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True love, Miss Swan. The only magic strong enough to transcend realms and break any curse.
Mr. Gold to Emma src

True Love, and its action True Love's Kiss, is a type of magic featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


True Love is the most powerful and simple form of magic with capabilities of breaking curses through the act of true love's kiss. It is also able to reverse effects of any negative witchcraft. ("Skin Deep", "Heart of Darkness")

In his endeavor to capture the elusive and rare physical form of true love, Rumplestiltskin sought out to make deals with both Snow White and Prince Charming. On both occasions, he took a strand of each person's hair as payment. Combining both hairs in a bottle, he successfully created a true love potion. ("Heart of Darkness")

Numerous times, true love's kiss has been used to bring someone out of a Sleeping Curse. Emma's, and later Regina's, success in using true love's kiss on Henry proves that true love can exist in not only romantic relationships but also parental relationships. ("Pilot", "Lost Girl", "A Land Without Magic", "New York City Serenade", "A Curious Thing", "Broken", "Queen of Hearts")

As some practitioners of witchcraft can rip out another person's heart, those born as a product of true love, such as Emma, have the power to resist such magic. However, Aurora, who is also a product of true love, had her heart ripped out, meaning it is still possible to accomplish. ("Queen of Hearts"), "Enter the Dragon", "Into the Deep")

True love manifests in various ways, and it doesn't necessarily have to be romantic love, but can occur within family and friendship bonds and even through loyalty; such as Felix's loyalty to Pan. ("Going Home")

In special situations, when the love is extremely true and pure, then the pair sharing true love can survive with having one heart between the two (both metaphorically and literally); such as Snow White and Prince Charming sharing two halves of one heart. ("A Curious Thing")

According to Elsa, the only way to cure a freezing spell is an act of true love. Regina takes this to be a true love's kiss. ("Rocky Road")

Simple-looking objects, such as Ingrid and her sisters' ribbons, can be infused with true love, which causes them to have some magical abilities. ("The Snow Queen")

The first spark of two people's True Love can very rarely create a powerful sprout made of True love. ("Heartless")

A pixie dust flower has the ability to unite anyone who shares true love, and can return lost memories, awaken someone from a coma and even create Magic Doors. ("Awake")

Known Practitioners


On-Screen Notes

  • True love's kiss will not break a Dark One's curse if the dark one does not want to give up the power.[1] When the afflicted wants it, it is no longer a curse. Nor will true love's kiss work if both people involved are Dark Ones.[2] ("Skin Deep", "The Price")
  • True lovers can feel the pain of one another if one of them is harmed in some way. ("An Apple Red as Blood", "To Catch a Thief", "The Final Battle Part 2")
  • True love's kiss is so powerful that it can break not one, but two curses simultaneously. ("A Land Without Magic")
  • True love magic is one of the main aspects of light magic. ("Kansas")

Props Notes

  • The inscription on the True Love Scale reads "ΜΟΝΟ ΜΙΑ ΚΑΡΔΙΑ ΓΕΜΑΤΗ ΜΕ ΑΛΗΘΙΝE [sic] ΑΓΑΠE ΜΠΟΡΕΙ",[3] which is Greek for "only a heart full of true love can pass". (Note that "ΑΛΗΘΙΝE" is a misspelling of "ΑΛΗΘΙΝΗ", the Greek word for "true".) ("Firebird")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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  • True love's kiss

    4 messages
    • Well, Belle already loved her baby, she just didn't know it was Gideon. So the love was true on both sides, even if Belle didn't know...
    • The "rules" are very weird -The Graham/Emma kiss broke the curse for him. But was that a TLK? I don't think so because t...
  • Can true love break the dark one's curse?

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    • Alex The OUaT Fan wrote:Another question about TLK breaking the DO's curse, I think that if TLK could break it, it would also unleash ...
    • According to Belle, TLK will only work if the afflicted doesn't want the curse (else it isn't a curse anymore). Rumple wanted power t...