| Walter Hotenhoffer
| Character Information
Walter Hotenhoffer, born as Augustus Gloop, is a German pharma industrialist and the owner of Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals.
Hotenhoffer, supposedly then known as Augustus Gloop, won a trip to a chocolate factory where he got sucked up a tube, scarring him for life. In his later life, he would frequently have nightmares about this incident.
After Lisa discovered that the Springfield Silvertongue flower could make creatures and people docile, Grampa started using the drug made from it. However, Lisa didn't want people to have artificial happiness so she flushed it. When Grampa and Homer were talking about this at Moe's Tavern, Hotenhoffer overheard them. He then took a drop from Grampa's skin and took it back to Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals.
Hotenhoffer's scientists synthesized the compounds from the drop and tested them on Grampa until they found the correct one. He then created the drug MusBeNys from the compound. Hotenhoffer told Homer, Bart, and Grampa that only Grampa should take the drug for now as it was in the trial phase. However, Bart stole the drugs and sold it to people in Springfield. When the side effects of the drug came out, the Simpsons went to Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals to tell Walter about them. Hotenhoffer decided that he had to do something about it, but then a mob of elderly people gathered outside of Hotenhoffer Pharmaceuticals. Hotenhoffer put a gun to his head until his secretary told him that they were a cheerful mob. Hotenhoffer went out to confront the mob and decided that he couldn't exploit them so he would destroy the drug. After Grampa convinced the old people that they didn't need it, Walter told everyone that the lesson they could take from the incident was that if you are a fat little boy in a chocolate factory, never drink from the river.
At some point, Hotenhoffer released a video for hypochondria.edu explaining the side effects of Chillaxodol. At the end of the video, Hotenhoffer said that life is heartless and brutal before he curls into a ball and rolls down a hill into traffic.
Hotenhoffer suffered a traumatic incident as a child in a chocolate factory, which left him scarred for life. He has nightmares about this incident well into his adult life. This seemingly has led to depression as he frequently puts a gun to his head. Hotenhoffer has also said that "life is heartless and brutal", again pointing to depression. Hotenhoffer also seems to have morals, as seen when he decided to put the mistakes of the drug right again and when he said that he couldn't exploit the elderly people.
Behind the Laughter
Walter Hotenhoffer claims to be Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.