List of Oz characters
This is a list of characters in the original Oz books of L. Frank Baum, and in the later books by his grandson Roger S. Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, John R. Neill, Jack Snow, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren McGraw, Dick Martin, Eric Shanower, and Sherwood Smith. Characters from Gregory Maguire's Wicked are not included, as his works, among others such as the work of March Laumer, are considered "heretical" in Baum scholarship (The term "heretical" was first applied to these books by Dr. Stephen J. Teller of Pittsburg State University in the Winter 1988 issue of The Baum Bugle and appears regularly in Oz fandom).
- 1 A-B-Sea Serpent
- 2 Abatha
- 3 Agnes
- 4 Army of Oogaboo
- 5 Aunt Em and Uncle Henry
- 6 Belfaygor of Bourne
- 7 Bell-snickle
- 8 Betsy Bobbin
- 9 Billina
- 10 Blinkem
- 11 Boq
- 12 Bristle
- 13 Button-bright
- 14 Cap'n Bill
- 15 Cayke
- 16 China Princess
- 17 Chiss
- 18 Chopfyt
- 19 Cinnamon Bunn
- 20 Cowardly Lion
- 21 Dorothy Gale
- 22 Dr. Pipt
- 23 Ervic
- 24 Eureka
- 25 Evoldo
- 26 Foolish Owl
- 27 Frogman
- 28 Fyter the Tin Soldier
- 29 Gayelette
- 30 Glass Cat
- 31 Glinda
- 32 Good Witch of the North
- 33 Good Witch of the South
- 34 Graham Gems
- 35 Great Royal Marshmallow
- 36 Guardian of the Gates
- 37 The Gump
- 38 Herby
- 39 Hungry Tiger
- 40 Jack Pumpkinhead
- 41 Jellia Jamb
- 42 Jenny Jump
- 43 Jester
- 44 Jinjur
- 45 Jim the Cab-Horse
- 46 Jinnicky the Red Jinn
- 47 John Dough
- 48 Johnny Cake
- 49 Johnny Dooit
- 50 Kabumpo
- 51 Kalidah
- 52 Kaliko
- 53 King Kinda Jolly
- 54 King Kleaver
- 55 King Krewl
- 56 King Kynd
- 57 King Pastoria
- 58 King of Bunnybury
- 59 King of the Fairy Beavers
- 60 Ku-Klip
- 61 Lavendar Bear
- 62 Lonesome Duck
- 63 Mombi
- 64 Mr. Muffin
- 65 Mrs. Yoop
- 66 Munchkins
- 67 Nimmie Amee
- 68 Nome King
- 69 Ojo the Lucky
- 70 Patchwork Girl
- 71 Phonograph
- 72 Polychrome
- 73 Pop Over
- 74 Prince Karver
- 75 Princess Langwidere
- 76 Princess Ozma
- 77 Prof. Woggle-Bug
- 78 Queen Ann Soforth
- 79 Queen Coo-ee-oh
- 80 Queen Lurline
- 81 Rak
- 82 Robin Brown
- 83 Sally Lunn
- 84 Sawhorse
- 85 Scarecrow
- 86 Shaggy Man
- 87 Sir Hokus of Pokes
- 88 Smith & Tinker
- 89 Soldier with the Green Whiskers
- 90 Tik-Tok
- 91 Tin Woodman
- 92 Toto
- 93 Trot
- 94 Tugg
- 95 Ugu the Shoemaker
- 96 Unc Nunkie
- 97 Wicked Witch of the East
- 98 Wicked Witch of the North
- 99 Wicked Witch of the South
- 100 Wicked Witch of the West
- 101 Wise Donkey
- 102 Wiser the Owl
- 103 Wizard of Oz
- 104 Woozy
- 105 Zeb Hugson
- 106 References
Abatha the Good Witch of the East is the title character in Eric Shanower's graphic novel, The Blue Witch of Oz. She fell under a spell during a custody battle with her brother-in-law over custody of her son.
Army of Oogaboo
The Army of Oogaboo appears in the book Tik-Tok of Oz. They have been formed from different Oogaboo citizens by Queen Ann Soforth.
It consists of:
- General Jo Apple - He owns an apple orchard.
- General Jo Bunn - He owns an orchard where his trees grow graham buns and wheat buns in both the hot and cold variety. Jo Bunn is married and has children.
- General Jo Cone - He owns an orchard where he grows ice cream cones. His wife is a good fighter.
- General Jo Clock - He owns an orchard that contains Clock Trees. He was the one who suggested to Queen Ann Soforth to make colonels out of the rest of the latest recruits.
- Colonel Jo Plum - He owns a plum orchard.
- Colonel Jo Egg - He owns an orchard where his trees grow eggs.
- Colonel Jo Banjo - He owns an orchard where his trees grow banjos.
- Colonel Jo Cheese - He owns an orchard where his trees grow cheese.
- Major Jo Nail - He owns an orchard where his trees grow nails. He suggested to Queen Ann Soforth to make him a major.
- Major Jo Cake - He owns an orchard where his trees grow cakes.
- Major Jo Ham - He owns an orchard where his trees grow hams.
- Major Jo Stockings - He owns an orchard where his trees grow stockings.
- Captain Jo Sandwich - He owns an orchard where his trees grow sandwiches.
- Captain Jo Padlock - He owns an orchard where his trees grow padlocks.
- Captain Jo Sundae - He owns an orchard where his trees grow sundaes.
- Captain Jo Buttons - He owns an orchard where his trees grow buttons.
- Private Jo Files - He owns an orchard where his trees grow steel files and also has trees that grow storybooks. Jo Files is both intelligent and ambitious. After Private Files resigns, Tik-Tok is made a private in the army.
Aunt Em and Uncle Henry
Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are Dorothy Gale's aunt and uncle. They live a hardscrabble life on a farm in Kansas. After they are facing foreclosure on their farm, they permanently move to Oz in The Emerald City of Oz and take jobs in the Emerald City.
They have three farm workers named Zeke, Hickory, and Hunk in the 1939 musical film. Amos was Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's only farm worker in the animated sequel, Journey Back to Oz.
Belfaygor of Bourne
He is in love with Shirley Sunshine, but because of a magic spell poorly cast by his Miserable Mesmerizer when he asked for a beard for his wedding day, his beard grows at such a rapid rate that he must carry scissors to constantly cut it. This causes severe problems when sleeping, and when he is locked in a prison cell with Peter Brown, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Snif the Iffin, all except Jack get a close-call as his beard grows in the night, filling so much of the cell that it makes it difficult to breathe.
The beard disappears when he is caught and released from the pirate sack Peter found in The Gnome King of Oz, after which he vows never to grow one again.
Bell-snickle is the major villain of The Scalawagons of Oz. He is described as being like a blue-green buckwheat cake, and is proud to be a mystery. He interferes with the flabber-gas that operates the Scalawagons, sending them out of control. After his defeat, Jenny Jump used him as a rubber stamp in her shop.
Betsy Bobbin is a young girl who comes to Oz in Tik-Tok of Oz, along with her companion Hank the Mule, and becomes a friend and companion of Dorothy, Ozma and Trot.
Billina is Dorothy's pet hen in the book Ozma of Oz. In that book, she saves the citizens of Oz from being turned into objects by the Nome King. She is quite talkative, and is portrayed in later books as being the matriarch of a large colony of chicks. She is a major character in Walt Disney's masterpiece motion picture Return to Oz in which she kills the gnome king with an egg.
Blinkem is the attendant of the King of Bunnybury who first appears in The Emerald City of Oz.
Boq is a minor character in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, depicted as a Munchkin who offers Dorothy shelter. Boq plays a much larger role in the Wicked books and musical. In Wicked, Boq is a Munchkin who attends Shiz University with Elphaba and Galinda.
In the musical adaptation of Wicked (but not in Baum's or Maguire's books), Boq becomes the Tin Woodman.
Bristle is a white rabbit from Bunnybury who first appears in The Emerald City of Oz. He works as the Keeper of the Wicket which is a name given to the Doorman of Bunnybury. He can only admit visitors with an order or letter of introduction from Ozma of Oz or Glinda the Good. When visitors are admitted, Bristle reduces them to the size of a rabbit before letting them into the village itself.
Button-Bright, AKA Saladin Paracelsus de Lambertine Evagne von Smith, is a character in the Road to Oz and several other Oz books. He is the first American boy to emigrate to Oz. His real name is rather long, but he's called "Button-Bright" because he is as bright as a button - a felt button. He is often the main character in subplots that center around him getting lost and being found again. Buttonbright is also a character in the book Sky Island.
Cap’n Bill Weedles first appears in the Scarecrow of Oz, and several books after that. He is a former sea captain with a wooden leg
Cayke (or Cayke the Cookie Cook as she is also called) is a character who appears in the book The Lost Princess of Oz (1917). She is a Yip, a resident of a remote plateau in Oz; she is noted for the delicious cookies she bakes in her diamond-studded gold dishpan. Cayke knows that the dishpan has magic powers; she admits to the Frogman that without it she is a poor cook, and her cookies are "pretty poor stuff and no better than any woman could make who does not own [her] diamond-studded gold dishpan." However, she has no idea that her magic dishpan can carry its occupants anywhere they desire to go. Ugu the shoemaker steals Cayke's dishpan and uses it to kidnap Ozma and steal all the magic in the Land of Oz.
When Cayke discovers her dishpan has gone missing, she is greatly distressed, and causes quite a fuss by wailing and screaming. After the Frogman, who is thought to be extremely wise by all of the Yips, tells her that the dishpan has been stolen by someone outside of the country of the Yips, she leaves the plateau where the Yips live and travels the general land of Oz to find it. This trip makes her the first Yip to leave the plateau. Though the Frogman joins her, she was prepared to go alone, showing her courage and determination. Cayke is a relatively simple woman, but she is honest except with the truth will hurt someone's feelings. and seems to be generally good natured, if a little ill-tempered at times.
According to Cayke, the diamond-studded gold dishpan has been passed down in her family, from her mother and all of her grandmothers since the beginning of time; but its origin is never disclosed.
The China Princess is the ruler of the Dainty China Country.
In Dorothy of Oz, Dorothy finds the China Princess in Princess Gayelette's bedroom while searching for Princess Gayelette. The China Princess tells Dorothy that the Jester captured her and brought her here. The China Princess also tells Dorothy that the Jester was the one responsible for making Princess Gayelette and everyone else in her kingdom disappear upon using the Wicked Witch of the West's wand where it's evil took over him. When Dorothy and the China Princess return to the castle's great hall, they found that the Jester had turned Toto into a china doll. When Dorothy convinces Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion to accompany her to Glinda's castle, she also brings the China Princess with her to return her to the Dainty China Country along the way. After making it to the Dainty China Country, Dorothy places the China Princess down as she thanks Dorothy for returning her to the Dainty China Country. After speaking with Glinda, Dorothy returns to the Dainty China Country and has the China Princess assemble her craftsmen to make a life-size china doll of Glinda as well as Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion.
Chiss is a four-legged fictional creature in The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Chiss resembles a porcupine the size of a ten-bushel basket and has the ability to shoot its quills from its body. It apparently does not have the ability to grow new quills, as it must gather up its quills and put them back in its body after firing them. In the Oz book, Chiss threw its quills at Ojo the Lucky and his party, but Scraps the Patchwork Girl shielded the group from the quills. The group took Chiss's quills with them so that the creature could not attack anyone again.
Chopfyt is a character in The Tin Woodman of Oz. His name is a portmanteau of Nick Chopper and Fyter the Tin Soldier, as he was made from the limbs of Fyter and the Tin Woodman (including Fyter's head) and secured with magic glue by Ku-Klip. He eventually marries the Tin Man's love interest Nimmie Amee.
Cinnamon Bunn, Esquire is a bun man who is one of the important citizens of Bunbury.
The Cowardly Lion is one of Dorothy Gale's first companions in Oz, joining Dorothy's journey to the Wizard in search of courage. At the end of the book, he becomes King of the Beasts in the Quadling Forest, though this is rarely brought up in later book. In later books, he appears in minor roles as Ozma's bodyguard and beast of burden, along with the Hungry Tiger. In The Cowardly Lion of Oz, a lion collector seeks to capture him, while he seeks to restore his store of courage.
His Kansan counterpart in the 1939 movie was Zeke, one of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's three farm workers.
Dorothy Gale is the main character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and several other of the Oz books. She is depicted as being a young girl from Kansas. After returning to Kansas via the ruby slippers (or silver shoes), she returns to Oz several more times before settling there in The Emerald City of Oz.
Dr. Pipt is sometimes called "The Crooked Magician." He first appears in The Patchwork Girl of Oz. He is so crooked that his legs are nearly as handy as his arms. When he sits, one knee is under his chin and the other behind his back. Dr. Pipt lives in the Munchkin Country with his wife Margolotte. He is notable for creating the Patchwork Girl (who was created by Dr. Pipt's Margolotte) and the Glass Cat. He was deprived of his magic abilities by Glinda for doing magic without a permit. Glinda also straightened his crooked limbs.
He also invented the Powder of Life, although in The Marvelous Land of Oz, its invention is credited to a Dr. Nikidik, another crooked magician from the Gillikin Country. In an article in the Spring 1965 issue of The Baum Bugle, Lee Speth argues that Nikidik faked his death in the earlier book, to assume a new identity as Pipt.
Ervic is a major character in Glinda of Oz. Displaying "courage, cleverness, and ingenuity," Ervic is often considered one of Baum's strongest male characters (as the author's male characters often tend to be ineffectual).
When Queen Coo-ee-oh launches her submarine attack on the Flatheads, Ervic is one of the young men in her flagship. The Flatheads quickly dispatch with Coo-ee-oh, as they simply wanted revenge on her personally, but as she is the only one who knows the magic to get back to the submerged city, the young men sit in the boat, unsure what to do. Ervic is approached by the Three Adepts at Magic who are stranded in the form of fish. They wish him to catch them in a bucket and to follow their instructions, and that if he does so, he will save himself, his city, and his companions. They help him get the boat to shore and have him carry the bucket to Reera the Red. Reera is a beautiful young woman who practices Yookoohoo (transformation-only) magic for her own amusement. Reera is interested by his impertinence with her, and Ervic very shrewdly manipulates her into restoring the Adepts to human form, taking quite a bit of time and waiting for her to ask permission to transform them several times. The Adepts are able to assist the raising of the city, and with Coo-ee-oh gone, Lady Aurex is named Queen of the Skeezers by Princess Ozma, and for his valiance, Aurex names Ervic her Prime Minister.
Eureka is a pink (occasionally purple) kitten who appears in several books beginning with Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. She is often portrayed as conniving and deceitful. Eureka makes many appearances in fan fiction, including a story that tells how Eureka became pink in color.
Evoldo is the late king of the Land of Ev, a monarchy across the Deadly Desert from Oz. He is discussed and pictured in Ozma of Oz, but has died before the adventure takes place. Evoldo was a cruel despot; after purchasing Tik-Tok, the clockwork man, and giving him his name, Evoldo sold his wife and ten children (five boys, five girls) to the Nome King in exchange for a long life. Later, regretting this bargain, he locked Tik-Tok in a stone chamber and committed suicide by jumping into the Nonestic Ocean.
The Frogman is a man-sized frog who appears as a character who is first introduced in The Lost Princess of Oz. He was once an ordinary frog, and his similarity to Professor Woggle-Bug is rather clear, though unlike the Woggle-Bug, he is not thoroughly educated, and is much more interested in dandy fashion.
In 1986, March Laumer made him, with the proper name Frederick Fraukx, the title character of The Frogman of Oz: The Oz Book for 1947, along with a U.S. Navy frogman. The Frogman is a crucial character in Jeff Freedman's 1994 novel The Magic Dishpan of Oz.
Fyter the Tin Soldier
Captain Fyter the Tin Soldier is a character who is first introduced in The Tin Woodman of Oz. After the Tin Woodman left his beloved Nimmie Amee after losing his heart (as he felt he could not love her), Fyter, a member of the Munchkin army, met and fell in love with her when he found her crying over her lost love. Unfortunately, she was a ward to the Wicked Witch of the East, who made Fyter's sword do what the Woodman's axe did and cut off his limbs, which Ku-Klip the tin smith replaced with tin limbs (although Fyter is not bothered by his lack of a heart). Nimmie Amee agreed to marry him, but on the day of their wedding, a storm rose up, and the rain rusted Fyter so badly that he was frozen in place along a little used forest path. There he stood for years until he was discovered by the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Woot the Wanderer, and Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter. Once lubricated and restored to life, Fyter accompanies the group of adventurers on their quest to find Nimmie Amee, intending to fulfill his vow of marriage (although he is willing to give her up if she chooses the Woodman over him). When they finally find her, she is happily married to Chopfyt, the assembled and combined "meat" parts of the two men. Finding Nimmie Amee happily married, they return to the Emerald City where Captain Fyter joins the Royal Army of Oz. Eventually, Ozma sends Fyter to keep order among the wild inhabitants of the unknown areas of the Gillikin Country.
Gayelette is a character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She is a great sorceress and princess who lives in the North (Gillikin Country) of the Land of Oz, and resides in a ruby castle built by her people, the men of whom she considers ugly and stupid, aside from her young husband, Quelala. Some have speculated that Gayelette may be a younger version of the Good Witch of the North. She nurtures and then marries a boy named Quelala. After the winged monkeys pull a prank on Quelala and ruin his velvet wedding suit, Gayellette decides to punish the monkeys with a Golden Cap that will force the monkeys to do the wearer's bidding thrice. Quelala, the first wearer, has the monkeys banished. The entire story of Gayelette and Quelala is told by the current King of the Winged Monkeys, whose grandfather tricked Quelala. The Monkeys do not know how the Wicked Witch of the West acquired the Golden Cap. In spite of Gayelette's harsh treatment of the Winged Monkeys and her judgment of the people, the current King of the Winged Monkeys says that Gayelette's subjects loved her. She used her magic to help the people and was considered wise and good. Gayelette never appears again in a canon Oz book.
In Roger S. Baum's Dorothy of Oz, she and Quelala fall victim to their Jester when he has acquired the Wicked Witch of the West's wand (which also had the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost in it) and turns them and their guests into China Dolls. After Dorothy frees the Jester from the wand, Princess Gaylette and those who were turned into China Dolls return to normal. Dorothy then convinces Princess Gaylette to forgive the Jester so that he can jest again.
Bungle, the Glass Cat is a cat made of glass who was brought to life by the Powder of Life in The Patchwork Girl of Oz. She is portrayed as vain and aloof, due to the fact that she has clearly visible pink brains.
Good Witch of the North
The Good Witch of the North, sometimes named Locasta or Tattypoo first appears in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when she appears after Dorothy’s house kills the Wicked Witch of the East. She does not feature again until the novel "The Giant Horse of Oz".
Good Witch of the South
The Good Witch of the South, commonly named Glinda, is a powerful sorceress who rules the Southern Kingdom of Oz. She attained her rule by overthrowing the previous Wicked Witch who ruled in the South, an ally of those who rule in the East and West. Glinda first appears in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy journeys to her to find a way back to Kansas. She owns the Great Book of Records and cast the spell to make Oz invisible to outsiders. Glinda is one of the main characters in her titular book, Glinda of Oz, the last written by Baum.
In Gregory Maguire's Wicked books (and musical), she is Galinda, named for an Ozian saint. She takes up the name "Glinda" after the murder of Shiz University professor Dr. Dillamond, a Goat, who could never pronounce her name correctly.
Great Royal Marshmallow
The Great Royal Marshmallow is a marshmallow man that rules over the Candy Country
In Dorothy of Oz, Dorothy and Toto are brought before the Great Royal Marshmallow by the Royal Sheriff when they broke the law of picking lollipops. The Great Royal Marshmallow was not pleased with what the Royal Sheriff told him as Dorothy learns the Great Royal Marshmallow is depressed due to a stomachache. Dorothy convinces the Royal Sheriff to let her help the Great Royal Marshmallow get rid of his stomachache. Dorothy tells the Great Royal Marshmallow to stick to eating marshmallows for a while until his stomach is feeling better. When the Great Royal Marshmallow pardons Dorothy and Toto of their crime, Dorothy tells the Great Royal Marshmallow that she came to the Land of Oz upon being told by Glinda the Good Witch that the Land of Oz is in danger. The Great Royal Marshmallow helps Dorothy by having his subjects give Dorothy some supplies for her journey ranging from baskets containing fruits, an assortment of candy, and an assortment of nuts. The Great Royal Marshmallow has the Royal Sheriff escort Dorothy and Toto to the border as he tells Dorothy that Princess Gayelette can help her.
Guardian of the Gates
The Guardian of the Gates is a character in several of the Oz books. He is never known by any other name, but he is depicted as a singular character who lives in a small room, based on its description significantly larger than a standard guardhouse, in the wall of the Emerald City. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz, his function is to tie green spectacles around the heads of all visitors to the Emerald City, on the grounds that the glittering rays of the City would cause blindness. These are locked onto all citizens' and visitors' heads, and the Guardian has the only key.
After The Marvelous Land of Oz, he abandoned the practice, for General Jinjur's Army of Revolt and Tippetarius had all entered the city without damage to their eyes. The spectacles were the idea of the Wizard of Oz to make the city appear greener than it actually is. The Guardian of the Gates appears only occasionally after this book, and his duty becomes significantly lighter.
In The Patchwork Girl of Oz when Ojo the Lucky reaches the city, he and his companions are taken into the Guardian's room, where the Soldier with the Green Whiskers tells the Guardian of the Gates that he has a note from Ozma that Ojo is to be taken prisoner. So the Guardian of the Gates removes the traditional prison garb, a white robe that completely covers the prisoner, from a closet and places it on Ojo and leaves the Soldier with the Green Whiskers in charge of him.
In John R. Neill's Oz books, the Guardian of the Gates and the Soldier with the Green Whiskers are frequently shown as friends, but the subsequent books of Jack Snow give the duty to Omby Amby (the Soldier's name), and there is no entry for the Guardian of the Gates in Snow's Who's Who in Oz. In Neill's The Scalawagons of Oz, the Guardian mentions a desire to visit his cousin, Oompa, which may explain, in-universe, why Omby Amby is fulfilling that function. Further confusion is created in the MGM movie, in which both roles are played by Frank Morgan, and publicity referred to the Guardian's equivalent as "the Doorman" and the Soldier's equivalent as "the Guard". No other Guardian of the Gates is described in any of Baum's books, aside from a stout woman who takes over the function during Jinjur's rule. In The Marvelous Land of Oz musical, in which the role was originated by Steve Huke, the Guardian is conflated± with the man interviewed doing housework, and he also claims to have a wife and ten children, a claim not made by anyone in the book.
The Guardian of the Gates had his own eponymous song, written in bass clef, in The Wizard of Oz musical extravaganza, by Baum and composer Paul Tietjens, but it was cut after only two performances and never made it to Broadway, although the sheet music was published for consumer use.
Gumps appear to be common animals in the land of Oz. They resemble large deer, most accurately moose-like creatures, but with caprine whiskers. Specifically The Gump is actually just the head of one of these creatures mounted on a plaque, with two sofas for a body, palm tree limbs for wings, and a broom for a tail. This was all tied together with clothes line. After his construction, the Gump was brought to life using the Powder of Life. He was later disassembled, at his own request, and remained only a head for the remainder of the series. The Gump is one of two creatures who were once living and then brought back to life by the Powder of Life, the other was a blue bear-skin rug owned by a woman named Dinah.
The Gump appears in both major stage adaptations of The Marvelous Land of Oz, The Woggle-Bug (1905) and The Marvelous Land of Oz (1981). The Gump appears in the movie Return to Oz (1985) but looking much more like a green-furred moose in the film with non-palmate antlers that quips "I should have quit while I was a head" during the escape flight from Mombi's castle. He also appears in The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969), voiced by an unbilled Ray Menard, the production designer of the film.
Herby is a character featured in the Oz books of Ruth Plumly Thompson. He was introduced in her 1928 novel, The Giant Horse of Oz, as a medical doctor who had been transformed into a bottle of cough syrup by Mombi. He was freed from his transformation by Prince Philidor of Ozure Isles early in the novel, but retained a three-shelf medicine chest in his chest and cough drop eyes, and by the end of the novel, was proclaimed the Court Physician in the Emerald City palace, although, because Ozites are almost never sick and cannot die of natural causes, he does not have much work to do, only treating occasional injuries.
Herby's name probably derives from the medicinal herbs that would have been contained in his chest.
Because of Herby's late introduction to the Oz series, the character remains under copyright and cannot appear in Oz Apocrypha, although, because of his general usefulness, allowing characters to get injured on their adventures without being stuck, he has in several cases. Mark Ellery Haas (1952-2007), for example, built a story around him for a novel titled The Medicine Man of Oz. This book was actually published, but he sought to gain permission from The Baum Trust, which denied it to him, causing him to withdraw the published book subsequent to its publication. Although its author had no objection to the transfer of digital copies, published copies of this book are quite rare and command high prices on eBay.
The Hungry Tiger is a large, ferocious beast. Like his companion the Cowardly Lion, he serves as Ozma's bodyguard and beast of burden. He is always very, very hungry, and always professes a desire to eat a fat baby, which he never gets around to doing. In The Hungry Tiger of Oz, he is hired as a prison guard to eat prisoners, but he cannot do it.
Jack Pumpkinhead first appears in The Marvelous Land of Oz, when Mombi animates a stick figure with a pumpkin for a head using the Powder of Life. Jack is Tip’s companion for the rest of the book, and appears in several books thereafter, including a titular appearance in Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz.
Jellia Jamb is the head maid of the Emerald City palace. She first appears in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and is first named in The Marvelous Land of Oz, where she is tricked by Mombi.
Jenny begins as a fifteen-year-old in New Jersey, who one day finds a leprechaun stealing her cheese. She is clever enough to capture him with her stare, so that the leprechaun, called Siko Pompus, must grant her a wish. She wishes to become a fairy, and the leprechaun transforms her. In the midst of this psychedelia, however, Jenny's gaze falters, and the leprechaun eludes her control, leaving her part-fairy and part-human. Still, Jenny has remarkable new abilities. With her fairy foot, she leaps all the way to the Land of Oz, to begin her adventures.
Jenny is not a fan of the traditional, single-color fashions favored by the Ozites, and she sets up a shop with a magic turnstyle that dresses people according to their personalities.
Neill's text of The Wonder City of Oz was rewritten by an anonymous editor at Reilly & Lee, and that editor added some controversial changes to the story, in particular, involving Jenny Jump. These additions include creatures who live in the Deadly Desert called Heelers, who live on votes. Jenny is goaded into running against Princess Ozma as ruler of Oz. It is not taken very seriously by the Ozites, and it is decided that shoes will be used for votes in an Ozelection. The Ozelection and all that leads up to it is not in the manuscript. Furthermore, near the end of the novel, the Wizard casts a spell to make her younger and more obedient, some would say lobotomized. Neill was not enamored of these changes and did not illustrate them, and Jenny seems to have gone back to her old self in the two sequels.
As Jenny is a copyrighted character, she is not found in modern Oz expanded universe stories, save Oziana magazine.
The Jester is a servant of Princess Gayelette and Prince Quelala.
In Dorothy of Oz, the Jester had gotten his hands on a wand of the Wicked Witch of the West and was possessed by her ghost. Under the Wicked Witch of the West's possession, the Jester used the wand to turn Princess Gayelette, Prince Quelala, and their dinner guests into China Dolls. He even managed to do the same thing to Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion as well as abduct the China Princess from the Dainty China Country. When Dorothy and Toto arrived in Princess Gayelette's kingdom, they run into the Jester who points them to Princess Gayelette's castle. When Dorothy learns about the Jester's actions, she returns to the main hall and found that the Jester had turned Toto into a China Doll as the Jester shows Dorothy his China Doll collection. Dorothy came up with an idea to bring Glinda the Good Witch to the Jester under the condition that Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion assists her. The Jester agrees to Dorothy's deal, but Toto will remain with him. When the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion slipped into their China Doll disguises upon arrival outside of Princess Gayelette's castle, Dorothy then meets up with the Jester who shows Dorothy his collection which is now on the outside. Dorothy takes the Jester to the red wagon where Dorothy has him open the crates where she claims that Glinda is in one of them claiming that Glinda turned herself, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion into china dolls. Dorothy then hears the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost who suspects a trick and orders the Jester to turn Dorothy into a china doll quickly. As the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost continues to warn the Jester of Dorothy's trick, the Cowardly Lion's tail came out of his disguise as the Jester prepares to attack. Dorothy reminds the Jester that jesters are supposed to make people happy causing the Jester to freeze in his tracks as the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost urges the Jester to turn Dorothy into a china doll. The Jester gives up the wand as the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost fades away. Thus, the spell is broken and everyone is returned to normal. Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Toto rejoice now that the spell is broken. When Dorothy asks Princess Gayelette and Prince Quelala if the Jester can stay and jest for them again as a way to prove that he is sorry, Princess Gayelette accepts Dorothy's deals and has the Jester entertain them again.
Jinjur is the head of an army of ladies that overthrows the Emerald City and installs her as ruler of Oz in The Marvelous Land of Oz. She also appears in several other Oz books.
Jim the Cab-Horse
Jim the Cab-Horse is a character in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz; he is depicted as an emaciated steed. He was originally charged with taking Dorothy home from the train station by pulling a carriage driven by Dorothy's cousin Zeb Hugson. When a giant earthquake occurs, Jim and the occupants of his carriage fall deep into the earth and into the Land of the Mangaboos. As they enter a fairy country, Jim gains the ability to speak.
Throughout most of the book, Jim pulls the buggy that carries Dorothy, Zeb, and the Wizard of Oz. He is occasionally unhitched from his carriage when it is too cumbersome for the carriage to be pulled or when the travellers must rely on Jim's powerful hooves to fight against creatures such as gargoyles. Upon arriving in Oz, he is regarded as an oddity because nobody has ever seen a flesh-and-blood horse; the only horse they have seen is the Saw-horse. He is treated as an honoured guest in the Emerald City and becomes somewhat haughty, bragging that he was a fast racehorse in his youth. However, his pride is hurt after losing a race to the Saw-horse and frequently asks Zeb when they will be able to return to Hugson's Ranch. His wish is granted at the end of the book, when Ozma uses the magic belt to return Zeb and Jim to California.
Jinnicky the Red Jinn
Jinnicky the Red Jinn is a character who frequently appears in Ruth Plumly Thompson's Oz books. He is depicted as a character who owns a lot of slaves and has his red body enclosed in a ginger jar. For long distance travel he uses a magic jinriskishka. He maintains a friendly but sincere rivalry with the Wizard of Oz and is anxious to stop Faleero in "The Purple Prince of Oz" before the Wizard of Oz does.
John Dough is a name of several gingerbread men who appeared throughout literature, including in The Road to Oz, Baum’s 1906 novel John Dough and the Cherub , and perhaps in Baum’s never-finished fifteenth Oz book.
Johnny Dooit is a fictional "handyman" appearing in The Road to Oz. He is a little old man with a long beard who is friends with the Shaggy Man. His appearance in the novel is less than one chapter, in which he creates a Sand Boat to allow the Shaggy Man and his friends, Dorothy Gale, Button-Bright, and Polychrome to cross the Deadly Desert into the Land of Oz. Johnny has a tool chest from which he can pull out nearly any equipment he needs. At Ozma's birthday party, he builds an aircraft out of contents of the trunk, puts the trunk inside, and flies away as an entertainment while getting himself to the next place he is needed, as he loves to work and keep busy.
In spite of Johnny's brief appearance in the Oz series, appearing in no subsequent books, he was later used as a fairly important supporting character in Caliber Comics' Oz, although Bill Bryan's artwork made him appear much younger, and he lacked facial hair. He was frequently turned to for his engineering know-how.[volume & issue needed] He is also the main character in Chris Dulabone's Do It for Oz!
Kabumpo is an elephant who appears in several of the Ruth Plumly Thompson Oz books, including a titular role in Kabumpo in Oz.
The Kalidahs are a fictitious species of animal in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They are mentioned and featured in the first half of the story when Dorothy Gale and her companions are traveling through the dark forest. A Kalidah is characterized as a ferocious monster having the head of a tiger and the body of a bear.
Although two kalidahs are killed in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum had decided by The Magic of Oz that the inhabitants of Oz are immortal, so a kalidah, though pierced through the heart, survives.
Other Kalidahs appear in The Magic of Oz, where they bother Trot and Cap'n Bill. In The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Dr. Pipt keeps Kalidahs struck with his Liquid of Petrefaction by the entrance to his house. The creatures play an important part in Eric Shanower's "Gugu and the Kalidahs." Phyllis Ann Karr's short story "The Guardian Dove," published in the 1990 issue of Oziana, provides a detailed treatment of Kalidah culture.
The 1975 stage musical The Wiz includes a musical number "Kalidah Battle," featuring the Kalidah Queen and two of her gang. In the film adaptation of The Wiz, the Kalidahs are two red paper lantern-alike marionettes controlled by the Subway Peddler, the Wicked Witch of the West's henchman. During the attack in the New York City Subway, it's shown that the Kalidahs are able to separate from their strings, become two meters high and chase anyone the Peddler wants. After the Wicked Witch of West is defeated, when her henchmen (the Peddler included) and her slaves turn into Winkies by tearing their costumes and burning them, the Kalidahs may be destroyed in the process.
Kaliko is first encountered in Ozma of Oz, though he is identified only as the Chief Steward. In the book, Dorothy's pet hen Billina overheard an argument between Kaliko and Roquat, and learned the secret. She was able to set the prisoners free. In The Emerald City of Oz, Roquat the Red plans to attack the Emerald City in revenge for his humiliation; we see Kaliko only very briefly.
The character of Kaliko is in his prime in Tik-Tok of Oz. Kaliko become king after old Ruggedo (whose name was changed from Roquat) was expelled from his kingdom by the Great Jinjin Tititihoochoo for tipping some members of a Rescue Expedition from Oz down a Hollow Tube and straight into the Land of the Fairies, which is under the governorship of Tititihoochoo. Kaliko promises to become a good king and offers to assist in rescuing the Shaggy Man's brother. Ruggedo returns to the Nome Kingdom, and Kaliko takes him in upon Ruggedo's promise to be good.
Kaliko has a brief role in Rinkitink in Oz, where he helps the cruel King Gos and Queen Cor hide the captive rulers of Pingaree from their "wizard" son Prince Inga and his friend Rinkitink of Gilgad. Kaliko is essentially a good-natured person still, but refuses to surrender the prisoners upon Inga's arrival as he feels himself bound to his promise made to Gos and Cor. However, Dorothy and the Wizard arrive from Oz and force Kaliko to give up the prisoners.
Kaliko makes some more appearances in the later Oz books of Ruth Plumly Thompson, where he appears to have changed from a "good" Nome into a cruel Nome who harbors plans to rule Oz for himself, and adds himself to the list of Princess Ozma's enemies. He, like all other Nomes, is afraid of eggs; and once he becomes king, he is a self-confessed "powerful sorcerer."
King Kinda Jolly
King Kinda Jolly of Kimbaloo is a character in The Lost King of Oz. The short and stout king of Kimbaloo, is a jolly little Gillikin in the kingdom known for its button trees and the crops they provide. Kinda Jolly wears a silver crown to match his silver beard, and is married to the sweet little Queen, Rosa Merry. He is leader of the 249 other male citizens of Kimbaloo, and in charge of the button crops. He loves his people dearly and is loved by them. He once hired the witch Mombi as a cook in his palace, against the advice of Hah Hoh, the town laugher of the kingdom, since he took pity on the friendless old woman, and did not know she was in fact a former witch.
King Kynd was the former ruler of Jinxland. He fell into the great gulf that separates Jinxland from the Land of Oz and has not been seen since. His Prime Minister, Phearse, succeeded him as king. Kynd left behind an infant daughter named Gloria as seen in The Scarecrow of Oz.
King Pastoria was the rightful King of Oz until he was removed from power by Mombi. He is the father of Princess Ozma.
King of Bunnybury
King of the Fairy Beavers
The King of the Fairy Beavers appears in Baum's John Dough and the Cherub and reappears in Snow's The Shaggy Man of Oz. The King rules an underground kingdom. In both books, he helps the travelers to reach their final destination.
Ku-Klip is a character who is the originally unnamed tinsmith in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz who provided Nick Chopper with tin prostheses when the latter was cursed to dismember himself by the Wicked Witch of the East because of his love for the servant Nimmie Amee. In The Tin Woodman of Oz, we are introduced to a soldier named Captain Fyter, who met with the same fate due to his interest in Nimmie Amee, and Ku-Klip did the same for him.
After the witch was destroyed by Dorothy Gale's house, Ku-Klip entered the witch's house and took some of her magical devices, including a magic glue. He had thrown Chopper and Fyter's discarded body parts into a barrel, and decided to use this glue (mislabeled "Meat Glue" in John R. Neill's illustrations) to assemble the parts from two men into a man called Chopfyt, but he finds he must substitute a tin arm as well. Nimmie Amee marries the assemblage and appears to be quite happy, but Princess Ozma takes the witch's tools away from the smith so that he cannot create any more unnatural beings. Ku-Klip continues to keep Nick Chopper's flesh head, who finds the Tin Woodman's claim to be him ludicrous, in a cabinet.
The Lonesome Duck first appears when Cap'n Bill and Trot are trapped on the Magic Isle in the Gillikin Country. He swims "swiftly and gracefully" over to them, astonishing them with his "gorgeously colored plumage". In a brief conversation, the Duck explains why he is lonesome. Though he cannot help free the two protagonists from their entrapment, he makes it slightly easier to bear, by conjuring large magic toadstools for them to sit on. Later, the rescue party searching for Trot and Cap'n Bill almost stumbles over the Lonesome Duck's diamond palace, earning them a stern rebuke from its inhabitant. The text never specifies the Duck's gender; the creature is consistently referred to as "it." Yet the general rule among birds is that the males are gaudier than the females.
Mrs. Yoop is a wicked giantess and sorceress in The Tin Woodman of Oz. When she meets the Tin Woodman and his companions, she changes them into animal forms. She transforms Polychrome into a canary, the Tin Woodman into a tin owl, the Scarecrow into a stuffed brown bear, and Woot the Wanderer into a green monkey. She is the estranged wife of the imprisoned Mr. Yoop from The Patchwork Girl of Oz, who has been imprisoned for eating people. Unlike him, Mrs. Yoop transforms rodents into biscuits for her consumption. The Green Monkey Spell proves irreversible and has to be transferred to somebody else. In this case Mrs. Yoop who becomes, and must now stay, a green monkey. She is a Yookoohoo, a special kind of witch, "an Artist of Transformations" whose enchantments are extremely powerful. The other Yookoohoo in the Oz books is Red Reera in Glinda of Oz.
The Tin Woodman of Oz is a rarity in Baum's Oz canon, in that the author's manuscript of the book exists, and reveals the changes that Baum made for the printed version. Baum revised his original to make Mrs. Yoop more sinister; and he originally called Mrs. Yoop a "Whisp" (an otherwise unknown term in the universe of Oz) rather than a Yookoohoo.
The Munchkins are a race of little people who wear blue and inhabit the Munchkin Country of Oz.
Nimmie Amee is the Munchkin maiden whom the Tin Woodman once loved in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She was not named until The Tin Woodman of Oz, as Nick Chopper never went to find her after the Wizard gave him a "kind" but not a "loving" heart, until that novel's protagonist, Woot the Wanderer, encouraged him to do so.
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Tin Woodman tells Dorothy Gale and the Scarecrow that the lady was a servant for an old woman who did not wish her to marry, and so sought the aid of the Wicked Witch of the East to place a spell on him that caused him to cut himself up with his axe while carrying on his livelihood. In The Tin Woodman of Oz, this was retconned, and in Nick's new telling, she was directly enslaved by the Witch herself.
Nimmie Amee was aware of the spell, which occurred gradually, and was not bothered by his condition and still wished to marry him, but he lost interest when he lost his heart (In Wizard, he lost his heart after his head; in Tin Woodman, he lost his head last and the Witch ran around with it in her arms). Soon a soldier named Captain Fyter also wooed the lady, and the Witch dealt him the same blow, and he sought help from the same tinsmith, Ku-Klip. Fyter's head and parts of Nick and his body were incorporated into Chopfyt, a new person, through the use of magic glue found in the Witch's house. Ku-Klip was unable to find one arm, so he fashioned one out of tin. In this way, Chopfyt reminded her of both the men she loved, and she married him, and Baum presented them as a happy couple at the end of the novel, although Princess Ozma forbade Ku-Klip from ever doing such a thing again.
This character is totally absent in the 1939 musical film.
The Nome King (first referred to as Roquat, and later Ruggedo) is the ruler of an underground kingdom of miner-soldiers. He appears in Ozma of Oz and several later books. His evil plans usually involve kidnapping the rulers of Oz or some other kingdom. Even after he is deposed in "Tik-Tok of Oz", he continues to make trouble for the inhabitants of Oz. After a number of attempts on Oz's peace and happiness, he meets his final canonical fate in "Handy Mandy in Oz". Further adventures of this foe have appeared only in fan-fiction.
Ojo the Lucky
Ojo the Lucky is a Munchkin who appears in several Oz books, including The Patchwork Girl of Oz and Ojo in Oz
Scraps, the Patchwork Girl appears in several Oz books beginning with The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Her titular book revolves around her being created by Margolotte and brought to life by the Powder of Life that was created by Margolotte's husband Dr. Pipt. She was filled with a mixture of character traits. Originally intended to be an unquestioning humble slave, she comes to life as a rather zany acrobatic person with a tendency to break into spontaneous poetry, all thanks to Ojo the Unlucky messing with the formula for her "brain furniture" and joining the adventure to find an antidote for petrification. In later books, she is often paired with the Scarecrow.
The Phonograph (also referred to as The Troublesome Phonograph) is a character who appeared in The Patchwork Girl of Oz. It originally belonged to Dr. Pipt, until it was inadvertently brought to life when it was accidentally sprinkled with the Powder of Life. The Phonograph has a large gold-colored horn, and is screwed to a tall, four-legged table, which it uses for movement.
Once alive, it continued to bother the magician by playing loud and offensive "classical" music, until it was at last forced from his home. It then tried to endear itself to the young Munchkin boy, Ojo, and his friends in much the same way, (first with classical, then jazz), but was finally scared off by the Shaggy Man, who threatened to "scatter its pieces across the country, as a matter of kindness to the people of Oz." The Phonograph has never been seen since.
The Phonograph's name is Victor Columbia Edison, but was dubbed Vic for short, by the Patchwork Girl.
Princess Langwidere is a fictional character who appears in Ozma of Oz, the third book in the Oz series. Her name is a pun on the words "languid" and "dear" or "languid air". As depicted in an illustration by John R. Neill, Langwidere's looks are styled on the Gibson girl standard of beauty which was popular at the time of this novel's publication.
Dorothy encounters the Princess in the land of Ev, which itself is separated from Oz by the Deadly Desert. After becoming stranded in Ev, Dorothy encounters Tik-Tok the machine man, who informs her that they must go to the royal palace of Ev to gain assistance in finding her way back home.
Along the way they have a run-in with a Wheeler, who informs them that the King of Ev recently committed suicide and the rest of the entire Royal Family of Ev is being held captive by the mysterious Nome King. The Wheeler explains that Princess Langwidere, the late king's niece, was the only living relative of the Royal Family "qualified" enough to assume rule of the kingdom — although this is highly debatable because, as the Princess herself later admits, she only spends 10 minutes of every day actually governing and tending to matters of state, and she would rather spend those 10 minutes admiring her beauty.
Princess Langwidere's most unusual feature is that she has 30 heads that are interchangeable on her neck — instead of changing her clothes every day, she simply changes her head. The heads, which inexplicably stay alive even when not being "worn," are kept in a bejeweled boudoir, and are described as all being very beautiful, running through all combinations of hair and eye colors (except for gray hair and red, tired eyes of course), skin tones, and even noses of different shapes to represent different ethnicities. They even have different personalities, as evidenced by head #17 which has an ungovernable bad temper. She wants to give head No. 26 (which she never cared for much and is little worn) to Dorothy - and take HER head in exchange. Langwidere generally spends every waking moment of her life admiring whichever head she's currently wearing in a large mirrored hall, and "changing" heads whenever she wants to adopt a new look.
Princess Langwidere is referenced in Ruth Plumly Thompson's "Grampa in Oz", although her name is misspelled in that book. Except for that one instance, the character never appears in any other Oz books. In the 1985 movie Return to Oz, the character of Princess Mombi possesses Princess Langwidere's head-swapping feature. Langwidere is the principal villain of the 2006 stage musical Enchanted.
Princess Langwidere appears in the 2011 film The Witches of Oz portrayed by Mia Sara. Sasha Jackson (Ilsa Lang), Jessica Sonneborn (Ev Locast), and Elizabeth Masucci (Jennifer Mombi) play some of the heads of Princess Langwidere in the film where Ilsa Lang is a Hollywood actress, Ev Locast being one of Princess Langwidere heads, and Jennifer Mombi being a woman whose head is claimed by Princess Langwidere. In this film, Princess Langwidere is depicted as one of the allies of the Wicked Witch of the West. While looking for the key that will grant the Wicked Witch of the West the access to the "Changing Word," Princess Langwidere is served by Frick and Frack Muckadoo and an unidentified creature that assumes the form of Ilsa Lang's assistant Simon. In the final battle, Princess Langwidere is defeated by Glinda.
Princess Ozma is the ruler of Oz since the end of the second book, and has appeared in every book except the first. She had been transformed into a young boy named Tip by the witch Mombi earlier in the second book. In many of the books, she is depicted as a fairy princess of fourteen or fifteen years of age, though she was originally portrayed as not a fairy and much younger. She is the title character in Ozma of Oz and The Lost Princess of Oz, and The Road to Oz centers around a journey to her birthday party.
In Jack Snow's perhaps non-canon "Murder in Oz" Ozma's Tip persona reclaims his life, causing Ozma to die, and the Wizard has to find a way to have both Tip and Ozma alive and well at the same time.
Queen Ann Soforth
Queen Coo-ee-oh was the Queen of the Skeezers in Glinda of Oz. Shortly after she is introduced, as an arrogant girl of about fifteen or sixteen, who proclaims herself the only Krumbic witch in the world, for she invented the art, the Su Dic of the Flatheads attacks her island kingdom, and she leads the defense aboard a submarine that opens into a boat. There a bucket of enchanted water is dumped upon her, and she becomes a vain, diamond-eyed swan with no memory of her magical abilities.
Her sudden transformation leaves her domed city stranded beneath the waters of the lake, as only she knew the spell. The Krumbic witchcraft proves to be a hybrid of dark arts mixed with magic learned from the Three Adepts at Magic who used to rule the Flatheads, while the three magic spells to operating the city are identified as the parts of her name.
Queen Lurline is a fairy queen who is mentioned in the Oz backstory as originally enchanting the country. She also appears in Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, as well as in the Wicked books.
The Rak is a flying fictional creature from the pages of Tik-Tok of Oz. The Rak is described as a large winged creature with glowing red eyes that can fly in the air, run like a deer, and swim like a fish. Inside its body is a glowing furnace of fire which allows the creature to breathe out smoke. Its smoky breath blankets the surrounding area like a thick, black fog with an aroma of salt and pepper. It is bigger than a hundred men and feeds on any living thing. Like most other animals in the land of Oz, the Rak can speak. The Rak's vague descriptions given in the storybook lead one to believe that the Rak is a type of dragon.
In Tik-Tok of Oz, the Rak is briefly encountered by Queen Ann Soforth and her army and wounded by gunfire. Although its jaw, wing and leg are broken by the attack, the Rak does not die, as everything in the land of Oz lives an enchanted life and cannot die.
Robin Brown is the protagonist of Merry Go Round in Oz. He is a small boy raised by an adoptive family of large boys who mistreat him before he escapes to Oz on Merry Go Round, a living Merry Go Round horse.
Sally Lunn is an old lady from Bunbury who first appeared in The Emerald City of Oz.
The Scarecrow first appears in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when he joins Dorothy to go to the Wizard in search of brains. When the Wizard leaves Oz, he makes the Scarecrow ruler, a position he holds until the middle of second book. Later, he moves to a corn-shaped house in the Winkie Country. The Scarecrow appears in many of the later books, including The Scarecrow of Oz (where he is the title character) and The Royal Book of Oz (where he researches his ancestry). He was played by Ray Bolger in the 1939 movie. That actor also played the Scarecrow's Kansan counterpart, Hunk, who was one of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's three farm workers.
The Shaggy Man is a kind old wanderer who is dressed in rags.
Sir Hokus of Pokes
Sir Hokus of Pokes is a character who is first introduced in The Royal Book of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson. His name is a reference to hocus pocus. He is an elderly knight in the vein of Don Quijote. Sir Hokus was discovered in the kingdom of Pokes, where he had been snoring for several centuries. Pokes is a small, sleepy (literally) kingdom by the road in Winkie Country, by the Winkie River. After joining Dorothy on an adventure, Sir Hokus returns with her to live at the Palace in the Emerald City. In later books he accompanies the main characters on several quests, and has a particularly significant adventure in The Yellow Knight of Oz and marries Princess Marygolden of Corabia. In that book, we learn that his current state is the result of magic of the Sultan of Samandra, a kingdom between Corumbia and Corabia where animals cannot speak. His favorite steed, the Comfortable Camel is immediately stuck dumb upon entering it. At the end of the novel, he becomes the younger Corum, Prince of Corumbia, the Yellow Knight of Oz, struck with the pit of a magic date that turns his silver armor golden and transforms him into a young, blond-haired man. Although Sir Hokus's disenchantment changed his appearance significantly, after his initial identification as Corum, he was referred to as Sir Hokus for the rest of the book. He does, however, receive a new steed, Stampedro, whom Speedy frees from enchantment and who facilitates Hokus's restoration.
In later adventures he tends to be back to his old self, such as in The Scalawagons of Oz, when he play fights a two-headed Dragonette. Even Thompson showed him as his implicitly old self and referred to him as Sir Hokus in a brief appearance in the Emerald City in Yankee in Oz (1972).
Smith & Tinker
Smith and Tinker, introduced in Ozma of Oz, are an inventor and an artist who worked out of a shop in the Land of Ev. They created the clockwork man Tik-Tok and sold him to Evoldo. They also created the Giant with the Hammer. Smith, the artist of the duo, painted a picture of a river that was so real that he fell in and drowned. Tinker, the inventor, made a ladder so tall that it reached to the moon. He climbed the ladder to the moon and once there pulled it up so no one could follow him.
Soldier with the Green Whiskers
The Soldier with the Green Whiskers is Oz’s one-man army. He is portrayed as having long green whiskers and carrying an unloaded rifle. He is alternately referred to as Omby Amby or Wantowin Battles.
Tik-Tok is a character who appeared in several Oz books, beginning with The Road to Oz. He is a machine man controlled by clockwork, which needs to be wound regularly. Tik-Tok is often considered the first robot to appear in literature.
The Tin Woodman first appears in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, joining Dorothy's quest to see the Wizard in order to get a heart. He had originally been a human by the name of Nick Chopper, but gradually his human parts had been replaced with metal ones. After the Wicked Witch of the West is defeated, he becomes Emperor of the Winkies. He appears in many later Oz books, often alongside his friend the Scarecrow. In The Tin Woodman of Oz, he is the title character, and the story centers around him finding his lost love.
His Kansan counterpart in the 1939 movie was Hickory, one of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry's three farm workers.
Toto is Dorothy's pet scruffy dog, and appears in most of the books she does, beginning with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Due to his appearance in the 1939 film, he has often been ranked near the top of list of on-screen canine characters.
Mayre "Trot" Griffiths is a young girl who comes to Oz in The Scarecrow of Oz, along with her friend Cap'n Bill, and becomes a friend and companion of Dorothy, Ozma and Betsy. She is also the protagonist of The Sea Fairies and Sky Island.
Tugg is a wooden tugboat.
In Dorothy of Oz, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion design and build Tugg from the limbs of the Talking Trees that are on the banks of the Munchkin River, some straw to make it waterproof, vines to make the ropes that held them all together, and a foghorn out of a hollow log with vine for a cord. Using some water and wild red berries, Dorothy converted them into a paint so that she can draw Tugg's mouth. When Tugg is named, Tugg starts to speak where he thanks the group for building him. Tugg tells the Talking Trees that he will travel the Munchkin River and tell them of what he has seen. Dorothy and her group board Tugg and they travel downstream. When Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion were in the Gamekeeper's maze, Tugg used his foghorn to help them get out before time ran out. Tugg then continues to carry the group down the Munchkin River until they reach the Munchkin Village. When Tugg gets close to where the Dainty China Country is located, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and China Princess disembark as he heads back to the Talking Trees to tell them what he has seen on his journey. Dorothy states to Tugg that they will meet him again as soon as possible. Before her confrontation with the Jester, Dorothy has Wiser the Owl look for Tugg and tell him of their progress. After the Jester was freed from the possession of the Wicked Witch of the West's wand, Tugg later appeared on the part of the Munchkin River near Princess Gayelette's castle with Wiser and the dragons that were encountered along the way.
Ugu the Shoemaker
Ugu the Shoemaker is the villain of The Lost Princess of Oz He was once a shoemaker in Herku, located in the Winkie Country, until he discovered the magic recipes of his ancestors. Thereupon, he decided to become a powerful sorcerer and take possession of the Land of Oz as its ruler. He moved away from Herku and built a Wicker Castle in the west of the Winkie Country. After stealing the Magic Dishpan from Cayke, he used it to steal the Glinda's Magic Book of Records, the Wizard's Black Bag of Magic and, ultimately, he kidnapped Princess Ozma in the process and hid her in the form of an Enchanted Peach Pit. He was finally defeated by Dorothy Gale, who used the Nome King's Magic Belt to transform him into a dove. Realizing how much damage he had done, he only asked to remain a peaceful dove and apologize to Dorothy.
Unc Nunkie is a character from the fictional Oz book series by L. Frank Baum. He first appeared in The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Unc Nunkie is an elderly Munchkin who lived with his nephew, Ojo the Lucky, in the forests in Munchkin Country. Unc Nunkie was known for speaking primarily in one-word, monosyllabic sentences, though he very occasionally made a "long" speech using two words. Locals attributed his laconic nature to concealment of royal blood.
Unc Nunkie was accidentally turned to stone by Dr. Pipt's Liquid of Petrification, resulting in his nephew Ojo going on a quest to find the ingredients needed for the antidote. Ruth Plumly Thompson explored the "royal blood" thread in Ojo in Oz. In Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz, he was the first person captured in Mogodore's invasion when he attempted to warn the others of his arrival.
Wicked Witch of the East
The Wicked Witch of the East is a character who is crushed by Dorothy's house in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Prior to this, she ruled over the Munchkins and had possession of the silver shoes. She appears in the book Wicked under the name Nessarose. She also appears in the film Oz the Great and Powerful, played by Rachel Weisz, and her name is Evanora.
Wicked Witch of the North
Mombi is a wicked witch of the North who is one of the series’ major antagonists. She first appears The Marvelous Land of Oz, when Tip escapes her power. It is revealed that she helped install the Wizard as ruler of Oz. She makes several more appearances in the Oz books before she, in a similar fate to her predecessor, The Wicked Witch of the West, is melted in "The Lost King of Oz." Mombi appears in the movie Return to Oz (where she was depicted with the traits of Princess Langwidere) and in later books of the Wicked series. She also appears in the animated film Journey Back to Oz where she is effectively voiced by Ethel Merman.
Wicked Witch of the South
The previous ruler of the Quadling Country until the period when Ozma's grandfather was king of Oz, when Glinda overthrew her.
Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West originated as the primary villain of the L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, in which she is given no name, is blind in one eye, and is not green. Dorothy and company are sent by the Wizard to defeat her, and she imprisons them before Dorothy accidentally melts her with a bucket of water.
She is played by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 MGM musical film The Wizard of Oz. Though no name is given her in her witch guise, that actress also played the Witch's Kansan counterpart, Miss Almira Gulch. Her goal is to get her sister's the ruby slippers from Dorothy who had been given them by Glinda. Her reasoning is that the slippers will make her the most powerful person in Oz; but we never learn why.
She is known as Evillene in the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz originated by Mabel King, and reprised in the 1978 film adaptation of the same name. Of all stage, film and animated productions of the Oz story, The Wiz follows Baum's book the most closely, and therefore she has no green skin.
Under the name Elphaba (played by Idina Menzel on Broadway but originated by Stephanie Block in San Francisco), she is the protagonist of the Gregory Maguire novel and Winnie Holzman/Stephen Schwartz 2003 musical Wicked, and is born green due to an elixir given by her father (the Wizard of Oz) to her mother (the wife of the governor of Munchkinland) during their adulterous affair. Discovering that she has real powers, the Wizard of Oz orders her arrest when she refuses to aid him in his terroristic control of Oz, and she is declared a wicked witch by the Wizard's press secretary, Madame Morrible. Believing that the governor of Munchkinland is her real father, she is devastated when Glinda gives Dorothy the slippers of her sister Nessarose which had been given her by the governor and which she herself had cast a spell on to enable the disabled Nessarose to walk. Desperate to get these precious family heirlooms back from Dorothy, they confront one another at the castle of Prince Fiyero, Elphaba's love interest, but is doused by the girl with a bucket of water. This kills her in the Maguire novel. It merely burns her in the musical - and she uses her feigned death as a way to escape with Fiyero, whom she had turned into the Scarecrow to prevent him from being tortured by the Wizard's soldiers.
In the 2013 motion picture Oz the Great and Powerful her name is Theodora and she is played by Mila Kunis. She becomes a green wicked witch after being tricked into eating a magic apple that was offered by her sister, Evanora. In this adaptation she is in love with the Wizard; but his feelings are not mutual and she declares war against him.
The Wise Donkey is a character from A New Wonderland (The Magical Monarch of Mo) (1899/1903) and The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913). He began life as an ordinary donkey in Phunniland (Mo, a land even stranger and less logical than Oz), but after consuming numerous books, he learned their contents and became a wise advisor to the King. He sometimes acts in his own interests, at least to the extent of making sure his are met when he aids others, such as suggesting an apple for rescuing Nuphsed, which doesn't work, but when he is fed the apple, he gives an answer that does.
Somehow he was able to cross the Deadly Desert that surrounds Oz, and he took up residence with the Foolish Owl. He says he was visiting on the day Oz was cut off from the rest of the world, and was unable to return home. He is seen dusting his house when he is visited by Ojo, Scraps, and Bungle. He believes that someone as wise as he is should find the Foolish Owl unique and amusing. His logic is regarded by Scraps as so askew that she tells Diksey Horner that he sounds like the Wise Donkey.
Wiser the Owl
Wiser the Owl is an owl who has an unlucky attraction to molasses.
In Dorothy of Oz, Dorothy and Toto encounter Wiser who mentioned that he got his name because he gets wiser every day. When Dorothy tells Wiser that she is here looking for Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Glinda, Wiser tells Dorothy that she is in Gillikin Country and tells her to head to Candy County and ask the Great Royal Marshmallow that rules over Candy Country. Wiser points Dorothy in the direction of the Candy County and leaves while warning him to "watch out for the molasses." Unfortunately, Toto doesn't heed the warning. While traveling to Glinda's castle, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and China Princess ran into Wiser as Dorothy tells him of her next mission involving going to Quadling County to meet with Glinda. Wiser tells Dorothy to build a boat and drive it down the Munchkin River. Wiser tells Dorothy that the wood for the boat must come from the Talking Trees that grow along the banks of the Munchkin River. Before Dorothy's confrontation with the Jester, Dorothy ends up encountering Wiser again who asked if she had found Glinda. Dorothy then asks Wiser to help the Cowardly Lion with a crate and get him into his life-size china doll. After the Cowardly Lion is in his china doll disguise, Wiser is told by Dorothy to find Tugg and tell him of their progress. After the Jester is freed from the possession of the Wicked Witch of the West's wand, Wiser appeared at the river banks near Princess Gayelette's castle with Tugg and the dragons that Dorothy encountered along the way.
Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is the title character of the first book. In that book, the characters journey to him for assistance with their problems. It is later revealed that he is a humbug circus performer named Oscar Diggs from Omaha, Nebraska; and that he had usurped Ozma's throne with the assistance of Mombi. The Wizard later returns to Oz in the fourth book and later learns real magic from Princess Ozma.
His Kansan counterpart in the 1939 musical film is the travelling magician/fortune teller, Professor Marvel.
The Woozy is a four-legged fictional creature from the pages of The Patchwork Girl of Oz. It is described as being dark blue in color and made up of all squares, flat surfaces and edges. Its head is an exact cube and its body is in the shape of a box twice as long as it is wide and high. All four of the Woozy's legs are four-sided, as is its stubby tail. The Woozy hears via two openings in the upper corners of its head, has a flat nose and a mouth formed by an opening on lower edge of its head. When the Woozy gets angry, it has the ability to flash fire with its eyes. The Woozy lives in the Munchkin country in Oz and survives primarily on a diet of honey bees. The Munchkin farmers who raise the honey bees nearby drive the Woozy into the forest and confine it with a fence. Since the Woozy cannot climb, he cannot escape his prison (The Woozy does mention in the text that he can jump very high, but also mentions that he has a ferocious roar, which turns out to be completely untrue).
The creature is entirely hairless except for three stiff, stubby hairs on the end of its tail. Those three hairs were one of five required ingredients for the antidote to the Liquid of Petrification that Ojo, Scraps the Patchwork Girl, and Bungle set out to retrieve in the story. In return for some scraps of bread and cheese that Ojo feeds him, the Woozy agrees to give his hairs to the party. When it becomes clear that the hairs cannot be removed from his tail, Ojo frees the Woozy and allows the creature to accompany the group.
Zebediah Hugson is a boy who is a distant cousin of Dorothy Gale, apparently related through Dorothy's Aunt Em. He works for his uncle, Bill Hugson, at Hugson's Ranch in California, where he also lives. Zeb appears in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.
Zeb first meets Dorothy at Hugson's Siding, when he picks her up in a carriage pulled by Jim the Cab-horse. On their way to the Hugson's Ranch, an earthquake causes everyone to fall into the earth and into the Land of the Mangaboos. Zeb, Dorothy, Jim, and Dorothy's kitten Eureka are soon joined by the Wizard of Oz. The travelers undertake a subterranean journey through the Valley of Voe, are briefly imprisoned in the Land of Naught, and encounter a cavern full of Dragonettes. Despite his reservations about being in a strange land, Zeb courageously defends his friends and helps them escape from the Land of Gargoyles by obtaining pairs of gargoyle wings.
After Ozma uses the Magic Belt to bring them to the Land of Oz, Zeb is welcomed as an honoured guest in the Emerald City. During the festivities held to celebrate the arrival of Dorothy and her friends, Zeb participates in a wrestling match with a Munchkin boy, which he loses, and then a boxing match, which Zeb wins. He later serves as one of the nine members of the jury during the trial of Eureka. While the Wizard accepts Ozma's invitation to remain in Oz, Dorothy, Zeb, and their animals decide to return home. Though Zeb remarks that Oz is a nice country, he admits that he and Jim feel out of place in a fairy country and wishes to return to Hugson's Ranch with Jim. Zeb's last evening in Oz is described as being so wonderful, he never forgot it as long as he lived.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 15.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 32.
- Jeff Freedman, The Magic Dishpan of Oz, New York, Emerald City Press, 1994; pp. 85-7.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 39.
- L. Frank Baum, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Britton, 1913; New York, William Morrow and Company, 1995; p. 151-158.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 56.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 64.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 65.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; pp. 72-3.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, ch. 14.
- Dorothy of Oz, ch. 11.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 86.
- John R. Neill, The Runaway in Oz, edited by Eric Shanower, New York, Books of Wonder, 1995; pp. 11-17, 99-116 and ff.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 112.
- The Road to Oz, Chapter 11.
- The Road to Oz, Chapter 24.
- Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends price list
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 116.
- Eric Shanower, "Gugu and the Kalidahs," Oz-story Magazine, No. 1 (June 1995), pp. 39-57.
- Smalls, Charlie; William Ferdinand Brown (1979). The Wiz: adapted from "The wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. Samuel French, Inc. p. 38. ISBN 0-573-68091-4. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; pp. 124-25.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 129.
- Katharine M. Rogers, L. Frank Baum, Creator of Oz: A Biography, New York, St. Martin's Press, 2002; pp. 227-9.
- Martin Gardner, Are Universes Thicker Than Blackberries?, New York, W. W. Norton, 2004; p. 172.
- Rogers, p. 229.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 144.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 127.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 44.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 175.
- The Yellow Knight of Oz, Chapter 18.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 225.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 228.
- Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 242.