Character Design Challenge #475– The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Part 1

When I first saw The Wizard of Oz movie as a kid, it scared the living crap out of me. It was not until years later that I fell in love with the cast of characters.

I have wanted to do a series updating the characters in a darker style for years. Think Oz with a Beetlejuice meets Pan’s Labyrinth vibe. Just use your imagination and have fun.

Your challenge this week is to reimagine the characters of Dorothy and Toto.

The winning entrant will receive a HM3 version of their characters rendered by yours truly.

The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:

Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack,  or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close on Monday, August 31th at 6:00pm Eastern

20 Responses to Character Design Challenge #475– The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Part 1

  1. Avatar Angelos Stefanopoulos

    The theory of parallel universes may be real! This is Dorothy and Toto…multiple versions of them.

    By Angelos Stefanopoulos

    https://imgur.com/aoEZlBk

  2. Avatar Mark Williams

    Why do I feel like most of you are going to give us American McGee’s Dorothy and Toto :p

  3. I look forward to seeing what you come up with Mark.

  4. Avatar Mark Williams

    I came up with a super normal, not Super Sayyan (sp?) version 😀

    https://imgur.com/lyGStPJ

  5. With Toto: https://www.deviantart.com/nerd0and0proud/art/Dorothy-and-Toto-853190927
    Without Toto: https://www.deviantart.com/nerd0and0proud/art/Dorothy-Gale-Witch-Hunter-853189649
    DOROTHY GALE – WITCH HUNTER
    The fierce and relentless Dorothy Gale from the far land known as Kansas has led the resistance against the Wicked Witch of the West for years. The war began when with the death of her sister, the Witch of the East. It is unclear who killed her, but the Wicked Witch blames Glinda the Good along with the people of the Emerald City, and thus is waging war with them. Dorothy, along with Toto and the rest of the resistance, have long been trying to figure out the truth while fighting against the Flying Monkeys and Winkie Soldiers to defend The Wizard and his subjects.
    Dorothy has been in this fight since she arrived in Oz. She has seen more battles than she cares to count and has suffered several wounds. But what is worse is watching her fellow fighters die alongside her, Munchkins, Gillikans, and Winkies alike.
    The Wizard of Oz gifted Dorothy with a special dagger made of pure emerald, which he believed would be strong enough to pierce the heart of the Wicked Witch. Dorothy also equips herself with throwing stars, purified water from the Winkie Springs, and poppy dust among other weapons.
    Toto came to the Land of Oz with Dorothy in her mysterious flying house. Back then he was much smaller, but rottweilers grow up fast, and in Toto’s case strong as well. He has been right next to her through every battle and has saved her on a few occasions as well…

  6. Avatar Mark Williams

    Since it seems compulsory, here’s The War Dorothy

    https://imgur.com/l3fcWaE

  7. Dorothy Gale & Toto Re-Imagined

    In an alternate reality Emerald City is a Super-Metro Complex run by the Wizard and his cronies.
    Dorothy and Toto lead a rag-tag group of rebels bent on the overthrow of the current administration.

    Her coat is an homage to the Blue and White checkered dress from the move, the Ruby Slippers have been replaced with steel-toed work boots.

    https://www.deviantart.com/steelgeneral2/art/Dorothy-Gale-Hm3-Cdc-853221692

  8. Mark Williams:
    Since it seems compulsory, here’s The War Dorothy

    Compulsory?
    https://imgur.com/l3fcWaE

  9. Oooh, I haven’t done a HeroMachine contest in at least five years, but I should definitely make time for this one. While I work on it, here’s an off-subject one. This is a Wizard of Oz croquet team I made with Original Recipe HeroMachine, prolly a good decade ago. (It’s also heavily photoshopped, so, like, triply ineligible for this contest.)
    Oz Croquetiers

    Is the plan with HeroMachine just to run out the clock on Flash? Like, just really get the most out of it for the next four months? That’ll give me enough time (and inspiration) to finish my Clue croquet team that has been stalled since the beginning of the summer.

  10. Honey Hovercraft:
    Oooh, I haven’t done a HeroMachine contest in at least five years, but I should definitely make time for this one. While I work on it, here’s an off-subject one. This is a Wizard of Oz croquet team I made with Original Recipe HeroMachine, prolly a good decade ago. (It’s also heavily photoshopped, so, like, triply ineligible for this contest.)
    Oz Croquetiers

    Is the plan with HeroMachine just to run out the clock on Flash? Like, just really get the most out of it for the next four months? That’ll give me enough time (and inspiration) to finish my Clue croquet team that has been stalled since the beginning of the summer.

    A none Flash version is apparently going to be available sometime this fall.

  11. Here is my take on Dorothy. She grows up, becomes a cop in Kansas City and has her sidekick, Munchie. Still has those wonderful shoes for “special” cases…..

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/ams/2014/08/OFFICER-DOROTHY-GALE-Munchy.PNG

    **I made this in 2014. Forgive me if I have used this in any previous contest. Something in the back of my head says “maybe”……

  12. Avatar watson Bradshaw

    Its been a few years since I have submitted one of these so I am a little rusty.

    Social Media darling D Gale (only her aunt calls her Dorothy) is whisked to the crazy roller derby world of Oz where she has to battle flying monkey ninjas and get home before she looses all her followers.
    In Escape from Oz

    https://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o240/watson_kaboos/D%20GALE%20AND%20TOTO%20HeroMachine%2032_zpsm7xodk1o.png

  13. Here is my Version of Dorothy.

    In this version of OZ, the wicked witch has turned the land and its animals evil. For 10 years Dorothy has battled against her evil minions, with the help of the good wizard. slowly They are making progress, and hopefully one day beauty will return to the land of OZ.

    The wizard has given her magical potions, and elixirs to help save and turn back the animals. Dorothy has been able to save some, but the ones she can’t, she must put down.

    Only when the witch is dead will peace return to OZ.

    http://fav.me/de46nue

  14. No entry from me, but to anyone who is stumped with a Dorothy and Toto idea, this popped into my head…Dora Apathy and Toado.

  15. Avatar Maurício Brito

    A post-apocalyptic Dorothy and her “doggo”, Toto.
    https://www.deviantart.com/mapbrito/art/Dorothy-853667793

  16. Challenge closed. Results posted shortly

  17. An elfen/gelfling Dorothy and her something Toto. Pleased to be back in the HeroMachine game and looking forward to participating in the rest of this series!
    https://www.deviantart.com/honey-hovercraft/art/Dorothy-853752731

  18. Oops, that was *done* by 6:00, but I’d forgotten to hit “Post Comment”! I’ll remember next time.