Tiger Lily (Peter Pan)

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Tiger Lilly
Peter Pan character
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1907 illustration of Tiger Lily by Oliver Herford
First appearance Peter Pan (1904)
Created by J. M. Barrie
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Princess
Family Great Big Little Panther (father)

Tiger Lily is a fictional character in J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, his novel based on it, and the various adaptations of them.[1][2]


She is the princess of the Piccaninny tribe of "Indians" (Native Americans) living on the island of Neverland. She is apparently old enough to be married, but she refuses any suitors because she desires Peter Pan over all. She is jealous of Wendy and Tinker Bell. Tiger Lily is nearly killed by Captain Hook when she is seen boarding the Jolly Roger with a knife in her mouth, but Peter saves her. In the earlier versions of Peter Pan, it is assumed that she disapproves of Wendy and even Tinker Bell at one point because of her envy.

In other media[edit]

Disney version[edit]

In the Disney animated film of the same name, Captain Hook kidnaps Tiger Lily (voiced by Corinne Orr) which led her father Big Chief to suspect that the Lost Boys were responsible. At Skull Rock, Captain Hook asks her where Peter lives. She refuses to tell him. Hook leaves her drowning at Skull Rock, but she is saved by Peter, who brings her back to her tribe. While the Indians celebrate, Wendy becomes upset with Tiger Lily for falling in love with Peter.

Peter Pan & the Pirates[edit]

Tiger Lily appears in Peter Pan & the Pirates voiced by Cree Summer. She and her brother Hard-to-Hit sometimes tag along with and aid their friends Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, The Darling Siblings and The Lost Boys on their many adventures.


Tiger Lily appears in Pan portrayed by Rooney Mara.

Once Upon a Time[edit]

Tiger Lily appeared for only one episode of Once Upon a Time to help Captain Hook get back to Storybrooke, and to deliver a message to Emma Swan, The Savior - portrayed by Sara Tomko. In this version, she was a former fairy that was closely acquainted with the Black Fairy, prior to the latter's fall to Darkness.


The character has attracted controversy.[3][4][2][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Rooney Mara regrets her 'whitewashed' role as Tiger Lily in 'Pan'". 
  2. ^ a b Laskow, Sarah. "The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribe". Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Yuhas, Alan (7 December 2014). "What's up, Tiger Lily? Peter Pan and the Native American stereotype that has certainly grown old". Retrieved 7 November 2016 – via The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Merry, Stephanie (8 October 2015). "Casting Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily is only one of many problems with 'Pan'". Retrieved 7 November 2016 – via washingtonpost.com. 
  5. ^ Egner, Jeremy. "Ugg-A-Wha? Updating Stereotypes in 'Peter Pan'". Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Mama, Elizabeth Broadbent Manic Pixie Dream (11 December 2014). "Peter Pan and the Roots of Racism". Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Rose, Jacqueline (14 January 1994). "The Case of Peter Pan: or The Impossibility of Children's Fiction". Springer. Retrieved 7 November 2016 – via Google Books. 
  8. ^ Corcuera, Alfonso Muñoz; Biase, Elisa T. Di (15 November 2012). "Barrie, Hook, and Peter Pan: Studies in Contemporary Myth; Estudios sobre un mito contemporáneo". Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved 7 November 2016 – via Google Books.