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Picrochole is main antagonist of the novel Gargantua and Pantagruel. He is a jealous king who attacks the Kingdom of Grandgousier. His gives his name to the war he fights: la guerre picrocholine.

Picrochole is a stereotypical bad king, whom Rabelais seeks to deride by putting him in apposition to the good king, represented by Grandgousier, Gargantua's father.


"Picrochole" comes from the Greek meaning "gall", and signifies his dark and acerbic moods. Above all, Picrochole is man who takes on enormous projects he has no chance of completing.

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