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|5||07||500 years before Emma Swan comes to Camelot, the sorcerer Merlin and his lover, Nimue, travel from Camelot to the site of the Flame of Prometheus. Merlin uses the fire to melt the Holy Grail into a sword, Excalibur, intending to use it to remove his own magic so he can live a mortal life with the woman he loves. However, things take a turn for the worse when Nimue admits that she drank from the Holy Grail without Merlin knowing. She uses her new powers to kill an old enemy, a masked man named Vortigan, in cold blood. By doing so, she becomes the first Dark One.|
|4||04||Merlin's Apprentice protects his teacher's creation, a box capable of transforming into a hat for absorbing and accumulating magic, from each person that takes on the Dark One's powers. Zoso, another Dark One, attempts to steal the mysterious box, only to be blasted away by the artifact's magic. The Apprentice informs the Dark One of why his mission will never succeed, and a beaten Zoso teleports away.|
|3||08||Malcolm is a poor man who makes his earnings running a rigged card game in the streets. After losing all of his winnings in a brawl, Malcolm takes his son Rumplestiltskin to live with two spinsters while he finds work. Rumplestiltskin is given a magic bean by the two spinsters after he expresses his desire to be with his father. The young boy returns to his father with the bean, and the two travel to Neverland. While there, Malcolm becomes Peter Pan. Rumplestiltskin then returns home fatherless to his caretakers.|
|A gap of many years, in which Rumplestiltskin grows from a child into an adult.|
|2||14||In the battlefield of the Ogre Wars, an adult Rumplestiltskin meets a seer, who tells him his wife is pregnant and his actions in battlefield the next day will leave his son fatherless. He tries to prevent that fate by injuring himself on the leg. As he returns home, his reputation as a coward has already spread that also wreaks havoc on his marriage with Milah.|
|3||05||Killian Jones is a young man who is invited to join his brother Liam, the captain of the Jewel of the Realm, in an expedition to a far-off land in order to find a plant that has magical healing powers. Upon their return, Liam dies due to magical waters he drank there that kept him alive after being poisoned by the very same plant that had been the source of their quest. Seeing Liam's death as the king's betrayal, Killian takes over command of his brother's ship rechristening it as the Jolly Roger; the new captain begins his life of piracy.|
|2||04||Killian Jones meets Milah, who leaves her husband and their young son behind and runs away with him. Rumplestiltskin believes his wife has been kidnapped, and he begs Killian Jones to set her free, but the captain refuses, calling him a coward.|
|1||08||Rumplestiltskin's son grows up to be fourteen. To save Baelfire from fighting in an Ogre War, Rumplestiltskin steals a magic dagger from the Duke's castle and uses it to kill Zoso, the Dark One, becoming his replacement.|
|A short time after, Rumplestiltskin uses these powers to broker a truce and end the Ogre War. (mentioned in "The Return")|
|3||04||Baelfire has grown weary of being forced to stay in hiding due to his father's fear that one of his enemies. One day the Dark One comes home to find his son gone. He follows Baelfire's trail to the town of Hamelin, where he discovers all of the townspeople's boys around Baelfire's age have gone missing as well. He is told that the boys left the town following the mysterious music of a pied piper that none of the adults can hear. Rumplestiltskin tracks down the pied piper and all of the missing boys dancing around a bonfire. The Dark One discovers that the piper is his own father Peter Pan who had not aged. Pan has come to the Enchanted Forest to gather boys to keep him company in Neverland. Rumplestiltskin finds his son Baelfire among the group and magically teleports back to their home.|
|1||08||Distraught over the magical corruption of his father, Baelfire suggests if he finds a way to relieve the Dark One's powers without killing him, Rumplestiltskin will do what is necessary to make his son happy. To this end, Baelfire receives a magic bean from Reul Ghorn. The bean is used to open a portal to a land without magic, but Rumplestiltskin goes back on his promise and lets his son fall into the new world alone. Later, he regrets having abandoned the boy and meets the fairy who gave Baelfire the magic bean in the first place. During a brief conversation, he learns from her that there is a powerful curse capable of bringing him to the new world.|
|2||04||In a pub, Rumplestiltskin meets William Smee, who promises him a magic bean and in return, asks for eternal life. By chance, Rumplestiltskin catches a glimpse of Killian Jones and challenges him to a duel. As he is about to kill the pirate, Milah shows up to stop him. Rumplestiltskin learns the cold truth that she went with Jones willingly. She holds William Smee hostage and wants to exchange the bean for both herself and Jones' freedom from harm. Aboard Jones' ship, a heated argument erupts between Rumplestiltskin and Milah that results in her death. Killian Jones tricks Rumplestiltskin and does not give him the magic bean. Instead, he uses it for himself and opens a portal to Neverland.|
|2||14||Rumplestiltskin meets the seer again and chastises her for not telling him everything he needed to know. He threatens her into seeing into the future again, but she is at her power's limit and offers to grant him future sight. He absorbs the seer's powers. As she lays dying, the seer speaks one last prophecy of a young boy who will lead him to his son, but will also be his undoing.|
|There is a gap in the timeline here, possibly centuries long.|
|1||05||A young pick-pocket named Jiminy is used by his unscrupulous parents, Martin and Myrna, to cheat and steal from people.|
|Another gap here of many years, in which Jiminy grows from a child into an adult.|
|1||05||Seeking a way to get rid of his vagrant father and mother, Jiminy receives a potion from Rumplestiltskin to use on them. After pulling an "elf tonic" scam on a young couple, Jiminy learns his parents switched the "elf tonic" with Rumplestiltskin's potion. To his horror, the naive man and his wife drink the potion and it turns them into wooden puppets. Shortly afterward, the Blue Fairy grants Jiminy a wish, turning him into a cricket and tasking him to look after the couple's young son Geppetto as penance.|
|Estimated time of the Second Ogre War, which takes place during or some time before Granny's childhood. (mentioned in "Red-Handed")|
|3||18||Cora is a young woman who is the daughter of a poor miller. To provide for herself and her family, she works as a waitress at a local tavern. One night on the job, she meets a man named Jonathan, who tricks her into believing he is the Prince. For his own amusement, he proposes to the girl with a ring made of straw, promising to return to her in two months with a golden one. Two months pass by, and Cora finds herself pregnant with Jonathan's child. She finds him, and discovers he deceived her. She threatens to expose what he did to her to the true prince, only for him to flee. Cora then has a chance encounter with the real heir to the throne, Prince Leopold, and as time passes by, they bond to the point that Leopold decides to cut off his engagement to his betrothed, Princess Eva, to wed Cora instead. However, Eva discovers the secret of Cora's pregnancy and exposes it to the kingdom, including Leopold. Furious at Cora's lies, Leopold cuts off his engagement to her.|
|3||16||Cora realizes that she can never be anything more than "the miller's daughter" with her newborn daughter and abandons her first-born child. A cyclone comes and carries the infant to Oz.|
|There is a gap in the timeline here of a bit more than one year.|
|2||16||King Xavier entertains Princess Eva in hopes that she will provide money for his kingdom, which is almost bankrupt. Eva deliberately trips the miller's daughter and her old rival, Cora, causing her to spill some of the flour she was going to the castle to sell. Cora is blamed for the incident and forced to apologize to Princess Eva. Sick of being treated as less of a person, Cora masquerades at the royal ball to grab Prince Henry's attention, but is quickly found out by King Xavier. To spite him, she mentions her special talent for spinning straw into gold. Publicly, King Xavier calls her bluff by tasking her to spin a whole room full of straw into gold and give her the chance to marry his son, but if she fails, death will be the sentence.
Rumplestiltskin sees into the future that Cora's child will be essential to him, so he tempts her with a contract—he'll help her spin gold, and she must hand over her child. She asks to learn to spin gold herself, and though the process, Cora and Rumplestiltskin find a common affiliation. She successfully spins gold and accepts the marriage proposal of Prince Henry. On the day before her wedding, Cora confides in Rumplestiltskin of her changing desires from power and wealth with Prince Henry to love and happiness with him. Drawn by their mutual thirst for revenge, Rumplestiltskin agrees to their deal by having Cora owe him his child. Before they run away together, Cora wants to rip out and crush the heart of King Xavier. Instead, King Xavier makes her question if she values love or power more with the phrase "Love is weakness". She makes her choice by ripping out her own heart to keep herself from feeling love. Cora breaks the revised deal with Rumplestiltskin and picks her need for power over love.
Several months pass, and Cora presents her baby daughter to the kingdom declaring her name to be Regina, and proclaims she will be queen one day.
|King George and his wife are unable to bear children, so they seek help from Rumplestiltskin. The Dark One visits a struggling farm where Ruth recently gave birth to twin boys. For financial security of her land, she allows Rumplestiltskin to take one of her sons. King George names the boy James and raises him as his own. (mentioned in "The Shepherd")|
|4||07||Estimated time of the Arendelle princesses' visit to the Enchanted Forest. Princess Ingrid struggles to control her magical ice powers. She and her sisters, Helga and Gerda, travel to the Enchanted Forest, where they seek out a wizard who can help them: Rumplestiltskin. He gives Ingrid a pair of gloves to cancel out her powers as well as a Magic Urn to entrap her if she becomes too dangerous.|
|4||15||Estimated time of Hook's mission for Peter Pan. Nearly a century after he came to Neverland, Hook travels on the Jolly Roger to the Enchanted Forest to procure items for Pan. The deity known as Poseidon makes his daughter Ursula lure sailors at sea to their doom with her singing voice. Ursula complies, nearly killing the crew aboard the Jolly Roger, but she lets them go at the last moment. Hook befriends the young mermaid after she runs away from home. Hearing of her desire to go to Glowerhaven, Hook agrees to take her there for free. Poseidon wishes to keep his daughter from leaving, and asks Hook to him absorb Ursula's singing voice into an enchanted shell. In return, he can have squid ink, a powerful liquid to paralyze Rumplestiltskin. Instead, Ursula steals the ink for Hook so they can both get what the want. Poseidon shows up and takes away the squid ink to prove Hook only cares about his vengeance. Angered that his only hope of revenge is gone, Hook spitefully captures Ursula's singing voice in the shell so Poseidon can never sink another ship again. Shattered at this betrayal, Ursula decides she no longer wants to be a mermaid and uses her father's trident to transform herself into a powerful sea witch with tentacles.|
|2||15||Cora poisons Queen Eva, now hailed as a kind and good Queen, days before young Snow White's birthday celebration in a bid to put her own daughter, Regina, on the vacant Queen's seat. Snow White goes to get help from the Blue Fairy, who turns out to be Cora in disguise. Cora tempts her to use dark magic to save her mother, but Snow White is bound to her morals and cannot go through with it. Thus, Queen Eva passes away.|
|There is a gap in the timeline of at least two years.|
|1||18||Young Regina rescues Snow White from a runaway horse. Unbeknownst to her, it's a plan of her mother Cora to get Snow White's father, King Leopold, to propose to Regina, which indeed happens. Regina plans to run away with her lover, Daniel, but the two are seen by Snow White. Regina swears her to secrecy, but the young girl is manipulated by Cora into revealing the secret. To continue steering her daughter on the path to becoming queen, Cora eliminates Regina's happiness by killing Daniel.|
|2||02||Right before her wedding to King Leopold, Regina tries to escape, but Cora prevents it. On her father's advice, Regina steals her mother's spell book and uses it to summon Rumplestiltskin, who gives her a looking glass to banish Cora to another realm. On the day of the wedding, Regina attempts to shove her mother through the looking glass portal, but is suspended by magic. With encouragement from an apparition of Rumplestiltskin, she breaks free and pushes Cora through the portal. Regina attempts to leave King Leopold's castle, but Rumplestiltskin stops her and offers her Cora's spell book so she, too, can learn magic from him.|
|2||12||Rumplestiltskin leaves the Enchanted Forest to make a deal with Dr. Victor Frankenstein. In exchange for gold, Victor will master how to bring back the dead.|
|2||05||Rumplestiltskin begins teaching Regina magic. Unbeknownst to them, Regina's half-sister, Zelena, is watching them from Oz.|
|3||16||Cora's first-born child, Zelena, comes back to the Enchanted Forest where Rumplestiltskin can teach her magic. Though an excellent pupil, she is furious upon learning Rumplestiltskin is still teaching her half-sister, Regina, magic and intends for her to cast his curse. Out of jealousy, Zelena tries to kill Regina, which causes Rumplestiltskin to reject her. He changes his mind because she has silver slippers that can take him to a land without magic, but she angrily refuses and goes back to Oz.|
|3||20||After Regina's wedding, Rumplestiltskin continues to teach her magic. They are still being watched by Zelena.|
|2||05||Rumplestiltskin sends a man named Jefferson to Oz to fetch Zelena's silver slippers, but Jefferson instead returns with a crystal ball; the slippers have been moved to another land by a young girl called Dorothy Gale. Rumplestiltskin tricks Regina into sending Jefferson to another world to bring a man called Victor Frankenstein to the Enchanted Forest. She wants Dr. Frankenstein's help to resurrect Daniel using one of the hearts collected by Cora. He fakes the failed resurrection to fulfill the bargain with Rumplestiltskin and takes the enchanted heart back to his own world.|
|3||03||Regina grows depressed in the castle as she is alone more often than not while the King and Snow White travel. Growing even more despondent, she begins skipping her magic lessons, which Rumplestiltskin does not appreciate. One night in an act of desperation, she vents out her frustration on the balcony, triggering the foundation to break apart and sending her falling to the ground. She is rescued by a fairy who identifies herself as Tinker Bell. The two share a meal the next day, during which Tinker Bell tells Regina she can help her find what she needs, that being love. Tinker Bell then disobeys the Blue Fairy and steals pixie dust. That night, she goes to Regina and gives her the ability to fly while also showing the path to her true love. They follow the path to Regina's true love, a man in a pub with a lion tattoo. Tinker Bell leaves so the two can finally meet, but a fearful Regina leaves. Later in the evening, Tinker Bell checks up on Regina again and learns that, out of fright, she did not go to her true love. Despite Tinker Bell's pleas at the rules she broke to help her, Regina sends her packing. On her way back home, Tinker Bell is stopped by an upset Blue Fairy. The Blue Fairy loses trust in Tinker Bell's capabilities as a fairy and takes away her wings.|
|A gap in the timeline of several years, as Snow White grows from a child to a young adult.|
|4||01||Approximate time of the king and queen of Arendelle's visit to the Enchanted Forest. Five years before Princess Anna's journey, Queen Gerda and her husband travel to the Enchanted Forest to find a way to get rid of their daughter Elsa's magic. During the sea voyage home, their ship is beset by storm. The Queen leaves a warning message in a bottle, one that will save their daughters. She tosses the bottle into the ocean before the ship sinks into the Enchanted Forest's sea. (mentioned in "The Apprentice", "Fall")|
|4||14||Approximate time of Regina's first meeting with Maleficent. Regina, impatiently waiting for more magic lessons, watches Snow White become an excellent horse rider and earn many medals as her desire for revenge against the girl grows. In her mother's things, she finds a spell book belonging to Maleficent, and comes to idolize her after reading she can turn into a dragon. Annoyed, she wonders if Rumplestiltskin's not skilled enough to teach her, which causes him to teleport her to Maleficent for assistance. Regina seeks to learn Maleficent's skills in magic to get revenge on Snow White. Despite that Regina informs her about King Stefan's daughter Aurora is soon-to-be married, the latter refuses to get retribution, telling her to give up on seeking vengeance. Regina, having read tales of Maleficent's frightening and powerful past deeds, brings her to a tree which still burns from when she scorched an entire portion of land, hoping to provide motivation for who she used to be. Maleficent engulfs the burning tree's flames, and while she is unsure if it worked, King Stefan and his men soon arrive to attack her. She counters with an attempt to transform, but it fails, leaving both herself and Regina to be sentenced to death. Regina, unwilling to give up, burns through her binds and hurls a fireball at the guards. When Regina's magic dries up, Maleficent succeeds in transforming into a dragon and forces King Stefan and his men to retreat. Later that night, she approaches Aurora in her castle bed chambers as Regina watches nearby. Aurora warns that Prince Phillip's kiss of true love will break any curse she casts on her, though Maleficent reveals she has a special curse in mind for Phillip. After inflicting the princess with eternal sleep, Maleficent thanks Regina for reminding her who she truly is, and gives her a small dose of the sleeping curse, which Regina uses on Snow White's horse. Realizing Rumplestiltskin was right, Regina decides his way of teaching is best.|
|Maleficent places a curse on Prince Phillip that turns him into a fierce creature called the Yaoguai and banishing him to a far off land to keep him away from his true love, Aurora. (mentioned in "The Outsider")|
|4||12||Estimated time of Rumplestiltskin acquiring the Dark Curse. The Dark One travels to Bald Mountain, where he steals the dark curse, with the help of Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella De Vil. After the Rumplestiltskin gets what he needs from them, he escapes with the curse, and leaves his allies to die. The women are forced to work together in order to escape the fearsome beast who was guarding the curse: Chernabog, a winged demon.|
|1||11||While strolling along the shore one day, King Leopold discovers a lamp. Upon rubbing it, he releases a genie, who informs him that he has three wishes. King Leopold uses his first wish to set the Genie free, and uses the second wish to give the final wish to the Genie. The Genie accompanies Leopold to his palace, where the he falls in love with King Leopold's wife, Regina. The Queen manipulates the Genie into killing King Leopold. Rather than use the escape plan Regina has set up for him, the Genie uses the wish at his disposal, wishing to be with Regina forever and always look upon her face. His wish backfires and he becomes trapped in a mirror forever.|
|1||07||Following the death of King Leopold, Queen Regina decides it is time to take out Snow White. To this end, she finds and hires a huntsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart. The Huntsman takes the princess into the woods to kill her, but she escapes with enough time to write her farewell letter to Regina. After reading it, the Huntsman is moved by her words and allows Snow White to flee. As a replacement, he cuts out a deer heart for the Queen. When she finds out his trickery, the Queen takes the Huntsman's heart for herself and makes him her prisoner.|
|1||15||After being released by the Huntsman, Snow White goes on the run. She hides in a village house's chicken coop where she is found by the owner's granddaughter, Red Riding Hood. When she arrives in that town, she learns of a fearsome wolf that has been terrorizing it for a long time. Longing for freedom from her watchful granny, Widow Lucas, so she can be together with her love, Peter, Red persuades Snow White to help her track the wolf. They find footprints leading back to Red's cottage that imply Peter is the wolf. To prevent another wolf attack, Red breaks the news to him. He allows her to chain him down if he happens to transform, but when the full moon comes, Red is the one to shape shift. When Snow White informs Widow Lucas of this, she reveals Red is the true wolf. They arrive on the scene to discover wolf Red eating Peter's carcass. Widow Lucas shoot a silver arrow to immobilize wolf Red while Snow White places the red cloak over her. Red changes back to human, and realizes the wolf is her. While the townspeople approach quickly to kill the wolf, Widow Lucas distracts them while Red and Snow White make haste and run.|
|2||07||After escaping the townspeople, on the night of a full moon, Red has Snow White leave her for the night as a precaution. Red meets up with a "pack" of werewolves like her, including her mother, Anita. They accept her as one of their own and teach her how to control herself while being a wolf. Eventually, Snow White finds them, but is followed by the Queen's knights who want to capture her for treason. In the ensuing battle, one of the pack members, Quinn, is killed and Anita blames Snow White for his death. Anita tries to get revenge by taking away Snow White's life, but Red defends her. As mother and daughter argue, Anita accidentally impales herself and dies. After burying Anita, Red leaves with Snow White.|
|4||17||Rumplestiltskin recruits a thief known as Robin of Locksley to travel to the land of Oz and steal a powerful elixir. Although Robin returns empty-handed, the journey changes his perception of himself. He adopts the name "Robin Hood", and begins robbing from the rich and giving to the poor alongside his band of Merry Men.|
|W||03||Will Scarlet helps Robin Hood and his Merry Men rob a carriage in order to prove he is worthy of joining the group. He proposes they rob the Forbidden Fortress for the rumored gold in its vaults would be enough to maintain the surrounding villages for many years to come. Robin Hood decrees that the men will take only gold, and are forbidden from taking any of Maleficent's magic. In the sorceress' home, Will separates from the group and directly defies Robin Hood's orders by taking a looking glass. That night after the robbery, the group is sitting around a campfire admiring their loot, when Maleficent's voice projects through the air. She tells them to keep the gold, but warns them that the magical item they stole from her will bring nothing but misfortune. Angered, Robin Hood demands to know who defied him, but Will does not step forward. Later, while everyone else is sleeping, Will makes his getaway, but he is confronted by Robin Hood. The leader of the Merry Men gives the worst punishment he can think of, which is allowing fate to eventually catch up to Will's misdeed. Will returns to his lover Anastasia with the looking glass. The two then use it to open up a portal to Wonderland.|
|W||05||Will and Anastasia are interrupted by the arrival of Anastasia's mother, who strongly disapproves of her daughter throwing away a life of privilege for a thief. Her mother is unhappy that Anastasia has not lived up to her expectations of becoming a queen, or even choosing a nobleman for a future husband. Anastasia is warned by her mother that the way only Anastasia could ever set fit in her household again is by working as a chamber pot cleaning maid. Will promises to build a life for Anastasia as he truly loves her, and not because she needs to become a different person. She says goodbye to her mother and joins hands with Will to disappear into the portal.|
|4||02||Anna travels across the sea from Arendelle and seeks out the shepherd known as David, an old acquaintance of her fiance. Anna teaches David how to defend himself and the farm against an evil warlord known as Bo Peep. Before leaving to continue her journey, Anna speaks of her desire to find someone who could help her find something to help her sister, Elsa, control her magic. David's mother, Ruth, gives her the name of a powerful wizard known as Rumplestiltskin.|
|4||04||Rumplestiltskin conspires to steal the sorcerer's box from the apprentice, and utilize the hat within it. By some method, the Apprentice ingests a poison that Rumplestiltskin created, which will transmutate him into a mouse. Anna makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin, who sends her to put a bottled substance, which she presumes to be poison, into the Apprentice's tea. In actuality, it is an antidote to cure him. Anna does not give him the substance, and the Apprentice turns into a mouse. The Dark One tricks the girl into nearly succumbing to darkness but ultimately turning away from it, so that he can use the Dark One's Dagger to open the box. The Apprentice, in mouse form, assists Anna, giving her a chance to seizes the dagger and command the Dark One to give the box to her. She forces him into sending her and the box to Arendelle as well as reverting the apprentice into a human.|
|4||04||Caught in the middle of the Ogre Wars, Belle and her mother, Colette, are preparing to escape their castle as rampaging ogres breach their guard walls. Colette sacrifices herself to the many approaching ogres as Belle is pulled to safety by guards. Unable to remember how her mother died, Belle discovers that rock trolls can restore memories. Defying her father's wishes, she travels to Arendelle in order to find the answers, but unforeseen events leads her to go back, empty handed. Returning home, Belle learns from her father of her mother's fate. Seeing the ogres reach the outside road, Belle suggests seeking help from a wizard, Rumplestiltskin.|
|1||12||Sir Maurice, Belle's father, seeks the aid of Rumplestiltskin. The two strike a deal—Rumplestiltskin will end the dispute with the Ogres in exchange for Maurice's daughter Belle, to become his servant for all eternity. The girl complies and begins doing household duties at Rumplestiltskin's castle.|
|4||08||Shortly after Belle's visit to Arendelle, The Apprentice is approached by the Snow Queen, Ingrid, who wishes to make a deal with the sorcerer in exchange for returning the hat that Anna brought to Arendelle. The apprentice demands the hat, but Ingrid won't return it until the deal is fulfilled.|
|2||20||While Belle is still Rumplestiltskin's maid, Queen Regina and her soldiers arrive in a village hoping to capture Snow White only to find that she is already gone. The villagers reject the Queen's offer of a reward for information about Snow White and she orders her guards to slaughter the entire village. Determined to win the hearts and minds of her subjects, the Queen gets Rumplestiltskin to change her appearance into that of a peasant so she can get rid of Snow White. Rumplestiltskin agrees on the condition she cuts off trade to King George, which she agrees to. The disguised queen visits the town square and makes a scene by protesting the townspeople's disfigurement of an effigy of her. The guards mistake her for creating the effigy and immediately take her to be beheaded. Snow White steps in and rescues her while the Queen sustains an infected blade cut that causes a fever to fester. Not knowing the injured peasant is the Queen in disguise, Snow White brings her into a makeshift home in the woods and treats the wound. The disguised Queen becomes well enough to travel with Snow White. Snow White explains she believes the Queen still has good in her and is willing to forgive her and be a family again if their disputes can end. The Queen is visibly moved, but the two come across the remains of the slaughtered village. Angry at the Queen's actions, Snow White takes back what she said. The Queen inadvertently reveals her identity and flees. The Queen returns to Rumplestiltskin to have the disguise removed; having finally given up in winning the people's love and is content with the fear they hold for her. She accepts her place in their eyes, and takes on the title "The Evil Queen".|
|4||20||Cora returns to the Enchanted Forest to make amends with Regina, and offers to help her find her soulmate. Cora gathers intel from the Sheriff of Nottingham about Regina's soulmate, who states the man is not only a thief who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, but is already married to another, a sickly woman named Marian. Coming to believe the Sheriff would be a good candidate for her daughter, Cora gives him a fake lion tattoo and sets him up with Regina. However, Regina sees through the deception. Regina suspects that her mother wants to seize her power through an heir, and drinks an Infertility Potion to prevent this possibility, and to hurt her mother. Cora returns to Wonderland.|
|2||19||At approximately the same time, Robin Hood breaks into Rumplestiltskin's castle to steal a magic wand. Rumplestiltskin easily subdues the thief and puts him in the dungeon to undergo prolonged physical torture. Feeling pity for the man, Belle frees him. Enraged, Rumplestiltskin demands she learn a lesson by accompanying him as he finds and kills the thief. They meet the Sheriff of Nottingham, who reveals the thief is in Sherwood Forest. Rumplestiltskin rebuffs Belle's efforts to convince him not to kill Robin Hood but is finally pacified when he sees that Robin Hood stole the wand to heal the pregnant mother of his child. Leaving a child fatherless is one thing Rumplestiltskin is reluctant to do, so he deliberately shoots the arrow elsewhere rather than allow it to hit Robin Hood. Back at the castle, Rumplestiltskin gives Belle access to his large library because of her love for books, but saves face by insinuating he just wants the room to be spotless and clean.|
|5||04||In Camelot, three years before the casting of the Dark Curse, Guinevere and Lancelot set out on a quest to find the Dark One's Dagger and make Excalibur whole. With the help of a Magic Gauntlet, they discover the Vault of the Dark One, and open it. They find the dagger on a table stand, but it's protected by a barrier. In exchange for the gauntlet, Rumplestiltskin, the Dark One, offers Guinevere enchanted sand to give the illusion that Excalibur is whole. She accepts the deal, and hands over the gauntlet.|
|4||11||Rumplestiltskin returns home with the gauntlet. As Belle is outside Rumplestiltskin's castle to wash and dry Rumplestiltskin's laundry, she spots a dalmatian puppy and follows it, only to be lured into a trap. Rumplestiltskin is forced to hand over the magic gauntlet in exchange for Belle's safe return. Her captors are none other than Rumplestiltskin's former allies, Maleficent, Ursula, and Cruella De Vil, now known as the queens of darkness. The women say they've lived too long in a world where the heroes always win and the gauntlet will change that. Rumplestiltskin later takes back the gauntlet, saying it was a ransom not a deal.|
|Estimated time of Hook's return to the Enchanted Forest. In Neverland, Hook makes a deal with Peter Pan, who creates a magical portal. Hook leaves Neverland aboard his ship. (mentioned in "Nasty Habits")|
|2||13||Anton does not feel like he fits in with his fellow giants and is curious about the human world, so he climbs down the beanstalk. Meanwhile, Prince James is having an illustrious relationship with Jack, a relationship his father does not approve of because of the kingdom's current state of bankruptcy. Anton meets Prince James and Jack, who take advantage of his naivety and win his trust in order to gain access to the giants' treasure. They trick Anton into revealing the giants' location, and storm the top of the beanstalk with an army. The giants are unable to defend themselves against the humans' poison swords, but Arlo refuses to allow them to get their hands on the grown magic beans, and instructs Anton to destroy all the current ones. Arlo dies from Jack's poisoned blade, but not before giving Anton the last bean sapling to regrow someday. All the giants except Anton are slaughtered; with Jack dying from her own poisoned sword as Prince James steals the treasures to bring back to his kingdom.|
|1||06||King George's kingdom becomes increasingly poor and he tries to make an alliance with King Midas, whose cursed golden touch can transform anything into gold. King Midas will assist King George only if a certain dragon in one of his villages is rid of permanently. To prove worth in slaying the dragon, Prince James takes on Behemoth and demonstrates his strength against the colossal fighter. Prince James ends the battle as victor, but is killed when Behemoth rises to give him one last blow. While mourning his dead son, King George strikes another deal to have Rumplestiltskin to procure James' twin brother, David, to fulfill the role of prince to secure King Midas' gold. In exchange for providing Prince Charming, King George tells Rumplestiltskin the location of the Fairy Godmother. David succeeds, and is coerced into an engagement with Midas's daughter, Abigail. David says goodbye to his mother, and is given her ring as a parting marriage gift.|
|1||04||Estimated time of Cinderella's deal with Rumplestiltskin. Rumplestiltskin uses his newfound information from King George to track down the Fairy Godmother, who arrives to see a Cinderella in rags and promises to make her dreams come true. When she is about to grant Cinderella's wishes, Rumplestiltskin kills and takes her wand. Cinderella begs him to help her get out of the servant's life and promises to give him anything, so he agrees. He magically produces a blue gown and glass slippers to send her off to the royal ball.|
|4||01||Maid Marian is taken prisoner by the Evil Queen when she refuses to divulge Snow White's location. The Queen informs her that she will be executed tomorrow.|
In the Land Without Magic, years into the future, Emma Swan, daughter of Snow White and David, is sucked into a time portal along with future Captain Hook. Unbeknownst to them, Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West, believed to be dead, has followed them through the time portal. As Hook and Emma find themselves trapped in the Enchanted Forest in the past, they watch the Evil Queen terrorize a village.
|3||21||Pinocchio and his father Geppetto, who has grown into an old man, are among the crowd in the village when the Evil Queen approaches searching for Snow White. The Queen threatens the people willing for information on her enemy's whereabouts, but no one seems to know anything about that. Geppetto confronts the Evil Queen by saying they are good people and don't deserve to suffer, to which she exposes a prisoner of hers, Marian, that will face execution only for having showed loyal to Snow White.|
|1||03||After seeing a carriage approach the road, Snow White hacks down a tree to prevent it from going any further. Inside the carriage, David and Abigail are riding to the castle where their engagement party will take place.|
David steps outside to examine the damage of the tree trunk. While he and the other knights are distracted, she steals David's pouch of jewels and later sells them to trolls for gold. David sets a trap to force Snow White to help him or else he will turn her into the Evil Queen. Sarcastically, she dubs him "Prince Charming". Through their journey, Snow White is nearly caught by the Evil Queen's men, but Prince Charming saves her. On the Troll Bridge, the trolls refuse to give back the jewels, and instead want to ransom Snow White to the Evil Queen. Prince Charming is caught by the trolls, so Snow White throws fairy dust to turn them into bugs. Prince Charming receives back his jewels, and Snow White her money. Unknowingly, they fall in love with each other. They part; Prince Charming to his engagement party, and Snow White continuing to find means through money to escape the Evil Queen.
As the royal carriage stops, Snow is up in the tree, ready to strike, but Emma accidentally snaps a twig and startles Snow White, who falls down and runs away, empty-handed. Emma realizes that they interrupted her parents' first meeting. Emma and Hook are forced to turn to Rumplestiltskin for aid. Emma recognizes Rumplestiltskin's housemaid as Belle, and Rumplestiltskin is shocked when he hears that he and Belle will fall for each other. Hook and Emma discover that after the robbery failed, Snow tried to secure passage on Black Beard's pirate ship, but failed. Emma and Hook hatch a plan to have Snow White steal David's wedding ring.
While Emma is keeping Past Hook occupied, Future Hook offers Snow a deal, while keeping his face in the shadows. Snow agrees to steal the ring from David in exchange for safe passage on Hook's ship. Borrowing magical disguises from Rumplestiltskin, Hook and Emma attend the engagement party at King Midas' castle later that night. Snow manages to sneak into David's chambers and steal the ring, but things get out of hand when the Evil Queen arrives at the ball. Charming catches Snow in the act, but she escapes by hitting him in the head with a jewelry box. She escapes the queen's guards with a little help from Hook and Emma, but the ring is left behind, which Emma takes. Emma is imprisoned by the Evil Queen for helping Snow White. ("Snow Drifts")
Emma is thrown into the queen's dungeon, where she meets Maid Marian, who is scheduled to be executed tomorrow. The next day, Charming catches Snow White in a net. As he introduces himself as Prince James, she sarcastically dubs him "Prince Charming". She informs Charming that she no longer has the ring. Hook shows up, and explains the circumstances to the prince. Hook and Charming, aided by Red Riding Hood, break into the queen's palace. Emma manages to free herself and Marian, and regroups with the others. Meanwhile, Snow White has entered the castle on her own, and attempts to finish off the Evil Queen once and for all with dark fairy dust, but the plan fails. As she's about to be burned at the stake, she manages to escape by using the fairy dust to turn herself into a ladybug, just as Regina's fireball hits her. With the Blue Fairy's help, she is restored to human form.
The next morning, steals the ring again, and heads for the harbor. Charming finds her at a bridge, where they are attacked by trolls. When Prince Charming is trapped, Snow White saves him by threatening to turn the trolls into bugs, and they believe her, though she is merely bluffing, with sand instead of fairy dust. The ring is returned, and Snow takes the trolls' money "to forget this ever happened". Emma and Hook watch, as Emma's parents unknowingly fall in love with each other.
Fearful that Marian, who was sentenced to death by the Evil Queen, will alter the future by existing, Hook and Emma decide to take her to the future with them. In order to hitch a ride back to Storybrooke with Emma and Hook, Zelena kills Marian and takes her form. Returning to Rumplestiltskin, Hook and Emma learn that the portal has to be made by someone who traveled through it, and Emma has recently lost her magic. Intending to "protect the future", the Dark One entraps them in his vault, but Emma manages to open the portal, and persuades a reluctant Rumplestiltskin to drink a forgetting potion to forget everything that has transpired the last few days. Emma and Hook travel back to the future, along with "Marian". Unbeknownst to everyone, a mysterious urn is sucked into the portal with them.
|3||11||Rumplestiltskin celebrates his son Baelfire's birthday. Belle asks Rumplestiltskin how old Baelfire would've been after noticing his shawl; thinking he's dead. He corrects her by saying Baelfire is lost.|
|1||12||After a period of growing affection between Rumplestiltskin and Belle, they develop feelings for each other. Expecting she will run away when given the chance, he allows her to go into town to buy straw. On her journey, Belle encounters the Evil Queen, who tells her that true love's kiss will break any curse. Inspired by this, Belle returns to Rumplestiltskin and tries out true love's kiss. As the kiss begins to break his curse, Rumplestiltskin flies into a rage thinking he is being set up by the Evil Queen with Belle as her pawn. Choosing power over love, he kicks Belle out of his castle for good.|
|1||14||In an underground diamond mine, where eight dwarves hatched one year ago, in October, a young fairy, Nova, gets in trouble and the dwarf named Dreamy helps her. At the tavern, Dreamy has a conversation with Belle and realizes he is in love with Nova. He and Nova later plan to travel the world together.|
|2||11||The next night, Belle meets Dreamy once again. He encourages her to go on a quest with a group of men to slay the terrible Yaoguai, and gives her fairy dust from the mines as a present.|
|1||14||The same night, Dreamy tries to leave the mines forever, but he is encouraged by the Blue Fairy and Bossy to end the relationship so Nova could achieve her dream of becoming a fairy godmother. Once he breaks up with Nova, Dreamy goes back to work. However, his ax does not work anymore, so he is given a new one with a new name—Grumpy.|
|2||11||Soon after, Belle travels with the group of men to the far off land where the Yaoguai lives, but she misleads them to believe the creature will be by a lake, and goes off on her own to find the beast in its actual location—the mountains. Belle finds the Yaoguai, but is unprepared when the beast charges at her. She is saved by another Yaoguai seeker, Mulan. After getting a leg injury, Mulan is unable to continue with her plans of killing the creature, so she sets Belle up for the task. Belle weakens the Yaoguai by throwing water on it. Wounded, the Yaoguai scribbles "Help me" on the ground, to which Belle takes a pinch of fairy dust to sprinkle over it. The Yaoguai transforms back into a human Prince Phillip. She takes him to meet Mulan, and they go off on their own journey, but Belle decides to return to Rumplestiltskin. However, the Evil Queen captures Belle and keeps her as prisoner.|
|Estimated time of Grumpy's attempt to win Nova back, and his imprisonment in King George's castle dungeons. Grumpy is still in love with Nova, even after he left her, so he tries selling the diamonds he mined in order to buy an engagement ring to propose, but the ring is a stolen one, and he is named a thief, and thrown into the dungeons for his crime. (mentioned in "7:15 A.M.")|
- ↑ The episode erroneously states that these events take place 200 years before Emma comes to Camelot. Adam Horowitz has stated that this was an error, and that it should have stated 500 years ago. (see here)
- ↑ Casting calls for "Young Regina" and "Young Zelena" for "Sisters" reveal that Zelena is 2 years older than Regina. Since Cora's whole pregnancy takes place in "The Miller's Daughter", it means that a maximum of one year and three months happened between Zelena's birth and the events of "The Miller's Daughter".
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 https://twitter.com/AdamHorowitzLA/status/656234103654641664
- ↑ Note that "The Broken Kingdom" places the hunt for the Dark One's Dagger five years before the Camelot scenes with the visitors from Storybrooke, meaning the time period is from the point of view of the Camelot people and does not include the Dark Curse's duration of 28 years where Storybrooke and parts of Fairy Tale Land were frozen in time
- ↑ "Siege Perilous", Once Upon a Time, ABC.
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