The Woggle-Bug

Woggle Bug illustration

The Woggle-Bug is a character in the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. He first appears in the book The Marvelous Land of Oz in 1904. H.M. stands for Highly Magnified, and T.E. for Thoroughly Educated. In later books, Woggle-Bug was sometimes spelled "Wogglebug".

In illustrations he is often depicted wearing bright colors and several pairs of glasses on his elongated proboscis.

According to The Marvelous Land of Oz, the Woggle-Bug was once a regular tiny woggle-bug about the size of a pea. He lived the life of a normal insect unill he crawled into a country schoolhouse (presumeably somewhere in the Winkie country of the Land of Oz) and listened to the lessons and lectures the famous Professor Nowitall gave his pupils for about three years. One day the teacher found and caught him and decided to use him for an impromptu lesson on woggle-bugs. He put him under a microscope and projected his highly magnified image onto a screen with advanced tecnology. He was so proud of his new size he bowed to the students and one unnamed little girl standing on the windowsill was startled and fell backward out of the window. While everyone rushed outside to see she was alright he secretly jumped off the screen and ran away and he has remained magnified ever since. Later he found a tailor and after he saved the tailor's life in an unknown way (although a few stories have been written to explain how, including The Wogglebug's New Clothes in the 1987 Oziana) the tailor made him his very first clothes.

He later founded and runs the Royal College of Art and Athletic Perfection, also known as the Royal College of Athletic Arts or the Royal College of Athletic Sciences, which is located in the western part of the Munchkin Country, not far from the Emerald City. He also invented knowledge pills that give a student knowledge without having to attend lessons, so that the student's time can be better applied to Athletic pursuits.