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The Wizard of Oz has been well known through out the world. Over the years, the original novel has been adapted into film, television, and comics. Since then, The Wizard of Oz has been referenced in various media.

For episodes that directly parody The Wizard of Oz, see Off to See the Wizard. For political allusions and adaptations, see Dystopian Oz.



  • A commercial for Energizer Batteries featured the Wicked Witch of the West attempting to destroy the Energizer Bunny by setting him on fire with her broom, only for it to set off a sprinkler system that melts her.
  • Chipotle's The Scarecrow styles the dirty city that the Scarecrow (who references Oz's Scarecrow) lives in after the Emerald City.

Comic Books

  • Robin Series: Alfred responds with displeasure to Bruce's treatment of Tim's 16th birthday with "My god, man. I can only hope that Master Tim wished for you to journey to the Wizard and procure yourself a heart."

Films - Animated

  • Beauty and the Beast: When the servants give the Beast a makeover for his date with Belle, they give him a haircut like the Cowardly Lion's, complete with bows in his hair.
  • The Brave Little Toaster: Upon entering a dark forest, Blankie says "But there might be lions in there." Radio teases him by adding "And tigers and bears, oh my!"
  • Cats Don't Dance: As Danny and Sawyer walk through the studio, they pass Toto wearing the ruby slippers, clicking his heels and saying "There's not place like home".
  • The Emperor's New Groove: A quote is paraphrased as Kuzco and Pacha try to find the human potion is Yzma's lab.
    Pacha: (browsing a shelf) Let's see. Lions, tigers, bears...
    (the human potion is not there)
    Yzma: (from behind) Oh my.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: As the gargoyles attack the soldiers, Laverne commands an army of pigeons by shouting "Fly, my pretties, FLY!" as the Witch's theme plays.
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  • The LEGO Batman Movie: During a TV news report about the banishment of General Zod to the Phantom Zone, an off-screen prisoner cackles, "I'll get you, my pretty!" The Joker and Harley Quinn later reveal her as The Wicked Witch of the West, who attacks Gotham with help from her Flying Monkeys.
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: Dorothy Gale and her friends happily carry Emmet through Harmony Town, while skipping along to "Catchy Song". They later appear again during Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's wedding (where the Tin Man helps support the queen), and again near the end of the "Everything's Not Awesome" sequence. Official LEGO Minifigures of Dorothynote , the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion were also part of the line of tie-in Blind Bag Collectables.

  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie: Among Mojo's army of enhanced apes are a group of monkeys with jetpacks called the "Doot-Da-Doot-Da-Doo-Doos" (you sing it a cappella to the Witch's leitmotif).
  • Sausage Party: Douche says to Brenda "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little sausage too!"
  • Shrek 2: When it starts raining, Donkey starts screaming "I'm melting! I'M MELTING!".
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: The voice of the Clitoris is based on that of Glinda.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost: Shaggy tries to dispose of the titular ghosts by throwing a bucket of water on her. When it fails, he says "Well, it worked in The Wizard of Oz".
  • Toy Story: Woody repeats "There's no place like home" to himself while trying to escape from Sid's house.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Inside Sugar Rush, the Oreo cookie guards at King Candy's castle chant the phrase "Or-e-o, Or-e-o!".

Films - Live-Action

  • In Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy Krueger appears to John Doe as a broom-riding witch while proclaiming that he'll get him, with his "little soul too".
  • Good Morning, Vietnam: In Adrian Cronauer's first radio show, he asks, "What is a de-militarized zone? Sounds like something out of The Wizard of Oz", and proceeds to apply the whole story to the Vietnam War.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?: At the KKK rally, the chant is very reminiscent of the Winkie soldiers' chant. Also when the heroes ambush Klan members and don their capes and hoods, it is reminiscent of the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow putting on the soldiers' uniforms in order to gain entrance to the castle, or in this case the Klan rally.
  • Top Secret!: Hilary says goodbye to the members of La Résistance, ending with the Scarecrow.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom repeatedly shouts "I'M MELTING!" as he is destroyed by the Dip.


  • Several occurrences in Witches Abroad, most notably the incident wherein a farmhouse lands on Nanny Ogg, who is wearing red shoes at the which a clan of dwarfs then attempts to claim.
  • Guardian Cats And The Lost Books Of Alexandria:
    • When Marco begs the queen not to destroy the library, he tells her that she could instead be famous "like Frankenstein or the Wicked Witch of the West".
    • There's a character who can't remember her name but is most likely Dorothy.

Live-Action TV

  • The Amanda Show: In one of the "Blockblister" sketches, a customer rents a homemade movie called "The Wizard of Voz", with Blini in the role of Dorothy, and Biscotti in the role of the Scarecrow.
  • The Roundhouse episode "Running Away From Home" is a Whole Plot Reference to this movie.
  • In the Shining Time Station episode, "Mr. Conductor's Movie", Mr. Conductor says that The Wizard of Oz is his favorite movie, and his favorite scene from the movie is where the Munchkins welcome Dorothy to Oz. He then says that he could have done the same, given his diminutive size.
  • The writers and cast of Stargate SG-1 have admitted to throwing in references for the fun of it, from O'Neil casually calling out "Auntie Em! Auntie Em!" after a rough exit through the 'Gate to Vala, in her attempts to pitch a show masquerading as part of her life experiences, references the main characters of SG-1 as the main characters of the movie.
  • In the "Fred's Treasure Garden" episode of Sanford and Son:
    Lamont: Now just about everybody knows that one of the main side effects of using marijuana is the hungries or the munchies.
    Grady: Weren't they in "The Wizard of Oz"?
    Lamont: That was the Munchkins!
    Grady: Oooh, yeah. Didn't you just love that picture?
    Lamont: Grady, would you knock it off? This is no time for that.
    Grady: There was Dorothy and Toto and the Wicked Witch of the Watts.
    Lamont: Of the West, Grady!
    • At the end of the episode, Grady sings a line from "Over the Rainbow" as the episode concludes with Lamont offering to do the chores when Grady ate the rest of the salad, which Lamont and Rollo mistook for marijuana.
  • On the Buffy the Vampire Slayer first-season episode "Nightmares", when Buffy and the gang (along with the rest of Sunnydale High) get plunged into a nightmare world, they discover it's being triggered by a kid named Billy who's in a coma in a hospital, and whose nightmare is a monster. Buffy manages to defeat the monster, and gets Billy to wake up. When he does, and sees Buffy and the gang, he says, "I had the strangest dream...And You Were There."
  • On Once Upon a Time, the Wicked Witch of the West is the Arc Villain for the second half of Season Three.
    Emma: Seriously? She's real too?
    Captain Hook: Says the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.


  • Breaking Benjamin's "Home" is one big reference to the film, including the chorus repeating "There is no place like home".
  • The cover art for Electric Light Orchestra's Eldorado is a photograph of the Wicked Witch trying to get the ruby slippers.

Puppet Shows

  • Sesame Street
    • One 1970s episode had the Wicked Witch of the West (played once again by Margaret Hamilton) visiting Sesame Street. Notably, this became a Banned Episode when it proved too scary for kids.
    • In another episode, Snuffy is playing with a trampoline and jumps so high that he lands on a roof. Big Bird wonders where he went, and The Count replies "I think somewhere over the rainbow".
    • The "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" segments once did a Wizard of Oz spoof called "The Cookie of Oz" where the Good Witch of the parody teaches Cookie Monster about following directions.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the end of Joel Robinson's final episode, ''Mitchell'', Joel Robinson has left the Satellite of Love. As he leaves, He said to the robots "I Can't come back, I don't know how it works! Goodbye, Robots!"

Video Games

  • Gruntilda "Grunty" Winkybunion from Banjo-Kazooie shares many similarities with the Wicked Witch of the West. Besides the two characters looking similar in appearance, one of Grunty's aliases is "The Wicked Warty Wench of the West", and Brentilda, one of her sisters, is a Fairy Godmother who acts as the Glinda the Good Witch of the North to her Wicked Witch of the West.
  • In Conker's Bad Fur Day, when the Great Mighty Poo gets flushed away by Conker, he paraphrases the Wicked Witch of the West when she melts.
    Great Mighty Poo: Ah! You cursed squirrel! Look what you've done! I'm flushing! I'm flushing! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little squirrel like you could have destroyed my beautiful clagginess?
  • Rugrats Munchin Land is a PC board game that parodies the film, with Kimi in the role of Dorothy, Dil in the role of the gatekeeper, and Susie in the role of Glinda. As with the episode, "No Place Like Home" from the TV series that the game is based on, Angelica retains her role as the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • In Stay Tooned!, you'll need to use the pay phone to make phone calls. However, Frank is talking to his girlfriend, Dorothy, on it, and won't let you use it until you help him find ruby red slippers for her. You get the ruby red slippers in the Bullfight room, where after the cutscene plays, the legs of the Wicked Witch of the East can be seen under the crater created by Pixel's dynamite. Upon collecting the slippers, the Wicked Witch of the East's legs roll up under the crater.

Web Video

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd has reviewed the licensed game of the movie for the SNES, with Mike Matei guest starring as the Cowardly Lion.
  • The Nostalgia Critic
    • The ending to the review of Surf Ninjas features Critic, after spending the review apparently praising the film, waking up in a sepia-toned room with the That Guy with the Glasses staff before lip-synching to "Over the Rainbow".
    • In his review of Captain N: The Game Master, The Critic says he would have inserted the "O-e-o" sound effect from the movie in the scene where Mother Brain's lair is guarded by her henchmen from "Kevin in Videoland", but he doesn't need to, since the show already put it in.
    Critic: I do love it when the show makes the jokes for me.
    • In his review of Ernest Saves Christmas, the Lollipop Guild song plays when Santa's elves appear in trenchcoats.
    • In his review of Waterworld, a clip of the Wizard's ascent in his balloon plays as Gregor's balloon is accidentally launched.
    • At the beginning of "Top 11 F*** Yeah Movie Themes", a snippet of the Lollipop Guild song plays over a scene from Shaft.

Western Animation

  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: At the beginning of "The Incredible Shrinking Town", when Jimmy is picked last to be on Nick's team in a basketball game between him and Butch, Sheen asks Jimmy if he'd like to go to his house after school so they can watch The Wizard of Oz together, as he loves the Munchkins. This offends Jimmy, due to the constant mockery and scorn he recieves for his short stature.
  • Animaniacs
    • In "Hooked on a Ceiling", Yakko dresses as the Emerald City doorman.
    Yakko: Nobody gets in to see the wizard, not nobody, not nohow!
    Michelangelo: But I'm Michaelangelo!
    Yakko: The Witch's Michalangelo?! Well now, that's a ceiling of a different color!
    • The short "Buttons in Ows", in which Mindy and Buttons are blown away to a magical land, is a parody of this film. The Credits Gag for the episode reads "Toto appears courtesy of Ted Turner".
  • Family Guy
    • In "I Never Met the Dead Man", Peter, who is going through TV withdrawal, has a nightmare where he's in the eye of the tornado and sees various TV characters pass him by, including ALF, Gilligan, and Robby the Robot. He even sees Jeannie turning to Samantha.
    • In "The Story on Page One", the Griffins to see the dean of Brown University, and they are greeted by a doorman who shouts "Nobody gets in to see the dean!".
    • In "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High", Lois is fearful of Chris going to prison because she's seen what happens on Oz. The scene then cuts to a group of men singing about scrubbing each other to the tune of "The Merry Old Land of Oz".
    • In "Don't Make Me Over", Peter sets up a cutaway to when the Tin Man found out he was gay.
    • In the Naked Gun-styled opening to "PTV", Stewie rides his tricycle down the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City as Dorothy and her friends leap out of the way.
    • In "Deep Throats", Lois watches an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King in which the Scarecrow takes Bruce Boxleitner's place.
    • A cutaway from "The Former Life of Brian" parodies the scene where Dorthy says goodbye to her friends. As she says she'll miss the Scarecrow most of all, the Tin Man and Lion get angry at her for playing favorites.
    • In "Quagmire's Baby", Peter buys a magic broom from Quagmire's garage sale and spells out "RETIRE CHER" with its smoky trail.
    • In "Thanksgiving", when Peter calls Kevin Swanson "a regular Benedict Arnold Drummond" for going AWOL in the Army, guys in charge of cutaways have nothing to go with his odd statement. They eventually decide to run a clip of the Cowardly Lion being Lindsay Lohan's gynecologist.
    • In "Bigfat", Quagmire sings a song about Canadian strip clubs to the tune of "In the Merry Old Land of Oz".
    • In "Herpe the Love Sore", Peter mentions that he went to a Cowards Anonymous meeting, and the ensuing cutaway has him meeting with the Cowardly Lion. He tells the Lion that he has a right to be afraid of flying monkeys and that fear is a logical response to danger, inspiring him to flip off his friends.
    Lion: Hey! I'm the Rational Lion, so fuck you guys!
    • A cutaway from "This Little Piggy" features the Wizard giving the Tin Man the heart of a 19-year-old killed by a drunk driver, but he claims he meant something a little more metaphorical.
  • Futurama: In the Wizzin' segment of "Anthology of Interest II", Leela dreams that she travels to an Oz-like land and ends up wanting to be a wicked witch.
    Leela: Who are you? And haven't I seen you in some copyrighted movie?
    Worm: (singing) We resemblebutarelegallydistinctfrom the Lollipop Guild / The Lollipop—(gets eaten by Nibbler)
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    • One of Mandy's intro comments is "How about a little fire, scarecrow?".
    • The climax of "My Fair Mandy" involves Mandy trying to smile while singing "Over the Rainbow" during the talent portion of the beauty pageant.
    • In "Modern Primitives", Grim gets crushed by a block of ice, and his protruding legs curl up under it.
  • Marsupilami: It was spoofed as The Wizard of Mars.
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "By The Book", a Wizard of Oz-esque Imagine Spot is shown, with Piggy in the role of Dorothy, Rowlf in the role of Toto, Kermit in the role of the Scarecrow, Fozzie in the role of the Cowardly Lion, Gonzo in the role of the Tin Man, and Scooter in the role of Glindanote . Bunsen plays the Wizard, with Beaker as his assistant, and tries to send everyone home in a hot-air balloon, only for it to be attacked by Animal as the (unseen) Wicked Witch's flying monkey.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Whenever Candace gets suspicious of her brothers' antics, a Leitmotif similar to that of the Wicked Witch of the West plays.
    • Likewise, Norm the giant robot man realizes he has a heart when it's breaking.
    • Then there's "The Wizard of Odd", a Whole Plot Reference in which Candace plays Dorothy, Perry plays Toto, Baljeet, Jeremy, and Buford are her traveling companions, Isabella is the Good Witch, the Fireside Girls are the Munchkins, Little Suzy is the Witch of the East, Doofenshmirtz is the Witch of the West, and Linda is the Wizard.
  • The Pinky and the Brain episode, "Brainstorm" involves the two mice using a giant robot to control a tornado. Earlier in the episode, Pinky worries that if the Machine fails, they might end up in the Land of OZ. But Brain doubts that will happen. However, it turns out Pinky was right, and Brain decides that they'll try to take over OZ tomorrow night.
  • Robot Chicken
    • A sketch from "Junk in the Trunk" is a mashup of this and Oz in which the Scarecrow gets stabbed by an inmate.
    • A sketch from "Day at the Circus" has the Cowardly Lion vomiting from eating flying monkey roadkill, causing a Vomit Chain Reaction in which Scarecrow hurls straw, the Tin Man hurls oil, and Dorothy hurls...straw again.
    Tin Man: So, uh, how long have you two been...?
    Dorthy: A while, okay?!
    • The Just the Good Parts sketch from "Help Me" features a condensed version of The Wizard of Oz, and contains a reference to the "hanging Munchkin" urban legend.
    • A sketch from "The Departy Monster" features another mashup with Oz in which the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion are sent to jail for drowning someone based on the color of her skin.
    • "There's No Place Like Home", yet another Robot Chicken sketch based on The Wizard of Oz, depicts the Wizard suddenly reverting to asshole mode as soon as Dorothy departs. He rips the Scarecrow's brain out, crushes the Tin Man in a trash compactor, skins the Cowardly Lion and threatens to rape Glinda the Good Witch.
  • The Rugrats episode, "No Place Like Home" is a Whole Plot Reference to the film, with Susie (who is undergoing tonsilectomy) in the role of Dorothy and Angelica in the role of the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • The Simpsons
    • After waking up in the hospital in "Bart Gets Hit By a Car", Bart tells the family (and Lionel Hutznote ) "But You Were There, and You, and You".
    • The third segment of "Treehouse of Horror II" is titled If I Only Had a Brain.
    • In "Lisa's First Word", during a flashback where the family first moved into their current home, Ned Flanders and Todd greet them with a chorus of "We Welcome You to the Neighborhood".
    • A news segment in "Whacking Day" has Kent Brockman asking where the Munchkins from the film are now, which then cuts to a shot of a cemetery.
    • At the beginning of "Rosebud", we see some Winkies guarding the entrance to Mr. Burns' mansion, with Smithers alerting them to keep their chanting down to avoid waking Burns.
    • In "The Last Temptation of Homer" when learning that Homer and new coworker, Mindy, are ordering room service at a hotel on his dime, Mr. Burns opens his window and decides to let some of his winged monkeys out of a cage to seek out and attack them. They all plummet to their deaths instead. To this, a dejected Burns orders Smithers to continue the research (to make them fly).
    • A scene from "$pringfield" has Homer putting on glasses and quoting the Scarecrow's burst of intelligence, only to be reminded of the film's mathematical error.
    Homer: The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.
    Man: That's a right triangle, you idiot!
    Homer: D'oh!
    • In Bart's dream in "Bart Sells His Soul", he and his soul (as well as the other children and their souls) are rowing over to Emerald City.
    • At the start of the flash-forward from "Lisa's Wedding", we see what appears to be a group robots, but are really college students lining up for Wizard of Oz auditions.
    • In "Homer's Phobia", John's novelty car horn plays "Over the Rainbow", a reference to the song's status as a gay anthem.
    • In "HOMR while at a cartoon convention, a voice actor claims to have voiced original characters, although he imitates the Cowardly Lion's line of "All I need is some courage" (which Lisa lampshades).
    • In "Weekend at Bursie's" an instrumental of "If I Only Had a Brain" plays as Marge builds her scarecrow.
    • In "Catch 'Em If You Can", Grampa claims that his legs were the ones that curled up under Dorothy's house, and even performs the trick.
    • The Couch Gag for "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble" has the family being swept up by a twister and dropped on a black-and-white farm.
    • The title screen gag for "Thursdays with Abie" and "The Color Yellow" has Agnes Skinner riding a bike through the air while we hear the Witch's theme.
    • In "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner", the family goes on a politically-correct version of Pirates of the Caribbean at Diz-Nee-Land, in which the pirates chant "No means no! We know now!" to the tune of the Winkie chant.
    • "The Blue and the Gray", the thirteenth episode in the twenty-second season, depicts Marge becoming increasingly anxious and self-conscious over her prematurely graying hair. On her way to a club to confront Homer (who she suspects of cheating), Marge suffers mishaps resulting in her look much like the Wicked Witch of the West, highlighted by the Witch's theme playing during the sequence and over the end credits.
  • South Park
    • The main body of "It's Christmas in Canada" is a spoof of the film, featuring the boys journeying through Canada to meet its Prime Minister while meeting several strange characters along the way.
    • In "Imaginationland", Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion appear on the good side, the Wicked Witch of the West appears on the villains side, and Glinda is on the Council of Nine.
  • In the Theodore Tugboat episode, "Foduck and the Shy Ship", when Foduck tries to clean Guysborough the Garbage Barge with his fire hose, Guysborough shouts, "I'm melting!".
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the episode, "The Looney Beginning", when Babs is first drawn, one of her impressions is Glinda the Good Witch, and when she asks Buster about her voice, she asks him, "Is it a good voice of a Bad Voice?".
    • In the short, "Li'l Sneezer" from the episode, "Test Stress", when Furrball dresses Sneezer up in a sandwich, Sneezer mentions that he saw the film and is afraid of the Wicked Witch of the West.
    • The Great and Powerful Principal of Acme Looniversity, who appears in the episode, "Her Wacky Highness", and the short, "The Learning Principal" from the episode, "Looniversity Daze" is a parody of the Great and Powerful Oz. In the latter episode, he is revealed to be a machine operated by Bugs Bunny.
    • In the short, "That's Art Folks!" from the episode, "Going Places", when Babs awakens from her dream, she nearly quotes Dorothy's lines at the end of the movie word-for-word.
    • In the short, "Happy Birthday Hamton" from the episode, "Playtime Toons", Buster, Babs, and Plucky sing a parody of "We're off to See the Wizard" on their way to the toy store to buy presents for Hamton.
    • In the short, "Loon Lake" from the episode, "Music Day", Babs dresses as Glinda the Good Witch to encourage Shirley in her ballet recital against the Perfecto Prep swans.
    • In the Direct-to-Video movie, "How I Spent My Vacation", after Hamton manages to paint Plucky's color back on after Uncle Stinky blows it off from holding his breath in a tunnel game, when he asks Plucky if he's all right, Plucky asks him, "Auntie Em, is that you?".
  • Tom and Jerry
    • In Springtime for Thomas, Butch is heard humming "Over the Rainbow" from inside his trashcan.
    • The melody of "We're Off to See the Wizard" is heard in The Truce Hurts and Professor Tom.
    • The 2011 direct-to-video movie Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz depicts the characters and elements classic film, only in animated form and with the cat and mouse added into the story. It received a sequel, Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz, in 2016.

Alternative Title(s): Land Of Oz


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