The Gnat
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Real Name

The Gnat

First Appearance

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

Original Publisher


Created by

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (as "Lewis Carroll")


Alice meets the gnat on her head. He calls Alice an old friend, but Alice doesn't recognize it leading it to depression. During the train ride, Alice hears the Gnat mentioning topics he notices that would make a good joke. The Gnat seems to love jokes, however, he doesn't like saying them himself, he prefers others to make jokes. After the journey on the train, the Gnat introduces her to three insects: the Rocking Horse Fly, the Snap-Dragonfly, and the Bread-and-Butterfly. Then, it sighs itself away.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Much like the character of Pat, Carroll never gives a description of the gnat and the illustrator never drew him.

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