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References to the original fairy tale:

Anime & Manga

  • Sylph from Black Clover is one to Tinker Bell. She's nicknamed "Bell", has a sassy personality, is a small fairy with insect wings who wears a green minidress, and is the companion of a teenage boy.

Comic Books

  • Dylan Dog offers a Darker and Edgier follow-up to Peter Pan in issue #154, Il Battito Del Tempo (Time's Beat). In it, it's revealed that Peter, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys decided to settle down on Earth, but whereas Tinkerbell used her magic to keep herself and Peter (who is put under a spell as a manchild she can take care of) adult, the Lost Boys were left to get old. When one of the Lost Boys dies of age, the others decide to rape Tinkerbell in order to regain their youth. In response, Tinkerbell murders them and Dylan is also hit to death when he gets in the way. However, Peter's shadow helps him snap out of Tinkerbell's spell and he calls her out for what she has done. In the end, Tinkerbell uses all of her magic to rewind time, bring Dylan and the elder Lost Boys back to life and finally age peacefully as a mortal with Peter.
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  • Superboy happens across an odd little disappearing atoll that prevents its inhabitants from aging and is home to a group of carefree lost children from different periods in time.
  • Young Justice also references it in regard to Superboy, when the rest of the team learn he'll Never Grow Up, and he claims Angst? What Angst?:
    Superboy: Not only am I Superboy, I'm Peter frickin' Pan! You guys gotta grow, but I gotta crow! Cock-a-doodle-doo!
    Robin: In denial.
    Wonder Girl: Big time.
  • The Teen Titans (Rebirth) storyline "It Ain't Easy Being Green" features a teenage hacker collective of "outsider" kids, who call their base Nevrland and their Augmented Reality technology Pixie.
  • In Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Arkham guard Aaron Cash has a prosthetic hand, having lost it to Killer Croc during a riot. Croc taunts him by saying "Tick tock".
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  • Wendy is one of the three main characters of Alan Moore's infamous Lost Girls, now in her thirties and marrying a dull older man. As you'd imagine, the re-telling of the original story in a sexual manner royally pissed off Great Ormond Street Hospital, who own the rights to the original story.

Film — Live Action

  • In Artemis Fowl, Mulch Diggums tells the MI6 interrogator "Clap your hands if you believe in fairies" just before he is broken out.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: In one scene, Mary is reading the novel to daughter Gertie; it's the part where Tinkerbell dies and is revived, foreshadowing what's going to happen to E.T.
  • The title of The Lost Boys is a Peter Pan reference, with a particularly dark version of "kids who never grow up".
  • In The Daisy Chain, Martha reads Peter Pan to Daisy.


  • Late into Guardian Cats and the Lost Books of Alexandria, the queen commands Peter Pan to pick up books off the floor.
  • Shtum: As a toddler, Tom would say "Peter Pan!" when he wanted to be swung around by his father. Jonah's last word before he went completely mute was "Peeeder."
  • In I Think I Love You, Bill remembers an ex-girlfriend who had a haircut that made her look like Peter Pan.

Live-Action TV

  • The Connor plot arc of Angel is full of complicated and subtle allusions to Peter Pan. Connor usually represents Peter, but Angel and Holtz at different times represent Hook, and Angel ends up representing Peter at the end of the fourth season.
  • In the Fate: The Winx Saga episode "To the Waters and the Wild", Ms.Dowling and Bloom make a reference to Tinkerbell.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Peter Pan is the Big Bad in the first half of the third season. He is depicted as a manipulative sociopath who is actually a grown man who regressed himself to a boy to get magic power, and is plotting to kill one of the show's main characters to renew himself.


  • "Storytime" by Nightwish features comparisons to Neverland and other Peter Pan references:
    I am the voice of Never-Never Land
    The innocence and dreams of every man
    I am the empty crib of Peter Pan
    A silent kite against the blue, blue sky
    Every chimney, every moonlit sight
    I am the story that could read you real
    Every memory that you hold dear
  • "Bangarang" by Skrillex. Both the song and music video is a reference to Peter Pan. In the music video the leader of the boys accidentally causes the ice-cream truck driver to lose his hand by forcefully slamming a door onto his wrist and the ice-cream van driver's lost hand is replaced with a hook, the gang leader's shadow seems to manifest his guilt, much like Pan's shadow having a personality of its own, the ice-cream van driver has a tattoo of an alligator on the back of his right hand, the boys appear to be homeless at the start of the video, alluding to Pan's Lost Boys and one of the boys imitates his own childish behaviour after they complete the second heist, which may be an allusion to Neverland and not growing up. The phrase 'Bangarang' is also the battle cry of the Lost Boys in the film Hook:
    Shout to all my lost boys
    Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shout to all my lost boys
    We rowdy
    Shout to all my lost boys
    Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shout to all my lost boys
    We rowdy
    Shout to all my lost boys
    Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shout to all my lost boys
    We rowdy
    Shout to all my lost boys
    Sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shout to all my lost boys
  • Tom Lehrer's "Smut", from That Was the Year That Was includes the verse:
    All books can be indecent books
    Though recent books are bolder
    For filth (I'm glad to say) is in
    the mind of the beholder.
    When correctly viewed
    Everything is lewd.
    (I could tell you things about Peter Pan
    And the Wizard of Oz, there's a Dirty Old Man!)
  • Mazde's song "Neverland" is named after Neverland. Its chorus also contains the lyrics "You should think happy thoughts".
  • Ruth B's "Lost Boy" compares her life to the story of Peter Pan.
  • Cryland's "Neverland" refers to Neverland in its chorus and premise.
  • The S. J. Tucker album Sirens includes three songs called "The Wendy Trilogy". The Wendy Trilogy is a retelling of the Peter and Wendy story, diverting from the original at the point where Captain Hook offers Wendy Darling the chance to become a pirate. In this version, Wendy accepts the offer and starts an adventure of her own.

Video Games

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons:
    • The Green Sprite Costume features a light green shirt and dark green pants, a V-neck, a brown belt, and a scalloped bottom, not unlike the clothes that Peter Pan wears.
    • The Green Fairy Dress features the same pointed edges and sleeveless top of Tinker Bell's actual dress, although it is a little longer and has a few more layers.
  • In Grimms Notes, Peter Man's world is mentioned by Chaos Archteller as one of the many Story Zones which Revol and his friends have yet to visit.

Web Animation

  • In RWBY, minor character Scarlet David is inspired by Peter Pan, in particular the version from Peter Pan in Scarlet. In addition, minor villain Tock is based on the Crocodile, down to taking a body part from a major character.

Western Animation

  • The Simpsons
    • In "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", a drunk Homer is being carried around in his underwear and shouts "Look at me, I'm Peter Pantsless!".
    • In the segment Four Beheadings and a Funeral from "Treehouse of Horror XV", Inspector Wiggum has his men bring in Peter Pan (played by the Squeaky Voiced Teen) as a kidnapping suspect.
      Pan: I shall never grow up!
      Wiggum: In jail, you will.
    • At the end of "All About Lisa", Krusty wars a dog costume resembling Nana.
  • Skillit from The Mask is basically Peter Pan's Evil Counterpart; a demonic looking child in green who sends his shadow out to steal youth from others. The name is a pun (skillet = pan).

References to the Disney movie adaptation:

Animated Films

  • At the end of The Lion King 1½, Peter, Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys are among the many Disney characters who enter the theater to see the titular movie after Timon's mother rewinds it.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Peter and Tinkerbell appear in Oh My Disney.
  • In Shrek, Donkey gets hit by Tinkerbell and temporarily gains the ability to fly, leading to this exchange paraphrasing the You Can Fly! song;
    Donkey: Hey, I can fly!
    Peter Pan: He can fly!
    Three Little Pigs: He can fly!
    Captain of the Guards: He can talk!

Puppet Shows

  • The Muppet Show: In "Episode 114: Sandy Duncan", Mary Louise rides through the swamp, singing "Never Smile at a Crocodile", a song that only appears in instrumental form in the final draft of the 1953 Disney film, as frogs are eaten by her crocodile.

Video Games

  • In Beauty And The Beast A Board Game Adventure, in the "Cogsworth's Trivia" mini-game, one of the incorrect answers to the "Who placed a spell on the castle and its inhabitants?" question is "Tinkerbell".
  • In the Japanese version of Mickey Mousecapade, Captain Hook appears as the boss of the fourth level. In the North American version, The Crocodile appears as the boss of the second level.

Western Animation

  • The Crocodile makes guest appearances as a villain in three episodes of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers; "Kiwi's Big Adventure", "An Elephant Never Suspects" (where he appears as a vicious zoo animal), and "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
  • The Crocodile appears in the Disney animated short, "Goliath II", where he is seen attempting to devour the titular character, as well as Raja and a mouse.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013): In "You, Me, and Fifi", Nana is among the Disney dogs that Goofy plays poker with when Mickey calls him.
  • Captain Hook appears in the Raw Toonage episode with Don Karnage, where he wins a swordfight against the titular character.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "Metal Militia" has the Darling children attempt to fly out the window, only to hit the ground. It is at this moment that Peter realizes he forgot to tell them to think happy thoughts.
    • A sketch from "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone" features a war between the "traditional" Disney Princesses and the more "progressive" ones. Tinkerbell is seen shooting Merida at the end of the sketch.
    • In a sketch from "Victoria's Secret of NIMH", the Darling parents bring in Bryan Mills to retrieve their missing children.
    • A sketch from "Batman Forever 21" has Michael sprinkle Nana with pixie dust, causing her to fly. Nana ends up getting hung by the leash tied to her dog house.
  • In the Roger Rabbit short, "Trail Mix-up", one of the bees that Roger spits out has Tinkerbell's face.
  • TaleSpin:
    • The Crocodile appears as the secondary antagonist of "The Sound and the Furry" under the name of Al. He serves as the henchman and pet of Crazy Edie.
    • Nana makes a cameo appearance in "Flying Dupes", where she delivers the package that Baloo was tasked to deliver to the Thembrian High Marshall, unaware that the package contains a bomb.


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