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Peter PanThe 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.
- 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 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.
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.
- Big Bad
- Bad Boss
- Child Hater: Though in his "dying speech", he seems to regret that "no little children love [him]."
- The Dandy: He's compared to Charles II.
- Driven to Suicide: In the play.
- Face Death with Dignity: Only in the book and the play. Adaptations tend to give him a far less dignified and more humiliating exit.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to be the one to defeat Peter.
- Pirate Parrot: Has one in the 2003 film.
- 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.
- 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.
Captain Hook's boatswain or first mate (depending on the version) and Bumbling Sidekick
. The nicest pirate in the Jolly Roger's crew.
Peter's fairy sidekick. She is quick to anger and jealousy, but is loyal to Peter.
- Ambiguous Innocence: "Tinker Bell was not all bad. Sometimes she was even all good."
- Betty and Veronica: Betty to Wendy's Veronica.
- Blondes Are Evil: Evil is a strong word for her. She's more jealous than evil, but she does try hurting and killing Wendy to have Peter for herself.
- Breakout Character
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Trope Namer.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- 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.
- And 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.
- 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.
- Fairy Companion: Trope Codifier if not Trope Maker.
- Fairy Sexy: In Disney version. Since it was a different day, her first appearance lacked a Magic Skirt.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- 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
- Sociopathic Hero
- Spirited Young Lady
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- Yandere: Sweet cute Tinker Bell... tries to have Wendy killed twice out of jealousy.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
- Animal Nemesis: To Captain Hook, natch.
- Breakout Character: The Disney version — not to the extent of Tinker Bell, but it's made cameos and appearances in a lot of other Disney productions.
- Gender Flip: Is female in the novel (though this is only briefly mentioned), but male in the Disney version.
- The Ghost: In most productions of the stage play, the crocodile for practical reasons never actually appears on-stage, though it's often referred to and often heard.
- Hell Is That Noise: "Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock..."
- Lighter and Softer: The Disney version is a goofy and cartoony Nearly Normal Animal that's clearly no threat to anyone but Hook — quite a change from the scary beast from the original play and novel.
- Named by the Adaptation: Nameless in every version but the Disney one, where it's named "Tick-Tock Croc."
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Trope Namer — its Leitmotif is the tune named, yes, "Never Smile At A Crocodile."
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: In The Pirate Fairy, we see it when it was newly hatched. It is adorable.
- Super-Persistent Predator: It will never stop hounding Hook until he is safely in its stomach.
- The Croc Is Ticking: The Trope Namer. The clock in her belly always alerts Hook to her 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.