Awesome / Wicked

Wicked (the novel)

  • Glinda, while still a student, magically pulls an old woman back from the brink of death.
  • Elphaba freeing the Cowardly Lion Cub.
  • Elphaba rescuing Chistery from across a river in spite of her Weaksauce Weakness (by freezing it!).
  • Elphaba killing Madame Morrible (Erm, maybe).
  • Elphaba inspiring enough people to create the Arc Words for the rest of the series: "Elphaba Lives."

Wicked (the musical)

  • "So if you care to find me—look to the western sky!" Defying Gravity is unspeakably amazing, in person or on the soundtrack.
    • In the show, towards the climax of the song, they lifted the actress up on a cable as pretty much every resource the stage crew had available was incorporated to make the scene as unbelievably epic as possible. It really must be experienced to be understood.
    • Even the moment that leads up to Elphaba being lifted up is epic. Elphaba and Glinda have just wished each other happiness, and Elphaba runs off. Then a bunch of guards attack Glinda, thinking she's the one they're after. We then hear Elphaba's voice shouting at them to release her, for it's not Glinda they want, it's her. Cue epic lifting moment and climax of the most epic musical theatre song in years.
      • The staging and score get in on it. Immediately beforehand, Elphaba disappears into the darkness as soon as she's finished singing. It looks like she's chosen to unceremoniously run away with no fanfare. Glinda is left exposed in a cold white light at the front of the stage. The guards break in, it looks like Glinda will take the fall, there's a miniature Darkest Hour as the music grows more and more frenetic (helped by a Truck Driver's Gear Change). Then there's a single column of light - "She has nothing to do with it, I'm the one you want! It's me!" And suddenly everything is as bright as the sun - "It's me—" - and Elphaba is rising.
    • The dialogue leading up to it is chillingly cool, too. This exchange in particular is awesome as it comes right after Elphaba is dubbed a Wicked Witch and her worst fear of being reviled by everyone she meets is effectively realized:
      Glinda: Don't be afraid.
      Elphaba: I'm not. It's The Wizard who should be afraid. Of me.
  • Glinda's epic takeover of Ozian politics at the end of the musical, starting by ordering the Wizard out of Oz and sending Morrible straight to jail with an Ironic Echo.
    Glinda: Madame, have you ever considered how you'd fare in captivity?
    Morrible: What?
    Glinda: Captivity! Prison! It is my personal opinion that you do not have what it takes. I hope you'll prove me wrong. I doubt you will, (to the guards) TAKE HER AWAY!
  • When the Wizard's guards capture Elphaba during her catfight with Glinda, Fiyero swings in on a vine and/or rope with his rifle and yells, "Let the green girl go!" The line is a little Narmy and the vine/rope doesn't make much sense since they're supposed to be in the middle of a corn field, but it makes his entrance hilariously awesome.
  • "No Good Deed" not only gives shivers, but it draws you right into Elphaba's mind. It's terrifying and heartbreaking, but it helps you sympathize with her.


  • Dutch actress Willemijn Verkaik has played the role of Elphaba in four countries and three languages; her native Dutch in Holland, German in Germany, and English both on Broadway and in the West End. No other actress even comes close.
  • This storyboarded animated version of Defying Gravity by Disney animator Heidi Gilbert. It's unlikely to get an animated version instead of a Live Action version, but damn it looks cool.