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I spent decades hunting down the men responsible for what happened. I killed one of them with this very blade. And when I was finished, all I was left with was an empty heart and a bloodstained harpoon.
—Captain Nemo to Hook src

Captain Nemo is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the sixth episode of the sixth season. He is portrayed by guest star Faran Tahir.

Captain Nemo is based on the character of the same name from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island and the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.[2]

History

Before First Curse

Nemo is the captain of the Nautilus, and while he is away on a sea voyage, his family is killed by several unknown assailants. Swearing revenge, he eventually tracks down and kills each person involved in his family's deaths, and he murders at least one of them with a harpoon. He comes to regret his actions after realizing how empty his life had become because of only living for vengeance, and later saves a young boy, Liam, who became orphaned after someone killed his father. Liam craves revenge on his father's killer, but Nemo convinces him to let it go, as he does not wish for Liam to go down the same path as him. As Liam stays with him, Nemo eventually develops a close father and son relationship with him. ("Dark Waters")

During First Curse

After the Evil Queen enacts the Dark Curse, time freezes in many places, but Nemo takes Liam outside the curse's bounds, allowing the boy to age and eventually become his first mate on the Nautilus.[3]

During a search for a key that will open a portal to a land known to Nemo as the Mysterious Island, Nemo's harpoon, the same one he used to kill one of his family's murderers, somehow becomes enchanted and allows him to track down Hook. Nemo passes himself off as a crewman on Hook's ship, where he purposely stalls the vessel in order to kidnap him aboard the Nautilus. Knowing about Hook's quest to kill the Dark One for taking away his family, he openly suggests that what Hook needs is a family, not revenge. Hook joins Nemo and Liam on a treasure hunt, in which he is almost dragged away by a Kraken, only for the captain and first mate to save him. After finding a chest with a key to the Mysterious Island, Nemo invites Hook to come with him to this new world, with the promise that he will never have to lose family again. Instead, Hook sees a familiar looking knife, the same one he used to kill his father, and that it belongs to Liam, who is revealed to be his half-brother. When Liam finds out the truth, Nemo encourages him to be stronger than he was by not seeking revenge. Liam refuses and then tries to stab Hook, but Nemo takes the hit instead. As Liam holds a dying Nemo, Hook escapes off the ship. Nemo luckily survives, but only by reaching the Mysterious Island, where his story becomes paused. ("Dark Waters")

After Third Curse

By Mr. Hyde's will, Nemo is taken from the Land of Untold Stories to Storybrooke, where his story becomes unpaused, causing the stab wound he had before to reform. While he is close to death in the woods, David discovers him and sends him to the hospital for surgery. Liam, believing Nemo died after arriving in Storybrooke, attempts to kill Hook in retaliation. Hook knocks him out, and while Liam is recovering in the hospital, he and Hook make peace. Meanwhile, Nemo's surgery goes well and he is wheeled into the room, where he reunites with Liam. ("Dark Waters")

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

  • When Hook first meets Captain Nemo, Nemo introduces himself as "no one". Nemo is Latin for "no one". ("Dark Waters")

Production Notes

  • The casting call describes him as "the hardened leader of the Nautilus submarine, who's a zealous believer in a cause that takes him from 20,000 leagues under the sea to the destiny that he won't let anyone prevent him from achieving".[2]

Props Notes

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