|“|| Become whole again. I need to rest. You need to regain your human size. Grow up, Alice. Embrace the truth.
The Caterpillar is a resident of Wonderland who appears in American McGee's Alice and Alice: Madness Returns. Considered to be the wisest creature of Wonderland, Caterpillar is of great significance to Alice Liddell during her adventures, often giving her advice and words of wisdom, as he did in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He was voiced by Jarion Monroe in the English version of Alice.
Early life Edit
Alice first met Caterpillar shortly after she had escaped the White Rabbit's house, and she was presently only a couple of inches high.
She finds Caterpillar sat upon a mushroom, smoking a hookah. He began questioning Alice, asking "who are you?" and she admitted to him she wasn't sure anymore and was having a sort of identity crisis, due to the fact she had been changing form a lot previous to their meeting. Although Alice tried to explain herself, Caterpillar didn't see why she didn't know herself at that moment and refused to see her point of view. As the creature seemed to be getting annoyed with her, Alice tried to leave, but Caterpillar called her back to give her some advice: "keep your temper." However, this just makes Alice a bit angry.
Caterpillar then, slowly coming around to her point of view, asked Alice to repeat the poem You Are Old, Father William, to see if she could remember things like her original self, but the poem came out rather strange, like many of the nursery rhymes Alice attempts in Wonderland. Before leaving, Caterpillar told Alice how to change size by eating the mushroom upon which he was sitting: one side of the mushroom will make her taller, and the other will make her shorter. After then, he strolled calmly away into the grass.
American McGee's Alice Edit
When Alice returned to Wonderland after becoming insane, she first sought Caterpillar because she had lost the White Rabbit, and the Mock Turtle told her that he would know, as he knows anything. However, going through the Wonderland Woods, she finds Rabbit and the two of them go together to Caterpillar, until Rabbit is killed by the Mad Hatter.
Alice continued the journey alone, and when she found Caterpillar, she asked why she was brought back to Wonderland. He explained that only she could revert the twisted world Wonderland has become and save everyone, as it was the loss of her family that had almost made her destroy Wonderland, and the only way to do so is to kill the Queen of Hearts. He then told her to find the Mushroom of Life that would help her return to her normal size, and he created a portal for her to leave through with his smoke.
The Caterpillar was later revealed to be the oracle residing in the Oracle's Grove of Wonderland Woods; this being the moment when he explained that the Queen of Hearts's death is not only the cure for Wonderland's corruption, but the only remedy for Alice's insanity.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
After Alice visited Wilton J. Radcliffe, she returned to Wonderland to find the Vale of Tears had turned into the corrupted Vale of Doom. Following the sound of Caterpillar's voice, she found that the Oriental Grove appeared to be still alright. Caterpillar then used his magical smoke to shrink Alice down to the size of an ant, so she could enter the grove and meet him on top of a mountain.
As Alice traveled through the grove, it's made clear that the Origami Ants that live here look up to Caterpillar as a kind of messiah, and believed that he would save them from the deadly threat of the Samurai Wasps that were capturing and murdering them. However, as time passed and nothing happened, the Ants began to lose faith in Caterpillar, thinking that he had abandoned them. Every time Alice passed through the Oriental Scrolls, the voice of Caterpillar would tell the story of an unlikely hero who helped villages against powerful foes, reflecting what Alice was doing throughout the grove.
When Alice makes it to the summit, it is revealed that Caterpillar had become a chrysalis at some point, and was unable to do anything due to his new state. As he began to mature into a butterfly, he advised Alice to speak to the Queen of Hearts to find the cause of this new-found evil and mayhem that had taken over Wonderland. He then flew away, and Alice woke up in London again.
Later, as Alice traveled through the Infernal Train to face the Dollmaker, she meets Caterpillar again (now as a butterfly) in one of the carriages. He asked her if she had come to receive her punishment, but even though Alice admitted she was guilty of something, she didn't know what. Caterpillar then explained to her that while abusers of the weak must be punished for their crimes, so too should those who witness abuse and do nothing to stop it. He was referring to the fact that while Alice was a witness to the abuse Angus Bumby was giving to the orphans, she was too caught up in her own problems to actually see it or act against it, making her just as guilty as Bumby, and that the pain she was currently feeling was her punishment.
Caterpillar, as his name suggests, is a large, green caterpillar with a segmented body and six arms on his upper body. The lower part of his body forms a tail. Although in Alice: Madness Returns, Caterpillar is only three inches in height, in the games he is always gigantic compared to Alice and always seems to tower over her. He has a long face similar to that of a human, with long, thin lips, a small nose and narrow yellow eyes. He wears no clothing, save of a red fez on top of his head.
As a butterfly, he has a smaller, thinner body, but large white, black, and red wings; the pattern of the wings form a sort of angry face. He also gains a long white beard.
In the games, Caterpillar seems to possess a few supernatural powers, mostly made by the smoke from his hookah. In Alice, he was able to create a portal for Alice by blowing a smoke ring, and in Madness Returns, he used the smoke to shrink Alice down to the size of an insect so she could enter the Grove. However, it's unclear if it is Caterpillar manipulating the smoke, or if the substance he's smoking had magical properties. He can also use telepathic abilities and is able to throw his voice, as he could speak to Alice from miles away, as seen in Madness Returns.
- "Come to receive your punishment then?"
- "Abuse is a crime the strong visit on the weak. And you’re right, Abusers are insufficiently punished for the damage they do. Those who witness abuse without seeking retribution for the harmed, pay a penalty."
- "Your own pain mitigates your failure to act earlier, but you may not have paid enough for witnessing the pain of others!"