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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 in time, 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. She attacks her, 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 then takes Gideon to her domain and raises him. As Gideon's growth accelerates into a young boy, she locks him away in a cage and abuses him in order to turn him dark, but Gideon resists. ("Wish You Were Here", "Tougher Than the Rest")

One night, the Black Fairy walks in on Gideon reading the book left to him by his mother. Gideon claims to want to become a hero like the main character of the book, whom he is named after, but the Black Fairy mocks him. That night, she purposefully leaves Gideon's cell unlocked as she takes another boy locked in a nearby cell and whips him. As she expected, despite the boy's cries, Gideon is too cowardly to leave his cell and save him. ("Ill-Boding Patterns")

Eventually, Gideon leaves the Black Fairy and the domain he was trapped in, by going through a portal to Storybrooke, where he is reunited with his parents, albeit damaged from years of abuse, with plans of usurping Emma's Savior powers so he can defeat the Black Fairy. ("Wish You Were Here", "Tougher Than the Rest")

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

    19 messages
    • You know what I would love? A lord of the rings or hobbit twist. I Know that probs won't be the case but I would love that. E.g. The d...
    • I think the dark realm could be like the nightmare realm which bill cipher originates from in the show Gravity Falls
  • Is rumple a half-fairy?

    2 messages
    • What are some of the implications of Rumple's parenthood? I find it interesting that the Black Fairy retains her powers after A) being exi...
    • It's been discussed before and you can't really call him and half-fairy because we don't know enough about fairies and how t...

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