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This article focuses on the character Blue Fairy.
For her Storybrooke counterpart, see Mother Superior.


I hear your wish. You don't need to wish it so loudly.
—The Blue Fairy to Jiminy src

The Blue Fairy, also known as Reul Ghorm, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the first episode of the first season. She is portrayed by guest star Keegan Connor Tracy, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Mother Superior.

The Blue Fairy is based on the Fairy with Turquoise Hair from the children's novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy from the Disney film, Pinocchio.

History

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Before First Curse

The Blue Fairy is known in the land of the Enchanted Forest as "Reul Ghorm", and legend has it if someone calls for her help, their wish can be granted. ("The Return")

On a wintery night when a woman named Fiona gives birth to a prophesied Savior, the Blue Fairy and the child's fairy godmother, Tiger Lily, visit her to tell her about her son's destiny to fight a great evil and die as a hero. Fiona, horrifed by the news, later turns herself into a fairy and attempts to track down the great evil, who is said to be born with a crescent moon birthmark. Later, in the sacred fairy vault, the Blue Fairy walks in on Fiona attempting to crush Tiger Lily's heart after Tiger Lily tries to stop her from creating a Dark Curse, although this act of darkness causes Fiona to be revealed as the great evil her son is meant to kill. The Blue Fairy quickly magicks the heart into her hand and returns it to Tiger Lily. Believing there is another way for Fiona to escape her fate, Tiger Lily offers her the Shears of Destiny to cut away her powers. Fiona insists on keeping her powers so she can continue protecting her son even after she severs his Savior ties, to which Blue Fairy begs her not to because her son is meant to be a great hero. When Fiona refuses to listen and cuts away her son's destiny, the Blue Fairy banishes her to the Dark Realm. She and Tiger Lily return the infant to his father, Malcolm, and lie to him about Fiona being dead as a result of protecting their son. The two fairies attempt to help him move on by suggesting he try to raise his son, but they watch nervously as Malcolm instead blames the infant for being the reason Fiona is gone before bitterly naming him Rumplestiltskin. ("The Black Fairy")

The Blue Fairy forges a sword imbued with light magic which becomes known as Hrunting, and by unknown means, it ends up in the ownership of a high ranked soldier called Beowulf. ("Ill-Boding Patterns")

The Blue Fairy comes to assist a young village boy named Baelfire and hears out his story concerning his father, the now grown-up Rumplestiltskin, who is the Dark One. He desperately wishes for a way he and his father can be together without magic getting in the way. She acknowledges that his father can never be as he once was, but they can go to another land where magic does not exist at all, and gives him the last magic bean in existence. Later, out of the blue, she is summoned by Rumplestiltskin, and learns the Dark One let his son go into the portal alone. She blames him for the foolish mistake, stating that there is no way for him to reach his son without paying a great price by giving up this land for the next. The Blue Fairy accidentally lets it slip that there is a curse which can do this, but she firmly believes Rumplestiltskin can never pull it off. ("The Return")

When the Blue Fairy hears a man named Jiminy wish on a blue star, she comes to his aide. Jiminy reveals to her about his regrets over causing the demise of a young child's parents and his desperate wish to restore them back to normal. She is incapable of doing such a thing, but allows Jiminy to guide the boy and be his voice of conscience as he grows up. At Jiminy's request, she turns him into a cricket and sends him off to the boy, Geppetto. ("That Still Small Voice")

Years later, the Blue Fairy is in charge of training another fairy named Tinker Bell, whom she discovers has left home without permission. When Tinker Bell returns, she chastises her for having already broken every rule in the book. Tinker Bell explains she was helping the Queen, Regina, while the Blue Fairy questions if she knows who the Queen really is. She elaborates on Regina's bad reputation, both because of Cora's penchant for ripping out hearts, and the fact her magic instructor is the Dark One. Tinker Bell doesn't see the point, to which the Blue Fairy insists she should count herself lucky to still be alive and heavily stresses that Regina, surrounded by darkness, simply cannot be helped. Tinker Bell disagrees, believing the Queen is a person worthy of assistance, and asks for some pixie dust, but the Blue Fairy vehemently refuses. Despite this, Tinker Bell continues to argue in Regina's favor, stating that her superior is ignoring someone who needs guidance, which is not very fairy-like. The Blue Fairy counters that is not for her to judge, and cuts off Tinker Bell's attempt to speak out further against the ruling. Specifically, she orders her not to leave the cavern and further training will be done under her supervision. Tinker Bell reluctantly agrees, but after Blue is gone, she steals pixie dust and goes to Regina once more. Discovering the theft, the Blue Fairy confronts her in Regina's courtyard. Tinker Bell pleads for a second chance, but the Blue Fairy refuses as she no longer believes in her anymore. She strips Tinker Bell of her wings and flies off. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

Some time after this, she trains another fairy, Nova, to collect fairy dust from the mines. Nova arrives to deliver the bag of dust to Blue, but nearly drops it, causing Blue to scold her for her clumsiness. She instructs Nova, from next year on, to collect fairy dust on her own. Nova meekly voices hopes of becoming a fairy godmother, but the Blue Fairy laughs at her aspirations. ("Dreamy")

Upon hearing the incantation for summoning the Black Fairy being read, the Blue Fairy rushes to the Dark One's castle, where she frees Belle from one of the rooms. Belle tells her about Rumplestiltskin's intent to sacrifice a child to the Black Fairy, and Blue sends her to stop him since her own magic is no good against the Dark One. ("Changelings")

One year after she instructs Nova to collect the fairy dust, she catches word of Nova's budding romance with a dwarf named Dreamy and their plan to run away together. The Blue Fairy, along with the head dwarf named Bossy, intercept him. She tells him that the two do not belong together, and further exemplifies this by saying if he gives up, Nova may finally be able to become a fairy godmother. Additionally, it will bring untold unhappiness to the world if they left together. This convinces Dreamy that his place is not with Nova, but with his dwarf brethren in the mines. ("Dreamy")

While in the woods, Blue meets up with Snow White, who talks about taking a measly three coopers as payment from a nobleman, as she feared if she asked for anything higher that he would report her to the Queen, who wants her dead. A masked Woodcutter tries to kill Snow, but Blue protects her by distracting him. After the two women scare him off, Snow realizes the Woodcutter is a bounty hunter hired by the nobleman. She makes plans to buy passage on a boat to leave forever so the Woodcutter can't find her, but Blue insists she can't because the kingdom's people love her and need her. Believing love doesn't help anything, Snow recalls the brooch she sold to the nobleman, which her father had given to her mother out of love, and had done the same with Regina, who treated the brooch like trash. Blue is unable to change Snow's mind about leaving, and she later parts from her with a farewell hug. ("Heartless")

Hearing cries of help from Snow White, the Blue Fairy arrives to greet the princess' allies, Prince Charles, Prince Charming, Princess Leia and Red Riding Hood. With the power of her wand, she restores Snow, who previously transformed herself into a bug to escape execution, back into human form. ("There's No Place Like Home")

Under the pretense of owing Grumpy a favor, the Blue Fairy and numerous other fairies assist in the assault on King George's castle in attempt to rescue Prince Charming. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

The Evil Queen and King George join forces in war against Snow White and Prince Charming. Alas, King George is defeated. Snow White encounters the Queen in the forest and ask her to surrender. While the two are engaged in conversation, the Blue Fairy sneaks up behind and throws the dust on the Queen rendering her frozen in place. Defeated, the Queen is taken as a prisoner. The Blue Fairy attends the war council meeting to decide with the other members the fate of the ex-Queen. They come to the conclusion death is a fitting punishment. At the execution, Snow White orders the event to a halt after the executioners arrows' have been fired, and the Blue Fairy hastily stops them inches away from Regina's body. ("The Cricket Game")

During Cinderella's pregnancy, the deal maker Rumplestiltskin asks for his end of the bargain of their contract by acquiring her first born child. Horror stricken at the prospect, Cinderella receives the aid of the Blue Fairy. Through the Blue Fairy's creation of a magical red quill combined with squid ink, Cinderella tricks him into signing a new fake contract with it. From doing so, Rumplestiltskin is paralyzed and hauled off to a prison in the dwarves mines to prevent him from procuring Cinderella's child. ("The Price of Gold")

On a shoreline, a wood carver named Geppetto washes to land after braving a storm at sea with his adopted son Pinocchio. She comes to their aid after realizing Pinocchio sacrificed his life for Geppetto. The Blue Fairy rewards Pinocchio by turning him into a real human boy, but she heeds he must be brave, truthful and unselfish to maintain his form. Much later, she comes to Geppetto again as the Evil Queen's Dark Curse threatens them all. The Blue Fairy requests that he fashion a wardrobe from the last enchanted tree so two people, namely Prince Charming and Snow White, can safely go through the wardrobe to another land and be protected from the curse's effects until the prophesied time of twenty-eight years in which their child will break the curse. After hearing about the potential danger Pinocchio will be in if he stays, Geppetto stubbornly refuses to make the wardrobe unless his son is one of the people to go through the wardrobe. Stuck in a dilemma, she hesitantly agrees to the deal. ("The Stranger")

In a war council discussion, Prince Charming and Snow White talk about how to defeat the Evil Queen's curse with their allies. Suddenly, the Blue Fairy flies in with an enchanted tree. She claims the tree, if carved into a vessel, will take one person and whisk them away to another world. A decision is reached for a pregnant Snow White to travel into the wardrobe and be protected in another land until her child turns twenty-eight and can break the curse. ("Pilot")

As the wardrobe is being carved, Snow White questions the Blue Fairy for more details on the Dark Curse as Prince Charming listens on. The Blue Fairy tells her to have faith their plan will work, and if not, the curse will take them to a new land where their memories are erased and they will be slaves to the Queen's will. This is not much assurance, so Snow White further asks how the savior will know how to save them. She stresses in more vague terms that when the time comes, the savior will learn of their story. The Blue Fairy requests to be trusted as she herself has the one thing they all need, which is hope. She flies out of the room shortly after, though Snow White is left more uncertain than ever. ("Going Home")

On the day the curse comes into effect, Snow White goes into labor as the wardrobe is finished. Because of the early delivery, the Blue Fairy pleas for Geppetto to tell the truth and allow Snow White and her daughter to pass through the wardrobe together instead. Assured Geppetto will listen to her, she leaves to complete final preparations as the curse approaches. A short time passes, and the curse eventually engulfs the Blue Fairy and other inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest. ("Pilot")

For events occurring after the casting of the first curse, see Mother Superior.

Before Second Curse
Shortly after learning from Belle of Neal's sacrifice to resurrect Rumplestiltskin and the Dark One's enslavement by the Wicked Witch of the West, Zelena, Aurora and Prince Phillip confess a secret. When they admit Zelena wants Snow White's unborn child, the witch herself pays an ominous visit to the palace to claim the baby will soon be hers. Later, Grumpy is sent to the fairies for advice in counterattacking Zelena. As the Blue Fairy is not helpful, they decide to consult Rumplestiltskin. ("A Curious Thing")

For events occurring after the casting of the second curse, see Mother Superior.

During Alternate Reality
After Isaac changes everyone's stories in the Heroes and Villains book, the Blue Fairy becomes an ally to Regina, who is on the run from Queen Snow White. At one point, she helps to thwart the Queen's underlings, the seven dwarves and Granny, with a trail of dark fairy dust so they can't harm Regina. Once Henry harnesses the pen, he reverts Isaac's stories and returns everyone to Storybrooke. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")

For events occurring after the reversion of the alternate reality, see Mother Superior.


Magical Abilities

  • Conjuration - Ability to conjure objects out of the blue.
  • Shapeshifting - Ability to alter the appearance of oneself or others.
  • Teleportation - Ability to magically teleport oneself and/or others from one location to another.
  • Telekinesis - Ability to control the movement of objects or other people/animals.

Trivia

Etymology

Character Notes

Storybook Notes

”Do not despair. Hope is not lost.” The Blue Fairy held up her wand as it began to glow brightly with the magic of their song. ”You wished she could have a chance at a happy ending. With everyone's song in her heart she will.” Then it dawned on Snow White, realization breaking like the sun though clouds. Emma would never be alone. Not with the voices of the people who loved her in her heart. And with a little hope, their songs would resurface when Emma needed it the most."[4] ("The Song In Your Heart")

Production Notes

  • The Blue Fairy's wings are inspired by dragonflies.[5]
  • During casting, Keegan Connor Tracy went though four auditions to get the part of the Blue Fairy.[6]
  • The part of the Blue Fairy was offered to singer Lady Gaga, but the creators never heard back from her manager.[7]
    • Additionally, Lady Gaga claims she does not accept acting job offers. Instead, she would like to be offered the possibility to make an audition for a character and earn the job.[8]
  • When filming as the Blue Fairy, Keegan is shot hanging from a rig on a green stage.[9][10]
  • For the scenes where the character appears before others in miniature form, the on-set replacement for the Blue Fairy is an image that is affixed to a stick or a stand. This gives the actor an appropriate eye line for the scene, and for the VFX team to insert the Blue Fairy in the correct spot during post-production.[11]
    • For the scene where the Blue Fairy meets up with Baelfire in "The Return", Keegan was crouching in the bushes and saying her lines off-screen. She also gave her lines off-screen for her scenes with Geppetto in "The Stranger".[9]
  • In a deleted scene from "Changelings", the Blue Fairy was supposed to be revealed as the fairy godmother of Jack and Jill's infant son.[12] However, this information was not stated in the final cut of the episode, making it not canon.

Disney

Props Notes

Costume Notes

  • At the beginning of the series, it took close to an hour to dress Keegan Connor Tracy in the Blue Fairy costume, but it has gotten easier over the course of the show. The costume was made from scratch, and designed to fit in the harnesses used with the rigs that make the Blue Fairy "fly". The corset features real boning, and is heavy.[9]
  • During Season One, the Blue fairy's costume was the most expensive on the show.[9]
  • While shooting the "Pilot", Keegan was breastfeeding her newborn baby and sported her own natural cleavage.[9] After human biology ran its course, she switched to bra inserts.[15]

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See Also

References


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