List of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters

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Charlie Bucket
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byPeter Ostrum (1971)
Freddie Highmore (2005)
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The following is a list of characters in the Roald Dahl children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the former's 1971 and 2005 film adaptations.

Willy Wonka[edit]

Main article: Willy Wonka

In the novels and films, Willy Wonka is the eccentric owner of an extremely prosperous chocolate factory — a factory that workers are never seen to enter, but that truckloads of chocolate and candy exit. Wonka holds a contest, hiding five Golden Tickets within the wrappers of candy bars. The individuals lucky enough to find them are promised both a prize and a private tour of his mysterious chocolate factory, where it is revealed that he is looking for a successor.

In the book, Wonka is described by Roald Dahl as having a goatee and "marvelously" bright eyes, high and "flutey" voice, complete with a face "alight of fun and laughter" and being sharp clever and full of life with quick little jerky movements "like a squirrel". And somewhat unlike the 2005 version, is very well-mannered but with limits. Like the films portrayals he has no time for arguing and remains calm when the all the children (besides Charlie) get themselves into danger.

In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he is portrayed by Gene Wilder. While his personality remains generally the same as the book, something added to this movie is that he is frequently quoting books and poems, Including William Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet ("Is it my soul that calls upon my name?") or John Masefield's, "Sea Fever" ("All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by") and the famous "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" from "Reflections on Ice Breaking" by Ogden Nash, among many others. At one point of the tour, Charlie and Grandpa Joe ignored the rules and sampled fizzy lifting drinks in a nearby room. Their greediness finally got the better of them when they were nearly killed by a large fan on the ceiling. They eventually burped and returned safely to the ground. Afterwards Wonka is seemingly unaware of the incident for the remainder of the tour, but finds out before Charlie becomes the last child on the tour. He bids them farewell and disappears into his office without mentioning the promised lifetime supply of chocolate. The two go into the room where Wonka angrily reveals that Charlie and Grandpa Joe's theft of Fizzy Lifting Drinks means that Charlie has violated the contract he signed, and has forfeited his prize. Wonka again bids them "Good Day!" Charlie then returns a gobstopper to Wonka, which changes his mind altogether.

In the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he is portrayed by Johnny Depp. In this version, a back-story was added that Willy Wonka's father (being a dentist) would not let him eat candy because of the potential risk of his teeth. He later found a molten piece of Halloween candy in his father's fireplace and ate it. He then became obsessed about candy and ran away to follow his dreams. When he told his father he was going to run away, his father in response angrily tells him that he won't be there when he comes back. True to his word, young Wonka returned home to find his house gone. After the tour, when Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Willy went in the flying glass elevator to meet the rest of the family, Wonka revealed the purpose of the tour was to find an heir to his factory and let that heir take over when he retired. He also revealed that Charlie must leave his family behind, because Wonka believes that family is a hindrance to a candy maker's creativity. This is mainly because of his troubled past. Charlie then refuses the offer, causing Wonka to go into a state of emotional depression, which, in turn, makes life for Charlie's family easier.

At the end of the movie, Charlie successfully helps Wonka with his unresolved conflict with his father, which was so bad he can't even say the word "parent". His eccentric, quirky personality remains somewhat the same as in the book, but can seem a little insane and a little too careless at times and not being well-mannered like in the book, (these traits could possibly be attributed as a character flaw to his conflict with his father) but in the end like the other interpretations he is a quirky genius.

Charlie Bucket[edit]

Charlie Bucket
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byPeter Ostrum (1971)
Freddie Highmore (2005)

Charlie Bucket is a title character and the protagonist of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the film adaptations of these books that followed. He is depicted as a kind hearted poor boy that lives with his mother, father, and four bedridden grandparents. In the 1971 film adaptation, he has a newspaper route after school. He is curious and interested in Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. He gets one chocolate bar a year for his birthday. In the 1964 novel, he keeps every chocolate bar in a wooden box to save it so it lasts about a month. He and his family follow the progress of the hunt for the Golden Tickets in newspapers and, in the films, on television. Unlike the first four of the Wonka kids, Charlie is honest, giving, sincere, and is willing to keep his family safe and cares about them. In the 1971 movie, Charlie was portrayed by Peter Ostrum, in his only film appearance.

One evening, as the Golden Ticket craze dies down, Charlie finds some money on the sidewalk and buys two chocolate bars, the second of which carries the fifth Golden Ticket. He returns home to read the Ticket with his family, where he discovers that the date of the tour is the following day; in the 2005 film, Charlie initially refuses to visit the factory, preferring to sell the ticket to raise money for his family, but is dissuaded by Grandpa George.

He and Grandpa Joe tour the factory with Wonka and the other Ticket winners, for whom Charlie voices concern as they disappear. In the novel, at the end of the tour, Wonka informs Charlie that he has selected him to take over the factory when he, Wonka, retires, due to Charlie's kind nature. In addition to being trained by Wonka, Charlie and his entire family are permitted to move into the factory. In the 1971 film, Charlie wins the factory when he returns an Everlasting Gobstopper given to him by Wonka, thereby passing Wonka's test. In the 2005 film, Wonka initially refuses to allow Charlie's family to join them in the factory, largely because of his own unresolved conflict with his father; in response, Charlie rejects Wonka's offer. Wonka sinks into a depression and eventually seeks Charlie's assistance. Charlie helps Wonka to reconnect with his father, after which Wonka allows the entire Bucket family to move into the factory.

In the 1971 film, Charlie and Grandpa Joe secretly sample Fizzy Lifting Drinks. This was not included in the 2005 film.

Grandpa Joe[edit]

Grandpa Joe
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byJack Albertson (1971)
David Kelly (2005)

Grandpa Joe is one of Charlie's four bed-ridden grandparents. He tells Charlie (and the reader) the story of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and the mystery of the secret workers. When Charlie finds the Golden Ticket, Grandpa Joe leaps out of bed in joy for the first time in almost twenty years. Charlie takes Grandpa Joe to accompany him on the factory tour, Mr. Bucket reasoning that Joe is the better person as he knows more about the factory than the rest of them. In the sequel book, Grandpa Joe accompanies Charlie, Willy Wonka, and all members of Charlie's family in the Great Glass Elevator and plays a crucial role in the rescue of the Commuter Capsule from the Vermicious Knids. Grandpa Joe's age is given as ninety-six and a half in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", making him the eldest of Charlie's grandparents. He is warm-hearted and loves Charlie, along with the rest of the family, very much.

An original backstory to Grandpa Joe's past was added to Tim Burton's 2005 film adaptation. In both the book and the 1971 film, Joe merely knows of Willy Wonka. In Burton's 2005 film, it is said that Joe actually worked for Wonka for five years, beginning when Wonka opened his first candy shop, until the day he fired all his workers from his factory. He then tells this to Wonka, and is welcomed back.

The character was played by Jack Albertson in the 1971 film adaptation Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. In this film, he takes his relationship with Charlie very seriously. He is a bit stubborn and paranoid as he tells Charlie that he expects him to find all five Golden Tickets and expects to find one when he and Grandpa George give Charlie a Wonka bar for his birthday. He also gets enraged with Wonka when he angrily berates the two for stealing fizzy lifting drinks earlier in the movie, which counts as a strict violation of the contract Charlie and the other ticket holders signed.

The character was played by David Kelly in the 2005 film adaptation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Gregory Peck was originally slated to play the role, but he passed away before filming began. This character is more calm and outgoing then the 1971 version as he explains about his younger days working with Mr. Wonka until he and the other workers were sacked because of rival candy men stealing his recipes. When Charlie finds a ticket, he once again accompanies Charlie to the factory. When Grandpa Joe meets Wonka, he tells him he used to work in his factory. Wonka does not seem to recognize Grandpa Joe where he instead asks if Grandpa Joe was one of the spies that sold copies of his secret recipes to some of his rivals. When Grandpa Joe says that he wasn't one of the spies, Wonka says "Welcome Back."

Augustus Gloop[edit]

Augustus Gloop
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byMichael Bollner (1971)
Philip Wiegratz (2005)

Introduced in the opening pages of the book as "a greedy boy", Augustus Gloop is the first person to find a Golden Ticket. He hails from Dusselheim, Germany in the 1971 film, and Düsseldorf, Germany in the 2005 film. His mother takes great pride in his gluttonous eating and seems to enjoy the attention of the media focused on her son. She claims he gluttonously eats for nourishment. In the novel and both films, he is portrayed as being "enormously fat" and also gluttonous. Augustus is the first child to be removed from the tour: While drinking from the Chocolate Room’s chocolate river, he falls into the river and is sucked through a pipe to the Fudge Room. Willy Wonka orders an Oompa-Loompa to take Mrs. Gloop to the Fudge Room to look for Augustus. In the book, he is seen leaving the factory having lost a lot of weight from the pipe and is covered in melted chocolate.

In the 1971 film, although he eats constantly, he has decent table manners, is not as obese as the other versions or his father (who is so gluttonous that when reporters ask him a question he actually eats the head of the microphone), and is polite to Charlie (even handing him the feather pen for the contract) and the other children. Unlike the other versions, his mother's idea of limiting her son's excess consumption is telling him to "save some room for later." He also expresses concern that it will cost Wonka a lot of money to give him all the chocolate he and the other kids could ever eat, suggesting that he knows about economics and business. After Augustus Gloop falls into the Chocolate River and is sucked up a pipe, Mrs. Gloop states that he'll be made into a marshmallow. Willy Wonka tells Mrs. Gloop that the pipe that Augustus was sucked up actually goes to the Fudge Room and not the Marshmallow Room. Willy Wonka calls for an Oompa-Loompa to take Mrs. Gloop straight to the Fudge Room to look for Augustus and to be quick before he ends up in the Fudge Room's boiler

In the 2005 film, Augustus is not nearly as vocal as the other children. His gluttony is greatly emphasized as he is always consuming chocolate, which is also sloppily smeared around his mouth. He is also heavier in this film. His diet of just chocolate and meat (his father is overweight, as in the first movie, but is shown working as a butcher) renders him obese with a lumbering, slow walk, and he discovers the Golden Ticket in his Wonka Bar only after accidentally biting off and nearly swallowing one of the ticket's corners. He is aloof and cruel toward Charlie in the one instance when they interact, as he offers him a Wonka Bar as they are walking towards the entrance to the Chocolate Room and then retracts it, replying that he should have brought his own. When told by Wonka to "enjoy" the Chocolate Room, he begins to gorge himself on the room's various contents before moving on to the chocolate river, ignoring his mother's subsequent protests and Wonka's warning that the liquid chocolate cannot be touched by human hands. Augustus soon loses his balance and falls into the river, and is sucked out by the extraction pipe and whizzed off to the "Strawberry Flavored Chocolate Covered Fudge Room." Willy Wonka makes a sound to call an Oompa-Loompa to take Mrs. Gloop straight to the Fudge Room to look for Augustus. Before Mrs. Gloop is taken to the Fudge Room, Willy Wonka orders the Oompa-Loompa to take a long stick and poke around in the mixing barrels. Augustus was later seen exiting the factory covered in chocolate. When his mother tells him not to lick his fingers, Augustus states that he tastes good.

In the 2013 Sam Mendes London musical, Augustus Gloop is known as "the Bavarian Beefcake" in his Alpine community. His mother and father indulge his eating habits with sweets and pieces of sausage of which they (and sometimes Augustus) butcher themselves. In his number, "More of Him to Love", Frau Gloop reveals how she had vital organs removed to retrieve Augustus from the womb. They arrive at the factory wearing traditional Eastern European clothing, with Augustus in a red, argyle sweater and green shorts. In the Chocolate Room, Augustus drinks from the chocolate waterfall and promptly falls in. Wonka summons down the diversionary plumping system to divert the flow, mostly though to save his chocolate more so than Augustus. Standing on the pipes are the Oompa Loompas dressed in red boiler suits. They sing, "Auf Wiedersehen Augustus Gloop", as they prepare the chocolate, while Augustus travels through the main industrial pipe occasionally getting stuck. It's implied in the song that Augustus awaits a gruesome end where he will be chopped into fudge. They conclude with a tap dance as Mrs. Gloop screams out for her son for the last time. Wonka phones up the Fudge Room to assure that Augustus' bones won't end up in the toffee.

Violet Beauregarde[edit]

Violet Beauregarde
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byDenise Nickerson (1971)
AnnaSophia Robb (2005)

Violet Beauregarde, 'a girl who chews gum all day', is one of the Golden Ticket winners. Violet is the third child to find a Golden Ticket and the second to be ejected from tour. Violet chews gum obsessively and boasts that she has been chewing the same piece for three months solid. She is also aggressively competitive and has won trophies for a variety of sports and activities, including gum chewing.

When Wonka shows the group around the Inventing Room, he stops to display a new type of gum he is working on that doubles as a filling three-course meal. Violet is intrigued and, despite Wonka's protests, snatches and chews the gum. She is delighted by its effects but, when she gets to the dessert - blueberry pie - her skin's pigment changes to somewhat indigo. In the 2005 version and the novel (with the exception of some differences), Violet's clothes darken, stretch and become glued to her body due to the juice making her skin very sticky. Violet then swells and grows into a circular shape, with her limbs and head pulled into her body. Within a minute of chewing the gum, Violet becomes a super-heavy human blueberry, weighing over 1 ton. Veruca then rudely jokes that Mrs. Beauregarde could enter Violet into a county fair. This causes Willy Wonka to have the Oompa-Loompas roll her down to the Juicing Room to have the juice squeezed out of her. She is later seen emerging from the factory more flexible but with her skin still colored indigo. Wonka says they can't do anything to turn Violet's skin back to its original pigment.

In the book, Violet is drawn with curly hair and drawn as a tomboy. She is described as someone who talks very fast and loudly. After insulting her mother over a disagreement and demeaning her friend Miss Cornelia Prinzmetel, she explains how she used to stick gum on elevator buttons.

In the 1971 film, although she still turns indigo and swells into a blueberry, she does not grow to be as large as in the 2005 film but everyone is still surprised. Even Veruca, Violet's supposed enemy, looks on in fear. She wears a red buckled belt which breaks off of her waist to emphasize the swelling stage. While her father argues with Willy Wonka over her early stages of her endgame, saying he will "break (Willy Wonka) for this," Violet continues to yell for help. By the time she has inflated to full size, she is now in an oval-shaped form, her head, hands and feet sticking out. During The Oompa-Loompas' musical number, they roll her around for a while before finally rolling her off to the Juicing Room, followed by another Oompa-Loompa dragging Violet's father along, with his parting line of "I've got a blueberry for a daughter." Violet's fate is unknown in this film, as we do not see her leaving the factory or anywhere else later on in the film.

In the 2005 film, she is shown to chew gum even in karate. After Violet swells up into a large, 10 foot tall blueberry, Willy Wonka orders some Oompa-Loompas to load Violet into the boat and take her to the Juicing Room at once. Her mother had to help her into the boat. Violet is later seen exiting the factory where she is still indigo and much more flexible.

In the book, both of Violet's parents go to the factory with her. In the 1971 film, she is accompanied by her father, Sam Beauregarde, a fast-talking used car salesman. In the 2005 film, she is the only child to come from a single parent family, living with her mother. It is implied that Scarlett Beauregarde is primarily responsible for Violet's competitive nature. In the 1971 film, Wonka states that if the blueberry juice is not 'squeezed' out of her immediately, Violet will explode. While this is not explicitly stated in the 2005 film, it is implied due to her enormous swelling.

In the 2013 Sam Mendes London musical, Violet Beauregarde is portrayed as a Californian fame-hungry wanna-be, with her agent/father Eugene Beauregarde parlaying her mundane talent of gum chewing into celebrity status, with multitude of endorsements including her own TV show, line of perfume and a clothing boutique. Her theme is called, "The Double-Bubble Duchess" where she raps how she started her gum chewing addiction after her mother put the gum in her mouth as a baby to get her to stop talking so much, as well, how she won her golden ticket. Violet and her father are escorted by an entourage to the factory entrance. Violet comes dressed in a sparkly purple and pink disco jumper and a pink backpack. Her fate comes about in the Inventing Room when she chews the gum that imitates a 'Sunday Roast Dinner' with tomato soup, roast chicken, potatoes and gravy, Fizzy Orange, cheese and crackers and of course, blueberry ice cream. Here, she starts to swell around the hips and posterior, much to her father's horror. She panics and runs away as the Oompa Loompas break into an disco number, "Juicy" singing how Violet always wanted fame and will now be famous for becoming big and blue. They then break out their disco pumps and roller skate along the stage as Violet lifts into the air, now fully round, resembling a giant purple disco-ball. Mr. Beauregarde phones his lawyer excitedly, with intent to profit from Violet's new size, until Violet explodes. Wonka's only reassurance of her survival is the prospect of rescuing the pieces and de-juicing them before she starts to ferment.

Veruca Salt[edit]

Veruca Salt
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed by

Julie Dawn Cole (1971)
Julia Winter (2005)

Polly Allen, Tia Noakes, Ellie Simons, Scarlet Roche, Matilda Belton (2013)

Veruca Salt is a ridiculously overindulged, selfish, bratty girl who is spoiled relentlessly by her wealthy parents. She is the second person to find a Golden Ticket, and lives in England. Her father, Henry Salt, apparently owns the Salt's Peanuts shelling factory, which he used to his advantage when trying to find a Golden Ticket that would grant his daughter access to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. As a running gag, Veruca frequently would bully and pester her parents to purchase a variety of different objects for her that grabbed her attention. When Veruca doesn't get what she wants immediately, she throws nasty tantrums and take things to extreme measures until she finally has her way. Her conceited nature finally got the best of her when she interfered with the trained squirrels used by Willy Wonka to select the best nuts to bake into chocolate bars. Judged as a "bad nut" by the squirrels, Veruca was sent toppling into the garbage chute, her parents later enduring the same fate after having been pushed into the chute by the squirrels while trying to retrieve her. Veruca is the third one ejected from the tour. Veruca and her family are later seen leaving the factory covered in garbage.

In the 1970s film adaption of the book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Veruca is portrayed as being a surly, self-centered spoiled brat who rudely demands different desires to her parents nonstop throughout the course of the film, as she'd done in the book, although the squirrels that had tempted her into meeting her elimination from the competition are replaced by geese that lay special golden eggs used in Wonka candies. In the middle of the movie she and Violet are used as a funny running gag where they argue with each other nonstop about their personalities until Violet is forced to desert the tour to be squeezed back into a normal human after turning into a blueberry. Veruca is also shown to be very sassy and uncultured since when Wonka reveals to everybody his amazing lickable wallpaper and says "The strawberries taste like strawberries...and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries!" Veruca says rudely "Whoever heard of a snozzberry?!" Wonka then grabs her by the face and says with a small glare "We are the music makers...and we are the dreamers of dreams..." Veruca meets her demise in the contest at the end of her musical number in the movie, "I Want it Now", after jumping on top of the machine (designed to tell whether or not the geese's eggs are a "good" egg, or a "bad" egg), and falling into the garbage chute (due to the machine saying that she's a bad egg) sustaining the word "now" dwindling into silence. Her father later goes down to garbage chute to rescue Veruca before they reach the furnace that is lit every other day. Although both of her parents accompanied Veruca on her trip to Willy Wonka's factory in the original novel, Veruca's father only joins her on her visit, her mother playing a minor role in the film. It is unknown what she has moved on to since.

In the 2005 movie adaption, Veruca is depicted as demanding, rude, and materialistic. Her father still serves as her sole supervisor during her visit to Wonka's factory, and the squirrels are kept intact. Her elimination during the trip remains virtually the same as in the book, with only a few changes made (a portrait of her mother thrown into the Garbage chute, since she does not accompany her), while her father still shares his daughter's fate. Veruca is shown to have successfully escaped the furnace alive with her father (since the furnace was broken at the time) but is covered in garbage. When she leaves the factory she sees the flying elevator with Wonka, Charlie and Grandpa Joe inside and tells her father that she wants one. Her father, however, has learned his lesson and says that all she is getting "is a bath and that's final!" At first Veruca furiously retorts that she wants it anyway, but when her father glares to her in reply, she presumably learns her lesson as well and decides to remain silent.

In the 2013 Sam Mendes London musical, Veruca Salt lives in an English country house with her British billionaire father, Sir Robert Salt, of Salt's Salty Nuts. Mr. Salt is portrayed as a spineless dolt who caves into the outlandish demands of his spoilt, debutante daughter. In "When Veruca Says," he sings how he got his nut-shelling workers to find the ticket for his daughter, as well, in return Veruca demanded he buy her North Korea. She comes dressed to the factory in her ballerina tutu as well as a seal-fur coat, "clubbed and tickled pink." In the Nut Sorting Room, Veruca runs foul of the nut-testing squirrels who deem her a 'bad nut' when she tries to steal one. This summons the giant squirrel calvary with Oompa Loompas riding on their backs. They sing a nightmarish ballet "Veruca's Nutcracker Sweet" that concludes with Veruca and her father sent down the garbage chute where they presumably await a fiery doom in the incinerator below.

Mike Teavee[edit]

Mike Teavee
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byParis Themmen (1971)
Jordan Fry (2005)

Mike Teavee, ‘a boy who does nothing but watch television’, is the fourth Golden Ticket finder . He was described as being adorned with eighteen toy pistols that he ‘fires’ while watching gangsters on TV. He is bad-tempered, but also very intelligent. Mike makes many comments about the absurdities of the factory workings and of the reasoning of Wonka himself. Wonka dismisses almost all of these comments as mumbling. Mike is the fourth and final one removed from the tour.

In the book, both of Mike's parents tour the factory with him. When Mike shrinks himself, his parents cry and said that he will not be able to go to school anymore nor pursue hobbies. When Mike happily says that he can still watch television, his furious father announces that the TV is causing his bad behavior and says that he will throw out the television when they get home, much to Mike's anger. Willy Wonka has an Oompa-Loompa take the Teevee family to the Gum-Stretcher Room to get Mike stretched back to normal. Mike is later seen exiting the factory where he is now 10 ft (3 m). tall.

In the 1971 film, Mike is accompanied by his mother, who incorrectly attributes the piece Wonka plays on the musical lock to Sergei Rachmaninoff (the piece was actually by Mozart). Upon hearing Wonka’s proposed solution to Mike's "accident" by having him placed in the Taffy-Puller, she faints and is dragged away by two Oompa-Loompas. In the 2005 film, Mike is accompanied by his father, and when meeting Wonka, he dismisses several snide comments or corrections of the factory of Mike as mumbling. In both films, Mike’s parents are revealed to be geography teachers, during an argument with Wonka about the existence of Loompaland. In the book, this exchange occurs between Wonka and Veruca's mother. Mike was played by Paris Themmen in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, in which his last name was spelled as "Teevee" in the credits. Mike, hailing from Marble Falls, Arizona, is dressed in a cowboy outfit complete with a hat, a fringed jacket, a cap gun, and a red bandana in imitation of his favorite western TV show. He openly wishes he could have a real gun, a Colt 45, to which his father replies with a warm smile, "Not till you're twelve, son." Again, Mike is far more interested in his television than his Golden Ticket and expresses annoyance at the news reporters for disrupting his viewing, and only diverts his attention from the TV set long enough to listen to what Slugworth is whispering in his ear. When the children are asked to sign a contract prior to the tour that forbids them from divulging Wonka's secrets, Mike remarks, "I saw this in a movie once. A guy signed his wife's insurance policy, then he bumped her off." He signs his name as "Mike T.V." as he is saying this. Unlike the 2005 character, Mike is genuinely friendly and gets on well with Charlie. He is also the youngest of all the ticket winners, being around 9.

In the 2005 film, 13-year-old Mike (portrayed by Jordan Fry) is more arrogant but still has a more contemporary wardrobe in lieu of cowboy attire, now wearing a skull t-shirt and dark jeans with Converse sneakers. He now resides in Denver, Colorado, and his interests include the Internet and video games (especially gory first-person shooters) in addition to television viewing. He is confrontational with Wonka, who pretends not to understand what Mike is saying, opining that Mike shouldn't mumble so much, providing a contrast between Wonka's thought process of imagination versus Mike's thought process based solely on logic. He also only smiles once (during his scene where he teleports himself through the Television Chocolate machine). When he tries to converse with Wonka, Wonka constantly dismisses his conversations as "mumbling". However he gets angry when Wonka explains how he intends to invent a teleporter for chocolate to the T.V and berates him saying "It's the most important invention in the history of the world, and all you ever think about is chocolate!" After the incident in the TV room, Willy Wonka has an Oompa-Loompa take Mr. Teevee and Mike to the Taffy-Puller Room to have Mike stretched back to normal. Mike and his father are later seen leaving the factory where Mike is 10 ft (3 m). tall and as thin as paper.

In the 2013 Sam Mendes London musical, Mike Teavee (now age 10) lives in an suburban neighborhood with his disinterested father and neurotic, alcoholic mother, Doris Teavee. Their opening number, "It's Teavee Time!" has Mrs. Teavee presenting her family as a normal, functioning household, downplaying Mike's violent, sociopathic tendencies like immobilizing a cat and chloroforming a nurse. It's implied that without Mike's obsession with video games, his aggressive behavior would cause greater problems. Mike tells the reporter that he cracked Wonka's system and only had to buy one bar to find the Golden Ticket. Mrs. Teavee also resorts to medication (and alcohol for herself) to sedate Mike and herself. In the factory, Mike comes dressed in army pants, a black t-shirt with a skull, and an orange pull-over, while his mother looks as though she stepped out of the good ol' 1950's. In the Department of the Future, where Wonka transmits chocolate by television, Mike anxiously jumps into the machine and transmits himself, much to his mother's horror. Wonka summons down the monitors to see which channel Mike has ended up as the Oompa Loompas rave around the room, singing, 'Vidiots.' In their song, they sing about the television encourages destructive behavior causing youth to waste their brains and dull their thinking power. Near the end, Mrs. Teavee joins in on the rave, as they conclude that Mike still has a future on Mike is of course shrunk to fit the screen with no hope of returning him to his normal-size. Mrs. Teavee turns uncannily gleeful that her son is now forever at a size where she may watch over him for the rest of his life. It is revealed twice in the show that Mike smokes cigarettes and has a diagnosis for ADHD.

Arthur Slugworth[edit]

Arthur Slugworth
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byGünter Meisner (1971)
Phil Philmar (2005)

In the book, Arthur Slugworth is one of Willy Wonka's rival chocolatiers. Slugworth, along with Wonka's other rivals Mr. Fickelgruber and Mr. Prodnose, sent in spies to steal the secret recipes to Wonka's treats. Having obtained these, he began making candy balloons that a consumer blows up to incredible sizes, and then causes to burst before eating them; a plagiarized invention. The work of Slugworth (along with the other rivals) came close to ruining Wonka's factory. Wonka was forced to close his factory and fire all his workers. A few years later, Wonka's factory began working again (operated exclusively by Oompa-Loompas) and his work continued to dominate the candy industry, with no rival able to plagiarize his work because using the Oompa Loompa as his workers enables Wonka to operate his factory without regular employees and keep it off-limits to the public, so no spies can infiltrate. Slugworth is never heard from again, but it is stated that Slugworth, Prodnose, or Fickelgruber would each give their front teeth to enter Wonka's inventing room (a laboratory) for three minutes.

In the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Slugworth's company is in business. Inside Bill's Candy Shop, Wonka's products and signs are the most visible; but Slugworth's Sizzlers are also prominently displayed, and one is even sold to a child called June Marie. Also seen are signs for Fickelgruber's candy. Grandpa Joe describes Slugworth as the worst of Wonka's rivals, telling Charlie that he was one of those who sent his spies in dressed as Wonka workers to steal Wonka's Recipes. A man calling himself Slugworth is a prominent character later in the film. As each Golden Ticket is found, a sinister man approaches the finder and whispers something into his or her ear. After Charlie finds the last ticket, the same man approaches Charlie as well, and delivers what is presumably the same speech he has given the other children. He introduces himself as Arthur Slugworth, president of Slugworth Chocolates Incorporated, and bribes the child to bring one piece of the newly invented Everlasting Gobstopper to him so he can discover and plagiarize the formula. Two of the children respond to Slugworth's bribe. Veruca Salt crosses her fingers behind her back when Willy Wonka asks the children to promise not to show the Everlasting Gobstopper to anyone else. When Mike Teavee asks his mother what secrets they can sell to Slugworth, his mother is also heard telling her son to keep his eyes peeled and his mouth shut. Grandpa Joe also responds near the end of the movie. After Willy Wonka snaps at him and Charlie Bucket for sampling Fizzy Lifting Drinks (probably a final test of character by Wonka), Grandpa Joe threatens to give Slugworth the Everlasting Gobstopper. However, Charlie can't bring himself to betray Wonka and thus returns the Everlasting Gobstopper to Wonka. Although at first it seems as though Slugworth is the film's main villain, Wonka eventually reveals at the end of the film that the man is not Slugworth, but a fellow Wonka worker named Mr. Wilkinson and that his offer was a moral test of character. The movie does not explain how the false Slugworth was able to approach each winner so soon after they found their tickets. However, it's implied Wonka somehow managed to keep track of each ticket's destination and then he told Wilkinson where they're most likely to be found. The movie also doesn't explain whether or not Slugworth was another person, and if the false Slugworth was just pretending to be him. Slugworth/Wilkinson was played by Günter Meisner, a West German actor.

Slugworth only makes a split-second appearance in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where he alongside Mr. Ficklegrouber and Mr. Prodnose have been sending spies to steal the top-secret ingredients from Wonka's factory. He receives a secret recipe from a spy where his company created bubble gum that inflated to large sizes. Examples of the plagiarization are shown, as is Wonka closing the doors on his workers including Grandpa Joe. He is played by Philip Philmar.

Mr. Turkentine[edit]

Mr. Turkentine is Charlie Bucket's school teacher and appears in the first movie in 1971. He has a sarcastic sense of humour which he uses to express knowledge. He asks Charlie to assist him in making a medicine using several scientific elements for the class but the project is interrupted due to the frantic golden ticket search for Willy Wonka. Mr. Turkentine when hearing the news about the golden tickets during the project dismisses the class and runs out after the created medicine explodes. Later when it is revealed that all the tickets have supposedly been found ending with a Paraguayan millionaire he decides to use Wonka bars as an example to teach his class about percentages. Charlie Bucket only opened 2 Wonka bars during the search and so to help teach his class, he decides to pretend Charlie opened 200. Mr. Turkentine is played by British actor David Battley.

Computer Man[edit]

The Computer Man as a joke in the 1971 movie is a minor character played by popular actor Tim Brooke-Taylor. The Computer Man tries to propose business with some investors about selling his invented machine that uses probability to figure out world secrets by using 3 Wonka golden tickets as an example. He pushes buttons on the machine and response 1: "I won't tell. That would be...cheating." He nervously presses more buttons offering it a share of the contest prize but next response brings him and the investors frustrated: "What shall a computer do with a lifetime supply of chocolate?" He frustratingly begins pressing more buttons and says "I will now tell the computer EXACTLY what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate!"

This minor scene is a reference to a part in the actual novel where the machine is shown to the crowd as a miracle machine with a claw that will sense gold inside candy bars and take whatever it senses with it by its claw to be opened and thus find the tickets. The machine is smashed by a furious mob because the claw grabs the golden tooth of a man and gruesomely rips it out thus making it again a failure to find Wonka's tickets.

Note: Although this takes place before the tour this was the last scene filmed for the movie shown because in the background were suitcases being packed to wrap up the filming.

Patient and Doctor[edit]

As another joke during the frantic search for the golden tickets, a patient named Mr. Hofstedder attends his personal doctor complaining that he is still unable to disbelieve his night dreams. The German accented doctor when taking notes replies that he has told him several times before that "believing in one's dreams is a sign of insanity and the sooner you accept this the sooner you will get well." In a twist of irony Hofstedder then replies about getting a message from an angel about the location of a golden ticket in his dreams; interested the doctor asks about the message. Hofstedder having reformed from his beliefs in his dreams then reminds the doctor that he said earlier that believing in dreams is insanity but the doctor impatiently shouts "Shut up Hofstedder and tell me where the ticket is!"

Prince Pondicherry[edit]

Prince Pondicherry
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byNitin Ganatra (2005)

Prince Pondicherry is a prince who lives in India. He appears in the third chapter of the novel when Grandpa Joe is telling Charlie a story. In the story, Willy Wonka makes him a chocolate palace in India that melts because of the hot weather.

He is absent from the 1971 film version.

His name derives from the city of Pondicherry (officially spelled Puducherry since 2006) in southeastern India.

The Prince makes a brief appearance in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where he is played by Nitin Ganatra. He commissions Wonka to build him a palace entirely out of chocolate, who is assured that it will be done. Despite India's regularly hot climate, no problems arise during construction. The only chocolate that melts is fabricated by the construction workers.

Once Wonka completes the palace, he instructs Pondicherry to eat it immediately before the chocolate starts to melt, but his warnings are turned down by the Prince. It is never exactly explained why Wonka could develop non-melting ice cream and not non-melting chocolate, unless there are certain issues with the formula.

Soon after, during "a very hot day with a boiling sun", the palace is destroyed by the excessive heat melting its chocolate foundations. The Prince, who flees the deteriorating palace with his wife (Shelley Conn), demands a new palace to Wonka via telegram. However, Wonka is busy clamping down on industrial espionage in his factory where spies have been sent by rival factories to obtain the ingredients to Wonka's secret recipes.


Oompa-Loompas are knee-high beings who originate from Loompaland. The Oompa-Loompas would end up being preyed upon or attacked by the various predators that also reside in Loompaland before Wonka invited them to work at his factory and are paid in their favorite food, Dominiquas, which were extremely rare on their island. The Oompa-Loompas are also mischievous, loving practical jokes and singing, the latter which they very good at improvising, according to Wonka. As seen in each bad child's exit, the Oompa-Loompas sing moralizing songs of the child's folly.

In early editions of the novel, the Oompa-Loompas (originally called "Whipple-Scrumpets" before publication) are shown as African pygmies before Dahl rewrote them to be white-skinned and golden haired. In both editions, despite working in the factory, Oompa-Loompas insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing.

In the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, they were written to be played by actors with dwarfism and are portrayed as orange-skinned, green-haired men in striped shirts and baggy lederhosen-like pants.

In the 2005 film, all of the Oompa-Loompas are played by actor Deep Roy. They were wearing their tribal clothing during their time in Loompaland and wearing typical factory worker uniforms in Wonka's Factory. Some of the female Oompa-Loompas worked in the administration offices.


The Whangdoodles are a fictional species that are mentioned in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is one of the animals that live in Loompa-Land and prey on the Oompa-Loompas as mentioned by Willy Wonka. In the book, it is mentioned by Willy Wonka that they eat ten Oompa-Loompas for breakfast.

Nothing in detail is mentioned about these species in the movie or the book.


The Hornswogglers are a fictional species that are mentioned in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is one of the animals that live in Loompa-Land and prey on the Oompa-Loompas as mentioned by Willy Wonka.


The Snozzwanglers are a fictional species that are mentioned in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is one of the animals that live in Loompa-Land and prey on the Oompa-Loompas as mentioned by Willy Wonka.

Vermicious Knids[edit]

Vermicious Knids are a fictional species of amorphous aliens that invade the Space Hotel "U.S.A." in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

They are also mentioned in the 1971 feature film adaptation, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, except on this occasion they are referred to as being one of the species of animals that inhabit Loompaland and prey on the Oompa-Loompas. The other named animals are the Hornswogglers, the Snozzwangers, and the Whangdoodles.

In their natural form, Vermicious Knids are huge, dark, egg-shaped beings who do not have any teeth, but swallow their victims whole. The Knids are quite at home in the vacuum of space, originating on the planet Vermes, a fictional planet located (as stated in dialogue) 184,270,000,000 miles (2.96553818880×1011 kilometres) from Earth (this would place it at 52 times Pluto's distance). Their one weak point is that they are show-offs; they cannot resist shaping themselves to spell the word "SCRAM" - the only word they know - before they attack. Wonka knows that this interval is ideal for escaping an encounter with the Knids.

According to Willy, numerous sentient alien species have been wiped out by the Knids' predations. Wonka claims that the only reason humans have escaped this fate is because the Knids (not being heatproof and not possessing retro-rockets) cannot enter Earth's atmosphere without being burned up by friction. In fact, Wonka says, what humans believe to be shooting stars are really shooting Knids burning up as they enter our atmosphere.

In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, a swarm of Knids take advantage of the new Space Hotel "U.S.A." to lie in wait for humans. When the transport capsule brings the first guests to the Space Hotel, the Knids attack, devouring some of the guests and leaving the survivors to retreat to the capsule. Unfortunately the transport capsule, unlike Wonka's Great Glass Elevator, is not Knid-proof, and the Knids again attack, damaging its rockets and leaving it unable to return to Earth. Wonka, Charlie, and Grandpa Joe decide to rescue the damaged capsule by towing it back to Earth. One Knid wraps itself round the Elevator, then the rest form a line, and the end one forms a hook, planning to hook onto the one wrapped round the Elevator and tow it away. However the Elevator then returns to Earth, and the Knids burn up as they enter Earth's atmosphere.

The Vermicious Knids also make a brief appearance as, again, an animal species native to Loompa Land in the 2005 adaptation Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Wonka travels to Loompa Land in search of new flavors for candy, and when a giant green hornet-like animal (a Knid) attacks him he quickly kills it with a machete. Ever in search of new flavors, Wonka tastes the blood on the knife, but finds it wholly unsuitable for use in candy.

When Nestle created their interpretation of Wonka's world to sell chocolate bars under the name "Wonka", they released a number of downloadable flash games. In these games, Knids seem to have entered the factory and have the appearance of flying green blobs with single red eyes.

The etymology of the name was not provided by Dahl. Pronunciation of Knid is said in the book to approximate adding a schwa between the "K" and "nid", or in Dahl's words, "K'nid". Cnidaria is the name of the taxonomic phylum containing stinging aquatic invertebrates such as jellyfish and coral, itself derived from the classical Greek word for nettle, κνίδη. Vermicious is a real word, meaning "worm like".

The Vermicious Knids are also mentioned in several other Dahl stories, including James and the Giant Peach (after police see that the peach has landed on the Empire State Building) and The Minpins.

Other characters[edit]

Name1971 film2005 film
Mrs. BucketDiana SowleHelena Bonham Carter
Mr. BucketDeceasedNoah Taylor
Mrs. GloopUrsula ReitFranziska Troegner
Mr. GloopKurt Großkurth (uncredited)Harry Taylor
Mrs. TeaveeDodo DenneyCameo (uncredited)
Mr. TeaveeCameo (uncredited)Adam Godley
Mrs. BeauregardeCameo (uncredited)Missi Pyle
Mr. BeauregardeLeonard StoneAbsent
Mrs. SaltPat Coombs (uncredited)Francesca Hunt
Mr. SaltRoy KinnearJames Fox
Grandma JosephineFranziska Liebing (uncredited)Eileen Essell
Grandma GeorginaDora Altmann (uncredited)Liz Smith
Grandpa GeorgeErnst Ziegler (uncredited)David Morris
Bill, the Candy ManAubrey WoodsOscar James
Dr. Wilbur WonkaAbsentChristopher Lee