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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Averted for the first three seasons thanks to the British, Australasian et al cast members getting to keep their normal voices, but [[spoiler: while Elsa and Anna speak with American accents, in "A Tale Of Two Sisters" Australian actress Georgina Haig (Elsa)'s voice wavers slightly.]]

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Averted for the first three seasons thanks to the British, Australasian et al cast members getting to keep their normal voices, voices (though Robert Carlyle is ''heavily'' suppressing his accent when in his Gold form), but [[spoiler: while Elsa and Anna speak with American accents, in "A Tale Of Two Sisters" Australian actress Georgina Haig (Elsa)'s voice wavers slightly.]]


* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: With so many characters and so many fairy tales, folk tales, and mythological characters present, it's giving VideoGame/KingsQuest and VideoGame/KingdomHearts a run for their money.

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* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: With so many characters and so many fairy tales, folk tales, and mythological characters present, it's giving VideoGame/KingsQuest and VideoGame/KingdomHearts Franchise/KingdomHearts a run for their money.



** Towards the end of season 2, much is made of Snow [[spoiler: formerly]] having [[KingdomHearts a heart devoid of darkness]].

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** Towards the end of season 2, much is made of Snow [[spoiler: formerly]] having [[KingdomHearts [[Franchise/KingdomHearts a heart devoid of darkness]].


** The Enchanted Forest, where most (but not all) of the fairy tale regulars in the series originate. Technically, "the Enchanted Forest" is the name of a large region of this realm, which is informally called Fairytale Land by the producers. Other countries in the same world include [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]], [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Arendelle]], [[Disney/{{Mulan}} The Empire]], [[KingArthur Camelot]] and [[Disney/{{Brave}} DunBroch]].

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** The Enchanted Forest, where most (but not all) of the fairy tale regulars in the series originate. Technically, "the Enchanted Forest" is the name of a large region of this realm, which is informally called Fairytale Land by the producers. Other countries in the same world include [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]], [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Arendelle]], [[Disney/{{Mulan}} The Empire]], [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Camelot]] and [[Disney/{{Brave}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Brave}} DunBroch]].


** In "7:15 A.M.", we catch Regina in a grocery store with a ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comic. Gift for her son, or is the evil queen secretly OneOfUs?

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** In "7:15 A.M.", we catch Regina in a grocery store with a ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comic. Gift for her son, or is the evil queen secretly OneOfUs?

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* MultipleChoiceFuture: Rumpelstiltskin (and the Seer that gifted her powers onto him) cannot see the future, so much as a jumbled mess of probable events. He is forced to select the best course of action and manipulate things accordingly, having spent a full ''300'' years plotting and manipulating so that the Dark Curse is cast.


** Cora - from the Latin''cora'', "heart." Her talent is pulling people's hearts out; she had her own heart removed for safekeeping.

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** Cora - from the Latin''cora'', Latin ''cora'', "heart." Her talent is pulling people's hearts out; she had her own heart removed for safekeeping.


** Cora - from the French ''cur'', "heart." Her talent is pulling people's hearts out; she had her own heart removed for safekeeping.

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** Cora - from the French ''cur'', Latin''cora'', "heart." Her talent is pulling people's hearts out; she had her own heart removed for safekeeping.

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** Season 7 gives us Ivy, who seems to love mini-skirts even more than Belle.


** Back to Disney, the video game Regina gives Henry is ''[[{{Tron}} Space Paranoids]]''.

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** Back to Disney, the video game Regina gives Henry is ''[[{{Tron}} ''[[{{Franchise/Tron}} Space Paranoids]]''.

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* MenUseViolenceWomenUseCommunication: In Charming's own words: "I did the fighting, Snow did the talking."

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* MotherhoodIsSuperior: A blatant case in "The Stranger". The Blue fairy says that Snow White is the only person who can protect Emma and help her fulfill her destiny while on Earth. She completely ignores Charming and all that he has done, and could do, to ensure his daughter's survival.


** Frequently averted. Despite the ArcWords, most magic comes with little price unless the plot needs a MacGuffin; all three things magic cannot do have been done on the main show or the spinoff; and TrueLovesKiss has a spotty record, undoing [[spoiler: the curse of the Dark One]] in the past but not the present and either ineffective or ForgottenPhlebotinum when [[spoiler: Snow drinks cursed water]].

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** Frequently averted. Despite the ArcWords, most magic comes with little price unless the plot needs a MacGuffin; MacGuffin (though the number of times magic has backfired or had unintended consequences could still count); all three things magic cannot do have been done on the main show or the spinoff; and TrueLovesKiss has a spotty record, undoing [[spoiler: the curse of the Dark One]] in the past but not the present and either ineffective or ForgottenPhlebotinum when [[spoiler: Snow drinks cursed water]].



* MeaningfulName: Obviously "Storybrooke" and "Toll Bridge" are major examples (Storybrook Mane-Storybook Lane), but the tropes still shows up in a surprisingly large number of subtle ways:

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* MeaningfulName: Obviously "Storybrooke" and "Toll Bridge" are major examples (Storybrook Mane-Storybook Maine-Storybook Lane), but the tropes still shows up in a surprisingly large number of subtle ways:


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** Victoria Belfry - Tremaine's cursed name refers to a tower belfry like the one [[spoiler: Rapunzel]] was imprisoned in and her tendency to imprison others
** Rogers - Wish!Hook's cursed self referring to a Jolly Roger
** Weaver - Rumple is the man who spins straw into gold. Could also refer to his tendency to put a spin on the truth
** Ivy - As pointed out by Tremaine, Drizella tends to cling to the nearest source of power or mother figure she has
** Eloise Gardener - she is a witch with power over plants
** Gothel points out that she refers to herself as Mother because she provides for others (or at least seems to).


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** We also learn is Season 7 that their are multiple different versions of the Enchanted Forest and Wonderland (and presumably all the other lands we have seen). There is also the Wish Realm where a second Hook is from.

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** The Black Fairy is told that the ultimate evil was born on the same day her son, [[spoiler:the Savior]], was born, and [[spoiler:the Savior]] is destined to die in order to destroy this ultimate evil. In an attempt to protect her son, she seeks out this ultimate evil, but is unable to find it. When that fails, she creates and casts [[spoiler:The Dark Curse]], which turns her into the ultimate evil that she was trying to banish to a Land Without Magic.


* MisplacedVegetation: Once Upon A Time is filmed in British Columbia, which means that the woods around Storybrooke look like [[TheOtherRainforest the Pacific Northwest]] even though the town is located in Maine.

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* MisplacedVegetation: Once Upon A Time is filmed in British Columbia, which means that the woods around Storybrooke look like [[TheOtherRainforest [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest the Pacific Northwest]] even though the town is located in Maine.

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** In Season 6, [[spoiler:Hook asks Henry to help him with the most important operation yet: "Operation Best Man".]]

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