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Full Name
Herod Sayle
Alex Rider Series
Storm-breaker Distributor
Powers / Skills
Killing Small Children
Kill all the Children in Britain
Type of Villain
Evil Genius

Herod Sayle is the main antagonist in the Alex Rider novel Stormbreaker. He is named Darrius Sayle in the Stormbreaker film and again serves as the main antagonist.

He is portrayed by Mickey Rourke.


He was one of 13 children (9 boys, 4 girls). His father was a failed hairdresser and his mother took in washing. One day, he saved 2 wealthy British tourists, who adopted him and sent him to school in England. He was severely bullied there, however, the primary bully being the future Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Over time, he grew up to hate the school children of Britain. In the film, Sayle's forename is Darrius, and his parents became rich after winning the lottery.

Since his schooling, he has built a large and successful empire, becoming a multi-millionaire. In the film, he is mentioned to be a multi-billionaire, giving him a similarity to real-life wealthy genius Bill Gates.

Crminal life:

Sayle also invented a technique that allows computer components to be developed in non-sterile environments, slashing the price of production. Using this technique, he develops a product called Stormbreaker and is donating a Stormbreaker to each school in Britain in exchange for a British citizenship. However, MI6 is suspicious about his intentions, sending out agent Ian Rider to investigate. After several weeks, Ian Rider sends out an urgent notice, saying that he found something important and needs to contact MI6. However, as he drives back home, Yassen Gregorovich assassinates him. MI6 is even more troubled at Ian Rider's urgent message and his subsequent murder, and desperately needs to know what Ian Rider knew.pilice sai dhe died car crash in.

Ian Rider's nephew, Alex Rider, must step up to the plate. Alan Blunt blackmails Alex into investigating. A month before, Sayle held a contest; the winner would get to stay at Sayle's house and get a tour of the Stormbreaker factory. MI6 takes the real winner, a kid named Felix, and sends Alex Rider in under Felix's identity.

Alex Rider investigates the plant and its operations and soon discovers what his uncle had found. Sayle has put a genetically modified strain of smallpox onto all the Stormbreaker computers (which we later discover was supplied to him by the criminal organization Scorpia in the book Snakehead). The smallpox will be released during the grand opening ceremony. In that ceremony, the Prime Minister will flip a switch, turning all the computers and releasing the smallpox in the process. Sayle then imprisons Alex in a tank with his pet Portuguese Man O' War jellyfish and flies to London to do the ceremony. Alex is left inside the jellyfish tank to either drown or get severely stung by the jellyfish (which would kill him by poison, not electricity). Alex manages to avoid the jellyfish and dives to the bottom of the tank and use a specialized zit cream to melt off the supports of the tank causing it to break and for Alex and the Jellyfish to pour out. Alex is untouched by the jellyfish but instead it lands on Nadia Vole (one of Sayle's henchmen) fatally stinging her.

Alex escapes and reaches one of Sayle's airplanes. Mr. Grin, one of Sayle's henchmen, flies Alex to London to the ceremony location (because Alex has a gun on him). Alex flies in using a parachute and fires blindly, destroying the switch seconds before the Prime Minister is about to flip it. Sayle is hit by two bullets, one in his left arm and the other in his shoulder, but he manages to escape. After Alex has a meeting with Mrs. Jones and Alan Blunt, Alex takes a cab to discover that the driver is in fact Sayle. The villain then takes Alex to a tower of his and he shows him a helicopter about to land that will take him into hiding. Just as Sayle is about to shoot Alex, Yassen Gregorovich climbs out of the helicopter and shoots Sayle twice in the back, killing him. Yassen had to kill Sayle because by failing with his plan, Sayle had become an embarrasment to Yassen's employers.

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