Characters: The Guardians of Childhood
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The Man in the Moon
The founder of the Guardians, the Man in the Moon watches over the Earth's children to ensure their safety from Pitch, enlisting the others to act on his behalf. The last of the Golden Age noble family of Lunanoff, he was orphaned in an attack by Pitch on the family spacecraft, which broke down and became Earth's moon.
Nicolas St. North
The "Guardian of Wonder", Nicolas St. North is a reformed bandit king and master swordsman. He became Ombric’s apprentice after giving up a chance at fabulous wealth to aid the children of Santoff Claussen.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: When you’re a bandit, that’s how it goes.
- The Big Guy
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cool Sword
- Defector from Decadence: He left the Cossack bandit group who raised him because they were too ruthless for his tastes and went on to form a less violent band of thieves under his leadership.
- Empathic Weapon: His Golden Age sword has this property. Among other things, it can jump into his hand when he’s attacked, sense the difference between enemies and allies and avoid accidentally injuring the latter, and boost his strength and speed in combat. North is initially creeped out by having a sword with a mind of its own but learns to trust it over time.
- Former Teen Rebel: He used to be an outlaw before becoming a good guy.
- Genius Bruiser
- Magic Knight
- Magitek: His iron djinn and Golden Age sword.
- Master Swordsman: Supposedly, he once defeated an entire regiment of cavalry with a bent steak knife. ‘’While he was eating.’’
- Papa Wolf: Towards Katherine.
- Raised by Wolves: Well, by a bear. Then he got picked up by the Cossacks.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red To Bunnymund's Blue.
- Street Urchin: When he was very young, before being adopted by the Cossacks.
E. Aster Bunnymund
Referred to as the Guardian of Hope, E. Aster Bunnymund is the last of the Pookas, a wandering group of powerful space hare monks that helped shape the development of planets with life, that settled on Earth. With his massive digging abilities, he created various landmasses and continents (Australia being his favorite work) in an effort to reshape the planet from its original egg-shape into something that would have a stable orbit. He created some of Earth's plant-life and spring and gave man the gifts of chocolate and martial arts.
- Defrosting Ice King
- Hair-Raising Hare: Subverted in that he's a good guy, but he's one hell of a force to be reckoned with.
- Ineffectual Loner: The book in his name shows that before joining the Guardians, Bunnymund preferred to keep to himself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Last of His Kind
- Lightning Bruiser
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Majored in chocolate making and egg motifs.
- Petting Zoo People
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to North's Red.
- Time Police
The first of the Guardians recruited by the Man in the Moon, the Sandman is the Guardian of Dreams. After his sandy comet ship crashed into the oceans of Earth after a battle with Pitch, the Man in the Moon found him and assigned him to watch over the dreams of children.
Toothiana is the "Guardian of Memories". The daughter of a former slave named Haroom and an immortal "Sister of Flight" named Rashmi, she lost her parents shortly after her powers emerged when losing her last baby tooth. The teeth she collects contain childhood memories that she safeguards and returns later.
- Action Girl
- Broken Heroine
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dual Wielding: Swords.
- Fairy Sexy: Not in the traditional sense, but fans agree that her design is very beautiful.
- Half-Human Hybrid: One part Sister of Flight.
- Lady of War
- Last of Her Kind
- Lightning Bruiser
- Me's a Crowd: Her fairies are extensions of herself allowing her to do her job, with the count of fairies being proportional to the demand of teeth needing collection.
- Our Fairies Are Different: She (more so in the film) is based on the Kinnari of Buddhist mythology.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents had been killed because of the Monkey King.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's queen of the fairies after all.
- The Stoic: Unlike her movie counterpart.
A young girl from Santoff Claussen and Ombric’s foster daughter. Implied to grow up to be Mother Goose.
- Action Survivor
- All-Loving Hero: She never meant harm to anyone, to the point that she prevents others Guardians to kill Pitch because she thinks he can be redeemed. Unfortunately he doesn't.
- Audience Surrogate
- Children Are Innocent
- Doorstop Baby
- Happily Adopted: A foundling child raised by Ombric. Mostly gets swept up in the Guardians' adventures because she's his ward. And as of recently the Bandit King Nicholas St. North has taken her under his wing.
- In book three it emerges that she has some angst about it.
- Official Couple: With Nightlight in the book 4.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents died in mysterious conditions. However, she has a Parental Substitute in Ombric, her foster father and in North. However, her conditions of orphan are the reason why Pitch is interested in her, and even proposed her to be her father because he lost his daughter.
- The Storyteller
The founder of the village of Santoff Clausen, Ombric is the last remaining citizen of Atlantis. A talented sorcerer, he eventually serves as a mentor to North.
A enigmatic immortal boy that was once the Man in the Moon's bodyguard until he helped seal Pitch away the first time. Since his and Pitch's reawakening, he's mostly enjoyed wandering the earth in addition to bringing his own abilities to the fight. Becomes Katherine's closest friend and eventually Jack Frost.
- Badass Adorable
- Children Are Innocent: A firm belief of his and part of the basis of his anxiety at the prospect of Katherine growing up.
- Famed In-Story: By the Lunar Lamas who greet him like royalty (Turns out Nightlight doesn't mind the treatment)
- Friend to All Children
- Light 'em Up
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Shades of this in the third novel where he wonders if he'll be left behind as Katherine grows older.
- Never Grew Up: Begins to fear this after Katherine loses her last baby tooth
- Really 700 Years Old
- Sealed Good in a Can: Had to seal himself in order to seal away Pitch.
- Silent Bob
- Subverted in that when he does speak (in the second novel, but only one line) it is treated as a big deal. His voice is described by a moonbeam as "like faraway memories and echoes of long ago."
- Speaks Fluent Animal
Ruler of the Fearlings and would-be conqueror of the universe. Pitch brought the Golden Age to a violent end centuries ago, but was trapped and and forced into dormancy on Earth during his final battle with the Lunanoffs. He was accidentally freed at the beginning of the first book and schemes to plunge Earth into fear and darkness before spreading his influence throughout the rest of the universe.Formerly known as Kozmotis Pitchiner, commander of the Lunanoffs’ military during their campaign to rid the Golden Age of Fearlings. Pitchiner stood guard over the prison planet where the Fearlings were incarcerated; they eventually tricked him into freeing them and transformed him into Pitch.
- Badass Boast: “I’ve scuttled entire planets, burglar [referring to North]. You’re just another inconvenience!”
- BFS: More like Big Frigging Harpoon
- Big Bad
- Demonic Possession: He has the ability to possess others, and could be considered a victim of it himself given his origins.
- Dark Is Evil
- Dream Stealer: Converts innocuous dreams into nightmares as a means of spreading fear. Dreams are implied to have been a powerful source of magical energy and inspiration in the Golden Age, so this is a more dire threat than it sounds like.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Empty Nest: In every book so far he has attempted or expressed the desire to turn a child into Daddy's Little Villain
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the second book it's revealed that General Pitchiner had a daughter before he became Pitch. In the third book, it's revealed his daughter became Mother Nature.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He clearly despises the Monkey king for what he'd become.
- Face Monster Turn
- Fallen Hero
- Fighting from the Inside: His reaction to seeing General Pitchiner’s locket in the second book suggests that some trace of Pitchiner remains within him.
- Human Alien: As General Pitchiner.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Papa Wolf: As General Pitchiner, he was tricked into hearing his daughter's voice in the prison he was guarding. Thinking she was trapped inside, he immediately opened it...only to be consumed by the Fearlings, becoming Pitch the Nightmare King.
- Replacement Goldfish: He wants Katherine as his Fearling princess because Kozmotis missed his daughter, and because Katherine is said to have some similarities with Emily Jane
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Before the start of the books.
- Size Shifter
- Space Pirate: During his youth Pitch was the Captain of the Nigthmare Galleon and sort to extinguish any and all shooting stars, including one Sanderman Mansnoozie.
- Was Once a Man
- Weaksauce Weakness: His battle with the Moon Clipper and subsequent imprisonment weakened him to the point that he cannot withstand Earth’s sunlight. He gets around this with various types of magical armor.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The “woobie” aspect initially arises from the idea of General Pitchiner being turned into him, but there are hints that Pitch suffers from his condition even after having been the King of Nightmares for centuries.
- Would Hurt a Child: The fear of children is more potent and pleasing to him than that of adults, and they are his preferred targets for Fearling transformation.
Demonic entities that feed on fear.
- Evil Minions
- The Heartless
- Living Shadow
- Heavily Armored Mook: In the second book, they acquire lead armor that protects them from the usual light-based weapons.
- Space Pirates: They served under Pitch on the Nightmare Galleon during the Golden Age, chasing and destroy any and all shooting stars.
- Was Once a Man: Many of them were once ordinary children from the Golden Age worlds who were captured and transformed during the second outbreak of war.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Light.
The Monkey King
Toothiana's nemesis, the Monkey King was once a vain and prideful maharajah and hunter. When he had his slave Haroom help him track the rarest of prey: A Flying Elephant in the jungles surrounding the home of the Sisters of Flight, Haroom refused to let him harm one of the flying women that came to save the elephant. They forced the Maharajah to leave what he brought in behind, which ended up including his humanity, transforming him. He vowed revenge and when Toothiana came of age, lead a group of hunters seeking to capture and exploit her as a freak show and killed her parents in the process. He now works for Pitch, hoping he will restore his human form.
Residents of the Golden Age
Mother Nature/Emily Jane Pitchiner
With the power to control storms and gravity itself, Mother Nature is a force nearly as ancient as Pitch. She is a neutral party in the Guardian's war against The Nightmare King, and only chooses to act when it it is for her own selfish purposes. She is also Pitch Black's daughter.
- Above Good and Evil
- A Storm Is Coming
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: indeed he thought that his daughter had been killed by Dreams Pirates. Unfortunately Mother Nature never knew this.
- Daddy's Girl: Once.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Only to The Sandman.
- Elemental Embodiment: Although she appears human enough, Mother Nature's hair and clothes appear to be made up of the clouds surrounding her. Additionally, several characters have caught glimpses of her face in the clouds at some point.
- Gravity Master
- Ice Queen: As Bunnymund puts it "She's not always a benevolent soul, and she is very unpredictable."
- Like Father, Like Son: She has her father's temper.
- Morality Chain Morality Pet: During one time, she was this to Pitch. It ended when Mother nature told him she would stay neutral and doesn't care for him anymore.
- Not Quite Flight: Mother Nature controls air currents that allows her to travel from one place to another.
- Parental Abandonment: The best trope of the story. Her mother sacrificied herself to prevent the Dreams Pirates to kill her, and her father never returned from his mission, and thought she was dead like his wife. She had a foster father in Typhan, but that was temporary.
- Pet the Dog: She is far from being nice, but she isn't evil. That is shown when she helps the Sandman.
Typhan is a Titan, meaning he embodies an entire constellation of moons and stars. Once a great ally to the Golden Age, able to summon powerful winds that would scatter fleets of the Dream Pirates ships. Eventually, the Dream Pirates succeeded in extinguishing the stars that had once been his eyes, leaving Typhan unable to detect them as they destroyed more of his stars, a shadow of his former self.When Emily Jane drifts into his constellation, after escaping Dream Pirates, and now separated form her father, Typhan raises her alone for ten years, making her a Sister of the Heavens, and teaching her how to control the wind.
- Blow You Away: Is the bringer of storms, and taught Mother Nature how to control air currents.
- Gentle Giant
- Like a Son to Me: He annotated Emily Jane as his daughter, and even made her a Sister of the Heavens.
- Morality Pet: To Emily Jane. Unfortunately Emily Jane turned it into a Kick the Morality Pet later after her "You Are Not My Father" moment.
- No Indoor Voice: Averted. Typhan's voice can fill an entire universe, but he normally whispers unless angered.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: Typhan is a titan who is literally an entire constellation.
Residents of Santoff ClaussenIn the forested hinterlands of Eastern Siberia lies the village of Santoff Claussen, where the impossible is made possible through belief. A haven first creted by Ombric when a meteor landed in the area and a small sapling grew into a large tree inside of which Ombric and his library could reside, called Big Root. A haven to scientists, engineers, inventors, artist and dreamers, Ombric has taught the village the ways of magic, speaking insect languages and many other wonders not known to the outside world.
Students of the wizard Ombric and loyal friends to Katherine and the guardians. The children of Santoff Claussen love playing games, magic, inventing new things and most of all, learning! But while they can make water flow backwards and build staircases to the sky, they can't seem to avoid that pesky nuissance called bedtime no matter how hard they try.
- Children Are Innocent
- Child Prodigy: It's the norm.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: While never actually said out loud, the sons of Old William are called "Tall William", "William the Almost-Youngest" and "William the Absolute Youngest". Yeah, it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Sacha built a pair of rocket boots and gloves for climbing trees and upgraded her warrior egg with a pair of wings.
- One Steve Limit: Absolutely subverted with Old William's many Williams.
- And Zoidberg: When the entire residents of Santoff Claussen are turned to stone, Ombric goes about turning everyone and every creature back to normal, yet the adults are on the bottom of the list right after the ants of all things.
- My Beloved Smother: Justified, just to get the children to go to sleep at night the parents have resorted to coming up with various traps to capture them. Unfortunately, the children have become wise to this game and have found new ways of avoiding going to bed.
A glowworm that dresses like a scholar with a long beard and glasses perched on the end of his nose. Mr. Qwerty resides in Big Root where he is in charge of the expansive Santoff Clausen library and able to speak human language, a rare feat for an insect. He is a brilliant scholar and trusted comrade, also starved for knowledge, normally seen taking care and cleaning the books. When Pitch attacks Santoff Clausen to gain access to Ombric's library, Mr Qwerty eats every book and tome to protect the knowledge and spells from Pitch's grasp. Mr Qwerty then wraps himself in a caccoon, eventually ermerging as a hybrid between a butterfly and a book. Having absorbed all the knowledge from the library, Mr Qwerty can call upon any information and display them on his wings to be read from. He only lets Katherine write in him though.
The village of Santoff Claussen is protected by many barrier of magic one being the black bear, a loyal protector of the village that patrols the forest and will attack any and all intruders.
Spirit of the Forest
The last line of defense against invaders that would endanger the village and its people is the Spirit of the forest, a beautiful ghostly visage who's form shimmers with priceless gems.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: How humans with impure hearts react when in her prescence.
- Enthralling Siren: a non singing example. While the Spirit of the Forest is described as extraodinary beautiful, it is the various jewels decorating her form that captures the hearts of men. Those who seek out the village are normally after a vast treasure Ombric supposedly posesses and bandits believe she is the treasure the stories refer to.
- Taken for Granite: If you take one of her gems.
A Mechanical man built by Nicholas St. North, designed to do anything asked of it, to household chores to sword-fighting. In order to ensure Dijinni's loyalty to the village, in the chest centre of the Dijinni, where a heart would be is a small box filled with small bits and bobs from the children of the village, from pennies to stones to old combs, their treasures. Katherine was the last to present her treasure, a picture she drew of North so the Dijinni would be able to recognize them both.