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1%% Image selected per Image Pickin' thread:≤%% Please do not replace or remove without starting a new thread.≤%%≤[[quoteright:250:]] ≤[[caption-width-right:250:"Give me what I want and I'll go away..."]]≤≤''Storm of the Century'' is a 1999 television MiniSeries scripted by Creator/StephenKing and starring Creator/TimDaly, Creator/ColmFeore, Creator/DebrahFarentino, and Creator/JeffreyDeMunn.≤≤The worst storm in sixty years is about to hit the coast of Maine, but the people living on Little Tall Island have a bigger problem to deal with, for the Devil has come to town, and he's going to be having some fun today...≤≤----≤!!This miniseries contains examples of:≤≤* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: While the miniseries was released in 1999, it's set in the late 1980s.≤* AccentuateTheNegative: Linoge is accused of this by Mike, who claims that he's focusing on the sins instead of the good deeds. Linoge counters that the good deeds are mostly in his imagination.≤* AffablyEvil: Linoge is polite and has a very pleasant bearing. He's also nice to children, especially Ralphie. He has one or two moments where he flashes some anger, but he spends most of the mini-series speaking quite reasonably and pleasantly to the people he's torturing.≤* AmbiguousSituation: Is Linoge capable of doing everything he said he can do, or was he bluffing? The movie never makes it clear either way, though Linoge's "perhaps you tricked yourselves" line somewhat implies the latter.≤* AnAxeToGrind: It's what Lloyd Wishman uses [[spoiler:to kill himself]].≤* ArcWords: "Give me what I want, and I'll go away."≤* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: See Linoge's quote at DarkSecret. Also, for all the sins he recounts, Mike's big secret is that he... cheated on a test to keep his scholarship.≤* AsTheGoodBookSays: Mike is very devout and said to always have an appropriate quote for a given situation, though his description of Job is decidedly glib.≤* TheBadGuyWins: Linoge [[spoiler:does indeed "get what he wants."]]≤* BerserkButton: Never touch Ralphie without Mike's permission. This extends to ''all'' the parents when [[spoiler:Linoge hypnotizes the kids and renders them comatose]].≤* BlackEyesOfEvil: Linoge can manifest pitch-black eyes at will.≤* BreakTheCutie: Kat Withers. First, she receives a HannibalLecture from Linoge, which reveals [[spoiler:that she had an abortion, and that her boyfriend has been cheating on her]] in front of everyone in the store. After [[spoiler:having a falling-out with her boyfriend, she is [[MoreThanMindControl possessed]] by Linoge and kills him, only to find [[FreakOut herself covered in blood when she snaps out of it.]]]] She's also the first person to notice [[spoiler:that all of the kids are under the same spell, and has another FreakOut]].≤* CatchPhrase:≤** "Born in lust, turn to dust. Born in sin, c'mon in!"≤** "Hell is repetition" shows up in a few of Creator/StephenKing's other works.≤* ClosedCircle: Once the storm starts, Little Tall Island is completely cut off from the mainland and civilization. The residents can't get away from Linoge and have to either accept his deal or let him kill them all.≤* CloseKnitCommunity: Little Tall Island. Invoked by Linoge, as such communities have an abundance of people with skeletons in their closets and a propensity to keep secrets, the perfect location to get what he wants.≤* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler:Ralphie]]≤* CosmicPlaything: As Sonny laments what the town is going through and looks for some AsTheGoodBookSays wisdom, Mike relates the story of Job and all that was taken from him. As Mike says, a pleading Job asked why after a lifetime of devout worship.≤-->'''Mike:''' Job waits... and just as he's convinced that God isn't gonna answer him, a thunderhead forms in the sky. Lightning flashes and a voice calls down... "Job... I guess there's just something about you that pisses me off!"≤* DarkSecret: Linoge says it best: "Your town is full of adulterers, [[PaedoHunt pedophiles]], [[{{Criminals}} thieves]], [[SevenDeadlySins gluttons]], [[BloodyMurder murderers]], [[GangOfBullies bullies]], [[{{Jerkass}} scoundrels]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking covetous morons]]. And I know every last one of them."≤* DealWithTheDevil: "Give me what I want, and I'll go away." [[spoiler:They do and he does.]]≤* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Mike Anderson is a brutal deconstruction of TheHeart, TokenGoodTeammate, and WideEyedIdealist. Mike is one the most morally upright people on Little Tall Island, a devout Christian who always has a quote from the Bible ready. Mike is so moral that the worst secret Linoge could find is that he cheated on a math test in college. The problem is, as Linoge so eloquently puts it, he's the ''only'' morally upright person in a town full of shady people, all of whom have a skeleton or two in their closet. This frequently puts him at odds with the other townsfolk, even his own wife Molly, when they suggest more morally questionable methods (such as killing Linoge). This all boils to a head when Linoge finally makes his ultimatum: Either they give him one of the children to raise as his own or he'll destroy the entire island. Mike desperately pleads with the town to not go through with this, attempting to appeal to their better natures. Unfortunately, his pleas fall on deaf ears and the town goes through with Linoge's deal. As a result, [[spoiler:Mike's son Ralphie is chosen to be Linoge's apprentice. This causes Mike to completely lose faith in the townsfolk and he ultimately decides to leave Little Tall Island in the the end.]]≤* DirtyCoward: Kat accuses Billy of this when [[spoiler:he harps on her abortion while completely ignoring his own infidelity]]. Linoge agrees with her when [[spoiler:he cannot force Billy to bash Kat's head in. Instead, he makes Kat bash Billy's head in]].≤* DownerEnding: Linoge [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins gets what he wants]]]], Mike [[spoiler:loses his son and divorces his wife for going along with the lottery]], Molly [[spoiler:winds up in therapy (though she ultimately remarries)]], several people [[spoiler:end up being DrivenToSuicide out of shame for what they did or the DarkSecret they were hiding]], and finally [[spoiler:Mike gets to see his son after Linoge has corrupted him]]. Comes close to being a ShootTheShaggyDogStory.≤* DrivenToSuicide: Linoge's preferred method of killing his victims, when he doesn't [[PsychicAssistedSuicide do it himself outright]]. Preceded, naturally, by GoMadFromTheRevelation. As mentioned above in DownerEnding, [[spoiler:a few characters kill themselves years after Linoge's visit since they can't live with their decision or their secrets anymore]].≤* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Linoge enters the story by beating an old woman to death, just so you know who the villain is.≤* TheEveryman: Mike Anderson.≤* EvilOverlooker: Some covers show [[EvilSorcerer Andre Linoge]] ominously hovering over the small town he is menacing throughout the miniseries.≤* EvilSorcerer: Andre Linoge.≤* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: What happens to [[spoiler:Angie Carver after she's kidnapped and [[MindRape given visions]] by Linoge. Her hair turning white isn't just from exposure to the snow...]]≤* EyeScream: We're told that Martha's eyes were knocked right out of her head by Linoge beating her to death, and Mayor Beals is warned that Hell will consist of his eyes being eaten endlessly. The DarkSecret of one man that Linoge reveals is that he got in a drunken brawl and made another guy lose his eye. [[spoiler:The ending shows that he willed what little money he had left after his wife divorced him to his victim before committing suicide. It also reveals that he gouged out his ''own'' eye beforehand to punish himself further.]]≤* FateWorseThanDeath: Linoge continually taunts Mayor Beals about how he'll go to hell and have his eyes [[EyeScream eaten over and over again]], [[spoiler:as an ironic punishment for allowing his mother to die in truly horrible conditions]]. Considering everything else Linoge said was true, this may happen.≤* {{Foreshadowing}}:≤** It may be unintentional, but early on, Molly says, "The last thing I want is Alton Hatcher coming down on me." [[spoiler: They get married in the epilogue]].≤** Mike's take on Job highlights how a lifetime of being good doesn't protect someone from a power beyond their control. [[spoiler:He loses his son to Linoge, ultimately divorcing his wife and leaving town]].≤* GenreBlind: Molly turns her back on Mike and goes along with the town's decision to give Linoge a child. When Linoge chooses [[spoiler:Ralphie]], she breaks into unbelieving hysterics, clearly unaware that she was in a Stephen King story and that this result was eminently predictable.≤* {{Glamour}}: Linoge's true form is that of a robed, elderly man. Most of the time, he masquerades as a middle-aged man in winter apparel.≤* GoryDiscretionShot: We don't actually see Martha's face.≤* HannibalLecture: Linoge is capable of delivering these at the drop of the hat.≤* HeroicWillpower: Linoge cannot force [[spoiler:Billy]] to kill [[spoiler:Kat]], though he implies the former is simply too much of a coward to do it rather than any moral fortitude. The reverse, however, is not true, [[spoiler:implicitly because Kat does hate Billy enough right now for Linoge to push her into it]].≤* HomophobicHateCrime: Linoge reveals that one of the townspeople beat a gay man with two of his friends until he lost an eye because they felt attracted to him.≤* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Mike's son Ralphie immediately starts bonding with Linoge and thinks of him as a new friend. Justified since 1) Linoge acts perfectly friendly towards Ralphie, 2) he doesn't make fun of his "fairy saddle" birthmark and 3) Ralphie is a small child.≤* HostileWeather: The titular storm.≤* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Mike. The worst secret Linoge has on him is that he cheated on a college test to keep his scholarship. Compare that to a town full of secrets about beatings, abuse, or corruption. Linoge even says as much, noting that Mike won't find much in the way of similar company on Little Tall Island. [[spoiler:It's also worth noting that he's the only one who can walk away from the whole mess with a clear conscience, while everyone else will have to live with what they did.]]≤* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: André Linoge's goal is to take one of the town's children to raise as his successor. Although he is an incredibly long-lived wizard/demon compared to a human lifespan, he admits that he is not immortal by revealing that he's actually a frail old man beneath his {{Glamour}}. He lets the townfolk decide which of their children he'll take or he'll wipe out the whole town. They eventually decide on [[spoiler:the protagonist's son against his father's will.]]≤-->''[[ArcWords "Give me what I want and I'll go away."]]''≤* InvincibleVillain: Linoge may not be long for this world (by his own standards; he'll still outlive every human he meets by many decades), but that really doesn't matter. The town is completely incapable of stopping him and anything they do to him is solely because he lets them do so.≤* IronicNurseryTune: "I'm a little teapot..." [[Creator/StephenKing King]] certainly seems to like using this one, since it also appears in ''Series/RoseRed''.≤* LighthousePoint: There's a lighthouse on Little Tall Island which featured prominently in trailers and promotional art, despite the fact no character in the miniseries ever interacts with it (except for one creepy segment with Linoge). However, it does get rather spectacularly toppled during the height of the snowstorm ([[SpecialEffectsFailure a clear bit]] of miniature work), an event witnessed by most of the town which also leads to the disappearance and deaths of several characters.≤* LightIsNotGood: Linoge can create blinding white light with his cane, but it's hardly a good sign.≤* MasterOfIllusion: Most of Linoge's sorcery revolves around distorting the inhabitants of Little Tall's senses to make them see and hear what he wants them to see and hear, such as using glamours to alter his appearance and showing the villagers visions of dreams to threaten them with.≤* MeaningfulName:≤** Linoge = ''le neige'', the snow.≤** ''Linoge'' -- ''Legion''≤* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: An idea to get rid of Linoge, suggested by [[spoiler:[[TeamMom Molly]]]] of all people.≤* MayorPain: Robbie Beals is an incredibly headstrong {{Jerkass}}. It's not until [[spoiler:Linoge humiliates him in front of all the townsfolk]] [[BreakTheHaughty that he loses his ego]].≤* MythologyGag: Robbie mentions Literature/DoloresClaiborne, who also lives (or lived) on Little Tall Island.≤* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Linoge first arrives at the island, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment he beats an old woman to death]].≤* OurDemonsAreDifferent: As mentioned below, it is heavily implied that Linoge is the demon Legion mentioned in Literature/TheBible. When Mike figures out the anagram, he relates the story of Legion to the people with him at the time, just in case the viewers can't figure it out for themselves.≤* PedophilePriest: Linoge implies this about Reverend Bobby Riggins.≤* PlayAlongPrisoner: The only reason Linoge even goes to prison is because he clearly felt like screwing with the town for a bit before getting down to business. He could just have easily waited quietly until the storm isolated the island. It also helps to establish that they have no way of stopping him.≤* PresentDayPast: Part 2 contains a fairly blatant bit of ProductPlacement for a brand of Mac laptop that did not exist in the late '80s when the story is set.≤* PropheticNames: [[SignificantAnagram Linoge = Legion]], a Biblical demon.≤* PsychicAssistedSuicide: When Linoge isn't using his sorcerous powers to force people to murder one another, he's using it to force people to commit suicide. [[spoiler:He threatens a psychic-assisted mass suicide should the town refuse him, though he implies at the end that this was a bluff.]]≤* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Linoge's true form is a ''very'' old man. He actually admits that his plot is based on the fact that he is dying of old age, though he also states that compared to the townsfolk's "[[WeAreAsMayflies mayfly]]" like lifespans, he'll still be around long after the vast majority of them are dead (although he concedes that some of the teenagers might outlive him).≤* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mike's level-headed personality makes him a natural leader. Linoge even lampshades that Mike is one of the few people in town that could genuinely be said to be a good person, as opposed to most everyone else using the good as a coping mechanism. [[spoiler:It also ends up alienating him from the rest of the townsfolk when they decide to sacrifice one of the kids.]]≤* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:≤** Linoge enjoys delivering these to people. Usually in the form of a HannibalLecture.≤** In the epilogue [[spoiler:Mike]] delivers a gut-wrenching one to Hatch. Itís calm and subdued but he makes it clear that the guilt the townspeople feel is meaningless to him and their pain is nothing compared to his [[spoiler:because it was their decision that cost him his child.]]≤* RedEyesTakeWarning: Linoge does this occasionally.≤* SacrificialLamb: Martha Clarendon's brutal murder is what sets Linoge's plan in motion.≤* SadisticChoice:≤** "Give me what I want, and I'll go away." [[spoiler:Linoge wants a child, or he'll make the entire town throw themselves into the ocean, disappearing like the Roanoke civilization. They reluctantly give up a child at random, and Linoge twists the knife by implying that he was bluffing about the mass suicide.]]≤** Mike lampshades this when [[spoiler:he wonders about telling Molly that he saw Ralphie with Linoge nine years later. He ultimately decides to keep silent.]]≤---> '''Mike''': When every choice hurts, how do you know which is the right one?≤* ScaryTeeth: When he's doing something evil, Linoge will occasionally flash a mouth full of viper's teeth.≤* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Cora Stanhope, easily the most vulgar townsperson in the movie. [[spoiler:[[DisproportionateRetribution Linoge forces her to drown herself.]]]]≤* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: After losing his son, Mike divorces Molly, quits his job as constable, and leaves Little Tall and never comes back.]]≤* ShutUpHannibal: Subverted. Mike tries to invoke this with Linoge, telling him that while everything Linoge knows about the town might be true, he's only focusing on the bad and ignoring the good.≤* ShutUpKirk: In response to the above, Linoge just laughs at Mike and tells him that the "good" that he focuses on is mostly just a figment of his own imagination.≤* SinisterMinister: The televangelist.≤* SpoilerCover: There are covers which show Linoge in his real form as an ancient wizard in a robe, which wasn't revealed until the end of the miniseries.≤* StockUnsolvedMysteries: Linoge implies (via dream) that he had come to a small island once before to "get what he wants," only to drown all its inhabitants when they refused him: [[spoiler:Roanoke]]. This [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may]] or [[ManipulativeBastard may not]] be true.≤* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Courtesy of [[spoiler:little Pippa Hatcher, upon slapping her mother's face]]. Granted, she was under Linoge's spell at the time...≤* TownWithADarkSecret: Everyone in town has a secret of some sort, with some being known (if not spoken aloud) and others considered so ghastly that the offenders are broken just by Linoge dropping hints. The biggie is [[spoiler:the townspeople surrendering Ralphie to Linoge in order to save themselves]]. Afterwards, everything seemingly returns to normal, [[spoiler:but some commit suicide over their guilt and inability to tell others what happened (either surrendering Ralphie or their own personal sins)]]. [[spoiler:Even Mike, the one person in town who wanted to refuse Linoge, keeps the secret because (as he says) he knows better]].≤* VillainRevealsTheSecret: Andre Linoge uses his virtual omniscience to reveal the horrible and embarrassing secrets of many of the people on Little Tall Island to mess with them.≤* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: [[StatingTheSimpleSolution Suggested frequently.]] It's not until Linoge demonstrates his ability to BulletCatch that it stops being a solution.≤* WouldHurtAChild: Linoge uses his powers to steal the minds/souls of the town's children and put them in a flying dream that he has power over. If the town doesn't play his game and give one up, he'll drop them and they'll be gone forever.≤* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Averted in a PetTheDog moment for Mayor Beals. While he is at first stunned and disbelieving about Davey Hopewell's claim that Martha Clarendon has been murdered, he takes the teenager's fear and shock seriously, getting him care and going to investigate.≤----


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