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-->''"Is it mad to pray for better hallucinations?"''

'''''Alice: Madness Returns''''' is the sequel to the 2000 video game ''AmericanMcGeesAlice''. Once again, you play Alice Liddell, attempting to save Wonderland from a rampaging train and her own subconscious.

One year after the conclusion of the original, and Alice is still struggling to recover from the emotional trauma of losing her entire family in a fatal fire. After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, she is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist, Dr. Bumby, who tries to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her. Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family's mysterious death by returning to Wonderland, which has [[CrapsackWorld gotten worse]]. By teaming up with [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor old friends (and foes)]] and journeying through a variety of expansive locales, Alice must work through her own mind to discover the truth about the accident that killed her family, even if it makes her go insane.

The game was released in June 2011 (more than a decade after the original first came out) and was developed by the same creative team, including American [=McGee=]. The game received mixed reviews upon its release.

The game's creator had plans for a third game and has already written the storyline for it. Due to legal and copyright issues, however, this could not be achieved. A [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spicyhorse/alice-otherlands/ successful Kickstarter]] to produce a series of animated shorts based on the idea was fully funded in August 2013.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* ActionGirl: Alice, but mainly in the Wonderland sequences.
* AirAidedAcrobatics: Thanks to the steam vents and the ability to use Alice's multi-jumps from it.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:After "defeating" the March Hare and the Dormouse, the Hatter mourns that all he wanted was a tea party and holds a mock one while ignoring both Alice and the [[LoadBearingBoss falling debris.]]]]
* AlluringAnglerfish: The ice snarks, though they don't actually use their lures you can use said lures to locate the snarks.
** Also a giant, frozen one in Tundraful, its lure being a chandelier.
* AntiFrustrationFeature: You can choose to skip the Musical Fish's mini-game, the mini-game wherein you rearrange the blocks and the Chess mini-game.
* AmoralAttorney: Radcliffe.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Alice's outfit keeps changing as she travels to different areas of Wonderland, and there's also some DLC outfits that have special effects to go with it.
* ArcWords: "What have you done?" Interestingly enough, the answer is [[spoiler:nothing]]. According to the caterpillar, Alice [[spoiler:turned a blind eye to abuse because of her willful ignorance. So, yes, she literally had done nothing to stop the abuse.]]
** 'Centaurs in Oxford' or some variation of crops up repeatedly in the collectible Memories, and the Queen of Hearts mentions it again before the climax.
* ArmCannon: See GiantEnemyCrab entry. Technically, a Pincer Cannon.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Mad Hatter's response to the March Hare's and Dodo's taunts at the end of his level.
--> '''Mad Hatter''': The insolence, the arrogance, the execrable table manners!
* ArtificialLimbs: The DLC "Hattress" costume has Alice sporting a mechanical arm and hand.
** The March Hare, Dormouse and some of the Dodos have these too.
* ArtShift: Cutscenes are shown in a 2D comic-style way.
** Few minigames are also played in a 2D -sidescroller style with distinctively different art from the main game.
** The trailers were done by an outside company and so look somewhat different to the game.
* AscendedExtra: The Insane Children didn't have a purpose (or dialogue) in the original game, but appear in the sequel as the fully-voiced inhabitants of the Dollhouse, who are being [[spoiler:turned into mindless dolls by the Dollmaker reflecting Bumby brainwashing children into becoming prostitutes]].
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Oh so many of the various enemies, boss or not. Several enemies can shrug off certain weapon attacks when not struck at the correct spot.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: In Chapter 4, [[spoiler:Alice gets the chance to rampage around the remains of the Queen of Hearts' garden as a giant.]]
** Of course, she does this in order to get rid of ''another'' "fifty-foot whatever", the Executioner.
* AttackReflector: Alice's parasol allows her to do the Umbrella Block. Sends all but the most weighty enemy projectiles back at them. A critical technique for eliminating a certain enemy's ability to block.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat, and Duchess. AND the Card Guards]]. These latter have decayed somewhat in the meantime.
* BackgroundBoss: While [[spoiler:the Dollmaker]] does remain in the safety of background to attack you with its appendages, after a while it will expose its [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak point for you to hurt]].
* BaldWomen:
** Happens to [[spoiler:Alice as a result of returning to Rutledge]] in-game.
** The ''Madness Returns'' storybook prequel of a sort allows you to interact [[spoiler:[[TraumaticHaircut with a shaver to shave her head]]]] as part of the story.
** The doll head you control in the Dollhouse.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Most of the game involves Alice wandering the twisted remains of her own mind to unlock her true memories.
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Instead of helping Alice (who is demanding that he help her board the train), The Mad Hatter [[spoiler:spends his last moments trying to have a tea party with the Hare and the Dormouse]]. The irony is lost on her.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Alice is one of the only attractive characters in the game.
* BerserkButton: The ending, where Alice [[spoiler:pushes Bumby into the path of a train in a fit of TranquilFury when she realises that he will escape punishment for his crimes against her and the other children]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Dr. Bumby]], who is trying to [[spoiler:get Alice to forget about Wonderland and the house fire to cover his tracks and so he can use her as a prostitute]].
* BioluminescenceIsCool: Almost every living thing in the Deluded Depths. Heck, even Alice's dress has an angler lure and rows of glowy dots.
* BittersweetEnding: Alice has defeated the [[spoiler:Dollmaker, saving her mind, and finishes her real world confrontation with Dr. Bumby. At first, it looks like the doctor himself will [[KarmaHoudini get off scot-free]], until, after turning away and walking a few steps, she turns around and flashes a calm and disturbing smile, walks back up to Bumby, and pushes him into the path of an oncoming train. Then, she walks out... to find that London and Wonderland have blended together]].
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Game: Part Two. Even the "real world" isn't.
* BlackBlood: The initial 2D cutscene with the White Rabbit. First some gore, then his head pops like cork with black ooze gushing out.
** Most of the Ruin are made of this.
* BleakLevel: Out of natural story progression, Chapter 5.
* BlobMonster: The various Ruin enemies. In CreepyDoll flavor no less.
* BodyHorror:
** In the opening, Alice has a dream where the White Rabbit randomly explodes in a shower of blood, and then an army of doll hands appear and ''shred Alice's face off''.
** The clockwork cyborg dodos.
** In Tundraful, several frozen creatures, mostly birds, can be found with part of their torsos missing. [[spoiler:Not to mention what is found under the Dreary Lane Theatre.]]
** Queensland is made of this.
** The brains of the Insane Children are exposed when you first see them.
* BonusFeatureFailure: Collecting bottles unlock concept art that's already available in other media.
* BoringButPractical: The Teapot Cannon is easily the most boring weapon in the game. Once upgraded it does absurd amounts of damage with huge splash, even on the hardest difficulty. Bonus points for a New Game+ where it can allow you to safely break the defenses of enemies in the early game who would cause you massive problems otherwise.
** A level 4 Vorpal Blade. There's an intrinsic quality to a large kitchen knife that attacks twice to thrice as fast as realistically possible while not requiring a noticeable break in between each strike.
* BossVulnerability:
** One particular enemy can go into an ethereal state as well as utilize subterranean movement, which renders it invulnerable until it exposes its weakness.
** [[spoiler:The Dollmaker]] goes into Type 2 territory once you deal with a couple of its [[GiantHandsOfDoom appendages]], of which are Type 2 themselves from the start. From that point onward it looks like you finally have a chance to hurt the boss directly.
* BreakingSpeech: Most major {{NPC}}s end up giving you one. Or five.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: If you're willing to throw down a couple bucks, you can download a "Dress Pack" that includes alternate costumes and weapons. Some {{DLC}} weapons like the reskinned version of the Pepper Grinder, the Octo-Grinder, grant double-dakka before overheating, and some of the dresses have ancillary benefits. The most powerful is the "Fleshmaiden" dress, which lets you use Hysteria (normally a SuperMode attack that is only available when you're about to die) ''at any time''. The option to buy the dresses is only available for console players, so PC players who didn't preorder the game are left in the dust... unless they edit the game's .ini files to unlock the dresses manually (and for free).
* BrokenBird: Alice.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth:
** Whenever Alice dodges, it's always with a slew of butterflies. When she floats, there are butterflies at her sides. And when she dies she explodes into a swarm of butterflies, and respawns with...yup, butterflies.
** [[spoiler:The Caterpillar]] becomes a butterfly as the Infernal Train stampedes through his sanctuary.
* ButtonMashing: A level 4 Vorpal Blade attacks so fast with very little delay in between full combos that it seems like you can chain attacks indefinitely.
* CallBack: The Cheshire Cat's ending monologue is composed almost entirely of stock lines that he said during the first game, as is most of his other dialogue (some of which were DummiedOut in the original).
* CallingTheOldManOut: All the "help" that Alice received during her time in Houndsditch wasn't all that benevolent after all. You show 'em, girl!
* CatchAndReturn: One enemy can block, collect, and return-fire ''your'' Pepper Grinder shots.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Back for more it seems.
-->'''Alice:''' "Blasted Cat. Don't try to bully me. I'm very much on edge."
-->'''Cheshire Cat:''' "Purrrfect. When you're not on edge, you're taking up too much space."
* ChekhovsGun: In the beginning of the game while walking around you can find a girl singing a song.
-->'''Little Girl:''' "The train is coming with its shiny cars. With comfy seats and wheels of stars. So hush my little ones have no fear. The man in the moon is the engineer."
** [[spoiler:The Final boss repeats it. Seeing what he's doing, it's no wonder why she was singing it.]]
** The latter line is actually a possible remnant of an earlier build of the game; One of the final levels was to take place on the moon.
* CheshireCatGrin: Take a wild guess who sports one of these.
* ClockPunk[=-=]{{Steampunk}}-[[XMeetsY hybrid]]: Almost everything about the Hatter's Domain. The March Hare-Dormouse HumongousMecha is the obvious embodiment.
* CognizantLimbs: Subverted in that you can only actually hurt a certain boss' [[GiantHandsOfDoom appendages]] one at a time, but later on both appendages will enter the playing field, which can be individually targeted.
* ConceptArtGallery: Progressively unlocked in content as you collect more bottles.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The various levels with identifiable hot liquids. Even platforms that regularly get submerged in them are safe to step on once they emerge.
* ContinuityNod:
** If you look at the background in some places of the Deluded Depths you can see fallen parts of what appear to be the Mad Hatter's factory.
** Several of Alice's dialogue with characters from the original game.
-->'''Alice to Hatter's head:''' "I recall leaving you in a decrepit condition, but not in pieces."
-->'''Alice to Cheshire Cat about the Queen:''' "Didn't treat you too well either; lost your head as I recall."
** Early in the Hatter's domain lies a broken down Clockwork Automaton from the first game.
* {{Cooldown}}: The ranged weapons.
* TheCorruption: The Ruin, a tarlike substance which can spawn monsters and solidify to block your path.
* CounterAttack: The principle of the game's combat style, used both by Alice and the various monsters.
* CrapsackWorld:
** What Wonderland has become in the intervening years between the games.
** The "Real World" as well. This game is not kind to 19th century London.
* CrashingDreams: The end cutscene for each chapter is related to the start of the next in this fashion more or less.
* CreepyChild: The Insane Children, and arguably the other children in London.
* CreepyDoll: The enemies in the Dollhouse level. [[spoiler:Alice gets turned into one for a while, with a doll head on her head.]]
** The Ruin contain ''bits'' of creepy dolls.
* CrypticConversation: The Cheshire Cat pops in at many points to give cryptic clues and comments to Alice.
* CurbStompBattle: See AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever. Unless you're horribly careless, that moment will be a cakewalk.
* CurseCutShort[=/=]LastSecondWordSwap: The Cheshire Cat suffers a near slip in Deluded Depths, Chapter 2. Just as you're about to face the Cannon Crab in melee for the first time in person.
-->"You're sufficiently fortified to '''kick some a'''-... Uh, to boot these creatures' nether regions."
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: There are 16 Radula Rooms but only 2 environments to go between them. There are several exceptions where Alice plays a new level of one of the minigames, but she still returns to one of the same 2 environments to collect her reward.
* CutsceneBoss: [[spoiler:"Battle time, Missy."]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Some feel this way about ''Madness Returns'' compared to the original.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Falling causes you to rematerialize on a nearby platform with no penalty. This actually makes diving into the abyss a viable shortcut in some cases. Being killed by enemies bounces you back to the last checkpoint, which usually isn't that far off. Either way, it's a minor inconvenience.
** Falling does kill you proper in some cases, most notably the beginning of Queensland.
* DegradedBoss: The Menacing Ruin. You first encounter it one-on-one, learning how to survive its offenses as well as making it more susceptible to your further counterattacks. Then they appear with slight regularity for the rest of the game as tougher mooks, though not that often.
** The Colossal Ruin actually gets ''tougher'' in repeat appearances, since the first time it retreats before you kill it. However, you'll likely be stronger by the time it shows up again, making defeating it that much easier.
* DerelictGraveyard: The later parts of Chapter 2, underwater.
* DesperationAttack[=/=]SuperMode: "Hysteria", which activates when your health is down to one rose, and allows you to deal increased damage and be invincible for a limited amount of time, although enemies won't drop teeth.
* DifficultyLevels: Easy, Normal, Hard, and Nightmare. The most obvious differences are that enemy attacks do more damage the higher the difficulty, and there are achievements associated with completing the first level and the last on Nightmare difficulty.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the Dollhouse level, there are two dolls you have to pass through. One passage, called "Frog's Way", begins between the legs of a doll that's sitting upright, and you come out it's rear. The second doll is lying on its belly. Again, the entry point is between its legs. You come out of its mouth.
** And how can we forget that Alice needs to tear the clothes off of the doll enemies in order to expose their weak points? The fact that this is the level where Alice comes to the realization that [[spoiler: someone must have been in Lizzie's room the night of the fire]] can hardly be called a coincidence.
* DoubleJump: UpToEleven with a Quadruple Jump. And a glide feature ''for each individual jump'' on top of that. ''And'' the Dodge ability on top of ''that''. Alice has an absurdly long jumping range that you will almost never take full advantage of.
* DownInTheDumps: Chapter 5.
* TheDragon: Possibly what the Executioner is to the Queen Of Hearts.
* DreamLand: Wonderland.
* DreamPeople: Some of Wonderland's characters are reflections of the real-world characters in Alice's mind, so it's subverted?
* DropTheHammer: The Hobby Horse.
* EarlyBirdBoss: See DegradedBoss.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: As per the last game. With a brand new villain.
* EdgeGravity: Applies during targeting, aiming, and[=/=]or dodging.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: If Alice isn't already this by default, certain scenes where the lighting can accentuate the effect will make her this. [[spoiler:The Queen of Hearts]] has even more unnaturally-pale skin.
* ElaborateEqualsEffective: As Alice's weapons evolve or upgrade, they become more detailed and elaborate. It even provides the page image for the trope.
* EldritchAbomination:
** The Ruin are oily blobs made up of random doll limbs and train parts that are utterly foreign to even the most bizarre realms of Wonderland. [[spoiler:They clue the player in that Alice's current problems stem from an outside source.]]
** Their master, the Dollmaker, and the Infernal Train their mechanical parts come from. The latter looks like a motorized gothic cathedral that turns Wonderland into a {{Steampunk}} hell, and the former is [[spoiler:a giant Dr. Bumby, with fountains of oil for eyes and puppets for hands.]]
** [[spoiler:The Red Queen]] makes a return despite being dead. Remember, that which is not dead that can eternal lie....
* ElectricJellyfish: There are red jellyfish in the Deluded Depths that kill you on contact (equivalent to falling), but whether or not they are electric is up to debate.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Alice in most of her getups, but especially in Chapter 1.
* EmbeddedPrecursor: Certain versions of ''Madness Returns'' include a copy of the original game, [[UpdatedRerelease newly outfitted with achievements]].
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:The Queen of Hearts]] begrudgingly assists Alice on her quest to find the Infernal Train, not because she genuinely wants to help, but because she's [[spoiler:angered that the Train has more or less made her irrelevant]].
* EscapeSequence: In Queensland from the Executioner. That is, until the AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever trope kicks in.
* EternalEngine: Hatter's Domain. Used to [[spoiler:construct the Infernal Train]] under the management of a rogue March Hare and Dormouse.
* EverythingFades: Corpses rapidly decay out of existence. Averted with PhysX on, where corpses, residue and damage shows and stays.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The Card Guards. The Queen of Hearts Castle may count too, since it's a castle made out of [[spoiler:rotting flesh.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Alice's is [[spoiler:the Infernal Train, which is her own subconscious]].
* FaceHeelTurn: The Dormouse and March Hare are now both evil.
* FakeMemories: See the RetCon and TraumaInducedAmnesia entries.
* FinalBossNewDimension: The dimension being the [[spoiler:Infernal Train]] that wrecks all others it passes through.
* FishingForMooks: Drifting Ruin in some areas will be floating about not bothering you, but are within Pepper Grinder range. Though they can't be hurt when their doll face is hidden, they can be aggro'd individually.
* FlashStep: Alice's dodge move is her exploding into butterflies that flash across the screen. During this, she can't be hurt.
* FloatingPlatforms: The game is a platformer after all. Includes the almost invisible variety. The ultimate expression of this would be Cardbridge.
* FloatingContinent: Not a continent, but several glorified floating structures made out of cards in Cardbridge.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A lot, especially in the memories.
* FriendlyFireproof: Averted in several instances, of which the most spectacular would be the Executioner accidentally one-hit-killing the lesser undead Card Guards when he misses with his scythe.
* GatlingGood: The Pepper Grinder doesn't have multiple barrels, has no spinning aside from the crank, and its level 4 upgrade ups the rate of fire to about 500 to 600 rounds per minute? If anything it just ''looks'' and ''sounds'' like a Gatling weapon in action.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The geisha statues in the Mysterious East are topless, but have no nipples.
* GhibliHills[=/=]GreenHillZone: Technically not ''the first'' environment you start controlling Alice from but once you enter Wonderland shortly after. [[MoodWhiplash And then you go down the slide....]]
* GhostPirate: One enemy type, except they aren't explicitly stated to be pirates. More of sailors.
** The sharks look like skeletal pirate ships.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The Cannon Crabs who are also {{Cigar Chomper}}s that light the fuse of their cannons with said cigars.
* GiantHandsOfDoom: One boss uses this.
* GiantMook: The Ruin enemies have their larger variants with corresponding threat potentials, namely the Colossal Ruin. Also one particular Doll and Wasp enemy. See also GiantEnemyCrab entry.
* GiantPoofySleeves: Somewhat for a few dresses. Look at the main page image above for an idea.
** One DLC dress feature red and white chess-piece knights for epaulet-sleeves.
* GiantWaistRibbon: All of Alice's dress have ribbons, although they are stylized to fit in with her dress, so they may be unnoticeable until further inspection.
* GimmickLevel: The Oriental Scrolls.
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: As seen in the page picture. Bonus points for hysteria mode where Alice's color palette turns black & white, her arms get covered in blood and her eyes cry blood.
* GoForTheEye: Guess which enemy is most easily dispatched in this manner.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Alice's tenuous grip on reality is shot right in the face when [[spoiler:she realizes the circumstances behind her family's death.]]
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Alluded to in one memory where Alice's older sister says how she smoked a cigarette and it was of no fun, then subsequently declaring interest for trying a pipe in future.
** Meanwhile, the Hookah-smoking caterpillar is an obvious example of a Good Smoker in this game.
** The Cannon Crabs smoke cigars
* GottaCatchEmAll: Bottles, memories and...[[ItMakesAsMuchSenseInContext pig snouts.]]
* GustyGlade: Courtesy of the Yeti.
* HairFlip: Usually due to the physics, rigorous movement like wildly mashing directional keys or the shrinking key produces some rather pleasant looking hairplay.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Probably where Alice keeps her weapons, like the Teapot Cannon, the Hobby Horse and the Pepper Grinder. There isn't enough space to keep them all in her dress. They tend to disappear into thin air once she's finished using them.
* HarderThanHard[=/=][[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Idiosyncratic Difficulty Level]]: Nightmare Difficulty.
* HarmlessFreezing: The Ice Snark's freezing breath doesn't so much as nick a rose petal, but immobilizes Alice nonetheless. Costumes that depict her bare-legged especially apply.
* HartmanHips: It was agreed on by the studio not to give her big breasts. So another way to emphasize her... femininity was to make her hips very wide.
** Although this could be due to her dress, the way she interacts with her hips shows that she in fact has wide hips. As shown in [[http://s1300.photobucket.com/user/sangyoonyou/media/AliceHips_zps1be22ae6.jpg.html this picture.]]
** The way she walks also emphasizes her hips and femininity. As shown in [[http://s1300.photobucket.com/user/sangyoonyou/media/alice-walk_zpsffffd818.gif.html this gif.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Many of the antagonists from the first game help Alice, including The Duchess, The Mad Hatter and [[spoiler:the Queen of Hearts (to serve her own means)]].
* HeroicWillpower: Near the end, Alice is forced into a doll body. As she tumbles down a chute, she regains control and bursts from the doll in her Wonderland outfit.
* HitAndRunTactics: Downplayed due to the general effectiveness of the ranged weapons, but as far as melee strategies go, is quite essential against the larger, more dangerous and resilient mooks.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The whole "fight" (if you can call it that) with the Executioner has a variation of this. While is impervious to any of Alice's attack and she can really do nothing except flee for her life from him until she finds the cake in the Majestic Maze, she ''can'' fool him into killing the other Mooks trying to attack her; they are just as vulnerable to his attacks as she is.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Nanny is definitely this, considering how troublesome of a child Alice has turned out to be.
* HopelessBossFight: The fight (if you can call it that) with the gigantic Executioner is like this. None of Alice's attacks can hurt him, and he can squash her quickly, so for most of it, Alice can do nothing but flee from him through the maze and avoid the other Mooks (maybe fool him into killing some of them to make it easier) until she finds the cake; at that point, she can win the "battle" by eating it, making herself bigger than he is, and just stepping on him.
* HornetHole: In this case, Samurai Wasps. They invaded the domain of the Origami Ants and are infesting the honeycomb-like environment.
* [[ActionGirl Hot Chick With A Sword]]: With the vorpal blade.
* HundredPercentCompletion: From collecting bottles and memories to shooting snouts to completing mini-game rooms. That's in addition to the standard get-all-weapons and complete-all-chapters objectives.
* HypnoFool: One of the many trusted methods of Dr. Bumby, who wants to help Alice forget her memories of the fire. [[spoiler:Because he's the one who caused it.]]
* IdleAnimation:
** After not moving her for a while, Alice will either yawn and stretch or clasp her hands behind her back and rock back and forth on her feet.
** Real-world Alice instead hugs herself then breaths into her palms and rubs them for warmth, or just plain lean forward towards the left or right to glance around.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Alice's underwater clothing. It's bio-luminescent and has an angler for a "tail" of sorts. The DLC clothing is equally impossible, especially the flesh dress.
* ImprobableWeaponUser[=/=]ImprovisedWeapon: You get to kill enemies using a hobby horse, a teapot and a pepper grinder. Even the knife seems relatively improvised.
* InconvenientlyPlacedConveyorBelt: An interesting variant of the ConveyorBeltOfDoom where parts of the belt (scroll?), [[BilingualBonus marked as a burning Chinese word for "fire"]], itself are ''highly'' damaging to Alice in the Mysterious East chapter. Running into two will kill her.
* InertialDampening: The falling-into-Wonderland sequences. Alice magically "brakes" to a slow descent before her feet touches the ground.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Averted. In real life, Alice is disturbing but harmless. It takes extreme provocation to make her do anything beyond shouting.
* Instant180DegreeTurn: That, or near-instant, as Alice's hair can be seen flailing briefly.
* InterfaceScrew: One of the battles with the ghost sailors has never-ending waves of Slithering Ruin spawn with him. Though basically harmless, it makes keeping a target lock on him (to destroy his bombs and stun him) nearly impossible. You either have to free-aim or get him to melee.
* InvisibleWall: Visible ones, everywhere in the game. You can jump up to it, but you just cannot land on it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Radcliffe sees Alice's desire to find out what happened on the night of the fire to be futile, but he still supports her.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: A literal, [[FridgeBrilliance Fridge Brilliant]] and kind of meta example: Pay close attention and you'll notice that Alice's SanitySlippage gets noticeable deranged spikes after each slide you go down.
* KnifeNut: See page image.
* TheLabRat: The Dormouse now has wheels for legs when you first see him.
* LastLousyPoint: Subverted[=/=]Inverted. If you are missing ''just '''one''''' collectible of any type after completing the game, the summary page on the main screen will oddly enough show 100%. Presumably it rounds up instead of down.
* LittleMissBadass: Sure she's 19 already but still, the kinds of foes you have to overcome in the game...
* LoadingScreen: This one gives you tips and hints. It also offers relevant quotes.
* LocomotiveLevel: Not much of one anyway. You take Alice to trigger one set of cutscenes to another before [[spoiler: your first real boss fight]].
* LogoJoke:
** From {{EA}} to a CheshireCatGrin.
** A sign hanging outside a pub in London looks exactly like Spicy Horse's logo.
** Just before saying hello to the Caterpillar, shrink down to see Spicy Horse's logo on one of the nearby pillars!
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe:
** The parasol will block many kinds of attacks from ever reaching Alice's rose petals. See also AttackReflector entry.
** The shield-bearing[[note]](read:teapot cover)[[/note]] Madcap.
* LuridTalesOfDoom: The newspapers in the Houndsditch Home.
* {{MacGuffin}}: The bottles you collect. Really, they don't do anything. They're just there to make OneHundredPercentCompletion harder to clear.
* MacroZone: Chapter 3, past the Vale Of Doom.
* ManipulativeBastard:
** [[spoiler:The Carpenter]] forces Alice to run his errands so he can finally finish organizing [[spoiler:a play, which turns out to be a front for The Walrus to eat both the entertainment and the audience]].
** More importantly, [[spoiler:Dr. Bumby. His apparent "therapy" is a front to brainwash his child charges into mindless prostitutes that he can rent to wealthy clients, and his "treatment" of Alice is just a convenient way of disposing of any remaining evidence connecting him to the death of the Liddell family.]]
* TheMaze: A small one, just before you find the cake. Hard to get lost though. (The same Maze appeared in the first game, where it was far more complicated; likely this is a result of the Queen's domain falling into disrepair.)
* MentalWorld: Wonderland
* MindScrew: The London/Wonderland transitions make sense only on the first two or three occasions, given that some explanation is given as to how Alice ended up where she awoke. About halfway through, though, logic starts to collapse: first, [[spoiler: Radcliffe disappears halfway through a conversation with Alice and his townhouse is reduced to a condemned hovel]]; then Alice emerges from the Mysterious East level in jail, having been found in the street, screaming about trains, with no way of telling just how much she saw was real or imagined. Then the Rutledge asylum level crops up, and suddenly Alice's so-called real world appears to have lost what little sanity it possessed. [[spoiler: And then there's the final levels and the epilogue.]]
* MiniBoss: The [[GiantMook largest]] Ruin and Doll enemies.
* MiniGame: Most of the levels have at least one of these. Some skippable, some not.
* MoneyGrinding[=/=]MoneyForNothing: It's possible to just complete the first chapter over and over to max out your weapons, giving you full power long before you'd normally have it (sometime in chapter 5, usually). Once you do, though, any teeth you collect are only good for use with the Hattress dress, which uses them in place of health.
* MoneyMultiplier: The Steam dress increases breakables teeth drops. The Silk Maiden dress increases enemy teeth drops. This only works after you've beaten the game, though.
* MoneySpider: Almost every enemy (save ZergRush types like the Boltflies) drops teeth, which are the game's currency for purchasing weapon upgrades.
* MonsterCompendium: As well as other characters, accessible from the menu. Subverted in that the "detailed information" is just basically Alice's opinion for each entry. Some of the monsters don't even appear in the game, possibly due to budget[=/=]deadlines.
* MookMaker: To generate the Bolterflies and Ink Wasps.
* MoreDakka: The purpose of upgrading the Pepper Grinder.
* MythologyGag: The Vorpal Blade is found upon the remains of the Jabberwock.
* NarrativeFiligree: Some memories qualify. The London segments also, with all their details that serve no purpose other than to establish locations and act as background props.
* NewGamePlus: Mainly to run through the story again with upgraded weapons and dresses. Also so you can break the couple of shells (for a few measly drops) on top of the slide that leads to the remains of the Jabberwock and the Vorpal Blade.
* NighInvulnerability: The Executioner.
* NightmarishFactory: The Mad Hatter's domain, which is used to [[spoiler:build the Infernal Train]].
* NintendoHard: The Royal Flush outfit is an optional version, reducing you to a maximum of four roses. Then there's [[HarderThanHard Nightmare difficulty]], where Alice's weapons only deal 75% of the default damage while she will receive '''three times''' the damage from everything else. You can also purposely refrain from upgrading your weapons. Now put them together.
* NonHumanUndead: The Card Guards, from the first game, are now this.
* NoOSHACompliance: Just look at the working environment of the Automatons in Hatter's Domain with the new establishment.
* NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom: The London levels, with no enemies, platforming, or collectibles, may as well be straight corridors. The rest of the game is ''riddled'' with hidden things off to the sides of the main path, though.
** Chapter 6 is a straight run to the end, same as the London sequences. This makes a bit of sense, since Alice keeps popping back to London every time you change areas.
* NostalgiaLevel: The Vale of Tears, the Hatter's Domain, and even Queensland. But InNameOnly. Wonderland was warped again since the previous game, leading to those levels becoming {{Remixed Level}}s.
* [[ObstacleSkiCourse Obstacle Slide Course]]: Burning sludge patches litter the slide sections of the game.
* OfCorsetsSexy: The Steam dress is made of one which only binds the mid-torso region.
* OffscreenStartBonus: The first time you play as [[spoiler:2D Alice in Chapter 3]]. Head left immediately for your first [[spoiler:peach]].
* OhCrap: Played HILARIOUSLY when the Executioner corners Alice, [[spoiler:only for her to eat a cake to make her grow giant. He drops his scythe (and his jaw, and probably [[BringMyBrownPants his lunch]], too) and then gets up close and personal with Alice's foot.]]
** Done more seriously at the end, [[spoiler:when Bumby sees Alice's SlasherSmile and realizes he's messed with the wrong girl]].
* OminousFog: The Hyde Park sequence.
* OnlyAFleshWound: The Queen Of Hearts actually uses this phrase [[spoiler:after Alice maims the the first of the various heart organs protected underneath cannon towers]].
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: The Madcaps.
* PaletteSwap: The Insidious Ruin in Queensland have a reddish hue instead.
** The various Card Guard suits are essentially this, as opposed to the first game where their suit denoted their power.
* ParachutePetticoat: How Alice rides air vents.
** Also how she slows her descent in the air.
* PressurePlate: Once in the original game, many in this.
* PsychologicalTormentZone: Wonderland gets corrupted and manipulated by the Wonderland manifestation of the BigBad in Alice's mind.
* {{Pun}}: The leaflets for the weapons acquired:
** '''Teapot Cannon:'''[-"Throw an instant tea party. It will be a blast!"-] Considering that the weapon is essentially a grenade launcher...
** '''Hobby Horse:'''[-"Stampede through the opposition! A SMASHING HIT!!!"-] Your sledgehammer in Wonderland.
*** The ''Knightmare'' from the DLC, referencing (but not limited to) a female horse, nightmare (duh), and a VisualPun.
** One of the loading screen tips tells you to "season enemies at range" with the pepper grinder.
*** The Eye-pot enemies.
* PuzzlePan: Especially in the later chapters as the landscape gets seemingly more non-linear, but isn't.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Wonderland Alice. For the white part, it could be due to the lighting or even the graphic rendering.
** Reality Alice is even more dual-toned than Wonderland Alice, minus the bonus costumes.
* RealTimeWeaponChange: Finisher combos are quite damaging in this fashion. Also results in an achievement for using the Hobby Horse, switching to the Vorpal Blade, then back to the Horse in a single combo.
* RedFilterOfDoom: Mainly in the 2D cutscenes whenever they show.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: Not necessarily of an incoming threat, but just as you leave Radcliffe's disused premises and move along the streets, the sky seems to be burning in the horizon until the full picture comes into view.
* RemixedLevel: The Vale Of Tears, Hatter's Domain, and Queensland.
* RespawningEnemies: In addition to the situations involving {{Mook Maker}}s, this is used in several situations to screw up your auto-targeting:
** One part in Chapter 3 has ever-replenishing blob monsters harassing you as you try to make dangerous jumps across lethal muck.
** A battle against a Drowned Sailor has Slithering Ruin constantly respawning in groups of four. Since sailors vanish frequently, it's impossible to maintain a target lock.
** There are a few instances of Slithering Ruin doing this with Menacing Ruin, as well, but it's not nearly as bad as with the sailor.
** Also the Colossal Ruin in the Dollhouse.
* RetCon: The opening of the original shows that the fire that killed Alice's parents was caused by her cat knocking over a carelessly lit lantern. ''Madness Returns'' implies that this is actually a fabricated memory brought on by Alice's mental trauma, and the point of the game is to find out what actually happened that night before her repressed memories drive her insane again. Not to mention the fact that there is no mention of a sister in the first game.
* RewardingVandalism: The breakables, which basically nets the equivalent of cash and medkits. They also spit out a Slithering Ruin on occasion, but it's no real threat.
* RunawayTrain[=/=]AfterlifeExpress: The Infernal Train, which is a literal train of thought plowing its way through Wonderland.
* RustproofBlood: The blood stains on Alice's classic dress will always be there, red as ever.
* SanitySlippage: You can see this in the game, especially at certain points like [[spoiler:the asylum "level" with Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Even in Wonderland itself, whenever blood and destruction start appearing.]] Those make it quite obvious that Alice's mental health is taking a turn for the worse. [[spoiler:The instances where Alice goes back to Wonderland from Victorian London]] count as well.
* SceneryPorn[=/=]SceneryGorn: The artwork of the whole game is beautiful. Even the levels of the "ruined" Wonderland.
* SequelGap: Both in-universe and in real life. ''Madness Returns'' was made 11 years after the original game, and revolves around Alice having spent a decade in therapy and an asylum.
** Except that she had already spent a decade in therapy in the first game, where she was 18 years old, while in ''Madness Returns'' she is 19.. American [=McGee=] didn't want to make controversy with an underaged heroine in a bloody game.
* SequelHook: Or is it? [[spoiler:Bumby is dead and Alice has found out how her family died. But as she exits the train station, the "real world" of London has merged with the fantasy world of Wonderland - the soundtrack refers to this track as "Into Londerland" - and she is wearing a dress that previously existed only in her mind.]] The Cheshire Cat also has a little monologue at the end that hints at another sequel.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
** How the Octopus snarks about the Carpenter.
--->"For starters, the Carpenter is a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal pusillanimous, parsimonious, pettifogging]] moron."
** Even goes into a bit of SophisticatedAsHell territory when he drops the very next line after Alice responds:
--->'''Alice:''' "...I need-"
--->'''Octopus:''' "Your needs are [[PrecisionFStrike shite]]."
** Alice herself gets in on this -- the art section in the extras menu has biographies on the various characters and enemies in the game written from Alice's point of view. She has quite the impressive vocabulary.
--->Makes sense, considering how well-spoken most of the characters in wonderland are, since they're all in her head.
* ShootTheBullet: One way of stunning an ethereal enemy once it starts chucking explosives at Alice.
* ShoutOut: You'll find one hidden staircase in the Queen's Castle that leads down to a tiny throne. In it sits a small skeleton [[VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} sporting goggles]] and a PstandardPsychicPstance...
** Speaking of which, the collapse of her tower, complete with eye on top, recalls the demise of a [[Film/LordOfTheRings certain ethereal tyrant]].
** And also, some of the platforms in chapter 4 bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain [[Videogame/{{Portal}} cubic]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svL5sfzmnJE companion]].
* ShowsDamage:
** The GiantEnemyCrab enemy in the game loses its ArmCannon in a Type 3B fashion. Yet the most flamboyant one has got to be the Doll Girl. Alice can first strip its clothes off, remove its arms, crack open its torso, and finally waste the huge abomination by destroying the heart.
** The Samurai Wasps' masks can be broken, although sometimes it's possible to kill them without breaking their attire.
** The Madcaps lose their cup helmets and saucer shields. The Menacing Ruin loses its doll arms and faces. Even the Bolterfly nest has a "damaged" model.
** An interface one where the closer you are to qualifying for Hysteria, the more cracked the borders of the MainWindow become.
* ShrinkingViolet: [[VisualPun Literally]]. There are violet flowers that indicate invisible stuff nearby. Alice can see it if she shrinks. They also [[HealThyself restore her health]].
* SmashingHallwayTrapsOfDoom: A few interior levels of the game.
* SnowMeansDeath: A motif of Hysteria, where Alice and her view turns monochrome, save for a few explicitly red objects like blood and roses, just to accentuate the moment.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: A loading screen quote asks us, "If the living can be spoken ill of, why not the dead?"
* SpikesOfDoom: The Dollhouse level interiors. Which are basically nails sticking out from wooden surfaces.
* SpinAttack: Chaining Vorpal slashes or [[RealTimeWeaponChange switching to it]] from the Hobby Horse results in this.
* SplashDamage: Most notably the Teapot Cannon. Which leads to....
* SplashDamageAbuse: Just before your first encounter with the Ink Wasps, you can use the Teapot Cannon's splash radius to destroy even the furthest Ink Wasp Stone, allowing you to rid the area of enemies (save one actual Samurai Wasp) before triggering the cutscene that introduces the Ink Wasp.
* SpringJump[=/=]SpringySpores: The red and blue spring mushrooms. Red propels Alice to somewhere higher in the map, blue sends Alice to the next map, often the top of a slide.
* StartScreen: But no AttractMode, at least for the PC version. The video file is still there in the game's folders, but won't play for whatever reason.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Not to mention [[spoiler:after being shaved. In a straightjacket. In an asylum.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted mostly. Only the two costumes, one chapter based and one DLC, reveal Alice's bare legs, and only one of that two actually shows some cleavage. A couple other DLC costumes also go as far as showing her shoulders and a bit of cleavage, but even these are less form-fitting than usual.
* SuperDrowningSkills[=/=]SuperNotDrowningSkills: Played straight in order in Chapter 2. In the tundra, if you touch the water, that's it for Alice. Once past a certain submersion sequence, the game resumes normally. Underwater. With no breathing apparatus whatsoever. Plus there's perfectly clear and audible dialogue underwater as it would be in air. Justified considering it's all in her mind.
* TheOldestProfession: It's a big theme of the game, and it is ''not'' romanticized. ''At all''.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, of course, since Alice sees Dr Bumby regularly. [[spoiler: And then double subverted, since it turns out that Bumby's trying to hypnotize Alice into forgetting all her memories so she can become a prostitute.]]
* ThirdPersonSeductress: The author intended that London Alice looks like she is dying of starvation, and while she is slim, she is surprisingly shapely.
** On the other hand, the Wonderland Alice is quite curvy and attractive, when it's not horribly creepy.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: [[spoiler:The Carpenter and The Walrus]]. To a lesser extent, [[spoiler: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum]].
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Even some of the memories you retrieve are suspect. [[spoiler:For one, one Memory has Alice's mother pleading with Alice to stay with them during the fire. A more likely one urges her to save herself.]]
* TimeBomb: The clockwork bomb. Its only real use is as a temporary paperweight to hold down switches. What little use it has in combat is overshadowed by Alice's other weapons, especially the Teapot cannon later on.
** Well, it's not much use for killing things (small area of effect, low damage, no upgrades, only one at a time) but it's far from useless in a fight. To start with, it draws in enemies as well as or better than Alice herself making it a great distraction when you need a breather or to get behind something. And the explosion itself will stun most enemies and break the defenses of some, making it very useful when combined with other weapons and good reflexes.
* ToyTime: The Dollhouse level. The slides which bring you to the next section of the game could count as well.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Okay, so the fire killed the Liddell household except young Alice. The time in Rutledge suggests Alice [[FakeMemories remembering things differently]] if the collected "Alice" memories are anything to go by. See also the RetCon entry.
* UnderTheSea: The Deluded Depths in Chapter 2.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Doll head side-scroller level. Games of chess. [[UnexpectedShmupLevel Two shoot-em-up levels featuring a boat]] (one is optional). It's all here.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: The March Hare and Dormouse try to confront Alice in a HumongousMecha after apparently disposing of Hatter, only to be thwarted by Hatter himself before they can even throw a punch.]]
* VentPhysics: Staple of the game's platforming.
* VictorianLondon: Where Alice's "real life" segments occur between levels.
* VideogameDashing: The Dodge move. Also has the handy property of making you invincible until you reform.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Dr. Bumby]], which he points out to Alice when she finally confronts him and threatens to expose him. After all, who are people going to believe: the respected and upstanding member of society, or the raving lunatic who spent ten years locked up at [[BedlamHouse Rutledge]]?
* WalkDontSwim: The Deluded Depths. Also, snarks.
* WarmupBoss: The [[spoiler:Menacing]] Ruin introduces you to the concept of deflecting enemy projectiles as well as an opponent that hurts you and eats punishment a lot more than most other enemies encountered up till that point.
* WaterIsAir: Ballistics and airborne movement in the second half of Chapter 2 are not affected by the environment. Takes a turn for the weird when you realize that the Siren costume has its own physics. That means any other costume used underwater will behave like Alice was in air. Conversely, using the Siren costume in non-underwater areas makes it look like only Alice is underwater while her immediate surroundings are in air.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: The Duchess may have made a HeelFaceTurn and become an ally, but has become so cynical and predictable in the process that Alice claims [[AllThereInTheManual she liked her better when she was evil.]] (Considering that the Duchess was trying to ''eat'' Alice when they fought each other in the first game, that's ''really'' saying a lot.)
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Carpenter sunk ships to build the theatre town to protect the citizens from the Infernal Train.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"That sound you heard was ''not'' Lizzy [[RapeAsDrama talking in her sleep]]..."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A few characters, both in Wonderland and reality. Is the Mock Turtle still brooding over his loss? How about Witless and Radcliffe?
** It was originally planned that Alice, frightened of Witless' apparent transformation, would have pushed her off the roof.
** Then there's the question of Alice's mysterious benefactor: right at the start of the game you can enter her room, and find a portrait of her family. She mentions that it was sent to her by some stranger. This plotline is never followed up on later in the story.
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: [[spoiler:Subverted. It wasn't Alice who caused the fire, and seems like it also wasn't who or what she initially thought was either.]]
* [[WhiteMaskOfDoom White Doll Faces of Doom]]: Found on the various Ruins. Static and creepy-looking.
* WombLevel: The interior of the Queensland castle remains more or less as per the first game.
* WreakingHavok: The PC version of the game touts expansive use of [=PhysX=] effects, where the Pepper Grinder spews clouds of dynamically shifting pepper into the air, rocks smash into tiny shards, and the Ruins break down into piles of procedurally animated goo.
* YouMonster: Alice calls [[spoiler:Bumby]] this.
-->'''Alice''': You...MONSTROUS CREATURE!
* YourHeadAsplode: In the opening cutscene we have Alice and the White Rabbit happily drinking tea whilst drifting down a river... then the Rabbit starts twitching and oozing goo before his head pops off like a cork in a shower of BlackBlood.
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