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Fairytales do come true in ABC's popular television show Once Upon a Time. This weekly drama brings many of the more famous fairy tale characters to life right on the screen. Instead of just ripping the story of each character from the books, the creators of Once Upon a Time have gone deeper, used massive amounts of imagination, and have provided each character a deeper, more in-depth life than what is written in the books.

Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is Snow White and Prince Charming's daughter and first appears in Storybrooke, Maine, in the very first episode of Once Upon a Time. Her backstory is sad but a very important detail that ties much of the first season together. Emma was raised an orphan and spends much of her life on the run and alone. She came to Storybrooke to find the son that she gave up for adoption years before as a young woman. Little did Miss Emma Swan know that once she found her long lost son, she would encounter so much more. She quickly finds herself protecting her new upside-down hometown from the evils of magic. While in the first season magic was not part of the show, it was always something that the evil queen, Regina, and Rumpelstiltskin, Mr. Gold, kept striving to create.

Regina (Lana Parrilla), the evil queen that spent her fairytale life trying to kill off Snow White, is the mayor of Storybrooke. She is also the adopted mother to Henry, Emma's little boy. Henry is given a book of fairytales from his teacher. He believes in each story and spends much of his time trying to convince others of his ideas. Prince Charming, or David as the residents of Storybrooke know him, first appears as a John Doe in the local hospital. Before David comes out of his coma, Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), also known as Snow White in the fairytale, finds herself drawn to the mysterious patient and stays by his side, reading to him, and falling in love. When he awakens David finds that he has amnesia and cannot remember any of his past, and this includes any memories of his wife. He is drawn to Mary Margaret and they spend a lot of time together. This is the time when Regina's true colors come to life and she makes it impossible, or almost impossible, for the two to remain together.

The evil Rumpelstiltskin, or Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle), is an antique store owner in this altered reality of the fairytale. In his former life, before the curse came and wiped out the memory of most of the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin was also known as the dark one that everyone feared. Rumpelstiltskin was once a timid, scared man. He lost his wife because of weakness, and eventually lost his son because of his new, evil powers. He spent his time trying to find a way to find his son, and those who got in his way found out quickly what he was capable of.

Pinocchio, the seven dwarves, Captain Hook and many other familiar fairy tale characters spend some time appearing in at least two episodes each of Once Upon a Time. The female warrior Mulan makes a small appearance at the end of season one and continues to be a presence in season two. Princess Aurora, or sleeping beauty, is also a new character that appears in most of season two. Little Red Riding Hood, well known to the residents of Storybrooke as Ruby, is a cast member that has been in both season one and two. Ruby's story is a much different picture than what one would have derived from the books, but the familiar Granny character does appear in almost every episode that Ruby does.

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Once Upon a Time Full Episode Guide

  • Mr. Gold tells Emma how she can get rid of her powers, while Hook tries to prevent that from happening.

  • The Snow Queen tries to pit Anna and Elsa against each other. In an effort to protect her loved ones, Emma distances herself from them since her powers have gotten out of control.

  • Emma catches the Snow Queen and interrogates her. The Snow Queen tries to trick Emma into thinking they are more a like than she thinks.

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'Once Upon a Time' Casts Cruella De Vil

And apparently, she's related to Elsa and Anna. Huh?

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 4, Episode 3: 'Rocky Road'

A stranger is stirring up trouble in Storybrooke... does Elsa have competition?

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 4, Episode 2: 'White Out'

Elsa looks for Anna, but gets herself and Emma trapped in ice when she panics; Charming thinks back to how he first met Anna.

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 4, Episode 1: 'A Tale of Two Sisters'

Elsa of "Frozen" is lost and confused in Storybrooke; Regina fights to stay good, despite a broken heart, but the return of Marian may be too much for her.

New 'Once Upon a Time' Promo Features More 'Frozen'

Elsa's all set to take over Storybrooke!

'Once Upon a Time' Casts its Prince Hans, Troll King

Who will be joining the Storybrooke group for the upcoming season?

'Once Upon a Time' Casts its 'Frozen' Queen Elsa
Anna and Kristoff of 'Frozen' Cast in 'Once Upon a Time'

Meet your new "Once Upon a Time" power couple! The season finale of "OUAT" revealed that the newest addition to the cast of characters would be none other than Elsa of "Frozen." As time went on, it was rumored that other "Frozen" characters would be joining the cast as well. Sure enough, new casting news from the production shows that Anna and Kristoff will be characters on the show, and the actors have already been chosen! Kristoff will be played by Scott Michael Foster, while Elizabeth Lail will take on the role of Elsa's younger sister

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 3, Episode 22: 'There's No Place Like Home'

Emma and Hook work to return home, while also attempting to guide Snow and Charming's storyline back on track.

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 3, Episode 21: 'Snow Drifts'

When Zelena's death opens the portal, Emma and Hook are sucked into the past of the Enchanted Forest.

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 3, Episode 20: 'Kansas'

As Snow and Charming's baby makes its way into the world, we find out more about why Zelena went bad.

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 3, Episode 19: 'A Curious Thing'

Everyone works to figure out how to break their forgetting curse, in the hopes that they will know how to defeat Zelena when the spell is removed.

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 3, Episode 18: 'Bleeding Through'

Regina tries to conjure the spirit of her dead mother to learn the truth about Zelena... and hopefully gain insight into what the Wicked Witch has planned.

'Once Upon a Time' Considering 'Frozen' Cross-Over

One of the fun things about "Once Upon a Time" is seeing your favorite Disney characters pop up on the show. But for the most part, the characters we've seen have been classics that have been around for a long time: Snow White, Captain Hook, Prince Charming, etc. But new-school Disney is about to make an appearance! E! Online is reporting that "OUAT" producers Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are considering adding the characters from "Frozen" to the Storybrooke gang.

'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Season 3, Episode 17: 'The Jolly Roger'

When Ariel returns to Storybrooke, searching for Eric, some of the missing year is revealed - Hook's part in Eric's disappearance.

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