Cattery Spunge
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Nanny to the Thropp Family

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First appearance

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

Last appearance

Out of Oz (2011)

Cattery Spunge (almost always referred to as Nanny) is a character of The Wicked Years. She has worked for the Thropp family for years as she has nannied Melena Thropp and Melena's children, Elphaba, Nessarose, and Shell.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of The WestEdit

Nanny was apparently the nanny of Melena Thropp and taught her many things as a child. After Elphaba was born, Melena and Frexspar call on Nanny to help them raise Elphaba, and she often visits them. She is a devout worshiper of Lurline, which puts her in conflict with Frex. At Melena's request, she secures medicine for her to prevent her second child from being born with green skin. After Nessarose's birth, she joins the family in Quadling Country, where she becomes a surrogate mother to the Thropp children after Melena dies. She becomes Nessarose's primary caretaker and lavishes her with affection.

When Ama Clutch is incapacitated, she takes up the role of Glinda and Elphaba's chaperone, bringing Nessarose with her. After Elphaba's flight from Shiz, she continues as Nessarose's caretaker until Nessarose gains the power to walk up right with no support, at which point Nanny leaves and makes her home with Elphaba at Kiamo Ko, a place she would remain for the rest of her life.

Son of A WitchEdit

She is seen when Liir returns to Kiamo Ko. She is being cared for by Chistery and the other flying monkeys, and is in bad condition until Liir sets the castle to right before leaving again

Out of OzEdit

She is seen for the final time in the last book. She has a brief conversation with Rain, who she confuses for Elphaba. Towards the end of the book, she speaks to Chistery and claims to have seen Elphaba on the stairs, though this was most likely Rain, who inherited her grandmother's green skin.


At the beginning of Wicked, she is described as being gossipy, unabashed, wise and colloquial. By the end of the book, she has aged to the point where she is very senile; she often eats things that are not food and doesn't notice when dangerous situations are around her. However, she regains enough mental strength to prevent Liir from seeing Elphaba's dead body, though she sinks back into her senility afterwards. In the sequels, she wanders in and out of senility, usually when others are addressing her.