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The Losers Club
The Losers Club
- Abusive Parents: Bill's parents ignore him after his brother dies, Eddie's mother is extremely overprotective, Beverly's father beats her regularly, and Ben's mother is part of the reason he's so overweight. Richie, Mike, and Stan's respective parents largely avert this.
- Amnesiac Heroes: All of them, sans Mike, forgot virtually everything about each other and their battle with It when they grew up. It's only when It resurfaces in 1985 that the memories come back, albeit slowly.
- Even Mike is missing the summer of 1958 from some time before IT's defeat until school lets back in in September.
- Stan may also be an exception. It's clear he knew Bill Denbrough, the writer, as his childhood friend. He also remembered enough about what he'd face if he returned to Derry to kill himself.
- Blessed with Suck: Over the course of the story, it becomes apparent to all the Losers that some outside force is guiding events leading to their confrontation with It. This leads to them being able to do things from the uncharacteristic (Eddie standing up to his mother for the first time) to the supernatural (the Adult losers sending Mike power to fight off Mark Lamonica in the hospital to the impossible (Bill reviving Audra from her catatonic state through a bike ride). But at the same time, all of them feel somewhat unsettled about their lives essentially being hijacked, and downright traumatized by the psychological damage that the conflict with IT creates.
- Blood Brothers: All seven of them made a blood pact to return to Derry and finish the job in the event that IT ever comes back.
- Five-Man Band
- Five-Token Band: The Losers' Club is a Seven Token Band. Bill stutters, Ben is overweight, Richie has glasses, Eddie has asthma, Stan is Jewish, Mike is black and Beverly is poor (she's also the only girl).
- Genre Savvy: They all correctly deduce that they can't turn to the cops or adults in general for help against It because no one would believe them.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Yes, all of them want and have sex with Beverly.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Type 3: Something (implied to be the Other) makes them forget about each other and their childhoods after they leave Derry, with only Mike remembering because he never left.
- N-Word Privileges: The Losers can each rag on each other knowing that it's only jokes and not being hurtful when it's coming from a fellow Loser.
- The Power of Friendship: An actual magical force in this universe, which allows them to channel magic and defeat IT by combining the strength of their imagination.
- Rule of Seven: Seven individuals make up this particular ka-tet, to reference another King work, and the text specifically mentions that the number seven is often ascribed mystical properties.
- Sex for Solace: After defeating It for the first time, the Losers become lost in the sewers and start to panic until Beverly has sex with the boys to calm them down.
- She's All Grown Up: The Losers' Club members as adults, but especially Beverly Marsh and Ben Hanscom.
- The Smurfette Principle: Beverly is the only girl in the seven man band.
- True Companions: In 1958 and 1985. Aside from those years they don't spend time with each other and in fact don't even remember each other.
- Victory-Guided Amnesia: Except for Mike, all of the children completely forget their victory and spend most of the adults' portion of the novel trying to remember. After their second victory, they all begin to forget again, including Mike, who takes his memory loss as a sign that It is truly and permanently dead. Although other Stephen King books suggest otherwise...
William "Bill" Denbrough (aka "Stuttering Bill"; "Big Bill")The red-headed leader of the group, and the most self-assured member of the club. He wants to avenge the death of his younger brother, George. He feels partly responsible for his death as it was he who made George the boat and sent him outside to play with it during a rainstorm. In addition, his parents have become cold and withdrawn towards him after the loss of their youngest son, and he secretly hopes the death of the murderer will awaken his parents to his presence again. He has a bad stuttering issue, which his mother attributes to a car accident that occurred when he was three years old, and which earned him the nickname "Stuttering Bill".
- Author Avatar: Became a successful horror author as an adult, and in the movie one of his books is even called The Glowing. Similarities to Stephen King aside, Word of God says that Bill is based on Peter Straub (tall, balding redhead, stutter, etc.).
- Big Good: Although the Turtle has this role in the novel.
- Determinator: Bill won't let anything stop him from getting justice (or revenge) for Georgie's death.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Young Bill and Beverly, both redheads, have a mutual crush. Adult Bill also ends up marrying a redheaded actress called Audra.
- It's All My Fault: He has a lot of guilt for being the one who came up with the idea of fighting and killing It and thus bringing his friends a lot of misery. He also blames himself for George's death at Its hands, because he was the one who sent George out to play.
- It's Personal: It murdered his little brother George.
- Knight in Sour Armor: The stress of being the group's leader takes its toll on Bill over time, and he occasionally wishes he had someone to turn to for guidance.
- The Leader: Although Mike shares this role with him when he summons them all back to Derry after IT returns.
- Parental Neglect: After George's death, Bill's parents become increasingly distant and ignorant of him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He initially only wants to kill It because it killed his little brother George. He later expands it to avenge all of It's 1957-1958 victims.
- Stutter Stop: In key moments in his childhood. He manages to overcome the stutter completely after the first ordeal, but when the memories of it resurfaces, so does the stutter.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Bill and his wife Audra (at least in the movie, where the pony-tail and glasses he wears in the movie make him look ridiculous).
- Verbal Tic: Bill's stuttering.
- You Killed My Father: "You killed my brother Georgie, you bastard! Let's see you now!"
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Audra, his wife, with Beverly Marsh after they meet again as adults.
Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom (aka "Haystack")A highly intelligent boy who, before joining the Losers' Club, often spent his free time reading books at the public library. He is also obese, and due to this has become a favorite victim of Henry Bowers.
- Berserk Button: Hit Beverly Marsh with a rock, and you will feel his wrath.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Zig-zagged. In the sewer sex scene, Ben's equipment is much bigger than the other boys'. It's very painful for Beverly at first, but he also gives her her first orgasm.
- The Big Guy: Physically the largest and strongest of the Losers, but not the tallest (that would be Bill).
- Determinator: When he decided to lose weight. The gym teacher mocks him for trying, which just makes Ben work harder at it.
- Disappeared Dad: Mysteriously, and with little clues. IT appears as him in the film to young Ben.
- It is mentioned in the book that his father died when he was four years old. Though what he died from isn't mentioned.
- Doesn't IT take on the forms of it's victims...
- It is mentioned in the book that his father died when he was four years old. Though what he died from isn't mentioned.
- Dogged Nice Guy: to Beverly Marsh.
- Formerly Fat: Adult Ben is so slim that when he tells people he was obese as a child, they react with disbelief.
- Gag Penis: For an eleven-year-old, anyway. In the sewer sex scene Beverly finds out his is by far the biggest of the Losers' Club.
- Momma's Boy: Ben loves his mother dearly, but fortunately for him she's nowhere near as overbearing as Eddie's mother.
- I Am Big Boned : Much of Arlene Hanscom's personal security comes from keeping her son well-fed. When a teenaged Ben confronts her about it, she tells him he's not fat, he just has big bones. A compromise is reached when she starts cooking healthier meals so Ben can still eat a lot but not gain weight.
- In-Series Nickname: Richie nicknames him "Haystack" after the wrestler Haystacks Calhoun.
- Scars Are Forever: Zig-zagged. Henry cut an H into Ben's belly when they were kids, and a much deeper scar was inflicted on him a little later. The H scar stayed (and became a neat pub story) but the deeper scar faded away after they left Derry. When IT resurfaced and the Losers started being drawn back to Derry, the scar reappeared.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: for Beverly.
Beverly "Bev" Marsh/RoganThe only girl in the group, she is an attractive and tomboyish redhead on whom each of the boys has a secret crush at some point during the story. She is from the poorest part of Derry, and is frequently abused by her father, Alvin, while her mother, Elfrida is out working.
- Abusive Parents: Her father beat her on a regular basis, and is implied at one point to have sexual feelings for her.
- Action Girl: She's quite good with a slingshot. So she ends up being the one to deal the Losers' first blow against It, when it attacks them as the Teenage Werewolf in the house on Neibolt Street.
- The Chick: The only girl in the Losers' Club.
- Domestic Abuser: Beverly's husband Tom. In her first scene, she gets the call from Mike, and when Tom tries to stop her from leaving, she decides she's had enough of his shit. They fight and Tom gets the worst of it. It's mentioned that one of her college boyfriends was like this as well.
- Hello, Nurse!: It is acknowledged in-universe that Beverly is very beautiful. The reason that she isn't part of the popular girl's clique is that she's poor and can't afford nice clothes, and she doesn't act very ladylike (swearing, smoking, playing out in the woods instead of doing stereotypically girly things, and hanging out exclusively with boys). Also, the richer girls are rather annoyed that they are getting upstaged in terms of looks by someone who's working-class and from the poor side of town.
- Heroes Want Redheads: All the male Losers are romantically attracted to Beverly at some point, as is Beverly herself to Bill and they all have sex with her - although Ben becomes a couple with her at the end.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Beverly essentially married a carbon copy of her father.
- Mirthless Laughter: After catching the Bowers gang fart-lighting and nearly being discovered in the process, she cracks up laughing... but only because she doesn't know of any other way to cope with the sight.
- One of the Boys: She hangs out with boys and is very tomboyish.
- The Smurfette Principle: Probably intended by the power guiding the Losers, if the sex scene in the sewers is any indication.
- Tomboy: She doesn't act ladylike and enjoys swearing, smoking, playing in the woods, and hanging out with boys
- Victorious Childhood Friend: for Ben.
Edward "Eddie" KaspbrakA frail and asthmatic hypochondriac, who carries his inhaler with him everywhere. His father died when he was very young, and his mother is domineering and constantly worries about his health.
- Abusive Parents: Eddie Kaspbrak's mother (even if she didn't mean it that way).
- Butt Monkey: He grows up as a fragile, allergic-to-everything Momma's Boy, gets his arm broken by Henry and pals, and marries an overbearing carbon copy of his mother. It's even worse in the movie, where he never stops living with his mom and dies a 40-year-old virgin.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Eddie is pissed when he's in the hospital and his mother sends his friends away. She is actually frightened of him for a moment. Note that this is the only time he ever stands up to his mother.
- Disappeared Dad: His father left when he was very young, which probably contributed to his mother being overprotective of him.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He hates it when Richie calls him "Eds" (or "Eddie Spaghetti" in the movie).
- Go Out with a Smile: Thanks to one last joke from Richie.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the book only.
- Huge Girl Tiny Guy: In the book, his wife Myra is very large and Eddie is slight. In the film, he never marries.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "Richie, don't call me Eds. You know I...I..."
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Eddie married a woman like his mother. He very much realized it, but still couldn't do anything about it. He's not exactly miserable in his marriage to Myra, but he's very cognizant of the fact that she has her hooks in him just as strong as his mother did.
- Momma's Boy: He's squarely under his mother's thumb and likes it, until he starts to make friends and realize just how much she holds him back.
- My Beloved Smother: Eddie's mother. Seriously, why is she so paranoid? She's got to let Eddie go and make his own decisions.
- She's a single mother, and it's implied that Eddie's father is dead and that she's never really got over it.
- Not only did Eddie's father die when Eddie was very young, Eddie himself suffered a very real and very serious case of Whooping Cough shortly thereafter. She spent the rest of her life terrified of being "left alone".
- Of course, Derry has a long history of missing children.
- She's a single mother, and it's implied that Eddie's father is dead and that she's never really got over it.
- Tagalong Kid
Richard "Richie" Tozier (aka "Trashmouth")Known as "Trashmouth", Richie is the Losers' most lighthearted member, always cracking jokes and doing impersonations or "Voices", which prove very powerful weapons against It. He is "too intelligent for his own good" and channels his boredom in hyper-active wisecracking, to the point of getting into trouble. His flippant remark to Henry Bowers leads to almost getting beaten up by Henry and his friends. He is the most devoted to keeping the group together as he sees seven as a magical number and believes the group should have no more, no less. In adulthood, he is a successful disc jockey in Los Angeles.
- Awful Wedded Life: In the miniseries, he tells Eddie that he's "better off dead than wed". Harsher in Hindsight, as less than 24 hours later, Eddie falls victim to IT. In the book, this is implied when he tells the gang about his ex-girlfriend, Sandy, who doesn't want to have kids with him because he's "a shit."
- Class Clown: A's and B's in schoolwork, but C's and D's in classroom conduct.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can be quite witty when he's not overtly hamming it up. Being a smartass is the main thing that gets him on Henry Bowers' bad side.
- The Lancer: For Bill.
- Large Ham: Even as a kid he was hammy, particularly when doing his Oirish Cop and Pickaninny voices. He's still one as an adult on his radio show.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: As an adult. As a child, he only thinks he's one.
- Mouthy Kid: Leads him to become a nationally-known radio host when he grows up.
- Nerd Glasses: Big, thick glasses that make his eyes look huge.
- Phrase Catcher: "Beep-beep, Richie." Used by the other Losers when they think Richie is laying on the jokes or sarcasm too thick.
Michael "Mike" HanlonThe last to join the Losers. He is the only African-American in the group and lives with his parents on a large farm. He goes to a different school from the other kids due to his Baptist faith. Mike is racially persecuted by Henry Bowers, whose father holds a long-standing grudge against Mike's father. Mike meets The Losers when they help him fight back against Bowers in a massive rock fight. His father kept an album filled with photos that were important to Derry's history, including several of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. He is the only one of the Losers to stay behind in Derry (and thus the only one to retain his memory of the events of 1958) and becomes the town librarian.
- Arch-Enemy: To Henry Bowers. Henry hated Mike the most out of all the Losers. He learned it from his father Butch, who absolutely detests Mike's father Will, mainly for the fact that he's black, but also because he's simply a better farmer. Ironically due to encountering him less, Mike has actually suffered less from Henry's hands than the other Losers.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted, as he survives, although Henry comes close to killing him.
- Haunted House Historian: Part of his self-imposed "lighthouse keeper" duties is to research IT while the others are away, leading Mike to write an history on the events of his childhood and earlier manifestations of IT, such as the Bradley Gang massacre, Black Spot fire and Claude Theroux massacre. When the Losers return he is able to give them a greater analysis into IT's nature, to aid in their planned final battle.
- I Choose to Stay: He never left Derry even after the rest of the Losers' Club had moved, and essentially acted as the watchman in case It ever returned. Though he didn't precisely "choose" to stay any more than the others "chose" to leave. They left because their parents moved away, he stayed because his never did. It was less choice than it was fate and possibly the manipulation of the Turtle.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: During their showdown in the library, Mike is stopped from killing Henry by the realization that if he does so, he would be doing It's work just as surely as Henry is doing It's work by trying to kill him.
- The Sixth Ranger: Joins after the others have already met each other.
- The Stoic: He is relatively unflappable when confronted by dangers. However certain events push him into rare panic, such as Henry revealing he killed Mike's dog, and seeing a vision of Stan's head.
- Token Minority: The only black member of the Losers Club, though it seems more likely that the author was merely searching for archetypal characters likely to be outcasts, particularly in small towns—the fat kid, the wimpy kid, the Jewish kid, the rag doll, the hyperactive foureyes, the kid with the speech impediment, and the only black kid in town. Seems to fit.
Stanley "Stan" UrisThe most skeptical member of the Club. He is Jewish and is persecuted by Henry Bowers for this reason. Logic, order, and cleanliness are deeply ingrained in his psyche. He relies on logic more than anything else and is the least willing to accept that It actually exists. As an adult, he becomes a partner in a large Atlanta-based accounting firm and marries Patty Blum, a teacher.
- Agent Scully: He's the one least willing to accept It's existence.
- Driven to Suicide: Stan couldn't go back and face IT again as an adult.
- Informed Judaism: In the book, Stan tells his friends his family are secular Jews, and do things like eat ham and work on Saturdays.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: He and Patty are actively trying to have kids but never manage to conceive.
- The Oath-Breaker: He swore the blood oath to return and take down It along with the other Losers, even being the one to cut their palms so they could make it. Instead of returning to honor his vow, he offed himself. None of the others hold it against him. It is also interesting to note that Stan was the one who cut each of the Losers' hands to seal the blood oath and eventually killed himself by slitting his wrists.
- Psychic Powers: He appears to have these in his adult life, successfully picking out from many applications the job his wife will get. It may also be why he remembered the Turtle and events from his childhood better than the other Losers (excluding Mike).
- Skepticism Failure: Stan is the last of The Losers' Club members to recognize IT's existence. There is the implication that his extremely ordered, rational nature is what led him to choose suicide rather than face It again, a monster that defies rationality and natural laws. When he finally opens up to the others about the evidence of It that he has witnessed (the dead boys in the Derry standpipe), in his inner monologue he thinks that the worst thing about it was not that they were terrifying, but that their very existence offended his world view.
- The Smart Guy: The most rational of the Losers, and possibly the most intelligent. This works against him though as he finds it harder to cope with the events around him.
- Straight Man: He makes few jokes, and it's usually only in response to another character's ribbing (when Richie jokes that Stan, being a Jew, killed Christ, Stan responds, "I think that must have been my father."). He's the most serious-minded of the Losers.
IT/Pennywise the Dancing Clown/Bob Gray/The SpiderA mysterious, eldritch demonic entity of evil, It is a monster of unknown origin that preys on Derry's children and humans every three decades, stating It finds the fear in children akin to "salt(ing) the meat". Among Its powers is shapeshifting into a form that induces fear while killing the victim, normally assuming the form of a middle-aged man dressed in a clown costume, calling itself "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" and occasionally Bob or Robert Gray, modeled after Bozo, Clarabell and Ronald Mc Donald. It can also manipulate people and use them as pawns into doing its bidding, either by assuming a form most familiar to them, promising them their desires, or through subliminal influence. Thus, having control over what happens in Derry, many of the child murders It commits are never solved, as the adults of Derry either act as though nothing is happening or have forgotten about It.
- Achilles' Heel: It has to take a physical form in order to directly influence the world, however this means that It can be hurt and banished (though it's not clear whether It can actually be killed in this manner); also, It has issues with Shapeshifter Mode Lock and is a psychically sensitive being, meaning that it can gain a weakness through a collective belief that it has one.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's true physical form is a Giant Spider. Before this, it also took the form of a Paul Bunyan statue and a giant bird.
- Bad Boss: During 1958, it used Henry Bowers and his gang as pawns, and then tried to kill them in the sewers of Derry after they chase the Losers in, killing Victor and Belch while Henry escapes. Mike points this out to Henry during their fight in the library, stating that It will most likely kill him along with the Losers.
- Badass Boast:
- Big Bad: Is the primary antagonist of the novel and movie.
- Blob Monster: When IT emerges from a drain to attack Beverly, she notes IT is a shapeless mass with a taffy-like consistency. IT has a similar appearance when transforming in Neibolt Street, and when encountering Patrick Hocksetter.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: A weakness, owing to It being a very psychically sensitive being. If you collectively believe that It has a certain weakness, it gains that weakness.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: It prefers to run when it loses an advantage or the tables turn against it, but during the final showdown in the book, when Bill and Richie catch up to It as It's fleeing, It ultimately goes down fighting.
- Child Eater: IT prefers to munch on children because their imaginations and emotions are more vivid (read: juicy).
- Dirty Coward: IT's brazen enough when it's in control of a situation, but begs and pleads as soon as it realizes it's vulnerable, and it's last words (apart from a Big "NO!") are frantic attempts to bargain for it's life.
- The Dreaded
- Eldritch Abomination: IT's true form in the Losers' universe is actually a "spider", or at least the closest thing the human mind can comprehend. What IT really is, in the space outside their reality where IT resides, is different and can be much more brain-melting.
- Empathic Shapeshifter: It takes on the forms of what its victims fear. When encountering Patrick Hocksetter, who doesn't fear anything, IT takes on an uncertain shifting appearance.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Henry's gang.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: IT has a tendency to crack dark and morbid jokes.
- Fangs Are Evil: Can manifest a mouthful of teeth that are described as being lion-like.
- Faux Affably Evil: To the kids.
- Giant Spider: Not IT's true form, but probably as close to it as any human is able to perceive. It's more of an "anchor" that allows It to exist and influence the world.
- Gender Bender: IT's favorite form is Pennywise the Dancing Clown, which is implicitly male, but IT's final form as a spider is female. This is because it is an approximation of IT's pregnancy.
- Genius Loci: IT practically is Derry. The fact that Derry recovers following the end of the book is a hint that IT is still alive.
- Great Gazoo: A VERY malevolent version of this trope. IT has a sick and twisted sense of humor, and is evil to the very core.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: IT shares the weaknesses of whatever form it takes. Also, if several people all perceive IT as one form and think of it in that form hard enough, it becomes "mode-locked" and unable to change. The Losers take advantage of this in the house on Neibolt street. They first lock it into werewolf form, then they drive it off by shooting it with a silver bullet from a slingshot.
- Humanoid Abomination: Initially what Pennywise appears to be.
- Jerkass: IT regularly taunts the Losers, and often includes a hint of mockery dealing with other victims as well.
- Knight of Cerebus: Is definitely a step up on the antagonist scale from Henry Bowers' gang of bullies.
- Laughably Evil: Both in the novel and TV series; but especially so in the latter.
- Light is Not Good: The Deadlights, It's true form.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After IT is finally defeated, a flood destroys much of Derry later that year. It's implied that IT had allowed the town to exist in exchange for providing its victims every 27 years.
- Master of Illusion: IT is capable of casting illusions strong enough to warp reality.
- Monster Clown: IT's primary form, Pennywise The Dancing Clown.
- Monster Is a Mommy: IT is pregnant and protecting her eggs. Unlike most examples, however, this time it's bad news. IT probably reproduces asexually rather than mates though.
- More Than Mind Control: Possesses a great deal of influence over the adult populace of Derry, making them largely indifferent to IT's activities.
- Morphic Resonance: IT's forms often retain features of its Pennywise form, particularly orange pom-poms. This may be because It's true form, the Deadlights, are said to have a baleful orange glow.
- Not Quite Dead: Pennywise appears in other novels featuring Derry, including some set after IT, and is mentioned in The Dark Tower series.
- Not So Invincible After All: During the final confrontation, It begins to wonder if it truly was superior."Perhaps It was not eternal after all - the unthinkable must finally be thought."
- One-Winged Angel: IT's Giant Spider form.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: A form used twice by IT, and one of its more vulnerable. After all, everyone knows that silver can kill a werewolf.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Pennywise mostly uses it to taunt his victims.
- Reality Warper: Suggested by its wide variety of powers, of which shapeshifting and illusions are only the most used. Pennywise also made Derry prosperous, may have made the Losers rich and childless in adulthood from across the country, and states that it can make people live for centuries. (although that may have been a lie)
- If one believes enough in IT's illusions they become very real.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Pennywise/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. IT suspects/fears an "Other" beyond the Turtle that is also opposing IT, but it's not until The Dark Tower novels that this is confirmed.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Pennywise the Dancing Clown is a Type B, being the form IT uses to get around and interact with people.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: A favored tactic in 1985 against the Losers, using Stan.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Happens to IT when the entire Losers' Club perceives it as a giant eyeball. Notably, one of the characters was about to perceive it as something else, but when one of them shouted "It's a giant eye!" it appeared to all of them in that form. Also happens earlier when they perceive IT as a werewolf, and shoot IT with a silver slingshot bullet.
- Smug Snake: Zigzags between this and Magnificent Bastard. While IT is a very skilled deceiver and manipulator, IT is also arrogant and sadistic when in control of a situation. But when the tables are turned, IT retreats.
- This Was His True Form: The Deadlights.
- Time Abyss: IT is extremely ancient; having existed since the beginning of time.
- To Serve Man: IT eats humans, prefers children, and uses fear as seasoning.
- Totally Not a Werewolf: Is mistaken for other monsters, as it uses the fears of children brought up on horror movies.
- Troll: IT likes to flavor the meat of its victims with fear before chowing down on them, but a whole lot of its behavior can't really be explained outside of the sheer joy it takes in tormenting people.
- Villains Want Mercy: As established under Dirty Coward above, the minute Bill and Richie corner it, It starts desperately begging for It's life and trying to bargain with them. It doesn't work.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one near the end of the book When Bill and Richie corner it in the sewers beneath Derry.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Likes to transform into whatever the person it's targeting is most afraid of.
- Would Hurt a Child: To say the least. In fact, this is It's Establishing Character Moment. It will eat any sentient creature, but It prefers children as they feel fear more strongly and thus taste better.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: No living being can view Its true form of "the Deadlights" without being driven completely insane or dying from shock. The closest a human mind can come to seeing its true form on Earth is a giant spider.
ChristineChristine is a car that debuted in the novel Christine. She only appears briefly in the story to help Henry Bowers get to the Loser's hotel.
- Big Good: It aids the Losers in 1958 subtly with its powers. The repeated mention of turtles and Turtle brand products around them shows it's power. It's dead in 1985 though, leaving The Other to help the Losers.
- God of Good: From a limited human perspective. It's friendly, opposes the evil IT, and created our universe (albeit by accident).
- In Mysterious Ways: How he helps the Losers oppose IT, only intervening directly during the first Ritual of Chüd.
- Turtle Power: A turtle which vomited up the universe.
- Barbaric Bully: Henry, Victor and Belch definitely go in for the more physically violent style of bullying rather than the psychological (though Henry rightly guesses that killing Mike's dog is far more devastating than any beating he can inflict on Mike himself).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Several of Henry's flunkies, most notably Victor, are horrified by the lengths Henry is willing to go to torture the Losers, such as carving his first initial into Ben's belly or trying to blow up Mike with M-80s and cherry bombs.
- Kids Are Cruel
- Teens Are Monsters
Henry BowersThe sadistic and crazed neighborhood bully who torments the Losers and other kids ceaselessly before and throughout the summer of 1958.
- Abusive Parents: Henry's father is a violent racist who treats Henry horribly. As nasty a person as Henry is, it's not hard to see where he gets his behavior from when you look at Butch.
- Ambiguously Bi: In one chapter, he lets Patrick Hockstetter masturbate him, which gives him an erection that Patrick claims is the biggest he's ever seen. When Patrick offers him oral sex, however, Henry punches him out and derisively tells him he "doesn't go for that queer stuff."
- Ax-Crazy: Steadily grows more psychopathic and unstable as the book goes on. This is not lost on the other members of his gang, most of whom begin to shy away from him because of it. The only one who doesn't is Patrick Hockstetter, and that's because he makes Henry look positively well-adjusted. His father, Butch, is not much better.
- Bully Brutality: Some of the things he does to the Losers, such as drenching Mike in mud, white-washing Stan's face in snow until it bleeds, and nearly drowning Bill in a dunk tank, should have landed him in prison at the very least.
- Disease Bleach: In the film, seeing It's true form turned his hair white.
- The Dragon: To IT/Pennywise.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As much of a horrible person he is, Henry is visibly disturbed by Patrick Hockstetter's hobby of torturing and killing animals.
- Eye Scream: In the book, Eddie gouges out his right eye with a broken bottle.
- Freudian Excuse: His father is abusive, racist, and not that much more stable.
- Greaser Delinquents: Henry's modus operandi. Contemptuous of all authority, sporting a leather jacket (it's pink in the book) and a duck's-ass haircut, and menacing weaker kids with a switchblade. He's also a big fan of Rock & Roll, which is one of the few things he and the Losers agree on, though none of them realize it.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Henry is killed by his own switchblade in the film.
- Jerkass: At least initially. It quickly becomes evident that it's much more serious than that.
- Kick the Dog: Literally; he poisoned Mike's dog just to torture him.
- Knife Nut: He owns a switchblade knife.
- Like Father, Like Son: His father is violent and racist as well, which is where Henry got it from.Will Hanlon: The father's a turd and the son's a little fart.
- Lower-Class Lout: His background.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Jarred Blancard as Young Henry Bowers. According to the DVD commentary he felt really bad for having to use the N word and couldn't be more apologetic to Marlon Taylor (Young Mike) after they finished filming the scene.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates Stanley because he's Jewish, he hates Mike because he's black, he hates Eddie because of his asthma, he hates Beverly because she's a girl, he hates Ben because of his weight, he hates Richie because he's a little smartass four-eyes twerp, he hates Bill because he's a stuttering nerd...we can go on forever.
- Pet the Dog: When on a ride with It, who was disguised as the late Belch Huggins with Henry none the wiser, he decides to apologise to Belch for leaving him to die at the hands of It.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He still focuses on the Losers beating him in 1985, almost thirty years later, and is utterly fixated on killing them and paying them back. Justified, since he has been in a mental hospital since he was 12.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink motorcycle jacket in the book, and woe betide any kid foolish enough to laugh at it.
- Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: After spending many years in psychiatric hospital, Henry Bowers escapes with IT's help and almost kills Mike Hanlon.
- Teeny Weenie: Compared to Victor, as Beverly notices when she watches them light farts from a hiding place.
- Sanity Slippage: Throughout the summer of 1958, Henry slowly but surely loses it after suffering numerous defeats at the hands of the Losers. By August of that year, he's completely snapped.
- The Scapegoat: It arranges for him to take the fall for all of its 1957-1958 victims.
- The Sociopath: He's contrasted with his two primary associates in bullying, Victor Criss and Belch Huggins, in that Victor and Belch like picking on the other kids, even beating them up, but they don't want to do any lasting harm. Once he gets angry enough, Henry simply doesn't give a fuck about the consequences.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In a twisted sort of way. He simultaneously hates his father and seeks his approval. The reason he killed Mike Hanlon's dog, by feeding it poisoned beef, was to please his father. When he tells Butch about it, Butch congratulates him and offers him a beer; that was the happiest moment of Henry's childhood.
- Worf Had the Flu: His confrontation with Mike leaves him with multiple stab wounds, which, according to Eddie, are the only reason Eddie managed to kill him in the book.
- Would Hit a Girl: Henry is equal-opportunity when it comes to getting back at anyone who pisses him off.
- Younger Than They Look: In 1985, he's described with graying hair, with Mike reflecting briefly that he's "being pushed to a premature age" and is "39 going on 73."
Victor "Vic" CrissA bully, and one of Henry's sidekicks. Among Henry's gang, Vic is most likely the smartest and most intelligent member and is the only one who truly realizes Henry's insanity, and becomes increasingly reluctant to follow him.
- The Dragon: To Henry.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Victor is fine with beating up smaller kids for fun, but shocked by some of Henry's actions (such as trying to carve his name on Ben's stomach with a knife).
- Gag Penis: Beverly makes note of it when she sees Henry's gang lighting farts from a hiding place. Contrary to the trope name, it is NOT played for laughs.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: There are some hints in the book that Victor was considering defecting to the Losers, and may have gone as far as warning them about Henry's deteriorating state. If he was considering this, though, IT put a stop to that.
- Noble Demon: Not a completely straight example, but he has some shades of it. He has no problem beating other kids up, but, he will never go as far as to do permanent damage to them. While being chased by Henry's gang before the Rock Fight, even Mike acknowledges that out of all of them, at least Victor doesn't want to do him any serious harm. He's actually right, as that day Vic made sure that, when Henry says he wants to put a couple of firecrackers in Mike's shoes, that Henry meant the small ones and not the M-80s, which would probably cripple Mike for life.
- Off with His Head!: When they meet It (in the form of Frankenstein's monster) in the sewers, the first thing it does is rip Victor's head clean off.
- Only Sane Man: Victor is among the first to realize just how far off the deep end Henry is going, and likely the first to do so on the bad side.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Although never acknowledged as equals, he is the Blue to Henry's Red. This is especially clear in the Rock Fight. Henry got hotheaded, and only got himself hurt even further. Victor kept his cool, and was able to take all the damage Henry's Gang suffered, and return it in kind back to the Losers by himself.
- Shout-Out: His surname is a nod to Peter Criss of Kiss.
Reginald "Belch" HugginsAnother sidekick of Henry's, and earned his nickname due to his ability to belch on command.
- The Brute: Taller and stronger than every other kid at Derry Elementary, and loves a good fight, especially when it's against someone weaker than him. Even so, he's not as relentlessly cruel as Henry.
- Dumb Muscle: He's not very bright.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Beating up smaller kids for fun is fine by him, but he is pretty disturbed when Henry tries to carve his name on Ben's stomach.
- Facial Horror: It kills him by ripping half of his face off.
- Gasshole: Hence the nickname.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Even though he's been a bullying Jerk Ass for most of the book, Belch actually redeems himself when he protects Henry from IT after the monster kills Victor and goes after Henry. Unfortunately for him, he gets half of his face torn off for his trouble.
- Unskilled, but Strong: A very early, very fast growth spurt meant that, for a twelve-year-old, he was exceptionally strong but also very clumsy. It's noted that he only hit two baseball pitches in an entire season, but both went out of the park and out of sight; even the Losers had to admire this achievement.
- Younger Than They Look: He's stated to be already six feet tall at age twelve.
Patrick HocksetterA psychopathic and solipsistic bully who is part of Henry's gang (despite the other members being annoyed with him and his generally low reputation).
- Asshole Victim: He kills animals for fun, and once murdered his baby brother. He's easily the least sympathetic of It's victims, with the possible exception of Tom Rogan.
- Ax-Crazy: It's shown that this aspect of him is just as bad as Henry, if not more so. He murders his brother, kills animals for fun and the only thing that can get a good reaction out of him is torturing and killing others. In the chapter in which his full backstory is revealed, it's outright stated that if he wasn't already a full-fledged psychopath before he died, he was pretty damn close.
- Creepy Child: The kid collects dead flies. That is, flies he swats with a ruler and puts into his pencil case. And that's the least creepy thing about him.
- Depraved Bisexual: Fondles the girls in his class, masturbates Henry and offers him oral sex.
- Enfant Terrible: He murdered his baby brother when he was younger.
- Fearless Fool: Because of his mental state, Patrick has little understanding of the concept of fear. Because of this, IT is not quite sure what form (besides the flying leeches) to take when it attacks Patrick (Patrick notices the thing approaching him is constantly changing shape, as if not sure who or what it wants to be).
- Karma Houdini: Discussed and ultimately averted. When his younger brother was born and Patrick lost some of his parent's attention, he smothers the baby with a pillow. His father did become suspicious at one point, but he ultimately decided not to take action against him. No one ever finds out, but Patrick eventually meets a grisly fate courtesy of It.
- Karmic Death: He's attacked by IT in the form of a swarm of flying leeches that burst out of the refrigerator where he tortured and killed plenty of animals, passes into unconsciousness from blood loss, and comes to while It is busily devouring him.
- Psycho for Hire: Emphasis on "psycho". Even Henry (who is not a bastion of sanity himself) is deeply disturbed by him.
- Sadist: Causing pain is the only thing that really interests him.
- The Sociopath: Even moreso than Henry. He thinks that he's the only real person in the universe, and the only thing that can excite him is killing and torturing other creatures.
- Solipsist: Patrick is convinced that he is the only "real" creature in the whole world, and even killed his own baby brother as the attention that his parents granted him threatened this view.
- Spiteful Spit: After Henry breaks Eddie's arm, Patrick spits in Eddie's face before taking his leave.
Steve "Moose" SadlerA slightly developmentally disabled and very slow friend of Henry's, whose father works on the Hanlon family farm.
- Dumb Muscle: He's actually moderately mentally retarded.
- Gasshole: On the day of the Apocalyptic Rockfight, Henry and his gang attempt to sneak up on Mike Hanlon and catch him (since he could outrun all of them if he saw them coming), but Mike is tipped off when Moose, who had eaten three plates of baked beans the night before, rips an epically loud fart.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: His father is about as dumb but much more good-natured, even to the point where he cheerfully helps Will Hanlon with farm work.
- Shout-Out: His first name is a reference to Moose Mason from Archie Comics.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is implied that he is killed by It, as the Losers mention that this has happened to all of Henry's friends, but it is not elaborated upon at all.
Peter GordonA well-off friend of Henry's that lives on West Broadway, who thinks of chasing Mike Hanlon as a game, though Henry's crazed and increasingly violent behavior (such as attempting to outright kill Mike with cherry bombs and M-80s) begins to alienate him.
- Jerkass: He's described as generally being rude/insulting towards the Losers, but not quite brave enough to do anything without the rest of Henry's gang around.
- Puppy Love: With Marcia Fadden, though Richie speculates that they're only going steady because 1) they live next door to each other, and 2) they're both assholes, so they need each other's support and attention.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Being a comparatively pampered rich kid, Peter is the first of Henry's gang to beat feet when the Losers decide not to run and begin the Apocalyptic Rockfight.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Like Moose, Peter's ultimate fate is not known, but it's implied he was killed by It.
- The Friend Nobody Likes:
- Bradley Donovan, a boy with a lisp and wart-covered hands, who goes to speech therapy with Bill. When he insults Bev when she bests him at pitching pennies ("Girlth cheat!"), he nearly catches an ass-whooping from Ben; he only escapes because Ben trips when he starts to run away. This wears out his welcome with the Losers' Club...and at any rate, Richie thinks to himself, they already have a kid with a speech impediment in their little group.
- Vincent "Boogers" Taliendo, a weird kid who is the source of weird information for the students of Derry Elementary (he gives Eddie an erroneous explanation of how babies are conceived), but isn't favored by any particular clique. He grows up to be The Alcoholic, cleaning a local tavern in exchange for free beer.
- Half-Identical Twins: Calvin and Cissy Clark, who do everything together.
George "Georgie" Denbrough
- An Arm and a Leg: Pennywise pulls off George's arm, which results in him bleeding profusely until death.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Seriously kid, you don't think there's anything suspicious about a clown who knows your name and lives in the sewers? To be fair, he was six. And to his credit, he was wary of Pennywise at first because his dad had warned him about strangers.
- It's Personal: His death is the reason why Bill decides to kill IT.
- Present Absence: George's death casts a pall over Bill's home life.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only physically appears during the very first chapter, but it's his death that kicks off the entire plot.
Edward "Eddie" CorcoranEddie Corcoran is a classmate of the Losers Club and Henry's gang. Like Beverly Marsh, Eddie and his younger brother Dorsey are victims of child abuse by their stepfather, Richard Macklin.
- Agent Scully: The poor kid is desperately trying to find the zipper to the back of IT's suit, even as he's being eaten alive.
- Adults Are Useless: A combination of their lack of childlike faith and the power of IT enhancing their Selective Obliviousness and Bystander Syndrome attitude makes them completely useless against IT.
- Apathetic Citizens: IT mind-controls the residents so they do not interfere with its killing or plans. The description of Claude Theroux's attack makes it seem similar to Douglas Adam's Somebody Else's Problem phenomenon: the citizens just ignore the violence as something that doesn't involve them.
- Noodle Incident: Several are mentioned in earlier chapters concerning Derry's past, which involve residents still living in the book's present. Subverted when these are later explored in Mike's interviews in the interludes.
Adrian MellonA young homosexual man in Derry. He grows fond of the town, despite its violently homophobic mindset, and only agrees to leave to please his partner, Don Hagarty.
Will HanlonThe father of Mike Hanlon.
Norbert KeeneThe owner and operator of the Center Street Drug Store for fifty years from 1925 to 1975.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a gruff exterior, but is a good man in his own way.
Alvin MarshBeverly Marsh's insane father. Although he is not an alcoholic or drug user, he abuses Bev and her mother.
Tom RoganThe insane, abusive, violent and sadistic husband of Beverly Marsh. Tom has a very predatory view of women, and he thrives on the control he has over his vulnerable wife.
- Abusive Parents: His mother.
- Asshole Victim: He dies upon seeing IT's true form, and nobody mourns him.
- Berserk Button: He absolutely can't stand Bev's smoking habit.
- Control Freak: Tom obsessively controls Bev's life, particularly her social life and her smoking.
- Domestic Abuser: He beats Bev regularly and viciously... until The Dog Bites Back.
- The Dragon: He briefly becomes this to IT/Pennywise.
- Freudian Excuse: See Abusive Parents.
- He-Man Woman Hater: His attitude towards women is very predatory and misogynistic.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: He finds out that Bev went to Derry by going to the home of her friend Kay and beating it out of her; Kay holds out under the beating until Tom threatens to mutilate her face with a broken vase.
- Jerkass: A emotionally and physically abusive nut-job.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Bev compares him to her abusive father more than once, while the other Losers compare him to Henry Bowers.
- Would Hit a Girl: Not just Beverly, but her friends as well.
Audra Denbrough née PhillipsBill's wife and a famous actress.
- Distressed Damsel: IT hypnotizes and kidnaps her to lure Bill into it's lair.