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Trivia: Once Upon a Time
  • The Abridged Series: Natch. You can find it here.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • The Danza: Young princess Eva is played by Eva Allan (also credited as Eva Bourne).
  • 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.
  • Dueling Shows: With Grimm, an NBC show that also focuses on fairytale characters existing in the real world, although that show 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.
  • Fan Community Nickname:
    • Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold's fans are called Dearies. So named by 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.
    • Captain Hook's fans are named "Hookers".
  • Fan Nickname: King Charmless, for Prince Charming's "father".
    • The Charmings, for Snow, David, Emma and Henry.
    • And for Neal, Nealfire as a combination of Neal and Baelfire.
    • The Television Without Pity forums have nicknamed the adult Darling brothers: The Hipster Darlings
  • Fake Nationality: Mulan is (kinda-sorta) Chinese, but Jamie Chung is Korean.
    • The Genie is from Arabian folklore but played by the half-black, half-Italian Giancarlo Esposito.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Archie/Jiminy Cricket is Kaidan Alenko, Carth Onasi, Deadman, Scorch and quite a few other video game/cartoon characters.
  • I Knew It: Mr. Gold perfectly remembers being Rumplestiltskin. Most fans probably guessed it from a mile away, though The Reveal was no less satisfying.
    • Surprise (or not)! Cora is the Queen of Hearts after all.
    • Several people guessed as early as the first season that Henry's father (Neal) is Baelfire.
    • Fan boards had joked since Frozen hit theaters about how it would translate to that universe. Guess who just showed up...
  • The Other Darrin: It seems to be intentional. In Season 1, the Queen of Hearts is played by Jennifer Koenig. In Season 2, she's played by Barbara Hershey when she's revealed to be Cora. It should be noted that 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 season 3, Sean Maguire replaces Tom Ellis in the role of Robin Hood.
  • Prop Recycling: Captain Hook's ship is also the Interceptor and the Enterprise.
    • The compass Hook and Emma steal from the giants' castle is the same one that Gretel gets from her father in "True North."
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: 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.
  • Romance on the Set: Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. Yes, that's right, Snow White and Prince Charming fell in love.
    • Jennifer Morrison and Sebastian Stan, which is more creepy than the above example when their characters' interactions are considered. They broke up in 2013.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), and Michael Raymond-James (Neal/ Baelfire all ship Swan Thief (Emma/Neal).
  • Throw It In: During the Ruby/Granny fight in "Red Handed" August can be seen all, "These ladies crack me up." His actor was clearly trying not to laugh, but it was so funny the scene was added.
  • Vindicated by Reruns: 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Apparently they wanted Lady Gaga 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 two Sherlocks on TV right now.
    • Ariel and Aladdin were planned for the second season, but their appearances got "pushed back" for unknown reasons. (Ariel showed up in Season 3, but Aladdin has yet to appear).
    • 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.
    • 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.

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