone to root against. However, the overall story of "The Enchanted Forest Ranger" by itself didn't feel like it needed any kind of additional antagonist for the sake of adding any dramatic tension, meaning that Dirk is basically a filler character.
      • In fact, all Dirk really does is just torture the 7D in really blatant, nonsensical, and dumb ways, making him more of a mean-spirited torture character than an actual "evil" antagonist.
        • There is a big difference between an evil antagonist and someone who is just a big jerk (whose cruelty doesn't contribute anything meaningful to his appearance nor does it flow well with the story).
    2. For much of the episode, he's portrayed as just a generic, almost one-dimensional caricature of corrupt officials (without any depth) who just gives forest rangers a bad name, meaning that Dirk's overall concept is pretty unoriginal and lazy.
    3. Like most characters in The 7D, his design is pretty mediocre, bland, lazy, forgettable, and not very appealing.
      • What's worse is that many of Dirk's facial expressions are pretty annoying to look at and multiple of the shots of his face are poorly-drawn or animated, making them look kind of ugly.
    4. His voice by Phil Hendrie is pretty annoying, disgusting and aggravating to listen to, and the fact that Dirk talks too much throughout the episode (including all the words and very illogical things he says), it makes it even more annoying.
      • Not to mention, Phil does a really subpar job voicing him. A lot of times, he sounds like there's something in his mouth like food or air. Plus, some of his line deliveries even feel very phoned in.
    5. His way of being the villain of his episode is pretty formulaic and effortlessly unbearable; here's how it goes: In the first part of the episode, the 7D are in the Enchanted Forest and Grumpy wants to get his badge to become a Dragon Scout 1st Class. In every scene where the 7D do normal camping things that have nothing wrong, Dirk constantly interrupts them and blatantly prevents them from doing every little thing they do (as well as exaggerating everything they do with long explanations that have no logic or common sense), and he does it throughout the episode (and gets away each time), which is very repetitive and painful to watch (He even fines them for every little thing they do). Plus, whenever he gets called out for his dumb behavior, he insults them and threatens to ban them from the forest if they argue any further, which is very detestable, especially given that he wins every argument.
      • Not even 1 minute into the episode, Dirk comes out of nowhere when the 7D are about the start camping, and after Grumpy asks who he is, Dirk arrogantly expects them to already know who he is (despite the fact that it's made very clear that there has never been an Enchanted Forest ranger before). After that, he literally fines the 7D, saying "Well, I'll tell you what: If you don't have a camping permit, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to fine you for unlawful assembly in a reserved zone. Look out, so uh, please move your camp into an unrestricted area." (even though it's made obvious that there were never any needs for camping permits in the history of the Enchanted Forest). After saying that, Dirk tells them to move their camp in a place filled with itchy scratch bushes, or else he'll escort them out of the Enchanted Forest, which is annoying. Plus, when Sneezy scolds Dirk for being insensitive, he makes fun of his height. Before Sneezy could get even angrier for being belittled, Grumpy defends Dirk and says that "Dragon Scouts always cooperate.", even though Dirk's behavior is not even fair.
      • Not even 1 minute after that scene, the 7D start fishing and after Grumpy catches one, Dirk Dumphrey suddenly appears and says "Dirk Dumphrey, Enchanted Forest Ranger. Gentlemen, may I please see your fishing licenses, all right.", meaning that he's expecting them to have licenses (despite the fact that it's implied that there were no fishing licenses in the history of the Enchanted Forest). When Grumpy reveals that none of the 7D have any, Dirk overreacts with a bad tone of voice and takes their action as a serious offense, even though they didn't mean to do anything wrong and only followed the history of the Enchanted Forest rules. Plus, his reason why he considers it a serious offense is extremely petty and nonsensical, saying "Fishing without a license? Very serious offense: You've got Magic Fish. You've got Enchanted Fish. You know difference?". Sneezy calls out to Dirk for his dumb reaction and the latter fines him for "bad attitude" before annoyingly making a horn sound with his mouth and hand to mock him, even though he is in the right, meaning Dirk is basically abusing his role as a forest ranger. After Grumpy stops Sneezy again, he requests for a fishing license and Dirk says he has to answer a test, but Dirk only asks him overly hard questions that aren't necessary for the basics of fishing (He doesn't even give him time to review). After answering all the questions wrong, Dirk give him a failing grade (while slamming a stamp with an "X" symbol onto Grumpy's face) and rudely steals the fish Grumpy caught to have it himself, instead of putting it back in the water. When Dopey acts like a dog and glares at Dirk, the latter fines him for "impersonating one badly" (which is a filler scene that's utterly unnecessary and feels shoehorned in to add more torture).
      • Right after that, since Dirk wouldn't allow them to have fish for a dumb reason, the 7D instead have beans and hotdogs, only for Dirk to come to them again to rudely take their hotdogs before giving a paranoid explanation, saying "Dirk Dumphrey, Enchanted Forest Ranger. Right, listen. Due to safety regulations, I'm seizing your hotdogs. They represent a potential choking hazard. Okay, when a dog goes down, gets stuck, and windpipe, windpipe get jammed up got behind like I'm doing a little shorthand here. That dog goes flying out about the speed of a bullet. It's ugly. It's sad, so I gotta seize all the dogs, all the hot dogs. Regular dogs can stay." Grumpy says that they can still eat the canned beans, but Dirk takes the can and rudely says another paranoid explanation, saying "Okay, seizing the open can of beans. I just noticed you have sharp edges on those bean cans, and that can lead to nasty cuts and that leads to infection; that leads to impetigo, at least a lot of stuff.", making Sneezy lash out at him for being overly sensitive in an annoying way, only for Grumpy to once again force him to listen to Dirk, pathetically acting like a vulnerable wimp and childishly complimenting Dirk, saying that he's only caring about their safety. Dirk thanks him, but still unfairly fines him, and Grumpy still defends him?
        • The way Dirk calls hotdogs choking hazards is just effortlessly dumb and he's treating like no one can chew them before swallowing. Plus, the 7D aren't babies.
        • Another thing is that he is treating like no one can be careful with the sharp edges of bean cans, so he just confiscates them out of paranoia. Plus, the 7D aren't even going to put their fingers or their mouths on the sharp edges of the can.
      • When it's night time, Grumpy wants Happy to play his guitar to lighten up the mood with a song, and the latter does that, only for Dirk to come at him with an annoying smile. Dirk acts dramatic and fines Happy for "disturbing the peace" of the Enchanted Forest even though his guitar and his singing aren't even that loud and no one can even hear them, logically speaking. Dirk, out of cruelty, takes advantage of Happy's vulnerability and confiscates his guitar, causing the other dwarfs (except Grumpy of course) to angrily scold Dirk for being toxic, corrupt, and just plain annoying, but Dirk just threatens to permanently ban them from the Enchanted Forest when it's his fault. Grumpy acts pathetic again and says "No. (laughing nervously) Mister Ranger Sir, my friends are cranky because we haven't eaten. You understand?" with Dirk acting entitled and thanking Grumpy for supporting him.
        • If Dirk thinks the music is too loud, couldn't he just request Happy to keep it down a bit instead of just immediately confiscating his guitar? Of course he wouldn't do it because he's too foolish, paranoid, abusive, and mean-spirited to do that (and his cruelty is that of a jerk rather than an "evil" antagonist).
      • 1 second after that, Dirk suddenly asks what Grumpy will use to light the campfire and latter says he has a match, which makes Dirk overreact over a little thing and then starts calling his bear partner to confiscate the match, treating matches as though they are an emergency. The bear comes and growls at the 7D before confiscating the one small match and taking it to substation, with Dirk complimenting him for taking the match. Dirk even treats Grumpy like he's an idiot (even though Dirk is the only fool in the situation) and tells him that the safe way of lighting a campfire is rubbing two sticks together, even though using a match isn't any different.
        • In fact, Dirk asking about how Grumpy will light the campfire came out of nowhere and feels like a forced scene to add more torture to the episode.
        • The way Dirk overreacts over a match is so bizarre. Plus, why did he even need his bear partner to carry one small match and take it to substation when he can do it himself? It makes no sense (and it feels like it's just there to make the scene overly exaggerated) since Dirk's also has a scooter the same as the bear and it can go really fast.
      • Right after that scene, Grumpy does exactly what Dirk says to light the campfire, but Dirk arrives again and starts calling himself a fire ranger all of a sudden and treats campfires as nothing but fire hazards, before calling his bear partner to put out the campfire while knocking out the 7D.
      • After being tortured for the entire day, Doc scolds Grumpy for being a jerk but the latter begs (even using the Dragon Scout rules in a hypocritical way) and requests to finish one last thing, which is to spend the night there, which makes everyone reluctantly agree, naturally feeling stressed out after everything. When Sneezy drops his fine ticket from earlier out of annoyance, Dirk suddenly arrives with a flare and accuses Sneezy for "littering public property" when it's only one ticket and he didn't intend to litter. Dirk rudely and unfairly remands all of the 7D to custody and doesn't care who did it.
    6. Speaking of which, while it wouldn't really work anyway, it's still annoying watching Dirk getting defended throughout the episode by Grumpy, despite the fact that Dirk is literally acting like a paranoid jerk who keeps finding the worst in everything the 7D are doing and preventing them from doing pretty much anything.
      • Dirk was also essentially ruining Grumpy's attempts at becoming a Dragon Scout 1st Class, yet the latter still kept sympathizing with him throughout the episode.
    7. It's also annoying how Dirk is literally the star of the episode he appears in (as the title of the episode is "The Enchanted Forest Ranger") even though he's the worst character in the said episode.
    8. His trumpet and siren noise is used so many times in the episode that it gets very tiresome.
    9. Every time he prevents the 7D from doing something, he keeps telling them to have a good stay in the Enchanted Forest (with some variations each time) which is very plastic and it just adds further insult to injury to how annoying he is. Plus, how are the 7D supposed to have a great time if you won't leave them alone, Dirk?
    10. Dirk talks too much, makes so many dramatic gestures, and repeats his name several times, which is annoyingly unnecessary.
    11. Due to the fact that Dirk barely does anything more than just torture the 7D and act like a jerk for no reason, he has almost no real characterization or personality, which just adds to how depthless his overall character is. He also doesn't have any least bit of motivation on why he's a villain or why he even acts like a pathetic idiot and an annoying jerk to pretty much anyone, even to his own allies.
      • For no reason, he even acts like a jerk to his bear partner just because he can't write (even though he's just an animal). If he's only supposed to be the 7D's enemy, then why is he behaving this way towards him as well? It's also the only time he has chemistry with him outside of torturing the 7D and the fact that he just insults him the same way as with the 7D, it just makes Dirk even more lacking in personality.
        • While there are some antagonists/villains in media who are egotistical and unfair towards their own allies, those were actually relatable and had traits that didn't feel out-of-place. Dirk Dumphrey, on the other hand, is not one of those, as his way of being a jerk is almost completely one-note and it isn't done to give him any sense of relatability or interesting chemistry with his allies; it's literally there to just make him a full-on torture character and nuisance, both to the protagonists and antagonists, without any motives for himself.
    12. A weird and annoyingly illogical thing is how Dirk even knows what the 7D are doing every few minutes; throughout the episode, it is clearly shown that Dirk is far away from them (to the point where he really can't see or know what they're doing), but when the 7D are just about to do something, he quickly comes to them from an empty space and immediately knows exactly what they're doing even though he was far away from them to the point where he really shouldn't know what's going on, and then he starts acting like a detestable jerk to them.
      • It's also irritatingly nonsensical how he always comes up with long, dumb explanations (each time he blames the 7D for invalid points) so quickly even though it's not possible for him to know the full situation already.
        • This basically means that the way Dirk tortures the 7D is pretty exaggerated too.
    13. Dirk is also pretty unfunny and makes pretty terrible jokes throughout his scenes. In fact, his jokes are more rude, gross, and insulting than anything meant to be funny for the viewers.
      • In his first scene, after Sneezy scolds him for being mean, Dirk makes a racist joke about Sneezy being short, even though it's only natural for dwarfs to be that height.
      • During the fishing scene, he even points out that he fell in love with an Enchanted Fish once (and even tries making it sound deep, meaningful, and sweet), which is creepy and it makes Dirk sound like he has zoophilia.
      • After getting rightfully called out for unfairly confiscating Happy's guitar, Dirk even calls the 7D names like "Madam" and "Sweetie", which can come off as very derogatory and homophobic.
    14. In the ending of the episode, it is revealed that Dirk isn't really a forest ranger but is in fact just assigned by some evil squirrel to rid the 7D out of the Enchanted Forest, but it doesn't really make up for how poorly-written and dumb Dirk is, because the way he acts for most of the episode doesn't connect well with the ending (While Dirk does act plastic in multiple parts of the episode, it doesn't imply or properly build up for the twist in the end). Furthermore, it's very last-minute, contrived, and goes absolutely nowhere, because after being threatened by the squirrel for his failure, Dirk literally cowers off and he's never seen again with no proper character development, essentially making him even more pointless of a character in the series.
      • There is also a dumb plot point where he learns that his boss is a squirrel, which feels shoehorned in, out-of-place, and not really surprising, considering the fairy tale-like nature of the series' universe. There's also no development in the plot point whatsoever.
      • Even with the twist, Dirk still comes off as a very lackluster villain who is pretty dumb at his villain role and his overall plan makes absolutely no sense:
        • If Dirk's only goal is to rid the 7D out of the Enchanted Forest, then why did he have to spend the entire episode torturing them for dumb, petty reasons and making them hate him? Plus, if he does ban them after constantly acting like a toxic jerk (or even if they just leave the forest by themselves), the 7D would eventually report the situation to Queen Delightful and eventually get him in trouble, which shows how illogically moronic Dirk is (both from his almost nonexistent personality and nonsensical writing).
          • Because of this reason, it makes all the torture he does throughout the episode even more pointless and annoying.
        • Why did Dirk even bother pretending to be a forest ranger if he's not even going to act convincing as one anyway?
        • Another thing is that if Dirk is so afraid of what his boss is going to do to him after failing, then why did he literally try acting and looking smart through being dumber than his own show's logic throughout the episode?
        • Idiot Move: Right after Dirk unfairly incarcerates the 7D, Doc angrily demands him to let him call someone, and Dirk literally lets him do that, giving Doc the opportunity to call the castle and report about the situation they're in. Basically, Dirk foolishly led himself to his own defeat.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Though it doesn't save the episode from being painful to watch, Dirk does get his comeuppance by getting briefly beaten up by a stampede of animals before being chased by them, which does look a bit funny. If there's one thing that would make the scene better, it would be Dirk shown all dirty and bruised up after being clobbered and before getting chased.
      • He is also rightfully viewed as an idiotic failure by his boss and he is removed from his position permanently.
    2. Despite what was mentioned above about him never being seen again after his episode without any proper character development, it's at least a good thing we don't have to see how annoying he is anymore as he thankfully did not appear again after this episode.

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