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William Smee
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Biographical Information
Current Counterpart: Storybrooke
Status: Alive
Current Home: The Jolly Roger
Occupation: Trader (formerly)
Pirate
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Relationships
Current Allies:
Current allies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Christopher Gauthier
First appearance: "The Crocodile"
Latest appearance: "Poor Unfortunate Soul"
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I’m just a man who procures hard to find objects.

—William Smee to Belle src

William Smee is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the fourth episode of the second season. He is portrayed by guest star Christopher Gauthier.

Smee is based on the character from the play, Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up.

History

Before First Curse

William Smee is a criminal who sells stolen goods on the black market. He approaches Rumplestiltskin, the Dark One, in a tavern and strikes a deal to trade a magic bean for eternal life. While "procuring" the bean from the ship of pirate captain Killian Jones, he is caught and imprisoned below decks. Smee is brought forth from the hold when Killian and Milah attempt to broker their own deal with Rumplestiltskin. He is witness to the vengeful murder of Milah and the amputation of Killian's hand with which Rumplestiltskin leaves believing himself in possession of the magic bean. Smee is released from his bindings and is asked by Killian to become part of the crew. He is indignant because Rumplestiltskin promised him eternal life, but that isn't possible now since Killian tricked Rumplestiltskin into leaving without the bean. Instead, Killian uses it to transport himself and his crew into another world where they will never age—Neverland. Later, Killian begins assuming the name Hook. ("The Crocodile")

As they sail towards the island of Neverland, Smee and the ship crew pull out a boy out of the water onto the deck. When Hook learns the youngster's name is Baelfire, he hides him when the Lost Ones come onto the ship, on Pan's orders, to search for a certain boy. After the Lost Ones leave, Smee expresses disagreement with Hook's plan to keep the boy and possibly get in trouble with Pan. Hook insists that Baelfire is a key for vital information towards his revenge since the boy is Rumplestiltskin's son. Instead, Hook forms a bond with the boy, which ends when Baelfire discovers the pirate only used him to find out more about Rumplestiltskin. ("Second Star to the Right", "And Straight On 'Til Morning")

After finally arriving to the island's jungle, Hook is adamant that they must find a way back to the Enchanted Forest. Since previously finding out from Baelfire that Rumplestiltskin can be killed by a special dagger, the captain is more impatient than ever to return. Even though Smee feels unsafe in the jungle, he tries to keep up with Hook's quick, hasty strides until being knocked out by Tinker Bell, who then accosts the pirate captain. ("Going Home")

At some point after this, Hook and his ship crew begin working for Peter Pan by traveling the seas and procuring items for him. On one such excursion back to Neverland, Smee is caught eating some of the food supplies that Pan is expecting, which Hook chastises him about. Suddenly, the whole crew hears a mermaid singing and fall under her spell as their ship is heading towards some rocks. Before they meet their doom, the mermaid's song stops, allowing Hook to call for the ship to be redirected away from danger. ("Poor Unfortunate Soul")

While Hook spends time at the local tavern, Smee tries to rid the ship deck of a stray mouse. He expresses surprise when his captain, who is actually Hook from the future, arrives back so soon. Smee begins going after the mouse again, but Hook tells him to leave the creature be as one day he will understand. Strangely, he notices his captain is wearing a new vest and seems to be acting differently. Annoyed, Hook commands him to stop badgering. Smee apologizes and instead asks if there is anything he can do for him. On Hook's order, he brings aboard a passing woman, who leaves a few minutes later. Resuming his place on deck, Smee is shocked to see a drunken Hook coming aboard the ship—again—only this time he is with a blonde woman. Smee believes something is amiss, but Hook casually asks for privacy with the lady. In turn, his crew mate leaves the ship. ("Snow Drifts")

After First Curse

After the breaking of the Dark Curse, Smee is enlisted by Belle's father, Moe, to find his daughter. He ambushes her while she is peeking into the town library and asks for some change. After verifying that she is alone, he silences her mouth with his hand and drags her away to Moe's flower shop. Belle's brief reunion with her estranged father ends in disagreement over her relationship with Mr. Gold. Smee, at Moe's order, takes Belle to the mines to carry out her father's plan to send her over the Storybrooke town border; thereby erasing her Enchanted Forest memories and all possibility of reconciling with Mr. Gold. David, Mr. Gold and Ruby are able to thwart Moe's plan and stop the mine cart in time before Belle crosses the border. Later, Smee is bound up in a basement storage and interrogated by Mr. Gold about the whereabouts of Hook. ("The Crocodile")

Smee is taken by Mr. Gold to the town border for the purpose of testing out an experiment. Mr. Gold takes his red hat from him and asks where he got it. Smee replies that it is special to him and that his grandmother had made it for him. Mr. Gold pours a mysterious potion on the hat, gives the hat back to Smee and pushes him across the town line. Smee convulses with blue energy; seemingly losing his memories, but the potion helps to retain them. Later, he assists Hook in breaking into Mr. Gold's pawnshop to retrieve the shawl he has in the safe as the last thing of Baelfire's. Fearful of Mr. Gold's wrath, he tries to leave town, but is caught by him. Mr. Gold demands to know where the shawl was. Smee claims not to know since he previously met Hook on a rooftop in Storybrooke. Rather than kill Smee, Gold turns him into a rat, and orders him to scurry away, which Smee promptly does. ("The Outsider")

The devious Pan infiltrates Storybrooke by previously switching bodies with Henry and sets out to cast his own version of the Dark Curse. Regina puts a stop to it by undoing the curse she cast, but also getting rid of Pan's curse in the process. As a price, Storybrooke will be wiped out and all residents will have to return to the Enchanted Forest. Once Regina's task is done, everyone except Emma and Henry, who left town on the mayor's request, is engulfed by the curse's purple smoke. ("Going Home")

Before Second Curse
After Regina takes preventive measures to undo Pan's curse, all the inhabitants of Storybrooke pay the price by returning to their former lives in the Enchanted Forest. Smee is transformed back into his human form, although he does not forget how much he liked cheese. Smee then rejoins Hook's crew, though they are not able to locate the Jolly Roger. One night, they successfully steal treasure from a roadside traveler and later celebrate at the tavern. Smee procures a prostitute for Hook, who then suggestively leads the woman away. Neither he or the other crew mates see their captain pay off the wench rather than accept her services. When Hook learns from Ariel that Black Beard is in possession of the Jolly Roger, Smee tags along on the journey to find the ship. Smee and Ariel wait until Hook distracts Black Beard with a sword duel before sneaking aboard. Ariel goes to look for her kidnapped lover, Prince Eric, who she presumes Black Beard has, but cannot find him anywhere on the ship. Black Beard promises to give him up if Hook stops trying to reclaim the Jolly Roger. Hook chooses the ship and throws Black Beard to the sharks, to which Ariel berates him for his selfishness. ("The Jolly Roger")


Trivia

Character Notes

  • The name "William" is of Germanic origin derived from the name "Willahelm" and itself derived from the words "wil" and "helm" that mean "will, desire" and "helm, protection".[1]
  • The surname "Smee" is of English origin derived from the surname bearers of the land of Smeeth, in the county of Kent in England.[2]
  • Smee is one of very few Enchanted Forest characters to have a known surname.
  • His red hat was a gift from his grandmother. ("The Outsider")
  • He is the first person to cross the border and keep his Enchanted Forest memories. ("The Outsider")

Production Notes

  • The casting call describes him as, "a criminal who deals in stolen antiques. This role may be recurring."[3]
  • The casting call name for him was "Beaman".[3]

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

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