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Villain Overview
Let's get this storm started! Ooh, hey, that's good. I should trademark that.
~ The Storm King's most famous line.
Yeah! Let's whip a storm!
~ The Storm King preparing for his storming tyrannical destruction over Equestria.

The Storm King is the main antagonist of the 2017 animated film, My Little Pony: the Movie. He is an unknown type of creature with ape-like features who was the ruler of the lands south of Equestria and half of the world and also the former master of Tempest Shadow and Grubber.

He plans to invade the entire land of Equestria and the whole world with Twilight Sparkle's and other Princess' magic with his Staff of Sacanas to make his storms more powerful enough to destroy and create misery and destruction without anyone to help serve him once he rules the world.

He is voiced by the famous actor Liev Schreiber in his first animation voice acting film, who also played Sabretooth/Victor Creed in the X-Men the Series, Stu Wargle in Phantoms, Ray Donovan in the series of the same name, Ted Winter in Salt, Colonel Alexander Vosch in The 5th Wave and will later voice the main villain in the upcoming animated Spider-Man film.

Backstory

The Storm King presumably took over many lands beyond Equestria, before learning of Equestria's princesses and their alicorn magic. He destroyed many other kingdoms as well including Capper's and Novo and Skystar's home and enslaved many others including Celaeno and her crew. At some point, he met up Grubber from an unknown destination, making him his smallest servent. He also met up with Tempest Shadow and told her that if she helped him steal the alicorn magic, he'd use it to restore her horn.

Role in the Film

The Invasion

The Storm King's invasion of Equestria begins during Canterlot's Friendship Festival, where Twilight Sparkle and her friends are preparing for a concert. The Storm King's henchmen, Tempest Shadow and Grubber, arrive ahead of him with the intention of capturing the four princesses for his upcoming arrival. During the ensuing chaos, Tempest manages to use obsidian orbs to petrify princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance, while Twilight and her friends manage to escape. Tempest calls the Storm King to report the progress, during which he assures her that if Twilight is not captured and brought to him within three days, he will not fulfill his promise of restoring her broken horn.

Stealing the Magic

The Storm King later arrives in Canterlot, with Tempest having fulfilled her promise of successfully delivering the princess Twilight. The Storm King uses the Staff of Sacanas to channel the magic of all four princesses, much to his glee. As he begins experimenting with his new abilities by rapidly accelerating the day and night cycle of the world, Tempest attempts to ask when he will restore her broken horn. The Storm King scoffs and betrays her, telling her that she has outlived her usefulness. He uses the staff to create a massive hurricane that engulfs all of Canterlot, and prepares to kill Tempest and a now-powerless Twilight.

Final Battle

Just as he is about to kill Tempest and Twilight, Twilight's friends, who had successfully infiltrated the heavily-guarded streets of Canterlot, launch themselves out of a massive cannon, ramming the Storm King out of the way and lodging the Staff of Sacanas into the mosiac above the throne room. Twilight and her friends fight against the raging winds of the hurricane and the falling debris of the collapsing throne room in an attempt to retrive the staff. Right behind them, The Storm King emerges from underneath some of the fallen rubble and desperately climbs in pursuit of the staff. He hurls himself at it just as Twilight grabs it, sending Twilight, the staff, and himself through the window and out into the hurricane.

Death

Just when the ponies think Twilight is dead, she emerges from the eye of the storm with the staff, still alive, and uses it to end the chaos the Storm King began. As she and her friends embrace each other, the Storm King stealthfully climbs back up over the balcony and hurls an obsidian orb at them in a last attempt to retrieve the staff. Tempest, having had a change of heart after being betrayed, and realizing the Storm King is too dangerous to be kept alive, leaps in front of Twilight and her friends and onto the Storm King, taking the hit and transforming them both into obsidian statues. While Twilight uses the staff to save Tempest, The Storm King's petrified body plummets down to the courtyard below and shatters into pieces, killing him and ending his tyranny over Equestria before it could truly begin.

In the credits, while still in pieces in stone form, his eyes were seen moving before his body was reduced to rubble again.

Appearance

The Storm King is a tall yeti-like creature with white fur that covers all of his body save for his hooved feet, his hands, and face, which are gray. His eyes, tongue, and horns are blue, and he is clad in a lustrous black armor that covers his torso, forearms, and shins. He also has a long, while tail with bushy hair at the end.

Personality

The Storm King is described as an unkind, cold-hearted, cruel and tyrannical monster, having lust of power. His demeanor unpredictably shifts between pleasant and cheerful, sardonic and petulant, and cold and ruthless. He loved creating storms, enslaving, abusing and corrupting anyone he comes across, including his own army and hates loving, caring, kindness and overall anything that's cute. He's also sarcastic, egotistical, petulant and has dark sense of humor. In the climax of the film, the king is also shown to be traitorous as he reveals to Tempest Shadow he never intended to fix her horn.

Powers and Abilities

The Storm King has a staff called the Staff of Sacanas, which has the ability to channel magic and power from other creatures into itself. It also reveals at the end to fix and create things, like rebuild everything that was destroyed. The staff's fate remained unknown after Canterlot and everything else in Equestria was rebuilt, either it was destroyed or remained in either Canterlot or Ponyville under true care.

The Storm King himself is shown to be quite agile and resiliant to damage, as he shrugs off being crushed by falling debris and can leap long distances with little effort.

Quotes

Comics and Books

Whoa! Hey! Seems kinda unfair to have somebody else telling my story! If we're going to have a whole issue about me, then I'm gonna tell it! So please, join me on the next page, won't you?
~ The Storm King's introduction in the prequel series as he breaks the fourth wall.
I know I call myself a "king," but frankly, monarchy just isn't my thing. You take over one country, next thing you're dealing with taxes and committees and retirement packages!
~ The Storm King stealing and destroying Capper's home Abyssinia.
Really? Well, then, lucky for you I'm taking it off your hands!
~ The Storm King stealing Malachite when told about it's power
Friendship is a weakness. A liability. Friends distract you. Make you weak. Friends can betray you, make you forget your goals. I have soldiers, commanders, workers—but no friends. Which means nobody will ask me to sacrifice my ambitions. My goals are my own. Even you, my right-hand creature! Even you are not a friend. You are an agent of my will. You serve me not out of some misguided sentimentality or imagined camaraderie... but because you know I will win, in the end
~ The Storm King telling his second-in-command Strife about friendship being week
Now, I'm sure some of you may be asking: Why? Why do I desire conquest about all else? For that matter, who is the Storm King? Was I the child of a thundercloud and the sky? Was I born from an egg on a mountaintop? Am I merely an ordinary creature with dreams of greatness? What does it matter? I am purely what I am—no more and no less. I am not the king of the storm... I am a king who is a storm.
~ The Storm King keep his past a secret while making a second fourth wall break moments before his ship was attacked
You. Small, weak, useless creature. (Grubber: T-That's me!) You are too cowardly to ever attempt to betray me, are you not? Too spineless to consider your own wants. Aren't you?(Grubber: Y-Y-Y-You got me pegged, boss.) Good. You're my new second-in-command. Get my ship repaired and follow those pirates. We have a traitor to catch.
~ The Storm King promoting his small servant Grubber his second-in-command after Strife betrayed him and ordering him to get the ship repair to catch Strife and the pirates.
That was a short lived escape, huh?
~ The Storm King successfully captures Celaeno's ship.
I listened to him talk. Look where it got me.
~ The Storm King expresses on how he listened to Strife after he threw overboard to his presumed death.
Now, you and your crew did steal from me. But you did a darn good job of it. I can respect that kind of skill, captain. I'd like to offer you a job.
~ The Storm King offering Celaeno to be his right hand creature to no avail.
Congratulations, captain. You helped one ship escape my grasp. If you're so devoted to your crew... I suppose you should be allowed to stay together. Like I said... I always need more cargo haulers.
~ The Storm King making Celaeno a cargo hauler after she saved Capper and Chummber and her ship.
You known You've know, you've been leading me on quite a chase! Seriously, I've had to put my best creatures on you!
~ The Storm King meets Tempest Shadow.
That trick with your cloak and that other pony, just now? That was darn clever. But why didn't you just ask him to help you? (Tempest Shadow: Because... Because I learned a long time ago... you can't rely on anypony else.) "Anypony." That's cute.
~ The Storm King admiring Tempest's cleverness and reflects on trust they both had.
Once I've finished conquering, I'll have more power than any other creature in the world! (Tempest Shadow: Is that why you're searching for magic? Just for... power?) What other goal is there? Power. Control. These are the only things worth seeking in this world.
~ The Storm King and Tempest Shadow talking about obtaining power.
So you don't believe in bad luck. I do. And if I'm going to be conquering, the last thing I need is bad luck.
~ The Storm King finally convinced Malachite's power is nothing but trouble after destroying the Malachite.
I promise—Commander Tempest.
~ The Storm King making Tempest his new second-in-command when he tricks her into making her think he'll restore.

Movie

Where am I supposed to be looking? I never understand how this spell works. Tempest! (Tempest Shadow: Over here, your Excellency.) Where? (Tempest Shadow: Over here.) Huh? (Tempest Shadow: No. No, right. Look right.) My right? (Tempest Shadow: Yeah.) Oh. There you are.
~ The Storm King's first line in the movie when he calls Tempest Shadow.
Here's the deal. I'm in the middle of a big re-brand here. "The Storm King" is tracking, well, as intensely intimidating, but you know what? I need to back it up. You know what I need to back it up with? A storm! That would be great! You promised me magic that could control the elements, and right now, I'm holding a what? A branch. A twig. Bleh! Tempest (Shadow: That would be the Staff of Sacanas, your Excellency, and it will...) The Storm King: Mm-hmm? (Tempest Shadow: ...channel the magic of the four rulers of this land.) Mm-hmm? (Tempest Shadow: You'll soon have the power of a hundred armies.)
~ The Storm King and Tempest Shadow talking about the Staff of Sacanas.
So that would be a yes on your locking down the four Pegacornicuseses, or whatever you call them? (Tempest Shadow: Give me three days. I'll have everything ready for your arrival.)
~ The Storm King asked Tempest to be ready for his arrival.
Remember, Tempest. Only I have the power to make you whole. Make this twig work, and you'll get your reward. Fail me, and your horn won't be the only thing that's broken. (Tempest Shadow: It won't be a problem.) Great! I'm gonna power up, grab some... be the biggest, baddest- (Grubber: Sorry, bad spell service. You want me to call him back?)
~ The Storm King threating to kill Tempest if she fails him again before the spell connection fades out.
Ooh, fascinating! What can you really do? (Grubber: Your biddings of course oh mighty one) Bidding's good. Ha! I like bidding.
~ The Storm King arriving at Canterlot
Yeah. So, speaking of problems, this place, it seems a little too... oh, I don't know... CUTE!! I don't like cute! I never did like cute! Doesn't really go with my whole "big bad powerful magic guy" thing, does it?! Deliver the punchline, Tempest, because this has gotta be a joke!
~ The Storm King expresses his hatred for cute.
Not bad. Actually, kinda first rate. What else does it do? (Tempest Shadow: Your Excellency, you promised to restore my horn and giving—) Deh-deh-deh-deh-deh, okay. Hang on. (storm king moved the sun) You gotta be kiddin' me! I can move the sun?! A ha ha! Wow! Now this is what I'm talkin' about! Ha ha! Time to play! Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday! Day, night! Day, night! Day night! Day night! Day night! Sunrise, sunset! [humming gleefully]
~ Storm King playing with the sun and moon
(Tempest: What? How?)(Twilight: It's... it's the magic of...) Yeah! Yeah! Friendship and flowers and ponies and bleh! I am so over the cute pony thing! This... ends... now!
~ The Storm King in his disgust annoyingly mocking friendship feeling before starting his storm.
I truly am the Storm King! And the entire world will bow to my ba, ba, ba Boom, baby!
~ The Storm King rising to power upon his destruction.
(Laughs) Who cares about your dinky little unicorn horn?! (Tempest Shadow: (stunted) But.. We had an agreement!) Get with the program! I USED you! It's kinda what I do.
~ The Storm King reveals Tempest that he lied about restoring her horn before he attempts to kill her.
The staff belongs to me.
~ The Storm King trying to retrieve his staff before Twilight does.
No! That's my staff!!! Miiiiiine!! Mine!!!'
~ The Storm King tried and failed to retrieve his staff, only for Twilight to get it fire before they get sucked into the storm, even though they both survived - also his words in the movie.
I'm not done yet!
~ The Storm King about to turn Twilight and her friends into obsidian - his last words he said in the novel.
No! Stop! Please, wait! I've... I've-I've changed my mind!
~ The Storm King's true last words in the movie adaptation as his entire body turns after Tempest defends Twilight and the others from the stone orb spell he tried to throw them and gets covered in the explosion cloud mere moments before he falls onto the ground and shattered to pieces.

Trivia

  • Liev Schreiber stated in an interview that he accepted the role of the Storm King because he wanted to appear in a film his children could watch, noting their exposure to his violent, adult-oriented films.
  • Despite being the main antagonist, he only gets a short amount of screentime before the film's climax.
  • The ultimate fate of The Storm King is left ambiguous; while he most likely died, during the credits there is a small animation of his shattered body put back together incorrectly, while his eyes are still moving. However, this scene is most likely non-canon as it was done in a more lighthearted style than the rest of the movie, and was most likely done only for comedic effect, plus, characters turned to stone cannot move their eyes, and other elements of the credits suggest they are not meant to be taken seriously.
    • This is similar to a scene during the credits of the first Shrek film, where Lord Farquaad is depicted as being still alive inside of Dragon's stomach, despite later canon stating his is dead, as well as Humpty Dumpty's very similar death in the prequel Puss in Boots where he is depicted alive in the credits, when his survival would be impossible and he has a gravestone in the same short film to feature Farquaad as a ghost.
    • The original draft for the credits depicted his eyes as still being turned to stone, but this was changed in the final draft. Since they didn't make this change to the actual scene where he turns to stone and shatters, this further supports that the credits are non-canon and that he is dead. It is likely the credits scene was only changed to avoid showing the Storm Creature defiling his corpse.
  • He is one of the only three main villains outside of Equestria Girls films to not be imprisoned a thousand years ago, other two being Queen Chrysalis and Starlight Glimmer.
  • Not only is his death similar to that of Miss Edwards in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but they have similar tails as well.
  • He is one of the only 2 villains in the Friendship is Magic series to die, the other being King Sombra.
  • The Storm King is similar to Lord Tirek, as they both desire the power of the Alicorn princesses and acquired it through the help of another villain who they made promises to, only to betray them once they outlived their usefulness (Tempest Shadow for Storm King and Discord for Tirek).
    • While TIrek is the first to steal the Alicorn magic, Storm King is the second.

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Apple Bloom's Shadow | Ahuizotl | Arimaspi | Bugbear | Changelings | Chimera | Cockatrice | Dr. Caballeron | Diamond Dogs | Discord | Dragons | Flim Flam Brothers | Garble | Gladmane | Hydra | King Sombra | Mane-iac | Nightmare Moon | Parasprites | Pony of Shadows | Quarray Eels | Queen Chrysalis | Shadowbolts | Smooze | Snips & Snails | Sphinx | Starlight Glimmer | Svengallop | Tantabus | Tatzlwurm | Timberwolves | Tirek | Vampire Fruit Bats | Windigos | Wind Rider

Equestria Girls
The Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle | Aria Blaze | Sonata Dusk) | Principal Cinch | Snips & Snails | Sunset Shimmer

Generation One
Arabus | Beezen | Catrina | Dragon Gang | Flores | Grogar | Hydia | King Charlatan | Lavan | Princess Porcina | Queen Bumble | Raptorians | Reeka & Draggle | Smooze | Somnambula | Squirk | Tirek

Comics
Accord | Bad Apple | Chupacabra | Giant Spiders | Mane Six | Nightmare Rarity | Princess Celestia (Reflections Saga) | The Pseudocorns | Rabia | Shadowfright | Vampiric Jackalope

Movie
Grubber | Storm King | Tempest Shadow