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Characters: Matilda

Matilda Wormwood

Movie Played by: Mara Wilson (6-years-old); Alissa and Amanda Graham & Trevor and James Gallagher (newborn); Kayla and Kelsey Fredericks (nine months); Sara Magdalin (4-years-old)

Jennifer Honey

Movie Played by: Embeth Davidtz; Amanda and Kristyn Summers (2-years-old); Phoebe Pearl (5-years-old)

Agatha Trunchbull

Movie Played by: Pam Ferris

  • Ax-Crazy: She's always this.
  • Berserk Button: Miss Trunchbull hates many things, but one thing she apparently really can't stand is pigtails.
  • Big Bad: Matilda's father simply cannot hope to compete with her.
  • Brawn Hilda
  • The Brute
  • Butch Lesbian: She at least has this look. However, she could be a lesbian as well since she reacts angrily at the poem spelling yelling "Why are all these women married?!"
  • Child Hater: Which raises the question why she decides to become a principal at an elementary school.
  • Dean Bitterman
  • Destination Defenestration: One of her favorite methods of punishment.
  • The Dreaded: She was very feared by several generations of children during her time as principal. Matilda, however, finally breaks her of this trope once she was ran off by the children.
  • Evil Brit: She's played by the British Pam Ferris who is the only English actress in the movie.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Miss Honey.
  • Evil Is Hammy: At times.
  • Eviler than Thou: Than Harry Wormwood. While he usually bearated and insulted Matilda at last he never tried to hurt her physically (or worse kill her.)
  • Evil Teacher
  • Fat Bitch: Rather ironic when considering that she used to be an Olympian in the past.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She at one point asks a child if he enjoyed the cake that he pilfered...which causes him to confess to it. She then force-feeds him a cake as punishment.
  • For the Evulz: Miss Trunchbull's main reason to do anything.
  • Freudian Excuse: She mentions that she's glad she's "never was a child." That suggests she may have been a bad childhood.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Jerkass
  • Large Ham: On occasion.
  • Meaningful Name: As her name would imply, she is absolutely horrific.
  • Misery Builds Character: Part of one of her speeches in the movie.
  • No Indoor Voice: She often yells at the students.
  • Sadist Teacher: She is the queen of this trope.
  • Sore Loser: After Bruce finishes the cake she force-fed to him and is met with cheers from the students, she makes them stay 5 hours after school and copy from the dictionary.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Matilda uses her psychic powers to terrify her.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To Miss Honey.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Oh boy. She not only hurts children, she defenestrates them and locks them inside what is implied to be a (hopefully) non-lethal Iron Maiden.

The Wormwoods

Mr. Wormwood, Movie Played by: Danny De Vito
Mrs. Wormwood, Movie Played by: Rhea Perlman

  • Abusive Parents: Matilda's parents verbally berate her and neglect her every need.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: When Miss Honey visits Matilda's parents, Mr. Wormwood noisily slurps a beer and both parents take cheap potshots at Matilda's teacher. In the movie, Matilda's super glue hat prank plays out in public.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: As it turns out, Agatha Trunchbull is far worse than they are.
  • Butt Monkey: Harry Wormwood, once Matilda works out how to get even with him without being found out.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: In the book. It's actually the opposite in the movie.
  • Daytime Drama Queen: Matilda's parents are addicted to television, which is shown as one of their many character flaws. When Miss Honey goes to visit them at home, there's an American soap opera on, and Mrs. Wormwood in particular objects to being interrupted when "Willard is just about to propose to Angelica!"
  • Dumb Blonde: Matilda's mother, though she dyes her hair.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He destroys Matilda's children book by tearing it to shreds. This appropriately leads to his Humiliation Conga.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Matilda's parents don't understand Matilda's love of books and learning, rejecting her for it. They prefer the more mundane Michael who is being coached to take over his father's company.
  • Fat Bastard: Matilda's mother in the book and her father in the movie.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Mr. Wormwood's secondhand car business. Matilda's dad is the stereotypical sleazy car salesman, even putting sawdust in the oil so that the engine will burn out and they have to come back and buy a new car. The book contains a scene in which Mr. Wormwood teaches Michael the tricks to making a lemon look better.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Wormwood.
  • No Name Given: Mrs. Wormwood, her first name is not revealed in the book. The film calls her Zinnia.
  • Parental Favoritism: Matilda's parents inexplicably hate her and refuse to believe she is any more intelligent than a lima bean, favoring her average if not mildly-crooked brother, Michael.
  • Parental Neglect: The Wormwoods leave Matilda alone in the house, the entire day.
  • Pet the Dog: In the movie, it's somewhat implied at the end that despite all her neglect and dislike for her, Mrs. Wormwood does hold some affection for Matilda: she shows some humanity by giving her daughter away because she is better suited to a life with Miss Honey (while in the book, both parents drop their daughter without a second thought).
  • Meaningful Name: The Wormwoods (Matilda excepted) are as sleazy as they come.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Matilda's mother believes herself to be beautiful and seductive, while her husband regards himself as sly, clever, and intelligent. Both could not be further from the truth.
  • Smug Snake: Mr. Wormwood. Shown best when he gleefully brags about the tricks he uses to scam customers.
  • Starter Villain: Mr Wormwood serves as the antagonist for the first few chapters...but he quickly loses this title when the Trunchbull is introduced.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Both book and movie. In the book, Matilda's mother is tall and pudgy, and her father is short and skinny. While their Fat and Skinny roles are reversed in the movie, their heights are still the same as in the book.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wormwoods are this to Matilda, but not to Michael.
  • Women Are Wiser: Book only, Mrs. Wormwood is marginally more rational than her husband.

Michael Wormwood

Played by: Brian Levinson; Nicholas Cox (6-years-old)

  • Adaptational Villainy: He goes from a normal boy in the book to a Big Brother Bully in the movie.
  • Big Brother Bully: In the movie. Averted in the book as he and his sister have a neutral relationship and it's implied that he treats her better than her parents (he's the only one to say goodbye to Matilda when the family flees the country).
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: A mild example since we know little about Michael, but he could be considered the Foolish to Matilda's Responsible.


Played by: Kiami Davael


Played by: Kira Spencer Hesser

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the book she bullies Matilda and Lavender. In the film she is friendly and protective of them.
  • Big Sister Mentor: To Matilda and Lavender.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Gave advice to newbie Matilda about Trunchbull. Although she's a Nice Girl only in the movie. Averted in the book where she looks down on Matilda and Lavender and even insults them.
  • Miss Exposition: Tells Matilda about the Chokey and other horror stories about the Trunchbull.
  • The Prankster: She pulled two pranks on Miss Trunchbull and was sent to The Chokey because of this.

Bruce Bogtrotter

Played by: Jimmy Karz

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