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The Fleshlumpeater is the main antagonist of the 1989 film The BFG. He is the BFG and Sophie's arch-nemesis.

He was voiced by the late Don Henderson, who also voiced the Bloodbottler.

Biography

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. However, unlike the other giants, the Fleshlumpeater seemed content to leave the BFG in peace unless really agitated. For example, the Fleshlumpeater accosted the BFG on his way to Dream Country, and merely frightened 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 associates, never actually killed other members of their own kind (at least not yet).

At first, the BFG was too frightened of the Fleshlumpeater and his associates to stand up to the giants. 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 enraged that the BFG would betray his fellow giants 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 (for reasons unknown) decides to chase after the girl with the intent of eating her.

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.

Personality

Fleshlumpeater is one of the only Giants (outside of the BFG) to have a personality, albeit a vicious one - on the surface he is a cruel and tyrannical monster but he does actually have a type of system, even if it is a brutal one by human standards: for example he lets the BFG exist largely unnoticed and when he does take notice of BFG it is to address deviancy in "proper" Giant behavior (for example he stopped the BFG and demanded to know where he was going because it wasn't dark yet and thus Giants should be resting) - when given an answer he lets the BFG go and while uncertainly a bully he seemed to be the Giant most concerned with keeping Giant Law (which by design is primitive): one of the most important Giant Law stated by the BFG himself is that while they fight and bully each other Giants never kill other Giants.

In regards to Fleshlumpeater's interactions with humanity he hunts and devours children mostly as a predatory animal but like all Giants is also gluttonous and thus plans to devour large number of children if he can, the main reason he likely does not is because he knows if he killed too many children at once, humans would start to become aware of Giants and retaliate.

This fear of humans retaliating against Giants kept Fleshlumpeater from reckless acts for the large part but he was not afraid to combat a small group of soldiers when they invaded Giant Land and captured his brothers - despite being more than capable of killing all involved however Fleshlumpeater opted instead to go after the BFG as he viewed the BFG as a traitor for betraying the other Giants and bringing humans to Giant Land (thus bringing Fleshlumpeater's fears of retaliation into reality).

When BFG states that he would rather be a human than a monster, the Fleshlumpeater finally snapped and decided to break the long-standing rules that Giants do not kill other Giants, deciding that the BFG had in his own words disowned being a Giant and thus no longer had any right to be protected by Giant law (and make it that he'II only kill traitor giants from now on).

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