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This article focuses on blood used as an ingredient for magic, and not on every instance of blood.

For the type of magic, see Blood Magic.
For the Season One episode, see "An Apple Red as Blood".
For the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode, see "Bad Blood".
That's her blood? The queen's? Lovely.
Zelena to a flying monkey src

Blood is a magical ingredient featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the twelfth episode of the second season of Once Upon a Time.


After First Curse

In Wonderland, Edwin is kidnapped to a lair by Jafar, who extracts his blood with a syringe in order to make a potion to masquerade as him. ("Bad Blood")

In order to track down his son Baelfire, Mr. Gold pricks his finger and lets a drop of blood fall onto a magic globe. The presence of blood activates the globe's purpose in locating, in any part of the world, an existing person who shares a close genetic blood relation with him. ("In the Name of the Brother")

While rummaging through her mother's things, Regina finds a scroll for the Curse of the Empty-Hearted. Believing the spell will give her both the death of her worst enemy and the love of the son she lost, Regina quickly gathers ingredients to form the spell, including some chimera blood. ("Welcome to Storybrooke")

When Henry is kidnapped by Greg and Tamara, Mr. Gold uses his blood on the magic globe once more. The globe shows Henry is now in Neverland and thus that is where his family also must go to find him. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")

Before Second Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Zelena sends her minion, a flying monkey, to extract some of Regina's blood. The flying monkey ambushes the queen in the woods and takes her blood, before it is warded off by one of the Merry Men's arrows. Afterwards, Zelena takes the blood from the flying monkey and mixes it into a potion intending to exact revenge on Regina. ("New York City Serenade")

As a second curse is cast by someone, Zelena creates a forgetting potion to add to the curse mixture and cause everyone to forget their memories from the last year in the Enchanted Forest. Flying back to the castle, she uses wolf's blood and a dragon scale to create an antidote to keep her own memories. ("A Curious Thing")

After Second Curse

David and Mary Margaret venture into Maleficent's cavern to destroy her ashes, but they are both knocked out by Ursula. Cruella De Vil then sacrifices some of the couple's blood to the ashes and resurrects Maleficent. ("Unforgiven")

Lily sits at the bus stop when Regina shows up and prods her about her darkness. She then cuts Lily's palm with a knife and steals some of her blood to use as magic ink for the Author's quill. ("Mother")

Before Third Curse
When Henry runs away from Storybrooke in an attempt to destroy magic,Regina convinces Emma to provide blood in a locator spell. They successfully track Henry to New York City, where Regina uses Henry's blood to locate Mr. Gold, which fails because Mr. Gold has disabled magic. ("Only You")

After Third Curse

During a sword duel aboard the Jolly Roger, Hook slashes Mr. Gold with his hooked hand in order to fulfill the Darkness' plan to open a portal to the Underworld. With the blood of Mr. Gold, who has been to the Underworld and back, he opens a gateway at the pond in the Storybrooke Heritage Park, allowing Nimue and the previous Dark Ones to arrive in Storybrooke. ("Broken Heart")

After Hook sacrifices his own life in order to defeat the Darkness, his soul travels to the Underworld. Emma is determined to bring him back, and returns to the pond with her family. Mr. Gold cuts his hand and drips the blood into the duck pond, opening up the portal. Charon then appears, ready to transport them to the Underworld. ("Swan Song")

When Hook steps onto the Nautilus to talk to Captain Nemo, the submarine starts to move and Gideon appears, revealing that he needs to get rid of Hook in order to enact his plan to kill Emma. The submarine then sinks underwater and is transported to the Enchanted Forest. Hook looks to Nemo for assistance with getting back to Storybrooke and to Emma, but the captain reveals that the last of their kraken blood was used for their unplanned trip and there's none left for creating a second portal. Hook then demands they hunt down a kraken as soon as possible. They succeed, but it does significant damage to the Nautilus before it escapes. The kraken later attacks a rowboat containing Aladdin and Jasmine. Hook arrives on the Nautilus in time to harpoon the beast, but in doing so, sends it to the bottom without retrieving its blood. ("Page 23", "A Wondrous Place")

After Fourth Curse
Hook has an encounter with the Wish Realm version of himself, who knocks him unconscious before bottling some of his blood. Wish Hook brings the blood to Lady Tremaine, offering to help her deal with Henry in exchange for her disguising him as the younger Hook so that he may take his place in Storybrooke. Tremaine agrees, using the Fairy Godmother's wand and Hook's blood to accomplish this feat. ("A Pirate's Life")

During Fifth Curse

In Seattle, Eloise Gardener uses her magical ability to freeze Tilly's girlfriend Margot in place and steals some of her blood. Tilly's father Rogers is then kidnapped by the Coven of the Eight and brought to the site of Gothel's old home thousands of years ago. Eloise takes some of Rogers' blood and threatens to take his life if Tilly continues to refuse her. When Tilly finally agrees, Eloise begins a ritual by sacrificing three items; Rogers' blood as Tilly's "old love", Margot's blood as Tilly's "new love", and the key to the grove as "love betrayed". ("Flower Child")

From Nick Branson's body, Weaver extracts some blood and uses it to distill a bit of memory potion before later giving it to Roni to possibly help Henry regain his memories. ("Is This Henry Mills?")

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Production Notes

  • It was never explained on the show why Zelena stole some of Regina's blood in "New York City Serenade". In an interview with TV Guide from May 2014, Edward Kitsis stated that he believed it was to deal with the blood lock on Regina's palace and to prove that Regina is her sister, while Adam Horowitz added, "That may be a case of something that we answered, but we didn't answer it clearly enough for people to get."[2]
  • The part where blood is used to track someone in "Only You" was originally an idea that writer Andrew Chambliss had for an episode of The Vampire Diaries, which he was a writer of. However, it never made it in that form. Since then, he'd wanted to use that element for years, so when Regina needed a way to track Henry, he realized that his old idea would work.[3]

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  2. Abrams, Natalie (May 7, 2014). Lightning Round 13: Once Upon a Time Bosses Answer Your Burning Questions. TV Guide. “Will we ever find out why Zelena (Rebecca Mader) needed Regina's (Lana Parrilla) blood? Edward Kitsis: I believe it was to confirm it was her sister and to deal with the blood lock. Adam Horowitz: That may be a case of something that we answered, but we didn't answer it clearly enough for people to get.”
  3. David H. Goodman and Andrew Chambliss on the Season Five Blu-ray/DVD Audio Commentary for "Only You"
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