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The Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher, also known as the Terrible Blood-Suckling Tooth-Pluckling Stone-Chuckling Spittler, is the main antagonist of Roald Dahl's 1991 children's book The Minpins, republished in 2017 as Billy and the Minpins.

Biography

Little Billy is warned against entering the Forest of Sin by his mother, who tells him that a monster called the Terrible Blood-Suckling Tooth-Pluckling Stone-Chuckling Spittler that blows orange-red smoke from its nose while chasing its prey lives there. However, Billy is told by The Devil that monsters don't exist and goes into the forest to pick strawberries. While he is walking through the forest, he hears something coming and runs. Looking over his shoulder, he sees puffs of orange-red smoke catching up with him.

Billy escapes from the monster by climbing up a tree, where he finds a city of tiny people called the Minpins. He tells them that he has just escaped from the Spittler, but is told that the creature was not the Spittler, but in fact the Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher, which "grunches up" everything in the forest. Escape from the creature seems impossible, until Billy discovers the friendship between the Minpins and birds. Riding on the back of a swan, he lures the Gruncher into a lake. The water extinguishes the fire in the Gruncher's belly, killing it.

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Books
James and the Giant Peach: Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Cloud Men
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Arthur Slugworth
The Magic Finger: The Girl
Fantastic Mr Fox: Boggis, Bunce and Bean | Rat
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: Vermicious Knids
Danny, the Champion of the World: Mr. Victor Hazell
The Enormous Crocodile: Enormous Crocodile
The Twits: Mr. and Mrs. Twit
George's Marvellous Medicine: Grandma
The BFG: Giants (Fleshlumpeater, Bloodbottler, Bonecruncher, Meatdripper & Gizzardgulper)
The Witches: Witches (Grand High Witch of all the World, The Woman in Black, Beatrice, Henrietta & Elizabeth)
Boy: Tales of Childhood: Headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral School | Mrs. Pratchett | Captain Hardcastle
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me: The Cobra
Matilda: Agatha Trunchbull | Harry Wormwood
The Minpins: Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher

Movies
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Arthur Slugworth
The Witches: Witches (Grand High Witch, Susan Irvine, Nicola Cuttle, Pamela, Lois Leffour, Mildred, Elizabeth, Henrietta, Jacqueline & Beatrice)
James and the Giant Peach: Aunt Sponge | Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Skeleton Pirates | Shark
Matilda: Agatha Trunchbull | Harry Wormwood
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Boggis, Bunce and Bean | Rat
The BFG: Giants (Fleshlumpeater, Bloodbottler & Bonecruncher)

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