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"I'll kill you all! Ha-ha! I'll drive you crazy and then I'll kill you all! I'm every nightmare you ever had! I am your worst dream come true! I'm everything you ever were afraid of!”
― IT in the form of Pennywise, threatening The Loser’s Club.

It (referred to as IT) is an ancient alien/eldritch monster and the title character and main antagonist of the 1986 novel the same name (and the subsequent television and film adaptations). It is a shapeshifting creature known as a Glamour and is billions of years old. Although it lived on planet Earth for many years, it originated in a void/dimension outside the regions of space known as the Macroverse. Since its true identity is unclear, due to its shape-shifting abilities making its real name and species unknown, the creature is just named IT. IT (in Pennywise form) is potrayed by Tim Curry in the 1990 mini-series and Bill Skarsgard in the 2017 film adaptation and it’s 2019 sequel, It: Chapter Two.

Why IT Rocks

  1. IT is one of Stephen King’s most diabolical and memorable antagonists.
  2. It’s expressions and characteristics are ungodly and unpredictable, showing how terrifying IT can be.
  3. It takes many horrifying forms of people’s worst fears, mainly it’s most memorable form, Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
  4. Both actors Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgard did fantastic jobs at portraying a live-action version of Pennywise, giving Skarsgard a starting point for IT's portrayal.
  5. The ways IT tricks is victims are incredibly creative, cunning and clever.
  6. IT loves to toy around and play with it’s victims emotions, making it more of an amazing, villainous antagonist.
  7. Anything and everything IT forms into is pure nightmare fuel.
  8. IT steals the show most of the time with It’s goofy yet frightening behavior as Pennywise, such as the Pennywise Dancing moment from the 2017 movie.
  9. Has many memorable quotes, such the unforgettable “You’ll all float down here.” line.
  10. It’a gender, whereabouts and origin are hidden with the a deadly ball of lights known as the Deadlights, showing it truly remains a mystery, making it even more of a terrifying figure.
  11. Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise practically stole the entire shown whenever he appeared on screen, a fine and popular example is the “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?” bit.