[[caption-width-right:219:''[[{{Tagline}} So much happened before Dorothy dropped in.]]'']]
->'''Oz Citizen:''' Glinda, why does wickedness happen?\\
'''Glinda:''' Well that's a good question, one that many find confusifying. Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?

TheMusical adaptation of [[Literature/{{Wicked}} Gregory Maguire's novel]], based on ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.

''Wicked'' is the story of Elphaba, a girl who was born with green skin after her mother had an encounter with a traveling stranger. Soon after, her mother [[DeathByChildbirth died giving birth]] to Elphaba's wheelchair-user sister, Nessarose, and Elphaba grows up as TheUnfavorite and full of SurvivorGuilt.

Once Elphaba and Nessarose are old enough to attend magical college at Shiz, Elphaba accidentally becomes roommates with the pretty, popular and entirely insufferable Galinda. The two girls instantly fall in loathing, but through a series of misunderstandings involving the rather shallow Prince Fiyero, they come to appreciate each other's perspectives. Slowly but surely, the two girls find common ground and end up becoming best friends.

Things change, however, when Doctor Dillamond, their TalkingAnimal teacher, is suddenly dismissed from his profession. Trying to discover where the nation's sudden bouts of racism stem from, Elphaba and Galinda -- now going by Glinda -- make the trip to Emerald City, to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. However, thanks to a LoveDodecahedron involving Fiyero, Nessarose, and a timid young man named Boq, things become a lot more complicated than they had counted on. And as the two girls find themselves sucked into the plot of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', it becomes inevitable that one becomes the Good Witch Glinda -- and the other, the Wicked Witch Of The West.

[[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universals-wicked-movie-adaptation-gets-903598?facebook_20160616 A film adaptation is slated for 2019]].
!!The Musical contains examples of the following tropes

* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: A small gag in "Popular" to fit a deliberately awkward rhyme:
-->'''Galinda:''' And with an assist from me,\\
To be who you'll be,\\
Instead of dreary who-you-were (well, are)!\\
There's nothing that can stop you,\\
From becoming populer!... ''lar!''
* AccidentalMisnaming: Galinda can't remember Boq's name, so she calls him "Biq."
-->'''Boq''': Well, maybe, I could invite her!
-->'''Galinda''': Oh, Biq, really, you would do that for me?
-->'''Boq''': I would do anything for you, Miss Galinda.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Elphaba is [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110309234132/wicked/images/6/64/180px-MTS2_sunken-woglinde_623691_broadwayIdinaNoGoodDeed.jpg younger and more beautiful]] than the [[http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/tvw_wicked_witch-300x300.jpg wicked witch that we're used to]]. When compared to the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/40/Wicked_Witch_of_the_East.png original Frank L. Baum books]], [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/wicked/images/f/f8/Tumblr_ldpgvxR0R81qapfjao1_250.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20110905032002 Nessarose/The Wicked Witch of the East certainly qualifies as well]].
* AdaptationalVillainy: Just like in the novel, the Wizard is a major antagonist, quite different from his portrayal in the original stories, wherein he was a conman who used clever sleight of hand to gain prestige. He is, however, presented in a slightly more sympathetic fashion here than in the novel.
* AdaptationDistillation: This play takes the basics of the book of ''Wicked'' and removes most of the DarkerAndEdgier stuff. Which is apparently a massive improvement. [[http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/non-fiction/columns/wicked-novel-vs-musical/]] [[https://ellis144.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/wicked-book-vs-musical/]] [[http://wickedtour.net/wicked-the-broadway-musical-versus-the-novel]] [[https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17483-book-vs-musical]] [[http://blog.al.com/nightlife/2009/04/wicked_musical_far_better_than.html]] [[http://www.rogerogreen.com/2012/11/24/wicked-the-book-versus-wicked-the-musical/]] [[http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/wicked/articles/145194/title/main-differences-between-book-musical]] [[http://schulerscholar.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/the-two-different-worlds-of-wicked-play.html]] [[https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/47htfc/after_finishing_the_book_wicked_i_decided_to/]]
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Elphaba during her years at Shiz.
** Boq, until he is [[spoiler:turned into the Tin Man]].
** Glinda. She's so quirky and ditzy, it's adorable.
** Fiyero shows shades of this, especially once he starts falling in love with Elphaba.
* AffablyEvil: The Wizard. He never once directly says a single harsh word to either Elphaba or Glinda. Some performances of "Wonderful" even have him and Elphaba share a dance before it all goes to hell. All he ever wanted was [[spoiler:to give people what they wanted and keep them happy.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Nessarose loves Boq. Boq loves Glinda. Glinda loves Fiyero, but can tell he's not fully invested in the relationship. Fiyero loves Elphaba but is stuck in a relationship with Glinda. Elphaba loves Fiyero but doesn't think she stands a chance against Glinda. This has some disastrous results, especially for Nessa and Boq.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* AlphaBitch: Young Galinda, prior to befriending Elphaba. Once they bond, she becomes kinder. There has been a researcher that considered ''Popular'' a deconstruction of this trope; the AlphaBitch is declawed here and becomes less threatening.
* AlternateUniverse: The whole thing to the original story. For starters, the original Wicked Witch of the West is never mentioned having green skin; that was made up for the movie. The musical's entire premise, that the Wicked Witch of the West was actually a well-meaning but ineffective rebel against the speciesist policies of the Wizard [[spoiler:who is her illegitimate father]], cannot be reconciled with the original novels because the first Oz novel clearly stated that the Wicked Witch conquered the West before the Wizard ever arrived in Oz.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: The opening song of the musical, "No One Mourns the Wicked," where the citizens of Oz rejoice that the Wicked Witch of the West is finally dead. The entire story that follows it is about how this is an entirely inappropriate response.
* AndIMustScream: Dillamond's fear regarding the Animals in Oz, and [[spoiler:his ultimate fate]].
* AngryMobSong: "March of the Witch Hunters".
* AntiLoveSong: "What Is This Feeling" is a cheery tune sung by the two protagonists in which they profess their "unadulterated loathing" for each other.
* AntiVillain: Elphaba, Nessarose, the Wizard, and even Fiyero display aspects of this. The only clear-cut villain in the whole play is [[spoiler:Madam Morrible]].
* ArcWords:
** Replete with them. "I'm/We're/You're (un)limited" stands out. "(You/we) deserve each other" is also used quite frequently. "A celebration throughout Oz / That's all to do with (me/you)".
** The words "wicked" and "good" themselves.
** No one mourns the wicked.
* BastardAngst: The reason for Elphaba's terrible home life: her father favors her younger siblings because he's pretty sure she isn't his daughter.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Elphaba, once she lets her hair down and takes off her glasses.
* BetaCouple: A very unhappy version with Boq and Nessarose.
* BettyAndVeronica: Fiyero in between Elphaba (Betty) and Glinda (Veronica). Boq is with Nessa (Betty) but is in love with Glinda (Veronica), although Nessa and Glinda's roles switch once Nessa goes off the deep end.
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Madame Morrible gets one once Glinda announces she is being arrested.]]
* BigSisterInstinct: Elphaba for Nessarose, big time.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Madame Morrible, at least until the second act, where she just becomes a bitch.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Elphaba is forever remembered as a villain and the Wizard as a hero. However, Madame Morrible and The Wizard are disposed of, leaving Glinda in charge, who is actively working to right the wrongs in Oz and carry on Elphaba's cause. Elphaba and Fiyero survive and can live out their days happily, provided they can never return to Oz or let the despairing Glinda know her best friends are actually still alive.]]
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The Wizard points out that this moral system is the one most people prefer to believe when given the opportunity.
-->There are precious few at ease\\
With moral ambiguities\\
So we act as though they don't exist
* {{Bookends}}: The celebration of the Death of the Wicked Witch of the West opens and closes the show, from new angles and with slightly different moods each time.
* BrainlessBeauty: Both Glinda and Fiyero start out as this, and retain some aspects of it even after a good bit of CharacterDevelopment.
* BreakTheCutie: Elphaba starts off as a wide-eyed, idealistic believer in the plans and abilities of The Wizard. The climax of Act I shows how the revelations of his fraudulent character cause Elphaba to start opposing him.
** Also for "No Good Deed", in which Elphaba decides to embrace her wickedness after she believes she was unable to save Fiyero.
* BrokenAesop: Wicked's primary question, 'what makes one wicked?,' and all the messages that go with it, end up mildly broken due to the Lighter and Softer adaptation. For all of Elphaba's problems, in the musical, she is never truly wicked, so the musings seem kind of pointless. Also, the (admittedly depressing) aesop of 'No good deed going unpunished' is broken by Elphaba getting a happy ending in contrast to the extreme Downer Ending of the book.
** Though the lesson might be that people "have wickedness thrust upon them" specifically ''because'' Elphaba doesn't have to do anything wicked to be declared the Wicked Witch.
* BSODSong: "No Good Deed". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KgvU8ReEYg Eden Espinosa's rendition of Elphaba]] in particular has Elphaba going off the rails, shouting rather than singing in parts.
* BurnTheWitch: "March of the Witch Hunters."
* TheCaligula: What Nessarose becomes after she inherits the position of Governess of Munchkin Land, by ''enslaving their entire race'' out of MadLove for Boq. It's heavily implied absolutely no one in Munchkinland likes her, if it wasn't obvious enough in the source material that they ''celebrate after she gets smashed by a house''.
* CallAndResponseSong: Certain segments of "What Is This Feeling?"
* TheCaretaker: Elphaba dutifully plays this role for her disabled sister during much of the first act. In fact, her father only allowed her to come to Shiz University so she could assist Nessarose. Boq later replaces her, if unwillingly.
* {{Catfight}}: Elphaba and Glinda get into one after arguing over Fiyero. When guards come to arrest Elphaba, they break the two apart, and Glinda complains that she almost had her.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:We get a good look at the green bottle the Wizard offers Glinda a drink from, which observant viewers will recognize as the same one the man who seduced Elphaba's mother had.]]
** Madame Morrible casually mentions at some point that weather spells are her speciality, and later she uses this ability to [[spoiler:create a cyclone that brings Dorothy to Oz and kills Nessarose.]]
* ChildOfTwoWorlds: Elphaba Thropp is word-for-word called this near the end of the show when it's discovered that while she was born in Oz to an Ozian mother, [[spoiler:her biological father is the Wizard, who is from earth, which is why she great magical powers (her skin color was because of the green elixir her mom drank during the affair).]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Dr. Dillamond seems to believe that the Animals losing their powers of speech is the logical conclusion of the government keeping Animals from speaking out.
* ClingyJealousGirl:
** Galinda is a toned down version. She did decide to get married to Fiyero on the day she met him and refused to give up on their broken relationship with a 'surprise' engagement.
** Nessa is a much more alarming version, using the position she inherits from her father to constrain Boq (and incidentally the rest of the Munchkins).
* ColdBloodedTorture: The Wizard's guards try to get Fiyero to give up Elphaba's location by taking him out to a field to be tortured. However, Elphaba tries to save him by [[spoiler:casting a spell from the Grimmerie that ultimately turns him into the Scarecrow]] so it's unclear exactly how much/long Fiyero suffers from this attempt.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** Galinda doesn't get why her history teacher keeps talking about the past.
** After [[spoiler:Nessarose dies by Morrible dropping Dorothy's house on her]], Elphaba holds a major grudge against Dorothy, for obvious reasons. She constantly tries to get her shoes (as in the film). When G(a)linda shows up to confront Elphaba ''again'', she yells "They're ''just shoes''!" This made a bit more sense in the novel; the shoes were actually magical, and carried major emotional baggage to boot.
* CompositeCharacter:
** The musical makes it so that Fiyero is also [[spoiler:The Scarecrow]], and Boq becomes [[spoiler:The Tin Man]]. In all the source material (including both Baum's and Maguire's novels), they are four distinct and unrelated characters.
** Fiyero's initial characterisation as an UpperClassTwit is actually far closer to the novel's characterisation of Avaric, Fiyero's roommate and best friend, than it is of Fiyero himself - who, in Maguire's original, was always quiet and thoughtful (not to mention covered in tribal tattoos). Avaric himself, always a minor character, is relegated in the musical to Fiyero's servant who appears only in his first scene and has barely any lines, not to mention a completely different role and personality from his book counterpart.
** Since he doesn't become a major character until later books, Elphaba and Nessarose's younger brother Shell gets AdaptedOut and their mother's DeathByChildbirth occurs at Nessa's birth instead.
* {{Corpsing}}: Quite frequent during "Popular". Whoever is playing Elphaba will more than likely crack up at Galinda's antics. But either one is likely to lose it when the other does "Toss, toss!". Although this works in-story too, since the song is all about the characters breaking through their enmity and loathing to become genuine friends.
** Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth seemed to avert this - until Kristin’s final show... when Kristin pulls a curve ball on Idina and ''pulls out a book that Glinda has apparently written called “how to be Popular” and starts using it in the song.'' Idina finally can’t take it anymore and, not breaking character, absolutely cracks up cackling.
* CostumePorn: Galinda gets the [[PimpedOutDress fanciest dresses]], but a majority of the costumes overall are highly detailed. Even Elphaba's dress in the second act is highly detailed, to give the appearance of being patchwork.
* CounterpointDuet: The latter half of "What Is This Feeling," though there's more than two voices involved. The final chorus of "For Good", although it's the same melody, just sung at different times.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Oz, especially the Emerald City. The whimsical fantasy sets fail to distract from the fact that all talking animals and other segments of the population are being oppressed by a manipulative government. Compare "Something Bad" to "One Short Day".
* CrossCulturalKerfluffle: The German production changed the name of the city Shiz to "Glizz", [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike since it sounds similar to the word "Schiss", which is a form of the German word "Scheiße", meaning "shit"]]. Similarly, Boq became "Moq", since "Bock" is German for "billy goat."
* CryCute: Glinda's version of "I'm Not That Girl" can be seen as this in song form.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Elphaba, who never truly does become a villain.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Elphaba.
* DarkReprise:
** "No One Mourns the Wicked" and the finale.
** "I'm Not That Girl", in which Elphaba mourns that she doesn't have a chance with Fiyero, gets a reprise from Glinda after Fiyero chooses Elphaba, though the reprise is not that march darker since the song wasn't very cheery to begin with.
** "A Sentimental Man", in which the Wizard talks about what he wants for himself and his subjects, has a dark reprise after he realizes the outcome of his actions.
** A variant: The "I Hope You're Happy" passage at the beginning of "Defying Gravity" starts darkly, as Elphaba and Glinda are sniping at each other. When they sing it again toward the end of the same song, it becomes a Sad Reprise, as the two friends genuinely wish each other happiness, no matter the roads they take in life.
** In "Dancing Through Life" and "The Wicked Witch of the East", where Boq sings to Nessa. The first one is him trying to confess that he's only asked her out because he wants to impress Glinda. The reprise is when he tells her that he's leaving her, which makes her so mad she tries to remove his heart.
--->Listen, Nessa - Uh, Nessa
--->I've got something to confess\\
A reason why, well,\\
Why I asked you here tonight\\
Now, I know it isn't fair...
:::And then in "The Wicked Witch of the East":
--->Nessa - Uh Nessa\\
Surely now I'll matter less to you\\
And you won't mind my leaving here tonight\\
The ball that's being staged\\
Announcing Glinda is engaged...
** The same songs used in the one above are used for Nessa's last part in the song. In the original bit, Nessa sings about being happy about being able to have a fun night with Boq at the Ozdust party. The second one is her singing about [[{{Yandere}} never wanting Boq to leave her and for Elphaba to save him so it won't happen.]]
** "March of the Witch Hunters" is an inversion - it's more light (musically) than its original, "March of the Winkies" (straight from the film and its various adaptations), but the lyrics graphically talk about killing.
** "March of the Witch Hunters" is also an [[UpToEleven even darker]] reprise for the already fairly dark "No Good Deed".
*** The latter is a SanitySlippageSong about Elphaba finally giving up on trying to be good:
--->No good deed goes unpunished\\
No act of charity goes unresented!\\
No good deed goes unpunished\\
That's my new creed!
*** The former is an AngryMobSong about graphically hunting down and killing Elphaba:
---> Wickedness must be punished\\
Evil effectively eliminated!\\
Wickedness must be punished\\
Kill the witch!
* DeadpanSnarker: Elphaba is this right from the start, and gets even moreso as the story progresses.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: G(a)linda and Madame Morrible (and, to a lesser extent, most Ozians).
-->Oh hallowed halls and vine-draped walls/the proudliest sight there is...
** During "What is This Feeling"
-->Poor Galinda, forced to reside
-->With someone so disgusticified
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Something has changed within me, something is not the same."
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Both Elphaba and Fiyero.]]
* DistantDuet: [[spoiler:Elphaba and Glinda's final reprise of "For Good" at the end.]]
* DotingParent: Frex to Nessarose and [[TheUnfavorite definitely not to Elphaba]]. It's hinted that Galinda's parents are this to her.
* DramaticIrony:
** "I'd be so happy I could melt" from "The Wizard and I". And "When people see me, they will ''scream''..." More poignant: "Someday there'll be a celebration throughout Oz that's all to do... with me!" There is, but it's celebrating her death. Although, on this last one, she does admit that "True, the vision's hazy."
** Subverted by Fiyero's incredulous, [[spoiler:"Did you hear that? Water will melt her? People are so empty-headed they'll believe anything."]] The audience thinks this is DramaticIrony and that he's wrong, but at the end it turns out [[spoiler:it really is just nonsense.]] (Morrible's [[spoiler:earlier line "Don't get caught in the rain, dear!" to a lone Elphaba in the rain doesn't help matters.]])
** The show has a lot of this for itself. Watching it a second time can be a very different experience from watching it the first time. Mainly, "No One Mourns the Wicked", many of Fiyero's lines [[spoiler: about being brainless, since he turns into the Scarecrow]] and every interaction between [[spoiler: Elphaba and the Wizard, once it's revealed he's her father.]].
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A House On Her]]: Nessarose.
* DumbBlonde:
** At first played straight with Glinda, but then [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] significantly when she turns out to have HiddenDepths.
** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] by Elphaba in "What Is This Feeling." While Galinda gives a lengthy explanation of why she hates Elphaba in her own letter home, Elphaba sums up her loathing for Galinda in one word: Blonde.
* DyingAlone: [[DiscussedTrope Said as much]] in the opening ("And goodness knows, the wicked die alone...") about Elphaba.
* EatingLunchAlone: Discussed. Elphaba offers to share her lunch with her teacher, Dr. Dillamond, ostracized for being a Goat. She eats her sandwich; he eats the paper bag it came in. And the wrapper.
* EmergencyTransformation: Turns [[spoiler:Boq into the Tin Man,]] and [[spoiler:Fiyero into The Scarecrow.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''Flying'' Monkeys. They play a significant role as part of Elphaba's motivation for turning against the Wizard. Chistery, the "leader" monkey, acts as Elphaba's assistant after she frees him and his kin from imprisonment.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Glinda even lampshades this in Act 2.
* EvilLaugh: Depending on the production, Elphaba has either always had her distinctive cackle, only develops it after becoming Wicked, or never uses it. In most cases, it comes right after G(a)linda slaps her after Dorothy's arrival in Oz.
* ExactWords: During the last conversation between Elphaba and Glinda, [[spoiler:Elphaba receives news of Fiyero's fate, and tells Glinda that "we've seen his face for the last time". It is subsequently revealed that Fiyero is not dead, but was dramatically transformed by the spell Elphaba used to save him]].
* ExtremeOmniGoat: When she's trying to cheer up Dr. Dillamond, Elphaba offers to share her lunch with him. She eats the sandwich; he eats the paper it was wrapped in.
* FantasticRacism:
** The persecution of talking Animals.
** People disliking Elphaba for her green skin.
* FakeWeakness: Fiyero (and, unwittingly, Morrible) propagates the idea that [[spoiler:Elphaba's vulnerable to water in order to fake her death. Elphaba is clever enough to play along]].
* FashionableAsymmetry: The guiding principle for the costumes of the ensemble in the musical production, which eventually won a Tony Award in this department.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If you're familiar with ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' at all, many lines stand out.
--> "I'd be so happy I could...''melt!''"
* FriendlessBackground: Elphaba.
-->'''Dr. Dillamond:''' Miss Elphaba, don't worry about me, go along and enjoy your friends.
-->'''Elphaba:''' Oh, that's all right, I have no friends.
* GenghisGambit: When Elphaba meets the architects of the oppression of the Animals, they explain that they're motivated by a belief that Oz needs something or someone to unite against. When Elphaba tries to go public with the truth, they arrange for Oz to unite against ''her''.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Doubly subverted: When Galinda takes it upon herself to give Elphaba a makeover (in "Popular"), the first thing she does is remove Elphaba's glasses. The second thing she does is put them back on. All the same, Elphaba stops wearing glasses after that song.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Anything Elphaba does to do good.
** She saves the lion, but he grows up being a coward.
** She grants her sister Nessa the ability to walk, but Boq dumps her as soon as he realizes that she doesn't need him anymore, and she becomes the Wicked Witch of the East as a result.
** She saves Boq in time, but he automatically hates her for giving him his tin form.
*** Granted, part of this is Nessa blatantly throwing Elphaba under the bus, as when she's fleeing the scene, Nessa is screaming that it's all her fault in some crazed attempt to push Boc's loathing off of her and onto Elphaba.
** She saves Fiyero before the guards kill him, but he's now at risk of burning up more easily.
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration: Galinda tries to do this for Elphaba with her wand, but nothing happens (this was well before she learned any magic).
-->"And now I shall transform your frock into a magnificent ballgown!"
* HairFlip: "And this is how you toss your hair!" ({{Beat}}) "[[ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud Toss-toss.]]"
** When Elphaba attempts it with her [[RapunzelHair hip-length waves,]] it's ''even funnier.'' [[RealityEnsues Long hair cannot be flipped easily.]]
* HamToHamCombat: Glinda vs. Elphaba in Munchkinland.
* HateAtFirstSight: There's a song dedicated to the idea: Elphaba and Galinda get a song that almost sounds, ''and starts'', like a love ballad, except they ''hate'' each other.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Dorothy, who is only present offstage twice and in silhouette once, and the Cowardly Lion [[spoiler:(as an adult)]], the only part of whom we see is his tail. [[WordOfGod According to the companion book The Grimmerie]], Dorothy and the Lion were originally both in the opening, but were written out when the writers decided that having the two most memorable characters would conflict with the idea of the show.
* HeelRealization: Galinda gives Elphaba the trademark black hat and invites her to the Ozdust Ballroom with the gang because she thought she couldn't "think of anyone I hate that much" to foist it on them (to which some girls respond "Yes, you do!") But when Elphaba arrives and gets ridiculed as expected, Galinda realizes how awful she's been and stops the laughing by going up and dancing with her. They evolve into friends after that.
** More significantly, Elphaba had just fought for Galinda to be allowed in her coveted sorcery class as an expression of genuine thanks for Galinda's phony "kindness" to her and Nessarose. That seems to initiate the realization, which is then finalized when her original plan comes to fruition and Elphaba is mocked.
* HeroicBSOD: "All right, enough! So be it!... so be it then." Elphaba loses it after [[spoiler:Fiyero dies]]. In the musical, we have the "No Good Deed" song.
* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler: Elphaba's birth was the result of an affair between the Wizard (her biological father) and her mother- her green skin came from the green elixir the Wizard used to seduce her mother]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: All Elphaba wanted to do was help save the Animals (and these are animals of human-level sentience). But by the end of the musical, she's considered a monster by most Ozians and has come to be known by them as the "Wicked Witch of the West" depicted in ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* HomosocialHeterosexuality: A rare female version between Elphaba and Glinda. The two are fighting over Fiyero but the situation is much more about their friendship than their love for Fiyero.
* HypocriticalHumor: there's some irony in "March Of the Witch Hunters" when the Tin Man accuses of Elphaba of making the Cowardly Lion cowardly because she didn't let him fight his own battles - the Cowardly Lion is [[TheVoice only heard from offstage]] and the Tin Man has to explain his vendetta to the audience for him.
* IAmBecomingSong:
** "Music/DefyingGravity". An IAmWhatIAm song, as she finally embraces her true nature as a witch.
** "No Good Deed" is this as well as a SanitySlippageSong, and a VillainSong, as it is Elphaba's VillainousBreakdown because she believes [[spoiler:Fiyero is dead]] and that she'll only ever cause harm to anything and everyone she even dares to care about.
* IAmSong: "Popular" and later [[spoiler:"I'm Not that Girl"]] for G(a)linda, "Dancing Through Life" for Fiyero (before his CharacterDevelopment), and "I'm Not That Girl" for Elphaba before [[spoiler:Fiyero gets his CharacterDevelopment and is]] PromotedToLoveInterest.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe:
-->'''Elphaba''': My wildest dreaming could not forsee\\
Lying beside you... with you ''wanting me''...
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Nessarose decides that if Boq won't give her his heart, he might as well not have a heart to give, and reads a spell from the Grimmerie to do just that.]] Say "hi" to our Tin Man.
* IncomingHam: Young Galinda's high notes at the end of "Dear Old Shiz", as she is rolled onstage seated atop her piles of luggage, no less.
* InformedDeformity: Any character seeing Elphaba for the first time tends to recoil in shock at her supposed ugliness, simply because she's green. Even her best friend only calls her beuatiful after a gaudy "makeover", and her lover calls her beautiful because he's "looking at things another way". In actual fact, Elphaba is a young and beautiful woman (with none of the uglyness of the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West from the movie or the book the musical adapted from]], no crooked nose or warts) who only looks unattractive at the beginning of the musical because she wears her hair in a boring braid, glasses, and conservative clothes (which is clearly not what people find ugly about her).
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Invoked (cynically) by Galinda, in the number "Dancing Through Life." To get Boq out of her hair, she points him in Nessa's direction. He's eager to play the hero and impress Galinda, so he asks her out.
--> "See that tragically beautiful girl? The one... in the chair? It seems so unfair, we should go on a spree, and not she..."
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The Clock of the Time Dragon is pretty awesome. It doesn't play a direct role in the story (it's mostly a ShoutOut to the [[Literature/{{Wicked}} book]]), but it has become an iconic feature of the production. The Time Dragon above the stage occasionally comes to life, flailing its head and wings around as smoke pours from its nostrils.
* IronicEcho:
** "I hope you prove me wrong! I doubt you will!"
** "Everyone deserves a chance to fly!"
** "You deserve each other!" used maaany times:
*** Used by Galinda in Dancing Through Life as she [[spoiler:gives Elphaba her iconic hat, but also when she finds out Elphie's in love with Fiyero, and vice versa.]]
*** Used by [[spoiler:Nessa, in a song cut from the Cast Recording. "Alone and loveless here, with just the girl in the mirror. Just her and me, the Wicked Witch of the East...and we deserve each other."]]
*** Nessa also uses this in Dancing through Life when she tells her about her feelings for Boq: Elphaba see?/We deserve each other.
** "I hope you're happy", used first in an argument that separates Elphaba and Galinda for years over their disapproval of each other's actions, and then [[spoiler:as they wish each other well in the finale, knowing they will never see each other again.]]
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: "For Good" is mostly this in its lyrics.
* IWantSong: "The Wizard and I".
* 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.
** Glinda comes across as an airheaded bitch at first, but she gradually becomes a better person, and eventually drops the "Jerk" aspect entirely.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Elphaba's personal VillainSong, called ''[[{{NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished}} No Good Deed]]'' plays this very straight [[spoiler:before it becomes subverted]].
-->Let all Oz be agreed\\
I'm [[{{TitleDrop}} wicked]] through and through\\
Since I can not succeed\\
[[{{StuffedIntoTheFridge}} Fiyero, saving you]]\\
I promise no good deed\\
Will I attempt to do again\\
Ever again\\
No good deed\\
Will I do again!
** The argument can also be made for the Wizard. After being portrayed as misguided but with ultimately noble intentions for bulk of the second act, his moment comes when Elphaba is melted, [[spoiler:or so everyone thinks,]] presumably on either his orders or orders he allowed Madame Morrible to make.
** Nessarose goes from sweet, doting girl concerned about her sister to [[spoiler:the Wicked Witch of the East who is responsible for turning Boq into the Tin Man out of murderous jealousy and heartbreak.]]
** Boq goes from an adorable, if slightly confused and naive, young Munchkin to [[spoiler:the Tin Man, who's murderously vengeful and borderline psychotic.]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: The moment the Wizard feels remorse for [[spoiler:helping to (allegedly) kill his daughter Elphaba]], Glinda [[spoiler:uses this to push him out of office and overtake Oz.]]
* LargeHam: Every Glinda seems to be required to try and top the previous actress in zaniness. Kristin Chenoweth was goofy, but relatively downplayed compared to, say, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiVglR7xVoU&feature=related Natalie Daradich's]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwu_VvS_NJg Alli Mauzey's]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po0kCz9TK4Q&feature=related Kendra Kessenbaum]] turns "Popular" into borderline acrobatics at some points.
** Elphaba, too, par for the course for a [[Theater/{{RENT}} character]] [[Disney/{{Frozen}} originated]] by Creator/IdinaMenzel.
* LastSecondWordSwap: In "March of the Witch Hunters," Boq, or the Tin Man, starts to refer to Elphaba by name, but then thinks better of it, possibly because it gives away that he knew her from before and possibly because he know longer considers her the girl he knew when he was in school.
-->'''Tin Man''': And this is more than just a service to the Wizard. I have a personal score to settle with El... with the Witch!
* LaughingMad: Depending on the actress playing her (as well as the one playing Glinda), Elphaba can have shades of this when she cackles after Glinda slaps her. Bonus points if it's the exact same cackle from the film.
* LighterAndSofter: While it would be hard to get away with putting many of the book's events in a Broadway musical, these events are also important enough that omitting them would cause AdaptationInducedPlothole. The musical, rather than being an actual direct adaption of the book, takes the basic general premise and characters of the book and completely reworks the plot. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids This has the unfortunate consequence of making adults think the book is for kids, too.]]
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Most of the Animals in Oz interact with the human Ozians in a fairly normal way. That is, until the plot progresses and the Animals are rounded up and [[spoiler:lose the ability to speak]] due to FantasticRacism and MaliciousSlander.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Galinda/Glinda, after a dose of character development
* LoveDodecahedron: Nessarose loves Boq who loves Galinda who loves Fiyero who loves Elphaba who loves him back. To put it in perspective: [[spoiler: The Wicked Witch of the East loves The Tin Man who loves Glinda who loves The Scarecrow who loves The Wicked Witch of the West.]] Made ever so slightly more complicated by the fact that Elphaba and Fiyero both also platonically care about Glinda, and Elphaba and Nessarose are sisters.
* LoveTriangle: Elphaba/Fiyero/Glinda and Glinda/Boq/Nessarose.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: Nessarose.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Somewhat inverted, only the father ever finds out (but he gets a good shock at the news).
* LyricalDissonance:
** "What is This Feeling?" is a happy, bouncy, upbeat song all about how much Galinda and Elphaba hate each other.
--->Loathing! Unadulterated loathing!\\
For your face; your voice; your clothing!
** The reprise of "No one mourns the wicked", whose lyrics once again emphasize how happy Oz is about Elphaba's death, has a slow and sad melody because the audience isn't meant to be happy about it, and we can see how sad Glinda is.
* MagicAIsMagicA: You can't undo one of the Grimmerie's spells once it's cast, you'll have to use a different spell that MIGHT get what you're after.
* MagicalGesture: Madame Morrible's weather magic appears to operate via these
* MagicalIncantation: The spells of the Grimmerie.
* MagicMisfire: Nearly every spell from the Grimmerie. This is mostly because the Grimmerie tells you what the results of the spell is, but you don't know how it achieves it until you cast it.
** When Nessa tries to cast a love spell, or something like it, on the object of her affections... But unfortunately, she absolutely mangles the pronunciation. It certainly changed his heart alright, and almost killed him!
** Elphaba does this in No Good Deed when casting an invulnerability spell on [[spoiler:Fiyero]], messing up the last part of the incantation and transforming him into [[spoiler:The Scarecrow.]] The spell did exactly what she asked, but not quite the way she meant...
---> Let his flesh not be torn, let his blood leave no stain
---> Though they beat him, let him feel no pain
---> Let his bones never break, and however they try to destroy him
---> Let him never die, let him never die!
** Also, when she casts the flight spell on the monkey, it grants him wings, but in an extremely painful manner.
* TheMakeover: Glinda tries to give Elphaba one in "Popular", with mixed results.
* MaliciousSlander: Both Elphaba and the Animals becomes victim to this thanks to the Wizard's PropagandaMachine.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Glinda, in her schoolgirl days; Elphaba describes it in detail with "I'm Not That Girl." Gets deconstructed a bit in Act Two, as Glinda starts to realize there's more to life than sparkles.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: In the musical. Mother dies giving birth to Nessarose. Father blames ''Elphaba'', because if she hadn't been green, [[InsaneTrollLogic he wouldn't have had his wife consume a ton of stuff he superstitiously thought would make Nessarose white, but in reality it caused childbirth complications that left Nessa a cripple as well as killing the mother]].
* MeaningfulEcho: "It's not lying, it's... looking at things another way."
* MeaningfulName: Blur the pronunciation a bit, and there's not much difference between "Madam Morrible" and "Madam Horrible".
** The German translation gives her the name "Madame Akaber" which sounds like "Madame Makaber", where 'makaber' is German for 'macabre' which means ghoulish or ghastly.
* MidwordRhyme:
** In "A Sentimental Man":
--->And helping you with your ascent al-
--->-lows me to feel so parental
** Frequently in "Defying Gravity":
--->It's time to try
--->ing gravity.
*** Unfortunately, with the rhyming of things with "defy" also comes the ungrammatical "with you and I defy-ing gravity," giving a generation of theater nerds the wrong idea about the difference between "I" and "me".
** And the mid-sentence rhyme:
---> Can't I make you understand? You're
---> having delusions of grandeur.
** In "Popular":
--->Don't be offended by my frank analysis
--->Think of it as personality dialysis
--->Now that I've chosen to become a pal a sis-
--->ter and adviser, there's nobody wiser
* MoodWhiplash:
** The beginning of Act II. The people are singing about the terror spread by the Wicked Witch... and then Glinda distracts them with news of her (very public) engagement. It's a stellar propaganda job.
** The entire [[spoiler:post-cyclone]] scene constantly bounds between hilarious and heartbreaking.
* MorphicResonance: The [[spoiler:Tin Man's]] body is a metal version of [[spoiler:Boq's]] livery uniform, right down to the (ironic) heart insignias on his sides. He retains his coiffed hair and his skull cap, which functions as the [[spoiler:Tin Man's]] spout. Likewise, the [[spoiler:Scarecrow's]] body is a distressed version of [[spoiler:Fiyero's]] Captain of the Guard uniform.
* TheMovie: In DevelopmentHell.
** According to producers of the musical, they're [[DramaticIrony "waiting for the show's sales to taper off"]] before making a film.
** With the success of Les Miserables, it's been said now that the movie will happen "sooner rather than later".
** The idea of a movie has been floating around for so long with no follow up that Idina Menzel herself has commented half-jokingly that she and Kristen Chenoweth will either be too old to reprise their roles by the time a movie actually starts getting produced, or that the staff will have to resort to using CG to make them both look younger.
** As of March 2014 it's been officially confirmed that a Wicked movie really ''is'' in the works, but as of yet there are no staff members or actors attached to it.
** Update, early 2018: The film currently has a release date set for December 20, 2019. Stephen Daldry is attached to direct, with original creative team Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman finalizing a screenplay, and Marc Platt is producing.
* TheMusicalMusical: When Glinda and Elphaba visit the Emerald City in "One Short Day", they go to watch (and somewhat participate in) Wizomania.
* MythologyGag:
** Not within the show itself, but several to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
--->'''Nessa:''' What's in the punch?\\
'''Boq:''' Lemons and melons and pears--\\
'''Nessa:''' Oh my!
** Another notable: Elphaba pays Nessa a visit.
--->'''Nessa:''' What are you doing here?\\
'''Elphaba:''' Well ... there's no place like home.
** Creator/StephenSchwartz has [[WordOfGod stated]] that [[TwiceToldTale the whole joy of the show]] is these nods that allow us to see how the Oz we know and love came to be. Hence in Act 1, Elphaba gradually acquires her famous witch's outfit; and in Act 2, [[spoiler:we learn the origin of the cyclone, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.]]
** The first seven notes of the repeated "Unlimited" musical motif are the same (though their rhythm is very different) as those of "Over the Rainbow".
** The performers at the Wizomania show are identical to the Hammerheads in Baum's original book, though here they appear to be caricatures of the Wizard himself.
** Another nod to the original Baum novels: during "One Short Day", at one point, a street peddler gives Elphaba and Glinda glasses with green tinted lenses, which they wear briefly during the remainder of the number. In Baum's ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the Wizard made everyone in the Emerald City (which wasn't actually all that green) wear green-tinted glasses so that everything would appear to be green.
** In Act 2, when the Wizard agrees to free the winged monkeys from his servitude, Elphaba gleefully shouts, "Fly, monkeys, fly!"
** The ''absolutely idiotic'' idea that a person would melt if splashed with water. They use the joke a few times. [[ChekhovsGun Good thing, too.]]
** Nessa's shoes, which start out silver (as they are in [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Baum's book]]) and turn [[Film/TheWizardOfOz ruby red]] after Elphaba casts her spell on them.
** Glinda once asks someone else to "wait just a tick-tock"; Tik-Tok is a clockwork character who first appeared in ''Ozma of Oz''.
** The Wizard at one point tells Elphaba, "Where I'm from we believe all sorts of things that aren't true... we call it history." The Wizard made similar comments to the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in the MGM movie.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Elphaba and Nessa are nameless in Baum's book and the MGM movie. They got their names in Maguire's book, which the musical adapted. [[spoiler: Fiyero could count too, as the Scarecrow had no name in the original book and movie. And since the "Wicked" book doesn't actualy portray Fiyero and the Scarecrow as the same person, the Scarecrow isn't named in the book either, only in the musical.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: This is an ongoing feature of Elphaba's life story. So much so that the VillainSong accompanying her HeroicBSOD is called "No Good Deed."
--> One question haunts and hurts -
--> too much, too much to mention.
--> Was I really seeking good?
--> Or just seeking attention?
--> Is that all good deeds are
--> when looked at with an ice-cold eye?
--> If that's all good deeds are,
--> maybe that's the reason why -
--> no good deed goes unpunished!
* NoSenseOfDirection: By her own admission, [[ShoutOut Glinda.]]
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: The Wicked Witch of the West was pretty damn misunderstood.
* PairTheSpares: Galinda [[InvokedTrope attempts to do this]], with disastrous results.
* ParentalFavoritism: Nessarose is clearly preferred over Elphaba by their father.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Madame Morrible is fond of these.
** The [[AllThereInTheManual companion book]] ''The Grimmerie'' includes a list of every PerfectlyCromulentWord used in the play, complete with definitions and obviously wrong origin words (such as "clandestinedly" coming from "clan" and "destiny").
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Doctor Dillamond is extremely passionate about his beliefs about [[FantasticRacism the prejudice against]] [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]] [[FantasticRacism in the school system]] and his fears about what is happening to them, [[spoiler:fears which turn out to be correct]].
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Fiyero for Glinda, Boq for Nessarose. Jarring considering in the books none of these characters seemed to even speak to each other that often if at all.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Some fans are of the opinion that a direct translation of the book to the stage wouldn't have done nearly as well as the LighterAndSofter version.
* PropagandaMachine: First used by the Wizard and his {{mooks}} against the animals of Oz to convince the human citizens that the animals were causing trouble and were better kept caged up, where they would lose the [[AndIMustScream ability to speak]]. Later used by both [[VillainWithGoodPublicity the Wizard]] and [[spoiler:Madame Morrible]] in a [[MaliciousSlander smear campaign]] against [[HeroWithBadPublicity Elphaba]].
* ProphecyTwist:
** [[ForegoneConclusion In-story, anyway.]] Elphaba sees that everyone in Oz will have a celebration "that's all to do...with me!" Everyone celebrates that the Wicked Witch is ''gone''.
** From the same song, "I'll be so happy, I could melt!" and "When people see me, they will scream [for the Wizard and I]".
** Fiyero's "Maybe I'm brainless" in As Long As You're Mine as well.
** "Life's more painless/For the brainless."
* PuppetKing: It's heavily implied that the Wizard is to Madame Morrible who acts as TheManBehindTheMan (well woman in this case).
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Nessarose, for Boq. Resulting in an IfICantHaveYou that ends... well... strangely.
* RaceLift: Fiyero. He's described in the book as having dark skin, ochre colored skin, and said by another character "skin the color of shit." He's usually played by a white male in the musical, although there have been a few exceptions.
* RenamedTheSame: Galinda changes her name to Glinda.
* RichBitch:
** Galinda, prior to CharacterDevelopment.
** Nessarose, but only after [[spoiler:Elphaba is declared the Wicked Witch. She has all of Munchkinland in ''slavery''.]]
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship
* RougeAnglesOfSatin:
** An in-universe example with the "Congratulotions!" banner made by the Ozians to celebrate Glinda's engagement to Fiyero.
** There is a backdrop that appears to label a clock face as "sideral time"; perhaps this is meant to be ''sidereal'' time. There's also the loose interpretation of grammatical case throughout the show...
* SafetyInIndifference: Fiyero uses a more positive version of this trope, cultivating his image as a BrainlessBeauty as a way of avoiding commitment.
--> '''Fiyero''': "...Life is painless, for the brainless..." ''Dancing Through Life''
* SatelliteLoveInterest: {{Subverted}} with Fiyero. He does play an active role in the plot, but it's mainly how he affects the two main characters of Elphaba and Glinda. Similarly, he actually does get CharacterDevelopment and an arc as he outgrows his shallow prince persona and falls for [[BettyAndVeronica Elphaba over Glinda]]. He also seems to have no bearing on what later becomes the wizard of Oz [[spoiler:until it's clear he's the Scarecrow, which is a deviation from the novels.]]
* SayMyName: Leading into the song, "No Good Deed," as Fiyero is dragged off to be tortured, Elphaba cries, "FIYEROOOOOOO!"
* TheScapegoat: The Animals in Oz. Dr. Dillamond (who is a Goat) even points this out to Elphaba.
* ShoutOut:
** The stage is framed by a massive clockwork set, topped by a [[RedEyesTakeWarning red-eyed]] animatronic dragon head that occasionally comes to life and writhes back and forth during important/dramatic moments. The popular theory is that this represents the Time Dragon Clock from the book.
** In Act II, when Glinda has become the Wizard's propaganda mouthpiece, she's wearing a powder-blue business suit and speaking into a old-fashioned microphone, making her look very much like [[Music/{{Evita}} Eva Perón]].
* ShowStopper: "Music/DefyingGravity" generally has this effect.
* ShowWithinAShow: The "Wizomania" musical in the Emerald City.
* SinglePaletteTown: The Emerald City, carried over from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz.'' "It's all grand / And it's all green!" Stealth subversion? In the original ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' book, it's revealed that the Emerald City is actually built of all white stone and people wear green shades so it all looks green. Guess what the Emerald City residents are wearing on stage.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Not nearly as cynical as the book.
* {{Smurfing}}: The citizens of Oz sure do love to use the word 'Oz' in every aspect of their language -- from exclamations like "Sweet Oz!" and "What in Oz's name?", to using adjectives such as 'ozmopolitan'. The Wizard's guards respond to his commands with "Yes, Your Ozness!"
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** [[spoiler:Elphaba and Fiyero]] only fake their deaths in the musical--they actually do die in the novel.
** Played with in regards to [[spoiler:Madame Morrible]]; she doesn't die like she does in the novel, but she does [[spoiler:get LaserGuidedKarma inflicted upon her by Glinda, who sends her to prison for all her misdeeds]].
* SpoiledBrat: Galinda at the start, before CharacterDevelopment. Nessarose, due to the DotingParent ParentalFavoritism of her father, straddles the line between this and SpoiledSweet before firmly turning into a brat.
* SpoiledSweet: What Glinda turns out to be. Nessarose has moments of this but ends up becoming a full on SpoiledBrat / RichBitch.
* StartOfDarkness: For the Wicked Witch of the West
** As well as the Wicked Witch of the East's.
* SteamPunk: The set design, with its rusty gears and cast-iron trusses.
** Taken UpToEleven in the Danish production, which vastly revamped the sets, and even the costumes, to contain even more steampunk elements than there already were.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[ForegoneConclusion Nessarose]] and [[spoiler:Fiyero - or so we think.]]
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion:
** The opening song, "No One Mourns the Wicked," has this:
-->'''Midwife''' and '''Father''': I see a nose / I see a curl / It's a healthy, perfect, lovely, little...
-->'''Father''': (''seeing that Elphaba is green'') Sweet Oz!
-->'''Mother''': What is it? What's wrong?
** Also, earlier in the song... (note that "for you and I" is not correct phrasing [[note]]assuming only one word is cut off that is; if more words follow, such as "for you and I are blah blah blah", it would be OK, but note that an infinitive "for you and I to blah blah blah" would also be incorrect[[/note]], so either Glinda's being cut off from making a mistake or she's being stopped from saying something that doesn't rhyme)
-->'''Glinda''': Let us rejoicify that goodness could subdue / The wicked workings of you-know-who / Isn't it nice to know? / That good will conquer evil? / The truth we all believe'll by and by / Outlive a lie / For you and...
-->'''Villager 1''': No one mourns the Wicked!
-->'''Villager 2''': No one cries: "They won't return!"
* SuitUpOfDestiny: Elphaba gradually accumulates the elements of her IconicOutfit over the course of the first act, with them all finally coming together just in time for the act finale, "Defying Gravity", when she foresakes her old life and commits to the course that will make her (in)famous.
* TakeThat: Some of the lyrics in "Popular" are: "When I see depressing creatures with unprepossessing features/I remind them on their own behalf/to think of celebrated heads of state or specially great communicators/Did they have brains or knowledge? Don't make me laugh!" UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was known as The Great Communicator.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Elphaba declares this during "No Good Deed".
* ThePowerOfLegacy: {{Inverted}}. Elphaba implores Glinda ''not'' to clear her name and instead let Oz remember her as the Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda acquiesces.
* ThatThingIsNotMyChild: Elphaba's father undisguisedly loathes her with a passion and dotes on her younger sister Nessa merely because Elphaba is green. The moment she's born he screams [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "TAKE! IT! AWAY!"]] at the nurse before angrily storming off. Although, [[spoiler:he isn't Elphaba's real father anyway]].
* TitleDrop: Often at the beginning and end of the first act, and even more so in the second act. Could also be considered a TitleThemeTune with "No One Mourns the Wicked."
* TokenMinority: The [[CivilizedAnimal Goat]] professor Doctor Dillamond is clearly this in-universe; it's even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by him when he tells his class he's the "only Animal on the (Shiz U) faculty...the [[ConversationalTroping "token goat".]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Elphaba and Glinda.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Nessarose]] goes from shy girl who appreciates her sister to [[spoiler:selfish dictator of Munchkinland.]]
* TorchesAndPitchforks: During "March of the Witch Hunters".
* TorchSong: "I'm Not That Girl" is sung twice, once when Elphaba has a LoveRealization with Fiyero, and then Glinda sings it when Fiyero leaves to be with Elphaba.
* TransformationTrauma:
** [[spoiler:Boq (in the musical) becoming the Tin Man.]] The way it's played once he realizes what he's been turned into is not too far from how Elizabeth reacts to awakening as a monster in the 1994 version of Frankenstein, minus the suicide.
** Chistery and the other monkeys growing wings looked pretty painful as well.
* TheUnfavorite: The only reason Elphaba was brought to Shiz in the musical was so that she can care for Nessarose.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "What is This Feeling?" has one in the middle of the final chorus.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: While she never truly does become an outright ''villain'', the musical follows Elphaba's beginnings as a friendly, sensitive girl, and how she came to be known as the notorious Wicked Witch of the West.
* VillainSong: "Wonderful" for [[spoiler:The Wizard]], and "No Good Deed" for Elphaba. Not on the soundtrack [[spoiler:"Wicked Witch of the East" for Nessarose]]. As detailed on the trope page, none of them are straight examples.
* VillainousBreakdown: Elphaba's breaking point in "No Good Deed", thinking that her attempt to save Fiyero was in vain.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:The Wizard]] is adored by the citizens of Oz despite his role in the oppression of the perfectly innocent Animals and the lies he spread about himself and Elphaba.
* WeCanRuleTogether:
** The point of "Wonderful". Bonus points for quoting the IWantSong.
** Elphaba offers Glinda a much less sinister version of this in the middle of "Defying Gravity".
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Unlike his book counterpart, the Wizard means well here, but is something of a bumbling oaf (albeit very accustomed to show business), and, depending on the play, is either easily manipulated by Madame Morrible, or was practically thrust into being the leader by the denizens of Oz, who wanted someone or something to blame and unite against. [[GenghisGambit He cynically gave them one.]]
-->The Wizard: [[GrayAndGrayMorality "There are precious few at ease with moral ambiguities, so we act as though they don't exist."]]
* WhamLine: Two of them, after the Scarecrow comes onstage following [[spoiler:Elphaba's "death"]].
-->'''Scarecrow''' ''(knocking on the floor where [[spoiler:Elphaba melted]])'': It worked!
-->''(He opens a [[spoiler:hidden trap door, and out pops Elphaba]])''
-->'''[[spoiler:Elphaba]]''': [[spoiler:Fiyero]]?
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A major plot point is that animals are forced to stop speaking. At the end it is never mentioned if this FantasticRacism has been wiped out or not. It doesn't look too good considering the cowardly Lion is the only Animal to speak in the movie.
** However, the good part of the BittersweetEnding is that [[spoiler: Glinda is now in power and will most likely help the animals regain their rights]].
** [[spoiler: Elphaba helps Doctor Dillamond escape in Act 2, followed by Fiyero and the guards entering. The scene continues and by the end on the show we never find out what became of Dillamond.]]
* WhatTheHellHero?
** At the start of "Defying Gravity," Elphaba and Glinda call out on their own respective ambitions but ultimately try to come to an understanding.
** Glinda briefly calls out on Elphaba, [[spoiler: who's gone mad trying to get back her late sister's shoes]], for subjecting Dorothy and Toto to her wrath.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The whole musical is a flashback, from Glinda's POV, to her and Elphaba's relationship. The first and last scenes, however, take place after the events of the original story.
* WickedWitch: No straight examples; there's at least one very wicked witch -- perhaps more, depending how one judges Glinda's and Nessarose's actions -- none of whom have any of the stereotypical trappings, and Elphaba of course has all the trappings without being wicked. As part of this, it's made clear that none of the trappings actually signify wicked witchiness in-story: the black dress and cloak are just a dress and a cloak, the worst anyone has to say about the pointy hat is that it's an unfashionable style and color, and the only reason she has a flying broom is that she needed something to levitate in a hurry and the broom happened to be what was lying around.
* WizardingSchool: To some extent, Shiz University-although sorcery is only one of the many subjects Shiz University students can pursue.
* WomanInWhite: Glinda on the famous poster. However, Glinda never wears white as Glinda the Good, but rather when she is young schoolgirl Galinda.
* WrittenByTheWinners: The wizard [[DiscussedTrope all but quotes this trope directly]] in "Wonderful", instead he says "Where I'm from we believe all sorts of things that aren't true... we call it history."
-->A man's called a traitor\\
Or liberator\\
A rich man's a thief or philanthropist\\
Is one a crusader\\
Or ruthless invader?\\
It's all in which label\\
Is able to persist