The Hungry Tiger

Real Name


First Appearance

Ozma of Oz (1907)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum


The Hungry Tiger is a massive beast who lives in the Land of Oz and a dear friend of the Cowardly Lion.

The Hungry Tiger is large and lithe, with powerful limbs and dark purple stripes. His eyes burn like coals of fire. He is always hungry, no matter how much he eats, and he longs to devour a "fat baby," though he never would because his conscience will not allow him to do so.

When the Hungry Tiger and the Cowardly Lion heard of Princess Ozma of Oz's ascension to the throne of Oz, they left the forest to visit the Emerald City. There, they joined Ozma's party, pulling her royal chariot, and set out on a mission to save the Royal Family of Ev from the Nome King. During the journey, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger bravely carried most of the party under the deadly hammer of the iron giant. When the adventure ended successfully, the Hungry Tiger stayed with his friend in the Emerald City.

The Hungry Tiger joined Dorothy Gale, the Wizard of Oz, and the Cowardly Lion on their journey to find monkeys for their present to Ozma for her birthday.

The two beasts are Ozma's chief guardians, and they keep guard in her Royal Throne Room. However, because everyone loves Ozma, there has never been a disturbance and there is nothing for the guardians to do.

Public Domain Appearances


  • Ozma of Oz
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
  • The Road to Oz
  • Little Wizard Stories of Oz
  • The Scarecrow of Oz
  • The Magic of Oz
  • The Royal Book of Oz


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