Rumpel's been my fav' from the start because he was the only character I couldn't type cast and objectify/predict their movements within five minutes. Truth be told, I only allied myself with him at first because I was more afraid of him than I was of Regina, and of course, anyone who can make the Evil Queen squirm has got to be powerful/a bigger better villain. *sigh* I miss the Season 1 days where all it was about was a test of "Who is the bigger, better, yet sympathetic villain?" between Rumpel and Regina. Sometimes anyway.