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The Tin Man (Character)
from The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Cowardly Lion: All right, I'll go in there for Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards, I'll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I'm going in there. There's only one thing I want you fellows to do.
Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow: What's that?
Cowardly Lion: Talk me out of it!

Cowardly Lion: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman: Courage!
Cowardly Lion: You can say that again! Huh?

Dorothy: Do you suppose we'll meet any wild animals?
Tin Woodsman: Mm, we might.
Scarecrow: Animals that eat... s-traw?
Tin Woodsman: Some, but mostly lions, and tigers, and bears.
Dorothy: Lions?
Scarecrow: And tigers?
Tin Woodsman: And bears.

Dorothy: Your Majesty, if you were king, you wouldn't be afraid of anything?
Cowardly Lion: Not nobody! Not nohow!
Tin Woodsman: Not even a rhinoceros?
Cowardly Lion: Imposerous!
Dorothy: How about a hippopotamus?
Cowardly Lion: Why, I'd thrash him from top to bottomus!
Dorothy: Supposing you met an elephant?
Cowardly Lion: I'd wrap him up in cellophane!
Scarecrow: What if it were a brontosaurus?
Cowardly Lion: I'd show him who was king of the forest!

Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Who rang that bell?
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodsman: [all four together] We did!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Can't you read?
Scarecrow: Read what?
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: The notice!
Dorothy: What notice?
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: It's on the door - as plain as the nose on my face! It... oh...
[does a "tisk tisk tisk" expression, goes inside door for a moment]
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: [Guardian hangs the notice and goes back inside]
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodsman: [Reading notice, all together] Bell out of order, please knock.
[Dorothy knocks]
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Well, that's more like it! Now, state your business!
Dorothy: [Dorothy and friends, all together] We want to see the Wizard!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: [gasps] The Wizard? But nobody can see the Great Oz! Nobody's ever seen the Great Oz! Even I've never seen him!
Dorothy: Well, then how do you know there is one?
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Oh, you're wasting my time!
[starts to close the window]
Dorothy: Oh, please! Please, sir! I've got to see the Wizard! The Good Witch of the North sent me!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Prove it!
Scarecrow: She's wearing the ruby slippers she gave her.
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Oh, so she is! Well, bust my buttons! Why didn't you say that in the first place? That's a horse of a different color! Come on in!

Scarecrow: What about the heart that you promised Tin Man? Or the courage you promised Lion?
Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion: And Scarecrow's brain?

Cowardly Lion: I- I- I hope my strength holds out.
Tin Woodsman: [hanging by Lion's tail] I hope your tail holds out!

Dorothy: My goodness, what a fuss you're making! Well naturally, when you go around picking on things weaker than you are. Why, you're nothing but a great big coward!
Cowardly Lion: [crying] You're right, I am a coward! I haven't any courage at all. I even scare myself.
[sobs]
Cowardly Lion: Look at the circles under my eyes. I haven't slept in weeks!
Tin Woodsman: Why don't you try counting sheep?
Cowardly Lion: That doesn't do any good, I'm afraid of 'em.
[sobs loud]
Scarecrow: Aw, that's too bad.

Dorothy: Did you say something?
Tin Woodsman: [indiscernible sounds from the Tin Man, who is rusted]
Dorothy: He said oil can!
Scarecrow: Oil can what?
Dorothy: Oil can.

Tin Woodsman: Here, here. Go away and let us alone.
Cowardly Lion: Oh, scared, huh? Afraid, huh? Ah, how long can you stay fresh in that can? Ha ha ha ha.

Scarecrow: Help! Help! Help!
[the Flying Monkeys walking away, Tin Man and the Lion comes to him]
Tin Woodsman: Well, what happened to you?
Scarecrow: They tore my legs off and they threw it over there! Then, they took my chest off and they threw it over there!
Tin Woodsman: Well, that's you all over.
Cowardly Lion: They sure knocked the stuffings out of you, didn't they?
Scarecrow: Don't stand there talking, put me together. We've got to find Dorothy.
[the Tin Man and the Lion trying the fix the Scarecrow]
Tin Woodsman: Now, let's see.

Wizard of Oz: As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don't know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
Tin Woodsman: But I still want one.

Tin Woodsman: What have you learned, Dorothy?
Dorothy: Well, I - I think that it - it wasn't enough to just want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em - and it's that - if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?

[Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man watch as the Wicked Witch of the West vanishes into a fireball]
Scarecrow: I'm not afraid of her! I'll see you get safely to the Wizard now, whether I get a brain or not. Stuff a mattress with me. Ha!
Tin Woodsman: I'll see you reach the Wizard, whether I get a heart or not. Beehive, bah! Let her try and make a beehive out of me!
[snaps]
Dorothy: Oh, you're the best friends anybody ever had. And it's funny, but I feel as if I'd known you all the time, but I couldn't have, could I?
Scarecrow: I don't see how. You weren't around when I was stuffed and sewn together, were you?
Tin Woodsman: And I was standing over there, rusting for the longest time.
Dorothy: Still, I wish I could remember, but I guess it doesn't matter anyway. We know each other now, don't we?
Scarecrow: That's right.
Tin Woodsman: We do.
Scarecrow: To Oz?
Tin Woodsman: To Oz.

Dorothy: Goodbye, Tinman. Oh, don't cry! You'll rust so dreadfully. Here's your oil can.
Tin Woodsman: Now I know I've got a heart, 'cause it's breaking...
Dorothy: Goodbye, Lion. I know it isn't right, but I'm going to miss the way you used to hollar for help before you found your courage.
Cowardly Lion: I never would've found it if it hadn't been for you...
Dorothy: [to Scarecrow] I think I'm going to miss you most of all.

Cowardly Lion: Come on, get up and fight, you shivering junkyard!
[goes over to the Scarecrow]
Cowardly Lion: And put your hands up, you lopsided bag of hay!
Scarecrow: Now that's getting personal, Lion.
Tin Woodsman: Yes. Get up and teach him a lesson.
Scarecrow: Well, what's wrong with you teaching him?
Tin Woodsman: Well, I hardly know him.

Cowardly Lion: Come on, get up and fight, ya shivering junkyard! Put your hands up, ya lopsided bag o' hay!
Scarecrow: Now that's getting personal, Lion!
Tin Woodsman: Yes. Get up and teach him a lesson.
Scarecrow: W-w-what's wrong with y-y-you teaching him?
Tin Woodsman: W-w-well, I hardly know him.

Cowardly Lion: [getting a panic attack walking into the Wizard's foyer] Wait a minute, Fellows. I was just thinking. I really don't want to see the Wizard this much. I'd better wait for you outside.
Scarecrow: What's the matter?
Tin Woodsman: Oh, he's just a scared again.
Dorothy: Don't you know the Wizard's going to give you some courage?
Cowardly Lion: I'd be too scared to ask him for it.
[sobs]
Dorothy: Well then, we'll ask him for you.
Cowardly Lion: I'd sooner wait outside.
Dorothy: Why? Why?
Cowardly Lion: Because I'm still scared.
[sobs]

Tin Woodsman: I can barely hear my heart beating!

Cowardly Lion: [singing] I'd be brave as a blizzard...
Tin Woodsman: [singing] I'd be gentle as a lizard...
Scarecrow: [singing] I'd be clever as a gizzard...
Dorothy: [singing] If the Wizard is a wizard who will serve.
Scarecrow: [singing] Then I'm sure to get a brain...
Tin Woodsman: [singing] A heart...
Dorothy: [singing] A home...
Cowardly Lion: [singing] The nerve!

Tin Woodsman: Help! Help!
Scarecrow: It's no use screaming at a time like this. Nobody will hear you. Help! Help!

Wizard of Oz: [in a booming voice] Step forward, Tin Man!
Tin Woodsman: [terrified, steps forward] Ohhhh!
Wizard of Oz: [still in a booming voice] You DARE to come to me for a heart, do you? You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of caligenous junk!


The Wiz (1978)
Tinman: The genius who created me only took care of my dashing good looks, my razor sharp wit and my irresistible attraction to the wrong women.

Scarecrow: Stay right there.
Tinman: [stuck underneath a big heavy round tin-woman] Don't worry, I wasn't planning any promenades.

Scarecrow: Barnum said there's a sucker born every minute.
Tinman: I was there when he said it, but I never thought I'd be one of them.

Scarecrow: I'll think about you all the time, Dorothy!
Tinman: And I'll miss you... every day. Even if I had to go back to that junk pile... even as teeny's seat cushion... I wouldn't mind... because I have known... real love.
[cries]
Dorothy: Aww... don't rust yourself now.
[wipes away the tears]

Scarecrow: Now I'll never get my brain!
Tinman: Nor my heart.
Lion: Or my courage
Dorothy: But you don't need them now because you've had them all the time. Scarecrow, you're the one who figured out how to find the yellow brick road and how to destroy Evillene, and every smart move we've made, didn't you? Lion, you wouldn't even give up when Evillene strung you up by your tail. And, Tin Man, you have more heart than anyone I've ever known.
Tinman: [hopeful] Honest?
Dorothy: Yeah, you never needed anything from the fake wizard, anyway.

Dorothy: He must really be in shock!
Tinman: Oh, what I wouldn't give to be in shock! Just Once!

Tinman: There is nothing amusing about the closing down of an amusement park.

[repeated line]
Tinman: TEENY! TEENY!

Lion: [Strung up by his tail in Evilene's lair] Don't give her the slippers, Dorothy!
Evillene: Is this enough for you? No? Well, how about your metal friend over there?
Tinman: [a giant piledriver begins to flatten him] Don't worry, Dorothy! I'm just an empty shell! This doesn't hurt me!

Tinman: Hurry hurry hurry, step on up and save a life!

Lion: Mamma would be so proud - goin' to see da WIZ!
[preens]
Lion: My momma used to say ta me, Fleet -...
Tinman, Scarecrow, Dorothy: FLEET?
Lion: That's my name: Fleetwood Coupe de Ville!
Tinman, Scarecrow, Dorothy: [snickers]
Lion: Momma had high ideals...
Tinman: Yeah!
Lion: - Y'know what I mean?
Tinman: Yeah!
[Lion and Tin Man high-five]
Tinman: Ha hah!

Tinman: [after Dorothy cannot find his heart in his chest] Nobody home in Soulville.

Lion: Lion is playing with his tail and then says They kicked me out on IOBK
Tinman: What is IOBK?
Lion: Incapable of being King


"Tin Man: Into the Storm (#1.1)" (2007)
DG: I'm DG, by the way. And this is...
Cain: I know, a head-case.
Glitch: I have a proper name, you know. A-And when I remember it, I will tell you.
DG: What's a head-case?
Cain: It's what the state does to re-educate criminals. Rip out their brains, make 'em prisoners of their own minds. Ain't that right, convict?
Glitch: Hey! Whoa, I ain't no convict!
[hesitates]
Glitch: And just in case I am, it-it was a bogus charge, a-a frame job, I'm sure of it!

DG: [referring to the tin suit] How long were you trapped in there?
Cain: [nodding to a tree that's about fifty feet tall] Since that was a sapling.

Cain: I'll see you down the road.
DG: Oh, actually, a road is what we're looking for. We're looking for the...
DG, Glitch: Brick Route.
DG: That leads to a place called...
DG, Glitch: Central City.
DG: Do you know of it?
Cain: Yeah. That's where Zero was headed after... It's where I'm headed now.
DG: Great! We'll go with you.
Cain: I got business. Besides, I don't travel with kids, or convicts.

Cain: Look, nothing personal kid, but look at you. First sign of trouble, you're just gonna cut and run.
DG: Nothing personal, but when we found you, you were in a tin box! You don't know me. Come on Glitch, we'll find the way ourselves.
[DG and Glitch walk off]
Cain: The way? The way leads through the fields of the Papay.
Glitch: [Glitch stops] Papay?
DG: [DG walks back] What? I've been tossed into a storm, trussed up by lawn gnomes, chased by mad men on horseback, how bad can Papays be?
Cain: I've seen them gnaw poeple in half in thirty seconds.
[pause]
Cain: Zipper-head keep your mouth shut, kid you stay behind me.
DG: Why the sudden change of heart?
Cain: Believe me, heart's got nothing to do with it.

Cain: [when Raw makes a scary face] You want that bad attitude dripping out your ears?

DG: [reciting] All of life's answers, are found along the Old Road.
Cain: [looking at DG curiously] Did you just say 'Old Road?' That's what the locals call the Brick Road. I thought you said you'd never been here before.
DG: I haven't been here... before. But... I know this place.

Cain: [after being chased by the Papays to the edge of a cliff] Go!
Glitch: The fall might kill us!
Cain: Well, they definitely will!

DG: [at the Northern Island] Dig!
Glitch: Dig?
Cain: What do you mean dig? Wait, wait, wait!
DG: [reciting, while digging with an ax] Daughter of light came upon a glistening white mountain, frozen in time on a sea of ice. Above all else she knew, that this mountain was more than it appeared. It was home!

Cain: [jumping off a cliff] Okay, on the count of three. One...
Glitch: THREE!

Mystic Man: You stay with her at all costs.
Cain: I have to take care of Zero.
Mystic Man: You know who she is now! She's the key. Promise me. I want your word as a Tin Man. You will not leave her side at any cost!
Cain: [hesitates] You have my word.

Glitch: I've been thinkin', if Mystic Man really does have all the answers, then maybe, after he's helped DG find her mom, he could help me refill my noggin. Give Raw here some spine, and maybe do something for you about your lousy attitude!
Cain: Or maybe he could put a zipper where it'll do some good.

Demilo: [shouting] How can you do this to me? I have a wife and children! This is my wagon!
Cain: How do you start this thing?
Demilo: Oh, you gotta pull the knob out, then-then twist the red thing.


"Tin Man: Search for the Emerald (#1.2)" (2007)
Cain: [seeing DG speaking to a dog] You're taking directions from a dog.

Glitch: You've been sleeping for hours like a - like a baby with his pacifier.
Cain: I thought you were dead.
Glitch: Ditto. You know, I may have saved you from hypothermia, but, um,
[holds up the horse toy]
Glitch: this is what saved your life. It stopped the bullet.
Cain: DG?
Glitch: Azkadellia.
Cain: Raw?
Glitch: Ah, I don't know I can't find him. Either they took him too, or he's dead. Or...
Cain: Maybe he ran away.
Glitch: You know you really should do something about that *bitter* cynicism of yours, Cain!
Cain: Why? Someone's gotta keep your wide-eyed optimism in check.
[silence]
Cain: Hey, Glitch?
Glitch: What?
Cain: I owe you one.
Glitch: [smiles] You know Cain, professional psychiatric theropy's only a crow's call away these days. I think a man like you with your issues with masculinity, and the-what we called the boy scout syndrome...

Glitch: I'm not saying they called me 'Twinkle-toes' or anything, but I cut quite a rug. Oh, you can make a face Cain, but it's true. There was a time I was a *fantastic* dancer. She may have taken my brains, but *rhythm*, that comes directly from your...
Cain: [interrupting] Do you have any bright ideas how to get in there?
Glitch: I mean, I don't mind taxing my half a brain for DG, but just *once* I wish that someone would acknowledge me for my *rhythm*. Which, as I was trying to say before I was so *rudely* interrupted, comes directly from the *soul*.
[Cain gives him the look]
Glitch: Sometimes, Cain, you make me feel just like those ladies at the dance did. Like I blend right into the wallpaper.
Cain: [looking at Longcoats] That's a good idea.
Glitch: [surprised] You wanna dance?
Cain: I'll lead, you follow.

Raw: [pointing] Cabin.
Glitch: Probably full of Longcoats.
Cain: No, look at the smoke.
Glitch: So? They lit a fire. Longcoats get cold, too.
Cain: It's *blue*.

DG: Did it always look so dead?
Cain: No, this used to be some of the most fertile land in the OZ. Orchards, nurseries.
Glitch: Gotta love a good orchard! Full of succulent fruit for all the people to eat. Free too, if you're a good fence climber. Mind you, those scarecrows kinda freak me out.
DG: So what happened?
Cain: About fifteen annuals ago, all the crops died, which then caused the great famine.
DG: I bet I can guess who's responsible.
Glitch: You'd think somebody would've helped them with their crops. Maybe engineered a doohickey with a couple of thingies... Gotta love a good orchard!

Tutor: I suggest we keep moving.
Cain: Sorry Pooch, but this is where we part company.
Tutor: Part?
Cain: With the Longcoats on our trail and the Mobats in the sky, I don't have time to figure out what your angle is in all this.
Tutor: My 'angle' is her mother sent me to help.
Cain: And you did. I'd even thank you, if I knew who you were, or what.
Glitch: Whoa, Mister-Suspicious! This is the man... dog...
[whispers]
Glitch: thingy... who helped us escape!

Ralph Bedose: [Ralph and Lorraine have loaded guns] State your business.
Cain: We mean you no harm. We're travelers of the realms, seeking a warm meal and a cold cup of grog.
Ralph Bedose: Food is scarce this time of year, and the grog has long since been seized.
Cain: Then we will leave you in peace. May your hearth be warm.
Ralph Bedose: And your smoke be blue. Come in quickly.

Cain: What mine?
Ralph Bedose: Some mine in the Black Mountains.
Glitch: Moritainium. Big M, little T, number 216 in the OZian periodic table. Ha ha, school days. I remember a lovely lass named Leona...
DG: Moritainium, what's it for?
Glitch: Besides its strength, Moritainium is valued for it's ability to conduct magical energy.

Glitch: [after seeing some of Glitch's memories] Oh my, ha ha. The name's Glitch, have we...
[seeing DG]
Glitch: Are you okay?
DG: Yes, Glitch, I'm fine.
Glitch: [seeing their faces] What? Is my machine so bad?
Cain: [impressed] No, but whatever it is, you sure sacrificed a lot to stop Azkadellia.
DG: [hugs Glitch gratefully] That's why she had to go straight to the source.
Glitch: Well, I guess it wasn't the biggest sacrifice ever made for science.
DG: But it sure is up there!


The Wiz Live! (2015) (TV)
[Tin Man recalls how Evamean the Wicked Witch of the East turned him into a Tin Man]
Tin-Man: Now, I swear I never encouraged her, but ol' Evamean was sweet on me. Made no never mind, my heart belonged to Bertha. I know I should've manned up and told her, but before I could, ol' Evamean caught us kissing in the woods. She let out a lightning bolt, knocked me clear across the river. When I opened my eyes, I was like this, all ice cold and steely hard. Bertha said she didn't mind, but turnin' me to tin wasn't the worst thing ol' Evamean done to me.
[Tin Man opens a panel in his chest, to reveal that he has no heart inside]
Tin-Man: She said that if she couldn't have my heart, then no one could. Without a heart, I had to let old Bertha go.

Dorothy Gale: At least this forest is a nice home.
Tin-Man: Yeah, and you still got your heart.
Scarecrow: And a brain.
The Cowardly Lion: But what's the use of all that if you ain't got the courage to get up outta bed?

Dorothy Gale: You mean the Wiz is...
The Cowardly Lion: ...a fraud!
Tin-Man: And a woman!
Dorothy Gale: And what's wrong with bein' a woman?
Tin-Man: Uh, nothin'...
Dorothy Gale: That's right! Nothin' wrong with bein' a woman. I don't know where y'all fools learned y'all manners.

Tin-Man: So, that's all there is to it? You just click your heels three times, and you get to go home.
Scarecrow: It makes no sense, so it must be so. You know, the truth is like that.
The Cowardly Lion: But if that's true, then you never would've had to battle Evillene, or the Wiz! Or even meet me.
Scarecrow: Or me.
Tin-Man: Or me.
Dorothy Gale: Oh, I wouldn't have missed meeting you for anything! Promise you'll remember me?
[Lion nods yes, then Dorothy kisses him on the cheek]
Dorothy Gale: Keep me in your heart.
[Tin Man kisses Dorothy's hand]
Dorothy Gale: Let me now and then come to mind.
[Scarecrow and Dorothy hug]
Dorothy Gale: Maybe, just maybe, if I hold on to these Shoes, they'll lead me back to you someday!
Tin-Man: Please try.
Dorothy Gale: I will. But right now, I think I hear Aunt Em callin'.


"Tin Man: Tin Man (#1.3)" (2007)
Cain: I know what you're doing, kid. I've lead men through battle myself.
DG: And, um, how am I doing?
Cain: Well, there's less *hugging* when I do it.


"Fame: Not in Kansas Anymore (#2.19)" (1983)
Cowardly Lion: My sword is so fast...
[pause]
Tin Man, Scarecrow: How fast is it?
Cowardly Lion: My sword is so fast, I can cut classes, you won't even know I'm gone!


The Oz Witch Project (1999)
Tin Man: Well why did you give him the map? You know he doesn't even have a brain!


"The Wizard of Oz" (1990)
Cowardly Lion: Ow!
Dorothy: [pulling thorns out of his backside] Hold still, Lion. You're such a big baby.
Tin Woodman: You just have to grin and bear it.
Cowardly Lion: I'm not a bear, and I don't feel like grinning. Ow!
Scarecrow: Well, you shouldn't have sat down on these, and why do you think they call them prickly pumpkins?
Cowardly Lion: I thought maybe they were just disagreeable.


Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013)
Tin Man: I can only imagine how you must feel. Trapped alone in a giant rainbow. Surrounded by colors! It must be
[sobs]
Tin Man: horrible...