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"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!"
Thor, CAPTAIN MARVEL vol. 4, #17
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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.


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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.
  • Naruto:
    • Darui uses Storm Release by combining water release and lightning release.
    • The Juubi can actually create an entire storm system, filled with lighning, rain, and dozens of tornados, in a split second after merely Powering up.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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.
  • Weather Report (real name Wes Bluemarine, originally born as Domenico Pucci) and later Emporio Alniño using Weather's disc from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean can use the weather-manipulating Stand, 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 to place subliminal messages on sunlight, and make oxygen toxic. To elaborate: the Stand manipulates the weather, but "the weather" includes freak storms that rain frogs and tiny nimbus clouds flying at head-height. When Heavy Weather is unleashed, 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.
  • Overlord (2012): Control Weather is a spell that's been heard of, but entirely beyond the reach of most mortals. So the Imperial delegation to Nazarick is appropriately awed when Nazarick's maids have the clouds go away so they can set up a picnic table.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • The Powerpuff Girls deal with odd weather through Townsville (they even have to save some of their foes in the process) which is traced to a figure called the "Weather Girl." It turns out to be Princess Morbucks, trying yet again to one-up the girls at being a hero (DC issue #58, "Weather Vain").
  • When Cassie was upset in Wonder Girl Vol 1 thundering clouds accompanied by rushing wind would start to build, though she's usually limited to just lightning and electric attacks inherited through her father Zeus.

    Comic Strips 
  • In a Story Arc in Peanuts, Linus discovers he has the power to end rainstorms by singing "Rain rain go away/Come again some other day." He's really freaked out by it.
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    Fairy Tales 
  • The Snow Queen: Although, as her name suggests, she's limited to manipulating Snow and Ice.
  • Mother Nature is responsible for everything that happens in nature; naturally this includes the weather.

    Fan Works 
  • Amanda from Fly Or Fall is the Fairy of Weather.
  • Child of the Storm has Thor, naturally, on a global scale. Storm of the X-Men has similar abilities on a more limited scale, while Magneto can create truly vast super-cell thunderstorms by manipulating electromagnetic energy (though he notes that his control is very limited and his technique crude compared to Thor's).
  • 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.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: In Audience With The King, it's one of the surfacer's fears about what Ami might be doing:
    “I overheard her henchmen talk about her plans! She is trying to control the weather and to tame lightning storms!”
    “Alarming if true,” the king said. “Dumat, how likely is she to succeed?”

    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.
  • In Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), the human characters initially think that King Ghidorah is hiding himself within an unusual storm formation, but soon realize that he's causing the storm (equivalent to a category six hurricane).

    Literature 
  • Circleverse: Trisana "Tris" Chandler. Her curly hair collects lightning, and breezes happily follow her around. The British edition of her book in the Circle of Magic quartet is even called The Power in the Storm. 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.
  • Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: In Slimy Underbelly, rival sorcerers with this trope's abilities compete for the chairmanship of the Weather Wizards' Fraternal Order. Their ham-handed attempts to win votes by showing off their powers means the Unnatural Quarter's weather patterns shift drastically from hour to hour and street to street, and attract far more hostility than support.
  • The Divine Comedy: devil mentioned in Purgatorio Canto 5 naturally has the power to send vapor flying into the sky and cause a heavy rainfall, a blessing he abuses to wash away the body of a man who repented of evil with his last breath.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roar: The Stormling royalty are so called because they can wield "stormhearts", magical stones that allow them to battle the sentient storms that regularly rage against human cities. Protagonist Aurora is a Muggle Born of Mages who wants to gain these powers. It turns out she, along with a mysterious antagonist, possess the power to connect and empathize with the storms, allowing her to calm them without needing stormhearts.
  • Septimus Heap: DomDaniel uses a storm to try and sink the boat of the protagonists in Magyk.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • This is the power of Alice Shaw on Heroes.
  • The power of the Weather Dopant in Kamen Rider Double.
  • In Supernatural, Archangels Michael, Raphael, and Lucifer have been shown manipulating weather on a large scale. So has Death.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers: 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.)
  • Some Ultra Series kaiju:
    • Seamons and Seagorath from Return of Ultraman are a mated pair of Sea Monsters that can create huge typhoons and thunderstorms when enraged. Later on, Ultraman Jack faces against a another sea monster named Varricane, which has many of the same abilities..
    • The Gilas Brothers from Ultraman Leo were able to create massive rainstorms and hurricanes to flood entire cities and drown islands.
    • Tenkai from Ultraman Gaia, one of three machine-like beings called the Nature Control Machines. Of the three, Tenkai is the only one that controls weather, as its purpose is to remodel the atmosphere, creating titanic hurricanes and powerful windstorms in the process.
    • Maga-Basser from Ultraman Orb is able to conjure huge clusters of tornadoes by manipulating atmospheric pressure in selected regions.
  • 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.
  • Wonder Woman: In "Judgment from Outer Space", Andros demonstrated this ability.
    Wonder Woman: You can control the weather, can't you?
  • The 4400: In "Till We Have Built Jerusalem", one of Jordan Collier's followers has the ability to control the weather. Jordan has them create minor earthquakes and tornadoes which destroy property but do not harm anyone in order to warn NTAC and the government against attacking him.

    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, with Zeus and Thor being later Trope Codifiers.
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Changeling: The Lost, each of the Seasonal Courts can do this with their Contracts.
    • The Spring Court can use the Contract of Eternal Spring to summon rain from even a cloudless sky, which can range from a light drizzle to a deluge that causes mass flooding.
    • The Summer Court can use the Contract of Punishing Summer to sear the land as if it was facing the desert sun, causing people to become drained of energy, plants to die and causing water to turn to steam.
    • The Autumn Court can use the Contract of Eternal Autumn to create a hailstorm, potentially intense enough to be lethal to people unlucky enough to be unable to get inside.
    • The Winter Court can use the Contract of Eternal Winter to create snowstorms, which can range from a light flurry, enough to allow people to build snowmen and have snowball fights or to bring a city to a standstill.
  • 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 has a variety of powers that effectively allow her to control the weather over a wide area.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: The "Control Weather" spell allows general changes in the weather, such as the degree of cloudiness/precipitation, how hot or cool it is and the wind strength. The "Weather Summoning" spell allows 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.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Warhammer:
      • 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 look at 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.
    • In the fantasy football game Blood Bowl, one of the more specialised Hireling Wizards available that teams can recruit are Weather Mages, who are able to use their abilities to alter the weather to a limited degree. The 5th Edition rules for Weather Mages represent this by allowing them to attempt to change the weather effect for a single turn per game.

    Theme Parks 
  • The backstory of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Disney Theme Parks makes mention of a spirit from within the mountain that destroys the nearby towns by triggering a natural disaster (a flood or earthquake, depending on which version of the ride).

    Toys 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Pokémon:
    • 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.
  • This is Wonder Tweek's power in South Park: The Fractured but Whole, manifesting in-game as Supreme Lightning, a barrage of lightning bolts that also shocks several foes, Icicle Strike, a blown ice kiss that also freezes the target for one turn, Soothing Showers, a localized rain shower that heals an ally, and his first Limit Break, Single-Origin Overdose, which is basically a more flashy Supreme Lightning with more damage and range and no shock effect.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY:
    • During the pilot episode, Glynda battles Cinder in an attempt to stop Roman escaping custody. In her attempt to ground the ship, Glynda creates a circle of purple glyphs in the air from which storm clouds appear. They rain down shards of ice that Glynda directs with her riding crop and two fingers to strike the ship like darts.
    • When Cinder demands proof that she's standing face-to-face with the Spring Maiden, Vernal closes her eyes and raises her hands. As a strong wind whips into life around them, dark storm clouds gather from out of nowhere to darken the skies above. The Spring Maiden has also been known to summon forth lightning from a clear blue sky to bring an unruly crowd of people back to order. Vernal is actually a decoy; while she puts on a physical show to grab everyone's attention, the real Spring Maiden summons the storm anonymously.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • 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)
  • How to Hero discusses these in the entry on freak meteorological phenomena.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 


 
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