Diabolical Deviant – Queen of Hearts

Considering that the newest adaptation of Alice in Wonderland is debuting in theatres on the very important date of March 5th, the first diabolical deviant showcased from Disney is the Queen of Hearts.

The Queen of Hearts is not to be confused with the Red Queen from the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

The Queen of Hearts is the foul-tempered monarch from Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole into the land known as Wonderland.

Ruled by impulse and passion, the Queen of Hearts decrees death sentences at the slightest offense. She demands immediate retribution and gratification when she believes that she has been wronged by her subjects.

Portrayed as the villain in the Disney animated feature, the Queen of Hearts had previously been just another obstacle that Alice had to face in Wonderland. But her portrayal of the villain of Alice in Wonderland has become standard in the numerous adaptations that have followed.

The Queen of Hearts’ Memorable Quotes

“Off with their heads.” – Alice in Wonderland

“Who’s been painting my roses red? WHO’S BEEN PAINTING MY ROSES RED? /Who dares to taint / With vulgar paint / The royal flower bed? / For painting my roses red / Someone will lose his head.” – Alice in Wonderland

“I warn you dear child, if I lose my temper, you lose your head. Understand?” – Alice in Wonderland

“Someone’s head IS GOING TO ROLL FOR THIS!” – Alice in Wonderland

The Queen of Hearts is a Disney villain that did not frighten me as a child. However, her all-consuming anger was frightening because she demanded that everything is done her way. She truly is a rotten child with some serious anger issues, her king and her subjects catering to her every whim.

Not written originally as a villain rather a mere obstacle among the numerous ones Alice must face in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts wears the mantle of villainy well.

In Tim Burton’s adaptation, the formidable Queen of Hearts will have attributes of both herself and the much more controlled Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass. She will certainly be a different queen, but once again she is portrayed as the villain of Alice’s adventures.

Note: This is the second in a series of posts brought to you by Gruesome Details showcasing the memorable villains of the genre and other villainous characters.

~ by nicmarray on March 4, 2010.

2 Responses to “Diabolical Deviant – Queen of Hearts”

  1. Can’t wait to see this film but I have to make sure that the kids are home for it. Somehow Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland seem like a perfect fit.

  2. I can’t wait to watch this in the theater. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Nice retrospective on The Queen of Hearts.
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