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The Losers Club
- Abusive Parents: Bill's parents ignore him, 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.
- 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-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.
- 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.
Bill Denbrough (aka "Stuttering Bill"; "Big 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.
- 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.
Ben Hanscom (aka "Haystack")
- 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.
- Dogged Nice Guy: to Beverly Marsh.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 pretty much 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.
- Abusive Parents: Eddie Kaspbrak's mother (even if she didn't mean it that way).
- Berserk Button: See Calling The Old Lady Out.
- 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 Lady 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).
Richie Tozier (aka "Trashmouth")
- Class Clown
- 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.
- 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.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted, as he survives, although Henry comes close to killing him.
- 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.
- Token Minority: The only non-white 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Straight Man: He makes exactly one joke in the story and it's 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/The Spider
- 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.
- 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.
Reginald "Belch" Huggins
- 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.
- 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.
- Younger Than They Look: He's stated to be already six feet tall at age twelve.
- Asshole Victim: He kills animals for fun, and once murdered his baby brother. He's easily among the least sympathetic of It's victims.
- 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: Is attacked by It in the form of a swarm of leeches, passes into unconsciousness, 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 (Solipsism), and the only thing that can excite him is killing and torturing other creatures.
- Dumb Muscle: He's actually moderately mentally retarded.
- Like Father, Like Son: Averted. 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.
George "Georgie" Denbrough
- 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.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only physically appears during the very first chapter, but it's his death that kicks off the entire plot.
Audra Denbrough, née Phillips
Christine Christine 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.
- Badass Driver: Pennywise, in the shape of Belch's undead body, was in the driver's seat.
- In Mysterious Ways: How he helps the Losers oppose IT, only intervening directly during the first Ritual of Chud.
- Big Good: Of The Dark Tower saga. He's only obliquely mentioned in It as a third cosmic force greater than It or the Turtle.