While most of the characters who embark on the quest to save Henry at the end of season two have obvious familial motivations (Emma's son, Regina's adopted son, Rumple, Snow and Charming's grandson), Hook's motivations are not as clear-cut... until one realizes that he also has a special connection to Henry. Hook is the guy who stole Baelfire's mother, who would be Henry's grandmother. Assuming Hook's love for Milah was genuine, Baelfire was all Hook had left of her, and now since everyone thinks Bae is dead, Henry is all that Hook has left of him. His decision to help save Henry can be chalked is keeping in line with Hook's self-serving desire to hold onto the last remnants of his lost love.
At first this troper thought that Henry believed in the curse because he's a kid, but if you think about it: he's Emma's son, and was brought into Storybrooke, an ordinary kid who was never put under the curse. He mentions in the pilot that time didn't used to move before Emma got there. So for ten years he was raised in a town where no one ever changed and time never moved, and this is including Ashley being pregnant for that amount of time too. If he got a normal education where he learned about how time was supposed to work, of course he would eventually wonder what was going on. Being raised in a place where time never moves suddenly makes curses a lot more plausible.
Snow has a one-night stand with Doctor Whale, which she later regrets (both without the Enchanted Forest memories and with). Well, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and we all know how she feels about apples...
In the pilot, Snow tells Charming the Evil Queen poisoned her with an apple because she was "prettier" than her. Of course viewers learn later in the season that the actual reason is a lot less shallow than that. This might just be a continuity error or a total Retcon by the creators, but it maybe because in the pilot they first show the scenes in Enchanted Forest being first read from the book by Henry. The book probably contains more simplified versions of actual events than what happened in the Enchanted Forest and doesn't mention Daniel or Cora at all. It also explains why Henry is so hard on Regina because it seems that she is evil for such petty reasons. It might also be that at the time Snow says that, she does not feel comfortable going into the real reasons, which would involve owning up to the greatest mistake she ever made in her life—a mistake that still haunts her even in the present (as she demonstrates in S2 when she remonstrates with Emma over her guilt for not believing Henry).
Why did Regina lock up Belle? Belle, who is one of the few characters NOT to cross her? To make Gold miserable? That's probably a bonus. But the curse of Storybrooke can only be broken by true love's kiss, and it's pretty strongly suggested that Belle and Rumplestiltskin would've had true love's kiss had he not rejected her. While we know that Emma's the savior who will break the curse, it's hinted that Regina doesn't know HOW it will be broken. Why not cover all the bases and make sure nobody who fits the criteria for True Love's Kiss is together in Storybrooke? It both makes them miserable AND is extra security that the curse will stay in effect. Futhermore, while it's fuzzy how the time frame falls, but it's plausible she was kept as a contingency plane. Seeing as how Rumple is both a stronger magic user than Regina by far, and has cut a deal to be able to recall his Fairy Tale life. Considering this is a man who does nothing without some manner of an agenda, not having an ace in the hole is foolisness at the very best.
Why is Kathryn David's wife in the real world? Because the curse keeps everyone from having a happy ending. EVERYONE. Princess Abigail was in love with Frederick while the counterparts don't even know each other, and what could prevent some one from being happy more then keeping them from their true love and thinking their husband walked out on them?
In "Snow Falls", Snow was able to keep up with/ outfox Charming... after "The Shepherd", it's clear why. He was a shepherd, not a trained knight.
Henry explains that it was Graham's connection to Emma that enabled him to remember his fairytale persona. This would explain why Henry, (who, as Emma's son has the closest connection to her) is the one who knows so much about the curse and is so driven by instinct to break it, despite him having no concrete proof.
The amusingly ruthless and undiplomatic way in which Regina tries to solve every problem in Storybrooke (mostly all her goes at "Miss Swan, stay away from this, stay away from that" with which she just always makes it more difficult for herself) tended to baffle me, what with her supposedly being a politician and all, until "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" confirmed that she is not affected by the curse. She's just used to being a villain who makes everyone cower in fear with her every word, she never learned to be diplomatic. Not to mention, it was pointed out that Regina pretty much has the town cowed, no one dares run against her for Mayor, no one seems to question her...she's never really been up against anyone she can't just glare into submission in this world, and it's clearly throwing her for a loop.
Rumplestiltskin was uncharacteristically quiet during the scene in "The Shepherd" when Shepherd and his mother are about to part. When "Desperate Souls" comes around, it's revealed that there's a reason for him to be sympathetic toward a parent losing her child.
"Desperate Souls" also explains why Rump (in his magical form) would be notable for his spinning ability - it was something he did as a human. And why his favorite thing to ask for is your first born. When he gained his powers he lost (in first the emotional sense and subsequently the physical sense) his first born so in order for him to use those powers for you he takes yours.
Why is Rump so gloating back in Episode 2, when he tells Regina she has to kill the one person she truly loves in order to make the curse work? Because it's the perfect payback for what she did to him and Belle!
According to the queen, "true love's kiss can break any curse." That would explain why Graham regained his memories. Since Emma is the only one who had magic and she was his true love!
Rumple's power lies not in his magical abilities (he rarely seems to rely upon them in any sort of direct confrontation) but rather in his deal making. He's seen everyone's dark sides and knows their secrets and desires and weaknesses. This is how he's able to predict and control them without so much as lifting a finger. This is how he can wield so much influence even within a jail cell. And this is why he became the town landlord/loan shark in Storybrooke as opposed to simply a wealthy businessman or some such.
Why Rumplestiltskin and Belle are the Fan-Preferred Couple. Their true love has yet to overcome their external faults and conflicts, (Rumple's a coward, and Belle will not love him while he's inflicted with a curse), which leads to a romance that audiences can identify with as something more real and raw because despite our best intentions our personal demons and flaws can ruin our chances of romantic happiness and familial success.
Belle is also quite relatable to Rumple's fangirls. Rumple is not "attractive" by Hollywood standards; but many female viewers are drawn to him. Which ones? Probably the oddballs, quiet bookish eccentrics, who are drawn to "dark" and unusual guys; girls who most easily identify with Belle. In short, the "Belles" out there are the ones who like Rumple, and the writers probably figured that out.
Rumplestiltskin has a chance for redemption and becoming a good man through and through in Storybrooke with Belle being alive and well. Learning Regina not only knew she was alive but kept her from him in both worlds will make Mr. Gold want to give Emma any help she can to get rid of Regina. And like in Regina's other plans this will come back to bite her in the end.
Lycanthropy seems to be very closely related to menstruation in this story. Red started transforming at age 13, right about the time most girls start having periods. For a double dose of SYMBOLISM!!!!1!1!!11!, Granny, who is pretty obviously post-menopausal, no longer transforms. For an extra dose of Fridge Brilliance, this links even more to Charles Perrault's "Little Red Riding Hood", which is more a lesson on sexual maturity, and the red hood symbolizes menstruation/sexual maturity.
The story of Red Riding Hood takes on a different interpretation with the reveal. Red comes home as a young child to Granny starting to transform. This is also about when Red herself transforms for the first time. The woodsman (the wizard in Granny's telling) was near by and turned them back. Thus the wolf 'eating' granny is Red becoming like her while the cutting of the two from the belly of the wolf is about transforming them back.
After having taken the potion to forget Charming, Snow White begins to live up to her name a lot more; her skin is much paler and her lips - well, they aren't red, but they're still a darker pink than usual. Possibly a side effect (or an outright effect) of the potion - turning evil makes you look more peaky.
Combination of brilliance and horror, with the revelation of Regina's one true love having his heart ripped out by her mother before her eyes, the Evil Queen's fixation on taking hearts becomes not only (what she sees as) karmic (with her intent to take Snow's heart being a sick form of retribution), but a sign of psychological trauma and an inability to escape the cycle of abuse. Pretty much outright stated in "The Doctor". When she takes Whale/Frankenstein into her mother's vault Whale/Frankenstein marvels at how many there are. Regina says her mother was a monster. Later after mentioning her own heart vault to David/Charming he asks whose it is. Regina says, "I don't know. I took so many I couldn't keep track."
Red being sexually aggressive/promiscuous becomes this. The first reason is perhaps a reflection of the original fairy tale as mentioned elsewhere in in these pages. The other is a reflection of her wolf instincts to hunt down people.
Regina finds it hard to forgive Snow because she still sees Snow as a pawn of her mother (unwitting as it was but she doesn't know that). And not only that but part of being a pawn was the sadness and tears - so she also finds it difficult to take Snow's emotions as anything but fake. Not only that but Snow's intent was to ensure that Regina didn't lose her mother... but Cora was perhaps the one person Regina did want to lose.
Combination of this and fridge logic. While much of what caused the fall of the Enchanted Forest was already in motion, the last three wishes that the magic lamp granted greatly helped the rise of the Evil Queen, the first 1001 are know to have caused problems, but the last 3 caused problems to everyone.
Belle didn't know the battle she was actually fighting when the Queen told her that True Love would break Rumplestitskin's power: forcing him to choose her or his son. That broken teacup holds more of Rumple's sorrow than anyone knew.
More of a meta one but the scene where Rumple and Baelfire get separated. What does Rump use to prevent being sucked into the portal? The knife. It's a symbolic gesture that he's clinging to the power of The Dark One and that it has control of him - it wants him to be miserable and evil.
Why does Rumple like asking for your first born? When he gained his powers he lost (in first the emotional sense and subsequently the physical sense) his first born so in order for him to use those powers for you, he takes yours.
Why does Ruby (Little Red Riding Hood) work at a diner in Storybrooke? Because in the original story, she's known for bringing a picnic basket to her grandmother. Underscored in the series itself, when Red is shown bringing food to Snow White while Snow's in hiding.
Also on the topic of Red Riding Hood bringing Snow White food...one of the original fairy tales starred two sisters, Snow-White and Rose-Red.
Rump as the beast in Beauty and the Beast? Now, that bell that rings whenever anyone enters Gold's store? That's nothing unusual for a store but: bell, Belle. Subtle. "Do hope you're not going to break my little bell(e)." That line has been superimposed on many a piece of fan art.
When Emma rescues Henry from the collapsed mine shaft, Regina greets him, not with a hug, but by stroking his face. It looks exactly as awkward as if she's imitating something from a movie. It's Regina trying to get past her Lack of Empathy to show that she cares about her son.
Debatable whether the writers had this in mind or not: Everything is Medieval Europe is because that they are eternally suspended in the Dark Ages because of "magic". There hasn't been scientific revolution nor an Age of Enlightenment because their hasn't been a need for it. Living in an enchanted land means they can rely on fairies and Rumplestiltskin to solve their problems. People aren't being "pushed" towards building a better civilization for themselves as a result. That's why everything is so crappy. But since only a few humans have magic, this creates a system of haves and have-nots. Notice people with magical power (Midas, Evil Queen, and Rumplestiltskin) do economically and socially better than those who don't.
"Red-Handed" isn't just a pun on Red's name; it's a not quite title drop - after all, Granny and Snow did catch her red handed in the act!
How did they even know that the prints were Mary Margaret's? Because she's a teacher. It's a requirement in many states to be fingerprinted as part of the certification.
Regina burns down the playground, tried to destroyed the book of fairy tales, and what's her way of "making it up" to Henry? A video game.
Now that it's revealed that August is Pinnochio, there's one thing that stumped this troper. August has dark hair while Pinnochio's is red. Then it was pointed out to me that wood darkens with age.
In "What Happened to Frederick" a shrine is seen dedicated to the Siren. We see a hoplite (Ancient Greek soldier) helm. Midas himself is a character from Classical mythology so it's no surprise to see remnants of that ancient culture. Also, the offerings at the shrine do more than beg for the creature's mercy. They are sacrifices functioning as a trade of sorts. A person cannot take from a deity without giving something in return or the deity will perceive it as an insult. Anyone who has read the Classical Mythos knows not paying respect to the supernatural and spirits will screw you over. So when Charming waltzes right in without leaving an offering, it's no surprise the Siren appears to kill him. But instead of being killed by the temptress, he kills the monster. Classical heroes were little more than badasses of masculine virtue, more so than the archetypical and romantic figures we view them as today. In this scene, Charming displays the attitudes of both, one resisting female evils and preferring romantic love over lust (Heroic Willpower). He's placing the emotion of love, something spiritual, as something higher than carnal desires. But by Classical standards, killing the monster shows he's "the man" for lack of a better term; conquering the monsters/supernatural instead of submitting (sacrificing) to them proves he's a badass man. However he only prevailed by applying to a higher virtue, "true love". This scene reinforces how powerful true love is in the Enchanted Forest. It allows a person to become both a badass and a hero at once, it transforms you into something more than you once were and are. It also fits into what the writers are trying to convey with their idea of true love; it can overcome everything.
Mr. Gold is Bored With Insanity. We have no clue how long ago Rumplestiltskin came into being, though it looks like it happened several centuries if not a millennium before Snow and Regina came around. And through that time, he only acted loopy to keep people unnerved when in truth, he had been done with his insanity not too long (a few decades) after Bael left him. This is why as Mr. Gold, he can be so normal and Jefferson ... isn't. He simply doesn't care about his various memories.
Why is Snow White a teacher in Storybrooke? The Evil Queen wants her to suffer, due to the connection of teachers and apples, and we all know why Snow White doesn't like apples...
Henry has a lot of TRON swag, but it makes sense when you think about it. The curse brought everybody into Storybrooke in 1984, when Flynn and ENCOM would have been marketing the TRON game (in-universe, assuming it's the same world as TRON: Legacy) for all it was worth. Also, what's the plot of TRON? A self-interested man falls into a world not his own and teams up with a noble, faith-based hero to defeat evil and return home. A perfect story for Henry to identify with. It's also a massivemiddle finger when it comes to Regina's idea to get him hooked on video games so that he doesn't pay attention to fairy tales. TRON's an Internet Age fairy-tale.
Henry's Genre Savvy might just save him when it comes to the (poisoned) apple turnovers. The sleep of living death traps the victim with their regrets. Henry's a kid and has a conscience that's clearer than anyone's on the show. He hasn't got a lot to regret at all.
Running away from your responsibilities to an island of pleasures, only to be abruptly and horrifyingly transformed? Don't you know what they say about what happens to people who don't learn from their mistakes, August? They make a jackass of themselves...again.
August is a writer. Writers tell stories. "Telling stories" is often used as another way to say "lying." What is Pinocchio famous for?
Massive brilliance from the Season 1 finale. Gold explains to Emma that he hid his last bit of bottled True Love in "the belly of a beast", and Regina adds that it's an old friend trapped in a different form. Maleficent is the version of the villain from Sleeping Beauty used because of the added bonus she comes with - she can turn into a dragon (a beast).
When we first meet Maleficent she is relaxed, reasonable and forgiving, putting the welfare of her pet ahead of her own… in a word, acting very out of character for someone who has traditionally been one of the nastiest fairy tale villains and one with the pettiest of motives. But then we find out that at that point in time she had the True Love Potion hidden inside her body. The most powerful magic of all is affecting her mind and making her nicer!
Why is Emma so good at finding people? Because the last thing her father whispered to her in the magical world was "Find us."
Snow for all intents and purposes was kidnapped by her negatives emotions toward Regina, Prince Charming went after her with some help from some new friends and end up saving her from herself. Now think about the fact that there is a magic mirror (if not necessarily appearing in said episode) involved in the story of Snow White and the entire episode has several interesting parallels to the tale of The Snow Queen. Make you wonder if The Dev Team Thinks of Everything or if it's just some contrived coincidence.
Henry is clever, just like Regina. He is determined and persuasive, just like she can be. Their music themes are often similar, and his behavior is sometimes very reminiscent of his adoptive mothers', which makes sense, since she raised him. They're also very similar as children. Naive, super optimistic and idealistic. With similar parents as well. Though Henry may be Emma's son, he's Generation Xerox of Regina. They also share the same obsession with change and revenge. Both have a very clear and idea of how things should go ("My past should be preserved." and "My future should be saved."). They both showed that they are able to focus on people's mistakes (Henry demonizing Regina and not trusting Emma after Manhattan, Regina demonizing Snow and not trusting Emma) hold grudges (as Henry's cold quips show) and are partly driven by a need for revenge (Regina on Snow and Henry on Regina) on someone who only wanted the best, but failed to achieve the results they wanted.
August/Pinocchio ran from helping Emma because of temptation, which is a very Pinocchio thing to do. But even now as an adult he wanders around on his motorcycle and hangs out in Phuket "losing himself". In other words, trying to live with No Strings Attached.
There are quite a few similarities between Snow and Henry. Both had Regina as a maternal figure. Both knowingly ate (the same) poisoned apple created by Regina to save someone they loved (Charming & Emma respectively). Both of them received True Love's Kiss from those specific loved ones to awake from their sleeping curses. Like grandmother, like grandson!
Emma's reaction to finding out that Snow and Charming really are her parents. Sure, yeah, in her situation (adopted kid meeting birth parents), some confusion and surprise and such is expected. But remember also that Snow and Charming are to Emma, fairy tale characters as well as a prince and princess. How many children imagine that their real parents are such things? Now imagine that something you grow up learning is basically a silly foolish idea is actually true! This carries on into S2, when Emma gets to see Mary Margaret's Snow White side in action when they're trapped in the Enchanted Forest and spends much of her time staring in amazement that the woman she knew as a more-than-slightly neurotic Shrinking Violet schoolteacher has turned into such a Badass Mom.
Belle and Rumple. They seem so different at times. But remember this. Belle went with Rumple initially to be a hero and to be brave. Rumple is also characterized by bravery. Even more striking when you examine this alongside Milah's character. Milah and Belle both wanted to see the world and go to far-off lands. Milah disappears, leaving Rumple and Bae behind for her own happiness. Belle willingly gives up the same chance to save her family and village, sticks to her promise, and is able to see the good in Rumple and her situation despite everything. That went a long way in earning Rumple's respect for her.
For all the Nightmare Fuel Rumple ripping Milah's heart out is it actually makes a lot of sense. When you marry someone, you kinda do offer your heart to them. She broke his heart, so he broke hers. Just, in a more literal sense.
This goes back to A Heart of Darkness. Rumplestiltskin giving Snow the bow and arrow telling her that it always hits it target and gets his wielder what they need seem to be just a simple exposition. But then when you realize that Charming was the one hit by the arrow, which then lead to True Love's Kiss between Snow and Charming, makes you realize that Rumple was playing matchmaker or in other words, Cupid.
Also from Heart of Darkness was the little chat between Rumple and Charming. The Dealer seems to give Charming a Reason You Suck Speech, but if you remember the events of Skin Deep, you see that he obviously sees some similarities between himself and Charming and he is most likely projecting his own anger at himself onto Charming. Then comes The Crocodile where Gold asks David for advice. It's obvious he knows he can trust him for advice, given their similarities.
Jefferson was a weapons-grade Jerk Ass back in the day, very unlike the man we were first (episodically, if not chronologically) introduced to in Hat Trick. The why of his character development struck me so suddenly that it seemed obvious afterwards: we forget because they use the same actors for Regina, Jefferson, and Rumple (especially Rumple) regardless of the 'when' in the Enchanted Forest, but the next time we see Jefferson (chronologically) in Hat Trick, enough time has passed for Snow White to have aged from Bailee Madison to Ginnifer Goodwin. The Jefferson we see in The Doctor isn't a father yet. No wonder he was acting so Graceless.
Another Jefferson one: His actions in the Doctor explain why Regina is so... poisonous to him. And her distrust in anyone being an agent of Rumple (and vice versa). And her distrust of everyone, Emma included. Jefferson betrayed her to Rumple for little more than gold. Snow (seemingly) betrayed her to Cora. Everyone at this point was an agent for someone else, using her to get what they want. Of course, she'd naturally just start assuming everyone had an agenda and that whatever they were doing was just a way to get HER to do what they want.
The inclusion of Victor Frankenstein struck many viewers as odd at first because it seemed to break the show’s trend of only using fairy tales and books that have been done by Disney, but then it struck me. At the time that “The Doctor” aired, Frankenweenie was coming out in theaters.
You know how the curse keeps the Fairy Tale people in Storybrooke? It is working in so many ways that it is quite thorough and subtle: Ashley is kept in there with her pregnancy and Sean; Mary Margaret stays there in the hospital and the school because she has no one else, and prefers to stay with what she knows is safe; David is kept in a coma, and this also ties Kathryn to Storybrooke, because she is waiting for news from her husband; Ruby has to take care of her Granny... It even continues after Emma arrives, with many characters being prevented from leaving the town just at the limits: Ashley goes into labor, Nicholas and Ava reunite with their father, Mary Margaret crashes and is kidnapped by Jefferson...it's even arguable that Emma's wolf-inflicted crash into the town sign was caused by the curse realizing she "belonged" there.
When Rumple told Regina that she looked/didn't look like Cora at various times, he wasn't talking about appearance. He was talking about their innocence/goodness.
Though this one is a bit of a stretch: The Ogre Wars. Why Ogres? They could've chosen any mythical beast. Well, what company is Disney constantly in competition with? (besides Warner Bros., their rivalry is kind of dead) And what movie of said rival company is constantly taking jabs at Disney? Perhaps the writers thought it was time to take a jab back?
Rumplestiltskin cutting off Hook's hand. While yes aggravating that it wasn't Peter Pan that did so makes sense since Rumple tends to tinker with people as well as his association with Belle.
Regina's sudden attempts at doing the right thing for Henry seem out of nowhere after all of Season 1 where she neglected him and was only concerned with causing misery to others. However, the curse was preventing Regina from being able to love someone, and now that the curse is broken she actually might be capable of loving Henry.
No wonder Gold was so much harsher than usual with Moe French. So far as he knew, this was the man who caused the death of Gold's true love.
Going back a while into early Season 1 but when Regina asks Gold to do something tragic to Katheryn, he chooses to abduct her and states that he finds abduction tragic. Knowing more of his backstory, we can see why he might honestly think that even if he wasn't screwing with Regina.
Cora being the Queen of Hearts explains a great many things are explained about Henry I's behaviour: he's Disney's portrayal of the King of Hearts, incapable of stopping his wife from doing anything. It also explains why he was shrunken in Wonderland: Disney's Alice in Wonderland portrays the King as quite tiny.
Just drawing from the fairy tale we know for certain Cora's from can explain a lot about Henry Senior's behaviour: assuming he is or is related to the King that forced Cora to spin straw into gold, he probably feels responsible for what she became.
At the very moment Emma has just tried and failed to confess her lie about his father to Henry, August rides into town and into Emma's life. August happens to be not only the one who caused Henry's father Neal Cassady to leave Emma, but also Pinocchio. It's as if the lie ''summoned'' him.
If Red could control her wolf form, why did she tell Prince Charming to run? Because, the control requires a lot of CONCENTRATION...if it slips up for a moment...she goes berserk. Her action at that time? Killing a bunch of soldiers.
In "We Are Both", Regina barges into Gold's shop and demands her spellbook. Gold tries to invoke his power over her by asking her to "Leave my shop, please." It might seem strange to the viewer that he thinks the trigger will still work now that the curse is gone...until you remember that Gold/Rumplestiltskin values the Exact Words of a deal over the intent of the dealmaker. The exact words of his deal with Regina were "In this new world, you must heed my every request. You must do whatever I say, so long as I say 'please'." "In this new world" as opposed to "as long as the curse remains in effect." Even though the curse is gone, they're still in the world that Regina created. From Gold's perspective, he has every reason to think that he can still control her that way.
Regina pushed Cora through a mirror. Where did she end up? Wonderland. How did she get there? By going Through The Looking Glass.
At first, Gold's anger at discovering that no one can leave Storybrooke seems like it's just about not being able to go find Baelfire, but there's a second layer to it if you look closely. The memory wiping is a magical property associated with the town line. As such, it requires magic to exist. Mr. Gold was the one who brought magic to Storybrooke. If he had left well enough alone, the memory wipe wouldn't even be possible. He sacrificed his son for his addiction yet again and that is what truly pissed him off.
I've heard several people complain that Emma "abandoned" Henry or that she did exactly what she thought her parents did to her, but then I realized: Emma was actually keeping Henry out of the foster care system. She was in prison at the time of his birth and he would have been taken into foster care after he was born. It would have been hard for her to get him out of the foster system once she was released, and even if she had, she couldn't provide a very stable home for him. So she put him up for adoption, knowing his chances for a healthy, normal childhood would be much, much higher.
In "The Cricket Game", Emma notes that someone has been framed for murder in Storybrooke before, which is part of what leads them to Gold. It also foreshadows the fact that, just like last time, the victim is merely kidnapped.
One of the most common mistakes is to confuse Doctor Frankenstein and his monster, which is referenced in the show. But since the monster was the doctor's attempt to resurrect his brother, that means the monster is Frankenstein.
Lots of characters like to wear leather in the series. It makes a lot of sense in that they would have worn boiled leather armor in the Enchanted Forest (or in Emma's case, that clothing preference in the Enchanted Forest is probably In the Blood).
August/Pinnochio is no fighter but also wears leather even though he drives a motorcycle. This could also represent him wearing skin as opposed to wood.
Grace's name seemed random to me until I remembered it was Grace Potter & the Nocturnals that covered the Jefferson Airplane song White Rabbit for Alice in Wonderland in 2010. Or... potentially... Glace Slick of Jefferson Airplane who sang the song?
A seer warned Rumplestiltskin that he would have a son and that his actions would leave Baefire fatherless. His actions to avoid that fate led to him eventually becoming the Dark One, meaning that his attempts to avoid fate caused his son to end up in the Real World and away from his father. Before she died, the seer told Rumplestiltskin that he would find his son eventually. She also warned of another boy who would bring his downfall, prompting Rumplestiltskin to comment he'd just have to kill him. Since we find out that the boy is his grandson, Henry, that opens up at least two possible ways that he could lead to his downfall. And either action that Rumplestiltskin takes could still make the prediction come true. If he kills the boy or even tries to, this will unite Emma, Charming, Snow, and Regina against him. If he doesn't go after the boy, it could already be considered too late. Cora knows about the dagger and is using Henry as motivation for Regina to help her find it, thus making the boy indirectly responsible if they find it.
The masquerade ball in The Miller's Daughter explains everything about the aesthetic of Wonderland: Cora reshaped the place to be her playground, revising the history of the night the king humiliated her so that all those masked people are eternally bowing to her.
Regina intentionally killed her father by pulling out his heart. She accidentally killed her mother by putting back in her heart.
Crosses over with Running Gag but it seems like Snow and her daughter sure like to crash into/run into their love interests a lot. See "Manhattan" for Emma's version.
When Cora tells Rumple that he's the only man she ever loved, it's not a declaration of love. It's a declaration of truth since, without her heart, she couldn't love anyone she met.
Why Henry I dotes on Regina and patiently listens to his daughter's every rant: since neither his wife or his father loved him, at least he could show his daughter love and it's clear that Regina loved her father in return.
August never actually lies to Mr. Gold about being Baelfire. He claims he's been looking for his father and recently found him again, and that their separation was difficult. These things are all true, they're just are not about Mr. Gold. Likewise, he calls him Papa because Mr. Gold is a Papa, he's just not his one!
"Welcome to Storybrooke" The story in the past with Kurt and Owen has, in fact, many similarities to classic witch stories. And there are emerging elements to Owen's story in the present.
In "Child of the Moon", why did no-one suggest locking Ruby in the cavern beneath the clocktower, the most logical place to contain a werewolf? Because the only people who knew about it were Emma, Regina and Gold, who were all out of the way at the time. Emma was trapped in the Enchanted Forest, while Regina and Gold were preoccupied with finding a way to help end Henry's terrible nightmares, thus weren't around to find out about Ruby. One imagines everyone was kicking themselves when they discovered that the library they tried to lock her up in, actually has a dragon-proof basement.
FTW!Rumple wanting first borns. Okay, sure, there's the obvious Baelfire angle but he's smart enough and emotionally connected enough to Bae to understand that any old child would not really accomplish much. What he was really after is control. That is, by having a child from birth, he can also manipulate them from birth in order to achieve his end goal. He can arrange for love and marriage, ensure their safety, draw them into danger only to save them, and otherwise use them. And he can do so without magic (at least, not directly) which he is well aware can be rather volatile.
Ruby being initially a scantily clad woman who attracts all eyes upon to her. There's a level of animal magnetism involved, sure, but also consider her FTW persona as well as her persona post-Cure. As a werewolf and particularly as this demure (relatively speaking) woman who mostly just wanted to avoid attention to herself/avoid getting close to people (afraid of harming them as a wolf/afraid of others wanting to harm her for being a wolf), what would be more miserable (other aspects of her Storybrooke history aside) than being in a position where everyone is constantly paying attention to you.
Charming's real name being David: At first glance, it's just a throwaway line, but when you look closely, you realize it was actually a Brick Joke. Recall the opening line from his speech to the townspeople in We Are Both: "David, Storybrooke David was - is weak, confused, and he hurt the woman I love." Later in the speech, he also says "that David reminds me not only of whom I lost, but who I want to be." Did you hear it? In both of those sentences, Charming was drawing a distinction between Storybrooke David and another David. Props to the writers for the clever Foreshadowing.
Gold's distaste for nuns in the Season 1 episode "Dreamy" makes a lot more sense after "The Return": The leader of the nuns is the Blue Fairy and Rumple blames her for separating him from his son.
King George's hatred of Snow White seems to be very extreme, however "The Evil Queen" reveals that it was Snow's kingdom that caused him to go broke, which may explain his resentment towards her thwarting his attempt to marry off Charming.
Ruth was trying to atone for her mistake of selling her sons to King George which ruined both boys' lives. Charming always wanted a family of his own; her dying was to atone for the mistakes of ruining the one he already had.
Why did Regina wait so long, just before she was ready to die in fact, to tell Greg that his father is dead? Why go through all that torture beforehand? Because she knew the moment she did, he'd kill her. The reason she tells him at the last minute was because he would kill her regardless and just like when she was on the execution block, she didn't want to look weak when she died so she taunted him with his father's death.
An alternative theory: she only tells him after overhearing Tamara say that Emma, Neal, Charming and Snow have entered the cannery. So perhaps the reason she didn't say anything before was because then Greg and Tamara would use the trigger after she died and destroy Storybrooke...and with his birth-mother, grandparents, and Regina herself all dead, Henry would be completely homeless and alone. Regina only talked and was willing to die when she knew people who could stop them and retrieve the trigger were on the scene.
Why is Emma's ability to detect lies apparently disappearing? According to Word of God, her ability is unreliable when she is emotionally involved. Towards the beginning of the series, Emma has virtually no emotional ties to anyone or anything, meaning that this is when her ability is the most effective. But Character Development gets her to care about her son, her family, and her town. Pretty soon, nearly every problem she encounters is one that she is emotionally invested in, making her ability weaker.
The writers all but literally beat the audience over the head with the fact that Bae and Belle bring out Rumpel's lost humanity and while he does have a number of sympathetic and heart breaking moments with them, episodes involving them are also the ones where he acts the most violent, unstable and downright scary. Fridge Brilliance: who ever said human nature was all butterflies and rainbows? Becoming more human would naturally bring out his worst side as well as his best.
Mary Margaret's willingness to forgive Regina for framing her in Season 1 makes a lot more sense after you watch "The Evil Queen." Snow's own purity of heart aside, Regina probably put that into her cursed persona in order to gain the forgiveness that Snow originally denied to her.
How did Gold get Regina's tears? Her mother died in his shop. They were probably really easy to get.
When Emma told (actually lied to) Henry about his father, she said that he was a fireman. The next season we find out that Henry's father is actually Baelfire, which she didn't even know at the time herself. Not the biggest bit of brilliance, but I thought it was pretty neat, and now I'm wondering if the writers made him a fireman in her lie on purpose as a subtle, sneaky hint...
We know what's Rumplestiltskin's name in the Fairy Tale World, but we have yet to know Gold's first name in the Land Without Magic. Why? He never tells anyone, because, when you know someone's name, you have power over them.
It might seem strange at first that Baelfire bolts when hearing Emma's voice on his apartment intercom. But once it's revealed that he is also Neal Cassady, it makes perfect sense. Who wouldn't head for the hills upon hearing the voice of the ex-girlfriend that they broke up with and left to be taken in by the cops for several counts of theft? He probably figured Emma was there for payback.
In the pilot, when Emma makes her birthday wish with the cupcake, the candle she used was shaped like a star. She wished "upon a star".
It is clear from "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" that Graham is meant to be the Huntsman from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. However, there was a second layer to Graham's character that was not so obvious. The Huntsman could also be considered to be Mowgli, who was also taken care of wolves, considered them their family, and only remembered and accepted his roots thanks to a human girl (just like Emma was the one that helped him remember his true self).
The story of the Mad Hatter takes on a new dimension in this series. Hatters were traditionally called mad due to mercury poisoning that they used in making their hats. However, what's another definition of insanity? Repeating the same action over and over, while expecting a different outcome. That's essentially what Jefferson was roped into doing when trying to make a new hat: an endless repetition trying to get it to work.
Storybrooke itself looks off in a lot of ways. The architecture is more Pacific Northwest than New England, an awful lot of '70s cars are pretty cherry after 30-plus Maine winters, even things like the elementary school having uniforms. Clearly Regina didn't spend a lot of time sweating the details before casting her spell.
Pan telling Henry that lots of captives believe that their families are coming back isn't just to keep up his ruse. It actually served dual purposes: First, it allowed him to test the strength of Henry's belief. Second, and this is where the Fridge Brilliance comes in, he was probably hoping to discourage Henry from believing that. After all, this is Neverland, where belief and imagination have power. If Henry, the truest believer, remains convinced that his family will come and save him, then they will.
While the specifics of how they were obtained have yet to be revealed, it's now obvious what the deal was with Greg and Tamara's Weird Science. It wasn't science at all. It was a bunch of toys enchanted with magic...Neverland's magic, which is run on the power of belief. Peter and the Lost Boys (the "Home Office") lied to Greg and Tamara to make them believe it was magic-destroying science, and because they believed in it, it became magic-destroying science. But when Greg and Tamara came to Neverland, where Peter's belief governs all, Peter used his power to completely overrule Greg and Tamara's belief, turning their super-scientific gadgets back into the toys they were all along.
Early one from Season 1: Why "please" for Regina's Trigger Phrase? Well, how many times did your parents tell you to "say the magic word" to get something you wanted when you were a kid? Rumpel just turned it into a literal magic word.
"Think Lovely Thoughts" explains so much about Rumpelstiltskin.
His shortcomings as Bae's father can easily be attributed to the poor excuse for a role model that he had growing up. He loves to spin because his father often left him in the company of seamstresses while he went to gamble his money away. He hates Pan so much because he feels that, in a sense, Pan took away the father he loved.
Also compare Rumple's behavior as the dark one after losing Bae, to that of his father before he became Pan. They are remarkably similar to each other. Most likely since he abandoned Bae for his own power, he subconsciously acted that way because he reminded himself of his own father. This explains why he thought Bae would kill him if they met back in The Return, because that's what he would do to his own father if/when they met again.
Moreover, Rumple and his father are parallels yet also complete opposites. When Rumple's father received the powers of Neverland, he abandoned Rumple immediately, but when Rumple received the powers of the Dark One, he almost seemed to obsess over Bae, killing anyone who so much as looked at the boy the wrong way. Rumple was deliberately trying not to be like his father, but he went too far in the other direction and ended up being just as destructive anyway.
Another one from the same episode. Yes, Henry was an idiot for sacrificing himself. However, Pan had a point; all of his relatives have been very selfish jerks to each other for the last couple seasons. Emma lied about Neal being his dad, Neil abandoned Emma and let her rot in jail to give birth to him alone without so much as checking up on her. The Charmings and Emma openly talked about killing Regina. Snow White tricked Regina into murdering Cora. Regina has a laundry list of nasty things she's pulled against Emma, the Charmings, and the entire town in addition to Gaslighting him for years and then pulling a mind-whammy on him with the magic. They all want him, but have been willing to do nasty things to one another in order to have him all to themselves. Meanwhile, Pan has had centuries of practice in manipulating people, especially vulnerable young boys. Pan played both Henry's desire to be a hero and his doubts about his family's motivations in order to get exactly what he wanted.
Emma is the Ugly Duckling. The first clue is her name, Swan. Then there's her back story. She grew up an orphan, implied to be abused and rejected to an extent we don't know, and by at least 17 she was a criminal. Anyone who knew her probably thought she wouldn't amount to much. But throughout the series she finds her family, her home, and accomplishes many great achievements.
Cora manipulated Snow into betraying Regina. Snow manipulated Regina into betraying Cora. The only person who got screwed in both of those instances is Regina. Compounded by the fact that in both instances, the betrayal stemmed from Regina putting her trust in Snow. History repeated itself with a few details switched around, and considering putting her trust in Snow has failed spectacularly both times for her, will Regina ever be able to trust her step-daughter ever again?
Jiminy was told by the Blue Fairy that he would live for as long as he needed in order to help Geppetto. What happens when Gepetto dies, does he die too? Though note that Jiminy probably already knows this, and has accepted it as his punishment.
Speaking of Geppetto, his becoming a toymaker/puppeteer has taken a SERIOUSLY darker meaning—he was wishing for his parents to turn back into people.
The town has been frozen in time, which means that Cinderella has been pregnant for 28 years.
Henry grew up in Storybrooke. Presumably, he grew up normally... while everyone else was frozen in time, not aging. Including the other children in town (the Hatter's daughter, Hansel and Gretel, etc). He'd have different classmates every year because he'd get older and they wouldn't...that very well could have triggered the kid's BS detector and tipped him off to how strange that place really is. Not to mention that since Henry is the only person aging there, what would have happened if the Queen's plan actually continued for all eternity? And how exactly would Regina explain why Henry's aging and no one else is, and what would happen if Henry shares this fact with the world? Confirmed by Word of God as of the Paleyfest 2012 Once Upon A Time panel discussion.
Think of where Evil Queen Regina keeps the Magic Mirror/Sydney. He most likely would have witnessed her repeatedly raping the Huntsman. Of course, knowing him, he'd likely be more jealous than horrified.
That book of Henry's probably isn't subject to Disneyfication. That kid probably learned more than he ever wanted to about his adopted mama, including the part about keeping the Huntsman as a Sex Slave. (though it seems that part went over Henry's head)
Belle has been imprisoned in a psych ward for up to 28 years.
In a combination of horror & brilliance, the curse is most focused on making Snow White miserable. So no wonder everyone is ganging up on her alone for the affair- it's what will make her most miserable. And it seems to be working...
Red having Granny as her only living relative. We hear that Red's mother was the 2nd Big Bad Wolf. We can only guess what might have happened to her father...
Granny was bitten by the first Wolf when she was young, and the more you really think about it, there's only one way that Granny had a daughter at all. According to Jane Espenson, who wrote the episode, Granny was actually married to the werewolf that was Red's grandfather. In Jane's mind, at least. As many viewers have pointed out, that doesn't make it any less creepy. He stalked, marked, and turned a child whom he later married. Do you really think he turned her for kicks and then just happened to fall for her when she got older?
Snow's relationship with Regina. Imagine as a child you are saved by a kind and gentle person who you really like and connect with. And then, over time, due to something you know nothing about you watch said person become horrible and terrible and hate you and nothing you do seems to fix things. That has to be kind of painful as a child and person. And then later, we learn that initially, Regina told Snow that Daniel had run away to spare Snow's feelings. It's clear that at that point in time, she still had some decency in her and wanted to protect Snow. But by the time we (and Snow) learn of this, Regina's past the point of no return.
Regina has been working to make Mary Margaret's life a living hell. So, framing her for murder is just cinching things, as far as Regina is concerned. This leads to some big Fridge Horror for Mary Margaret herself, when Regina practically tells her that yes, she is actively trying to frame Mary Margaret for murder, and that Mary "deserves it". Topping this off is the fact that Mary Margaret remembers nothing of her life as Snow White, so couldn't even begin to guess what Regina would be holding such a deep grudge for.
In universe horror for Emma during the season finale: Regina tells her that Mr. Gold is Rumplestiltskin. Emma has read Henry's book enough to know who Rumple is as far as fairy tales go, and she's made a deal with Gold in the past.
With the curse removed (at least, to the extent that everyone has their old memories back), Grace presumably finally remembers everything and gets to be with her father, Jefferson. Awww, a happy ending for the both of them. But wait, Grace has been raised by another family this whole time. I can't imagine what it would be like for any of them involved: for Grace to realize that she's been kept from her father this whole time and raised by people that aren't her real parents; for her Storybrooke parents to realize that Grace isn't their daughter; and for Jefferson to finally get to see his daughter again, except with tons of memories of a fake family. I imagine that it would be hard for Grace to leave her Storybrooke parents for her real father, and it'll be just as hard for them to lose someone they thought was their daughter, even if they have their real memories back. Though we also don't know who her new family is. Perhaps the family is the ones who took her in after her father vanished into Wonderland and couldn't get out. She may still be angry with Jefferson about breaking his promise and leaving her.
Regina's addiction to magic. Before Regina learned magic she was an emotionally abused girl tormented and imprisoned by her own mother. Magic allowed her to get rid of her mother. Afterwards, she found for the first time in her life she was free by means of magic. Her use of magic isn't that it corrupted her so much as she sees it as a means to stay in control of her life. She's paranoid that without magic she'll have nothing again. She's not so much a wicked witch but an uber-control freak. It's essentially an allegory for parental abuse. Without magic, she's worried she'll be trapped and helpless. That she'll be a victim. Even worse, the means by which Cora abused Regina was magic. The allegory for parental abuse being a vicious cycle is all the more stifling.
Emma told Cora about Henry. Cora, Regina's mother who murdered Daniel and screwed up her daughter so badly she became the Evil Queen, and who Regina must have seriously pissed off when she shoved her into a magic mirror, knows about Henry. If Daniel is a weakness, what does that make Henry? An heir. Considering Cora's treatment of Regina...and as explained elsewhere, he's first in line to inherit both George and Leopold's kingdoms and titles. This makes him not just an heir... but THE heir. Cora can skip right past Regina, Snow, Charming, and Emma and go straight for Henry. He's The Target.
Now that it's been confirmed that Neal/Baelfire is also his father, Henry is also the heir to all of Rumple's riches as well. It makes you think about what Cora has in store for Henry if she gets her hands on him all the more chilling.
One that goes in the meta-fiction or Crack Fic category. When Charming was addressing the confused and terrified townsfolk in "We Are Both", he started making suggestions of how they could fuse their identities, including "writing software" if they wished. Considering Henry's game of choice, writing software in Storybrooke would probably be a bad idea.
Rumplestiltskin spent at least thirty years creating an abused child because he needed someone very powerful but damaged and broken enough to be willing to enact his curse. He gave Cora the power, allowing her to abuse Regina, gave Regina power and corrupted her as much as he could, then gave her the curse and explained exactly how to use it. In other words, Regina's entire life, just like Emma's, has been completely controlled by Rumplestiltskin's plan - both of their lives were carefully shaped by him so they would fit what he needed them to do. There's just something extremely disturbing and dark about someone deliberately setting up a child to be abused and damaged, especially considering he's a parent himself.
Consider the ramifications of Moe's plan to mind-wipe Belle. Her Storybrooke persona is virtually non-existent, consisting of nothing more than being locked in a cell for twenty-eight years. If the plan had worked, she would have woken up handcuffed in a mine cart, totally amnesiac and with a complete lack of functional twenty-first century skills. Only the fact that Rumple would take care of her regardless lessens that potential fate. Though there'd be very little stopping him from making Moe... suffer.
In "The Cricket Game", Cora killed someone and made the body look like Jiminy's. So who did she kill?
Archie's now safe and sound. There's no reason in the protagonists' minds to continue investigating. Someone in Storybrooke is probably going to have to spend the rest of their life wondering what happened to their loved one, assuming they were even able to find each other after the Curse broke. However, now that they know Archie is alive, maybe they'll start wondering who they buried and look into it a bit.
Dr. Whale/Frankenstein told Ruby/Red that his brother was still in his land. That means that Whale kept his brother alive in secret for years (since only a little while after Regina married King Leopold), and that either his brother has been locked away in secret and utterly alone for the past 28 years, or he's been on a homicidal rampage throughout his land. Remember how David was after a few days? Twenty-eight years. Though as far as we know, Frankenstein's assistant Igor wasn't affected by the curse so it could be that he's been taking care of Gerhardt.
Harsher in Hindsight: Dr. Whale wanted to help save lives in saving Greg. It almost does the opposite.
With Regina's curse allowing her to pull Whale from his land, his land's state for the past 28 years is in question - has it, too, been frozen in time, or not?
If Cora has impersonated the Blue Fairy before, what if some of the things the Blue Fairy has done was really of Cora's doing?
"Do you remember turning a butcher into a pig ... It was his father." Given the family trade, it's likely the son then proceeded to unknowingly cook and eat his own father. No wonder the poor chap's so mad at Rumple.
Whenever Rumple's spinning gold, he's imagining ripping out the throat of the man who made him kiss his boot. Now think about how much this guy spins - that's a lot of bottled up anger.
Rumple's immediate accusation of Cora never loving him is harsh enough on it's own, but then you remember that Milah told him the same thing. He probably immediately thought of that when Cora told him she wasn't going with him. Both these experiences explain his Freak Out when Belle first kisses him, and his insistence that "no-one could EVER love me!"
If Snow ever pulls a full-blown Face-Heel Turn, everyone else had better watch out. Because with the numerous people on the show who have been running around trying to get their revenge, she actually succeeded.
Assuming that Sidney is Aladdin's Genie, why wasn't he freed before meeting King Leopold? Did Aladdin die before he could free the Genie with his third wish? Was the Genie freed and then imprisoned again? Was Aladdin just another jerk who used his wishes for himself? Or maybe the "Jafar" of the series stole the lamp and it was lost in the sea during a struggle? None of these possibilities are very appealing.
Belle always brought out the best in Gold, and continued to even when she didn't remember who she was. Lacey, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. Instead of inspiring good, she's encouraging Gold's dark side.
This is an issue for pretty much everyone in Storybrooke, but most notably with Lacey: Regina has essentially been committing rape-by-proxy on everyone for twenty-eight years. Think about it for a second. David and Kathryn were having sex, something neither Abigail nor Charming would have chosen. Presumably there were a number of other such pairs, and now Lacey is going around sleeping with people (it's implied) whom Belle would never have even considered.
Tamara is in a world-class ball of hurt once word gets to Rumple. This is a guy that makes most Knight Templar Parents look reasonable and well-mannered. Tamara cost him his boy again. Tamara lied about loving his son from day one to try and destroy magic. And Rumple got burned by both Milah and Cora, so having a faithless woman pull one over on his boy? That's not going to go over too well. Worse, Regina decided to Mind Rape and twist Rumple's last remaining Morality Chain. And unlike Regina, Rumple is patient and might not even need magic, considering how good he is with the Xanatos Speed Chess. Tamara might as well have a will made out and spare herself the trouble. And then she went beyond messing with Bae/Neal's heart and shot him before letting him go through a portal. Now that everyone thinks he's dead, there is nowhere that Tamara can hide and nothing that she can do to keep Rumple from making her suffer. As of the first episode of S3, Rumple tore out her heart and crushed it. It really makes you think when you realize that was most likely him showing restraint due to being mellowed by Belle. Otherwise, he would have killed her in a more more painful manner.
Cora didn't originally want to become the Dark One, she only decided to kill Rumple because he was dying anyway. If she'd gotten her way she would have forced him to kill Snow, Emma aka the mother of his grandson, Charming aka the closest thing he has to a friend and in all probability given Henry's parentage he would probably have been forced to kill his own child who he just spent 300 years looking for. Not to mention the rest of the town. Then, given that he was 'the only man she ever loved', it's possible she would have ended up doing to him what Regina did to Graham.
More for Cora. Born impoverished, and humiliated by the nobles. Yet, she was already a spiteful, haughty piece of work hell-bent on making them all pay. So she lies, cuts a deal with you-know-who, romances him, strings him along to gain power, but then has a choice in the matter. She willingly and deliberately removes her own heart, double-crosses Rumple, goes into a loveless marriage where she probably abused Henry I (yes, women can commit domestic abuse, and Henry I was so much of an Extreme Doormat that he probably did nothing to defend himself). She has a small kingdom, and a husband completely under her thumb. She will want for nothing. This isn't good enough for her. Think about this: she removed her heart well before Regina's birth and never put it back, though she could have at any time. Regina was nothing more to Cora than just another piece of the plan to have the entire universe kissing her ass for all eternity. Maybe her regrets at the end were less Fond Memories That Could Have Been and more Crocodile Tears that she didn't get to win.
Or setting up a Thanatos Gambit, where she still "wins" through her daughter becoming every bit the selfish, corrupted, Queen with everyone forced to kiss Regina's ass for all eternity, essentially living her dream through her daughter (who again, is nothing but a pawn to Cora).
This was brought up on the Wild Mass Guessing Page, and touched on in Headscratchers, but what if Owen wasn't the last child she tried to kidnap, or Henry wasn't the first child she managed to keep? What would happen to those children as they grew up and asked too many questions, or reached an age where they were no longer dependent (and cute) children, but teenagers and young adults who rebelled? Due to the town's amnesia curse, no one would remember them if they outlived their function as Her Majesty's "living toys"...
In "True North", the Queen mentions that Hansel and Gretel are the first children that have managed to get out of the Blind Witch's house. The floor at the Blind Witch's house is full of bones. How many children did the Queen send into that house just to get the apple back?
Rumplestiltskin's joke: "Congratulations on your little war," (where the last word sounds very much like the one meaning "a woman who sells herself") comes back to haunt him when Regina makes him believe the lie that Belle's father tried to purify her by tormenting her, and ended up killing her.
This is kind of Fridge Sadness, but what must have happened in between turning pirate and meeting Milah that turned wide-eyed young Lieutenant Jones into the man who would taunt Rumpelstiltskin about his wife being a 'companion' for a shipful of pirates? Turning pirate alone wouldn't do it, not with Killian's reasons for doing so, which suggests there was something deeper and nastier at work there.
So... that moment when Ursula warns Regina about pretending to be her ever again? Where her tentacles come through the mirror and wrap around her? It looks a lot like what Cora used to do with the tree branches. And, by the look on Regina's face, she's thinking just that. The chances of Ursula not doing that intentionally, to intentionally flash her back? Yeah...
No one is going to dispute that ripping through her bonds and dropping Pan wasn't a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Regina. However, think about what she said and just proved. She regrets none of the horrible things she did. She doesn't regret murdering her father. She doesn't regret cursing the town. She doesn't regret trying to murder her stepdaughter and all her friends. She didn't regret slaughtering and terrorizing her way through entire villages or running away when she had a chance to love again. She doesn't regret arranging the kidnapping of someone who was her friend just so she could torture Snow White some more. She did not regret sending dozens of children (younger than her boy is now) to their death at the hands of the Blind Witch to get that apple. Or trapping the Flynns and murdering Kurt, only for Owen to come back and try to destroy everything (while being party in his death as well). It's mitigated slightly by the fact that regret isn't the same as remorse. Regina might feel remorse for many of these, but to regret them would be to wish she hadn't done them, and if she hadn't done them, Henry would have never been born. She loves Henry more than anything, so it makes sense for her to rationalize that, no matter how bad she might feel for her past actions, they were a Necessary Evil so that he could exist.