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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.
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 Elizabeth.
The Queen of Hearts is voiced by Anni Long.
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
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.
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 monster with the body that resembles a human heart with tentacles and spikes on the top of the abomination's head that forms her crown. Two of these tentacles take the form of the Voracious Centipede's head and Jabberwock's head. Inside the monster's mouth is the Mad Hatter's head and inside the Hatter's is Alice's head, exposing the truth that the Red Queen is an incarnation of all of Alice's negative emotions and thoughts. 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. 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.
In American McGee's Alice, 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.
In Alice: Madness Returns, 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 used as her symbol, the Queen's true form has a human-like upper body, albeit gaunt from starvation, whose face was thought to resemble Alice's own. Her arms and lower body are still composed of tentacles, she has the hands that resemble veins or bare flash, 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(maybe young Alice's one) to one of an old woman(her old voice). The Queen's throne depicts scenes from Wonderland, with the top image depicting herself above a crying Alice.
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.
The Queen of hearts is a ruthless leader who will destroy what she must in order to achieve her goals. She's a dark character who's 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 character 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/Dollmaker).
- American McGee's Alice
- "Off with her head!"
- "I rule Wonderland alone, your interference will not be tolerated. This realm is for grown ups; raw, well-ordered, ruthless, careening on the jagged edge of reality. Self-pitying dreamers are not wanted here. They cannot survive here. You fear the truth. You live in shadows. Your pathetic attempts to reclaim your sanity have failed. Retreat now to the sterile safety of your self delusions, or risk inevitable annihilation. If you destroy me, you destroy yourself. Leave now and some hollow part of you may survive. Stay, and I will break you down. You will lose yourself forever!"
- Alice: Madness Returns
- "You don't know your own mind."
- "What you claim not to know is merely what you've denied."
- "You've recaptured your vagrant memories. What are you doing with them? You once rejected my attempts to control our lives, forcefully. But now you've allowed another to succeed in my role."
- "You'd prefer the hot, stinking breath and unyielding attention of a potent, unreasoning, unfeeling, hell raiser? I don't think so."
- "I'd need a better reason to respond than whats currently on offer!"
- "Not doomed, forgotten. I may survive here but you're finished."
- "You see the pattern of destruction, I know you do. The train is trying to destroy all evidence of your past, and especially the Fire. Now who would want that, who benefits from your Madness?"
- "The Train must be stopped...But there's more to do. Your view conceals a tragedy. The whole truth you claim to seek eludes you, because you won't look at what's around you!"
- "There is no method in this madness!"
- "Authority must be obeyed, or it must be overthrown!"
- "Madness and destruction. You shouldn't ask questions you know the answer to, it's not polite. And that noise wasn't Lizzie talking in her sleep. [...] And there are no centaurs in Oxford."
- "Make your survival mean something, or we are all doomed!"
- 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.
Notes and references Edit
- ↑ Caterpillar: "The Queen is someone you once knew and loved. Time changes us all." / Alice: "Not all change is good!"
- ↑ Alice: "My Lizzie... what is this train's destination?"
- ↑ The Art of Alice: Madness Returns, Hong Lei: "We decided to make the Queen of Hearts look like young Alice." / KW: "She's supposed to look like young Alice, but I think it's a little bit of a self-portrait too." (src: 1)
American McGee's AliceEdit
Alice: Madness ReturnsEdit
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