|Enchanted Forest Character|
|Home:|| Dark Palace|
The House and Stables (formerly)
|Portrayed by:||Lana Parrilla|
|Latest appearance:||"The Evil Queen"|
|Latest mention:||"Second Star to the Right"|
I shall destroy your happiness... if it is the last thing I do.
The Evil Queen, also known as Regina, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the first episode of the first season. She is portrayed by starring cast member Lana Parrilla, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Regina Mills.
Before the CurseEdit
Regina is born to Prince Henry, the son of a wealthy king named Xavier, and Cora, the daughter of a poor miller. Cora came to power by making a deal with Rumplestiltskin to teach her to spin straw into gold, which helped to make the kingdom rich, and thus earn her the hand of the prince. When her daughter is born, Cora names her Regina, and lifts her up for the people to see, telling them that one day she'll be queen. ("The Miller's Daughter")
She grows up as a kind young woman who falls in love with the stable boy, Daniel. One day, during a riding lesson, Regina spots a young girl on a horse that is out of control so Regina immediately rides over and saves her, not knowing that the young girl is the king's daughter, Snow White. Once King Leopold hears of the incident, he finds Regina and proposes to her. Despite Regina being in love with Daniel, her mother accepts for her.
After Regina tells Daniel about the proposal, they plan to get married and run away together. Daniel gives her a ring, and the two of them kiss. Unfortunately, Snow White sees them kiss and she begins to run away, Regina catches up and explains that she does not love the king and cannot tell Cora. Snow White promises not to tell anyone, but eventually breaks that promise when Cora tricks her into telling.
On the night that Regina and Daniel are about to run away together, they are stopped by Cora who then kills Daniel by removing his heart and squeezing it into dust. Cora tells Regina how she was just doing what she believes was best for them and reminds Regina that she will be queen.
During a dress fitting for Regina's wedding, Snow White tells Regina that she looks like the fairest of them all and that she has a good mother for understanding hers and Daniel's love. Confused, Regina asks what Snow White means and Snow White explains she told Cora about her affair with Daniel because she does not want her to lose her mother just like she did. Deep inside, Regina is furious at Snow White, but she remains calm and lies to Snow White by telling her that Daniel ran away and she is actually marrying her father, and how happy she is to become her stepmother.
Once Snow White leaves, Cora gives Regina credit for how well she did and Regina decides she will change. When Cora expresses how proud she is of her daughter, Regina realizes that she had been set up, and that Cora must have used her magic to make the stead go wild the day she saved Snow White. As Regina leaves, she exclaims that she should have let Snow White die on the horse, therefore starting her hatred of Snow White. ("The Stable Boy")
When her wedding day with King Leopold approaches, she desperately tries to run away, only to be stopped ruthlessly by Cora. After the suggestion from her father, Regina steals her mother's spell book which she unknowingly uses to summon its creator, Rumplestiltskin. He comments that she does not look like her mother at all. Rumplestiltskin then gives her a gift, stating that it can free her from her mother and she will not ever see her again by sending her to an "annoying, useless, irritating, little world". When she asks him what he wants in return, he says that someday she will do him a favor. The next day, Cora steps into Regina's room and sees the gift. Upon removing the cover, it is revealed to be a looking-glass. Cora says that when Regina rules the kingdom, she will have the heart of her people. When the king is weak, they can kill him to take the throne. Horrified by this, with a little "encouragement" from Rumplestiltskin Regina uses magic for the first time causing her mother to fly back into the looking glass. Her mother vanishes and the looking glass shatters into pieces.
When Regina gives her mother's book back to Rumplestiltskin and tells him of her plans to ran away from the kingdom, he asks her how it felt to use magic. She dodges the question at first, but later admits that she loved it. Rumplestiltskin, satisfied by this, asks Regina to stay in the kingdom and let him "guide" her, to which she agrees. However, she also says that she will not become her mother. Rumplestiltskin only replies that is entirely up to her. ("We Are Both")
Regina eventually marries King Leopold. At the king's palace, he allows his new queen grow a single apple tree in the garden. The marriage is not one of love, as the king has more love for his daughter and Regina still cares for her old love, Daniel.
Regina begins taking magic lessons with Rumplestiltskin in the woods outside of her palace. Rumplestiltskin starts by bringing her a black unicorn, which he orders her to freeze. Regina is able to accomplish this successfully, but balks when given the order to tear out the creature's heart. Regina states that she cannot, to which Rumplestiltskin reacts by ripping out the heart of the unicorn and giving it to Regina, telling her that by holding the heart, she has power over the unicorn. He instructs her to crush it and kill the unicorn. Frightened in harming another living being, she outright refuses. In his disappointment, Rumplestiltskin states she must come to terms with what is holding her back from learning this kind of magic. Later in the night, Regina visits Daniel's preserved body and stares longingly at the person she lost.
Regina prepares in Rumplestiltskin's castle for another magic lesson by setting up a small table with objects to practice while Rumplestiltskin sits by spinning straw into gold. She notifies him she is ready to begin, but Rumplestiltskin demands to know what she really wants. Regina has an eventual break down and asks Rumplestiltskin if he knows magic that can resurrect the dead. He points out the dead stay dead, and no magic can ever bring them back. A despondent Regina states that she is lost, while Rumplestiltskin brusquely says his time was wasted with her.
A portal-jumper and errand runner, Jefferson, enters the room and presents Rumplestiltskin with an item he procured from another land. After making a deal to receive gold, Jefferson approaches Regina and brings to her attention he knows of a man in another world who can resurrect the dead. Regina is hopeful, and asks what Jefferson wants in return. Jefferson asks for a royal pass to move freely about her kingdom, and Regina agrees. From a portal, he brings Dr. Frankenstein to the Enchanted Forest, where the doctor gives Regina the possibility he may be able to resurrect a dead person. Regina takes him to Daniel's body, where Dr. Frankenstein performs a brief and bloody examination on the body. The doctor has good hopes of succeeding with the operation since the body is in such preserved condition, but he'll need a strong heart.
Regina leads Jefferson and Dr. Frankenstein to her mother's former home and into a vault filled with collections of enchanted human hearts. She explains her mother has a habit of collecting hearts and because there are so many, she does not known which heart belongs to which person. Dr. Frankenstein picks a heart he perceives to be good enough and proceeds to begin the experiment. Outside the operation tent, Jefferson and Regina watch as Dr. Frankenstein puts the heart in Daniel's chest. After the procedure is over, Dr. Frankenstein exits the white tent, but is regretful he is unable to resurrect Daniel as the heart was not strong enough. Devastated by the news, Regina is inconsolable.
By the next day, Regina has let go of her desire to return to the past and her true love and is makes drastic changes in mindset and her wardrobe. Wearing a wicked smile, she shows up in the forest again to Rumplestiltskin, who is teaching magic to a girl, Trish. When she asks what Rumplestiltskin is doing, he states since she was unwilling, he had to find someone who would make a better student. Regina responds in turn by ripping out the heart of the girl and crushing it to dust to prove herself worthy of Rumplestiltskin's magic training. ("The Doctor")
One day, when King Leopold comes home from a walk, he is accompanied by the Genie; someone Regina uses to manipulate into helping her escape her loveless marriage. During her husband's birthday party as the king showers his daughter with the proclamation she is the fairest in the land, Regina miserably looks on and draws the sympathetic attention of the Genie. She leaves to get some air in the garden.
While under the garden apple tree, the Genie wishes to brighten her night by giving her a hand mirror to let her see herself as the fairest in the land through his eyes. During the next few nights, Regina writes in her diary that she had found love again outside of her loveless marriage, which is nothing more than a ploy to anger her husband and jump start the Genie into rescuing her. Her plan works and she ends up locked up while King Leopold is immensely upset she has a lover.
Finding that she cannot divorce her husband, she asks her father to bring a box with her freedom in it. However, her father has to ask the man that loves her to bring the box to her chambers as the guards are to keep a watch out for Regina's father. Bringing the box to her room, the Genie wonders how it would free her, finding that the box is carrying a two-headed poisonous viper that with one bite could kill anyone.
As she is about to let the viper bite and infect her with poison, the Genie pulls her away and vows he will use the viper to kill her husband so they can always be together. Taking the viper in the box, the Genie kills the king and comes back with the joyous news she is now free. Upon hearing this, Regina changes her tune and informs him a palace guard has found the viper and discovered it originates from Agrabah, the Genie's homeland. Feigning sadness, she already has a ship ready to take him back to his homeland to avoid persecution.
Once this news sinks in, he comes to the slow conclusion she has been using him for her own gains. Because he genuinely loves her, the Genie wishes on the lamp to be with her forever. Seeing his wish come true, she fears being taken into love against her will, until she hears the man crying out in the mirror he gave her. She smiles as she realizes a purpose for the Genie now that he is in her mirror. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
Many days after her husband's funeral, she comes to her stepdaughter's side to comfort her while they both mourn the loss of her father. Once she is alone in her room, Regina uses her Magic Mirror to find someone suitable to kill Snow White, knowing that if she tries to do it herself her subjects will think badly of her and influence her reputation in the wrong way.
The Magic Mirror suggests the best person for the job is a huntsman as they are perfect for the job and shows a possible candidate that pleases her. Having the guards bring this huntsman to the palace, Regina barters and tasks him with the job of killing her stepdaughter and as thanks, she will outlaw the killing of wolves in his kingdom, since the Huntsman cares a great deal about their safety.
While the Huntsman is away on his mission, Regina changes her palace to suit how she feels. She brings darkness to the land around her palace and also making the palace itself a mirror image of what it used to be. Once the Huntsman returns with Snow White's heart, he tries to hand her Snow White's letter, though she half-heartedly listens while the Huntsman reads the letter to her.
Having no interest in the contents of Snow White's farewell note, she throws it into the furnace to burn. Once Regina has what she believes to be Snow White's heart, she takes it into the heart vault to place it into one of the collection boxes. The box does not automatically open as it should if the heart is indeed Snow White's and Regina realizes she has been played.
Angered by this betrayal, Regina closes the door to her vault to keep the Huntsman from ever leaving. She drives her hand into his chest, taking out his heart so that he will never feel again. As Regina squeezes the heart, she commands he is now forever her pet and will share her bed whenever she chooses. She also warns to never cross her again, and if he does, she will kill him. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
At some point, her father is kidnapped by the Queen of Hearts. She commissions Jefferson to take her to Wonderland, where her father is being held captive. He uses his hat, which acts as a portal to other worlds. There, in Wonderland, she retrieves and restores him to his old form with a magic mushroom. They have a long awaited reunion and leave Wonderland together; leaving Jefferson to suffer at the Queen of Hearts' hands. ("Hat Trick")
The Queen recently learned of Snow White's current whereabouts, and storms into a village house where she is supposedly hiding, only to find her already gone. She forces her men to bring out all the villagers, and makes a public plea for the capture and arrest of Snow White because--as the Queen claims--she killed her own father, King Leopold, and is now dangerous and armed as a bandit. The Queen promises to give a hefty reward in gold for whoever steps forward to reveal where Snow White ran off to. No one speaks up, and in a furious state, she orders her knights to kill all the villagers.
Marching back into her castle, she summons Rumplestiltskin and vents her anger about how the citizens do not love her as Queen, and whose loyalties are completely to Snow White. The Queen realizes she must take matters into her own hands and kill Snow White herself. She suggests Rumplestiltskin teach her a spell to properly disguise herself as someone else. He harbors doubts she has the capacity and range to use such a spell, especially considering it took her mother, Cora, a month to learn the spell from him, so within a week's time, Regina would probably only be able to change her hair color. With too little of time to learn the spell but still craving to put her plan into action, she asks him to cast the spell on her instead. Rumplestiltskin heeds if he does, she will have no control over when the disguise comes off, and neither will she have magic while under the spell. The Queen takes it into stride and says she won't need it as all she has to do is get close enough to Snow White to snap her neck. They make a deal--in exchange for the spell, Rumplestiltskin requires her to break off ties with the neighboring kingdom of King George. Puzzled, she wonders what would that merit, though Rumplestiltskin retorts he needs the king to be bankrupt, but otherwise it's none of her business. She pulls back from questioning any further and asks him to just cast the spell. Once the spell is complete, she doesn't feel any different except noting she is now garbed in ugly rags. Rumplestiltskin turns her attention to the mirror, and Regina is surprised to see her reflection is not her own. He explains the spell allows herself to look the same to her own eyes, but to everyone else, she will be unrecognizable with a different face. Rumplestiltskin warns while she is among the commoners, she may not like what they have to say about herself, though Regina insists she won't care.
Traveling in the market place, Regina is able to go about freely without anyone realizing she is the Queen. Curious about the large group gathered for some kind of public display, she also joins in and walks to the very front to catch a glimpse. She is shocked to see someone made a stick effigy that is supposed to resemble the Queen, and it's a game to the commoners to hit the effigy in the heart, though supposedly as it is rumored the Queen does not have a heart. Regina is horrified and thinks of it as treason because that is their Queen. They wish for Snow White to be their Queen, but Regina curtly states Snow White is a thief and bandit. The commoners don't believe her, and strongly conclude those are the Queen's lies. Regina tries to put a stop to the stick effigy game, and grabs a torch to ward the people away. It appears to have worked, but instead they scour away like mice because the Queen's knights arrive on the scene. At the moment, Regina forgets she is under a spell's disguise, and coldly remarks to the knights that it's about time they came. The knights take one look at the stick effigy and believe she was the one who was defacing the Queen. Regina tries to prove to them she is the Queen by taking off her hood, and then attempting to use magic, but it fails and they begin to haul her away to be executed for treason.
The knights force Regina onto the gallows where her head is put on a chopping block and she calls out for Rumplestiltskin to remove her disguise but to no response. Just as she is going to get her head severed, a mysterious hooded vagrant duels with the knights. In the midst of the battle, Regina is cut on her leg with a rusty sword, and topples down from the gallows. She watches as the knights are defeated one by one, and the hero is pulls down her hood, and turns around to look at Regina, who is stunned to see her savior is Snow White, and promptly passes out.
Regina awakens in a makeshift camping house in the woods. Snow white is tending to her as she is very sick due to being wounded by the rusty blade, and the infection is causing her to have a high fever. Unable to move, she is entirely reliant on Snow White's efforts to nurse her back to health. Snow White asks what her name is, and Regina gives it as "Wilma", and says her family is in the milling business.
Regina is surprised Snow White, a princess, can hunt and live in the forest on her own. Snow White mentions a friend from another forest taught her how to. As Snow White prepares to tend and bandage the leg wound, Regina wonders how come she is helping a complete stranger. Snow White says long ago an experience changed her. She tells Wilma the story of when she was a young girl and a woman she did not know risked her own life to save her, and that was the first time she realized a genuine connection can develop between strangers. Regina is touched by the story, and sheds tears. When Snow White finishes bandaging the wound, Regina asks what ever happened to the woman. Snow White regretfully says she is gone, but hopes she might come back someday.
After some much needed rest, Regina is well enough to walk. Snow White gives her a blade to arm herself in case they run into the Queen's men in the forest path. Regina sees this as an opportunity to kill Snow White, and briefly begins to unsheathe the weapon, but has a change of heart and decides not to. Instead, she asks about the rumor the Queen sent a huntsman to rip out Snow White's heart. Snow White affirms it's true. Regina goes on to wonder if given the chance would Snow White kill the Queen. The question startles Snow White, who details the constant pain she knows Regina is always in, and the blame she holds other people accountable for. Snow White believes she wants revenge more than love, though she herself wants to be guided by love, so she wouldn't kill the Queen. When Snow White mentions the Queen was once good, and wishes she were like that now. Regina questions if it wasn't too late, to which Snow White says it's never too late. She wonders if she'd accept the Queen back now and be a family again, and Snow White declares she would if the Queen was sincere about changing.
They cross into a village, and Snow White is heartbroken at the sight of all the strewn corpses of the villagers who had helped her. Regina weakly utters they have come too far. Snow White cries over what the Queen has done, and declares she was wrong about her--that there is no good in that woman. Regina tries to persuade her otherwise, and reminds her of the horse the Queen saved her from. Snow White points out she never said it was the Queen who saved her. Noting her slip of the tongue, Regina makes an excuse about reading between the lines, but Snow White has already concluded "Wilma" is the Queen in disguise. She aims an arrow at her, and finally, Regina admits she is the Queen. Her second attempt at magic fails again, and is forced to run away.
Regina walks all the way to Rumplestiltskin's castle, and angrily confronts him about not coming to her aide when she called. He disregards it as he never said he would respond if she called. She wants the disguise off right this minute, and sees a reflection that is not hers. Regina is frustrated, and ponders if Rumplestiltskin wants her to admit he was right about how the commoners feel about her--they will never love her. To his glee, she says he was right. He asks what she will do now, and with a tone of bitterness, Regina vows to punish them all. Only then does Rumplestiltskin reverse the spell, and Regina can see her own reflection again. She smiles wickedly; commenting the Queen is dead, and "Long live the Evil Queen". ("The Evil Queen") The Evil Queen learns that Rumplestiltskin, has acquired a girl to tend his home for him. Unbeknownst to the girl, named Belle, Regina purposefully meets her on the road and manipulates her into thinking that kissing Rumplestiltskin will break his curse of being the Dark One. Belle believes her and rushes back to Rumplestiltskin to turn him back into a normal man. ("Skin Deep")
A few days later, Regina is led to where Belle has just defeated the Yaoguai in a far away kingdom by Belle's former travel mates. When Belle reaches the top of the hill where Regina is waiting with her forces, Regina orders her soldiers to take Belle into their custody, and imprisons her in a caged wagon. Despite Belle's desperate pleas to go to Rumplestiltskin, Regina does not heed them, saying that she has done Belle a favor by keeping her away from Rumplestiltskin, from a lifetime of heartache and misery. Belle tells her that she cannot keep her and Rumplestiltskin apart forever. ("The Outsider")
Later, she goes to Rumplestiltskin's home and asks him about making a deal concerning a certain mermaid. When he tells her that he will not be making deals that day, she tells him about Belle's supposed death. Then she mocks him, telling him that he should get a new girl to clean the dusty castle. ("Skin Deep")
One day, as she is traveling in her woods, she stumbles across two children, one girl and one boy, searching for their father. The Queen orders them to be seized, but they fight back and run away. The Queen corners them, however, and decides to use them to sneak into a blind witch's home to steal something she had lost to the witch. If they find the item for her, she will find their father for them, she promises. The children agree.
After a death-defying experience, they successfully give her the bagged item. The Queen withdraws a poisoned red apple and admires their work in retrieving it. She then offers the children the opportunity to live with her, but they reject her offer and instead ask her to find their father as she promised she would. The Queen grows angry at their noncompliance and curses them back to the forest to be forever lost searching for their father. Once they are gone, she has her guards bring out the children's father and interrogates him on why the children do not want to live with her. When he proudly retorts family never abandons one another, she banishes him to the forest as well. ("True North")
Just as King George is about to behead Prince Charming as punishment, the Queen interrupts by turning the blade into water as it falls on his head. She promises to King George to make Prince Charming suffer more if he uses his "son" to hurt his true love, Snow White. King George likes this idea and releases the prince to her.
Later, she visits the prince in his cell. The Queen tells him there are no plans to kill Snow White and her particular form of punishment is worse. She walks out of his cell smiling triumphantly, holding up a bright red apple. Prince Charming tries to run after her, but the doors of his cell close via her magic.
After Snow White has attacked King George's castle, she manages to get to Prince Charming's former cell, but she discovers Prince Charming is only speaking to her through a mirror. They are interrupted by the Queen, who agrees to a parley "where it all began".
The place "where it all began" is the old horse stables where Snow White found out about Regina and Daniel's love for one another and promised to keep it a secret from Regina's mother. She grows emotional and tears up by being in the very spot she watched her true love die, but masks her pain when Snow White shows up at the door entrance. The Queen asks her to follow, and they tread up a hill where she reminisces about their past history. It comes as a great shock to Snow White when the Queen reveals Daniel did not run away as she once told her, but that Cora killed him because she couldn't keep the secret. Snow White apologizes, but is coldly rejected. Instead, the Queen offers her the apple, which Snow White refuses. After being told Prince Charming will be killed if she refuses, Snow White finally bites the apple. As her nemesis collapses to the ground, the Queen smiles smugly. ("An Apple Red as Blood")
After the Evil Queen learns that the Huntsman allowed Prince Charming to escape her castle, she uses her magic to force him up against the wall. The Magic Mirror shows her that Prince Charming is busy escaping through the woods, so she transports him to the Infinite Forest where he will be stuck in a never ending loop. ("A Land Without Magic")
The Queen joins forces with King George against Snow White and Prince Charming in their quest to take back the kingdom, but King George is defeated. While Snow White is separated from Prince Charming, she arrives and tries to harm her, but the Blue Fairy freezes and binds her magic with fairy dust. Snow White and Charming lock her up in a cell in their castle while deciding her fate with their council. There, Regina is visited by her father, who says that it is his fault that he did not take care of her properly. She tells him that he is the single person she loves the most before being brought to the scaffold. To the public, she gives her last testament by voicing her she regrets in not causing more pain and misery. She is blindfolded and the Blue Fairy readies the arrows that will fire and kill Regina, but the execution is halted at the last moment by a remorseful Snow White.
While Regina is in her cell, Snow White visits to give her a chance to redeem herself; surrendering her evil ways and turning back to the person "who saved her life". Snow White lets Regina out of her cell with a dagger, but Regina tries to choke and use the dagger to kill her. The dagger leaves Snow White unharmed and Prince Charming arrives with the guards to tell her that he and Snow White received a protection spell from Rumplestiltskin, and this was a test to see if Regina is still evil and unwilling to change. Snow White banishes her from the kingdom and promises to kill her if she ever tries to harm anyone in the kingdom.
Shortly after, during Snow White and Charming's wedding day, Regina is back in her palace with her father. Rumplestiltskin visits her to remind her about the wedding and hints that the protection only works in this land. Regina is reminded of the Dark Curse and after Rumplestiltskin disappears she calls for her carriage to ride to Snow White's wedding. ("The Cricket Game")
The Evil Queen crashes Snow White's wedding and announces her plans to enact the Dark Curse. ("Pilot")
She travels to the Forbidden Fortress, demanding the aforementioned Dark Curse from Maleficent, who she exchanged it with for the sleeping curse used on Snow White. Maleficent and the Queen eventually have a magical duel. Maleficent loses the ensuing battle, being apprehended by a magically altered chandelier and watches as the Evil Queen steals the curse. ("The Thing You Love Most")
Sometime after this, the pirate, Hook, breaks into the castle intending to take Belle hostage from the cell. Upon discovering she does not know how to kill Rumplestiltskin, he proceeds to knock her out and tries to kill her, but Regina enters the room, and uses her magic to grab Hook's hook before he is able to do the deed. She informs Hook that Belle is a valuable pawn and she cannot afford to lose her. Hook attempts to take his hook back, but Regina backs up, chastising him for addressing her in a way unbefitting a queen, then telling him that although Belle cannot help him, she can, claiming she knows the crocodile he wants to skin and why he came from Neverland.
In her lair, she enchants Hook's hook, stating that it will give him the power to rip the heart out of one person. She informs Hook of her intent to enact the dark curse, and that before she goes to the other world, she wants to be sure that one person will not follow her. She tells Hook this person is her mother, and that she wants Hook to go to Wonderland where Cora was sent, rip out her heart, and return with the body in the place of the guard she is sending along with Hook. She then tells Hook that in this new world, he can have his revenge on Rumplestiltskin, neglecting to tell him of the memory loss that will occur as a result. Hook agrees to carry out the task, at which point she takes out the hat, and uses it to create a portal to Wonderland for Hook to enter.
Hook returns to the Enchanted Forest through the portal with Cora's seemingly dead body and Regina enters her vault of hearts with a red rose in her hand and dressed in a black costume. Cora's body is laid out in a stone tomb, and Regina shows remorse at having done what she needed to do to ensure her safety in this new world. She tells Cora that she learned from her that love is weakness, and that she could not have her mother in this new world alive as she loves her. She then lays the rose upon Cora's chest and leaves the room, to go and enact the Dark Curse. ("Queen of Hearts")
The Queen's first attempt in trying to cast the spell by sacrificing the heart of her most prized horse results in failure. Her father suggests she go back to the person who gave her the curse and find out the reason it didn't work. The Queen disguises herself as a mouse to sneak into Rumplestiltskin's cell. When they are alone, she shows herself and wants immediate answers about the essential thing she needs for the curse to work. Rumplestiltskin fills her in about the previous visit Snow White and Prince Charming paid him and his prophecy of their unborn child as the savior who will break the curse. When she makes mention of the fact she used a horse heart as the main component to enact the curse, Rumplestiltskin is aghast she thought the heart of a steed would be enough. He briefs that she must use the heart of the thing she loves most, which angers the Queen as the person she loves most is long dead due to Snow White's slip up. Rumplestiltskin heeds there must be someone else she loves just as much. Letting the thought sink in, the Queen is stunned she must kill her own father to bring about the curse. She promises she is willing to go as far as it takes to get what she wants. As the Queen leaves, Rumplestiltskin snaps for her to stop wasting time and kill it.
She returns to her castle in an anxious and confused mood. When her father inquiries about what she found out, the Queen confesses the curse will only work if she sacrifices the heart of the person she loves most, which is him. The Queen is frustrated and sad as she does not want to keep living the life she has now when Snow White's existence is a constant plaque to her. Her father attempts to console his daughter and tries to give her hope in leaving her revenge and hatred behind so the two of them can start over as a family. The Queen wholeheartedly agrees he's right, and takes his advice in the opposite direction by taking out his heart since realizing she can never be happy in this world, so the curse will give her happiness in the next one.
The Queen goes back to the same spot she cast the curse the first time and tries again with the heart of her father. It has extraordinary results and with success, she goes to place a single rose at her father's grave in saying goodbye. ("The Thing You Love Most")
Then, she rides to Snow White's palace and sends her guards to kill anyone in their way. The Queen meets Snow White as she hugging Prince Charming's unconscious body in the wardrobe room and laughs, telling Snow White she will not remember her prince, much less know that she loved him. As the curse enters the room and proceeds to engulf them in a dark haze, Snow White asks her where they are going, and the Queen replies, "Somewhere horrible! Absolutely horrible. A place where the only happiness, will be mine!" ("Pilot")
- In Disney's Snow White, the Evil Queen is credited as "Queen Grimhilde", though this name has rarely been used in the decades since.
- The name "Regina" is of Latin origin that means "Queen".
- When she enters the chamber where the royal wedding is held, all the guests aside from Snow White and Prince Charming avoid looking at her. ("Pilot")
- After her husband's death, she re-decorated the summer palace into something befitting an evil monarch and adopted a much darker wardrobe. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
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