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This article focuses on the various conflicts in the Enchanted Forest, known collectively as the Ogre Wars. For the species, see Ogres.
Ogre Wars
General Information
Status: Concluded
Location: Enchanted Forest
Event Information
Result: Human victory
Defeat of Ogres
Show Information
First appearance: "Desperate Souls"
Latest appearance: "Out of the Past"
Latest mention: "Her Handsome Hero"

There was a night during the ogre's war. There was a terrible noise. It was horses' hooves thundering down the dusty path. You crawled into my bed, and I can still hear your little voice: "Papa. I'm afraid!"
Mr. Gold reminiscing in front of Neal's grave. src

The Ogre Wars, also called Ogre's War, are wars fought on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They make their début in the eighth episode of the first season.


Before First Curse

Mentioned several times throughout the series are the Ogre Wars, which is to assume that there is more than one ogre and that they are at war with various kingdoms in the Enchanted Forest.

Rumplestiltskin fights in the first war, before he gains the Dark One's powers, and even flees from battle because he hears a prediction from a seer seemingly foretelling of his demise and therefore causing his son becoming fatherless. Due to deliberately injuring his own leg to be exempt from battle, war veterans refer to him as a coward and traitor. This war lasts for at least fourteen years. Rumplestiltskin stops the first known Ogre War when he becomes the Dark One. ("Desperate Souls", "Manhattan")

Granny's six brothers as well as her father are all veterans of the second Ogre War. Later, when Granny recounts this to a group of villagers, she notes it was more than sixty years ago. ("Red-Handed")

Belle makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin in an effort to save her village from the ogres. Before doing so, reports surface of several villages falling to the ogres. This implies the war is between more than one kingdom and the ogres as well as the ogre army itself being a very powerful force. This battle is either a third Ogre War or any posterior Ogre War. ("Skin Deep")

During First Curse

It is not known if an Ogre War was occurring in the Enchanted Forest by the time the Dark Curse reaches the land. However, when most inhabitants are sent to another world, ogres are left behind in the part of the forest under Cora's protective shield. ("Queen of Hearts", "Lady of the Lake")

After First Curse

When the curse is broken and time resumes, the ogres are still a threat. ("Lady of the Lake", "The Doctor")

Before Second Curse

After Regina undoes the first curse and everyone returns to the Enchanted Forest, Aurora informs the returned citizens that ogres have already been defeated, implying that another war happened. ("New York City Serenade")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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