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Chipped Cup
General Information
Status: Existing
Origin: Enchanted Forest
Current Location: Mr. Gold's Pawnshop
Physical Description
Type: Tea cup
Color: White with blue detail
Usage Information
Possessed by:
Used by:
  • Belle/Belle
  • Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
Used for: Drinking tea
Show Information
First appearance: "Skin Deep"
Latest appearance: "Dark Hollow"
Relevant Pages

There are many things in this shop, but this.. This is the only thing I truly cherish.

Mr. Gold to Belle. src

The Chipped Cup is a magical item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twelfth episode of the first season.


To save her family and friends from the warring ogres in the Enchanted Forest, Belle willingly adheres to a deal with the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, by becoming his eternal castle servant. At her arrival, she begins serving him tea when Rumplestiltskin makes a joke about skinning children he captures. Surprised at his remark, she drops a cup and picks it up to see the rim is now chipped. She apologies for the damage, but he has little care for only a simple cup.

Despite the less than ideal circumstances, Belle falls in love with Rumplestiltskin and begins to see a softer, more sympathetic side to the man everyone fears so much. Wishing to free him from darkness, she chances upon a meeting with a Queen who tells her of one way to break Rumplestiltskin's curse is with true love's kiss. Happily, Belle rushes back to the castle and kisses him. Though true love's kiss, Rumplestiltskin begins to revert to a regular human, but reacts in outrage when he realizes what Belle did. Suspecting she is working for the Queen to strip him of his powers, he throws her in the dungeon and proceeds to take out his anger by hurling various personal items at the wall. When Rumplestiltskin grabs the chipped cup, instead of doing the same thing, he sets it back on the table. After much due, he forces Belle out of his castle for good. Some time passes and the Queen pays a visit to him. In passing, she happens to mention Belle's miserable fate in death after he threw her out. Once left alone, Rumplestiltskin is so upset at the news he replaces a massive golden chalice on a display stand with the chipped cup. ("Skin Deep")

In Storybrooke, Sheriff Emma Swan receives a message about a residential break-in and goes to Mr. Gold's house to investigate. Mr. Gold draws a gun and enters, walking slowly through the house. He turns to find Emma, also with a gun drawn. He claims he has been robbed. When Emma says that it keeps happening to him, Mr. Gold replies that he is a difficult man to love. When Mr. Gold says Emma can go home because he has got everything under control, she refuses and threatens to arrest Mr. Gold if he does not tell her everything. He accuses Moe French of robbing his home because of a "disagreement" they had earlier. Emma recovers the majority of Mr. Gold's items, but there is still something missing which upsets him. When Emma says that she will get it now that Moe is apprehended, but Mr. Gold rushes off to deal with the matter first.

Later that day, David runs into Mr. Gold at the pharmacy. Mr. Gold notices that David has two Valentine cards and warns him that love is like a delicate flame and once it is gone, it is gone forever. When he exits, it is reviewed that Mr. Gold has kidnapped Moe and ties him up in the back of his van. At an undisclosed location, Mr. Gold takes Moe out of the van to a cabin at gun point. Inside, Mr. Gold threatens Moe's life. He strikes Moe with his cane yelling that "she" is gone forever, that Moe is her father and locked her out despite having her love. Emma shows up to stop him from harming him any further. She questions Gold and places him under arrest.

At the sheriff's station, Emma talks to Mr. Gold, who is behind bars. He tells her he does not need a reminder that she owes him a favor. Regina shows up and allows Henry to spend time with Emma. When they are left alone, Mr. Gold invites Regina to sit, using the word, "please". She wants to talk to Mr. Gold, who asks her if she has what he wants. When she says she does, Mr. Gold realizes Regina put Moe up to breaking into his house. Regina wishes to know what his name is. When he replies, "Mr. Gold," she asks him for a name he used elsewhere. She won't give back what he wants until hearing the name, so Mr. Gold confirms his name is Rumplestiltskin and addresses Regina as "Your Majesty", confirming that both are aware of their alternate identities. She pulls out the chipped tea cup and returns it to him while expressing sarcasm over his hostility over a "sentimental little keepsake", to which he replies with a subtle threat. After Regina leaves, Mr. Gold clutches the cup tight in his hands; visibly relieved. ("Skin Deep")

After the Dark Curse is broken, Belle is reunited with Mr. Gold. He discovers she was previously locked up by Regina in the town psychiatric ward for twenty-eight years while the curse was still in effect. She makes him promise not to seek vengeance on Regina, but Mr. Gold's hatred is too strong. He brands Regina for death with a medallion and sends a Wraith to suck out her soul. In the pawnshop, Belle accidentally overhears him discussing the matter. Following a heated argument, she leaves in tears. Upon her return, she sees the chipped cup. Mr. Gold admits that among the many objects he keeps, that is the only one he truly cherishes. She is very happy that he kept something to remember her by and decides to stay with him. ("Broken")

After Belle loses her memories due to accidentally crossing the town border line, Mr. Gold visits her in a hospital room with the chipped cup. Placing it on her hands, he asks Belle to look at it and concentrate, in the hopes that if she tries hard enough, some memory recollection will come back. He informs her that the cup is charmed with magic, though the subject of magic scares Belle, and she hastily pleads for him to take the cup back and leave. He insists she try, but she refuses. In the midst of the two pushing the cup back and forth into each other's hands, Belle, agitated and frightened, hurls it against the wall. With the cup shattered to pieces, she urges him one final time to leave, to which he does in despair. ("In the Name of the Brother")

At some point, Mr. Gold returns to the hospital to collect the shards of the cup and keep them in his shop. His close call with death at Hook's hands leads him to make a last confessional phone call to Belle. When Mr. Gold survives, she is incredibly relieved and begins to trust that he can help her recuperate from amnesia. Before that can happen, Regina intervenes to plant false memories in Belle so she takes on the persona of Lacey. Completely opposite of her old self, Lacey is drawn to the dark side of Mr. Gold and the two begin a relationship. ("The Miller's Daughter", "Lacey")

In a ploy to destroy Storybrooke, Tamara, who entered town under the guise of Neal's fiancée, teams up with her partner, Greg, to gather intel on magic. As a side quest of sorts, she helps Greg capture Regina for interrogation about his missing father's whereabouts. Tamara pockets a trigger from Regina, which in turn, after sending it into their employees, The Home Office, the item is discovered to be the catalyst for annihilating all of Storybrooke's residents. Eventually, Greg and Tamara are forced to flee as David, Emma, Mary Margaret and Neal close in on the building to rescue Regina. In the midst of Tamara's escape, she knocks out Emma and severely injuries as well as sends Neal to his death by opening a portal, which he falls into. Later, David and Mary Margaret give condolences to Mr. Gold about Neal's death, yet also ask for his help in halting the trigger's effects. Unfortunately, the news of his son's passing breaks any resolve in him to assist them. ("Second Star to the Right", "And Straight On 'Til Morning")

As the end of Storybrooke nears, Mr. Gold is given an extra brewed batch of Mother Superior's memory potion by Leroy, which will work to restore a person's Enchanted Forest memories if the user drinks it from one of his or her own precious items. Leroy pushes him to have Lacey drink it so at least she won't die without knowing her true self. He ignores the advice until a troubling moment when Lacey attempts to clean up a drink spill using a shawl as a mopping rag. Horrified, he snatches back the shawl, which belonged to his son, and shouts at her about its importance and how she would not understand. Confused, Lacey apologizes, but the incident helps Mr. Gold to realize the one person he needs is Belle. Reluctantly, he takes out the cup shards and restores the object. Lacey still has trouble understanding his fixation with the cup, though he says it's something from their past. Then, he pours the potion liquid into the cup and she drinks it in a toast. Just seconds after ingesting the potion, Belle returns and reunites with Mr. Gold as she comforts him over the loss of Neal. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")

Eventually, the trigger is stopped with the combined powers of Emma and Regina. However, Henry is kidnapped to Neverland by Greg and Tamara; leading Mr. Gold to join in on the journey there to rescue him in honor of Neal. While he believes the only way to save Henry from the villainous Peter Pan is to sacrifice his own life, Regina's suggests that there must be a way to contain their nemesis. Mr. Gold has just the item for the job, except the weapon itself is sitting in his pawnshop in Storybrooke, so Regina barters with a mermaid, Ariel, to retrieve it. Ariel is sent off to Storybrooke with a request from Mr. Gold to give Belle a magically enchanted sand dollar.

Once there, Ariel hands the sand dollar to Belle and they head over to the pawnshop. By accident, Belle puts the sand dollar on the table and activates a projected image of Mr. Gold along with a specific message from him. He informs her that she can indeed find the necessary item to defeat Pan "with the strength of their love". The riddle puzzles Belle until she thinks of the one item that is symbolic of the wear and tear their love has been through, which is the chipped cup. Unsure what to do with the cup, she places it back in the cupboard on a saucer; triggering a spell to open a hidden compartment in the floor. Inside, Belle finds Pandora's Box. ("Dark Hollow")



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