It (character)

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Stephen King character
Cosplay of Pennywise from the 2017-2019 cinematic version.
First appearanceIt (1986)
Portrayed by1990 miniseries:
Tim Curry
2017 film and 2019 sequel:
Bill Skarsgård
AliasesIt (sometimes spelled "IT")
Pennywise The Dancing Clown
Robert Gray (also Bob Gray)

It, also known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown or Bob Gray, is the title character and main antagonist of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel It. The character is a demonic and scary supernatural entity that murders and eats the local children of the fictional town of Derry, Maine about every twenty-seven years, using many powers that include the ability to shapeshift, manipulate reality, and go unnoticed by adults.

King came up with the idea for Pennywise after asking himself what scared children "more than anything else in the world", which he felt was clowns.[1] The character has been described as one of the scariest clowns in popular culture and is a global icon.

The character was portrayed by Tim Curry in the 1990 television adaptation of the same name;[2] and by Bill Skarsgård in the 2017 and 2019 movie adaptation. Welcome to Derry, a prequel TV series for the streaming service HBO Max based on the first two movies is officially in development.

References[change | change source]

  1. Radford, Benjamin (2016). Bad Clowns. UNM Press. pp. 29, 36, 67–69, 99–103. ISBN 9780826356673. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. Paquette, Jenifer (2012). Respecting The Stand: A Critical Analysis of Stephen King's Apocalyptic Novel. McFarland. pp. 162–163. ISBN 978-0786470013. Retrieved 1 May 2016.

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