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Let's get this storm started! Ooh, hey, that's good. I should trademark that.
~ The Storm King's most famous quote.
The Storm King: Who cares about your dinky little unicorn horn?!
Tempest Shadow: But… we had an agreement!
The Storm King: Get with the program! I USED you! It's kinda what I do.
~ The Storm King revealing to Tempest that he lied about restoring her horn before attempting to kill her — his infamous quote.

The Storm King is a major antagonist in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic franchise, serving as the main antagonist of the 2017 animated film My Little Pony: The Movie, a posthumous antagonist in the rest of the series, and the posthumous overarching antagonist of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Spring Breakdown.

He is a tyrannical conqueror who commanded a formidable army in his quest for power from lands beyond Equestria. He invaded Canterlot so he could steal the magic of the Alicorn Princesses with the Staff of Sacanas to take over the world and make himself all-powerful without anyone else to help serve him. He is also the former master of both Tempest Shadow and Grubber and one of Twilight Sparkle's archenemies.

He was voiced by Liev Schreiber, who also played Sabretooth/Victor Creed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 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 Kingpin/Wilson Fisk in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.



In the lands south of Equestria, the Storm King ruled over his realm with an iron fist with an army of Storm Creatures at his command and a cloud-creature known as Strife as his assistant. Over the years, the Storm King would travel to other lands, conquering some and destroying others as he pleases in a quest for power and control over the world, two values he saw fit over all else.

During one of his invasions in the Abyssinian capital of Panthera, the Storm King robs the riches from the land's rulers, including the Misfortune Malachite, an object said to be cursed with bad luck. Departing the broken kingdom, the Storm King plots to use the malachite's power to help him take over the world. However, he is betrayed by Strife, who teams up with the Storm King's rivals, Captain Celaeno and her crew. Strife sabotages the ship, steals the malachite and the other ships, and leaves. Enraged, the Storm King appoints a menial worker known as Grubber to be his 2nd-in-command and fix the ship.

The King eventually hunts down Strife and captures him. After throwing him overboard and killing him, he enslaves Captain Celaeno and her crew to become cargo-holders for him. He soon follows one of his loose airships, steered by Capper and Chummer from Abyssinia to retrieve the Misfortune Malachite.

The Storm King's search for the malachite becomes harder when a unicorn with a broken horn steals the malachite, sending the Storm Guards on a chase for her. The Storm King himself catches the unicorn in the act, though is impressed by her avoidance of his forces. The unicorn reveals her name as "Tempest" and tells him about his broken horn. The King agrees to help fix Tempest's horn should she pay him with the malachite. However, the Storm King crushes the malachite, not needing any bad luck. Tempest strikes up a deal of her own with him: She will help the Storm King take over Equestria and he will be granted enough power to rule the world and restore her horn. The Storm King agrees to this, making Tempest the commander of his army, but secretly plans on betraying her when he has the chance.

My Little Pony: The Movie

The Storm King first appears when he contacts Tempest via magic potion after she had successfully conquered Canterlot and captured Princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance by petrifying them with obsidian orbs while Princess Twilight was able to escape with her friends. After some trouble with the image chat, Storm King expresses his frustration at how useless the Staff of Sarcanas is, but Tempest assures her master that he will become all-powerful once he uses the staff to take the princesses' magic. He then asks about Tempest's progress in her mission, and the unicorn asks for three days to have everything ready by his arrival. Then the Storm King threatens Tempest that he is the only one who can restore her horn if she accomplishes her mission and that there will be dire consequences should she fail him. Tempest promises that she will not fail, and the Storm King begins expressing his excitement at becoming all-powerful right before the communication spell wears out.

Even though not a physical appearance, a bobblehead of the King is held by Murdock when Tempest interrogates the pirates on the Mane Six's whereabouts.

The Storm King then finally arrives at Canterlot and enters the throne room just as Tempest arrives as well with an encaged Princess Twilight, who she managed to capture after her friends abandoned her after her selfish actions botched their chance of getting help from the Hippogriffs as well as hurting their feelings afterward. After expressing his contempt for the "cuteness" of the environment he was in, the Storm King uses the Staff of Sacanas to absorb the magic of all four princesses, much to his glee. Afterward, he begins experimenting with his new powers by taking a shot at a de-powered Twilight, which she manages to survive thanks to the toughness of her cage, which was destroyed. As he starts playing with the sun and moon Tempest attempts to remind his master of his promise to repair her horn, only to be set aside so he can continue toying with the cosmos.

Then Twilight's friends all came back to save her, accompanied by the con-cat Capper, the Parrot Pirates, and Princess Skystar. After seeing them managing to fend off his troops, the Storm King uses his staff to create a massive hurricane, blowing away the rest of his army and shielding the castle to keep the heroes from getting closer. As the Storm King marvels at his own power, Tempest tries one last time to persuade him to fulfill their bargain. However, the Storm King scoffs and betrays her, revealing that he had only been using her from the start and that she has outlived her usefulness. He attempts to kill Tempest with lightning bolts but is blown back when she blasts him back with her magic. Twilight sees an opportunity to get the staff away from the Storm King but chooses to save Tempest instead. The Storm King laughs at this gesture and then prepares to murder them both as they are no longer of use to him anymore.

Just as he is about to kill Tempest and Twilight, Twilight's friends launch themselves out of a massive cannon, ramming the Storm King out of the way and lodging the Staff of Sacanas into the mosaic above the throne room. Twilight and her friends make up as they apologize for what they never should've done to each other at a terrible time. As Twilight and her friends work together again, they fight against the raging winds of the hurricane and the falling debris of the collapsing throne room in an attempt to retrieve the staff. Right behind them, The Storm King emerges from underneath some of the fallen rubble and desperately climbs in pursuit of the staff. Fighting against the Mane 6 in the race for the staff, he hurls himself at the staff in a fit of desperate rage, just as Twilight grabs it first just in time, but the strong winds pull Twilight, the staff, and himself through the window and out into the hurricane.

Just when the ponies think Twilight is dead and mourn for her, 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, it is revealed that the Storm King survived the storm too. Not wanting to admit his loss and defeat, he sneakingly climbs back up over the balcony and hurls an obsidian orb at them in the last attempt to retrieve the staff and defeat Twilight and her friends once and for all. Tempest, however, spotted him and saw what he was about to do. Having had a change of heart after being saved by Twilight, she leaps in front of the princess 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 upon impact, killing him and ending his oppressive tyranny over Equestria, all the lands he took over the years, and his plan to rule the world before it could truly begin.

In the credits, it is shown that a storm creature attempted to piece him back together during a dance competition, only for him to fall into rubble again. During which, his eyes were glowing with rage, indicating that he was possibly still alive.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

In the premiere episode "School Daze Part 1", he is mentioned when Twilight says that Tempest left Ponyville to spread the word of the Storm King's defeat. He was also mentioned by Sandbar when reminds the creature students that the Mane Six saved Equestria.

Storm King looming over Mount Aris S8E16.png

In the episode "Surf and/or Turf", the Storm King is mentioned several times to recount the events of the film and when he attacked the Hippogriff Kingdom during his reign.

In the episode "The Hearth's Warming Club", the Storm King makes a cameo in Silverstream's story about how she and the other hippogriffs celebrate the "Three Days of Freedom".

In the episode "What Lies Beneath", the Storm King appears as an illusion formed from Silverstream's deepest fears.

In the episode "Father Knows Beast", the Storm King is mentioned.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Spring Breakdown

In the special, taking place between the movie and Season 8 of the series, the Storm King is mentioned multiple times, and his leftover magic is the source of the havoc that happens in the human world.


The Storm King appears as the main antagonist in IDW's My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel. It depicts what he did during his reign, conquering many lands, including the Abyssinian capital of Panthera. His second-in-command at the time was Strife, a cloud creature who secretly planned to betray him and side with the Pirates.

In Issue #1, he and Strife invaded Panthera, plundering all the palace treasure and setting fire to the rest of the city. However, Strife later betrays the Storm King and allies with Captain Celaeno and her crew of parrot pirates. The Storm King, enraged by this betrayal, appoints Grubber as his new second-in-command.

In Issue #2, the Storm King catches up with Celaeno's ship, tosses Strife overboard for his betrayal, and forces Celaeno and her crew to work for him as cargo haulers.

He does not appear in Issue #3, but he was mentioned.

In Issue #4, the Storm King tracks down Tempest Shadow, who has had the Misfortune Malachite while fleeing from his Storm Creatures. The two then allies, with Tempest agreeing to become the Storm King's new lieutenant in his search for magical power in exchange for the Storm King healing her broken horn.

The Storm King is also mentioned during the Convocation of Creatures on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #61 page 15.

The Storm King has also been seen in a flashback in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #68.


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It is never stated exactly what type of creature the Storm King is, although he is often described as "satyr-like" or a "terrifying beast." He is depicted as an extremely tall, bipedal creature with thick white fur that covers all of his body save for his hoofed feet, his three-fingered hands, and his ape-like face, which are gray. His eyes and tongue are blue, and he is clad in lustrous black armor that covers his torso, shoulders, wrists, and shins. He also has large, curving black horns, a large, stuck-out chin, sharp fangs, and a long, white tail with bushy hair at the end.


The Storm King's evil smile.

The Storm King is described as an unkind, cold-hearted, tyrannical, arrogant, psychotic, and cruel monster, with a lust for power. His demeanor unpredictably shifts from pleasant and cheerful, to sardonic and petulant, to cold and ruthless. He loves creating storms, and attacking and raiding ships and cities. He loves enslaving, abusing, and corrupting anyone he comes across, including his army, and hates love, caring, kindness, helping, and overall anything cute.

He is also very sarcastic, egotistical, petulant, and rude, and he also has a dark sense of humor. In the climax of the film, he is also shown to be traitorous and dishonest, as he reveals to Tempest Shadow that he never intended to fix her horn. He is also shown to be vengeful and determined as he tried to get the Staff of Sacanas back before Twilight does and tried to turn Twilight and his friends into stone with an obsidian sphere. This betrayal leads to his defeat as Tempest gets revenge on him for betraying her and refused to fix her horn by sacrificing herself to turned both of them into stones before he was fell and shatter into pieces while the Mane Six rescued and turned her back to normal.

In the comics, the Storm King confesses to having no interest in "ruling" anyone; he just likes to terrorize, pillage, and destroy any civilization he comes across, as well as collect magical items to empower himself. He also has an eye for talent, as he attempted to recruit Captain Celeano until she refused to leave her crew, and recruited Tempest after seeing her cunning and willingness to manipulate others. His most defining trait was his absolute hatred for the very concept of friendship, as he believes friends will ever only hold him back from true power.

Powers and Abilities

The Storm King with the Staff of Sacanas.

The Storm King has no magical abilities of his own but has access to magical items like a potion spell that acts as a communicator and Obsidian Orbs to petrify his enemies. He also has a large army of powerful Storm Creatures and an armada of skyships at his command. He has managed to conquer several lands beyond Equestria, showing great leadership skills.

The Storm King himself is shown to be quite strong, agile, and resilient to damage, as he punches through a stone wall with ease (in the comics), shrugs off being crushed by falling debris, and can leap long distances with little effort. Considering that both his subordinates and enemies fear him greatly, it shows that he is an extremely dangerous individual.

Sometime before the movie, he came into possession of an artifact called the Staff of Sacanas, which can channel magic and power from other creatures into itself. Once he absorbs the magic of the Alicorn princesses, he can project deadly lightning bolts, create massive hurricanes, and even move the sun and moon as Celestia and Luna do. It also reveals at the end to fix and create things, like to rebuild everything that was destroyed.



The Storm King doesn't have any friends, he only cared about himself and hardly has any allies, since almost all of them he betrayed or turned against him themselves. Also, he considers his minions his "servants" and not friends. Here are his former allies.

Tempest Shadow

Tempest Shadow was the Storm King's second-in-command and they seemed to have a strong relationship at first, as Tempest was his most trusted lieutenant, to the point where he appoints her as the commander of his army. When the Storm King and Tempest Shadow first met, they made a deal, as Tempest agreed to help him steal the magic of the four Alicorn princesses, while the Storm King promised that once he gained the magic from the princesses, he will use it to restore her broken horn.

However, unknown to Tempest at the time, the Storm King was only using Tempest to gain power and he actually betrayed Tempest after he got all the power he wanted with the Staff of Sacanas and uses it to attack her. Thus, this shows that his relationship with Tempest is now all but severed. However, betraying his most trusted ally and attempting to kill her led to his downfall, as Tempest was saved by Twilight Sparkle and this causes her to rethink her life and regret her actions. When the Storm King attempted to turn the Mane Six into Obsidian Stone, Tempest saves them by jumping in front of the Mane Six and turning both the Storm King and Tempest into obsidian stone. While Tempest was luckily saved by Twilight and her friends, the petrified Storm King falls off the balcony and shattered into pieces.

Despite Tempest's former loyalty, the Storm King never truly cared about Tempest as he only cared about himself, therefore they will now remain as enemies from now on. As mentioned in both the show and the comics, Tempest would soon travel Equestria to spread the news of the Storm King's defeat, proving her redemption and defection from the Storm King's dark forces for good.


Grubber is one of the Storm King's minions. Though their relationship is not fully shown, the Storm King briefly appoints Grubber as his second-in-command in Issue #1 of the My Little Pony: The Movie Prequel comics, after his previous second-in-command, Strife, betrayed him. Due to his dim-witted nature, the Storm King views Grubber as too incompetent to betray him. Later on, though, Grubber is replaced with Tempest Shadow. The Storm King and Grubber only interact once in the film, and that is when the latter and Tempest capture Twilight Sparkle. This would be their final interaction before the Storm King's death at the hooves of Tempest. Grubber's loyalty to the Storm King would later end after his reign of terror did, as he accepts Tempest's hand in friendship in The Great Princess Caper and parties with the ponies and other redeemed Storm Guards in the movie's end-credits.

Storm Creatures

These yeti-like creatures were loyal minions of the Storm King and they helped him succeed in conquering many lands beyond Equestria. In the IDW comics, the Storm King was shown to appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Storm Creatures that he considered offering them a cake. However, he only appreciates them for their hard work and does not consider them friends, something which he discloses to Strife. Once he got the Staff of Sacanas, he uses it to create a Tornado, most of his minions were caught and blown away by the storm, revealing how much he didn't care for them whatsoever. In the novelization, The Great Princess Caper, the Storm Guards are said to have run away following the battle for Canterlot, and in the film's credits, are seen lining up to get cake at the Friendship Festival, implying that they have abandoned their master's evil plot to save themselves and may have redeemed.


Strife was the Storm King's first second-in-command in the IDW comics, before his betrayal and secretly working with the Parrot Pirates. Tired of the Storm King's constant abuse and his belief that "friends" can betray you, Strife decided to betray the Storm King and side with the Parrot Pirates. The outraged Storm King chased down the Parrot Pirates and briefly appoints the cowardly Grubber as his second-in-command for a short time. The Storm King managed to catch up to the Pirate ship and tosses Strife overboard for his betrayal, likely to his death. It's possible that Strife is indirectly responsible for Storm King to become much more untrustworthy with his minions and becoming traitorous himself when he betrays Tempest in the movie.


Twilight Sparkle

Twilight Sparkle is possibly the Storm King's archenemy along with Tempest, they didn't really talk to each other much to each other during the movie, but he sent his army and his commander Tempest to capture her and the princesses to steal their magic so he can rule the world with his Staff of Sacanas. After constantly evading Tempest, Twilight is brought to the Storm King where he steals her magic along with the other Alicorns and summons a tornado to conquer Equestria.

During this, the king expresses disdain for Twilight's preachings of friendship as well as disliking Equestria's "cute" nature. The Storm King then prepares to kill Twilight and Tempest once they outlived their usefulness to him, only to lose the staff to the rest of the Mane 6, and eventually lose his power. The Storm King, viewing Twilight as a legitimate threat, prepares to turn her to stone, but is stopped by Tempest and is turned to stone himself and shattered.

The Mane Six

The Mane Six wouldn't meet the Storm King until their final battle, in which they succeeded in stealing the Staff of Sacanas from him. Angered, the Storm King tries to turn them to stone as revenge, but Twilight's previous rescue of Tempest Shadow inspires her to defend them, leading to his defeat.

Princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadance

Despite their initial unawareness of the King, the Storm King had disliked the Princesses much like the other rulers of the lands he has conquered and destroyed and seeks to control their magic. Unfortunately, this ends up back-firing after the Storm King is killed, as the magic that he had wrongfully stripped away from them would be returned to the Princesses.

Queen Novo

In the chapter prequel book, The Stormy Road to Canterlot, the Storm King mentions how he is not on good terms with Queen Novo and would not hand over the pearl to him, implying that he has harassed her in the past. Later on in the book, Queen Novo recognizes Tempest as a soldier for the Storm King and sends her subjects to flee. In the film, Queen Novo refrains from helping the Mane 6 stop the Storm King in fear of him getting the pearl. Out of all the hippogriffs though, Skystar is the only one who is willing to fight against the Storm King to save both her home, Equestria, and the world.

Captain Celaeno

Captain Celaeno and her crew had been nuisances to the Storm King in the past. In Issue #2, they are shown capturing the Storm King's ships and chasing away the Guards. Later on, they receive a message from Strife, the Storm King's second-in-command, who instructs the pirates to attack the Storm King's armada and steal their ships. The attack is mostly successful until the Storm King catches up to them. After killing Strife and threatening Celaeno's crew, the Storm King enslaves Celaeno to become cargo birds. In the film, they threaten to throw the Mane 6 overboard but are stopped for lunch. After explaining their roots to the Mane 6, Rainbow Dash convinces them to become pirates again. This inspires the pirates to help the Mane 6, Capper, and Skystar fight back against the Storm King, saving Equestria.

The Abyssinians

The Storm King looked down on the Abyssinians, destroying the city all the way to the nation's capital of Panthera. The King and Queen submit defeat to the Storm King as he pillages their town. He steals many of their riches including an artifact known as the Misfortune Malachite, which is said to have bad luck. Despite the King and Queen's protests, the Storm King refuses to listen to reason and leaves Abyssinia in flames. As shown in the Season 10 comics, Abyssinia had become traumatized following the Storm King's death and became a police state.



Silverstream and Storm King were never physically seen on-screen together. However, it was shown that Silverstream was deeply afraid of him and was traumatized by the events that happened when the Storm King attempted to conquer Mount Aris before Queen Novo and her subjects turned into seaponies to hide from the evil tyrant. In the episode "What Lies Beneath", Silverstream sees an illusion of the Storm King and his minions and she thought they were actually there and hides behind a rock. However, Gallus encourages her to stand up to the illusion of the Storm King. Silverstream confronts her deepest fears, telling off the illusion of the Storm King that he is nothing but a big bully with a silly name and a goofy crown. She also angrily tells the shadow that she and her kind will never again be intimidated by him now that he is gone. Thanks to her courage of standing up against her worst fear, the shadows of Storm King and his army disappear, much to the joy of Silverstream and Gallus.


The Storm King received a mixed reception from critics and the Brony fandom. While Tempest Shadow was praised by critics and the fandom, the Storm King was criticized for his lack of screentime, character development, comedic moments, and would even be called one of the weakest villains in the series since King Sombra.

Despite this, some fans did enjoy the character, as well as praise Liev Schreiber's voice acting, and his character‘s role in the comics. Over time, positive reception towards the character grew, with many even going on to note him alongside other classically evil and humorous villains like Hades, Joker, & Aku.

Andrea Libman, who regularly voices Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy for the series, commented on an Equestria Daily interview that the Storm King was her favorite MLP villain. Among other things, Liev Schreiber, along with director Jayson Thiessen, the writers, and the animators, went on to comment that bringing the character to life was fun. These statements, along with denial of his film appearance being his last, has caused many fans to wonder if the Storm King will return, whether physical or non-physical. Unfortunately, he didn't reappear physically again, but he was shown in flashbacks and visions in Season 8 of Friendship is Magic.


Appearances in the Franchise

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Season 8


My Little Pony Equestria Girls


Friendship is Magic

Nightmare Knights

Feats of Friendship



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 its power.
Storm King: Another successful invasion, Strife.
Strife: Yes my lord. A masterpiece of strategy, if I must say.
Storm King: Another country plundered of its riches. They're barely a challenge anymore. And do you know why? Because I have
no friends. 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. I will be the most powerful creature in the world. And you want to be at my side.
Strife: …Yes, my lord. I am your servant.
~ The Storm King telling his second-in-command Strife about friendship being weak.
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.
Storm King: You. Small, weak, useless creature.
Grubber: T—That's me!
Storm King: 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.
Storm King: 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 promotes his small servant Grubber his second-in-command after Strife betrayed him and orders him to get the ship repaired 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 how he listened to Strife after he was thrown 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 offers 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 makes Celaeno a cargo hauler after she saved Capper and Chummber and her ship.
You've known, 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.
Storm King: 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: Because… because I learned a long time ago… you can't rely on anypony else.
Storm King: "Anypony." That's cute.
~ The Storm King admires Tempest's cleverness and reflects on the trust they both had.
Storm King: Once I've finished conquering, I'll have more power than any other creature in the world!
Tempest: Is that why you're searching for magic? Just for… power?
Storm King: 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 makes Tempest his new second-in-command when he tricks her into making her think he'll restore her horn.


Storm King: Where am I supposed to be looking? I never understand how this spell works. Tempest!
Tempest: Over here, your Excellency.
Storm King: Where?
Tempest: Over here.
Storm King: Huh?
Tempest: No. No, right. Look right.
Storm King: My right?
Tempest: Yeah.
Storm King: Oh. There you are.
~ The Storm King's first line in the movie when he calls Tempest Shadow.
Storm King: 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: That would be the Staff of Sacanas, your Excellency, and it will…
Storm King: Mm-hmm?
Tempest: …channel the magic of the four rulers of this land.
Storm King: Mm-hmm?
Tempest: You'll soon have the power of a hundred armies.
Storm King: So that would be a yes on your locking down the four Pegacornicuseses, or whatever you call them?
Tempest: Give me three days. I'll have everything ready for your arrival.)
~ The Storm King and Tempest discussing their plan to drain the magic of the Alicorn princesses.
Storm King: 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: It won't be a problem.
Storm King: Great! I'm ready to power up, crash and bash, and be the biggest, baddest bugaloooooo…
Grubber: Sorry, bad spell service. You want me to call him back?
~ The Storm King threatening Tempest if she fails him again before the spell connection fades out.
Storm King: Ooh, fascinating! What can you really do?
Grubber: Your bidding of course, oh mighty one!
Storm King: Bidding's good. I like bidding.
~ The Storm King arriving at Canterlot.
Storm King: Umm… what are you supposed to be?
Twilight: I'm the princess of friendship.
Storm King: Oh, ha! That's nice.
~ The Storm King upon meeting Twilight for the first time.
Storm King': Why is this one still moving?
Tempest: She and her friends put up a bit of a fight, but she's alone now. She won't be a problem.
Storm King
: 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 to Tempest about Twilight while also expressing his hatred for cuteness.
Check out the light show!
~ Storm King while stealing the alicorn princesses' magic.
Storm King: Not bad. Actually, kinda first-rate. What else does it do?
Tempest: Your Excellency, you promised to restore my horn and giving—
Storm King: Deh-deh-deh-deh-deh, okay. Hang on. [moves the Sun] You gotta be kiddin' me! I can move the sun?! A haha! Wow! Now, this is what I'm talkin' about! Haha! Time to play! Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday! Day, night! Day, night! Day-night! Day-night! Day-night! Sunrise, sunset!
~ Storm King while testing out his new power and playing with the Sun and Moon.
Storm King: What? How?
Twilight: It's… it's the magic of…
Storm King: Yeah! Yeah! Friendship and flowers and ponies and bleh! I am so over the cute pony thing! This… ends… NOW!
~ The Storm King mocking friendship before starting his storm.
Ahhh! Isn't that just so sweet? [laughs] Yeah. See yah!
~ The Storm King mocking Twilight for saving Tempest before attempting to kill them both.
The staff belongs to me!
~ The Storm King trying to retrieve his staff before Twilight does.
No! That's my staff!! MIIIINE!! MINE! Oh, no, NOOO!
~ The Storm King tried and failed to retrieve his staff, only for Twilight to get it before they get sucked into the storm, even though they both survived — also his last words in the movie before his eventual death at the hooves of Tempest Shadow
I'm not done yet!
~ The Storm King is 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 he begs for mercy whilst being turned to stone by Tempest Shadow moments before he falls to his death.


  • Before G4, there was a Storm King character in the G1 comics. The two share very little in common, however, and shouldn't be considered different incarnations of the same character like it did Tirac and Tirek.
  • The Storm King is Schreiber‘s first animation voice role since Chicago 10. His next two animated movies were released the following year. The second was Isle of Dogs where he voices Spots, one of the main heroes and brother of Chief, the film's protagonist, and the third is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where he voices Kingpin.
  • 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 screen time. His lieutenant, Tempest Shadow, mostly does all the work for him and has more screentime than Storm King.
  • 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, as shown with Discord and the Legion of Doom, and other elements of the credits suggest they are not meant to be taken seriously.
    • 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.
    • When Tempest restores Canterlot with the staff, the spot where the Storm King fell and shattered is shown, but his pieces have vanished, implying that either the power of the staff destroyed his remains or that some of his minions came and retrieved them before anyone else did. However, the most logical reason for the disappearance of the remains is that the animators of the movie simply forgot to draw them in before fully animating the scene.
    • Twilight mentions the Storm King having been "destroyed" in Spring Breakdown.
  • He is one of the only four major villains outside of Equestria Girls films to not be defeated a thousand years ago or more, other three beings Queen Chrysalis, Starlight Glimmer, and Cozy Glow.
  • In the French version and other languages, He is called Storm, but in the English/American version, He is considered a nameless character.
  • He is one of the only villains in the Friendship is Magic series to die, the others being King Sombra, Arimaspi and the Mean Six.
  • Despite his comedic tendencies, the Storm King is one of the evilest villains in the Friendship is Magic series alongside Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, Tirek and Cozy Glow as he conquered and destroyed many lands without remorse, and cares for nobody but himself.
  • He is the second villain to turn into a statue after Discord. Unlike Discord, however, the Storm King shattered the moment after his transformation, as well as showing no redeeming qualities compared to Discord.
  • In interviews with Lionsgate, Schreiber commented that he approached his portrayal of the Storm King as an actor would do with a live-action character, exploring and improvising on his role.
  • According to The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie,, a prologue was proposed to introduce the Storm King, Tempest Shadow, and the Storm Guards, but was cut. In an early concept scene, the Storm King took over the Arimaspi Kingdom, overthrowing its king as a way of showing his might. In another concept, the Staff of Sacanas originally belonged to Tirek's younger brother, Scorpan, which was later changed to the staff originating from the Tree of Harmony. Additionally, the Storm Kingdom and a throne room for the Storm King would've been revealed.
    • Despite the prologue's deletion, the Storm Kingdom briefly appears in the midquel book, The Great Princess Caper.
  • Unlike King Sombra, the Storm King was not revived by Discord (under the disguise as Grogar) for his team. In-universe, it is not clear why he did not restore him, as his goofy and sarcastic nature would not have mattered as Discord's plan was for Twilight to defeat the villains. Out-of-universe, this was likely due to Schreiber being too high budget to reprise his role as the Storm King. Ironically, whilst the Storm King did not appear and was not recast, King Sombra returned and was recast for the final season. In addition, Tempest Shadow, Capper, and the Hippogriffs all appear in the final episode of the series, despite having no lines.
    • According to Jim Miller, the choice for the film's characters to return for the final season was made, but not all of them would've been included in the series, indicating that the Storm King was not intended to return for the rest of the series.
    • This would make the Storm King one of the few major antagonists in the MLP:FiM franchise to never make a major reappearance in the show, despite being mentioned a few times. The others are the Pony of Shadows, Principal Cinch, Grubber, and Gaea Everfree.
  • Storm King is very similar to fellow My Little Pony villain Tirek, as both were power-hungry tyrants who seek to conquer Equestria and manipulate powerful individuals (Tempest Shadow and Discord) to help them with their conquest by falsely promising something greater than friendship, only for them to turn their backs on them instead. Both were also confronted by Mane Six and finally got their own karmas by the ones whom they betrayed.


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Animated Features
Preminger | Madame Carp | Midas | Nick and Nack | Laverna | Fungus | Firebird | Wenlock | Wenlock's Griffin | Ollie | Fungus Maximus | Raquelle | Todd | Frieda | General Hemmer | Yegor | Lady Vain | President Stone | General Heckler | Cora | Hamegg | Tony | Rogues (King) | Cecil Clayton | Tublat | Anthony Trumper | Pigs | Bull | Mr. Greene | Mel & May | Linnux | Riff | Skozz | Storm King's army (Storm King, Tempest Shadow, Grubber & Storm Creatures) | Lord Nooth | Agent Red | Mugg-1N5 | The Hazmats | M.A.D.

Live-Action Films
Boy | Snik | Lady Van Tassel | Headless Horseman | Reverend Steenwyck | Patrick Bateman | Rachel Newman | Leprechaun | John Kramer | Amanda Young | Zep Hindle | Punisher | Howard Saint | Quentin Glass | Livia Saint | John Saint | The Russian | Harry Heck | Mickey Duka | Georges Rutaganda | Gregoire | Yuri Orlov | Andre Baptiste Sr. | Andre Baptiste Jr. | Lawrence Gordon | Madea | Mark Hoffman | Tatmadaw (Major Tint, Lieutenant Aye) | River Pirates | Jigsaw | James Russoti | Carmine Gazzera | Ink | Maginty | Schist Petroleum Company (Frederick Schist & Jake Schist) | Rodney Thibadeaux | Wayne Thibadeaux | Linda Davis | Anton Poldark | Glaze | Tatiana Creel | Larry | Abalam | James Munroe | General Garza | Dan Paine | Lawrence Sparks | Jonah King | President Coriolanus Snow | Gamemakers (Seneca Crane) | Peacekeepers (Romulus Thread) | Erudite (Jeanine Matthews, Caleb Prior) | Dauntless (Eric Coulter, Max, Peter Hayes) | Factionless (Evelyn Johnson, Edgar) | The Bureau of Genetic Welfare (David, Romit) | Jean Vilain | Hector | The Sangs | Arthur Tressler | Willard Hobbes | Lester Clark | Drake | Senator Quintas Corvus | Marcus Proculus | Cootie Kids (Shelley Linker, Patriot, Dink, Angela, Tricycle Girl, & Racer Dopkins) | Conrad Stonebanks | Krug | Goran Vata | High Table | Viggo Tarasov | Iosef Tarasov | Avi | Ms. Perkins | Kirill | Bel and Genesis | Vladimir Malevich | Adrian Yates | Crane | Laughter | Fausto Alarcón | Walter Mabry | Tsarnaev Brothers | Santino D'Antonio | Ares | Gianna D'Antonio | Cassian | Dukhovich's Soldiers (Vladislav Dukhovich, Jean Foucher) | General Milić | Leatherface | Burt Hartman | Jonathan | Logan Nelson | Hal Hartman | Joanna | Orian Franklin | Crosby Franklin | Acapulco | Pinhead | Sean Carter | Jophiel | The Stygian Inquisition | Vivienne Nimue | Gruagach | Camazotz | Baba Yaga | Demons | The Adjudicator | Zero | Winston | The Elder | The Shinobi | Olga | Ransom Drysdale | Fran | Hugo Martinez | Victor Martinez | El Flaco | Aristotle Papadopoulos | Michael Bryce Sr. | Nanobot Swarm

See Also
Aardman Villains | Agatha Christie Villains | Barbie Villains | Blumhouse Productions Villains | Cooties Villains | Escape Plan Villains | EuropaCorp Villains | Hellboy Villains | Hellraiser Villains | John Wick Villains | Lantern Entertainment Villains | Luc Besson Villains | Man-Thing Villains | My Little Pony Villains | Netflix Villains | Punisher Villains | Rambo Villains | Ridley Scott Villains | Saw Villains | Sleepy Hollow Villains | Studiocanal Villains | The Expendables Villains | The Hunger Games Villains | Tim Burton Villains | Texas Chainsaw Massacre Villains

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My Little Pony 'n Friends
Ahgg | Beezen | Catrina | Dragon Gang | Erebus | Flories | Grogar | Hydia | King Charlatan | Lavan | Princess Porcina | Queen Bumble | Raptorians | Reeka & Draggle | Somnambula | Squirk | Tirac

Friendship is Magic
Apple Bloom's Shadow | Ahuizotl | Arimaspi | Bugbear | Changelings | Chimera | Cockatrice | Daybreaker | Dr. Caballeron | Diamond Dogs | Diamond Tiara | Discord | Dragons (Dragon Lord Torch, Garble & Sludge) | Flim Flam Brothers | Gladmane | Grogar | Hydra | King Sombra | Legion of Doom (Queen Chrysalis, Tirek & Cozy Glow) | Mane-iac | Maulwurf | Mean Six | Nightmare Moon | Parasprites | Pony of Shadows | Puckwudgies | Roc | Sable Spirit | Shadowbolts | Silver Spoon | Snips and Snails | Sphinx | Starlight Glimmer | Storm King | Svengallop | Tantabus | Tatzlwurm | Tempest Shadow | Timberwolves | Trixie Lulamoon | Vampire Fruit Bats | Windigos | Wind Rider

Equestria Girls
Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze & Sonata Dusk) | Juniper Montage | PostCrush (Kiwi Lollipop & Supernova Zap) | Principal Cinch | Snips and Snails | Sunset Shimmer | Trixie Lulamoon | Vignette Valencia | Wallflower Blush

Make Your Mark
Shadowy Alicorn

Accord | Bad Apple | Blonn Di and Shining Light | Changelings | Chupacabra | Cosmos | Cozy Glow | Daybreaker | Dazzlings (Adagio Dazzle, Aria Blaze & Sonata Dusk) | Diamond Tiara | Discord | Flim Flam Brothers | Grogar | King Diomedes | King Sombra | Mane-iac | Nightmare Forces | Nightmare Moon | Nightmare Rarity | Pony of Shadows | Princess Celestia | Pseudocorns | Queen Chrysalis | Rabia | Rough Diamond | Sendak | Shadowbolts | Shadowfall | Shadowfright | Silver Spoon | Smooze | Snips and Snails | Starlight Glimmer | Storm King's army (Storm King, Tempest Shadow, Grubber & Storm Creatures) | Sunset Shimmer | Swift Foot | Terri Belle | Tirek | Trixie Lulamoon | Vampiric Jackalope

My Little Pony: The Movie (1986): Hydia | Reeka & Draggle | Smooze | Ahgg
My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): Storm King's army (Storm King, Tempest Shadow, Grubber & Storm Creatures)
My Little Pony: A New Generation: Sprout Cloverleaf