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Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Status: Unknown
Affiliation: Neutral
Physical Description
Species: Goddess
Gender: Female
Current Enemies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Yvette Nicole Brown (Voice)[1]
Merrin Dungey[2]
First appearance: "Ariel"
Next appearance: "Darkness On The Edge Of Town[2]"
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Next time you claim to be me, you'll find out just how real I am.

—Ursula to the Evil Queen src

Ursula is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the sixth episode of the third season. She is voiced by guest star Yvette Nicole Brown in Season Three and will be portrayed by Merrin Dungey in Season Four[2].

Ursula is based on the Sea Witch from the fairytale, "The Little Mermaid".


Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Ursula is a famed mythical figure worshipped by mermaids and humans alike as a goddess of the sea. It is legend among the mermaids that the goddess gives them the gift of walking on land for twelve hours from high tide until the next high tide once a year. Around that time, a seafaring kingdom throws a ball in her honor. In an act of trickery, the Evil Queen impersonates Ursula in order to lure a mermaid, Ariel, with an offer to remain human permanently, but the cost is someone else must take her place. Ariel follows suit by clasping a magical bracelet on a human friend, Snow White, which causes her legs to turn into a mermaid tail. Eventually, Ariel discovers the truth and distracts the Evil Queen so she and Snow White can escape. However, the Evil Queen gets back at Ariel by stealing her voice, and later returns to her palace. In one of the mirrors, Ursula makes herself known and plunges out her tentacles to entrap the Evil Queen. Deeply offended at the masquerading ploy, she threatens if it happens again, the Evil Queen will find out exactly how real Ursula is. ("Ariel")


  • The name "Ursula" is of Latin origin that means "little bear".[3]


  • Ursula is pictured on the clasp of Prince Eric's cloak in "The Jolly Roger".[4]


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ursula

  • Why Three Villains?

    69 messages
    • Well the way the Apprentice talked to Ingrid on the last episode pretty much confirmed, to me, that he is the sorcerer. And yes I agree that...
    • By the way, I've been meaning to ask:  Just how much money does their budget have? We get Maleficent, which will sure bring Aurora and Phi...
  • Ideas for future storylines

    181 messages
    • Titanchamp7 wrote:Edward Zachary Sunrose wrote:Hmcooper4 wrote:This conversations brings up another potential villian to be cast. The L...
    • With the news of Maleficent, Ursula, and Cruella I really want a ton of villains to team up and it'll be like the ultimate battle of heroes ...

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