|Enemies||Alice Liddell (formerly)|
|Voiced by||Laura Coughlin (Alice: Madness Returns)|
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|“||Come closer, my little chick. Hm...properly seasoned you would make a handsome dish!||”|
She is initially a violent cannibal, and is the first major obstacle that Alice Liddell has to overcome in her quest for sanity. When Alice reaches the river in the Vale of Tears, the Mock Turtle reveals that the Duchess has stolen his shell. It is not until much further downstream that Alice encounters the Duchess hiding from the Queen of Hearts, in Bill McGill's house.
Early life Edit
Alice met the Duchess in her home to ask for directions. She found her in the kitchen with the air filled with smoke and pepper, due to the cook's excessive use of pepper in her cooking. At the time, the Duchess was short-tempered and violently beating her baby son, believing he was only sneezing for fun.
She handed the baby to Alice so she could get ready to play croquet, and Alice took the chance to take it away from the chaos. To her surprise, the baby actually changed into a piglet, and Alice let him go into the woods before she went on her way. The Duchess was later arrested, for boxing the Queen's ears.
Later, at the Queen's croquet party, as everyone thinks about what they should do with the Cheshire Cat, who was disturbing the event, Alice suggested that they asked the Duchess, as she was the Cat's owner. Although Cat disappeared by the time the Duchess was released, she met up with Alice again, this time in a more pleasant mood (Alice believed it was the pepper that made her so violent before), and obsessed with finding morals for everything.
After having a polite conversation with Alice (one Alice couldn't wait to escape from), the Queen appeared before them, and the Duchess quieted down in fear. The Queen demanded she leaves in 'about half no time', or find herself executed. The Duchess wasted no time in leaving the gardens.
American McGee's Alice Edit
During her travels in the Vale of Tears, Alice came across the Mock Turtle, who was crying in his underwear. He told her that the Duchess had tried to make him into soup, and he had lost his shell while escaping her. In return for getting his shell back for him, the Turtle would take Alice to where Caterpillar was hiding, so she could find out where the White Rabbit was from him.
Farther downstream, Alice finds Bill McGill, and finds out that the Duchess had taken over his home to hide from the Queen of Hearts, who wants her dead. As the two of them were about to charge into the house to see her, Bill ran away in fright as Alice was sucked into the house.
The Duchess appeared from the chimney, wielding a lethal pepper mill (presumably belonging to her cook). It appears, however, that the pepper has corrupted the Duchess, as it did in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but to a much greater extent. The Duchess now seems to be a cannibal, as her first lines indicate that Alice would make a nice light snack. With no desire to be eaten, and the Duchess unwilling to hand over the shell, Alice faces her in battle. After being defeated, she becomes intoxicated with pepper, and her head explodes in a fit of sneezing. With her dead, Bill had some leeches to dispose of the corpse, and Alice and the Turtle could go and see Caterpillar.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
A year later, Alice returns to Wonderland and finds the Duchess is alive again. The Duchess looks younger and seems to be in a good mood. Unlike the last encounter, she acts friendly enough towards Alice, citing that she has a new-found fondness for pork.
She requests Alice to go out and find pig snouts for her, which are scattered throughout Wonderland, and gives Alice her Pepper Grinder to use as a weapon, which she allows Alice to keep as a gesture of goodwill.
She seems to take on the appearance of an older lady. She wears a veil covering her hair and most of her head, her dress is a pale with a pink design by her waist, a pink corset top around her chest, and the dress is down to her ankles. Her nose is pointed and her eyes are covered by blue eye shadow.
- In the Extra Content, it is revealed Alice almost preferred the cannibalistic Duchess due to her cynicism; she was much more predictable. Her overbearing 'goodwill' and Alice's lack of trust for her is possibly a reference to Nan Sharpe.
- It is implied that she is somehow behind the gift baskets that appear when some snouts around the world are peppered hinting that the corruption may have not reached her.
- The Duchess' counterpart in Rutledge Asylum is Nurse D- who is attacked by Alice, calling her the Duchess by name.
- It seems odd that the Duchess used a pepper mill as a weapon, as she hated pepper in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This new found taste in Pepper continues since the pig snout quests requires peppering the snouts that would be sent to the Duchess to eat.
- The Duchess used her son (and possibly other sons and daughters at that) as a secondary weapon. The Duchess would throw a piglet at Alice that would explode upon impact.
- The Pepper Grinder that the player receives in Alice: Madness Returns is also the weapon that the Duchess uses to fight in American McGee's Alice.
- In the beta of Alice, the Duchess was shown fighting Alice in the Skool.
- In Madness Returns Duchess claims she is on a diet consisting only of pig, particularly bacon. Interestingly, its been said human flesh has a taste very similar to pig. Also, the term "Long Pig" means human flesh.
- The Duchess' (and the cook's at that) fixation on pepper could be a reference to the Victorian lower class standard of putting excessive amounts of pepper (being the cheapest spice) in their food, since often they had to cover the taste of spoiled meat and vegetables. In Alice: Madness Returns, the Duchess could be part of the "Bacon Mania" influence.
- In the original art book for Alice: Madness Returns, the Duchess was never going to make an appearance in the sequel. There is art of her, and her pig-son bathing together under the sea. However, in the art book, there was art of her own cook being a grotesque pig-beast monster who would throw kitchen-ware at a small Alice.
- Ironically, in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", the Duchess's nose is very large and bulbous. However, in the McGee version, her nose is considerably smaller.