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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.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the novel, they're stated to all live in different places as adults; Bill in England, Beverly in Chicago, Ben in Nebraska, Eddie in New York City, Richie in Los Angeles, and Stan in Atlanta. In It: Chapter 2, however, where they live is shifted around; Richie lives in Chicago instead of L.A., Bill lives in L.A., Beverly and Eddie both live in New York City, and Ben lives in upstate New York, but Stan still lives in Atlanta.
    • Richie is also a stand-up comedian instead of a DJ, and Eddie is a risk analyst as opposed to a limo driver.
  • Band of Brothers: Mixed with True Companions, The Losers Club ultimately band together under the 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: More like, "Big Brothers and 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-Token Band: Seven token actually, with Bill's stutter, Ben's weight, Beverly's femininity, 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.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Downplayed as none of them are outright villainous or mean but they are divided into this trope:
    • Nice: Ben and Stan. Ben is a warm and gentle Nice Guy and Stan is a Nice Jewish Boy.
    • Mean: Richie and (debatably) Eddie. Richie is an obnoxious and over-the-top Class Clown who doesn't know how to shut up and Eddie is much more fiery, outspoken and more prone to dropping ClusterFBombs than his book counterpart.
    • In-Between: Bill, Bev and Mike. Bill can be a bit temperamental at times but is still a Nice Guy nonetheless, Bev is a tomboyish Action Girl and Mike is The Big Guy who much like Bill, can be a bit temperamental at times but has still has good intentions overall.
  • The Power of Friendship: Enables them to defend themselves against IT and ultimately defeat IT.
  • 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 Martell (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.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: When the others use the fact that it's summer to bail on helping him look for Georgie.
    Bill: If you guys say it's summer one more fffffucking time
  • 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: So much so that Pennywise uses it against him. This is his entire motive throughout the first film, and again in Chapter Two with his attempts to save Dean.
  • Determinator: Will stop at nothing to find Georgie, even willing to face Pennywise himself.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Children: Bill definitely loved his younger brother Georgie, and Chapter Two shows him going out of his way to protect another little boy named Dean to make amends for not being able to save Georgie. He tries to save him in a mirror hall at the carnival, but unfortunately Pennywise traps and devours Dean as Bill is Forced to Watch and helpless to do anything else. This motivates Bill to go back to Neibolt and finally destroy IT once and for all.
  • 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: He could be seen as suffering from one throughout the film. Especially with his constant denial of Georgie's death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted twice.
    • At the end of the first movie, Pennywise offers to spare the other Losers in exchange for Bill, to which he totally accepts and tells his friends to leave. They reject his offer and choose to fight It instead.
    • In the second movie, he tries to save Dean by telling Pennywise to Take Me Instead since he's there now unlike when Georgie died, but It ignores the now-40-year-old's request and kills the boy anyway.
  • 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," a passage to help his stutter that he repeats several times throughout the film.
  • Magnetic Hero: It's stated that everyone in the club loves him (more accurately he'd be their true north on a compass), and that they all gravitate towards him in times of peril.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: He's seen wearing a Tracker Brothers Trucking shirt at one point. In the book, the abandoned makeshift ballfield next to their depot plays a minor plotpoint.
  • 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 to accept that Georgie's dead.
    • Though in deleted scenes he does get some interaction with his parents. In an alternate ending it does seem like he gets some closure with them.
  • Playing Sick: Chapter Two reveals that he was actually faking being sick the day Georgie died because he didn't want to play outside.
  • 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.
    • Although they don't interact much, he is also the Manly Man (an adventurous and head-strong leader) to Ben's and Eddie's Sensitive Guys (the former is a soft-spoken Cute Book Worm and the latter is a cowardly Momma's Boy with hypochondria).
  • 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 in the rain 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.

    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 he does in the books. Indeed, come the second film, he has; see Formerly Fat below.
  • 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.
  • 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 Bowers 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.
  • Big Fun: The only member of the gang that's overweight and a Nice Guy at that.
  • 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.
  • He Is All Grown Up: He grew up to be extremely good looking, which does not go unnoticed by the other Losers. Or Pennywise.
  • 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 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.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Timid, shy, chubby little Ben becomes as stalwart a fighter against Pennywise as anyone else, and as an adult he's one of the most physically capable of the group.
  • 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 "Bev" 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: Zig-zagged. Bev herself is less sexual in the films, and does not have the other Losers have sex with her after defeating It as children. However, her fears of sexuality and puberty are played more overtly.
  • 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 she tells him shes going back to Derry to meet up with old friends, believing shes lying and going out to cheat on him. 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 Bowers 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.
  • Bladeon A Stick: Her go to weapon against Pennywise is a spear-like fence post, and she gives one to Eddie as adults saying it kills monsters.
  • 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 Captive: 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.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Has this dynamic with three of her friends (Eddie, Ben and Stanley). She is a brave and fiery Tank-Top Tomboy where as Eddie is (at first) a hypochondriac with a slight effeminate-voice, Ben is a soft-spoken Cute Bookworm and Stanley is a cowardly, skeptical Jewish and Nerdy boy.
  • 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. As a result, Beverly announces she must leave the other Losers behind to go live with her aunt the rest of her childhood.
  • 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.
  • Security Cling: She clings onto the back of Richie's shirt during the Neibolt scene.
  • 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 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.
  • Tender Tomboyishness, Foul Femininity: Shes bold, adventurous and has Boyish Short Hair and her rival, Greta Keene, is rude and snooty.
  • 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 Behavior: 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.
  • 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.
    • Could be Ambiguously Bi given that he seemed attracted to Bev and Greta as a young teenager, and is married (albeit unhappily) to a woman as an adult. His awkwardness and strange suggestive outbursts could be attributed to conflicted and hormone-driven feelings that affect teens entering puberty coupled with problems that sheltered and unsocialized children often suffer from, such as lacking a verbal filter.
      • This is more of an extention of the well-known statistic of perpetuating cycles of abuse, since Eddie was mistreated and controlled by his mother as a child and likely has major self-worth issue, he ultimately gravitated towards a woman who mistreats him as an adult.
      • This is much like how Beverly was abused by her father when she was a child and she married an abusive man before the events of the movie, but she worked to break the cycle with her relationship with Ben at the end of the movie.
  • 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.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Downplayed: he's physically the smallest of the Losers, and tie-in materials confirm that he's the youngest by a few months, so naturally he gets a bit of this treatment. However, the usually associated trope of Everyone's Baby Brother actually goes to Stan.
  • 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 / Ambiguously Bi 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.
  • The Comically Serious: His hypochrondria and neuroses are indeed tragic but these traits are also played for laughs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. Being friends with someone like Richie makes it inevitable.
  • Desperate Plea for Home: In the second film, he repeatedly cries that he wants to go home while being tormented by IT's various manifestations. He's also the only one of the adult Losers to not make it back home, dying in IT's lair during the final confrontation.
  • 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!
  • Henpecked Husband: Had became one for Myra.
  • 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.
  • 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: Hes always anxious about the events that unfold, and is constantly on edge.
  • Oblivious to Love: He seemingly never clues in to Richie's feelings for him. Even his final words are a Bait-and-Switch Dying Declaration of Love, though an affectionate one, which would nevertheless be a cruel way to choose to go out if you had any idea that the person you were delivering them to actually was in love with you.
  • 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: Hes always warning the others about the dangers and the consequences that could happen to them if something goes wrong.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Has a lot of knowledge of various infections and diseases, though no practical application of that knowledge due to his paranoia.
  • 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.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He is the Sensitive Guy (a cowardly Momma's Boy with hypochondria) to Richie's Manly Man (a prankster who enjoys crude things but still has a heart of gold deep down.
  • 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. The Losers even comment on this when they're cleaning off in the quary after Eddie's death and IT's vanquishing. They all say that Eddie would've hated cleaning off in dirty water, with Beverly pointing out that he'd be saying they'd get "stretpococcal something".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 also 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.
  • Closet Gay: The ending reveals that Richie has been gay the entire time and was in love with Ed, whom he unfortunately never told before Ed's death.
  • 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.
  • Fainting: He passes out in Chapter Two after his encounter with the Pennywise possessed Paul Bunyan statue.
  • 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: While his friends do like him, they are often exasperated by his constant crude jokes. They often leave him as the lookout due to this.
  • 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 panic attack 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.
  • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His friendship with Beverly is this.
  • 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.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Richie is the comedian of the group with his facetiousness and fondness for telling dirty and obnoxious jokes which gets on his friends' nerves since he never shuts up.
  • Potty Failure: After his encounter with the Paul Bunyan statue, he promptly states "I think I just shit my pants" before fainting.
  • 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.
  • Security Cling: He does this quite a bit when he's anxious. He first clings onto Bill when he's having a panic attack over the missing poster, and then again during the door sequence.
    • He also does this with Eddie when the latter breaks his arm whilst fighting Pennywise, and again in Chapter Two with him in Neibolt.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He is the Manly Man (a prankster who enjoys crude things but still has a heart of gold deep down) to Eddie's Sensitive Guy (a cowardly Momma's Boy who has hypochondria).
  • Sexual Euphemism: He rarely makes sex jokes like this. Still, it happens early in the first movie.
    Stan: [dumping books into trashcan] Best feeling ever.
    Richie: Yeah? try tickling your pickle for the first time.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Is the most profane of the kids. As an adult, his stage name is "Richie Trashmouth".
  • Slow Clap: He does this in a deleted scene during Stan's Bhar-Mitzvah speech (after his Precision F-Strike), much to his mother's annoyance.
  • Straight Gay: Doesn't have any stereotypically camp characteristics.
  • Stress Vomit: Twice. First when Mike calls, then He's so distressed after killing Henry, he vomits soon after.
  • Troll: Particularly when he takes some artistic license with what happens at bar mitzvahs.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: 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 has stayed in Derry and works as a librarian while researching IT's history. 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 Isaiah 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: As an adult, he has earned a reputation as the town nutjob for devoting his life to researching IT and finding IT's weakness. Pennywise lampshades this when he calls him a madman during the climax.
  • 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.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the tallest kid and The Big Guy of the group but he's never aggressive (except for when he takes out Henry Bowers in the first movie).
  • 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' offer of friendship at first, 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).
  • 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 dont 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.
  • Agent Scully: The most reluctant to accept IT's existence. Ironically, he's the first one to completely piece together why Mike has called him in Chapter 2.
  • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: Arguably the most level-headed and rational member of the Loser's Club, he can hilariously snarky at times.
  • 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.
  • Everyone's Baby Brother: He tends to be the most easily frightened of the Losers, to the point where everyone else seems slightly more attuned to his well-being; even Eddie seems to regard him as someone who needs looking after. When he is briefly separated from the others at the climax of the first movie, his subsequent freak-out causes everyone else to take a minute in order to comfort him before carrying on.
  • 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 Judith.
  • Only Sane Man: Prior to the more level headed Mike, Bev, and Ben joining the group, Stan gives off this vibe. Between Bill's denial of Georgie's death, Richie's obnoxiousness, and Eddie's anxiety, Stan can often be caught rolling his eyes in the background and suggesting that they spend their summer playing outside rather than wading through the sewer looking for a body.
  • 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, Modigliani-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."

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