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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." 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.


Tom Ellis played Robin Hood in season 2 but was unavailable to appear in season 3. He was replaced by Sean Maguire.
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.
The inspiration for Captain Hook was Westly from The Princess Bride and Han Solo from Star Wars.
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.
Many actors from Lost have appeared on Once Upon A Time to name a few Emilie de Ravin(Belle), Jorge Garcia(Anton the Giant), Alan Dale( king George), Rebecca Mader( wicked witch), Lana Parilla(Regina ), Elizabeth Mitchell(snow queen),
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
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.
Katee Sackhoff auditioned five times for the role of Emma Swan.
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.
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.
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.
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

Spoilers 

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.
Christie Laing who plays Robin Hoods wife, Marian, appears in seasons 2, 3 and 4, even though the actor for Robin Hood changes.
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.
In season 4B, there are going to be 3 villains: Ursula, Cruella, and Maleficent.
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.
Due to sucess of Frozen. Elsa has been added to the show.
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".
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In season 4 Maleficent will be back in the second half of season 4 for a major arc. The season 4 theme is "Never give up on the people you love".
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