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The Dark One's Deals are featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They début in the first episode of the first season.

The Dark One's deals are based on the titular character's deals in the "Rumpelstiltskin" fairytale.


Throughout the realms, Rumplestiltskin became known as a being of great power and was feared because of his ability to grant a person's deepest wishes and darkest desires with magical deals that proved to be worse than he would initially proclaim. These deals appear to transcend into the Storybrooke reality as well, with Rumplestiltskin's counterpart Mr. Gold retaining a similar disposition for swindling people in desperate situations. In either reality, it appears that Rumplestiltskin always benefits in the long term through his deals, despite short term set-backs brought about by certain individuals. He has only broken one deal as Rumplestiltskin and a second deal as Mr. Gold. A third deal was negotiated with William Smee, but never carried out.

List of Deals

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  • »: Still Standing
  • : Completed
  • : Broken
  • 🚫: Nullified
  • : Revised

Before First Curse

Rumplestiltskin's Deals
S Ep Made w/ Offers in Exchange for Reason Status
1 19 Baelfire Rumplestiltskin giving up the Darkness Baelfire's happiness He loves his son
2 04 William Smee Making Smee younger A magic bean To find Baelfire o
Milah Milah and Hook's life A magic bean To find Baelfire o[2]
2 14 Seer Taking the Seer's power Knowledge on how to find his son To find Baelfire
1 05 Jiminy Cricket Marionette transforming potion The potion's victims Unknown
2 16 Cora Teach her how to use magic Cora's "firstborn" The child will cast the Dark Curse
Cora Teach her how to use magic "Rumplestiltskin's child" He loves Cora 🚫[3]
2 02 The Evil Queen Magic lessons A favor She will cast the Dark Curse
2 12 Victor Frankenstein Gold Knowledge of how to bring back the dead Regina's heartbreak
2 05 Jefferson A royal passport Transport and introduce Victor Frankenstein to Queen Regina To cause Regina's heartbreak [4]
Jefferson Gold Slippers and a crystal ball To find Baelfire ½[5]
Victor Frankenstein An enchanted heart Regina's heartbreak Regina's willingness to learn magic [6]
4 07 Ingrid Control over her ice magic through magic gloves and a magic urn Ribbons worn by her, Helga and Gerda The magic from their sisterly bond contained in the ribbons
6 12 Robert and Ruth Medicine to cure David and James's illness One of their sons (Prince James) To give to King George
Robert A passport to the Pleasure Island A strand of Robert's hair The hair is no use for the Dark One. He just feels sorry for Robert, as he himself wishes to be reunited with his son
4 06 Anna For her to mix a liquid into the Apprentice's tea To tell why Anna's mother and father came to see him Retrieving the Sorcerer's Hat[7] [8]
1 12 Sir Maurice Protection from ogres Belle's eternal servitude "He needs a maid" o[9]
2 19 Sheriff of Nottingham His tongue To learn the location of Robin Hood To kill Robin Hood for stealing from him
2 20 Evil Queen To perform a shapeshifting spell on her Regina to cutoff all trade with King George's realm Needs King George's kingdom bankrupt so he will turn to King Midas for help, leading to Charming replacing James.
5 04 Guinevere Sands of Avalon Magic Gauntlet Unknown
6 04 Dr. Jekyll To finish Jekyll's incomplete serum Some of the serum, and for Jekyll to test it To prevent himself from falling in love with Belle
1 06 King George Prince Charming The Fairy Godmother's location He wants her wand
1 12 Belle Belle returning from town with straw Rumplestiltskin telling her how he lost his son Rumplestiltskin falling in love with Belle [10]
1 10 Snow White A Memory Potion A lock of Snow's hair To make a true love potion
1 16 Snow White A bow and a map to kill the Evil Queen Nothing Being invested in her future; he knows her daughter will break the Dark Curse.
Prince Charming Snow's location Charming's cloak, which has a few strands of his hair. To make a true love potion from a strand of Charming's hair
1 22 Prince Charming An enchanted ring Placing the potion inside Maleficent Bringing magic to Storybrooke
3 02 Prince Charming A weapon to help Snow White to believe she was able to defeat the Evil Queen Nothing Rumplestiltskin had no interest in helping him o[11]
2 10 Snow White An enchantment that will prove if Regina can change Nothing Regina will cast the Dark Curse out of desperation
4 08 Ingrid The urn containing Elsa The Sorcerer's Hat He wants the Sorcerer's Hat o[12]
1 04 Cinderella A night at the ball Cinderella's firstborn Unknown. 🚫[13]
1 01 Snow White Information about the Dark Curse Emma's name To bring back his memories
1 02 Evil Queen How to cast the Dark Curse Comfort and favors To maintain his power

During First Curse

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Mr. Gold's Deals
S Ep Made w/ Offers in Exchange for Reason Status
1 04 Ashley Boyd A large sum of money Her unborn child, Alexandra Deal carried over 🚫[13]
Emma Swan Forgiveness of Ashley's debt A favor Her help finding and getting his son
1 08 Emma Swan Good publicity The sheriff's loyalty Political power
1 09 Emma Swan The person who bought the compass Tolerance in burning Regina's house To avoid trouble
1 11 Regina Mills A plot of land $50,000 To ruin Emma
1 12 Moe French A car loan Money Financial influence
Regina Mills Mr. Gold revealing his real name Belle's teacup His love and memory of Belle
1 18 Regina Mills Mary Margaret Blanchard's guilt Dropping the assault charges Obtaining a clean slate
1 16 Mary Margaret Blanchard Being her lawyer for the murder case Nothing Being invested in her future(to break the curse)
2 02 David Nolan A tracking potion Peace Keeping trouble away »
Regina Mills Cora's spell book Regina's keeping silent about the Enchanted Forest's continued existence It's in his best interest
by Regina, who revealed the truth
2 04 Belle Belle coming back from town with straw Mr. Gold telling her how he lost his son She wants to know why he needs magic
2 05 Dr. Whale A reattached arm Whale's admittance that he needs magic Mr. Gold's ego
2 11 William Smee A talisman to keep his true memories intact once past the town border. Needed a test subject for the potion that creates the talisman Revenge for trying to force Belle over Storybrooke's borderline
2 02 Cora A truce between her and Mr. Gold The magic globe To show him the location of his son
Emma Swan To pay back favor Her help finding and getting his son to talk to him Wants to find his son
2 16 Mary Margaret Blanchard Cora's death to protect her family The life-restoring candle to be lit The only way to save his life
2 19 David Nolan A favor Help in making Lacey fall in love with him Wants to bring back Belle's memories
2 21 David Nolan A potion that will allow Mary Margaret to find Regina To pay back favor Always honors his deals
3 08 David Nolan An elixir to cure David's Dreamshade poisoning A favor Always honors his deals »
3 09 Regina Mills Finding a child for Regina to adopt Unknown Unknown (he did not remember his true self at the time)
4 03 Captain Hook A way to locate the person who cast a freezing curse on Marian so Hook can clear Elsa of false accusations Hook keeping silent about the Mr. Gold giving Belle a fake dagger Does not want Belle to know he lied to her
4 04 Captain Hook To reattach Hook's severed hand, with a warning that doing so may corrupt him Hook keeping silent about the Mr. Gold giving Belle a fake dagger Wants to trick Hook into asking him to remove the hand and get Hook to help him
4 04 Captain Hook To remove Hook's hand again due to Hook believing that it is corrupting him Hook to help him in absorbing the Apprentice into the Sorcerer's Hat Needs to absorb as much magic into the hat as possible to free himself from his bond to the Dark One Dagger
4 07 Ingrid The three ribbons formerly worn by Ingrid and her sisters The "final piece of the puzzle" required to use the hat to be free of the dagger Wants to escape control of the dagger and keep his powers
4 08 Emma Swan To permanently remove her magic Fears her out of control magic will harm her loved ones Adding more power to the sorcerer's hat to free himself from the dagger and retain his power
by Emma, who decides to keep her magic
4 09 Ingrid A promise not to rip her heart out For Ingrid to allow Henry and Belle to leave Storybrooke with him after she cast the Spell of Shattered Sight Wants to keep his family intact
due to circumstance; Ingrid undid the spell
4 17 Robin Hood For Mr. Gold to leave him alone The Elixir of the Wounded Heart To fix his heart
4 17 Zelena To force The Author to write her a happy ending
To stop trying to kill her
The Elixir of the Wounded Heart To temporarily fix his dying heart
due to circumstance; Henry became the new Author and undid the previous Author's work
5 06 Emma Swan To pull Excalibur from the stone Merida's heart to be put back in Merida had completed her task to make him brave
5 11 Emma Swan To help to open the portal to the Underworld Not telling Belle that he is the Dark One again To protect the couple from what he did
5 11 Hades Forced to work for Hades To protect his unborn child with Belle Was tricked and forced by Hades, after the latter took back the deal he once made with Fendrake
Hades tore up the contact in exchange for Mr. Gold and Peter Pan not killing Zelena
6 03 David Nolan Information on his father's death To give Belle a message. To be with Belle.
Mr. Gold put a spell on Belle.
7 09 Victoria Belfrey Getting her cleared of a kidnapping charge. Information on the Guardian To be reunited with Belle.


Participant Total N° » 🚫
Total Deals 50 2 5 3 1 41
Evil Queen
Regina Mills
8 - 1 - - 7
Prince Charming
David Nolan
6 2 - - - 4
Snow White
Mary Margaret
6 - - - - 6
Hook 3 - - - - 3
Cora 3 - - 1 1 1
Ingrid 3 - 1 - - 2
Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale 3 - - - - 3
2 - - - - 2
Ashley Boyd
2 - - 2 - -
Jefferson 2 - - - - 2
Anna 1 - 1 - - -
Baelfire 1 - 1[1] - - 1[1]
Guinevere 1 - - - - 1
Hades 1 - 1 - - -
Jiminy Cricket 1 - - - - 1
King George 1 - - - - 1
Moe French 1 - - - - 1
Ruth 1 - - - - 1
Seer 1 - - - - 1
Sheriff of Nottingham 1 - - - - 1
Victoria Belfrey 1 - - - - 1
William Smee 1 - - - - 1
Zelena 1 - - - - 1


On-Screen Notes


1:1 Acceptance of this contract dictates the unconditional agreement to this offer. This being "created contact". Here-in being written by his Royal Highness before acceptance any offer can be withdrawn, but once accepted this contract is bind on [sic] both sides. Any conditions that may have been effected as per a counter offer must be accepted by both parties.

2:1 Representing the undersigned agent is hereby appointed by his Royal Highness to act on behalf of no other person than the undersigned (known as the principal). The amount of authority to deal that the agent has is subject to agreement between the principal and the stated agent. However, otherwise, third parties can assume the [sic] Mr. Gold has full powers to negotiate this contract.

3:1 Collective agreement shall state all terms used for agreements made between the undersigned. This covers more than this one organisation. Although these can be seen as breach of future contracts, this contract is governed by the territorial law of rights, not contract law.

4:1 Comfort letters will not be issued. Documents issued to back up this agreement do not have any contractual standing. This is to be issued by a parent or associate company stating that the group will back up the petition of the small company to improve its trading position. This contract does state they are not intended to be legally binding [two illegible words] regarding letters of comfort.

5:1 Confidentiality within this binding [illegible word] is to protect confidential information if it has to be dictated to another party. If this is to occur during negotiations for this contract, the parties may need to divulge information about their operatives to each other. In this situation, the confidentiality agreement forms a binding contract not to pass on that information whether or not the actual contract is ever signed.

6:1 Certain Considerations within this contract pertains to each side which must give some consideration to the other. Referred to as the quid pro quo. This is the price paid. Which is not to exercise a right to access over somebody else's land in return for a payment would be a valid contract, even if there was no intention of ever [illegible word] right [illegible word].

7:1 Exclusion clause - Do note that within this contract that are [sic] intended to exclude one party from [illegible word] if stated circumstance were to occur. They are types of exemption clauses. This shall be traded through interpretation of them strictly and, where possible, in favour of the party that did not write said contract. Exemption clause may [illegible word] in the governing body by regulations that tender them ineffective but note that these regulations do not cover retractions.

8:1 Exemption clause has defined specified [illegible word] and limitation caused during the evaluation of signed contract may set a maximum on the amount of damages the party may have to pay if there is a failure of some sort of the [two illegible words] [image ends]
("The Apprentice")



Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The deal was initially broken by Rumplestiltskin as he couldn't give up the Darkness. However, he later completed it by sacrificing himself and his power to save Storybrooke, including Baelfire and his family.
  2. Rumplestiltskin killed Milah and cut off Hook's hand, leaving without the bean.
  3. Cora never had a child with Rumplestiltskin, thus rendering the deal nullified.
  4. Jefferson obtained the passport from Queen Regina herself.
  5. Jefferson was only able to obtain the crystal ball, and not the Slippers.
  6. Victor Frankenstein obtained the enchanted heart from Queen Regina.
  7. Rumplestiltskin knows that Anna will not give the Apprentice the liquid, an antidote to a poison Rumplestiltskin gave him, thus allowing Rumplestiltskin to get past him. He makes this request of Anna in hopes that she will "face her inner darkness, and turn away from it," another requirement to get past the protective enchantment on the Sorcerer's Hat, which he wishes to retrieve.
  8. This deal is broken by Anna, who does not mix the liquid into the tea.
  9. Belle makes this deal instead of her father.
  10. This deal was struck in the Enchanted Forest but completed decades later in Storybrooke.
  11. Prince Charming lied about having made this deal, and it was actually never made.
  12. Ingrid makes a deal with the Apprentice instead, exchanging the urn for passage to the Land Without Magic.
  13. 13.0 13.1 This deal was nullified by a different deal made between Mr. Gold and Emma Swan
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