It

It

by

Stephen King

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One of the trio of bullies, including Henry Bowers and “Belch” Huggins, who torment members of the self-identified Losers’ Club. He wears his hair in an Elvis pompadour. He is a quick runner and a fastball pitcher, which sometimes makes him more physically threatening than Henry, though he is less violent. Criss dies in 1958, along with Belch, at the age of twelve. Henry witnesses him getting his head torn from his body by something he describes as “the Frankenstein-monster.” When Henry is an institutionalized adult, he has a vision of Victor, who now resembles the monster that killed him. Henry also sees that Victor has “a scar like a hangrope [sic] tattoo” where the monster pulled his head off.

Victor Criss Quotes in It

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Chapter 19 Quotes

He would kill them all, his tormentors, and then those feelings—that he was losing his grip, that he was coming inexorably to a larger world he would not be able to dominate as he had dominated the playyard at Derry Elementary, that in the wider world the fatboy and the nigger and the stuttering freak might somehow grow larger while he somehow only grew older—would be gone.

Page Number: 964
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Victor Criss Character Timeline in It

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Chapter 3: Six Phone Calls
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...a room. Calling Derry sends him into a flashback of his childhood—particularly being bullied by Victor Criss and Henry Bowers. (full context)
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...was “a regular butterball.” He talks about how he was bullied by Reginald “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, and Henry Bowers, then lifts his shirt to show the “H” that Bowers carved... (full context)
Chapter 4: Ben Hanscom Takes a Fall
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...of the school building. Someone bumps into him and nearly knocks him over. It is Victor Criss, who calls Ben a “tub of guts” and demands that Ben get out of... (full context)
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...a pleasant reality. He walks to the Derry Public Library, not realizing that “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, and Henry Bowers are standing nearby. (full context)
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Henry Bowers watches Ben Hanscom cross the street to the library. Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins encourage Henry to “get him.” Henry decides that he will wait... (full context)
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...imagines Beverly reading the poem and offering to kiss him for writing it, Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins are closing in on him. Ben walks alongside a “rickety whitewashing... (full context)
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“Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss look nervous. A car passes and Henry Bowers warns that if Ben yells for... (full context)
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...name, Ben pushes forward with his legs and sends himself falling backward into the Barrens. Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins stare down at Ben, stunned. Henry chases after Ben, with his... (full context)
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...through the air, sort of like George Reeves in Superman, then crashes to the earth. Victor and “Belch” come down the embankment after him. Ben wonders when “this lunacy” will end.... (full context)
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...the other boys throw rocks at him. Ben smashes his way through the bushes. Henry, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins catch up to him and Ben crouches low to the ground,... (full context)
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...bloody and cut up.” They say no. Ben hears more splashing sounds after Henry and Victor Criss say good-bye to the kids whom they have been tormenting. Ben finds the sound... (full context)
Chapter 5: Bill Denbrough Beats the Devil (I)
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...memory of speeding down Kansas Street on Silver. As for Henry Bowers, “Belch” Huggins, and Victor Criss, Bill has only minor problems with them. He knows better, unlike Richie, than to... (full context)
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Eddie then asks Ben why Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins were chasing him. Ben explains how Bowers wanted to copy off... (full context)
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...“cool” new friends. As he walks three blocks up the street, he sees Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins boarding a bus. Ben ducks behind a hedge and waits until... (full context)
Chapter 7: The Dam in the Barrens
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...Bill’s idea to build a dam in the Barrens. Their “baby dam” got destroyed by Victor Criss. Then, they meet Ben Hanscom and build a dam so well that they get... (full context)
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...to Tozier. Richie introduces Stanley and says that he is a Jew who, according to Victor Criss, killed Christ. Stanley jokes that that must have been his father. Richie is amused.... (full context)
Chapter 8: Georgie’s Room and the House on Neibolt Street
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...show, and Richie figures this is because he has nearly been spotted by Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins. However, Ben has forgotten about them and is quiet due to... (full context)
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...the show starts before going in and sitting in the balcony to avoid Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins. They see a double-feature. First, they watch I Was a Teenage... (full context)
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...it as the group runs away. They run toward an opening in an alley and Victor Criss jumps in front of them. “Belch” Huggins grabs Beverly’s pony-tail and flings her against... (full context)
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
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...down Charter Street. He goes into a department store where Henry Bowers, “Belch” Huggins, and Victor Criss find him. A store clerk yells at them as the bullies rush to catch... (full context)
Chapter 12: Three Uninvited Guests
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...in a garden in the late afternoon. Voices are coming to him from the moon—first, Victor Criss; then, “Belch” Huggins. After a while, one of the guards, Fogarty, comes over and... (full context)
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...the authorities blamed Henry for killing. They also found him guilty of killing “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, Patrick Hocksetter, and Veronica Grogan. The Derry News declares Henry Bowers the monster that... (full context)
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Henry thinks that he is responsible for killing “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss insofar as he is the one who led them to the tunnels where they... (full context)
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...onion sandwiches. Another voice comes—this one from under the bed. It is the voice of Victor Criss. Criss’s head was torn off years ago by the Frankenstein-monster. Henry exclaims at the... (full context)
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Victor Criss, or the image of him that It has assumed, tells Henry that he can... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Apocalyptic Rockfight
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, Peter Gordon, and Steve Sadler are chasing Mike through the trainyard and... (full context)
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...firecrackers that Stan Uris got from a kid at his synagogue. Meanwhile, “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss are helping Henry Bowers work on his father’s farm. The boys finish the farm... (full context)
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Mike is currently being chased by Henry Bowers, “Belch” Huggins, Victor Criss, Steve Sadler, and Peter Gordon. Henry, “Belch,” and Steve, otherwise known as “Moose,” present... (full context)
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...in fear and pain. “Belch” and Henry get hit again, too, forcing them into submission. Victor does the most damage to the Losers’ Club, due to his being such a good... (full context)
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Bill then walks toward Victor and looks him squarely in the eye. Suddenly, as though able to reach each other’s... (full context)
Chapter 16: Eddie’s Bad Break
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...two candy bars twenty minutes after talking to Mr. Keene. He then sees Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, "Moose" Sadler, and Patrick Hockstetter “kneeling on the crushed gravel to the left of... (full context)
Chapter 17: Another One of the Missing: The Death of Patrick Hockstetter
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...would be lots of things to shoot at there. She recalls that Patrick, Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, and “Belch” Huggins were also at the dump. She starts giggling when she recalls... (full context)
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...in her throat. Next, she sees the boys’ penises. Henry’s is “small and hairless” but Victor’s is quite big. She thinks to herself that Bill “has one of those,” too. Now,... (full context)
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Next, it is Victor’s turn, and Henry tells him that his fart made a twelve-foot flame. Victor howls with... (full context)
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Henry Bowers, Victor Criss, “Belch” Huggins, and Patrick Hocksetter end up lighting each other’s farts because of Rena... (full context)
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
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...taking pains to be quiet. They draw closer to her, “walking cat-soft.” “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss are grinning, but Henry Bowers looks “both vacant and serious.” He has one finger... (full context)
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...voice of It. Henry says that he saw It turn into Frankenstein and tear off Victor Criss’s head. Henry tells Mike about how he hitchhiked with an old man, killed him,... (full context)
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...spits on the top of his head. Then, she turns and runs. “Belch” Huggins and Victor Criss try to help Henry get on to his feet. He insists on chasing after... (full context)
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Beverly and Ben listen for the approach of the bullies. Henry points out to Victor and “Belch” how the Losers’ Club plays in the Barrens. Suddenly, there are footfalls above... (full context)
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Henry thinks back to the day when Beverly kicked him in the balls and Victor Criss and “Belch” Huggins helped him get into the Barrens. Henry remembers standing in the... (full context)
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...A steady flow of sludge comes out of the pipe and goes into the water. Victor Criss asks what Henry is doing, as Henry puts first his eye and then his... (full context)
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...father with little interest. He then goes into the other room to call “Belch” and Victor. When he goes out with them, the voice from the moon talks to him all... (full context)
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...Barrens and see Ben Hanscom helping Beverly Marsh out of a hole in the ground. Victor notes how they were standing right on top of them the whole time. Henry prompts... (full context)
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...out of the darkness, though Henry was not able to tell what it was. Then, Victor shrieked, “Frankenstein!” When the monster looked at Henry, he peed his pants. The creature lurched... (full context)
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...not give it up to the bullies. Eddie asks if it is not just Henry, Victor, and “Belch” in the Barrens. Bill turns to Stan and asks if he has his... (full context)
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...river. He reaches the tree and climbs over, and the others follow. When Richie sees Victor Criss, he chucks another rock at him. The bullies disappear into the underbrush. (full context)
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...whispers that he is scared, and Bill says that he is scared, too. They hear Victor yell to Henry that he sees Richie, and then see Henry again, with the knife.... (full context)
Chapter 21: Under the City
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...are lined. He points to the skeleton of “Belch” Huggins and the headless remains of Victor Criss. This section of the system has fallen into disuse. Bill says in a mechanical... (full context)