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This article focuses on Geppetto's Enchanted Forest persona.
For his Storybrooke counterpart, see Marco.
For his Wish Realm counterpart, see Geppetto (Wish Realm).

Sometimes you have to lie to protect the people you love.
—Geppetto to Pinocchio src

Geppetto, formerly known as Fairytale Boy, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the first episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Tony Amendola and co-star Michael Strusievici. He is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Marco, and the main reality version of Geppetto.

Geppetto is based on a character of the same name from the children's novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and the Disney film Pinocchio.


Before First Curse

When Geppetto is a very young boy, he meets an older man one rainy day who is setting up a puppeteer show. He shows enthusiasm at the man's job of playing with puppets all day long, but notices the man is unhappy. Geppetto asks why he doesn't just do something different if puppetering doesn't make him happy, and the man answers this is who he is. Geppetto finds out he and the man both like listening to crickets chirp. After being told to hurry home, Geppetto decides to give the man his umbrella. One night, he goes out to fetch a bucket of water and when he returns he finds three strangers in his home. He recognizes one of the people, Jiminy, as the man he recently met. Geppetto is shocked at seeing his parents, Stephen and Donna, as mere puppets. Horrified, he demands to know what Jiminy did to them. As penance for his offense, Jiminy is turned into a cricket and is charged to be Geppetto's conscience and guide him as he grows up. ("That Still Small Voice")

Many years later, Geppetto carves a wooden puppet out of an enchanted tree he names Pinocchio, who magically comes alive with speech and movement. He grows to love Pinocchio like his own son. ("The Stranger")

One day, Pinocchio and Geppetto are among the crowd in the village when the Evil Queen approaches searching for Snow White. The Queen threatens the people willing for information on her enemy's whereabouts, but no one seems to know anything about that. Geppetto confronts the Evil Queen by saying they are good people and don't deserve to suffer, to which she exposes a prisoner of hers, that will face execution only for having showed loyal to Snow White. ("Snow Drifts")

At some time, after a serious accident at sea with a ferocious whale, Pinocchio sacrifices the only life jacket aboard for his father. The next day, the two washed onto shore, and Geppetto is alive due to the life jacket. To his immense grief, Pinocchio is dead and has reverted to a wooden puppet. He pleads for the Blue Fairy's help, who then turns Pinocchio into a real human boy. She stresses that Pinocchio will only stay as a real boy if he remains brave, truthful and unselfish. ("The Stranger")

On the night Snow and Charming learn the prophecy about their unborn daughter Emma and the Queen's Dark Curse, Snow makes a wish to help Emma have a happy ending, which the Blue Fairy grants by causing everyone to break out into song. The next morning, Geppetto is in the woodwork shop with Pinocchio as they work on a new toy. He sings about his son helping him to build it and how proud of him he is, to which Jiminy chimes in afterwards with his own cricket singing. By the following day, everyone forgets that they ever sung, as the Blue Fairy intended it to be this way to ensure all the songs stay safe for Emma's sake. ("The Song in Your Heart")

Later, Geppetto is visited by the Blue Fairy, who asks him to build a wardrobe from a magical tree, which can protect two people from the Evil Queen's curse. Along with the prophecy of Snow White's unborn child who will one day break the curse in twenty-eight years, mother and daughter must go through the wardrobe together. However, when Geppetto learns the curse will affect everyone in the Enchanted Forest, he demands for his son to be one of the two that goes through the wardrobe to safety. Jiminy tries to dissuade him from this bargain, but he snaps at the cricket to stay out of his business. Additionally, Geppetto takes a jab at Jiminy for never being able to make up for what he did to his parents. The Blue Fairy reluctantly agrees to Geppetto's request so he can carve the wardrobe. At the war council meeting with Snow White, Prince Charming and various other party members, the Blue Fairy lies and says the wardrobe can only protect one person. They agree to send a pregnant Snow White through the wardrobe, but on the day the curse is cast, she goes into labor and births a daughter, Emma, just as Geppetto also finishes with the wardrobe. The Blue Fairy rushes to ask him to tell Snow White the truth, and allow mother and daughter to go into the wardrobe. Out of concern for his son, he does not follow her request, but instead makes Pinocchio promise he will take care of Emma, before sending him into the cabinet. ("The Stranger", "Pilot")

After Geppetto informs Snow White that the cabinet is finished, Prince Charming takes his infant daughter, Emma, and puts her in the closet to be transported away so she can grow up in another land and be unaffected by the curse. Shortly following this, the curse engulfs Geppetto and the other inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest. ("Pilot")

For events occurring after the casting of the first curse, see Marco.




  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage and adoption relationships
  • denotes the deceased
  • Pinocchio is the adopted son of Geppetto


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