Tiger Lily (Peter Pan)

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Tiger Lily
Peter Pan character
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1907 illustration of Tiger Lily by Oliver Herford
First appearancePeter and Wendy (1904)
Created byJ. M. Barrie
FamilyGreat 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" (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 overall. 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]

In the Disney animated film of the same name, Captain Hook kidnaps Tiger Lily which leads 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 jealous of Tiger Lily for flirting with Peter.

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.

Aaya appears in Neverland portrayed by Q'orianka Kilcher. Aya means "Lily of tiger" in her native language.

Tiger Lily appears in Pan portrayed by Rooney Mara as love interest to a younger James Hook.

Tiger Lily appears in Once Upon a Time portrayed by Sara Tomko. In this version, she started out as a fairy that was the fairy godmother to a baby Rumplestiltskin and a friend of the Blue Fairy. During a talk with Rumpelstiltskin's mother Fiona about her son's destiny, Fiona started to take great lengths to protect her son which started by snatching Tiger Lily's wand and casting a spell that converted Fiona into a fairy. Tiger Lily was present when Fiona attempted a magic scroll that would send anyone to a Land Without Magic and even witnessed Fiona's transformation into the Black Fairy upon becoming corrupted by the dark magic she was creating. Before Tiger Lily can be killed by the Black Fairy, the Blue Fairy appeared and banished the Black Fairy to the Dark Realm. At some point, Tiger Lily gave up her fairy wings and relocated to Neverland where she had a history with Captain Hook. Upon saving Captain Hook from the remnants of the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily gives Captain Hook a piece of a wand that he needs to return to Storybrooke to give it to Emma Swan. After Captain Hook sent his Shadow to Storybrooke and gave the wand piece and his hook to Emma Swan, she used a portal to go to Neverland where she saved Captain Hook from the remnants of the Lost Boys while Tiger Lily escaped during the confusion.


The character has attracted controversy due to racism and Native American stereotyping.[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.