''Once upon a time: Abridged'' (also known as ''Once Upon A Time The Abridged Series'') is a FanFiction by [[http://daesgatling.livejournal.com/ daestgatling]], based on the TV series Series/OnceUponATime. It can be found [[http://daesgatling.livejournal.com/11439.html#cutid1 here]] (up to 2x06, the Thankful for Christmas Special and The New Years Resolution Special) and [[http://onceuponatimeabridged.blogspot.com/ here]].

Henry Mills is a ChildProdigy living under the care of his absent-minded (but sometimes caring) adoptive mother. He suddenly becomes certain that he and the other people from his town are fairy tale protagonists from an abridged series, trapped in the mind of a bored college student, and that the others (except his adoptive mother) suffer from IdentityAmnesia.

He thinks his mother, the elegant, headstrong, and haughty mayor Regina Mills, is an Evil Queen, that his schoolteacher who DesperatelyCravesAffection Mary Margaret Blanchard is Snow White, and that [[ItsAllAboutMe the]] [[TooDumbToLive aggravating]] ex-coma patient [[DesignatedHero David Nolan]] is Prince Charming. Naturally, both of them must be the parents of the biological mother who gave him up for adoption ten years ago and is destined to come back [[TheChosenOne and save them all]]. Oh, and after finding his birth mother, he tells her all about it, and she gets concerned...and a bit angry that he could think of a relation between her and David. The result? Much like in the original, she remains in town, but must face a HandsomeLech, a psychopathic LadyKillerInLove who gives a new meaning to HellBentForLeather, a Badass Grandma [[NeverMessWithGranny with whom you should never mess]], a ValleyGirl, and...Mary Margaret, her new bestie.

The worst thing, though? Henry is right!

Regina, his other mom, is Snow White's stepmother who sent them all here! She is insanely rich, classy and powerful, and her [[BatmanGambit Batman Gambits]] always succeed...unless they are thwarted by Mr. Gold, Emma's only powerful ally...who happens to be an equally omnipotent AffablyEvil [[TheChessmaster mastermind]] who dated or tried to date all the women in town and won't take "no" for an answer...even when it comes from Emma. Did we mention every character from this fanfiction, apart from Emma and some [[InnocentBystander Innocent Bystanders]] are just as ruthless as him, and that Henry is no different? That cute, harmless-looking little boy wants Mr. Gold to make him his very own BastardUnderstudy and DaddysLittleVillain. Yes, you heard well: [[ShipperOnDeck he ships]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking them]]!

!!This hilarious fanfiction contains example of the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Mary Margaret, when she resurfaces, thinks that Emma's presence is good because she can enact TheParentTrap. Other then that, on the SlidingScaleOfParentShamingInFiction :
** Cora and George are type IV.
** Regina and Charming are type II or (sometimes humorously) type III. The latter has GoodParents moments once in a while and Regina had one ParentsAsPeople moment.
** Emma, Snow and Ruth are type I at first. The two former go off the scale into GoodParents. Rumple is type on with Bae and GoodParents with Henry.
* AccidentalNightmareFuel: In universe, the puppets in the Punch and Jody-like show and in Gold's shop are considered such. Even he couldn't foresee what a great alarm system they would make.
** They are even given NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast in the later series's episodes.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: An Evil Regal reading the fanfiction tend to have this reaction.
* AntiHero: Emma is type III, arguably the only moral character in the fanfiction except Archie. Archie must be a type I, beginning in type IV. Recently, Aurora was introduced, and, except being ThePrankster, she didn't do anything evil, nor questionable in her five first strips, which augues really well.
* ArchNemesis: Regina and Emma naturally. Mr. Gold and Archie can slip into this when competing over Emma. August and Henry definately fall into this as well.
* ArrangedMarriage: Sort of. Emma agrees to marry Mr. Gold in exchange for his helping exonerate Mary Margaret. It's later revealed that Mr. Gold just wants to go through with it because it would put him in line for Snow and Charming's throne and to irritate August. When Belle comes into the picture, Emma is immediately replaced but one has to wonder how she feels about that.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The list of crimes on Snow White's wanted poster.
-->''Murder, treason, treachery, making disparaging remarks about the Dark Knight Saga. Tsk Tsk.''
* AuthorAppeal: The author's {{Fanfic}} and fanvids demonstrate [[CrossesTheLineTwice a weird sense of humor]], [[TheSnarkKnight with enormous amounts of snark]] or [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment delirium]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall a lot of metafiction]].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Though the specifics do not apply, Regina actually loves Henry... [[DeconstructedTrope like a pet]]. BlissfulDenial BETTER THAN NOTHING, RIGHT ?
** Rumpelstiltskin and Emma have shown at different points in season 2 that they care. Gold breaks it off with Belle because he doesn't want to hurt Emma (But pretends he doesn't want to break the deal to get the throne) and Emma reacts...very badly when Hook boasts about his revenge plan.
** However, it seems that Belle and Rumple do care for each other... in a very twisted but honest way.
* BadassBoast: Henry is fond of these.
--->'''Henry:''' Many, many have tried to break my imagination. None have succeeded.
* BaitTheDog: The author's interpretation of Phillip makes him look like TheWisePrince, and an hopelessly romantic SickeninglySweethearts person. He is then depicted as a ManipulativeBastard who wants to best amnesiac Charming's accidental unfaithfulness.
* BrainBleach: Regina's reaction to everything about the love life of anyone else in town.
* BrainlessBeauty: Charming can be momentarly this sometimes in the abridged series, though he seems more HotBlooded and refusing to plan. [[TooDumbToLive David Nolan is much worse]]...
* ButtMonkey: David Nolan and Prince Charming. Mary Margaret sees him in a state close from BrainwashedAndCrazy... and comments that it can mean no good as he is way too likable. No one seems shocked at her bluntness.
* TheCasanova / KavorkaMan: Mr. Gold, except for [[spoiler: his two ex-wives, Granny, Kathryn, Regina]] and Emma...[[spoiler: though it gets put to doubt]].
--->'''Mary Margaret:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny He told me he would treasure this apron forever !]]
** Emma.
--->'''Abridged!David/Prince James/Charming:''' I see one of your love interests coming towards us.
--->'''Emma:''' You have got to be more precise. I have, like, four of them !
* CatchPhrase: "Henry Gold here !"
** "Hiiii Emma !"
** "Morons !"
** "Hey, bestie !"
* ChickMagnet: [[InsistentTerminology This version of Philip pretends to be one. ]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Henry and Rumplestilskin/Mr. Gold. This makes them [[IncrediblyLamePun comedy gold]].
* CloudCuckooLandersMinder: Emma, to Henry and Mary Margaret. The princess Snow White to prince Charming in the abridged version reach this level, even though it seems that Snow White becomes Team Royal Family's CloudCuckooLandersMinder after Emma reveals to be NotSoAboveItAll.
* CreepyChild: In the end, even Emma is terrified by Henry, and his ''evil'' genes are revealed to be originating in young Snow White. This seems to have faded over time with her, so perhaps it will be the same thing for him. Well, he shows more and more sensitivity as time passes...
** In the end, it's probably easier to count which children AREN'T creepy.
* TheCutie: Aurora could develop into this. She didn't kill anyone in her first five strips, sings and attract animals without trying to eat them, and wasn't aggressive to Mulan when she discovered she was in love with Philip. She does hunt woodland animals later, but really, she is more cute and annoying than anything in the abridged series depiction... [[BewareTheNiceOnes don't cross her, though...]]. Okay, in this series's standards, she is TheCutie.
* CuteButPsycho: Mary Margaret is a glorious example. Kind, romantic, idealistic... ready to kill anyone who stands in the way of friendship or an opportunity of romance, and so possessive it becomes creepy. Danvers could be an example since he is a cute dove... candidate to become, ''via'' using his telekinetic powers and ordering his slaves, a world dictator.
* DeadpanSnarker: Emma, Snow White, Henry, and, occasionally David and Charming, which is much more awesome than his fight scenes. However, in the first season, they are all bested by [[OnlySaneMan Regina]]. Ryumplestiltskin prefers StealthInsult.
* DesperatelyCravesAffection: Mary Margaret, like in the series, though it is even more heartbreaking because she turns this UpToEleven.
* DeathGlare: Regina and Henry are fond of this... as is Mary Margaret. Emma cannot pull it off, despite all her efforts.
* {{Determinator}}: Everyone, except one shot characters and David.
* ExtremeDoormat: Archie. He grows out of it, and via LampshadeHanging it is called a "CrowningMomentOfAwesome" by name!
* GoodParents: Snow White and Prince Charming prove each other MamaBear and PapaWolf and have a good reason for letting Emma defend herself, and they have never been sweeter/less sociopathic than when dealing with their daughter.
* GranolaGirl: Belle, untill she meets Rumplestilskin. It got [[CruellaToAnimals worse]].
* HandsomeLech: Rumplestilskin, Dr Whale, and, finally, David.
* HappilyMarried: Red and Jefferson are head over heels in love.
* TheHeart: David is Team Royal Family's heart. He is the only one to remember Graham.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: {{Subverted}} with Regina. She has a very blunt mother, but her bluntness is described as funny, and Regina's reaction isn't really PlayedForLaughs, though it isn't as dramatic and sad as in the show either.
* HotBlooded: Prince Charming and Aurora are far from stupid, but they rarely seem to think before taking some highly dangerous and easily avoidable course of action.
* HornedHumanoid: It is lampshaded by Jiminy, when speaking about his mother.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Regina is depicted as this, and even sometimes as a sort of StrawHypocrite.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Said verbatim by Regina and Jiminy to their parental figures. They do not take it very well.
--->'''Cora:''' Don't say that, honey, it makes me want to punch you.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Oh, David, it was funny at the beginning, but you made Mary Margaret cry! ThisMeansWar... with the whole universe!
* LittleMissSnarker: Gretel gives the Evil Queen a run for her money in ''True North''.
--->'''Evil Queen:''' How would you two like to help me commit a murder?
--->'''Gretel:''' Aren't you wearing your latest kill on the side of your head?
--->'''Evil Queen:''' ...You're going to make this a long day for me, aren't you?
* LoserArchetype: The author sometimes tries to make Regina into one (she uses the scapegoat franchise Twilight and the fact that Regina loves the sparkling vampires to try to discredit her), but since some of her best brillance in the series comes from the way she writes Regina, it's never the case.
* LoveHungry: Mary Margaret is definitely the trope... unless, of course, she doesn't think so. In this case, we will delete this entry, because we do ''not'' want to annoy her.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: WordofGod says Mary Margaret's character is based of this.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: This version of Phillip, who does it intentionally.
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: Sort of : Snow White is told about Prince Charming's alleged irrational behavior. She gives answer that proves that, she does prepare herself to do a lot of work to bear her fiance's accidental mistakes.
* MoodWhiplash: Sometimes, things ''do'' get sad... it doesn't last long.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Mary Margaret is fond of this plan, and everything that could help her to get her boyfriend to remain with her, because she decidedly needs it. It seems to come out of the blue when you learn how free-minded, snarky, and independent Snow White was... untill you see how she was when she was younger. Mary Margaret is just her without the growth.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Mary Margaret. Whatever you do, don't refuse to hand her the coffee, but do not give her any by your own decision... seriously!
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe, Regina's rape of Graham is consistently evoked by The Writer, Regina, Rumple and Charming. Probably a JustifiedTrope since, in this universe, it's completely intentional and done "[[WordOfGod to feel power over someone]]".
* NoSell: Thanks to her being {{The Chosen One}}, Regina's glares do not work on Emma.
* NotSoStoic: Despite Emma's status as an [[OnlySaneMan Only Entirely Grounded Woman]] at the beginning, she slowly devolves into Only Mostly Sane Woman.
** Despite the author's dislike of Regina, she grew steadily more sympathetic over the last episodes of season 1 and beginning of season 2. The change in the series and in the abridged one was casually lampshaded several times.
--->'''Regina''': ''(to Abridged!Prince Charming when he wonders about what he describes as her very own HeelFaceTurn)'' Get over it. We have new villains coming.
** It was promptly sort of... maybe... reversed ? It's hard to tell, really, because Regina snarks at herself so mcuh that you can never understand if she's supposed to be self-conscious and a deconstruction of MagnificentBitch or a StrawLoser.
* OddFriendship: Mr. Gold and Archie
* OnlySaneMan: Emma feels that way off and on throughout the series and gets extremely offended when Graham tells her she's starting to fit in nicely. To be fair, she is the only character to be both undeniably moral and sane. Charming is the emotional OnlySaneMan, being quite admirable and noble, while Regina is the reasonable OnlySaneMan (though she claims logic doesn't work on her, she is quite grounded, compared to many characters).
* PairTheSpares: Jefferson and Ruby elope just after seeing each other onscreen. Probably justified: they are alike and their chemistry is wonderful. Both characters were also abandoned and left without love interests by the writers of the TV original.
* ThePrankster: Belle and Rumplestilskin, reaching SociopathicHero and ComedicSociopathy status.
** This version of Aurora and Mulan towards this version of Philip, once they discover he may have almot cheated on them.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Many characters have a case of it, most notably Abridged!Snow White and Abridged!David. Abridged!Charming is an example in that he leaves his troops to see her mother's first meeting with his fiance in Lady Of The Lake and save his beloved if she is in danger.
* PunchClockVillain: Waldo The Wraith, who has eight children and a wife to support. Also, the dragon in the puppet show.
--->'''Dragon''': Rawwwr and stuff...
* RageBreakingPoint: ''You did it, I'm going to marry Mr. Gold!''
* RunningGag: Detective Man!
** Mary Margaret's caffeine craze.
** Mr. Gold's friendship with Archie.
** ''(Is trying not to imagine this)''
** Hiiii Emma !
** The children would look weird !
** I have sustained my quota of making people cry for today !
** Lalalala
** I need you! I want you! I love you! I mixed you a CD !
** Henry Gold here !
** TMI
* SerialRomeo: Graham.
* SitcomCharacterArchetypes:
** '''The Wisecracker''' is Rumplestiltskin.
** '''The Square''' is Emma. Snow White could fit the role too.
** '''The Goofball''' is Mary Margaret.
** '''The Dork''' is David. Hook and Regina are supposed to temporarly join him there during their ineffectual moments/tentatives at redeeming moments.
** '''The Bully''' is Regina.
** '''The Charmer''' is August, then Jefferson, and then Hook. He evolved into The Dork later on. Regina and Rumplestiltskin have their moments.
** '''The Sage''' are Charming and Snow White, in a HotBlooded TheMcCoy The Heart and a TheSnarkKnight TheConscience TheStrategist way.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: ParodiedTrope with Regina. Season 2 is considered a SeasonalRot by the author due to storylines always focusing on her.
* SurroundedByIdiots: The abridged Emma and Regina's feeling. To be fair to the former, she is right most of the time, and the latter isn't exactly wrong to say that her surroundings are mostly stupider than her.
** Paxington's opinion. His catchphrase is "Morons !".
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Mary Margaret does this quite a bit in the first season.
** Mr. Gold's ''very first line.''
--->'''Mr. Gold:''' My name is NOT Rumpelstiltskin and I have NO IDEA about anything thatís going on under the surface of this town!
* ThatCameOutWrong: MY BELOVED FIANCE !
--->'''Emma''': ''(later on, to Snow White asking about it)'' I have no idea where that came from...
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Snow White is a subversion bordering an inversion. She was originally an EnfanteTerrible ManipulativeBastard[[BitchInSheepsClothing In Sheep's Clothing]] and slowly turned into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold UnscrupulousHero who seems to be going to PragmaticHero. PlayedStraight with Regina, who was still obsessed with "[[{{Foreshadowing}} emotionally emasculating boyfriends]]", [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment whatever]] [[MindScrew that]] [[ContinuitySnarl means]].
* WhoWritesThisCrap:
--> '''Regina''': "Henry, remind me why we let you write Sidney's debate speech?"
* YourCheatingHeart: Rumplestiltskin, towards his LoveInterests and best friends, Belle, Emma, Waldo and Archie. Belle and Emma are ready to call him out on this, unlike his best friends.

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