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This article focuses on Marco's Storybrooke persona. For his Enchanted Forest counterpart, see Geppetto.
Storybrooke Character
Biographical Information
Counterpart: Geppetto
Status: Alive
Occupation: Handyman
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Gray
Eye color: Brown
Current Allies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Tony Amendola
First appearance: "Pilot"
Latest appearance: "Snow Drifts"
Latest mention: "White Out"
Next appearance: "Unforgiven"
Relevant Pages

You realized your mistake, and you tried to fix it. That's important. If I had a son, that would be enough for me.

—Marco to August src

Marco is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the first episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Tony Amendola, and is the Storybrooke counterpart of Geppetto.


For events occurring before the casting of the first curse, see Geppetto.

During First Curse

After the casting of the curse, Marco becomes a handyman in the town of Storybrooke. The mayor, Regina Mills, strolls through town to get a feel of what the other residents' lives are like. On the opposite street, Marco stands on a ladder and fixes a store sign to keep it from falling while pawnshop owner and rent collector, Mr. Gold passes by. He spends time at the diner, and notices a young boy interact with Regina at the counter. Regina is puzzled; not recognizing the boy, and asks whose child he is. From a nearby table, Marco mournfully answers he was never lucky enough to be able to have one. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

Marco meets Emma when she wakes up at the Storybrooke jail after crashing into the town's welcome sign. He congratulations her for finding her biological son, Henry. In the cell next to Emma, Leroy scoffs at how much children are brats. Marco disagrees with Leroy's opinion as he himself spent years trying to have a child, but it did not work out. ("Pilot")

Emma is appointed sheriff's deputy by Sheriff Graham just in time for her first on the job duty when old mines begin collapsing and endangers the welfare of the town residents. On Regina's orders, Archie is commanded to make Henry stop believing in his fairytale and curse delusion or else he will be fired from his job as psychiatrist.

That afternoon, Marco meets up with Archie in his office. Dazed, Archie is surprised to see him, to which Marco reminds him of their scheduled lunch together. Unable to keep the appointment, Archie apologizes as he has a therapy session with Henry. Marco takes the news with understanding and greets Henry warmly when he comes in. Archie follows Regina's instructions, but this causes Henry to rebell and enter the mines in his stubborn ideal there is proof the curse is real in it. Archie goes in to look for Henry just before the mine entrance is completely blocked by a ground tremor.

Marco volunteers in the attempt to rescue Archie and Henry from the mine. After the two are pulled up to safety by Emma, he gives Archie a warm embrace. As night falls, most of the townspeople stay behind at the mine grounds to hang out and chat. Marco and Archie converse happily while Emma and Henry watch from a distance. Curious about their relationship, Emma wonders if Marco is Archie's father, but Henry states they are old friends. As the two approach, Henry excitedly tells them to listen closely to the background noise, which is the sound of chirping crickets. ("That Still Small Voice")

Following the disaster in August masquerading as Mr. Gold's son to possess the dagger, he goes to have a little talk with Mr. Gold in the pawn shop and sees Marco picking up a clock that needs repair. August is shocked at coming face to face with his father after so many years, though Marco is oblivious to who he is. After Marco has left the shop with the clock, Mr. Gold questions why he has not said hello to his father yet.

August fails in helping Emma to believe in magic and her role as savor, so he accepts it is his fate to continue turning back into wood. Instead, August wants to spend the time he has left with his father. While Marco is in his workshop fixing the clock, August walks by and tells him how to fix it while also asking to be his apprentice. Marco states he cannot pay him, but August is fine with that. ("The Stranger")

After First Curse

After Emma breaks the Dark Curse and magic arrives in Storybrooke, Marco puts up missing posters; believing his son to be lost and still a child. While the townspeople are still recovering from the recent Wraith attack, they receive word from Leroy and the dwarves that anyone who attempts to cross the town line will lose their Enchanted Forest memories. The news causes a huge stir, but David sets up a town meeting in two hours' time and promises to come up with a plan. At the town hall, residents anxiously await David's arrival. Instead, Regina arrives to demonstrate her newly restored magic powers to them until Henry agrees to go home with her. With no sign of David, the townspeople decide they would rather lose their memories by leaving town than deal with Regina. Marco is one of the many who attempt to drive out of town, but David puts a stop to it with a heartfelt speech. He convinces them to accept both their Enchanted Forest and Storybrooke selves by drawing strengths from their weaknesses. Moved, they all return home. Later, Marco receives news of his son's whereabouts from Henry, however, he visits August's room at the inn only to discover it empty. ("We Are Both")

The death of Archie is announced to the rest of the townspeople after Emma seemingly finds incriminating evidence via the dream catcher of Regina as the murder. Marco attends the funeral to listen to Mary Margaret give a eulogy dedicated to Archie. After she is finished, Marco gives his own personal farewell to his dear friend. Following this, Marco, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Leroy, Walter, Mother Superior, Ruby and Granny spend time in Mary Margaret's apartment for a luncheon. Leroy approaches Emma and Mary Margaret to ask, on behalf of himself and other dwarves, when they will be returning to the Enchanted Forest, which perks everyone else's attention to the conversation. He is concerned about Regina being on the loose, but also about the possibility outsiders can wander into town now that the curse is lifted. Emma believes they are safe for now while Leroy believes that trouble will happen sooner or later. To help cheer up a depressed Henry, who is taking Archie's death badly, Marco has a talk with Emma and relinquishes ownership of Pongo to the boy. ("The Outsider")

While at the diner, Marco overhears Mary Margaret tell Emma that she found a still wooden August living in an abandoned trailer near the Toll Bridge. Wishing to see his son again, he tags along with the two women to seek out Mother Superior's help. Disappointingly, Mother Superior admits she's known about August's dilemma since the breaking the curse, but cannot change him back since he did not remain brave, truthful and unselfish. She states if August wants to redeem myself, he must do it himself. On the way to the abandoned trailer, Marco, believing August's current situation is his fault, guiltily admits how he, out of desperation for his son's safety, struck a deal with the Blue Fairy to allow Pinocchio to be one of the two people to be saved from the curse. He confesses that the magic wardrobe was capable of transporting two people to safety, but the Blue Fairy lied and stated only one could be saved. Wrought with anger, Mary Margaret slaps Marco. She apologizes for her action and even forgives him, but Marco still feels too guilty about the burden he put on his son by putting him through the wardrobe.

By accident, Mary Margaret stumbles upon an abandoned trailer near the Toll Bridge with August hiding inside. He is too ashamed to let anyone see him while still completely wooden and asks her to leave him alone. Instead, she informs Emma and Marco about August's dilemma. Together, they head off to get help from Mother Superior.

Outside the convent nunnery, Mother Superior admits to knowing the situation August is stuck in since the breaking of the curse when he came to ask her to change him back, which she could not because he did not remain brave, truthful and unselfish. Mary Margaret agrees August has done some things which are regretful, but everyone should have a second chance. Mother Superior states if there is still a path of redemption for August, he must travel it on his own terms. Marco is sad over the news, but Mary Margaret believes there is hope for August.

Mary Margaret, Emma and Marco travel through the woods back to August's trailer. Marco says the state August is in at the moment is completely his fault, but Mary Margaret's perspective is the choices children make are their own decisions, and there is no use blaming himself. Marco finally comes clean about the true power of the wardrobe that could protect two people instead of one, and he selfishly wanted to save his son, so in exchange for carving the wardrobe, the Blue Fairy said the wardrobe could save only one so Pinocchio could go through, too. Mary Margaret is shocked at his confession, and in disbelief says she could have gone with Emma through the wardrobe. He is extremely apologetic, but a rage builds up in Mary Margaret at the revelation, and she hits Marco in the face. Emma asks what she is doing when Marco is apologizing, which Mary Margaret herself is just as surprised at her own action. Mary Margaret says she is not herself, and she forgives him because she would have done the same for her own child. But, Marco does not believe the burden of duty he put on his own son was the right choice. They finally reach the trailer, but August is not inside. While heading back, Emma picks up a call from August when the line is cut off. Joined by David and Henry, they all go to the sheriff department in time to witness August stumbling out and collapsing as Emma and Marco attempt to help him, but he passes away shortly after. Henry is struck by the idea that August can get a second chance if his actions proved himself to be selfless, brave and true. Mother Superior rushes over in agreeance and successfully uses her wand to revert August into a seven-year-old Pinocchio. Reunited, Marco takes his son home. ("Selfless, Brave and True")

The devious Pan infiltrates Storybrooke by previously switching bodies with Henry and sets out to cast his own version of the Dark Curse. Regina puts a stop to it by undoing the curse she cast, but also getting rid of Pan's curse in the process. As a price, Storybrooke will be wiped out and all residents will have to return to the Enchanted Forest. Once Regina's task is done, everyone except Emma and Henry, who left town on the mayor's request, is engulfed by the curse's purple smoke. ("Going Home")

During Second Curse

A new curse is cast by none other than Snow White; returning Geppetto and the rest of the Enchanted Forest inhabitants to the town of Storybrooke. However, as a result of Wicked Witch of the West's interference, everyone's last recollection is the final day in Storybrooke when Regina stopped Pan's curse. ("Witch Hunt", "A Curious Thing")

Regina, after bestowing Henry with a kiss of true love, breaks the second curse. Like everyone else, Marco regains his lost memories of the missing year in the Enchanted Forest. ("A Curious Thing")

After Second Curse

In a diner celebration welcoming David and Mary Margaret's newborn son, Marco attends the party. Suddenly, the townspeople notice a stream of light radiating to the sky, which is the activation of the Wicked Witch Zelena's time spell. Belle, David, Regina and Robin Hood find the previously imprisoned Zelena missing and decide to leave the time portal untouched for now. However, Emma and Hook accidentally travel through the portal to the past, recreating the first meeting between Prince Charming and Snow White and then return to the present. Later, David and Mary Margaret proudly announce they are naming their son after a true hero—Neal. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")


August Booth


  • Dashed lines denote adoption relationships


  • The name "Marco" is of Italian origin derived from the Latin name "Mark" that means "war-like".[1]
  • Runs a business called Marco's Handyman & Woodwork Services.[2]


"Archive" denotes archive footage.

  • Marco's name appears on the list Tamara has in "The Evil Queen".[3]


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