|Name||NA: Sturm |
JP: Herr Bonze ('Mister Evil')
|Super CO Power||Meteor Strike|
|Appears In||AW, AW2|
Sturm is the central villain of the first two Advance Wars games. The leader of Black Hole, Sturm appears to be an unspecified extraterrestrial being.
Sturm's first plot involved a clone of the Orange Star CO, Andy. The clone attacked Blue Moon, Green Earth and Yellow Comet. The clone fooled those armies into thinking it was the real Andy. Sturm also managed to persuade the Blue Moon chief, Olaf, to invade Orange Star, pretending to be his ally. Orange Star confronted and destroyed the clone, before moving in on Sturm himself. Sturm was beaten in a battle, but survived to kidnap Sonja. He was brought down in a final battle with the other territories, and retreated, promising to return for another attack.
He did so, invading Macro Land along with Hawke, Adder, Lash and Flak. The other territories again fought back the Black Hole forces, before confronting Sturm on his archipelago. Having broken into his fortress and taking out his security system, the alliance arrived at Sturm's ultimate weapon. They successfully destroyed his death ray as he attempted to launch a giant missile. The COs entered the fortress and confronted the villain face-to-face. Before Sturm could kill them, Hawke turned against his former commander and murdered him with Black Storm. With his dying words, Sturm branded Hawke a traitor. Hawke then assumed command of Black Hole and agreed an ostensible truce to end the wars.
Sturm's units are not affected by terrain costs above 1, unless it is snowing. In the original Advance Wars, the playable Sturm has high resistance to attacks at the cost of attack power; the Sturm encountered in the Campaign Mode is the opposite. In Advance Wars 2, Sturm is the same in all modes.