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True love, Miss Swan. The only magic strong enough to transcend realms and break any curse.
Mr. Gold to Emma src

True Love, and its action True Love's Kiss, is a type of magic featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


True love magic is one of the main aspects of light magic. It is the most powerful and simple form of magic with capabilities of breaking curses through the act of true love's kiss. It is so powerful, that sometimes it can break not one, but two curses simultaneously. It is also able to reverse effects of any potion. ("Skin Deep", "Heart of Darkness", "A Land Without Magic", "Kansas")

In his endeavor to capture the elusive and rare physical form of true love, Rumplestiltskin sought out to make deals with both Snow White and Prince Charming. On both occasions, he took a strand of each person's hair as payment. Combining both hairs in a bottle, he successfully created a true love potion, which he uses to bring magic to Storybrooke ("7:15 A.M.", "Heart of Darkness", "Land Without Magic")

Numerous times, true love's kiss has been used to bring someone out of a sleeping curse. Emma's, and later Regina's, success in using true love's kiss on Henry proves that true love can exist in not only romantic relationships but also parental relationships. It can also occur within friendship bonds and even through loyalty; such as Felix's loyalty to Pan. ("Pilot", "A Land Without Magic", "Into the Deep", "Going Home")

True love's kiss will not break a Dark One's curse if the dark one does not want to give up the power.[1] When the afflicted wants it, it is no longer a curse. Nor will true love's kiss work if both people involved are Dark Ones.[2] ("Skin Deep", "The Price")

As some practitioners of witchcraft can rip out another person's heart, those born as a product of true love, such as Emma, have the power to resist such magic. However, Aurora, who is also a product of true love, had her heart ripped out, meaning it is still possible to accomplish. ("Queen of Hearts", "Enter the Dragon", "Into the Deep")

In special situations, when the love is extremely true and pure, then the pair sharing true love can survive with having one heart between the two (both metaphorically and literally); such as Snow White and Prince Charming sharing two halves of one heart. They can also feel the pain of one another if one of them is harmed in some way. ("An Apple Red as Blood", "To Catch a Thief", "A Curious Thing", "The Final Battle Part 2")

According to Elsa, the only way to cure a freezing spell is an act of true love. Regina takes this to be a true love's kiss. ("Rocky Road")

Simple-looking objects, such as Ingrid and her sisters' ribbons, can be infused with true love, which causes them to have some magical abilities. ("The Snow Queen")

The first spark of two people's True Love can very rarely create a powerful sprout made of True love. ("Heartless")

A pixie dust flower has the ability to unite anyone who shares true love, and can return lost memories, awaken someone from a coma and even create magic doors. ("Awake")

In order for True Love's Kiss to work, both parties involved must believe in magic and true love. Henry failed to wake up his daughter Lucy from her coma because she had lost her belief. Similarly, Henry and Jacinda's kiss did not break the Dark Curse because Henry stopped believing in it. ("The Eighth Witch", "Flower Child", "Is This Henry Mills?")

Known Practitioners


Props Notes

  • The inscription on the true love scale reads "ΜΟΝΟ ΜΙΑ ΚΑΡΔΙΑ ΓΕΜΑΤΗ ΜΕ ΑΛΗΘΙΝE [sic] ΑΓΑΠE ΜΠΟΡΕΙ",[3] which is Greek for "only a heart full of true love can pass". (Note that "αληθινe" is a misspelling of "αληθινη", the Greek word for "true".) ("Firebird")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


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    • Love has to exist on both sides, yes, but if it's a curse (and TLK is always on a curse) as Belle said, it only works when the person wa...
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