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Fiyero Tigelaar
Biographical information
Also Known As

Yero my hero (referred to by Elphaba)



Hair color



The Vinkus


The Emerald City (in the book)


Marillot Tigellar (father)
Baxiana of Upper Fanarra (mother)
Sarima (Wife in the book)
Irji (Son in the book)
Manek (Son in the book)
Nor (Daughter in the book)
Liir (Son in the Book)
Rain (granddaughter in the book)


Glinda (His ex; in the musical)
Sarima (Wife; in the book)


Crowned Prince of the Arjiki Clan (book)
The Scarecrow (musical)


Captain of the Guard (musical)


Wicked Witch of the West,
Arjiki Clan

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995)

Last appearance

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995)


Killed by Wizard's "Gale Forces" (Book)
Turned into Scarecrow (Musical)


(originally) Norbert Leo Butz

Or is it just that the world unwraps itself to you, again and again, as soon as you are ready to see it anew?

—Fiyero to Elphaba, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Fiyero Tigelaar, (or Fiyero Tiggular in the musical), is the name of the man that was Elphaba's love interest in the novel. He is an Arjiki prince from the Vinkus (or Winkie Country), who attends Shiz University. His family reside at Kiamo Ko castle as well, which Elphaba later goes to live her final days. Between the two works, the character is portrayed somewhat differently. Gregory Maguire says that he based Fiyero's name on the word "furious" but he is stated to have a different type of fury in the musical.

In the musical, Fiyero is the man that would became "The Scarecrow", "The Strawman" or "Stuffed Man".

Life as Fiyero Edit

Show fiyero

Derrick Williams as Fiyero

In the NovelEdit

Fiyero is the only son and heir of Marilott Tigelaar, Prince of the Arjikis, and Baxiana of Upper Fanarra. At the age of seven, he was married to a tribeswoman named Sarima, though he would not take up full marital duties until he was 20. Like all Arjikis, he is dark-skinned and tattooed with blue diamonds. At the age of 18, he enrolls at Ozma Towers in Shiz. When he first arrived in Shiz, Fiyero was chased by enchanted antlers in Professor Nikidik's class and was spared when Crope and Tibbett came to his rescue. Boq, who narrates the section, says that Fiyero was the only Vinkus student he had ever seen before, but Boq did note that Fiyero's eyes were intelligent. Fiyero was then added as a member of the charmed circle, a group of friends including Elphaba, Glinda, Boq, Nessarose, Avaric, and Crope and Tibett.

Between graduating college and meeting Elphaba again, he has become Prince of Arjikis and has three children: Irji , Manek and Nor. On a trip to the Emerald City he sees Elphaba and the two catch up and begin having an affair. He meets an early demise  when he is brutally murdered by The Wizard's Gale Force secret police, presumably because he is affiliated with Elphaba, who was working as a member of the resistance. Fiyero's death affects Elphaba deeply, leaving her stricken with grief leading her to slip into a coma. Fiyero also leaves her pregnant with a son, Liir, though Elphaba would never know this for certain since she was in the coma while in childbirth with the child. She is left haunted by a sense of guilt and failure that eventually drives her to seek out Fiyero's widow and children in the isolated Vinkus castle, Kiamo Ko. Before her accidental death by Dorothy she, going insane from insomnia and paranoia, begins to think that Fiyero might not have died, but rather was alive in disguise as the Scarecrow.


Susen Hilferty's sketch of Fiyero's Dancing Though Life costume.

Getting excited thinking that he was headed her way, she eagerly sent out many of her "workers" to pull off the face of the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz to reveal Fiyero. But when they do he is revealed to be made of nothing but straw. Fiyero's lineage survives in Liir, and Liir's daughter, Rain.

In the MusicalEdit

Fiyero arrives at Shiz in the middle of the year. He immediately impresses his own brand of cavalier, carefree living on the students, organizing a party at The Ozdust Ballroom.

One day, Ozian officials take Doctor Dillamond away. The new history teacher arrives with a frightened lion cub in a cage, revealing that Animals that are kept in cages will never learn to speak. Outraged, Elphaba accidentally casts a spell that causes everyone (except for Fiyero) to go into involuntary gyrations. Together, Elphaba and Fiyero steal the Cub and set it free in the woods. Even though the two argue about Elphaba's habit of talking a lot, there is a hint of romance between the two. Eventually, Fiyero leaves, embarrassed. It begins raining, and Elphaba takes refuge under a bridge and regrets that it would be impossible for someone like Fiyero to love someone like her. Madame Morrible finds Elphaba and announces that she has been granted an opportunity to meet the Wizard. At the train station, Galinda and Fiyero see Elphaba off to the Emerald City. Galinda complains to Elphaba that Fiyero's affections toward her seem to be waning. In an attempt to impress him, Galinda announces that she will change her name to "Glinda" in honor of Doctor Dillamond's persistent mispronunciation. Fiyero does not appear to notice and, feeling bad for Glinda, Elphaba invites her along to see the Wizard.


Oliver Tompsett in the London Production

After some time, Glinda and Madame Morrible hold a press conference to announce Glinda's surprise engagement to Fiyero. After listening to the Ozians rumors that water will melt Elphaba, Fiyero storms off but reluctantly agrees to marry Glinda saying, "If it makes you happy."

Elphaba returns to the Wizard's palace to free the rest of the winged monkeys. The Wizard attempts to regain her favor by agreeing to set them free. Upon discovering a now-speechless Doctor Dillamond among the monkeys, Elphaba rejects his offer and attempts to escape, running into Fiyero, who by now is the head guard of the palace, in the process. Confirming his true love for Elphaba, he runs off with her. In a dark forest, Fiyero and Elphaba express their mutual and passionate love but are interrupted when Elphaba senses that her sister is in danger. She flies off to help but is too late, arriving just after Dorothy's house has landed on Nessa, killing her. Elphaba becomes frustrated and confronts Glinda for giving Nessa's shoes to Dorothy, and a fight ensues. The palace guards arrive and ambush Elphaba, but Fiyero intervenes and tells them to "Let the green girl go!"
As long as you're mine

Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero with Idina Menzel as Elphaba in the OBC

allowing Elphaba to escape before surrendering himself. The guards take him to a nearby cornfield to be tortured until he tells them where Elphaba has fled. In an act of desperation, Elphaba recites a spell from the Grimmerie to try and save Fiyero. She stops, thinking she messed up the spell, and that he died. She declares herself to be wicked, like the people of Oz say she is. ("No Good Deed"). Elphaba then flies back to Kiamo Ko castle.

Later, at the castle, Glinda shows up unexpectedly, and Chistery shows up with a message. When Glinda asks what it says, Elphaba tells her, "We have seen his [Fiyero's] face for the last time." After singing "For Good", and bequeathing the Grimmerie to Glinda, the ladies hear footsteps. Glinda hides, and then she watches her friend supposedly melt at the hands of Dorothy. After Glinda and everyone else clears out, Fiyero, whom Elphaba had turned into the Scarecrow, opens a trap door in the castle; Elphaba, very much alive, emerges, and the two are reunited. The two agree to leave Oz, and Elphaba insists that they tell Glinda. However, Fiyero tells Elphaba that if the two of them want to be safe, no one must ever know that she is alive. Elphaba and Fiyero leave Oz, without telling anyone, as Glinda celebrates (and secretly mourns) with the citizens of Oz.

Book to Musical DifferencesEdit


Jorge Lau as Fiyero with Ana Cecilia Anzaldua as Elphaba in Wicked Mexico

In the musical, the character has no tattoos (simply because the small designs did not translate well to the stage) and never married, but he is engaged (rather reluctantly) to Glinda. He is at first a careless, happy-go-lucky, kid who cares little about school and is involved in a romantic relationship with G(a)linda Upland where he has no romantic feelings for her in the book, even though Sarima suspected that he was having a love affair with Galinda. Most of his happy-go-lucky attitude was originally part of Avaric's personality. However, when he meets Elphaba, he begins to understand that there is more to life than having fun and never thinking where in the book, he has little interaction with Elphaba at Shiz. With this discovery he realizes his true feelings for Elphaba, and saves her from the Wizard's Gaurds. He is held hostage and tortured (offstage). Fiyero is then transformed unwittingly into the Scarecrow by Elphaba even though he was killed by the Gale Force in the novel. He helps Elphaba stage her death and runs away with her out of Oz to start a new life, where they both die in the book (though in the end Elphaba's death is questionable). Fiyero is the vehicle that makes a successful conclusion of the musical possible by helping Elphaba escape from Oz that isn't present in the book. In the musical Fiyero does not officially die.



Nobert Leo Butz in the San Francisco Try-Outs

Solos (In A Duet)Edit

Solos (In A Group Number)Edit


  • The actor that plays Fiyero is one of the actors who turns the bed in No One Mourns the Wicked.
  • Fiyero and the other guards of the Gale Force wear buttons on their costumes that say "OZ" in tiny print. These buttons cost about $100 each.
  • Susan Hilferty debated about using Fiyero's novel version of diamonds during the San Francisco try-outs, but eventually ruled against it because they wouldn't translate well on stage.
  • Fiyero's 'Tight White Pants' aren't really white. They're actually a light tan color.
  • Fiyero's outfit in As Long As You're Mine is what he wore under his Captain of the Guard uniform.


Derek Klena

Derek Klena as Fiyero

Broadway ProductionEdit

  • Norbert Leo Butz (2003-2004)
  • Kristoffer Cusick (2003; temporary)
  • Taye Diggs (2003-04; temporary)
  • Joey McIntyre (2004-2005)
  • David Ayers (2005-2006)
  • Derrick Williams (2006-2007, 2007-2008)
  • Sebastian Arcelus (2007)
  • David Burnahm (2008)
  • Aaron Tveit (2008,2009)
  • Kevin Kern (2008-2009, 2009-2010)
  • Andy Karl (2010-2011)
  • Kyle McDaniel (2011; temporary)
  • Kyle Dean Massey (2011)
  • Richard H. Blake (2011-2012)
  • Kyle Dean Massey (2012-2013)
  • Derek Klena (2013)
  • Kyle Dean Massey (2013-2014)
  • Justin Guarini (2014) 
  • Matt Shingledecker (2014 - 2015) 
  • Jonah Platt (2015-2016) 
  • Michael Campanyo (2016 August - Current) 

Broadway Understudies Edit

  • Derrick Williams (Original)
  • Kristoffer Cusick (Original)
  • Jerad Bortz
  • Kyle Dean Massey
  • Kyle Brown (2014)
  • Timothy A. Fitzgerald (2014)
  • Dan Gleason (Current)
  • Curt Hansen (2014-Current)

1st National TourEdit

Chicago ProductionEdit

West End (London) ProductionEdit

  • Adam Garcia (2006-2007)
  • Oliver Tompsett (2007-2010)
  • Aaron Tveit (2009)
  • Lewis Bradley (2010; temporary)
  • Lee Mead (2010-2011)
  • Mark Evans (2011)
  • Matt Willis (2011-2012)
  • Ben Freeman (2012-2013)
  • Jeremy Taylor (2013-2015)
  • Oliver Savile (2015-current)

Los Angeles ProductionEdit

Stuttgart ProductionEdit

  • Mark Seibert (2007-2008)
  • Mathias Edenborn (2008-2010)

Melbourne ProductionEdit

  • Rob Mills (2008-2009)

San Francisco ProductionEdit

  • Nicolas Dromard (2009-2010)
  • Billyharrihantighe

    Billy Harrigan Tighe as Fiyero

    Cliffton Hall (2010)

2nd National TourEdit

  • Colin Donnell (2009-2010)
  • Chris Peluso (2010)
  • David Nathan Perlow (2010-2012)
  • Billy Harrigan Tighe (2012-2013)
  • David Nathan Perlow (2013-2014)
  • Matt Shingledecker (2014)
  • Ashley Parker Angel (2014-2015)
  • Jake Boyd (2015-2016)
  • Jeremy Woodard (2016-Present)

UK/Ireland TourEdit

  • Liam Doyle
  • Samuel Edwards

Australia/New Zealand TourEdit

  • Steve Danielsen

Australian Tour ProductionEdit

  • Rob Mills (2009-2010)
  • Tim Campbell (2010)
  • David Harris (Final)

Oberhausen ProductionEdit

  • Mathias Edenborn (2010)
  • Anton Zetterholm (2010-2011)

Oberhausen UnderstudyEdit

  • Bero Antunovic (2010)
  • Carl van Wegberg (2010-2011)
  • Jonas Wåhlin (2010-2011)

Schevenigen ProductionEdit

  • Jim Bakkum (2011-2013)

Scheveningen Alternate (Standby)Edit

  • Ferry Doedens (2012-2013)

Scheveningen UnderstudiesEdit

  • Kelvin Wormgoor (2011-2013)

    David Nathan Perlow

  • Dieter Spileers (2011-2013)

Helsinki ProductionEdit

  • Tuukka Leppänen (2010-2011)

1st Asian TourEdit

  • David Harris (2011-2012)
  • Richard H. Blake (2012)

Mexico CityEdit

  • Jorge Lau (Original) 
  • Rodrigo de Urquidi (Understudy)

Copenhagen Edit

  • John Martin Bengtsson

Brazilian Production Edit

  • Jonatas Faro
  • Andre Loddi
  • Rodrigo Negrini (Understudy)
  • Diego Montez (Understudy)
  • Gabriel Leone (Special Guest)

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