in the dark forever... did you?
Pitch Black, the Nightmare King, is the Rise of the Guardians' re-imagining of the boogeyman, the mythic creature that haunts the closets and dark corners of childhood nightmares and the main antagonist of the film. He is voiced by Jude Law.
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.
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 MiniFairies 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 Guardian's business), Pitch explained that if children stop believing in any of the Guardians, they'll slowly wither away. The Guardians attempted to attack Pitch but 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 for he surprised 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 Teeth Box to lured him to his lair. In there, Pitch used Jack's fear of not been 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 relies 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 for and soon he surrounded them in an ally. 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 dream sand 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 knock 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.
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 children remember, Pitch then targeted Sandy and destroy him. With Sandy out of the way, all the children no longer recieved 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 to have betrayed the Guardians and attempt to rcruit 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 Bennet.
Jamie was Pitch's last target, to snuff out that last light of Belief. However, Jack, having realized his center, Fun, 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
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 touchd or seen unless he deliberatly 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.
He has his own version of the Sandman's Dream Sand, but Pitch's sand is black and induces bad dreams. He can corrupt Sandy's dream sand 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.
- "Oh, go suck an egg, rabbit."
- "What an adorable dream. What's more powerful? It's fear."
- "You can't kill fear, Jack."
- "Oh, I thought I heard the clippity-clop of a unicorn!"
- "Maybe I want what you have, to be believed in. Maybe I'm tired of hiding under beds!"
- (Watching as Sandy is consumed by nightmares) "I'd say "pleasant dreams"... but there aren't any left!"
- "I do know what it's like to be cast out, to not be believed in! To long for... a family... All those years in the shadows, I thought no one else knows what this feels like... but now I see I was wrong."
- "We don't have to be alone, Jack."
- (To the Man in the Moon) My nightmares are finally ready. Are your Guardians?
- No Christmas, or Easter, or little fairies that come in the night. There will be nothing but fear, and darkness... and me. It's your turn not to be believed in..
- (taunting) So what do you think, Jamie, do you believe in the Boogey..? (is hit in the face by one of Jack's snowballs causing the Guardians and Jamie to laugh and his Nightmares to look confused)
- 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 as old (if not older) than the Man in the Moon.
- 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.
- "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.
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The Guardians of Childhood
- Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King
- E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!
- Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies
- The Sandman and the War of Dreams
Rise of the Guardians
Background in The Guardians of Childhood
The Rise and Fall of PitchBefore 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. 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.
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 him, the Lunanoff family set sail for Earth but he managed to track them down, 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.
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 extract his vengeance on those who had imprisoned him by turning every child on Earth's dreams into nightmares.
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.
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!, Chapter One: We Begin Our Story with a Story
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, Chapter Thirty: The Winds of Change
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, Chapter Twenty-Two: To Be Brave...
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Chapter Five: The Golden Age
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Toothiana: Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies, Chapter Twenty-Seven: Can a Pooka Grow Six Arms?
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Chapter Nine: The Battle of the Bear
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Chapter Sixteen: Anger, Age, and Fear Make an Unwanted Appearance
- ↑ Rise of the Guardians. Peter Ramsey (Director) & Christina Steinberg, Nancy Bernstein (Producers) & David Lindsay-Abaire (Screenplay). DreamWorks Animation. November 21, 2012.
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Chapter Ten: In Which a Great Many Things Occur Swiftly
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!, Chapter Eight: A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Through Time
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: The Man in the Moon
- ↑ William Joyce, The Guardians of Childhood: Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, Chapter One: In Which the Great War Is Renewed