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Boq is the name of the Munchkinlander man who was Elphaba and Glinda's friend during their time at Shiz University in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Boq narrates a whole section in the Gilikin volume of the novel.
During his time at Shiz University, Boq befriends Elphaba, as they were childhood playmates in Rush Margins, Munchkinland, and assists her in doing research for Doctor Dillamond. Boq is also friends with Crope, Tibbett, and Avaric, although he appears to be jealous of Avaric, due to his good looks, charm, and money. His infatuation with Galinda, which never comes to more than a brief kiss, gradually lifts and they become friends, as Boq states he was in love with Galinda, not Glinda.
After Ama Clutch dies, he attends the funeral, along with Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero, Crope, and Tibbet. After the funeral he heads to the Philosophy Club with the others. (excluding Glinda and Elphaba).
Boq eventually marries Milla, a fellow classmate and childhood sweetheart. The two wed and return to Munchkindland to live on a farm. It is often stated how Milla attempts suicide, as she is now of a lower social standing. Elphaba encounters Boq not long after Nessarose's funeral, as she inquires after Dorothy Gale, and again after her assault on Madame Morrible.
In the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
In L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Boq has a very small role which was cut from the later film. When Dorothy leaves Munchkinland Dorothy stays at his house where she has big feast and spends the night.
This is mentioned briefly in the book Wicked when Elphaba tracks Dorothy to Boq's house.