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A glamour spell. This is how you shall appear to one and all.
Rumplestiltskin to Emma and Hook src

Shapeshifting is a magical ability featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the second episode of the first season.

Known Ways to Shapeshift

A glamour is an illusion, and only affects the perception of people who see the glamoured person or object, as opposed to changing its actual form. Transfiguration, on the other hand, is a complete shape-shift, where the person physically transform into another being or form.[1][2] ("Siege Perilous")

Ways to shapeshift

List of Shapeshifts

S Ep Type Turned Into By Status
1 2 Shapeshifting spell The Gnome Petrified Evil Queen Permanent
Evil Queen A mouse Herself Reversed
1 3 Dark fairy dust 3 bridge trolls Bugs Snow White Permanent
1 4 Shapeshifting spell The Fairy Godmother Enlarged Herself Permanent
1 5 Transformation potion Donna Marionettes Myrna Permanent
Stephen Martin
Shapeshifting spell Jiminy A cricket Blue Fairy Permanent
1 8 Glamour spell[3] Zoso Himself with normal skin Himself Reversed
1 12 Glamour spell[4] The beating heart of the first Titan[5] The jeweled chalice that looks like the Holy Grail Unknown Permanent
Shapeshifting spell Gaston A rose Rumplestiltskin Permanent
1 13 King Midas' touch[6] Frederick A golden statue King Midas Reversed
Magical ability The Siren Snow White Herself Reversed
Waters of Lake Nostos Frederick in a golden statue Back to his normal self Prince Charming Permanent
1 14 Shapeshifting spell Nova Enlarged Herself Reversed
1 15 Werewolf ability Red Riding Hood Werewolf Herself Reversed
1 16
1 17 Glamour spell Evil Queen An old woman Herself Reversed
Magic mushroom Valet Enlarged Evil Queen Permanent
1 19 Shapeshifting spell Donkey Driver A snail Rumplestiltskin Permanent
1 20 Shapeshifting spell Pinocchio Himself as a real boy Blue Fairy Reversed
1 22 Magical ability Maleficent A dragon Herself Reversed
2 3 Glamour spell Cora Lancelot Herself Reversed
2 4 Shapeshifting spell[6] A butcher A pig Rumplestiltskin Unknown
2 7 Werewolf ability Red Riding Hood Werewolf Herself Reversed
Ruby Herself Reversed
Anita Lucas Herself Reversed
2 10 Shapeshifting spell Fisherman Fish Cora Apparently Permanent
Glamour spell Unnamed person Archie Hopper Cora Apparently Permanent
Glamour spell Cora Regina Mills Herself Reversed
2 11 Shapeshifting spell William Smee A rat Mr. Gold Reversed
Fairy dust Yaoguai Prince Phillip Belle Permanent
2 12 Glamour spell Cora Henry Mills Herself Reversed
2 13 Magic mushroom Anton Shrunk Jack Reversed
Enlarged Regina Mills Reversed
2 15 Glamour spell Cora Blue Fairy Herself Reversed
2 16 Shapeshifting spell Straw Gold Cora Permanent
2 19 Shapeshifting spell Henry Mills A statue Mr. Gold
(via the Fairy Godmother's wand)
Glamour spell
(Six-Leaf Clover)[7]
Robin Hood Unnamed person Himself Reversed
2 20 Glamour spell Evil Queen A peasant
Rumplestiltskin Reversed
Glamour spell Regina Mills Fisherman Herself Reversed
3 1 Shapeshifting spell The mermaid A hardwood Regina Mills Permanent
3 2 Magical ability The Shadow Belle Itself Reversed
3 3 Shapeshifting spell Tinker Bell Enlarged Herself Reversed
3 4 Magical ability The Shadow Belle Itself Reversed
3 6
3 6 Shapeshifting spell
Ariel A human Ursula (Deity) Reversed
Evil Queen Herself as a cecaelia
("Ursula (Deity)")
Unknown Reversed
Sea Bracelet Snow White A mermaid Ariel Reversed
3 7 Sea Bracelet Ariel A human Herself Reversed
3 10 Magical ability Prince Charming Petrified Medusa Reversed
Medusa Permanent
3 13 Flying Monkey's bite Little John Flying Monkey Flying Monkey Reversed
Shapeshifting spell A flying monkey A plushie toy Evil Queen Permanent
3 16 Glamour spell Rumplestiltskin Evil Queen Himself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Walsh Flying monkey Zelena Presumed Reversed
3 17 Glamour spell Zelena Ariel Herself Reversed
3 19 Shapeshifting spell Aurora Flying monkeys Zelena Reversed
Prince Phillip
3 20 Shapeshifting spell Gold Threads Golden brain Zelena Unknown
Glamour spell Zelena Melted Herself Reversed
3 21 Glamour spell Emma A princess
("Princess Leia")
Rumplestiltskin Reversed
Hook A prince
("Prince Charles")
Werewolf ability Red Riding Hood Werewolf Herself Reversed
3 22 Dark fairy dust Snow White A bug Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell A bug Snow White Blue Fairy Permanent
Dark fairy dust 3 bridge trolls Bugs Evil Queen Permanent
4 4 Transformation potion The Apprentice A rat Rumplestiltskin Reversed
4 11 Shapeshifting spell Maleficent A flock of ravens Herself Reversed
4 13 Magical ability Maleficent A dragon Herself Reversed
4 14
4 14 Glamour spell Mr. Gold Hook Himself Reversed
4 16 Transformation potion August Booth Back to his hardwood self Mr. Gold Reversed
Transformation potion
(enlarging potion)
The Jolly Roger Enlarged Hook Permanent
Shapeshifting spell
(using Poseidon's trident)
Ursula (mermaid) Herself as a cecaelia Herself Permanent
4 17 Glamour spell
(Six-Leaf Clover)
Zelena Marian Herself Reversed
4 19
4 20 Magical ability Lily Page A dragon Herself Reversed
4 22
5 1 Glamour spell Zelena Regina Mills Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Mr. Clark Petrified Emma Swan Reversed
5 2 Shapeshifting spell Dopey A tree Power of the Third Dark Curse Reversed
5 3 Glamour spell Emma Swan Herself with normal hair and skin Herself Reversed
5 5 Shapeshifting spell
(with the tear of lost love)
Merlin A tree Nimue
(with Merlin's tear)
A tree Merlin Emma Swan
(with Henry Mills' tear)
5 6 Transformation potion
(Spell of Mor'du)
Merida A bear Herself
(forced by Emma Swan)
Anti-Transformation Powder A bear Merida Mr. Gold Permanent
5 7 Shapeshifting spell Holy Grail Excalibur Merlin
(with the help of the Promethean Flame)
5 8 Glamour spell[8] The name "Killian Jones" on Excalibur[9] Disappeared Emma Swan Reversed
5 9 Shapeshifting spell Ruby Werewolf Witch Reversed
5 11 Glamour spell Hook Henry Mills Himself Reversed
5 12 Glamour spell Cora Valet Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Valet Shrunk Evil Queen Reversed
5 16 Glamour spell Zelena Mother Superior Herself Reversed
5 18 Werewolf ability Ruby Werewolf Herself Reversed
5 20 Glamour spell A wineskin filled with water from the Acheron An enchanted heart Mr. Gold Permanent
5 22 Dr. Jekyll's Serum Jekyll Mr. Hyde Poole Reversed
6 5 Glamour spell Evil Queen (serum) Archie Hopper Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Archie Hopper A cricket Zelena Reversed
6 7 Shapeshifting spell Blue Fairy Enlarged Herself Reversed
6 8 Glamour spell Evil Queen (serum) Regina Mills Herself Reversed
Magical ability The Dragon A dragon Himself Unknown
6 9 Shapeshifting spell Blue Fairy Enlarged Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Black Fairy Enlarged Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Mother Superior Mother Superior Shrunk Reversed
6 10 Glamour spell Regina Mills Evil Queen Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Evil Queen (serum) A cobra Gideon Reversed
6 15 Transformation potion Prince Achmed A wooden staff Jafar Permanent
Jafar Jasmine
Glamour spell Gideon "Æsop" Himself Reversed
6 16 Shapeshifting spell Black Fairy Enlarged Herself Permanent
Great Spider From the Echoless Forest Shrunk Mr. Gold
(via the Dark One Dagger)
Dark fairy dust Roderick A bug Black Fairy
6 19 Glamour spell Black Fairy Mary Margaret Blanchard Herself Reversed
Gideon David Nolan Himself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Blue Fairy Enlarged Herself Reversed
Tiger Lily Enlarged Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell Fiona (A human) A fairy Herself
(with Tiger Lily's wand and an incantation)
6 20 Shapeshifting spell Blue Fairy Enlarged Herself Reversed
7 5 True Love's Kiss Robert A frog His true love Permanent
7 7 Glamour spell Gothel Rapunzel Tremaine Herself Reversed
7 8 Transformation potion
(shrinking potion)
Cinderella Shrunk Herself Reversed
7 10 Blood Magic Drizella Petrified Rapunzel Tremaine Reversed
7 14 Shapeshifting spell The Troll A sculpture Alice Permanent
7 15 Glamour spell Gothel Regina Mills Herself Reversed
Shapeshifting spell A bole Candies Gretel Permanent
7 19 Glamour spell Gothel
(A tree nymph)
A human Herself Permanent
7 20 Shapeshifting spell Margot Shrunk Tilly Reversed
Eloise Gardener A tree Permanent
7 21 Shapeshifting spell Jacinda Vidrio Shrunk Rumplestiltskin (Wish Realm) Reversed
Henry Mills
W 2 Shapeshifting spell Silvermist Enlarged Herself Reversed
W 4 Shapeshifting Spell Amara A serpent (Amara) Jafar Reversed
A serpent (Amara) A staff
W 5 Shapeshifting spell Will Scarlet Petrified Jafar
(via the serpent staff)
W 7 Transformation potion Jafar Edwin Himself Reversed
W 10 Shapeshifting spell A stick A sword Red Queen Permanent
W 12 Shapeshifting spell A chandelier A hydra Amara Reversed
C SQ Werewolf ability Adair Werewolves Themselves Reversed
Red Riding Hood
Shapeshifting spell The Huntsman Sea creatures Magic Totem Reversed
Snow White
Red Riding Hood


Other Notes

  • In magic lore, a glamour is a spell cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wishes them to see, when in fact they are not what they seem to be. Shapeshifting, on the other hand, is a common theme in mythology, folklore and fantasy fiction, which refers to the ability to physically transform into another being or form.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Emma: "Forget the de-cloaking potion. It's not a glamour anyway."
    Regina: "Are you sure?"
    Mary Margaret: "If I'm getting this right, the tree could actually be him, transfigured."
    ("Siege Perilous")
  2. TwitterLogo @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (July 26, 2015). "not a different form -- glamour is an illusion. affects others' perception." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (December 10, 2014). "glamor is an illusion -- the thing that's shifting is the perception." (screenshot)
  3. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (December 10, 2014). "it wasn't established, so this is just me, but I'd posit that that was a glamor." (screenshot)
  4. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (November 10, 2015). "yes it was a different magic item glamored as the Grail." (screenshot)
  5. TwitterLogo @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (November 10, 2015). "Yes. Because it was actually the beating heart of the first Titan, disguised as the Grail." (screenshot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 (Mentioned only)
  7. "Heart of Gold". Once Upon a Time. ABC.
  8. "Birth", Once Upon a Time, ABC
  9. File:508GlamourSpell.png
  10. File:521HiddenPageOne5.png

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