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Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Gender: Male
Status: Deceased
Home: Henry's Estate
Occupation: Stable Boy
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Show Information
Portrayed by: Noah Bean
First mentioned: "The Thing You Love Most"
First appearance: "The Stable Boy"
Latest appearance: "Dreamcatcher"
Latest mention: "Birth"
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Who cares about magic? True love is the most powerful magic of all. It can overcome anything.

—Daniel to Regina src

Daniel is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the eighteenth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Noah Bean, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.


Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Daniel works as a stable boy on the land of a valet and his wife, Cora. He falls in love with their daughter, Regina, as she does with him. They are forced to keep the relationship a secret. One day, they meet up just as Regina is preparing for a riding lesson. Daniel wishes to spend some time with her at Firefly Hill, but she presses that Cora will be expecting her to come by for tea. He is in disbelief that Cora cares so much about status difference when she, too, had humble beginnings as a miller's daughter before marrying Regina's father. Even so, Regina states that her mother believes in increasing rank through marriage. Suddenly, they both hear nearby cries for help and notice a young girl, Snow White, on a runaway horse. Regina jumps into action and saves the girl's life. Much later, Regina runs to Daniel in frantic tears over an arranged marriage, which was brought up since the girl she saved is the daughter of a king. She begs Daniel to run away with her and get married. He accepts and gives her a ring to symbolize their future life together. During a passionate embrace, they are interrupted by Snow White, who witnessed them and runs away. Regina catches up with her, and convinces Snow White to be sworn to secrecy.

That night, Regina and Daniel plan to run away together, but Cora is already waiting outside the barn for them. She traps them in and expresses anger that Regina would give up everything for a stable boy. After some tension and Regina's adamant reasoning with her mother, Cora relents in her stubbornness. The mother-daughter pair hug in reconciliation, and Cora walks over to Daniel. He exchanges kind and understanding words with her in which he is sympathetic to her role as Regina's mother, and how she only ever wants what is best for Regina. Cora agrees and demonstrates it's true by ripping out Daniel's heart from his chest. As Regina holds an unresponsive Daniel in her arms, Cora crushes the heart to dust. ("The Stable Boy")

After she becomes Queen, Regina preserves Daniel's body with an enchantment spell and keeps him in her family's mausoleum. Rumplestiltskin begins teaching her magic, but she vehemently refuses to follow his learning methods of pulling out a heart and crushing it. The experience only reminds her of what Cora did to Daniel. She pleads for Rumplestiltskin to teach her how to resurrect the dead so she can have Daniel back, but such a thing is not possible through magical means. Instead, Rumplestiltskin barters a deal with a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, from the Land Without Color, to feign a failed resurrection of Daniel so Regina will move on from her lost love. ("The Doctor")

After First Curse
After Emma breaks the Dark Curse, Dr. Whale is angry at Regina for not sending him back to his world. To get payback, he steals a heart from her vault and uses it to revive Daniel. However, Daniel becomes violent and attacks the doctor, ripping his arm off in the process. Then, he returns to the stables as it is the last place in his recollection. Once there, Daniel encounters Henry and has a flashback of Cora taking out his heart. The memory gives him a bad reaction, and he attacks Henry until Regina and David arrive to stop him. Regina convinces David to give her time to speak with Daniel. At first, Daniel attacks and chokes her until she gasps out, "I love you." This causes Daniel to regain his senses and let go of her. They briefly reunite, but Daniel is not truly himself. His revival causes him to be in intense pain and want to inflict damage on those around him, so he urges Regina to let him go and learn to love again. Tearfully, she freezes and turns him to dust. ("The Doctor")


Evil Queen


  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage and engagements
  • † denotes the deceased
  • Daniel and Regina were engaged


Character Notes

Production Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Daniel

  • the heart that killed Daniel.

    13 messages
    • Lygarx wrote:I think that the best heart to use to perfectly revive someone would be to use Henry's heart. As his heart is the Heart of the Tru...
    • Edward Zachary Sunrose wrote:Lygarx wrote:I think that the best heart to use to perfectly revive someone would be to use Henry's heart. As ...
  • i wanna see how regina and daniel met!

    10 messages
    • If (and this is a big if, mind you) they were to show additoinal backstory for Regina and Daniel, I would highly doubt it would be as simple...
    • Hmcooper4 wrote:And if you REALLY want to twist it up, make it so that David is almost selected as the Stable boy, but narrowly misses that f...

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