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Oz: The Great and Powerful

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    Oscar Diggs/The Wizard of Oz 
"I don't want to be a good man... I want to be a great one."
Played by: James Franco

A con artist and stage magician, a tornado sends him to the Land of Oz.

  • Adorkable: His anxiety in regards to actually doing his wizardly duties makes him more charming as a character.
  • Bad Boss: Has shades of this towards Frank, his long-suffering stage assistant and when Finley goes to shake his hand, Oz hands him his heavy luggage instead.
  • Batman Gambit: He knows the Wicked Witches still think he's a selfish, greedy fraud after he changes his ways, so he tricks them into helping fake his death by filling a hot air balloon with gold and setting it loose so they can destroy it along with his "mortal body", allowing him to take on his famous appearance as a projected head.
  • Beard of Evil: Sports one in order to project a mysterious and sinister image, though he's more of a Jerk. At least, at first.
  • Came Back Strong: Invoked. He stages his own death so he can convince everyone, including the Wicked Witches, of his "rebirth" as "Oz, the Great and Powerful".
    • Now, to interact normally, he dresses as a Palace Guard ("Horse of a Different Color" scene.)
  • The Casanova: He hits on practically every female character (with the exception of the China Girl, understandably). This bites him in the ass when Evanora mentions this trait to turn Theodora evil.
  • The Chosen Zero: The great and powerful wizard is not a wizard at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Quite frequently.
  • Death by Woman Scorned: Exploited this trope, as seen below.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In the beginning, he doesn't wind up with the girl he's romantically interested in. In the end, this makes sense, since it's largely implied that the woman becomes Dorothy's mother.
  • Faking the Dead: So he can take on the incorporeal form he would later be known for. He does so by having an angered witch blowing his decoy.
  • Guile Hero: He bests his enemies purely through well-planned prestidigitation.
  • Handsome Lech: Though it's a PG rated film, it's obvious that Oscar gets around quite a bit, and when he meets each of the witches, he doesn't stop.
  • Heel-Face Turn: He gets better later in the film.
  • Heel Realization: After the Wicked Witch of the West makes her first public appearance.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason he encourages Annie to marry the man who proposed to her.
  • It's All About Me: He's so self-centered, it's amazing.
  • Jerkass
  • Jumped at the Call: He accepts the idea of becoming the hero of Oz purely for fame, fortune, and a chalice.
  • Karma Houdini: He gets away with breaking Theodora's heart, which gets her turned into the Wicked Witch of the West, even after Theodora outright says it in front of everyone. To his credit, much of Theodora's heartbreak was caused by Evanora's manipulations, and Oscar does recognize it's at least partially his fault.
  • Lady Killer In Love: In spite of his rampant womanizing, it's made clear that he sees Annie as more than just another fling.
  • Large Ham: While in front of a crowd, he's a lot more showy. Of course, he's even more so after his apparent "death".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Experiences this when he finds out from Glinda that Evanora had played him like an accordion. You know, like he'd been doing to practically everyone else in Kansas, only with parlor tricks instead of real magic.
  • Lovable Coward: When his stage tricks don't work, he runs away. Granted, considering what he's up against, this is understandable.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Come on, you knew he'd do this.
  • Master of Illusion
  • Nice Hat: A magician's top hat. Utterly unremarkable in Kansas, but it's unique in Oz, and sets him apart from everyone else.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Thanks to Oz's womanizing ways, Theodora is heartbroken and susceptible to being corrupted by Evanora, eventually becoming the Wicked Witch of the West. To his credit, Oz does recognize that Theodora's fall to wickedness is at least partly his fault.
  • The Nicknamer: "Flying Monkey" for Finley, "Wanda" for Glinda, "Sourpuss" for Knuck, and "China Girl" for, er, China Girl.
  • Overly Long Name: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.
  • Papa Wolf: To China Girl.
  • Pet the Dog: Even before discovering the goodness within his heart, Annie is the only person in Kansas he's both nice and 100% honest to.
    • While completely obsessed with getting his crown, gold, and chalice, even he will stop to help China Girl.
  • Rousing Speech: Delivered just before the climax.
  • Science Hero: Combines technical know-how with a stage magician's tricks to intimidate the Wicked Witches into exile from the Emerald City.
  • Stage Magician: What he uses to show the people of Oz that he's a Wizard.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He's none too keen about having to kill anyone, even when he believes he absolutely has to to succeed.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He seems to think this of himself, to some extent.
    Glinda: It's a magic wall. Everyone who has a good heart can pass through it.
    Oz: I'm gonna die!
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: During the final confrontation between the Wicked Witches, Oscar pretends to make a getaway in a hot air balloon with a bunch of gold, making everyone think he's abandoned them. Then, when Theodora shoots down his balloon and everyone believes he's dead, he works his stage magic and a video projector to make a grand comeback as the "true" Wizard of Oz, renewing everyone's hope and scaring the witches away.

    Theodora 
"You don't know much about witches, do you?"
Played by: Mila Kunis

A beautiful but naive witch who believes Oscar Diggs is the wizard sent to save the Land of Oz.

  • Horrible Judge of Character: She not only fails to catch on to Oscar's womanizing ways, but also the fact that Evanora is evil.
  • Hot Witch: She's quite pretty and is a magic user like her sister.

    Evanora/The Wicked Witch of the East 
Played by: Rachel Weisz

The Wicked Witch of the East, who has taken control of the Emerald City and installed herself as ruler.

  • Evil Chancellor: To the King of Oz, and later to Oscar.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's quite visibly taken aback by Theodora's wickedness, particularly her decision to take no prisoners. It seems she's power hungry instead of openly sadistic... except when it comes to Glinda. Upon seeing the transformed Theodora, she offers to revert her physical appearance.
  • Evil Brit: Speaks with a British accent, even though her sisters don't.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: She's been evil for so long that she's even more hideous than her sister Theodora becomes. She hides it with her magic amulet.
  • The Heavy: Evanora is responsible for nearly every bad event that has happened in the film series. She killed the king of Oz and created the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Hot Witch: Though only thanks to the power of her magic amulet. Without it...
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's quite elegant, and can generate powerful green lightning.
  • Karmic Transformation: Evanora's uglification when Glinda removes her necklace is a fitting karmic punishment for tricking Theodora into becoming a green-skinned witch.

    Glinda/The Good Witch of the South 
"Can you save my people?"

The Good Witch of the South who protects a small kingdom and helps guide Oscar onto a nobler path.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Despite having red hair in both the book and the 1939 MGM film, Glinda is portrayed as a blonde. This might have been to avoid a lawsuit with MGM.
  • And You Were There: Her actress also plays Annie, an old flame of Oscar's who may or may not end up becoming Dorothy's mother.note 
  • Badass: She can kick a lot of ass when she needs to.
  • Barrier Maiden: Due to being Willfully Weak most of the time, her powers are mostly manifested like this.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Zig-zagged, but ultimately Glinda is the only witch to remain beautiful throughout the entire film.
  • Blow You Away: Despite initially appearing to be a Evil Is Deathly Cold Ice Person, Glinda wields power over the winds, including using the iconic bubbles and creating fog. Connecting to this element, she is also calm and level-headed, as well as being defense-oriented.
  • Composite Character: She has a lot in common with Ozma from the books, notably being the daughter of the former king of Oz.
  • Cool Crown: A tiara.
  • Damsel in Distress: She spends much of the film's climax captured and tortured by the Wicked Witches. When she gets free, she gets to show her stuff.
  • Dull Surprise: She consciously hides her emotions.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The bodice and shoulders of her dress are decorated with white and silver feathers.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: She sees through Oscar's facade, but lets him get away with it because she believes he can change, and because he's all they've got. Her faith in him is eventually vindicated.

    Finley 
Played by: Zach Braff

A flying monkey who pledges his loyalty to Oscar.

  • And You Were There: Zach Braff also plays Frank, Oscar's long-suffering but loyal assistant in Kansas. They're more or less the same character, save for the whole monkey thing.
  • Beleaguered Assistant
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • I Owe You My Life: After Oscar saves him from vines and a lion, he swears to serve him for the rest of his days. He quickly comes to regret it when he finds out Oscar's not really a wizard.
  • I Resemble That Remark: Finley gets mad when Oz offers him a banana.
    Finley: Bananas? Oh, I see. Because I'm a monkey, I must love bananas, right? That is a vicious stereotype!
    Oz: You don't like bananas?
    Finley: Well, of course I like bananas, I'm a monkey. Don't be ridiculous.
  • The Lancer
  • Large Ham: Finley is unintentionally hammy sometimes.
  • Non-Human Sidekick
  • Secret Keeper: Oscar confides with him his true nature early on and then orders him not to tell anyone else. He's also one of the few who knows he faked his death.

    China Girl 
"Great. Let's go kill ourselves a witch!"
Played by: Joey King

A young, living China doll who is rescued by Oscar and joins him on his journey.

  • And You Were There: Her actress also plays a girl in the wheelchair in Kansas who begs Oscar to make her walk.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's all too eager to "kill [themselves] a witch" after she convinces Oscar to let her go with him on a dangerous witch hunt, and she carries around a knife to do the job. This disturbs Oscar.
  • Break the Cutie: Quite literally, in this case.
  • How Much Did You Hear?: How she finds out Oscar's not the kind of wizard she thinks he is, as he tells it to Glinda in a fit of self-derision. Against his expectations, she takes it relatively well.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Joey King's facial features are reflected with the China Girl, which also parallels the crippled girl who wishes to be able to walk but Oz cannot oblige.
  • Little Miss Badass: She tells Oscar she's not as delicate as she appears.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: Can manipulate Oscar by turning on the waterworks. He seems to notice.
  • Morality Pet: For Oscar. The first glimpse of his better nature is when he tries to comfort her in the shattered China Village and repairs her legs.
  • No Name Given/Everyone Calls Her China Girl: She never introduces herself, and Oz calls her China Girl on the spot. It sticks. She is asked her name, but the audience never gets to learn it.
    • Fridge Brilliance: This is meant to mirror how the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion never get names, either (at least in the 1939 movie).
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Oscar first finds her as the sole survivor of one of the Wicked Witch's attacks. She tells him that if he could grant wishes, her one wish is to be with her family again. Oscar manages to fulfill this somewhat by offering her True Companions to be her family, which she happily accepts.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Secret Keeper: She eventually learns of Oscar's true nature, and his faked death.

    Master Tinker 
Played by: Bill Cobbs

The leader of the Tinkers ruled by Glinda.

    Knuck 
Played by: Tony Cox

The herald of the Emerald City.

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    The Wicked Witch of the West 
Played by: Mila Kunis

After having her heart broken by Oscar, Theodora is tricked by Evanora into consuming an apple that withers the goodness from her heart. This causes her transformation into the Wicked Witch of the West.

  • Ignored Epiphany: As she transforms into the Wicked Witch, she realizes her sister is evil and tricked her, but finds herself no longer caring as the good in her heart is extinguished.
  • Love Is a Weakness: A broken heart was what inspired her to turn bad.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Theodora, after her Face-Heel Turn, proclaims that she will paint the yellow brick road red with the blood of the people of Oz.
  • Redemption Rejection: Just before she escapes at the end, Oz gives her a chance to stay if rejects her wickedness her sister imposed on her (and presumably giving Glinda a chance to try to change her back), but she furiously refuses it. However, the poor witch is portrayed as literally being unable to choose good.