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Oz the Great and Powerful

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

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

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

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

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

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her aspect at the beginning of the movie.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why she falls in love with Oscar.
  • Berserk Button: Hates being called Wicked, at least before she does turn Wicked.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has a fiery temper.
  • Dull Surprise: She starts out with no personality and then becomes an avatar of Narm, though it actually seems to help make her come across as sympathetic.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After Evanora transforms her into the Wicked Witch of the West, the former becomes taken aback with just how wicked Theodora has become, and it soon becomes apparent that Theodora is the more sadistic and ambitious of the two sisters, even expressing open contempt towards Evanora's cowardice when the latter turns tail and flees due to Oscar's deceptions.
  • Face–Heel Turn: No thanks to her sister using magic to turn her wicked.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: She's awfully quick to ask Oscar to make her his queen.
  • Good Is Dumb: Theodora, while kind-hearted, is extremely naive and easily deceived and manipulated by both Oscar and Evanora.
    • Also inverted: when Theodora eats the apple that makes her "wicked", she instantly realizes that Evanora was the one responsible for everything.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Even as a good witch, she is awfully quick to get upset at certain things and start tossing fireballs.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Is first seen wearing some very nice, form-flattering leather pants.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She not only fails to catch on to Oscar's womanizing ways, but also the fact that Evanora is evil.
  • Hot Witch: She's quite pretty and is a magic user like her sister.
  • Kill 'Em All: Invokes this when she cuts off Evanora's address to the troops, contradicting her sister's order to let their enemies flee in terror.
  • Large Ham: Virtually every line after she's turned wicked is delivered in the loudest scream Mila Kunis can perform, appropriate or not.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: Theodora is the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's Mila Kunis in leather pants.
  • Nice Girl: Kind and pure-hearted, and what's nothing but the best for the people of Oz...until Oz and Evanora play a part in her downfall towards wickedness.
  • Nice Hat: An interesting-looking red wide-brim that becomes black and pointy when turned inside out.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Wears a very flattering, frilly nice one under her jacket, that she later strips down to during her transformation.
  • Playing with Fire: She has fire-based powers as classic.
  • Rage Against the Reflection: She smashes a mirror after she cries from being heartbroken by Oscar, and the tears burn scars into her face.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Evanora's blue. Becomes even more evident after she turns wicked.
  • Start of Darkness: A good chunk of this film is dedicated to how The Wicked Witch of the West became wicked.
  • Token Good Teammate: Compared to her sister's Faux Affably Evil nature, she's a nice witch and generally wants to do some good. Until her sister tricks her into eating the Wicked apple...
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of her own sister, who manipulates her into turning evil.
  • Wicked Witch: The nascent Wicked Witch of the West, to be exact.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: To begin with...

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

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

  • Evil Chancellor: To the King of Oz, and later to Oscar.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She's quite visibly taken aback by Theodora's wickedness, particularly her decision to take no prisoners. It seems she's power-hungry instead of openly sadistic... except when it comes to Glinda. Upon seeing the transformed Theodora, she offers to revert her physical appearance.
  • Evil Brit: Speaks with a British accent, even though her sisters don't.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: She's been evil for so long that she's even more hideous than her sister Theodora becomes. She hides it with her magic amulet.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She acts welcoming to Oscar, and portrays herself as a kind and loving sister to Theodora, while plotting both of their downfalls, and is the Wicked Witch spreading havoc and destruction across Oz, while framing Glinda for the crimes.
  • The Heavy: Evanora is responsible for nearly every bad event that has happened in the film series. She killed the king of Oz and created the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Hot Witch: Though only thanks to the power of her magic amulet. Without it...
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's quite elegant, and can generate powerful green lightning.
  • Karmic Transformation: Evanora's uglification when Glinda removes her necklace is a fitting karmic punishment for tricking Theodora into becoming a green-skinned witch.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Evanora's face after Theodora's fall. The fact that Theodora will not accept any surrender and wants a full, genocidal attack seemed to scare Evanora.
  • Rapid Aging: She wears an amulet that, when destroyed, reveals her true form: an ugly, old hag.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Theodora's red.
  • Shock and Awe/Psycho Electro
  • Sickly Green Glow: Evanora is a lightning witch, but her lightning is sickly green.
  • Smug Snake: Overconfident and arrogant, but the climax reveals that she is a coward at heart and much more easily rattled than her sister.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Her role as the Big Bad was spoiled by trailers and posters. Then again, the movie doesn't treat The Reveal of her as the villain like a big surprise. However, before the movie came out, everyone just assumed that Theodora was the main villain on account of her becoming the Wicked Witch of the West — that fact was leaked. While that did turn out to be true, Evanora's reveal as the definite Big Bad was cemented, ironically, with the creation of the Wicked Witch.
  • Treacherous Advisor: To the former king.
  • Ugly All Along: Evanora is as wicked as she is lovely... but because Evil Makes You Ugly in this series, she actually looks like an old hag, and is using a magic pendant to hide her hideous form.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Oscar starts using sleight of hands the likes of which she's never seen before (i.e., fireworks), she becomes fearfully convinced that he is a wizard after all.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She's the one who killed the king of Oz, with none of her subjects or even her sister Theodora being the wiser. They're none too happy when they find out the truth.
  • Wicked Witch

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

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

Played by: Zach Braff

A flying monkey who pledges his loyalty to Oscar.

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

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

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

  • And You Were There: Her actress also plays a girl in the wheelchair in Kansas who begs Oscar to make her walk.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's all too eager to "kill [themselves] a witch" after she convinces Oscar to let her go with him on a dangerous witch hunt, and she carries around a knife to do the job. This disturbs Oscar.
  • Break the Cutie: Quite literally, in this case.
  • Disability Immunity: Although being made of fragile china is normally a liability, it does mean that she doesn't need to breathe, which allows her to bring Glinda's wand back to her through the poppy fields.
  • How Much Did You Hear?: How she finds out Oscar's not the kind of wizard she thinks he is, as he tells it to Glinda in a fit of self-derision. Against his expectations, she takes it relatively well.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Joey King's facial features are reflected with the China Girl, which also parallels the crippled girl who wishes to be able to walk but Oz cannot oblige.
  • Last Of Her Kind: In this interpretation of Oz, the China Girl is the sole survivor of the China Village, as the rest of her people were wiped out by Evanora's flying monkeys.
  • Little Miss Badass: She tells Oscar she's not as delicate as she appears.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: Can manipulate Oscar by turning on the waterworks. He seems to notice.
  • Morality Pet: For Oscar. The first glimpse of his better nature is when he tries to comfort her in the shattered China Village and repairs her legs.
  • No Name Given: She never introduces herself, and Oz calls her China Girl on the spot. It sticks. She is asked her name, but the audience never gets to learn it.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Oscar first finds her as the sole survivor of one of the Wicked Witch's attacks. She tells him that if he could grant wishes, her one wish is to be with her family again. Oscar manages to fulfill this somewhat by offering her True Companions to be her family, which she happily accepts.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Secret-Keeper: She eventually learns of Oscar's true nature, and his faked death.


    Master Tinker 
Played by: Bill Cobbs

The leader of the Tinkers ruled by Glinda.

Played by: Tony Cox

The herald of the Emerald City.

The following character is a massive Walking Spoiler. All spoilers will be left unmarked, so proceed with caution.

    The Wicked Witch of the West 
Played by: Mila Kunis

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

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


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