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This article focuses on Prince Charming's biological father. For his adoptive father, see King George.

David: My father succumbed to weakness. He got drunk. Because of that, he died in a cart accident.
Evil Queen: Are you sure it was an accident?
David Nolan and the Evil Queen src

Robert[1] is an upcoming character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He will début in the twelfth episode of the sixth season.[1] He will be portrayed by David Cubitt.[1]


Before First Curse

Robert[1] gets married to his true love Ruth, with whom he has twin sons, named David and James. However, their livelihood on the farm is crushed by poverty. A wizard named Rumplestiltskin offers them a large amount of money for one of their sons, who will be given to a barren king and queen. To save themselves from their destitute situation, Ruth and her husband give up James. ("The Shepherd")

As they raise David, the couple constantly quarrel about the father's drinking problems. Despite his apparent dependency on alcohol, the man is genuine about changing for the better. He promises that, when he returns from a two week journey to bring supplies onto their farm, his addiction will be gone. As the man leaves for his trip, David wraps a coin as a good-luck charm around his father's wrist. On the fourteenth day, for reasons unknown, he is stabbed by someone, with his body ending up in a ravine. The coin he possesses somehow ends up in Rumplestiltskin's hands later on. Despite that the man's death was caused by someone else, Ruth and David receive misinformation about how he died, in that he got drunk at a tavern and fell into a ravine on his journey home. ("White Out", "A Bitter Draught", "The Other Shoe")

Years later, David shares his father's history with his new friend Joan. ("White Out")

Eventually, James dies and Rumplestiltskin persuades David to replace his twin. Surprised to learn he had a brother, the shepherd is told by his mother Ruth that his father regretted giving the baby up immediately after the decision was made. ("The Shepherd")

After First Curse

When David confronts Regina about the fate of Emma and Mary Margaret, who just fell through a portal to the Enchanted Forest, the mayor feigns ignorance and mocks David for posing as a prince while he is nothing more than the son of a shepherd. ("Broken")

Before Third Curse

In Camelot, David confides in Arthur his old dreams of changing the world, to which he was led by the will of being different from his father, who drank his life away, and brother, who accomplished nothing but evil. ("Siege Perilous")

After Third Curse

Having retrieved from Mr. Gold the coin David once had given his father, the Evil Queen meets with David and suggests that his father's death might have not been an accident. ("A Bitter Draught")

Making a deal with Mr. Gold, David gains information about the true nature of his father's death. He later shares this revelation with Snow, in that the man did not die in an accident, but, rather, was stabbed by an unknown person. Snow encourages her husband to leave the past behind by accepting that his father did not betray him by succumbing again to drinking. David agrees not to avenge his father's death, but ultimately changes his mind, unbeknownst to Snow. ("The Other Shoe")


RobertKing George
Prince JamesPrince Charming
Snow White
Prince NealEmma Swan
Neal Cassidy
Henry Mills


  • 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 Cassidy have never married



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