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Mad Hatter
Mad Hatter
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 (11)
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's last visit to Wonderland. He has finally snapped, and is 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.
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The Hatter explains to Alice that he and the March Hare are 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," but he escapes decapitation. In retaliation, Time (referred to as a "Him") halts himself in respect to the Hatter, keeping him and the March Hare stuck at 6:00 forever. The tea party, when Alice arrives, is characterized by switching places on the table at any given time, making short, personal remarks, asking unanswerable riddles and reciting nonsensical poetry, all of which eventually drive Alice away.

He appears again as a witness at the Knave of Hearts' trial, where the Queen appears to recognize him as the singer she sentenced to death, and the King also cautions him not to be nervous "or I'll have you executed on the spot."

Through the Looking-Glass Edit

Known as "Hatta", he is in trouble with the law once again. This time, however, he is not necessarily guilty: the White Queen explains that quite often subjects are punished before they commit a crime, rather than after, and sometimes they do not even commit it at all.

He is also mentioned as being one of the White King's messengers, and the March Hare appears as well as "Haigha".

American McGee's Alice Edit

In the game's prologue before the fire began, the Hatter is holding a tea party with Alice and her other Wonderland friends. When the added chapter "Smoke and Fire" begins in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the Hatter screams, "Ah! Fire! Oh, dear, oh dear! Ah!" and the White Rabbit screams "Ah! Ah! We must save Alice!," to which the Hatter cried "Wake up, Alice! Wake up!," which proves that he roused Alice from her dream so she could survive the fire.

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. Though not revealed in the game, the Deadtime Watch Alice discovers after killing the Mad Hatter is a recalibrated version of the White Rabbit's pocket watch. The Mad Hatter is 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.

Alice: Madness Returns Edit

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The Mad Hatter freed by Alice.
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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.[1] 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.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Appearance Edit

American McGee's Alice Edit

The Hatter.
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Like most of the Wonderland creatures, the Mad Hatter's physical appearance in the games has drastically changed from what he originally looked liked in John Tenniel's illustrations. From a fairly normal-looking, short middle-aged English man, 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 retained his appearance although he received 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 Dr. Wilson, Alice's doctor. 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.
  • 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.
  • In 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.
  • 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.

References Edit

  1. Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: About Face. Area: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
  2. Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Assemblage (or Destruction). Area: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
  3. Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Infernal Train Carriage. Area: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
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