A young girl from an alternate version of Victorian London, who followed a rabbit down his hole to Wonderland. She made multiple trips, each time disturbing her father more and more, until she decided to stay with her love, the genie Cyrus. After he apparently died, she returned, inconsolable, and was sent to a mental institution by her father.
Action Girl: Alice has learned both swordplay and unarmed combat since her first trip to Wonderland.
Anti-Hero: Type II. She's mostly heroic and compassionate, but she occasionally indulges in some dark behavior (threatening to behead the Mock Turtle if it doesn't help her, threatening bystanders with her sword just because they were in her way, etc.)
Beware the Nice Ones: Alice is kind and loyal to the people she loves - not to mention devoted to Cyrus. Just don't get in her way.
Good Is Not Soft: She threatened the mock turtle to get him to help her and Will get across the lake. She threatened to cut off its head. And it knew she was serious because she got its attention by stabbing it.
Black Sheep/The Unfavorite: Upon returning home, she discovered her father had remarried and had a new family. Her step-mother pressures Alice to consider an arranged marriage, and doesn't want her to interact with her younger sister. Her half-sister, as the step-mother insists.
In "Who's Alice?" she asks her father how he can expect her to forget the man she loves when he spent her childhood mourning her mother.
In "Bad Blood" she gives her the man she believes is her father a another verbal walloping for the way he treated her first ignoring her after her mother’s death and then refusing to believe her about Wonderland.
Cassandra Truth: No one is Victorian England believes her about Wonderland preferring to believe she's either insane or lying.
Child Marriage Veto: Alice would rather go to an asylum than allow her stepmother arrange a marriage for her.
English Rose: Sophie Lowe certainly looks the part as Alice, though her personality defies the expectations of a Proper Lady.
Genius Bruiser: Not only capable of handling herself in a fight but is shown to be able to think he way out of scrapes. And in "Bad Blood" she is smart enough to figure out that she and Will are light enough for the bird bark to rise them up to Jafar's Island but that adding Cyrus' weight will be enough to bring them back down to Wonderland.
Genre Savvy: She's a lot more clever in this interpretation, including intentionally spreading word of where she was going specifically so she could catch whoever was after her.
Alice: The only thing you can rely on in Wonderland is that you can't rely on anyone.
Girly Bruiser: Her clothing is practical but feminine and certainly her pretty, girly looks often mean people underestimate her in a fight. Right up until she hands them their asses, that is.
Love Makes You Crazy: Or at least obsessive. Her desire to save Cyrus can make her a bit single-minded. As an example, she shows a rather shocking amount of callousness towards Will when she learns that he has a phobia of drowning. (Granted, the fact that he planned to steal her wishes and leave her to be eaten by the Cheshire Cat probably didn't do much to endear him to her.) On a much darker note, she also threatens the life of the Mock Turtle if it doesn't cooperate with her, despite the fact that it has done nothing to her personally and was just minding its own business when she showed up.
Plucky Girl: Once told that Cyrus is alive Alice never stops looking for him despite good sense and other people telling her to give up.
Refusal of the Call: When Will and Rabbit came to get Alice she initially wanted nothing to do with them. It was only when Will told her that Cyrus was alive that she was willing to do anything but stay in the asylum.
Sadistic Choice: Her father forces her to choose between an arranged marriage and being sent to an insane asylum. She rightly guesses it was her step-mother that pressured him into it, as he's clearly unhappy about it.
Jafar repeatedly has his way with presenting Alice with these kinds of choices, successfully eliciting two wishes out of her.
Like her Disney counterpart young Alice wears a blue dress.
The blouse she wears in "Down the Rabbit Hole" and "Who's Alice?" is pale blue.
Also in the latter of those two episodes adult Alice wears a blue dress given to her by her stepmother when she returns after Cyrus's death (when she might otherwise have expected to wear mourning clothes).
She's wearing a pink, frilly, girlish dress when she meets Cyrus.
Unfazed Everyman: Not much in Wonderland throws her as she been there so many times it's all normal to her.
A refugee from the Queen of Hearts's court, the Knave was settling down for a peaceful life in Storybrooke when the Rabbit arrived to recruit him to find Alice again.
And Show It to You: Alice once got his heart back for him, back when he served the Queen of Hearts. He eventually reveals that he never put it back in. In "Heart of the Matter" Jafar puts it back just in time so he can murder Anastasia while Will looks on helplessly.
Anti-Hero: Type III initially, but time with Alice has mellowed him into a Type II like her.
Be Careful What You Wish For: He asked Cora to take his heart out. When she starts using it to control him as her new Knave, he admits it wasn't exactly his best idea.
Bullying a Dragon: Stealing from Maleficient. And Robin Hood is none too pleased when he finds out.
Catch Phrase: Take a shot every time he says "bloody hell" or just "bloody."
Forced to Watch: Jafar after he broke the rules of Magic, forces him to watch as he kisses and cuddles Anastasia resurected.
Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to the Knave than he's willing to admit.
Laser-Guided Karma: Despite his Heel-Face Turn, it certainly seems karmic that after a life of thievery and taking things, Will becomes a genie: a being that has to give to others. Interestingly, the original three genies had basically the same origin story, as revealed by the Nyx.
Deadpan Snarker: After being freed from being a genie, he's noticeably more quippy than before.
Disappeared Dad: His mother is an important character in the series but his dad is never mentioned.
Disney Death: He apparently falls to his death in the Boiling Sea only to be revealed in the pilot as still being alive, albeit as a prisoner of Jafar. Later Jafar does kill him to force Amara to change the laws of magic. But did doesn't stick.
Distressed Dude: Spent the early part of the series in a cage in Jafar's dungeon. He's finally relieved of this role as of the end of "Home".
Good Is Not Dumb: Is not less willing to help than Alice but doesn’t trust Will not to steal Jafar's staff when it could revive Ana.
Good Is Not Soft: He's kind, polite and genuinely interested in helping save Wonderland – but that doesn't mean he's a pushover.
Mind over Matter: Send an origami bird to Alice and whatever he does to it, last long enough for her to send it back.
Missing Mom: She’s looking for him and his brothers as well.
My Greatest Failure: He cheats at cards and in retaliation the men he cheated burn down his house while his mother is inside. In order to save her life he steals from The Well of Wonders which leads to him and his brothers being cursed to be genies.
The Queen of Wonderland, who lives in a chessboard castle and is working with Jafar to get wishes from Cyrus. Distinct from the Queen of Hearts, who appeared on Once Upon a Time. The show hints that she was one of Cinderella's step-sisters, and became the focus of her mother's abuse after failing to marry Prince Thomas.
Ambition Is Evil/Face-Heel Turn: Once Ana was a sweet girl who believed that her love for Will would be enough. She let herself be swayed by the king and by Cora, and became The Red Queen.
Heel Realisation: Had one prior to the start of the story when she realized how it's brought her nothing but loneliness and wants to change history so that she never left Will.
Heel-Face Turn: In "Home", she defects from her alliance with Jafar, then utterly discards her Evil Queen guise and crown, returning to being Anastasia, peasant accent and all.
Anti-Villain: Type I. Particularly noticeable when she's paired up with the absolutely ruthless Jafar. And her motives to do so will erase all events that made her a villain to start with so she can get back together with Will.
Red Queen: I am many things, darling, but pure of heart is not one of them.
Arch-Enemy: To Alice. It takes Cyrus trusting the Red Queen to dissuade Alice from regarding her this way.
Unknown Rival: As Word of God puts it, Alice considers the Red Queen an Arch-Enemy, but the Red Queen views Alice as just a very important game piece. They both eventually change their views.
The Atoner: Initially just wants to get Will back by changing the past. Eventually she changes to wanting to win him back and improve the lives of the average Wonderland citizen.
Back from the Dead: Twice in the finale. The first time, as part of Jafar changing the rules of magic, she's revived by Jafar as yet another way to spite Will, being mindlessly in love with Jafar instead. After Jafar is dealt with and the rules of magic are enforced again she's brought back by water from the Well of Wishes.
Bad Boss: Gives the White Rabbit death threats anytime he asks to be let out of his job spying for her. And is holding his family hostage.
Ermine Cape Effect: Always dressed in elaborate gowns in her signature color, with not a single hair out of place and plenty of jewelry to match her crown. This contrasts her perfectly with the more effortless, natural beauty of Alice.
She's shocked when Jafar reduces her subjects to dust in "Trust Me".
While her face remains expressionless, there seems to be pity in her eyes later when Jafar kills the Grendel in "Forget Me Not".
When Jafar lifts Alice into the air and begins to torture her in "The Serpent", the Red Queen is smiling evilly. When Alice refuses to give in and Jafar continues, the smile vanishes and now the Red Queen looks actually concerned for her enemy.
Eventually she realises that Jafar's vision of the future benefits no one but himself and she executes a Heel-Face Turn.
If I Wanted You Dead...: In "Heart of Stone", Alice asks her how she knows that sending Alice across the chasm isn't a trick to make her fall. This trope is her response:
Red Queen: Alice, if I wanted you to fall, I'd push you.
It's All About Me: Wants to use magic to have a second chance with Will. But in order to get that goal she kidnaps the White Rabbit's family to ensure his loyalty, separates Alice and Cyrus and who knows what else. This changes from "Nothing to Fear" and onward, where she learns the error of her ways and starts acting selflessly for the good of everyone else.
Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: In the present story, she's only committing evil so that she can turn back the clock and avoid becoming the Red Queen to begin with. Cyrus, who can read people, picks up on this and realizes she's trustworthy.
Not So Different: Says this to Alice, who vehemently denies it but seems to recognize the truth in it deep down.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe, her stiff posh accent begins to deteriorate after Jafar blows up her castle, and even more after Will refuses to believe that she's trying to help him and Alice.
Pet the Dog: When she sets up an elaborate gambit to acquire some magic dust, ostensibly to use as protection from Jafar. It's actually to free the Knave who has been turned to stone by Jafar.
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She goes to extremes to get Will back, wanting to change the past so that they never split up to start with. Unusually for this trope, she's ultimately portrayed sympathetically.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Only sort of to begin with - when she is shown to at least 'try' to listen to her subjects' complaints. Later she becomes this for real when she joins the fight against Jafar.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: This is her goal in changing the laws of magic, though it's only her personal history that she wishes to change, not the history of Wonderland as a whole.
Smug Snake: Tries to be this but between Jafar and Will there are more than a few cracks in her facade.
Stuffed into the Fridge: Jafar kills her in front of the Knave to ensure that his newly-returned heart "still works".
The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: A dark, villainous example. She actively cultivates her Queenly Mask, from her flawless appearance to her emotionless facade and her iron rule over her people. On the other hand, she fails to be an effective ruler regardless of trying to live up to it in appearance and action.
A God Am I: Strangely, although it took Amara's help to change the laws of magic, only he is shown harnessing the new power. He raises the dead, and causes two people to fall in love, but stops short of changing Alice's past after threatening her with it.
Arch-Enemy: To Cyrus, to the point where the genie warns all of his masters/mistresses about the man with the snake staff.
Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Red Queen until "Home", that is. Afterward, she is replaced in the Duumvirate by the Jabberwocky.
Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He attempts to kill the Red Queen, but she reminds him that he still needs her to help find Alice. He isn't happy about it, however, mainly because his goal and hers are fundamentally incompatible.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother was the only person he ever loved. When she died, it all went downhill for him. However, the finale implies that it is no longer true in present day. While Jafar does remember what it feels to lose someone you loved, he used this knowledge to manipulate the heroes. When he get's the power of resurection, he brings back Anastasia and brainwashes her to make her his slave but does not think one second about bringing his mother back from the dead.
Genre Blind: Believed the Sultan, his father would love and accept him even though he's an illegitimate child. Justified because his mother told him to go to the Sultan
Genre Savvy: Knows a hero like Alice won't see her loved ones die and suffer and he uses this to make her use of her three wishes faster. He's smart enough to keep the Vorpal Sword after he frees the Jabberywocky.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Returns Will's heart and then immediately kills Anastasia, right before his eyes, once they've reunited; now not only is Will more suggestible from the emotional roller coaster, but willing even to follow Jafar's plan to bring her back from the dead. He also kills Cyrus right in front of Amara during their wizard duel in order to finally cast his spell.
Hoist by His Own Petard: His ultimate fate in the finale is to become a genie, after being tricked by Alice into stealing from the Well of Wishes.
In the Blood: The appropriately titled "Bad Blood" reveals where he gets his sociopathic cruelty from: his father.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He kept his father captive hoping that by breaking the laws of magic he will get his love. In fact, it was a revenge to make him realize how it feels like to be killed by a loved one.
Large Ham: He's usually quite calm, but when he needs to shout, he will really shout.
Magic Staff: Carries around an exact copy of the cobra-head staff his Disney counterpart wields.
It's actually his forcibly transformed Evil Mentor, allowing him full access to her power as well; but not her will apparently, as he can't use her against Cyrus and instead backfires on him.
Mad Scientist: Magical variation, he seeks to change the laws of magic.
Not So Different: From Alice, in terms of their hang-up about getting their fathers to love them. The main difference is that Alice still has compassion for others despite her issues, while Jafar does not.
Race Lift: Much darker skinned than his Disney counterpart.
Revenge Before Reason: He was desperate enough to find the last genie, that he freed the Jabberwocky the most feared being in Wonderland.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: His whole motive behind his evil plotting is to change the rules of magic and force his father to love him and call him "son".
In the finale, after successfully changing the laws of magic, he makes his father finally show him the love he's been longing for all his life, after which he immediately drowns him. Turns out it was never really about receiving affection from his father, but about giving his father affection for him so that he'll know how it feels to be killed by someone he loves. His real overall motive behind changing the rules of magic was "to do whatever he wants."
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Almost pulls this on the Red Queen, but has to relent when she points out that he needs to keep her around for a while longer if he wants to find Alice and her wishes.
This appears to be his standard MO with people who work for him. Lampshaded in "Nothing To Fear":
Caterpillar: Word's gotten out that working for you tends to shorten one's life expectancy.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A young boy whose mother passed away from illness leaving him with no family except his birth father the Sultan, whose love and acceptance he craved and did everything to earn but did not get. Eventually the Sultan tried to drown him, but he survied on the power hate and a very deep desire for revenge. Afterwards he was taken in by a cruel blacksmith, before begging to being taken in by Amara the witch, who taught him dark magic and to do anything to get what he wanted. Bad idea that.
Villainous Breakdown: While he shows anger frequently, he goes into an absolute rage like never seen before in "Home" when he realizes how the Red Queen has duped him.
Has a big one in the finale when he gets turned into a genie and trapped inside the bottle.
Minion with an F in Evil: He's only spying on Alice for the Red Queen because of death threats from her part, and because she's holding his family hostage. He really wants out to the point where gave the Red Queen Cyrus's bottle in the hope she would release him from his job for going beyond the call of duty. She didn't.
The head of the insane asylum where Alice was staying. Doesn't believe a word of her tales about Wonderland, and mostly wants to use her as a test subject for his new treatment.
Dr. Jerk: He seems all too eager to deride Alice for her so-called delusions.
Flat Earth Atheist: He's terrified of the White Rabbit, since he doesn't fit into Lydgate's view of the world.
Later we see that he was so determined to hold on to this view that he took to taking landum (opium_\) and blocked out any memory of Alice existing, and breaks down again when Jafar shows up with the White Rabbit in tow.
Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He is a horrible psychiatrist, from making no effort to hide his scorn for Alice's "fantasies" to pushing her towards a dangerous treatment. Justified in that he's a Victorian-era psychiatrist, which was not exactly a high-water mark for the profession or medicine in general.
Played By: Iggy Pop
A hookah-smoking caterpillar who apparently has something to do with money lending.
Adaptational Villainy: While the original Caterpillar wasn't exactly friendly, he wasn't a criminal overlord either.
Loan Shark: He put a price on the Knave's head due to a debt.
Xanatos Gambit: Uses this in his very first main appearance regarding the Forget-Me-Not and the Knave's debt to him.
Played By: Matty Finochio (Tweedledee) and Ben Cotton (Tweedledum)
A pair of manservants just as vain as their boss, the Red Queen. Run errands for her and, at least in Tweedledee's case, Jafar.
The Dandy: Powdered wigs, tailored suits, and gaudy bright-red lightning bolt face paint? Oh yeah.
The Dividual: They are essentially identical, aside from their allegiances and facial features.
The Ditz: It's implied they're not very intelligent.
The Mole: Tweedledee is one for Jafar, reporting to him the events occurring in the Red Queen's castle.
Off with His Head!: The Red Queen gives Tweedledee this treatment after discovering his alignment with Jafar. Being Wonderland, this doesn't kill him, and his detached head is still able to state the obvious to Jafar ("I think she's onto us."
Jafar rectifies this by giving him a new body...after cutting off the head attached to that body.
Adipose Rex: What the Sultan became in his old age. He was actually quite thin in his younger years.
Bait the Dog: After several episodes of seeming like a kindly old man, we learn he's actually the monstrous Sultan of Agrabah responsible for Jafar's Start of Darkness. And years of captivity have not made him more repentant.
Subverted: It turns out he is repentant after all, but still puts on a Jerkass Façade when interacting with his bastard son because he hopes he'll learn the futility of doing evil in order to gain what he desires. It fails. Miserably.
Determinator: How else do you stand years of imprisonment wherein you could be freed of it (even knowing you'd be killed afterward) just by saying one particular sentence?
Fatal Flaw: Even when he turned from evil to good, he still believes in conditional love: now expecting Jafar to earn his love through being kind and merciful. It doesn't work.
Jerkass: He has zero regrets for his horrible behavior. In fact, he seems to delight in the power he holds over Jafar.
Jerkass Façade: In episode 12, we find out he has become repentant after all his years as a prisoner, he's just too disgusted by Jafar's behavior to love him, thus will not call him son unless he were to learn better.
Jerkass Has a Point: As twisted as it is, he's right that the world would be better off if he had succeeded in killing Jafar as a child. Of course, if he had just given Jafar love and acceptance in the first place, the world would also be a better place.
Karmic Death: Is given one by Jafar, who drowns him using magic.
No Name Given: He is only credited as "Old Prisoner". His true identity has no name given either.
Offing the Offspring: Attempts this on Jafar. Unfortunately for him (and for countless innocents in the future), it doesn't work.
Pet the Dog: He refuses to free himself because he feels he'd be a burden on Cyrus, instead telling the Genie to go and find his true love. In general, he is friendly to everyone who is not his son.
Royal Brat: He raised his offical son to be like this, actually encouraging him to hit a young Jafar for being more versed in politics than him.
Smart People Play Chess: He likes to play (by himself) in order to pass the time. He's asked Cyrus to play, but he's a little preoccupied at the moment.
Be Careful What You Say: Trying to get the Knave to feel something for her, she carelessly phrases it as a wish. She dies, and the Knave can only helplessly watch.
Dies Wide Open: Until Anastasia closes her eyes... and then the Jabberwocky comes and plucks them right out.
Eye Scream: After her death, Jabberwocky removes her eyes so that Jafar view her last glimpses and find out where the Genie's bottle is.
Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played straight: she's briefly mourned in the episode she dies but is never mentioned afterward. Will does not even think about bringing her back to life while he was willing to betray Alice to resurrect Anastasia.
Gender Flip: The show's counterpart of Bill the Lizard, one of the White Rabbit's gardeners from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Gone Horribly Right: Jafar wanted her to teach him dark magic so he would be the most feared person in Agrabah. Boy, did it work.
Hot Witch: Centuries can't even diminish her good looks.
I Did What I Had to Do: It seems quite clear that the whole reason she became an evil sorceress, and committed the various terrifying acts she did, was all so she could gain the power of the genies so that she could break their curse and free her sons.
Love Makes You Evil: The loss of her three sons made her a very bitter and malicious person, enough so that all of Agrabah feared her.
Mama Bear: In staff form she's able to resist Jafar's attempt to use her to kill her son, Cyrus.
The guardian of the Well of Wonders. Its magic can help only those whose fate has yet to be decided. She was the one who turned Cyrus and his brothers into genies for holding their desire to save their mother over her fate to die.
Ambiguously Evil: She claims she's just making sure "fate" goes on as planned, but she does some incredibly dodgey stuff, like baiting unexpecting humans to take her water, so she can then turn up and turn them into genies, instead of you know putting a magical barrier around the well.
Because Destiny Says So: What decides if anyone can use her water. The reason why she refused Cyrus and his brothers her magic water to help their mother. Destiny had already decided her fate.
Catch Phrase: "You let your desires override the fates. Now it will be your fate to serve the desires of others."
Chekhov's Gunman: She and her Well of Wishes prove to be the key to stopping Jafar even after he changes the laws of magic. As a bonus, she even gives some water to revive Anastasia with.
Disproportionate Retribution: Cyrus and his brothers took water from well to save their mother against her fated destiny. She turned them into genies and had them scattered across Agrabah as punishment, even though the other two only did so because Cyrus begged them. The only way to reverse the curse is to bring the stolen water back. It's implied she's the creator of all genies in the Once Upon a Time verse.
Exact Words: Rather like the genies she creates, she makes fateful pronouncements which hinge upon these, whether stating that no one may take from her waters who does not deserve it or whose fate is predetermined, or claiming that anyone who steals from her well/uses powers derived from her waters without permission will be subject to her curse.
Lack of Empathy: In her own words she won't grant mercy to those who (she thinks) don't deserve it. She's doesn't express any compassion to Cyrus and his brothers when they come to her to save their mother, or when Cyrus begs her to reverse the curse on his brothers. She also ignores Amara's pleas for mercy when she comes for revenge.
Meaningful Name: Nyx means night in Greek. It's also reminiscent of a nixie, a type of water sprite.
The Stoic: Her main concern is that destiny goes on as planned, nothing more. If what you want contradicts that destiny (like saving a loved one from a pre-determined fate) she's very unhelpful; not even an expression of pity. However, she shows a smirk when she transforms Cyrus and his brothers into genies, and seems to rather enjoy what she does to Jafar.
Schmuck Bait: She's very insisent that her water can only be used by those who fate has yet to be written. However there's really nothing to stop someone taking the water without permission. She then appears from the water and casts her curse.
Seers: Implied to be one as she knows what is written by destiny and what is not.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Averted, as she knows people's fate it's safe to assume she knew what would happen the moment she cursed Cyrus and his brothers to be genies, not that she would be bothered by this.
Fairy Sexy: Like most fairies in the OUAT-universe, she looks like an attractive young female.
Psycho Ex-Girlfriend/Woman Scorned: While transporting Alice and the Knave across the lake, she drops the Knave into the water. She then goes looking for him after she hears about the Caterpillar's bounty on his head.