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This article focuses on the second iteration of character.
For her Seattle persona, see Tilly.
For the first iteration, see Alice (Down the Rabbit Hole).


Sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
—Alice to Robin Hood src

Alice, also known as Starfish, Tower Girl and the Guardian, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the first episode of the seventh season. She is portrayed by guest star Rose Reynolds and co-star Elle McKinnon. She is the original counterpart of Tilly.

Alice is based on the titular character from Lewis Carroll's novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and from the Disney film, Alice in Wonderland. She is also an allusion to Sophie from the novel The BFG, Russell from the Disney/Pixar film Up, and Rapunzel from the Disney film Tangled.

History

After Fourth Curse

Alice is born in a tower after a Witch named Gothel disguises herself as Rapunzel and spends an amorous night with Hook, who is unaware of her true identity at the time, resulting in Gothel becoming pregnant from this union. With a flower that Hook retrieved from a garden, Gothel uses its magic to speed up the growth of the conceived child into a newborn infant. The next morning, Gothel comes clean to him about who she is and admits she used him to gain a child of her bloodline, whom she needs to take her place in the tower so she herself can escape. Gothel leaves on her own, seemingly having no love for the baby, but Hook decides to stay and care for the child. Hook sings a lullaby to her, causing her to smile, before naming her Alice after his deceased mother. ("Eloise Gardener")

Some years later, Alice continues to be trapped in the tower, becoming a talented painter and often playing chess with her father Hook. In one of her dreams, she becomes frustrated over not being able to leave and see the oceanside, but Hook cheers her up by giving her a vial of real sand. Alice tries to thank him with a hug, however, Gothel appears and flings him out of the tower. She wakes up from the nightmare insisting to her father that what she saw will eventually come true. Hook then decides to do whatever it takes to help his daughter escape the tower for good and tells her he'll be back as soon as he has completed his mission. Before leaving, he hands her a white knight chess piece and she, in turn, gives him a black rook. In her father's absence, Alice paints until he returns late, much to her relief. Hook shows her a fish hook that can free her, but when Alice moves to embrace him, her father is thrown into the wall as a strange marking appears on her arm as a result of her attempt to get close to him. Only then, Gothel reveals to Alice that her father broke his promise to her by not returning right away, and instead took a little detour for a duel to defend his own honor, during which the bullet that grazed him was coated with the poison currently affecting his heart. Alice watches, horrified, as Gothel teleports her father out of the tower, leaving her all alone. She calls out for him from within her prison, but Hook is left stranded outside, unable to get near her without the poison in his heart getting worse, in addition to having the fish hook stolen by Gothel. ("Pretty in Blue", "Knightfall")

On her seventeenth birthday,[1] Alice uses a spyglass to look at the stars. She talks to a hat, whom she calls Mr. Hatter, about the second star to the right that is blinking to the north which means it is her birthday. After placing the hat on a toy rabbit and sitting down for a tea party, Alice lights a candle on a cupcake and blows it out after making a wish. When nothing happens, she muses to herself that perhaps she'll have better luck next year. Suddenly, the roof starts shaking before it is ripped away by a giant troll, who, unknown to Alice, was conjured by her own magic. The troll then holds out his palm for her to hop on and escape the tower, much to Alice's excitement. ("The Girl in the Tower")

At some point after leaving the tower, Alice visits a place called Wonderland. In the Infinite Maze, she ends up at a tea party where she meets a woman named Cecelia who had to leave her true love and her daughter, Ella, because she has the curse of the poisoned heart, the very same curse Hook has. A Jabberwock attacks them and the other party guests, during which Cecelia fights back but is killed in the battle, leaving Alice as the sole survivor to slay the beast. ("Hyperion Heights", "Pretty in Blue")

In the New Enchanted Forest, Alice is chasing after a white rabbit when she runs into Mr. Gold, who has just arrived in this realm through a portal in search of the Guardian. She yells at him for making her lose sight of the rabbit and laments about having to chase him down again. Alice questions who he is, but Mr. Gold brushes this off, stating it doesn't matter. Both of them suddenly hear the sound of a roaring vehicle as a man, Mr. Gold's grandson Henry, speeds past them on the road. Alice looks bemused by the strangeness of it, remarking that the person must be attending the upcoming ball. She informs Mr. Gold that the prince is looking for a bride and asks if he too is looking for a prince. Mr. Gold clarifies he's looking for someone else, which intrigues Alice enough that she expresses interest in a "good puzzle" and introduces herself to him. ("Beauty")

Deployed by Mr. Gold to convince Henry to return home, Alice dons the uniform of a server at a royal ball. Henry samples a drink from her platter, which, unknown to him, is laced with a hallucinogen. As Henry attempts to stop Cinderella from killing the prince, he collapses from the drug's effects and sees Alice standing over him before his vision goes blurry. Henry regains consciousness and finds himself in a nightmarish cavern, where he is trapped against a wall, while a cloaked Alice reappears in front of him. Henry struggles to free himself and asks her to stop it, but Alice seems to have no idea what he means, to which Henry realizes he was hallucinating the restraints. Upon Henry calling her Alice from Wonderland, she expresses irritation over being referred as such since she only went there once before. Alice reveals she knows he is Henry Mills and implies she drugged him on Rumplestiltskin's orders because his grandfather is looking out for him. She warns him to stay out of stories that don't concern him, especially Cinderella's, because bad things will happen if he doesn't, but Henry refuses, out of obligation to help Cinderella. ("Hyperion Heights", "Beauty")

Later on, Alice meets Drizella, a sorceress who pretends to give her a magic remedy for the curse of the poisoned heart, which will allow Alice to be in close proximity with her father Hook without him getting hurt. ("Pretty in Blue")

Upon meeting Henry again, Alice gains his help with being led to Hook. She is surprised to see how young he looks, and he explains was courtesy of some magic. Hook asks about how she managed to escape the tower, which she states is a long story. Alice moves to hug him, but Hook warily cautions that his heart is still poisoned. She happily explains that she found a magical shield so they no longer have to be apart, however, when the two hug, Hook is thrown backward and the poison in his heart increases. Directly after, a strange mark appears on Alice's arm as a side effect of touching someone who has the curse of the poisoned heart. She attempts to go to her father but cannot because the closer she is to him, the worse his pain grows. Distraught over why the cure didn't work, Alice runs off and jumps into a portal to New Wonderland, where she hides at the tea party table in the Infinite Maze. When Cinderella finds her there, Alice asks about her father, with the latter reassuring her that he is in good hands, although Alice remains uncertain and considers staying in Wonderland to keep away from him. Cinderella sees her mother Cecelia's locket on a teapot, which Alice protests against her taking until realizing she is Cecelia's daughter Ella. Alice tells her of how Cecelia died and reveals her mother abandoned Ella because she had the curse of the poisoned heart. She shows her the mark on her arm, which Ella remembers this as something her own father used to have and realizes Cecelia left to protect her family. Afterward, Alice explains how she met Drizella and was tricked by her. Ella then goes to save Henry from her, and while Drizella is distracted, Alice drops a looking glass on her to send her away. Before Henry and Ella return to Hook in the New Enchanted Forest, Alice gives them her knight chess piece to return to her father and to tell him that they'll be together again someday after he is cured. ("Pretty in Blue")

A period after the birth of Henry and Cinderella's daughter Lucy, Alice leaves New Wonderland when she is unable to find a cure for her father's curse. She returns to the New Enchanted Forest, where she uses the spyglass to observe her father Hook and his friends at a nearby camp. She is startled by a woman who prepares to hit her with an arrow and accuses her of being a spy. Alice flees from her attacker until she trips on a wire and triggers a trap into dropping a cage on herself. When questioned by the woman about why she was lurking, Alice explains she just wanted to see her father but couldn't get close to him or risk causing his death because of his poisoned heart. The woman then recognizes Alice as Nook's kid, much to Alice's confusion until the latter clarifies that it's a nickname for Hook. Upon learning the woman's name is Robin, Alice dubs her "Nobin" and annoys her with the nickname to the point Robin agrees to let her out from the cage. They both hear the troll's cry in the distance, but when Robin states she intends to kill the creature for terrorizing villagers, Alice chases after her, not wanting her troll friend to be murdered. Alice follows Robin to a tavern and attracts unwanted attention by declaring the troll wouldn't hurt anyone, causing the hunting party to lock her and Robin up in a dungeon. Robin criticizes her for getting them into trouble but also feels bad that she is locked up again like in the tower. Alice tells her she was happy after leaving the tower as she thought she found a cure for her father so they could be together, but now she's still alone, making her freedom pointless if she has no one to share it with. Robin shares the exact opposite experience, recalling how suffocating Storybrooke was as she was never alone and finally had enough to the point of stealing the sheriff's bug and nearly drove to New York if the sheriff hadn't caught her. Seeing as Alice doesn't know what a "bug" is, Robin shows her a photo of the car on her smartphone. Alice is amazed that a whole life can be stored in a little box like that, which makes Robin laugh at the funny way she sees the world. As Robin expresses envy over Alice knowing her father since she never got to meet her father Robin, whose legacy she hopes to honor, she breaks out of the shackles to go hunt the troll, though she leaves Alice behind, not wanting the girl to try and stop her. ("The Girl in the Tower")

With an extra hairpin, Alice frees herself from her chains and tracks down Robin, tackling her to the ground so she misses her shot at the troll. The leader of the hunting party, Clayton, prepares to reprimand Alice for her interference, but Robin won't tolerate bullying and stands up to him. As the mob turn on both women, Alice unintentionally summons a car resembling the bug, which she and Robin jump into before it drives them away. Later, after getting to safety, she asks Robin why she helped her. Robin admits she had a mean girl streak in Storybrooke who cared too much about the approval of others, which she fell into again by trying to live up to her father's legacy for the same stupid reasons, however, by saving Alice, she now knows being Robin Hood means helping those who truly need it. Alice is touched by her sentiments and thanks her for being by her side. Hearing the roar of the troll, they reach the tower, where Alice painfully admits that despite not being imprisoned anymore, she still feels trapped and hopeless. Robin suspects the troll is a manifestation of Alice's magic, just like the bug, and only she can help the troll be free. Realizing the troll stayed with her because she didn't want to be alone on her birthday, Alice thanks her old friend and reassures him she will be okay on her own now. After the troll turns into a statue, Robin helps Alice celebrate her birthday with a lit cupcake before they both leave together. ("The Girl in the Tower")

Sometime later, Alice begins living in a cottage, where Robin visits her. She and her father also start corresponding with each other through letters, which Robin helps to deliver back and forth. During the day, Robin gives her a letter from Hook as well as a present she made for her: a bracelet. Alice, in return, gifts her a pocket watch from New Wonderland. After Robin leaves, Mr. Gold begins approaching the cottage, only to be stopped by Hook, who learns the crocodile believes Alice is the Guardian he has been searching for. Hook forces him to leave and later warns his daughter in a letter to not talk to the man if he comes looking for her. On one evening, Alice studies herself in her mirror cottage as she has the bracelet on, commenting to a stuffed doll named Mr. Rabbit that she won't ever take it off. When Mr. Gold arrives, she becomes uneasy and remarks that although they were friends, she can't be around him anymore. She notices the skin on his hands look scaly, but Mr. Gold brushes off her concern and instead mentions he may be able to cure her father. Alice becomes interested in his plan, which involves having to steal magic from a witch doctor, Dr. Facilier. After going to Facilier's tent home, she goes in and pretends to be seeking a way to communicate with the dead, though Facilier can hear the dead, who are telling him that's not what she came for. As Facilier is distracted by Mr. Gold's appearance, Alice rips out the witch doctor's heart and commands him to stay still. Mr. Gold then instructs her to crush the heart as a sacrifice is needed to restore her father's heart, to which Facilier lets it slip that Alice is being tested. Confused, Alice makes Facilier shut up while she expresses hesitation over what she must do. Mr. Gold suggests she start with one little squeeze, but Alice cannot bring herself to do it and shoves the heart into Facilier's chest before running outside. Only then, Mr. Gold admits he was testing to see if she is the Guardian, and the fact she didn't crush the heart proves that she is. ("The Guardian")

Brought to a temple where Mr. Gold previously spoke to his dead wife Belle, whom he wishes to reunite with as soon as he gives his powers to the Guardian, Alice bonds with him over their shared experiences in watching the world go by without them, and how their significant others were the first people to truly see them. Alice, though unsure at first how to accept the Dark One powers, feels the dagger's call and takes the weapon into her hand. Ribbons of the darkness rush out of Mr. Gold and into the dagger, with his name being erased from it, prompting his scaly skin to dissipate. Suddenly, Mr. Gold hears Belle's voice and is reminded of her last words to him, in which she praised him for being a good man and that he would one day find a way to free himself from the dagger to reunite with her. As Alice turns the dagger into a ball of magic, Mr. Gold hits it to make it revert to the dagger again, stopping her from fully accepting her role as the Guardian. Mr. Gold explains that he made a promise not to pass on his powers if it would be a burden because becoming the Guardian will make her immortal and as trapped as she once was in her tower. Instead, he wishes for her to live out her days happily and grow old with the one she loves even if it means he will succumb to the darkness again. Alice, touched by his selflessness, swears to not let that happen by vowing to be there to remind him of the person he truly is on the inside. Later, a scaly-skinned Mr. Gold watches from nearby as Alice and Robin hug outside the cottage before going in together. ("The Guardian")

Eight years later while the threat of the Dark Curse is looming, Mr. Gold gives Hook a white elephant figurine that will keep him and Alice together even after Drizella's curse is cast. Alice, who continues to keep her distance from Hook because of his poisoned heart, hides behind a tree as she talks to him. She mentions staying by Mr. Gold's side because of the sacrifice he made for her. and then gives him a letter which she wants him to deliver to Robin. Later on, Mr. Gold instructs Alice to keep his chipped cup safe, and in the new land they will go to after the curse is cast, he wants her to show him the cup to trigger his memories of his real self. He also tells her that if it doesn't work, she should know what to do; alluding to the fact he wishes for her to physically harm him as a more extreme method to make him remember. Robin shows up to see Alice one last time, and the two share a passionate kiss before the curse rolls in and brings them to Hyperion Heights. ("Hyperion Heights", "Beauty", "The Eighth Witch", "The Guardian")

For events occurring after the casting of the fifth curse, see Tilly.

Magical Abilities

  • Conjuration - Ability to conjure objects out of the blue.
  • Heart-ripping - Ability to rip someone's heart out in order to control/kill them, among other purposes.
  • Shapeshifting - Ability to alter the appearance of oneself or others.
  • Telekinesis - Ability to control the movement of objects or other people/animals.

Family

Alice
 
 
 
Grandfather
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UncleHook
 
 
 
Gothel
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alice

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring
  • † denotes the deceased
  • Hook and Gothel have never been married

Trivia

Etymology

Production Notes

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Costume Notes

Appearances

See also

References

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