Okay, this is just too spooky. Maybe I’m the only one who realized this. But it just may be possible that Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz are, in fact, the same person!
I think that the resemblance is uncanny. Obviously there is their skin tone. Outside of the Hulk, green is not a normal color. At least not for a human. Sure, Star Trek has it Orion slave girl, Star Wars has Oola the Twi’lek and Guardians of the Galaxy has Gamora, but it’s difficult to find a human with the green tones like these characters.
The theatrical production of Wicked attempts to explain that the green skin comes from a green liquid that her father drank. But Wicked is more of a “What if…” tale and not part of the Oz canon. The movie Maleficent conveniently leaves out her green color altogether.
The green color is just number one. Next, there is their general demeanor. Evil with a side of hate. Neither story tries very hard to explain why their green meany is so awful. They just are. An attempt is made in Maleficent, but really, if your name is “Maleficent,” you’re pretty much destined for evil. It’s like naming a child “Villainous.” It’s possible that there is no good reason for their evilness. She… I mean “They”… may just have a mean nature.
Third is their fashion choices. Black, black and more black. Maleficent’s robes have some purple highlights, and the Wicked Witch wears a pointy hat instead of horns, but come on. That’s the same outfit.
And notice, they both have that pointy chin. A feature far too distinct to just happen to be on two people so similar.
Finally, there is their chosen profession. Witch. Coincidence? I think not. If it is, that’s just one too many coincidences for my taste.
It’s a possibility that the Wicked Witch is simply Maleficent in her later years. After being struck with a sword as a dragon, Maleficent transformed back into her human form. Being so much smaller than a dragon, the sword simply fell out during the transformation. She retires to the western part of Oz, loosing her attractive young looks as she grows more and more bitter and haggard over the hundreds of years from medieval times to the early 1900s. By the time Dorothy drops in (pun intended), Maleficent is old, angry, and a tad senile. She exchanges her staff for a broom and forgets her very name, choosing instead to go by the more descriptive “Wicked Witch.”
This all makes perfect sense to me… What do you think?