Peter Wiggin is a fictional character in the science fiction novel Ender's Game and its sequels, written by Orson Scott Card. He has appeared in the novels Ender's Game, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind and in an upcoming short story to be published in Intergalactic Medicine Show.
Jimmy Jax Pinchak will portray him in the Ender's Game film.
In Ender's Game, Peter is depicted as a brilliant yet sadistic bully who delights in torturing animals and terrorizing his siblings, Ender and Valentine. He is denied entrance into Battle School in spite of his brilliance because he is too violent for the likings of the officers in charge of battle school. Peter actually admits he loved Ender as a baby and felt very angry when Ender would ignore him in favor of Valentine.
After Ender leaves for Battle School, his family moves to North Carolina in an effort to curb his emerging sociopathy. It ultimately makes the situation worse, however; Peter does not change at all, but he learns how to affect a charming facade to manipulate adults into giving him what he wants. Valentine sees him for who he truly is, but remains silent because she feels guilty for sharing a bond with him.
At the age of 12, Peter convinces Valentine to use their parents' network identities, and eventually hidden identities that they have obtained for themselves, to submit writings (in the form of blogs) to the world using pseudonyms (Locke for Peter and Demosthenes for Valentine). Demosthenes acts as a demagogue, stirring up hostility towards governments in the Second Warsaw Pact, especially Russia; Locke, meanwhile, takes a more empathic and high-minded role, calling for communication between the great nations. The two Wiggins personalities are complete opposites of their alter-egos; this is intentional on Peter's part, both to keep Valentine bound to him, and to ensure no one discovers their true identities. Each of the two writers gradually gain a following. Playing off each others writings, the siblings work to manipulate world interests, helping to control world events and opinions, so that when the extraterrestrials threatening the world ("Buggers") are defeated, the resulting League War (caused by the worlds only common enemy ceasing to exist) is quickly resolved by the "Locke proposal".
Peter sends his brother Ender away after the five-day League War; Valentine, having spent her entire life with the brother she fears, joins Ender, leaving Peter as the only Wiggin child on Earth. With the help of Bean, Peter then goes on to become Hegemon of Earth, uniting the world under the government of his Free People of Earth (FPE) which replaces all national governments. As a result of Peter's unification of humankind, humanity is able to focus on branching out, spreading across the universe to inhabit a hundred new worlds scattered far across space so that no alien threat can ever threaten humanity with extinction again.