Cuphead’s King Dice might be the game’s biggest villain

The devil is the main antagonist of Cuphead‘s main campaign – his name is in the game’s subtitle “Don’t Deal With The Devil” after all. When Cuphead and Mugman lose their souls to the devil in a gamble, they beg him not to collect their spirits for anything else. Eager to use his new minions, the devil tasks them with retrieving soul contracts from other debtors on Inkwell Island. Thus begins the journey of the two cups as they hop from place to place, defeating the devil’s debtors and collecting the souls of others to save their own.


The devil may be Cuphead‘s final boss, but he’s fairly absent from most of the game’s events. Players only see the devil during cutscenes where he plots in his casino. Aside from that, players only meet the devil in person at the very end of the game. But while the big bad sits in hiding, another villain takes a more active role in making sure Cuphead and Mugman don’t stop their end of the deal with the devil.

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He is Mr King Dice

King Dice is the manager of Inkwell Hell Casino and the devil’s right hand man. He is a large humanoid with a male body and a single die for a head. While King Dice is elegantly dressed in purple and exudes an entertainer’s aura, his devilish grin and sharp mustache betray his evil intentions. Through the intro cutscene, players can see that it was he who drew the devil’s attention to the cups, leading the devil to barter with the brothers that cost them their souls.

When players first encounter King Dice in the game, he is guarding the exit of one of his Die Houses. He explains to players that they must purchase all of the Soul Contracts on the current part of Inkwell Island before proceeding to the next area. King Dice does this three more times throughout the game before revealing himself as the penultimate boss of the main campaign.

A better class of criminals

Unlike the devil, who is content to stay in his casino, King Dice makes himself known to players throughout the game. After being established as the one who got Cuphead and Mugman in trouble with the devil, he constantly blocks the brothers’ progress on Inkwell Isle. Players who want to head straight for the Devil can’t do so only because King Dice’s large frame blocks the exit to his Die Houses. This forces them to first defeat all available bosses before moving on to the harder ones. King Dice also reports the progress of the Cups to the Devil, telling his boss that if they achieve their goal of collecting all the Soul Contracts, Cuphead and Mugman could be a threat.

Once Cuphead and Mugman have acquired all of the Soul Contracts, King Dice gets angry and tries to take them out. King Dice’s boss fight, like its nature, is a difficult gamble. Players must parry a pink die that moves them across a board. Landing on a numbered space forces players into a mini-boss fight, while landing on a safe space gives them another chance to parry the pink cube. As players near the end of the board, they realize they can either fight King Dice or start over. Although players must fight at least 3 mini-bosses, they can end up fighting all 9 before taking on King Dice himself. If you lose to even one of the mini-bosses or King Dice, the fight’s progress will reset, making it one of the longest and most tedious fights in the game.

Compared to the devil’s notable absence and straightforward boss fight, King Dice seems like a more worthy main antagonist for both Cuphead and Mugman. King Dice constantly tries to foil the cups multiple times throughout their journey. He keeps an eye on his opponents and isn’t afraid to take matters into his own hands. His goal of pleasing the devil might not be as nefarious as his boss’ goal of stealing souls, but it gives him a constant drive that motivates his evil deeds. Add in King Dice’s “Die House” theme, a song in which he sings about his duties and abilities, and he just might be a better villain than the devil himself.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course is available on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One.

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