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The Evil Queen/Regina Mills/Roni
The Evil Queen: "I shall destroy your happiness... if it's the last thing I do."
Regina Mills: "I've always believed that evil isn't born... it's made."
Played By: Lana Parrilla, Ava Acres (child)
Centric Episodes: “The Thing You Love Most”, “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”, “The Stable Boy”, “We Are Both”, “The Doctor”, “The Cricket Game”, “Welcome to Storybrooke”, “The Evil Queen”, “Quite a Common Fairy”, “Save Henry”, “Witch Hunt”, “A Curious Thing”, “Enter the Dragon”, “Mother”, “The Price”, “Dreamcatcher”, “Souls of the Departed”, “Sisters”, “A Bitter Draught”, “Page 23”, “Wake Up Call”, “Is This Henry Mills?”
The Evil Queen who, after losing her war with Snow White, enacts the Dark Curse to give herself a "happy ending". In Storybrooke, she retains all her memories as Regina Mills, the mayor of Storybrooke.

  • 0% Approval Rating: During her time as the Evil Queen nobody wanted anything to do with her due to her murderous actions and constantly trying to kill Snow White. The only reason she held on to her throne was because of her magical power. She stayed this way as Mayor of Storybrooke due to being a grade a Jerkass and bully and once the curse was broken the entire population of Storybrooke tried to murder her. However over time, once Character Development set in, she becomes a better person and starts winning over the people of Storybrooke to the point that in the season 6 finale she is officially given the office of Queen of the town by the citizens of Storybrooke. Additionally, in the season 7 finale, she gets chosen to be the ruler of the United Realms as the Good Queen.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her Evil Queen persona loves sporting dresses like that in comparison to her Mayor Regina persona. She only ever goes back to those outfits when she is transported to another realm. Hell to the yes. Interestingly, this applies more to Queen Regina than Mayor Regina.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Occasionally neglectful and frequently emotionally manipulative to Henry, and is gaslighting him about his belief in the curse. She genuinely loves him though and seems to be have been unambiguously a good and caring if somewhat controlling mother prior to the conflict between Henry and her about the fairy tale characters, placing her mostly in this type. This leads to a My God, What Have I Done? moment when Henry finally confronts her about her gaslighting. Emotional and mental abuse still continues after this, though. At several points throughout Season Two she's attempted to kill members of Henry's family, tries to put him under a love curse, and casts a spell to wipe his memory. Even if she was doing this out of love, she still knowingly hurt Henry directly, which puts her firmly in this category. This is not even getting into all her actions against her stepdaughter Snow in Fairy Tale Land, even if she had a Freudian Excuse for that.
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    • Regina had Cora as a very emotionally abusive mother (much worse than herself), who was also physically abusive at least insofar as restraining her. Even putting aside all the evil Cora has done to other people, there is the way Regina reacts when Cora uses magic to levitate her in the air at the drop of a hat and conjures straps to wrap around her in "The Stable Boy". Regina holds out for a minute, saying she hates it when Cora uses magic on her, before begging her mother to let her go, saying "Please. I'll be good." Her father looks upset, but otherwise lets Cora do what she wants. After all, "what can't she do?"
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the original fable, The Queen was a Vain Sorceress that was jealous of Snow Whites beauty. In here, however, Regina Mills/The Queen was motivated by revenge and sheer hatred for Snow White because she was convinced she had intentionally gotten her then boyfriend killed.
  • Addictive Magic: After she began her dark magic lessons, she realized that she didn't want to stop using it. She even seeks out Dr. Hopper for help!
  • Adorkable: Before her descent into darkness.
    Regina: Rumplesch... Schtilts...? Rumpelstiltskin... I summon thee...
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Seasons 2 to 3, where she keeps making actions that put her's and her adoptive son's relationship at risk. Lampshaded in one episode where she tells Mary she doesn't "learn from [her] mistakes".
  • Alas, Poor Villain: She's the Evil Queen, but Henry's devoted mother. So you can imagine her pain when, after spending ten years raising and falling in love with a boy being raised as her son, said son decides that he no longer loves her and refuses to be with her, choosing to go with his birth mother instead. In Season 2 and onwards, Henry does eventually love her again, but it's still harsh for him to leave her.
  • Alpha Bitch: Despite it not being high school, Regina pulls a lot of the same verbal snark tactics.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is aloof and composed compared to the other female characters on the show, especially as the mayor.
    • However, she's not always aloof. As the Evil Queen she's vengeful, filled with rage, chews the scenery just as good as Rumpelstiltskin, and speaks most of her lines with teeth-clenched fury. As Regina, she can be a genuinely doting parent and loving mother who deeply cares for her son, dropping the aloof act instantaneously. As a young Regina, she is achingly innocent, deeply in love, and incredibly naive. Fortunately for the show, Lana Parrilla has incredible acting range and pulls all this off while making it look easy.
  • Ambiguously Brown:
    • Her ethnicity is never touched upon in Storybrooke or the Enchanted Forest, but it appears she has the same colouring as her father, who is played by a Latino actor. Her actress, Lana Parrilla, is of Italian and Puerto Rican descent and identifies as Latina.
    • "The Miller's Daughter" shows that Regina is at least half Latina since her relatives on her father's side of the family are all portrayed by Latino actors.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has an extreme lack of empathy and seems to take a perverse delight in either killing or humiliating people, suggesting there's something not quite right about her.
  • And Show It to You: As Henry says, it's kind of her thing. She got it from her mother.
  • Anti-Villain: One who had been Forced into Evil and Driven to Villainy no matter how hard she resisted.
  • Arrow Catch: Granny shoots an arrow at her. Regina catches it, sets it on fire, and then throws the fireball around the room.
    • She does it again in the second half of Season 3 when she meets Robin Hood in Storybrooke.
  • The Atoner: By the Season Two finale, Regina is genuinely trying to make up for what she's done.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Played with, since the ceremony is briefly interrupted by Emma and Original!Hook's late arrival, and because Snow also reveals it was an elected choice...but Regina does get a gorgeous new crown as she is made ruler of all the united realms.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Regina and Rumple have a weird case of this - she goes to him whenever she needs help and comfort over her magic (and kept close a letter about Zelena being the best he'd ever taught that she thought was about her) and he's outright stated that he'd always choose Regina to cast his curse if he had to re-choose.
  • The Baroness: Regina is most definitely this. She's as pretty as any sexpot version and has a definite Broken Bird vibe, but also possesses the icy demeanor and bitterness of the Rosa Klebb version.
  • The Bartender: In Hyperion Heights, she plays this role.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: To Graham, though "girlfriend" is used very loosely here.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Regina does this so that she has power over people and keeps the hearts in a special vault. It is revealed that this vault also exists in Storybrooke.
    • In "It's Not Easy Being Green", she does this to keep Zelena from winning against her, claiming it's the one thing she learned from Cora and not Rumpelstiltskin:
    "Never bring your heart to a witch fight."
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: When she was younger she was sweet, painfully naive, and was the one who taught Snow about true love. As an adult... yeah.
  • Because Destiny Says So: More like because her mother and Rumpel say so — there's not really a lot that happened to her that wasn't because of one of those two. Not even post-Curse breaking. Which probably explains why when Cora is finally killed and Rumpel's plan to reunite with Bae are concluded, she has an emptiness and lack of purpose she can't quite explain but is so eager to fill with something else.
  • Being Evil Sucks: According to the showrunners, this trope is the inspiration for the show. The Evil Queen's reason for choosing to get revenge on Snow White by casting a curse on the entire Enchanted Forest is to create a world where she can "win for once."
  • Being Good Sucks:
    • After working so hard to keep her promise to Henry, saving Emma and Mary Margaret... her reward is to watch Henry go off to happily celebrate with everyone else, leaving her behind. Even after the evil she did in the past, it's hard not to feel sorry for Regina.
    • Her attempt to return her mother's heart ended with Cora dying.
    • Regina saves the residents of Storybrooke from Pan's curse in "Going Home". The price? She can never see Henry again. He won't even remember her. Seeing her later try to reach out to Henry when he returns to Storybrooke while he doesn't remember her is just heartbreaking.
    • Regina's Second Love is revealed to be Robin Hood, and she in turn is his as well, since Maid Marian died. "There's No Place Like Home" then reveals Regina actually had Marian executed, so when Emma returns from the past with Marian in tow, Regina does not take it well.
  • Berserk Button: As the Evil Queen, pretty much whenever something doesn't go her way, particularly if it involves Snow White.
    • Henry is one for her too - just try and hurt Henry and she will kill you in whatever cruel and twisted manner she deems fit.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: In Season 2. She really doesn't get why people call her "evil"; in her messed-up mind, she's the good one and Emma and the Charmings are the evil ones.
  • Big Bad: For Season 1, being the mayor of Storybrooke, the one who cast the Dark Curse, and the one trying to get rid of Emma. After Regina rids herself of her Evil Queen persona using Jekyll's serum, the Queen (now a separate character) reclaims her role as Big Bad for Season 6 - at least for the first half before Gideon turns her into a snake.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold in Season 1 with a power struggle occurring between them.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Her rescue of young Snow in season one... too bad about how that turned out.
    "I should have let her die on that horse!"
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's very good at acting caring, hurt, joyful, etc, etc, until the act is no longer needed, and the act is dropped like it's going out of style.
  • Blood Knight: She displays on numerous occasions to be absolutely thrilled to fight those who oppose her. When Zelena makes it clear she is her enemy, she went from being depressed (and borderline suicidal) of being separated from Henry to gleefully cherishing the thought of destroying a new adversary.
  • Break the Cutie: Once is bad enough. But she gets the distinction of going through it twice. "The Stable Boy" implies that being broken was more or less a regular occurrence for her.
  • Break the Haughty: In Season Two, she gets the joy of watching her son live with another family, having to Mercy Kill the love of her life after finally getting him back, dealing with a magic addiction, being framed for murder, being manipulated by her sadistic mother and finally, being manipulated into accidentally killing her mother in such a manner that she gets about ten seconds of finally having a mother who loves her. Good or evil, this woman just cannot catch a break.
  • Broken Bird: Regina's constantly taking things from and wielding power over others is a result of being betrayed, abused, and traumatized in the past.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When she told David she has a vault full of hearts, she also admits she cannot recall any of the victims anymore. There are just so many.
    • In season 4 she plans to kill Maid Marian in the past, as in the original soon as she can find out which of her myriad victims Marian actually was.
  • Character Development: Possibly the best case for it on the show. After spending years trying to kill Snow and David, she's actively helping and protecting them in Season 3 onward. Regina even apologises to Snow in season 6 for all the damage she did to her admitting that she was a terrible stepmother to her. She also goes from an emotionally abusive mother to Henry who was perfectly willing to murder her birth mother in jealousy to becoming a loving supportive parent and willingly sharing her role as mother with Emma. Finally Regina refused to take responsibility for her actions in casting the Dark Curse and blamed everyone else for her troubles she eventually evolves enough to admit her mistakes and want to atone for what she did in her past.
  • Chewing the Scenery: The Evil Queen absolutely devours the scenery. Regina the mayor on the other hand is far more reserved.
  • Child Marriage Veto: She didn't want to marry King Leopold and did everything she could to stop her impending marriage. It didn't work out.
  • Color Motif: Red and Black and Evil All Over. Black represents the emptiness of her soul and red represents the intensity of her emotions which is both her greatest strength and weakness.
  • Composite Character: Subverted. In "Ariel" she uses magic to make herself look like the Disney version of Ursula and strikes a deal with Ariel to allow her to walk on land forever. However, at the end of the episode, it turns out that there really is an Ursula and she's pissed that Regina impersonated her.
    • She also seems to be the show's allegory for the Tin Woodman as Zelena needs her heart — a resilient one, in Belle's words.
    • She's also the equivalent of the baby son of the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin, which is a Gender Flip.
  • Consummate Liar: Being the one who started the Masquerade herself, she's spent the last 28 years lying to everyone. She even pulled a fast one over on Rumpelstiltskin, telling him that Belle was dead. The truth is quite different.
  • Control Freak: One of her biggest character traits. She genuinely loves Henry but her need to control his every action and emotion is what drove him away. She also has a desperate need to make people obey her, even in the most minor ways.
  • Cool Aunt: To Robin, Zelena's daughter. Robin clearly adores her, and Regina even gave her Cora's spellbook when Robin was experimenting with her powers. (Which, as Zelena pointed out, was an absolutely terrible idea, but Regina meant well.)
  • Cool Car: In Storybrooke she drives a late 80s Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Courtesy of Rumpelstiltskin. Jefferson (The Mad Hatter) provides some intentional help along with Victor Frankenstein. Poor girl never stood a chance.
  • Cosmic Plaything: By season 4, Regina is convinced the universe makes it that she will never be happy.
  • Create Your Own Villain: A single dad and his young son are passing through Storybrooke. Regina wants the little boy all to herself, like a living doll, so she tries to trap them. The boy gets away. The father does not. She murders the dad out of spite, and barely bats an eye over it. Almost thirty years later, the little boy is all grown up, has joined an organization of magic-eradicating Knights Templar and is looking to commit genocide on the whole town, starting with torturing her to death.
    • She also revitalized Maleficent in season 4.
  • Cry Laughing: Used to chilling effect in earlier seasons to emphasize her insanity, particularly when she was gloating to Snow White about her apparent growing darkness.
  • Cute and Psycho: While hot would be a more appropriate term than cute, Regina is regarded as clearly psycho.
  • Daddy's Girl: In an interesting parallel, Regina loves her father as much as Snow loved hers (though, with Cora as a mother, Henry was her only option). It doesn't save him.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Her mother's, though not by choice. It's much more complicated than that.
  • Darth Vader Clone: A female version. Dressed in Black? Check. Driven evil because of love? Check. Has a personal vendetta against at least one of the heroes? Check. Complex Anti-Villain? Check. Prone to telekinetically choking people? Check. Eventually becomes one of the good guys? Check.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More snarky and biting than deadpan but still very much there. Particularly in Season Three, where her coping mechanism for being trapped on a ship/island with people she can't stand is apparently to sass them constantly.
  • Death Glare: She is the master of these.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In the second season, with her mother taking over the role of Big Bad.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Her love for Henry is her one good point in the present day and she's at least trying to redeem herself for his sake.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Up to Yandere levels.
  • Determinator: Unlike her mother Cora who knew when to cut her losses, Regina will do everything to get everything she wants.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Back when she was evil a lot of her schemes were foiled due to her feeling the need to twist the knife a bit more. One of the best examples being trying to poison Emma despite the fact that she was already going to leave, not only causing Henry to be poisoned instead, but for the curse to be revealed and her 28 years victory to be finally unraveled.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She has ruined the lives of everyone in her world, persecuted Snow White for years and had Mary Margaret arrested for murder because an innocent child made a well-intentioned mistake.
  • Driven to Villainy: She did many horrible things, but they were done because she crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • After her mother ripped her boyfriend's heart out in front of her. It was also kind of Snow White's fault, though she didn't do it on purpose.
    • In season 3 "Witch Hunt" being forced to return to the Enchanted Forest, knowing she won't see Henry again and he won't even remember her is so painful for Regina, she decides to use a sleeping curse on herself so if she does wake, it will be because of her True Love waking her: Henry. Surprisingly, what pulls her out of going through with it shortly afterward is something completely different: someone new to destroy.
  • Drunk with Power: Once she started on her revenge seriously, she slowly became addicted to it. In Season 2, she is treating it like a drug addiction and seeing Archie for help treating it.
  • Dying as Yourself: The reason for her Heroic Sacrifice in the Season 2 Finale. Of course, she ends up living anyway, but the gesture is heartwarming.
    "Everyone looks at me as The Evil Queen. Including my son. Let me die as Regina."
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Regina does not seem to understand this concept at all.
    • With a few choice words from Cora, Regina goes straight back to her plan of killing everyone her son loves so he can only love her.
    • In season 4, she now plans to force the writer of the Storybook to give her the happy ending she thinks she deserves.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played straight in the cases of Snow, David, Emma, Henry , Hook, and Ariel. Outright averted in the case of Belle, who clearly is still upset about being imprisoned for about 30 years
    • Also, Robin Hood doesn't seem to care at all that she killed Marian before Emma changed the past.
  • Enemy Without: The Evil Queen, her dark side, is separated from her in the Season 5 finale.
  • Entitled Bitch: She'll screw over people, and then ask these people to help her like nothing happened. In "Bleeding Through", Belle calls her out on it hard.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Her father, not that it stops her from killing him in order to enact the curse - although she is broken about it and her father is, apart from Henry, the one person she'll go to any lengths to save.
      • Ultimately, she proves just how powerful her love for her father is by redeeming herself to be a good person... which allows her father to leave The Underworld and move on to a better place, giving them both some very much needed closure.
    • Henry, but the way she goes about it...
    • Daniel, her first love.
    • Her mother. It's really not the most functional of relationships. That's all Cora's fault in this situation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Regina is visibly horrified when Cora reveals that she was responsible for the death of Snow White's mother just to manipulate Regina's life so that she can be Queen.
    • She also seemed shocked when Cora throws Johanna out the window after Regina gave Johanna back her heart. She doesn't really give a damn about Johanna's life, but a ransom - Johanna for the dagger - was just completed, and Cora's unexpected, gratuitous evil doesn't seem to sit well with her.
    • In both cases, they were mother figures so she is understandably a little sensitive on the topic.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • See Horrible Judge of Character below. She isn't incapable of understanding deep emotions and selflessness: she undeniably herself shows it on occasion. It seems to be strange to her that anyone else would care about these things, as she lost faith in humanity.
    • According to Lana Parrilla, part of the reason Regina came to hate Snow so much is because she's incapable of grasping that Snow's actions weren't selfish. She genuinely believes that Snow told Cora about the affair so that Regina would have to become her new mother. Snow's happiness when Regina says they're going to be a family only feeds into this paranoid belief.
    • When teaching Emma magic she has her focus on negative emotions like anger, while Rumpel had her focus on more positive feelings, like desire to protect her loved ones.
    • She has a tendency to act as a Hero with an F in Good during the time she spends on the "good" side of the Heel–Face Revolving Door. She tends to prefer pragmatism to heroism, usually putting her firmly on the wrong side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.
  • Evil Counterpart: Her backstory is starting to parallel Emma's character arc.
  • Evil Feels Good:
    Rumpelstiltskin: How did it feel to use magic?
    Regina: It doesn't matter. I'll never use it again.
    Rumpelstiltskin: Why not?
    Regina: Because I loved it.
    • Of course this is also just after pushing Cora through a portal at Rumpel's beckoning. So he's as much playing upon her emotion over her mother by playing it as her emotion over magic. AKA Corrupt the Cutie.
  • Evil Is Hammy: But only as the Queen, which suggests she's doing it for kicks.
  • Evil Is Petty: Spray-painting "TRAMP" on Mary Margaret's car. Also in one episode she rips out Mary Margaret's heart (because she asked her to), she notices the tiniest bit of evil in her heart and revels in it by putting it back in her. Granted, Mary was just as distraught about it as Regina was reveling in it but she also tops it off with childish insults in the next episode.
    • And when she can't slaughter villages and unleash hellfire, she'll settle for being a total jerk to people she meets, even to a child who unknowingly sat in her chair at the diner.
  • Evil Sorceress: She curses an entire kingdom to screw over one person.
  • Evil Wears Black: As the evil queen, she wears all black.
  • Ex-Big Bad: She is the main villain of the first season, and The Dragon to her mother for a time in the second, but then hangs around and experiences a redemption plot.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: As the Evil Queen, but it's more understated on Regina in Storybrooke and nonexistent prior to her turning to evil.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: She doesn't approve of Henry's book of fairy tales, however, this was to Gaslight Henry into thinking the curse doesn't exist.
  • Fatal Flaw: She has quite a few.
    • Her unrelenting thirst for revenge.
    • Her obsession with having someone love her. This taken too some scary extremes with her trying to kill people Henry cares about so he can be 'hers'.
    • Her complete inability to accept responsibility for her actions and a severe lack of self awareness. In season 1 she firmly believed Snow "made" her become evil, in season 2 she blamed the people of Storybrooke for her evilness, and in season 4 she blames the storybook for writing her as a villain.
  • Forced into Evil: Regina was manipulated into doing evil by her upbringing, her ever-increasing past traumas, and a carefully crafted plot.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In the second half of Season 3, most of the town are still wary about her (especially since they became the victims of another curse, and Zelena has a feud with her). She doesn't help matters by being completely snarky, still holding on to old grudges (she calls Snow and David the "Uncharmings" at one point) and rebuffing any attempts at friendship or compassion. Even Tinkerbell wonders why she even bothers to try and help her. However, she is getting along awfully well with one person: Robin Hood.
  • Gaslighting: What her attempts to cover up the curse to Henry boils down to. She attempted to make him believe the curse was nothing more than fantasy and even made him see a psychiatrist for it. Henry lampshades this by telling her she "made [him] feel crazy".
  • Generation Xerox:
    • A sadder version of the trope in that, ultimately and for all her power and bluster, she's as much a hapless, helpless pawn as her father was and incapable of truly standing up against the people that she should be.
    • She's also got some of Cora's bad habits when it comes to dealing with the people she cares about.
  • Genre Blind: She alternates between this and Genre Savvy. As an example of the latter:
    "I can see I just launched you on a Heroic Quest."
    • Taken to a new level in Season 3, where she doesn't understand she is way out of her depth in Neverland dismissing Pan and his Lost Boys as a "smug teenager" and "bunch of boys with pointy sticks" respectively, even though they know the island like the back of their hand, and in Pan's case he can control it with his magic. On the flip side, she's the only one of the group who understands that being good just wont cut it in Neverland and spots tricks and traps that the others (including Rumpelstiltskin) seem to miss. Ultimately, Pan is the one to underestimate her.
    • In the second half of season 3, when Zelena challenged her to a fight, Regina came but left her heart behind, guessing correctly that that was what Zelena wanted from her.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Subverted in the sense that she and her son... don't exactly have the best relationship, but she's a little more well off than most single mothers. Mainly as a result of the curse.
  • Green Thumb: She can summon vines to bind her victims. Again, like her mother. On a less fantastic level, she takes good care of her plants, whether they be apple trees or bean shoots.
  • God Guise: In "Ariel" in the past, Regina pretended to be Ursula, the great goddess of the sea. Ursula was not pleased.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: A classic example.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: Regina is a clear example of this, after her mother killed Daniel, the man she truly loved, in order for Regina to marry the king. And when she was wavering between Good and Evil while Rumpel was teaching her magic, he sabotaged her chance to get Daniel back from the dead, securing her place in evil. He even called her his "monster."
    • Evil Costume Switch: Much of her wardrobe changes at this point as well. Prior to becoming evil, she dressed far more like Red and Snow, that is, like your standard female adventurer. She dressed predominantly in low-cut black leather after her Face–Heel Turn. With her attempt at redemption in Season 2, her clothing is something of a mix between the two. She has some elements that are dark in color and/or reminiscent of her more dramatic clothing choices - fitted knee high black boots for instance. Other elements are more toned down or have shifted to lighter colors - a grey looser jacket over her blouse as opposed to a more typical black fitted one.
  • Good Is Dumb: A firm believer in this, she refers to Snow and Charming as "those two idiots", even though all her plans to get rid of them, always fail in the long run. Also shows signs of this in Season 3, when forced to work with Emma and the Charmings seeing herself, as the only sane one in the group.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Becomes one of the good guys in Season 3, but that doesn't mean she's any more pleasant to get along with. She's still a pretty cold and cynical person, and is still dismissive of anyone trying to help her. This slowly fades away over time.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • An iffy one in "We Are Both". She doesn't destroy her book of magic but she lets Henry go, tells Charming the truth and tells Henry that she's going to redeem herself. It sticks until "In The Name of The Brother".
    • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Thanks to Cora, she goes right back to her old evil ways. And as of "There's No Place Like Home", with the return of Maid Marian just as she's begun a relationship with Robin Hood, she might be headed back here.
    • She has a more confident one by "And Straight On 'Til Morning". She's prepared to die to save the citizens of Storybrooke. After this, she keeps going strong and by "Going Home", little doubt remains that she's changed for the better.
    • "Kansas" has Henry declaring she's no longer a villain; she's now a hero. Though "A Tale of Two Sisters" reveals that Regina still views herself as a villain, in spite of everything, because she stills receives Laser-Guided Karma for her past evil.
    • As of the Season 4 finale, she is undeniably a hero and even a "savior" in Isaac's Storybook.
      • although it should be mentioned that in Isaac's book hero's and villain's switched places, Snow White became the Evil Queen and the Evil Queen became Snow White.
  • Heel Realization: A minor one in "We Are Both", and a MAJOR one in "And Straight On 'Til Morning".
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Regina ended up a power-hungry sorcerer like her mother Cora, whom she resented.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: The Evil Queen has some serious issues underneath her hammy villainy.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Actually a hidden spot of light in her dark, dark heart, which she shows to Tinker Bell: it's kept alive by her love for her son Henry.
  • High Collar of Doom: After she kills her father, and casts the curse directly, she wears a black outfit with a high collar.
  • The High Queen: She is crowned this, as the first elected Good Queen of the United Realms.
  • Honey Trap: As the Mayor, she tries this on David with herself as the bait. It fails.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: A lot of Regina's problems stem from the fact she can't allow herself to be happy,
  • Holier Than Thou: Now that she's good, she can slip into this when confronting other villains like Zelena or Dark!Emma.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • A villainous example, as she tends to project her own values on other people. In the Enchanted Forest, she mistook the Huntsman's misanthropy for cold-blooded ruthlessness, and didn't understand why Hansel and Gretel would prefer to find their father over staying in her luxurious palace, just after she basically admitted she'd sent a lot of children to their deaths in the Blind Witch's house. In Storybrooke, she is convinced that Emma is out to take away everything she has and somehow believes that Emma is someone who will acquiesce to being bullied. Also a case of Evil Cannot Comprehend Good.
    • In "Desperate Souls", she honestly believed that Emma was going to abandon her in a burning building.
    • As a teen... trusting Rumpelstiltskin. And Jefferson. And Dr. Frankenstein.
    • As of "In the Name of the Brother", trusting Cora. You just know this is going to end in tears. And it does. But because she trusted Snow White, somewhat amusingly.
    • Going back to villainy; she's honestly bewildered at why the people of the kingdom she now rules are still loyal to Snow White. Rumpelstiltskin points out that, prior to the current conversation, she's just slaughtered an entire village. "Maybe that's why they call you 'The Evil Queen'." And he's clearly exasperated when she keeps protesting that Snow is the evil one, and that the people will come to love her.
  • Hope Is Scary: The reason she gives Tinkerbell for why she ran away from a second chance at love when Tinkerbell tried to help her. She seems to have gotten past it some by allowing Henry into her life, though.
  • Hot-Blooded: She has a very short temper and resorts to violence often.
  • Hot Witch: She has magic and... see page picture.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She chastises Emma for not unlocking her true potential in powerful magic, the same way Cora chastised her for not having any ambition.
    • She never wanted to be the queen, but that doesn't stop her from using it as an excuse to be a lord over everyone.
    • She laments that, no matter how she's changed or what she's done to makeup for her atrocities, the town still distrust (and that's being generous) her, when she herself is often quick to assign blame and comes across as very unforgiving more than once.
    • She scolds Sidney as a traitor when he decides to support Ingrid, but her complaint loses weight when one remembers she had him betray her former husband Leopold.
  • I Am Not My Father: Her memories of her mother keeping her imprisoned with magic, prompt her to eventually let Henry go.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The Evil Queen punishes the Huntsman for his refusal to kill an innocent by forcing him to be her Sex Slave.
    "Guards! Take him to my bedchambers!"
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: There is nothing this woman won't say or do for any scrap of affection. From anyone. And yet, as of the second half of season 3, on the brink of finding a new love again, she's too scared to open her heart.
  • I've Come Too Far: Her initial reason for being unable to stop being evil.
  • Ice Queen: As the mayor, she's known for her dispassionate, aloof persona as well as her frostbitten wit.
    • Defrosting Ice Queen: Very, very slowly and subtly in Season 2. Appears to be fully defrosted as of the finale of the first half of Season 3. Losing Henry causes her to freeze up again, reinforced whey they get back to Storybrooke, but he can't remember her.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Constantly. She lampshades it by saying "You know what my problem is? I never learn from my mistakes."
    • When she looks like she's really changed, all it takes is for Maid Marian to get back into Robin's life for her to seemingly revert to her old ways, thanks to Emma. Subverted, however, as it's only a problem she has to deal with in the first half of Season 4 and she gets better soon after.
  • In the Blood: Regina inherited her parent's worst qualities. From Cora she got her lust for power and tendency to hold grudges. From Henry she got her emotional instability and weak resolve.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers:
    • Offers to let Hansel and Gretel live with her in her castle. When they refuse and demand to be sent back to their father, she spitefully strands them in the middle of a forest. By the time the Curse is cast, they still haven't found him.
    • She later tries to frame Kurt for drunk driving so that she can keep his son Owen all to herself.
  • I Regret Nothing: States in season 3 that she acknowledges her bad actions but regrets nothing because it got her Henry.
    • The fifth season finale reveals that Regina actually has many regrets, and that she had merely suppressed for a long time because feeling them would hurt her too much. After Robin Hood's death alerts her to her Laser-Guided Karma, she finally opens up and allows herself to feel these regrets.
  • Irrational Hatred: This is what Evil Queen Regina feels towards Snow White. She is angry at her mother for what happened to Daniel, but she inexplicably assigns at least as great a measure of blame to young Snow White who was manipulated by the same harridan who destroyed her own youth, and dedicates the next four decades to efforts at destroying Snow's happiness.
  • Iron Lady: As the mayor.
  • It Only Works Once: In the Enchanted Forest, she was finally captured in a trap with the Blue Fairy using her magic to ambush and bind her. When it was tried again in season 2, Regina was able to block the ambush easily.
  • It's All About Me: Her defining characteristic. She can truly love someone, but often treats them badly, supposedly because it's all about her: she attacked her "only friend" Maleficent, manipulated the Genie/Sidney Glass, is an emotionally abusive mother to Henry, kept Hansel and Gretel separate from their father out of raw spite, and murdered her own father for revenge. Heck, the Dark Curse itself is all about making sure no one else can get a happy ending besides her! Nevertheless, she always seems a little desperate for companionship.
    • Taken to the extreme in the season three finale, when Emma inadvertently brings Maid Marian back from the past with her (being ignorant of her identity) and she's reunited with Robin and Roland. Regina is understandably hurt, but she can't even bring herself to be happy for Robin, focusing instead on how Emma ruined her life.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Every now and then she shows a side of her that's more sympathetic, such as when her son falls down the well or when she's saved from the fire. And then she ruins it either the same episode, or an episode later by doing something completely harsh.
    • Starts getting better in the third season, where she's grown closer and more loving to not just Henry, but to Emma as well. She also displays more tolerance towards Snow and Charming, is back on good terms with Gold and Tinker Bell, and has one of her biggest Pet the Dog moments by promising to help Ariel get the happy ending with Eric that she had robbed her of - and actually keeps her word.
    • Seems to have made the progression to Jerk with a Heart of Gold during the second half of Season 3. She may be a unrelenting prick, but she's been going out of her way to protect a very pregnant Snow White, instantly forgiven Robin Hood for failing to protect her heart — even kissing him mid-apology, and genuinely apologized to Belle.
    • After having Took a Level in Jerkass in Season 4 and the first half of Season 5, the second half of Season 5, Season 6, and Season 7 mellows her out again.
  • Karma Houdini/Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Regina goes back and forth on these tropes. At first, it doesn't matter what Emma or anyone else does, she comes out on top.
    • On the flip side, in the Season 2 episode "Queen of Hearts", she fails to receive good karma as well, despite having just saved Emma and Snow's lives. (She must later watch them go to dinner with Henry, while she is not invited.) Granted, she did help put their lives in danger in the first place, so perhaps it balances out.
    • She gets hit by Laser-Guided Karma hard in "The Cricket Game". Blamed for the death of someone who isn't quite dead with mountains of evidence against her. It's almost exactly what she did to Mary Margaret in Season 1.
      • She gets hit with it even harder when she's tortured by Greg Mendell and nearly killed for how she tried to kidnap him as a child and had his father killed when she couldn't get him for herself. Despite how sympathetic she may have been, it's hard to argue that in that moment, she didn't have it coming.
    • By the end of Season 2, it's pretty clear that she is her own karma for all of her heinous deeds. In pursuit of happiness by taking away other's happiness, her life continues to suck and she cannot truly be happy.
    • In the second half of Season 3, she goes through what she put the whole town through in the first season. She becomes the target of a vendetta from Zelena the Wicked Witch of the West, her half-sister who was abandoned who blames all her troubles on her when she really should be blaming Cora, just as Regina blamed Snow for Daniel's death even though it was Cora's fault. She becomes the victim of a curse with a year of lost memories, just as she took all the town folks memories, and due to the events in the first half her son Henry doesn't even remember her. However Henry eventually gets his memories back, But at the end of the season her budding romance with Robin Hood comes to an end, when Emma brings Maid Marian back through time rather than let her die in Regina's dungeon (she had no idea who she was. So yeah. Karma's a bitch.
    • But post-Season 4, after she finally learns to be happy, despite Zelena's pregnancy, she is a full Karma Houdini. It no longer matters that she was once a genocidal maniac who killed and tortured thousands of people. All is forgiven.
    • And then at the end of Season 5, she gets hit with Laser Guider Karma once more when Robin Hood dies, in a manner similar of how Regina has killed peoples' loved ones before, and Regina finally comes to understand and even embrace this trope, saying it's well-deserved. Unfortunately, Snow later has the bright idea to rid Regina of her karma by splitting her and the Evil Queen apart, which is due to bite everyone in the ass in Season 6.
  • Kick the Dog: Doesn't even begin to describe her. She even manages to kick Rumpelstiltskin.
    • Special mention goes to Zelena, her half-sister. She loves to bring up the fact that Zelena was abandoned by their mother, Cora.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Thrice. Her father, Daniel and Cora. Daniel was technically a Mercy Kill and Cora was completely unintentional.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: After the death of Robin Hood, Regina begins to believe that there is no true redemption for her, and that she is caught somewhere between good and evil; if she goes back to evil, she loses everyone she has come to care about. But if she continues on her righteous path, she is condemned to continue suffering, enduring a lifetime of much deserved penance for all the pain she caused as the Evil Queen.
  • Knight Templar: In seasons 1 and most of 2, it's evident that she believes that she's The Hero and that Snow White and Charming are the villains.
  • Lack of Empathy: At times she really had no concern or understanding why people hate her, even when she just ordered a whole village slaughtered.
    • Taken to a new level in "Save Henry", where she states she feels no regrets for all of her horrible actions, including killing her father. Why? Because it all helped to lead her to Henry. Though this one could be seen as her motherly love for her son outweighing any guilt she harbors.
  • Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: Variant.She was born, raised, and her life destroyed all for the express purpose of casting Rumpelstiltskin's Dark Curse. No wonder she's so screwed up.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Just look at her, all dressed in black, and you're instantly able to tell. Leaving aside this factor, Regina throughout the entire series has proven to possess an almost incalculable number of magical abilities, some very powerful and dangerous.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She has no one to talk to once Sidney's locked up and Henry's gone, because she's done such horrible things. She goes as far as talking to Henry and then mind-wiping him afterwards.
  • Love Hungry: A truly terrifying example. This woman is so desperately lonely that she'll do anything to change it.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Stated word for word. A lesson from Cora.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Losing Daniel, Henry distancing himself from her, her obsession with Owen, her "relationship" with Graham and her highly dysfunctional love for Cora drive Regina to do terrible things.
  • Love Redeems:
    • Her love for Henry caused her to make a Heel–Face Turn.
    • Twisted around when it also helped Cora manipulate her into a Face–Heel Turn.
    • In the season 2 finale, her love for Henry led her to risk her own life to stop the self-destruct mechanism that was activated.
    • In "A Curious Thing", her love for Henry — and his belief in her — allows her to invoke True Love's Kiss and break Zelena's curse, and in "Kansas" allows her to wield light magic (as opposed to dark, which was all she believed she had) to take Zelena down hard.
      Zelena: So you're a hero now?
      Regina: Today I am.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter:
    • What would have happened if Rumpelstiltskin had managed to successfully adopt/buy Regina (detestably what happens anyway - before they become enemies and try to destroy each other).
    • She was this in regards to her mother when she was younger.
  • Mama Bear: Regina could be an evil example. Take her child from her and she will hurt you (or try to at least!). However, if you so much as lay a finger on Henry, she'll unleash a can of whoop-ass on you.
    • Turned into one for Snow/Mary Margaret now. They've repaired their relationship with Regina even calling Snow "[your] mother's child" after she proclaimed that she was brat as a child after seeing what Eva was like when young. So, if you touch Snow - or attempt to - things will not end well for you. And it won't be pretty. Even if you happen to be her mother's ghost.
    • She's also this to Robin Hood's daughter. When Zelena declares she's gonna take the baby away and raise her to be wicked, Regina sends her on a one-way trip back to Oz. Via tornado.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Just like her mother. Especially as the mayor.
  • Mean Boss: As Mayor, and especially when her people go against her orders or intent.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Regina" is Latin, Italian and Romanian for "Queen." Cora intentionally chose her daughter's name for that reason. "Mills" comes from the fact that her mother was the daughter of a miller.
    • Henry's chart in Season 7 indicates that her Hyperion Heights alias "Roni" is meant to sound like "Rani," Hindi for "Queen."
  • Mind over Matter: When she still had her magic in the Enchanted Forest.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Flashbacks to Regina's childhood show that her father is Latino while her mother is white, in real-world terms anyway.
  • Moe Couplet: Her romantic relationship with Robin Hood softens her considerably, to the point where she refuses to Murder the Hypotenuse despite having an easy and untraceable way to do so. He seems to bring out the absolute best in her, and quite frankly, Regina in love is freaking adorable. Her relationship with Henry would be this, except that her fear of losing him has driven her to do some pretty detestable things in the past.
  • Mommy Issues: Her abusive mother murdered her fiance; and forced her to marry Leopold. Cora spent her last days manipulating Regina into villainy and was ultimately killed. By Regina. Accidentally. After finally getting her heart back and showing affection for her daughter for the first time. "Issues" is perhaps putting it a little mildly.
  • Moral Myopia: Frequently, though it's lessened in Season 3 considerably.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially as the Evil Queen.
  • My Beloved Smother: Regina said it to Henry best on "The Evil Queen".
    Regina: As long as there are other people in our lives, you can never truly be mine!
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Regina's reaction when she finds out that Henry was poisoned by the apple turnover that she intended for Emma to eat.
    • And again, when she realizes she's doing to Henry what her mother did to her.
  • Never My Fault: She seems thoroughly baffled when people work against her or try to stop her plans and blames everyone else for her own faults as well as being unwilling to admit to her emotional abuse of Henry.
    • In the season three finale, she blames Emma for ruining her romance with Robin Hood, when she saves Maid Marian from her dungeon (she had no idea who she was, she just didn't want to leave her to die) and brings her back to Storybrooke even though it's her fault because she was warned multiple times that casting the Dark Curse would leave a void in her heart she would never be able to fill.
  • Nice Hat: The Evil Queen gets one in "True North" that has GOT to be glued to her head to stay on.
  • Not So Different: Ironically, Daniel's death at her mother's hands and what she perceives to be Snow's betrayal have twisted her into becoming a reflection of the mother she resented and rebelled against.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has several throughout the series, mostly when things don't go precisely as she planned or when something unexpected happens.
    • She has two in the second episode of the first season. First when she realizes that Emma's arrival has made the clock tower start running. Second, when Mr. Gold pays her a visit and makes several comments that can be interpreted a number of different ways. One of the interpretations is that she's not talking to Mr. Gold, she's talking to Rumbelstiltskin. She gets control of herself quickly but for one split-second she's so frightened that her face looks like it's about to shatter. A truly outstanding work of acting by Parilla.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: In order for Henry 'belong' solely to her she'd have to kill Emma, Snow, Charming, Rumpel and Bae. She has no problem however, destroying every living person in Storybrooke if it means that these five die with the rest.
  • One-Note Cook: Her famous lasagna.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This mixed with Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other ends up being her relationship with her sister Zelena. Regina considers herself the only one allowed to kill her sister, and she can get extremely protective if anyone else tries.
  • Patricide: The Evil Queen's servant is devoted to her. For the curse she wants to work against Snow, she must sacrifice the thing she loves most; her prized horse won't do. When she calls her servant "Daddy", you know what's coming.
  • Parental Neglect: A mild type when she gets obsessed with getting revenge. She leaves Henry alone at home on a regular basis, but takes care even more regularly of him and his comfort, defends Henry, and actually gives him a lot of presents.
  • People Puppets: Capable of doing this if she rips out their hearts.
  • Permanent Elected Official: Because of the curse, she is always mayor regardless of whether or not anyone would have voted for her had there been a real election. The only time this changes is in the first half of season four - since Snow cast the new curse, Snow is technically the new mayor. Regina takes the reigns back in the second half.
  • Pet the Dog: Aside from her less hostile interactions with Henry, three shining examples in Season 3 would be sincerely giving Ariel the happy ending that she'd denied her before, demanding that Blue return Tinker Bell's wings, and giving Emma fake memories of raising Henry when she destroys the curse and saves the town.
    • She also agrees to train Emma in using magic, which helps out big time in Dark Hollow.
    • Protecting Snow White from her mother's ghost in "Bleeding Through". Later, she finally kisses Robin Hood. And note that all these actions were done while she didn't have her heart!
  • Proud Beauty: Regina is fully aware of how beautiful she is and knows full well how to use her charms to manipulate men. The fact that Lana Parilla is a stunner is a major contributor to this trope, and the writers of the show (as well as the wardrobe people) make full use of it. Some of the outfits she wears, particularly as the Evil Queen, are pure fanservice.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: When the Dark Curse was initially cast, Regina's victory was this. See Victory Is Boring for the details.
  • Playing with Fire: One of her favorite moves is making fireballs.
  • Power Hair: As the mayor of Storybrooke she wears her hair in a respectable, intimidating bob.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: When you get down to it, Regina at heart is still an emotionally stunted teenager with issues.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Whenever her schemes are underway.
  • Put Them All Out of My Misery: The Evil Queen wanted to create a world where she could finally win and get her happy ending.
  • Rage Against the Author: In "A Tale of Two Sisters", she decides the only way to get her happy ending is to find and force the "writer" of their stories to give her one.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: She forced Graham into being her Sex Slave, and then cursed him into thinking it was consensual. Then she killed him when he left her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Regina tries to blame losing her relationships with her son and her lover on Emma's presence in Storybrooke and her interference in Regina's life. Emma doesn't take this sitting down and points out that Regina herself is what makes people run away from her.
    • Gets a second helping of this, courtesy of Mary Margaret pointing out that her life of making others miserable is never going to make her anything but lonely and unhappy.
  • Rebellious Princess: As a child as a result of having Cora for a mother. Well, who wouldn't be?
    • Deconstructed as her determination to live life by her own rules molds her into the Evil Queen.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted. She goes for this in "And Straight On 'Til Morning", putting her life on the line so the residents of Storybrooke can escape. Emma decides she's having none of that and makes damn sure Regina lives.
  • Redemption Rejection:
    • When given a chance to speak in her defense before she would be executed, she feels regret... that she didn't cause more misery. Or at least that's what she says. Snow believes she didn't want to appear weak.
    • According to Tinkerbell, her chance at a second love was right through the door but she chose to continue to pursue vengeance. As of the second half of the third season, however, it appears love found a way anyway; she's growing closer to the man Tink led her to: Robin Hood.
  • Redemption Failure: She's not very good at being good, and the writers are determined to make it even harder for her. Nevertheless, she has come a long, long way.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: "The Cricket Game". She's genuinely trying to be a better mother, Henry's smiling at her again, Emma is being nice to her... but then Cora goes and frames her for Archie's murder.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: For a while before completing her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Neither The Evil Queen nor The Queen of Hearts had any sort of connection to each other, and most likely took place in an entirely different universe. In here, The Queen of Hearts and The Evil Queen are mother and daughter respectively.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Regina constantly tries to separate David and Mary Margaret. She also separated Belle and Rumpelstiltskin, as well as Eric and Ariel. Basically if she has a chance to ruin a relationship she will.
  • Reluctant Ruler: King Leopold proposed to Regina because she was the only woman he’d met since his wife’s passing who genuinely cared about Snow. Young Regina never wanted to be Queen and only wanted to marry Daniel. Inverted in that Regina’s mother killing her true love and forcing her to marry the King is what made her become, well, the Evil Queen.
  • Revenge: The curse that gets the plot going (and very nearly everything that happens in the Enchanted Forest before that) is part of the Evil Queen's plot to get back at Snow White for telling the then-not-evil Regina's most-decidedly-evil (and manipulative) mother about Regina's affair with the stable boy;which resulted in Regina losing her true love, being forced into a loveless marriage and being precipitated into her Start of Darkness. And Snow is still blissfully unaware that she did anything wrong.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She could have lived in peace in her large castle, but instead she killed the only person she still loved just to cast a curse.
  • Rich Bitch: Designer clothes, fancy estate, has everyone in town deathly afraid of her, except Emma.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Albeit an evil version. It's almost more like "royal who does way too much."
  • Sanity Slippage: It started when Daniel died and just went downhill from there. Her mother's death did not help.
  • Scars Are Forever: She has a scar over her upper lip. There's no In-Universe explanation for it so far, but in real life, Lana Parrilla got it when she was protecting her cat from a dog attack. She was ten at the time.
  • Second Love: She is this to Robin Hood, since Maid Marian died in the Enchanted Forest, the same way he is for her after Daniel dies. He even says so:
    Regina: What do you see in me?
    Robin: Hopefully the same thing you see in me — a second chance.
  • Self-Made Orphan:
    • She killed her father, whom she genuinely loved, to get her revenge.
    • Regina pushed Cora through an enchanted mirror in "We Are Both", but Cora is revealed to be still alive.
    • She ends up unintentionally killing Cora in "The Miller's Daughter", after being tricked by Snow.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Apparently, Rumpel was this to her (though we never see it onscreen with her or his other pupils), and in "The Jolly Roger", she becomes this for Emma. She transports Emma to the middle of a rope bridge, and destroys it under her feet, forcing her to use magic to save her life. It works, and as Emma makes her way to Regina's side, Regina chastises her for the potential she has yet to tap into.
  • Slasher Smile: She puts on a particularly vicious one when ripping out the heart of a Lost Boy who stands between her and getting her son back.
  • Smug Snake: As the Evil Queen in the past and in Storybrooke after the curse is broken.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: She's got the royal pedigree, the magic powers and the castle that already looks like an Evil Tower of Ominousness even before she took over,
  • Sore Loser: She doesn't not take any defeat or personal slight well, or karma at all.
  • The Sociopath: In Seasons 1 and 2. She had a clear Lack of Empathy, caused harm to those that slighted her, and was extremely Sadistic, Emma Swan even calls her this a couple times in the first season. However, it should be noted that she was a rather low functioning example by being unnecessarily evil and menacing despite it hurting her in the long run. Her Establishing Character Moment as the Mayor was to try and intimidate Emma Swan despite her readily going back to her old life, prompting her to stay out of concern for her son.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Very sour and very sad.
  • Squishy Wizard: According to Lana.
  • Standard Hero Reward: After Regina saves his daughter, King Leopold just ups and asks her to marry him with hardly an introduction!
  • Start of Darkness: She was in love with Daniel the stable boy, but her very controlling mother wanted her to marry up. After Regina saved a young Snow White's life, the king proposed to her. Regina tried to run away with Daniel, but Snow, who had seen them together earlier and promised to keep it a secret, was convinced by Regina's mother to say what was going on, as Regina's mother claimed that Regina's happiness was all she cared about and Snow thought she would let Regina marry Daniel and Regina wouldn't have to be separated from her mother. Regina's mother killed Daniel, so Regina went ahead with marrying the king. Then Snow, not knowing about Daniel's death, tells Regina she was the one who told her mother the secret... and from that moment on Regina hates her. Although "We Are Both" shows that it apparently took much longer than that for her to completely give in to her hate. She doesn't become completely evil until her plan to resurrect Daniel fails in "The Doctor".
  • Stepford Smiler: A mix between the depressed version and the unstable/psycho version.
  • Stern Teacher: Whenever she teaches Emma magic, in contrast to Rumple's teaching style.
  • The Sociopath: Emma thinks she's this anyway. And though she was not always evil, there is a possibility that she was never quite well due to being born from a heartless woman.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to Regina in "We Are Both", people have said that she looks like a young Cora. Rumpelstiltskin doesn't see it... at first.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: To Henry. She even manages to pass herself off as his mother.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: As both the Queen and the mayor.
  • Tearful Smile:
    • When Henry wakes up from the sleeping curse and she tells him that she loves him. Henry brings out a lot of these in her.
    • A much, much darker example is when she refuses to killSnow and delivers a particularly vicious "Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Tempting Apple: Drawing from the poisoned apple in the story, she is an apple lover to an obsessive level and is immensely protective of the apple tree that grows at her home. She uses the last bit of magic she can find to try and re-create the poisoned apple stunt, but it kinda backfires on her when Henry eats it instead.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Regina tries this on Henry.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: In season 3, when the town thinks she recast the curse and brought them all back to Storybrooke, she delivers one of these lines and follows it up with an earthquake. It was a ruse by her and Emma to smoke out the real caster.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Shares it with Rumpelstiltskin in Season 2. Lampshaded in Season 3 by Emma, who calls her a villain but still one that is needed to rescue Henry from Neverland.
    Regina: That's why I'm here.
  • Tomboy Princess: As a child. She enjoyed riding her horse freely, without the proper posture a "lady" ought to have, and was not averse to getting into a physical situation.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Apples.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • Regina's favorite horse, Rocinante, was killed by her to enact the Dark Curse (the attempt that failed). Daniel originally took care of him.
    • The improvised ring Daniel proposed to her with, using a metal ring off a saddle. She later sacrifices it for Jefferson's Hat to retrieve a sleeping curse apple.
    • Henry's clay handprint.
  • Tragic Villain: Her entire adult life was Rumpelstiltskin trying to make a monster to cast the Dark Curse. Unfortunately, he succeeded. Her entire childhood consisted of her mother trying to control every aspect of her life. Unfortunately, Cora succeeded as well. In the end, all she really wants is a happy ending of her own. Unfortunately for her, due to her evil nature and actions, she never succeeds.
  • True Love's Kiss: In "A Curious Thing", Regina is the one to break the curse by kissing Henry on the forehead — just as Emma did in "A Land Without Magic". This is plot-crucial and saves Storybrooke's collective rear, as Regina can now use light magic and take down the Wicked Witch. Officially. No. Longer. A. Villain.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Peter Pan mocks her and the others over stealing Henry's heart. She proceeds to tell him in an absolutely calm voice that she hasn't regretted a thing in her life because it got her her son. Then proceeds to tear Pan's heart out with only a twitch of facial expression to signify her Mama Bear fury.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Henry wasn't always ugly, but he certainly is by the time Regina is straight-up the Evil Queen and he's serving her as a valet.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: A sometimes evil one. However, Mr. Gold indicates her power is not as absolute as she likes to think it is and Emma proves it by getting elected Sheriff over Regina's choice of Mr. Glass.
  • The Unfettered: Played with Regina in Season 2, when she tries to live by the decision that Henry is off-limits. She has slipped up once or twice, like the time she almost put him under a love curse.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Emma has actually saved/helped her a couple times. She usually thanks her by trying to ruin her life, at least until her Character Development kicks in.
  • Unicorn: The innocence of the unicorn is used to demonstrate the moment Regina loses just that in "The Doctor." Initially, Regina can't kill the unicorn, but once she accepts that Daniel is gone forever, she does it without flinching.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Regina is the Manipulative Bastard version of this. She's not noticeably smarter than anyone else on the show, and is frequently Genre Blind. But she has tools to make up for that—in the fairy tale realm her army and her magic, in Storybrooke she can cower everyone with her status as mayor. With her hate driving her, she uses these to plow through any obstacle in her path.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Before the Curse, Cora and Rumpelstiltskin have been taking it in turns to run Regina's life from behind the scenes. Cora wanted Regina to become the queen she herself always wanted to be, while Rumpelstiltskin made sure that her obsession with power and revenge would eventually drive her to enact the Curse that would bring him one step closer to finding his son.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Revealed that Regina used to be a sweet teenage girl who was just unfortunate enough to live under an actual wicked mother.
  • The Vamp: Regina clearly wants to be this, invoking Evil Is Sexy and trying to seduce men to do what she wants. It never works (probably because the men know sleeping with an evil witch-queen never ends well), so she falls back to her magic and/or loyal army.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: It happens to Regina, because after what she feels she went through, she wants a revenge which continues whatever happens.
  • Victory Is Boring: After her third day in Storybrooke, she quickly realized that the citizens were doing whatever she wanted because she forced them to, not because they wanted to. Apparently, that wasn't the kind of rule she had in mind.
    Regina: [After running into Snow for the third time and she always is the one to apologize] Aren't you even going to fight back?
    Mary Margaret: Fight back? Why would I do that?
  • Villain Ball:
    • Emma would have simply left Storybrooke believing that Henry was in good hands if Regina didn't show her nasty side in the Pilot by threatening to "destroy" her if she had designs on him.
    • She once again grabs this in the penultimate episode of the first season. Emma agreed to leave Storybrooke, but Regina decided to try to poison her anyway. Partly justified in how she wanted Emma fully out of the picture so she could have Henry to herself. Henry ends up eating the apple turnover instead, which is the last push Emma needs to believe in the curse and eventually leads to everybody recovering their past memories.
    • Her mother basically shoved the villain ball down her throat all her life. It's gotten to the point she couldn't let go of it if she tried. And she has tried. As of the first half of season 3, it seems that she's begun to let this go.
  • Villain Song: While it didn't appear in the show, Love Doesn't Stand A Chance is sung from (pre-Heel–Face Turn) Regina's perspective that power is above love.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Besides her true love (who was a pretty nice guy), she has tried to snog Charming twice now and kept poor Graham as a sex slave.
    • She doesn't want him yet, but Tinker Bell has revealed that her Second Love is going to be none other than Robin Hood. Cue Regina kissing him silly in "Bleeding Through" — and him returning the favour quite enthusiastically.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • As the mayor, she gets away with murder because the town just can't imagine she'd ever sink to the depths that she actually spends most of her life in.
    • Averted with her fairytale self. The episode "The Evil Queen" shows that her subjects and even her own knights hate her. Hence the moniker.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually builds one with Emma. After Emma confesses that she just wants to start being friends, Regina grudgingly admits she doesn't want to kill Emma.
    Regina: [grumbling] I don't want to kill you.
    Emma: [perks up] See? That's a start!
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Pan has all the party tied to a tree with magic that's fueled by all the heroes' regrets. Despite the loveless marriage and offing her husband, trying to murder her stepdaughter, mass murder of her subjects, sending dozens of innocent children to their death to get the sleeping apple, murdering her father, cursing a whole town, and generally being nastiness personified... she snaps those bonds easily and drops Pan. All of it was part of the chain of events that led to her getting Henry, and she regrets not a damn thing.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She was very friendly with young Snow White until she found out that Snow betrayed her to Cora.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Regina couldn't find a way to follow her heart and please her mother. All her hate for Snow is just misdirected rage for Cora. She's only able to stand up to Cora when the latter's a ghost.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted. She seems to know the names of all her black knights.
  • What You Are in the Dark: In A Tale of Two Sisters Regina has the chance to just stand by and let Elsa's snow golem kill Marian, and the other heroes have all been knocked unconscious, which would mean no witnesses and nobody would be the wiser. She can't go through with it and saves Marian in the nick of time.
  • When She Smiles: On the rare occasion when she has a genuine smile - not a smug smirk or that nightmare-inducing psychotic grin with that vein in her forehead popping out - she's radiant.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Tries to kill Snow White multiple times and otherwise ruin her life.
  • Woman Scorned: Regina blames Emma for her lover leaving her. She uses some leftover fairy tale magic to kill the Sheriff as she promised she would when she took him prisoner.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds:
    • The Evil Queen is primarily motivated to avenge the death of her former lover, Daniel, who was killed by her abusive mother, as a result of Snow White telling her about the love between them.
    • Events in the series only pile on the woobieness as she seeks someone to love her.Something as simple as her own mother comforting her or smiling at her is enough to turn her and break her.
    • And then when it looks like she's finally found love again, his late wife comes back to life.
  • Worth Living For:
    • Henry became a reason to fight and live for after her long despair about losing to Snow and the lose of Daniel.
    • In Season 3, after returning to the Enchanted Forest, she wants to put herself to sleep because of the pain of losing Henry. She is knocked out of it by Zelena. She realized what she was missing to fill the void: someone to destroy.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • At least by omission. She casually tells Hansel and Gretel that they aren't the first children she sent into the house of the cannibalistic blind witch; just the first to come out alive. And, on an emotional level, she has no qualm with Henry getting emotionally hurt if it means that a) Emma is hurt as an expense and b) it stops his belief that fairy tales exist, if there is a chance things get better for their relationship and he lives without too many scars.
    • She has no qualms whatsoever about ripping out the heart of a Lost Boy. Said Lost Boy had previously made the mistake of saying that Henry was one of them and that they'd never get him back.
    • "Save Henry" reveals she had every intention of killing baby Emma the night she casted the curse.
    Rumple: The savior, the child of Snow White and Prince Charming. She can stop you. She can break the curse.
    Regina: Well, looks like getting rid of a baby made my to-do list.
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