John Darling is the 8-year-old brother of Wendy and Michael Darling, the son and middle child of George and Mary, the brother-in-law of Edward, the uncle of Jane and Danny and one of the main characters of Peter Pan.
He was voiced by Paul Collins, who also performed the live-action reference sequences of the character and even appeared, dressed as him for the 1951 Christmas special The Walt Disney Christmas Show to promote the film. William Ainscough and Matt Kan portrayed John in the live-action fantasy drama series Once Upon A Time.
John is seen at his home in Bloomsbury in London playing toy sword fighting with his brother Michael. He and Michael enjoy listening to their sister Wendy's stories of Peter Pan.
That night when their parents George and Mary go out to a party, Peter Pan arrives at the Darling home and takes John and his siblings to Neverland.
There they are kidnapped by a pirate named Captain Hook and his crew, but are saved by Peter Pan.
John and his siblings return home as their parents do and go to bed.
"Return to Neverland"
John does not appear in the Peter Pan sequel Return to Neverland, possibly judging by the setting of the film, John (and possibly Michael) was away taking part in World War II. He does however appear as a silhouette.
"Once Upon A Time"
John appears in the live-action fantasy series.
He first appears in the episode "Second Star To The Right" as a child where his family adopt a young boy named Baelfire. One night, John overhears Baelfire telling Wendy to stay away from a shadow outside the window. Wendy refuses to take Baelfire's advice and leaves with the shadow to Neverland. She later returns and says that the shadow wants to take one of her brothers to Neverland forever. However, Baelfire has the shadow take him instead in order to avoid the Darling children from being separated.
John reappears in the episode "Dark Hollow" as a young adult where he and Michael are ordered by Peter Pan (who is portrayed as a villain in this series) to go to Storybrooke to destroy Pandora's Box (which is capable of destroying Pan). The brothers are able to get the box, but are stopped from destroying it by Belle and Ariel. When they reveal that Wendy is being held captive in Neverland by Pan, Belle promises that she will do what is necessary to save Wendy if the box is not destroyed. She also convinces them to go along with the plan Mr. Gold (the Storybrooke identity of Rumplestiltskin) (who is Pan's son and Baelfire's father) has to defeat Pan.
John and Michael reappear in the episode "The New Neverland" where they are reunited with Wendy and a now adult Baelfire (now known as Neal Cassidy).
- John is the only member in his family to wear glasses.
- John was named after one of the Davies boys, Jack Llewelyn Davies.
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