Nick Chopper
Biographical information
Also Known As

The Tin Woodsman






Munchkinlander girl (lover)


Dorothy Gale

Behind the scenes
First appearance

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

Last appearance

A Lion Among Men (2008)

Nick Chopper was a woodsman who fell in love with a Munchkinlander girl and would later be known as the "Tin Woodsman".

In the NovelEdit


Nick is first mentioned when an old Munchkinlander farmwife comes to Nessarose Thropp, the newly established Eminent Thropp, also known as the "Wicked Witch of the East", telling her that she does not approve of her daughter's sweetheart and asks her to enchant his ax so it would cut off all his limbs and kill him. Nessarose does this in exchange for two Sheep and a Cow; one of Nessarose's first steps to becoming wicked. Then, later it is learned that the Tin Woodsman that is traveling with Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion is indeed Nick Chopper when he kills all of the Wicked Witch of the West's wolves.

In the MusicalEdit

Nick Chopper does not appear in the musical. His role is replaced by Boq who instead becomes the Tin Woodsman when Nessarose mispronounces a love spell and shrinks his heart. Then Elphaba turns his body into tin so that he can live.

In the Wonderful Wizard of OzEdit

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Nick Chopper's name is not mentioned but the Tin Woodsman does tell Dorothy and The Scarecrow about how he became tin. He tells them that his axe had been enchanted by The Wicked Witch of the East at the behest of his lover's mother and had cut off every part of his body one by one. Then he told them that everyday he got a part of his body cut off he had a tinsmith fix it. Then eventually he was all tin. But one thing was not right. The tinsmith had forgot to put a heart in his chest and that is why he longed to have one. He is the title character The Tin Woodman of Oz and is eventually combined by a tinker with his Munchkin sweetheart, Nimmee Amee's other suitor into a creature named Chopfyt, who marries her.