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Series: Tin Man
Without heart, you're nothing.

"Oh come on, tin man, have a heart!"
- Glitch

A Sci-Fi Channel miniseries re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz.

DG is a rebel teen about to break loose played by Zooey Deschanel. The Scarecrow is a lobotomized ex-genius played by Alan Cumming. The Tin Man himself is a disheartened ex-policeman, and the Cowardly Lion is a psychic Cat-Man. The flying monkeys are tattoos on the Wicked Witch's cleavage that come to life, the Poppy Field is actually the hunting ground of fearsome plant-animal things, and Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are not quite normal muggles. Finally, the Wicked Witch is Azkadelia, a powerful and dangerous tyrant and witch.

As for the rest, Toto is a were-terrier who tutored DG and her sister in magic. The Wizard is split across 2 characters, one of whom is DG's real father, and the other of whom is a showman/oracle addicted to happiness-inducing vapors. And that's not even all of the surprises!

It's The Wizard of Oz saturated with Rule of Cool and Darker and Edgier.

It was followed by a Spiritual Successor, Alice.

More recently, the director also did Neverland.

The series now has a Shout Out page.

This series provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Sisters Azkadelia and...Dorothy Gale?
  • And I Must Scream: The iron suit.
    • Probably Azakadelia, depending on how aware she was.
  • Animated Tattoo: The flying monkeys are tattoos on Azkadelia's chest when she's not using them.
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Toto" isn't actually the man's name—he just got stuck with it because little DG couldn't pronounce "tutor".
  • Badass Longcoat: Played straight and subverted. Cain and Glitch are both actual Badass Longcoats. But, the Witch's henchmen are actually called Longcoats, since that's what they wear. Tight, leather longcoats.
  • Badass Princess: Two of 'em.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. The witch manages to bring about the permanent night (and even says "I won"), but the heroes manage to kill and undo it anyway.
  • Blown Across the Room: Well, more like knocked backwards and out a window, but still...
  • Brain in a Jar: More appropriately, half a brain.
  • British Accent: The queen, and only the queen. No one else in her family or the entire kingdom has her little accent.
    • Except her ancestor, the original Dorothy Gale, of all people.
  • Broken Bird: Azkadelia shows signs of this, particular post-witching.
  • Broken Hero: Poor Glitch.
  • Cain and Abel: Azkadelia and DG. And then subverted, as Azkadelia is actually possessed.
  • The Cameo: Dorothy Gale.
  • Chekhov's Gag The first thing Glitch says to Cain in part one: "I have a proper name, and when I remember it I will tell you." The first thing he says to Cain after he's reunited with his brain in part three? "My name isn't Glitch. It's Ambrose."
  • Chekhov's Gun: The toy horse, the princess nursery rhyme. Cain's straight razor.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Glitch
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Amusing subversion when Jeb captures Zero and prepares to interrogate him. Jeb gets behind Zero and takes hold of his fingers. The next thing we hear is some ominous metallic clinking. Zero can't see what's happening and starts to panic. Just when Zero is on the verge of crying like a little girl, Jeb reveals that he's been clinking together a pair of spoons.
  • Cowardly Lion: Raw. Duh.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Glitch knows kung fu. Justified in that half his brain is missing.
  • Darker and Edgier: The series is a D&E version of... well, The Wizard of Oz.
  • Demonic Possession: Azkadelia's not the Big Bad because she wants to be.
  • Doomsday Device
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Or into the magical tornado, as it were.
  • The Dragon: Zero
  • Dull Surprise: DG's blase, disaffected manner would make Daria proud.
    • May actually be a bit of Fridge Brilliance there. She reacts so casually to all the weirdness going on because of her subconscious recollection of her childhood in Oz.
  • Eldritch Abomination: While one would assume that the witch possessing Azkadelia was the original Wicked Witch, the "Ancient writing" in the cave and her title as "Witch of the Dark" would somewhat imply this.
  • Electric Torture
  • Empathic Healer: Raw, in spades.
  • Enemy Within: Azkadelia
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    Zero: We can pry those numbers out of her.
    Azkadelia: Zero, she's my sister.
  • Evil Feels Good: Take a close look at Azkadelia's physical reaction right after taking a life with her magic. After killing the Mystic Man, she even takes the hand of a guard to steady herself.
  • Famous Ancestor: In a homage type of way — DG is named for her ancestor, Dorothy Gale.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink
  • Face-Heel Turn: Azkadelia wasn't always The Caligula she is today.
  • Fighting from the Inside: There are a couple of instances where you can see the original Azkadellia coming through, before being suppressed by the Wicked Witch personality.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Forced to Watch: Eight years in a magically-charged coffin, with his family's torture on repeat playback for company. Heroic Willpower is the only explanation Cain is anything resembling sane.
  • Foreshadowing: In the build up to the arrival of the tornado, the Gales' scarecrow loses his head, a heart-shaped house sign rattles about, and a cat runs off in terror.
  • Fortune Teller
  • Fun with Acronyms: Averted. TDESPHT-what?
    • Also Played Straight with the fantasyland's name. It's called the "O.Z." because it's short for "Outer Zone"—which is where the name "Oz" comes from.
  • Gambit Roulette: The Queen and Ahamo's scheme. The Queen essentially fakes DG's death, then "banishes" her beloved, Earthling husband so that the Witch won't think to look for him in Oz. Then, run like hell under the cover of night, block DG's memories with a limited-duration spell that would wear off at early adulthood, and send the little Princess off with the Muggle Foster Parents, who have codewords and clues programmed into them, so that she could find a few scattered allies (Father Vu, The Mystic Man, and Ahamo) and messages (the Ice Palace, Finaqua), then find her and/or Ahamo. Where her plot seemed to hit a snag was that she likely planned on being able to hold out against The Witch until DG came back.
  • Gentle Giant: Raw.
  • The Good Chancellor: Ambrose, Royal adviser to the Queen and loyal to the end.
  • High Collar of Doom: Azkadelia's outfits almost all sport some variation of this.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The conclusion of reveals that Princess Azkadellia is actually a descendent of Dorothy Gale who was possessed by the spirit of the original Wicked Witch as a child. D.G. (who's actually Azkadellia's sister) frees her from the Witch's influence in the last episode's final act, and she reverts to her original personality.
  • Hollywood Genetics: While both her father and mother have blue eyes, the actress cast for young Azkadelia has brown eyes, which is genetically impossible.
  • Hope Spot: DG manages to guide a rat to the control wheel for the cell doors using bits of her food, but it opens the wrong door...
  • Hot Witch: Azkadelia. Yes.
    • Averted with, the actual witch.
  • Identity Amnesia: Glitch.
    • Although occasionally his memory seems to come and go whenever convenient for the plot. To the point where I'm not really sure how much he actually needed his brain to know stuff.
  • Idiot Ball: The Queen
    • Young Azkadelia strangled DG right there in her room, and the Queen saw her walking out! Instead of wasting all that time hiding DG after bringing her back to life, she could've just have apprehended the young Azkadelia right then and there and prevented this whole mess from ever happening.
      • Why did the Queen send DG on a quest for the Emerald, effectively leading Azkadelia straight to it? She COULD have kept it's location secret until the eclipse was over. Azkadelia's plans would have been foiled, and she never would have been a threat in the first place.
  • I Have No Son: The Queen tells Azkadelia "You're not my daughter." Subverted, in that this is actually a case That Thing is Not My Child! as she's really addressing the witch possessing her daughter.
  • I Know You're In There Somewhere: DG to Azkadelia.
  • Improvised Weapon: A log that Cain, Glitch, Raw, and three other guys are chained to.
  • I'm Melting: Well, yes.
  • I Never Said She Whispered
  • Intergenerational Friendship: DG and the guys.
  • Knight in Sour Armor : Hey, given the crap Cain's been through, he'll wear that sour armor like his Badass Longcoat!
  • La Résistance
  • Last Request: Mystic Man to Cain, "You will not leave her side at any cost! You understand?"
  • Left for Dead: Yes, Zero, you shot Cain and he fell out a window into a freezing lake. You still should have checked the body.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Glitch and Cain. So very much.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Raw and the other Viewers.
  • The Little Detecto
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: An illusion of DG's home; it's a trap to make her reveal secrets.
  • Manly Tears: Cain.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Azkadelia has spent years unsuccessfully searching for the Emerald of the Eclipse, which she needs to bring her plan to plunge the O.Z. into eternal darkness to fruition. Enter DG and friends, who decide that they have to find the Emerald to stop her. Not one of them suggests that they can foil Azkadelia's plot by just sitting down and twiddling their thumbs until the eclipse has passed.
  • Mind Probe: The Witch's favorite method of info gathering
  • Mistaken for Spies: DG gets in trouble this way when she first shows up in the O.Z.
  • Mobile Kiosk: Demilo's ungodly tacky whorehouse-on-wheels
  • The Mole: It's Toto, reluctantly.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Albeit robot ones.
  • Must Make Amends: DG is already motivated to take down her evil sister, but then sees a vision in a cave revealing that, as a small child, she accidentally freed the witch possessing Azkedelia; and then abandoned Azkedelia to be possessed by said witch.
  • Mythology Gag: The series is loaded with them. Many references to the 1939 movie, several to Wicked, and too many to count for classic books. Justified Trope with the books, as it uses a few continuity elements from Baum's Oz in the Backstory.
  • Nice Hat: Cain wears one.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Azkadelia hadn't sent her mooks back to Earth, Dorothy would never have been able to get to the OZ and stop her schemes.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: The Mystic Man, before he is captured, and killed later.
  • Of Corsets Painful: That one bald scientist guy.
  • Of Corsets Sexy
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Azkadelia's master plan is to destroy the sun over the planet that she already rules, leading one to ask why? Unless she hates being the ruler of such a Wretched Hive, or maybe she just wants complete revenge on all life, we'll never know. Her plan comes down to destroying all that she owns.
    • Though remember that she's not exactly steering her own ship. The entity possessing her is The Witch of the Dark, and causing The Night That Never Ends would presumably be its ideal environment. Whether killing every other living thing in the O.Z. was a secondary goal or merely a bi-product isn't clear.
  • Parental Abandonment: But don't worry, she's got replacement robot parents instead!
  • Pimped-Out Car: Demilo's wagon, in all its horrible tacky glory.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Most of Azkadellia's wardrobe. She even has a pimped out nightie.
  • Ping Pong Naïveté: How stupid, forgetful, and naive Glitch is relies solely on Rule of Funny and moving the plot further. At times he seems to remember a surprising amount of the past, including his own. He is missing half his brain, so it's probably justified.
  • Pocket Protector
  • Power of Love
  • Precision F-Strike: A rather magnificent one, combined with Mythology Gag
    Azkadelia: My Gods. The little bitch has gone to see the wizard.
  • Properly Paranoid: Cain turns out to be completely right to not trust Toto.
  • Primal Fear: Being trapped in a marble coffin.
  • Purple Eyes: The Queen's best known feature. Even in the script, they only describe her as "Lavender Eyes."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: A slight Western example. As kids, DG was your typical, kinda impulsive child, while Azkadellia was a more mature voice of reason. They even wore red and blue dresses, respectively.
  • Reverse Polarity: "Commence the reverse pulsing!"
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Cain's weapon of choice, even with the magitek used by Longcoats as an option.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: DG's dad is named Ahamo. The original Wizard was from Omaha.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Witch.
  • Shout-Out: Too many to list, but plenty of reference to the famous 1939 movie and even more for the book series.
    • D.G. calls her robotic dad "Popsicle" in one scene, just as Galinda does in the musical version of Wicked.
  • Shown Their Work: Cheesy as it was, the series writers did their homework, including the backstory that Dorothy moved to Oz for keeps (the 6th book). DG's story is a hybrid of Dorothy's and Tip/Ozma's (sans the genderbender angle). They gave Glitch AKA Ambrose, the exact same job the original Scarecrow took up in the 14th book. The Witch is closer to Greg Maguire's depiction of Kumbricia, Mother of Witches, than she is to the "classic" Wicked Witches. The depiction of Central City is also straight out of Maguire. The original Wizard was from Omaha, which is a clue to Ahamo's identity.
  • Spiritual Predecessor: To Alice and Neverland.
  • Spy Speak / Trust Password: Used by Cain with other Resistance members.
  • The Stoic: Cain.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Azkadelia keeps her mother imprisoned on a tiny sandbar island on a river bed... inside a snowglobe.
  • Techno Babble: Glitch, if he can remember.
  • Tin Man: Cain again, of course.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot
  • Tracking Device
  • Tragic Monster: Played with. After the reveal, you'll feel really sorry for Azkadelia; and hate the witch that much more.
  • The Unfavorite: Avoided. It's the Demonic Possession of the original Wicked Witch that made Azkadelia feel neglected and hate DG. So much so that she had her mother imprisoned, her father made a hunted man, and DG's robot parents reprogrammed to love her instead.
  • Unobtainium: Or to be more specific, Moritanium (big M, little t, number 216 on the OZian periodic table), which besides its strength can be used to conduct magical energy.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Toto.
  • Worth Living For: Cain, guarding DG.
  • Word Salad Title: You would assume that a miniseries named Tin Man would have the Tin Man as the main character, or would at least center on a plot involving him. Likely functions under the Rule of Cool, as with enough series out there.
    • The actual reason was that Long-Mitchell & Van Sickle's original idea was a cop show about the Emerald City police force. It mutated into a more "standard" adaptation, but they couldn't come up with a better title than the one they had before deadline.
  • You Have Failed Me: And so you will get the life sucked out of you.

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