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Guardian of the Gates

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The Guardian of the Gates
Guardian 1

Real Name


First Appearance

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum & W.W. Denslow


During the reign of the the Great Oz, it was the Guardian's duty to ensure that everyone (including animals and creatures) who entered the city was fitted with green spectacles, ostensibly to protect their eyes from the brightness and glory of the city. The green glasses were locked in place with a key on a chain worn around the Guardian's neck.

Later, after the city was conquered by General Jinjur and her Army of Revolt, the use of the green spectacles was forgotten, but the Guardian continued to keep watch at the gates.

When the Patchwork Girl arrived in the Emerald City for the first time, the Guardian of the Gates composed a song on his mouth organ for her called, "The Speckled Alligator."

Appearance and Demeanor

He is short and round, with a fat face that seems remarkably good-natured. He wears green clothes, a high peaked green hat, and green spectacles. Even his skin is tinted green. Around his neck he wears a heavy gold chain with a number of great golden keys.

Public Domain Appearances


  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz
  • The Road to Oz
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz


  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


While the original character who appeared in Oz books published before 1923 is in public domain, any versions published post-1923 are NOT.

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