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This article focuses on Hansel's Enchanted Forest persona.
For his Storybrooke counterpart, see Nicholas Zimmer.
For the story, see "Hansel and Gretel"

Gretel, she's going to cook me!
—Hansel src

Hansel is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the ninth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Quinn Lord, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Nicholas Zimmer.

Hansel is based on a character of the same name from the fairytale, "Hansel and Gretel".


Before First Curse

When Hansel's father goes missing in the woods, he and his twin sister, Gretel, decide to go look for him. On the road, the siblings bump into the Evil Queen, who promises to help find their father if they assist her in entering the home of a Blind Witch and stealing a bag. Before the twins set off on this mission, the Queen also warns them against eating anything in the witch's house. Once Hansel and Gretel enter the house, they find the witch asleep inside. By accident, Hansel awakens the slumbering witch when he takes a bite of a cupcake, though Gretel quickly shoves her into the furnace. The twins leave the house unscathed and deliver the bag to the Evil Queen, who opens it to reveal an apple inside. Impressed by their bravery, the Evil Queen gives them a chance to stay with her instead of finding their father. Hansel and Gretel reject her offer; angering the Queen so much that she magically teleports them into the Infinite Forest. After doing so, the Queen brings out the children's father, the Woodcutter, who she previously kidnapped. The man takes pride in the fact his children refused to stay with her since "family always stays together". To this, she releases the Woodcutter and states that they can be together as soon as they find each other, though it is impossible since Hansel and Gretel are doomed to wander, forever lost, in the Infinite Forest. ("True North") For events occurring after the casting of the first curse, see Nicholas Zimmer.


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The Woodcutter


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