Richie "Trashmouth" Tozier is one of the membrs of The Losers Club, who fought against Pennywise the Clown.
As a child, his best friends were Bill Denbrough, Eddie "Spaghetti" Kaspbrak, Stan "the Man" Uris. He was also best friends with Beverly Marsh, Mike Hanlon, and Ben Hanscom. Like the others in the Losers' Club, he looked up to Bill, and he was cited as the one who 'understood Bill better than anyone'. He also thought Beverly was pretty, but only perceived her as if she was the same as any other friend. He also often teases the other Losers, especially Eddie, calling him "Eds" and "cute" against his protests. He also was good friends with Stan, the both being close before the making of the Losers Club. In the 2017 adaption, Richie is shown as the only one attending Stan’s bar mitzvah. In the novel, it can be assumed that Richie has ADHD as he is described to not have much control of the things he says or when he says them. However, his hyperactivity seems to have been toned down in the 2017 adaptation.
He wore thick black glasses and had huge front buck teeth which earned him the name "Bucky Beaver" by others in his school, though he was later dubbed "Trashmouth" by the Losers due to his foul language and loud mouth that often got him into trouble. He hated wearing the glasses, but found comfort in that one of his idols, Buddy Holly, was famous and also wore thick glasses. The other Losers often used the phrase "Beep-beep" whenever they needed to silence him. Although Richie misbehaved a lot in school, he received good grades in school besides his grades in behaviour. At some point in the book Richie acidently insults Henry Bowers and his gang out loud, resulting in him getting chased and almost beaten.
Richie is known for his hobby of doing Voices and impersonations, although when he is younger most of them were awful and sounded the same.
Richie is shown to have had a positive upbringing. Richie's father, Wentworth, was an intelligent man with a career in dentistry who would happily indulge Richie's interest in 'voices', going so far as to use some of his son's phrases himself. Richie knew how to read his parents like 'well-worn and well-loved' books. While Richie's father did regard his son as a little silly, it's made clear that he cares about him and loves him dearly. Richie's mother, Maggie, was kind and attempted to understand her son, but experienced some difficulty due to Richie's gender. She goes so far as to wish Richie had been born a girl so he would be able to better understand some of the things he does, demonstrating her desire to be a good mother to him. While Richie's parents may falter on occassion, it is never nearly as severe as the other parents of Derry, who demonstrate great neglect and abuse toward their children (i.e. Eddie's overbearing, isolating, and manipulative mother; Bill's negligent parents, Beverly's abusive father and so on).
It is popular fan theory that Richie’s family isn’t so kind in the 2017 remake. Many theorize that Richie’s family has the tendency to neglect him, though this is pure speculation based on his hard to deal with behavior caused by his ADHD.
One of Richie’s greatest fears, other than clowns, seems to be going missing (i.e; the missing poster). It was already proven earlier that the children of Derry were forgotten weeks (or possibly days) after they disappear, and he seems to fear that he, too, will be forgotten if he were to go missing. This fear of being forgotton fuels the theory that his parents neglect him, even though he could simply be afraid of the implications of the missing poster that made him think he was going to die.
Richie and Beverly Meet
One day, Richie was walking to the Aladdin movie theater to watch movies with Ben Hanscom. While he was trying to teach himself how to use a yo yo, he spotted Beverly Marsh. He didn't have a crush on her but he thought she was pretty and tough, so he went up to her and they got along instantly. He invited her to the movies and she joked about his invitation being a date. Richie started to feel weird and flustered, which was unlike him. Beverly jokes that he isn't a very romantic person. He manages to joke his way out of his discomfort and they meet Ben at the Aladdin Theater.
While in the theater, Ben, Bev, and Richie noticed the Bowers gang sitting in front of them. When the movies were over the Bowers gang saw the three of them and they decided to go out an alternate exit in order to get away from the bullies. Unfortunatly they got caught by the Bowers gang and Beverly tried to defend her friends, but they still got beaten up.
Encounters with It
Richie had his personal encounter with It after running away from Henry Bowers. Because he was so exhausted from running he thought it was a dream and did not tell the others about it when they were all confessing their own encounters.
Another encounter that Richie has with It is after Bill tells the Losers what he had seen when he had opened Georgie's photo album, how it had bled and how Georgie had winked at him. Richie told Bill that he wanted to see it for himself, and reluctantly Bill agreed to show him. Before this encounter, Richie had not taken It or even the concept of death seriously-- perhaps he had not thought about it at all. However, after stepping into Georgie's room, the reality of death hit him for the first time in his life. He began to understand that anyone could die at any time or at any age, which causes him to panic. When he and Bill finally open the book, they witness an image of Derry many years ago, and they see boys that look identical to themselves in the picture as well. Bill accidentally touches the page and his fingers nearly go into the picture. When he pulls them out, they are covered with deep cuts. This is truly the first time Richie understands the reality of It.
Later, Richie goes with Bill into the house on Neibolt Street, the one where Eddie saw his encounter with it (the leper). In the house, he sees It take form as the Teenage Werewolf from the movie I Was a Teenage Werewolf that he had seen at the Aladdin Movie Theater days before. The Werewolf was wearing a varsity jacket with "Richie Tozier" embroidered on the chest pocket. After the werewolf got a hold of Bill, Richie managed to help Bill get free and threw a packet of sneezing powder at the werewolf's face, which momentarily incapacitated it. It pursued them, and Bill rescued Richie in return, pulling him out of the way before the beast could tear out his throat. They managed to get on Silver (Bill's bike) and flee, but Richie still got struck by the werewolf's paw above his eyes. After regaining consciousness, they collapsed into each other's arms and cry.
In the 2017 movie adaptation, It lured Richie into a room by taking the form of Eddie Kaspbrak. The room was filled with clowns, which in the movie were Richie’s biggest fear. Inside, he found a coffin containing a doll of him, decaying and complete with maggots. The lid showed him his missing poster and had, “Found” written on it. He quickly shut the coffin, prompting Pennywise to leap out of it, saying “Beep Beep Richie”, a phrase from the book used by the losers to shut him up. He screamed and ran as Bill Denbrough opened the door, and they managed to escape the room.
As an adult, he is a famous radio DJ, going by Rich "Records" Tozier living in Beverly Hills. Richie had several failed relationships with women but had never gotten married. The voices that he constantly practised as a kid improved greatly and became highly revered and loved, making a lot of money off the notoriety of his comedic voices. He began wearing contact lenses as an adult as well.
Along with the other Losers, he returns to Derry after receiving a phone call from Mike Hanlon alerting him that It had returned. They all go into the sewers and Bill performs the Ritual of Chud as he did as a kid, to put a stop to It once and for all. When Bill's grip on It falters, Richie risks his life to enter the macroverse with Bill and tears him free of It's grip. They end up striking the final blow against It together, after which Richie is knocked out and Bill weeps over his inert body, convinced that Richie is dead. It is only after carrying Richie to the others that Richie regains consciousness and assures them that he is alright.
Before the final fight, Eddie loses his arm and dies. Richie has the most difficult time dealing with Eddie's death since they were so close. Richie is the last person Eddie talks to before dying, stroking Richie's face with his hand and telling him, for the last time, not to call him "Eds" as he always had. At first, both Beverly and Richie refuse to leave his body in the sewers, insisting it was too dark and Eddie would not want to stay down there. After Bill assures him that it was where Eddie was 'supposed to be', he kisses Eddie on the cheek before leaving.
After these events, Richie remains in Derry with Bill and Mike for a few days before flying back to California, where he steadily starts to forget the Losers and what they had accomplished.
Appearance in 11/22/63
Richie briefly appears in the novel 11/22/63 as well, when the main character Jake Epping arrives in Derry and sees him dancing with Beverly. Jake (using the alias George Amberson) asks the two if they know about the Dunning children. He notices the special relationship they have: not romantic, but that of two friends that had gone through a lot together. He notes they were the only thing that felt good about Derry and helps them practice dancing.
- "I didn't hear that! I didn't!"
- "Richie Tozier's the name, and doing voices is my game."
- "Well I can't help you there, pal."
- ―Richie to Eddie
- "Help! Down in the basement! There's a werewolf."
- "Oh, come on! Not the Paramount, you slimeballs! Where are the people of this city supposed to get their culture?!"
- "That's him. That's him!"
- ―Richie to the other losers
- "They'd just laugh their heads off and put us in a nuthatch."
- ―Richie to the other losers
- "What the fuck?! Holy shit, we just got shown up by a girl!"
- -Richie to the boys of the group after Beverly jumps off the cliff before them
- "I'm glad I got to meet you before you died,"
- -Richie to Ben after he escaped Bowers gang
- "She hot?"
- -Richie asking Stan about the woman he keeps seeing
- "[In his Pancho Vanilla voice] Doesn't smell like caca to me, señor!"
- ―Richie to Eddie
- ""It's probably your breath wafting back to your face.""
- ―Richie to Eddie
- "Holy shit! What happened to you?!"
- ―Richie to Ben after escaped from Bowers
- "What the hell's gray water?"
- ―Richie to Eddie.
- "Wait, can only virgins see this stuff? Is that why I’m not seeing this shit?"
- ―Richie to the Losers'.
- "WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?! WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!!"
- ―Richie to Eddie seeing IT in the projector
- "Welcome to the Losers' Club, asshole!"
- ―Richie to IT
- "ROCK WAR!!"
- ―Richie before getting hit in the face by a rock
- "And look at this motherfucker! He's leaking Hamburger Helper!"
- ―Richie to Billy.
- "I hear the list is longer than my wang."
- ―Richie to the other losers, refrencing Beverly.
- "Oh Yeah? Try tickling your pickle for the first time."
- ―Richie to Stanley.
- "I can't believe I pulled the short straw. You guys are lucky you're not measuring dicks."
- ―Richie to Bill and Eddie when entering the Crack House for the first time.