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* TheVictimMustBeConfused: In the Enchanted Forest, Maurice thinks that Belle was enchanted into thinking that she loves Rumpelstiltskin and refuses to actually listen to her. In Storybrooke, this carries over in his counterpart Moe French by thinking that Mr Gold is abusing her after she and her daughter had moved in with him after the library burns down. No matter how often she contradicts him, Moe refuses to believe it and eventually tries to beat Gold to death with Tony's help.

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* AdaptationalBadass: [[Theatre/TheTempest Prospero]] was one of the previous Dark Ones.


* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Cora is almost pathological in her utter incapability in keeping promises or making good on a deal, usually forcing others to take AnOfferYouCantRefuse via threatening their loved ones and keeping them as her slaves regardless of whatever payment she owes them. The only time she ever kept her side of the bargain was when [[spoiler:she agreed to not harm Gold's family (be it her, her minions or her slaves) and free Baelfire in exchange for his dagger]], and even then he had to force her to sign a magically binding contract as insurance.



* DomesticAbuse: During the curse, Cora takes her own twisted kink for power in the form of [[spoiler:an incredibly abusive, one-sided sexual relationship with Mr. Gold that leaves him covering in bruises, burn marks and bleeding wounds.]] Even when he regains his memories, he is forced to go along with it due to the curse and was unable to use a “please” for fear of making her suspicious. She returns to using him like this after the curse is broken when [[spoiler:she manages to make him give her the dagger and forcing him into her service.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Maleficent was this close to killing Cora as soon as the curse broke, unhappy that A) she was separated from her daughter, and B) her cursed persona was a tyrannical brothel owner that kept sex slaves that makes them WorkOffTheDebt for the rest of their lives.



** Downplayed in the case of Belle/Lacey and Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold. Whenever Gold actively helps the protagonists of his own volition (like paying off Mary Margaret’s loans or loaning their forest cottage for the escaped escorts), it is usually at the request of [[MoralityPet his wife]], leading some characters like Cora thinking that he is this.



* PlatonicLifePartners: Regina and Prince Charming

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* PlatonicLifePartners: Regina and Prince CharmingCharming.
* PoliceAreUseless: Due to a mix of the curse working its magic, Cora’s wide collection of hearts and good old fashioned incompetence, Emma Swan as sheriff seems to be the only competent member of Storybrooke’s police force.



* TortureIsIneffective: In heavy contrast to Cora’s [[EvilIsPetty propensity to needlessly inflict suffering on people]], [[spoiler:Jafar]] thinks it is much better to gain legitimate allies through trust rather than threats. He manages to get on Jefferson’s good side, telling him that Cora knows the hero’s plans to [[spoiler:banish her to Neverland]] in advance, pointing out that Cora’s enslavement towards both the Dark One and the Jabberwock is reckless and that he wants Jefferson’s help in escaping to another realm when it inevitably backfires on her. He even tells Jefferson that he is supposed to be torturing him for information instead of having the lovely chat they have then.



* WouldHurtAChild: Cora attempts for [[spoiler: 10 year old Henry]] to be killed, with [[spoiler: 3 year old Renee French]] also in the crosshairs. Thankfully she doesn't succeed.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Cora attempts for [[spoiler: 10 year old Henry]] to be killed, with [[spoiler: 3 year old Renee French]] also in the crosshairs. Thankfully she doesn't succeed.succeed.
** The Cyan Fairy tried to kidnap and kill Gabrielle under a KnightTemplar-esc assumption that she was born evil due to her cursed father, [[WellIntentionedExtremist hoping to snuff out a potential second Dark One before she could do any damage.]]

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: When the Sheriff of Nottingham comes to Rumpelstiltskin to make another deal - asking to have Robin Hood killed and Maid Marian made his wife - Rumpelstiltskin [[EvenEvilHasStandards refuses on moral principles]]. When the Sheriff tries haggling for some kind of deal - in the process making it clear that he does not care whether Maid Marian consents, nor does he care about the fate of their child - Rumpelstiltskin decides to take payment for “wasting his time” and curse him with NotRightInTheBed. Safe to say he deserved it, no question.


* WouldHurtAChild: Cora arranges for [[spoiler: 10 year old Henry]] to be killed, with [[spoiler: 3 year old Renee French]] also in the crosshairs.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Cora arranges attempts for [[spoiler: 10 year old Henry]] to be killed, with [[spoiler: 3 year old Renee French]] also in the crosshairs.crosshairs. Thankfully she doesn't succeed.


** Later that honor goes [[spoiler: [[DaddysLittleVillain Zelena]]]]

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** Later that honor goes to [[spoiler: [[DaddysLittleVillain Zelena]]]]



** She does the same to David. Under the curse he's spineless and subservient to Regina, not that she's happy about it.



* ShipperOnDeck: When Regina notices that Mary Margaret and David are getting closer, she gives her blessing.
* ShippingTorpedo: Cora doesn't like Emma being with Graham, so she [[spoiler: makes Graham crash his car into a restaurant, paralyzing him from the waist down]].



* SilkHidingSteel: Lacey [[spoiler: after getting her memories back]].



* ShipperOnDeck: When Regina notices that Mary Margaret and David are getting closer, she gives her blessing.
* ShippingTorpedo: Cora doesn't like Emma being with Graham, so she [[spoiler: makes Graham crash his car into a restaurant, paralyzing him from the waist down]].
* SilkHidingSteel: Lacey [[spoiler: after getting her memories back]].





* EmbarrassingNickname: Since Cora takes the moniker "the Evil Queen", Regina is known as "the Dark Princess". She doesn't like it at all.
* TheFagin: The trope namer himself has Ava/Greta and Nicholas/Hansel doing his dirty work.
* ForWantOfANail: Cora takes over Regina's canon role: marrying Leopold, becoming the Evil Queen, and casting the Dark Curse.
** Also, Rumpelstiltskin marries Belle back in the Enchanted Forest and they have a daughter.
** Several people who didn't come over in the original curse did in Cora's, like Robin Hood/Errol Forrester and Will Scarlet/Francis Scadlock.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Rumpelstiltskin gives himself up to Cora to save Neal]].



* EmbarrassingNickname: Since Cora takes the moniker "the Evil Queen", Regina is known as "the Dark Princess". She doesn't like it at all.
* TheFagin: The trope namer himself has Ava/Greta and Nicholas/Hansel doing his dirty work.
* ForWantOfANail: Cora takes over Regina's canon role: marrying Leopold, becoming the Evil Queen, and casting the Dark Curse.
** Also, Rumpelstiltskin marries Belle back in the Enchanted Forest and they have a daughter.
** Several people who didn't come over in the original curse did in Cora's, like Robin Hood/Errol Forrester and Will Scarlet/Francis Scadlock.


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* TheMole: [[spoiler: August is forced to work for Cora because she has his father, but he's also working for the Blue Fairy, but he doesn't agree with either of them]].


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* SparedByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Graham]] isn't killed, but he is left paralyzed.


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* VillainBall: Cora prefers to control people by collecting the hearts of their loved ones, instead of ripping their own hearts out and controlling them directly.


* ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler: This is how Emma saves Henry from the curse Cora placed on him. By extension, this also breaks the curse on Storybrooke.]]

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* ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler: This is how Emma saves Henry from the curse Cora placed on him. By extension, this also breaks the curse on Storybrooke.]]


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* TrueLovesKiss: [[spoiler: In a platonic form of this trope, this is how Emma saves Henry from the curse Cora placed on him, by kissing him on the forehead. By extension, this also breaks the curse on Storybrooke.]]

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* ActOfTrueLove: [[spoiler: This is how Emma saves Henry from the curse Cora placed on him. By extension, this also breaks the curse on Storybrooke.]]


* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: August confesses his role in separating Emma from Neal and getting her sent to jail]]. Understandably, she absolutely furious.

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* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: August confesses his role in separating Emma from Neal and getting her sent to jail]]. Understandably, she she's absolutely furious.


* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: August confesses his role in separating Emma from Neal and getting her sent to jail]]. Understandably, she absolutely furious.



* SlutShaming: Lacey gets scorn from her father for having a child out of wedlock (although technically her daughter was born in a happy marriage in the Enchanted Forest). [[spoiler: After the library is burned]], she moves in with Gold as his maid and everyone assumes she's his kept woman. [[spoiler: Taken to AdultFear-inducing levels when child service comes to take away her daughter on the grounds that Lacey's supposed lifestyle makes her an unsuitable mother]].

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* SlutShaming: Lacey gets scorn from her father for having a child out of wedlock (although technically her daughter was born in a happy marriage in the Enchanted Forest). [[spoiler: After the library is burned]], she moves in with Gold as his maid and everyone assumes she's his kept woman. [[spoiler: Taken to AdultFear-inducing levels when child service comes services come to take away her daughter on the grounds that Lacey's supposed lifestyle makes her an unsuitable mother]].


* SlutShaming: Lacey gets scorn from her father for having a child out of wedlock (although technically her daughter was born in a happy marriage in the Enchanted Forest). [[spoiler: After the library is burned]], she moves in with Gold as his maid and everyone assumes she's his kept woman. [[spoiler: Taken to AdultFear-inducing levels when child services comes to take away her daughter on the grounds that Lacey's lifestyle makes her an unsuitable mother]].

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* SlutShaming: Lacey gets scorn from her father for having a child out of wedlock (although technically her daughter was born in a happy marriage in the Enchanted Forest). [[spoiler: After the library is burned]], she moves in with Gold as his maid and everyone assumes she's his kept woman. [[spoiler: Taken to AdultFear-inducing levels when child services service comes to take away her daughter on the grounds that Lacey's supposed lifestyle makes her an unsuitable mother]].


** In the Enchanted Forest, [[spoiler: the fairies]] tried to kidnapped Belle's daughter because her father was the Dark One.

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** In the Enchanted Forest, [[spoiler: the fairies]] tried to kidnapped Belle's daughter because her father was the Dark One. Later, [[spoiler: child services try to take her away on trumped up charges of neglect.]]



* SlutShaming: Lacey gets scorn from her father for having a child out of wedlock (although technically her daughter was born in a happy marriage in the Enchanted Forest). [[spoiler: After the library is burned]], she moves in with Gold as his maid and everyone assumes she's his kept woman.

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* SlutShaming: Lacey gets scorn from her father for having a child out of wedlock (although technically her daughter was born in a happy marriage in the Enchanted Forest). [[spoiler: After the library is burned]], she moves in with Gold as his maid and everyone assumes she's his kept woman. [[spoiler: Taken to AdultFear-inducing levels when child services comes to take away her daughter on the grounds that Lacey's lifestyle makes her an unsuitable mother]].


When Cora casts the curse, everyone suffers. Regina is married to the prince she never wanted. Gold tries to hide his affair with the librarian from Cora. Mary Margaret is drowning in debt, and Emma finds herself stuck in a dangerous town where no one is safe from the Evil Queen. This Storybrooke and its story are darker than the one you know.

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A ''Series/OnceUponATime'' alternate universe fanfiction. When Cora casts the curse, everyone suffers. Regina is married to the prince she never wanted. Gold tries to hide his affair with the librarian from Cora. Mary Margaret is drowning in debt, and Emma finds herself stuck in a dangerous town where no one is safe from the Evil Queen. This Storybrooke and its story are darker than the one you know.


** In the Enchanted Forest,[[spoiler: the fairies]] tried to kidnapped Belle's daughter because her father was the Dark One.

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** In the Enchanted Forest,[[spoiler: Forest, [[spoiler: the fairies]] tried to kidnapped Belle's daughter because her father was the Dark One.

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