|Queen of Hearts|
|AMA | AMR|
|Enemies||Alice Liddell (formerly), Dollmaker|
|Position||Ruler of Wonderland (formerly)|
|Voiced by||Anni Long|
|Image gallery (10)|
|“|| Off with her head!
The Queen of Hearts, also known as the Red Queen, is the insane, murderous, and merciless dictator who rules Wonderland, and serves as one of the main antagonists of the series. She resides in her domain, Queensland, although her tentacles creep all throughout Wonderland, and is feared by all except Alice and the rebels.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Edit
Even before the fire that drove Alice insane, the Queen was a ruthless ruler that killed anyone that upset her. Whenever a person would upset her, she ordered the guards to kill them via decapitation. However, the King of Hearts would order the guards to spare the person later that day.
Before Alice arrived in Wonderland, she held a concert that the Mad Hatter sang at. She stated that "he's killing the time" and ordered the guards to kill him. The Hatter escaped, but was punished by Time himself to be trapped at tea time. When Alice first met her, the Queen ordered a trio of card guards to be killed because a white rose tree was planted instead of a red one. The guards tried to hide the mistake by painting the roses red, and Alice helped them.
When it was time for them to be executed, Alice hid them in a large flower pot and the executioner lied about the guards being killed. Later that day, the Queen held a large croquet game where flamingos were used as mallets, hedgehogs as the balls, and guards were the hoops. The guards, in fear of being decapitated, let only the Queen score. Then, a trial started because the Knave of Hearts stole some tarts from her.
During the trial, she uses a "sentence before verdict" type of court system. The Queen has the Duchess' cook, the Mad Hatter interviewed before getting to Alice. By this time, Alice is a giant, so the King and Queen try to throw her out of the court, claiming it's against the law to be "a mile high." This infuriates Alice, who begins to yell at the Queen. The Queen orders her guards to swarm at Alice, but Alice shows no fear, saying, "You're nothing but a pack of cards!" This results in the whole deck of cards swarming over her and Alice then wakes up from her Wonderland dream.
American McGee's Alice Edit
|“|| In the first of two climactic encounters with the Queen of Hearts, she appears as a nightmarish version of herself. Rooted to her throne by a gigantic tentacle, she has become infused with the most fear-inspiring powers you’ll face in all of Wonderland. This most difficult of all battles occurs in “Heart of Darkness.”
After Alice was put in Rutledge Asylum, the Queen of Hearts apparently merged with the Red Queen from the Looking-Glass World and functioned as one entity, beginning a much crueler rule over Wonderland and commanding both the Card Army and Red Chess pieces. This new "Red Queen" became the source of the corruption and evil that was afflicting Wonderland.
At first, Alice only knows that the Red Queen must be slain in order to restore Wonderland, but because of hints from the Cheshire Cat and other characters, she realizes at the end that the Red Queen is the very embodiment of her own madness.
|“|| Not a woman who takes defeat lightly, the Queen refuses to die, fighting you instead in a netherworld arena in her true form. Floating in the center as a towering, blood-spewing tentacled titan, the Queen is the perfect final opponent. Beat her and Alice regains her Sanity. The final battle takes place in “Heart of Darkness.”
Alice confronts the malformed Red Queen on her throne, and is able to defeat the beast. However, this "Red Queen" is pulled back through the wall, revealing that it was simply a puppet on a tentacle, and the Red Queen shows Alice her true, horrible form, a monstrous tentacled abomination with two stiff, metal appendages protruding from her back holding a row of smoking spikes over her head, forming her crown. Two of these tentacles take the form of the Voracious Centipede and the Jabberwock's heads and the Queen's puppet body. Inside the monster's mouth is the Mad Hatter's head and inside the Hatter's mouth is Alice's head, exposing the truth that the Red Queen is an incarnation of all of Alice's negative emotions and thoughts. The Queen attacks Alice with all the weapons and abilities of all the enemies she'd encountered on her journey.
Despite the Queen's assertion that Alice will only destroy herself if she resists, Alice shows no fear, and is able to defeat the horrific monster. Her victory transforms Wonderland back into its original, peaceful form, and the now-sane Alice is allowed to leave Rutledge Asylum.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
Pris found Alice a place at the Houndsditch Home for Wayward Youth, where she received therapy from Dr. Bumby. However, this only encouraged Alice's guilt surrounding her family's death to return, which allowed the Red Queen to revive, among other things. Although much diminished, the Queen of Hearts was no longer dead, and still held a tenuous grasp on her Domain of Queensland. Unable to regain control of Wonderland, and still very weak, she is enraged that Alice has allowed the Dollmaker to claim authority over Wonderland in her stead, and wants fiercely to be left alone.
However, based on Caterpillar's advice, Alice is determined to get the Queen's help in stopping the Infernal Train, and forces her way through Queensland despite all of the Queen's attempts to stop her.[source?] When Alice finally reaches the throne of the Queen, the Queen complains of her lost rule, but offers Alice truth as to how she may stop the desolation of her mind and gives her clues as to who could benefit from her insanity. At this, Alice comes back to reality, and realizes that it is Bumby who is making her forget the truth.
When Alice finally makes it aboard the Infernal Train, she finds that the Red Queen is one of the passengers. The Red Queen reveals that the noise Alice heard the night of the fire was not "Lizzie talking in her sleep," which makes Alice understand that Bumby raped her sister. As Alice leaves, the Queen commands Alice to make her survival mean something, or they are all doomed.
American McGee's Alice Edit
The Queen of Hearts is a beast of many tentacles, which stretch throughout Wonderland as literal tendrils wrapping around Alice's mind; even her puppet body's hair and limbs are simply more tentacles. Her castle is covered with her flesh, and many of its passages contain bones or esophagi, implying that the edifice is built into her own massive body. Her true, horrible form's face also has the head of the Mad Hatter within its mouth, with the head of Alice within that.
Alice: Madness Returns Edit
The Red Queen's tentacles have retreated to Queensland, although the castle is still built into them. Her multiple eyes and hearts are planted throughout the domain, which allow her to monitor her land but also give Alice a way to weaken her. Although the face of her original puppet body is destroyed, the Queen's new puppet body has a human-like upper body, albeit gaunt from starvation, whose face shares the likeness of Alice's own as a child.
Her arms and lower body are still composed of tentacles, she has the hands that resemble veins or bare flesh, and her voice constantly fluctuates in pitch and tone, symbolizing that her mouths and throats scattered around the castle, ranging from the voice of a young girl (Alice Liddell's former self) to one of an old woman (her own voice). The Queen's throne depicts scenes from Wonderland, with the top image depicting herself above a crying Alice.
The Queen of Hearts is a ruthless leader who will not hesitate to destroy what she must in order to achieve her goals. Her motives are always apparent through the degrading stages of Wonderland. She is well-spoken and fairly educated, knowing much about Wonderland and Alice's disposition. She is a fairly cocky in her own right, constantly undermining Alice and attempting to "teach" her, sometimes more forcefully than others. It is apparent that she sees herself as a higher character than most, constantly treating others as idiotic – with the exception of Doctor Bumby or Dollmaker.
Her intents, however, are much more solemn later on, wanting only to be left alone and away from the chaos of Wonderland while she retreats in her destroyed kingdom.
- In Alice: Madness Returns, it is implied that the Queen may be somewhat of an avatar for Alice's dead sister Lizzie, although the art book implies that she is mainly an avatar for Alice herself. Despite this, American has confirmed that the Queen is young Alice and not a manifestation of Lizzie.
- The designers for Madness Returns originally wanted the Queen to resemble a dying woman, but American McGee suggested the final design instead. Her new form appears on the Queen of Hearts card that appears in the opening cinematic, while her old appearance shows up in Alice's memories, and is used as her symbol throughout Queensland.
- When the Queen says "Off with her head!" as Alice goes to meet her during Madness Returns, the recording is the same one from American McGee's Alice, only edited with special effects.
- The Red Queen appears briefly in the "fiery tentacles" trailer, dragging Alice through a shattered window and into a fire with her extruding tentacles.
- The Queen's throne depicts her standing over Alice who is crying.
- Some of the Ruin monsters in her domain are pink and bloody red rather than black, which may imply that she is capable of usurping control of the Ruin from the Dollmaker.
- The Queen is the only major American McGee's Alice character to never receive a figurine, possibly due to the fact her appearance could be classified as a spoiler.
- Although not all were used, Anni Long recorded eight different versions of her saying "Off with her head!" alone. Long reprised a lot of her roles several times which can be found in the in game files that were kept but never used.
- ↑ Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Houndsditch Home. Area: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
- ↑ Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Peak Temple. Area: Chapter 3: Oriental Grove.
- ↑ Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dark of Heartness. Area: Chapter 4: Queensland.
- ↑ Spicy Horse. Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dollmaker Part 1. Area: Chapter 6: Infernal Train.
- ↑ Caterpillar: "The Queen is someone you once knew and loved. Time changes us all." [Alice: Madness Returns] Cutscenes ~ Chapter 3: Oriental Grove - (14:04) (video). Retrieved on July 15, 2013.
- ↑ Alice: "My Lizzie... what is this train's destination?" [Alice: Madness Returns] Cutscenes ~ Chapter 6: Infernal Train - (3:12) (video). Retrieved on July 15, 2013.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 McGee, A (2011). The Art of Alice: Madness Returns. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books. ISBN 978-1-59582-697-8.
- ↑ In Madness Returns, the Queen continues to echo Alice's super-ego, but takes the form as Alice as a young girl - a suggestion (a hint?) that the "version" as Alice speaking is from an earlier time. American McGee. American McGee's reply. Retrieved on July 15, 2013.