"Willy Wonka" is a character in Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, and the film adaptations of these books that followed.

The book and the film adaptations both vividly depict an odd Wonka, a phoenix-like man arising from his Creativity/creative and Eccentricity (behavior)/eccentric genius. He bewilders the other characters with his antics, but Charlie enjoys Wonka's behavior. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (film)/the 2005 film adaptation, Willy Wonka's behavior is viewed more as a sympathetic character flaw. Wonka's reasons for giving away his fabulous factory are never revealed in the books, but in the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory/1971 film adaptation, Wonka tells Charlie he "can't live forever", so he wanted to find a sweet child to whom he could entrust his candy making secrets.

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