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King River Butterfly[3] (né Johansen)[4] is the ruler of the Kingdom of Mewni alongside his wife, Queen Butterfly, and Star Butterfly's father. Born into the Johansen clan of barbarians, River was crowned King of Mewni through marriage to Queen Moon Butterfly.

Appearance

King River is a short, stout, light-skinned man with blonde hair (with a bald spot under his crown) and light blue eyes. The crown atop his head is golden with a large pink jewel on the top. He also has blonde eyebrows, a thick, large blonde mustache, and a beard, which splits in two ways. River sports golden shoulder pads with periwinkle tufts, periwinkle cuffs at the end of the arms of his blue coat, and a blue cape with periwinkle fur. He wears large gray pants and black boots.

In "Moon the Undaunted", teenage River has a full head of hair with bangs styled in a similar fashion to Star and Moon's. He wears a blue shirt with light-blue trim and sleeve cuffs, a purple belt, a gray and white ruffled collar, large gray trousers, white boots with black soles, and a small gold crown on top of his head.

Personality

Although seeming just as formal and strict as his wife, it is revealed in "Diaz Family Vacation" that River enjoys going off to fight monsters like Star does when his duties as king bore him. Like his daughter, River is belligerent, headstrong, and prefers battle to diplomacy. Despite this, however, he is a skilled warrior, a dedicated king, and a loving father.

In his youth, River was timid and very shy, being nervous about speaking up around others, and easily unnerved when his opinions were rejected.

Relationships

Star Butterfly

S1E9 Star hugging her father

King Butterfly hugging his daughter.

River is a loving, caring, and concerned father toward his daughter Star, wanting only the best for her. They share a common love for fighting monsters in "Diaz Family Vacation" and having fun in "Royal Pain", and River mentions in "Camping Trip" that he taught Star how to camp and used to give her piggyback rides. They have their disagreements at times, such as when River first finds out that Star uses dimensional scissors without permission, but the two love each other dearly nonetheless. In "Game of Flags", River is proud to see Star participate in the Butterfly-Johansen family tradition of Flags, and in "Baby", he has reservations about bringing her back to Mewni while she's still in school.

Queen Butterfly

S3E2 Moon thanks River for believing in her

Young River and Moon.

River is Queen Moon's husband. The two have their differences and disagreements due to being raised by drastically different families, but they are still a very loving couple. In "Face the Music", River worries about Moon going to the Forest of Certain Death by herself, and he misses her a lot during her absence from the castle in "Marco and the King". He also has a pet name for her, "Moon pie".

In "Moon the Undaunted" and Deep Trouble Issue #2, River is shown to have been very shy and awkward around Moon when they were teenagers. He tries to stick up for Moon during a war meeting and gives her an "apology meat" afterward, nervously calling her "pal", and he would often put himself in harm's way in an attempt to impress her.

Diaz family

S3E4 King River tightly hugging Marco

River and Marco.

River is shown to be on very good terms with the Diazes, especially Marco Diaz. In "Diaz Family Vacation", Rafael and Angie invite him to join them in a hot spring, and in "Royal Pain", Rafael considers River to be a member of his "familia". In "Camping Trip", River goes through a midlife crisis and feels threatened by Marco, believing him to be Star's boyfriend, but the two have grown to be good friends by "Marco and the King"; Marco encourages River to lead the kingdom in its time of need and tries to free him from the dungeon in "King Ludo".

Powers and abilities

  • Physical prowess: King Butterfly possesses above-average physical prowess. He is able to fight monsters and wield a spear in "Diaz Family Vacation", wield a club in "Royal Pain", and survive for extended periods of time in the wilderness and run ten miles in five minutes in "Camping Trip".

Sightings

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Gallery

S1E9 King Butterfly tastes the dirt
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Trivia

  • "Camping Trip" reveals that King Butterfly is very strong and athletic, able to run ten miles in five minutes while carrying Star and Marco (equivalent to 120 mph or 193 kph), and he claims he "used to be able to do it in four" (equivalent to 150 mph or 241 kph). "Game of Flags" reveals that his family, the Johansens, are just as strong and physically capable as he is.
  • Like most Mewmans, he has a fondness for corn, to the extent where he goes into a crazed frenzy should he see his supply threatened.

References

  1. Amelia Lorenz (2017-07-19). Young Moon and Young River voices. Tumblr. Retrieved on 2017 July 19.
  2. River in "Royal Pain": "He ruins every party and is completely oblivious about it!"
  3. Season 1, episode 24: "Storm the Castle"
  4. Season 2, episode 15: "Game of Flags"
ved Star vs. the Forces of Evil Characters
Main characters
Star ButterflyMarco DiazLudo
Characters from Earth
Diaz family:
Angie DiazLinda DiazRafael Diaz

Echo Creek Academy:
Alfonzo DolittleAndreaAwesome OpossumsBeckyBlake LemonsBrittney WongChantalChelsea McNelseyEdFerguson O'durgusonFrancis SmithingtonHope HadleyIngrid BloomgrenJackie Lynn ThomasJanna OrdoniaJustin ArmbergLars VanderdudLeahMegan GandlymMiss SkullnickMoobs SquitsonOskar GreasonPrincipal SkeevesRaya RouseySabrina BackintoshStarFan13TimmyZeke


Other:
Amy VendrosianBon BonBrigidCharlie BoothJeremy BirnbaumLove SentenceLydiaMackie HandMarisolMrs. LiaoSensei BrantleyWarriors

Characters from Mewni
Butterfly family:
Eclipsa ButterflyGlossaryckKing ButterflyLil ChaunceyManfredManticoreQueen ButterflyRoyal guard babysitter

Pony Head family:
King Pony HeadPony Head


Underworld:
BrianMr. CandleTom Lucitor


Other:
Buff Frog's tadpolesDennisDogbullFlower monstersFooldukeHydraMewmansMime GirlMina LoveberryRuberiotWand-powering unicornWarnicorns

Characters from other dimensions
Magic High Commission:
HekapooLekmetOmnitraxus PrimeRhombulus

St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses:
GeminiGuardsMiss HeinousPrincess SmooshyRasticoreSt. Olga's princesses


Pixtopia:
Pixie clerkPixie EmpressPixie taskmasterPixies


Other:
Father TimeHeliosHungry LarryKellyNaysayaPreston Change-OQuest Buy sloth clerksRiddle SphinxRoySquaresWilloughby

Ludo's army
Bald eagleBeard DeerBearicornBig ChickenBoo FlyBuff FrogEmmittGiant spiderLobster ClawsMan ArmSpikeballsThree-eyed Potato BabyToffeeUnnamed bat monsterUnnamed crocodile monsterUnnamed flower monsterUnnamed frill-neck monsterUnnamed giraffe monsterUnnamed goat monsterUnnamed lizard monsterUnnamed mushroom monsterUnnamed two headed monsterUnnamed warthog monster
Star Butterfly's creations
Butterfly monsterCloudyGiant magical squirrelsLaser puppiesMonster ArmSpider With a Top HatThree-eyed firecats

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