Wolfgang (Origin)

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About the character

Full Name Willow
Age ≈40
Born October 2, ??.
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Curio Cabinet Bio Wolfgang is an affable, musclebound giant with a heart plagued by a myriad of phobias.
Motto "I am mighty! No one is mightier!"
Friends and Relatives Mama (Associated with Garlic Powder), Uncle (Associated with Mosquito and Mosquito Sack)

Abernathy and Parker Circus

Wolfgang always prided himself on his strength, but after an embarrassing mishap reveals his might to be a touch exaggerated, he finds himself eager to accept any opportunity to get stronger… no matter how dubious the source.

–From the official Youtube description for "The Incredible Strongman"

Wolfgang's backstory was revealed in an animated short titled The Incredible Strongman. An official summary of the short was provided in DST's Compendium:

Prior to his time in the Constant, Wolfgang's life revolved around one single-minded pursuit of one goal: to become the strongest man there ever was. His quest would lead him across Europe and eventually even across the Atlantic to America, where his feat of muscular prowess caught the attention of Misters Abernethy & Parker, who invited him to headline in their newly-formed traveling circus. Wolfgang quickly found himself caught up in the pageantry of circus life, and his attetion began to shift to finding ways to make his show more spectacular. Fearing his own strenght wouldn't be enough to keep impressing the crowds, he started employing a bit of stage trickery, with each new act becoming more unbelievable than the last. As his act grew more outlandish, the risk of being exposed as a fraud grew, and as he suffered one embarassing mistake after another his once unshakeable confidence in his abilities was slowly chipped away.

Until one day, a chance encounter gave him the a taste of the ultimate strength he had craved for so long...

Wolfgang spent most of his life trying to become the strongest man in the world. His quest took him across Europe and eventually even across the Atlantic to America, where his muscular prowess caught the attention of Messrs. Abernathy and Parker, who invited him to headline their newly formed traveling circus. Fearing that his powers weren't enough to make his show more spectacular, he began looking for ways to fool the audience. Each new performance became more incredible than the previous one. As his act became more and more outlandish, so did the risk of being exposed as a fraud.

On August 14, 1904, at the next performance, Wolfgang made it look like he was lifting a whole elephant, which impresses the audience. However, the mouse that slipped into the circus scared Wolfgang, because of which he moved away, but the elephant did not fall. It turned out that Wolfgang did not lift the elephant, the elephant was simply held by the platform. Because of this event, the audience was disappointed, and after that there were rumors that the tricks in the Abernethy & Parker circus were not real. This forced the circus to move further along its tour.

Tragic Train Crash

Fourth puzzle

On August 15, 1904, the circus continued on its way. Suddenly, the vehicle transporting the elephant was damaged while passing through the Old Mill crossing. Because of this, the whole train crashed into the circus wagon. The elephant and passengers of the circus wagon were saved. After the disaster, Wolfgang met an unfamiliar man, Willam Carter, who was stuck under a train car. He did not have enough strength to save the victim, so the Codex unbra temporarily gave him the strength to lift the whole car. After Willam took the Wolfgang back and disappeared into the empty ones. Perhaps Wolfgang later testified to the newspaper that he met a tall man who ran away somewhere. After that, Willam Carter is considered dead.

Newspaper quote:

Circus wagon struck at crossing
Many passenger injuries reported
Elephant unharmed
A passenger​ train struck a circus wagon that had broken down along the tracks at the Old Mill crossing. Dozens of passengers were injured, and at least one man is missing. The missing man has yet to be identified, but fellow passengers described him as a tall, nervous fellow with an English accent. A search party was convened but quickly abandoned when it became apparent that a [Second column begins after tear in the first column] cage full of potentially dangerous trained monkeys had been vacated in the collision. Given the remoteness of the crash site, the scorching desert sun, and the escaped animals, the missing man has been presumed dead.
This is the third such incident at the crossing since the railway's construction in 1873, but the first to involve a circus wagon. Local businessman and railway investor Harold J. Rutherford assured this publication that all pertinent safety precautions had been taken, but no one could have foreseen the appearance of such a dangerous blockage on the tracks 

The date of the paper is August 23, 1904.

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  • Wolfgang was a strongman working in a circus.
    • It was confirmed in the The Incredible Strongman animated short, where Wolfgang is the star of a circus attraction.
    • In the circus poster from the 4th William Carter Puzzle, the acrobat on the elephant is wearing a unitard similar to Wolfgang's. The poster also advertises a strongman act.
    • According to flavor text associated with the Wolfgang vignette from The Forge event, Wolfgang had been a member of a "troupe", possibly referring to his circus troupe.
    • The name of his Roseate body skin is "Circus Rose Attire".
    • He mentions that "Argh! Taking down big circus tent was easier than this!" when failing to lower a sail in Don't Starve Together.
  • It is implied that Wolfgang was also in a military.
    • The flavor text from the Wolfgang vignette from The Forge mentions him being a member of a "troop".
    • His Guest of Honor body skin is called a Mess Dress, which is an outfit worn by military officers for formal occasions.
    • When examining a domesticated docile Beefalo, he says it reminds him of the "cavalry".
  • Some of Wolfgang's mannerisms imply a vague ethnic background made up of different European stereotypes. For example, when examining Frog Legs, he states "Is delicacy in my country!", suggesting that his nationality could be French. However, the name Wolfgang itself has German origins, and he is seen wearing lederhosen in his Verdant outfit, a traditionally German article of clothing.
    • When examining a Hammer, he states "Needs sickle!", which could suggest a Soviet or Communist origin.
    • When examining the Hermit Home, he states "This no place for someone's babushka.", implying that he is of Russian origin.
      • Babushka is Russian for "grandmother".
  • When examining a Pitchfork, he states "Reminds me of childhood" suggesting that he may have grown up on a farm.
  • From his examination quotes of the Catcoon and ruined Hollow Stump it seems like Wolfgang does not like cats. When examining the Sharkitten he says that he prefers dogs.
  • In Don't Starve Together icon.png, Maxwell's quote for the Air Unfreshener describes Wolfgang's smell as if his wardrobe was filled with Unfresheners. Willow's quote for the Unfreshener reveals that she put one in Wolfgang's unitard when he wasn't looking.
  • In Don't Starve Together icon.png, his quote for Wendy, Wendy's quote for Wolfgang, and Wendy's quote for the Red Moonlens heavily imply that Wolfgang is scared of Wendy.
  • Wolfgang's loading screen vignette is accompanied by text that reveals a bit about himself: Whether in troupes or troops, Wolfgang has always thrived on the spirit of camaraderie. He considers the day he joined the survivors to be the moment his luck finally took a turn for the better.
  • Wolfgang is about in his 40's.[1]
  • Kevin Forbes has hinted that something about Wolfgang's weak form fits into his "secret backstory."[2]
  • Wolfgang's birthday is listed as October 2 in the Compendium. October 2, 2012 is the day Wolfgang was added to the Don't Starve Beta.
  1. Archive of forum thread "What the Devs said during the live stream": "Wilson is around 30s, Willow is maybe late teens, Wolfgang is about 40s." Posted on March 11, 2013.
  2. Kevin Forbes on the Forums: (In response to the question: "Will the negatives of not being full make him weaker than, say, Wilson") "Probably. It fits in to[sic] his secret backstory." Posted on June 14, 2013.