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Encyclopedia > Wendy Darling
Wendy Darling as portrayed in Disney's Peter Pan.

Wendy Moira Angela Darling is a fictional heroine and female protagonist in the Peter Pan stories by J. M. Barrie, and in most of their adaptations in other media. Her exact age is not specified in the original play or novel by Barrie, and varies in various presentations and adaptions from the ages of 11 to 16; in her most widely known portrayal in the 1953 Disney film, she appears 14. Likewise, her hair color has variously been blonde, and brown, and black. As a girl who is beginning to "grow up", she stands in contrast to Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to do so, the major theme of the Peter Pan stories. Disney redirects here. ... Peter Pan is the fourteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... For other uses, see Hero (disambiguation). ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... This article is about the play by J.M. Barrie. ... For the British Army surgeon, see James Barry (surgeon). ... Disney redirects here. ... Young man with naturally blond hair. ... Brunette redirects here. ... Japanese man with black hair Indian girl with black hair Black hair is the darkest and most common color of human hair says Tom P. of Burr Ridge, IL. The vast majority of people of non-European descent (Except Veronica) have black hair. ...

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Background

In the novel Peter Pan, and its cinematic adaptations, she is an Edwardian schoolgirl on the brink of (or during) adolescence. She belongs to a middle class London household of that era, and is the daughter of George Darling, a short-tempered and pompous bank/office worker, and his wife, Mary. She shares a nursery room with her two brothers, Michael and John. However, in the Disney version, her father decides that "it's high time she found a room of her own" and kicks her out of the nursery for "stuffing the boys' heads with her lot of silly stories", but changes his mind at the end of the film. This article is about the play by J.M. Barrie. ... The Edwardian period or Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period 1901 to 1910, the reign of King Edward VII. It succeeded the Victorian period and is sometimes extended to include the period up to the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, the start of World War... Teen redirects here. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... George Darling is a character in J.M. Barries Peter Pan and its various film and stage adaptations. ... A bedroom within a house or other dwelling set aside for an infant or toddler. ...


Character

Wendy is the most developed character in the story of Peter Pan, and is often considered the central protagonist. She is proud of her own childhood and enjoys telling stories and fantasizing. She has a distaste for adulthood, acquired partly by the example of it set by her father, whom she loves but somewhat fears. Her ambition early in the story is to somehow avoid growing up. She is granted this opportunity by Peter Pan, who takes her and her brothers to Neverland, where they can remain young indefinitely. Childhood (song) Childhood is a broad term usually applied to the phase of development in humans between infancy and adulthood. ... See Adult. ... For other uses, see Neverland (disambiguation). ...


Ironically, Wendy finds that this experience brings out her more adult side. Peter and the tribe of Lost Boys who dwell in Neverland want her to be their "mother" (a role they remember only vaguely), a request she tenatively accedes to, performing various domestic tasks for them. There is also a degree of innocent or implied flirtation with Peter (thereby forming a love triangle with Peter's sometimes-jealous fairy friend Tinker Bell). Peter Pans Lost Boys are characters in J. M. Barries novel and play Peter Pan. ... A love triangle is a romantic relationship involving three people. ... by Sophie Anderson For other uses, see Fairy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tinker Bell (disambiguation). ...


Wendy eventually learns to accept the virtues of adulthood, and returns to London, having decided not to postpone maturity any longer.


In an episode included in the novel and later incorporated into some productions of the play, Wendy has grown up and married, and has a daughter, Jane. When Peter returns looking for Wendy (not understanding that she would no longer be a girl), he meets Jane; Wendy lets her daughter go off with him, apparently trusting her to make the same choices. The same scenario later plays about between Jane and Wendy's granddaughter Margaret.


The name Wendy

The first name Wendy was very uncommon in the Anglosphere until after the Peter Pan mythos became well known, and its subsequent popularity has led some to credit Barrie with "inventing" it. Although the name Wendy was used to a limited extent as a shortening of the Welsh name Gwendolyn, it is believed that Barrie took the name from a phrase used by Margaret Henley, a six-year-old girl whom Barrie befriended in the 1890s. She called Barrie her "friendy-wendy", which she pronounced as "fwendy-wendy". [1] Wendy is a female name which may be used as a short form for Gwendolyn, or in its own right. ... Definitions of the Anglosphere vary: Countries in which English is the first language of a large fraction of the population are shown in blue. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... Gwendolyn (last name: Sanford) is an innovative singer/songwriter who was born in Philadelphia and raised in Sierra Madre, California. ... The 1890s were sometimes referred to as the Mauve Decade, because William Henry Perkins aniline dye allowed the widespread use of that colour in fashion, and also as the Gay Nineties, under the then-current usage of the word gay which referred simply to merriment and frivolity, with no...


Portrayal in film

  • Peter Pan (1924 silent live-action film) - Mary Brian. The actress was 18, but publicity materials claimed she was 16.
  • Peter Pan (1953 animated film) - Kathryn Beaumont (Voice). Disney's Wendy is portrayed as being a mother first and foremost, with all the classical ideas of how to be a mother and care for people. She appears bossy but well-meaning, and slightly taken with Peter. She also appears at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character.
  • Hook (1991 live-action film) - Maggie Smith plays a very aged Wendy, who is being honored for her lifetime of work in finding homes for orphans. Her granddaughter Moira is the wife of Peter Banning (Robin Williams), the former Peter Pan who has grown up and forgotten his life in Neverland. During a flashback to Peter's childhood, a younger Wendy is played by Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • Peter Pan (2003 live-action film) - Rachel Hurd-Wood. In this film, as in Barrie's original treatment, Wendy easily falls into a mothering role with her male companions, but is conflicted by her romantic feelings towards Peter, who reacts with incomprehension and annoyance. She is also more adventurous than in most adaptations, taking part in the conflict with the pirates including the sword fighting. The film also develops Barrie's hint that Wendy has incipient romantic feelings for the more mature and virile Hook, showing that she is growing up in spite of her intentions.

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Portrayal in television

In the anime series Peter Pan no Boken (Adventures of Peter Pan), which is a part of the World Masterpiece Theater, a rather tomboyish Wendy has a pivotal role in the second part of the series, which depicts a completely original story where Peter Pan, the Lost Kids and the Darling siblings must save a young witch named Luna from the clutches of her evil grandmother, the witch Sinistra, and Wendy is the one who truly saves her. She's also shown directly antagonizing Captain Hook when he kidnaps her in the first part, yelling at him and even impersonating his mother at some point to manipulate his fears against him. Animé redirects here. ... Peter Pan no Bōken ) is an adaptation of the classic Peter Pan novel by James Matthew Barrie. ... // Nippon Animation logo. ... For other uses, see Tomboy (disambiguation). ...


Wendy herself is voiced by veteran voice actress Naoko Matsui, who provides her voice in the Japanese version of the Disney film. Matsui Naoko(松井 菜桜子) is a Japanese voice actress(seiyu), born on April 4, 1961 in Hokkaido. ...


The Disney version of Wendy was featured as one of the guests in House of Mouse; however, despite the fact that Kathryn Beaumont was credited as providing Alice's voice, Wendy said nothing. The House of Mouse is a Disney cartoon show where Mickey Mouse and his friends run a nighclub called The House of Mouse, which shows Disney cartons as part of its floor show. ...


Portrayal in other media

  • The Disney version of Wendy is featured in the video-game Kingdom Hearts. In the game, Captain Hook believes she is a princess of Heart and is displeased when it turns out she's not.
  • In 2008 Disney campaign "Year of a Thousand Dreams", Wendy was portrayeded by supermodel Gisele Bündchen
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Doesn't consider herself part of any clique in the school or better than anyone else, but she is an unmistakable addition of Peter Panning's group.
You can talk to Wendy about anything and be assured that it won't be coming out everyone else's mouth as gossip the next morning.
Wendy is the type who will give everyone a chance, whether or not they deserve one.
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