Caliban is a fictional sapient creature featured in the play The Tempest.


Caliban is the son of the witch Sycorax and one of her demonic servants. After his mother's death and the departure or imprisonment of all of her spirits, Caliban lived a king's life alone on his mother's island until it was taken over by the wizard Prospero, who forced the savage Caliban into servitude while trying to make his human side prevail against his monstrous urges (which he rarely succeeded in).