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|name = Dark Castle
 
|name = Dark Castle
 
|wishrealm = [[Dark Castle (Wish Realm)|Dark Castle]]
 
|wishrealm = [[Dark Castle (Wish Realm)|Dark Castle]]
|employees = [[Belle]] † ''(formerly)''
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|employees = [[Belle]] † {{S|(formerly)}}
|inhabitants = [[Lumiere]] ''(formerly)''
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|inhabitants = [[Lumiere]] {{S|(formerly)}}
*Rumplestiltskin † ''(formerly)''
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*Rumplestiltskin † {{S|(formerly)}}
|owner = [[Zelena]] ''(formerly)''<br>[[Rumplestiltskin]] † ''(formerly)''
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|owner = [[Zelena]] {{S|(formerly)}}<br>[[Rumplestiltskin]] † {{S|(formerly)}}
 
|visitors = ''See "[[Dark Castle#Visitors|Visitors]]"''
 
|visitors = ''See "[[Dark Castle#Visitors|Visitors]]"''
|inmates = Belle † ''(formerly)''
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|inmates = Belle † {{S|(formerly)}}
*Robin Hood † ''(formerly)''
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*Robin Hood † {{S|(briefly)}}
*Rumplestiltskin † ''(formerly)''
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|firstappearance = [[That Still Small Voice]]
 
|firstappearance = [[That Still Small Voice]]
 
|latestappearance = [[Beauty]]
 
|latestappearance = [[Beauty]]
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The '''Dark Castle'''<ref>"[[Skin Deep]]", ''[[Once Upon a Time]]'', [[ABC]]</ref> is an [[Enchanted Forest]] location featured on [[ABC]]'s ''[[Once Upon a Time]]''. It first appears in the [[That Still Small Voice|fifth episode]] of the [[Season One|first season]].
 
The '''Dark Castle'''<ref>"[[Skin Deep]]", ''[[Once Upon a Time]]'', [[ABC]]</ref> is an [[Enchanted Forest]] location featured on [[ABC]]'s ''[[Once Upon a Time]]''. It first appears in the [[That Still Small Voice|fifth episode]] of the [[Season One|first season]].
   
The Dark Castle is based on the Beast's Castle from the fairytale "[[Beauty and the Beast (Fairytale)|Beauty and the Beast]]", and the [[Disney]] film ''[[Beauty and the Beast (Film)|Beauty and the Beast]]''.
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The Dark Castle is based on the Beast's castle from the fairytale "[[Beauty and the Beast (Fairytale)|Beauty and the Beast]]", and the [[Disney]] film ''[[Beauty and the Beast (Film)|Beauty and the Beast]]''.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
{{Before First Curse|
 
{{Before First Curse|
In his castle, the dealer maker [[Rumplestiltskin]] is busy spinning straw into gold when an errand boy, [[Jiminy Cricket|Jiminy]], hands him goods. For his his trouble, Jiminy is given a golden thread, but Rumplestiltskin suspects he wants something else as well. Jiminy admits he wants to be free of his parents, [[Myrna]] and [[Martin]], whose presences keep him from being truly free. The Dark One offers him a [[Transformation Potions|potion]], but points out that Jiminy has nothing to pay him with. He tells Jiminy to leave his parents for him as payment for the potion. Jiminy wonders what will become of them, but Rumplestiltskin assures they will be in safe hands, he takes the potion and departs. {{Ep|That Still Small Voice}}
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In his castle, the dealer maker [[Rumplestiltskin]] is busy spinning straw into gold when an errand boy, [[Jiminy Cricket|Jiminy]], hands him goods. For his trouble, Jiminy is given a golden thread, but Rumplestiltskin suspects he wants something else as well. Jiminy admits he wants to be free of his parents, [[Myrna]] and [[Martin]], whose presence in his life keeps him from being truly free. The Dark One offers him a [[Transformation Potions|potion]] but points out that Jiminy has nothing to pay him with. He tells Jiminy to leave his parents for him as payment for the potion. Jiminy wonders what will become of them, but since Rumplestiltskin assures they will be in safe hands, he eventually takes the potion and departs from the castle. {{Ep|That Still Small Voice}}
   
From the nearby land of [[Arendelle]], [[Ingrid]] arrives, with her sisters [[Helga]] and [[Gerda]], at the castle hoping for a way to be rid of her ice magic. Rumplestiltskin tries to interest her in harnessing her powers with magic lessons, but she stands by her original request. In exchange for giving Ingrid magic-concealing gloves and a [[Magic Urn|urn]], he desires the [[Magic Ribbons|three ribbons]] the sisters are wearing on their wrists, which contain magic created by their sisterly love. Helga and Gerda refuse, believing the strength of their love for their sister is enough to protect her, but Ingrid insists on having the gloves and urn so her magic will never harm anyone. As Ingrid forfeits her ribbon, her sisters follow suit. {{Ep2|The Snow Queen (Episode)|The Snow Queen}}
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From the nearby land of [[Arendelle]], [[Ingrid]] arrives with her sisters [[Helga]] and [[Gerda]] to Rumplestiltskin's castle hoping for a way to be rid of her ice magic. Rumplestiltskin tries to interest her in harnessing her powers with magic lessons, but she stands by her original request. In exchange for giving Ingrid magic-concealing gloves and a [[Magic Urn|urn]], he desires the [[Magic Ribbons|three ribbons]] the three sisters are wearing on their wrists, which contains magic created by their sisterly love for one another. Helga and Gerda refuse, believing the strength of their love for their sister is enough to protect her, but Ingrid insists on having the gloves and urn so her magic will never harm anyone. As Ingrid forfeits her ribbon, her sisters follow suit. {{Ep2|The Snow Queen (Episode)|The Snow Queen}}
   
Taking in [[Evil Queen|Regina]] as a magic trainee, Rumplestiltskin is surprised to learn she has an older half-sister named [[Zelena]]. He teaches her magic as well, and after the lesson, Zelena bakes him his favorite meat-pie. However, Rumplestiltskin informs her that he cannot stay since Regina still needs training. She reacts with resentment, believing herself much more powerful than her half-sister, though Rumplestiltskin coyly points out that her jealousy is literally turning her skin green. Shocked, Zelena takes a look in the mirror to see a patch of green skin on her neck. {{Ep|It's Not Easy Being Green}}
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Taking in [[Evil Queen|Regina]] as a magic trainee, Rumplestiltskin is surprised to learn she has an older half-sister named [[Zelena]]. He teaches her magic as well, and after the lesson, Zelena bakes his favorite meat-pie. Rumplestiltskin returns to his castle to find Zelena there waiting for him, but he informs her that he cannot stay since Regina still needs training. She reacts with resentment, believing herself much more powerful than her half-sister, though Rumplestiltskin coyly points out that her jealousy is literally turning her skin green. Shocked, Zelena takes a look in the mirror to see a patch of green skin on her neck. {{Ep|It's Not Easy Being Green}}
   
 
Despite excelling in magic, Regina still desires to be with her deceased lover, [[Daniel Colter|Daniel]], though Rumplestiltskin warns that "dead is dead". While heartbroken, [[Jefferson]], who had been in the room doing business with Rumplestiltskin, offers her a chance to remedy that disappointment with the services of a “[[Victor Frankenstein|wizard]]” who has the power to bring back the dead. Eagerly, she accepts and gives Jefferson a royal passport to roam the kingdom freely. {{Ep|The Doctor}}
 
Despite excelling in magic, Regina still desires to be with her deceased lover, [[Daniel Colter|Daniel]], though Rumplestiltskin warns that "dead is dead". While heartbroken, [[Jefferson]], who had been in the room doing business with Rumplestiltskin, offers her a chance to remedy that disappointment with the services of a “[[Victor Frankenstein|wizard]]” who has the power to bring back the dead. Eagerly, she accepts and gives Jefferson a royal passport to roam the kingdom freely. {{Ep|The Doctor}}
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In a deal with Sir [[Maurice]] to stop [[ogres]] from invading his land, Rumplestiltskin asks for his daughter, [[Belle]], to leave her home and become a servant at his castle for an eternity, which she agrees to fulfill. Belle is thrown in the dungeon of Rumplestiltskin's castle. He lists all of Belle's tasks and when he jokes about one of the duties, she accidentally drops a [[Chipped Cup|tea cup]] and chips it. {{Ep|Skin Deep}}
 
In a deal with Sir [[Maurice]] to stop [[ogres]] from invading his land, Rumplestiltskin asks for his daughter, [[Belle]], to leave her home and become a servant at his castle for an eternity, which she agrees to fulfill. Belle is thrown in the dungeon of Rumplestiltskin's castle. He lists all of Belle's tasks and when he jokes about one of the duties, she accidentally drops a [[Chipped Cup|tea cup]] and chips it. {{Ep|Skin Deep}}
   
After becoming Rumplestiltskin's servant, Belle misses her family and spends nights in the dungeon crying. One night, Rumplestiltskin conjures a pillow for her, which she thanks him for the gesture so she can sleep more comfortably, but he replies it's for muffling her noisy cries. Suddenly, a loud thud is heard, and both rush to see a hooded [[Robin Hood (Lacey)|thief]] stealing a wand. The thief fires an arrow from his [[Enchanted Bow|bow]], which has a reputation for never missing. Eventually, the arrow hits Rumplestiltskin, but since he is immortal, it has no effect. He imprisons the thief and tortures him on a daily basis. Belle, feeling sorry for the man, frees him while Rumplestiltskin is away. The thief escapes with the wand; prompting Rumplestiltskin to haul Belle along as he tracks down the man. With Belle's persuasion, he lets the thief go and they return to the castle. Before heading off to bed, he gifts her a library room since she loves reading. Though Rumplestiltskin attempts to hide his kind intentions, Belle is pleased and reaffirms he does have goodness inside of him. {{Ep|Lacey}}
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After becoming Rumplestiltskin's servant, Belle spends her nights in the castle dungeon crying because she misses her family. One night, an irritated Rumplestiltskin storms in and conjures a pillow for her, which she thanks him for the gesture so she can sleep more comfortably, but he replies it's for muffling her noisy cries. Suddenly, a loud thud is heard, and both rush to see a hooded [[Robin Hood (Lacey)|thief]] stealing a wand. The thief fires an arrow from his [[Enchanted Bow|bow]], which has a reputation for never missing. Eventually, the arrow hits Rumplestiltskin, but since he is immortal, it has no effect. He imprisons the thief and tortures him on a daily basis. Belle, feeling sorry for the man, frees him while Rumplestiltskin is away. The thief escapes with the wand; prompting Rumplestiltskin to haul Belle along as he tracks down the man. With Belle's persuasion, he lets the thief go and they return to the castle. Before heading off to bed, he gifts her a library room since she loves reading. Though Rumplestiltskin attempts to hide his kind intentions, Belle is pleased and reaffirms he does have goodness inside of him. {{Ep|Lacey}}
   
After Belle finishes with the laundry and polishing the silver, Rumplestiltskin returns home with a wailing baby for her to look after. She is dismayed to learn he stole the child from his parents, and even more horrified when Rumplestiltskin admits he has sinister intentions for the baby later at sundown. With a good story from a [[Her Handsome Hero (Book)|book]], Belle calms down the baby and begins plotting a way to save him before Rumplestiltskin's return. At one point, she wanders into the castle tower, where she finds an incantation written in fairy language that used to summon the Black Fairy. As soon as Belle is finished translating it, Rumplestiltskin appears to claim it as well as the baby, before locking her in the tower as he leaves. The [[Blue Fairy]], on her way in to the castle after sensing the Dark One use the incantation, hears Belle's cries for help and flies to her. Unable to help with her own magic, the Blue Fairy sends Belle to rescue the child instead. {{Ep|Changelings}}
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On another day, after Belle has finished with the laundry and polished the silver, Rumplestiltskin returns home with a [[Jack and Jill's Son|wailing baby]] for her to look after. She is dismayed to learn he stole the child from his parents and even more horrified when Rumplestiltskin admits he has sinister intentions for the baby later at sundown. With a good story from a [[Her Handsome Hero (Book)|book]], Belle calms down the baby and begins plotting a way to save him before Rumplestiltskin's return. At one point, she wanders into the castle tower, where she finds an incantation written in fairy language that can be used to summon the Black Fairy. As soon as Belle is finished translating it, Rumplestiltskin appears to claim it as well as the baby, before locking her in the tower as he leaves. The [[Blue Fairy]], on her way into the castle after sensing the Dark One use the incantation to call the Black Fairy, hears Belle's cries for help and flies to her. Unable to help with her own magic, the Blue Fairy frees Belle before sending her to rescue the child from Rumplestiltskin's grasp. {{Ep|Changelings}}
   
 
Following the death of her husband, [[King Leopold]], Regina makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to have a [[Shapeshifting|magical disguise]], which will enable her to kill Snow White. Rumplestiltskin instructs her to say his name when she wants the disguise taken off, and though she ends up calling him twice, he never responds. After the Queen to execute her own plan, she angrily storms into his castle, demanding to be returned to her former self. Frustrated, she admits he is right about how the commoners feel about her, and that they will never love her. He asks what she will do now, and with a tone of bitterness, Regina vows to punish them all. Only then does Rumplestiltskin reverse the spell, and Regina can see her own reflection again. She smiles wickedly, commenting the Queen is dead, and "Long live the Evil Queen". {{Ep2|The Evil Queen (Episode)|The Evil Queen}}
 
Following the death of her husband, [[King Leopold]], Regina makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to have a [[Shapeshifting|magical disguise]], which will enable her to kill Snow White. Rumplestiltskin instructs her to say his name when she wants the disguise taken off, and though she ends up calling him twice, he never responds. After the Queen to execute her own plan, she angrily storms into his castle, demanding to be returned to her former self. Frustrated, she admits he is right about how the commoners feel about her, and that they will never love her. He asks what she will do now, and with a tone of bitterness, Regina vows to punish them all. Only then does Rumplestiltskin reverse the spell, and Regina can see her own reflection again. She smiles wickedly, commenting the Queen is dead, and "Long live the Evil Queen". {{Ep2|The Evil Queen (Episode)|The Evil Queen}}
 
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Thrown into the past from the future via a [[World-crossing|portal]], [[Emma Swan|Emma]] and [[Hook]] gain entry into Rumplestiltskin's castle so the Dark One can help them orchestrate a past meeting between [[Prince Charming]] and [[Snow White]]. Noticing Rumplestiltskin has returned home, Belle walks in to ask if he needs anything. Happy to see a familiar face, Emma greets Belle by name and then claims Rumplestiltskin mentioned her, which he did not. He shoos his maid out of the room, and she grudgingly leaves as requested. In passing, Emma mumbles about the irony that the two of them later fall in love, which Rumplestiltskin finds preposterous. Emma states that Snow White must steal Prince Charming's ring so the two can meet and fall in love. After much work, she and Hook ensure this happens and return to the castle, with another [[Marian|person]], so they can go home. Problematically, Rumplestiltskin explains a certain wand can recreate any magic ever wielded, but the portal must be made by someone who already traveled through it—namely Emma. Intending to "protect the future" by drinking a [[Memory Potions|potion]] to erase his memories of everything she told him, he also traps them in his vault, which contains dangerous magical items. While there, Hook pulls out an [[Magic Urn|urn]], which Emma scolds him for touching. Through some talk, Emma recognizes, after previously watching her mother, Snow White, die, that she wants to stop running away and now considers [[Storybrooke]] to be her home. This restores her magic, to which she opens a portal. Before Emma goes in, Rumplestiltskin demands to know what happens in the future when he reunites with his son, [[Baelfire]], as she previously claimed this will occur. She admits Baelfire forgives and loves him, but he dies to save everyone. Emma talks Rumplestiltskin out of trying to change the future and urges him to drink the potion, which he does, as she disappears into the portal. After the portal closes and Rumplestiltskin's memory is wiped, he picks up the fallen wand and teleports out of the room. {{Ep|Snow Drifts|There's No Place Like Home}}
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Thrown into the past from the future via a [[World-crossing|portal]], [[Emma Swan|Emma]] and [[Hook]] gain entry into Rumplestiltskin's castle so the Dark One can help them orchestrate a past meeting between Emma's parents, [[Prince Charming]] and [[Snow White]], to ensure the future remains unchanged. Noticing Rumplestiltskin has returned home, Belle walks in to ask if he needs anything. Happy to see a familiar face, Emma greets Belle by name and then claims Rumplestiltskin mentioned her, which he did not. He shoos his maid out of the room by telling her to get back to her cleaning duties, and she grudgingly obeys. After Belle exits, Emma mumbles about the irony that the two of them later fall in love with each other, which Rumplestiltskin finds preposterous. Emma states that Snow White must steal Prince Charming's [[Ruth's Engagement Ring|ring]] so the two can meet and fall in love. After much work, she and Hook ensure this happens and return to the castle, with another [[Maid Marian|person]], so they can go home. Problematically, Rumplestiltskin explains a certain wand can recreate any magic ever wielded, but the portal must be made by someone who already traveled through it—namely Emma. Intending to "protect the future" by drinking a [[Memory Potions|potion]] to erase his memories of everything she told him, he also traps them in his vault, which contains dangerous magical items. While there, Hook pulls out an [[Magic Urn|urn]], which Emma scolds him for touching. Through some talk, Emma recognizes, after previously watching her mother, Snow White, die, that she wants to stop running away and now considers [[Storybrooke]] to be her home. This restores her magic, to which she opens a portal. Before Emma goes in, Rumplestiltskin demands to know what happens in the future when he reunites with his son, [[Neal Cassidy|Baelfire]], as she previously claimed this will occur. She admits Baelfire forgives and loves him, but he dies to save everyone. Emma talks Rumplestiltskin out of trying to change the future and urges him to drink the potion, which he does, as she disappears into the portal. After the portal closes and Rumplestiltskin's memory is wiped, he picks up the fallen wand and teleports out of the room. {{Ep|Snow Drifts|There's No Place Like Home}}
 
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Rumplestiltskin returns from the [[Idyllic Garden]] to catch Belle examining one of his swords in the castle cabinet. Although he did say that she could look around, this was to test how she would react. Engrossed in his castle collections, Belle reasons she was curious since he never talks about where the items came from. Furthermore, it's her dream to see the world, which is what he gets to do. She inquiries about [[Camelot]], and though Rumplestiltskin never actually went to Camelot, he chucks her the "souvenir" he got from Guinevere, the magic gauntlet, which can locate one's greatest weakness. As he states, the weakness is usually a thing the person loves most. After serving him tea, Belle theorizes he collects things because of having a hole in his heart. Instead, Rumplestiltskin whisks her off to laundry duty. When he goes to check up on Belle, she is gone. Then he finds out that [[Cruella De Vil]], [[Ursula (Sea Witch)|Ursula]] and [[Maleficent]] kidnapped Belle to force him to give up the magic gaunlet that he brought from Camelot. Surprisingly he gives the gauntlet to the them. Later, he retrieves the gauntlet from the trio because the thing they have done was not even a ''deal''. Cruella suggests he join them in their fight to defeat heroes, but Rumplestiltskin boasts that he always wins and doesn't need them to do it. {{Ep|Heroes and Villains}}
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Rumplestiltskin returns from the [[Idyllic Garden]] to catch Belle examining one of his swords in the castle cabinet. Although he did say that she could look around, this was to test how she would react. Engrossed in his castle collections, Belle reasons she was curious since he never talks about where the items came from. Furthermore, it's her dream to see the world, which is what he gets to do. She inquiries about [[Camelot]], and though Rumplestiltskin never actually went to Camelot, he chucks her the "souvenir" he got from Guinevere, the magic gauntlet, which can locate one's greatest weakness. As he states, the weakness is usually a thing the person loves most. After serving him tea, Belle theorizes he collects things because of having a hole in his heart. Instead, Rumplestiltskin whisks her off to laundry duty. When he goes to check up on Belle, she is gone. Then he finds out that [[Cruella De Vil]], [[Ursula (Sea Witch)|Ursula]] and [[Maleficent]] kidnapped Belle to force him to give up the magic gauntlet that he brought from Camelot. Surprisingly he gives the gauntlet to them. Later, he retrieves the gauntlet from the trio because the thing they have done was not even a ''deal''. Cruella suggests he join them in their fight to defeat heroes, but Rumplestiltskin boasts that he always wins and doesn't need them to do it. {{Ep|Heroes and Villains}}
   
While cleaning the castle drapes, Belle questions Rumplestiltskin about why he spins straw into gold so much. Rumplestiltskin claims it helps him forget what he [[Baelfire|once lost]]. Attempting to pull open the drapes, she accidentally falls from the ladder, to which he catches her. Later, Belle asks about some children's clothing she found in the castle, and he admits those were his [[Baelfire|son]]'s outfits. Rumplestiltskin puts on a strong front when grilled about why he wanted her with him, to which Belle believes he isn't cruel, but simply lonely. He sends Belle into town to fetch straw; expecting her to never return. While on the road to town, she is manipulated by the Queen into attempting true love's kiss on Rumplestiltskin to revert him to human. On her return, Belle gives Rumplestiltskin a kiss of true love, but he angrily berates her; believing she is conspiring with the Queen to take away his powers. She is thrown into the dungeon, and later kicked out of the castle by Rumplestiltskin. Before leaving, Belle attests that he's a coward to believe she doesn't truly love him and will live to regret his actions. A short time later, the Queen lies to Rumplestiltskin about Belle's tragic fate after she supposedly returned home, was shunned by her family and eventually committed suicide. Despairing over her death, Rumplestiltskin places his only memento of Belle, the chipped cup, on a pedestal. {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
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While cleaning the castle drapes, Belle questions Rumplestiltskin about why he spins straw into gold so much. Rumplestiltskin claims it helps him forget what he [[Neal Cassidy|once lost]]. Attempting to pull open the drapes, she accidentally falls from the ladder, to which he catches her. Later, Belle asks about some children's clothing she found in the castle, and he admits those were his son's outfits. Rumplestiltskin puts on a strong front when grilled about why he wanted her with him, to which Belle believes he isn't cruel, but simply lonely. He sends Belle into town to fetch straw; expecting her to never return. While on the road to town, she is manipulated by the Queen into attempting true love's kiss on Rumplestiltskin to revert him to human. On her return, Belle gives Rumplestiltskin a kiss of true love, but he angrily berates her; believing she is conspiring with the Queen to take away his powers. She is thrown into the dungeon and later kicked out of the castle by Rumplestiltskin. Before leaving, Belle attests that he's a coward to believe she doesn't truly love him and will live to regret his actions. A short time later, the Queen lies to Rumplestiltskin about Belle's tragic fate after she supposedly returned home, was shunned by her family and eventually committed suicide. Despairing over her death, Rumplestiltskin places his only memento of Belle, the chipped cup, on a pedestal. {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
   
Snow White, having taken Rumplestiltskin's potion to erase her heartache over [[Prince Charming]], becomes a ruthless and stingy person who is hell-bent on murdering the Queen. One of her [[Dwarves|dwarf]] friends, [[Grumpy]], drags her back to Rumplestiltskin's castle hoping the wizard can undo the magic, but he cannot. Instead, Rumplestiltskin gives Snow White a bow and arrow as well as a map to track down and kill the Queen. After she leaves, Prince Charming arrives demanding Snow White's whereabouts, and gives Rumplestiltskin his cloak as payment for the information. From the cloak, Rumplestiltskin takes a strand of Prince Charming's hair and combines it with Snow White's to form a bottle of [[True Love Potion|true love]]. {{Ep|Heart of Darkness}} }}
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Snow White, having taken Rumplestiltskin's potion to erase her heartache over [[Prince Charming]], becomes a ruthless and stingy person who is hell-bent on murdering the Queen. One of her [[Dwarves|dwarf]] friends, [[Grumpy]], drags her back to Rumplestiltskin's castle hoping the wizard can undo the magic, but he cannot. Instead, Rumplestiltskin gives Snow White a bow and arrow as well as a map to track down and kill the Queen. After she leaves, Prince Charming arrives demanding Snow White's whereabouts and gives Rumplestiltskin his cloak as payment for the information. From the cloak, Rumplestiltskin takes a strand of Prince Charming's hair and combines it with Snow White's to form a bottle of [[True Love Potion|true love]]. {{Ep|Heart of Darkness}} }}
 
{{After First Curse|
 
{{After First Curse|
Following a mishap that causes [[Neal Cassidy|Neal]] to fall through a portal with a gunshot wound, he lands in the [[Enchanted Forest]] and is found by [[Mulan]], [[Aurora]] and [[Prince Phillip]], who bring him back to a [[Aurora's Palace|palace]] and tend to his injuries. After recovery, Neal, with Mulan's help, travels to his [[Rumplestiltskin|father]]'s old castle in an attempt to learn the fate of [[Emma Swan|Emma]] and [[Henry Mills|Henry]]. Once inside, the castle looks to be ravaged and severely plundered, though Neal can tell someone has been living in it. Suddenly, they are surprised by a man, [[Robin Hood (Lacey)|Robin Hood]], aiming an arrow their way, and claims the castle is his. Neal explains the castle once belonged to the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, and he is his son, [[Baelfire]]. Robin Hood decides to trust Neal's words and believes no one would make a claim unless it were true. Additionally, he mentions being indebted to Rumplestiltskin for sparing his life in the past.
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Following a mishap that causes [[Neal Cassidy|Neal]] to fall through a portal with a gunshot wound, he lands in the [[Enchanted Forest]] and is found by [[Mulan]], [[Aurora]] and [[Prince Phillip]], who bring him back to a [[Aurora's Palace|palace]] and tend to his injuries. After recovery, Neal, with Mulan's help, travels to his [[Rumplestiltskin|father]]'s old castle in an attempt to learn the fate of [[Emma Swan|Emma]] and [[Henry Mills|Henry]]. Once inside, the castle looks to be ravaged and severely plundered, though Neal can tell someone has been living in it. Suddenly, they are surprised by a man, [[Robin Hood (Lacey)|Robin Hood]], aiming an arrow their way, and claims the castle is his. Neal explains the castle once belonged to the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, and he is his son, [[Neal Cassidy|Baelfire]]. Robin Hood decides to trust Neal's words and believes no one would make a claim unless it was true. Additionally, he mentions being indebted to Rumplestiltskin for sparing his life in the past.
   
Neal looks around the castle for an unsuspecting magical item that may help to find Emma and Henry, and picks up his father's old walking stick. He grasps the item and swings it around; prompting a hidden door to appear. Robin Hood expresses astonishment as he once tried to wield the stick before, and nothing ever happened. Through Neal's words, he shares knowledge of his father's enchantment of the walking stick with blood magic that only allows the caster or those of his blood to be able to use it. From within the door, Neal discovers a [[Crystal Balls|crystal ball]]. Reluctantly, he agrees magic is the only thing that can help him now, and attempts to get the ball to activate by touching it, which causes no change. Mulan suggests to think about how he feels about Emma, and that will guide him to see her. Neal follows her instructions, and the crystal ball shows him an image of Emma in [[Neverland]]. {{Ep|And Straight On 'Til Morning|The Heart of the Truest Believer}} }}
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Frantic for a way to find Emma and Henry, Neal looks around the castle for an unsuspecting magical item that may help and picks up his father's old walking stick. He grasps the item and swings it around; prompting a hidden door to appear. Robin Hood expresses astonishment as he once tried to wield the stick before and nothing ever happened. Neal then shares knowledge of the blood magic enchantment his father put on the walking stick, which only allows the caster or those of Rumplestiltskin's blood to use it. From within the door, Neal discovers a [[Crystal Balls|crystal ball]]. Reluctantly, he agrees magic is the only thing that can help him now and attempts to get the ball to activate by touching it, which causes no change. Mulan suggests to think about how he feels about Emma, and that will guide him to see her. Neal follows her instructions, and the crystal ball shows him an image of Emma in [[Neverland]]. {{Ep|And Straight On 'Til Morning|The Heart of the Truest Believer}} }}
 
{{Before Second Curse|
 
{{Before Second Curse|
Seeking a way to defeat the [[Zelena|Wicked Witch of the West]], [[Belle]] and [[Neal Cassidy|Neal]] arrive at [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s old castle. As they enter into a room, Belle lights a candelabrum; accidentally awakening [[Lumiere]], who claims to have been imprisoned because of a broken deal with Rumplestiltskin. In truth, he is acting on the Wicked Witch's orders to trick the pair into using a key on the vault of the Dark one and resurrecting Rumplestiltskin. After the two agree to set out tomorrow for the vault's location under Lumiere's direction, the candelabrum is blown out as they leave. Moments later, the Wicked Witch relights it to summon Lumiere out again. Lumiere asks to be freed from his prison since he followed her orders, but she forces him to continue on until Rumplestiltskin is brought back. {{Ep|Quiet Minds}} }}
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Seeking a way to defeat the [[Zelena|Wicked Witch of the West]], [[Belle]] and [[Neal Cassidy|Neal]] arrive at [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s old castle. As they enter into a room, Belle lights a candelabrum; accidentally awakening [[Lumiere]], who claims to have been imprisoned because of a broken deal with Rumplestiltskin. In truth, he is acting on the Wicked Witch's orders to trick the pair into using a key on the vault of the Dark one and resurrecting Rumplestiltskin. After the two agree to set out tomorrow for the vault's location under Lumiere's direction, the candelabrum is blown out as they leave. Moments later, the Wicked Witch relights it to summon Lumiere out again. Lumiere asks to be freed from his prison since he followed her orders, but she forces him to continue until Rumplestiltskin is brought back. {{Ep|Quiet Minds}} }}
 
{{After Third Curse|
 
{{After Third Curse|
After using [[Sands of Morpheus|sand]] on a [[Sleeping Curse|cursed]] [[Belle]], [[Mr. Gold]] is transported into her [[Dream World|dreamworld]], not knowing the sand has also affected Belle's unborn child, who appears to him as a grown man allegedly named [[Gideon|Morpheus]]. This stranger brings Mr. Gold to a dreamworld manifestation of [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s castle, where Belle is reliving her days as the Dark One's servant. The castle is darker and more grim, and when Belle sees Mr. Gold, she is only able to see him as the scaly-skinned Rumplestiltskin. She apologizes for not having his tea ready, and goes to fetch it. Mr. Gold vows to help Belle by making her fall in love with him again, to which Morpheus sets a time limit for him to complete this task or Belle will return to the [[Netherworld]] permanently. He wins Belle over in a dance, and as her perception of him changes, the castle's surroundings shift as well. Mr. Gold tells her about the [[Baelfire|son]] he lost because of his own selfishness, and that he'd be the best man he can be for her. The couple kiss, with the power of [[True Love|true love]] briefly lifting the Dark One's curse, but then, Belle pulls away after regaining her memories. Mr. Gold suggests they can be together now since their child is no longer in danger, but Belle declines the offer, believing their union has been riddled with too much broken promises and pain. With the time limit up, Morpheus reappears to congratulate Belle for not believing in her husband's lies, and because she passed the test, he can wake her with true love's kiss. Morpheus reveals himself as their unborn child, and warns Belle not to let Mr. Gold destroy them as he destroyed his last family. With that, Morpheus kisses Belle on her forehead, taking her away from the dreamworld's castle and back to the real world. {{Ep|The Savior}} }}
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After using [[Sands of Morpheus|sand]] on a [[Sleeping Curse|cursed]] [[Belle]], [[Mr. Gold]] is transported into her [[Dream World|dreamworld]], not knowing the sand has also affected Belle's unborn child, who appears to him as a grown man allegedly named [[Gideon|Morpheus]]. This stranger brings Mr. Gold to a dreamworld manifestation of [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s castle, where Belle is reliving her days as the Dark One's servant. The castle is darker and grimmer, and when Belle sees Mr. Gold, she is only able to see him as the scaly-skinned Rumplestiltskin. She apologizes for not having his tea ready and goes to fetch it. Mr. Gold vows to help Belle by making her fall in love with him again, to which Morpheus sets a time limit for him to complete this task or Belle will return to the [[Netherworld]] permanently. He wins Belle over in a dance, and as her perception of him changes, the castle's surroundings shift as well. Mr. Gold tells her about the [[Neal Cassidy|son]] he lost because of his own selfishness, and that he'd be the best man he can be for her. The couple kiss, with the power of [[True Love|true love]] briefly lifting the Dark One's curse, but then, Belle pulls away after regaining her memories. Mr. Gold suggests they can be together now since their child is no longer in danger, but Belle declines the offer, believing their union has been riddled with too much-broken promises and pain. With the time limit up, Morpheus reappears to congratulate Belle for not believing in her husband's lies, and because she passed the test, he can wake her with true love's kiss. Morpheus reveals himself as their unborn child and warns Belle not to let Mr. Gold destroy them as he destroyed his last family. With that, Morpheus kisses Belle on her forehead, taking her away from the dreamworld's castle and back to the real world. {{Ep|The Savior}} }}
   
 
{{Clear}}
 
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*[[Anna]]
 
*[[Anna]]
*[[Blue Fairy]]
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*The [[Blue Fairy]]
 
*[[Emma Swan]]
 
*[[Emma Swan]]
 
*[[Evil Queen]]
 
*[[Evil Queen]]
 
*[[Gaston]] †
 
*[[Gaston]] †
 
*[[Gerda]] †
 
*[[Gerda]] †
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*[[Gideon]] {{S|([[Dream World]] version)}}
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*[[Grumpy]]
 
*[[Grumpy]]
 
*[[Helga]] †
 
*[[Helga]] †
 
*[[Hook]]
 
*[[Hook]]
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*[[Ingrid]] †
 
*[[Ingrid]] †
 
*[[Jefferson]]
 
*[[Jefferson]]
 
*[[Jiminy Cricket]]
 
*[[Jiminy Cricket]]
 
*[[Mulan]]
 
*[[Mulan]]
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*[[Neal Cassidy]] †
 
*[[Neal Cassidy]] †
 
*[[Prince Charming]]
 
*[[Prince Charming]]
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*[[Snow White]]
 
*[[Snow White]]
 
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==Items==
 
==Items==
 
<center>Many items are kept in the Dark Castle, including:</center>
 
<center>Many items are kept in the Dark Castle, including:</center>
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*[[Donna]] and [[Stephen]] in [[Shapeshifting|puppet form]]<ref name="Puppets">[[:File:112Puppets.png]]</ref> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*[[Donna]] and [[Stephen]] in [[Shapeshifting|puppet form]]<ref name="Puppets">[[:File:112Puppets.png]]</ref> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*[[Rumplestiltskin]]'s [[Spinning Wheels|spinning wheel]]<ref name="Puppets" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*[[Rumplestiltskin]]'s [[Spinning Wheels|spinning wheel]]<ref name="Puppets" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
*A hat resembling the [[Sorcerer's Hat]]<ref name="Meals">[[:File:112YouWillServeMeMyMeals2.png]]</ref> {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
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*A hat resembling the [[Sorcerer's Hat|Sorcerer's hat]]<ref name="Meals">[[:File:112YouWillServeMeMyMeals2.png]]</ref> {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
 
*A severed hand on a pedestal<ref name="Arrived">[[:File:112WhenYouArrived.png]]</ref> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*A severed hand on a pedestal<ref name="Arrived">[[:File:112WhenYouArrived.png]]</ref> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*A sword<ref name="Arrived" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*A sword<ref name="Arrived" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
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*A golden lasso resembling [[Wikipedia:Wonder Woman|Wonder Woman]]'s [[Wikipedia:Lasso of Truth|Lasso of Truth]]<ref name="Doing" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*A golden lasso resembling [[Wikipedia:Wonder Woman|Wonder Woman]]'s [[Wikipedia:Lasso of Truth|Lasso of Truth]]<ref name="Doing" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*[[Chipped Cup|Chipped cup]] {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
 
*[[Chipped Cup|Chipped cup]] {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
*A hammer resembling [[Wikipedia:Thor|Thor's]] [[Wikipedia:Mjölnir|Mjölnir]]<ref name="CrystalBall" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
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*A hammer resembling [[Wikipedia:Thor|Thor]]'s [[Wikipedia:Mjölnir|Mjölnir]]<ref name="CrystalBall" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
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*An arrow<ref>[[:File:112FetchingScissors.png]]</ref> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*An arrow<ref>[[:File:112FetchingScissors.png]]</ref> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
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*[[Magic Gauntlet|Magic gauntlet]]<ref>[[:File:411ThingTheyLoveMost.png]]</ref> {{Ep3|Heroes and Villains}}
 
*[[Magic Gauntlet|Magic gauntlet]]<ref>[[:File:411ThingTheyLoveMost.png]]</ref> {{Ep3|Heroes and Villains}}
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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===Production Notes===
 
===Production Notes===
 
*The [[Wikipedia:Computer-generated imagery|computer-generated imagery]] model created for the Dark Castle great hall,<ref>[[:File:303Best.png]]<br>[[:File:407IcePowersYouSay.png]]</ref> foyer<ref>[[:File:220WhyDidnt.png]]<br>[[:File:220DidntSayIdAnswer.png]]</ref> and vault<ref>[[:File:322EmmaOpensPortal.png]]<br>[[:File:322Portal.png]]</ref> is recycled and reused for the [[Netherworld]] in "[[Child of the Moon]]" and "[[Into the Deep]]",<ref>[[:File:208LyingOnTheFloor.png]]<br>[[:File:208YoullGetBack.png]]</ref> and the Rear Reading Room in the [[New York Public Library]] in "[[Only You (Episode)|Only You]]".<ref>[[:File:522Grandpa.png]]<br>[[:File:522JustDont.png]]</ref> This can easily be seen from the identical design of the columns and archways.
 
*The [[Wikipedia:Computer-generated imagery|computer-generated imagery]] model created for the Dark Castle great hall,<ref>[[:File:303Best.png]]<br>[[:File:407IcePowersYouSay.png]]</ref> foyer<ref>[[:File:220WhyDidnt.png]]<br>[[:File:220DidntSayIdAnswer.png]]</ref> and vault<ref>[[:File:322EmmaOpensPortal.png]]<br>[[:File:322Portal.png]]</ref> is recycled and reused for the [[Netherworld]] in "[[Child of the Moon]]" and "[[Into the Deep]]",<ref>[[:File:208LyingOnTheFloor.png]]<br>[[:File:208YoullGetBack.png]]</ref> and the Rear Reading Room in the [[New York Public Library]] in "[[Only You (Episode)|Only You]]".<ref>[[:File:522Grandpa.png]]<br>[[:File:522JustDont.png]]</ref> This can easily be seen from the identical design of the columns and archways.
*The [[Wikipedia:Establishing shot|establishing shot]] of the Dark Castle in "[[Changelings]]" is [[Wikipedia:Stock footage|stock footage]] from [[Belle]]'s [[Dream World]] in "[[The Savior]].<ref>[[:File:601OtherWayAround.png]]<br>[[:File:609DarkCastle.png]]</ref>
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*The [[Wikipedia:Establishing shot|establishing shot]] of the Dark Castle in "[[Changelings]]"<ref>[[:File:601OtherWayAround.png]]</ref> is [[Wikipedia:Stock footage|stock footage]] from [[Belle]]'s [[Dream World|dream world]] in "[[The Savior]]".<ref>[[:File:609DarkCastle.png]]</ref>
   
 
|-|Cultural References=
 
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*There is a candlestick and clock in [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s castle resembling [[Lumiere]] and [[w:c:Disney:Cogsworth|Cogsworth]] from Disney's ''[[Beauty and the Beast (Film)|Beauty and the Beast]]''.<ref name="Arranged" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*There is a candlestick and clock in [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s castle resembling [[Lumiere]] and [[w:c:Disney:Cogsworth|Cogsworth]] from Disney's ''[[Beauty and the Beast (Film)|Beauty and the Beast]]''.<ref name="Arranged" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*A hammer resembling [[w:c:Marvelcinematicuniverse:Thor|Thor]]'s [[w:c:Marvelcinematicuniverse:Mjølnir|Mjølnir]] from the 2011 movie ''[[Wikipedia:Thor (film)|Thor]]'' and its sequels, is sitting on a pedestal<ref name="CrystalBall" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*A hammer resembling [[w:c:Marvelcinematicuniverse:Thor|Thor]]'s [[w:c:Marvelcinematicuniverse:Mjølnir|Mjølnir]] from the 2011 movie ''[[Wikipedia:Thor (film)|Thor]]'' and its sequels, is sitting on a pedestal<ref name="CrystalBall" /> {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
*The hat resembling the [[Sorcerer's Hat]] is from Disney's ''[[Fantasia]]''.<ref name="Meals" /> {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
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*The segments where [[Belle]] serves Rumplestiltskin tea are a reference to the scene where [[w:c:Disney:Chip Potts|Chip]] and [[w:c:Disney:Mrs. Potts|Mrs. Potts]] bring Belle some tea in the movie. {{S|("Skin Deep", "[[Heroes and Villains]]", "[[The Savior]]")}}
*The [[Chipped Cup|chipped tea cup]] is a reference to [[w:c:Disney:Chip Potts|Chip]] from Disney's ''Beauty and the Beast''. {{S|("Skin Deep", "[[Heroes and Villains]]", "[[The Savior]]")}}
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**The tea set with the cups, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl<ref>[[:File:112FetchMeFreshStraw.png]]</ref> mirror the scene in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer. {{Ep3|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
**The teapot is a reference to Chip's mother, [[w:c:Disney:Mrs. Potts|Mrs. Potts]]. {{Ep3|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
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*The [[Chipped Cup|chipped tea cup]] is a reference to Chip from Disney's ''Beauty and the Beast''. {{Ep3|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
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**The teapot is a reference to Chip's mother, Mrs. Potts. {{Ep3|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
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*The hat resembling the [[Sorcerer's Hat|Sorcerer's hat]] is from Disney's ''[[Fantasia]]''.<ref name="Meals" /> {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
 
*When [[Prince Charming]] confronts Rumplestiltskin, there's an arrangement of roses on the table,<ref name="Where">[[:File:116WhereSheIs.png]]</ref> which references Rumplestiltskin's role as Beast in the Disney film. {{Ep|Heart of Darkness}}
 
*When [[Prince Charming]] confronts Rumplestiltskin, there's an arrangement of roses on the table,<ref name="Where">[[:File:116WhereSheIs.png]]</ref> which references Rumplestiltskin's role as Beast in the Disney film. {{Ep|Heart of Darkness}}
   
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===Props Notes===
 
===Props Notes===
 
*The teapot on the tray<ref name="ImSoSorry">[[:File:112ImSoSorry2.png]]</ref> is a Real Old [[Wikipedia:Willow pattern|Willow]] Teapot by [[Wikipedia:Royal Doulton|Royal Doulton]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.chinasearch.co.uk/buy/royal-doulton/real-old-willow/214257/teapot/|title=Teapot Real Old Willow by Royal Doulton|accessdate=August 4, 2018|publisher=Chinasearch}}</ref> a silverware company dating back to 1815, which first started its business in [[London]]. The teapot itself was created sometime around the 1980s or 1990's.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.blueandwhite.com/museum.asp?m=Doulton&p=Willow|title=Doulton Willow China|accessdate=August 4, 2018|publisher=Lovers of Blue & White}}</ref> {{Ep|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
 
*The teapot on the tray<ref name="ImSoSorry">[[:File:112ImSoSorry2.png]]</ref> is a Real Old [[Wikipedia:Willow pattern|Willow]] Teapot by [[Wikipedia:Royal Doulton|Royal Doulton]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.chinasearch.co.uk/buy/royal-doulton/real-old-willow/214257/teapot/|title=Teapot Real Old Willow by Royal Doulton|accessdate=August 4, 2018|publisher=Chinasearch}}</ref> a silverware company dating back to 1815, which first started its business in [[London]]. The teapot itself was created sometime around the 1980s or 1990's.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.blueandwhite.com/museum.asp?m=Doulton&p=Willow|title=Doulton Willow China|accessdate=August 4, 2018|publisher=Lovers of Blue & White}}</ref> {{Ep|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
**Also sitting on the tray<ref>[[:File:112FetchMeFreshStraw.png]]<br>[[:File:112Relief.png]]<br>[[:File:112ImSoSorry2.png]]</ref> is a [http://www.royalalbert.com Royal Albert] Val D'or teaset, with teacups,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replacements.com/p/royal-albert-val-dor-footed-cup-saucer-set/roavad/59489941|title=Footed Cup & Saucer Set Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replacements, Ltd}}</ref> tea saucers,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replaceyourchina.com/royal-albert-val-dor-tea-saucers-5672-p.asp|title=ROYAL ALBERT VAL D'OR TEA SAUCERS|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replace Your China}}</ref> teapot<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replacements.com/p/royal-albert-val-dor-teapot-lid/roavad/100345511|title=Teapot & Lid Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replacements, Ltd}}</ref> and creamer,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replacements.com/p/royal-albert-val-dor-creamer/roavad/6202821|title=Creamer Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replacements, Ltd}}</ref> with added blue paint. {{Ep3|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
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**Also sitting on the tray<ref>[[:File:112FetchMeFreshStraw.png]]<br>[[:File:112Relief.png]]<br>[[:File:112ImSoSorry2.png]]</ref> is a [http://www.royalalbert.com Royal Albert] Val D'Or teaset, with teacups,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replacements.com/p/royal-albert-val-dor-footed-cup-saucer-set/roavad/59489941|title=Footed Cup & Saucer Set Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replacements, Ltd}}</ref> tea saucers,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replaceyourchina.com/royal-albert-val-dor-tea-saucers-5672-p.asp|title=ROYAL ALBERT VAL D'OR TEA SAUCERS|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replace Your China}}</ref> sugar bowl<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.chinasearch.co.uk/royal-albert-val-dor-sugar-bowl---lidded-tea-128855/|title=Royal Albert Val D'Or Sugar Bowl - Lidded (Tea)|accessdate=July 14, 2019|publisher=Chinasearch}}</ref> and creamer,<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.replacements.com/p/royal-albert-val-dor-creamer/roavad/6202821|title=Creamer Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT|accessdate=December 22, 2018|publisher=Replacements, Ltd}}</ref> with added blue paint. {{Ep3|Skin Deep|Heroes and Villains|The Savior}}
*When the [[Evil Queen]] makes a surprise visit to [[Rumplestiltskin]], he has a different tea set laid out on the table (the same set which the [[Evil Queen]] uses to pour a cup of tea for herself), with two cups<ref>[[:File:112KeepTryingDearie.png]]</ref> as if Rumplestiltskin is waiting for Belle to return. After Mr. Gold is reunited with [[Belle]] in [[Storybrooke]] in "[[Broken]]", one of the first things he does after she's settled in her new clothes is to use exactly the same tea set to make tea for himself and Belle.<ref name="Teapot">[[:File:201SomeOfMyOwn.png]]</ref> {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
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**"Val d'Or" is [[Wikipedia:French language|French]] for "valley of gold"; the fairytale of "[[Beauty and the Beast (Fairytale)|Beauty and the Beast]]" is of French origin and [[Rumplestiltskin]] is known for spinning straw into gold; his [[Dark Curse|cursed]] counterpart is known as [[Mr. Gold]]. The white [[Wikipedia:Bone china|bone china]] features a gold trim and was inspired by the Canadian city [[Wikipedia:Val-d'Or|Val-d'Or]], where gold was discovered in 1923.<ref name="Chinasearch"/>
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**Royal Albert China is a British chinaware company<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.royalalbert.eu/royal-albert-frequently-asked-questions|title=Frequently Asked Questions|accessdate=July 14, 2019|publisher=Royal Albert China (UK website)}}</ref> dating back to 1896.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.royalalbert.com/our-story|title=OUR STORY|accessdate=July 14, 2019|publisher=Royal Albert China}}</ref> Val D'or china was first introduced in 1960 and was manufactured for nearly fifty years before production was finished in 2009,<ref name="Chinasearch">{{cite web|url=https://www.chinasearch.co.uk/royal-albert/val-dor/|title=Royal Albert Val D'Or|accessdate=July 14, 2019|quote=Royal Albert Val D'Or was first introduced in 1960, featuring beautiful white bone china with ridges and a premium gold trim. The inspiration for the pottery came from the city Val d'Or in Quebec, Canada where gold was discovered in 1923. Royal Albert Val D'Or China was manufactured for nearly 50 years before production finished in 2009.|publisher=Chinasearch}}</ref> three years before the episode "Skin Deep" was released.
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**[[Regina Mills|Regina]] has the same teacups, saucers and creamer on the coffee table in her [[Mills House|house]] in "[[Murder Most Foul]]", but without the blue paint.<ref>[[:File:612BeRightBack.png]]<br>[[:File:612Nottingham.png]]</ref>
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*When the [[Evil Queen]] makes a surprise visit to Rumplestiltskin, he has a different tea set laid out on the table (the same set which the queen uses to pour a cup of tea for herself), with two cups<ref>[[:File:112KeepTryingDearie.png]]</ref> as if Rumplestiltskin is waiting for Belle to return. After Mr. Gold is reunited with [[Belle]] in [[Storybrooke]] in "[[Broken]]", one of the first things he does after she's settled in her new clothes is to use exactly the same tea set to make tea for himself and Belle.<ref name="Teapot">[[:File:201SomeOfMyOwn.png]]</ref> {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
 
**Mr. Gold's teapot<ref name="Teapot" /> was re-used for the scene where [[Alice (Down the Rabbit Hole)|Alice]] and [[Cyrus]] are having a tea party with their [[Alice's Daughter|daughter]] in the ''[[Once Upon a Time in Wonderland]]'' finale "[[And They Lived...]]".<ref>[[:File:W113TeaParty.png]]<br>[[:File:W113Promo4.jpg]]</ref>
 
**Mr. Gold's teapot<ref name="Teapot" /> was re-used for the scene where [[Alice (Down the Rabbit Hole)|Alice]] and [[Cyrus]] are having a tea party with their [[Alice's Daughter|daughter]] in the ''[[Once Upon a Time in Wonderland]]'' finale "[[And They Lived...]]".<ref>[[:File:W113TeaParty.png]]<br>[[:File:W113Promo4.jpg]]</ref>
   
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::*When Mr. Gold is on the phone with [[Belle]] in "[[The Outsider]]", a severed hand is visible on a [[Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer|pawnshop]] shelf.<ref>[[:File:211YoureBreakingUp.png]]</ref>
 
::*When Mr. Gold is on the phone with [[Belle]] in "[[The Outsider]]", a severed hand is visible on a [[Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer|pawnshop]] shelf.<ref>[[:File:211YoureBreakingUp.png]]</ref>
 
::*A severed hand can also be seen lying on a pedestal in the [[Underbrooke Pawnshop]] in "[[Souls of the Departed]]"<ref>[[:File:512GoesToSafe2.png]]</ref> and "[[Firebird]]".<ref>[[:File:520GoodbyePapa.png]]</ref>
 
::*A severed hand can also be seen lying on a pedestal in the [[Underbrooke Pawnshop]] in "[[Souls of the Departed]]"<ref>[[:File:512GoesToSafe2.png]]</ref> and "[[Firebird]]".<ref>[[:File:520GoodbyePapa.png]]</ref>
::*The hand can be seen in close-up on a [[Flickr]] set photograph from the pawnshop set from [[Season Five]].<ref>{{Flickr|author=Lawrence Andreutti|datetaken=March 5, 2016|description=IMG_2447|quote=|link=photos/110865913@N05/25792806236/in/album-72157665994749185/|archive=FLLawrenceAndreutti-112EtAl.jpg|dateaccessed=|timeaccessed=|archivedate=May 10, 2017}}<br>{{Flickr|author=Lawrence Andreutti|datetaken=March 5, 2016|description=Creation Once Upon a Time Set Tour March 5, 2016|quote=|link=https://www.flickr.com/photos/110865913@N05/albums/72157665994749185|archive=FLLawrenceAndreutti-112-520-614-Diner-Library-Part1.jpg|dateaccessed=|timeaccessed=|archivedate=May 10, 2017}} ([[:File:FLLawrenceAndreutti-112-520-614-Diner-Library-Part2.jpg|archive copy part 2]])</ref>
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::*The hand can be seen in close-up on a [[Flickr]] set photograph from the pawnshop set from [[Season Five]].<ref>{{Flickr|author=Lawrence Andreutti|datetaken=March 5, 2016|description=IMG_2447|link=photos/110865913@N05/25792806236/in/album-72157665994749185/|archive=FLLawrenceAndreutti-112EtAl.jpg}}<br>{{Flickr|author=Lawrence Andreutti|datetaken=March 5, 2016|description=Creation Once Upon a Time Set Tour March 5, 2016|quote=|link=https://www.flickr.com/photos/110865913@N05/albums/72157665994749185|archive=FLLawrenceAndreutti-112-520-614-Diner-Library-Part1.jpg}} <small>([[:File:FLLawrenceAndreutti-112-520-614-Diner-Library-Part2.jpg|archive copy part 2]])</small></ref>
 
*Two of the wall tapestries<ref>[[:File:112ItsAlmostSpring.png]]<br/>[[:File:112BelleWalking.png]]</ref> are motifs from [[Commons:File:Antependium Straßburg c1410 makffm 6810 image01.jpg|an antependium]] (c. 1410) in the [[Wikipedia:Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt|Museum of Applied Art Frankfurt]]. {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*Two of the wall tapestries<ref>[[:File:112ItsAlmostSpring.png]]<br/>[[:File:112BelleWalking.png]]</ref> are motifs from [[Commons:File:Antependium Straßburg c1410 makffm 6810 image01.jpg|an antependium]] (c. 1410) in the [[Wikipedia:Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt|Museum of Applied Art Frankfurt]]. {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*Another wall tapestry<ref>[[:File:112ItsAlmostSpring.png]]</ref> is ''[[Commons:File:L'Offrande du Coeur.jpg|L'Offrande du Coeur]]'' ("''The Gift of the Heart''", c. 1400-1410), from the [[Wikipedia:Louvre|Louvre Museum]] in [[Wikipedia:Paris|Paris]]. {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*Another wall tapestry<ref>[[:File:112ItsAlmostSpring.png]]</ref> is ''[[Commons:File:L'Offrande du Coeur.jpg|L'Offrande du Coeur]]'' ("''The Gift of the Heart''", c. 1400-1410), from the [[Wikipedia:Louvre|Louvre Museum]] in [[Wikipedia:Paris|Paris]]. {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
*A tapestry hanging on the wall shows a captive [[Unicorns|unicorn]] inside a fence,<ref name="Leave">[[:File:112EQAboutToLeave.png]]</ref> which is the seventh and final in the tapestry series ''[[Wikipedia:The Hunt of the Unicorn|The Hunt of the Unicorn]]'' created between 1495-1505 and entitled ''[[Commons:File:The Unicorn in Captivity - Google Art Project.jpg|The Unicorn is in Captivity and No Longer Dead]]''. {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
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*A tapestry hanging on the wall shows a captive [[Unicorns|unicorn]] inside a fence,<ref name="Leave">[[:File:112QueenAboutToLeave.png]]</ref> which is the seventh and final in the tapestry series ''[[Wikipedia:The Hunt of the Unicorn|The Hunt of the Unicorn]]'' created between 1495-1505 and entitled ''[[Commons:File:The Unicorn in Captivity - Google Art Project.jpg|The Unicorn is in Captivity and No Longer Dead]]''. {{Ep3|Skin Deep}}
 
*The painting behind the two marionettes<ref>[[:File:219Reading.png]]</ref> is ''[[Commons:File:Flowers-rijks.jpg|Still Life with Flowers]]'' by the [[Wikipedia:Dutch Golden Age|Dutch Golden Age]] painter [[Wikipedia:Balthasar van der Ast|Balthasar van der Ast]]. It is currently on display in the [[Wikipedia:Rijksmuseum|Rijksmuseum]] in [[Wikipedia:Amsterdam|Amsterdam]]. {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
*The painting behind the two marionettes<ref>[[:File:219Reading.png]]</ref> is ''[[Commons:File:Flowers-rijks.jpg|Still Life with Flowers]]'' by the [[Wikipedia:Dutch Golden Age|Dutch Golden Age]] painter [[Wikipedia:Balthasar van der Ast|Balthasar van der Ast]]. It is currently on display in the [[Wikipedia:Rijksmuseum|Rijksmuseum]] in [[Wikipedia:Amsterdam|Amsterdam]]. {{S|("Skin Deep" et al.)}}
 
**Another copy of this painting is hanging over the fireplace.<ref name="WhatYouThought" /> {{S|("Lacey" et al.)}}
 
**Another copy of this painting is hanging over the fireplace.<ref name="WhatYouThought" /> {{S|("Lacey" et al.)}}
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===Filming Locations===
 
===Filming Locations===
*The interior scenes in [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s great hall are filmed against a green-screen in [[Wikipedia:The Bridge Studios|The Bridge Studios]],<ref>[[:File:IGlee j buckley-DarkCastle.png]]<br>[[:File:IGlee j buckley-DarkCastle2.png]]</ref> the Canadian film studio where ''[[Once Upon a Time]]'' films.
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*The interior scenes in [[Rumplestiltskin]]'s great hall are filmed against a green-screen in [[Wikipedia:The Bridge Studios|The Bridge Studios]],<ref>[[:File:IGlee j buckley-DarkCastle.png]]<br>[[:File:IGmo_co_lee-DarkCastle.png]]</ref> the Canadian film studio where ''[[Once Upon a Time]]'' films.
*The flashback scenes outside the castle in "[[Heroes and Villains]]" were filmed in [[Wikipedia:Burnaby|Burnaby]]'s [[Wikipedia:Central Park (Burnaby)|Central Park]], on the boundary beside [[Wikipedia:Swangard Stadium|Swangard Stadium]].<ref>{{TwitterLink|pursuit23|status/529370861003079680|Ken|quote=Once upon a time circus is set up at Central Park on boundary beside swangard stadium|image=File:TWpursuit23-411.png}}</ref>
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*The flashback scenes outside the castle in "[[Heroes and Villains]]" were filmed in [[Wikipedia:Burnaby|Burnaby]]'s [[Wikipedia:Central Park (Burnaby)|Central Park]], on the boundary beside [[Wikipedia:Swangard Stadium|Swangard Stadium]].<ref>{{TwitterLink|pursuit23|status/529370861003079680|Ken|date=November 3, 2014|quote=Once upon a time circus is set up at Central Park on boundary beside swangard stadium|image=File:TWpursuit23-411.png}}</ref>
 
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This article focuses on the main reality location.
For the Wish Realm version, see Dark Castle (Wish Realm).


A little more imposing than the pawnshop.
Emma Swan about the Dark Castle src

The Dark Castle[1] is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the fifth episode of the first season.

The Dark Castle is based on the Beast's castle from the fairytale "Beauty and the Beast", and the Disney film Beauty and the Beast.

HistoryEdit

Before First Curse

In his castle, the dealer maker Rumplestiltskin is busy spinning straw into gold when an errand boy, Jiminy, hands him goods. For his trouble, Jiminy is given a golden thread, but Rumplestiltskin suspects he wants something else as well. Jiminy admits he wants to be free of his parents, Myrna and Martin, whose presence in his life keeps him from being truly free. The Dark One offers him a potion but points out that Jiminy has nothing to pay him with. He tells Jiminy to leave his parents for him as payment for the potion. Jiminy wonders what will become of them, but since Rumplestiltskin assures they will be in safe hands, he eventually takes the potion and departs from the castle. ("That Still Small Voice")

From the nearby land of Arendelle, Ingrid arrives with her sisters Helga and Gerda to Rumplestiltskin's castle hoping for a way to be rid of her ice magic. Rumplestiltskin tries to interest her in harnessing her powers with magic lessons, but she stands by her original request. In exchange for giving Ingrid magic-concealing gloves and a urn, he desires the three ribbons the three sisters are wearing on their wrists, which contains magic created by their sisterly love for one another. Helga and Gerda refuse, believing the strength of their love for their sister is enough to protect her, but Ingrid insists on having the gloves and urn so her magic will never harm anyone. As Ingrid forfeits her ribbon, her sisters follow suit. ("The Snow Queen")

Taking in Regina as a magic trainee, Rumplestiltskin is surprised to learn she has an older half-sister named Zelena. He teaches her magic as well, and after the lesson, Zelena bakes his favorite meat-pie. Rumplestiltskin returns to his castle to find Zelena there waiting for him, but he informs her that he cannot stay since Regina still needs training. She reacts with resentment, believing herself much more powerful than her half-sister, though Rumplestiltskin coyly points out that her jealousy is literally turning her skin green. Shocked, Zelena takes a look in the mirror to see a patch of green skin on her neck. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

Despite excelling in magic, Regina still desires to be with her deceased lover, Daniel, though Rumplestiltskin warns that "dead is dead". While heartbroken, Jefferson, who had been in the room doing business with Rumplestiltskin, offers her a chance to remedy that disappointment with the services of a “wizard” who has the power to bring back the dead. Eagerly, she accepts and gives Jefferson a royal passport to roam the kingdom freely. ("The Doctor")

In a deal with Sir Maurice to stop ogres from invading his land, Rumplestiltskin asks for his daughter, Belle, to leave her home and become a servant at his castle for an eternity, which she agrees to fulfill. Belle is thrown in the dungeon of Rumplestiltskin's castle. He lists all of Belle's tasks and when he jokes about one of the duties, she accidentally drops a tea cup and chips it. ("Skin Deep")

After becoming Rumplestiltskin's servant, Belle spends her nights in the castle dungeon crying because she misses her family. One night, an irritated Rumplestiltskin storms in and conjures a pillow for her, which she thanks him for the gesture so she can sleep more comfortably, but he replies it's for muffling her noisy cries. Suddenly, a loud thud is heard, and both rush to see a hooded thief stealing a wand. The thief fires an arrow from his bow, which has a reputation for never missing. Eventually, the arrow hits Rumplestiltskin, but since he is immortal, it has no effect. He imprisons the thief and tortures him on a daily basis. Belle, feeling sorry for the man, frees him while Rumplestiltskin is away. The thief escapes with the wand; prompting Rumplestiltskin to haul Belle along as he tracks down the man. With Belle's persuasion, he lets the thief go and they return to the castle. Before heading off to bed, he gifts her a library room since she loves reading. Though Rumplestiltskin attempts to hide his kind intentions, Belle is pleased and reaffirms he does have goodness inside of him. ("Lacey")

On another day, after Belle has finished with the laundry and polished the silver, Rumplestiltskin returns home with a wailing baby for her to look after. She is dismayed to learn he stole the child from his parents and even more horrified when Rumplestiltskin admits he has sinister intentions for the baby later at sundown. With a good story from a book, Belle calms down the baby and begins plotting a way to save him before Rumplestiltskin's return. At one point, she wanders into the castle tower, where she finds an incantation written in fairy language that can be used to summon the Black Fairy. As soon as Belle is finished translating it, Rumplestiltskin appears to claim it as well as the baby, before locking her in the tower as he leaves. The Blue Fairy, on her way into the castle after sensing the Dark One use the incantation to call the Black Fairy, hears Belle's cries for help and flies to her. Unable to help with her own magic, the Blue Fairy frees Belle before sending her to rescue the child from Rumplestiltskin's grasp. ("Changelings")

Following the death of her husband, King Leopold, Regina makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to have a magical disguise, which will enable her to kill Snow White. Rumplestiltskin instructs her to say his name when she wants the disguise taken off, and though she ends up calling him twice, he never responds. After the Queen to execute her own plan, she angrily storms into his castle, demanding to be returned to her former self. Frustrated, she admits he is right about how the commoners feel about her, and that they will never love her. He asks what she will do now, and with a tone of bitterness, Regina vows to punish them all. Only then does Rumplestiltskin reverse the spell, and Regina can see her own reflection again. She smiles wickedly, commenting the Queen is dead, and "Long live the Evil Queen". ("The Evil Queen")

Thrown into the past from the future via a portal, Emma and Hook gain entry into Rumplestiltskin's castle so the Dark One can help them orchestrate a past meeting between Emma's parents, Prince Charming and Snow White, to ensure the future remains unchanged. Noticing Rumplestiltskin has returned home, Belle walks in to ask if he needs anything. Happy to see a familiar face, Emma greets Belle by name and then claims Rumplestiltskin mentioned her, which he did not. He shoos his maid out of the room by telling her to get back to her cleaning duties, and she grudgingly obeys. After Belle exits, Emma mumbles about the irony that the two of them later fall in love with each other, which Rumplestiltskin finds preposterous. Emma states that Snow White must steal Prince Charming's ring so the two can meet and fall in love. After much work, she and Hook ensure this happens and return to the castle, with another person, so they can go home. Problematically, Rumplestiltskin explains a certain wand can recreate any magic ever wielded, but the portal must be made by someone who already traveled through it—namely Emma. Intending to "protect the future" by drinking a potion to erase his memories of everything she told him, he also traps them in his vault, which contains dangerous magical items. While there, Hook pulls out an urn, which Emma scolds him for touching. Through some talk, Emma recognizes, after previously watching her mother, Snow White, die, that she wants to stop running away and now considers Storybrooke to be her home. This restores her magic, to which she opens a portal. Before Emma goes in, Rumplestiltskin demands to know what happens in the future when he reunites with his son, Baelfire, as she previously claimed this will occur. She admits Baelfire forgives and loves him, but he dies to save everyone. Emma talks Rumplestiltskin out of trying to change the future and urges him to drink the potion, which he does, as she disappears into the portal. After the portal closes and Rumplestiltskin's memory is wiped, he picks up the fallen wand and teleports out of the room. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")

Rumplestiltskin returns from the Idyllic Garden to catch Belle examining one of his swords in the castle cabinet. Although he did say that she could look around, this was to test how she would react. Engrossed in his castle collections, Belle reasons she was curious since he never talks about where the items came from. Furthermore, it's her dream to see the world, which is what he gets to do. She inquiries about Camelot, and though Rumplestiltskin never actually went to Camelot, he chucks her the "souvenir" he got from Guinevere, the magic gauntlet, which can locate one's greatest weakness. As he states, the weakness is usually a thing the person loves most. After serving him tea, Belle theorizes he collects things because of having a hole in his heart. Instead, Rumplestiltskin whisks her off to laundry duty. When he goes to check up on Belle, she is gone. Then he finds out that Cruella De Vil, Ursula and Maleficent kidnapped Belle to force him to give up the magic gauntlet that he brought from Camelot. Surprisingly he gives the gauntlet to them. Later, he retrieves the gauntlet from the trio because the thing they have done was not even a deal. Cruella suggests he join them in their fight to defeat heroes, but Rumplestiltskin boasts that he always wins and doesn't need them to do it. ("Heroes and Villains")

While cleaning the castle drapes, Belle questions Rumplestiltskin about why he spins straw into gold so much. Rumplestiltskin claims it helps him forget what he once lost. Attempting to pull open the drapes, she accidentally falls from the ladder, to which he catches her. Later, Belle asks about some children's clothing she found in the castle, and he admits those were his son's outfits. Rumplestiltskin puts on a strong front when grilled about why he wanted her with him, to which Belle believes he isn't cruel, but simply lonely. He sends Belle into town to fetch straw; expecting her to never return. While on the road to town, she is manipulated by the Queen into attempting true love's kiss on Rumplestiltskin to revert him to human. On her return, Belle gives Rumplestiltskin a kiss of true love, but he angrily berates her; believing she is conspiring with the Queen to take away his powers. She is thrown into the dungeon and later kicked out of the castle by Rumplestiltskin. Before leaving, Belle attests that he's a coward to believe she doesn't truly love him and will live to regret his actions. A short time later, the Queen lies to Rumplestiltskin about Belle's tragic fate after she supposedly returned home, was shunned by her family and eventually committed suicide. Despairing over her death, Rumplestiltskin places his only memento of Belle, the chipped cup, on a pedestal. ("Skin Deep")

Snow White, having taken Rumplestiltskin's potion to erase her heartache over Prince Charming, becomes a ruthless and stingy person who is hell-bent on murdering the Queen. One of her dwarf friends, Grumpy, drags her back to Rumplestiltskin's castle hoping the wizard can undo the magic, but he cannot. Instead, Rumplestiltskin gives Snow White a bow and arrow as well as a map to track down and kill the Queen. After she leaves, Prince Charming arrives demanding Snow White's whereabouts and gives Rumplestiltskin his cloak as payment for the information. From the cloak, Rumplestiltskin takes a strand of Prince Charming's hair and combines it with Snow White's to form a bottle of true love. ("Heart of Darkness")

After First Curse

Following a mishap that causes Neal to fall through a portal with a gunshot wound, he lands in the Enchanted Forest and is found by Mulan, Aurora and Prince Phillip, who bring him back to a palace and tend to his injuries. After recovery, Neal, with Mulan's help, travels to his father's old castle in an attempt to learn the fate of Emma and Henry. Once inside, the castle looks to be ravaged and severely plundered, though Neal can tell someone has been living in it. Suddenly, they are surprised by a man, Robin Hood, aiming an arrow their way, and claims the castle is his. Neal explains the castle once belonged to the Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, and he is his son, Baelfire. Robin Hood decides to trust Neal's words and believes no one would make a claim unless it was true. Additionally, he mentions being indebted to Rumplestiltskin for sparing his life in the past.

Frantic for a way to find Emma and Henry, Neal looks around the castle for an unsuspecting magical item that may help and picks up his father's old walking stick. He grasps the item and swings it around; prompting a hidden door to appear. Robin Hood expresses astonishment as he once tried to wield the stick before and nothing ever happened. Neal then shares knowledge of the blood magic enchantment his father put on the walking stick, which only allows the caster or those of Rumplestiltskin's blood to use it. From within the door, Neal discovers a crystal ball. Reluctantly, he agrees magic is the only thing that can help him now and attempts to get the ball to activate by touching it, which causes no change. Mulan suggests to think about how he feels about Emma, and that will guide him to see her. Neal follows her instructions, and the crystal ball shows him an image of Emma in Neverland. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning", "The Heart of the Truest Believer")

Before Second Curse
Seeking a way to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, Belle and Neal arrive at Rumplestiltskin's old castle. As they enter into a room, Belle lights a candelabrum; accidentally awakening Lumiere, who claims to have been imprisoned because of a broken deal with Rumplestiltskin. In truth, he is acting on the Wicked Witch's orders to trick the pair into using a key on the vault of the Dark one and resurrecting Rumplestiltskin. After the two agree to set out tomorrow for the vault's location under Lumiere's direction, the candelabrum is blown out as they leave. Moments later, the Wicked Witch relights it to summon Lumiere out again. Lumiere asks to be freed from his prison since he followed her orders, but she forces him to continue until Rumplestiltskin is brought back. ("Quiet Minds")

After Third Curse
After using sand on a cursed Belle, Mr. Gold is transported into her dreamworld, not knowing the sand has also affected Belle's unborn child, who appears to him as a grown man allegedly named Morpheus. This stranger brings Mr. Gold to a dreamworld manifestation of Rumplestiltskin's castle, where Belle is reliving her days as the Dark One's servant. The castle is darker and grimmer, and when Belle sees Mr. Gold, she is only able to see him as the scaly-skinned Rumplestiltskin. She apologizes for not having his tea ready and goes to fetch it. Mr. Gold vows to help Belle by making her fall in love with him again, to which Morpheus sets a time limit for him to complete this task or Belle will return to the Netherworld permanently. He wins Belle over in a dance, and as her perception of him changes, the castle's surroundings shift as well. Mr. Gold tells her about the son he lost because of his own selfishness, and that he'd be the best man he can be for her. The couple kiss, with the power of true love briefly lifting the Dark One's curse, but then, Belle pulls away after regaining her memories. Mr. Gold suggests they can be together now since their child is no longer in danger, but Belle declines the offer, believing their union has been riddled with too much-broken promises and pain. With the time limit up, Morpheus reappears to congratulate Belle for not believing in her husband's lies, and because she passed the test, he can wake her with true love's kiss. Morpheus reveals himself as their unborn child and warns Belle not to let Mr. Gold destroy them as he destroyed his last family. With that, Morpheus kisses Belle on her forehead, taking her away from the dreamworld's castle and back to the real world. ("The Savior")

VisitorsEdit

ItemsEdit

Many items are kept in the Dark Castle, including:


TriviaEdit

Production NotesEdit

DisneyEdit

  • In the castle, there is a kind of fur with horns which resembles Disney's Beast.[2] ("Skin Deep" et al.)
  • There is a candlestick and clock in Rumplestiltskin's castle resembling Lumiere and Cogsworth from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.[2] ("Skin Deep" et al.)
  • A hammer resembling Thor's Mjølnir from the 2011 movie Thor and its sequels, is sitting on a pedestal[10] ("Skin Deep" et al.)
  • The segments where Belle serves Rumplestiltskin tea are a reference to the scene where Chip and Mrs. Potts bring Belle some tea in the movie. ("Skin Deep", "Heroes and Villains", "The Savior")
    • The tea set with the cups, teapot, creamer and sugar bowl[27] mirror the scene in the movie, where Chip and Mrs. Potts are accompanied by a living sugar bowl and a living creamer. ("Skin Deep", "Heroes and Villains", "The Savior")
  • The chipped tea cup is a reference to Chip from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. ("Skin Deep", "Heroes and Villains", "The Savior")
    • The teapot is a reference to Chip's mother, Mrs. Potts. ("Skin Deep", "Heroes and Villains", "The Savior")
  • The hat resembling the Sorcerer's hat is from Disney's Fantasia.[6] ("Skin Deep")
  • When Prince Charming confronts Rumplestiltskin, there's an arrangement of roses on the table,[28] which references Rumplestiltskin's role as Beast in the Disney film. ("Heart of Darkness")

Popular CultureEdit

Props NotesEdit

  • The teapot on the tray[32] is a Real Old Willow Teapot by Royal Doulton,[33] a silverware company dating back to 1815, which first started its business in London. The teapot itself was created sometime around the 1980s or 1990's.[34] ("Skin Deep", "Heroes and Villains", "The Savior")
    • Also sitting on the tray[35] is a Royal Albert Val D'Or teaset, with teacups,[36] tea saucers,[37] sugar bowl[38] and creamer,[39] with added blue paint. ("Skin Deep", "Heroes and Villains", "The Savior")
    • "Val d'Or" is French for "valley of gold"; the fairytale of "Beauty and the Beast" is of French origin and Rumplestiltskin is known for spinning straw into gold; his cursed counterpart is known as Mr. Gold. The white bone china features a gold trim and was inspired by the Canadian city Val-d'Or, where gold was discovered in 1923.[40]
    • Royal Albert China is a British chinaware company[41] dating back to 1896.[42] Val D'or china was first introduced in 1960 and was manufactured for nearly fifty years before production was finished in 2009,[40] three years before the episode "Skin Deep" was released.
    • Regina has the same teacups, saucers and creamer on the coffee table in her house in "Murder Most Foul", but without the blue paint.[43]
  • When the Evil Queen makes a surprise visit to Rumplestiltskin, he has a different tea set laid out on the table (the same set which the queen uses to pour a cup of tea for herself), with two cups[44] as if Rumplestiltskin is waiting for Belle to return. After Mr. Gold is reunited with Belle in Storybrooke in "Broken", one of the first things he does after she's settled in her new clothes is to use exactly the same tea set to make tea for himself and Belle.[45] ("Skin Deep")

Set DressingEdit

DarkCastlePaoloVeronese

Moses Saved From the Waters

DarkCastlePietroRotari

Alexander The Great and Roxane

DarkCastleAntepedium

Antepedium from the Museum of Applied Art Frankfurt

DarkCastleLOffrandeDuCoeur

The Gift of the Heart

DarkCastleTheHuntOfTheUnicorn

The Hunt of the Unicorn

DarkCastleBalthasarVanDerAst

Still Life with Flowers

DarkCastlePieroDellaFrancesca

Adoration of the Holy Wood and the Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Filming LocationsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Skin Deep", Once Upon a Time, ABC
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  29. 29.0 29.1 ONCE UPON A TIME: "Skin Deep" script (PDF). Retrieved on August 4, 2018.
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  33. Teapot Real Old Willow by Royal Doulton. Chinasearch. Retrieved on August 4, 2018.
  34. Doulton Willow China. Lovers of Blue & White. Retrieved on August 4, 2018.
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  36. Footed Cup & Saucer Set Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT. Replacements, Ltd. Retrieved on December 22, 2018.
  37. ROYAL ALBERT VAL D'OR TEA SAUCERS. Replace Your China. Retrieved on December 22, 2018.
  38. Royal Albert Val D'Or Sugar Bowl - Lidded (Tea). Chinasearch. Retrieved on July 14, 2019.
  39. Creamer Val D'Or by ROYAL ALBERT. Replacements, Ltd. Retrieved on December 22, 2018.
  40. 40.0 40.1 Royal Albert Val D'Or. Chinasearch. Retrieved on July 14, 2019. “Royal Albert Val D'Or was first introduced in 1960, featuring beautiful white bone china with ridges and a premium gold trim. The inspiration for the pottery came from the city Val d'Or in Quebec, Canada where gold was discovered in 1923. Royal Albert Val D'Or China was manufactured for nearly 50 years before production finished in 2009.”
  41. Frequently Asked Questions. Royal Albert China (UK website). Retrieved on July 14, 2019.
  42. OUR STORY. Royal Albert China. Retrieved on July 14, 2019.
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