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Peter Pan and the Lost Boys

     Peter Pan

The Boy Who Never Grew Up and titular character. Peter Pan is a mischievous, unaging boy who lives in Neverland and can fly thanks to a combo of fairy dust and happy thoughts. While often an egotistical, arrogant and childish person, Peter is very considerate and loyal to his friends.
  • The Ace: Very fearless, heroic and a skilled fighter. And of course he can fly.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original stories and plays by J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan was one of The Fair Folk and came off as a Sociopathic Hero - he didn't show much concern for his "friends," took nightmarish pleasure in killing pirates, and even murdered Lost Boys just for growing up (or to make a battle against the pirates more interesting). The Disney version, understandably, left out this aspect of Peter. He's actually a lot less cruel in most adaptations.
  • Alliterative Name: Peter Pan.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Peter is quite cruel for being a child, laughing as John and Michael Darling nearly fell to their deaths, told Wendy her mother abandoned her, and what he did to Captain Hook.
  • Book Dumb: Never having attended any kind of school, he can't read, and is extremely ignorant — but he is very cunning, quick-thinking and inventive.
  • Brown Eyes: In the Disney version; the book almost completely avoids physical descriptions, so we don't even know Peter's hair color, much less his eye color.
  • Chick Magnet: Disney's Peter Pan has Tinker Bell, Wendy, Tiger Lily and a gang of mermaids all over him and easily jealous.
  • Children Are Innocent: And this is explored rather thoroughly in the book, both the positive and negative sides to never losing your childish innocence.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Pretty much every girl in the story adores him, though he can't quite work out what they want with him. Lampshaded in the Disney sequel, by Peter himself. Interestingly enough, that movie introduces Wendy's daughter Jane, who uniquely does not fall for Peter and finds him annoying rather than charming.
  • Crosscast Role: Often in theater, Peter is portrayed by a woman. However, in the Disney film, 2003 film and Hook among others, he is played by a boy or a man.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In some adaptations.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Peter vowed to never grow up when as a baby he overheard his parents planning his future despite only being just born, and fled to Kensington Garden where he met Tinker Bell, learned how to fly and went to Neverland. He actually grows up in Hook and forgets his past life until later.
  • Fiery Redhead: In the Disney film.
  • Fisher King: To Neverland. The island reflects his mood and sleeps when he does or when he leaves.
  • Hates Being Touched: In one revision of the play, and thus in some adaptations. (Barrie wrote this particular version for an actress whose interpretation of Peter heavily implied him to have been Dead All Along; the idea is that he instinctively avoids being touched to prevent everyone from finding out that he can't be touched.)
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Though he's almost completely lacking in empathy in some adaptations, he has always had a very strong sense of fairness and justice — so strong, in fact that he refuses to cheat or go back on his word on anything, even when keeping to these principles are a distinct hinder for him or might even directly lead to his death. What's more, he never really learns that other people do not have the same strict moral principles, because learning such things would be the same as maturing, which would be the same as growing up.
    • In the Disney adaptation, having given his word of honor to not fly in his final duel with Captain Hook, Peter doggedly refuses to do so even when Hook proves to be the superior swordsman, having forced him to the corner of a mast leading to a fall that can kill him.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: In Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens this is stated to be the reason he can fly: he just never questions the fact. As soon as he starts doubting his ability to fly, he loses it, and remains incapable of flight for the rest of the book. By the time of Peter and Wendy. though he's somehow regained the ability and is back to not questioning it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's often unthinkingly cruel, totally self-centered and selfish, and doesn't have much in the way of empathy for others... but he's also capable of great kindness, he'll sacrifice himself for the good of his friends any day, and he's borderline obsessed with everything being fair for everyone.
  • Kid Hero: He's the boy who Never Grew Up after all.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Though in Peter's case it's (mostly) not intentional.
  • Living Shadow: Averted in the original novel and play, where Peter's detached shadow is never mentioned to be alive or moving on its own accord. Most of the visual adaptations, though, do portray Peter's shadow as alive and able to live separately from Peter — probably because this is much more visually exciting than a shadow that just hangs in someone's grip like a piece of laundry.
  • Lonely at the Top
  • Never Grew Up: The Trope Namer.
  • Nominal Hero: He 'thins out' any Lost Boys who appear to be growing up; can subsist perfectly well on pretend food, and beats any boys who demonstrate hunger after they've missed meals and had to just pretend they ate; cuts parts off the boys to make them 'fit' the trees that are the secret entrances to their hideout; and often changes sides in the middle of battles to make the fight more exciting.
  • Not Afraid to Die: "Death would be an awfully big adventure."
  • Oblivious to Love: In the novel and play, but averted in several of the films.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Has made all the Lost Boys promise to leave Hook to him.
  • Out of Focus: Tinker Bell gets her own spin off series, and Captain Hook and his crew appear in Jake And The Neverland Pirates while Peter has only a few appearances there. In fact Tink appears more often in the media than Peter. Although this is probably due to the fact, that no matter what Disney might claim, Peter Pan is (mostly) a Public Domain Character.
  • Parental Abandonment: Implied in one take, but may have been actually accidental.
  • Pointy Ears: The Disney version gave him pointy ears, and a lot of adaptations since have followed suit.
  • Public Domain Character: Aside from the United Kingdom.
  • Redhead In Green: Again, in the Disney version. In the original book and play he does wear green, but whether or not he has red hair is never mentioned.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted since he's so popular.
  • Sociopathic Hero: In the book, probably much to the surprise of those only familiar with the Lighter and Softer adaptations. Peter spends an awful lot of his time killing off pirates, and often is willing to put his friends in danger simply because it would be interesting or even funny.
  • Tranquil Fury: In the final battle. Oh, he's still happy and playful during the whole ordeal, but he just got back to the ship after Tinker Bell almost died in an explosion, and he had also arrived just in time to save Wendy from falling into the water after walking the plank. This following line says it all about how pissed off Pan is.
  • The Trickster: He sometimes slips into this role, especially around the pirates.
  • Vague Age: The only clue in the book is that he "still has all his baby teeth."
  • Verbal Tic: His cockerel cry.

     Tinker Bell

Peter's fairy sidekick. She is quick to anger and jealousy, but is loyal to Peter.
  • Adaptational Heroism: She is toned down in Disney Fairies where she isn't clingy and a jerk anymore, instead being a Plucky Girl.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: "Tinker Bell was not all bad. Sometimes she was even all good."
  • Betty and Veronica: Betty to Wendy's Veronica.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's not as sweet as she seems.
  • Breakout Character: Tinker Bell has become one of the main spokes-characters for Disney and one of its most popular and iconic characters.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Trope Namer.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To the point of making multiple attempts on Wendy's life, a trait only slightly toned down for other adaptations.
  • Cute Mute: In Disney's Peter Pan, Tinker Bell doesn't speak, but only jingles like, well, bells. It is later revealed in her own movies, Tinker Bell does speak, but to humans it sounds like the jingling of bells.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In some adaptations.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the Disney movie, Wendy holds no grudge against Tinker Bell despite the fact that she just tried to get her killed. In fact, right after Peter says that he is banishing Tink forever, Wendy gets him to reconsider.
  • Fairy Companion: Trope Codifier if not Trope Maker.
  • Fairy Sexy: Of course not in the original play, where she is just visible as a dancing light, but the book descibes her as being "slightly inclined to embonpoint" (i.e. she's got curves) and "exquisitely gowned in a skeleton leaf, cut low and square, through which her figure could be seen to the best advantage." The Disney version took this trait and ran with it. Since it was a different day, her first appearance lacked a Magic Skirt.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of Wendy and tricked into revealing Peter's hiding place by Captain Hook, who uses said jealousy against her.
  • Hartman Hips: In the Disney version they cause a bit of a problem when she's trying to get through the drawers keyhole in Wendy's room.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Drank poison to save Peter. Resurrected by clapping hands.
    • In Peter Pan no Bouken (the World Masterpiece Theater version), she uses almost all of her Life Energy to save Peter from a Death Trap instead. She gets better thanks to Tiger Lily.
    • In the Disney Animated version she gets terribly damaged trying to remove the exploding time bomb that was intended for Peter. Though his hideout is ruined by the explosion, both survive as he searches for the frail, weak Tinker Bell.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: How adaptations treat this varies a lot. Several adaptations, including the Disney movie, make Peter the only one who can understand her perfectly, and with everyone else she has to resort to miming to get her point across.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be a bitchy and mean Clingy Jealous Girl, but is really loyal to Peter.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Turns out she died sometime before Peter came to take Wendy back for "spring cleaning" a year after their first adventure, and Peter does not even remember her.
    • In Peter Pan in Scarlet, which takes place twenty years later, she is resurrected by the wish of the new fairy, Fireflyer, who's been told about her by Wendy and the Lost Boys. At the end of the novel, they're married, have set up a lucrative business selling dreams to pirates, and are so happy they're determined not to get killed for at least a hundred more years.
  • Mascot: Tinker Bell is a major mascot for Disney. Just a few places she appears in aside from Peter Pan include various advertisements, her own media franchise, various shows at the Disney Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Presents intros, the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection VHS/laserdisc logo, and the Disney DVD logo.note 
  • Ms. Fanservice: Just look at her sexy green dress and those long legs.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: She attempts to kill Wendy a couple of times in different films, but she either survives or is saved by Peter.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: She appears to be your typical fairy. The book explains that because fairies are small, they can only experience one emotion at a time, which would explain her Ambiguous Innocence.
  • She's Got Legs: Especially in the Disney version.
  • Silent Snarker: In the Disney movie, before she became Suddenly Voiced in the sequels.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Willing to murder innocent people for petty and selfish reasons.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She's opinionated and adventurous.
  • Token Evil Teammate: One of the "good guys" who tries to kill another team member out of jealousy definitely counts as this.
  • Tsundere: To Peter, specially in Peter Pan & the Pirates.
  • The Unintelligible: She speaks in a voice that to human ears sounds like tinkling bells. The audience generally does not understand her, but Peter does. In the book, the Lost Boys do as well, and towards the end, Wendy has at least learned enough of the language to recognize the insults Tink hurls at her.
  • The Voiceless: In the Disney movie. However, in other adaptations, such as the World Masterpiece Theater version, Peter Pan & the Pirates, and Hook, she speaks normally.
  • We Are as Mayflies: Fairies have very short lifespans, probably about a year or so. Yet, she's lived for at least a century as shown in Hook, or as long as Peter.
  • Yandere: Sweet cute Tinker Bell... tries to have Wendy killed twice out of jealousy.

     The Lost Boys
Nibs, the Twins, Cubby, Slightly, and Tootles

Peter's trusty gang; boys who were lost or abandoned by their parents and eventually ended up in Never Land. There are a lot of them over the years, and different adaptations and sequels have different Lost Boys — but the original, and most commonly-used ones, are Tootles, Slightly, Curly, Nibs and the Twins.
  • Ascended Extra: In the Disney sequel they get far more screen-time and stronger characterizations compared to the first movie. They even get to introduce themselves to Jane by name, while their names aren't even mentioned in the original movie.
  • Band of Brothers: They bicker and fight a lot, but they're always there for each other. At least until Peter says something else.
  • Born Unlucky: Tootles. He misses out on more adventures than anyone else because they have a tendency to happen when he's just left the scene, and if something bad happens it generally happens to him.
  • Butt Monkey: Again, Tootles, though Slightly also has traces of this.
  • The Dividual:
    • The Twins are the Twindividual variety; they don't even have individual namesnote  and are never seen apart. Some adaptations has them as Single-Minded Twins.
    • To a lesser extent, the Lost Boys as a group can be said to have a Syndividual thing going on; they have their individual personalities, but it's as a group they're important, and most often they only appear as a group.
    • Interestingly, the "Single-Minded Twins" trope is subverted a few times in the play and the novel; "First Twin" is said to be prouder than his brother, "intellectually the superior of the two", and the best dancer of the group. The truth is that the twins intentionally act as much alike as possible because Peter, who doesn't have a realistic view of what twins are, thinks that they should.
      Second Twin: Slightly, I dreamt last night that the prince found Cinderella.
      First Twin: Twin, I think you ought not to have dreamt that, for I didn't, and Peter may say we oughtn't to dream differently, being twins, you know.
  • Class Clown: Curly is treated as this in some adaptations, thanks to his (stated, but not really shown) tendency to get into mischief in the book.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In some adaptations, like the 2003 film.
  • Fearless Fool: Nibs has traces of this.
  • The Fool: Tootles, something Tinker Bell tries to take advantage of. There's a bit of Dumb Is Good there as well, as Tootles is very clearly the kindest and most selfless of the Lost Boys.
  • Gender Bender: Tootles in Peter Pan in Scarlet, as a part of the books recurring and exaggerated "clothes make the man" theme — when the now adult Lost Boys become children again by dressing in their children's clothes, Tootles (who only has daughters) is forced to dress as a girl, and so he physically becomes a girl, and starts acting like a wannabe Princess Classic — and like Wendy, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily before him/her, develops a crush on Peter and begins displaying traces of Hopeless Suitor.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Unlike Peter, they do eventually grow up (if we exclude the Disney version), and quickly discover it's not as much fun as they'd thought. Not played completely straight, though, as several of them actually turn out to have rather nice (if less adventurous) lives as adults.
  • Hidden Depths: Tootles, not surprisingly. He even grows up to be a judge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Slightly; he's snooty and pompous but not a bad person.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Slightly thinks he remembers what it's like to be a normal boy and have parents. He's wrong.
  • Nice Guy: Tootles is the kindest and humblest of the Lost Boys. In Peter Pan in Scarlet, Slightly is the resident Nice Guy (Tootles having temporarily become a girl and a wannabe Princess Classic).
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Tootles and Slightly share this role, which is probably why they tend to get the most individual attention.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: In some adaptations, they can have traces of this.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Slightly in Peter Pan in Scarlet — very notably so.
  • The Voiceless: Tootles in the Disney movie.
  • Yes-Man: All of them are this to Peter.

Darling Family

     Wendy Darling

Wendy Moira Angela Darling becomes Peter's companion. An enthusiast on telling the stories of Peter Pan, Wendy idolises the flying boy and accompanies him to Neverland with her brothers but must learn she has to come of age sooner or later. She later grows up and has a daughter named Jane.
  • Action Girl: In the 2003 film, in which she wields a sword.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the 2003 movie.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Tinkerbell's Betty; Betty to Tiger Lily's Veronica.
  • Coming of Age: If one looks at Peter Pan closely, it's really about Wendy learning that an idealized life may not be the one that she truly wants to live.
  • Cool Big Sis: To John and Michael, and later also to the Lost Boys.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is captured at one point or another.
  • Growing Up Sucks: At first, but after her adventures in Never Land, she accepts and embraces it.
    Wendy was grown up. You need not be sorry for her. She was one of the kind that likes to grow up. In the end she grew up of her own free will a day quicker than other girls.
  • Hair Decorations: Her blue hair bow.
  • Kid Heroine: Wendy is only 12 at the beginning.
  • Ms. Imagination: A dreamy and imaginative girl who likes to tell stories to her younger siblings.
  • Nice Girl: She's very motherly and caring.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: In the book, Wendy wants to grow up and have her own family. She leaves Neverland because she realizes that Peter can never give her what she truly wants. The last chapter of the novel even goes so far as to reassure the reader that Wendy was happy with growing up:
  • Pajama Clad Heroine: Because she left with Peter in the middle of the night, she spends most of the story in her nightgown. And usually wears slippers.
  • Passing the Torch: Of sorts to her daughter Jane.
  • Plucky Girl: She's certainly optimistic.
  • Proper Lady: The kind and mature Team Mom who likes cooking, cleaning and sewing.
  • The Protagonist: Although Peter's the title character, it really is Wendy's story, and she's by far the most developed character of the bunch. Early printings of the book were called "Peter and Wendy."
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Wendy is a very mature girl with the ability to influence someone like Peter Pan himself. During the Walk the Plank scene, she was the definition of composed.
  • The Storyteller: The reason Peter takes her to Neverland in the first place.
  • Team Mom: Takes on the role partly by choice and partly because she is begged to. She does said role so well that she's actually the one providing the page's picture.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue nightdress and blue hair bow, emphasizing her gentle and motherly nature. Even as an adult, she is seen to wear a blue dressing gown.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite her initial fear of growing up, she's actually very mature.

     John and Michael Darling
Michael (left) and John (right).

Wendy's younger brothers, and her regular audience for stories about Peter Pan. They accompany her to Neverland and become part of the Lost Boys for a while, but eventually return home.
  • Adorkable: John, in the Disney movie and Peter Pan no Bouken.
  • Age Lift: Most notably with Michael in the 2003 movie; in the book he's around three or four, but in the movie he's eight. John is eight in the book, ten in the musical and around eleven or twelve in the movie. Averted in the Disney movie, which has them roughly the same age as in the book.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Partially subverted, in that Wendy is the one who insists on bringing them along — though Peter blatantly doesn't care about them and can take or leave them.
  • Bus Crash: Michael's fate in the authorized sequel: see "Killed Off for Real" below.
  • Butt Monkey: John, in Peter Pan no Bouken
  • Companion Cube: Michael's teddy bear in the Disney version.
  • Killed Off for Real: Peter Pan in Scarlet reveals that Michael died in World War I.
  • Nice Hat: John wears a top hat, which in the book is eventually used as a chimney for Wendy's house.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: An in-universe variant with Michael in the book, who is designated (by Wendy) to be the "baby" and is made to be younger than he really is.
  • Pajama Clad Heroes: Along with Wendy, they spend their entire time in Neverland in their sleepwear (apart from John's top hat, which he grabbed at the last moment before flying off to Neverland). John usually wears a nightshirt, while Michael often wears footie pajamas (though he too wears a nightshirt in the 2003 film).
  • The Runt at the End: When the Lost Boys go out on a trek, Michael always seems to be the one bringing up the rear.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: John does this quite a bit
  • Stuffy Brit: John. It's especially noticeable in the Disney movie, but it's definitely present in the book and play as well.
  • Shrinking Violet: In Peter Pan no Bouken, John is shown as very awkward and shy. It doesn't help that he has a crush on Tiger Lily, and since she's a massive Tsundere there it takes him a while to impress her.
  • Tagalong Kid: Both of them, to some extent, but Michael especially.

     George and Mary Darling

The parents of Wendy, John and Michael. Mary is a loving, accepting and beautiful woman who nevertheless is a bit of a Control Freak, and George is a temperamental and overly-proud, but ultimately kind and generous man. They make the mistake of going to a party on the same night Peter Pan is hunting for his shadow, and in the novel they go for months without seeing their children, but in the Disney version the children return before the parents have returned home from the same party. Also in the Novel they end up adopting all the Lost Boys.
  • Break the Haughty: George Darling is proud, blustering and sometimes unthinkingly cruel, but when these traits are indirectly leads to his children vanishing he is heartbroken, and becomes both humbler and kinder as a result.
  • The Chew Toy: George, sometimes.
    Poor Nana. Oh, yes. Poor Nana. But, 'Poor Father', oh no!
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In the novel, George inflicts one on himself after Peter has flown away with the children; blaming himself because he had banished Nana to the kennel so she couldn't protect them, he moves into the kennel himself and refuses to leave it until the children are back. He even arranges to have the kennel (with him inside) carried to and from his work every day so he can still work but keep up his self-inflicted punishment. He becomes rather famous around London as a charming eccentric as a result, causing Mary to wonder whether he really views it as a punishment anymore or whether he's started to enjoy it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: George is very quick to anger.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: George can often come across as overly unsympathetic, almost antagonistic, thanks to his pride and temper, but he does have a heart, and he does love his children very much.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Calm, mild-mannered and soft-spoken Mary is the Blue Oni to George's blustery, temperamental Red Oni.
  • Parents as People: Mostly noticeable with George, who is not a perfect father by any means, but does try.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Check out the Disney version — the father is a chubby, boorish old guy, and the mother looks pretty, young, and has a nice figure.


The Darlings' substitute-for-a-nursemaid; a huge but loving Newfoundland dog. She was originally a stray who "belonged to no one in particular" before the Darlings took her in, and though she is subject to a bit of gossip, and George Darling occasionally suspects she thinks the children are her puppies, she is as good and attentive a nursemaid as any and much beloved by the family.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: In the Disney version, she wears a nurse's cap.
  • Big Friendly Dog: She's huge, but also hugely loving.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • In Return to Neverland, she's replaced by her Suspiciously Similar Substitute Nana II, who looks and acts almost exactly like her — the main difference being that she wears a war helmet and backpack rather than the nurse's cap of the original Nana.
    • In Peter Pan in Scarlet we meet her great-great-great-grandpuppy, simply called "the puppy," who even as a small puppy looks enough like Nana that Peter think it is Nana and that she's shrunk in the wash. (Unlike Nana, though, the puppy is noted as being a very poor nursemaid; it happily licks the children goodnight and lets them use it as a pillow, but doesn't bother at all to make sure they brush their teeth.)
  • Nearly Normal Animal: She's smarter than the average dog, capable of doing almost all the things a human nursemaid would do.
  • Pantomime Animal: In stage productions, traditionally played by a human actor in costume.


Jane is Wendy's daughter and shows up at the end of the original book/play and a few other adaptation, as a new girl to be Peter's "mother" in Neverland. When she grows up she has a daughter named Margaret, who takes on the same role. While Jane has a very small role in most versions of the story, she is the main character of Disney's Return to Neverland where she is kidnapped by Hook and his crew (under the mistaken impression that she's Wendy) and taken to Neverland to be used as bait to trap Peter. This incarnation of Jane is characterized as always trying to have a practical attitude towards life, much like her grandfather George.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the original story/play she's a Generation Xerox of her mother. In the Disney version she's her total opposite.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: She tries her hardest to be practical and mature.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of her little brother Danny and Tootles. She can be quite harsh to Danny though, at least before Character Development.
  • Break the Haughty: The Disney version has a very negative and stiff attitude, which gets her into a lot of trouble.
  • British Stuffiness: As they say, like grandfather like granddaughter.
  • Broken Bird: The song "I'll Try" from Return to Neverland explains her inner thoughts quite well.
  • Character Development: After her adventures with Peter Pan she becomes more imaginative and more adventurous, much like her little brother, Danny.
  • The Comically Serious: From the moment she first arrives in Neverland until Character Development finally sinks in. Until she accepts the fun of it, everything in Neverland seems hellbent on hilariously backfiring on her.
  • Constantly Curious: Her main character trait in the original novel; she's described as having an almost permanent "odd inquiring look, as if from the moment she arrived on the mainland she wanted to ask questions."
  • The Cynic: Return to Neverland pretty much has her as Peter's antithesis: Where Peter doesn't want to grow up, Jane doesn't want to be a child. Hence, she has an extremely cynical and often humorless outlook on things.
  • Daddy's Girl: Very close to her father.
  • Damsel in Distress: Less than twenty minutes into Return to Neverland she gets kidnapped by Hook and his pirate crew.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Foil: Again in the Disney version, with her no-nonsense dismissal of all things childish, she is this to both her mother Wendy and to Peter Pan.
  • Generation Xerox: In the original story/play, she's pretty much exactly like Wendy was at her age. Averted by the Disney version, who's almost the complete opposite of what Wendy was like and she's actually more similar to her grandfather George (see their attitude towards Peter Pan). Justified since there's a war going on, and some people have different ways of coping with it.
  • A Girl And Her X: In the Disney version, she has Nana II.
  • Heroic BSOD: She has one of these when Hook and his men capture Peter and the lost boys because of her deal with the Captain. She has another one when she finds Tink, seemingly dead.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Little Miss Snarker: She got Peter so good at one point, he actually fell out of the air.
    "Or... maybe you're full of hot air."
  • Mistaken Identity: Jane was kidnapped because Hook mistook her for her mother Wendy.
  • One of the Boys: Over the course of Return to Neverland, she eventually becomes this with the Lost Boys and very happy about it.
  • Pajama Clad Heroine
  • The Smurfette Principle: In Return to Neverland Jane is dubbed first ever Lost Girl.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Jane looks like her mother so much that Captain Hook and Captain Hook mistook her for her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Wendy (unless you count the Disney version, who is nothing like Wendy). She gets her own Suspiciously Similar Substitute in her daughter Margaret.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: At first, Jane is an imaginative young girl, who loves hearing Wendy's stories of Peter Pan. However, when World War II hits, Jane is forced to grow up quickly. She becomes bitterly cynical and practical (much like her maternal grandfather, George), and loses her faith in things like Peter Pan and fairies.

Voiced by: Andrew McDonough

Daniel (or better known as Danny) is the son of Edward and Wendy Darling, Jane's younger brother, and an avid believer of Peter Pan.
  • Canon Foreigner: In the original story Jane is an only child
  • Children Are Innocent: He is an innocent boy (as is made evident of his dislike of war and war devices, such as bomber planes and their bombs).
  • Fanboy: He deeply believes in Peter Pan and tries to emulate him.
  • Keet: Danny is a very adventurous and fun-loving 4-year-old boy.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a hat similar to Peter Pan.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Michael — they have similar physical characteristics and innocent nature.

Voiced by: Roger Rees, Denis Leary (currently)

Edward is Wendy's husband, the father of Jane and Danny, and is currently fighting in World War II.
  • Action Dad: He's the father of two and is a soldier of the British Army.
  • Disappeared Dad: He had to leave his family when his children were still very young (especially Michael) to fight in the war.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the original story, his name is not mentioned when Wendy grew up and married him.
  • Nice Guy: Edward is a caring, soft-spoken and loving husband and father.
  • Satellite Character: Doesn't get much characterization, and only serves as a reason behind Jane trying to behave like an adult.
  • Second Love: For Wendy. While Peter Pan was her first crush, she ultimately ended up falling in love with and marrying Edward.

Captain Hook and His Crew

     Captain James Hook

The Big Bad of the novel and all of its adaptations. One of the greatest pirates in history, Captain Hook's right hand (left hand in most of the adaptations) was chopped off by Peter and fed to a crocodile who now has a taste for Hook. He has a personal grudge to settle with Peter because of this.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the Disney movie. As Internet reviewer Unshaved Mouse notes:
    Even his own men don’t seem to fear him and he’s murdering them on a regular basis! [The book] mentions that Hook is feared by “the Sea-Cook”. As in, Long John Freakin’ Silver was afraid of this guy. The Disney version wouldn’t scare Captain Crunch.
  • Anything But That!: His greatest fear is the crocodile.
  • Bad Boss: See Establishing Character Moment for just one example.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: The poison he carries is actually to allow him to commit suicide if captured, using it on Peter was purely opportunistic.
  • Big Bad: The main villain in all of the adaptations.
  • Butt Monkey: The Disney version.
  • Child Hater: Though in his "dying speech", he seems to regret that "no little children love [him]."
  • Classic Villain: He has the vices of Pride, Vanity and Hatred.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Peter realises that he has the high ground and gives Hook a hand up to make it a fair fight, Hook bites him and strikes quickly and viciously. This likely just feeds his Green-Eyed Monster status below, as it drives home to him that Peter has a lot more "good form" than him.
  • The Dandy: He's compared to Charles II.
  • Deadly Euphemism: To "shake hands" means to be clawed to death with his hook.
  • Dirty Coward: In the Disney version he's far more cowardly character than the original.
  • The Dreaded: Said to be the only man Long John Silver ever feared, and everyone in the book except Peter is terrified of him.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the play.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene in the book has a pirate accidentally ruffle his clothes. Hook promptly kills him for it, and lets the corpse just get tossed aside.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: A variation; Hook wanting Wendy to be mother to himself and his pirates suggests he wants a Replacement Goldfish for his real mother.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Hans Conried, the voice of Captain Hook, was clearly having a blast while recording his lines.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Only in the book and the play. Adaptations tend to give him a far less dignified and more humiliating exit.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's often jovial or extravagantly courteous (especially with Wendy,) but he keeps up the same attitude while making people walk the plank.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Implied in the Disney film, when the other pirates are throwing knives at the cabin door with his drawing on it.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hook's motivation for hunting Peter is his cocky attitude and "good form" (charisma), which Peter maintains without trying or even realizing it. Hook believes this is the best form to have.
  • Hook Hand: The master of this trope. He apparently considers it more useful than his original hand.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Described in the book as "blue as forget-me-nots".
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Captain Hook is always dressed in his best clothes. Except for in Peter Pan in Scarlet, where his best clothes all got ravelled and half-dissolved along with Hook himself after the stay in the crocodile's stomach that turned him into Ravello the Ravelling Man — and so, when he returns to his old self at the end of the novel and is Hook again, he has to make due with what is repeatedly stated to be his second best clothes. It's still noted that they look good on him, though.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Disney version. He's a legitimate threat to everyone...everyone except his two greatest enemies, Peter Pan and the crocodile.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: According to The Pirate Fairy, he was quite handsome when he was young and had both hands.
  • Laughably Evil: The Disney version.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Nice Hat
  • Noble Demon: The narrator stresses that he is "not entirely unheroic," and he is certainly not without lines he refuses to cross.
  • Not Quite Dead: In Peter Pan in Scarlet, it's revealed that Captain Hook survived being eaten by the crocodile and eventually managed to escape — but his stay in a crocodile's stomach had changed him beyond recognition, and he became Ravello the circus man.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Hook in the original play/novel seems like an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain until he orchestrates a mass murder of the Indians.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to be the one to defeat Peter.
  • Pirate
  • Pirate Parrot: Has one in the 2003 film.
  • Red Right Hand: Come on, you really thought a guy with a hook for a hand was going to be good?
  • Shrouded in Myth: His origins.
    • Word of God says that "Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze."
    • Additional details have Hook as having attended Eton College. Barrie gave a speech at the college in 1927 where he gave more of Hook's background: one story had it Hook once sat on a wall meant for the privilege of Eton graduates. When a guard confronted him about it, rather than admit he was a student - and shame the school in the process - Hook nobly hopped off to retain the school's honor.
    • We know Hook once served as boatswain to Blackbeard, and was the only pirate that Long John Silver ever feared.
    • The novel Peter and the Starcatchers (currently being adapted to film by Disney) posits that Hook was originally known as Captain Black Stache, after his black mustache.
    • The Pirate Fairy presents him as a young cabin boy, and with his friendship with the fairy Zarina, presents him as a Shadow Archetype to Peter... at least until it's revealed that not only is he the true captain of the ship, he was only using Zarina for her pixie dust.
  • A Sinister Clue:
    • Hook's missing right hand requires him to use his left for a lot of things. Averted in many films or plays where the hook is transferred to his left hand so the right-handed actor can use his dominant hand. Also averted in the Disney animated version, because the animators had more experience of drawing right hands.
    • Played true to the book in the 2003 live action version, where they kept it on the actor's right hand to allow him precise control over it, such as when he uses the tip to settle Smee's glasses on his nose.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the book, he is simply swallowed up by the crocodile, but in the Disney movie, he immediately jumps out of the crocodile's mouth unharmed shortly after being swallowed up and later swimming away screaming for Smee with the crocodile still behind him.
  • Villainous Valour: The crocodile notwithstanding, Hook is willing to fight anyone or anything.
  • We Can Rule Together: He invites Wendy and the boys to either join him or Walk the Plank.
  • Wicked Cultured: An evil, bloodthirsty pirate he may be, but he's also a refined, well-schooled gentleman who places a huge value on "good form."
  • Would Hurt a Child: Duh.

     Mr. Smee

Captain Hook's boatswain or first mate (depending on the version) and Bumbling Sidekick. The nicest pirate in the Jolly Roger's crew.
  • Affably Evil: Although he never objected to Captain Hook's actions, it's clear that Mr. Smee is considerably less evil than his boss, being more of a Punch Clock Villain.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His belly is often exposed in the Disney films.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Loyal to Hook but also very bumbling and incompetent, much to Hook's annoyance.
  • Depending on the Writer: He's either Hook's boatswain (like in the novel) or first mate (like many Disney adaptations).
  • The Dragon: To Hook.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He starts crying when Wendy sings a song about motherly love and lifts up his shirt to unveil his "Mother" tattoo.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He is Hook's first mate and trusted assistant, but the other pirates don't seem to like him that much.
  • I Call It "Vera":
    Smee had pleasant names for everything, and his cutlass was Johnny Corkscrew, because he wiggled it in the wound.
  • Lovable Coward: Often seen fleeing the Jolly Roger in a longboat.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The original book goes into great detail about how pathetic-but-lovable he is.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of serving a feared captain, and a crew of brutal pirates, Mr. Smee is, ultimately, a kind-hearted character. Though he makes attempts to perform villainous acts, his gentle nature often gets in the way of this; his ultimate agenda usually focusing around keeping peace and some form of stability within Captain Hook's life.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a red stocking cap with a red pom-pom ornament on top.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the original Disney movie, his voice actor Bill Thompson occasionally tries to pronounce the odd word with an Irish accent. It's not exactly convincing, so it's hardly surprising that Jeff Bennett, who voices Smee in modern Disney productions (including Return to Neverland), completely drops this and makes Smee an all-out American.
  • Pirate
  • Punch Clock Villain: While there's no doubt he could kill the Lost Boys if he wanted and slaps them around, none of them can actually take him seriously as a threat and find him lovable. Since Smee wants to be a real villain, Hook actually considers it "too cruel" to tell him what children really think of him.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to Hook and the rest of the crew, he's a saint.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Smee had this dynamic with Captain hook; see Bumbling Sidekick and Minion with an F in Evil.

Other Residents of Neverland

     The Crocodile

Captain Hook's greatest nemesis, apart from Peter Pan. It was the crocodile who ate Hook's hand, and liked the taste so much that ever since it's been stalking Hook, hoping to eat the rest of him as well. It's easy to hear whenever it comes, though, because at one point it also ate a ticking clock — and the sound of this clock, still ticking in the crocodile stomach, warns Hook to its presence.

     Tiger Lily

The chief's daughter, often described as a princess, who is captured by the Pirates and left to drown on Marooners' Rock, and rescued by Peter Pan.