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Agatha "The" Trunchbull
Background information
Feature films Matilda
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Actress Pam Ferris
Performance model
Designer Barbara Mesney
Awards Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Character information
Other names Miss Trunchbull, Principal Trunchbull
Personality Accountable, brutal, tyrannical, callous, fearful, relentless, merciless, cold-blooded, paranoid, meticulous, abusive, neglectful, mean-spirited, quarrelsome, vain, sinister, murderous, manipulative, ambitious, vicious, sly, uncaring, intimidating, hot-headed, heartless.
Appearance Tall, chubby, fair skin, pointed nose, bagged eyes, dark brown hair in a bun, dark teal blue overcoat with a brown belt, white knee-high socks, brown shoes, brown riding crop, black glove was elimated.
Occupation Principal of Crunchem Hall Primary School (formerly)
Affiliations Bad
Goal Cause as much damage to children as possible (temporarily succeeded, then failed)
Home California
Friends Harry Wormwood (formerly)


Enemies Matilda Wormwood, Jennifer Honey, Harry Wormwood, Maguns Honey, Lavender, Julius Rottwinkle, Amanda Thripp, Bruce Bogtrotter, Hortensia, Nigel Hicks
Minions Jennifer Honey (formerly), Cookie
Likes Chocolate cake, herself, mistreating children, her job, getting ridiculed by Matilda,
Dislikes Children, Matilda
Powers and abilities Brute strength

Expert thrower
Superhuman resilience
Superhuman grip
Medalist-level athleticism
Terror tactics
Knowledge in variety of abuse methods

Weapons Hands, whip
Fate Gets scared from the fear of ghosts and runs away from school, subsequently she drives away and disappears forever
Quote "In this classroom, in this school, I am GOD."

Principal Agatha Trunchbull is the main antagonist of Roald Dahl's book Matilda, as well as its film and play adaption. She is the headmistress of Crunchem Hall Primary School and Jennifer Honey's step-aunt. She is incredibly hot-headed and will go to insane lengths to torture the children at her school. This went on for years until she was challenged by the young child Matilda Wormwood.


Agatha, before the events of the story, moved in with her stepbrother-in law and her step-niece Jennifer Honey. When her stepbrother-in-law wasn't there, Agatha abused Jenny. Eventually, Agatha murdered her stepbrother-in law and took over the house, even though the house rightfully belonged to Jenny. Agatha abused Jenny even more so, and Jenny lived in fear of her aunt. Jenny was forced to do all the work in the house, and was not allowed to cry in front of her, but she cried when she was alone.


  • Agatha Trunchbull mentions having never been a child.
  • Agatha, Zinnia, Harry, and Michael were the only antagonists who appeared in Matilda.