!!The original novel and play
* AdaptationDisplacement:
** It's often forgotten that it began life as a play, before being adapted into a novel (both by JM Barrie).
** And it's often forgotten that while the play was Peter Pan's first incarnation as a story, the ''character'' of Peter Pan goes back further still, to his debut in ''Literature/PeterPanInKensingtonGardens'', which wasn't even its own standalone story but part of Barrie's novel ''Literature/TheLittleWhiteBird''.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[AccidentallyAccurate One of the rare cases in which it hits on something, since most of the people who consider Pan evil have no idea that early drafts of the story had him as the villain, taking children away from their parents.]]
* AngstWhatAngst:
** In everyone who goes to Neverland; in Peter himself so much it's scary.
** The one thing he ever briefly has angst over is the fact that he had no parents, and he'll never have a family or know true love because [[NotGrowingUpSucks he can't grow up]], which is a bit of a TearJerker. In ''Hook'' he gives in to this and leaves Neverland.
** In the original novel it is mentioned that he cries a lot in his sleep. This implies that even if he has forgotten all the horrible things that have happened to him, he still remembers them subconsciously.
* DesignatedHero: Peter Pan himself in most versions. Especially in the book.
* EvilIsCool: Captain Hook. [[LampshadeHanging The narrator is well aware of this,]] and repeatedly goes out of his way to stress that, despite being "not wholly unheroic," he ''isn't'' a DracoInLeatherPants.
* HellIsThatNoise: For Hook, the sound of a ticking clock is generally [[JustForPun cause for alarm]], as it almost always means the Crocodile is nearby.
* HilariousInHindsight: John mentions fantasizing about becoming a pirate and calling himself Red-handed Jack. In ''Film/{{Hook}}'', Peter's son Jack ''does'' become a pirate, and he dresses up like a miniature Captain Hook. Had he gone the whole nine yards, he would have been Jack with a RedRightHand.
* JerkassWoobie: Peter Pan himself is an arrogant and bloodthirsty delinquent, but every now and then the veneer slips and it's clear how desperately sad it is to never grow up. [[TearJerker Especially toward the end, when the narrator describes how Peter will never be able to know the joys and love of family.]]
* MagnificentBastard: Peter and Hook both.
* MoralEventHorizon: The pirates' massacre of the Indians is this for Hook.
* NoYay: Wendy/Hook. Good god, Wendy/Hook. "For a moment she was entranced by him." See the 2003 film version as well.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Peter Pan is such a sociopath it can be hard to cheer for him in the final battle on the pirate ship.
* SpecialEffectFailure: There have been ''many'' accidents with the tethers during the stage adaptations.
* ToyShip: Peter and Wendy. Also Wendy and Hook, depending on the handling of the adaptation.
* ValuesDissonance:
** The boys go out and have adventures, and Wendy is their 'mother' and does all of the cooking and mending. At the end of the story Peter returns to London to find Wendy grown up, and her daughter goes off with him for a month to do his spring-cleaning. The whole story is built around children's fantasies, so the fundamental premise is that its' boys' fantasies to have adventures with pirates and Indians and the like, and girls' fantasies to be mothers and keep house and that's ''all''. (Tiger Lily is an exception, being described as a formidable warrior, but the only scene we really see her in is when Peter saves her and she more or less disappears from the story after that, making her a FauxActionGirl.)
** There's also the horribly racist depiction of the Indians, particularly after Peter saves Tiger Lily.
** The insinuation that all families have/need both a mother and father, which is blatant in the Disney adaptation.
* TheWoobie: Say it with Wendy and me, everyone--"Poor Tootles!" Despite being the only Lost Boy who might accurately be called "nice", he's BornUnlucky and his self-esteem is virtually non-existent. Not to mention that he's always saying things like this:
--> ''"I did it...When ladies used to come to me in dreams, I said, 'Pretty mother, pretty mother.' But when at last she really came, I shot her."''

!![[Disney/PeterPan The Disney animated film]]
* AdaptationDisplacement: The movie adds "star" to the book's quote "Second star to the right and straight on til morning", which is almost invariably how the phrase is quoted, often even with mistaken attribution to Barrie.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: By the time of her musical number in Peter Pan's hideout, Wendy didn't want to go back home because she missed her parents. She wanted to go home, because of the bad experiences she had in Neverland. Said experiences include Tinkerbell trying to kill her, the Mermaids trying to kill her, and the Indians treating her like a slave.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: If you can get past the [[FairForItsDay nowadays]]-[[TontoTalk offensive]] lyrics, ''What Makes the Red Man Red'' is definitely worth a listen for the musical accompaniment alone.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The crocodile looking at the camera and smiling. Even Peter looks confused.
* BrokenBase: The movie itself has entered this in the modern age. Some still view it as a Disney classic, while others feel it's a bad adaptation. The racist portrayal of the Indians doesn't help.
* EarWorm:
** Tick-Tock the Crocodile's CutSong "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR2_N3zCXM8 Never Smile at a Crocodile]]".
** Also, ValuesDissonance or not, "What Made the Red Man Red?"
** "You Can Fly" and "Follow The Leader" also count.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[EvilIsCool Captain]] [[LaughablyEvil Hook]], Mr. Smee, and Tick Tock the Crocodile, probably for having the funniest moments.
** Tiger Lily is also the only Native American character that is somewhat well-liked.
** The Mermaids, especially on Tumblr.
** And who could forget Tinkerbell?
* EvilIsCool: Captain Hook, again. It was said that Hans Conried really had fun doing Hook's voice.
* FairForItsDay: The movie's embarrassing portrayal of the Indian tribe was actually one of the more ''positive'' representations of American Indians at the time. Supervising ''Peter Pan'' animator Marc Davis once said: "[[OldShame I'm not sure we would have done the Indians if we were making this movie now. And if we had we wouldn't do them the way we did back then.]]" But still, Disney has done what it can short of censoring the film. For instance, the Blu-Ray has a feature that allows the viewer to jump to each of the film's musical numbers, but "What Made the Red Man Red" is ''not'' one of the selections available.
* HilariousInHindsight: The first words in the film (by an unnamed narrator) are [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 "All this has happened before...and it will happen again."]]
* HoYay: Hook and Smee. Smee seems to live for nothing more than serving Hook, which he does quite cheerfully. He's also ''quite'' the bumbler, and yet Hook hasn't killed him yet, despite shooting a man for singing distractingly or hurling one overboard for an irksome comment. He also calls exclusively for Smee with insane gusto any time he needs saving, and during the 'life of a pirate' song there's the affectionate little feather tickle Hook gives Smee, and Smee seems quite smitten by it. In ''Return to Neverland'' the octopus gives Hook a kiss with one sucker, which Hook accepts with no problem because he thinks it's from Smee. Smee also gives the Captain a rough massage.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Tinker Bell. As she's so small (being a fairy) she only has room for one emotion at a time. She spends far more of the movie being broken-hearted than jealous.
** Captain Hook qualifies too. He may be evil pirate that most definitely WouldHurtAChild, but he's such a miserable, pathetic loser that suffers more than he deserves and, unlike most Disney Villains, has an understandable reason to want to kill his nemesis.
* MemeticMutation:
** '''"SMEEEEE!!!"'''
** Captain Hook shooting the accordion-playing pirate, whose song is usually replaced with a different song in {{YouTube Poop}}s.
** "We were only trying to drown her!"
** A GIF of Wendy smiling and blinking, with the subtitle "Internally screaming", is a minor meme on Tumblr.
* {{Narm}}: The explosion that destroys the Lost Boys' lair creates a cloud so big it reaches the ship. Yet not only do Peter and Tinker Bell survive (despite being literally next to the bomb when it went off), they're both completely fine afterwards.
* NewerThanTheyThink: Specifically, the line in the novel read "second to the right". All Disney did was add the word "star" after "second".
* NightmareFuel:
** David Hall's early treatment of the film is even further from the play and extremely horrific.
** [[NightmareRetardant With the odd exception of the crocodile]], [[http://media.liveauctiongroup.net/i/11189/11538419_1.jpg?v=8CE771A07E19D20 who looks just plain silly.]]
** Smee thinking he shot Captain Hook during his fight against Peter Pan at Skull Rock.
* OneSceneWonder: The mermaids are in one scene, but are well remembered by many, particularly their MemeticMutation line.
* RootingForTheEmpire: A good number of people prefer Captain Hook over Peter Pan himself. This is probably due to the fact that, unlike other Disney villains, Captain Hook has an understandable reason to want and destroy his nemesis. That and the abuses he continually suffers from seems more undeserved than anything, putting him straight into IneffectualSympatheticVillain territory. Where he crosses the line, of course, is by [[KickTheDog lashing out at perfectly innocent people]] in his quest to get at Peter, even if he thinks that's the only way he can succeed. It should also be noted that ''his own crew'' hates him because [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything they never get to do fun pirate stuff]], but have to constantly aid and abet a revenge quest they don't give a rat's ass about.
** Continued with the sequel, ''Return to Neverland''. While the captain was made more vicious and sinister, he ''still'' winds up being the most sympathetic character, as, even without the crocodile, his abuse continues (this time even more so). By the end of the film, the Jolly Roger even gets destroyed, leaving him and his crew without a home.
* SmurfetteBreakout: Tinker Bell has her own spinoff franchise. In a more meta sense, she's more recognisable as the Disney mascot. When one thinks of the Disney version of Peter Pan, Tink is the first thing that comes to mind.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: "Following the Leader" sounds very similar to the folk song "Charlie is My Darling".
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** The hardcore JM Barrie purists criticised the portrayal of Tinker Bell for her HotterAndSexier image and emphasising her ClingyJealousGirl nature.[[note]]The book and play make it clear that fairies only have room for one emotion at a time - and that Tinker Bell isn't normally so nasty and jealous. The movie doesn't mention that, just making Tink look like a {{Yandere}}.[[/note]]
** Removing the "I do believe in fairies" scene gets some criticism too. Especially since Tinker Bell inexplicably recovers from being nearly blown up.
* ToyShip: Peter/Wendy. Also Peter/Jane in the sequel.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Captain Hook. See JerkassWoobie and RootingForTheEmpire.
* ValuesDissonance:
** Watching "What Made the Red Man Red?" today can be... uncomfortable to say the least.
** To a lesser extent, the mermaids are a lot racier than one would expect from Disney. One has GodivaHair and another is only covered by her flower necklace. The [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid next time]] Disney would do mermaids, they would all wear a SeashellBra.
** The amount of sexism that's present (from degrading comments said by the main character, to the fact that nearly all the female characters are either defined by their crush on the lead, or their cattiness) can be very, ''very'' uncomfortable to sit through, to the point that it's hard to just enjoy the film.

!![[Film/PeterPan The live-action film]]
* AccidentalInnuendo:
** "Both hands." Probably doubles as {{Squick}} for many.
** "You'll never make a man out of me!"
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Well, the music ''was'' after all, composed by [[Film/BatmanBegins James]] [[Film/KingKong2005 Newton]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight Howard]]. So awesome that Disney stole it for use in their Disneyland commercials.
** Just ''try'' and not get chills when the kids first fly to Neverland.
** [[Music/ARushOfBloodToTheHead "Clocks"]] by Music/{{Coldplay}}, which was beautifully used in the trailers. This was when Coldplay was first coming out, and did a lot to get them noticed.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Captain Hook gets this treatment ''a lot'' in fanfics, usually just because he's played by Jason Isaacs. He's usually depicted as the [[Literature/HarryPotter Draco to Wendy's Hermione.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Slightly, the Lost Boy who arrives home late and gets adopted by Aunt Millicent instead. The actor who played him only did the one film but was surprised at his character being so remembered years later.
* EvilIsCool: Creator/JasonIsaacs plays Captain Hook as a pretty {{Badass}} villain in his own right.
* FoeYay: The film turns this UpToEleven between Hook and Peter.
* HilariousInHindsight: All the talk about Peter being afraid of love and of his own sexuality becomes funny if you know that Jeremy Sumpter went on to star in a notoriously bad Lifetime movie about a teenager getting addicted to internet porn.
* JerkassWoobie: Peter. Hook too, to some extent, but this version constantly squanders this sympathy.
* NightmareFuel:
** The more monstrous portrayal of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA_UubjXWi0 mermaids]] and the only one to date to actually show ''the stump of Hook's severed arm''.
** Hook's eyes actually do turn red as he attempts to murder an unarmed Peter Pan.
* NoYay:
** Sometimes the response to the Hook/Wendy dynamic, including from several professional reviewers. WordOfGod says they didn't realize when they were shooting just how that was going to look on film. Never mind that it's a pretty accurate portrayal of Wendy's attraction to Hook in the novel. One reviewer didn't have a problem with that as much as with his perception of Hook's attraction to ''[[{{Lolicon}} her]]''.
** The FoeYay between Hook and Peter can fall into this category, too.
** One reviewer speculated that a lot of the creepiness could be attributed to the fact that Hook has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace with either of them. [[http://i55.tinypic.com/20s93qe.png At]] [[http://i56.tinypic.com/2zowthy.png all.]] JasonIsaacs has mentioned in interviews [[MeanCharacterNiceActor how incredibly uncomfortable]] some of that was to portray.
* TearJerker: Hook giving Peter a verbal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, implying Wendy will leave and forget him, in order to break him.
* ToyShip: John with Princess Tiger Lily.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The fairy dance scene in particular.

!![[Theatre/PeterPan The musical]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The common one is that Peter is actually a lesbian trying to convince Wendy that she's a boy. And Captain Hook is dumb enough to fall for it.
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Christopher Walken in the 2014 live show. People are pretty well split between his being terrible, or the best reason to watch. [[NarmCharm Or both.]]
* FridgeLogic: So Hook's actual last name is Hook? That's awfully convenient, isn't it?
* JustHereForGodzilla: Many tuned into the December 2014 TV adaptation either to see Christopher Walken (and his dancing skills). Alternately, many were upset at ''{{Film/Pan}}'' for casting a white actress as Tiger Lily, and tuned in to support NBC's choice to make her Native American, and the song she sings in her language accurate to real Native American culture.
* MemeticMutation:
** [[{{Website/Twitter}} #KillTinkerbell]], in backlash to the live special's [[ForcedMeme #SaveTinkerbell]].
** "[[Series/SaturdayNightLive It could use more cowbell]]," given Christopher Walken's presence.
* {{Narm}}: The 2014 live film asking the viewers to save Tinkerbell via Twitter. At least they didn't go so far as having Peter actually say it, but that hashtag pulls you right out of the moment. Fortunately but unsurprisingly, home video prints don't include such a caption.
* NeverLiveItDown: Allison Williams preemptively lecturing people about "hate watching" the 2014 live show. Many resented feeling like they were being told they needed her permission to snark at it, with predictable results.
* SophomoreSlump: Among Creator/{{NBC}}'s first three musicals of TheNewTens (''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', ''Peter Pan'', and ''Theatre/TheWiz''), ''Peter Pan'' received by far the worst premiere night ratings[[note]]9.21 million viewers vs. 18.5M for ''The Sound of Music'' and 11.5M for ''The Wiz''[[/note]], and also became the only one of the three to receive zero Emmy Awards.
* SpecialEffectFailure: The HD cameras used for the 2014 performance made it rather hard to hide the actors' wires, and sometimes even the overhead lighting.
* ValuesDissonance: A ceremony the Indians hold for Peter consists mainly of singing gibberish meant to sound like a native language. Averted with the December 2014 live-action TV adaption, which not only specifically cast a Native American actress as Tiger Lily, but replaced the gibberish with actual Native American dialogue, in an effort to be politically correct.
* WTHCastingAgency: Many observers' reaction to the decision to cast Creator/ChristopherWalken as Captain Hook, since Walken looks ''nothing'' like the character out of makeup. Another main criticism was that Alison Williams looks too feminine for the role, looking more like a {{Tomboy}} or ButchLesbian than a boy.
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