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This article focuses on the Seer.
For her Wish Realm counterpart, see Seer (Wish Realm).

I see all. Even what has yet to pass.

—The Seer to Rumplestiltskin src

The Seer, formerly known as Little Girl,[1] is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the fourteenth episode of the second season and is portrayed by guest stars Brighid Fleming and Shannon Lucio. She is the main reality version of the Seer (Wish Realm).


Before First Curse

During the Ogre Wars, a young girl, the Seer, is held as prisoner in a cage in the camp of the forces of the Duke. While stationed in the camp to train for combat on the battlefield, Rumplestiltskin is assigned by a superior officer to watch the covered cage and warned to beware of its occupant as it is a tricky beast. When he hears a child's voice call his name, Rumplestiltskin responds by pulling back the covering. He is horrified to see a child whose eyelids are stitched over. She pleas for a sip of water while promising if he helps her, she can glimpse into his future. Though he has no idea how the Seer knows his name, Rumplestiltskin assumes she merely overheard his name. Instead, she surprises him by pulling out knowledge about his fears in turning out a coward like his father. Curious to hear more, he grabs some water for her. She foresees his wife, Milah, giving birth to his child, which elates Rumplestiltskin to hear of the news. However, the Seer also proclaims a second part of his future—because of Rumplestiltskin's actions on the battlefield, his son will end up fatherless. Angrily, he yanks the water away from her; saying that she does not know what she is talking about. The Seer informs Rumplestiltskin he will know the truth of what she says when he sees soldiers riding into battle on cows. She leaves him with the last word; remarking they are fated to meet again one day. Although he scoffs initially at her prophecy, Rumplestiltskin learns "cow" is a slang term for "saddle" and the army received fresh horses with custom "cows" to ride. Horrified that the Seer's words have actually come true, he goes back to the cage to confront her again, but she is gone from her prison.

Several years later, after Rumplestiltskin has become the Dark One and lost his son, he happens upon a small campsite in the woods, and finds the Seer, who is now a grown woman. She reaffirms her prior knowledge about meeting Rumplestiltskin again, and what was prophesied all those years ago has come to pass at last. He recounts the long series of events leading up to this meeting, and rebukes the Seer for leaving out the details in their last encounter. The Seer states that he could not have avoided his fate regardless. This upsets Rumplestiltskin, who telekinetically attacks her and demands to know how to find his son. She tells him about the Dark Curse and the events that will lead up to it, but in very general terms. Frustrated, Rumplestiltskin berates her, to which she offers him her own future-seeing powers. He takes her hands and the power flows out of the Seer, but after being drained, she lies dying, though now free of her burden. Rumplestiltskin is furious that all he sees are puzzle pieces with no clear pattern or clear answers. The Seer promises that he will learn to see the patterns to separate "what can be from what will be", and in gratitude for taking away her cursed powers, she offers a final prophecy before she dies—he will be reunited with Baelfire, and will be led to him by a young boy. Though she warns the child will be his undoing, Rumplestiltskin states he'll just kill the boy. ("Manhattan")

Magical Abilities

Former Magical Abilities


Production Notes

  • The casting call for her younger self describes her as, "quick-witted, defiant 10-year-old prisoner of war who can see the future, and shows little fear against the soldiers."[2]
  • The casting call name for her younger self is "Little Girl".[2]
  • The casting call for her adult self describes her as, "30, brave, wiser than her years, and also psychic. She doesn't want this power and wants to be rid of the visions she's cursed with."[3]


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.