This article focuses on the character, King Midas. For the myth, see Midas (Myth).
|Enchanted Forest Character|
|Hair color:||Golden brown|
|Portrayed by:||Alex Zahara|
|Appears in:||"The Shepherd"|
|Latest mention:||"An Apple Red as Blood"|
Be careful... remember what happened to Frederick.
—King Midas src
King Midas is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the sixth episode of Season One. He is portrayed by guest star Alex Zahara, and it is currently unknown if he has a Storybrooke counterpart.
King Midas is based on the titular character from the Greek myth of Midas.
Before the Curse
At some point in his life, King Midas acquires the ability to turn anything he touches with his right hand into gold. It is currently unknown how he came to possess this power. To keep himself from turning people into gold, he wears special gloves that suppress his Golden Touch.
An unknown amount of time after he acquires this power, Midas is attacked by thieves while travelling. He is saved by a knight, Frederick, to whom his daughter Abigail is betrothed. Unfortunately, Midas accidentally touches Frederick during the encounter, turning the young man into gold. ("What Happened to Frederick")
Some time later, when King George's kingdom is in need of gold, he seeks to make a deal with King Midas. George has his son, Prince James, duel a tough opponent, whom he apparently slays. Pleased, Midas strikes a deal with George; if James can defeat the dragon plaguing his kingdom, Midas will bestow riches upon theirs.
Once James agrees to fight a dragon for him, Midas turns his sword into gold and departs. Unknown to Midas, James is then killed and his twin, takes his place. After the twin slays the dragon, Midas collects the dragon's head and offers the Prince his daughter's hand in marriage. King George and the Prince accept, and Midas is pleased with the joining of the two kingdoms. ("The Shepherd")
- King Midas is a reference to the same character featured in the Greek myth Midas.
- He is the first character in the series to be derived from a myth.
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