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Laputa will live! I will return it to life! Laputa's power is the dream of all mankind!
~ Colonel Muska Before shooting off Sheeta's last pigtail, His most famous quote.

Romuska Palo Ur Laputa Better known as Colonel Muska is the main antagonist of the 1986 animated Studio Ghibli film Castle in the Sky. He is a government agent who wishes to find and control the lost city of Laputa, in order to take power over it and rule the world. He is also Sheeta's distant relative and Pazu's arch-nemesis.

in the English Disney version he is voiced by Mark Hamill, who also portrayed the Joker, Solomon Grundy, and Ferris Boyle in the DC Animated Universe, Tony Zucco in The Batman, Chucky in the 2019 remake of Child's Play, Darth Bane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Skeleton King in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!, Kavaxas in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Maximus in the Fantastic Four animated series, Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Trickster in The Flash, Dictatious Maximus Galadrigal in Trollhunters, ShiverJack in Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Undergrowth in the Danny Phantom series, Agent Goodman in Recess: School's Out, Popsicles in the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, and Alvin the Treacherous in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

In the Japanese version, he was voiced by Minori Terada, who won a Mainichi Film Award for Best Actor in The Human Bullet.

Biography

At the beginning of the film, Muska and his men have kidnapped Sheeta and are holding her captive in an airship. Muska has taken her volucite/aetherium crystal necklace. When Dola and her gang attack the airship in hopes of taking the crystal for themselves, Sheeta takes advantage of the confusion and knocks out Muska by hitting him over the head with a bottle. She then takes the crystal back from him and escapes.

Throughout the film, Muska pursues Sheeta and her crystal, which can show Muska the way to Laputa and allow him to conquer it. Even though Muska is also descended from Laputan royalty, the crystal shocks him when it is activated and he tries to touch it, so he must have Sheeta's cooperation to use it. He then tells Sheeta that they will be alone together for a long time, hinting that he plans to use her to restart the Laputian royal family.

At first, Muska seems to be working for the government in cooperation with its army, but ultimately, he proves that he is only interested in seizing Laputa for himself. When he corners them, Sheeta and Pazu use the crystal and a spell to destroy Laputa rather than let Muska take control of it. The light of Sheeta's crystal, combined with that of the giant volucite/aetherium crystal in the roots of Laputa's giant tree, blinds Muska, and he stumbles away as Laputa begins to fall apart.

When almost all of the human-made structures on Laputa fall into the sea, Muska can be seen falling along with many of the Laputan robots. It can be presumed that Muska was either killed during the destruction of the Laputan ruins or drowned after he fell if the fall itself didn't kill him. Whatever the case, Muska's madness and reign of terror ended with his life.

It Is unknown what happened to Muska anyway, but it is presumed that he fell along the guardian robots.

Personality

As a descendant of Laputa's royal line, Colonel Muska believes he is entitled to rule Laputa and use it as a powerful weapon to secure control over the Earth. Unlike Dola and her gang, Muska is uninterested in the treasures of Laputa during his search; his only goal is to find the island for the power it will give him for his conquest.

Muska is a duplicitous, cunning and manipulative individual who will turn on his allies once he has used them to attain his goals. At first, he seems to treat Sheeta well, offering her fine clothes and acting somewhat kindly toward her. However, his true objective is to get the volucite/aetherium crystal belonging to Sheeta and, upon his realization that only she can use it, to force Sheeta to take control of Laputa for him.

When Sheeta continues to defy him, Muska reveals his ruthlessness: he kidnaps Sheeta twice, threatens Pazu to force Sheeta to cooperate with him, and shoots off Sheeta's braids in an attempt to frighten her into submission. Muska also betrays General Muoro and the army, then even the other government agents when he no longer needs their assistance.

Quotes

We'll get what we want, but it will take time.
~ Muska To General Muoro.
Nothing but tree stumps and VINES! Stupid, ugly, dirty, disgusting things!
~ Muska, annoyed by all the plants in the main crystal chamber.
The same technology that kept Laputa airborne also made it a major power that once dominated the entire planet.
~ Muska states just how powerful Laputa's technology is.
I have really had enough of your incredible stupidity.
~ Muska betraying General Muoro.
They simply don't understand: It is useless to fight me.
~ Muska to his "Majesty" Sheeta.
Ha ha, look! The people are like rubbish! (sadistically laughs)
~ Colonel Muska scoffing at the burning airship, showcasing his worldview.
My eyes! I can't see! No... NO!
~ Colonel Muska's last words.

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Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro: Count Cagliostro
Castle in the Sky: Colonel Muska | General Muoro | Captain Dola | The Army | Dola Gang
Porco Rosso: Donald Curtis | Mamma Aiuto Gang
Princess Mononoke: Lady Eboshi | Jigo
Spirited Away: Yubaba | No-Face | Yu-Bird
The Cat Returns: The Cat King
Howl's Moving Castle: Madame Suliman | Witch of the Waste
Tales from Earthsea: Lord Cob | Hare
The Secret World of Arrietty: Miss Hara
When Marnie Was There: Nan | Maids

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