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This article focuses on the bracelets that block magic.
For bracelets that give mermaids human legs, see Sea Bracelets.
For the bracelets worn by Genies, see Genie Bracelets.
It renders anyone with magic utterly powerless.
Mr. Gold src

Enchanted Cuffs are magical items featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They first appear in the sixth episode of the second season.

History

After First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, the witch Cora enchants two of her own cuffs to allow herself and an ally, Hook, to climb up a beanstalk and retrieve a compass for the journey to Storybrooke. Rather than wait for Cora, Hook decides to align himself with Emma and Mary Margaret, who are also looking for a way home. When he is unable to fool Emma, Hook admits his true agenda and offers to lead them to the beanstalk with the compass. Due to the enchantment on the cuff, Hook can only take one other person up with him. Emma chooses to go along, and is clasped on with the other cuff. They reach the top where the giant guarding the beanstalk is put to sleep with poppy dust. Inside the lair, Emma faces a solo confrontation with the giant after Hook is buried under some rocks, but convinces him to give her the compass. Afterwards, Emma asks for a favor to him to hold Hook back while she and her friends get a head start. ("Tallahassee", "Into the Deep")

Following Hook's descent from the beanstalk, Cora confronts him about taking her cuffs and climbing up the beanstalk without her. The pirate claims he intended to take the compass for the both of them. Noting his failure, she asks who had beaten him to it, to which he admits Emma did. Deciding Hook is no longer trustworthy, since he used the cuffs without her consultation, Cora severs ties with him. ("Into the Deep")

After a journey to Storybrooke, Cora is killed while Hook has realigned himself with magic hunters Greg and Tamara to trick Regina. Greg and Tamara take the cuff from Hook and give to their employers, The Home Office. The two are ignorant of the fact The Home Office is a fake organization name, and they're actually working for Peter Pan, who then enchants the cuff to have the ability to absorb away magic. When Hook regains an alliance with Regina, they head down to a cavern to procure a trigger to destroy Storybrooke and its inhabitants. On the way there, Regina sees her mother's cuff on him and takes it back; placing it on her own wrist. The cuff begins stunting her magic, which she doesn't realize until after betraying Hook and returning alone to ground level with the trigger. Once there, she is accosted by not only Hook, but Greg and Tamara. Her magic is rendered useless due to the cuff, to which Greg and Tamara kidnap and take her to another location for interrogation. Eventually, she gets rescued and is taken to Mary Margaret's loft, where Mother Superior heals her with a magic wand. The head nun explains that, now that the cuff has been removed, her powers will return soon. Later, Mr. Gold somehow manages to steal the cuff. ("The Miller's Daughter", "The Evil Queen", "Second Star to the Right", "Going Home")

Peter Pan becomes a menace to Storybrooke after secretly switching bodies with Henry and stealing the scroll for the Dark Curse from Regina's vault. As the curse is cast, Mr. Gold clasps the cuff, previously owned by Greg and Tamara, onto Pan's wrist before using a wand to force Henry and Pan back into their original bodies. While the rest of the townspeople rush to find Henry, as he now possesses the Dark Curse scroll, Mr. Gold confronts Pan in his pawnshop. He prepares to kill a powerless Pan, who surprises him by ripping off the cuff, as it is ineffective to him, since he is the one who enchanted the cuff. Then, Pan magically passes the cuff to Mr. Gold's wrist, stripping him of magic, as he himself goes to find the curse scroll. Out of desperation, Mr. Gold contemplates cutting off his own hand to regain his magic, but he ultimately decides to sacrifice himself to stop Pan. ("Going Home")

After Second Curse

Upon returning to Storybrooke, Regina places the enchanted cuff on Zelena's left wrist to prevent her from using magic, before escorting her to her prison cell. ("Mother")

While still locked up, Zelena is approached by Regina, Robin Hood and Hook for information about the Apprentice's wand, which someone with light and dark essence must wield to cross realms and find Emma. When Zelena asks to examine to wand, Regina looks at her skeptically, while the latter assures her that as long as she still has the cuff on, she is powerless. Regina then hands over the wand to her, and after a moment, Zelena deducts that they need something important of Emma's to direct the wand's portal to her. Although Regina is not powerful enough to activate the wand, she refuses to let Zelena try, fearing what her sister might be. Out of desperation to find Emma, Hook frees Zelena, who outsmarts him by stealing his knife and severing her left hand to get rid of the cuff. After reattaching her hand, Zelena magically poofs out and later coerces Regina into forfeiting the wand to her, in exchange for Robin's safety. Zelena succeeds in creating a cyclone, intending to go back to Oz, but she is weakened by her magic being drained, giving Regina the chance to reclasp the cuff on her. Rendered powerless again, Zelena is taken to the diner, where David and Robin bind her to a chair, while Regina redirects the cyclone into taking them to the Enchanted Forest, where they eventually are welcomed into Camelot by King Arthur and his men. ("The Dark Swan")

Inside Camelot's castle, Zelena pressures Regina to remove her bracelet or she’ll tell Arthur that Emma is the Dark One, but Regina swiftly shuts her sister up with a magical wave of her hand, rendering her mute, much to Robin’s amusement. ("The Price")

Zelena continues wearing the cuff as she is forced to play the part of Regina's mute handmaiden, but she begins plotting to escape after finding an unguarded passage that leads in and out of the castle. She reveals this secret to the heroes in the hopes Regina will reward her with the cuff's removal, however, her sister decides to honor the deal once they've retrieved Excalibur from Arthur. Taking matters into her own hands, Zelena allies herself with Arthur to double-cross the heroes, and in return, he frees her from the cuff, allowing her to cast a spell to tether Merlin to the Dark One's Dagger. ("Siege Perilous", "Nimue")

Before Hook's newly cast curse can affect everyone, Emma decides to erase everyone's memories of their time in Camelot, in favor of figuring out a way to return Hook to his pre-Dark One self. When she erases the memories, she also returns the cuff onto Zelena's wrist. ("Broken Heart")

After Third Curse

When Zelena is taken back to Storybrooke by Hook's curse, she is still in her Camelot dress, with the cuff clasped on her wrist. She continues to have the cuff on her when she accepts and eats onion rings that Emma gave her, not knowing the food has been laced with Emma's magic to speed up her pregnancy. This later advances Zelena's pregnancy until she is ready to give birth, with the heroes suspecting Emma wants the baby for a spell. While having contractions, Zelena begs Regina to remove her cuff so she can protect her child from Emma, but Regina refuses. When Emma does show up after the baby's birth, she snatches Zelena instead, and imprisons her in the basement alongside Hook. Hook learns of Emma's plans to place her own darkness in Zelena and then kill her to extinguish the Dark One line forever, however, he rebels against Emma by removing Zelena's cuff and freeing her. ("The Dark Swan", "The Bear and the Bow", "Birth")

After Regina gives her blessings to Zelena and her growing romance with Hades, Zelena shows up her date with Hades, but before she can go into the diner, Mr. Gold confronts her about giving the sleeping curse to Belle. In retaliation against her, he cuffs Zelena and then allows Pan to throw a bag over her head. ("Sisters")

By Mr. Gold and Pan's request, Hades comes to the diner alone to bargain for Zelena's freedom by tearing up the contract on Belle's unborn child. Once both villains retreat, Hades magically severs the cuff from Zelena's wrist. ("Firebird")

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Enchanted Cuffs

  • 'Articles of Clothing' Category

    42 messages
    • Could this category get an icon too? It has a reasonable amount of pages
    • FrancisPaul wrote:Could this category get an icon too? It has a reasonable amount of pages Personally, I'm not a fan of the idea. Even if...
  • How Mr. Gold got rid of the power bracelet?

    47 messages
    • Either he decided to confront Pan without his magic or he painfully amputated his arm and magiced-it back on.
    • He still had it on. If you look closely, you can see it. I think Pan even gestures to it.