"All the power of the storm, from all the world, flows through my veins, and can be summoned by mine hammer at any time, wherever it is. A lightning storm in Japan? Mine. A hurricane off the coast of Barbados? Mine again. A brace of tornadoes in Kansas? Aye... mine. All that might, all that destructive force, mine to command. Channeled and guided through the mystic might of this hammer, guided right at thee!"The ability to manipulate the weather. It is a stock superpower. This is a Combo Platter of Elemental Powers: Blow You Away, Making a Splash, An Ice Person, Shock and Awe and thermal manipulation. Weather manipulation is very versatile. For example, using the wind, some weather manipulators can fly. And, as everyone knows, Lightning Can Do Anything. Sometimes these powers are used for Painting the Frost on Windows. The difference between Elemental Powers and weather manipulation is that storm manipulation is limited to the elements that make up the weather. Compare with Weather-Control Machine, where you need a dash of phlebotinum to achieve the same ends. Compare Artificial Outdoors Display for when even the weather itself isn't real.
— Thor note
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Anime & Manga
- Darker Than Black: April can make it rain in a small area, though she shows more general control of water in the second season.
- One Piece: Nami's Clima Tact gives her the ability to manipulate the weather.
- Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors, uses her Soul Power to infuse a storm cloud and a miniature sun with a bit of her own soul, and through them can control the weather.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: The Storm card that has the ability to create tornadoes and summons huge rainstorms.
- Fate Testarossa, as well as her mother Presea, demonstrated the ability to conjure thunderstorms in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. However, Fate rarely uses this, preferring more local applications of her lightning-based abilities. The last time this showed up was during one of the manga chapters leading to Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, where she manipulates the weather to summon natural lightning that gets around the Anti-Magilink Field of a group of Gadget Drones.
- Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza. Groudon's storm manipulation is limited to creating Sunlight. Kyogre has the ability to create rain and lightning. Rayquaza has the power to negate the powers of the two others.
- Mewtwo also initiates a big storm in the movie.
- Toshiro and Chojiro's Zanpakuto have this power in Bleach. Toshiro's crosses with An Ice Person because his ability to create a snow storm is based on his general ice power.
- Wes Bluemarine/Domenico Pucci AKA Weather Report and later Emporio Alniño using Weather's disc from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure can use his weather-manipulating Weather Report to create small clouds, rain, lightning, increase the power of his fist by adding atmospheric layers to them, make air suits to prevent suffocation, summon tornados, feel the air around him, rain frogs, rearrange the ozone layer so that light refracts in an angle that enable to place subliminal messages on sunlight and make oxygen toxic.
- To elaborate: Weather Report (the stand) manipulates the weather, but "the weather" includes freak storms that rain frogs and tiny nimbus clouds flying at head-height. When evolved into Heavy Weather, it turns out to be more accurately described as manipulating the atmosphere, which includes the ability to bring the oxygen concentration to 100%—which is deadly because oxygen actually is toxic in high concentrations.
- In Onegai My Melody, a weather girl constantly got her forecasts wrong, pissing off the townspeople (example: saying it would be a nice sunny day when it would actually rain). When she wished her forecasts would be right for a change, Kuromi granted her wish by giving her the ability to control the weather, meaning the weather really would conform to whatever she said it would be. The power goes to her head and she starts using it to terrorize others, so the heroes defeat her and change her back to normal.
- Thor: As the quote indicates, he is the God of Storms. This is one of his main abilities, and he is the (former) Trope Namer.
- X-Men: Storm's mutant abilities allow her to create storms and manipulate wind, rain and lightning. Using the wind she can fly.
- The Incredible Hercules: Zeus, much like the character from Classical Mythology.
- The Weather Wizard - member of the Flash's Rogues - has this as his hat. Either through a weather controlling science wand or because of some internal ability, various depictions of Weather Wizard can summon and control rain, clouds, wind, and blizzards (making him a nice complement to fellow Rogue Captain Cold) among others. Depending on incarnation, altering weather in a particular fashion can affect his mood, which usually leaves him stressed and volatile.
- Crystal of The Inhumans can control the classic Greek elements, but usually uses this power to create weather effects such as storms and earthquakes. (This is likely the result of writer confusion about her vaguely-defined control of "the elements".) Once when she and Thor were on The Avengers together, they tried combining their weather powers... indoors. Hilarity Ensued. note
- Sarah Rainmaker of Gen13.
- One of Joshua Brand's abilities in Shaman's Tears. He most commonly uses it to create rain.
- Amanda from Fly Or Fall is the Fairy of Weather.
- The Vestrians from the Warrior Cats fanfic Golden Dawn: Lost Sunrise can control the weather through their power over the sky. Karis, their queen, notes that she could bring the strongest storms or the most torrential rain down on the world if she wished.
- Susano in Jewel Of Darkness and A Shadow of the Titans has this as his primary set of powers.
- Shadows Awakening: Tempest, one of Daolon Wong's new dark chi warriors, has the ability to summon storm clouds to attack people with.
- Rarity in Divided Rainbow, when the main cast's cutie marks and talents are switched around and she gets Rainbow Dash's.
- The Palaververse: In the same vein as the ponies, most of the Palaververse’s sapient species are divided into a number of subspecies with particular magical gifts, with the ability to craft clouds and control the weather manifesting in pegasi, markhors (who seem to specialize in storms) and magpies.
Films — Animation
- Elsa from Frozen, much like the Snow Queen that she was based on, has the ability to create all kinds of snow and ice-related weather. The conflict of the movie is caused when she does this by accident with no way to shut it off until the end of the movie, where she learns how to reverse her powers to make it Summer again.
- Chanticleer the rooster from Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle can raise the sun by crowing; in effect, Chanticleer commands the dawn. Once, when the sun arose unbidden, Chanticleer lost faith in himself, and abandoned the farm and his friends. Keeping Chanticleer from crowing is critical to the Grand Duke's Evil Plan of keeping the farmlands under perpetual night and the owls in ascendancy.
The Duke: "Never let him crow."
Films — Live-Action
- In Dracula Untold, upon fully embracing his identity as a vampire, Vlad is capable of making clouds to blot out the sun, as well generating as thunderstorms. Thunderstorms with a cloud formation that looks like a roaring dragon.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
- Zeus and his children, again, like classical mythology except the children have the same powers.
- In addition, Poseidon and his children have this ability, but they're limited to Sea-Storms.
- Tris, the weather-witch from the Circle of Magic novels. Her curly hair sparks lightning and breezes happily follow her around. Her book is even called "The Power in the Storm" in the British edition. In Tamora Pierce's interpretation, weather isn't just in the sky - it includes tides, tectonic plates, and magma. Because Tris' emotions can call on her powers, her teacher makes self-control a huge part of her curriculum.
- Cyclone and Mistral from Wild Cards are wind-controllers.
- Played for laughs in So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, wherein one very minor character (a trucker named Rob McKenna) is, unbeknownst to himself, a rain god, with the power that it always rains wherever he is. Always.
- As an indirect result of a brief conversation with Arthur (who encourages him to sell his story to the media), he ends up finding ways to make the best of it; popular tourist destinations are offering him large sums of money to be somewhere else, for a start.
- Septimus Heap: DomDaniel uses a storm to try and sink the boat of the protagonists in Magyk.
- In Ruth Frances Long's The Treachery of Beautiful Things, the storm that blows up when she is in the cottage is attributed to the piper.
- This is one of the responsibilities of the noble houses of Caederan in The Quest of the Unaligned. The fact that random earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes are ravaging the countryside is one of the first signs that Their Majesties King Kethel and Queen Tathilya are seriously neglecting their duties.
- In Gaunt's Ghosts: Ghostmaker, the Imperial landing on Caligula is interrupted by a storm-summoning daemon. The storm removes all air support and causes several troopships to crashland, but Corbec takes it out and ends the storm by calling in an orbital strike from a frigate whose first officer he'd befriended on the way to the target.
- One of the Blessings Fae can possess in Stranger And Stranger.
- The X-Files:
- "D.P.O": Darren Peter Oswald can manipulate lightening.
Sheriff Teller: Let me get this straight, now. You're telling me this kid's throwing lightning bolts.
Scully: In effect.
- "Rain King": Holman Hardt. Controls the weather instinctively: when he's sad, it rains; when he's enthralled with joy, smiling faces appear in the clouds. And when he's on the verge of a mental breakdown, all hell breaks loose.
- "D.P.O": Darren Peter Oswald can manipulate lightening.
- Used as a motif in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger and Power Rangers Ninja Storm, though the Rangers' actual Elemental Powers don't fully reflect it. (One faction, the Thunder Rangers, does control lightning, but the Wind Rangers' powers align with Land, Sea, Sky instead.)
- In Supernatural, Archangels Michael, Raphael, and Lucifer have been shown manipulating weather on a large scale. So has Death.
- The power of the Weather Dopant in Kamen Rider Double
- This is the power of Alice Shaw on Heroes.
- In Haven, this is Marion Caldwell's Trouble. The more stressed and angry she is, the worse the weather gets. She has some degree of control over it, like making the weather target people she doesn't like, but has to calm down to get it to stop.
- Based on the Weather Wizard (above), Clyde Mardon's power in The Flash (2014) is to generate and control storms, which he got when his and his brother's plane was hit by the shockwave from the S.T.A.R. Labs Magical Particle Accelerator explosion (the same one that caused Barry's lightning strike). Being a bank robber, Mardon initially uses the power to continue the trade, but later begins to feel that he's a god. He starts by generating wind and fog, but later moves on to creating and controlling twisters with himself in the eye. Barry is able to stop him by generating a counter-wind by running in the opposite direction of the twister (Barry has already proven to be able to to go supersonic at that point). Clyde is initially able to knock Barry away with a wind blast, but Barry speeds up and eventually collapses the twister back on Mardon.
- His older brother Mark, the actual Weather Wizard, is shown to be even more powerful than his now-deceased little brother with greater precision to the point of creating a large piece of hail to use as a weapon. The next episode featuring him as a villain showed him breaking into Iron Heights, which at that point had a 'Metahuman Wing', and mentioned being able to create acid rain though apparently it can be 'tricky.'
Mythology & Religion
- Most religions have at least one Weather God, and the Weather God is frequently the most powerful or one of the most powerful gods in their Pantheon. Set, in particular is the Ur-Example.
- While sailing through a storm in The Four Gospels, the disciples of Jesus began to fear the ship might sink, only for Jesus to come out and calm the storm with only his words.
- In Japanese folklore, the amefuri kozou ("rainfall youngster") brings rain wherever he goes, and will do so at the request of kitsune who don't want their weddings disturbed by humans.
- Slavic Mythology held that certain people are born with the power to control weather. Sometimes it was as mundane as conducting a ritual on the field, sometimes involved the spirit leaving the body to combat evil weather spirits and dragons in the sky.
- Villains & Vigilantes, The Weather Control power allows a character to summon a variety of weather types, each of which gives appropriate attack forms (e.g. a blizzard gives Ice Powers, obscures vision and causes high winds).
- In Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game one of the three elements of the Orcish shamans is "Storm".
- In the Champions supplement "The Coriolis Effect" the heroine Coriolis was given a variety of powers that effectively allowed her to control the weather over a wide area.
- Dungeons & Dragons: The "Control Weather" spell allowed general changes in the weather, such as the degree of cloudiness/precipitation, how hot or cool it was and the wind strength. The "Weather Summoning" spell allowed the caster to call up a specific type of weather such as a blizzard, tornado, thunderstorm or hurricane.
- In Mage: The Ascension and Mage: The Awakening, weather manipulation is part of Forces magic. At increasing levels of skill a mage can call down lightning from an existing storm, create or dismiss storm systems, and at Mastery create hurricanes or tornadoes.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- Skirting the edge of Clarke's Third Law, Imhotek the Stormlord has, as his name indicates, a power to summon storm and lighting bolts on his enemies' heads. As a general, his race, the Necrons, uses Weather-Control Machines for the same effect.
- Njall Stormcaller is a Space Wolf who causes storms just by being on the field, in addition to Rune Priests' usual Shock and Awe powers.
- Warhammer Fantasy:
- Kholek Suneater, the Herald of the Tempest is a Dragon-Ogre Shaggoth so named because whenever he goes to battle, stormclouds follow (whatever his Deal with the Devil to get immortality was, it was so horrible the sun refuses to see him). And if he's hit by lightning, it heals him.
- The Lord of the Heavens covers manipulating weather and sending meteors on the enemy.
- BIONICLE: Elemental Powers such as Ice, Air and Water can be used to manipulate the weather in regards to the power. It should be noted that Lewa and Gali combine their powers at one point (Air and Water respectively) in order to create a huge hurricane-like storm in the middle of an island. It's useful for taking out a horde of foes.
- Mallow from Super Mario RPG has the power to summon rain, either in a localized cloud or a massive downpour, and can also summon snow and lightning. These powers serve as the basis for his magical attacks.
- Touhou: Tenshi Hinanawi has a sword that gives her this ability.
- Although his actual control is limited, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and its sequel Majora's Mask, Link can make it rain anywhere (even, sometimes, inside), by playing the Song of Storms.
- Sunny Day, Rain Dance, Sandstorm and Hail change the weather temporarily to intense sunlight, rain, sandstorm and hailstorm. Drought, Drizzle, Sand Stream and Snow Warning are Abilities that do the same when Pokémon appears on the field; initally exclusive to Groudon, Kyogre, Tyranitar and Snover line, respectively, these Abilities are now more widespread.
- Rayquaza's Air Lock causes current weather condition to have no effect on the battlers (it doesn't actually remove it, however). Certain Pokémon have similar Ability Cloud Nine that works the same way.
- On top of Abilities mentioned above Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza are the embodiments of land, sea, and sky, respectively. The first two have access to Primal Reversion, while Rayquaza has Mega Evolution. Both are essentially super modes that summon stronger variants of their weather (with Rayquaza summoning strong winds).
- Castform can use all weather-summoning moves, transforms in the presence of weather, and had a Signature Move that altered with the weather.
- In World of Warcraft Shaman can call on the elemental spirits of the Air and Water to manipulate the weather for abilities such as Thunderstorm and Healing Rain, and Druids can beckon the natural world to create a Hurricane, Cyclone or Typhoon.
- A Conversed Trope in Animal Crossing New Leaf. Villagers with the Uchi (Big Sis) personality will sometimes mention a book called [Villager's species] Storm Caller, and wonder if they can call storms too, before deciding that the town doesn't need more storms.
- The Elder Scrolls
- In the series' backstory, the extremely technologically advanced but now extinct Dwemer were known to make Weather Control Machines, one of which you actually get to use in Morowind's Tribunal expansion.
- Also in the backstory, the Psijic Order has demonstrated their ability to use this power, summoning a storm that swallowed the Maomer (Sea Elves) fleet whole when they tried to invade Tamriel.
- The Tsaesci "snake vampires" of Akavir are believed to have power like this. Uriel V's invasion of Akavir was absolutely plagued by seemingly supernatural bad weather. The Akaviri winter was far longer and more intense than his intelligence reports indicated it would be. Further, it was plagued by a sudden and mysterious drought. Finally, severe storms along the oceanic supply lines sank many of his ships traveling between Akavir and Tamriel. Magical manipulation by the Tsaesci is speculated to be the cause in all cases.
- Skyrim has two Shouts that can manipulate the weather: Storm Call, which calls down lightning bolts- on friend and foe alike, and Clear Skies, which clears any weather effects in the area.
- Tomb Raider (2013) The main antagonist Himeko 'The Sun Queen' of Yamatai, a nation of ancient Japan rules an island in the dragons triangle, an area similar to the bermuda triangle. Winning the game requires you to end Himeko's life.
- The Sorceress in Dragon's Crown manipulates the weather for her most damagingnote crowd-control spells. Blizzard has her summoning up a blizzard to freeze and damage all enemies on screen, while Thunderhead has her conjuring a storm cloud that peppers the battlefield with lightning.
- Dragon Age: Origins has the spell combination Storm of the Century, produced by casting Blizzard and Tempest in the same area. This causes a localized electrical storm.
- City of Heroes had the Storm Summoning support powerset (for Defenders, Corruptors, Controllers, and Masterminds), which had a variety of wind, ice, and lightning-related powers more focused on disabling enemies than direct damage.
- The Cyantian Chronicles: Certain events in certain chapters point toward Vin being able to control the weather, or at least make it rain. A lot.
- In The Order of the Stick, Durkon uses the Control Weather spell at one point (as described in the Tabletop Games section). However, he uses it for a much more awesome effect than it is originally intended, which is lampshaded in the very next strip.
- Isaac from Paranatural. No better demonstrated than in this page (and no better explained than in the very next page). It quickly puts Max's newfound magnetic bat to complete shame.
- SCP Foundation
- SCP-628 ("Flute Copse"). The trees that make up SCP-628 have the ability to increase local wind speed from 9 km/hr to 77 km/hr in less than 80 seconds as well as altering cloud cover.
- SCP-716 ("The Train"). SCP-716 gives off an unknown form of radiation that can (among other effects) alter the nature and severity of local weather patterns.
- Academy of Superheroes: Sultry of the CSV is a weather controller of tremendous power. She can fly with wind, create tornadoes and snowstorms and is immune to her own powers (and any similar effects generated otherwise i.e. she is immune to electricity whether it's a lightning bolt or a taser, is immune to extremes of heat and cold no matter the source and so on)
- Winx Club: Stormy. It's even in her name! Also Icy to an extent. She can manipulate Ice and snow.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Pegasi all have this ability, to the point that controlling the weather is a common job for them (as is the case for Rainbow Dash). Earlier incarnations of the franchise did not give pegasi this ability. Unicorns are mentioned and eventually shown to be able to use their magic for this purpose, both by manipulating existing clouds the way pegasi do and creating clouds wholesale. However, other than Trixie and Twilight Sparkle, all instances shown are special cases (Princess Luna is all races at once, and extremely powerful, and Rarity believed she had Rainbow Dash's job and destiny.)
- In the season 6 opener "The Crystalling", the Crystal Heart is revealed to be the one thing insuring that the Crystal Empire keeps a temperate climate. Without the artifact, neither pegasus cloud-manipulation or even alicorn magic can keep at bay the arctic temperatures and fierce blizzards of the Frozen North.
- Danny Phantom villain Vortex has this power. Given the nature of ghosts in this series, he may well be the Anthropomorphic Personification of storms. Danny himself had temporary control over weather when he got zapped by Vortex's lightning.
- The original Biker Mice from Mars series had the Weathermeister, a one-shot antagonist from the episode "Chill Zone". Unlike most examples, however, she manipulates the weather by slapping stickers of the types of weather she wants onto a map.