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“I don't know what you mean by your way, all the ways about here belong to me...”

~ The Red Queen
The Red Queen
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General Information
Gender Female
Age 443
Hair color Red
Eye color Turquoise
Address Wonderland (formerly)
Salazen Grum(2010)
Occupation Red Queen
Family The White Queen (sister)
The Red King (husband)
Lily (niece)
the headless king(uncle) The headless horseman(cousin)
Relationships The Red King (husband)
Knave of Hearts (lover)
Time (lover)
Enemies Alice
The White Queen
Behind The Scenes
Portrayed by Edna May Oliver (1933)
Ann Jillian (1985)
Helena Bonham Carter (2010)

The Red Queen (given the name Iracebeth of Crims in 2010) is a fictional character originally from the novel Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. The Red Queen is also referred to as The Bloody Big Head and The Bloody Red Queen is played by Helena Bonham Carter in the 2010 movie and the 2016 movie. In many of the Alice in Wonderland based films, the Red Queen will appear as an amalgam of herself and the queen of hearts, and even sometimes the dutchess.



With a motif of Through the Looking-Glass being representations of the game of chess, the Red Queen could be viewed as an antagonist in the story as she is the queen for the side opposing Alice. Despite this, their initial encounter is a cordial one, with the Red Queen explaining the rules of Chess concerning promotion — specifically that Alice is able to become a queen by starting out as a pawn and reaching the eighth square at the opposite end of the board. As a queen in the game of Chess, the Red Queen is able to move swiftly and effortlessly. The Red Queen's design in the book was based on the Queen chess piece.

However, in the recent 2010 Tim Burton film, she is quick to anger if things do not go the way she wants them do. She is merciless against her enemies and those who have betrayed her.

Other Appearances

1871, The looking glass wars

  • In the novel series The Looking Glass Wars, she and the queen of hearts are re-imagined as Redd, the main antagonist and the aunt of Alyss.

1933, Alice in Wonderland

  • The Red Queen was portrayed by Edna May Oliver in the 1933 Paramount film version of Alice in Wonderland.

1951, Alice in Wonderland

  • In the 1951 Disney animated classic, the Red Queen appears as another Amalgam of the Queen of hearts and herself. The character is referred to as the queen of hearts and has nothing to do with chess. Instead, she has an army of playing cards. The is married to The King of Hearts. She has a very short temper and wants everything her way. In the 1951 movie when the flowers are singing - there is a red rose that resembles the Red Queen and it is the same with the white flower that resembles the White Queen.

2000, American McGee's Alice

  • In the video game, American McGee's Alice, the Red Queen is the main antagonist and the final boss. She resembles in this game the darkest part of Alice. She took advantage of Alice's insanity and ruled Wonderland. By turning it into a twisted version of itself. She's mostly made out of limbs and tentacles. In Madness Returns, she is left destroyed after Alice took Wonderland out of her rule. She has a very important part in this game and resembles Alice's older sister, Elizabeth Liddell.

2014, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

2010 & 2016, Tim Burton films

  • The Red Queen appeared in Tim Burton's 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland as an amalgam of the Queen of Hearts, the Duchess and herself. Her name is Iracebeth of Crims. She is also married to the knave of hearts, Stain. She is completely spoilt, callous, arrogant and demanding, coercing her courtiers to agree with every word she says, almost blindly.  She has become significantly paranoid, going so far as to execute her husband for fear that he would leave her for her sister. When she has a decision to make, she twiddles her fingers about as she decides. She is portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. This rendition is referred to as the Red Queen, but has a bit more in common with the queen of hearts, considering the fact that she is not associated with chess at all. Instead, she is represented by playing cards. She is known for her large head. Her castle area is called Salazen Grum.

Chess Pieces


Helena Bonham Carter (2010)

Edna May Oliver (1933)

Through The Looking-Glass Characters

Alice The Mad Hatter The Red Queen The Red King The Red Knight The White Queen The White King The White Knight The March Hare The Sheep Humpty Dumpty Tweedledum and Tweedledee The Lion and the Unicorn The Bandersnatch Jubjub Bird The Jabberwocky Kitty The Flowers The Aged Man Lily The Monstrous Crow The White Horse The Bread-and-Butterfly The Rocking-Horse-Fly Snap-Dragonfly The Gnat