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]

In the novels and films, Willy Wonka is the eccentric owner of a 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 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, he is portrayed by Gene Wilder.

In the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he is portrayed by Johnny Depp.

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. Despite being a stereotypical hero, he is a very kind-hearted boy. 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.

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.

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 used to work at the chocolate factory

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.

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.

Veruca Salt[edit]

Veruca Salt
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character
First appearanceCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Created byRoald Dahl
Portrayed byJulie Dawn Cole (1971)
Julia Winter (2005)

Veruca Salt (in some early editions, Veruca Cruz) 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 Buckinghamshire, England. Her father 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. Throughout the novel, 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.

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 as a funny running gag 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 scale designed to weigh the geese's eggs and falling into the same garbage chute (due to the scale saying that she's a bad egg) sustaining the word "now". 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 is tossed down the garbage chute, rather than her mother actually falling down the chute herself, by the Oompa-Loompas), while her father still shares his daughter's fate. Unlike the first film, 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 says to her furious 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!" When Veruca furiously retorts that she wants it anyway her father's reply is a fierce glare which gets her to remain silent.

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 and the last child to be ejected from the tour. He is from Marble Falls, Arizona, in the 1971 film and from Denver, Colorado, in the 2005 film. His portrayal varies across the novel and films: in the novel, he is described as being adorned with eighteen toy pistols that he ‘fires’ while watching gangsters on television. In the earlier film, he watches Westerns and dresses as a cowboy. In the 2005 film, he plays video games and uses a complex method, involving consultation of the Nikkei Index, to find the Ticket. He is more bad-tempered than in previous incarnations, but also more intelligent.

In every version of the story, 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 finally removed from the tour when he uses a machine Wonka created to transmit chocolate into televisions (where they can be plucked from the screen by the viewer) to send himself by television and is shrunk in the process. Wonka’s suggested remedy for this is to stretch him using the Taffy Puller (in the novel, he suggests a machine he uses to test the stretchiness of chewing gum). In the book and 2005 film, he is seen leaving the factory, but is now tall and thin.

A running gag in both books and movies is that Mike Teavee repeatedly tries to point out the factory system and the business' flaws to Willy Wonka, but is always dismissed as mumbling by Wonka.

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. 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’, 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 parent states that he or she is a geography teacher, during an argument with Wonka about the existence of Loompaland. In the book, this exchange occurs between Wonka and Veruca's mother.

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, from Miles City, Montana in the 1971 film and from Atlanta, Georgia in the 2005 film. Violet is the third child to find a Golden Ticket and the second to be ejected from the tour. Violet chews gum obsessively and boasts that she has been chewing the same piece for three months solid. In the 2005 film, she is also aggressively competitive and has won trophies for a variety of sports and activities, including gum-chewing, the producers having expanded on her character to make her flaw more than the simple habit of chewing gum to make her an example of 'girl power' taken to the extreme.

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 blue. 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 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 blue.

In the 1971 film, although she still turns blue and swells into a blueberry, she does not grow to be as large (only gaining a few centimeters of height and nowhere near the same girth as 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 book, both of Violet's parents go to the factory with her. In the 1971 film, she is accompanied by her father, 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 Mrs. 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.

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. 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 (despite the exhortations of his parents and Wonka), he falls into the river and is sucked through a pipe to a room where fudge is manufactured (called ‘the Fudge Room’ in the 1971 and 2005 films). In the books and 2005 film, he is seen leaving the factory at the end. In the novel, he has been squeezed thin by the pipe and covered in chocolate. In the 2005 film, he is just covered in chocolate and constantly licking himself.

In the films, Augustus’ mother accompanies him to the factory and his father is a butcher. In the novel and films, his mother takes great pride in his gluttonous eating and seems to enjoy the attention of the media focused on her son. His father is shown in the first movie in an uncredited cameo; when he is asked something by a reporter, he dimwittedly eats the microphone's voice taker.

In The Simpsons episode "The Scorpion's Tale", there is a character named Hottenhoffer, who is a spoof of Augustus Gloop and is even meant to be Augustus at a later age, as he says "being in that pipe changed my life."

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. 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. He receives a secret recipe from Prodnose and is not heard of again. Examples of the plagiarization are shown, as is Wonka closing the doors on his workers, including Grandpa Joe. When Grandpa Joe meets Wonka, he tells him he used to work in his factory. Wonka does not seem to recognize Grandpa Joe, instead demanding if Grandpa Joe was one of the spies. When Grandpa Joe says that he wasn't one of the spies, Wonka says "Welcome Back." 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 will not 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 Australian 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 tells Wonka to build him a palace entirely out of chocolate, and Wonka assures him that it will be done. Despite India being a normally hot country, the construction of the palace saw no chocolate that was melted by the sun. The only molten chocolate in the construction was pre-melted by the construction workers.

Despite this, once Wonka completes the palace, he warns Pondicherry that he must start eating it straight away before the chocolate starts to melt. It is never exactly explained why he could make non-melting ice cream and not non-melting chocolate, unless there are certain issues with the formula. Clearly not a practical man, Prince Pondicherry ignores the advice and takes up residence in the palace (though he does eat one bite of the throne off).

Soon after, during "a very hot day with a boiling sun," Pondicherry is being fed chocolate by his princess when drops of melting chocolate begin to fall on the prince's head. The palace begins to fall apart, and the Prince and his lovely wife (played by Shelley Conn) escape unharmed but covered in chocolate, looking on at the melted palace, which is still seen falling down on itself. He then sends Wonka an urgent telegram requesting a new palace, but unfortunately Wonka has problems concerning industrial espionage in his factory and therefore cannot come.

The Prince was hopeless and couldn't do anything else but watch the palace melt under the hot sun with his wife they later moved into a palace in Bombay that was not made of Chocolate but Marble.


Oompa-Loompas are known for their short stature, green hair, orange skin, and white pants with protruding knees. In early editions of the novel, Oompa-Loompas are shown as African pygmies. Following growing controversy and criticism, in later editions of the book, Oompa-Loompas are white skinned and golden haired. In some of Roald Dahl's earlier versions of the book, Oompa-Loompas were originally called "Whipple-Scrumpets". This was changed just before the publication of the book.

Oompa-Loompas come from Loompaland, which is a region of Loompa, a small isolated area in West Africa. The Oompa-Loompas would end up being preyed upon or attacked by Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, and Snozzwangers, which also lived there. Wonka ended up inviting them to work at his factory and get away from their natural predators. In the book, Oompa-Loompas are the only people Willy Wonka will allow to work in his factory, because of the risk of industrial espionage committed by his candy-making rivals. Oompa-Loompas are only knee-high, with astonishing haircuts, and are paid in their favourite food, cacao beans, which were extremely rare in their island. Oompa-Loompas insist on maintaining their native clothing: men wear skins, women wear leaves, and children wear nothing (in the 1971 film, the Oompa Loompas wore Germanic clothing with striped shirts and baggy lederhosen-like pants, in the 2005 film, the Oompa Loompas wore tribal clothing in their native Loompaland and typical factory worker uniforms in the factory).

In the 2005 film, a female Oompa-Loompa secretary Mr. Wonka addresses as Doris (when the Great Glass Elevator passes through the Administration Offices) is seen with the other Oompa-Loompas that work there. Though in Quentin Blake's illustrations both male and female Oompa-Loompas are shown rolling away Violet Beauregarde after her transformation into a blueberry. Presumably the females remain in the village seen briefly from the Great Glass Elevator.

Oompa-Loompas are also mischievous, love practical jokes and singing, and are very good at improvising, according to Wonka. As each bad child makes his/her exit, Oompa-Loompas sing moralizing songs accompanied by a drum beat, and tend to speak in rhyme.

In the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Oompa-Loompas are portrayed as orange-skinned. The Vermicious Knids were the enemies of the Oompa-Loompas alongside the Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, and Snozzwangers.


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]

Mrs. BucketDiana Sowle (1971)
Helena Bonham Carter (2005)
Mr. BucketNoah Taylor (2005)
Mr. SaltRoy Kinnear (1971)
James Fox (2005)
Mr. BeauregardeLeonard Stone (1971)
Mrs. TeaveeDodo Denney (1971)
Cameo (2005) (uncredited)
Mrs. GloopUrsula Reit (1971)
Franziska Troegner (2005)
Mr. GloopKurt Großkurth (1971) (uncredited)
Harry Taylor (2005)
Mr. TeaveeCameo (1971) (uncredited)
Adam Godley (2005)
Mrs. BeauregardeCameo (1971) (uncredited)
Missi Pyle (2005)
Mrs. SaltPat Coombs (1971) (uncredited)
Francesca Hunt (2005)
Grandma JosephineFranziska Liebing (1971) (uncredited)
Eileen Essell (2005)
Grandma GeorginaDora Altmann (1971) (uncredited)
Liz Smith (2005)
Grandpa GeorgeErnst Ziegler (1971) (uncredited)
David Morris (2005)
Bill, the Candy ManAubrey Woods (1971)
Oscar James (2005)
Dr. Wilbur WonkaChristopher Lee (2005)