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Grandpa Joe Was The Worst Person In ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ And We All Know It

15 Apr 2020 963 votes 137 voters 6.4k views12 items

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A select few fans of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory are united on one front: Charlie's Grandpa Joe is a dirtbag. This Grandpa Joe hate isn't unfounded - the man's irresponsible lifestyle and immaturity create a whirlwind of troubles for Charlie, which only worsens when the patriarch rises from his 20-year bedridden hibernation to join Charlie on his journey to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

While Willy Wonka film conspiracies might attempt to explain away Grandpa Joe's callous and often absurd behavior, examples of the old-timer's cruel or offensive actions are sprinkled throughout the film without explanation, enticing Willy Wonka enthusiasts to "say no to Grandpa Joe."

Throughout the film, as the children entangle themselves in one dilemma after another, they may appear to be their own antagonists. However, the true villain in Willy Wonka is Grandpa Joe. He's a professional at manipulating Charlie - as well as his entire family - all for his own gain. From encouraging irresponsible spending to endangering his grandson in the Fizzy Lifting room, Grandpa Joe proves that he only exists to care about himself.

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