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Oscar Diggs
Background information
Feature films Oz the Great and Powerful
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz
Television programs Once Upon a Time
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by James Franco
Christopher Gorham (Once Upon a Time)
Jeffrey Tambor (Muppets' Wizard of Oz)
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Oscar Diggs in L. Frank Baum's Oz stories
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs
Other names Oz
Wizard of Oz
Walsh (in Once Upon a Time)
Personality (previously): Tricky, selfish, slightly egotistical, greedy
(later): Kind, friendly, heroic, empathetic, good-hearted
Appearance Slender, with black hair and goatee, wears a black top hat and suit
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Con man
Carnival magician
Wizard of Oz
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To become king of Oz (originally), To save all of Oz from the Witch's threat
Home Kansas (formerly)
Oz
Relatives
Pets
Allies Glinda the Good Witch of the South, Finley, China Girl, Knuck, Annie Gale, Dorothy Gale, Theodora (formerly)
Minions
Enemies Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West, Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East
Once Upon a Time: Emma Swan
Likes Money, Glinda, putting on magic shows, his mother's music boxes
Dislikes Wicked witches
Powers and abilities Master of illusions, magic tricks
Weapons
Fate Becomes the new Wizard of Oz
Quote "Did those crows just say were gonna die?!"
"Will I still get the money?"
"What about me?"

Oscar Diggs, typically referred to as Oz, is the protagonist of the 2013 Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful. He is played by James Franco.

Personality

Oscar is a selfish and greedy con artist who aspires to be great. He uses his charm, wit, and ingenuity to deceive others, typically acts only upon his best interest, and does not think of himself as a kind person. Despite this, he has a suprising amount of empathy, and has proven to have a good heart. Glinda describes him as being "...selfish, weak, slightly egotistical, and a fibber." His personal hero is Thomas Edison.

Appearances

Oz: The Great and Powerful

In 1905 Kansas, Oscar Diggs (nicknamed Oz) is a small-time circus magician and con artist in a travelling circus. He is early revealed to be a womanizer who tricks women by giving them a music box which he claims to have belonged to his dead grandmother, though in reality he has plenty of them. With his assistant Frank, Oscar runs a magic show where he mesmerizes the audience, but he is revealed to be a fraud when he is unable to heal a young girl who is unable to walk. Annie, a woman he is revealed to genuinely be in love with, visits Oscar at the circus to tell him another man, John Gale, proposed to her. Oscar, caring deeply for her and realizing he is a bad man, tells her she should accept. As a storm approaches the circus, the circus strongman attacks Oscar after finding one of his music boxes he had given to his girlfriend. Oscar escapes in a hot air balloon with his top hat and a sack of supplies but is sucked into a cyclone. As the balloon breaks apart, Oscar promises God that if he survives this he will become a good man.

Oscar finds himself in the land of Oz. The witch Theodora finds him and explains she believes he is the focus of a prophecy after seeing him perform a few simple magic tricks, which she believes are real magic. Theodora tells Oscar that the wicked witch Glinda killed her father, the wizard and king of Oz, but upon his deathbed, it was predicted that a great and powerful wizard by the name of Oz would descend from the sky, save the land, and become their new king. The duo follow the Yellow Brick Road to the capital, the Emerald City. Along the way, Oscar follows his womanizing ways and gives Theodora a music box; she clearly falls in love with him whereas he rebuffs such commitment. The duo encounter Finley (a reference to Frank, who he called his monkey), a flying monkey, and Oscar saves him from a lion with magical illusion. Finley pledges a life debt to Oscar.

In the Emerald City, the good witch Evanora, Theodora's sister, guards the throne until the prophecy wizard arrives. She is skeptical of Oscar being the wizard, but claims he can have all the power and wealth of the king if he kills Glinda by stealing and destroying her wand, the source of her power. Oscar and Finley travel to the Dark Forest, but along the way, they see smoke coming from "China Town", where the inhabitants are all made of porcelain. Everyone is dead except for a young, un-named girl whose legs are broken. Oscar fixes her legs with glue, and she explains that the wicked witch destroyed the city with her flying baboons because they celebrated Oscar's arrival to the land of Oz.

The trio travel to the Dark Forest and find Glinda, who resembles Annie in appearance and actions. However, just as they are about to destroy the wand, it is revealed that she is, in fact, the good witch and that Evanora is the true wicked witch and the one who killed the previous king. The army of the Emerald City and the flying baboons then arrive and attack Glinda, Oscar, Finley, and the China Girl. Glinda's magic allows the team to escape, first hiding them in a fog, then having them fly to Glinda's Castle, with a barrier strong enough to prevent Evanora from reaching it.

At her castle, Glinda reveals she knows that Oscar isn't truly a wizard but tells him he might be what they need. He tells the land he is the wizard here to save them, and he meets his "army": tinkers who can build anything, farmers who can grow anything, and munchkins that can create any clothing, all of whom are forbidden to kill. Theodora, now the Wicked Witch of the West, breaks the barrier and attacks the town, using her magic to manipulate Oscar's body like a puppet, telling Oscar that he is the cause of her wickedness. Glinda fights her off, but she says that she'll come back with the armies of the Emerald City. Oscar realizes he can't win against such an army with what is available and decides to leave, but he has a change of heart when the China Girl tells him that the old king used to grant wishes; she wishes to have her family back, but Oscar sadly realizes he can't help with this. He tells Glinda while they can't win in a straight-out battle against the Emerald City, they might be able to win through illusion. The town creates various objects for the upcoming battle.

Oscar and a few others sneak into the Emerald City in a magician's wagon with the help of the Emerald City's grumpy herald Nook, a secret ally of Glinda, during the attack, Glinda is captured. While this goes on, Oscar steals a large amount of gold from the Emerald City vaults and seemingly flies away with it in a hot air balloon. The Wicked Witch of the West shows this to the town and then destroys the balloon to destroy the city's hopes. This is simply an illusion by Oscar to make the town think he was dead so that he can be reincarnated as the Great and Powerful Oz, a wizard with no human form, which is really just a face projected onto smoke in the center of the city thanks to the wagon sneaked into the city earlier. The guards and witches attack, which of course has no effect.

As the witches grow fearful, Oscar "attacks" them and the city with fireworks, which they have never seen. In the confusion, Evanora runs into the palace out of fear, and China Girl brings Glinda her wand, allowing her to escape. Evanora and Glinda face off, with Glinda winning by destroying Evanora's emerald necklace, hinted to be the source of her power as its destruction causes her to lose her power and physically age. Evanora is banished from the Emerald City by Glinda, and she escapes by way of the two winged baboons. The Wicked Witch of the West uses her broom to fly away in the ensuing confusion, and as she escapes, Oscar apologizes to the Wicked Witch of the West for what she has become and says she can come back if she ever regains her former self, but she declares that she will never go back. As she takes off, Oscar expresses sadness that he could not get through to Theodora who once believed in him.

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Jeffrey Tambor as The Wizard in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.

Oscar creates a miniature version of his projection system, as he needs to make the citizens believe "Oscar" died but that Oz lives on in order to keep them united against the wicked witches. In keeping with the previous king, but unable to grant wishes, he gives the main characters of the story gifts. He offers the Master Tinker a type of Swiss army knife Oscar himself used in the film. Nook is given a mask with a smiley face. Finley is given something Oscar never gave anyone, his friendship (and hat). He gives the China Girl a new family in the form of her friends. He gives Glinda some sort of unspecified romantic relationship.

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

In 'The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, The Wizard is actually a former tour bus driver named Francis Cornfine from Hollywood who came to Oz and the residents assumed he was an all-powerful figure. Cornfine's talent at manipulating his fingers impressed the populace, and feeling a need to "give the public what they want," he developed a number of devices and tricks to maintain the illusion of "Oz, the great and powerful." He uses special effects to take on various forms instead of just one.

Once Upon a Time

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Christopher Gorham as The Wizard on Once Upon a Time.

On the TV series, Once Upon a Time, the Wizard's name is Walsh. He too comes from Kansas, but his fate on the show is different. He gives Zelena silver shoes to travel to the Enchanted Forest. When she returns after not getting what she wants, Walsh's secret is blown. Zelena then turns him into a flying monkey. Years later, she sends Walsh to New York City to make sure that Emma Swan does not interfere with her plans. He and Emma then begin a relationship. When Emma breaks up with him, he turns back into a flying monkey and attacks her. However, Emma violently shoves him away with a metal pipe. Physically wounded, he falls from the building, nearly hitting the ground, before disappearing in a puff of smoke.

Background Information

  • His initials are an acronym (O.Z.P.I.N.H.E.A.D).
    • Because part of his initials spells PINHEAD, his stage name is only the first two letters (O.Z.).

Gallery



Oz
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Media: Return to Oz | Oz the Great and Powerful | Oz the Great and Powerful (Soundtrack) | 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

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
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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 | 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 | The King and Queen of Arendelle | Prince Thomas/Sean Herman | Prince Eric | Bo Peep | The Apprentice

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 | 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

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