Ozma Tippetarius is the royal princess and rightful ruler of the land of Oz. She was first introduced in L. Frank Baum's second Oz book titled The Marvelous Land of Oz published in 1904. In both Baum's original Oz books and in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire, Ozma was also once known simply as "Tip", due to being enchanted into a boy in order to prevent Oz's long-lost heir to the imperial throne from being discovered.

In the Novels


In Maguire's version of the Oz universe, the lore surrounding the Ozma monarchy is discussed sporadically. A series of Ozmas previously ruled Oz for centuries and each defined with a title before the Wizard invaded the land and overthrew the monarchy in a coup d'état and ruled Oz under a strict regime.

The Wizard placed Ozma in the care of La Mombey, an old witch who transformed the princess into a boy named Tip, as well as slowed her aging.

The reign of Ozma is a Lurlinist tradition in believing that each Ozma is the fairy queen Lurline reincarnated. In being born from coming of age, Oz is ruled by the Ozma Regent which is usually the previous Ozma's husband.

Legends over Ozma Tippetarius' whereabouts included being hidden and frozen in ice in a cave, but obviously in later books, its revealed that she was magically turned into a male. Elphaba Thropp makes several remarks about Ozma in not believing in a "child savior".

Son of a Witch

Ozma Tippetarius in the form of Tip first encounters Liir while traveling with an unnamed woman (La Mombey) who jokingly offers him in exchange for Elphaba's broom, but Liir declines.

Out of Oz

Tip meets Rain at St. Prouds in the abandoned boys dormitory where Rain is sent. Rain falls in love with Tip, but he is apprehended along with Liir by Momey who is the new leader of the Munckinland Revolt. A plot device similar to The Marvelous Land of Oz occurs and Tip is turned back into Ozma and she is reinstated as the rightful ruler of Oz.

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