Characters: Peter Pan

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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.
  • 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.
    • He's a lot less cruel in most adaptations.
  • Book Dumb
  • Brown Eyes
  • 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
    • Lampshaded in the Disney sequel.
  • 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.
  • I Believe I Can Fly
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Kid Hero
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Parental Abandonment: Implied in one take, but may have been actually accidental.
  • Pointy Ears
  • Public Domain Character: Aside from the United Kingdom.
  • Redhead In Green
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted since he's so popular.
  • Sociopathic Hero
  • The Trickster
  • Vague Age: The only clue in the book is that he "still has all his baby teeth."
  • Verbal Tic: His cockerel cry.

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.
  • 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.
  • Damsel in Distress
  • Growing Up Sucks: At first, but after her adventures in Never Land, she accepts and embraces it.
    • 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:
    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
  • 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
  • Proper Lady
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the 2003 movie.
  • 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

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.

  • Anything But That!: His greatest fear is the crocodile.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed: At the end of his fight with Peter.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: The Disney version.
  • Child Hater: Though in his "dying speech", he seems to regret that "no little children love [him]."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: According to The Pirate Fairy, he was quite handsome when he was young and had both hands.
  • Large Ham
  • 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 also 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.
  • 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.

Tinker Bell

Peter's fairy sidekick. She is quick to anger and jealousy, but is loyal to Peter.

The Lost Boys

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.

  • 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.

John and Michael Darling

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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

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.


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.

  • Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of her little brother Danny and Tootles.
  • 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.
  • 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. Justified since there's a war going on, and some people have different ways of coping with it.
  • A Girl and Her Dog: 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.
  • Pajama Clad Heroine
  • The Smurfette Principle: In Return to Neverland Jane is dubbed first ever Lost Girl.
  • Strong Family Resemblance
  • 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.

Tiger Lily