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PERFORMER Gonzo character
  Dave Goelz puppeteer
DEBUT 2005

The Tin Thing appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz in the role more commonly known as the Tin Woodman.

Previously a mild-mannered research assistant for the Wicked Witch of the West, the Tin Thing made the mistake of asking for a vacation to wed his true love, Camilla. As punishment, he was turned into a purely mechanical, computerized being without a heart. Despite the handicap, the Tin Thing proves to be a useful companion to Dorothy Gale and the others, showing great friendship throughout.

The Tin Thing's nose functions as a cellular phone, and what Pepe mistakes for two knobs on his chest are, much to the prawn's chagrin, nipples.

In L. Frank Baum's original novel, it was the Wicked Witch of the East who made the Tin Woodman the way he is; she enchanted his axe to prevent him from marrying her maid.

Other portrayals

  • Gonzo also performed the role of the Tin Woodman when the Muppets performed a medley of songs from the 1939 MGM musical in The Muppets Go to the Movies.