Elphaba Thropp from the best-selling 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is known better by a different name, specifically The Wicked Witch of the West. Elphaba is also the main character of the Broadway production, Wicked, which is where this costume is from. The green skinned character is the illegitimate daughter of Melena Thropp and the Wizard of Oz. This story isn’t told from the perspective of the farm girl known as Dorothy Gale. Get the look of the social outcast with this Elphaba costume guide.
To cosplay this look, you’ll need a few items like a Jade Jacquard Skirt Suit, Short Sleeve Turtleneck, Spandex Leggings, and Knee-High Boot. You’ll then need to accessorize with a Thick Knit Metallic Beret, Stainless Steel Glasses, Storage Paperboard Suitcases, and Green Face Paint to get the look of this green witch.
Elphaba didn’t always dress as the witch you may remember in The Wizard of Oz. She actually dresses in rather ordinary clothing from time to time. Of course, with her distinct green hue, Elphaba Thropp may stand out in some places. If people you encounter have never heard seen Wicked, they may have a difficult time placing you.
If you’re unsure of how to pull together the look of this Wicked Witch or even how to incorporate Elphaba into a group costume idea, we recommend doing a bit of research on the hit Broadway show, Wicked. It’s second highest grossing broadway show of all-time so it’s bound to be a popular costume for Halloween. You’ll be able to get the exact look with just a few necessary items. We’d love to see your Elphaba costume after you create it so we can feature it on the cosplay gallery!
You may be familiar with the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, and assume the viewpoint is through the eyes of Dorothy Gale. And while she does play an important role, the main viewpoint is from the social outcast, Elphaba. The entire novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, revolves around Elphaba’s life and what she goes through including how she descended into Wickedness and changed Oz forever. During the course of the novel, she is viewed as the protagonist but slowly switches to an antagonist rebelling against the repression of Oz.
The strength that Elphaba possesses to stand up for what she believes in isn’t well received by those around her and will view her as wicked which ultimately leads to her demise. One of her true shows of character is going against the wicked rumors when she uses her magic to allow her sister Nessarose to get out of her wheelchair to be able to dance and walk like the others.