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Villain Overview

You'll float too.
~ IT's most famous quote, referring to causing its victims to "float".
I'll kill you all! I'll drive you crazy and then I'll kill you all! I am every nightmare you ever had, I am your worst dream come true. I am EVERYTHING you ever were afraid of!
~ IT as Pennywise to the Loser's Club.
I am eternal, child. I am the Eater of Worlds and of children!
~ IT boasting to the Losers.
For 27 years... I dreamt of you. I craved you. Oh, I've missed you! Waiting for this very moment... TIME TO FLOAT!
~ IT to the Losers Club while he takes his spider form.

It (sometimes capitalized as IT), also more commonly known as Pennywise, the Dancing Clown, is the titular main antagonist of Stephen King's 1986 coming-of-age horror novel It, as well as its 1990 TV miniseries adaptation and the remastered 2017-2019 film duology of the same name. He is the archenemy of Bill Denbrough and the Losers Club.

It is a horrific and malevolent cosmic entity that is billions of years old, spawned in the void of the Macroverse, which is also otherwise known as the Todash Darkness. An unknown number of centuries or even millenia ago, it came to planet Earth to feed. It lives in the sewers of Derry, awakening every 27 years to prey on the town's children, feeding on their fears and using the writhing bright orange lights that comprised his own life essence known as "Deadlights", a dangerous and eldritch form of energy (which is used as a dark magical weapon by another monstrous Stephen King villain known as the Crimson King), to make them "float" before killing and devouring them.

This twisted extra-dimensional entity had a form a human could only comprehend as a giant spider, but It would almost always disguise itself as a clown named "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" to attract children so that it could capture and kill them as they were an easier target. It could also morph into any form it wished, generally based on its victim's fears.

Due to its shapeshifting abilities, the true identity of the creature is never established. It seems to have no real name, gender or identifiable species, thus the creature is only referred to as "It" by it's enemies, although it is part of an obscure race of shapeshifting monsters called by its Gaelic name "Glamours".

It encounters a group of local Derry children collectively nicknamed the Losers Club in 1956. It attempts to devour them, but they not only survive, but manage to hurt, battle and partially defeat It. The Losers Club grow into adults 27 years later, and return to Derry after forgetting everything to battle It once again and kill It.

Portrayals

Personality

Let go. Be afraid. You all taste so much better when you're afraid.
~ IT to the Losers.

Pennywise trying to kill Stan in front of the Losers' Club.

A pitiless, unreasonable, cowardly and completely heartless sadist, It is a bully and monster right to its very core.

Not only is It a deadly and dangerous predator who enjoys devouring its prey (even and especially children, as they are easier to both trick and frighten), but It enjoys toying and "bullying" its victims, terrifying them, tormenting them and harassing them before finally slaughtering them as fear "floods the body and salts the meat", according to It. It also bullies the Loser's Club verbally, namely Bill, mocking his stutter and, on top of that, the loss of his little brother, even using that sadness to take advantage of him. It possesses a psychopathic sense of humor and loves to taunt its victims, taking glee in terrifying them and torturing them. It absolutely delights in its monstrous cruelty and evil acts, making it a cruel monster out for death and fear and not just a predator out for survival as some fans assume.

The Ritual of Chüd

It also has the character of an arrogant narcissist, allying with, caring for and loving absolutely no one and nothing but itself. It views itself as above Maturin the turtle spirit calling the latter "stupid" and looking down on him for his good-hearted and supportive nature. Like all evil godlike figures, It sees humans as inferior creatures, who exist solely to be toyed with and eaten.

It is highly intelligent and is a clever and manipulative trickster, shown whilst in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown when it is more than capable of acting in a warm and friendly manner to give the prey (most notably Georgie) a false sense of security and manipulating Henry Bowers into murdering his father and the losers. Pennywise is loud, jovial, cheerful, merry, sociable and charming towards children, politely offering them the chance to visit his circus and eat free food. This is the closest thing to kindness in It's soul and it is just a façade to fool its prey, so it can kill them and devour them. Some versions are so cruel that they have a hard time keeping this facade up. Aside from this, It doesn't have so much as a shred of redeeming quality or anything that could detract from it's twisted and evil nature.

For all his bravado and impressive medley of powers, Pennywise is also rather hedonistic and emotionally immature. He often does whatever appeals to him instantly and never seems to plan ahead or take precautions. He also has a childlike need to cause a commotion and get attention rather than get on with killing his opponents. His arrogance and shortsightedness are ultimately what had led to his undoing. He felt the need to take on all the Losers together to reaffirm his supposed invincibility rather than accept his limitations and pick them off while they were separated.

Ironically, despite being a horrifying creature who preys on fear, It is a true coward at heart. When its victims have overcome their fears of it, It can be pounded into a helpless and terrified pulp. Ultimately, it is pathetic and cowardly once his victims actually face it together. It is terrified of starving and dying, as shown in its final moments when it becomes a blubbering wreck.

It's greatest weakness is that it underestimates the goodness of humanity, love and friendship, leading to his eventual demise once the Loser's Club join together and fight him together. This is when its cocky arrogance works against it. Even with its powers, the Loser's Club are still able to defeat it when they work together. This also shows that It lacks proper fighting skills as the kids were able to beat it despite lacking experience for the most part. Pennywise is also impulsive and emotionally immature. He often does everything he likes instantly and never seems to plan or take precautions. He also has a childish urge to stir up, attract attention and taunting rather than killing pragmatically his opponents.

In the 2017-2019 film duology, It is even more depraved than his original incarnation. He is not only a sadistic monster, but he rarely bothers to fake being affable towards anyone, and even when he tries to appear friendly, his underlying creepiness still oozes through and he clearly struggles very much to act like a normal human. Instead of using his Pennywise façade, he clearly prefers to corner and terrify his victims before going straight for the kill. Furthermore, while he is still a coward, the remake ramps up his more insidious side by portraying him as someone who cannot live without tormenting someone else. All of this makes him an arrogant sadist who will do anything to kill or otherwise maim others. When It is about to be defeated by the Losers, he simply and mysteriously tells them that they had all grown up, instead of insulting or snarling them, like he was proud to find worthy opponents. It could be however, just be a sarcastic way of insulting them, with him being angry to be defeated for good and seeing that the Losers are not afraid of him anymore.

Differences

Much like the 1990 miniseries, It is depicted as not having eggs implying that it was the only creature of this caliber to exist (unless the book implied that It asexually reproduces). Also unlike the novel where Derry is nearly destroyed immediately following the supposed death of It, the Neibolt house is the only casualty. It also does not enlist Tom Rogan with abducting Bill's wife Audrey as both characters had minimal appearances. IT Also manipulates Henry into murdering his father while speaking through some hostess while he never used someone in the book nor miniseries to make Henry end his father's life. Also his true form is 3 rotating orbs of concentrate energy rather than anything remotely resembling a mass of orange crawling lights or an arachnid. Although Pennywise takes on the shape of a drider this is not it's true form and instead a form that's best equipped to deal with an attack from multiple opponents. IT also dies for good, this time, and there is no implications suggesting he may be still alive. Bill Skarsgard added new layers to IT's personality, explaining that the clown got a thrill from being defeated and experiencing fear, and believed the clown subconsciously wanted to be killed, or to cease existing. In that respect he won. However it is debatable if Andy Miscuietti also shared this interpretation and if it is true, it only applies to the recent continuity and not the miniseries or the novel.

Incidents in Remake

It has caused incident in every 27 years.

  • Derry was started as a beaver camp until all 91 people disappeared without a trace as people believe that it could be a plague (assumed It killed and eaten 91 people).
  • Rumors of Indian invasion but no sign an attack (assumed It eaten the Native Americans)
  • The only evidence found was the bloody clothes out of the Well House (the haunted house in Neibolt Street where It lives).
  • In 1908, It awakens during the explosion of the Ironworks Factory.
  • In 1935, It awakens during the shootouts of the Bradley Gang.
  • In 1962, It awakens during the burn down of the Black Spot.
  • In 1988-1989, It awakens and appears to devour kids before returning into hibernation until it's defeat by the Loser Club.
  • In 2016, It returns to devour the kids once again and attempted to extract revenge on the Losers Club until the Losers killed It by crushing it's heart, avenging all of It's victims.

Powers and Abilities

The Deadlights

Being an interdimensional cosmic being, IT was an extremely powerful entity. Although its true form exists outside of time and space in the Macroverse, the powers demonstrated by its earthly avatar include:

  • Psychic Power: IT possesses an insane level of psychic power. It can steal people's souls and entrap them within the Deadlights (IT's true form). It can also create psychic hurricanes capable of destroying entire towns. When battling the Losers, IT created a psychic storm that devastated downtown Derry.
  • Mind Control: In addition to its immense psychic power, IT is capable of controlling the mind and actions of a person. It is implied that it controls and influences the mind of every adult in Derry or perhaps even the entire nation, as they are all ignorant of the terrible murders that take place there.
  • Possession: IT also has the ability to possess people, this was shown when it possessed Mr. Keene in order to get Eddie to leave Derry.
  • Telepathy: IT can read the minds of anyone he chooses to target. It often uses this to learn a victim's fears and exploit this with its shape-shifting ability. It can also implant thoughts and projections into people's minds.
  • Physical Illusions: In addition to its telepathy, IT can also create physical illusions, such as balloons floating against the wind, making his face appear on the moon or the smell of popcorn and rotting corpses. It can also use this to cause a person to hallucinate.
  • Shapeshifting: IT can transform into any form it pleases, whether it be the form of a person, flying leeches, zombies, a giant spider, etc. IT often uses this power to take the form a victim fears most.
  • Size Alteration: In addition to it's shapeshifting abilities, IT is able to manipulate and alter the size of it's many forms, from big to small. For instance, when IT, as Pennywise, ambushed and attacked the Losers after emerging from a projector screen, it appeared to be about 5 times larger than normal.
  • Eye Color Alteration: IT is capable of changing the color of it's eyes to fool it's prey, especially children. For example, when IT meets Georgie, it's eyes are a friendly blue, and when it attacks and kills Georgie, it's eyes change to an evil yellow.
  • Teleportation: IT can also teleport between locations in an instant. However, it has never been seen teleporting outside of the Derry City limits.
  • Partial Invisibility: This was clearly stated in several cases, most notably when the adult Beverly encounters Pennywise at the place where she used to live or when the adult Ben Hanscom encounters IT in the public library. This suggests that only those who actually believe or have knowledge about IT's existence are able to see IT, although IT can become fully visible to anybody when it is necessary or wishes to do so. One notable moment was when IT helps Henry Bowers to escape from Juniper Hill, one of Henry's cellmates and then the guard also witness IT next to Henry.
  • Near-Invulnerability: IT is not a true physical entity, so it cannot be killed or harmed by conventional means. The only known way to harm Pennywise is to perform the Ritual of Chud, which involves The Turtle and Gan (two multiverse beings) lending their psychic power to the person performing it. They both lent their power to the Losers numerous times when they faced IT, giving them the power to harm it. Bill likened fighting Pennywise as "fighting smoke".
  • Immortality: IT's early avatar has existed on Earth since primordial times and has existed even longer in the Macroverse (a void outside of time and space that surrounds our own universe). The Ritual of Chud is the only known way to kill the earthly avatar. However, it is heavily implied that IT's true form still exists within the Macroverse and is eternal and can never truly be killed.
  • Regeneration: IT can also quickly regenerate when it does receive a wound. This was shown when IT instantaneously healed after being shot in the face by Bill and Richie when it chased them down Neibolt Street.
  • Dream Invasion: It is also implied that IT can invade dreams, as it tells Eddie that it "will see him in his dreams" when taking the form of the leper at 29 Neibolt Street.
  • It's Deadlights as seen in the 1990s' Stephen King's IT.

    Insanity Projection: No mortal mind can perceive IT's true form, even Bill when his psychic power was insanely boosted by Gan and The Turtle. Anyone who sees IT's true form is driven instantly insane or drops dead from shock.
  • Chlorokineis/Flora-cide: With a touch, IT can instantly cause plants to die. This is shown when Eddie (young and adult) encounters It in its leper form. It must be distinguished from the illusions mentioned earlier as this effect persists long after It's appearance although it does not serve any practical purposes.
  • Telekinesis: IT can manipulate inanimate objects making them fall, float around, and behave supernaturally. This includes locking doors and electronic devices. It can also affect human bodies, as demonstrated when it sent Eddie flying against a wall merely with a glance in his direction.
  • Superhuman Strength: Although IT is not a physical entity, it is still capable of superhuman attributes. This was shown when IT could tear the heads and limbs off children with extreme ease.
  • Superhuman Speed: Bill noted that IT can move at extreme speeds, claiming that it was way faster than an "express train".
  • Superhuman Flexibility: IT can also bend and twist it's many body parts beyond normal limits. This is shown when Pennywise confronted Eddie. He was seen in a fridge all twisted and almost tied up, and when he came out of the fridge, he easily untied himself again.

Limitations/shortcomings:

  • Physics: Pennywise has to obey the laws of physics so any shape and texture he adopts must abide by the shape of its form. If he wants to fly, he has to have wings, if he wants to crawl through tight spaces, he has to take on a small form.
  • Anger, insults, and his own fear: Aggression, physical violence, and verbal abuse while deprived of fear will cause Pennywise to shrivel and wither into a fetal blob. He will try to flee before he shrinks too much but if cornered, he will become an easy target.

Forms Taken by IT

Novel

  • Pennywise
  • Werewolf
  • Gillian
  • Leper
  • Christine
  • Mrs Kersh/Old Lady
  • Rodan/crow hybrid
  • The shark from Jaws
  • Vampire resembling Count Orlok but with razor blades in place of teeth
  • The Crawling Eye (from the movie of the same name)
  • The Spider
  • Deadlights
  • Flying Leeches
  • Zombie Victor Criss
  • Zombie Belch Huggins

Miniseries

  • Pennywise the Dancing Clown
  • Captain Hanscom
  • Swamp Skeleton
  • Georgie Denbrough
  • Mummy
  • Werewolf
  • Alvin Marsh
  • Gas Station Attendant
  • Mrs. Kersh/Rotting Witch
  • Zombie Belch Huggins
  • Stan Uris' head
  • Doberman pinscher head
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Beverly Marsh
  • Deadlights
  • The Spider

IT: Chapter One

  • Pennywise the Dancing Clown
  • Librarian (possibly)
  • Headless Burned boy
  • Lilith/The Lady in the Painting
  • Leper
  • Zombie kids
  • Burned arms
  • Werewolf hands and jaws
  • Mummy head
  • Alvin Marsh head
  • Zombie Georgie Denbrough
  • Georgie Denbrough
  • Spider limbs
  • Zombie Betty Ripsom (upper half and part of the zombie kids)
  • The Parade Clown (possibly)
  • Zombie Eddie Kasprak in a mattress
  • Richie Tozier doll

IT: Chapter Two

  • Pennywise
  • Zombie Patrick Hockstetter
  • Mrs. Kersh/Witch
  • Bob Gray
  • Zombie Adrian Mellon
  • Paul Bunyan statue
  • Zombie kid arms
  • Leper
  • Mrs. Kasprak
  • Demonic Beverly Marsh
  • Creepy Bill
  • Pomeranian/Demon Hound
  • Zombie Betty Ripsom (lower half)
  • Zombie Georgie Denbrough
  • Fortune Cookies
  • Zombie heads in the fish tanks
  • Spider Stan head
  • Giant Bird
  • Wolf
  • Demonic drider
  • Spider/praying mantis Pennywise

Quotes

IT (novel)

Float? Oh yes, indeed they do. They float! And there's cotton candy... They float. They float, they float, Georgie, and when you're down here with me, you'll float too.
~ Pennywise/IT before killing Georgie Denbrough.
Tell your friends I am the last of a dying race. The only survivor of a dying planet. I have come to rob all the women... rape all the men... and learn to do the Peppermint Twist!
~ IT mocking Beverly.
The Turtle can't help you.
~ IT to the children (while the celestial turtle Maturin is gone now).
You have no power. This is the power; feel the power, brat, and then speak again of how you come to kill the Eternal!
~ It to Bill Denbrough in the Macroverse.
How do you like it out here, Little Friend? Do you like it? Do you love it? Do you give it 98 points because it has a good beat and you can dance to it? Can you catch it on your tonsils and heave it left and right? Did you like meeting my friend the Turtle? I thought that stupid old f--k died years ago, and all for good he could do you, he might as well have, did you think he could help you?
~ IT taunting Bill Denbrough after he met the Turtle.
Let me go! Let me go and you can have everything you've ever wanted; Money, fame, fortune, power! I can give you these things. I can bring your wife back! I can do it, only I. She'll remember nothing, just like the seven of you remember nothing. I can't give you eternal life, but I can touch you and you will live long, long lives. 200 years, 300, perhaps 500! I can make you gods of the Earth if you let me go! IF YOU LET ME GO. IF YOU LET ME-
~ IT begging for it's life before the Lucky Seven deliver the final blow.
NONONONONONONONO!
~ IT's last words.

Stephen King's IT (1990 miniseries)

Say hello to your friends, Beverly! You'll die if you try to fight us, Beverly. You'll die if you try! You'll die if you try to fight us, Beverly. You'll die if you try. You'll die if you try. You'll die if you try. You'll die if you try...
~ Pennywise (IT) to young Beverly Marsh.
I'LL KILL YOU ALL! Ha-ha! I'll drive you crazy, and I'll kill you all! I'm every nightmare you've ever had! I am your worst dream come true! I'm everything you were afraid of! RARGH!
~ Pennywise (IT) to the Losers Club (the Lucky Seven).
I am eternal, child! I am the eater of worlds, and of children. And you are next!
~ Pennywise (IT) to the Losers Club (the Lucky Seven) while attempting to kill Stan Uris.
What's the matter? One balloon not enough? TRY A BUNCH!
~ Pennywise (IT) psyching out Richie at the library.
Excuse me, sir. Do you have Prince Albert in a can? You do? Well, you better let the poor guy out! Bwa-ha! Bwa-ha! Bwa-ha!
~ IT to Richie Tozier.
Kiss me, fat boy!
~ Pennywise (in the form of Beverly Marsh) to Ben Hanscom.
Silly boy! You still think you can see "me." Ha-ha. You'll never see me. You'll see only what your little mind can allow. Go! Now! For if you stay, you'll lose your little mind in my dead lights. Like all the others. Like all the others.
~ Pennywise's (IT)'s last words to Bill Denbrough and the Lucky Seven.

It: Chapter One (2017 film)

Hiya Georgie. What a nice boat. Do you want it back?
~ It meets Georgie Denbrough.
You look like a nice boy. I bet you have a lot of friends.
~ Pennywise to Georgie.
Where is he?
~ Pennywise says to Georgie as to where his brother is.
I bet I can cheer him up! I'll give him a balloon. Do you want a balloon too, Georgie?
~ Pennywise to Georgie.
Well, I'm Pennywise, the dancing clown. "Pennywise?". "Yes?", "Meet Georgie". "Georgie, meet Pennywise". Now we aren't strangers, are we?
~ It introduces itself as Pennywise to Georgie Denbrough.
Oh, a storm blew me away. Blew the whole circus away.[laughs] Can you smell the circus, Georgie? There's peanuts... cotton candy... hot dogs... and... {Georgie: Popcorn?} POPCORN! Is that your favorite? {Georgie: Uh-huh.} Mine too! [laughs] Because they pop! Pop, pop! Pop, pop! Pop, pop, pop! [both laugh]
~ Pennywise to Georgie
Oh! Without your boat? You don't wanna lose it Georgie. Bill's gonna kill you! Here. Take it. Take it Georgie!
~ Pennywise luring in Georgie.
Where ya going, Eds? If you lived here you'd be home by now. Come join the clown, Eds. You'll float down here. We all float down here! Yes, we do!
~ IT to Eddie Kaspbrak.
Beep-beep, Richie.
~ It before attacking Richie Tozier.
Tasty, tasty, beautiful fear.
~ It before nearly devouring Eddie.
This isn't real enough for you, Billy? I'm not real enough for you? It was real enough for Georgie.
~ IT while chasing the Lucky Seven in the Neibolt house.
No, I'll take him. I'll take all of you! And I'll feast on your flesh as I feed on your fear. Or you just leave us be. I'll take him - only him. Then, I will have my long rest, and you will all live to grow and thrive and lead happy lives, until old age takes you back to the weeds.
~ IT bargaining the Losers Club with Bill Denbrough's life.
Fear...
~ IT before its first defeat.

It: Chapter Two (2019 film)

I AM THE EATER OF WORLDS!
~ It boasting.
Guess Stanley couldn't cut it.
~ It's message to the Losers in fortune cookies
Why? Because you weren't there, Billy.
~ It tormenting Bill on Georgie's death.
Kiss me fat boy!
~ Pennywise to Ben.
I know what you are! A madman.
~ It to Mike.
Come out and play!
~ IT to the Losers.
I can smell the stink of your fear!
~ IT to the Losers.
I know your secret! Your dirty, little, secret! I know your secret! YOUR DIRTY, LITTLE, SECRET! Should I tell them Richie?
~ IT taunting Richie.
Did it work, Mikey? Did it work?
~ IT taunting the losers after they do the ritual of Chud.
Come back and play! COME BACK AND PLAY WITH THE CLOWN!
~ IT to Richie.
You filthy little children!
~ It to the Losers.
Close your eyes, Bev. If you don't believe... close them... and see.
~ IT to Beverly in the form of Robert "Bob" Gray
For 27 years... I dreamt of you...hehehehe! I craved you. Oh, I've missed you, ha-ha-ho! Waiting, for this very moment...TIME TO FLOAT!''
~ IT taunting the losers, while taking its spider form.
Die is what you do!
~ It to the Losers.
Oh, Mikey, you never showed them the fourth side, did you?. Didn't want them to know what actually happened to the poor Shokopiwah?
~ Pennywise telling the Losers that the ritual failed.
Look at you...you're all...grown up...
~ IT's last words before his heart is crushed by the remaining Losers, causing it to disintegrate and avenging all of IT's victims including Georgie.

Victims

  • 300 settlers
  • 7 "poor" Shokopiwah Tribe members who were the attempters of the Ritual of Chüd
  • Georgie Denbrough
  • Betty Ripsom
  • Veronica Grogan
  • Patrick Hockstetter
  • Edward Corcoran
  • Matthew Clements
  • Esther Sinclair
  • Belch Huggins
  • Vic Criss
  • Bowers Gang
  • Adrian Mellon
  • Laurie Anne Winterberger
  • Victoria Fuller
  • Dean
  • John Koontz
  • Tom Rogan
  • Eddie Kaspbrak
  • Frederick Cowan

Other Media

Family Guy

In the episode "Island Adventure", a fake movie trailer featured Quagmire hiding in the sewers, dressed as Pennywise and stalking women. The title of the fake movie was "Gigg-IT-y".

How It Should Have Ended (HISHE)

It made its HISHE debut in the Villain Pub Halloween special "Penny For Your Fears" in the form of Pennywise, along with other horror icons such as Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Chucky, etc. It's design is based on Pennywise's 2017 incarnation. It also serves as the main antagonist of "How IT Should Have Ended" and as a cameo in "How Avengers: Infinity War Should Have Ended."

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

IT appeared in pony form in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic IDW comic book "The Return of Queen Chrysalis", in one of the doors in Queen Chrysalis' Castle. Fluttershy opened IT's door and IT appeared, and said: "Hey, George!".

Paradise P.D.

In the episode "Task Force", it was learned that the reason Fitz is so afraid of clowns it's because of a traumatic experience he had when he was a child. The flashback showed Fitz's childhood experience and it emulated the trailer for the 2019 IT movie.

Uncle Grandpa

In the episode "Bezt Friends", Pennywise briefly appeared in Uncle Grandpa's closet, while he was looking for Pizza Steve. Pennywise was about to kill him before he closed the door on him again.

Hazbin Hotel

Pennywise was featured along with other horror icons in the Halloween sale promotion for Vivziepop's Hazbin Hotel.

The Polar Express

When the Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet confronts Hero Boy in the abandoned toy car, a Pennywise puppet can be seen behind him.

WOH

Main article: Woh

Space Jam: A New Legacy

IT, as Pennywise, will be appearing in the 2021 Warner Bros. hybrid film Space Jam: A New Legacy, the anticipated sequel to the 1996 Warner Bros. hybrid film Space Jam. It is going to appear alongside other villains from other Warner Bros. properties to challenge LeBron James and the Looney Tunes into a basketball match.

It has been reported that Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role in the film.

Trivia

  • IT (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains, and an immense icon in horror. In 2006, Wizard Magazine ranked IT the 15th greatest villain of all time.
  • Ironically, Bill Skarsgård was born in the same year as the original film adaptation (by Tommy Lee Wallace) of IT: 1990, and the time when the 1990 movie was released for the 2017 movie is equal to the time when Pennywise (IT) tends to wake up to cause the capture and murder of its victims (being 27 years).
  • Its favorite form, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, was designed after real-life clowns Bozo, Clarabell, and Ronald McDonald. Ironically, they all are portrayed as heroes whereas Pennywise is a villain.
    • He has a pale white clown face with funny tufts of red hair on either side of his bald head, a big clown smile painted over his mouth and he usually wears big white gloves, like the kind that the classic Disney character Mickey Mouse always wore.
    • He always held a bunch of balloons, all colors, like gorgeous ripe fruits in one hand.
    • He was wearing a baggy silk suit with great big orange button-like pom poms.
    • IT/Pennywise the Clown

      In some depictions/variations of the novel, he wore a bright electric-blue colored tie, flopped down his front where his orange pom poms are, brown leather clown shoes with yellow laces, and on his hands were big white gloves, like the kind both Disney heroes Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck always wore.
    • In the 1990 TV miniseries, he wears a yellow baggy silk suit (with long arm sleeves colored both dark-cyan and indigo-purple, small dark-blue wrist collars, and ruffle-like bottoms of long leg sleeves having dark-cyan and indigo stripes), a black, seemingly-glittery leather vest with magenta thread piping, a three set of neck ruffles including two white ones and one in the middle that is colored both dark-cyan and indigo, and black leather shoes.
    • In the 2017 live-action film adaption with 2019 sequel, he wears a gray suit with features including orange-red pompoms on its pointy shoes coming from medieval and Victorian clothing styles.
  • It's nickname "Pennywise" is an actual word meaning extremely careful about the way one spends, even small amounts of money.
  • Despite Pennywise being killed at the end of the book, it's implied that IT may still be alive in other books by King, such as Dream Catcher and Hearts in Atlantis.
  • It makes a cameo in another one of Stephen King's films, The Tommyknockers, where it simply sat and waved.
  • Pennywise was often seen as the primary reason that many people have a fear of clowns.
  • Knowing all fears, It's most known form is probably Pennywise the Clown because it represents one of the known common fears, coulrophobia (the fear of clowns).
  • Though CGI was used in some scenes, Bill Skarsgård was actually able to move his eyes in different directions in some scenes at the behest of Andy Muschietti. At first, it was uncertain if he was able to achieve this effect on his own, yet Skarsgård assures, "I can do that." The purpose of this was to add to an already unsettling and disturbing look to Pennywise.
  • It is of the same species as another Steven King Villain, Dandelo. While It feeds off fear, Dandelo feeds off laughter. It is theorized that Dandelo was born from one of It's eggs, since Derry is a portal to the Dark Tower.
  • The fact that he showed genuine pain when he got hit by a silver bullet implies that IT can also be some sort of fairy, as they are weak to metal.

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Thinner
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Why We're In Vietnam
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