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I promise, if you intend to take away Aurora's happiness, you will fail... Just as you failed with Briar Rose.
—King Stefan to Maleficent src

King Stefan is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the fourteenth episode of the fourth season and is portrayed by guest star Sebastian Roché.

King Stefan is based on the prince and the king from the fairytale, "Sleeping Beauty"; and on the character of the same name from the Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.


Before First Curse

After Maleficent curses Briar Rose into an eternal sleep, her victory falls short when King Stefan awakens the cursed maiden with true love's kiss. He and Briar Rose later marry, presiding over their kingdom in a palace, and have a daughter named Aurora. Maleficent, on the other hand, becomes dejected since her revenge is spoiled and loses her ability to turn into a dragon. Years later, Aurora is set to marry Prince Phillip, and in a bid to restore Maleficent to her former glory, Regina tries motivating her into getting vengeance on Briar Rose's daughter. Fearing the former dragon will harm Aurora, King Stefan and his soldiers arrive at the ruined portion of land that Maleficent once scorched with her flames decades ago. When they begin arresting her, Maleficent attempts to transform, but it fails, leaving both her and Regina to be captured for execution. As the women are tied and forced to walk, Regina burns her own binds and hurls a fireball at the men before her magic dries out. Luckily, Maleficent morphs into a dragon, and as she swoops down from the air, King Stefan shouts for his guards to retreat. With a well-aimed breath of fire, she shoots it at the king, who manages to block with his shield. Later, when Maleficent confronts Aurora, she reveals she did not kill King Stefan in order to make him suffer and see his precious daughter be cursed as her mother was. ("Enter the Dragon")


Briar Rose
King Stefan
Prince Phillip


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  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring



  1. In "Tallahassee", Aurora claims that she has "no loved ones" left, which may or may not indicate that King Stefan is dead. Therefore, his current status is unknown.

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