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Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) met on the set of this show, fell in love, are married (as of 4/12/14) and have a son together, Oliver Finlay (May 29, 2014).
Names for many characters in Storybrooke are often coordinated with their fairytale counterpart. For example:
  • Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White): Blanchard derives from the French word "blanc" or "blanche" for white. The name "Mary Margaret" is from a real-life woman believed to be the inspiration of the Snow White character named "Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina Freifräulein Von Erthal" (born on June 15, 1729 in Germany).

  • Regina Mills (Evil Queen): Regina is a Late Latin and Modern Italian feminine noun and name meaning "queen". Regina's grandfather was a Miller so that is a connection to her last name.

  • David Nolan (Prince Charming): The masculine name David means "darling" or "beloved." In Biblical text it is also the name of the shepard who became King David after defeating the Goliath the giant. Nolan is a Gaelic name meaning "noble," "fighter," or "champion."

  • Mr. Gold (Rumpelstiltskin): Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold in his story.

  • Ruby (Red Riding Hood): A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone.

  • Ashley Boyd (Cinderella): Cinders precede ashes in the burning process. Boyd derives from the Gaelic word "buidhe" meaning yellow-haired.

  • Sidney Glass (Mirror): Because another word for mirror is glass or looking glass. Also, his newspaper is called "The Mirror." Sidney's character as the Queen's minion trapped in a mirror parallels a genie trapped in a bottle/lamp as a master's servant. The name Sidney refers to Sidney Sheldon, the creator of I Dream of Jeannie (1965).

  • Archie Hopper (Jiminy Cricket): Crickets often hop to get around. Also, crickets are sometimes called hoppers.

  • Jefferson (The Mad Hatter): The group Jefferson Airplane has a song called "White Rabbit" which uses lyrics derived from the "Alice in Wonderland" tales.

  • Paige (Grace): In the real world, the Hatter's daughter is named Paige but in the fairytale land, her name is Grace. Grace Slick was a member of Jefferson Airplane and writer of their song "White Rabbit."

  • Dr. Whale (Dr. Frankenstein): In his black and white fairytale world, he is Dr. Victor Frankenstein. James Whale was the director of the original Universal Frankenstein (1931) and its sequel The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

  • Cora (The Queen of Hearts): Derived from the Latin word "cor" meaning heart.

Zelena (The Wicked Witch): Zelena means "green" in various Slavic languages. Neal Cassidy: named after Neal Cassady an infamous thief who served 11 months in prison for stolen goods; the same time Emma Swan was given when he let her take the fall for his crime. August W. Booth (Pinnochio): W. Booth references to Wayne C. Booth, who coined the term the "unreliable narrator" i.e. a blatant liar who misleads the audience. August's fairytale counterpart is known for lying
Lana Parrilla specifically requested for the writers to change the abusive relationship between Regina and Henry. She is also responsible for the introduction of Regina's Season 3 love interest Robin Hood.
At the 2014 Oz Comic Con, Jennifer Morrison confirmed that one of her favourite scenes was when Hook quoted the infamous "as you wish" to Emma. Saying that it was her own 'Buttercup moment.'
The inspiration for Captain Hook was Westly from The Princess Bride and Han Solo from Star Wars.
During one of the episodes, Charming mentions to Snow about falling through a portal to Asgard, a reference to Thor. Josh Dallas played Fandral in the first Thor movie.
Many actors from Lost have appeared in the series, including Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin, Jorge Garcia, Alan Dale, Rebecca Mader, and Elizabeth Mitchell.
The farmhouse where Mr. Gold is held captive by the Wicked Witch of the West in season 3 is the same farmhouse where DG resides in the miniseries TinMan.
All true love couples first meet in the Enchanted Forest, the place where happy endings exist.
The creators formally offered the part of the Blue Fairy/Mother Superior to singer Lady Gaga. However, according to Edward Kitsis, they never never heard back from her management staff. The part then went to Keegan Connor Tracy.
The main couple Emma Swan and Killian Jones are often paralleled to other classic romances. These include Rapunzel/Flynn Rider (Tangled), Han Solo/Princess Leia (Star Wars), Anna/Kristoff (Frozen) and Westly/Buttercup (The Princess Bride)
If you pay close attention to the opening title during the show's credits, you may see a little something hiding in the mist. From characters such as "Robin Hood" to symbolic items such as a spinning wheel, the hidden part gives a clue to what that episode may bring.
Singer Christina Perri dedicated her song "The Words" to the show's main couple Emma Swan and Captain Hook. Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook) is in the song's music video.
Katee Sackhoff auditioned five times for the role of Emma Swan.
Sarah Bolger (Aurora/Sleeping Beauty) once said in an interview that her first on-screen kiss was with Colin O'Donoghue (Hook/Killian), when they co-starred alongside each other in The Tudors
In the episode "skin deep" rumplestiltskin lies to belle when giving her a rose, saying he got it from an old peddler woman, a nod to the disney version, in which an old peddler woman gives the beast (rumplestiltskin) an enchanted rose.
Elizabeth Mitchell found it hard to wear high heels in the woods for her role as the Snow Queen and suggested that she be bare footed instead.
Elizabeth Lail's debut in a TV series.
There are multiple cameos of Apollo candy bars, like from the TV show Lost. There was also a TV in one episode playing a show called Exposé, also from (or similar to) Lost.
There is a Mickey mouse toy at Mr. Gold Shop.
Kristin Bauer van Straten briefly appeared in season 1 was unable to return due to her role in True Blood, however once the show concluded its run in 2014 she returned in season 4.
In a flashback of Henry and Mary Margaret in season 3 episode 11 (Going Home), Henry is confronted by Mary Margaret and he shuts his lunch box. When he shuts it, you can notice it is a Tron Legacy (2010) box. Edward Kitis and Adam Horwitzs (the creators) wrote Tron Uprising. In another episode, Henry is seen playing Space Paranoids. This game was mentioned in Tron (1982) and Legacy as being invented by Kevin Flynn (one of the main characters).
Paula Marshall was cast as Maleficent but was replaced by Kristin Bauer van Straten after producers decided to go in a different direction with the character.
Yvette Nicole Brown played Ursula in season 3 but the role was recast to Merrin Dungey for season 4.
Michael Raymond-James', Sonequa Martin-Green and Brighton Sharbino have all appeared in The Walking Dead.
Michael Socha previously played Will Scarlet in the spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
Most of the storybook's characters, especially Queen Regina, are wearing Indian Jewellery. Princes' and kings' attires are indian as well.
In season 1 Episode 12 there is a scene where Regina visits Rumplestiltskin at his home. If you look behind Rumplestiltskin while he is standing in front of the table you can see Mickey Mouse's wizard's hat from Fantasia displayed on a pedestal.
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They talk about the guillotine several times, however the fairytales are set in 1200-1500's, the guillotine was not used until the French Revolution, 1792
Sunny Mabrey and Ethan Embry who play Glinda and Greg Mendell respectively were married for 7 years until 2012. However,in 2015, they have rekindled their romance, and are engaged to be married once more.
The wardrobe that Emma (Jennifer Morrison) was sent through when she's born is a nod to Narnia.
David Anders and Rose McIver both star in the TV series iZombie.
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The fairy tales are set during the Medieval times but some of the characters have Revolutionary war era clothes and some modern day fancy dresses in the enchanted forest.
In a flashback in season 3 a car goes by Prince charming


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The storyline of Snow White and Prince Charming's second baby was written to accommodate Ginnifer Goodwin's real life pregnancy.
Tom Ellis played Robin Hood in season 2 but was unavailable to appear in season 3. He was replaced by Sean Maguire. They have corrected this with episode 18 of season 4 (Heart of Gold) when Robin admits to having the necklace which permits the wearer to change form.
Henry is supposedly getting a love interest in season 4 who's name is rumored to be Lily, and in episode Breaking Glass Lily was introduced in a flashback as Emma's friend. It's also revealed that Lily is Maleficent daughter.
Christie Laing who plays Robin Hoods wife, Marian, appears in seasons 2, 3 and 4, even though the actor for Robin Hood changes.
Mulan is the first character that does not find true love (even though she loves Aurora).
Due to her starring role on the short lived TV series Intelligence, Meghan Ory was absent from several episodes of season 2 and was subsequently demoted to recurring status.
To make the story more like the Hans Christian Anderson version, they killed Prince Hans of The Southern Isles in the first episode with him in season 4. The creators of Once Upon a Time brought in the Ice Queen instead.
Pinocchio will return in season 4B
In season 4 Maleficent will return for a major arc in the second half of season 4. The season 4 theme is "Never give up on the people you love".
In season 4B, there are going to be 3 villains: Ursula, Cruella, and Maleficent.
Giancarlo Esposito was unavailable for filming due to his commitments to the TV series Revolution hence his limited appearances in seasons 2-3.
It's rumored that the actor of Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) May not be in the next half of the season due to the filming of his new movies The Cove and Party Pieces.

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