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Tarrant Hightopp
Alice in Wonderland character
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Johnny Depp as Tarrant Hightopp in
Alice in Wonderland and in his sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass
First appearance Alice in Wonderland
Portrayed by Johnny Depp
Louis Ashbourne Serkis
Aliases The Mad Hatter, Hatter
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Milliner
Family Zanik Hightopp (father)
Tyva Hightopp (mother)
Bim Hightopp (nephew), Bumalic Hightopp, Poomally Hightopp, Baloo Hightopp and Pimlick Hightopp (siblings)
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Tarrant Hightopp, also known as the Mad Hatter, is a fictional character in the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland and its 2016 sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, based upon the same character from Lewis Carroll's Alice novels. He is portrayed by actor Johnny Depp. He serves as the films' male protagonist.

Audience reception of the character was positive.


Alice in Wonderland (2010)

In the film, Tarrant takes Alice Kingsleigh toward the White Queen's castle and relates the terror of the Red Queen's reign while commenting that Alice is not the same as she once was. Tarrant subsequently helps Alice avoid capture by the Red Queen's guards by allowing himself to be seized instead. He is later saved from execution by the Cheshire Cat and calls for rebellion against the Red Queen. Near the end of the film, the Hatter unsuccessfully suggests to Alice that she could stay in Wonderland and consummate his feelings for her.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

In the beginning of the film, Tarrant is in poor health because his family is missing following the Attack of the Jabberwocky. The attack occurred shortly after his father, Zanik, a hat retailer, seemed to reject Tarrant's gift of a hat creation. For the majority of the film, Alice Kingsleigh travels through time (with an object called the "Chronosphere") attempting to rescue the Hatter's family from death, as he appears to be dying. At the end of the film, the Hightopp family turns out to be alive, and he is reunited with them.

The Hatter's backstory is also explored in the film.

Rhys Ifans plays Zanik, the Hatter's father, while Simone Kirby plays Tyva, the Hatter's mother with Joe Hurst, Siobhan Redmond, Oliver Hawkes, Frederick Warder, Eve Hedderwick Turner, and Tom Godwin playing members of his extended family.

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