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I seek nothing more than the happiness of all who set foot in my kingdom.
—King Leopold to the Genie src

King Leopold, formerly known as Prince Leopold, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the eleventh episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest stars Richard Schiff and Eric Lange, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.

King Leopold is based on the King from the fairytale, "Snow White", and is an allusion to Aladdin from the Disney film, Aladdin.

History

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Before First Curse

Leopold was engaged from birth to a princess of the northern kingdom, Eva. The day before meeting his fiancée in person, he arrives to help a woman, Cora, after she claims a bandit robbed her. Leopold begins to bond with her, and after some time, he chooses to marry Cora instead of Eva. However, before the wedding, he receives news from Eva of Cora's previous relationship with the gardener Jonathan and the child she gave birth to. Angered at her deception, Leopold breaks off the engagement and casts Cora out. ("Bleeding Through")

Eventually, Leopold marries Eva as planned, and later gifts her a brooch to show his love for her. The couple become king and queen of the land and have a daughter, Snow White. During their daughter's coming-of-age party preparations, King Leopold is away on business. Behind the scenes, Cora, older and even more ambitious, seeks to make the queen's seat vacant so her own daughter, Regina, can take it. She poisons Eva, who then passes away.

At most 2 years later[1], King Leopold grows lonely without a companion and also wishes to find a woman worthy enough to become a mother to Snow White. With his knights and daughter, he traverses the lands in search of a new wife. One day, he and his men stop in the woods. Again, Cora has the advantage in speeding up her grand plan. She purposely startles Snow White's horse and sends the animal trampling away furiously. Unable to get off the horse, Snow White yells for help. Nearly, Regina is alerted to the girl's cries and jumps on her own horse to pull Snow White to safety. Snow White becomes grateful towards Regina for saving her life. Later, King Leopold gains word of Regina's feat. Impressed, he decides she fits the criteria of the kind of woman he needs for his daughter and formally proposes to Regina. Stunned, Regina is unable to respond until Cora accepts in her stead. ("The Stable Boy", "The Queen Is Dead", "Heartless")

Following this, King Leopold marries Regina, although his heart still belongs to Eva and he remains mostly devoted to raising his daughter Snow. One day, he departs from the kingdom for a diplomatic mission, leaving his new wife and his daughter to rule in his absence. ("We Are Both", "Quite a Common Fairy", "Labor of Love")

At some point in the marriage, Leopold comes to love Regina, and to show his affection for her, he gives her a brooch, the same one he previously gave to his first wife Eva. ("Heartless")

When Snow White turns fifteen, her father gifts her a pony. ("Heartless")

Some years later, while walking along the shoreline of a river, Leopold stumbles across a magical lamp. As he rubs the dirt off of it, to his surprise, a Genie comes out of the lamp to grant him three wishes, but warns that the wishes cannot be undone as all magic comes with a price. Since the Genie longs for freedom, Leopold uses a wish to free him from servitude. Then, he takes the second wish to give the third wish for the Genie to use. King Leopold brings his new friend to the palace to meet his family and also invites the Genie to his birthday celebration. At the party, Leopold dotes on his beloved daughter, who is so much like Eva, and he praises Snow White as the "fairest one of them all". Regina, watching nearby, looks saddened that he's not paying her any attention. Oblivious to his wife's unhappiness, he later finds evidence in her diary of an affair with another man, which, unknown to him, she purposely wrote in order to incite his fury and provoke the Genie into helping her. A furious Leopold he shuts Regina into a room and sends the Genie to find the man his wife is consorting with, who gave her a mirror as a gift. That night, the king is asleep in bed when the Genie sets loose an Agrabahn viper to attack him. As the king lays dying, the Genie admits giving Regina the mirror because he is in love with her. With his last breath, Leopold proclaims that he should have never made his first wish to free the Genie because doing so caused his own downfall. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")


Family

Queen Eva
 
 
 
King Leopold
 
 
 
 
Evil Queen
Regina Mills
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snow White
 
 
 
Prince Charming
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prince NealKillian Jones
 
Emma Swan
 
Neal Cassidy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cinderella
 
Henry Mills
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucy

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, adoption, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • King Leopold was first married to Queen Eva, and then to Queen Regina
  • Neal Cassidy and Emma Swan have never married
  • Henry Mills is the adopted son of Regina Mills


Trivia

Etymology

  • The name "Leopold" is of Germanic origin derived from the words "leud" and "bald" that respectively mean "people" and "bold".[2]

Character Notes

  • King Leopold's family is the wealthiest family in the Enchanted Forest.[3] ("Regina Rising")
    • This is supported by the fact that after Snow White tries to sell a family heirloom to a nobleman, the man immediately suspects and tells her that he knows only one family with heirloom that is so valuable. ("Heartless")

Production Notes

  • The casting call for his younger self describes him as "grounded, humble and not afraid to open his heart, coveting more from marriage than just a political arrangement."[4]

Set Dressing

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about King Leopold

  • Did King Leopold and Regina have a real marriage life

    2 messages
    • how was their relationship when Regina was naive and have Snow ever seen Evil Queen as her mother because when they are marrying Regina s...
    • It would seem that Leopold often went on diplomatic ventures, sometimes with Snow. That's all we do know about him. I would think that t...
  • Cora never loved Leopold

    3 messages
    • Yeah, I'd say that's about right. Cora saw a way out of her "I'm pregnant and alone" situation, and she took it...
    • It's entirely possible that she thought she loved him at the time. Maybe when she met Rumple she realized what real love was (poor Henr...