"I wanted to be the first to find a Golden Ticket, Daddy!" -Veruca in the film.
Veruca Salt is a character from the children's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She is the second finder of a Golden Ticket. In the book and the films, Veruca is a blonde evil brat with a British accent who is constantly spoiled by her father, Mr. Salt.
Due to her parents spoiling her all of her life, Veruca has no respect for authority, and likely none for anyone but herself. She whines and screams until she gets what she wants. Her parents feed into it constantly and never take any responsibility, no matter how much her brattiness affects other people. In fact, it's likely the first person who ever refused her anything was Mr. Wonka when she ordered her father to buy one of the trained squirrels in the Nut Room.
Veruca was the second one to find a Golden Ticket, only through the excessive amount of thousands and thousands of Wonka Bars bought by her father, who was ordered by Veruca to find a Golden Ticket. After three days in which Veruca would get angrier and angrier until the third day when an employee of Mr. Salt's nut factory found one. She then went in the factory with her two parents (only her father in the films). In the Nut Room, however, she was grabbed by 100 squirrels and thrown into the garbage chute to the incinerator, which fortunately wasn't lighted. Her parents tried to get her out of the chute in hopes that she got stuck, but were pushed down by the squirrels as well. All three Salts came out of the factory covered in garbage, hopefully having learned something about being and/or raising a spoiled brat.
In the 1971 film, Veruca was portrayed by Julie Dawn Cole. Her role was very much the same as in the books, except that Veruca seemed to be a preteen. Her fate varies differently in the film. Instead of entering a nut room full of trained squirrels who grab her and throw her down a garbage chute, Veruca enters a room full of geese that lay golden chocolate eggs. After singing a song about how she wants everything and won't stop until she has it all, she stands on an egg-decator (a device that tells if the golden chocolate eggs are good or bad), she is tested as a "bad egg" and sent down the garbage chute with all the other bad eggs.
- Veruca's fate in the film shares similarities with an early VeggieTales episode, Rack, Shack and Benny, which is an adaptation of the Biblical story of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego, in which "Rack, Shack and Benny" (portrayed by three of the major characters in VeggieTales) work in a chocolate factory, refuse to bow to a giant statue of a golden "chocolate bunny" and are sentenced to be thrown in the furnace with other "bad" chocolate bunnies.
- It is possible that Veruca's fate in the film was changed due to having geese laying in nests being easier to create a scene in which 100 squirrels grab a girl and throw her down a garbage chute. In the 2005 film, the squirrels were mostly CGi animated.