Once upon a time: Abridged (also known as Once Upon A Time The Abridged Series) is a Fan Fiction by daestgatling, based on the TV series Once Upon a Time. It can be found here (up to 2x06, the Thankful for Christmas Special and The New Years Resolution Special) and here.Henry Mills is a Child Prodigy 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 Identity Amnesia.He thinks his mother, the elegant, headstrong, and haughty mayor Regina Mills, is an Evil Queen, that his schoolteacher who Desperately Craves Affection Mary Margaret Blanchard is Snow White, and that theaggravating ex-coma patient 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 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 Handsome Lech, a psychopathic Lady Killer In Love who gives a new meaning to Hell-Bent for Leather, a Badass Grandma with whom you should never mess, a Valley Girl, 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 Batman Gambits always succeed...unless they are thwarted by Mr. Gold, Emma's only powerful ally...who happens to be an equally omnipotent Affably Evilmastermind 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 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 Bastard Understudy and Daddy's Little Villain. Yes, you heard well: he shipsthem!
This hilarious fanfiction contains example of the following tropes:
Anti-Hero: 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 The Prankster, she didn't do anything evil, nor questionable in her five first strips, which augues really well.
Arch-Nemesis: 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.
Arranged Marriage: 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.
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.
Butt Monkey: David Nolan and Prince Charming. Mary Margaret sees him in a state close from Brainwashed and Crazy... and comments that it can mean no good as he is way too likable. No one seems shocked at her bluntness.
The Casanova / Kavorka Man: Mr. Gold, except for his two ex-wives, Granny, Kathryn, Regina and Emma... though it gets put to doubt.
Creepy Child: 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.
The Cutie: 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... don't cross her, though.... Okay, in this series's standards, she is The Cutie.
Cute But Psycho: 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.
Deadpan Snarker: 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 Regina. Ryumplestiltskin prefers Stealth Insult.
Good Parents: Snow White and Prince Charming prove each other Mama Bear and Papa Wolf and have a good reason for letting Emma defend herself, and they have never been sweeter/less sociopathic than when dealing with their daughter.
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?
Loser Archetype: 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.
Love Hungry: 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.
Milholland Relationship Moment: 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.
Mood Whiplash: Sometimes, things do get sad... it doesn't last long.
Murder the Hypotenuse: 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.
Must Have Caffeine: Mary Margaret. Whatever you do, don't refuse to hand her the coffee, but do not give her any by your own decision... seriously!
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 Heel-Face Turn) 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 Magnificent Bitch or a Straw Loser.
Only Sane Man: 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 Only Sane Man, being quite admirable and noble, while Regina is the reasonable Only Sane Man (though she claims logic doesn't work on her, she is quite grounded, compared to many characters).
Pair the Spares: 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.
This version of Aurora and Mulan towards this version of Philip, once they discover he may have almot cheated on them.
Protagonist-Centered Morality: 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.
Punch Clock Villain: Waldo The Wraith, who has eight children and a wife to support. Also, the dragon in the puppet show.
Surrounded by Idiots: 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 !".