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    Veruca Salt
    "You could put her in a county fair."
    Gender: Female
    Type: Spoiled Brat
    Age: 12 at most
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Julie Dawn Cole (1971 film)
    Julia Winter (2005 film)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


    Veruca Salt is one of the four bratty children in the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as its adaptations.

    Personality

    Veruca is a spoiled brat, begging her mother and father for everything - even if she doesn't have to work for it - and having a fit when she doesn't get it. For example, because of her desire for a Golden Ticket, her father Mr. Salt forces all of his workers to unwrap an wicked amount of chocolate, with Veruca throwing a tantrum when the search takes too long. When one of the workers found the ticket, she attempted to hide it away for herself but Mr. Salt quickly took it away from her and gave it to Veruca, who, instead of saying thank you, immediately asks for a pony.

    Her spoiled nature is showcased all throughout the tour; her desire to win the factory helps create a rivalry between Violet Beauregarde, and she repeatedly asks her father to buy something from Wonka's factory, including an Oompa-Loompa (in a deleted scene) and squirrel workers. This leads to her eventual downfall, as Wonka's refusal to sell her a squirrel caused her to bypass the gate and attempt to take one, leading her to be sent down the garbage chute. This shows that Veruca doesn't care about the safety of herself or others, nor does she care if she's violating the rules, as long as she gets what she wants.

    Probably as a result of her spoiled nature, Veruca is also shown to have many other traits. She is shown to be cynical to others, which is showcased when she joyfully watches Violet swell up into a blueberry, as well as nasty and humorous, showcased when she recommends to Mrs. Beauregarde to place Violet in a county fair due to her blueberry status and enormous size. Veruca also asks Wonka whether Violet would be a blueberry forever, implying that she sees Violet's condition as her trophy. Despite this, she looks genuinely horrified when Augustus is sucked up the chocolate pipes. She can be quite friendly in some times when she does not get spoiled.

    Why She's Intentionally A Brat

    1. She is the brattiest of all the children on the tour, greedily demanding things nonstop. And while her parents failed to uphold their moral obligation to raise her well and teach her that her behavior is abnormal, and the Oompa Loompas called them out on it, regardless of what they said, she is still well beyond it with her atrocious personality, and furthermore, there is no indication that she struggles with moral agency.
    2. Though her father actually loves her, she is such a troublemaker who cares about nothing except getting what she wants. He had to make hundreds of girls work all day every day doing nothing but unwrapping Wonka bars just so Veruca could have a golden ticket, which she does. She expects everything to magically appear to her and throws a huge fit when it doesn't.
    3. She demands that she be allowed to have one of Wonka's trained nut sorting squirrels, refusing to have her father buy her a normal squirrel. When Wonka won't sell her father one, she tries to steal one, which leads to her being thrown down the garbage chute. In the 1971 film adaptation, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, as well as the animated Tom & Jerry crossover film, Tom & Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the squirrels are replaced with golden geese that lay golden eggs. After Wonka refuses to give her a golden goose, she sings an iconic song "I Want It Now" and says all the things that a spoiled brat says, making a huge mess and knocking a wall of presents down for the Oompa Loompas to clean up. Then she stands on the trap and it tells her she is a bad egg and throws her down the garbage chute.
    4. In the 2005 film, when her father finally gets her a golden ticket, instead of thanking him, she tells him she wants another pony.
    5. She displays a shocking lack of empathy when Violet is turned into a blueberry in the 2005 film, suggesting that Violet's mother put her in a county fair.
    6. In the 2005 film, she whines about "only" having a pony, two dogs, four cats, six rabbits, two parakeets, three canaries, a green parrot, a turtle, and a hamster.
    7. In the 2005 film, upon seeing the Great Glass Elevator, she demands that her father get her a flying glass elevator, which turns out to be the final straw for him, as he tells her the only thing she's getting is a bath.
    8. She's even more hateful in the 1971 film than in the book and 2005 film. She immediately takes credit for finding the golden ticket after forcing all of the factory hands to open untold hundreds of thousands of candy bars just to satisfy her selfish desires. When she and Violet walk down a hallway, she roughly shoves Violet for no real reason, which leads to the girls doing this repeatedly as they make their way down the hallway. She tries to dishonor Wonka's deal about never giving the Gobstopper to anyone else (Slugworth, so he could give her a lot of money), and even tries to ask for two.
    9. In the 2013 musical, she wears fur made from baby seals.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. Both her actresses from the films give good performances.
    2. Her song "I Want it Now" is considered iconic.
    3. In the 1971 film, she does show concern when Augustus falls into the chocolate river and, despite their animosity, is also concerned when Violet starts turning into a blueberry.
    4. She has a minor Freudian excuse in that her parents spoiled her rotten.
    5. She gets her comeuppance in the 2005 film as well as in "Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (2017) though each punishment is different.
      • For the 2005 film, when she asks for a glass elevator similar to Willy Wonka's, her father not only rejects her request but states that the only thing she is getting is a bath (note that both of them are covered in trash). This indicates that her father has had it with her.
      • In T&JWWATCF where she demands her father get her her own chocolate factory, immediately after they, along with Tom and Jerry, were nearly incinerated. This turns out to be the last straw, as her father takes her away to punish her for her attitude.
    6. In the stage musical Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, as well as the 2010 opera The Golden Ticket, she and the other children are shown to have learned their lesson and become better by the end.

    Trivia

    • Veruca Salt was played by Swedish-born British actress Julia Winter who also voiced Veruca in the Swedish dub.
    • Mike Teavee is the only one out of the 4 rotten kids to care about Veruca.
    • Her along with Augustus Gloop, are the youngest children to go to the factory (Veruca and Augustus of both 9).
    • Veruca is the only child to be absent for her Oompa-Loompa song because she already went missing inside the garbage chute when Mr. Salt, ends up to look for her where she is.
    • Julia Winter joked that they chose her because she has an "evil spirit" inside of her.
    • Veruca, along with Mike Teavee, are the only children who are not directly mean to Charlie Bucket. However, she has a fast "friendship" with intentions of rivalry with Violet Beauregarde and pushes Mike.
    • Her mansion in the movie is an actual house. It was filmed at the famous Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, U.K. The exterior, though is Wrotham Park, also in Hertfordshire.
    • Veruca has one pony, two dogs, four cats, six bunny rabbits, two parakeets, three canaries, one green parrot, one turtle and one "silly old" hamster, as she described it (the goldfish in a bowl and the cage of white mice is not mentioned as described in the book).
    • According to Tim Burton, Veruca talking about her "marvelous pets" is actually a dialogue error even though it was first said in the book. However, he had no time to call 'Cut!' and it was left in the film.
    • She’s the only child who doesn’t interact with Charlie, at least directly. She and her father gives him and Grandpa Joe outside the factory gates the stink eye.
    • Veruca isn’t an actual given name. It is instead a joke on the word verruca, a wart on the bottom of a foot.
    • She was going to be called Elvira Entwistle in an earlier rough draft of the book.
    • There is an error in the scene where she falls down the garbage chute. When the squirrels push her down, she is lying on her side, yet when it cuts to an inside view of the chute where she slides down, she is sliding down on her back.
    • Another error could be seen where she says to Willy wonka "then shouldn't you be up there?" and she could be seen wearing a watch while when Veruca is being dragged by the squirrels, her arms under her silver mink coat are way out and revealed and it is shown she doesn't have a watch.

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