The Jabberwock is a fictional monster from the novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There both 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.In Tenniel's illustration, the Jabberwock is a large winged chimera 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 presumably lived within a dark forest until it was slain by an unnamed hero wielding a vorpal blade. {C 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.

Other Appeareances


1951 Cartoon Film

Disney's Story Book version of the Jabberwock

While the Jabberwock does not appear in the classic animated 1951 Disney movie, he was planned to, voiced by Stan Freburg. 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.

Tim Burton

2010 Film

The Jabberwock appeared in the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie. It was voiced by Christopher Lee. He appears as a black dragon with sharp teeth, bigger wings, a spiked tail, a forked tongue in which he hisses, and the ability to speak. In addition to this, wisps of shadowy darkness seem to fall off of him when he moves, indicating the Jabberwock is made purely from darkness. He also breathes a blast of purple lightning which can even obliterate someone as shown on a White Knight. He is the Red Queen's champion and prepares to fight Alice. He says that the Vorpal Sword is his old enemy, possibly hinting that another hero used the vorpal sword before Alice. Alice cuts off his tongue, but counterattacks with a tail swipe. The Jabberwock gains the upper advantage, but Tarrant interferes by poking his tail with his sword which leads the armies in battle. The Jabberwock chases Alice on ruins. As Alice reaches the top, the Jabberwock catches up to her, but trips which allows Alice to get on his neck. The Jabberwock throws Alice into the air, and while Alice is falling, she cuts off his head, killing him. The Jabberwock's blood is then used to send Alice home.

Tim Burton's Jabberwock

Video games

In Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland game for Wii and PC, it is the final boss of the game. The player didn't fight the Jabberwock directly. The player must use The March Hare Telekinesis to rebuild a broken bridge, and distract the Jabberwock by throwing rocks at it. As it rages, the bridge will fell off, trapping it's neck. While it's trapped, the player must assist Alice to get on top of the destroyed building using each character's ability.

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 Jabberwock will continue to inhale until it accidentally knocks the tower piece into itself and depletes another bar completely. Alice is then flung onto the Jabberwock's back, but the Red Queen opens a vortex which will consume Alice if she falls. The player must fight the Jabberwock 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 Jabberwock. When this final bar is depleted, the Jabberwock roars and bats Alice upwards with its tail; as Alice falls, she uses the Vorpal Sword to strike the Jabberwock and kill it.

Other Films and Tv shows

- 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 does not talk in English, but instead communicates by snarling, growling, and roaring. 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. - 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

-In the TV miniseries "Alice", there is a computer-animated Jabberwock that appears in one scene.

-Popeye faces off against the classic monster in a "Treasure Hunt" episode of the 1980's Hanna-Barbara "Popeye" cartoon.

Anime and Manga

Pandora Hearts

Jabberwock in the Anime Adaptation of Pandora Hearts

Jabberwock and the Glen Baskerville, Leo in the Pandora Heart's Manga

The Jabberwock also appeared in the anime and manga Pandora Hearts. He's one of the five "Black Wing Chains" that each of the five Dukdom family has. In the manga, there is more shown that Jabberwock is very protective of his contractor, roaring at Oz when he approach the origonal Glen, Oswald, at some point. You only see the Jabberwock once in the Anime, which is quickly Defeated by both Oz and B-Rabbit. In the Manga He's shown as a black bird with insane eyes, while in the Anime, it's closer to it's poem rendition and a bit more dragon-like. It is renamed as Jabberwocky and is now the new Glen Baskerville,Leo, chain,

Fushigi no Kuni no 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.

Video Games

American McGee's Alice

Concept art from American McGee's Alice In Wonderland Game

In the video game "American McGee's Alice", the Jabberwock had his parts replaced with machinery by the Mad Hatter 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 mercilessly berates her. 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, which is vital to getting to the Red Queen's palace. He is voiced by Roger Jackson.

A Witch's Tale

In the Nintendo DS game "A Witch's Tale", he appears as a human jester who put cards everywhere for Liddell to find.

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp

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.

Novels and Books

In the novel series "The Looking Glass Wars", there are multiple jabberwocks which are betted on fights.

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