- Charlie Bucket
- Willy Wonka
- Grandpa Joe
- Veruca Salt
- Violet Beauregarde
- Augustus Gloop
- Mike Teavee
- The Oompa-Loompas
- Mr. and Mrs. Salt
- Mr. and Mrs. Beauregarde
- Mr. and Mrs. Gloop
- Mr. and Mrs. Teavee
- Mr. Bucket
- Mrs. Bucket
- Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina
- The Shopkeeper
- The Greedy Crowd
- Mr. Fickelgruber, Mr. Prodnose, Mr. Slugworth
- Prince Pondicherry
- Professor Foulbody
- Best of the Web
- Write Essay
Meet the Cast
For the main character, Charlie sure doesn't do much. Sure, he's the center of the story at the beginning – and again at the end – but for the meat of the book, he's doesn't get a lot of screen...
The first thing we find out about Willy Wonka is that he is the "greatest inventor and maker of chocolates that there has ever been" (1.20). He is defined by his chocolates. And in fact, he seems t...
A Good Old-Fashioned Chocolate LoverGrandpa Joe is ninety-six and a half and still hopping around and chatting his face off. Not your average grandpa, we'd say. He starts the story bed-ridden, but...
I want, I want, I want... that's Veruca's motto. Something tells us she didn't want to be thrown down a garbage chute by a mass of squirrels, but, hey, who knows? From the beginning, Veruca is desc...
Miss Violet Beauregarde likes two things in particular: chewing gum and talking. They don't make for a very good combination (as anyone who's ever tried to chew gum in class might understand). She...
Gloop's Big GulpsBefore we even meet Augustus Gloop, we know what he's all about. He's described as "enormously fat" (6.1) and his mom doesn't help his case when she tells the reporters just how mu...
Or should we say, Mike TV? That's mostly all we know about him: he loves television. It's what he talks about from the first second, and he even dresses the part, like a character straight out of a...
Shmoompa-Loompas. Oops, we mean Oompa-Loompas. The name itself is mysterious, and in fact the Oompa-Loompas are quite the mystery themselves. These little guys and gals don't say much, but they sin...
Mr. and Mrs. Salt
It's pretty clear from the moment we meet them that the Salt family is rich, and that plays a big role in why Veruca finds the Golden Ticket. Mr. Salt tells everyone just how he used his money to m...
Mr. and Mrs. Beauregarde
The Beauregardes, unlike their chatty daughter, are quite a quiet couple. In fact, they don't even really make much of a scene until Violet's demise in Chapter 21. But let's start at the beginning....
Mr. and Mrs. Gloop
These parents are just as ridiculous as their name. When we first meet Mrs. Gloop, she's explaining that she wasn't at all surprised her son found a Golden Ticket because "He eats so many bars of c...
Mr. and Mrs. Teavee
Mr. and Mrs. Teavee never make much of a splash. In fact, we don't meet them until the thrilling elevator ride in Chapter 25. But even then, they don't do much except freak out every once in a whil...
Our resident "toothpaste cap-screwer," (1.12), Mr. Bucket works hard to feed his family. And we mean hard. He spends all day at the toothpaste factory, and when he loses that job, he spends all day...
Mrs. Bucket is the kind of mother everyone wants. She's loving, caring, attentive, and affectionate. She, like her husband, often offers Charlie her share of the food, and refers to him lovingly as...
Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina
Have you ever heard of something called a peanut gallery? These three grandparents sure fit the bill. They interrupt a lot, make all kinds of comments, and even talk in unison sometimes. They're es...
Gee, do you think Dahl wants us to know that this guy's fat? Just in case we're sleeping as we read, he makes sure to use the word "fat" seven times in his description of the shopkeeper (Chapter 11...
The Greedy Crowd
Check out the scene in the shop when Charlie finds his Golden Ticket in Chapter 11. Have you ever seen a greedier crowd of people? In fact, it seems like everyone in the book (besides the Bucket fa...
Mr. Fickelgruber, Mr. Prodnose, Mr. Slugworth
We'll bet that when you picked up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the last thing you were expecting to read about was spies. But spies there are. And ruthless ones, at that. Mr. Fickelgruber, Mr...
Prince Pondicherry, Grandpa Joe tells us, was an Indian prince who once asked Willy Wonka to build an entire palace with only chocolate. While this is fantastic in and of itself, what's really amaz...
Professor Foulbody is foul indeed. He's "a famous English scientist," who invents a machine that "would tell you at once, without opening the wrapper of a bar of chocolate, whether or not there was...