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This article focuses on the Enchanted Forest character. For the Season Six episode, see "The Black Fairy".

Sometimes you have to choose power over love.
—The Black Fairy to Rumplestiltskin src

The Black Fairy, also known as the Dark Fairy,[2] is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts, with her only appearance, in the ninth episode of the sixth season. She is portrayed by guest star Jaime Murray.


Before First Curse

The Black Fairy gives birth to a son with a man named Malcolm, however, she chooses power over love and abandons her son, without even bothering to give him a name. ("Changelings")

As a fairy, she cares for children, until one day, for unknown reasons, her heart becomes darkened and she begins to kidnap the children. In return, the Blue Fairy banishes her and takes her wand. The Black Fairy goes to a dark realm where time runs strangely and anything is possible, but can be summoned by an incantation. ("Going Home", "Changelings", "Wish You Were Here")

At some point, some of the Black Fairy's fairy dust ended up in Snow White's possession.[2] ("Snow Falls", "There's No Place Like Home")

At a later point, Rumplestiltskin plans to summon the Black Fairy with the incantation, bait her with a baby, and then paralyze her with squid ink. After the fairy is frozen in place by the ink, she recognizes him as the Dark One and notes that if he knows her, he must also know that she will be freed from the ink shortly. He tells her that she cannot have the child yet and expresses his desire to ask her a few questions about herself, starting with his curiosity about why, as a kidnapper of babies, she abandoned the one child who belonged to her. Shocked, the Black Fairy realizes that Rumplestiltskin is the son she abandoned long ago, but once she regains her composure, she openly admits, with no hint of remorse, that she chose power over love. This statement, as well as Rumplestiltskin's maid arriving to rescue the infant, distracts Rumplestiltskin long enough for the squid ink to wear off. The Black Fairy then grabs her son, giggling over how time has run out for him to ask her any more questions, before shoving him away. She then transforms into her miniature fairy form and flies off. ("Changelings")

After Third Curse

The Black Fairy ends up in Storybrooke, where she catches Mother Superior flying through the forest with Gideon. The Black Fairy attacks, and though Mother Superior fights back she is no match for the dark fairy, and is later found by the other nuns close to death. The Black Fairy takes Gideon to her domain and raises him. Eventually, Gideon returns to Storybrooke through a portal, where he is reunited with his parents, albeit with a dark heart. ("Wish You Were Here")

Magical Abilities


Malcolm/Peter Pan
Black Fairy
Belle/Belle French
Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
GideonBaelfire/Neal Cassidy
Emma Swan
Henry Mills


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, engagement and adoption relationships, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased


Character Notes

  • The fairy incantation to summon her is: "Let the night sky tremble, as the Dark Star shall fall. Awake, Black Fairy, and heed my call". ("Changelings")

Production Notes

  • To divert the attention away from her real identity, Merida's casting call presented her as Rumplestiltskin's mother. Her name was supposed to be "Evanna".[3]



Start a Discussion Discussions about Black Fairy

  • Dark Realm

    16 messages
    • Neverland?
    • I doubt Neverland. First, Time was not "wonky" there, is simply stood still. Or more specifically, people did not age in Neverla...
  • Okay, what the hell?

    2 messages
    • Why would she kindap Gideon and raise him to be the killer of Emma? I just can't figure that out. Was she trying to anger Rumple?
    • We don't know yet, but it's been confirmed to be covered at some point in the season. My speculation is that A) she likes to irrit...

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