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This article is about the Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians franchise. For other versions of Jack Frost, see Jack Frost (disamiguation). For more characters named "Jack", see Jack (disambiguation).

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My name is Jack Frost, and I'm a guardian. How do I know that? Because the moon told me so. So, if the moon tells you something...Believe it.
―Jack Frost's epilogue


Jackson Overland "Jack" Frost is the main protagonist of the 2012 DreamWorks film Rise of the Guardians. He was a normal human boy who was revived and transformed into a winter spirit by the Man in the Moon after saving his sister on a cracked, frozen bond. With only a name, ice powers and a magical staff, Jack became a bringer of winter, spreading joy to children through his fun in the snow. However, a dangerous threat made by Pitch Black forces Jack to team up with four holiday spirits, the Guardians of Childhood, to save the children of the world. The journey reveals his past and how he is more powerful than he realizes.

In the book series, Jack is be Nightlight, the Guardian of Light and messenger of the Man in the Moon who transformed into Jack Frost.

History

Background

Jack Frost lived in the 1700s and had a mother and a sister named Mary. He used to have to much fun and never wanted to grow up. During a cold winter, Jack and his younger sister went to play outside and skate outside. However, during this incident, Mary began crying to her brother that she was scared. However Jack told her instead they were going to have a little fun like they do everyday. In a stroke of luck, Jack was able to save his baby sister by throwing her to safety. However, Jack slipped through the ice, much to Mary's horror. During this time, the Man in the Moon watched and decided to resurrect Jack Frost as a Guardian, without the latter knowing.

Sometime after being resurrected, Jack's first thing he saw was darkness and was scared until he rose out from the lake and saw the Moon and wasn't scared anymore. Jack saw a staff when gazing at his appearance. During this time, Jack's memories were gone, and he had no idea who he was in his former life. The moon provided Jack with a staff and only his name. The now immortal spirit used the staff and was excited for his newfound powers. During his new discoveries, Jack briefly lost control while flying. When he landed on a branch, Jack saw a village nearby and entered, trying to catch the attention of a boy who ran straight past him. No one could hear the boy, causing Jack to be lonely and desire to be seen by children.

Jack began starting fun with others, causing Snow days for children.

During one of his misadventures, Jack set off a blizzard on Easter Sunday in 1968, causing him to attract the wrath of the Easter Bunny, who developed a small grudge against Jack that would last for forty-four years.

Rise of the Guardians

While appearing as Nightlight in the books, Jack Frost made his film debut in the 2013 film, Rise of the Guardians.At the beginning of the film, the earliest memory he ever had was awakening from the darkness and seeing the Man in the Moon, who only tells Jack his full name: Jack Frost. Experiencing the winter powers he was given, Jack attempts to interact with the children and adults in the nearby village. However, he finds that none of them can see nor hear him. The teenage spirit reveals that his name was the only thing Manny told him and had not heard from him for the past three-hundred years. During the three hundred years of isolation, Jack Frost spent most of his time spreading joy to children. Despite not being seen by children, Jack enjoyed seeing them playing on snow days. During the blizzard of '68, he accidentally set off an eternal winter on Easter, earning the wrath of Bunnymund (known as the Easter Bunny to Believers).

Three hundred years later, Jack was chosen by the Man in the Moon to be the latest Guardian, despite the protests of Bunnymund. After failing to impress Jamie Bennett and his group of friends, Jack looks to the Man in the Moon for answers, but as always, he doesn't receive answers from Manny. Shortly after watching Sandy's dreamsand roaming around Burgess, Jack hears a suspicious noise, following it to an alley, where he is kidnapped by Bunny and two Yetis and taken to the North Pole. After being released, Jack is shocked to find all four of the Guardians there, where he is greeted by North, who asks if the Yetis treated him well. Sarcastically, Jack says he loves being thrown in a sack and tossed into a magic portal. He is introduced to the other Guardians, Toothiana, who takes interest in Jack's teeth, and Sandy, who attempts to explain the situation of Pitch Black to Jack but finds he can't produce the proper picture. During the interaction, Jack asks North if he is on the naughty list. However, he informs the winter spirit that while he holds record for being on it, they will start with a clean slate, since Jack is a guardian now. Outraged, Jack refuses to become a Guardian. The others explain that they don't just bring joy to children, they also protect them and that Pitch Black is up to something.  Jack is informed by Tooth that he was chosen to be the next Guardian the previous night.This eventually leads up to an argument between Jack and Bunny but it is stopped when North tells Jack to walk with him.

After a small walk through North's workshop, he asks Jack what his center was. The young man is confused until North shows him a Russian nesting doll and explains that his center is spreading wonder and joy to other children. North asks Jack what is his own but the winter spirit does not know what his is. In response, North allows Jack to keep the small part of the doll. Bunny goes to inform North that there is trouble at the tooth palace. At first, Jack refuses to follow; However, upon seeing the sleigh, he decides to accompany them. 

Guardians of Childhood book series

In the timeline established in the book series, Jack Frost was once the Harold of the Man in the Moon before becoming Jack Frost. He is the main protagonist of the last book: Jack Frost: the Beginning of the End. 


Personality

After years of isolation, Jack Frost became used to being alone, he was what you would call a loner. Throughout the movie, Jack also has an amnesiac state of mind, as he could never remember who he was before he was Jack Frost, which bothered him to a large degree. Despite this status, Jack did not enjoy being literally invisible. Despite his desire to be seen, he did not stoop down to Pitch's level, choosing to be seen by children who want to believe in him, not children who fear him. Before Jack was even a Guardian, he was happy with what he did by giving children what they began calling "Snow days" and beginning snowball fights, an early sign that Jack's job was being the Guardian of Fun. He shows a protective side of Baby Tooth after rescuing her from one of Pitch's Nightmare, shown when he would have furiously attacked Pitch when he held her captive

Initially, Jack refused the role as a Guardian and doesn't take his it seriously, even stating that they wouldn't want him anyways because while they are all "hard work and deadlines" and he's "snowballs and fun times." However, because he saved his human, child sister when he was a human, Jack is proven to being a true guardian of childhood. North sees his Guardian potential within, as did the Man in the Moon, Tooth, Sandy, and eventually, Bunny. According to Pitch, his greatest fear is that the Guardians will never accept him as one of them and afraid that he will fly off with his memories once Jack has them.This is proven true when he accidentally misleads the Guardians to believing he traded away Baby Tooth with his own memories. Jack became hurt and left the Guardians, who didn't even bother to hear his side of the story.

Physical Appearance

While Jack was a human, he used to have brown hair and warm, chocolate brown eyes. Jack also significantly had fair skin, and once wore a white v-neck shirt and brown vest, and his trousers and poncho were colored the same

After Jack was resurrected by the Man in the Moon as a spirit, he had white hair that looked like snow and his once brown eyes had become blue. Stuck at the age of fourteen to seventeen, Jack stays in his teenager form. He had begun wearing a blue hoody that had white, winter pattern, allegedly it was made by mice.

According to Tooth, his teeth are "white as freshly fallen snow." Jack is also barefoot, and has a magical staff shaped with a G. His fair skin had become paler. Tooth and her fairies were attracted to Jack by his looks, proving he has a charming and handsome view about himself.

Powers

  • Winter Magic - Being the spirit of winter, Jack Frost had complete power over winter.
    • Cryokinesis: Jack had the ability to summon snow, ice, frost, and bolts of ice. However, throughout most of his times as Jack Frost, Jack learned that he could control his own power over magic. Jack was able to freeze over an oncoming storm of nightmares without him ever realizing it. Jack is actually a very powerful individual.
    • Animation: Jack is also able to animate anything in relation to winter, as he can make his drawings from the ice frosting on windows. When Jamie was losing faith in the Guardians, Jack drew a bunny and was able to bring it to life as it jumped around and unleashed snow.
    • Ice Breath: Due to being a spirit of Winter, Jack was able to breath out cool ice, which he blows on with a snowball that turns it into a blue color.
    • Cold Immunity: Being the spirit of winter, Jack is not bothered by the cold.
    • Aerokinetic Flight: Jack is able to fly by riding the wind. He flies by floating like a snowflake, and propels himself with wind to fly faster.
  • Fun Manipulation: Jack was able to manipulate fun and spread it throughout the world because of his snowballs that can put people under fun influences, bringing it a person's inner fun.
  • Enhanced Agility: Jack is incredibly lithe and nimble, able to move across rooftops or even weave through traffic with uncanny speed and agility. He is also a wild but swift flyer by being carried by the wind, 300 years of doing so making him a master at such.
  • Skilled Combatant: Jack's battle style consists of Parkour and Kendo (which means "way of the sword"). He combines free-running with martial arts to make a unique battle style. With perfect timing and skills, Jack is also able to dodge an enemy's attack and instantly response by calculating his body and staff movements to be able deliver his own attack. He pays close attention to an enemy movements since a response that is too slow or fast may not be effective.
  • Belief Independence: Unlike the other guardians whose powers greatly depend on being believed in, Jack seems to be able to operate at full-capacity while still having no believers himself, implying that should he become a figure as popular as them, which could have him as one of the most powerful spirits in their ranks. Nevertheless, He can't be seen, heard or felt by any mortal (with the exception of animals) unless they believe in him. This may also show that Jack is far stronger than he realized
  • Immortality: Like the Guardians, Jack is immortal and untouchable to anything that happens in time. He has been around for over 300 years, but he is forever trapped at the age of fourteen and can change his age as well at a certain point


Relationships

Heroes and Villains has an article focusing of the relationships of Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians)

Gallery

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Trivia

  • Jack is based on Jack Frost from Norse Mythology and winter folklore.
  • Jack's signature color includes blue and white.
  • Errol Flynn's Robin Hood and J.M Barrie's Peter Pan are listed among Jack Frost's inspiration for William Joyce when creating Jack for his series. 
  • Out of all his believers, Jack has a special connection towards Jamie Bennett even before he had become a Guardian.Some fans have theorized that Jamie is a descendant of Jack's sister, therefore, a descendant of Jack Frost himself, to an extent.
  • According to William Joyce, Jack is stuck at the age of fourteen
    • However, on some occassions, the creators of the film say Jack is frozen at the age of seventeen. 
    • An app states Jack is actually stuck at eighteen. [1]
  • Jack and Bunny had a former rivalry with each other due to an event they called the Blizzard of '68 on Easter Sunday.

References

  1. Rise of the Guardians App

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Both Book and Movie Characters
Jack Frost North/Santa Claus Toothiana/Tooth FairyE. Aster Bunnymund/Easter BunnySandy/SandmanMini-Fairies
Book Characters
Katherine/Mother GooseLord Ombric/Father TimeNightlightMother Nature
Movie Characters
Baby ToothJamie BennettCalebClaudeSophie BennettMrs. BennettMontyPippaCupcake Jack Frost's MotherFleePhil
Groups
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