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Dorothy Gale
Dorothy Gale
Background information
Feature films Return to Oz
Short films
Television programs Once Upon a Time
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Fairuza Balk (Return to Oz)
Darlene Gillespie (Rainbow Road to Oz)
Matreya Scarrwener (Once Upon a Time)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Naive, sweet, adventurous, courageous
Appearance Slender, fair skin, brown hair, blue dress, pigtail braids with bows on them, blue socks, black shoes (sometimes ruby slippers)
Alignment Good
Goal To return home to Kansas (Wizard of Oz)
To defeat Mombi and the Nome King (Return to Oz)
Home Kansas
Relatives Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Annie Gale (mother), John Gale (father)
Pets Toto (dog)
Billina (hen)
Allies Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch of the South, Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, Princess Ozma
Enemies Mombi, Nome King, Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked Witch of The East
Likes Her friends
Dislikes Her friends getting hurt, turned to stone or ornaments
Powers and abilities
Weapons Ruby Slippers
Fate Returns to her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry in Kansas

Dorothy Gale is the main protagonist in L. Frank Baum's novel The Wizard of Oz as well as in Return to Oz. She was portrayed by Fairuza Balk. She was due to be played by Darlene Gillespie in the unmade Rainbow Road to Oz.


Return to Oz


In Return to Oz, the film sequel to the 1939 movie, Dorothy has trouble going to sleep and is taken to a hospital by Aunt Em, who hopes that she can be cured of her "dreams."

The treatment is electric shock therapy. Another patient is aware of this and helps Dorothy escape from her room and down the hallways. Nurse Wilson attempts to catch them, but they both escape and fall in a river. The other girl vanishes but Dorothy grabs onto a chicken coop that floats by, gets in, and falls asleep.

When Dorothy wakes up she is in Oz, with her pet hen Billina, and floating in a very small pond. They both swim to the shore where they find a lunch pail tree. They bring two down, eat the food in them, and begin walking into the forest.

They get to Dorothy's old house that she arrived in the first time and notice that the Yellow Brick Road has been upturned. They walk along it until they get to the Emerald City which has lost its color. They journey inside, where Dorothy discovers all of its citizens, including her friends the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, had been turned to stone, and the Scarecrow is nowhere to be seen. They soon come across the Wheelers who chase them. Dorothy hides in a secret room which houses a robot, Tik-Tok. She winds him up, and he explains that he was designed to be Oz's one-man army but was shut down. With his strength, Dorothy reopens the door and Tik-Tok takes down the Wheelers, allowing them to defeat the gang. One of them directs them to Princess Mombi, who explains that the Nome King had taken over the Emerald City and captured the Scarecrow. She wants Dorothy's head for her head collection. Dorothy, refusing, is locked up along with Billina in her attic. There, they meet Jack Pumpkinhead, a being whose "mother" was created to scare Mombi. Dorothy devises a plan to retrieve the Powder of Life from Mombi's head collection. This she does, but not before alerting Mombi's severed body of her escape. Rushing back to her friends, they attach the head of a Gump to a sofa that they intend to bring to life and make fly. They narrowly escape Mombi and head towards the Nome King's mountain.

However, the Gump falls apart, sending the group plummeting down onto the Nome King's mountain. He confronts Dorothy and tells her that the Scarecrow had been turned into an ornament for his collection. As soon as the group joins her again, he proposes that they play a game with him. If they touch the correct ornament and say the word "Oz" within three guesses, then the Scarecrow will appear and they could go free. One by one, they go into the collection, and fail to guess correctly. During Tik-Tok's turn, the Nome King tells Dorothy that thanks to her, the ruby slippers are now his and he can use them to send her back home, never to think of Oz again. She refuses and goes in after Tik-Tok, who lured her in by pretending to wind down as a part of his plan to see if she could see what he changed into. His plan fails, however, as he is nowhere to be found after his final guess. Dorothy then guesses twice and is able to find the Scarecrow as a green ornament. They then rescue the others (who were green ones as well), but the Nome King stops them from guessing and tries to eat them, starting with Jack, but Billina, who was hiding in his head, lays an egg that falls into the Nome King's mouth. This kills him, as eggs are poisonous to Nomes, leaving the ruby slippers for Dorothy to take. As the mountain collapses, she clicks her heels and wishes for all from Oz to return there safely and the Emerald City and everyone in it to be restored.

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Ruby slippers

The slippers' magic works and a celebration is thrown. The Ozians encourage Dorothy to be the Queen of Oz, but she says that she has to go back to Kansas, as it is still her real home. The understanding citizens comfort her in wishing that she could be in two places at once. But as she says this, the ruby slippers reveal the girl from the hospital in the mirror behind her. She reveals her name is Ozma, rightful ruler of Oz, and promises Dorothy that should she ever need to return, she is always welcome. As she leaves, Billina decides to stay behind.

Dorothy returns home and is found by Toto, Uncle Henry, and Aunt Em who tell her that the hospital was hit by lightning and burned to the ground (with Dr. Worley in it) and they see Nurse Wilson being taken to jail. Returning home, Dorothy sees Ozma in her mirror with Billina. She tries to notify Aunt Em, but a hush from Ozma tells her to keep Oz a secret. Smiling, she runs outside to play with Toto as the film ends.

Once Upon a Time

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Glinda and Zelena meeting Dorothy for the first time in Once Upon a Time

Dorothy appears in the ABC TV series Once Upon a Time, in the Season 3 episode, "Kansas". In the episode, she was whisked away to Oz during a cyclone, where she was rescued from the debris of her home by Zelena (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda. Impressed by her durability in surviving the storm, they welcomed her with open arms, but Zelena (who had recently joined the sisterhood of the witches) felt envious of her quick acceptance by the witches, and only grew in anger when Zelena had read a prophecy stating that the greatest evil would be slain by a newcomer to the realm. Believing she was the evil, Zelena attempted to attack the unsuspecting Dorothy. However, frightened by Zelena's fire magic, she threw water at her to put the fire out but causes her to melt as a result. A horrified Dorothy asks Glinda to send her back home, but she brings her to the Wizard instead, who gives her the silver shoes to take her home. Clicking the heels, she happily does so, unaware that the Wizard was actually Zelena in disguise, trying to get rid of her so that she could continue her dark plans.


See also

Oz Logo

Media: Return to Oz | Oz the Great and Powerful | Rainbow Road to Oz | Temple Run: Oz | The Story and Songs of The Cowardly Lion of Oz | The Songs from The Wizard of Oz | The Story and Songs of The Wizard of Oz | The Story of the Scarecrow of Oz | The Story of The Wizard of Oz | The Story and Songs of The Tin Woodman of Oz | The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

Characters: Dorothy Gale | Oscar Diggs | Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West | Jack Pumpkinhead | Glinda the Good Witch of the South | Tik-Tok | China Girl | Dr. Worley | Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East | Nome King | Mombi | Nurse Wilson | Aunt Em | Billina | Uncle Henry | Princess Ozma | The Scarecrow | Tin Woodman | Cowardly Lion | Annie Gale | Finley | Wheelers | Master Tinker | Knuck | May | Munchkins | Scraps the Patchwork Girl | Winged Baboons | Toto | Winkie Guards | Quadlings

Songs: Almost Home

Locations: Land of Oz | Emerald City | Kansas | China Town | Yellow Brick Road | Munchkinland | Dark Forest | Poppy Fields

Objects: Ruby Slippers

Once Upon A Time Logo

Shows: Once Upon a Time (Episode List) | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Books: Shadow of the Queen | Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale | Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic

Once Upon a Time Characters: Emma Swan | Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard | Prince Charming/David Nolan | Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold | The Evil Queen/Regina Mills | Belle/Lacey French | Killian Jones/Hook | Henry Mills | Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper | Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale | Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Mulan | Blue Fairy/Mother Superior | Widow Lucas/Granny | King George/Albert Spencer | The Genie of Agrabah/Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass | Mad Hatter/Jefferson | Milah | Robin Hood | Prince Henry/The Valet | Marian | Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith | Fairy Godmother | Peter Pan/Malcolm/The Pied Piper | Wendy Darling | Ariel | Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West | Glinda/The Good Witch of the South | The Wizard of Oz/Walsh | Elsa/The Ice Queen | Anna | Kristoff | Hans | Grand Pabbie | Sven | Tinker Bell | Black Beard | Dragon Maleficent | Lumière | Abigail/Kathryn Nolan | Ursula/The Sea Goddess | Red Riding Hook/The Wolf/Ruby | Huntsman/Sheriff Graham | Baelfire/Neal Cassidy | Pinocchio/August W. Booth | Frederick/Jim | Severe Nurse | Mayor Tomkins | Quinn | Anita | Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava Zimmer | The Woodcutter/Michael Tillman | Martin | Myrna | Stephen | Donna | Prince James | Jack | Blind Witch | King Xavier | Wraith | Peter | Siren | Hordor | Pongo | Ogres | William Smee | Dorothy Gale | The Witch of the East | The Witch of the North | Sir Gaston | Greg Mendell | Tamara | Geppetto/Marco | Rapunzel | Igor | The King/Mitchell Herman | Rapunzel's Mother | Rapunzel's Father | Flying Monkeys | King Leopold | Queen Eva | Lost Boys | John Darling | Michael Darling | The Shadow | The Sheriff of Hamelin | King Midas | Nana | Mary Darling | George Darling | Medusa | Gus/Billy | Marshmallow | Zoso | Prince Thomas/Sean Herman | Prince Eric | Bo Peep | The Apprentice | Ingrid/The Snow Queen/Sarah Fisher | Lily/Lilith | Nova | Trish | Seer | Grace | Daniel | Lancelot | Stephen | Oaken | The King of Arendelle | Queen Gerda | Cruella | The Duke of Weselton | Hans' Brothers

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Characters: Alice | Cyrus | Jafar | Percy/The White Rabbit | Grendel | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | Red King | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Nyx | Tweedledee and Tweedledum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elisabeth/Lizard | Rafi | Taj | Edwin | Sarah | Dr. Arthur Lydgate | Amara

Characters of both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Anastasia's Mother | Anastasia's Sister | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent

Locations: Storybrooke | Maine | The Jolly Roger | Enchanted Forest | Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Neverland | Skull Rock | Wonderland | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land Without Color | Land of Oz | Emerald City | Arendelle | Agrabah | The Sultan's Palace | Sherwood Forest | Hamelin

Objects: Dreamshade | Dark One's Dagger | Enchanted Candle | Pandora's Box | Vorpal Sword | The Slippers | Cruella's car

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