Study Guide

Matilda Characters

By Roald Dahl

Matilda

Matilda, Matilda, Matilda. Girl, you are so smart. We mean smart on smart. Shmoop only wishes we...

Miss Honey

Miss Jennifer Honey was a mild and quiet person who never raised her voice and was seldom seen to...

The Trunchbull

Oh boy. If there's a shortlist of fictional characters we wouldn't want to run into in a dark...

Mr. Wormwood

Maybe the best way to introduce a character like Mr. Wormwood, who's so vivid and slimy, is to...

Lavender

Lavender is another of the students in Miss Honey's class, one of the few who can read and spell...

Mrs. Phelps

Thank goodness Matilda meets Mrs. Phelps at the library! Finally, a sane adult who doesn't treat...

Mrs. Wormwood

Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda's mother, is one of the villains in the books, but she pales in comparison...

Hortensia

Hortensia is the older girl that Matilda and Lavender meet during one of their first recess...

Bruce Bogtrotter

Poor Bruce. He's the slightly older boy who steals some of the Trunchbull's cake and is punished...

Michael Wormwood (Mike)

Matilda's brother is, well, barely there. We meet him, and then we forget him. In fact, we...

Amanda Thripp

Amanda is in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong hairstyle. She appears in just one...

Nigel, Rupert, Eric, and Wilfred

Despite the Trunchbull's comment that small girls are more evil than small boys—"'a bad...

Fred

Fred is Matilda's neighbor and friend, a boy about her own age. He's primarily important in...

Mr. Trilby, Miss Plimsoll, and Matron

A few other teachers play minor parts in Matilda. Mr. Trilby is basically the vice principal, and...