|“||This is salvation. Since the Dark Lord's desertion, the Nine Circles of Hell have been breaking down. I, Caliban, will restore stability and do what Lucifer failed to do... conquer the Earth. Remake it as our tenth circle and enslave the tribes of mortal and witch.||”|
–Caliban , Chapter Twenty-One: The Hellbound Heart
Caliban is a clay Demon, molded from the clay of the pit itself, and the self-proclaimed Prince of Hell. He challenges Sabrina Spellman to the Unholy Regalia In the original timeline, Caliban defeats Sabrina and becomes King of Hell. He went on to lead the Infernal Armies on a crusade to claim the Earth as the Tenth Circle. He failed after being defeated by the pagans. In the current timeline created by Sabrina, who went back in time to save her friends and family, Caliban loses the Unholy Regalia and is incased in stone.
A darkly handsome young man with a strange charm, Caliban is a so-called Prince of Hell, sculpted from clay from the City of Pandemonium. He challenges Sabrina for control of the Throne of Hell, even as infernal sparks start to fly between him and the teen witch.
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While building a sand castle on the Shores of Sorrow, Caliban crosses paths with Sabrina, Harvey, Roz, and Theo. He informs them that all blood flows to Pandemonium. Follow the blood-red road where it flows and there, they will find Lilith. Lastly, he warns them to never wander from the road.
Lilith introduces Sabrina to the underworld community as Sabrina Morningstar, daughter of Lucifer Morningstar. In his absence, Sabrina has come to declare Lilith the official Queen of Hell. Beelzebub, Asmodeus, and Purson, the Plague Kings, object. The realms are in chaos. The Earth, the Pit, the Heavens, and the Cosmos all reject Lilith's claim. The Plague Kings propose that Caliban, Prince of Hell take the throne. He’s been molded by the clay of the pit itself. Native son of the inferno. Since the Dark Lord’s desertion, the Nine Circles of Hell have been breaking down, and Caliban seeks to restore stability, conquer the earth, remake it as their tenth circle and enslave the tribes of mortals and witch.
Sabrina takes her seat at the throne. The Plague Kings denounce Sabrina as queen as she lives on Earth and is a child. Nevertheless, Sabrina insists that she will rule with Lilith as her regent. Caliban disputes Sabrina’s claim to the throne, reasoning that monarchs rule by divine rights, and Sabrina is half-mortal. As Caliban prepares to challenge Sabrina for the throne, Lilith reminds him that there are rules to be followed, such as him needing a certain number of signatures. Sabrina’s eyes turn white as she warns Caliban to back off.
Caliban and the Plague Kings watch in disbelief as Sabrina fails to claim Robert Robertson’s soul. Lilith insists that Sabrina is still learning and that it was simply a momentary lapse of judgement. Caliban proposes that Sabrina answer why she relieved the mortal. Sabrina explains that he wasn’t worthy of damnation and decided to show him mercy, much to the Kings’ dismay. Lilith explains that Sabrina still has one more soul to claim. A man by the name of Jimmy Platt and insists that Sabrina will get it right.
In Hell, Caliban and Lilith await Sabrina’s return. Lilith assures him that Sabrina will return successful, having dragged Jimmy Platt’s soul to Hell. Lilith then orders her demon minion to fetch Caliban and the Plague Kings something to drink. She whispers that he should feel free to add his own piss and bile.
Caliban challenges Sabrina on a request for the "Unholy Regalia." Sabrina returns to Hell with Lilith, where the Plague Kings surround a table and demand an audience with Sabrina. Sabrina outlines her reformation. Caliban interrupts to challenge Sabrina for seat on the throne. He’s gathered 666 signatures of the highest born of Hell to endorse his challenge. By infernal law, it must be accepted. Caliban challenges Sabrina on a request for the "Unholy Regalia." Lilith explains that the regalia are the three most powerful occult objects in history. Relics that have been lost to the ages. Whoever collects the relics may take their seat on the throne, whether they be Morningstar or not. They begin with having to find King Herod’s crown.
Caliban arrives at the Phantasmagoria carnival and steals the crown as Sabrina and Nick are under the attack of King Herod, who threatens to flay Sabrina alive and then kill everyone in town. Fortunately, Ambrose arrives and kills the king.
Asmodeus, Beelzebub, Purson, and the demons of Hell cheer Caliban on as he places King Herod’s crown on his head. Sabrina arrives and punches him in the face. He didn’t help her because it’s a competition. He was quietly watching her every move, and he knew King Herod would come for his crown as he’s a guardian. Caliban assumed that either he would kill Sabrina or Sabrina would kill him. He then asks if the crown suits him, and Sabrina punches him for a second time. She then assures him that the second and third challenges will be won by her. She'd sooner slice his throat before she let Caliban take the throne. The Kings and demons then proceed to chant Sabrina’s name.
Caliban awaits Sabrina at the Academy of Unseen Arts as the second challenge nears. By Infernal Law, the Kings declare that the second quest begin. Sabrina and Caliban must seek and retrieve Pontius Pilate’s bowl. Sabrina attempts to postpone the challenge, but Lilith informs her that by not accepting the challenge, she threatens the existence of the Church of Night.
Sabrina is placed in a cell by Pontius Pilate. Caliban and Barabbas are her cellmates. Caliban got there via time stone. Barabbas informs them that there is no escaping Pilate's perverse passion play. Every hundred years or so, someone like Sabrina comes along, hoping to steal Pilate's bowl. A few even catch sight of it as they breathe their last. But they all die in the end. Unlike the others, Barabbas never dies. It's his curse. He’s doomed to repeat this day of infamy over and over again. Pilate could break the cycle, but he chooses not to. Barabbas reveals that after Pontius Pilate pardons him, as he always does and condemns both Sabrina and Caliban to death, he'll wash his hands in the bowl, and they’ll be crucified. Sabrina devises a plan to make her move when he's washing his hands. Caliban interjects, not that Sabrina’s interested in what he has to say after he cheated during the last challenge. "Even a King of Hell must have some dignity. Some honor.", she retorts.
Lilith and Sabrina return to Hell with the bowl of Pontius Pilate. When the Plague Kings ask about Caliban, Lilith tells them that Sabrina’s victory over Caliban was absolute, as Sabrina isn’t sure he survived. However, Caliban enters having survived the ordeal. He reminds Sabrina that he’s made of clay and that he waited under the dusts of the ages for 2,000 years after Sabrina cheated, stole Pilate’s bowl and left him for dead. With each having won a single challenge, it’s sudden death. The winner shall reign over Hell for all eternity.
Pontius approaches the cell and tells Sabrina and Caliban that the punishment for trespassing in Golgotha is 100 lashes. Caliban volunteers to take the lashes as he refuses to watch as Sabrina, the Queen of Hell, be debased in such a way, proving that he does in fact have honor. Also, he’s made of clay, so the lashes won’t draw blood. Barabbas, Sabrina, and Caliban are put on trial, and Pontius Pilate allows the citizens to choose which of the three will be pardoned.
The crowd chants Barabbas’ name, and he is pardoned. Pontius then washes his hands in the bowl as the execution nears. Barabbas grabs the bowl and runs. However, as it turns out, Sabrina placed a glamour on both herself as well as Barabbas, to make them appear as each other. So, as Sabrina runs for the time stone to return home with the bowl, Barabbas remains chained up to Caliban.
Caliban tracks Sabrina down and finds her at the Kinkle house. He proposes a deal to help Sabrina save Roz, who has been petrified. He knows of a Pygmalion spell that would turn Roz back to flesh. And if Sabrina comes with him to find the spell, he’ll outline his proposal to her. Sabrina agrees and leaves with Caliban.
As Caliban and Sabrina search for the spell to save Roz, Sabrina questions why it’s called a Pygmalion spell. Caliban tells Sabrina about the myth of Pygmalion. He was a sculptor who carved a woman made of ivory. Pygmalion fell in love with the statue, wished her alive. He made an offering to the gods, promised he would give up his greatest love, sculpting. In exchange, when Pygmalion kissed the statue, she turned to flesh. As for Caliban’s proposal, they could compete against each other to find the third item of the Unholy Regalia, Judas' pieces of silver, or they could work together to find them. They would both win the throne in that case. They could align and rule Hell together and get married. Sabrina turns him down. So, he asks her to make him a counteroffer. And in return, he’ll give her the spell he just found. Sabrina negotiates with Caliban, starting with making Earth off-limits and ending the enslavement of all souls. She’d like to reform the Hell that already exists, make it better, work with Heaven instead of against it, though Caliban is doubtful it is possible. Sabrina agrees to Caliban’s proposal, but she demands it in writing first and informs him that their alignment would be strictly political.
Sabrina and Caliban return to Harvey’s to find him scrambling to put back together the pieces of Roz. She’s been shattered, broken into a million pieces. Caliban tells Harvey that Roz needs to be put back together and arranged into her correct shape, as he knows of a special epoxy that can hold her together. Sabrina, Harvey, and Caliban have gathered every piece of Roz. Before they can glue her back together, they must take her to the place that Harvey and Roz first kissed, where the spell will be most effective. Harvey reveals that was at school. The night of the dance. Theo and Robin arrive and offer to help carry Roz.
Caliban, Sabrina, Harvey, Theo, and Robin take Roz to Baxter High, where they glue her back together. Harvey must now say the spell, but first, he has to make his offering to Aphrodite or Eros. Caliban explains that Harvey has to offer up his love for Rosalind in order for her to be restored to flesh. Aphrodite is the goddess of love. She’ll grant Harvey’s wish but demands his heart's desire. He has to forsake his truest love and kiss her to complete the spell and restore her to flesh. However, if Harvey ever betrays his vows and kiss Roz again, she’ll turn to stone forever. Harvey recites the vow to Aphrodite and kisses Roz, but she doesn’t turn back. Caliban explains that Harvey’s offering was rejected because Harvey doesn’t truly love her. Aphrodite will only accept his heart’s truest desire and that must not be Roz. Harvey gets angry and punches Caliban. Robin informs the group that Circe has powerful magicks of transformation, and she could turn Roz back into flesh. He neglected to tell them this because it’s too dangerous. Circe could turn them into any creature she’d ever seen before. And without magick, they’re no match against her. However, Sabrina knows where they can borrow magick. Caliban, Sabrina, Harvey, Theo, and Robin take Roz to Baxter High, where they glue her back together. Harvey must now say the spell, but first, he has to make his offering to Aphrodite or Eros. Caliban explains that Harvey has to offer up his love for Rosalind in order for her to be restored to flesh. Aphrodite is the goddess of love. She’ll grant Harvey’s wish but demands his heart's desire. He has to forsake his truest love and kiss her to complete the spell and restore her to flesh. However, if Harvey ever betrays his vows and kiss Roz again, she’ll turn to stone forever. Harvey recites the vow to Aphrodite and kisses Roz, but she doesn’t turn back.
Caliban explains that Harvey’s offering was rejected because Harvey doesn’t truly love her. Aphrodite will only accept his heart’s truest desire and that must not be Roz. Harvey gets angry and punches Caliban. Robin informs the group that Circe has powerful magicks of transformation, and she could turn Roz back into flesh. He neglected to tell them this because it’s too dangerous. Circe could turn them into any creature she’d ever seen before. And without magick, they’re no match against her. However, Sabrina knows where they can borrow magick.
Sabrina returns to the Academy with Caliban, where she asks Prudence for Ambrose’s whereabouts. There, she is confronted by Nick, who accuses her of moving on with Caliban. Sabrina denies having any feelings for Caliban. Sabrina and Caliban then go to the Academy's library in search of Ambrose. She dismisses Caliban as she finds him.
Lucifer returns to Hell take control of the throne. He orders his disciples to kneel before him. When Purson, of the Plague Kings, questions his authority, Lucifer snaps his neck. Caliban confronts Lucifer, introducing himself as Prince of Hell, though Lucifer doesn’t acknowledge his claim. Beelzebub interjects to inform Lucifer that they're in the middle of the quest for the three objects of the Unholy Regalia. Infernal protocol must be followed and the contest must be seen to the end. Caliban and Sabrina each have found one item. Whoever finds the third, Judas Iscariot's 30 pieces of silver, will sit upon the throne of Hell, and not even Lucifer can interfere with that.
Sabrina returns to Judas. He asks to feel the weight of the silver coins in his hand one last time. Sabrina gives him the coins, and Caliban reveals himself after having posed as Judas. He then does a spell that frees him and embeds Sabrina into the stone wall. He asks why Sabrina didn’t take the easy way and betray someone with a kiss. Sabrina replies that she’s not a betrayer. However, Caliban begs to differ considering Sabrina chose the quest over her family. While Sabrina was dashing off, collecting trinkets, Caliban was arranging a coup. Caliban then reveals to Sabrina that Lucifer and Lilith have been embedded into the stone walls as well. He encases Sabrina in stone completely and leaves as he has a mortal world to conquer and a tenth circle to create.
After defeating Sabrina and encasing her in stone, Caliban returned to Pandemonium. With that came, the House of Morningstar fell. On the third day, the newly crowned King of Hell, Caliban, led the Infernal Armies on a crusade to claim the Earth as the Tenth Circle. He failed. On the fourth day, the pagans beat back Caliban and his armies. The Earth was theirs. On the 7th day, Hell was emptied by an army of celestials, led by the archangel Michael, who killed Caliban in battle.
Using Faustus Blackwood’s time egg, Sabrina goes back in time and warns her past self against giving the silver over to Caliban, who's posing as Judas. Past Sabrina then confronts Caliban, who is wearing a glamour to appear as Judas. Rather than giving him the silver, she permanently seals him in the stone. (For Now :)
Caliban appears to have shoulder-length blond hair which he always leaves down, green eyes and a solid physique. His casual attire consists of jeans and waistcoat. He typically doesn't wear shirts, hence showing off his toned upper body.
In the beginning, Caliban is shown to be arrogant and untrustworthy as seen by his actions during the Unholy Regalia quest. He will do whatever it takes to claim the throne, even going as far as cheating. He has managed to acquire many allies in Hell, all who support his claim to the throne. Later on though, he does help Sabrinaand her friends when Roz turns to stone. He even considers a political marriage with Sabrina so they could instead rule Hell together.
Powers and Abilities
Caliban is a clay demon who has displayed various abilities, such as the power to cast spells as well as teleportation, which often appears as a body of fire. He is also very informed and skilled in witchcraft. It was his knowledge of about the myth of Pygmalion that Sabrina hoped would save her friend, Roz.
- "Chapter Twenty-One: The Hellbound Heart"
- "Chapter Twenty-Two: Drag Me to Hell"
- "Chapter Twenty-Three: Heavy is the Crown"
- "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Devil Within"
- "Chapter Twenty-Six: All of Them Witches"
- "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Judas Kiss"
- "Chapter Twenty-Eight: Sabrina Is Legend"
- His name is possibly a reference to the character Caliban from William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
- In the play, he's the son of the witch Sycorax, although there's no relation to the witch of the same name in the series.
- Caliban was mentioned in the novel Daughter of Chaos, which is set between the events of Part 1 and Part 2. While Sabrina and Prudence were doing research on the prince of hell that was going to arrive in Greendale soon, Sabrina concluded that it wasn't Caliban. Prudence mentioned there was a rumour that "Caliban was sexy."
- Caliban was stated to be the heir of Beelzebub.