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It's stronger. Like nuclear fairy dust.
David Nolan to Emma Swan src

Pixie Dust is a magical item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the third season.


History

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Before First Curse

After coming to Neverland with his son Rumplestiltskin, Malcolm discovers he has lost his ability to fly, which he was always able to do when he traveled to Neverland in his dreams as a boy. He deducts that he must obtain pixie dust in order to fly again, and then takes his son with him to collect some at Pixie Woods. Because Rumplestiltskin is afraid of heights, Malcolm climbs up a tree by himself to find the flowers that contain pixie dust. Malcolm sprinkles the dust onto himself, but nothing happens, and he is soon warned by the Shadow that flying is impossible for him because adults do not belong in Neverland. Soon after, Malcolm climbs back down to tell Rumplestiltskin that the dust does not work for him anymore. As an alternative, however, he abandons his son in favor of reobtaining youth. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

At some point during Wendy's imprisonment in Neverland, she gains a vial of pixie dust. ("Save Henry")

While living unhappily as King Leopold's wife, Regina strikes up a friendship with a fairy named Tinker Bell, who wishes to help her find true love again with the use of pixie dust. Tinker Bell tries to persuade her superior, the Blue Fairy, into letting her borrow the dust, but the Blue Fairy shuts down the idea, believing Regina to be evil and beyond help. Without the Blue Fairy knowing, Tinker Bell steals a supply of pixie dust and uses it to guide Regina to her true love in a tavern. The fairy points out that the dust has settled on a man with a lion tattoo, and she encourages Regina to go to him. Once Tinker Bell is gone, however, Regina flees, too scared to meet her true love. Tinker Bell later comes to check up on her, with Regina lying about the man being horrible, until the latter realizes Regina's real reason for not going through with it. Regina refuses to own up to her fears and instead kicks Tinker Bell out, despite that the fairy risked everything just to get the dust for her. After flying off, Tinker Bell runs into the Blue Fairy, who punishes her for stealing the pixie dust by taking away her wings. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

During First Curse


After First Curse

After being kidnapped to Neverland, Henry ends up fleeing from Lost Boys who are chasing him. Unknown to him, this is a ploy to get him to run to a supposed ex-Lost Boy, actually Peter Pan, who is testing his power of belief. The two move to a safer location, and along the way, the boy claims he stole pixie dust from Peter Pan as a means to escape the island, but it doesn't work. With the Lost Boys still on their trail, the pair rush to the Echo Caves, the one place on the island where they cannot be tracked. Nearing the cave, they are cut off by the Lost Boys and end up trapped on a cliff edge. The boy suggests giving up the pixie dust so the Lost Boys might let them live, but Henry harnesses the dust to allow both of them to fly away. After landing, Pan reveals his true name and explains Henry's use of the pixie dust has proven that he has the heart of the truest believer. Pan then calls out the Lost Boys to surround Henry. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

On the journey to rescue Henry from Pan, the heroes decide to seek help from the fairy Tinker Bell. Hook even proposes that Tinker Bell may even have pixie dust so they can fly into Pan's camp and get Henry. Later, David becomes hopeful his Dreamshade wound can be cured, after Hook suggests the dust might heal him. Once Tinker Bell settles her grudge against Regina, however, the heroes learn the fairy already lost her wings long ago, and she has no pixie dust. ("Quite a Common Fairy")

In a race to find Pan and regain Henry's heart from him, Emma wins the trust of the remaining Lost Boys, who reveal Pan is hiding in Pixie Woods, where pixie dust used to grow. During the trip back to Storybrooke, Wendy gifts Tinker Bell a vial of pixie dust, the very last bit from Neverland. Tinker Bell is reluctant to accept the dust, believing she has no way to use it without her fairy wings, but Wendy urges her to take it, offering her belief in Tinker Bell as further encouragement. During a chat with Regina, Tinker Bell's belief in herself causes the vial of dust to glow briefly, much to the surprise of both women. ("Save Henry")

At the welcome back celebration in the diner, Regina insists that Mother Superior return Tinker Bell's wings, especially since the ex-fairy managed to make the vial of pixie dust glow previously. When Mother Superior asks for a demonstration, Tinker Bell is unable to replicate the glowing effect because she lacks belief in herself. ("The New Neverland")

During their quest to get the Black Fairy's wand from the nuns, Tinker Bell and her allies are attacked by Pan's shadow and unable to fight off the creature. Neal persuades Tinker Bell into using the pixie dust as their last alternative. Tinker Bell is skeptical of her own ability, but after uncapping the vial, the dust glows green, allowing her to fly into the air and absorb the Shadow into the coconut halves. After the dust's effects wear off and Tinker Bell returns to the ground, she disposes the halves into a fire, which kills the Shadow for good. This act revives Mother Superior, who is so impressed with Tinker Bell harnessing pixie dust that she agrees to return her wings. ("Going Home")

After Third Curse



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Appearances

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