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|“||To my people, I am a hero. To you? I'M THE BAD GUY!!!||„|
|~ The King introducing himself before fighting the heroes.|
The King is the main antagonist of the first chapter of the 2018 indie video game Deltarune. He is the cruel and heartless ruler of the Dark World and the father of Lancer, who despises the Lightners and will do anything to kill them.
Before the events of the game, the King was one of the four kings who ruled the Dark Kingdom. One day, however, the King meets a mysterious knight and begins to work for them. With the power of that Knight at his side, the King betrayed the other rulers of the Dark World and imprisoned them, turning him into the tyrant of the Dark World. Afterward, the Knight uses their power to create a second Dark Fountain and tasked the King with protecting it.
When the King heard that the Lightners are heading to the Card Castle to close the fountain, he sends his son, Lancer, to dispose of them. Unfortunately for the King, however, this plan backfired as Lancer started to grew a bond with the Lightners, particularly with Susie due to their similarity.
As the heroes get closer to the castle, however, Lancer starts to become more nervous at the thought of the heroes fighting his dad. When the heroes eventually reach the castle, Lancer betrays them and throws them in the dungeon forever, so that they would not have to fight his father.
Susie manages to escape and attempts to find a way to free Kris and Ralsei. On her way, however, she meets up with Lancer, who attempted to stop Susie, resulting in the two to fight. Susie, however, can not bring herself to kill Lancer and begs him to move aside, at which Lancer reveals his concern that the heroes and the King will end up killing each other. Susie then promises Lancer that she won't kill the King and they'll try to talk it out. Relieved, Lancer goes ahead to try and reason with his father while Susie rescues the rest of the party.
When the Lightners eventually made it to the top of the castle, they see Lancer attempted to reason his father. When the King asked Lancer if the Lightners were disposed of, he became enraged when he learns that the Lightners were still alive, and became even more enraged when he learned Lancer befriended them.
When the King noticed the heroes' presence, he picked up his son and threatened to throw him off the roof if the Lightners refuse to bow to him. Lancer, however, manages to attack his father from behind, causing the King to drop Lancer and giving him a chance to escape. The heroes then proceed to fight King.
The heroes attempted to reason with the King, but he refused to listen, forcing them to stop him by force. When the King either receives enough damage or becomes tired from the heroes holding out against his attacks, he calls off the fight, exhausted, and claims to wish for a peaceful solution, convincing the heroes to put down their weapons and Ralsei to heal him. When Ralsei does heal the King, however, he attacks the heroes, knocking them out. The King then attempts to murder Kris, saying that quiet people "piss him off". Before the King can land the finishing blow, however, he is interrupted by Susie, who also said the exact thing to Kris the first time they meet.
Depending on the route the player is doing, the fight will end in one of two ways.
Ralsei will use the opportunity to cast his Pacify spell on the King, putting him into a deep sleep.
Susie will distract the King long enough for Lancer to show up, who had gathered the minions that King mistreated during the fight. Lancer will then announce that he's overthrowing his father, and promptly throws his father into the dungeon.
King is a big and bulky figure. Half of his face is covered with a spade, covering his eyes. He has big, sharp teeth and, like his son, tends to hang his blue tongue out. In the middle of his stomach, there is a big mouth where a chain with the shape of a heart comes out, which King uses during his battle. He wears a black cape, blue boots and gloves, and a spiky crown on his head.
King is a brutal, abusive, power-hungry, and heartless ruler. He is known for constantly mistreating and abusing his servants, and shows little to no concern over them, either firing them or outright throwing them into the dungeon. In addition, he is an abusive father towards Lancer as well. Rouxls Kaard mentions that King often neglects Lancer and, at times, forgets to feed him. He even threatens to throw Lancer off the roof, showing he has little to no concern for his son whatsoever. This could be because of what the Knight has done to him, turning him into the evil person that he is.
The King's laugh
- The King's battle theme, "Chaos King", is a remix of the Card Castle theme.
- His laughter is a deeper pitched version of Lancer's laugh.
- The King's, Lancer's, Rudinn's, Hathy's, Clover's, and Jevil's designs were all designed by kanotynes. All of the designs, barring Jevil, were originally used for a school assignment, where she had to draw unique designs for a playing card deck.
- As of right now, it is unknown if he will appear in any of the other chapters of Deltarune and if he will ever change.
- Despite being the main antagonist of the first chapter, his real name is never mentioned.
- It could be possible that it will be mentioned later in the game.