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A fearsome creature. If you were to look into her eyes, she would turn you into stone.
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Medusa is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the tenth episode of the third season.

Medusa is based on the Gorgon with the same name from the Perseus myth from Greek Mythology.


Before First Curse

Medusa lives in a cavern near the old Summer Palace of the Enchanted Forest. She gains a notorious reputation as a creature who can turn anyone into stone if the person looks straight into her eyes. One day, she chases two intruders, Snow White and Prince Charming, after they purposely enter into her home. While Prince Charming goads Medusa into coming after him, Snow White hides in wait to cut off her head. However, when Snow White swings the sword at the Gorgon's neck, all it does is frighten the beast as the sword shatters. Realizing that the legends were wrong, Snow White and Prince Charming attempt to flee, but Snow White is caught by Medusa's snake-like body and dragged towards her. To stop this, Prince Charming hurls a shield he finds laying in the hallway at Medusa. Medusa switches her target back to him and this time is able to successfully meet his gaze, turning him to stone. As she searches for Snow White, the princess is contacted by the Evil Queen through a part of the shield, which had its covering torn, revealing its reflective surface. Though the Evil Queen attempts to make Snow White believe that she has ruined her own happy ending, it ends up giving the girl an idea as she tears the rest of the covering off the shield and charges Medusa with it. When the Gorgon attempts to turn Snow White into stone, she ends up meeting her own gaze through the reflection and ends up defeating herself as she turns to stone. Her demise results in Prince Charming returning to normal as the happy couple is reunited. ("The New Neverland")

Magical Abilities

  • Shapeshifting - Ability to petrify anyone who gazes upon her eyes.


Character Notes

Set Dressing

  • There a mosaic of Medusa on her cave floor.[2] ("The New Neverland")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


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