- "I think that as long as Finitevus is around, he won't stop trying to go after Austin. And now that I'm Austin's friend, Finitevus may try to use me as leverage against him. The Battle of Angel Island is over, but the War of Time has only just begun."
- —Storm's thoughts on Finitevus, Storm's War
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Storm the Buizel is a male Buizel who appears in The Legend of Fox the Brave, the protagonist of The Shattered Storm Saga. He is a good friend of Austin Smith, as well as the older brother of Shell the Buizel and eldest child of Whirlpool and Paya Floatzel, and the secondary/supporting protagonist of the second half of the newly named Fleeing Evil Saga, consisting of the trilogy Austin's Battle, Austin's Flight, and Austin's Exile. He is also the main protagonist in Storm's Struggle, and Storm's War, Storm's Battle, and Storm's Shadow. As a result of his close friendship with Austin, Storm has an intense hatred of Finitevus. He currently resides at the Storming Base as a Storm Fighter as of Search for the Lost Warriors.
Being a Buizel, Storm appears to be a short, anthropomorphic weasel with two tails. He has pale orange fur, yellowish-tan fur on his muzzle, belly, and tail-tips as well as one spot of the same color above each eye and one on the underside of each forepaw, two small black streaks on each side of his muzzle, and a short scar on the right side of his muzzle. He has a medium-sized black nose, two short "crests" on the back of his head(the top one longer than the other), black eyes, and one short blue fin on each arm. Finally, he has a pale yellow-orange flotation sac(referred to as his "collar") around his neck, and two orange spots on his back(females have one)
Storm is cool, cocky, and confident, as well as caring. He cares deeply for his friends, especially his younger sister Shell and his friend Austin. Because he's such good friends with Austin, Storm has an intense hatred of Finitevus for threatening his friend.
Before the Series: Storm was born the eldest child of Whirlpool and Paya in the aptly named River Valley Village. During an attack on his village while he was standing guard as punishment for messing around, Storm fell into the river and was swept away from his home. He met up with the villainous Pokemon who attacked his Village, believing him to be the mysterious "Shattered Storm", a being who would bring peace to the Worlds after a great war. He agrees to go with them, meeting up with Boomer the Pikachu, later meeting Kaendan the Quilava and Rooky the Sandile when the latter two spy for the Storming Alliance. After Kaendan is badly wounded, Storm is manipulated into believing his friends are enemies, but later has some sense ranted into him by an angry Kaendan, and he leaves with the other three, heading to the Storming Base, and later becomes a member of Rogue Squad. He would later become good friends with Austin Smith.
The Fleeing Evil Saga: In the latter trilogy of the Fleeing Evil Saga, Storm went on a patrol with his leader Silver the Lucario, Austin, and Diggs the Excadrill, and was captured with Austin by Finitevus' goons. After that, Finitevus would use Storm as leverage against Austin, threatening the Buizel's life if ever Austin refused to comply. Later, Austin and Storm fled to an unknown jungle, managing to evade Finitevus all the while. Storm and Austin now currently reside in this forest, waiting for the chance to return.
Storm's Struggle: Storm arrives in the Ice Cave with Austin, and is shocked to hear the warning of the Shattered Storm return, and to learn that it focused on Austin the whole time, as well as him, and that their destinies were entwined since the moment Austin set paw in the Worlds. When Austin becomes enraged, Storm tries to comfort him but only succeeds in pushing Austin to completely lose faith in the Spirits in the Stars. Later, when Storm is watching Scorch and Ripple train, he is visited by Locke's Spirit. Locke tells Storm that the Spirits couldn't prevent everything, and Storm asks what [Storm] is going to do, since Austin lost faith in the Spirits in the Stars. Locke explains that he and E.J. chose to keep the warning hidden unless Austin learned about it himself, with E.J. deciding that Austin didn't need to worry about it on top of Finitevus' plans for him. Storm challenges Locke, who calmly states that Austin must find his own courage to end his struggle himself. Soon, Storm is floating on his back in a small lake, he notices the dark look in Austin's eyes, and decides to have a mock fight with him. He sprays water at Austin and the black-and-brown dog, surprised and mock angry at him, leaps in to wrestle in the water with him. They finally heave themselves out and answer a commotion to stop Luna, a Shiny Midnight Lycanroc bullying Bram the Psyduck. Austin surprises Storm with his ferocity in how he shoves Luna away from Bram. Storm later accompanies Austin to the nearby Wela Volcano Park, since the latter had promised to tell the local Young Ones a story(unmentioned). Storm suns himself nearby, and gets a feeling of being watched. He turns to see two figures watching him and Austin, but does not recognize them, since the sun is in his eyes. He puts a paw over his eyes to shade them, and recognizes the shapes of a hedgehog and an Echidna. After the two strangers leave, Storm is distracted by Hawk the Fletchling, who asks him what he's looking at. Storm replies that its nothing and pushes it out of his mind. On their way home, Storm and Austin encounter Finitevus, Lycus, and Dallas, and notes how aggressive Austin is, pressing against the German Shepherd warrior. Finitevus tells them that he's willing to give them another chance to accept his help, to which Austin vehemently refuses, reminding him that he killed Michael and fooled Dallas. Finitevus smugly states that Dallas came to him willingly, that he "understood" the "truth" behind his "mission", adding that it was a "shame" that Austin wouldn't. Austin snarls that he knows Finitevus' goal is a load of nonsense, and Storm finds himself preferring Austin's menace to Finitevus', reasoning that Austin's menace was justified. After Dallas "justifies" his reasoning for joining Finitevus, Storm is surprised by Austin's cursing when he explains his beliefs for why Dakota refused to go with his brother after Finitevus mocks Dakota's decision. When Finitevus offers to "help" Austin and Storm make the Worlds "safer" for them to return, Storm is somewhat appealed by it, but Austin isn't fooled, and Storm doesn't like how Finitevus isn't fazed at all by the dog's fury. Finitevus cruelly states that had Austin accepted his offer, Michael would still be alive. Furious and hurt, Austin shoves past with a snarl, and Storm scampers after him, afraid. Outside their new jungle home, Storm and Austin begin arguing over the latter's lack of belief in the Spirits, and it turns into a full-out physical brawl. During the fight, Storm realizes that while he has the upper hand underwater because he could breathe underwater and easily swim away, Austin had the advantage on land because he was fast, strong, and bulky. The two fight until Michael intervenes, reprimanding the two. Michael reminds them that they are friends and that friends don't fight each other. Austin is ashamed to be told off by his younger brother's Spirit, saying he wishes Finitevus had left [Michael] alone. Michael says that he also wishes Finitevus had left him alone, so that he wouldn't have died, and Dallas would never have betrayed the Alliance, also telling them that fighting with each other isn't the way to solve their problems. Michael explains the reasoning behind the warning, and tells Austin that Finitevus has some idea of the former's knowledge, and that Austin must keep his knowledge hidden at all costs before fading away, to Austin's unhappiness.
Storm's War: See Storm's War
The War of Darkness(arc)
Return of Evil: Storm first appears alongside Austin when they encounter Finitevus and Lycus outside Lamarkie Forest while the latter two are being confronted by Boulder, Lucas the Lycanroc, and Finnick the Lycanroc. When Austin storms away furiously after the encounter, Storm hurries after him. Later, Storm is seen practicing Z-Moves with Lerry the Bear's help, with which he successfully pulls off Hydro Vortex. He later appears in a vision Boulder has of the Battle of Angel Island.
Storm of Warriors: Storm is relatively minor, only making an appearance during the Final Battle. He participates in the Battle, but when Mephiles appears, Storm wishes Austin luck before leaping off to help a Flareon in trouble.
The Phantom Storm:
The Heart of a Warrior: Storm is mentioned to have turned down being the Storm Fighters' new deputy because he believes Eggman won't take them seriously if their deputy is a Buizel. Later, he stands in as deputy while Boulder is gone after falling off a cliff with Infinite. Storm is sitting in the deputy's spot, but shifts to the side when Boulder arrives, giving Shadow an uncomfortable look.
Storm's moveset currently consists of Water Gun, Water Pulse, Aqua Jet, and Sonic Boom, all of which he uses frequently. As of Return of Evil, Storm can use the Z-Move Hydro Vortex, as he is seen successfully pulling it off with Lerry's help while training.
Being a Water-Type Pokemon, Storm naturally has aquatic respiration(the ability to breathe under and above water). He can spin his two tails like a propeller(like Tails when he flies) to propel himself through the water, being able to swim faster due to his streamlined body. His flotation sac-often referred to as his collar-allows him to stop himself underwater and provide support for others who can grab his collar underwater. His current Ability is Swift Swim, which boosts his Speed in Rain.
Being a pure Water-Type, he is weak to Electric and Grass Types, resists Steel, Ice, and Water Types, and has an Advantage against Ground, Fire, and Rock Types.
Initially, Storm disliked the brown-and-black human-turned-Mobian because of their greatly contrasting personalities. However, after seeing the psychological damage Finitevus unknowingly inflicted on the thick-furred warrior, Storm actually came to like him, quickly becoming close friends with him following the Battle of Angel Island. This friendship was tested during the events of both The Lost Fox and Storm's Shadow when Austin was hanging out with Rokky the Krokorok more often, but Austin reaffirmed his friendship with Storm after being badly injured and temporarily paralyzed by a mind-controlled Feral Fox. Storm's input on Austin's growing friendship with his new Z-Partner Boulder the Lycanroc is unknown due to him only having a minor appearance in Return of Evil
Storm was initially indifferent to Finitevus' actions, merely fighting him out of loyalty to The Storming Alliance, but it became a personal battle when the Buizel befriended Austin Smith, Finitevus' target.
Scorch the Solynx
Storm, alongside Austin, befriended the Fire-Type Solynx after he became amicable toward them after Austin saved his life
Ripple the Frogadier
Storm, alongside Austin, befriended the Frogadier as a Froakie after saving his life. They agreed to name him Ripple, after Riptide, a Frogadier with a big heart and a love for his Teammates.
Storm likely grew close to Boulder through Austin, as the latter two are now close friends. Storm is now good friends with Boulder and is willing to offer his input on any visions or dreams the Lycanroc has when asked for it.
Storm has sort of a sixth sense, brought up in Storm's Struggle when he spots Finitevus and Scourge spying on him and Austin(unseen because of being seen silhouetted)
- In the midquel trilogy made as part of the newly-named Shattered Storm Saga, it is revealed that this sixth sense manifests in a chill he gets before something bad happens.
The concept for Storm's War is that it shows the War of Time from his point of view, and his developing friendship with Austin.
- It's revealed in this story that in the beginning, Storm didn't really like Austin for the dog's habit of cracking jokes and the fact that he is easy to excite. He begins to regret this when he sees the psychological effect Austin's fear of Finitevus has on him.
While Storm does not have a confirmed Dark Mobius counterpart, he does have a confirmed Light Mobius counterpart, seen in Shadowed Future: The Broken Team, where he joins the Storm Fighters to be with his good friend Austin. In the end though, he chooses to go with Splash when the Megastone Rogues leave the new Base.
While Austin and Storm are often seen as inseparable, Storm does not physically appear in The Dusk Wolf, and has no speaking roles in Return of Evil.