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Ozma (Oz)
Real Name: Ozma
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Ozma is part of the fairy band of Queen Lurline and has innate magical powers, the extent of which not even she may know, since she generally does not use them other than as a last resort.

Ozma stopped aging somewhere between 12 and 15 years old and has retained the character of that age period. This occasionally affects her judgment.

Ozma is the beloved ruler of the Emerald City and all of Oz.

When Oscar Zoroaster Diggs arrived in the Land of Oz, he was assumed by the populace to be a great wizard. He had entered into a land that was besieged by a rivalry between the wicked witches in the East and West, and he had managed to temporarily trick them into thinking he had magical power. Oz's rightful ruler was the infant Princess Ozma, but there was no way that the child could rule safely, so the Wizard brought her to another sorceress in the North called Mombi. He taught Mombi some mostly fake magic tricks in return for caring for Ozma while he ruled in the Emerald City that he built to conceal himself and his true nature. What the Wizard did not know is that Mombi was responsible for the imprisonment of Ozma's father, Pastoria, and grandfather, Ozroar.

Mombi then decided to hide Ozma in plain sight: she transformed her into a boy she called Tippetarius, or "Tip" for short, and raised him to be her slave. The villagers avoided them out of fear of Mombi.

Once Tip decided to play a prank on Mombi, deciding that one of the large pumpkins in the field could be the head of a man. Having not grown up among other boys, he simply carved a face on the pumpkin, and did not hollow out the interior. Rather than placing a candle inside the pumpkin, he built a figure out of would and dressed it in some of Mombi's old clothes, propping his creation up for her to see as she returned home in the evening.

Mombi was frightened and outraged, but rather than following her first inclination to smash the creature, she decided to use the Powder of Life she had received from a Crooked Magician. When the Powder worked, Mombi decided to turn Tip into a marble statue and use the pumpkinheaded man, whom Tip called Jack Pumpkinhead, as her slave, because he was not smart enough to talk back and would not need to sleep.

Tip and Jack decided to run away that evening. Jack had difficulty walking in his ramshackle construction, so Tip used the Powder, which he stole, on a Saw-Horse in the woods from which the woodcutter had cut a wedge for a mouth because it seemed to have knothole eyes and a tail. The Saw-Horse took off quickly with Jack, leaving Tip alone.

Soon after, Tip met a Munckin maiden named Jinjur who was planning to conquer the Emerald City with an army of girls who believed that Oz had been ruled by men long enough. She tried to charm Tip to her cause, but he could not side with a revolt.

He finally made it to the Emerald City, where the Scarecrow had been ruling since the Wizard's departure. He tried to warn that the women were revolting, but by the time Tip could explain that this had nothing to do with a young boy still disliking girls, they were forced to abandon the Emerald City.

After joining forces with the Tin Woodman, Emperor of the Winkies and H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E., they stormed into the palace with the Scarecrow filled with field mice that scared the girls, only to find themselves trapped inside.

Building a flying machine with the head of a Gump, they eventually reached Glinda the Good, who revealed to Tip his true identity. He reluctantly consented to have his true form restored, even if that meant no further "boys' own" adventures with his new friends, and once Glinda was able to force Mombi to do this, removed Mombi's magical powers. Jinjur was willing to abdicate the throne to a girl ruler, particularly one who knew that her revolt was never intended to hurt anyone.

H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E. served as her tutor, and she commenced her reign as Queen of the Emerald City, though tending to prefer her birth title of "Princess.".

Eventually, it was revealed that Ozma was part of the fairy band that had enchanted Oz that prevented people from aging and dying, although such things did occur while the Wizard ruled the land. When the Wizard returned, Ozma forgave him for what he had done to her in ignorance, and allowed him to train in real magic with Glinda the Good.

As a ruler, Ozma had a notable setback in her first encounter with Roquat, King of the Nomes, making an enemy of him after invading his kingdom and taking the magic belt in response to a trade with the King of Ev that King Roquat considered fair, but that Ozma apparently saw as a human rights violation--King Evardo had sold his family to King Roquat as slaves (which Roquat had transformed into ornaments) in exchange for a long life, then jumped into the ocean out of regret. Eventually Roquat invaded the country, but Ozma's refusal to use violent methods tricked the invasion forces into drinking the Water of Oblivion, causing Roquat to forget even his own name, and to take a new one, Ruggedo. This, ultimately, was one of many successful attempts to prevent invasion of the Emerald City without resorting to the violence that she associates with her enemies.

Book appearances:

The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
Ozma of Oz (1907)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
The Road to Oz (1909)
The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
The Lost Princess in Oz (1917)
The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
The Magic of Oz (1919)
Glinda of Oz (1920)
The Royal Book of Oz (1921)
Kabumpo in Oz (1922)
The Cowardly Lion of Oz (1923)
Grampa in Oz (1924)
The Lost King of Oz (1925)
The Hungry Tiger of Oz (1926)
The Gnome King of Oz (1927)
The Giant Horse of Oz (1928)
Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (1929)
The Yellow Knight of Oz (1930)
Pirates in Oz (1931)
The Purple Prince of Oz (1932)
Ojo in Oz (1933)
Speedy in Oz (1934)
The Wishing Horse of Oz (1935)
Captain Salt in Oz (1936)
Handy Mandy in Oz (1937)
The Silver Princess in Oz (1938)
Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wonder City of Oz (1940)
The Scalawagons of Oz (1941)
Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942)
The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946)
The Shaggy Man of Oz (1948)
The Hidden Valley of Oz (1951)
Merry Go Round in Oz (1963)

First Appearance: Marvel Treasury of Oz (1975) #1

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Issue Appearances:
Adventures in Oz (2006)
Arrow Anthology (1997)
Caliber Spotlight (1995)
Dark Oz (1997)
Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz (2011)
Little Adventures in Oz (2010)
Marvel Treasury of Oz (1975)
Oz (1994)
Ozma of Oz (2011)
Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (2009)
The Blue Witch of Oz (1992)
The Emerald City of Oz (2013)
The Enchanted Apples of Oz (1986)
The Ice King of Oz (1987)
The Marvelous Land of Oz (2010)
The Oz-Wonderland War (1986)
The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles (2005)
The Secret Island of Oz (1986)
Walt Disney Pictures' Return To Oz (1985)
Worlds of Color: Welcome to Oz Adult Coloring Book (2016)

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