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Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

Updated on September 17, 2014

Elphaba vs Glinda - Which Witch is the Best Witch?

With the production of Wicked, which hit Broadway in 2003 the debate began, "Which Witch was Better?" Elphaba was the witch who became the Wicked Witch of the West and her roommate and friend Glinda who became the Good Witch of the North.—

These roles were originated by Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West along with L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 Movie.

Since these roles were based on the 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz," another debate is "Which Witch is the Best Witch from the Wizard of Oz?" the Good Witch or the Bad Witch.

Of course, perhaps one of the other great debates is "Which is better the Wizard of Oz or the musical prequel Wicked?"

Make sure you vote in the three different debates, the Witches in Wicked, the Witches in Oz and the debate over the versions of Oz, as you learn more about the Good Witch, the Bad Witch and the Wicked Witch.

Image from Wicked.

Which Witch - Good or Bad - is the Best Witch?

Debate about Wicked's Witches

Which Witch is the Best Witch from Wicked?


Good Witch vs. Wicked Witch

Glinda, Good Witch of the North

Glinda, Good Witch of the North

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Im good

    Elphaba, Wicked Witch of the West

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      • LoneMeadowLark 5 years ago

        See, now this is tricky! Neither are bad, per say... Glinda just starts out spoiled and misled. However, since Elphaba remains true to her heart throughout the entire thing, I've gotta award her this one.

      • cdevries 5 years ago

        She's the Good Guy! Glinda is a sugar-coated Bad Guy.

      • Jen 6 years ago from Canada

        I always loved the Wicked Witch of the West. There was always something about Glinda's attitude that bugged me.

      • Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

        wicked witches are always the best,In the movies that is.

      • LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

        Didn't Glinda turn Elphaba mean by bullying her? I'm not sure, I've seen clips of wicked on youtube but that's it.

      Glinda and Elphaba

      Wicked: 5h Anniversary

      Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

      Dorothy Meets Glinda

      A clip from the original Wizard of Oz where Dorothy meets Glinda and is asked the all important question.

      Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? Sign

      Wizard of Oz Good or Bad Witch Tin Sign 12 x 16in
      Wizard of Oz Good or Bad Witch Tin Sign 12 x 16in

      A fun memorabilia vintage tin sign from the Wizard of Oz, where Glinda asks, "Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?"

      Measures 13" W x 16" H

       

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      Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

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      Wicked vs. Wizard of Oz

      Debate about Wicked or Wizard of Oz

      Which Oz interpretation do you like better?

      Wicked, the Musical

      Wicked, the Musical

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        Wizard of Oz, the Movie

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          • cdevries 5 years ago

            But don't forget the OTHER musical version The Wiz. I just saw it at the Dallas Theater Center and it was very good.

          • Jen 6 years ago from Canada

            I'll go with the 1939 classic because I haven't seen Wicked yet, but the musical's story line sounds deliciously wicked.

          • happynutritionist 6 years ago

            The original is always best IMHO

          • nightbear lm 6 years ago

            I'm all about the original. I can't even count the number of times I've seen it.

          • LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

            I say Wizard of Oz because it's a classic. But I love the 2 singers in Wicked and I like the storyline. I just have to stay loyal to the movie I've seen over and over, first as a kid and then with my kids as an adult.

          Watch the Wizard of Oz Again

          The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Pop-up

          The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up
          The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up

          Read the cute pop-up version of the Wizard of Oz.

           

          The Annotated Wizard of Oz

          The Annotated Wizard of Oz  (Centennial Edition)
          The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition)

          The perfcect collectors gift - an annotated Wizard of Oz book.

           

          Elphaba - The Wicked Witch of the West

          Image from Wicked
          Image from Wicked

          Elphaba Thropp - Wicked Witch of the West

          Elphaba Thropp is the character that ultimately becomes the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked the Musical. The role was originated by Idina Menzel, who won the Tony Award for Best Actress for the role.

          The character was created by author Gregory Maguire in his 1995 book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West that was used in the Broadway and West End adaptations of Wicked the Musical. Maguire based his Elphaba on the Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 Wizard of Oz, who was green-skinned, wore black and a tall peaked witch hat.

          In Wicked Elphaba is Glinda's roommate and eventual best friend at Shiz University. While at the university Elphaga studies life sciences and sorcery, eventually becoming a powerful witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, who eventually has a run-in with Dorothy Gale.

          Image of Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked

          Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity

          Defying Gravity by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth from the Tony Awards.

          Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch

          Enesco Our Name Is Mud by Lorrie Veasey Wicked Monkey Mug, 4-1/2-Inch
          Enesco Our Name Is Mud by Lorrie Veasey Wicked Monkey Mug, 4-1/2-Inch

          Back reads "Don't make me call the flying monkeys."

           

          Glinda - The Good Witch of the North

          Robert Tonner's Glinda

          Robert Tonner Glinda Good Witch of the North
          Robert Tonner Glinda Good Witch of the North

          A beautiful collector's Glinda from Robert Tonner.

           

          Glinda Upland - The Good Witch

          Glinda Upland, initially Galinda, is the character who ultimately becomes Glinda, the Good Witch in Wicked the Musica. The role was originated by Kristin Chenoweth, who lost out on the Tony Award for Best Actress to Idina Menzel for her role as Elphaba.

          The character was created by author Gregory Maguire in his 1995 book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West that was used in the Broadway and West End adaptations of Wicked the Musical. Maguire based his Glinda, originally Galinda, on Glinda the Good Witch of the South from L. Frank Baum's the Land of Oz, Glinda of Oz and the 1939 Wizard of Oz.

          Glinda, the Good Witch made her appearance in the Wizard of Oz movie by arriving a large soap bubble and wore large billowing dresses.

          In Wicked Glinda is Elphaba's reluctant roommate at Shiz University. They eventually become good friends. Galinda is very bubbly, popular and ambitious. She eventually becomes Glinda, the Good Witch who helps protect the inhabitants of Oz and travels by bubble.

          Image of Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda in Wicked.

          Kristin Chenoweth - Popular

          Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel doing Popular on NBC's Today.

          More Glinda the Good Witch Products

          First Day At Shiz Glinda
          First Day At Shiz Glinda

          Glinda dressed for her first day at Shiz.

           

          Wicked Witch of the West Print

          Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Poster
          Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Poster | Source

          The Wizard of Oz Movie

          Dorothy Meets the Two Witches

          Dorothy and Glinda meet the Wicked Witch of the West

          Debate about the Two Wizard of Oz Witches

          Which Witch is the Best Witch from the Wizard of Oz?


          Bad Witch vs. Good Witch

          The Wicked Witch of the West

          The Wicked Witch of the West

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            • Jen 6 years ago from Canada

              Wicked Witch of the West was more fiery and engaging.

            • LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

              True, the Wicked Witch scared me when I was little, but as I got older, Glinda got on my nerves. Nobody's that nice.

            • Kristin 6 years ago from Long Beach, CA

              Anyone with flying monkeys gets my vote. Gotta love her laugh!

            Glinda, the Good Witch

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              • cdevries 5 years ago

                Glinda! Yay Glinda! (The other one terrified me as a kid.)

              • nightbear lm 6 years ago

                Glinda, of course!!

              The Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz

              Wicked Witch Dolls from the Wizard of Oz

              What do you think about the two Witches?

              Which one would you rather be?

              Comments on Good vs. Bad Witch Lens

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                  jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

                  Great Lens!

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                  LoneMeadowLark 5 years ago

                  I love both, but two of my favorite actresses of all time are in Wicked. So I tend to lean that way. Thank you for such an awesome lens!

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                  grannysage 5 years ago

                  I have to be contrary and say I don't like either Wicked the Musical or the Wizard of Oz movie. I prefer the books. I haven't actually seen Wicked but listened to the soundtrack and didn't like it. But I loved the book a lot. I think we all have a little of good and bad witch in us, which most of us don't want to face. BTW, thanks for featuring my Wicked Witch lens here.

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                  cdevries 5 years ago

                  A nice Lens! With lots of info. Squid Angel blessed!

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                  Jen 6 years ago from Canada

                  I love a character that struggles and shows passion. Sign me up to be a bad witch.

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                  nightbear lm 6 years ago

                  wonderful, really enjoyed it. Blessed!!

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                  LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

                  I enjoyed commenting on this debate. I just love the movie but I really want to take my daughter to see Wicked. Great debate!!

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                  KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

                  I haven't seen "Wicked" yet, so I can't comment on that. Friends of mine said great things about the play when it came to Los Angeles. Glinda is so glamorous and sweet. I loved Billie Burke in the "Topper" movies too.

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                  AngryBaker 6 years ago

                  Great Job! I am one of those people who didn't like the Wizard of Oz... but Loved Wicked... Guess that makes me a bad witch...