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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 quote, upon her arrival in Oz
Toto I have a feeling were not in Kansas anymore - Wizard of 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 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 wa 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 Os: Dorothy's Return she was voiced by 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 10th, 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.

Physical Appearance

Dorothy has brown hair in pigtails with blue bows, a white blouse with blue pinafore and black shoes, later the ruby slippers.



There's no place like home...
I'm alright. Tom. Jerry. Thanks ever so much!

Tom & Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011)

Auntie Em, Do you know what Miss Gulch said she was gonna do to Toto?

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011)

...a place 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...

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

🎶...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...?🎶

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Tom & Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011)

🎶We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!🎶

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Lego Dimensions (2015), Tom & Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011)

...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? 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! Doesn't anybody believe me?

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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!

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

That's where we landed on the Wicked Witch of the East.

Return to Oz (1985)

🎶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 had turn upside down. Turned upside down...🎶

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

You guys. Dragging me into a giant rainbow, really? It scared me.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

I can't believe it, Toto. We're really back in Oz!

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

Toto, this doesn't look like the Oz I remember.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

Oz has its leaders, and they don't need this to rule!

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

I'd love to stay, but I do think I'm ready to go home.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014)

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's The Wizard Of Dizz! (2013)

...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.

M&M's Commercial (2004)


  • 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.


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Main Characters
Dorothy Gale | Toto (Oz) | Scarecrow (Oz) | Tin Woodman (Oz) | Cowardly Lion (Oz) | 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 | Queen of the Field Mice |

Oz Kids
Dot Hugson | Andrea (The Oz Kids)

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