Willy Wonka - the hero of a fairy tale novel by Roald Dahl, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" by Mel Stuart (where he plays Gene Wilder) and the film adaptation of the same name by Tim Burton (played by Johnny Depp)
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 creative and eccentric genius. He bewilders the other characters with his antics, but Charlie enjoys Wonka's behavior. In 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 is never revealed in the books, but in the 1971 film adaptation, Wonka tells Charlie he "can't live forever," so he wanted to find a sweet child he could trust his candy making secrets to.