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* ''Film/{{It}}'', a 1927 film directed by Clarence Badger, starring Clara Bow.

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* ''Film/{{It}}'', a 1927 silent film directed by Clarence Badger, starring Clara Bow.
* ''Film/ItTheTerrorFromBeyondSpace'', a 1958 science fiction film directed by Edward L. Cahn.
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* ''Literature/{{It}}'', a 1986 horror novel by American author Creator/StephenKing.
* ''Film/{{It}}'', a 1927 film directed by Clarence Badger, starring Clara Bow.

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->''The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years -- if it ever did end -- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.''

IT is a 1986 horror novel by American author Creator/StephenKing. The story is about seven children being terrorized by a malevolent monster - known only as IT - that takes the form of their deepest fears but primarily appears in the form of a clown, calling itself [[MonsterClown "Pennywise the Dancing Clown."]] The novel features a nonlinear narrative which alternates between two different time periods (1958 and 1985) and shifts among the different perspectives and stories of its seven protagonists. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma and the ugliness lurking behind a small-town façade.

One of the most popular Stephen King novels and widely regarded as a horror classic, ''It'' is also one of the darkest and most frightening, its subject matter being a child-killing supernatural monster with AdultsAreUseless in effect for at least half the story. And yet weirdly enough, there are some really uplifting moments. Along with ''TheStand'' it is one of the stories that cemented King's reputation as the premier modern horror writer.

In 1990, the novel was loosely adapted into a television movie featuring John Ritter as Ben Hanscom, Harry Anderson as Richie Tozier, Tim Reid as Mike Hanlon, Annette O'Toole as Beverly Marsh, Richard Thomas as Bill Denbrough and TimCurry as Pennywise in a career-defining role.

On March 12th 2009, Warner Bros. announced that the production of a remake of IT had started. Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison are set to produce.

Not to be confused with the 1927 silent film of the same name, which introduced the phrase "It Girl" to the world. Or the BigBad of ''AWrinkleInTime''. Or the guys down in the sub-basement who run the [[Tropers/TheAdvertisementServer TV Tropes Server]]. We hope.
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!!Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: A short list: Beverly's father, Henry's father, Tom Rogan's mother, Eddie Corcoran's stepfather and Eddie Kaspbrak's mother (even if [[MyBelovedSmother she didn't mean it that way]]).
* AdultsAreUseless / InvisibleToAdults: Justified, and averted when necessary.
* AnatomicallyImpossibleSex: [[spoiler: The sewer scene. A glance at a medical textbook can tell you that, while it is possible for prepubescent boys to reach climax, it is extremely painful, as their reproductive organs are not fully developed and working.]]
** [[FlatWhat What?]] You were apparently never a prepubescent boy.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Henry's friends, Henry, and Tom Rogan in that order.]]
** Less so for [[spoiler:Victor and Butch]]; they were just kids after all.
* AxeCrazy: Claude Heroux.
* BatmanGambit: It is vaguely implied that [[spoiler:the so-called ''Other'' had a hand in bringing the Losers together and infusing them with the courage necessary to face [[EldritchAbomination the Spider]]. That they forget about their friendship after finally killing it seems to ratify the ''Other'' used this bond to its breaking point without having them all go mad.]]
* BigGood: The Turtle in the book.
* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: IT is finally defeated and vanquished, but two of the Losers' Club members are dead, most of their hometown is destroyed by a flood with IT's death and the surviving members' memories slowly fade away until they completely forget about each other, but somehow they know that they will be friends forever]].
** [[spoiler: And some of King's later works imply that IT is NotQuiteDead after all. IT can never truly be destroyed]].
** [[spoiler: It's more of a plain fact than an implication. IT, as explained in the book, is an extradimensional entity like the Turtle. All they did was kill its physical form. Logic suggests that, having experienced death, It grew fearful (or at least cautious) of the Losers and only projected Itself into their world again once they were gone, their bond finally used up and forgotten forever]].
** Even if It IS somehow truly gone, there's the implication that [[spoiler: some of the eggs It laid were left intact, so glimpses in later works may be It's children]]...Really, it's only a sweet ending for the Losers' Club. Sure, It won't go after THEM anymore but it's far from dead and gone.
** [[spoiler: King's later works state that as a city, Derry bounces back from the storm and flooding.]]
* BloodlessCarnage mixed with GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Since the movie version was made for television, most of the actual deaths weren't shown in very graphic detail. Most instances in which the filmmakers were allowed to include blood took place during It's illusions, in which it bursts from balloons, erupts from a sink, and spills from containers, but never leaves a human body or is referred to as such. The idea that it even ''is'' blood is up to audience assumption.
* BrownNote: [[spoiler:The "deadlights", IT's true form, can cause whoever sees them to go insane]].
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: {{Christine}}]] shows up to give Henry Bowers a lift.
** Dick Halloran of ''TheShining'' fame also shows up in Will Hanlon's story of how the future cook of the Overlook hotel saved him from the Black Spot fire.
** The 1930s flashback includes an appearance by Walter Pickman, from the Creator/HPLovecraft story ''Pickman's Model''.
*** Lovecraft's character was Richard Upton Pickman, not Walter. Could be a relative, though.
** [[NotQuiteDead Pennywise]] appears in other Creator/StephenKing novels featuring Derry, and is even mentioned in the DarkTower saga.
* CampGay: Adrian Mellon, IT's first victim in 1985.
* CatchPhrase:
** Beep beep, Richie
** I worry about you Bevvy, sometimes I worry a lot.
** B-B-B-(*beet*)-Billy Boy.
** I'll kill you all.
** Dontcha wanna balloon?
** We/they all float (down here).
*** When you're down here (with us/me), YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!
* CircleOfFriendship: The main characters do this to help a hospitalized main character defend himself from a BrainwashedAndCrazy nurse.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[spoiler: The Losers' use their childlike beliefs as weapons, making it so that IT can be damaged by things such as silver bullets or an aspirator.]]
* DidNotDoTheResearch: Bill's actress wife Audra is in England making a film produced by an Englishman "who had once bowled a century at cricket," which anyone who knows anything about cricket will tell you is impossible. (A rough US equivalent would be "pitching a home run".) [[hottip:*:In fairness, Bill's disparaging comments about British television are more accurate.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
* {{Doorstopper}}: The book reportedly killed a chihuahua. By falling on it.
* DreamSequence
* EldritchAbomination: Makes Cthulhu look like a puppy the way King describes IT's true form. Not to mention all the shape shifting.
** And that's just what human beings are capable of comprehending. In the mental wars between the Losers and It, it's suggested It's true form exists beyond the boundaries of reality as all-consuming and destroying light.
* TheEndOrIsIt: From the first line, it's uncertain as to whether "the terror" ever really did end. [[spoiler:In the final chapters, the possibility is noted that Ben may have missed one of IT's eggs when he was executing her offspring.]]
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: After defeating IT for the first time, all the seven members of the Loser's Club never meet again. Eventually, they all go in their separate ways, and completely forget about each other (except for Mike).
* FinalBattle: Foreshadowed right from the first page.
* GilliganCut: Bill plans is to steal his father's gun and break into the haunted house where he believes IT lives in order to kill it. Richie tries to talk him out of this plan by pointing out that a gun might not kill IT. In an effort to try to convince Bill how wildly out of their depth they would be, Richie says, "After you shoot it and it keeps coming, you can try your slingshot on it. And if that doesn't work, I'll throw some of my sneezing powder at it." Cut to the next section where Bill and Richie are about to head to the haunted house, and Bill reveals that not only has he brought the gun but the slingshot too. The boys laugh about that, then Richie reveals that he brought the sneezing powder too. [[spoiler: And on this trip, the sneezing powder proves to be the most effective weapon. On a later trip, Beverly uses Bill's slingshot to shoot the monster with a silver slug and nearly kills it.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: In the movie when IT returns and the now adult Mike calls the rest of his lucky 7 [[spoiler:The Losers Club]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: A common reaction upon seeing It's true form.
* HarsherInHindsight: An in universe example: [[spoiler: "Tell Stan unless he's on his way to Derry, he's a dead man!"]]
* ImNotAfraidOfYou
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: A surprisingly rare example for a Creator/StephenKing adaptation, probably because the title on its own is extremely generic.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Subverted. When Bill and Richie are exploring the basement of the house on Neibolt Street, Bill starts to suggest this. Richie cuts him off with a resounding "Fuck that!"
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Cemetery Dance released one for the novel's 25th anniversary.
* MindRape: Pennywise is very fond of messing with the Losers Club's heads.
* MonsterClown: Pennywise, a ''literal'' monster in the form of a clown.
* NWordPrivileges: A variant on this in that the Loser's club all have "N-word privileges" with respect to each other. Thus, it's okay for a member of the club to make fun of Stan for being Jewish or Ben for being fat or Bill for his stutter, but God help any outsider who does the same thing.
* OfficerOHara: Mr. Nell, who provides the basis for Richie's "Irish Cop" Voice.
* ParentalObliviousness
* PlaceboEffect: Eddie's asthma is revealed to be psychosomatic, and his medication is a placebo.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Pennywise himself, along with Henry and Butch Bowers.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: One of the major themes in the book is of childhood friends who have long since gone their separate ways but must now come together to defeat the BigBad.
* RedOniBlueOni: [[spoiler:the Spider and the Turtle. One actively hunts down and eats human children while the other just sits on the edge of forever, seeing it all happen and "helping" the Losers during their first confrontation with It. The Spider berates it for just sitting there, offering seemingly useless advice. That the Spider's eyes are described as ruby-red while the Turtle's shell is some blueish-greenish color also reinforces the trope.]]
* TheReveal: The revelation, in the book's later chapters, that IT is [[spoiler:actually female. Not only that, but she just so happens to have [[OhCrap laid a shitload of eggs...]]]]
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Adrian Mellon's murder was modelled after the murder of Charlie Howard, another CampGay man who was thrown off a bridge in Maine; they even landed in the same river. Howard simply drowned, though; there was no demonic clown involved. Probably. Also The Brady Gang (changed to Bradley in the text), gunned down by FBI agents in Bangor in 1937.
* SacrificialLamb: George Denbrough and Adrian Mellon.
* SayMyName: ''"BEEEEEEEEEEV!"''
* SomebodyElsesProblem: Implied to be the doing of IT, but it can still get rather disturbing at times.
* SpookyPhotographs: That start moving and threatening you.
* SpookySilentLibrary: At least when Mike's working there after hours.
* SurvivalMantra: "He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts".
* TakeThat: In the novel, when Bill ([[AuthorAvatar who, as an adult becomes a very sucessful horror writer]]) recalls his college years, and how he crashed heads with his writing teacher, who believed that a good work of fiction [[AuthorTract also had to make a political statement]], and Bill's statement that one should write good stories that entertain, since "politics change over time but stories remain".
* ThereAreNoTherapists
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The execution of the Bradley gang.
* TownWithADarkSecret: More like a dark secret shaped like a town.
* TurtlePower: Hinted at throughout the book. [[spoiler:A cosmic force, opposed to It in at least some way, is called the Turtle. It subtly guides the protagonists. And, countless æons ago, it created the universe when it got sick and threw up.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: IT usually takes the form of Pennywise the Clown, but often assumes the shape of whatever the victim is most afraid of. Pennywise is something of a neutral form for either dealing with multiple victims or the same victim twice, or just getting around.
** ShapeshifterModeLock: Once Pennywise assumes the shape of it's victims greatest fear, it has to follow all the "rules" of that shape, whether it wants to or not. ''And it cannot change form to something else once everyone who sees it has "agreed" on what it is.'' For example, when Pennywise confronts the kids in the house on Neibolt Street, Richie Tozier screams out that its "THE TEENAGE WEREWOLF!", a movie-monster that he is terrified of. The other kids, who had been seeing Pennywise as various ''other'' monsters, immediately saw it as a werewolf as well. And once it was a werewolf, it became vulnerable to the silver slugs Bev was shooting at it with the slingshot.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Parodied - it takes the guy running The Falcon ''years'' to realise that his place has become the town's gay bar, but everyone else is convinced there must be orgies going on nightly.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Mike discovers that despite the children's killings and incidents in which many people die, those news are rarely spoken outside the town of Derry; it's like ''something doesn't want those to be known outside''.
* WouldHurtAChild: Not just hurt, but psychologically torment and ''eat'' them too.
* YourMindMakesItReal

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''"You don't have to look back to see those children; part of your mind will see them forever, live with them forever, love with them forever. They are not necessarily the best part of you, but they were once the repository of all you could become."''

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->''The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years -- if it ever did end -- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.''

IT is a 1986 horror novel by American author Creator/StephenKing. The story is about seven children being terrorized by a malevolent monster - known only as IT - that takes the form of their deepest fears but primarily appears in the form of a clown, calling itself [[MonsterClown "Pennywise the Dancing Clown."]] The novel features a nonlinear narrative which alternates between two different time periods (1958 and 1985) and shifts among the different perspectives and stories of its seven protagonists. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma and the ugliness lurking behind a small-town façade.

One of the most popular Stephen King novels and widely regarded as a horror classic, ''It'' is also one of the darkest and most frightening, its subject matter being a child-killing supernatural monster with AdultsAreUseless in effect for at least half the story. And yet weirdly enough, there are some really uplifting moments. Along with ''TheStand'' it is one of the stories that cemented King's reputation as the premier modern horror writer.

In 1990, the novel was loosely adapted into a television movie featuring John Ritter as Ben Hanscom, Harry Anderson as Richie Tozier, Tim Reid as Mike Hanlon, Annette O'Toole as Beverly Marsh, Richard Thomas as Bill Denbrough and TimCurry as Pennywise in a career-defining role.

On March 12th 2009, Warner Bros. announced that the production of a remake of IT had started. Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison are set to produce.

Not to be confused with the 1927 silent film of the same name, which introduced the phrase "It Girl" to the world. Or the BigBad of ''AWrinkleInTime''. Or the guys down in the sub-basement who run the [[Tropers/TheAdvertisementServer TV Tropes Server]]. We hope.
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!!Tropes:
* AbusiveParents: A short list: Beverly's father, Henry's father, Tom Rogan's mother, Eddie Corcoran's stepfather and Eddie Kaspbrak's mother (even if [[MyBelovedSmother she didn't mean it that way]]).
* AdultsAreUseless / InvisibleToAdults: Justified, and averted when necessary.
* AnatomicallyImpossibleSex: [[spoiler: The sewer scene. A glance at a medical textbook can tell you that, while it is possible for prepubescent boys to reach climax, it is extremely painful, as their reproductive organs are not fully developed and working.]]
** [[FlatWhat What?]] You were apparently never a prepubescent boy.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Henry's friends, Henry, and Tom Rogan in that order.]]
** Less so for [[spoiler:Victor and Butch]]; they were just kids after all.
* AxeCrazy: Claude Heroux.
* BatmanGambit: It is vaguely implied that [[spoiler:the so-called ''Other'' had a hand in bringing the Losers together and infusing them with the courage necessary to face [[EldritchAbomination the Spider]]. That they forget about their friendship after finally killing it seems to ratify the ''Other'' used this bond to its breaking point without having them all go mad.]]
* BigGood: The Turtle in the book.
* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: IT is finally defeated and vanquished, but two of the Losers' Club members are dead, most of their hometown is destroyed by a flood with IT's death and the surviving members' memories slowly fade away until they completely forget about each other, but somehow they know that they will be friends forever]].
** [[spoiler: And some of King's later works imply that IT is NotQuiteDead after all. IT can never truly be destroyed]].
** [[spoiler: It's more of a plain fact than an implication. IT, as explained in the book, is an extradimensional entity like the Turtle. All they did was kill its physical form. Logic suggests that, having experienced death, It grew fearful (or at least cautious) of the Losers and only projected Itself into their world again once they were gone, their bond finally used up and forgotten forever]].
** Even if It IS somehow truly gone, there's the implication that [[spoiler: some of the eggs It laid were left intact, so glimpses in later works may be It's children]]...Really, it's only a sweet ending for the Losers' Club. Sure, It won't go after THEM anymore but it's far from dead and gone.
** [[spoiler: King's later works state that as a city, Derry bounces back from the storm and flooding.]]
* BloodlessCarnage mixed with GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Since the movie version was made for television, most of the actual deaths weren't shown in very graphic detail. Most instances in which the filmmakers were allowed to include blood took place during It's illusions, in which it bursts from balloons, erupts from a sink, and spills from containers, but never leaves a human body or is referred to as such. The idea that it even ''is'' blood is up to audience assumption.
* BrownNote: [[spoiler:The "deadlights", IT's true form, can cause whoever sees them to go insane]].
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: {{Christine}}]] shows up to give Henry Bowers a lift.
** Dick Halloran of ''TheShining'' fame also shows up in Will Hanlon's story of how the future cook of the Overlook hotel saved him from the Black Spot fire.
** The 1930s flashback includes an appearance by Walter Pickman, from the Creator/HPLovecraft story ''Pickman's Model''.
*** Lovecraft's character was Richard Upton Pickman, not Walter. Could be a relative, though.
** [[NotQuiteDead Pennywise]] appears in other Creator/StephenKing novels featuring Derry, and is even mentioned in the DarkTower saga.
* CampGay: Adrian Mellon, IT's first victim in 1985.
* CatchPhrase:
** Beep beep, Richie
** I worry about you Bevvy, sometimes I worry a lot.
** B-B-B-(*beet*)-Billy Boy.
** I'll kill you all.
** Dontcha wanna balloon?
** We/they all float (down here).
*** When you're down here (with us/me), YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!
* CircleOfFriendship: The main characters do this to help a hospitalized main character defend himself from a BrainwashedAndCrazy nurse.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[spoiler: The Losers' use their childlike beliefs as weapons, making it so that IT can be damaged by things such as silver bullets or an aspirator.]]
* DidNotDoTheResearch: Bill's actress wife Audra is in England making a film produced by an Englishman "who had once bowled a century at cricket," which anyone who knows anything about cricket will tell you is impossible. (A rough US equivalent would be "pitching a home run".) [[hottip:*:In fairness, Bill's disparaging comments about British television are more accurate.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
* {{Doorstopper}}: The book reportedly killed a chihuahua. By falling on it.
* DreamSequence
* EldritchAbomination: Makes Cthulhu look like a puppy the way King describes IT's true form. Not to mention all the shape shifting.
** And that's just what human beings are capable of comprehending. In the mental wars between the Losers and It, it's suggested It's true form exists beyond the boundaries of reality as all-consuming and destroying light.
* TheEndOrIsIt: From the first line, it's uncertain as to whether "the terror" ever really did end. [[spoiler:In the final chapters, the possibility is noted that Ben may have missed one of IT's eggs when he was executing her offspring.]]
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: After defeating IT for the first time, all the seven members of the Loser's Club never meet again. Eventually, they all go in their separate ways, and completely forget about each other (except for Mike).
* FinalBattle: Foreshadowed right from the first page.
* GilliganCut: Bill plans is to steal his father's gun and break into the haunted house where he believes IT lives in order to kill it. Richie tries to talk him out of this plan by pointing out that a gun might not kill IT. In an effort to try to convince Bill how wildly out of their depth they would be, Richie says, "After you shoot it and it keeps coming, you can try your slingshot on it. And if that doesn't work, I'll throw some of my sneezing powder at it." Cut to the next section where Bill and Richie are about to head to the haunted house, and Bill reveals that not only has he brought the gun but the slingshot too. The boys laugh about that, then Richie reveals that he brought the sneezing powder too. [[spoiler: And on this trip, the sneezing powder proves to be the most effective weapon. On a later trip, Beverly uses Bill's slingshot to shoot the monster with a silver slug and nearly kills it.]]
* GondorCallsForAid: In the movie when IT returns and the now adult Mike calls the rest of his lucky 7 [[spoiler:The Losers Club]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: A common reaction upon seeing It's true form.
* HarsherInHindsight: An in universe example: [[spoiler: "Tell Stan unless he's on his way to Derry, he's a dead man!"]]
* ImNotAfraidOfYou
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: A surprisingly rare example for a Creator/StephenKing adaptation, probably because the title on its own is extremely generic.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Subverted. When Bill and Richie are exploring the basement of the house on Neibolt Street, Bill starts to suggest this. Richie cuts him off with a resounding "Fuck that!"
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Cemetery Dance released one for the novel's 25th anniversary.
* MindRape: Pennywise is very fond of messing with the Losers Club's heads.
* MonsterClown: Pennywise, a ''literal'' monster in the form of a clown.
* NWordPrivileges: A variant on this in that the Loser's club all have "N-word privileges" with respect to each other. Thus, it's okay for a member of the club to make fun of Stan for being Jewish or Ben for being fat or Bill for his stutter, but God help any outsider who does the same thing.
* OfficerOHara: Mr. Nell, who provides the basis for Richie's "Irish Cop" Voice.
* ParentalObliviousness
* PlaceboEffect: Eddie's asthma is revealed to be psychosomatic, and his medication is a placebo.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Pennywise himself, along with Henry and Butch Bowers.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: One of the major themes in the book is of childhood friends who have long since gone their separate ways but must now come together to defeat the BigBad.
* RedOniBlueOni: [[spoiler:the Spider and the Turtle. One actively hunts down and eats human children while the other just sits on the edge of forever, seeing it all happen and "helping" the Losers during their first confrontation with It. The Spider berates it for just sitting there, offering seemingly useless advice. That the Spider's eyes are described as ruby-red while the Turtle's shell is some blueish-greenish color also reinforces the trope.]]
* TheReveal: The revelation, in the book's later chapters, that IT is [[spoiler:actually female. Not only that, but she just so happens to have [[OhCrap laid a shitload of eggs...]]]]
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Adrian Mellon's murder was modelled after the murder of Charlie Howard, another CampGay man who was thrown off a bridge in Maine; they even landed in the same river. Howard simply drowned, though; there was no demonic clown involved. Probably. Also The Brady Gang (changed to Bradley in the text), gunned down by FBI agents in Bangor in 1937.
* SacrificialLamb: George Denbrough and Adrian Mellon.
* SayMyName: ''"BEEEEEEEEEEV!"''
* SomebodyElsesProblem: Implied to be the doing of IT, but it can still get rather disturbing at times.
* SpookyPhotographs: That start moving and threatening you.
* SpookySilentLibrary: At least when Mike's working there after hours.
* SurvivalMantra: "He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts".
* TakeThat: In the novel, when Bill ([[AuthorAvatar who, as an adult becomes a very sucessful horror writer]]) recalls his college years, and how he crashed heads with his writing teacher, who believed that a good work of fiction [[AuthorTract also had to make a political statement]], and Bill's statement that one should write good stories that entertain, since "politics change over time but stories remain".
* ThereAreNoTherapists
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The execution of the Bradley gang.
* TownWithADarkSecret: More like a dark secret shaped like a town.
* TurtlePower: Hinted at throughout the book. [[spoiler:A cosmic force, opposed to It in at least some way, is called the Turtle. It subtly guides the protagonists. And, countless æons ago, it created the universe when it got sick and threw up.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: IT usually takes the form of Pennywise the Clown, but often assumes the shape of whatever the victim is most afraid of. Pennywise is something of a neutral form for either dealing with multiple victims or the same victim twice, or just getting around.
** ShapeshifterModeLock: Once Pennywise assumes the shape of it's victims greatest fear, it has to follow all the "rules" of that shape, whether it wants to or not. ''And it cannot change form to something else once everyone who sees it has "agreed" on what it is.'' For example, when Pennywise confronts the kids in the house on Neibolt Street, Richie Tozier screams out that its "THE TEENAGE WEREWOLF!", a movie-monster that he is terrified of. The other kids, who had been seeing Pennywise as various ''other'' monsters, immediately saw it as a werewolf as well. And once it was a werewolf, it became vulnerable to the silver slugs Bev was shooting at it with the slingshot.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: Parodied - it takes the guy running The Falcon ''years'' to realise that his place has become the town's gay bar, but everyone else is convinced there must be orgies going on nightly.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Mike discovers that despite the children's killings and incidents in which many people die, those news are rarely spoken outside the town of Derry; it's like ''something doesn't want those to be known outside''.
* WouldHurtAChild: Not just hurt, but psychologically torment and ''eat'' them too.
* YourMindMakesItReal

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''"You don't have to look back to see those children; part of your mind will see them forever, live with them forever, love with them forever. They are not necessarily the best part of you, but they were once the repository of all you could become."''
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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: After defeating IT for the first time, all the seven members of the Loser's Club never meet again. Eventually, they all go in their separate ways, and completely forget about each other (except for Mike).
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** [[FlatWhat What?]] You were apparently never a prepubescent boy.
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* GilliganCut: Bill plans is to steal his father's gun and break into the haunted house where he believes IT lives in order to kill it. Richie tries to talk him out of this plan by pointing out that a gun might not kill IT. In an effort to try to convince Bill how wildly out of their depth they would be, Richie says, "After you shoot it and it keeps coming, you can try your slingshot on it. And if that doesn't work, I'll throw some of my sneezing powder at it." Cut to the next section where Bill and Richie are about to head to the haunted house, and Bill reveals that not only has he brought the gun but the slingshot too. The boys laugh about that, then Richie reveals that he brought the sneezing powder too. [[spoiler: And on this trip, the sneezing powder proves to be the most effective weapon. On a later trip, Beverly uses Bill's slingshot to shoot the monster with a silver slug and nearly kills it.]]
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* LetsSplitUpGang: Subverted. When Bill and Richie are exploring the basement of the house on Niebolt Street, Bill starts to suggest this. Richie cuts him off with a resounding "Fuck that!"

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* LetsSplitUpGang: Subverted. When Bill and Richie are exploring the basement of the house on Niebolt Neibolt Street, Bill starts to suggest this. Richie cuts him off with a resounding "Fuck that!"
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