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This article focuses on the Enchanted Forest character, Prince James. For the character who impersonated him, see Prince Charming.
Prince James
Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Gender: Male
Status: Deceased
Home: Royal Castle
Physical Description
Species: Human
Hair color: Dirty blond
Eye color: Blue
Show Information
Portrayed by: Josh Dallas
First appearance: "The Shepherd"
Latest appearance: "Tiny"
Latest mention: "Siege Perilous"
Next appearance: "Season Five[1]"
Relevant Pages

Next time, make sure I'm really dead.

—Prince James to Behemoth src

Prince James is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the sixth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by starring cast member Josh Dallas, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.

Prince James is based on Prince Edward from the novel, The Prince and the Pauper.


Before First Curse

Prince James is born to Ruth and her husband, along with his twin. He is traded to Rumplestiltskin to save the family farm. Rumplestiltskin gives the infant to King George, who needs an heir due to his wife being barren and unable to conceive a child. King George names him James and raises the child as his own. James grows up to be irresponsible and passes his time wasting time on money and dalliances. One night, he is pursuing a tryst with a woman, Jack, but King George storms in demanding for his son to focus on helping the kingdom as it is in economical disarray due to his spending. King George orders he goes after a giant who just climbed down a beanstalk. James and Jack greet the giant, Anton, and they give him a magical mushroom that shrinks him to human size. The two befriend Anton and scheme to make him feel sympathetic to the kingdom's debts. Wishing to help, Anton goes to fetch treasure from his home. In an act of betrayal, they follow him up the beanstalk and lead a siege to slaughter all the giants and steal their magic beans. James manages to procure a large bag of treasure, but refuses to assist Jack as she is dying of poison. This massacre leaves Anton as the lone survivor. ("Lady of the Lake", "Tiny")

Much later on, the kingdom once again is in need of money. Prince James spars with Behemoth in a sword fight to impress King Midas. After winning the match, the three come to an arrangement wherein if the prince can defeat a dragon ravaging Midas' kingdom, Midas will supply George's kingdom with wealth using his golden hand, which turns any object into gold upon contact. After Midas departs, Behemoth unexpectedly rises and stabs the prince through the torso; killing him. This event necessitates King George making an additional deal with Rumplestiltskin. He trades the whereabouts of the Fairy Godmother to the wizard in exchange for the dead prince's twin, David, to masquerade in his place. ("The Shepherd")

During Alternate Reality

After Isaac rewrites everyone's stories in the Heroes and Villains book, James remains dead in this reality, however, Queen Snow White's memories are altered so she remembers being in love with him and that his death was caused by Regina telling a secret. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1", "Operation Mongoose Part 2")


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King George
Prince JamesPrince Charming
Snow White
Prince NealEmma Swan


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, engagement and adoption relationships, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • Emma and Neal have never married



  • The name "James" is of English origin derived from the name "Jacob" that means "supplanter".[2]


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  • He is a villian how

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    • Spoilers from season 2 James is a villain because in season 2 you find out he holds no loyalties towards his friends, only that he wa...
  • James in season 1.

    3 messages
    • No it was Charming. He was under the name of James to protect his identity and to make the kingdom believe that he is James. 
    • Oh, Ok, Thanks for clearing that up, I was kind of confused.

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