Flame King (aka Chipmunk King) is the former ruler of the Fire Kingdom and Flame Princess' father. He first appears in "Incendium." Jake's mission was to impress him in order to convince him to let his daughter date Finn. After he thinks Finn kills Jake, he releases his daughter and promptly reveals that she is evil. He later appears in "Ignition Point," viewing a play which turns out to be Finn and Jake trying to warn him about an intended regicide. After he demands that Finn and Jake be executed for apparently disguising "treason" as a play, Torcho and Furnius (his nephews) are discovered as the true conspirators, and they reveal that Flame King killed his own brother (Furnius's and Torcho's father) so that he could take the throne. In "Earth & Water," he was overthrown by his daughter and Cinnamon Bun and placed in the lantern where he once held his daughter. In "The Red Throne," the Flame Lord frees him in return for Flame Princess' hand in marriage. After Flame Princess refuses, however, Flame Lord and Flame King have a fistfight and end up imprisoned in the lantern together.
In "Bun Bun," Flame King is freed from the lantern by Bun Bun, and goes off to assemble his armies to retake the Fire Kingdom. Cinnamon Bun and Bun Bun track him down to find his "army" is just a cave full of chipmunks. Bun Bun points out Flame King's plan won't work, and that he could just stay in the cave as the "Chipmunk King." Out of allies in the Fire Kingdom and wary of having to redecorate the place should he actually overtake it, Flame King takes Bun Bun up on her idea, and remains in the cave with her and the chipmunks. Flame Princess decides to let him stay there, noting that his fondness for animals might do a better job of bringing out his softer side than leaving him in the lantern.
He is much bigger than the other Flame People. He wears a copper armor suit, carved with rhombus-shaped red gems in the armor's collar with a bigger pentagon-shaped one in the chest. The limb pieces have horizontal stripes with copper and brown colors, and his hands are uncovered, revealing his hand-shaped flames. His head is similar to a giant fireball inside the armor, and there are three holes in the flames that form the eyes and the mouth. His crown has five tips and a red gem in the middle. As of his usurpation in "The Red Throne," he no longer wears this crown, which has been transferred to his daughter. When traveling greater distances, he leaves his armor as a flame, and the armor follows him to the destination. Unlike his daughter, he does not have a humanoid body.
When traveling greater distances, he shifts out of his armor as a flame. When he reaches his destination, he merges with his armor at the new destination. He is acrobatic as he was able to jump from his balcony seat in the theater, do a full flip in the air and land perfectly on the stage in "Ignition Point." In the same episode, he is also able to teleport or manifest his presence into the flames of his daughter's candles. This ability was shown again in "Vault of Bones," where he teleports his presence into the flames on the stove.
Inheriting Flame Princess' impatient personality, Flame King is an aristocratic, evil, selfish and demanding King. The Flame King understands himself as pure evil, and expected every citizen in the Fire Kingdom to have the same nature, including his daughter, as depicted in "Ignition Point," and "Vault of Bones".
He, similar to Martin, does not seem acknowledge his daughter's feelings and how his actions had affected anybody. According to Furnius and Torcho, he murdered his own sibling in order to claim the throne of the Fire Kingdom. Another example of his selfishness is shown in "Earth & Water," as a result of Flame Princess' stronger abilities, the Flame King feared that he would be usurped and sent her into the woods to perish. In "The Red Throne," he, with the help of Flame Lord and Ursula, managed to reclaim the throne by secretly poisoning the princess and giving the Flame Lord her hand in marriage, showing his insensitivity towards others. Though, strangely, he does have moments where he isn't a COMPLETELY bad father, he refers to Flame Princess as "honey" and first tried setting her up with Finn thinking he would be a "perfect" boyfriend.
The Flame King also shows, with the examples given above about his selfishness, that he values power and authority more than anything else. He guards zealously against challengers and quashes rebellion ruthlessly, even his own brother and daughter.
|The following information is from the Adventure Time comic book series. It may not be part of the same canon or continuity as the animated series.|
He appears in the (non-canon) Adventure Time graphic novel "Playing with Fire," where he continues to try to influence Flame Princess toward evil in a vision. He has made several cameos in the Adventure Time comic, including one instance where he called Ice King "a pa-toot."
- Flame King shares the same voice actor with Chaos from Final Fantasy, Keith David. Coincidentally, both characters are related with fire, destruction and are described as evil.
- In "Incendium" it is revealed that Koala Bears were once his favorite thing in the world, but does not like them anymore after Jake used his powers to impersonate one.
- In "Burning Low" it is implied that he may know Princess Bubblegum, as she was the one who had him put Flame Princess in her lantern. It was later revealed in "Earth & Water," that he knows Princess Bubblegum.
- The reason he has his daughter kept in the lantern was because of her physical instability. Extreme romance would have resulted in disaster for Flame Princess and the world.
- He also did this because he feared that Flame Princess might overthrow him and take his throne as said and seen in the episode "Earth & Water."
- He may know how to speak French, as shown in "Incendium," when he said "Pourquoi"(Why?!) when Jake accidentally killed his jester.
- In "Ignition Point" he reveals himself, as well as everyone in the Fire Kingdom, to be evil. He also confirms that Flame Princess is evil, but admitted that someone could possibly change her to be good.
- At the end of "Ignition Point" he uses his daughter's candles to leave the subliminal message of "evil" while she is sleeping.
- He continued to harass Flame Princess by calling her evil, as seen in the beginning of "Vault of Bones." However, Flame Princess is shown to be aware of his efforts and is more annoyed/saddened than influenced by them.
- He has the ability to fly, as seen in "The Red Throne."