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The Wicked Witch of the East is the posthumous overreaching antagonist in the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum. She is a nefarious, malevolent witch who is the sister to the Wicked Witch of the West.
She was one of four powerful witches who presided over the four countries of the Land of Oz. She specifically ruled the Munchkins in the east. She was more powerful than Locasta the Good Witch of the North and Mombi the former the Wicked Witch of the North, but not as powerful as Glinda.
The Wicked Witch of the East conquered the Country of the Munchkins and tyrannically ruled them after the fall of King Pastoria, making them slaves for her night and day. The Wizard of Oz was unable to subdue her.
Among her, exceedingly cruel actions were the enchantment of Nick Chopper's ax which caused him to cut up his own body and eventually turn into the Tin Woodman.
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 among the Munchkins (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).
It was later revealed that the Wicked Witch lived in a hut, with her maid Nimee Amee, who was Nick Chopper's sweetheart. Determined to prevent Nimee 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 affect such a transformation that Dorothy's house landed on her (The Tin Woodman of Oz).
In the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the East is not verifiable seen except for her stocking feet, though, being the tornado's victim, Miss Gulch was concealed by a hideous transformation of becoming The Wicked Witch of the East. In the movie, the shoes were changed to ruby slippers to look better for the Technicolor film. The film portrays the Witch as being the sister of the Wicked Witch of the West, a relationship neither stated nor implied in Baum's books. The famous sequence of the house dropping from the cyclone is actually a subjective point of view shot, showing the witch's view as Dorothy Gale's house crushes her to death for which her sister seeks revenge.
In Alexander Melentyevich Volkov's The Wizard of the Emerald City, The Witch's name is Gingema. Like in the 1939 movie, the two Wicked Witches are sisters. The book begins with her summoning a magical hurricane to destroy all humanity (since people, in her opinion, exterminate her food). However, Villina learns of her schemes and changes the spell to only affect one house (her magic book told her it was always empty during storms) and drop it on Gingema's head. Unlike in Baum's books, while being the formal ruler of the Munchkins, she interfered little in their lives and only demanded that people collect food for her. Since her food was snakes, leeches, spiders, and other similarly disgusting creatures which the Munchkins were afraid of, that was nevertheless a heavy burden for them.
In the movie and broadway musical The Wiz, The Wicked Witch of the East is named Evamene and terrorizes the Munchkins. She is the sister of Evillene the Wicked Witch of the West.
In the more recent novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by author Gregory Maguire, The Wicked Witch of the East is known as Nessarose Thropp. She is the beautiful but physically handicapped sister of Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West). She gains the ability to walk unsupported thanks to the enchanted silver/ruby shoes. In both the book and musical, the character is portrayed in a less negative light than in the Baum books or earlier movie, although she becomes fanatical, so much so that she limits the rights of the Munchkins and ends up being referred to as a 'wicked witch'.
In Roger S. Baum's Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage, the Wicked Witch of the East is the main antagonist. The book was adapted into the 2000 animated film Lion of Oz. She really hates it when she is referred to as her own sister (whom she thinks of as less despicable).
In The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005), the Wicked Witch of the East is played by Miss Piggy (as are all of the other witches). She managed to lift the diner up long enough to threaten the Munchkins before it fell back on top of her, killing her this time.
In 2007, Turner Entertainment collaborated with Madame Alexander to create a series of McDonald's Happy Meal toys centered on the main characters from the 1939 movie, one of which was the Wicked Witch of the East. She is depicted as having blonde hair, a red shirt with a green belt and a burgundy dress over her distinguishable striped stockings and ruby slippers. She also is wearing a hat similar to the Witch of the West's, although it is colored red.
Rachel Weisz portrays the Wicked Witch of the East who is named Evanora, the main antagonist in the 2013 Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful. In this version, she is the older sister of Theodora, Wicked Witch of the West (Mila Kunis), and is at war with Glinda (Michelle Williams) for control of Oz.
In Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the East is the overreaching antagonist of the series, yet, one of the three main antagonists (alongside her sister and her niece Wilhelmina) in the part 1 and 2 episode, Battle for the Silver Slippers. She voiced by Tom Kenny. In the episode Return of the Silver Slippers, It appears that the ruby and silver slippers were made by the Magic Cobbler for Glinda and Ozma. The ruby slippers became a part of Glinda and help made her magic strong. But the one time she remove them, the Wicked Witch of the East stole them and corrupted their power, beginning a reign of terror in Oz. In Munchkinland, she starts to torture her slaves, the Munchkins. But, just when she looked up the sky, Dorothy's house falls on her, killing her instantly.
In the Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz episode Battle for the Silver Slippers, when the Wicked Witch of the West follows Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to the Silver Fortress, she opens a door to the Underworld and released her sister, the Wicked Witch of the East. She is still dead since the house incident, but the silver slippers keeps her spirit in the living world as long as the Witch of the West wears them. She wants her ruby slippers back because of her special connection with them, once she wears them again, she'll be back to life and together, the Wicked Witches will rule Oz and she will get her revenge on Dorothy for dropping her house on her and took her slippers. After Glinda, the Wizard, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion runs off to get help, the Wicked Witches and their niece Wilhelmina took over Emerald City. Dorothy almost surrenders the ruby slippers to the Witches since all of her friends came back with all of the people in Oz including the Nome King who is helping Dorothy for now. The Wicked Witches outsmarted all of Dorothy's friends and chases Dorothy. Dorothy uses gumdrops to get the silver slippers off West's feet, and the Wicked Witch of the East fades away back to the Underworld. After the battle was over, the Wicked Witch of the West vows revenge on Dorothy and all of her friends for destroying her sister again.
Main article: Wicked Witch of the East (Muppets)
The Wizard of Oz (1939): Margaret Hamilton
Wicked (2003): Michelle Federer as Nessarose
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005): Miss Piggy
Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013): Rachel Weisz as Evanora
Wicked Flying Monkeys (2015): silent cameo
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (2017): Tom Kenny
The feet of the now-deceased Wicked Witch of the East.
The Wicked Witch of the East flying past Dorothy's house.
The Witch of the East as pictured in The Tin Woodman of Oz.
The Wicked Witch of the East in Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz.
The Witch of the East in Once Upon a Time.
The Wicked Witch of the East's return.
So, you're the brat who dropped a house on me and took my slippers!
Oh, Wilhelmina, my second favourite niece.
Got her rigged up to the Silver Slippers for the time being.
The Wicked Witch of the East's second defeat: To be sent back to the Underworld.
The Ruby Slippers - The Wizard of Oz (3 8) Movie CLIP (1939) HD
The Wicked Witch of the East is commonly regarded as one of the best examples of the posthumous antagonists in fiction, as while she's dead by the time the story takes place, her sister takes over the role of main antagonist to avenge her death.