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->''"I is not like the others, I is a nice Giant, I is a freaky Giant. I is the Big Friendly Giant. The BFG, that's me."''

[[IThoughtItMeant NO! Not that kind of]] {{BFG}}! ''The BFG'' is a book by Creator/RoaldDahl and later an animated film by Creator/CosgroveHall (of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' and ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' fame). "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.

The other Giants are child killers, and downright terrifying. Sophie is very nearly eaten by one (the Bloodbottler) but survives when he spits out the disgusting vegetable she's hiding in. The BFG lets Sophie in on his secret job -- catching dreams from Dream Country, then mixing them up and distributing them to children (blowing them through a big trumpet). He also locks away any nightmares he finds, to make sure they don't find a way to kids by themselves.

Sophie comes up with a plan to capture the other giants: Making the Queen of England dream about the Giants and also that they can be stopped by a little girl called Sophie and a friendly Giant. Thus, when she appears on the Queen's windowsill, Sophie is instantly believed (with the additional backup of a recent ring of child massacres that the Queen also dreams about on the same night that they happen). The Queen calls on the Army and the RAF to capture the Giants, which they do with the help of the BFG and Sophie.
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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.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Compared to other giants, the BFG is a runt.
* AnimationBump: In the animated adaptation, different characters were drawn and animated in different ways. The Queen, the Paras and the Royal Guards are drawn in a hyper-realistic, rotoscoped way, while the military commanders, the giants and even Sophie are animated in a more traditionally and cartoonish, but less detailed way. Sometimes, it can be [[UncannyValley rather jarring]] to see the Queen's comparatively stale, realistic expressions compete with the tubby, fat-nosed Field Marshall's over-the-top gesticulations, while on other occasions (like the army overpowering the giants), it's [[StylisticSuck rather genius]].
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Giants is never killing their own kind; only humans is. In fact, the BFG claims that humans are the only species on the planet that kill their own kind.
%%* AwardBaitSong:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The BFG at first attempts to persuade Bloodbottler into eating a Snozzcumber by comparing it to fruits, which he rejects with disgust, but when he suggests it tastes like bones, [[ImAHumanitarian he's quick to accept]].
%%* BathtubScene: But not for fanservice.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The {{Malaproper}} BFG repeatedly mispronounces Creator/CharlesDickens as ''[[Creator/RoaldDahl Dahl's]] Chickens''. This is given a ShoutOut in the film version of ''Film/{{Matilda}}''.
* BigDamnHeroes: The BFG bursting in to save Sophie from Fleshlumpeater during the climax.
* BigNo: Sophie, when [[spoiler:Fleshlumpeater]] is implied to eat [[spoiler:a young boy.]]
* BrokenAesop: Although the BFG likens the Giants' eating of humans to the humans' eating of animals, it doesn't stop him tucking into ham and eggs. Even though he brings up pigs as a specific example.
* TheButcher: One of the giants is named "Butcher Boy".
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Good dreams are green, stable ovoids. Nightmares are thrashing red storms.
* ChekhovsGun: Twice:
** In the movie: A nightmare caught early on is used to defeat the Fleshlumpeater and save the day during the climax.
** In the book: The Queen gives Sophie a sapphire brooch to wear. Later, she stabs the Fleshlumpeater with it to distract him from eating a soldier.
* CulturalTranslation:
** In the Hebrew version the giants fear David ([[Literature/TheBible from David and Goliath]]) rather than [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller Jack]].
** In the Dutch version the BFG owns a copy of ''Literature/OliverTwist'', rather than ''Literature/NicholasNickleby''.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The BFG and the humans against the evil giants.[[note]]The BFG, despite his size, is still an example of this trope, as not only is he smaller than the other 9 giants, the other giants also disown him for not following their practice of eating children.[[note]]
* TheDreaded: The only human bean giants fear is the legendary [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller Jack]].
* DreamWeaver: The BFG is a benign example, mixing up good dreams for the children of the world from the bottled small dreams he captures, and locking away nightmares. He's reluctant to mix up the dream for the Queen in Sophie's plan because, as it's about the horror of the giants, it's naturally a nightmare.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The BFG is first mentioned as one of Danny's father's stories in ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', written six years earlier.
%%* EatsBabies: The evil Giants, implied at least
* EldritchLocation: Giant Country is a mild example, not being on a map but being quite reachable by helicopter. In the movie, it looks like a barren wasteland full of weirdly-shaped rocks. The Land of Dreams is an even weirder place, but appears to be less dangerous.
* EvilIsBigger: Subverted by the BFG himself, but played straight in that his murderous brothers are much taller than ''he'' is. [[WildMassGuessing Presumably, because giants seem to be carnivores by nature, BFG is smaller due to malnourishment.]]
* {{Expy}}: The design of the bad giants are from the Badfort Gang of ''Uncle'', another book illustrated by Quentin.
* FemmeFatalons: Male example: Fleshlumpeater has a single long, sharp nail on each index finger.
* ForeignQueasine: Snozzcumber, which tastes absolutely repulsive. As he refuses to eat humans, it's the only thing that the BFG can eat, as it is the only thing that grows in Giant Country.
* GentleGiant: The giant named "[[ExactlyAsItSaysOnTheTin The Big Friendly Giant]]" [[note]]or BFG for short[[/note]], though he does have some DeadpanSnarker-ish moments. Actually, so do most of the characters.
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Ahem, "whizzpopping".
* HaHaHaNo: In the movie, the BFG does this when discussing the different flavours of humans from around the world with Sophie.
* HollywoodAtlas: Lets see...the Queen of England runs everything and can overturn any decisions that her military commanders tries to make...Sweden is such a small community that everyone notices if three of them suddenly disappear...and Baghdad is run by a Caliph.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The BFG is disdainful of humankind in general, but realizes by the end that not ''all'' humans are bad.
* HumanoidAbomination: The giants are effectively this, especially in the film version.
* InfantImmortality: The plot is built around averting this trope. Children ''do'' die in this book and film, though never on-screen. In the movie, we are invited to identify with one young lad into whose dream we see, [[MoodWhiplash only to have him very strongly be implied to become a victim of the Fleshlumpeater minutes later]].
* 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.
* InvisiblePresident: Averted; the Queen is not only seen, but is a major character ''and'' plays an important role in the story, and a fairly worshipfully-written one, too. Though admittedly she's only called The Queen of England, not [[HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]]. However, she looks exactly like Elizabeth II in the animated version, and rather like her in Quentin Blake's extremely-stylized illustrations for the book.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: At the very end of the story, the BFG (having become literate) tells Sophie that he's planning to write a novel about their adventures. The last line of the book is "You've just finished reading it."
* 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". [[spoiler: During the climax of the film, when Fleshlumpeater refers to Sophie as a "human bean", the BFG defiantly corrects him.]]
* JumpScare: In the movie, the moment when Bloodbottler first enters the BFG's home is ''extremely'' jarring.
* KarmaHoudini: Averted somewhat in the movie: Mrs. Clonkers, who is thoroughly unpleasant and cruel, not only has [[spoiler:her OrphanageOfFear shut down, but it is also decided that she will become the evil Giants' keeper.]] She can't have been too happy about that.
%%* KidHero: Sophie, of course.
* KnightOfCerebus: The other giants, especially in the animated film, they induce MoodWhiplash whenever they appear and their ChildEater habits are played very seriously
* MagicalLand: Giant Country and Dream Country. The book indicates these are [[LostWorld unexplored territories]] on Earth, while the visuals in the animated movie seem to imply they are more akin to [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]].
* {{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).
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Sophie.
* MindRape: In the movie, the last evil Giant standing (Fleshlumpeater) is defeated when the BFG blows a nightmare into him, [[spoiler:causing him to hallucinate that he is face-to-face with Jack the Giant Killer]]. In the book, Fleshlumpeater is given that dream much earlier, but only as a humorous aside.
* 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]].
%%* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The BFG himself.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The villainous giants: The Childchewer, the Butcher Boy, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fleshlumpeater]], the Bloodbottler, etc.
%%* NoIndoorVoice: Fleshlumpeater and Bloodbottler, in the movie.
* NoTrueScotsman: The other giants essentially disown the BFG for not eating humans, though neither party does anything to patch the ties. The climax of the film makes it clear that they [[FantasticRacism don't even consider him a giant.]]
--> '''Fleshlumpeater:''' You is not ''giant!'' You is more like...human bean!
--> '''[[IResembleThatRemark BFG]]:''' [[spoiler: [[ItIsPronouncedTropay Human]] ''[[ItIsPronouncedTropay being!]]'']]
* OhCrap: In the movie, after the Army captures [[spoiler:eight]] evil Giants:
-->'''Head of the Army:''' Funny. He ''(the BFG)'' said there were [[spoiler:nine!]]
--> '''Head of the Navy:''' You know he can't talk English. He probably can't [[spoiler: count, either!]] ''(laughs)''
--> [[spoiler:'''Fleshlumpeater:''' ''(roars)'']]
--> ''(panic ensues)''
* OddNameOut: Bloodbottler, Bonecruncher, Childchewer, Fleshlumpeater, Maidmasher... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and The Butcher Boy.]]
* 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.
%%* OrphanageOfFear: Mrs. Clonker's Home for Girls.
%%* OurGiantsAreBigger
%%* {{Phlegmings}}: Several of the Giants.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: At the climax of the movie, when the enraged Fleshlumpeater is hunting down the titular character: "'''B! F! G!'''"
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Someone getting into the Queen's bedroom past the security? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Fagan_incident Happened the same year the book was published]]. ''[[SwissCheeseSecurity Twice]]''.
* Really700YearsOld: The BFG and the other giants are thousands of years old.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Queen, who is implied to be [[HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]]. For all his faults, Roald Dahl loves his Queen.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: The evil Giants all have red eyes.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The red and green mouse-type-creature that lives in the BFG's house.
* SceneryPorn: In the movie, the shots of Dream Country and the exterior shots of the volcano in Giant Country are ''beautiful''.
* SealedEvilInACan: At the end, [[spoiler:the evil giants are trapped in a deep pit and given only disgusting vegetables for food... save the one occasion three drunk men scaled the fence and fell in.=]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Not quite. Sophie is snatched from her bed so she can't reveal the giants' existence to the human world.
* ShoutOut: In the animated movie, a young boy has a ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' poster in his bedroom.
* SpinOff: The BFG first appeared in ''DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', an earlier book by Dahl, in a bedtime story told by Danny's father.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: The heads of the army and air force.
* ToServeMan: All the giants eat humans except for the BFG.
* ToiletHumor: There is an entire chapter (and in the movie, an entire song) dedicated to a drink that makes one fart (or rather, "make a Whizzpopper")... in pretty epic proportions. The BFG even does one in front of the Queen, who takes it quite amusingly well under the circumstances ("All in all, I prefer the bagpipes.") However, since the book WAS published in 1982, before most examples of the trope were abundant in college movies, and since it really is quite funny, it's not TOO offputting.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The BFG is the only good giant, the rest are AlwaysChaoticEvil.
%%* TheVoice: Mrs. Clonkers.
%%* UnusualEuphemism: "whizzpoppers."
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: All the Giants are terrified of only one human -- the legendary [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Jack]]. In the [[CulturalTranslation Hebrew translation]], it's [[DavidVersusGoliath David]]. Also, it seems that Fleshlumpeater is literally scared of snakes as well: the title character at once point scares him with "the Venomsome Vindscreen Viper".
* YouNoTakeCandle: All the Giants speak in broken and mangled English, including the BFG (though he has a better grasp than the others). Also, only the bad Giants have the violent element. 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!").
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