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Toto
Toto

Real Name

Toto

First Appearance

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum & W.W. Denslow

Origin

Toto was a happy dog, and was the only thing in Kansas that kept Dorothy Gale happy and colorful when the land had turned everything else a uniform gray. When a cyclone struck Kansas, Toto was taken along with Dorothy in their house all the way to the Land of Oz by the twister. When Dorothy began her journey across that strange land, Toto followed her the whole way. At first he was suspicious of her new friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion but came to get along with them. He was eventually returned to Oz with Dorothy.

When Dorothy permanently moved to the Land of Oz, along with her Aunt Em & Uncle Henry, Toto joined them, living with Dorothy in the Emerald City.

He gained the ability to talk when he was in the Land of Oz, but preferred not to, instead communicating nonverbally with Dorothy. When this came to Dorothy's attention, she cornered him and got him to say something.

When Ozma was kidnapped by Ugu the Shoemaker, Toto was left behind at the palace by Dorothy but found out from Jellia Jamb, the Green Girl what was going on. He was able to catch the party before they left, hiding in the wagon so Dorothy wouldn't know he was with the party until it was too late. The Cowardly Lion knew, but he stayed out of the matter. When Dorothy found out, she allowed him to stay with the party.

During the adventure, Toto spent a lot of time talking with the other animals in the party: the Cowardly Lion, the Saw-Horse, and the Woozy. He also came to believe he had lost his growl, and that it had been stolen by the same thief who stole Ozma, Glinda's Great Book of Records, and Cayke's Magic Dishpan. After Dorothy and the Frogman defeated Ugu, Toto noticed his growl had come back.

Appearance

Toto has long, silky hair and small black eyes that twinkle merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose.

Public Domain Appearances

Books:

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • The Road to Oz
  • The Emerald City of Oz
  • Little Wizard Stories of Oz
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz
  • Tik-Tok of Oz
  • The Scarecrow of Oz
  • The Lost Princess of Oz
  • The Magic of Oz

Film:

  • The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Notes

While the original character is in public domain, the versions of the character used by MGM, Disney or by Marvel comics are NOT in the public domain.

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