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The future is a puzzle, with many pieces to be solved. In time you will learn to separate what can be from what will be.
—The Seer to Rumplestiltskin src

Foresight, often in the form of a Prophecy or a Vision, is a type of magic featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the first season.


Foresight is the ability to see future, but it is only possible to predict the outcome or view incomplete portions of visions. The Seer considers the power as an unwanted curse. ("Manhattan", "Smash the Mirror")

Foresight can also be achieved by touching a unicorn's horn. ("Best Laid Plans")


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Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, a jailer takes Snow White and Prince Charming to see Rumplestiltskin, warning her not to reveal her name. When they arrive at the cell, Rumplestiltskin knows immediately who they are. He says that he can reassure them but it will cost them something in return. Prince Charming refuses, but Snow White insists and asks what he wants. Rumplestiltskin asks for the name of their child and Snow White agrees, and he tells them that they will all soon be imprisoned when time stops, imprisoned somewhere horrible where everything they love will be ripped from them.

When Snow White asks what can stop it, Rumplestiltskin says that her child is their only hope and they should get her to safety. On the child's 28th birthday, she will find them and the final battle will begin. Snow White and Prince Charming walk away and Rumplestiltskin demands the name of the child, saying that it is a girl. Prince Charming insists that it is a boy, but Rumplestiltskin says that Snow White knows the truth. She turns and tells Rumplestiltskin that the child's name is Emma. ("Pilot")

After Fifth Curse

Known Practitioners


On-Screen Notes

  • Even though both Merlin and the Dark Ones' powers' origin is the same, Dark Ones cannot use Foresight (unless they manage to have it afterwards) due to unknown reasons. ("Manhattan", "Nimue")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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  • Dark One and Foresight

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    • DracoWombat wrote:Or it could simply be a matter of not having been chosen, as I put in the other thread about crossing realms. Merlin was cho...
    • My guess is that dark magic and light magic have different powers.  Those that learned magic from Merlin's branch were taught the powers...