History Literature / Matilda

6th Feb '17 7:40:30 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating. It turns out to be a less-than-effective punishment, however, as the kid eventually manages to ''finish'' the cake without getting sick, and gets a standing ovation from the entire student body. Trunchbull, exasperated, smashes the cake platter over the kid's head, which ''still'' doesn't faze the kid. It's the first time in the story that we see Miss Trunchbull "lose" an encounter.

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* ForceFeeding: Involves a overweight kid who is forced to eat chocolate cake, as punishment for supposedly stealing Miss Trunchbull's cake, while the whole school watches. In other words, he is not allowed to stop eating until he has finished the ''whole'' cake, and it's HUGE too (18 inches in diameter). Even if he gets sick, he has to keep eating. It turns out to be a [[{{Unishment}} less-than-effective punishment, punishment]], however, as the kid eventually manages to ''finish'' the cake without getting sick, and gets a standing ovation from the entire student body. Trunchbull, exasperated, smashes the cake platter over the kid's head, which ''still'' doesn't faze the kid. It's the first time in the story that we see Miss Trunchbull "lose" an encounter.



* HappilyEverAfter: Miss Trunchbull disappears from Crunchem Hall (to the delight of the teachers and students), so Miss Honey gets back her wages and her father's inheritance. The Wormwoods were forced to flee to Spain after scam was exposed, allowing Matilda to be rid of them and live with Miss Honey instead.

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* HappilyEverAfter: Miss Trunchbull disappears from Crunchem Hall (to the delight of the teachers and students), so Miss Honey gets back her wages and her father's inheritance. The Wormwoods were forced to flee to Spain after scam was Harry's illegal activities (scamming customers and fencing stolen cars) were exposed, allowing Matilda to be rid of them and live with Miss Honey instead.
13th Jan '17 9:27:58 PM Doug86
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In 1996 a [[Film/{{Matilda}} film adaptation]] was made, starring Creator/MaraWilson (''MiracleOn34thStreet'', ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'') in the lead and a frighteningly accurate Trunchbull in the form of Pam Ferris.

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In 1996 a [[Film/{{Matilda}} film adaptation]] was made, starring Creator/MaraWilson (''MiracleOn34thStreet'', (''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'', ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'') in the lead and a frighteningly accurate Trunchbull in the form of Pam Ferris.
13th Jan '17 6:34:13 AM eleutherios
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* MeaningfulName: Miss Honey is a very sweet teacher. The Wormwoods (Matilda excepted) are as sleazy as they come. And then there's the Trunchbull...

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* MeaningfulName: Miss Honey is a very sweet teacher. The Wormwood is a very bitter herb, and the Wormwoods (Matilda excepted) are as sleazy as they come. And then there's the Trunchbull...
21st Oct '16 11:21:28 AM Eagal
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* AdultsAreUseless[[note]] Roald Dahl's SignatureStyle[[/note]]: None of the teachers at Crunchem Hall challenge The Trunchbull because they are absolutely terrified of her. It is eventually discovered that Miss Honey's fears of her are particularly justified. Not a single student manages to convince their parents that The Chokey exists. It's sort of justified by Matilda's theory that the various punishments from The Trunchbull are so over-the-top that the parents simply don't believe it. Of course, it's probably Dahl's commentary on the boarding schools he himself attended as a child.

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* AdultsAreUseless[[note]] AdultsAreUseless: Roald Dahl's SignatureStyle[[/note]]: SignatureStyle. None of the teachers at Crunchem Hall challenge The Trunchbull because they are absolutely terrified of her. It is eventually discovered that Miss Honey's fears of her are particularly justified. Not a single student manages to convince their parents that The Chokey exists. It's sort of justified by Matilda's theory that the various punishments from The Trunchbull are so over-the-top that the parents simply don't believe it. Of course, it's probably Dahl's commentary on the boarding schools he himself attended as a child.
9th Oct '16 3:30:53 PM Pamina
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* TheArtifact: Matilda's brother, Michael. We know little about him outside he seems to be average and 'inherited his father's love of crookery.'



%%* BigBad: The Trunchbull.

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%%* * BigBad: The Trunchbull.



%%* BrainyBrunette: Matilda.
%%* BrawnHilda: Agatha Trunchbull.

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%%* * BrainyBrunette: Matilda.
%%* * BrawnHilda: Agatha Trunchbull.



* FlatCharacter: Matilda's brother, Michael. We know little about him outside he seems to be average and 'inherited his father's love of crookery.'



%%* HairTriggerTemper: Miss Trunchbull.

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%%* * HairTriggerTemper: Miss Trunchbull.



%%* PluckyGirl: Matilda.

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%%* * PluckyGirl: Matilda.
2nd Aug '16 8:41:29 AM N8han11
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** Given that Matilda's powers are developed out of frustration, abuse, neglect and even abandonment, it's very easy to see how this story could have turned incredibly sour. Matilda, by rights, should have deep emotional scars at best, deep sociopathy and inability to bond with other human beings at worst. Think Crona from ''Manga/SoulEater''. In fact, her intellect is mostly used for cheap pranks and fun, and her PsychicPowers are used in a purely psychological manner against those who deserve it, but it is easy to imagine her causing serious harm through 'unfortunate accidents'. However, this is a children's book, and Matilda has to become a well-balanced, likable person in spite of all these hardships. Thankfully, Matilda only directs her energy against the one person who deserves it the most, and even then in a purely psychological manner; ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' is [[FridgeHorror what you get if Matilda snaps]].
9th Jul '16 12:12:55 PM LordYAM
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Added DiffLines:

* VillainousBreakdown: When Matilda uses her powers to write a message from "Magnus" Trunchbull can't even speak she's so horrified.
25th Jun '16 10:15:42 AM treehugger0369
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* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Matilda and a neighbor kid teach a parrot scary phrases, then hide it in the chimney. The end result is that her parents tear the house apart looking for what's making the noise, and Matilda gives the neighbor kid his parrot back with her parents ''never'' figuring out what happened.

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* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Matilda and meets a neighbor kid teach who owns a parrot scary phrases, that can say two phrases--"Hello" and "Rattle my bones", the latter of which is said in a creepy tone. She borrows it in exchange for a week's pocket money, then hide hides it in the chimney.chimney in her house. The end result is that her parents tear the house apart looking for what's making the noise, and Matilda gives the neighbor kid his parrot back with her parents ''never'' figuring out what happened.
19th Apr '16 10:25:18 PM Adept
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Miss Honey.

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* %%* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Miss Honey.



* BigBad: The Trunchbull.

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* %%* BigBad: The Trunchbull.



* BrainyBrunette: Matilda.
* BrawnHilda: Agatha Trunchbull.
* BullyHunter: Of the anti-SadistTeacher variety.

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* %%* BrainyBrunette: Matilda.
* %%* BrawnHilda: Agatha Trunchbull.
* BullyHunter: Of Matilda would often use her wits to punish bullying adults. She pranked her father at least twice (first for accusing her of cheating, then for ripping her library book), and then used her PsychicPowers to free the anti-SadistTeacher variety.school (and Miss Honey) from the cruel and domineering Agatha Trunchbull.



* ChildHater: The Trunchbull.
* ChildProdigy: Matilda.
* CuteBookworm: Matilda loves reading more than anything else.

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* ChildHater: The Trunchbull.
Trunchbull is quite vocal about how much she hates children and would find excuses to give them harsh punishments.
* ChildProdigy: Matilda.
Matilda is 5 years old, but has been reading classical literature during her spare time, and is able to do mental arithmetic that even her teacher need to work out on paper.
* CuteBookworm: Matilda is an AdorablyPrecociousChild who loves reading more than anything else.



* DeanBitterman: The Trunchbull.
* TheDreaded: Again, the Trunchbull.
* DumbBlond: Mrs. Wormwood fits the trope though she dyes her hair.

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* DeanBitterman: The Trunchbull.
Trunchbull is the Headmistress of Crunchem Hall, and abuses her power to harm the students and the intimidate into silence.
* TheDreaded: Again, Everyone fears the Trunchbull.
Trunchbull, and the class dreads the weekly inspection she conducts.
* DumbBlond: Mrs. Wormwood fits the trope though she dyes her hair.is platinum blonde (though it's dyed), and she's seen as a silly airhead who thinks only of herself and soap operas.



* EvilTeacher: The Trunchbull.

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* EvilTeacher: The Trunchbull.Trunchbull practically tortures her students, and is implied to have [[spoiler:murdered her brother, Magnus, to gain control of his assets and abused his daughter (Miss Honey) while she was in her care]].



* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Matilda's mother (her father in the movie) and the Trunchbull.

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* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: FatBastard: Matilda's mother (her father in the movie) is a plump woman who is completely self-absorbed and the Trunchbull.is generally a horrible mother.



* FinancialAbuse: Miss Honey reveals that [[spoiler: Miss Trunchbull forced her niece to surrender her wages for a duration of ten years, to pay back for all the "clothes, books and food" that the dear aunt paid for]], receiving one pound a week as allowance and not allowed to keep her inheritance. Matilda quickly intuits that it was a means of keeping Miss Honey at home to cook and keep house, though it didn't work when Miss Honey found a farmers' shed she could rent for 10 pence a week, and she suggests that Miss Honey draw unemployment money or hire a lawyer. In the end, [[spoiler: following Miss Trunchbull's banishment, Miss Honey learns she's the official owner of her father's house and has access to her savings.]]

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* FinancialAbuse: Miss Honey reveals that [[spoiler: Miss Trunchbull forced her niece to surrender her wages for a duration of ten years, to pay back for all the "clothes, books and food" that the dear aunt Trunchbull paid for]], receiving one pound a week as allowance and not allowed to keep her inheritance. Matilda quickly intuits that it was a means of keeping Miss Honey at home to cook and keep house, though it didn't work when Miss Honey found a farmers' shed she could rent for 10 pence a week, and she suggests that Miss Honey draw unemployment money or hire a lawyer. In the end, [[spoiler: following Miss Trunchbull's banishment, Miss Honey learns she's the official owner of her father's house and has access to her savings.]]



* HairTriggerTemper: Miss Trunchbull.
* HappilyEverAfter: Well, Matilda and Miss Honey anyway.

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* %%* HairTriggerTemper: Miss Trunchbull.
* HappilyEverAfter: Well, Matilda Miss Trunchbull disappears from Crunchem Hall (to the delight of the teachers and students), so Miss Honey anyway.gets back her wages and her father's inheritance. The Wormwoods were forced to flee to Spain after scam was exposed, allowing Matilda to be rid of them and live with Miss Honey instead.



* HotTeacher: Miss Honey.

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* %%* HotTeacher: Miss Honey.



* LargeHam: The Trunchbull, even in the book.

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* %%* LargeHam: The Trunchbull, even in the book.



* PluckyGirl: Matilda.

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* %%* PluckyGirl: Matilda.
3rd Jan '16 10:57:40 AM nombretomado
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** Given that Matilda's powers are developed out of frustration, abuse, neglect and even abandonment, it's very easy to see how this story could have turned incredibly sour. Matilda, by rights, should have deep emotional scars at best, deep sociopathy and inability to bond with other human beings at worst. Think Crona from {{Soul Eater}}. In fact, her intellect is mostly used for cheap pranks and fun, and her PsychicPowers are used in a purely psychological manner against those who deserve it, but it is easy to imagine her causing serious harm through 'unfortunate accidents'. However, this is a children's book, and Matilda has to become a well-balanced, likable person in spite of all these hardships. Thankfully, Matilda only directs her energy against the one person who deserves it the most, and even then in a purely psychological manner; ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' is [[FridgeHorror what you get if Matilda snaps]].

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** Given that Matilda's powers are developed out of frustration, abuse, neglect and even abandonment, it's very easy to see how this story could have turned incredibly sour. Matilda, by rights, should have deep emotional scars at best, deep sociopathy and inability to bond with other human beings at worst. Think Crona from {{Soul Eater}}.''Manga/SoulEater''. In fact, her intellect is mostly used for cheap pranks and fun, and her PsychicPowers are used in a purely psychological manner against those who deserve it, but it is easy to imagine her causing serious harm through 'unfortunate accidents'. However, this is a children's book, and Matilda has to become a well-balanced, likable person in spite of all these hardships. Thankfully, Matilda only directs her energy against the one person who deserves it the most, and even then in a purely psychological manner; ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' is [[FridgeHorror what you get if Matilda snaps]].
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