The Lost Boys are Peter Pan's companions in Neverland, and he is their leader. As pre-teen boys lacking any adult supervision, they are often ill-behaved, and enjoy the freedom their wild lifestyle offers, but usually have a hidden (or not so hidden) desire for a "mother" (even when they don't know exactly what one is). The Lost Boys are widely known for their animal pajamas/costumes, as seen in 1953 Disney Adaption.
- 1 Original Lost Boys
- 2 Other versions
- 3 Gallery
Original Lost Boys
- Tootles is described as the most unfortunate and humblest of the band, because "the big things" and adventures happen while "he has stepped round the corner". This however has not soured but sweetened his nature. He is the one who shoots Wendy Darling with a bow and arrow after Tinker Bell tells them Wendy is a bird that Peter wants killed. When Tootles realizes his mistake, he asks Peter to kill him. Wendy however survives, and Tootles is spared. Though he is clumsy and silly, Tootles is the first to defend Wendy when she wants to return to London. When Peter takes possession of "The Jolly Roger", Captain Hook's pirate ship, Tootles takes Smee's place as boatswain. At the end of the novel, he returns to London with Wendy and the other lost boys and eventually grows up to become a judge.
- Nibs is described as happy and debonair, possibly the bravest Lost Boy. The only thing he remembers about his mother is that she always wanted a cheque book and says he would love to give her one - if he knew what it was. He grows up to work in an office.
- Slightly is described as the most conceited of the boys, because he believes that he, unlike the others, remembers what life was like before he was "lost." However, most of his "memories" are either based on misunderstandings: for example, he claims to know what his last name is because his pinafore had the words "Slightly Soiled" written on the tag. Slightly is, apparently, a poor make-believer, but he does seem to have a talent for music; he is described as cutting whistles and flutes from the branches of trees and dancing to tunes he creates himself. He grows up to marry into nobility and become a lord.
- Curly is described by Barrie as "a pickle" (a person who gets into pickles) and has curly hair, hence his name. He isn't very smart but very loveable. Curly is also a little timid but has a kind heart. Curly grows up to work in an office.
- The Twins – First and Second Twin know little about themselves as they are not allowed to because Peter Pan does not know what twins are, and no Lost Boy is allowed to know anything that Peter doesn't. The Twins grow up to work in an office.
In the Starcatchers book series, an earlier group of Lost Boys are presented. They include boys whom Peter Pan knew from St. Norbert's orphanage, and who return to England with the family of Molly Aster (the books' heroine) during the series.
- Prentiss - a rather new boy at St. Norbert's
- James - James seems to be closer to Peter then any other boy at St. Norbert's
- Tubby Ted - as a running gag, Tubby Ted is always hungry
- Thomas - a boy from St. Norbert's
In Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, some other boys from St. Norbert's - Barrie's set of Lost Boys - end up going to Neverland with Peter. In the end, Prentiss, James, Tubby Ted, and Thomas decide to go back to London with Leonard Aster, realizing that they would become men someday and could not keep up with Peter. This left Peter and Tinker Bell with the familiar Lost Boys from Barrie's story.
The Only Children
In Gilbert Adair's unauthorized 1987 sequel Peter Pan and the Only Children, there is a different group of Lost Boys, who refer to themselves as the Brotherhood. They are "only children" (i.e. they have no brothers or sisters) who fell from passing ships and now live with Peter underwater. In the end they are reunited with their families to discover they all have each since been given younger siblings. There are twelve in total including:
- Tom-Tom – who not only respected but slavishly imitates Peter down to his every move to the extent that he would follow Peter so closely he could be easily mistaken for his shadow leading to frequent collisions due to his clingingness. Stemming from being extremely young when taken as such hadn't stopped copying grown ups around him
- Ralph – Peter's second-in-command in fact a natural born second in command as he is second only to Peter himself, always respectful and hardly questioned any orders
- Second Helping – named for his appetite and size with more than one reason as to why he got his name, sometimes reminded of a living beach ball
- Bubbles - rivals Peter as a musician with his harmonica due to his complexion he'd be punished when he was younger if he got dirty messing with cooking powder
- Bee – short for "Be quiet!", a rare Lost Girl brought into the fold as the other children wanted a sister, settling on a younger sister as an older one would be deemed bossy
In the 1989 novel Neverland, there are Lost Boys who for various reasons ended up lost and wound up in Neverland. At the end they stay with the Hacker family while awaiting for when Peter Pan needs their help again. They include:
- Hardly– separated from his sister after running away from their abusive father when their mother left them
- Bins– constantly bullied for being asthmatic, over weight and bespectacled so ran away from boarding school to become lost finding his way back home
- Colin– streetwise chain smoker who ran away from his top floor tower block flat after his home was demolished but got lost returning to where his old home once was
- Looter– expelled from school for truancy and stealing ended up living in an amusement center playing arcade machines he funded by thefts before he forgot where he lived
- Twins Sam and Eric– abandoned in Neverland by their father who created them as inspirations for characters in a book then discarded them when they outlived their usefulness
A different set of boys appear in Peter Pan's NeverWorld, as per the idea that there are always new boys coming to the Neverland. The boys who travel to NeverWorld are:
- Bricks – a strong, stubborn, large bear of a boy fellow who isn’t the brightest, resembling his name physically as well often mentally. Wears a bearskin and real bear claw slippers prefers to use bow and arrow for which he has pretty good aim.
- Duvitch – always second in everything. Believes himself to be second in command, second to the diner table, even second best to Pan. Wears overalls naturally since they've two straps and sports two feathers in his cap, carries a pair of short swords in this way resemble Pan's old dagger.
- Halfway – always “halfway” in everything (i.e. can only carry half as much as the others, makes it halfway to a site and tires out, etc.). Named derived from another curiosity in his hair is split between blonde and brunette (plus only halfway developed in other talents). Only speaks in clichés (but only utters half of the sayings.) wears a cut off shirt, shorts and sandals (course they are shoes only halfway there) while traditional crafted sword is proven somewhat irregular since half has splintered off.
- Pogocat – a hyperactive, bouncy boy who is all too eager for everything In fact most energetic and riled Lost Boy to serve beside Peter since the beginning. If anyone could claim to be a victim of too much vim and vigor it would be him. He wears a tiger outfit complete with little hat with ears while black belt matches those stripes across his back and brown booties. Preferred weapon is a slingshot with his aim being better if he wasn't so eager to shoot all the time.
Essence of Neverland
A different set of Lost Boys appear in Essence of Neverland as per the same idea that there are always new boys coming to the Neverland. Among them are Robert, Nathan, Danny, Wally and heavy set Johnathan.
This group of Lost Boys in the novel Forever Neverland took a vote to start including girls as well. The group changes over time, sometimes even having only girls at one point. At the current time they include:
- Friendly – gentle and kind, as his name suggests; the oldest in the group described with dark skin and curly brown hair
- George – serious and quiet; recently abducted by pirate ghosts
- Swim – small and scraggly boy, with long blond hair; the youngest of the Lost Boys
- Shoe – one of the only ones with memories of her mother; loves adventure and is good at fixing things described as skin is a rich red-brown, and she has black eyes with long eyelashes. Her hair is all the way down her back, curly and tangled and got her name from the only object belonging to her mother she had on her
- Jumper – always up for mischief (jumping into trouble); wears her hair in two curly tails
- Rella – little but fierce girl; questions everything described as small, with pale skin, freckles, and straight coppery hair
Film & TV
In Spielberg's sequel Hook, there were at least two dozen Lost Boys of various ethnicity living in Neverland, whose clothes suggest that they left various civilisations at different times over the past century. They live in a giant tree on a tall rocky outcropping just offshore of the island. Twins are seen wearing Boy Scout uniforms. The Lost Boys named in the film are Rufio (Dante Basco), Thud Butt (Raushan Hammond), Pockets (Isaiah Robinson), Ace (Jasen Fisher), Don't Ask (James Madio), Too Small (Thomas Tulak), Latchboy (Alex Zuckerman), No Nap (Ahmad Stoner) and twins Sooner and Later (Brian and Brett Willis). Other noted Lost Boys include René González Jr. Bogdan Georghe and Adam McNatt. Tootles also appears, as an old man living with Wendy Darling who was adopted him when he was a boy.
The boys were led by Rufio, who was hand-chosen by Peter Pan as leader when he left Neverland to grow up as "Peter Banning". Initially, Rufio refused to believe that Peter Banning is their former leader, as did most of the boys. However, Tinker Bell and the glimpse of Peter Pan that Pockets saw in Peter Banning's face convinced them and they trained him for a showdown with Captain Hook. The Lost Boys gradually came to believe in Peter, a turning point being when he managed to beat Rufio in a heated name-calling match. When Peter finally relearned how to fly, Rufio finally realized who Peter is and gave Peter the Pan sword as a sign of apology and respect. The Lost Boys followed Peter into a climactic battle with Captain Hook and the pirates, armed with improvised childlike weapons. Rufio valiantly took on Hook while Peter rescued his daughter. Hook fatally stabbed Rufio, who died in Peter's arms.
Peter and Hook engage in a duel which culminates in Hook apparently being eaten alive by the momentarily resurrected crocodile that had eaten Hook's hand long ago. Before leaving Neverland, Peter selects Thud Butt to be their new leader, telling him "I want you to take care of everyone who is smaller than you," to which Thud Butt agrees. After Peter came back to London, Tootles returned to Neverland.
Peter Pan and the Pirates
- Main article: Lost Boys (Fox)
In the animated TV show Fox's Peter Pan & the Pirates, the Lost Boys live with Peter Pan together with the Darling children Wendy, Michael and John. They wear ragged clothes made from and shaped like various animals unique to each Lost Boy each also wear an animal cap which they hardly ever take off. Unlike other versions, they can fly without the need for fairy dust and almost as well as Peter and feature biracial set of twins who non identical.
Neverland (2011 TV film)
As well as Nibbs (Chase Willoughby), Slightly (Brandon Robinson), Tootles (James Ainsworth), Curly (Patrick Gibson), There is another Lost Boy called Fox (Lorn Macdonald) while instead of a pair of Twins there is only one boy simply called Twins (played by Thomas Patten)
In this homage to the stories of Peter Pan and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The Lost Boys are a gang of throw-away urchins who befriend Peter and Alice Littleton. They later accompany Peter to Neverland pursued by Peter's uncle CJ, his right hand man Smee and their cohorts after they loot riches CJ is safeguarding for the criminal underground. They include: Twins (played by Harry and Oliver Newman), Tootles (played by Rishi Kuppa), Curly (played by Jack Veal), Slightly (played by Alfie Hoang), and Nibs (played by Nana Agyeman-Bediako).
Wendy (2020 film)
In this modern day re-imaging of Peter Pan a different set of Lost Boys lived with Peter with all of them returning to their families at the end of the film. The ones who were named among many others were: youngest Thomas Marshall (who was next door neighbor and friend to central character), Cudjoe Head and Sweet Heavy. The other lost boys such as Buzzo, Toots, Nibs, Slightly and Curly end up becoming reluctant pirates after they age into Olds due to losing faith in the deity Mother and such have their agelessness revoked by her.
|J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan|
|Main characters||Peter Pan • Captain Hook • Tinker Bell • Wendy Darling • Tiger Lily • John Darling • Michael Darling • Mr. Smee|
|Other characters||Mrs. Darling • Mr. Darling • John Darling • Michael Darling • Nibs • Curly • Tootles • Slightly • The Twins • Great Big Little Panther|
|Inhabitants of Neverland||Lost Boys • Pirates • Mermaids • Fairies • Indians|
|Other||The Jolly Roger • Neverland • Fairy dust|
|Books||Peter and Wendy • Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens • The Little White Bird • When Wendy Grew Up - An Afterthought • Peter Pan in Scarlet|
|Works in various media||Books • Films/TV Series • Comics • Plays • Music|