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!! Elphaba Thropp
!!!Both in the book and the musical:
* AdaptationalHeroism: The book portrays the Wicked Witch as a more sympathetic character than L. Frank Baum's original, and then the musical in turn portrays her as even more sympathetic than the original ''Wicked''. In the book, she still becomes a heinous, tragically insane VillainProtagonist. The musical drops this characterization and puts her in a much more heroic light, making her a benevolent protagonist that's [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood more misunderstood than she is evil]].
* ByronicHeroine : Elphaba is antisocial, emotionally sensitive, intelligent, against social norms, usually rude to people but affable with who is close to her.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Depends on the version.
** In the book it was stated that she had a long pointed chin, a rather mannish jaw, and Fiyero commented that she seemed to have a strange scar near her genitals. And that was before she went utterly insane and stopped sleeping all together, she probably looked like hell by then. Despite this, there are still indications that she's still rather good-looking, in an unconventional way--her nose, while strong, is described as lovely, and both Galinda and Fiyero tell her she's pretty at separate points. Galinda even goes on about Elphaba's beautiful hair, and says that there's an "exotic" type of beauty about her after a mini-makeover. Elpahaba is described as looking like her mom, but with green skin, at least once in the books.
** In the musical, she only calls Elphaba pretty after "Popular", after she's Galinda-fied her with a flower and better hairstyling. Fiyero in the book refers to her as being "beautiful in her own way", meaning she's not conventionally attractive, and in the musical he finds her beautiful because he's "looking at things differently", which can be taken in multiple ways. The makeup designer flat-out states that "Elphaba is not ugly--she's supposed to be beautiful. People just hate her because she's green." Notably, her ensemble changes entirely for the latter part of the play, as she drops the bulky boots, glasses and drab school outfit and switches to an extravagantly crafted black gown instead.
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: She loves her little sister dearly. One of her early [[BerserkButton berserk buttons]] was being separated from Nessa.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Defying Gravity"]] in the musical. Her role after the same moment in the book as well. [[spoiler:Although, she never actually learns that the Wizard is her biological father.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: She may wear dark-colored clothes almost exclusively, have black hair, and seem Gothic, but she cares about her sister, Animals, and her anthropomorphic teacher and desperately wants to do good. This eventually leads to her VillainousBreakdown.
* DeadpanSnarker: She gets most of the best lines, in book and play.
* FriendlessBackground: She grew up shunned and isolated. Glinda becomes her first friend.
* HairTriggerTemper: She tries to keep it under control, but it really does not take much to get Elphaba sniping and shouting at those around her, and we see her temper ''literally'' explode several times over the course of the story. No doubt she became this way through having to constantly deal with people's stares and jeers.
* HeroicBSOD:
** The musical [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished gives her a truly]] '''[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished epic]]''' [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished breakdown.]]
** In the book when [[spoiler:Fiyero dies]] Elphaba goes into a coma, takes a vow of silence, and lived in a mauntery for almost a ''decade''.
* HollywoodNerd: She gives off this image in her initial appearance, being a bookish girl who wears glasses and doesn't concern herself with trying to improve her appearance.
* HumanMomNonhumanDad: [[spoiler:Well, her father '''is''' human, but he's not an Oz native like her mother is. The fact she was born of parents from "two different worlds" was said to be the reason she was so magically gifted. Also, the tonic the Wizard had in his possession and implied to be his own creation was apparently responsible for her coloring.]]
* InSeriesNickname: Glinda calls Elphaba "Elphie". In the book, Nessa calls her "Fabala", and Fiyero gives her the nickname "Fae". Many fanfictions based on the musical still have both give her their respective nickname.
* LonersAreFreaks: The attitude towards her in college. With more than a little not-so-FantasticRacism on the side.
* MotorMouth: If riled up, Elphaba can get into passionate rants where no one can get a word in edgewise. Fiyero points this out to her once.
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: In the musical, this is definitely the case. In the novel, this is debatable, especially early-on.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Type two. She is very snarky, has a hard time expressing her feelings and seems to get along much better with Animals and animals.
* PowerIncontinence: Elphaba is powerful for sure, but she... doesn't have the best command over her magic abilities. She can make things happen that many can only dream of doing, but aside from enchanting her broom to fly, we never see her cast a spell that exactly has the outcome she desires. This may have something to do with how her magic often reacts to her emotional outbursts. Even the broom wasn't intentional. She and Glinda expected her to grow wings like the monkeys.
* RealityWarper: Implied, discussed and exhibited on one occasion. She seems to be able to make things happen unconsciously, without even thinking them.
* RebelliousSpirit: In the book, she's almost rebellious for the sake of it -- she insults almost everybody. In the musical, she becomes this once she meets the Wizard and realizes the depth of his corruption, declaring "I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game." and "I'm through accepting limits 'cause someone says they're so / Some things I cannot change, but till I try I'll never know!" She then begins her "campaign of terror."
* SanitySlippage: To different degrees in the musical vs. the book after [[spoiler:Fiyero's death]] causes her to snap. In the musical, she becomes unhinged and decidedly irrational in her actions but eventually recovers when a visit from Glinda, and [[spoiler:news that Fiyero managed to survive as the Scarecrow,]] helps bring her back down to earth. In the book she goes flat out insane.
* StraightMan: When Glinda is being goofy in the play, Elphaba is the straight man.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She's outwardly snarky and standoffish, but she shows her warmer, compassionate side towards Animals, her sister, and people show grows fond of like Glinda and Fiyero.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy half. Elphaba is strong-headed, pragmatic, and has no interest whatsoever in gushing over things like makeup and clothes. She's also not afraid to get her hands dirty for her cause.
* TraumaCongaLine: Not even counting what went down in the ''first act'', Elphaba has to deal with her beloved little sister not wanting to have anything to do with her anymore, saving the life of [[spoiler:Boq by turning him into a tin-man]] who forever resents her for it thereafter, her favorite teacher [[spoiler:losing his ability to speak human language]], her [[spoiler:sister]] getting ''murdered'', getting into a nasty spat with Glinda that puts them at odds with each other, and finally, watching [[spoiler:Fiyero]] be dragged off to be killed because of her, all the while being collectively despised and hunted for by the populace. Can anyone really blame her for going off the deep end by the time Dorothy came around?
* TheUnfavorite: In both book and musical, her father heavily prefers Nessarose.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Yes, the Wicked Witch of the West was once a friendly, sensitive young girl. She's less villainous in the musical, though.

!!!In the musical:
* AbledInTheAdaptation: Unlike in the book, she isn't allergic to water. It's just a rumor people spread about her. [[spoiler:This allows her to be SparedByTheAdaptation when she fakes her own death]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the musical, she's much more beautiful than the ugly, hook-nosed witch that we're used to. The same can be said for Book!Elphaba, but only marginally (see BeautifulAllAlong).
* {{Adorkable}}: In the first act of the musical. Oh, she's got a biting tongue alright, but she's also socially awkward and her attempts to interact with people, as well as her mannerisms when excited, come off as rather endearing.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Though it wasn't intended as the good deed that it was seen as ([[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and it ends up backfiring]] ''[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished spectacularly]]'' when it turns out [[spoiler:that Nessa's a total {{Yandere}}]]), Galinda setting up Boq and Nessarose turned out to be the key to unlocking Elphaba's softer side, and the relationship between the two roommates changes almost instantly, at least in the musical version.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:She only fakes being melted, actually falling down a trap door, and escapes Oz with help from Fiyero, although the two can never return.]]
* EmotionallyTongueTied: In the Lion cub scene, Elphaba is so bewildered by the situation she starts blabbering frustratedly to Fiyero.
* EvilLaugh: Depending on the actress portraying her, she's had that distinctive cackle from as far back as her schooldays. Nearly all versions have her develop it by the time she's become infamous.
* FlowerInHerHair: Galinda puts one in her hair to show she can be pretty. Elphaba is so shocked by seeing herself as something other than repulsive, she runs off.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Without a doubt--it's basically the premise of the show.
* KnightInSourArmor: In the musical. She keeps fighting for what she believes is right even though she doesn't think it makes much difference.
* MagicMisfire: Elphaba causes these far more often than she'd like. Most notably, [[spoiler:her messing up an invulnerability spell in her panic and desperation to save Fiyero from being beaten to death, which ultimately turns him into a scarecrow.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: In her days at Shiz in the musical. She loses the glasses during the timeskip between acts I and II.
* PimpedOutDress: Her dress in the second half of the musical is meant to look like rags, but is pretty fancy, as the patchwork look required lots of beaded detail. An early version also had some ruffles and netting.
* {{Seer}}: Seems to have this power in the musical; When she's envisioning in her head what her life would be like working with the Wizard, she predicts the fact that there will be a celebration all to do with her. (though she doesn't predict that said celebration will be her ''funeral''.) She also senses her sister is in trouble upon seeing Dorothy's flying house.
* TheSnarkKnight: She's sarcastic and introverted from the start, but at first, she has a distinctly idealistic streak ("The Wizard and I") -- after "Defying Gravity", she evolves into a genuine, cynical Snark Knight.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:She dies in the novel, but survives in the musical. See DisneyDeath.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: In "No Good Deed", she decides to stop trying to be good and instead be the Wicked Witch that everyone believes her to be.
* TragicVillain: The entire musical shows how an ostracized girl slowly became evil because of how society treated her. What's even worse is the fact that she never really did anything to deserve this treatment other than have an odd skin color, reject someone's ideologies based on her moral principles, and unintentionally cause damage to those she tries to help. When she turns [[spoiler:Fiyero]] into a scarecrow, she finally snaps and fully embraces her evil nature.
* {{Tsundere}}: Has traits of one in the musical. She's very vitriolic to almost everyone upon first meeting, but she gets awkward and sweet around people who she hopes to impress or who show her kindness. She even gets this textbook tsundere line:
-->'''Elphaba''': Where is [Fiyero] anyway? [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial N-not that I expected him to say goodbye to me...]]
* VoiceTypes: Is a classic, prime example of a mezzo-soprano "Belter". Most Elphaba actresses in the musicals are graded (by the fans) on the quality of: the end notes of "The Wizard and I", the long "Fi-''yer-o-o-o-o-o!''" in "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, and the end of "Defying Gravity", particularly the final line and the last belted "Ah-''aah-ahhhh''!"
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: In the musical. No matter how hard she tries to do good in the world, it ends up blowing up in her face spectacularly, especially when her magical powers get involved. Eventually she hits her breaking point.

!!!In the book:
* AntiVillain: In the book, Elphaba is actually okay with innocent people being hurt while she's furthering her cause, and ends up going mad.
* ChildByRape: In the book, at least. In the musical, it still ''could'' be, with the line [[SlippingAMickey "have another drink of green elixir,"]] but it's more interpreted as both parties getting drunk and having a mutual love affair.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Book Elphaba is strongly implied to have been born mildly intersex [[spoiler:despite successfully giving birth to a son later]], and suffer from some degree of gender dysphoria. Besides her "mannish" features, she occasionally seems to get a little confused about what equipment her body is "supposed" to have.
* VillainProtagonist: The book has her genuinely going insane from all the failures of her life, making her into a very malevolent being by the time Dorothy shows up. She stops sleeping entirely, stalks Dorothy, kills a woman, threatens her former friends and when Dorothy and co. finally get to her castle, she's fallen into utter desperation. Very sympathetic, yes, but still quite villainous.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Book-verse, Fiyero calls her out on it. She's okay if "accidents" happen when trying to make her point.

!! Lady Glinda Upland
* AlphaBitch: At first. She's more of a LovableAlphaBitch afterwards.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:In the musical, at least. It takes until the end of the play, but Galinda eventually decides she's had enough of the Wizard and Morrible. She is directly responsible for ridding Oz of both of them in short order.]]
* BookDumb: At least, compared to Elphaba. More so in the musical than in the books.
* BrutalHonesty: In both versions, she's prone to speaking her mind even when she knows that she could potentially hurt someone's feelings in doing so. "Popular" from the musical, for example, is ''loaded'' with examples.
-->'''Glinda''': And even in your case... though it's the ''toughest'' case I've yet to face...\\
And with an assist from me, to be who you'll be, instead of dreary who you were (well, ''are'')...
* CharacterDevelopment: In the book Galinda starts of as rather vapid and shallow. But after meeting Elphaba, along with Dillamond's death, she realizes there's much more important things to worry about besides boys and popularity.
* CoolCrown: In the play, she gets a couple tiaras with her outfits.
%%* FaceHeelTurn[=/=]HeelFaceTurn: She undergoes both.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Her "Good Witch" persona invokes this trope, although her real personality is more of a subversion of it.
* HeelRealization: In the musical, at the Ozdust Ballroom.
** She has an even bigger one later, after [[spoiler:inadvertently contributing to Nessarose's death.]]
* HiddenDepths: In the fourth book, she protects Rain, who is working as a maid in her household. This appears to be an afterthought on her part--when forced to release most of her staff, she chooses Rain to spite her other maid--but she gradually realizes Rain's magical potential and enlists her aid in casting a spell. The HiddenDepths is proven at the end of the book, when it's shown that [[spoiler:Glinda knew exactly what she was doing the whole time, and even raised Rain like a parent before it became dangerous to do so]].
* IneptMage:
** Early on she qualifies. She gets better. She's the only one of the girls who actually has a formal education in magic in the books, and is not capable of doing many impressive things with it, though by the standards of Ozian society, she is actually very talented (In the sense that she doesn't accidentally set things on fire).
** This gets shown in the musical when during the "Popular" number, she tries to do GorgeousGarmentGeneration for Elphaba, and nothing happens. She just tosses the wand away.
* LightIsNotGood: Partially subverted later. She may be pretty and popular, but she is vain and too dumb to realize what the Wizard had done. She redeems herself in the end.
* MysticalHighCollar: Her "bubble dress", which is after she finally learns magic, has a high collar.
* NiceHat: She wears a number of fancy hats.
* PimpedOutDress: She gets the most CostumePorn in the play, with loads of very fancy dresses:
** Her "bubble dress" (at the beginning and end) and her engagement party dress have lots of beading and sequins, and a skirt with the layers cut to give a flower petal effect.
** A Denmark production has different, but no less fancy, costumes. Her bubble dress has a bodice covered with beading to look like pearls, white HighClassGloves, and [[FluffyFashionFeathers a white feather skirt]].
** Even in the book, she's described as wearing all sorts of extravagant dresses after becoming Lady Chuffrey.
* PinkMeansFeminine: She loves to wear pink. She later becomes the WomanInWhite.
* PluckyComicRelief: In the play, the majority of the comic relief comes from her, and she's certainly plucky.
* ThePollyanna: She plays this trope straight at first, but then it becomes a facade later on.
* PuppetKing: Glinda's "Good Witch" title doesn't actually give her any power, as Madame Morrible explains to her during "March Of The Witch Hunters".
* StepfordSmiler: Indicated in the novel ''Wicked'', developed in the sequel, ''Son of a Witch''. The musical makes her a Stepford Smiler at the behest of the state for the sake of keeping the populace blissfully unaware.
* [[ThatManIsDead That Woman Is Dead]]: Borderline parody when she changes her name from Galinda to Glinda in the play. Played much more sympathetically in the book.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The girly girl half. Glinda is the epitome of stereotypical girly girl, being obsessed with pink, boys, clothes, makeup and parties.
* VanityIsFeminine: Galinda is vain for a majority of the time, but mainly [[RuleOfFunny in ways it's funniest]].

!!!In the musical:
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Glinda lacks tact and humility about her status in life (exemplified in her "Popular" number), but she never means to flaunt it maliciously in other people's faces, it's just how she is.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Beautifully {{parodied| trope}} when Glinda and Elphaba start slapping each other just before the {{Catfight}}. After the second slap, Glinda, wearing her bubble dress and tiara, starts flipping her wand around like a kung fu staff, in a display that falls under WhatTheFuAreYouDoing.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Fiyero suddenly running off with Elphaba causes Glinda to feel a dark enough jealousy that she gives Morrible information to lure out Elphaba that culminates in the death of [[spoiler:Elphaba's sister.]] This naturally leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction from her.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: A little bit in the play, though not nearly as severely as Madame Morrible.
* TheDitz: In the musical, although she gets better. In the books, she's actually very intelligent and capable.
* GenkiGirl: In the musical, especially during the "Popular" and "One Short Day" scenes.
* LargeHam: The role practically calls out for this, especially compared to the more dour and sarcastic Elphaba. The song "Popular" is often the benchmark for any actress playing G(a)linda, as it involves a lot of hopping around, dancing, yodelling, and often bits of improvised comedy unique to that actress. Most later actresses took Kristin Chenoweth's performance and ''built'' on it, creating a series of zanier Glindas.
** IncomingHam: Her first appearance in the flashback is her gliding onto the stage (thanks to sitting on a luggage cart), while singing several high notes.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: In the musical.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: All Glinda wanted was to trick Boq into leaving her alone. She never imagined Nessarose was so starved for affection that she would go so far as to become a tyrant to the Munchkins just to keep Boq at her side. Even when Glinda does try to amend her mistake, Nessa's already fallen into StalkerWithACrush territory.
* ValleyGirl: Some actresses give her moments like this, particularly during "Popular".
* VoiceTypes: A soprano--the role in the musical was written for Creator/KristinChenoweth. Many notes were added (at her request) to the opening number just so she could hit some high notes.

!!!In the book:
* AmbiguouslyGay: In the book, she was never interested in Fiyero, and seemed as interested in Elphaba as she was in anyone. WordOfGod is that she loved Elphaba, but she also ended up married (albeit not for love). Aided by the fact that in the books, EveryoneIsBi.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Unfortunately unlike the musical, Galinda/Glinda and Elphaba don't stay friends. Something that the ending of the book and its sequels hint.

!! Fiyero Tigelaar/Tiggular
!!!In both the book and the musical
* {{Adorkable}}: Shows shades of this. Mostly once he starts falling in love with Elphaba. Even moreso in the book, where he's shyer and more soft-spoken.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's no match for her, but Fiyero does have his share of witty remarks that will occasionally catch even Elphaba off guard.
* [[spoiler:TheLostLenore: For Elphaba, as it is his death that triggers her descent into wickedness. Played straight in the book, but subverted in the musical where at the end he turns up alive as the Scarecrow.]]
* LoveInterest: To Elphaba (and also Glinda in the musical).
** SatelliteLoveInterest: Subverted. A lot of Fiyero's character does revolve around his relationships with Elphaba and Glinda, but unlike most examples he plays an important role in the plot, and goes through his own CharacterDevelopment arc.
* RebelPrince: He takes advantage of his royal privileges without showing any particular enthusiasm for his role as the heir to a throne that constitutes 20% of Oz's population. As he falls deeper in love with Elphaba, he ends up abandoning that role completely.
* UnexpectedVirgin

!!!In the musical:
* BigDamnHeroes: He saves Elphaba from the Wizard and they run off together. He does this a second time (coming in swinging on a vine no less!) but with mixed results; Elphaba escapes, but he gets captured.
* BrainlessBeauty[=/=]TheDitz: Self-stated. He perpetuates this image so much that people actually become worried when he starts "thinking".
* TheCasanova: Apparently this was the general perception of him. To quote Galinda, "his reputation is scandalacious"
* CompositeCharacter: In the musical he's a mix of Book!Fiyero (with his name, position of Prince, and role as Elphaba's love interest), while his personality is more along the lines of Avaric (and possibly Crope and Tibbett) taken UpToEleven. [[spoiler:Also he actually ''is'' the Scarecrow in the musical, whereas in the book, Elphaba entertains the possibility that he never died and was hiding in that Scarecrow suit only to learn that the Scarecrow is nothing more than a Scarecrow.]]
* ComicalNapDrool: Aaron Tveit plays Fiyero in the musical as someone who drools in his sleep, it's fitting with his affable social butterfly, intelligent, loveable and at times naive personality.
* CoolShades: In his first appearance in the musical.
* CrashIntoHello: Sort of, in the musical. He was asleep at the time, but his first meeting with Elphaba is instigated by his carriage nearly running her over.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: In the musical, him getting hoisted onto a pole with his arms stretched out and being carried into a cornfield to be tortured is the last we see of him. [[spoiler:Or so we think.]]
* {{Delinquent}}: He brags about how he's been kicked out of several different schools at the beginning of "Dancing through Life".
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:In the musical, he fakes his death and helps Elphaba to escape while at the same time FakingTheDead.]]
* [[spoiler:EmergencyTransformation: He's the musical's version of the Scarecrow through this, through Elphaba's slightly botched invulnerability spell she tries to cast to save him from being beaten to death (she doesn't find out it actually worked until much later).]]
* EmotionallyTongueTied: He starts tripping over his sentences when he finds himself taking notice of Elphaba.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: His ultimate fate is alluded to many times up until TheReveal. He references being "brainless" in both of his songs, and a perceptive eye will notice in "Dancing Through Life" that [[spoiler:his choreography is based on the movement of a scarecrow on a pole.]]
* FormFittingWardrobe: The tight, white pants that Fiyero wears in his introduction are considered infamous by his actors and the show-goers alike.
* TheHedonist: Initially, his life motto is to live life however the hell he pleases. He eventually outgrows it.
* HiddenDepths: So hidden that Fiyero ''himself'' was convinced of his shallowness. Elphaba calls him out on it.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Turns out he's not so self-absorbed after all.
* IronicEcho: When they get together, Fiyero has to convince Elphaba that he thinks she's beautiful. [[spoiler:At the end of the musical when Fiyero has been turned into a scarecrow, it's Elphaba who has to convince ''him'' that she still thinks he's beautiful.]]
* IWillFindYou: His motivation for joining the witch-hunting Gale Force is to find Elphaba before anyone else does.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fiyero tries to remain aloof and entirely self-centered and succeeds for a little while, but ultimately when the chips are down he fails. Fiyero is also the first person we see in the musical who doesn’t scream/flinch/run away/etc when he first sees Elphaba. He is utterly unfazed. Already we start seeing that her being green doesn’t matter in the slightest to him. Even his joke about her being green is one of the tamest in the show. He doesn’t call her an artichoke like Glinda does or any other sort of rude name meant to demean her for being green. He just says “Maybe the driver saw green and thought it meant go”. Even if he doesn’t see anything WRONG with her being green, being green is still unusual. We INTERPRET that moment as a joke because that’s the expectation, but all we all know his INTENT is simply “Avaric was surprised, give the guy a break”. After that point he doesn’t mention her being green again.
* LadykillerInLove: Despite showing any real signs of being a 'ladykiller', in the musical, he still gets the entire female population of Shiz University pining after him within hours of arriving on campus and instantly hooks up with G(a)linda. Then he falls in love with Elphaba so hard that his life thereafter is spent trying to find her after she disappears from the public eye.
* LoveAtFirstSight: How he ends up in a relationship with Glinda in the first place, because they mutually deemed themselves to be "perfect together" upon first meeting. Of course, it doesn't end up lasting...
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Glinda never fancied Fiyero in the books. In fact, there's a scene there she specifically says how she ''doesn't'' fancy him!
* SafetyInIndifference: His reason for having such a lackadaisical approach to life. Just look at the lyrics to "Dancing Through Life":
--> '''Fiyero''': Life is painless, for the brainless
* NonActionGuy: Compared to Elphaba and Glinda, he comes off as this.
* RaceLift: Fiyero's ethnicity is never actually mentioned, he is simply referred to being dark or ochre in colour, which could mean yellow-brown (Olive) skin, right through to reddish-brown skin. In the musical, he has no determined physical features and his appearance relies on the person who's acting him. There have been Fiyeros of all colors and races on stage.
** PragmaticAdaptation: When the musical was in its concept stages they considered keeping the blue tribal paint, but then decided it would be too much of a hassle to deal with.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:He and Elphaba die in the book.]]
* StepfordSmiler: In the beginning of Act II, he, like Glinda, puts on a facade that he's enjoying his life and being against the Wicked Witch of the West, when the truth couldn't be further in the opposite direction. Even in Act I when they're in school, it's heavily implied Fiyero's devil-may-care attitude is a coverup for the fact he's unhappy.
* UnexpectedVirgin: In the books Fiyero mentions that until he married his childhood bride Sarima, he was a virgin and never had an affair until he reunited with Elphaba. In the musical Sarima doesn't exist and like the song itself being a reference to Fiyero and Elphaba consummating their relationship, the deleted lyrics in ALAYM subliminally make it very clear that in the musical verse, Fiyero was still a virgin when he ran away and became a fugitive with Elphaba.
--> '''Replaced solo in As Long As You're Mine (First 4 lines lack audio recording)''':
--> What am I doing?
--> What’s this I feel?
--> The boy who was certain
--> Love isn’t real
--> Tell me it’s hopeless,
--> Tell me it’s wrong.
--> There’s still no denying,
--> Desire so strong
--> Shrouded in secret
--> Meeting the night
--> We know our chances
--> Don’t live in the light
--> Recklessly racing
--> Too fast and too far
--> We know as long as we are

!!!In the book:
* ArrangedMarriage: In the book he is arranged to be married when he is in Shiz. He ends up marrying her and having three children with his wife. That doesn't seem to stop him from having some "fun" with Elphaba in the Emerald City, as Sarima and Fiyero's marriage is generally a loveless union. Fiyero even goes as far as to tell Elphaba that Sarima sees the marriage as a campaign to be won.
* BadassNative: The inhabitants of the Vinkus are the Ozian equivalents of Native Americans[[http://wicked.wikia.com/wiki/The_Vinkus]], and the book makes several mentions of him being an extremely experienced hunter and chieftain.
* FunnyForeigner: He first comes off as this in the book, especially at the beginning.
* InSeriesNickname: Elphaba calls him "Yero, my hero" at one point. Fanfiction authors often have her still give him the nickname "Yero" in musical-based work.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Elphaba wants to believe it’s a DisneyDeath, but it’s not.]]
* LikesOlderWomen: It's implied in the book that Elphaba is about 1-2 years older than Fiyero, she mentions that when Nessarose attends Shiz, she (Elphaba) will be in her third year. The year Nessa begins attending Shiz, Fiyero is mentioned as having started attending as a new student, and during this time Elphaba would be 19 or 20 years old and Fiyero directly mentions that he is only 18 years old.
* ShrinkingViolet: In the book (contrasting sharply with the musical) he starts out kind of like this; he's stated to speak quietly and somewhat timidly.
* TheSavageIndian: Nearly every Non-Vinkun Ozian's opinion of the inhabitants of the Vinkus. Fiyero is mentioned as being one of the books' NativeAmericans, the problem is that Fiyero, like most of the other POC end up dead and while they are alive they are viewed as savages and barbarians – and prejudice against them is regarded mildly as “snobbery.” The flip side is that, in a book full of rather unpleasant characters, the POC tend to be some of the very few that are genuinely decent people.
* UnexpectedVirgin: When it is discovered that he was married at age 7, the other students he is talking to start feeling uncomfortable until he mentions that he is not officially allowed to be with her until he is 20 and he mentions that he is only 18 at that current time. This relaxes the students as he is therefore still just as virginal as they are. Fiyero later mentions to Elphaba that the only women he has ever slept with was his arranged wife Sarima and Elphaba herself.
--> '''Fiyero''': I married a child bride and to preserve my power I haven't been unfaithful. Until now.
* YourCheatingHeart: He's married with several kids yet has an affair with Elphaba [[spoiler:that leaves her pregnant]].

!!Nessarose Thropp
!!!Both in the book and the musical:
* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged. In both the book and the musical, Nessa isn't as bad as the Wicked Witch of the East in L. Frank Baum's original. She possesses sympathetic and admirable qualities, but these are ultimately overshadowed by her increasingly uncompromising and self-righteous nature.
* DisabledLoveInterest: In the musical she was a lovely young girl in a wheelchair. Less so in the book, where she was a zealous girl who had functioning legs, but no arms to speak of, which puts a damper on finding love. Changing the lack of arms to a wheelchair was a PragmaticAdaptation.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A House On Her]]: Though it was kind of necessary, since it's a ForegoneConclusion from the original story.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: As the Ruler of Munchkinland.
* [[spoiler:ThrowingOffTheDisability]]: Thanks to the [[spoiler:magic slippers (that Dorothy later obtains)]].

!!!In the musical:
* AbledInTheAdaptation: Played with. Due to the pragmatic issues of depicting an armless woman on stage using able-bodied actresses, her disability was edited for the musical. Nessa is paralyzed and wheelchair bound, instead of lacking arms like in the book.
* ClingyJealousGirl[=/=]{{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:She is willing to strip the Munchkins of their rights and keep any of them from leaving the country just to keep Boq with her and then curse away his heart when he expresses the desire to leave.]]
-->'''Nessa:''' You're going to lose your heart to ''me,'' I tell you! Even if I have to... I have to... '''[[spoiler:magic spell you!]]'''
* IneptMage: A truly tragic example in the musical, when she gets her hands on the [[GreatBigBookOfEverything Grimmerie.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: And ''how''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: She expresses horror when she realizes that [[spoiler:her attempt on casting a spell on Boq ends up ''shrinking'' his heart rather than making him be hers.]]
* NotGoodWithRejection: [[spoiler:Boq turning into the Tin Man? Well, he proclaimed his love for Glinda and was happy thinking that Nessa didn't need him anymore. Nessa attempted to cast a spell on him to make him love her, but it went ''horribly'' wrong.]]
* RaceLift: In the 2006-08 national tour, as she was played by Deedee Magno. She even lampshades this in the second act.
* SuperWheelChair: In the musical she eventually ends up with a fancy wheelchair that resembles a throne.

!!!In the book:
* ChurchMilitant[=/=]TheFundamentalist: In the book.
* CruelMercy: In the book a Munchkin asks her to enchant a woodsman's ax so that it would kill him when he swings it. She said this would be cruel, so instead she enchants it so it simply cuts off his limbs. And thus the tin woodsman is born.

!!!In the musical:
* AdaptationDistillation: He has a whole portion of the book devoted to him, yet is at-best a side character in the musical -- he doesn't even get a whole song to himself, just small bits of other people's songs.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially around Glinda. [[spoiler:Then he's turned into the Tin Man...]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Musical only. He loves Galinda, who won't give him the time of day. Nessarose is absolutely '''smitten''' with him, but he doesn't feel much more than sympathy for her, which decreases rapidly as time goes on.
* CompositeCharacter: In the musical, he becomes [[spoiler:the Tin Man]] after Elphaba casts a spell on him. In both the novel and the original [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz L. Frank Baum story]], the two are separate characters.
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:He's the musical's version of the Tin Man through this, after Nessa magically curses away his heart in a fit of jealousy and Elphaba in panic tries to save him.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: His crush on Galinda he has for a summer or two in college becomes the defining character trait of his whole life in the musical.
* HeroAntagonist: He essentially becomes one after [[spoiler:turning into the Tin Man]] in the musical. During "March of the Witch Hunters", he becomes utterly hostile towards Elphaba, calling her out for casting a spell on him and [[spoiler:turning him into tin (even though she only did it to save his life)]].
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Nessa was never in love with him in the book.
* StalkerWithACrush: In the musical -- Glinda's clearly not interested, and he still wants to break up her engagement ''years'' after they leave school.

!!!In the book:
* DoggedNiceGuy: In the book he pursued Galinda for quite a while during his time in school. But eventually she set the record straight that it would never work out, and he gave up when she became more serious, and he grew up a bit.
* TheEveryman: In the book, he's a defining "this is what normal people are like" character, compared to snobby Galinda and her friends, sullen and sarcastic Elphaba, and whacky frat boys Avaric, Crope and Tibbett.
* HappilyMarried: In the book he winds up living a happy, yet mundane, life as a farmer, father, and husband.

[[folder:The Wizard]]
!!The Wizard
!!!Both in the book and the musical:
* AntiVillain: His goal in the musical is to keep his people happy and let them have what they want.
* {{Demythification}}: The only "magic" he knows is how human nature works and how to lean on it to get what he wants.
* FantasticRacist: He detests the idea of talking animals, and strives to ensure that they remain mindless creatures that don't possess any human qualities, like in the "real world".
* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Although Elphaba never finds out. The Wizard goes into something of a quiet VillainousBreakdown upon realizing that he's actually Elphaba's biological father, and thus sentenced his own daughter to death. Afterwards Glinda tells him to leave Oz and he goes willingly.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The so called "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is no more than an amoral con man that rules over the land like a dictator.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In a way, as his trying to apply real-world logic to Oz is part of the reason everything ends up going wrong.

!!!In the musical:
* AffablyEvil: In the musical at least.
* BrokenPedestal: Elphaba idolizes him in the musical until she learns the truth.
* TheFaceless: [[spoiler:In his appearances as the object of Elphaba's mother's affair.]]
* HeelRealization: In the musical.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Depending on the actor portraying him in the musical, he can either be a despicable tyrant, or a misguided leader who genuinely believes that his actions are making things better in Oz.
* PuppetKing: To Madame Morrible in the musical.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In the musical, he honestly ''wants'' to be "wonderful", and help others achieve their heart's desires, but fails miserably. He reaches near JerkassWoobie levels when he realizes [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the full extent of his failures]].

!!!In the book:
* AdaptationalBadass: In the book, he's an evil occultist rather than a carnival worker, and his knowledge of magic is much more formidable.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Was merely a dishonest conman in the original L. Frank Baum stories, rather than an outright villain.
* DrivenToSuicide: Although only suggested. He fails, however.
* ManipulativeBastard: He is a con man, after all.

[[folder:Madame Morrible]]
!!Madame Morrible
!!!Both in the book and the musical:
* FantasticRacist: Towards Animals.
* SadistTeacher: To Galinda, and anyone else she deems as unworthy.
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Toward Elphaba in both versions.

!!!In the musical:
* BigBadFriend: To Elphaba in the musical.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Prone to speaking this way.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She treats those she respects with kindness, but it's all a facade.
* HateSink: In a musical dedicated to exploring the delicate balance of good and evil and asks the question of whether people are born wicked or simply have wickedness thrust upon them, Madame Morrible stands out as the only character with no redeeming or tragic qualities at all. She's bigoted, greedy, duplicitous, cold and perfectly willing to [[spoiler:commit murder]] in order to get what she wants, all while lacking a FreudianExcuse like [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold Elphaba]] or [[LonelyAtTheTop Nessarose's]] and any positive qualities to balance out her negative ones, like those of [[SpoiledSweet Glinda]] or [[WellIntentionedExtremist the Wizard]]. Out of all the characters in the musical, she's the only one who's truly and unambiguously evil.
* LargeHam: In a WorldOfHam, she stands out the most.
* [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind The Man]]: In the musical. In the book she works with The Wizard, but by the time Elphaba becomes a witch, she has retired.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Epically subverted--in the book, she dies at some point (it's never made clear if Elphaba killed her or if she was dead before she showed up). In the musical, she survives, but Glinda orders for her to be thrown in prison.
* VoiceTypes: Like most older female characters, she's an alto, and an AltoVillainess at that.
* WeatherManipulation: Her specialty in the musical (not in the book). Becomes a plot point when she [[spoiler:murders Nessarose by summoning the famous twister]].

[[folder:Doctor Dillamond]]
!!Doctor Dillamond
!!!Both in the book and the musical:
* CoolTeacher: Well, Elphaba thinks so anyway...
* MentorOccupationalHazard
* SatelliteCharacter: Despite mattering heavily to the plots of both book and musical (indeed; most of either story would have never happened without him), he actually doesn't appear a whole lot. Characters spend more time talking about him in absentia in the book, and he's only in one song in the play, and three scenes altogether.
* TalkingAnimal: [[spoiler:Which is the reason he ends up being the target of prejudice and the Wizard, as the Wizard doesn't like that animals in Oz can act like humans and wants to make them like normal animals in the "real" world.]]

!!!In the musical
* SparedByTheAdaptation: He [[spoiler:isn't killed]] in the musical; instead, he loses his job at Shiz and eventually [[spoiler:loses his ability to speak]].
* VerbalTic: A truly disturbing instance in the musical, [[spoiler:as he loses the ability to speak human language and starts reverting to animal noises]].

!!!In the book:
* KilledOffForReal: In the book, [[spoiler:he is murdered on Madame Morrible's orders.]]

!!Dorothy Gale
!!!Both in the book and the musical:
* BrattyHalfPint: Some fans see her as this.
* ClingyMacGuffin: After being more or less conned into taking Nessarose's shoes, Dorothy finds that she can't take them off, even when she wants to give them to Elphaba.
* HeroAntagonist: In the book, Elphaba's dress caught fire prior to the fateful bucket of water and Dorothy had just been trying to help put it out. In the musical, she is an antagonist due to lack of knowledge rather than malice.
* NaiveEverygirl: Dorothy doesn't really understand the complicated politics of Oz, which makes her a perfect UnwittingPawn for the Wizard.

!!!In the musical:
* TheFaceless: In the musical, we only ever see her silhouette.

!!!In the books:
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Revealed in the fourth book that she had developed feelings for Liir. [[spoiler: She arrives too late, as Liir is already married and has a child. Because of this, Dorothy avoids seeing Liir while she is in Oz.]]
* TheAtoner: In the novel, [[spoiler:Dorothy was touted as the leader of the witch-hunters. Indeed, she sought out Elphaba under the pretense of planning to kill her, but in reality, all she wanted was to sincerely apologize to Elphaba for what happened to her sister.]]
* GoodIsBoring: Liir's crush on her didn't last very long after leaving Kiamo Ko. He found that nice girls raised on a farm don't make for particularly interesting people. Not only that, but he finds there is something rather fake about all her goodness. Something that is commented on by several characters (but then again, [[InformedFlaw it never really comes up]]).
* TheDogBitesBack: In the fourth book.
* TookALevelInBadass: As she matures in the fourth book.


!Book-only characters
* AdaptedOut: He's not in the musical. Which is good, since he would have complicated things.
* BalefulPolymorph: Gets turned into an elephant in the fourth book, as a sort of callback to a spell he helped undo in the second.
* BiTheWay: He is in the center of a LoveTriangle with a man and a woman. Who may have fallen in love with each other, too, or died separately.
** In book four, it's revealed that [[spoiler:neither one died, and if they met they didn't hit it off. Liir ended up married to Candle because she was the mother of his daughter, but still in love with Trism although they didn't see each other for years. (This might make him AmbiguouslyGay, since while he seems to have regular sex with his wife they don't have much of a romantic attraction, something he and Trism enjoy in spades.) In the end, when Candle and Trism both leave him, he tells Rain he'd be happy if either or both of them would just come back.]]
* ContemplateOurNavels: He does a lot of this.
* TheDitherer: Seems to go out of his way to avoid making decisions until some tragedy forces him to. Taken UpToEleven in the fourth book, where his stubborn refusal to act in his own interest ends up [[spoiler:removing Mombey's spells on himself and two other characters]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Even after he finds out that he's the only one capable of riding the broom, the narrative still won't shut up about how unspecial he is.
* NonActionGuy[=/=]ActionSurvivor: Does surprisingly little, compared to his mom. He's more the type of guy stuff just ''happens'' to.
** That said, he certainly ''accomplishes'' quite a lot more than his mother, including missions he inherited from her failures.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: He is described as being fat in the first book, but second book onwards has him losing the weight and becoming lean, pale and dark-haired. Possibly justified in that he spent some time in the army and may have gotten into better shape during that time.

%%* CoolOldLady
%%* NeverMessWithGranny
%%* StealthMentor
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Inverted. She looks ancient, but she was [[BornAsAnAdult born old and pruny]], she did live Elphaba's entire lifespan and beyond though.
%%* YoungerThanTheyLook

!!Brr, The Cowardly Lion
* CharacterDevelopment: Bordering on DynamicCharacter. He is very different in all periods of his life from what he was at the start of his life, through his journey with Dorothy, integration with human society, etc. etc. All this from a character who doesn't really move the plotline at all. [[spoiler:Although he ends the novels as ruler of Oz]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* TheQuisling: In the book. Sided with the humans during the subjugation of Animals. Regrets it. Sort of.
%%* IntrepidReporter: Kinda.

!!Shell Thropp
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the fourth book.]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: In the second book his conversion to Unionism is solely for politics, however, by the fourth book it appears to have become sincere.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Seems to be, if we take the four books as one story. Made confusing due to the below tropes.]]
* SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome: [[spoiler: Implied that beneath his proud façade he actually feels inferior to the success of his sisters which compelled him to becoming the ruler of Oz.]]
%%* ChekhovsGunman

!!Avaric Tenmeadows
* AdaptedOut: Of the musical.
* CompositeCharacter: Makes up part of the "Fiyero" character in the musical.
* SatelliteCharacter: Really takes the role of "Boq's popular friend", and doesn't really matter a whole lot to the story.

[[folder:Crope & Tibbett]]
!!Crope and Tibbett
* : Of the musical.
* AmbiguouslyGay: They apparently tease Boq endlessly, but stop if he gets too upset about it.
* SatelliteCharacter: Both are essentially just there as Boq's schoolchums, though both play minor roles later on:
** Tibbett's experience in the Philosophy Club results in a rapid deterioration in his physical and mental health. Eventually he ends up a palliative care patient in the convent where Elphaba has resided since [[spoiler:Fiyero's death gave her a mental breakdown]], and it's in renewing their friendship and caring for him during the last months of his life that Elphaba is brought out of her years-long fugue state.
** Crope has a more minor role as Glinda's secretary in the latter half of the first book. He doesn't really do much and develops ChuckCunninghamSyndrome in the sequels, though.

!!Oziandra "Rain" Thropp
Also known as Oziandra Osqa'ami and Rainary Ko.
* HiddenInPlainSight: To protect her from the Emperor's forces, her parents [[spoiler:magically disguise her green skin]] and place her in Lady Glinda's household. When soldiers take over her estate and camp there for months on end, she remains unnoticed.
* HollywoodAutism: Averted. Rain seems to have a fairly realistic portrayal of autism, though it is not named as such due to the lack of psychologists in the setting. She pays little attention to people, doesn't make eye contact, focuses on objects and animals, and is thought to be mentally challenged at first. As she grows, she learns how to better interact with people, largely through careful observation, and her intelligence gradually becomes evident.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Tay, a small "rice otter" that accompanies her for most of the book. It eventually turns green.