Dorothy Of Oz is a manhwa by Son Hee-Joon (creator of PhD Phantasy Degree) originally published by Haksanpub and translated into English by UDON.The story is about an ordinary 16 year old girl named Mara Shin who follows her dog Toto into a science-fantasy realm called "Oz". During her journey to return to her world, she meets up with Abee (Codename: Scarecrow), Namu (Codename: Tin Woodsman), and Tail (Codename: Cowardly Lion), and follows a mysterious Yellow Brick Road (Only she can see it) that may hold the key to the path home.If you can't tell already, it is a Korean take on the classic tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.Needs Wiki Magic Love, go Wiki Magic go!
Ambition Is Evil: Pillanin. He plans on taking over Oz by experimenting on his own soldiers and innocent townsfolk. Unfortunately for him, Mara and Shine put a cap on that idea.
Amnesiac Dissonance: What Namu fears will happen to him if he ever recovers the data he lost when Mara zapped him. Was his job to find her, or...to eliminate her?
Anatomy Arsenal: Namu and Tick Tock both have blades concealed in their arms. Tick Tock also has a screw concealed inside of her foot. Word of God has stated that her whole body is a weapon, and itís implied that both of them have much more than just whatís been shown so far.
Awesome by Analysis: Abee, surprisingly. He's able to copy extremely high-level telekinetic techniques after seeing them in practice a single time, and even manages to surpass the original user.
Ax Crazy: Notable examples include Number Three, Number Fifty (to a certain degree), the Witch of the West, and Tick Tock.
In Tick Tock's defense, she's an android that's been programmed to be as ruthless as possible while on a mission. Doesn't stop her from being downright scary at some points, though.
Bald of Evil: Pillanin is going bald...and (according to Tail, at least), this is one of the reasons he turned himself into a vampire.
Barrier Warrior: Abee and Number Three can make "gravity spheres", aka telekinetic force fields.
Big Badass Wolf: Wolf, obviously. And the two wolf chimeras once the Hungry Tiger forces them to go nuts.
Big Bad Wannabe: Pillanin. He actually is pretty tough, but was within a hair of being taken down once Shine decided to show up. And then it just got even worse for him from there. He's also rather hammy, which is probably another reason no one really takes him seriously, even when he's in his vampire mode.
The Call Knows Where You Live: Even though Mara has already had one adventure in Oz, Oz is apparently not finished with her yet and kept showing her the Yellow Brick Road until she finally was forced to follow it.
Though as noted below, it's extremely easy to mistake him for a Catgirl.
Mara, in one chapter cover in the fifth volume.
Cat Fight: Mara and Tick Tock's battle had some definite elements of this. Particularly a little bit before it occurred, when Mara takes off her jacket, moaning about how "it's so hot..."
Catch Phrase: Abee's "Oh, am I wrong again?" or its variations, and Mara's "MY NAME IS NOT DOROTHY! IT'S MARA. MARA SHIN!" or its variations.
Child Soldiers: Indigo's pretty young to be both a sergeant and Selluriah's bodyguard, and it's implied that he's been with her for a very long time. Long enough to not be visibly affected when she transforms, anyway.
Cloning Blues: Abee is just one of many clones created by the Witch of the West of her as-of-yet nameless assistant.
Combat Stilettos: The Witch's boots, though in the first volume it seemed to depend on the panel. In some panels, they had a very small heel, but from the second volume onward, they were always very high-heeled.
Comically Missing the Point: Tick Tock, upon being asked why she couldn't metaphorically do the simple math of realizing that politeness is the key to cooperation, asks just what is up with the math analogy.
Conditioned To Accept Horror: Tick Tock, and it's implied that all the androids are like this. Namu not being this is yet another indicator that heís not what he seems, as all robots are programmed to mindlessly obey their masterís orders, no matter how horrific they may be.
The clones all seem to be like this, too.
Contract on the Hitman: Number Fifty's own subordinate tries to kill him for becoming a liability. This does not go well for the subordinate, but Number Three manages to pull it off just fine later on.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Abee has a horrible case of amnesia, is naive to the nth degree, and is quite cheerful, and usually mixes up his words. He's also the most powerful telekinetic in the land and learns new techniques after seeing them in practice one time, which doesn't even mention his willingness to get rid of anyone he sees as a threat to Mara's safety. Tail is a Big Eater with No Indoor Voice and a horrible sense of direction, and is capable of punching a huge, muscle-bound werewolf so hard that he flies back over twenty feet.
Let Mara get drunk while in Witch form. All of a sudden she's incredibly powerful and seems to have no qualms with using her magic for super explode-y revenge.
The Hungry Tiger at first appears to be a normal, harmless human (having hidden his ears under his hair and his tail in his pants), who is just looking for information about someone. And then he reveals himself as the best soldier in the North, and has apparently never before been defeated in a fight. And his roar can cause other chimeras to go berserk and attack.
Culture Clash: Among other things, Mara is absolutely shocked to find that Oz has no ocean, guns, airplanes, or phones. Oz, in turn, does not approve of her knowledge of these things, particularly guns, which turn out to have recently been invented by the Witch of the South and are a matter of utmost secrecy.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The Wizard against the four Witches (sadly offscreen and referenced only once), and Attack Mode Namu against Tick Tock.
Number Three's unit vs. the Rock Base soldiers as well. Poor guys didn't even get a chance to defend themselves before they were utterly overwhelmed.
Tail in his second fight against the Hungry Tiger...and his hands were tied behind his back!
Custom Uniform of Sexy: Face it, Tick Tock's got a rockin' body and the uniform only showcases it all the more.
Dangerous Deserter: Dr. Nedbar, who stole the Witch of the Southís latest secret weapon and ran off with it. Rather than let Tick Tock catch up with him, he points the gun at Mara and basically demands that Abee help him or he won't hesitate to shoot. Also inverted in that Dr. Nedbar turns out to be an OK guy who helps Mara's group, just one who apparently doesn't do very well in a crisis.
Dead Star Walking: Selluriah and Indigo could both have been major characters... if only they werenít killed a few chapters after their introduction.
Declaration of Protection: Non-romantic example: Namu, upon joining Mara and Abee. The fact that his life is literally in Mara's hands probably helps.
The Dreaded: The Hungry Tiger is this for the other chimeras. Itís justified, as his roar can make them go berserk, transform into monsters, and attack.
Judging by Number Fifty's reaction to his arrival, Number Three is probably this for the Westerners.
Dress-Coded for Your Convenience: The Eastern soldiers dress more like typical soldiers. Westerners seem to favor ninja-esque outfits, or in the case of the higher-ranking numbers, lightweight armor. The androids from the South sport some kind of jacket and metal forehead protector. And the chimeras from the North all seem to favor lightweight, fairly revealing clothing. Nonetheless, Mara does not care who fights who as long as they leave her the hell out of it.
Easy Amnesia: More or less played straight, though in the case of Namu, at least, it's justified. Being hit with Mara's lightning bolt caused his hard drive to crash and break down, and being hit again caused it to force-reboot itself. Understandably, a good chunk of data was destroyed.
Eek, A Mouse!: Tail, hilariously enough, used to be afraid of rodents.
Electronic Eyes: Namu and Tick Tock, complete with a headlight-like feature!
Even the Girls Want Her: Played for laughs in a humorous omake at the back of the first volume. Abee demands that Mara choose which one of her three companions she likes, and she responds with, "Well...I really like...the nice lady from Oz!" and grabs onto Selluriah, who is understandably weirded out. Cue Abee having a BSOD and Indigo performing a Big "NO!".
Exiled to the Couch: Inverted with Selluriah, who sleeps on the couch by choice and has done so for so long that she has long since forgotten she has an actual bed.
Expendable Clone: Apparently to the point of killing a team commander when a rescue is also entirely possible.
Face Fault: Tail and Mara both come close to this at some points, but the farthest either one goes is Mara falling to her knees and shaking her fist after trying to converse with Abee for the first time.
Faceless Goons: Inverted with the clones, who all have the same face. At one point, Major Gayle even comments that he's getting really friggin' sick of having to see that same face over and over again.
Played straight with Pillaninís mooks in the first volume. Most of them are shown with their faces in shadow.
Failed Attempt at Drama: Pillanin reveals his true form as a blood-sucking vampire chimera, only for Tail to immediately point out that his hair has miraculously grown back. And then ask if that was the actual reason Pillanin experimented on himself in the first place.
Fantastic Racism: The East is generally a better place to live than the other three regions, but nonetheless, God have mercy upon you if you happen to be a Westerner or Southerner who accidentally wandered into their territory.
Fumbling The Gauntlet: It turns out that wandering around without a traveling pass in Oz is most definitely not OK. And knowing about guns is a death sentence by way of Tick Tock.
Funny Background Event: As Mara revels at her new body the first time she transforms, Selluriah is busy beating Indigo for calling her old. The next shot is of Indigoís hand reaching for the ceiling and Selluriah cleaning her bloody knuckles off.
Genius Ditz: Abee, surprisingly enough, and despite being this storyís version of the brainless Scarecrow. He is very observant and intelligent, but is also rather naive and often gets into trouble because he simply doesnít know how the world works.
Half-Human Hybrid: Tail is a lion chimera. Also included are the Hungry Tiger (obviously a tiger chimera), the aptly named Wolf, and two more seemingly unnamed wolf chimeras in the fifth volume.
Namu is at first believed to be an android, but is actually a cyborg- half man, half robot.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Mara just might be the best example of this trope. She's a better person than most of the prominent figures in Oz, but due to a horrible misunderstanding has a huge price on her head and is feared throughout the land and hated by virtually everyone in the East.
Hidden Depths: At first seeming like a typical robot who unquestioningly follows orders, Namu turns right around and starts a battle with Tick Tock because she mentioned killing his mission target and cutting off people's arms.
Tail at first seems like a frightened young Catgirl, but then shows himself as a young man capable of mass destruction when he gets really worked up.
When Mara first meets Abee, he has such bad amnesia that he can't even speak properly, and spending a day with him does nothing except to convince her that he's got a few screws loose. And then they're attacked by Number Three, and Abee gets to show off what he's really capable of.
Hideous Hangover Cure: While trying to find a way to sober Mara up, Abee pins her arms to the wall with a pair of axes. As he was trying to keep her from frying him alive, though, he can be forgiven. She got revenge by almost vomiting on him a moment later.
How Do I Shot Web?: Mara has a lot of trouble using her powers while in Witch mode, and no matter what she does, just can't seem to get it totally right. Without Thyrsos, she's not strong enough, and with it, she's TOO strong. Unless she's drunk, in which case she becomes almost scarily competent.
How We Got Here: The first book starts off three months after Mara arrives in Oz, and she already has all three of her companions. The latter half of that book, and all of the second, third, fourth and all the way to the end of the fifth, go back and show just how the group got to that point, and how Mara met each of the three.
I Am Not Left-Handed: Turns out the reason Tick Tock managed to beat Namu twice was because he wasn't in Attack Mode. Once he activates said Attack Mode, however...well. It doesn't turn out very well for Tick Tock.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: Namu, after realizing just how dangerous his Attack Mode really is. Luckily, Dr. Nedbar doesn't really heed his request and instead gives him a Self-Destruct Mode as a just-in-case thing. It's controlled by Mara's cell phone, much to her dismay.
I Miss Mom: "I'm crying because I miss my mom. Is that such a bad thing?"
Identity Amnesia: Abee, and to a much less extent, Namu. Abee's was so bad that he couldnít even remember how to speak at first. Namu got lucky and just lost a lot of data, though he still retains much useful information in his databanks.
It should also be noted that neither Abee nor Namu have shown interest in regaining their lost memories. Abee genuinely seems not to care, and Namu is afraid of what regaining that lost data might mean.
Tail apparently has this as well.
If You Die I Call Your Stuff: Despite being told many times that Grumpy will survive being hit with Mara's lightning power, Dopey is fairly determined to gain ownership the older dwarf's helmet.
In Medias Res: The story begins with the group already together and getting into a situation in a town with Chimeras. After it gets settled, the story jumps back to how Mara came to Oz and goes from there.
In Vino Veritas: Mara gets drunk at one point, and gets a fair bit more confident about her situation. Not to mention her previously terrible magic skills just go through the roof all of a sudden.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Tick Tock. She gets about 75% of her clothing ripped off by the Dwarfs, and yet doesn't seem to notice her state of undress until much later. And even then, it had to be pointed out to her.
Intoxication Ensues: Mara. What she initially thought was water turns out to have been beer. Granted, though, she figured out what it actually was rather quickly. It was only the fact that it pissed the Seven Star Dwarfs off that made her keep drinking it.
Magicians Are Wizards: The Witches all consider Oz to be just like them at first, aka, just a scientist who depended on some kind of trinket (in his case, Thyrsos) for his power. Turns out he has actual magical power, and even without Thyrsos was able to curbstomp all four of them at the same time. Ouch.
Malaproper: Abee. It comes with the territory of having such complete amnesia that he's forced to relearn how to speak.
Meaningful Name: The names Mara gives to her traveling companions. "Abee" is short for "Huhsuabee", which means "scarecrow" in Korean. "Namu" means "tree" or "wood". And Tail...well, he has a tail.
And Wolf is a wolf chimera.
Tick Tock, of course, is a machine with clockwork parts.
Medium Awareness: A one-off joke at the beginning of Volume 2 pokes fun at how blood and ink look the same in a black-and-white comic.
Megaton Punch: Both Tail and Namu are capable of this. The Hungry Tiger is, too.
Power Dyes Your Hair: When in Witch mode, Maraís hair turns white and grows to her shoulders. However, her Witch mode is also supposed to her in ten years, so one could argue that at age 26, perhaps she just decided to let it grow out a bit.
Quest for Identity: More or less averted. Both Abee and Namu have at least an idea of who they once were, but neither has shown any interest in regaining their memories or going back to their old lives.
Really 700 Years Old: Selluriah may look like a young woman, but her true age is apparently classified, and calling her old will get you curbstomped. It's implied that the other three Witches are like this too.
Red Baron: In universe, many characters are known to the general public only by their codenames. Which actually makes sense, considering that most don't have actual names, only the aforementioned codenames.
Running Gag: Mara tries her darnedest to avoid being seen while transforming, but inevitably, someone will walk in just as the magic strips her clothes off. It gets worse in the fifth book where she trips, goes flying into the middle of the action where everyone can see her, and lands right on top of Abee.
Sarcastic Devotee: All three of Mara's loyal three companions get at least some of this at certain points. Tail especially, though.
Sociopathic Hero: Abee, but this is more just him trying to get rid of someone he perceives as a threat to both Mara and to himself. Given what he'd just been through only a few days prior, it's kind of understandable. He stops once Mara yells at him about it while drunk, though.
Sociopathic Soldier: Number Fifty at first appears to be this, but he's really just incredibly jaded by life. Number Three definitely counts, though.
Speech Impediment: Sort of. Abee tends to get words mixed up, often with hilarious results, but this is a result of his severe amnesia.
Technological Pacifist: Selluriah is implied to be this. She's also the only one out of the four Witches who hasn't explicitly experimented on humans. Instead, she seems to like making super-suits.
Those Two Guys: Dick and O'Neal become this. Could also be said for most of the clones, as well.
Tin Man: Both Namu's codename and his personality type. He does have emotions, but is also very, very much The Stoic and almost never shows them.
Too Dumb to Fool: Abee to Number Three, being able to figure out that Three has been planning to kill Fifty for a long time due to simply not understanding why Three was watching Fifty for so long. He's also the only one to not trust Shine immediately and knows he's up to no good, but also states he didn't try to stop him because he knew it would only end badly.
Trauma Induced Amnesia: Due to being zapped twice with several hundred volts of electricity, Namu lost a good chunk of data, including knowledge of just what he was supposed to do with Mara when he found her. How Abee lost his memory is uncertain, but judging by the dried blood on his forehead when Mara finds him, it may be due to head trauma. Note that getting hit in that same place does nothing to restore or further impair his memory, however. Tail also appears to be suffering from some sort of amnesia as well, but just how much or how it happened are also unknown.
Unusual Ears: All the chimeras have the ears (and tail) of the animal they've been fused with. Wolf is the only one who doesn't, but he appears to be more of a werewolf than a chimera.
We Can Rebuild Her: Dr. Nedbarís rebuilds Tick Tock after sheís smashed to pieces, rewires her memory, and sends her back to the Witch of the South with false information. Too bad the Witch and her assistant figure out that something's not quite right here.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: One of the more implied themes of the series. Human experimentation not withstanding, Mara is the only one who automatically treats everyone as being an equal to her.
Where's The Kaboom?: The first time Mara tries to fight Tick Tock with magic, it...doesn't quite work.
Same as when she first tried to use magic in general. Unless she's drunk or very angry, she seems to need Thyrsos to help her focus the energy properly.
Who Wears Short Shorts?: Tail wears a pair of very short white shorts which used to belong to Mara. He also wears a pair of black, knee-length biker shorts underneath them.
Witch Species: Four of them, North, East (Selluriah), South, and West. It should be noted that they all use a supernatural level of science rather than magic. The Wizard is the only one who knows actual magic.
Wizards Live Longer: Each of the Witches is stated to be much older than they appear, and who knows how old the Wizard is...
Would Hit a Girl: When pushed, Namu has no problem fighting Tick Tock practically to the death.
Wrongfully Accused: Mara is accused of killing Selluriah, the Witch of the East, and stealing her boots. The Witch of the West had an assassin kill Selluriah, and Mara just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You Are Number Six: All the clones (except Abee) have numbers instead of names. Number Fifty makes a point of telling Mara that they don't have the "luxury" of real names.