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This article focuses on the character. For the novel, see The Count of Monte Cristo.


Evil Queen: I can't imagine how long it will take you to find the next victim deserving of your revenge.
Count of Monte Cristo: I am prepared to spend my entire life avenging my love.
—The Evil Queen and the Count of Monte Cristo src

Edmond Dantès, better known as the Count of Monte Cristo, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the second episode of the sixth season. He is portrayed by guest star Craig Horner.

The Count of Monte Cristo is based on the character of the same name from The Count of Monte Cristo.


History

Before First Curse

Edmond Dantès lost everything after Baron Danglars and some unnamed accomplices burnt down his house, squandered his money, murdered his fiancée, and imprisoned him in a dungeon. At some point following this, he escapes and swears to get revenge on those who wronged him. ("A Bitter Draught")

More than a decade later, Edmond has risen in ranking, power, and riches, by reinventing himself as the Count of Monte Cristo. He holds a ball at his home, with one of the guests being Baron Danglars, who is clueless about the Count's real identity until he reveals himself to him. Edmond then pulls out his sword and points it at the Baron's throat as he demands to know who else was involved in bringing him down. When the Baron refuses to say and instead suggests Edmond won't get any justice out of killing him, the latter plunges the sword into him, hissing that revenge has always been what he wanted. After all the guests have fled, only the Evil Queen remains, offering a scroll to Edmond, which lists the names of the others who were working with the Baron. She agrees to give it to him if he pretends to gain the trust of her enemies, Prince Charming and Snow White. Edmond consents to the deal, and goes on to masquerade as a surviving peasant of a village that the Queen's knights destroyed. Prince Charming and Snow White come to his aid, in which Edmond tells them that the burns on his hand are a result of him putting out the fire in the village. When Snow White's handmaiden, Charlotte, helps apply a salve to his hand, Edmond is surprised by the girl's eyes, which remind him of his dead fiancée's eyes. Edmond insists on getting back at the Queen for his ruined village, but Snow reasons that the best revenge is to find happiness elsewhere. The couple decide to bring Edmond with them to their castle and employ him as a wine steward. ("A Bitter Draught")

Edmond returns to the Queen, who gives him a vial of poison from Agrabahn Vipers to use on Prince Charming and Snow White. He becomes curious about why she wants them dead, particularly since they've been kind to him, but the Queen chastises him for asking and reminds him of what he'll get out of this deal. During his first night as steward, Edmond pours the poison into a wine jug, however, he doesn't anticipate Charlotte joining Prince Charming and Snow White for dinner, as the couple are bidding her farewell since she is returning home to tend to her ill mother. Edmond hesitates when it comes to pouring the poisoned wine into Charlotte's cup, but he does it anyway. Before the trio can drink the wine, though, Edmond stops them, suggesting that a bottle of match is better suited for the celebratory meal, before he goes to fetch it. Later, Edmond is approached by Rumplestiltskin and questioned about why he did not complete the Queen's deal. He admits that he wouldn't be able to live with having killed Charlotte just to get the scroll, and that Prince Charming and Snow White do not truly deserve to die either. Edmond backs off from fulfilling the Queen's deal, but to be sure he doesn't change his mind, Rumplestiltskin poisons Charlotte and persuades Edmond into bringing her to the Land of Untold Stories, where her story can be paused and the poison's effects will be halted as long as she stays in that realm forever. Edmond agrees to do as he says, and then he picks up Charlotte's body to take her with him through the portal. ("A Bitter Draught")

After Third Curse

Sometime after Edmond begins living in the Land of Untold Stories, he is swept away to Storybrooke on a dirigible when Mr. Hyde brings him and other people to this land. This change in realm causes Charlotte's story to become unpaused, and the poison spreads in her until she succumbs to death the day after her arrival to Storybrooke. After Regina's split darker side, Evil Queen, returns to town, she rips out Edmond's heart and begins controlling him. Edmond shows up at Granny's Diner and meets Henry, who eagerly wants to figure out his identity from the storybook, but the latter notes that he is not important enough to have his own story. Edmond leaves a note behind asking David and Snow to meet him by the dirigible, but Regina goes instead to talk him out of killing her friends. He states that not even she can stop him now, which hints at his actions not being his own, with Regina failing to understand what he truly means. Edmond attempts to kill Regina by hurling his sword into her chest, but she stops it in time with magic. He later reappears at the harbor to fight David and Snow in battle, though he is able to tell them that the Evil Queen has his heart and is making him kill them. After knocking out the couple, Edmond prepares to finish them off, only for Regina to engage him in a swordfight. She tries to persuade him to fight the Queen's control over him, but he is adamant that he can't. Regina becomes more desperate to save him as the duel progresses, however, he ends up disarming her and moving to kill David and Snow. With no other backup plan to stop him, Regina throws her sword at Edmond, with it piercing him cleanly through the back to the front of his chest. After a moment of agony, Edmond collapses, dying thereafter. ("A Bitter Draught")


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