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Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!
~ Dorothy Gale's famous catchphrase, upon her arrival in Oz.

Dorothy Gale is the protagonist of the broad Oz novels, written by L. Frank Baum. Her first appearance was in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

She is an ordinary girl from Kansas who runs away from home when her nasty neighbor Miss Gulch threatens to file a lawsuit to take/demolish her family's farm and tries to kill her dog Toto. But when a kind gypsy named Professor Marvel convinces her that her family and friends care about her, she goes back. She is swept up in a tornado and sent to the magical land of Oz. Glinda the witch of the north sends her on a quest to find the local Wizard to help her get home and escape the clutches of her archenemy, the Wicked Witch of the West who is after the Ruby Slippers Dorothy got from her dead sister. Along the way she befriends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion (Old Hunk, Hickory, and Zeke in Kansas) who all want something from the Wizard as well.


In the 1939 Metro Goldwyn Mayer movie adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, and an M&M's commercial in 2004 with the candies lost their colors, she was portrayed by the late Judy Garland. In the Disney 1985 movie Return to Oz, she was portrayed by Fairuza Balk.

She was voiced by Laura Bailey in LEGO Dimensions, who also voiced Blaze the Cat, Chun Li, Tohru Honda, and Odette, and by Maya Rudolph in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

In the Tom and Jerry version, she was voiced by Grey DeLisle-Griffin who also voiced Daphne Blake, Mandy, Catwoman, Tootie, Red, and many others.

In Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, she was voiced by Kari Wahlgren who also voiced Nova from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!, Mina Monroe from Bunnicula, and Tessa from Skylanders.

In Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, she was voiced by singer Lea Michele.

In Minnie's The Wizzard of Dizz, she was played by Minnie Mouse who was voiced by the late Russi Taylor.


Dorothy's name is a loosely based version of "Theodore" which means "Gift of the Gods". "Dorothy", therefore, as a female companion to Theodore would translate to "Goddess of Gifts". She was born before the turn of the twentieth century on June 10, year unknown. She shares her birthday with her iconic 1939 movie musical counterpart portrayed by Judy Garland. Like Garland, her Zodiac sign is Gemini. Surprisingly, her last name isn't revealed in the original 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was not mentioned until the 1902 stage version of the story Baum created after the book's publication and subsequent success; "My name is Dorothy Gale. I'm one of the Kansas Gales. " To which the Scarecrow replies, "Well, that explains your breezy manner. " In the later Oz books, Baum kept the name but mercifully spared his readers the pun.

The many peoples Dorothy liberated and befriended had many more adventures after her departure. Each of her three traveling companions became the ruler of a country within the land. The Scarecrow (with his new brains) temporarily became the King of Oz to rule over Oz's Imperial Capital a.k.a. the Emerald City, until the long-lost rightful ruler, the Princess Ozma, was eventually found. The Tin Woodman (with his new heart) replaced the Wicked Witch of the West and became the monarch emperor to rule over the Winkie Country. And last but not least, the Cowardly Lion (with his new courage) became King of the Beasts and went to live in the wildernesses of Oz to rule over the animal kingdom, later aided by his best friend the Hungry Tiger.

Despite her vow to never leave home again, Dorothy made three more trips to the Land of Oz until ultimately deciding to reside there permanently. Each time Dorothy landed in a different enchanted neighbor country before returning to Oz proper.


Dorothy is a sweet, good-natured and kind hearted 12 year old girl. She shows kindness such as freeing the Scarecrow from his pole, sticking up for the Cowardly Lion after the Wizard bellowed at him and helping the Tin-Man after he fell in the Haunted Forest. Dorothy is also very sensitive such as when Miss Gulch took Toto away from her, being trapped in the Witch of the West's castle and when the "Wizard" betrayed her by leaving in his hot-air balloon without her. Dorothy though can be outspoken. She shows this by confronting Miss Gulch and the Lion respectively as well as the Wizard for bellowing at the Lion.

Physical Appearance

In the 1939 movie adaptation, Dorothy is a very pretty farm girl who has long curly brown hair in pigtails with blue bows, a white blouse with blue pinafore and black Mary Jane shoes, later the ruby slippers. In the 2014 CGI fantasy film, Legends of Oz, Dorothy's Return, Dorothy's appearances is modernized and she wears a blue denim overall dress with brown leather country cowboy boots.


There's no place like home...
~ Hoping to return home (Woody says the same thing).
...someplace where there isn't any trouble? Do you suppose there is such a place,Toto? There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat or a train, it's far, far away, behind the moon, beyond the rain... 🎶...Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby... Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue, And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true... Someday I'll wish upon a star, and wake up where the clouds are far behind me... Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney-tops, That's where you'll find me... Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly... Birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why, can't I? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can't I...?🎶
~ Dorothy singing about a place far away
We must be up inside the cyclone!
~ Dorothy stuck in her house as it was caught by the tornado.
I thought you said she was dead.
~ Dorothy's sights on the Wicked Witch of the West.
My! People come and go so quickly.
~ after Glinda disappeared.
Now which way do we go?! (Scarecrow: Pardon me, that way's a very nice way.) Who said that? (Toto barking) Don't be silly, Toto. Scarecrows don't talk. (Scarecrow: It's pleasant down that way too.) That's funny. Wasn't he pointing the other way?(Scarecrow: Of course, people do go both ways.)
~ Dorothy upon her encounter with the Scarecrow.
How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
~ Dorothy to the Scarecrow.
🎶We're OFF to see the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We hear he is a whiz of a Wiz, if ever a Wiz there was. If ever, oh ever a Wiz there was, The Wizard of Oz is one because, Because, because, because, because, because... Because of the wonderful things he does. We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!🎶
~ Dorothy and Scarecrow singing while going to a journey to the Emerald City
Why it's a man-a man made out of tin! Oh, yes..
~ Dorothy about a Tin Woodman
Lions and Tigers and Bears? OH MY!
~ Dorothy before her encounter with the Cowardly Lion
~ Dorothy purposely slapping the Cowardly Lion from trying to attack Toto.
But you tried to! It’s bad enough picking on a straw man, but when you go around picking on poor little dogs!
~ Dorothy scolding the Cowardly Lion for attacking Toto
My goodness, what a fuss you're making. Naturally, when you go around picking on things weaker than you are. Why you're noting but a great big coward!
~ Dorothy trying not to laugh but discovers what the Cowardly Lion really is
I didn't mean to kill her. Really, I didn't. It's... It's just that he was on fire.
~ Dorothy to one of the guards after somewhat, accidentally throwing water on the Wicked Witch of the West, causing her to melt and die, before she was being congratulated by them.
Well, I think that it wasn't enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, and it's that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with. Is that right?
~ Dorothy To Glinda
But it wasn't a dream. It was a place. And you and you and you...and you were there! But you couldn't have been could you? (Aunt Emily: But we dream lots of silly things When we-) No, Aunt Em, this was a real truly live place and I remember some of it wasn't very nice, but most of it was beautiful--but just the same all I kept saying to everybody was "I want to go home," and they sent me home! [Everybody laughs] Doesn't anybody believe me? (Hunk: Of course, we do.) Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home – home! And this is my room – and you're all here – and I'm not going to leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all! And... oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home!
~ Dorothy(Judy Garland)'s last words in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Oh Billina, we're back in Oz! Now I can show you all of the people and thing's that nobody would believe in!
~ Dorothy upon her return to Oz in Disney's Return to Oz
Billina! This is our old house. The one the tornado blew away. This is how I got to Oz the first time.
~ Dorothy to Billina, showing the house that got swept up by a tornado.
That's where we landed on the Wicked Witch of the East.
~ Dorothy showing Billina about what happened when they arrived at Oz for the first time, during the return
...if this is the land of Oz, then this is the Deadly Desert. It surrounds Oz, last time Toto and I flew over it in the old house. Anything living that touches it, turns to sand...
~ Dorothy
Look, Toto. We can fix this.
~ Dorothy trying to fix everything instead of leaving the town.
🎶When the world turns upside down, nothing is for sure, all the dreams you thought were real, you cant find any more and then there's how the pieces fly, most of all the ones inside. if only I knew how to fix it all I would, if only one heart all alone did any good, but i feel so small... what can I do at all... when the world has turned upside down. when the world turns upside down, there's no way to hold tight just get you're feet again, takes a little time, I'm gonna need a little grit, but I'll find my way in just a little bit. if only I knew how to fix it all I would, if only one heart all alone did any good, but i feel so small... what can I do at all... when the world has turned upside down. nobody knows when the world gonna fly. but i still got to give it a try. if the world turns upside down, I'm just a gust of wind. guess I should get ready now for when it comes again what do I hold where will I go, and will i feel this all along? if only I knew how to fix it all I would, if only one heart hold and long it any good, but i'm just so small... what can I do at all... now that the world has turned upside down. Turned upside down...🎶
~ Dorothy singing her doubts about fixing everything, instead of moving out of Kansas.
How pretty.
~ Dorothy staring at a rainbow.
You guys. Dragging me into a giant rainbow, really? It scared me.
~ Dorothy meeting her three old-school friends who are reinforcing her to save Oz
I can't believe it, Toto! We're really back in Oz!
~ Dorothy upon return at Oz
Come on, Toto. We've got to get to Emerald City. It sounds like the guys are in trouble. If only Glinda were here. She'd know what to do.
~ Dorothy beginning her quest to save her friends from the Jester.
Toto, this doesn't look like the Oz I remember.
~ Dorothy not recognizing the Oz she knows
Whoa, you are a really... fat... fabulous... owl.
~ Dorothy upon her encounter with Wiser.
Under arrest?!
~ Dorothy before realizing she was breaking the law
Yes, I do see. My home is in trouble, too.
~ Dorothy to the China Princess
Oh, no. We could never hurt a talking tree. At least not on purpose.
~ Dorothy to A very old tree, Tugg
~ Dorothy interrupting the Jester's laughter
Oz has its leaders, and they don't need this to rule!
~ Dorothy defeating the Jester
I'd love to stay, but I do think I'm ready to go home.
~ Dorothy to Glinda hoping go back to Kansas after saving Oz.
Sometimes, everything can change in our lives. It's always been that way. Just pick up the pieces, and do it all alone. Learn how to fix things, and make it on your own. One day there'll be laughter, Blue skies ever after. One day it's gonna be fine. In my world, dreams have come and gone. In my life, I know I must be strong. I knew we'd get through this, Look how much we've grown. I knew we could do this, Who says you can't go on? One day there'll be laughter, Blue skies ever after. One day it's gonna be fine. I know, come tomorrow, Someway, beg or borrow, I believe dreams really can come true. Yes they do. Somehow, Everything has changed. Together, We can build it up again. We'll pick up the pieces, It isn't done alone. Waiting to do this, to find our way back home. Oh! When it all comes falling down, Oh! You're gonna turn it all around! Yes I will. Yes I will. One day there'll be laughter, Blue skies ever after. One day it's gonna be fine. I know, come tomorrow, Someway, beg or borrow, I believe dreams really can come true. Yes they do! One day. One day. One day.
~ Dorothy singing during the reconstruction in Kansas.
Oh my. Wasn't the land of Dizz wonderful? Now let's all celebrate together. Up on your feet everybody, and dance, dance, dance! Ha-ha!
~ Minnie Mouse as Dorothy Gale during the Hot Dog Dance
...It wasn't a dream. Um, you were blue, and you were red, and you were yellow. You were all in color, and all so beautiful... It was a lot better.
~ Dorothy meeting the M&M's spokescandies


  • Dorothy appears in an M&M's commercial in 2004 when the M&M's lost their colors as a parody of the ending of The Wizard of Oz.
  • The late Shirley Temple and the late Deanna Durbin were both considered for the role of Dorothy before the late Judy Garland was cast.
  • Unlike the Oz books written by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy Gale ended up as a Damsel in Distress which kind of happened in the 1939 movie.


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Main Characters
Dorothy Gale | Toto | Scarecrow | Tin Woodman | Cowardly Lion | Wizard of Oz | Glinda the Good Witch of the North | The Munchkins | Aunt Em

Return to Oz
Tik-Tok | Billina | Jack Pumpkinhead | The Gump

Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns
Wiser | Marshal Mallow | China Princess | Tugg

Book characters
Hungry Tiger | Patchwork Girl | Princess Ozma | China Girl | Queen of the Field Mice

Oz Kids
Dot Hugson | Andrea