Tiger Lily (Peter Pan)

Tiger Lily is a fictional character in J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, his 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, and their various adaptations.

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
Portrayed byMiriam Nesbitt (UK first stage 1904 production)
Margaret Gordon (US first 1905 production)
Anna May Wong (1924 film)
Carsen Gray (2003 film)
Rooney Mara (Pan)
Sara Tomko (Once Upon a Time)
Voiced byCree Summer (Peter Pan and the Pirates)
In-universe information
FamilyGreat Big Little Panther (father)


Tiger Lily is the daughter of Great Big Little Panther, the chief of the Piccanniny tribe, the fictional tribe of Native Americans living in Neverland. Barrie describes her as "a princess in her own right. The most beautiful of dusky Dianas and the belle of the Piccaninnies, coquettish, cold and amorous by turns."[1] She is apparently old enough to be married, but refuses any suitors because of her feelings towards Peter. She is jealous of Wendy and Tinker Bell. Tiger Lily is kidnapped by Captain Hook and his pirates but is rescued by Peter Pan.

In other mediaEdit

In the 1924 silent film Peter Pan, she is played by Anna May Wong.

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. Hook leaves her to drown at Skull Rock, but she is saved by Peter, who brings her back to her tribe. While the Indians celebrate, Wendy becomes jealous of how Tiger Lily is flirting with Peter.

In Cheshire Crossing, an older Tiger Lily is responsible for saving Wendy's life after she is stabbed, both having previously been romantically involved.

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 children and the Lost Boys on their many adventures.

In P. J. Hogan's 2003 film, she is played by Carsen Gray. In this version Tiger Lily is attracted to Wendy's younger brother John.

In Neverland, she is portrayed as Aaya, played by Q'orianka Kilcher. Aaya 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, a casting that created controversy due to claims of whitewashing.[2]

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. At some point, Tiger Lily gave up her fairy wings and relocated to Neverland where she had a history with Captain Hook.

She is the protagonist of the book Tiger Lily written by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012), told from the point of view of Tinker Bell.

Canadian actress Alyssa Wapanatahk will be portraying Tiger Lily in the upcoming film Peter Pan and Wendy.[3]


The character has attracted controversy due to racism and Native American stereotyping.[4][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ J.M. Barrie. Peter and Wendy Chapter 5. Hodder & Stoughton (1911)
  2. ^ https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/02/23/rooney-mara-tiger-lily-pan-hollywood-whitewashing/80792024/
  3. ^ "Alberta-raised Cree actor lands role in Disney's live-action 'Peter Pan and Wendy'". CBC News.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  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.