Agatha Trunchbull
Background information
Feature films Matilda
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Actress Pam Ferris
Performance model
Character information
Other names The Trunchbull, Miss Trunchbull, Principal Trunchbull
Personality Abusive, pompous, greedy, arrogant, brutish, sleazy, self-centered, lazy, gluttonous, manipulative
Appearance Large, muscle-bound woman
Occupation Principal of Crunchem Hall Primary School
Goal To cause as much damage to children as possible
Friends Harry Wormwood (Sometimes)
Enemies Matilda Wormwood, Jennifer Honey, Harry Wormwood
Likes Chocolate cake, herself, abusing children, her job,
Dislikes Children, Matilda,
Powers and abilities Physical strength
Weapons Strength
Fate Gets scared away from school
Typical Saying "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 Shool and jennifer Honey's aunt. She is incredibly hot-tempered 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 brother and her niece Jennifer Honey. When her brother wasn't there, Agatha abused Jenny. Eventually, Agatha murdered her brother 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 alowed to cry in front of her, but she cried when she was alone.


  • Agatha Trunchbull mentions having never been a child and that she'd grown up quickly, suggesting a harsh upbringing.
  • Trunchbull, Zinnia, Harry, and Michael were the only antagonists who appeared in Matilda.