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Emma Swan, also known as the Savior, formerly as the Dark One or the Dark Swan, briefly as Princess Leia, and alternatively as Princess Emma, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. She débuts in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time. She is portrayed by starring cast member Jennifer Morrison, guest star Abby Ross and co-star Mckenna Grace, and does not have a counterpart.
|Queen Eva †||King Leopold †||Evil Queen||Ruth †||Charming's Father †||King George|
|Snow WhiteMary Margaret||Prince CharmingDavid Nolan||Prince James †|
|Prince Neal||Emma Swan||Neal Cassidy †||Regina Mills|
- Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
- Dashed lines denote marriage, adoption relationships and relationships that result in offspring
- † denotes the deceased
- Both Prince Charming and Prince James were adopted by King George
- Emma and Neal have never been married
- Henry Mills is the adopted son of Regina Mills
- The name "Emma" is of Germanic origin derived from the word "ermen" that means "whole" or "universal".
- Emma's last name is derived from the fairytale of "The Ugly Duckling". According to the show creators, her last name is symbolic of the journey they have created for the character as Emma is somebody who has had a very tough time and her journey is to become a swan.
- Based on her mugshot on the cover of the newspaper, Emma is approximately 5'7". ("The Thing You Love Most", "Desperate Souls")
- Likes hot cocoa with cinnamon, just like her mother and her son. ("The Thing You Love Most")
- The newspaper clipping in Emma's case file says: ("True North", "Family Business", "Firebird")
- Baby found by Chantey's Lobster House.
- 7 YEAR OLD BOY FINDS
BABY ON SIDE OF ROAD
- 7 YEAR OLD BOY FINDS
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- M. SOPARLO
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found a newborn infant by the side of
the interstate highway when taking a
shortcut home from school.
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released, first thought that the baby
girl was a plastic toy, but upon
further examination he realized it
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hear any crying so I thought it was
[three illegible words] kid," he said,
"but when I got closer I saw its hand
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the [illegible word]".
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wrapped in a blanket with the name
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the local hospitals and it did appear
that the birth took place at the scene.
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departures of pregnant patients from
area hospitals but none have been
reported at this time.
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parents and the sheriff’s department is
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- Emma likes grilled cheese sandwiches. ("Red-Handed", "Darkness on the Edge of Town", "Unforgiven")
- Has a flower tattoo on the inside of her left wrist. It is similar to her father's crest.
- Swans appear several times throughout the series:
- When Hook arrives in Storybrooke, there are two swans gathered by his ship at the docks. ("The Cricket Game")
- When Princess Abigail and Prince Charming arrive at King Midas' castle, there is a swan swimming in the lake. ("Snow Drifts")
- A swan is featured in the title card for the original airing of "There's No Place Like Home" and "Operation Mongoose Part 2".
- As Emma and Hook look out onto the bay, a white swan flies across the horizon. ("Mother")
- When Emma and Regina confront the Evil Queen at the beach, three swans are swimming in the water. ("I'll Be Your Mirror")
- Emma likes the color yellow. ("Darkness on the Edge of Town")
- Emma's goodbye letter, whose envelope is titled "for my family", says:
all pay for my mistake.
Deep down, you know I'm right.
So please, promise me you'll
move on and find happiness
and help Henry grow into
the best man he can be. That's
enough for me. To die knowing
the family I always wanted
I will love you all forever.
- The in-show inspiration for the character of Emma relates to the story of "The Ugly Duckling".
- Actress Katee Sackhoff auditioned five times to play Emma. When she quit, Jennifer Morrison won the role.
- According to show writer Adam Horowitz, Emma was supposed to have three children, which eventually evolved into just one.
- According to Jennifer Morrison, Emma is like an overgrown teenager who doesn't know how to eat properly or take care of herself properly, because she's never had a family unit. When Jennifer does not know what to do with Emma, she thinks, "What a 14-year-old boy would do?".
- Emma claims to have an extra-special ability which is being able to tell when someone is lying to her. The show creators have stated that she has to be actually looking for a lie, and emotions cloud her ability, which is the reason why it has been failing her in her interactions with people.
- According to Jennifer Morrison, Emma has had her wrist tattoo since she was "probably 14".
- With the exception of "The Crocodile" and "The Bear King", Emma has appeared in every single episode of Once Upon a Time, making her the character who appears in the most episodes.
- The scars featured on Emma's chest in the Enchanted Forest tavern scene in "Snow Drifts" are a direct result of Jennifer Morrison herself having multiple moles removed.
- In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Morrison stated that Emma going to the dark side, had been planned since the end of Season Three, although it was always meant to start in Season Five.
- In order to prepare for her portrayal of dark Emma, Jennifer Morrison did lots of research with mythology books and old fairy tale books, and read about the history of swans and the etymology of "swan". She also read about research about swans in general, and the psychology of fairy tales.
- According to Jennifer, there is an old fairy-tale that she has been using as a reference for Dark Swan, "The Queen and the Murderer", which sort of parallels Emma's journey. This fairytale is also known as "The One Handed Murderer", and is from Italo Calvino's collection of Italian Folktales. In the story, a woman is haunted by a murderer, and her father does not believe that the murderer is threatening her, so the murderer haunts her her whole life until she finally stands up to him and actually has kill him.
- Emma appears in a special, non-canon promo for Season Five, in which she is imprisoned in the Dark Dungeon. A jailer brings her food, and she grabs him through the bars. The jailer says, "They said you were a monster", and Emma replies, "Only on the inside", before she rips out his heart and crushes it.
- The Dark Swan's white hair, was achieved by using a powdery spray color, which gave the hair a special kind of depth and texture.
- On her birthday, Emma wishes on a candle shaped like a blue star, an allusion to the scene in Pinocchio, in which Geppetto wishes on a blue star and his wish is granted by the Blue Fairy. ("Pilot", "Wish You Were Here")
- When Henry is playing Space Paranoids, which is from the Disney film Tron, Emma's line, "It's all in the wrists", comes directly from the movie. ("What Happened to Frederick")
- While in Neverland, Emma notes Captain Hook's appearance in the animated film Peter Pan as sporting a "waxed mustache and a perm". ("Lost Girl")
- When discussing her brother's naming ceremony with her parents, Emma mention the movie The Lion King as an example of a royal baby coronation. ("Snow Drifts")
- When Emma goes back in time, the clasps on her cloak are in the shape of Mickey Mouse. ("Snow Drifts")
- The show creators have said that they view Captain Hook as their version of Han Solo from the Star Wars franchise. Fittingly enough, Emma's alias in the Enchanted Forest is Princess Leia, Han Solo's love interest. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")
- In "The Apprentice", Emma says to Hook, "You look...", and Hook answers, "I know". This is a reference to the scene in The Empire Strikes Back where Princess Leia tells Han Solo that she loves him, and he answers, "I know". In "The Price", the lines are reversed, with Hook saying, "Swan, you look...", and she answers, "I know", mirroring the scene in Return of the Jedi, where Han Solo tells Leia that he loves her, and Leia answers, "I know".
- The Star Wars connection is further alluded to in "Operation Mongoose Part 2", where Henry and Hook rescue Emma from prison, and Henry refers to this as the "Wookiee prisoner transfer" ploy. This is a reference to the scene from A New Hope, where Han Solo and Luke Skywalker enter the Death Star's detention area to rescue Princess Leia.
- In Isaac's story, Emma is locked in a tower by her "mother", just like Rapunzel was in the Disney movie Tangled. Following the rescue, Emma is dressed in an outfit which resembles the one worn by Flynn Rider. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")
- Emma calls Hook a "regular Jack Sparrow"; a reference to the famous pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")
- When Emma was young, she watched The Sword in the Stone in a movie theater. ("The Dark Swan")
- While having lunch with Hook aboard the Jolly Roger, the candle in a bottle and the table cloth on the table that Emma conjures, are similar to the ones seen in the famous spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. ("Siege Perilous")
- Emma tells Jasmine how she watched the Aladdin movie. ("Street Rats")
- In the Wish Realm, Emma hums Someday My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. ("Wish You Were Here")
- There is a Geronimo Jackson sticker on the back of Emma's car, a reference to the fictional band on Lost. The motif is from "Dharma Lady", a single by the band. ("Pilot")
- There is a close-up of Emma's eye after she wakes up from the car crash. This is a recurring theme from Lost. ("Pilot")
- Emma's room number at the inn is 4. This is a reference to John Locke's number on Lost.
- Emma lived in Tallahassee for two years, where she and Neal planned to star ta new life together. This is a reference to the episode "The Man From Tallahassee". ("The Price of Gold", "Tallahassee")
- While talking about Mary Margaret's feelings for David, Emma and Mary Margaret share glasses of MacCutcheon Scotch Whiskey. This was a fictional brand on Lost. ("The Shepherd")
- When traveling to New York City, Henry, Emma and Mr. Gold take an Ajira Airlines flight, an airline that appears on Lost. The total time of their flight is 42 minutes; a recurring number on the show. ("Tiny")
- The number 23 is seen over Emma's bed in the prison hospital. 23 is the fifth of the Lost numbers. ("Going Home")
- Emma buys Henry an Apollo candy bar at the drug store in New York City. This was a fictional brand on Lost. ("New York City Serenade")
- Emma and her foster family have takeout from Mr. Cluck's Chicken Shack for dinner. This is a famous fast food franchise in the show. ("Lily")
- During her date with Ryan, Emma says that images found on online dating sites could be "Stolen from the Victoria's Secret catalog"; a reference to the popular lingerie retailer. ("Pilot")
- While Emma is "fixing" a toaster, the song she's listening to is "Kool Thing" by Sonic Youth. ("Desperate Souls")
- While Emma speaks to August about his plan, she refers to it as a "Magical Mystery Tour" which is a reference to the famous Beatles song of the same name. ("The Stranger")
- When Lancelot presents chimera as a food source, Emma asks if it's like turducken; a dish consisting of de-boned chicken stuffed into de-boned duck and then stuffed into a de-boned turkey. ("Lady of the Lake")
- While interrogating Hook, Emma says, "So much for fortune favoring the brave", referencing to the Latin phrase, "AVDENTES FORTVNA IVVAT", quoted in Virgil’s Latin poem Aeneid as allegedly the last words of the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder. ("The Doctor")
- When Henry is making blueprints, Emma jokingly asks if he's plotting his escape from Shawshank. This is a reference to the fictional Shawshank State Penitentiary, from the 1994 movie The Shawshank Redemption, which is based on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. ("The Outsider")
- Emma's work business in New York City is called "Big Apple Bails Bond". ("The Tower")
- In "The Jolly Roger", Emma says they just checked on Ariel on "Skype", a reference to the popular computer software which specializes in providing video and voice calls over the Internet.
- After going back in time, Emma makes references to Marty McFly and the 1985 movie Back to the Future. ("Snow Drifts")
- The Portland flashback scene with Emma and Neal at the fairground is an homage to the famous scene from the 1954 movie On the Waterfront, where Marlon Brando is sitting in a swing in a children's park and handles a white glove dropped by Eva Marie Saint as they recall earlier days. ("There's No Place Like Home")
- When Emma blasts the snow monster with magic, she says, "Take that, Frosty"; a reference to the popular song "Frosty the Snowman" from 1950, which was subsequently adapted into the 1969 television special of the same name, which has been aired annually ever since. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")
- After the encounter, Emma sarcastically asks Hook if he wants to go home and watch Netflix, the popular video streaming service. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")
- Emma calls the Snow Queen "Dairy Queen", a reference to the ice cream franchise of the same name. ("Rocky Road", "Family Business")
- Emma makes a joke about the ice cream flavor Rocky road while searching the Snow Queen's truck. ("Family Business")
- While she lives with Ingrid, young Emma makes references to Harry Potter, the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. ("Shattered Sight")
- Emma's line, "You guys sure you don't want me to just wiggle my nose and get (Merlin) out of that tree?" refers to the classic ABC sitcom, Bewitched. The main character, Samantha, is a witch who employs a distinctive "wriggle" of her nose to use magic. ("Siege Perilous")
- When Emma says goodbye to Hook before heading off to the Temple of Prometheus, she quotes a lyric from the song "Working My Way Back To You" by The Four Seasons. ("Nimue")
- When Henry names Operation Firebird, Emma wonders if he is referring to the "muscle car"; a reference to the Pontiac Firebird automobile. ("Souls of the Departed")
- While taking her parents to a safer place, Emma jokingly refers to the Count of Monte Cristo as "Errol Flynn". Errol Flynn was a famous film actor known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films. ("A Bitter Draught")
- The inn room key Granny hands Emma has an ornament with an engraving of a swan. ("Pilot", "The Thing You Love Most")
- Emma possesses a star charm keyring. ("The Price of Gold" et al.)
- Owns a cup which says "I ♥ Boston". It was sitting on her desk while she was working as a deputy sheriff, and when she takes over as sheriff, she brings the cup into her new office. ("Desperate Souls", "Red-Handed")
- The day after the curse, the newspaper Regina reads is dated October 23, 1983 (the show premiered on October 23, 2011). This means Emma's birthday is either October 22, or October 23, depending on whether she was born before or after midnight. ("Welcome to Storybrooke", "Selfless, Brave and True")
- Adam Horowitz has stated that Emma's birthday is October 23. However, the show itself indicates that her birthday on October 22. In "Pilot", Emma celebrates her twenty-eight birthday on this date; the day she arrives in Storybrooke (which was the day before she spends the night behind bars and decides to stay; she even says to Regina that "yesterday was my birthday"). This is further confirmed when August's wooden state is triggered in Thailand at 8:15 A.M. on October 24—the very same moment that Emma accepts the room key at 8:15 P.M. (the time zone in Phuket is twelve hours ahead of Maine's timezone). ("Pilot", "The Stranger", "Selfless, Brave and True")
- While dining alone in her palace, Regina's dish of choice is roast swan. ("Quite a Common Fairy")
- Henry's bedside lamp has a shadow figure of a swan. ("Pilot", "The Stranger", "An Apple Red as Blood")
- The mobile over Emma's baby crib at the Boston foster home has two wooden pieces with a crown and a castle. ("The Stranger")
- There is a swan-shaped fruit bowl on the table of Emma's New York apartment. ("New York City Serenade")
- The lounge of Granny's Bed and Breakfast has two porcelain figurines of a swan—a small one and a big one. ("Witch Hunt", "A Curious Thing")
- There is a photograph of Emma on the work desk in Walsh's furniture shop. ("Heart of Gold")
- The producers have stated that Emma represents color coming into the drained world of Storybrooke, as seen in her yellow car and red jacket.
- Dons a necklace with a small swan engraving on it, which she fashioned out of a key chain that was given to her by former boyfriend Neal. ("Tallahassee", "Manhattan", "Quiet Minds")
- The necklace is a jewelry piece called a "Swan Talisman Necklace" and can be purchased online.
- Emma's secondary necklace, in the shape of a circle, was chosen specifically by Jennifer Morrison herself. She states the circular shape draws symbolism to ancient Celtic art of swans, which "are pictured with rings around their necks to represent the connection between divinity and humanity".
- Wears a shoelace from Sheriff Graham's boot around her wrist, as a tribute to him. She keeps his boots, missing one lace, in her office at the sheriff's station. ("7:15 A.M.", "Skin Deep", "Dreamy" et al.)
- Emma used to wear glasses, but later, she switched to contact lenses. ("Tallahassee", "There's No Place Like Home", "Broken Heart", "Firebird")
- Young Emma's floral dress is the same one Mary Margaret wears for her date with Dr. Whale in "Snow Falls". ("Tallahassee")
- In the close-up of Hook's hand as he clutches the magic bean aboard the Jolly Roger, the ring on his index finger has a heart design on the side with an engraving of a silhouette of a swan's head. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")
- The dress Emma wears in Prince Charming's nightmare in has swan-like feathers. ("The Tower")
- Emma's corset in the Enchanted Forest is the same corset worn by Clorinda when the latter arrives in Storybrooke in "The Other Shoe". ("Snow Drifts")
- At King Midas' ball, Emma is wearing the same headpiece from her father's dream in "The Tower". ("Snow Drifts")
- The pink dress Emma wears in Snow White's vision of the Idyllic Garden is the same one Violet wears for her date with Henry in "Dreamcatcher", but with longer sleeves. ("Best Laid Plans")
- In Isaac's alternate reality, Emma is wearing a pair of dagger-shaped earrings; a reference to the Dark One's Dagger. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")
- When Emma emerges from the vault, she is wearing the same dress that the Evil Queen wore when she was imprisoned in "The Cricket Game", but with a different cloak. In addition, the sleeves on Emma's cloak have swan-like feathers. When Emma is the Evil Queen's prisoner in "There's No Place Like Home", she is wearing a lightened version of the same dress. ("The Dark Swan", "The Price")
- Jennifer Morrison helped create her Dark One's signature look and outfit. ("The Dark Swan" − "Swan Song")
- After Emma fully transforms into the Dark One, she is wearing a hair ornament reminiscent of the wings of a swan. ("The Dark Swan", "Broken Heart")
- The white ethereal inspired gown worn by Emma in Camelot was Jennifer Morrison's idea. She even brought in her own sheets and fabric ideas. ("Siege Perilous" − "Birth")
|Once Upon a Time: Season One|
|"Pilot":||"The Thing You Love Most":||"Snow Falls":||"The Price of Gold":||"That Still Small Voice":||"The Shepherd":||"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter":||"Desperate Souls":||"True North":||"7:15 A.M.":||"Fruit of the Poisonous Tree":|
|"Skin Deep":||"What Happened to Frederick":||"Dreamy":||"Red-Handed":||"Heart of Darkness":||"Hat Trick":||"The Stable Boy":||"The Return":||"The Stranger":||"An Apple Red as Blood":||"A Land Without Magic":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Two|
|"Broken":||"We Are Both":||"Lady of the Lake":||"The Crocodile":||"The Doctor":||"Tallahassee":||"Child of the Moon":||"Into the Deep":||"Queen of Hearts":||"The Cricket Game":||"The Outsider":|
|"In the Name of the Brother":||"Tiny":||"Manhattan":||"The Queen Is Dead":||"The Miller's Daughter":||"Welcome to Storybrooke":||"Selfless, Brave and True":||"Lacey":||"The Evil Queen":||"Second Star to the Right":||"And Straight On 'Til Morning":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Three|
|"The Heart of the Truest Believer":||"Lost Girl":||"Quite a Common Fairy":||"Nasty Habits":||"Good Form":||"Ariel":||"Dark Hollow":||"Think Lovely Thoughts":||"Save Henry":||"The New Neverland":||"Going Home":|
|"New York City Serenade":||"Witch Hunt":||"The Tower":||"Quiet Minds":||"It's Not Easy Being Green":||"The Jolly Roger":||"Bleeding Through":||"A Curious Thing":||"Kansas":||"Snow Drifts":||"There's No Place Like Home":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Four|
on the Edge
|"Unforgiven":||"Enter the Dragon":||"Poor|
|"Best Laid Plans":||"Heart of Gold":||"Sympathy|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Five|
|"The Dark Swan":||"The Price":||"Siege Perilous":||"The Broken Kingdom":||"Dreamcatcher":||"The Bear and the Bow":||"Nimue":||"Birth":||"The Bear King":||"Broken Heart":||"Swan Song":|
|"Souls of the Departed":||"Labor of Love":||"Devil's Due":||"The Brothers Jones":||"Our Decay":||"Her Handsome Hero":||"Ruby Slippers":||"Sisters":||"Firebird":||"Last Rites":||"Only You":||"An Untold Story":|
|Once Upon a Time: Season Six|
|"The Savior":||"A Bitter Draught":||"The Other Shoe":||"Strange Case":||"Street Rats":||"Dark Waters":||"Heartless":||"I'll Be Your Mirror":||"Changelings":||"Wish You Were Here":||"Tougher Than The Rest":|
|"Murder Most Foul":||"Ill-Boding Patterns":||"Page 23":||Episode 615:||Episode 616:||Episode 617:||Episode 618:||Episode 619:||Episode 620:||Episode 621:||Episode 622:|
|Once Upon a Time in Wonderland|
|"Down the Rabbit Hole":||"Trust Me":||"Forget Me Not":||"The Serpent":||"Heart of Stone":||"Who's Alice":||"Bad Blood":|
|"Home":||"Nothing to Fear":||"Dirty Little Secrets":||"Heart of the Matter":||"To Catch a Thief":||"And They Lived...":|
|Once Upon a Time: Specials|
|"Magic is Coming":||"The Price of Magic":||"Journey to Neverland":||"Wicked is Coming":|
|"Storybrooke Has Frozen Over":||"Secrets of Storybrooke":||"Dark Swan Rises":||"Evil Reigns Once More":|
Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.