|Residence||Ozma's palace, Emerald City, Land of Oz |
|First Appearance||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|
DescriptionL. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. He is the dog that belongs to Dorothy Gale of Kansas.Toto is descibed to be all black, has long, curly and silky hair and small black eyes that twinkle merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. He is very well behaved and brave despite being a small dog. He is friendly and loves his mistress Dorothy very much and will growl at or even bite anyone who tries to harm or hurt her. Animals from the outside world can talk once they reach the magical land of Oz; but Toto on the other hand remained silent for a very long time and he can speak to humans and other beings but choses to bark instead. And if he speaks it is only sparingly, if ever. (Tik-Tok of Oz)
HistoryToto was a happy dog, and was the only thing in Kansas that kept Dorothy happy and colorful when the land had turned everything else a uniform gray. When a cyclone struck the Kansas farm, 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. It is said that Toto did not care rather he lived in Oz forever, but he disliked seeing Dorothy cry and felt sorry for Dorothy who was unhappy there and wanted to go back home, so it made Toto unhappy to. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
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. (Tik-Tok of Oz)
When Ozma was kidnapped by Ugu the Shoemaker, Toto was left behind at the palace by Dorothy but found out from Jellia Jamb 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 Sawhorse, 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. (The Lost Princess of Oz)When Dorothy was replaced by a Mimic, Toto was the only one who immediately saw through the deception. While "Dorothy" was at a dinner with the rest of the Oz celebrities, Toto declared that the girl sitting there was not Dorothy. This blew their cover and they ran. (The Magical Mimics in Oz)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (first appearance)
- 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
- The Magical Mimics in Oz
Toto did not speak until the final chapter of the eighth Oz book, Tik-Tok of Oz, and continued to say very little in Baum's books. Some later Oz writers make him more talkative.
Modern Oz writers have used Toto as a protagonist in several works, including Roger S. Baum's Toto of Oz and the Surprise Party and Toto in Candy Land of Oz, Chris Dulabone's Toto in Oz, Ian Fink's "Toto's Tale," Atticus Gannaway's "Toto and the Truth," and Gina Wickwar's Toto of Oz.
In Magic Land Toto is usually called by the diminutive form of his name "Totoshka". He speaks much more frequently than in Baum's books. In the later books he is too old for adventuring, and is replaced by his grandson, Arto.
In The Great Wishy Woz he is Nono.
In Todd MacFarlane's 2007 pitch for an Oz movie, a re-imagined Toto- or race of Totos - would play a big role, as MacFarlane reveals in an interview with MTV: “There’s still a thing called Toto, except its the biggest thing in the movie and not the smallest thing. [The beast called Toto] basically ate the first dog, and it’s this big thing that [the inhabitants of Oz] ride. They’ve given this generic word… so instead of horses, [people] ride Totos.” 
There are many reimaginings and alternate versions of Oz which present alternate histories of many of the Oz characters. Here are some different versions of Toto.
Dorothy (Comic Book Series)
Toto is a mechanical (but living) dog who is native to Oz. However, when he meets Dorothy he quickly becomes her loyal companion. (Dorothy)
Toto lived with Dorothy and her mother before they moved in with Aunt Em after her mother's death. Aunt Em somewhat mistreated the dog, much to Dorothy's horror, and Toto eventually ran away. He hid in the marshes near their Kansas farm, returning occasionally to see Dorothy and get some food from her. He finally got his revenge on Aunt Em by digging up the bones of a dog she'd had as a child. Infuriated, she chased Toto away. After that, he disappeared and did not return. (Was)
- It is implied that Aunt Em or Uncle Henry may have killed him.