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Characters: The Black Cauldron
Featured in 1985's The Black Cauldron


Voiced by: Grant Bardsley

  • Almighty Janitor: He holds the rank of an Assistant Pig-Keeper.
  • Character Development: Obviously, nowhere near as well-designed or thorough as the books, but it's pretty evident here. Taran goes from an impulsive kid fantasizing that one day he will be a hero, to a more mature, compromising young man who realizes he is unfit to be what he considers a hero.
  • Failure Knight: Taran so wants to be a Knight In Shining Armour, 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 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 resurrect Gurgi.
  • Farm Boy: An Assistant Pig-Keeper no less.
  • Final Speech: When the three witches offer Taran his magic sword back. It's short but very, very sweet.
    Taran: I'm not a warrior... I'm a pig-boy. What can I do with a sword?
  • Kid Hero
  • Official Couple: With Eilonwy.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to The Black Cauldron not being a financial success, Taran, like his female counterpart Eilonwy, is rarely featured in official Disney merchandising.
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • Redhead In Green
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead


Voiced by: John Byner

  • Big Eater: He is always looking for "munchings and crunchings". When he first appears, he steals an apple from Taran and refuses to give it back.
  • Dirty Coward: Runs away from battle whenever possible. Subverted when he sacrifices himself to stop the cauldron.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jumps into the cauldron to stop its power. He's brought back soon after.
  • The Lancer: To Taran.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He is kind of a fuzzy version of Gollum.


Voiced by: Susan Sheridan

Fflewddur Fflam

"I'm Fflewddur Fflam, minstrel of minstrels!"
Voiced by: Nigel Hawthorne

  • Adorkable: He has shades of this, especially when he's reduced to nervous sputtering.
  • All Thereinthe Manual: The book 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, but a king who left his kingdom to become a bard, and failed the academy.
  • Badass: At the end, when he uses the witches' creed against them.
  • Batman Gambit: Fflewddur completely ruins the Witches' Batman Gambit, reminding them that if they will repossess the Cauldron, they must make an exchange of equal value back to the heroes.
  • Butt Monkey: In the course of the movie, he's captured, has his pants torn by dogs, falls into a pit, and is turned into a frog.
  • Catch Phrase: "Great Belin!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: At first, he appears to be so. Visit an ominous, gloomy castle that looks so obviously suspicious nobody goes there? Hey, you're a bard, why not? He later proves to be much smarter than most would give him credit for.
  • Chick Magnet: One of the witches is dangerously attracted to him.
  • Foil: To Taran. Whereas Taran is more hotheaded, ambitious, and headstrong, Fflewddur is more of a Shrinking Violet.
    • In the book, Taran and Fflewddur were much more alike.
  • Foreshadowing: The witches proclaim that "What we do is bargain, trade!" Fflewddur later throws these words right back at their faces.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • The Heart: At least he tries to be whenever Taran and Eilonwy have a spat.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Averted, as the Disney Fflewddur generally shies away from combat.
    • It was played straight in the book series.
  • Lie Detector: Fflewddur's harpstrings snap whenever he tells a lie.
  • Living Lie Detector: Again, his harp!
  • The Load: Poor Fflewddur was much more useful in the book. But alas, he only proves useful twice - 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: In a very dimly lit scene, the Horned King orders for his pet dragon-lizard-things called Gwythaints to hunt down the heroes who have escaped from his gloomy castle. Directly following that is Fflewddur singing a silly song.
  • Odd Couple: With Gurgi.
  • Older Sidekick
  • Only Sane Man: Among the protagonists, Fflewddur is probably the only one who keeps things balanced - kind of.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to everybody.
  • Verbal Tic: "Great Belin!"
  • Wandering Minstrel

The Horned King

"Now I call on my army of the dead — the Cauldron Born!"
Voiced by: John Hurt


Voiced by: Phil Fondacaro

  • Butt Monkey: Is always blamed when something goes wrong, even if it wasn't his fault.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: A small goblin creature who is this to the Horned King.
  • Sycophantic Servant: He always tries to please the Horned King. Very rarely does it work.
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