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Rapunzel: Do you still love me?
Marcus: Of course I do. And our girls mean everything to me. But so does Ella. And Cecelia.
Rapunzel Tremaine and Marcus Tremaine src

Marcus Tremaine is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the ninth episode of the seventh season. He is portrayed by guest star Matty Finochio.

Marcus Tremaine is based on Cinderella's father from the fairytale "Cinderella", and the Disney film Cinderella. He is also an allusion to the Prince from the fairytale "Rapunzel" and Flynn Rider from the Disney film Tangled.

History

After Fourth Curse

Marcus Tremaine is the husband of Rapunzel and the father of Anastasia and Drizella. One night, the starving family are traveling through the forest. Desperate for food and because Marcus is sick, Rapunzel breaks into the garden of the witch Gothel. Gothel catches Rapunzel rummaging through the garden and offers her a deal to save her family. However, unbeknownst to Rapunzel, the deal requires her to be locked away in a tower. After finding her damaged cloak, which was planted by Gothel to deceive him, Marcus believes Rapunzel dead and moves on with his life. ("One Little Tear")

Eventually, Marcus marries Cecelia, Ella's mother, and though he is not Ella's birth father, he becomes the only father she knows. On the wedding day, Cecelia gifts him a locket that matches her own, and both lockets glow as a symbol of their love for each other so they can always find one another. ("Pretty in Blue")

Rapunzel continues to be locked away in the tower, until one day six years later when she manages to escape and reunite with her family. However, upon returning home, she discovers the truth about Marcus's new marriage, leaving her heartbroken. Marcus and Cecelia continue to raise Anastasia and Drizella, while Rapunzel lives as their servant. Rapunzel becomes increasingly jealous of Cecelia, who has earned favoritism from Drizella. She is given a poisonous mushroom by Gothel, who instructs her to place it in Cecelia's drink if she wishes to drive the woman away and regain her place in the family. Rapunzel refuses the offer, until the birthday party of Drizella, in which she places the poison in Cecelia's beverage. Cecelia's heart becomes cursed, prompting her to run away to New Wonderland to protect them from her. He uses his locket to track her to that realm's Infinite Maze, but before he can go in, his locket stops glowing. After one year,[1] the man then gives on finding her, out of the belief she has stopped loving him and changes because of losing her. ("Pretty in Blue", "One Little Tear")

Later on a wintery day, Marcus and Rapunzel take the three girls out by a frozen pond where they build a snowman. Rapunzel comments on how much the girls truly look like sisters, while Marcus expresses gratitude towards her for all that she's done for their family thus far. As the pair become engrossed with each other, the snowman's hat flies onto the ice and Ella goes to retrieve it, not noticing the ice cracking beneath her. Anastasia goes out to warn her and the ice breaks, taking the two girls underneath the freezing water. Marcus dives in after them but is only able to retrieve Ella as Anastasia dies. Rapunzel becomes angry with Marcus for choosing to save their stepdaughter over their real daughter. With help from Gothel, Anastasia's last breath is preserved in her lungs, leaving her in a state between life and death. ("One Little Tear")

As she eventually becomes known as Lady Tremaine, Rapunzel grows bitter with Marcus over Anastasia's death and goes on to conspire with a prince to murder him; resulting in his death. Ella, not knowing her stepmother's involvement in her father's death, vows revenge on the prince but later finds out the truth from Tiana. ("Hyperion Heights", "The Garden of Forking Paths")

Family

Unknown
 
 
 
Cecelia
 
 
Marcus Tremaine
 
 
 
Rapunzel Tremaine
Victoria Belfrey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cinderella
Jacinda Vidrio
 
 
 
Henry MillsAnastasiaDrizella
Ivy Belfrey
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucy

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring
  • † denotes the deceased

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