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While most storybook characters in Once Upon a Time inhabit a realm known as the Enchanted Forest, many other magical worlds and lands exist that contain characters from literary stories like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Aladdin and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, before spreading out to film and myths like Frozen, King Arthur, Brave and even Classical Mythology.

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Wonderland

    Alice 

Alice

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Alice: I don't wish for anything.
Played By: Sophie Lowe, Millie Bobby Brown (young)
Centric Episodes: “Down the Rabbit Hole”, “Trust Me”, “Who’s Alice”, “To Catch a Thief”

A young girl from an alternate version of Victorian London, who followed a rabbit down his hole to Wonderland. She made multiple trips, each time disturbing her father more and more, until she decided to stay with her love, the genie Cyrus. After he apparently died, she returned, inconsolable, and was sent to a mental institution by her father.


  • Action Girl: Alice has learned both swordplay and unarmed combat since her first trip to Wonderland.
  • Adaptational Badass: She has things in common with Labyrinthine McGee's interpretation of the character, a dangerous young girl who survived Wonderland by clever tricks. Justified in that the original stories appear to be based on her first visit to Wonderland, when she was a little girl. She Took a Level in Badass the second time.
  • Anti-Hero: Type II. She's mostly heroic and compassionate, but she occasionally indulges in some dark behavior (threatening to behead the Mock Turtle if it doesn't help her, threatening bystanders with her sword just because they were in her way, etc.)
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Cyrus in the past in "Home".
  • Battle Couple: With Cyrus.
  • Been There, Shaped History: "And They Lived..." reveals Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an autobiography.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Alice is kind and loyal to the people she loves - not to mention devoted to Cyrus. Just don't get in her way.
  • Black Sheep: Upon returning home, she discovered her father had remarried and had a new family. Her step-mother pressures Alice to consider an arranged marriage, and doesn't want her to interact with her younger sister. Her half-sister, as the step-mother insists.
  • Break the Cutie: After Cyrus's death Alice is inconsolable.
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • In "Who's Alice?" she asks her father how he can expect her to forget the man she loves when he spent her childhood mourning her mother.
    • In "Bad Blood" she gives her the man she believes is her father (actually Jafar in disguise) another verbal walloping for the way he treated her first ignoring her after her mother’s death and then refusing to believe her about Wonderland.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one is Victorian England believes her about Wonderland preferring to believe she's either insane or lying.
  • Child Marriage Veto: Alice would rather go to an asylum than allow her stepmother arrange a marriage for her.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Discussed Trope in 'Bad Blood.' And Jafar exploits it for all it's worth.
    Alice: Threatening to kill someone I love so I'll use one of my wishes? You need to get a new trick, Jafar.
    Jafar: I'll get a new trick when this one stops working.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has some amusing back-and-forths with Will.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only capable of handling herself in a fight but is shown to be able to think he way out of scrapes. And in "Bad Blood" she is smart enough to figure out that she and Will are light enough for the bird bark to rise them up to Jafar's Island but that adding Cyrus' weight will be enough to bring them back down to Wonderland.
  • Girly Bruiser: Her clothing is practical but feminine and certainly her pretty, girly looks often mean people underestimate her in a fight. Right up until she hands them their asses, that is.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She threatened the mock turtle to get him to help her and Will get across the lake. She threatened to cut off its head. And it knew she was serious because she got its attention by stabbing it.
  • Green Thumb: Almost ''becomes'' a plant in "Who’s Alice?".
  • Guile Hero: Much like her boyfriend. One example is her Batman Gambit to find out who exactly are the specific enemies that are coming after her.
  • Happily Ever After: Marries Cyrus in the finale.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Alice goes everywhere with hers and she’s more than competent while wielding it.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Cyrus’ death to the point where she was going to allow them to lobotomise her.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to the Queen of Hearts, she's known as "most dangerous sinner in Wonderland" because she tried stealing a weeping willow flower.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Both Alice and Cyrus are this when they visit Storybrooke to a hilarious result.
  • Interspecies Romance: Cyrus is a genie and Alice is human. Subverted when Cyrus admits he was born human and then, again when he becomes human after Will's wish.
  • It's All About Me: Blinded by grief after getting his heart back just to witness Ana's death Will accuses Alice of being like this. He relents quickly, though.
  • Lady of War: In the finale she leads Wonderland citizens to fight Jafar's army.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With the Knave.
  • Lobotomy: Very nearly happens to her (with her permission!).
  • Loners Are Freaks: How she's seen by her family.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Or at least obsessive. Her desire to save Cyrus can make her a bit single-minded. As an example, she shows a rather shocking amount of callousness towards Will when she learns that he has a phobia of drowning. (Granted, the fact that he planned to steal her wishes and leave her to be eaten by the Cheshire Cat probably didn't do much to endear him to her.) On a much darker note, she also threatens the life of the Mock Turtle if it doesn't cooperate with her, despite the fact that it has done nothing to her personally and was just minding its own business when she showed up.
  • May–December Romance: Cyrus has already lived several lifetimes by the time he meets Alice.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: While he’s a genie it looks like it's going to be this because he could live millennia and she'll live the length of a human lifetime. Thankfully it is eventually Averted.
  • Meadow Run: To Cyrus in "Home".
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died while she was still very young.
  • The Mourning After: While she thought Cyrus was dead. She points out her father spent her entire childhood mourning her mother's death.
  • Not So Different: She has things in common with both the Red Queen and Jafar (a determination inspired by love and severe daddy issues respectively, among others).
  • Parental Neglect: Her mother died giving birth to her and her father lost himself in his grief for her entire childhood.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Her and the Knave. Word of God has even mentioned it: their relationship is close but purely platonic.
  • Plucky Girl: Once told that Cyrus is alive Alice never stops looking for him despite good sense and other people telling her to give up.
  • Refusal of the Call: When Will and Rabbit came to get Alice she initially wanted nothing to do with them. It was only when Will told her that Cyrus was alive that she was willing to do anything but stay in the asylum.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She hands several to Anastasia after they join forces.
  • Sadistic Choice: Her father forces her to choose between an arranged marriage and being sent to an insane asylum. She rightly guesses it was her step-mother that pressured him into it, as he's clearly unhappy about it.
    • Jafar repeatedly has his way with presenting Alice with these kinds of choices, successfully eliciting two wishes out of her.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With the Knave.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She looks absolutely gorgeous during her wedding.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Refuses to kill the Red Queen under moral reasoning.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She was always clever but after learning to fight she becomes pretty unstoppable against ordinary non-magical opponents.
  • True Blue Femininity: Alice wears both blue and pink, in clothes that are practical but very feminine to show her innocence/goodness in contrast to The Red Queen's bolder red.
    • Like her Disney counterpart young Alice wears a blue dress.
    • The blouse she wears in "Down the Rabbit Hole" and "Who's Alice?" is pale blue.
    • Also in the latter of those two episodes adult Alice wears a blue dress given to her by her stepmother when she returns after Cyrus's death (when she might otherwise have expected to wear mourning clothes).
    • She's wearing a pink, frilly, girlish dress when she meets Cyrus.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Not much in Wonderland throws her as she been there so many times it's all normal to her.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Very much so, and in contrast to the Red Queen.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Will do anything to save Cyrus and has the asskicking skills to back it up.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She desperately wants her father's love and trust.

    The Knave of Hearts/Will Scarlet 

The Knave of Hearts/Will Scarlet

Played By: Michael Socha
Centric Episodes: “Forget Me Not”, “Heart of the Matter”, “To Catch a Thief”
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Knave of Hearts: "My heart's caused me enough suffering."

A former member of Robin Hood's Merry Men, who left them to be with his true love Anastasia in Wonderland. He was briefly the Knave of Hearts, until Alice took his heart back for him. He then made in back to the Enchanted Forest, just in time for Regina to cast the Dark Curse. The White Rabbit came to fetch him after the curse was broken to break Alice out of an asylum and take them both back to Wonderland to fight against the Red Queen and her sinister ally, Jafar.


  • And Show It to You: Alice once got his heart back for him, back when he served the Queen of Hearts. He eventually reveals that he never put it back in. In "Heart of the Matter" Jafar puts it back just in time so he can murder Anastasia while Will looks on helplessly.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He asked Cora to take his heart out. When she starts using it to control him as her new Knave, he admits it wasn't exactly his best idea.
  • Breakout Character: Easily the most popular character on the show, enough that he was transferred to the parent show as a main character, no less.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Stealing from Maleficent. And Robin Hood is none too pleased when he finds out.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Catchphrase: Take a shot every time he says "bloody hell" or just "bloody."
  • Composite Character: He is also Will Scarlet from Robin Hood and as of the finale the White King.
  • The Cynic: He tends to think of the more negative outcome in any situation, as opposed to Alice.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The things he's alluded to having done that have made him possibly the most wanted man in Wonderland.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost constantly. Of course, the "logic" of Wonderland (and prior experience in our world) gives him so much to snark at.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Season 5 he's lowered to recurring character status and doesn't even actually appear, after having already been Out of Focus for much of Season 4.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: When he shows up in Season 4, he's credited as part of the main cast, but is quickly demoted to the love interest of Belle. Sometimes his only appearances are holding her hand in the background, and he only has a quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it, unspoken cameo in the finale. To make things worse for him, Belle herself has rarely been more than the love interest of Rumpelstiltskin in the series, making Will Scarlet demoted to the satellite love interest of a satellite love interest.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Says as much to Alice about letting Cora take his heart.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Very nearly happens to him in "Home". Only his wish to end Alice's suffering keeps him from dying in Anastasia's arms.
  • Distressed Dude: For most of the series Will is pretty helpless against the more powerful forces in the show.
    • After Cora took Will's heart she kept it and used it to make him do whatever she wanted him to – and Alice is the one who got it back for him.
    • Jafar tortures him to get Alice to give up her wishes. When Alice wishes that if the Knave dies then she dies, Jafar turns him to stone.
    • He is later captured by Jafar and forced to watch as Anastasia is tortured and killed.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything he went through for Anastasia.
  • Forced to Watch: Jafar after he broke the rules of Magic, forces him to watch as he kisses and cuddles Anastasia resurected.
  • Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to the Knave than he's willing to admit.
  • The High King: According to Alice he and Ana eventually became The White King and Queen and led Wonderland to an age of prosperity and happiness.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Despite his Heel–Face Turn, it certainly seems karmic that after a life of thievery and taking things, Will becomes a genie: a being that has to give to others. Interestingly, the original three genies had basically the same origin story, as revealed by the Nyx.
  • Jade Coloured Glasses: After he has Cora remove his heart and then when he doesn't put it back in.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Alice, he admits that she reminds him of his dead sister. Also with the Lizard, not understanding that the feeling isn't mutual with her.
  • Legacy Character: When Alice gets his heart back for him, Cora simply takes the one of someone else to be the new Knave of Hearts.
  • Lovable Rogue: Kleptomainiac and initially seems to be heartless, but is a good guy.
  • Mind Manipulation: Once Cora has his heart she can make him do whatever she wants him to until Alice gets it back.
  • Oblivious to Love: In "Nothing to Fear" it's blindingly obvious that Lizard is in love with him, but she has to spell it out for him to get it.
  • The One That Got Away: The mysterious Anastasia. Except that she's not so "away", having become the Red Queen. And it's later revealed she regards him the same way.
  • Only in It for the Money: His constant claim. Subverted when he finally does get his wish.
  • Out of Focus: He was supposed to be a main character in Season 4, but he took second string to the Snow Queen and then the Queens of Darkness. After that... well.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: He and Alice. Word of God has even mentioned it: their relationship is close but purely platonic.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Pre-series. He wouldn't have served Cora if she didn't have his heart.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He picks the lock to the ice cream shop in front of David and Emma to prove the existence of the Snow Queen.
  • Replacement Love Interest: For Belle of all people, after she sends Rumple packing.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Very snarky towards Alice and her plans, and yet it's clear he would do anything for her.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Alice.
  • Sticky Fingers: Well, what do you expect from a former member of Robin Hood's Merry Men?
  • Taken for Granite: As Jafar can't kill him without killing Alice, he turns him into stone. He gets better though.
  • Transplant: He started out as a main character in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland before being moved to the main show. However, he was not very useful in the main series, so he gets written out.
  • True Love's Kiss: How he snaps Anastasia out of Jafar's control.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He's the one man who caused Captain Hook to be aggressive and in turn realize something wasn't right with the hand he got from Mr. Gold (or so he thought), and so Hook ended up as Gold's personal slave for a while.

    The Red Queen 

Red Queen / Anastasia

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Red Queen: "We all come to Wonderland looking for something more, darling."

Played By: Emma Rigby
Centric Episodes: “Heart of Stone”, “Heart of the Matter”

The Queen of Wonderland, who lives in a chessboard castle and is working with Jafar to get wishes from Cyrus. Distinct from the Queen of Hearts, who appeared on Once Upon a Time. While Once Upon a Time in Wonderland hinted that she was one of Cinderella's step-sisters, and became the focus of her mother's abuse after failing to marry Prince Thomas, this was Retconned later on in Once Upon a Time.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Her outfits tend to show this aspect of her off.
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother was very emotionally abusive toward her.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Once Ana was a sweet girl who believed that her love for Will would be enough. She let herself be swayed by the king and by Cora, and became The Red Queen.
  • Anti-Villain: Particularly noticeable when she's paired up with the absolutely ruthless Jafar. And her motives to do so will erase all events that made her a villain to start with so she can get back together with Will.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Alice. It takes Cyrus trusting the Red Queen to dissuade Alice from regarding her this way.
  • The Atoner: Initially just wants to get Will back by changing the past. Eventually she changes to wanting to win him back and improve the lives of the average Wonderland citizen.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice in the finale. The first time, as part of Jafar changing the rules of magic, she's revived by him as yet another way to spite Will, being mindlessly in love with Jafar instead. After Jafar is dealt with and the rules of magic are enforced again she's brought back by water from the Well of Wishes.
  • Bad Boss: Gives the White Rabbit death threats anytime he asks to be let out of his job spying for her. And is holding his family hostage.
  • The Baroness: She is physically very young and beautiful and shares many of the features of the sextop version.
  • Berserk Button: Do not tell her what she can and cannot do.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Jafar until "Home".
  • Came Back Wrong: Jafar does bring her back as he promised to Will but he also makes her in love with him saying that Will never said she should be revived as she was before.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Pulls this card on Jafar to avoid getting force-choked.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She admits as much to Alice:
    Red Queen: I am many things, darling, but pure of heart is not one of them.
  • Catchphrase: "Darling."
  • Chess Motifs: Her castle is designed around chess pieces (which oddly enough are silver instead of red), and she likes to use game metaphors: "setting up the board", "change of hand", etc.
  • Cry Cute: In "Home" when revealing her true motivation.
  • Composite Character: After being heavily implied in In-Universe, Word of God finally confirmed that she is indeed adapted from the Cinderella fairytale, making her a combination of Anastasia Tremaine and the Red Queen.
    • Averted in one case, as for once the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen are not the same person.
    • As of the series finale, she is also the White Queen.
  • The Cynic: This exchange from "Heart of Stone" emphasizes this rather nicely:
    Alice: When two people love each other, there's nothing they can't accomplish together.
    Red Queen: If only that were true.
  • Decomposite Character: She is based on Anastasia, the evil stepsister from Cinderella, but she is not actually related to Cinderella as far as fans can tell. Instead, the actual evil stepsister role is given to Clorinda and Tisbe.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her partnership with Jafar was doomed to fall apart from the start.
  • Disney Death: She dies again when Jafar is defeated and his resurrection spell is undone. However, Nyx gives Alice and Cyrus water from the Well of Wonders to bring her back.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: To Jafar—though she's trying to change it to a more equal relationship and has her own plans.
  • Emotionless Girl: Tries to keep up this appearance, but frequently slips.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Always dressed in elaborate gowns in her signature color, with not a single hair out of place and plenty of jewelry to match her crown. This contrasts her perfectly with the more effortless, natural beauty of Alice. As the show goes on and her character develops, she loses this and starts to more resemble Alice's style of appearance.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • She's shocked when Jafar reduces her subjects to dust in "Trust Me".
    • While her face remains expressionless, there seems to be pity in her eyes later when Jafar kills the Grendel in "Forget Me Not".
    • When Jafar lifts Alice into the air and begins to torture her in "The Serpent", the Red Queen is smiling evilly. When Alice refuses to give in and Jafar continues, the smile vanishes and now the Red Queen looks actually concerned for her enemy.
    • Eventually she realizes that Jafar's vision of the future benefits no one but himself and she executes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Brit: Her posh accent is put on but both it and her natural accent are British.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She can't understand why Alice spared her life when she had the opportunity to kill her as in her experience you have to take the things you want, morality be damned.
  • Evil Makeover: She went from a simple pink dress and loose waves decorated with flowers in the past, to elaborate gowns in her signature color and tight updos pulled away from her face.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She enters Wonderland as a peasant and she ends up becoming the Red Queen, conspiring with Cora and Jafar.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: People are terrified of their Queen, though maybe not o the extent of the Queen of Hearts.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: In the past she wore a pink dress and flowers in her hair but circumstance and Cora made her into The Red Queen.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In "Home", she defects from her alliance with Jafar, then utterly discards her Evil Queen guise and crown, returning to being Anastasia, peasant accent and all.
  • Heel Realisation: Had one prior to the start of the story when she realized how it's brought her nothing but loneliness and wants to change history so that she never left Will.
  • Hidden Depths: More and more revealed as the show goes on.
  • The High Queen: Upon her return to Wonderland after Alice and Cyrus' wedding she became the White Queen with Will as her King, and together the two filled the land with wonder once again.
  • Ice Queen: In the early episodes almost always maintained a glacial facade. Even when in the flashback, in which she is presented in front of everyone as the future Red Queen, demonstrates an expression impassive as soon as she meets the gaze of Will
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: In "Heart of Stone", Alice asks her how she knows that sending Alice across the chasm isn't a trick to make her fall. This trope is her response:
    Red Queen: Alice, if I wanted you to fall, I'd push you.
  • It's All About Me: Wants to use magic to have a second chance with Will. But in order to get that goal she kidnaps the White Rabbit's family to ensure his loyalty, separates Alice and Cyrus and who knows what else. This changes from "Nothing to Fear" and onward, where she learns the error of her ways and starts acting selflessly for the good of everyone else.
  • Kick the Dog: Turning the handsome man into the Grendel.
    • Also, while it's unlikely she'd have killed them considering where they were stashed, kidnapping the White Rabbit's wife and kids in order to blackmail him into servitude was not cool.
    • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Physically abusing the Old Prisoner in "Who's Alice?" becomes retroactively this when the next episode reveals his true identity.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Just look at most of her clothes and the way she behaves when communicating with others or use her magic.
  • The Lost Lenore: As Anastasia, to the Knave. Will is this for her as well.
  • Mind Rape: How the Jabberwocky breaks her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being deposed and then confronted by her former subjects, she realizes that her rule was a horrible thing for the people. It kicks her Heel–Face Turn Up to Eleven, turning her into a revolutionary against Jafar.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: In the present story, she's only committing evil so that she can turn back the clock and avoid becoming the Red Queen to begin with. Cyrus, who can read people, picks up on this and realizes she's trustworthy.
  • Not So Different: Says this to Alice, who vehemently denies it but seems to recognize the truth in it deep down.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In-universe, her stiff posh accent begins to deteriorate after Jafar blows up her castle, and even more after Will refuses to believe that she's trying to help him and Alice.
  • Pet the Dog: When she sets up an elaborate gambit to acquire some magic dust, ostensibly to use as protection from Jafar. It's actually to free the Knave who has been turned to stone by Jafar.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The dress and accessories she showed in the trailer and promotion photos of the spin off.
  • Playing with Fire: The first spell that is taught to her by the Queen of Hearts is how to turn on or enlarge the fire of a brazier.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She goes to extremes to get Will back, wanting to change the past so that they never split up to start with. Unusually for this trope, she's ultimately portrayed sympathetically.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Only sort of to begin with - when she is shown to at least 'try' to listen to her subjects' complaints. Later she becomes this for real when she joins the fight against Jafar.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: This is her goal in changing the laws of magic, though it's only her personal history that she wishes to change, not the history of Wonderland as a whole.
  • Smug Smiler: Tries to be this but between Jafar and Will there are more than a few cracks in her facade.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Jafar kills her in front of the Knave to ensure that his newly-returned heart "still works".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Jafar, with whom she shares a mutual hatred.
    • She does so with Alice in "Heart of Stone."
  • Unknown Rival: As Word of God puts it, Alice considers the Red Queen an Arch-Enemy, but the Red Queen views Alice as just a very important game piece. They both eventually change their views.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When she and Will were young lovers in the Enchanted Forest.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: When Will returns to Storybrooke, it is never really mentioned what happened to her or why he left Wonderland as it was shown that they got together in the series finale. With Will's disappearance afterward, it is possible that his time on the main show was Retconned into being before the Wonderland series.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Never got approval from her mother, which the Queen of Hearts exploited.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: A dark, villainous example. She actively cultivates her Queenly Mask, from her flawless appearance to her emotionless facade and her iron rule over her people. On the other hand, she fails to be an effective ruler regardless of trying to live up to it in appearance and action.

    The White Rabbit 

The White Rabbit/Percy

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Played By: John Lithgow

A small white anthropomorphic rabbit with the ability to "dig" portals between worlds. Calls on the Knave to rescue Alice before her lobotomy.


  • Adaptational Badass: He's able to "dig" portals between worlds, including Storybrooke, with absolutely no adverse consequences or apparent effort. 'Nough said.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Red Queen, Jafar, and even Alice (although she apologizes) walk all over him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually he's no good at this, but get him impatient enough and he will be!
"You're late what a surprise!"
  • Easily Forgiven: For his treachery in "Home", a justified example when he reveals that he only did what he did to protect his wife and kids from harm.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The rabbit version.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he's a spy for the Red Queen, he clearly does so out of extreme fear, and he stills cares about Alice very much. He also has a wife and kids that he loves as well.
    • And as it turns out, it's said wife and kids being held hostage by the Red Queen that drives him to do what he does. It's not fear for himself: it's fear for his family.
  • Large Ham: It's John Lithgow after all.
  • Lennon Specs: Snazzy pink ones.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He's only spying on Alice for the Red Queen because of death threats from her part, and because she's holding his family hostage. He really wants out to the point where gave the Red Queen Cyrus's bottle in the hope she would release him from his job for going beyond the call of duty. She didn't.
  • The Mole: Reluctantly, for the Red Queen.
  • Nice Hat: A black bowler.
  • Parental Substitute: To Cyrus and especially Alice.
  • Shipper on Deck: To Cyrus and Alice.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: In "Home".

    The Caterpillar 

The Caterpillar

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Who are you?
Played By: Roger Daltrey (voice, Once), Iggy Pop (voice, Wonderland)

A hookah-smoking caterpillar who apparently has something to do with money lending.


    The Tweedles 

The Tweedles

Played By: Matty Finochio (Tweedledee) and Ben Cotton (Tweedledum)

A pair of manservants just as vain as their boss, the Red Queen. Run errands for her and, at least in Tweedledee's case, Jafar.


  • The Dandy: Powdered wigs, tailored suits, and gaudy bright-red lightning bolt face paint? Oh yeah.
  • The Dividual: They are essentially identical, aside from their allegiances and facial features.
  • The Ditz: It's implied they're not very intelligent.
  • Losing Your Head: The Red Queen gives Tweedledee this treatment after discovering his alignment with Jafar. Being Wonderland, this doesn't kill him, and his detached head is still able to state the obvious to Jafar ("I think she's onto us."
    • Jafar rectifies this by giving him a new body... after cutting off the head attached to that body.
  • The Mole: Tweedledee is one for Jafar, reporting to him the events occurring in the Red Queen's castle.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: They give the Red Queen an endless stream of compliments whenever necessary.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Brought on by their conflicting alliances. Tweedledum is more than willing to sell out his brother to the Queen.
  • Those Two Guys: The only characterization they have is Tweedledee being loyal to Jafar, and Tweedledum being loyal to the Queen.
  • Undying Loyalty: Tweedledum to the Red Queen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Tweedledee's last non-flashback appearance is in episode 9 where Jafar gives him a new body. His fate as of the finale is unknown.

    Elizabeth "Lizard" 

Elizabeth "Lizard"

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Lizard: "I'm afraid that the man I like doesn't feel about me the way I feel about him."
Played By: Lauren McKnight
  • Action Girl: As expected of a mercenary.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Unlike Bill, she's not actually a lizard.
  • Back for the Dead: She dies in her second appearance.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a skilled thief and fighter, and also very cute.
  • Be Careful What You Say: Trying to get the Knave to feel something for her, she carelessly phrases it as a wish. She dies, and the Knave can only helplessly watch.
  • Dies Wide Open: Until Anastasia closes her eyes... and then the Jabberwocky comes and plucks them right out.
  • Eye Scream: After her death, Jabberwocky removes her eyes so that Jafar can view her last glimpses and find out where the Genie's bottle is.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played straight: she's briefly mourned in the episode she dies but is never mentioned afterward. Will does not even think about bringing her back to life while he was willing to betray Alice to resurrect Anastasia.
  • Gender Flip: The show's counterpart of Bill the Lizard, one of the White Rabbit's gardeners from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With the Knave. Or so HE thinks, anyway.
  • Love Martyr: She's hopelessly in love with the Knave, who not only is in love with someone else but is also incapable of feeling anything towards her since he removed his heart.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Gets a magical makeover as one of her wishes.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Dies so that the Knave can feel anguish.
  • Tomboy: Even her casting call described her as such.

    The Jabberwocky 

The Jabberwocky

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Played by: Peta Sergeant

The single most feared creature in Wonderland. A hundred years ago, five hundred men gave their lives to imprison her using the Vorpal Blade.


    Cheshire 

The Cheshire Cat

Played By: Keith David
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An old friend of Alice's. Apparently he got bigger while she was gone... and hungrier.


  • Brought Down to Normal: Just as the Cheshire Cat's about to pounce on the Knave, he tosses a mushroom piece straight into Cheshire's mouth, shrinking him back to a regular-sized cat that purrs harmlessly afterward.
  • Panthera Awesome: He's a good deal bigger and more menacing than he's usually portrayed.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has very big, very red eyes.
  • Slasher Smile: Sporting this constantly.

Agrabah

    Cyrus 

Cyrus, The Genie

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Cyrus: "Someone once told me, all things happen for a reason."
Played By: Peter Gadiot
Centric Episodes: “Trust Me”, “Home”, “Dirty Little Secrets”

Alice's lost love, and a genie of Agrabah. Jafar captured him in order to gain wishes, but he can't grant more until Alice uses the three she still has.


  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Alice in the past in "Home".
  • Battle Couple: With Alice.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: What the Rabbit tries to convince Cyrus to do after Alice is hurt by people looking for the genie in the past.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Will's wish accidentally makes him human again.
  • Deadpan Snarker: After being freed from being a genie, he's noticeably more quippy than before.
  • Disappeared Dad: His mother is an important character in the series but his dad is never mentioned.
  • Disney Death: He apparently falls to his death in the Boiling Sea only to be revealed in the pilot as still being alive, albeit as a prisoner of Jafar. Later Jafar does kill him to force Amara to change the laws of magic. But did doesn't stick.
  • Distressed Dude: Spent the early part of the series in a cage in Jafar's dungeon. He's finally relieved of this role as of the end of "Home".
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Is not less willing to help than Alice but doesn’t trust Will not to steal Jafar's staff when it could revive Ana.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's kind, polite and genuinely interested in helping save Wonderland – but that doesn't mean he's a pushover.
  • Guile Hero: An heroic Trickster.
  • Happily Married: To Alice in the finale
  • Hopeless with Tech: Hilariously so when he and Alice visit Storybrooke.
  • Humanity Ensues: When Will's wish to end Alice's suffering ends in Cyrus' freedom from the bottle.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Alice, a human. Subverted in that he used to be human. Averted when Will's wish turns him human again.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Genies and silver don't mix.
  • Literal Genie: Not of his own design, but wish-granting magic in general.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Alice.
  • May–December Romance: Cyrus has already lived several lifetimes by the time he meets Alice.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: While he's a genie it looks like it's going to be this because he could live millennia and she'll live the length of a human lifetime. Thankfully it is eventually Averted.
  • Meadow Run: To Alice in "Home".
  • Mind over Matter: Sends an origami bird to Alice and whatever he does to it lasts long enough for her to send it back.
  • Missing Mom: She’s looking for him and his brothers as well.
  • Mortality Ensues: He'll live out the rest of his life as a normal human.
  • My Greatest Failure: He cheats at cards and in retaliation the men he cheated burn down his house while his mother is inside. In order to save her life he steals from The Well of Wonders which leads to him and his brothers being cursed to be genies.
  • Never Found the Body: Apparently the Boiling Sea destroys anything that falls into it. Which is why Jafar captured him before he fell into the sea.
  • Older Than They Look: As a Genie, he's pretty much immortal when it comes to aging.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: He never wanted to be a genie.
  • Pretty Boy: According to the Red Queen.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He was turned into a genie over 100 years before the events of the series.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Shares this view with Alice.
  • The Trickster: "Forget Me Not" shows his credentials in this category.
    • And yet again at the end of "The Serpent", where we see how Crazy-Prepared he can be.
    • He loved cheating at cards back when he was human. Suffice to say, he paid very dearly for it.
  • Was Once Human: A Long time ago.

    Jafar 

Jafar

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Jafar in Once Upon A Time In Wonderland 
Played By: Naveen Andrews (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Oded Fehr (Once Upon a Time)
Centric Episodes: “The Serpent”, “Bad Blood”

A sorcerer from Agrabah who captured Cyrus in order to make three wishes and alter the laws of magic. Working with the Red Queen, to his annoyance.


  • Abusive Parents: His father, upon learning Jafar existed, tried to have him drowned.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Thanks to both Naveen Andrews and Oded Fehr (both of whom are quite easy on the eyes), much better looking than his Disney counterpart.
  • And I Must Scream: He ends up transformed into a wooden staff with a screaming face in "A Wondrous Place".
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cyrus, to the point where the genie warns all of his masters/mistresses about the man with the snake staff.
    • Also to Aladdin, naturally enough, and Jasmine as well in season 6 of Once Upon a Time.
  • Back from the Dead: Survives being drowned by his father.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He takes steals a suit from the first person he meets.
  • Bastard Bastard: He's the Sultan of Agrabah's bastard son.
  • Bastard Understudy: His Evil Mentor Amara taught him ruthlessness rather too well.
  • Beard of Evil: A thin goatee.
  • Berserk Button: Don't remind him that he's a bastard, or you'll regret it.
  • Big Bad: The primary villain of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With the Red Queen until "Home", that is. Afterward, she is replaced in the Duumvirate by the Jabberwocky.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He attempts to kill the Red Queen, but she reminds him that he still needs her to help find Alice. He isn't happy about it, however, mainly because his goal and hers are fundamentally incompatible.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He does this with disturbing frequency.
  • Cruel Mercy: Years after he was defeated by Aladdin, Jafar finds him in a hut when Aladdin is suffering from the visions of his death as a Savior and he tells Jafar if he wants to kill him to get it over with. But Jafar spares him because he wants to enjoy it when Aladdin meets his final fate and wants him to suffer until then.
  • Demoted to Extra: From the main villain of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland to just appearing in three episodes of the main show's sixth season, and only in the last one does he make an appearance in the present day.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: As a boy, he refused to look away from Amara despite his master saying it would cause her to burn both of them alive.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His mother was the only person he ever loved. When she died, it all went downhill for him. However, the finale implies that it is no longer true in present day. While Jafar does remember what it feels to lose someone you loved, he used this knowledge to manipulate the heroes. When he gets the power of resurrection, he brings back Anastasia and brainwashes her to make her his slave but does not think one second about bringing his mother back from the dead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He at first seems disgusted at the way Alice's father had treated her, but he then proceeds to use it to his advantage and prey off of Alice's Daddy Issues, exposing his Lack of Empathy.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • Jafar shows he's this to the Red Queen in the first episode and just keeps at it.
    • The shoe was on the other foot when he aligned himself with the Jabberwocky. However, he flipped it back around once he got complete magical power.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He's a magician, and uses his magic to harm people.
  • Fatal Flaw: His extreme hatred may be what drives him, but it also works against him, especially in "A Wondrous Place" where he has the opportunity to just leave once he is set free from his bottle, but he hates Agrabah so much that he doesn't want it possibly restored by Jasmine and tries to take the ring it's in from Jasmine, which leads to his defeat.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's polite when he really needs to be, and even then it's an act, but if not he'll be very ruthless and intimidating.
  • Freudian Excuse: After his mother died, every adult that Jafar was close to was either abusive or downright evil. His own father tried to murder him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Part of his motive, actually. He wants everyone to fear him.
  • Generation Xerox: To his father, only even more dangerous.
  • Genre Blind: Believed his father would love and accept him even though he's an illegitimate child.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • His ultimate fate in the finale is to become a genie, after being tricked by Alice into stealing from the Well of Wishes.
    • Happens again when he is set free, as he is turned into a staff by his own magic dust.
  • In the Blood: The appropriately titled "Bad Blood" reveals where he gets his sociopathic cruelty from: his father.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He kept his father captive hoping that by breaking the laws of magic he will get his love. In fact, it was a revenge to make him realize how it feels like to be killed by a loved one.
  • Large Ham: He's usually quite calm, but when he needs to shout, he will really shout.
    • He's even hammier after having become a genie, as a result of Sanity Slippage.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He turned his mentor and love, Amara, into his snake staff. His ultimate fate was to be turned into a staff himself by Jasmine.
  • Mad Scientist: Magical variation, he seeks to change the laws of magic.
  • Magic Carpet: His main form of transportation.
  • Magic Staff: Carries around an exact copy of the cobra-head staff his Disney counterpart wields. It's actually his forcibly transformed Evil Mentor, allowing him full access to her power as well; but not her will apparently, as he can't use her against Cyrus and instead backfires on him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Particularly to Anastasia and Alice.
  • Not So Different: From Alice, in terms of their hang-up about getting their fathers to love them. The main difference is that Alice still has compassion for others despite her issues, while Jafar does not.
  • Obviously Evil: The sinister snake staff, the lurking in shadows and flowing black robes should clue you in to what kind of person he is.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: How does he return the attempted murder by his father? Make his father love him so that he can kill him afterward.
  • Race Lift: Much darker skinned than his Disney counterpart.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He was desperate enough to find the last genie that he freed the Jabberwocky, the most feared being in Wonderland.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He is more of an Alice in Wonderland villain than an Aladdin villain in this series, although he does face Aladdin.
  • Sanity Slippage: His time spent imprisoned in a bottle as a genie has made him noticeably more manic than he was before.
  • Smug Snake: Like his staff would indicate.
  • The Sociopath: And unlike the Red Queen, it's no cover. It certainly speaks of his Lack of Empathy when the episode revealing his massive daddy issues has him completely manipulating Alice's similar daddy issues with no amount of remorse whatsoever.
  • Start of Darkness: "Bad Blood" shows this, while "The Serpent" shows what happened because of it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With the Red Queen. Neither of them like each other at all, to the point where he tries to kill her.
  • Treacherous Advisor: During his time in the Capital Of Agrabah, he secretly brainwashed the Sultan, Jasmine's father and had taken over the capital until he was defeated by Aladdin.
  • The Unfettered: One of his defining traits is his utter ruthlessness. There is literally no line he won't cross to get what he wants.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A young boy whose mother passed away from illness leaving him with no family except his birth father, whose love and acceptance he craved and did everything to earn but did not get. Eventually his father tried to drown him, but he survived on the power of hate and a very deep desire for revenge. Afterwards he was taken in by a cruel blacksmith, before begging to being taken in by Amara the witch, who taught him dark magic and to do anything to get what he wanted. Bad idea that.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he shows anger frequently, he goes into an absolute rage like never seen before in "Home" when he realizes how the Red Queen has duped him.
    • Has a big one in the finale when he gets turned into a genie and trapped inside the bottle.
  • Villain of Another Story: As Aladdin's enemy in Agrabah.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: For a series that's usually Lighter and Softer than the one it was spun off from, everything involving Jafar is incredibly dark.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • His whole motive behind his evil plotting is to change the rules of magic and force his father to love him and call him "son".
    • In the finale, after successfully changing the laws of magic, he makes his father finally show him the love he's been longing for all his life, after which he immediately drowns him. Turns out it was never really about receiving affection from his father, but about giving his father affection for him so that he'll know how it feels to be killed by someone he loves. His real overall motive behind changing the rules of magic was "to do whatever he wants."
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Almost pulls this on the Red Queen, but has to relent when she points out that he needs to keep her around for a while longer if he wants to find Alice and her wishes.
    • This appears to be his standard MO with people who work for him. Lampshaded in "Nothing To Fear":
    Caterpillar: Word's gotten out that working for you tends to shorten one's life expectancy.
    • Takes him about twenty seconds to get there with the Grendel. After Grendel hands over his information, Jafar reunites him with his wife.
    • He even pulls this on all of Agrabah, as all his flashback appearances in Once Upon a Time transpire after Cyrus' bottle had been wished away from Agrabah, and Jafar ultimately reveals that his motive for all he's done there since was to destroy it since he hates it and its people so much and wants to exact revenge.

    Old Prisoner 

Old Prisoner

Played By: Brian George
Centric Episodes: "Bad Blood"

An old man locked in a cage by Jafar, and is his only other prisoner besides Cyrus, whom he has befriended. His identity is a major revelation in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.


  • Abusive Parents: To Jafar, big-time.
  • Adipose Rex: What the Sultan became in his old age. He was actually quite thin in his younger years.
  • Bait the Dog: After several episodes of seeming like a kindly old man, we learn he's actually the monstrous Sultan of Agrabah responsible for Jafar's Start of Darkness. Subverted: It turns out he is repentant after all, but still puts on a facade when interacting with his bastard son because he hopes he'll learn the futility of doing evil in order to gain what he desires. It fails. Miserably.
  • Badass Boast: "He is as much my captive as I am his." Though this is less likely a boast and more like a sad observation of Jafar's psychological state in regards to the two of them.
  • Determinator: How else do you stand years of imprisonment wherein you could be freed of it (even knowing you'd be killed afterward) just by saying one particular sentence?
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When he first met Jafar he clearly had no idea why Jafar or his mother who he did love once would think that he would be interested in acknowledging a bastard son when he already has a legitimate heir. Apparently recognizing family for the sake of sharing blood is foreign to him.
  • Fatal Flaw: His extreme arrogance and pride, to the point that he would rather suffer in prison or die that simply call Jafar "son". Even when he turned from evil to good, he still believes in conditional love: now expecting Jafar to earn his love through being kind and merciful. It doesn't work. He also refuses to acknowledge his mistakes, from refusing to take responsibility for his illegitimate child to refusing to acknowledge that if he had treated him better then none of them would be in the situation.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: In episode 12, we find out he has become repentant after all his years as a prisoner, he's just too disgusted by Jafar's behavior to love him.
  • Jerkass: He shows zero regrets for his horrible behavior. In fact, he seems to delight in the power he holds over Jafar. Though his interaction with Alice's father where he says "there are worse reasons to be in a cage, belive me" may imply that he acknowledges he wasn't a good man in the past but is too prideful to admit it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As twisted as it is, he's right that the world would be better off if he had succeeded in killing Jafar as a child. Of course, if he had just given Jafar love and acceptance in the first place, the world would also be a better place.
  • Karmic Death: Is given one by Jafar, who makes him love him and then drowns him using magic.
  • Lackof Empathy: He finds out that a woman he once loved has died and has sent their ten year old illegitimate child to him hoping that he would raise the child since he is now homeless. He knows that said child wants nothing more than to be acknoweledged as a son, doesnt even need to be a prince, and is absolutly craving fatherly affection. WHO CARES? "I already have a son". The only reason he lets Jafar stay, AS A SERVANT, is because he was impressed by his courage. He remains completely indifferent to Jafar's love for him, shamelessly dotting on his legitimate son infront of him while coldly encouraging him to hit Jafar. And later he DROWNS the child after making him think that he was somewhat remorseful for his earlier actions because he ALMOST called him "father". Then has the guards dispose of his body at the dump calling him "refuse". Needless to say, he is much nicer after spending a few years imprisoned.
  • Never My Fault: He absolutely refuses to acknowledge that the way he treated Jafar as a boy was absolutely abhorrent. Whenever Jafar tries to call him out on his horrible ways he instead spins it back on Jafar by noting how horrible HE is and claiming his only mistake was not successfully killing him. Of course it is possible that he does acknowledge he was horrible deep down but is too disgusted with Jafar's actions and/or prideful to admit it.
  • No Name Given: He is only credited as "Old Prisoner". His true identity has no name given either.
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempts this on Jafar. Unfortunately for him (and for countless innocents in the future), it doesn't work.
  • It's All About Me: He had this idealism as the Sultan, not caring about anyone except himself and his legitimate son Mirza. Though he did seem to genuinely care for Jafars mother, enough to remember her name years later and to apologize to Jafar for her death, it was not enough to honor her last wish to take care of, or even ACKNOWLEDGE Jafar as his son too. Though he still has this as an old man in a different form. He honestly beelives that the only thing Jafar wants is for him to acknowledge him as a son, but he continues to deny him that even when Jafar is committing numerous atrocities and endangering Cyrus and Alice to get the genies.
  • Pet the Dog: As much as he refuses to admit it, being imprisoned by Jafar did help him see the error of his ways and has become a somewhat better person and expresses empathy for Jafar's victims. He refuses to free himself because he feels he'd be a burden on Cyrus, instead telling the Genie to go and find his true love. In general, he is friendly to everyone who is not his illegitimate son.
  • Royal Brat: He raised his legitimate son Mirza to be like this, actually encouraging him to hit a young Jafar for being more versed in politics than he.
  • Self-Serving Memory: In the series finale when Jafar beings up how he should have shown mercy to Jafar as a child and offered him fatherly love, he insists that Jafar should have tried to earn it. Although in "Bad Blood" we see that he never had any intention of giving young Jafar a chance and, when Jafar DID try to impress him, he was punished.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He likes to play (by himself) in order to pass the time. He's asked Cyrus to play, but he's a little preoccupied at the moment.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: He absolutely refuses to acknowledge Jafar as his son since he is illegitimate. To him Jafar was nothing but the unintended result of a relationship that ended years ago, a mistake that he had no desire to take responsibility for. He cared absolutely NOTHING for Jafar and if anything saw him as mistake to be "corrected". Despite the fact that he genuinely cared about his mother and was upset with her death.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Shouldn't have tried to drown your son who was desperately craving love from you, your highness. It would've saved so many people a lot of trouble.
  • Villain of Another Story: Jafar and Jabberwocky (by virtue of having read Jafar's fears) are the only characters over the course of the story who are ever aware of the dark deeds the Sultan did in his younger years.
  • Walking Spoiler: Duh! There's a reason why there's a lot of white here!
  • Would Hurt a Child: His bastard son at least.

    Amara 

Amara

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Centric Episodes: "The Serpent"

An evil sorceress of Agrabah, who was Jafar's teacher and would-be lover until he betrayed her by transforming her into his iconic serpent staff.

  • Absolute Cleavage: As Jafar's mentor.
  • And I Must Scream: She blinks eyes as Jafar's Snake staff.
  • Animal Motifs: Snakes, obviously.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Whenever the staff is used by Jafar, her eyes turn red. At the sight of Cyrus, however, her eyes turn yellow, and Jafar can no longer use her.
  • The Corrupter: She taught Dark Magic to Jafar.
  • The Dreaded: When she appears in the marketplace, everyone runs away immediately. Jafar even states that he wants to become feared just like she.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It seems that she might have actually loved Jafar. Too bad it was one-sided.
    • And it seems she loved her sons as well.
  • Evil Mentor: To Jafar. She does a good job. Too good.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Jafar can't use her against Cyrus, her son; in fact, she backfires on him!
  • Gone Horribly Right: Jafar wanted her to teach him dark magic so he would be the most feared person in Agrabah. Boy, did it work.
  • Hot Witch: Centuries can't even diminish her good looks.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: It seems quite clear that the whole reason she became an evil sorceress, and committed the various terrifying acts she did, was all so she could gain the power of the genies so that she could break their curse and free her sons.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The loss of her three sons made her a very bitter and malicious person, enough so that all of Agrabah feared her.
  • Mama Bear: In staff form she's able to resist Jafar's attempt to use her to kill her son, Cyrus.
  • Older Than They Look: She hasn't aged since the time she met Jafar as kid.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: As Jafar's staff, the eyes glow red whenever he uses her.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dies to save her sons in the end.
  • Sexy Mentor: To Jafar.
  • Smug Snake: Obviously. She has a fixation on serpents after all.
  • Wife Husbandry: How she intended her relationship with Jafar to work out.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: To her surprise, Jafar has no intention of sharing the power of the genies.

    Nyx 

Nyx

Played by: Leah Gibson

The guardian of the Well of Wonders. Its magic can help only those whose fate has yet to be decided.


  • Ambiguously Evil: She claims she's just making sure "fate" goes on as planned, but she does some incredibly dodgey stuff, like baiting unexpecting humans to take her water, so she can then turn up and turn them into genies, instead of, you know, putting a magical barrier around the well.
  • Because Destiny Says So: What decides if anyone can use her water. The reason why she refused Cyrus and his brothers her magic water to help their mother. Destiny had already decided her fate.
  • Catchphrase: "You let your desires override the fates. Now it will be your fate to serve the desires of others."
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She and her Well of Wishes prove to be the key to stopping Jafar even after he changes the laws of magic. As a bonus, she even gives some water to revive Anastasia with.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cyrus and his brothers took water from the well to save their mother against her fated destiny. She turned them into genies and had them scattered across Agrabah as punishment, even though the other two only did so because Cyrus begged them. The only way to reverse the curse is to bring the stolen water back. It's implied she's the creator of all genies in the Once Upon a Time verse.
  • Exact Words: Rather like the genies she creates, she makes fateful pronouncements that hinge upon these, whether stating that no one may take from her waters who does not deserve it or whose fate is predetermined, or claiming that anyone who steals from her well/uses powers derived from her waters without permission will be subject to her curse.
  • Humanoid Abomination: She's definitely creepy.
  • Lack of Empathy: In her own words she won't grant mercy to those who (she thinks) don't deserve it. She's doesn't express any compassion to Cyrus and his brothers when they come to her to save their mother, or when Cyrus begs her to reverse the curse on his brothers. She also ignores Amara's pleas for mercy when she comes for revenge.
  • Meaningful Name: Nyx means night in Greek. It's also reminiscent of a nixie, a type of water sprite.
  • Schmuck Bait: She's very insistent that her water can only be used by those whose fate has yet to be written. However there's really nothing to stop someone taking the water without permission. She then appears from the water and casts her curse.
  • Seers: Implied to be one as she knows what is written by destiny and what is not.
  • The Stoic: Her main concern is that destiny goes on as planned, nothing more. If what you want contradicts that destiny (like saving a loved one from a pre-determined fate) she's very unhelpful; not even an expression of pity. However, she shows a smirk when she transforms Cyrus and his brothers into genies, and seems to rather enjoy what she does to Jafar.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Only in appearance, it seems.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Averted, as she knows people's fate it's safe to assume she knew what would happen the moment she cursed Cyrus and his brothers to be genies, not that she would be bothered by this.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: A very firm believer in this. She punishes people who even dare to change it.

    Aladdin 

Aladdin

Played by: Deniz Akdeniz
Centric Episodes: "The Savior", "Street Rats"

The hero of Agrabah, and part of the line of Saviors.


  • Beard of Sorrow: In a far cry from his clean-shaven look in the flashbacks, the modern Aladdin is a fully bearded wreck who has given no care to his own grooming.
  • Being Good Sucks: Jafar goes on a rant to him that the destiny of all Saviors is to give until they have nothing left, and Aladdin seems to have no objection to this in his pathetic state.
  • Fallen Hero: We first meet him long after his story supposedly ended, as a broken wreck who's going to die soon.
  • Nice Hat: In Agrabah, can be seen wearing a fez.
  • Not with Them for the Money: Allegedly, turned down a treasury full of gold as a reward from the Sultan for freeing him from Jafar's control.
  • Street Smart: Comes with being a street rat.
  • There Is Another: Before Emma, he was the Savior along with many others before and after him.

    Jasmine 

Jasmine

Played by: Karen David
Centric Episodes: "Street Rats", "A Wondrous Place"

The princess of Agrabah who is Aladdin's love interest.


    The Genie of Agrabah/Sidney Glass 
See Sidney Glass's profile here.

    Ulima 
Jafars mother and the Sultan's former lover.

  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: She was cared greatly for Jafar and her only mistake was sending him to his father on her deathbed.
  • Horrible Judgeof Character: Ulima honestly believed that the sultan would happily accept Jafar as his son despite him being a bastard child. She was wrong, big time.
  • The Lost Lenore: Subverted, she and the Sultan never married and broke up atleast ten years prior to her death, but the sultan was still visibly shocked and upset by her death. However whatever feelings of affection he had for her still werent enough to honer her last wish to take in Jafar.
  • Mama Bear: The mist that hovers over Jafars body bringing him back to life after the sultan drowns him looks just like the mist that left Ulima's body at her passing. The fact that it turned red while reviving Jafar and he was filled with a burning desire to get revenge on his father later may say something....

Neverland

    Peter Pan 

Malcom / Peter Pan / Pied Piper

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Peter Pan: "We don't have any kings in Neverland. Just me."
Played By: Robbie Kay, Stephen Lord, Jared S. Gilmore
Centric Episodes: "Think Lovely Thoughts"

The immortal leader of the Lost Boys who has stolen children for centuries to find the Heart of the True Believer. He rules Neverland with an iron grip and has a peculiar familiarity with Rumpelstiltskin.


  • Abusive Parents:
    • He's the first Lost Boy; did you expect his childhood was a happy one? We never see his father, but he mentioned that his father sold him to a blacksmith. As of "Think Lovely Thoughts," he himself abandoned his son Rumpelstiltskin to gain eternal youth. He was very neglectful towards Rumpel, to the point of putting him in the care of two spinsters so he could continue being a bum. As Pan, he has no trouble banishing his son to Pandora's Box if he gets in his way.
    • Taken to a whole new level in "Going Home" when he reveals that he straight-up despised his son from the day he was born, and attempts to kill the people Rumpel loves most out of pure spite. Likely the only reason he never tried to out-right kill Rumpel is that someone has to continue the bloodline, as he insinuates in "Ariel".
  • Accent Relapse: Upon becoming Peter Pan, he switched to an English accent from the Irish one his older self used.
  • Actually, I Am Him: He pretends to be a captive of Neverland until Henry accuses him of working for Pan, at which point he clarifies that he is Pan.
  • Adaptational Villainy: One of the most villainous versions of the character, and that's even considering that his original book version was no saint.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Peter Pan is also the Pied Piper.
  • Appropriated Appelation: Peter Pan was originally the name of the doll he gave to his son. He claims he uses it as a reminder of the connection between them, when really it's more likely he just wanted to ditch his old name, so he took the name of the thing right in front of him that got left behind by his son.
  • Arc Villain: For the first half of Season 3.
  • Arch Nemesis Dad: Rumpelstiltskin has no love for his father and Pan has no love for his son, even being willing to kill Rumplestilskin's family just to spite them. His son eventually performs a Mutual Kill on Pan.
  • Arrow Catch: Has the speed and agility to catch an arrow fired not five feet from him as easily as he could breathe. Which actually bites him in the ass when Neal fires an arrow at him whose shaft is coated in magic squid ink.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "There are no kings in Neverland. Just me."
    • And also: "Peter Pan never fails."
    • In the fifth season to Zelena: "I've heard that you're wicked. I'm much worse!"
  • Berserk Button: "Nasty Habits" shows that he really doesn't like people trying to leave Neverland without his permission; they don't even have to get very far, they just have to try. It's one of the first times we've seen him truly angry.
    • Though he tries to hide it the best he can his son, Rumpelstiltskin, is one as well. It finally comes out in the mid-season finale that he was horrified by the very idea of raising a baby, whom he considered a "pink, naked, squirming little larva who would eat all his hopes and dreams alive." Thus he neglected young Rumpel until he got to the point where he was able to abandon him.
  • Big Bad: He is the central antagonist for the first half of Season 3.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Believe it or not, the seemingly all-powerful man child is reduced to this in Season 5. While his plan to return to the living world is definitely threatening, he never had a chance of completing it from the start since Rumple betrays him immediately after getting Hades to destroy the contract, destroying his soul using water from the River of Lost Souls. In the end, Hades' Evil Plan completely overshadows his and Rumple doesn't even mention getting rid of him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: It seems as though he's trying to be a dark twisted version of this towards Henry, later revealed to be his great-grandson.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As Malclom he seems to be a loving father even if he neglects his son to play games. In "Going Home", Peter reveals that he actually hated him since he was a baby, which we later see is because he irrationally blamed him for his wife's supposed death.
  • Body Snatcher: It appears he has the ability to switch bodies with people through grabbing their shadows, as he was able to switch bodies with Henry just before he was about to be sucked into Pandora's Box.
  • Break Them by Talking: Pan makes an art form of it, spending most of the half-season verbally ripping the heroes to shred and shattering their resolve with a few good jabs where it hurts, often in an almost friendly, conversational tone. All the more gloomy in that he almost always hits straight home. For instance when he damaged the regrowing trust between Rumple and Bael by mentioning the Prophecy about Henry, never lying about it. Of course, it makes it even more enjoyable when Regina gives him a taste of his own medecine.
    Hook: "(Emma) is starting to see me for the man I am."
    Peter Pan: "What? Like a one-armed pirate with a drinking problem? I'm not grown up, but I'm pretty sure that's less than appealing."
  • Canon Character All Along: Rumpel's father is alluded to in Season Two, and finally makes an appearance in "Think Lovely Thoughts." He's revealed to be Peter Pan.
  • Casting a Shadow: He has the power to rip off a person's shadow. As seen for the first time in "The Heart of the Truest Believer" the process is fatal and extremely painful, and can also use this for defense by switching bodies if he finds himself in an unwanted situation. In "Going Home" it is shown that destroying The Shadow reverses the process.
  • The Chessmaster: He's manipulated practically everyone and anyone he can to do his bidding and further his plans. He even refers to his capturing and keeping of Henry away from everyone else in "The Game".
    Peter Pan: (to Neal after he's recaptured Henry) Oh don't worry, it won't be for very long. Just until I've reset the board. See, the game is about to change.
  • Composite Character: He's also The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
  • The Corrupter: Trying to persuade Henry to join his cause as well as turning Bae against Rumpel (again) cements him as this. It's implied its how he gets the Lost Boys to be loyal to him, and willingly want to stay in Neverland.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He devised a counter to take off the anti-magic cuff he created, just in case it was used against him. It is, and he shrugs it off.
    Peter Pan: Then one last lesson, son. Never make a cage you can't get out of. I made this cuff you know? Doesn't work on me. But on you! (cue Hoist by His Own Petard and Curb-Stomp Battle.)
  • Cute and Psycho: Don't let his magical, innocent gaze fool you, to call him a bad person would be an understatement.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Thanks to Rumpel, he's this to his Wish Realm counterpart.
  • Deader Than Dead: As shown in "Firebird." While in the Underworld, Rumple replaces Pan's heart with a fake filled with water from the Acheron. This sends him to the Acheron, where he becomes a mindless drifting soul, although "Last Rites" suggests that this is reversible.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually pretty cruel with this.
  • Deal with the Devil: He's very fond of these, as he likes to use them when corrupting people.
  • Death Glare: He can direct withering ones at his foes, and spends his penultimate confrontation with Rumple glaring at him with a stone-hard face and a hateful glare, that intensifies the more the confrontation goes. If looks could kill as they say.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: For Season Three, and the series as a whole.
  • The Dreaded: Hook and his crew of hardened pirates are terrified of him, and even Rumpelstiltskin says he's someone they should all fear. Including him. Yes, that's right, even the Dark One is scared of this little sod.
  • Entitled Bastard: He thinks a hard childhood and an adulthood with a missing wife means the world owes him a happy eternity, no matter who has to suffer for that to happen.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rumpelstiltskin, the Dark One. Like Rumpel he also has great magic power, immortality, likes making deals, and is generally feared. The difference is Rumpel has a conscience buried deep inside, and wishes to make amends for his past evil. Pan however is a genuine sociopath, with nothing holding him back. Taken even further with The Reveal of his true identity: when Rumpel abandoned Baelfire, he immediately felt remorseful and spent a lifetime trying to fix his mistake and reunite with his son. Whereas when Pan abandoned Rumpel, he made no attempts to make amends... in fact, he's GLOATED to Rumpel about it several times!
    • It's later revealed that he ALWAYS resented his son from the day he was born because having a child meant being tied down from living the life he wanted to live. Ouch.
  • Evil Overlord: Younger (psychically anyway) than most examples, but he still counts. Pan is the indisputable ruler of Neverland, down to the enormous power and army of minions, and he will let nobody leave without his permission.
  • Evil Sorcerer: As the absolute ruler of Neverland, he is more of a Physical God, but Peter Pan is also a master of sorcery, who can effortlessly cast his version of the Curse, dish out nasty spells, and created powerful magic trinkets.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Worse than Rumpelstiltskin, the Evil Queen, and Captain Hook combined.
    • His appearance in the Underworld flipped this around in regards to Rumpel...now Rumpel is the more evil of the two, but Pan is so egotistical that he doesn't seem to realize this shift until it's too late.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Pan looks like a cute Pretty Boy, but he is one of (if not the) the show's most hideously, unapologetically evil with a capital E. It shows in his facial expressions, which can be really chilling. When the nasty twerp sends a Death Glare, the recieving party are within their right to soil themselves.
  • The Fair Folk: The character's dark undertones are now overtones.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: His actor says he's aware of it but it tends to go off on its own.
  • Fatal Flaw: His massive ego. As a Physical God due to Neverland's belief-based magic, he could have won easily had he not taken his sweet time toying with everyone, under the impression that "Peter Pan never fails" so he'll win anyway. This is most noticeable in "Save Henry" and "Going Home".
    • It shows up again in "Firebird", where he completely underestimates Rumple and tries to manipulate and intimidate him like he had always successfully done in life...but it doesn't work quite so well this time around.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a genuinely despicable, monstrous person who makes Cora look less evil, but he can make almost anyone trust him. Even the audience.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Implied, he has a strong fixation on children who've been abandoned by their parents. Turns out this was the case for him as well—his father abandoned him to stay with a blacksmith. Didn't stop him from doing the same damn thing to his own son, though.
    • He also mentions how he had to work for the blacksmith day in and day out in front of hot coals, so to relieve the stress, he'd think lovely thoughts and then at nights he'd visit Neverland in his dreams. Having a stressful, work-filled childhood made him want to make up for it with a responsibility-free, game-filled adult life, and this also explains why he was so eager to have a real second (and eternal) childhood upon going back to Neverland. And also why he hated having a child. "A child can't have a child" after all.
    • The fact that his own wife left him and became evil probably didn’t help matters either. In fact, this is where part of the hatred for his son comes in: He blames him for his wife leaving them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: In the Enchanted Forest was just a useless deadbeat and conman, now he's The Dreaded.
  • For the Evulz: While looking for Henry, his shadow brought countless kids to Neverland as part of the search. Even though they weren't the ones he was looking for, Pan wouldn't let any of them go back to their families, even though they were begging to see their parents.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For Greg and Tamara in Season 2, for Rumpelstiltskin's character as a whole, and consequentially for the series up to "Going Home".
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He traded Rumpelstiltskin as a child in order to gain eternal youth so he could stay on Neverland. He tries to rationalize this deplorable action by saying that Rumpel would be better off without him because he was "never meant to be a father", thus could never be the father his son needs. It's later revealed that he never believed a word of this, and only said it in hopes that Rumpel wouldn't ever come back into his life.
  • I Gave My Word: Claims that when he gives his word, he will keep it. To the Exact Words. Although the map he gave Emma does show her the location of his camp where Henry is, nothing stops him from moving the camp regularly around Neverland.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Par for the course; Neverland doesn't grant immortality, it just keeps you from growing up. So Peter sits somewhere between a centuries-old Chessmaster and a schoolyard bully.
  • It's All About Me: Every action Pan takes is for his own benefit and no one else, not even his son or great-grandson, is of the least importance if sacrificing them gets him what he wants. Taken to a huge extreme when he admits that he never wanted a child because the responsibilities of parenthood would prevent him from living his life the way HE wanted to.
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost everyone in the cast calls him "Pan."
  • Jerkass: He's petty, cruel, sociopathic, and manipulative.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Coming to Neverland with Rumpel for the first time finally makes him act like a half-decent dad. And then he breaks like glass when offered a chance at eternal youth.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Malcolm never loved his son, neglected him, and later tried to abandon him, but he still showed signs of guilt about this since he knows Rumpel loves him nonetheless. Once he discards Rumpel and becomes Pan, however, any and all sense of guilt is lost. He even points out that he's safe by the Thinking Tree because it can't ensnare him since he has no regrets.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Subverted, Pan initially appears to be just a young boy, but he's even older than Rumpelstiltskin, and only keeps his youth thanks to Neverland's magic.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is killed along with Rumpel via the Dark One dagger.
  • Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: He stands out amongst most villains in Once Upon a Time by having no issue with sacrificing his own family members.
  • Laughably Evil: Only as Malcolm. His shameless scamming and attitude about life is so audacious it becomes amusing.
  • The Lost Lenore: His wife Fiona, whose supposed death hit Malcolm hard. After becoming the completely self-centered Peter Pan, however, he appears to forget all about her, as he never once mentions or alludes to her.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Turns out he is Rumpelstiltskin's father.
  • The Man Behind the Man: To Greg and Tamara.
  • Magical Flutist: Has a set of pan-pipes that can control children who feel lonely, neglected, or abandoned. Notably Rumpel can hear it as an adult. But Henry can't hear it, at first.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Equals (or even surpasses) Rumpelstiltskin in the mind games category. Like father, like son in this case.
  • Narcissist: The biggest one in the series, as he only cares for himself.
  • Never Grew Up:
    • The trope namer. He looks to be around the same age as Henry if not a little older but he's Really 700 Years Old and acts much different than his appearance implies.
    • It turns out he did grow up physically in the past, but not mentally, and so he was desperate to return to the age that he felt he still belonged at, even if it meant giving up his own son.
  • Not So Different: He points out to Rumpel that they've both done horrible things, abandoning their sons for one flavor of power or another. Rumpel immediately points out that he has regretted his choice every second since and spent centuries trying to make up for it, while Peter has never shown even the slightest ounce of remorse.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: There are a few times when he describes himself as having a good day when he won't be the manipulating immature evil immortal everyone fears, a facet taken straight from the original book. When Hook and his elder brother came looking for the most poisonous plant in Neverland, believing it to be a medicinal plant, he told them they had bad information, but still gave them directions. And when Hook's elder brother poisoned himself to prove Pan was lying and found out the most painful way Pan was being honest, Pan even gave him a magical cure to save his brother's life.
  • Outside-Context Problem: He doesn't even appear until the second season, and he's unlike anything Emma, her parents, or Regina have faced before. Only Neal, Rumpelstiltskin and Hook have an idea how to deal with him, and he still manages to surprise even them.
  • The Patriarch: He's the oldest known male member of his family and spends much of the show as the strongest.
  • Pet the Dog: His first interractions with Hook and his brother, as explained above, were genuinely cordial and helpful, if ominous. Too bad his good days are quite rare.
  • Physical God: Because his eternal youth and life is bound to the magic of Neverland, he can do anything so long as he merely believes it. He could kill the main cast with ease if he wanted to, but he doesn't want to because it's more fun to "play" with them.
  • Power Of Hate: Recognizes its usefulness when he lied to Greg and Tamara about his goal to destroy magic and convinced them to do his bidding.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: As Malcolm. Oddly enough, he actually got slightly better in terms of childishness after sacrificing his son for eternal youth, though he certainly remained psychopathic.
  • Psychotic Smirk: One would be hard-pressed to think that cute Robbie Kay can pull this up, but he does flawlessly. He does one as soon as things go his way, which means quite often, and makes it creepy as hell.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He has been around longer than Rumpelstiltskin. As revealed in "Think Lovely Thoughts", Peter is actually Rumpel's de-aged father.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Fiona is the only woman he shows interest in.
  • A Sinister Clue: The left hand is his dominant one, the one he usually rises to Arrow Catch, spell-casts and the like.
  • Smug Super: He's very smug to a punchable degree, but he has the power, smarts and magic to back it all up. Which makes his defeat at Regina's hands all the more satisfying.
  • The Sociopath:
    • Has a severe Lack of Empathy, delights in using people's weaknesses and insecurities against them and is an unapologetically evil little shit.
    • As Malcolm, he acts affectionate toward his son but still neglects and ultimately abandons him, later confirming that he liked Rumpel as a tool at most and despised him at worst. His affection for Rumpel was genuine only so much as it being an extension of his love for himself: caring for Rumpel because he's his son rather than because he's his son. It's a degree of sociopathy reminiscent of Daniel Plainview.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Pan is arguably the vilest, nastiest villain in the show, without a single decent bone in his body, but he is always perfectly calm, whether cordial and conversational or scathing and spiteful. He almost never raises his voice and without screaming the rare times he does.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Played with, as he rarely uses sorcery there, but he is still an Evil Sorcerer when not playing Physical God, ruling Neverland with an iron fist.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He does this with magic, but it still counts. Being able to be anywhere he wants on Neverland, Pan has the disturbing habit of appearing near people without warning, usually too far in their confort zone just for further creepy points. Several times. And disappearing just as suddenly.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Via magic of Neverland.
  • This Was His True Form: As Rumpelstilkin finishes the both of them off in his Taking You with Me moment, Pan reverts to his original age before he regained his youth.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: He's a manipulative, violent sorcerer named "Peter." And his real name is Malcolm.
  • Tranquil Fury: The sod never looses his calm, even when furious. Which makes his rage even more chilling.
  • The Unapologetic: He says that the best part of being a Lost Boy is never having to apologize. He himself embodies it better than anyone else in the group, showing no remorse for his actions and refusing to make full amends with Rumpel even when he's trying t lure him to his side. In fact, his refusal to ever feel guilty means that he's seemingly the only one who can't be trapped, even temportarily, by the magic tree of Neverland.
  • The Unfettered: Does NOT take well to losing a game. After Regina denies him of Henry's heart, he is seriously pissed.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the far past of the story, a man abandons his son to live forever. Said son must live with his failure forever, go off to fight in the Ogre Wars, and is then branded a coward when he injures himself to get out of it. That son would grow up to become Rumpelstiltskin, one of the cornerstones of the plot. That man would become Peter Pan. His actions basically set things in motion to create the plot.
  • The Vamp: A male example. Especially to Hook's The Ingenue
  • Villain Teleportation: In Neverland, he can appear and vanish anywhere at will.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted. Pan tries to play this image up to Henry since he's destined to save all magic in all of the multi-verse, but Pan's not really fooling anyone.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Played with. In "Nasty Habits", Rumpel says that they knew each other when Rumpel was a kid, but something happened, and as a result Rumpel considers Pan more evil than him. But as revealed in "Think Lovely Thoughts" Peter is actually Rumpel's father, de-aged from a deal using Neverland's magic. And though he acted it, he was NEVER truly a friend to his son.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He would willingly sacrifice his son without caring what would happen to Rumpel for the sake of his own eternal youth. Later on, he's willing to sacrifice his great-grandson to continue living forever.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: As soon as he gets trapped within Pandora Box, he immediately decides to switch bodies with Henry and play low until the heroes think the threat is gone. They pulled him out of Neverland? Not that he cares, he will turn Storybrook as his new Neverland, with every citizen as his memory-wiped slave for good measure. And he comes dangerously close to do so.
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Regina gives Pan an epic one of these. A temporarily depowered Pan is relying on a tree that traps people tight with vines. The greater their regret, the more tightly the tree holds them. Pan is strutting up and down, lecturing Emma and Snow on all the regret they feel, when Regina stops him cold. She makes it clear that she doesn't feel any regret, despite everything she's done, because it got her the one thing she loves the most — it got her Henry — and easily breaks free of the tree. The Oh, Crap! expression on Pan's face, right before Regina hammers him flat, is priceless. This scene really drives home Pan's biggest weaknesses: Being so confident he always underestimates others, and continually relying on one-size-fits-all solutions.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: No one is meant to live in Neverland as it is a land that only exists in the dreams of children. Peter Pan broke the law and his youth is connected to the hourglass in Skull Rock.

    Felix 

Felix

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Felix: "Pan never fails."

Played By: Parker Croft

A leader of the Lost Boys, second only to Peter Pan himself.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Kind of hard not to feel sorry for the shmuck when he gets his heart ripped out and crushed by Pan.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Always seen carrying a large wooden club.
  • Creepy Monotone: His way of speaking.
  • Deadpan Snarker: With the emphasis on deadpan.
  • The Dragon: He's the strongest of the Lost Boys, which makes him Pan's second in command.
  • Expy: More than a few viewers have compared him to Rufio, and Hook later alludes to having killed Rufio while fighting Feliz.
    • He may be a reference to Slightly, as well.
  • First-Name Basis: He's the only one to ever call Pan, "Peter".
  • Killed Off for Real: Due to being the thing Peter Pan "loves" most.
  • Mouth of Sauron: He fulfills this role for Peter.
  • Nerves of Steel: Remains perfectly calm while threatening the Dark One to his face, and is downright gleeful while waiting for Henry to shoot a poisoned arrow at an apple on his head.
  • Psycho Supporter: To Pan.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Peter Pan — moreso then the other Lost Boys, to the point that he was the only one that stayed on Pan's side. Which is ironically what does him in, as it technically makes him the person Pan loves the most — the person you have to kill to perform Regina's curse.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He doesn't take it well when the other Lost Boys are convinced to turn on Pan.

    Tinker Bell 

Tinker Bell

Played By: Rose McIver
Voiced By: Lourdes Cetrángolo (Latin-Labyrinthine Spanish), Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese)
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Tinker Bell: "I was a fairy. A long time ago."
Centric Episodes: "Quite a Common Fairy"

A fairy exiled in Neverland. One of the only people Pan trusts, and an old acquaintance of Captain Hook.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: She's the only fairy with a green outfit.
  • Blithe Spirit: Among the fairies as well as in the human world, before she lost hope in herself. Afterwards, she's much more careful in what she gets involved in.
  • Break the Cutie: Caused by her banishment and loss of her wings, courtesy of the Blue Fairy.
  • Broken Bird: After being stripped of her wings.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As punishment for stealing pixie dust.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Prior to meeting Regina, she apparently couldn't resist the calling of helping others, even when it clashed with fairy rules or common sense.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: To Regina, trying to be her Morality Chain and to make her fight The Corruption and being made into The Corruptible.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Being Brought Down to Normal by the Blue Fairy.
  • The Fair Folk: Is pretty downright nasty when first seen in the present day, but she gets better.
  • Fairy Sexy: Just look at her!
  • For Happiness: Unlike the Blue Fairy, she doesn't adhere to Black and White Morality. She genuinely wanted everyone to be happy, no matter what they've done or could do, before her conflict with Regina.
  • Fun Personified: In the flashback for Quite A Common Fairy, she is innocent, open-minded and a good listener, making her a talented and lovable fairy and also too naive to take things seriously, a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and always looking to the bright side of things.
  • Garden Garment: Her dress looks like it is made of leaves.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's extremely helpful and kindhearted until the Blue Fairy takes her wings from her.
  • Malicious Misnaming: The Blue Fairy calls her "Green" even though she insists on being called Tinker Bell. However, the Blue Fairy does this out of respect for fairy rules rather than actual malice.
  • Not So Different: From Regina; blaming her for ruining her life even when it was really the Blue Fairy's fault just as Regina did to Snow despite it being Cora's fault. However, Regina manages to sway her off the path of revenge, knowing full well how it's not worth it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Regina who, at the time they meet, is rather brooding and pessimistic, contrasting with Tink's extreme energy and optimism.
  • Panty Shot: When she is ripped of her powers and lands hard on the ground.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: At first.
  • Quirky Curls: In the Enchanted Forest flashbacks, she's sporting wild curls and is rather energetic. They're gone in Neverland after she has become much more cynical.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Much to the Blue Fairy's displeasure she has a habit of breaking the rules.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She goes against the Blue Fairy's orders because she feels helping Regina is the right thing to do.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Leaves the group, when she finds out they have no escape plan off the island, as she believes they'll all be killed. Though she is willing to rejoin if they have one.
  • She's Got Legs: The skirt of her costume is much skimpier than those of the other fairies.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Regina and happiness, really, which in her opinion comes with the man with the lion tattoo.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Initially simply sympathy for an Anti-Hero, who ends up falling into darkness. It is a Subverted Trope when she tries to take revenge and regrets trying to help but it is Double Subverted and actually continues all the way, towards the only person she appears to really despise: Regina.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She wants to prove to the Blue Fairy that she can be a good fairy.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: So far, she's the only person who's gotten to properly confront the Blue Fairy for screwing them over. Blue eventually agrees that she went too far, and restores her wings.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Before losing her wings, she had really optimistic ideas about love and happiness.
  • You Are Number 6: Wants to be called by her name Tinker Bell, instead of Green, the color of her dress which is the norm amongst full-fledged fairies. The Blue Fairy still calls her Green.

    The Shadow 

The Shadow

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Tinker Bell: "I am the sole inhabitant of Neverland."
Voiced By: Marilyn Manson

A humanoid shadow that takes children to Neverland where they never have to grow up or listen to their parents. However, it refuses to let the children leave even if they start to miss their parents. Its owner is the ruler of Neverland, Peter Pan.


  • Adult Fear: A monster that flies through your kid's bedroom window, takes them away, and never lets them come back.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Although it serves Pan, it also is what made him so powerful to begin with.
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's the detached shadow of Peter Pan that does his bidding. In "Think Lovely Thoughts", it's revealed that it was formerly the sole inhabitant of Neverland before Pan arrived, and became Pan's shadow through a deal they made.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: It takes Wendy to Neverland but takes her back home on the condition that one of her brothers takes her place.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Its glowing eyes are the only thing on it not completely black.
  • Kill It with Fire: Taken out by being thrown into an incense burner.
  • Living Shadow: The Shadow is a creature of darkness that can interact with shadows, but its clear that he is not literally Pan's shadow, having existing long before Peter Pan arrived in Neverland.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Destroying The Shadow restores the lives of all those who were killed by having their shadows ripped out.
  • Power Floats: The Shadow can fly.
  • The Quiet One: It can speak, but only actually does so in one episode. Still, given that it was Marilyn Manson providing the voice, that one episode was more than enough to freak out every fan of this show.
  • Weakened by the Light: Bae manages to escape him by lighting a match and waving it in his face.

    The Lost Boys 

The Lost Boys

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A gang of young boys working for Peter Pan.
  • Black Cloak/In the Hood: Their uniforms.
  • Carry a Big Stick: All the Lost Boys are armed with wooden weapons.
  • Creepy Child: A whole gang of them.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: All except Felix, the leader.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Their weapons are laced with dreamshade, ensuring even a nick will kill their enemies in time. Or each other if their play goes badly.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: They're not technically evil - they just don't have a choice to leave and leap at the chance to go home, or rather to what will be the nearest thing to home - because God knows how long those children have been there and their entire families may be dead! - when Emma gives them the chance.

    Tiger Lily 

Tiger Lily

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Played By: Sara Tomko

A former fairy once close to the Black Fairy. She gave up her wings after failing to keep the latter from succumbing to darkness.

  • Adaptational Species Change: In the book she's an indian cheifs daughter. Here she's a fairy who sports a native american like appearance.
  • Fairy Godmother: Rumplestiltskin's
  • My Greatest Failure: She was unable to keep Fiona from turning dark.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She sets Fiona on the path to becoming the Black Fairy.
    • In fact, one could argue that she is this to almost the entire series. Her banishment of Fiona led Malcolm to abuse young Rumpelstiltskin and eventually become Peter Pan, which in turn set Rumple on the path to becoming the immortal Magnificent Bastard who would influence Cora, Regina, Zelena, and many others to commit wicked acts.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what happened to her when Drizella forces Regina to cast the Dark Curse.

Oz

    Dorothy Gale and the Wizard of Oz 
See these two characters under "Fictional Kansas" here.

    The Sisterhood of Witches 

The Sisterhood of Witches

Played By: Sunny Mabrey, Karen Holness, Sharon Taylor

Three powerful witches of Oz that mastered light magic and represent three of the four elements of that magic. Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, represents love, the Witch of the North represents wisdom and the Witch of the East represents courage.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The Witch of the North is an elderly woman in the Oz books but is portrayed here as young and beautiful.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Glinda is red haired in the original books, as well as most film portrayals (save for Michelle Williams in Oz: The Great and Powerful). Here she is a blonde.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Witch of the East's not "wicked" and gets along with Dorothy.
    • Just for emphasis, while the original book's sequels implied each cardinal direction has a good and bad witch (we meet Mombi and Singra, the bad witches Glinda and Locasta overthrew to become the witches of the North and South, and a good witch named Gloma assumes the throne after the Witch of the West is defeated), there was never a good Witch of the East in canon.
    • There could be a good one and a wicked one for each direction in this version, since the Tin Man later mentions being cursed by the Wicked Witch of the North when he appears in "Where Bluebirds Fly".
  • Adapted Out: Inverted. This is one of the rare Oz adaptations to leave the Witch of the North in. She's usually combined with Glinda.
  • Age Lift: Unlike North's book counterpart who is described as an old woman, she's played by a young actress.
  • Big Good: Glinda is the head of the Witches, and thus acts as the greatest good Oz has known in the face of the deceptive Wizard Walsh and the Wicked Witch Zelena.
  • Idiot Ball: Thinking that water would kill Zelena. And, for that matter, not checking the body. Multiple times.
  • No Name Given: The Witch of the North and East have no given names.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Inverted. The Witch of the East's not related to the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Zelena has exiled Glinda to a snowy mountainous place north of the Dark Forest.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Dorothy's house did not fall on the Witch of the East, leaving her to live past Dorothy's arrival.
  • Those Two Guys: The Witches of the North and East are always seen by the side of each other, and associate less with Zelena and Dorothy than Glinda does.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The Witches were the only friends Zelena could ever remember, but after Zelena tried to attack Dorothy, the three witches became enemies of that Wicked Witch.
  • Woman in White: Glinda's one of the four main witches of Oz and she dresses all in white.

Arendelle

    Queen Elsa 

Queen Elsa

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Elsa: "The only way to ever truly be in control of your powers is to embrace them."
Played By: Georgina Haig
Centric Episodes: "A Tale of Two Sisters", "Rocky Road", "Smash the Mirror Parts 1 & 2"

The magical queen of Arendelle, who was held prisoner by Rumpelstiltskin until Emma accidentally freed her.


  • Anti-Villain: On arriving in Storybrooke, she freezes an oncoming van and unleashes another Snowlem like Marshmallow on the town, but she's mostly acting out of fear of her strange new surroundings. Once she meets Emma, she mellows out and makes friends with the Charmings.
  • Badass Cape: Just like in the movie, her ice dress has a long, flowing cape attached to it.
  • Badass in Charge: As queen of Arendelle, she has her powers to defend her kingdom.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In order, things you should never mess with are: Anna, someone Elsa loves/cares for, Arendelle. Harm these things and you will receive a very powerful blast of ice to the face.
  • Big Sister Instinct: For Anna. She absolutely forbids her sister from traveling to Misthaven, even though she's desperate to find out if her parents really did want to find a way to remove her powers. In the present day, Elsa is absolutely desperate to find her missing sister. It's to the extent that Emma has to keep her out of Ingrid's (the prime suspect in Anna's disappearance) interrogation because she can't control her emotions. She also notes that when Kristoff was dating Anna was the only time in her life she ever made someone sweat.
  • CelibateHero: The producers promised before Season 4 even started that she would not be given a love interest, in keeping with her status as one of the few Disney heroes to be completely independent.
  • Character Development: After overcoming her fear and Power Incontinence despite Anna not being present, she eventually realizes that it's not just the love of others that is needed to master her abilities; she herself has to embrace them. After figuring this out, Elsa is finally able to gain complete control over her powers.
  • Cool Crown: Back in Frozen, Elsa tossed her original tiara during "Let It Go", and it fell into Marshmallow's possession. Two years later, she's replaced it with a snowflake-themed one.
  • Decomposite Character: The original Snow Queen from Hans Christian Andersen's story is a separate character on the show. Which takes it even further since in Frozen, Elsa was herself a Composite Character (having some elements of Kai; what she didn't have were used, along with the Robber Girl, in creating Kristoff).
  • Decoy Protagonist: She initially appears to be the heroine of the Frozen storyline, taking the place of her sister. But once Anna arrives in Storybrooke...
  • Defrosting Ice Queen (ba-dum crash): Towards Kristoff. Once he assists her in preventing Hans from seizing the urn, Elsa states that she considers him a friend. Previously, she had been somewhat cold towards him (given that he was the one who helped Anna leave the kingdom without her permission), and (according to her) was hard on him while he was dating Anna.
    • Also towards Emma and the rest of Storybrooke, given that she thought someone in the town was holding Anna. Once Emma realizes that Elsa couldn't control her powers during their first encounter, Elsa starts to open up.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Elsa crosses it in "Fall." The locator spell fails to find Anna, implying that her sister is gone forever.
  • Deuteragonist: Elsa is this to Anna's protagonist in the flashbacks, just as she was in Frozen. Averted in the present day, due to the fact that Anna has disappeared.
  • Doomed Hometown: She doesn't remember, but the night Elsa was trapped in the urn was also the night that her entire kingdom was frozen solid.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything that happens to her, she reclaims her kingdom, is at peace with herself once again, and gets to walk her sister down the aisle.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: She is told by the Snow Queen that Anna, the one person who never gave up on her, grew to see Elsa as a monster and trapped her in the urn, implying this trope. It's proven to be false. Anna was the one who put her in the urn, but her actions were the result of Ingrid's dark magic, and not of her own free will. Even as she's being absorbed into the urn, Elsa makes it clear that she doesn't blame her sister and will always love her. By the time they've reunited, Elsa has already figured out Anna put her in the urn because she was placed under the Spell of Shattered Sight, and isn't upset with her sister in the slightest.
  • Fake Shemp: Her first appearance at the end of Season 3 was filmed before Georgina Haig was even cast, so she was played by a crew member whose face isn't seen, wearing a wig.
  • Famous Last Words: While being trapped in the urn by Anna (under the Spell of Shattered Sight), Elsa uses her final moments of freedom to assure her sister that, no matter what, she loves her.
  • Fantastic Racism: Defied. Elsa refuses to accept the Snow Queen's belief that those with magic can never coexist with those who do not, likely due to Anna's faith in her.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: When she arrives in Storybrooke, she gets scared and confused by things like automobiles and cell phones.
  • Foil: Downplayed example with Anna. After the events of Frozen, Elsa has certainly opened up a bit, but she remains the more reserved serious, and patient sister in contrast to Anna's more playful, optimistic, and rash personality.
  • Generation Xerox: Elsa and Anna's relationship is presented in a similar way to the Snow Queen's relationship with her sisters. Averted. Elsa, and her relationship with Anna, turn out a lot better than Ingrid and her sisters. And while her aunt grows to believe that her powers will always isolate her from those without magic, Elsa overcomes her desire for isolation thanks to her bond with Anna. Unlike Ingrid, who eventually proves herself selfish and willing to hurt innocents with her powers, Elsa remains heroic despite being misunderstood, never intentionally using her abilities to attack others except in self-defense.
  • Genre Blind: She immediately puts her trust in her aunt the Snow Queen, who was trapped in an urn, which screams that she is Obviously Evil, and never being mentioned by her mother. It doesn't stick. Once Ingrid and Anna each claim that the other is up to no good, Elsa immediately believes her sister and plans to put Ingrid back in the urn.
  • Happy Ending Override: Elsa and Anna are definitely victims of this. Frozen ended with Elsa finally in control of her powers, Hans imprisoned and facing judgment from his twelve brothers, and (most importantly) Elsa and Anna happily reunited. In Season 4 (two years after the movie) it's clear that everything fell apart. Hans is free (for a while), it's discovered that their family has some VERY dark secrets, and by the time Elsa arrived in Storybrooke, Anna is missing and may not even be alive.
    • She's also ironically the cause of it for Ariel, who was living happily with Eric back in the Enchanted Forest until Elsa shrunk the Jolly Roger (with Ariel unknowingly nearby) as punishment to Blackbeard for almost killing Anna and Kristoff.
  • Hero Antagonist: Her fears (of the strange world (Storybrooke) she's in, of her missing sister, and of her mysterious powers) drive the conflict during "A Tale of Two Sisters" and "Whiteout". During "Fall", her desire of finding Anna puts her in conflict with Snow and others who wish to use her sister's necklace to save the town from the Spell of Shattered Sight.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: In the present, her forming a varient of this with Emma is part of her aunt's plans - so that the three of them can form a "family" like the one Ingrid lost. Final result is that though they aren't quite that close, the two younger women part ways as good friends with a strong mutual understanding.
  • An Ice Person: Her first act upon being freed is to freeze everything she walks on.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In a reversal of the trope, Georgina Haig is physically a spot on dead ringer for Elsa's animated form. Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two.
  • It's All My Fault: Upon discovering her parents' journal and the real reason for the trip that led to the shipwreck, she blames herself for their deaths.
  • I Will Find You: Elsa is absolutely desperate to find her missing sister. She'll go so far as to endanger everyone in Storybrooke for a chance to locate Anna.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: While Elsa does have superior control over her powers, by the time of Anna's disappearance and Elsa's arrival in Storybrooke, Anna became this for Elsa. She thinks she can only truly control them when Anna is around. It takes a talk from Charming to convince her that even if Anna isn't present, she would still believe in Elsa's ability to control her powers. She eventually is able to move past this. Although Anna's love helps her greatly, Elsa realizes that to fully gain control over her magic, she herself must accept it completely.
  • Morality Chain: It's implied that Anna is this for her, with Rumplestiltskin even claiming that once Anna is gone, Elsa will become "the monster everyone fears she is". The Snow Queen also seems to believe this, planning to bring Elsa around to her way of thinking by destroying the sisters' relationship. Ultimately it's defied. It initially appears as if she's willing to threaten Emma's life in order to find Anna, but her endangering of Emma turns out to be a product of her powers going out of control once again, rather than an erosion of Elsa's morals. She remains heroic (although frightened and distraught) in the present despite Anna being missing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Her payback on Blackbeard accidentally rips Ariel away from the happy ending she'd earned in the previous season.
  • Not So Different: From Emma, as they're both young women who often feel overwhelmed by the huge responsibility they carry upon their shoulders. They lampshade it and bond over it.
  • Not So Stoic: Elsa retains her reserved personality from Frozen, but once she and Anna are reunited, she is babbling like a schoolgirl.
  • The Only One: Anna believes her to be the only person capable of ruling Arendelle and overthrowing Hans after he takes over.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when Anna tells her that Hans and his brothers have conquered Arendelle.
  • Power Incontinence: Not as severe as in the film, but strong emotions will cause her to make things pretty chilly. Plus she leaves a trail of ice behind her, almost like a slug. Eventually, she embraces her magic and overcomes this. By "Fall", it's evident that she's in complete control of her powers, as no flurries appear even after she realizes her sister may be dead. Previously, even talking about her long dead parents caused her to lose control.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Anna's red; she's still the cool and reserved sister to Anna'a bubbly energy. It's best seen in "Smash the Mirror."
  • Replacement Goldfish: Ingrid sees her as a replacement for her sister Gerda (Elsa's mother).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Rumpel kept her in a bottle until Emma's trip to the past brought her back. Note that the urn she was in was kept in a place where, according to Rumpel, he keeps things "too dark or unpredictable, even for [him]." Ultimately, she's revealed to be actually a Sealed Good in a Can.
  • Sibling Team: With Anna, her sister, best friend, and Living Emotional Crutch. Ingrid does not approve.
    • After the two are reunited in the present-day, it's clear that they remain as close as ever despite their aunt's best efforts.
  • Sole Survivor: Elsa is the only person in Arendelle (other than Ingrid herself) to not be frozen by the Snow Queen's magic. Averted when Arendelle thaws thirty years later.
  • Spanner in the Works: Foe many of the Snow Queen's plans throughout season 4a.
    • The Snow Queen planned to turn Anna against Elsa, forcing Elsa to kill her to avoid being trapped in the urn. The last thing she expected was that Elsa would refuse to hurt her sister even at that point, resulting in her being alone again.
    • Convinces Emma to keep her magic, explaining that to gain control over it, she has to accept herself. This interrupts Gold's trap at the last minute, preventing him from using the hat to absorb the Savior use her power to free himself from his dagger.
    • As the town is getting prepared for the spell of shattered sight to fall, Elsa hands over pebbles instead of Anna's necklace (which could have saved the town from the spell). Fortunately, the necklace is the star that allows Elsa to wish for her sister. And given Rumple's plan to capture the fairies in the hat, it's likely the necklace wouldn't have helped the town as he would have used Hook to capture the fairies regardless of their progress.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: She expresses extreme reluctance to kill the Snow Queen, despite it being the only apparent way to stop her, even stating that she doesn't believe that killing is ever the answer. Especially notable in that it's ''Anna'' who (reluctantly) suggests the idea.

    Princess Anna 

Princess Anna

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Anna: "You have a sister, you are never gonna be alone."
Played By: Elizabeth Lail
Centric Episodes: "A Tale of Two Sisters", "White Out", "The Apprentice", "Family Business", "Smash the Mirror Parts 1 & 2"

Elsa's sister, who disappeared five years after the events of Frozen and who hasn't been seen in the twenty-eight years or so since.


  • Action Girl: She's an expert with a sword, and she helps a young Prince Charming fight off his tyrannical enemy, the fearsome Bo Peep.
  • Adaptational Badass: Despite all she could do in the first film, she still could get tougher. After the business with Hans, she had some of Arendelle's soldiers teach her how to swordfight. She's actually the one who first taught Charming.
  • Adorkable: Just as much as the film version.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: The Spell of Shattered Sight can only affect a person once. Thus, in the present day, Anna is immune to Ingird's curse along with Emma and Elsa.
  • Character Development: It's subtle, but Anna has clearly matured somewhat following the events of Frozen. She remains her plucky, idealistic, kind-heartened self, but Anna has not only taken the initiative to improve her combat skills, but is also far less-easily fooled by enemies disguised as helpful allies, quickly becoming suspicious of Ingrid. Obviously, Hans' betrayal taught her something.
    • It's acknowledged in-universe. When arguing with Kristoff about trust, he points out that she agreed to marry Hans hours after meeting him. Anna responds that she was "young and naive" (Younger, but the point still stands), with Kristoff himself running into her at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna less than 24 hours later.
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Decoy Protagonist: From a chronological perspective, she appears to retain her role from Frozen, playing a larger role in the flashbacks than Elsa does, going alone on a mission to the Enchanted Forest and later becoming the only person to distrust Ingrid. In reality, Elsa becomes the main focus, since she appears in both the flashbacks and the present day.
  • Deuteragonist: In contrast to Frozen, Elsa is a bit more prominent than her sister throughout the adaptation, primarily due to the fact that Anna is missing throughout the present-day segments. In the flashbacks, however, the two share mostly equal spotlight.
  • Ditzy Genius: She remains a naive and awkward Princess, and is said by Elsa to often act before she thinks, but Anna is far from unintelligent. Throughout her experiences, Anna proves quick-thinking enough to almost immediately understand how the Dark One's dagger works, enabling her to become one of the few people to thwart Rumplestiltskin. She's also the only one to question Ingrid's origins and intentions, and her suspicions are soon shown to be completely accurate.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything that happens to her in this season, Anna finally gets to marry Kristoff with her sister at peace with herself once again.
  • Easily Forgiven: Elsa doesn't even mention Anna trapping her in the urn when the finally reunite, and pays no heed to Anna's confession. Justified, because both were aware at this point that Anna's actions were the result of the Spell of Shattered Sight. It's further demonstrated when Anna assures Elsa that she didn't mean what she said when putting her in the urn. Elsa just hugs her in response. Later, when Ingrid reminds the two sisters of the incident, Elsa just ignores her.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Anna wears the fancy, white dress her mother wore.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Snow Queen claims that Anna grew to see her sister as a monster because of her powers, and trapped Elsa in the urn because of it. It turns out to be a lie. Anna was the one who trapped Elsa in the urn, but only because Ingrid cursed her with the Spell of Shattered Sight. And even when the curse left Anna with only her worst feelings towards her sister, it was anger at being ignored when they were children, rather than fear and disgust of her powers, that led her to imprison Elsa.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: When she arrives in Storybrooke, she quietly remarks to Elsa about what a "funny-looking world" it is.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Averted; the timeline displayed onscreen would set the intended wedding between Kristoff and Anna approximately two years after the events of Frozen.
  • Generation Xerox: Personality wise, Anna is very similar to her aunt Helga; selfless, helpful, and caring. Most importantly, both are unwavering supportive of their older sister, despite her potentially dangerous ice magic. Neither gave up on said sister despite difficult situations caused by an opportunistic, immoral suitor, and both were accidentally wounded in the heart by their sister's powers. Averted, in that Anna doesn't die, and that unlike her mother, Gerda, Anna never turns on Elsa.
  • Girly Bruiser: Just like in the movie, she can do some damage.
  • Happy Ending Override: Just like Elsa except worse. By the present day segments of Season 4, she's separated from her sister and missing without a trace. Through the flashbacks and the Snow Queen's mentions of her past, it's revealed that Anna did trap Elsa in the urn, but only because she was under the curse of shattered sight, and immediately regretted having done so afterwards. It doesn't stop the Snow Queen from freezing her, Kristoff, and the entirety of Arendelle solid.
  • The Hero: Despite being missing throughout most of the present day segments, Anna ends up keeping this role. Anna's brave, selfless, and pure of heart, traits that help her influence many of the Once's heroes and foil not just the Snow Queen's earliest plans, but Rumplestiltskin's more than anyone else had this point. Rumplestiltskin. Damnem.
  • High Class Gloves: Her mother's wedding dress came with a pair of opera length gloves, which come in handy on the wedding day. They cover up her knuckles, which are still visibly bruised from pummeling Hans a second time.
  • History Repeats: Anna risks her life to convince her relative with ice powers to undo a curse threatening an entire realm, ultimately succeeding thanks to The Power of Love. Seems like her ordeal with Hans is causing some deja vu to happen.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Averted; Anna clearly learned from her mistake in trusting Hans. She soon catches on to Rumpelstiltskin's sinister nature.
    • In a reversal of roles, Anna is the only person not fooled by the seemingly-benevolent Ingrid, while Elsa accepts her immediately and without question.
  • Human Popsicle: The Snow Queen's freezing of Arendelle lasts thirty years. Anna and the rest of the kingdom do not age during this time, which allows her to reunite with Elsa without having missed half of her life.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness:
    • She makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin that he'll tell her what happened to her parents if she puts a sinister-looking substance in an old man's tea. She can't bring herself to do it, except then it turns out that was actually the antidote to a poison he'd already been given, and by breaking the deal Rumpelstiltskin will now keep her in a tower for the rest of her life. He says the only way out is to kill him, and yet she still can't do it. Then it turns out Rumpel set the whole thing up to find someone absolutely pure of heart, whose tears could get past the protection around a magical hat. Upon discovering this, she does some fast thinking to make sure he doesn't profit a bit from the scheme, while also guaranteeing her safety.
    • There is one occasion where Anna loses her moral purity is averted, and it is quite brief: when the Snow Queen casts the Spell of Shattered Sight on her, and she turns into a very bitter and resentful young woman angry at Elsa for shunning her all those years ago. It lasts just long enough for Anna to trap Elsa in the urn, and she immediately regrets her actions.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Again, as an inversion, Elizabeth Lail is a dead ringer for Anna's animated form. Although she may not sound like Kristen Bell she also has Anna's character down perfectly.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Has a pair of horrific examples in "Smash the Mirror." She repeats Elsa's line "Go away Anna" from Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, driving home her bitterness at Elsa for shutting her out for all those years. After trapping her sister in the urn and coming back to herself, she again dubiously asks "Wait, what?", which, during Frozen had been meant as a joke highlighting Anna's adorkable qualities. This time, it's anything but funny.
    • After finding out who Mr. Gold really is, her "Wait, What?" response is more Oh, Crap! rather than just mere surprise, as she knows he's up to no good.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: While Elsa does have superior control over her powers, by the time of Anna's disappearance and Elsa's arrival in Storybrooke, Anna became this for Elsa. Her vanishing left Elsa scared she couldn't pull back and undo her powerful magic. Elsa eventually realizes that Anna's love is only part of the solution; in order to truly control her powers, she must embrace them.
  • Living MacGuffin: She disappears on a quest to find out what really happened to her parents. She comes back safely only to end up turned to ice along with all of Arendelle, and becomes this during the present-day events in Storybrooke until Elsa's wish to the star brings Anna and Kristoff to Storybrooke.
  • Meaningful Echo: In the original movie, Elsa wore gloves to hide her powers. In the epilogue to the Arendelle arc, Anna has to wear gloves during her wedding to Kristoff, this time, to hide her bruised knuckles after punching Hans in the face again.
  • Motor Mouth: She runs her mouth a lot and at times it seems like she doesn’t know when to stop.
  • More Than Mind Control: Is subjected to a variant of this by Ingrid via the Spell of Shattered Sight, a curse that only lets her see the worst in those she loves. This turns Anna against Elsa, causing her to trap her sister in the urn. It's clear, that the spell is more mind control than not, changing what she felt rather than revealing it. Although Ingrid claims that her magic simply brought out Anna's true feelings for her sister, in actuality it simply erased everything positive that Anna saw in Elsa, leaving only her bitterness left. Although that bitterness had existed previously, it was only a small fraction of what Anna felt for her sister, and overshadowed by her love and affection. Tellingly, as soon as the spell wore off, Anna was completely horrified.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being placed under the Spell of Shattered Sight and trapping her sister in the urn, Anna immediately breaks free of the spell and is clearly horrified by her actions. Justifiably, however, she quickly blames Ingrid for what happened.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After Elsa goes missing and Arendelle unfreezes, Anna and Kristoff rush off to find her, instead of consolidating Anna's (the rightful heir) control of the kingdom. In the process, they leave Hans and his brothers loose in the castle and within the reach of both the treasury and the (probably furious at being frozen) military. End result: Hans becomes King of Arendelle... for a time.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She got to punch Hans again while kicking him out of Arendelle for good, though we only hear about it due to her knuckles still being bruised.
  • Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: In "A Tale of Two Sisters", Anna is about to marry Kristoff and Elsa presents Anna with their mother's wedding dress, as well as a snowflake pendant that belonged to their mother, to wear for her wedding. It is revealed that the pendant contained a Wishing Star, which only the pure of heart could use. Elsa's wish to be reunited with her sister brings Anna and Kristoff to Storybrook, just in time to save them from drowning after Hans had usurped the throne of Arendelle.
  • The Power of Love: Anna once again makes use of this. She gives Ingrid her mother's letter, pleads and ultimately manages to convince her aunt to redeem herself.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse:
    • In addition to how strong she was already, she also got good enough with a sword to teach the future Prince Charming. It's cemented after she becomes one of the few people to ever get one up over The Dark One.
    • By her bruised knuckles before her wedding, it's clear that she dished the feisty bits to Hans again, and busted his eyes.
  • Properly Paranoid: She is the only one suspicious of Ingrid despite everyone else accepting her story.
  • Redheaded Hero: She has her red hair, and she's just as much of an impulsive do-gooder as she is in the movie.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to her sister's blue, remaining bubbly and energetic like in the movie.
  • Serious Business: Her greatest gripe with Hans's betrayal: "And I sang with you!"
  • Sibling Team: By their first appearance in the series, Anna and Elsa have rekindled their sisterly bond, as shown at the end of Frozen. with Anna becoming her sister's Living Emotional Crutch and Elsa serving as her bridesmaid. Thanks to Anna's lack of magic, Ingrid makes it her goal to destroy their relationship. All of their aunt's attempts to break them apart fail. The two sisters eventually reunite in the present-day, neither angry with the other in the slightest.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • Despite first appearing in Season 4, it turns out that Anna had a HUGE affect on the show's primary storylines. After a handful of interactions with the residents of the Enchanted Forest, Anna becomes responsible for not only Charming learning how to swordfight (which enabled him to defeat the dragon and survive the constant battles ahead), but also is the direct cause of Belle and Rumple meeting one another, beginning the chain of events leading to their marriage and the Dark One's partial redemption. On top of that, it was thanks to her that the Dark One was still bound to his dagger throughout the show's first three seasons. Take her out of the equation, and almost the entirety of the show changes for the worse.
    • Her reappearance in Storybrooke via Elsa's wish ultimately leads to Gerda's letter being transported to Storybrooke. When Anna discovers it, she ultimately gets Ingrid to read it (despite the fact that Ingrid could have killed her) and causes Ingrid to remember the real love she shared between her sisters.
    • Before returning to Arendelle, she asks about the identity of Mr. Gold. When she's told it's Rumplestiltskin, she reveals that he lied about not knowing her, and also reminds everyone of his tendency to lie. This alerts Emma and co to the Dark One's trickery, leading to his plan failing. In a way, she quite literally saves the entire world.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • After Rumplestiltskin's plan to acquire the Sorcerer's Hat had all but succeeded, Anna's quick thinking and the intervention of the Apprentice allow her to pick up his dagger, gain control over him, and take the hat back to Arendelle, completely derailing his scheme.
    • Anna is also the one responsible for Ingrid failing to insinuate herself with Elsa in the past, as her distrust of her aunt leads her to discover her dark past and eventually warn her sister of Ingrid's true nature.
    • Averted in the present day. Although it appears as though her arrival in Storybrooke will enable the heroes to create a cure for the Spell of Shattered Sight, the plan falls through thanks to Rumpel, and the curse hits regardless. Then played straight when she delivers the letter that prompts Ingrid's change of heart and ends the Spell of Shattered Sight.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Anna assures Elsa that, unlike their mother and Ingrid, they could never possibly turn against each other. She's proven to be completely right... until her aunt curses her with the Spell of Shattered Sight. Ultimately, she ends up trapping Elsa in the urn, just as her mother once did to Ingrid.
    • Averted in that Anna manages to survive delivering Gerda's message to Ingrid, despite the risk considering Ingrid's hostility toward her as a relative without magic.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Since the events of Frozen, Anna has managed to become a professional swordsman. Likely, she took this up as she learned her lesson after her ordeal with Hans. Likewise after being manipulated by The Dark One she manages to gain control of him and screw him out of his plans, driving him into a rage.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Goes through a particularly tragic one throughout season 4a's flashbacks. She sets out for the Enchanted Forest (postponing her wedding) to allay Elsa's fears about their parents viewing her as a monster, only to learn that they did, and were desperate to remove her powers. She returns home shaken from the revelation... only to end up falling off a cliff thanks to her aunt and imprisoned in the dungeons. She's freed by Elsa and together the two plan to trap their aunt in the urn, but Ingrid thwarts their plan. Then, Anna is inflicted with the Spell of Shattered Sight, making her see only see the worst in her sister and bringing out her resentment for being ignored when they were children. Under its influence, Anna becomes responsible for trapping Elsa, the person she loves most, in the urn, and comes out of it just in time to realize what she's done. It's all capped off by Ingrid freezing her, Kristoff, and the entire kingdom solid. When Arendelle thaws thirty years later, Hans takes over the kingdom and leaves Anna and Kristoff to drown in a chest. While Anna and Kristoff are saved by Elsa's wish to the star on Anna's necklace, they arrive just as Storybrooke falls to the spell of shattered sight.
  • The Worf Effect: Anna experiences a unique form of this. Rather than her combat skills, it's Anna's personality and relationship with Elsa that get Worfed. When hit with the Spell of Shattered Sight, Anna completely turns against her Elsa, despite her well-established Incorruptible Pure Pureness and incredibly strong bond with her sister. It's this experience that establishes that no one, no matter how good of heart they are or how much they care for their loved ones, will be able to resist the curse when it's released on Storybrooke (except Elsa and Emma, who aren't going to be targeted.)

    Kristoff 

Kristoff

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Played By: Scott Michael Foster

An ice harvester as well as Anna's fiancé.


  • Adorkable: His attempts to distract Elsa long enough for Anna to leave get increasingly awkward and ridiculous.
  • Battle Couple: He and Anna briefly become this when fighting Hans and his brothers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted. Kristoff bursts in just after Anna traps Elsa in the urn, warning Ingrid to let Anna go. He is unable to get close before the Snow Queen freezes him, Anna, and the entire kingdom with a wave of her hand.
  • The Confidant: To Anna. She confides in him her plans to travel to the Enchanted Forest, what she learned from Rumple about her parents, and her suspicion about the Snow Queen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He makes several snarky comments in all of his scenes.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything that happens to him in this season, he finally gets to marry Anna.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Averted; the presence of a five year time jump between when Anna and Elsa's parents die and the days before Anna is scheduled to marry Kristoff set this story arc approximately two years after the events in Frozen.
  • Happy Ending Override: Gets this along with the rest of the Frozen heroes. During his first appearance, his wedding to Anna was due for the next day. Events conspire against this. Thirty years later after being frozen by the Snow Queen, Arendelle thaws, Hans takes over the kingdom, and Anna and Kristoff are left to drown. While Anna and Kristoff are saved by Elsa's wish, Kristoff will be exposed to the Spell of Shattered Sight in Storybrooke.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Uses this to give him and Anna the chance to escape from Hans and his brothers. It works.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kristoff does joke a bit about Elsa's mannerisms, but he does care about his future sister in-law and does all he can to help her while Anna is away. Eventually, he tries to go up against the Snow Queen to save his new family. It ends horribly, but there's something to be said for confronting an incredibly powerful ice sorceress with nothing but an ice pick.
  • Only One Name: Supplemental material for Frozen revealed Kristoff's last name was 'Bjorgman', which is not brought up at any point in this series.
  • You Are Not Alone: Tells a distraught Elsa that Anna made him stay behind so that Elsa wouldn't be alone while Anna went on her quest. Turns out to have been a good idea, as Kristoff ends up providing Elsa crucial intelligence about Hans' plan to trap her in the urn, and assists her in keeping it out of Hans's hands.

    The Snow Queen/Princess Ingrid 

Princess Ingrid/The Snow Queen/"Sarah Fisher"

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Ingrid: "All I wanted was to have my sisters' love. And now I have it. Now I get to join them."
Played by: Elizabeth Mitchell, Brighton Sharbino (child)
Centric Episodes: "Rocky Road", "The Snow Queen", "Smash the Mirror Parts 1 & 2", "Shattered Sight"

The original Snow Queen, who runs an ice cream store in Storybrooke. She's actually the aunt of Elsa and Anna, AND was Emma's foster mother for a while.


  • Accidental Murder: In anger and fear (after he threatened to send a mob on her, stage a coup, and cage her forever), she aimed an ice blast at the Duke of Weselton, but instead hit and accidentally killed her sister Helga when he used her as a human shield.
  • And I Must Scream: According to Elizabeth Mitchell, she plays it that the Snow Queen was conscious in the urn, which is part of why she's crazy.
  • Affably Evil: She is gentle-mannered, soft spoken, polite and ostensibly kind - just make sure you don't get in the way of her plans. Additionally, she used to be a Nice Girl before her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Anti-Villain: Like Mr. Freeze, an ice-themed Anti-Villain. She makes a Redemption Equals Death in the end.
  • Arc Villain: Of the first half of Season 4. She comes to Storybrooke in hopes of making Emma and Elsa her sisters and cursing the rest of the town with the spell of Shattered Sight. Notably, her story arc is resolved before the winter finale.
  • Berserk Button: A more reactionary example, calling her a monster is a really bad idea. Ask Hans (sure Hans was referring to Elsa at the time, but Ingrid heard it too and thought she was the one it was being said to).
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Unlike Peter Pan and the Wicked Witch, the Snow Queen has to compete for the title of Big Bad with Rumpelstiltskin, who's running his own scheme parallel to hers.
  • Big Sister Instinct: When a man attempts to kidnap Gerda and Helga, Ingrid screams "Let my sisters go!" and attempts to save them.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played With. Acts as a kind ice cream seller, but she actually seems like a heartless sociopath until "Breaking Glass". At this point, she's revealed to be neither straight-out innocent nor really pretending to be good. She's Obviously Evil due to trauma and manipulation, but still as much a ruthless master manipulator with a plan as any Once Big Bad.
  • Blatant Lies: She claims that Anna put Elsa in the urn. Elsa doesn't buy it for a second. Subverted, in that the rest of the cast isn't so sure. It turns out that Anna did put Elsa in the urn, but only because she was under the Snow Queen's spell, forced to reveal and act on her darkest impulses. Still, it's never clear whether the Queen actually thought she lied or believed that she was perfectly justified to blame Anna for what would have remained harmless thoughts without her intervention. A larger and clearer lie is claiming that Marian was "accidentally" cursed by her.
  • Cleavage Window: Quite the fan of outfits which have this kind of neckline.
  • The Corrupter:
    • She tries to be this to Elsa, but she fails because unlike other corrupters on the show, she's certain to be doing what's right, and after her first manipulations, spills everything horrific about her plan anytime she can.
    • She is more successful on Emma, riling her up her emotion state enough that Emma can't control her magic, so she'll willing isolate herself. Thanks to Elsa, this eventually fails as well. Unfortunately, Emma accepting her abilities still furthers her own plans.
  • Decomposite Character: When Frozen was written, Elsa was based on Andersen's Snow Queen, but here they're separate characters. Ironically, Hans Christian Anderson wrote a separate story called "The Ice Maiden" that later developed into "The Snow Queen".
  • Despair Event Horizon: She crossed it after accidentally killing her loyal sister Helga and subsequently being denounced and called a monster by Gerda, leaving her with no supportive sisters. Her crossing led to her becoming a deranged villain.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: It's easy to miss due to her long dress, but she doesn't wear shoes a lot of the time. This is never explained.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Ingrid realized that the sorcerer's prophecy of regaining her sisters' love wouldn't be from Elsa or Emma, but the real love that she once shared with Helga and Gerda. As she sacrifices herself to save the town from the spell, she then considers being able to be together in death with her departed sisters her "happy ending".
  • Easily Forgiven: Emma, Elsa, and Anna forgive Ingrid rather quickly despite all the misery she puts them through. Granted, this is Anna we're talking about and Ingrid is currently sacrificing herself to end her curse, but you'd at least expect a little resentment.
  • Evil Aunt: She is this to Anna and Elsa.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • She claims she wants to be "loved", but it's clear that, because of her backstory, by the time she comes to Storybrooke, she hasn't got a clue what real love is and should be. Since Anna has nothing in common with her or Elsa (regarding magic powers), and Anna's mother was the same and once forgot about their love, she thinks she can just replace Anna with someone who does have powers and will be able to understand what it means. She's certain that otherwise, the very nature of a non-magical being would prevent it from relating to Elsa or herself, so she believes that by replacing her wonderful, understanding sister with someone she never met, she's doing Elsa a favour.
    • She tries very hard to break Elsa and Anna's bond, but it all fails. Even when Anna is briefly under one of her dark spells. Ingrid tries to get Elsa to use her powers against Anna, but Elsa knows it's Ingrid's magic and refuses to hurt her sister, even while Anna traps her in that urn.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Elsa. They have the same powers and similar pasts harming a loved one, and both are referred to as monsters. But while Elsa fled in an attempt to keep people safe from harm and be herself at the same time, the Snow Queen went full 'Then Let Me Be Evil' mode and became the monster they thought her to be, casually flash-freezing anyone who gets in her way. Basically, she's Elsa with zero empathy or much less moral restraints and she acknowledged this fully during her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against people who don't have ice powers, so everyone who's not her or Elsa. Later revealed to be just people who have no magic, as she is quite keen that Emma be part of her new family that consists of both of them and Elsa; Anna can't be part of that family because without any magic she's the "odd woman out" and Ingrid fears she will turn against them and do to them what Gerda did. She gets better.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She considers her sacrifice for a good cause as her happy ending.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She’s called the Snow Queen and she cast a freezing curse on all of Arendelle that lasted for 30 years. Her Evil Plan in the present day was to kill everybody in Storybrooke via the spell of Shattered sight so it can just be her, Elsa and Emma living there.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: She was on the receiving of Fantastic Racism and as a Anti-Villain, she starts to be on the giving end of Fantastic Racism.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She finally gets what she always wanted: her sisters' love. And now that she has it, she willingly lets the curse take her to save the town.
  • Heel Realization: After hearing Gerda's apology in her last letter, Ingrid finally understands that people didn't see her as a monster because of her powers, but because of what she let them turn her into. Seeing that she's not murdering dangerous bigots but innocent people, she sacrifices herself to save them.
  • High Collar of Doom: Really likes outfits with high collars in addition to frequently attempting murder.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: In "Breaking Glass", the Snow Queen claims that she will have a "family that loves [her]". Ultimately deconstructed as she wants that family to be on her terms. Specifically her, Elsa, and Emma to mirror the happy family she had as a child with her other two sisters: Gerda (Anna and Elsa's mother) and Helga (whom she accidentally killed). Anna can't be a part of that family, because without any magic powers, she's "the odd woman out" who "can't understand" them.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: After she is captured and taken into custody, it is revealed that she planned this in order to have an opportunity to be alone with Emma, and corrupt her through polite conversation.
  • An Ice Person: She has even more powerful abilities than Elsa, and is even able to keep Elsa from undoing her own magic.
  • Idiot Ball: In the past, she kept her magic powers a secret from everyone (including her parents) except her sisters. She refused the opportunity to learn how to control them, instead settling for gloves to keep them hidden. And she never bothered to wear those gloves all the time, which indirectly resulted in Helga's death.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • She tries to convince Elsa that people without their same powers will turn on her... by deliberately framing Elsa for murder. She's promptly called out on it.
    • What's the Snow Queen's plan for starting a new family? Mass murdernote .
    • "Proving" to Elsa that her sister will never accept her for who she is... by using the Spell of Shattered Sight on Anna. Elsa doesn't buy it for a second.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Freezes Hans, though not to death.
    • She also freezes Zelena, though the audience is only informed of this after the fact.
  • Light Is Not Good: She wears white, but she has malicious intentions. It becomes Light Is Good after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Magic Mirror: In a nod to the original story, Ingrid has one that shows people their inner ugliness and evil. She wants to use it as part of a larger spell that will induce the entire town (sans Elsa and Emma}) to turn upon and kill each other.
  • Manipulative Bitch:
    • She creates a scenario where she can be left alone with Emma, where she can prey on her lingering resentments and doubts about her place in the Charming family, enough that Emma's worked up enough to lose control of her powers, and then isolate herself from her family for fear of hurting them.
    • Her first attempt at creating her perfect family consisted of turning Anna and Elsa against each other. Even with the utilization of the Spell of Shattered Sight, it doesn't work.
  • Meet the New Boss: Many have point out that she share lot of similarities with her predecessor Zelena: both have a family ties with one of the main cast, both were isolated because of their magical power and both seek happiness and plan to bring destruction on Storybrook. However, Ingrid gets redeemed by the end of her arc.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses her powers to run an ice cream shop without freezers.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the past, she tried to protect her sister Helga from the Duke of Weselton, but instead she struck Helga's heart, which caused her to die.
    • She then has this after reading Gerda's letter and remembering her sisters' love. Ingrid then makes a Heroic Sacrifice to end the spell of shattered sight.
  • Mysterious Past: It's a touchy subject for her. Ingrid is one of Elsa and Anna's mum Gerda's two sisters. Ingrid accidentally killed the other sister, Helga, by freezing her heart, which caused her to explode. Gerda was so distraught that she put her in the urn. Also, Ingrid's time as Emma's foster mother is just as mysterious given that Emma does not remember her.
  • Never My Fault:
    • She claims people view her as a monster because her magic ice powers make her different, not because she uses those powers to kill people. Although killing Helga was a tragic accident, there's a good chance it could've been prevented if Ingrid had learned to control her powers or wear the gloves Rumpel gave her. And if she hadn't panicked and tried to murder the Duke of Weselton. Subverted as she fully takes responsibility for this after her Heel–Face Turn.
    • She immediately blames Anna for trapping Elsa in the urn despite it being her spell that caused Anna to do it.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Helga (nice), Ingrid (mean) and Gerda (in-between).
  • Not Helping Your Case: She claims that people without magical gifts tend to view those who have them as monsters... so she uses her powers to attack or kill random innocent people.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she sees Emma. She's Emma's foster mother. The only people who know this are Rumpel and herself, and she wants it to stay that way, until Emma discovers a video of her child self with "Sarah".
  • Pet the Dog: In "Breaking Glass", she makes a deal with Sidney despite not needing him, only Regina's magic mirror. Sidney expects that he will have to serve her, but she makes it perfectly clear that he truly is free. Subverted later when it turns out her plans would end up killing him if they go as the Snow Queen intends.
  • Pretty in Mink: In the flashbacks, a couple of her outfits include a coat and cape each trimmed with white fur.
  • Psychotic Man Child: Her ultimate goal is to rebuild her childhood family with Elsa and Emma taking the place of her sisters.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When she manages to get Emma worked up enough that she loses control of her powers; it's very creepy.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In "Shattered Sight", she sacrifices herself to end the Shattered Sight curse that she cast over Storybrooke.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Everyone in Storybrooke seems to know Ingrid already despite never appearing before season 4 (although the town does that a lot).
  • Replacement Goldfish: She wants Elsa and Emma to serve as this for her, replacing her deceased, non-magical sisters Helga and Gerda.
  • Sanity Slippage: Granted, the Snow Queen wasn't exactly stable even when she had her sisters' support, but accidentally killing Helga, and Gerda sealing her in an urn sent her off the deep end. By the time she was released, she's developed a hatred for non-magical people and an obsessive desire to build a better family.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She was the first inhabitant of the urn. Given her constant ramblings about wanting a family that loves her and accepts her for who she is, it's implied she was put there by fearful family members. Indeed Gerda put her there after she accidentally froze her sister Helga to death.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Claims her sisters never really loved her because they were ordinary. The truth is a bit more complicated and tragic.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Eventually grows to believe that everyone sees her as a monster due to her powers, completely ignoring the fact that she just attempted to manipulate Elsa into killing her own sister. It's clear to everyone but her that's its her actions, not her abilities, that make her the monster she truly is.
    • Her thoughts about her replacements for her sisters needing to be magical to love her ruined the genuinely loving relationship she had with Emma in the past when she was Emma's foster mother, as she wouldn't stop trying to awaken Emma's magic.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: She speaks in a very soft, persuasive and motherly voice, which makes her slightly unnerving.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She calls Emma 'sweet girl' at least once and refers to her niece as 'my sweet Elsa' - it's terribly Black Swan.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: After overhearing Anna suspecting and accusing her just like her mother did, she decides to lock her up and isolate her, calling her the odd one out, to make sure she's the one to suffer this time. She's also willing to use more extreme measures to make sure she and Elsa can find a better sister. After that, when Anna and Kristoff (now with GOOD reason) treat her like a villain to her face, she finally snaps and goes into this.
  • Thicker Than Water: Given all her talk of family, this is averted. After Anna repeats her mother's behavior by refusing to trust and love unconditionally someone she barely met, Ingrid has not a sliver of affection for her, since she doesn't have ice magic or innate understanding of her complicated backstory. She created a storm so Anna would fall off a cliff (luckily she didn't die, as the Snow Queen's plan was to have her be rejected and abandoned like she was).
  • Together in Death: With Helga and Gerda after her Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Unperson: Became this when she accidentally killed her sister Helga; a distraught Gerda locked her up in that urn, and begged Grand Pabbie to wipe away the memory of her sisters' existence from everyone in the kingdom, except Gerda herself.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • She suffers one in "Smash the Mirror" when a cursed Anna imprisons Elsa in the urn. Ingrid calls Anna a "foolish girl" and blames her for everything that's happened. When Kristoff comes, she rants about how people eventually see her as a monster and decides to embrace it.
    • She has a smaller but still evident one after Anna interrupts her attempt to convince Emma and Elsa to be her family, likely because her younger niece remained a direct obstacle to her appeals to Elsa despite Ingrid's best efforts to destroy their relationship.
  • Villains Never Lie: Averted. Nearly everything she tells the heroes is either a lie or something she believes because of her tendency to rewrite history (especially when she talks about the past), but none of the heroes are ever completely fooled by what she says. To date, she has claimed that freezing Maid Marian was an accident (it wasn't), Anna trapped Elsa in the urn because she saw her sister as a monster (the jury's still out on whether she lied, but it was false as while Anna was the one to put Elsa in the urn, it was because of Ingrid's magic bringing out her bitterness at being shut out by Elsa throughout their childhood), she'd never met Emma previously (she did) and that someone took Elsa's memories using the rock troll's spell because they were too painful (jury's still out, as Ingrid herself removed them, but mostly for her own good, as Elsa would never have forgiven her for what she'd done). In the flashbacks, she tells Elsa that Anna planned to remove her powers (she didn't, but Ingrid accused her of it when they were alone together, and she seemed to genuinely believe that.) It ultimately works against her, as Emma refuses to believe her warnings about Mr. Gold's plan. As this is possibly the first time Ingrid's told her the truth, it's hard to blame Emma for ignoring her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Elsa get along great in the flashbacks, until Elsa starts to realize that Ingrid is up to no good.
  • Woman in White: She's exclusively seen wearing white gowns.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her backstory is heartbreaking, and she borders on Not Evil, Just Misunderstood - if only it weren't for her active maliciousness in trying to separate Elsa and Anna, and depopulate Storybrooke. Notably, after her Heel–Face Turn, she acknowledges that "I am a monster".
  • Wicked Stepmother: She might be set up as this considering she's Emma's foster mother. It turns out she was actually a loving adoptive parent towards Emma, who loved her back, but Ingrid's own insistence on awakening Emma's magic drove them apart, leading to her wiping Emma's memories.
  • Wife Husbandry: It turns out that she was Emma's foster mother for six months, and she wants her to be part of her new family to mirror what she had with her sisters.
  • Winter Royal Lady: It's not entirely clear if she coined the title of the Snow Queen for herself, or if it's just what others refer to her as. Nonetheless, it's what she's commonly known as.
  • Yandere: She's trying to kill everyone in Storybrooke just so Elsa and Emma will only have her to focus on, thus creating her "perfect family". She does realize she was wrong, though.

    Princess Helga 

Princess Helga

Played by: Sally Pressman, Bailey Herbert (child)

The adored middle sister to Ingrid and Gerda.


    Queen Gerda 

Queen Gerda

Played by: Pascale Hutton, Ava Marie Telek (child)

The youngest sibling of Ingrid and Helga, and the mother of Elsa and Anna. She was Queen of Arendelle until she and her husband died in the shipwreck.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In Frozen she was a brunette, not a redhead.
  • Adaptation Name Change: She never had an explicit name in Frozen, although the runes on her grave identified her in that movie as "Idun." There was a character named "Gerda" in Frozen, but this name was given to one of the two servants.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • She immediately jumps to the conclusion that Ingrid purposefully killed Helga, being the one to trap her in the urn. Though to be fair seeing the remains of your dead sister isn't exactly going to put you in the right state of mind. Her namesake in the original Hans Christian Andersen story was a heroine.
    • It doesn't make her a villain, but her inability to use the Wishing Star demonstrates that she was not pure of heart, unlike both of her daughters.
  • Black and White Insanity: She discovers Ingrid in a Not What It Looks Like situation and immediately calls her a monster and traps her in the urn. Ingrid was already suffering Sanity Slippage, but Gerda's actions may have been the final push causing Ingrid to become a monster for real.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Gerda's necklace. The letter is given to Anna by Elsa five years after Gerda's passing, is actually a wishing star that only the pure of heart can use. It proves useful when Elsa unintentionally wishes that she could find Anna, just as Anna and Kristoff are about to drown in a chest.
    • Gerda's letter in the bottle. It expresses her regret for trying to suppress Elsa's powers, her regret for putting Ingrid in a urn and calling her a monster, and asks Elsa and Anna to free Ingrid from the urn and restore the memory of her sisters in the kingdom. This ultimately causes Ingrid's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Composite Character: This Gerda is a cross between Anna and Elsa's mother from Frozen and Gerda from the Andersen fairytale.
  • Foil: Her kneejerk denouncing of Ingrid contrasts with Helga's unwavering faith in her.
  • Generation Xerox: Ingrid sees her as this to her daughter Anna. In actuality, it's averted. Anna never willingly turns against Elsa. Gerda was also not pure of heart, which Anna certainly is.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When she discovers that Ingrid accidentally killed Helga, she calls her a monster, traps her in an urn and has Grand Pabbie erase everyone's memories of both her sisters' existence. Years later, she has a daughter with the same exact ice powers as her forgotten sister.
  • My Greatest Failure: Having imprisoned her sister in a urn as shown in "Shattered Sight". In her letter, she asked Anna to release her and reveals that she loves her and is sorry for imprisoning her. Too bad it only came to her a bit late.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Helga (nice), Ingrid (mean) and Gerda (in-between).
  • Shout-Out: Her name is a more direct reference to the protagonist from "The Snow Queen" — while an Adaptation Name Change, it's debatably justified given that the Snow Queen in the series is a Decomposite Character of Elsa from the movie (and thus, Gerda has a much different connection to her). For added points, she treats Ingrid like an inhuman abomination (for a moment when the latter accidentally kills Helga), just as the Snow Queen from the story was considered one by the young girl Gerda.
  • Together in Death: With Ingrid and Helga after Ingrid's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Eventually learns the error of her ways in imprisoning Ingrid and writes a letter to Elsa and Anna asking them to release her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not only does she immediately lock Ingrid away, but she then asks Grand Pabbie to erase the entire kingdom's memories of her two sisters' existence.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Became queen after her sisters disappeared.

    Grand Pabbie 

Grand Pabbie

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Played by: John Rhys-Davies

The gentle and wise ruler of the trolls who specializes in memory spells.


  • Guttural Growler: John Rhys-Davies is even growlier than usual, sounding very similar to his Treebeard voice.
  • Old Master: He is elderly, wise, and very powerful.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is a physically small being who is capable of magic powerful enough to erase the memories of everyone in the kingdom.

    Prince Hans of the Southern Isles 

Hans

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Played by: Tyler Jacob Moore

A prince of the Southern Isles and old enemy to the Arendelle royal family ever since his previous attempted murder of both Anna and Elsa.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Any and all possibility of a Heel–Face Turn is thrown out the window in this version, and his Freudian Excuse from the original is significantly downplayed/negated here.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Hans appears to be a brunette here. In Frozen he was an Evil Redhead.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: He tried to trap Elsa in the urn, and was willing to kill Kristoff, but you have to feel at least a little pity for him when Ingrid freezes him solid, and his brothers (who have ignored and belittled him all his life, and are his motivation for trying to take over Arendelle in the first place) run off to save themselves, not giving him a second thought.
  • Big Bad Wannabe:
    • In his first appearance, he's back to attempting to gain control of Arendelle. The Snow Queen freezes him solid before he makes it through an episode.
    • Then goes right back to it when he's not even given the dignity of being defeated for good onscreen. All we get is that Anna punched him in the face again.
  • Brick Joke:
    • His frozen body is still there in "Smash the Mirror", to the surprise of Anna (who wasn't told about his fate).
    • Anna punched Hans in the face at the end of Frozen. After Elsa and Anna return to Arendelle and regain the throne, it is revealed that Anna has punched him in the face again, this time in the eye.
  • Determinator: He simply won't give up on his quest to be the King of Arendelle.
  • Evil Counterpart: Although this trope was well-established in Frozen, Hans is this to Anna. Both are the youngest child in a royal family, were ignored (albeit for different reasons) by their older siblings, and tend to be awkward in their interactions with others (less so in his case, but he does have some genuine Adorkable tendencies). But while Anna is a selfless princess who has no desire to be queen and enthusiastically supports Elsa's reign, Hans is a selfish man to the core who resents his brothers and is desperate to rule a kingdom.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In Frozen, Hans did talk about two of his brothers ignoring him for several years. But he's obviously on better terms with the ones that do appear on-screen, since here, he's quite shocked when Anna holds a sword to the neck of one of his brothers, and immediately surrenders.
  • Fantastic Racism: When he tries to use the urn on Elsa, he gloats about how Arendelle will welcome him as their king instead of a "monster" like Elsa (perhaps the Duke of Weselton's prejudice on people who use magic rubbed off on him a bit). Unfortunately for him, Ingrid heard everything and freezes him right after she's freed.
  • Happy Ending Override: Inverted. Turns out Hans's brothers are more than happy to let him run free, and even assist him when he comes to bring vengeance on Arendelle.
  • Insane Troll Logic: By "Fall," he reasons that since Anna hurt Elsa without intending to, she committed treason, meaning Hans should be king of Arendele!
  • Karma Houdini: He clearly was punished lightly for his actions in Frozen, even though you'd think the attempted murder of a queen would warrant a harsh punishment.note  His brothers clearly do not respect him, but they nevertheless are going as far as to assist him in his next scheme to take over Arendelle. None of his attempts really work out for long. After he takes over the kingdom, Anna punches him again.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After his horrible treatment of Elsa and Anna (calling the former "a monster"), their aunt freezes him solid.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: In Frozen, Hans being a villain was a plot twist late in the movie, thus making him a major Walking Spoiler.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, Hans's expression and his brothers' reactions when it's brought up imply that singing "Love is an Open Door" with Anna is this for him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's able to bribe Arendelle's militaries with money he stole from their own treasury.
  • The Usurper: Once he gets unfrozen, Hans quickly gains control over Arendelle's army, navy, and even manages to entice Blackbeard (who currently owns the Jolly Roger) to his side. He also gets to lock Anna and Kristoff in a chest and throw them overboard to drown. Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff overthrow him a few days after returning to Arendelle.
  • Villain Decay: Hans spent nearly all of Frozen wrapping everyone around his finger, and came closer to success than nearly every other Disney villain. Here, he's almost immediately taken out by Ingrid and it is implied that it didn't take very long for Elsa and Anna to regain the throne once they return to Arendelle. The fact that Hans is so easily defeated both times and now has to resort to bribery in order to get people to help him shows that he's lost his edge with using seduction and other tactics to manipulate people.

Camelot

    Merlin 

Merlin / The Sorcerer

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Merlin: Life is made of moments, precious as diamonds.
Played by: Elliot Knight, Jonathan Adams (voice)
Centric Episodes: "Nimue"

A powerful wizard who was active hundreds of year before the birth of Emma Swan and acts in the modern day through King Arthur, his Apprentice and the Author. He personally served to protect Excalibur and prevent the spread of the Darkness.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Both Merlin and Fantasia's Sorcerer are portrayed as elderly men with flowing gray beards. Here, his magical power also preserves his youth, and as such he's portrayed by a handsome man in his thirties.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Before he's revealed to be Merlin, the Sorcerer is known for little but causing the Author's disappearance. It can easily seem like Merlin banishes what was essentially God from the Enchanted Forest.
  • Big Good: He assumes this role in season 5, being by far the most powerful force for good so far.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His library in Storybrooke is completely filled with blank books to cover all kinds of different timelines.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He got one before he even appeared when he casually magicked up a door for Ingrid so she could travel to the Land Without Magic. Travel between worlds is no small feat (it took Rumpelstiltskin, the most powerful dark sorcerer in the business, three centuries to pull it off), so the fact that Merlin could do it so easily establishes just what a powerful sorcerer he really is.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Charming's reaction to meeting him is to note that he thought Merlin would be older, inciting Merlin to quip that being a tree helped his skin.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Outside of Camelot, no one knows his name is Merlin, they only know him as The Sorcerer, emphasizing his primacy as a wizard.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Apprentice mentions that he does not like those who have fallen into darkness.
  • The Ghost: Until "Lily", only his Apprentice and the results of his magic had been seen. Even the mansion in Storybrooke said to belong to him is empty.
  • Good Counterpart: Merlin is essentially a light equivalent of Rumplestiltskin and all the other Dark Ones, with nearly identical powersets, a connection to Excalbiur and a tendency to use their awesome power to make deals with nonmagical folk (although Merlin's "deals" don't tend to have any terrible price.)
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The Sorcerer's chosen frequently end up falling from grace.
    • Isaac begins to abuse the powers of the Author soon after his appointment, leading to Cruella de Vil's Start of Darkness and the loss of Maleficent's daughter.
    • He picked the wrong person to be King of Camelot. To be fair, he realizes this, and when he's finally free from that tree, he even tells Arthur to his face how much of a disappointment he turned out to be.
  • Idiot Ball: In Storybrooke, he left his hat carelessly out in the open in his mansion, where anyone who knew what it was could take it.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His love for Nimue made him wish to surrender his own magic, but in the process, he created Excalibur and the first Dark One.
  • Merlin and Nimue: Trope namers, and flashbacks do show that Merlin once loved a woman named Nimue before his first encounter with the Dark One. Played straight, as Nimue is the Dark One, and she kills Merlin by using Hook's body to rip Merlin's heart out.
  • Metaphorically True: In Arthur's words, "Merlin speaks in half-truths." His prophecies are often quite vague, and it can often seem that they have been left unfulfilled when technically have been fulfilled through certain interpretations. Also played straight in regard to his statement that the first Dark One killed Nimue, since Nimue did die in a sense when she became the Dark One.
  • Omniscient Hero: The Holy Grail blessed Merlin with the gift of prophecy, which allows him to see the various outcomes of everyone's possible choices. This allows him to know most of the main characters before meeting them and say in certainty when things have taken the darkest possible turn.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Merlin's prophecies end up emotionally damaging characters like King Arthur and his decision to appoint the Author drove the conflict of season 4, but he's still ultimately a good guy because, in the end, their terrible choices ended up contributing to Merlin's battle with the Dark One. Additionally, Merlin's power of prophecy is not completely infallible.
  • Race Lift: Merlin's portrayed as black, in contrast to the traditional codified in The Sword in the Stone.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Merlin hasn't aged a day in one thousand years, and is explicitly stated to have the oldest heart in all realms. He even looks younger than his own Apprentice, who's around a mere five hundred years old.
  • The Reveal: The revelation in the season 4 finale, "Operation Mongoose," is that the Sorcerer we've spent the season hearing about is actually Merlin.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Almost no details are generally known about the Sorcerer save for the fact that he is likely benign and that he is powerful enough to perform feats not even the Dark One is capable of. Even the people of Camelot know little of him beyond his name.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Merlin absolutely refuses to kill people with magic, even a mass murderer like Vortigan. This is less to do with the moral implications than the fact that killing would corrupt his magic and essentially turn him into a Dark One.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • His hat is a draw to all Dark Ones because it's the only thing that can free them from the dagger's curse while keeping their powers. It causes a lot of trouble in Season 4 once Rumpelstiltskin catches wind of it.
    • Season 5 reveals that he broke off part of Excalibur to create the Dark One's dagger, causing Arthur to relentlessly search for the dagger so he can repair the sword. The obsession with gaining the dagger has caused Arthur to undergo a Face–Heel Turn, creating the conflict for Season 5.
  • The Voice: Even after he makes his first appearance in "Lily", his true form remains unknown, as he communicates with his Apprentice through a swirling ball of energy and only his voice is heard.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: After falling in love with Nimue, he attempts to have his magic and immortality removed so that he can live a normal life with her. Of course, that doesn't go quite to plan.

    The Darkness 

The Darkness

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Darkness: Power... take the power... take the power...

A seemingly-indestructible force of evil that empowers whoever is the current Dark One, most famously Rumpelstiltskin.


  • Arc Villain: Along with Nimue, the worst of the Arc Villains in Season 5A.
  • Back for the Finale: It appears in the form of Rumpelstiltskin in the Season 6 finale...talking to Mr. Gold, the actual Rumpelstiltskin.
  • Big Bad: The true main antagonist (alongside its creator) in the first half of Season 5, pushing Emma and the rest of the cast to help all the previous Dark Ones to return from the dead.
  • Casting a Shadow: In the Season 4 finale, it seems to blanket the entire town while searching for a host.
  • The Corrupter: Any host it inhabits will have their heart darkened as it continues to make its home within. The Darkness accomplishes this by calling upon the forms of its previous hosts to torment the current host.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Merlin takes the Dark One's Dagger and shows the very first Dark One to Emma, who takes off a mask as their name appears on the dagger: Nimue, Merlin's first love.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Darkness is an immortal force of evil which was restrained to the soul of a single person at the time in order to limit its destructive capabilities. It was created from the corruption of the magic of the Holy Grail, and it contains the corrupted consciousness of every soul it took for itself.
  • Eviler Than Thou: To Dark!Emma, King Arthur, the Wicked Witch Zelena and a vengeful Captain Hook - all try to fill their agenda, but none of them can compete with five hundred years of dark magic rolled into one consciousness.
    Emma: The Darkness is using you, it doesn't care what you want, it only cares about what it wants.
    Dark!Hook: Well, you're only a pawn if you don't know you're being used.
    • Also to Rumpelstiltskin, shown best in the Season 6 finale.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: The Darkness nearly disfigures each host it possesses, most notably giving Rumpelstiltskin his trademark crocodile skin.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Becoming the Dark One generally requires this, since one must kill the previous host to be hosted by the Darkness. Even in the few exceptions to this rule, the Darkness will push its host to turn to evil from inside their head.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For dark magic as a whole, being an omnipresent force of evil and the first known source of dark magic in the mortal world. It empowers Rumpelstiltskin throughout it and the other Dark Ones that are referenced throughout Season 5. It is finally vanquised in the Season 7 finale when Wish!Rumpelstiltskin uses Wish!Henry's Author powers to take it all for himself and is then killed.
  • Humanoid Abomination: When possessing a human host, the Darkness endows them with incredibly corrupt magic and a terrifying appearance.
  • Kick the Dog: Frequently through its taunts and temptations, usually done in the form of Rumpelstiltskin.
  • Troll: It has quite the personality for an Eldritch Abomination, best shown when it takes Rumple's form and annoys and irritates its current hosts, including Rumple himself. Although this may not be it's true personality (if it even has one) and may just be it assuming the personality of whatever Dark One who's form it takes as it demostrated no trollish personality traits when it took on Nimue's form.
  • Ultimate Evil: The Darkness has no true form and can exist in all beings, and will corrupt any host with a reasonable amount of darkness inside them.
  • Uniqueness Decay: For the first four seasons, there's only one vessel at time for the Darkness, The Dark One. Come season 5, Hook becomes a second Dark One along with Emma then brings the previous Dark Ones back to life.
  • Walking Spoiler: Any bit of info about this being reveals a great deal of information about the Dark Ones' backstory.

    King Arthur 

King Arthur

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Arthur: I'll do whatever it takes to fix things.
Played by: Liam Garrigan
Centric Episodes: "Siege Perilous", "The Broken Kingdom"

The insecure king of Camelot who was chosen by Merlin to seek the legendary Excalibur, to little success.


  • Affably Evil: He's extremely likable, but has a dark side.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe. After finding his body, Merida admits that, while she wanted to kill him, she now feels sorry for him.
  • Anti-Villain: He is so obsessed with the ideal of Camelot and himself as a great king that does terrible things to achieve this end. He even admits to himself that Charming is a good knight, but that the greater good requires him to deceive him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In true Once fashion, he's not the nicest or purest knight. The obsession to complete Excalibur led him to commit evil acts such as using Mind Manipulation on his wife or using his knights as pawns.
  • Arc Villain: Arthur serves as this for a quarter of season 5, antagonizing the heroes as they try to help Emma in Camelot.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Zelena in Camelot during season 5, however he is easily overshadowed by her, Emma, Hook, and especially Nimue.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Nimue in the past (though he doesn't know it) and Emma in the present-day Season 5 (though he's easily overshadowed by her and Nimue).
  • Big Bad Friend: He befriends David and even makes him a knight. However, he is secretly plotting to turn Storybrooke into the new Camelot.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Arthur may be horrible, but in addition to being an inconsequential threat, he is foiled 8 episodes into the season and promptly forgotten until the second-to-last episode of the season, where Hades kills him off so fast that one might potentially miss it.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's constantly humiliated throughout the season and in the end literally stumbles upon Hades, who gives him a Neck Snap about one minute into meeting him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He sees his wife sharing a moment of closeness with Lancelot — no kiss, just a Headbutt of Love and a second of Holding Hands, and it's immediately before Lancelot leaves the kingdom because Guinevere has already decided not to give up on her marriage. Nonetheless, Arthur reacts by banishing Lancelot and stripping him of his honor, not to mention he brainwashes his wife.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Lancelot describes Arthur as a "terrible villain" and a liar in Camelot (building up as potentially worse than Dark!Emma) but he's just a mortal without magic who relies on Zelena's help too much. He's jailed up in episode 8 and is forgotten until he escapes - and Hades kills him.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: When he pulled Excalibur out of the stone, and found out it was broken... he didn't take it well.
  • Evil All Along: Revealed to be this as his mad obsession with Excalibur has made him brainwash, deceive, and manipulate whoever he can to get it. Once he gets the sword restored, he fully intends to return Merlin to normal just to kill him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He makes a postmortem one and ends up ruling over the Underworld as its new benign king.
  • Heel Realization: He has one following Hook giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and then seeing Hook's selflessness firsthand, making him remember what kind of man he truly wants to be.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He becomes more and more of this as his arc goes on, failing in all his endeavors which only makes his deep-rooted insecurities even worse, driving him even closer to madness.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When he arrives in Storybrooke he doesn't trust anybody since he finds out that the Charmings lied to him about their daughter being the Dark One, and letting her roam free put his citizens in danger.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He started out as a good man, but his obsession to complete Excalibur turned him into something else.
  • Redemption Equals Death: An inversion. Gets killed by Hades and ends up in the Underworld where he helps Hook get the information needed to defeat Hades. He then stays to restore the Underworld to its former glory.
  • Self-Made Man: Just like Charming, he started out as a lowly commoner. In Arthur's case, he used to sweep the stables.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to complete Excalibur as his way of proving himself to Merlin, who has advised him from a distance since childhood. However since it takes him so long to find the missing piece, he eventually decides he just wants to kill Merlin.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Arthur is willing to do some very morally questionable things, such as brainwash Guinevere into supporting his quest, invade Dunbroch over rumors of magic, convince his page to commit suicide, stop the heroes from contacting Merlin, and search for a magic helm to control his knights. But he's doing it so he can complete Excalibur and destroy the Darkness once and for all. Though he makes it obvious that HE wants the glory for doing so as he refuses to let anyone else do it and prefers to kill Emma so he can be known for killing the Dark One rather than letting her cutaway her own darkness leaving him with nothing.

    Queen Guinevere 

Queen Guinevere

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Guinevere: All you have to do now is follow your heart
Played by: Joana Metrass
Centric Episodes: "The Broken Kingdom"

The childhood sweetheart of Arthur, who was in the past involved with a scandal with Lancelot.


  • Action Girl: She goes on a quest to find the Dark One's Dagger and saves Lancelot from the Darkness.
  • Brainwashed: By Arthur to make her side with him despite how his quest for Excalibur has driven him mad.
  • Love Triangle: Guinevere is devoted to Arthur as his wife, but due to his quest to restore Excalibur, he grew distant. Lancelot in turn cared for her and she grew affectionate towards him, but still wanted the love of Arthur.
  • Race Lift: The original Guinevere would be white since the Arthurian legends are based in medieval Wales, but she is portrayed by a Portuguese actress in this adaptation.

    Sir Lancelot 

Sir Lancelot

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Sir Lancelot: "Leviathan? That's what they're calling me?"
Played By: Sinqua Walls
Centric Episodes: "The Broken Kingdom"

An exiled Knight of the Round Table who comes to be an ally of Snow White


  • Black Viking: Well, Black Knight of the Round Table, at least. Given the origin of the Arthurian myths, it's unlikely that they had many black guys - though it's not impossible, either, considering it's post-Roman Britain.
  • Back from the Dead: Shows back up alive and well in Camelot to warn Mary Margaret not to trust Arthur.
  • Dead All Along: Though we don't know how, only that Cora killed him and has been impersonating him in the refugee camp ever since - until it's revealed that he was actually alive all along.
  • The Dreaded: Snow and Charming's forces only know of him as "The Leviathan" until his defection from George's forces.
  • Fallen Hero: Disgraced ex-Knight of the Round Table (presumably due to his affair with Guinevere) turned sword for hire.
  • Good All Along: Not only does a flashback reveal that Lancelot gets the famed Siege Perilous in this continuity, but he was disgraced because he realized that Guinevere was loving a king with Sanity Slippage rather than someone more true like him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Introduced as part of King George's army, but essentially quits as soon as he discovers George's curse on Snow.
  • Only Sane Man: Seems to be one of the few Knights of the Round Table who realizes Arthur is Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
  • Posthumous Character: In season 2, Cora impersonates Lancelot and claims at the end that she killed him. Subverted, in that he appears alive in season 5.
  • Race Lift: In many adaptations of Arthurian legends, Lancelot is portrayed by a white actor. In this version, he is black.

    Violet 

Violet

Played by: Olivia Steele Falconer

A teenage girl from Camelot who befriends Henry. She is the daughter of Sir Morgan.


  • Amicable Exes: Even though she and Henry break up between Season 6 and 7, they remain friends.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: In Camelot anyway. Henry and Sir Morgan get along much better when introduced in Storybrooke.
  • History Repeats: Just like Regina's first love, she is a stable girl who has one of her parents disapprove of her romantic interests.
    • And just like Daniel, she has her heart ripped out by her love interest's mother who justifies it by saying that it would be the best thing for her child. Completing the parallel it occurs in a barn and does a lot of emotional harm.
  • Love Interest: Violet and Henry develop feelings for each other twice over, once in Camelot and again post-amnesia in Storybrooke.
  • Overprotective Dad: In Camelot, Violet's father is concerned that a non-knight like Henry isn't worthy of her and tries to prevent their relationship from budding until Henry proves himself.

    Nimue 

Nimue

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Nimue: My best revenge would be for [the flowers] to live on despite him.
Played by: Guy Fauchon, Caroline Ford
Centric Episodes: "Nimue"

The sole survivor of an attack by Vortigan, Nimue fell in love with Merlin thousands of years before any of the cast was even born. She convinces him to show her the source of his immortality, only to find Vortigan. After that, she's just one big Walking Spoiler.


  • Arc Villain: As the creator of the Darkness, she serves as the true Big Bad for Season 5A.
  • Big Bad: As the original Dark One, she manipulates the events of Season 5's first half and corrupts both Emma and Hook. After Hook's defeat at the hands of Rumplestiltskin, he summons Nimue from the Underworld and she leads the Dark Ones towards replacing Storybrooke's inhabitants with themselves.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: She despised Vortigan for killing everyone in her village and let her rage consume her. This led to her creating the Darkness, becoming the first Dark One and becoming an evil far greater than Vortigan ever could.
  • Doomed Hometown: Burned to the ground by Vortigan in his search for the Holy Grail.
  • Final Boss: With Arthur in jail, Zelena sent back to Oz, and Emma once again on the heroes' side, Nimue serves as the main antagonist of the Season 5 winter finale, "Swan Song", assisted by Hook.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Consequentially for every past Dark One of the series - further cemented by the fact that she is The Leader of the Dark Ones in the winter finale.
  • Merlin and Nimue: Trope namers, and flashbacks do show that Merlin once loved a woman named Nimue before his first encounter with the Dark One. Played straight, as Nimue is the Dark One, and she kills Merlin by using Hook's body to rip Merlin's heart out.
  • Killed Off for Real: Naturally, seeing as she lived three thousand years ago, Nimue's death is set in stone by the end of the Camelot arc. She makes a return to the Living in "Broken Heart" but is sent packing soon after in "Swan Song".
  • The Leader: She is the head of the Dark Ones invading Storybrooke in Season 5's winter finale. She returns to the world of the living in the winter finale, but it lasts for mere hours before her second destruction at the might of Excalibur.
  • No-Sell: Does this to a redeemed Emma Swan, easily incapacitating her. She's on the receiving end of this with Hook, who pulls a Heel–Face Turn to destroy her with Excalibur.
  • Posthumous Character: At first, until she returns to the realm of the living using the Underworld boat.
  • Predecessor Villain: For every Dark One ever.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Nimue is initially introduced as Merlin's lover, but her anger at Vortigan sends her on a foolish and self-destructive path to defeat him, which ends in disaster.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Serves as the manipulator of both Emma and Hook in the fifth season, and as much as Emma tries to resist, she eventually gives in and uses Excalibur. Hook eventually falls to the same fate. It's unclear to what extent she affected Rumplestiltskin's actions, but given the effect she had on Hook and Emma it's safe to say she played a huge part in his corruption from meek spinner to dark sorcerer.
  • Walking Spoiler: Nimue's introductory episode also deals with Merlin's origins, the Dark One's rise to power and the creation of Excalbur. Plus she's the first Dark One, and essentially the Darkness's mascot.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Is the one who marks Henry for death in "Swan Song".

    Vortigan 

Vortigan

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Vortigan: And now I'm going to kill you.
Played by: Darren Moore

A local warlord who razes towns searching for the Holy Grail.


  • Anti-Climactic Unmasking: Dramatically unmasks in front of Merlin and Nimue. Nimue recognizes him, but the audience does not.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Under his mask, Vortigan's face is covered with scars from his years of pillaging.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Posthumously. The destroying of Nimue's town was his doing, leading her to take his life in revenge, allowing the Darkness to possess her, making her the first Dark One ever.
  • Smoking Gun: Leaves the streets of Nimue's destroyed village littered with cups in his search for the Holy Grail.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: To Nimue.

    Priscilla 

Priscilla

Jefferson's wife, as well as a fellow former thief once residing in Camelot. They both gave up their lifestyles in order to properly raise their daughter, Grace. She is the focus of one of stories in the Extended Universe graphic novel "Out of the Past."


  • Annoying Arrows: Averted. Priscilla is shot in the back with an arrow in Wonderland. She dies a few moments later in Jefferson's arms.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: After their daughter was born, she was the one who convinced Jefferson to give up portal jumping for the sake of their family.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Jefferson's arms, that is.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Had one along with Jefferson.

DunBroch

    Queen Merida 

Merida

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Merida: You saw what I can do with an arrow, do you really want to see what I can do with a sword?
Played By: Amy Manson
Centric Episodes: "The Bear and the Bow", "The Bear King"

A rebellious former princess who prefers archery to "womanly pursuits". She becomes the queen of DunBroch after her father's death.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Downplayed. When the creators of the show revealed that there would be a same sex couple on the show, many assumed it would be Merida, who had a budding friendship with canon gay/bi character Mulan. The same sex couple later turned out to be Ruby and Dorothy, but some still see romantic undertones between her and Mulan. Some of her interactions with Belle could qualify as Belligerent Sexual Tension, too.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: At the end of "The Bear King".
  • Big Little Brother: Three of them. She calls her brothers "wee little lads" - the boys are late teens and each a head taller than her.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She goes to great lengths to find and save her little brothers from the rebellious clans who want to dethrone her.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: She is good also with the sword.
  • Celibate Hero: As with the movie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. For example, during her first encounter with Emma, who knocked her down using magic:
    Emma: I don't want to hurt you.
    Merida: So that was just a wee magical love-tap?
  • Easily Forgiven: While she was planning to kill the clan leaders for threatening her brothers, she decides to spare them after her confrontation with Emma.
    • Also after spending the entire first half of Season 5 hating Emma for what she did to her, after her memories are restored and Emma's relief from being the Dark One, the two are seen working together without the former bringing it up. She wanted to kill Arthur for killing her father, but after seeing him dead she felt sorry for him.
  • Fake Shemp: Her final appearance in the Season 5 finale is pretty obviously someone else in the costume and wig filmed from a distance, while Amy Manson provides a voiceover.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seems to dislike magic after her encounters in the past, tried to shoot Emma with arrows two times. Though this seems to really only apply to "witches" who abuse their magic since she didn't have an issue working with Regina, Belle (who she had make a potion) or Emma herself after she stopped being the Dark One.
  • Fiery Redhead: Like in the movie.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Merida's proposed method of settling who should get the Will-o'-the-Wisp both she and Emma need... a good old fistfight with no weapons or magic.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After failing to find the magic helmet that will stop the kingdom from being cursed, she offers to hand over the crown to whichever family can find it. When a new clue results in her getting the helmet anyway, her willingness to do this gets the other contenders to truly believe in her as their leader.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: A scene shows her scoring a bullseye, and then splitting her own arrow to do another. Lampshaded by Belle.
    • In "The Bear And The Bow", Merida is able to cut through three arrows flying toward her brothers with a single shot of her own in mid-air.
  • My Greatest Failure: Failed to save her father during a war.
  • Stern Teacher: To Rumpelstiltskin. To force him to fight her, she threatens to destroy Belle's cup.
    • Fergus also assigned her one before her first battle: Mulan.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Emma forces her to turn Rumpelstiltskin into a hero who can pull out Excalibur.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Darkness tries to manipulate Emma into killing her to cross the Moral Event Horizon and make her easier to turn dark. And very nearly succeeds until Emma's family and friends show up.

Underworld / Mount Olympus

    Hades 

Hades

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Hades: "Do I look like I like to lose... anything?"
Played By: Greg Germann
Centric Episodes: "Our Decay"

The divine brother of Zeus, Hades traps conflicted souls in his Underworld and does everything in his power to stop them from ascending to Mount Olympus.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He fares much better than previous depictions of the character (Disney version included). Here, he's suave, charming, and has a knack for nice suits.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: While he does have a temper and even gets the occasional Villainous Breakdown, he doesn't quite fly into a rage like his animated counterpart. Even in one of said breakdowns, he barely raises his voice.
    Hades: (after Hook refuses a deal) You know, I'm not angry. I'm disappointed... and on second thought... I'm angry.
  • Adorkable: Just watch him dance to the music when he prepares for his date at the end of 5x19.
  • Arc Villain: Takes center stage for Season 5B.
  • Big Bad: In the second half of Season 5, being the Underworld's true ruler and using Cora as a puppet as well as manipulating all the other souls, good and evil, in his attempts to leave the Underworld and reign over the living. It's implied he's the reason that the Dark Ones were so desperate to escape the Underworld in the first half.
  • Cain and Abel: With Zeus. Just like the Disney version.
  • Character Death: It seems even a god can be dissolved by the Olympian Crystal.
  • Death by Adaptation: He may be a god, but there is indeed one thing that can kill him: the Olympian Crystal, a powerful weapon that can destroy even the mightiest of gods. He ultimately meets his demise when Zelena plunges the crystal right into his heart, reducing his immortal body to a pile of dust and sending his soul to an unknown fate.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Does this to both Cora and Gold.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Of Eros variety: Zelena. Not a surprise to those familiar with Greek mythology.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: He has none of the Affably Evil qualities of his inspiration.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Both Cora and Gold are nothing when compared to Hades.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's hammy just like his Disney counterpart, although it's much more subtle here than in the film.
  • Evil Is Petty: His reason for antagonizing Team Emma? He doesn't like the fact they're helping stuck souls cross over.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As friendly and charming as he is, it's not hard to see how manipulative he truly is.
  • Flaming Hair: He occasionally sets his hair ablaze in bright blue flames, a nod to his Disney counterpart.
  • Freudian Excuse: His heart has been killed, leaving him a heartless god who can't feel anything but his negative feelings. The one exception is true love, which can restore his heart. Pages from the story book reveal he has always been like this, but stopping his heart may have influenced it more and de-powered him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is far more powerful and dangerous than any other villain in the series (except perhaps equal to Fiona with her wand supposedly being able to reshape all of reality once all magic realms are destroyed), being a god, and has been leeching off the souls unknowingly supplied to him by the Big Bads over the seasons. Gold and Cora are terrified of him, and Peter Pan wants out completely, although he claims to want to "start over" with Rumple. It is strongly implied that Nimue and her fellow Dark Ones desired to escape the Underworld and return to the living because of how horrible it was while Hades reigned supreme there. Gold described it as being worse than the "Fire and Brimstone" Hell.
  • Love Redeems: Averted. Zelena's love for him didn't change him since he was stuck in the Underworld far too long and being able to feel full emotion again thanks to True Love's Kiss actually made him fully feel all the love had for things other than Zelena...like power, vengeance, and murder.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Hades is introduced wearing a nice suit and sipping a fine cognac. It makes sense, since in Roman Mythology, Hades/Pluto is also the god of material wealth.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He was behind Cora's threats in the second half of Season 5 and is also playing Gold as his new pawn.
  • Manipulative Bastard: If there was any doubt on Hades being this, it is laid to rest by "Devil's Due" in how well he plays Gold. (The bastard part comes in with his threat to Belle and her unborn child.)
  • Not So Invincible After All: It turns out that the Olympian Crystal can permanently destroy anyone, even a God, and leave their souls in an unknown state.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The heroes had never gone up against a literal god until they had to face Hades.
  • Pet the Dog: He did love Zelena enough for True Love's Kiss to restart his heart. Though he had no intention of becoming good.
  • Playing with Fire: He can set his hair on fire like his Disney counterpart. Also, his teleportation is shown as him being surrounded by blue fire rather than smoke.
  • Pride: A big part of his personality. He can't stand the fact that Emma and her friends are messing with his established order of things, so he goes out of his way to punish them - just because he can.
  • Reality Warper: He has total control over everything in the Underworld, places and people alike.
  • The Resenter: He's really ticked off that his older brother banished him into the Underworld.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was confined to the Underworld until the episode "Firebird", where he successfully escaped.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's at his most chilling when he's barely speaking above a whisper.
  • Sore Loser: He doesn't like it when someone leaves the Underworld. So he tells Hook that for every soul Team Emma frees, Hook will choose one of Emma's team to take its place. Hook refuses so Hades does it himself and choses Emma, Snow, and Regina to take the place of Prince Henry, Herc, and Meg.
  • Spoiled Brat: He describes himself as being used to getting what he wants, and doesn't take kindly to anyone who can't help him get it.
  • Too Powerful to Live: If Hades hadn't been destroyed by the end of the season, he would have easily taken over the world.
  • Villain Ball: If Hades had just let Hook and Emma reunite, they would've been on their way - but his refusal to part with even one soul is why they stick around. Heck, he could actually send them all back to Storybrooke if he wanted but he won't 'cause he's so petty.
    • To be fair, Hook couldn't leave the Underworld anyway due to being dead too long and Hades had long destroyed the Ambrosia so Emma and Hook reuniting was always doomed to fail. Also Hades was planning to use the heroes to get himself out of the Underworld and leave them trapped there from the moment they arrived so he wasn't going to just let them reunite or even send the heroes back as it would be counter-productive to his plan.
    • Also, he wouldn't have died if he hadn't reconstructed the Olympian Crystal to begin with, but he was just so sadistic and power-hungry that he felt compelled to.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Zelena in Storybrooke; it makes her start realizing that Hades' Heel–Face Turn was not genuine.
  • You Have Failed Me: Anyone who fails him gets sent to their own personal Hell.

    Zeus 

Zeus

Played By: David Hoflin

The divine brother of Hades, ruler of Mount Olympus and father of Hercules. He banished Hades to the Underworld after killing their father Kronos and broke the Olympian Crystal so Hades could never use it.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He is much younger than his classical depictions, the (Disney version included). He also looks younger than his younger brother Hades.
  • Big Good: While he only appears in a cameo and doesn't actively take up the role, as king of the Gods and ruler of Mount Olympus he is by default the most powerful force for good or even the most powerful character seen on the show so far.
  • Cain and Abel: With Hades. Just like the Disney version.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally—Zeus resurrects Hook as thanks for his part in putting down Hades.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Apparently Zeus is far more kind, generous, and benevolent in this universe than he is usually depicted in Classical Mythology, considering he only expresses regret that Hades had to be eliminated and he rewards Hook with life and love without even being asked (or even letting Hook know what he intended). But then the mythological characters which have appeared here are based on Disney's Hercules, where Zeus actually was a heroic Big Good.
  • Older Than They Look: He is millions of years old, yet he appears to be younger in appearance than his younger brother Hades.
  • Top God: King of Mount Olympus and the only one able to stop his brother without resorting to the Crystal - in fact he was responsible for banishing him in the first place after he killed their father, Kronos.

Wish Realm

    King David 
Played By: Josh Dallas

    Queen Snow 
Played By: Ginnifer Goodwin

    Robin of Locksley 
Played By: Sean Maguire

The version of Robin Hood from the world created by the Evil Queen's wish that Emma was never the Savior. He still goes by "Robin of Locksley" rather than Robin Hood, and unlike his real-world counterpart is selfish and violent. Regina brings him back to Storybrooke with her, an act that ends up having dire consequences.


  • Evil All Along: Not evil, but more of a jerk than first thought to be. Very quickly after being in Storybrooke, he reveals himself to be not so good a guy. He attempts to murder Keith (the Sheriff of Nottingham), then steals from Regina's vault and forges an alliance with Zelena.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Season 6 finale, the Evil Queen says he's turned over a new leaf and now gives to the poor like Robin Hood did.
  • Jerkass: He robs from the rich and...keeps it all for himself. He can't even imagine why he would possibly give the money to the poor.

    King Henry 
Played By: Jared S. Gilmore
Centric Episodes: "Homecoming"

The version of Henry Mills from the world created by the Evil Queen's wish that Emma was never the Savior.


  • A Child Shall Lead Them: With Emma spirited back to her home realm, Wish!Baelfire dead and Wish!Snow and Wish!David killed by Regina, that just leaves Henry to be the next heir to the throne. Sure enough, in one of Regina's wanted posters, he's referred to as "King Henry".
  • Bling of War: Wears a yellow or gold set of chainmail.
  • Deal with the Devil: He agrees to use the Author's pen to remove Alice's Guardian powers (and thus her ability to take the dagger from the Rumples) in exchange for Wish!Rumple giving him a chance for revenge on Regina.
  • The Dragon: In order to get revenge on Regina for killing the Wish Realm versions of his grandparents, and for losing his mother, King Henry allies himself with Rumpelstiltskin who needs his Author powers to strip the Guardians, and Weaver, of their powers as well as bind the Realm's heroes in their own Tailor-Made Prison so that they will be alone forever.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To a certain extent. While Wish!Rumple is far more evil then Henry and it is his Evil Plan to trap the heroes in their Tailor Made Prisons he still needs Henry's powers as the Author to complete them. In fact once Henry lets go of his revenge the magic of the evil books evaporates and Wish!Rumple is soon killed by his main universe counterpart.
  • Foil: To Henry Mills. He uses a sword as opposed to his Storybrooke counterpart who uses his wits. Also done as a use of Foreshadowing, as in the Season 6 finale Henry ends up getting a sword to use in addition to his wits.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Regina took on the Evil Queen persona to get Emma to behave like a Savior again. In doing so, she kills the Wish Realm's versions of Snow and Charming and instead causes Sir Henry to try and kill her in revenge.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He wasn't necessarily evil before his turn, but after Regina convinces him that she genuinely does love him and is willing to allow him to kill her if it will appease him. Henry ultimately can't go through with it and relinquishes his revenge. By the epilogue he is shown having been Happily Adopted by Regina and found a new family with the main universe counterparts of his family.
  • In Spite of a Nail: His presence in the Wish Realm suggests that, in spite of the very different history of The Wish Realm compared to the main Enchanted Forest, his world's versions of Emma and Baelfire still met and had a child.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After Regina proves to him that her claims are true, he abandons his quest for Revenge against her and aids her in her coronation as queen of the United Realms.
  • Tragic Villain: This version of Henry lost his entire family in one fell swoop thanks to Regina's well meaning intentions and has been unable to gain any happiness since that day. It's for this reason that Regina is willing to allow herself to be sacrificed if it will appease Henry and eventually adopt him when he has a Heel–Face Turn.

    Rumpelstiltskin 
Played By: Robert Carlyle

The version of Rumplestiktskin from the world created by the Evil Queen's wish that Emma was never the Savior. Due to the Evil Queen being defeated before she could cast the Dark Curse this Rumple was never able to escape his imprisonment and has been stuck inside his prison ever since. At least before the arrival of the main universe's Regina...


  • Adaptational Villainy: In-universe. He is a lot more dangerous than Prime!Rumpelstiltskin, as he's willing to make the heroes suffer a Fate Worse than Death. Also see An Offer You Can't Refuse, Faux Affably Evil, Took a Level in Jerkass and Would Hurt a Child below for more details.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Unlike Prime!Rumpelstiltskin, who anticipates people that desperately need him and act accordingly, Wish!Rumpelstiltskin is more willing to invade their lives and force them into a deal against their will, such as when he kidnaps Cinderella and Lucy and ransoms them for Prime!Rumpelstiltskin's dagger.
  • Ascended Extra: Wish!Rumple goes from appearing in two episodes of season 6 before abruptly disappearing from the story arc and in one of Wish!Hook's flashback episodes to appearing in the last three episodes of season 7 and becoming the Final Boss of the show.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: With far more empathis on the "Beware" part than the "Silly" part.
  • Big Bad: Wish!Rumple becomes this for the last two episodes of season 7 after killing off Dr. Facilier, the last of the seasons remaining Big-Bad Ensemble.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Wish!Rumple appears in the Wish Realm arc of season 6 providing the magic bean necessary for Emma and Regina to return home and then turning on Regina to get revenge on the Evil Queen after finding Belle's body. He then appears in season 7 for one of Wish!Hook's flashback episodes and doesn't seem to serve much other role. Then he kills off Dr. Facilier in the final moment of "Is This Henry Mills?" and becomes the surprise Final Boss of the show.
  • Dirty Coward: He is called out as this by Weaver. This is shown in his death, where he breaks into nervous tics, then screams in fright, and finally trembles and whimpers as he crumbles to dust.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: He turns to dust when he dies, and the dust promptly is whisked into the nearby fireplace as obvious symbolism concerning where he'll end up now.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the current, reformed Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold/Weaver.
  • Evil Plan: Wish!Rumple's plan is to use King Henry's Author powers to strip the Guardians and Rumple's powers away and then trap all of the heroes in every Realm in their own Tailor-Made Prison via evil Storybooks so that no one will ever be reunited with their loved ones and he can rule uncontested forever.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Subverted, in contrast to his counterpart. As Weaver sacrifices himself to save Rogers, Wish!Rumple starts losing his shit, and as he dissolves into dust, he is trembling and whimpers "No more Rumple?" in fear as he dies.
  • Famous Last Words: He has some very memorable ones as he disintegrates: "No more Rumple?"
  • Faux Affably Evil: In contrast to Prime!Rumpelstiltskin, his cheerfulness is an act and he acts affable towards Regina even while planning to lock her in his dungeon and skin her alive for something her Wish counterpart did.
  • Final Boss: Wish!Rumple becomes the final antagonist of Once Upon A Time after killing off Dr. Facilier the last of the season's Big-Bad Ensemble.
  • It's Personal: While Wish!Rumple was perfectly willing to help Regina if she let him out of his prison he decides to imprison and torture her once he finds the skeleton of Belle that was locked inside her dungeon.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Probably even moreso than his main reality counterpart. He takes Cinderella and Lucy to force Henry's hand; breaks Alice's mirror so that when Regina, Rumple, Hook, and Henry use it he can divide them and send them where he likes; brings Cruella against them with a promise of a new coat (but which also, cleverly, provides the means to obtain the Author's ink); gets Rumple to confront him so he can claim the dagger; and pushes Henry into the desperate act of going for the Author's pen, all knowing that the deal he made with Wish!Henry will let him use the pen to eliminate the Guardian's powers and strip Rumple of the Darkness so that he can be the only one who wields it, letting him reign supreme.
  • Misplaced Retribution: After finding Belle's body in the Evil Queen's dungeon, since without the Dark Curse being cast and the Evil Queen bailing from town Belle ended up dying from starvation, Rumple decides to get revenge on Regina since she's the closest thing he's got to the Evil Queen.
  • Outside-Context Problem: In universe and out nobody expected the final antagonist of the series to be the deranged Wish Realm version of Rumple, least of all Rumple himself.
  • Straw Nihilist: Belle's death and Wish!Regina's failure at reuniting him with his son seems to have pushed him off of that final cliff, making him even more depraved than Prime!Rumpelstiltskin. With no loved ones left for him, his one and only priority is his own self-preservation.
  • Taking You with Me: A victim of this. When Weaver sacrifices himself to save Rogers, Wish!Rumple dies with him.
  • True Final Boss: He comes into the picture at the end of Season 7 just when it's looking like Dr. Facilier is to be the Final Boss.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A combination of losing everyone he loves and being stuck in his prison when the Dark Curse wasn't cast has made this Rumple far more vicious and evil then his main universe counterpart. The entire cast quickly realize that this version of Rumple is the most evil one they've ever faced and his Evil Plan involves trapping every hero in a Fate Worse than Death for eternity so no one can get in his way.
  • Villainous BSoD: He dies in this condition, terrified to the point of non-functioning as he stares blankly into space and asks "No more Rumple?"
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: With both Wish!Baelfire and Wish!Belle dead, he has no more loved ones. And unlike his counterpart, he never reconciled with his Baelfire before the latter's death, nor did he have a deeper relationship and a child with Belle before she died.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In a stark contrast to Prime!Rumplestiltskin, he's willing to let Lucy freeze to death inside a snow globe, and has no intention of sparing her a Fate Worse than Death when she gets out of it either.

    Cruella De Vil 
Played By: Victoria Smurfit

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Played By: Timothy Webber

An incarnation of the Apprentice that still holds the Author's pen for the day when a new author appears.


  • Blind Weaponmaster: Despite having been blinded at some point, he is still competent enough to sneak up behind an adult Henry undetected.

Dark Realm

    The Black Fairy 

The Black Fairy

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"I promise you, son! I will spend every moment from this very day, trying to find my way back to you!"
Played By: Jaime Murray
Centric Episodes: "The Black Fairy"

A fairy who was exiled by the Blue Fairy long before the events of the series.


  • Abusive Parents: She raised her grandson, Gideon, after kidnapping him from his godmother, the Blue Fairy. She used to beat him and keep him locked in a prison, hoping to turn him evil.
  • The Ace: Villainous example. As a human, she studied fairy lore far deeper than most fairies ever bothered to, learned how to become one herself (which should have been impossible) and delved so deep into the dark arts that she created the Dark Curse. She only got stronger over time after being banished and she effortlessly curb-stomps Blue without using a wand at all. When going up against Zelena (who has been stated several times to be stronger than her sister), she takes Zelena's beam of magic head-on and redirects it into the ceiling with a flick before choking her and downing Regina with a single throw. Also see A God Am I.
  • A God Am I: She claims that, with the realms gone and with her wand returned to her, she will be able to bend reality to her will like no one ever has - she'll even be able to resurrect whomever she wants.
  • All Take and No Give: She forces all the children she took to mine all the dark magic dust for her own benefit. Furthermore, as a mother figure to Gideon, she is not winning mother of the year on any account.
  • Antagonist Title: Season 6 Episode 19 is called "The Black Fairy" after her infamous title.
  • Arc Villain: The main and final antagonist of the entire Storybook, as well as Emma's story in general.
  • Big Bad: For the entirety of Season 6 (although she isn't revealed as the mastermind until 9 episodes in). Gideon's arrival to Storybrooke and attempts to carry out the prophecy of killing Emma were all her doing by means of using his heart to control him so she will be freed from the Dark Realm after the Savior passes. Even if Emma didn't die, she came close enough to death that the portal successfully opened, allowing the Black Fairy to cross over into Storybrooke. Not only that, but she is indirectly responsible for the events of the entire show. How so? Doesn't get much worse than creating the Dark Curse.
    • The episode "Awake" introduces pixie flowers, which only grow as a kind of immune response to the presence of great evil. A single flower grew back in the day when Storybrooke was still under the Dark Curse. The Black Fairy is so bad that a whole field of flowers springs up.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She may have been a Tragic Villain in the past, but that certainly seems to be all but gone now, with her claim of having "practically invented dark magic" as well as being fully aware of her reputation as a terrible creature and stating regardless that she is quite pleased with herself.
  • Changeling Tale: Her M.O is kidnapping babies from their parents.
  • The Chessmaster: She's been manipulating everything in Season 6 and possibly even from the beginning of the series.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: She gives an off-screen one to Blue, just to give the audience an idea of how powerful she is.
    • She gives one to Zelena (who was long considered The Ace in magic, pendant or not) and at least two to Regina. Zelena responds the next episode by hitting her with a car.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Black Fairy was exiled by the Blue Fairy for using dark magic and cutting off her son's fate as the Savior.
  • Defiant to the End: As her son is about to finish her off using her own wand, she merely points out that nothing can stop her command to Gideon to kill Emma - in fact her death will only ensure it. He still kills her.
  • Evil Matriarch: She abandoned her own child, stole countless children to work for her, and not only stole her grandson from his own parents, but also used him as a pawn to help her escape her prison.
  • Evil Wears Black: Seeing as she's called the Black Fairy, naturally she has a wardrobe to match.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Before being destroyed, she reveals that she will force Gideon and Emma to destroy each other (Light canceling out Light forever) and that her death will only further this outcome. Gold decides to find out it that's true and erases her from the Land of the Living with her own wand. As she is turning to dust, she closes her eyes and visibly accepts her fate.
  • Fairy Devilmother: Whereas most fairies bless select children and distribute light magic across the realms, the Black Fairy kidnaps children so that she can turn them into her slaves in the Dark Realm, uses dark magic to an extent that she was able to singlehandedly threaten all of the realms and created the Dark Curse that caused the series' premise.
  • Fairy Sexy: Much like the other fairies, her outfits tend to emphasize her cleavage.
  • Famous Last Words: "(...) I commanded him to kill the Savior. Not even my death can stop that... In fact, I suspect it would ensure it."
  • Final Boss: The final battle of the entire Storybook (but not the whole series) is against her, however it's more a battle for the realms and control over Emma's belief than a physical fight. While Gold is the one to physically destroy her instead of Emma, it's Emma who makes the sacrifice that sends her plans to the Underworld along with her.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Awake", she tells Snow that it's better for her and Charming to be asleep during the fight, as "No one should have to watch their child die." As revealed two episodes later, saving her child from his fate as the Savior is exactly why she became the Black Fairy in the first place.
  • The Ghost: First mentioned in "The Thing You Love Most"note , but does not appear until many seasons later in the episode "Changelings".
  • Giggling Villain: She giggles a lot, something she would pass down to her son.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She is this for the entire series considering that she is Rumplestiltskin's mother and the creator of the Dark Curse. In Season 6, she ends up snatching Belle and Rumple's infant son Gideon (who's also the Black Fairy's own grandson no less) from the Blue Fairy and raises him to be evil. When Gideon returns to Storybrooke as an adult, it's revealed that he's the mysterious hooded figure from Emma's visions that supposedly kills her. He wants to do this so he can kill the Black Fairy.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: She's destroyed by her very own wand in the end and her plan is undone not only by Emma but by her son and grandson.
  • Hot Witch: Well, "Fairy" would be a more accurate description - she's easily more powerful than any and every witch we've seen.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Said almost verbatim by Tiger Lily when Fiona managed to use her wand to transform herself into a fairy.
  • Karmic Death: She refused to cut off her dark magic and instead cut off her infant son's Savior powers so they wouldn't end up destroying each other. In the present day, who do you think predictably ends up finishing her off, with her own weapon no less?
  • Like Father, Like Son: Fiona's desire to save her offspring caused her to turn to magic, then to dark powers and become fully evil, all to save her son from his dark fate, just like how Rumpelstiltskin acts.
  • Magic Wand: The Blue Fairy kept the Black Fairy's wand, which was stronger than other wands.
  • Mama Bear: Deconstructed. She was so focused on her son not being killed by evil that they both became evil, as well as her husband.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She breaks Gideon's spirit by giving him the opportunity to save his friend Roderick knowing he would be too scared to do it; she also manipulated Gideon by using his heart to try to kill Emma and open a portal so she could escape the Dark Realm. Also, see her Xanatos Gambit. It allowed her to come extremely close to winning, even after her death.
  • Missing Mom: "Changelings" reveals that she's Rumplestiltskin's mother.
  • Motive Decay: Started out as Mama Bear desperate to protect her son to the point she was in danger of Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. Now she's just in it For the Evulz as she no longer needs to protect her son.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: See Famous Last Words.
  • Older Than They Look / Time Abyss: She's absurdly youthful for a several-hundred-years-old Fairy who, according to calculations regarding her time in the Dark Realm, is over 3 million years old.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Nobody but the Blue Fairy really knows anything about her by the time she enters the story.
  • Parental Abandonment: Despite her tendency for stealing away children, the Black Fairy once had a child of her own but ended up abandoning them in exchange for power. Said abandoned child would grow up to be Rumpelstiltskin. Subverted as she didn't abandon Rumple, she was forcibly separated from when the Blue Fairy banished her..
  • Physical God: Quite possibly the worst example in the series, barring the gods themselves. Zelena and Regina fighting her together cannot so much as scratch her. Even after being hit by a speeding car, she shakes it off and seems more irritated when she leaves than worried. The only weapon able to destroy her was her very own.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Fiona is arguably the true main antagonist of the entire series, her creation of the Dark Curse and role as the hidden Arch-Enemy to both Emma and Gold having a major hand in the whole story. How many episodes does she appear in? 10 out of a total 155.
  • Start of Darkness: Fiona taking Tiger Lily's heart is what fully transformed her into the Black Fairy.
  • Tragic Villain: She certainly was one in the past. Wanting to save her son from the Darkness turned her into said Darkness as well as turned both her husband and their son evil. However, she seems to have thrown her tragicness out the window in favor of being a Card-Carrying Villain, the only thing she has love for at all aside from her incredible dark power being Rumple.
  • Ultimate Evil: She wanted to save her child from an unknown darkness, then went too far, so far that she became the darkness destined to destroy her son and eventually became so bad that she took absolute control over the very realm she was banished to, ascended to a level far beyond all other villains (sans perhaps a god like Hades), even claiming to have "practically invented dark magic" and to top it all off, Regina calls her the most powerful enemy ever faced.
  • Verbal Tic: She calls people "dearie", just like Rumple. Seems that it runs in the family.
  • Was Once a Man: The Black Fairy was once a human before she turned herself into a fairy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She transforms Gideon's childhood friend Roderick into a bug and steps on him right in front of Gideon. Not to mention her abuse of them as children, even daring Gideon to stop her form hurting Roderick..
    • Henry is only a teenager. She throws him down the stairs, causing him to fracture his arm and be put in a cast and neck brace.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Her final, ultimate plan.
    • She curses all the realms and tethers Emma's belief to all of them. If she stops believing, the realms will be eradicated from existence. Fiona can then kill her off and win forever.
    • She reads the runes and finds out that Gideon must fight Emma rather than herself. If Gideon kills Emma in combat, it's the end of Light Magic and Fiona wins.
    • If Emma kills Gideon in self-defense, she will turn dark forever, it's the end of Light Magic and Fiona wins.
    • If anyone kills Fiona herself (which Gold does), she has made sure her death will ensure that Gideon follows orders and fights Emma, owing to her protection spell on Gideon's heart. End of Light Magic, Fiona can celebrate her victory in the Underworld (and probably even take it over).
    • Luckily, our heroes avoid all four paths to her victory by Taking a Fifth Option: Emma lets Gideon kill her with the express purpose of saving him, which will not eliminate Light Magic. At the same time, Gold's attempt at using Gideon's heart to tell him to not kill Emma causes his deathblow to her to not fully succeed, allowing Henry to revive her with True Love's Kiss.

    Gideon 
Played By: Giles Matthey, Anton Starkman (child)
Centric Episodes: "Mother's Little Helper"

The long-lost son of Belle and Rumplestiltskin, who was kidnapped by the Black Fairy as a baby.


  • Abusive Parents: The Black Fairy, his adoptive mother, treated him horribly all throughout his life and is currently forcing him to try to kill Emma by controlling his heart.
  • And I Must Scream: The Black Fairy ripped out his heart, forcing him to be her henchman. However, he managed to regain enough control to leave behind a pixie flower that the heroes could use to find Killian and bring him back to Storybrooke.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: To the Black Fairy. Also to Rumple to a lesser extent, but Rumple wants to earn his trust and be a good father to him.
  • Apologetic Attacker: He is full of pain and misery at being forced by Fiona to stab Emma but does so nevertheless and, as a result, is reverted to an infant.
  • Big Bad: He seemed to be the one destined to kill Emma, but it turns out that his grandmother Fiona / the Black Fairy was forcing him to do it using his heart to free herself from the Dark Realm. In the end he is still destined to kill Emma but against his will and on his grandmother's orders - luckily he gets a second chance as an infant and Emma is revived almost instantly.
  • The Dragon: It looked like he was the Big Bad of the sixth season at first, trying to kill Emma to become the Savior to stop Fiona, but it turned out to be a lie that she forced him to say using his heart, and that she was the mastermind all along.
  • Foil: To Henry, his nephew. He grew up with a villainous adopted mother who ruled over a cursed realm with an iron fist, but gained hope by reading a book about heroes. Unlike Henry, Gideon was never able to convince his mother to become good, so now she's forcing him to become evil. Also, Henry was woken from a sleeping curse by his birth mother, while Gideon woke his birth mother.
  • Forced into Evil: He doesn't want attack the heroes, but with the Black Fairy holding his heart he doesn't have much of a choice.
  • Generation Xerox: His appearance in "Beauty" makes it clear he inherited his mother's affinities for reading and exploring.
  • Good All Along: He really wants to help Emma rather than kill her, but he doesn't have much of a choice when Fiona has a hold on his heart. Even then, she claims that part of him always wants to help her, something which he reluctantly agrees to, seeing as she was all he had for a parental figure for 28 years.
  • In the Hood: He's the hooded figure that attacks Emma in her visions.
  • Happily Adopted: Averted. He wants to kill his adopted mother for making his childhood a living hell.
  • The Heavy: Starts off as this, being Emma's primary opponent for the third quarter of the season until it's revealed that the Black Fairy was using him to get into Storybrooke, after which he is forced to follow her everywhere. In the end, he is forced to fight Emma one final time and his inevitable stab to her gut causes him to be reverted to an infant and Emma is revived.
  • Hero Killer: Attempted. The Black Fairy wants him to kill Emma. Though Gideon himself doesn't actually want to hurt her, the Black Fairy controls his heart. In the end, he is forced to kill Emma anyways but, thanks to True Love's Kiss, she is revived and he can begin life anew as a newborn.
  • Momma's Boy: His relationship with Belle is a positive example, since she's his True Love and has only ever tried to protect him. On the opposite end, the Black Fairy is an abusive and domineering figure in his life, and harshly imposes her will on him.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The book Belle gave him as a baby inspired him to become a hero, but his adoptive mother has other plans for him.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother told him that his birth parents abandoned him because they didn't care about him. In reality, Belle sent him away with Blue so he'd be safe and Rumple was horrified when he realized his son was gone.
  • True Love's Kiss: How he wakes Belle from the sleeping curse she placed herself under.
  • Raised by Grandparents: He was raised by his father's estranged mother.
  • Walking Spoiler: Everything about him spoils a significant part of Season 6.

    Roderick 
Played By: Grayson Gabriel, Mason McKenzie

One of the children kidnapped by the Black Fairy.

Alternative Title(s): Once Upon A Time Dun Broch, Once Upon A Time Agrabah, Once Upon A Time Arendelle, Once Upon A Time Oz, Once Upon A Time Neverland, Once Upon A Time Wonderland

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