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Red King
Red King
Biographical information
Provenance Wonderland
Physical description
Gender Male
Personal information
Allies Red chess pieces
Enemies Alice Liddell, White chess pieces
Occupation Monarch
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The Red King was the corrupt ruler of the Red chess pieces in the Pale Realm. He captured the White Queen and had her decapitated, making it easier to destroy the remaining White pieces.


Through the Looking-Glass[]

Since the whole story revolves around a game of chess, he is characteristic of the king in such a game in that he has all of the pieces on his side available to perform the work for him; unlike his white counterpart, though, he does not move at all throughout the story. Indeed, when Alice first meets him he is fast asleep ("fit to snore his head off", as Tweedledum says) and Alice, even prior to seeing him, mistakes the sound he is making for "lions or tigers". During this time, Tweedledum and Tweedledee state that if she is part of the Red King's dream, as they suspect, then she will "go out—bang!—like a candle" when he wakes.

The match ends by Alice's checkmating of the king, an action coincident with the taking of the Red Queen. In the final chapter of the book, Alice acknowledges that the Red King had, after all, been asleep throughout the whole game, and is left wondering whether the whole experience was her dream or his.

American McGee's Alice[]

White Queen's execution

The Red King decapitating the White Queen.

He was first seen by Alice attending the decapitation of the White Queen in a small courtyard where Alice pondered from a window. He left once the guillotine had come down the Queen's head and let the army fight Alice. She confronted and fought the Red King at the center of the Red Castle, and killed him. After the King's defeat, Alice used the White Pawn she brought with her to revive the White Queen.[1]


The Red King was similar in appearance to the White King, the only major different was the color of his clothing. He stood tall and thin, wore a crown and long, furry coat. He had no feet, which were replaced by a stump. His skin was grey and in his hand he wielded a dangerous staff.


See also: Walkthrough:Checkmate in Red

The Red King's strongest weakness seems to be the Ice Wand, which can be used to slow down his movement.


Sacrifice Your Queen

Concept art for Asylum.

  • The White and Red Pawns and the Red King were the only chess pieces who never made an appearance in Alice: Madness Returns.
  • As the Red Queen may have merged with the Queen of Hearts, the Red King has possibly merged with the King of Hearts.
  • Concept art for Asylum depicts the Red King holding the Red Queen's corpse in the middle of a chess battle.


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