13 unlucky Roald Dahl characters

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5:30pm, 13th February
Charlie, Fantastic Mr Fox, James, The Witches
Trunky from Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Friday 13th is unlucky for some, so we're counting down 13 of the most devilish Roald Dahl characters. They certainly got their comeuppance.

From being squashed by a Giant Peach to falling down the rubbish chute, many of Roald Dahl's most villainous characters will meet a sticky end...

1 - 3: Boggis, Bunce and Bean


Being well and truly outfoxed by a fox has got to be humiliating. But these farmers are pretty nasty, and Mr Fox is pretty fantastic, so it's probably to be expected.

4. Grandma

She demands her medicine every day at 11am, but George Kranky's mean old grandmother gets than she bargained for when he decides to teach her a lesson.

5. The Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile is on a mission to find and eat up a few nice juicy children for his lunch. The other animals - including Trunky the Elephant - won't let him, which means bye bye nasty old Crocodile.

6. The Grand High Witch

She thinks she has her devilish plan all worked out, but The Grand High Witch from The Witches has reckoned without one young boy and his grandmother. Be careful around the soup...

7 - 8. Aunts Spiker and Sponge

James Henry Trotter's horrible old aunts are so keen to take charge of James's Giant Peach, you'd think they'd be more wary. But no, those greedy, cruel old women are about to be cut down to size - by a peach.

9. Augustus Gloop

All of Charlie Bucket's fellow Golden Ticket winners find a punishment that fits their crime in Mr Wonka's factory, and greedy Augustus is the first to go - into the Chocolate River and up the pipe.

10. Violet Beuregarde

She's not the only person to meet a sticky end inside Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but Violet Beuregarde's is certainly one of the stickiest. And so it should be for a champion gum chewer.

11. Veruca Salt

Spoilt Veruca Salt is the third to leave the Chocolate Factory after she refuses to take Mr Wonka's 'no' for an answer to her squirrel-ownership demands. Silly Veruca.

12. Mike Teavee

Mike is a television-loving boy who takes the television-love far too far. Another who refuses to heed Mr Wonka's advice, he quite literally finds himself shrunk to size.

13. Miranda Mary Piker

In earlier drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there were other characters whose vile behaviour saw them unceremoniously leave the Chocolate Factory. Miranda Mary Piker was one - she ended up in the Peanut Brittle Mixer. Yikes.