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Jiminy Cricket/Dr. Archibald "Archie" Hopper
Jiminy Cricket: "Giving into one's dark side never accomplishes anything."
Archie Hopper: "You'll ruin my life? You'll do your worst? Because I will always do my best."
Played By: Raphael Sbarge, Adam Young (child), Morgan Roff (teenager)
Centric Episodes: "That Still Small Voice"
The son of vile criminals whose desire for an honest life results in his transformation into a cricket. In Storybrooke, he's a psychiatrist named Archie Hopper.
The Huntsman/Sheriff Graham Humbert
The Huntsman:"I gave up my heart so that the Queen would spare Snow's. Don't let my sacrifice be in vain."
Sheriff Graham Humbert:"It's my heart, Emma. I need to find it."
Played By: Jamie Dornan
Centric Episodes: "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
A quiet, introverted Huntsman who is employed by Queen Regina to kill Snow White. In Storybrooke, he's the town's sheriff who is having a secret relationship with Regina Mills.
- Adorkable: Constant ties and vests? Check. Cute accent? Check. Complete inability to impress a girl with his jokes? Check.
- Badass Beard: He was a very capable fighter in the Enchanted Forest and sported his beard then as well.
- Berserk Button: In the Enchanted Forest, do not threaten wolves around him.
- A Death in the Limelight: He gets killed off during his centric episode "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter".
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He maintains that he cannot feel and presumably keeps searching for something that will help in that regards. He eventually settles on Emma.
- Dirty Cop: He toes the line of this trope whenever Regina is involved. He doesn't want to be, but he's enthralled so he can't defy her.
- Empty Shell: Thanks to having his heart ripped out by the Evil Queen.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: In the Enchanted Forest he is known only as the Huntsman. Considering he was literally raised by wolves, he might not have a real name.
- Evil Brit: Played with but eventually subverted. His close interactions with the Mayor have some very sinister overtones and he sides with her by default, but he otherwise seems helpful and just as Sheriff. We later learn he doesn't have much of a choice but to side with the mayor at all times.
- Fair Cop: Because Regina made him her Sheriff.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: The episode after his death is the last time he's really mentioned or remembered.
- He does reappear in flashbacks twice, once in the finale of Season 1, and during flashbacks in Season Two.
- Friend to All Living Things: As the Huntsman, despite his chosen profession, he nonetheless weeps over the animals he's forced to kill, honouring their sacrifice so that he may survive.
- Happily Adopted: As the Huntsman, he seems very happy with his wolf family who took him in after his parents abandoned him.
- Heart Trauma: The Evil Queen does to this to him when she finds out he let Snow White go. Results in his ultimate demise when Regina decides to destroy his heart after he dumps her.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His usual day ware involves some leather.
- Hipster: He sure dresses like one in his Storybrooke form.
- Humans Are Bastards: As the Huntsman, he seemed more willing to kill people than animals and in general thought that a human being could never be innocent until he met Snow White.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Retains this ability even in Storybrooke.
- Incredibly Lame Pun/Don't Explain the Joke: In Episode 2, his weak joke to Emma about hurting the town's "signage" because she knocked over their sign.
- Killed Off for Real: Because he dumped Regina.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: Due to being raised by wolves and watching them being hunted by humans all his life.
- Manly Tears: Many as the Huntsman.
- Mr. Fanservice: He is a very handsome man and occasionally seen without shirts on.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He carries out Regina's commands though he does sometimes question them.
- Noble Top Enforcer: As the Sheriff of Storybrooke.
- Not Good with People: As the Huntsman, he prefers the company of animals to that of people. The Evil Queen mistakes this for ruthlessness.
- People Puppets: He could be one if Regina spoke into his heart. As it is, she seems content with merely enthralling him and having him parrot her instructions whilst arresting people, such as in "Welcome to Storybrooke", where he appears convinced that Kurt Flynn is guilty of drink driving, despite not being drunk or anywhere near a car.
- Protectorate: In exchange for agreeing to carry out the hit on Snow White, his sole condition was that Regina outlaw the hunting of wolves and make them a protected species in the Enchanted Forest.
- Punch Clock Villain: In both the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke, he did try to avoid doing some of the orders the Queen would give him.
- Raised by Wolves: In the Enchanted Forest, it's to the point that he doesn't acknowledge having a name, though he's somehow learned human speech and is literate.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To the extent that Regina will let him.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first character in the present story to die.
- Sex Slave: Once his heart is removed, he is this to the Queen and Regina in both worlds.
- The Sheriff: His job in Storybrooke.
- Shirtless Scene: At the end of Episode 4.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Yes, yes, and yes to all these features.
- Tin Man: After the Evil Queen removed his heart.
Pinocchio: "I don't wanna go. I don't wanna leave you!"
August Booth: "If you need evidence for everything, Emma, you're going to find yourself stuck in one place for a long time."
Played By: Eion Bailey
Centric Episodes: "The Stranger", "Selfless, Brave and True"
The son of Geppetto, Pinocchio is saved from the Dark Curse and sent with Emma to be her protector. However, he abandons her early on and takes the alias, August Booth, only to return to Storybrooke many years later.
- Agent Mulder: As August, in order to help Emma to believe.
- The Atoner: His time in Storybrooke and his attempts to make Emma believe are motivated mainly by him breaking his promise to Geppetto to look after her in the land without magic, and trying to fix it.
- Badass Biker: As August. Subverted because he doesn't do anything particularly badass.
- Become a Real Boy: A wooden August is turned back into a young boy in "Selfless, Brave and True".
- Big Brother Instinct: Word of God has said that they've moved August into big brother territory with Emma. However, this was subverted in Season 1 when August asked Emma out on a date and Eion Bailey's audition material was Bonnie & Clyde.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: After 28 years of (mostly) ignoring The Call, woke up in agony and discovered that he's slowly being turned back into a puppet.
- Body Horror: He starts reverting back into a wooden puppet.
- Deadpan Snarker: As August, big-time.
- Fatal Flaw: He has zero ability to resist temptation.
- Heel Realization: After failing to steal something from a woman with cancer that would help her get better (or so he thought), August officially realized what a bad, screwed-up life he'd made for himself and decides to change it.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: A leather jacket is his de-facto outfit.
- I Did What I Had to Do: He convinced Neal to leave Emma and let her get arrested so that she could focus on breaking the curse.
- He abandoned Emma in an orphanage because, as a 6 year old boy in a completely foreign land, he couldn't handle the pressure of protecting her and having abusive foster parents.
- Ill Boy: Without magic, he is beginning to turn back into a wooden puppet.
- Implied Love Interest:
- He may have asked Emma out on a date but his reasons were fairly ambiguous. Is he romantically interested in her or is he just trying to get her attention about something else?
- He also flirts with Ruby at one point. But then again, so does everyone else.
- Jerk Ass: Had become one buy the time he met Neal, persuaded him to abandon Emma, and even stole the bale money he left for Emma. As he himself puts it "I haven't exactly been a good boy."
- Leave Your Quest Test: He failed it.
- Long-Lost Relative:
- Subversion. He tricks Mr. Gold into thinking he is Rumpelstiltskin's son and Morality Pet Baelfire, but he's not. Mr. Gold is... displeased with this development.
- Later played straight with his father, Geppetto.
- No Name Given: Initially, leading to him being referenced as "The Stranger" in all promotional materials. Subverted in Episode 13 when he finally reveals his name. It's notable, however, in that he had refused to give his name for several episodes, despite living an otherwise normal life in Storybrooke. It becomes Egregious when he hesitates in giving his name to Emma after asking her out on a date.
- Perma Stubble: "A typewriter wrapped in an enigma wrapped in stubble."
- Pinocchio Nose: August proves to be an exceptionally bad liar, when he tries to fool Mr. Gold into handing over the knife by posing as his son. Not to mention Emma is extremely skeptical of his claims to be an out-of-town writer, since he seems to know more about the town than he should. It's because he's Pinocchio that he knows about the town, and has trouble lying.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: And he's the trope namer!
- Promotion to Opening Titles: After Episode 16, "Heart of Darkness", Eion Bailey started being credited as a series regular.
- Demoted to Extra: However, in Season 2, he is no longer billed in the opening credits.
- Promotion to Parent: Subverted. Geppetto entrusted him with the responsibility of ensuring Emma would know what it was she was destined to do when Emma was old enough, but he left her to run away with the other foster kids.
- Redemption Equals Death: For August, anyway. Pinocchio ends up resurrected as a little boy.
- Put on a Bus: The writers had him turn back to wood, have one episode (plus a small cameo in the second episode of season 2) to write him out and transformed him back into Kid!Pinocchio.
- Replacement Love Interest: He showed up pretty quickly after Graham's death, dated Emma briefly, and later on in "Selfless, Brave and True", his initial jealously and then relief that Emma's not back together with Neal implies that he might harbour some feelings for her.
- Ship Sinking: Sunk with Emma as of Series 2. Particularly now he's been turned back to human again, but as a young child.
- Taken for Granite: August is suffering a slower, nastier case of this as his body turns back to wood.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: As is fitting for a Badass Biker.
- Troll: Just watch his and Emma's first real meeting and conversation at Granny's, where he toys with her about what's in the box he's carrying around and ends up getting Emma to agree to paying for a drink... some other time.
Red Riding Hood/Ruby
Red Riding Hood: "When there's something I want, I'm good at tracking it down."
Ruby: "I'm pretty sure I'm just gonna screw it up. I mean, I'll screw up with flair, but..."
Played By: Meghan Ory
Centric Episodes: "Red-Handed", "Child of the Moon"
A confident young woman from a small village with a dark secret. In Storybrooke, she's a flirtatious waitress named Ruby.