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|“||Did it ever occur to you -- Anne, Sasha -- that one of you knew more than she was letting on? That one of you might've gotten you stranded in Amphibia... on purpose?||„|
|~ Andrias revealing the reason why Anne and the girls were trapped in Amphibia.|
|“||That's the thing about friends isn't it? The more you love them, the more it hurts when they go. Allow me to demonstrate.||„|
|~ King Andrias before he drops Sprig off of the castle window - his most famous quote.|
|“||Now look what you've made me do...||„|
|~ King Andrias upon impaling Marcy Wu.|
King Andrias Leviathan is the main antagonist of the Disney Channel series Amphibia.
He is the ruler of Amphibia, living in the capital city of Newtopia, who seeks to use the Calamity Box to conquer other worlds while serving a monster called The Night. He is Anne Boonchuy's arch-nemesis.
He is voiced by Keith David, who also voiced Dr. Facilier from Princess and the Frog, Thel 'Vadam in the Halo videogame franchise, Big Tim in Requiem for a Dream, Tublat in The Legend of Tarzan, Thailog in the Gargoyles series, Streaming in Regular Show, Malcolm Kane in Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters, Julius Little as well as Himself in the Saints Row series, Atlas in Teen Titans, Lord Marmoo from Kulipari: Army of Frogs, and Thrull from The Last Kids On Earth and Childs in John Carpenter's The Thing.
Thousands of years before the events of the show, Andrias ruled over Newtopia, which was once a much larger, more advanced metropolis. He and his ancestors used the Calamity Box to power technology such as robot frog soldiers and conquer other worlds. However, one of Andrias' closest friends stole the box from under his watch, hid it on Earth and stopped Newtopia's years of conquest. As more time went by, people forgot about Newtopia's old legacy.
Centuries later, Anne and her friends are taken into the world of Amphibia due to the Calamity Box. Marcy Wu was transported to Newtopia, where she worked up to the rank of Chief Ranger in Andrias' Newtopian Knight Guard. At some point, Marcy tells Andrias over a game of Flipwart that she purposely intended to use the box to go on adventures with Anne and Sasha forever.
He first appears at the end of the episode "Marcy At the Gates", where he watches Anne and Marcy's reunion. He then moves two figures resembling the two girls on his chess-like game board stating that the game could now begin. Having knowledge of the Calamity Box, Andrias assists Marcy with further research into the music box, but they hit a dead end. When Marcy accidentally ruins a tapestry, it led to a secret entrance to a library to which Andrias claims that he had no idea about.
In "A Day At The Aquarium", Andrias tells Anne and Marcy about the Calamity Box, lying about how his ancestors were peaceful scientists who used it to study other worlds. He then tells the girls that they have to visit the three Temples to restore power to the box before they can go home. Once Anne leaves Newtopia, Andrias tells Marcy about what Newtopia used to be like, and he proposes to her that once the box is recharged, he can help her use it to travel to other worlds so that she can always enjoy adventures with her friends.
In "The First Temple", Andrias receives a letter that Marcy and the others had successfully charged the first gem at one of the temples. He then goes in the basement of his kingdom to tell his master that it would not be long until the 'prophecy' is undone and that revenge would be theirs.
In "True Colors", Anne, Marcy and Sasha arrive in Newtopia to give the Calamity Box to Andrias. However, Sasha and Grime interrupt the King's plans with the Toad Army's invasion. Andrias is imprisoned in the city, but Hop Pop and Olivia break him out shortly after. During the invasion, Sasha and Grime find out about Andrias' true plans for the Calamity Box and try to warn Anne, who doesn't believe them and bests them in combat.
After the rebellion is dealt with, Anne reluctantly gives Andrias the Calamity Box, believing that he will transport the girls home. He puts the music box on a pedestal to power up his castle; enabling it to fly, while the reactivated ancient factories all over Amphibia begin creating Frog-Bots for the giant newt king that flew and arrived at the castle within a few moments. Andrias explains his true plans to the girls, telling them that he plans to invade Earth, and he restores power to Newtopia with the box. He also reveals that Marcy purposely brought Anne and Sasha to Amphibia, before the girls and their friends fight back against him. During the fight, Andrias destroys Frobo, the Plantar's robot, and Polly manages to temporarily stop the box from powering the city. Andrias threatens Sprig's life in return for the box, but he doesn't hold up his end of the deal and drops Sprig to his possible death, causing Anne to channel her powers and take on Andrias head-to-head. During the fight, Marcy saves Sprig from falling. Anne's power eventually fades, and Marcy uses the box to provide Anne and the Plantars an opportunity to escape. However, before they could escape, Andrias apparently murders Marcy, stabbing her with his sword, but he wasn't able to prevent Anne from escaping as she and the Plantars ended up on Earth in the middle of a traffic jam. With the Calamity Box in his possession, Andrias then prepares his plan to attack Earth, starting with the invasion of the United States in Anne's home state of California.
At first, Andrias appeared to be a childishly friendly ruler, often times meaning his behavior had to be kept in check. However, this is merely a ploy to mask his true self as a cruel, manipulative, megalomaniacal, stereotypical sociopath who believes that he alone should rule all worlds. He gave Marcy a proposition where she and her friends could have adventures indefinitely in the new world order that Andrias was promising. Andrias also possesses a superficial charm and uses it to manipulate Anne into charging the gems on the Calamity Box whilst keeping it a secret that her powers would be removed. The most disturbing element of this is the fact that even when his true nature is revealed, Andrias continued to act in his cheerful, condescending demeanor. He also had no problem of destroying a tower, without remorse, not even caring that there were people in it.
King Andrias has a bitter opinion on friendship due in part to his two best friends leaving him with the implication that they had stolen the Calamity Box from him (the speculative reason being that they realized how much of a psychotic tyrant he was). Unlike with Captain Grime who came to care for Sasha when she was first sent into Amphibia, Andrias values Marcy merely as a pawn in his plans and exploits her loneliness by making her false promises. When Marcy repents and tries to send Anne back home, he remorselessly stabs and seemingly kills her with his sword, spitefully claiming that she made him do it.
When the Calamity Box is removed from its stand by Polly, Andrias grabs Sprig and threatens to drop him out the window unless the box is returned to him. Even when Anne relents and does what he says, Andrias decides to drop Sprig anyway to teach the human girl a "lesson" about friendship.
- King Andrias' name is a reference to a few things
- His first name derives from a genus of giant salamanders known as "Andrias".
- His last name is from Leviathan, a mythical creature from Hebrew mythology, often depicted as a large serpent or whale.
- King Andrias is the most dangerous villain in Amphibia, as he is willing to conquer dimensions, destroy a tower, and has no problem with killing children. However, he seems to be short-sighted as he never seems to scout dimensions he is going to conquer, which can potentially bring his downfall, judging by the fact that he unaware the Earth military is far more advanced than his army.
- He was stated to be inspired by Vendrick from Dark Souls.
- Throughout Season 2, there are several signs that Andrias is a villain. For example:
- In "Marcy at the Gates" After the Barbia-Ant invasion was thwarted, King Andrias watches Anne and Marcy within the castle from afar, as he then walks over to a chess like board surrounded with other pieces. He then states that the pieces are beginning to fall into place, as he places a figure in appearance similar to Anne beside another figure in similar appearance to Marcy, while declaring that it's time for the game to begin.
- When Andrias was properly introduced in "The Plantars Check In", his entire body is darkly shadowed against the sunlight and has a sinister expression, followed by jovially leaning out and coming into the full light.
- On the poster for Season 2, Andrias is far in the background, and is noticeably much more darkly shadowed than the others. He also seems to look sinisterly at Anne with interest.
- At the end of "Lost in Newtopia", when he and Marcy find the secret library wing, Andrias has a smirk on his face when Marcy runs down the stairs before following her.
- In "A Day at the Aquarium", while explaining to Anne and the Plantars about how his ancestors who used the Calamity Box were "peaceful explorers and scientists", Andrias looks away for a brief moment while speaking in a suspicious tone. At the end of the episode, when he approaches Marcy with a proposition for her, ominous music is heard playing
- King Andrias has many things in common with all three human girls (Anne, Sasha, and Marcy)
- He is a dark reflection of what Sasha could've been had she not reformed and made amends with Anne, because he also had close friends who he felt turned their back on them most likely due to his misdeeds.
- He is can be seen as an evil counterpart of Anne; they share blue as a color motif and they both have casual fun loving charismatic personas.
- Like Marcy he is very intelligent, enjoys puzzles and was hiding more information about the Calamity Box than he let on.
- King Andrias is a foil to Grime, who is a former major antagonist of the series.
- Both are the Arc Villains of their respective debut season (S1 for Grime, S2 for Andrias).
- Both end up befriending one of the girls (Grime befriends Sasha, Andrias befriends Marcy) and take them under their wing each.
- However while Grime legitimately cares for Sasha beyond the use she has in his army, going as far as saving her life when she falls from Toad Tower, Andrias' friendship with Marcy is a massive ruse that lasts as long as she complies to his plans and he ends up mortally wounding her when she repents from her actions and tries to send Anne back home.