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->''"Whosoever uses the Black Cauldron for evil will be all-powerful, for my blood will flow with his, and together we will either rule the world or destroy it."''
-->--The {{curse}} of the Black Cauldron

Meet [[{{Disney}} Disney's]] RedHeadedStepchild, OldShame, and the 25th entry in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, 1985's ''The Black Cauldron''. It is the story of Taran, a young Assistant Pig Keeper who desperately wants to be a great warrior. He is charged with hiding Hen Wen, an innocent-looking pig -who is actually an oracle. The BigBad, the Horned King, wants the pig because she can uncover the location of the Black Cauldron, with which he will bring to life an army of invincible, undead warriors to conquer the world.

Along the way, Taran meets Gurgi, a cowardly, furry creature who is always looking for food to eat, Princess Eilonwy, who aids him in his escape from the Horned King's dungeon, and the wandering minstrel Fflewddur Fflam.

Based on a series of novels, ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain The Chronicles of Prydain]]'' by Creator/LloydAlexander, ''TheBlackCauldron'' is easily one of Disney's darkest animated features. It is significant for the company in three ways:

* It is the first Disney animated feature to be rated PG in the USA for family-unfriendly violence and [[NightmareFuel disturbing imagery]].
* It is the first Disney animated feature to have ''absolutely no singing''; thus, there is one less element available to alleviate the movie's dark elements.
* It [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped so massively]] that Disney almost shut down their entire animation department over it.

A common misconception is that ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' was the first animated Disney movie to use CGI. Actually, it was this movie - the Bauble, boat, explosions, and cauldron itself were animated with CGI. However, because ''The Black Cauldron'' was such a failure, most fans and critical Disney historians [[FanonDiscontinuity purposely forget this vital piece of trivia]].

''VideoGame/TheBlackCauldron'' was also a mildly successful computer game released by SierraEntertainment in 1986 (yes, the same folks who produced ''SpaceQuest'' and ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'').

The film's lack of success has led to it becoming something of a black sheep for the company. Its first official home video release did not occur until 1998. A 25th anniversary edition was released on September 24, 2010, so it seems Disney is confident of some demand for it among audiences, but characters from the film rarely appear in other Disney material. In particular, despite her Princess status, Princess Eilonwy is not part of the official Disney Princess line up.

Despite being a massive flop, it had gotten praise from probably the last person you'd expect - the writer of the original books, Creator/LloydAlexander. He stated:

"First, I have to say, there is [[InNameOnly no resemblance]] between the movie and the book. Having said that, the movie in itself, purely as a movie, I found to be very enjoyable. I had fun watching it. What I would hope is that anyone who sees the movie would certainly enjoy it, but I'd also hope that they'd actually read the book. The book is quite different. It's a very powerful, very moving story, and I think people would find a lot more depth in the book."

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!!This film includes examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: One of the witches to Fflewddur Fflam.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The sword Taran wields.
* AccidentalKiss: Taran and Eilonwy are sort of tricked into one of these at the end, not that they particularly mind.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The witches. In the books, they're neutral figures who bend their own rules to ''help'' Taran and his friends dispose of the cauldron. In the film, they try to trick him into giving up a treasure for the cauldron only to retrieve it later.
** The same also happens to Ursula in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Disney has a real problem with witches, huh?
* AdaptedOut: Quite a few.
** Prince Gwydion, who in the books was the only one ''able'' to defeat the Horned King.
** Also, Achren and Coll.
** And almost every supporting character from the book called ''The Black Cauldron'', such as Prince Ellydir and King Morgaunt.
** The Cauldron's ''[[FailsafeFailure destruction]]''. In the book it can only reanimate the dead; it cannot animate living beings, because they're already alive, and thus, self-destructs.
* AllThereInTheManual: Of the Witches of Morva, only one is named; [[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain the book]] names them all. It also mentions that Dallben was essentially raised by them, explains why Fflewddur's harp keeps breaking and how he got it, and includes the detail that he's not really a bard at all, [[spoiler:but a king who left his kingdom to become a bard, and failed the academy]].
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Cauldron.
* AllDeathsFinal: [[spoiler:Averted; the witches say they cannot bring back Gurgi but then the bard forces them to do so. It's implied this was a hard thing to do.]]
* AnimateDead: The Horned King's reason for seeking the eponymous Black Cauldron is because it's a magical ArtifactOfDoom which can create an undead skeletal army known as the Cauldron Born for the summoner to conquer the world.
* BadBoss: The Horned King's first response to ''any'' setback whatsoever is to strangle Creeper, whether it's his fault or not. Also, his reward to his (deceased) human minions for their service is to turn them into mindless undead warriors instead of giving them a proper burial. Not to mention what would have happened to his ''living'' minions had there not been extreme ExecutiveMeddling going on.
* BatmanGambit: The sneakiest of the witches convinces Taran to trade his magic sword for the Cauldron, counting on the notion that he and his friends won't know what to do with it and will eventually give it back -- so she and her sisters will own both the sword and the Cauldron! It's then beautifully crippled by Fflewddur, who remembers in the nick of time that if they're going to take back the Cauldron, then [[EquivalentExchange they must give the heroes something in return]].
* BerserkButton: Eilonwy. Don't ever be sexist (Taran) in her presence. Nor take the side of said sexist (Fflam).
** Also, the Horned King is quite calm and cold-blooded, but if you spoil his plans he immediately gets enraged and tries to choke you to death.
* BewitchedAmphibians: Fflewddur gets turned into a frog by one of the witch sisters who wants to eat him, but he gets changed back by the one who has a crush on him.
* BigBad: The Horned King.
* BigEater: Gurgi is always on the lookout for "munchings and crunchings".
* BigHam: The Horned King, primarily. "Get up you fools!!! KILL!!!!!!!"
* BrickJoke: Hen Wen is left under the guard of the FairFolk when the heroes go after the Cauldron; she doesn't turn up again until the very end of the film, where she's shown back at Dalben's house, revealing to TheObiWan what happened to his student. Doli's there, too, indicating that, unsurprisingly, he got stuck with the job of [[IncrediblyLamePun going wee wee wee all the way home]]...
* ButtMonkey: Creeper is always getting abused by the other henchmen, stepped on, strangled by the Horned King, and things tend to fall on his head.
* TheCameo: [[Disney/PeterPan Tinkerbell]] makes a brief appearance among the Fair Folk.
* CanonForeigner: Creeper, who was not part of Alexander's original series.
* CartoonCreature: Gurgi is a strange example of this trope, looking something like a cross between an Old English Sheepdog, a marmot, and a gibbon.
* ClingyMacGuffin: Eilonwy's "bauble", which floats around chasing rats. This is (again) a huge departure from the books, in which the bauble was neither sentient nor able to move under its own power, but had many other magical properties.
* ClosingCredits: These were absent in previous Disney animated films. From ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' through ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', Disney held onto the old Hollywood format of having a long opening credits sequence with no credits at the end, ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' being the only exception and it was only a cast list. From ''The Black Cauldron'' onward, all Disney animated films have closing credits.
* CollapsingLair
* CreatorCameo: Animator Phil Nibbelink snuck a self-portrait in as a red-headed henchman who shakes Creeper and demands "More women!"
* CompositeCharacter: The book's Arawn and the Horned King are combined into one in the movie. However, the filmmakers work Arawn in by alluding to him as the [[SealedEvilInACan sealed evil in the cauldron]] in the prologue.
* DarkerAndEdgier: In comparison to other Disney movies before it. This was the first DisneyAnimatedCanon movie to earn a PG rating, and fittingly so, given its high concentration of NightmareFuel.
* DemBones: The Cauldron Born.
* DeusExMachina: While the cauldron is the first artifact and/or character introduced, the way it qualifies is how it takes out [[spoiler:The Horned King]]. While it was explained that a living person entering the cauldron of his or her own free will would seal its powers, it is not explained why it kills the guy and destroys the castle. It's implied that it's just that evil, but that's a rather [[HandWave flimsy explanation]]. Its pretty obvious this was done in desperation to avoid a KudzuPlot and tie up all loose ends quickly.
** It is also highly anticlimactic, because the [[spoiler: King]] doesn't get to DO anything, despite being hinted as being a powerful sorcerer, that can ''teleport at whim''.
** Another is supplied by the witches, who [[spoiler: revive the person that jumped into the cauldron]]. And why is it that the witches have this cauldron in the first place and the heroes practically fall on top of apparently the only society that knows where they are?
* DirtyCoward[=/=]LovableCoward: Gurgi always ducks out at the first hint of trouble, much to Taran's fury... until he volunteers to give his life to stop the Cauldron Born.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice necessary? No worries.]]
* DueToTheDead: Eilonwy disapproves of Taran taking the sword from a grave.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Eilonwy, the RedHeadedStepchild of the [[DisneyPrincess Disney Princesses]]; this being one of the "unpopular movies" mentioned in the trope entry, you won't be seeing ''her'' plastered all over your local department store. For added hilarity, in the books, the character was described as having red-gold hair, while in the film it's HairOfGoldHeartOfGold. This is brought up in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SSZBAPleVc&feature=related Disney Princess cosplay skit]], in which all of the Disney Princesses meet onstage and argue. When Eilonwy introduces herself, everyone asks "Who are you?" When she mentions the film's name, they all say, "Never ''heard'' of it!"
** In the books, she is the last living member of the royal house of Llyr. She's actually the daughter of the Princess Angharad, who fell in love with a commoner and ran away from her royal family to marry him. Eilonwy was kidnapped from her parents and orphaned as a very young child. In the books, after the first adventure, she goes to live with Taran and Dallben at the farm Caer Dallben. Anyone who wants to belittle her calls her a "scullery maid", in reference to the chores she does there. The film reflects this point but fails to explain or develop it.
* EvilBrit: The Horned King (being voiced by Creator/JohnHurt). Of course, most of the good guys also have British voice actors.
* EvilGloating
* EvilOverlord: The Horned King.
* EvilSorcerer: The Horned King.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The Horned King.
* EvilMinions
* EvilPlan:The Horned King has a good ol' TakeOverTheWorld plot but he needs the Black Cauldron to make it happen.
* {{Expy}}: Imagine Gurgi meeting Gollum from LordOfTheRings.
* TheFace: Eliowny, as a princess, contrasts the guys of the group and talks reason into the big headed TheHero.
* FailureHero: Taran so wants to be a KnightInShiningArmour, but at almost no point in the film does he successfully do anything useful with his own skills: He loses Hen Wen almost immediately after being entrusted with her; when held captive by the Horned King he only escapes with the help of Eilonwy and the magic sword; and he unwittingly brings the Black Cauldron into the Horned King's hands by getting it from the witches with whom it probably would've been completely secure (as well as giving away the potentially [[StoryBreakerPower story breaking]] magic sword in the process). At the end of the film, Taran actually acknowledges that he's a failure as a warrior and forfeits his chance to become one in order to [[spoiler:resurrect Gurgi.]]
* TheFairFolk: Subverted. Or at least downplayed. They're not really much like this trope. But they are called that.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** [[spoiler: The Horned King is absorbed into the cauldron, his clothing, blood and flesh are sucked into the demonic spirit and destroyed (since it wants his soul, not his body), leaving but a disturbingly smiling skeleton, which explodes after having its spirit yanked straight out]].
** Scenes of the Cauldron Born tearing apart the Horned King's living minions were cut to keep it from getting an R rating.
* FarmBoy: Taran.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Of the books, more accurately. This film is a bit of a mash-up of elements from the first two books of the Prydain series, ''The Book of Three'' and ''The Black Cauldron''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Taran being bested by a goat, who he pretends is the Horned King, shows that things will not go well for him when he actually tries to fight.
* GagBoobs: Orwen of the Three witches, who is on the heavier side and well-endowed enough to lose a frog in her bodacious bosoms.
* GendoPose: The Horned King does this several times.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Umm... Fflam, in frog form, getting helplessly trapped in the witch's bodacious bosom, anyone?
* AGodAmI: The Horned King is ready to kill the world to be worshipped as a god by the dead.
* GreatOffscreenWar: At the beginning of the film the characters mention that there's a war being fought (presumably against the Horned King, given the context), but we never see any part of it, nor do we even see whom or whatever the Horned King is fighting against.
* TheGrimReaper: The Horned King looks like the Reaper's brown-robed twin but with ''horns''.
* GrumpyOldMan: Doli, in probably the only characterization completely faithful to the books other than the species switch from dwarf to fairy.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy
* GutturalGrowler: The Horned King.
* HeroicSacrifice
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: The very story-breaking magic sword only sees some action during the escape from the Horned King's castle. Taran exchanges it for the Black Cauldron and doesn't ever get it back.
* HornedHumanoid: The Horned King.
* HostageForMcguffin: Hen Wen will be beheaded unless Taran makes her reveal the location of the Black Cauldron.
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Gurgi.
* IdiotBall: The three witches grab it pretty hard when they trade the Black Cauldron to Taran in exchange for the magic sword. They assume that after getting it in trade, the heroes will be forced to return the cauldron when they learn that they can't use it without sacrificing a willing life, allowing the witches to keep both the sword and the cauldron. They don't take into account that the heroes could just refuse to give the cauldron back for nothing, and lo and behold, when the witches try to retrieve it at the end of the movie, Flewdur refuses to let them have it without payment.
* ImplacableMan: The Cauldron-Born are the Implacable ''Army''.
* ItsASmallWorldAfterall: Taran apparently lives a brisk walk away from the Horned King's castle.
* JerkAss: The Three Witches, but primarily Orddu, the schemer.
** Gurgi, when he's thieving and stealing.
* JumpScare: When Taran first enters the Horned King's castle, he quietly maneuvers past a sleeping guardsman, before hiding behind a stone wall. When he peaks his head out to check if his route is safe, [[spoiler:the guardsman's dog suddenly leaps out, barking loudly and violently right in Taran's face.]] The fact that this scene plays without any discernible music in the background makes it all the more effective.
** It does it again after Taran finds the magic sword. As he's looking for Eilonwy—again, in a quiet scene—a guard leaps out of nowhere with a roar and tries to cut his head off.
* KarmicDeath: The Horned King is killed by the Cauldron he tried to control.
* KarmaHoudini: Creeper.
** Given the crap that Creeper's taken for everything that ''wasn't'' his fault, he might be an exception, though still doesn't excuse the fact he's done a lot of evil in the name of servitude.
** The Witches that transform countless people into frogs to eat them afterwards also get off the hook.
** The Cauldron that tried to absorb Taran doesn't get destroyed, [[SparedByTheAdaptation even though in the book it most certainly gets annihilated]].
* KeystoneArmy: The Cauldron-Born.
* KidHero: Taran.
* KnightOfCerebus: Things get much darker when the Horned King is around.
** He's a meta-example as well; in the films following [[WaltDisney Walt]]'s death, the majority of the BigBad villains became less and less threatening with each release. The Horned King's role in the film is arguably what got villains in subsequent films to became DarkerAndEdgier as a result.
* LieDetector: Not greatly explored in the film, but Fflewddur's harp breaks whenever he lies.
* TheLoad: Fflewddur, who only proves useful twice in the entire movie: weakly trying to convince the feuding Taran and Eilonwy that they have to work together, and taunting the three witches into trading the restoration of Gurgi's life for the return of the Cauldron.
* LoadBearingBoss: The Horned King's demise barely precedes the destruction of his entire castle.
** The Cauldron looks to get extremely hot after it has absorbed the Horned King - hot enough to start a China Syndrome and melt through the floor. This is probably what actually triggered the collapse of the castle, which was already in pretty rough shape.
* MacGuffin: Hen Wen and the eponymous Black Cauldron.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Not long after the heroes get the Cauldron, the Horned King's men capture them and bring the prize to their master.
* MagicalGirl: Only a minor example; Eilonwy's magic is only evident in the magical bauble that accompanies her and is the reason the Horned King kidnapped her. In the original novel series, she performs much greater magical feats and in fact is descended from a long line of enchantresses.
* MarshmallowHell: Fflam suffers this from Orwen.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: The Horned King loves doing hand gestures during his gloatings or whenever he's excited.
* MoodWhiplash: Constantly.
* MoreExpendableThanYou
* TheNecrocracy: The Horned King is an undead lich ruling from a dark fortress. His humans minions are quite alive, but the King desires to rule over a world of mindless undead warriors because he wants to be [[AGodAmI worshipped as a god]] by his subjects. Made quite clear when he triumphantly declares that "our" time has come as he raises the skeletal army.
* NeverSayDie: Averted: They explicitly say the Horned King is going to kill them all. One more nail in the coffin of family-friendliness.
** The Horned King trying to raise his defeated Cauldron Born: "GET UP! '''KILL!!!'''"
* NighInvulnerability: The Black Cauldron cannot be destroyed, only its power stopped; the Cauldron Born are invincible -- unless someone lays down their life...
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: The Cauldron Born are an army of unstoppable skeletal warriors, mindless automatons serving their summoner the Horned King, who wants to use them to conquer the world. They can expand their ranks by devouring living people whole, and can be stopped only by undoing the Cauldron's spell.
* NonHumanSidekick: Gurgi, an unspecified furry creature, for the hero Taran; Creeper, a goblin, for the villain The Horned King.
* NoSenseOfHumor: The Horned King.
* TheObiWan: Taran's mentor, Dallben, who, at the beginning of the movie, shows Taran just why it is so important that they spend their lives guarding Hen Wen.
* OffModel: On the poster above as well as the official soundtrack cover (which uses the poster's art), Eilonwy's dress is blue instead of violet and pink. On the 25th Anniversary DVD cover, Gurgi has brown eyes and Hen Wen has black eyes instead of them both having blue eyes.
** The Horned King's first scene has him twitching because the animation looped at the end.
* OlderSidekick: Fflewddur Fflam. In the books, he's only around 30 years old.
* OmnicidalManiac: Implied to be the case with the lich tyrant the Horned King. His goal: raise an undead army to conquer and enslave the world. He sacrifices his living servants to the Cauldron Born and triumphantly boasts that "our" time has finally come when he raises them, meaning he wants to rule as a god-king over the dead.
* OracularUrchin: Hen Wen comes close enough.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: The Horned King.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Confusingly different. Souls in this film's logic can take on ''physical form'' if sealed into molten iron, thus the metal, like the spirit, is now indestructible. This gives [[LiteralMinded any viewer who cares for detail]] an ''ontological headache'' when they try to consider the anatomy of how the metaphysical and the physical can merge. Not to mention, stating the metal is indestructible, is a really ''redundant'' thing to say. [[MadeOfIndestructium Matter and energy ARE indestructible by nature anyway]], BUT they must change form. If the Cauldron gets too hot it would melt down, but writers [[HandWave overlook that fact]].
* {{Protectorate}}: Hen Wen.
* ThePunishment: The evil nameless king in the prologue was so tyrannical, he was thrown alive into a crucible of molten iron, the demonic spirit condemned to never pass on, and remain permanently trapped within physical form. ''Ouch''.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RebelliousPrincess: Eilonwy.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Horned King's eyes light up whenever he gets excited.
* RedHeadedHero: Taran.
* RedheadInGreen: Taran.
* SealedEvilInACan: Arawn is speculated to be the evil force within the Cauldron. Though the ancients didn't do a very good job of imprisoning him away permanently, [[LeakingCanOfEvil and as such, its powers can be unleashed]]. And even worse is that it can be used to [[SealedArmyInACan raise an army of the living dead]].
* SealedGoodInACan: It's implied that Taran's enchanted sword houses the soul of the good king who built the castle that the Horned King eventually took over. (In the books this is Dyrnwyn, which becomes the sword of Prince Gwydion, but the sword is never named in the movie.)
* ShoutOut: After the Cauldron-Born start dying:
-->'''Creeper:''' [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Maybe they're only restin', sire!]]
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Taran.
* SkullForAHead: The Horned King is a horned variation. While he's an [[OurLichesAreDifferent undead evil sorceror]], the rest of his body looks quite normal compared to his positively skull-like head.
* SomeoneHasToDie: The only way to destroy the evil magic possessed by the ArtifactOfDoom the movie is named after was for a living being to ''willingly'' climb into the Cauldron, but whoever did so would sacrifice his life in the process. (Which the three witches who give it to the heroes [[EvilGloating gleefully tell them.]]) [[spoiler:At first, none of the heroes were willing to do so - or demand such a sacrifice of anyone else. When the [[BigBad Horned King]] unleashes its power, Taran tries to do so, but Gurgi stops him, and does it himself. The movie has a happy ending, however; when the three witches reclaim the now-worthless Cauldron, Fflewddur goads them into demonstrating their power, and SwissArmyTears are able to revive Gugri.]]
* SorcerousOverlord: The Horned King, although his magical powers are fairly limited and require complex rituals to realize. This tyrant is a [[HornedHumanoid horned]], robed member of the undead, probably a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]]. He plots to take over the world from his fortress by acquiring an army of skeletal warriors known as the Cauldron Born.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', which debuted just a few weeks after this movie debuted. Though much LighterAndSofter in tone, Gummi Bears would continue with the setting, fantastic elements and even [[{{Expy}} slightly modified versions]] of [[KidHero Taran]], [[TomboyPrincess Elionwy]] and [[SycophanticServant Creeper]].
* StockFootage: When Taran looks for Hen-Wen in the Forbidden Forest, the same animation is used as Wart going to retrieve Kay's arrow from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.
** When Hen Wen reveals that the Horned King is searching for the Black Cauldron, the animation of the ghostly Horned King was borrowed from similar horse-riding spirits in ''Fantasia''.
* SycophanticServant: Creeper.
* TakeOverTheWorld
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: You can tell Hen Wen's female, because she has eyelashes.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Gurgi always refers to himself in the third person.
* TomboyPrincess: Eilonwy, although heavily watered down from her original characterization, which fit this more.
* TrueCompanions: Describes the relationship between Taran, Eilonwy, Fflewddur, and Gurgi. (In the novels, Doli is also included in this, but he's not as involved in the film, and Gwydion - their SixthRanger - isn't in the film at all.)
* VerbalTic: Fflewddur -- "Great Belin!"
** Also Creeper, with "this isn' my fault!"
* TheVillainMakesThePlot: The evil king mentioned in the prologue, as well as the Horned King.
* VillainousBreakdown:
-->'''The Horned King:''' GET UP YOU FOOLS... KILLLLL!!!
** [[OutOfCharacterMoment Somewhat baffling for the villain]], considering he [[AGodAmI desires to rule over men as a god]], ''not'' commit [[OmnicidalManiac outright genocide]].
* WackyWaysideTribe: The Fair Folk.
* WanderingMinstrel: Fflewddur Fflam.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Eilonwy never misses an opportunity to remind Taran that he's ''just'' an assistant pig keeper. She also makes quite a few references to the fact that she's a princess, something which the original novel character almost ''never'' did.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmvOlXbmhug Somebody just HAD to go there...]]
* WickedWitch: 3 for the price of 1! In the books, they're forces of nature, the three fates of Greek mythology.
** The books and the characters were inspired by Welsh mythology. The three witches are based on the concept of the [[TheHecateSisters triple goddess]]- maiden, mother, and crone. (Groups of three spooky sisters are pretty common in Indo-European mythologies, overall...)
** And really, they're not all that wicked. [[JerkAss Jerk Asses]], yes, but they do [[spoiler: bring Gurgi back in exchange for the cauldron]].
* YourSoulIsMine: The heavily implied fate of the Horned King. After Gurgi sacrifices himself, the demonic spirit within the Cauldron will soon no longer be able perform any evil, or hurt anyone anymore, making it completely worthless and powerless. [[AndIMustScream It'll be cold and alone... for all eternity]]. In desperation, [[UnrealisticBlackHole it pulls anyone it can into it]]. It wants to absorb the [[TakingYouWithMe evil necromancer's soul]], though [[ToThePain he doesn't come quietly]].
** Interestingly [[TheAssimilator all imperfections are removed from it]] after having its little China-Syndrome incident.
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