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Michael Darling
Background information
Feature films Peter Pan
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Return to Never Land (shadowy cameo)
Television programs House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time

Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Video games Disney Universe
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Park attractions Peter Pan's Flight
Portrayed by Catrin Rhys (Finding Neverland)
Benjamin Cook and James Immekus (Once Upon a Time)
Portrayed by
Animators Ward Kimball

Will Finn

Voice Tommy Luske
Aaron Spann (Disney On Ice)
Performance model
Inspiration Michael Darling from the novel Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Michael Nicholas Darling
Other names Bear Killer
Personality Clumsy, playful, creative, cowardly
Appearance Small, slender, 4 years old, fair skin, strawberry-blonde hair, blue eyes, pink footy pajamas
Nationality English
Species Human
Occupation Wendy and John's younger brother and George and Mary's younger son, Jane and Danny's uncle, Edward's brother-in-law
Alignment Good
Goal To fight off Captain Hook and his pirate crew and hunt for the Indians
Home Bloomsbury, London, England, UK
Relatives George Darling (father), Mary Darling (mother), Wendy Darling (older sister), John Darling (older brother), Edward (brother-in-law), Jane (niece), Danny (nephew)
Pets Nana (dog)
Allies His older sister Wendy Darling, his older brother John Darling, his dog Nana, his father George Darling, his mother Mary Darling, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, The Indian Chief, the Indians, Squaw, his niece Jane, his nephew Danny, his brother-in-law Edward, Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Skully
Enemies Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Pirate Crew, Mizrabel
Likes Catching Captain Hook and his pirate crew in a sword fight, dancing with the Indians
Dislikes His father's practicalnesses
Powers and abilities Flight (thanks to Tinker Bell's pixie dust)
Weapons His Teddy bear with a cannonball in it
Fate Returns home and is tucked up in bed by Nana
Quote "I wanna see my mother."

Michael Darling is the brother of Wendy and John Darling in Peter Pan. He is the youngest child of the three Darling children and was voiced by Tommy Luske.


Peter Pan

Michael is a supporting character in the film. It is explained that he and his older brother John believe that Peter Pan, whom they have learned about from Wendy's stories, is a real person. Thus, they often make-believe that they are Captain Hook and Peter Pan in their nursery games.

At the beginning of the film, Michael and John are playing one of these games, with Michael as Peter Pan. They are having a fake sword fight, as their father comes in looking for his cuff links, as he is getting ready for a party. John realizes that the cuff links were used as buried treasure in their game, but they can't remember where they are and they have lost the treasure map they made. George finds the map, which turns out to have been made out of his shirt front, much to his horror. This upsets George, and he begins scolding all the children for having their heads filled with silly stories. Michael's sister, Wendy protests, and as a result she is told that she will no longer be allowed to stay in the nursery, which upsets Michael. As George goes to leave, he trips over Nana, and thus ties her up outside, which greatly upsets Michael. Michael's mother comforts him as she tucks him in bed. As she goes to leave, he hands over the cuff links and two rings belonging to her.

When Peter Pan appears later, Michael is asleep, but awakens as Peter Pan chases after Tinker Bell. He is allowed to accompany Peter Pan and his siblings to Never Land, and chooses to bring his teddy bear. In Never Land, he goes off to hunt Indians with John and the Lost Boys. After finding a feather and tomahawk, he plays with them for a bit, but realizes they are about to be ambushed by the Indians. He tries to warn the others, but they don't listen and the entire group is captured by the Indians. They are taken to the Indian Camp, where the Chief reveals that they are being held responsible for the capture of his daughter, Tiger Lily. Though the Chief threatens to burn them at the stake if she is not returned, this punishment is avoided thanks to Peter Pan rescuing the princess from Captain Hook.

Michael parties with the rest of the boys, while Wendy is forced to do chores, and he returns late at night. Wendy, annoyed with Peter Pan, proclaims they will go home the next day, and that they need to sleep. After talking with Michael, it becomes apparent that Michael is starting to forget what home was like, as he at first thinks that Wendy, then Nana was his mother. Wendy is able to remind him who she was, and he agrees to go home, accompanied by the Lost Boys, who wanted to go after hearing about Wendy, Micheal, and John's mother. However, as they go to leave, the entire group is captured by Captain Hook. Captain Hook offers to allow the boys to either join his crew or walk the plank. Micheal almost takes Captain Hook's offer, but is stopped by Wendy. Michael is then forced to watch as Wendy walks the plank. However, Wendy is saved and he is freed thanks to the timely arrival of Peter Pan. A large fight breaks out, and Micheal participates by banging a pirate on the head with his teddy bear, which is revealed to have been stuffed with a cannonball. Afterwards, he returns home on the Pirate Ship, and is asleep by the time his parents return home.

Return to Never Land

Michael didn't appear in the sequel Return to Never Land and wasn't mentioned by any of the characters, including Wendy. However, he made a couple of shadowy cameos on some starry night clouds that light up by Tinker Bell to begin with (flying with Wendy and John and tagging along with John and the Lost Boys to the Indian campus). His nephew Danny seems to strongly resemble him in appearance and personality.

House of Mouse

Michael made frequent cameos on House of Mouse, usually alongside his siblings and Peter.

Once Upon a Time


Older Michael Darling in Once Upon a Time.

Michael Darling and the rest of the Darling family appear in the Season 2 episode "Second Star to the Right". He is portrayed by child actor Benjamin Cook. After a boy named Baelfire was welcomed into their family, he and John overhear Baelfire one night warning Wendy to stay away from a shadow that looms outside the window. Wendy ignores his advice and travels to Never Land with the Shadow. She brings bad news on her arrival back; the Shadow wants to take one of her brothers away to Never Land forever. During the next night, Baelfire helps to hide everyone when the Shadow comes. However, Michael doesn't follow the plan and risks being kidnapped by the creature. To avoid the splitting up of a family, Baelfire asks to be taken to Never Land instead.

In "Dark Hollow", John and Michael became employed by Pan after the latter kidnapped Wendy sometime after the events of "Second Star to the Right". Now adults, they arrive to Storybrooke to destroy Pandora's Box, the only thing capable of defeating Pan. While they succeed in capturing the item, they are thwarted by Belle and Ariel in the mines. They reveal Pan is holding Wendy captive in Never Land, so Belle promises she will do what is necessary to save Wendy if they do not destroy the box.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Michael is set to appear in the Jake and the Neverland Pirates movie, Battle for the book.

Disney Parks

Michael used to be a meetable character in the Disney parks, in the 1980s, usually played by a 6- to 8-year old boy, but child labor laws of the 1990s forced him to be dropped from the face character roster. He is now only mentioned by his sister Wendy.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Michael Darling.


  • Michael's hair appeared as strawberry-blonde in the film, but in Disney franchises his hair is brown.
  • In some Disney storybooks Michael's footy pajamas are yellow, instead of pink.
  • The Blu-ray cover for the film incorrectly colored Michael's pajamas blue.

Peter Pan
Films and Television: Peter Pan | Return to Never Land | House of Mouse

Video Games: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Peter Pan: Adventures in Never Land | Peter Pan: The Legend of Never Land | Disney Universe | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Epic Mickey series | Disney's Villains' Revenge

Characters: Peter Pan/Peter Pan's Shadow | Tinker Bell | Wendy Darling | John Darling | Michael Darling | George Darling | Mary Darling | Nana | Captain Hook | Mr. Smee | Pirates Crew | Tick-Tock the Crocodile | Lost Boys | Indian Chief | Tiger Lily | Indians | Squaw | Mermaids | Fairies | Jane | Edward | Danny | Nana II | Octopus

Locations: Bloomsbury, England, UK | Nursery | Big Ben | Never Land | The Jolly Roger | Mermaid Lagoon | Skull Rock | Indian Camp | Hangman's Tree

Songs: The Second Star to the Right | You Can Fly | A Pirate's Life | Following the Leader | What Made the Red Man Red? | Your Mother and Mine | The Elegant Captain Hook | You Can Fly! (reprise) | Never Smile at a Crocodile | I'll Try | So to Be One of Us

Disney Parks: Peter Pan's Flight | Fantasmic! | Disney Dreams! | Following the Leader with Peter Pan | Back to Never Land

Spin-offs: Disney Fairies | Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Other: Pixie Dust | Alarm Clock | Captain Hook's Hooks | Bomb | Disney Sing Along Songs: You Can Fly!

Once Upon a Time

Shows: Once Upon a Time (Episode List) | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Books: Shadow of the Queen | Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale | Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic

Once Upon a Time Characters: Emma Swan | Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard | Prince Charming/David Nolan | Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold | The Evil Queen/Regina Mills | Belle/Lacey French | Killian Jones/Hook | Henry Mills | Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper | Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale | Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Mulan | Blue Fairy/Mother Superior | Widow Lucas/Granny | King George/Albert Spencer | The Genie of Agrabah/Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass | Mad Hatter/Jefferson | Milah | Robin Hood | Prince Henry/The Valet | Marian | Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith | Fairy Godmother | Peter Pan/Malcolm/The Pied Piper | Wendy Darling | Ariel | Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West | Glinda/The Good Witch of the South | The Wizard of Oz/Walsh | Elsa/The Ice Queen | Anna | Kristoff | Hans | Pabbie | Sven | Tinker Bell | Black Beard | Dragon Maleficent | Lumière | Abigail/Kathryn Nolan | Ursula/The Sea Goddess | Red Riding Hook/The Wolf/Ruby | Huntsman/Sheriff Graham | Baelfire/Neal Cassidy | Pinocchio/August W. Booth | Frederick/Jim | Severe Nurse | Mayor Tomkins | Quinn | Anita | Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava Zimmer | The Woodcutter/Michael Tillman | Martin | Myrna | Stephen | Donna | Prince James | Jack | Blind Witch | King Xavier | Wraith | Peter | Siren | Hordor | Pongo | Ogres | William Smee | Dorothy Gale | The Witch of the East | The Witch of the North | Sir Gaston | Greg Mendell | Tamara | Geppetto/Marco | Rapunzel | Igor | The King/Mitchell Herman | Rapunzel's Father | Flying Monkeys | King Leopold | Queen Eva | Lost Boys | John Darling | Michael Darling | The Shadow | The Sheriff of Hamelin | King Midas | Nana | Mary Darling | George Darling | Medusa | Gus/Billy | Marshmallow | Zoso

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Characters: Alice | Cyrus | Jafar | Percy/The White Rabbit | Grendel | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | Red King | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Nyx | Tweedledee and Tweedledum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elisabeth/Lizard | Rafi | Taj | Edwin | Sarah | Dr. Arthur Lydgate | Amara

Characters of both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Anastasia's Mother | Anastasia's Sister | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent

Locations: Storybrooke | The Jolly Roger | Enchanted Forest | Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Neverland | Skull Rock | Wonderland | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land Without Color | Land of Oz | Emerald City | Arendelle | Agrabah | The Sultan's Palace | Sherwood Forest | Hamelin

Objects: Dreamshade | Dark One's Dagger | Enchanted Candle | Pandora's Box | Vorpal Sword | The Slippers

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