Agatha Trunchbull
Background information
Feature films Matilda
Television programs
Video games
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Portrayed by
Portrayed by Pam Ferris
Performance model
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Character information
Full name Miss Agatha Trunchbull
Other names Miss Trunchbull,
Personality Arrogant, violent, nasty, cruel, fierce, ruthless, merciless, unremorseful, cold, insane, power-hungry, strong, muscular,
Appearance Tall, slightly obese, fair skin, pointed nose, bagged eyes, brown hair in a bun, dark teal blue overcoat with a brown belt, white knee-high socks, brown shoes, brown riding crop, black glove.
Occupation Olympian Athlete (formerly)
Crunchem Hall Elementary School Principal (formerly)
Affiliations Bad
Goal To punish and abuse children her way. (failed)
Home Magnus Honey's Mansion (formerly),
Allies Harry Wormwood (at first)
Enemies Harry Wormwood (after her car dies), Matilda Wormwood, Jenifer Honey, Magnus Honey,
Likes Punishing and abuse children without mercy, locking a child in the chokey,
Dislikes Anyone disobeying her, black cats, ghosts,
Powers and abilities Her own muscular strength
Weapons Her riding crop, her hands,
Fate Gets driven away by the children from Crunchem Hall, she drives away from the school and was never seen again
Quote "In this classroom, In this school, I, am GOD!!"

Agatha Trunchbull, more commonly known as Miss Trunchbull or simply Trunchbull, is the main antagonist of the TriStar Pictures film Matilda. She was the former principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School, Miss Honey's aunt, and Matilda's arch-nemesis. She is portrayed by Pam Ferris.


Agatha's also afraid of black cats and ghosts. She even hates all children and thought nothing of literally hurling them vast distances and confining those who dared to oppose her into a medieval torture-device that resembled an iron maiden called the Chokey.

Her tortures were so extreme they could easily have been fatal (though by some miracle her victims always survived). She also berates, torments, and orders around a selfless, innocent teacher named Ms. Jennifer Honey who is in fact, her niece by the name Jenny.

The trunchbull is without a doubt the cruelest, most insane, and most evil person to ever run a school. she is eager to promote her own image, and belittle those around her, and she takes great pleasure in other peoples pain, and suffering. she is also afraid of black cats, and ghost's. and has a sweet tooth for chocolate cake and sweets.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Agatha Trunchbull is a tall, very strong woman with fair skin, pointed nose, bagged eyes, and brown hair that she puts in a bun.

Her main outfit whilst principal of Crunchem Hall, is that she wears a dark teal blue overcoat with a brown belt with a gold buckle, white knee-high socks, and brown shoes. She even carries a riding crop on her hand, and wears an black leather glove.

Her other outfits is when she is planning to go to the gym is she wears a grey hoodie that was from the 1972 Olympics with a brown belt, black jogging pants and brown shoes. At night where she was spooked by "Magnus's Ghost" is she wears white striped pajamas underneath her brown dressing gown, and brown slippers.

Role in the filmEdit

She is first seen (only her silhouette) talking to Harry Wormwood at Wormwood Motors , Harry makes a deal with Trunchbull by selling her a lemon.

At Crunchem Hall, After Matilda arrived, Miss Trunchbull makes her full appearance and berates Amanda Thripp for her pigtails. Trunchbull grabs Amanda by the pigtails and hurls her over the fence like an hammer throw. Luckily, Amanda lands safely in a garden patch. Later, Miss Honey visits Miss Trunchbull in her office and requests that Matilda should be moved up a higher class, but Miss Trunchbull refuses.

She then sent everyone to the assembly room, and called up a boy named Bruce Bogtrotter. She told him that he was a vicious sneak-thief by eating her favorite snack, chocolate cake. As punishment, she then made Bruce consume an enormous chocolate cake in front of the whole school. After Bruce devoured the entire cake, she was furious that he had won and she then punished all of the students by making them stay for five hours after school and copy from the dictionary.

Later, she put Matilda in the Chokey, thinking she was responsible for her father's lowlife business. Thankfully, Miss Honey rescued Matilda from the dreadful iron maiden.

Agatha attempted to drive to the Olympics, but the car ran out of gas, much to Agatha's fury and anger. When she enters the house, she angrily phones Harry she goes on a rampage, trying to find Matilda and Miss Honey. Luckily Matilda and Miss Honey escaped from the crazy woman's house.

However Matilda went back to her house and uses her powers by striking her clock to nine and moving the armchair backwards to make the Trunchbull fall backwards, then the clock strikes again to ten making the Trunchbull to shake it. Matilda then shakes the power lines to flicker the lights, the windows open to let the draft in, throwing the Trunchbull's portrait into the fireplace, hurling all the shot-puts downstairs and placing the portrait of Magnus back above the mantelpiece which tricked her into believing she was being haunted by the ghost of her brother-in-law. Then the clock strikes to twelve making the Trunchbull being convinced of this haunting, nearly flees in terror but stops when she finds Matilda's hair ribbon on her car making her realize that she was there.

She arrived to school to teach the children a lesson, about who was responsible for trespassing in her property, and Matilda, now fed up with her torturing, abusing, and cruelty, used her power to use a chalk, creating a message from her deceased brother-in-law, which terrified Agatha. Matilda then sent two chalk erasers to attack her, knocking her to the ground. When she came to, she threw a boy out the window for no apparent reason, but Matilda's magic power sent him flying back at her, causing Agatha to crash on a globe. Matilda then made the globe spin around and around and Agatha went flying off and landed on the floor unconscious. When she came to, she charged like a bull at Lavender, but the latter was saved by Matilda's power, and Agatha crashed right through the door into the hallway. She was then pelted by lunch food by all of the children in her school, as they were all fed up with being tortured and abused. Agatha drove away in her car, and she was never seen or heard from again after this. She's either living in hiding now or was driven to suicide.