Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time is an American fantasy-drama television series created by Lost and Tron: Legacy writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, that premiered on Sunday October 23, 2011.
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Opening logo for Once Upon a Time.
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Emma Swan

Actor: Jennifer Morrison

Emma Swan (played by Jennifer Morrison) is a bail bond agent and bounty hunter. She is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.

As an infant, she came to this world and was seperatred from her parents. At eighteen, she become pregnant by her boyfriend, Neal Cassidy. They planned to flee to Canada, but Neal was persuaded to turn Emma into the police to protect her destiny as "the savior." Emma gave birth to Henry in jail and then placed him for adoption.

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Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

Actor: Ginnifer Goodwin

Snow White, (played by Ginnifer Goodwin as an adult, Bailee Madison as a child), is the daughter of King Leopold and the stepdaughter of the Evil Queen Regina.

Snow White was rescued from a runaway horse by Regina which lead to Regina having a loveless marriage with Snow's father. After Regina assumed the throne, she recruited the Huntsman to kill Snow. He spared her for her selflessness.

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Actor: Robert Carlyle

Rumplestiltskin (played by Robert Carlyle) is a whimsical yet sinister sorcerer who delights in making deals with desperate people. Rumplestiltskin is also the Beast and the ticking crocodile that cost Captain Hook his left hand.
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Henry Mills

Actor: Jared S. Gilmore

Henry Mills (played by Jared S. Gilmore) is Emma's 10-year-old son whom she gave up for adoption after giving birth in jail.[2][3] He is also Snow White's, Prince Charming's and Rumplestiltskin's grandson, since Rumplestiltskin's son Baelfire is Henry's father. He was adopted by Regina Mills, who found him through Mr. Gold; Henry is named after Regina's father.
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Evil Queen/Regina Mills

Actor: Lana Parrilla

The Evil Queen (played by Lana Parrilla) is the second wife of King Leopold and the step-mother of Snow White. Originally, she was the exact opposite of who she is now, and fell in love with a stable boy named Daniel (Noah Bean).

The Evil Queen studied magic with Rumplestiltskin. She obtains control of a genie as a gift from her husband, which she used to kill him. This makes her ruler of Leopold's realm. Later, she and the Mad Hatter journey into Wonderland to rescue her father Henry.

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Prince Charming/David Nolan

Actor: Josh Dallas

Prince "Charming" David (played by Josh Dallas) is a poor shepherd whose twin brother was given to King George as an heir in a deal with Rumplestiltskin. The real Prince James is killed in battle and the shepherd takes his brother's name in exchange for the prosperity of his mother's farm and the promises that he can return home afterward.
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Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper

Actor: Rafael Sbarge

Jiminy Cricket (played by Raphael Sbarge as an adult, Adam Young as a child, Morgan Roff as a teenager) is the son of con artists. He desired to live an honest life, but was too weak-willed to leave his family. He receives a potion from Rumplestiltskin that will free Jiminy from his parents. He inadvertently gives the potion to a young couple, transforming the pair into puppets. He wishes on a star in the hopes that the couple will be transformed back. The Blue Fairy appears and tells him she cannot undo Rumplestiltskin's work. To make things right, and she transforms him into a cricket so that he can be free from his parents and guide the couple's son Geppetto.
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Huntsman/Sheriff Graham Humbert

Actor: Jamie Dornan

The Huntsman (played by Jamie Dornan) is a nameless hunter who is a solitary recluse. He was raised by wolves. He considers the wolves to be his true family, and is greatly saddened by the deaths of animals, but he does not hesitate to kill humans, who he views as selfish, honor-less creatures. He is considered by the Queen the perfect assassin, and is hired to kill Snow White and cut out Snow White's heart.

When the Huntsman tracks Snow White down, she proves her purity of heart and he lets her go. He offers the Queen a stag's heart instead. The Queen realizes she has been tricked and tears out the Huntsman's heart, keeping his heart in her vault and uses it to make him her slave, threatening to kill him by crushing it if he defies her again.

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Pinocchio/August Wayne Booth

Actor: Eion Bailey

Pinocchio (played by Eion Bailey, Jakob Davies as a young Pinocchio) is a puppet that Geppetto carved from an enchanted tree. As a little boy puppet, he gives his life to save Geppetto from drowning in a storm. As a reward, the Blue Fairy turns Pinocchio into a real boy, promising that the spell will hold so long as he is selfless and good. The boy remained mischievous, though he means no harm.

The Blue Fairy asks Geppetto to carve another enchanted tree into a magical wardrobe with the ability to save two people, the pregnant Snow White and Prince James, from the Evil Queen's curse. The curse will send everyone else to a land without magic and Pinocchio, who is a real boy because of magic, may turn back into a puppet. Geppetto bargains with the Blue Fairy to use the second spot for Pinocchio instead, and the Blue Fairy lies to the others and says that the wardrobe can only save one. Snow White gives birth to Emma. Instead of giving up Pinocchio's spot to Snow as the Blue Fairy asks, Geppetto sends his son ahead and asks him to protect the child and get her to believe when the time is right. After emerging in the real world, Pinocchio and the infant Emma are taken to an orphanage. He leaves Emma to run away as the man taking care of them was cruel.

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Red Riding Hood/Ruby

Actor: Meghan Ory

Red Riding Hood (played by Meghan Ory), always wore a red cloak to keep from turning into a wolf. She did not know this was the purpose until she took it off. In Storybrooke, she is Ruby, a rebellious young woman who wants to leave town but is held back by her grandmother's ill health. She works at Granny's Café as a waitress. Her relationship with her grandmother is strained, as her grandmother disapproves of her behavior and her provocative attire.
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Actor: Emilie de Ravin

Belle (played by Emilie de Ravin) is the daughter of Sir Maurice who rules a town threatened by the Ogre Wars. Rumplestiltskin offers to protect them if Belle becomes the caretaker for his estate. Her father and her fiancé Gaston (Sage Brocklebank) refuse to let her leave, but Belle accepts the deal.

Over time, the pair form a bond that is shown when Rumplestiltskin catches her when she falls off a ladder and tells her about his missing son. Rumplestiltskin asks her to go out and buy straw. While out she learnes from Regina that true love's kiss will break any curse and Belle returns to the castle and kisses him, and he starts changing back into who he was before becoming The Dark One. The transformation was stopped when he thought Belle was working for Regina, and he then drives Belle away.

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Captain Killian "Hook" Jones

Actor: Colin O'Donoghue

Captain Hook (played by Colin O'Donoghue) was originally known as Killian Jones, a pirate captain who seduced away Rumplestilskin's wife, Milah. In a later fight with Rumplestilskin the later cut off Jones hand, which he then replaces with a hook, thus receiving his name.
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Actor: Lee Arenberg

Grumpy (played by Lee Arenberg) is one of eight Dwarf brothers who hatched from their eggs at the same time. Like all dwarfs, he is immediately sent to work in the mines and is given an ax, which names him Dreamy. Because his egg was accidentally sprinkled with fairy dust by the fairy Nova, he dreams about her and falls in love with her. Later, he meets her and the pair make plans to buy a boat and see the world. However, the Blue Fairy tells him that if he and Nova run away together, she will lose her wings and she will never be truly happy. To prevent this, Dreamy ends their relationship and breaks her heart. He returns to the mines the next day and breaks his ax mining; when he is given another, it renames him Grumpy. In Storybrooke, he is Leroy, a janitor at the hospital and the "town drunk."
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Genie/Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass

Actor: Giancarlo Esposito

The Genie was tricked into wishing himself into a mirror by Regina and thus became the Magic Mirror of the Snow White story. In Storybrooke, he is Sidney Glass, a reporter for Storybrooke's local newspaper The Daily Mirror.