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This article focuses on Nicholas Zimmer's Storybrooke persona.
For his Enchanted Forest counterpart, see Hansel.

Almost ready, Ava?
—Nicholas to his sister src

Nicholas Zimmer 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 Quinn Lord, and is the Storybrooke counterpart of Hansel.


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

During First Curse

Twelve year old Nicholas and Ava attempt to steal food by putting it into Henry Mills' backpack, and frame him for it when they are caught. Sheriff Swan takes the children to what they claim is their house. However, as Emma starts to go in, Ava says that her parents would be too embarrassed if she comes in. Emma tells them that she can tell when someone is lying and Ava sticks by her story.

Seemingly satisfied, Emma watches them go to the doorstep and then drives away. Once she is gone, the children run from the house and take the back alleyway to an abandoned house. They hear someone moving upstairs and go up to investigate, and find Emma waiting for them. She asks where their parents are and Ava admits that they do not have any.

Emma then goes on to look for their parents. She learns their mother, Dory, passed away some time ago. Her only clue is a trinket Dory used to keep, and she goes to Mr. Gold to ask him if someone in town purchased the item in his shop before. Mr. Gold is able to give her the name of the man, Michael Tillman, a local mechanic. He denies the children are his, but recognizes an item Emma shows him, which is something he gave to Dory a long time ago. He wants nothing to do with his kids, especially since he was unaware of their existence until now, and cannot accept the responsibility. Ava and Nicholas are supposed to be taken to Boston to be put into foster care if their father continues to reject them. As they leave, Emma Swan's car breaks down and she calls Tillman.

Ava notices that her compass needle is moving. Tillman arrives in his tow truck and realizes that the children are his. He thinks for a moment and agrees with Emma, and then goes to his children. ("True North")


Dory Zimmer
Michael Tillman
Nicholas Zimmer
Ava Zimmer


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, engagement and adoption relationships, or relationships that result in offspring


Character Notes

4979 MA
Telephone: 555-0145
Fax: 555-0146
[image begins]RATIVE − [three illegible words] Sun 10/14 11:22 − [illegible word] 03 – 10 – 0742
[image begins]ARY PLACEMENT − [illegible word] Dorris Zimmer [sic]

[image begins]. Sheriff Graham responded to the are of Franklin Drive in
[image begins] our vehicle parked in the woods. The explainant, Neil Westlake,
[image begins]gar one parked in the woods and is wounded like [illegible word] was
[image begins] woods. Upon Graham's arrival, he found a white [illegible word], early 90’s
[image begins]s. He made contact with the driver, Dorris Zimmer [sic], 01/01/02.
[image begins]he was suffering from clinical depression and that she was not

[image begins]ed and checked the area. She was largely incoherent and is
[image begins] [illegible]. This prompted the Sheriff to further inspect the vehicle,
[image begins] ran taped to the tall pipe of the vehicle. At this [illegible word],
[image begins] and taken into custody under the [illegible word] of the Baker Act.

[image begins]he no longer wants to live. She also keeps stating that she was
[image begins]le.” She admitted that she had been institutionalized two times
[image begins] suicide.

[image begins] background check, it was [illegible word] that Zimmer had a previ-
[image begins] incident during the New Year festivities in Storybrooke Park.

[image begins]re called and Zimmer was transferred to the Storybrooke Mental
[image begins]is point, the Clinical Psychiatrist on duty alerted the Special
[image begins] [illegible word] in the presence of her two children, Nicholas and Ava (both 4

[image begins]fed and the children were found alone at the Zimmer
[image begins]is Boulevard, since − without a primary caregiver present. The
[image begins] into short-term foster care while while Zimmer underwent further
[image begins]sted this file was S.S. Edwards who is responsible through the
[image begins] and impounded at the municipal premises on Will Road.
("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")




  1. Hansel may or may not have been brought over by the second Dark Curse. Therefore, it is unknown if he was cursed again.
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  • True North– Regina's Motive Discussion

    6 messages
    • ^ I like your thinking, but I would like to point out that her car didn't conviententally break down; she pretended it did to get ...
    • I know THEY couldn't leave, so it may explain the car breakdown. Convienently, Emma wanted their birth father to take them in, anyways.