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Ghost of King Ramses

King Ramses

Return the slab... or suffer my curse...
~ King Ramses

King Ramses is the ghost of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh and the main antagonist of the episode "King Ramses' Curse" of Courage the Cowardly Dog. He brings about three plagues on the Bagge family in order to retrieve an ancient slab that was stolen from his tomb. Eustace, realizing that the the stone tablet is worth a huge amount of cash, refuses to give it back despite being plagued by the mummy's curse.

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King Ramses is the mummy of an Egyptian pharaoh whose soul is disturbed when a stone tablet is looted from his tomb. He first confronts the two greedy grave robbers who hid the slab next to the Bagges' water pump, sending a swarm of locusts to devour them.

When Courage finds the relic, Eustace is initially uninterested, but immediately clings to the slab when he realizes it's worth a million dollars. King Ramses visits the farm and demands that the slab be returned. Even after being warned of suffering the mummy's curse and the insistance of his wife to give it back, Eustace refuses. King Ramses then bestowed three plagues upon the Bagge family, each worse than the last: a flood, loud repetitive music blasting from a phonograph, and a swarm of very hungry locusts. In the midst of the third plague, Eustace finally relents, but changes his mind quickly and claims the slab again.

King Ramses appears to have one more curse in mind and finally returns to his tomb, taking both the slab and Eustace with him, though as always, Eustace inexplicably returns unscathed in the next episode.

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  • King Ramses is the first character to be rendered in 3D, the second character is The Blue Creature.
  • There were two real-life pharaohs named Ramses. Ramesses I and his grandson, Ramesses II. ("Ramses" is an alternative spelling.)
  • King Ramses appears to be based on Ramesses II (also known as Ramesses the Great) who is commonly portrayed as the pharaoh of the Exodus. In the story of Passover, ten plagues were brought upon Egypt, each worse than the last, to persuade the pharaoh to free the Hebrew slaves.
  • King Ramses actually scared many children and some people who watched it when the show was out, especially during its premiere. Two aspects of him scared people - his appearance, and to a much larger extent, his voice. This happened the same with Baltan Seijin. Another unsettling factor about him is his movement, being completely unnatural and twisted.

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