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"Good" is another word for "weak".
—Martin to Jiminy src

Martin is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the fifth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Harry Groener, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.

Martin is an allusion to Honest John from the Disney film, "Pinocchio".

History

Before First Curse

Martin and his wife, Myrna, make a living putting on a puppet show for people at an unnamed village, while they have their young son, Jiminy, sneak around the crowd to steal everyone's belongings. Afterwards, they both assess the stolen money and trinkets. Jiminy finds a cricket admires the creature's freedom. He even longs to lead a similar life of being free, though his parents are certain Jiminy can never change his fate as a pick-pocketing swindler.

Many years later, he and Myrna are still up to their old tricks. They talk about which scam to run next, but Jiminy interjects that they make enough from the puppet show. Despite their son's reluctance to continue stealing from people, Martin and his wife recognize they are getting old and wish for Jiminy to take care of them in the same lifestyle. Sometime after, Martin and Myrna realize Jiminy is planning on getting rid of them so he can live a life of freedom. They secretly take a potion he receives from a dealer and switch it with their own brand of a fake elf tonic. At nightfall, they arrive at the house of a young couple, Donna and Stephen, and pretend to be homeless and in need of a place to stay for the evening. While being served a hot meal inside the couple's home, Myrna speaks of a nearby town being hit by a plague, and the only reason she, Martin and Jiminy are immune is due to their possession of an elf tonic. Donna and Stephen are swindled by the trio into giving up all their valuable items in exchange for the fake elf tonic. Once outside, Jiminy is so furious at his parents that he cannot help himself from throwing his own potion at them, which is actually the fake elf tonic containing nothing but rain water since they switched his bottle with it earlier on. In horror, Jiminy runs back into the couple's house to find the pair have already ingested the potion and turned into wooden puppets. Myrna and her husband catch a glimpse, but rather than being shocked, they laugh humorously at the situation, and show no remorse even when the couple's son, Geppetto, stumbles in to see his parents' current state. ("That Still Small Voice")

Family

Myrna
 
 
 
Martin
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jiminy Cricket

Notes:

  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage

Trivia

Etymology

  • His and his wife's names, Myrna and Martin, is the complete name of well-known psychiatrist, Myrna Martin, who specializes in child/adolescent and family therapy. Jiminy's Storybrooke counterpart, Dr. Hopper, is also a psychiatrist who has been treating Henry.

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