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The Wicked Witch of the East
Wicked Witch of the East

Real Name

Unknown

First Appearance

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum & W.W. Denslow

Origin

The Wicked Witch of the East was not related to the Wicked Witch of the West, but leagued together with her, the Wicked Witch of the South and Mombi to conquer the Land of Oz and divide it among themselves.

She conquered the Munchkin Country and tyrannically ruled them after the fall of King Pastoria, making them slave for her night and day. The Wizard of Oz was unable to subdue her.

Among her exceedingly cruel actions were the enchantments of Nick Chopper's axe and Captain Fyter's sword, which caused the two men to cut up their own bodies and eventually turn into the Tin Woodman and the Tin Soldier.

She met her end when Dorothy Gale's house fell on her. Her dry withered body soon turned to dust and Dorothy obtained her magical Silver Shoes. Her death was cause for great celebration amongh the Munchkins.

It was later revealed that the Wicked Witch lived in a hut, with her maid Nimmie Amee, who was Nick Chopper's sweetheart. Determined to prevent Nimmie Amee from getting married, the Wicked Witch of the East resolved to turn her into an old crone. It was while the Witch was out looking for herbs that would effect such a transformation that Dorothy's house landed on her.

The Wicked Witch of the East was more powerful than the Good Witch of the North but, not as powerful as the Wicked Witch of the West. She also appeared to be more powerful than Mombi, as the Good Witch of the North was able to defeat Mombi, but was powerless to overthrow the Witch of the East.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • The Tin Woodman 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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