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Characters who appeared in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass. For the characters from the Disney adaptation, click here.


  • Adorkable: Mostly because of her strange tendencies. She's a bit of a space case, but in an endearing way. Her innocence is also a factor here. Many adaptations (the Disney version and the 1999 Hallmark version, for example) end up taking Alice's adorkableness Up to Eleven
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  • Casual Danger Dialogue: She spends her fall Down the Rabbit Hole making strange comments to herself and shows little concern for the fact that she's potentially falling to her death.
  • Catchphrase: "Let's pretend!" is referred to as her "favorite phrase" in Through the Looking-Glass. In popular culture, the phrase typically associated with her is "Curiouser and curiouser!", which she actually only ever uses once (and with the narration Lampshading the poor grammar, no less).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Alice spends a lot of time talking to herself in both books, including giving herself advice, has an extended monologue to a cat, pretends to be many people at once, and once frightened her nurse by saying Do let's pretend that I'm a hungry hyena and you're a bone! She's probably considered a bit odd in the 'real world', but once she gets to Wonderland she becomes the Only Sane Man.
  • Constantly Curious: Which frequently leads to...
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Most depictions of her, especially the ones made in Japan. In the original book, Alice's outfit was pretty standard for the time.
  • Genre Savvy: After finding the "DRINK ME" bottle, Alice decides not to just immediately drink from it and instead checks to see if it's also labeled "poison".
    ...for she had read several nice little stories about children who had got burnt, and eaten up by wild beasts, and other unpleasant things, all because they would not remember the simple rules their friends had taught them.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Usually depicted with this, the most notable exception being the 1999 version.
  • I Fell for Hours
  • Kid Heroine
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She adores her cat Dinah (and in the book extends the same adoration to Dinah's two kittens), and gets along famously with the Cheshire Cat, whom she calls "Cheshire-Puss".
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  • Literal-Minded: A few times; for example, when the Mouse says that he has a "long, sad tale", Alice assumes he means his tail and comments "it is very long, but why do you call it sad?" The proceeding tale is actually shaped like a tail.
  • Little Miss Snarker
  • Ms. Imagination
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: "Nurse! Do let's pretend that I'm a hungry hyena and you're a bone!"
  • Only Sane Woman: By default. She's a bit of an odd child, but since everyone else in these books is inscrutably weird, she spends a lot of time trying to make sense of other people's insanity.
  • Shrinking Violet: Try to count the number of times she's described as saying or doing something "shyly", "timidly" or "cautiously".
  • Size Shifter: Mostly thanks to the "Eat Me" and "Drink Me" items, she changes sizes frequently throughout the first book.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She really wasn't doing herself any favors when she talked about her bird eating an entire crowd consisting of birds.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her dress is almost always shown as blue.
  • Xenafication: Is often subject to it.

Dinah, Snowdrop and Kitty

  • Adapted Out: Snowdrop (the white kitten) and Kitty (the black kitten), who are Dinah's kittens, appear only in the book of Looking Glass. They never appear in any adaptations, where Dinah is the only real-world cat to appear (and is often portrayed as a kitten herself).
  • And You Were There: Played with in Looking Glass. As Alice wakes up, the Red Queen "turns" into a kitten in her hands, and she discovers that she's holding an actual, purring kitten (the kitten she fell asleep cuddling). Alice takes this as a sign that all three cats were with her in her dream. She identifies the black kitten as the Red Queen and the white kitten as the White Queen, and after a bit of thought decides that Dinah must have been Humpty Dumpty (though she's not completely sure about that last part).
  • Cute Kitten: Dinah in the Disney version (and in several other adaptations). Snowdrop and Kitty in Looking Glass.
  • A Kitten Named Kitty: While Dinah and Snowdrop have proper names, the black kitten is never called by any name other than Kitty and is usually referred to as "the kitten" by the narrative.
  • The Unseen: Dinah in the first book. Though Alice often talks about her (especially in earlier chapters), she never actually appears. She does appear in the second book, with her two kittens.

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    Adventures in Wonderland 

The White Rabbit

The Mouse

The Dodo

  • Author Avatar: According to some sources (Charles Dodgson had a stutter, and would introduce himself as "Do-do-dodgson").
    • Other sources point out that Dodgson actually stammered, and so would not have repeated syllables.
  • Composite Character: With Pat in the Disney version.
  • Dumb Dodo Bird
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Eaglet accuses him of being one, see Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness below.
    • Most definately the case in the Disney film
  • Nice Guy
  • Self-Deprecation: A rumored reason as to why Dodgson specifically chose a dodo as his caricature was a speech impediment he had that caused him to stutter. As such, he would introduce himself as "Do-Do-Dodgson".
  • Serious Business: He and the other birds and animals take the prizes at the end of the Caucus Race very seriously. Alice finds this very silly, but decides it would be rude to laugh after seeing just how serious they are about it.
    Dodo: We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: So much that the Eaglet tells him to "Speak English!" and accuses him of not knowing what half the words he uses means.

The Lory, the Eaglet and the Duck

  • Bratty Half-Pint: The first line from the Eaglet is to yell at the Dodo for using big words and then accuse him of being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Lory.
    Lory: (to Alice) I'm older than you and therefore must know better.
  • Literal-Minded: The Duck is implied to be this.
  • Write Who You Know: They are based on Alice's sisters Edith (the Eaglet) and Lorina (the Lory) and Rev. Robinson Duckworth (the Duck).
    • Lampshaded when Alice is noted to talk familiarly with them, "as if she had known them all her life".

Bill the Lizard

  • Butt-Monkey / The Chew Toy: First he's catapulted out of a chimney, then Alice is kind of mean to him when he's part of the jury.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: The way the White Rabbit and Pat react to him shooting out of the chimney implies that things like that happen to him all the time.
    White Rabbit and Pat: There goes Bill!

The Caterpillar

  • Catchphrase: "Who are you?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: In some adaptations. The 2010 adaptation deserves a special mention, as he's voiced by Alan "Severus Snape" Rickman.
  • Intellectual Animal
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's haughty, impatient and grouchy... but he does help Alice out.
  • The Omniscient: A common portrayal of him in adaptations and reimaginings is that he knows absolutely everything (American McGee's Alice and the Tim Burton adaptation are standouts here). In the book, we have no confirmation that he's omniscient, but compared to all the other animals in Wonderland, he might as well be.
  • Only Sane Man: Probably the most level headed individual in Wonderland.
  • Power Glows: In the 1999 Hallmark adaptation, especially when he turns into a butterfly.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He smokes from a hookah. Quite a few adaptations (the two Disney movies especially) have him inflict Second Face Smoke on Alice as well.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: In the Disney adaptation:
    Alice: The other side of what?
    The Caterpillar, now a Butterfly: THE MUSHROOM, OF COURSE!
  • Telepathy: Implied; he's prone to responding to things that Alice thinks as though she said it out loud.

The Pigeon

  • Ambiguous Gender: A lot of the animals in Wonderland lack established genders (even the Dodo and the Cheshire Cat were referred to as "it"s by the narrative) but this one is especially confusing; the Pigeon apparently has eggs to hatch, which is why it's so afraid of serpents, but it's never established if it laid the eggs (which, for obvious reasons, would designate it female) or was just hatching them (a job that would go to either gender).
  • Nervous Wreck: Possibly more-so than the White Rabbit!
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: After Alice accidentally makes her neck grow to enormous proportions, it mistakes her for a serpent and panics.

The Duchess

The Duchess' Baby

  • Baleful Polymorph: Transforms into a pig. Possibly subverted as the Cheshire Cat implies that he's done this before.
  • Gonk: Like mother, like son it seems. Alice observes that he looks better as a pig than a human.
  • Noodle Incident: The Cheshire Cat's reaction to Alice revealing that the baby turned into a pig implies that it's done this before. He proceeds to imply that the baby also turned into a fig at least once.
  • Satellite Character: To the Duchess.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he turns into a pig and runs off, the Cheshire Cat goes to look for him. He's never seen or mentioned again and the Cheshire Cat doesn't say what became of him when he reappears.

The Duchess' Cook

The Cheshire Cat

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, he's the closest thing Wonderland has to a Nice Guy and is the only character Alice thinks of as a friend. Quite a few adaptations, including the Disney movie, turn him into a callous Jerkass, and some of them even make him directly sinister and dangerous.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Alice calls him "Cheshire-Puss". His reaction implies that he likes this nickname a lot.
  • Cats Are Magic: He has abilities that no other Wonderlanders seem to possess, being able to disappear and re-appear at will.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: The Trope Namer
  • Creepy Good
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's somewhat creepy looking (Alice decides to approach him cautiously, after observing his large amount of teeth and sharp claws) but is pretty much the friendliest individual Alice meets in Wonderland.
  • Jerkass: The Disney version, possibly as an instance of Cats Are Mean. Though not overly malicious and seeming friendly in his first two appearances, in the later parts of the film he seems to go out of his way to get Alice into trouble, for no good reason.
    • This counts mainly for the actual movie, though. In later appearances in other stories and spin-offs, he's been softened up a bit and is more of a Blue and Orange Morality type.
    • His portrayal in the Kingdom Hearts series is mainly neutral. He does help Sora with proving Alice's innocence, but later on sends a Trickster to attack him (Though he may have been giving a quick warning before it arrived). He's at his worst in the manga adaptation for Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, where he throws a hedgehog at the Queen of Hearts and frames Roxas for it.
  • Kick the Dog: The Disney version. After letting Alice take the blame for his pranks against the Queen, he vanishes, only to return at the end of Alice's trial, after Alice's failed attempt to stand up for herself, to make sure things go as bad as possible for her:
    Alice: Now as for you, Your Majesty... *starts shrinking* "Your Majesty," indeed! Why, you're not a queen! You're just a fat, pompous, bad-tempered old — *finally realizes she has shrunk down to normal size and is smaller than the Queen* — tyrant.
    Queen of Hearts: *smiling dangerously* And what were you saying, my dear?
    Cheshire Cat: *suddenly appears* Well, she simply said you're a fat, pompous, bad-tempered old tyrant! *laughs and disappears again*
    Queen of Hearts: OFF WITH HER HEAD!
    • Seems like some people at Disney thought this made him too much of a Jerkass, though, and in one of the Recursive Adaptation novelizations of the movie, this part is actually changed to the Cat redeeming himself with a pseudo-Big Damn Heroes moment; instead of showing up to make things worse for Alice at the trial, he shows up to confess, and to distract the Queen and the guards with a lot of nonsense, some of which is taken directly from the original book, allowing Alice to escape in the confusion.
  • Literalist Snarking: In the Disney version.
    Cheshire Cat: (while standing on his own head) Can you stand on your head?
    Cheshire Cat: (while slowly disappearing) You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself.
  • Nice Guy: By Wonderland standards, anyway. In the book, he's without question the friendliest character Alice meets, being the only one who actually listens to her without getting unreasonably offended or start insulting or threatening her. It's telling that when he reappears, Alice is actually glad to see him.
    • This carries over into the 2010 adaptation as well; the first thing he does on screen is ask Alice where she got her wounds, then offer to use his reality warping to heal them for her. When she refuses, he politely asks if he can at least bandage it for her.
  • Only Sane Man: In the Duchess's house, at least. Subverted, though, in that he proudly considers himself mad.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Reality Warper: Is capable of things that other Wonderlanders aren't, such as turning invisible, teleporting and even taking himself apart. While in the book he only seems to be able to affect himself, adaptations tend to ramp his reality bending powers Up to Eleven until he's basically the Wonderland equivalent to Q. In the 2010 film, he even transforms into the Hatter to save him from execution.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: One of his most famous abilities.
  • The Trickster: In the Disney film; and what is more, many other versions of this character follow it as well, having the cat get Alice in trouble, but never being truly mean-spirited, just mysterious.

The Hatter

  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: A more literal case, as during the court scene, he states that the hat he's wearing isn't his, and that being a hatter, he has no hat of his own.
  • Composite Character: With Humpty Dumpty (the "unbirthday" routine) in the Disney adaptation.
  • Dreadful Musician: Well, given that the Queen of Hearts wanted to execute him for his singing at the royal concert, this can be implied, but given her nature, it may be taken with a pinch of salt.
  • Expy/The Cameo: He and the Hare appear in Through The Looking Glass as the White King's messengers, Hatta and Haigha.
  • Eye Take: When Alice reprimands him for making "personal remarks."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With The Hare.
  • I Am Not Shazam: He is never called The Mad Hatter, only The Hatter, though the chapter he appears in is called 'The Mad Tea Party', and the Cheshire Cat refers to him and the March Hare as mad.
  • Jerkass: He's extremely tactless, especially to Alice and the Dormouse.
  • The Mad Hatter: The Trope Namer
  • Non Sequitur: His entire conversational style.
  • Spot of Tea: He seems to like tea parties.

The March Hare

The Dormouse

  • Butt-Monkey: Is often the brunt of abuse from both the Hatter and the March Hare. When Alice leaves the tea party, she notices the two of them trying to stuff him into a tea pot.
  • Composite Character: With the Mouse in the two Disney films. Though the only trait from the Mouse he gets is his fear of cats.
  • Sleepy Head: Lampshaded by the Hatter.
    Dormouse: You might as well say that "I breathe when I sleep" is the same as "I sleep when I breathe".
    Hatter: It is the same with you.


The Queen of Hearts

The King of Hearts

The Knave of Hearts


The Mock Turtle

Alice's Sister

  • Aloof Big Sister: Implied to be this.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: At the beginning, Alice complains about her sister's activities not being exciting enough, but at the end she's all too happy to share the details of Wonderland with her.
  • No Name Given: Though she was based off of Alice's real life sister, Lorina so some adaptations give her that name.
  • Only Sane Woman: Although she never goes to Wonderland, she could be seen as this with Alice, at least. She is the Only Sane Character overall, though.
  • Write Who You Know: It's believed that she was based off of the real Alice's older sister, Lorina.

    Through the looking-glass 

The Flowers

The Jabberwock

  • Ascended Extra: He started off as a character within a poem, but in most adaptations he becomes an actual character.
    • Breakout Villain: Has somewhat entered fantasy settings as a monster alongside other creatures like Minotaurs and such.
  • Big Bad: Of the Jabberwocky poem.
  • The Dreaded: Implied, since in the poem, his death is met with much rejoicing. It's also implied that the only reason he hasn't already been slain is because everyone in the village was just too terrified of him to go after him.
  • Giant Flyer: Implied, since he has a pair of wings on his back and easily towers over the hero.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes are illustrated with light lines radiating from them. The text of the poem also speaks of "the Jabberwock with eyes aflame".
  • Hybrid Monster: He has a reptilian body, but also the wings of a bat and the head of a fish.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: If it can be called one.
  • Walking Wasteland: In some adaptations, summoning the Jabberwock twists the Wonderland into a hellish nightmare, and killing it cures it. The musical puts it to song:
    The Red Queen: Now watch as all of your reality unwinds/Release the darkness from the corners of your mind!
  • Wolverine Claws: He has "claws that catch", which look quite impressive in the accompanying illustration.

The Red Queen

  • Adaptational Villainy: The original version of the Red Queen isn't as nice as the White Queen, but she has no interest in chopping off heads despite what you might have heard. In many adaptions she is just as aggressively anti-neck as the Red Queen of the first post, as well as truly malicious towards Alice and her subjects.
  • Affably Evil: According to Word of God, "she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly".
  • Chess Motifs: Of course.
  • Composite Character: With the Queen of Hearts in many adaptations, notably in the Tim Burton film.
    • Word of God has noted the difference between them to be the following:
    I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion - a blind and aimless Fury. The Red Queen I pictured as a Fury, but of another type; her passion must be cold and calm - she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly; pedantic to the 10th degree, the concentrated essence of all governesses!
  • Etiquette Nazi: Representing Victorian formalism and etiquette, she is quite the stickler for rules.
  • Evil Redhead: Red Queen, natch.
  • The High Queen: An evil-ish version, that is.
  • Pride/It's All About Me: "All the ways about here belong to me!" For bonus points, it's also a chess joke.
  • The Stoic: Stiff upper lip and all that.
  • Super Speed: Because, as a Queen, she can move any number of squares all at once. Although she is also noted to have the ability to run as fast as possible without ever actually moving at all.

The White Queen

  • Baleful Polymorph: She briefly turns into a sheep.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Part of the payment she offers Alice is "jam every second day" - by which she means "jam yesterday and jam tomorrow, but never jam today" — which Alice is actually okay with since she doesn't like jam. This is actually a Latin pun, if you can believe it - "jam" or "iam" is both the past-tense and future-tense version of the present-tense "nunc" (now).
  • Chess Motifs: Of course.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In-universe, SHE'S considered a bit strange.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Alice didn't know that her seemingly nonsensical shouts during their boating trip was actually real rowing jargon.
  • Mad Oracle: Sort of. As noted in Merlin Sickness below, she seems to perceive time backwards, which leads to her being aware of things that will happen in the future and anticipating them. Given that this is the Alice in Wonderland books, she's also mad by default...and indeed, she's implied to be crazy even by their standards.
  • Merlin Sickness: She seems to perceive time backwards. For example, she bandages a finger and screams in pain in anticipation of pricking that finger moments later.
  • Upper-Class Twit: She's as upper class as they come, being a Queen, and in addition to being a Cloudcuckoolander she's also incapable of dressing herself without help.

The Red King

  • Adaptional Badass: In the musical, he takes charge after being woken up by the White Knight's magical box. Immediately, the Red Court stops all nonsense.
  • All Just a Dream and Schrödinger's Butterfly: The more obvious example provides the page quote.
  • Chess Motifs: Of course.
  • Flat Character: Movie. He's got a voice actor, but most people assume he's the wizard, who's credited two seconds later.
  • Heavy Sleeper.
  • Sleepy Head: He spends literally the entire book asleep - although, to be fair, it's not very clear how much time is actually passing in the strange dream-world the story takes place in.

The White King

The Gnat

The Fawn

  • Bambification
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Forgets that he's a fawn, just as Alice forgets who she is while they're both traveling through a forest.
  • Only Sane Man: The most normal character in the second book.
  • Reality Ensues: No Alice, the cute little fawn is not going to stay with you after realizing that you're a human.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

The Walrus and the Carpenter

  • Adaptational Villainy: The Walrus gets hit with this quite a lot, ignoring the fact that both of them are supposed to be bad guys.
  • Big Eaters: Of cute little sentient oysters.
  • Con Artist
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Alice tries to find reasons to sympathize with both, citing that the Walrus felt remorseful over having eaten the oysters and that the Carpenter had eaten less than the Walrus. However, as Tweedledee and Tweedledum note in response, the Walrus tries to conceal from the Carpenter how much he had eaten by covering his mouth with his handkerchief. The Carpenter clawed for as many oysters he could get his hands on. Dumbstruck by this interpretation, Alice decides they're both unpleasant.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Walrus.
    "The time has come", the Walrus said,
    "To talk of many things:
    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
    Of cabbages—and kings—
    And why the sea is boiling hot—
    And whether pigs have wings."
  • Villain Protagonists/Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists

The White Knight

  • Absent-Minded Professor: More of an inventor than a knight.
  • Author Avatar: According to some sources.
    • The theory about the White Knight is widely believed by most scholars, however (given the fact that he was the only character in either book who seemed genuinely kind and polite to Alice, seemingly representing Dodgson's friendship with the girl he based the character on), although Dodgson himself never confirmed nor denied it.
  • Bungling Inventor: Figures out a fantastic way to keep his sandwiches dry in case of wet weather: he simply fastens his lunchbox to his saddle upside down! However, he, ah, forgot to fasten the box shut properly...
  • Chess Motifs: The Knight of course. Strange and different from the other pieces.
  • Ditzy Genius: Is a smart inventor, but is forgetful with most things.
  • Dork Knight: Tries so, so much to be a proper knight that people will respect.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the musical, he dies in Alice' arms after defending her from the Jabberwock.
  • The Klutz: He wants to be a noble knight but ends up bungling that.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: In a book teeming with Queens and Kings, he's the only one who acts remotely noble.
  • Lord Error-Prone.
  • Nice Guy: He's very kind to Alice, who becomes upset when he has to leave.
  • Self-Deprecation: If he is an Author Avatar, then Dodgson is portraying himself as a clumsy, scatterbrained fool who is unoriginal with his compositions (Alice recognizes his song of "my own invention" is actually a pre-existing tune). Also, in-universe, the Knight portrays himself in his song as being too scatterbrained to pay attention to a simple conversation and then terrorizing an innocent old man as a result.

Humpty Dumpty

  • Awesome Ego: His defining trait.
  • Catchphrase: "It is very provoking."
  • Classy Cravat: Alice is unsure if it is a cravat or a belt. He insists that it's the former.
  • Doomed by Canon: In a bit of a Dramatic Irony, he tells Alice that he's not scared of falling off the wall, because if he does, the king has promised to send all his horses and all his men. No prizes for guessing what happens.
  • Nursery Rhyme: Of course, he's probably the most famous nursery rhyme character to appear in the books.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mixed with You Keep Using That Word. He defends this by saying that he's the boss, not the words—and therefore he can make any word he says mean anything he wants.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: A narrative version - After Humpty falls down, Alice realizes that the war she's been embroiled in is serious. She laments that she just essentially killed a person; regardless of how annoying he might've been.

The Lion and the Unicorn


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