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Boys who feel unloved. Boys who feel lost. That's what I'll call my new group of friends. The Lost Boys!
Peter Pan to Rumplestiltskin src

The Lost Boys, also known as the Lost Ones, are characters featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They début in the twenty-second episode of the second season.

They are based on the group of characters from the same name from the play Peter Pan. They also take place of the attracted children from the legend of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.


History

Before First Curse

In the world of Neverland, a boy named Peter Pan grows tired of being alone and desires companions his own age. He travels to the Enchanted Forest and lures boys to him with a pan flute whose musical song can only be heard by those who are lonely and unloved. In a trance, the boys in the town of Hamelin sneak out during the night and walk towards the sound of the music. Around a large bonfire in the woods, they are drawn into donning animal masks and dancing around frantically while Pan encourages them by continually playing the pan flute. Of one of these boys is the fearsome Dark One's son Baelfire, who only wishes for friends and freedom, despite his father's strictness with him. Briefly, he spends time happily with Pan and the other boys. When Pan is confronted by Rumplestiltskin for kidnapping his son, he offers the Dark One a deal. Pan makes clear his intent to take back the boys with him to Neverland as companions, but tells Rumplestiltskin to give Baelfire a choice of freewill to decide to stay in the Enchanted Forest or leave. The Dark One hastily ignores Pan's offer and whisks his son home shortly after. As for the other remaining boys, they form some of Pan's new entourage in Neverland and become known as the Lost Ones, or Lost Boys. ("Nasty Habits")

Time in Neverland remains still, and therefore, the Lost Boys do not age even after spending a considerable amount of years or even centuries there. Slowly, Pan's immortality and youth begins to run out, and he makes it his mission to find the "heart of the truest believer", which will give him an unlimited span of life. Using a Shadow, the creature scours the land of London and comes across a curious young girl named Wendy. Prior, she befriended Baelfire, who came to London through a magic bean. With her consent, the Shadow brings her to Neverland. Once there, Wendy is intrigued by the wonders of this world, but becomes distressed by the other children, who spend the night crying for their parents, but the Shadow never allows them to go home. Only Wendy can leave since the Shadow only wants boys to stay on the island, but in her place, it wants to snatch one of her brothers away. Baelfire helps to stop the Shadow from ripping apart her family by sacrificing himself instead. After being whisked off, Baelfire forces the Shadow to drop him as they approach the island of Neverland by scaring it with a lit matchstick. He falls into the ocean and passes out, but is hauled aboard the ship of Captain Hook. ("Second Star to the Right")

Captain Hook intends to turn over the boy to the Lost Boys, but upon learning the youngster's name is Baelfire, the son of his nemesis Rumplestiltskin, he hides him in an air vent below deck. As expected, the Lost Boys quickly arrive onto the deck of the Jolly Roger. Led by Felix, they demand access to search the whole ship for the boy, but are forced to leave empty-handed when nothing turns up. Baelfire forms a friendship with Captain Hook that swiftly disintegrates when he discovers the pirate only became close to him for the sake of finding out how to kill Rumplestiltskin. Embittered by the betrayal, Baelfire chooses to leave for the island of Neverland. By rowboat, he reaches the shoreline where Felix examines his face with a parchment drawing of the heart of the truest believer. Unfortunately, it is not a match. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")

Sometime before or after these events, Wendy, out of guilt, cannot bear that Baelfire gave up his own life to save her family. She returns to Neverland intending to rescue him, but instead becomes a prisoner of Pan and the Lost Boys. Her brothers, John and Michael Darling, try to free her, but are forced to do the bidding of Pan in order to ensure her safety. ("Dark Hollow")

Baelfire has a miserable time in Neverland. In a secret cave, he marks off the number of days since arriving to the island, but eventually stops counting due to losing hope of ever leaving. Eventually, he makes use of a star navigation skill Captain Hook once taught him, and creates a constellation map as an escape route. Through this method, he departs from Neverland back into the Land Without Magic. ("Nasty Habits")



After First Curse

Under a false organization name called the "Home Office", Pan hires Greg and Tamara to gather magic-based data on the town of Storybrooke and its inhabitants. The twosome are led to believe the "Home Office" is hell-bent on destroying magic, but it is actually quite the opposite. Ordered by their employers, they kidnap Henry, who has the elusive heart of the truest believer, that Pan has spent centuries looking for. They arrive in Neverland, but quickly find out that the "Home Office" is not all it seems. Felix and a band of Lost Boys reveal themselves as their employers, much to Greg and Tamara's shock, which leaves them displeased at the trickery. When they refuse to hand over Henry, Felix has the Shadow to kill Greg while Tamara is impaled by one of the Lost Boys' arrows. Henry escapes into the jungle as he is chased by the Lost Boys as Felix stalks a visitor on the island, Mr. Gold, and warns him to stay out of Pan's way. Mr. Gold intends to rescue Henry, and exhibits a fearlessness of Pan. Before he can stroll off, Felix throws him something from Pan. Mr. Gold is stunned by the sight of the "present", a doll, and breaks down in tears. Meanwhile, Henry is pulled to safety by a boy who claims to be an ex-Lost Boy trying to elude capture, but little does he know, this is Pan in disguise. In an elaborate ruse, the Lost Boys play their part in searching for Henry while Pan sets the boy up to inevitably prove himself as the heart of the truest believer. When they are nearly cornered by the Lost Boys, Henry demonstrates true belief through using pixie dust to lift himself and Pan into the air and fly off to safety. Satisfied, Pan later unveils his true identity to Henry as the Lost Boys come out to surround the boy. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

As Henry's family arrives to Neverland to rescue him, Pan gives Emma a map that he claims will lead her to Henry, but only if she stops denying her true self. Try as she might, Emma's attempts to declare true and honest facts about herself do nothing for the map. Out of frustration to finally get somewhere, Regina casts a locator spell on the map to take them straight to Pan. They travel through the Dark Jungle and fall prey to Pan's trap. As a consequence for Emma's "cheating", Pan commands the Lost Boys to engage her party members in battle. As they all try to dodge the Dreamshade coated arrows fired by the Lost Boys, another horde attack them in hand-to-hand combat. David is scratched by one of the arrows while Mary Margaret pushes back several assailants with her own arrows. Regina defends with magic and Hook fights Felix. Emma holds her own fending off some of the Lost Boys, and at point, manages to pin out of them down. However, she is shocked by the look in the boy's eyes, which reminds her of herself while being raised in the foster care system. Shortly after, Pan calls all the Lost Boys back to his side. Before leaving, he gives Emma the same instructions about the map. Later, Emma opens up to Mary Margaret about the jarring similarity she felt with the boy, and relates to her days growing up lonely and sad without her parents. From this, Emma reaches an epiphany of who she has always been--an orphan, which opens up the map's contents to her. Afterwards, Pan makes another unannounced visit to her in the jungle to congratulate her for solving the map and playfully gives her the nickname "lost girl". However, he reasons that the map test proves she still hasn't forgive her parents for their abandonment and also accuses her of bestowing Henry with the same emotion. Lastly, he threatens that by the time Emma reaches Henry, she won't just feel like an orphan, but also be one. ("Lost Girl")

Henry has first taste of Lost Boy roughhousing when given the chance to shoot an arrow at an apple balanced on Felix's head. As the entire camp of Lost Boys chant for him to shoot, Henry readies his aim, only to change his target at the last moment and fire at Pan, who catches the shaft in his fist. Rather than be angry, Pan is delighted by Henry's actions. In private, Pan explains the benefits of Neverland as a place no one ever tells anyone what to do. Henry doesn't think he belongs on the island, but Pan states they have all been waiting for him for a very long time. He exemplifies that Neverland runs on the power of belief, but Henry’s world is no longer full of magic because the people there have stopped believing. Pan calls Henry the savior of magic, and believes it was not a coincidence that a child was born from the greatest of light and dark. Of course, these are all lies he is feeding Henry, as his real intent is to get Henry to willingly give him his heart so he himself can become immortal. Then, Pan takes out a piece of rolled up paper, containing a drawing of Henry, and gives it to him. Pan guarantees once it’s opened, Henry will understand why he believes him to be the hero that magic so desperately needs. After accepting the paper, Henry tosses it to the ground and says he doesn't believe him. However, later, he unrolls the paper and is astonished to see a parchment drawing of himself. From the Enchanted Forest, Neal grabs hold of the Shadow and hitches a free ride back to Neverland. After being tossed onto the island, Felix comes to pick him up. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

As Emma's party forms a plan to slip into Pan's camp unnoticed, they reach a dead-end with their escape route. Hook takes them to a cave Neal, when he was Baelfire, inhabited. They find his star map, but are unable to use it since only Neal can decipher its encryption. At the same time, Neal is taken prisoner as he is forced to walk on an excursion with Felix. Without the Lost Boy's notice, he undos his wrist binds, knocks Felix out and makes a run for it. In the jungle, Mr. Gold puts a pair of Lost Boys on watch duty to sleep and then proceeds to steal one of their weapons. He and Neal unexpectedly reunite, though Mr. Gold believes him to be an illusion of his dead son. Following a brief struggle, they reconcile and plan to take the Lost Boy camp by surprise and immobilize Pan with an arrow shaft coated in squid ink. At the camp, the Lost Boys are celebrating Henry's arrival, though the savior of magic himself is not feeling very festive. When Pan tries to lighten his mood by playing the pan flute, Henry is unable to hear the musical notes. Felix awakens to find Neal gone, and despite trying to track him, he only comes across the unconscious Lost Boys on watch duty. He deducts they were put out with a sleeping spell and reports this back to Pan, who realizes Mr. Gold and Neal have teamed up against him. Mr. Gold infiltrates the camp by putting everyone, including Henry, to sleep while Pan is dealt with a fired arrow by Neal. Unsurprisingly, Pan catches the arrow before it hits his chest, but notices too late that the shaft has squid ink on it. While he is paralyzed, the father-son duo take away Henry. However, Pan hints to Neal about a prophecy Mr. Gold is hiding, which may endanger Henry's life. When Neal finally asks for a proper explanation about this from his father, Mr. Gold admits the prophecy speaks of a boy who will be his own undoing, and he had plans to kill the suspected boy--Henry--in order to keep the foretelling from coming true. Disgusted, Neal promptly departs into the jungle with Henry, but not with Mr. Gold. However, this leaves Neal vulnerable, and he is speedily apprehended by Pan and the Lost Boys, who steal Henry back. As for Neal, he is drugged and placed in a cage. Henry wakes up back at camp, fuzzily recalling his father calling him, but thinks it was all a dream. This time, when Pan plays from his pan flute, Henry can hear the music and is drawn into dancing with the Lost Boys. ("Nasty Habits")

One of the Lost Boys, Devin, starts trouble for Henry by pushing him into a fight that attracts the whole camp's attention. Impressed by Henry's skill in blocking, Pan instructs him to use the power of belief to turn his wooden stick into a real sword. Henry obeys, and in the next instant, he is wielding a sharp, gleaming blade. On Pan's command, the two boys resume the duel. Egged on by the Lost Boys, Henry steadily weakens Devin's blocks until cutting away the boy's wooden spear completely, and even draws blood on his opponent's cheek. Immediately, Henry is regretful for taking things too far, but Pan assures him that Lost Boys never have to apologize for anything. He raises Henry's sword arm into the air as the crowd of Lost Boys cheer in approval. In the same cave, Emma discovers marks on the wall that Neal once used as a tool for counting the days he has been trapped in Neverland, but stopped due to losing hope of being free. She recognizes that they must send Henry a message soon, or he will suffer the same fate. They create a net and set it as a trap. A little later, Devin is hunting a boar when he is ensnared by the net. Emma asks him to simply deliver a message to Henry and she will help him and the other Lost Boys be free of the island. Devin refuses to comply; claiming he and everyone else are in Neverland because they want to be. Left with no other options, Emma allows Regina to tear out Devin's heart so they can control him to their advantage. They send Devin back to the Lost Boy camp with one half of a magic compact mirror, which he gives to Henry. From the other side of the mirror, Emma, Mary Margaret and Regina inform him that they are coming to rescue him. In secret, Pan orders the Lost Boys to string up a caged Neal beside their other prisoner, Wendy. ("Good Form")

Hook receives word from Pan that Neal is alive, which conflicts with his personal growing feelings for Emma. He decides to tell the group and all are in favor of finding Neal except Regina, who leaves the group. As they journey to save him, Pan spies on them through a mini-telescope while Felix is ordered to bring Neal to the Echo Caves for rescue. The group later manage to free him from the enclosure. ("Good Form", "Ariel")

Mr. Gold and Ariel conspire together to send a mermaid to Storybrooke and retrieve a powerful item that can contain Pan. Rather than try to stop the mermaid, Pan enlists Wendy's brothers, John and Michael Darling, to keep the item from being sent back to Mr. Gold. Henry loses faith in Pan since gaining knowledge that his family is coming for him. To win him back to their side, Pan has Henry unsuspectingly follow Felix to the other side of the island and lead him to Wendy, who feigns illness due to the dying magic in Neverland. All this is to manipulate Henry into believing he must do whatever it takes to save magic, which Pan is more than willing to guide him into. ("Dark Hollow")

After Henry is influenced by Pan into sacrificing his heart, he dies while the latter regains his immortality. Regina casts a preservation spell on Henry's body to last one hour until they can track down Pan. Back at the Lost Boy camp, Regina, in all her fury, demands Pan's whereabouts from Felix. When he refuses to say, she moves to rip out his heart until Emma uses a gentler tactic for gaining the Lost Boys' trust. She tells the truth to the Lost Boys about Pan's darker intentions for Henry, and that whatever Pan told them about bringing magic back to the island was a lie. Additionally, she appeals to the Lost Boys' desire for families and homes and vows that, if an orphan like her can find a family, they can as well if they leave Neverland with her. After two of the Lost Boys confess Pan is at his thinking tree in Pixie Woods, Emma, Mary Margaret, and Regina head there and steal back Henry's heart before returning to the Jolly Roger to place the heart back in Henry, who is revived. As they prepare to depart from Neverland, some of the Lost Boys are hurried aboard, however, not all of the boys choose to leave the island. The ship, powered by Pan's flying shadow, takes them towards Storybrooke, and during the ride home, Mary Margaret helps to pass out food to the Lost Boys. Despite this respite, Pan plays one last trick by switching bodies with Henry and later approaches Felix to realign with him. ("Save Henry", "Mother's Little Helper")

After a safe journey to Storybrooke, the Lost Boys descend the ship and get their first glimpse of their new home. In order not to incur the suspicion of Henry's family, Pan, while still in Henry's body, has Felix locked up as a safety measure. Pan later dupes Regina into bringing him to her vault where he steals the Dark Curse scroll. Following this, he frees Felix and discloses his intentions of making Storybrooke into the new Neverland. ("The New Neverland")

At the wishing well, Pan begins dumping in all the curse ingredients, except for the last one, which must be the heart of the thing he loves most. Felix incorrectly assumes Pan needs his son's heart, but Pan reveals he actually needs Felix's heart since the Lost Boy has been so loyal to him, thus making him the person Pan "loves" most. Felix becomes fearful at what this means, but he is ultimately unable to stop Pan from ripping out and crushing his heart. ("Going Home")

During Second Curse
After the curse is cast again, some of the Lost Boys, as well as many other Storybrooke citizens, gather at Neal's funeral to mourn his sudden death. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

After Third Curse

After a portal takes Hook and Black Beard to Neverland instead of Storybrooke, they argue over their dilemma until they hear the sound of drumming as well as whooping noises before they find themselves surrounded by a band of Lost Boys. One of the boys shouts for the others to kill the pirates, and as the group rush forward to attack them, Hook and Black Beard are forced to run for their lives. The two make it to the shoreline where there is a rowboat, but Black Beard escapes on it alone, while the Lost Boys continue pursuing Hook, who resumes running away to elude capture. ("Mother's Little Helper")

The Lost Boys, wanting revenge on Hook for Pan's death, eventually corner him. Hook attempts to bargain for his own life by offering them buried treasure and rum, but he is saved when the boys are taken out by Tiger Lily's arrows. At Pan's old camp, some of the Lost Boys are dancing around an open fire as others carry a roasted pig on a gurney. As they set the meal down, Tiger Lily fires an arrow at it, causing the Lost Boys to chase after her in retaliation, which gives Hook the time to grab some magic sap from a tree to free his own shadow. Before he can use the shadow to return to Emma, one of the Lost Boys notices him and alerts the others. When Hook tries to fly away, the Lost Boys grab his leg, with Hook eventually letting go of his shadow, whom he tells to get back to Emma and deliver the wand to her. The Lost Boys later prepare to execute Hook and Tiger Lily by burning them at the stake, but Emma bursts through a portal to save Hook. While Hook and Emma go back to Storybrooke, the Lost Boys continue looking for an escaped Tiger Lily, who flees into the forest without their notice. ("Awake")

Known Lost Boys

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

  1. Baelfire appears in multiple Season One episodes.
  2. Baelfire appears in multiple Season Two episodes.
  3. Felix appears on several Season Three episodes. For detailed information about his appearances, see here.
  4. Henry Mills appears on several episodes of Once Upon a Time. For detailed information about his appearances, see here.
  5. Alex Barima's character is credited as Twin 1 in "And Straight On 'Til Morning", and as Lost Boy 1 in "The Heart of the Truest Believer
  6. Jack Di Blasio's character is credited as Twin 2 in "And Straight On 'Til Morning", Lost Boy 2 in "The Heart of the Truest Believer" and "Save Henry", Lost Boy Sentry 1 in "Nasty Habits", and Lost Boy 1 in "It's Not Easy Being Green"
  7. Twin 2 appears on several Season Three episodes:
  8. Rufio is mentioned in "Lost Girl", but does not make an appearance.
  9. Mathew Bittroff's character is credited as Lost Boy in "Mother's Little Helper", and as Lost Boy 2 in "Awake".

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