Analysis of Fiyero

To be honest, Fiyero is a hard character to get to know. He is a character that doesn’t seem that complex, but in reality he really is. I already told you about Elphaba and Glinda, two characters that I love, and now there’s Fiyero, the last of three characters that I am emotionally drawn to. To be honest, I will do the best I can, but I cannot guarantee I will have a fully drawn out analysis of Fiyero.

Possible Major or Minor Spoilers:

When we first meet Fiyero, he is rather rude and throws a book at Elphaba. He has been kicked out of several schools and does not seem to care about anything. He only cares about having a good time and partying at school and does not seem to care about studying. His motto is basically “dancing through life. We learn that he is in fact the Winkie Prince. He decides to arrange the students of Shiz to go out to a dance because no one seems to do anything fun around there. Galinda wants to go out with him because he is one of the cool guys and due to his prince status.


In class, Elphaba seeing a scared lion cub casts a spell out of anger and for some odd reason, it did not affect Fiyero. The two run off into the woods to free it. This is one important scene. If you pay attention, there are clues that Fiyero might have a crush on Elphaba, but at the time he might not realize it. He still is involved in a relationship with Galinda, but in reality he might be falling for Elphaba. The way he is talking to her and interacting with her gives clues that he might be developing a crush for her.

Elphaba still finds Fiyero rather annoying, but at least he isn’t so rude anymore and Fiyero tries to get Elphaba to tell her why her spell didn’t affect him and in that moment she realizes that she is falling in love with him and was scared to tell him and couldn’t tell him because it was her best friend that loves him so that was a test of friendship right there.


Then there is the train station scene. He brings Elphaba flowers. So there are hints in act I that he might be developing a crush on Elphaba. Act II is a big step for Fiyero. Throughout “Thank Goodness”, he hears all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and he is shocked by those rumors and knows they are not true. Just by hearing those rumors, he realizes that he loves Elphaba and breaks up with Glinda. So there is an unexpected love triangle plot twist: that the unrequited love goes from Elphaba to Glinda in the midst of it all and in many ways the love triangle tests the friendship.


Fiyero is able to understand and see who Elphaba really is. He has fallen in love with her. During “As Long As Your’e Mine”, the two confess their love for each other. You never see it coming. So the hints in act I were essential to understanding why Fiyero left Glinda for Elphaba in the first place.


After the whole catfight scene Elphaba almost was arrested. But Fiyero came to Elphaba’s rescue because he loves her. Because he defended Elphaba, he was sent to the field to possibly be tortured. Elphaba desperately tried to save him and she thought she failed. But at the very end of the musical, Elphaba realized she did save his life. But her spell turned him into a scarecrow, but Fiyero didn’t care because her spell saved his life.

Boy, Fiyero is hard to get to know. He starts out as a very rude and annoying and cool teenager and eventually becomes a courageous and mature young man. I feel like my love for him might come from the fact that he learns to see Elphaba for who she really is and comes from the fascinating and complex love triangle. Like really: what other musical love triangle is home to two best friends, which is also home to an unexpected plot twist?


Author: mphadventuregirl

I am a strong spiritual person who is a big fan of musicals. This blog deals with spirituality and musicals. I am finding that by writing about these, I am realizing I know more about each of them then I think I do. I hope you find my blog inspiring!

10 thoughts on “Analysis of Fiyero”

    1. Boy, Fiyero does not seem that complex of a character, but in reality he really is. I love his development and I love the role he plays in the love triangle. I also love how he accepts Elphaba for who she is.

      Boy, I sure love Elphaba and Fiyero as a couple more than Fiyero and Glinda as a couple. That love triangle sure tests Elphaba’s and Glinda’s friendship.


      1. Absolutely! I feel like Fiyero and Glinda’s relationship wouldn’t realistically work out. In so many ways, there’s so much about their relationship that really makes it seem that it would be a disaster in real life.


      2. Fiyero for sure whenever around Elphaba had better chemistry when around her. The way this love triangle plays out in the end is beautiful. Elphaba and Fiyero are a mature couple for sure and they are my favorite couple: you don’t see them coming at all. After Elphaba singing about unrequited love in act I, you never would expect Fiyero to break up with Glinda and start going out with Elphaba in act II


      3. Yep! While I can’t help but feel sorry for Glinda when she sings a reprise of “I’m Not That Girl”, I definitely think that Fiyero is better off with Elphie. As you said, they have better chemistry. And, in some ways, Fiyero breaking up with her would probably allow for Glinda to grow more as a person.


      4. Them both being in love with Fiyero actually strengthened their friendship. When Elphaba had the unrequited love, she was aware it was Glinda, her best friend who loves him and because of that she was able to quickly move on from him. And Glinda was able to do the same when she got the unrequited love. Boy, how the love triangle developed from the age of 12 to where it is now at the age of 23 is crazy


      5. Absolutely. As a kid, the love triangle kind of just went right over my head but now I love seeing how very complex it all is. The whole switch that happens is such a great example of a plot twist and I love that!


      6. For sure in high school, I think at least I knew that the love triangle provide a fascinating emotional texture to the story and I also knew “I’m Not That Girl” was a sad song. Thats was all I could figure out.

        Then college comes along. Well, February 2013 hits and I defiantly still saw “I”m Not That Girl” as a sad song and still knew about the switch and the fascinating emotional texture. Okay, but I think with each viewing, I think the song felt more vulnerable, maybe.

        Okay: Now time to relearn the love triangle completely. 2014/2015, well it hit me that “On My Own” and “I’m Not That Girl” are both unrequited love songs so I began to be aware that “I’m Not That Girl” is actually heartbreaking. In Fall of 2015, I memorized the lyrics to “I’m Not That Girl” of when Elphaba sang it and I saw the insight to it and saw all of the parallels it had to “On My Own”.

        Now it is January of 2016: fourth viewing of the musical: I would come in knowing “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking song, not just a sad song like before. As a result, I paid more attention to the lion cub scene for attention to the lion cub scene to understand Fiyero’s actions in act II in relation to the love triangle. So during “I’m Not That Girl”, I paid even more attention to what I felt during it and delved even deeper.


  1. Boy, I certain lovemaking Elphaba and Fiyero as a mates more than Fiyero and Glinda as a mates. After Elphaba tattle about unrequited lovemaking in act I, you never would await Fiyero to breaking up with Glinda and startle going out with Elphaba in act II


    1. This love triangle involving two best friends and a plot twist makes this love triangle the most complex one I have come across in musicals. But I feel like the love triangle strengthens the friendship. I feel like Fiyero is a better fit with Elphaba than with Glinda. There are hints in act I such as the Lion Cub scene which show that Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba in his days at Shiz and that helps explain the sudden plot twist in act II and why it even happens


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