It's not clear what exactly Glinda's relationship to the Munchkins is, but they certainly look to her for a kind of emotional leadership. They hide away until she gives the okay on Dorothy, and then they emerge to the encouraging sound of her voice. The movie's biggest musical sequence gets started then, and Glinda watches with increasing pleasure as the Munchkins express their joy. Their happiness becomes her happiness. Glinda states that "only bad witches are ugly," showing confidence that a good person's inner being will reflect in the way they present themselves to the outside world (it also sounds a bit insulting when you remember that she had to ask Dorothy if she was a good witch or a bad witch). When Glinda appears at the end of the movie, she pulls the focus of everyone in the Emerald City. Even Scarecrow, who's never met her before, is certain that she's someone who can help. Her presence sets a peaceful, comforting mood wherever she shows up. Dorothy, who's working from a damaged Fe-dom that's stinging from not getting acceptance and understanding from her family, probably learns a lot about being confident in her feelings from Glinda. Finding the good and the evil of our personalities in our favorite stories. Brian Henson, son of the famous Jim, got his first big puppeteering gig as Jack Pumpkinhead. Not to be confused with another lanky Halloween-inspired Jack, he's that strange combination of a sweet nature mixed with what could be seen as a scary face, staying true to the charming weirdness that is this version of Oz. And though he's a young creature, discovered much like the Scarecrow having not had much life experience yet, Jack proves to be a pretty healthy, developed personality. Like her Kansas counterpart, this one's pretty messed up, so it's a bit of a tough call. I think it's pretty clear that Princess Mombi is driven by an out-of-whack Extraverted Sensing (Se)—her garish surroundings, ridiculous clothes, and oh yeah, the fact that she keeps a few dozen heads around to wear as her mood warrants. Those different heads may also change her personality a bit depending on which one she's wearing, or so the film hints. As if she weren't difficult enough to pin down. When we first meet her, Mombi seems to enjoy living peacefully alone in her stolen luxury, which makes me think she's led by Introverted Feeling (Fi), with Se in the auxiliary. She's not very forward thinking—again, content to live alone and nap on her sofa—nor is she very clever at all, so her Introverted Intuition seems completely undeveloped. When Dorothy disturbs her peace, she loses it, leaning on her inferior function, Extraverted Thinking, to yell and scream orders at others. With all that, I think we have a pretty case for an unbalanced ISFP. In fact, Mombi reminds me of another classic ISFP villain with vanity issues— the Evil Queen from Snow White. As I wind down this Oz series, I'm taking a moment to look at a few characters who don't quite get enough screen time to make a whole profile. I looked at the Villains last time, and in this post, I visit with the Heroes. I'll finish up with another look at the girl herself, Dorothy Gale, this time played by Fairuza Balk in Return to Oz. In stage versions of The Wizard of Oz, it's traditional for the actress who plays Auntie Em to also play Glinda, just like the farmhands and Miss Gulch show up as their imaginary counterparts in Oz. Auntie Em and Glinda, though, contrast much more than the other real-world/dream-world pairs. Both act as strong female mentors to Dorothy, but while Auntie Em leads with her stern, no-nonsense Te-dom (Extraverted Thinking), Glinda gives Dorothy the emotional affirmation she needs as a fellow Fe-dom (Extraverted Feeling). It seems like a bit of subconscious wish-fulfillment on Dorothy's part to have a nicer, sweeter mother figure to guide her. Jack doesn't have much of a past to draw from—he's only been alive a few years at most, and he's spent those years locked away alone in a castle tower—but he's completely devoted to his Mom, the girl who constructed him. His greatest wish is to find her, and when he first meets Dorothy, he perks up with hope that she's the one. His Mom's identity and fate turns out to be one of the story's key mysteries. Jack also has a highly detailed memory, on display when he recounts the story of how he came to life. He recalls that when Princess Mombi trapped him in the tower, she was wearing Head #22, and must not have worn it since, because she's forgotten about him. His knowledge of the Powder of Life comes in handy when Dorothy needs to figure out a way to escape, and he remembers all about the Ruby Key and what Dorothy will need to do to get at it. He's also sensibly concerned with making sure that his Every day in November (Monday-Thursday) you'll find a profile of a different character from either 1939's The Wizard of Oz or 1985's Return to Oz. It'll start with Dorothy Gale as portrayed by Judy Garland, and will bookend with Fairuza Balk's version of the girl from Kansas (hint: they're the same, but Fairuza's a little creepier for some reason). At the end of the month they'll all appear together in one big Cast of Characters chart. The beautiful thing about Oz characters is that they're all very strongly observed archetypes. Scarecrow and Tin Man represented the brain and the heart ages before characters like Spock and McCoy or Hermione and Ron came along. Archetypes can also turn into stereotypes though, and that's part of the trouble of matching fictional characters to MBTI personality styles—they're generalized and idealized, and not as thorough and specific and messy as a real person. Oz, though, is a dream world—at least in the 1939 Judy Garland film version (it's debatable in the 1985 sequel). The whole land certainly operates with dream logic, and the make-it-up-as-you-go rules of classic fairy tale telling.* Glinda doesn't explain to Dorothy how the shoes work until the end of her adventure, because Dorothy's unconscious first had to put the pieces of herself back together before she allowed herself to wake up. So it's totally okay that the characters are broadly drawn. They're the individual pieces of Dorothy's personality slowly coming together or melting away. That gives us a little leeway in typing those characters with Myers-Briggs. They show us a simple ideal to guide us down our own roads, not necessarily a black-and-white instruction manual for life. See, that's what the app is perfect for. I could have written a whole post on the Nome King, but I already covered this personality type in the much more likeable Scarecrow. Nevertheless, we definitely see the powerful pairing of Extraverted Thinking in the dominant position, supported by Introverted Intuition in the auxiliary. Nome King clearly tells Dorothy that what he thinks is the only thing that matters in this situation (Te), and he reveals to Mombi that he's only playing the game with Dorothy and her friends—rather than transforming them right away—because it's more fun this way, showing a cunning Ni at work. He's also obsessed with keeping all his jewels to himself (Extraverted Sensing/Se), and when his game goes against him, he lashes out with uncontrolled rage from his weak inferior function (Introverted Feeling/Fi). I have to say, as much fun as they are to watch or dress up as, villains can be unpleasant to write about. They're unhealthy individuals, and profiling them gets to me a little (hi, I'm an Fi-dom ). So we'll close out our time in Oz with a group post about some of our heroes. She only appears for a minute or two in Return to Oz, so we don't have much to work with for Ozma on screen. Of course, she's a major character in the books—rightful ruler of Oz and best friend to Dorothy. Since I don't want to draw too much from material outside of the movie, though, I'll just offer a quick, speculative take on Ozma's personality type. The Queen of Oz is kind, fair, and compassionate to all her subjects, who love her unquestioningly, so I see Extraverted Feeling (Fe) right away there. She also seems a bit reserved—not detached, just quiet and dignified—so I'd put that Fe in the auxiliary position and pick an Introverted function as her dominant. I'm going for Introverted Intuition (Ni). She's knowledgeable and creative with her magic, has good hunches about people, and sees potential in everyone whether they're human, animal, or wooden creature brought to life. There's a scene in one of the books (can't recall which one), where she correctly guesses Dorothy's thoughts and addresses them. Dorothy sees the ease at which Ozma creates a tent and a meal for them on their journey and thinks that the world would be a better place if everyone could do that. Ozma instead points out the negative consequences if everybody could wield such power thoughtlessly, not the least of which would be that they would not be able to solve their own problems. That sounds like Ni foresight, and also Introverted Thinking (Ti) logic at work. In the movie we see a touch of this in Ozma's compassionate treatment of Mombi. Although the witch had imprisoned her, Ozma pardons her at the end of the story, since her magic has been taken away from her and she is now "a miserable creature indeed." Her Fe seems to step in to support that decision as well, considering Mombi's feelings even though Ozma herself was wronged by her. Her inferior Extraverted Sensing seems to manifest in the magnificence of her palace and kingdom. Ozma appreciates these things without being overwhelmed by or obsessed with them. She dresses fancy, but only. This woman is possibly more of a caricature than her Oz counterpart. She stands stern and stiff in all-black with blade-like shoulder pads—seriously, what kind of a nurse's outfit is that? She keeps precise order at the mental hospital, coolly assuring Dorothy that everything they're doing is for her own good, and dismissing the girl's concerns—like, why are people screaming in the other rooms? Whereas a happy ISTJ like Billina simply prefers the familiar safety of home, Nurse Wilson leads with a delusional Introverted Sensing (Si) that craves strict control and predictability over her environment, to the detriment of others' well-being. My twin sister and I were not allowed to see Return to Oz when it debuted in 1985. Reports were it was way too scary for TEENs. Not that the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys didn't inspire a few nightmares in their day, but Return to Oz tapped into some of the darker reserves of L. Frank Baum's imagination. Jim Henson and his crew were really a perfect match for this style of Oz. When we'd last paid a visit in the 1939 MGM version, Oz was more glitzy and glamorous. Now we saw headless witches, screaming Wheelers, grasping gnomes, a creepy mental asylum, a deadly desert, and a bad guy death scene that makes the Wicked Witch of the West's passing look like a gentle, compassionate affair. Needless to say, when I finally saw it, I was hooked, and I became one of those 80s TEENs that makes up the cult following of Return to Oz. In the middle of all this fantastical scariness, however, stands one bright and brave figure. Calm, collected, and always thinking—at least when he's wound up—Tik-Tok marches into the scene to save the day, joining Dorothy as her first new companion in this round of her journey. According to his Wikipedia entry, Tik-Tok is "widely considered to be one of the first robots to appear in modern literature, though that term was coined after Baum's death." So not only is Tik-Tok a great robot character, he's also one of those rare INTJ heroes in fiction. And his wind-up mechanisms make great metaphors for the cognitive functions of the Mastermind. Let's take a look and see what makes him tick. Oz has been part of my life since my parents sat my twin sister and me in front of the TV one evening when we were five? Six? Younger? to watch a movie about a girl who got caught up in a storm. Most TEENs I knew growing up were terrified of the Witch, but I remember curling up tensely waiting for that storm to strike. Was it scary? Would she be okay? Would I be okay watching it? And of course I was. No storm was bad enough to blot out the color and wonder of the adventures one found over the rainbow. So to say I've enjoyed this month of digging into some of the most iconic characters in our culture—and my memory—doesn't do it justice. Some of these characters appear so briefly, it's a wonder we remember them so well at all. But actors like Margaret Hamilton will not be ignored even if their characters exist for only 12 minutes or so of screen time. It feels like we know them inside and out, and yet—what if Miss Gulch was only having a bad day? This is what makes it tricky to type fictional characters—they can come on very powerfully during their appearance, but we might be getting a narrow perspective on them. Nevertheless, here are my best guesses for some of the fabulous baddies we meet along Dorothy's journeys. We spend only a scene or two with him, but Doctor Worley seems to represent the Mad Inventor archetype pretty well. His dominant Extraverted Intuition (Ne) has him fascinated with the technological possibilities of the future—and inspires his discovery of a "face" on the front of his machine—while his Extraverted Feeling (Fe) in the tertiary position gives him the power of emotional manipulation over Auntie Em and Dorothy, assuring them that he knows what he's doing. His Introverted Thinking (Ti) in the auxiliary position no doubt eggs on his obsessive experimenting with people's brains, leading him to run back into the hospital to save his equipment when the place catches on fire, leading to his demise. Let's click our heels together and get started. *(Actually, the books do too, because L. Frank Baum had a wacky, somewhat dark, and tireless imagination paired with the attention to continuity of a goldfish.). How about one of these? (You can always change it later.). . It contains a magic link that'll log you in.