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The Bandersnatch is a unique creature. Once it gets the scent of what it wants, it won't stop until it has it.
—The Red Queen to Jafar src

Bandersnatches are a creature species featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Once Upon a Time. They are native to Wonderland, and first appear in the third episode of the spinoff series.

Bandersnatches are based on the creature of the same name from Through the Looking-Glass.


BiologyEdit

Bandersnatches are aggressive, porcine creatures with long tusks and poor eyesight. Once they get the scent of what they want, they will pursue their prey until the hunt is finished.

When they're killed, their bodies dissolve into black dust. Bandersnatches mate for life, and if one of them is killed, the other bandersnatch will also die. ("Forget Me Not")

Gorgon the Invincible has the ability to breathe fire. It is unknown if it is a Bandersnatches' ability, or if Gorgon was able to do that because he was a Dark One. ("The Dark Swan")

HistoryEdit

Before First Curse

A long time ago, Gorgon the Invincible becomes the Dark One and takes the form of a Bandersnatch. ("The Dark Swan")

As a child, Alice follows a rabbit to Wonderland. While there, she encounters a bandersnatch that nearly kills her. ("Forget Me Not")

At an older age, Alice returns to Wonderland and befriends a genie named Cyrus. He teaches her a bandersnatch's eyesight is very poor, and how to use this to her advantage. ("Forget Me Not")

After First Curse

On a mission to rescue Cyrus, Alice searches for him in Wonderland while accompanied by Knave. Jafar and the Red Queen, who conspire to harness Cyrus' genie bottle, cannot truly have it until Alice makes her three wishes. To force her hand, the pair scour a book of vicious beasts and pick one to send after Alice. When the Red Queen names the bandersnatch, she speaks of Alice's terrifying run-in with the same beast as a child. An imprisoned Cyrus deliberately reacts in fear, which makes Jafar believe Alice won't do well against the creature. Later, Jafar and Red Queen make their way into a bandersnatch den. As the Queen explains, bandersnatches can pick up a smell and aggressively pursue their prey until the hunt is finished. Jafar then holds out a paper crane containing Alice's scent for a male bandersnatch to sniff. ("Forget Me Not")

To figure out who stole Cyrus' bottle, Alice and Knave track down Grendel, the owner of a forget me knot, which can show the last event at any given place. However, the plan does not go accordingly, and they almost become Grendel's dinner. Following a hasty escape, Alice opens the door and closes it upon seeing the bandersnatch awaiting outside. Charging ahead, the bandersnatch crashes right into the house. While Grendel attempts to apprehend Alice and Knave, he is thrown aside by the angry creature. Recalling the bandersnatch's weak eyesight, Alice crutches down in front of the forget me knot with Knave. After a moment, they move to another hiding spot and watch as the bandersnatcher sees the illusion of them within the hanging knot. When the bandersnatch lunges into the knot, Alice pulls the rope and entraps it in the air. As the beast thrashes about angrily, she struggles to keep her hold on the rope. Grendel approaches, but he is knocked aside by the bandersnatch, who is seconds away from killing him when Knave bursts in and kills the animal with a knife. Defeated, the bandersnatch dissolves into black dust. Since bandersnatches mate for life, its female companion dies as a result of the latter's death. The Red Queen confidently believes the female's death is a sign that Alice used to a wish to defeat the male bandersnatch, but Jafar detects nothing. ("Forget Me Not")

AppearancesEdit


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