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Character sheet for 2017's It and its 2019 sequel, It: Chapter Two. For the source material, see here. For the 1990 miniseries, see here.

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IT

Pennywise the Dancing Clown

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"Time to float!"
Portrayed by: Bill Skarsgård
"I'll feast on your flesh as I feed on your fear..."

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 pierrot 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.
  • And Show It to You: How he meets his ultimate fate.
  • Adaptational Abomination: Downplayed. While IT was always an Eldritch Abomination, here he is portrayed as much more monstrous and less capable of seeming to be anything but.
  • Adaptational Badass: Pennywise is a bit of this and Adaptational Wimp at the same time. While I Ts weakness is apparently shared across all forms, and is brutally beaten and almost starved to death due to the Losers no longer being frightened by IT, It still survives an attack that would have killed Georgie, its then-current shape.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Inverted. Pennywise's orange hair is more accurate to the book than the red hair from the TV miniseries.
  • 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 suppress 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. Furthermore, while this IT is still very much a Lovecraftian aberration like its book counterpart, in Chapter 2 it is seemingly Killed Off for Real, unlike its literary version which apparently survived.
  • Aliens are Bastards: IT is essentially an extremely malevolent, predatory being of extraterrestrial origins that came to Derry in a meteor and turned the place into Its personal hunting grounds.
  • 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 millenia.
  • 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 otherworldly appearance, but at the same time it looks very extravagant 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; after all, he ''is'' a clown. 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...
    Pennywise: [gives a ghastly grin] It was real enough for Georgie! HehehaHAHAHAHA!
  • 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.
  • Break Them by Talking: Pennywise instills fear in his victims by picking away at their deepest insecurities and making them feel insignificant against him. This ends up being flipped on him in the climax of Chapter Two, where the Losers overcome their fears and completely destroy his ego, reducing him to a feeble shell of a creature that reflects what he was all along on the inside: a pathetic bully who makes himself out to be bigger than he really is.
  • 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 telltale sign that Pennywise is near or something terrible is about to happen.
  • Catchphrase: "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.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: His major weakness is belief can be weaponized against him. A lack of fear and standing up to him can result in Pennywise believing himself powerless, which makes it so.
  • 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.
  • Emotion Eater: Even more than flesh, Pennywise needs fear to feed on and function. This also extends to his sense of smell as the clown's reaction upon smelling a courageous prey was to shake his head in disgust. Once the Losers' Club stops being afraid of him, disposes of Henry Bowers and bands together, he's nearly helpless to fight them off.
    Pennywise: Tasty, tasty, beautiful fear!
  • 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.
    • Kidnapping Beverly has shades of this; at that point the Losers had fallen out, and probably would have been easy pickings. As soon as they heard that Beverly had been taken? All grudges forgotten, and they were ready for a fight.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Being a clown, Pennywise naturally has a sense of humor. Being Pennywise, the things he finds funny are horrifying. This trait is played up in Chapter Two, where Pennywise shows off a fondness for bad puns, sending a message to the Losers saying "guess Stanley could not cut it" (Stan having committed suicide by cutting his wrists) and changing his Catchphrase to "time to sink" when trying to drown Beverly.
  • 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 Is Petty: Pennywise isn't just a predator. He goes straight for the nastiest, most petty means he can use to hurt someone. Mocking Eddie's medical issues, mocking Ben's weight, mocking Richie's being a closeted gay man, constantly going after Bill's stutter and hitting below the belt shows what a sadistic creep he is.
  • 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 stat].
  • Famous Last Words: "Look at you...you're all...grown up!"
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride, due to being a demonic being, IT is self-absorbed and refuses to comprehend anything beyond himself. IT has spent his entire existence as an apex predator and has never faced a challenge like this before and, consequently, lacks strategy because of it.
    • In the climax of the first movie, Bev is kidnapped by IT and he causes the losers to create a united front against IT to save her. IT, however, cannot comprehend compradery or compromise and after trying to "bargain" with the losers, he is severely beaten into submission and forced to flee deeper into the sewer to hibernate for 27 years. For the first time in his existence, IT has felt fear and cannot understand how 7 kids managed to best him.
    • Likewise, in Chapter Two, Pennywise's need to affirm his sense of superiority and invincibility is what drives him to lure the Losers into his lair (as opposed to picking them off one at a time). He specifically wants to kill them all while they're together, in order to prove that even those who present a united front can't stop him. This backfires horribly when the Losers begin calling out all his previous forms which no longer scare them, shattering his ego and forcing him to assume a feeble baby-like form that they destroy.
  • 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.)
    • Plays this card again in the second film against a little girl named Victoria. When she initially backs off from him in fright, he laments that he understands and everyone shuns him and makes fun of him because he's so ugly; preying on Victoria's sympathy as she also gets made fun of for the scar on her cheek. He lunges and kills her shortly after she comes closer to ease the feelings she believes she'd hurt.
  • 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 attempting 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.
  • Giggling Villain: He has a very high-pitched and pronounced giggle.
  • 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 wild animal who has only just learned how to speak English.
  • Hate Sink: Bill Skarsgård's take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown outdoes the original version in sheer depravity. Along with IT's crimes from the novel, IT taunts the possibility of Georgie being alive just to send Bill on a fruitless hunt that puts his friends in danger in the process. 27 years later, IT also pretends to save a gay man from drowning only to devour his heart in front of his boyfriend. IT kills a young girl after promising to remove her embarrassing birthmark, and — to further taunt Bill over his inability to save Georgie — makes him relive it by killing another boy in front of him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Continually exposing the Losers to the same fears forces them to overcome said fears. This leads to them beating him senseless in the first movie and finally killing IT in the sequel.
  • 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 version 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. The few glimpses we get of Bob Gray, and a few oblique hints from Word of God show that might be literally the case.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Even for a predatory monster that feeds on fear, Pennywise is a petty, cruel, vicious bully who enjoys tormenting his prey as much, if not more than the act of killing them. Special mention goes to taunting Bill about Georgie's death, mocking Ben's weight, taunting Richie about being gay, and especially rubbing Stan's death in the Losers' faces.
  • 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.
    • He's back to old tricks in Chapter Two, opening the film by devouring Adrian Mellon in front of his boyfriend, then writing a taunting message for Mike in Adrian's blood.
    • When the Losers reunite, Pennywise welcomes them home in his own inimitable fashion: taunting them about Stan's suicide with fortune cookie messages that spell out "guess Stanley could not cut it".
    • In flashbacks showing individual encounters with the Losers in 1989, Pennywise tells Bill that he killed Georgie just because Bill wasn't there to protect him, harasses Ben by shapshifting into Bev's form, and using his Leper form and an illusion of Eddie's mother to psychologically torture him.
    • He graphically devours a boy named Dean while Bill is Forced to Watch, just to pile more guilt onto Bill, who already blames himself for Georgie's death.
  • Killed Off for Real: After centuries of terror and misery that he brought upon the denizens of Derry, Pennywise is finally defeated for good as his clown's form's beating heart is mutually crushed by the Losers Club.
  • 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: While no predator truly empathizes with their prey (they only do what they do for survival), Pennywise is defined by a sort of predatory sadism, as he enjoys breaking his victims down in every conceivable way because just devouring them wouldn't be enough.
  • 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 (with red, orange, and silver are thrown in for good measure), 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. In addition, when Pennywise's physical form is killed for good in Chapter 2, the Deadlights appear to fade as well, implying It has been destroyed for good, going from the level of an Outer God to a Great Old One instead.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Absolutely adores the sounds of his victims' terror before feeding on them.
  • Made of Evil: IT is the emodiment of evil, he came to Derry and turned it into his personal hunting ground. He targets children because they are more interesting prey than adults and Bill Skarsgård deliberately stylised him after carnivorous animals, to distinguish how animalistic and uncompromising IT truely is.
  • Madness Mantra: "I am the eater of worlds!" sounds badass in a fight, but when the adult Losers finally bring him down, he whimpers it frantically, over and over, as if trying to assure himself.
  • 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 a normal circus entertainer, but it was all just to lower his suspicions and beckon him into striking distance.
  • 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.
  • Paper Tiger: Pennywise is really good at acting or looking scary, but he's only really dangerous if you’re actually afraid. He feeds on fear and any other emotion repels it, so if you’re not scared or even just fight through the fear, he’s really not that formidable. When the Losers overcome their fear and start beating him up, Pennywise breaks down crying like a pathetic loser and runs away into the sewers.
  • Partial Transformation: During the final battle in Chapter One, Pennywise transforms his arms into a set of arachnid-like appendages and tries to chase after Mike with them.
  • Personality Powers: A somewhat subtle example, but the fact that its actually made of light makes its cheerfulness as a clown and its general insane arrogance make a lot of sense. On a more overt level, a reality warper whose powers are particularly effective at generating fear is naturally going to be a psycho.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In Chapter Two, he mocks Ben's weight and Richie's sexuality.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Say it with us: "Time to float!"
  • Pride: This is Pennywise's Fatal Flaw. After centuries It never bothered to learn its own limitations or vulnerabilities or to take its own victims seriously. Even after establishing firmly that, possibly for the first time ever, the "food" has decided to fight back, a fairly obvious possibility when hunting sentient prey, It does absolutely nothing about the problem. It just lets them walk right up to its home, safe in the belief It can take them all with no trouble, and gets promptly curb stomped into another thirty years of hibernation.
  • 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 his sleep.
  • 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 of Chapter One 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, he’ll 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 can’t beat them when they aren’t 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.
    • Played straight in the climax of Chapter Two, when the Losers figure out they can force it into a feeble, powerless form by thinking of all the previous forms it's taken that they're no longer afraid of.
  • 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.
  • Squishy Wizard: When the Losers are no longer afraid of him, IT loses much of his power and menace. IT can still shapeshift, regenerate, and exert minor superhuman strength (e.g. sending Mike flying with a backhand), but IT can be readily bludgeoned or stabbed to death by determined humans like any moderately dangerous animal.
  • 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.
  • The One That Got Away: He clearly considers the Losers this, being the only prey to ever escape him. In Chapter Two, he states that the only thing he thought about during his 27-year hibernation was them.
    Pennywise: For 27 years, I dreamt of you... I craved you... I’ve missed you!
  • Throat Light: In the final act of Chapter One, 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:
    • When Beth nails IT with a metal pole through the eye in the Neibolt house. Its the first time IT has been injured, not just in the movie but...ever, and IT doesn't take it well. When IT finally gets over its shock, IT rounds on the kids with the Pennywise disguise almost unraveling, half of IT's face twisted and fanged as IT's claws tear through IT's gloves. IT takes a few frantic swings at the children, letting out inhuman snarls, before slinking away to lick IT's wounds.
    • At the climax of the first 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.
    • At the climax of the second film, he keeps repeating that he's the Eater of Worlds even as the Losers force him into a form where they can finally kill IT.
  • Villain Song: Has a small one in It: Chapter Two where he taunts Richie about his sexuality.
  • 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.
  • Volumetric Mouth: The red makeup on his face, the parts that reach up to his eyes? Those are its lips.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Pennywise's total inability to just kill the kids in favor of endlessly tormenting and needling them bites him hard in the end.
  • 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.

    Leper 

The Leper

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"Do you think this will help me, Eddie?"
Portrayed by: Javier Botet

"I-I saw a leper. He was like a walking infection."
Eddie Kaspbrak

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 in Chapter One. However, because Eddie has already overcome his fear of disease, all this does is piss him off.
    • Does it again in Chapter Two, as a last resort when Eddie nearly succeeds in killing him. To the tune of "Angel of the Morning", no less.

    Judith 

Judith (The Flute Player)

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Portrayed by: Tatum Lee

Richie: Is she hot?
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 IT has until the introduction of Mrs. Kresch in Chapter Two.
  • 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.

    Headless Boy 

Headless Boy

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Portrayed by: Carter Musselman

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.
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    SPOILER CHARACTER 

Fake Georgie

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"Bill, if you come with me, you'll float, too."
Portrayed by: Jackson Robert Scott

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!"

    The Deadlights 

The Deadlights

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IT's true form. Three white/orange lights.


  • Brown Note: Staring into the Deadlights will cause the person to go catatonic.
  • Eldritch Abomination: This is revealed to be IT's true nature. IT is in reality, a trio of orange glowing lights from outer space called the Deadlights. The Deadlights arrived to Earth millions of years ago at the location that would eventually become Derry, Maine. Anyone who looks upon the Deadlights will go into a catatonic state. The Deadlights also have the ability to create a physical avatar to feed on its prey. Through its avatar, the Deadlights can induce hallucinations, bend reality to its will, read the minds of its victims, and shapeshift into whatever they fear the most.
  • Fighting a Shadow: It implied that the various shapes IT takes are physical avatars created by the Deadlights so as to feed. IT showing the deadlights to Richie is presented like its head is a fanged, fleshy lens channeling their light. Though its played down in that killing the physical form will kill the Deadlights too.
  • 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. They even get an upgrade in the second movie, where they go from gold to blue.

     Mrs. Kersh 

Mrs. Kersh

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"No one who dies here ever really dies!"
Portrayed by: Joan Gregson

The form IT takes when confronting a now-adult Beverly upon her return to Derry.


  • Body Horror: There are signs of decaying flesh on her chest when she talks to Beverly. And then she transforms into a giant, Judge Doom-esque monster with sharp teeth and bulging eyes.
  • Evil Old Folks: She may act kind and sweet to visitors, but she is in fact another form of IT.
  • Fan Disservice: She is wearing no clothes when she attacks Beverly. As an old monstrous lady, mind you.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Attacks Beverly while stark naked.

     Final Form 

Spiderwise

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"I can smell the stink of your fear!"
The last incarnation of IT, a half-Pennywise, half-spider hybrid.

  • Adaptation Species Change: In the novel, Pennywise's true form, or at least as far as human understanding goes, was a giant spider. Here, it’s a mashup of Pennywise and a spider, and appears to be less of a "true form" and more a form taken to kill the Losers more easily.
  • Animalistic Abomination: IT's giant spider form is glimpsed during Bill's vision of IT's battles with the Shokopiwah — sporting multiple glowing yellow eyes. In the vision IT also takes on the form of a giant bird. The form IT takes to fight the Losers at the end is a mashup of this and IT's Pennywise form.
  • Adapted Out: The part where it's revealed that the Spider is pregnant with eggs is omitted entirely.
  • Breath Weapon: In this form, It can use the deadlights in a manner much like a breath weapon, rapidly opening its mouth and shooting a beam of catatonia-inducing light at a selected target.
  • Evil Is Bigger: It is gigantic in this form. It's easily twenty feet tall and wide, and Pennywise's head alone is bigger than a person.
  • Final Boss: It’s the last obstacle in the duology.
  • Gender Flip: The part about IT laying eggs had been Adapted Out, which could mean the Spider is indeed male like Pennywise.
  • Giant Spider: It’s a truly enormous arachnid with Pennywise’s upper body attached.
  • Lamprey Mouth: IT can turn its spider-like limbs into eel-like tendrils with lamprey mouths on the end.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: It's death causes the impact crater, cistern, and Neibolt house to implode.
  • One-Winged Angel: Pennywise's most dangerous and horrific form.
  • Spiders Are Scary: And just to make it more personally scary for the Losers, this spider keeps Pennywise's face rather than go full arachnid.
  • Spider People: In this form, half of Pennywise turns into a spider.

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The Losers Club

    In General 

The Losers' Club

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Stan: The thing about being a loser is... you don't have anything to lose.note 
Bill: We like hanging with you.
Bev: Thanks.
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 Bill's parents as deleted scenes show 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct / Big Sister Instinct: They are all very protective of each other, and will stop at nothing to keep each other safe.
  • Blood Brothers: At the end of the first movie, 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 panicking.
  • 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 first movie, with Beverly moving away and the implication that the whole group is beginning to forget what happened. Downplayed in the sequel; the surviving members go their separate ways after defeating IT for good, but unlike in the book they retain their memories and it's implied that they'll stay friends.
  • Five-Man Band: The gang largely falls into these archetypes:
  • Five-Token Band: Seven token actually, with Bill's stutter, Ben's weight, Beverly's gender, Richie's sexuality, 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 thirteen years old during the events of the first film.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: In the second film, which takes place twenty-seven years later when they're all around forty.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A positive variant. In the 27 years following their first battle with IT, most of them become fairly successful and wealthy.
  • Love Triangle: There's one between Bill, Ben and Beverly, Ben is attracted to Beverly but she was more interested in Bill, who's more focused on rescuing Georgie to act on his crush on her. Until she realised that Ben wrote the love poem for her, and grew to reciprocate it. In Chapter 2 she finally gets together with Ben in her adulthood.
  • 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.
  • Victory-Guided Amnesia: With the exception of Mike, they all forget both IT and each other once they move away from Derry. Averted at the end of Chapter Two; unlike the book, they retain their memories after defeating IT for good and it's implied that the surviving members remain friends.

    Bill 

William "Bill" Denbrough

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"If we stick together, all of us... we'll win."
Portrayed by: Jaeden Lieberher (child), James McAvoy (adult)

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. As an adult, Bill is a mystery novelist married to Audra Phillips, a movie star.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, adult Bill is described as bald and slightly paunchy. In the movie, he's played by James McAvoy.
  • Adorkable: Has a massive crush on Bev, and while tragic, his model of the Derry sewer made out of hamster tunnels was pretty inventive.
  • Adult Fear: In the second film, Bill is inside a carnival attraction, surrounded by mirrors when he spots a kid wandering around on his own. Bill ends up catching up to the kid, only to slam face first into a glass wall, separating him from the kid...and then they turn around to see Pennywise about to break the glass down and kill the kid.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguous Situation: His marriage to Audra, thanks to her being Demoted to Extra. Her only scene sees the two of them fighting, but it's never clarified if their marriage is actually failing or simply strained. Bill also doesn't seem to be wearing a wedding ring in the epilogue, but it's never highlighted in the scene, in contrast to the emphasis placed on Beverly taking off her wedding ring in the beginning.
  • 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.
    • He carries this trait into adulthood, being extremely protective of the other Losers and Dean, a little boy who reminds him very much so of Georgie. Pennywise obviously uses this against him, and it ends just as badly as the first time.
  • Big Good: Riles up the group to defeat Pennywise and has nothing but benevolent goals throughout the film.
  • Big "NO!": He gets in a few when Eddie is impaled in the climax of Chapter Two.
  • 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.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: With Bev in the sequel. Though Ben is also a Nice Guy and Bill has no hard feelings.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Beverly eventually chooses Ben, but that doesn't interfere with their friendship at all. Not to mention he's already married.
  • Has a Type: His wife Audra is a redhead with more than a passing resemblance to Beverly.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Has a mutual crush on Beverly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When he realizes Beverly and Ben have embraced their feelings for one another, Bill accepts it and does nothing but wish them the best, even if Beverly is likely the true love of his life, married or no.
  • 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:
    • 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).
    • Chapter Two reveals that Bill faked being sick because he didn't want to play outside that day, adding an extra layer of guilt.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Failure: He wasn't outside with Georgie that day because he faked being sick since he didn't want to play with Georgie in the rain. He never forgave himself for not being there when Georgie was taken by Pennywise.
  • 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. Though, when he returns as an adult his stutter is more prominent as the memories become more clear.
  • 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.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A subplot in Chapter Two involves Bill trying to convince a young boy to get out of Derry after the boy implies that he's been encountering signs of Pennywise, with Bill clearly seeing shades of Georgie in the kid. it doesn't go much better for the new kid than it did for Georgie.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Georgie's Sensitive Guy.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He fights against Pennywise's mental torture and says yes, he was a wonderful big brother. One day of not wanting to play outside with the kid does not mean he wasn't, and it doesn't mean he got Georgie killed.
  • 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. He loses the stutter in adulthood, but it starts to come back once he returns to Derry.
  • 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He kisses Beverly while married to Audra, though he doesn't sleep with her as in the book.

    Ben 

Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom

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"Derry is not like any town I've been in before. People die or disappear, six times the national average. And that's just grown ups. Kids are worse. Way, way worse."
Portrayed by: Jeremy Ray Taylor (child), Jay Ryan (adult)

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. As an adult, Ben is an architect living in New York State.


  • 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. The first time he saw her, he dropped the miniature building he was holding and uses a New Kids On The Block song as a 'witty' way of getting her to stay.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is the smartest of the group, being the one to notice the pattern of missing children and locate It's well hideout. 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.
  • Buried Alive: Almost becomes his fate in the climax of Chapter Two, as Pennywise traps him in the clubhouse he built for the Losers as it rapidly fills with dirt.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has a crush on Beverly as a child, and ultimately ends up with her 27 years later.
  • Commonality Connection: He and Beverly bond over their taste in music and, albeit secretly, poetry.
  • Composite Character: Takes the role as the group's historian off of Mike, but only in the first film. Mike takes up becoming the group's historian after he chooses to stay.
  • Dying Alone: One of his biggest fears, which Pennywise exploits to torment him.
  • 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When we're re-introduced to him as an adult in Chapter Two, he's shown confidently presenting a building to a group of investors via video link, talking about knocking down walls to make the space more welcoming before the camera cuts to a wide shot of him alone in a big empty house. Thus we know that Ben is a down-to-earth Nice Guy who is still desperately lonely for all his wealth and success.
  • Fat Best Friend: He is the only one of the gang that's overweight.
  • Formerly Fat: With a ton of diet and exercise, he lost his gut as he grew up.
  • 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.
  • The Heart: Highlighted in Chapter Two. Ben is instrumental in keeping the group together, and repeatedly tells the others to at least hear Mike out when they threaten to bail.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Has an extremely obvious crush on Beverly.
  • Hidden Depths: Ben is socially awkward and shy, but loves poetry and music. He's also one of the kindest, sweetest boys alive, and is incredibly talented and creative. The Losers' clubhouse is designed and built by him.
    • In the book, he instructed the others on how to build a dam that functioned so well, it resulted in most of the sinks in Derry being backed up. As a result, the Barrens' impressed caretaker doesn't tell on them; asking instead that they dismantle the dam and play somewhere else. This foreshadows his future career as a brilliant architect.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Loves boy bands and poetry.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: As a child, he doesn't try to move between Bill and Beverly, despite his love for her. As an adult, he seems ready to allow the same. It turns out in the end that Beverly realizes she'll be happiest with him.
  • 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* "... and look at this motherfucker! He's leaking Hamburger Helper!"
  • Mr. Fanservice: The adult Ben is easily the most attractive of the Losers, with Chapter Two even giving an extended look at his well-defined abs (albeit with Pennywise sadistically carving a taunting message into his stomach).
  • New Transfer Student: Hence his Friendless Background, and the reason why everyone calls him "The New Kid".
  • Nice Guy: Ben is gentle, sensitive, kind, and warm as a boy. As an adult, even as a wealthy and famous architect, he maintains these attributes. He even brings it to his job, wanting a friendly, comforting feel to the buildings he designs.
  • 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, but only in Chapter One.
  • He Is All Grown Up: He grew up to be extremely good looking, which does not go unnoticed by the other Losers. Or Pennywise.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Timid, shy, chubby little Ben becomes as stalwart a fighter against IT as anyone else, and as an adult he's one of the most physically capable of the others.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Fascinated by Derry's morbid history, and keeps a conspiracy theory-esque, wall-to-wall flowchart analyzing it.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Beverly chooses him when they're adults, reciprocating his feelings.

    Beverly 

Beverly Marsh

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"I want to run towards something, not away."
Portrayed by: Sophia Lillis (child), Jessica Chastain (adult)

"I never felt like a loser when I was with you."

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. As an adult, Beverly is a fashion designer in Manhattan and in an abusive relationship with her husband, Tom Rogan.


  • 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 Angst Upgrade: Her book counterpart never has prophetic nightmares of the Losers' deaths.
  • Adaptational Badass: Movie!Bev loses all fear of IT after fighting off her abusive father and is the one who does the most physical damage to IT along with Eddie; in the book she was tough and good with a slingshot, but was ultimately still just a scared kid with no real fighting ability.
  • 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. Taken even further in the second movie, when she's trapped in a Drowning Pit that fills with blood from floor to ceiling.
  • 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. In Chapter Two her husband attempts to rape her after finding out she’s going back to Derry to meet up with old friends, believing she’s cheating. Much like her father before him, this does not end well for him as Bev is able to kick him off and bash him over the head with a mirror, buying her enough time to get 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."
  • 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. She gets another one with each of them in Chapter Two.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: As an adult, she's trapped in an abusive relationship and haunted by visions of the Losers' deaths, not to mention deeply scarred by her childhood experiences.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Why she smokes.
  • 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.
  • Character Tics: Smoking when she's nervous or scared.
  • Cool Loser: Has way better social graces than the rest of the Losers Club, though her working-class background and 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 first 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.]]
  • The Dog Bites Back: She fights back against her abusive husband when he tries to prevent her from returning to Derry, ultimately knocking him out to escape.
  • Domestic Abuse: As an adult, she's married to a man much like her father, who abuses her both physically and mentally.
  • 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. Chapter Two reveals that she's been having visions of their deaths for the last thirty years, including Stan's suicide.
  • Dude Magnet: She attracts all the Losers Club members and many other men in the story, including some disturbing men.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After enduring years of abuse at the hands of both her father and her husband, she ends up with sweet, devoted Ben.
  • 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, as she herself points out.
  • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationships with most of the Losers - Richie, in particular, in Chapter Two - is this. Unfortunately, this results in her father wrongfully assuming that she is doing less-than-innocent things with them in the forests and the quarry.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: As an adult, Bev married Tom Rogan, who, like her father, is a sexist, abusive, vile piece of work who treats her like his personal property. Thankfully, she ends up getting away from this relationship, and ends up with the genuinely loving and good-hearted Ben.
  • 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.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died when she was young in what is strongly implied to be suicide. Her father uses this to manipulate her into wearing her mothers perfume, amongst other things.
  • Must Have Nicotine: A more disturbing example of this trope, since she's only 13 and still has a strong nicotine craving.
  • 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 first film to get away from her abusive father.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Textbook example of a ginger pre-teen social outcast.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After leaving her abusive husband Tom, she initially gravitates back to her childhood love with the kind Bill. However, her final, truest love is the gentle, warm and caring Ben who doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
  • 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.
    • Even as an adult, she peaks around 5'4", making her the shortest of the Losers.
  • 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. Downplayed in Chapter Two, where her tomboy qualities are less evident.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Smokes cigarettes, and flirts with Mr. Keene so the boys can shoplift his store while he's distracted.

    Eddie 

Edward "Eddie" Kaspbrak

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"I don't want to go missing either."
Portrayed by: Jack Dylan Grazer (child), James Ransone (adult)

"I think it's great we're helping the new kid, but we also need to think of our own safety. I mean, he's bleeding all over and you guys know that there's an AIDS epidemic out there right now, as we speak, right? I mean, my mom's friend in New York City got it just by touching a dirty pole in the subway and enough of AIDS blood got into his system from a hangnail. A hangnail!"

A hypochondriac asthmatic and Mama's Boy. As an adult, Eddie is a risk analyst in Manhattan and is married to a woman very similar to his overbearing mother.


  • 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.
  • Adaptational Job Change: He grows up to be a risk analyst rather than a limo driver as in the book.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: While still a neurotic hypochondriac, this version of Eddie is much more fiery, outspoken and prone to dropping Cluster F Bombs when compared to his timid book counterpart.
  • Almost Dead Guy: Survives long enough after being mortally wounded to impart important knowledge to the others on how to harm IT.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While his various physical ailments were fabricated by his mother, it's clear that his "asthma" attacks are really panic attacks and he likely suffers from some form of anxiety disorder.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Downplayed from the book, but present. Notably, he's unhappily married to a woman who looks and acts exactly like his abusive mother, even down to deliberately casting the same actress for both roles, and shows little to no interest in other women. Meanwhile, he can be seen appreciatively checking out Ben when Richie mentions how hot he is during the reunion dinner, and quite randomly yells "Let's take off our shirts and kiss!" while arm wrestling Richie. He's also paralleled by the openly gay Adrian Mellon, and the exact nature of his relationship with Richie is up for interpretation.
  • Aw, 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.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: He's a risk analyst for an insurance firm and manages to strangle IT in Leper form and succeeds in hurting IT during his solo encounter.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: His relationship with Richie toes the line between this and Vitriolic Best Buds due to the revelation that Richie was in love with Eddie, as well as Eddie's own Ambiguously Gay nature.
  • Berserk Button: After discovering all his afflictions are just made up and his medicines are 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Impaled by one of IT's spider appendages, hoisted into the air and swung around like a rag doll, before being thrown several feet into a rocky crevasse. Despite the Losers' best efforts to staunch the wound, he ends up bleeding out anyway.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's quick to panic and doubts his own bravery, but he steps up when it counts. He's also the only member of the Losers Club who succeeds in hurting IT during his solo encounter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. Being friends with someone like Richie makes it inevitable.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the book, he bleeds out after Pennywise in spider form bites his arm off. In this version, he's run through with one if IT's appendages.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He crashes his car when Mike calls him at the start of Chapter Two, after yelling at other drivers and popping pills while arguing with his wife on the phone. Possibly an intentional Mythology Gag, considering his career in the book was a limo driver.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In the climax of Chapter Two, he attacks It and frees Richie from the deadlights. It gets him killed.
  • Hates Being Touched: When he gets his arm broken at the Neibolt house, he gives us this little gem:
    Do not fucking touch me!
  • Heroic BSoD: Freezes up when Stan's head attacks Richie, which nearly gets Richie killed. Bill later chews him out over this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He attacks It to free Richie from the Deadlights. It gets him killed.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his anxiety and frailty, he's actually got quite a sharp tongue, mostly seen in his banter with Richie.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: As an adult, Eddie is tall, handsome and fit with a pleasant disposition. His wife is obese, frumpy and unpleasant; overall she resembles Eddie's mother and even shares the same actor.
  • Hypochondria: He takes a whole bunch of pills to keep his various afflictions under control. Turns out they're sugar pills.
  • In-Series Nickname: The other Losers (and Pennywise) will occasionally call him "Eds".
  • Induced Hypochondria: His mother suffers from Munchausen 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, though he ends up regressing and marries a woman just like her after losing his memories.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: He marries a woman who looks and acts just like his mother, down to even being played by the same actress.
  • Malaproper: Upon finding out that his pills are just placebos — a word he'd apparently never heard before that day — he confronts his mother about this, but accidentally called the pills "gazebos" instead.
  • 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. Lampshaded in Chapter Two when he exictedly recalls this incident and Bev asks if he became a doctor.
  • 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.
  • The Napoleon: He's the shortest of the male Losers and has an even shorter temper.
  • Nervous Wreck: He’s 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.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: He gets one in both films.
    • In Chapter One, Pennywise attempts to use his fear of germs against him by vomiting on him as the Leper. Seeing as this was only a few hours after he'd found out that his mother had been lying to him his whole life about his 'medicines', he is understandably pissed-off.
      Eddie: I'm gonna fucking kill you!
    • In Chapter Two, Eddie sees Richie trapped in the Deadlights and snaps.
      Eddie: BEEP-BEEP, MOTHERFUCKER!
  • Profane Last Words:
    "Richie, there's something I have to tell you... I fucked your mom."
  • Properly Paranoid: He’s 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.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death serves the dual purpose of showing the other Losers how IT can be harmed and making them sufficiently motivated to go finish IT for good, as well as establishing that Pennywise is done playing around and Anyone Can Die.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Part of his dainty-boy characterization.
  • Security Cling: For someone who supposedly can't stand Richie, Eddie sure does cling to him a lot whenever he gets scared, both as a child and an adult.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The most likely of the kids besides Richie to drop an f-bomb or three. He's even worse as an adult.
  • 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: At first, 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.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • During the final battle Pennywise tries to exploit his fear of disease by shifting his head into the Leper's and vomiting blackish-green sludge all over him. unfortunately for Pennywise, Eddie'd learned the truth about his "medicine" and lost his fear of disease and the act just makes him angry.
      Eddie: I'm gonna kill you! (soccer kicks Pennywise in the head)
    • Happens again in Chapter Two when he almost succeeds in throttling IT to death through sheer rage. Generally, it's shown that Eddie has extreme anger issues beneath his surface frailty, which allows him to dole out some of the most serious damage to IT when pushed.
  • 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. Gets a funny callback in an otherwise tragic scene when his last words are a Your Mom joke.

    Richie 

Richard "Richie" Tozier

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"Do you use the same bathroom as your mother? Then you probably have crabs."
Portrayed by: Finn Wolfhard (child), Bill Hader (adult)

"You punched me in the face, made me walk through shitty water, took me to a fucking crackhead house, and now... I'm gonna have to kill this fucking clown."

An obnoxious but well-meaning member of the Losers' Club, with a fondness for crude jokes. As an adult, Richie is a successful stand-up comedian living in Chicago.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The movie adds in a subplot about him struggling with his sexuality which wasn't included in the book. The fact that, in this continuity, the Losers don't forget after they defeat IT for good means that he also gets to remember Eddie's death.
  • Adaptational Job Change: A stand-up comedian rather than a radio DJ.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Chapter Two all but explicitly states he's gay.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Fans have speculated that he might have undiagnosed ADHD due to his Attention Whore tendencies and never being able to shut up or sit still.
  • Ambiguously Bi: An odd case in which his attraction to men is confirmed, but it's not clear whether his flirtations with women are genuine or just another part of his facade. The latter is implied, but it's ultimately left open to interpretation.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Played by Finn Wolfhard (who has Jewish heritage) and attends Stan's bar mitzvah wearing a yarmulke, but also makes disparaging comments about Stan's circumcision and seems as confused about the difference between a bar mitzvah and a bris as Eddie and Bill are. It's unclear if Richie is just attending the bar mitzvah for moral support or if he's a fairly secular and irreverent Jew.
  • An Axe to Grind: Kills Henry with an axe to the head.
  • Armored Closet Gay: The second movie basically all but states he's gay, which makes his bravado this in retrospect. Being where he is, its probably a survival tactic.
  • Aw, 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 remarks 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.
    • A flashback scene in part 2 shows Richie as a child carving R+ into the local bridge, but the finished carving isn't shown to the audience until the end when Richie as an adult goes to refresh the cuts, R+E, revealing that Eddie was his first love.
  • 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.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: His Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic with Eddie is revealed to at least partially be this trope, as Richie is in love with Eddie.
  • 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.
  • Bleed 'em and Weep: He's visibly distressed, to the point of throwing up, after killing Henry Bowers.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: He gets splattered in Eddie's blood when the latter is impaled on top of him.
  • 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?
    • Strongly implied in Chapter Two to be compensating for his homosexuality.
  • Dropped Glasses: He loses his glasses in the quarry while trying to clean them at the end of Chapter Two, and subsequently makes a joke about having no idea who the others are.
  • 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. Chapter Two also heavily implies that his frequent crude sexual jokes were a means to hide his homosexuality.
  • 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.
  • Gallows Humor: He's constantly cracking inappropriate jokes during life-threatening situations, but it's clear that he's just as terrified as the others and the humor is just his way of coping.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Averted; unlike in the book, he keeps his iconic Nerd Glasses even after becoming a famous stand-up comedian.
  • 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.
    • He falls apart completely when Eddie dies, to the extent that it takes both Ben and Mike to drag him out of the collapsing sewers.
  • 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 Heterosexual Today?: Chapter Two implies that his constant bragging about his success with the ladies is this. He also does a bit in one of his stand-up routines about his nonexistent girlfriend, and later admits that he doesn't write his own material.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: Brags constantly about his non-existent sexual prowess. Chapter Two implies this is to cover up being gay.
  • Hollywood Homely: Upon seeing the adult Ben and Beverly, Richie remarks "what the fuck happened to me?" in a pretty disappointed voice, despite being played by Bill Hader.
  • 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.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: As an adult.
  • 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!"
    • He gets another one in Chapter Two: "Yipee-ki-yay, motherfucker!" This one ends up a Pre-Asskicked One Liner, though, as Pennywise finally has enough of Richie's shittalking and blasts him with the Deadlights mid-sentence.
  • "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 his own way of deflecting things. And in Chapter Two, it's strongly implied to be part of him hiding his sexuality.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Is the most profane of the kids. As an adult, his stage name is "Trash Mouth".
  • Straight Gay: Doesn't have any stereotypically camp characteristics.
  • 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. Even after their fight, he doesn't hesitate to help Bill when It kidnaps Beverly, and when offered a chance to escape the sewers alive by sacrificing Bill to It, Richie lists out every reason he has to hate Bill before grabbing a baseball bat and attacking It to save him.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: To Eddie.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Eddie.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Twice in Chapter Two: first after he receives Mike's call and then after killing Henry.
  • 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.

    Mike 

Michael "Mike" Hanlon

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"My grandfather thinks this town is cursed. He thinks that all the bad things that happen in this town are because of one thing. An evil thing."
Portrayed by: Chosen Jacobs (child), Isaiah Mustafa (adult)

"Something happens to you when you leave this town. The farther away, the hazier it all gets. But me, I never left. I remember all of it."

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. As an adult, Mike is the only Loser who stayed in Derry and works as a librarian. When IT resurfaces and starts killing again, he summons the other Losers back to Derry to fulfill the oath they swore as children.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, adult Mike is described as looking older than his years due to the stress of staying in Derry. In the movie, he's played by Isiah Mustafa, AKA the Old Spice guy.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: It's implied that he's shunned by most of the Derry townspeople due to his obsession with IT. At one point he says he's interviewed all the people that will speak to him, which "isn't many."
  • 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 of Chapter One, though he's later revealed to have survived.
  • 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 of Chapter One. 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the first movie, where he has few lines and the least amount of screentime among the Losers. Zigzagged in Chapter Two: he's given more to do than the first installment and actually takes part in the final battle, which never happened in the book, but he doesn't get as much of a personal arc as the others and notably lacks a solo scene with Pennywise.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After staying in Derry and researching IT for twenty-seven years, he finally gets to leave and "see the sun" like he always wanted.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Downplayed, but he is reluctant to kill the sheep.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one in the sequel after Pennywise reveals to the other Losers that the ritual doesn't work and he slaughtered the Shokopiwah natives after they tried it.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Known as "that homeschool kid" around town, and stays at home to help on the farm.
  • I Choose to Stay: The only member of the group to remain in Derry for the whole twenty-seven years after they first battle against IT. He finally leaves at the end of the second film, when they succeed in killing IT for good.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Exposition: His main role in Chapter Two is to bring the others up to speed on everything they forgot.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: During his 27 year stay in Derry, Mike finds a way to defeat Pennywise in the Ritual of Chüd. He just neglects to mention that the natives who tried to perform it died at It's hand.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out quite a few times for concealing the full truth from the other members of the group in order to convince them to fight IT.

    Stan 

Stanley "Stan" Uris

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"It's summer! We're supposed to be having fun! This isn't fun, it's scary and disgusting."
Portrayed by: Wyatt Oleff (child), Andy Bean (adult)

"The good stuff? The pictures in our mind that fade away the fastest? Those pieces of you it feels the easiest to lose. But maybe I don’t want to forget."

A neat, skeptical Jewish kid who is studying for his bar mitzvah. The most reluctant of the group to fight IT. As an adult, Stan is married to a woman named Patricia, and works as an accountant.


  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Stan is victimized more singularly by Pennywise in this adaptation, meant to contextualize his last actions in the sequel.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the book, his suicide is simply him being a Dirty Coward. Here, he knows full well he won't be able to overcome his fear of Pennywise, and rather than doom the whole group to failure, he removes himself from the equation so they can make use of his memory to fill his role properly.
  • Adorkable: His timid, sweet personality is what makes him adorkable.
  • Agent Scully: The most reluctant to accept IT's existence.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Obsessive–compulsive 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 and ultimately commits 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.
  • Bath Suicide: As in the book, he slits his wrists in the bath after receiving Mike's phone call.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: Stan is too scared to go back to Derry, and slits his wrists in a bathtub, bleeding out.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even though he believes the rumors about Bev at first, and is 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.
  • Heroic Suicide: In this version, he realizes he's too terrified to return to face Pennywise, but without the bond they share, one of them missing will mean the rest will die. Unable to let his friends go down, Stan removes himself from the board, knowing they'll keep his spirit with them when they take Pennywise down for good and all.
  • 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 Pennywise 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 Judit].
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: In the second movie, due to dying in the first act. He still appears in childhood flashbacks, however.
  • Posthumous Character: He dies early on in the sequel, but he still appears through flashbacks and his letter to the others provides the film's closing narration.
  • Precision F-Strike: At the end of his Bar Mitzvah, he lets one out which makes his father take the mic away from him.
    Stan: I'm a Loser. And I always fucking will be.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His Bar Mitzvah parallels his Character Development.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He dies early in Chapter Two to establish that the Losers are no longer safe.
  • 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.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He's one of the main characters of Chapter 1, but he offs himself in the opening half hour of Chapter 2.
  • Suicide Note: He writes a letter to the other Losers explaining why he chose to kill himself and affirming his love for them.
  • 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.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with. He's not so much wiser, but more melancholy and sad beyond his years. Lampshaded in Chapter Two, when the other Losers reminisce about him after his death and describe him as "old before his time."

The Bowers Gang

    General 

The Bowers Gang

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Left to right: Henry, Belch, Victor (in chair), Patrick (behind Vic)
"Do you think they'll sign my yearbook? Dear Rich, sorry for taking a hot, steaming dump in your backpack."
Richie Tozier

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.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel, Vic, Belch and Patrick are killed in varying ways by IT. In the movie, Patrick is still eaten by IT but it's under different circumstances. Whereas, Vic and Belch were stabbed to death by Henry, who was driven insane by IT's influence, though this is only shown in a deleted scene.
  • 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 harm 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.

    Henry 

Henry Bowers

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"You s-s-s-say something, B-B-B-Billy?"
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Portrayed by: Nicholas Hamilton (child), Teach Grant (adult)

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 scene he also beats Henry at home.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Downplayed, in the novel, Henry was said to be so traumatised by the events of 1958 that his hair turned white prematurely. Since he never sees Pennywise in his Deadlight form in the movie, his hair remains the same colour.
  • Ax-Crazy: He gets progressively more unhinged with each fresh humiliation and shown by a deleted scene ends up murdering his own friends. In Chapter Two, the time he spends in a mental institution has destroyed what little sanity he had left.
  • 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. Even his underlings think he's crazy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's the biggest bully in Derry, but is a mere pawn in IT's schemes.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He doesn't appreciate people making advances on his younger cousin. But given Henry's reputation, it's debatable how genuine this is.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: While normally he is a violently unstable bully, he never tried to kill or severely harm any human and it's only under IT's influence that he truly turns deranged (although attempting to murder a cat is pretty 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: He's more of a Plot-Irrelevant Villain than in either the source material or the miniseries.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the book, Eddie gouges his eyes out and stabs him with a broken bottle. In the movie, Richie kills him with a hatchet to the head.
  • 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 returns in the sequel.
  • The Dragon: When Pennywise realizes how much of a threat the Losers pose, IT recruits Henry to kill them for it. Years later, he happily takes up the mantle again to get back at the Losers.
  • '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 Loved Ones: While he cowers in the face of his father, he at least seemed to care for his cousin in Chapter Two and tries to "protect" him from Richie's advances towards him.
  • 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.
  • Fat Bastard: He turns into one during the sequel, particularly after being admitted to a mental hospital due to his mental deterioration.
  • 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.
    • It returns the knife to Bowers in Chapter Two by way of a badly decomposed and mutilated Hockstetter. He kills a guard and orderly at the mental institution and wounds Eddie with it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He repeatedly bullies the Losers with homophobic slurs, and gets killed by Richie, who is gay.
  • Laughing Mad: The influence of IT drives Henry way over the deep end; as he's arrested for murdering his father, he starts giggling psychotically, and quickly starts doing it again when Pennywise reaches out to him again as an adult.
  • 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. He survived all that.
    • In the sequel, he got gutted into his stomach by the frightened Eddie when tried to ambush him, and survived. Only being axed to his head by Richie is the way he finally kicks the bucket.
  • Mirror Scare: Does this to Eddie in Chapter Two.
  • Missing Mom: His mother isn’t 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 he tries to shoot a cat, his father intervenes by taking the gun and firing several rounds to humiliate him in front of his friends and demonstrate how quickly Henry will fold in the face of someone who's not already scared of him.
    Butch: Look at him now, boys. Nothing like a little fear to make a paper man crumble.
  • 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.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: Despite being the biggest bully in Derry, Henry pales in comparison to It, and isn't directly involved in the plot until Pennywise drives him over the edge. He only manages to slow the Losers down for a few minutes before being taken out. Henry doesn't fare much better in Chapter Two, either. Not only does he not impact or change the plot in any significant way in the sequel, he doesn't injure either Mike or Eddie to the extent he did in the novel. Once Henry is killed for good, he's quickly forgotten and never mentioned again.
  • 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 targets Mike exclusively for being black, yells racist comments while attacking Mike in the library in Chapter Two, and refers to several of the Losers as "faggots".
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Due to his insanity, he's initially confused in Chapter Two when Eddie hides behind a shower curtain, allowing Eddie to stab him in the chest with his own knife.
  • Sanity Slippage: Under the influence of IT, to the point where come the second film he thinks little of the corpse of his friend Patrick helping him escape from a mental institution.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: In Chapter Two, he's still the same Barbaric Bully he was in high school, except even more unhinged due to spending time in an asylum.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Perhaps the most popular example.
  • Uncertain Doom: Henry seems to die after being shoved into the well but he is confirmed to still be alive in Chapter Two when he gets washed out into the Barrens along with dead victims of IT.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the second film he gets over the shock of seeing Patrick's corpse walking around and helping him escape the mental hospital within seconds.
  • Villain Decay: His effective prominence is diminished in the sequel, having become a Plot-Irrelevant Villain.

    Victor 

Victor Criss

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"You okay, Henry?"
Portrayed by: Logan Thompson

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. And when Henry picks up a rock whilst beating Mike, Vic rushes in to pull him away.
  • 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.

    Belch 

Reginald "Belch" Huggins

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"Henry!"
Portrayed by: Jake Sim

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 shows Henry killed him and Victor.
  • 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.
  • 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: He and the others gladly help Henry beat up Ben, but when Henry pulls out his switchblade it's noticeable that Belch's smile fades to a look of shock, and he is disturbed by Henry scratching a H into Ben. And when Henry tries to bash Mike's face in with a rock, Belch tries to stop it.
  • Fat Bastard: Is a bit obese in the 2017 version.
  • 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.

    Patrick 

Patrick Hockstetter

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"I'm gonna light his hair like Michael Jackson."
Portrayed by: Owen Teague

"I hear you, tits. Don't think you can stay down here all damn day."

The most disturbing bully in Henry Bowers' gang.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book he's described as a short, fat boy who resembles a lump of clay crudely molded to look like a human child. In the film he looks like Kylo Ren!
    • Played with somewhat, in that the actor also bears a more than passing resemblance to serial killer Richard Ramirez.
  • 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 obsession with fire.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: At least Adaptional Less Jerkass. In the book, he murders his baby brother and multiple small animals, very clearly enjoyed both of the acts. Here the worst he does is intimidate Ben with a flamethrower, and he does not actually try to burn his hair nor does he kill anyone.
  • 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 his 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. He makes further appearances in Chapter Two, with Pennywise appearing as an undead Patrick to assist Henry in killing the Losers.
  • 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.
  • The Sociopath: Less so than in the book, but he's still a dyed-in-the-wool sadist and the film exchanges his sadism towards animals with another sociopathic trait, namely pyromania.
  • 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 first 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.

Derry Children

    Georgie 

George "Georgie" Denbrough

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"I'm not supposed to take stuff from strangers..."
Portrayed by: Jackson Robert Scott

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.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: Although he is by no means the only child Pennywise has killed and eaten, his death results in Bill getting involved with the other Losers and them discovering the truth about 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.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Georgie adores Bill and is extremely cute in appearance and personality, and gets brutally killed and eaten by Pennywise.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pennywise tempts him with popcorn.

    Greta 

Greta Keene

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Portrayed by: Megan Charpentier (teenager), Juno Renaldi (adult)

"You in there by yourself, Beaver-ly? Or are half the boys in there as well, huh slut?"

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.
  • Future Loser: In Chapter Two, she's still working at her father's pharmacy and even wearing the same hairstyle and clothes, with an even more disinterested attitude about everything around her.
  • 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. Downplayed as never making it out of the small town she grew up in or having a real career whilst all of her favorite victims grow up to become wealthy and successful means she didn't exactly win in the end.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Seems incapable of talking to anyone without saying something sarcastic or insulting. It's a quality that she doesn't outgrow 27 years later, unfortunately.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the book, she dies in a horrific car crash at the age of eighteen, and Pennywise uses her corpse to torment Eddie. In the film, she's alive and well still working at her father's pharmacy to the present day. But Pennywise still uses her form of her younger self to torment Beverly in the climax.
  • Static Character: There is virtually no change in personality from her preteen self to her adult self.

    Betty 

Betty Ripsom

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Her zombie appearance.
Portrayed by: Katie Lunman

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.
    • The bottom half appears during the Neibolt House battle in Chapter Two.
  • 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.

    Dean 

Dean

Portrayed by: Luke Roessler

A young boy encountered by the adult Losers when they return to Derry, who lives in Bill's old house.


  • Ascended Extra: "Skateboard kid" in the book isn't given a name and is just a random kid who Bill encounters. Here, he's given a minor storyline and interacts with the Losers on multiple occasions.
  • Broken Pedestal: He's a fan of Richie's stand-up until Richie mistakes him for one of IT's disguise and subjects him to foul-mouthed threats.
    Richie: (realizing his mistake) You want a picture?
    Dean: I think I'm good.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He gets cornered in a hall of mirrors in front of Bill, who cannot help him and can only watch while Pennywise slowly smashes through one mirror and devours him, splattering blood all over the glass.
  • Death of a Child: His death is shown in rather gruesome detail.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Bill comes to view him as a Georgie-surrogate and a chance to rectify the mistakes he made with Georgie. It doesn't work out.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: A sweet, innocent kid who the audience grows to like, he's ultimately killed off in order to motivate Bill into taking the fight to IT.
  • Your Head Asplode: Pennywise bites into his head with such force that it explodes like a ripe melon, splattering blood all over the mirror.

    Victoria 

Victoria

Portrayed by: Ryan Kiera Armstrong

A girl who becomes one of ITs victims during the 2016 cycle


  • Death of a Child: Brutally killed by Pennywise.
  • Facial Markings: She's bullied for the port-wine birthmark on her cheek.
  • Parental Neglect: Her mother coldly dismisses her when she interrupts the baseball game, and doesn't even notice when she wanders off.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Averted; like Georgie, she's initially wary of Pennywise and outright calls him scary until he plays on her empathy and promises to get rid of her birthmark.

Derry Adults

    Mr. Marsh 

Alvin Marsh

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"You worry me, Bevvie. You worry me a lot."
Portrayed by: Stephen Bogaert

"I know what's in boys' minds when they look at you Bevvie. I know it all too well."

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.
    • He also openly blames her for her mother's suicide, and uses this to bully her into furthering his incestuous desires.
  • 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.
  • Bus Crash: In Chapter Two, Mrs. Kersh tells Beverly that Alvin passed away in the 27 year Time Skip between the two films.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: One of Beverly's flashbacks in Chapter Two shows him mourning over a picture of his late wife, a moment where Alvin becomes almost sympathetic... until he turns around and viciously blames Beverly for her mother's death, using it as an excuse to further abuse her.
  • 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.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Chapter Two finally shows him in a flashback raising his voice two times towards Beverly akin to that of Alvin in the miniseries in contrast to usually being a Soft-Spoken Sadist with a Creepy Monotone.
  • 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.

    Mrs. Kaspbrak 

Sonia Kaspbrak

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"You know how bad your allergies get."
Portrayed by: Mollie Jane Atkinson

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 one 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 paranoid 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 Bowers 

Officer Oscar "Butch" Bowers

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Portrayed by: Stuart Hughes

"Look at him now boys. Nothing like a little fear to make a paper man crumble."

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 Job Change: Goes from being a farmer in the book to a police officer in the 2017 film.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: 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 citizens. 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: His abuse and humiliation of his cruel son, Henry, initially seems to be Pay Evil unto Evil. However its revealed Butch's abuse is part of the reason for Henry's demented crimes, making it this trope instead.
  • 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.

    Mr. Keene 

Norbert Keene

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"Well how about that, you look just like Lois Lane."
Portrayed by: Joe Bostick

The local pharmacist.


  • 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.
  • Gonk: He has not aged well over the course of 27 years, and in Chapter Two is shown to be a tired old man with dried-up, cracked skin, and still with a gross personality to boot.
  • Hate Sink: A liar, a creep and an overall bad man. Sadly he never gets any comeuppance, and he's still alive (assuming it isn't Pennywise taking his form) twenty-seven years later with his perverted nature utterly unchanged.
  • 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.

    The Denbroughs 

Zack & Sharon Denbrough

Portrayed by: Geoffrey Pounsett & Pip Dwyer

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 was shown getting his arm torn off and bleeding profusely before being dragged off by Pennywise in the prologue, it is very practical that Georgie would not survive in a year without proper medical treatment. Bill did eventually realize Georgie was Dead All Along and that his father had been trying to convince him to accept it.
  • 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. When's it's revealed in Chapter Two that Bill faked his illness at the time of Georgie's death, you cannot blame their parents being angry at Bill and emotionally distancing themselves from him afterwards.

    Leroy Hanlon 

Leroy Hanlon

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"There are two places you can be in this world. You can be out here, like us, or you can be in there, like them."
Portrayed by: Steven Williams

The stern grandfather of Mike Hanlon, who runs a nearby abattoir.


  • 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.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: His son (Mike's father) was burned to death in a house fire alongside his wife. His insistence that Mike learn to fight and defend himself likely stemmed from the possibility that the house fire was not merely an accident, but a deliberate act of arson done by local racists.
  • 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.
  • Retired Badass: 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.
  • 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.

    Rabbi Uris 

Rabbi Uris

Portrayed by: Ari Cohen

The father of Stanley Uris.


    Adrian Mellon 

Adrian Mellon

Portrayed by: Xavier Dolan

A gay man and the victim of a brutal hate crime which kicks off the new cycle that brings back the Adult losers.


  • Camp Gay: In contrast to Don, at least; he wears flamboyant clothing and has slightly camp mannerisms, which he exaggerates when mocking the bullies.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Savagely beaten by a gang of homophobic teens, then Eaten Alive by Pennywise.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost every word out of his mouth is gloriously snarky, even while being attacked.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when beaten to a pulp, he still mocks his attackers.
  • Eaten Alive: His fate.
  • Foil: To Eddie. Both are immature, snarky asthmatics who get attacked by violent thugs and ultimately killed by Pennywise while the man that loves them is Forced to Watch, but Adrian is openly and explicitly gay and in a committed relationship, while Eddie remains Ambiguously Gay and Oblivious to Love. Moreover, Adrian's asthma is presumably real, while Eddie's is psychosomatic.
  • Manchild: Downplayed, but he's introduced enthusiastically beating a bunch of pre-teens at a carnival game.
  • Nice Guy: Gives a toy he wins at the Derry Town Days festival to a young girl.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: His death prompts Mike to summon the rest of the Losers back to Derry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Don's blue, as he's much more combative towards the bullies and openly mocks them even as they're beating the shit out of him.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: His death is what brings the Losers back to Derry.

    Don Hagarty 

Don Hagarty

Portrayed by: Taylor Frey

Adrian's boyfriend, who witnesses his death at the hands of Pennywise.


  • Foil: To Richie. Both are somewhat Straight Gay characters forced to watch as the man they love is killed by Pennywise, but Don is out and proud in a happy relationship while Richie is closeted and miserable.
  • Forced to Watch: Pennywise deliberately waits until he's watching before taking a bite out of Adrian.
  • Properly Paranoid: His protests that he wants to get out of Derry due to the town's toxic atmosphere aren't exactly unfounded, considering what happens next.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Adrian's red; he drags Adrian away from the bullies at first, and tries to defuse the situation on the bridge before it can escalate.
  • Straight Gay: Compared to Adrian, at least, he doesn't have many outwardly camp mannerisms.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Isn't seen or even mentioned again after the opening, despite being one of the few adults other than the Losers aware of Pennywise.

People from outside Derry

    Audra Denbrough 

Audra Denbrough née Phillips

Portrayed by: Jess Weixler

A famous actress and model who is married to Bill Denbrough.


  • Demoted to Extra: Her entire storyline from the book is cut, and as a result she appears in only one scene.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's an actress and a model who wears a very cleavagey outfit in her only scene.
  • Precision F-Strike: "Fuck you, Bill," when he asks her why she can't be the woman he wants her to be.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's not shown if Bill goes back to her after leaving Derry for good.

    Tom Rogan 

Tom Rogan

Portrayed by: Will Benbrick

A fashion designer who is the abusive husband of Beverly.


    Myra Kaspbrak 

Myra Kaspbrak

Portrayed by: Molly Atkinson

Eddie's domineering wife, who bears a striking resemblance to his mother.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the novel, she's more of a pathetic figure, but she's portrayed as quite shrewish here, and berates Eddie into saying he loves her.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Takes the trope to its logical extreme, as she's played by the same actress as Eddie's mother.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: This can be inferred, although we never actually see them together on screen. At one point, Richie makes a crack about Eddie having married a woman "ten times his own body mass" that he doesn't refute.

    Patty Uris 

Patty Uris

Portrayed by: Martha Girvin

Stanley's wife.


  • Demoted to Extra: Though she's not exactly a major player in the book, she gets her own POV chapter and some backstory. Here, she shows up in one scene, mostly in the background, and her reaction to Stan's suicide is cut.
  • Nice Girl: From the little we see of their relationship it appears that she and Stan are genuinely Happily Married, in contrast to the other Losers. She's also understanding when Beverly phones her to confirm Stan's death, and takes the time to mail his letter out to the rest of the Losers.

Alternative Title(s): It Chapter Two

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