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Everything in that realm was just a twisted version of the truth, like a cracked mirror.
Hook to Hook (Wish Realm) src

The Wish Realm,[1][2] also known as the Alternate Universe,[3] is a reality featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the tenth episode of the sixth season.

History

After Third Curse

The Wish Realm was magically created when the Evil Queen used the genie Aladdin to grant Emma's wish of never having been the Savior. As a result, she is teleported to the Wish Realm, a recreation of the Enchanted Forest, where the Evil Queen was defeated before she could cast the Dark Curse. As a result, David and Snow are revered for saving the kingdom's people from the Queen, and they are the elderly rulers of the land. The original Emma is placed in the role of their meek daughter, given fake memories and having her real ones erased so she no longer remembers being strong or fighting back. Her son, Henry, is a prince who is approaching his knighting ceremony. This realm's Robin of Locksley is also still alive; Rumplestiltskin is imprisoned underneath the ruined Evil Queen's former palace; and Geppetto has died of old age, leaving his son, Pinocchio, alone. ("Wish You Were Here")

Regina Mills, the Evil Queen's counterpart from the Land Without Magic, visits this realm shortly after its creation to try and bring Emma back. Emma doubts her claims of a "real" world and she is soon discovered by the king and queen, who believe her to be the Evil Queen they banished. After a suggestion from Rumplestiltskin, Regina decides to disguise herself as just that and attacks as Snow and David knight Henry, hoping to awaken Emma's inherent heroism. Instead, Emma attempts to give Regina control of the kingdom, even as Regina crushes her supposed parents' hearts. His grandparents dead, Henry swears revenge on the Evil Queen and attempts to kill her, but Emma stops him and remembers who she really is. Their escape is postponed when Regina meets the Robin of the Wish Realm but they are still able to return to the Land Without Magic via an Enchanted Tree carved into a wardrobe by Pinocchio, bringing Robin along with them. ("Wish You Were Here", "Tougher Than the Rest")

Robin is returned to the Wish Realm by Regina's evil half, the Evil Queen created by Dr. Jekyll's Serum, after she kidnaps him to use as bait in an attempt to kill Regina. After Regina puts some of her love in the Evil Queen's heart, turning her good, Henry of the Land Without Magic uses his Author's Pen to send her somewhere she can be happy: the Wish Realm. However, this falls through when Sir Henry discovers her and still blames her for his grandparents' death. As such, they retreat to the "real" Enchanted Forest. ("Page 23", "The Final Battle Part 1")


Inhabitants

Ways to Access the Wish Realm

The Wish Realm can be reached:

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

Set Dressing

Filming Locations

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about Wish Realm

  • Favourite Alternate Version

    6 messages
    • Aine1989 wrote:Deckhand!Killian because the whole point of that arc was that even when he was forcibly written into a coward, he was able to fi...
    • Wishrealm. Seeing the behind it facinates me. The heroes and villians universe is my least favorite because it botches an awesome concept.
  • Other Rumplestiltskins

    3 messages
    • Cool theory! I think the whole "new version" is probably perceived in an odd way. Most seem to put it as "versions...
    • I would not do another Rumpelstiltskin, not only because it's repetitive, but our Rumple is so unique, I would do Leon/The Beast instead.