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Billy Bunter by Frank Richards

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The fictional character Billy Bunter first appeared in the boys' story paper 'The Magnet' between 1908-1940. The creation of Charles Hamilton, the stories of Billy Bunter appeared under the name Frank Richards, one of the many pseudonyms used by Hamilton who never wrote under his own name.

Distinguished by his dramatically overweight appearance and greediness, Bunter possesses a number of character failings including laziness, deceitfulness, racism and self-conceit. While this makes his character frequently entertaining, many readers find it hard to feel any long-term sympathy for him.