Shaggy Man (Oz)
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The Shaggy Man is an old man who chose the life of a tramp because he was interested in only love. Little is known of his origins, although he has provided a general description of his family life, which seems to be the way he prefers to keep it. He has never revealed his real name.
With him, he kept the Love Magnet for protection from those who might otherwise not love him. King Kik-A-Bray of Dunkiton liked him so much that he "honored" the Shaggy Man with the head of a Donkey. When he bathed in the Truth Pond to restore his true form, he was also forced to admit that he stole the Love Magnet from a girl who was unhappy because she had too many suitors.
When he reached the Emerald City, Oxma had the love magnet nailed above the gate of the Emerald City to send love upon anyone who entered. In his eponymous adventure, the Magnet split in two where it was nailed and it needed to be taken to its inventor, Conjo the Conjurer, to be restored.
The Shaggy Man is able to operate a wireless telegraph, which allowed him to communicate the news of what happened in Oz with L. Frank Baum, who wrote down the stories for people in the Great Outside World to read about. The Shaggy Man has demonstrated some knowledge of Latin.
He rescued Ojo and his friends from man-eating plants with a trusty pocket knife, then helped dethrone King Ruggedo of the Nomes when he learned that his brother was trapped in the king's dominions and put under a spell to make him ugly.
The Shaggy Man's clothes in the Emerald City are full of ruffles to remind him of the rags he feels comfortable wearing. He remained in Oz without any hesitation upon arriving, because he wanted nothing more to live in a society that does not use money.
The Road to Oz (1909)
The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
The Lost Princess in Oz (1917)
The Magic of Oz (1919)
Glinda of Oz (1920)
Kabumpo in Oz (1922)
Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942)
The Magical Mimics in Oz (1946)
The Shaggy Man of Oz (1948)
For L. Frank Baum, the Shaggy Man was an important character from the moment of his introduction, but he was barely used by Thompson or Neill, and not at all by Cosgrove or the McGraws.
First Appearance: None listed.
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#19 The Ice King of Oz (1987)
- 'From Bad to Worse!'
The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles (2005)
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