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Pitch Black ([personal profile] timor) wrote2014-02-28 10:13 am
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Character: Pitch Black
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians (film only)

History:
Wikipedia article on the film!

Personality:
Pitch is a spirit of fear-- the Boogeyman. He's been around for millennia, and he would be the first to tell you that he isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Unlike his main enemies, the Guardians, Pitch doesn't need to be believed in to exist-- but that isn't to say that belief isn't important to him. He may not need it to survive, but he does want it, desperately. The less people believe in him, the less power he has over them-- possibly even to the point that he might as well not exist for all that the people around him know. In canon, he's practically at this point already. People routinely walk through him, they can't hear him when he talks, and it's commonplace for parents to tell their children, "Don't be scared, there's no such thing as the Boogeyman". And he hates it. He doesn't expect to be liked, but he deeply wants recognition and respect-- things that he simply doesn't have.

He's also lonely. He's the only "bad" spirit to appear-- or even be mentioned-- in the movie, and it's pretty clear that he doesn't have anyone to team up with. The mortals can't see him because they don't believe in him, the other spirits avoid him because he's a sketchy asshole, and he likely has always spent almost all of his time on his own. (As an interesting aside, he seems to have at least some level of genuine fondness for his nightmare horses-- he gets snarly and grumpy at them when he's frustrated, but he also strokes them, talks to them, and has a favorite one that he rides a lot. They in turn treat him much like a pet would treat its owner, though they do get riled up and drag him back to his underground lair in the end, when he's defeated and afraid-- like Pitch, they go for fear above all else, no matter who it comes from.) At one point, he offers friendship and an alliance to Jack Frost, another lonely spirit who's comparatively very young and hasn't yet found his place in the world. When Jack turns him down, he actually looks quite hurt for a moment... before that hurt turns to vindictive anger, anyway. Where things like rejection and belittlement (real or perceived) are concerned, his mood can change on a dime, and he can be frighteningly quick to anger. This-- along with his general nature-- means that he gets into fights a lot, especially when he's pulling off his Master Take-Over-the-World Plan. In battle, he's generally a pragmatist. He prefers to fight when he can, but when defeat is likely he's not above admitting it to himself, and in those situations he's been known to choose to try to flee instead. For all his bluster, he's well aware that he's not the most powerful being in the world.

I'd argue that by the time the movie rolls around, Pitch's biggest motivators are revenge and desperation. He's incredibly bitter towards the Guardians, who have put a lot of effort into making the world a happier, less scary place for kids (and therefore, in Pitch's mind, making him less relevant to their lives). They have a great many things that he wants for himself-- respect, recognition, belief-- while he's regulated to second class status, and has to deal with fewer and fewer people taking him seriously or acknowledging his existence. In a pre-canon comic titled Pitch Black (unlike the other Rufftoon comics, this one was officially released by Dreamworks and can presumably be considered official canon, which is why I'm including it here) that takes place about six hundred years before the movie, there are some interesting differences in his personality and behavior. He actually acts rather amicably towards the newly-formed Guardians, and even briefly entertains the idea of forming an alliance with Santa Claus (he suggests that Santa reward the good kids with toys, and Pitch scare the naughty ones into behaving; Santa vetos this and encourages him not to go too overboard with the fear thing). Ultimately, though, he turns down the offer to ally with them and become a Guardian himself. At the end of the encounter, he expresses confusion as to why the Man in the Moon had felt the need to form the Guardians, and wonders if it was because he thinks that fear has no place in the world anymore. This is implied to be the real beginning of his downslide: when he starts to go from being an unpleasant, creepy spirit who is nevertheless fine with the nicer beings giving people hope and wonder to balance out his fear... to being an over the top villain who wants to completely eliminate those nicer beings and cover the entire world with darkness. Were his actions or his goals justified? Hell no. Were the Guardians right to take him down? Hell yes. But after centuries of seeing his power decline, it's not too surprising that he ended up snapping and deciding that desperate times called for desperate measures.

All of that said, he's far from a tragic woobie who just needs a hug to make him all better. Loneliness or not, sadness or not, he's still the literal embodiment of fear-- and that's never going to change, even when he isn't actively trying to take over the world. He could make friends with someone, sincerely like them, and enjoy their company, but their fear and nightmares would still be wonderfully delicious things to him. He's capable of being cordial-- even genuinely so!-- but he's still a creepy fucker who lurks in closets and delights in the terror of children. He's pretty damn divorced from humanity, and he knows it.

Other:
Pitch appears in both the film Rise of the Guardians and book series The Guardians of Childhood, which the film was based on. The fandom is divided on whether the books and the movie should be considered part of the same continuity or whether they're AUs of each other, particularly where Pitch is concerned (his backstory is markedly different in the film than it is in the books, though some players do find ways to combine the two). If I'm accepted, I'd like to play him as movie-only.

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First Person:
A post from another game! My third person sample takes place in another game's setting too, so hopefully this is okay. If not, I'd be happy to write a fresh first-person sample, or find some links not from this same game.

Third Person:
NOTE: This sample is taken from my application to Paradisa.

The wardrobes that the castle put in each bedroom were glorious. And Pitch didn't say that lightly-- he was, after all, what one might call a connoisseur of closets, from overly-spacious walk-ins to detestable and cramped wall insets. These were just right, size-wise: big enough for him to slip into without difficulty, but not so big that they were practically their own room. And the craftsmanship was impressive, too. Ornately-carved wooden wardrobes weren't a Boogeyman's necessity by any stretch of the imagination, but really, compared to some of the ugly "modern" behemoths people had started putting in their rooms during the eighties? Paradisa could have done a lot worse.

But, of course, the wardrobe wasn't the main event. He wasn't even in his own. The owner of this particular closet was a little boy of about eight years of age. Pitch had found him through the journals, when the child had-- unwittingly and publicly-- written an entry asking the other residents for advice on getting rid of bad dreams.

Unfortunately, he simply would not go to bed. A new arrival, Pitch mused to himself. Still reveling in the freedom of not having a bedtime. But he could be patient. New arrivals meant new nightmares, and he was just itching to find out what sort of terrible things this boy dreamed about at night. War and destruction, perhaps? Or seeing the death of a friend? So many children here seemed to come from violent, unstable situations, and while this was regrettable for them, it was wonderful for Pitch. So many scared little dreamers, and he didn't even have to lift a finger.

After about two hours of waiting, the boy finally started to yawn and rub at his eyes. That's right. You're so tired, and so young. Children need their rest. Go on, lie down.... And soon enough, he did, setting aside his journal and climbing into bed. Showtime.

Pitch gave it another ten minutes or so before he quietly slid open the closet door and slid out, stretching (crouching in closets for hours on end was murder on his back). Soundlessly, he glided across the floor and over to the bed, leaning down over the small, still form.

"Oh," he breathed. "This is a good one, isn't it? What a treasure." Monsters, destruction, uncertainty, death... fear. It was all there.

"How kind of you to advertise yourself to me," he murmured to the sleeping child, as he settled in to watch, listen, and absorb. "I do believe I'll be a repeat visitor."

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