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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. "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.

An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall in 1989. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].

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!!The book provides examples of:
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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"- though how this will stop any more drunken idiots from climbing the fence is anyone's guess.
* AlternateUniverse: Giant country is this in the animated adaptation, complete with a somewhat creepy looking portal.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Compared to other giants, the BFG is a runt. The other Giants use it as a sort of nickname.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Giants is never killing their own kind; only humans is. In fact, the BFG claims that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans are the only species on the planet that kill their own kind]].[[note]]In fact, many animal species slay their own kind. The real difference is, as far as we can tell, humanity is the only species to feel regret when it happens.[[/note]]
* AscendedExtra: The BFG originally made a one-chapter appearance in Dahl's previous book ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', as a character in a bedtime story told by Danny's father.
* AxCrazy: The Bloodbottler.
* 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.
* BeastAndBeauty: Sophie and the titular character form a platonic example.
* 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.]]
* 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}}''.
* 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".
* CallAPegasusAHippogriff: There ''are'' of course early examples of child-eating giants, but the evil giants (BFG aside) look much more like ogres than giants, being less humanlike.
** Then again, it's possible that The BFG is the last of his kind and the other giants are a different race of giants which would explain the way they look down on him.
* ChekhovsGun: The Queen gives Sophie a sapphire brooch to wear. Later, she stabs the Fleshlumpeater with it to distract him from eating a soldier.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Good dreams are green, stable ovoids. Nightmares are thrashing red storms.
* 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. 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, which he uses to pluck children out of their beds to eat them.
* 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 "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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".
* HeroicBSOD: The BFG has a mild one when he accidentally catches a particularly nasty nightmare while fishing for dreams, which upsets him so much that he immediately decides to go home. He quickly gets over it by deciding to give the nightmare to one of the other giants.
* 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.
* HonorBeforeReason: The BFG would rather subsist on disgusting snozzcumbers than steal food from humans.
* 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.
* IChooseToStay: In the book, [[spoiler:Sophie and the BFG stay in Buckingham Palace in the end.]]
* InfantImmortality: The plot is built around averting this trope. Children ''do'' die in this book, though never on-screen.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]]. However, she looks 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."
%%* 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
* LargeAndInCharge: In the book and both movies, the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, and is their unofficial leader.
* MagicalLand: Giant Country and Dream Country. The book indicates these are [[LostWorld unexplored territories]] on Earth.
* {{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.
* 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.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Giants are a race of violent, evil brutes who [[ToServeMan grind their teeth with human bones]], [[ChildEater especially children's]]. The BFG is the only good member of the race and is horrified at his cohorts' brutality and anthropophagy, which the other giants disown him for.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The villainous giants: The Childchewer, the Butcher Boy, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fleshlumpeater]], the Bloodbottler, etc.
* 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.
* NoTrueScotsman: The other giants essentially disown the BFG for not eating humans, though neither party does anything to patch the ties.
* 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.
--> 'My mother!' cried the BFG. 'Giants don't have mothers! Surely you is knowing that.' 'I did not know that,' Sophie said. 'Whoever heard of a woman giant!' shouted the BFG, waving the snozzcumber around his head like a lasso. 'There never was a woman giant! And there never will be one. Giants is always men!'
%%* OrphanageOfFear: Mrs. Clonker's Home for Girls.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: ...except BFG himself, who's considerably smaller than the others.
* 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.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]]. Roald Dahl loves his Queen.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The evil Giants all have red eyes in the animated film. Although the Fleshlumpeater appears to be blind in one eye.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The red and green mouse-type-creature that lives in the BFG's house.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The BFG reveals the location Giant Country to humans so they can defeat the evil giants and no more children will be eaten.
* 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.]]
** Also, the nightmares the BFG catches.
* SergeantRock: The unamed Paratrooper Sergeant.
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]: Not quite. Sophie is snatched from her bed so she can't reveal the giants' existence to the human world.
* SpinOff: The BFG first appeared in ''Literature/DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', an earlier book by Dahl, in a bedtime story told by Danny's father.
* 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.
* 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''.
* TheRuntAtTheEnd: The BFG is the smallest and physically weakest of the giants. This, along with his refusal to eat humans, is why they all ostracize him.
%%* 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 ("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.
* UnusualEuphemism: "whizzpoppers" sounds much less crude right?
* 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 any more. 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!").

!!The adaptations provide examples of:
* 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).
* [[AdaptationDyeJob Adaptation Dye-Job]]: Sophie went from having long blonde hair in the book to having short red hair in the animated film. In the live action film, she has short brown hair.
* 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.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall made one in 1989.
* AnimatedMusical: The Creator/CosgroveHall version had songs in it.
* 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 the cartoon, Fleshlumpeater tries to kill the BFG after his plan to imprison the evil giants is exposed, on the basis that he [[NoTrueScotsman doesn't consider him a true giant any more, but a "human bean"]].
%%* AwardBaitSong:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: In the animated film, for obvious reasons Sophie is missing certain anatomy during the bath scene.
* BigNo: Sophie gives a particularly terrifying one when she watches the Fleslumpeater devour a sleeping boy she and BFG had just given a happy dream.
* BoyishShortHair: Sophie in the film.
* ChekhovsGun: In the movie, a nightmare caught early on is used to defeat the Fleshlumpeater and save the day during the climax.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: In the Disney film, the title character bears a resemblance to actor David Kelly of Film/WakingNedDevine fame.
* DemotedToExtra
** In the animated film, the giants do not feature as much as they do in the book. In the book, they are constantly being talked about and show up in many sequences.
** The Bloodbottler. In the book and animated film, he has a scene in the BFG's home that serves as an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the giants, and is therefore the only giant besides the Fleshlumpeater to get any amount of screentime. In the live-action film, his scene is given to the Fleshlumpeater.
* GoOutWithASmile: In the film, [[spoiler:a boy is eaten by Fleshlumpeater while he's having a nice dream.]]
* HaHaHaNo: In the movie, the BFG does this when discussing the different flavours of humans from around the world with Sophie.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* MagicalLand: Giant Country and Dream Country. The visuals in the animated movie seem to imply they are more akin to [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]].
* 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.
%%* 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]]:''' [[ItIsPronouncedTropay Human]] ''[[ItIsPronouncedTropay being!]]'' [[InsultBackfire Yes! I'd rather be one of them than like you!]]
* NothingIsScarier: The scene in which the Fleshlumpeater devours a sleeping boy is made even scarier because [[GoryDiscretionShot we don't actually see him do it]]. Instead, when he reaches into the boy's window, it cuts to Sophie whose reaction says it all before cutting back to Fleshlumpeater obviously chewing something we can't see.
* ObviouslyEvil: The giants look even more evil in the animated movie than their physical descriptions and illustrations from the book. For instance, Fleshlumpeater is not only a towering brute, but has fanged, rotten teeth, a scarred face, barbaric regalia, and blood-red eyes.
* 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!]] Ha-ha!
--> [[spoiler:'''Fleshlumpeater:''' ''(roars)'']]
--> ''(panic ensues)''
%%* {{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!'''"
* SceneryPorn: In the movie, the shots of Dream Country and the exterior shots of the volcano in Giant Country are ''beautiful''.
* SheWhoMustNotBeSeen: Mrs. Clonkers never appears in the animated film. Only her voice is heard.
* ShoutOut: In the animated movie, a young boy has a ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' poster in his bedroom.
* TheEighties: Spielberg's adaptation places the film explicitly in the 1980s, as the Queen contacts Nancy Reagan via phone and asks if "Ronnie" is in.
%%* TheVoice: Mrs. Clonkers.
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