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There is a place of immense dark power. Time runs differently there; nothing makes sense.
Mr. Gold to Belle src

The Dark Realm[1] is a world featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It appears in the eleventh episode of the sixth season.


Before First Curse

After the Black Fairy is banished by the Blue Fairy for turning dark and kidnapping children, she comes to reside in this realm. This realm is a place of immensely dark power where time runs strangely and anything is possible. However, she can be summoned from this realm by an incantation and is known to leave on her own accordance to kidnap more children. ("Going Home", "Changelings", "Wish You Were Here")

After Third Curse

The Black Fairy travels to Storybrooke where she happens to cross Mother Superior flying through the forest with Gideon, the child of her son. The Black Fairy attacks Mother Superior and eventually overpowers her, leaving her for dead. The Black Fairy returns to her domain with Gideon where she raises him. As Gideon grows into a young boy, the Black Fairy physically abuses him in order to turn him dark, but he resists it by remembering his mother's words and strives to do what she wants him to do: be a hero. Gideon eventually returns to Storybrooke, now a fully grown man with a blackened heart where he comes across the Evil Queen, turning her into a serpent, before going to confront his parents. ("Wish You Were Here", "Tougher Than the Rest")


On-Screen Notes

  • According to Mr. Gold, the Dark Realm is a place of immense dark power, where time runs differently, where nothing makes sense, and where anything is possible. ("Wish You Were Here")



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  • Dark Realm

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    • You know what I would love? A lord of the rings or hobbit twist. I Know that probs won't be the case but I would love that. E.g. The d...
    • I think the dark realm could be like the nightmare realm which bill cipher originates from in the show Gravity Falls

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