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I was a mouse. My name was Gus. I lived in Cinderella's pantry, I ate cheese, I gnawed on wood, but I preferred the cheese.
Billy to Ruby src

Gus is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the third episode of the sixth season. He is portrayed by co-star Jarod Joseph, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Billy.

Gus is based on one of the mice from the fairytale "Cinderella", and on the character of the same name from the Disney film Cinderella.

History

Before First Curse

Gus is a mouse who lives in the Tremaine Estate in the Enchanted Forest, identifiable by his surprisingly high intelligence and clothing in the form of a yellow shirt and green cap. He becomes a companion to Ella, and comforts her after her wicked stepfamily throws her deceased mother's dress into a fire. When Ella discovers a key in the pocket of one of the dresses, she relays to Gus the story her mother told her of the key's magic powers, which could turn any door into a portal to the Land of Untold Stories. Shrugging it off as silly, since magic doesn't exist, Ella drops the key into a box. ("The Other Shoe")

Later, after Rumplestiltskin makes a deal with Ella to use magic to give her an outfit for the ball, he also transforms Gus into a human. Gus escorts Ella to the ball, but he becomes distracted when a waiter walks by with a tray of cheese. Ella allows him to be excused, to which Gus takes off to get some cheese. During the ball, Ella catches the eye of Prince Thomas, but she departs after her stepmother, Lady Tremaine, convinces her that the prince is not serious about her. ("The Price of Gold", "The Other Shoe")

The spell wears off, which changes Gus back to mouse form. Now having had magic's existence proven to them, he reminds a heartbroken Ella of the key, and she decides to test it on the wardrobe. Before she can leap through, however, she is stopped by her stepsister Clorinda. Ella is later locked in a room by Lady Tremaine, and this keeps her from meeting Thomas when he comes looking for her. To help reunite the lovers, Gus squeezes himself under a door crack and runs to the carriage, where he attracts Snow White's attention. He tells her where Ella is, which allows Thomas to finally find her. ("The Other Shoe")

When the Evil Queen's Dark Curse envelops the land, Gus is taken to the Land Without Magic, where he is turned into a human and becomes known as Billy, a mechanic. ("Child of the Moon")

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


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