|Address||Wonderland, Looking-Glass Land, Tulgey Wood|
|First appearance||Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There|
The Jabberwock is a fictional character from the novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. It only appears within the poem Jabberwocky that Alice reads during the first chapter and never interacts with the rest of the cast.
The Jabberwock is commonly (and incorrectly) referred to as the Jabberwocky, though Jabberwocky is the title of the poem, rather than the name of the creature, as seen in the original poem, reproduced below.
DescriptionIn Tenniel's illustration, the Jabberwock is a large winged chimera (mixture of several animals) with the body of a dragon, a whiskered, fish-like head, insectile antennae and a pair of talon-like hands on both its arms and its wings, which may also serve as forelegs when it walked on the ground. It also wears a vest. It presumably lived within a place known as the Tulgey Wood until it was slain by an unnamed hero wielding a vorpal blade.
Apparently a ferocious maneater in life, Jabberwocky warns the unnamed hero to beware "The jaws that bite" and "the claws that catch,"
Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogoves And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
He took his vorpal sword in hand,
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through!
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
"And, hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
- While the Jabberwock does not appear in the classic animated 1951 Disney movie, he was planned to, voiced by Stan Freberg. The scene was axed fairly late in the game. An illustration of his intended appearance does appear in a Little Golden Books storybook with record. His role seemed fairly non-antagonistic. He would have had eyes that burned, a stovepipe-like nose, orange hair and a third hand on the end of his tail. The Cheshire Cat recites the classic poem, when he first appears.
- The Jabberwock appeared in the 1985 film as a brown dragon with a horn, long spikes from his head to his neck and yellow wings. It first appeared in Alice's house when the room becomes dark after she recited the Jabberwocky poem. Alice wishing it to go away, the Jabberwock disappears. But since it is a creation of Alice's own fears, it appears again after Alice knocks Humpty Dumpty off the wall. When Alice participates at a feast inside the castle, she opens a present which the Jabberwock comes out, therefore frightening and terrorizing everyone. The White Knight tries to stop it from harming Alice, but fails. The Jabberwock finally appears in her house, when it disappears completely after Alice doesn't believe in it anymore.
- The Jabberwock appeared in the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie, in which it was referred to as the Jabberwocky. It was voiced by Christopher Lee. It appears as a black dragon, very similar to the original Tenniel illustration, with six limbs: four legs and two wings. It speaks in a low voice, and has a forked, snake-like tongue (it may also have a corresponding Jacobson's organ, from the movements of the tongue in the film), as well as forward-facing red eyes. He also breathes a blast of purple lightning which can even obliterate someone as shown on a White Knight. It is the Red Queen's champion and prepares to fight Alice. It says that the Vorpal Sword is its ancient enemy, hinting that another hero used the vorpal sword before Alice. Alice cuts off its tongue, but counterattacks with a tail swipe. The Jabberwocky gains the upper advantage, but Tarrant interferes by poking its tail with his sword which leads the armies in battle. The Jabberwocky chases Alice on ruins. As Alice reaches the top, the Jabberwocky catches up to her, but trips which allows Alice to get on its neck. The Jabberwocky throws Alice into the air, and while Alice is falling, she cuts off its head, killing the beast.
- The Jabberwock also appeared in the anime and manga Pandora Hearts as a black bird with insane eyes. It is renamed as Jabberwocky and was Glen Baskerville's chain.
- In the novel series "The Looking Glass Wars", there are multiple Jabberwocks which are bet on fi.
- In the TV miniseries "Alice", there is a computer-animated Jabberwock that appears in one scene how a natural forest creature.
- In the video game "American McGee's Alice", the Jabberwock had his parts replaced with machinery via the Mad Hatter's macabre steampunk cybernetics experiments after his encounter with the Vorpal Blade made him weak. In this game the Jabberwock is a manifestation of Alice's guilt for surviving the fire that took the lives of her parents, for which he creully and mercilessly berates her. His lair is a replica of Alice's burning house. He kills the Gryphon, only to be defeated by Alice. His eye is severed from his face and incorporated into a superweapon in Alice's armory known as the Jabberwock Eyestaff, which is vital to getting to the Red Queen's palace. He is voiced by Roger Jackson.
- The Jabberwock does not appear in the sequel, Alice: Madness Returns, but in that game Alice finds her first weapon, the Vorpal Blade, buried in the back of a Jabberwock-like skeleton. And he also appears brefley when Alice is talking to one of her former nurses,just be in the middle of a hallucination in which the nurse converts into the Jabberwock. And beofre when she senses People with Jabberwock heads circuling around Alice
- In the Nippon Animation anime "Fushigi no Kuni on Alice", he appears as a dragon with horns and smaller wings who plans to eat Benny Bunny as stew.
- In the Nintendo DS game "A Witch's Tale", he appears as a human jester who put cards everywhere for Liddell to find.
- In the cartoon series "The Real Ghostbusters" called "The Grundel", the Jabberwock is shown in an opening scene being captured by the Ghostbusters.
- The Jabberwock appears as an antagonist in the "Wonderland" stage of the Laserdisk game "Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp" It starts out tiny and quickly grows to a menacing size.
- Cartoon veteran Popeye faces off against the classic monster in a "Treasure Hunt" episode of the 1980's Hanna-Barbara "Popeye" cartoon.
- In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland game for Nintendo DS, it is the final boss and attacks the player in Chapter V. Alice, in possession of the Vorpal Sword, hides in a tower while the player battles the Jabberwocky. It will jump around the arena, breathing fire towards the player from different directions. At any opportunity, the player must hit its head to deplete its health. When its first bar is depleted, the Jabberwock smashes Alice's tower and flings her onto its tail. It then inhales heavily to try and swallow the player by pulling them across the arena. At this point, the player must use the Cheshire Cat to vanish a piece of the destroyed tower. He/she must run behind it before making it reappear - the Jabberwocky will continue to inhale until it accidentally knocks the tower piece into itself and depletes another bar completely. Alice is then flung onto the Jabberwocky's back, but the Red Queen opens a vortex which will consume Alice if she falls. The player must fight the Jabberwocky again using the first method except with a time limit saying how long until Alice falls. When the third bar is depleted, Alice falls from the Jabberwocky's back and lands on another already-broken tower. The player must then once again use the Cheshire Cat to trick the Jabberwocky. When this final bar is depleted, the Jabberwocky roars and bats Alice upwards with its tail; as Alice falls, she uses the Vorpal Sword to strike the Jabberwocky and kill it.
- The Jabberwocky, as well as the Bandersnatch, are referenced in Spiral Knights, a game produced by SEGA and Three Rings. In the game, there is an enemy called the Snarbolax, who, if defeated, will unlock an achievement called "O Frabjous Day" and gives the player a variable amount of tokens called "Frumious Fangs".
- The Jabberwock is a secondary character in the animated movie The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland. He is not a villain and instead helps the Care Bears.Despite his name,he prefers to be called Stan. Grumpy rescues the princess, but the Jabberwock gets a thorn in his foot which is removed by the Care Bears. In gratitude, the Jabberwock (or "Stan" as he prefers to be called) decides to help them back to Heart Palace. The Care Bears, Alice, and the Wonderland characters confront the Wizard but the appearance of the Jabberwock drives the villain insane, and he is arrested.
- The Jabberwock is also the main antagonist of the 1978 film Jabberwocky and the 2010 syfy film Jabberwock.
- The Jabberwock also appears in the PlayStation video game MediEvil . It only appears in the 9Av. It is also originally going to feature in the chase level, but is replaced with the full motion video. During the video, the Jabberwock chases after the undead knight Sir Daniel Fortesque all the way to the forest. As Daniel stops at the cliff, he was rescued by the giant condor from the attack from that dragon.