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    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.
  • No Escape but Down: In episode 6.
  • 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.
  • Was Once Human: A Long time ago.

    Jafar 

Jafar

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Jafar in Once Upon A Time 
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"
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Old Prisoner: "A throne is made when the man who sits upon it is worthy."

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.
  • Appeal to Fear: When he was the sultan he belived that fear was where all true power comes from. This is why he encouraged and approved of Mirza hitting Jafar.
  • 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.
  • Big "NO!": When Jafar kills Mirza he screams in horror having lost his only beloved child. This may be part of the reason he refuses to call Jafar son.
  • Decomposite Character: While a Sultan of Agrabah, he's a different character from Jasmine's father.
  • 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?
  • Doting Parent: To Mirza. Especially when he showed traits that, in his opinion, would make him a good ruler, namely hitting Jafar for embarassing him.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: There was only one person who the sultan genuinely loved and cared for, his legitimate son Mirza who he spoiled and dotted on. He may have cared about Jafars mother but whatever feelings he still had for her at this point werent enough to honor her last wish to take in, acknowledge or care-in-the-slightest about their son and he felt no problem murdering said child later.
  • 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.
  • God Save Us From The King: He was implied to be a tyrant. Though his intention of cutting off young Jafar's hand for stealing can be excused due to Values Dissonance in the area, he also believed that fear was where all true power comes from and approved of his heir hitting servants (including Jafar) and saying they don't deserve names.
  • Good Parents: He THINKS he was this to Mirza, but all he did was spoil him. To the point where Mirza grew to be a Dirty Coward who would rather leave him to die than risk getting hurt fighting Jafar hand to hand. He still grieved his death though.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: As much as he refuses to admit it, he is virtually responsible for the way Jafar turned out. From his abusive treatment and attempted murder driving Jafar to accumulate power and seek revenge, to indirectly teaching Jafar the power of fear by trying to pass this lesson onto Mirza (by encouraging him to hit Jafar).
  • No Name Given: He is only credited as "Old Prisoner". His true identity has no name given either.
  • Not So Different: He claims that he was more worthy to be a ruler than Jafar, not really though. See in the blood and the sociopath.
  • Not So Stoic: He's very open about his feelings as a prisoner, but as the sultan the only times we see him express any emotion (that isnt pride towards Mirza) is when he learns Ulima is dead (a slight shock which he gets over quickly) and when Jafar kills Mirza.
  • Offing the Offspring: Attempts this on Jafar. Unfortunately for him (and for countless innocents in the future), it doesn't work.
  • In the Blood: He isn just as sociopathic and ruthless as the man Jafar would become, abeit slightly less hate filled and less dangerous.
  • 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.
  • The Sociopath: He cared very little to nothing for anyone besides his legitimate son, and was exceptionally ruthless and cruel. Casually drowning a ten year old boy (also his illegitimate son whose mother he apparently cared for once) for annoying him then refering to his body as garbage. He gets better after loosing Mirza and becoming a prisoner.
  • 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.
  • The Unfettered: He was very cold, cruel and apathetic to everyone who wasnt his legitimate son Mirza, to a sociopathic extent. Encouraging Mirza to hit Jafar and watching without a hint of remorse and casually drowning him later.
  • 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

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Nyx's Curse: "You've let your desires override the fates. Now your fate will be to serve the desires of others."
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

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Aladdin: "Let's be honest, I might be a selfish street rat, but you, you're a selfish princess."
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.
  • Lovable Rogue: Even thieves have standards.
  • Magic Carpet: Just like his movie counterpart.
  • 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

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Jasmine: "I did not come so far and sacrifice so much only to give up on finding Aladdin."
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 
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Ulima: "There is nothing left to do, Jafar."
Played By: Rekha Sharma
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 weren't enough to honor 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."
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 Rumplestiltskin.


  • 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 Rumplestiltskin 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 hear you're wicked. Well, 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 with water from the River of Lost Souls. In the end, Hades' Evil Plan completely overshadows his and Rumple sdoesn'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 Malcolm, 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: Rumple's father is alluded to in Season Two, and finally makes an appearance in "Think Lovely Thoughts." He is 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 Rumple (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 is this to his Wish Realm counterpart.
  • Deader Than Dead: As shown in "Firebird." While in the Underworld, Rumple replaces Robin Hood's heart with a wineskin filled with water from the Acheron. This sends Pan 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 Rumplestiltskin, the Dark One. Like Rumple, 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 Rumple, he made no attempts to make amends... in fact, he's gloated to Rumple 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 (physically 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 Rumple... now Rumple 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.
  • Famous Last Words: "Rumple, please. You can stop this. Remove the dagger. We can start over. We can have a happy ending."
  • 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".
  • Hypocrite: He cites his own father abandoning him as an excuse for being a Manchild, only to then abandon his own son for his own selfish reasons.
    • He complains about how he will never be rid of Rumplestiltskin in "Going Home", ignoring the fact that the only reason why Rumplestiltskin ever confronts him is because Pan more or less forces him to do this, using his flute to try and take Baelfire away shortly after he became the Dark One and then later kidnaps his grandson Henry to be used as a sactifice.
  • 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 Rumple 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 Rumple 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Downplayed in that the show itself wasn't exactly light-hearted, but the villains proceeding him had either a couple comedic moments or a loved one at least, but with Pan all the comedy is sucked from the area, and it's made pain-stakingly clear that he has no loved ones.
  • 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 Rumplestiltskin'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 Rumple 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.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child!: It is eventually revealed that the defining moment for Malcom to grow to hate his own son was when in her maddened attempt at saving her son from dying as the Savior, Fiona turned herself into the Black Fairy and was banished to the Dark Realm before she could cast the Dark Curse and leaving him to raise their son alone.
  • 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, Rumplestiltskin 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 interactions 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 Manchild: 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 Rumplestiltskin. As revealed in "Think Lovely Thoughts", Peter is actually Rumple's de-aged father.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Downplayed. On several occasions, most notably in Season 3, Episode 4, when Peter Pan psychologically deconstructs Rumpelstiltskin his eyes get noticably bloodshot.
  • 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 Rumple was genuine only so much as it being an extension of his love for himself: caring for Rumple 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.
  • Sore Loser: Does NOT take well to losing a game. After Regina denies him of Henry's heart, he is seriously pissed.
  • 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 Rumplestilkin finishes the both of them off in his Taking You with Me moment, Pan is reverted 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.
  • 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 Rumplestiltskin, 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", Rumple 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 Rumple'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 Rumple 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 causes her to suffer a massive Cynicism Catalyst.
  • 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, Daughter!" Girl: 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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The Shadow: "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 host 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 existed 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.
  • Magical Native American: Well, she is a fairy who has the appearance of a Nartive American woman.
  • My Greatest Failure: She was unable to keep Fiona from turning dark.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Thanks a lot, Tiger Lily.
    • She sets Fiona on the path to becoming the Black Fairy, resulting in the abduction and enslavement of many children.
    • 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 Corrupter who would influence Cora, Regina, Zelena, and many others to commit wicked acts.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Despite being in the New Enchanted Forest at the time, 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

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.

Arendelle

See here.

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.


  • Adaptation Deviation: Merlin is usually Arthur's chief advisor and mentor in the early part of his reign, here he's imprisoned long before Arthur's time and the two don't actually meet until much later.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: With Yen Sid/The Sorcerer of Fantasia, taking his Apprentice, Nice Hat, and role as the Big Good from Kingdom Hearts.
  • 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.
    • Given he was trapped in a tree long before that and during that time, it was probably his apprentice who left the hat in the mansion as he was the last known person to possess it prior to it being seen in the mansion.
  • 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.
  • Transflormation: The Dark One ends up turning him into a tree.
  • 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.
    • That being said, as noted in the main page, this is actually a case of Older Than They Think : While Lancelot himself isn't portrayed as black, there are black knights of the Round Table in various medieval legends, Sir Feirefiz and Sir Morien being the most notable.
  • 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.
  • Unexplained Recovery: No explanation is ever offered for how he's still alive after Cora claimed to have killed him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is last seen leaving Camelot with Guinevere. He's never shows up again at any point afterwards.

    Violet 

Violet

Played by: Olivia Steele Falconer
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Violet: "It's like those movies you showed me. I just feel so... out of place. Like, who am I? Am I a jock or a princess or a nerd?"

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.
  • Ojou: Someone who's the daughter of someone named "Sir Morgan", is more likely than not to be a noble.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Her father, Sir Morgan is one to Hank Morgan the protagonist of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    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.


  • Age Lift: Is moved back considerably in time from his original role as an enemy to Arthur's father.
  • 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.
  • In Name Only: Has nothing really to do with the Vortigan/Vortigern of Arthurian legend apart from his involvement with Merlin.
  • Smoking Gun: Leaves the streets of Nimue's destroyed village littered with cups in his search for the Holy Grail.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the original Arthurian legend, he's a usurper king who serves as the nemesis to Arthur's father Uther Pendragon and Uther's brother Aurelius Ambrosius. Here he's moved back centuries to seve as Nimue's nemesis.
  • 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.


  • Action Girl: She's pretty damn good with that bow, and she's no slouch with a sword either.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Physics: An arrow colliding with another arrow mid-flight would in all likeliness disrupt the momentum and original trajectory of the said arrow meaning that her stunt to cut through three arrows flying toward her brothers with a single shot of her own in mid-air is probably leaving Sir Isaac Newton pulling his hair out inside his grave.
  • 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 she.
  • 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.
  • Brave Scot: If the fiery red hair doesn't give it away, this wee little lass here is more than just a pretty face.
  • 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?
  • Dyeing for Your Art: zig-zagged; Amy's a brunette who wore a wig.
  • 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.
  • Eye Color Change: Her eyes are green except they turn orange when she's a bear.
  • 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 (whom 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.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: At the end of "The Bear and the Bow".
  • My Greatest Failure: Failed to save her father during a war.
  • Rebellious Princess: She could've just married someone to keep power, she has a different idea.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: There's a couple other redheads on the show, but none of them have green eyes to go with it like she does.
  • Splitting the Arrow: In "The Bear and the Bow".
  • 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.
  • Transformation Trinket: In "The Bear and the Bow", Emma forces her to drink a potion that turns her into a giant bear.
  • 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.
  • Warrior Princess: She's the daughter of a king and is also an Action Girl.

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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Basically everything he says is snarky in some kind of way.
    Zelena: Who the hell are you?
    Hades: Who the hell am I? That question is more appropriate than you know. Please, allow me to introduce myself, I am Hades.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • God of the Dead: Hades is the god of death and ruler of the underworld, and rules the underworld as a place where the souls of the dead that have unfinished business remain until they can pass onto either heaven or hell. However, Hades has been leeching off the power that these souls give him, and so despises the idea of anyone leaving and tries to sabotage attempts that could cause that to happen.
  • 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
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Zeus: "It's time to take you where you belong."

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
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    Queen Snow 
Played By: Ginnifer Goodwin
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    Robin of Locksley 
Played By: Sean Maguire
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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"
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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
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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, as one of the show's most dangerous and threatening villains.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: He dissolves into dust when Weaver rips his heart out, puts it in Rogers' chest, and dies.
  • 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; imprisons his father Peter Pan in a pillory; pits 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
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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Played By: Timothy Webber
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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.

    Peter Pan 
The version of Peter Pan from the world created by the Evil Queen's wish that Emma was never the Savior.
Played By: Robbie Kay
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Dark Realm

    The Black Fairy 

The Black Fairy

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"I promise you, son! I will spend every moment of every 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 Brit: She's played by an English actress and speaks with a good dose of RP.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Much like many of the other villains in the series, she cites her Dark and Troubled Past and her desire to protect those she loves as good reasons for her actions, but the absurd lengths she goes only proves that she is only in it to gain power over others. Case in-point, she had the opportunity to cut her own fate to be her son's fated adversary and become human again and instead cut her son's destiny to become the Savior.
  • 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.
    • With the reveal that her actions inadvertently led to Malcom becoming Peter Pan and their son becoming the Dark One, you could make the case that if Fiona hadn't become the Black Fairy, every villain in the series with the exception of Hades, and even then he only escaped the underworld due to one of these villains wouldn't exist.
  • 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. Even better, she went to such great lengths to make sure that her son's prophecy - that he as the Savior would destroy his greatest adversary - would never happen, only for her to die at his hands as predicted.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: Rumple kills her with her own wand.
  • 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 three 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 
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Gideon: "I always remembered you, mother. I tried to follow your example."
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.
  • The Kids Are American: His mother speaks with an Australian accent, his father speaks with a Scottish accent, the Black Fairy speaks in a poshy English accent, and yet he speaks with an American accent.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Sibling: He's Baelfire's postumous half brother.
  • 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 
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Roderick: "If my transgression protects the ones that I care about then it's all worth it."
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 Oz, Once Upon A Time Neverland

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