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Mock Turtle
Mock Turtle in AMR
Biographical information
Provenance Wonderland
Physical description
Gender Male
Personal information
Allies Gryphon, Alice Liddell
Enemies Duchess, Dollmaker
Occupation Stationmaster of the Looking Glass Railway (formerly)
Further information
Voiced by Charles Meyer [AMR][1]
Image gallery (11)
Oh, there's an infinite amount of hope, but not for us!
— Mock Turtle to Alice[2]

The Mock Turtle is a tearful resident of Wonderland. He was the admiral of the HMS Gryphon and was last seen in the Deluded Depths after a Shipwreck Shark had veered the ship off its course and crashed through the rocks.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland[]

Gryphon Turtle

Alice with Gryphon and Turtle.

Alice encountered the Mock Turtle with the Gryphon. He told Alice his history of going to school in the sea, but cannot understand the school system that Alice described to him – least of all the poetry she recited. Ironically, she cannot understand it either.

He said the teacher was an old Sea Turtle called Tortoise and when Alice asked him why he was called Tortoise if he was a Turtle, the Mock Turtle answered, "We called him tortoise because he taught us!"

American McGee's Alice[]

Pool of Tears - Mock Turtle

Mock Turtle lamenting his lost shell.

Alice encountered the Mock Turtle again while searching for the White Rabbit in the Vale of Tears.[3] He has a stereotypical geeky voice and briefs under his missing shell. He was as lachrymose as ever, having narrowly escaped becoming the Duchess' dinner but losing his shell in the process to her. He was willing to help Alice find Caterpillar, who would know of the White Rabbit, in exchange for his shell.

After the Duchess was killed[4] and his shell returned, the Mock Turtle guided Alice through Wholly Moral Ground to Dry Landing, where, upon arrival, he complimented her as an honorary reptile and gave her an extra shell, allowing her to breathe underwater, before swimming away.[5]

He appeared with Alice and the other denizens of Wonderland when it was restored to its peaceful state.[6]

Alice: Madness Returns[]

Mock Turtle with his ship in a bottle

Mock Turtle on the HMS Gryphon.

Prior to Alice's fourth journey to Wonderland, the Mock Turtle had once been the stationmaster of the Infernal Train on the Looking Glass Railway, but was dismissed from his job after the Dormouse and March Hare commandeered the Mad Hatter's factory.[7]

Alice discovered the HMS Gryphon in the end of Tundraful with the captain in it. He quickly told her to get into the ship and commented on their doomed fate. As the Shipwreck Sharks continued to attack the bottle, the Mock Turtle woefully exclaimed that the beasts want his ship. Although Alice suggested he was more of their taste, the captain denied the statement and had even gone as far with saying that the beasts were almost his relatives.[2]

Alice wryly rebutted that he was related to soup. The captain then voiced his idea that they attend Carpenter's show, Totentanz, stating that "what they do not take seriously cannot harm them". After noticing the growing crevice in the bottle, Alice thought that it would be best to dive before they become lunch.[2]

Mock Turtle talking to Alice

Mock Turtle reluctant to discuss the Infernal Train with Alice.

Along the way, a Shipwreck Shark set the ship off course and sent it crashing to various rocks through Deluded Depths.[8] With his ship a wreck, Mock Turtle felt the same as well and Alice tried her best to console him. She inquired about the Infernal Train although he evaded the question by changing the subject. He then told her to ask Caterpillar about the Train and urged her to attend Carpenter's show, Totentanz, and gave her a ticket to it.[7]


Mock Turtle globe

One of the larger snow globes.

  • There is a snow globe of the Mock Turtle seen in a few places in the game, such as in the Vale of Tears[9] and London.[10]
  • The Mock Turtle's appearance in Alice: Madness Returns is inspired by a painting by Ken Wong titled The Mock Turtle's Story. Although it contradicts the first game, it can be explained that Mock Turtle was one of the residents affected by Wonderland's hard reboot.
  • Originally, the Mock Turtle was to guide Alice during the HMS Gryphon mini-game. He would tell her when they were taking too much damage, when to fire cannons and to watch out for mines.[11]
  • Fellipe Martins confirmed that Mock Turtle was not an admiral yet when he received the dismissal letter,[12] indicating that the shoulder pads and medals should not have been included in the final animation.


  1. Alice: Madness Returns. Retrieved on July 22, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Sliding toward Oblivion. Level: Chapter 2: Deluded Depths.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Pool of Tears. Level: Vale of Tears.
  4. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Just Desserts. Level: Vale of Tears.
  5. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Dry Landing. Level: Wonderland Woods.
  6. Rogue Entertainment (2000-10-06). American McGee's Alice. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Happily Ever After.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Naval Disaster. Level: Chapter 2: Deluded Depths.
  8. Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: HMS Gryphon. Level: Chapter 2: Deluded Depths.
  9. Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Slug with a Shell. Level: Chapter 1: Hatter's Domain.
  10. Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Vale of Doom. Level: Chapter 3: Oriental Grove.
  11. Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). File:
  12. McGee, American. (2011). The Art of Alice: Madness Returns. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse Books. ISBN 978-1-59582-697-8.

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