And I Must Scream: Not as bad as at other examples, considering that he had at least some contact with some of the guardians, but he was completely alone, invisible to the extent that people passed through him, and didn't know anything about himself or what he was meant to do for over three hundred years.
Anti-Hero: He's brave and heroic at heart, but also an incorrigible trickster who prefers to work alone.
Jack: Am I on the Naughty List? Santa:On the Naughty List? You hold record.
When Jack was still human, he and his sister were playing on a frozen lake. When the ice started to crack beneath his sister's feet, Jack used his staff to swap his position with hers, saving her, but also caused him to fall into the lake himself and drown. It is even said that his best memories with his sister.
Actually Jack is this toward every children of the story, which could explain the fact that he is the most connected to them amongst every Guardians. He can also be viewed as a Papa Wolf too.
The Call Has Bad Reception: Jack is really The Hero at heart, and the Moon gave Jack his powers so that he could be a Guardian. Too bad no one gave Jack any indication of what he was meant to *do* with his powers, or even any memory from before he got them.
May be invoked as Jack was meant to be a bit more mean in early versions of his character the movie. Originally, Jack Frost's myth wasn't always kind, and could harm children with his powers.
Expy: He looks a lot like Roxas with icy blue hair.
Fragile Speedster: He is nimble and can dole out a few hard knocks like a glass cannon, but easily stuffed into a sack once caught.
Freudian Excuse: He makes a lot of mistakes during the whole story, like refusing the call of being a Guardian, or exchanging Baby Tooth for his memories. He had been alone for so long, and is desperate for believers as well as knowing who he was before being a human.
Friend to All Children: In the film, he has the closest relationship to children and enjoys spending time with them, even if they can't see him.
Fun Personified: Even compared to the other Guardians—including North i.e.: Santa. This is his center.
Kidnapped by an Ally: He's already well-acquainted with the other Guardians before the movie's events. However, in order to "persuade" him to join their team, they bring them to their base first via Bag of Kidnapping.
Locked into Strangeness: Though we never get to see what the other Guardians looked like as humans, Jack gets pale skin and white hair out of the transformation. (His eyes also change from brown to blue.)
Magic Staff: He doesn't need it to access his powers, but the staff allows him to channel it and seemingly amplify it. It also seems to be connected to him directly in some fashion as being forcefully separated from it or having it broken causes him visible pain.
Mr. Fanservice: He attracted an army of fangirls before the film was released.
Even Tooth is attracted to him, a bit like a fangirl could do (even if that's due to his teeth)
My God, What Have I Done?: when he realized he exchanged Baby Tooth against his memories. Even the others Guardians point it out.
Sympathy for the Devil: Despite being enemies, it's clear enough through Jack's expressions that he still empathizes a bit with Pitch's conditions, probably because they shared the same condition as spirits. Even at the ending, when Pitch is brought back at his lair by his nightmares, Jack is the only one who is seemingly horrified by this.
Took a Level in Jerkass: His first time, when he refused to be a guardian. Although it might be justified. He had been alone during 300 years, and the Guardians never really paid attention to him, not to mention they never told him what he is suppose to do. So essentially from his POV he woke up from being frozen, is now an elf with white hair, and is alone with strange powers which he has to learn by himself, with no idea why he is still alive.
Drives Like Crazy: To the terror of Bunnymund and the amusement of Sandy and Jack, North's sleigh has no seat-belts and rides like a roller coaster. And this doesn't even begin to cover North's actual driving/flying habits.
"I hope you like the loop-de-loops!"
Dual Wielding: He brandishes two large sabers. They seem to be linked to his magical strength in some way as he can only summon one while the children were losing belief the world over and was overjoyed (and surprised) when he was able to pull out a second one during the climax.
Fake Russian: Alec Baldwin gives North a booming Russian accent.
Magitek: Seems to be a master in the art, what with the quasi technological sleigh, teleporting snowglobes, and functional model ice planes. He also has this talent in the books.
Nice Guy: Despite being strict toward him, he is one of most supportive toward Jack, and that's why Jack is heartbroken when North thinks that he betrayed him. In the rufftoon comic, he seems to be the one Guardians that Pitch may tolerate the most, and also the only one (along with Toothiana) who is willing to give him a chance for being a Guardian, even if Pitch immediately refused it.
Papa Wolf: He acts like this toward the others Guardians.
Storyboard Body: He has his Naughty and Nice lists tattooed on his forearms (and, considering the lengths of those lists, most likely over much more of his body). At the same time, having tattoos points to him being a Badass and Former Teen Rebel.
Teleporters and Transporters: His snowglobes act as these, just say the name of your target destination and throw them. He can also teleport between chimneys at will, though there's probably a range limitation to this one.
The Dreaded: It's not explicit, but check out the look on Pitch's face whenever Sandy turns up, and his approach to fighting him: he avoids direct confrontation with him if he can, preferring to let his Nightmares do the work, and kills him with an arrow to the back when he's distracted. Sandy at the very least intimidates Pitch, and at the most terrifies him.
Genki Girl: She's usually quite upbeat and full of energy. It's when things are really bad that she isn't.
Improbable Weapon User: Can use her own feathers to rip through things, as evidenced when she uses them against Pitch's nightmare minions.
Lightning Bruiser: When at full strength, she can literally rip through hordes of nightmares at breakneck speed, and punch Pitch hard enough to knock out a tooth. Though as she's de-powered for most of the film, she's more of a Fragile Speedster.
Mama Bear: It would be wise not to mess with her fairies. She has also some of this side toward the Guardians and others children too.
Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted. Since her design is based off of a hummingbird's and she's mostly covered in feathers, she doesn't have noticeable breasts. What figure she does have is Justified by her human origin.
Race Lift: The Tooth Fairy is evidently vaguely South Asian in the books while in the movie she's white. That said she doesn't look that different from the design on the cover of her title book, where her skin is actually blue.
Ship Tease: She has several moments with Jack, most notably where at the end, she briefly gives Jack a hug and they share a Held Gaze before Baby Tooth cuts in.
Not to mention she has some with Bunnymund too especially when she holds his hand during Sandy's funeral..
Big Brother Instinct: At the beginning of the movie, Bunnymund makes it obvious just how much he hates Jack. But despite this he still sticks up for him, as shown when Pitch made a low blow against the boy.
There are hints he is like this toward Sophie too.
Butt Monkey: While he's still very much a badass in his own right, Bunnymund does find himself as the butt of many of the gags in the film. And considering his frosty personality, it's hilarious every time.
Character Exaggeration: Of all the original Guardians, he shows the biggest changes between book and movie, going from a calm, technically inclined, chocolate hobbyist, to slightly hot headed nature warrior.
Defrosting Ice King: Bunnymund is very cold and aloof towards Jack for most of the film. It isn't until Jack proves himself as a hero that Bunnymund finally starts to show him genuine respect.
Depower: When Jack wasn't around in time to help the Guardians save Easter, children all over the world stopped believing in the Easter Bunny and it hit him so hard that he reverted to the size of a little rabbit.
Kick the Dog: He is so angry when he thinks that Jack could have betrayed them that he is the one saying that they should never have trusted him, breaking more Jack than he was already. However, this reaction was justified: He was heartbroken as well after all, and he takes it back once he learns that Jack got Jamie to believe in him.
Tunnel King: Can travel almost as fast as Santa's portal-forming snowglobes, just by forming instant tunnels by tapping the ground with a foot. These tunnels can lead anywhere, even inside someone's house! They seal up once he (and whoever else is with him) enter, leaving no trace, except maybe a single blooming flower.
Pitch Black (The Boogeyman) (Jude Law)
Adaptational Heroism: In one extent. Unlike his book counterpart where you feel sorry forKozmotis Pitchinier, the General who had been possessed by Fearlings and became Pitch due to the result Pitch in the movie has some traits which makes him a bit more likeable. Despite being still a Manipulative Bastard and a complete jerk, Pitch was once a Well-Intentioned Extremist who used fear to protect children from danger (although in a harsh way) before turning into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds villain who suffered loneliness of not being believed in. Much of his Genocide Backfire who caused Bunnymund to be theLastOfhisKind had been apparently removed in the movie, and has some Pet the Dog moments like his Sympathy for the Hero and some care for his nightmares which may make him redeemable. It's however unknown if his backstory is incorporated in the movie-verse.
Ambiguously Bi: In rufftoon comic, Pitch sounded to have a rather close relationship with Tooth when he was intended to be a DarkIsNotEvil kind of Guardian, and even called her like "my darling" while flirting a bit with her. Furthermore, in one part of these comics where it is said he met H.P Lovecraft himself, Pitch states he likes him, and he is his kind as a story teller.
Remember, while the comics are cannon with the ROTG universe, Johane Matte (Rufftoons) has gone on the record to say her standalone comics (like the one featuring Lovecraft) are not related to her work on the film and should be viewed as nothing more than fanart.
Not to mention that in the movie, he never really got close to anyone else than Jack. In Antarctica scene, he always claimed that he and Jack were the same, touching him when he proposed him to join his side and is hurt by his rejection. Furthermore, he even called Bunnymund "cute" for mocking him, and Bunnymund was horrified by this.
Pitch: (laughing, genuinely)Look how fluffy you are! Would you like a scratch behind the ears? Bunnymund:(jumps in North's arms) Don't you even think about this!
Batman Gambit: His appearance in the North Pole at the beginning of the film was meant to bring the Guardians there, and thus leave the Tooth Palace unprotected for his first attack.
Bond Villain Stupidity: Pitch breaks Jack's staff, effectively rendering him powerless, then blasts him into a ravine. He then tosses the broken staff in the same ravine, allowing Jack to fix it and get back in the fight.
Combat Pragmatist: His strategy for dealing with Sandy? Avoid direct contact with him, use the Nightmares to distract him, and fire an arrow in his back. Did you expect someone who moves through shadows to fight fair?
The Corruption: Pitch's Nightmare power came from years of converting Sandy's golden sand dreams into black sand bad dreams.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to care genuinely for his nightmare, and treated them better than he could do to anyone else in the movie. His nightmare named Onyx which is his pet, seems to be his favourite.
Evil Counterpart: Pitch is one to the Sandman. While Pitch delivers fear and bad dreams, Sandman gives hope and good dreams. They even use dust which reflect their color-schemes and elemental powers. He's also one to Jack; they share the desire to be believed in and acknowledged.
Fragile Speedster: Bordering on Glass Cannon. In battle, Pitch is swift and can deal out powerful hits. But he can't take many hits in return. Sandy is capable of knocking him around like a ragdoll during their fight and Toothiana was able to knock out one of his teeth with one punch.
Hoist by His Own Petard: After he's defeated and the Guardians corner him, his Nightmares show up. But seeing as how no one fears him now, they turn out to be his nightmares and promptly drag him off, kicking and screaming, back to his underground lair.
If I Can't Have You: In a certain way, he does this to Jack when he offered him to join his side. When he refused, he became angry and refused to give back Baby Tooth in exchange of his staff.
I Surrender, Suckers: When Sandman utterly trounces him, Pitch pretends to give up before summoning a horde of nightmares.
Jerkass: Might be or might be not a Jerkass Façade according to his vulnerable moments that he hides with his contemptuous personality.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even though he may be sincere, the rare moments where he may be kind are never selfless, and are often used to manipulate someone.
Kick the Dog: A lot. Especially when he threats Baby Tooth before breaking Jack's staff after this latter refused his offer.
He definitely came very far when he killed Sandy.
Lack of Empathy: Subverted. His kind of sympathy toward people sharing the same condition as he does is what humanizes him a bit. That doesn't prevent him to torture when he can and laughing at the pain of others.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Giving Jack his teeth proved to be a big mistake, as the memories within brought Jack back from the brink of despair, and restored his heroic resolve.
Not So Different: Presses this angle with Jack, pointing out that they are both lonely spirits who want to be acknowledged by humans.
Pet the Dog: Or rather pet the nightmare horses. He seems to treat them a bit better than he does to everyone else.
That may be often due to motivation; but there are hints which show that he seems to be more broken than evil. First, until he joined the Guardian, Pitch never attacked Jack first because he viewed him as a neutral party, and wasn't interested in. The Antarctica scene shows that he seems to be still able to feel human feelings, and part of what he was saying to Jack wasn't a complete lie he did to make him joining his side. He seemed to really empathize with Jack's loneliness. When he said he wanted a family, that was a real opening up he did to Jack, and didn't want him to be only his ally but maybe like a friend or the family he wanted to have.
Another Pet the Dog or Licked by the Dog which is possible is in the rufftoon comic. In one part, Pitch interacts with a boy suffering from a cleft palate and was apparently scared by his society, and was the only one who talked with him as a normal person. According to his memories collected by Tooth, Pitch was very important for the boy. That's unknown however, if Pitch cared back for him, as the only thing he cared about was the societey's fear. However, later in one comic part where he talks with H.P Lovecraft, he said he was very unhappy to finally feel human feelings because of humans. That may imply that Pitch cared a bit for the boy and grieved him.
Scare 'Em Straight: Supplemental materials created by one of the film's artists indicate that he was once a well-intentioned (if perhaps misguided) figure with this as his philosophy. This comic contradicts the books, however, so is probably Secondary Canon.
Took a Level in Kindness: In one extent. Or at least, he wants Jack to think he is kind by showing him that the Guardians never cared about him, and comforting him once the Guardians think he betrayed them although that's due to him who created this situation. That sounds a but truer in an early version of the film, where Pitch sat down next to Jack in Antarctica and is listening up to him with a sad smile, which may be almost being viewed as a Pet the Dog moment.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Maybe. If his backstory from the book where he was commander Kozmotis Pitchiner whose job was to guard the fearlings on a prison planet, who tricked him into thinking they had his daughter and transformed him into Pitch is incorporated into the movie-verse.
In a lesser extent, there is also the fact that nobody believed in him, making him alone for a long time. It didn't improve when everyone believed and loved the Guardians.
Would Hurt a Child: He doesn’t physically harm any children during the film, although wanting them to live in a state of constant fear is pretty harsh. However, at the climax it is implied that he would have killed Jamie to deprive the Guardians of Jamie's belief, since Jamie had seen proof of the Guardians' existence and would not stop believing while he was alive. Either that or Mind Rape him to turn him into a fearling, which is hardly better and some would say worse.
The Chooser of The One: When Pitch begins returning to power, he is the one who decides an additional guardian is needed and selects Jack Frost. The other Guardians were created this way, as well.
Figure It Out Yourself: This seems to be the case with him, particularly in his "interactions" with Jack. Also, he seems to have a very hands-off relationship with the Guardians as a whole.
Good Is Not Nice: He is definitely the Big Good. However he chose to leave Jack alone during 300 years for a Figure It Out Yourself reason. Not really nice of him indeed, although his book counterpart is definitely nicer and more active.
Kick the Dog: Not really an example. He does everything to protect the children, but his treatments toward his Guardians are still a bit debatable, as he left Jack on his own alone during 300 years, or never really helped them once in the story.
At least in movie-verse, though Pitch was the one in fault for rejecting the call of being a Guardian, Manny seems to have a part in Pitch's behavior, as he was the one who decided that fear wasn't useful anymore, which leads Pitch to think he had been shunned for this while he thought that the Man in the Moon was a friend.
The Speechless: No sound is ever heard out of him, but the Guardians and Jack all act as though they know what he's saying.
Melancholy Moon: The first scene when Jack describes how he awakened, feeling frightened and cold, as moonlight is seen through the ice.
Weird Moon: The moon is always full when the characters need to look at it. Then again, the Man in the Moon does have magic powers.
Jamie Bennett (Dakota Goyo)
Adorkable: The way he expresses his fascination with creatures he believes are real at the beginning of the movie qualifies him for this.
Agent Mulder: Believes more than pretty much any other human, including in things the others aren't sure about (like Yetis). Becomes the last believer by the climax, and then restoring the faith in the others.
When his mom offhandedly mentions Jack Frost, his instant reaction is to ask who that is foreshadowing his status as Jack's first believer and when Jack's fun results in him losing a tooth, he's sure it was the Tooth Fairy.
Snooping Little Kid: How Bunny reacts to her being in his warren. She accidentally went through a portal, though, and is really just trying to have fun.
Cupcake (Dominique Grund)
All Girls Like Ponies: She wears a sort of tutu when playing in the snow, her room is completely pink, she has dreams about unicorns, and during the final battle, she confronts one of Pitch's nightmares and turns it into a life-size unicorn made of dream sand. She promptly cuddles it and starts skipping away with it.
Her dream-unicorn is corrupted by Pitch into the first nightmare shown; it's entirely possible that the one she transforms is the same one he took from her!
Hair-Trigger Temper: Getting hit in the back of the head by a snowball nearly makes her go ballistic. Thankfully, Jack managed to nip at her nose before she could crush Jamie with the head of her snowman.
Badass Crew: Everyone who works for the guardians—the Yetis, faeries, elves, egg golems, and so on. While most of the faeries are captured early on, Baby Tooth proves they can still be awesome by herself.
Damsels in Distress: Almost all of Tooth's fairies are captured by Pitch and held in cages for most of the movie.
Satellite Character: Because we don't see much of her other than a flashback to Jack's life as a human, Jack's little sister doesn't have a defined personality other than being his sister.