Pennywise the Dancing Clown
A mysterious evil entity which has been preying on the town of Derry for centuries. Every 27 years, it comes out of hibernation to cause a series of catastrophic disasters, the latest being a string of child murders. IT's favorite (and most iconic) form is Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Modelled on the peirrot clowns of old, he employs the clownish persona as bait for young children, luring them with jokes and offers to visit his circus, but also doubles as an effective form to scare people with coulrophobia (a fear of, well, clowns) shitless.
- Achilles' Heel: He grows stronger and "seasons" his food by preying on the worst fears of his victim, relishing their terror. When he faces an opponent who knows his tricks and can't be intimidated or scared, he becomes more vulnerable, to the point that the united Losers' Club is able to turn on him with weapons and absolutely tune him up.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Pennywise is said to have vibrant red hair in the novel. Here, it's a dark shade of orange.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Played with, as while IT is always pure evil, unlike in the miniseries and book, this version of IT doesn't even bother being Affably Evil most of the time, and takes glee in scaring the shit out of everyone. And even when he DOES try to act friendly, he can hardly surpress his cravings for meat compared to his other counterparts.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the book and miniseries, IT is only vulnerable to whatever its form is, which is partly why it favors the form of a Monster Clown with no mythology of its own, rendering It Nigh Invulnerable as Pennywise. Here, however, Its weakness is apparently shared across all forms, rendering It vulnerable to those unafraid of It. Furthermore, the book's version of IT uses fear as seasoning but doesn't need its prey to be frightened, and could only be vanquished using the Ritual of Chüd; while the film's version of Pennywise is brutally beaten and almost starved to death due to the Losers no longer being frightened by IT. Also subverted, in that IT survives an attack that would have killed Georgie, its then-current shape. Also, unlike the book, this version of Pennywise can shapeshift at will, and can't be "trapped" in one form by everyone thinking about the same thing.
- Alien Blood: Downplayed; It's blood appears to be standard human blood, but what makes it weird is that it floats in mid-air rather than falling.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders. The abandoned house the Losers find him in is full of cobwebs, he sprouts spider legs in the final battle, and his tendency to let the corpses of his victims float in mid-air bears a disturbing resemblance to spiders catching prey in webs. These are likely all references to his literary counterpart taking on the form of a Giant Spider.
- Ancient Evil: Has been haunting Derry for centuries.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Losers Club. But in particular he is this to Bill for murdering his brother Georgie. Bill's primary goal is to kill Pennywise.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Played with. His renaissance costume gives him a ghostly and otherworldy appearance, but at the same time it looks very extravegant and regal, especially compared to his Tim Curry counterpart.
- Ax-Crazy: A sadistic, homicidal entity who kills people and eats children like candy.
- Berserk Button: Well, more like an "insulted" button, but after Bill states that Pennywise's trap "isn't real" (which enables Bill and Richie to escape), Pennywise stops trying to scare Eddie, turns around to face Bill, and then responds like he's been emotionally wounded.Pennywise: (genuinely offended) This isn't real enough for you, Billy?! I'm not real enough for you?! It was real enough for Georgie!
- Beware the Silly Ones: It's Pennywise, after all. IT can be pretty surreal, outlandish, and laughable at times, but that does not stop him from being a vile, sadistic creature.
- Big Bad: The source of all the mysterious wrong-doings in Derry for the past three centuries.
- Black Comedy: Despite his dark nature, Pennywise does have a sense of humor. Being a Sadist just means that IT's humor is black as pitch, as when he mimes eating Eddie's broken arm to scare him or his Kick the Dog line to Bill.Pennywise: This isn't real enough for you, Billy? I'm not real enough for you?Richie: Holy shit...
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Yes, Pennywise. Keep on using the exact same scare tactics on victims who have matured and overcome the emotional traumas that have caused them. That is NOT going to make them even *angrier* and WON'T cause them to beat you even harder after you mockingly pushed what has become their biggest Berserk Button.
- Bright Is Not Good: Pennywise now wears white clothing, per the book's descriptions of his "silver and orange" costume. Considering his true form is the Deadlights, as in the novel, the white clothes may have been intentional to give Pennywise more light imagery.
- The Bully: A dark version, but at his core, he's a ruthless fearmonger who needs to be feared in order to function.
- Calling Card: Red balloons. Whenever a red balloon floats nearby, it's a taletelling sign that Pennywise is near or something terrible is about to happen.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He absolutely delights in his monstrous cruelty and evil acts.
- Catch-Phrase: "You'll float, too" and its variations.
- Child Eater: Part of ITs modus operandi.
- Child Hater: He hunts the Losers' Club to the extent it seems like he just hates them. And he does, according to Bill Skarsgård.
- Cold Ham: While Tim Curry fully embraced being a Large Ham in the television movie, Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of the character seems to be based less in hamming it up and more in being creepy while remaining a bit larger-than-life. Since he's playing a Monster Clown, he can't be too serious.
- Collector of the Strange: Turns out that when Pennywise says "You'll float, too", he means it quite literally. His lair is revealed to have the ravaged corpses of his victims that literally float above a tower of circus props and children's belongings (some of which are implied to have been taken from his victims) in a twisted monument to his depravity.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: IT prefers to run when it loses an advantage or the tables turn against it, but during the Final Battle, when the Losers' Club beat him up, IT ultimately goes down fighting.
- The Corrupter: Convinces Henry Bowers to murder his father and go after the Losers.
- The Corruption: It's implied that not only is Pennywise responsible for all the child murders and disappearances in Derry, but he's also somehow (possibly indirectly) responsible for the violence, racial prejudice, and general atmosphere of apathy and uncaring that plague the town.
- Creepy Cute: Given that the clown form is used to frighten coulrophobes AND draw children to it, Pennywise was bound to fit this trope. He can switch from a bucktoothed, blue eyed and soft spoken clown to yellow-eyed, fanged, screaming abomination. Of course, this trope gets a dark twist when the latter starts to 'leak' through the former...
- Darker and Edgier: Easily the most overtly sadistic version of Pennywise. Even in the novel and miniseries, he was at least nice enough to leave Georgie to bleed out, while here, he drags him into the sewer to finish him off.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a psychopathic sense of humor.
- Deadly Euphemism: Pennywise loves to tell his victims that they'll "float". And in a rather frightening twist, it turns out he means it quite literally. His lair is revealed to have the ravaged corpses of his victims that literally float above a tower of circus props and children's belongings (some of which are implied to have been taken from his victims) in a twisted monument to his depravity.
- Dirty Coward:
- For all his bravado and intimidating theatrics, Pennywise is ultimately a pathetic pervert who is far less of a threat than IT makes itself out to be to those who are not afraid of him, not unlike a child molester who cannot be aroused without his victim's terror. In fact, when It's cornered by fearless children, Pennywise can be pounded into a helpless and terrified pulp, albeit with some effort and the right weapons.
- Even before the Losers stop being afraid of him, Pennywise is reluctant to attack them when they are in a group, opting instead to pick them off one by one. After being wounded by Bev at the Neibolt House, he slinks off rather than take on the entire group. Slashing Ben with his claws just before fleeing seems more like an attempt to get the Losers to not pursue him (or possibly just lashing out in anger), rather than an actual effort to kill anyone. Later, while trying to eat Stan in the sewer, he again flees when the other Losers arrive on scene.
- Eldritch Abomination: Pennywise may be a clown, but he certianly isn't human. He is a monster with an incomprehensible shape (for humans its closest understood form is that of a spider) that arrived to Earth millions of years ago to the place that would become the town of Derry. ITs costume is a mixture of a few different outdated styles to visually convey the long history to its activity.
- Emotion Eater: Even more than flesh, Pennywise needs fear to feed on and function. Once the Losers' Club stops being afraid of him, disposes of Henry Bowers and bands together, he's nearly helpless to fight them off.
- Establishing Character Moment: The infamous Georgie scene quickly establishes IT's predatory nature.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Pennywise's flaw is that it underestimates the goodness of humanity and how Pennywise can only focus on one victim at a time with its powers. This is how the Losers gain the upper hand, Pennywise can't fight them all at the same time, even with Pennywise's powers since the Losers will back each other up when one of them is attacked. Pennywise also tries to negotiate with the Losers by telling them that it will go into a 27 year hibernation after only killing Bill but all this does is anger and motivate them more.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's played by 6"4 Bill Skarsgard and absolutely towers over the kids he terrorizes. This is especially prominent in his scenes with Bev whose actress, Sophia Lillis, is only a shade over five feet tall, making Pennywise nearly a foot and a half taller.
- Evil Is Hammy: He is full of himself and exaggerated as only a clown can be - though more contained than Tim Curry in the 1990 movie, to ensure it remains scary.
- Evil Laugh: He wouldn't be a Monster Clown without one. He tends to giggle in wicked glee whenever he has a frightened child in his clutches.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, throaty voice.
- Facial Horror: A lot of his transformations have this. Also, when showing someone the Deadlights, Pennywise's face opens up completely to reveal the lights inside his mouth to render Beverly in a catatonic state.
- Fangs Are Evil: Has a truly monstrous pair of fangs in place of buck teeth - when attacking his victims, he leans his head back and they grow out of his mouth along with a few hundred friends.
- Faux Affably Evil: Downplayed. Pennywise can attempt to put on a facade of pleasantries to lure potential victims in. The key word, however, is "attempt" as he can barely suppress his craving for human flesh long enough to put on a convincing act. Thus, more often than not, Pennywise doesn't even bother pretending. His encounter with Georgie exemplifies this perfectly. When Georgie first sees him, his eyes are a sinister shade of yellow, but he quickly changes them to a more soothing shade of blue and disarms Georgie with a joke about popcorn. Once the joke ends, he stares at Georgie in a way that can only be described as predatory, complete with him drooling, showing that underneath the clownish facade lurks something truly demonic. The little stunt creeps Georgie out so badly he nearly gets the hell out of dodge.(Alternatively, Pennywise may have deliberately kept Georgie a little nervous, since if he felt too relaxed, he'd perhaps not taste as good.)
- Fish Eyes: Sometimes, one of It's eyes seem to be looking straight into the camera. It is most noticeable when It opens its mouth and grows fangs, stretching its face so much that gives the effect. This is actually a trick Bill Skarsgard learned.
- Forehead of Doom: Emphasized by his fondness for the Kubrick Stare. In certain shots, it looks as big as the whole rest of his face.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Just as in the book, when Georgie first sees Pennywise in the sewers, the eyes of the clown are an evil yellow, but soon become a softer, more human blue: the eyes of Georgie's mother.
- For the Evulz: Sure, Pennywise kills to feed himself, therefore attemping to survive. However, seeing all the fear he likes to instill in his victims, it's pretty clear he also does it for pure, sadistic fun at the same time. His tower of ravaged corpses on top of the circus wagon in his lair is certainly not the result of a predator that just needs to survive.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You:
- One of Pennywise's eyes is always fixed on the camera, giving the impression that he can see the audience watching the movie.
- In an in-universe example similar to the photo album scene from the 1990's TV short, Pennywise hijacks a slide reel while the Losers' Club is viewing images of Derry's history in Bill's garage and gets it moving so fast that the pictures form a moving image. He then pops halfway out of the screen as a giant clown-monster and tries to attack them, but they drive him off by opening the garage shutter.
- Another in-universe example is the recurring childrens' TV show, which talks about how fun clowns are and advocates playing in the sewers as an acceptable pastime for children — after all, they'll float. When convincing Henry Bowers to murder his father and go after the Losers, Pennywise himself appears in the TV show alongside his numerous victims, chanting "Kill them all!".
- Game Face: When he's ready to really fight or feed, his gums tend to slide out with multiple irregular rows of sharp fangs.
- Glamour Failure: Pennywise starts off bright and cheerful looking, but as the movie progresses, his appearance grows grimier and more decrepit, with occasional Blood from the Mouth, as if IT is trying its best to maintain the image of a Monster Clown. At the climax in IT's lair, his eyes turn a hellish orange and look slightly bloodshot, since IT's not even trying to be subtle at this point.
- Glasgow Grin: The red markings on his face run through his eyes to the corners of his mouth. The lines are too vertical to be seen as a smile normally, but Pennywise reveals the deadlights to Bev by opening his mouth along those same lines and peeling his entire face open.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When confronting Mike for the first time, Pennywise's eyes glow bright orange.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: The deadlights, which drive his victims to insanity.
- Gonk: Used to an extremely creepy effect, Pennywise looks like a giant clay figure more than an organic human being and behaves like some sort of mentally ill wild animal who has only just learned how to speak English.
- Hate Sink: Tim Curry's Pennywise was a monster to be sure, but it was counterbalanced by a bombastic sense of showmanship, so yeah, that Pennywise was too funny to be hated. This Pennywise lacks all of his predecessor's charm and is more or less, an engine of pure, unadulterated malevolence, coming off as a savage, craven, cowardly, sadistic predator by comparison. But his popularity inevitably made him a Love to Hate example.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Once the Losers' Club overcome their fears that he grows strong from, IT is crying like a baby.
- Horned Hairdo: His hair curls up into horns at the ends, leaving no doubts as to his malevolent nature.
- Humanoid Abomination: A far more pronounced attribute than Tim Curry or even Stephen King's interpretations of the character. King's (as well as Curry's) Pennywise was an inhuman monster to be sure, but it could at least put a natural act as a flashy, sadistic clown with a twisted sense of humor. Bill Skarsgard's Pennywise, on the other hand, can only just barely act human at the best of times: the Pennywise in this movie is less like a shapeshifter and more like a murderous, utterly inhuman animal that skinned a clown and is wearing it like an ill-fitting suit.
- I Have Many Names: A shapeshifting Lovecraftian monster who has been active for many centuries, it has many different names for each of his forms, none of them really it's "true" name. "It" is as appropriate a designation as any. This is highlighted when Georgie innocently asks who he is: he seems confused for a second (as if no one ever asked before), then says he's "Pennywise the Dancing Clown", then mutters to himself "Yes, that's it", as if he just came up with a name for himself (or at least, this form) after all these centuries.
- Informed Attribute: Averted. Pennywise the Dancing Clown actually dances in this movie, but only as a last resort.
- Jump Scare: He's a master of these. His scariest moments include popping out of the projection screen with a terrifying, razor-toothed grin, screaming into Eddie's face as the Leper, jumping out at Richie from a coffin, and lunging at Stan as Judith, giant maw agape.
- Kick the Dog: He does this constantly, and this is part of what allows his powers to succeed.
- His initial contact with all of the kids is intended to terrify them to "fatten them up" for his eventual feast.
- When he finally meets Bill face to face, he acts offended Bill thinks he isn't real — before condescendingly adding he was "real enough for Georgie!"
- Convincing Henry Bowers to murder his father and go after the Losers was a real jerk move, but shows that Pennywise actually is starting to show fear, and takes the Losers seriously as an opposing force, as opposed to just more prey.
- Kubrick Stare: As expected from a sinister character played by Bill Skarsgård. Pennywise frequently does these, such as in the promotional materials and when meeting Georgie.
- Lack of Empathy: Obviously.
- Lamprey Mouth: When he shows Beverly his Deadlights, his head simply splits open to reveal a circular mouth lined with hundreds of teeth.
- Last Ditch Move: After being on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by the Losers, he slinks off to a sewer drain and makes one last pathetic attempt to prey on at least one of their fears, Bill's stutter, which he does by repeatedly reciting the rhyme that Bill unsuccessfully uses to help his stutter throughout the movie. It doesn't work. And just before that, after having gone through every other known form, he transforms himself into Alvin Marsh in a desperate attempt to evoke fear in Bev. This only managed to piss her off worse.IT/Alvin: Hey, Bevy, are you still my-
(Bev impales him through the mouth).
- Last Villain Stand: Upon being cornered by the Losers' Club in his own lair, and realizing he has a very good chance of dying, Pennywise completely unleashes his power, manifesting spider-appendages, spewing the burnt arms of Mike's dead parents from his mouth, a charred skull with tendrils (implied to be the severed head of the Headless Boy), and every illusion he can (Judith, the Leper, Bev's dad), in a final attempt to separate and crush the children. It doesn't work, but it gives him enough time — even as he is slowly falling apart — to escape back to hibernation.
- Laughably Evil: Child-eating Monster Clown or not, Pennywise is a master of Black Comedy.
- Light Is Not Good: Heavily associated with the color white, but nevertheless very, very evil.
- Lovecraft Lite: IT is a centuries-old shapeshifting, reality-warping monster... but at his core, he's just a condescending, power-hungry jerk. Once deprived of his victims' fear, he gets beaten senseless.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: Absolutely adores the sounds of his victims' terror before feeding on them.
- Magical Clown: Pennywise is a very sinister version, and his actions are decidedly more supernatural than cartoonish.
- Man in White: Besides the classical clown make-up, IT is also dressed entirely in a deathly white clown costume. This is a visual foreshadowing to his true form.
- Meaningful Name: We finally get to see the "dancing" part of "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" in a rather surreal moment.
- Monster Clown: One of the most literal examples, Pennywise is actually an ancient Eldritch Abomination that turns into anything that people that encounter it most fear and ITs preferred form is a clown. Whereas in the book, IT chose the form due to the trope not having any famous weaknesses, here, it isn't bound to any form or a form's rules, and its weaknesses take the form of the kids' imaginations overruling it. However, the clown was too iconic to change as its default avatar.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: When he's in Game Face, and especially during the projector scene, when he uncorks every tooth in his "head" and attacks the Loser's Club.
- Even worse is when he shows Beverly the Deadlights. His entire head peels back, forming a massive Lamprey Mouth with hundreds of teeth.
- Nightmare Face: Besides his aforementioned Game Face, he sports an even scarier one when he emerges from the projection screen as a giant. In this form, he sports a wide, unnaturally curled up smile (think The Joker) with More Teeth than the Osmond Family. It makes for quite an effective Jump Scare.
- Non-Ironic Clown: He did manage to pull a few laughs from Georgie and convince him he was this, but it was all just to lower his suspicions and beckon him into striking distance.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Averted. IT is not a Non-Malicious Monster nor a Tragic Monster, he is a Sadist that toys around with his prey and has complete agency over his actions.
- Obviously Evil: He really hasn't perfected how to behave like a normal clown, only just being able to convince a 6-year-old that he was friendly by changing his eyes blue, and even then, his underlying creepiness still managed to seep through. With older children he doesn't even bother with a friendly pretense and is just outright evil towards them.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He tends to switch between an American accent and Bill Skarsgard's natural Swedish dialect (the scene where he attacks Eddie is one of the most prominent instances). Given ITs true nature, however, the inconstant voice isn't at all a problem.
- Partial Transformation: During the final battle, Pennywise transforms his arms into a set of arachnid-like appendages and tries to chase after Mike with them.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Takes a child-like glee in taunting his victims, accentuated by his childish voice and mannerisms. Also has a childish sense of humour.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: His costume was considered too scary-looking and gothic by many fans, but many clowns did dress like this until the 1960s.
- Reality Warper: Pennywise has vast reality-warping powers, beyond his own shape-shifting abilities. He also has perception-altering abilities (adults can walk around covered in blood that only a targeted child can see). When he grows increasingly frustrated trying to scare the captive Beverly, he tries to scare her by showing off his reality-warping powers: he dances a clown jig...not so much by dancing his body, but making the world dance around him while his head stays perfectly still.
- Really 700 Years Old: An illustration of Derry's founding shows Pennywise standing among the people who established the city, and before that was responsible for the disappearance of the first settlers to arrive in the area in the 17th century — which would have been expanded upon in a deleted scene. And Pennywise is much older than that, having lain dormant for millions of years until trappers and settlers arrived.
- Regularly Scheduled Evil: Pennywise awakens from hibernation every 27 years for 12-16 months, before going back into hibernation.
- Sadist: Pennywise isn't just a predator. He genuinely enjoys attacking and murdering other beings, terrifying them to make them especially delicious to him. At Neibolt Street, he mentally tortures the Losers and when trying to prey on Eddie, makes sure to draw it out as long as possible, even miming biting his fingers to savor his "tasty, tasty, beautiful fear."
- Sadistic Choice: He takes Bill hostage during the climax and gives the Losers a choice. If they stay he will kill and feast on them all, but if they leave he will only kill Bill, hell return to his hibernation and leave the rest of them alone to live happy normal lives. Downplayed as this is just an attempt to get the rest of them to leave, knowing that he cant beat them when they arent afraid of him, and Richie decides to Take a Third Option, saving Bill and the rest of the group and defeating Pennywise.
- Serial Killer: Not only does he kill children and perpetrates mass murders between a cooling-off period of 27 years, he also keeps trophies from his victims, and considering he has been killing Derry's citizens since the town has been founded, it is not hard to think that his number of victims is in the hundreds, if not thousands.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Averted, which itself makes for an Adaptational Badass, since this was its most exploitable weakness in the source material and miniseries.
- Slasher Smile: Constantly wears a malevolent grin regardless of ITs current monstrousness.
- The Sociopath: Unlike most literal monsters, he's a sentient being that amounts to a cruel and merciless Serial Killer who relishes in his victims' terror, even joking about it.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: In contrast to Tim Curry's bombastic, hammy portrayal, Pennywise in this film rarely raises his voice above a light, airy whisper, which only serves to emphasize how monstrous he really is underneath.
- Spiders Are Scary: Invoked. He begins sprouting the legs of a spider, which book readers will recognize as the "true" form of IT, when he's cornered by the Losers and almost completely out of ways to scare them into submission.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes are a sinister shade of gold, emphasized during his meeting with Georgie as they're the first thing he sees. This probably relates to the Deadlights, ITs true form.
- Throat Light: In the final act, when IT shows Bev the Deadlights, IT opens its mouth extremely wide and lets them shine out of its throat.
- To Serve Man: Pennywise feeds on flesh during his waking cycle, and quite prefers the flesh of children.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the climax of the film, Pennywise goes from being a big n' bad tormenting monster to a stuttering, crying wreck when he's on the receiving end of the Loser's Club beating the shit out of him.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: IT tends to take the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but does assume other shapes like lepers, creepy paintings, or even dead loved ones.
- Wolverine Claws: When ready to fight or feed, Pennywise sprouts werewolf claws that grow from beneath his gloves.
- Would Hurt a Child: ITs preferred source of food is children.
The form IT takes to scare Eddie. A diseased homeless man with leprosy.
- Adaptational Personality Change: In the novel, he offers Eddie a blowjob for a quarter ("Bobby does it for a dime") and doesn't really have leprosy, but advanced, untreated syphilis. In the movie he's simply a leper, and doesn't proposition poor Eddie.
- Body Horror: Has untreated leprosy, and is covered with gangrenous sores all over his body.
- Crazy Homeless People: He definitely has this mood going on when he harasses Eddie.
- Eye Scream: One of his eyes is essentially rotted away.
- Facial Horror: His face is just as deformed as the rest of him.
- Guttural Growler: Speaks in a deep, raspy voice.
- Lean and Mean: He's super scrawny and looks like he's about to fall apart when he chases Eddie.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: His design was criticized as looking too zombie-like, when actual lepers really can get this bad, often losing eyes and noses.
- The Noseless: Somewhat, the cartilage from his nose mostly rotted away, revealing his nasal cavity.
- Zombie Puke Attack: Does this to Eddie during the final battle. However, because Eddie has already overcome his fear of disease, all this does is piss him off.
Judith (The Flute Player)
Stan: ...no, Richie! She's not hot! Her face is all messed up.
"Judith" is the form IT takes to scare Stan. A disfigured flute player from an unnerving painting in his father's study.
- Body Horror: "Judith" has an extremely slender and twisted frame, taking the stylized painted image and making it real.
- Canon Foreigner: This form of IT is exclusive to the film, and doesn't appear in the original book nor 1990 miniseries.
- Creepy Long Fingers: She has a set of very long fingers fitting her slender and thin figure.
- Facial Horror: She has a face similar to Edvard Munch's paintings, most notably, The Scream.
- Fangs Are Evil: Has a monstrous set of fangs, justified in that it is a form of IT. Stan finds this out the hard way when it starts feeding on him in the sewers.
- Gonk: In Stan's own words, "Her face is all messed up!"
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Especially when she tries to give Stan a Kiss of Death.
- Lean and Mean: Very thin, very cruel.
- Left the Background Music On: After she disappears from the painting, the scene's score suddenly contains the sound of a flute...which then stops just before The Reveal, as Judith drops the flute, implying she was playing along with the score In-Universe.
- Monochromatic Eyes: She has these, reflecting the art style of Amedeo Modigliani.
- Shout-Out: To the eponymous ghost in director Andres Muschietti's previous film, Mama. Also to Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream, and the Jewish painter Amedeo Modigliani, whose works gave director Muschietti a similar fear to Stan's.
- Slasher Smile: When Stan turns around to see who is behind him, he sees Judith staring and smiling at him.
- The Smurfette Principle: It's only (explicitly) female form.
- Spooky Painting: The painting that Rabbi Uris possesses is that of an uncanny thin and tall woman which It uses to scare Stan and feed on his fear.
- The Voiceless: She lacks any speaking parts in her scenes.
The form IT takes to scare Ben. A headless victim of the Derry Ironworks explosion.
- Body Horror: His body has been burnt to a crisp, due to the explosion which blew him to bloody pieces. A close look shows his decapitated neck is smoking as the bloodied head landed in a tree.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Boy's head reappears in the final fight after only appearing as an image in Ben's history book.
- Composite Character: He may have been inspired by Eddie Corcoran. Corcoran was a character from the novel and is a victim of IT during 1958 who was strangled and then decapitated while running from IT in a park. He is always Adapted Out, presumably due to time constraints as well as due to the graphic depiction of his death.
- Off with His Head!: The form IT takes is based off one of his victims from the Derry Ironworks explosion, whose severed head was found in a tree. The severed head itself makes an appearance as one of IT's forms during the final battle.
- The Voiceless: Justified, on account of him being headless.
The form IT takes when confronting Bill Denbrough: Bill's younger brother, who went missing after an encounter with Pennywise in a storm drain.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Presents himself as one of Pennywise's surviving victims, but in reality he is the monster in another disguise.
- Body Horror: In the basement scene, "Georgie" rapidly decays as he screams "You'll float, too!"
- Boom, Headshot!: Bill shoots the fake Georgie in the head with Mike's bolt gun.
- Bright Is Not Good: "Georgie" still has a bright yellow raincoat, but it's lost all sense of innocence. It's also the only part of the illusion that's left untouched as the rest of the body starts rotting, making it stand out even more.
- Creepy Child: Indeed; "Georgie" certainly scared Bill in the basement scene when he started rotting.
- Crocodile Tears: During the final showdown with Pennywise, "Georgie" sobs that he just wants to go home, sounding legitimately scared and miserable. It's a front to get Bill to let his guard down, and it doesn't work.
- Demonic Dummy: A variation of sorts. IT as Pennywise uses Georgie's form as a ventriloquist's puppet to torment Bill in the cellar.
- Foreshadowing: When we see Pennywise using him as a puppet in Bill's flooded basement to trick him into falling prey to his trap this hints that "Georgie" is nothing more than a tool the creature is using to manipulate Bill and not the actual living Georgie.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Bill meets "Georgie" in the basement, the latter repeats a Madness Mantra and ends with "YOU'LL FLOAT, TOO!"
IT's true form. Three white/orange lights.
- Brown Note: Staring into the Deadlights will cause the person to go catatonic.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: It has this effect on anyone unlucky enough to see them.
- Godzilla Threshold: Pennywise is shown to let them out only a little at a time — such as when his eyes glow when meeting Mike Hanlon — presumably because they're so powerful that they tend to break people's minds, and that could sour the meat. When forcing them on Beverly, it's in a desperate attempt to force her to be afraid of him again.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Look into them and you'll be in a catatonic state for who knows how long.
- Light 'em Up: It is a magical light, after all, though its power seems to be more psychic than physical.
- Light Is Not Good: It is a pure, white/orange light... that also happens to be an extremely evil Eldritch Abomination.
The Losers Club
The Losers' Club
- Bill: We like hanging with you.
Bill: You shouldn't thank us too much, hanging with us makes you a loser, too.
Bev: I can take that.
Seven young outcast kids in Derry, who band together to take down IT.
- Abusive Parents: Eddie's mother is extremely overbearing and overprotective, and Beverly's father has sexual feelings towards and attempts to rape her. Subverted with Bills parents as deleted scenes they do spend time with him just not on screen. Played With with Mike's grandfather, who is harsh but is more of a case of Good Is Not Nice. Richie, Stan, and Ben are implied to have healthy relationships with their family.
- Band of Brothers: Mixed with True Companions, The Losers Club ultimately band together under circumstance. Even when they break up during their Darkest Hour at Pennywise's house, they still band together to take him down when Bev is kidnapped.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the Bill, Bev & Ben Love Triangle, Bill is the the leader, Ben is the blond smart guy, and Beverly is the fighter.
- Blood Brothers: At the end, when all seven cut their palms and vow to return if IT ever comes back.
- Breaking the Fellowship: After their first confrontation with IT at Neibolt, everyone sans Bill and Beverly are all freaked out and have a falling out, being apart for a whole month. When Pennywise kidnaps Beverly, Bill rallies them back together to save her.
- Cluster F-Bomb: They all have pretty foul mouths, but Richie leads by a mile. Eddie can rival him when panicked.
- Fire Forged Friendship: Bill, Richie, Eddie, and Stan were friends before, but played straight with the addition of Ben, Bev, and Mike.
- The Fellowship Has Ended: The end of the movie, with Beverly moving away and the implication that the whole group is beginning to forget what happened.
- Five-Man Band: The gang largely falls into these archetypes:
- Bill is the leader of the gang both ideologically and tactically.
- Richie is The Lancer, who is a Foil to Bill and is critical of his plans.
- Mike is The Big Guy, the group's muscle. He shares this role with Beverly.
- Ben is The Smart Guy, an expert on Derry's history.
- Beverly is The Chick, being the group's sole female member, though she's also Badass Adorable. She also classifies as The Big Guy due to being one of the toughest of the group.
- Stan and Eddie are both The Sixth Ranger, as they are involved begrudgingly.
- Five-Token Band: Seven token actually, with Bill's stutter, Ben's weight, Beverly's gender, Richie's glasses, Eddie's asthma, Stan's religion, and Mike being African-American.
- Friendless Background: Bev, Mike, and Ben are implied to have this prior to joining the gang. Subverted with Richie, Ed, Bill, and Stan who are by no means popular, but have buddies at school.
- Kid Hero: They're all around eleven to twelve years old during the events of the film.
- The Power of Friendship: Enables them to defend themselves against IT and ultimately defeat IT.
- Rule of Seven: Seven members in total, natch.
- Took a Level in Badass: By necessity, all of them go from being Pennywise's potential victims who are scared shitless of him, to being the only people that can even stand a chance of defeating the monster.
William "Bill" Denbrough
The leader of the Losers, he has a bad stutter. His younger brother George was taken by IT, and this drives him to hunt down and kill IT.
- Adorkable: Has a massive crush on Bev, and while tragic, his model of the Derry sewer made out of hamster tunnels was pretty inventive.
- The All-American Boy: Stutter aside, he fits this archetype pretty well with his do-good attitude, riding his bike around Derry, and protectiveness of Georgie.
- All-Loving Hero: Bill doesn't say or do anything remotely hateful throughout the film. He's consistently looking out for his friends and family, and going out of his way to be kind. He even apologizes to a hamster.
- Big Brother Instinct: His motivation throughout the film is to bring Georgie home. They had a very loving relationship. He refuses to believe Georgie's dead, despite what his dad and Richie tell him otherwise. Even though they're right.
- Big Good: Riles up the group to defeat Pennywise and has nothing but benevolent goals throughout the film.
- Catchphrase: "He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts". Which also helps with his stutter.
- Determinator: Will stop at nothing to find Georgie, even willing to face Pennywise himself.
- Heroic BSoD: He could be seen as suffering from one throughout the film. Especially with his constant denial of Georgie's death.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Has a mutual crush on Beverly.
- Innocently Insensitive: His "Georgie is still alive" conspiracy theories don't go over well with his parents.
- Insistent Terminology: Insists that Georgie is missing, not dead. Everyone else knows this not to be the case.
- It's All My Fault: If you believe so: Bill's determination to find his brother and flat out denial that he's really dead seems to stem from the fact he was unable to protect or be there for Georgie when he left out in the rain despite the fact he couldn't go (being sick and all).
- The Leader: The unofficial leader of the Losers' Club. While he's not the most assertive, the others tend to defer to his decisions and viewpoints.
- Loyalty Mission: Bill's entire motivation to find and destroy Pennywise is driven by his love and devotion for Georgie and wanting to bring him home.
- Madness Mantra: "He thrusts his fists against the post, and still insists he sees the ghost", which is a passage to help his stutter that he repeats several times throughout the film.
- Nice Guy: He's clearly protective of and loves his little brother, cares deeply about his friends, and will face unfathomable horrors to rescue those who matter to him.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Lampshaded by Richie, when Bill declares his intent to enter the Neibolt house, and doesn't stutter once.
- Parental Favoritism: While it's never outright stated, it's heavily implied that Bill believes his parents favored Georgie, and wished he was the one who died.
- Parental Neglect: After Georgie goes missing. His mother is nowhere to be seen and the only scene Bill has with his father is his father telling him Georgie's dead.
- Speech Impediment: His stutter, which is what makes him a target for the bullies.
- Stutter Stop: While it never fully goes away, the only time it truly stopped was when they went to Neibolt the first time.
- The Unfavorite: Becomes this in shades, with his parents almost exclusively thinking about Georgie and him basically fading into the background. However, this is probably due more to their grief than any actual favoritism they held.
- The only conversation Bill has with his father is when he tells Bill that Georgie's dead, and his mother is nowhere to be seen.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Georgie's Sensitive Guy.
Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom
A new, overweight and lonely kid who joins the Losers after an encounter with school bully Henry Bowers and fills them in on the town's dark history. Has a crush on Beverly Marsh.
- Adaptational Curves: Inverted. Ben, in the books, is very overweight to the point of it being potentially dangerous. Here, he's a little pudgy but you could easily see him growing out of it as he gets older as happens in the books.
- Adapted Out: It's unclear what his family situation in the film is. In the book his father has died and he and his mother moved in with relatives in Derry, but there's no indication if this is the case in the movie.
- Adorkable: Especially when Bev is around. First time he saw her, the buildings of the miniature he was holding fell down.
- Badass Bookworm: He is the smartest of the group, being the one to notice the pattern of missing children and well as locate It's hide out. Combat wise, he attacks Bower with a rock for calling Bev a slut, and during the final battle, he is the 2nd of the group to attack it, charging and impaling It through its back.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He holds Bev in high regard, because she warned him about Henry Bowers.
- Berserk Button: Does not take it well when Henry Bowers calls Beverly a slut and claims to have had sex with her. Henry, meet rock.
- Commonality Connection: He and Beverly bond over their taste in music.
- Composite Character: Takes the role as the group's historian off of Mike.
- Dogged Nice Guy: With Bev. Though Bill is also a Nice Guy.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Beverly chooses Bill, but that doesn't interfere with their friendship at all.
- Eating Lunch Alone: A variant, but the librarian comments on how its strange that he's spending his summer by himself in the library rather than with friends.
- Fat Best Friend: He is the only one of the gang that's overweight.
- Guilty Pleasure: Likes New Kids on the Block, and even has a poster of them in his room.
- Haunted House Historian: States he read up on Derry's history due to spending a lot of time alone in the library.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Has an obvious crush on Beverly.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Loves boy bands and poetry.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Seemingly the trend in the Losers' Club, but Ben goes from an asocial library member to a true companion to the gang.
- Made of Iron: Gets slashed by Henry, tumbles over a bridge down a hill, slashed by Pennywise, and helps combat the monster, yet is still walking just fine by the end. After he was wounded by Pennywise during the fight in the Wellhouse, he doesn't even seem to notice the large lacerations across his stomach.Richie: *referring to Ben's wound* "Look at him, he is leaking Hamburger Helper!"
- New Transfer Student: Hence his Friendless Background, and the reason why everyone calls him "The New Kid"
- Pungeon Master: In his attempts at flirting with Bev. Adorkable indeed.
- Scars Are Forever: Is left with an "H" scar on his stomach, from when Henry tried to carve his name into him.
- The Smart Guy: Acts as the group's de-facto historian.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Fascinated by Derry's morbid history, and keeps a conspiracy theory-esque, wall-to-wall flowchart analyzing it.
A tomboyish, mature redhead who joins the Losers. She has a terrible home life, with a father who is implied to be sexually attracted to her.
- Abusive Parents: Her single father is creepy and incestuous, and tries to rape her in one scene.
- Action Girl: Beverly is a total badass who doesn't hesitate to get into a scrap. To list: She was the first to chunk a rock at Henry Bowers to get him off of Mike; when her father tries to rape her, she kicks him in the nuts, then in the face, before ducking into the bathroom and cracking his skull open with the lid of the toilet's tank; lastly, she was the first one to hurt It via impaling it through the face with a piece of rusty fence, made It desperate by no longer fearing him, and during the fight in the cistern she did the most damage to It, culminating with shoving a piece of rebar down It's throat.
- Adaptational Modesty: Her themes of sexuality were more overt in the book than the movie.
- Afraid of Blood: As in the book, the form IT first takes to scare her is a geyser of blood erupting from her bathroom sink.
- Attempted Rape: Her father tries to violently rape her, but she fights him off, and hits him over the head with the toilet lid which knocks him out.
- Badass Bystander: There is no indication she even knew Mike before she and the Losers save him, but she doesn't even hesitate to pick up a good size rock and crack Henry Bower in the head with it, grabbing another and preparing the throw it to cover Mike's escape.
- Badass in Distress: When Pennywise kidnaps her, she doesn't cry, scream, or wallow in self pity. Instead, she tries to find a way out of the sewers, and tells Pennywise (her kidnapper), that she's not afraid of him.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The Losers including her and not judging her for her reputation catches her completely off-guard. As she says, "I never felt like a loser when I was hanging out with you (Bill)."
- Beware the Nice Ones: Beverly is about as sweet and nice as they come, but if you try to hurt one of her friends or attempt to rape her? Odds are it won't end well for you.
- Big Damn Kiss: Twice, with Ben (which snaps her out of her Deadlights-induced catatonia), and with Bill before she moves away in the end.
- Boom, Headshot!: Downplayed. She is a fan of doing this. Every fight she is in, she always goes for her opponent's head in some way: She hit Henry Bowers and Reginald Huggins in the head with rocks during the fight at the creek; she stabs It through the face with a rust fence during the Loser's first fight against it; she kicks her father in the face then breaks a toilet tank lid upside his head when he tries to rape her; then, during the battle in the cistern, she shoves a piece of rebar down It's throat when it morphs into her father as an attempt to scare her.
- Boyish Short Hair: Beverly has long hair at the beginning of the movie, but cuts her hair short out of disgust at her father, who laments that she looks like a boy.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Played for Laughs in-universe. Richie about her: "Who invited Molly Ringwald into the group?" With her short, shaggy red hair, Sophia Lillis does look a lot like a teenage Molly Ringwald.
- Cool Loser: Has way better social graces than the rest of the Losers Club, though her unjustified promiscuous reputation makes her a target for the Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse, and subject to sexual harassment from students and adults alike.
- Cultured Badass: She loves poetry as much as Ben does, and she's the toughest of the Losers.
- Cute Bruiser: She's cute and has a gentle nature, but she doesn't hesitate to chuck rocks at Henry Bowers and his gang, drive a fence post through Pennywise's head when he attacks her friends, or crack her father over the head with a toilet tank lid when he attempts to rape her.
- Damsel in Distress: At the end of the film, she's kidnapped by Pennywise and imprisoned in his lair. Her kidnapping doesn't undercut any of her badassery, and she manages to inflict more damage to IT than any of the other Losers. In fact, her kidnapping was triggered by the fact that Bev simply didn't fear IT so IT couldn't prey upon her.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Has a vision of the Loser's Club as adults returning to the sewer to fight IT once more, setting up the second chapter.
- Dude Magnet: She attracts all the Losers Club members and many other men in the story, including some disturbing men.
- Embarrassing Nickname: The Alpha Bitch calls her "Beaver-ly".
- Empty Eyes: After she sees the deadlights, her eyes roll into the back of her head.
- Establishing Character Moment: Bev's introduced smoking in the restroom and brushing off bullying by the other girls, showing her to be a tomboy. Her next scene has her warning Ben about Bowers and his gang before signing his yearbook, establishing her Nice Girl traits.
- Fiery Redhead: An outgoing, fiery girl with red hair.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Seeing the deadlights drives her to catatonia. Subverted, as she snaps out of it after being kissed by Ben.
- Good Bad Girl: She's a smoker and a known troublemaker by the neighborhood, but she's actually quite a cool person.
- Heroic BSoD: She has a break down after her father sniffs her hair, and she cuts it all off in the bathroom.
- Hypnotize the Princess: A variant occurs when after being captured by Pennywise, she tries to escape but gets caught by him. Pennywise tries to scare her but fails, so he uses his deadlights to put her in a state of catatonia.
- Important Haircut: She starts off with having long hair, but when her father lusts over it, she cuts it all off in disgust to make herself look unappealing to him.
- Insane Troll Logic: A lot of the "Beverly is a slut" arguments are based on this.
- The Lancer: Is the second most active in trying to take the fight to Pennywise. Also has shades of The Heart and The Big Guy.
- Little Miss Badass: She kicks an overwhelming amount of ass throughout the film, considering she's only about twelve years old.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: She's introduced smoking alone in the bathroom and being taunted by bullies, but she's very appreciative of the Losers' kindness and teams up with them.
- Must Have Nicotine: A more disturbing example of this trope, since she's 12.
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: It's stated that the Losers don't believe the "Beverly is a slut" rumors as they get to know her, and they are visibly angered when Bowers and Mrs. K make comments about how she really gets around.
- Nice Girl: Bev is very friendly as evidenced when she helps Ben avoid Henry Bowers and signing his yearbook.
- One of the Boys: Deconstructed, in that it feeds into her undeserved reputation for promiscuity, and she's bullied so intensely by girls that it's unlikely for her to make any gal pals.
- Patricide: Subverted. She smashed her father over the head with a toilet tank lid hard enough to shatter it when he tried to rape her, and while he was definitely knocked unconscious and more than likely suffered a skull fracture, he was pretty clearly still alive even after Pennywise kidnapped her.
- Put on a Bus: Moves to Portland at the end of the film to get away from her abusive father.
- Redheads Are Uncool: Textbook example of a ginger pre-teen social outcast.
- Slut-Shaming: A constant (undeserved) victim of this, by anyone from IT to her fellow kids.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Her beauty gets her unwanted attention and an undeserved reputation as a slut. Even worse is that several adults and her own father seem attracted to her.
- The Southpaw: She has a preference for using her left hand, which is most notably shown when the other Losers are throwing rocks at the Bowers Gang, with her throwing them left-handed whereas everyone else throws them right-handed.
- The Smurfette Principle: Bev is the only female member of the Losers' Club.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: Whenever she's not wearing a dress, Bev sports shorts and a tank top to signify her tomboy status.
- Pre-teens Are Short: Sophia Lillis is only five feet tall, and Bev is just wary of her coming early teens.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Bev has short hair and enjoys rough and tumble play like her guy friends do, but she also occasionally wears pretty dresses, and nail polish can be seen in her bathroom.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Smokes cigarettes, and flirts with Mr. Keene so the boys can shoplift his store while he's distracted.
A hypochondriac asthmatic and Mama's Boy.
- Abusive Parents: His mother has turned him into a hypochondriac, keeps him under her thumb, gives him placebo medications and tricks him into thinking he has asthma. She also tries to keep him from having friends.
- Adaptational Badass: In the movie, he actually calls out his mother for lying to him and takes a part in beating the crap out of Pennywise.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite all of their snarking at each other, when things get scary he tends to cling to Richie for comfort, and they are the only members of the gang to hug goodbye after the blood oath.
- Berserk Button: After discovering all his afflictions are just made up and his medicine placebos, he becomes very angry at his mother. When Pennywise later tries to scare him by vomiting black goo over him to try to exploit his former fear of disease, Eddie becomes furious.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's actually pretty protective over Stanley. He's the first one to notice he's missing in Neibolt, and does whatever it takes to comfort him after his encounter with Pennywise.
- Calling the Old Woman Out: When he finds out his asthma medicine is a placebo, he confronts his mother and defies her to join his friends.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. Being friends with someone like Richie makes it inevitable.
- Hates Being Touched: When he gets his arm broken at the Neibolt house, he gives us this little gem:Do not fucking touch me!
- Hidden Depths: Despite his anxiety and frailty, he's actually got quite a sharp tongue, mostly seen in his banter with Richie.
- Hypochondria: He takes a whole bunch of pills to keep his various afflictions under control. Turns out they're sugar pills.
- Implied Love Interest: It's suggested he has a thing for Greta.
- Induced Hypochondria: His mother suffers from Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy, and he's the proxy. She's utterly convinced he'll become a worse person if he so much as leaves her care for a moment, and as such, treats Eddie like he's constantly sick so he won't leave. Luckily, Eddie figures out it's all fake and stands up to her.
- Mama's Boy: He's a fraidy cat who loves his mom. Until the reveal, that is.
- The Medic: He's able to put his extensive medical knowledge to good use by patching up Ben after his run-in with Bowers.
- Motor Mouth: Eddie enters this mode whenever he exhibits his fear of germs.
- My Beloved Smother: Deconstructed and Played for Drama. Turns out all of his afflictions were entirely made up by his mother so she could control him.
- Nervous Wreck: Hes always anxious about the events that unfold, and is constantly on edge.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Easily the smallest member of the group aside from Beverly, and seemingly the most fragile. He's also the only one without a weapon during the final battle, and kicks Pennywise clear across the room fueled only by his rage at getting puked on.
- Properly Paranoid: Hes always warning the others about the dangers and the consequences that could happen to them if something goes wrong.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Has a lot of knowledge of various infections and diseases, though no practical application of that knowledge due to his paranoia.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Part of his dainty-boy characterization.
- Strawman Has a Point: Framed in a cowardly light, but his statement that sewer water is highly contaminated still stands.
- Tagalong Kid: Constantly argues that the group should turn around and go home.
- Terrified of Germs: Which is why IT takes the form of a rotting leper to scare him.
- Took a Level in Badass: Stands up to his domineering mother and joins the Losers in going after Beverly, and fights IT with them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Richie, with some Snark-to-Snark Combat involved.
- Your Mom: Or rather "your sister", in one of his comebacks to Richie.
Richard "Richie" Tozier
An obnoxious but well-meaning member of the Losers' Club, with a fondness for crude jokes.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: See Eddie's entry. Additionally, Richie appears to have a shade of Big Brother Instinct over him, grabbing hold of him when Pennywise hijacks the projector, and making Eddie look at him rather than Pennywise when the Losers are cornered at the Neibolt house. This goes with Stan. When the Losers have a falling out, he's the only one who attends Stan's Bar Mitzvah. Also, when Stan is separated from the group and attacked by Pennywise in Neibolt, he claims that the group deserted him. Richie is the first one to say "We would never do that to you."
- This also goes with Beverly too. While he has made some crude remaks about her, he truly cares about her. He's the first one Bill goes to when he saw she was missing, and was visibly relieved when she wakes up, and hugs her.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He expresses irritation over being on stuck on lookout duty, while the others got to go up to Beverly's apartment. When the group heads on over to Neibolt Street, however, guess who is among those that has to go inside.
- Beware the Silly Ones: As goofy as he is, if you put anyone he cares about in danger, and he will make you pay for it. Even if they're part of the Losers Club.
- Big Eater: He is a teenager, after all.
- Bullying a Dragon: Unlike the other members of the Losers Club, he tends to provoke the Bowers gang by being a smartass.
- Class Clown: He's a hammy jokester who's something of an Attention Whore.
- Commander Contrarian: Not much pleases this guy, though deep down his heart is in the right place.
- Deadpan Snarker: More snarky than deadpan, but Richie's got a line about EVERYTHING.
- Dirty Kid: He constantly brings up the fact that he has a large dick and that he's not a virgin and when Stan tells him about the woman he saw, the first thing he asks is "Was she hot?"Ben: Derry was initially a town for beaver-trappers...Richie: Still is, am I right, boys?
- Freudian Excuse: It's implied that he's neglected by his parents, and uses his voices and jokes to gain the attention he doesn't get at home.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed. While his friends do like him, he's often left as the look out when his friends go off and do something important, due to his trashmouth.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: More or less. It doesn't take much to send him off on a rant, though he's never physically aggressive.
- Heroic BSoD: He has a breakdown when he finds the missing poster in Neibolt.
- Hidden Depths: It's implied that his true fear is not in fact clowns, and that his actual fear is being forgotten, and his friends leaving him.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: Brags constantly about his non-existent sexual prowess.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: When Henry mocks Bill's stutter, the look on Richie's face clearly says that was out of line. But when they're at Eddie's house, he has no problem imitating his stutter in front of Mrs. K, and doesn't hesitate talking over Bill when he couldn't start a sentence.
- Meaning, no one can make fun of Bill's stutter, but him.
- Though, this could just be to remind Mrs. K that Bill stutters.
- In-Universe Nickname: Appropriately nicknamed "Trashmouth".
- Irony: The Class Clown is afraid of...clowns.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's obnoxious, over-the-top, and doesn't know when to shut up, but is a good and loyal friend in the end. Despite falling out with Bill and the Losers (he tried to rub Georgie's death in Bill's face which leads to Richie getting punched when they start fighting), he immediately stops what he's doing when Bill tells him that IT got Beverly, and joins the rest of the gang to go rescue her. Also, props to him for being the only loser to go to Stan's Bar Mitzvah during their falling out.
- Kick the Dog: He accidentally does this to Ben when he states that Bill and Bev kissed in the school play in third grade.
- The Lancer: Acts as the second-in-command, and is the most critical of Bill's plans, though not antagonistically so. Confirming his status, when Bill puts the band back together, Richie is the first one he gets.
- Motor Mouth: In his own words: "It's a gift.".
- Mouthy Kid: Never shuts up and pretty clearly thinks that he's funnier than he actually is.
- Nerd Glasses. Has a pair of coke-bottled ones, possibly to give him more of a nerdy vibe and justify him being in the Losers' Club.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his crassness, he's shown to be sensitive and supportive towards Bill. He's also the only member of the Losers' Club to attend Stan's bar mitzvah, and some of his jabs at Eddie's mom could be seen as Kick the Son of a Bitch.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Welcome to the Losers Club', Asshole!"
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Bill, right before he and the gang defeat Pennywise. Though Subverted in that he still comes to Bill's aid after giving it.
- Sad Clown: While he loves joking around, it's clear that his sense of humor is also a defense mechanism and way he deflects things.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Is the most profane of the kids.
- Troll: Particularly when he takes some artistic license with what happens at bar mitzvahs.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: He's a twelve year-old kid with a fondness for crude jokes, and he constantly brags about his dick size and (nonexistent) sexual prowess.
- Undying Loyalty: To his friends. When offered a chance to escape the sewers alive, via sacrificing Billy to IT, Richie lists out every reason he has to hate Billy, before grabbing a baseball bat and attacking IT to save him.Richie: (*after giving his list*) " and now I'm gonna have to kill this fucking clown."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Eddie.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is afraid of clowns. Not really helpful when IT's favorite form is Pennywise.
- Your Mom: Loves these jokes, especially with Eddie.
Michael "Mike" Hanlon
A black, home-schooled kid who joins the Losers late in the game, after they help him escape from Henry Bowers. His parents died in a fire (implied to have been intentionally set), and he lives with his grandfather in an abattoir.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's hinted a couple of times that the fire his parents died in was no accident, but Mike's point of view on the matter is ambiguous.
- Arch-Enemy: Downplayed, but he is the member of the Losers Club Henry hates the most, and goes out of his way the most to torment. Mike ultimately takes out Henry in the climax.
- Big Brother Instinct: In a deleted scene, he comforts Stan (who is crying), while he, Bev, and Ben are keeping watch in front of Neibolt.
- The Big Guy: The group's muscle, and the one who takes out Henry in the climax. Also the tallest kid in the group.
- Chekhov's Gun: The bolt gun used initially to kill sheep.
- The Cynic: Mike's had a rough time, and seems to buy into his grandfather's view that Derry is doomed and there is no point connecting with the other kids in town. Though Derry isn't the best place to live.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His parents died in a fire when he was a little kid, and he lives with his grandfather and works in a slaughterhouse.
- Decomposite Character: He is on the giving and receiving end of this. His role as the group's historian is given to Ben, and he takes Eddie's place as the one who kills Henry (seemingly, anyway). In Chapter Two, he takes up the role of historian after he stays behind.
- Establishing Character Moment: His opening scene where he can't kill the sheep shows that he's caring and has a lot of pressure put on him.
- Flat Character: Compared to the others, at least.
- Friend to All Living Things: Downplayed, but he is reluctant to kill the sheep.
- Homeschooled Kids: Known as "that homeschool kid" around town, and stays at home to help on the farm.
- Ineffectual Loner: Rebuffs the Losers friendship offer, stating that it will make them a target for bullies. They promptly inform him that they saved his ass, and the bullies are already targeting them.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Double-subverted. Starts the film as a loner, but befriends the Losers' Club. After the group's falling out, he decides that he's an outcast and goes back to being a loner. Then he befriends the group again in the climax.
- Raised by Grandparents: His grandfather raised him after his parents' death.
- The Sixth Ranger: The last to join the gang, and has something of an "outsider" status due to being homeschooled and a minority.
- The Stoic: Has a very stony-faced disposition, likely due to his Survivor's Guilt, and his grandfather's... parenting style.
- Survivor's Guilt: Implied to have some from his parents' death. This is what IT taunts him with.
- Token Minority: Just about the only black kid in Derry, which gets him unwanted attention from Bowers.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he resists killing a sheep on the farm, his grandfather lectures him on needing to toughen up (basically kill or be killed). We later see this, as Mike keeps trying to avoid Henry's gang and gets the crap beaten out of him whenever he fails to do so. After what happens on Neibolt Street, though, Mike does toughen up and does whatever he has to to survive an attack by Henry.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: After the confrontation with IT, he has no problem killing the sheep (though to be fair, this is what his grandfather wanted him to do. It is farm work after all).
- Weapon of Choice: A bolt gun he takes for the final confrontation with IT.
Stanley "Stan" Uris
A neat, skeptical Jewish kid who is studying for his bar mitzvah. The most reluctant of the group to fight IT.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Stan is victimized more singularly by Pennywise in this adaptation, possibly to contextualize his actions in the sequel.
- Adorkable: His timid, sweet personality is what makes him adorkable.
- Agent Scully: The most reluctant to accept IT's existence.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Obsessivecompulsive disorder and mysophobia. He follows a strict pattern when cleaning up Bev's bathroom and straightens the painting in his father's office even if he's frightened by it. After being attacked by Judith, he also shows clear signs of PTSD. As book readers know, if the second part will stay true to the source material, he will commit suicide to avoid facing It again.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed. Despite being one of the most level-headed of all them, the Losers are really protective of him.
- Badass Adorable: He finally finds the courage to fight back in the sewers, even handing Bill the metal pipe to finish off Pennywise.
- Big Brother Instinct: Downplayed. While the moments are small, he seems to be quite protective of Bev. Like when Henry made a crude comment about her, he glared at him, and he also defended her when Richie made the Molly Ringwald comment. Also, it's implied that he's the one she called first about the blood in her bathroom.
- Break the Cutie: He gets thoroughly traumatized after getting munched on by Judith, but he seemingly recovers from this by the end.
- Deadpan Snarker: While usually serious, he slips a few barbs, particularly at Richie's way. He also has some Silent Snarker tendencies.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even though he believes the rumors about Bev at first, and be caught checking her out, he glares at Henry after he makes a crude remark about her.
- Extreme Doormat: At times. He's never seeks to abandon his friends, but doesn't want to get into dangerous confrontations needlessly.
- Facial Horror: Downplayed. He is saved in time but he gets some pretty brutal teeth marks on his face after the monster tried eating him.
- Freak Out: After being attacked by It and saved just in time, he breaks down screaming and crying. His friends manage to calm him down.
- Informed Judaism: He's studying for his bar mitzvah, but doesn't really seem particularly interested in it. His Jewishness is never really a plot point, aside from it being a reason to give him a creepy place (the Synagogue) and a creepy monster (the portrait in the rabbi's office he's presumably had to see since young) to be introduced to It and to introduce It's Shapeshifter abilities to the audience.
- Heroic BSoD: He has a big breakdown after Penywise munches on his face.
- Madness Mantra: "You made me go into Neibolt!" Could be seen one when after Pennywise eats his face, and the Losers are comforting him.
- Neat Freak: He's reluctant to enter the sewers in the beginning, always tucks his shirt in and whereas the other losers generally drop their bikes in a heap, he always puts his stand down.
- Nice Jewish Boy: Stan is sweet, friendly, polite, and overtly Jewish.
- Not So Above It All: Can be caught checking out Beverly along with the others, and occasionally bantering with Richie.
- Not So Stoic: He definitely loses his composure when he is attacked by Judith.
- Only Sane Man: Prior to the more level headed Mike, Bev, and Ben joining the group, Stan gives off this vibe. Between Bill's denial of Georgie's death, Richie's obnoxiousness, and Eddie's anxiety, Stan can often be caught rolling his eyes in the background and suggesting that they spend their summer playing outside rather than wading through the sewer looking for a body.
- Rule of Symbolism: His Bar Mitzvah parallels his Character Development.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Attempts to invoke this trope, though he's Wrong Genre Savvy. He's also first to desert the group after the blood oath, offering a flimsy excuse.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's only 12, but Stan is very neat, and always wears tucked in collared shirts.
- Skepticism Failure: He's the most skeptical member of the group and is proven wrong in a particularly painful way.
- Spooky Painting: A painting in his father's study of a disfigured, Edvard Munch-esque flute player is the form IT takes to scare him.
- The Stoic: He is serious and rarely loses his composure. However, when Judith attacks him, he definitely loses his composure.
- Straight Man: He is realistic, skeptical, and generally has logical retorts to whatever is going on.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father is the Rabbi, so there is a lot of pressure on him to recite his Torah verses correctly.
The Bowers Gang
The Bowers Gang
- "Do you think they'll sign my yearbook? Dear Rich, sorry for taking a hot, steaming dump in your backpack."
A gang of four bullies (seven in the novel and five in the miniseries) with a grudge against the Losers.
- Age Lift: In the novel the bullies are 12 years old. In the movie they are 15-16.
- Barbaric Bully: Their tactics go beyond general schoolyard bullying; they stalk, psychologically torture, and abuse their victims.
- Carload of Cool Kids: They are not portrayed as "cool" Jerk Jock types, but they're older and tougher than the Losers and cruise around town in Belch's Trans Am.
- Delinquents: They have this reputation around town, and it's not undeserved.
- Dirty Coward: Vic and Belch are well aware of Henry's psychopathy and are visibly and audibly disturbed by his actions, i.e carving his name into Ben and trying to shoot a cat. They seem to be on Henry's side because they believe they'll be spared from his wrath. This however lead them to their deaths as they were in the front row seats for Henry's murderous insanity when IT broke him.
- Excrement Statement: Richie offhandedly mentions they once took a dump in his backpack.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Belch is disturbed by Henry carving his name in Ben's stomach, and Victor is disturbed by Henry's abusive home life. Both seem unwilling to participate in some of the bullying.
- Henry himself starts the film out with boundaries and limits (he gave Bill a free pass from his bullying because of Georgie and when he saw his dad watching did not choose it because it was not worth beating up the Losers) though they go away as the film goes on.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Their M.O, especially towards Mike and Bev.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Vic and Belch are sympathetic to Henry due to his father's abuse and they do console him after his father humiliates him by shooting at his feet to make him cry. It's unknown if Patrick also pitied him because he was killed by IT, but Word of Saint Paul states he wouldn't have.
- Teens Are Monsters: Not as sadistic and cruel as the book but still very cruel. They take sadistic glee in assaulting people on a daily basis and are almost as bad as IT itself
- Uncertain Doom: Vic and Belch aren't seen in the climax, Henry arrives alone with more blood on his face and in Belch's car. Whether or not they died trying to stop Henry or were left unharmed is unclear until a deleted scene shows that an insane Henry actually murdered them off camera by slitting their throats.
- Villainous Friendship: Zig-zagged, possible due to Henry's growing insanity. Nobody (except for Belch as shown in a deleted scene) seems to care for Patrick, but Belch and Vic seem to genuinely care about Henry, and the gang spends a lot of time together.
A violent older teenage bully who takes pleasure in taunting the Losers.
- Abusive Parents: Henry goes into terrified hysterics when he thinks he might incur the wrath of his father, Butch. At one point, a silently furious Butch fires his gun at Henry's feet, reducing him to tears and humiliating him in front of his friends.Shown by a deleted sce he also beats Henry at home.
- Adaptational Heroism: Henry is suprisingly not as bad as in the book. In the book he never was commitied any acts of kindness or showed standards. Here he a least gives Bill a free pass from his bullying.Also he was willing to try to rape Beverly and attempt to kill the Losers multiple times before being influenced by IT. Here he only mocks Beverly about the rumors and never tries to kill any of the Losers was a normal bully until AFTER IT started manipulating him.
- Ax-Crazy: He gets progressively more unhinged with each fresh humiliation and shown by a deleted scene ends up murdering his own friends.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: He tries to shoot a live cat.
- Barbaric Bully: Even before Pennywise drives him crazy, Henry's idea of amusement include carving his name into the bellies of large kids with a switchblade, trying to hit Mike in the head with a rock and shooting helpless kittens with a 1911 pistol for target practice.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's the biggest bully in Derry, but is a mere pawn in IT's schemes.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: While normally he is a violently unstable bully, he never tried to kill or severely harm anyone and it's only under IT's influence that he truly turns deranged. First when he attempts to carve his name in Ben, a car passes with a red balloon in the back seat. Then when he and his gang attempt to force Mike to eat raw meat and then smack him in the face with a rock, IT is right there in the bushes. Later IT gives him his knife back and pushes him to murder his father, before sending him to attack the Losers.
- Break the Haughty: He is on the receiving end of this from his father, who intimidates him to stop his bullying.
- 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.
- Cop Killer: He kills his police officer father.
- Covered in Scars: As shown in a deleted scene, his back is covered in fresh wounds from his father's abuse.
- Death by Adaptation: Played with. Henry dies in the book but he lived until he was an adult. This Henry is defeated before the Losers fight IT in the sewer. He is also (seemingly) killed by Mike instead of Eddie. According to Word of God, Bowers is still alive and will return in the sequel.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He goes after the Losers in Neibolt Street under the influence of It, but Mike is able to neutralize him pretty quickly, and he only slows them down for five minutes.
- Disney Villain Death: A more violent version as when Mike pushes him down the old well, Henry hits the sides like a pinball on the way down. Subverted, as he will return in the sequel.
- The Dragon: When Pennywise realizes how much of a threat the Losers pose, IT recruits Henry to kill them for it.
- '80s Hair: Henry has a mullet as opposed to a duck's-ass haircut. Lampshaded when Richie calls him a "mullet-wearing asshole".
- Even Evil Has Standards: He had enough humanity left to start the movie with multiple standards (giving Bill a free pass or not harming the Losers knowing his dad was watching) but it goes away starting from his scene with Ben onwards.
- Freudian Excuse: His father has no trouble firing a gun at his own son without so much as blinking just to terrify him and beats him at home, so it's clear he had a very abusive childhood. His father also being a police officer means he also didn't need to fear any consequences for his actions as long as they didn't have the potential to make Butch look bad.
- Humiliation Conga: The Losers' thwarting him, chucking rocks at him and his gang, and his father shooting a gun at him and making him cry in front of his friends pushes him over the edge.
- Kick the Dog: He tries to kill a stray cat with a Colt .45 pistol. His father intervenes.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His father then shoots at him with the gun, and only misses by inches, and beats him at home. Henry kills him under the influence of Pennywise.
- Knife Nut: A switchblade, which he loses while chasing Ben. IT "gifts" it back to him, and has him use it to kill his father and chase the Losers.
- Made of Iron: When he tries to kill Mike, he gets stunned when Mike frees himself and then is pushed down the well where his head collides with the stone walls 3 times before plummeting. According to Word of God he survived this.
- Missing Mom: His mother isnt seen or mentioned at any point in the film.
- Paper Tiger: He's an older and taller bully backed up by loyal thugs, so he easily puts a scare into the Losers. However, after the incident with the gun, his father demonstrates how quickly Henry will fold in the face of someone who's not already scared of him. Officer Bowers even refers to him as being made of paper.
- Patricide: He kills his father under the influence of IT.
- Pet the Dog: A mild version of Even Evil Has Standards, but he gives Bill a "free pass" for the rest of the school year after Georgie goes missing.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: It isn't as explicit as in the book or miniseries (he doesn't drop any n-bombs in this version) but it's heavily implied he does target Mike exclusively for being black and refers to several of the Losers as "faggots".
- Sanity Slippage: Under the influence of IT.
- Self-Made Orphan: Stabs his father in his sleep, while under the influence of IT.
- Teens Are Monsters: Perhaps the most popular example.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Henry seems to die after being shoved into the well but he is confirmed to still be alive.
The second-in-command and smartest bully of Henry Bowers' gang.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Both incarnations of Vic are still bullies but in the novel, Vic is depicted as the Only Sane Man of the Bowers Gang who once approached the Losers with the initial attempt to join them but changed his mind and instead warned them of Henry's growing brutality. He is also one of the few people to notice Henry's eroding sanity and grew increasingly reluctant to stay friends with him. In the movie he is still unsettled by Henry's acts and still pities him but his better nature isn't shown that much.
- Adaptational Personality Change: While in the book Victor Criss is rebellious and prone to outbursts in class, its implied that he will grow out of that behavior and he has some friendly interactions with the Losers Club. In the film Victor Criss is quiet and cruel and does a lot more glaring than shouting.
- Bright Is Not Good: Has platinum blond hair and is a bully.
- Death Glare: Frequently shooting these at people for intimidation purposes. He gives one to Butch Bowers of all people!
- The Drag-Along: Downplayed, but he (seems to) take less joy in bullying than his friends. He's also present but doesn't partake in the scene at the beginning where Henry, Patrick, and Belch harass the Losers Club outside of the school, or the one where they beat Mike in the alley.
- The Dragon: Victor is the Bowers Gang's second-in-command. Henry trusts him to find his switchblade, delegating chasing Ben to Belch and Patrick.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Disturbed by Butch Bowers firing a gun inches away from his son's feet.
- Green and Mean: Victor wears green clothes throughout most of the movie.
- Pet the Dog: Seems genuinely concerned after witnessing Henry being abused by his father. He's also noticeably unsettled when he sees a frantic Henry trying to find his switchblade in order to avoid his father's wrath.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the rock fight.
- Slasher Smile: When him and his friends are bullying Ben. He doesn't stop when Henry pulls out his switchblade.
- The Quiet One: He uses his Death Glare more than words to intimidate people. He's less boisterous than Belch, and less hammily evil than Henry and Patrick.
- The Stoic: More or less.
- Tranquil Fury: When he witnesses Butch Bowers abusing Henry. Just look at him, he just glares at him and has his fists clenched. He just looks like he wants to rip Butch's head off!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last scene of him and Belch is before Henry kills his father. Until it gets revealed that the two were killed by Henry in a deleted scene
- Villainous Friendship: His friendship with Henry seems to be the strongest out of the gang.
Reginald "Belch" Huggins
The physically strongest bully in Henry Bowers' gang.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In both incarnations Belch is still a bully and the most loyal follower of Henry but in the novel he's more vocal about his dislike of Henry's father, even saying "I don't fuck with crazy people" to Vic. In the novel, Belch dies after a Heroic Sacrifice to save Henry whereas a deleted scene of the film showed Henry killed him and Victor himself.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the novel Belch is regarded as the strongest of Henry's gang due to his growth spurt enhancing his muscles. In the movie, Belch's strength isn't shown that much and he is killed in a deleted scene, having been overpowered by an insane Henry. The circumstances of his death isn't shown or explained, making it uncertain if he was killed off guard or by a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Henry. A deleted scene showed Henry killed him and Victor.
- All There in the Manual: That his first name is Reginald.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A big guy with a bombastic personality.
- The Brute: Big and strong, though he is more stockily built than in the novel and his previous incarnation, both of which portraying him with a physical frame of six feet which dwarfed the rest of his friends.
- Cool Car: Belch drives a blue 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
- Dumb Muscle: Implied to be this, and is always taking direction from Henry. Even Patrick bosses him around during their brief scene together.
- Everyone Has Standards: Unnerved by Henry cutting Ben with a knife, as well as Henry ordering him to grab a cat for him to shoot.
- Gasshole: Where he gets his nickname.
- Irony: During the rock fight with the Losers, "Antisocial" by Anthrax serves as the background music. During the same scene, Belch wore an Anthrax T-shirt, and the Losers won. Clearly, his favorite band was rooting against him.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Downplayed. Though he doesn't come across as kind hearted, he does seem to have a soft spot for cats. Especially when Henry orders him to pick one up to shoot.
- Metalhead: Belch's fashion choices, taste in music, and behavior indicate he's one.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the rock fight.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Delivers a particularly memorable (and silly) example of this trope, during the rock fight.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last scene of him and Victor is before Henry kills his father. Henry is also inexplicably driving Belch's car at the end of the film. A deleted scene shows that Henry killed both of them and stole his car.
The most disturbing bully in Henry Bowers' gang.
- Adaptational Personality Change: In the book he was a solipsistic sociopath who killed his brother and murders animals. Here he's simply a gangly goon with an obseesion for pyromania.
- Adaptational Sexuality: In the novel Patrick is depicted as perverted towards girls by trying to grope them. He was also suggested to be bisexual or bicurious towards Henry and got sexually aroused whenever someone was in pain. In the film Patrick's sexuality isn't highlighted, he does mockingly lewd gestures towards Richie but he is the first of the central cast to be killed despite his small amount of scenes.
- Ax-Crazy: He's not nearly as bad as in the book (where he murders his infant brother and gets aroused by murdering small animals.), but he's still pretty crazy. He nearly burns Ben's hair and he looks really excited when Henry tries to carve his name in Ben's stomach.
- Demoted to Extra: Compared to his literary counterpart, who got an entire POV chapter.
- Depraved Homosexual: Downplayed, but he does get in a few lecherous stares at Richie, complete with licking his lips!
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: The other members of the Bowers Gang don't seem too concerned about his disappearance (though it's possible that it was a result of It's influence as his missing poster was quickly replaced with that of Eddie Corcoran).
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While none of his friends seem to be concerned or mention him, when he disappears A deleted scene shows Belch telling Henry that he ran into Patrick's dad who has not heard anything. Although Henry cuts him off and says he doesn't care this was more likely out of anger of being beaten by his father than his actual feelings.]]
- Giggling Villain: He giggles at stealing Stan's kippah and continues to smile all the way until he meets IT.
- Lean and Mean: Tall, gangly, and rail-thin, and the second cruelest behind Bowers himself.
- Mauve Shirt: In the novel, Patrick appeared later in the book and was the last of the Bowers Gang to be introduced (and the first to be 'shown' meeting his end) but in the movie, Patrick appears much earlier and is more toned down compared to his novel counterpart. This suggested that Patrick was going to have a larger role and be another negative influence on Henry due to his psychotic personality.
- Posthumous Character: Makes an appearance as an apparition of IT several times after his death, talking to Bev through the drain and appearing on the TV with Pennywise.
- Pyro Maniac: Carries around a makeshift flamethrower (a spray can and a Zippo). Might be a Mythology Gag, considering the infamous scene with lighters in the junkyard from the novel.
- Sadist: He shows joy and excitement at seeing Henry carving his name in Ben's stomach.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Not that he's particularly witty, but he towers over everyone he shares the screen with (a role occupied by Belch in the novel and former adaptation) and has some interesting one-liners.
- We Hardly Knew You: Killed by It fairly early into the movie.
- The Worf Effect: Patrick, a bully armed with a flamethrower and has extreme cruelty, is swiftly dispatched by Pennywise when he enters the sewers.
Beverly Marsh's single father, a janitor.
- Abusive Parents: He behaves lecherously towards Bev, his own daughter, to the point of openly lusting after her, and before the climax of the film, he tries to rape her.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Goes from being a Hot-Blooded Jerkass in the miniseries to a creepy Soft-Spoken Sadist in the movie.
- Adaptational Villainy: Alvin was no saint in the book nor the miniseries, and was actually much angrier and more prone to physical violence. However, he did seem to struggle with his desires (in the worst way possible) whereas here, he seems rather at ease with his incestuous longings. It could have something to do with his wife being Adapted Out.
- Asshole Victim: Beverly knocks him out cold when he tries to rape her.
- Creepy Monotone: He speaks in a flat, creepily intimate voice that could draw a comparison to IT; both of them are predators.
- Groin Attack: Beverly kicks him in the groin when he tries to rape her.
- Hate Sink: Easily the most despicable adult in the entire film. He has little to no characterization outside of being a twisted, incestuous man.
- Overprotective Dad: Subverted. At first glance seems this way, until he starts sniffing her hair... Even worse, he's not overprotective of her in regards to boys because he's worried, but because he's jealous.
- Parental Incest: He has sexual feelings towards his own daughter, looks through her underwear drawer, and may or may not have acted on them already. He tries to rape Beverly towards the end, but she escapes and bashes him over the head with a toilet lid.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks with a Creepy Monotone while being an Abusive Dad towards Bev.
- Tranquil Fury: Towards the end of the movie when he confronts Bev about the poem Ben wrote her that she had stashed away in her underwear drawer, asking her if she's been doing "womanly things" with the boys. What makes it even scarier is that he not only sounds calm, but also like a jealous lover.
Eddie Kaspbrak's overprotective mother.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When she makes Eddie come and kiss her in her first scene, Richie asks if he can have too as Eddie ushers him outside and she gives a small chuckle about it.
- Fat Bitch: Extremely overweight and rather unpleasant, keeping Eddie under her thumb and isolating him from his friends (at one point calling Beverly a dirty girl).
- Hate Sink: Downplayed, but she doesn't have a Freudian Excuse like in the book, so it kinda makes her come off as schizophrenic.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Whereas most of the other adults in Derry would rather forget about the child mortality rate (among the other horrors that go on in town), Mrs. Kaspbrak flips it to the other extreme and tries to keep her son as safe as possible, even if it's to his own detriment. The way she begs and pleads with Eddie to stay safe with her after he discovers all his medications are placebos, it seems that while she may not know exactly what's wrong with Derry, she definitely knows that something isn't right
- My Beloved Smother: Keeps tabs on literally everything her son does, where he goes, and whom he hangs out with. While she doesn't seem to mind the other boys coming over to her home (the better to keep an eye on Eddie, after all), when Eddie does venture off with them she sends him off with a fanny pack filled with medications and first aid supplies. She also gives the stink eye to Bev when they bring an injured Eddie back home, calling her a "dirty girl" and mouthing off that "she knows what she gets up to with these boys".
- Munchausen Syndrome: Keeps Eddie under her thumb by tricking him into thinking he needs medicine, and giving him placebos instead.
- The Paranoiac: She is a delusional paranoiac who brings herself to 'protect her son from the world,' even it it means to trick him into thinking he needs medicine by taking placebos.
- Slut-Shaming: Does this to Beverly, calling her a "dirty girl" and believing what the kids around town, falsely, say about her.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Eddie finds out all his medicine is fake and stands up to her, she runs out of the house after him, screaming and sobbing for him to come back.
Officer Oscar "Butch" Bowers
Henry Bowers father, an officer in the Derry P.D.
- Abusive Parents: He shoots a gun at Henry's feet, terrifying him into tears and shown by a deleted scene beats his son at home.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. In the novel, Butch was a racist, anti-Semitic, sexist douchebag who had a feud with the Hanlons. He also shows signs of being legitimately and dangerously insane and prone to outbursts of violent rage; beating his wife to near-death, attacking his son's friends and killing the Hanlon's farm animals. Furthermore, he seems to encourage Henry's own psychotic behavior to the point of rewarding him for killing Mike's dog. In the film, Butch is still a violent abuser and the cause of his son's actions but he doesn't express any bigoted attitudes nor does he seem mentally unstable, and for all his faults he seems to disapprove of his son's behavior.
- Asshole Victim: The deleted scene where he's shown to beat his son makes it hard to feel any sympathy for him when Henry murders him in his sleep.
- Cool Shades: He's seen with a pair of shades in the beginning of the movie.
- The Glasses Come Off: When Henry and his friends start bullying and threatening the Losers within his vicinity, he takes off his sunglasses, causing the Bowers gang to back off.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He intimidates Henry from a distance when he catches his son bullying while on-duty; and intervenes when Henry attempts to shoot a cat with his gun, and strongly disapproves of his son using a gun at all not to mention he is a police officer trying to help Derry citzens. Unfortunately, he relies on physical abuse and threatening his son with a gun rather than provide any decent parenting.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Subverted. Some don't mind Henry being humilated by Butch due to his earlier actions but come the deleted scene, many will change their minds.
- Rabid Cop: While still in uniform, he catches Henry trying to shoot a cat with his M1911 pistol and punishes him by shooting at Henry's feet to frighten him into submission.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- He doesn't do much in the movie, but his brutal death at his own son's hands proves to show how deep Henry is under the influence of IT.
- The way he punishes his son coupled with how he beats him shows he may be the cause of Henry's actions.
- Tranquil Fury: When he finds Henry using his gun, Butch only raises his voice once but is very clearly enraged. He proceeds to let his actions speak for him.
- We Hardly Knew You: Appears in two scenes, one without dialogue, before Henry kills him.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He seems to highly disprove of Henry's actions, intimidating him to leave Bill alone, and later firing several rounds at Henry (though missing on purpose) in order to make him look scared in front of his friends as punishment for taking his gun and trying to shoot a cat. All this does is drive Henry's psychopathy harder until Henry murders him in his sleep, before going to try and murder the Losers.
The local pharmacist.
- Actor Allusion: While flirting to distract Keene, Beverly notes that his glasses make him look like Clark Kent. Joe Bostick, the actor playing Keene, does bear a little resemblance to Christopher Reeve.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Is a gruff but well-meaning pharmacist in the book and a creep in the movie.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original book, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. In the movie he's a creep and an implied hebephile. Also, book Mr Keene tells Eddie his medicine are placebos, whereas movie Mr. Keene seems content with keeping the lie going.
- Decomposite Character: His role in the book as telling Eddie his medicine are placebos is given to his pharmacy assistant and daughter, Greta.
- Dirty Old Man: Just look at the other examples.
- Fat Bastard: Notably well-fed, and a complete creep.
- Hate Sink: A liar, a creep and an overall bad man, sadly he never gets any comeuppance.
- Slimeball: He acts in a perverse manner toward Beverly. You can practically see the edges of the screen thicken with slime when he oozes into frame.
Zack & Sharon Denbrough
The parents of George and Bill.
- Demoted to Extra: They were hardly large characters in the original book, but here their role is diminished even further. Only Zack gets a speaking part.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Zack sternly tells Bill that Georgie's dead, despite Bill believing him to be still alive, however, given that Georgie in the prologue was shown getting his arm torn off and bleeding profusely before being dragged off by Pennywise, it is very practical that Georgie would not survive in a year without proper medical treatment. Bill did eventually finally realized Georgie was Dead All Along that his father had been trying to convince him to accept.
- No Sympathy: Their strategy for dealing with Bill obsessing over his disappeared brother is to chew him out for his delusion that Georgie is still alive. His anger towards Bill likely stemmed from he and Sharon blaming him for Georgie's death and wanting him not only accept he's dead, but to accept responsibility as they see him thinking he's alive as a way to escape guilt.
The stern grandfather of Mike Hanlon, who runs a nearby abattoir.
- Badass Grandpa: Mike hints that Leroy is fully aware of IT's existence. Combined with Leroy teaching Mike to overcome his hesitation to kill if needed heavily implies that Leroy fought against IT in the past.
- Hero of Another Story: Mike hints Leroy may have encountered IT in the past.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His strangely stern lecture toward Mike (saying that you are either the sheep ready to be slaughtered and eaten, or you are the butcher ready to kill to survive without hesitation) comes to new light later when Mike mentions that Leroy is aware of It's existence. Leroy was training Mike to kill to survive, in case IT targeted Mike. There's also the issue that they are black and Derry once had a racist cult that burned down a nightclub, so he may want his grandson to be able to defend himself against human threats as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike most adults, Leroy is aware of IT's existence and wants to prepare Mike to fight IT, as well as human threats, such as the Bowers Gang.
- Stern Teacher: His chiding Mike comes off as mean at first, until it's discovered he was only doing so to prepare Mike against IT.
The father of Stanley Uris.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Implied, since the Spooky Painting he keeps in his office is his own son's deepest fear.
- Stern Teacher: Is this towards Stan while preparing him for his Bar Mitzvah. However, his perfectionism stems mostly from concern over how Stan's performance will reflect on him as a rabbi than from care for Stan.
George "Georgie" Denbrough
Bill Denbrough's younger brother, who goes missing after an encounter with Pennywise in a storm drain.
- An Arm and a Leg: After convincing him to reach into the storm drain to retrieve the boat, Pennywise violently bites into and rips Georgie's arm off.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Entirely averted. He looked up to Bill, and they had a very loving relationship. Bill loves him so much that he refuses to believe that Georgie is dead, and gets the gang together to fight Pennywise.
- Big Brother Worship: Georgie absolutely adores Bill, being seen hugging him, sitting on his lap, and worries about how he'll react when he loses the paper boat he made for him. Also when he's dragged into the storm drain by Pennywise he calls out for Bill to save him rather than his mom or dad, implying that he saw Bill as his protector.
- Big "NO!": Georgie, when his paper boat is about to be washed down a storm drain.
- Children Are Innocent: Before his death, Georgie was a pretty innocent boy, admiring Bill to a high degree, having the usual stuff that any kid his age would have in his room, and going out in the rain to have fun.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Has his arm bitten off by Pennywise, allowed to suffer in pain and bleed out for awhile, then dragged into the sewers to his death. Made even more cruel in that his last words are him crying for his big brother to save him.
- The Cutie: His adorable innocence and politeness combined with his idolization and love for his older brother make Georgie a prime example of this.
- Dead All Along: Throughout the movie, his brother is under the impression that Georgie's just been kidnapped (or rather, he deludes himself into thinking this). But finally comes to accept Georgie's death after finding his torn raincoat among the pile of Pennywise's 'trophies'.
- Kill the Cutie: Georgie is introduced as an adorable, sweet-natured little boy who idolizes his big brother. Then he's brutally dismembered and eaten by Pennywise.
- Posthumous Character: He appears numerous times after his disappearance, but these are all Pennywise impersonating him to torment Bill.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His encounter with Pennywise kicks the entire plot into motion.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Bill's Manly Man.
- Too Dumb to Live: Averted. Like in the other adaptations, he refuses to take things from strangers, doesn't relax until Pennywise gives his name and an excuse for being in the sewers. While Pennywise shares a brief friendly chat and a giggle with Georgie, Georgie is otherwise very wary of Pennywise and very reluctantly tries to retrieve the paper boat from the drooling, wall-eyed sewer clown.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pennywise tempts him with popcorn.
A student at Derry High and a pharmacy assistant, as well as Beverly Marsh's main tormentor.
- Adaptational Villainy: Greta Bowie, the book character Greta Keene is based on is a snooty rich girl, but she merely ignores Beverly and doesn't bully her actively. She doesn't write "loser" on Eddie's cast either.
- Alpha Bitch: She seems to be the head one at Derry High. She at least has two girls trailing after her.
- Composite Character: With Marcia, who was the Alpha Bitch who bullied Bev in the book. This leaves the actual Marcia in the film as just a blank slate alongside Sally.
- Decomposite Character: Overlaps with Composite Character. In the book, it's Mr. Keene himself who tells Eddie that his medicines are placebos. In the movie she tells him.
- Establishing Character Moment: Her first scene is of her and her posse bullying Bev by dumping wet garbage on her, and even before that she rudely shoves one of the Losers out of the way.
- Hate Sink: Every scene with Greta serves just to showcase what a snotty, nasty little witch she is. Most of the audience was just aching for IT to turn her into his next meal. Sadly it never happens.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In her first scene, she torments Bev and has her minions dump wet garbage on her. In the second, she seems to be a little nicer (if still abrasive) when she offers to sign Eddie's cast... only to write 'loser' on it.
- Karma Houdini: She is the only major Jerkass character in the entire film who doesn't suffer any dose of Laser-Guided Karma from the Loser's Club or IT.
- Mythology Gag: Eddie is excited when she signs his cast. In the book he has a crush on her.
- The Resenter: It's implied that the reason she bullies Bev is because she's envious of her beauty and the attention she gets from the boys at school.
- Slut-Shaming: Does this to Bev constantly.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She only has a few scenes in the film, but her first scene not only introduces Bev, it also establishes her to be a victim of constant Slut-Shaming throughout Derry starting with Greta tormenting her, while her second pivotal scene- where she reveals to Eddie about the placebos- helped him realize how his own mother lied to him about his medication, pushing him to stand up to her.
One of Derry's missing children.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. She makes a couple of appearances in the movie (as opposed to the novel, where she's only mentioned). However, these are IT's illusions.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Bill and Richie find her mangled upper torso at the Neibolt House - though it's really just an illusion.
- Hope Spot: In Neibolt House, Bill and Richie open the door marked "Not Scary At All", and open up to a pitch black room where they hear Betty Ripsom's voice asking where her shoe is (they had found it earlier in the sewers). Thinking she is alive, they turn on the light, revealing her mangled torso. Obviously, she does not need shoes anymore.
- Posthumous Character: She was killed by IT months before the main part of the movie begins. All her onscreen appearances in the movie are illusions created by IT.
- Undead Child: IT assumes the form of a zombie Betty (along with several other of its victims) when hunting Patrick Hockstetter in the sewer.
- Un-person: An in-universe case, in which mid-way through the movie the Derry authorities cover up Betty's missing posters with missing posters of Eddie Corcoran. Bill remarks that it's as if everyone is deliberately trying to forget all about her.