|“|| Your room was protected and spared while your family upstairs roasted in an inferno of incredible horror!
|Also known as||Jabberwocky|
The Jabberwock (also known as the Jabberwocky) was a creature of Wonderland, and an enemy of Alice Liddell who appeared in American McGee's Alice, in which he acts as a monstrous manifestation of Alice's survivor guilt over the death of her family. Although he remains dead in Alice: Madness Returns, his image does appear a handful of times during the story.
Early life Edit
Alice never met the Jabberwock personally during her childhood. She first heard of the Jabberwock during her time in the Looking Glass World, in a poem entitled Jabberwocky; since it was written backwards, a mirror was needed for her to read it.
In the poem, the Jabberwock is described as a frightening monster that was slain by an unknown hero that used the Vorpal Blade. Although Alice liked the poem and it made her think, due to the unusual words in it, she found the poem hard to understand, and only got that it was about someone killing something.
American McGee's Alice Edit
After his encounter with the hero and the Vorpal Blade, the Jabberwock was left hideously mutilated and weak. As a result, several of his body parts are mechanical, presumably engineered by the Mad Hatter; a sketch of the Jabberwock appears in his book, The Technical Marvels of M. Hatter. After being "re-built," the Jabberwock became the Queen of Hearts's most dangerous servant and her most powerful line of defense. His new mechanical wings make him a skilful flyer, while his furnace-like heart enables him to breath massive gouts of fire. He was also capable of firing lasers from his eyes, implying that they are also mechanically augmented. Alice was sent to find the Jabberwock in order to complete the Eye Staff, which was the only thing that could breach the gates of Queensland.
Alice first encountered the Jabberwock inside a burning manifestation of her former home in the Land of Fire and Brimstone. Inside the lair, the Jabberwock cruelly tormented Alice verbally, placing her at blame for the fire and the death of her family, before facing her in combat. With the help of the Gryphon, Alice managed to wound Jabberwock, stabbing out one of his eyes. Although the beast fled with his life, Alice claimed his lost eye as the final piece of the Eye Staff.
Later, Alice finds the Jabberwock again in Queensland. The Gryphon faced the Jabberwock one-on-one, only to be mortally wounded. Infuriated, Alice fought the Jabberwock herself, using the Eye Staff against its former owner. Eventually, Alice would avenge the Gryphon by defeating the Jabberwock, causing his wings to disintegrate as his own furnace heart suffered a fatal overload. 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 it shoots lasers.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
Because the Jabberwock was so incredibly hateful towards Alice, he alone was not brought back to life when Alice re-took control of Wonderland.
However, one year after saving Wonderland and leaving Rutledge Asylum, although the Jabberwock was never revived, Alice was still haunted by his image during her hallucinations. He is first briefly glimpsed in an image of Alice's burning house during her session with Angus Bumby.
Later, during her walk in the streets of London, several human figures with the Jabberwock's head approach her in a slum, and try to attack her. They quickly disappear when Pris Witless finds her, meaning they were just another hallucination. Alice hallucinates Pris transforming into a red Jabberwock while she and Alice are on her rooftop, and it proves to be too much for Alice, as she slips into unconsciousness and triggers her return to Wonderland.
While Alice travels through the Vale of Tears, she finds the Vorpal Blade sticking out of the skull of the skeletal remains of the Jabberwock. Soon after Alice collects the blade, the skeleton turns to dust and blows away.
- His image is later seen on the cover of a book in Dollhouse.
- There is a correlation between Pris and the Jabberwock. By theory, Pris was killed by Alice in the BETA of the game, and after the Jabberwock cutscene Pris is not heard from or seen again throughout the game, nor is the Jabberwock (other than art and imagery) until you find his remains. It is possible that in the real world of London, this is Alice encountering Pris' body.
- His absence from the sequel could be from Alice getting over her guilt from the first game as the Jabberwock was a manifestation of her guilt. Logically, he wouldn't have been revived when Wonderland was restored.