Since his father is at war, Peter takes it upon himself to be the parental figure among his siblings, often exerting his feelings about their behavior with relative ease, as well as trying to keep a harmonious balance between them in the country. Peter is very upset with Edmund for “encouraging Lucy’s delusions” and messing with her emotions, to the extent where he demands an apology from his brother. Once aware of the situation in Narnia, Peter feels the need to live up to others’ (and Aslan’s) expectations of him, intending to remain and fight while sending his siblings back to the “real” world. In the second film, Peter struggles to defer to Caspian; he feels that he should receive acknowledgements and courtesies as a High King of Narnia. The animals talk, that’s obvious and pretty neat, so why question it too much? Peter goes along with the flow more than he analyzes things, but under pressure, becomes highly critical of Edmund, ruthlessly logical about what will “help them” win the war (including considering accepting the assistance of a dead nemesis to defeat a new enemy), and blunt (inferior Ti). He is down to earth and reliant on immediate action, aware of and able to act within the environment, but also inclined to base his assumptions on previous experiences (when the professor asks if Edmund is often more honest than Lucy, Peter admits, “this WOULD be the first time!”). After spending a couple of decades in Narnia as High King, in the second film, Peter struggles not to want to fall back into a dominating mindset, taking his success in the first Narnian battle and assuming he can pull off a similar triumph under new circumstances. At first, he feels a strong pull to return home, before things become “too dangerous,” but also respects, accepts, and adheres to the established principles of Narnia, including accepting that he’s too old to return. Much like Lucy, Narnia delights and excites him. He’s more adventurous and less cautious than Susan, willing to accept his greater destiny as a Narnian king. He keeps the larger picture in mind at all times, during the battle (knowing when to pull back or advance, intending to send the others home to protect their lives, etc). He’s adaptive, has a witty and often sarcastic sense of humor, and has faith in himself as a leader once others share their ideas about his intended destiny as a High King.

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Peter is the “father” of his sibling group, assuming his dad’s role when he leaves for war, attempting to maintain the peace between his siblings and, at times, becoming overly authoritative and punishing. He wants to be powerful, competent, and influential and does this by taking power. His motives are good, but he is ultimately helping to feel useful and wanted. Once he feels threatened by Caspian, his 3 wing comes out in force and he becomes more aggressively “king-like.” He tries to assert his authority and take control. He also finds it hard to return to childhood, where he has no authority or people doing whatever he says. He has to fail in a spectacular fashion to learn a lesson about pride and waiting for Aslan. He shifts into aggression and anger whenever he integrates to 8 under stress, making him reactive and confrontational.