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In the first Dark Curse, the Evil Queen trapped a variety of famous fairy tale characters in the town of Storybrooke, Maine. Cursed with amnesia and new identities, these characters make up the supporting cast of the cast of the first two seasons and continue to appear in smaller capacities beyond that.

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Royalty

    King George/Albert Spencer 

King George/Albert Spencer

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King George: "Love is a disease, and like all diseases it can be vanquished in one of two ways: a cure or death."
Albert Spencer: "You should have killed me when you had the chance."
Played By: Alan Dale

The adoptive father of the twins James and David, who hopes to save his kingdom from ruin by marrying his son off to the daughter of King Midas. In Storybrooke, he is Albert Spencer, Storybrooke's district attorney.


  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Most of his villainy is based on politics and he is known as "King Charmless" for a reason.
  • Bald of Evil: And he most certainly is evil.
  • Batman Gambit: He stole Ruby's cloak that keeps her human during the full moon, and murders Billy/Gus and frames Ruby. The most obvious reason was to discredit David's position of power, but his true reason is to have David so distracted by trying to save Ruby, it gives him ample opportunity to find Jefferson's magic portal hat and burn it. It works. Also counts as a Xanatos Gambit since if the first part had worked, David would have been discredited which would leave him capable of stepping into the power vacuum.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's only put in a Big Bad position when others of higher power like the Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin allow it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Played with. King George clearly doesn't really see the point in good, believing more in the privilege and power that being a royal has. However, he understands how love works, as he could recognize some sensible courses of action should things not go his way dealing with Snow and Charming.
  • Evil Is Petty: His actions in "Child of the Moon" are all because of a petty grudge on Charming.
  • Evil Old Folks: And he is pretty active about his villainy despite his age.
  • Fantastic Racism: Doesn't think highly of talking animals or werewolves.
  • Good Parents: Played with. While he obviously loved James, he didn't do a terribly good job of raising him. The result is a greedy, selfish man who'll betray people (even his own lover Jack) at the drop of a hat - not that George would have a problem with that, but he's also so arrogant and convinced of his own superiority that he gets himself killed.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He is cold to everyone, even his adoptive son(s).
  • Impoverished Patrician: The kingdom's flat broke, which is why he needs the alliance with Midas, no matter who or what gets destroyed in the process.
  • It's All About Me: In Season 2, he's far more concerned about proving that he's the one who should rule the kingdom rather than his subjects.
  • Jerkass: As the King in the Enchanted Forest who hunted down Snow and Charming and continuing his vendetta in Storybrooke.
  • Karma Houdini: Even though he has killed to try and make Charming suffer, he never seems to get the punishment he deserves. In Season 6, we learn this was subverted and he has been in the asylum / jail since "Child of the Moon".
  • Knight Templar: He believes what he believes is right and anyone who opposes him is wrong and must be destroyed.
  • Love Is a Weakness: King George tells Snow White that love is a disease and Charming's love for her will ruin his marriage and the kingdom unless she convinces Charming that she doesn't love him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Well, he was able to frame an innocent for murder pretty convincingly, and then took the opportunity it made to destroy Jefferson's hat.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: David assumed because he beat him back in the Enchanted Forest, he can be beaten easily again. How wrong he was.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: His response to Charming trying to back out of marrying Abigail.
  • Prince Charmless: The fans prefer to call him King Charmless.
  • Princess in Rags: In Storybrooke, since he has no kingdom there.
  • Revenge: His main motivation against Charming.
  • Revenge by Proxy: And when he couldn't get direct revenge, he destroyed the Mad Hatter's hat, the only known way to get Emma and Snow back to Storybrooke. His other actions in "Child Of The Moon" are also technically this, since he's trying to turn the town against Charming by framing Ruby for murder and trying to kill her.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is seen leading the charge when Charming runs off to find Snow White.
  • Start of Darkness: According to himself, his whole Love Is a Weakness shtick started when he married his wife but was unable to have sons, which turned their marriage into a loveless Hell for both of them.
  • The Sociopath: Aside from his (original) son and maybe his wife, he believes in the "love is weakness" philosophy, and boy does he stick to it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: At first, everything he does is to protect his kingdom, even if it means lying, murder, blackmail or bargaining with Rumps. After a while he veered into self-centered Knight Templar territory and presently he's diving close to pure Manipulative Bastard status since he killed an innocent man in cold blood so that he could frame Ruby for murder and use David's belief in her to try to usurp his power and influence with the townspeople, all in the name of revenge.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Child of the Moon", Spencer is exposed as Billy's murderer and destroys Jefferson's hat. Then he disappears. We finally learn what happened to him in Season 6 where it turns out he has been in the asylum / jail.

    Princess Abigail/Kathryn Nolan 

Princess Abigail/Kathryn Nolan

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Princess Abigail: "Some people will stop at nothing to destroy the happiness of others."
Kathryn Nolan: "I've always had this irrational fear of leaving Storybrooke, like something was holding me back... is that crazy?"
Played By: Anastasia Griffith
Centric Episodes: “What Happened to Frederick”

The daughter of King Midas, who is being forced to marry Prince Charming. In Storybrooke, she is Kathryn Nolan, the wife of David.


  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually wishes David and Mary Margaret well, having realized that she never really deeply loved David and only did so out of some strange sense of obligation.
  • Just Friends: With Prince Charming after they parted ways.
  • Moment Killer: She really knows how to show up at the most awkward times possible whenever Mary Margaret and David are sharing a moment.
  • Never Found the Body: Averted, in that her body was found. Alive.
  • Nice Girl: Noted by Mary Margaret.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Being a princess, she wears a few. Her first appearance is in an ice blue dress that's trimmed with white feathers.
  • Royal Brat: Our initial introduction to her in the Enchanted Forest suggests she's this, but later events change the impression: she acts cold because she's no more interested in her Arranged Marriage with Charming than he is, and for the same reason - her True Love is someone else. She acts like a brat in hopes that Charming would get sick of her and call off the marriage, until she learns that this is uncalled for.
  • Spoiled Brat: As would be expected of King freaking Midas's daughter. Turns out to actually be Spoiled Sweet.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She has gotten used to the sight of her father's gold castle that it no longer fazes her.

    Princess Cinderella/Ashley Boyd 

Princess Cinderella/Ashley Boyd

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Princess Cinderella: "Every year when I was growing up, I used to watch these fireworks from afar... and I knew what they meant. Something special was happening at the palace."
Ashley Boyd: "I'm changing my life."
Played By: Jessy Schram
Centric Episodes: “The Price of Gold”, “The Other Shoe”

A young girl of low standing who, with Rumplestiltskin's help, is able to marry a prince. In Storybrooke, she is Ashley Boyd, a pregnant young woman in debt to Mr. Gold.


  • Cinderella Circumstances: Well, obviously. She is Cinderella, so it's a given.
  • Composite Character: Cinderella has elements of the Miller's Daughter from "Rumpelstiltskin".
  • Dare to Be Badass: Emma's speech in "The Price of Gold" inspired her to go against Mr. Gold for her sake and her unborn child's.
  • Disappeared Dad: Thanks to the magical deal Cinderella made with Rumple, the father of her child disappeared the second Cinderella thought she found a loop hole in the contract. Even after a life-altering curse, he only returns to Cinderella and their child once Rumple agrees to void the deal.
  • Genre Blind: It appears that she doesn't know the outcome of Rumplestiltskin's story. But she becomes Genre Savvy when the princes reveal the trap for Rumplestiltskin, as she just knows it's going to backfire.
  • Happily Married: To Prince Thomas, at least until he mysteriously disappeared.
  • I Want Grandkids: In the Enchanted Forest, Cinderella's father-in-law was very eager for grandchildren, showing Cinderella that he very much hoped and wanted to be a grandfather.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: 28 years of being pregnant, because time didn't move forward in Storybrooke until Emma decided to stay. Good thing the curse also kept her from noticing how long it was.
  • Meaningful Name: Ashley.
  • My Greatest Failure: When her happy ending was at stake, she sold out her sister Clorinda to Tremaine, costing Clorinda her own happy ending. The present day scenes of "The Other Shoe" are devoted to her attempts to fix this:
    Cinderella: She wasn't the wicked stepsister. I was.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: In Storybrooke, the reason Cinderella (or "Ashley") couldn't be with her Prince was that his well-to-do father objected to his son marrying a lower-class nobody.
  • Rags to Royalty: A poor girl forced into servitude is given the chance to fall in love with a prince thanks to a magical guide, for a steep price.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She gives birth while in her teens.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Cinderella has one, although we only see her as she's getting into a carriage. In Storybrooke, she's estranged from her step-family. It's implied in the spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland that one of her stepsisters became the Red Queen.
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Fairies

    The Blue Fairy/Mother Superior 

The Blue Fairy/Mother Superior

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The Blue Fairy: "I hear your wish."
Mother Superior: "If I were you, your Majesty, I'd find a place to hide."

The old and powerful ruler of the fairies. In Storybrooke, she's the mother superior in the convent.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Even more so than the Evil Queen. The Evil Queen. (Not so much in Storybrooke, what with her being, you know, a nun and all.)
  • A God Am I: Possibly a side effect of being the only authority figure of the fairies; believes she knows what is best, and does not take kindly to other fairies questioning her decisions, even when she may be wrong; she also has the power to take away a fairy's magic and turn them human. Just ask Tinker Bell.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Is trapped in the Sorcerer's Hat as of "Fall".
    • She's since been freed.
  • Back from the Dead: The death of Peter Pan's Shadow brought her back to life.
  • Big Good: She may have done some less-than-stellar things, but she still remains the most powerful force of good, always willing to help the heroes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While she does go around helping those in need, she can also be extremely judgmental and cruel to those she feels are undeserving of her help, especially if you're a dwarf and she catches you dating one of her fairy mongrels. Made more explicit in "Quite a Common Fairy" where she refuses to help Regina because her mother was Cora and Rumpelstiltskin was tutoring her in magic, and when Tinker Bell tries to prove her wrong with some stolen pixie dust, she takes her magic and wings and turns her into a human for betraying her trust.
  • Control Freak: Pretty much the cause of most of her other flaws.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Another victim of Peter Pan's shadow ripping, with the extra insult that it was completely at random and any other victim would have sufficed for Pan's scheme. She gets better, though.
  • Fairy Godmother: She’s this for Pinocchio.
  • Fairy Sexy: Well, her outfit tends to emphasize her chest, which leads to her Fan Nickname: "The Boob Fairy".
  • The Fair Folk: Of the "trickster with questionable morality" type. Some of the things she does that end up inconveniencing others borders on Troll territory.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: For the fairies, she has an absolute and irrefutable control over them. If you are a good fairy, then all is well. If you are not so ideal, then you can expect some nastier side of her to show up.
  • Holier Than Thou: She does not have a good opinion of either Regina or Rumpel. Especially Rumpel.
  • Hypocrite: She will help anyone in following their beliefs and dreams except if they have too much darkness in them, even if they may really need the help. As shown by her refusing to help Rumpel find Baelfire, or offer any help to Regina as revealed in "Quite a Common Fairy." Tinker Bell calls her out for the latter, to which she admits to being too strict at the time.
  • Lady of War: She led her fairies into battle to help Snow and Charming.
  • Meaningful Name: The Blue Fairy is also referred to as "Reul Ghorm", which is Scots Gaelic for "blue star".
  • Most Common Super Power: Once again, see her nickname "The Boob Fairy".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She accidentally let it slip to Rumpel that there was a curse he could cast to reunite with Bae. But she brushed it off as she believed he would never be able to cast it. Boy was she wrong.
  • Nun Too Holy: Mildly. The only activity she engages in that is not expected of a nun is going out for celebratory drinks with David Nolan and the seven dwarves after finally finding diamonds in Storybrooke's mines to grind into fairy dust. Other than that, she is a perfect example of what a nun should be. It's even funnier considering she is the freaking Mother Superior.
  • Older Than She Looks: She looks the same now as she did decades ago when Geppetto was a little boy and even centuries before that when Rumpelstiltskin's son Baelfire asked for help saving his father. And she's implied to be ancient even then.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Her shadow/soul got ripped off by The Shadow, but when it was killed then hers was returned, and she was revived.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Fairies are supposed to help people, but the Blue Fairy refuses to offer any help to Regina, because she was Cora's child and because she sees evil in her. When Tinker Bell calls her out on that, she replies that she is the one who decides what is proper fairy behavior. She later says she was overly harsh, though, and apologizes to Tink for what she did to her.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: "Dreamy" and "Quite a Common Fairy" reveals she's not as nice as she wants people to think.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After being restored back to life, she is genuinely grateful, and shows her gratitude by finally giving Tink her wings back. She also gives them the wand they need in order to defeat Pan.
  • True Blue Femininity: Very feminine, tries to be fair and gentle, and is best known by her title of "The Blue Fairy".
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While Tiger Lily was assigned to be Rumpelstiltskin's fairy godmother, she was the one who revealed to Fiona that her son would be the Savior. She was the one who allowed her access to their immense collection of magical tomes and leading to Fiona becoming a fairy, which eventually led to her corruption and by extension almost every problem that occurred afterward. Fiona severing her son's destiny, Malcom growing to hate him and eventually becoming Peter Pan, his abandonment taking Rumpelstiltskin down his path to become the Dark One, who would then go on to turn Regina, Zelena, Cora and Killian into what they are and all of the havoc they unleash, not to mention the creation of the Dark Curse that the series' premise is based on. When you really look at it, the entire series is her fault.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: If she does anything that could be seen as wrong, she believes it's for "the greater good."

    Nova/Sister Astrid 

Nova/Sister Astrid

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Nova: "Dreamy, you control what changes in your life. Never let yourself forget, you're special."
Astrid: "You know, someone once told me you can do anything as long as you can dream it."
Played By: Amy Acker
Centric Episodes: “Dreamy”

A clumsy novice fairy who begins a forbidden relationship with Grumpy. In Storybrooke, she is Sister Astrid, one of the nuns at the convent.


  • Adorkable: In both fairy and human form.
  • The Bus Came Back: She's on the morning show skit.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Oh, dear Grimm, yes. Spills fairy dust on a dwarf egg by accident. Almost causes a power outage by overloading a transformer with too many lights which Leroy intentionally does later, and makes a typo that puts the convent five grand in debt.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: For Grumpy and Leroy alike.
  • The Ditz: Check the paperwork, Sister! You almost bankrupted your entire convent over a typo!
  • Genki Girl: Especially as Nova.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": A variation, in that Leroy addresses all women as "sister", but her title actually is Sister.
  • Meaningful Name: Nova has several significant facts and details that relate the plot of "Dreamy":
    • It means "new." She was a new fairy; in "Dreamy" she was working toward being a fairy godmother.
    • A nova is the cataclysmic explosion of a white "dwarf" star when hydrogen accumulates on its surface. In "Dreamy", Nova spills fairy dust that accumulates on Grumpy's egg and causes him to hatch early - a dwarf exploding out of his white shell.
    • The name Nova reflects her Storybrooke counterpart's name, Astrid (astra- "star" in Latin).
  • Pink Means Feminine: Wears a pink fairy dress.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Grumpy.
    • Pity they break up in the youtube skit...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We haven't seen her since her debut episode back in the first season.

Other Residents

    The Seven Dwarves 

Seven Dwarves

A family of dwarves who took in Snow White. In Storybrooke, they're cursed not to even know each other, but they reunite after the curse is broken.
  • Meaningful Name: Each dwarf received their name from their magical axes, which name them for their personality.
    • Grumpy was actually "Dreamy" at first, but after getting his heart broken, he was renamed "Grumpy."
    • It's unclear if he has a medical reason for it but Sneezy sneezes fairly often.
    • Sleepy name is a narcoleptic, even managing to doze of while driving.
    • Doc is a pretty smart guy, and acted as Snow's doctor while she was giving birth.
    • Happy tends to be a happy guy, though he does has his limits.
    • Bashful seems rather bashful, which is why he is so quiet.
    • Dopey isn't the brightest crayon in the box.

Grumpy/Leroy

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Grumpy: "I need my pain. It makes me Grumpy."
Leroy: "What are you looking at, sister?"
Played By: Lee Arenberg
Centric Episodes: “Dreamy”

An ill-tempered dwarf who allies himself with Snow White. In Storybrooke, he's a gruff handyman named Leroy.


  • The Alcoholic: In both universes.
  • Batman Gambit: Need to sell candles? Just cut the power to the festival leaving candles the only option and have plenty in stock.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: Grumpy does this to Nova after being convinced by the Blue Fairy that they should not be together.
  • Broken Bird: His name starts out Dreamy but he falls in love with the fairy Nova and breaks it off because his boss Bossy and her boss The Blue Fairy claim it will never work and both will be miserable, he breaks his axe bearing the name "Dreamy" on it and becomes Grumpy.
  • Catchphrase: Calls all women "sister."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shades of this in his bluntness.
  • Determinator:
    • Breaking out of jail, selling a ton of candles, going door to door to every house in Storybrooke, trying to deal with Gold, cutting power to a whole festival. He may be a grouch and hitting the sauce, but in a pinch, he's your guy.
    • In Season 2, he spearheads the campaign to mine for fairy dust and cultivate magic beans to allow them to one day possibly return home to the Enchanted Forest, even knowing the odds are highly against them succeeding.
  • Fantastic Caste System: Forced to work in the mine, forbidden to ever leave it and never allowed to fall in love. When he asks why he can't do something else, he's told that it's because he's a Dwarf; Mining is all they're supposed to do!
  • Gray Eyes: Fitting his cynical personality.
  • Grumpy Bear: Unsurprisingly he is grumpy a lot.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He wanted Nova to stay with the other fairies since he thought it was what was best for her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When he's not an outright dreamer type that makes impossible promises, he comes across a gruff guy who calls everyone "sister." But he does really care for those he loves, like his brothers and Snow White.
  • The Leader: Definitely comes across as a Type III and unofficial leader of the seven dwarves.
  • Love Hurts: After he chooses to give up on running off with Nova the fairy.
  • Meaningful Rename: His heartbreak caused his positive daydreaming "Dreamy" persona to become the cynical grouch "Grumpy".
  • Misery Builds Character: If given the chance to forget his pain he would refuse as his pain defines him. It helps make him "Grumpy".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Is aghast that he caused Sneezy to lose his Fairy Tale memories. Again]]. He's determined to set things right.
  • Not So Different: Snow and Grumpy bond over their "lost" loves.
  • Number Two: Often shares this role with Red, towards Snow and Charming.
  • The Reliable One: Shaping into this in Season 2, where he takes the initiative to find out what happens when they cross the town line and spearheads the campaign to mine for fairy-dust and cultivate magic beans.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: As Dreamy with Nova the fairy.
  • That Man Is Dead: Once he gives up love in the fairy tale universe, his true name becomes Grumpy, and he declares that he's no longer Dreamy.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Nova. According to Season Two extras... they break up.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Snow White and Charming.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: As Dreamy.
  • You Are Not Alone: To Snow after she temporarily breaks up with Charming to save his life.

Sneezy/Tom Clark

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Sneezy: "You brought bales of straw into the house last night, even though you know I'm...*ah-choo!*...allergic."
Tom Clark: "I'm Tom Clark. I own the Dark Star Pharmacy."
Played By: Gabe Khouth

One of the seven dwarves allied with Snow White. In Storybrooke, he's a pharmacy owner named Tom Clark.


  • Butt-Monkey: Not a very lucky person, and loses his memories as "Sneezy" since Grumpy pushed him over the boundary line in Storybrooke.
  • Ill Boy: Given how often he sneezes.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He forgets his memories of his fairy tale self after crossing the Storybrooke border.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: A non-lethal version. Sneezy was chosen to be the one to cross the border of Storybrooke to see what would exactly happen to those that do.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • After losing his memories as Sneezy and being reduced to his Storybrooke self again, we don't see how he reacted to the Wraith attack, Ruby turning into a werewolf and the sight of Anton the Giant rampaging through the town?
    • More to the point, part of his brothers' motivation for going to work mining fairy dust diamonds in Storybrooke was to try curing his memory loss with fairy dust. What became of that idea?
      • Grumpy reveals that the Blue Fairy was busy working on the problem the entire time. Turns out the solution was fairy dust plus a strand of the de-aged Pinocchio's hair and voila, instant memory restoration.

Sleepy/Walter

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Played By: Faustino Di Bauda

One of the seven dwarves allied with Snow White. He reunites with Mary Margaret in Storybrooke after the Dark Curse is broken.


Doc

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Played By: David-Paul Grove

One of the seven dwarves allied with Snow White. He reunites with Mary Margaret in Storybrooke after the Dark Curse is broken.


Happy

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Played By: Mike Coleman

One of the seven dwarves allied with Snow White. He reunites with Mary Margaret in Storybrooke after the Dark Curse is broken.


  • Beware the Nice Ones: Happy can get really angry when he is fed up with Snow White in the episode "Heart of Darkness".
  • Nice Guy: When he is happy at least, and he is a pretty chipper fellow.
  • When He Smiles: As his name suggests, he has a bright smile.

Bashful

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Played By: Mig Macario

One of the seven dwarves allied with Snow White. He reunites with Mary Margaret in Storybrooke after the Dark Curse is broken.


Dopey

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Played By: Jeffrey Kaiser

One of the seven dwarves allied with Snow White. He reunites with Mary Margaret in Storybrooke after the Dark Curse is broken.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: As his name suggests, he has some problems, but there's really not enough detail to give a real diagnosis.
  • Cute Mute: Like the character from the Disney adaption of Snow White.
  • Manchild: His "Dopey" mannerisms can make him seem pretty childlike.
  • The Speechless: Once again, just like his Disney film counterpart.

    Granny/Widow Lucas 

Granny/Widow Lucas

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Widow Lucas: "I don't want her to have that burden. It's a terrible burden."
Granny: "Welcome to Storybrooke."
Played By: Beverley Elliott

The strict, yet loving grandmother of Red Riding Hood. In Storybrooke, she's the owner of the local bed-and-breakfast and diner.


  • Apron Matron: To her granddaughter Ruby mostly, and as the owner of her own diner she also has a literal apron too.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can turn from a strict, but loving, grandmother to threatening people with her crossbow pretty easily.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: Her green eyes are of the spitfire and magic variety, since she is surprisingly violent despite her age and was a werewolf in her youth.
  • Cool Old Lady: In the Enchanted Forest, she puts a group of enraged villagers and hunters in their places, and she wields a crossbow with efficiency. In Storybrooke, she runs a Bed 'n Breakfast AND a Diner, not to mention appears to like motorcycles and still like cute guys, when she tells Emma "If you won't, I will!" when August offers Emma a ride on his motorcycle.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When she was a child, her father and brothers went out to hunt and kill the wolf that was terrorizing their village to protect her. However the wolf manged to overpower and kill them. Granny, who was watching from the roof, accidentally fell off and rolled right in front of the wolf. The wolf marked her and later turned her into one. The wolf was revealed to be Red's grandfather.
  • Deadpan Snarker: So much so that fandom has nicknamed her "Sassy Granny".
  • Good Is Not Nice: Has shades of Type IV. As Snow says, she's kind of intense, but there's no doubt she's one of the good guys.
  • Idiot Ball: Granny not just telling Red that she needs to wear the hood to resist becoming a werewolf, which costs people their lives. She tries to Handwave it by saying she didn't want Red to have to live with this knowledge about herself, but is this really such a bad thing for Red to know, if all she has to do to stop it is to wear a red cloak one night a month (maybe three, if the night on either side counts as well—still a low number)? There is no way Red wouldn't eventually find out, and she certainly would rather have been able to stop her rampages herself, than find out an occasional, believed-innocent breaking of the rules resulted in people dying. Granny even admits how stupid she was.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She's able to shoot a handgun out of King George's hand a split second before he tried to murdered Ruby in cold blood after framing her and tricking her into believing that she killed Billy. All this with nothing but a crossbow.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: Of the cynical second variety since she is not the most positive person but she can be violently protective of those she loves.
  • Mama Bear: Do not mess with her granddaughter. When King George framed Ruby for murder and then tried to shoot her, Granny shoots the gun out of his hand and threatens to put the next one between his eyes.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In "Red-Handed", she mentioned that she had six brothers killed by the wolf, which could be a reference to The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The surname "Lucas" was derived from the Greek word "lykos", which means "wolf".
    • The word "lycanthropy", the clinical term for the mental disorder where one believes they can or have turned into an animal, is also derived from lykos meaning "wolf" and anthropos meaning "being human".
  • Names to Run Away From: When this woman is pissed, running is something you should do.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Especially not Enchanted World Granny.
  • The Nose Knows: Even though she can no longer turn into a wolf, she still has a sharp sense of smell.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: And apparently ends when a woman reaches menopause.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: The only girl in her family, alongside six brothers.
  • Parental Substitute: To Red and implied to be one to Snow.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If Red's Grandma had told her about her werewolf nature, she and Snow never would have suspected Peter and he never would have been killed. To say nothing of all the other men who got ripped apart.
  • Properly Paranoid: About Werewolves. The amount of bolts and locks she's installed to defend her cottage ought to be an indication, as should the fact she spends all night with her crossbow trained on the door.
  • Retired Monster: A literal example since she can no longer turn into a wolf due to age, but still not someone to mess with.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: While she can no longer become a wolf she still has the tracking ability of one like Ruby does.
  • Scars Are Forever: Granny has some due to her encounter with the Big Bad Wolf as a young girl.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: She's usually polite, but make no mistake, she has no qualms about deploying her signature rapier wit.
  • Weapon of Choice: She's usually seen with a crossbow, even after the curse is broken.
    Red: Granny, do you really need that?
    Granny: We've got a lawless town, Ruby, damn right I need it.
  • Wrench Wench: In "Child of the Moon", Granny shows herself to be handy with a welding torch.

    Dr. Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale 

Dr. Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale

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Dr. Victor Frankenstein: "What I'm going to accomplish goes far beyond magic."
Dr. Whale: "You're not my prince."
Played By: David Anders
Centric Episodes: “The Doctor”, “In the Name of the Brother”

A misguided scientist from a different land, whose manipulation of Regina results in him being cursed like those in the Enchanted Forest. In Storybrooke, he works in the hospital as Dr. Whale.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Ruby, though his abhorrence is related to his personality rather than his looks. His detestation seems to be relaxing a bit after his backstory episodes and his regained memories, so time will tell if he'll be less of a lech in future episodes.
  • Actor Allusion: He has dyed his hair by the season 5 episode 'Birth'; possibly more of a Real Life Writes the Plot, this is due to his role on iZombie. However, Zelena noting that she thought he was dead definitely counts.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He wants to stop death, protect his beloved brother and save lives... he also robs graves, manipulates Regina, is willing to let a man die with nary a thought, and merely looks on, coldly, as his father is beaten to death.
  • An Arm and a Leg: When he brings Daniel back and he Came Back Wrong, Daniel ripped an arm off. He goes to Rumpel to get it repaired.
  • The Atoner: It's implied that his brother Came Back Wrong and Dr. Whale wants to make up for things by bringing him back to life the right way this time around. It's later confirmed in "In the Name of the Brother".
  • Casanova Wannabe: Despite his Casanova-like tendencies, he doesn't seem to be very popular with anyone, much less the ladies themselves.
  • Creating Life: His stated goal as Doctor Frankenstein.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: He originally started out as an idealistic scientist who wanted to find a way to bring the dead back to life. After his little brother was killed, he ended up doing some morally ambiguous things that culminated in bringing said brother back to life as the creature from Frankenstein.
  • Determinator: He's a bit too obsessed with bringing his brother back to life.
  • Driven to Suicide: In "In the Name of the Brother," Whale is unable to cope with the harm he caused to his brother and the fact his life's work only resulted in the creation of one of fiction's most famed monsters. He is stopped by Ruby.
  • For Science!: As Dr. Frankenstein, he seems to want to bring back the dead partly to prove that he, and by extension science, can.
  • Freudian Excuse: His desire to bring the dead back to life stems from wanting to bring back his late mother (and later his little brother) because his father was never the same after she died.
  • Handsome Lech: Big time. In fact, this is the first thing we found out about him in his introductory episode. And when the curse is broken, he only has this to say amidst all the chaos of everyone trying to readjust to their old memories.
    Whale: Hey lemme ask you something. Are the nuns still nuns, or can they y'know... date? [offhandedly] Don't say it's me asking.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: While he's contemplating suicide, he admits to Ruby this is the reason he's been showing up to work drunk since regaining his memories. The name Frankenstein has become synonymous with a Mad Scientist and a creator of monsters, when he always wanted it to be remembered for someone who saved lives.
  • Hospital Hottie: As Doctor Whale.
  • Hot Scientist: The natural result of making the Handsome Lech Doctor Frankenstein.
  • Jerkass: He does some not-very-nice things.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His second focus episode shows he, despite his cold nature, he does what he does out of a misguided love for his brother.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He'll go to great lengths to be reunited with his brother, even bringing said brother back from the dead.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He wears one as a doctor in Storybrooke, in the Enchanted Forest, and in his own world as Dr. Frankenstein.
  • Mad Scientist: Doctor Whale is Doctor Frankenstein after all.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Whale manages to walk around with his arm ripped off with nothing worse than a few winces.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name in Storybrooke is the same name as director James Whale, who directed Frankenstein (1931) and its sequel, Bride of Frankenstein. Doubles as Foreshadowing.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He is a lecherous Jerkass as Dr. Whale, brings people back as mindless monsters (unintentionally) as Dr. Frankenstein, and he didn't even bother trying to stop his brother from killing their father back in his own land]].
  • Mysterious Past: Prince Charming doesn’t even know who he was back in the Enchanted Forest. That's because he's not from the Enchanted Forest at all.
  • Not So Different: When he's feeling alone and stressed enough to try to kill himself, Ruby stops him. She then tells him that the two of them are damaged people who have lost loved ones, so they aren't that different from each other, but Ruby is okay with that because they have a second chance now. As Dr. Whale says later, they're both monsters. (Note that this is taken lightly, not as a slight against either of them.)
  • Pride: He believes science trumps magic. When his arm was ripped off, Rumpel told him the price to pay was admitting he was wrong.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: It is clear the guy tries to keep himself looking nice.
  • Skewed Priorities: After the curse is broken and the wraith attack has left Storybrooke in turmoil, his only concern is to wonder whether he can date any of the fairies turned into nuns by the Curse?
  • Super Doc: Every time a character goes to the hospital he's the one who treats them, whether they need a GP, surgeon, or pediatrician.
  • The Unfavorite: His father clearly prefers his little brother over Victor.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father never really respected his scientific achievements and made it quite clear Victor was the family's Un Favorite.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to stop death.
  • Wrong Guy First: In Storybrooke, he goes on a terrible first date with Mary Margaret before she develops UST with David.

    The Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass 

The Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass

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The Genie of Agrabah/The Magic Mirror: "Making a wish comes with a price."
Sidney Glass: "I can grant your wish."
Centric Episodes: “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree”

The Genie of Agrabah, who falls in love with the Evil Queen. He later becomes the Magic Mirror, and in Storybrooke, he is a newspaper editor named Sidney Glass.


  • Adaptational Villainy: The Genie was a good guy in the original story. Here, he starts out as this, but is blinded by his love for Regina and commits murder for her.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In love with Regina and completely devoted to her even though he knows the feeling is not mutual.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to King Leopold when he kills him.
  • Badass Beard: Had an impressive beard in Enchanted Forest. It was absent in his Sidney Glass persona at first, but in his reappearance in Season 4 he has grown a shorter beard.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: As The Genie, he used his last wish to make it so that he would "never leave the Queen's side and always be able to look upon her face". Getting trapped in a Magic Mirror wasn't exactly what he intended, however. Although karmic, 'cause that was a creeper sort of wish.
  • Butt-Monkey: Mostly serves as one because of Regina in both worlds.
  • Brutal Honesty: In his mirror form, he puts the truth in the least comforting way possible as one way to get back at Regina for her abuse.
  • The Bus Came Back: Sidney returns eventually in Season 4 (both as human and mirror).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A very borderline case, but one nonetheless.
  • Composite Character: He is both The Genie from Aladdin and The Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He is rather prone to snarking off as Sidney Glass.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Regina frees him from the asylum only to put him back in the mirror, he switches sides to the Snow Queen, who frees him after he leads Regina into a trap.
  • Dramatic Deadpan: How the Genie introduces himself.
  • Fallguy: Takes the rap for Kathryn's kidnapping, despite it being a patently obvious attempt by Regina to frame Mary Margaret for murder.
  • Guyliner: As the Genie.
  • Hired to Hunt Yourself: The Genie was asked by King Leopold to identify Regina's lover.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: He's lovingly devoted to Regina, who sees him as a pawn.
  • Jackass Genie: While it's the magic that's malicious, he's still personally a jerkass in either world.
  • Love Makes You Evil: As the genie, he killed Snow White's father to earn the affections of the Queen. As Sidney Glass, he lets himself be manipulated by Regina and takes the fall for framing Mary Margaret because of his unrequited love for her.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: When King Leopold granted him the last wish from his own lamp, he said that he would never use it, because it always backfires. He used it anyway because he loved Regina, and got trapped in a mirror as a result.
  • Love Martyr: To Regina.
  • Magical Negro: For Regina. Unlike most examples, his selfless devotion to Regina is not presented positively. Instead, it's portrayed as an unhealthy obsession that allows Regina to manipulate him into killing the man who freed him, getting trapped in a mirror, falsely confessing to a kidnapping, and ending up in a mental hospital. He remains in love with her even though she makes it clear that she does not care about him.
  • Magic Mirror: The Trope Namer from the Enchanted Forest.
  • The Mole: Doubly subverted. First he acted as a mole for Emma against Regina, but then it turns out he was a mole for Regina against Emma.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Always does what Regina tells him, even if he knows what he's doing is immoral or harmful to him.
  • Our Genies Are Different: And apparently they can be sealed into Mirrors and just as prone to their magic backfiring on them as the people they grant wishes for.
  • Put on a Bus: Sidney is conveniently locked away in Regina's private asylum where he apparently remains even after the curse is broken, this being due to Giancarlo Esposito's commitment to Revolution.
  • Token Minority: One of the very few people of color in Storybrooke.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even after Regina keeps him locked up long after it's served any purpose, when she finally does come for him he only says that he never lost faith and knew there was some purpose to everything she was doing.
    • Subverted after she puts him back in the mirror. He rats Regina out to the Snow Queen because the Snow Queen promised to free him from the mirror, which she does.
  • Unwitting Pawn: As the Genie to Regina.
  • Yes-Man: In Storybrooke, he's terrified of doing anything to offend Regina and agrees to her every demand.

    The Mad Hatter/Jefferson 

The Mad Hatter/Jefferson

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The Mad Hatter: "I hate Wonderland."
Jefferson: "Perhaps you're the one that's mad."
Played By: Sebastian Stan
Centric Episodes: “Hat Trick”

A man able to jump from different worlds through the aid of his hat. He became trapped in Wonderland and was known as the Mad Hatter until the Dark Curse brought him to Storybrooke, where he lives as a rarely-seen recluse.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: One of the better examples on the show: In keeping with the show's treatment of other fairytale characters, the Mad Hatter is not a strange-looking older man with mad scientist hair, but an extremely handsome young man.
  • Adult Fear: His time in Wonderland almost feels like a single parent being sent away and having no way to know whether or not his child is safe or if he'll ever see her again. In Storybrooke, he's essentially a man who's daughter was kidnapped and can't do anything about it despite knowing where she is, because no one would ever believe him.
  • Anti-Villain: He's pushed into what he does by Regina's manipulation and betrayal plus love of his daughter. Also he's been driven more than a bit crazy by his time in Wonderland and being one of the few conscious people in Storybrooke. Though it is subverted after his first appearance in chronological order when he helped manipulate Regina for his own greedy motives, and was blissfully unrepentant, unlike Victor Frankenstein, who sounded a bit shaken after his participation.
  • Arc Words: "Get it to work" comes up quite a lot, but if you squint "going/never going home" comes up quite often too.
  • Big "NO!": Screamed as Regina and her father abandon him in Wonderland.
    • Little "No": Barely audible and far more broken immediately after its louder counterpart.
  • Blessed with Suck: He remembers the Enchanted Forest while few others can... and is tormented by the fact that his daughter is living happily with a different family and has no memory of him. On top of that, he finally has everything he wanted to give Grace but it is impossible to share it with her.
  • Character Development: Fatherhood changed him drastically for the better. Being trapped in Wonderland didn't.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Jefferson gave up being a realm jumper after he had Grace. The difference in his character before and after becoming a father is especially prominent when we see that he was a weapons-grade Jerkass during his travelling days in "The Doctor", very unlike the man we were first (episodically, if not chronologically) introduced to in "Hat Trick".
  • Destination Defenestration: Mary Margaret pushes him out a window in order to escape.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Via his magic hat.
  • Disappeared Dad: He told Grace he would only leave her with the neighbours for a day, but ends up trapped in Wonderland.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • Him freeing Belle and sending her to Rumpel with the information Regina was holding her prisoner.
    • His prior treatment of Regina falls neatly in this category. It's like a circle of dog kicking.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: How much of this trope he is depends on where he is on the morality/sanity spectrum. Before his Character Development, as a weapons-grade Jerkass, he was completely this trope. After, with his daughter, he was more or less normal, if dressed in somewhat flamboyant but tattered clothes. In Storybrooke, he's completely this trope.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a gruesome one around his neck from his decapitation in Wonderland. He hides it with a scarf in Storybrooke.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Jefferson wore a black leather coat before he stopped his portal jumping work for Rumpelstiltskin.
  • Heroic BSoD: When he's stuck in Wonderland.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A non-romantic variant in Storybrooke. If he can't be with his daughter, if he is going to be tormented by the knowledge of the curse... then he's not going to make his daughter share his burden. As he asks Emma when she suggests it, "How cruel do you think I am?" However, he'd much prefer to be with her.
  • Jerkass Woobie: He's a ruthless, nasty person before he has a daughter, and in the real world, he's a Stalker Without a Crush and a kidnapper... but it is also incredibly hard not to feel sorry for him.
  • Kick the Dog: Now matter how much help he gives to Regina, she always kicks him when things get rough, leading to...
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Regina's treatment of him may be spectacular Kick the Dog behavior, but after seeing his role in her breaking and corrupting it's also rather karmic.
  • Losing Your Head: It was hacked off in Wonderland but was reattached when the Queen of Hearts ordered him to recreate his multidimensional hat.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Willing to put himself in one if his deal with Regina pays off: he gives her the power to defeat Emma, and she rewrites Storybrooke so that he and Grace are together, but neither of them remember the Enchanted Forest.
  • Made of Iron: He took the blunt force of a telescope to his head and still managed to chase after Emma, as well as falling out of a two story window and fleeing from the scene of impact.
  • Madness Mantra: "Get it to work, get it to work, get it to work, get it to work..."
  • Meaningful Name: Jefferson's name is a reference to the band Jefferson Airplane, which had a hit song called "White Rabbit", itself a reference to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Nice Guy: In "Hat Trick", he generally appears to be a lovely person and a good father. Before, and in Storybrooke, not so much - though in the latter case, goodness knows how long in Wonderland, plus 28 years of being completely aware of the curse and unable to reach out to his daughter, have clearly done a number on him.
  • Nice Hat: He has one that allows for travel between different dimensions, including the Enchanted Forest and Wonderland. Regina steals it after trapping him in Wonderland, forcing him to try and make a new one.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: His proximity while he converses with Emma and Regina seem too close to be necessary. Played for creepy intimidation factor with Emma: at one point he even sniffs her hair. She is understandably freaked out by this.
  • The Ophelia: Gender-Flipped.
  • Papa Wolf: He loves Grace more than anything.
  • Portal Network: Jefferson’s Magic Hat contains one of these, full of doors to various universes.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: How he acted toward Emma and Grace/Paige when he spied on them through his telescopes - though in the latter case, it's somewhat ameliorated by the fact that it's explicitly as an alternative to going and breaking her illusion of a happy family life.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Twice he gives someone tea, twice it knocks them out cold in seconds.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome and Snarky
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At some point between the Enchanted Forest events in "The Doctor" and "Hat Trick", he loses much of his ruthlessness that he shown when he was willing to help Rumpelstiltskin corrupt Regina. This is because he found a woman to love and have a child with... and when his evil "line of work" caused him to lose said woman, he quit it for good and focused only on being a good man and good father for his daughter.
  • Trapped in Another World: Wonderland, to be specific.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He fakes a limp after Emma ran over him with her car, to take her to his house.

    Geppetto/Marco 

Geppetto/Marco

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Geppetto: "Sometimes you have to lie to protect the people you love."
Marco: "You realized your mistake, and you tried to fix it. That’s important. If I had a son, that would be enough for me."
Played By: Tony Amendola, Michael Strusievici (child)

An old carpenter and father of Pinocchio. In Storybrooke he is a handyman named Marco.


  • Disappeared Dad: To August before the curse is broken, since not only is he unavailable for the first twenty-eight years of his life, but after August finally comes to Storybrooke, Geppetto has no memory of his son.
  • Doting Parent: To Pinocchio.
  • Handy Man: In Storybrooke. Strangely, not as adept with clocks.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Archie/Jiminy Cricket in Storybrooke.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Due to his fears that the Curse would turn Pinocchio back into wood, he lied to Snow about the Wardrobe being only able to fit one person, instead of two, so he could send Pinocchio through first.
  • Mr. Fixit: His job in both the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Geppetto may be an all around Nice Guy and Jiminy may be his best friend, but when angered, he's not above reminding him how much he really owes him.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Which is Jiminy's fault, no less.
  • Papa Wolf: To Pinocchio, to the point where he was willing to lie to Snow White and Charming about the extent of the enchanted tree's magic in order to protect him from the curse.
    • Later he fearlessly gets in Regina's face when she starts yelling at Pinnochio, demanding to know why she thinks she deserves a happy ending after everything she's done.

    Grace/Paige 

Grace/Paige

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Grace: "This has to do with the Queen's visit, doesn't it? Whatever it is she wants you to do, don't do it!"
Paige: "You found me! I knew you would!"
Played By: Alissa Skovbye

The young daughter of Jefferson.


  • Cheerful Child: Nothing seems to get this kid down.
  • Daddy's Girl: Jefferson would do anything for his daughter.
  • Disappeared Dad: In-universe with Jefferson, though it wasn't really his fault.
  • Genre Savvy: Immediately knows that whatever Regina promised wouldn't end well for her father.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name may be a reference to Grace Slick, the lead singer of Jefferson Airplane/Starship.
  • Missing Mom: Thanks to Jefferson's old "business".
  • Morality Chain: She seems to be this for Jefferson.

    Sir Maurice/Moe French 

Sir Maurice/Moe French

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Sir Maurice: "Belle, please, you cannot do this; you cannot go with this... beast."
Played By: Eric Keenleyside

Belle's father. In Storybrooke, he is Moe French, the owner of a flower shop.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Comparing Maurice to the bumbling dad from the animated movie, you can see that this Maurice has a few more mean bones in his body than his counterpart.
  • Hypocrite: He smugly asks Gold whether Belle has finally "come to her senses" and left him... which would have a lot more weight to it if he hadn't willingly been a witness at their wedding.
  • Knight Templar Parent: See Well-Intentioned Extremist below.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While he does have his reasons, his decision to not wake Belle from the sleeping curse ultimately pushes Gold even further over the edge in the attempt to save her and their unborn child, which only makes things worse. There's no real telling what he would've gotten up to if Belle had been awake, but it would've at least calmed him down.
  • Overprotective Dad: To Belle.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In "The Crocodile" he has Belle kidnapped and tries to force her over the border in an attempt to mind-wipe her into forgetting about Rumplestiltskin, even though he knows that she'll forget about him too. Keep in mind that Belle's Storybrooke persona is virtually non-existent, consisting of nothing more than being locked in a cell for twenty-eight years. If the plan had worked, she would have woken up handcuffed in a mine cart, totally amnesiac and with a complete lack of functional twenty-first century skills.
    • He also refused to wake his pregnant daughter up from the sleeping curse just to keep Rumplestiltskin away from her even though their goals were aligned (namely, keeping Belle safe), thereby completely taking away her agency and endangering her life and that of his own grandchild in the process.

    William Smee 

William Smee

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Played By: Christopher Gauthier

A black market crook who makes deals with Rumpelstiltskin and, later, joins Hook's crew.


  • Affably Evil: As is expected of Smee.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Was turned into a mouse by Gold in season 2. After returning to the Enchanted Forest in season 3, he's human again.
  • Dirty Coward: He's no match for Rumpelstiltskin and he knows it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His Grandmother, apparently.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Smee is a sinner who sells stolen goods on the black market, including the magic bean that Rumplestiltskin is looking for.
  • Nice Hat: Or at least, a trademark one. It's how Rumplestiltskin discovers the loophole allowing him to leave Storybrooke and finally find his son.
  • Number Two: Though he is the newest member of the crew, Smee seems to be Hook's closest adviser and confidant during their time in Neverland.
  • Pirate: Becomes this after Captain Hook makes him join the crew.

    Frederick/Jim 

Frederick/Jim

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Frederick: "I am forever indebted to you."
Played by: Greyston Holt

A knight, and Princess Abigail's true love, who is accidentally turned into gold by King Midas. In Storybrooke, he only appears very briefly, as a gym teacher whom Kathryn bumps into while on her way to confront Mary Margaret, and is later the first one on the scene of Kathryn's disappearance at the town limits.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: Frederick is mentioned in passing in "The Shepherd". He is later revealed to be Abigail's true love seven episodes later. Similarly, his Storybrooke counterpart bumps into Kathryn several scenes before the audience discovers who he is.
  • Taken for Granite: Frederick accidentally fell on Midas's hand while defending him and was turned to gold as a result. He cannot be revived by True Love's Kiss because his helmet's visor is fused over his face.

    Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava 

Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava Zimmer

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Hansel and Gretel: "We did all that work... for an apple?"
Nicholas and Ava Zimmer: "We don't have any [parents]."
Played By: Quinn Lord and Karley Scott Collins
Centric Episodes: “True North”

A pair of siblings sneak into the Blind Witch's house to obtain something for the Evil Queen in exchange for their missing father. In Storybrooke, they are homeless orphans named Nicholas and Ava.


  • Action Girl: Gretel is this, in a more literal definition of "girl". She's the brains and brawn, compared to Hansel.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Gretel works as hard as she can to defend Hansel, even to the point of killing the Blind Witch.
  • Disappeared Dad: Initially, it seems like Hansel and Gretel's father abandoned them in both the Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke. In both cases, it turns out that he simply had no idea of his kids' whereabouts, having been kidnapped by Regina in the Forest and not knowing he had children in Storybrooke.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Ava begs that Emma not separate her from Nicholas, the only family she has ever had.
  • Little Miss Badass: As Gretel.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Their father's compass is kept by Hansel as a sign of his existence in Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest. It stops working in Storybrooke, until her and Hansel's father comes near them.
  • Suffer the Slings: Gretel carries a sling and uses it on one of Regina's knights.
  • Sweet Tooth: Hansel's gluttonous desire for sweets wakes the Blind Witch up and endangers the lives of the two siblings
  • Too Dumb to Live: Hansel was told to not touch anything in the Blind Witch's home. Guess what he does?

    Pongo 

Pongo

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Pongo: "Woof!"
Played By: Cinder

Archie's pet dog.


  • Canine Companion: To Archie.
  • The Dragon: To Cruella while under her persuasion.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Starts barking madly at Regina when she breaks into Archie's office. That's because it's really Cora in disguise as Regina. Pongo was previously shown being well-behaved around the real Regina.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a reference to The Hundred and One Dalmatians. This Pongo is also a Dalmatian. One wonders if and when Perdita will ever turn up...
    • Well, considering Cruella De Vil just became a villainess on the show...
  • Team Pet: Often serves this role to the heroes.

    Gus/Billy 

Gus/Billy

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Billy: "I was a mouse. My name was Gus. I lived in Cinderella's pantry, I ate cheese; I gnawed on wood, but I preferred the cheese."
Played By: Jarod Joseph

A mechanic whom Ruby often flirts with. He used to be a mouse living in Cinderella's pantry.


    The Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith 

The Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith

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Played By: Wil Traval

A bitter and drunken sheriff who has been tracking down Robin Hood. In Storybrooke, he is a lecherous bar hustler named Keith.


  • Adaptational Name Change: Though the Sheriff's name is never usually given in Robin Hood stories, OUAT has him at numerous times refer to himself as 'Nottingham' or 'Sheriff Nottingham', indicating that, in this world, he's not the sheriff of a place called Nottingham (likely since it's a real place), but Nottingham is actually just his name.
  • The Alcoholic: In both worlds.
  • Butt-Monkey: Implied by his account of what Robin did to him as well as what Rumplestiltskin does to him.
  • Clueless Detective: He was ruined by his failure to capture Robin Hood.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Storybrooke, he's sleazy but not evil, as he apologizes to Rumple for kissing Lacey as he didn't know they were still together and wouldn't have done it otherwise, and when Robin of Locksley attacks him in "Murder Most Foul", he protests by saying that he "isn't that person anymore".
  • The Sheriff: In the Enchanted Forest.
  • Straw Misogynist: Likely a reason he tends to get hurt so much, but he's just disgusting around women with his behaviour being dangerously predatory. The only reason he's not an actual rapist at this point is that he's not succeeded in his attempts.
  • Tongue Trauma: Rumplestiltskin steals his tongue twice. He gets it back the first time.

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Bo Peep

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Bo Peep: "You can't go anywhere. You're branded now. This stick is how I find my flock, and you're now one of my sheep."
Bo Peep (Storybrooke): "Sorry, lambkins. We're closed."
Played by: Robin Weigert

A warlord with a magic staff that allows her to keep track of those she "brands". In Storybrooke, she is a butcher.


  • Adaptational Badass: In addition to her magical staff, Bo Peep nearly defeats Charming in a sword fight and in Storybrooke tries to attack him with a meat cleaver.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Bo Peep was originally a simple shepherd looking for a little lost lamb. Here she's a warlord who uses a magic staff to brand her slaves.
  • Big Brother Is Watching You: Her staff allows her to monitor the movements of all those she's marked, preventing them from escaping.
  • Bright Is Not Good: She wears bright pink clothing, but she is not a very nice woman.
  • Brought Down to Normal: A bit of an unusual case. She gets her magic back along with the rest of Storybrooke, but fat lot of good being able to find everyone she's marked without her army.
  • Girly Bruiser: She wears a pink, frilly dress with flowers. She's also a warlord who nearly beats David with a sword.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Once motivated David bests her and rescues Anna. In Storybrooke he makes it perfectly clear once he easily overpowers her and takes her crook that she has 'no' power over anybody anymore. Least of all him.


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