Becky Thatcher
Becky thatcher

Real Name

Rebecca Thatcher

First Appearance

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

Original Publisher

American Publishing Company

Created by

Samuel Clemens (as "Mark Twain")


Becky is Judge Thatcher's daughter, known for her love interest with Tom Sawyer. Her long, blonde hair is always worn in braids. She wins Tom's love from the first moment he sees her. When Becky first encounters Tom, she gives him a purple pansy to show her love. Becky Thatcher soon becomes "engaged" to Tom Sawyer by swearing to love only him and sealing their engagement with a kiss on the lips. When Tom mentions that he used to be with Amy Lawrence, Becky believes Tom still loves Amy and gets angry at him. Tom wins her back by telling a lie and takes the whipping for the vandalization of their teacher's anatomy book, which Becky accidentally ripped.

Public Domain Appearances



  • Tom Sawyer (1917)
  • Huck and Tom (1918)
  • Huckleberry Finn (1920)


  • In Huckleberry Finn, she is also referred to as "Bessie."
  • The character was based on Laura Hawkins, an actual friend of Samuel Clemens

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