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This page lists Once Upon a Time's various references to numerous religious works and practices.

Season One


"The Shepherd"

  • Prince James duels a man called "Behemoth", a creature from the Bible.
  • David Nolan, the cursed identity of Prince Charming, a former shepherd, shares his name with King David of the Bible, himself a former shepherd.
  • Prince Charming's mother is named Ruth. Ruth is the name of King David's great-grandmother.
  • Prince Charming is betrothed to Princess Abigail. King David's third wife was named Abigail.
  • A cross can be seen on a shield dropped by a fallen soldier outside the dragon's cave.[4]

"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"


  • The Storybrooke counterparts of fairies are reviewed to be nuns. They seems to be similar to Roman Catholic Religious Sisters, which is evident such as: doing community service, refers by others and themselves as "Sister" and also have a Mother Superior who is in charge of them.
  • The nun convent logo on the "Miner's Day" banner[6] is a Budded Cross, which is characterized by three scalloped shapes at the end of each arm, which symbolize the Holy Trinity.<refBUDDED CROSS. Trinity Collection. Retrieved on February 15. “This simple cross is characterized by the trefoil or three scalloped shapes at the end of each arm, which symbolize the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”</ref> The logo reads as "Sisters of Saint Meissa Dona Nobis Pacem MMDCXLVIII". Dona nobis pacem (Latin for "Grant us peace") is a phrase in the Agnus Dei section of the Roman Catholic mass.

"The Return"

"An Apple Red as Blood"

Season Two

"We Are Both"

  • Dr. Whale asks David whether or not nuns can date as the Dark Curse was broken, referring the oath Roman Catholic nuns made when joining the community.

"Lady of the Lake"

"The Doctor"

"The Outsider"

"In the Name of the Brother"


"The Queen Is Dead"

"Welcome to Storybrooke"

"Selfless, Brave and True"

"The Evil Queen"

  • At the marketplace, an angel with a halo is pictured on the tapestry behind the carny.[20]

"Second Star to the Right"

  • Tamara remarks that magic is unholy.

Season Three

"Quite a Common Fairy"

  • Noticing that Regina Mills is reluctant to meet Tinker Bell, Emma assumes that Regina did something to the fairy when they first met, including the possibility that Regina stole Tinker Bell's halo.

"Going Home"


"Snow Drifts"

  • When Hook is pondering where and when in the past Enchanted Forest he and Emma have landed, he briefly mentions the belly of a whale; referencing the biblical story of Jonah.

Season Four

"Family Business"

  • While Belle is looking up information on how to get her memories back, a cross can be seen on the cover of one of the books.[25]

"Smash the Mirror"

"Shattered Sight"

"Heroes and Villains"

  • An angry Hook promises Mr. Gold that Mr. Gold's next life won't be so pleasant for him. Reincarnation is a shared element of various religious, spiritual and philosophical communities.
  • Still, Mr. Gold believes he doesn't need to care about Hook's promise, telling the pirate, "Given my immortality, you'll have quite the wait amongst the fire and brimstone". "Fire and brimstone" is a figurative expression of signs of God's wrath in the Bible.

"Darkness on the Edge of Town"

  • Rumplestiltskin tells the Queens of Darkness that he offers the answer to all their prayers. Cruella is not convinced, and remarks, "I'm not exactly the religious sort."

"Best Laid Plans"

"Heart of Gold"



"Operation Mongoose Part 1"

"Operation Mongoose Part 2"

Season Five

"The Dark Swan"

"Siege Perilous"

"The Broken Kingdom"

"The Bear and the Bow"



"Swan Song"

"Souls of the Departed"

"Our Decay"

  • There is a statue of the Virgin Mary inside the convent nursery.[42]
  • According to Hades, people are always confusing him with the Devil.
  • Zelena tells Hades to go back to his brimstone. "Fire and brimstone" is a figurative expression of signs of God's wrath in the Bible. "Brimstone" is the archaic name for sulfur, and evokes the acrid odor of volcanic activity.

"Ruby Slippers"


"Last Rites"

"Only You"

"An Untold Story"

Season Six

"The Savior"

"Dark Waters"

  • The name of the Shears of Destiny is reminiscent of the Spear of Destiny, the Holy Lance's alternative name. Like the shears, the Spear of Destiny is closely connected to the Savior, as it is said to be the weapon used to pierce Jesus Christ's side as he hung on the cross.


Season Seven

"Is This Henry Mills?"

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

"Bad Blood"

  • The Sultan's coat of arms is a modified version of the star and crescent,[54] an Islamic symbol which appears on the flag of many countries where Islam is a state religion or which has a largely Muslim population. Note that the Sultan's symbol has been rotated 90 degrees.
  • When Edwin is about to eat, he recites part of the catholic meal prayer: "Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty." He also says that his God hears every prayer, and that he prays for his daughter. Alice later says that every meal she's ever had with her father could not begin without saying grace.


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  2. ONCE UPON A TIME "Pilot" by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz (PDF) pp. 44. Retrieved on February 15, 2019. “REVEAL -- SISTER MARY MARGARET BLANCHARD. A nun and their teacher.”
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