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Some illusions are better than truth.
—The Siren to Prince Charming src

The Siren is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She debuts in the thirteenth episode of the first season. She is portrayed by co-star Aria Pullman, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.

The Siren is based on the creature of the same name from Greek Mythology, and also on the Lady of the Lake from the Arthurian Legend.


History

Before First Curse

As guardian of Lake Nostos, the Siren keeps the waters untouched by outsiders. Legend has it the waters of Lake Nostos have the capability to restore something to its former glory. Many men have tried to enter and take the water, but none have ever returned home. The Siren leads astray those who come to the lake with her seductive and enticing nature. By sprinkling some of the lake water on herself, she has the ability to morph into the object of the person's deepest desire. After engaging the person with the illusion, the Siren tempts the individual into stepping deeper into the lake where she eventually drowns her victim.

Prince Charming hears of the lake water's power from his ex-fiancée, Abigail, who mourns the statuesque state of her true love, Frederick. Though she knows it could possibly restore Frederick to life, no one has ever lived to succeed in retrieving the water due to a beast protecting the lake. Prince Charming insists he try, and heads there alone. As he approaches the lake to scoop up some water, the Siren senses a presence and bubbles up from below the lake's surface to welcome him. She tries to draw Prince Charming in with her alluring voice and walks closer to get a better look at him. He guards himself well, but is no match for her illusion trick. He watches in astonishment as the Siren literally becomes the person he loves the most, Snow White.

Prince Charming is powerless and gives in when the Siren kisses him while wearing the mask of Snow White's face, body and voice. She promises he can have everything with her, but Prince Charming declares he wants reality or nothing. Coaxing him in with a profession of love and another kiss, he pushes her away with the realization this isn't true love. Sneering, the Siren is somewhat impressed he is the first to look past her facade and forces him underwater. Attempting to swim back up, Prince Charming is trapped by a clump of seaweed wrapping around his ankle. He notices a lone dagger lying at the bottom seabed and hides it in his hand as the Siren glides by to force a kiss on him. Then, he stabs and kills the Siren for good. As she bleeds into the water, her disguise comes off and she reverts to her true form in death. ("What Happened to Frederick")

When Prince Charming returns to Lake Nostos in order to heal his mother after she is shot by a stray arrow, he discovers the lake-bed has dried up due to the Siren's prior death. As he and Lancelot search for any remaining water, they find the creature's skeleton. ("Lady of the Lake")

Magical Abilities

  • Shapeshifting - Ability to change her own appearance to resemble anyone her victims would be influenced by, even if she has never met the original people she is mimicking. ("What Happened to Frederick")

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  • Mermaid magic?

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  • Connection of magical wells

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    • You also need to consider the wishing well in Storybrooke, as it also possesses the same restorative properties. I think there was once or tw...
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