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|“||Fleshlumpeater: You is not giant, you is like human bean!
BFG: Human *being* ..and yes, I is rather being like one of them than likes you!
Fleshlumpeater: Rargh... then I kill you!
|~ Fleshlumpeater to the BFG.|
The Fleshlumpeater is the main antagonist of the 1989 film The BFG. He is the BFG and Sophie's arch-nemesis.
The Fleshlumpeater was the largest and most sinister looking of the race of giants. Pot-bellied, he walked with a crouch, his canine teeth jutted out and the nails on his index fingers were long and talon-like. His left eye is red, whilst his right is milky grey suggesting he is blind in it. Although not specifically stated, he appears to the leader of the man-eating giants.
Like the other giants, the Fleshlumpeater regarded the BFG with contempt, due to his compassionate nature, and refusal to eat humans, while he tended not to invade BFG's home like the other Giants he had no qualms with ignoring his brothers' continued abuse on BFG and even engaged in regular bullying himself.
For example, the Fleshlumpeater accosted the BFG on his way to Dream Country, roughly handling the smaller Giant and frightening him with a few sinister words, before storming off, remarking "I'll let you go... this time."
Despite the aforementioned incident, The BFG told Sophie not to worry, because unlike humans, the Fleshlumpeater and his brothers never actually killed other members of their own kind (at least according the the BFG).
At first, the BFG was too frightened of the Fleshlumpeater to stand up to him, this was demonstrated in the middle of the film when he and Sophie (despite the latter's pleas) watched on helplessly as the Fleshlumpeater feasted upon one of the residents of the town they were visiting. Whilst Sophie later branded the BFG a coward, the BFG himself noted that he stood no chance of standing up to the Fleshlumpeater physically, stating "He would just punch me down and kick me".
Towards the end of the film though, the friendly giant with Sophie's encouragement picks up the courage to meet with the Queen of England and send the army in to capture the giants. The plan proves to be a resounding success - however, the Fleshlumper was not captured, having been absent from the scene. He arrived in a terrible rage, smashing a jeep and threatening some soldiers who proved no match for him. But the Fleshlumpeater largely ignored the humans recognizing who was responsible, he roared loudly and stormed off to find the BFG.
Once Fleshlumpeater finds the BFG he is seemingly enraged that the BFG would betray his fellow giants (though it is likely he was more personally enraged that the BFG was finally standing up to him) and accuses him of not being a giant and is more like a human bean.
When the BFG states he would rather be human than a monster like Fleshlumpeater, the larger giant grabs his smaller kin in a choke hold, lifts him off the floor with one hand and states he shall kill the BFG.
He then tosses him to the ground before attempting to crush the BFG with a large boulder.
He is distracted, however, when Sophie screams and ecides to chase after the girl with the intent of eating her, abandoning the BFG, who he saw as too weak to be a threat.
Fleshlumpeater pursues her, and despite Sophie's best efforts he eventually traps her between the palms of his hands. Before he can devour her, however, he meets his match when the BFG, badly injured but driven by a desire to save Sophie, blows a magical-nightmare, a "trogglehumper", into the Fleshlumpeater's face - reducing the giant to a snivelling wreck, as he has a horrible nightmare about Jack the Giant Killer and scaring him away. He and his evil brothers were then taken away to a deep underground pit from which they stood no chance of escape and would be fed nothing but disgusting "snozzcumbers" for the rest of their days, putting a end to their child-eating spree for good.
Fleshlumpeater was depicted as a violent brute but was still more intelligent than any of his eight brothers and was also the only Giant besides the BFG who had a personality - Fleshlumpeater was in many ways everything the BFG was not: openly cruel, brutish but also capable of being cunning when needed, gluttonous and proud of his ways, as well as a relentless bully who would not hesitate to beat down and even kill those who dared to stand against him.
He was the leader of the Giants mostly because he was the largest and most violent, he did have some fear of humans and thus limited himself in order to try and prevent being caught - working by cover of night, however he was rapidly becoming ever more dangerous and the BFG noted that Fleshlumpeater and his brothers were planning a massacre of two schools full of orphans in England: this means that his fear of human reprisal was no longer fully working and his evil nature was starting to win out, meaning he was getting ever more bold in his murders.
When BFG called humans to Giant Land the Fleshlumpeater was furious, not so much because of the betrayal itself (though he was confused by BFG would do so) - his true anger came from the fact that BFG was no longer afraid of him and was openly defying him - this prompted Fleshlumpeater to quickly throw away the one rule all Giants must follow and he tried to violently kill BFG.
It was also stated by the BFG himself that despite the army capturing the brothers Fleshlumpeater would never of stopped his evil ways and likely would of caused even more damage to the human world when he said to Sophie: "it's only me left to stop him now".