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Alice and the Hatter are one relationship that fans are heavily in favor of. So this page is a list of moments between the two of them in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland the Disney film:

Alice in Wonderland (2010)[]

  • He is noticeably happy to see her arrive at the "Tea Party" .
  • He states that he would "know her anywhere".
  • He attempts to distract the Knave of Hearts from finding her.
  • When Bayard leads the Knave of Hearts to them,he gives himself up.
  • She insists on rescuing him from the Red Queen.
  • When he is angry when he is making hats ,she puts her hands on her face.
  • She keeps saying that she wasn't leaving the Red Queen's castle without him.
  • When he escapes to the White Queen's castle, she goes directly to him outside.
  • He mentions that he would've regretted not seeing her again.
  • He is upset to realize that she doesn't think he is real.
  • When she doesn't volunteer to slay the Jabberwocky,he is the first one to step forward.
  • He tries to convince her to stay in wonderland,but fails.
  • There is a lot of emotion in the words "Fairfarren, Alice," and she gives him a surprised look.
  • In the original script, The Hatter kissed Alice twice[1]:
    • At the end of his dance, the Hatter grabs Alice and kisses her passionately[2].
    • Before she leaves, He abruptly kisses her one last time and whispers "Fairfarren, Alice."[3].

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)[]

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  • When Alice returns to Underland (the name used by characters such as The White Rabbit and The Cheshire Cat to refer to Wonderland), she finds the White Queen, the White Rabbit, the March Hair, the Dormouse, the Tweedles, Bayard, the Cheshire Cat and the Bandersnatch in deep concern regarding the Mad Hatter, who according to them, has "gone mad". On hearing this, Alice replies "Of course he's mad. That's his muchness.". As she says "muchness", there is a very faint smile on her face for just a moment as she thinks about the Hatter.
  • As in the first film, Alice in Wonderland (2010 film), the Hatter is visibly pleased to see Alice again when she arrives on his doorstep and this time, the two share a warm hug. Note Alice's even bigger smile when they are hugging.
  • After the hug, it's shown that there is now even less reservation between the two toward touch as Hatter uses his hands to sort of inspect Alice's face and spin her around to make sure she's still the same Alice that he cares so much for.
  • It is also very clear that Hatter has much more faith and trust in Alice at the beginning of this film than he had in any of the other characters. He is at first certain that Alice will be the first and only person he knows to believe in the possibility that his family has survived the The Horovendoush day.
  • While showing Alice a little hat he had made that was rediscovered at the site where his family is thought to have perished, Hatter confides in Alice that he thought he was not worthy of his family, the Hightopps. Yet again, demonstrating a substantial level of trust between the two.
  • The pain reflected in Hatter's eyes when he begins to question Alice's belief in his statements about finding his family is very apparent. He is shocked and deeply hurt that Alice does not seem to believe him.
  • Immediately, the realization that she does not believe what he is saying makes an impact on his appearance and behavior. He falls into a sitting position as if her lack of confidence in him has physically weakened him. His expression flashes between anger and fear. His hair begins to turn white and his colors fade. The usually colorful palette around his eyes starts to blacken. He feels betrayed by the person he trusted most.
  • When Alice asks what she can do to help, the Hatter seems to perk up a bit. As some color returns to him and he starts to calm down, he thinks. After a moment, his eyes go wide and he says to her, "Of course... My Alice... could bring my family back to me...". As he speaks, his eyes seem to be searching Alice's for a glimmer of hope, once again placing his trust in her.
  • Alice looks equally pained when she tries to explain to Hatter that his family cannot come back from the dead and Hatter is momentarily stunned into a painful silence for just a few seconds. The trust between them is stressed heavily in this scene as Hatter tries once again to plead with Alice for her help in finding the Hightopps.
  • Hatter finally succumbs to the more dull color palette, the blackened eyes, the anger and the rough language when Alice tells him that it would be impossible to bring his family back. However, before his behavior disintegrates further- that is, possibly before he might harm her- he takes Alice by the shoulders, pushes her out the front door and tells her to get out. But it's clear that Alice disagrees with this. She starts to try to get him to let her stay, to hear her out. The fear in her expression and the concern as Hatter pushes her out the front door are evident. She is terrified that she may be losing him at this moment, just as he is terrified of the notion that he has lost "his" Alice.
  • Hatter is almost in tears and is fighting back sobs as he tells her that she is not "his" Alice, that "his" Alice would believe him.
  • Even after Hatter shuts to door in Alice's faces, she stays on his porch, banging on the door and trying to get him to open it again. She watches through a small window in the door as the Hatter, faltering and losing more of his color, returns to the innermost part of the house. Her expression is one of panic and concern as she continues trying to plead with him to hear her out.
  • In the very next scene, Alice is actually running back to her friends, trying to make haste toward finding a way to help the Hatter return to his old self. She is out of breath when she reaches them and she starts trying frantically to tell them all of the things they had already tried to tell her about the Hatter's current condition. However, there is one thing Alice picks up on that no one else did before, indicating her closer connection to the Hatter. She says she fears that he may be dying.
  • At first, Alice continues to say that the task of bringing the other Hightopps back is impossible. However, the White Queen appears to know of a way that Alice could get them back and though she stresses how impossible and dangerous the quest would be to Alice, Alice still refuses to back away from it. It seems, Alice would risk life and limb for the Hatter, just as he would for her.
  • The group informs Alice that if she were to use a machine called a Chronosphere, she would be able to go back in time and save the Hightopps. The White Queen adds that Alice is the only one who can use it, because her past self was probably around in Underland the least often out of all of them. Apparently, if someone from Underland were to use the Chronosphere to go back in time and met their past self, the entire world of Underland would be put into jeopardy. Alice does agree that that does sound dangerous but it fails to stop her from accepting the quest to save the Hightopps and thus, the Hatter.
  • Alice's reply to all of her friends' remarks about her quest is "Hatter is my truest friend. If he's in need, I will help him. No matter what.". The tone with which this is said is the kind of tone that cannot be argued with. It is a very matter-of-fact and steadfast tone, meaning every word.
  • It might be noted that on entering Time's clock, Alice's movements are studied and careful but not afraid. She is driven to help the Hatter.
  • User HanaImakura will be back soon to add more observations regarding Alice and the Mad Hatter.


  • This alleged relationship is quite curious, seeing as in the books, the Hatter was quite hostile and antagonistic towards Alice, as practically all of the characters were. For some reason, a lot of Alice-inspired fiction tends to 'pair' Alice and the Hatter, and also tends to make the Hatter much more powerful and dramatic than in the books, where he was middle-aged and fond of annoying others.
  • The meaning of the word "friend" in this context may seem evidently platonic in our modern times. However, in the Victorian era, it was not uncommon for the word "friend" to be used to refer to a love interest. This could often be because the platonic implications of the term were more acceptable in polite society at the time or, in some contexts, it could sometimes be used to cover for any adultery. This is not to say that that is the case for Alice and the Mad Hatter but simply that the term "friend" might be used by Alice because it would have less shock value.


  1. Script (early draft)
  2. Script (early draft), Page 113
  3. Script (early draft), Page 114