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The Wicked Witch of the West, originally known as Theodora, is a human witch from the Land of Oz.

Description

The sister of Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East, Theodora used to be a good but conflicted witch of extraordinary power, with a particular affinity for fire magic. After biting a cursed apple, however, she had whatever goodness existed inside her sucked out of her soul, thereafter adopting green skin, an abrasive temper, and the identity of the “Wicked Witch of the West”. Her one weakness (an inborn trait, seemingly the trade-off to her fire abilities) is pure water, which melts her to a puddle if she comes into contact with it, though it has been proven time and again that she can easily be resurrected from such a demise.

Acting as the archenemy of the Wizard of Oz (whom she was once in love with before she bit the apple), the Witch has tried many times over to take over the land of Oz, surpassing even her sister in evil and ambition, with the Flying Monkeys as her soldiers. At the turn of the 20th century, she suffered a particularly scalding defeat at the hands of Dorothy Gale and her friends, prompting her to try and take revenge on the Kansas girl on several occasions.

Over the course of her long and villainous life, however, the Witch began to regain some humanity, even managing to be nice on a few occasions when it was required of her — notably making friends during her occasional trips to Earth. She still remains wicked, however, albeit in the same loose way as Madam Mim or Peg-Leg Pete, and is part of the loose witches' community which also includes Mim and Magica De Spell; by 1967, she had adopted a pair of witch-children, simply named Warlock and Witch Child, whom she had a tendency to drop off with Magica and Mim for babysitting.

Behind the scenes

Created by L. Frank Baum in 1900 as a wizened, one-eyed, umbrella-toting hag, the classic green-skinned and two-eyed incarnation of the Wicked Witch first appeared in 1939 in MGM's version of The Wizard of Oz and has made numerous appearances since, even being reintroduced in the 1960's in mainstream Disney comics as the mother of recurring characters Witch Child and Warlock, although in some foreign printings of those stories, the Witch's identity as the classic Wizard of Oz character was erased, leaving her as only a run-of-the-mill witch (whom the French translations, for example, dubbed Olivia). Due to obvious rights issues, this incarnation of the character was not usually drawn with the green skin.

Portrayers & Voice Actresses

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