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This article focuses on the Huntsman's Enchanted Forest persona.
For his Storybrooke counterpart, see Sheriff Graham.
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 guest star 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 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as well as the Lumberjack/Woodcutter from the fairytale "Little Red Riding Hood".

History

Before First Curse

Raised by shape-shifting wolves, the Huntsman grows up in their pack, but later left under mysterious circumstances. For one of the pack members, Adair, this is a great betrayal.[1] The Huntsman now lives in a forest, along with a companion wolf whom has one eye as red as blood and one eye as black as night. After killing a deer to provide food for both of them, he sheds a tear over the animal's necessary death. Later, the Huntsman and his wolf head into a bar. Though the people insult him for crying over killing a deer, he responds calmly, and notes that men who hunt for sport aren't men at all. This angers one patron, and he attacks the Huntsman, who stabs him in defense. Unseen, the Evil Queen watches his actions from her magic mirror and is satisfied with his actions. She has her guards bring him to her castle. She desires his help to assassinate someone, but he will only agree one a condition: if the wolves are protected from being hunted. After the Queen concedes to his request, the Huntsman is sent to murder the Queen's stepdaughter, Snow White, and bring back her heart as proof of death. Disguised as one of the Queen's guards, the Huntsman accompanies Snow White as she walks into the forest. She reveals she knows who he is and of his intentions, surprising him. Snow then kicks him, and while he is doubled over in pain, she runs off into the forest, to which he throws off his armor and gives chase. He later finds Snow White sitting against a tree, but stops, puzzled, to see her writing a letter, which she asks that it be given to the Queen. As the Huntsman reads the letter, he is moved by what she wrote and cannot bring himself to kill Snow White. Instead, he fashions a whistle out of a twig for her to use whenever she is in trouble. Snow is shocked that he is letting her go, and he tells her to leave quickly before he changes his mind. After letting her escape, the Huntsman takes a deer's heart for the Queen, hoping, but knowing it wouldn't work, to fool her. Returning to the castle, the Huntsman attempts to read Snow White's letter to the Queen, but she throws it into the fireplace. Upon further inquiry, the Queen reveals that Snow White betrayed her trust by revealing a well-kept secret. Once the Queen receives the heart, she tries to place it into one of her vault boxes, however, none of them magically open because the heart does not belong to that of a human. Realizing the Huntsman has tricked her, she becomes enraged. She rips out his heart to pay for what he'd done. To demonstrate what will happen if he crosses her again, she squeezes the heart; causing the Huntsman to fall to the ground in agony. She says he can never be free of her, as she has his heart, and that he will also never be able to fully and truly love someone now. She says from that day forward he lives to serve her. On her orders, the guards drag him into her bedroom. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "Shadow of the Queen")

During one winter, the Huntsman goes to the silver mines to collect tribute from the villagers for the Queen. Under duress, the minister admits the villagers have silver-made items, which they sell to evade starvation. As the Huntsman is brokering the deal, the Queen manifests and impatiently squeezes his heart. Suddenly, guards burst in, and the Huntsman quickly takes them out. The next morning, he gathers silver from villagers. In the woods, wolves attack the Huntsman, but they revert to human by the Queen’s magic. One of them, Adair, angrily confronts the Huntsman for betraying them. Using silver arrows as a threat, the Queen promises not to harm the wolves if they help find Snow White. At the wolf den, Adair states himself as the current wolf pack head since their leader, Anita, was killed by her daughter, Red Riding Hood. He agrees to assist the Queen if the wolves are free from human violence and can control the mines. While traveling with the wolves, a lone wolf knocks a box—containing the Huntsman's heart—out of the Queen's hands. Free of her control, the Huntsman fires an arrow at Adair and runs off with the box, though it is stolen by the intruding wolf. While traveling down the wolf thief, she—revealed to be Red Riding Hood—threatens to kill him for his affinity with the Queen. However, the Huntsman explains how the Queen stole his heart, forcing him to obey her, since he let Snow White live. Red returns the Huntsman's heart. Then, the two join Snow White in King Midas' kingdom, and they travel to Lake Onondaga. There, a totem can transform the shape-shifters into normal wolves, but it can be wielded by someone only once. On the way there, the Huntsman and Red Riding Hood share a wolf joke. While the Huntsman grabs the totem, his companions hold off the wolf pack. However, Red Riding Hood and Snow White fall into the lake, to which he jumps in after them. Due to the totem’s power, all three turn into aquatic creatures. Before regaining human form, the Huntsman convinces Red Riding Hood to talk sense into the pack. They approach Adair, who refuses to listen and calls out the wolves. To menace the Queen, the Huntsman threatens Adair's life, but she incinerates the man herself; causing the upset wolves to attack her. As the Queen counters them, Red Riding Hood urges the Huntsman to take Snow White away while she ensures the pack's safety. Rather than that, the Huntsman parts from Red Riding Hood and returns his heart to the Queen. ("Shadow of the Queen")

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.

Trivia

Character Notes

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

  1. Daniel T. Thomsen, Corinna Bechko, Mike Henderson, Stephanie Hans, Vasilis Lolos, Mike Del Mundo. Shadow of the Queen - Pages 22, 99. New York: Marvel, 2013. Print.
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