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In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (specifically the film), Mike brags (sort of) about the fact that he cracked the code for the Golden Tickets. He then explains that he hates chocolate. Why, then, did he crack the code? Is there any evidence that he liked other confectionary or was challenged by his friends to do it? I'd prefer a reason supported by evidence from the original book, then the 2005 film, and at last resort the original Willy Wonka film with Gene Wilder.

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    I don’t believe Mike discussed how he finds the ticket in the book; I believe that plot point only came in the 2005 film.
    – alexwlchan
    Aug 24, 2014 at 2:51
  • @alexwlchan that was what I also thought. What I am looking for though is an explanation of why he found the ticket in the first place according to any of the three sources. Aug 24, 2014 at 4:37
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    In the 2005 film, I always interpreted as Mike considering it a game challenge. Many video games are centered around deciphering patterns, puzzles and codes. Add in his hubris and desire to show people up and make them jealous.
    – phantom42
    Aug 25, 2014 at 13:05
  • @phantom42 - You are correct
    – Valorum
    Oct 4, 2014 at 20:48

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There is no indication as to how Mike Teevee/Teavee managed to secure his ticket in either of the other two main sources; the original Roald Dahl books or the 1967 Gene Wilder film.

The decision to make Mike an angry (but brilliant) techno-nerd appears to have been taken by the 2005 film's writer John August and is an original creation for the Tim Burton film.

Given that we're shown his obsession with video gaming, it's reasonable to assume that he saw locating the ticket as an intellectual challenge on a par with the sorts of puzzles you get in computer games and nothing more.


UPDATE : I asked the film's scriptwriter John August (via twitter) why he'd chosen to present Mike Teavee this way. He's confirmed my original assumption:

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    Muhahaha, now we know your real name is "Answerguesser40", so much for anonymity!
    – Möoz
    Oct 5, 2020 at 4:07
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As I see it, this is the main theme of the whole story.

To do something, but do not want it from the heart.

The four children (in the movie 2005) that found a ticket (without Charlie) did it all because of base motives.

One because he is greedy/hooked on chocolate. (I assume he even did not taste it anymore).

One because her mother suggested it and she was trained to master every challenge, but she even say, that she not like chocolate.

One because she want to have everything, that makes her special and envied by other children.

And Mike TV because it was on the TV and he is intelligent enough and has no other things to do, as to solve the puzzle, which way in which store the tickets would probably take, and where he has to buy a chocolate. And by proofing his theory, he "accidentally" get one ticket...

Only Charlie want to have this ticket, because he want to see the factory! (And if one is extra precise, not because he want to see it, but because he want to show it to his grandfather).

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  • Gotta say if proving you're clever enough to crack a complex puzzle is a base motive, I'm struggling to come up with a high minded one.
    – Jontia
    Oct 8, 2020 at 14:03
  • @Jontia I assume it depends of the behavior. Mike is a poser. All should know, that he is this smart. He could use it "to save the world" but he decided to take the chance of a factory visit from another child, who really want to go there Oct 9, 2020 at 4:53
  • @Jontia if he was intelligent enough to solve the problem, then he should be intelligent enough to make it like the magicians and "write it on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope and store it by someone who is trusted" to proof his solution ;) Oct 9, 2020 at 4:59
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I think he wanted to go to the factory. Then he figured out that the most likely way to get a golden ticket was to check the manufacturing dates. Since he was playing video games, he got smart and was able to think of that idea. He got so smart even that he felt like you could be smart enough to figure that out which was beyond the skills of the other 4 children who went to the factory and were probably normal people and still be a retard. I think they made it so that he hated chocolate and ending up getting only one to demonstrate how powerful that trick was.

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