King Clawthorne is the tritagonist of The Owl House. He is a young Titan who is Eda's adopted son and sidekick. Originally, he once sought to restore his supposed title and glory as the "King of Demons," before he switched to trying to discover his family and reunite with them. However, it is later discovered that he is actually the last of the Titans.
King is a canine-like creature that somewhat resembles a wolf or a fox. He has mostly dark gray fur, although his belly and the tip of his tail are covered in purplish-gray fur. The highlight of his appearance is a dog-like skull with white horns on his head, one of which is broken. As of the episode "Echoes of the Past", however, his broken horn has been glued back on by Luz.
He has pink eyes with yellow sclera. He has three fingers and two toes that (excluding his thumbs) look like white claws. His mouth does not open except when he's eating, using his sonic shout powers or yawning, which shows he has a purple tongue and two small fangs on his lower mandible.
When swapped with Luz, he resembles almost all of Luz's appearance and characteristics, but with erect hair, pink eyes with yellow sclera, fangs, and no eyelashes.
King wears a red collar with a yellow tag. As of "Echoes of the Past", he has carved the tower symbol into his collar tag.
King is loud, feisty, self-centered, expressive, lazy, comedic and constantly laughs at anything that gives him enjoyment.
Befitting his name, he is used to acting like a monarch, treating people and objects as minions, ordering others around, and acting bigger than he is. He sometimes manages to assume leadership of some form, but loses it due to his negligence and ignorance. King hates being called cute and being treated like a baby, yet due to his small size, has to rely on accessories made for infants.
King has a tremendous love for food. When Luz offered to stay to become a witch, King first wanted Eda to accept, so she could make them snacks. Whenever he is against doing something, the mention of food can change his mind. He is also shown to be lazy, often lying around for naps instead of working and at times must be forced or blackmailed, much to his annoyance. When he gets exhausted, his body goes limp and can be picked up without a fuss.
Interestingly, in "Sense and Insensitivity" he tells Luz fame is the closest he'll ever come to accomplishing his dream, implying that he doesn't believe he'll ever reclaim his throne.
In "Echoes of the Past", King is shown to be insecure. After Lilith and Hooty express their doubts about King's past, he goes out of his way to prove it by bringing them to an island where he claims used to be his kingdom. After Eda reveals the truth about how she found him, he feels hurt and runs away confused and troubled. At the time, he doubts his friends will still like him if he isn't the "King of Demons".
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King is a baby Titan found on an unknown island in the Boiling Sea. According to Lilith, the castle he was found in is ancient. King hatched from an egg in the chamber at the top of the castle after an unknown event led his father away from there. Jean-Luc was there to protect him in the absence of his father. To survive, baby King would catch flies that had flown into the castle to eat.
While Eda was on the run from the Emperor's Coven, she came across the island and went inside the castle to shelter herself from the boiling rains. Inside, she found King stacking rocks and petted him, initially believing he was some kind of dog. However, she was attacked by Jean-Luc, who perceived Eda as an intruder. Though Jean-Luc did manage to damage one of King's horns, Eda managed to fly herself and King to safety. Afterwards, Eda took King home with her and put a red collar on him. One day, she came in to find King stacking rocks like he did in his castle, and commented how he looked like "a king amongst his subjects." King repeated the word "king", and Eda explained what the word meant. King would adopt the word as his name and believe that he was a despotic tyrant in the past. Eda never told King how she found him and instead played along with his fantasies as the King of Demons. However, she did hold on to King's damaged horn fragment.
Obtaining the crown of power
At the start of the series, King did not enjoy Luz's affection for him and, for the most part, tried to escape her various attempts at embracing him. However, he did enjoy Luz's meals that she provided for them both (which she started doing per his suggestion). King would sometimes treat Luz like a servant, but would know deep down that she would in no way serve him.
Eventually, he does warm up to Luz. In "The Intruder", he wishes that, because she is one of the few creatures that is his friend, she would pay attention to him and his interests (i.e. the types of demons that he was trying to teach her) instead of focusing all her attention on magic. King has shown to be defensive for Luz, such as when he fears his "boo-boo buddy" is taken by the 'monster' in "The Intruder", he chases after it, demanding Luz back. In "Covention," he is quick to get angry at a student for cheering Amity's name and not Luz's.
Throughout the series, King and Luz are seen to be bonding well and always doing things together. However, their friendship isn't completely without its hurdles. For example, in "Sense and Insensitivity", Luz decides to write a story together with King and submit it into a writing contest. However, King doesn't really see eye to eye with her on the story content, and decides to change everything when she leaves momentarily; this hurts Luz and she quits the project. King eventually becomes famous due to his writing, but realizes he can't write a novel without rebelling against Luz's "gushy fantasy slop". When he sees Luz at his book signing event, he runs up to her and asks her for help, telling her just that. Feeling offended, Luz refuses, then turns around and leaves. Later, they are both trapped by Piniet inside a shrinking box, who forces them to write a book in a specific amount of time or they will be crushed into cubes. King refuses Luz's suggestion to use her story, saying it's too lovey-dovey. Luz finally snaps and tells King that his refusal to compromise is the reason why they are trapped in the situation. Upon hearing that, King finally realizes his mistake and apologizes to Luz for hurting her feelings, which she accepts. With teamwork and a bit of luck, the duo ultimately manage to get out of the situation unharmed.
To King, Luz is his best friend and surrogate sister, and probably the most comforting person he can be with.
Eda is King's adoptive mother.
Eight years prior to the start of the series, Eda found him on an unknown island while running from the Emperor's Coven. As Jean-Luc started attacking them, Eda picked up King and fled, and took him home later. She called him a king after seeing him build a series of small statues out of pillows and stuffed animals. It was then that King said his first word "king", and began to think of himself as a tyrannical overlord. Amused and surprised by his sentience, Eda simply played along and fed King the story that he was a Demon King, a story she did not expect him to take so closely to heart in the future. Eda kept this hidden for the most part unknown reasons, although it was most likely because (like Luz) she knew it would hurt and confuse King if he were to find out the truth. Since then, the two have been good friends, and they have a friendly banter every now and then. King believes himself to be better than Eda by title and is not afraid to go up against her to prove himself, as seen in "I Was a Teenage Abomination". He hates admitting that he is wrong about anything to her, as it would give her bragging rights. Nevertheless, he seems to have taken to her like a child to his mother. Due to his small body, he is usually found being held like an infant by her, showing that they are at least close.
On occasion, King puts into question Eda's methods and ethics. He's on occasion voiced his concerns about Eda's treatment of Luz. In "I Was a Teenage Abomination" he calls Eda out on her teaching methods, claiming that she could very easily lose Luz if she doesn't shape up. In "Enchanting Grom Fright" he expresses genuine concern that Eda acted a bit to hard on Luz for proposing to become Grom Queen.
In "Eda's Requiem", King hints at a surprise for Eda, and he later reveals at the end of the Gland Prix that he is legally changing his name to King Clawthorne after her, causing Eda (and Luz) to burst into tears, as she had initially feared he was planning to leave her once he found his father.
Much like Eda and any other character who's ever met the enchanting doorknocker, King is distant towards Hooty, although with a much more cruel approach. He openly criticizes and insults Hooty whenever the opportunity presents itself, such as calling him desperate just for wanting to hang out. King finds Hooty's voice to be annoying and is disgusted at the thought of having to wash him whenever he rolls in the mud. Despite his bad attitude towards him, King relies on Hooty for shelter and understands that he maintains the house's utilities. Their relationship gets better in "Adventures in the Elements" after King's animated plush toys turn on him, thus forcing King into befriending Hooty for assistance.
In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty tries to help King figure out what type of demon he is. Later, King becomes upset when Hooty can't give an accurate answer and simply tells him to accept him as he is; that the real answer is inside his heart. He becomes increasingly frustrated, and gets mad about his dad's absence. King then shouts in anger, inadvertently unlocking his voice power, which can create a force field. However, Hooty is too upset to notice that, and pulls away in tears, not hearing King calling after him.
In "Covention", King develops a grudge against the witch-in-training after she crushes his cupcake on purpose, demanding that Luz avenge both him and his treat. At the subsequent Witch's Duel, he attempts to coerce a fan of Amity to cheer for Luz instead, only to accidentally fall into the arena and expose Eda's deception.
In "Eclipse Lake", King appears to be more accepting towards Amity since she started dating Luz, and goes on a trip together with her and Eda in order to find the Titan's Blood. He later helps her understand the messages Luz had been sending her, athough he does become jealous when Luz hugs her before him upon their return home.
King doesn't have much interaction with Gus until "Really Small Problems", where it is shown that he is spiteful over the fact that Luz pays less attention to him because of Gus and Willow. Gus tries to baby King like a pet, much to his annoyance. While struggling to break free, a bottle given to King by a psychic earlier slips out from his pouch and drops to the ground. Some liquid from the bottle splashes onto Gus and Willow, making them smaller. Gus is upset at that, and becomes unhappy with King. However, after seeing King risking his life to save him, Willow and Luz, Gus forgives him and accepts the broken piece of bracelet that King gives him and Willow.
In "Enchanting Grom Fright", their relationship improves when King appears as a co-emcee with Gus on Grom Night. Gus shows genuine concern towards King after he runs away in the middle of the event from stage fright, and gives advice to King afterward to help him with speaking in front of crowds. He continues to show support for King after he faces his fear.
In "Through the Looking Glass Ruins", it is shown that King helped Gus record a video greeting message on his answering machine.
Powers and abilities
- Demonology: Being a demon himself, King is a self-professed expert on his own kind, having several books on the subject, and wishes to help Luz understand the strengths and weaknesses of the monsters she will inevitably meet. Despite his extensive knowledge, he isn't always right; while did get the appearance pretty close, he initially assumed the Snaggleback was one of the most powerful demons on the Boiling Isles. With this knowledge, he can deduce some strengths and weaknesses of an unknown demon, such as when first encountering Eda's cursed form.
- Sonic shout: King has the ability to break the sound barrier with his own screams. He can harness this blast all around his body, and distances directly in front of him for at least several meters away. The force of this blast can easily shatter glass, cause small earthquakes, and even set things on fire.
- Tracking: King is able to detect specific scents, as shown in "Witches Before Wizards", where he sniffs out Luz's scent and follows it to track her down.
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|The Owl House Credits Theme:||Appears|
|1. "A Lying Witch and a Warden":||Debut||10. "Escape of the Palisman":||Appears|
|2. "Witches Before Wizards":||Appears||11. "Sense and Insensitivity":||Appears|
|3. "I Was a Teenage Abomination":||Appears||12. "Adventures in the Elements":||Appears|
|4. "The Intruder":||Appears||13. "The First Day":||Appears|
|5. "Covention":||Appears||14. "Really Small Problems":||Appears|
|6. "Hooty's Moving Hassle":||Appears||15. "Understanding Willow":||Appears|
|7. "Lost in Language":||Appears||16. "Enchanting Grom Fright":||Appears|
|8. "Once Upon a Swap":||Appears||17. "Wing It Like Witches":||Appears|
|9. "Something Ventured, Someone Framed":||Appears||18. "Agony of a Witch":||Appears|
|19. "Young Blood, Old Souls":||Appears|
|The Owl House Main Theme:||Appears|
|The Owl House Credits Theme:||Appears|
|1. "Separate Tides":||Appears||11. "Follies at the Coven Day Parade":||Appears|
|2. "Escaping Expulsion":||Appears||12. "Elsewhere and Elsewhen":||Appears|
|3. "Echoes of the Past":||Appears||13. "Any Sport in a Storm":||Absent|
|4. "Keeping Up A-fear-ances":||Appears||14. "Reaching Out":||Appears|
|5. "Through the Looking Glass Ruins":||Video||15. "Them's the Breaks, Kid":||Appears|
|6. "Hunting Palismen":||Appears||16. "Hollow Mind":||Appears|
|7. "Eda's Requiem":||Appears||17. "Edge of the World":||Appears|
|8. "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door":||Appears||18. "Labyrinth Runners":||Appears|
|9. "Eclipse Lake":||Appears||19. "O Titan, Where Art Thou":||Appears|
|10. "Yesterday's Lie":||Appears||20. "Clouds on the Horizon":||Appears|
|21. "King's Tide":||Appears|
|1. "Welcome to Hexside":||Debut||2. "Eda's Cursed Brush":||Pictured|
|3. "Paint Scare!":||Appears||4. "Art Lessons with Luz":||Appears|
|5. "Coven Lovin Soap Opera":||Appears|
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|1. "The Bake Off!":||Appears|
Behind the scenes
In an early design, it was shown that King's head was originally a complete skull with blue and pink eyes. He also had yellow-golden fur.
Foreign voice actors
|Spanish (Latin America)||Damian Stavros|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Yuri Chesman|
|Cantonese||Antonio Cheung (張振聲)|
|Chinese||Niu Kai Yang (鈕凱暘)|
|Greek||Vassilis Milios (Βασίλης Μήλιος)||Name translated to Βασιλιάς|
|Hebrew||Danny Leshman (דני לשמן)|
|Japanese||Kenta Matsumoto (松本 健太)|
|Korean||Jeon Tae-yeol (전태열)|
|Malay||Kharul Izwan Idahan|
|Russian||Andrey Levin (Андрей Лёвин)|
|Thai||Nont Sripho (นนท์ ศรีโพธิ์)|
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- He resembles Cubone from the Pokémon franchise.
- As seen in "Coven Lovin Soap Opera", King is strong enough to throw the TV magic ball up with enough force to break through to the second floor.
- King has a mouth, but it is only really seen when he is eating/yawning (as seen in "Adventures in the Elements"), or sneezing (as seen in "Escaping Expulsion"). His mouth is also visible when he is using his sonic shout as shown in the episode "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door".
- In "Sense and Insensitivity", he considers "King" as "more of a rank, than a name", implying his real name remains unknown. However, in "Echoes of the Past", it is shown that King really is his name, as Eda named him that because she called him a "king among his people", and it just stuck. Because his true parentage and technically identity remains secret for now, it is unknown what his birth name (or intended birth name) is.
- In "Enchanting Grom Fright", it is revealed that King has stage fright.
- King can survive and function normally in the Human Realm.
- In the Amphibia episode "Bessie & MicroAngelo", King's skull head can be seen atop a staff wielded by Anne, as part of the armor she tries on.
- In the Big City Greens episode "Present Tense", a doll of King can be seen in the claw machine at the arcade.
- According to Dana, King's parallel of Gravity Falls would be Bill Cipher.
- King's expression, "Weh", may be a reference to Waluigi from the Mario franchise.
- King was born with his skull on the outside of his head.
- In fact, according to Dana, if he were to remove his skull, his eyes would float in place (his brain is inside his body) and his tongue would be visible.
- King claims demons have two weaknesses, purified water and, occasionally, passive-aggressive comments.
- As of "Eda's Requiem", his surname was legally changed to Clawthorne due to Eda adopting him.
- In a podcast followup on "Edge of the World", director Bosook "Bo" Coburn stated that the Titan was King's father.
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