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Run off with the evil imp you don't think anyone knows about in the name of love, or stand next to my son with a crown on your head and citizens at your feet.

—King Xavier to Cora src

King Xavier is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the sixteenth episode of the second season and is portrayed by guest star Joaquim de Almeida.

King Xavier is based on the King from the fairytale, "Rumpelstiltskin".


Before First Curse

King Xavier is a wealthy king, and the father of Prince Henry. While accompanying a visiting princess, Eva, a miller's daughter spills flour as they walk by. The woman, Cora, blames the princess for tripping her, though King Xavier doesn't believe the claim. Though Henry believes Cora didn't mean any harm, King Xavier forces her to kneel and apologize to them all. During a masquerade ball, he recognizes a masked Cora dancing with his son. King Xavier cuts in, forcing Henry to leave them, as he berates Cora for for wearing a stolen dress. He insults her as nothing but a miller's daughter, but she boasts of her talent for spinning straw into gold. Cora insists had he not offended her, she might've used the skill to make his kingdom rich. King Xavier hauls her in front of the party guests, announcing Cora's claims, which everyone laughs at. He proposes that Cora demonstrate her technique by spinning a whole roomful of straw into gold and win the hand of his son, but if not, she will forfeit her life. To his surprise, all the straw is spun into gold. Still in disbelief, he has Cora publicly spin gold. Only then, King Xavier is satisfied and allows her to marry Henry. The night before the wedding, while he is counting the gold coffers, Cora visits to tell him that she doesn't love Henry. King Xavier brings up her love affair with Rumplestiltskin, whom he know she intends to run away with. During the conversation, he states that "love is weakness" and that marriage is not based on love, but alliances. He tempts her with the option of staying by Henry's side and gaining respect as a royal. Though Cora planned on tearing out and crushing his heart for previously humiliating her, she takes out her own. Months later, Cora and Henry's daughter is born and publicly displayed to their royal subjects. King Xavier asks Cora what will the child be named, to which she replies her name will be Regina as she will be queen one day. ("The Miller's Daughter")


King Xavier
Evil Queen
Regina Mills


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, engagement and adoption relationships, and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • The number of Henry's siblings is unknown


Production Notes

  • The casting call describes him as, "45, has a mean sense of humor, and worries about being able to maintain his extravagant lifestyle since gold has become more scarce in his kingdom."[2]

Props Notes

  • When Cora enters King Xavier's chambers, where he is "counting his treasure", the book he is writing in (seen upside-down) contains a list of what appears to be the royal family's valuables, their value, number of items, and weight measured in stone. (The kingdom has been having financial troubles, but, as the king puts it, Cora has made them rich again.) It reads:[3]

[Illegible word] Kingdom

[3 illegible words] coins 201 200 34 [obscured]
Silver engraved cups 301 40 20 stone
Emerald faced earrings 361 10 .2 stone
Jasper goblets 406 20 17 stone
[Illegible word] Velvet Capes 407 6
[Two illegible words] apples 401 50 200 stone
[Three illegible words] 361 9 .8 stone
[Illegible word] Blue Velvet gowns 902 2 8.1
Saffron eastern elixir 980 80
[Illegible word] shell jewelry boxes 9.86 6 9.2 stone
[3 illegible words] nest 9.04 1 .4 stone
Jasper decanters 9.50 6 2.8 stone
Hand brushed silk rugs 9.82 10 9.1 stone
Hand engraved wardrobe 9.09 1 9.80 stone
[Obscured] carved [illegible word] 6.01 2.5 4 stone
[Obscured]thread spindles
The headline at the bottom of the adjacent page says "Price family jewels" and mentions "Emerald Rings" and "sapphire and diamond rings". Above the list of family jewels, there is another list, which mentions a looking glass. The rest of the page is illegible.

Set Dressing


"Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. In "The Miller's Daughter", Cora states that marrying Prince Henry will make her fifth in line to be queen. Following normal rules of succession, this means that four individuals separate Prince Henry from being King. (This could be four older siblings, one older sibling with three children, or any combination in-between.)
  2. Once Upon a Time - Episode 2.16 - Roles being cast. SpoilerTV (January 8, 2013).
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