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Commander Arnold "Ace" Judas Rimmer
Race Human, Hologram
Place of Origin Io
Appearances RD: Dimension Jump
RD: Emohawk
RD: Stoke Me a Clipper
RD: Blue
Alter Egos Arnold Rimmer
Family Same as Arnold Rimmer's
Actor Chris Barrie
"Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast!"
-Ace Rimmer (RD: Dimension Jump)

Arnold "Ace" Rimmer was a heroic and dashing test pilot in the Space Corps on Mimas. He's an alternate dimension counterpart of cowardly and anal Arnold J. Rimmer aboard Red Dwarf.

Biography Edit


Ace's life was identical to Arnold Rimmer's up until one year in his school, Io House, when he was seven. Due to being the worst student in class, Ace chose to be held back a year, whereas Rimmer moved on. Due to the humiliation of being a clear foot taller than his classmates, Ace began to buckle down and fight back. He became popular among his peers, who gave him his nickname, and his parents began to show him love.

Inbetween YearsEdit

A test pilot in the Space Corps, based on Mimas, Ace was given the ship Wildfire and with it the opportunity to test a ship capable of jumping between dimensions.

The first dimension he arrived in, he found the worst version of himself he would ever find - being the piece of human wreckage: Arnold Rimmer. After colliding with Starbug, Ace helped Dave Lister (whom he nicknamed 'Skipper') fix the engines and return to their Red Dwarf, despite having a broken arm. While Rimmer was blatent in his dislike of Ace, the test pilot was civil in return, and only voiced his dislike when with Lister. He learnt the single difference between himself and Rimmer and decided his own being held back at school was truly the 'lucky break' Rimmer had always complained he'd never had. Aware he couldn't return to his own dimension, Ace left to explore the other realities and meet more versions of himself. (RD: Dimension Jump)

In Dimension 165, the original Ace's life was cut short - catching "the business end of a Neutron Tank". He passed the mantle onto another Rimmer, passing on the words "The Universe needs an Ace." Subsequent Ace's passed the mantle onto other Rimmers until it reached the one before our Rimmer, in a deleted scene from "Stoke me a Clipper". This version of Ace originated from a universe that diverged from the episode "Out of Time". Here, he stole the time drive and left the others for dead, ending up in Napoleonic times when conscription was introduced. To avoid fighting, he wore a dress and wig, and worked in a flower shop.

After being captured by the Nazi Captain Voorhese, under unspecified circumstances (RD: Stoke Me a Clipper), Ace escaped his bonds by dislocating both shoulders and popping them behind his ears. He confronted his captors in the cockpit of an aircraft and killed the pilot. He was then attacked by an alligator being thrown at him. Whilst fighting it off, he managed to roll out of the plane before a bomb went off, air-sailing it towards the Commander whom threw the alligator at him. Upon stealing the Commander's parachute, he landed on a space bike, hidden in a shed, and rescued Princess Bonjela from a firing squad - before rocketing the bike into the air and escaping.


Dimension 165

The billions of Ace Rimmer light-bee coffin which make up the rings of a planet


A close-up of the planet's rings. (Stoke Me A Clipper

Ace returned to the Starbug crew and revealed to Arnold Rimmer that he, himself, was a hard-light hologram, and that he was dying. Although he was "hard-light", his Light Bee had been hit on the Nazi world.

Before dying, he managed to convince the Rimmer aboard Starbug to take on the mantle, shortly before passing away. The real Rimmer became Ace, letting Kryten and Cat think that "Arnold Rimmer" had died on the pretense of it being the real Rimmer, and holding a funeral for him.

They ejected Ace's lightbee coffin and Starbug followed it on its planned course through a Wormhole. Ace had told Rimmer to follow it, as what would find would convince him to also become Ace.

It settled into orbit around a planet, where it joined the billions of other lightbee coffins that contained all other versions of Rimmer who had gone onto become Ace and save universes ultimately had their light bees go there. There were so many coffins they make up the rings of the planet. Lister asked Rimmer if he would be the one to break the chain. (RD: Stoke Me a Clipper)


Ace is brave, smart, confident, charming, and modest. He has a taste for adventure, and greatly admires "Spanners" Lister, with whom he is close friends. Ace frequently praises and appreciates people around him, is always modest about his own achievements, but does not suffer low self-esteem like regular Rimmer. How his hair is thick, blond, and pliable in contrast to Rimmer's wiry mop is never explained, but may be a by-product of how changes in the time/space continuum are altered where Ace's history changed from Rimmer's. Ace wears his hair in a permanent quiff.

Ace wears a gold reflective flight jacket, debonair white scarf, and a gold bikers helmet in his space craft, Wildfire (a cool contrast to Rimmer's bike helmet he wears while using his exercise bike).

Having a fearless taste for adventure, and a self-less drive to take on challenges that benefit others, Ace enjoys exploring dimensions. He always defends and aids his friends whenever they need him, and never puts himself first. Unlike his counterpart, Ace is liked, admired, and praised by his friends and colleagues, and loved by his many female admirers. At the end of the novel 'Backwards,' eight-year-old Ace deliberately lets a younger boy beat him in a race so that he would feel better about himself.

Skills and honoursEdit

Ace is a superb pilot, and masterful at hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship, medicine, welding, Space Corp Special Service, and he can teach the piano. On Mimas, he was invited for twenty one gun salutes, and dinner with the admiral. He turned down the latter to spend time with Tommy, a (then) very unwell little boy whom he nursed back to health; according to the Padre, Ace sat by Tommy's bedside "day after day, night after night, holding his hand, reading him stories".


  • Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast.
  • Princess Bonjela, [I'm] Ace Rimmer. There'll be time for explanations later—and, hopefully, some sex.
  • What a guy! (Never uttered by Ace himself, but always by someone in admiration of him.)

Other VersionsEdit

When an Emohawk attacks Rimmer, it changes him to be a perfect double of Ace. To save Lister and Kryten, he plans open an airlock to suck the emohawk into space, this would have resulted in sacrificing himself and Cat, but Ace isn't against the idea, saying his life is a small price to pay, and he'll give the Cat a swift mercy-kill. Lister and Kryten prevent this from happening, and Ace leads the hunt for the emohawk.

The emohawk transforms into a grendade, and, once again, Ace selflessly saves everyones' lives, diving onto it before it explodes and smothering the blast with his hard-light hologram. After being asked by Kryten, he admits he didn't know the grenade wouldn't damage him, that he was just trying to save them.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The character of Ace was created as Chris Barrie disliked always acting as despicable characters.
  • According to the DVD commentaries, the original Ace Rimmer wig, which according to Barrie was very comfortable, was stolen and every subsequent Ace Rimmer appearance was done using an inferior wig.

Trivia Edit

  • The Hologram Version of Ace Rimmer lacks an "H" on his head. It is possible that this was done to look like the original Ace, as he was reprogrammed with a light bee remote.

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