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Captain Hook

Captain James Hook is a fictional character, from J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Hook is a pirate captain and Peter Pan's nemesis. It is said that he was Blackbeard's bosun, and that he was the only man Long John Silver ever feared. He wears an iron hook in place of his right hand, which was cut off by Peter Pan and eaten by a crocodile; the crocodile liked the taste of him so much that it followed him around for the rest of his life, hoping for more.

(Lest anyone think Hook's name too convenient, Barrie notes that "Hook was not his true name. To reveal who he really was would even at this date set the country in a blaze".)

In Barrie's novel, the crocodile catches up with the Hook in the end, and Peter, with the callousness of youth, quickly forgets him and finds a new nemesis; but Hook made a stronger impression on the public, and most if not all sequels bring him back one way or another.


The version of Captain Hook who appeared in the Disney animated film adaptation of Peter Pan has subsequently appeared in a number of other Disney productions. He sometimes appears in the Donald Duck comic book universe as Moby Duck's Enemy.



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