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This article focuses on the Storybrooke character Michael Tillman.
For his Enchanted Forest persona, see Woodcutter.
For the London character, see Michael Darling.
For the Seattle character, see Michael Griffiths.

I'm really sorry... I don't know anything about being a dad. If it's a good home you're looking for, it's not with me.
—Michael Tillman to Emma Swan src

Michael Tillman is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the ninth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Nicholas Lea and is the Storybrooke counterpart of the Woodcutter.


For events occurring before the casting of the first curse, see Woodcutter (True North).

During First Curse

Under the Evil Queen's curse, the Woodcutter gains a new life in Storybrooke as a mechanic named Michael Tillman, who owns his own business at Marine Garage. As one of the curse's effects, he receives false memories while being stripped of memories from his prior life. Michael, as far as he can recall, once had a relationship with a woman, Dory. While they are together, he gifts her a compass. Dory, unknown to him, gives birth to his twin children, Ava and Nicholas Zimmer. After Dory passes away, the siblings are left without a parental guardian and resort to shoplifting. The sheriff, Emma, discovers their situation. Though the mayor, Regina, wishes to send them to a children's home in Boston, Emma traces the compass to Mr. Gold's pawnshop, where she learns the name of the children's biological father. Although Mr. Gold gives the information from reading off a purchase receipt, the paper is actually blank, which implies he knows Michael's name from before the curse was cast. When confronted with the truth, Michael doesn't believe the twins are his. Even with the compass as proof, he insists knowing nothing about being a father and cannot provide a good home for the children. Since he will not assume responsibility, Emma has no choice but to take the twins to Boston, but on the way there, her car breaks down. She then phones Michael, and after checking the vehicle, he determines there is nothing wrong with it. Emma persuades him into seeing the children at least once before they are gone, to which he agrees to take them in as his own. ("True North")


Dory Zimmer
Michael Tillman
Ava Zimmer
Nicholas Zimmer


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


See also


  1. The Woodcutter may or may not have been brought over by the second Dark Curse. Therefore, it is unknown if he was cursed again.