List of characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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

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Willy Wonka

In the novels and films, Willy Wonka is the eccentric owner of a chocolate factory - a 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 he is looking for a successor. He is shown as the main protagonist.

Grandpa Joe

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 for 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.

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. He constantly talks about getting out of bed to support his family but never does get out of bed until Charlie finds the Golden Ticket. On the tour Grandpa Joe encourages Charlie to disobey Wonka's orders by stealing Fizzy Lifting Drinks, later criticizing Wonka for threatening to give Charlie nothing simply because of that one mistake.

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 died before filming began.

Charlie Bucket

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 the main protagonist, a kind-hearted, poor boy who lives with his mother and 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, and sincere, making him a compromising hero.

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 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator', Charlie assists Wonka in thwarting the Vermicious Knids' attempt to invade Earth and then in rescuing Grandma Georgina from Minusland. He, Wonka, and the rest of the Bucket family travel to the White House to dine with the President of the United States at the end of the book.

Veruca Salt

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 is a ridiculously overindulged, selfish girl who is spoiled relentlessly by her wealthy parents. Her father apparently owns a 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 candy factory. Throughout the novel, as a running gag, Veruca frequently would pester her parents to purchase a variety of different objects for her that grabbed her attention, until the little girl's materialism 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.

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 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. 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. 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 well liked first film Veruca is shown to have successfully escaped the furnace alive with her father 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

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 (made up city) 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 nineteen 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 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.

In the book, both of Mike's parents tour the factory with him and when he shrinks himself they cry 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

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.

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. Later, 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 shrunken. Within a minute of chewing the gum, Violet becomes a super-heavy human blueberry. Veruca then jokes that Mrs. Beauregarde could enter Violet into a county fair.

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.

Violet's infamous inflation scene has been subject to many parodies (most notably on That '70s Show in a dream sequence with Mila Kunis), and even started several online inflation sites.

Augustus Gloop

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 film). 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, while in the 2005 film, he is covered in chocolate.

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. Upon his removal from the tour, Wonka has an Oompa-Loompa escort his parent/s to the Fudge Room to locate him.

Arthur Slugworth

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

Novel

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.

1971 film

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 by Wonka of character) 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.

2005 film

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

Mr. Turkentine is Charlie Bucket's prideful school teacher appearing in the first movie in 1971. His personality is being polite, civil, obsessive, but sometimes can be prideful as he tells Charlie that "For a student to be teaching his teacher is presumptious and rude" when he himself asks Charlie a scientific question in front of the class. Mr. Turkentine is only seen teaching his kids math and science but presumably other things also. 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 says "Class dismissed" 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 but is shocked with the class when he learns that Charlie is not that wealthy; Charlie Bucket only opened 2 Wonka bars during the search and so to help teach his class he decides to pretend Charlie opened 200 since he misinterpretted Charlie's reply at first as having been 200. Mr. Turkentine is played by British actor David Battley. He did not appear again in the second movie due to the death of Bettley from a heart attack in 2003 two years before the second one came out or autitions were made.

Computer Man

The computer man as a joke in the 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.

Prince Pondicherry

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

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.

2005 film

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.

This version follows closely to the version told in the book, but adds the Princess (who was never mentioned in the novel) and states that the Prince, who had been dozing, found himself immersed in a lake-sized pool of molten chocolate.

Oompa-Loompas

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.[citation needed] Following growing controversy and criticism, in later editions of the book, Oompa-Loompas are white skinned and golden haired.[citation needed] In some of Roald Dahl's earlier versions of the book, Oompa-Loompas were originally called "Whipple-Scrumpets".[citation needed] 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 the 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 1971 film the male Oompa-Loompas are seen working in the factory, in the 2005 film only one female worker, a secretary Mr. Wonka addresses as Doris (when the Great Glass Elevator passes through the administration offices) is seen, 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, singing and are very good at improvising according to Wonka. As each bad child makes his/her exit, Oompa-Loompas sing moralising 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.

In popular culture

Vermicious Knids

Vermicious Knids are a fictional species of amorphous aliens that invade the Space Hotel USA 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. The other named animals are 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 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 USA 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.

Others

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)
Mrs. GloopUrsula Reit (1971)
Franziska Troegner (2005)
Mr. GloopKurt Großkurth (1971) (uncredited)
Harry Taylor (2005)
Mr. TeaveeMichael Goodliffe (1971) (uncredited)
Adam Godley (2005)
Mrs. BeauregardeCameo (1971)
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)

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