* AbilityOverAppearance:
** Creators said as much about Merrin Dungey's casting as Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', as she does not resemble the character much. But they were inspired to cast her because of her performance in ''{{Series/Alias}}''.
** Likewise Joanna Garcia is a full eighteen years older than Disney's Ariel, being 33 when she first played her. But it's hard to imagine an actress who can capture Ariel's optimism, clumsiness and quirky attitude better than she can.
** To a lesser extent, Sarah Bolger looks nothing like Disney's [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Princess Aurora]] but her performance was very well received.
** Caroline Morahan is far too [[AbsurdlyYouthfulMother young and pretty]] to be ''Brave'''s Queen Elinor but turns in a spirited and heartwarming performance nonetheless.
** According to Rebecca Mader, she expected to do an American accent to play Zelena - since the Wicked Witch comes from an American fairy tale. But the creators insisted on using her natural accent, and she was the first choice for the role. (Conversely, Bo Beep (who appears in season 4's "White Out") has an English accent, but was played by American actress Robin Weigert.
* AbsenteeActor: Robert Carlyle, for three episodes... and Raphael Sbarge for a lot more than three.
** Season 2 featured several episodes in which lead actors are absent as the storyline focuses on one specific set of actors for an episode. Ruby/Red is probably the most noteworthy example, to the point where the character was quietly written out towards the end of the season after the actress was cast in [[Series/{{Intelligence2014}} another series]]. However, she has guest-starred in a couple of episodes during the second half of the third season. In Season 5, her departure is shown as well as what's she's been doing since then.
** Colin O'Donoghue for several episodes of the latter part of season 2, due to a broken leg.
** Alan Dale didn't show up at all in season 3.
** A bizarre case in the second half of season 3. [[spoiler:Michael Raymond-James's character has been killed off, and yet his name is still in the opening credits three episodes later]]. He finally reappears in [[spoiler:"A Curious Thing" as the one who sent Hook the message to find Emma in New York by briefly leaving Rumplestiltskin's body]].
* ActingInTheDark:
** Christie Laing, who plays Marian, didn't know that [[spoiler: Marian was actually Zelena in disguise in season 4]] until "Heart of Gold".
** Eion Bailey auditioned for August pretty much knowing only what was in the script for his first appearance. He joked that the creators went to great lengths to hide the twist [[spoiler: that he was really Pinocchio]] for as long as they could from him.
** Otherwise averted with David Anders, who only signed on when he was told [[spoiler: his character was really Dr Frankenstein]]. Likewise Meghan Ory was told that [[spoiler: Red would turn out to be the wolf]] a few episodes before it actually happened.
** Colin O'Donoghue had no idea [[spoiler: Hook was a second Dark One]] for the first half of Season 5. Quite justified in this case as Hook didn't know either.
* ActorAllusion:
** This [[BlackSwan isn't]] the first time Barbara Hershey has played a StageMom with a preference for black clothing whose daughter eventually comes to embrace her dark side.
** Jiminy's admonishment to Henry that "giving into one's dark side never accomplishes anything" becomes hilarious once you realize [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic where you've heard his voice before]].
** A Machiavellian {{Chessmaster}} type with a hidden agenda in a constant power struggle with another questionable authority figure? Yeah Creator/RobertCarlyle has [[Series/StargateUniverse never done]] ''[[Series/StargateUniverse that]]'' [[Series/StargateUniverse before]].
*** Or playing a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds that was never really a ''good'' guy, but never planned on [[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough becoming world-destroying evil]], either.
*** Nor is it the first time he has played the role of [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2 the eldritch darkness which goaded the protagonist into embracing their monstrous nature]].]]
** Creator/RobertCarlyle also abandoned his family in a moment of cowardice in ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater''.
** Ginnifer Goodwin previously had an affair with man in a loveless relationship with a blonde in ''Film/SomethingBorrowed''. And gets a verbal smackdown from the lady in question when it's discovered too.
** Creator/AmyAcker as a CuteClumsyGirl who becomes especially {{Adorkable}} around her love interest? The only things missing are the [[{{Series/Angel}} glasses and Texan accent]].
** David makes a comment to Snow about falling through a portal to Asgard. Josh Dallas was the [[http://peetahales.tumblr.com/post/101046489687 original Fandral]] in ''Film/{{Thor}}''.
** Eion Bailey previously played a writer in ''Series/BandOfBrothers''. His character in that went on to write a book about sharks in real life and ended up lost at sea - [[spoiler: which is interesting, given that Pinocchio was nearly eaten by a whale]].
* ActorInspiredElement: Elizabeth Mitchell suggested that Ingrid be barefoot, as she found it hard to walk in the woods while wearing high heels.
* AscendedFanon: Due to how little the final film bore to the source material, many fans of ''Frozen'' had theorized that Andersen's Snow Queen existed in the ''Frozen''-verse as a separate entity than Elsa, another fan theory being that Elsa's powers were tied back to the former. ''Once'' appears to be going with an idea similar to this, with Creator/ElizabethMitchell portraying the Snow Queen as a separate character from Georgina Haig's Elsa. Both theories were ultimately used, with the Snow Queen turning out to be Elsa's aunt.
* AwesomeDearBoy:
** As noted above, David Anders signed on when he was told [[spoiler: he was actually playing Dr Frankenstein]].
** Rebecca Mader was a huge fan of the show and claims she screamed in public when she was offered a role. She agreed before she even knew which role it was.
** Merrin Dungey likewise immediately agreed to move to Vancouver to film and dye her hair blonde, as she had been a big fan of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' - and jumped at the chance to play Ursula.
** Georgina Haig had a reaction like this to being cast as Elsa. She describes walking around in the costume as "like being Santa Claus".
* TheDanza: Young princess Eva is played by Eva Allan (also credited as Eva Bourne).
* BillingDisplacement: Raphael Sbarge (Archie) during season 1 and Michael Socha (Will Scarlet) during season 4 are in the credit opening as main characters despite being actually secondary. Eoin Bailey also qualifies as although his role in season 1 did become crucial in later episodes, he was only in half of them and ultimately functions more as a supporting character; like Sbarge, he was billed as recurring/guest thereafter.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: The Shadow, for his one speaking appearance, is voiced by Music/MarilynManson.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Robert Carlyle hated that [[spoiler: Neal was killed off]], feeling Rumple's character lost his main motivations afterwards.
** Amy Manson not-so-subtly retweeted a couple of fan tweets complaining about the Season 5 winter finale.
** Ginnifer Goodwin has also subtly hinted that she's not happy with the direction Snow's character went.
** Jennifer Morrison has publicly disagreed with the producers' character interpretations on several occasions, most notably saying that Emma taking the darkness into herself was about saving the whole town, rather than just Regina.
** Michael Socha has been quite vocal that he didn't enjoy his time on the show because even though he was contracted for a full season he really didn't do anything while he was on set.
* CreatorsFavorite: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz reportedly said that Regina was their favorite character.
* DawsonCasting:
** Especially notable in "Tallahassee" which features Jennifer Morrison and Michael Raymond James as the teenaged versions of Emma and Neal. By the time Season 3 came around, Jennifer Morrison was too old to convincingly play Emma as a teen, and so Abby Ross was cast to make this slightly better.
** Elsa is 23 years old and is portrayed by 29 year old Georgina Haig. This is just slightly less egregious than ''Frozen'', where a 21 year old Elsa is voiced by 42 year old Creator/IdinaMenzel.
** Whilst played straight in ''Frozen'' (where a then-18 years old Anna is voiced by a 33 year old KristenBell), ''OUAT'' makes it a minor trope, since Anna is 20 years old and is played by a 22 year old Elizabeth Lail.
** Kristoff is 23, and portrayed by a 29 year old Scott Michael Foster.
** Nicole Munoz was twenty when she played Lily at 16. And since the show is a little vague on how much time has passed since the first episode, the adult Lily is this too. There's a seven year age gap between Agnes Bruckner and Jennifer Morrison, despite their characters supposedly being the same age.
** Ruby is implied to be late teens or early twenties. Meghan Ory was nearly thirty when she first played her.
** Peter Pan's age is vague, but he's meant to be an eternal little boy. Robbie Kaye was eighteen.
** Cora's younger self is played by Creator/RoseMcGowan, who had just turned forty. Her age isn't stated in the flashbacks, but she's implied to have been late twenties at the oldest.
* {{Defictionalization}}: The exterior shots of Storybrooke's main street are filmed on a real road in British Columbia. The signs on certain shops are covered with a Storybrooke equivalent during filming and removed afterwards. However, some shop owners let the production company keep the signs up permanently partially due to this trope and partially to make less work for the film crew (to erect and tear down the signs every week). The producers also leased two units just for the storefronts. These are kept the same year round, since they were never real shops in the first place.
* DeletedScene: The Season 5 winter finale featured a scene wrapping up the loose ends of the Camelot storyline, but it was ultimately cut from the episode.
* DuelingShows: Was initially this with ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', an NBC show that debuted around the same time that also focuses on fairytale characters existing in the real world. It soon became clear both shows were going in different directions. ''Grimm'' focuses on more obscure characters and creatures from the many, ''many'' lesser known Grimm fairytales, as opposed to the more famous and iconic ones in ''Once.''
* DyeingForYourArt:
** For Belle's three season 1 appearances, blonde Emilie de Ravin just wore a wig. When she was upgraded to regular in season 2, she dyed her hair brown.
** A marginal example, as Jennifer Morrison ''is'' a natural blonde. But she had been dyeing her hair brown for ''{{Series/House}}''. She went back blonde to play Emma.
** Elizabeth Lail darkened her blonde hair to red to play Anna.
** Agnes Bruckner darkened her blonde hair to brown to play Lily.
** Merrin Dungey dyed her hair blonde for Ursula.
* FakeBrit: Cruella and Hook are both played by Irish actors doing British accents.
* FakeScot:
** Merida's parents are both played by Irish actors. The other people from Dun Broch are likewise played by local Canadian actors. Averted with Merida herself, who is played by Scottish actress Amy Manson.
** English actor Stephen Lord puts on a Scottish accent to play Rumple's father Malcolm.
* FakeNationality:
** Mulan is ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture kinda-sorta]]) Chinese, but Jamie Chung is Korean.
** The Genie is from Arabian folklore but played by the half-black, half-Italian Giancarlo Esposito.
** Princess Aurora is played by Irish actress Sarah Bolger doing an American accent.
** Australian actress Georgina Haig does an American accent to portray Elsa.
* FanCommunityNickname:
** Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold's fans are called [[CatchPhrase Dearie]]s. So named by [[https://twitter.com/#!/robertcarlyle_/status/173902407380631552 Robert Carlyle himself.]]
** The Queen's fans are called Evil Regals, Snow White's are the Fairest, the Seven Dwarves' are Team 7, Prince Charming's are Charmers, Ruby's are Little Reds, and Belle's are Beauties. Emma's fans were originally called "Team Emma" though "Ugly Ducklings" is becoming more popular.
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Captain Hook's fans are named "Hookers"]].
* FanNickname: King Charmless, for Prince Charming's "father".
** The Charmings, for Snow, David, Emma and Henry.
** And for Neal, [[spoiler: Nealfire as a combination of Neal and Baelfire.]]
** The Television Without Pity forums have nicknamed the [[spoiler: adult Darling brothers]]: [[spoiler: The Hipster Darlings]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: In Season 4, a quick glance around Rumplestiltskin's castle shows that he hold Mjolnir, aka Thor's hammer. As noted above, David references Asgard in another episode.
* HideYourPregnancy:
** Snow White becomes pregnant midway through Season 3 to accommodate Ginnifer Goodwin's real life pregnancy. But in the episodes before this is revealed, you can see the familiar tricks of her wearing big coats and loose tops. The Season 3 finale, after she's given birth, features time travel to the events of a Season 1 episode. It's obvious when they switch from archive footage to newly shot stuff, as Snow gains a double chin. Luckily she was already wearing a long black cloak in the episode.
** Emilie de Ravin's pregnancy was also written into Season 5. But flashbacks in Belle's episodes shoot her from the chest up. She also [[spoiler: willingly undergoes a sleeping curse]] to allow Emilie to hide the bump and allow for a TimeSkip.
** Ginnifer Goodwin was also pregnant a second time in Season 5. They kept Snow in big coats and wrote her out of the storyline temporarily to hide it.
* IKnewIt:
** [[spoiler:Mr. Gold perfectly remembers being Rumplestiltskin]]. Most fans probably guessed it from a mile away, though TheReveal was no less satisfying.
** Surprise (or not)! [[spoiler:Cora is the Queen of Hearts after all.]]
** Several people guessed as early as the first season that [[spoiler:Henry's father (Neal) is Baelfire.]]
** Fan boards had joked [[spoiler: since ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' hit theatres about how it would translate to that universe. Guess who just showed up...]]
** Many had theorized that [[spoiler: Elsa wasn't the actual BigBad of Season 4 and that the Snow Queen was the real villain]]. They were right.
** A smaller case. When Merrin Dungey's Ursula appeared in Season 4 (and was referred to as "the sea witch"), a few assumed that she wasn't ''the'' sea goddess that Eric's kingdom worshipped. "Poor Unfortunate Soul" confirmed that she was just ''named'' after the goddess - though it's not confirmed whether that was her at the end of "Ariel" or the true goddess.
** [[spoiler: Lily being the daughter of Maleficent]] was so obviously guessed by everyone it would have been a bigger twist if it ''hadn't'' turned out that way.
** Henry's middle name being [[spoiler: Daniel]] was a popular theory.
** A smaller one brought on by TheReveal that [[spoiler: Zelena was really Marian in disguise]]. Two episodes later revealed [[spoiler: she was pregnant with Robin's baby]], which had been tossed around by fans.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor:
** The Evil Queen is (or [[spoiler:was]]) -- well, [[CaptainObvious evil]]. Lana Parrilla, on the other hand, is an incredibly nice, warm, lovely human being who adores her fans and fellow cast members, is a second mom to Jared Gilmore (Henry), and has embraced her "Evil Regals" with open arms.
** Rumplestiltskin is... not nice. Robert Carlyle, on the other hand, is by universal acclaim the nicest person on the set. Given the temperaments of most of the rest of the cast, that's saying something.
** Hook was not a very nice person initially. Colin O'Donoghue, on the other hand, is incredibly polite, kind, ''and'' is completely {{Adorkable}}.
** Zelena is, of course, wicked. Rebecca Mader is a kind, geeky, {{Adorkable}} woman who is always ready to answer her fans' questions on her Twitter, and was a big fan of the show before even being in it.
** Peter Pan is one of the most horrible characters on the show. Robbie Kay is very friendly and laid back.
** Cora is the reason Regina is evil and makes her look nice at times. When Barbara Hershey had a scene in "Sisters" that required her to shout at the actress playing Young Regina she hugged the girl afterwards.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** Little Red Riding Hood hunting a werewolf that terrorises her village every month at the full moon? That's the plot of a film called ''Film/RedRidingHood'' with Amanda Seyfried as the heroine. In both movies the love interest is a suspect and both movies call him Peter to boot (possibly as a ShoutOut to ''Peter and the Wolf''). In both stories [[spoiler: Red's father was a wolf]]. Except in the film [[spoiler: he's the main antagonist]] while in the show [[spoiler: he's passed it on to Red herself]].
** Ditto for TrueLovesKiss working as a symbol of family love. It was originally scripted for ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'' - where the Huntsman was conceived as a much older man. The kiss that wakes Snow White up was meant to symbolise a father's kiss. Ultimately things were changed, Chris Hemsworth was cast and the Huntsman became a love interest instead.
** You might be surprised to learn that this isn't the first time King Arthur [[SonicStorybookSeries has been portrayed as a villain]].
* TheOtherDarrin:
** [[CastAsAMask It seems to be intentional]]. In Season 1, the Queen of Hearts is played by Jennifer Koenig. In Season 2, she's played by [[spoiler:Barbara Hershey]] when she's revealed to be [[spoiler:Cora]]. It should be noted that [[spoiler:even when she was played by Jennifer Koenig, Barbara Hershey supplied the voice, which was hard to make out due to her speaking only in whispers.]]
** In his first appearance, "Skin Deep", Gaston is played by Sage Brocklebank. In his second, "Her Handsome Hero", he's played by Wes Brown, and the "previously on" flashbacks have Brown inserted into the scenes from "Skin Deep".
** In season 3, Sean Maguire replaces Tom Ellis in the role of Robin Hood. It's later justified when a flashback taking place before his first appearance shows Robin stealing a glamour charm from Zelena and using it to hide from Rumple, whom he double-crossed. He says that the charm will make him appear to be someone else in the eyes of his enemies, so Rumple doesn't recognize him when they meet next.
** In season 4, Merrin Dungey replaces Yvette Nicole Brown in the role of Ursula. [[spoiler: Subverted when the episode ''[[Recap/OnceUponATimeS4E15PoorUnfortunateSoul Poor Unfortunate Soul]]'' reveals that they're separate characters: Dungey's character was named for Brown's.]]
** In season 5, Wes Brown replaces Sage Brocklebank as Gaston.
*** In Season 6, Jafar is played by Oded Fehr when he was previously played by Naveen Andrews in ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland''.
* TheOtherMarty: Paula Marshall was first cast as Maleficent, but was later replaced by Kristen Bauer von Straten.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Jamie Chung is normally known for playing AsianAirhead roles. Mulan is TheStoic in this version, making it a very different role for her.
** Graham was retroactively this for Jamie Dornan - who tends to be a VillainProtagonist or at least a morally questionable character. Graham is probably the most heroic role he's ever played.
** Robert Carlyle's characters tend to be the ButtMonkey of the story - rather than the MagnificentBastard Rumpelstiltskin is.
* PlayingWithCharacterType:
** Rose [=McIver=] usually plays women with tragic backstories, or who have gone through BreakTheCutie in some way. Tinkerbell is similar but recovers from her damage and reverts to TheCutie pretty quickly.
* PlayingGertrude:
** Annabeth Gish, who plays Red's mother is only eleven years older than Meghan Ory.
** Sally Pressman who plays Helga is two years younger than Pascale Hutton - her younger sister Gerda.
** Frances O'Connor, who plays Belle's mother, is only fifteen years older than Emilie de Ravin.
** And last, but far from least, Lana Parrilla is only one year older than Ginnifer Goodwin. This is fine in the first few episodes, since Parrilla is only known as the stepmother. But Regina's backstory episode has Parrilla play the young Regina, with a child actress playing Snow at eleven. This means there must be at least an eight year difference between the two characters.
** ''{{WesternAnimation/Brave}}'''s Queen Elinor is played by an actress that looks a bit young. Granted she would have been fine for the events of the film. But here Merida and her brothers are at least ten years older.
* PromotedFanboy:
** Ginnifer Goodwin has said that ''Snow White'' was her favourite Disney film as a child. Other cast members have said just how much like Snow White she is in real life too.
** Creator/RebeccaMader was a huge fan of the show and had hoped to be asked to play Ariel. She claims she screamed in public when she was offered the part of Zelena.
* PropRecycling: Captain Hook's ship is also the ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Interceptor]]'' and the ''[[Film/StarTrekGenerations Enterprise]]''.
** The compass Hook and Emma steal from the giants' castle is the same one that Gretel gets from her father in "True North."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Related to the trope below; just as Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas are expecting a baby in real life as 2013, so are Snow White and Prince Charming in the third season.
** Hook's role in the second half of Season 2 had to be cut down due to Colin O'Donoghue breaking his leg.
** Mulan was quickly written out of the series, due to Jamie Chung being cast in another series. She later reappeared in Season 5.
** Sidney was PutOnABus in Season 2, due to Giancarlo Esposito being too busy with ''Revolution''. TheBusCameBack briefly in Season 4.
* RomanceOnTheSet:
** Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas married in real life. Yes, that's right, [[LifeImitatesArt Snow White and Prince Charming fell in love]].
** Creator/JenniferMorrison and Sebastian Stan, which is more creepy than the above example when their characters' interactions are considered. They broke up in 2013.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting:
** As has been widely publicised, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison have frequently been mistaken for each other so many times. So they're a perfect fit to play mother and daughter. Jennifer Morrison also shares some features with her on-screen father Josh Dallas.
** Abby Ross, who plays Emma as a teen, has a strong resemblance to Jennifer Morrison too. As does the uncredited young actress who plays Emma's child self in "The Dark Swan".
** There's also a very good resemblance between Lana Parrilla and Barbara Hershey, who play mother and daughter. Creator/RoseMcGowan was also praised for looking uncannily like Hershey's younger self when she played the young Cora.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Creator/EmilieDeRavin (Belle), and Michael Raymond-James (Neal/ [[spoiler:Baelfire]]) all ship Swan Thief (Emma/Neal).
** Jennifer Morrison (Emma) and Colin O'Donoghue (Hook) both ship Captain Swan (Emma/Hook). Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) seems to be on board as well.
* ThrowItIn: During the Ruby/Granny fight in "Red Handed" August can be seen barely containing himself from laughing. Eion Bailey really was trying not to crack, but it was so funny the scene was added.
* UnreliableExpositor: Emma claims to have been 18 when she had Henry, but he was already 10 when she turned 28, meaning she had to have been 17 when she gave birth to him. In "Manhattan" (which at the most is 6 months after the pilot) Henry is 11, making Emma 16 when she was pregnant.
* VindicatedByReruns:
** A common occurrence through DVR ratings. Example: the first half of Season 3's Neverland arc (episodes 1-6) was a ratings success on all fronts, but the second half not so much. A rerun of its final episode, however, brought its ratings score up to standard.
** Similarly, even though the live ratings have plummeted recently, it has become one of the top shows that people rent and binge-watch on Netflix.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Apparently they wanted Music/LadyGaga as the Blue Fairy.
** The Sheriff was meant to be Sherlock Holmes, and his curse in Storybrooke was that there was no mystery to solve. The plan fell through due to an issue with acquiring the rights. Not to mention the fact that there are already [[Series/{{Elementary}} two]] [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Sherlocks]] on TV right now.
** Speaking of the Sheriff, they wanted him to [[http://www.ew.com/article/2014/09/22/once-upon-a-time-jamie-dornan-return return in Season 3]], which fell through because Jaime Dornan was filming ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. If they'd gotten to do it, he'd have appeared in what was described as a ''Film/PeggySueGotMarried'' moment [[BackForTheFinale in the season finale]] - Emma would have seen him while trapped in the past, but been unable to reach out because doing so would have wrecked the timeline.
** [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] and Disney/{{Aladdin}} were planned for the second season, but their appearances got "pushed back" for unknown reasons. Ariel showed up in Season 3 and Aladdin in Season 6.
** Early drafts of the pilot episode had Charming killed off. This was changed after Josh Dallas auditioned and "blew them away" with his performance, prompting the creators to expand his role.
** Early drafts also had Regina with three children instead of just Henry, but the identities of the other two are not yet known.
** [[http://www.zen134237.zen.co.uk/Once_Upon_A_Time_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf The final draft of the pilot as it was sold]], before the show was picked up and more changes were made, has many differences, most notably Emma being named Anna.
** Hook was supposed to have a larger role in the second half of season two, but it had to undergo a major rewrite due to Colin O'Donoghue breaking his leg. The writers had to cut almost all of Hook's scenes.
** Regina and Henry's relationship from season 2 onward is only a result of Lana Parrilla (Regina) pushing the writers for it. The same is true for Regina and Robin's relationship, somewhat...she only pushed for a romance for Regina, the choice of Robin Hood for the love interest is the writers' doing.
** Belle was originally intended for only one episode, but she was brought back by popular demand. Similarly, Anton the Giant was originally going to only be in his nameless debut, "Tallahassee", but the staff liked him enough to bring him back and expand upon him in "Tiny" and "Lacey". Another similar case is Blackbeard, whose death in his debut, "The Jolly Roger", was later retconned because the writers really enjoyed what Charles Mesure brought to the role and thus wanted to use the character in more stories.
** Captain Hook was originally supposed to appear in season 1, but the writers were unable to acquire the rights to Neverland in time.
** Dracula was considered as a character for season 1, but they went with Dr. Frankenstein instead.
** Ruby had more plots planned but the ever-increasing character load in season 2 left them no way to feature her. [[spoiler: Season 5 re-introduces her]].
** Amy Manson claims she was offered to make Merida a series regular. She declined, not wanting to move to Canada to work exclusively there.
----