Frexspar the Godly
Biographical information
Also Known As

Frexspar the Godly




Rush Margins, Wend Hardings, Munchkinland


Colwen Grounds, Nest Hardings, Munchkinland


Nessarose Thropp (Daughter)
Elphaba Thropp (Daughter)
Shell Thropp(Son in the book)


Melena Thropp (Wife)
Turtle Heart (lover in the book)


Unionist Minister (in the books)
Governor of Munchkinland (in the musical)


The Unnamed God
Rush Margins
Thropp Family

Behind the scenes

Sean McCourt

Now isn't the time to argue. Do you want to distract me from holy work today? We're facing the presence of real evil in Rush Margins. I couldn't live with myself if I ignored it.

—Frex to Melena, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Frexspar the Godly is believed to be the father of Elphaba, and is the confirmed father for Nessarose, Elphaba's younger half sister, and Shell, Elphaba's half-brother.


In The BookEdit

In the book, Frexspar lived in Rush Margins as a Unionist minister, apparently from a long line of clergymen. He married Melena Thropp, the heiress to the noble Thropp family. A devout man, he attempted to keep his followers from magic and especially from the Clock of the Time Dragon. However, his attempts led to him being humiliated by the Clock and assaulted, on the same night that Elphaba was born. This incident apparently ruined his reputation as a minister. He is originally depressed over Elphaba's skin, but comes to love her after she has grown up. He takes to a hermitic life after Elphaba's birth, but returns around the time Turtle Heart appears, and becomes his lover. While awaiting the birth of Nessarose, he and his family were forced to flee to Colwen Grounds, where Turtle Heart is sacrificed to the Clock. The guilt of losing the glassblower led him to become a missionary to Quadling Country. His missionary work has limited success, and he even stoops as low as using Elphaba's skin condition and singing talent to his ends. He also favors Nessarose over his other children. When his daughters have gone to Shiz University, he apparently takes on a quest to find Ozma Tipperatius, though this fails, and he sends Nessarose the magic slippers, which he made using skills he learned from Turtle Heart.

By the time of Nessarose's ascension as Eminent Thropp, Frex is retired. He tries to make Elphaba take the Eminent position from her sister, stating that she has the birthright, but she refuses as she believes he just wants her to take the blame if Nessarose does something wrong. He is devastated by Nessarose's death. His death is not shown, but it most likely occurred sometime during Son of A Witch.

In the musicalEdit

In the musical Frex (credited simply as 'Witch's Father') is the 'father' of Elphaba and is the Governor of Munchkinland. He is the real father of Nessarose, whom he adores more over Elphaba (proven by the gift of the silver slippers). Elphaba is told in Act II, Scene II of the musical that Frex had died of shame, once he learned how she disgraced him. Elphaba replies, "Good...I'm glad". Nessarose argues "that's a Wicked thing to say!"

In the original Broadway cast, the "Witch's Father" was played by Sean McCourt, and in the original London cast by Andy Mace. Other actors to portray Frex include Don Richard, Tim Talman, David Stoller and Michael DeVries. During the UK/Ireland tour the character was played by Howard Ellis.

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The birth of Elphaba.


Solos (In A Group Number)Edit

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