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Title Wicked Witch of the West
Gender female
Species Witch
Origin Land of Oz
Residence Winkie Country (The Wiz the play)
Sewers of Land of Oz (The Wiz the movie)
Occupation Evil Dictator
First Appearance The Wiz (stage)
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The Wiz - introducing the wicked witch

The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizthe all African-American version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

She seeks to capture Dorothy and take the silver slippers and rule all of Oz. 

First Appearance

She first appeared in the stage production of The Wiz on Broadway which was a hit. She is a fat and ugly witch, also the most powerful one other than Glinda. She wears in ugly clothing and a spiky uneven crown on her head. She sits on a strange looking throne, surrounded by trash and garbage. The throne itself is covered in various and different objects such as food or meat like hot dogs on a string. Her slaves the Winkies are absolutely terrified of her. She sends her Winged Monkeys to capture Dorothy Gale and the Lion . Later she tries to take the silver shoes from Dorothy, but becomes distracted because the lion insults her by calling the Witch "your royal fatness". This makes her outraged, but as she tries to kill the lion for the insult, Dorothy throws a bucket of water on her. This causes Evillene to melt away and die.

Second Appearance

She appeared again in the 1978 film production of The Wiz. She lives in the sewers and underground domains of Oz which are instead of a castle a gigantic Sweatshop of never-ending labor in which she rules over and completely controls. She sleeps most of the day and wakes up in the afternoon which pleases her to do. When she comes out of her chambers she sits on a gigantic throne next to a flaming furnace of fire. Yet her throne is actually a giant dirty toilet, decorated in tacky and gaudy items. She screams, yells and shouts a lot which fills her slaves "the winkies, the poppy girls, the crows, and the subway peddler" with great fear and she will put an end to anyone who questions her authority. She calls her biker gangs " Flying Monkeys" to capture Dorothy and her friends. Once they do, she tortures her friends including her little pet dog by threatening to burn him alive. But just as Dorothy is willing to surrender, the Scarecrow while still split in half hints Dorothy toward a fire alarm. Just as Evillene screams at Dorothy,she pulls the fire alarm which activates the sprinklers and puts out the fire and also manages to melt Evillene as she disappears and is flushed down her toilet throne.

Third Appearance

She appeared yet again in the 2015 TV special The Wiz Live! This incarnation of the Witch looks significantly less ugly than the ones from the Broadway musical and the movie, although the people of Oz still don't think she looks as beautiful as Glinda does. After the death of Evillene's sister, Evamean the Wicked Witch of the East, Evillene claims the whole East portion of Oz for herself, and enslaves the Winkies to work in a gloomy and leaky factory. When Evillene learns that Dorothy and her friends have embarked on a mission to try and kill her, she commands her Winged Warriors to bring them to the factory, where she also makes them her slaves. As Dorothy refuses Evillene's demands to give her Evamean's Silver Slippers, Evillene threatens to kill her friends by cooking the Cowardly Lion in a stew, after having the Tin Man fashioned into a pot, and the Scarecrow burned to stoke a fire. Dorothy intervenes with the switchblade-wielding Evillene's efforts to kill the Lion, prompting the Witch to threaten to eat her, as well. However, Dorothy fights back by dumping a bucket of water all over Evillene, who then melts away in a cloud of smoke.



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Actors

  • Mabel King (1975 )(1978 )
  • Ella Mitchell (1976)(1980)(1981)(1982)(1984)(1993)
  • Carolyn Miller ( 1976)
  • Gwendolyn J. Shepherd (1978)
  • Dallie Mohammed (1979)(1982)
  • Valerie Newsam (1980)
  • Grace Jones (1997)
  • Marjolijn Touw ( Sadista)(2006 )
  • E. Faye Butler (2006)
  • Tichina Arnold (2009)
  • Mary J. Blige  (2015)

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