Charlie Bucket
Charlie Bucket.1
Gender: Male
Known Relatives: Grandpa Joe (Grandad)
Portrayed By: Peter Ostrum (1971)
Freddie Highmore (2005)
First Appearance: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket is a fictional character in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Charlie Bucket is a title character and the protagonist of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the film adaptations of these books that followed. He is depicted as a kind-hearted, poor boy that lives with his mother, father, and four bedridden grandparents. Despite being a stereotypical hero, he is a very kind boy. In the 1971 film adaptation, he has a newspaper route after school. He is curious and interested in Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. He gets one chocolate bar a year for his birthday. In the 1964 novel, he keeps every chocolate bar in a wooden box to save it so it lasts about a month. He and his family follow the progress of the hunt for the Golden Tickets in newspapers and, in the films, on television. Unlike the first four of the Wonka kids, Charlie is honest, giving, sincere, and is willing to keep his family safe and cares about them.

One evening, as the Golden Ticket craze dies down, Charlie finds some money on the sidewalk and buys two chocolate bars, the second of which carries the fifth Golden Ticket. He returns home to read the Ticket with his family, where he discovers that the date of the tour is the following day; in the 2005 film, Charlie initially refuses to visit the factory, preferring to sell the ticket to raise money for his family, but is dissuaded by Grandpa George.

He and Grandpa Joe tour the factory with Wonka and the other Ticket winners, for whom Charlie voices concern as they disappear. In the novel, at the end of the tour, Wonka informs Charlie that he has selected him to take over the factory when he, Wonka, retires, due to Charlie's kind nature. In addition to being trained by Wonka, Charlie and his entire family are permitted to move into the factory. In the 1971 film, Charlie wins the factory when he returns an Everlasting Gobstopper given to him by Wonka, thereby passing Wonka's test. In the 2005 film, Wonka initially refuses to allow Charlie's family to join them in the factory, largely because of his own unresolved conflict with his father; in response, Charlie rejects Wonka's offer. Wonka sinks into a depression and eventually seeks Charlie's assistance. Charlie helps Wonka to reconnect with his father, after which Wonka allows the entire Bucket family to move into the factory.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Films vte
Main Films Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
Characters Augustus GloopArthur SlugworthCharlie BucketGrandpa JoeMike TeaveeVeruca SaltViolet BeauregardeWilly Wonka

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