Agatha Trunchbull
Background information
Feature films Matilda
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Pam Ferris
Performance model
Designer Barbara Mesney
Honors and awards Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Character information
Full name Miss Agatha Trunchbull
Other names Miss Trunchbull,
Personality Arrogant, violent, strict, nasty, cruel, fierce, ruthless, merciless, unremorseful, cold, insane, power-hungry, strong, muscular, abusive, neglectful, mean, monstrous, selfish, greedy, truculent, vain, evil, murderous, manipulative, angry, vicious, callous, uncaring, scary, quick-tempered, foul-mouthed
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)
Principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School (formerly)
Alignment Bad
Affiliations Crunchem Hall Elementary School
Nationality British
Birthday 1948
Goal To punish and abuse children her way. (failed)
Home Magnus Honey’s Mansion (formerly),
Relatives Mrs. Honey (step-sister)

Jennifer Honey (niece)
Magnus Honey (brother-in-law)

Allies Harry Wormwood (at first), Cookie
Minions Jennifer Honey (formerly) Cookie
Enemies Harry Wormwood (after her car dies), Matilda Wormwood, Jennifer Honey, Magnus Honey,
Likes Punishing and abuse children without mercy, locking a child in the chokey,
Dislikes Anyone disobeying her, black cats, ghosts, being humiliated
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!!"

"One day, Jen, you'll see that everything I do is for your own good, and the good of those... PUTRUCENT LITTLE CHILDREN!"
~ Miss Trunchbull telling Miss Honey that her school can be safe.

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.



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 most cruel, most, and evil person to ever run a school. She is eager to promote her own image and belittle those around her as well as take great pleasure in other people's pain and suffering. She's also afraid of black cats and ghosts not to mention have a sweet tooth for chocolate cake and sweets.

Physical Appearance

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 film

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.

After Matilda arrives at Crunchem Hall, 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.

Agatha later sent every student to the school's assembly room and called up a boy named Bruce Bogtrotter. She told him that he was a vicious and sneaky 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, Agatha 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. After she enters the house, she angrily phones Harry before going on a rampage while trying to find Matilda and Miss Honey. Luckily, Matilda and Miss Honey escaped from the crazy woman's house.

However, Matilda went back to Agatha's house and uses her powers by striking her clock to nine and moving the armchair backwards to make she (the Trunchbull) fall backwards. Next, the clock strikes again to ten making the Trunchbull to shake it. Matilda then shakes the power lines to flicker the lights and make the windows open to let a draft in, throwing the Trunchbull's portrait into a 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. Finally, the clock strikes to twelve, making the Trunchbull being convinced of this haunting. The principal nearly flees in panic but stops when she finds Matilda's hair ribbon on her car, making her realize that her least favorite student was there.

She arrived to school to teach the children a lesson about who was responsible for trespassing in her property. Matilda, now fed up with her headmistress's torturing, abusing, and cruelty, used her power to use a chalk, creating a message from her deceased brother-in-law, which terrified Agatha. The girl 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 until Matilda's magical power sent him flying back at her, causing Agatha to crash on a globe. The Wormwood girl 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 ox 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.


Single Quotes

They're all mistakes, children. Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one.
~ Ms. Trunchbull to Harry Wormwood.
You’re mommy... is a TWIT!
~ Miss Trunchbull to Amanda.
You wanted cake, you got cake. NOW EAT IT!!!
~ ~ Agatha to Bruce Bogtrotter.
Hop, two, hippity hop. The entire school will go to the assembly room, immediately. (Later) SIT!
~ ~ Miss Trunchbull
Silence! Stop. Silence! (Later, she hits a plate full of Chocolate crumbs on Bruce Bogtrotter)
~ Miss Trunchbull, getting furious at the students who were rooting for Bruce Bogtrotter
I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. Think they do it deliberately just to annoy me.
~ Miss Trunchbull, complaining about children.
Ah, fresh meat.
~ Ms. Trunchbull, meeting Matilda for the first time.
Why are all these women married? Mrs D, Mrs I? You are supposed to be teaching spelling, not poetry!
~ Ms. Trunchbull to Miss Honey.
WORMWOOD!!! You useless used-car salesman scum! I want you around here now, WITH ANOTHER CAR! Yes, I know what "Caveat Emptor" means, you lowlife liar! I'm gonna sue you! I'm gonna burn down your showroom! I'm gonna take that no-good jalopy you sold me and SHOVE IT UP YOUR BAZOOGA! When I'm finished with you, you're gonna look like roadkill! You what?!
~ Agatha Trunchbull threatening Harry Wormwood.
Much too good for children.
~ Miss Trunchbull before eating a chocolate.
Shut up. The entire assembly will stay five hours after school and copy from the dictionary. Any children who object... will go straight to the chokey TOGETHER!
~ Agatha Trunchbull after her defeat from Bruce Bogtrotter's cake-eating confect
Ms. Trunchbull: Ah! I knew it! You can't handle the little viper, so you want to foist her off to one of the other teachers!

Miss Honey: No, no, no, no, no, Miss Trunchbull, I...
Ms Trunchbull: YES! Typical slothful cowardice! Listen to me, Jen, the distance the shot-put goes depends upon the effort you put into it: PERSPIRATION! If you can't handle the little brat, I'll lock her in the chokey! (Hurls a shot at the chokey) Get it?

~ The Trunchbull upon finding out Matilda Wormwood is a smart girl.
You... will be put away in a place where not even the crows can land their droppings on you!
~ Miss Trunchbull to Matilda as she loses it.


Use the rod, beat the child, that's my motto!

Terrific motto!

~ Ms. Trunchbull & Mr. Harry Wormwood.
Ms. Trunchbull: Which one of you tried to poison me? Who? Oh, Matilda, I knew it.
Matilda: I just thought you'd like to know it's not a snake. It's a newt.
Ms. Trunchbull: What did you say?
Matilda: It's a newt, Ms. Trunchbull.
Ms. Trunchbull: Stand up, you villainous sack of goat slime! You did this!
Matilda: No, Ms. Trunchbull.
Ms. Trunchbull: Did you act alone or did you have accomplices?
Matilda: I didn't do it.
Ms. Trunchbull: You didn't like the chokey, did you? Thought you'd pay me back, didn't you? Well, I'll pay you back, young lady.
Matilda: For what, Ms. Trunchbull?
Ms. Trunchbull: For this newt, you pissworm!
Matilda: I'm telling you, Ms. Trunchbull, I didn't do it.
Ms. Trunchbull: Besides, even if you didn't do it, I'm gonna punish you, because I'm big and you're small, and I'm right and you're wrong, and there's nothing you can do about it. You are a liar and a scoundrel, and your father is a liar and a cheat, for the most corrupt lowlifes in the history of civilization. Am I wrong? I'm never wrong. In this classroom, in this school, I am GOD!
~ Trunchbull, reacting to Matilda talking about a newt.
Ms. Trunchbull: I am here to teach you all a lesson. Sometimes in life, horrible and unexplainable things happen. These things are a test of character. And I have character. Form a line across the room, quickly! Run, run, run — don’t keep me waiting! Fill this gap! (calms down a little) I expect you’re wondering what I’m talking about. Yes. A child came to my house. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, I don’t know why.
Miss Honey: Miss Trunchbull, may I-?
Ms. Trunchbull: No, you may not. (turns back to the students) But I know a child came. So did you know it was illegal to enter someone’s home without their permission?
~ Ms. Trunchbull and Miss Honey during Ms. Trunchbull's "lesson" to the children at Miss Honey's class.
Ms. Trunchbull : USELESS, FLAMIN' CAR!!! WORMWOOD!!! Sell me a lemon?! You're heading for the CHOKEY, young lady!

Matilda : Chokey?
Ms. Trunchbull : Teach you a lesson!
Matilda : What lesson?
Ms. Trunchbull : You and your FATHER think you can make a FOOL OUTTA ME!
Matilda : My father?
Matilda : I'm nothing like my father.
Ms. Trunchbull : You're a spitting image. The apple never rots far from the tree!''

~ Ms. Trunchbull putting Matilda in the Chokey.







  • Maggie Kirkpatrick was originally considered for the role Miss Trunchbull, but she wasn't authorized to work in the United States.
  • It is widely believed that Trunchbull was based off the headmistress of Lucy Dahl (who served as a producer) - who reportedly got very creative with her punishments.
  • Her line, "In this Classroom, In this School, I am GOD!" is one of the most controversial aspects of the movie.