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Surely there must be something here you would want.
—Donna to Myrna src

Donna is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the fourth episode of the first season and is portrayed by co-star Laura Bertram.

Donna is based on one of the Puppets from the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, and the Disney film Pinocchio.


Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Donna, along with her husband, Stephen, is tricked by Jiminy Cricket's parents about an elfin plague. They give them a fake serum as a cure. Unbeknownst to Jiminy, they switched the usual water serum they always use to scam people and give them the potion Rumplestiltskin had given Jiminy to get rid of his parents. After ingesting the potion, she and Stephen are turned into wooden puppets, which causes their son, Geppetto, much alarm and grief when he sees them. ("That Still Small Voice")

Rumplestiltskin collects the puppets and keeps them in his castle for many years. ("The Snow Queen", "It's Not Easy Being Green", "The Apprentice", "Changelings", "Heroes and Villains", "Skin Deep", "Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")

During First Curse

During the twenty-eight years of the curse, Donna and Stephen remain as puppets in Mr. Gold's pawnshop collection. ("Welcome to Storybrooke", "Awake", "Save Henry", "The Price of Gold", "That Still Small Voice", "The Shepherd", "The Stranger", "An Apple Red as Blood", "A Land Without Magic")

After First Curse

After the breaking of the curse Donna and Stephen remain on display in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. ("The Cricket Game")

After Third Curse

At some point prior to Henry breaking in Mr. Gold's pawnshop, Donna and Stephen are put back in display on a counter. During a speech about the danger of messing with magic, the kid shows them to Violet Morgan and explains that they were originally human, implying that magic caused the couple to become wooden puppets. ("Only You")

During Fifth Curse

Through unknown means, Donna ends up in the evidence room of Hyperion Heights 42nd Precinct Police Station. ("Breadcrumbs")




  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage and adoption relationships
  • denotes the deceased
  • Pinocchio is the adopted son of Geppetto


Production Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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