Take a trip through the magical Land of Oz with these “Wizard of Oz" Characters. For over 70 years “The Wizard of Oz” has been one of the most beloved films of American cinema. The reason this movie has continued to capture the imagination of the public is the “Wizard of Oz” characters. From the headstrong Dorothy Gale to the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, the “Wizard of Oz” characters have touched young and old alike with their sweetness, strength and heart.

Dorothy Gale

She had an impressive career as a child star along side Micky Rooney, but it’s the role of Dorothy Gale that solidified the image of a young Judy Garland in the consciousness of America for over 70 years as the strong willed young woman who isn’t quite satisfied with her life on a small Kansas farm. Her frustration with her life and her driving desire to get back to it after being swept away to the Land of Oz is the driving narrative behind the “Wizard of Oz.”

The Scarecrow

Dorthy’s character ma drive the story of the “Wizard of Oz,” but it is the Scarecrow that has become one of the most beloved “Wizard of Oz” characters. The Scarecrow is among the first people meets on her way to see the Wizard. Made completely of straw and lacking a brain, the Scarecrow wants to join Dorothy on a trip to the wizard on in the hopes of getting the wizard to give him a brain. While the inside of his head may be made of straw, the Scarecrow turns out to be the smartest person in Dorothy’s group and it’s his quick thinking that helps Dorthy avoid the traps set by the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Cowardly Lion

Of all of the “Wizard of Oz” characters, the Cowardly Lion is by far the sweetest. When they first meet the Cowardly Lion, he tries to scare Dorothy and the Scarecrow off, but when attacked by Dorothy’s dog, Toto, he turns into a quivering mass of jelly. When his true nature is reveled, Dorothy and the Scarecrow invite the Cowardly Lion to join them to see the Wizard in hope he will grant their favorite furry some courage.

The Tin Man

One thing that all of the “Wizard of Oz” characters have in common is that they are all looking for something they already have. In the case of the Tin Man, it’s a heart. Since he’s made of metal, it’s impossible to give him a real live ticker, but throughout the movie, the Tin Man’s compassion and empathy prove that he has just as much heart as people who were born with one, culminating in his being given an mechanical ticker of his very own.

The Wicked Witch of the West

She is the “Wizard of Oz" character that Dorothy and her crew have to defeat if they are ever going to get to see the wizard and get the trip home that Dorothy craves and a heart, brains and courage for the rest of her crew. Dorothy first draws the ire of the Wicked Witch of the West when her house lands on her sister. To add insult to injury, Dorothy steals the dead woman’s magic ruby slippers. Sure she’s creepy and evil, but this "Wizard of Oz" character has a good reason to want Dorothy dead.