|Enchanted Forest Character|
|Portrayed by:||Brad Dourif|
|Appears in:||"Desperate Souls"|
My life was such a burden. You’ll see. All magic comes with a price... and now, it's yours to pay.
Zoso, also known as the Dark One, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the eighth episode of the first season. He is portrayed by guest star Brad Dourif, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.
Long ago, in the Enchanted Forest, a man named Zoso harnessed the power of the Dark One and became a slave to the bidding of whomever possesses control of him with a special dagger. The Duke of the Frontlands gains the dagger and allows one of his soldiers, Hordor, to bend the Dark One to his will. During an Ogre War, the Duke enlists all children aged fourteen to be trained as soldiers for his army. He dispatches Hordor to a village to pick up a girl named Morraine who recently turned fourteen as her parents beg for mercy. From a considerable distance, Zoso is ordered by Hordor via the dagger to magically force Morraine's parents into submission, which frightens the other villagers immensely. Unable to be freed of the curse of the Dark One, Zoso decides to goad someone else into killing him with the dagger so he can be free. He manipulates a cowardly wool spinner, Rumplestiltskin, whose only desire is to protect his son Baelfire from being forced to fight in the Ogre War. Disguised as a beggar, Zoso gains his sympathy and is offered food and shelter for the night. Zoso purposely tells Rumplestiltskin about the wonders of the dagger and encourages him to steal it from the Duke so he may gain control of the Dark One. Rumplestiltskin burns down the Duke's castle and snatches the dagger for himself. In the woods, he summons Zoso, who appears as a hooded figure. Rumplestiltskin cowers in fear of him, but quickly reacts in a blinded rage when Zoso taunts that his son was fathered by someone else. Zoso is stabbed to death by him, and reverts to human form. Rumplestiltskin is stunned at his true identity while Zoso briefly laments about life being a great burden for himself. Lastly, he affirms that Rumplestiltskin is the perfect pawn to help ensure his own death because he, like himself, is a desperate man. Upon death, Zoso's name disappears from the dagger while Rumplestiltskin's name replaces his. ("Desperate Souls")
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