Pitch Black
Character Pitch Black
Vital statistics
Title Pitch Black, Kozmotis Pitchiner
Gender Male
Film Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Status Alive
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Gold/Silver
Family Lady Pitchiner (Wife, deceased), Mother Nature (Daughter)
Friends Mor'du, Mother Gothel, Red Death, The Monkey King, Nightmares
Enemies The Man in the Moon, Katherine, Nicholas St. North, Toothiana, E. Aster Bunnymund, Sanderson Mansnoozie, Jack Frost, Rapunzel Corona, Merida DunBroch, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
If enough kids stop believing, wonder, hopes and dreams it all goes away. And little by little, so do they. 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.
―Pitch Black

Pitch Black is the embodiment of fear itself, able to control the surroundings in order to cast the world in darkness, as well as manipulate others based on their greatest fears. He fights a constant battle with the Guardians in effort to extinguish children's belief in them and therefore remove their power.  

Physical AppearanceEdit

Pitch is tall, lithe, and dark in appearance. He has silver-golden yellow eyes, 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, obscuring his body like a shadow. Underneath the robe, he wears black pants and black shoes.


Pitch's Center

Pitch's "Center"

Pitch has always been jealous of the Guardians, who are believed in and praised by children all over the world. The fact that the world's children adore the Guardians and brush him off as 'just a bad dream' has left him bitter. After centuries of hiding under beds and listening to parents tell children he doesn't exist has further blackened Pitch's heart.

He had considerable power in the Dark Ages, as everyone believed in him and was terrified of the dark. But once the Guardians came along, Pitch's power decreased until nearly everyone stopped believing or fearing in the Boogeyman. This motivated him to reach his goal: to snuff out every believer the Guardians have until they get a taste of how it feels to be forsaken. He also wished to re-establish belief in the Boogeyman and reclaim some (if not, all) of the power he had in the Dark Ages.

Pitch is cunning and manipulative, which he shows multiple times in the film. One example is when he lures Jack in his lair and tells him that the Guardians will never accept Jack as one of them. Because Pitch can tap into people's greatest fears, he uses this ability to his advantage. While he is not physically threatening unless severely angered, he uses more subtle and unnerving tactics to scare Guardians and children alike. Pitch also shows to be ruthless when he shoots Sandman with a harpoon from behind, apparently 'killing' him. A glimpse of his vulnerability is seen, however, when he asks Jack Frost to join him in his shadowy crusade, hoping that their shared sense of loneliness would win Jack to his side, and is genuinely hurt by Jack's refusal, which can imply that he still has human feelings and this offer was a sincere attempt to have a connection to someone. Though he obviously doesn't have any problem showing his sadistic nature as he had no qualms about nearly killing Jack in bitter revenge during the final battle of the movie, trying to possibly turn Jamie into a Fearling and also killing Baby Tooth. He assumed that Jack would show sympathy for his position-both invisible outcasts and shunned by the world.

The only one person that Pitch seems to genuinely care about and would never manipulate is his daughter Emily Jane, who became Mother Nature in the books. However, their relationship is broken when Emily Jane thought that her father abandoned her, to the point she stays neutral in the conflict between Pitch and the Guardians.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Pitch has various shadow powers, such as traversing great distances through shadows, becoming a shadow, and affect the physical world by interacting with other shadows. He can create Nightmares, Sandman's dreamsand corrupted and shaped as dark horses with glowing golden eyes. He seems to only possess limited control over this however, his nightmares turning on him the second his fear was the only source of fear available. 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 an arrow. For the purposes of the crossover, Pitch also has the ability to control or corrupt others (which usually results in a change in the physical appearance of the victim). Much like the guardians, Pitch is an all-powerful immortal spirit, possessing advanced longevity, durability, youth and is virtually unkillable, being the only villain out of the Evil Four to not die in-canon. Because of this, only other spirits and mortals who believe in him (and possibly animals as well) can see, hear and touch him.

As the spirit of fear, Pitch draws strength from the fear of others (much like how the guardians are powered by the love of the children of the world), being able to overpower Jack when he tries to freeze his nightmare sand a second time. He is able to read a person's fears instantly, exploiting them to his advantage.


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Pitch with an arrow of Nightmare Sand

As mentioned above, Pitch's nightmare sand is flexible and can be easily morphed into any weapon he needs. He does, however, seem to favor an enormous scythe and his dark arrows. He often uses the power of his words and his innate knowledge of people's greatest nightmares to provoke them or talk them into submission.

Role in the CrossoverEdit

With Pitch's immortal form, power and global-threatening intentions, Pitch is the main antagonist in the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons crossover, if the AU happens to include conflict. The Big Four are usually chosen to battle against him and grapple with him both physically and mentally. Pitch often tries to corrupt Hiccup, Merida, and/or Rapunzel in order to crush Jack or get him on his side, depending on the author's will.

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Mosaic-style Concept Art


To see Pitch's relationships with the Big Four and other characters, Click here.

To see Pitch's pairings, click here.

Comparison to the BooksEdit

Physical Appearance and PersonalityEdit


Pitch Black from "The Guardians of Childhood"

Book Pitch is noticably more exaggerated in his appearance than his movie counterpart. His hair is much wilder, with an overcoat adorned with various creases, buttons and a large hood-like collar. 

Whereas the movie's Pitch has a noticable, human-side to his intentions, his cynical and sadistic actions motivated by a consuming loneliness, the book's Pitch Black is a true monster, his inner humanity buried deep enough to where it has little sway in him. This however does not mean that it has no influence at all, as when he was shown the locket containing the photograph of his daughter, it caused a sorrow-filled reaction in him, enough to where his arm became more human-like in the process. This then led Pitch to hunting the flying elephants at Punjam Hy Loo, where he hoped to use their ancient magic to seperate whatever humanity is left from him and become a being of pure darkness.

Role in the BooksEdit

Pitch and Dream Pirates

Pitch on the Nightmare Galleon

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.

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 from 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 exact 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.

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.

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.

Concept ArtEdit

(Concept Art sketched and submitted for original film is credited to Shane Prigmore)