Once Upon a Time Beginner’s Guide




Enchanted Forest

Belle is the daughter of Sir Maurice. As in the original story, Belle is forced to live with the beast in his castle with Rumpelstitlskin playing the role of the beast.



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The Blue Fairy, also known as, Reul Ghorm, is said to be the most powerful being in all the realms. If someone calls out to her for help, their wish will be granted.


She is the Mother Superior of the nuns of Storybrooke while Mr. Gold is the landlord of the nunnery.


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Emma is the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White. She was sent through a magical wardrobe as a baby, in order to save her family from the curse 28 years later.



A bail bonds woman who has felt abandoned her whole life. She grew up in an orphanage and never had a place she could call home. On her 28th birthday, a boy named Henry comes to her apartment, claiming to be her son. He says she needs to come back with him to Storybrooke, Maine.


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He is a carpenter who lives with his son Pinocchio. The Blue Fairy asks him to build a wardrobe that can transport Snow White and her baby into this new land before the curse.


Marco is the town’s handyman and repairs clocks in his garage. He laments the fact he and his wife were unable to have a child. He is a good friend of Dr. Hopper.


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He is one of the seven dwarves that invite Snow White to live with them. He fights along side Snow White and Prince Charming, with his 6 brothers.


Leroy is the town drunk, who works as a janitor at the hospital.




He is the son of Emma Swan, who she gave up “to give him his best chance”. Regina Mills ends up adopting him but as the years go on he figures out she is actually the Evil Queen. One night he leaves to go find Emma and bring her back to Storybrooke. Henry’s plan is to have her realize who she really is and finally break the curse.


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Jiminy is a cricket and is the guardian of Geppetto and later Pinocchio. He usually gives wisdom and advice in times of need.



Dr. Hopper is the town’s psychotherapist. Regina asks him to treat Henry because of his odd behavior. Archie is good friends with Geppetto. He can usually be seen walking the streets with his dog Pongo and his umbrella in hand.




Sydney Glass is a reporter for the Daily Mirror newspaper. He usually does Regina’s dirty work.



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James is a poor shepherd, who lives with his mother Ruth. A deal with King George changes his status to Prince James. He meets Snow White, who nicknames him Charming. They later fall in love, become married and have a daughter named Emma.


David Nolan is in a coma until Mary Margaret, who reads to him the story of Snow White and Prince Charming, awakens him. David has amnesia at first but when his memory returns he realizes he is married to Kathryn Nolan although he has strong feelings for Mary Margaret for reasons he cannot explain. He finds a job at the Storybrooke Pet Shelter.



Ruby works as a waitress at the diner with Granny who she also lives with.


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Rumpelstiltskin is a poor spinner who lives with his wife Milah and his son Baelfire. When his son is forced to fight in the Ogre Wars, Rumpelstiltskin learns of a dagger that could help save his son and turn the tide of the Ogre war. His passion to save his son, leads him to become the Dark One.


Mr. Gold is the wealthiest man in Storybrooke. He owns Mr. Gold’s Pawnbroker and Antiques Dealer shop where he’s willing to make a deal with anyone.


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After King Leopold passes away Regina forces Snow out of the castle and tries to get revenge on her for ruining her life. Snow White eventually meets Prince James, who she nicknames Charming. Soon they fall in love, become married and have a daughter named Emma.


Mary Margaret is a schoolteacher. While taking her school kids on a field trip to the hospital, she sees a John Doe, (David Nolan), whom she feels drawn to help.


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She is the daughter of Prince Henry and Cora. She was married to King Leopold and takes over his kingdom once he passes away. Without Leopold there to protect her, Regina attempts to take Snow’s life for ruining hers. The Evil Queen cast a curse in order to make her own happy ending.


Regina Mills is the mayor of Storybrooke. She is the only one who remembers the Enchanted Forest. Her adopted son Henry learns of her secret through a book that his schoolteacher Mary Margaret gives him. Regina tells Dr. Archie Hopper that her son is delusional and needs professional help. She seems to be holding everything together until a woman named Emma comes to town, claiming to be Henry’s mother.



He is the Sheriff of Storybrooke and keeps the townspeople, like Leroy, in line. Emma has a run in with him once she comes into town. Regina may have a hold on him more than he knows.


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She is the grandmother of Red Riding Hood. She is very protective of her and uses her crossbow to fend off wolves.


She is the owner of Granny’s Diner and runs Granny’s Bed and Breakfast. Her granddaughter Ruby lives with her, who also works at the diner.

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2 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time Beginner’s Guide

  1. Jenna E

    Wow! So far this is a fantabulous piece on Once Upon a Time. Kudos and big Thanks to Brad! His things he’s learnt from each episode are one of my favourite things and I am so glad to see that he is contributing posts as well! Well done Sir!

    Just because I am a very detail oriented/obsessed person, I cannot help but ask… is the picture of Granny’s house not a Storybrooke picture? It does not look like the more wooden cabin structure that was in the Enchanted Forest that appeared in Red Handed to me… just sayin’. 😉

    Big Love to all!

  2. Jenna E

    Truly amazing post. Incredibly well done!

    Apart from the previously mentioned detail of the perhaps erroneous picture of Granny’s House (on page 3 – later confirmed to be a Storybrooke picture of Granny’s B&B), on page 7, I do believe you meant that Thomas is Cinderella’s husband.

    Also, I might have put James as “James” but maybe that’s just me!

    This was an amazing post and I simply could not resist posting my obsessive detail noticing and my sincere thanks and congratulations!

    More Big Love to all!


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