History Literature / 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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* 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]].
4th Dec '15 12:38:58 AM Tuckerscreator
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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Matilda, big time. She's able to multiply large numbers in her head (eg. "13 times 379") [[ChildProdigy in seconds]]. She says she likes to read just about anything. It's implied that the two reasons she wasn't in advanced placement by now were because her parents don't believe in the value of education--and, of course, The Trunchbull's dislike of young children. [[spoiler:Once Miss Trunchbull is deposed, Matilda gets moved up to the top-level classes. Unfortunately, now that she's using her brain to the fullest, she can't use telekinesis anymore.]] She doesn't seem to mind.

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Matilda, big time. She's able to multiply large numbers in her head (eg. "13 times 379") [[ChildProdigy in seconds]]. She says she likes to read just about anything. It's implied that the two reasons she wasn't in advanced placement by now were because her parents don't believe in the value of education--and, of course, The Trunchbull's dislike of young children. [[spoiler:Once Miss Trunchbull is deposed, Matilda gets moved up to the top-level classes. Unfortunately, now that she's using her brain to the fullest, she can't use telekinesis anymore.]] She doesn't seem to mind. Realizing that has her first confused, but then relieved that she's not "a miracle" anymore.]]
4th Dec '15 12:35:37 AM Tuckerscreator
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* JerkAss:

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* JerkAss:{{Jerkass}}:
4th Dec '15 12:10:30 AM DocStone
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* InsaneTrollLogic: Trunchbull operates on this when it comes to dealing with children. During her lesson with Matilda's class, she punishes kids for answering math and spelling questions wrong, but attempts to lash out on them for getting them right, too. She suspects they somehow choose to grow up slowly on purpose, and her idea of a perfect school is one completely unoccupied, "with no children at all."
14th Nov '15 10:07:34 PM Jayalaw
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* BadassBystander: Nigel Hicks and Lavender. Nigel mouths off to Miss Trunchbull while answering her questions correctly, and Lavender managed to sneak a newt into the infamous water jug and got away with it.



* FashionVictimVillain: Mr Wormwood wears bright green/yellow checked suits and pork pie hats. He thinks they make him look dashing.

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* FashionVictimVillain: In-universe example. Mr Wormwood wears bright green/yellow checked suits and pork pie hats. He thinks they make him look dashing. dashing.
* 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.]]



* FreeRangeChildren: Matilda gets left alone in the house during the day. She walks over to the library, through heavy traffic, at the age of seven because there's no one watching her.

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* FreeRangeChildren: Matilda gets left alone in the house during the day. She walks over to the library, through heavy traffic, at the age of seven four because there's no one watching her.



* FirstNameBasis: [[spoiler: Ms. Trunchbull, Ms. Honey and Mr. Honey refer(ed) to each other as Agatha, Jenny and Magnus in private. Matilda uses it in her plan]]

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* FirstNameBasis: [[spoiler: Ms. Trunchbull, Ms. Honey and Mr. Honey refer(ed) to each other as Agatha, Jenny and Magnus in private. Matilda uses it in her plan]]plan.]]



* HowDoIShotWeb: It takes Matilda a good deal of self-training to gain control of her telekinetic powers enough to write with a piece of chalk.

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* HowDoIShotWeb: HowDoIShootWeb: It takes Matilda a good deal of self-training to gain control of her telekinetic powers enough to write with a piece of chalk.



* InformedAbility: Hortensia claims that the Trunchbull has a canny ability to guess which kid plays a prank on her, even if she has no proof, but the ability is a NoSell where Matilda is concerned. Trunchbull claims that Matilda put a stink bomb in her desk even though she had an alibi-- being in Miss Honey's class-- and also accuses the child falsely of sneaking a newt into her water jug.



* NeverSuicide: Miss Honey speculates that [[spoiler: her father's suicide was actually caused by Ms. Trunchbull. It seems to be confirmed later on]]

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* NeverSuicide: Miss Honey speculates that [[spoiler: her father's suicide was actually caused by Ms. Trunchbull. It seems to be confirmed later on]]on.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Miss Trunchbull falsely accusing Matilda of putting a newt in her jug ends up triggering Matilda's powers. It also starts the chain of events that lead to Miss Honey revealing that [[spoiler: the Trunchbull is her aunt]] and giving Matilda an incentive and plan to control her powers.
25th Oct '15 3:32:06 PM MHarrington
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* TheDreaded: Again, the Trunchbull.
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