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How dare you address a knight of the queen's guard thusly?

—Berkley to a disguised Evil Queen src

The Black Knights, also known as Black Guards or the Queen's Guards, are several characters featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They début in the first episode of the first season.


Before First Curse

The Huntsman and his wolf head into a bar. Though the people insult him for crying over killing a deer, he responds calmly. This angers one patron, and he attacks the Huntsman, who stabs him. Unseen, the Evil Queen watches his actions from her magic mirror and has guards bring him to her castle. She desires his help to assassinate someone, but he will only agree if the wolves are protected. After the Queen concedes to his request, he is sent to murder her stepdaughter, Snow White, and bring back her heart as proof of death. Disguised as one of the Queen's guards, he accompanies Snow White, who reveals she knows of his intentions. She kicks him and runs off into the forest, to which he throws off his armor and gives chase. He quickly finds Snow White, but stops, puzzled, to see her scrawling a letter, which she asks that it be given to the Queen. As the Huntsman reads the letter, he is moved to tears and cannot bring himself to kill Snow White. Instead, he fashions a whistle out of a twig for her to use whenever she is in trouble. After letting her escape, he takes a deer's heart as a replacement for the Queen. Upon return to the castle, the Huntsman attempts to read Snow White's letter to the Queen, but she throws it into the fireplace. Upon further inquiry, she reveals that Snow White betrayed her trust by revealing a well-kept secret. Once the Queen receives the heart, she tries to place it into one of her vault boxes, however, none of them magically open. Realizing the Huntsman has played her, she takes out his heart as payment. To demonstrate what will happen if he crosses her again, she squeezes the heart; causing him pain. On her orders, the guards drag him into her bedroom. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "Shadow of the Queen")

As part of a deal, Rumplestiltskin glamours Regina as a peasant. At the market, she stops commoners from hitting a stick effigy of her, but the Queen's knights arrive and mistake her as the creator of the effigy. As they prepare to execute her as punishment, a hooded vagrant saves her. During the battle, Regina's leg is cut with a rusty sword, and as an infection sets in, she passes out after seeing her savior is Snow White. ("The Evil Queen")

As Red Riding Hood, and Snow White are running from a group of Black Knights, one of them suddenly appears out of nowhere and attacks Snow White, saying that she cannot run from the Evil Queen, but the two woman manage to knock him out, and hide from the rest of the knights. ("Child of the Moon")

Three Black Knights track Snow White to the Werewolves' Den. The two of them kill Quinn, one of the Werewolves, by shooting him with an arrow. The knight then states to the remaining werewolves that they will stand down, or be killed, but Anita, the pack leader, kills him by snapping his neck, while the other pack members do the same to the other guards. ("Child of the Moon")

The Black Knights encounter Snow White in the forest and attempt to kill her for the Evil Queen. However, Prince Charming intervenes killing one of them by throwing a knife into his back. ("Snow Falls")

The Black Knights accompany the Evil Queen to the royal ball held at King Midas's castle. When Snow White, who has just broken into the castle, escapes on horseback, a Black Knight archer tries to shoot her with an arrow. However, the arrow misses when Emma tackles him. The archer alerts all those around him that Emma helped Snow White escape, and Regina has Emma arrested. Shortly after, the Queen sends a group of Bridge Trolls to deal with Snow White, but when they fail, she turns them into cockroaches. She threatens to do the same to the archer if he fails her again. To make a point, she lifts her boot and squashes one of the roaches with her foot, before ordering the knight him to find Snow White. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home", "Heart of Gold")

At some point, Claude meets the Queen, who is looking for Belle. By nightfall, he directs the Queen and her henchmen straight to her. After Belle is captured and imprisoned by the Queen, Claude becomes employed as one of her guards. ("The Outsider")

Two Black Knights chase Snow White to the edge of a cliff, but she manages to escape. To show them what "dead looks like", the Evil Queen kills his companion by snapping his neck. The knight then asks if he should send more men after Snow White, but she tells them that they've proven unequal to the task. ("Ariel")

Snow White is in the forest when she captures one of the Queen's knights. She threatens to kill him if he does not give her information about the Queen's whereabouts. After complying with her demand, Snow White knocks out the knight out and takes his armor and clothes as a disguise for herself. Later, Prince Charming finds the nude knight who tells him about Snow White's plans to kill the Queen, and how she has gone off to find Rumplestiltskin. Prince Charming questions the knight's version of events, but goes to find her. ("Heart of Darkness")

They accompany the Evil Queen when she runs into Hansel and Gretel. The Queen confronts the children on why they are on her road. They explain the disappearance of their father and that they are actively searching for him. The Evil Queen orders her guards to seize the children, but before they can do anything, Gretel throws Hansel's bolas at them. She and Hansel attempt to run away, but the Evil Queen uses her magic to fling them to the ground. She promises to assist them in their hunt for their father if they agree to help her out. ("True North")

The Huntsman still continues to fight on the side of good despite that his heart is gone. The Huntsman aids Prince Charming in his escape from the castle; killing a guard and giving him provisions for his quest to find Snow White. When offered to join Prince Charming, the Huntsman rejects the idea since he is bound to the Evil Queen ever since sacrificing his heart in place of Snow White's. Once the Evil Queen notes Prince Charming's absence, she threatens to kill the Huntsman for his incompetence. Though he swears to stop at nothing until Prince Charming is hunted down, the Evil Queen turns her attention away from him when she sees the Magic Mirror is able to show her where the prince currently is, and uses her magic to trap the prince in the forest. ("A Land Without Magic")

After Queen Regina puts Snow White under an eternal sleeping curse, the Magic Mirror witnesses Prince Charming awaken her with true love's kiss. He has Claude carry his mirror to the Queen in the royal garden and sternly warns against dropping him or he'll be cursed with fourteen years of bad luck. When her minions enter the garden, the Queen expresses annoyance at being disturbed, which quickly turns to outrage when she sees, through the Magic Mirror, Prince Charming proposing to a revived Snow White. ("Lost Girl")

On the day of her birthday, the Evil Queen and her Black Knights arrive in a village, with all its residents standing outside holding various gifts. A peasant woman wishes the Queen a happy birthday, proffering her a pie. Regina samples the filling, which is blueberry, calling it "not bad", but declaring that she prefers apple. The woman looks frightened as Regina addresses the crowd, telling them that while they don't have the present she wants, they will get it for her--"Snow White's heart on a plate". ("Souls of the Departed")

The Evil Queen overlooks a burning village when one of her knights approaches her and tells her that the forces of King George have failed, Snow White and Prince Charming have won the war, and the location of King George is unknown. She asks her knight the location of Snow White, and he informs her that she is on her way to meet with Prince Charming. The Evil Queen commands that she does not care how many lives are lost, Snow White is to be kept away from Prince Charming until she can meet with her. ("The Cricket Game")

Standing guard out of Belle's cell in the Queen's palace, Claude suspiciously watches as a hooded stranger approaches claiming to deliver a meal for the prisoner. Seeing through the lie, he attacks the assailant but is quickly overpowered and killed. With Claude dead, the stranger, Hook, breaks into Belle's cell hoping to extract information from her concerning his nemesis, Rumplestiltskin, and a cursed dagger. When she proves to be useless, Hook prepares to kill her until the Queen, Regina, stops him. She offers him the power to kill a magic-less Rumplestiltskin in another world once her curse is cast, but only if he manages to murder her mother, the Queen of Hearts, in Wonderland. Hook agrees, so Regina prepares to take him there by a portal hat. As part of the hat's rules, only the same amount of people who arrive in a world can return. Thus, since the Queen wants Hook to bring back her mother's corpse, she sends him to Wonderland with Claude's dead body. Instead of killing the Queen of Hearts, he joins ranks with her after learning Regina's curse will wipe out his memories. On return to the Enchanted Forest, Claude's body is left behind while Hook and his new accomplice depart. ("Queen of Hearts")

The Black Knights enter the Royal Castle as the Dark Curse engulfs the Enchanted Forest. They attack Prince Charming as he tries to bring his infant daughter, who is the savior, to the Magic Wardrobe, in order to send her to the Land Without Magic. Prince Charming overpowers them, and sends the baby through the wardrobe. The Black Knights attack him again, and the wounded prince does his best to defend himself, but he is quickly stabbed in the abdomen, and drops to the floor. The knights pry the wardrobe open, but it is empty. The Evil Queen arrives, and asks the knights about the child. The Black Knight replies, "Gone. It was in the wardrobe; and then it was gone. It's nowhere to be found." ("Pilot", "A Land Without Magic")

After Fifth Curse
In the Wish Realm, the Black Knights serve Sir Henry. Roni has a cuff placed on her wrist to disable her magic and is brought into the throne room of the Royal Castle by two Black Knights to face Sir Henry, who imprisons her in his dungeon. Later, two Black Knights bring the Wish Blue Fairy before Wish Henry on Wish Rumplestiltskin's orders. The darker version of Rumplestiltskin proceeds to use her to demonstrate his plans for the heroes and banish them to prison realms. Meanwhile, Roni reunites with the real Henry when he sneaks in to free her. A Black Knight nearly kills Henry, but he is saved by two masked Black Knights, who reveal themselves to be Snow and David. ("Leaving Storybrooke")

Known Black Knights


Storybook Notes

Prop Notes

Costume Notes

  • Some of the soldiers in the army that attacks DunBroch wear the same outfits as the Black Knights, but with different helmets.[8] ("The Bear King")


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