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Pitch
Biographical Information
Full Name Pitch Black
Alias Lord High General of the Galaxies (formerly)
The Boogeyman
The Nightmare King
Other Name(s) Kozmotis Pitchiner (formerly)[1]
Age
Birthplace
Home Pitch's Lair
Occupation(s) King of Nightmares
Morality Good (formerly)
Evil
Characteristics
Gender Male
Race
Eye Color Silver-Gold
Hair Color Black
Relationships
Relative(s) Mother Nature (daughter)[2]
Lady Pitchiner (Wife)
Affiliation(s)
Allies
Minions Dream Pirates, Fearlings, Nightmare Men, Nightmares
Enemies The Guardians
Ombric
Nightlight
Katherine
The Man in the Moon
Powers and Abilities
Power(s) Magic[3]

turning children into Fearlings [4][5]
possessing animals[6] and inanimate objects [7]
turning dreams into nightmares [8] [9]

Weakness(es) Daylight[10]
Equipment Bow and arrow, scythe
Background Information
First Seen The Man in the Moon (book)
Rise of the Guardians (movie)
Last Seen
Voice Actor(s) Jude Law

Fabio Tassone (video game)

You didn't expect me to stay
in the dark forever... did you?

—Pitch

Pitch Black, the Nightmare King, is the Rise of the Guardians' re-imagining of the boogeyman, the mythical creature that haunts the closets and dark corners of childhood nightmares and the main antagonist of the film. He is voiced by Jude Law.

Physical Appearance

Pitch is tall, lithe, and dark in appearance. He has silver-golden yellow eyes resembling an eclipse, dull pale-gray skin, and glossy black hair that is styled to come out as slick spikes from the back of his head. He wears a long, black robe with a v neck line and shadows running down his arms, obscuring his body like a shadow. Underneath the robe, he wears black pants and black shoes.

Rise of the Guardians

Pitch first appeared as a shadow after his black sand swirled around North's globe of the Earth. North, fearing that the Nightmare King had returned, assembled the Guardians. The Man in the Moon, also knowing about Pitch's return, chooses Jack Frost as the new Guardian. While Jack was taken to the North Pole to discuss being chosen as the new Guardian and the return of Pitch, Pitch is seen in Cupcake's bedroom enjoying her dream about a unicorn. He smiled and said that it just need a touch of fear. He touched the Sandman's sand, corrupting the dream into one of his Onyx (Nightmares Horses). He then instructed the Nightmare horse to inform the others that the wait was over.

Pitch is later seeing talking to the moon, referring the Moon as an 'old friend' and stating that the Man in the Moon should have seen it coming. He then asked the Moon if his Guardians were ready.

Pitch later decided to kidnap all of Tooth's Mini Fairies and take the tooth box of every child on Earth. The Guardians arrive to help Tooth battle Pitch but was seen to have the upper hand by teleporting and avoiding their attacks. He sees Jack and asked him if he's been recently hanging with Guardians (in which Jack replied no). Pitch teased that Jack was just a neutral party, and after, started to ignore him.

Tooth felt that she was getting weaker and that the kids weren't believing in her anymore. When Jack asked what was happening (he was very new to the Guardians' business), Pitch explained that if enough children stop believing in any of the Guardians, they'll slowly wither away. The Guardians attempted to attack Pitch but  he escaped before they could make a move.

The Guardians decided to retrieve the teeth themselves without the Mini Fairies' help. Pitch learned of this through one of his nightmares and decided to get rid of the Sandman once and for all. Pitch sent two Nightmares after the Guardians, and while they spied on them, Jack noticed the Nightmares and immediately charged after. Sandman followed as well. Pitch sees Jack once again, sneering and remarking about how Jack was around the Guardians too much for a neutral party. Jack replied that he made it his battle after he stole the teeth from Tooth's Palace. Sandy appeared behind Pitch and the two started to battle; Sandy had the upper hand. Pitch begs for forgiveness but then sends all of his Nightmares towards the two. Thousands of Nightmares appeared around Jack and Sandy and they tried to battle them. Sandy grab Jack and flew to the sky. In the sky, Pitch took the opportunity of Sandy being distracted and stab him with an Arrow made of black sand.

Sandy hurt by Pitch's arrow turn into nightmare and Pitch took delight in that. Jack, furious, charged at Pitch and Pitch send a handful of Nightmare his way but to his surprise, Jack destroy them all with amazing force. Pitch then decide that Jack must go next.

When Jack was taking Sophie back home, Pitch used Jack's Tooth Box to lured him to his lair. In there, Pitch used Jack's fear of not being believed in, to distract him while his Nightmare destroy Easter and he kidnapped Baby Tooth. After his plans are completed, he gives Jack his Tooth Box knowing the Guardians will not trust him again.

Later, Pitch appeared again to recruit Jack and took delight when his black sand and Jack's ice created a sculpture when they clashed. Pitch tried to be a friend to Jack and get Jack to joined him in creating a world that is all Pitch Black and Jack Frost. Jack turn it down by saying he doesn't want to live in a world they fear him and to leave him alone. Pitch showed Jack that he has Baby Tooth and he will trade her for his staff. Jack said yes and when he gave Pitch his staff and Jack asked for Baby Tooth, Pitch replied no since he told him that he wanted to be alone.

Baby Tooth attack Pitch which ended with him throwing her away and breaking Jack's staff. Pitch disappeared after leaving Jack with a broken staff and no way of returning back and get in the way .

Pitch appeared one more time in North's Workshop, were he tells the Yetis that they can stop making toys since Christmas is forever gone but when he realizes there's was one light still glowing, he decide to go find the kid, Jamie, and stop him from believing in the Guardians so his plan could be accomplished.

He arrive to Burgess and was surprised to see Jack again. Jack tried to beat him, but soon realizes that Pitch was stronger. After Pitch beats Jack in their sky battle and fell to Earth, Pitch took delight at seeing the Guardians in their weak state and soon he surrounded them in an alley. Pitch asked Jamie if he believed in the boogeyman, but before he could finish Jack threw a snowball at Pitch's face giving the Guardians enough time to escape with Jamie and recruit his friends.

The Guardians said they will protect the kids which Pitch replied but who's going to protect them? Jamie said he will protect the Guardians and his friends soon joined him. Pitch send his Nightmare horses at the kids but they were turned into dreamsand making the Guardians get the energy back to battle Pitch. Pitch tried to battle the Guardians but soon was cornered. He disappeared and appeared behind Jack, trying to kill him once and for all but to his surprised and the Guardians' also, Sandy was revived by Jamie and his friends.

Pitch was knocked out thanks to Sandy and when he woke up, he saw them having fun. Trying to stop them from having fun, he went after Jamie but to his surprised and fear, Jamie is not scared of him and was able to go through him. Pitch, scared, retreat back to one of the entrances but is confronted by the Guardians one last time. Pitch takes noticed that the Nightmares are here meaning someone has fear but to his surprise, they were there for him since the Guardians weren't scared. The Nightmares then attacked Pitch and took him back to his lair.

Personality

Pitch is everything a child fears, and he thrives on the fear of children, taking a cruel delight in turning their pleasant dreams into nightmares. But what Pitch hates is when children overcome their fears and don't believe in him, particularly when parents tell their kids that the boogeyman is just a bad dream.

As such, he is hatefully jealous of the Guardians, who are believed in and beloved by children. Eventually, his hate and jealously would convince him to undertake a conspiring vendetta against the Guardians and destroy the children's beliefs in them, and he could usher in another Dark Age.

Pitch however does have a sad side, as he has suffered loneliness, has longed for a family, and was shunned just for being what he is, something he thought made Jack Frost similar to himself.

However, he is still full of contempt and spite, as he target Jack, at first to use and manipulate him, then to try and recruit him, and then tried to depower (and kill) him when Jack refused to side with him.

Pitch's master plan was to usher in a new Dark Age of Fear and Darkness, by destroying the faith the Children of the World have in the Guardians.

He began by mastering his Black Sand and then spooking North. Once North called the other Guardians to the Pole, Pitch made his first offensive move by attacking the Tooth Palace with an army of Nightmares, kidnapping the tooth fairies and stealing the teeth, which contain the memories of childhood.

With Tooth weakened and unable to help the children remember, Pitch then targeted Sandy and destroy him. With Sandy out of the way, all the children no longer received pleasant dreams and suffered nightmares, along with weakening their faith in the Guardians even more.

His next move (after getting a taste of Jack Frost's power) was to lure him away from the Warren so he would not be there when the Nightmares destroyed the Easter Eggs (along with ostracizing Jack by making it appear that he betrayed the Guardians and attempt to recruit him, only to try and depower him). This all but destroyed all Belief in the Guardians except for the belief maintained by one child, Jamie Bennett.

Jamie was Pitch's last target, to snuff out that last light of Belief. However, Jack, having realized that his center is Fun, he helped Jamie, along with his friends, boost their faith and restore Sandy.

With his plan thwarted, Pitch felt afraid and his Nightmares turned against him, dragging him into the darkness of his lair.

Powers and Abilities

Pitch's arrow

Pitch can create weapons with his Black Sand.

"Darkness came in the shifting of a villain named Pitch. The dreams he hungered for most were those of children, the pure of heart. He could sense children from seven planets off, and with a mere touch of his hands, he could leave them plagued with nightmares for the rest of their lives." - William Joyce [11]

Powers of Shadow and Darkness

Pitch has various shadow powers, such as traversing great distances through shadows and darkness; he can literally become a shadow, and affect the physical world by interacting with other shadows.

While literally hiding in the darkness, he can't be touched or seen unless he deliberately makes his presence known. As darkness is everywhere, Pitch can appear from any shadow or dark corner almost instantly. This is why he hides under beds, because beds are always dark underneath.

Powers of Fear and Nightmares

He can create Nightmares shaped as dark horses/mares with golden eyes; they are manifestations of Fear or corrupted pleasant dreams pulled from the mind of a sleeping child for Pitch to control.

Pitch thrives on Fear, primarily the fear of children, but back in his day, during the Dark Ages, he fed on everyone's fears, which made him incredibly powerful. He appears to have an intuition and power of insight on personal fears, enabling him to determine what any individual fears, which he uses to play mind games or break one's spirits. He claims to always know people's greatest fears.

Black Sand

He has his own version of the Sandman's Dreamsand, but Pitch's sand is black and induces bad dreams. He can corrupt Sandy's dreamsand as well as any pleasant dream a child is having, turning those dreams themselves into nightmares. Pitch also has the ability to morph his black sand into weapons such as a scythe or a bow and arrow.

According to Pitch, it took him "a while" to perfect his Black Sand, for the purpose of turning Dreams into Nightmares.

Trivia

  • His signature color is black.
  • Pitch and The Sandman are identical spirits, but one is potentially more lethal than the other.
  • Pitch is more commonly known to children as the Boogeyman.
  • He is voiced by Jude Law.
  • His lair is in an underground palace accessed through a tunnel under a broken bed. This would refer to the old tale of monsters, like the Boogeyman, hiding under children's beds.
  • Pitch can morph and blend into shadows around him.
  • Pitch is older than the Man in the Moon because he was alive during his father's time.
  • Pitch spreads fear across the world because he wants to be believed in and in a world where only fear exist, he will be believed in.
  • Nightmares come from the fears that live in every heart.
  • Pitch's Nightmares take the shape of black horses which help him accomplish his dark deeds.
  • Pitch was on Earth first, he ruled the Dark Ages with fear at a time before the Guardians existed.
  • Pitch hides under children's beds because of his love for scary and dark places.
  • There is a pun following his Fearlings, or nightmares, as they resemble horses which are also known to be mares. 
  • His eyes resemble an eclipse.
  • According to story Artist Juan Pablo, Pitch's design was heavily inspired by "the Joker for his unusual movements and personality...Hannibal's stare...Gary Oldman's Stansfield in Leon: The Professional...and trying to bring that randomness and aura to Pitch."
  • Pitch's appearance holds a strong resemblance to Dream from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. Ironically, Sandman is one of Dream's alliances.
  • His appearance, particularly his pale skin, angular face and dark robe, also bears a strong resemblance to Hades from Walt Disney Animation's Hercules.
  • "Pitch doesn’t have a key color or pattern. He’s like a chameleon that blends into the background. We always stage him at night, when he comes out of the dark corners of the rooms.” – Patrick Hanenberger, production designer.
  • According to the DVD commentary, Pitch's height changes over the course of the film as he grows in power. In the Antarctic scene with Jack Frost, Pitch is in his "Medium Form", a head taller than Jack himself.
  • During the development of Rise of the Guardians, the designer even toyed with the idea of Pitch and Jack being brothers. [12]

Appearances

Guardians G symbol

The Guardians of Childhood

Picture books

Chapter books

Rise of the Guardians

Books

Comics

Film

Video Games

Background in The Guardians of Childhood

The Rise and Fall of Pitch

Before Pitch became the Nightmare King, he was once a hero of the Golden Age named Kozmotis Pitchiner. He had led the Golden Armies in capturing the Fearlings and their ilk, then volunteered to guard the prison planet they had been imprisoned in. He kept vigil for years, forced to listen to the prisoners' constant whispering and pleading.
Pitch in the books

Pitch, as portrayed in the books.

His only solace was thinking of his daughter, of whom he kept a photograph of in a locket. But one day, sensing his weakness, the prisoners imitated her voice and hypnotized Kozmotis to believe she was being held inside with them. Frantic, he opened the doors to release her, but was instead possessed by ten thousand Fearlings, transforming him into Pitch, the Nightmare King.[13] [14]

His mind and heart had been so twisted with thoughts of vengeance, he sought to destroy the Golden Age by turning all good dreams into nightmares. He plundered planets, extinguished stars and stole every dream he came across, leaving only misery and despair in his wake. He hungered for children's dreams the most, since they were pure of heart, and even turned some children into Fearlings. But he had planned a different fate for the Lunanoff Prince, who never had a nightmare: Pitch would turn the infant into his Prince of Nightmares. To flee from him, the Lunanoff family set sail for Earth but he managed to track them down,[15] only to be defeated by Nightlight, the prince's guardian, in a huge explosion. Pitch and Nightlight vanished without a trace, but the Man in the Moon's parents were killed instantaneously.[16]

Pitch Returns

For countless centuries Pitch was imprisoned in a cave near the small village of Tanglewood, pierced through the heart by Nightlight's diamond-like dagger. Nightlight, too, had been trapped within Pitch's dark, cold heart all that time until an unsuspecting Moonbeam released them both from their confinement. Pitch decided he would exact his vengeance on those who had imprisoned him by turning every child on Earth's dreams into nightmares.[17]

One of his targets was the village of Santoff Claussen, where he found children who had never experienced fears or bad dreams. While possessing their Bear in an attempt to attack them, Nicholas St. North killed the Bear to stop him. Pitch was forced out, but dissolved in the morning light before he could do more.[18]

Pitch's Battle at the Himalayas

Pitch later appeared in Santoff Claussen again in the form of a black spider and entered North's Djinni through its ear and possessed it. With the Djinni under his control, he went through Ombric's books of enslavement. Using the Djinni, he was with Ombric and North to the Himalayas and hesitated in doing an order for Ombric and attacked North. Before Ombric can cast a spell, Pitch uses a spell of enslavement to turn North and Ombric into dolls. He tried to used them to find the object they were searching for, but he was stopped by Katherine and Nightlight, who took the dolls away and hid in a cave. Pitch managed to find Katherine and took North away and told Katherine that she was going to be his Darkling Princess and wanted to hear one more scream before he could transform her. Though his Fearling broke the figurine of North, Katherine was able to bring him back with her belief. When Pitch tried to attack North with the Djinni, he finds out that the Djinni is programmed that it will not harm its friends. Realising that he was defeated, Pitch decided to retreat for now and took the Djinni with him, saying that it suited him.

The Battle at the Earth's Core

Pitch came back to Santoff Claussen for Ombric's magic library. He transformed the Spirit of the Forest, Petrov, the animals, and the parents into dolls. He came to where the children were talking with Mr. Querty and tried to take the library, but Nightlight used a flash of light to distract Pitch long enough for Mr. Querty to devour the entire library and hide in Nightlight's vest. Pitch weakens Nightlight with a weapon made of lead and breaks Nightlight's diamond dagger and captures him and the children and uses them as ransom for the library.

After taking the children to the Earth's core, he tries to scare the children and Nightlight by threatening to turn him into a Darkling Prince and Katherine into his Darkling Princess. However, Nightlight was not imtimidated by Pitch's threats and Pitch grabs at his head, but a flash of light occurred and changed Pitch's hand into human-like flesh color. Calmly, he placed Nightlight into a lead prison and locked the children away, while his fearlings were fashioning armor and weapons made of lead, so they travel in the sunlight.

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