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Jabberwock

Jabberwock AMA

Jabberwock skeleton

Also known as

Jabberwocky

First appearance
Series
  • American McGee's Alice
  • Alice: Madness Returns (minor)
Statistics
Melee attack

Punch, Bite

Ranged attack

Spit, Fire, Beam

Image gallery (13)
You selfish, misbegotten, and unnatural child! You smelled the smoke. But you were in dreamland taking tea with your friends. You couldn't be bothered. Your room was protected and spared – while your family upstairs roasted in an inferno of incredible horror.
— The Jabberwock blaming Alice Liddell[1]

The Jabberwock, also known as the Jabberwocky, was a creature of Wonderland and an enemy of Alice Liddell, who acted as a monstrous manifestation of Alice's survivor guilt over the death of her family.

Biography

Through the Looking-Glass

Jabberwock illustration

The Jabberwock in "Jabberwocky".

Alice never meets the Jabberwock personally during her childhood, only in a poem entitled Jabberwocky.

She first hears of the Jabberwock during her time in the Looking Glass World. When she first encounters the chess piece characters White King and White Queen, Alice finds a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language. Realizing that she is travelling through an inverted world, she recognizes that the verses on the pages are written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems, and reads the reflected verse of "Jabberwocky". She finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the odd land she has passed into, later revealed as a dreamscape.

In the poem, the Jabberwock is described as a frightening monster which was slain by an unknown hero using the Vorpal Blade. Although Alice likes the poem, and it makes her think due to its unusual words, she finds it hard to understand, and only grasps that it is about someone killing something.

American McGee's Alice

After his encounter with the hero and the Vorpal Blade, the Jabberwock is left weak and hideously mutilated. As a result, several of his body parts are replaced with mechanical prostheses, presumably engineered by the Mad Hatter, as a sketch of the Jabberwock appeared in his book: The Technical Marvels of M. Hatter.[2]

After being "re-built," the Jabberwock becomes the Queen of Hearts' most dangerous servant and her most powerful line of defense. His new mechanical wings make him a skilled flyer, while his furnace-like heart enables him to breathe massive gouts of fire. He is also capable of firing lasers from his eyes, implying that they were mechanically augmented as well. Alice is sent to find the Jabberwock in order to complete the Eye Staff, the only thing that could breach the gates of Queensland.[3] On the way to the Jabberwock, Alice encounters Jabberspawn, his devoted warriors.

Jabberwock's Lair

The Jabberwock in his lair, Alice's burning home.

Alice first encounters the Jabberwock inside a burning manifestation of her former home in the Land of Fire and Brimstone. Inside the lair, the Jabberwock cruelly torments Alice verbally, blaming her for the fire and the death of her family, before facing her in combat. With the help of the Gryphon, Alice manages to wound Jabberwock, stabbing out one of his eyes. Although the beast flees with his life, Alice claims his lost eye as the final piece of the Eye Staff.[1]

Later, Alice finds the Jabberwock again in Queensland. The Gryphon faces the Jabberwock one-on-one, only to be mortally wounded. Infuriated, Alice fights the Jabberwock herself, using the Eye Staff against its former owner. Eventually, Alice avenges the Gryphon by defeating the Jabberwock, causing his wings to disintegrate as his own furnace heart suffers a fatal overload.[4] During Alice's final battle with the Queen of Hearts, the Jabberwock's head appears as a part of one of the Queen's tentacles and shoots lasers.[5]

Alice: Madness Returns

Jabberwock attack

The Jabberwock figures closing on Alice.

A year after saving Wonderland and leaving Rutledge Asylum, Alice is still haunted by the Jabberwock's image during her hallucinations, although the Jabberwock was never revived. He is first briefly glimpsed in an image of Alice's burning house during her session with Angus Bumby.

While walking in the streets of London, several human figures with the Jabberwock's head approach Alice in a slum, and try to attack her. They quickly disappear when Pris Witless finds her, signifying that they were merely hallucinations.

When Alice hallucinates Pris transforming into a Jabberwock on Pris' rooftop, it proves to be too much for Alice and she slips into unconsciousness, returning to Wonderland.[6]

Vorpal Blade in Vale of Tears

The Vorpal Blade lodged in Jabberwock's skeleton.

As Alice travelesthrough the Vale of Tears, she found the Vorpal Blade sticking out of the skull of the skeletal remains of the Jabberwock. Soon after Alice obtains the blade, the skeleton turns to dust and blows away.[7]

The Jabberwock's image is later seen on the cover of a book in the Dollhouse.[8]

Attacks and tactics

See: Walkthrough:Jabberwock's Lair and Walkthrough:Royal Rage

Trivia

  • Because Pris was pushed off her own rooftop by Alice in the beta content of Alice: Madness Returns,[9] it can be theorized that when Alice encountered the skeleton of the Jabberwock in the Vale of Tears, this event corresponded to Alice finding Pris' corpse in London, since in both the beta files and retail version of the game, Alice hallucinates Pris with the Jabberwock's visage.
  • His absence from Alice: Madness Returns could be due to Alice getting over her guilt from American McGee's Alice. The Jabberwock was a manifestation of her guilt; logically, he would not have been revived when Wonderland was restored.
  • The Jabberwock is one of American McGee's favorite characters in American McGee's Alice, the other being the Boojum.[10]

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