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The Tin Woodman (also known as The Tin Man or The Tin Woodsman (the latter appearing only in adaptations)) is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. Baum’s Tin Woodman first appeared in his classic 1900 book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and reappeared in many other Oz books. In late 19th century America, men made out of various tin pieces were used in advertising and political cartoons. Baum, who was editing a magazine on decorating shop windows when he wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was reportedly inspired to invent the Tin Woodman by a figure he had built out of metal parts for a shop display.

The Tin Woodman in modern fiction
In the 1990 novel The Tin Man, by Dale Brown, the eponymous protagonist is a power-armored vigilante whom the media and police have dubbed The Tin Man for his physical resemblance to the Wizard of Oz character.

The Tin Woodman is a minor character in author Gregory Maguire’s 1995 revisionist novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, its 2003 Broadway musical adaptation and Maguire’s 2005 sequel Son of a Witch. In the book Nessarose, the Wicked Witch of the East, is seen enchanting the axe to swing around and chop off Nick Chopper’s limbs. She does this for a peasant woman who wishes to stop her servant, probably Nimee Amee, from marrying Nick Chopper. This seems to be close to the Tin Man’s origin in the original books, but from the Witch’s perspective.

In the musical adaptation of Wicked the Tin Woodsman is revealed to be Boq, a Munchkin whom the Wicked Witch of the East, Nessarose, fell in love with when they were at school together. When she discovered his heart belonged to Glinda, she botched a spell that was meant to make him fall in love with her, but instead shrunk his heart to nothing. To save his life Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West was forced to turn him into tin. Not understanding her reasons, he pursues Elphaba with a single-minded vengeance for his current form. The Tin Woodman’s humble origin in the novel conflicts with him having been the aristocratic Boq.

In Oz Squad Nick was shown in a sexual relationship with “Rebecca Eastwitch” in order to get closer to Nimmie Amee and attempt to elope with her.

In Forever in Oz by Melody Grandy, Chopfyt, with the head of Fyter and the reproductive system of Chopper, abuses his daughter, whom he considers not his. As punishment, Ozma has Chopfyt dismantled.He is a great character.

In the Scifi miniseries, Tin Man, the “Tin Man” is a term dubbed for those who protect the city as law enforcement. The story’s protagonist, Cain, is a Tin Man whose past left him harden and distant from others.

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