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The Intention of the Abyss / Alice
The existence that governs the Abyss and Alice's twin sister. The memories Alice found in the first half of the series are actually hers and her shattered memories have made her a little.... unstable. She's obsessed with Jack Vessalius. Based on the White Queen from Through the Looking-Glass.
- Alice Allusion: Her real name is Alice.
- Ax-Crazy: Thanks to her messed-up memories, the Will is very mentally unstable and can suddenly turn violent.
- Animal Motif: White rabbit.
- Berserk Button: Don't interrupt her when she is talking or prepare to face a Family-Unfriendly Death.
- Broken Bird: She is not a bad person, just a lonely, miserable and unstable girl as a result of spending her entire life alone in the Abyss and getting her memories messed up.
- Bullying a Dragon: In the past, she made the mistake of mocking Vincent's red eye. And her dear pet cat Cheshire had to suffer because of it.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She initially antagonizes Alice and Oz because she mistook Oz with Jack and she couldn't stand that he would choose Alice over her.
- Creepy Child: What's creepier than a young girl calmly ripping someone's eye out?
- Cute and Psycho: She can seem cute, gentle and kind, but is actually quite mentally unstable and dangerous. On the other hand, the fact that she reverts back to her gentle personality when she makes her Contract with Oz (tearfully worrying over him, happily reuniting with Cheshire, and even accepting Jack and what had gone wrong with grace) implies that that gentleness was her true personality.
- Dark Magical Girl: She suffers from extreme loneliness as a result of being trapped in the Abyss since her birth. She initially antagonizes the group not out of malice, but rather jealousy that Alice would have friends and who the Intention thought was her beloved Jack at her side while she had to be alone.
- Demonic Possession: She became the host of the Core of the Abyss when she stayed in the Abyss after her birth.
- Disappears into Light: In the final chapter, her body dissolves into a whirlwind of flower petals after Oz Mercy Kills her.
- Does Not Like Shoes: She doesn't wear any shoes.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She's known by almost everyone as "Intention of The Abyss", referring to her position as the governess of the Abyss. Her real name is Alice, just like her twin sister.
- Evil Albino: Subverted. She's not evil, just a mentally unstable girl who wants to meet the guy she likes.
- Evil Brunette Twin: Inverted. She has white hair and she shows herself as a malicious and twisted antagonist while her brunette twin sister is the heroic one. Then it gets subverted later on, as Alyss is not evil, just mentally unstable as a result of her shattered memories.
- Evil Twin: Subverted. She at first seems to be this to Alice, antagonizing her and her friends because she blames her for stealing Jack away. This was actually because she couldn't remember Alice is her twin sister and once she remembers the truth, it's revealed Alice really does love her sister and deeply regrets being the cause of her suicide.
- Generation Xerox: She got the psychotic tendencies of her mother, such as dancing in the raining blood of their victims. She also has feelings for Jack like Lacie, but the Intention of the Abyss takes it to dangerous extremes.
- Heel Realization: After Alice killed herself to keep Jack from talking with the Intention anymore, the Intention got to realize just how twisted she had become because of her love for Jack. She then asked Alice to erase her memories in order to prevent her from causing any more chaos.
- Horned Hairdo: Like Alice, her hairstyle has two little "horns".
- I Just Want to Be Normal: As Retrace LXIII shows, she really doesn't want to be the Intention of the Abyss.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: She is the Alice that loved and was loved by Cheshire.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Tries this on herself thanks to Love Makes You Evil with B-Rabbit!Alice's help. It... only partially succeeds, and it does a real number on the poor girl's psyche.
- Light Is Not Good: Her dress and hair are all white and she's introduced as a twisted and dangerous antagonist. Then it gets subverted when it's revealed she's merely unstable because of her damaged memories.
- Literal Genie: When Break was sent to the Abyss, he asked The Intention of the Abyss to change the past and prevent the death of the Sinclair family he was serving. The Intention of the Abyss listened to his request and changed the past. The massacre Break wanted to erase indeed never happened, but the family was murdered a few years later anyway and the youngest daughter that survived the first time around died as well. Break resents the Will because of this, but he admits she only did what he asked her to do and it's not her fault things didn't turn out like he wanted.
- Lonely Doll Girl: Her lair is filled with doll Chains, sometimes having tea parties with them.
- Long-Lost Relative: She's actually Alice's twin sister, though Alice found it out via a diary, not by her.
- Love Makes You Evil: She was conscious about it, so much that she realized erasing her memories of Jack was the only way to prevent herself of destroying everything for him since he polluted her mind to the core.
- MacGuffin Super Person: Break says Pandora's goal is to obtain the Intention of the Abyss.
- Mad Love: Jack took advantage of the Intention's loneliness and fondness of him to make her help in his plans. She became completely obsessed with him, which she fully acknowledged after her sister had to kill herself to prevent Jack from using the Intention anymore. She tried to fix things by having Alice erase all of her memories, but the process went wrong and the Intention ends up even more obsessed with Jack.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Levi basically had her as an experiment.
- Magical Barefooter: She's always barefoot. After all, she can just float around.
- Mood-Swinger: She often drastically switches personality traits between seconds. When Break met her, she quickly switched from being angry, then suddenly crying, then just as suddenly cheering up when she noticed it's time for tea.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She had this reaction when her Yandere tendencies resulted in Alice killing herself so that Jack couldn't communicate with the Intention of the Abyss anymore.
- Mystical White Hair: She has long white hair. She's also the entity that governs the Abyss and essentially the vessel of God.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: At first, she has Cheshire attack Alice since she believes Alice wants to destroy her and stole "Jack" from her. However, she's not right in her right mind; once when lucid she cares deeply for her sister and asks her help to be saved.
- Not Good with Rejection: She doesn't take it well when Oz (who she mistook with Jack) rejects her and chooses Alice over her.
- The Ophelia: She moves slowly and ethereally, and speaks smooth and sweetly, but she's mentally unstable thanks to her messed up memories and the toil of being host of the Core for so long.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Alice.
- Possession Burnout: Heavily implied towards the end of the manga. Her sanity and eventually her very existence were being slowly degraded from being the Will for too long. Comments made by her and her sister imply that if she had been left in that state any longer, she probably would have ceased to exist completely.
- Pre-Insanity Reveal: It's eventually revealed that the sweet and innocent Alice we see in the memories shards is in fact the Intention of the Abyss who possessed her sister's body to leave the Abyss for short periods of time. The Intention wanted Alice to erase her memories to free herself from Jack's toxic influence, but the Core wouldn't allow that. This caused permanent damage the Intention's mind and is the reason she acts like an Ax-Crazy Yandere in the present day.
- Precocious Crush: She had a huge crush on her Only Friend Jack. This took a dark turn when Jack made her into an Unwitting Pawn for his plans and then the Intention of the Abyss went Yandere over him after her memories got damaged.
- Purple Eyes: The purple eyes she got from her father befit her position as the existence that governs the Abyss and the host of the Core of the Abyss.
- Rapunzel Hair: Like her sister, the Intention's hair is nearly as long as her body.
- Slasher Smile: She usually has a crazy grin on her face in her early appearances.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks like her mother, with the hair and eyes of her father.
- Theme Twin Naming: She and her twin sister are both named Alice.
- Together in Death: After Oz kills her, she embraces her Cheshire and they disappear together.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Alice's Tomboy.
- Tragic Keepsake: She is this to the Core of the Abyss. She's the body Lacie left behind for the Core to make a new "friend" (i.e. get a host).
- Two Siblings In One: The Intention of the Abyss and Alice do have bodies of their own, but while Alice was spat out of the Abyss, the Intention of the Abyss stayed. In order for her to explore the outside world, she had to swap souls with Alice. This ended when Alice killed herself in defiance to the Intention and Jack conspiring with each other.
- Unwitting Pawn: Jack told the Intention of the Abyss he wanted to meet her real self, but for that they had to break the chains that separated the world from the Abyss. She gave Oz to Jack for that purpose. The Intention of the Abyss only wanted Jack in person.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before the Tragedy of Sabrier, she was just a lonely, yet sweet girl with a crush on Jack. During the Tragedy, she recognizes her affections have been taken advantage of and tries to erase her memories of him so Jack can't do it again. Thanks to the Core, this fails badly. By the time the story takes place, the Intention is a highly mentally unstable Yandere. As the series progresses, she gets more lucid moments in which she reverts to her old self.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted; She's mentally unstable and dangerous at times, but when she's lucid, she's very sweet and kind.
- Wild Card: Depending on the moment and the state of her mind, she can be an enemy, a bystander or a sort of ally.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Core's presence within her slowly eroded her memories and sanity, causing her frequent mood swings, obsessive clingyness, and murderous rages. As for great power, she's a Physical God.
- Woman in White: She always wears an entirely white dress.
- Yandere: Early in the series, she appears to be this for Oz. She's insanely obsessed with him for some reason and wants to get rid of Alice to have Oz all to herself. Then it's subverted because the Intention was just mistaking Oz for Jack and she isn't even a real yandere; she acts like that because her memories are shattered and made her go crazy. Back when she was sane, she actually wanted to forget about Jack once she realized just how dangerous her feelings for him were.
The Core of the Abyss
The consciousness that governed the Abyss while it was still a paradise bathed in golden light. As a result of Levi's "experiment" with Lacie, it then fused with a human and became the Intention of the Abyss, which governed the chaotic prison the Abyss became.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The end of the world is okay if it makes its host happy, but its host leaving is forbidden!
- Body Surf: Originally appearing as a simple ball of light, it took one of the Alice twins as its host. Later, after learning to let Alice go, Jack gives it his body to use as a host since Oz is gone, meaning the body will be empty as soon as Jack fades away anyways.
- Forgotten First Meeting: This is the being that created the consciousness known as Oz, who became the very first friend to stay with it in the Abyss, though he was neglected in favor of Alyss after she became the Will. Oz eventually remembers, though the Core doesn't appear to recognize him as he is now.
- God Is Flawed: And unable to comprehend emotions or the complexities of humans, since it's so isolated.
- Hates Being Alone: Until it made friends with Lacie, the Core was all alone in the Abyss, which is why Lacie gave her black rabbits to the Core and wanted her child to become its host. When Alice tells it that her sister's body and mind are on their limit as a result of the Core's power and they need to separate them, the Core completely loses it.
- Immortal Immaturity: Despite being sentient and as old as the world itself, it's still entirely primitive and undeveloped emotionally, acting like a selfish toddler and only understanding basic emotions like loneliness and anger. The first step to a better relationship between it and humanity comes from the Core finally deciding to put someone else's wellbeing before its own.
- No Name Given: It doesn't have a real name. At the end of the series, Leo decides they should give the Core a name to form a more friendly relationship with it.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: The force commanding the Abyss and whose dreams upon which reality and life is founded. It's basically the god of the world in Pandora Hearts, with the resulting Chains alternating between Our Angels Are Different and Our Demons Are Different.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Core was the one who asked Oz to bring the fragment of Lacie's final memories and feelings to Jack, believing Lacie would want Jack to see it. Unfortunately, after seeing how much Lacie loved the world, Jack decided that if Lacie can't be brought back to the world that she loves, then he'll just have to bring the world to her in the Abyss.
- The Ageless: Chains do not age, unless they're modified by the Intention or the Core, they retain the appearance they were born with all their life.
- Healing Factor: Chains have potent regenerative abilities. So potent, it takes specialized powers such as Mad Hatter's, or overwhelming powers like B-Rabbit's or the Intention/Core's to truly kill one.
- Was Once a Man: Many, though not all, Chains were humans that fell into the Abyss by various means; some were Illegal Contractors, others were victims of Sabrier.
GriffinThe Chain contracted to Xai Vessalius.
The Bloodstained Black RabbitThe chain nominally contracted to Oz Vessalius and actually contracted to Jack Vessalius. See details under "Other Chains."
RavenThe Chain contracted to Gilbert Nightray.
- Playing with Fire: Its offensive abilities are based around the blue fire it creates.
DormouseA Chain contracted by Vincent Nightray.
OwlThe Chain contracted to Duchess Sheryl Rainsworth.
EquusThe Chain contracted to Sharon Rainsworth.
- Animalistic Abomination: It's a horse-shaped Chain.
- Casting a Shadow: While Equus doesn't create shadows itself, its abilities are channeled through them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: While Equus itself give no indicators to its moral alignment, Sharon, its contractor, is a purely heroic character.
- Shadow Walker: One of Equus' main abilities is to travel between dimensions and locations through shadows. However, this only works if Equus is in a place saturated with the power of the Abyss.
Mad HatterThe Chain created by the Intention of the Abyss for Xerxes Break, who form a contract with it.
- The Dreaded: It, along with its contractor, is one of the few things that can kill a Baskerville. They react appropriately.
- Nice Hat: It wears a spectacularly decorated top hat.
- Oculothorax: Except for its hat and cape, it's a Faceless Eye.
- Power at a Price: It can destroy powers relating to the Abyss, but it weakens its contractor in the process.
DodoThe Chain contracted to Duke Rufus Barma.
- Master of Illusion: Dodo creates complex, physical illusions.
March HareThe Chain contracted to Reim Lunettes.
- Adorable Abomination: It's surprisingly cute for a Chain.
- Animalistic Abomination: It's a vaguely bunny-shaped entity from beyond time and space.
- Faking the Dead: March Hare's ability allows its contractor to enter a death-like state.
- Ghostly Glide: March Hare is one of the Chains known to levitate.
- Hair-Raising Hare: Averted, despite being a Chain, it's an Adorable Abomination.
- Killer Rabbit: Despite being a Chain, March Hare has no offensive powers.
AllThe five Chains traditionally contracted to Glen Baskerville before the Tragedy of Sabrier. Following the Tragedy, all but Jabberwock were taken by Pandora.When not contracted, they guard the Doors to the Abyss.
RavenSee "Nightray Dukedom."
DodoSee "Barma Dukedom."
OwlSee "Rainsworth Dukedom."
GriffinSee "Vessalius Dukedom."
JabberwockThe Chain eventually contracted by Leo Baskerville.
DuldeeThe Chain contracted to Noise Baskerville.
- Humanoid Abomination: She appears as a giant woman blindfolded and bound in chains.
- Marionette Motion: This is how people under Duldee's control move. They even clatter like actual puppets.
- Nightmare Face: When her mask comes off, she has dark voids in place of eyes, and her mouth is filled with fangs.
- People Puppets: She can seized control of a person's body, manipulating their limbs like they're marionettes.
DuldumArtificial personalities created when Duldee takes control of an individual.For the Duldum called "Echo," see her entry under the Nightray Household.
Demios/The Queen of HeartsA Chain contracted by Vincent Nightray, the Headhunter.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her massive, scissor-like appendedges easily cut clean through metal, stone, and necks.
- Fate Worse than Death: Miranda cannot enter the Hundred-Cycles and reincarnate so long as she's Demios.
- Meaningful Name: The Queen of Hearts comes from the Red Queen, who's infamous for order people's execution by decapitation.
- Off with His Head!: Demios prefers to kill by cutting off heads, a remnant of her previous self.
- Was Once a Man: She was once Miranda Barma, whom Oswald Baskerville deliberately left alive, if wounded, to fall into the Abyss during the Tragedy of Sabrier for her role in causing the Tragedy.
LeonThe Chain contracted by Lottie Baskerville.
- Animalistic Abomination: A leonine Chain.
- Meaningful Name: A leonine Chain named Leon.
BandersnatchThe Chain contracted by Lily Baskerville.
ToveThe Chain contracted by Fang Baskerville.
Lacie's ChainAn unnamed Chain that was contracted by Lacie Baskerville.
- Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
An anthropomorphic cat who answers only to the Intention of the Abyss (who is the twin he calls "Alice," unlike the rest of the cast) and dedicates himself as her guardian, tracking down Alice (the one who isn't the Intention of the Abyss) in order to kill her and prevent her from stealing the memories he protects. He originally was a normal cat bought by Oswald in order to give Alice company in her tower. After he was blinded and killed by Vincent, the Intention of the Abyss turned him into a Chain and gave him Break's eye.
- Alice Allusion: He's based on the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Appropriately, he has the ability to "appear and disappear."
- Back for the Finale: Thought dead at the end of his introductory arc, he returns during the climax arc.
- Cat Boy: He usually looks like a boy with oversized, clawed hands, with cat ears and a tail. However, this appearance is fabricated. He's actually an somewhat feline Living Shadow. He used to be a normal cat, the same black cat owned by Alice before the Tragedy of Sablier.
- Cats Are Mean: He makes clear that he doesn't give a crap about anyone besides his Alice.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: One of his forms is that of a twisted grin in a dark background.
- Enemy Mine: He saves Alice from Glen. He then states it was because if she died, the Intention of the Abyss will be sad.
- Eye Scream: During his time as an ordinary cat, Vincent sheared his eyes out as retaliation to Alice's (who was possessed by the Intention of the Abyss at the time) treatment of him and his brother Gilbert. While this actually killed the cat, Cheshire's soul was brought to the Abyss, where the Intention of the Abyss constructed him a new body and turned him into an unique Chain. Later on, he was grafted with Kevin Regnard's left eye when the man first stumbled into the Abyss.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't understand the feelings of anyone and only cares for the Intention and himself. This isn't necessarily a villainous trait, but rather a sign of his alien nature and emotional immaturity.
- Loyal Animal Companion: To the Intention of The Abyss. He became attached to her back when he was a normal cat and ever since she brought him back as a Chain, he has remained by her side to protect her.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: Chesire makes big changes on Glen's plans not because he wants to help the heroes, but because killing Lacie will erase his Alice from existence.
- Older Than They Look: His human form and childish, if violent, behavior make it hard to believe he's over a hundred, if not older. Of course, given the Abyss's relationship with time, his true age is impossible to discern.
- Peek-a-Bangs: He has a single eye exposed, while the other half of his face is covered by his hair. He likely doesn't have a right eye, since his left was stolen from Kevin Regnard.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has a single red eye. It turns out it's the one the Intention took from Break. It's a replacement for his own eyes, which got gouged by Vincent.
- Right-Hand Cat: The Intention of the Abyss' loyal cat minion. Subverted in that while they initially present themselves as antagonists that want to destroy Alice, neither is really evil. The Intention simply wasn't right on her mind at the time and Cheshire was only obeying his master's wishes. Cheshire is still not a nice fellow, though.
- Satellite Character: He's defined by his devotion to his Alice and he only takes action for her sake.
- Shadow Archetype: For Oz. Just like Oz was originally a pair of stuffed rabbits owned by Lacie, Cheshire was originally the Alice twins' kitten. Like Oz, Cheshire was turned into a Chain and he also developed an obsessive devotion for his Alice. The difference is that Oz eventually grew out of his Yandere tendencies and formed bonds with others, while Cheshire always only cared about his Alice. This is reflected in their final moments, when both he and Oz are little more than spirits—Cheshire's spirit appears as his original cat form, while Oz's takes on his human form, reflecting how Oz has fundamentally changed and Cheshire hasn't.
- Spanner in the Works: Becomes a big one to Oswald, dragging him and Vincent back in time to the Tragedy of Sablier instead of Oswald's desired time.
- Third-Person Person: He refers to himself in third person.
- Together in Death: He chooses to die with his Alice.
- Undying Loyalty: To his Alice.
- Villian Teleportation: During his time as a direct antagonist.
- Yandere: He is this for his Alice. in pretty much the same way Oz is for Alice.
- Hair-Raising Hare: The B-Rabbit is a massive, bipedal rabbit.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The B-Rabbit has the power to destroy the world, though it takes over a century for the power necessary to recharge.
Oz the B-Rabbit/Oz VessaliusThe original B-Rabbit, Oz was born as a pair of bunny dolls brought into the Abyss by Lacie Baskerville. Some after one of his bodies's destruction, he was made into the B-Rabbit by the Intention of the Abyss. Oz's powers, form, and memories were lost during the Tragedy of Sabrier. He eventually regains all three 116 years after the Tragedy.For more, see his entry here.
Alice BaskervilleA young girl who stole the powers of B-Rabbit during the Tragedy of Sabrier. After forming a contract with Oz, those powers slowly returned to him.For more, see her entry here.
Humpty DumptyA Chain illegally contracted by Elliot Nightray and the children of the House of Fiamma. It and its contractors committed a number of "the Headhunter" murders.Before the Tragedy of Sabrier, it was contracted to Celia Baskerville.
- Killed Off for Real: Chains are functionally immortal, and only return to the Abyss upon the end of their contract. However, Humpty Dumpty was killed by the B-Rabbit, whom reduced all its bodies to ash and dust.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: It inflicts this on its illegal-contractors, suppressing sad or painful memories.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: It has rows of blunt, possibly bloodstained, teeth.
- Natural Weapon: Its Overly Long Tongue is incredibly sharp and can be used to block bullets.
- Overly Long Tongue: It has a massive tongue it uses for offense and defense.
- Red Herring: While it committed a number of the "Headhunter" murders, it is not the Headhunter.
- Was Once a Man: It formed from the Empty Shell of Levi Baskerville.