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Mad Hatter
Mad Hatter AMR
Biographical information
Provenance Wonderland
Physical description
Gender Male
Personal information
Allies Alice Liddell, White Rabbit (formerly), Dormouse (formerly), March Hare (formerly)
Enemies Alice Liddell (formerly), Dormouse, March Hare, Dollmaker
Profession Mechanic
Position Leader of Hatter's Domain (formerly)
Further information
Voiced by Andrew Chaikin
Image gallery (13)
The insolence! The arrogance! The inexorable table manners! They are destroyers of Wonderland! Defilers! Diluters! Derangers! Delightful...
— Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter remains a fanatic of time, but is no longer the tea party-loving hatter that he was during Alice Liddell's last visit to Wonderland. He has finally snapped, and became a half-organic, half-metallic rendition of his former self.

Biography Edit

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Edit

Tea party

Hatter during his tea party.

The Hatter explained to Alice that he and the March Hare were always having tea because, when he tried to sing for the Queen of Hearts at her celebration, she sentenced him to death for "murdering the time." However, he escaped decapitation.

In retaliation, Time (referred to as a "Him") halted himself in respect to the Hatter, keeping him and the March Hare stuck at 6:00 forever. The tea party, when Alice arrived, was characterized by switching places around the table at any given time; making short, personal remarks; asking unanswerable riddles; and reciting nonsensical poetry, all of which eventually drove Alice away.

He appeared again as a witness at the Knave of Hearts' trial, where the Queen appeared to recognize him as the singer she sentenced to death. The King also cautioned him not to be nervous or he will be "executed on the spot."

Through the Looking-Glass Edit

Anglo-Saxon messengers

Mad Hatter and March Hare as messengers.

Under the name of "Hatta," the Mad Hatter was in trouble with the law once again. He was, however, not necessarily guilty as the White Queen explained that the subjects were quite often punished before they commit a crime, rather than after, and sometimes they did not even commit it at all. He was also mentioned as one of the White King's messengers along with March Hare as "Haiga."

American McGee's Alice Edit

Before the fire began, the Hatter was holding a tea party with Alice and her other Wonderland friends. When the added chapter "Smoke and Fire" began in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Hatter screamed in alarm when a fire broke out and the White Rabbit screamed that "[they] must save Alice". The Mad Hatter's cries roused Alice from her dream so that she could survive the fire.[1]

Rabbit's death

Alice mourning Rabbit's death.

Later, Alice and the White Rabbit were seeking out the Caterpillar in Wonderland Woods when the Mad Hatter killed the Rabbit, crushing him flat beneath his foot as both he and Alice were still shrunken down at this time.[2] The Mad Hatter was also presumably responsible for having repaired the Jabberwock by replacing body parts with metal and machinery, having been left drastically disfigured by the Vorpal Blade.[3]

After defeating the Red King, the Mad Hatter appeared and knocked Alice out, transporting her to a mad funhouse.[4] Alice eventually defeated him in his lair.[5]

Alice: Madness Returns Edit

Mad Hatter freed

The Mad Hatter freed by Alice.

The Mad Hatter had been ironically torn apart at the hands of his former victims, the March Hare and the Dormouse. Alice found his head and torso in the garbage dump of his domain. She offered to collect the rest of his limbs in exchange for help.[6]

After successfully retrieving his arms and legs, Hatter became delighted, but refused to reveal any information and resorted to jabbering nonsense when Alice asked him about the Infernal Train. He did, however, led her to the main part of the factory, where the Train was built.

After the Train passed through, the Dormouse and Hare appeared in a huge imposing looking mecha, taunting the pair and promising to destroy them. The Hatter became furious with them for their part in Alice's potential downfall by unleashing the Train. The two new leaders responded to his scolding by snatching him up with a hook. Hatter was able to free himself and destroy the mech within seconds by dropping a giant teapot on it. The weight of the teapot caused March Hare and Dormouse's deaths.

Mad Hatter's break down

The Mad Hatter offering tea to a dead March Hare.

The severity of Hatter's actions finally reached him and he suffered another break with reality. He cradled his dead friends in his arms and told them that all he wanted was another tea party as his domain crumbles around him. He wrapped them both in his arms and offered them tea. Alice persistently demanded information about the Train, but Hatter does not answer her and only told her to talk to the Mock Turtle just seconds before the roof fell and crushed him.[7]

The Hatter later appeared on the Infernal Train, criticizing Alice for her methods of solving her problems, reminiscing about a party he had with Hare and Dormouse before they turned on him. He remarked that insanity was no excuse for forgetting, and told Alice that he had tried to forget what Alice had done, but was unsuccessful.[8]

Appearance Edit

American McGee's Alice Edit

Mad Hatter portrait

The portrait of Hatter in Castle Keep.

The Hatter has turned into a tall, long-limbed cyborg. He is now green-skinned, with a large nose and ears, tiny eyes, and his teeth bear an overbite. His body is made out of metal and wood, and he has a rusted cog sticking out of his back. His clothes consist of a loose straightjacket, black trousers, and dress shoes with spats. He also wears a large black-and-white checkerboard top hat, covered in alchemy symbols and a few drops of blood.

Alice: Madness Returns Edit

The Hatter retains his appearance although he receives several cuts and bruises on his face and ear and his top hat had several holes on it.

Personality Edit

The Mad Hatter is a psychopath, literally gone "mad" (or perhaps madder than ever) and obsessed with time and clockworks, who considers himself to be a genius. He invents mechanical devices, often evidently using the bodies of living organisms for the base of his inventions, as he plans to do to all of Wonderland's inhabitants.

His automaton victims include the March Hare, the Dormouse, and countless Insane Children taken from the Hatter's asylum; the Hatter himself is also mostly mechanical, as revealed in the conclusion of his battle with Alice when his body short-circuits and his head explodes.

Trivia Edit

  • His post-death appearance in the Infernal Train is analogous to that of the Insane Child Leader, in a way that he has appeared in a de-powered form to guide Alice towards the truth.
  • The Hatter is referenced to in the casebook of Alice's doctor, Dr. Wilson. The asylum's superintendent is described with similar traits as the Hatter, and his two nephews are orderlies who torment Alice - a reference to the Hatter's henchmen, the Tweedles. Despite his villainous role in the game, it is ironically the Hatter who urges Alice to flee her burning home at the start of the game. He is revived when Alice regains her sanity, apparently regaining his own as well or at least as much as he had to begin with. The Hatter's head is later a part of the inside of the Queen of Hearts' mouth, and inside his mouth is Alice's head, meaning that the Queen is also a part of the Hatter's insanity as well as Alice's.[9]
  • Much like the White Rabbit, the Hatter appears after his death in Wonderland in the Radula Room Endurance Challenges.
  • In interview, American McGee has stated that the Hatter is a reflection of Alice's emotional state; part of her rage in the first game and a different kind of anger and self-preservation mechanism in the second.[source?]
  • In Alice: Madness Returns, it shows that he is able to disconnect his head and limbs from his torso, and still be able to live, talk and think.[6]
  • Some of the symbols on Hatter's hat is present on most of Alice's dresses.
  • Despite his actions and theirs, he still saw Dormouse and March Hare as friends and all he wanted was 'Another Tea Party', showing he wished things could go back to the way they had been before the Ruin set in.[7]
  • In American McGee's Alice, one attack sound is labelled "attack_bitchslap" while another is labelled "stomp_yo_ass".[10]

References Edit

  1. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Prologue.
  2. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dry Landing. Level: Wonderland Woods.
  3. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Credits.
  4. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Checkmate in Red. Level: Looking Glass Land.
  5. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: About Face. Level: Behind the Looking Glass.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: About Face. Level: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Assemblage (or Destruction). Level: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
  8. Spicy Horse (2011-06-17). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Infernal Train Carriage. Level: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
  9. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Wilson's casebook.
  10. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). File: pak0.pk3

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