List of Wicked characters
This is a list of Wicked characters.
- 1 Elphaba Thropp
- 1.1 Broadway, New York
- 1.2 1st North American Tour
- 1.3 Chicago, Illinois
- 1.4 West End, London
- 1.5 Los Angeles, California
- 1.6 Tokyo, Japan
- 1.7 Stuttgart, Germany
- 1.8 Melbourne, Australia
- 1.9 San Francisco, California
- 1.10 2nd North American Tour
- 1.11 Sydney, Australia
- 1.12 Osaka, Japan
- 1.13 Oberhausen, Germany
- 1.14 Fukuoka, Japan
- 2 Glinda Arduenna Upland
- 3 Nessarose "Nessa" Thropp
- 4 Fiyero Tigelaar
- 5 Wizard of Oz
- 6 Madame Morrible
- 7 Doctor Dillamond
- 8 Boq
- 9 Dorothy Gale
- 10 Liir
- 11 Yackle
- 12 Mister Boss
- 13 Grommetik
- 14 Nanny
- 15 Brother Frexspar the Godly
- 16 Chistery Nikko, Killyjoy, the Bees, and the Crows
- 17 Melena Thropp
- 18 Avaric Tenmeadows
- 19 Crope and Tibbett
- 20 Turtle Heart
- 21 Ama Clutch
- 22 Shell Thropp
- 23 Sarima
- 24 Irji
- 25 Manek
- 26 Nor
- 27 Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six
- 28 Commander Cherrystone
- 29 Brrr
- 30 Bfee
- 31 Gawnette
- 32 Milla
- 33 Pfannee
- 34 Shenshen
- 35 Professor Lenx
- 36 Mister Mikko
- 37 Rhinoceros
- 38 Doctor Nikidik
- 39 Miss Greyling
- 40 Malky
- 41 Sir Chuffrey
- 42 Lady Partra Thropp
- 43 References
Elphaba Thropp, the future Wicked Witch of the West, is the protagonist of the novel and musical Wicked. Actresses to be billed in the lead role in various productions include
Broadway, New York
- Idina Menzel (Original)
- Shoshana Bean
- Eden Espinosa
- Ana Gasteyer
- Julia Murney
- Stephanie J. Block
- Kerry Ellis
- Marcie Dodd
- Nicole Parker
- Dee Roscioli
- Mandy Gonzalez
- Teal Wicks
- Jackie Burns
- Willemijn Verkaik
- Lindsay Mendez
- Christine Dwyer (Current)
1st North American Tour
- Kristy Cates (Temporary)
- Stephanie J. Block (Original)
- Eden Espinosa (Temporary)
- Julia Murney
- Shoshana Bean
- Victoria Matlock
- Carmen Cusack
- Donna Vivino
- Jackie Burns
- Dee Roscioli (June 2011-October 2011; September 2012-April 2013; July 2013 - temporary)
- Mamie Parris
- Nicole Parker
- Alison Luff (Current)
- Ana Gasteyer
- Kristy Cates
- Dee Roscioli (December 2006-June 2008; August 2008-January 2009)
- Lisa Brescia
West End, London
- Idina Menzel (Original - September 2006-December 2006)
- Kerry Ellis (January 2007-June 2008; December 2008-May 2009)
- Alexia Khadime (June 2008-November 2008; May 2009-March 2010)
- Rachel Tucker (March 2010-October 2012)
- Louise Dearman (October 2012-November 2013)
- Willemijn Verkaik (Current)
Los Angeles, California
- Eden Espinosa (February 2007-December 2007; October 2008-January 2009)
- Caissie Levy (January 2008-May 2008)
- Teal Wicks (May 2008-October 2008)
- Hamada Megumi
- Higuchi Asami
- Imai Minori
- Ebata Masae
- Willemijn Verkaik
- Roberta Valentini
San Francisco, California
- Teal Wicks (January 2009-March 2009; May 2009-February 2010)
- Vicki Noon (March 2009-May 2009)
- Eden Espinosa
- Marcie Dodd
2nd North American Tour
- Amanda Harrison (September 2009-November 2009)
- Jemma Rix (November 2009-September 2010)
- Pippa Grandison (December 2009-May 2010)
- Patrice Tipoki (May 2010-September 2010)
- Ebata Masae
- Kimura Chiaki
- Higuchi Asami
- Okamura Minami
- Willemijn Verkaik (March 2010-August 2010; November 2010-February 2011)
- Sabrina Weckerlin (August 2010-November 2010)
- Roberta Valentini (March 2011-September 2011)
- Ebata Masae
Glinda Arduenna Upland
Glinda Arduenna Upland is Elphaba's roommate at Shiz University. She hates Elphaba at first, but they later become close friends. However, the two are separated for twenty years when Elphaba goes into hiding. Glinda is part of the high society in Gillikin, Oz's northern province. The Glinda in the book is parallel to her character in the musical Wicked, sometimes behaving in a snobby and mean fashion, whereas in The Wizard of Oz, as well as in the original Oz Books, she is portrayed as kind and gentle.
In the musical, the role was originally played by Kristin Chenoweth. Other actresses to be billed in the lead role in other productions worldwide include
- Annaleigh Ashford
- Gina Beck
- Helen Dallimore (original London cast)
- Louise Dearman
- Lucy Durack
- Megan Hilty
- Chantal Janzen
- Kendra Kassebaum
- Jennifer Laura Thompson
- Chandra Lee Schwartz
- Sophie-Linder Lee (understudy)
- Erin Mackey
- Suzie Mathers
- Alli Mauzey
- Dianne Pilkington
- Kate Reinders
- Katie Rose Clarke
- Jenni Barber
- Savannah Stevenson
- Chloe Taylor (understudy)
- Emily Tierney (original UK tour)
- Katie Rose Clarke has appeared in the role for more performances than any other actress.
- Louise Dearman is the first (and only to date) actress to have portrayed both lead roles of Elphaba and Glinda.
- Gina Beck is the first (and only to date) actress to play the role both in the UK (London) and US (First National Tour).
Nessarose "Nessa" Thropp
Elphaba's younger sister, Nessarose eventually becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the East. In the novel, Nessarose is born without arms, and therefore is completely dependant on Elphaba, caretaker Nanny, and her father. This was possibly an unfortunate but ironic side effect of a remedy Melena took in an attempt to prevent her next child from having green skin. Nessarose is described as being extremely beautiful; and Elphaba, though she loves her sister deeply and goes out of her way to care for her and ensure her comfort and happiness, is jealous of her. Though Elphaba's reserved and fiercely private personality might not make it easily apparent to an outside observer, this jealousy is magnified by her father, Frex's, undisguised favoritism towards Nessarose. As a gift, Frex crafts and then gives Nessarose the sparkling, glass-covered shoes (which are known as the "Silver Shoes" in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) which Glinda later enchants, giving Nessarose the ability to walk unaided. Nessarose inherits the title and role of Eminent Thropp of Munchkinland when Elphaba, being the eldest and therefore the rightful heiress to the office, declines it. Nessarose is a devout unionist, and many Munchkins are unhappy under her rule. She is killed when Dorothy's house falls on top of her. It is heavily hinted that Nessarose is not Frex's biological daughter, but rather the illegitimate daughter of Melena and Turtle Heart. While Nessarose's questionable paternity is readily apparent to Frex—it is even suggested at points in the novel that he accepts that Nessarose is likely Turtle Heart's daughter and not his own—he still holds her dear to his heart as a result of his own personal love for Turtle Heart, and it is suggested that he may even love her more because of it.
In the musical adaptation, Nessarose is born with arms, but her legs are paralyzed; and it is Elphaba rather than Glinda that enchants the shoes. In both the novel and the musical the shoes are given to Dorothy by Glinda upon the death of Nessarose, and it is revealed that Elphaba's jealousy for her (now late) father's love and her desire to hold on to any shred of a family connection is the catalyst for her manic drive to acquire her sister's shoes from Dorothy.
Fiyero is the prince of the Arjiki tribe in the Vinkus (derogatorily referred to as Winkie Country by outsiders). He meets Elphaba at Shiz University, and later has a romance with her while she is involved in a resistance movement against the Wizard of Oz. This leads to his apparent murder by the Gale Force, the Wizard's secret police.
In the musical, Elphaba saves him by casting a protection spell that inadvertently changes him into the Scarecrow, a well known character from the Wizard Of Oz, instead. His last name is spelled as "Tiggular" in the musical, whereas in the books, notably A Lion Among Men, it is "Tigelaar".
In the original Broadway production of the musical, he was played by Norbert Leo Butz. Others who played him include Kristoffer Cusick, Sebastian Arcelus, Taye Diggs, Joey McIntyre, Aaron Tveit, Andy Karl, Kyle Dean Massey, Adam Garcia, Oliver Tompsett, Lee Mead, Mark Evans, Ben Freeman, Justin Guarini, Rob Mills, Adam Lambert (understudy), Richard H. Blake and Matt Willis.
Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is a human who came to Oz from Earth in a hot air balloon. He was originally seeking the Grimmerie, but became sidetracked when he discovered he could orchestrate a coup d'état and overthrow the Ozma Regent. It is heavily implied that he fathered Elphaba while her mother was under the influence of the Miracle Elixir, which may explain Elphaba's green skin, her aquaphobia, and occasional ability to read parts of the Grimmerie, which originated in the Wizard's world. He sees the bottle of Miracle Elixir left by Elphaba when she "dies" and Galinda brings it to him. She throws him out of Oz and puts Madame Morrible in jail. He is also referred to by the name "Oscar Zoroaster Diggs".
In the musical's official souvenir book of the same name it is demonstrated that the Grimmerie is known on Earth as The Lesser Key of Solomon the King - a satanic book of sorcery filled with dozens of pentagrams and spells. In the musical it is hinted that the wizard is actually Elphaba's biological father and that he gave Melena the elixer.
In the original Broadway production of the musical, he was played by Joel Grey.
Madame Morrible is the headmistress of Shiz University's Crage Hall, which Elphaba and Galinda attend. Elphaba and her friends suspect Morrible to be responsible for the murder of Doctor Dillamond. At one point, she proposes that Elphaba, Galinda, and Nessarose become future behind-the-scenes rulers in Oz, a proposal that they never willingly accept. Elphaba suspects that Madame Morrible has at least some magical powers, and may have indeed controlled the fates of the three women. It is possible that she spies on Elphaba and sends messages to Liir through the Carp in the well at Elphaba's home in the Vinkus, because the Carp dies at about the same time as Morrible. It remains unknown whether Elphaba murdered her or if she died of natural causes minutes before Elphaba's attempt.
In the original Broadway production of the musical, she was played by Carole Shelley.
Doctor Dillamond is a talking Goat and professor at Crage Hall in Shiz. Assisted by Elphaba, Dr. Dillamond conducts research on the genetic differences between animals and Animals (sentient animals). Not long before he comes to a pivotal point in research, Dillamond is discovered dead in his laboratory, his throat slit. The official findings of the ensuing "investigation", spearheaded by Madame Morrible, conclude that the Doctor's untimely demise is the result of an unfortunate lab accident; but these findings are contradicted by Galinda’s chaperone, Ama Clutch, who claims to have witnessed the event. Ama Clutch, though curiously not in her right mind since the "accident", asserts that Morrible's clockwork servant Grommetik murdered Dillamond, presumably to keep the Dillamond from publishing the results of his breakthrough research.
In the original Broadway production of the musical, Doctor Dillamond was portrayed by William Youmans.
Boq is a Munchkin who knew Elphaba as a child and reunites with her at Shiz University. At first, he is only interested in talking to Elphaba in the hope that it will help him to gain the attention of Galinda, his crush. However, over time Boq and Elphaba become close friends and help Dr. Dillamond with his research, along with his college mates Crope and Tibbett. Later in life, Elphaba meets Boq while she is on the hunt for Dorothy along the Yellow Brick Road. He is now married to Milla, one of Glinda's friends from the University and the two have many children.
In the musical, Galinda is deeply annoyed by the constant advances of schoolmate Boq. As a way of escape, Galinda encourages Boq to invite Nessarose to the Ozdust Ballroom as a "favor" to her. Willing to do anything for her favor, he agrees; but Nessarose immediately becomes obsessed with Boq and believes that they were destined to be together forever. Upon the death of her father, Frex, she becomes the new governess of Munchkinland and enslaves all the Munchkins to her service in order to keep Boq near her. When Elphaba enchants her shoes, thus giving Nessarose the power to walk, Boq declares his intentions to leave and seek out Glinda before she marries Fiyero. Devastated at Boq's final rejection of her, she attempts to use a Grimmerie spell to make him "lose his heart" for her, but she mispronounces the words and causes Boq to literally lose his heart. Elphaba's only option to save Boq from death is to turn him into a tin man.
In the original Broadway production of the musical, he was played by Christopher Fitzgerald.
Dorothy Gale is a 12 year-old girl who lands in Oz in her tornado propelled house, which crushes Nessarose. She takes Nessarose's shoes (the ruby slippers) under the advice of Glinda. Many see these shoes as a symbol of power over Munchkinland. During her travels, many citizens of Oz are superstitious about her because of these shoes and her name: Her first name sounds like a reversal of the name of the "king" of her land (Theodore Roosevelt). Because her name means "Goddess of Gifts" (the opposite of Theodore, "Gift of God"), it is implied that Dorothy may be the second coming of Lurline, who was also known by that title. The Gale Force fear her for her last name. The Wizard sends Dorothy to kill Elphaba, but Dorothy's intention is to ask her for forgiveness for killing Nessarose. Elphaba does not know whether to treat Dorothy with kindness or to fear her. When Elphaba demands the slippers, Dorothy pleads that, despite her best efforts, they will not come off. Dorothy accidentally kills Elphaba by pouring water on her in an attempt to put out a fire on Elphaba's dress.
Dorothy returns in Out of Oz in an elevator, having been thrown back into Oz as a result of the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake during a vacation with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. Upon her return, almost two generations later in Oz years, she's only grown about 6 years, now being 16 or 17, and is almost immediately put on trial for the "murder" of the Thropp sisters. She's portrayed as slightly flighty, but maturing as time goes on, although she retains a tendency to burst into song, which the Ozians find irritating to the point she is able to use it as a threat later in the book. The further threat of bringing down an entire city block upon her enemies also causes nervousness among the Ozians, giving her just enough respect from the very people who moments before had given her up as bordering lunacy. She becomes tentative friends with Rain, Elphaba's granddaughter.
Dorothy is present in the musical but has no lines and is never distinctly seen. It is revealed in the musical that the storm which spawned the twister was the intentional act of Madame Morrible (who has power over the weather) in a conspiratorial attempt with the Wizard to trap Elphaba.
Liir is a boy who leaves the mauntery with Elphaba for the Vinkus. It is strongly implied that Liir is the son of Elphaba and Fiyero, and he is often referred to as such. She does indeed admit that there is a year of her life she does not remember, during which she could have given birth to Liir. Extremely chubby, Liir plays with his supposed half-siblings while he and Elphaba stay with Fiyero's widow. At the end of Wicked it is stated that he intends to find a way of rescuing his half-sister Nor from her slavery. He is also the protagonist of Maguire's sequel to Wicked, Son of a Witch. In this book, Liir, while in a coma, impregnates a Quadling girl named Candle who makes love to him in an attempt to warm his cold body, which results in the birth of a green baby. This finally proves that Liir is indeed the son of Elphaba and Fiyero. Gregory Maguire has described Liir as "Elphaba's bastard son" in interviews. It's also revealed in Son of a Witch that Liir is bisexual and often pines for his male lover, Trism; despite this, Liir chooses to stay with Candle out of apparent devotion.
Yackle is a mysterious crone who appears frequently in Elphaba's life. Elphaba suspects that Yackle may be exerting control over her fate, and may be Kumbricia, the ambivalent goddess of Ozian myth. Her appearance is also reminiscent of a fiend called the "Yakal" which is pictured in the Grimmerie, implying that she may be a demon. Nanny first mentions her as an old gypsy woman from whom she bought the medicine, which would stop Melena’s second child being born green. Later, she appears as an old woman guarding the door to the Philosophy Club and later still, she appears as Mother Yackle, a maunt (a sort of Ozian nun) at the mauntery (a unionist convent) who takes care of the homeless Elphaba. Yackle's story is more deeply explored in "A Lion Among Men," in which she is the secondary protagonist.
Mister Boss is a dwarf who claims to be an immortal sent to Oz to prevent the Grimmerie from returning to Earth. With his Clock of the Time Dragon, he seems to Elphaba to either be able to control fate or predict it. He plays a larger role in Out of Oz, becoming part of an "accidental family" for Rain, although he loses none of his blunt attitude. He eventually marries Sister Apothecaire after she leaves the mauntery, renaming her "Little Daffy".
Grommetik is a tik-tok creature robot of sorts who is a servant to Madame Morrible. It is strongly implied that he is involved in a sinister plot orchestrated at least in part by his mistress. Ama Clutch witnessed Grommetik kill Doctor Dillamond. From what is described in the novel, he bears a similarity to Tik-Tok, a character from Baum's original Oz series.
Nanny is a member of the Thropp family, though whether by blood or employment is never explicitly revealed. By the conclusion of the book, she has raised three generations of the Thropps, most notably having acted as chaperone to Nessarose, Elphaba and Glinda during their years at Shiz. She is still vital well into her eighties. Her attitude reflects this, as she is stoic, speaks her mind, and holds to somewhat inflammatory 'Lurlinistic' pagan beliefs.
Brother Frexspar the Godly
Brother Frexspar the Godly is Elphaba, Nessarose, and Shell's father (at least in the emotional and physical sense; whether he shares a genetic link with some of the children is questionable). Frex is a devout Unionist priest. Nessarose was his favorite child, and to her he gave the famous jeweled slippers. It is implied that he is at least the father of Shell, as the Wizard of Oz is Elphaba's father, and it is heavily implied that Turtle Heart is Nessarose's father. It is implied that he, along with Melena, was in a threesome relationship with Turtle Heart. In L. Frank Baum's original novel, the slippers are silver. In the 1939 film, they are ruby. Maguire's novel describes the slippers equivocally, allowing either interpretation; he is careful not to describe them as either simply "silver" or "ruby".
In the original Broadway production of the musical, the role of Frex was played by Sean McCourt.
Chistery Nikko, Killyjoy, the Bees, and the Crows
Chistery Nikko, Killyjoy, the Bees, and the Crows are animals that accompany Elphaba on her way to Kiamo Ko by coach, and also become her familiars. The bees are taken along as a source of honey for the travelers, and it is suggested that through dormant magical talent, Elphaba unconsciously sets them upon the coach cook, whom she dislikes and who is later found stung to death at the edge of a cliff. Killyjoy, the cook's dog, takes an instant liking to Liir, who decides to keep him. Princess Nastoya gives the crows to Elphaba, and tells Elphaba to send them to her if she needs help with anything. Princess Nastoya also tells Elphaba directly that they are to be her familiars. On the way to Kiamo Ko, they run across Chistery Nikko, an abandoned infant snow monkey, whom Elphaba rescues through another unconscious act of magic (she creates ice under her feet as she runs across a pond to save him from Killyjoy). Later in the novel, Elphaba teaches him to speak, in hopes of completing Doctor Dillamond's study into the supposed connections between all lifeforms. In Wicked, he only manages to mimic what others say, although he gains the ability to speak in full, comprehensible sentences by the time readers meet him again in Son of a Witch. Elphaba sews wings onto his back—and, after the operation proves successful, onto the backs of other monkeys—using a combination of Doctor Dillamond's studies and her own practice of magic, thus creating the winged monkeys.
In the musical, the Wizard deceives Elphaba into reading a spell from the Grimmerie; this spell causes wings to grow from the backs of an army of monkeys. Discovering that it is the Wizard's intent to use them to spy upon the people of Oz to stamp out any resistance to his dictatorship, Elphaba immediately turns against him and vows to stop him.
In the original Broadway production of the musical, the role of Chistery was played by Manuel Herrera.
Melena Thropp is the mother of Elphaba, Nessarose, and Shell. Melena comes from a high-class family, and has mostly pagan traditions, in contradiction with the beliefs of her husband, Frex. She has very loose morals—having had at least two extramarital affairs—and, despite having rebelled against them at the time, yearns for the pampered days of her youth. Melena has a taste for alcohol and pinlobble leaves (which act as a tranquiliser). She dies shortly after her son Shell is born, leaving her children to be cared for by Frex and Nanny.
In the musical, Elphaba reveals to Glinda that her mother died in childbirth - a possible side effect of a remedy she took to prevent her second child, Nessarose, from being born with green skin. Shell is non-existent in the musical.
Avaric Tenmeadows is a friend of Boq's and Galinda's. He is of the Gillikenese nobility and is the son of, and later is himself, The Margreave of Tenmeadows. He is described as being handsome and the "perfect friend". Elphaba visits him later in the novel, after killing Madame Morrible, and they discuss the nature of evil with some of his friends. During the visit, he seems to have a selective memory, since he doesn't remember Elphaba and says he does not keep "unimportant details" in his head. Most of Avaric's characteristics are given to Fiyero in the musical, and he makes a short cameo appearance as Fiyero's driver. He makes an appearance in Out of Oz as the manservant of Elphaba and Nessarose's brother Shell, who has dubbed himself the physical incarnation of the Unnamed God.
Crope and Tibbett
Crope and Tibbett are two men who attend Shiz University along with Boq. They later become members of the main group of friends that features in the second part of the book. They are both Emerald City boys, sons of a tax collector and a palace security advisor, respectively. It is subtlely implied several times that they may be gay or bisexual. Towards the end of the second section of the novel, Tibbett plays a role as being chosen for the sex act that takes place at The Philosophy Club following Ama Clutch's funeral. Though the act is left unfinished by the author, it is implied that Tibbett is sodomized by a Tiger. Tibbett is later mentioned in the fourth section as being brought to Elphaba's nunnery with an incurable disease. It is never revealed what this illness is or how he got it, though some speculate it was due to the aforementioned rape. His death inspires Elphaba to leave the nunnery. Crope is mentioned in the third part of the book as having become an actor and managing an arts auction house. He is later shown with Glinda shopping and having tea with Fiyero.
Turtle Heart is a wandering glassblower from Quadling Country. He comes upon Melena's home while Frex is out preaching. Melena and Turtle Heart have an extended affair, and it is implied that Frex had intimate relations with him, as well (he and Melena sharing him equally). It is also strongly suggested that he is the father of Nessarose, though a family timeline at the beginning of A Lion Among Men lists Frex as Nessarose's father. It is mentioned he was killed at Colwen Grounds on the day that Nessarose was born, as a human sacrifice to bring rain to Munchkinland (which throughout the novel experiences extreme, economically crippling droughts). His death is what convinces Frex and Melena to travel to Quadling Country to convert people to Unionism.
Galinda’s chaperone, who accompanies her to Shiz University, Ama Clutch is present throughout Galinda and Elphaba's time at the university. She "loses" her sanity in a suspicious fashion when she witnesses the murder of Doctor Dillamond. It is strongly suggested that Madame Morrible hexed Ama Clutch, afflicting her with the same crazed behaviour that Galinda (falsely) claimed was responsible for Ama Clutch's absence from the roommate negotiations; namely talking to inanimate objects like chairs, rusty nails and evening gowns as if they were people. Just prior to her death, Galinda (now Glinda) magically restores Ama Clutch's sanity for a brief period, giving her the opportunity to reveal that Grommetik was responsible for the death of Doctor Dillamond. It should be noted that Galinda made up Ama Clutch's ailment when she first privately met with Madame Morrible.
Shell Thropp is the youngest of the three Thropp siblings, and the brother of Elphaba and Nessarose. Their mother dies giving birth to him. Although he is never actually seen in Wicked, Elphaba says that he would have been their mother's favorite, because he was a boy. Shell plays a much larger part in the sequel, Son of a Witch, and is mentioned in A Lion Among Men. In both Son of A Witch and Out of Oz, it is revealed that he has declared himself an incarnation of the Unnamed God, as he was born out of an unholy, deformed family whole and perfect. It is implied he has gone insane, although he retains enough clarity to declare Rain his heir, she being the last female descendant of his family and the last remaining Eminent Thropp. Out of Oz also gives reveals Shell's full name to be "Sheltergod", chosen by his father Frex, in part as an homage to the memory of Turtle Heart (hence, "Shell").
Shell is non-existent in the musical, as Elphaba tells Glinda that their mother died after giving birth to Nessarose.
Sarima is Fiyero's wife and the mother of his three legitimate children. She is first mentioned in the second and third parts of the book, but takes a major role in the fourth part. By this time, she is now the Dowager Princess of the Arjikis. When she arrives, Elphaba tries to tell Sarima the truth of Fiyero's death, but Sarima refuses to hear it, though she welcomes Elphaba into her home for the winter. She develops a friendship with Elphaba and soon reveals she believed Fiyero was having an affair with Glinda, and that Sir Chuffrey was behind his death. She is taken away by Commander Cherrystone at the end of the fourth part, and it is later revealed she was killed by an unknown assailant.
Irji is the son of Fiyero and Sarima. He is the brother of Manek and Nor, and it is implied that he is the half-brother of Liir. Irji is the eldest of Fiyero and Sarima's three children, and is next in line to be the Prince of the Arjiki tribe (though his aunts believe that his brother Manek would be better-suited for the job). Throughout the novel, Irji grows as a character both physically and mentally. Mentally, he becomes more strong-willed and open like his brother. Physically, he experiences puberty. It is noted in one chapter that the sight of Liir's naked body being greased causes him to 'feel very funny in his trousers', implying that he is homosexual. Beyond that, not much is shown about Irji throughout the rest of the novel, aside from the occasional mention of his increasing holiness (toward the pagan/Lurline religion). When his family is captured, he is murdered publicly with the "Paraffin Necklace."
Irji does not appear in the musical adaptation of Wicked. This is because Sarima was not introduced in the musical; thus, Fiyero and Sarima never were married, and Irji was never born. or else, they did exist, but were already arrested and out of the picture by the time the musical's finale occurs at Fiyero's castle.
Manek is the son of Fiyero and Sarima. He is a trouble-maker and borderline sociopathic, and he frequently engages in licentious activities. For instance, he tricks his brother, Irji, and Elphaba's implied son, Liir, into urinating off the wall as a sport while his sister, Nor, is watching. He also makes Liir take off his trousers to see if his genitals are green like Elphaba's skin. Manek is very strong-willed and is considered by his aunts a better choice as prince of the Arjiki tribe than Irji, the heir. In the novel, he is killed by a falling icicle, charmed (possibly accidentally) by Elphaba as punishment for Manek's tricking Liir into being trapped in the fishwell and almost dying, and then keeping it a secret while the rest of the household was searching for the missing Liir. Manek, his mother, siblings, and aunts do not appear in the musical adaptation of Wicked.
Nor is the youngest child and only daughter of Fiyero and Sarima. When first introduced, she is a nine-year old girl who resides with her mother, siblings, and five aunts at Kiamo Ko. She is often bullied by her brother Manek; Nor and her other brother Irji often have to work together to stand up to Manek. After Manek's death, this codependent bond that had existed between Nor and Irji disappears, and Nor becomes more independent. Nor enjoys snooping around Elphaba's room and possessions, and it is she who first makes Elphaba see that her broom is magical. Towards the end of the novel, she and her family are taken captive by the Gale Force. While the others are killed out of political considerations, Nor is held prisoner (in a very cruel fashion) by the Wizard and used to blackmail Elphaba. She returns in A Lion Among Men as Illianora. She reappears in Out of Oz as the wife of Brrr and a member of the Clock of the Time Dragon crew. She takes on a motherly role for her half-niece, Rain, as she returns her to her parents, Candle and Liir.
Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six
Two, Three, Four, Five and Six are Sarima's sisters. Because Sarima is the eldest and must be married before them, her widowhood means that they cannot marry and so they resent her. They seem to do most of the work around the castle. They try to set up Sarima and Commander Cherrystone because a remarriage of Sarima would mean they could marry as well, but it fails. They are reported as being killed by an unknown soldier.
Commander Cherrystone is the head of the soldiers who stay at Kiamo Ko. He returns in Son of a Witch as more of a father-figure to Liir, and again in Out of Oz, as the commander of a force that takes over Glinda's homeso as to occupy a nearby lake. During his time here, he teaches Rain, Elphaba's disguised granddaughter, who was hidden at Glinda's house by her parents, how to read.
Brrr is a Lion cub saved from a science experiment in the Life Sciences class by Elphaba. He grows up to become the famous Cowardly Lion, one of Dorothy's eventual companions. He is the protagonist of A Lion Among Men, and is a major character in Out of Oz. At the end of Out of Oz, he becomes the Throne Minister of Oz, the first Animal to hold the position in a very long time (an event that Rain thinks Elphaba would be happy to see).
Bfee is Mayor of Rush Margins and father of Boq.
Gawnette is a town person who runs a nursery in Rush Margins.
Milla is a Shiz girl of Galinda's social class, though she appears much less frequently than Pfanee and Shenshen, who have much more dialogue during the girls' school years. She is later unhappily married to Boq, and frequently attempts suicide.
Pfannee is one of Galinda's friends. She is a Munchkinlander of diminutive size. She invites Elphaba to Lake Chorge as a joke.
Shenshen is another of Galinda's friends.
Professor Lenx is a Boar who teaches Math. He joins Doctor Dillamond in storming out when Madame Morrible recites a poem that insults Animals.
Mister Mikko is an Ape who teaches History. He reappears briefly in Out of Oz.
Rhinoceros is a librarian at Three Queens. He was a bit of an absent boss, as he failed to notice Boq, Crope and Tibbett (who were supposed to spend their summer working for him) shirking their work duties to help Elphaba and Doctor Dillamond's work.
Doctor Nikidik is Dr. Dillamond's replacement, as well as the teacher who seems to be responsible for taking the lion cub, Brrr, from his mother, which enrages Elphaba.
Miss Greyling is a professor of Sorcery. She is described as incompetent, but friendly, and her failures inspire the girls to be willing to try their own magic.
Malky is Elphaba's cat in the Emerald City. It is revealed in A Lion Among Men that he is actually a Cat hired by the Wizard's government to spy on Elphaba. He plays a little role in Fiyero's death.
He is a Paltos baron who is Glinda's husband. Not much is said of him, but it is known that he is a very wealthy business man and that he is infertile, as implied by Glinda.
Lady Partra Thropp
Lady Partra is Melena's mother and the daughter of the Eminent Thropp. By the title system of Munchkinland of Oz, she would have been the Thropp Descending of Nest Hardings. Not much is said about her, and she dies between the first and second parts of the novel.
- Merritt, Byron; Interview with Gregory Maguire (2004-11-01). "An interview with wizard-like author Gregory Maguire". fwomp.com. Retrieved 2007-01-15.