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|“||Listen up, men. For years, we've been forced to hunt and scavenge for our next meal. Well, no more, thanks to our new lucky charm, I have had a idea that will change our lives. We're going to Santa's Fell. And we're going to feast on his flying reindeer. And by eating our enemies, their strength will become ours. You, will be Santa's Flying Wolves.||„|
|~ Black Wolf revealing his plan to his wolf pack.|
|“||That's why we're going to eat Santa too! [laughs evilly] And I'll take his place. Just think of all the delicious little boys and girls waiting for me to visit.||„|
|~ Black Wolf further revealing his true intentions.|
Black Wolf is the main antagonist in the 2008 Finnish computer-animated film The Flight Before Christmas (originally released as Niko & The Way to the Stars). He is the villainous leader of his pack of wolves who hunt reindeer and plots to eat Santa Claus and his reindeer, the Flying Forces, to take their place and bring death to all the children of the world.
He was voiced by Vesa Vierikko in the Finnish version, Alan Stanford in the UK English version, Sam Gold in the US English version, and Ingo Albrecht in the German-language version.
A lost pet poodle named Essie found Black Wolf and his pack after they unsuccessfully attempted to hunt Niko's herd. As the wolves were about to eat her, she inadvertently gave Black Wolf the idea of eating Santa's reindeer, the Flying Forces (who commonly fly by the wolves' territory, irritating Black Wolf). Essie was considered Black Wolf's good luck charm for this idea and was spared but was also forced to join the pack on this grim plan.
When Julius and Niko became lost and got separated in a sudden blizzard, Niko awoke under a pile of snow from the conversation of Black Wolf and his pack who do not see him. Niko overheard Black Wolf's scheme: after eating the Flying Forces to gain their magical ability to fly, they will eat Santa as well and take his place but to bring death to tasty boys and girls instead of bringing presents. The wolves discover Niko, and knowing that the young reindeer knew too much of Black Wolf's plan, they chased after him to kill him. After escaping from the wolves in an avalanche, Niko convinced Wilma to guide them while Black Wolf and his pack were hot on their trail. Black Wolf caught up to the three but Niko fell into a dangerous river after attempting to fly. Thinking they were dead, the wolves headed for Santa's Fell, unaware that Niko was saved by Julius and Wilma from going over a high waterfall.
At Santa's Fell, Niko told the Flying Forces of Black Wolf's plan, but they doubt a wolf would ever make it to Santa's secret valley. However, Black Wolf and his wolf pack eventually reached Santa's Fell, scaring the Flying Forces into losing their belief of their ability to fly. Black Wolf wore Santa's hat, immediately announcing himself as the "new Santa in town", and his wolf pack surrounded the Flying Forces in preparation to eat them.
Upon seeing Niko alive, Black Wolf chased after him, determined to kill the young reindeer while his wolf pack pursued the scared Flying Forces. He ended up chasing Niko up a tall tree despite the efforts of Wilma and Julius to distract the wolf, but Niko was saved by the Flying Forces from falling and landed on Santa's sleigh. However, Black Wolf jumped onto the sleigh as well, and despite the Flying Forces' efforts to shake him off, the evil wolf still latched on, forcing the reindeer to go into "Santa speed". Julius unlatched a part of the sleigh that Black Wolf was holding on to, but not before Black Wolf managed to grab him. Knowing that his plan has failed as he is falling to his doom, Black Wolf decides to eat Julius as his last meal, saying that he won't die on an empty stomach. However, the flying squirrel was saved by Niko (who finally gained his ability to fly), leaving a horrified Black Wolf to scream in defeat as he plummets to his death.
Santa's hat that Black Wolf wore drifted its way to the feet of his wolf pack as a sign of their leader's demise, who are then chased out of Santa's Fell by the reindeer.
In the sequel film, Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure, it is revealed that Black Wolf has a sister named White Wolf who wants to avenge her brother's death.
At first, Black Wolf is viewed as the terrifying and fearsome leader of a pack of wolves who hunt reindeer, annoyed by his pack members' incompetence in hunting for food. It was not until he developed the grim plan to eat the Flying Forces, Santa Claus, and later the children of the world that labeled Black Wolf as a manipulative, dangerous, and sinister monster who is willing to take innocent lives in order to provide food for him and his pack. He is shown to be viciously persistent and pertinacious, as he was determined to kill Niko (after he was found eavesdropping on Black Wolf's evil scheme) to the point of pursuing him through Santa's Fell, to the top of a tree, and later on board Santa's sleigh while in the air.
Powers and Abilities
While being the leader of his wolf pack, Black Wolf is also seemingly the authoritative and strongest, able to send a full-grown reindeer flying with a swipe of his claws and withstand the force of an avalanche head-on.
- It is unlikely that Black Wolf is his real name, as it is also the name of his appearance.