Pitch BlackSERIES: Rise of the Guardians
(film only)CANON POINT:
His ability to instinctively know what people's worst fears are. It's a power he's had for all of his existence, so the loss of it would really
throw him off-- and frustrate him, because it'd make his fearmongering that much less effective. He'd still be able to feel other people's fear when they're scared, but when they aren't, he'd have no clue what to go off of if he wanted to freak them out.ABOUT THE CHARACTER:
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.ABILITIES:Shadows:
He can do all kinds of nifty things with his shadows-- whirl them around in the air, wrap them around things, make shapes out of them (such as his clothing, or a giant facsimile of himself that he made appear at the North Pole at the beginning of the film), and so on. Darkness:
Is Pitch's favorite thing. He's very, very good at blending into it, and can even use it to travel-- he can walk into a patch of darkness in once place, and emerge in a patch of darkness someplace else. That said, he doesn't seem to be able to create it out of nothing (which is one reason why he prefers the night; he's more powerful then). If he's in a wide open space with no places that are dark enough, he's screwed. Nightmare sand:
A corruption of the Sandman's dream sand. In many ways, it functions similarly to his shadows, though the things he creates with it seem to be more solid and tangible-- his shadow-clothes, for example, shift around and blend into his body, and it's not always clear where he ends and they begin; on the other hand, he uses his nightmare sand to make nightmare horses that he can ride and touch, and weapons that he can actually fight with (he prefers a scythe, though he uses a bow and arrow at one point for a long-distance attack). The horses are essentially Pitch's minions, and they can do all kinds of nifty things like change their size (sometimes appearing the size of a small dog, and sometimes appearing as quite a bit bigger than an actual horse) and gallop through the air. They can't speak, but they appear to understand when Pitch talks to them and gives them directions, and they can communicate with each other (he has a whole herd of them). All that said, though, he isn't the Sandman, and so he can't create
the sand-- he can only corrupt it (though since he's gotten practiced with it, things that are made from it don't disappear unless they're destroyed or turned back into dreamsand). This means that it probably counts as a belonging, not a power, and thus wouldn't come with him to Paradisa if I'm accepted. Unless I'm told otherwise, I'm going to operate under that assumption, though I'm including it in the app because it'd be something that he could do if Paradisa ever got a Sandy.Fear/nightmares:
He's not called the Boogeyman for nothing. Pitch specializes in bringing fear, and lately, his favorite way to do this is through giving nightmares. When the Sandman's around, he does this by tainting the good dreams that he gives people. With people who are awake, his mere presence is unsettling, and he's very good at planting scary ideas into people's heads and letting them run with it... or, at least, he used to be. Since the Guardians came to power, less and less people have been believing in him, and therefore less and less people have been affected by him. Now nightmares are his best bet, because people are more susceptible to such things when they're asleep-- and his favorite targets are children, because they're more impressionable in general. Unfortunately, he needs his nightmare sand to give nightmares-- so in Paradisa he'd be stuck with enjoying the nightmares that people are already having, without being able to directly implant them.
If I'm accepted, I won't have him use any of these powers against other characters without their permission! I'll have a permissions post for everything, especially the darkness teleportation (because he could theoretically use it to get past locked doors or into residents' rooms) and the fear-spreading.THIRD-PERSON WRITING SAMPLE:
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.
," 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."FIRST-PERSON JOURNAL SAMPLE: Have a few threads
He's fun! I like villains who have some complexity behind them, and explanations (though not necessarily excuses) for why they do what they do. I don't have any particular plans for him if I get in, to be honest; outside of tagging around and getting CR through him being a creeper, I'd just play it by ear. Also, I've been in the game several times in the past, and I've always liked it! I'll admit right here that a driving reason behind my last two drops was that I had a lot of difficulty with the old activity check, and so ever since I heard that it had been changed to allow threads to count, I've been looking for an excuse to come back. 8]