Aptly called, they are created from humans' regrets, mostly because humans tend to cling to their past. They linger in Wonderland and mostly appear whenever a person "looks back". According to the Cheshire Cat, the Regrets only wish to stay by the side of humans they like such as "Alice"; however, as explained by the Mad Hatter, it is common knowledge in Wonderland that Regrets wish to stay by the side of humans they hate, particularly "Alice".
Goals of ExistenceEdit
- "Alice of Wonderland";
- humans three seconds prior committing suicides; and
- humans without purpose.
The reason why Regrets choose to linger around "Alice" is never stated explicitly, but it is known that Regrets also the form of girls who failed to become "Alice" in the past. Hence, it is speculated that they regret their failures at becoming "Alice" and choose to stay around the new "Alice."
They claim that the name "Alice" is still theirs, desiring the current "Alice" to give their names back no matter what, even to the point of killing Alice. In the case of the 89th Alice, the "Alice" Regrets act towards him in odd manners such as hugging and even kissing him, only to attempt to kill him afterwards. It is also unknown why and how it affects his status as "Alice," and how they will react if the "Alice" is not a male. Either way, the kiss seemed to have a nauseating effect, probably because of the abundant negative emotion towards Alice inside themselves.
FormsEditThe Regrets could take the form of black oozes or even a perfect human girl, usually resembling Alice's common appearance. It is unknown if they can be more violent than their current forms, as well as if this form is only the embodiment of the girls' regrets or their own souls trapped in Wonderland.
Main article: The Other Alices (Regrets)
Some embodiments of the past "Alice" also have distinct personalities, though it is unclear if it takes the form of one or many Alices altogether. Since they are presumed to have died before becoming the real Alice, it can be hinted that they have failed to kill the White Rabbit, which may be the cause of their regret and, most probably, their violent demeanor to kill the current Alice, wishing the candidate to fail just like the Regret.
The 88th AliceEdit
Main article: The 88th Alice
A notable example of a Regret whose story was told thoroughly using flashbacks was the 88th Alice, the candidate directly before the current one. It is shown that she disliked her real name, but favoured the name "Alice" that was bestowed upon her by the White Rabbit. This may be a reason why she was a very determined candidate, intent on finishing the game in order to become the real Alice. Another reason for her determination was because of her infatuation with the Mad Hatter, whom she wanted to be acknowledged by through her efforts. However, the 88th Alice met her demise at the hands of the Cheshire Cat who stabbed her, unable to fulfill her goal of becoming the real Alice. Thereafter, like all the other Alices who have failed to win the game, she became nameless and transformed into a Regret. Because of her demise, she is shown to hold a grudge on the Cheshire Cat, expressing her anger and extreme emotion on to him whenever she encounters him. Moreover, she also directs her ill contempt towards the current Alice, similar to the other Alice Regrets.
Unknown Regret ladyEditIt is unknown whether this Regret was a mere Regret or an Alice Regret, but it can be implied that she once knew or has some connection with the Hatter, referring him as "Sensei" in a manner almost heeding help from him. Notably, he encountered the Regret when Alice was not around, causing the Hatter a minimal confusion on why he is being followed by Regrets even though the current Alice – who normally attracts Regrets – is not present in his flat. Nonetheless, he easily handled the situation by shooting at her, commenting on her annoying voice and presence itself.
The Mad Hatter, whose job is to protect Alice, could expel Regrets by shooting bullets at them using his weapon. After being hit, they often shatter akin to a glass breaking and, soon after, they dissipate.