Portrayed by:

Judy Garland

The protagonist of the story. She is a young girl from Kansas who lives with her aunt and uncle on their farm. She maintains cheerful and childlike happiness in the face of adversity and demonstrates bravery in frightening moments. She has little patience for deception or indecisiveness.


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Dorothy's loving canine companion who gets wrapped up in the adventure.


Portrayed by:

Ray Bolger

A scarecrow whose greatest wish is to have the intelligence he believes he lacks. He joins Dorothy's journey to the Wizard in order to request a brain.

Tin Man

Portrayed by:

Jack Haley

A former woodchopper who was cursed by the Wicked Witch of the East. Her spell caused an enchanted axe to chop off each of his limbs. The Tin Woodman slowly replaced every part of his body with tin, but he did not replace his heart. He wants to ask the Wizard for a heart.

Cowardly Lion

Portrayed by:

Bert Lahr

A lion who believes himself to be a coward.

Glinda the Good Witch

Portrayed by:

Billie Burke

A good witch, Glinda is kind and merciful, but her influence diminishes away from her home in the North. She attempts to safeguard and guide Dorothy throughout her adventures.

The Wicked Witch of the West

Portrayed by:

Margaret Hamilton

The sister of The Wicked Witch of the East (who was killed accidentally by Dorothy). She is very powerful and very angry at all times and is greedy for more power.

The Wizard

Portrayed by:

Frank Morgan

An ordinary human who, like Dorothy, traveled into Oz by accident. Taken to be a powerful wizard by the inhabitants of Oz, he goes along with the ruse and builds up an illusion of immense power, though he means no harm.