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This article focuses on the Huntsman's Enchanted Forest persona. For his Storybrooke counterpart, see Sheriff Graham.
Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Counterpart: Sheriff Graham
Status: Deceased
Home: Dark Palace (formerly)
Affiliation: Hero
Occupation: Huntsman (formerly)
Queen's Soldier
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Current Allies:
Current Enemies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Jamie Dornan
First mentioned: "Snow Falls"
First appearance: "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
Latest appearance: "A Land Without Magic"
Latest mention: "The Evil Queen"
Relevant Pages

I gave up my heart so that the Queen would spare Snow's. Don't let my sacrifice be in vain.

—The Huntsman to Prince Charming src

The Huntsman is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the seventh episode of the first season. He is portrayed by starring cast member Jamie Dornan, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Sheriff Graham.

The Huntsman is based on a character of the same name from the fairytale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves".


Before First Curse

The Huntsman lives in a forest hunting deer for himself and his companion wolf. One day, he shoots a deer with an arrow and cries over its death; thanking it for its sacrifice. Just then, a low growl reverberates around the clearing and a giant wolf appears from the underbrush. The Huntsman knows it, and says that the two won't go hungry tonight. Later, he goes to a bar to relax, and brings his wolf with him. Several patrons approach and insult his passive nature in shedding tears over killing a deer; trying to get a rise out of him. Instead, the Huntsman replies softly and calmly; angering one patron. This patron attempts to attack the Huntsman, but instead is countered and stabbed. Unbeknownst to the Huntsman, the Evil Queen is watching from her magic mirror and decides that he will be the one to perform a special job for her. The Evil Queen's guards capture the Huntsman and bring him to the Evil Queen, who gives him a proposition. She wants him to kill someone for her, and promises many large rewards in exchange. The Huntsman reveals that he was brought up by wolves, and he wants her to promise him that the wolves would be protected. She agrees, and he asks her who he wants her to kill.

Disguised as one of the Evil Queen's men, he walks through the forest with a young woman, Snow White, whom the Queen wants him to kill, and to bring back her beating heart as proof of death. However, Snow White sees through his disguise, kicks him, and speeds off into the forest. He takes off some of the burdensome armor and chases after her. When the Huntsman finds her, he stops, puzzled, to see her writing a farewell letter to her step-mother, the Evil Queen. She asks him to give the letter to the Queen when she is dead. As the Huntsman reads the letter, he is moved to tears. Snow White prepares herself for death, but instead he fashions a whistle out of a twig for her to use whenever she is in trouble. On his command, she is let go, and he takes the heart of a deer for the Queen instead. He returns to the Dark Palace and tries to read the letter to the Queen. Halfway through, she rips it from his hands and throws it into the fireplace. Upon further inquiry, she reveals that Snow White betrayed her trust by revealing a well-kept secret. Then, she demands Snow White's heart. After he hands it over, they enter into the vault. She holds the heart up to magically place it into one of the boxes, but none of them open. Recognizing the heart as a fake, she takes out his heart as a replacement for Snow White's. She warns the Huntsman against crossing her again, and demonstrates by squeezing his heart, which causes him a great deal of pain. On her orders, the guards drag him into her bedroom. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")

He serves the Evil Queen as one of her henchman, but still continues to fight on the side of good despite that his heart is gone. The Huntsman aids Prince Charming in his escape from the castle; killing a guard and giving him provisions for his quest to find Snow White. When offered to join Prince Charming, the Huntsman rejects the idea since he is bound to the Evil Queen ever since sacrificing his heart in place of Snow White's. Once the Evil Queen notes Prince Charming's absence, she threatens to kill the Huntsman for his incompetence. Though he swears to stop at nothing until Prince Charming is hunted down, the Evil Queen turns her attention away from him when she sees the Magic Mirror is able to show her where the prince currently is, and uses her magic to trap the prince in the forest. ("A Land Without Magic")

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



Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

  • The Huntsman appears in Henry's storybook in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Stable Boy".
  • A drawing of the Huntsman made by Henry appears in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree".

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