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For the Nautilus crew member, see Martin (A Wondrous Place).

"Good" is another word for "weak".

—Martin to Jiminy src

Martin, also known as Puppet Prince,[1] is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts, with his only appearance, in the fifth episode of the first season and is portrayed by guest star Harry Groener.

Martin is an allusion to the Fox (spelled with a capital letter in the novel) from the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Honest John from the Disney film Pinocchio.


Before First Curse

Martin and his wife, Myrna, make a living putting on a puppet show for people at an unnamed village, while they have their young son, Jiminy, sneak around the crowd to steal everyone's belongings. Afterwards, they both assess the stolen money and trinkets. Jiminy finds a cricket admires the creature's freedom. He even longs to lead a similar life of being free, though his parents are certain Jiminy can never change his fate as a pick-pocketing swindler.

Many years later, he and Myrna are still up to their old tricks. They talk about which scam to run next, but Jiminy interjects that they make enough from the puppet show. Despite their son's reluctance to continue stealing from people, Martin and his wife recognize they are getting old and wish for Jiminy to take care of them in the same lifestyle. Sometime after, Martin and Myrna realize Jiminy is planning on getting rid of them so he can live a life of freedom. They secretly take a potion he receives from a dealer and switch it with their own brand of a fake elf tonic. At nightfall, they arrive at the house of a young couple, Donna and Stephen, and pretend to be homeless and in need of a place to stay for the evening. While being served a hot meal inside the couple's home, Myrna speaks of a nearby town being hit by a plague, and the only reason she, Martin and Jiminy are immune is due to their possession of an elf tonic. Donna and Stephen are swindled by the trio into giving up all their valuable items in exchange for the fake elf tonic. Once outside, Jiminy is so furious at his parents that he cannot help himself from throwing his own potion at them, which is actually the fake elf tonic containing nothing but rain water since they switched his bottle with it earlier on. In horror, Jiminy runs back into the couple's house to find the pair have already ingested the potion and turned into wooden puppets. Myrna and her husband catch a glimpse, but rather than being shocked, they laugh humorously at the situation, and show no remorse even when the couple's son, Geppetto, stumbles in to see his parents' current state. ("That Still Small Voice")


Jiminy Cricket
Archie Hopper


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  • His and his wife's names, Myrna and Martin, is the complete name of well-known psychiatrist, Myrna Martin, who specializes in child/adolescent and family therapy. Jiminy's Storybrooke counterpart, Dr. Hopper, is also a psychiatrist who has been treating Henry.

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  1. LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME: Air Date: Sunday, November 27, 2011 Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC Episode Title: (#105) "That Still Small Voice". The Futon Critic. “Guest starring are [...] Harry Groener as Martin/puppet prince”
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  3. Richenthal, Matt (November 25, 2011). Once Upon a Time Exclusive: Jane Espenson on the "Triumph of True Love". TV Fanatic. “In my Jiminy episode, the plum roles are those of Jiminy's mother and father and we talked about a LOT of great classic comedy actors for those roles. y [sic] the way, we ended up with Buffy alum Harry Groener as Jiminy's dad and he’s amazing. Watch for him on Sunday.”
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