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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Technically, Emma was born a princess of the Enchanted Forest, but since she's lived most of her life in our world, she's never really gotten to be one. Visions of her in princess dress do appear in "The Tower" and "Best Laid Plans", however. And in "Snow Drifts"/"There's No Place Like Home", she gets to be "Princess Leia".


* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Reveals she is pregnant when Henry visits her soon after he met Cinderella. The Season 7 finale shows that she has given birth to her daughter, Hope.]]

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* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Reveals she is pregnant when Henry visits her soon after he met Cinderella. The Season 7 finale shows that she has given Gives birth to her daughter, Hope.a daughter named Hope by the series finale.]]



* BigBadEnsemble: With King Arthur, [[spoiler:Nimue]], and [[spoiler:Hook]] in Season 5A.

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* BigBadEnsemble: With King Arthur, [[spoiler:Nimue]], Nimue, and [[spoiler:Hook]] Hook in Season 5A.



* VillainProtagonist: As Dark Swan during Season 5A until the last two episodes, when [[spoiler:Dark Killian]] assumes the role.

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* VillainProtagonist: As Dark Swan during Season 5A until the last two episodes, when [[spoiler:Dark Killian]] Dark Killian assumes the role.


** As of ''Swan Song'', even Hook is dead. But don't worry, Emma is going to the Underworld to get him back and as she so nicely says, "Hook [[IWillFindYou I will find you.]] [[ArcWords I will ''always'' find you."]] And after all the curses she's broken in the past, it's safe to say she can break this one too.

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** As of Hook even suffers a real death in ''Swan Song'', even Hook is dead. Song''. But don't worry, Emma is going it takes Zeus to the Underworld to get bring him back and as she so nicely says, "Hook [[IWillFindYou I will find you.]] [[ArcWords I will ''always'' find you."]] And back, after all the curses she's broken in the past, it's safe to say she can break this one too.failed to do so.


* TheBeautifulElite: The daughter of legendary figures to the realm she was born in, as well as the realm she grew up in, on top of being a princess born of true love that granted her magical powers as a savior. Plus given she's the daughter of the "fairest of them all", its no wonder why she's a real beauty.



* MsFanservice: While always quite beautiful, she particularly plays this up during her stint as the Dark One, in which she drops the tomboyish jeans and jackets, for tight fitting dresses that could give Regina a run for her money, that show off her legs.



* SecondLove: She is this to Hook, and he is this to her.

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* SecondLove: She is this to Hook, Hook for Milah, and he is this to her.her for Neal.

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* PracticallyDifferentGenerations: Due to her parents not aging under the curse, her brother is around thirty years younger than her and over a decade younger than her son.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: She slowly learns to open up and trust people as the show goes on.


* JerkassFacade: In the pilot.

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!!Emma Swan
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[[caption-width-right:350:'''Emma Swan:''' ''"You wanna change things? You're gonna have to go out there and change them yourself because there are no fairy godmothers in this world."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JenniferMorrison, Abby Ross (teen), Creator/MckennaGrace (child)
->'''Centric Episodes:''' “Tallahassee”, “The Heart of the Truest Believer”, “Snow Drifts”, “There’s No Place Like Home”, “Breaking Glass”, “Shattered Sight”, “Lily”, “The Dark Swan”, “Dreamcatcher”, “Birth”, “Broken Heart”, “Firebird”, “Tougher Than the Rest”

A bail bondswoman and bounty hunter, Emma is the long-lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Her own son, previously given up for adoption, brings her back to Storybrooke so she can end the Dark Curse.
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* AbortedDeclarationOfLove: She was clearly trying to work up the nerve to tell Hook she loved him in the Season 4 finale after watching him die, but backed down. And then tragically subverted ten minutes later, [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove when she tells him after all before sacrificing herself]].
* ActionGirl: Efficient with physical combat, guns, ''and'' swords.
* ActionMom: Her previous job as a bail bond agent was very active work and she can still kick butt as sheriff.
* AgentScully: To Henry's and August's Mulder.
* AllLovingHero: It takes some CharacterDevelopment to get her there, but she eventually develops an attitude of trying to help everyone, heroes and villains alike, find happiness. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since her heart is completely light, so acting this way is in her nature. Even in Season 4, when she's being pushed to do things that will darken her heart, she still tries to save Lily, an old friend who is slipping into darkness herself, despite the fact that Lily has done great personal harm to Emma in the past.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Neal, right before he gets sucked in by the magic portal.
** She makes another one to Hook in the Season 4 finale, right before her HeroicSacrifice.
* AntiHero: Type II. Emma is presented as more pragmatic and cynical in stark contrast to her classic hero parents.
* AntiVillain: In Season 4, Gold and his associates are attempting to turn Emma dark and are beginning to succeed with Emma killing Cruella and almost killing Lily. She is [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]], as it's clear that she is fighting to stay away from the darkness.
** Emma is this in the first arc of Season 5 as well. Everything she did in Storybrooke was to eliminate the Darkness forever. She had to take such drastic measures because she turned Hook into a Dark One to save his life and she was scared that her family would not understand, plus Hook had reverted to evil due to becoming the Dark One and he could never learn the truth.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: The daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, come to Neverland with Captain Hook to rescue her son from Peter Pan (all of which she's accepted) has a bit of a "Oh, come on" tone to her voice when she deduces the fairy Hook wants to work with is Tinker Bell. And it's not that she doesn't believe in fairies, either.
** She also doesn't believe that the Wicked Witch of the West is real. Hook calls her out on it.
* ArcVillain: For most of Season 5's first half as The Dark Swan, however she is revealed to be a pawn of Nimue, the true villain.
* AudienceSurrogate: Increasingly becoming this after breaking the curse with her reactions to the show's version of fairy tale characters and creatures.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Reveals she is pregnant when Henry visits her soon after he met Cinderella. The Season 7 finale shows that she has given birth to her daughter, Hope.]]
* BadLiar: She may be able to tell when other people are lying, but she isn't good at lying herself.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: After she becomes the Dark One following the final event of the fourth season. Everyone else we've seen who became the Dark One (Zoso and Rumplestiltskin) got covered with those hideous scales. She shows up in the Enchanted Forest, as blonde and beautiful as ever.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: It's why she's there in the first place.
* BigBad: Of Season 5A, in the present storyline.
* BigBadEnsemble: With King Arthur, [[spoiler:Nimue]], and [[spoiler:Hook]] in Season 5A.
* BigEater: As a foster child and runaway, she could never figure out when her next chance to eat was, so she takes any opportunity to eat whatever she found (or stole). As an adult, she's always snacking on something, even sampling the local food when Snow and Fake!Lancelot are talking.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With a girl named Lily in the past, until it turns out that Lily wasn't really an orphan and actually had a family and a home. Emma was never able to forgive her for the deception, but now she wishes she had.
* BountyHunter: Bail bond agent, really.
* BrokenBird: Emma is still very hurt over being abandoned as a baby, compounded by being left to get arrested as an accomplice to her boyfriend's theft, resulting in her giving birth while still imprisoned. As a result, she's reluctant to let people in.
* BroughtDownToNormal: In order for Zelena to force her lips to touch Hook's, she drowns him. Emma resuscitates him and loses her magic afterward. She doesn't mourn its loss however, as she claims not to need it when she and Henry return to New York. Later subverted in "There's No Place Like Home" as the desperation to get back to the present unwittingly powers the magic wand she's holding.
* CallingParentsByTheirName: In the first season, she doesn't believe Mary Margaret and David are actually her parents. Even after the Curse is broken and it's confirmed they are, it takes her another two seasons to really come to terms with everything and start calling them Mom and Dad.
* CartwrightCurse: She has it bad to where it seems like every man she falls in love with gets killed off. Graham died, August died (though he did get revived as a kid, but that makes him a kid again ending any potential relationship), and even Neal sacrificed his life to bring his father back. She lampshades this in ''Rocky Road'', telling Hook that she's afraid the same thing will happen to him now that they're together.
** As of ''Swan Song'', even Hook is dead. But don't worry, Emma is going to the Underworld to get him back and as she so nicely says, "Hook [[IWillFindYou I will find you.]] [[ArcWords I will ''always'' find you."]] And after all the curses she's broken in the past, it's safe to say she can break this one too.
* CassandraTruth: No one takes her suspicions of Tamara seriously, thinking she's instead jealous of her.
* CatchPhrase: "Seriously?" Also, "What the hell?" and variations thereof.
* CharacterDevelopment: If Emma ever met her future self, she'd be bamboozled, because she's changed so much. Not so much that she lost her flint, but her heart's been growing ever since the plot began, so that she's become more open, more compassionate, gentler, and in general more magical ever since the story began.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: She's developed one by Season 4, stating that her job is to bring back ''everyone's'' happy endings, and she's not going to rest until she does.
* TheChosenOne: Emma is destined to save those in Storybrooke according to Henry's stories.
* ColorMotif: Emma is first introduced wearing red and continues to often wear a scarlet leather jacket throughout the series.
* TheCorruptible: During season 4, Rumple, as TheCorrupter, is trying to turn the savior dark to further his own agenda. His first plan was to push Emma to kill Cruella, something which worked without a hitch, and Emma is seen with a cold expression and reddish eyes after the deed.
* CowboyCop: Is willing to bend or even break the law in the course of her investigations.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Not that it helps her stop feeling bitter about it even after being reunited with her parents.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Invoked by name during the sheriff election. Regina dug up Emma's past, including juvie records that were supposed to be sealed and smeared them across the front page, along with a very unflattering mugshot. As the seasons progress and we learn more of her backstory, it just gets worse. In many ways, she was the ChewToy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of her dialogue is snark. Overlaps with StepfordSnarker.
* {{Determinator}}: She becomes this in season 3 when Henry gets kidnapped and taken to Neverland.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: The usually very closed off Emma shows she very much can feel when she finally opens up to Graham.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: When she takes on the Dark One's curse at the beginning of season five.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After six seasons of adventures, she finally fights her prophesied final battle and comes out alive, leaving the show as she settles down to a normal life with her newfound and growing family.]]
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Starts off as a BadassNormal but is shown to have some magical abilities starting in Season 2.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Emma's inner demons are on full display as we see her do something incredibly tough for her job, only to come back to her apartment, [[BrokenBird blowing out the candle on a cupcake alone]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Regina makes it clear that ''nobody'' is fooled by her claims that she and Hook are JustFriends.
-->'''Emma:''' What are you talking about?
-->'''Regina:''' Seriously? You're going to pretend nobody sees the yearning looks and doe eyes?
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Technically, Emma was born a princess of the Enchanted Forest, but since she's lived most of her life in our world, she's never really gotten to be one. Visions of her in princess dress do appear in "The Tower" and "Best Laid Plans", however. And in "Snow Drifts"/"There's No Place Like Home", she gets to be "Princess Leia".
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Due to being born of true love, she is capable of wielding very powerful light magic, in opposition to the villains' dark. Also, see LivingLieDetector and SuperEmpowering.
* FaceHeelTurn: After she gains full power as the Dark One.
* FairCop: When she becomes deputy and later sheriff.
* FatalFlaw:
** Emma's low sense of self-worth and lack of faith in herself led her to attempt to play by Regina's rules, thus nearly losing Henry and almost leaving Storybrooke at the climax of Season 1. Halfway through Season 2, Emma seems to have come to terms with her issues, but it's superficial. Emma still acts on her self-doubt, and with major consequences for Regina. It's probably the only thing keeping her from being a good version of Regina. "A Curious Thing" shows that she's starting to get over this as she grows more confident in using her own magic.
** She is also prone to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero rash but well-intentioned action]] without thought of consequence. Regina calls her out on this in the season 3 finale.
** She also has major issues involving trust and losing people which has major impacts in Season 5.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Isaac had a ''particular'' one in mind for her in ''Operation Mongoose'': forcing her to remember that nothing in this reality is real, while being unable to do anything about it.
* FishOutOfWater: In the Enchanted Forest.
** "Snow Drifts" reveals that she feels like this about living in Storybrooke.
* FormerTeenRebel: As seen in "Tallahassee" she was a petty crook, stealing and fencing some goods.
* FosterKid: Raised in the system because no one was there to claim her; initially because August abandoned her in the real world as a baby.
* FlatEarthAtheist: For most of the first season she willingly blinds herself to the truth that Henry's book is right, even though the proof is all around her.
* GenreBlind: At first because she doesn't believe in magic. Later in Season 2, it takes her a bit to realize her gun is not the best weapon in the Enchanted Forest. And she only starts believing this even after trying to shoot down Dragon!Maleficent didn't work.
* GoodCounterpart: Like Regina, she is manipulated by Rumpel into becoming The Hero and The Villain. She also discovers she has magic.
* GoodIsNotNice: Has shades of Type I and III.
* HeelRealization: When Snow White reveals that she isn't dead, a tearful Emma throws her arms around her, forgetting in her relief that she's hugging a Snow from the past who hasn't had her yet and doesn't know who she really is. That's what prompts her to realize that she's been breaking her mother's heart every time she refused to acknowledge her family.
-->'''Emma:''' I hugged her, and you know what I saw in her eyes? Nothing. She didn’t know who I was. I’d saved her and lost her too, and that’s what I’ve been doing to her since I met her.
* HellBentForLeather: Emma is usually seen wearing a red leather jacket.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: She's not only immune to Cora's heart-ripping but she can also blast Cora back.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Double subverted. She goes to fight Maleficent with one, but quickly discards it for it for a gun. But GunsAreUseless. As soon as she goes back for the sword, she wins the fight.
* HeroicNeutral:
** Emma was totally ready to go back to her crappy life [[NiceJobFixingItVillain if only Regina could have kept her mouth shut.]]
** And then she was totally ready to go back to her crappy life ''again'' (with occasional visits with Henry), if only Regina hadn't tried to slip her a cursed apple turnover. And Regina ''knew'' she was about to leave...
* HeroicSacrifice: In "Queen of Hearts" Emma takes the heart-stealing attack Cora aimed for her mother. She did more than survive, she {{No Sell}}s the attack.
** She seals the Dark One inside herself at the end of Season 4 and [[NeverFoundTheBody disappears.]]
** In the Final Battle, she stops fighting Gideon and allows him to stab her so that the light within her will save him, which will also save all of Light Magic from being extinguished. Luckily, she is revived afterward by a True Love's Kiss from Henry.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Seasons 1-3. [[spoiler: Gets it at the conclusion of her story.]]
* IdiotBall: In the Season 3 finale, Emma and Hook find themselves trapped in a past version of the Enchanted Forest. The first thing Emma does is explicitly mention that she and Hook need to be careful not to make any significant change to history. Then, at the end of the episode, she decides to bring one of Past!Regina's prisoners back to the present with them (read: a ''huge'' change to history). The full consequences have not been seen yet, but given who the prisoner turns out to be, things may get very unpleasant in season 4.
* ImNotAHeroIm:
** When August tries to convince Emma that the curse trapping Storybrooke is real, she refuses to believe it and says that if the town is relying on her, "[they're] all screwed."
** In "Lost Girl", where Peter Pan offers her a map to Henry which will reveal itself only when she stops denying who she is, claiming the title of "savior" isn't enough. She's forced to come to terms with her lingering bitterness over being abandoned and living without a purpose (summed up as her being the eponymous "lost girl"), and only then does the map appear.
* InformedAbility: Emma's [[LivingLieDetector internal lie detector]] is quite faulty. Henry, [[ManipulativeBastard Gold]], Regina, Graham, Sydney, Cora, Aurora, Wendy and possibly Greg Mendell have successfully tricked her at some point. How effective she is at this basically boils down to what's needed for the plot.
** This is straight out acknowledged in "The Evil Queen". Snow points out it's faulty when she's emotional.
** It becomes a bit silly over time how often she needs to say that she has this ability just so the viewers don't forget.
* InsistentTerminology: She's a bail bonds''person''. The rest of the cast eventually get used to saying the word.
* InTheBlood: Her parents were the BigGood in the Enchanted Forest and their family motto is practically IWillFindYou. Emma is the BigGood in Storybrooke and in both her job as a BountyHunter and town sheriff, her entire job revolves around ''finding people''.
* JerkassFacade: In the pilot.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's cynical and snarky, but there's no doubt that she's a good guy.
* KnightInSourArmour: In stark contrast to her father Charming's KnightInShiningArmour.
* KnightTemplarParent: Emma occasionally slides into this, especially when she's up against Regina.
* LeapOfFaith: Discussed in a BreakingSpeech, Rumpel notes that for all the magical and mystical events that have happened to her, she has never made a genuine leap. Sure, she slew a dragon, but that's only because she saw it. She never acted on faith alone. She finally makes one by jumping off Hook's ship to get everyone's attention and stop them from fighting, which was just making the empathic storm all the stronger.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Lampshaded by Mr. Gold in "The Cricket Game".
-->'''Gold:''' And [you have] your father's tact.
* TheLeader: A Type II with some Type IV. As the team reaches Neverland, she's level headed enough to see that letting their personal baggage control their rescue mission won't help them save Henry. She's also strong-willed enough as the "savior" that Hook and Regina don't particularly argue with her self-appointment.
* LivingLieDetector: This trait is actually rather inconsistent. See InformedAbility.
* LongLostRelative: To Henry, Snow White and Prince Charming.
* MamaBear:
** She is easily pissed and blindly protective of Henry when his happiness is threatened, sometimes verging into KnightTemplarParent territory.
** In "A Curious Thing", when Zelena tries to kill Henry, Emma manages to use her own magic to hurt Zelena enough to let him go.
* MeaningfulName: "Emma" means "all-embracing, universal; whole, complete"; and the show writers have stated that "Swan" is a reference to the story of ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling''.
* {{Meganekko}}: "Tallahassee" shows that she wore glasses as a teen.
* MissingMom: She has one and is one.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Was teleported out of the fairy tale realm by way of a [[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe magic wardrobe]] before the curse overtook the kingdom.
* MyGreatestFailure: When she was a teenager, she forged a BirdsOfAFeather-type friendship with a girl named Lily, who she believed was an orphan, like her. When she discovered that this wasn't true, she impulsively broke off the friendship. As an adult, she deeply regrets that decision and when she encounters Lily again in Season 4, she's determined to make amends.
* NeverFoundTheBody: After her HeroicSacrifice at the end of Season 4, there's nothing left where Emma was except the Dark One's dagger, with her name on it. Ultimately averted, as Hook and co. find her in Camelot in the first episode of Season 5.
* NoSell: She is the only known person to be able to resist having her heart stolen.
* OfficialCouple: Gets together with Hook in the grand finale of Season 3. According to WordOfGod, they were ''always'' intended to be canon.
* OnlySaneMan: She thinks herself as this, but it is less true than it appears.
* TheParagon: To many of the patrons of Storybrooke. She basically advocates taking responsibility for your own problems.
* ParentalIssues: Her parents "abandoned" her, and she later learns they're fairy tale characters who are the same age as her.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her default expression.
* PimpedOutDress: Despite being a literal fairy tale princess, she doesn't wear fancy dresses that often. Yet when she does, her dresses are just as fancy as the other royal dresses.
* PowerIncontinence: The Snow Queen forces it on her, preventing her from being near anyone else and eventually making her desperate enough to want to get rid of all her magic. Luckily, Elsa lets her see that truly accepting the magic as part of her will let her get it under control.
* PrettyInMink: In the wish reality, where she grew up a princess, she has a fondness for ermine-trimmed capes.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: {{Lampshaded}}. When she's made a Sheriff's deputy, she objects to the uniform on the following basis.
-->'''Emma:''' A tie? You know, you don't have to dress a woman as a man to give her authority.
** The beginning of "The Tower" finally shows her wearing a very princess-appropriate dress. Sadly, the entire scene is just a nightmare that Charming has.
** Later, when she and Hook are sucked back in time to the enchanted forest, Rumpelstiltskin transforms her street clothes into a ball gown, to help her infiltrate the engagement gala for David and Abigale.
** In Camelot she wears many elegant dresses, as well as in the wish reality where she grew up a princess.
* RefusalOfTheCall: When directly confronted by August on her needing to start accepting that fairy tales are real, Emma adamantly refuses. Also, her initial skepticism regarding the veracity of fairy tales turns into a stubborn reluctance to accept Storybrooke as her home and join her real family.
* ReformedCriminal: "Tallahasee" reveals that Emma used to be a thief in her teen years before going to jail and having Henry. She went on to become a bail bond agent and eventually sheriff.
* ReplacementGoldfish: For Ingrid, the Snow Queen who sees her as replacement for her sister Helga who mysteriously disappeared.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's a princess, but worked in various forms of law enforcement before she found out her lineage.
* SecondLove: She is this to Hook, and he is this to her.
* SeekerArchetype: While she typically tracks down people instead of The Truth, she won't rest until she gets the whole story.
* TheSheriff: Her job after episode 8.
* ShutUpHannibal:
** [[EstablishingCharacterMoment In her very first scene]] when she is talking to her target who skipped on their bail.
** In "Queen of Hearts" she has a nice, simple one against Cora."Love is Strength." See NoSell for what else happens.
* SkepticNoLonger: Finally realizes that Henry was right about the curse in the Season 1 finale.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Emma's mere presence in Storybrooke is slowly but surely changing everything in the town.
* StepfordSnarker: She snarks to hide the pain inside.
* TheStoic: When she becomes the next Dark One.
* StraightMan: The insanity usually plays out around her.
* StreetSmart: Shown most notably in "Tallahassee".
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Except for the hair--something she got from Charming--Emma looks remarkably like Snow White.
* SuperEmpowering: Along with her ActionGirl powers from both sides of the family, and being somewhere between LivingLieDetector and outright EverythingSensor, Emma appears to have this power when she touches Regina, Regina's magic comes back to her. And because she was born of True Love, she holds a strong magic within her -- strong enough to stop Cora from pulling her heart out.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: After absorbing the darkness, she became Dark Swan.
* SupportingProtagonist: While she ''is'' the Savior and does break the original Dark Curse, most arcs have the BigBad defeated through the actions of someone else entirely. Cora is killed by Mary Margaret, Regina does a HeelFaceTurn mostly because of Henry, and Rumple sacrifices himself to kill Pan (although Emma ''is'' the main protagonist of that arc, who moves things into position to where Rumple is able to do this).
** This overlaps with DecoyProtagonist in the second arc of Season 3 and the first arc of Season 4. The Enchanted Forest residents perform a second Dark Curse just to get back to her, and a big deal is made about Regina training her in magic to defeat Zelena, but she (temporarily) loses her powers, and Regina is the one to stop her sister. This situation repeats itself later with the Snow Queen. Emma and Elsa (immune to the Spell of Shattered Sight and having gained control over their powers) are said by many characters to be the only ones who can stop Ingrid. It's ultimately ''Anna'', however, who is able to convince Ingrid to stop her rampage, while Emma and Elsa lie unconscious on the floor.
** Also shows up in second arc of season 4 which makes a big deal about Emma turning dark which is stopped by Regina. Meanwhile the season finale is Henry's [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] and her main contribution to the plot is setting up the next arc.
** Averted in Season 5's first arc which is all about her and she is the one to defeat the FinalBoss. Played straight in the second arc, as while it is set in motion by her, the resolution is the result of a redemption arc for Zelena that is going on at the same time.
** Averted once again in Season 6, which is most certainly Emma's arc and ends her story, although much like the first arc of Season 3 Rumple plays an important part in the resolution as well.
* TeenPregnancy: She was only 18 when she had Henry. Being imprisoned at the time didn't help.
** Actually, she would be have to 17 since Henry was already 10 on her 28th birthday - potentially only sixteen when she first fell pregnant. But the show tends to be pretty [[WritersCannotDoMath fluid]] about their ages.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Tomboy to Snow's Girly Girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She certainly doesn't say "no" to feminine dresses.
* TomboyPrincess: Though she doesn't know it at first.
* TookALevelInBadass: While she was always a decent fighter and good head on her shoulders, with the kidnapping of Henry and her LeapOfFaith above, she moved into a full leadership role by the end of the first episode of season 3.
** By "A Curious Thing" she is capable of using some magic offensively but her control over it is still weak.
** As of "Rocky Road" her offensive magic has gotten more powerful, and she was able to cast it with more ease. [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Of course this happened only when Hook was in danger]].
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Hot chocolate with cinnamon.
* UnfazedEveryman: Starting in the second season, after she realizes that magic is real.
* VillainProtagonist: As Dark Swan during Season 5A until the last two episodes, when [[spoiler:Dark Killian]] assumes the role.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: She comes to Neal's rescue in "Second Star to the Right".
** Taken a step further in "Rocky Road" when she is able to summon some pretty powerful magic to attack the Snow Queen after she threatens Hook.
** In "Operation Mongoose Part 2" she threatens Evil!Grumpy when he starts to attack Hook..
-->'''Emma''': Back off before I change your name to Stumpy!
* VitriolicBestBuds: Is trying to build a friendship with Regina. After she confesses that she just wants to start being friends with Regina, Regina grudgingly admits she doesn't want to kill her.
-->'''Regina''': ''[grumbling]'' I don't ''want'' to kill you.\\
'''Emma''': ''[perks up]'' See? That's a start!
* WarriorPrincess: Did not start out as either, but grew into one over time, as she both learned to use weapons and magic, and accepted that her parents are royalty from another land.
* WeirdnessCensor: Emma's denial about the curse is ''so powerful'' that she is unable to see August's wooden leg.
* WhatTheHellHero: Receives and delivers these often, but notable ones toward her include:
** Mary Margaret, being her mother (whether she realizes it or not), chastises Emma often regarding her actions towards Henry like almost kidnapping him from Regina and lying to him about his father.
** Henry delivers a hard one to her when he finds out Emma lied to him about his father being dead. The look on Emma's face when he compares her to Regina, his adoptive mother who also lied to him frequently, is a very potent mix of heartbroken, apologetic, and OhCrap.
** She gets another one from Henry in Season 5 when she turns out to have isolated herself and performed some morally ambiguous actions out of the belief that no-one would understand or help her.
* WishUponAStar: She made a wish upon a star-shaped candle on her 28th birthday. Just then, Henry showed up and took her to Storybrook.
* WrongGenreSavvy: In the first season, she seems to think she's in a CopShow (her work), LifetimeOriginalMovie (the feud with Regina), or playing the ThisIsReality card. ''Anything'' other than the story she's actually in.
** Pulls out a gun to fight Maleficent. [[GunsAreWorthless Yeah, that's not gonna work.]]
** Still hasn't learned her lesson by Season 2. Gun shots attract ogres. It's become something of a RunningGag.
* WrongGuyFirst: While Neal may be her FirstLove, he also horribly betrayed her trust and emotionally scarred her for life.
** Good thing she found her SecondLove with Hook.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Emma as a teenager looked no different than Emma in the present, save for a pair of glasses and a change in hairstyle, and could have easily been mistaken for an adult.
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