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    Pennywise 

IT

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

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"I'm every nightmare you've ever had. I'm your worst dream come true. I'm everything you ever were afraid of!"
Click here to see It's true form. 

Portrayed By: Tim Curry

A monstrous, demonic entity which has been preying on the town of Derry for at least 200 years. Every 27 years, it comes out of hibernation to cause a series of murders with children being the prime target. It tends to asume the form of it's victims worst fears as it improves their flavour, targetting children more often than adults. Most often, though, it will present itself as a freindly circus performer known as "Pennywise the dancing clown" to disarm children and lure them into It's clutches before revealing It's true colours and devouring them.


  • Arch-Enemy: To the Losers Club.
  • Asshole Victim: It's death at the hands of the Losers Club was brutal, but it had caused all sorts of misery for the citizens of Derry, so it had it coming.
  • Ax-Crazy: "I'll kill you! I'll drive you crazy and I'll kill you all!"
  • Badass Boast: "I am the Eater of Worlds and of children, and you are next!"
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In fact, Pennywise uses it's silly nature to lure children.
  • Big Bad: Both directly and indirectly, Pennywise is responsible for nearly all the misery in Derry.
  • Bright Is Not Good: It wears a simple-looking, brightly-colored clown costume that most kids in the 50's associated with fun, not fear. That is precisely why Curry's clown is considered one of the scariest horror icons of all time, simply because people did not expect that a "normal" looking clown could instill such fear in them.
  • The Bully: An extremely dark example, but it still counts. It calls Ben "fat boy" and Eddie "wheezy".
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "YOU'LL FLOAT TOO."
    • "We all float down here."
  • Chaotic Evil Serves no-one, looks out for number one, and is motivated purely by instincts of self-preservation and hunger.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Tim Curry clearly had way too much fun in the library scene.
  • Child Eater: "I am the Eater of Worlds, and of children!"
  • Comedic Sociopath
  • Deadpan Snarker: On some occasions.
    Pennywise (on the moon): "Henry. Henry Bowers. (Henry looks around in a daze as Pennywise rolls its eyes) Up here, sharp stuff.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: It gives off strong pedophilia vibes anytime it's on-screen. This is best show in it's scene with Georgie, especially when it tempts him with promises of cotton candy and balloons.
  • The Dreaded: Despite his friendly appearance, the Losers must overcome their fears of it.
  • Eldritch Abomination: IT's true form in the Losers' universe is actually a "spider", or at least the closest thing the human mind can comprehend.
  • Emotion Eater: While It craves meat, emotions such as fear are enough to satisfy it for a while.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The film opens with it murdering a little girl.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Henry and it's gang.
  • Evil Is Hammy: You can tell Tim Curry had the time of his life playing Pennywise.
  • Evil Laugh: Has quire a variety of them, including a very loud and bombastic one that descends into a cackle.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Speaks with a very gruff and somewhat aggressive tone of voice. His voice often has layers of both childish silliness and pure menace.
  • Facial Horror: When Pennywise get's sprayed by Eddie's inhaler, it's face begins to slowly melt.
  • Fangs Are Evil: It is capable of producing razor sharp teeth when devouring prey.
  • Forehead of Doom: He has a pretty sizeable forehead.
  • Foreshadowing: When Pennywise attempts to retreat after it's first defeat, the Losers grab it's hand in an attempt to pull him out of drain and finish to job. They end up ripping it's glove off revealing it's spider-like hands underneath.
  • Faux Affably Evil: It was fairly nice and conversational to Georgie at first, but it was all so it could lure Georgie closer to the storm drain.
  • For the Evulz: Aside from needing food to survive, IT is incredibly amused by the suffering of it's victims.
  • Giggling Villain
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: It's Deadlights cause whoever looks at them to go mad with insanity.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's implied it is an extraterrestrial monster from another world.
  • The Hyena
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: It is, in it's own words, everything it's victims ever were afraid of.
  • Jerkass: Even if you take away the whole child-killing Monster Clown gig, Pennywise really is just a big bully.
  • Jump Scare: Does this to Stan in the sewers.
  • Kick the Dog: Especially when he taunts Bill over Georgie's death using a photo album.
  • Lack of Empathy: You think?
  • Large Ham: "Excuse me, sir? Do you have Prince Albert in a can? You do? Well, you better let the poor guy out! WAHA! WAHA! WAHA!"
  • Laughably Evil: It's fairly... Humorous for a child killer Monster Clown.
  • Leitmotif: It has a dissonant circus theme that typically plays whenever it's on-screen.
  • Lighter and Softer: Downplayed. While it is much more comedic and entertaining than it's book counterpart, Pennywise is still very much a pure evil, sadistic monster. While we see Georgie's arm get bitten off in the remake, we see Georgie has a missing arm later in the miniseries, too, suggesting that this pennywise still bit it off. To worsen matters, the police find Georgie's corpse, suggesting that this Pennywise couldn't even be bothered to finish Georgie off and simply left him to bleed to death.
  • Light Is Not Good: In it's Deadlights form, which it uses to drive any poor soul who looks at it insane. Double points for the light being of a bright white/blue instead to the slightly more Obviously Evil orange as it was in the novel.
  • Meaningful Name: In the photo album scene, it can be seen somersaulting into frame before targeting the Losers, bringing sense to his name "Pennywise the Dancing Clown."
  • Mind Rape: Does this to Audrey Denbrough in part 2.
  • Monster Clown: Arguably the most recognizable in film history.
  • Mysterious Past: Unlike the source material, Pennywise is never really given a backstory — like, at all. This is why the spider scene comes right out of nowhere for many.
  • The Nicknamer: It calls Bill "Billy Boy", Ben "Fat Boy", Eddie "Wheezy", and Stan "Stanley Boy".
  • Nightmare Face: The image of Pennywise baring it's razor sharp teeth has haunted many people for generations.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Tim Curry's Pennywise is generally more creepy than flat-out terrifying. That doesn't make it any less scarier.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: If you take the whole eating children element away, he really is a barral of laughs.
  • One-Winged Angel: It's resting form was a giant spider in the book. Here it only loosely looks like a spider, and more like a mutant spider crab with Dragon forearms, an antlike head, and a glowing six pack.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's eyes turn a hellish orange when it bares it's teeth.
  • Sadist: It loves terrifying it's victims before killing them. This is best shown in the bathroom scene when it continues taunting Beverly even as she cowers in a corner in utter fear.
  • Serial Killer: It wakes up from hibernation every 27 years to feed on children before returning back to it's slumber.
  • Smug Smiler
  • The Sociopath
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: "And when you're down here with me, YOU'LL FLOAT TOO!"
  • Superpower Lottery:
  • Troll: Especially in the library scene.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot
  • White Gloves: To be expected from a clown. They also hide it's spider-like Wolverine Claws
  • Wolverine Claws: As seen in the poster.
  • Would Hurt a Child: It prefers to target children as their fears can be more easily exploited than adults.
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    Mrs Kersh 
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I worry about you Beverly, I worry about you a lot.
One of the forms pennywise assumes, she seems friendly at first, but slowly decomposes into a zombie.

  • Body Horror: She initially looks like a sweet old lady, but slowly decomposes.
  • Eyeless Face: Her eyes appear to be scouped out of their sockets, leaving red, bloody holes.
  • Glamour Failure: Downplayed, as she INTENTONALLY looks increasingly decrepid to frighten Beverly.
  • Scary Teeth: Her teeth look clean at first, but later appear a horrible shade of brown.
  • Vocal Dissonance:She appears as an elderly female, and sounds like one initially, but after she decomposes she starts to sound like Beverly's father.

    The teenage werewolf 
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There's a werewolf in the basement!!!!
It's favorite form to terrify Richie.

     The mummified clown 
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Stanley boy...
Terrorizes Stan.

    The big spider in the sewers 
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No-wonder they call this thing IT.
The closest thing the human mind can fathom of it's true from, an interdimensonal predatory arachnoid.

  • Attack Its Weak Point: Ironically, it's most deadly weapon, the deadlights, are also it's only vulnerable point.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The earthly embodiment of fear itself.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: The book described this manifestation as a spider, but here it has a stronger resemblance to a spider crab.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Looks like a combination of reptile, ant, crab and spider.
  • Reality Ensues: No, Eddie. Squirting an inhaler at the 15-foot tall arachnid and proclaiming it is battery acid won't save you. And even if it WAS acid, it'd not help.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Given how universal arachnophobia is, it only makes sense the fear-feeding IT would have the resting form of a spider.

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The Losers' Club

    In General 
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  • Abusive Parents: Bill's parents ignore him after his brother dies, Eddie's mother is extremely overprotective, Beverly's father beats her regularly.
  • 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.
  • Appropriated Appellation: The name of the group was originally an insult from Henry Bowers.
  • Badass Normals: Defeating an interdimensional Eldritch Abomination twice qualifies you as this.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Five-Token Band: The Losers' Club is a Seven Token Band. Bill stutters, Ben is overweight, Richie has glasses, Eddie has asthma, Stan is Jewish, Mike is black and Beverly is poor (she's also the only girl).
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Yes, all of them have romantic intentions towards Beverly.
  • The Power of Friendship: An actual magical force in this universe, which allows them to channel magic and defeat IT by combining the strength of their imagination.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
  • She's All Grown Up: The Losers' Club members as adults, but especially Beverly Marsh and Ben Hanscom.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Beverly is the only girl in the seven man band.
  • True Companions: In 1958 and 1985. Aside from those years they don't spend time with each other and in fact don't even remember each other.
  • Victory-Guided Amnesia: Except for Mike, all of the children completely forget their victory and spend most of the adults' portion of the novel trying to remember. After their second victory, they all begin to forget again, including Mike, who takes his memory loss as a sign that It is truly and permanently dead.

    Bill Denbrough 

William "Bill" Denbrough (aka "Stuttering Bill"; "Big Bill")

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"You killed my brother Georgie, you bastard! Let's see you know."
Click here to see Bill as an adult. 

"Swear to me. Swear to me that if It isn't dead we'll all come back."

Portrayed By: Richard Thomas (Jonathan Brandis as Young Bill Denbrough)
The leader of the group, and the most self-assured member of the club. He wants to avenge the death of his younger brother, George.
  • 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: Can be seen as this with the absence of the Turtle in the miniseries.
  • Catchphrase: "He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts". Which also helps with his stutter.
  • Determinator: Bill won't let anything stop him from getting justice (or revenge) for Georgie's death.
  • It's All My Fault: He has a lot of guilt for being the one who came up with the idea of fighting and killing It and thus bringing his friends a lot of misery. He also blames himself for George's death at Its hands, because he was the one who sent George out to play.
  • It's Personal: It murdered his little brother George.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: The stress of being the group's leader takes its toll on Bill over time, and he occasionally wishes he had someone to turn to for guidance.
  • The Leader: Although Mike shares this role with him when he summons them all back to Derry after IT returns.
  • Parental Neglect: After George's death, Bill's parents become increasingly distant and ignorant of him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He initially only wants to kill It because it killed his little brother George. He later expands it to avenge all of It's 1957-1958 victims.
  • Rousing Speech: His "Help me" speech, which boosts the morale of the Losers enough to try and kill IT.
  • Speech Impediment: He has a profound stutter, that got worse after Georgie went missing. It got so bad that at one point, he couldn't even say Eddie's name. His stutter went away after they defeated Pennywise the first time, but as an adult his stutter came back when Mike called.
  • 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 (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 

Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom (aka "Haystack")

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"It's an evil being that can read our minds...And take the shape of things we're afraid of."
Click here to see Ben as an adult. 

Portrayed By: John Ritter (Brandon Crane as Young Ben Hanscom)

A highly intelligent boy who, before joining the Losers' Club, often spent his free time reading books at the public library. He is also obese, and due to this has become a favorite victim of Henry Bowers.


  • Berserk Button: Hit Beverly Marsh in any way, and you will feel his wrath. Just ask Henry.
  • The Big Guy: Physically the largest and strongest of the Losers, but not the tallest (that would be Bill).
  • Disappeared Dad: Mysteriously, and with little clues. IT appears as him during Ben's childhood.
    • It is mentioned in the book that his father died when he was four years old. Though what he died from isn't mentioned. In the 1990 miniseries, Ben mentions his father was killed whilst fighting in Korea.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: to Beverly Marsh.
  • Formerly Fat: Adult Ben is so slim that when he tells people he was obese as a child, they react with disbelief.
  • 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.

    Beverly Marsh 

Beverly "Bev" Marsh

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Click here to see Beverly as an adult. 
Portrayed By: Annette O'Toole (Emily Perkins as Young Beverly Marsh)
The only girl in the group, she is an attractive and tomboyish redhead on whom each of the boys has a secret crush at some point during the story. She is from the poorest part of Derry, and is frequently abused by her father, Alvin, while her mother, Elfrida is out working.
  • Abusive Parents: Her father beat her on a regular basis, and is implied at one point to have sexual feelings for her.
  • Action Girl: She's quite good with a slingshot. o she ends up being the one to deal the Losers' first blow against It, when it attacks them in the sewers of Derry.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: She has brown hair in the miniseries, whereas she was a redhead in the novel.
  • 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's constantly mentioned 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 (hanging out exclusively with boys). Also, the richer girls are rather annoyed that they are getting upstaged in terms of looks by someone who's working-class and from the poor side of town.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Beverly essentially married a carbon copy of her father.
  • One of the Boys: She hangs out with boys and is very tomboyish.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: She makes it clear to the audience that she knew immediately who sent her the love note.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female in the Losers Club.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: For Ben.
  • Weapon of Choice: A slingshot which she uses the mortally harm IT twice in the miniseries.
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    Eddie Kaspbrak 

Edward "Eddie" Kaspbrak

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Portrayed By: Dennis Christopher (Adam Faraizl as Young Eddie Kaspbrak)
A frail and asthmatic hypochondriac, who carries his inhaler with him everywhere. His father died when he was very young, and his mother is domineering and constantly worries about his health.
  • Abusive Parents: His mother (even if she didn't mean it that way).
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't like it when Richie calls him "Eddie Spaghetti".
  • Butt-Monkey: He grows up as a fragile, allergic-to-everything Momma's Boy. It's even worse in this version, where he never stops living with his mother and dies a 40 year old virgin.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: IT kills him by crushing his body, which destroys his kidneys and ruptures his organs.
  • 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 "Eddie Spaghetti".
  • Go Out with a Smile: Thanks to one last joke from Richie.
  • Killed Off for Real: IT kills him in part 2 by crushing him to death.
  • Momma's Boy: He's squarely under his mother's thumb and likes it, until he starts to make friends and realize just how much she holds him back.
  • My Beloved Smother: Eddie's mother. His father died when Eddie was very young and Eddie himself suffered a very real and very serious case of whooping cough shortly thereafter. She spent the rest of her life terrified of being "left alone" and became overprotective.
  • Tagalong Kid

    Richie Tozier 

Richard "Richie" Tozier (aka "Trashmouth")

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Portrayed By: Harry Anderson (Seth Green as Young Richie Tozier)
Known as "Trashmouth", Richie is the Losers' most lighthearted member, always cracking jokes and doing impersonations or "Voices", which prove very powerful weapons against It. He is "too intelligent for his own good" and channels his boredom in hyper-active wisecracking, to the point of getting into trouble. His flippant remark to Henry Bowers leads to almost getting beaten up by Henry and his friends. He is the most devoted to keeping the group together as he sees seven as a magical number and believes the group should have no more, no less. In adulthood, he is a successful disc jockey in Los Angeles.
  • Awful Wedded Life: In the miniseries, he tells Eddie that he's "better off dead than wed". Harsher in Hindsight, as less than 24 hours later, Eddie falls victim to IT.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has this for Bev and Eddie. While the rest of the Losers were cleaning up Bev's bathroom, he comforts her when she's hyperventilating. And their platonic flirting with each other is adorable.
    • In part two, he calls Eddie "the little brother he never had", and is devestated when Eddie dies.
  • Class Clown: A's and B's in schoolwork, but C's and D's in classroom conduct.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can be quite witty when he's not overtly hamming it up. Being a smartass is the main thing that gets him on Henry Bowers' bad side.
  • The Lancer: For Bill.
  • Large Ham: Even as a kid he was hammy. He's still one as an adult on his late night 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 late-night show host when he grows up.
  • Nerd Glasses: Big, thick glasses that make his eyes look huge.
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Beep-beep, Richie." Used by the other Losers when they think Richie is laying on the jokes or sarcasm too thick.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Never fails to bring a life, no matter how dire things get.
  • Resigned to the Call: As an adult, he's the most vocal in resisting facing IT again. He continues to voice his opposition, as he heads down into the sewers with the others.
  • Stepford Snarker: As an adult, he's just as terrified by the idea of facing IT again as anyone else. Upon seeing the others at the restaurant, he feels overwhelmed and ducks into a nearby bathroom. He waits to regain his composure before heading back out and cracking jokes as if he doesn't have a care in the world.

    Mike Hanlon 

Michael "Mike" Hanlon

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Portrayed By: Tim Reid (Marlon Taylor as Young Mike Henlon)
The last to join the Losers. He is the only African-American in the group and lives with his parents on a large farm. He goes to a different school from the other kids due to his Baptist faith. Mike is racially persecuted by Henry Bowers, whose father holds a long-standing grudge against Mike's father. Mike meets The Losers when they help him fight back against Bowers in a massive rock fight. His father kept an album filled with photos that were important to Derry's history, including several of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. He is the only one of the Losers to stay behind in Derry (and thus the only one to retain his memory of the events of 1958) and becomes the town librarian.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Henry Bowers. Henry hated Mike the most out of all the Losers. He learned it from his father Butch, who absolutely detests Mike's father Will, mainly for the fact that he's black, but also because he's simply a better farmer. Ironically due to encountering him less, Mike has actually suffered less from Henry's hands than the other Losers.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted, as he survives, although Henry comes close to killing him.
  • 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.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Joins after the others have already met each other.
  • The Stoic: He is relatively unflappable when confronted by dangers.
  • Token Minority: The only black member of the Losers Club, though it seems more likely that the author was merely searching for archetypal characters likely to be outcasts, particularly in small towns—the fat kid, the wimpy kid, the Jewish kid, the rag doll, the hyperactive foureyes, the kid with the speech impediment, and the only black kid in town. Seems to fit.

    Stan Uris 

Stanley "Stan" Uris

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Portrayed By: Richard Masur (Ben Heller as Young Stan Uris)
The most skeptical member of the Club. He is Jewish and is persecuted by Henry Bowers for this reason. Logic, order, and cleanliness are deeply ingrained in his psyche. He relies on logic more than anything else and is the least willing to accept that It actually exists. As an adult, he becomes a partner in a large Atlanta-based accounting firm and marries Patty Blum, a teacher.
  • Agent Scully: He's the one least willing to accept It's existence.
  • Driven to Suicide: Stan couldn't go back and face IT again as an adult.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: He and Patty are actively trying to have kids but never manage to conceive.
  • Lovable Coward: At times.
  • The Oath-Breaker: He swore to return and take down It along with the other Losers. Instead of returning to honor his vow, he offed himself. None of the others hold it against him.
  • 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.
  • The Smart Guy: The most rational of the Losers, and possibly the most intelligent. This works against him though as he finds it harder to cope with the events around him.
  • Straight Man: He makes few jokes, and it's usually only in response to another character's ribbing (when Richie jokes that Stan, being a Jew, killed Christ, Stan responds, "I think that must have been my father."). He's the most serious-minded of the Losers.

The Bowers Gang

    In General 
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The Bowers Gang

Portrayed By: Michael Cole (Jarred Blancard as Young Henry Bowers), Gabe Khouth, and Chris Eastman (Peter Gordon and Moose Sadler were also seen but the names of their actors weren't revealed).
A clique of five bullies (seven in the novel) with a grudge against the Losers.

    Henry 

Henry Bowers

Portrayed By: Michael Cole (Jarred Blancard as Young Henry Bowers)
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"I'll kill you all!"

"Well, whaddaya know? It's the fat boy, the Jew, and the sissy. Four eyes and the patch girl, too. Nigger, you know how to pick them: the Loser's Club."

The violent school bully who takes pleasure in taunting the Losers.


  • Abusive Parents: Only implied when Henry off-handedly says "My father will tan my hide!" when the teacher says he must stay an hour after school every day of the week.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Unlike his book or 2017 counterpart, the miniseries' Henry has no Freudian Excuse to bully and torment the children of Derry. Unlike his counterparts, very little is known about Henry's home life or how his father treats him. The only indication that his father might be abusive is Henry's off-handed comment "My father will tan my hide!" when the teacher says he must stay an hour after school every day of the week (although just about any parent would get mad over such a thing).
  • Ax-Crazy: Even before Pennywise drives him crazy, Henry's idea of amusement includes attempting to carve his name into Ben's stomach with a switchblade, attempting to put fire crackers down Mike's pants, and taking away Eddie's inhaler during an asthma attack.
  • Barbaric Bully
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under the influence of It, not that he was that sane to begin with.
  • The Bully: He's the most infamous bully in Derry.
  • Bully Brutality: Oh, yeah. One of his first scenes has trying to carve his name into Ben's stomach. He gets worse under It's influence.
  • The Chew Toy: Get's humiliated by the Losers multiple times (once in front of the entire school), driven mad by Pennywise, and is killed by his own blade.
  • Disease Bleach: Seeing It's Deadlights turned his hair white.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A teacher gave him detention for making fun of Ben's weight. Henry reacted by attacking Ben first chance he got and trying to carve his name in the guy's stomach.
  • The Dragon: To It in Part 2.
  • Evil Laugh: When he kidnaps Stan in the sewer.
  • For the Evulz: See Adaptational Villainy above.
  • Greaser Delinquents: He has the look of a 50s greaser.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: During one scene, he and his gang corner Beverly outside of her home where he begins to creepily fondle and caress her face. He is also seen getting ready to give Bev a ForcefulKiss but the scene cuts away before he does. Luckily, Beverly's father arrives just in time and scares him and his goons off.
  • I'll Kill You!: He promises that he will kill every member of the Losers Club after being humiliated by them.
  • Jerkass
  • Never My Fault: He instantly blames Ben for getting him sent to detention.
  • Hate Sink: He is a racist and misogynistic Jerkass, and relentlessly torments the Losers Club. Unlike his book counterpart, he has no Freudian Excuse.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He gets killed by his own switchblade.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Knife Nut: Carries a switchblade knife.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He calls Mike a "nigger" several times, hates Stan because he's Jewish, and hates Beverly because she's a poor girl and sexually harasses her as well.
  • The Scapegoat: As in the book, Henry gets the blame for Pennywise's murders and is sent to an institution.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Zig-zagged in relation to the above item. As an adult, Beverly seems to feel bad that the Losers kept quiet when Henry got the blame for the murders. The others aren't so moved, especially Richie.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He had no qualms about hitting Beverly with a rock during the rock fight.

    Victor 

Victor Criss

Portrayed By: Gabe Khouth

"Come on, don't really cut him."

One of Henry's best friends and fellow bullies.


  • Adaptational Dumbass: He's not as smart as in the book. He asks where the Losers are going when they're obviously going in the sewers (though he may have been referring to their REASON for going into the sewers), even Belch calls him stupid, despite the fact of supposing to be the true moron of the trio.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's visibly disturbed by Henry attempting to carve his name in Ben's stomach.
  • Dirty Coward: He seems hesitant to wander alone in the Derry sewers.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the rock fight.
  • Token Good Teammate: Downplayed as he's still a bully, but he's not as bad as Henry or even Belch.
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