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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Charming in the premiere when he's able to see that Emma escaped before succumbing to his wounds. Though in his case it was more of a Fall Into a Coma with a Smile.]]


* HeroesPreferSwords: {{Defied|Trope}}.

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* HeroesPreferSwords: {{Defied|Trope}}.enforced. Swords often seem to be the only weapon that can defeat Dark Magic and anybody that uses it.



** [[spoiler:Which is ineffective. She eventually uses the sword to kill Maleficent]].

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** [[spoiler:Which Which is ineffective. She [[spoiler:She eventually uses the sword to kill Maleficent]].


** While not the explicit purpose, Lake Nostros can act this way [[spoiler:and does towards Frederick]]. It returns in Season 2. [[spoiler:However, the lake dried after the death of the siren, and there was only one sip left, which Charming's mother gave to Snow to restore her child-bearing capabilities]].

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** While not the explicit purpose, Lake Nostros Nostos can act this way [[spoiler:and does towards Frederick]]. It returns in Season 2. [[spoiler:However, the lake dried after the death of the siren, and there was only one sip left, which Charming's mother gave to Snow to restore her child-bearing capabilities]].

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* GoodStepmother: the Evil Queen adopts a baby named Henry and raises him as her own. Her love for Henry brings out her redeeming values and plays a large role in her eventual EnemyMine truce with Snow White.


* GodLivesInTheSky:
** In the season 5 episode "Nimue," a young Merlin looks into the clouds and asks permission to drink from the Holy Grail so he may live. Unlike the man who failed to ask whatever god may be listening, Merlin does not disintegrate and is blessed wiith eternal life and unparalleled magical power.
** Whenever a character in the Underworld "finishes their business," a hole will open far above Underworld's fires that they have to ascend into to join almighty Zeus in paradise.



* HappinessInSlavery: The Dwarves seem to be this as they churn out fairy dust. [[spoiler:Aside from someone like Dreamy/Grumpy]].

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* %%* HappinessInSlavery: The Dwarves seem to be this as they churn out fairy dust. [[spoiler:Aside from someone like Dreamy/Grumpy]].


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* HeavenAbove:
** In the season 5 episode "Nimue," a young Merlin looks into the clouds and asks permission to drink from the Holy Grail so he may live. Unlike the man who failed to ask whatever god may be listening, Merlin does not disintegrate and is blessed wiith eternal life and unparalleled magical power.
** Whenever a character in the Underworld "finishes their business," a hole will open far above Underworld's fires that they have to ascend into to join almighty Zeus in paradise.

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* GodLivesInTheSky:
** In the season 5 episode "Nimue," a young Merlin looks into the clouds and asks permission to drink from the Holy Grail so he may live. Unlike the man who failed to ask whatever god may be listening, Merlin does not disintegrate and is blessed wiith eternal life and unparalleled magical power.
** Whenever a character in the Underworld "finishes their business," a hole will open far above Underworld's fires that they have to ascend into to join almighty Zeus in paradise.

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** Hook originally wears a [[BadassLongcoat black leather longcoat]], but later switches to a more modern black leather jacket. Possibly doubles as symbolic, since he switches to the modern leather jacket around the same time he becomes a main character and starts acting like one of the heroes, rather than a pirate.

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** Apparently, holding another person's heart in your hand doesn't kill them, but it does give you complete control over the person.

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** A lesser version occurs with The Black Fairy. She doesn't exactly die (at least not in the episode where her backstory is revealed first), but her plans do backfire horribly. When her son, [[spoiler:Rumplestiltskin]] is born, the Blue Fairy and Tiger Lily appear and tell her that her son is to become the Saviour, and that he will die in a battle to kill the one with the crescent scar who was born on the same night. She seeks out every baby in the land that was born on that night, but none of them have the crescent scar she was warned about. In the end, she attempts to create the Dark Curse, in order to use it to send all babies to a world without magic, so her baby can grow up safely. This results in her becoming the very enemy she wanted to protect her son from, and the Blue Fairy has to seal her in a pocket dimension.

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** During a flashback to Cora's youth in season 3, Jonathan muses about how she "said yes to me, several times, in one night".

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* GenreRefugee:
** Dr. Whale[=/=]Dr. Frankenstein has to take the cake, being a sci-fi character in the middle of a fairy tale fantasy series.
** Greg and Tamara, possibly the only two characters in the series so far not grounded in any mythology; revealed to be nothing more than two of Peter Pan's goons.
** Cruella [=DeVil=] She may be one of Disney's iconic villainesses, but her story is in no way a faerie tale or even a sci-fi like Whale.
** The season 5 finale adds [[spoiler: [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Jekyll and Hyde]]]] with the implication that there are many more literary characters from novels that come from their world. Also, Violet's father is Hank Morgan from "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court".


** The Black Fairy is not only [[spoiler: Rumplestiltskin's mother, but she kidnapped Belle and Rumple's son and turned him into the one destined to kill Emma Swan.]]

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** The Black Fairy is not only [[spoiler: Rumplestiltskin's mother, but she kidnapped Belle and Rumple's son and turned him into The Black Fairy]] turns out to be the one destined to kill Emma Swan.]]creator of the Dark Curse.


* GenreSavvy: Both Emma and Henry, given that they're aware of the original fairy tales, to the point where neither has to ask "Who?" when a name like Peter Pan turns up.
** Lampshaded in "Witch Hunt" where the Storybrooke residents are under the impression that Oz and the Wicked Witch are fictional characters until they are informed otherwise by Regina. Cue a string of joking references primarily to the 1939 ''WizardOfOz'' film, including a great bit of deadpan snarking by Regina.

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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Both Emma and Henry, given that they're aware of the original fairy tales, to the point where neither has to ask "Who?" when a name like Peter Pan turns up.
** Lampshaded in "Witch Hunt" where the Storybrooke residents are under the impression that Oz and the Wicked Witch are fictional characters until they are informed otherwise by Regina. Cue a string of joking references primarily to the 1939 ''WizardOfOz'' ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' film, including a great bit of deadpan snarking by Regina.


** Meet Mary Margaret. IncorruptiblePurePureness. ProperLady. JoanJett fan.

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** Meet Mary Margaret. IncorruptiblePurePureness. ProperLady. JoanJett Music/JoanJett fan.

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** The Black Fairy is not only [[spoiler: Rumplestiltskin's mother, but she kidnapped Belle and Rumple's son and turned him into the one destined to kill Emma Swan.]]

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