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This article focuses on Malcolm's Enchanted Forest identity. For his Neverland identity, see Peter Pan.


I was never meant to be a father.
—Malcolm to Rumplestiltskin src

Malcolm is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the eighth episode of the third season. He is portrayed by guest star Stephen Lord, and is the former Enchanted Forest identity of Peter Pan.

History

Before First Curse

When Malcolm is just a boy, his father sells him to a blacksmith, from whom he is forced to work, slaving away in front of hot coals. As self-comfort over this hardship, Malcolm spends his nights telling himself to "think lovely thoughts", and in his sleep, he travels to a world called Neverland, where the power of belief can make anything a reality. At one point, he harnesses the power to fly at will, and learns about pixie dust that grows in flowers atop a tree, which can give someone the ability to fly. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

As an adult, he has a son with the Black Fairy, however, she chooses power over love and abandons him with the child. Though he does not wish to be a father, he decides to keep the child and names him Rumplestiltskin. ("Changelings")

When his son is still young, Malcolm earns money by swindling people out of money with a rigged card game. One day, a male customer realizes he's been cheated and beats up Malcolm before stealing all his money, which leaves Malcolm and Rumplestiltskin completely penniless. Malcolm leaves his son with a pair of elderly wool spinners, with intentions of going to look for work. Rumplestiltskin is scared of being without him, so Malcolm gives him a straw doll to accompany him in the meantime. He urges his son to give the doll a name, as only this way it can be real and be a protector of sorts. Malcolm then leaves and continues to deceive unsuspecting bystanders with his card game. When Rumplestiltskin finds out, he calls out his father for being untrustworthy, which is why no one will hire him. His son suggests they use a magic bean to start afresh elsewhere, and Malcolm suggests they go to Neverland. . Malcolm remembers a place he used to visit in his childhood dreams called Neverland and this is exactly where they decide to go. Once there, Malcolm is ecstatic to be back in a world where anything is possible with the power of belief. He tries to show Rumplestiltskin the ability of flying that comes with the territory, but ends up falling flat on the ground. Horrified, Malcolm can't fathom why flying is now impossible until recalling pixie dust is necessary for it to work. He and his son go to a tree containing pixie dust flowers. Since Rumplestiltskin is afraid of heights, Malcolm journeys up alone to retrieve the dust and sprinkles some on himself. The dust has no effect, and he is further warned by a talking Shadow that flying is impossible for him since adults don't belong in Neverland. Malcolm goes back down to his son to tell him the dust didn't work, to which Rumplestiltskin suggests they can find another place to live together. Malcolm has other ideas, however, and he declares that he can never change from his old habits or be the father that Rumplestiltskin needs. In order to be granted the youth he longs for, Malcolm abandons his son, allowing Rumplestiltskin to be returned home by the Shadow. After severing ties with his son, he transforms from an adult into a young boy and watches the Shadow fly off with Rumplestiltskin. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

For events occurring after Malcolm's physical transformation, see Peter Pan.

After First Curse

When Mr. Gold stabs Pan as well as himself with the Dark One's Dagger, Malcolm returns as his younger persona disappears in a puff of darkened smoke. As both are on the brink of death, Malcolm pleads for his son to remove the dagger so they can start over as a family. Mr. Gold acknowledges himself as a villain, and therefore can't have a happy ending. Then, he twists the dagger to embed more deeply into their puncture wounds as a golden light protrudes out of the blade. Malcolm stops resisting the inevitable while Mr. Gold gives him a kiss on the cheek. The light engulfs them as they fade out of existence. ("Going Home")

After that, Malcolm's soul ends up in the Underworld as Peter Pan and is unable to move on because of unfinished business.("Souls of the Departed")

For events occurring after Malcolm's death, see Peter Pan.

Family

Malcolm/Peter Pan
 
 
 
Black Fairy
 
 
 
 
 
 
Belle/Belle French
 
 
 
Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
 
 
 
Milah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GideonBaelfire/Neal Cassidy
 
 
 
Emma Swan
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Mills

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, engagement and adoption relationships, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased

Trivia

Etymology

  • The name "Malcolm" is of Irish origin that means "bald, shorn, hornless".[1]

Production Notes

  • His casting call name was "Colin".[2]
  • The casting call describes him as, "dissatisfied, self-centered and ruthless."[2]

Popular Culture

Costume Notes

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about Malcolm

  • How I would've done Peter Pan and the Neverland Arc

    13 messages
    • It would have been interesting. And your not the only one who wanted Pan and Rumple to be more like siblings. In fact, before it was revealed...
    • Would have been way better this way. The Neverland arc was the most boring part of the show in my opinion.
  • Peter Pan/Malcom transformation

    5 messages
    • Considering that Cora still has her magic, I would assume Pan does as well. Pan could have magicked himself back to his youthful appearance....
    • This bothered me, too. I would've liked to have seen Stephen Lord, but of course that's a far cry from the popular opinion. :P

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