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Characters: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

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    Alice 

Alice

Played By: Sophie Lowe

A young girl from an alternate version of Victorian London, who followed a rabbit down his hole to Wonderland. She made multiple trips, each time disturbing her father more and more, until she decided to stay with her love, the genie Cyrus. After he apparently died, she returned, inconsolable, and was sent to a mental institution by her father.
  • Action Girl: Alice has learned both swordplay and unarmed combat since her first trip to Wonderland.
  • Adaptational Badass: She has things in common with American McGee's interpretation of the character, a dangerous young girl who survived Wonderland by clever tricks. Justified in that the original stories appear to be based on her first visit to Wonderland, when she was a little girl. She Took a Level in Badass the second time.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II. She's mostly heroic and compassionate, but she occasionally indulges in some dark behavior (threatening to behead the Mock Turtle if it doesn't help her, threatening bystanders with her sword just because they were in her way, etc.)
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Cyrus in the past in "Home".
  • Battle Couple: With Cyrus.
  • Been There, Shaped History: "And They Lived..." reveals Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an autobiography.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Alice is kind and loyal to the people she loves - not to mention devoted to Cyrus. Just don't get in her way.
    • Good Is Not Soft: She threatened the mock turtle to get him to help her and Will get across the lake. She threatened to cut off its head. And it knew she was serious because she got its attention by stabbing it.
  • Black Sheep/The Unfavorite: Upon returning home, she discovered her father had remarried and had a new family. Her step-mother pressures Alice to consider an arranged marriage, and doesn't want her to interact with her younger sister. Her half-sister, as the step-mother insists.
  • Break the Cutie/Broken Bird: After Cyrus' death Alice is inconsolable.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • In "Who's Alice?" she asks her father how he can expect her to forget the man she loves when he spent her childhood mourning her mother.
    • In "Bad Blood" she gives her the man she believes is her father a another verbal walloping for the way he treated her first ignoring her after her mother’s death and then refusing to believe her about Wonderland.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one is Victorian England believes her about Wonderland preferring to believe she's either insane or lying.
  • Child Marriage Veto: Alice would rather go to an asylum than allow her stepmother arrange a marriage for her.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Discussed Trope in 'Bad Blood.' And Jafar exploits it for all it's worth.
    Alice: Threatening to kill someone I love so I'll use one of my wishes? You need to get a new trick, Jafar.
    Jafar: I'll get a new trick when this one stops working.
  • Daddy Issues: Her original driving motivation before meeting Cyrus.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has some amusing back-and-forths with Will.
  • English Rose: Sophie Lowe certainly looks the part as Alice, though her personality defies the expectations of a Proper Lady.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only capable of handling herself in a fight but is shown to be able to think he way out of scrapes. And in "Bad Blood" she is smart enough to figure out that she and Will are light enough for the bird bark to rise them up to Jafar's Island but that adding Cyrus' weight will be enough to bring them back down to Wonderland.
  • Genre Savvy: She's a lot more clever in this interpretation, including intentionally spreading word of where she was going specifically so she could catch whoever was after her.
    Alice: The only thing you can rely on in Wonderland is that you can't rely on anyone.
  • Girly Bruiser: Her clothing is practical but feminine and certainly her pretty, girly looks often mean people underestimate her in a fight. Right up until she hands them their asses, that is.
  • Green Thumb: Almost ''becomes'' a plant in "Who’s Alice?".
  • Guile Hero: Much like her boyfriend. One example is her Batman Gambit to find out who exactly are the specific enemies that are coming after her.
  • Happily Married: To Cyrus in the finale.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Alice goes everywhere with hers and she’s more than competent while wielding it.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Cyrus’ death to the point where she was going to allow them to lobotomise her.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to the Queen of Hearts, she's known as "most dangerous criminal in Wonderland" because she tried stealing a weeping willow flower.
  • Hopeless With Tech: Both Alice and Cyrus are this when they visit Storybrooke to a hilarious result.
  • Interspecies Romance: Cyrus is a genie and Alice is human. Subverted when Cyrus admits he was born human and then, again when he becomes human after Will's wish.
  • It's All About Me: Blinded by grief after getting his heart back just to witness Ana's death Will accuses Alice of being like this. He relents quickly, though.
  • Lady of War: In the finale she leads Wonderland citizens to fight Jafar's army.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With the Knave.
  • Lobotomy: Very nearly happens to her (with her permission!).
  • Loners Are Freaks: How she's seen by her family.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Or at least obsessive. Her desire to save Cyrus can make her a bit single-minded. As an example, she shows a rather shocking amount of callousness towards Will when she learns that he has a phobia of drowning. (Granted, the fact that he planned to steal her wishes and leave her to be eaten by the Cheshire Cat probably didn't do much to endear him to her.) On a much darker note, she also threatens the life of the Mock Turtle if it doesn't cooperate with her, despite the fact that it has done nothing to her personally and was just minding its own business when she showed up.
  • May-December Romance: Cyrus has already lived several lifetimes by the time he meets Alice.
    • Mayfly-December Romance: While he’s a genie it looks like it's going to be this because he could live millennia and she'll live the length of a human lifetime. Thankfully it is eventually Averted.
  • Meadow Run: To Cyrus in "Home".
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died while she was still very young.
  • The Mourning After: While she thought Cyrus was dead. She points out her father spent her entire childhood mourning her mother's death.
  • Not So Different: She has things in common with both the Red Queen and Jafar (a determination inspired by love and severe daddy issues respectively, among others).
  • Parental Neglect: Her mother died giving birth to her and her father lost himself in his grief for her entire childhood.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Her and the Knave. Word of God has even mentioned it: their relationship is close but purely platonic.
  • Plucky Girl: Once told that Cyrus is alive Alice never stops looking for him despite good sense and other people telling her to give up.
  • Refusal of the Call: When Will and Rabbit came to get Alice she initially wanted nothing to do with them. It was only when Will told her that Cyrus was alive that she was willing to do anything but stay in the asylum.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She hands several to Anastasia after they join forces.
  • Sadistic Choice: Her father forces her to choose between an arranged marriage and being sent to an insane asylum. She rightly guesses it was her step-mother that pressured him into it, as he's clearly unhappy about it.
    • Jafar repeatedly has his way with presenting Alice with these kinds of choices, successfully eliciting two wishes out of her.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With the Knave.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She looks absolutely gorgeous during her wedding.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Refuses to kill the Red Queen under moral reasoning.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She was always clever but after learning to fight she becomes pretty unstoppable against ordinary non-magical opponents.
  • True Blue Femininity/Pink Means Feminine: Alice wears both colours, in clothes that are practical but very feminine to show her innocence/goodness in contrast to The Red Queen's bolder red.
    • Like her Disney counterpart young Alice wears a blue dress.
    • The blouse she wears in "Down the Rabbit Hole" and "Who's Alice?" is pale blue.
    • Also in the latter of those two episodes adult Alice wears a blue dress given to her by her stepmother when she returns after Cyrus's death (when she might otherwise have expected to wear mourning clothes).
    • She's wearing a pink, frilly, girlish dress when she meets Cyrus.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Not much in Wonderland throws her as she been there so many times it's all normal to her.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Very much so, and in contrast to the Red Queen.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Will do anything to save Cyrus and has the asskicking skills to back it up.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: She desperately wants her father's love and trust.

    Knave 

The Knave of Hearts / Will Scarlet

Played By: Michael Socha

A refugee from the Queen of Hearts's court, the Knave was settling down for a peaceful life in Storybrooke when the Rabbit arrived to recruit him to find Alice again.
  • And Show It to You: Alice once got his heart back for him, back when he served the Queen of Hearts. He eventually reveals that he never put it back in. In "Heart of the Matter" Jafar puts it back just in time so he can murder Anastasia while Will looks on helplessly.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III initially, but time with Alice has mellowed him into a Type II like her.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He asked Cora to take his heart out. When she starts using it to control him as her new Knave, he admits it wasn't exactly his best idea.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Stealing from Maleficient. And Robin Hood is none too pleased when he finds out.
  • Catch Phrase: Take a shot every time he says "bloody hell" or just "bloody."
  • Composite Character: He is also Will Scarlet.
    • And, as of the finale, the White King.
  • The Cynic: He tends to think of the more negative outcome in any situation, as opposed to Alice.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The things he's alluded to having done that have made him possibly the most wanted man in Wonderland.
  • Dead Little Sister: He has one, and sees Alice as a surrogate for her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost constantly. Of course, the "logic" of Wonderland (and prior experience in our world) gives him so much to snark at.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Says as much to Alice about letting Cora take his heart.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Very nearly happens to him in "Home". Only his wish to end Alice's suffering keeps him from dying in Anastasia's arms.
  • Distressed Dude: For most of the series Will is pretty helpless against the more powerful forces in the show.
    • After Cora took Will's heart she kept it and used it to make him do whatever she wanted him to – and Alice is the one who got it back for him.
    • Jafar tortures him to get Alice to give up her wishes. When Alice wishes that if the Knave dies then she dies, Jafar turns him to stone.
    • He is later captured by Jafar and forced to watch as Anastasia is tortured and killed.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything he went through for Anastasia.
  • Forced to Watch: Jafar after he broke the rules of Magic, forces him to watch as he kisses and cuddles Anastasia resurected.
  • Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to the Knave than he's willing to admit.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Despite his Heel-Face Turn, it certainly seems karmic that after a life of thievery and taking things, Will becomes a genie: a being that has to give to others. Interestingly, the original three genies had basically the same origin story, as revealed by the Nyx.
  • Jade Coloured Glasses: After he has Cora remove his heart and then when he doesn't put it back in.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Alice, he admits that she reminds him of his dead sister. Also with the Lizard, not understanding that the feeling isn't mutual with her.
  • Legacy Character: When Alice gets his heart back for him, Cora simply takes the one of someone else to be the new Knave of Hearts.
  • Lovable Rogue: Oh so very much.
  • Mind Manipulation: Once Cora has his heart she can make him do whatever she wants him to until Alice gets it back.
  • Mommy Issues: Seemingly averted. Significant in that he's apparently the only member of the main cast who doesn't have issue with one or the other parent.
  • Oblivious to Love: In "Nothing to Fear" it's blindingly obvious that Lizard is in love with him, but she has to spell it out for him to get it.
  • The One That Got Away: The mysterious Anastasia. Except that she's not so "away", having become the Red Queen. And it's later revealed she regards him the same way.
  • Only In It For The Wish: His constant claim. Subverted when he finally does get his wish.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Him and Alice. Word of God has even mentioned it: their relationship is close but purely platonic.
  • Punch Clock Villain: Pre-series. He wouldn't have served Cora if she didn't have his heart.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Very snarky towards Alice and her plans, and yet it's clear he would do anything for her.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Alice.
  • Taken for Granite: As Jafar can't kill him without killing Alice, he turns him into stone. He gets better though.
  • True Love's Kiss: How he snaps Anastasia out of Jafar's control.

    Cyrus 

Cyrus, The Genie

Played By: Peter Gadiot

Alice's lost love, and a genie of Agrabah. Jafar captured him in order to gain wishes, but he can't grant more until Alice uses the three she still has.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Alice in the past in "Home".
  • Battle Couple: With Alice.
  • Break Her Heart To Save Her: What the Rabbit tries to convince Cyrus to do iafter Alice is hurt by people looking for the genie in the past.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Will's wish accidentally makes him human again.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After being freed from being a genie, he's noticeably more quippy than before.
  • Disappeared Dad: His mother is an important character in the series but his dad is never mentioned.
  • Disney Death: He apparently falls to his death in the Boiling Sea only to be revealed in the pilot as still being alive, albeit as a prisoner of Jafar. Later Jafar does kill him to force Amara to change the laws of magic. But did doesn't stick.
  • Distressed Dude: Spent the early part of the series in a cage in Jafar's dungeon. He's finally relieved of this role as of the end of "Home".
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Is not less willing to help than Alice but doesn’t trust Will not to steal Jafar's staff when it could revive Ana.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's kind, polite and genuinely interested in helping save Wonderland – but that doesn't mean he's a pushover.
  • Guile Hero: See Trickster.
  • Happily Married: To Alice in the finale
  • Hopeless With Tech: Hilariously so when he and Alice visit Storybrooke.
  • Humanity Ensues: When Will's wish to end Alice's suffering ends in Cyrus' freedom from the bottle.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Alice, a human. Subverted in that he used to be human. Averted when Will's wish turns him human again.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Genies and silver don't mix.
  • Never Found the Body: Apparently the Boiling Sea destroys anything that falls into it. Which is why Jafar captured him before he fell into the sea.
  • Literal Genie: Not of his own design, but wish-granting magic in general.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Alice.
  • May-December Romance: Cyrus has already lived several lifetimes by the time he meets Alice.
    • Mayfly-December Romance: While he's a genie it looks like it's going to be this because he could live millennia and she'll live the length of a human lifetime. Thankfully it is eventually Averted.
  • Meadow Run: To Alice in "Home".
  • Mind over Matter: Send an origami bird to Alice and whatever he does to it, last long enough for her to send it back.
  • Missing Mom: She’s looking for him and his brothers as well.
  • My Greatest Failure: He cheats at cards and in retaliation the men he cheated burn down his house while his mother is inside. In order to save her life he steals from The Well of Wonders which leads to him and his brothers being cursed to be genies.
  • Older Than They Look: As a Genie, he's pretty much immortal when it comes to aging.
  • Pretty Boy: According to the Red Queen.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He was turned into a genie over 100 years before the events of the series.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Shares this view with Alice.
  • Trickster: "Forget Me Not" shows his credentials in this category.
    • And yet again at the end of "The Serpent", where we see how Crazy-Prepared he can be.
    • He loved cheating at cards back when he was human. Suffice to say, he paid very dearly for it.
  • Was Once Human: Long time ago.

    The Red Queen 

Red Queen / Anastasia

Played By: Emma Rigby

The Queen of Wonderland, who lives in a chessboard castle and is working with Jafar to get wishes from Cyrus. Distinct from the Queen of Hearts, who appeared on Once Upon a Time. The show hints that she was one of Cinderella's step-sisters, and became the focus of her mother's abuse after failing to marry Prince Thomas.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her outfits tend to show this aspect of her off.
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was very emotionally abusive toward her.
  • Ambition Is Evil/Face-Heel Turn: Once Ana was a sweet girl who believed that her love for Will would be enough. She let herself be swayed by the king and by Cora, and became The Red Queen.
    • Heel Realisation: Had one prior to the start of the story when she realized how it's brought her nothing but loneliness and wants to change history so that she never left Will.
    • Heel-Face Turn: In "Home", she defects from her alliance with Jafar, then utterly discards her Evil Queen guise and crown, returning to being Anastasia, peasant accent and all.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I. Particularly noticeable when she's paired up with the absolutely ruthless Jafar. And her motives to do so will erase all events that made her a villain to start with so she can get back together with Will.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She admits as much to Alice:
    Red Queen: I am many things, darling, but pure of heart is not one of them.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Alice. It takes Cyrus trusting the Red Queen to dissuade Alice from regarding her this way.
    • Unknown Rival: As Word of God puts it, Alice considers the Red Queen an Arch-Enemy, but the Red Queen views Alice as just a very important game piece. They both eventually change their views.
  • The Atoner: Initially just wants to get Will back by changing the past. Eventually she changes to wanting to win him back and improve the lives of the average Wonderland citizen.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice in the finale. The first time, as part of Jafar changing the rules of magic, she's revived by Jafar as yet another way to spite Will, being mindlessly in love with Jafar instead. After Jafar is dealt with and the rules of magic are enforced again she's brought back by water from the Well of Wishes.
  • Bad Boss: Gives the White Rabbit death threats anytime he asks to be let out of his job spying for her. And is holding his family hostage.
  • Berserk Button: Do not tell her what she can and cannot do.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Jafar until "Home".
  • Blondes are Evil: Though perhaps not as evil as at first seems (see Even Evil Has Standards).
  • Came Back Wrong: Jafar does bring her back as he promised to Will but he also makes her in love with him saying that Will never said she should be revived as she was before.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Pulls this card on Jafar to avoid getting force-choked.
  • Catch Phrase: "Darling."
  • Chess Motifs: Her castle is designed around chess pieces (which oddly enough are silver instead of red), and she likes to use game metaphors: "setting up the board", "change of hand", etc.
  • Cry Cute: In "Home" when revealing her true motivation.
  • Composite Character: Is both the Red Queen and one of Cinderella's stepsisters.
    • Averted as for once in that the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen are not the same person.
    • As of the series finale, she is also the White Queen.
  • The Cynic: This exchange from "Heart of Stone" emphasizes this rather nicely:
    Alice: When two people love each other, there's nothing they can't accomplish together.
    Red Queen: If only that were true.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her partnership with Jafar was doomed to fall apart from the start.
  • Disney Death: She dies again when Jafar is defeated and his resurrection spell is undone. However, Nyx gives Alice and Cyrus water from the Well of Wonders to bring her back.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: To Jafar—though she's trying to change it to a more equal relationship and has her own plans.
  • Emotionless Girl: Tries to keep up this appearance, but frequently slips.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Always dressed in elaborate gowns in her signature color, with not a single hair out of place and plenty of jewelry to match her crown. This contrasts her perfectly with the more effortless, natural beauty of Alice.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She's shocked when Jafar reduces her subjects to dust in "Trust Me".
    • While her face remains expressionless, there seems to be pity in her eyes later when Jafar kills the Grendel in "Forget Me Not".
    • When Jafar lifts Alice into the air and begins to torture her in "The Serpent", the Red Queen is smiling evilly. When Alice refuses to give in and Jafar continues, the smile vanishes and now the Red Queen looks actually concerned for her enemy.
    • Eventually she realises that Jafar's vision of the future benefits no one but himself and she executes a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Evil Brit: Her posh accent is put on but both it and her natural accent are British.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why Alice spared her life when she had the opportunity to kill her as in her experience you have to take the things you want, morality be damned.
  • Evil Makeover: She went from a simple pink dress and loose waves decorated with flowers in the past, to elaborate gowns in her signature color and tight updos pulled away from her face.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She enters Wonderland as a peasant and she ends up becoming the Red Queen, conspiring with Cora and Jafar.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: People are terrified of their Queen.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad/Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the past she wore a pink dress and flowers in her hair but circumstance and Cora made her into The Red Queen.
  • Hidden Depths: More and more revealed as the show goes on.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: In "Heart of Stone", Alice asks her how she knows that sending Alice across the chasm isn't a trick to make her fall. This trope is her response:
    Red Queen: Alice, if I wanted you to fall, I'd push you.
  • It's All About Me: Wants to use magic to have a second chance with Will. But in order to get that goal she kidnaps the White Rabbit's family to ensure his loyalty, separates Alice and Cyrus and who knows what else. This changes from "Nothing to Fear" and onward, where she learns the error of her ways and starts acting selflessly for the good of everyone else.
  • Kick the Dog: Turning the handsome man into the Grendel.
    • Also, while it's unlikely she'd have killed them considering where they were stashed, kidnapping the White Rabbit's wife and kids in order to blackmail him into servitude was not cool.
    • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Physically abusing the Old Prisoner in "Who's Alice?" becomes a retroactively this when the next episode reveals his true identity.
  • The Lost Lenore: As Anastasia, to the Knave. Will is this for her as well.
  • Mind Rape: How the Jabberwocky breaks her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being deposed and then confronted by her former subjects, she realizes that her rule was a horrible thing for the people. It kicks her Heel-Face Turn Up to Eleven, turning her into a revolutionary against Jafar.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: In the present story, she's only committing evil so that she can turn back the clock and avoid becoming the Red Queen to begin with. Cyrus, who can read people, picks up on this and realizes she's trustworthy.
  • Not So Different: Says this to Alice, who vehemently denies it but seems to recognize the truth in it deep down.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe, her stiff posh accent begins to deteriorate after Jafar blows up her castle, and even more after Will refuses to believe that she's trying to help him and Alice.
  • Pet the Dog: When she sets up an elaborate gambit to acquire some magic dust, ostensibly to use as protection from Jafar. It's actually to free the Knave who has been turned to stone by Jafar.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She goes to extremes to get Will back, wanting to change the past so that they never split up to start with. Unusually for this trope, she's ultimately portrayed sympathetically.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Only sort of to begin with - when she is shown to at least 'try' to listen to her subjects' complaints. Later she becomes this for real when she joins the fight against Jafar.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: This is her goal in changing the laws of magic, though it's only her personal history that she wishes to change, not the history of Wonderland as a whole.
  • Smug Snake: Tries to be this but between Jafar and Will there are more than a few cracks in her facade.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Jafar kills her in front of the Knave to ensure that his newly-returned heart "still works".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Jafar, with whom she shares a mutual hatred.
    • She does so with Alice in "Heart of Stone."
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When she and Will were young lovers in the Enchanted Forest.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Never got approval from her mother, which the Queen of Hearts exploited.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: A dark, villainous example. She actively cultivates her Queenly Mask, from her flawless appearance to her emotionless facade and her iron rule over her people. On the other hand, she fails to be an effective ruler regardless of trying to live up to it in appearance and action.

    Jafar 

Jafar

Played By: Naveen Andrews

A sorcerer from Agrabah who captured Cyrus in order to make three wishes and alter the laws of magic. Working with the Red Queen, to his annoyance.
  • Abusive Parents: His father the Sultan.
  • A God Am I: Strangely, although it took Amara's help to change the laws of magic, only he is shown harnessing the new power. He raises the dead, and causes two people to fall in love, but stops short of changing Alice's past after threatening her with it.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cyrus, to the point where the genie warns all of his masters/mistresses about the man with the snake staff.
  • Back from the Dead: Survives being drowned by his father the Sultan.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In Alice's world. He takes it from the first person he meets.
  • Bastard Bastard: He's the Sultan of Agrabah's bastard son.
  • Bastard Understudy: His Evil Mentor Amara taught him ruthlessness rather too well.
  • Beard of Evil: A thin goatee.
  • Big Bad: The primary villain of the story.
    • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Red Queen until "Home", that is. Afterward, she is replaced in the Duumvirate by the Jabberwocky.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He attempts to kill the Red Queen, but she reminds him that he still needs her to help find Alice. He isn't happy about it, however, mainly because his goal and hers are fundamentally incompatible.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He does this with disturbing frequency.
  • Daddy Issues: They're strong enough to drive him to madness.
  • Did You Just Stare Down Cthulhu: As a boy, he refused to look away from Amara despite his master saying it would cause her to burn both of them alive.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother was the only person he ever loved. When she died, it all went downhill for him. However, the finale implies that it is no longer true in present day. While Jafar does remember what it feels to lose someone you loved, he used this knowledge to manipulate the heroes. When he get's the power of resurection, he brings back Anastasia and brainwashes her to make her his slave but does not think one second about bringing his mother back from the dead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He at first seems disgusted at the way Alice's father had treated her, but he then proceeds to use it to his advantage and prey off of Alice's Daddy Issues, exposing his Lack of Empathy.
  • Eviler than Thou: Jafar shows he's this to the Red Queen in the first episode and just keeps at it.
    • The shoe was on the other foot when he aligned himself with the Jabberwocky. However, he flipped it back around once he got complete magical power.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He's a magician, and uses his magic to harm people.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's polite when he really needs to be, and even then it's an act, but if not he'll be very ruthless and intimidating.
  • Freudian Excuse: After his mother died, every adult that Jafar was close to was either abusive or downright evil. His own father tried to murder him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Part of his motive, actually. He wants everyone to fear him.
  • Generation Xerox: To his father, only even more dangerous.
  • Genre Blind: Believed the Sultan, his father would love and accept him even though he's an illegitimate child. Justified because his mother told him to go to the Sultan
  • Genre Savvy: Knows a hero like Alice won't see her loved ones die and suffer and he uses this to make her use of her three wishes faster. He's smart enough to keep the Vorpal Sword after he frees the Jabberywocky.
    • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Returns Will's heart and then immediately kills Anastasia, right before his eyes, once they've reunited; now not only is Will more suggestible from the emotional roller coaster, but willing even to follow Jafar's plan to bring her back from the dead. He also kills Cyrus right in front of Amara during their wizard duel in order to finally cast his spell.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His ultimate fate in the finale is to become a genie, after being tricked by Alice into stealing from the Well of Wishes.
  • In the Blood: The appropriately titled "Bad Blood" reveals where he gets his sociopathic cruelty from: his father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He kept his father captive hoping that by breaking the laws of magic he will get his love. In fact, it was a revenge to make him realize how it feels like to be killed by a loved one.
  • Large Ham: He's usually quite calm, but when he needs to shout, he will really shout.
  • Magic Carpet: His main form of transportation.
  • Magic Staff: Carries around an exact copy of the cobra-head staff his Disney counterpart wields.
    • It's actually his forcibly transformed Evil Mentor, allowing him full access to her power as well; but not her will apparently, as he can't use her against Cyrus and instead backfires on him.
  • Mad Scientist: Magical variation, he seeks to change the laws of magic.
  • Not So Different: From Alice, in terms of their hang-up about getting their fathers to love them. The main difference is that Alice still has compassion for others despite her issues, while Jafar does not.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: How does he return the attempted murder by his father? Make his father love him so that he can kill him afterward.
  • Race Lift: Much darker skinned than his Disney counterpart.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He was desperate enough to find the last genie, that he freed the Jabberwocky the most feared being in Wonderland.
  • Smug Snake: Like his staff would indicate.
  • The Sociopath: And unlike the Red Queen, it's no cover.
    • It certainly speaks of his Lack of Empathy when the episode revealing his massive daddy issues has him completely manipulating Alice's similar daddy issues with no amount of remorse whatsoever.
  • Start of Darkness: "Bad Blood" shows this, while "The Serpent" shows what happened because of it.
  • Obviously Evil: The sinister snake staff, the lurking in shadows and flowing black robes should clue you in to what kind of person he is.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With the Red Queen. Neither of them like each other at all, to the point where he tries to kill her.
  • The Unfettered
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His whole motive behind his evil plotting is to change the rules of magic and force his father to love him and call him "son".
    • In the finale, after successfully changing the laws of magic, he makes his father finally show him the love he's been longing for all his life, after which he immediately drowns him. Turns out it was never really about receiving affection from his father, but about giving his father affection for him so that he'll know how it feels to be killed by someone he loves. His real overall motive behind changing the rules of magic was "to do whatever he wants."
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Almost pulls this on the Red Queen, but has to relent when she points out that he needs to keep her around for a while longer if he wants to find Alice and her wishes.
    • This appears to be his standard MO with people who work for him. Lampshaded in "Nothing To Fear":
    Caterpillar: Word's gotten out that working for you tends to shorten one's life expectancy.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A young boy whose mother passed away from illness leaving him with no family except his birth father the Sultan, whose love and acceptance he craved and did everything to earn but did not get. Eventually the Sultan tried to drown him, but he survied on the power hate and a very deep desire for revenge. Afterwards he was taken in by a cruel blacksmith, before begging to being taken in by Amara the witch, who taught him dark magic and to do anything to get what he wanted. Bad idea that.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he shows anger frequently, he goes into an absolute rage like never seen before in "Home" when he realizes how the Red Queen has duped him.
    • Has a big one in the finale when he gets turned into a genie and trapped inside the bottle.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: For a series that's usually Lighter and Softer than the one it was spun off from, everything involving Jafar is incredibly dark.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: What he's always wanted more than anything is for his father to acknowledge him as his son.

    Rabbit 

The White Rabbit/Percy

Played By: John Lithgow

A small white anthropomorphic rabbit with the ability to "dig" portals between worlds. Calls on the Knave to rescue Alice before her lobotomy.
  • Adaptational Badass: He's able to "dig" portals between worlds, including Storybrooke, with absolutely no adverse consequences or apparent effort. 'Nough said.
  • Butt Monkey: The Red Queen, Jafar, and even Alice (although she apologizes) walk all over him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually he's no good at this, but get him impatient enough and he will be!
"You're late what a surprise!"
  • Easily Forgiven: For his treachery in "Home", a justified example when he reveals that he only did what he did to protect his wife and kids from harm.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The rabbit version.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he's a spy for the Red Queen, he clearly does so out of extreme fear, and he stills cares about Alice very much. He also has a wife and kids that he loves as well.
    • And as it turns out, it's said wife and kids being held hostage by the Red Queen that drives him to do what he does. It's not fear for himself: it's fear for his family.
  • Large Ham: It's John Lithgow after all.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He's only spying on Alice for the Red Queen because of death threats from her part, and because she's holding his family hostage. He really wants out to the point where gave the Red Queen Cyrus's bottle in the hope she would release him from his job for going beyond the call of duty. She didn't.
  • The Mole: Reluctantly, for the Red Queen.
  • Nice Hat: A black bowler.
  • Parental Substitute: To Cyrus and especially Alice.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Cyrus and Alice.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: In "Home".

Recurring

    Edwin 

Edwin

Played By:Shaun Smyth

Edwin is Alice and Millie's father.
  • Henpecked Husband: One wonders if Alice would have been sent to the asylum otherwise.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He asked Alice to let him die and spare a wish to save Cyrus. She didn't listen.
  • The Mourning After: He was saddened by the death by childbirth of Alice's mother and blamed the latter for it. It's implied that he doesn't love his second wife as much as his first.
  • My Greatest Failure: Not believing Alice and helping her when she needed him is for him "his greatest sin", and he insists he does not deserve Alice's forgiveness for it.
  • Parental Abandonment: He let his wife putting Alice put in an institution and never went to visit her.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: He says grace before eating, even in jail.

    Lydgate 

Dr. Lydgate

Played By: Jonny Coyne

The head of the insane asylum where Alice was staying. Doesn't believe a word of her tales about Wonderland, and mostly wants to use her as a test subject for his new treatment.
  • Dr. Jerk: He seems all too eager to deride Alice for her so-called delusions.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: He's terrified of the White Rabbit, since he doesn't fit into Lydgate's view of the world.
    • Later we see that he was so determined to hold on to this view that he took to taking landum (opium_\) and blocked out any memory of Alice existing, and breaks down again when Jafar shows up with the White Rabbit in tow.
  • Meatgrinder Surgery: His 'suggestion' to Alice, heavily implied to be a lobotomy.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He is a horrible psychiatrist, from making no effort to hide his scorn for Alice's "fantasies" to pushing her towards a dangerous treatment. Justified in that he's a Victorian-era psychiatrist, which was not exactly a high-water mark for the profession or medicine in general.

    The Caterpillar 

The Caterpillar

Played By: Iggy Pop

A hookah-smoking caterpillar who apparently has something to do with money lending.

    The Tweedles 

The Tweedles

Played By: Matty Finochio (Tweedledee) and Ben Cotton (Tweedledum)

A pair of manservants just as vain as their boss, the Red Queen. Run errands for her and, at least in Tweedledee's case, Jafar.
  • The Dandy: Powdered wigs, tailored suits, and gaudy bright-red lightning bolt face paint? Oh yeah.
  • The Dividual: They are essentially identical, aside from their allegiances and facial features.
  • The Ditz: It's implied they're not very intelligent.
  • The Mole: Tweedledee is one for Jafar, reporting to him the events occurring in the Red Queen's castle.
  • Off with His Head!: The Red Queen gives Tweedledee this treatment after discovering his alignment with Jafar. Being Wonderland, this doesn't kill him, and his detached head is still able to state the obvious to Jafar ("I think she's onto us."
    • Jafar rectifies this by giving him a new body...after cutting off the head attached to that body.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: They give the Red Queen an endless stream of compliments whenever necessary.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Brought on by their conflicting alliances. Tweedledum is more than willing to sell out his brother to the Queen.
  • Those Two Guys: The only characterization they have is Tweedledee being loyal to Jafar, and Tweedledum being loyal to the Queen.
  • Undying Loyalty: Tweedledum to the Red Queen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Tweedledee's last non-flashback appearance is in episode 9 where Jafar gives him a new body. His fate as of the finale is unknown.

    Old Prisoner 

Old Prisoner/The Sultan of Agrabah

Played By: Brian George

An old man locked in a cage by Jafar, and is his only other prisoner besides Cyrus, whom he has befriended. He is actually the Sultan of Agrabah, Jafar's father.
  • Abusive Father: To Jafar, big-time.
  • Adipose Rex: What the Sultan became in his old age. He was actually quite thin in his younger years.
  • Bait the Dog: After several episodes of seeming like a kindly old man, we learn he's actually the monstrous Sultan of Agrabah responsible for Jafar's Start of Darkness. And years of captivity have not made him more repentant.
    • Subverted: It turns out he is repentant after all, but still puts on a Jerkass Façade when interacting with his bastard son because he hopes he'll learn the futility of doing evil in order to gain what he desires. It fails. Miserably.
  • Badass Boast: "He is as much my captive as I am his."
  • Bigger Bad: For Jafar in terms of character.
  • Determinator: How else do you stand years of imprisonment wherein you could be freed of it (even knowing you'd be killed afterward) just by saying one particular sentence?
  • Fatal Flaw: Even when he turned from evil to good, he still believes in conditional love: now expecting Jafar to earn his love through being kind and merciful. It doesn't work.
  • Jerkass: He has zero regrets for his horrible behavior. In fact, he seems to delight in the power he holds over Jafar.
    • Jerkass Façade: In episode 12, we find out he has become repentant after all his years as a prisoner, he's just too disgusted by Jafar's behavior to love him, thus will not call him son unless he were to learn better.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As twisted as it is, he's right that the world would be better off if he had succeeded in killing Jafar as a child. Of course, if he had just given Jafar love and acceptance in the first place, the world would also be a better place.
  • Karmic Death: Is given one by Jafar, who drowns him using magic.
  • No Name Given: He is only credited as "Old Prisoner". His true identity has no name given either.
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempts this on Jafar. Unfortunately for him (and for countless innocents in the future), it doesn't work.
  • Pet the Dog: He refuses to free himself because he feels he'd be a burden on Cyrus, instead telling the Genie to go and find his true love. In general, he is friendly to everyone who is not his son.
  • Royal Brat: He raised his offical son to be like this, actually encouraging him to hit a young Jafar for being more versed in politics than him.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He likes to play (by himself) in order to pass the time. He's asked Cyrus to play, but he's a little preoccupied at the moment.
  • That Thing is Not My Child!: He absolutely refuses to acknowledge Jafar as his son.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Shouldn't have tried to drown your son who was desperately craving love from you, your highness. It would've saved so many people a lot of trouble.
  • Walking Spoiler: Duh! There's a reason why there's a lot of white here!
  • Would Hurt a Child: His bastard son at least.

    Elizabeth "Lizard" 

Elizabeth "Lizard"

Played By: Lauren McKnight

  • Action Girl: As expected of a mercenary.
  • Back for the Dead: She dies in her second appearance.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a skilled thief and fighter, and also very cute.
  • Be Careful What You Say: Trying to get the Knave to feel something for her, she carelessly phrases it as a wish. She dies, and the Knave can only helplessly watch.
  • Dies Wide Open: Until Anastasia closes her eyes... and then the Jabberwocky comes and plucks them right out.
  • Eye Scream: After her death, Jabberwocky removes her eyes so that Jafar view her last glimpses and find out where the Genie's bottle is.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played straight: she's briefly mourned in the episode she dies but is never mentioned afterward. Will does not even think about bringing her back to life while he was willing to betray Alice to resurrect Anastasia.
  • Gender Flip: The show's counterpart of Bill the Lizard, one of the White Rabbit's gardeners from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With the Knave. Or so HE thinks, anyway.
  • Love Martyr: She's hopelessly in love with the Knave, who not only is in love with someone else but is also incapable of feeling anything towards her since he removed his heart.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Gets a magical makeover as one of her wishes.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Dies so that the Knave can feel anguish.
  • Tomboy: Even her casting call described her as such.

    Amara 

Amara

Played By: Zuleikha Robinson

  • Absolute Cleavage: As Jafar's mentor.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: She certainly looks damn good for the mother of three grown men, including Cyrus.
  • And I Must Scream: She blinks eyes as Jafar's Snake staff.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes, obviously.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Whenever the staff is used by Jafar, her eyes turn red. At the sight of Cyrus, however, her eyes turn yellow, and Jafar can no longer use her.
  • The Corrupter: She taught Dark Magic to Jafar.
  • The Dreaded: When she appears in the marketplace, everyone runs away immediately. Jafar even states that he wants to become feared just like her.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It seems that she might have actually loved Jafar. Too bad it was one-sided.
    • And it seems she loved her sons as well.
  • Evil Mentor: To Jafar. She does a good job. Too good.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Jafar can't use her against Cyrus, her son; in fact, she backfires on him!
  • Gone Horribly Right: Jafar wanted her to teach him dark magic so he would be the most feared person in Agrabah. Boy, did it work.
  • Hot Witch: Centuries can't even diminish her good looks.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: It seems quite clear that the whole reason she became an evil sorceress, and committed the various terrifying acts she did, was all so she could gain the power of the genies so that she could break their curse and free her sons.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The loss of her three sons made her a very bitter and malicious person, enough so that all of Agrabah feared her.
  • Mama Bear: In staff form she's able to resist Jafar's attempt to use her to kill her son, Cyrus.
  • Older Than They Look: She hasn't aged since the time she met Jafar as kid.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Jafar's staff, the eyes glow red whenever he uses her.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies to save her sons in the end.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Jafar.
  • Smug Snake: Obviously. She has a fixation on serpents after all.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To her surprise, Jafar has no intention of sharing the power of the genies.

    The Jabberwocky 

The Jabberwocky

Played by: Peta Sergeant

The single most feared creature in Wonderland. A hundred years ago, five hundred men gave their lives to imprison her. Jafar sets her free in episode 9.

     Nyx 

Nyx

Played by: Leah Gibson

The guardian of the Well of Wonders. Its magic can help only those whose fate has yet to be decided. She was the one who turned Cyrus and his brothers into genies for holding their desire to save their mother over her fate to die.

  • Ambiguously Evil: She claims she's just making sure "fate" goes on as planned, but she does some incredibly dodgey stuff, like baiting unexpecting humans to take her water, so she can then turn up and turn them into genies, instead of you know putting a magical barrier around the well.
  • Because Destiny Says So: What decides if anyone can use her water. The reason why she refused Cyrus and his brothers her magic water to help their mother. Destiny had already decided her fate.
  • Catch Phrase: "You let your desires override the fates. Now it will be your fate to serve the desires of others."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She and her Well of Wishes prove to be the key to stopping Jafar even after he changes the laws of magic. As a bonus, she even gives some water to revive Anastasia with.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cyrus and his brothers took water from well to save their mother against her fated destiny. She turned them into genies and had them scattered across Agrabah as punishment, even though the other two only did so because Cyrus begged them. The only way to reverse the curse is to bring the stolen water back. It's implied she's the creator of all genies in the Once Upon a Time verse.
  • Exact Words: Rather like the genies she creates, she makes fateful pronouncements which hinge upon these, whether stating that no one may take from her waters who does not deserve it or whose fate is predetermined, or claiming that anyone who steals from her well/uses powers derived from her waters without permission will be subject to her curse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's definitely creepy.
  • Lack of Empathy: In her own words she won't grant mercy to those who (she thinks) don't deserve it. She's doesn't express any compassion to Cyrus and his brothers when they come to her to save their mother, or when Cyrus begs her to reverse the curse on his brothers. She also ignores Amara's pleas for mercy when she comes for revenge.
  • Meaningful Name: Nyx means night in Greek. It's also reminiscent of a nixie, a type of water sprite.
  • The Stoic: Her main concern is that destiny goes on as planned, nothing more. If what you want contradicts that destiny (like saving a loved one from a pre-determined fate) she's very unhelpful; not even an expression of pity. However, she shows a smirk when she transforms Cyrus and his brothers into genies, and seems to rather enjoy what she does to Jafar.
  • Schmuck Bait: She's very insisent that her water can only be used by those who fate has yet to be written. However there's really nothing to stop someone taking the water without permission. She then appears from the water and casts her curse.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Only in appearance, it seems.
  • Seers: Implied to be one as she knows what is written by destiny and what is not.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Averted, as she knows people's fate it's safe to assume she knew what would happen the moment she cursed Cyrus and his brothers to be genies, not that she would be bothered by this.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: A very firm believer in this. She punishes people who even dare to change it.

One Shot Characters

    Cheshire 

The Cheshire Cat

Played By: Keith David

An old friend of Alice's. Apparently he got bigger while she was gone...and hungrier.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Just as he's about to pounce on the Knave, he tosses a mushroom piece straight into Cheshire's mouth, shrinking him back to a regular-sized cat that purrs harmlessly afterward.
  • Panthera Awesome: He's a good deal bigger and more menacing than he's usually portrayed.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has very big, very red eyes.
  • Slasher Smile: Sporting this constantly.

    Silvermist 

Silvermist

Played By: Jordana Largy

A fairy whose job is to ferry people across a giant lake. Also the Knave's (very bitter) ex-girlfriend.

    The Queen of Hearts 

Cora, The Queen of Hearts

Played By: Barbara Hershey

A powerful ruler in Wonderland. This entry is for tropes displayed in this show, for those relating to the character in the parent show, see here.
  • And Show It to You: Will willingly has her do this to him, just so he can no longer feel the crushing heartbreak of Anastasia's apparent betrayal.
  • Consummate Liar: The lies she used to break up Anastasia and Will were so convincing that neither of them even suspected she was lying. We're not even sure what was an outright lie.
  • The Corrupter: For the Red Queen.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Under her tutelage the Red Queen went from an ambitious but basically good girl to being Wonderland’s Sorcerous Overlord.
  • Evil Mentor: For the Red Queen.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Why she wanted the Red Queen as an apprentice.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Red King’s servants are terrified when she shows up.
  • Lady of Black Magic: The way she instructs the Red Queen in the use of magic echoes the way Rumpel taught her to channel those dark emotions.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Her motto. Why she thinks she did Anastasia a favor by breaking her and Will up for good.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She plays the Red Queen and the Knave like a fiddle.
  • Mind over Matter: She starts to magically rearrange the décor in the Red King’s palace just to freak everyone out.
  • Playing Card Motifs: Every heart she takes corresponds with a card in the standard 52 card deck. Will is the Knave, or Jack of Hearts. Notably there is no King of Hearts.
  • Replacement Goldfish: How she sees the Red Queen, compared to Regina, whom she considers a disappointment.


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