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This article focuses on the toy dubbed as "Peter Pan".
For the Neverland character, see Peter Pan.

Isn't it funny? The things we haven't thought about in years still have the ability to make us cry.
Felix to Mr. Gold src

The Straw Doll, also known as Peter Pan, is an item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the third season.


Before First Curse
As a child, Rumplestiltskin is given a doll by his father, Malcolm, as a friend to keep him company. Malcolm urges him to bestow a name for the doll, since giving a name to something makes it real, to which Rumplestiltskin names it "Peter Pan". Troubled by his father's notorious reputation as a coward and liar, Rumplestiltskin acquires a magic bean to take both of them to another world. Leaving the Enchanted Forest for Neverland, Malcolm becomes fixated on reclaiming an old magical skill of flying with the aide of pixie dust. While his father climbs up a tree to retrieve the dust, Rumplestiltskin awaits his return and passes the time by playing with the doll. When Malcolm comes back down, he learns the dust didn't work for his father due to being a grown-up. In an act of betrayal, Rumplestiltskin is abandoned by Malcolm in favor of his desire for youth. Malcolm allows a creature of Neverland, the Shadow, to grab Rumplestiltskin, who watches his father turn into a young boy, before being whisked off to the Enchanted Forest. In the process, Rumplestiltskin drops the doll to the ground, which Malcolm picks up. No longer an adult, Malcolm accepts the namesake of the doll, Peter Pan, as his new name. ("Think Lovely Thoughts")

After First Curse

In an effort to rescue his grandson, Henry, from Peter Pan's grasp, Mr. Gold embarks on a solo mission in Neverland. He comes across one of Pan's Lost Boys, Felix, in the jungle. Though Felix warns him against getting in Pan's way, Mr. Gold exhibits little care for the threats. As he walks away, the Lost Boy throws him an item; stating it is a present from Pan. To Mr. Gold's shock, it is the long forgotten doll from his childhood. Picking the doll up, he subsequently breaks down in tears while Felix sneers at his reaction. ("The Heart of the Truest Believer")

The doll, serving as a reminder to Mr. Gold of his father's abandonment as well as his fear becoming a coward like him, leaves him unable to decide to save or not save Henry. To sway him, a manifestation of Belle consoles him over the internal conflict as he wrestles with his decision. When she presses him to let go of the past in order to move on, Mr. Gold throws the doll into the sea. Later, as he walks through the jungle, the doll drops from the sky. Unnerved, Mr. Gold sets it on fire, but upon trekking forward, the doll once again reappears completely unburnt. He then retrieves the doll and tucks it into his jacket. ("Lost Girl")

Mr. Gold regroups with his son, Neal, just as he makes the decision to sacrifice himself for Henry's life. Stunned at the revelation his own son is alive, he grapples again with the decision to be selfish or selfless. When Neal discovers the truth of the prophecy, he fears his father will go through with killing Henry. After freezing his father with squid ink, Neal leaves with Henry. Once the enchantment wears off, Mr. Gold pulls out the doll in contemplation as Belle reappears to give him encouragement. ("Nasty Habits")


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