Mad Hatter

    Character » Mad Hatter appears in 89 issues.

    An insane killer and sometimes servant of the Jabberwocky. His last incarnation was Johnny Liddle, brother of Calie and son of Alice.

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    Before Johnny Liddle became the third Mad Hatter, two separate men had already taken on the role of the Mad Hatter. The first Mad Hatter was the infamous Jack the Ripper. The second Mad Hatter was Drake Liddle, the brother of Alice Liddle.

    Johnny discovers his father's affair.
    Johnny discovers his father's affair.

    The third Mad Hatter, Johnny Liddle, was corrupted at young age by his uncle Drake Liddle, who molested him. Growing up he developed into a budding sociopath: fascinated with death and killing small animals. What truly broke his mind though was his mother Alice's suicide. After finding out her death was a result of his father participating in an affair with a prostitute, he murdered his father. On learning this his sister, Calie, sent Johnny through the mirror to Wonderland-- hoping the sacrifice would satiate its thirst.

    In Wonderland, Johnny found his uncle Drake. Now the Mad Hatter, Drake captured Johnny and imprisoned him with Lacie. Escaping his bonds, Lacie asked him to end her suffering. Using the Ebony Blade, he did as she asked and then took revenge on his uncle as well-- using the Ebony Blade again to ensure final death. With the Mad Hatter dead, Johnny leaves his uncle’s house with the Ebony Blade in tow.

    During the events of Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Johnny encounters the spider-snake and while running through the creature’s tunnels comes across a girl named Adina, who was ensnared by the monster. After rescuing her they flee the creature together. Following the promises of the Ebony Blade, Johnny and Adina follow its instructions hoping to escape Wonderland.

    Their travels bring them to the Queen of Hearts' castle where they encounter the Red Queen and her son, the King of Hearts. The next clue, from the "crazy gavel bird", leads them to the Forest of Signs. The Ebony Blade urges them to eat the fruit of the Black Tree, and once they do they get sucked into the fruit's pit and spat out in front of Keres's castle. Johnny leaves Adina behind and follows Keres to her room where she attempts to seduce him. He rejects her advance and barters his future for the looking glass before leaving the castle with Adina.

    The pair is welcomed by the people of Remington for giving them the news of the Queen of Hearts' disappearance. Their welcome wears out when Johnny is discovered by the Duchess to have killed one of her newborn pigs to anoint the looking glass leading her husband, Carl, to attack Adina. Carl tosses Adina across the yard where she lands unconscious and bleeding on the cobblestones. Johnny sees her and thinking her dead, he snaps and slaughters the entire village. Adina wakes up and Johnny claims a monster killed the townspeople but he managed to fight it off. She believes him and they flee Remington for their next stop in escaping Wonderland.

    Johnny goes into the cave alone to place the card on the altar where the Jabberwocky's illusions drive him mad. Thinking he's killing his uncle Drake, Johnny stabs Adina who had followed him into the cave when he didn't return. With Adina now dead at his feet Johnny finally embraced his destiny, seizing the role of the Mad Hatter for himself and aligning himself with the Jabberwocky.

    During the events of Beyond Wonderland, Johnny is sent by the Jabberwocky after Calie in New York City. Once there he tormented her behind the scenes, fraying her nerves. Using his mirror abilities he captured Calie's boyfriend, Brandon, and carried him off to Wonderland to be tormented-- causing Calie to believe Brandon had abandoned her. Accompanied by the Cheshire Cat-- who only obeys him out of fear of the Ebony Blade-- he set a trap for Calie at the diner she where she worked. While Calie battled the Cheshire Cat in the diner, Johnny slipped out and traveled to the Empire State Building. There he waited for his sister to come to him. She came, as he knew she would. On the observation deck of the Empire State Building and before the mirror to Wonderland they fought. Calie seemingly beheaded her brother, killing him, before smashing the mirror.

    A short time later-- minutes after Calie gave birth to her daughter Violet-- Johnny came to her hospital, using Brandon's skin to masquerade as Calie's boyfriend. He removed the disguise to victoriously reveal his deception to his sister while injecting her with a sedative. Just before Calie lost consciousness he revealed that he'd come for Violet and not Calie. With the help of the Jabberwocky's other servants he kidnapped Violet and departed.

    In exchange for a chance at revenge on his sister for sending him to Wonderland, Johnny brought Violet to the Jabberwocky's den. It was not long after (during Escape from Wonderland) that Calie returned to Wonderland and fetched her daughter. Johnny was enraged when Calie not only successfully recovered Violet, but seemed to escape Wonderland as well through a mirror on palace grounds. With Calie gone the barrier between Wonderland and the real world faded and Wonderland and its inhabitants began flooding out.

    Death of the Jabberwocky
    Death of the Jabberwocky

    Johnny sat aside, uninterested in the invasion of the real world, but he was there when Charles Dodgson came through a mirror to Wonderland. Charles revealed that the Jabberwocky needed his connection to the Liddle's in order to be free. The old man convinced Johnny that the Jabberwocky had duped him and then was able to taunt him into ending Charles's eternal life with the Ebony Blade. This weakend the Jabberwocky. The Mad Hatter then returned to Wonderland's ruler to find him weakened and in battle with Calie, who had not truly escaped at all). Johnny then betrayed the Jabberwocky, using the Ebony Blade to end his madness forever. With that done he turned on Calie.

    Even with the abilities afforded to him by Wonderland, he was no match for his sister. She dragged him back through the mirror and back to the real world. There they were both rendered ordinary once more, but Johnny's murderous hatred for his sister had not abated. They fought in the Liddle house and Johnny's life ended the same way as his mother's, hanging by the neck from the upstairs banister.



    All of the Hatters share the same 10/6 and use flawless skin suits as disguises. Johnny also gained the ability to transport over vast distances as well as between this world and Wonderland through any mirror-like surface. Like all Wonderland Entities, he is also ageless has advanced healing when he is in the Wonderland realm. He is currently in possession of the Ebony Blade, which is capable of permanently killing any Wonderland entity.


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