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|~ Snoopy curses the Red Baron.|
Manfred von Richthofen, or the Red Baron as he tends to be called, is a recurring antagonist of the Peanuts franchise, appearing in Snoopy's ventures as the "World War 1 Flying Ace".
He is a German fighter pilot and Snoopy's arch-rival, alongside the Cat Next Door. He is based off the real-world person Manfred von Richthofen. The character made his debut in the year 1965.
Due to his adult status, the Red Baron almost never appears fully, often being completely off-screen or having just his airplane, the Fokker Dr.I, appear, or his body in shadow. Many strips with the Red Baron show him duking it out with Snoopy and coming out on top. As such, the dog has made it his mission to stop the Red Baron.
He also appears as the main antagonist of The Peanuts Movie, once again only appearing in Snoopy's side-story.
The Peanuts Movie
In the movie, the Red Baron first appears where Snoopy imagines that they meet up on a "dark and stormy night". He manages to outwit his rival, tricking him into nearly crashing his plane in the water before Snoopy can defeat him.
The Red Baron appears a second time where Snoopy and Fifi meet up the second time. The Red Baron makes his entrance by decimating Snoopy's boquet. Snoopy abandons his original goal of winning Fifi's heart to take him down, but victory is the Red Baron's due to his skill. To rub salt on Snoopy's wound, the Red Baron kidnaps Fifi on his plane while she tries to escape in her plane.
Snoopy and the Red Baron later clash above a Nazi camp, where Fifi is imprisoned on a blimp. Once again, the Red Baron wins, so Snoopy has to flee on foot.
The Red Baron appears for the final time with his squadron. He manages to down a few Allied Forces, but Woodstock turns the tables on him by sawing a hole in a wing with a screwdriver. Facing defeat, the Red Baron manages to land his plane safely while Snoopy returns home with Fifi, who is impressed by his and Woodstock's heroic acts.
The Red Baron also appears in toy form, where he causes chaos in his plane after being brought to life when Charlie Brown activates it on accident. The Red Baron finally crashes in the pond.
The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure
The Red Baron appears in the game The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy's Grand Adventure. He functions as the boss of the stage "Skies Above Paris". His stage is titled "Red Baron's Revenge".
During his boss battle, the Red Baron pilots off to the right. Snoopy trails behind him, trying to shoot down the Red Baron's plane. The Red Baron attacks by firing sprays of bullets from his plain and launching a homing missile.
Upon defeat, the Red Baron retreats, just like he did in the movie. This marks the second time the Red Baron loses in the entire franchise.