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Movie fans know that the popular image of the Wicked Witch of the West is so iconic, it's copyrighted by Warner Bros (that is, the very specific character portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 movie by MGM). However, the very different Wicked Witch from Baum's Oz books, designed by William Wallace Denslow, is in the public domain. So here is the story's first antagonist as the books original intended, with only a tiny bit of artistic licenses added by myself. This witch still rules the West and still melts when water is poured onto her, but she rules over the town of the Winkies, where their country's color is yellow, not black. She isn't charismatic or gleefully evil, but very stubborn, nervous, and paranoid, but can still attack effortlessly when confronted. She lost one eye due to unexplained circumstances. Her remaining eye is actually magical- it can see clearly many, many miles away.

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Writer-CW2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018
Huh... Well, this is definitely different than I (or anyone more familiar with the film for that matter) expected. She definitely doesn't give off the intimidating vibe that her movie counterpart has, but based on your description, it'd still be unwise to underestimate her; since she can still throw down when push comes to shove. I actually kinda feel sorry for her though; the expression you gave her helps a lot in that regard. The same cannot be said for the movie incarnation, who certainly got what she deserved.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Yeah she would be a much different and interesting villain. imagine how she'd be in an animated movie.
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Writer-CW2 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2018
Or any movie adaptation more faithful to the source material for that matter. Is it even fair to call this version wicked really? The way you depict her makes me think of a sad, lonely old lady who's a bit too stubborn for her own good (though feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). The thought of killing her doesn't have anywhere near the same appeal to it as the 1930s movie adaptation does. In fact, it feels... wrong. The total opposite to the 30s incarnation by far, where it's nothing less than satisfying to see her demise.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
There is a possibility that everyone just misunderstands her. She may just want peace and order so she can just relax alone.
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Writer-CW2 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2018
Yeah, she just doesn't strike me as a villain in this application. I'm sure there's much more fitting antagonists out there in the setting, like the Nome king; but something tells me he's nowhere near as monstrous (both figuratively and literally) as his Disney adaptation makes him out to be. I've actually seen the Wizard of Oz's anime adaptation now that I think about it, where while the Witch is still about as evil as her movie counterpart, the Nome King and his subjects are, well, Nomes; as opposed to what are essentially a bunch of rock demons.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
There is more to her than it appears. The source I researched says that despite all that, she is capable of defending herself.
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Writer-CW2 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Trust me, I picked up on that in your main description above. I'm just saying that she doesn't strike me as truly villainous; and that there's likely other Oz antagonists more deserving of the term wicked than her. But again, seeing as I'm more familiar with the movie(s) and anime, I can't really make that call; I can only speculate.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Baum made complex villains as well as simpler ones. The stories often tried to find a way for the villain to not totally be killed. In fact, dying is impossible in Oz, at least according to Baum.
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La-Reine-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Professional Writer
Lovely! As an Oz fan myself, I love seeing non-mainstream depictions of the characters.
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andrewk Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Thanks!
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A-Gray-Phantom Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
Added to Favourites+fav 
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Catgirldstr11 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018
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andrewk Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
Thanks!
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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
I bet she just has a bad cataract.
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
nice
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Ud-the-Imp Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
She looks as if she saw the Winkies managing to trick the Hulk into coming straight for her.  XD
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work!!

Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
Congrats on DD By Marphilhearts by LindArtz
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Alaxr274 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the book more than the movie
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