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Species Unknown
Gender Male
Occupation(s) Executioner
Employer Queen of Hearts

The Executioner is a minor character from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He is the executioner for the Queen of Hearts


In the book by Lewis Caroll, the Executioner is ordered to behead the Cheshire Cat. He never does, as the cat appears as only a head causing confusion and arguments over whether the executioner physically could behead the cat. The executioner's argument made to the King of Hearts was that, "You couldn't cut off a head unless there was a body to cut it off from: that he had never had to do such a thing before, and that he wasn't going to begin at his time of life". Before anyone could settle on what to do about the cat, the cat faded away. In Sir John Tenniel's illustration of him, he is the Ace of Clubs with a mask and an axe.

Other appearances[]

Alice in Wonderland (attraction)[]

Despite being absent from the Disney film of which the attraction is based, the executioner appears within the Queen of Hearts' courtroom and is an anthropomorphic Ace of Spades with red eyes.

Alice in Wonderland (1995 film)[]

The Executioner is also shown in the 1995 film by Jetlag Productions where he is a playing card.

Alice in Wonderland (2010 film)[]

“Suit yourself. As long as I can get at your neck.”

~ The Executioner

In this film, he is executioner the Red Queen and is assigned to behead the Mad Hatter. Before executing him, the Executioner wanted to remove his hat, but when the Hatter insisted that he wanted to keep it on, he agreed when as long as he could get at his neck. When he hit his axe, it hit the ground instead of the neck of the Mad Hatter, as it was the Cheshire Cat instead of the Hatter. As the Cheshire Cat floats away with Hatter's hat, the Executioner looks as shocked as other inhabitants of Crims. Soon after that, the Red Queen ordered for her courtiers to be executed. Whether the Executioner actually ended their lives or not is unknown. In the film, the Exectioner uses a heart shaped axe. The Executioner was played by the English actor Jim Carter

Alice: Madness Returns[]

The Executioner is a mini-boss which chases Alice throughout the Queensland. His body is stitched together from different playing-cards with different suits, he tentacles wrapped around his upper-body and through the eye sockets of his jester-like hat, and who wields a scythe. The executioner is invincible when pursuing Alice and is only taken out when Alice eats the Eat Me Cake, grows giant, and steps on him like a bloody bug.


  • While depicted as an Ace of Clubs in the book, the executioner is depicted as an Ace of Clubs by Arthur Rackham and in the Disneyland attraction. In the 2010 film, he adheres to the Heart suit card motif.



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Characters

Alice The Mad Hatter The White Rabbit The Queen of Hearts The King of Hearts The Caterpillar The March Hare The Knave of Hearts The Cheshire Cat The Dormouse The Lory The Eaglet The Duck The Dodo Bill the Lizard Mary Ann Dinah Alice's Sister The Duchess The Cook The Executioner Father William Frog Footman Fish Footman The Pig Baby The Gryphon The Mock Turtle Tortoise The Playing Cards The Puppy