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-->''"Curiouser and curiouser!"''

A parade of the surreal, with all the logic of a dream -- and invoking the madness of quite a lot of mankind's so called 'logic' -- ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' (1865) is a children's classic, filled with allusions to Victorian trivia, most of which is now [[WeirdAlEffect long forgotten]]. ([[TheAnnotatedEdition The book ''The Annotated Alice'']] by Martin Gardner explains all of these, from jokes to basic trivia. It contains both volumes, with Tenniel's original illustrations.)

The story was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (PenName Creator/LewisCarroll) on a boating trip with a friend and three little girls, one of which was Alice Liddell. It was meant as a gift for her and the fictional Alice is based on her.

The story begins when Alice follows a white rabbit, who just happens to be wearing a waistcoat and a pocketwatch, down a rabbit hole. She falls, very slowly, into a corridor lined with doors, all locked, and a key that fits only into the smallest one. After some misadventures with food and drink that make her change size, she escapes in a pool of her own tears. Outside, she finds a land filled with strange creatures and talking animals. Few are entirely rational. After several bizarre incidents, including the Duchess' Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Alice defies the tyrannical Queen of Hearts and wakes up. It was AllJustADream -- definitely-third person narration clearly states that this is so.

In the sequel, ''Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There'' (1871), Alice goes to sleep and then dreams she steps into a mirror, where she becomes a pawn in an allegorical [[ChessMotifs game of]] TabletopGame/{{chess}}. On her march across the board, symbolised as countryside divided up by brooks, Alice meets more strange characters, mostly taken from {{nursery rhyme}}s, before eventually reaching the other end of the board, becoming a queen, and having a coronation party, which rapidly gets out of hand. Seizing the Red Queen, she wakes up and finds she is holding a kitten.

The books have contributed many phrases to the English language--"chortle" was coined by Lewis Carroll--and, thanks to their large cast of characters, are especially popular for adapting into ensemble films loaded with veteran actors.

Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, Creator/TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the Creator/{{Syfy}} Channel. ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Anime/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to [[PublicDomain its copyright expiring long ago]], Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.

Now has a CharacterSheet under construction. For tropes related to the adaptations, see below the trope list for the books.

The book is also the source of the name of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen%27s_Hypothesis Red Queen Effect]] in evolution.

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!!These books contain examples of:
* AnAesop: {{Subverted}} ''Alice'' is notable for being the first work of Victorian children's literature that sought to entertain rather than to teach dull morals. Though one could argue that ''Alice'' teaches an indirect moral of enjoying your childhood while it lasts, and to never forget it during adulthood.
* AllJustADream: One of the few examples where it worked, mostly because Wonderland worked by dream logic.
* AuthorAppeal: Lewis Carroll's love of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland#Symbolism mathematics]] is evident.
* AuthorAvatar: The Dodo in the Caucus Race. Dodgson stuttered and so would pronounce his last name "Do-Do-Dodgson", which earned him the nickname. The White Rabbit's fussiness is also based on Dodgson. The White Knight is a possible example, as he is the only character in either book who is 100% kind to Alice.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Carroll never refers to the Hatter as the Mad Hatter.
* BlackComedy: For example:
-->''"After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!" (Which was very likely true.)''
** Martin Gardner pointed out that an exchange between Alice and Humpty Dumpty is both the blackest and most easily missed joke in the books:
-->"Seven years and six months!" Humpty Dumpty repeated thoughtfully. "An uncomfortable sort of age. Now if you'd asked ''my'' advice, I'd have said, "Leave off at seven' -- but it's too late now."
-->"I never ask advice about growing," Alice said indignantly.
-->"Too proud?" the other enquired.
-->Alice felt even more indignant at this suggestion. "I mean," she said, "that one can't help growing older."
-->"''One'' can't, perhaps," said Humpty Dumpty, "but ''two'' can. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven."
* BlindMistake: The White Rabbit and the Bird in the Tree are short-sighted and mistake Alice for Mary Ann and a snake, respectively.
* BoardGames
* ButtMonkey: Bill the Lizard. Especially so when Alice takes his pencil away.
* CatsAreMagic: The Cheshire Cat.
* CatsAreSuperior: Or at least Cheshire Cat thinks so.
* CheshireCatGrin: The {{Trope Namer}}.
* ChessMotifs: Takes it further than most, and is itself a huge inspiration for stock chess metaphors.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: The author's belief. Alice herself epitomizes innocence.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}, naturally.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Alice is mistaken for the White Rabbit's housekeeper Mary Anne and sent into his house to find his gloves. She spends a lot of time worrying about running into the real Mary Anne and being turned out of the house before she gets a chance to find the gloves.
* CommonKnowledge: The Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen are two separate characters. People usually get confused due to CompositeCharacter. Technically the same applies to Looking Glass Lands and Wonderland proper, yet both places might exist in the same... place.
* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: Lots of Wonderland in the second book.
* CrazyPrepared: The White Knight:
--> '''White Knight''': You see, it's as well to be provided for ''everything''. That's the reason the horse has all those anklets round his feet.
--> '''Alice''': But what are they for?
--> '''White Knight''': [[HilariousInHindsight To guard against]] [[{{Series/Batman}} the bites of sharks.]]
* DancesAndBalls: The Lobster Quadrille.
* DownTheRabbitHole
* DreamApocalypse: Tweedledum and Tweedledee tells Alice this will happen to Alice herself if the Red King wakes up.
* DreamLand
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Besides Alice, only a few minor or unseen characters have names. The rest are only known by their species (the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle etc.), their title (the King, Queen and Knave of Hearts, the Duchess) or their profession (the Hatter, the Cook, the Footmen).
* {{Expy}}: From one book to the other. The White King's messengers in "Through the Looking Glass" are Hatta and Haigha (Hatter and Hare).
* FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither: When Alice meets the Unicorn, it asks what she is. When told that she is a child, it replies, stunned, "I always thought they were fabulous monsters!" When Alice confesses that she always believed that unicorns were fabulous monsters, the Unicorn says, "Well, if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you," to which Alice agrees.
* TheFairFolk: Not in appearance; but in their erratic BlueAndOrangeMorality and LackOfEmpathy? Oh yes definitely.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: The TropeNamer.
* ForgottenTrope: Carroll's ''Alice'' stories have outlived much of the Victorian trappings they satirize. His poem about the "little crocodile" parodies Isaac Watts's [[TastesLikeDiabetes saccharine]] [[http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20295 original]] about the "little busy bee" -- an example of a whole class of Victorian poems that children were taught in order to instill virtue.
* GoAmongMadPeople: TropeNamer.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen of Hearts, well known for her catchphrase, "Off with their heads!" In her defense, she's hardly much worse than the other residents of Wonderland (the Duchess calls for Alice to be beheaded as well, for no reason at all) and is ignored when it comes to her orders for executions. On the other hand, the White Queen and Red Queen fully subvert this. Despite being respectively nutty and stern with Alice, both are still quite kind.
* {{Gonk}}: The Duchess. The Queen of Hearts is usually portrayed as this, though her physical appearance is not described in the text.
* HairRaisingHare: The White Rabbit, in the darker adaptations.
* HangingJudge: The Queen of Hearts, although according to the Gryphon, they never executes nobody. How reliable the Gryphon is as a source is open to interpretation.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The Mock Turtle.
* IconicCharacters
* IconicOutfit: Alice's dress in John Tenniel's original colored illustrations. It even has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_dress its own Wikipedia article]].
* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}s: The Tweedles have their names embroidered on their suits.
* IFellForHours: Alice's descent down the rabbit hole, which takes an incredibly long time.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Well, kind of. It is stated that "Alice often gave herself very good advice, but she very seldom followed it."
* IncredibleShrinkingMan
* InnerMonologueConversation: When Alice is on the train in ''Through the Looking-Glass'', the other passengers can apparently hear her thinking, and respond by thinking in chorus. Even the narrator isn't quite sure how.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Humorously faulty logic is a running theme throughout the books, and this is clearly a case of AuthorAppeal. For example, the Pigeon thinks Alice is a snake. Why? Because Alice eats eggs. And you know what else eats eggs? A snake! In the Pigeon's defense, though, Alice also had a long neck because of the Caterpillar's growing mushroom.
** Also: Cheshire Cat - Dogs are sane. Dogs wags their tails when they are happy and growl when they are angry. Cats wag their tails when they are angry and growl (pur) when they are happy. Cats are the opposite of dogs. Cats are therefore mad.
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->"You never had fits, my dear, I think?" [the King of Hearts] said to the Queen.
-->"Never!" said the Queen furiously, throwing an inkstand at the Lizard as she spoke.
* ItWasAGift
* KangarooCourt
* KidHero
* {{Lilliputians}}: Everyone in Wonderland. Alice has to drink the potion to fit the size of the place.
* TheMadHatter
* MagicMushroom: The Caterpillar's mushroom is probably the TropeMaker. Eating one side of it made Alice taller, eating the other made her shorter.
* MagicPants: In the original John Tenniel illustrations and in nearly all adaptations, Alice's dress grows and shrinks with her. It's Wonderland -- nothing else makes sense, so why should this? Averted in the [[Film/AliceInWonderland Tim Burton version]], however.
* MeaningfulName: Alice has a name that means "Noble". Although this may have been a coincidence, as the name was that of a girl Carroll knew in real life, it becomes appropriate in the ending of ''Through the Looking-Glass''.
* MerlinSickness: The White Queen.
* MirrorChemistry: Alice wonders if looking-glass milk is good to drink; this is likely the UrExample as it predates the scientific basis for the trope.
* MurderBallad: "The Walrus and the Carpenter."
* NurseryRhyme: Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are characters from nursery rhymes.
* NervousWreck: The White Rabbit.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Alice is kind and polite to everyone she meets. This is in contrast to the White Rabbit, who apparently is upper-class enough for a servant, to whom he speaks rudely, and we later see him boot-licking the Queen of Hearts.
** Actually, in the Victorian era, Alice would have been considered a rude and impatient little girl. Etiquette has changed over the years.
* {{No Name Given}}: Alice's sister.
* OffWithHisHead: TropeNamer. Whether those beheadings are carried out is doubtful.
* OldMoney: The Hatter's hat has a tag that reads "10/6". This is a price tag and indicates the hat costs ten shillings and sixpence; or a little over half (52.5%) of a Pound Sterling (and exactly half a guinea [21 shillings]).
* OneParagraphChapter: Put together, chapters 10 and 11 of ''Through the Looking-Glass'' (in which Alice wakes and the Red Queen becomes a kitten) have only 57 words (and two pictures).
* OnlySaneMan: Alice often plays this role to the various characters she meets along her adventures, though she herself sometimes does things that are a little peculiar (Talks to herself, wonders whether she is Mabel, recites original whimsical poetry, has previously tried to box her own ears for cheating in a game of croquet against herself, and, in ''Through the Looking Glass'', she constantly converses with her cats). The Cheshire Cat asserts that everyone in Wonderland, including Alice, is "mad."
* {{Portmanteau}}: While Carroll did not invent the word, its use in ''Alice'' inspired its shift of meaning to the current one.
* PowerUpFood: "Eat Me", "Drink Me"
* PragmaticAdaptation: Most adaptations cut out the satirical elements the books were originally known for. In many cases, this is since satire on mid-nineteenth century English politics and culture is going to be lost on 99% of the audience. (In fact, many of the poems Carroll satirized only survive ''because'' he did so in the books. And in some cases, even that wasn't enough!)
* PublicDomainCharacter: Though Disney [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope would have you think it was their property]].
* RavensAndCrows: Why ''is'' it like a writing-desk, anyway?
* RiddleForTheAges: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" The riddle was never intended to have an actual answer, but authors have hazarded several famous answers, including:
** They both have inky quills.
** Because Poe wrote on both.
** Because there's a B in both and an N in neither.
** Because it slopes with a flap.
** They both only work right if put on their legs.
** One is a rest for pens, the other is a pest for wrens.
** Because they should be shut up.
** Eventually Carrol supplied his own: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are ''very'' flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front." ("nevar" being "raven" spelled backwards; editors for over a century saw fit to "correct" this)
* SchrodingersButterfly
* ShapeShifting
* SignificantReferenceDate: ''Wonderland'' implies that it takes place in May (when Alice thinks about the March Hare) and that it is the fourth of the month (when asked what day of the month it is by the Mad Hatter). Alice Liddell was born on May 4, 1852.
* SpoofAesop: In one chapter the Duchess responds to every piece of news with a moral, ranging from statements which are sensible but irrelevant to complete nonsense.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: The entire book was cooked up off the top of Carrol's head; it would only be later, and after some persisting, that he'd write the whole thing down.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: The Sheep knits.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* TwinBanter: The Tweedles, naturally
* {{Unicorn}}
* VictorianBritain: The setting of the real world portions obviously, ThePresentDay when it was written, but notable since most adaptations keep the time period.
* WhiteBunny: The White Rabbit
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Alice was based on the real-life Alice Liddell.
** The members of the boating party that first heard Carroll's tale show up in the Caucus Race; Alice's sisters Edith and Lorina, are inserted as the Eaglet and Lory, respectively. Rev Robinson Duckworth is the [[CaptainObvious Duck]] and [[AuthorAvatar Carroll himself]] is the Dodo.
** Alice and her sisters appear again as Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie in the Dormouse's story. Elsie (L.C.) is Lorina (middle name Charlotte), Tillie is Edith (nickname Matilda), and Lacie is an anagram of Alice.
** Alice's two other, lesser known sisters (Rhoda and Violet) make appearances in the second book, as the rose and the violet in the talking flower garden. The mouse who gives the "dry lecture" and the Red Queen were seemingly based off of Alice's governess. The Queen of Hearts and the Duchess were seemingly caricatures of Queen Victoria and her mother respectively.
* TheWonderland: TropeNamer.
* WorldOfChaos
* WorldOfPun: Both books are famous for their word plays and allusions.
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!!Adaptations with their own trope pages include:

* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Disney's animated feature film
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', the live-action film directed by TimBurton
* ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', SyFy's TV miniseries
* ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]'', [=American McGee=]'s video game
* ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'', DisneyChannel's live-action series
* ''VideoGame/AliceIsDead'', the serialised Flash game
* ''Theatre/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', the ballet
* ''Film/{{Alice}}'', film by Creator/JanSvankmajer.

!!Other adaptations of ''Alice in Wonderland'' contain examples of:
* AdaptationOverdosed: Let's see, 16 films, a TV series, countless re-imaginings and sequels in book ''and'' motion picture, and...
* AllStarCast
** The 1999 adaptation features a ''lot'' of well-known faces, including [[Film/ThreeAmigos Martin Short]] as the Mad Hatter, WhoopiGoldberg as the Cheshire Cat, ChristopherLloyd as the White Knight, GeneWilder as the Mock Turtle, and a breakout role for [[VeronicaMars Tina Majorino]].
** The 1985 version also features a lot of names in the cast, like Sammy Davis Jr as the Caterpillar, Telly Savalas as the Cheshire Cat, Carol Channing as the White Queen, [=Roddy McDowall=] as the March Hare, and Ringo Starr as the Mock Turtle.
** A 1933 version includes W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, CaryGrant as the Mock Turtle and Gary Cooper as the White Knight, among other stars.
* AndYouWereThere: In the 1999 Hallmark TV movie, the guests at the party being held by Alice's parents become the characters in Wonderland. The same goes for some of the toys in Alice's room.
** Toys in Alice's room being Wonderland characters was also used as a motif in Jan Svankmajer's version, though in a more sinister way.
** An early silent film version also features this where Alice tries to steal some tarts from the cook before her sister calls her out for an outing where she sees things like a cat in a tree. Caption: Things we do and see before we sleep often influence our dreams.
* BehindAStick: Happens in the 1999 version when Alice is looking for her flamingo.
* ComingOfAgeStory: The 1985 TV musical has Alice learning to become a fearless, grown-up girl. The 1999 version also does this, but to a less obvious extent.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Some video stores do this with the Fiona Fullerton film, where they take Peter Sellers's face, slap it on the cover and try to claim he's the star so they can make a sale.
* EitherOrTitle: Hanna-Barbera's 1967 revisionist special (aired on ABC) was called ''Alice In Wonderland, or: What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?''
* GenderFlip: In Frank Wildhorn's musical ''Wonderland,'' the Mad Hatter is a woman. In-universe, this is a GenderBender (the Hatter is "new and improved"), brought on because the Hatter is [[spoiler: Alice's EnemyWithout.]]
* HairRaisingHare: The Tea Party sequence in the film ''Dreamchild,'' a hallucination of the real and now very old Alice Liddell. The March Hare is a frightening creature with broken teeth (although he's outdone by the Hatter, who is a downright [[BodyHorror monstrous exaggeration]] of Tenniel's illustrations).
* NoNameGiven: Averted in the 1999 TV adaptation. It's shown that the White Rabbit's name is Frederick, The King's name is Cedric, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee's first names are Ned and Fred respectively.
* NoodleIncident: In the 1999 version, ''The Great Cat Massacre of '28'' and the ''Flamingo Plague of '26'' are referred to.
* OrWasItADream: In the 1999 TV version, after Alice has gained confidence from her trip to Wonderland and has performed ''The Lobster Quadrille'' to an applauding audience, she sees the Cheshire Cat among the crowd, who gives her a congratulatory smile.
** In JanSvankmajer's adaptation, Alice wakes up in her room and everything seems fine, except the rabbit display cage is empty and glass broken. She finds a pair of scissors in the Rabbit's secret drawer and contemplates cutting ''his'' head off next time. ''Brr''...
* PuppyLove: BKN's ''Alice in Wonderland: What's the Matter with Hatter'' features Alice befriending a younger Mad Hatter.
* RunningGag: In Svankmajer's adaption, Alice has really bad luck with drawers. Whenever she tries to open one, she ends up pulling the knob out.
* VisualPun: In the 1999 version:
-->'''Hatter:''' Well then, I rest my case.
-->'''March Hare:''' Where?
-->'''Hatter:''' There. *points to a pile of suitcases that appeared out of nowhere*
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the 1999 adaptation, Alice saves the three playing card gardeners who were about to be beheaded for painting the roses, telling them to get into her pocket. They jump in and that's the last we ever hear from them.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: ''Alice in Wonderland, or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?'', the 1967 animated version by {{Hanna-Barbera}}
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!!!There was also an animated series by Nippon Animation, fondly remembered by many in Europe and other parts of the world not the US. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs7VxRjG5lE&feature=related English dub of first episode]]:
* ButtMonkey: Little Bill. If there is a problem that needs to be solved, just call him. Even if you have to drag him kicking and screaming to it.
* CainAndAbel: The Queen of Hearts and her sister, the Queen of Spades. One episode reveals that the Queen of Spades threatened to invade Wonderland if it ever snowed during the summer. Which she does when Alice accidentally breaks a weather house controlling Wonderland's weather.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: In a realm full of them, the croquet-obsessed White Queen is often the most blatantly out there.
* DownTheRabbitHole: Only during the first episode and a few after it. The rest of the series has Alice primarily fading out our world and into Wonderland in the blink of an eye.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Wonderlanders' treatment of Humpty Dumpty as he's hanging by his bowtie from a tree, actively placing bets on whether he'll fall or not, does seem rather cruel.
* LargeAndInCharge: The Queen of Hearts naturally.
* {{No Name Given}}: Averted. Alice's sister is named Celia.
* OnlySaneMan: Often Alice, but she just as often jumps right into the madness. Uncharacteristically, the Queen of Hearts also often fulfills this role.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Arguably, the King and Queen of Hearts. The King leads the charge to try and save his old friend Humpty Dumpty from a gruesome end, and the Queen of Hearts actively participates in the daily goings-on of the Wonderlanders (whether the Wonderlanders like it or not is another story though).
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: There was a hilarious scene that lasted a whole minute during the second episode in the hall of doors, which involved the White Rabbit tricking Alice into going through one door while he exits through another, and the two of them running into each other and twirling around, arms linked, unable to stop themselves.
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-->''"Curiouser and curiouser!"''

A parade of the surreal, with all the logic of a dream -- and invoking the madness of quite a lot of mankind's so called 'logic' -- ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' (1865) is a children's classic, filled with allusions to Victorian trivia, most of which is now [[WeirdAlEffect long forgotten]]. ([[TheAnnotatedEdition The book ''The Annotated Alice'']] by Martin Gardner explains all of these, from jokes to basic trivia. It contains both volumes, with Tenniel's original illustrations.)

The story was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (PenName Creator/LewisCarroll) on a boating trip with a friend and three little girls, one of which was Alice Liddell. It was meant as a gift for her and the fictional Alice is based on her.

The story begins when Alice follows a white rabbit, who just happens to be wearing a waistcoat and a pocketwatch, down a rabbit hole. She falls, very slowly, into a corridor lined with doors, all locked, and a key that fits only into the smallest one. After some misadventures with food and drink that make her change size, she escapes in a pool of her own tears. Outside, she finds a land filled with strange creatures and talking animals. Few are entirely rational. After several bizarre incidents, including the Duchess' Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Alice defies the tyrannical Queen of Hearts and wakes up. It was AllJustADream -- definitely-third person narration clearly states that this is so.

In the sequel, ''Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There'' (1871), Alice goes to sleep and then dreams she steps into a mirror, where she becomes a pawn in an allegorical [[ChessMotifs game of]] TabletopGame/{{chess}}. On her march across the board, symbolised as countryside divided up by brooks, Alice meets more strange characters, mostly taken from {{nursery rhyme}}s, before eventually reaching the other end of the board, becoming a queen, and having a coronation party, which rapidly gets out of hand. Seizing the Red Queen, she wakes up and finds she is holding a kitten.

The books have contributed many phrases to the English language--"chortle" was coined by Lewis Carroll--and, thanks to their large cast of characters, are especially popular for adapting into ensemble films loaded with veteran actors.

Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, Creator/TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the Creator/{{Syfy}} Channel. ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Anime/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to [[PublicDomain its copyright expiring long ago]], Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.

Now has a CharacterSheet under construction. For tropes related to the adaptations, see below the trope list for the books.

The book is also the source of the name of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Queen%27s_Hypothesis Red Queen Effect]] in evolution.

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!!These books contain examples of:
* AnAesop: {{Subverted}} ''Alice'' is notable for being the first work of Victorian children's literature that sought to entertain rather than to teach dull morals. Though one could argue that ''Alice'' teaches an indirect moral of enjoying your childhood while it lasts, and to never forget it during adulthood.
* AllJustADream: One of the few examples where it worked, mostly because Wonderland worked by dream logic.
* AuthorAppeal: Lewis Carroll's love of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland#Symbolism mathematics]] is evident.
* AuthorAvatar: The Dodo in the Caucus Race. Dodgson stuttered and so would pronounce his last name "Do-Do-Dodgson", which earned him the nickname. The White Rabbit's fussiness is also based on Dodgson. The White Knight is a possible example, as he is the only character in either book who is 100% kind to Alice.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Carroll never refers to the Hatter as the Mad Hatter.
* BlackComedy: For example:
-->''"After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!" (Which was very likely true.)''
** Martin Gardner pointed out that an exchange between Alice and Humpty Dumpty is both the blackest and most easily missed joke in the books:
-->"Seven years and six months!" Humpty Dumpty repeated thoughtfully. "An uncomfortable sort of age. Now if you'd asked ''my'' advice, I'd have said, "Leave off at seven' -- but it's too late now."
-->"I never ask advice about growing," Alice said indignantly.
-->"Too proud?" the other enquired.
-->Alice felt even more indignant at this suggestion. "I mean," she said, "that one can't help growing older."
-->"''One'' can't, perhaps," said Humpty Dumpty, "but ''two'' can. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven."
* BlindMistake: The White Rabbit and the Bird in the Tree are short-sighted and mistake Alice for Mary Ann and a snake, respectively.
* BoardGames
* ButtMonkey: Bill the Lizard. Especially so when Alice takes his pencil away.
* CatsAreMagic: The Cheshire Cat.
* CatsAreSuperior: Or at least Cheshire Cat thinks so.
* CheshireCatGrin: The {{Trope Namer}}.
* ChessMotifs: Takes it further than most, and is itself a huge inspiration for stock chess metaphors.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: The author's belief. Alice herself epitomizes innocence.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}, naturally.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Alice is mistaken for the White Rabbit's housekeeper Mary Anne and sent into his house to find his gloves. She spends a lot of time worrying about running into the real Mary Anne and being turned out of the house before she gets a chance to find the gloves.
* CommonKnowledge: The Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen are two separate characters. People usually get confused due to CompositeCharacter. Technically the same applies to Looking Glass Lands and Wonderland proper, yet both places might exist in the same... place.
* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: Lots of Wonderland in the second book.
* CrazyPrepared: The White Knight:
--> '''White Knight''': You see, it's as well to be provided for ''everything''. That's the reason the horse has all those anklets round his feet.
--> '''Alice''': But what are they for?
--> '''White Knight''': [[HilariousInHindsight To guard against]] [[{{Series/Batman}} the bites of sharks.]]
* DancesAndBalls: The Lobster Quadrille.
* DownTheRabbitHole
* DreamApocalypse: Tweedledum and Tweedledee tells Alice this will happen to Alice herself if the Red King wakes up.
* DreamLand
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Besides Alice, only a few minor or unseen characters have names. The rest are only known by their species (the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle etc.), their title (the King, Queen and Knave of Hearts, the Duchess) or their profession (the Hatter, the Cook, the Footmen).
* {{Expy}}: From one book to the other. The White King's messengers in "Through the Looking Glass" are Hatta and Haigha (Hatter and Hare).
* FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither: When Alice meets the Unicorn, it asks what she is. When told that she is a child, it replies, stunned, "I always thought they were fabulous monsters!" When Alice confesses that she always believed that unicorns were fabulous monsters, the Unicorn says, "Well, if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you," to which Alice agrees.
* TheFairFolk: Not in appearance; but in their erratic BlueAndOrangeMorality and LackOfEmpathy? Oh yes definitely.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: The TropeNamer.
* ForgottenTrope: Carroll's ''Alice'' stories have outlived much of the Victorian trappings they satirize. His poem about the "little crocodile" parodies Isaac Watts's [[TastesLikeDiabetes saccharine]] [[http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20295 original]] about the "little busy bee" -- an example of a whole class of Victorian poems that children were taught in order to instill virtue.
* GoAmongMadPeople: TropeNamer.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen of Hearts, well known for her catchphrase, "Off with their heads!" In her defense, she's hardly much worse than the other residents of Wonderland (the Duchess calls for Alice to be beheaded as well, for no reason at all) and is ignored when it comes to her orders for executions. On the other hand, the White Queen and Red Queen fully subvert this. Despite being respectively nutty and stern with Alice, both are still quite kind.
* {{Gonk}}: The Duchess. The Queen of Hearts is usually portrayed as this, though her physical appearance is not described in the text.
* HairRaisingHare: The White Rabbit, in the darker adaptations.
* HangingJudge: The Queen of Hearts, although according to the Gryphon, they never executes nobody. How reliable the Gryphon is as a source is open to interpretation.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The Mock Turtle.
* IconicCharacters
* IconicOutfit: Alice's dress in John Tenniel's original colored illustrations. It even has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_dress its own Wikipedia article]].
* {{Identical Twin ID Tag}}s: The Tweedles have their names embroidered on their suits.
* IFellForHours: Alice's descent down the rabbit hole, which takes an incredibly long time.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Well, kind of. It is stated that "Alice often gave herself very good advice, but she very seldom followed it."
* IncredibleShrinkingMan
* InnerMonologueConversation: When Alice is on the train in ''Through the Looking-Glass'', the other passengers can apparently hear her thinking, and respond by thinking in chorus. Even the narrator isn't quite sure how.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Humorously faulty logic is a running theme throughout the books, and this is clearly a case of AuthorAppeal. For example, the Pigeon thinks Alice is a snake. Why? Because Alice eats eggs. And you know what else eats eggs? A snake! In the Pigeon's defense, though, Alice also had a long neck because of the Caterpillar's growing mushroom.
** Also: Cheshire Cat - Dogs are sane. Dogs wags their tails when they are happy and growl when they are angry. Cats wag their tails when they are angry and growl (pur) when they are happy. Cats are the opposite of dogs. Cats are therefore mad.
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->"You never had fits, my dear, I think?" [the King of Hearts] said to the Queen.
-->"Never!" said the Queen furiously, throwing an inkstand at the Lizard as she spoke.
* ItWasAGift
* KangarooCourt
* KidHero
* {{Lilliputians}}: Everyone in Wonderland. Alice has to drink the potion to fit the size of the place.
* TheMadHatter
* MagicMushroom: The Caterpillar's mushroom is probably the TropeMaker. Eating one side of it made Alice taller, eating the other made her shorter.
* MagicPants: In the original John Tenniel illustrations and in nearly all adaptations, Alice's dress grows and shrinks with her. It's Wonderland -- nothing else makes sense, so why should this? Averted in the [[Film/AliceInWonderland Tim Burton version]], however.
* MeaningfulName: Alice has a name that means "Noble". Although this may have been a coincidence, as the name was that of a girl Carroll knew in real life, it becomes appropriate in the ending of ''Through the Looking-Glass''.
* MerlinSickness: The White Queen.
* MirrorChemistry: Alice wonders if looking-glass milk is good to drink; this is likely the UrExample as it predates the scientific basis for the trope.
* MurderBallad: "The Walrus and the Carpenter."
* NurseryRhyme: Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are characters from nursery rhymes.
* NervousWreck: The White Rabbit.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Alice is kind and polite to everyone she meets. This is in contrast to the White Rabbit, who apparently is upper-class enough for a servant, to whom he speaks rudely, and we later see him boot-licking the Queen of Hearts.
** Actually, in the Victorian era, Alice would have been considered a rude and impatient little girl. Etiquette has changed over the years.
* {{No Name Given}}: Alice's sister.
* OffWithHisHead: TropeNamer. Whether those beheadings are carried out is doubtful.
* OldMoney: The Hatter's hat has a tag that reads "10/6". This is a price tag and indicates the hat costs ten shillings and sixpence; or a little over half (52.5%) of a Pound Sterling (and exactly half a guinea [21 shillings]).
* OneParagraphChapter: Put together, chapters 10 and 11 of ''Through the Looking-Glass'' (in which Alice wakes and the Red Queen becomes a kitten) have only 57 words (and two pictures).
* OnlySaneMan: Alice often plays this role to the various characters she meets along her adventures, though she herself sometimes does things that are a little peculiar (Talks to herself, wonders whether she is Mabel, recites original whimsical poetry, has previously tried to box her own ears for cheating in a game of croquet against herself, and, in ''Through the Looking Glass'', she constantly converses with her cats). The Cheshire Cat asserts that everyone in Wonderland, including Alice, is "mad."
* {{Portmanteau}}: While Carroll did not invent the word, its use in ''Alice'' inspired its shift of meaning to the current one.
* PowerUpFood: "Eat Me", "Drink Me"
* PragmaticAdaptation: Most adaptations cut out the satirical elements the books were originally known for. In many cases, this is since satire on mid-nineteenth century English politics and culture is going to be lost on 99% of the audience. (In fact, many of the poems Carroll satirized only survive ''because'' he did so in the books. And in some cases, even that wasn't enough!)
* PublicDomainCharacter: Though Disney [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope would have you think it was their property]].
* RavensAndCrows: Why ''is'' it like a writing-desk, anyway?
* RiddleForTheAges: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" The riddle was never intended to have an actual answer, but authors have hazarded several famous answers, including:
** They both have inky quills.
** Because Poe wrote on both.
** Because there's a B in both and an N in neither.
** Because it slopes with a flap.
** They both only work right if put on their legs.
** One is a rest for pens, the other is a pest for wrens.
** Because they should be shut up.
** Eventually Carrol supplied his own: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are ''very'' flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front." ("nevar" being "raven" spelled backwards; editors for over a century saw fit to "correct" this)
* SchrodingersButterfly
* ShapeShifting
* SignificantReferenceDate: ''Wonderland'' implies that it takes place in May (when Alice thinks about the March Hare) and that it is the fourth of the month (when asked what day of the month it is by the Mad Hatter). Alice Liddell was born on May 4, 1852.
* SpoofAesop: In one chapter the Duchess responds to every piece of news with a moral, ranging from statements which are sensible but irrelevant to complete nonsense.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: The entire book was cooked up off the top of Carrol's head; it would only be later, and after some persisting, that he'd write the whole thing down.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: The Sheep knits.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld
* TwinBanter: The Tweedles, naturally
* {{Unicorn}}
* VictorianBritain: The setting of the real world portions obviously, ThePresentDay when it was written, but notable since most adaptations keep the time period.
* WhiteBunny: The White Rabbit
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Alice was based on the real-life Alice Liddell.
** The members of the boating party that first heard Carroll's tale show up in the Caucus Race; Alice's sisters Edith and Lorina, are inserted as the Eaglet and Lory, respectively. Rev Robinson Duckworth is the [[CaptainObvious Duck]] and [[AuthorAvatar Carroll himself]] is the Dodo.
** Alice and her sisters appear again as Elsie, Lacie, and Tillie in the Dormouse's story. Elsie (L.C.) is Lorina (middle name Charlotte), Tillie is Edith (nickname Matilda), and Lacie is an anagram of Alice.
** Alice's two other, lesser known sisters (Rhoda and Violet) make appearances in the second book, as the rose and the violet in the talking flower garden. The mouse who gives the "dry lecture" and the Red Queen were seemingly based off of Alice's governess. The Queen of Hearts and the Duchess were seemingly caricatures of Queen Victoria and her mother respectively.
* TheWonderland: TropeNamer.
* WorldOfChaos
* WorldOfPun: Both books are famous for their word plays and allusions.
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!!Adaptations with their own trope pages include:

* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', Disney's animated feature film
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', the live-action film directed by TimBurton
* ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', SyFy's TV miniseries
* ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]'', [=American McGee=]'s video game
* ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'', DisneyChannel's live-action series
* ''VideoGame/AliceIsDead'', the serialised Flash game
* ''Theatre/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', the ballet
* ''Film/{{Alice}}'', film by Creator/JanSvankmajer.

!!Other adaptations of ''Alice in Wonderland'' contain examples of:
* AdaptationOverdosed: Let's see, 16 films, a TV series, countless re-imaginings and sequels in book ''and'' motion picture, and...
* AllStarCast
** The 1999 adaptation features a ''lot'' of well-known faces, including [[Film/ThreeAmigos Martin Short]] as the Mad Hatter, WhoopiGoldberg as the Cheshire Cat, ChristopherLloyd as the White Knight, GeneWilder as the Mock Turtle, and a breakout role for [[VeronicaMars Tina Majorino]].
** The 1985 version also features a lot of names in the cast, like Sammy Davis Jr as the Caterpillar, Telly Savalas as the Cheshire Cat, Carol Channing as the White Queen, [=Roddy McDowall=] as the March Hare, and Ringo Starr as the Mock Turtle.
** A 1933 version includes W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, CaryGrant as the Mock Turtle and Gary Cooper as the White Knight, among other stars.
* AndYouWereThere: In the 1999 Hallmark TV movie, the guests at the party being held by Alice's parents become the characters in Wonderland. The same goes for some of the toys in Alice's room.
** Toys in Alice's room being Wonderland characters was also used as a motif in Jan Svankmajer's version, though in a more sinister way.
** An early silent film version also features this where Alice tries to steal some tarts from the cook before her sister calls her out for an outing where she sees things like a cat in a tree. Caption: Things we do and see before we sleep often influence our dreams.
* BehindAStick: Happens in the 1999 version when Alice is looking for her flamingo.
* ComingOfAgeStory: The 1985 TV musical has Alice learning to become a fearless, grown-up girl. The 1999 version also does this, but to a less obvious extent.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Some video stores do this with the Fiona Fullerton film, where they take Peter Sellers's face, slap it on the cover and try to claim he's the star so they can make a sale.
* EitherOrTitle: Hanna-Barbera's 1967 revisionist special (aired on ABC) was called ''Alice In Wonderland, or: What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?''
* GenderFlip: In Frank Wildhorn's musical ''Wonderland,'' the Mad Hatter is a woman. In-universe, this is a GenderBender (the Hatter is "new and improved"), brought on because the Hatter is [[spoiler: Alice's EnemyWithout.]]
* HairRaisingHare: The Tea Party sequence in the film ''Dreamchild,'' a hallucination of the real and now very old Alice Liddell. The March Hare is a frightening creature with broken teeth (although he's outdone by the Hatter, who is a downright [[BodyHorror monstrous exaggeration]] of Tenniel's illustrations).
* NoNameGiven: Averted in the 1999 TV adaptation. It's shown that the White Rabbit's name is Frederick, The King's name is Cedric, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee's first names are Ned and Fred respectively.
* NoodleIncident: In the 1999 version, ''The Great Cat Massacre of '28'' and the ''Flamingo Plague of '26'' are referred to.
* OrWasItADream: In the 1999 TV version, after Alice has gained confidence from her trip to Wonderland and has performed ''The Lobster Quadrille'' to an applauding audience, she sees the Cheshire Cat among the crowd, who gives her a congratulatory smile.
** In JanSvankmajer's adaptation, Alice wakes up in her room and everything seems fine, except the rabbit display cage is empty and glass broken. She finds a pair of scissors in the Rabbit's secret drawer and contemplates cutting ''his'' head off next time. ''Brr''...
* PuppyLove: BKN's ''Alice in Wonderland: What's the Matter with Hatter'' features Alice befriending a younger Mad Hatter.
* RunningGag: In Svankmajer's adaption, Alice has really bad luck with drawers. Whenever she tries to open one, she ends up pulling the knob out.
* VisualPun: In the 1999 version:
-->'''Hatter:''' Well then, I rest my case.
-->'''March Hare:''' Where?
-->'''Hatter:''' There. *points to a pile of suitcases that appeared out of nowhere*
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the 1999 adaptation, Alice saves the three playing card gardeners who were about to be beheaded for painting the roses, telling them to get into her pocket. They jump in and that's the last we ever hear from them.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis: ''Alice in Wonderland, or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?'', the 1967 animated version by {{Hanna-Barbera}}
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!!!There was also an animated series by Nippon Animation, fondly remembered by many in Europe and other parts of the world not the US. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs7VxRjG5lE&feature=related English dub of first episode]]:
* ButtMonkey: Little Bill. If there is a problem that needs to be solved, just call him. Even if you have to drag him kicking and screaming to it.
* CainAndAbel: The Queen of Hearts and her sister, the Queen of Spades. One episode reveals that the Queen of Spades threatened to invade Wonderland if it ever snowed during the summer. Which she does when Alice accidentally breaks a weather house controlling Wonderland's weather.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: In a realm full of them, the croquet-obsessed White Queen is often the most blatantly out there.
* DownTheRabbitHole: Only during the first episode and a few after it. The rest of the series has Alice primarily fading out our world and into Wonderland in the blink of an eye.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Wonderlanders' treatment of Humpty Dumpty as he's hanging by his bowtie from a tree, actively placing bets on whether he'll fall or not, does seem rather cruel.
* LargeAndInCharge: The Queen of Hearts naturally.
* {{No Name Given}}: Averted. Alice's sister is named Celia.
* OnlySaneMan: Often Alice, but she just as often jumps right into the madness. Uncharacteristically, the Queen of Hearts also often fulfills this role.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Arguably, the King and Queen of Hearts. The King leads the charge to try and save his old friend Humpty Dumpty from a gruesome end, and the Queen of Hearts actively participates in the daily goings-on of the Wonderlanders (whether the Wonderlanders like it or not is another story though).
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: There was a hilarious scene that lasted a whole minute during the second episode in the hall of doors, which involved the White Rabbit tricking Alice into going through one door while he exits through another, and the two of them running into each other and twirling around, arms linked, unable to stop themselves.
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Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, Creator/TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the Creator/{{Syfy}} Channel. ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Anime/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to being out of copyright, Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.

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Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, Creator/TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the Creator/{{Syfy}} Channel. ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Anime/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to being out of copyright, [[PublicDomain its copyright expiring long ago]], Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.



* AnAesop: {{Subverted}} -- ''Alice'' is notable for being the first work of Victorian children's literature that sought to entertain rather than to teach dull morals. Though one could argue that ''Alice'' teaches an indirect moral of enjoying your childhood while it lasts, and to never forget it during adulthood.

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* AnAesop: {{Subverted}} -- ''Alice'' is notable for being the first work of Victorian children's literature that sought to entertain rather than to teach dull morals. Though one could argue that ''Alice'' teaches an indirect moral of enjoying your childhood while it lasts, and to never forget it during adulthood.



* OldMoney: The Hatter's hat has a tag that reads "10/6"; this is a price tag and indicates the hat costs 10 shillings, 6 pence, or roughly half (52.5%) of a Pound Sterling.

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* OldMoney: The Hatter's hat has a tag that reads "10/6"; this "10/6". This is a price tag and indicates the hat costs 10 shillings, 6 pence, ten shillings and sixpence; or roughly a little over half (52.5%) of a Pound Sterling.Sterling (and exactly half a guinea [21 shillings]).



* PublicDomainCharacter: Though Disney would have you think it was their property.
* RavensAndCrows: Why is it like a writing-desk, anyway?

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Though Disney [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope would have you think it was their property.
property]].
* RavensAndCrows: Why is ''is'' it like a writing-desk, anyway?



** Eventually Carrol supplied his own: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are ''very'' flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front." ("nevar" being "raven" spelled backwards.)

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** Eventually Carrol supplied his own: "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are ''very'' flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front." ("nevar" being "raven" spelled backwards.)backwards; editors for over a century saw fit to "correct" this)



* VictorianBritain: The setting of the real world portions -- obviously, ThePresentDay when it was written, but notable since most adaptations keep the time period.

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* VictorianBritain: The setting of the real world portions -- obviously, ThePresentDay when it was written, but notable since most adaptations keep the time period.
4th Apr '13 7:20:41 AM LordGro
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Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is {{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the SyFy Channel. ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to being out of copyright, Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.

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Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is {{Disney}}'s Creator/{{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, TimBurton Creator/TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the SyFy Creator/{{Syfy}} Channel. ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' ''Anime/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to being out of copyright, Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.



* ''Film/NecoZAlenky'', film by Creator/JanSvankmajer.

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* ''Film/NecoZAlenky'', ''Film/{{Alice}}'', film by Creator/JanSvankmajer.
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* ''Film/NecoZAlenky'', film by Creator/JanSvankmajer.
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* RavensAndCrows

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* RavensAndCrowsRavensAndCrows: Why is it like a writing-desk, anyway?


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* SignificantReferenceDate: ''Wonderland'' implies that it takes place in May (when Alice thinks about the March Hare) and that it is the fourth of the month (when asked what day of the month it is by the Mad Hatter). Alice Liddell was born on May 4, 1852.
19th Mar '13 2:05:51 PM Xtifr
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Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is {{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the SyFy Channel. ''TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to being out of copyright, Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.

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Movie adaptations of the story go back into the earliest days of film: the first adaptation, a short subject made in 1903, contains some of the earliest examples of special effects in film. Walt Disney made some of his first animated films adapted from the Alice tales, and featured a live-action actress against animated characters. Of course, more popular is {{Disney}}'s [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] [[Disney/AliceInWonderland feature film]], which is considered among the studio's most surreal titles. Again under Disney, TimBurton has made a [[Film/AliceInWonderland new 2010 movie]] with Creator/JohnnyDepp as The Mad Hatter, though it's actually a sequel to both this book and ''Through the Looking Glass''. An unrelated television movie reimagination, ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'', was produced in 2009 by the SyFy Channel. ''TheLookingGlassWars'' ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars'' is a trilogy by Frank Beddor based on the idea that ''Alyss'' was heir to the throne of Wonderland and was forced to flee to our world by her evil Aunt Redd. ''And'' there's an animated series by Nippon Animation (the same group that made the ''Biene Maia'', ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'' and ''Dog of Flanders'' animated series). A pop musical version, simply called ''Wonderland'', is playing in Tampa, Florida as of late 2009. The book also inspired various manga. ''PandoraHearts'' and ''AreYouAlice'' are the two most prominent. Among the many video game adapatations are ''[[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice American McGee's Alice]]''. Many adaptations involve {{Grimmification}} to some degree. Due to being out of copyright, Alice is popular base material for commercial transformative works, including a musical porn film.
8th Mar '13 5:53:23 PM LongLiveHumour
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The story was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (PenName LewisCarroll) on a boating trip with a friend and three little girls, one of which was Alice Liddell. It was meant as a gift for her and the fictional Alice is based on her.

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The story was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (PenName LewisCarroll) Creator/LewisCarroll) on a boating trip with a friend and three little girls, one of which was Alice Liddell. It was meant as a gift for her and the fictional Alice is based on her.
14th Feb '13 5:58:00 PM Nocturna
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* IncrediblyLamePun: The Gnat isn't very good at making jokes.
31st Jan '13 6:29:45 AM SeptimusHeap
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* IconicOutfit: Alice's dress in John Tenniel's original colored illustrations. It even has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_dress its own Wikipedia article]].



* MemeticOutfit: Alice's dress in John Tenniel's original colored illustrations. It even has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_dress its own Wikipedia article]].
26th Jan '13 3:05:22 AM polutropon
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*** I know one [[DontExplainTheJoke shouldn't explain the joke]], but I still don't get it.
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