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You'll float, two.
"For 27 years, I dreamt of you... I CRAVED you... I've MISSED you! Waiting for this very moment..."
Pennywise the Dancing Clown just before going One-Winged Angel.
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It: Chapter Two is the sequel to 2017's It and an adaptation of the second half of Stephen King’s classic novel.

27 years after the events of the first film, the members of the Losers' Club return to Derry, Maine to finally put an end to the malevolent force that terrorized them in their youths.

The cast includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, all in addition to the child actors playing the kids in the first film.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer.


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  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: When Bill, Eddie, and Richie are trapped yet again in Neibolt House's kitchen, the refrigerator starts to rattle and opens to reveal Pennywise in the form of young Stanley, whose body parts look like they have been broken painfully before being hastily stuffed in the fridge.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Mike in the book and 1990 miniseries is badly injured by Henry Bowers and is not involved in the final battle due to being in the hospital. Here, he is not injured, save for a mild arm sprain that Ben quickly patches up, and actually does fight IT/Pennywise at the climax of the movie. He is even the one in this version to pull out IT/Pennywise's heart.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: By the time he's back in Derry, Bill in the book has lost all his hair and is said to be much homelier than the cute teen he used to be. In the film he's played by James McAvoy who has a full head of hair and, although he is dressed down slightly, still looks better than his book counterpart.
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  • Adaptational Badass: Adrian Mellon in the book is genuinely intimidated by his attackers when they get serious and takes off the hat while begging to be left alone. Here he's Defiant to the End, even insulting his attackers with his last words. Helps that his actor is also gay, has Seen It All in terms of dealing with homophobes that made him emotionally stronger, and felt his character should show off some LGBT pride rather than fear in the face of harassment, no matter how futile it became for the sake of viewers part of the said community.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: It's revealed that Richie is secretly gay, and that he's in love with Eddie (who never learns of this).
  • Adapted Out:
    • Understandably, many minor characters were cut from the adaptation. But notably and thankfully, IT hasn't laid any eggs in this continuity.
    • There's a minor subplot where after Beverly walks out on Tom, she goes to her friend Kay first. Tom later tracks Kay down and beats her up to get Beverly's whereabouts. With Tom's role reduced, Kay is removed from the film completely.
  • Adult Fear: Bill learns that the young boy who they met in the restaurant actually lives in his old house and hears Pennywise talking to him in the bathtub. He later realizes that IT is going to find the boy at the fairground's clown attraction. Bill catches up to the boy in the Hall of Mirrors to save him, only to slam face first into a glass wall that separates him from the kid. Despite Bill's best efforts, Pennywise manages to get to the kid first, and Bill is Forced to Watch as the boy's head literally explodes from the force of Pennywise chomping into him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The rest of the Losers call Richie "Trashmouth." Three guesses as to how he got that nickname.
  • A God Am I: Paired with Badass Boast, Pennywise invokes this in the final fight, in order to scare the Losers. Having finally realized how to defeat him, it doesn't work.
  • Alien Blood: As in the first film, Pennywise's blood is black and floats upwards instead of simply dripping down.
  • All-Star Cast: Definitely. While the first film was the vehicle that launched most of the child actors' careers, the second one has a lot of established big names in Hollywood, such as James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, and of course, our Pennywise, Bill Skarsgård.
  • All Women Love Shoes: It's only shown in one scene, but adult Beverly has a closet filled with them. It's implied, however, that it's only because she is a successful fashion designer who would need a lot of good shoes for numerous events. Indeed, she is shown to skip over all of them when she packs for her return to Derry, opting for a sensible pair of sneakers instead.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Not the whole place, per se, but it's where Adrian Mellon catches the gang's attention in the first act of the film, and is the setting for Dean's death.
  • And Show It to You: Pennywise is finally defeated for good at the hands of the Losers Club once It's heart is ripped out and crushed.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Bill accidentally snaps at Eddie after the latter freezes up and fails to hand him a kitchen knife when IT attacks Richie in Neibolt House's kitchen. When Eddie tearfully tells him not to be mad at him, Bill is immediately remorseful.
  • Animalistic Abomination: A flashback that shows It terrorizing the ancient Native American population of Derry depicts It transforming into a massive spider with multiple yellow eyes as well as a huge bird-like monster. For the Final Battle, It assumes the form of a monstrous-sized arachnid with Pennywise's upper half attached to it.
  • Anxiety Dreams: Due to having been exposed to the Deadlights as a child, Beverly has these growing up. They stop once they finally defeat IT for good.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Richie is revealed to be a closeted gay man, and he doesn't come out during the course of the film.
  • Ascended Extra: The kid on the skateboard. In the book, Bill gives him a quarter to ride his skateboard, then chickens out; he sees him one more time after they kill Pennywise and tells him everything is okay now. In the film, he's a child named Dean who encounters the Losers in the restaurant and has moved into Bill's home; and we are privy to his horrific demise in the funhouse. However, there's a hint that he might be another of Pennywise's disguises, to taunt Bill into a confrontation at the Neibolt house.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: IT attempts to unnerve Richie as an adult by having a rotting corpse hand him a flyer for his own funeral.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Blended with Gondor Calls for Aid. Almost everyone had moved on and forgotten their encounter with IT back in 1989, but when Mike calls the group they all knew they had to return.
  • Aww Look They Really Do Love Each Other: The Losers - Eddie and Richie, in particular - may bicker and call each other out on their bullshit, even in adulthood, but it's pretty obvious that they're Fire-Forged Friends who are completely willing to die for one another. True Companions, indeed.
  • Ax-Crazy: Henry Bowers was already pretty psychopathic as a child. Years of being locked in a mental hospital and influenced by IT has driven him off the deep end, and by the time we see him as an adult, it's pretty clear that there's more than a couple of loose screws in his brain.
  • Bad Dreams: Beverly has these.
  • Bad Samaritan: After Adrian Mellon is beaten and thrown into a river, IT saves him from drowning, only to viciously bite into his flesh while his horrified lover watches.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When we are introduced to Ben's business, we see an overweight man resembling the younger Ben pitching a new building to the investors. We are then introduced to the real Ben, who looks completely different from his childhood self, speaking to this man and the investors on a video chat. For bonus points, the overweight man is played by Brandon Crane, who played young Ben in the miniseries.
  • Bath Suicide: Stanley is driven to this.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. All of them are quite banged-up by the end of the film. Adult Beverly, in particular, is soiled by many things, most notably a bloody Drowning Pit. As a result, she is again the first one to jump off the quarry cliffs when they head there to clean themselves off after the fight with Pennywise.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Before the climactic battle, Richie hopes that Pennywise's true form is a Pomeranian. Guess what he and Eddie come face-to-face with later on.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With The Reveal that Richie was in love with Eddie, their Vitriolic Best Buds relationship takes on shades of this trope as well.
  • Betty and Veronica: Just like the Trope Namer, red-headed Beverly is the Archie for blonde Ben (Betty) and brunette Bill (Veronica). However, unlike most depictions of this trope, the movie doesn't really emphasize on this, seeing as Bill is married to Audra.
  • Bickering Couple, Peaceful Couple: Richie and Eddie are a platonic version of the former, Ben and Beverly are the latter.
  • Big "NO!": Bill does this repeatedly when Pennywise impales Eddie in the finale. In an Inverted Trope, despite having been in love with him for most of his life, Richie is much too shocked to say anything, only mumbling Eddie's name repeatedly in a soft whisper.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Pennywise is dead for good (along with Henry) and his evil has been vanquished from Derry, but Eddie dies in the process of killing him, to Richie's grief, and Stanley killed himself in order to ensure that their plan works. Even more bitter is that Eddie had no idea that Richie had feelings for him due to already being married and since he's dead he never will. Also, Adrian, Victoria and Dean were killed by Pennywise adding three more people to his (presumably high) body count and Bill and Richie will still have to cope with losing Georgie and Eddie respectively. Ben and Beverly end up together (which Bill accepts), Mike moves out of town, Bill becomes a better writer, and everyone finds success and happiness now that the threat of IT is no longer hanging over them. Unlike in the book, the Losers remember each other after splitting ways, and it's implied that they'll still be friends.
  • Blank White Eyes: Happens when one is caught in the Deadlights.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Implied with Richie. At the end, when the remaining Losers go for a swim in the quarry and they give Richie a Cooldown Hug after his breakdown over Eddie's death, he mentions being touched by the gesture but doesn't know who exactly is hugging him, seeing as he had dropped his glasses in the water.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Less pronounced in adulthood, but still obvious with Ben, Bill, and Beverly.
  • Blood Bath: Pennywise gives Beverly a literal example of the trope.
  • Blood Brothers: Mike invokes this with the other Losers when they try to go back on their promise to destroy IT as adults, reminding them of the oath they swore as kids.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to Eddie twice: when Bowers stabs him in the cheek, and when IT impales him fatally during the battle.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The body count here is only a tad bit bigger than the first movie, but the deaths are way messier and rarely use Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Bloody Horror: The entire film uses this quite liberally.
    • IT uses Adrian Mellon's blood to paint a message for Mike underneath the town bridge.
    • Pennywise murders Dean, the little boy Bill had been trying to protect the entire film, by biting his head so hard, blood pretty much explodes all over the glass wall separating him and Bill.
    • IT also traps Beverly in a bathroom rapidly filling with blood.
  • Body Horror: One of the many forms IT takes is young Stanley's decapitated and decomposing head. As if that wasn't enough, said head then sprouts claws from various holes, and begins attacking the Losers.
  • Book-Ends: One of the first things the Losers all did together as a group was cliff jumping. The first thing they do after the battle is the same thing.
  • Break Them by Talking: Pennywise does this to Ben, both as a child and as an adult.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Part 1, Bill and Richie come across the infamous Not Scary/Scary/Very Scary doors in the Neibolt house. Behind the Not Scary Door, they find Betty Ripsom's upper torso, having been cut in half at the waist. In Part 2, Richie and Eddie find the same doors. Behind the Very Scary door, they find Betty Ripsom's legs, minus her torso.
    • Related to the above, Richie jokes hopefully that It's true form is a little, harmless Pomeranian. One appears behind the Not Scary door, but is far from harmless.
    • In the first film, Richie freaks out when a missing child poster of him is found in the Neibolt house, with the same day's date written on it. In this film, one of It's torments of the now adult Richie involves handing him a flyer advertising his funeral.
    • In the beginning of the movie, Adrian insults one of the bullies by comparing his hair to Meg Ryan. Later on in the movie when Richie goes to the abandoned Aladdin theatre, there is a poster of the Meg Ryan movie You Got Mail in the background.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Richie, as a child, after being chased and scared half out of his mind by Pennywise in the form of the giant Paul Bunyan statue in the middle of the park.
    Richie: I think I just shit my pants. (faints)
  • Buried Alive: How Pennywise tries to kill Ben in the finale. Thankfully, it doesn't work.
  • Bury Your Gays: Adrian still dies as in the book, but Richie is also gay in this continuity, allowing at least two LGBT characters to be alive at the end.
  • Camp Gay: Adrian Mellon plays the trope quite straightly, pun not intended.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: All of the male adult Losers, especially Ben. Their younger selves aren't too bad, either.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Beverly's first scene is this.
  • Catharsis Factor: Seeing the Losers crush Pennywise's heart in the finale is this for both the characters and the audience.
  • Celebrity Paradox: There is a reference to "Here's Johnny!" from The Shining, a movie based on another of Stephen King's novels.
  • Character Tics: As a child, Richie has a habit of adjusting his glasses.
    • Adult Beverly smokes whenever she is scared or stressed.
    • Bill's stutter comes back as an adult to show that he is starting to remember Derry.
    • The more scared Eddie gets, the faster and higher his voice becomes as well.
    • As a child, Mike had a habit of clutching his left arm with his right.
  • Check, Please!: Richie, to the waitress at the Chinese restaurant.
    Waitress: (walks in on Mike smashing the table) Is everything alright?
    (the Losers pause, having realized that the monsters were figments of their imagination)
    Richie: We'll take the check. (awkward smile)
  • Child Eater: Pennywise, obviously.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Ben and Beverly remember their love for each other and are shown happy together in the epilogue. Tragically averted with Richie and Eddie, as Eddie dies without ever learning of Richie's feelings for him.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Beverly lights one whenever she is scared or stressed (e.g.after finding out about Stanley's death.).
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The way to defeat Pennywise is to bind him with belief, to force him to take a vulnerable shape and kill him there. Mike's attempt to use the Ritual of Chüd revolves around this, giving the Losers something to make them believe that they can defeat IT, though this specific tactic fails.
    • Eddie wounds Pennywise by believing that Bev's fence-post spear can kill monsters, just like she said it would. It works, though at the cost of angering Pennywise, which results in his death.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: When Pennywise assumes a monstrous spider-like form, the group realizes that he is forced to take on the form of what they think he is. They proceed to mock him with insults, which gradually withers him down into a helpless child-like clown form, where they are able to remove his heart and kill him for good.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Losers, both as kids and adults, are prone to this.
  • Collapsing Lair: The house on 29 Neibolt Street completely collapses upon itself after Pennywise dies.
  • Combat Tentacles: Pennywise has these in his final giant half-spider form.
  • Complete Monster: Pennywise. Gee, where to start? First, he lands in Derry, Maine, and starts feeding off the unsuspecting residents by causing a bunch of big 'accidents' every twenty-seven years. IT's also a serial murderer of both children and adults alike, often taking them back to IT's lair as food for later. IT also takes pleasure in breaking IT's victims mentally and emotionally, as evidenced by Pennywise luring Dean into the funhouse and murdering him in front of Bill, knowing fully well that Dean reminds him of Georgie.
  • Composite Character: A variation, but IT here assumes the form of Patrick Hockstetter when freeing Henry, instead of Vic and Belch as in the book. Justified in that Pennywise killed Patrick, but not Vic and Belch in this continuity.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Considering the source material is a 1000+ page book.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: When a skateboard wheels itself down the stairs, Beverly asks if they should run, to which Bill remarks that he's Seen It All by now.
    Beverly: Should we start running?
    Bill: No, this is Derry, I'm actually starting to get used to it.
  • Cooldown Hug: The Losers give Richie one when he breaks down over Eddie's death.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Tom Rogan is this to Beverly.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Stephen King is the owner of the antique shop where Bill finds Silver.
    • Director Andy Muschietti also briefly cameos as a customer browsing the shelves of the pharmacy behind Eddie.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Pennywise, when he tries to lure Victoria in to eat her. It works.
  • Creepy Children Singing: Used to a horrifying degree in the film's soundtrack.
  • Crush Blush: Meta-example: Ben's adult actor, Jay Ryan, tried to invoke this all throughout the film, having noticed that Jeremy Ray Taylor (Young Ben) could do this on cue in the first film whenever Beverly was around.
  • Cute Is Evil: The Pomeranian form IT takes to mess with Richie and Eddie.
  • Cuteness Proximity: As mentioned above, Richie and Eddie both forget that the Pomeranian in front of them isn't actually an innocent puppy when it obeys their command to sit. Eddie takes it further by cooing over it, calling it a "good boy" repeatedly the way one would talk to an adorable pet.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the original film wasn't exactly light-hearted, the sequel is much darker and meaner, focusing more on gore and the grotesque. That being said, a criticism leveled against it by critics is that it is less scary, with fewer moments played overtly for horror, and the story itself is more focused on the characters than the scares. There is also a massive amount of Black Comedy.
  • Daylight Horror: Both of IT's attacks on Richie happen outside in broad daylight.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: Stan gets a bloody one.
  • Death by Adaptation: Minor example. Beverly's mother is said to have committed suicide while her daughter was still a child. In the book she did not, though she died of cancer before Beverly returned home.
  • Death of a Child: Both Dean and Victoria are shown getting killed by Pennywise.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The arcade scene during Richie's flashback shows that he was being friendly with Henry's cousin but only to cut short after being accused of being a "fairy", a homophobic slur towards homosexual men.
  • Description Cut:
    • An adult Bill, after re-buying his childhood bike, Silver, mentions to the owner of the antique store that it could "outrun the Devil." The music builds dramatically ... and then cuts to Bill awkwardly pedaling his rusted-out bike that looks like it could fall apart any second.
    • Ben says he has one bit of good news: that he convinced Richie to stay. Cut to Richie bailing out the side entrance with a Precision F-Strike.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Losers kill IT the Eldritch Abomination by reducing it to a quivering pathetic mess, ripping out it's heart, and crushing the heart with their bare hands.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In the climax Richie starts throwing rocks and trash talking Pennywise... and gets cut off mid-sentence with a blast of the Deadlights.
  • Demoted to Extra: Audra (Bill’s wife) and Tom (Bev’s abusive husband) only appear in the opening scenes and do not head to Derry as in the book.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Subverted. It seems as though this is going to be the case as in the book, with Richie staying with a dying Eddie, but then he leaves to assist the others in delivering the killing blow to IT. By the time he returns, Eddie is already dead, and a heartbroken Richie is left cradling his corpse.
  • Dies Wide Open: Eddie.
  • Don't Celebrate Just Yet: Eddie is completely ecstatic when he manages to land a direct hit on Pennywise in the finale. Too bad this means his back is turned, and he doesn't see the giant Combat Tentacle headed his way, resulting in his death.
  • Doomed by Canon: Adrian Mellon, Henry Bowers, and Eddie Kaspbrak. On a much happier note, Pennywise itself.
  • Double Tap: Ben does this multiple times to IT in the form of Stanley's severed head with a kitchen knife.
  • Dramatic Irony: During the flashback scene in the beginning. Stan asks what he looks like when he's older.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Beverly mentions seeing how all the adult Losers will die if they don't defeat IT this cycle. Averted, after Pennywise dies and they finally get the peace they deserve.
  • Driven to Suicide: In addition to this becoming Stan's fate after he gets the call from Mike, it's revealed that Beverly's mother killed herself while Bev was still a child.
  • Drowning Pit: During the climax, Beverly is trapped in a bathroom stall that rapidly fills with blood as she's tormented by her childhood bullies and abusers.
  • Dying Alone: Ben's worst fear. Happens to Eddie.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Ben invokes this at the end, when he and Beverly are separated by Pennywise's traps - Bev in a bathroom rapidly filling with blood, and Ben slowly being buried alive in the Loser's childhood clubhouse. It's especially touching, seeing as he uses his final moments to comfort her, to show her that she isn't alone, and that even if she dies, she will die loved by him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Pennywise, in IT's real form.
  • Eldritch Location: The place in Derry where Pennywise touched down on Earth, at the bottom of a preexisting cavern, connected to a network of caves. Droplets of black liquid float upwards from the almost organic-looking spikes protrtuding from the floor, and when Pennywise descends to the point of impact in the form of the deadlights, the cavern walls warp as they pass into the appearance of a fanged gullet — reminiscent of Pennywise's throat — that undulates like the lights are being swallowed down.
  • Ending Aversion: In-Universe, it's a Running Gag that Bill's books are considered good, but the endings all suck.
  • Epilogue Letter: The film ends with one, as each surviving Losers Club member reads a copy of a note left by Stan before his suicide.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Disregarding the extensive flashbacks, the majority of the present day story is over the course of about three days (counting the prologue and epilogue, possibly a week). The Losers gather in Derry for dinner one night and have their final confrontation with IT the following evening.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The final form Pennywise takes is that of a humongous spider that visibly towers over all the Losers.
  • Evil Old Folks: The adult Beverly Marsh returns to her childhood home and encounters a seemingly kind old woman named Mrs. Kersh, who begins acting increasingly disturbing before revealing herself to be IT in disguise.
  • Falling into His Arms: While searching the forest for their old clubhouse, Beverly trips over a root and Bill promptly catches her.
    Beverly: (laughs softly)
    Bill: What?
    Beverly: Nothing. It's just ... you haven't changed.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • Stan: I swear, Bill.
    • Pennywise: Look at you...you're all grown up.
    • Eddie: (to Richie) I fucked your mom.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Richie and Eddie, obviously. It almost happens, too, what with Richie being confirmed as gay in this adaptation.
  • Fanservice Pack: Ben's very prominent six-pack is put on display at one point in the movie, though this is more of a Fan Disservice, what with IT carving a bloody message into the skin underneath.
  • Fashion Designer: Beverly's job as an adult.
  • Fiery Redhead: In her adult years, Beverly, unless provoked, is a subdued version of this trope. Pennywise, however, is more of an Evil Redhead.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Twice over. Most of the group had forgotten their first encounter with IT, and had moved on with their lives. But when Mike calls them back, despite not fully understanding the reasons why they feel so much dread, they respond to the call. Rather notably, for everyone the caller ID from Mike showed the same Maine phone number, but when Mike calls Bill in the epilogue Caller ID showed Mike's name this time.
  • First Love: Beverly is this to both Ben and Bill.
  • Flaming Hair: When Pennywise impersonates Beverly to taunt Ben, he sets her hair on fire, as a not-so-subtle jab at the poem Ben had written for Beverly earlier.
    Pennywise, as Beverly: YOUR HAIR IS WINTER FIRE, JANUARY EMBERS, MY HEART BURNS THERE, TOO!!!
  • Forced to Watch: Pennywise is a fan of this, seeing how he does it three times throughout the entire film: the first time, he waits until Adrian Mellon's boyfriend is watching before he kills the man, the second time he murders a small child in front of Bill while they're in a hall of mirrors, and the last time being impaling Eddie with one of its Combat Tentacles right in front of the Losers, much to their horror.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Just before answering Mike's phone call, Stan is shown assembling a jigsaw puzzle, and being unable to complete it due to missing the final piece. This foreshadows his suicide a few minutes later, making him the Losers Club's "Missing Piece."
    • Mike's explanation of having to steal the artifact that would be the can for the sealing that is the Ritual of Chüd makes more sense at the climax where it's revealed the ritual doesn't work and got the last people who tried were killed. Makes sense that the natives wouldn't want anyone else trying to perform it.
    • An elderly Mr. Keene (almost certainly IT assuming a disguise) pinches Eddie's cheek and rudely teases him that the "cancer" could be removed. Not long after, the escaped Henry Bowers stabs Eddie in the same spot.
    • Pennywise essentially gives Bill the artifact (the paper boat he made with Georgie) he supposedly needs to complete the Ritual to destroy IT. Later, it's revealed that the Ritual of Chüd is useless, and that all the prior events in the movie were part of Pennywise's plan to lure the Losers into its lair so he could kill them all at once.
    • Something that actually occurred in It: Chapter One, that applies here. After the Losers made their blood pact to return to Derry if It comes back, the first two to leave are Stan and Eddie, both of whom are the main casualties in this movie.
    • Right before Stan commits suicide, he says, "I promise, Bill", remembering the pact that the Losers made to return to Derry if IT were to come back. It's revealed at the end that Stan killed himself so he would be with the Losers in spirit, as he was too afraid to face Pennywise in person and thought this would give the rest of the Losers the best chance of success.
  • Gang of Bullies: Subverted. By the time they reach adulthood, Henry Bowers no longer has his friends with him, what with Henry having been locked in a mental asylum for the better part of his life.
  • Giant Spider: Downplayed. Pennywise transforms into a huge-sized version of himself with the lower half of a spider for a more personal confrontation with the Losers, but played straight in the flashback which shows It as a gargantuan spider with lots of yellow eyes haunting Derry in ancient times.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When Pennywise's eyes revert to their haunting gold instead of the Innocent Blue Eyes he uses to lure people in, start running.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The Losers are a bunch of clever, kind, funny, and loving individuals. Try hurting one of them in front of the others, and you'll understand why this Badass Crew gave Pennywise - an actual Eldritch Abomination - the beating of IT's life before they even reached puberty.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Beverly smokes in order to calm her nerves from any Pennywise-related news, and is very much on the side of good.
  • Groin Attack: Henry gives one to Mike in the library in order to incapacitate him.
  • Group Hug: Like in the first film, the Losers give one to a grieving member. This time, it's Richie and not Bill on the receiving end.
  • Growing Up Sucks: What Stan's Bar Mitzvah speech basically consists of.
  • Guilt Complex: Even as an adult, Bill still has one, due to The Reveal that he had faked being sick on the day Georgie died, therefore leading him to believe that had he been there, he could've rescued his baby brother.
    • This leads to Bill being quite protective of Dean, a young boy who resembles Georgie very much, and tries to prevent his death as much as he can. He fails.
  • Hairstyle Inertia:
    • As adults Richie, Stan, and Eddie all have very similar hairstyles to the ones they sported as children. Beverly's has grown out a little but still resembles her shorter hairstyle from 1989.
    • Eddie mocks the adult Henry Bowers for still sporting a mullet as an adult.
    • Greta still has the same curly side ponytail that she did as a child.
  • Has a Type: Bill certainly seems to have a thing for blue-eyed redheads with short hair, if Beverly and Audra, his wife are anything to go by.
  • Haunted House: Neibolt House.
  • Headbutt of Love: Mike and Bill share a platonic one after the end of the battle with Pennywise.
  • Heroic BSoD: Mike briefly enters one when Pennywise reveals that the Ritual of Chüd is completely useless and the Losers are most likely going to die at IT's hand.
    • Richie also undergoes one after Eddie is killed by It and the group is forced to leave his body behind in order to escape Pennywise's lair after It's death. It's revealed that Richie had feelings for Eddie, so he naturally took his death the hardest.
  • Heroic Suicide: Unlike in the book, Stan claims his suicide is this,as he felt his absence would be necessary to ensure the Losers presented a united front against It.
  • His Heart Will Go On: A male on male version, seeing as Richie was in love with Eddie in this adaptation.
  • Heroes Love Red Heads: Bill and Ben towards Beverly.
  • 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Ben believes himself to be this to Beverly. Thankfully, he's wrong.
  • Hope Spot: Pennywise is briefly disabled after Eddie throws the spear into IT's throat, and he excitedly tells Richie he thinks he's killed IT. Then he gets skewered from behind by one of IT's Combat Tentacles.
  • House Fire: How Mike's parents died. IT taunts him repeatedly about this.
  • Hunk: Ben. And how!
  • Hurting Hero: Richie, by the climax, due to Eddie dying before he could ever confess his feelings.
  • I Banged Your Mom: Eddie's final words to Richie, as a Callback to their childhood insults for one another.
  • I Didn't Tell You Because You'd Be Unhappy: Up to Eleven, in that Mike lies to the rest of the Losers about the efficiency of the Ritual, knowing fully well that if he told them the truth about the natives, none of them would even bother returning to Derry anymore.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: How the Losers manage to get IT in a weak enough form that they are able to rip out IT's heart with ease.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Richie does this to Dean when he mistakes the child for one of IT's many disguises, complete with a lot of foul cursing and shoulder-shaking.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Eddie gets impaled by Pennywise's sharp spider talons during the climax.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: The Losers after their disastrous dinner at the Chinese restaurant. Upon arriving at the townhouse, Bev heads to the bar right away and begins pouring herself a drink. The boys follow suit not long after.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Pennywise is reduced to this after they make IT believe that IT is small and weak.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dean, the child Bill grows somewhat attached to, has these.
  • In-Series Nickname: Most of the Losers call each other by their childhood Affectionate Nickname throughout the movie. Prime examples being Bill calling Mike "Mikey", or the boys calling Beverly "Bev" on multiple occasions.
    • Mike calls Stan "Stan the Man" before hanging up.
  • Insult of Endearment: Richie's teasing towards the others is seen as this. Eddie in particular is often subject to Richie's jokes, which was probably Richie's way of getting attention from him, due to having feelings for Eddie.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite having loved Beverly since they were kids, Ben never corrects her when she assumes that the postcard poem serving as her token was from Bill, especially when he sees how happy she is.
    • Subverted later on when it's Bill who gives way.
  • Karma Houdini: Unlike the book, where they are all sent to prison, there is absolutely no indication that Adrian Mellon's murderers are punished in any way after fleeing.
    • Unfortunately in the book, it is implied that the older ones remain free as their case is tied up in legal proceedings. The only one to feel any remorse is the younger boy who moves away from Derry and IT's influence.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: All of the Losers.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Eddie.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Most of the Losers don't directly recall their battle with IT as kids, but immediately find themselves panicking when Mike calls them to regroup. Mike explains they can't remember because they left Derry, but because he stayed he remembers more, if not everything. Their memory of what happened slowly returns the longer they stay in town.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Bill's various books, and subsequent movie adaptations, are repeatedly said to have horrible endings. This not only reflects frequent complaints about Stephen King's novels in general, but also leaning into this specific source material and having an ending that has been described as "unfilmable."
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: When Bill sees that Ben and Bev have disappeared underwater, he smiles instead of freaking out over Beverly not choosing him, and gives the two some much-needed privacy.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: When confronted with one of IT's Combat Tentacles and the Not Scary At All/Scary/Very Scary doors, Richie and Eddie take their chances with the latter.
  • Light Is Not Good: A relevant plot detail, as more than any other adaptation it is stressed how the deadlights are It's true form and how the Losers must "turn light into dark" though this fails.
  • Lighter and Softer: In a way. This movie is much less of an overt horror movie than the first, with even more jokes and a lot of Black Comedy. Even some moments that would otherwise be horrifying are Played for Laughs.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Beverly's relationship with the Losers, and vice-versa.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: After Pennywise's demise, his lair, the cistern, and the house on Neibolt Street collapse and implode into the ground.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Lonely rich adult paired with Lonely Bachelor Pad, in Ben's case. Dying alone is outright stated to be one of his worst fears.
  • Lovable Coward: Eddie, very much so.
  • Love Confession: Ben does this for the second time for Beverly, along with Dying Declaration of Love.
  • Love Letter: In a platonic way, Stan's letter for the remaining Losers. He assures them that his suicide was very much his final act of love for all of them, and that he truly believes that they can defeat Pennywise, even with him only being there in spirit.
  • Love Triangle: A minor one with Ben, Beverly, and Bill forming the triad. Unlike most examples, this never ruins their friendship, and it is extremely obvious that the three of them respect each other very much, to the point that Bill calmly accepts Ben and Beverly getting together by the end, giving his best friends a fond smile instead.
  • Man Hug: The adult Losers are quite fond of doing this to one another, especially after reuniting once more.
  • Manly Tears: Richie sheds this in the end for Eddie. Watching him break down, Bill and the other boys look pretty close as well.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: One of Richie's abilities.
    • He mimics Jabba The Hutt in the Chinese restaurant, albeit as an insult towards it's resemblance to Eddie's mother.
    • He also does a pretty passable impression of Pennywise in the Losers' childhood clubhouse, enough so that the others are quite freaked until he reveals himself.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Downplayed in adulthood, seeing as Beverly is no longer that much of a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and Ben's more artistic abilities aren't as on display as in the first film.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Eddie's fence-post spear glows green right before he conjures up enough belief to impale and injure Pennywise with it. A Shout-Out to Maturin the Turtle, perhaps? Or simply the light in the cavern turning the metal green?
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Bill Skarsgård, of course! Some of the behind-the-scenes photos show him having a laugh with Bill Hader, most of the adult cast have nothing but praise for his acting ability, and stories from the younger cast make him out to be quite the sweetheart.
  • Meet Cute: When Beverly and Ben see each other again in front of the Chinese restaurant, Ben greets her with "You gonna let me by, or is there a password?" A Callback to the first time they'd ever spoken to each other on their school's steps.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Part of the plot behind the Ritual of Chüd is for the Losers Club to gather these.
  • Mirror Scare: Plenty in the Funhouse scene.
  • Mock Guffin: The above items and the ritual turn out to be of little use in stopping It; but, they do allow the Losers to regain their memories.
  • Monster Clown: Pennywise definitely picks up the slack after his twenty-seven year hibernation, feeding off the fear of and killing children while also gunning after the Losers' Club as revenge for defeating him in 1989. His final form amplifies this by virtue of being a giant version of his clown facade combined with a Giant Spider.
  • Mood Whiplash: Quite a bit of it.
    • Right after fighting off Henry Bowers' attempt to kill him, Eddie cracks a joke about how he should cut his horribly outdated mullet while slinking away.
    Eddie: You should cut that fucking mullet. It's been, like, thirty years, man.
    • In the middle of the dramatic final confrontation with Pennywise, a mortally wounded Eddie's last words to Richie are "I fucked your mom".
    • When Eddie is struggling with the diseased leper form It takes, It vomits all over him while five seconds of "Angel in the Morning" plays.
    • After killing Pennywise for real, the Losers happily reminisce about Stan and Eddie until Richie suddenly breaks down crying, causing the others to join together in a Group Hug.
  • Mundanger: Adrian Mellon's attackers aren't directly shown or even implied to be under It's influence when they brutalize and throw him off a bridge.
  • Motor Mouth: Eddie, even in adulthood. It's especially obvious whenever he's scared, anxious, or nervous. Considering how stressful of a situation he's in, you can expect most of the scenes involving him invoking this trope.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • An attraction at the amusement park has clown-pendulums that resemble Tim Curry's Pennywise.
    • Pennywise once again impersonates Bev and says "Kiss me, fat boy!" to Ben.
    • Bill and Mike's vision of It's arrival shows him first taking the form of a giant bird, which was how It appeared to Mike in the novel.
      • The "root" used to cause the visions in the first place is referred to by the natives as "holy maturin". Maturin is the name later given to the Turtle in The Dark Tower.
    • The running gag of Bill's books having terrible endings is a likely Self-Deprecation joke about Stephen King's books not always having good endings. (Indeed, King himself mentions Bill's terrible endings during his cameo.)
    • Stan is introduced completing a jigsaw puzzle of a painting depicting several birds, alluding to his interest in them in the book and miniseries.
    • One of the fortune cookie abominations is a tentacled eye that crawls after Richie, reminiscent of a form It assumed that terrified his book counterpart.
    • The scene where Ben goes to his old school shows a turtle on the desk. This is a clear reference to Maturin who in the book helped the Losers fight against IT. The metal spike that Eddie throws at Pennywise glows green, and once It is killed a green light casts into It's collapsing lair, possibly suggesting Maturin's presence.
    • While Bev is trapped in the bathroom stall, Pennywise, in the form of young Henry Bowers, shouts "Here's Johnny!" through the slightly open door.
    • In the book, Eddie dies after IT tears his arm off. In this film, a vengeful Richie angrily tears off one of the depowered monster's arms after it mortally impales Eddie.
    • During the epilogue, we see Bill working on his new book. The words on the page are lifted verbatim from the novel.
    • In Audra's only scene, we see that she has a similar hairstyle to Beverly as an adult, and she takes offence when Bill asks her why she can't be "the woman I want you to be" (although he is referring to her character in the film). This references that in the book Audra is something of a Replacement Goldfish for Beverly.
    • Before the final battle, It takes the form of the young Stan's decapitated head and morphs into a creature straight from The Thing (1982), which itself is a reference to It taking the form of movie monsters in the book.
  • Near-Death Experience: All the Losers experience this at least once in the hours leading up to the climactic fight with Pennywise.
    • Bev is cornered by Mrs. Kersh in her old apartment.
    • Eddie is stabbed in the cheek by a deranged Henry Bowers and is bleeding heavily by the time Ben and Bev find him.
    • Richie comes face-to-face with IT itself in the park.
    • Mike is nearly stabbed by Henry Bowers in the library before Richie saves him.
  • Nerd Glasses: Richie has these, even as an adult.
  • Nerdy Inhaler: Eddie has one as a child. Even after it's proven that most of his medicines are placebos, adult Eddie still has an inhaler for his token, and even uses it repeatedly after he panics several times.
  • Never Found the Body: Eddie.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: The Losers to Eddie.
  • Never Recycle a Building: When Bev goes back to her old apartment, she is able to retrieve her totem from behind the baseboard in her old room. After being attacked by It in its "Mrs. Kersh" form, she escapes out to the street. Turning back, she sees that the whole building is now a dilapidated old mess, with all the windows boarded up.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: Stan, definitely.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: The Losers in the climactic fight when they start throwing back their worst fears in IT's face, making him out to be nothing more but a big bully.
  • Not His Sled: The Ritual of Chüd is nothing more than ancient superstition in this continuity. The first natives that tried it were killed by IT almost immediately.
  • Oblivious to Love: For some reason, Bev can't seem to see all the loving looks Ben throws her way. She wises up by the end of the film.
    • In a more tragic example of the trope, Eddie never seemed to catch on that Richie had been in love with him since childhood.
  • Old-Timey Bathing Suit: In a more lighthearted scene between Ben and Bev, Beverly makes fun of the boys for swimming in their tighty-whities when they were kids. Ben sheepishly asks her if she can leave that memory in the past.
  • One of the Boys: Beverly, even in adulthood. What with the film's surprisingly short time span, she is never shown with any other friends aside from the Losers, who are all male.
  • One True Love: Beverly is this to Ben, and vice-versa.
  • One-Winged Angel: IT's preferred form for battle is a Giant Spider, but with Pennywise's upper body and legs that can also function as tentacles/lamprey eels. In the vision that Bill has after being drugged by Mike, IT is shown assuming a spider-like form without the clown upper-half.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When IT mortally impales Eddie with one of IT's Combat Tentacles, Richie is visibly stunned into silence and cannot seem to speak. Later, he rips off the same arm angrily without so much as a wisecrack.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Averted. Jay Ryan's and James McAvoy's accents barely slip throughout the entire film.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Whenever IT is in IT's Leper form.
  • Performance Anxiety: Due to finding out that Pennywise has returned, Richie vomits before his show and is shown to be quite unsettled all throughout.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Richie and Eddie are this throughout the film, thanks to their Snark-to-Snark Combat interactions.
  • Posthumous Character: Stanley killed himself shortly after being asked to return to Derry, but he still carries a presence after his death as the Losers recall fond memories of their friend. He sent everyone a letter they only received after they confronted and defeated IT, explaining he knew his death was needed to bring everyone else together.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • Eddie's death is changed from getting his arm ripped off to getting impaled from behind, possibly to avoid potential Narm.
    • In IT's final form, it still has Pennywise's head instead of becoming a complete Giant Spider to allow for a more personal confrontation between IT and the Losers.
  • Precious Photo: It's revealed at the end that the bookmark Mike uses for his journal is a strip of photos the Losers took when they were younger.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Pennywise uses his iconic one during the final fight.
    "Time to float!"
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Eddie has one in the final fight against Pennywise, right before he saves Richie from the Deadlights.
    Eddie: (hurling the fence post at IT) BEEP-BEEP, MOTHERFUCKER!
  • Psychotic Smirk: Henry Bowers and Pennywise.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Adult Ben is a master of this, especially when it's directed at Beverly.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Mike gathers the Losers Club for one final showdown with Pennywise the moment he discovers that IT has returned.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • When Richie kills Henry, he attempts to make a joke ... and promptly vomits in shock, clearly traumatized; when Eddie asks if he's okay, he angrily points out that no, he's not, because "I've just fucking killed a guy!"
    • In an odd way, Eddie's individual fight with IT is this. IT forgets that IT is bound to the limitations of whatever shape IT assumes, meaning that the fight is really between a relatively healthy adult man and a diseased, deformed leper. Eddie nearly manages to choke IT to death, and IT only escapes by vomiting all over Eddie as a distraction. Eddie recounting this in the climax causes the Losers to realize that they need to trap IT in a form they can kill.
  • Redemption in the Rain: Once Beverly decides to leave her abusive husband and return to Derry, she walks down the streets as it rains a lot.
  • Relationship Upgrade: By the end of the film, Ben and Beverly have finally rekindled their childhood romance, and are shown living together happily.
  • Reunion Kiss: Bill and Beverly share one, despite both of them being married. However, it doesn't lead to anything.
  • Returning the Wedding Ring: After escaping her abusive husband, Beverly leaves her wedding ring on the front porch.
  • The Reveal:
    • A minor one but Bill, during his battle with IT, sees an illusion IT created wherein Georgie blames Bill for his death because he lied about being sick that fateful day. Bill admits he did lie about being sick which is the big reason he blamed himself for Georgie's death.
    • Richie is gay and was secretly in love with Eddie.
    • The Ritual of Chüd doesn't work, and the last people who tried it were killed by IT. Mike knew all of this, and essentially recruited the Losers for a Suicide Mission, in the desperate hope that they might succeed where the Natives failed.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: Pennywise's death trap for Bev. Instead of water, however, it's blood.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Even though Pennywise was going to emerge again due to his hibernation being over, he's especially nasty once he learns the Losers, the only non-supernatural beings able to resist his influence and actually go on the offensive against him, have returned.
    • After watching Pennywise kill Dean right in front of him in the funhouse, Bill is seriously pissed off and intends to go on a one man rampage. Luckily for him, the rest of the Losers arrive at the 29 Neibolt Street house and stops Bill before he goes on a (very likely) suicide mission to kill Pennywise.
    • A minor one, but after IT impales Eddie and is subsequently de-powered, Richie makes sure to rip the exact same arm off and practically hurls it in Pennywise's face, all while wearing a furious expression.
  • Room Full of Crazy: Mike converted the library attic into both his living space and where he cataloged the entire history of IT. Since the other characters fully acknowledge that IT exists, it's not seen as all that strange to them, but it's implied that Mike is not viewed well by the town's other inhabitants.
  • Running Gag: Bill hearing that his books have terrible endings.
  • Running into the Window: More like a bunch of glass mirrors inside the funhouse, but the effect on Bill is otherwise the same. Played for Drama when he keeps running into them, and can't save Dean in time.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: During Henry's first attack on the Losers, he's noticeably confused about what happened to Eddie when the latter hides behind a shower curtain. This gives Eddie time to pull the knife out of his cheek and stab Henry with it.
  • Say My Name: Eddie mutters Richie's name softly when he is mortally wounded by IT.
    • Ben screams Beverly's name repeatedly when he thinks he's about to die, using his last moments to declare his love with the poem he'd written for her when they were children.
    • The other Losers repeatedly yell Mike's name after the latter enters a Heroic BSoD right before the fight with Pennywise. Bill saves him at at the absolute last second, just before he is almost impaled by Pennywise.
      Pennywise: TIME TO FLOAT!
      Mike: (staring blankly) I'm so sorry, you guys.
      Bill: Mike! MIKEY! 'Time to move, Mikey! (yanks him out of harm's way)
  • Scare Chord: Benjamin Wallfisch's score incorporates a lot of this.
  • Scars Are Forever: The slashes on the Losers' palms from when they made their Blood Oath hasn't faded, even in adulthood.
    • Subverted in the book when the scars disappear after they defeat IT once and for all.
    • Ben still has the 'H' scar from when Henry Bowers tried to carve his name onto his stomach.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Most of the Losers do not fully remember their original fight with IT, and mostly responded to Mike's call as a bunch of old friends getting back together. But the longer they are in Derry the more they remember, and when IT starts messing with them again, it really doesn't settle well with any of them. Eddie and Richie in particular come extremely close to actually leaving, while Ben and Bev also express interest in the idea. Bill is the only one who doesn't think about bolting, although he has his reservations.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Losers attempt to do this to IT with the Ritual. It doesn't work.
  • Security Cling: Even as adults, Eddie still has a tendency to hang onto Richie whenever he gets scared.
    • Ben also holds onto Eddie when IT attacks them in the restaurant, though it's more of a protective gesture.
  • See the Whites of Their Eyes: What happens to Bev and Richie when they are caught in IT's Deadlights.
  • Self-Deprecation: Stephen King's cameo where he tells Bill he did not like the ending of his book is a meta joke about King and the criticism he sometimes gets over his book endings.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: All of the young Losers with their older counterparts.
    • Special mention goes to Jack Dylan Grazer and James Ransone, and Wyatt Oleff and Andy Bean.
    • Jessica Chastain mentions in an interview that Director Andy Muschietti sold the part to her by showing her a picture of half her face and Sophia Lillis' face edited together. The resemblance was so uncanny that Chastain knew she just had to accept the part.
  • Sequel Episode: It's It: Chapter Two after all.
  • Setting Update: 27 years have passed since they defeated IT at the end of the previous movie, just as in all previous versions, meaning the setting update of the previous film means the equivalent update happens here as well.
  • The Shadow Knows: In Ben's flashback to when the Losers split up as children, he's sitting in a classroom with a projector light shining behind him when Pennywise's silhouette suddenly appears on the screen. He wheels around only to see Beverly... or rather, Pennywise impersonating Beverly.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The Losers do this to IT in the finale, making him believe that he is small, and therefore weak enough for them to attack.
  • She's All Grown Up: Ben, known as the Fat Kid, ends up being the tallest and most muscular of the adult Losers, with Richie describing him as "three Brazilian soccer players rolled into one." Despite this, he is still quite insecure about being unloved and dying alone - a fear that Pennywise makes sure to exploit.
  • Shout-Out: Several in fact, such as:
    • One of Pennywise's many forms that appear in the movie (Stanley's rotting head with numerous spider-like legs) is very similar to The Thing's human head form from The Thing (1982). As a bonus, this also references actor Richard Masur, who played adult Stan in the miniseries and Clark in The Thing (1982). The reference is made explicit with this line from Richie:
      Richie: You gotta be fucking kidding!
    • Pennywise performs a not-so-subtle reference of "Here's Johnny!" to Beverly in the climax.
    • The finale, including skipping destroying the town in favour of the house collapsing, is a Shout-Out to Carrie.
  • Ship Tease: Richie and Eddie have a lot of these. Upon The Reveal that Richie was gay and in love with Eddie, re-watching the first film and seeing all their moments together becomes this as well.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: When Eddie dies, all of Richie's jokes come to a halt, and he is uncharacteristically serious and somber until the end.
  • Shower of Angst: Variant; the first thing the Losers do after killing IT for good is going to the quarry and jumping into the river below, to clean themselves literally and spiritually.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: During the final battle, Richie throws rocks at Pennywise, then starts verbally laying into him. Almost immediately Pennywise traps him in his Deadlights form mid-taunt.
    Richie: You wanna play Truth or Dare? Okay, here's the truth! You're a sloppy bitch! Yeah, that's right, let's dance! Yipee-ki-yay, mother- (immediately gets assaulted by the Deadlights)
  • Shutting Up Now: After scaring the Losers with his surprisingly spot-on Pennywise impression, Richie does this.
    Richie: Just trying to ease the tension. No? Okay, I'm gonna go fuck myself now.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": There are multiple squelching sounds when Pennywise tosses Eddie about after impaling him mortally.
  • Single Tear: Beverly does this multiple times throughout the film. She does it upon finding out that Stanley has killed himself, and right before they crush Pennywise's heart.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Beverly is drawn to both Ben and Bill, who are both inherently good people.
  • Slasher Smile: Pennywise is constantly sporting one of these, especially when he's about to kill someone.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Richie and Eddie's perpetual dynamic.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • The town of Derry itself manages to survive the final battle instead of being destroyed in a flood, with only the 29 Neibolt Street house serving as a casualty.
    • To a lesser extent, Tom Rogan, since he has only has one scene and does not follow Bev to Derry like he did in the book.
    • To an even lesser extent, Mike manages to avoid getting hospitalized by Henry Bowers like he did in the book and miniseries, and is even involved in the final battle with IT/Pennywise.
  • Speech Impediment: Bill's stutter comes back when he starts to remember the summer of 1989.
  • Spider People: IT's final form is half-giant spider, half-Monster Clown.
  • Spikes of Doom: IT's Combat Tentacles are appropriately sharp, and one of them leads to Eddie's death.
  • Splatter Horror: Eddie's blood splatters onto Richie when IT impales him from behind.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Beverly's mother is shown to have looked just like her, partly explaining why her father lusts after her.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: When attempting to drown Beverly, It shouts "Time to SINK!" instead of its usual, more infamous catchphrase of "Time to float!".
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Pennywise has these.
  • Sweetie Graffiti: In a flashback, a young Richie is shown carving his affections for someone into the kissing bridge, though we don't see who the other initial belongs to. At the end of the movie, adult Richie goes back to re-etch it and we get the whole thing: R + E, for Richie + Eddie.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: How the Losers defeat Pennywise.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Ben Hanscom, ever so much.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Richie Tozier.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Mike conveys the history of Pennywise's relationship with the local Native American tribe and the Ritual of Chüd by slipping a microdose of the hallucinogenic root they gave him into a glass of water Bill asked for.
  • Team Mom: Eddie, thanks to his Properly Paranoid tendencies. The Losers themselves lampshade this in the finale, when they reminisce about him after his death.
    Ben: He would've loved this.
    Bill: What, splashing around in dirty water?
    Beverly: Yeah, but he would've made us laugh. He'd be looking out for us.
    Bill: He always was.
  • Tearful Smile: Richie does one of these after re-carving the R+E etching he'd left on the Kissing Bridge twenty-seven years ago.
  • Thanatos Gambit: It's revealed that Stanley realized that the Losers' Club have to be reunited to defeat It, but he was too afraid to come back to Derry. So, by committing suicide, he takes himself off the board, making him 'not count' thus he didn't have to be there for the others to succeed..
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Stan. In the book, he's even a whole grade younger than the other Losers, therefore explaining why all of them are so protective of him.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Ben and Beverly share a lovely underwater one after they defeat Pennywise.
  • The Cast Show Off: Bill Hader is known for his spot-on impressions, and he gets to show off at least two (Jabba the Hutt and Pennywise) in the film.
  • The Film of the Book
  • The Lost Lenore: Eddie is this to Richie.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: All the jumpscares in the film are a result of IT trying to unnerve the Losers. As soon as he dies, the horrors stop as well.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: While exploring Neibolt, Ben suddenly collapses to the ground in pain, with words seemingly being carved into his skin by nothing. When he, Bev, and Mike look into the mirror opposite them, it reveals Pennywise to be behind them, doing the carving itself.
  • The One That Got Away: Beverly is this to Bill. However, they only share one kiss, and Bill goes back to his wife, while Beverly ends up with Ben.
    • In a more painful version of this trope, Eddie is this to Richie.
  • The Power of Love: How Ben and Beverly overcome the death traps Pennywise has put them in.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Beverly is the only girl in the Losers' Club.
  • Timeshifted Actor: The Losers are adults 27 years later, and portrayed by adult actors accordingly. To show off Separated-at-Birth Casting, there are a number of Match Cuts to highlight it (Eddie gets a literal, direct overlay).
  • Tragic Bromance: Eddie and Richie.
  • Underwater Kiss: Ben and Beverly kiss in the quarry at the end while looking for Richie's glasses.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Bill to Beverly, and Richie to Eddie.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As in their childhood, Eddie and Richie as adults constantly rib each other but clearly care for one another. Richie is absolutely heartbroken when Eddie dies, and has to be physically held back and restrained to stop him from going back for Eddie’s body.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Twice with Richie. Once after receiving Mike’s call (with the added bonus of the camera being right under the flow) and again after killing Henry Bowers. Pennywise gets one himself as the Leper and vomits on Eddie as a power move when Eddie nearly strangles It to death.
  • Walking Spoiler: Stanley Uris.
  • Wedding Ring Removal: Beverly does this after she leaves Tom Rogan behind.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Beverly's abusive husband is never seen again after she escapes him. This is especially weird considering that she starts a relationship with Ben at the end of the movie, so she needs to divorce him at some point (something that will most likely not end well for her considering her husband's anger issues). In the book, Bev's husband actually follows her to Derry, where he is killed by Pennywise.
    • The gang that attacked Adrian Mellon also just disappears. Despite being set up as a threat much similar to Henry Bower’s gang, they just flee the scene and don’t even face any comeuppance.
    • For that matter, Adrian’s partner also just disappears. Despite possibly being the only other adult character to see IT, he never shows up again or is even questioned by Mike.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Losers give Mike this treatment after he admits he scratched out the part on the artifact that showed the native tribesmen who attempted the Ritual of Chüd were all horribly killed because it didn't work. He explains that the natives failed because they still doubted that IT could be defeated, and he was hoping the Losers would succeed where they failed.
  • Where It All Began: Derry, Maine, obviously.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Pennywise. He harms Victoria and repeatedly establishes that he doesn't really care how banged-up Beverly gets, just as long as he can eat her in the end.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Pennywise — who the previous film establishes likes to eat children — corners a little boy in a glass maze and tauntingly prepares to eat him in front of Bill, who's stuck behind a glass wall and powerless to stop Pennywise when the Monster Clown stops goofing around, bares his fangs, and starts smashing through the glass to get to the kid. He doesn't save him in time.
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: How Adrian Mellon insults his attackers at the beginning of the film.
    Adrian Mellon: Meg Ryan called. She wants her wig back.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Richie gives a speech like this to Eddie when he's freaking out in the sewers.
    Richie: Who killed a psychotic clown before he was fourteen?
    Eddie: Me.
    Richie: Who stabbed Bowers with a knife he pulled out of his own face?
    Eddie: Also me.
    Eddie: ...Me.
  • You Are Not Alone: Beverly reminds Bill of this fact when he attempts to launch a One Man Attack on Pennywise out of anger for killing Dean.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Upon remembering that Pennywise only emerges every 27 years, Richie suggests just waiting another few decades and dealing with IT then. He's reminded by Eddie that they'd be in their seventies by that point, while Beverly says that, in her visions, they'll all be dead anyway before another twenty years pass if they don't end the fight now.
  • Your Head A-Splode: How Pennywise kills Dean.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Once the Losers realize that belief binds IT, they set about calling IT demeaning names, which results in Pennywise shrinking smaller and smaller, until they can tear IT's heart out.
  • Zombie Puke Attack: The rotting Leper form Pennywise takes to scare Eddie does this in order to get away after Eddie almost strangles it to death.

"We need to finish IT. For good."
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