History Literature / TheBFG

14th Jun '17 9:49:55 PM nombretomado
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* OneGenderRace: The Giants are exclusively male; this is a trope Dahl plays with at least twice, as in ''TheWitches'' the villainous race of that piece is all female (and a few all-male races are mentioned in it too). Giants simply come into being. The Giant race is pretty small, actually -- there's only 10 of them.

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* OneGenderRace: The Giants are exclusively male; this is a trope Dahl plays with at least twice, as in ''TheWitches'' ''Literature/TheWitches'' the villainous race of that piece is all female (and a few all-male races are mentioned in it too). Giants simply come into being. The Giant race is pretty small, actually -- there's only 10 of them.
30th Apr '17 6:57:26 PM Luigifan
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[[IThoughtItMeant NO! Not that kind of]] {{BFG}}! Not to be confused with Music/TheNotoriousBIG either. ''The BFG'' is a book by Creator/RoaldDahl. "BFG" in this case stands for Big Friendly Giant, and is the name of one of the protagonists. He is a Giant, the magic mythological kind who lives in Giant Country and is the only member of his race who doesn't eat humans. The other protagonist is Sophie, a little orphan girl who the BFG kidnaps (and later regrets) because she catches a glimpse of him -- she's terrified at first but, once she learns he's nice, she's actually quite glad to be out of the [[OrphanageOfFear horrible orphanage]] she lived in.

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[[IThoughtItMeant NO! Not that kind of]] {{BFG}}! Not to be confused with Music/TheNotoriousBIG either. ''The BFG'' is a book by Creator/RoaldDahl. "BFG" in this case stands for Big Friendly Giant, and is the name of one of the protagonists. He is a Giant, the magic mythological kind who lives in Giant Country and is the only member of his race who doesn't eat humans. The other protagonist is Sophie, a little orphan girl who the BFG kidnaps (and later regrets) because she catches a glimpse of him -- she's terrified at first first, but, once she learns he's nice, she's actually quite glad to be out of the [[OrphanageOfFear horrible orphanage]] she lived in.



* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Three drunk men become the last victims of the giants when they climb over the fence surrounding the giant pit and fall in. Then they put warning signs on the fence that say "Do Not Feed The Giants"- though how this will stop any more drunken idiots from climbing the fence is anyone's guess.

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* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Three drunk men become the last victims of the giants when they climb over the fence surrounding the giant pit and fall in. Then they put warning signs on the fence that say "Do Not Feed The Giants"- Giants" -- though how this will stop any more drunken idiots from climbing the fence is anyone's guess.



* BigNo: Sophie, when [[spoiler:Fleshlumpeater]] is implied to eat [[spoiler:a young boy.]]

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* BigNo: Sophie, when [[spoiler:Fleshlumpeater]] is implied to eat [[spoiler:a young boy.]]boy]].



%%* EatsBabies: The evil Giants, implied at least

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%%* EatsBabies: The evil Giants, implied at leastleast.



* HollywoodAtlas: Lets see... the Queen of England runs everything and can overturn any decisions that her military commanders try to make... Sweden is such a small community that everyone notices if three of them suddenly disappear... and Baghdad is run by a Caliph.

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* HollywoodAtlas: Lets Let's see... the Queen of England runs everything and can overturn any decisions that her military commanders try to make... Sweden is such a small community that everyone notices if three of them suddenly disappear... and Baghdad is run by a Caliph.



* IChooseToStay: In the book, [[spoiler:Sophie and the BFG stay in Buckingham Palace in the end.]]

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* IChooseToStay: In the book, [[spoiler:Sophie and the BFG stay in Buckingham Palace in the end.]]end]].



* InsaneTrollLogic: Used by one of the British pilots to understand where Giant Land is located; he turns to the blank page at the back of the atlas and explains it must be there. Of course in this world TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Used by one of the British pilots to understand where Giant Land is located; he turns to the blank page at the back of the atlas and explains it must be there. Of course course, in this world world, TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight.



* KnightOfCerebus: The other giants, especially in the animated film, they induce MoodWhiplash whenever they appear and their ChildEater habits are played very seriously

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* KnightOfCerebus: The other giants, especially in the animated film, film; they induce MoodWhiplash whenever they appear and their ChildEater habits are played very seriouslyseriously.



* {{Malaproper}}: The BFG is a constant malaproper ("Right as snow!" {Right as rain}, "Two rights is not making a left" (Two wrongs don't make a right). Both these cases ''aren't'' examples of the BFG being stupid, but are because (as he has no parents) he is self-taught. Quite an impressive feat all in all, given that in the original book he managed to teach himself to read and write from a single book -- Charles Dickens' ''Nicholas Nickleby''. In the book, he eventually gets tuition and doesn't do this anymore. The evil Giants, however, aren't interested in such pursuits and play the tropes pretty much straight ("I is now going to search the primroses!").
* MeaningfulName: Not Sophie (who was named after Dahl's granddaughter) but all the giants have very obvious names relating to their characters (e.g. Bloodbottler, Bonecruncher, Childchewer, Fleshlumpeater, Maidmasher... and the BFG himself).

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* {{Malaproper}}: The BFG is a constant malaproper ("Right as snow!" {Right as rain}, "Two rights is not making a left" (Two wrongs don't make a right). Both these cases ''aren't'' examples of the BFG being stupid, but are because (as he has no parents) he is self-taught. Quite an impressive feat all in all, given that in the original book book, he managed to teach himself to read and write from a single book -- Charles Dickens' ''Nicholas Nickleby''. In the book, he eventually gets tuition and doesn't do this anymore. The evil Giants, however, aren't interested in such pursuits and play the tropes pretty much straight ("I is now going to search the primroses!").
* MeaningfulName: Not Sophie (who was named after Dahl's granddaughter) granddaughter), but all the giants have very obvious names relating to their characters (e.g. Bloodbottler, Bonecruncher, Childchewer, Fleshlumpeater, Maidmasher... and the BFG himself).



* MugglesDoItBetter: The British Army and the RAF ''could'' have easily obliterated the giants (as discussed in length by the Field Marshal and the Air Chief Marshal - tanks, machine guns, bombs, artillery, fighter jets, etc). Yet, [[spoiler:they managed to tie them up in their sleep, commando style, without firing a shot, and ''still'' come out on top]]. Interestingly, despite their stupidity and their general contempt for the PunyHumans, the giants are all well aware of this - they mention that if one of them is spotted there might be a "giant hunt" which none of them want to happen, and according to the BFG the Fleshlumpeater has wanted to eat the Queen of England for a while, but doesn't dare risk it because she's well protected by soldiers.

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* MugglesDoItBetter: The British Army and the RAF ''could'' have easily obliterated the giants (as discussed in length by the Field Marshal and the Air Chief Marshal - -- tanks, machine guns, bombs, artillery, fighter jets, etc). Yet, [[spoiler:they managed to tie them up in their sleep, commando style, without firing a shot, and ''still'' come out on top]]. Interestingly, despite their stupidity and their general contempt for the PunyHumans, the giants are all well aware of this - -- they mention that if one of them is spotted spotted, there might be a "giant hunt" which none of them want to happen, and according to the BFG BFG, the Fleshlumpeater has wanted to eat the Queen of England for a while, but doesn't dare risk it because she's well protected by soldiers.



* NonIndicativeName: The one good giant calls himself the "Big Friendly Giant" even though he's by far the ''smallest'' of the giants (although at least the "Friendly" part is beyond question). Admittedly, calling himself "The SFG" probably wouldn't have sounded as good.

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* NonIndicativeName: The one good giant calls himself the "Big Friendly Giant" Giant", even though he's by far the ''smallest'' of the giants (although at least the "Friendly" part is beyond question). Admittedly, calling himself "The SFG" probably wouldn't have sounded as good.



* PickedFlowersAreDead: The Big Friendly Giant comments that since he can hear the voices of plants, anytime somebody picks a flower he can hear the plant screaming as though somebody were having their arm twisted off. Sophie wonders whether she'll ever be able to pick flowers again.

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* PickedFlowersAreDead: The Big Friendly Giant comments that since he can hear the voices of plants, anytime somebody picks a flower flower, he can hear the plant screaming as though somebody were having their arm twisted off. Sophie wonders whether she'll ever be able to pick flowers again.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The BFG reveals the location Giant Country to humans so they can defeat the evil giants and no more children will be eaten.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The BFG reveals the location of Giant Country to humans so they can defeat the evil giants and no more children will be eaten.



* SquareCubeLaw: A blink and you miss it example in the book. When the BFG is visiting the queen, the butler reasons that, since the BFG is four times a normal human's size, he'll need four times the food when they go to cook breakfast for him. This turns out to be far from sufficent.

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* SquareCubeLaw: A blink and you miss it blink-and-you-miss-it example in the book. When the BFG is visiting the queen, the butler reasons that, since the BFG is four times a normal human's size, he'll need four times the food when they go to cook breakfast for him. This turns out to be far from sufficent.



* SuperSenses: The BFG has super-powerful hearing, enabling him to hear ants talking to each other (although he can't understand the language), the screams of flowers as they're picked, and on clear nights he can hear faint music coming from ''space''.

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* SuperSenses: The BFG has super-powerful hearing, enabling him to hear ants talking to each other (although he can't understand the language), the screams of flowers as they're picked, and on clear nights nights, he can hear faint music coming from ''space''.



* UnusualEuphemism: "whizzpoppers" sounds much less crude right?

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* UnusualEuphemism: "whizzpoppers" "Whizzpoppers" sounds much less crude crude, right?



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: A ''very'' minor case with the Giants in the live action film. In the book, they're fat, bearded monsters with "piggy little eyes and enormous mouths with thick sausage lips", and in the animated film, they fare even worse. They aren't nearly as hideous in the 2016 movie, as their designs are a bit more human (although they are still considerably repulsive).

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: A ''very'' minor case with the Giants in the live action live-action film. In the book, they're fat, bearded monsters with "piggy little eyes and enormous mouths with thick sausage lips", and in the animated film, they fare even worse. They aren't nearly as hideous in the 2016 movie, as their designs are a bit more human (although they are still considerably repulsive).



* AdaptationalBadass: After a fashion - in the book the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, but he's also a dimwitted coward who gets taken out by an obvious trick. The animated movie makes him ''far'' more sinister, and he puts up much more of a fight before being brought down.
** Also the soldiers to some extent. In the novel, they very fearfully tie up the giants (while the military commanders wait at a safe distance) and break out into total panic when the giants wake up. Here, they go about their work rather calmly and bravely fend off the giants whom they awaken with success..[[spoiler: at least until the Fleshlumpeater arrives.]]
** And then the 2016 movie has the Soldiers go all out with this trope. Not only do they effortlessly and fearlessly go about their work, tying up he Giants without a second thought, but they also take out the Fleshlumpeater ''as he's waking up.'' Talk about commitment to cause.

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* AdaptationalBadass: After a fashion - -- in the book book, the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, but he's also a dimwitted coward who gets taken out by an obvious trick. The animated movie makes him ''far'' more sinister, and he puts up much more of a fight before being brought down.
** Also the soldiers to some extent. In the novel, they very fearfully tie up the giants (while the military commanders wait at a safe distance) and break out into total panic when the giants wake up. Here, they go about their work rather calmly and bravely fend off the giants whom they awaken with success..[[spoiler: at success... [[spoiler:at least until the Fleshlumpeater arrives.]]
arrives]].
** And then the 2016 movie has the Soldiers go all out all-out with this trope. Not only do they effortlessly and fearlessly go about their work, tying up he the Giants without a second thought, but they also take out the Fleshlumpeater ''as he's waking up.'' Talk about commitment to the cause.



* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In Giant country, the world according to BFG is ''ancient'', just as he is. Said world orbits two stars, one like our own sun, but the other is a bright blue stellar object - such stars burning their mass in a hotter spectrum have ridiculously short lifespans (in comparison to other Suns like ours), and given its close proximity, it'll exhaust it's hydrogen, becoming a supergiant that'll swallow up the binary yellow star and Giant country.
* AwardBaitSong:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie. It didn't work though.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: In the animated film, for obvious reasons Sophie is missing certain anatomy during the bath scene.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In Giant country, the world according to BFG is ''ancient'', just as he is. Said world orbits two stars, one like our own sun, but the other is a bright blue stellar object - such stars burning their mass in a hotter spectrum have ridiculously short lifespans (in comparison to other Suns like ours), and given its close proximity, it'll exhaust it's its hydrogen, becoming a supergiant that'll swallow up the binary yellow star and Giant country.
* AwardBaitSong:[[http://www.AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie. It didn't work work, though.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: In the animated film, for obvious reasons reasons, Sophie is missing certain anatomy during the bath scene.



* GoOutWithASmile: In the film, [[spoiler:a boy is eaten by Fleshlumpeater while he's having a nice dream.]]

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* GoOutWithASmile: In the film, [[spoiler:a boy is eaten by Fleshlumpeater while he's having a nice dream.]]dream]].



* IChooseToStay: In the film, [[spoiler:the BFG goes back to Giant Country so he can continue making dreams and Sophie decides to go back with him.]]
* ItsPronouncedTropay: Due to their severe lack of education, the giants frequently mispronounce words in the English language; even the BFG refers to human beings as "human beans". During the climax of the film, [[spoiler:when Fleshlumpeater refers to Sophie as a "human bean", the BFG defiantly corrects him.]]

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* IChooseToStay: In the film, [[spoiler:the BFG goes back to Giant Country so he can continue making dreams and Sophie decides to go back with him.]]
him]].
* ItsPronouncedTropay: Due to their severe lack of education, the giants frequently mispronounce words in the English language; even the BFG refers to human beings as "human beans". During the climax of the film, [[spoiler:when Fleshlumpeater refers to Sophie as a "human bean", the BFG defiantly corrects him.]]him]].



--> '''Head of the Navy:''' You know he can't talk English. He probably can't [[spoiler: count, either!]] Ha-ha!

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--> '''Head of the Navy:''' You know he can't talk English. He probably can't [[spoiler: count, [[spoiler:count, either!]] Ha-ha!
4th Apr '17 5:43:09 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[IThoughtItMeant NO! Not that kind of]] {{BFG}}! ''The BFG'' is a book by Creator/RoaldDahl. "BFG" in this case stands for Big Friendly Giant, and is the name of one of the protagonists. He is a Giant, the magic mythological kind who lives in Giant Country and is the only member of his race who doesn't eat humans. The other protagonist is Sophie, a little orphan girl who the BFG kidnaps (and later regrets) because she catches a glimpse of him -- she's terrified at first but, once she learns he's nice, she's actually quite glad to be out of the [[OrphanageOfFear horrible orphanage]] she lived in.

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[[IThoughtItMeant NO! Not that kind of]] {{BFG}}! Not to be confused with Music/TheNotoriousBIG either. ''The BFG'' is a book by Creator/RoaldDahl. "BFG" in this case stands for Big Friendly Giant, and is the name of one of the protagonists. He is a Giant, the magic mythological kind who lives in Giant Country and is the only member of his race who doesn't eat humans. The other protagonist is Sophie, a little orphan girl who the BFG kidnaps (and later regrets) because she catches a glimpse of him -- she's terrified at first but, once she learns he's nice, she's actually quite glad to be out of the [[OrphanageOfFear horrible orphanage]] she lived in.
5th Mar '17 12:07:04 PM TheTropingGopher
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**And then the 2016 movie has the Soldiers go all out with this trope. Not only do they effortlessly and fearlessly go about their work, tying up he Giants without a second thought, but they also take out the Fleshlumpeater ''as he's waking up.'' Talk about commitment to cause.



* CanonImmigrant: The mouse-like creature in giant country, who also doubles as a ChevoksGunman to an extent. His purpose is mainly to provide comic relief in the first half of the film and doesn't interact with the main characters at all until the very end, where he attempts (in vain) to help Sophie escape the Fleshlumpeater.

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* CanonImmigrant: The mouse-like creature in giant country, who also doubles as a ChevoksGunman ChekhovsGunman to an extent. His purpose is mainly to provide comic relief in the first half of the film and doesn't interact with the main characters at all until the very end, where he attempts (in vain) to help Sophie escape the Fleshlumpeater.
19th Jan '17 11:43:50 AM Hedging
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* AnimatedMusical: The Creator/CosgroveHall version had songs in it.

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* AnimatedMusical: The Creator/CosgroveHall version had two songs in it.



%%* AwardBaitSong:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie.

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%%* * AwardBaitSong:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie. It didn't work though.



* CanonImmigrant: The mouse-like creature in giant country, who also doubles as a ChevoksGunman to an extent. His purpose is mainly to provide comic relief in the first half of the film and doesn't interact with the main characters at all until the very end, where he attempts (in vain) to help Sophie escape the Fleshlumpeater.



%%* {{Phlegmings}}: Several of the Giants.

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%%* ** The BFG's expression changes from a satisfied one to this when he sees that the snozzcumber he duped the Bloodbottler into eating has Sophie hiding inside!
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{{Phlegmings}}: Several of the Giants.Giants, such as the Bloodbottler.
* PerpetualFrowner: The Fleshlumpeater in the animated film never smiles at all (though he is heard cackling slightly after he traps Sophie)



%%* TheVoice: Mrs. Clonkers.

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%%* * TheVoice: Mrs. Clonkers.
16th Jan '17 7:37:09 AM Hedging
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** Also the soldiers to some extent. In the novel, they very fearfully tie up the giants (while the military commanders wait at a safe distance) and break out into total panic when the giants wake up. Here, they go about their work rather calmly and bravely fend off the giants whom they awaken with success..[[spoiler: at least until the Fleshlumpeater arrives.]]
1st Jan '17 4:17:38 AM dieseldragons
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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In Giant country, the world according to BFG is ''ancient'', just as he is. Said world orbits two stars, one like our own sun, but the other is a bright blue stellar object - such stars burning their mass in a hotter spectrum have ridiculously short lifespans (in comparison to other Suns like ours), and given its close proximity, it'll exhaust it's hydrogen, becoming a supergiant that'll swallow up the binary yellow star and Giant country.
28th Dec '16 12:50:59 PM Hedging
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* SlidingScaleofAdaptationModification: Type 4.
25th Dec '16 12:28:43 PM dieseldragons
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* StarvingArtist: Subverted, though the BFG has to eat disgusting Snozzcumbers. Dreams that escape from dreamland are illogical, nonsensical, and some of them are nightmarish. The BFG makes dreams have beginnings, middles, and endings, [[DoingItForTheArt thus turning them into stories for children and adults everywhere]], taking great pride in his not-for-profit work.
17th Dec '16 1:12:57 PM Vox
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* MugglesDoItBetter: The British Army and the RAF ''could'' have easily obliterated the giants (as discussed in length by the Field Marshal and the Air Chief Marshal - tanks, machine guns, bombs, artillery, fighter jets, etc). Yet, [[spoiler:they managed to tie them up in their sleep, commando style, without firing a shot, and ''still'' come out on top]]. Interestingly, despite their stupidity and their general contempt for humanity, the giants are all well aware of this - they mention that if one of them is spotted there might be a "giant hunt" which none of them want to happen, and according to the BFG the Fleshlumpeater has wanted to eat the Queen of England for a while, but doesn't dare risk it because she's well protected by soldiers.

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* MugglesDoItBetter: The British Army and the RAF ''could'' have easily obliterated the giants (as discussed in length by the Field Marshal and the Air Chief Marshal - tanks, machine guns, bombs, artillery, fighter jets, etc). Yet, [[spoiler:they managed to tie them up in their sleep, commando style, without firing a shot, and ''still'' come out on top]]. Interestingly, despite their stupidity and their general contempt for humanity, the PunyHumans, the giants are all well aware of this - they mention that if one of them is spotted there might be a "giant hunt" which none of them want to happen, and according to the BFG the Fleshlumpeater has wanted to eat the Queen of England for a while, but doesn't dare risk it because she's well protected by soldiers.



* AdaptationalBadass: After a fashion - in the book the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, but he's also a stupid coward who gets taken out by an obvious trick. The animated movie makes him ''far'' more sinister, and he doesn't go down without a fight.

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* AdaptationalBadass: After a fashion - in the book the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, but he's also a stupid dimwitted coward who gets taken out by an obvious trick. The animated movie makes him ''far'' more sinister, and he doesn't go down without puts up much more of a fight.fight before being brought down.
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