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This article focuses on the Camelot character.
For the Enchanted Forest character, see Violet Roberts.


I hope you're ready to get your heart racing.
—Violet to Henry src

Violet is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the second episode of the fifth season. She is portrayed by guest star Olivia Steele Falconer.

Violet is based on Hank Morgan's daughter from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

History

Before First Curse
Sir Morgan, originally from Connecticut in the Land Without Magic, travels to Camelot and becomes one of King Arthur's knights. He later marries a woman, and the two have a daughter named Violet. At seven years old, Violet receives a horse, Nicodemus, from her mother. Before she is able to learn how to ride the horse, her mother passes away because of magic. During one of her schooling lessons, Violet sees paintings of the Holy Grail, which her tutor deems to be the source of all magic. ("Dreamcatcher", "Only You", "An Untold Story")

Before Third Curse

Having attended many balls in Camelot, Violet is present for yet another one in King Arthur's castle, except this celebration is to welcome the prophesied savior and her allies, who will reunite the kingdom with Merlin. Bored and not having much to do, she notices a boy her age standing nearby. With encouragement from David, the boy approaches to give her a drink. The two youngsters agree that the ball is not that exciting, and to help lighten the mood, he pulls out a music player device, explaining that he got it from the savior, Regina, who gifted to him after he saved his people from an alternate reality. Violet is amazed at this, asking if he is a knight, but he proudly defines himself as a writer. The boy hands her one of the device's earbuds and puts the other pair in his ear, and after Violet copies this action, he presses a switch on the device to play a song called "Only You". As the song plays on, she gives him her name, and he introduces himself as Henry, before they shake hands. ("The Price")

After becoming friends, Violet brings Henry to visit her family's stables. One day, while working on the stable grounds, she hears someone speaking in the barn, discovering that Henry is inside. He proposes if she is interested in taking him riding, which Violet cheerfully agrees to, and she takes him outside to meet her horse Nicodemus. ("The Broken Kingdom")

Later in the barn, as Violet is brushing Nicodemus' coat, Henry asks her about how she acquired the horse. She tells him about her mother giving her Nicodemus, but before she could learn how to ride, her mother passed away. Having experienced the loss of a parent too, Henry mentions his father, who died too soon before he could truly know him, and that there is a lot he didn't get to tell him. Violet echoes his sentiments, as she feels the same about her mother, before remarking that she's never spoken to anyone about this until now. This causes both of them to smile as they share a quiet moment together. While Violet is away getting Nicodemus' saddle ready, Henry unexpectedly meets Sir Morgan, Violet's father, who doesn't believe he is good enough for his daughter and intimidates him into leaving. When the girl returns, she is pleased to find a note from Henry, telling her to meet him inside Granny's Diner for a surprise. Emma, in order to acquire a tear of a broken heart from Henry, which she needs for freeing Merlin, approaches Violet, asking if she can keep a secret. After Violet affirms she can, Emma rips out her heart, promising to return it once Violet has broken Henry's heart. That night, Violet meets up with Henry for a candlelit dinner in the diner, where she tries soda for the first time. At his mention of their "date", she questions if he is courting her, and when he says yes, she lies about not feeling the same way as him. Henry suspects her father told her to stay away from him, but Violet insists that, in truth, she prefers just being friends. ("Dreamcatcher")

After Third Curse

In order to conceal Hook's turn to darkness, Emma erases everyone's memories of the six weeks when she and her allies were in Camelot, with everyone last's memory being entering King Arthur's castle. She then sends them as well as some residents of Camelot, including Violet, to Storybrooke. That night, Violet visits the diner, where she looks at a strange machine. Henry tells her it's a juke box and puts money in it to play a song "Only You" for her. Violet senses she has heard the song before, but neither she or Henry recall it's the same one they listened to during the Camelot ball. As it happened six weeks ago, she gives him her name again, and he tells her his name, before they shake hands. ("The Price")

In part to make up for what she did six weeks ago, Emma purposely lets Violet's horse Nicodemus loose, as a way for Henry to be the girl's hero by tracking down the horse. While fretting over her pet's disappearance, Violet tells Henry that her father is currently trying to lure Nicodemus back with pumpkin, his favorite treat. Though he suggests she attend the town party as a temporary reprieve from her worries, she is too upset to allow herself to be distracted, so he promises to find Nicodemus for her. By the evening, she is still in a downtrodden mood, but her father takes her to the party, encouraging her to have fun. Suddenly, Henry enters the town square with Nicodemus, causing Violet's demeanor to immediately brighten up. After Sir Morgan departs with Nicodemus to the stables, leaving the two youngsters alone, Violet thanks Henry and kisses him on the cheek. Later, Henry discovers the truth about what Emma did to Violet after seeing Violet's memories in a dreamcatcher. ("Dreamcatcher")

During Robin Hood's wake, Violet comforts Henry over his loss. She admits her fears about never seeing Henry again after he went to the Underworld, with Henry revealing that he feared the same about her. Once Mr. Gold steals Storybrooke's magic with the Olympian Crystal, Violet meets up with Henry at the pawnshop after receiving a text from him. When Henry tells her about all the trouble that magic has given his family and other people, Violet confesses that her own mother died because of magic. He wishes to destroy magic for good, and he asks Violet to come with him. After she agrees, he names the mission "Operation Mixtape" and uses the Author's quill to steal the Olympian Crystal from Mr. Gold. To throw his family off, Henry plants his cellphone on a bus bound for Boston, before he and Violet take a bus to New York City. Violet gets her first glimpse of the city, and she is awed by the buildings that are even taller than the spires of Camelot. For their first stop, Henry brings her to the same pizza place that his dad, Neal, once took him to. After grabbing pizza, Violet learns he brought her to New York City specifically because they need to follow the trail Neal left when he was attempting to destroy magic. They head to Neal's old apartment, where information from Neal's journal leads them to the Midtown Library's rare reading room. When Violet spots a replica of the Holy Grail, Henry tests it to see if it can absorb the crystal's magic, which confirms the grail is the key to destroying magic. As they head out, Mr. Gold magicks both of them unconscious and takes the crystal for himself. The teens are found by Regina and Emma, and Henry argues with them about his belief that magic needs to disappear, however, he fails to disclose the finding of the Holy Grail. While Regina and Emma hunt down Mr. Gold, Violet and Henry are told by them to wait in the library. ("Only You", "An Untold Story")

Violet chases after Henry, who wants to look for his moms, fearing they are in danger from Mr. Gold. When he shows no signs of giving up, she agrees to help if he believes it's the best thing to do. Upon seeing a magic storm cloud above the Hotel D'or building, they rush in to stop Mr. Gold, with Henry absorbing the crystal's magic into the Holy Grail. Only after this, Violet and Henry learn Emma, Regina and Mr. Gold all needed the crystal's magic to save their loved ones who have become trapped in another realm. After an upset Henry storms off, Violet follows him and sits with him at the fountain arena until Emma drops by, asking for some privacy so she can speak with her son. Later, Violet and the others join Regina and Mr. Gold in Chinatown at an herbal shop, where the Dragon uses his powers in an attempt to open a portal to the other realm, but he reaches his magic limit. Realizing belief can make magic real, Henry gives each of his allies a coin and tells them to make a wish and toss into the fountain. Violet follows his instructions, as does everyone else, but this doesn't create enough magic. Henry then rallies crowd of onlookers into doing the same, and with enough magic, a portal in the fountain opens, allowing their family and friends to return. On return to Storybrooke, Violet prepares to go talk with her dad, knowing he must be worried since she disappeared to New York. Henry apologizes for possibly getting her into trouble and causing her to miss the portal back to Camelot. However, she reveals her father is actually a native of Connecticut and never felt at home in Camelot, and that she intends to stay in Storybrooke. As Henry's mothers look on, he kisses Violet, who walks away happily afterwards. ("An Untold Story")

As Henry arrives to school, Violet meets him in the hallway and greets him with a kiss on his cheek. Violet then links her hand with his before leading him into the classroom. ("Strange Case")

Influenced by the movies Henry shows her, Violet becomes confused over her identity as a teenager and has a difficult time adjusting to school. One night, Henry wants to watch John Hughes' movies with her, but she stands him up twice, causing him to think Violet no longer likes him. The night of the school's fall formal dance, Violet meets up with Henry at the diner, where he gives her a white flower. However, instead of going to the dance as planned, Henry encourages her to maintain a semblance of normal conversation with him, as Regina is watching them from nearby. He reveals the woman looks like his mother, but is actually the Evil Queen, and that Violet must come up with an excuse so they can leave and figure out where Emma and the real Regina are. Violet does her part by pretending she wants to show Henry another dress she wants to wear to the dance, and after they are out of the diner, Henry sends her to a safe place while he goes to find his moms. Later that night, Violet returns to the diner, where Henry had decorated the place for her since they missed the dance. She is happy that he did all this for her, and eventually reveals the reason why she's been so distant lately. Henry persuades her into believing she doesn't need a label to define herself, and that she can be just Violet. They then happily waltz together in the diner as Emma and Regina watch from outside. ("I'll Be Your Mirror")

Trivia

Character Notes

Production Notes

  • Violet is the name which was given to Tinker Bell during her casting call.[1]

Popular Culture

  • According to Henry, he and Violet watched The Breakfast Club together, a reference to the classic coming-of-age comedy-drama directed by John Hughes. Later, Violet says that she has a hard time adjusting to school, comparing it to the movies that Henry showed her, and wonders if she is "a jock, a princess or a nerd"; a reference to The Breakfast Club, which is a story about five high school students who represent different stereotypes - a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. ("I'll Be Your Mirror")

Costume Notes

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

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