Lost Boys (Peter Pan)

Lost Boys (Peter Pan)

Peter Pan's Lost Boys are characters in J. M. Barrie's play "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" and subsequent adaptations and extensions to the story. They are boys who were lost by their nannies in places such as Kensington Gardens. Having gone unclaimed for seven days, they were wisked off to Neverland, where they live with Peter Pan. There are no "lost girls", because (as Peter explains) girls are too clever to be lost in this manner.

The Lost Boys have served as a reference point for several works inspired by the Peter Pan story, including the 1987 vampire film named after them starring Kiefer Sutherland, and "Lost Girls", a sexually explicit graphic novel by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie.

List of Lost Boys

*Tootles (Skunk costume) - Tootles is the humblest Lost Boy because he often misses out on their violent adventures. Although he is often stupid in voice and demeanor, he is always the first to defend Wendy. He grows up to become a judge. However, in "Peter Pan in Scarlet", Tootles turns into a girl because he only has daughters to borrow clothes from. He is the most focused one of the lost boys and has appeared in almost all Peter Pan related material.

*Nibs (Bunny costume) - Nibs is described as gay and debonair, probably the bravest Lost Boy. He is chased by wolves in chapter five, and tattles on Slightly in chapter ten. He says the only thing he remembers about his mother is that she always wanted a cheque-book; he says he would love to give her one. He grows up to work in an office.

*Slightly (Fox costume) - Slightly is the most conceited because he believes he remembers the days before he was "lost". He is the only Lost Boy who "knows" his last name - he says his pinafore had the words "Slightly Soiled" written on the tag. He cuts whistles and flutes from the branches of trees, and dances to tunes he creates himself. Slightly is apparently a poor make-believer. He blows big breaths when he feels he is in trouble, and he eventually leads to Peter's almost-downfall. Slightly grows up to marry a noblewoman and becomes a lord. He is the main lost boy.

*Curly (Bear costume) - Cubby is the most troublesome Lost Boy. He is in charge of building the little house in chapter six. Cubby grows up to work in an office; he is a doctor in "Peter Pan in Scarlet".

*The Twins (also known as Marmaduke and BinkyFact|date=March 2008) (Raccoon costumes)- First and Second Twin know little about themselves - they are not allowed to, because Peter Pan does not know what Twins are. First Twin is a mighty dancer, who loves to wear a dunce cap. He is called proud in "Peter Pan and Wendy". The Twins grow up to work in an office. In "Peter Pan in Scarlet", they are given the names Marmaduke and Binky.

In the book and Disney film

Tootles is described as the most humble of the lost boys because of his terrible luck with adventures. As soon as Tootles goes away to complete a chore or somesuch, bloody battles and thrilling adventures take place. Because of this he has become accepting of his lot in life, and is much sweeter for it. He is the first lost boy to be described. In chapter five of the novel and the fourth scene of the movie "Peter Pan", he and the others shoot Wendy Darling with a bow and arrow after Tinker Bell tells them Wendy is a bird, and convinces them that killing her would bring great favor with Peter. Though he is titled 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. He grows up to become a judge, but in the Disney film he and the other lost boys stay with Peter and later on appear in the sequel "Return to Neverland". Surprisingly in the Disney version he has very little dialogue while in the novel he was the most characterized of the lost boys.


In "Hook", there are at least two dozen Lost Boys of various ethnicity living in Neverland, whose clothes suggest that they left civilization at various times over the past century. They live in a giant tree on a tall rocky outcropping just offshore of the island. Two twins are seen in this film wearing Boy Scout uniforms, although it is unclear if they are the same twins as in the Darling's original adventure. 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), and No Nap (Ahmad Stoner). [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102057/fullcredits]

The boys are led by Rufio, who took over as leader after Peter left Neverland to grow up and become Peter Banning. Initially Rufio doesn't believe that Peter is their former leader, nor do most of the boys. However Tinker Bell and the glimpse of Peter Pan that Pockets finds in Peter Banning's face convince them to train him for a showdown with Captain Hook. The Lost Boys gradually come to believe in Peter, a turning point being when he manages to beat Rufio in a name-calling match. When Peter finally relearns how to fly, Rufio gives Peter the Pan sword. The Lost Boys follow Peter into a climactic war with Captain Hook and the pirates, armed with improvised childlike weapons. Rufio valiantly takes on Hook while Peter rescues his son and daughter. Hook manages to stab Rufio, whose dying words to Peter are "I wish I had a dad...like you." Before leaving Neverland, Peter selects Thud Butt to be their new leader, whom he tells, "I want you to take care of everyone who's smaller than you."

Tootles appears as an old man. He was one of the many "orphans" whom Granny Wendy is said to have found homes for over the decades. He now seems senile, and lives with Wendy because she could not bear to send him to a retirement home. However, he is the first to recognize that Hook has returned to London. He is seen searching for something on the floor, and explains "I've lost my marbles," which Peter Banning readily agrees with. Later in Neverland, Thud Butt gives Peter a small bag containing... Tootles' marbles. Tootles is ecstatic to get them back in the end, and with the help of some fairy dust that spills out of the bag, he flies out the window toward Neverland.

In the Starcatcher books

In the retconned Peter and the Starcatchers book series, the Lost Boys haven been revamped.
*Prentiss - A rather new boy at St. Norbert's. He goes back to England with the Aster's at the end of the Prequel Triology.

*James - James seems to be closer to Peter then any other boy at St. Norbert's, goes back to England with the Aster's at the end of the Prequel Triology.

*Tubby Ted - As a running gag, Tubby Ted is always hungry. He goes back to England with the Aster's at the end of the Prequel Triology.

*Thomas - A boy from St. Norbert's who goes back to England with the Aster's at the end of the Prequel Triology.

Kingdom Hearts manga adaptation

The Lost Boys did not appear alongside Peter Pan and Sora in the Kingdom Hearts video game but they did appear in the Kingdom Hearts manga as comic relief, they fought Donald over some treasure they found in Captain Hook's ship.

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