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I am forever indebted to you.
—Frederick to Prince Charming src

Frederick, currently known as Jim, also known as Gym Teacher, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the thirteenth episode of the first season and is portrayed by co-star Greyston Holt.


Before First Curse

Frederick is the true love of Princess Abigail, and the two are engaged to be married. One day, while defending her father, King Midas, from robbers, he is accidentally touched by the king's golden hand. This transforms him into a golden statue. For several years, Abigail despairs over the loss of her beloved until Prince Charming helps to break the curse by procuring magic water from Lake Nostos. Abigail pours the water over Frederick, restoring him back to normal, as the two joyfully reunite. In turn, Frederick thanks Prince Charming for saving him. ("What Happened to Frederick")

When the Evil Queen casts the Dark Curse, Frederick, along with other inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest, are engulfed by its power. ("Pilot")

During First Curse
After the casting of the Dark Curse, Jim becomes the gym teacher of an Storybrooke elementary school in Storybrooke. While walking down a hallway, Kathryn bumps into him. Though he tells her to watch where she is going, Kathryn ignores him and saunters up to the schoolteacher Mary Margaret to have a heated confrontation. During the night, Jim drives near the border of town and stops when he sees Kathryn's crashed car. He looks inside, but Kathryn is nowhere to be found. ("What Happened to Frederick")

After First Curse

After the breaking of the Dark Curse, Jim reunites with his true love, Kathryn, and they are now living together in her house.[1]

The devious Pan infiltrates Storybrooke by previously switching bodies with Henry and sets out to cast his own version of the Dark Curse. Regina puts a stop to it by undoing the curse she cast, but also getting rid of Pan's curse in the process. As a price, Storybrooke will be wiped out and all residents will have to return to the Enchanted Forest. Once Regina's task is done, everyone except Emma and Henry, who left town on the mayor's request, is engulfed by the curse's purple smoke. ("Going Home")

Before Second Curse

After Regina takes magical preventive measures to undo Pan's casting of the Dark Curse, all the inhabitants of Storybrooke pay the price by returning to the Enchanted Forest and reverting to their prior personas. In a group, they manifest in the land of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip. A plan quickly assembles for everyone to make their way to the Queen's old palace. ("New York City Serenade")

Threatened by the presence of the Wicked Witch of the West, Prince Charming and Snow White learn from a witch named Glinda that only the most powerful of light magic can defeat her. Realizing their daughter, Emma, fits the bill, Snow White casts another curse in order to whisk herself as well as everyone else back to Storybrooke. Before the curse spreads, however, the Wicked Witch interferes by adding a potion into the mixture to erase everyone's memories of the last year in the Enchanted Forest. ("A Curious Thing")

During Second Curse

A new curse is cast by none other than Snow White; returning Jim and the rest of the Enchanted Forest inhabitants to the town of Storybrooke. However, as a result of Wicked Witch of the West's interference, everyone's last recollection is the final day in Storybrooke when Regina stopped Pan's curse, but no one can recall anything further than that. ("Witch Hunt", "A Curious Thing")

Since his return, Jim wrote an ad in the Storybrooke Daily Mirror stating that the business "Sign, Embroidery Screening and Sporting Goods" was for sale.[2] ("Kansas")

Regina, after bestowing Henry with a kiss of true love, breaks the second curse. Like everyone else, Jim regains his lost memories of the missing year in the Enchanted Forest. ("A Curious Thing")



  • The name "Jim" is a reference to the character's occupation, which is school gym teacher.

Character Notes

Production Notes

  • Although his name is never given, Jim's name was revealed in the press release for the first season episode, "The Return". Actor Greyston Holt filmed scenes for that episode that were later cut, but his credit remained.[6]


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Abrams, Natalie (February 6, 2013). Lightning Round 5: Once Upon a Time Bosses Answer Your Burning Questions. TV Guide. “Will we find out what happened to Abigail (Anastasia Griffith) and Frederick (Greyston Holt) after the curse was broken? Kitsis: They're living happily together in Kathryn's house.”
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  6. LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME: Air Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#119). The Futon Critic. “Guest starring are (...) Greyston Holt as Jim/Frederick”
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