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This article focuses on Anastasia, the Once Upon a Time character.
For the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland character with the same name, see Red Queen.

Anastasia was an innocent, with the purest of hearts.
Lady Tremaine to Cinderella src

Anastasia, also known as Ana, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the third episode of the seventh season. She is portrayed by guest star Yael Yurman, and co-star Sophia Reid-Gantzert.

Anastasia is based on the Evil Stepsisters from the fairytale, "Cinderella", and on the character of the same name from the Disney film Cinderella. She is also based on one of Rapunzel's two children from the fairytale "Rapunzel".


After Fourth Curse

Anastasia is the daughter of Rapunzel and Marcus Tremaine, and older sister of Drizella. During a lean season where food is scarce, she and her family are traveling on a wagon when her mother stops by a garden to pick radishes to feed them. Rapunzel strangely disappears, with only her cloak left behind, when in fact she becomes entrapped in a tower after making a deal with a witch to secure her family's survival. ("One Little Tear")

In time, Marcus remarries Cecelia and his daughters become stepsisters to Cecelia's young daughter Ella. Six years later, Drizella comes up with the idea to light lanterns and release them into the night sky as a way to guide her and Anastasia's mother back to them. Despite Drizella coming up with the suggestion, she is skeptical anything will come out of it, while Anastasia is the one who releases the lanterns, not wanting to give up hope just yet. Rapunzel is led by the lanterns to her the family manor, where she happily reunites with Anastasia by giving her a warm embrace and Drizella is all but ignored by her until Marcus appears, shocked to see that his former wife is actually alive. When Cecelia comes out, Marcus explains moving on with his life and having a new blended family as he assumed Rapunzel was dead. While spending an afternoon with her daughters, Rapunzel notices she has run out of tea for them. Anastasia assures her they came to see her and not for the tea, and even asks Drizella to chime in agreement, however, Drizella reluctantly admits she is thirsty. After their father come to fetch them, Rapunzel expresses how her relationship with her daughters are not going well. Marcus insists Anastasia adores her, but Rapunzel is saddened by how distant Drizella is with her, to which Marcus tells her to give her time since Drizella was very little when Rapunzel disappeared. At Drizella's birthday party, Anastasia is present for the celebration, where a jealous Rapunzel overhears Drizella thank Cecelia for her gift and refer to her as "Mother", spurring her into cursing Cecelia's heart, which then forces the woman to run away to protect her loved ones. ("One Little Tear", "Secret Garden")

By the time Anastasia is fourteen years old, and after one year of searching for Cecelia,[1] Marcus gives up, believing Cecelia no longer loves him and welcomes Rapunzel back into the family. During a snowy day, Anastasia, Drizella, and Ella make a snowman together as Rapunzel and Marcus watch from nearby, with Rapunzel wistfully commenting how much the three girls truly look like sisters. As the couple becomes distracted in their conversation, the snowman's hat is blown away by the wind, prompting Ella to retrieve it, however, Anastasia goes to her stepsister's side upon seeing the ice beneath her is cracking. The girls' combined weight causes the ice to give way, causing them to fall into the water, to which Marcus jumps in to rescue them, but as he is only able to grab one girl, he pulls up Ella first, much to Rapunzel's horror and panic. Anastasia's body is eventually retrieved, though she is already dead. While Rapunzel blames Marcus for her death, Ella blames herself for it. A distraught Rapunzel begs Gothel for help, and Gothel magically preserves her body with one breath left in it. Disappointed that Rapunzel was not pure of heart enough to be the Guardian, Gothel theorizes perhaps someone else in her bloodline is more suitable, like Anastasia, and she reveals her intentions of keeping the girl's body in the tower. Instead, Rapunzel imprisons Gothel in her own tower and vows to Anastasia that she will find a way to revive her someday. ("The Garden of Forking Paths", "One Little Tear")

Years later, Rapunzel, now known as Lady Tremaine, has Anastasia's coffin delivered to her house. Tiana, the leader of a rebellion against Lady Tremaine, learns about this and informs Cinderella, who has joined the rebellion, to see if she knows anything. Although Cinderella immediately recognizes it, she lies to Tiana but sneaks out that night to return to her old home and find out more. Lady Tremaine, expecting her, is standing right in the doorway with the coffin. She briefly taunts Cinderella before deciding to open the coffin, revealing Anastasia's body. She explains to Cinderella how she used magic to preserve Anastasia's body and now needs a heart of true belief to revive her. Having learned that Henry, Cinderella's new ally, possesses the Heart of the Truest Believer, Lady Tremaine blackmails Cinderella into ripping out his heart and bringing it to her, threatening to kill the rest of the rebellion if she does not. Cinderella, not having the heart to hurt Henry, tries to take another person's heart, but Henry's mother Regina talks her out of it in addition to removing the heart ripping ability from her, so Cinderella does not go through with it. ("The Garden of Forking Paths")

During Fifth Curse

After Regina cast Drizella's curse to save Henry's life, Anastasia, in her coffin, is brought over to Seattle, buried underneath the Community Gardens. Victoria Belfrey, the cursed version of her mother, demolishes the gardens to uncover her, then brings her to the Belfrey Towers, where she has a woman shackled up. Victoria explains to the woman who Anastasia is and that she plans to steal Lucy's belief to revive her and requests the woman's help; however, she refuses, threatening to go against Victoria after she has destroyed Lucy and revived Anastasia. ("The Garden of Forking Paths", "The Eighth Witch")

Later, Ivy locates Anastasia's coffin at her mother's vacation home and brings it to the Witch so they can revive her and steal the magic inside her. However, when they open the coffin, Anastasia's body is not there. Ivy then realizes her mother must have moved the body to somewhere else. ("Pretty in Blue")

With Anastasia's body now in a hospital room, Victoria brings her granddaughter Lucy there to show her the reality of her unhappy ending. As Victoria requires Lucy to forfeit her belief in order to resurrect Anastasia, she crushes the girl's dream of her parents' ever reuniting. She then collects one of Lucy's tears and uses a dropper to use it onto Anastasia, who awakens with a gasp, as elsewhere in Hyperion Heights, Lucy collapses in her mother Jacinda's arms. Anastasia recognizes Victoria is her mother, and as Victoria joyfully tells her that she brought her back, an upset Ivy watches from outside the room before sauntering off. ("One Little Tear")

As Anastasia adjusts to the Land Without Magic by watching cartoons, she and Victoria are visited by Weaver, who gains Victoria's permission to test Anastasia to see if she is the Guardian he is seeking, in exchange for keeping her safe from Gothel and Ivy. To this end, Victoria and Weaver take Anastasia to Weaver's evidence room. Weaver explains that the test is to see if she can identify which of the many knives has magic. Anastasia briefly examines them, even picking one up, but does not sense magic in any of them. However, the knives suddenly fly into the air and pierce a nearby cabinet, frightening Anastasia who speculates that the magical knife is in that cabinet. Indeed, Weaver pulls out the Dark One's Dagger from the cabinet, confirming that Anastasia is the Guardian. She is terrified of her power after what happened with the knives, but Weaver assures her that her magic will help people and that he specifically needs her to help one little girl, Lucy. He has her write down runes, which will cast a spell to save Lucy, but Anastasia begins to panic when she senses Gothel approaching, causing her powers to go haywire. When Gothel arrives, Anastasia lets out a blast of magic, sending Weaver, Victoria, and Gothel flying. Horrified, Anastasia flees, running into the arms of Ivy, who she recognizes as her sister, Drizella, and is surprised to see has grown up. Ivy deceives Anastasia into thinking she is working with Victoria and gives her bracelets made out of vines to dampen her powers. She then escorts Anastasia away under the guise of protecting her from Gothel, but actually takes her to where Gothel is waiting and reveals just how much she has come to despise her. Anastasia has her hands forcibly grabbed by Ivy, but instead of draining Anastasia's magic as Ivy expected, the reverse happens and Gothel reveals that she has been manipulating Ivy all along. As a heartbroken Ivy is pushed into a pit by Gothel, Anastasia watches before Gothel leads her to another room. There, several cloaks are on display and Gothel informs her that the cloaks belong to her sisters, the Coven of the Eight, and that they will now find the other six members. ("The Eighth Witch")

Near the pit, Anastasia sits at a table eating a dinner meal provided to her by Gothel, who now has plans to take her to her home. Anastasia reasons that she only wants to live with her mother, but Gothel dissuades her from this by pulling Victoria up from the pit and revealing all the terrible things she has done. Of her mother's many crimes, Anastasia learns she poisoned Ella's mother, murdered her father, tried to rip out Drizella's heart, and worst of all, Victoria admits she put Ella's daughter Lucy to sleep in order to revive her. A horrified Anastasia runs off and is later brought to Gothel's home, where she is still lost after learning the truth about her mother and being in a world she doesn't understand. Gothel sympathizes with her feelings as she was once in the same position, particularly in displaying magic early and the fear as well as manipulation she endured from other people because of her abilities. As she tells Anastasia about how she eventually found someone who helped her grow stronger, there is a knock at the door. This scares Anastasia, who causes the table to shake, but Gothel persuades her to calm down and hide in the closet. Anastasia is out of sight just before Rogers enters in to check up on Gothel because Victoria has gone missing and he wanted to make sure she didn't come after her. Rogers becomes suspicious over the food on the table and begins moving towards the closet, but Gothel purposely shatters a teacup to deter him and asks him to walk her to her art therapy class. Anastasia then watches from a gap in the closet as Rogers leaves with Gothel. Later the garden greenhouse, Anastasia is with Gothel when Victoria arrives to hand over the Resurrection Amulet so Lucy can be awoken. Anastasia shirks from her mother at first, but thanks her for helping. Since the amulet is empty, Gothel instructs Anastasia to touch the center so the vessel can be filled with her magic. Anastasia is weakened by the brief draining before Gothel wipes her memory of the incident and commands her to go rest, which she promptly does by leaving the greenhouse. ("Secret Garden")

Magical Abilities

  • Telekinesis - Ability to control the movement of objects or other people/animals.


Marcus Tremaine
Rapunzel Tremaine
Victoria Belfrey
Jacinda Vidrio
Henry MillsAnastasiaDrizella
Ivy Belfrey


  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring
  • † denotes the deceased


On-Screen Notes

Production Notes

  • The casting call describes her as "a happy and selfless lass who loves her sister and step-sister alike".[2]
  • Interestingly, the name "Anastasia", which comes from the Disney film Cinderella, means "resurrection",[3] which is exactly what happens to the character in the episode "One Little Tear".
  • The two actresses who play Anastasia's mother pronounce her name differently. Meegan Warner, who plays young Rapunzel Tremaine, pronounces Anastasia's name with a long A sound in the third syllable, while Gabrielle Anwar, who plays adult Rapunzel, pronounces it with a short O sound in the third syllable.



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