Sweet dreams are made of this

Who am I to disagree?

Travel the world and the seven seas

Everybody’s looking for something

Some of them want to use you

Some of them want to get used by you

Some of them want to abuse you

Some of them want to be abused

~Annie Lennox

Well I want you to notice

To notice when I’m not around

To notice your eyes see straight through me

And speak to me without a sound

I wanna hold you

Protect you from all of the things I’ve already endured

And I wanna show you

Show you all the things that this life has in 

Store for you

And I’ll always love you

The way that a father should love his daughter

When I woke up this morning

I cried as I walked to the door

I cried about how long I’ll be away for

I cried about leaving you all alone

Sweet Zoe Jane

Sweet Zoe Jane

So I wanted to say this

'Cause I wouldn't know where to begin

To explain to you what I have been through

To explain where your daddy has been

Sweet Zoe Jane

Sweet Zoe Jane

~Stain’d

Fear is only in our minds,

Taking over all the time

Fear is only in our minds,

But it’s taking over all the time,

You poor, sweet, innocent thing

Dry your eyes, and testify

You know you live to break me

Don’t deny, sweet sacrifice

One day I’m gonna forget your name

And one sweet day you’re gonna drown in my love’s pain.

~Evanescence

"Realistic" Pitch Black the Nightmare King (formerly the human General Kozmotis Pitchiner) from the Guardians of Childhood books by William Joyce, and the Dreamworks film “Rise of the Guardians,” in which he is voiced by the delectable Jude Law (who loosely inspires his appearance here).    

WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW.

Pitch, an unwilling host to malevolent spirits called “Fearlings” who now control his entire psyche, is the physical embodiment of human fear.  Pitch’s backstory is tragic and ironic.  He was once, during a perfect epoch called the “Golden Age,” a “stalwart, heroic” war general who single-handedly won the turning point battle of the very war that imprisoned the Fearlings.  However Pitch then became guard of the only door to the Pandora’s Box of a jail in which the Fearlings resided, on a “Prison Planet” far away from his home—and his “fiercely beloved” young daughter.  Pitch used to look at a picture of his little girl, for whom the general was simply “Daddy,” in a silver locket that he kept on his person in order to endure the evil and alluring murmurings of the Fearlings in their cell.  After eons of this, Pitch was tricked into opening the cell for the Fearlings when they assumed the voice of his daughter and tricked him into thinking she was inside the prison with them and in harm’s way.  At this point, though he “fought valiantly,” the devoted and lonely father was overtaken and possessed by the Fearlings. He lost all of his memories of being a human (except in certain cases much later when he is shown the locket again), succumbed to evil and became the Nightmare King. 

Centuries later Pitch, who was the original Guardian of Childhood, became the harbinger of all human fear great or small, healthy or destructive, closely associated in function and nature with Sanderson Mansnoozie (the Sandman).  His primary job was to frighten children into obedience and good behavior as the “Bogeyman,” but over time Pitch began to enjoy the occupation of terrifying children and adults alike too much and to feed off of fear for its own sake, with no constructive purpose. His base of operations was in shadows and under beds.  The task he received was as lonely as his nobler task as a human had been, which surely holds some kind of unconscious residual bitterness for the spirit.  Indeed, Pitch slowly became resentful of the fact that his fellow Guardians (Nicholas St. North, E. Aster Bunnymund, Sandman, and Toothiana) were “changing the rules” and making it so that fear—and Pitch himself—were no longer a necessary factor in children’s lives.  Doing so rendered him “unseeable,” obsolete, and basically forgotten.  

In both Joyce’s books and the Dreamworks film, this angry, lonely spirit takes jealous measures to put the other Guardians in the position that he has too long suffered, by forcing children to cease believing in the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy.  His schemes are selfish and cruel, with no regard whatsoever for collateral, and the diametrical opposite of his former self; it’s deeply unclear, however, to what extent the spite behind Pitch’s actions is his own or is augmented significantly by the Fearlings.  In different versions, different characters intervene and successfully overtake Pitch: the Man in the Moon, a sorcerer named Omric, a spirit called Nightlight, Jackson (Jack) Frost,  a girl called Katherine who reminds Pitch to an agonizing extent of his daughter, and his daughter (Mother Nature) herself.  In the books Pitch is misguidedly hellbent on a reunion with his daughter, who was once the source of his moral strength and heroism  (even to the extent that he will replace her with an orphan to whom he has no blood relation); in the film his daughter is never mentioned but he makes a similar desperate, childish, and pathetically malicious bid for companionship to Jack Frost, a similarly “unseen” spirit who also was separated forever from family, but who refuses his offer.  

Though I seem to be alone in this sentiment, I feel very, very sorry for Pitch, I believe that the heroic and wonderful “Daddy” whom he was in his past MATTERS GREATLY (a character shares this view with me, as does Joyce himself, but I won’t spoil whom) and he doesn’t deserve to suffer anymore.  There are moments in the books that prove there is still a goodness in Pitch’s core which very few can get at, but already have gotten at, since his transformation; however whether this will amount to anything remains to be seen.  I am hoping and PRAYING the character somehow can reconcile with his daughter in the book that comes out next year, which also debuts Jack Frost. I also hope that some constructive measure can be found for the role he serves. It’s hard being the embodiment of necessary negative things.   

tl;dr. lol. I have feels for villains who were once good people, especially good daddies. THE END. \o/

Pitch (c) William Joyce, Dreamworks.

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