|“||My heart is open, Alice. Never closed, never locked. It needs no key.||”|
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Liddell is the older sister of Alice Liddell and the eldest child of Arthur Liddell and his wife. At the age of 18, Lizzie died along with her parents in the fire that burned down their family home in Oxford. She is unmentioned in American McGee's Alice, but she does appear in Alice: Madness Returns through Alice's memories, and plays an important role in the storyline.
Lizzie is based on the unnamed sister from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, who is seen reading a book, which Alice describes as lacking "pictures or conversations." She also shared with Alice's dream of Wonderland, having dreamed the entire adventure herself, and then believing Alice would retain her childlike innocence.
At the age of eighteen, Lizzie had become the object of desire for Angus Bumby, who was one of her father's undergraduates at the time. Although Lizzie did not appreciate his advances, or him at all, Bumby became obsessed with her, believing she was just playing hard to get, and would stalk her. Disgusted by him, Lizzie told Alice about the things Bumby did to her, and told Arthur not to invite him around to their house again.
One night, infuriated by what he saw as Lizzie "teasing" him, Bumby broke into the Liddells' home and raped her. After this, Bumby either killed Lizzie or knocked her out, locked her bedroom door from the outside, and used an oil lamp to set the house on fire to cover up his crime. Only Alice escaped the blaze alive. She had witnessed Bumby entering the house, but due to the trauma of the fire her mind turned Bumby into a centaur, and she believed that the noises from Lizzie's room only meant that Lizzie was talking in her sleep that night.
Bumby had kept Lizzie's door key with him after committing his crime, either as a memento to her or as a form of trophy.
American McGee's AliceEdit
Unlike the rest of her family, Lizzie did not make any form of appearance in American McGee's Alice, whether it be through imagery or cutscene. Lizzie was not heard whatsoever until the second game, where she was idolized.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
Eleven years after the fire, Alice began to realize that Lizzie's room was further away from the fire than her own, and that she disliked locked doors, thus she wouldn't have locked her bedroom door herself. Alice also believed that Lizzie would have been smart enough to jump out of her window to escape the fire, suggesting she was either dead or incapacitated before the fire reached upstairs; according to Wilton J. Radcliffe in a memory, after identifying the bodies at the Oxford Morgue, Lizzie's was the only one not burnt by the flames.
After working out that Bumby was behind the death of her family she also realized the he raped Lizzie before killing her, and had been using Lizzie's key to hypnotize his patients, she confronted him before taking back Lizzie's key and pushing him in front of an oncoming train, killing him to avenge her family.
In the Liddell family portrait, Lizzie bears a strong resemblance to Alice as she looks now at the age of nineteen. She had shoulder-length, dark wavy hair, an oval face, large eyes, pale skin, and dons a long-sleeved shirt and a skirt held up with suspenders. It's likely she had green eyes like her sister.
Through Alice's memories, Elizabeth appears to be a friendly, sharp-minded girl who was much more adventurous than Alice when they were growing up. She was a very loving person, and was dearly loved in return. She had a deep relationship with her little sister, even confiding in her about Bumby's sexual advances towards her. However, though she loved Alice deeply, the age gap between them was too great for her to be much of a playmate to her little sister.
Lizzie also possessed a mischievous, slightly wicked side to her; she had tried smoking a cigarette at least once (and revealed to her sister that it was disgusting), and knew how to get out of being grounded. She also had a generally low opinion of the undergraduates that tried to impress her father, calling them a "bunch of toadies."
The name "Elizabeth" is from "Elisabet", which is the Greek form of the Hebrew name "Elishiva", which means "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance". It is unknown whether or not it was intended to mean anything, as American McGee has discontinued any questioning to the Liddell family religion, stating that it is not part of the game and will never be.
Although Elizabeth was never the name of one of Alice's sister in real life, she did have an older sister similar to Elizabeth.
- In real-life, Alice Liddell's older sister was named Lorina Liddell and was three years older than Alice Liddell.
- Elizabeth's memory key is in the shape of the astrological sign of Venus which, while representing femininity and beauty, is also the sign of love.
- The key to Lizzie's bedroom door can be seen swinging hypnotically from a string during the loading screens of the game; the same key which Bumby took with him and used to hypnotize his patients.
- Through uncut footage of Madness Returns, Alice confirms that Bumby raped and then killed her sister. It can be found in the "VO_Alice" file in the INT folder in the PC version.